Ariana: President Ashraf Ghani has threatened to fire security chiefs in Balkh province if they fail to locate and rescue the abducted nine-year-old boy, Abdul Rauf. Abdul Rauf was kidnapped three months ago, by armed men in military uniforms, from PD4 of Mazar-e-Sharif, the capital of Balkh. Click here to read more (external link).
Ariana: Former Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan, Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal said President Ashraf Ghani has violated 80 percent of the constitution during his presidency. Zakhilwal said the Afghan peace process is a US initiative that has caused concern for Ghani. Click here to read more (external link).
Ariana: Some Afghan politicians said on Sunday that President Ashraf Ghani has cultivated new friendships with some of his critics in order to avoid an interim government and to stay in power. This comes after Ghani appointed Mohammad Mohaqiq, head of the Wahdat-i-Islami Party, as his senior political and military adviser and introduced Rahila Dostum
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty January 9, 2021 Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has said that his goal is to transition power to an “elected successor,” and that he seeks a “positive peace” with the Taliban. Speaking alongside first lady Rula Ghani in an interview with CNN on January 8, the Afghan president addressed the start
Ariana: Former Balkh governor and politician Atta Mohammad Noor said he has recently started considering the option of an interim government which he said could help resolve the current crisis. He said he only recently started thinking about this as an option and only after President Ashraf Ghani’s move to summarily dismiss the health minister
Tolo News: The former minister of mines, Wahidullah Shahrani, who was sentenced to 13 months in jail and fined $1.5 million on charges of misuse of authority, on Wednesday accused President Ashraf Ghani of trying to interfere in his judicial proceedings in the court. Shahrani’s aide quoted the Afghan Attorney General Farid Hamidi as saying
Tolo News: The Afghan government allowed 10 Chinese nationals– arrested on December 10 for operating a “terror cell” in Kabul–to leave the country, said the Hindustan Times, quoting sources familiar with the issue. The 10 members of the cell were flown out of the country in a plane arranged by the Chinese government after approval
Tolo News: Critics on Friday reacted to the removal of Ahmad Jawad Osmani from his post as public health minister by President Ghani, saying that government institutions such as the Ministry of Public Health should not be politicized. Ata Mohammad Noor, the CEO of Jamiat-e-Islami party, called it “hasty and insulting” decision and warned against
Ariana: Sima Samar, State Minister for Human Rights Affairs has confirmed the ministry has been dissolved without warning by President Ashraf Ghani and that she has been dismissed. According to her she also had no idea about her imminent dismissal and said she only found out when a colleague handed her a letter informing her
Tolo News: The Taliban has opposed President Ashraf Ghani’s call to hold the next round of the peace negotiations in Afghanistan, saying the request signals fear on the republic’s side. Click here to read more (external link).