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Rights watchdog calls for both sides to end the conflict

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(Last Updated On: April 10, 2021)

The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) has called on warring parties in Afghanistan to end the violence in the war-weary country.

In a series of tweets, the AIHRC stated its findings show that two civilians – a woman and her child – were killed and six others including a woman and a child were wounded in mortar fire by the Afghan forces in the Sabri district of Khost province early this month.

A mortar fired by the Afghan security forces hit a residential house at 2 pm, on March 28, the AIHRC said.

Expressing concerns over the civilian casualties, the AIHRC called on the warring parties to end the violence “by respecting the collective will of the people to achieve a comprehensive, just, and lasting peace.”

The organization also called on the government to investigate the incident to ensure justice is served for the victims.

Pro-government forces reportedly conducted an operation in the Sabari district of the province in late March, which people said, inflicted casualties on the civilians.

According to media outlets at least 17 civilians including women and children were killed during the raids.

The Taliban in a statement claimed that government forces had launched operations on several residential houses and several civilians were killed.

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IEA special forces kill key Daesh commander in eastern Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: June 2, 2023)

The Islamic Emirate’s special forces in an operation on Wednesday killed a top Daesh commander along with his accomplice in eastern Nangarhar province, state-run Bakhtar news agency reported.

This Daesh commander’s name was reportedly “Turab”.

The operation was conducted on Wednesday evening in Wuch Tangi village of Shiwa district in eastern Nangarhar province, according to the provincial officials reported by Bakhtar news agency.

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30 Afghan students off to Kazakhstan to continue their studies

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(Last Updated On: June 2, 2023)

The Ministry of Higher Education said on Thursday that 30 Afghan students will soon leave for Kazakhstan where they will continue their studies in bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.

At a meeting with the students held at the Ministry of Higher Education, Mufti Mohammad Tahir Ahmad, the deputy minister of student affairs, expressed his gratitude to Kazakhstan for awarding scholarships to Afghans and emphasized the need to strengthen relations with the countries in the scientific and academic sectors.

Ahmad said the students were ambassadors of their country and stated that: “Besides preserving your religious and national values, you must also respect the laws and culture of the host country. Pay more attention to your learning and knowledge.”

He added that: “The eyes of hope of the people and the system are fixed on you, so that after acquiring science and knowledge, you will play your part in the development of your country.”

Dr. Nazar Mohammad Irfan, the head of foreign relations and scholarship regulation of the Ministry of Higher Education, also addressed the students and said Kazakhstan was among the countries that stood by the people of Afghanistan in difficult times and continued their cooperation in various sectors, especially higher education.

He also asked the students to make the most of this opportunity and build their country with their own hands.

Mohammad Ashraf Ghairat, the academic vice president of Kabul University, spoke about the value of science and knowledge and the objectives of the Ministry of Higher Education in the area of education and training of young staff from the perspective of the holy religion of Islam and religious beliefs, and asked the students to make the basis and focus of all their activities on “Islamic belief”.

According to the ministry, 256 people took part in a scholarship selection exam, and 30 students were chosen. They will pursue bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in the fields of economics, computer science, law, physics, biology and chemistry.

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Army corps commander visits Nimroz border checkpoints

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The Ministry of National Defense of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) says that Alhaji Mullah Sharafuddin Taqi, the commander of the 215 Azam Army Corps, traveled to Nimroz province on Wednesday, at the head of a delegation and visited the 3rd and 5th border checkpoints located on the border with Iran.

The defense ministry said in a statement that the commander met with Nimroz officials, including the provincial police chief, and discussed the need to improve coordination between the forces and border protection.

Referring to the recent cross-border skirmish with Iran, the commander of the 215 Azam Army Corps said: “The Islamic Emirate considers border protection its responsibility and is committed to establishing diplomatic relations with neighboring countries.”

However, he called the forces the defenders of borders, territorial integrity and independence of the country and promised to cooperate in solving their problems.

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