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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Kabul (BNA) BNA media affairs analyst commenting on the issue writes Nai or free media supporting organ recently released its annual report. According the report 2017 has been a bloody year like the previous year for journalists and media staff in the country.
Nai in its report  points to 141 cases of violence against media staff, including 14 murder cases, 22 cases of injuries, 14 cases of arresting and depriving from the rights of freedom, a case of beating and 69 cases of threat and contempt.
According to the report, government relevant officials and employees, armed opposition groups and unidentified terrorists had role in violence against journalists and media workers.
In the same time San de frontier organization in its new report has called Afghanistan as the third dangerous country for journalists.
The two above mentioned reports have released while Afghanistan considers freedom of press and speech as its main and great achievement and expresses its commitment for further growth and dissemination of free media, but the recent reports draw unfavorable situation from the press of the country and indicate that for protecting free activities of media and the safety of media workers, are many works to be carry out by relevant state organs.
Although Nai in its report attributes most of the violence against journalists to government officials and employees but it cannot reflects the state’s activities against journalists and media staff, because, most of the people who commit violence against journalists are tyrants, powerful and warlords living in the areas under the rule of government whose heinous and illegal acts should not attribute to the government, however it is the responsibility and obligation of the state to curb and prevent such people from doing activities against the law.
Among the incidents which were carried out during 2017 against journalists, the most horrible and barbaric of them were committed by terrorist groups. Attack on national radio in Jalalabad, attack on Shamshad TV network, attack on frontier radio in Ghore province and recently attack on Tabian Cultural Center and Afghan Voice News Agency are the most evil and wicked crimes that terrorist groups accepted their responsibility.
If we compare the situation of Afghan journalists in areas under the dominance of government, a number of tyrants and warlords disturb the activities of journalist while they seriously threat to death in areas where under the command of the armed opposition groups.
In spite of all problems, it is the state as an organ for law and justice enforcement supports media, while presently, problem like lack of security, weak economy and dependency of certain media are the main reasons for the problems the media in our country suffering.
There is no doubt that freedom of media and speeches is a unique achievement of Afghan government, however there are serious challenges and dangers that still treat this achievement, the authorities should focus on.  
Abdul Khalil Minawi
BNA Director General
 

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The high peace council chief has asked the religious scholars of the country to declare the efforts for peace as Jihad of peace and strengthen the hopes for peace among our people.
BNA social affairs analyst commenting on the issue writes recently the High Peace Council held a session under the title of National Consolatory Peace Session with the participation of religious scholars from 34 provinces of the country.
The head of the council asked the scholars of the country to declare the efforts for peace as jihadi for peace. According to him, peace is a jihad and effort that can end and prevent bloodshed among muslins.
The aim of the session is collecting the views and listening to the consolations of the religious scholars and strengthening the peace process in the country.
The peace high council held and host the session in a time where armed opposition groups have started war and their adventures under the disguise of religion and continue their crimes under this holy slogan and seek a sharia law to justify their acts.
What is of more importance and emerged as a bitter fact in Afghan society is this that the war claims the lives of Afghans and damage their country. Therefore, restoration of peace and stability is a priority and urgent need of our people, using every opportunity we should provide the ground for peace and end the disastrous situation in the country.
There are many ways for reaching peace from using the influence of scholars to diplomacy, economic programs; social and regional relations are the canals and corridors   that lead to peace and stability in the country.
Among the facts mentioned above, the role of religious scholars and spirituals is of great importance, because the people who are planning for de stability and continue the ruthless war against Afghan people are carrying their heinous crimes in disguise of Islam, therefore we should deal them according to Islamic law and Islamic instructions.
War and peace in Afghanistan have complicated dimensions that can be overcome successfully using the religious scholars’ talent and capabilities.
We live in traditional community. There many sensitivities that govern and effect the life of Afghan people. The foreign intelligence services using these sensitivities keep the flames of war alight in our country and use religion as a means fight against Muslims.
The religious scholars are the heirs of prophets, the torch of society and teach the people about good and bad. They work for peace and welfare of Muslims and never can be used as a means. Therefore it would be very useful to have the advices of the heirs of prophets to rescue the country from current situation.
The decisive and constructive stance of scholars and spirituals can serve as a means for settling the problems and lead the government and people to national consensus and makes the oppositions to know about their faults.
Abdul Khalil Minawi
BNA Director General
 

