Based on the annual report of this organization, the violence on journalists was less compared to the previous years. According to Nai, although the violence had decreased, this year was again deadly for Afghan journalists.
“In 2019, the violence on journalism decreased by 42%. In Nai, 198 cases of violence were submitted,” said Mujib Khilvatgar, chair of Nai.
In the meantime, one of the main problems of the Afghan journalists is reported to be the limited access to information. Based on a poll done by Nai, most of the journalists believe that some government spokesmen and security officials evade providing information to them.
This comes as the attorney General office has investigated more than 80 cases of violence on reporters.
“Based on the law of Afghanistan, we have investigated many cases regarding violence on journalists. We have even seen that the perpetrators of this crime have been given the death sentence,” said Jamshid Rasouli, the spokesperson for the attorney general office.
Meanwhile, Nai has appreciated the efforts of Afghan journalists by giving them awards.
Shahpoor Farahmand, an Ariananews reporter won the award for the best journalist of the year. He has been working for Ariananews since 2017.
Baryalai Rahimi, the reporter of Ariananews in Kandahar won the award for the best reporter of the year in Kandahar province.
Nai also gave awards to the best producer, cameraman, and news program anchor.
Taliban shadow district governor among 10 dead – Ghor
The Ministry of Defense in a statement said that the Taliban had attacked some parts of Dawlatyar district, Ghor province Wednesday night but were defeated by the national defense forces, leaving a Taliban’s shadow governor of Lalo-Sarjangal district along with nine other Taliban fighters dead.
“The security forces being actively defensive defended themselves and the residents of Dawlatyar district killing 10 Taliban fighters,” the statement added.
According to the MoD report, the Taliban killed in action are named as follows:
1- Qari Rauf, a Taliban shadow governor for Lal-o-Sarjangal district
2- Qari Niyatullah son of Amanullah, a mine maker of the Taliban, from Zarzughal village
3- Mohammad Amin son Sarwar from Pushtai Noor
4- Rabbani son of Ghulam Haidar from Pushtai Noor
5- Jumhoor son of Khal Mohammad from Samak
6- Hayatullah son of Noorullah from Samak
7- Mustafa son of Amirdad from Murghab
8- Mohammad Noor son of Dost from Pushta Naw
It’s reported that the dead, named above, belonged to Qari Rauf’s group.
The statement says that six other Taliban fighters were wounded in the combat, and some six AK47 and an 82mm rocket launcher were also seized by the Afghan forces.
Ambassadors to Kabul concerned over Afghan leaders’ political dilemmas
The new year inherits peace talks hurdles, political tensions, and more importantly, the fear of the coronavirus from the previous year.
David Martinon, the French ambassador to Afghanistan, says that being united will make Afghanistan stronger, but nowadays in Afghanistan, the leaders are not united. Martinon suggests that Afghan leaders should unite to negotiate with the Taliban.
According to him, the coming weeks are important as besides peace talks, Afghanistan and other nations are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
This comes as Zalmay Khalilzad, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, in an interview with RTA, insisted on an agreement between the politicians, the forming a high council of reconciliation and an inclusive negotiating team.
Khalilzad said, “We want to reach Intra-Afghan talks as soon as possible. We want the negotiating team to be inclusive. There are some prisoners who are old and have sentenced time, therefore some steps should be taken.”
Khalilzad added, “This is a big danger that threatens the peace talks and fights with the coronavirus. A solution should be found that is acceptable for all.”
In the meantime, following their mediating journey, Hamid Karzai and Abdul Rab Rasool Sayaf visited Abdullah Abdullah on Thursday to resolve the tensions between him and President Ghani.
ANDSF continue to stay in a state of defense
National Security Council says that in order to not squander the opportunity to bring peace, the Afghan forces do not attack the Taliban; however, if the Taliban attacks, they will respond accordingly.
By the end of the ‘7-day reduction in violence’ term, the Taliban notified of resuming their attacks over the Afghan forces. Since then, the battlefields have been seeing war again.
According to official sources, the casualties made during the 7-day term of violence reduction were referred to as 30 killed and 50 wounded. Now that the Taliban has intensified its war, authorities do not speak of exact casualties and places at war.
Marwa Amini, the deputy spokesperson of the ministry of interior, says, “The ANDSF is in a defense state. When the Taliban attacked some parts of the country, they received similar responses from the Afghan forces and suffered severe casualties.”
During the week-long reduction in violence, the Taliban had promised that they would not attack big cities and provincial headquarters as well as foreign forces.
Jawid Faisal, the NSC spokesperson, says that the Afghan forces have been in a state of defense because they do not want to challenge the opportunity to bring peace and that they will strike back if they came under attack.
Military experts say that by the end of the week-long reduction in violence, the Taliban’s attacks were surprising for the ANDSF and it seems that with the withdrawal of the foreign forces, they need more training.
Abdul Wahab Wardak, former commander of the Afghan air force, says, “Afghan forces are capable of defending their homeland in the absence of the foreign troops, however, that’s not all – the Afghan forces do need to receive further training and improve warfare skills.”
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