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Editorial: A miserable failure

12 Hour Afghanistan Times Afghanistan Times

Being a fate-deciding exercise for Afghanistan, the election process has been unfortunately mired in controversy so far. Already behind schedule by weeks in terms of results, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) first began the much-awaited, yet disputed, vote recount on November 9 amid staunch bickering from some candidates regarding ‘shady and rigged’ votes. However, it …

US supports delay of Taliban prisoners swap

13 Hour Afghanistan Times Afghanistan Times

AT News Report KABUL: US ambassador to Kabul, John Bass has announced Washington’s support to Afghan government’s decision to reassess on the delay of prisoner swap with the Taliban militants. “We supported President Ghani’s announcement to release three Taliban prisoners to promote peace and the decision to reassess their pending transfer following the attacks in …

Was Blackwater behind the collapse of Afghan peace talks?

13 Hour Afghanistan Times Afghanistan Times

A Turkish News Agency, Dailysabah, has reported that the meeting in Islamabad on Oct. 4 between the U.S. negotiators, led by special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, and the Taliban delegation led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, was an important milestone to resume the peace negotiations, which were abruptly called off by U.S. President Donald Trump, apparently …

Candidates’ council call on IEC to resolve domestic problems

13 Hour Afghanistan Times Afghanistan Times

AT News Report KABUL: The council of presidential hopefuls asks the Independent Election Commission to resolve its domestic problems instead of recounting the polls. The council said in a statement on Sunday that it wouldn’t accept the vote recount unless the commission didn’t assure them that valid and invalid polls were separated. “We seriously demand …

Karzai saddened over shooting of vote recount protesters

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AT News Report KABULL: Former President, Hamid Karzai expressed regrets of concerns over police shooting of protesters to the recount of presidential polls in Kunduz and some other provinces in which a number of protesters were killed and wounded. In a statement, Karzai also called the use of security forces in houses destruction in Wardak …

Protests turned violence over vote recount

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AT News Report KABUL: Supporters of a presidential hopeful Abdullah Abdullah protested the vote recount by the independent election commission in the provinces of Jawzjan, Samangan, Sar-e-Pul, Kunduz and Takhar that turned to violence with police who fired at them. Abdullah’s team said Sunday that one protester was killed in police shooting, but didn’t identify …

UNAMA accused of violating freedom of speech

13 Hour Afghanistan Times Afghanistan Times

AT News Report KABUL: In reaction to the citizens’ criticism on social media over the UN Assistant Mission in Afghanistan’s statement regarding the misbehaving conduct of an electoral commissioner, the Mission has blocked the personnel accounts of some of the social media users. Khushal Nabi Zada, whose twitter account was blocked, said, “I wrote on …

37 militants killed in fresh raids

14 Hour Afghanistan Times Afghanistan Times

AT News Report KABUL: At least 37 militants were killed and 25 others wounded in multiple extensive military crackdowns carried out by the Afghan security forces across the country in the past 24 hours, security officials said Sunday. Ministry of Defense in a statement said the Afghan National Army (ANA) in collaboration with Afghan National …

Dozens of Daesh fighters surrender to Afghan forces in Nangarhar

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AT News Report KABUL: A group of 72 Daesh or so-called IS-K affiliates were surrendered to the Afghan security forces in eastern Nangarhar province on Saturday night, official said Sunday. A group of 72 Daesh loyalists along with 172 women and children were surrendered to Afghan security forces in Haska Mina and Achin districts of …

Kidnappers’ gang busted in Kabul

14 Hour Afghanistan Times Afghanistan Times

AT News Report KABUL: National Directorate of Security (NDS) on Sunday said that its operatives have busted an abductors and armed robber gang during a fresh crackdown in Kabul. Intelligence forces conducted a preemptive operation and succeeded to arrest a group of four kidnapers and armed robbers in PD17th, NDS said in a statement. According …

Role of Political Party and Government in a democracy

20 Hour Afghanistan Times Afghanistan Times

In a democratic set up party-system of the state is essential and has profound effects on the process of social, economic and political changes. Democracy seems to be the order of the day which is a widely accepted form of governance and still activities are on to democratise the institutions, the organisations and the society. …

‘Western hostages are likely dead’

1 Day Afghanistan Times Afghanistan Times

AT News Report KABUL: Expressing concerns about the two foreign professors, Mir Rahman Rahmani, speaker of the Parliament said there is a possibility of death of the two instructors. Two Western hostages held by the Taliban since 2016. Moreover, in reaction to the three major Taliban prisoners’ return to Afghanistan’s prison, some member of the …

Trump pardons two soldiers accused of war crimes in Afghanistan

1 Day Afghanistan Times Afghanistan Times

AT Monitoring Desk KABUL: US President Donald Trump granted clemency to two US Army officers convicted of, or charged with, war crimes in Afghanistan. A full pardon was granted to Lieutenant Clint Lorance, who had ordered soldiers under his command to open fire on three men who were moving toward them on a motorcycle “with …

Karzai emphasizes on regional powers’ role on regional stability

1 Day Afghanistan Times Afghanistan Times

AT News Report KABUL: Former President, Hamid Karzai emphasized on the cooperation by the regional powers particularly Russia and China with stability in the region. “We all including Afghanistan, Central Asian states, and particularly the region’s great powers Russia and China to fully and closely cooperate to control situation in the region and bring economic …

Reform process in foreign ministry ‘going on fast’

1 Day Afghanistan Times Afghanistan Times

AT News Report KABUL: The reform process in the ministry of foreign affairs is “going on fast”, which includes employment, rules and policies, the ministry’s new spokesman Gran Hewad said Saturday. He said that the diplomatic body was in contacts with Afghan embassy in Tehran to get details over the death of 28 Afghans who …

A key Taliban commander killed in Faryab

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AT News Report KABUL: A key commander of the Taliban group was killed during fresh crackdown carried out by the Afghan security forces in northern Faryab province, defense official said Saturday. A dangerous commander of Taliban identified as Hafizullah famed to “cruel killer” was killed during an operation conducted by Afghan army forces in PashtoonKot …

35 militants killed in latest ops

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AT News Report KABUL: At least 35 militants have been killed and eight others wounded in multiple extensive military crackdowns carried out by the Afghan security forces across the country in the past 24 hours, security officials said Saturday. Ministry of Defense in a statement said the Afghan National Army (ANA) in collaboration with Afghan …