Manager Bakhtar News Agency is the official state news agency of the Afghan government, based in Kabul. The agency is a major source of news for all media in Afghanistan, gathering domestic and international news and providing information to outlets. Tue, 23 Jan 2018 09:57:40 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Taliban Use A Four Month Infant For Terrorist Activities Taliban Use A Four Month Infant For Terrorist Activities

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Recently security forces in Kunduz province uncover a fourth month infant with explosive materials in his clothes.
The implacable terrorists intended under the cover of the infant, transfer the explosive to Kunduz city commit another inhumane crime once again.
BNA reporter reporting the story writes: the move of Taliban indicates that they are not restricted to any reason and do any hideous act; even they have no mercy to the rights and life of an infant. The reason is Taliban know nothing about Islamic teachings and the human rights.
The ignorant Taliban who were carrying the explosive materials in the body of the infant under his clothes have been arrested by police.
National Security Directorate says carrying an operation they have arrested five terrorists while interring Kunduz city.
According that security organ the explosives which was carefully hidden in the body of the infant discovered and foiled. In connection to case five people including a woman arrested.
The inhumane of act of Taliban raged the hanger of people and severely condemned.
Taliban who claim of being the true followers of Islam using children in performing their terrorist programs have an evil past.
Once one of the members of this notorious group in Helmand province had his eight year old sister to carry out terrorist attack, but she surrendered herself to security forces.
In Oruzgan, Taliban gave a remote control mine to a small girl to take to police post, when she reached close to security post, they exploded the mine and committed a crime against all humanity value.
Likewise, the suicide attack on French Cultural Center was carried out by a child. In Kunduz security forces arrested a child who was assigned to carry a suicide attack. Also, suicide attack on Tabiyan Cultural Center was performed by three children.  In addition to the above mentioned criminal acts, Taliban have used children for transporting narcotic drugs, weapon trafficking and other crimes even beheading of the captives.
Sowita Abulrahizai the deputy chief of Independent Human Rights Commission of Afghanistan in children section says the children are the most vulnerable class of the society are innocent and need to be cared and supported.
Using children in armed conflicts is the most brutal and vicious act in the society, because such acts categorically banned by Islamic sharia and enforced laws of the country.
We ask the state to severely punish the people who commit such ominous acts in order the others not use children in conflicts, because they are innocent and have the right to live.
Taliban in recent years have acted more violently than before, because they have comprehended that their slogans have no any attraction among the people anymore and the people knowing their genuine nature and affiliation express their hanger and hatred against them.  

Security Tue, 23 Jan 2018 07:15:11 +0000
ROK Strengthens Support For UNFPA In Addressing Gender-Based Violence In Afghanistan

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Kabul (BNA) The Republic of Korea has stepped up its long-running support for UNFPA’s response to gender-based violence (GBV) in Afghanistan with a recent contribution of $5.4 million.
These funds will help sustain UNFPA’s projects, established through the national government as well as local governments, to prevent and respond to GBV through the end of 2020. These projects are currently active in 11 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces, and will expand over the next year to reach 24 provinces.
The overall goal of the program is to better enable the health sector to respond to violence against women and girls, by strengthening referral mechanisms between health, legal and police sectors to provide a package of essential services. The project will also include GBV prevention activities through engaging community elders and religious leaders, as well as men and boys.
“The issue of violence against women requires serious attention and support,” noted Amb. Rhee ZhaHyoung, the Republic of Korea’s Ambassador to Afghanistan. “UNFPA, through this GBV project, takes a comprehensive approach to address the issue, providing survivors with necessary physical and psychological care as well as referrals to protection and legal services. The Republic of Korea is willing and ready to continue its support in partnership with UNFPA and the Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Women’s’ Affairs.”
Violence against women in Afghanistan, particularly spousal and domestic violence, is commonplace. According to the Afghanistan Demographic and Health Survey 2015, approximately 56% of married women aged 15 – 49 are said to have experienced emotional, physical or sexual violence from their spouses. A health sector that has the capacity to respond to the needs of female survivors of violence is an essential step in eliminating this harmful practice.
“One of the biggest impediments in addressing GBV is the stigma women and girls face when talking about it, and the unwillingness of communities to even acknowledge its existence,” explained Dr Bannet Ndyanabangi, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Representative in Afghanistan. “We aim to increase awareness on GBV and its severe consequences on the health and wellbeing of people in general, and women and girls in particular. By scaling up essential services for survivors, and linking key stakeholders to better coordinate the response, Afghanistan can make significant advances in tackling this scourge.”
The project currently reaches 30,000 clients in the 11 provinces where it’s being implemented, impacting a wider circle of about 2 million people, including spouses and children, indirectly. The funding from the Republic of Korea along with UNFPA’s technical guidance on the response to GBV are aligned with the national development priorities identified by the Government of Afghanistan as part of the country’s long-term development strategy.

