#AceNewsReport – Oct.17: The firing started after we ended the prayers,” a man named Ahmadullah told AFP news agency. “Then two, three explosions took place. We were thrown towards the window. Many people, martyred [killed] or wounded, were laying there.” ……
#AceDailyNews says according to local media a suicide attack hits Kandahar in a Shia mosque during prayers on Friday killing more than 30-people…..
The BBC has been told it was a suicide bombing.………..and a local reporter quoted by Reuters news agency said eyewitnesses described three suicide attackers: One reportedly detonated their device at the door of the mosque, with two more setting off theirs inside the building.
Friday prayers are the busiest congregation of the week, and the building was full of worshippers at the time. At least 15 ambulances were at the scene afterwards, an AFP journalist said.
Taliban special forces have secured the site and have asked people to donate blood to help the victims, Reuters reports.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. But BBC Afghanistan correspondent Secunder Kermani says that IS-K, a local branch of the Islamic State Group, is expected to say it was behind the blasts.
Kandahar is Afghanistan’s second largest city and the spiritual birthplace of the Taliban, so an attack in the city by IS-K – which is extremely hostile towards the Taliban – would be significant:
Pictures from inside the Bibi Fatima mosque show shattered windows and bodies lying on the ground, while other worshippers try to help.
Daesh claimed responsibility for the Friday attack on a Kandahar mosque which left 32 killed and over 70 wounded, said a statement posted by the Daesh-affiliated Amaq news agency.#TOLOnewspic.twitter.com/8aTz34x90j
Last Friday, a suicide attack on another Shia mosque during Friday prayers in the northern city of Kunduz killed at least 50 people. IS-K said it carried out the attack, which was the deadliest since US forces left at the end of August.
IS-K, a Sunni Muslim group, is the most extreme and violent of all the jihadist militant groups in Afghanistan.
It has targeted Afghan security forces, Afghan politicians and ministries, the Taliban, religious minorities including Shia Muslims and Sikhs, US and Nato forces, and international agencies, including aid organisations.
EPATaliban soldiers guard the area surrounding the mosque, Kandahar’s largest for Shia Muslims
Sunni Muslim extremists have repeatedly targeted Shia Muslims in the past, whom they see as heretics.
About 10% of Afghanistan’s population are thought to be Shia Muslims. Many are also part of the Hazara community, the country’s third largest ethnic group, who have faced discrimination and persecution for years in Afghanistan and neighbouring Pakistan.
#AceNewsReport – Oct.13According to court documents, Haji Najibullah, aka Najibullah Naim, Abu Tayeb, Atiqullah and Nesar Ahmad Mohammad, 45, of Afghanistan, was previously charged with crimes related to the 2008 kidnapping of an American journalist and two Afghan nationals. In addition to those charges, the superseding indictment charges Najibullah with attacks on U.S. troops conducted by Najibullah and the Taliban fighters under his command, including a June 26, 2008, attack on an American military convoy that killed three U.S. Army servicemembers – Sergeants First Class Matthew L. Hilton and Joseph A. McKay, and Sergeant Mark Palmateer – and their Afghan interpreter, as well as an Oct. 27, 2008, attack that resulted in the shooting down of a U.S. military helicopter. In October 2020, Najibullah was arrested and extradited from Ukraine to the United States where he remains in federal custody.
#AceDailyNews reports Former Taliban Commander Charged with Killing American Troops in 2008: Haji Najibullah, Previously Charged in the 2008 Kidnapping of an American Journalist, Was Also Indicted Today for 2008 Attacks on U.S. Servicemembers in Afghanistan, Including Attacks Resulting in the Deaths of Three American Soldiers …..
” Najibullah, who allegedly served as a Taliban commander in 2007 and 2008, is charged with numerous terrorism offenses relating to attacks against the U.S. military in Afghanistan, including an attack that killed three U.S. servicemembers, and others relating to taking an American journalist hostage in Afghanistan,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Mark J. Lesko for the Justice Department’s National Security Division. “He will now be held accountable in an American courtroom. The National Security Division and our partners are committed to identifying and holding accountable those who target and harm Americans anywhere in the world. I want to thank the agents, analysts, and prosecutors who are responsible for this case.”
“As alleged, during one of the most dangerous periods of the conflict in Afghanistan, Haji Najibullah led a vicious band of Taliban insurgents who terrorized part of Afghanistan and attacked U.S. troops,” said U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss for the Southern District of New York. “One of these lethal attacks resulted in the deaths of three brave American servicemembers and their Afghan interpreter, and another attack brought down a U.S. helicopter. Najibullah also arranged to kidnap at gunpoint an American journalist and two other men and held them hostage for more than seven months. Neither time nor distance can weaken our resolve to hold terrorists accountable for their crimes and to see justice done for their victims. Thanks to the outstanding work of our law enforcement partners, Najibullah will answer for his heinous acts in an American courtroom.”
According to court documents, as of in or about 2007, Najibullah was the Taliban commander responsible for the Jaghato district in Afghanistan’s Wardak Province, which borders Kabul. In this role, Najibullah commanded more than a thousand fighters, at times acted as a spokesperson for the Taliban, and reported to senior leadership in the Taliban. During that time, Najibullah and the Taliban fighters under his command conducted attacks intended to kill and which did kill American and NATO troops and their Afghan allies, using automatic weapons, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), and other anti-tank weapons, including an attack that destroyed an Afghan Border Patrol outpost in or about September 2008.
On or about June 26, 2008, Taliban fighters under Najibullah’s command attacked a U.S. military convoy in the vicinity of Sayed Abad, Wardak Province, Afghanistan, with IEDs, RPGs, and automatic weapons, killing three U.S. Army servicemembers, Sergeants First Class Matthew L. Hilton and Joseph A. McKay, and Sergeant Mark Palmateer, and their Afghan interpreter.
On or about Oct. 27, 2008, Taliban fighters under Najibullah’s command shot down a U.S. military helicopter using RPGs in the vicinity of Sayed Abad, Wardak Province, Afghanistan. The Taliban subsequently claimed responsibility for downing the helicopter, asserting that it was “shot down [by] the mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate.” The Taliban also falsely claimed that “[a]ll those onboard were killed,” when, in fact, no troops died as a result of the attack.
