04 April 2020

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Friday April 3, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Ashraf Ghani in a meeting with the speaker and several members of the Lower House yesterday evening congratulated on election of the house’s administrative board.
According to BNA report, the president called mutual respect, coordination and cooperation significant factors that need to be enhanced among the three branches of the government.
Lower House Speaker Mir Rahman Rahmani and the administrative board lauded the president’s efforts for peace and preventing the coronavirus spread.
Given the public concerns over the spread of corona and ambiguities in the peace process, they expressed hope that political differences be settled and called on the political figures to work together for progress and welfare in the country.
President Ghani said the government’s efforts are underway to contain the spread of covid-19 and ensure the safety of the citizens, as tens of sessions have been held to deal with the pandemic since registration of the first corona virus in the country.
The president once again reiterated that people of Afghanistan want a dignified and sustainable peace that can bring an end to the four-decade conflict in our homeland.
President Ghani said the future cabinet of the country will represent all demographics of the country, where the opportunity to serve will be provided for prominent academic and political figures based on their competence and eligibility.
He said any opportunity should be seized to deal with current crises and to ensure stability, progress and welfare in the country.


Friday April 3, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Ashraf Ghani held a virtual meeting with the governors of Kabul, Parwan, Kapisa and Maidan Wardak yesterday, where they could share their measures, challenges and recommendation on fighting the spread of coronavirus.
According to BNA report, the governors articulated their measures such as public awareness programs by seeking help from religious clerics, media and community volunteers; isolation of individuals suspected to be infected with coronavirus; preventing price gouging and controlling the price of essential items such as foodstuff and consumables in coordination with private sector; and arrangement of working opportunities for daily wagers.
Mohammad Yaqub Haidari, governor of Kabul asked his counterparts in the central zone to inform the residents in their relevant provinces to avoid travelling to Kabul to prevent spread of the corona pandemic disease.
He added that the process of delivering and distribution of wheat packages to the needy and destitute people will begin in the Kabul city and its surrounding districts today.
Mohammad Yusof Ghazanfar, the President’s Special Representative on Economic Development, Trade and Poverty Reduction Affairs assured that coordination has been established with the private sector on control of the markets and supplying food items, goods and consumables.
First Vice-President Amrullah Saleh said the government has put measures in place to address the challenges on movement of vehicles and residents of Kabul in the city.
He called for balanced distribution of wheat throughout Kabul city and asked the governors to present their realistic predictions on the areas at risk to enable the government to adopt precautionary and preventive measures.
President Ghani said, as much as 20 million Afghanis will be allocated to each province of the central zone namely Kabul, Parwan, Kapisa and Maidan Wardak for fighting the spread of covid-19, instructing the acting director of AOP to fundamentally remove procurement challenges.
The president instructed the relevant authorities to prepare a list of the poor and vulnerable who would be affected during the emergency lockdown in Kabul and provinces and underscored no stone must be left unturned to prevent the spread of the pandemic.
President Ghani said the authority to spend 30 percent of the code on disaster management has been delegated to the first vice president to ensure timely decision making in cases of emergency.
The president also said the government has initiated certain programs to encourage, support and find markets for the products of orchardists and farmers.

Friday April 3, 2020
ASADABAD CITY (BNA) As many as six armed oppositions were killed during clashes with Afghan security forces in eastern Kunar province.
The conflicts took place while a group of Taliban fighters stormed on Afghan security forces’ convey in Noor Gul district of Kunar province.
Senior military commander in the east of the country told BNA, six anti-government militias were killed during the clashes.
According to another report, Afghan national police personnel by discovering and confiscating six round of different type of mines succeeded to prevent several deadly incident in crowded areas of Kunar province.
No one was arrested accused of foiled mine plantings.


