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Wednesday June 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan national taekwondo team aiming to participate in World Taekwondo Championship went to South Korea.
According to BNA report, Rohullah Nekpa the top player in taekwondo field and Samya Ghulami are among the six participates from Afghanistan.
Abdul Sabour Omari has selected as coach of Afghanistan national taekwondo team and accompanying the players in this competitions.
In this round of tournaments 973 taekwondo players to be participated from 183 countries in the World championship.
The matches will be started at 24 June, 2017 and to be continued for eight days.
It is the 7th rounds of World Taekwondo Championship, which to be held in South Korea.
The 6th rounds of Taekwondo World Championship was held in Denmark at 2009 with participation of 928 taekwondo players from 142 countries.
T/M.A.Ansari 
 

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 08:01

Saudis’ Distrust On Pakistan

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The Saudi Arabia monarch asks Pakistan to clear its stance in dispute of Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia considered as a close ally and supporter of Pakistan in regional disputes.
The Two countries which one of them enjoys huge financial resources and the other having strong military power, for years have used the capabilities of each other’s.
From the establishment of so called Taliban to dealing Iran, from Yemeni dispute to dissemination of extremism in different countries across the world, and funding religious seminaries and using Taliban as a means for achieving certain goal were programs that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia jointly carrying out. However, the recent tensions between Yemen and a number of Arabic countries including Saudi Arabia have left Pakistan in a most complicated situation, because that country as has close relation with Saudi Arabia also uses the generosities of Qataris. Now it cannot judge between the two friends.
However, Saudi Arabia insists that Pakistan has to clear it stance regarding to the issue.
Pakistan has tried to play a mediator role between Arabic countries, but it is not acceptable for Saudis. Therefore, Saudi Arabia is increasing its pressure on Pakistan to adopt a pro Saudi Arabia on the dispute. As Newsweek in one of its last issues writes, Islamabad so far has tried to remain impartial in the issue but Saudi Arabia does not consider such an act acceptable and wants Pakistan to back Saudi Arabia on the issue.
As a newspaper that is a branch of New York times daily in Pakistan, on June 14 quoting a high ranking diplomat wrote that Malik  Suliman the king of Saudi Arabia personally has explicitly asked Nawaz Sharif   Pakistani prime minister wither you are with us or with Qatar?
Political experts in Pakistan believe that Pakistan presently is in difficult situation. It should choose one of the two allies and would a hard task for Pakistan to make a decision in that regard because if the country supports one of the countries the other will  uncover the secrets regarding Pakistan that suffer the country a lot.
The countries that were earlier the strategic allies of Pakistan have lost confidence to Pakistan. As United State of America once a great military supporter of Pakistan, now assesses the ways of punishing Pakistan. India, Afghanistan, and Iran the neighbors of Pakistan have no trust to Pakistan at all. Now Saudi Arabia not only a strategic ally of Pakistan but the partner in its terrorist and extremist activities in the region, asks Pakistani prime minister to clear his stance regarding to the relevant issue.
Pakistani political experts say making decision in that regard would be very difficult for Pakistani authorities, because it says no to Saudi Arabia, will face in  to bad reaction of other powerful Arabic countries like Egypt, United Arabic Emirates. Most of Arabic countries accuse Qatar for supporting terrorism.
The new developments in relations of Pakistan with Arabic countries have left Pakistan in a very difficult situation. The time will show, whether Pakistan have the diplomatic bravery to announce clearly its stance regarding to issue or not. However, the last experiences show that as its old diplomacy , flattering constitute its main point will apply that diplomacy once again, in hope to find a way in to political and intelligence service big games among other countries, but in vain.    
 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) We are on the threshold of celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr. Kabul markets are full of the people buying dried fruits, clothes and other necessary things for Eid. But, they are shocked when asking for the price of clothes, dried fruits and other things as the prices of all things have hiked recently and this has caused that many families in Kabul face with further problems.
Fareshta Tamana, a university student, said “During the last days of the holy month of Ramadan, the people of Afghanistan are starting to take preparations for Eid days. Families usually prepare gifts as Eidi for fiancée of their son and this is considered as old tradition of the people of Afghanistan”.
Answering a question, Tamana said, “As you know that buying and preparing gift (Eidi) is one of Afghanistan traditions, we are also to buy and prepare the gift for our son’s fiancée. As you see the prices are very high and buying a set of dress is very expensive and most families cannot afford to buy such gifts”.
Sima, a woman who is preparing for Eid days said, “On the threshold of Eid, most of families start cleaning their homes. I have started cleaning my home too. We do clean, wash clothes, rugs and carpets and paint all rooms of our home and this is the old tradition of the Kabul people”.
“Most of families are very interested in buying new furniture, carpets and rugs for their homes. If a family cannot afford to buy, they clean and wash their old carpets and furniture and make use of them during the Eid days and celebrate the days with full happiness”, Sima added.