On or about Nov. 10, 2008, Najibullah and his co-conspirators, armed with machineguns, kidnapped an American journalist (Victim-1) and two Afghan nationals who were assisting Victim-1 (Victim-2 and Victim-3) at gunpoint in Afghanistan. Approximately five days later, on or about Nov. 15, 2008, Najibullah and his co-conspirators forced the three hostages to hike across the border from Afghanistan to Pakistan, where Najibullah and his co-conspirators detained the hostages. For the next seven months, Najibullah and his co-conspirators held the hostages captive in Pakistan.
During their captivity, Najibullah and his co-conspirators forced the victims to make numerous calls and videos seeking help. For example, on or about Nov. 19, 2008, while in Pakistan, Najibullah and a co-conspirator (CC-1) directed Victim-1 to call his wife in New York. In one of the videos, Victim-1 – the American journalist – was forced to beg for his life while a guard pointed a machinegun at Victim-1’s face.
Najibullah is charged with conspiring to provide material support for acts of terrorism resulting in death; providing material support for acts of terrorism resulting in death; conspiring to murder U.S. nationals; murdering U.S. nationals Hilton, McKay, and Palmateer; murdering officers and employees of the United States, and a person assisting them in their duties, by killing Hilton, McKay, Palmateer, and their interpreter; attempting to murder officers and employees of the United States; conspiring to destroy U.S. military aircraft; destroying a U.S. military aircraft; conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction; conspiring to take hostages; hostage-taking; conspiring to commit kidnapping; and kidnapping. Counts one through five and nine through 13 each carry a maximum penalty of life in prison. Counts six through eight each carry a maximum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment. Count five also carries a mandatory minimum sentence of life in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
The the FBI’s New York Joint Terrorism Task Force, which principally consists of agents from the FBI and detectives from the NYPD, is investigating the case. Valuable assistance was provided by the New York and New Jersey Port Authority Police and the Department of Defense, as well as the Ukrainian authorities and the Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs, which assisted in the arrest and extradition of the defendant.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sam Adelsberg, David W. Denton Jr., and Jessica K. Fender of the Southern District of New York are prosecuting the case, with valuable assistance provided by Trial Attorney Jennifer Burke of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section.
An indictment is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
#AceNewsReport – Oct.08: The official, Dost Mohammad Obaida, the deputy police chief for Kunduz province, said that the “majority of them have been killed.”
#AceDailyNews says according to the Associated Press they have reported that an Afghanistan mosque explosion kills, wounds scores of worshippers: Blast occurred at Gozar-e-Sayed Abad Mosque in Kunduz province during weekly Friday prayer service
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, which took place in the city of Kunduz, the capital of Kunduz province, but Islamic State militants have a long history of attacking Afghanistan’s Shiite Muslim minority.
If confirmed, a death toll of dozens would be the highest since U.S. and NATO forces left Afghanistan at the end of August and the Taliban took control of the country. The Taliban have been targeted in a series of deadly IS attacks, including shooting ambushes and an explosion at a mosque in the capital of Kabul.
The explosion went off during the weekly Friday prayer service at the Gozar-e-Sayed Abad Mosque. The Friday noon prayer is the highlight of the Muslim religious week, and mosques are typically crowded. Witness Ali Reza said he was praying at the time of the explosion and reported seeing many casualties.
Earlier Friday, the chief Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the Shiite mosque was the target and that a “large number” of worshippers were killed and wounded. He said Taliban special forces had arrived to the scene and were investigating the incident.
The Taliban leadership has been grappling with a growing threat from the local Islamic State affiliate, known as the Islamic State in Khorasan. IS militants have ramped up attacks to target their rivals, including two deadly bombings in Kabul.
IS has also targeted Afghanistan’s religious minorities in attacks. The local Islamic State affiliate has also claimed responsibility for the horrific Aug. 26 bombing that killed at least 169 Afghans and 13 U.S. military personnel outside the Kabul airport in the final days of the chaotic American pullout from Afghanistan.
#AceNewsReport – Oct.07: Poland declared a state of emergency at the border with Belarus earlier this month and revealed that some of the migrants “had radical Islamic propaganda in their possession.” The jihadist infiltration through unvetted refugee streams has been a major threat to the security of Western countries across the board, although globalists refuse to acknowledge this.
#AceDailyNews says that back in August, Poland deployed hundreds of troops along the Belarus border and erected barbed wire to stop the influx of illegal migrants. According to ABC News, “Most of the migrants trying to cross over from Belarus are originally from Iraq, with some from Afghanistan and Syria.”
Some of the migrants are also said to have possessed child pornography and images of bestiality on their mobile devices, which led to a bizarre fact-check by left-wing journalists as to the correct species of animals in the pornography in question.
Poland has remained steadfast in upholding the rule of law and protecting itself from invasion, even under longstanding EU pressure to accept open-door mass migration. Only now there has been a shift in the face of a new challenge from Belarus. European Union Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson accused Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko of luring “people from the Middle East, Asia, and Africa to the border of Europe.” She added: “We must never be weak towards Lukashenko. He is desperate.”
Any Western nation in fact that appears (and is) “weak” and unknowledgeable about jihadists, their lies and their manipulations, is contributing to the destruction of its own civilization from within.
Turkey, on the other hand, which would be a more religiously and culturally compatible place for Muslim refugees to settle, has been deporting hundreds of Afghan refugees.
“‘Go home’: Poland sends thousands of text messages to migrants at its border with Belarus,” translated from “”Rentrez” : la Pologne envoie des milliers de SMS aux migrants à sa frontière avec la Biélorussie,” FranceInfo, September 29, 2021:
This is not a welcome message. Poland says it has sent nearly 31,000 text messages to foreign telephones along its border with Belarus on Tuesday, September 28, in an attempt to deter migrants there from entering its territory. “The Polish border is closed. The Belarusian authorities lied to you. Go back to Minsk!”, Read the message in English.
The text messages also contained a link to a site in English, French, Arabic, Russian and Polish warning migrants that crossing the border illegally “can lead to jail.” “Deteriorating weather conditions can endanger your life and health,” the site added. “Any attempt to hide and sleep irregularly (outdoors, unsheltered) can end tragically.” Six migrants recently died on the border between the EU and Belarus.
Immigration orchestrated by Minsk and Moscow?
Poland has deployed thousands of troops to the 400 km border in recent weeks, built a barbed-wire fence and declared a state of emergency that prohibits the press and NGOs from approaching it. With the drop in temperatures, associations spoke of a humanitarian crisis among migrants and asked for access to provide medical assistance.
