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Taliban ‘Agrees’ to Talk with Afghan Political Parties

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The Taliban have asked the Afghan political parties to come up with a team of negotiators amid escalated peace efforts to reach into a political settlement in Afghanistan, sources told Ariana News Tuesday.  

Though, the Taliban repeatedly refuse to engage in direct talks with the Afghan government – including in their recent six days of talks with U.S. officials in Qatar –  sources told Ariana News that the armed group has asked the Afghan political parties to introduce a negotiating team to begin face-to-face talks with their representatives.

“We respect the Taliban’s call. There should be a comprehensive intra-Afghan dialogue. No sides should be sidelined including the government,” said Hamayoun Jareer, a senior member of Hezb-e-Islami party led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.

The Taliban did not comment in this regard yet.

Many Afghan politicians believe that without initiating intra-Afghan dialogue, lasting peace cannot be ensured in the country.

“If the Taliban and the Afghan government don’t reach on a peace agreement, any kind of deal in this regard will lead into deepening the ongoing crisis in the country,” said Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal, the head of Hezb-e-Islami.

It comes as the U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad who has recently engaged in six days of talks with the Taliban in Qatar said that his meeting with the Taliban in Doha was much better than previous meetings. 

He said there is a moment of opportunity and he hopes Afghans seize this opportunity to put political differences aside and deal with “this moment positively and urgently.” 

“We have the opportunity to avoid future tragedies, to bring the 40 years of war to an end, to a good end, and I urge everyone to rise to the occasion.  I am hopeful that they will,” Khalilzad said. 

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Pakistani politician says his efforts to improve Afghanistan relations watered down

The politician warned that deterioration of relations with Afghanistan is not in the interest of his country.

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Fazl-ur-Rehman, head of Pakistan’s Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) party, has said that he made efforts to improve relations between Kabul and Islamabad, but they are now being watered down.

The politician warned that deterioration of relations with Afghanistan is not in the interest of his country.

“I made my efforts to improve Afghanistan-Pakistan relations and I say with full confidence and in front of everyone that we returned with success (from Afghanistan). We opened the way for cooperation between the two countries in all sectors. Now these efforts are watered down. Why? For whose pleasure? For the benefit of Pakistan? Definitely not,” he said in a press conference.

Fazl-ur-Rehman visited Kabul in January and met with the officials of the Islamic Emirate. He asked the governments of both sides to put an end to their tensions and solve the existing problems through diplomatic means.

Islamabad claims that attacks in Pakistan are orchestrated in Afghanistan, but the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) denies this, saying it is not responsible for security failure of Pakistan.

 

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Nearly 1 billion AFN invested in mines so far this year: officials

They stated that efforts are underway to attract large investments in the mining sector.

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Officials from the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP) say nearly one billion AFN have been invested in small and large mines since the beginning of the 1403 solar year.

The ministry officials said that since then, they have signed small and large contracts, the volume of which reaches one billion AFN.

The officials added that all mining contracts have been signed with domestic companies.

They stated that efforts are underway to attract large investments in the mining sector.

“On a small scale, the total value of all these investments is 500 million AFN. Similarly, the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum has two large-scale contracts this year, one of which is the Jagdalak ruby mine in Kabul and the barite mine in Herat province where the mining contract for this mine had also been signed with a domestic company,” said Homayoun Afghan, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum.

Officials from the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Investment (ACCI) have stated that there is a good opportunity to invest in the mining sector and interest in investing has increased.

“Especially in the mining sector, there are many developments and the work is good. The mine goes abroad a lot. From 2 billion exports, most of them are minerals, which are not rare, but semi-precious minerals,” said Khanjan Alkozi, a member of the ACCI.

“But in general, foreign and domestic traders are interested in investing in agriculture, production, mines and processing,” he added.

Meanwhile, economic analysts believe that if the Islamic Emirate creates more facilities for private investors, domestic and foreign investments will expand in the country, and along with the increase in government income, employment opportunities will be provided for thousands of citizens.

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IEA seeks political and economic relations with world, its leader says

He stated that under the governance of the Islamic Emirate, the Sharia rights of all citizens are ensured and protected.

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Mawlawi Hebatullah Akhundzada, leader of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA), in a message on the occasion of Eid al-Adha has said that IEA seeks to establish political and economic relations with the world within the framework of Sharia.

“The Islamic Emirate seeks to establish political and economic relations within the framework of Sharia, particularly with Islamic countries, and has fulfilled its obligations in this regard,” Akhundzada said.

He called on investors and traders to invest in various sectors for further economic development and to alleviate the economic difficulties faced by the people.

IEA leader told the citizens that it is their responsibility to “protect, nurture and serve our Sharia-based system.”

Mawlawi Hebatullah Akhundzada advised officials to “keep the doors open to the public, execute their duties efficiently and promptly, and never treat the people in a manner that makes them feel alienated from the authorities.”

He stated that under the governance of the Islamic Emirate, the Sharia rights of all citizens are ensured and protected. “No individual can commit injustice or aggression against others; oppression is prevented, and the rights of the oppressed are upheld.”

Although the leader of the Islamic Emirate did not say anything about the issue of girls’ education; but he noted that “significant measures have been taken to elevate religious practices and to expand and strengthen religious centers.”

In the message, IEA leader also condemned “the Israeli Zionist attacks and oppression on women, children, and innocent Muslims in Gaza and other regions of Palestine.”

“We call on other countries to fulfill their obligations effectively to prevent these heinous crimes and brutal atrocities,” he added.

 

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