U.S President Donald Trump this week had lunch with a group of senior service members in a bid to come up with ideas on fighting the war in Afghanistan.
Trump said before the lunch that he wants “to find out why we’ve been there for 17 years, how it’s going and what we should do in terms of additional ideas.”
He said: “We have plenty of ideas from a lot of people, but I want to hear it from people on the ground.”
This comes as Trump’s aides search for an improved strategy in tackling the war – a war that has been ongoing for 17 years.
The leader of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Sami (JUI-S) Maulana Sami-ul-Haq has offered a conditional support for the peace process in Afghanistan.
According to a statement released by Maula Sami’s office, the leader of the party has said he is prepared to support the Afghan peace process but the foreign forces must leave the country first.
He has reportedly made the remarks during a meeting with the Afghan ambassador to Pakistan.
The statement further added that the Afghan ambassador met with Maulana Sami to play his part in encouraging the Afghan Taliban to peace talks, considering his influential role.
In the meantime, Maulana Sami has called on the government of Pakistan to reconsider its policies in Afghanistan, claiming that India is taking advantage from the ongoing situation in the region.
A new political party by the name of Mehwar-e-Mardum-e-Afghanistan was officially launched on Sunday in Kabul.
Leaders of the new party addressed a crowd of supporters and said the National Unity Government (NUG) was not able to manage political, security, economic or other affairs of national importance.
The new party was formed by a number of political figures who have in the past worked for government.
Around 100 individuals – including Rahmatullah Nabil, the former head of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) and Rangin Dadfar Spanta, the former adviser to the national security council – are included in the leadership of the new party.
Afghan army soldiers who lost their legs due to landmines get ready at a military base on the outskirts of Kabul to compete in the Invictus Games which will be held in Canada this September.
The seven soldiers were selected out of dozens of wounded Afghan military personnel to compete in the international Paralympics-style event along with service members from 17 different countries.
It is the largest team Afghanistan has ever sent to the Games.
“I am so delighted to go to Canada with my friends. We wish to win the competitions there and raise Afghanistan’s flag all over the world,” said Mohammad Esa a double amputee former soldier on the volleyball team as quoted in a report by Reuters.
The first vice president and leader of Junbish Millie party General Abdul Rashid has strongly reacted at the remarks of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and a top US diplomat, hours after reports emerged that the controversial case involving the vice president and his rival has been referred to the court.
The office of the first vice president in a statement said the Attorney General Office is not having such an authority to permit the vice president to travel abroad, pointing towards President Ghani’s remarks during a press conference on Tuesday where he had said Gen. Dostum is in Turkey for the treatment on the permission of the Attorney General Office.
The statement further added that the US embassy must respect independency of Afghanistan and bilateral relations between the two countries, insisting that the legal and judicial system of the country has a clear definition and approach regarding such cases.
Gen. Dostum’s office also added that irresponsible remarks by the foreign diplomats and missions will only spark concerns among the people.
The leader of Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin hekmatyar slammed the Iranian President for his remarks regarding the construction of water dams in Afghanistan.
Speaking during a press conference in Kabul, Hekmatyar said no one has the right to give orders or warn the Afghan people.
Hekmatyar further added that no one has the right to interfere in the internal affairs of Afghanistan, urging Iran to respect the water treaty between the two nations.
According to Hekmatyar, such remarks are considered as a threat and urged the Iran to cooperate with Afghanistan as a good neighbor.
In the meantime, Hekmatyar urged the neighboring countries of Afghanistan, specifically Iran and Pakistan, to play their role in helping the Afghan government to ensure peace in Afghanistan.
The leader of Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin in his reaction regarding the formation of the new coalition has said that his party will support any move or step that strengthens the current system.
However, he has warned that his party together with the support of the people will stand against any such moves and steps to be taken to weaken the government and system.
Hekmatyar made the remarks in a statement released by his party after a new coalition was formed between Jamiat-e-Islami led by Salahuddin Rabbani and Ata Mohammad Noor, Junbish Millie led by First Vice President General Abdul Rashid Dostum and Wahdat Islami led by deputy chief executive Mohammad Mohaqiq.
The statement further added that all political parties and movements should join hands and unite their force to support the government and take the country out of the ongoing crisis.
Two key Afghan political figures and old rivals, General Abdul Rashid Dostum and Ata Mohammad Noor, have met in Turkey together with the leader of Harakat-e-Islami Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq as the trio have stepped up efforts for political unit in the aftermath of the recent violence in the country.
An Afghan MP and spokesman of Junbish-e-Millie party Bashir Ahmad Tahyanj said the three leaders have reached to an agreements on several key issues, including the formation of unity among the political figures, movements and parties.
He said the three leaders also agreed that they are not after the collapse of the current government but insisted that the current situation, deadlock, and violence is not acceptable to the Afghan nation and their respective parties.
Tahyanj further added that the three leaders are expecting to organize further meetings and take practical steps in the country in a bid to find a solution for the situation of the country which has drastically deteriorated during the recent days.
The Afghan government has brought changes in the security command of Helmand, a relatively volatile province in southern Afghanistan which witnessed a deadly attack last week, leaving scores of people dead.
The changes in the security command includes appointment of General Ghulam Daud Tarakhel as the commander of the 505th police zone of Helmand and appointment of General Abdul Ghafar Safi as the police chief of Helmand.
Senior deputy interior minister for security General Murad Ali Murad said the changes were made on the recommendations of the ministry of interior and approval of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.
Afghan Senators claim the United States’ strategy against militant groups in Afghanistan has failed, warn if the signed security agreement with U.S. was not “honestly” implemented, the ongoing crisis would deepen even further in the country.
After the collapse of the Taliban region in 2001 and thereafter, with the presence of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, many believed the country would experience stability but it wasn’t the case as the conflict and insecurity being extended in the country.
The Second Deputy Speaker of Upper House (Meshrano Jirga) said the U.S. did not implement the commitments made for stability of Afghanistan and in most cases the Afghan-U.S. security agreement being violated and it caused the ongoing conflict to be extended in the country.
“U.S. has not been successful in Afghanistan war and dual policy being followed by the country, it has developed distrust among Afghan people,” Second Deputy Speaker of Upper House, Mohammad Asif Sediqi said.