Poland accuses Russia and Belarus of being at the origin of this wave of illegal immigration at its land border, with nearly 10,000 entry attempts since early August. The European Union sees this as a form of reprisal for the sanctions imposed by the EU against Belarus following the repression of the opposition by the Minsk regime.
#AceNewsReport – Oct.07: Service personnel who served in Afghanistan and wear the Afghanistan Operational Service Medal attended the ceremonies to pay respect to their fallen comrades. Over 20 years, 150,000 Armed Forces personnel served on operations in Afghanistan.
#AceNewsDesk report says that wreath-laying’s today mark 20th anniversary of UK operations in Afghanistan as the Armed Forces Minister James Heappey joined Armed Forces personnel to lay wreaths in memory of the 457 British service personnel who died during UK military operations in Afghanistan, on the 20th anniversary of the start of US-led coalition airstrikes God Bless in Loving Memory Amen 🙏’s for families ..
Today we remember the sacrifice and courage of the 457 service personnel who lost their lives during the 20 years of UK operations in Afghanistan.
We remember their bravery in conflict and their dedication to the cause of peace and democracy. Their selfless sacrifice transformed Afghanistan and showed the UK’s solemn commitment to standing with our NATO allies.
Armed Forces Minister James Heappey, who laid a wreath at the Bastion Memorial today, said:
Having served on two tours of Afghanistan myself, I was proud to lay a wreath at the Bastion Memorial in memory of those who tragically did not return home.
Our Armed Forces overcame unimaginable challenges in support of the people of Afghanistan and to defend the UK and its allies. We must continue to honour the legacy of the generations of service personnel who served in Afghanistan.
During the military withdrawal this summer, the UK Armed Forces continued to support the people of Afghanistan, successfully airlifting 15,000 vulnerable people out of Kabul, and welcoming them to the UK with medical support, education, training, and housing.
#AceNewsReport – Oct.01: Ashton is not under fire and being called “racist” for saying something false. No one seems to be disputing his assertions on any factual basis. ….
#AceDailyNews says that the UK: Chairman of Lincolnshire football club says supporters have backed him following refugee comments,” by Oliver Pridmore, Lincolnshire Live, September 26, 2021: But a meeting of Grantham Town’s supporters’ club on Saturday, September 25, met to vote on a statement that would have asked the team’s chairman, Darren Ashton, to apologise for his comment and to retract it.
But the group has confirmed to Lincolnshire Live that the statement was not backed because it felt that it would be “inappropriate” to comment whilst the FA were investigating the matter.
The investigation also meant that the supporters’ group didn’t want to offer any further comment to Lincolnshire Live.
Mr Ashton claimed that only two people in the meeting voted in favour of the statement, and that the supporters’ group has around 300 members, although he does not know how many were in attendance at the meeting as he wasn’t able to attend.
A representative from the supporters’ group told Lincolnshire Live that the number of members was in fact 113.
The Urban Hotel on Swingbridge Road in Grantham is currently home to refugees from Afghanistan after the British Government pledged to take in 20,000 refugees from the landlocked country over the next five years following the recent withdrawal of British troops.
In a tweet posted about this on the evening of Thursday, September 9, Mr Ashton said: “True story, I’m the chairman of Grantham Town, and we had one of our players staying there on a long-term agreement.
“Last Friday they informed him he had to be out by Monday. No consideration for an 18-year-old lad away from his family and friends trying to make a career for himself.”
He then posted a further tweet in the conversation, which read: “Those refugees are as we speak roaming the streets of Grantham trying to get drugs.”
Mr Ashton then tweeted again on Friday morning saying: “It would appear I upset a few people last night with some of my responses to there [sic] messages.
“I would like to take this opportunity to apologise to absolutely NO ONE. Good day to you all.”
Speaking to Lincolnshire Live following the result of the supporters’ group meeting being announced, Mr Ashton said: “A massive majority voted in my favour which I’m very happy about because a lot of people have misrepresented what I said.”
Mr Ashton says that he didn’t single out Afghan refugees in particular, as he claimed that refugees of other nationalities are staying at the hotel.
He said: “All along I’ve asked for people to point exactly to something I’ve said which was racist and they can’t.
“I have already said that the way I worded the tweets was a bit poor and I’ve apologised for that side of things, but I’m a council lad who hasn’t got a degree like most other people so sometimes my wording is poor.
“But I won’t apologise for the actual content of what I said because I’m not a racist, and I’m not right-wing as some people have said.
“What I’ve learnt during this process is that if you happen to disagree with someone who is on the left, then you are labelled right-wing.”…
#AceNewsReport – Sept.27: Wazir Ahmad Seddiqi, a local shopkeeper, told the Associated Press news agency that four bodies were brought to the square, one was hung there and the three other bodies were moved to other squares in the city to be displayed.
#AceDailyNews says according to BBC News the Taliban reportedly captured ‘four alleged kidnappers’ and hung their bodies as warning in city of Herat The men were killed in a gun battle after allegedly seizing a businessman and his son, a local official said but this is unconfirmed as its the report …
The BBC has not independently confirmed the circumstances under which the men were killed.
The gruesome display came a day after a notorious Taliban official warned that extreme punishments such as executions and amputations would resume if people did not obey the their laws
Local residents said a body was hung from a crane in the city centre.
The deputy governor of Herat, Maulwai Shair, said displaying the bodies was done to deter further abductions. He said the men were killed in a gun battle after the Taliban learnt that they had kidnapped a businessman and his son – who were both freed.
However, graphic images shared on social media appeared to show bloody bodies on the back of a pick-up truck with a crane hoisting one man up.
Another video showed a man suspended from a crane with a sign on his chest reading: “Abductors will be punished like this.”
Since taking power in Afghanistan on 15 August, the Taliban have been promising a milder form of rule than in their previous tenure.
But there have already been numerous reports of human rights abuses carried out across the country.
The Taliban’s notorious former head of religious police Mullah Nooruddin Turabi – now in charge of prisons – said on Thursday that extreme punishments such as executions and amputations would resume in Afghanistan as they were “necessary for security”.
In an interview with AP, he said these punishments may not be meted out in public, as they were under previous Taliban rule in the 1990s. Public executions were frequently held in Kabul’s sports stadium or on the vast grounds of the Eid Gah mosque during the group’s five year rule.
