Tolo News: President Ashraf Ghani’s former National Security Advisor and a leading presidential candidate Mohammad Hanif Atmar at a gathering on Monday called the continuation of the incumbent government “illegitimate” and made some offers to the head of the state. Addressing a group of presidential candidates, Atmar said the nation and the candidates are awaiting President Ghani’s
Ariana: At least 11 presidential candidates on Tuesday said that they will hold widespread protests against the continuation of the government after May 22. “Civil protest is the last option but if the government did not listen to us and didn’t respect the law, in that case, within the framework of the law, without endangering the
Ayaz Gul VOA News May 13, 2019 ISLAMABAD — The Taliban’s chief negotiator says in newly released remarks that the United States is on the verge of defeat and will quit Afghanistan soon “either of their own accord, or they will be forced out.” Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai made the assertions in an April 28 speech
1TV: Majority of Afghan presidential candidates have called for President Ashraf Ghani to step down as soon his mandate ends on May 22. The presidential election, originally scheduled for April this year, has been postponed twice now to September 28. Ghani has vowed he will stay in office until the election. Last month, Supreme Court
By Ron Synovitz Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty May 7, 2019 Khalida Khorsand, a 35-year-old rights activist from the western Afghan city of Herat, is skeptical about Taliban claims that it has dispensed with its strict rules against girls’ education and women working. The militant Islamic group made the declaration in the midst of recent peace
Ayaz Gul VOA News May 1, 2019 ISLAMABAD — The United States and the Taliban have begun a new round of negotiations in Doha, Qatar, in a bid to advance peace efforts in Afghanistan and to urge the insurgent group to participate in an inclusive intra-Afghan dialogue. U.S. special reconciliation envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, led the U.S.
1TV: Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif admitted that Iran had also opened dialogue with the Taliban but said that the US push for a deal with the group was “seriously wrong.” “An attempt to exclude everybody and just talk to the Taliban has alienated the government, has alienated the region, has alienated everybody else and it
Jeff Seldin VOA News April 24, 2019 Ayaz Gul in Islamabad contributed to this report. WASHINGTON — A peace treaty to end more than 17 years of war in Afghanistan could usher in a new era of instability and erase many of the gains made by international reconstruction efforts, a key U.S. official cautioned Wednesday.
1TV: The editor-in-chief of 1TV and senior journalist, Abdullah Khenjani, said that he was beaten up and briefly detained by the security guards of President Protective Service (PPS) as he was supposed to attend an off the record discussion at the Government Media Information Center on Monday. Click here to read more (external link). Related Video
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty April 22, 2019 U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to express disappointment over the postponement of talks with the Taliban and to condemn the insurgent group’s recent announcement of a “spring offensive.” Some 250 Afghan politicians and civil society figures had been due to meet