Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Afghan Violence Leaves 5 Dead
Ayaz Gul / VOA News / June 30, 2015
ISLAMABAD - At least five people were reported killed and 20 others wounded in the Afghan capital Kabul Tuesday when a suicide car bomber attacked a NATO convoy.
A spokesman for NATO’s non-combatant Resolute Support mission says all its personnel and equipment have been “safely recovered” from the site of the blast on the main road leading to Kabul's airport.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid says it carried out the attack on a convoy of "occupation forces", a reference the insurgent group uses for NATO troops in the country.
Hours earlier, a suicide car bomber attacked a police headquarters in southern Helmand province, killing at least two people and wounding more than 50 others. Officials say almost all of the victims were civilians, including women and children.
The attack happened in Lashkargah, the capital of the Helmand province. Witnesses say the portion of the police headquarters where the bomber detonated his explosives-packed car is close to a civilian settlement.
A spokesman for the provincial governor says that a second suicide bomber on foot tried to attack the regional police chief while he was inspecting the site of the earlier blast but security forces killed him before he could detonate his device.
Meanwhile, officials have confirmed an overnight rocket attack on a house in Uruzgan province wounded 12 members of a family. A provincial governor spokesman told VOA Taliban insurgents fired the rocket at a security outpost but it hit the nearby civilian population.
Military operation launched against
militants in Takhar’s Khwaja Ghar District
Khaama Press / June 30, 2015
Afghan National Security Forces have launched a large-scale operation against Taliban in Khwaja Ghar District of northeastern Takhar province.
Local officials say heavy clashes erupted between security forces and insurgents after the start of the operation this morning. However, no detail of the possible casualties was issued by the time this report was filed.
Omar Omar, governor of Khwaja Ghar District said that security forces cleared several villages from Taliban and only few areas remaining with the insurgents.
He said security forces are aggressively advancing on Taliban and soon the besieged areas will come under government control.
Afghanistan orders probe into NATO-led operation
Press TV / June 29, 2015
Afghanistan has ordered an investigation into a NATO-led operation in the country’s east central region, which triggered angry local protests, Press TV reports.
The Monday operation, which involved American forces, destroyed a weapons cache in the Parwan Province, sparking demonstrations that briefly closed a highway.
President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah ordered the investigation into the operation.
"An investigating delegation has been sent to the area and the Resolute Support commanders have been asked for an explanation," said Abdullah's deputy spokesman Javid Faisal, referring to NATO's mission in Afghanistan.
Enraged local residents have argued that the munitions should have been relocated away from residential areas before being destroyed.
"They were complaining that if there was a weapons cache that needed destroying it should have been destroyed far away from the residential areas," Zaman said.
The US and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The country, however, continues to be the scene of deadly violence despite the military campaign by Washington and its allies.
The US-led combat mission in Afghanistan formally ended on December 31, 2014. However, at least 13,500 foreign forces, mainly from the United States, have remained in Afghanistan in what Washington calls a support mission.
Tens of thousands of Afghans have fallen victim to the US-led war in Afghanistan, with thousands of foreign troops, mainly Americans, killed during the time span.
President Ghani: No one should
think about the collapse of Afghanistan
Khaama Press / June 30, 2015
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday said that the future of Afghanistan is dependent on cooperation from the regional countries, adding that fundamental change is impossible without assistance of the neighbors.
He said Afghanistan is facing challenges but security forces have the ability to overcome those.
He has repeatedly said that Pakistan is an undeclared war with Afghanistan and anyone lighting fire in Afghanistan will burn in that fire.
Today he reiterated that every one must know that the instability in Afghanistan causes instability in the whole region.
While accepting the vast presence of foreign insurgents in the country, the President said that foreign militants from 10 countries are operating only in northern Kundoz province.
He said we will sacrifice for another five thousand years but will build Afghanistan.
