11 December 2017

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Islamic Republic of Afghanistan considering the US president’s decision regarding to recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel concerning and the stance of the Afghan people in that regard constructive and reasonable.
BNA political affairs analyst commenting on the issue writes Mr. Trump US president against the expectation of all peace loving people across the world especially Islamic world recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Zionist regime and promised to move its embassy from Tel- Aviv  to in to that holy city forgetting that Jerusalem is undividable part of Palestinians’ territory.
This US president hurt the hearts of millions Muslims across the world and reduced global trust and belief to America earlier existed.
Afghan president and executive chief of the country expressing concern over, Mr. Trump’s decision insisted that the decision has hurt the hearts of millions of Muslims across the world.
These credible Afghan organs have also said that the status of Jerusalem should be determined according to international laws, UN resolutions and the demands of millions of Muslims.
The Afghan president and executive chief also pointed out that for realizing a fair peace in Middle East and Islamic world an international gathering is needed.
Likewise, Afghan national wide scholars’ council calling Mr. Trump’s decision irresponsible and tyrannical insisted on retreating of the decision, otherwise it will have horrible consequences.
In addition, huge massed of our people took the streets in Kabul and other provinces expressed their abhorrence against the decision. The protesters, political, civil society activists, various classes of people and the media of the country supporting the stance of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan regarding Jerusalem issue asked the US to know its responsibilities regarding to such important issues and act with high responsibility.
America should know that Muslims across the globe among the Afghans considering Jerusalem as their Islamic identity will defend Jerusalem and suppressed Palestinians rights as their Islamic obligation. Afghanistan will never recognize Zionist regime.
On the other hand, this hasty decision by US president will provoke extremist groups, using the situation in to their benefit provide the ground once again for anti- Islamic activities.
It would be better for Mr. Trump to think wisely, make decision wisely and retreating from his recent controversial decision would be considered a wise act.
Abdul Khalil Minawi
BNA Director General
     
 

Sunday, 10 December 2017 07:27

Martyrs And Wounded Families Received Aid

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Ghazni (BNA) Martyrs and wounded families have received aid in Ghazni province yesterday.
According to BNA, the assistances took place by presidential office and headquarter of Ghazni province.
Each martyrs family received 100,000 and each wounded family 50,000 Afghanis.
Mohammad Arif  wahidi deputy governor of Ghazni during dissemination of the cash said, the assistance was provided to the civilian family, whose loved ones had been martyred or wounded by terrorist attacks of armed oppositions in that province.
T. Yarzada
 

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Pul-e-Alam (BNA) A cashier was released from clutch of kidnappers in Logar province yesterday.
General Ghulam Rabani head of national security of Logar told BNA reporter, Hodom Khan Cashier and resident of Babos village Pul-e-Alam city who was abducted two month back by armed insurgents, released in an operation by security forces from outskirt of Tangi Wardak last week.
According to head of Logar national security department, armed opposition had demanded 700,000 dollars in exchange for the release of the cashier.
T. Yarzada
 

