26 June 2017

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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
 

Wednesday June 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) A judge lost his live and his three family members were wounded due to roadside mine blast in eastern Nangarhar province.
The incident took place, while vehicle of Qazi Shir Rahman hit with a roadside mine in Jalalabad city the provincial capital of the province.
Ataullah Khogyani spokesman of Nangarhar governor told BNA reporter, Qazi Shir Rahman lost his live and his two brothers and his son were injured following the event.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

Wednesday June 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah appreciated Iran for hosting the Afghan refugees during the past three decades. CE Dr. Abdullah made the remarks in a meeting attended by several foreign ambassadors, UN and EU representatives residing in Afghanistan, his office said in a statement. He also urged foreign countries to observe security status before deciding to repatriate Afghan refugees, according to the statement. Afghanistan security condition is deteriorating. The increasing trend of terrorist and suicide attacks in several provinces, which have been skyrocketed during the past two years and the unemployment of the youths have prompted the Afghans to immigrate to other countries.  Currently, over seven million Afghan refugees are residing in foreign countries of whom six millions are dwelling in Iran and Pakistan.
 

Wednesday June 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a meeting with a number of political parties’ leaders at the presidential palace, once again reiterated his speech saying the recent deadly attack was launched to disrupt national unity.
“The attack was launched to disrupt the Kabul Process Conference, which for the first time after the Bonn Conference, was held by the Afghans, which could have secured regional world consensus,” said the president, as quoted by the statement, calling the political parties role very effective to realize the national interest and the current situation. He said the world, for the first time had reached the result that peace and tranquility of Afghanistan was the most important, the statement added.
The president reiterated for bringing reforms in the state-run institutions and assured that 70 percent reforms had been implemented in the ministry of defense and called for apolitical security forces in the country, as he believed the plan would help security restored in the country, the statement continued. He said wide reforms would be brought in the ministry of interior and added that they had started both processes of war and reforms and reached to this level, according to the statement. “Poverty, as the main enemy of our people should be uprooted and the political parties should oversee the reforms and employment processes,” said the president adding the government of national unity has been making effort for revitalization of the country’s administrations since the last 2 and half years.
Expressing optimism over the recent link in term of commerce, economic and transit, between Afghanistan and some other countries, particularly the Central Asian countries, the president said his country will not remain restricted with a single port or country. He asked for well management of waters, geographical location, lands, human resources and mines of the country, a plan would help witness wide changes, the statement observed.
The president asked the political parties’ role very important in political process and said they can fight tribal and zonal tensions. “I have no political party. I am the servant of the people and the role of presidency is the role of connectivity and creator of consensus among the people,” said the president adding some political parties can work on specific agenda and share with the government. He assured that both presidential and parliamentary elections would be held timely and that the political parties can ply supervising role for the process.
 

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