Photo exhibition on Sino-Afghan friendship held in Kabul
Kabul, June 30 (Xinhua) -- The photo exhibition on commemorating the 60-year anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Afghanistan was unveiled here Tuesday.
With the theme of Sino-Afghan friendship, around 60 photos with a time range of six decades were displayed in the Confucius Institute in Kabul University, including photos of high level exchanges between the leaders from both countries.
Chinese Ambassador Deng Xijun addressed the ribbon-cutting ceremony, saying Sino-Afghan friendship could be dated back some 2, 000 years ago along the ancient Silk Road. After the establishment of diplomatic ties, the relationship between the two countries was further enhanced with the frequent visits of the leaders from both sides.
Deng reiterated that China is willing to actively participate in the post-war reconstruction in Afghanistan and will lend a hand to the war-hit nation.
Zardash Shams, the deputy minister of information and culture, welcomed the photo exhibition, saying the Afghan-Sino bilateral ties has entered a new phase after 60 years of bilateral ties and should be elevated to a new high with more frequent cultural and people-to-people exchanges.
Abdul Razaq, a teacher at the Confucius Institute, expressed his interest in the exhibition. He said as a instructor teaching Chinese language, he witnessed the fast development of people-to- people exchanges between Chinese and Afghans in the past decade.
He said such photo exhibition facilitates two-way understandings between the two peoples and further promotes the cultural exchanges between the two countries.
Afghanistan Nominates First Female Judge To Supreme Court
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
July 30, 2015
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has nominated a leading lawyer to become the country's first ever female Supreme Court judge.
Anisa Rasooli, the head of the Afghan Women Judges Association and a former juvenile court judge, was the only female nominated to the nine-member bench.
Ghani made the announcement during a June 30 gathering of diplomats and women's rights activists.
The nomination requires approval by parliament.
The move has sparked some criticism in the conservative country.
Earlier this month, a group of clerics in Kabul protested against the possible appointment of a female judge to the Supreme Court.
As part of government efforts to promote more women to high-ranking positions, Ghani has already appointed two females as governors of the provinces of Ghor and Daikundi,
In April, lawmakers approved four female nominees for cabinet positions.
Ghani also said on June 30 that he wanted all ministries to appoint female deputy ministers.
With reporting by AFP and RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan
Women role models urge school girls to aim high
BAMYAN, 30 June 2015 – Women role models are encouraging girls to prioritize education and take a more active role in Afghan society as part of a series of UN-backed events around the country.
At the latest event, organized by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan in Bamyan, women leaders explained to an audience of more than 800 high school girls how they overcame their own challenges. Girls also had the opportunity to interact with the role models in small groups.
Final year student, Zakia, described the speeches as “amazing” and said that students were inspired to finish their education, cope with the challenges ahead and aim at greater goals.
Provincial Council head Taeba Khawari told the girls that despite war, migration to a neighbouring country, poverty and other challenges, she never lost hope, managing to complete her education and achieve her goals.
She said the girls should aim at a greater role and have higher visions for the future. It was for them to decide what to be in the future.
Ms. Khawari asked parents to allow their daughters to get an education because strong girls could be strong supporters to their families: “Women form half of society and if they are not active and don’t play their role, it means half of the society is paralyzed.”
Another speaker, Provincial Women Affairs Department head Aziza Ahmadi said: “We had rare education opportunities, even families were not allowing boys to go to school. I was walking long distances for school. If I managed to achieve this success despite all the challenges, in the current environment I am sure you can achieve even more.”
Women’s rights activist Shukria Nida asked the girls to complete their education, because education is the only way to be a successful woman in the future: “Once you complete your education and build confidence, then your family and the society will be proud of you.”
UNAMA is mandated to support the Afghan Government and relevant international and local non-governmental organizations to assist in the full implementation of the fundamental freedoms and human rights provisions of the Afghan Constitution and international treaties to which Afghanistan is a State party, in particular those regarding the full enjoyment by women of their human rights.