#AceNewsReport – Nov.23: The “appalling cost” of the conflict has resulted in the suffering of at least 26,025 children between 2005 and 2019, according to the organization: Ahead of its donor conference in Geneva this week, Save the Children declared Afghanistan one of the world’s most dangerous countries for children and called on nations to cease using explosive weapons in populated areas:
Chris Nyamandi, Save the Children’s country director in Afghanistan, described a grim picture.
Imagine living with the constant fear that today might be the day that your child is killed in a suicide attack or an airstrike. This is the grim reality for tens of thousands of Afghan parents whose children have been killed or injured.
Violence has increased in Afghanistan as peace talks have stalled and US troops have begun withdrawing from the region. In 2019, Afghanistan accounted for the highest number of child fatalities (874) and injuries (2,275) of all global conflicts examined in the group’s report.
#AceNewsReport – Nov.22: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held a daylong round of talks with Gulf Arab leaders and representatives from the Taliban on Saturday, conversations that come as the United States moves to pull its troops out of war-torn Afghanistan: Pompeo met with the Taliban’s senior leadership as part of ongoing negotiations hosted by the Qatari government in Doha: Washington Beacon reports
Pompeo also talked to leaders in Doha and the United Arab Emirates about the ongoing threat posed by Iran and Trump administration efforts in its final months to further tighten the economic noose on Tehran: Gulf Arab leaders are already nervous about a Biden administration due to its vow to reenter the landmark nuclear deal Iran and provide it with a new wave of cash assets. While the Trump administration has leaned into its ties with Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Qatar, it is expected the Biden administration will pursue a policy centered on making Iran a more prominent regional player:
#AceNewsReport – Oct.20:Three hours after polling stations officially opened, complaints were streaming in about polling stations in areas that had not yet opened: According to the CEO’s second deputy Mohammad Mohaqeq, voting had still not gotten underway by 9.30am in the western part of Kabul – this despite thousands of people lining the streets waiting to cast their ballots: Mohaqeq said this constituted a serious irregularity and shortcoming which needs to be addressed by the Independent Election Commission: Most early reports indicate that numerous polling stations in Kabul had either not opened by 9.30am or had opened really late……………….Mohaqiq told TOLOnews that although polling centres were supposed to open at 7am across the country, by 9.30 am, eight polling centres in the west of Kabul were still closed………………….He also said he had spoken to election commission officials who said the head of the election commission’s office in Kabul Awal Rahman Rodwall has been assigned to resolve the problem………………Mohaqiq said Rodwall’s phone was however off……..He also said 14 polling stations have not yet opened in Deh Khudaidad in PD16: President Ashraf Ghani officially launched the long-awaited elections at 7am on Saturday morning when he cast his ballot……………..TOLOnews viewers said a voting station in PD4 had still not opened two and a half hours after voting started………………….Another one said the Abdul Ahmad Jawed High School center in Khairkhana, in PD15 was still closed after 9.30am, while other centers in Koband and in Nijrab districts are open but biometric devices are not working: The polling station at Anas Bin Malik Mosque in Khairkhana in PD11 was also closed, according to a member of the public and the Massoud Saad High School in Qala-e-Fathullah in PD10 was closed……………..Other issues that voters were facing including incorrect ballot papers at polling centers in Ghorian district in Herat: According to them, their polling centers were open but they had received ballot papers for Bamiyan and not Herat #AceNewsDesk reports
The Independent Election Commission’s (IEC) chief Abdul Badi Sayyad said on Saturday afternoon that a number of polling stations did not open as scheduled and if this situation continues they will open Sunday for people to vote.
He said the IEC will still take a final decision on this as some of the affected polling stations will open this afternoon: According to him, this will ensure that everyone has a fair chance to vote……………….Sayyad’s comments come amid an outcry by the public over the number of issues around the election process……………..TOLOnews received over 4,000 complaints in about an hour and a half – mostly about polling stations that had not opened……………………Another concern among TOLOnews viewers was that in some instances the wrong ballot papers had been sent to some polling stations.
