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Thousands attend funeral of popular Herat cleric killed in mosque bombing

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(Last Updated On: September 3, 2022)

Thousands of people attended the funeral Saturday of a popular Herat Imam, Mawlavi Mujeeb-ur-Rahman Ansari, who was killed in a suicide bombing at a mosque on Friday.

Mawlavi Ansari was killed along with 19 others at the Guzargah Mosque, officials said.

Mawlavi Fazil Rahman Ansari, the deceased’s brother, has replaced Mawlavi Mujeeb-ur-Rahman Ansari as the mosque’s imam.

“Abdullah, who is two months old is now an orphan; he is the little son of Maulana Ansari; each of us have joined hands in this way and have been trained in the school of Maulana, men and women are ready for martyrdom,” said Fazil Rahman, Ansari’s brother.

Herat officials emphasized that the perpetrators of this incident will be identified and arrested soon.

Mawlavi Noor Ahmad Islam Jar, the governor of Herat, warned during the funeral ceremony that the perpetrators of this incident will be punished.

“Surely Allah will not waste the blood of this noble person and those who committed this crime will be punished for their actions,” said Mawlavi Khodadad Saleh, the former head of the Council of Scholars and Clerics of the Western District.

However, a number of Herat residents also want the perpetrators of this incident to be identified, emphasizing that the assassination of prominent figures, especially religious scholars, should be prevented.

“The Islamic Emirate must defend such personalities, they are the ones who help the Emirate, if they are not there, who can cooperate with the government,” said a Herat resident.

No group has claimed responsibility for this deadly attack so far.

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Afghan national arrested over death of three women in Austria

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Austrian police have arrested a 27-year-old Afghan national suspected of killing three women in a brothel in the capital, Vienna, on Friday.

BBC News reported that the victims were stabbed to death, and the suspect was found hiding near the brothel with a knife in his hand.

The motive for the killings is currently unclear but the man has been questioned.

Another woman and her daughter were killed in an unrelated incident in Vienna in a 24-hour period. Investigators believe the girl’s father was responsible.

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Acting FM Muttaqi leaves for Turkmenistan

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(Last Updated On: February 25, 2024)

Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Amir Khan Muttaqi has left for Turkmenistan for talks with officials of the neighboring country, it was announced Sunday.

Hafiz Zia Ahmad, Deputy Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said on his X that Muttaqi, leading a delegation, traveled to Turkmenistan at the invitation of Rashid Murdov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, to discuss bilateral issues.

The delegation includes also officials of the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum, Railway Authority and Da Afghanistan Brehshna Sherkat.

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China regrets UN Doha meeting’s failure to have dialogue with IEA

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China’s special envoy for Afghanistan, Yue Xiaoyong, on Saturday regretted that the United Nations’ meeting in Doha on Afghanistan earlier this week failed to have dialogue with the Islamic Emirate.

Yue said on X that the meeting was useful for exchange of views and it made a call for more pragmatic engagement and dialogue with Afghanistan.

“Pity is Doha Afghanistan meeting again failed to have dialogu with Afghan interim government or DFA (IEA) as China and regional countries have been calling,” Yue said.

The envoy said that China called more humanitarian assistance, moderate governance, and women and girls’ education.

China also called on US take major responsibility for Afghanistan’s reconstruction, unfreeze Afghanistan’s overseas assets and lift unilateral sanctions.

China also stressed that it is ready to work harder with UN and regional partners especially through Afghanistan’s nonboring countries foreign ministerial meeting and other platforms to enhance engagement with Afghanistan to help for its peace, stability, reconstruction and common prosperity.

The UN had extended an invitation for IEA officials to participate, following their exclusion from the first meeting in May.

However, the Kabul government said they would not participate in the talks unless they could be the sole representative of Afghanistan at the meetings — to the exclusion of civil society groups.

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