Tension Eased at US-Taliban Talks in Doha

A source close to US-Taliban talks in Doha was quoted by the BBC that tension raised during the last few days between the negotiating teams has eased between the two sides after the leaders of the two teams met behind closed doors. The source added that the negotiations were lasting ‘for at least a few more days’. The sixth round of Talks started on the 1st of May but row over a ceasefire and ‘Khalilzad’s harsh tone’ stalled progress in the first two days of talks. After Friday break the two sides met again and the source added that the day 3 meeting was very promising for both sides. On the record four issues are being discussed, the exit of foreign troops, counter-terrorism Intra Afghan talks, and the guarantees that Afghanistan will not be used as a staging arena for global terrorist attacks.

The Taliban spokesman in Doha, Suhail Shaheen, told international media that both sides have offered new proposals for drawing down U.S. and NATO forces. “There are proposals to lower the gap between the two sides, but (it) still needs negotiation to reach a final agreement,” as he was quoted by Associated Press News Agency.

 

13 dead in a complex attack by the Taliban in northern Afghanistan

The Taliban assault on police HQ in Pule-Khumri city of Baghlan province in northern Afghanistan killed 13 and wounded more than 50 police and civilians. Reports said a heavy explosion by a Humvee packed with explosives in front of Police headquarters was followed by the storming of eight gunmen, setting off a gun battle that lasted more than six hours.

According to the interior ministry of Afghanistan, 13 police were killed in the attack. “The complex attack on Baghlan police headquarters has ended with the death of all nine attackers, including the suicide bomber,” said Nasrat Rahimi, a spokesman at the Interior Ministry, adding that 20 civilians were also wounded.

 

New Child Support Law

The Afghan government officially announced implementing new Law on Protection of Child Rights passed by a decree of President Ashraf Ghani and published in the official gazette on March 11.

The law is initially drafted by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of Afghanistan with the help of UNICEF under the title of ‘Children Support Law’. This Child Protection Act was a much-debated topic in the previous parliamentary period, but the former MPs did not reach a consensus to approve the act over the age of children.

According to the law, boys and girls under the age of 18 are deemed as children.

The law has 16 chapters and 118 articles.

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