Some Herat residents said they were sent ballot papers for Bamiyan
#AceNewsReport – May.09: Editor says this is what we know so far: The first blast occurred in Dasht-e-Barchi area in Kabul’s PD13 which was followed by gunfire: It happened close to the PD13 police headquarters building: Another explosion reportedly happened in Kabul’s PD10 – within half an hour after the first blast…………Kabul police confirmed the first explosion………No group has claimed responsibility for the incidents #AceNewsDesk reports
A suicide attack occurred close to a blood donation campaign in Kabul’s PD4 in Shahr-e-Naw area on Monday, the Kabul Police said: The blast had no casualties, a spokesman for Kabul Police Hashmat Stanekzai told TOLOnews……….The explosion took place at around 11:30am Kabul time after a suicide attacker who wanted to target the event was stopped by police in the area, Stanekzai said………..“Only the suicide bomber was killed after he detonated his explosives before reaching to his target,” he said, adding that “no one was hurt in the blast”……………Meanwhile, the interior minister Wais Ahmad Barmak who addressed lawmakers at the Wolesi Jirga, Lower House of Parliament, on Monday confirmed the incident and said “the enemies have changed their tactics and we will also change our tactics against them”………..No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack. #Kabul – The explosion was a suicide bombing which wanted to target a blood donation campaign in Shahr-e-Naw, but the attacker was stopped by police, Interior Ministry says. No casualty reported.— TOLOnews May 7, 2018: https://t.me/acebreakingnews/724461
#AceNewsReport – Jan.05: Top Islamabad officials have warned President Donald Trump against endangering US-Pakistan cooperation in Afghanistan, promising a “cold-blooded” response to Washington’s proposed aid cut to the South Asian nation #AceNewsDesk reports
http://ift.tt/2CIz3wXA senior Pakistani senator expressed disappointment Friday at the U.S. decision to suspend military aid, saying it will be detrimental to bilateral relations, while the government itself said it was too early to gauge the effects of the decision………..Nuzhat Sadiq, the chairwoman of the foreign affairs committee in the upper house of parliament, said Islamabad can manage without the United States as it did in the 1990s, but would prefer to move the troubled relationship forward.“What the U.S. is doing now is not good for its policy against terrorism and for a lasting peace in this region,” she said, adding that Pakistan has always “played a vital role in the war on terror.”……….The State Department’s declaration on Thursday lambasted Pakistan for failing to take “decisive action” against Taliban militants targeting U.S. personnel in neighbouring Afghanistan. U.S. officials have long complained that Pakistan tolerates or even encourages extremists, charges denied by Islamabad.A statement issued by Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry nearly 24 hours after the announced suspension of military aid said it’s too early to tell what impact the U.S. decision will have on counter-terrorism initiatives in the region. But it said the war on terror, which is entering its 17th year, has cost Pakistan over $120 billion……….The statement said Pakistan’s cooperation had helped “decimate” al-Qaida and drive other militant groups out of the lawless regions along the border…………Another statement on Friday rejected the U.S. decision to add Pakistan to a special watch list for violations of religious freedom, pursuant to 2016 legislation. That step does not carry any serious consequences………The Foreign Ministry said the designation is not based on “objective criteria.”Pakistan has recently begun constructing dozens of security posts along the border with Afghanistan as well as a fence to curtail cross-border movement. Afghanistan, which does not recognise the international border between the two countries, has objected to those moves……..The Foreign Ministry statement blamed Afghanistan for much of the unrest, saying it should accelerate efforts to repatriate the more than 1 million Afghan refugees in Pakistan and curb the runaway opium production that finances the Taliban and other armed groups……….Mohammed Amir Rana, director of the independent Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies, said that both Pakistan and the United States “need to realistically review their relationship and scale down expectation of each other.”