But he dismissed outrage over their past public executions: “No-one will tell us what our laws should be.”
Turabi – who is on a UN sanctions list for his past actions – added that “everyone criticised us for the punishments in the stadium, but we have never said anything about their laws and punishments”.
In August, Amnesty International said that Taliban fighters were behind the massacre of nine members of the persecuted Hazara minority.
Amnesty’s Secretary-General Agnès Callamard said at the time that the “cold-blooded brutality” of the killings was “a reminder of the Taliban’s past record, and a horrifying indicator of what Taliban rule may bring”.
#AceNewsReport – Sept.16: As part of our commitment to the people of Afghanistan, the United States is providing nearly $64 million in new humanitarian assistance to the people affected by the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. This brings total U.S. humanitarian aid in Afghanistan and for Afghan refugees in the region to nearly $4 billion since 2002.
#AceDailyNews reports that the United States has announced additional humanitarian assistance for the people of Afghanistan but this has led to denial of care to Americans: “a hospital near the Dulles Expo Center that federal officials designated as a go-to spot for medical treatment began running out of available beds, forcing the hospital to turn away non-Afghan patients who weren’t in need of critical care, said Nickerson, who also directs the Northern Virginia Hospital Alliance and declined to name the hospital.”
STATE DEPT: This assistance from the United States will flow through independent humanitarian organizations, including the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the World Health Organization (WHO), and provide support directly to the more than 18.4 million vulnerable Afghans in the region including Afghan refugees. This funding will allow our partners to provide lifesaving protection, shelter, livelihoods support, essential health care, emergency food aid, water, sanitation, and hygiene services to respond to the needs generated by recent conflict and compounded by the severe drought and other natural disasters, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic….
The Washington Postreported Tuesday that “[t]he mass arrival of Afghan evacuees last month, many in need of medical care, wreaked havoc on Northern Virginia’s hospital system — prompting a regional emergency response group to assume oversight after one hospital became overwhelmed with patients and federal officials lost track of where some Afghans were hospitalized, officials said.”
Kristin Nickerson, executive director of the Northern Virginia Emergency Response System, said: “Our hospitals are already almost at capacity. It’s not like they have tons of free beds available. We are still in the middle of a pandemic.” Oh yeah, that’s right, that pandemic for which Biden’s handlers are mandating vaccinations, except for migrants crossing the Southern border. Will the Afghan evacuees have to get the vaccine while they’re in hospitals for their free taxpayer-funded health care? The Post didn’t deign to say…..
#AceNewsReport – Sept.13: Going forward, the #Taliban will enforce gender segregation at the country’s universities based on their belief that coeducation is un-Islamic…..
#AceDailyNews says that the#Taliban have announced new rules for women and girls’ education the new rules include gender segregation and an Islamic dress code; subjects are also under review.
“Coeducation is in conflict with the principles of Islam and, on the other hand, it is in conflict with national values and is against the customs and traditions of Afghans,” Haqqani said.
In outlining the policy, Haqqani announced that campuses should ideally be segregated by gender. He said that short of that, universities should establish alternate class timing or ensure that classrooms are partitioned down the middle and seating is divided based on gender.
A strict dress code will likely apply at Afghanistan’s universities
The minister also stated that hijab or head coverings will be part of a compulsory dress code, but did not specify if this includes the niqab face covering.
Haqqani said the new rules are the outcome of the successful jihad waged against the West to establish an “Islamic system.” The minister claimed he did not want to turn back the clock to 20 years ago, when the Taliban last ruled and women and girls were not allowed to go to school, but said that the Taliban would “start building on what exists today.”
#AceNewsReport – Sept.10: The Welsh government said 50 families are being resettled across the country: Most of those who have arrived directly supported Welsh-based armed forces in the country over the past 20 years….
This is after the UK government pledged to rehome 20,000 Afghans over the next five years after the Taliban seized back control of the country.
“Today we welcome the families and individuals that have served our country in Afghanistan,” said Wales’ Social Justice Minister Jane Hutt.
“We have made clear our pledge of Wales being a nation of sanctuary and we’re committed to do all that is possible to ensure Afghan interpreters, refugees and their families are welcomed.”
: Taliban has now taken control of Afghanistan
She added: “All local authorities in Wales are participating in these schemes and have offered their support and assistance to the Afghan citizens who are being resettled in the UK.”
The Urdd youth organisation is providing initial accommodation before other properties are found.
Its chief executive, Sian Lewis, said: “As an organisation, we are proud to help and continue to share with our members the importance of loyalty to country and culture but also to humanity and a higher good: We have a moral obligation as a national youth organisation to support humanitarian projects and offer a hand of friendship and support to the Afghan community in their time of need.”
Colonel Sion Walker from the 160th (Welsh) Brigade said: “There are direct historical links with Wales-based and Wales-facing units and members of many of those families coming to Wales: They will have worked alongside each other during very difficult times in Afghanistan; our involvement is recognition of the support given and comradeships developed during those times and we are proud to have played a part in making Wales a nation of sanctuary.”
#AceNewsReport – Sept.08: Hundreds of protesters took to the streets on Tuesday to denounce Taliban rule and demand women’s rights: Protesters also chanted anti-Pakistan slogans, as many believe neighbouring Pakistan supports the Taliban, which the country denies….
❗️The #Taliban fire warning shots during a protest against Pakistan and ISI in Kabul!
This is why the Govt. of 🇵🇰 and the international community should call out India on its disinformation campaign and propaganda against Pakistan! This is a deliberate effort to disrupt peace! pic.twitter.com/9tl4q9ljIc
Video footage from the scene shows people running to safety, while heavy gunfire can be heard in the background.
A video sent to the BBC shows Taliban fighters firing their guns into the air – a move the group banned last week after several people were reported killed after celebratory aerial fire.
Guards at a nearby bank opened its basement car park to dozens of women who sheltered from the gunfire for about 20 minutes, one of the protesters told the BBC.
Some journalists, including the BBC’s team, were prevented from filming at the rally. Afghanistan’s Tolo news agency reported that its cameraman was arrested and detained by the Taliban for nearly three hours.
A former government official, who asked to remain anonymous, told the BBC that Taliban members were taking close-up photos of leading protesters, possibly to help identify them later.
The protesters were heard chanting “long live the resistance” and “death to Pakistan” as they marched.
“The Islamic government is shooting at our poor people,” one woman at the protest told Reuters news agency.
