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Wednesday, 12 September 2018 06:18

15 Pakistani Citizens among 35 Terrorists Killed

Wednesday September 12, 2018

Kabul (BNA) At least 35 anti-government militias including 15 Pakistani rebels were killed during a military operation led by Afghan security forces in eastern Paktia province.
Since a week the military operation has started to suppress armed oppositions in relevant areas of Zarmat district and Gardez city the provincial capital of the province.
A senior commander of Afghan national army in the east of the country told BNA correspondent, 35 terrorists including 15 Pakistani militants were killed and about 60 rebels including dozens foreigners were wounded during the military operation.
According to reports, several hideouts belonged to Taliban militants have been destroyed along with all military equipment.
Meanwhile, military officials in the east of the country say, air and ground attacks targeting terrorists’ hideouts in Paktia province.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Defense and security forces in the last 24 hours conducting 14 joint clearing operations across the country killed dozens of insurgents and wounded 76 others.
According to defense ministry press office to BNA, the operations with support of air and artillery forces conducting in Nangarhar, Ghazni, Paktia, Paktika, Maidan-Wardak, Logar, Kandahar, Urozgan, Farah, Badghis, Sar-e-Pul, Baghlan, Takhar, Badakhshan, Faryab, Balkh and Helmand provinces killed dozens of insurgents, wounded 76 others.
Likewise, several heavy and light weapons and 3 motorbikes of the insurgents were seized in the operations.
T. Yarzada

Wednesday, 12 September 2018 06:10

Taliban Insurgents Joined Peace Process

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Aibak (BNA) Nine Taliban insurgents were joined to peace process in Samangan province yesterday.
National security head of Samangan told BNA, the militias led by Ghulam Shakhi their commander with their hand weapons were joined peace process due to efforts of ADS personnel in Aibak city of the province.
A function was held in headquarter of that province, Samangan security officials have called on other Taliban insurgents to join the peace process.
An amount of cash advances were distributed by NDS office to them.
T. Yarzada

Wednesday, 12 September 2018 06:09

Narcotic Drug Consignment Discovered

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Jalalabad (BNA) Two consignment of narcotic drug were seized and three men have been held in the connection of the case.
More than hundreds kg of hashish and heroin were seized from the consignment.
Police arrested three people on charges smuggling of the drug.
Ataullah Khogyani spokesman governor of Nangarhar told BNA, 88 kg of hashish and 14 kg of heroin were seized from the consignment.
He added, the detainees skillfully plant packages of narcotic drug in two vehicles and wanted to smuggle it’s in Marco bazaar in Jalalabad-Tourkham highway.
T. Yarzada

Wednesday, 12 September 2018 06:07

Selection Committee Holds First Session

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Presided over by Acting Minister of Information and Culture Hasina Safi, the first session of the selection committee of the members of commission on access to information held on Tuesday, BNA reported.
According to the agency, director of the ministry of information and culture’s publications Najiba Maram briefed the session about the selection committee and said the committee has been established based on law and to select the members of the commission to access to information.  Likewise, after discussion about the committee’s work and its members’ views, two members of the commission were tasked to work on a draft procedure of the committee and present the results in next session.  Furthermore, it was decided that the application form of the commission’s membership to be prepared and to inform the candidates, the issue to be advertised through media.
At the end, Acting Minister of Information and Culture Hasina Safi stressed that the selection committee members should make further effort to accelerate the committee’s works.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018 06:04

