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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Nearly 7 ISIS terrorist group were killed and 2 others were wounded during clearing operation launched by Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) in relevant areas of Nangarhar province.
Press office of 201 Sylab army corps reported BNA, the operation was conducted with support of Afghan air and artillery forces in relevant areas of Koot and Deh Bala districts of the province, in which seven members of ISIS terrorist group were killed, two wounded and a number of villages of the mentioned districts have been cleared from existence of ISIS fighters.
 

Tuesday February 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) A Afghanistan cricket broke a new barrier when Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan became the first from the war-torn nation to be picked in the Indian Premier League Player's Auction, in Bengaluru, on Monday.
Both Nabi and Khan players were bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad, for Rs 30 lakh and Rs four crore respectively after five cricketers from Afghanistan were included in the auction for the first time. It was a bit surprising that seasoned all-rounder Nabi was snapped up at his base price while leg-spinner Khan got the benefit of a bidding war between Sunrisers and Mumbai Indians and was eventually sold for eight times his base price. Both players are currently with the national team in Zimbabwe. "Feeling on top of the world, being selected for Team @SunRisers @IPL auction. Tnx for your love & support," Nabi tweeted shortly after getting the big news. N Nabi, a batting all-rounder who is also effective with his off-spin, was keenly tracking the auction alongside Khan and the rest of the players. While Khan doesn't have experience of playing T20 leagues, Nabi has played in Pakistan Super League (PSL) and for Sylhet Royals in Bangladesh. 18-year-old Khan, known for his goodly, has 62 international wickets to his name, 31 each in ODIs and T20 Internationals. Nabi is one of the senior most Afghanistan cricketers, having represented the country in 72 ODIs and 52 T20 Internationals. Afghanistan's entry into the cash-rich IPL is a reflection of their gradual growth in international cricket. The team qualified for the World T20 in the last four editions and made its 50-over World Cup debut in Australia two years ago.
Rediff
 

Tuesday February 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Pakistan militaries have conducted rocket and mortar attacks on Nangarhar’s Lalpur district for the past five days and caused displacing nearly two thousands of the district’s residents.
Residents of the respective district have protested and accused national unity government of inattention in this regard. According to the protesters, if the government of Afghanistan cannot react and respond Pakistan attacks, they are ready to defend their homeland and stand against Pakistan by giving sacrifices. But, why US forces to Afghanistan are still quiet in this regard, is a question which should be answered by US Donald Trump administration. Based on security agreement between Afghanistan and US, if a country of the region attack on Afghanistan, the US government is obliged to stand with Afghanistan government and show similar reaction against the attackers. The US forces to Afghanistan should strongly react against the Pakistan attack and even chase and perish terrorists having safe havens and hideouts in Pakistan so that all problems would end.
Previously, Pakistan militaries had targeted Kunar and Nooristan by firing rockets and mortar shells for years, but such rocket attacks have extended now to Nangarhar province and Afghanistan government should soon find solution through diplomatic channels and ask US to react in this regard based on BSA. Meanwhile, Nangarhar governor Gulab Mangal says fresh ground and artillery forces have been dispatched to Lalpur district of the province and nobody will be allowed to attack and enter even an inch of Afghanistan soil; nevertheless, Afghans say that US presence should be meaningful and let no countries attack on Afghanistan. The government of Afghanistan should also address problems of the respective district’s people suffered by Pakistan rocket attacks. Besides, the international community in particular US should put pressure on Pakistan to urgently stop rocket attacks on Afghanistan. It is not the first time Pakistan militaries have attacked on Afghan soil. Previously, the country had conducted rocket attacks on Kunar and even once fighting erupted between Afghan and Pakistan security forces in Torkham port causing causalities of both sides and facing Afghan refugees with big problems.
The government of Afghanistan should also share the problem with UN so that the United Nations would also put pressure on US to react against Pakistan artillery attacks and if US does not want to react on current problems, its presence in Afghanistan useless.
It is said that Afghan government representatives should conduct campaigns before participation in world security conferences held on Afghanistan so that donor countries would be encouraged to positively make decision on Afghanistan. In place of disputes on distribution of power, Afghan government leaders should think of the people, address current problems and prevent from attacks conducted by neighboring countries. Although US forces general commander to Afghanistan Gen. John Nicolson has said war in Afghanistan would not end and victory of the international forces in Afghanistan not possible until there were safe havens and hideouts in Pakistan, considered as a key country for funding armed groups and terrorists, but US still has not declared its stance about Pakistan.
Hamidullah Faizi
 