Another protester, Sarah Fahim, told AFP news agency: “Afghan women want their country to be free. They want their country to be rebuilt. We are tired… We want that all our people have normal lives. How long shall we live in this situation?”
The demonstrations come one day after Ahmad Massoud, the leader of anti-Taliban fighters in Afghanistan’s Panjshir Valley, called for a “national uprising” by civilians against the militants.
Many protesters showed support for the resistance forces, who say they are still fighting off the Taliban in Panjshir.
Anger directed at Taliban and PakistanBy Secunder Kermani, BBC Pakistan and Afghanistan correspondent in KabulThe mood amongst the protesters was one of real anger, directed predominantly at Pakistan but also against the Taliban. Large numbers of young women were among the crowd. One, chanting “death to Pakistan”, alleged the country’s air force had bombed Panjshir, the province where resistance forces have been holding out against the Taliban. Pakistan has dismissed those claims, but is widely seen has having long supported the Taliban’s insurgency. Many in Afghanistan have long deeply resented what they see as Pakistani interference – a feeling exacerbated recently by the visit to Kabul of the head of Pakistan’s intelligence services, the ISI.Taliban members in police vehicles initially drove alongside the protesters, not preventing them from demonstrating. However, they later fired volleys of bullets into the air to disperse the crowd, and stopped us and other journalists from filming further. These protests are the biggest challenge to the Taliban’s authority we have seen so far in Kabul, and include bold and direct criticism of the group. One young woman said, “We demand freedom of speech, democracy… I’m not afraid of death.”
#AceNewsReport – Sept.08: #Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid has announced who will be appointed to key government posts as the group assumes complete power over Afghanistan.
#AceDailyNewssays the #Taliban announce new caretaker government: The militant Islamists have appointed leaders for their new administration after sweeping to power in recent weeks. Most posts have gone to longtime leaders in the Taliban power structure heres waht is known …
In a statement released later on Tuesday, the Taliban’s supreme leader said the new government would be guided by Islamic Sharia law as interpreted by their fundamentalist ideology.
Who’s who in the Taliban government?
A spokesman for the militants said that Mullah Hasan Akhund will be acting prime minister, Sirajuddin Haqqani will be acting interior minister, Mullah Yaqoob will be acting defense minister and Amir Khan Muttaqi will be acting foreign minister.
Akhund has been the leader of the Taliban’s leadership council for decades. Yaqoob is the son of Taliban founder Mohammed Omar.
Haqqani is the scion of a powerful family and leader of the brutal and powerful Haqqani network, which has become a suborganization of the Taliban in its own right.
Student in Germany tries to get help for Afghan people
Muttaqi is an established part of the group’s diplomacy apparatus, representing the Islamist organization at UN-brokered peace negotiations.
The interim government will continue to include a Culture and Information Ministry as well as an Education Ministry, as well as a minister for refugees and repatriation.
The Taliban has not elaborated on how long the caretaker government will last, and did not mention plans to hold elections.
Who is missing?
The list did not appear to include any non-Taliban figures, which had been demanded by the international community.
There are also no women in the new power structure, something protesters in Kabul had been calling for as women fear losing their hard-won rights.
Also suspiciously absent, Afghan journalist Ali Latifi told DW, is Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada, who is “the leader of the Taliban as far as we know.”
Latifi said the omission gives credence to the rumors that the militant group’s supreme leader since 2016 is dead, despite assurances from the Taliban to the contrary.
What did the leaders say?
As if to dispel exactly these kinds of rumors, the Taliban put out a statement from Akhundzada later on Tuesday.
Known as the group’s supreme leader, Akhundzada congratulated the country on “liberation from foreign rule” and confirmed that “in the future, all matters of governance and life in Afghanistan will be regulated by the laws of the Holy Sharia.”
Under the Taliban’s extremist vision, this means few rights for women and minorities and a repressive understanding of rules given in the Quran.
Akhundzada said the new government would continue to uphold all international treaties and agreements not in violation with its interpretation of Islamic law.
How has the US responded?
Following the announcement of the interim government, Washington said it was concerned about the appointments.
“We note the announced list of names consists exclusively of individuals who are members of the Taliban or their close associates and no women,” the State Department said in a statement.
Hundreds take to Kabul streets to protest against Taliban
“We also are concerned by the affiliations and track records of some of the individuals,” the statement added.
The US said that it would judge the Taliban’s caretaker government “by its actions, not words.”
#AceNewsDesk says the ‘War is Ended’ – Future Govt Imminent: Mujahid appeared at the press conference hours after the #Taliban in a statement on Monday morning announced that its forces had completely captured Panjshir province: Due to communication problems, TOLOnews has so far not been able to obtain comments from the Resistance Front in this regard….
As the fighting continues in Panjshir, the Taliban on Sunday said they have captured all districts of Panjshir province but the fighting is ongoing at the provincial center.
Taliban Claims ‘All Districts’ in Panjshir, Fighting in Center: The Resistance Front, however, rejects the Taliban’s claim, saying they have retaken Paryan district from Taliban forces.
Both Taliban forces and the Resistance Front are claiming to have the upper hand on the battlefield.
Ahmadullah Wasiq, deputy head of the Taliban’s Cultural Commission, said on Sunday that Taliban forces have captured all districts of Panjshir.
“The Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate are actively present in all areas and districts of Panjshir. All the areas are under the control of the Mujahideen. They only faced resistance in Bazarak in the center of Panjshir,” he said.
Taliban forces posted a video on social media saying they have taken heavy equipment used by the Resistance Front.
“We have taken several cannons of the enemy,” said Mawlawi Sakhidad Majmar, a Taliban commander.
Mujahid said they wanted to resolve the issue of Panjshir via dialogue, but the talks failed.
On the future government, Mujahid said it will be announced soon, but will likely act as a caretaker government to allow changes and reforms.
When asked about the fate of the Afghan security and defense forces, Mujahid responded that the forces trained in the last 20 years will be asked to rejoin security departments alongside the Taliban forces.
Speaking about the country’s infrastructure and development, Mujahid said the “invaders” will never reconstruct Afghanistan and that it is the job of the people of Afghanistan and they should do it.
He also said technical teams from Qatar and Turkey and a United Arab Emirate company are working to normalize operations at Kabul airport.
On Afghanistan’s foreign relations, Mujahid said the Taliban wants good relations with the world, especially with China as it is a big economic power and it can help Afghanistan in reconstruction and development.