“Pakistan cannot put all its eggs in the China basket,” he added, referring to the billions of dollars China is investing in Pakistan on a major transportation and power grid.Rana said the U.S. needs Pakistan if it wants to find a peaceful end to decades of turmoil, and if it wants to navigate the changing circumstances in neighbouring Iran, which has seen anti-government protests in recent days.The U.S. mission in Afghanistan is heavily reliant on supply corridors that run through Pakistan……….Dozens of Pakistanis meanwhile took part in protests against the United States in a number of cities……..In some places, the protesters set fire to portraits of President Donald Trump, but there were no reports of violence ………..Pakistan holds emergency National Security Council meeting after Trump tweets that the country gives the US “nothing but lies & deceit” http://bitly.com/2CtCSVNhttp://pic.twitter.com/CPxfMEqOSECNN News January 2, 2018 …..The US is suspending security assistance to Pakistan over what it says is a failure by the country to adequately crack down on terror groups http://cnn.it/2EZ529Qpic.twitter.com/yhgfnSnFt0but real reason is here: First trilateral talks of FMs of China, Afghanistan and Pakistan being held in Beijing to discuss development, connectivity, security and counter-terrorism.— All India Radio News December 26, 2017 ……..Wang: China and Pakistan want to cooperate over Afghanistan and in the future, we want to link #Afghanistan to China – through the #Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).— TOLOnews reports …..China and Pakistan are looking to include Afghanistan in their $57-billion economic corridor https://t.co/1szqhQ8yXV RT December 26, 2017
#AceNewsReport – GREECE:Aug.07: Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has said that Greece’s infrastructure can’t handle the thousands of migrants landing on its shores from places like Syria and Afghanistan, Reuters reported.
According to private Egyptian newspaper Youm7, two terrorists were killed and one police officer was injured when a car bomb detonated near Luxor’s Karnak Temple. Sky News Arabia reports that the detonation occurred after security forces confronted the car laden with explosives. Sky News added that a third attacker was injured in the foiled car bomb attempt.
#AceNewsReport – WAZIRISTAN:June.08: A suicide attack has killed seven Pakistani soldiers in a restive northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, Pakistan’s military said Monday.
The incident happened in North Waziristan on Sunday night, where the military has been fighting militants since June last year. “When being chased and cordoned, a terrorist exploded his suicide jacket,” the military said in a statement.
The blast triggered a gun battle between militants and troops in which 19 insurgents were killed, AFP reported.
#AceNewsReport – PAKISTAN:June.06: A number of suspected Taliban militants were killed Saturday in a US drone attack in Pakistan’s North Waziristan region, which borders on Afghanistan, local media reported.
#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – November 06 – Pakistan summoned the US ambassador after a Pentagon report alleged that Islamabad supports militant proxies in neighbouring India and Afghanistan,AP reported.
The Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that Pakistani National Security and Foreign Affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz conveyed the complaint to US Ambassador Richard Olson.
#AceWorldNews – AFGHANISTAN – November 02 – At least 26 prisoners were injured as the Taliban launched a rocket attack on Parwan Detention Facility – also known as Bagram Theater Internment Facility – in Afghanistan late on Friday, local media cited security officials as saying.
The 26 injured prisoners were hospitalized, according to Ministry of Defence spokesman Gen. Zahir Azimi.
A spokesman for the Taliban said the group was responsible for at least three attacks on the detention facility on Friday.
Bagram is a US-run prison located next to Bagram Airfield in the Parwan Province of Afghanistan.
In 2005, reports emerged of torture methods applied to prisoners in the facility.
#AceWorldNews – AFGHANISTAN – October 27 – The last US and British forces have been airlifted from a key southern province in Afghanistan on Monday.
‘The last US and British forces have been airlifted from a key southern province in Afghanistan ‘
The withdrawal of the troops from the combined base of Camp Leatherneck and Camp Bastion was carried out over 24 hours with flights back and forth between Helmand and Kandahar Air Field, the aviation hub for southern Afghanistan.
The base closure in the province of Helmand was one of the largest operations in the winding down of the international combat mission in Afghanistan, 13 years after the toppling of the Taliban regime, Reuters said.
#AceNewsServices – AFGHANISTAN – October 16 – Two senior leaders of the Haqqani network have been captured by Afghan security forces, officials said Thursday.