Tuesday February 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The ministry of public works has announced that it has activated an internet system to mobilize and monitor construction projects, amid growing complaints by the people about poorly built roads in the country’s capital.
Mahmoud Baligh, the minister of public works said that his ministry has launched the internet system to monitor the projects related to the ministry and help the people get access to information about the launched projects’ related problems, budget, procurements affairs, expenditures, contracts related biddings etc. He said the system would help work process be implemented successfully and added that the main aim of the ministry was to have precise information about the developments of the projects and the problems related to them each day. “Human sources and procurement systems would also be made online.” “The system had been activated within six months and right now, 1100 big and small projects are now covered by online system,” said the minister adding connecting districts with each other, through launching new road building projects, creation of railway and other transportation affairs are the responsibility of the ministry. The ministry of public works has earlier said it wanted to build hundreds of thousands of kilometers of roads all over the country, and that work on some of the has been started.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan Transparency Watch has blamed Afghanistan ministry of public works to fail to implement the projects well and transparently. Sayed Ikram Afzali head of the foundation praised the step taken by the government to create the online monitoring system to oversee the progress of the road buildings, but asked the government to appoint honest staffs to transparently monitor the projects.
He said the system would help transparency restored in the projects’ works process and corruption eliminated as well the culture of trusteeship institutionalized and those failing to implement their responsibility well, should be introduced to the government. Using low-quality substances in the road building projects, lack of transparency in the contracts, time consuming development projects have been among those problems, consecutively complained about. The foundation head, however sees in doubt if the system could completely prevent corruption, but said this could do something effective, rather to be deprived of. The ministry of public works said the system would also help trucks transportation to be controlled to highly prevent corruption. A university teacher, Ustad Massoud praised the move by the ministry said the system would help partially prevent corruption and restore transparency in the related affairs. But he asked the government to appoint honest individuals to fully carry out the process and the projects implemented well. “Since the last long, we see many of the uplift projects including road building launched out of quality, by some companies. They are not launching their quality works on the projects,” said Massoud who asked the government to sign contract with those honest companies, otherwise these companies would embezzle the funds and leave the projects semi-launched.
Ustad Sayhoon, an economic expert also said undoubtedly, the system could help monitor the projects well and corruption in the implementation process prevented, but the government should appoint eligible individuals in the process. The monitoring team should also do its best to monitor the projects comprehensively, as the people of Afghanistan want to see high quality built roads in the future. The goal could be secured through signing contracts with the strong construction companies which can provide high quality road building substances. Kabul citizens also complained about poorly built roads in the capital. Mohammad Nayem believed the work launched by some companies were out of quality, resulting in destruction of the roads in few days or months. Earlier the Kabul municipality has said it would sign contracts with valid and highly experienced construction companies.  The online system to monitor the projects is for the first time activated by the government in the country and hoped to the government to have successful in its goal.
Shukria Kohistani
 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Kabul (BNA) The first session of the commission for commemoration of the 3rd death anniversary of Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim, the former first vice president of Afghanistan held here yesterday, BNA reported.
The commission has been established in line with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s order with Chief of Army Staff Gen. Qadam Shah Shaheem on the chair, aiming to promote the spirit of the national unity and better commemoration of the third death anniversary of the former Jihadi leader and vice president of Afghanistan, the agency added.
At the outset, Gent. Shaheem briefed the participants on their duties and responsibilities of the member of the commission, where the sub committees of procurement, cultural, security and protocols where established with majority of the members’ votes.
Meanwhile, Adib Fahim, head of Marshal Fahim foundation and first deputy to national directorate of security thanked president for establishing of the commission, adding the foundation would spare no efforts to facilitate the committees with essential facilities in the capital Kabul and other provinces.
The Ministry of Information and Culture’s representative and director of the Bakther News Agency Abdul Khalil Minawi briefed the participants on cultural committee’s activities, adding the ministry would broadcast the event through the country’s mass media, the agency concluded.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs gave a list of 32 terrorist training centers that are operating on Pakistani soil against Afghanistan to Pakistani authorities through Afghan Ambassador to Islamabad and asked for immediate action against these centers.
The letter given to the Pakistani side also includes once again, the names of 85 Taliban leaders, officials and other terrorist groups, including the Haqqani Network who has been responsible for crimes against the Afghan people so that Pakistan take action to arrest and hand them over to the Afghan government.
It is noteworthy that the initial response of the Pakistani authorities to the list was positive this morning and we hope the country take practical steps in this regard.
The Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan once again desires to discuss and take responsible action jointly with the government of Pakistan on the lists and concerns of both sides, particularly within the framework of quadrilateral cooperation group.
The Government of Afghanistan emphasizes that if violence continues against the people of Afghanistan, it will continue its efforts to increase sanctions against all terrorist groups and their supporters through international mechanisms, especially the United Nations.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Speaker of Lower House of Afghanistan parliament has accused Pakistan of supporting terrorist groups in Afghanistan and the region.
Bakhtar News Agency (BNA) reporter reports that speaker of the house Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi has said that terrorism was the biggest and most serious issue in South Asia in which Afghanistan was the main victim of it.
He stressed that Pakistan rulers were apparently supporting terrorism and their policy towards terrorism was not in benefit of the regional countries, which could be a big threat to Pakistan itself in future.
The statement came after Pakistan accused Afghanistan followed by recent terrorist attacks in Pakistan, saying that perpetrators of the incidents were in Afghanistan and the country’s militaries have conduced rocket and mortar attacks on eastern parts of Afghanistan.
Pakistan recent stance has been followed by serious reactions in Afghanistan as speaker of house of people called Pakistan as main supporter of terrorism in the region – President Ghani has warned Pakistan continued attacks on Afghanistan and insisted that the issue would be shared with UN.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Eklil Hakimi, Minister of Finance met officials of the Civil Aviation Authority, representatives from National Procurement Authority and Embassy of Italy in his office here yesterday, the ministry said in statement.
The meeting discussed procurement and financial plans of Civil Aviation Authority, Construction, Survey and Maintenance of the Airports in Kabul and provinces (Logar, Nangarhar, Kandahar, Herat, Faryab, Daykundi, Khost, Kunduz, Sheberghan, Faizabad, Maymana, Qala-e-Naw, Jaghori, Lalo Sarjangal, etc). it is confirmed that, the Civil Aviation Authority should provide all its procurement and financial plans with a regular schedule and tax treatment to the Ministry of Finance to develop and complete project works, the statement added.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 07:12