Mujahid also responded to reporters’ questions about the visit of the Pakistani delegation to Kabul that included ISI chief Faiz Hamid, saying Pakistan had repeatedly requested to make such a visit Kabul, and the Taliban recently agreed.
According to Mujahid, Pakistan is worried about the release of prisoners in Afghanistan as some may belong to Pakistan and may try to infiltrate into Pakistan. Mujahid said that the Taliban has assured them that no one will be allowed to threaten any country from Afghan territory.
#AceNewsREport – Sept.06: Flights between Kabul and the western city of Herat, Mazar-i Sharif in northern Afghanistan and Kandahar in the south started on Saturday, the Ariana Afghan airline said in a statement on its Facebook page.
#AceDailyNews says that Kabul airport reopens for aid and domestic flights, but the US says it won’t help the #Taliban according to Reuters …
“Ariana Afghan Airlines is proud to resume its domestic flights,” it said.
Earlier, Qatar’s ambassador to Afghanistan said a technical team was able to reopen Kabul airport to receive aid, according to Qatar’s Al Jazeera news channel.
The airport’s runway has been repaired in cooperation with authorities in Afghanistan, the ambassador said, according to Al Jazeera, in a further small step towards a return to relative normality after the turmoil of the past three weeks.
Reopening the airport, a vital lifeline with both the outside world and across Afghanistan’s mountainous territory has been a high priority for the Taliban as they seek to restore order after their lightning seizure of Kabul three weeks ago.
Kabul airport had been closed since the end of the massive US-led airlift of its citizens, other Western nationals and Afghans who helped Western countries.
Most of the international community is yet to announce whether they will accept the Taliban as the legitimate government of Afghanistan, and as a result, finance and access to the country’s assets has been paused.
In the US, aides Democrats who control both houses of Congress and to Republicans said lawmakers were nearly certain to provide humanitarian aid for internally displaced Afghans and refugees but not to the government itself, at least for now.
“It would be difficult to convince members of Congress to do anything that would appear to be supporting the Taliban government,” said a senior Senate Democratic aide, citing the absence of oversight and a reluctance “to support a government that is anathema to us.”
A senior Senate Republican aide agreed.
“Republicans would absolutely not support giving money to the Taliban,” the Republican aide said, saying they do not want to provide any money until Americans and Afghans who worked with the United States can leave Afghanistan.
The State Department did not immediately reply to a request for comment on whether it would request additional funds for Afghanistan.
#AceNewsReport – Sept.04; Taliban sources told Reuters news agency that they had seized the area, but the resistance fighters they are battling denied this: One of the resistance leaders, Amrullah Saleh, dismissed claims he had fled, but said the situation was “difficult”….
#AceDailyNews as the #Talibanprepare to set-up governance across Afghanistan the ‘Fate of Panjshir Valley’ is in balance amid heavy fighting to gain complete control against militant forces as claims and counterclaims are reported by both sides that they had seized the area ….
The fighting in Panjshir is reported to have left hundreds dead.
In Kabul and other cities several people were killed and others injured by celebratory gunfire, reports say.
Panjshir Valley, north of the capital Kabul, is one of Afghanistan’s smallest provinces and the only one not to have fallen to the Taliban.
The traditional anti-Taliban stronghold is home to somewhere between 150,000 and 200,000 people, and is hidden behind mountain peaks.
The resistance – which includes former Afghan security force members and local militias – is led by local tribal leader Ahmad Massoud. His father successfully fought the Soviets who invaded in the 1980s, and the Taliban in the 1990s.
In a video message sent to the BBC, Mr Saleh, a former vice-president of Afghanistan, said there had been casualties on both sides.
“There is no doubt we are in a difficult situation. We are under invasion by the Taliban,” he said.
But he added: “We will not surrender, we are standing for Afghanistan.”
He said he was sharing the video to assure people that reports suggesting that he had left the country were false. However the BBC was unable to independently confirm his location.
Ali Nazari, a spokesperson for the National Resistance Front (NRF) fighters, told BBC World News that the rebels had pushed the Taliban on the back foot.“There are well over a few hundred Taliban who are trapped. And they are running out of munitions and they are negotiating terms of surrender right now,” he said.But Taliban officials have been claiming victory in the area, with one commander telling Reuters news agency: “By the grace of Allah Almighty, we are in control of the entire Afghanistan. The troublemakers have been defeated and Panjshir is now under our command.”
The are now in control of the rest of the country, and are expected to announce a new government in the coming days.The European Union and UK on Friday joined the US in saying they will deal with the Islamist group, but won’t recognise them as Afghanistan’s government: The EU also said it was planning to re-establish a diplomatic presence in Kabul to oversee evacuations and ensure that a new Afghan government fulfils commitments on issues including security and human rights: But its foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell said any engagement would be subject to strict conditions and would only be to support the Afghan people.
The BBC’s chief international correspondent Lyse Doucet, who is in Kabul, says that while the Taliban are seeking international acceptance, they are seeking it on their terms. If the West does not want to deal with them, there are other powers such as China, Russia and Pakistan they can turn to, our correspondent adds.Meanwhile, the Taliban are said to have issued strict orders against aerial firing after unconfirmed reports of a number of deaths caused by celebratory gunfire in Kabul and elsewhere.
#AceNewsReport – Aug.31: The Chaman Spin Boldak border is one of the busiest crossings between Pakistan and Afghanistan with thousands of traders and travellers passing through this dusty town every day. ….
#AceDailyNews says that Afghan’s flee the #Taliban into Pakistan across the Chaman Border from dawn till dusk they pour in – hundreds of men with luggage on their shoulders, burqa-clad women walking briskly behind their men, children clinging to their mothers, exhausted in the scorching heat, and even patients pushed on wheelbarrows.
But these days, the traffic from the Afghan side is particularly high as thousands flee possible persecution by the Taliban.
‘They will raid our houses’
Zirqoon Bibi*, a 57-year-old woman belonging to the minority Hazara community, has only just arrived in Pakistan when I meet her.
“My heart is burning (with pain)” she repeatedly sobs when I ask how she is. “I ask myself what will become of my son, my only son”.
Her son, who works for a British company, has been trying to leave the country without success.
She says she already lost her daughter-in-law to a bomb blast by the Taliban targeting the Hazara community a few years ago.