Afghanistan Security forces captures two Senior Haqqani Commanders
The hardline group is behind sophisticated attacks on Afghan and NATO forces.
‘ Jalaluddin Haqqani ‘
The National Directorate of Security (NDS), the Afghan intelligence agency, arrested Anas Haqqani,
the son of the network’s founder Jalaluddin Haqqani, late Tuesday along with Hafiz Rashid, another commander, AFP reported.
“We hope that these two arrests will have direct consequences on the network and their center of command,” NDS spokesman Haseeb Sediqi said.
The Haqqani network was founded by Jalaluddin Haqqani — an Afghan guerrilla leader bankrolled by the United States to fight Soviet troops in Afghanistan in the 1980s.
Now in his 70s and frail, he is believed to live with his family in Pakistan.
In the 1980s Jalaluddin was close to the CIA and Pakistani intelligence. He allied himself to the Taliban after they took power in Kabul in 1996, serving as a cabinet minister under the militia’s supreme leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar.
When American troops arrived after the 9/11 attacks, Haqqani sought refuge in Pakistan’s tribal district of North Waziristan and became one of the first anti-US commanders based in the border areas.
He has training bases in eastern Afghanistan and is close to Al-Qaeda. His fighters are active across east and southeast Afghanistan and in the capital Kabul.
The network is militarily the most capable of the Afghan Taliban factions and operates independently but remains loyal to Mullah Omar.
Unidentified gunmen attacked and killed Nasiruddin Haqqani, the group’s chief fundraiser and another son of its founder, on the edge of Islamabad last year.
A car bomb attack that killed more than 40 people in the Urgun district of Afghanistan’s Paktika province in July was blamed on the Haqqani network.
#AceWorldNews – KABUL – October 12 – Two Taliban gunmen have attacked the police headquarters of Mazar-i-Sharif, a city in northern Afghanistan.
Two people died in the attack and a further 18 have been injured, local officials told Reuters. “It was the first such incident in Balkh province,” said Abdul Razaq Qaderi, the acting police chief of Balkh.
“Police reacted quickly and killed both of them.” The Taliban have claimed responsibility.
#AceNewsServices – PAKISTAN – October 11 – The phenomenon of “child soldiers” is not new to this globe. From the far western shores of Americas, to Africa and Asia, the world continues to witness the rise of soldiers that are mere children.
‘ Child Soldiers of Pakistan ‘
The world is stunned beyond limits to see that humanity has fallen to this level in the exploitation of young innocent children as child recruits for fundamentalist agendas.
The use of child soldiers has spread to almost all the global armed conflict. Though an exact number is impossible to define, thousands of child soldiers are illegally serving in armed conflict around the world.
According to Do Something Org, many countries are allegedly reported on use of under-age soldiers, these include Afghanistan, Colombia, India, Iraq, Israel, Libya, Mali, Pakistan, Thailand, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, and more.
I am sure many are already geared up with the anti-Pakistani stereotypes that deem that whole of Pakistan is a terrorist country and on this list, I get this hatred towards Pakistan is a global trend but not many of you know the dynamics of child militia here. And am taking this opportunity to shed some light on various important areas.
Pakistan|Trending Local Child Soldiers issue
The growing phenomenon of child militants in Pakistan is a horrific reality, one mirrored in various conflicts throughout history. Young innocent children are targeted because they can be easily brain washed by militant groups.
The cycle of poverty, large family size and economic hardships are factors that leave vulnerable parents little choice but to send children in local madrassas as they are free of cost. The constitution Article 25-A says the State shall provide free and compulsory education to children between ages of 5 to 16. However that’s not being followed as millions of children are out of school and our literary rate is appalling low at 48%.
“Madrasa” is the Arabic word for any type of educational institution, whether secular or religious.
Most people have no choice but to send their children to religious schools or madrassas as. Moreover, there are huge discrepancies because education in Pakistan is heavily influenced by religion and in recent times Wahabi agendas.