Sunday December 10, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Kabul resident Ezatullah Khan had to rush his ailing mother to Pakistan as a crippling winter electricity outage in the Afghan capital combined with smoke from coal and wood-fired heaters to make breathing impossible for the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD patient.
The Afghan capital has been plunged into severe electricity shortages this winter, inflicting power failures for more than 12 hours daily.
It has paralyzed the commercial, industrial and routine life of so many Afghans converging in Kabul from various restive corners of the country, especially the ill and elderly.
“The blood pressure of my mother was hitting dangerously high levels every other day because she was finding it hard to breathe, especially in the evening when there is no electricity to switch on the air conditioners, and the whole city is filled with smoke of coal and wood-fired heaters”, Khan told Anadolu Agency.
The city is littered by dark smoke when the sun sets and residents start burning wood, coal and even garbage to keep themselves warm.
Not many Afghans residing in the capital have the liberty to bear the financial and other costs to travel out or come-up with other costly solutions on their own to generate power and overcome the issues created by the shortage of electricity.
The government is simply blaming the steadily rising demand and supply gap for the situation.
Mohibur Rehman Momand, director for De Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), the power utility, told Anadolu Agency the demand for electricity in Kabul is reaching 600MW while the supply remains around 300MW.
“Kabul these days is no longer the city that it was a couple of years ago. It has developed enormously. Our clients, many of them comprised of hundreds of individual electricity users, have reached 541,000”, he said.
The power utility, and indeed the Kabul government, seems to be facing tough times in catching up with fast-paced population growth in the capital. Official estimates put the population of Kabul at 4.6 million, but unofficial estimates puts it at around six million.
According to the DABS official, public hospitals along with industrial sites remain the top priority for them.
Non-payment of bills is adding to the problem.
-Non-payment
Apart from the staggering gap between demand and supply, non-payment of electricity bills by influential individuals and groups, DABS clients in restive areas where the Taliban collect the money, is another hitch in this equation.
From former Jehadi leaders to various government ministries to the public broadcaster RTA and even the tomb of the former president, all owe the power utility millions of afghanis in electricity charges.
Earlier this week, the Wolesi Jirga (lower house parliament) had to set all pressing political and security issues aside to discuss the unrelenting electricity crisis in Kabul.
Lawmakers grilled DABS officials as well as Ministry of Water and Power officials. WJ’s member Fawzia Kufi said the capital had been plunged into darkness while the government seems idle, despite an abundance of natural resources available such as water, sun and wind.
“This shows the government’s incompetence”, she said.
Addressing the house, Khalid Stanikzai, director of commercial affairs at the DABS, said a significant number of their subscribers have defaulted for years.
“We have suggested to the government that such individuals with arrears of up to AFN 0.5 million ($7,264) should be put in the Exit Control List (ECL) and those with arrears of up to AFN 1 million ($14,528) should be barred from contesting in elections,” he said.
He was, however, confronted by angry parliamentarians who insisted the power utility should come up with a list of defaulters rather than imposing vague allegations.
“Why don’t you make the name of the warlords and other powerful individuals public? Why should a poor man keep paying bills while the powerful are not, and the poor people remain deprived of electricity?” Mohammad Hussain Fahimi said, lashing out at the DABS officials.
In reply, the power utility promised next winter would be much better, with 150MW of additional electricity added to the power grid. It includes an Asian Development Bank (ADB)-funded $44.76 million first 20 megawatts (MW) on-grid solar photovoltaic plant on the outskirts of Kabul.
But, for ordinary Afghan citizens like Ezatullah Khan, this exchange of arguments in the parliament and promises made at the higher level are too good to believe in:
“For me, it is meaningless even if they manage to generate even a 1,000MW of electricity when, God forbid, something happened to my mother”.
Yenisafak
 

Sunday December 10, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is generally agreed to be the foundation of international human rights law.
Adopted in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has inspired a rich body of legally binding international human rights treaties. For the first time in humanity history, the United Nations’ 46 members declared they have agreed on rights in which all human beings should be entitled of. It represents the universal recognition that basic rights and fundamental freedoms are inherent to all human beings, inalienable and equally applicable to everyone, and that every one of us is born free and equal in dignity and rights. Principal ideas mentioned and written in the declaration have been the result of hundreds years of thinking regarding of human rights as human.
Despite of this big thinking back up which is the output of hundreds years’ work of the philosophers who have thought about human rights as human, it was necessary that in years after ratification of the universal declaration supplemental principles should be added to it, so that it is clarified that war prisoners, refugees, women, victims of torture and children are all human that should be entitled human rights. Despite this, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 is one of the most significant of human document. The declaration is a benchmark in history and a good example in national constitutions of all countries.
By pointing to fifth article of the declaration: No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Despite of this principle, in most countries of the world there is still torture. Based on 22nd article of UDHR, everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality. But, 1.1 billion people are still living in poverty, while the declaration’s 23rd principle is about employment.
The 26th principle of the declaration says everyone has the right of education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. But, there are still more than one billion illiterate people worldwide. For the first time, Afghanistan government succeeded to get member the UN Human Rights Council two months ago. Permanent representative of Afghanistan in Geneva, the main headquarter of the UN Human Rights Council, can represent Afghanistan in the council from 2018 – 2020.
According to a spokesman to ministry of foreign affairs Shekib Mostaghni, when Afghanistan government announced its candidacy for membership in the UN Human Rights Council a year ago, political offices of the country in New York and Geneva as well as Afghanistan government officials started widespread campaign for the membership. He said Afghanistan government achievements in maintaining of human rights’ values in the past 17 years have been also reasons of obtaining the membership in the council. Meanwhile, membership of Afghanistan in the UN Human Rights Council has increased the international credit of the country as well as highlights role of Afghanistan in world decision-making process. The voice of Afghanistan, representing dozens of war-torn countries, will be in top stages of the world. Moreover, membership of Afghanistan in respective council is changing the country to an active player in issues relevant to human rights. National unity government is committed to maintaining and observing human rights as value mentioned in the country’s constitution.
Lailuma Noori
 