“I felt so lost (after her death) that I couldn’t sleep for a long time. The Taliban are terrible people, I am scared of them”.
Before arriving in Pakistan, Zirqoon Bibi was housed in a small makeshift camp on the border with around 24 other Hazara women and children from different parts of Afghanistan: She left her home in the capital Kabul along with her two daughters and granddaughter.As she speaks, her granddaughter sits on her lap, completely oblivious to the fact that she has no home now.”I don’t care about my house or our belongings, I am only worried for my son and his daughter,” Zirqoon Bibi says while gently massaging the child’s shoulders. “Where can I go? what can I do? I have put this girl’s mother in the grave with my own hands. It takes a lot of effort and love to raise children, I can’t lose another one”
A country abandoned: John Simpson on AfghanistanBlack Hawks and Humvees: Taliban’s military gains Zarmeeney Begum*, a 60-year-old Afghan who is a Shia Muslim, has also just arrived with a group of other women. Shia Muslims in Afghanistan have been targeted by the Taliban in the past. She says when her community received news of the Taliban takeover, they felt they had no option but to leave Afghanistan……….Elderly people and patients were transported in wheelbarrows”We fear the Taliban will resume their acts of terrorism again. They will conduct raids on our houses. They are already looking for government officials. We feel that bombings may start any day,” she says.’Disrupted futures’Many of the new arrivals are young Afghan men and women who feel that their futures have now become uncertain.Among them is Muhammad Ahmer* who was studying and working as an English language instructor in Kabul. He is still in disbelief over how quickly Kabul fell.”It was so unbelievable. To be honest, we didn’t know they would take all of Kabul in just one night. But I was only scared about my school and my education,” he said.He said he currently doesn’t know what to do next, but is certain that his future doesn’t belong to Afghanistan under the current rule.”I want to make my own choices in life, I want freedom, so I am not going back.”Business is bad and unemployment rates are through the roof, said some who are migrating to find work in PakistanJamal Khan*, also a student in Kabul, has similar sentiments.”Everybody wants to live in their homes, but we were forced to leave Afghanistan. We are not feeling good about migrating to Pakistan or other countries, all people are worried, but they don’t have any hope,” he says.Others say there is no hope of survival under the Taliban.Obaidullah*, a labourer from Kandahar says he decided to flee to Pakistan because “businesses are destroyed, there is no government and the economy is in complete shambles”.”The situation in Kandahar is normal, but there is no work, I have come here so I can find some work, I will probably drive a rickshaw,” he said.Meanwhile, the Taliban has been trying to portray a more restrained image since its takeover. This is reflected in the stance of one foot soldier who stops to talk to us at the border.He insists the situation is completely peaceful now and says the “trauma of the Afghan people will end as soon as foreign occupation forces leave the country”. “It’s only a trust issue, people will soon know that we mean what we have promised,” he adds.
Thousands cross the Chaman Spin Boldak every day, but the influx from Afghanistan has been exceptionally high since the Taliban took overBut even as people pour in, they say these words mean little. “The Taliban may act differently this time, but people who have suffered from their hands in the past are not ready to trust them yet,” says Mr Ahmer.
They flee even though they know their futures are uncertain.The desperate scramble to escape Afghanistan Pakistan is already hosting millions of Afghans and says it cannot deal with another influx. Many believe it’s only a matter of time before Islamabad completely halts their entry. The Pakistan government has already said that unlike the 1980s, when millions of Afghans came over following the Soviet invasion, this time refugee camps would be set up on the borders and Afghans would not be allowed into the heartland. So far however, people are free to enter the country through the Chaman Spin Boldak border. But they understand the window is small, so they are willing to take any risk to get out.Where they can go after that remains to be seen.*Names have been changed to protect identities
#AceNewsReport -Aug.31: 26:35: I’m here to announce the completion of our withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the end of the military mission to evacuate American citizens, third country nationals and vulnerable Afghans,” McKenzie said via teleconference from his headquarters in Tampa. “The last C-17 lifted off from Hamid Karzai International Airport on August 30, this afternoon, at 3:29 p.m., East Coast time, and the last manned aircraft is now clearing the airspace above Afghanistan.”
#AceDailyNews reports that Military Phase of Evacuation Ends, as Does America’s Longest War as the last C-17 departed with Army Maj. Gen. Chris Donahue, the commander of troops in Kabul, and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ross Wilson aboard. It was fitting the State and Defense leaders left together, McKenzie said.
The last American Soldier leaves AfghanistanMajor General Chris Donahue, commander of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division, @18airbornecorps, boards a C-17 cargo plane at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. pic.twitter.com/qi5RqQfZQL
That C-17s played such a part in the evacuation is only fitting. On Oct. 7, 2001, Pentagon leaders announced that C-17 aircraft were dropping humanitarian rations to starving Afghans, even as American military might went after al-Qaida and the Taliban leaders that were sheltering Osama bin Laden and his murderous cult.
The C-17 departure today was both the end of the military portion of the evacuation and “also the end of the nearly 20 year mission that began in Afghanistan shortly after September 11, 2001,” McKenzie said. “It is a mission that brought Osama bin Laden to an end, along with many of his al-Qaida co-conspirators, and it was not a cheap mission.”
More than 800,000 American service members and 25,000 civilians served in Afghanistan over the almost 20-year mission. A total of 2,461 U.S. service members and civilians were killed and more than 20,000 were injured. “Sadly, that includes 13 U.S. service members who were killed last week by an (Islamic State of Khorasan) suicide bomber. We honor their sacrifice today. As we remember their heroic accomplishments. No words from me could possibly capture the full measure of sacrifices and accomplishments of those who serve, nor the emotions they’re feeling at this moment, but I will say that I’m proud that both my son and I have been a part of it,” he added.
While the military evacuation is complete, the diplomatic mission to ensure additional U.S. citizens and eligible Afghans who want to leave, continues.
This was the largest non-combatant evacuation operation ever conducted by the U.S. military. President Joe Biden ordered the start of the NEO operation on Aug. 14. Since then, U.S. military aircraft have evacuated more than 79,000 civilians from Hamid Karzai International Airport, which includes 6,000 Americans and more than 73,500 third country nationals and Afghan civilians. “In total, U.S. and coalition aircraft combined to evacuate more than 123,000 civilians, which were all enabled by U.S. military service members who were securing and operating the airfield,” McKenzie said.
