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China aims to build 1,400 houses in Afghanistan

22 Sep 2020 Afghanistan Times Afghanistan Times

AT News KABUL: China wants to build thousands of houses in Afghanistan, with an initial plan for an immediate construction of 1,400 residential units in Kabul. A contract was signed on Tuesday between the Ministry of Urban Development and Land and China’s MCC 19 Company in presence of President Ghani to start the first phase …

Insurgents shoot woman dead in Sare Pul

22 Sep 2020 Afghanistan Times Afghanistan Times

AT News KABUL: A woman was shot dead by Taliban fighters in the northern province of Sar-e-Pul. Provincial officials said Monday that 28 years old Aisha was shot dead by Taliban in the Sangcharak district. Naqibullah Daqiq, Sangcharak district governor, said that Mullah Hashem, head of insurgents’ religious affairs department ordered for her shooting. Aisha …

DM fund misused by MPs, officials

22 Sep 2020 Afghanistan Times Afghanistan Times

AT News KABUL: The money allocated for that Dastarkhwan-e-Melli (DM) is being misused by a number of members of parliament and government officials. The money was allocated from the budgets of 17 failed national projects. The Dastarkhwan-e-Melli, in English national program to distribute foodstuff or cash for the vulnerable people during the lockdown of the …

Editorial: A second wave of COVID-19 epidemic looms

22 Sep 2020 Afghanistan Times Afghanistan Times

Despite being at a low ebb for a while, recent trends in the coronavirus cases herald the deadly virus might once again come back to agonize Afghans. The Ministry of Public Health reported that 125 new Covid-19 cases were detected on Sunday in different parts of the country, taking the nation’s overall tally to 39,044. This …

9 security forces dead in Kapisa attack

22 Sep 2020 Afghanistan Times Afghanistan Times

AT News KABUL: Eight Afghan security forces embraced martyrdom after the Taliban insurgents attacked their checkpoints in central Kapisa province, a source said Monday. A security source, who wished to go unnamed, said that the militants staged an attack on Sunday midnight in Tagab district of the province. The clash lasted till early morning, according …

US urges warring sides to reduce violence

22 Sep 2020 Afghanistan Times Afghanistan Times

AT News KABUL: The US peace envoy for Afghanistan reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad said over the last few days, there has been a clear rise in violence in Afghanistan. “This escalation is regrettable as Afghans, including many civilians, are losing their lives,” he said in a series of tweets on Monday. Given the recent start of …

Afghanistan remains united for achieving peace

22 Sep 2020 Afghanistan Times Afghanistan Times

Abdullah hopes Taliban will heed calls for ceasefire AT News KABUL: Afghanistan’s point man for peace, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, says he expects the Taliban to heed repetitive calls for ceasefire and join hands for a peaceful future. Afghanistan is in a historic turning point as the government and Taliban are negotiating an end to the …

98 civilians dead in Afghanistan as war escalates

22 Sep 2020 Afghanistan Times Afghanistan Times

AT News KABUL: Afghanistan’s war is intensifying amid increased Taliban’s countrywide hostilities as the government and militants tussle in Qatar peace talks for a political settlement to end the conflict. Terrorist attacks and roadside bombings have been increasingly rampant in Nangarhar, Takhar, Kapisa, Badghis, Paktia, Paktika, Uruzgan, Kunduz, Maidan Wardak, Kandahar, Ghazni, Kabul and Bamyan …

Afghanistan, Taliban nearing agreement on agenda of negotiations

21 Sep 2020 Afghanistan Times Afghanistan Times

AT News             KABUL: The Afghan government and Taliban teams in Doha negotiating an initial deal to end the war seem to be finalizing the main agenda items after nearly two weeks of intensive talks. “We have made progress,” said member of Afghan government’s negotiation team, Nader Naderi. He added that the contact groups of both …

Child dead after two blasts rock Kabul

21 Sep 2020 Afghanistan Times Afghanistan Times

AT News KABUL: A child was killed and three adults were wounded in two separate blasts that happened in Kabul, security sources said on Monday. Kabul Police’s Spokesman, Ferdaws Faramarz said that three people were wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in PD 5th of Kabul. According to him, the motive behind the blasts is …

Afghanistan records 30 new COVID-19 cases

21 Sep 2020 Afghanistan Times Afghanistan Times

AT News KABUL: Afghanistan has recorded 30 new coronavirus positive cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total tally to 39,074 across the country. The Public Health Ministry on Monday said that out of 165 suspected samples, 30 were reported positive—17 cases were recorded in Balkh, six in Herat, two in Kabul, two in …

Analysts: Sarwar Danish insulted former Afghan rulers

21 Sep 2020 Afghanistan Times Afghanistan Times

AT News KABUL: Second Vice President Sarwar Danish’s remarks about Afghanistan’s former rulers in presence of President Ashraf Ghani in Bamyan province have ignited reactions. Addressing a gathering in Bamyan in presence of President Ghani, Sarwar Danish made insulting remarks about former rulers of Afghanistan and their two and a half century rule. He said …

Rising civilian casualties unnerves Karzai

20 Sep 2020 Afghanistan Times Afghanistan Times

AT News KABUL: Former President, Hamid Karzai expressed deep concerns over the increasing civilian casualties by the recent bombing attacks. “We have witnessed violence in the country recently that has inflicted casualties on a large number of our country-fellows,” Karzai said Sunday in a statement. “The recent tragic incident in Kunduz, Balkh and Paktika provinces …

Authorities to clamp down on illegal mining in Parwan

20 Sep 2020 Afghanistan Times Afghanistan Times

AT News KABUL: Officials in Parwan province assure to prevent illegal mine extractions. The comments came Sunday after illegal demining of chromite in the Koh-e-Safi district sparked controversies, with residents blaming powerful individuals of being behind the business. The chromie mine was discovered some 10 years ago in the Akhundzadagan village and has been illegally …

China donates $7m in food aid to Afghan flood victims

20 Sep 2020 Afghanistan Times Afghanistan Times

AT News KABUL: China has donated foodstuff including wheat and rice to the flood-affected people in Afghanistan, Afghan officials said. Bahauddin Jilani, state minister for disaster management, said Sunday that totally 5,266 tons of wheat and rice were donated at a cost of 550 million Afs. He said that the foodstuff was on the way …

No letdown on education of girls

20 Sep 2020 Afghanistan Times Afghanistan Times

AT News KABUL: Standard Education Support Foundation has said that there should be no deal on education of the girls during the intra-Afghan negotiations. The foundation has welcomed the peace efforts to end the 40 years of war, but urged the achievements gained in educational fields during the last two decades should be preserved. “In …

Editorial: Trump siding with the Taliban?

20 Sep 2020 Afghanistan Times Afghanistan Times

As experts state, the type of a future government and human rights would prove to be the key sticking points between the negotiating teams of the Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban. However, official discussions to elucidate that that’s the case haven’t even happened yet. It’s been a week since the intra-Afghan talks were launched …