Sunday, 10 December 2017 07:21

Affected-Families Assisted In Logar

Sunday December 10, 2017

Pul-e-Alam City (BNA) Foodstuffs and cash have been distributed to 33 affected-families in central Logar province the other day.
Salim Saleh provincial spokesman of Logar told BNA reporter, the assistances provided by emergency committee and distributed to the mentioned families in Khoshi district of the province, he adding each family had received Afs 15,000, two sacks of flour, 10 kg cooking ghee and some pea.
It is mentionable that sometimes ago the families left their houses due to mountain slipping in Khoshi district of the province.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Following an operation conducted by Afghan National Army (ANA), four armed Taliban were detained from relevant areas of Qara Bagh district, Kabul province the other night, BNA reported.
Ministry of Defense press office told BNA, Afghan National Army conducted a mop9ng up operation in Akakhail area of Qara-Bagh district, as a result of which, 4 armed Taliban were detained along with their weapons, one of whom was injured.
A quantity of ammunitions and military equipment were also seized during the operation.
 

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, in a meeting with Turkmen foreign minister, Rashid Muradov, thanked him for his country’s practical implementation of TAPI project, The Presidential Palace said in a statement Saturday.
Turkmen foreign minister called hosting RECC-A as effective and praising the active role of Afghanistan in the conference, called signing of the Azure Road building contract, the most important step and considerable development.
He went on as saying that his country was ready for implementation of other regional projects and called both country’s practical measures in the field of the megaprojects dynamism helpful, said the statement.
The president said that TAPI was not only a Gas pipeline project, but beside it, transmission of power cables and optical fiber would be provided, said the statement.
“We are waiting to host Turkmen president for the inauguration of TAPI project in Afghanistan,” said the president adding as a good friend they will welcome the friendly country’s leader.
He said Turkmenistan’s effort for the mega projects’ dynamism and stability of the region was effective as he believed the regional countries would benefit the big projects.
The president instructed the organs concerned to practically enter cooperation with different committees, built earlier, the statement said.
According to another report, the country’s CE. Dr. Abdullah Abdullah also met with Turkmen foreign minister asking him for lessening the price of electricity for some northern provinces of the country.
Turkmen foreign minister also said his country would issue more education scholarships for the Afghans in the upcoming year.
 

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani says a major portion of the benefits from pine nuts exports goes to the pockets of the outsiders which amount up to $500 million a year.
Speaking during the closing ceremony of industrial exhibition in Kabul, President Ghani said pine nuts export from Afghanistan amounts to $700 million a year.
However, he said the turn over as a result of the exports of the pine nuts from another country reaches to $1.2 billion a year as the third country exporting the Afghan products make an annual profit of up to $500 million.
President Ghani said the government remains committed to support the private sector in a bid to boost the domestic revenues through coordination and cooperation. He said the government plans to further pave the way for the exports of the Afghan products outside the country, emphasizing that any truck importing goods to Kabul should not return empty and in return must export the Afghan commodities through the ports in Mazar and Herat.
In other parts of his speech, President Ghani said the air corridor program as part of the government’s policy will further expand in a bid to pave the way for the exports of the Afghan traders’ commodities.
He said the first flight as part of the air corridor left for Tashkent last week and further flights are expected to take place to Baku and other destinations soon.
 

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Kabul (BNA) At least thirty one insurgents including foreign nationals hailing from Tajikistan were killed during the operations of the Afghan Special Forces in northern Kunduz province.
The 209th Shaheen Corps officials in the North said the operations were conducted on Friday night in the vicinity of Imam Sahib District.
The officials further added that two foreigners hailing from Tajikistan and four commanders of the militants were among those killed and at least seventeen others were wounded.
According to Shaheen Corps officials, the militants leaders killed during the operation have been identified as Mawlavi Musa, Qari Amir Mazhari, Mawlavi Mansoor, and Mullah Abdul Hakim.
The operations were conducted in Qerghiz, Joi Begum, Pul-e-Imamuddin, and Yakhan Chan villages, the Shaheen Corps officials said, adding several weapons and ammunition were also confiscated during the operations.
KP
 

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