Abdullah, who has done some shopping for Eid says before Eid the people usually go shopping and buy all necessary foodstuffs, but unfortunately the prices are so high now a days. He added that the prices of dried fruits have increased by 50% comparing to last year, but the prices of cookies, chocolates and candies are remained unchanged.
Ahmad Javed, another Kabul resident who is doing some shopping said, “I’ve come to buy for Eid days, but the prices of all things are so high. Rich people can afford to buy fresh and dried fruits easily, but most of the people are poor and cannot afford to buy such fruits. We are asking the government to control the prices in particular before and during the Eid days so that miserable and poor people could also buy fresh and dried fruits and celebrate the Eid days with full happiness”.
A number of shopkeepers in various markets of Kabul said that increasing and decreasing the prices of foodstuffs were not on their hands but on the hand of national traders. It is worth mentioning that the people of Afghanistan have kept their custom and traditions and follow their own traditions during the Eid days.
Karima Malikzada
 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) After recent remarks of the US secretary of defense, Afghan presidential office said US bombardment inside the country instead to target terrorists’ hideouts beyond the borders have been a US mistake.
The deputy presidential spokesperson, Najibuillah Azad said US was expected to pressure Pakistan in new strategy on Afghanistan.
“One of the US mistakes in the past was it didn’t impose pressure on Pakistan, but fortunately, over the last one year, Afghanistan and the US have found evidences on Pakistan, proving the country’s meddling into Afghanistan’s affairs,” he further said.
This comes as the US secretary of defense, James Mattis has recently said his country won’t repeat last mistakes in Afghanistan.
However, the US defense secretary didn’t specifically point out at US mistakes in Afghanistan, but stressed that Afghanistan won’t change into terrorists’ hideout anymore.
Earlier, the US secretary of defense in the US congress had expressed concern over the US unsuccessful war in Afghanistan.
A member of Wolesi Jirga’s international relations commission, Katawazi said the US success in Afghan war would be impossible unless it pressures Pakistan.
He added if the US doesn’t isolate Pakistan, its new strategy on Afghanistan would also face failure, stressing that the US should force Pakistan to make Taliban join peace process.
A political expert, Haidar Hemat said, “US has made mistakes in Afghanistan in terms of politics and military and now its success in Afghan war directly relates to honest cooperation of Pakistan in peace issues.”
However, the US has not still declared its Afghanistan strategy, but it is expected that by its implementation, war level to reduce at some extent on one hand and on the other, pressure intensifies on Pakistan.
At the same time, a number of Kabul citizens believe that the US in its new strategy should further focus on terrorists’ hideouts operational beyond the country’s borders.
A teacher, Freshta Amarkhil believes that the US is making effort to intensify war in Afghanistan and make Taliban to join peace talks.
This is while that more than fourteen years had passed since presence of the international forces in Afghanistan, but still the country is facing with threats and insecurities.
Thus, it is hoped the US new strategy on Afghanistan to positively affect the situation of the country.
Suraya Raiszada
 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The ministry of finance has said that estimates indicated that development budget had been spent far less than expected.
Mustafa Shareq, in charge of Budget Security Section of the Ministry has said the fresh evaluation has highlighted that the budget spend midyear (this year’s first six month) was 15 percent – very little, arguing technical problems, insecurity, and imposing some condition by the donors of the projects, were the main reasons behind the scale-down, compared to the last year.
However, he said the budget had been directed to have been properly spent.
429 billion Afghanis for the 2017’s fiscal year budget with 248 billion ordinary and 161 billion development has been inked by the house of people.
According to the information provided by the ministry of finance, right now, 63 budgetary units were available with yet to be clear that how much percent of their budget they owned, but ten days ago, more 12 ministries possessing more than 80 percent of their development budget have attended a meeting held at the Presidential Palace.
Seven ministers, for failing to spend less than 70 percent of their budget have been disqualified by the house of people, by the end of the last fiscal year.
Analysts believed if the ministries send the allocated budget to the provinces, they will not face lack of budget.
The provincial governors should authorized in expenditure of the budget, but this should be investigated that where the budget has been spent, said an analyst Sayed Qeyas Sayedi.
“Contracts are restricted to be signed within ministries. The provincial governments should authorized to spend the budget through giving projects to the people. Procurement and bidding systems should be conducted at both the center and provincial levels,” said Sayedi.
He said if the projects were not executed and the people were not provided with work opportunities, insecurity would persistently surge in the country.
Shukria Kohistani
 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Presided over by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, a meeting to discuss the plan for Kabul city development was held the other day, the President Press Office said in a statement.
According to the statement, head of the independent directorate of capital zone, Elham Omar Hotaki presented 15 proposals for the development and economic growth of the capital to the meeting.