The main source of funding for these madrasa groups is coming from Saudi Arabia. In fact, this whole phenomenon that we are confronting, which Al Qaeda is a part of, is very closely associated with Saudi Arabia’s financial and religious projects for the Muslim world as a whole. Its in greater interests to keep Pakistani children stuck into poverty cycles as they serve a greater agenda, shame on Pakistani government for colluding against its own.
Local madrassas cater Pakistani children as well as international students who avail the lucrative scholarship fundings from Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia.
However coming back to Pakistan, the different militant groups including TTP, LeT and so on have been able to harness the young Pakistani children in scores through enticing tactics.
Local Militant Recruitment Mechanism
The militant have sinister agendas however on the forefront they are able to cajole and manipulate young children by reminding them the sufferings of the Muslim world and that they have to play a role in eradication of misery; through this jihad.
“Madrasa” is the Arabic word for any type of educational institution, whether secular or religious.
Upon meeting some under-age boy militants in Swat, I found out that for years they have attended the madrassas whose lecturers and mentors taught them things like ” The Pakistan Army is the ally of the Western capitalist world; they the imperialists are all the enemies of Islam. The fight against them is justified; they are apostates, the friends of the infidels.”
The second message drummed into them is one which the world is facing today. The increasing intolerance towards Muslims and followers of faith Islam within their own regions and in the western world. Sadly this is capitalized upon very well by the militant groups. The young recruits are taught that they have to stand up against the helplessness of Muslim women, daughters and sisters that are getting dishonored by non-Muslims in Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine etc.
They also watch videos purportedly showing the killing of Muslims by non-Muslims in Afghanistan and the Middle East. Instructors tell them that a war is being waged against Islam.
‘ Child Soldiers Recruited by Saudi Arabia as Terrorists as young as five ‘
That the western world is at war with Islam has given a trump card to Pakistan’s militants for this sort of radical enticement of vulnerable children.
These main themes in lectures are taught to in both the senior recruits camps (ages 16 and older) and junior ones (ages 7 to 15), all are centered on vengeance and the need to do something for the wronged Muslims.The children are completely isolated from the normal outside world.
The young would-be suicide bombers are also persuaded by the promise of Paradise. This is, I repeat a huge blasphemy against the real teachings for if have to view from Islamic point of view; suicide is strictly forbidden along with the killing of innocent persons.Allah, God is the author of life that has granted us the gift of life and we mere humans don’t have the authority to take it.
This using of innocent children by militancy has to stop now. But. The inability of the Pakistan army to meet internal security challenges effectively is a particularly worrying factor. Three generations of Pakistani children are suffering due to the impact of this futilejihadi indoctrination.
It is time to seriously put an end to this madness, before it consumes us within the dark abysses of hatred and destruction.I am so exhausted to waking up in the mornings with the first thought in mind,What the hell happened Pakistan? And then trying to fix it some how in my way.
Though, we can’t bring back the already dead Pakistani children militants and can hardly ease the misery of the grieving parents, it is time for Pakistan to asses the complex root causes behind this phenomenon and design solutions for protection of children from becoming part of militancy.
#AceNewsServices – AFGHANISTAN (Kabul) – Five Afghan men were hanged on Wednesday for the gang rape of four women despite the United Nations and human rights groups criticising the trial and calling for new president Ashraf Ghani to stay the executions.
The rapes, which happened near Kabul in August, caused outrage
“Five men in connection to the Paghman incident and one other big criminal were executed this afternoon,” Rahmatullah Nazari, the deputy attorney general, told AFP.
The rapes took place in Paghman, outside Kabul.
There was no immediate comment from the office of President Ashraf Ghani, who faced strong public pressure to not stay the executions after he came to power last week.
“The court’s verdict has been implemented and all the convicts have been executed — five from the Paghman case, plus Habib Istalifi, who was head of a notorious kidnapping gang,” the attorney general’s chief of staff Atta Mohammad Noori told AFP.
Pul-e-Charkhi Prison Where the Five Afghan Men Were Hung’
The men were executed in Pul-e-Charkhi Prison near Kabul.
The brutal attack in August provoked a national outcry with many Afghans demanding the men be hanged, and then-president Hamid Karzai signed their death sentences shortly before leaving office.