Tackling targeted attacks part of talks' agenda: Stanikzai


KABUL: The head of the republican negotiating team, Masoom Stanekzai, on Friday stressed that targeted killings and attacks on journalists would be one of the agenda items during the intra-Afghan peace talks with the Taliban. 
According to him, targeting journalists is a serious matter and will be raised in the talks, which will resume on Jan. 5. “This is one of the serious issues that we need to raise and follow,” Stanekzai said. 
This is while about six journalists have been killed in the last two months alone. 
On Friday (yesterday), Bismillah Adil Aimaq, a journalist and civil society activist in Ghor, was killed in an attack by unknown armed men in the city of Feroz Koh, the provincial capital. 
Meanwhile, Abdul Baqi, a tribal elder in Helmand, was killed in an attack by unknown armed men in Lashkargah city on Thursday evening. 
According to the National Directorate of Security (NDS), the arrested suspects are the Taliban members who were released among 5,000 prisoners as a part of the US-Taliban peace agreement.