More Afghans Displaced by Drought Than War: UN

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Kabul (BNA)  A total of 275,000 people have been displaced by drought in western Afghanistan, 52,000 more than the number uprooted by conflict this year with over two million threatened by the effects of water shortages, the United Nations said.
Reports from the UN and aid charities described farmers lacking seeds to sow following crop failures in some areas and livestock dying for anything to eat.
Afghanistan, a country where nearly 20 million people rely on farming, has suffered a 45 percent fall in agricultural output this year as the drought has bitten, officials at the ministry of agriculture have said.
In a regular update, the UN humanitarian office reported that 120,000 people fleeing the drought arrived in Qala-e-Naw City in Badghis Province in the week to September 9.
A second UN report, with data covering August, said more than 100,000 people may have moved to Herat City for the same reason by the end of last month.  It estimated 2.2 million Afghans would be affected by the drought this year.
In Qala-e-Naw, where there are an estimated 66,500 drought displaced people, supplies and humanitarian aid are already insufficient to meet the needs of newly arrived families.
The UN cited an assessment by aid charity World Vision International that 99 percent of people in Badghis said their food situation was worse or a lot worse than a year ago.
“The assessment also indicates that most farmers lost last season’s harvest and nearly all of them lack seeds for new planting season,” the UN report said, noting reports that about 40 percent of livestock has been lost in Badghis due to a lack of pasture and fodder.
The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET), a US funded food security monitoring service, said in a report on August 31 that the number of Afghans in a food “crisis” was atypically high.
“Crisis” is step three on a five-step scale, where four is “emergency” and five is “catastrophe” and possible famine.
In Badghis and Faryab provinces, emergency outcomes are expected to emerge in January, FEWSNET said.
“Normally during this time period, food security outcomes begin to seasonally improve in much of the country, but due to drought and serve reduction in wheat production, reduced labor opportunities, and continued conflict more households face Crisis outcomes than normal.” It said.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan, India, and Iran on Tuesday held their first tripartite meeting at the Deputy Foreign Minister level during which they agreed to focus on consolidating economic cooperation, including on Chabahar, and enhancing cooperation on counter-terrorism.
“The meeting focused on consolidating economic cooperation, including Chabahar, as well as enhancing cooperation on counter-terrorism, counter-narcotics, and continuing support to the peace and reconciliation process that is led and owned by Afghanistan.
The three sides agreed to hold the next round of consultation at an appropriate time in India in 2019,” a joint statement issued at the end of the talks said.
The meeting, was chaired by Afghanistan’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hekmat Khalil Karzai.
The Indian and Iranian delegations were led by Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and Deputy Foreign Minister Dr. Abbas Araghchi.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Second Vice President Sarwar Danesh in a meeting with head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) Tadamichi Yamamo to stressed that the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) should independently review attack on a specific Afghan ethnic, BNA reported on Tuesday.
The VP’s demand raised following recent terror attacks in western part of the capital Kabul, which resulted in Killing and injuring dozens of innocents, the agency added.
VP Danesh called the attacks purposeful in which a specific group is being targeted, BNA continued.
Expressing concern over attack on the country ordinary citizens, UN special representative in Afghanistan said he would ask UN related organizations including UN human rights council to clarify their stance in the respect.
He assured he would share VP’s demand with UNSC in charges.
Both sides also discussed journalists’ security and safety.
Pointing at recent terrorist attacks in which a number of journalists and media staff have been victimized, Mr. Yamamoto asked the government of Afghanistan to do more for ensuring security and safety of journalists, BNA continued.
Stating that journalists and media are one of the terrorist groups’ objectives, VP Danesh said media and government joint committee led by him, has provided a procedure on ensuring security and safety of journalists and efforts are underway to work on better measures in the respect.
Vice president Danesh said the government of Afghanistan was committed to support freedom of speech, giving information to citizens and ensure security and safety of media and journalists.
Both sides also discussed issues pertaining to parliamentary elections.
UN special representative said considering the determined timeline, the demand presented by political parties on changing electoral system and using technology in voting process impracticable and stressed on Independent Elections Commission efforts to satisfy the political parties in the respect.
Appreciating UN organization cooperation on issues related to elections, VP Danesh stressed on electoral commissions’ serious efforts on doing their tasks a legal obligations.
Stating the electoral commissions’ functions have recently been followed with achievements, VP Danesh asked IEC to hold parliamentary elections on its due time.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met Iranian foreign Ministry’s political deputy Sayed Abbas Araghchi and his accompanying delegation at Sapidar Palace on Tuesday, BNA reported.
In the meeting, extending his country’s foreign minister good wishes to CE Abdullah, Iranian foreign ministry deputy said he has come to talk and discuss trilateral meeting between Iran, Afghanistan and India discussions on comprehensive cooperation document between the two countries, the agency further said.
He added work on three committees out of quintuple committees to reach joint comprehensive cooperation document between the two countries have been finalized and work on two other committees have been done by 90 percent so far.
He added finalization and signing comprehensive cooperation document would create “New Order” and “blossoming” between the two countries’ relations.
He stressed his country’s policy towards Afghanistan is based on national sovereignty and cooperation with the government and it supports Afghan government initiation to protect national unity, ensure peace, stability and security.
He also stressed on joint fighting terrorism and said terrorism didn’t have good and bad.
Expressing his country’s concern on Daesh terrorist group activities, he said Afghanistan’s security was Iran’s security and vice versa, thus, we should further cooperate with each other on fighting the faction.
Furthermore, welcoming the Iranian delegation, CE Abdullah thanked Iran’s assistances with the government and people of Afghanistan, adding work on comprehensive cooperation document and quintuple committees has been done with good will.
He said the national unity government leadership is keen on completion and signing comprehensive cooperation document between the two countries.
Pointing at current situation of the country, CE Abdullah said terrorism was a threat to our national security, therefore, both countries should cooperate in this regard, adding common threats need further cooperation.
Calling trilateral meeting between Afghanistan, Iran and India important, CE Abdullah said we hoped the meeting could provide the ground for new opportunities to three countries.’ People and investors.
He stressed in term of foreign policy, Afghanistan decides based on national sovereignty and interests and relations between the two countries would never go under pressure of others.
Both sides also discussed and exchanged views on bilateral cooperation on fighting terrorism, counternarcotic, refugees, joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPA), water challenge and bolstering cooperation between the two sides.

Wednesday September 12, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani received Indian deputy minister for external affairs at Arg, BNA reported.
Welcoming Indian deputy minister for external affairs and his accompanying delegation, President Ghani thanked that country’s cooperation with Afghanistan in different fields. Likewise, both sides exchanged view on joint fighting terrorism, economic and development cooperation as well as construction of Shah Toot Dam. Extending good wishes of his country’s leadership to President Ghani and people of Afghanistan, Indian deputy minister for external affairs offered official invitation of his country’s PM Narendra Modi to the President and hoped him to visit Delhi in an appropriate time. In return, while accepting official invitation of Indian Prime Minister, President Ghani appreciated PM’s good wishes and invitation and offered his and people of Afghanistan’s good wishes to Indian PM and people. Furthermore, Indian deputy minister for external affairs assured of his country’s continued cooperation with Afghanistan said we were ready to construct Shah Toot dam. Expressing gratitude over India’s continued cooperation with Afghanistan, the President called construction of Shah Tood Dam effective on Kabul people’s life.

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