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MPs Are Concerned About Holding Election in Insecure Provinces

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(Last Updated On: October 24, 2022)

A number of lawmakers in the lower house of parliament say that holding the upcoming presidential election in most provinces of the country is not possible due to the security situation.

They say that most parts of the country are under security threats.

The lawmakers further warn of the unsuccessful past elections to be repeated if the government and the electoral commissions do not do their duties for holding a transparent and inclusive election.

“If the peace talks do not reach an agreement, we cannot access to an inclusive election in Afghanistan. Certainly, the transparency of the election will be questionable if it held in such a situation,” said Ghulam Farooq Majrooh, an MP from Herat province.

“If the officials act according to what they have promised to the people, I think still we have enough time to hold a transparent election,’ said Maryam Sama, an MP from Kabul province.

Meanwhile, a number of MPs from Daykundi province and civil activists say that if the government does not pay attention to this province’s security, they will shut down the polling stations in the province and boycott the presidential election.  

“The Daykundi province is under intense attacks of the Taliban for two months; at least 120 security forces have been killed and injured,” said Ali Akbar Jamshidi, and MP from Daykundi province.

“We boycott the election and close down the polling stations if the security forces do not receive supports by the government,” said Mukhtar Ansari, a civil activist of Daykundi province.

This comes as the lawmakers stress that the people’s votes should not be used politically otherwise the legitimacy of the election will become questionable which can create serious challenges in the country.  

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IEA defense minister leaves Kabul for UAE

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(Last Updated On: December 3, 2022)

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan’s (IEA) Ministry of Defense says Mawlavi Mohammad Yaqoob left Kabul for United Arab Emirates on Saturday.

In a series of tweets on Saturday, MoD said the defense minister left Kabul as head of delegation for the United Arab Emirates.

The defense ministry stated that the purpose of the trip is to meet with the leaders of the UAE and Afghans based in the country and to strengthen the relations of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan with the Gulf countries.

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IEA lays foundation stone for complex marking Khost prisoner-swap site

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(Last Updated On: December 3, 2022)

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) is set to build a complex in the area where US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was released in 2014 in exchange for five IEA members held in Guantanamo prison.

Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani, who laid the foundation stone of the complex in Khost province, said that the complex will include a religious seminary, a school, a clinic and a freedom monument.

“Today is a very happy day for us. God has liberated our country… it is very fortunate that we are laying the foundation for a freedom monument here… release of the five prisoners was a source of happiness for Afghanistan,” Haqqani said.

Abdulhaq Wasiq, current head of intelligence, Mohammad Fazil Mazloom, deputy defense minister, Noorullah Noori, minister of frontiers and tribal affairs, Khairullah Khairkhwa, minister of information and culture, and Mohammad Nabi Omari, deputy minister of interior were released in a 2014 deal between the Obama administration and the IEA to free US soldier Bergdahl.

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US envoy stresses importance of Japan’s contributions to Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: December 3, 2022)

US special envoy for Afghanistan, Thomas West, has held talks with Japanese officials on humanitarian needs, human rights and political dialogue during his two-day visit to the country.

“Japan has been a friend of the Afghan people and our partner there for over 20 yrs, and we deeply appreciate Japan’s active diplomacy and continued generosity today,” West said on Twitter on Saturday.

“We are always stronger, on every challenge, when we act together with allies. True in Afghanistan – we’ll continue to need Japan’s expertise and diverse contributions,” West said.

The envoy also said that he got “sage advice” from Tadamichi Yamamoto, a Japanese who served as UN envoy for Afghanistan during 2016-2020.

He also discussed the economic strategy with Japan International Cooperation Agency.

West’s Japan visit was part of his tour to the region that includes India and the United Arab Emirates.

West is expected to consult with partners and Afghans regarding the humanitarian and economic crises in Afghanistan, protection of Afghans’ rights, and shared security concerns, according to a statement from the US State Department.

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