Noor Zahid VOA News February 1, 2017 The smuggling of Afghan minerals supplies millions of dollars to armed groups, insurgents and strongmen in the country, an Afghan anti-corruption watchdog reported Wednesday. The Afghanistan Anti-Corruption Network said in a report that militant groups last year received at least $46 million from minerals and precious stones illegally
VOA News Ayaz Gul January 25, 2017 ISLAMABAD — The Taliban, in a so-called “open letter” to U.S. President Donald Trump, has called on him to help end what it denounced as a “futile” and “un-winnable” American war in Afghanistan. A copy of the letter, written by Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, was released to journalists Wednesday.
KABUL, Jan. 25 (Xinhua) — The government of Afghanistan is determined to fight corruption and eradicate the menace from society, said Presidential Spokesman Mohammad Haroon Chakhansori here on Wednesday. “The government has formed specific bodies over the past two years to check corruptions in the country and would continue to boost the war against corruption,”
Tolo News: President Ashraf Ghani’s Special Representative for Reforms and Good Governance Ahmad Zia Massoud on Tuesday said that the majority of cabinet ministers were appointed on the basis of political connections. He said that even the president was not able to question the weak performance of these ministers because of the political support they have.
Tolo News: A Ministry of Interior (MoI) general was on Monday sentenced to 14 years in prison by the Anti-Corruption Criminal Justice Center’s (ACJC) primary court after being found guilty of accepting a substantial bribe. The ACJC prosecutor said the deputy chief of MoI policy, Gen. Wase Rauofi, was arrested after accepting a $150,000 USD bribe
Michael Hughes: US and Afghan intelligence agencies apparently cannot stop themselves from supporting human rights-abusing strongmen like Perim Qul in their desperate effort to defeat the Taliban despite all evidence indicating the strategy has completely backfired. The insurgency cannot be defeated, however, if the Afghan government continues to alienate the population by backing predatory militias who
The Boston Globe: There is much that is compelling about the story of Captain Niloofar Rahmani, Afghanistan’s first female military pilot, who just completed flight training in the United States. It is a remarkable achievement for any Afghan woman to rise to such public professional heights. All of which makes her recently revealed request for asylum
Washington Post: For 30 years, Gen. Abdurrashid Dostum has reigned as northern Afghanistan’s untouchable warrior-king: first as a ruthless pro-communist general, later as an armed U.S. ally against the Taliban and finally as a reliable, if unsavory, political boss who could deliver votes from his ethnic Uzbek followers. Click here to read more (external link).
Tolo News: Batur Eshchi, son of Ahmad Eshchi, the former governor of Jawzjan province, has dismissed so-called forensic evidence issued by the first vice president’s office regarding his father’s case and said the document is fake. Eshchi claims to have been beaten and sexually assaulted on First Vice President General Abdul Rashid Dostum’s orders. On Friday,
RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan December 22, 2016 Afghan Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum has refused a summons by the country’s attorney general over allegations that he and his bodyguards assaulted and abducted a political rival at a sports event in northern Afghanistan last month. On December 22, Dostum’s chief of staff, Enayatullah Babur Farhamand, called