Social Tue, 23 Jan 2018 07:12:54 +0000
US Praises Afghan Forces’ Response To Hotel Attack’-response-to-hotel-attack.html’-response-to-hotel-attack.html US Praises Afghan Forces’ Response To Hotel Attack

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Joining the world in condemning the terrorist attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, the United States on Sunday applauded Afghan forces for their brave response.
Gunmen in army uniform stormed the hotel late on Saturday and battled Afghan Special Forces through the night, killing more than 30 people and wounded several others.
“The United States applauds the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces for their bravery in responding to the attack,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said.
While strongly condemning the assault, Tillerson said the US was in contact with Afghan authorities regarding their investigation of the incident.
“We have seen the Taliban’s claim of responsibility and condemn terrorist groups for their violent campaign against Afghan and foreign personnel working to improve Afghanistan,” he said.
“We mourn all those who lost their lives in the attack, whether Afghans or citizens of other countries. We offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who were killed and wish for the speedy recovery of those wounded,” Tillerson added.
The foreign secretary said the US stood with the government and people of Afghanistan and remained firmly committed to supporting Kabul’s efforts at achieving peace, security and prosperity.
“Violence like what we witnessed yesterday has no place in Afghanistan, or anywhere else in the world,” he remarked.
In a statement, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also denounced the attack. He extended his condolences to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to those injured.
He also expresses his solidarity with the government and people of Afghanistan.

Security Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:51:36 +0000
ANDSF Martyrs’ Families Receive Residential Apartments’ Keys’-families-receive-residential-apartments’-keys.html’-families-receive-residential-apartments’-keys.html ANDSF Martyrs’ Families Receive Residential Apartments’ Keys

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Based on defense ministry’s proposal and presidential decree, seven keys of residential apartments were given to Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) martyrs’ families, the presidential palace said in a statement on Monday.
In a ceremony held at the presidential palace and attended by ministers of defense, interior and urban development, the decree of residential apartments’ donation was read out by the presidential cultural advisor Asadullah Ghazanfar, during which the president donated the keys of seven residential apartments to ANDSF martyrs’ families, according to the statement.
Lauding bravery and sacrifices of the Afghan security forces, the president said the martyrs’ precious services would be written with golden lines, the statement added.
According to martyrs’ families, the president said we could not retaliate what your sons have done, the ANDSF forces are like my sons and I have always stressed that the martyrs families’ problems should be addressed at its earliest, the statement continued.
Representing others, Wali Mohammad Abdaini appreciated the president’s sympathy and said this homeland’s sons were being sacrificed to defend their soil and people and Afghanistan has right on all of us, the statement added.
Minister of urban development Sayed Saadat Mansour Naderi said a part of the residential apartments have been allocated to ANDSF martyrs’ families, adding we are making effort to do our Islamic responsibility and there is a good coordination existed between his ministry and security entities.

Politics Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:39:35 +0000
MoF, US Officials Sign Agreement Worth $100mln$100mln.html$100mln.html

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Kabul (BNA) In a ceremony held at the presidential palace and attended by minister of finance, US ambassador in Kabul, administrative deputy and chairman of U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the fifth installment of new development partnership agreement worth $100mln was signed.
The assistance was given to the government of Afghanistan after bringing reforms in different sections such as, collection of national revenue, civil services, implementation of provincial budgeting, citizen charter program, reinforcement of lands authority and economically empowerment of women.
The new development partnership agreement was signed on Aug 3, 2015, when the president traveled to Washington D.C., based on which the US allocated $800mln to Afghanistan through our national budget for four years.