The key suggestions presented to the meeting included the cleaning of Kabul River, construction of 100 schools and clinics in Kabul, women empowerment, management of water distribution, and coordination of efforts for the establishment of market for women in order to provide jobs for over 100,000 people, the statement added.
He added the plan for the development and economic growth of the capital aims at providing job opportunities and to fulfill the Kabul city needs, the statement continued.
President Ghani said further discussions will be made during the next meetings for the creation of momentum to implement the development and economic growth plan in the city as he emphasized that the plan will create jobs for the people.
The meeting was attended by Chief Executive, Dr. Abdullah, a number of cabinet members, presidential advisers, members of the independent directorate of the local governance, and representatives of supporting countries to the Kabul program, the statement concluded.
 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani officially inaugurated Kabul-New Delhi aerial trade corridor, his office said in a statement on Monday.
According to the statement, the first freight flight took off from the capital Kabul on Monday afternoon, carrying 60 tons of medical plants worth $ 11 million.
Afghanistan is eyeing a 60 percent surge in exports to India through this air route, after frequent border closures by Pakistan has affected its trade drastically in the last two years, the statement added.
The next flight will take off in a week from eastern province of Kandahar, with an estimated 40 tons of fresh and dried fruits. Similar flights are scheduled from India to Afghanistan.
The idea, conceived during President Ghani’s trip to India for the Heart of Asia Istanbul Process summit last year, would link Kabul and Kandahar to the Indian capital, New Delhi.
President Ghani was accompanied by Indian Ambassador Manpreet Vohra, a number of cabinet members, presidential advisors and some other officials at the Hamid Karzai International Airport, as they saw the state-owned Ariana Airlines fly for New Delhi.
“Those who create challenge for us should know that we turn challenge into opportunity,” President Ghani said while urging neighboring countries to come together for economic connectivity and elimination of poverty in the region, the statement continued.
Kabul based Indian ambassador Vohra said he hopes bilateral trade would reach the billion dollars mark in the next three years.
Welcoming the initiative, deputy to the chamber of commerce and industries, Khan Jan Alokozai said, “The transit problems have been told by private sector to president at the very first days of the national unity government, and today we witness inauguration of Afghanistan-India air corridor.”
Thanking the India Prime Minister, Narendra Modi cooperation and special attention to the people and government of Afghanistan, President Ghani said, “I and Modi were already reached an agreement on establishing the air corridor and today, we practically witness this.”
The president instructed the customs and Hamid Karzai International airports’ in-charges to review the private sector problems on exporting products and present the report to the presidential office within the next two weeks.
 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) As many as 3,000 insurgents have been killed and more than 3,000 more injured since the beginning of fighting season in the ongoing solar year, the Afghan Defense Ministry said other day.
In April, Afghan officials said they have launched a large scale military operation under the name of Khalid against insurgents in more than 10 provinces.
Following that, the Taliban announced the start of its “spring offensive” named “Mansouri”, the previous emir who was killed by the U.S. in a drone strike in Pakistan in May 2016.  Like previous spring offensives, the Taliban said they would focus on targeting Afghan security forces as well as foreign forces.
“When we announce Khalid operations, they (the Taliban) also announce offensive under the name of Mansouri and coordinated destructive attacks in some provinces, but they failed in the strategy as they would have hope,” said Defense Ministry Deputy Spokesman, Mohammad Radmanish.
“We (Afghan forces) killed more than 3,000 terrorists in Afghanistan during this year, many insurgents wounded, arrested and lot of ammunition seized by Afghan defense and security forces,” Radmanish added.
However, some military experts believe the Afghan forces’ operations are in defense instead of being offensive.
“at the moment, the operations are more of defense, they should start being offensive and convince U.S. NATO for further military support,” said military expert, Atiqullah Amarkhail.
 

Wednesday June 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Three hundred forty-three kilograms narcotic drug type of opium have been discovered and seized by Afghan security personnel in northern Sar-e-Pul province.
Col. Khalilullah Dastyar police chief of Sar-e-Pul told BNA correspondent, narcotic drug’ traffickers wanted to transfer opium from Sar-e-Pul city to Kohistanat district of the province, which were faced in ambush of Afghan security troops in Baghawi village, Sar-e-Pul city.
The smugglers succeeded to flee from the area and efforts underway to capture and bring them to the court for further judgement.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

Wednesday June 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Taliban attack on Afghan National Security Forces checkpoint thwarted in eastern Nangarhar province.
According to reports, nightfall dozens armed oppositions stormed on a security checkpoint in Jalalabad-Torkham highway, but their attack push back by Afghan security troops.
Ataullah Khogyani spokesperson of Nangarhar governor told BNA correspondent, casualties didn’t incur to Afghan security personnel following the attack.
Taliban rebels sustained casualties during the raid, but the exact number is not clear yet, Khogyani added.
Meanwhile, Afghan security forces have seized several hand weapons of armed attackers at the end of the attack.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

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