FEROZKOH (Pajhwok): Violence against women has doubled in the first four months of the current solar year in western Ghor province, fueling concerns among human rights campaigners and civil society activists.
Last week, three women were killed and a girl wounded as a consequence of domestic tension in different parts of the province, according to the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission’s Ghor chapter.

FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): Defence counsel in northeastern Badakhshan province complain they cannot properly plead cases of their clients, particularly petitions concerning violence against women, due to threats from warlords and other influential figures.
Subsequently, the attorneys allege, women’s rights continue to be trampled in the backward province. Taking up front on these powerful gunmen is fraught with dangers. Thousands of such cases have been disposed, but not without risk. 

FEROZKOH (Pajhwok): The government has failed to eradicate poppy farms even in areas under its control in western Ghor province due to increased insecurity and a presence of illegal armed men there, officials acknowledged on Wednesday.
Provincial counternarcotics authorities say the Ghor administration has been unable to win the annual prize for Zero Poppy Cultivationamounting to one million dollars for the past three years, as cultivation of the illicit crop has resumed in the province.

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Mega development schemes should be executed instead of small projects in different districts of southern Kandahar province under the National Solidarity Programme (NSP) -- a flagship uplift plan of the government. 
Provincial Council Chairman Haji Syed Jan Khakrezwal says he has raised the issue at meetings with NSP officials and village council members. He underlined the imperative of deriving maximum benefits from the important programme. 

KABUL (Pajhwok): Following rumours about Taliban’s supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar Mujahid's death, the Presidential Palace said on Wednesday the reports would be investigated soon
Syed Zafar Hashmi, the president’s deputy spokesman, told a crowded press conference here they had received information regarding the demise of Mullah Omar through media sources.
As and when confirmed, he promised, the government would share accurate information with media and the Afghan nation. He said they were still in the process of looking at the reports.

KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Janan Mosazai expressed his gratitude to Pakistan for its facilitative role in the ongoing peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban.
In his meeting with President Mamnoon Hussain at Aiwan-e-Sadr, Mosazai said Kabul’s relations with Islamabad are on the right track due to the vision, dedication and seriousness of the leadership of the two countries.

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Helmand provincial council members see personal benefits and negligence of local officials as main hurdles to executing reconstructions projects, an allegation rejected by the authorities as groundless.
Mohammad Karim Atal, head of the council, told Pajhwok Afghan News reconstruction projects in the province had been completely frozen due to the dismal performance of officials of unity government and negligence of local authorities.

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Electoral Reform Commission on Thursday said holding parliamentary elections before bringing reforms to the system would be meaningless.
Speaking to reporters here, Sidiqullah Tawhidi, the panel’s deputy head, said the commission was not an advisory body and that its members had been divided into two groups.
The first group would recommend amendments to the election law and the second would work on the structure, responsibilities and powers of electoral bodies.

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Thursday summoned Pakistani Ambassador in Kabul Mr. Sayed Ibrar Hussain, and expressed the protest and concern of Afghanistan in relation to the mortar and artillery shelling of Pakistani military forces over the Afghan territory along Durand line.

WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): US President Barack Obama on Wednesday held a video conference with his Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Dr Abdullah Abdullah, commending the Afgahn-led peace process, the White House said.
 “The president offered continued US support for the Afghan-led peace process and applauded President Ghani for his efforts to advance reconciliation. The two leaders committed to continuing close consultations in the months ahead,” the White House added.


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