UN Calls for More Action to Curb Corruption
A UN report says the Afghan government’s anti-corruption efforts have yet to impact the lives of most Afghans, and corruption remains a substantial obstacle to Afghanistan’s long-term peace and prosperity. UNAMA’s third annual corruption report recommends for Afghanistan to develop a long-term strategy to build on the gains of past reform efforts and leverage the growing public will to fight corruption. “Fighting corruption remains a truly fundamental necessity in Afghanistan,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan. “The United Nations welcomes the progress Afghanistan has made, but all Afghan institutions, along with every segment of society, must persevere in their efforts to advance integrity, accountability and transparency in the country.”
Taliban Attack Police Inside Kabul City
At least three police were killed and three others were wounded in a Taliban attack on a security post in Doghabad area of Kabul city last evening. Residents of the area told media that four policemen had died, while Kabul police officials said that three policemen had been killed and three others injured. The policemen were attacked as they were serving Iftar of the holy Ramadan. A picture of blood stained dinner table of the attack has gone viral on social media. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, meanwhile, claimed that eight policemen had been killed in the attack, and that their weapons and ammunition had also been seized. Two of the group’s fighters were wounded in clashes, he added.
Iran probes lethal mine-blast in Herat
A probe has been launched into a land mine explosion on a railway in Afghanistan that killed several Iranian and Afghan nationals, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi has said as quoted by Mehr news agency on 20 May. The victims had been working on an Iranian dam construction project. The mine had apparently been planted on a railway connecting the north-eastern Iranian town of Khaf to Afghanistan’s Herat. Mousavi strongly condemned the blast and extended condolences to the families of the deceased, Mehr added.
Tajikistan calls for greater efforts to fight IS in Afghanistan
Tajik President Emomali Rahmon has called on the international community to “double” its efforts to fight the so-called Islamic State group in Afghanistan, the Tajik president’s website reported on 17 May. The president delivered a speech at a high-level conference dubbed “International and regional cooperation on countering terrorism and its financing through illicit drug trafficking and organised crime”. In all, representatives from 50 countries and over 27 international and regional organisations took part in the conference that was held in the Tajik capital city of Dushanbe on 16-17 May. “A certain number of members of international terrorist networks, including the so-called Islamic State, are being transferred to Afghanistan for a specific purpose,” the website quoted him as saying. “All of them (IS militants) took part in terrorist actions in Syria and Iraq, acquired combat skills and have plans to destabilise the regional situation by using new ways and methods,” the president noted. For this reason, he called on the international community to “double their joint constructive efforts to find peaceful ways of solving the Afghan issue”.
- Attorney-General’s Office says it will soon make a decision on Keramoddin Karim, former head of the Afghanistan Football Federation, who is accused of sexually abusing women footballer. An AGO delegation also completes its investigation abroad.
- Controversy over election of parliament speaker disrupted the house session today. Supporters of Kamal Naser Osuli, of the candidates for the house Speaker, did not allow the new Speaker Mir Rahman Rahmani to chair the session.