Friday April 3, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Ashraf Ghani officially introduced Mohammad Daoud Sultanzoy as the new mayor of Kabul city yesterday, BNA reported.
Mohammad Daoud Sultanzoy expressed gratitude to the president for entrusting him with the position and pledged to continue the plans devised by the former mayor and pursue new plans in coordination with the president and residents of Kabul.
He highlighted the need to fight corruption, establish reforms and improve service delivery to the Kabul residents and said success of Kabul municipality will depend upon public cooperation.
First Vice-President Amrullah Saleh said being in charge of municipality is a crucial task where people expect you to provide better services for them, underscoring a cultural change needs to be embedded among the Kabul residents to feel responsibility before their city and society.
President Ashraf Ghani praised the Kabul residents for their patience and said lack of a well-devised plan for Kabul resulted in sprawling informal settlements in many parts of the city, underlining that he has got a clear picture of Kabul city after meeting with Kabul residents and receiving their realistic analysis and perspectives.
The president vowed to deliver on the commitments he made during the meetings with the Kabul residents.
The president talked over the spread of coronavirus that threatens the entire country and said, “We need to make joint efforts to overcome this threat.”
The president said he expects balanced development of Kabul within the upcoming years and termed curbing corruption, efficient use of resources and creating new resources among crucial responsibilities of Kabul Municipality.


Friday April 3, 2020
SHABERGHAN CITY (BNA) More than 6 terrorists were killed and three others were wounded following attack launched by Afghan National Defense and Security Forces in northern Jawzjan province the night before last.
The insurgents had plan to carry out attack on several security checkpoints in relevant areas of Mangjak district of the province that ANDSF informed from their plan and stormed on them.
Shaheen army corps by releasing a statement said, six anti-government militias were killed and three more were wounded during the attacks.
The armed oppositions had plans to conduct attack on several security checkpoints, but fortunately Afghan security forces timely thwarted their plans.


Friday April 3, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Ashraf Ghani officially introduced Mohammad Shakir Kargar as his chief of staff today morning and extended gratitude to Dr. Faizullah Kakar for his efforts during his tenure as the chief of staff.
According to BNA report, the president underscored that the political stratum of Afghanistan should stand in unison to ensure supreme interests of the country particularly in the peace process, referring to his inauguration speech.
He said it should be crystal clear that our call on political figures of the country is part of a cohesive plan, calling for a wide-ranging consensus for peace, fighting the spread of coronavirus and reforms.
The president termed building political consensus a fundamental duty of the Office of the Chief of Staff to the President that should be built on regular consultation and cooperation.
Mohammad Shakir Kargar expressed gratitude to President Ghani for putting confidence in him and entrusting him with this significant responsibility and added that he will move forward his duties by relying on the experiences of Dr. Kakar and through coordination, cooperation and consultation.

Friday April 3, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Ashraf Ghani met today evening with a number of prominent political leaders namely Hamid Karzai, Professor Abdul Rab Rasul Sayyaf, Mohammad Younus Qanooni and Ustad Karim Khalili at the Presidential Palace.
They held an extensive discussion over the current status of the country as well as the Afghan peace process.

Friday April 3, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Ashraf Ghani in a phone conversation with General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff today afternoon discussed joint efforts to prevent the spread of covid-19 as well as trade and transit matters.
According to BNA report, General Bajwa extended congratulations to President Ashraf Ghani on his re-election as well as formation of the inclusive peace negotiating delegation of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
Having welcomed the formation of the inclusive delegation, The Pakistani Chief of Army Staff expressed hope it could serves as a step forward to beginning peace negotiations with the Taliban group.
The Afghan and Pakistani sides urged that fighting the spread of covid-19 requires a collective commitment at regional and global level and emphasized on joint efforts by the two countries to overcome the pandemic disease.
The two sides also agreed to take necessary steps to facilitate transportation of trading items into Afghanistan in order to help Afghan traders transfer their commodities as soon as possible.

Thursday, 02 April 2020 11:47

Blast Prevented in Khost

Thursday, April 2, 2020
Khost (BNA)  The police forces of Khost prevented from explosion of a car packed explosive in Khost yesterday.
Police senior officials of Khost with releasing a statement said BNA, terrorists struck the car full of explosive in a crowded area of Khost city.
Police started investigation to identify and arrest the perpetrators of the event.
T. Yarzada


Thursday, 02 April 2020 11:46

Taliban Insurgents Killed in Faryab Raid

Thursday, April 2, 2020
Maimana (BNA) Eight armed Taliban insurgents were killed in Faryab yesterday.
Mohammad Hanif Rezaee spokesman for Shaheen 209 army corps told BNA, the insurgents were killed in Afghan Security Forces raid on their hideouts in Almar , Qaisar and Belcheragh districts.
Eight other insurgents have been injured and a planting mine of them was discovered and defused, said Rezaee.
T. Yarzada


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