Economic Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:36:30 +0000
CE Abdullah Promises Women’s Increasing Role In Govt. Organs’s-increasing-role-in-govt-organs.html’s-increasing-role-in-govt-organs.html CE Abdullah Promises Women’s Increasing Role In Govt. Organs

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah received a number of women rights’ advocates and activists at his office on Monday, his office said in a statement.
According to the statement, pointing at challenges and big opportunities in the country, CE Abdullah said that realistic behaving before ahead cases could guarantee stability of Afghanistan.
During the meeting, women rights’ advocates and activist’s shared their proposals, plans and specific suggestions on women role and partnership in the center and other provinces, the statement further said.
They expect their role and presence are intensified within the government different administrations, the statement added.  Afterward, Dr. Abdullah said much have been done in this regard, but it insufficient.
He promised to make effort for women further presence in the government organizations in the center and other provinces, the statement continued.

Politics Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:35:44 +0000
Unidentified Gunmen Stormed On UN Staff’s Vehicle In Capital’s-vehicle-in-capital.html’s-vehicle-in-capital.html Unidentified Gunmen Stormed On UN Staff’s Vehicle In Capital

Tuesday January 23, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Unidentified gunmen attacked on a vehicle carried out UN staff in 17 security precinct of Kabul city yesterday.
Basir Mujahed spokesman of Kabul police headquarters confirmed the news told BNA correspondent, unknown gunmen stormed on vehicle of UN staff in Kotal-e-Khairkhana area, Kabul city, in which driver of the vehicle was killed and staff of UN along with her son is missing.
The identity of the vehicle’s driver is not clear yet, Mujahed added.
Police personnel along with a delegation from UN has started searching to make clear the reason of the incident, Mujahed further added.

Security Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:33:47 +0000
49 Terrorists Including Top Commander of Taliban Killed, 10 Invasive Operations Ongoing in 8 Provinces 49 Terrorists Including Top Commander of Taliban Killed, 10 Invasive Operations Ongoing in 8 Provinces

Tuesday January 23, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Brig. Gen. Mohammad Radmanesh deputy spokesman for Ministry of National Defense yesterday in a press conference stated that 10 invasive operations ongoing in 8 provinces of the country.
Meanwhile, Afghan commando forces within the last 24 hours conducted 9 aggressive operations and Afghan air forces launched 9 air attack to suppress armed oppositions and destroyed their hideouts in different parts of the country, Radmanesh added.
It is mentionable that 49 anti-government militias including 12 ISIS fighters were killed, 27 rebels including local commanders of Taliban militants were injured and 17 others were arrested during the military operations, Radmanesh further added.
Mullah Qayoum a senior commander of Taliban militants was killed during air operation conducted by Afghan air forces in Khak Safed district Farah province, deputy spokesman said in the press conference.
The invasive operations were conducted by Afghan security forces to suppress armed rebels and ensure peace and stability in insecure areas of Nangarhar, Logar, Khost, Zabul, Faryab, Baghlan, Nimroz and Helmand provinces, Radmanesh underlined.

Security Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:32:08 +0000
Minister Hakimi, AIIB Delegation Visit Eastern Provinces Minister Hakimi, AIIB Delegation Visit Eastern Provinces

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Kabul (BNA)  Heading a high ranking delegation of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi traveled to eastern Nangarhar, Laghman and Kunar provinces the other day, his office said in a statement.
According to his office, Minister Hakimi along with deputy minister of energy and water Mohammad Gul Khulmi, head of Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat Amanullah Ghalib and a delegation of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank visited Nangarhar, Laghman and Kunar.
The trip aimed to provide the ground for investment opportunities, implement main projects and visit Nangarhar’s solar power plant and Solar Park in Dash-e-Baba Sahib, Laghman province, with utilization of which, the power problems of residents would be tackled.

Economic Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:30:23 +0000
70 Drug Addicts Treated 70 Drug Addicts Treated

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Herat (BNA) Around 70 street drugs addicts have been treated and handed over to their families by assigned commission in Herat province, BNA reported.
These addicts were collected from various parts of the city and transferred to the treatment sites, under the view of assigned commission, BNA added.
The addicts were under the treatment during the past month, officials said BNA.
An officials of provincial counter narcotics department assured continuation of the treatment process.
Since beginning of the program nearly 500 addicts have been treated in the province.

Health Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:28:30 +0000