Monday December 25, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The foreign ministers of Afghanistan, China and Pakistan will hold a session in Beijing city very soon aiming to normalize relation between Kabul and Islamabad and improving peace process in Afghanistan.
BNA political analyst commenting on the issue writes, Beijing the capital of China would be the scene of tripartite session of foreign ministers of Afghanistan, China and Pakistan. The session will be hold with the initiative of China a traditional ally of Pakistan and also has a friendly relation with Afghanistan. China has committed to mediate between Afghanistan and Pakistan that passing through tense relations for decades.
Afghanistan considers Pakistan as the patron of terrorism and the factor of many problems the country suffering. Due to the tense relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan have taken many cooperation opportunities in the region and caused interferences of other countries in the affairs of the region. Afghanistan hoping the revival of the opportunities and changing the region in to site of cooperation and peaceful co- existence participate in Beijing session.
Afghan people and government welcome any session, dialogue and move which create incentive for improvement of regional cooperation. 
Afghanistan since a long time, for removing mistrusts and hostilities between Kabul and Islamabad has spared no any efforts and follows an active diplomacy for that end. For instance, Hamid Karzai the then president of Afghanistan visited Pakistan for at least twenty times and also he himself or his government high ranking officials attended the international meetings held by UK, Turkey, US and other countries for settling the Afghan problem and improving relation between Kabul and Islamabad. But unfortunately, all the sessions ended with commitments and optimism without any tangible result.
The incentive of cooperation with Pakistan and normalizing relation with that country also followed during president Ghani’s reign. As president Ghani in first tours to foreign countries, visited Pakistan and welcomed the efforts made for normalizing relation between the countries. Currently Beijing session follows the same incentive.  Afghan people want nothing but peace and prefer and honor international conventions and if others observe the conventions the Afghans and the people of the region enjoy a peaceful co-existence, while seeking regional supremacies and regional rivalries further increase tension and disability in the region and prevent the economic growth and public welfare and provide the ground for interference of other countries.
Today, the region especially Afghanistan is the scene of unsound military rivalries. Therefore, if there is a true will for regional peace and prosperity, Beijing session should be used as an opportunity for removing regional hostilities and rescuing the region from military rivalries that threats peace and stability not only in the region but in entire world. There is no doubt that every country involved in Afghanistan problem, has its interests, but it should not be forgotten that our people have their own interests that should be honored and observed. 
At the end, it is mentionable that any session or dialogue aiming restoration of peace and stability in to Afghanistan should demonstrate the will of Afghan nation and should have promising consequences, otherwise once again we will wandering for the word of peace as before.
 

Sunday December 24, 2017 Kabul (BNA) Russia’s special representative to Afghanistan claimed that ISIS terrorist group has 10,000 fighters in Afghanistan, he warned that US may be underestimating about the threat of the terrorist group in the country. BNA analyst commenting on the issue writes, Zamir Kabulov special representative of Russian president for Afghanistan told to an official news agency of Russia that, ISIS militants has over 10,000 fighters in Afghanistan, many of whom fled from Iraq and Syria. Russia was among the countries that already warned about treatment of ISIS terrorist group in Afghanistan, but warning of the country disregard, while ISIS group strengthen its presence in Afghanistan, Kabulov further added. The numbers of ISIS militants those had more experiences in Syria and Iraq war are increasing in Afghanistan, Kabulov added, he also expressed his concerns regarding presence of ISIS fighters in north of Afghanistan and the regions that has border with Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. Mr. Kabulov in his interview emphasized that, specifically the aims of the ISIS terrorist group is that to expand its influence outside Afghanistan, which severely threat Central Asia and southern parts of Russia. Meanwhile, previously American military officials in Afghanistan told that about 3000 ISIS loyalists existence in Afghanistan. Recently, Russia expressed his cooperation with US to fight against terrorism and counter-narcotic drugs in Afghanistan, which the decision welcomed by National Unity Government as well. Some Afghan political experts believe that, there is no doubt that ISIS terrorist group rise up in Afghanistan and some ex-Taliban militants gravitate to the group and also inside disputes of Taliban cause that ISIS terrorist group recruiting Taliban fighters increasingly. Pakistan’ intelligence service and some Arab countries had active role in establishing of ISIS terrorist group in Afghanistan. Iran and Russia are aware about the ISIS’s programs and its foreign supporters in the region than other countries and strengthening of the terrorist group rendering lash on their regional interests, the political experts say. The experts went on saying that Iran and Russia heightening IS terrorist group in Afghanistan to find foothold in the region, particularly Russia by using ISIS name trying to expand its presence and influence in Middle Asia. The experts also mentioned that ISIS terrorist group is a game and an intelligence’s project which would provide proxy war for other countries in Afghanistan. How to rescue our people and country from the games and intelligence’s projects? Accurateness and secret policy need to overcome the challenges, the political experts concluded. Alef Aansari