McKenzie praised the more than 5,000 service members who enabled the operation. He said the number of people evacuated represented a monumental accomplishment, enabled by the “determination, the grit, the flexibility and the professionalism of the men and women of the U.S. military and our coalition partners who were able to rapidly combine efforts and evacuate so many under such difficult conditions.”
Coalition contributions were invaluable and McKenzie cited the contributions of Norway, which kept a hospital open during the evacuation that was instrumental in caring for some of the wounded from the ISIS strike.
The situation on the ground over the past month has been complicated. Assumptions and plans changed daily, the general said. One plan was to work with a functioning ally in the Afghan government and security forces. Another was based on the premise that the outer provinces would fall to the Taliban, but that Kabul would stand. Finally, it became apparent that the government was collapsing and the security forces giving up.
Each time the planners in U.S. Central Command rolled with the punches. They positioned forces in the region to act instantly and pre-positioned aircraft. They worked with interagency officials and with international partners.
McKenzie himself had to meet with Taliban representatives in Doha, Qatar, to tell them that if the group interfered with the U.S. non-combatant evacuation operation, there would be severe consequences. He said they were “businesslike and pragmatic” and did not interfere with U.S. operations on the airfield. This included military operations to bring Americans to be evacuated.
And they accomplished the mission. “The last 18 days have been challenging,” McKenzie said. “Americans can be proud of men and women of the armed forces who met these challenges head on.”
#AceNewsReport – Aug.30: The passenger boat sank carrying more than 100 people, with the driver of a cargo vessel suspected of colliding with the boat arrested…….
#AcDailyNews says that a Bangladeshi passenger boat sinks after it collides with cargo vessel, killing at least 22 and about 50 passengers were missing after the incident on Friday evening in a large open body of water in the eastern district of Brahmanbaria, according to initial reports from officials and Bangladeshi media…
Posted 21h ago, updated 17h ago
However, no passengers were believed missing after nearly 24 hours of search efforts, said Emon Sarker, a duty officer with the district’s fire service and civil defence, who also provided the final death toll.
“Maybe many swam to safety. There was no passenger list. It happens here. Today, nobody came to us looking for any missing people,” Mr Sarker said by phone.
Bangladesh is a delta nation where water transport is heavily used to move people and goods.
But deadly accidents are common because of unskilled operation and poor enforcement of safety rules.
The country is crisscrossed by 230 rivers, and during the monsoon season some low-lying areas fill with water and are also used by boats.
The cargo boat’s driver and two assistants were caught by locals in the Bijoynagar area and turned over to the authorities, said Anisur Rahman, the district police superintendent.
Mr Sarker said the sunken boat was still submerged and would be brought to shore on Sunday.
Survivors said about 100 people were aboard. Local news reports, quoting the area’s top government administrator, Hayat-Ud-Dola, said about 50 people were missing.
A witness said two cargo vessels hit the boat, which sank quickly, Dhaka-based The Daily Star newspaper reported.
“I was grazing cattle on the bank. I heard a loud noise and saw the cargo vessels hitting the passenger trawler. I saw the trawler sinking quickly,” witness Nurul Amin told the paper.
The Bijoynagar area is 82 kilometres east of the capital, Dhaka.
#AceNewsReport – Aug.30: Moreover, the Defense Department’s Automated Biometric Identification System has flagged up to 100 of the 7,000 Afghans evacuated as prospective recipients of Special Immigration Visas as potential matches to intelligence agency watch lists, a second official said.
#AceDailyNews says that a Kabul Evacuee With Potential ISIS Ties Detained at Qatar Base,” by Tara Copp, Defense One, August 24, 2021: Security screeners at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar have detected that at least one of the Afghans who was evacuated from Kabul Airport has potential ties to ISIS, a U.S. official confirmed to Defense One.
At least 6,000 fleeing Afghans have been evacuated to Al Udeid and thousands more have been flown to other temporary staging bases throughout the Middle East and Europe by U.S. military aircraft. At those bases, Customs and Border Patrol screeners are checking evacuees’ IDs and biometric data against law enforcement databases, the first official said.
Ultimately, thousands of those Afghans will come to the United States, where they will be initially housed at several military bases, such as Fort Bliss in Texas, Fort McCoy in Wisconsin and Fort Lee in Virginia.
“There’s certainly been a number of them” who triggered alerts, requiring agents to pull those evacuees aside for further screening, the first official said. In most cases, those Afghans—many of whom have already been vetted through the special immigrant visa process—were cleared by follow-on screening.
But in at least one case, the evacuee “looks like a potential member of ISIS,” the first official said. “They’re still working that through.”
On a Tuesday call with reporters, a senior administration official said that Afghans evacuated to third-party countries are going through “robust security processing” before coming to the United States.
“That process involves biometric and biographic security screenings conducted by our intelligence, law enforcement and counterterrorism professionals who are working quite literally around the clock to vet all these Afghans before they’re allowed into the United States,” the senior administration official said….
While most of the security alerts have occurred at Al Udeid, the massive airlift operation has expanded to the extent that it’s possible there are Afghans with potential terror ties getting flagged at other bases.
#AceNewsReport – Aug.29: Currently, the Taliban leadership is consulting with different ethnic groups, political parties and within the Islamic Emirate about forming a government that has to be accepted both inside and outside Afghanistan and to be recognized,” Stanikzai said…..
#AceDailyNews says #Taliban Discussions Continue on Inclusive Govt he was addressing the country on the national radio and television stations, Stanikzai said all people from different walks of life will be included in the next government according to TOLONews
Stanikzai said that all the people will see themselves included in the next government, which will be formed after consultations with the people of Afghanistan.
“The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is committed to forming an Islamic government in which all people from different walks will be included,” he said.
According to Stanikzai, since the collapse of the former government in August 15 there has been no war in Afghanistan. He added that people should work together to keep the peace.
He also called on all people–men and women–to work together to rebuild Afghanistan and reach a durable peace.
Stanikzai once again called on Taliban fighters to not create problems for the people, saying that no Taliban fighter is allowed to interfere in people’s personal affairs or enter their houses.
Referring to Afghans leaving the country, Stanikzai said that those who have left the country can come back and resume their jobs and that Afghanistan needs them and their talents.
Stanikzai assured the people on the formation of an inclusive government as people are worried about a prolonged power vacuum in Kabul.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has estimated that 500,000 people will leave Afghanistan in the next four months due to political uncertainty.