Dr. Sadat Appreciate Sportsmen

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Dr. Kamal Sadat, Acting Minister of Information and Culture appreciated three boxers yesterday.
Zamarai Mohammadi, Jamil Nabizada and Sayed Najib Musavi, three top boxers of the country’s national team were appreciated by Dr. Kamal Sadat for their honors and achievements in domestic and foreign competitions.
In a meeting with three sportsmen, Dr. Kamal Sadat asked them to make efforts to obtain honors to Afghanistan so that the name of our country would be more brightened in sport.
Acting minister of information and culture asked Afghanistan youth to refer to sport besides getting education as sport was a sound hobby and guarantees health and prevents youth from drugs. Dr. Sadat regarded preventing youth from drug addiction as religious responsibility of all the people.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Kabul (BNA) The second vice president Mohammad Sarwar Danesh in a meeting with members of the women network of Afghanistan reviewed the standpoints and opinions toward the law on Elimination of Violence Against Women (EVAW), code of penalty and harassment of women and children, Bakhtar News Agency said.
Hinting to importance of women network’s standpoint toward law on elimination of violence against women, harassment of women and children as well as code of penalty, the second vice president said unity must be kept and people’s opinion must be respected while decisions are made, adding the final decisions need to be taken after majority of votes and opinions, the agency added.
Meanwhile members of the women network presented their recommendations, adding considering the importance of the law, it should be ratified at the earliest.
Calling approval of the law on prevention of harassment against women and children by the national assembly a bold step, the network members said their demands should be included in the law before its final ratification by the parliament.
After hearing the comments and proposals of the women’s networks, the second vice president Mohammad Sarwar Danesh said the law on elimination of violence against women would be kept independent, considering the country’s cultural, security and social situation. Pointing to code of penalty, VP Danesh said there is no need to ratify the law quickly, adding the comments and demands of the women’s network to be added and would be approved after all detailed reevaluations. The second vice president went on saying approval of the law on prevention of harassment against women and children by the parliament was a major step toward institutionalization of rule of law in the country, adding would be soon ratified by the president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the agency concluded.

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