Wednesday, September 17, 2014
IEC not to wait for Abdullah-Ghani
agreement to release final results
Khaama Press / September 17, 2014
The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) has said that the final vote results will be released even if the two candidates did not reach an agreement on unity government.
IEC spokesman, Noor Mohammad Noor said Wednesday that the final vote results will be released once they receive the final outcome from the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC).
Noor further added that the election commission will not wait for the agreement of the two candidates to release the results for the runoff election.
He insisted on transparency of the election result saying that full audit was conducted based on the agreement of the two candidates.
Dr. Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani were due to meet today to discuss the sticky points regarding the formation of the national unity government.
The two candidates failed to conclude the remaining issues during their meeting on Tuesday.
Release of final vote results, share of power and authorities of the chief executive are believed to be the main reasons prohibiting the conclusion of the controversial electoral process.
Pak forces disguised as Punjabi
Taliban declared war in Afghanistan
Khaama Press / September 17, 2014
Interior minister Mohammad Omar Daudzai said Wednesday that the Pakistani militia forces disguised as Taliban fighters have declared war in Afghanistan.
Daudzai was briefing the Afghan lawmakers along with the other security officials regarding the security situation of the country.
Punjabi Taliban is an influential militant faction of Pakistani Taliban group – Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
The group announced earlier this month to abandon all insurgency activities inside Pakistan and vowed to increase attacks in Afghanistan.
The group’s chief Ismatullah Muawiya said Punjabi Taliban will confine the group’s practical jihadist role to Afghanistan in view of deteriorating situation in the region and internal situation of Pakistani jihadist movement.
The ministry of foreign affairs of Afghanistan strongly condemned the declaration by Punjabi Taliban and summoned Pakistan’s envoy to Afghanistan to lodge Afghan government’s protest.
Pakistan forces kill 40
local, foreign militants: army
ISLAMABAD, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan army said Wednesday that fighter jets bombed positions of militants in North Waziristan tribal region and killed 40 local and foreign militants.
"Today in precise aerial strikes five terrorists hideouts and ammunition dumps were destroyed and 40 terrorists including foreigners were killed in villages Nawae Killi and Zaram Asar in area north of Datta Khel in North Waziristan Agency," an army statement said.
The strikes were part of the major military operation launched in North Waziristan in June after rare peace dialogue collapsed. The region was considered as the biggest sanctuary of the Pakistani and foreign militants.
The army says over 1,000 militants have been killed since the operation was launched.
Independent confirmation of the figure is not possible as media persons are now allowed to visit the areas.
The operation uprooted nearly 1 million people who now live in camps, rented houses or with communities in nearby districts.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif assured a tribal jirga from North Waziristan that the displaced people will soon be repatriated to their homes.
The military has not yet given any deadline for the repatriation of the dislocated people, who complain of lack of facilities in camps in Bannu, a main city near North Waziristan.
The army says the security forces have cleared some 90 percent of areas of the militants in major towns in the region including its headquarters Miranshah and Mir Ali, a stronghold of the militants.
Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan and dozens of other groups had established hideouts in North Waziristan, bordering Afghanistan.
Pakistan had been under pressure also by the United States to go after the militants who were also blamed for cross-border attacks into Afghanistan.
Afghan lawmaker Ramazan Bashardost accused of spying
Khaama Press / September 17, 2014
Afghan defense minister Bismillah Mohammadi accused lawmaker Ramazan Bashardost of spying to foreign nations.
Mohammadi was summoned along with other security officials by Wolesi Jirga – Lower House of the Parliament to brief the lawmakers regarding the security situation of the country.
The remarks by Mohammadi wee followed after Ramazan Bashardost criticized him regarding the deteriorating security situation.
Mohammadi said Bashardost is a spy and has been appointed as parliament member by foreign nations involved in Afghan politics.
A number of the lawmakers slammed defense minister Mohammadi for his remarks against Bashardost and criticized him for insulting the lawmakers.
Other officials summoned by parliament included interior minister Mohammad Omar Daudzai and deputy intelligence chief Hesamuddin Hesam.
Female Student Killed In North Afghanistan
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
September 17, 2014
A 27-year-old female student has been stabbed to death in northern Afghanistan.
Officials said Palwasha Tokhi was attacked with a knife by an unidentified man in her house in the city of Mazar-e Sharif on September 16.
The assailant managed to escape and the motive was not clear.
Tokhi reportedly worked for six years for a media organization before leaving her job to pursue her studies.
Also on September 16, police in the western province of Herat said Taliban fighters killed at least six officers in an ambush.
Six other police officers were wounded and eight Taliban fighters were killed in the assault.
The Interior Ministry says more than 1,500 police have been killed in attacks over the last six months.
Based on reporting by dpa, pajhwok.com, and AP
Drug addiction kills in Afghanistan
KABUL, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- It is morning rush hour, around 08: 30 a.m. local time, when motorists, cyclists and pedestrians are on wary for their offices, schools and their businesses but a mud- soaked man in tattered dress was rolling at the side of a dusty road here in 8th precinct of Kabul city to take rest.
Seems in his 30s, obviously older than his real age, and was too weak to stand, the ill-fated man was asking for alms to smoke.
"Just one dose," he asked.
"Getting addiction to drug has smashed my life. My family has rejected me and I am an isolated person in family and in society," the feeble man told Xinhua.
Being too weak to speak and reveal his name, the shabby man murmured, "I need money to buy powder (heroin) even very small amount, otherwise I am dying."
He was unable to tell more about his ordeal.
In Afghanistan, a country provides some 90 percent of the world 's raw material used in manufacturing heroin, addiction to drug is going to become major problem in the conflict-ridden society.
More than one million drug addicts are in the strife-torn Afghanistan, according to officials and the number is rising.
Although the government has been fighting for poppy eradication and drug menace, drug addicts are seen everywhere in the war-torn country even in its capital city Kabul.
Pul-e-Sokhta, a slum neighborhood in west of Kabul is famous for housing drug addicts wherein scores of addicts languishing among piles of garbage under a bridge to take their doses either by smoking or syringes.
Cracking down against drug addicts, the security forces occasionally roundup the drug addicts from under Pul-e-Sokhta area and other parts of city and take them to hospitals or their houses but assemble there within days.
The ongoing conflicts and militancy, according to officials, is the main reason for poppy cultivation and drug trafficking in Afghanistan.
Taliban former stronghold the southern Helmand province and adjoining provinces of Kandahar and Zabul where militants are active have been producing major parts of poppy in Afghanistan.
Afghans mostly in the areas where security is fragile and government's control is weak are planting poppy and hashish instead of legal crops, rice, wheat etc. Since the price of opium poppy and hashish is several times more than rice and wheat, the farmers prefer to cultivate illegal crops.
One km hashish at doorstep, according to the farmers is at least 3,000 Afghanis (exchange rate of 1 U.S. dollar is 57 Afghanis) while the price of 7 kg wheat is 300 Afghanis and the price of seven kg rice is 600 Afghanis.
The price of one kg poppy is much more than that of hashish.
Poppy cultivation and drug producing has proved lethal weapon in conflict-hit Afghanistan and gradually claiming the lives of Afghans.
"My brother became drug addict in Iran and after returning to Afghanistan in 2002, he died two years ago," Rahmat Shah of Baghlan province told Xinhua.