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Saturday, 18 February 2012 09:27

Bill on Balochistan lands in US Congress

Saturday 18 February 2012,

(BNA) WASHINGTON: A bill has been tabled in the US House of Representatives calling upon Pakistan to recognize the right of self-determination for Balochistan.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) introduced a House Concurrent Resolution that the Balochi nation has a historic right to self-determination.

The bill states that the Balochi people “have the right to self-determination and to their own sovereign country; and they should be afforded the opportunity to choose their own status.”

Saturday 18 February 2012,

(BNA) The leaders of Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan committed to enhance mutual cooperation for the sake of peace, security, stability and economic prosperity in their region.

The agreement came at the end of the third trilateral summit between the three countries that was held in Islamabad on Friday.

A joint statement was issued at the end of the trilateral summit that said the three Presidents decided to broaden cooperation in the political, security, economic, cultural, social and educational fields and enhance people-to-people contacts, including exchange visits of parliamentarians, academics and journalists. 

They would strengthen cooperation for eradicating extremism‚ terrorism and militancy and to address the root causes of these menaces‚ condemning the killings of civilians as well as any kind of assassinations.

 

Pakistan President, who hosted the trilateral meeting, said the situation in the region was not satisfactory, but the trilateral summit since its establishment in 2009 served as a foundation for broader cooperation between the three countries in the areas of security, economy and trade. It was necessary to move forward in realizing the agreements made for peace, security and prosperity for the region.

President Karzai also delivered an opening statement in the summit and said there was more hope for a better future after bilateral talks with Pakistan and Iran and stressed that it was the time to give a practical mechanism to the talks on cooperation agreed among the three countries.

Iranian President too spoke and said the problems were not rooted in the region, but trans-regional, it thus required us to stand by each other and resolve them in unity and understanding.

He furthered called for practical steps to be taken

The joint declaration adds that Presidents of Iran and Pakistan reiterated their full support for an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned inclusive process of peace and reconciliation. They assured the President of Afghanistan that they would extend full cooperation and stressed that any initiative in this regard must have authentic Afghan ownership.

The statement also includes that the three countries enhance connectivity by promoting project cooperation in infrastructure, road and rail links, transport and communications.

It was also decided that the Fourth Trilateral Summit be held in Kabul by the end of 2012. The exact dates will be communicated through diplomatic

in materializing the decisions taken in the previous summit and prudent measures in avoiding interferences.

 

Saturday, 18 February 2012 08:05

ANA Improving Steadily, Defense Minister

Saturday, February 18, 2012
Kabul (BNA) General Abdul Rahim Wardak, national defense minister on Tuesday met with Italian army chief of staff General Clodiu Grazeino here in Kabul. 
In the meeting both sides discussed related to various issues as security situation, Ana improvement, Italy’s assistance to Afghanistan and the second phase of Afghan transition process. 
While appreciating Italian forces for their cooperation in Herat province, the Afghan defense minister said ANA is improving day by day and taking preparation for holding further security responsibilities in the country. 
In return, the Italian army chief of staff considered the current developments in various sectors in particular security and improvement of Ana as a big achievement for the Afghan people. 
He also stressed on continuation of his country’s assistance to ANA and Afghan people. 
It is worth mentioning that there are 3952 soldiers stationed in Afghanistan.  

Saturday, February 18, 2012
Kabul (BNA) French ambassador to Kabul on Wednesday in a news conference considered signing the strategic pacts between Afghanistan and France as a sign of longer commitment of France with Afghanistan. 
The pact was signed between the two countries during the visit of Afghan president Hamid Karzai from Europe. 
In the news conference the French ambassador Bernard Bozhme said, “Based on the pact, France will increase its assistance to Afghanistan.” 
He added according to the pact, we would cooperate with Afghanistan in various infrastructure programs as improvement of agriculture and Afghan security forces. 
He said France would not leave Afghanistan alone after 2014 and a number of French troops would stay in the country for training of Afghan security forces. 
The ambassador further said the pact needs to be approved by the parliaments of the two countries and is for 20 years.

Saturday, 18 February 2012 07:56

Afghan-US Strategic Pact To Be Signed Soon

Saturday, February 18, 2012
Kabul (BNA) US secretary of defense says Afghan and US strategic pact is to be signed in few weeks. 
Leon Paneta, US minister for defense while talking to US senate said, “After signing the strategic agreement, a number of US soldiers will stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014. 
Some issues between the two sides have made the pact postpone for few weeks. 
According the US minister of defense, one of these issues is the night raids and Afghan government is asking for the quick stoppage of the raids, but US is stressing on continuation and effectiveness of the raids and the second submitting the Taliban prisoners to Afghans. 
The US minister asserted if the issues solved, the pact will be signed in few week between the US and Afghanistan.

Saturday, February 18, 2012
Kabul (BNA) H.E. foreign minister Dr. Zalmai Rasoul received Mr. Ousmane Guindo, the new Afghanistan country representative for the United Nations food and agriculture organization (FAO) yesterday afternoon at the foreign ministry. 
Dr. Rassoul expressed appreciation for the important work of the FAO in Afghanistan over the years. 
“Your work will be particularly significant given our goal of realizing Afghanistan’s agricultural potential for self-sufficiency and food security,” Dr. Rassoul said. 
Mr. Guindo said he would continue to “provide the technical support to the Afghan government to achieve your goals.” 
Prior to assuming his new assignment in Afghanistan, Mr. Guindo, a national of Canada, served as the FAO representative in Cameroon.

Saturday, February 18, 2012
Kabul (BNA) A source of the state ministry for parliamentary affairs has said that the list of nine ministers has been sent to the secretariat of the House of People for getting vote of confidence. 
The nominated ministers include:
1- Mohammad Ismayel as minister of energy and water,
2- Dr. Hassan Banu Ghazanfar as minister of women affairs,
3- Dr. Obeidullah Obeid as minister of higher education,
4- Dr. Hussain Abdullahi as minister of town planning,
5- Dr. Suraya Dalil as minister of public health,
6- Wais Barmak as minister of rehabilitation and rural development.
7- Amerzai Sangeen as minister of communications and information technology.
8- Eng. Najibullah Ouzhang as minister of public works,
9- Daoud Ali Najafi as minister of transport and civil aviation.

Saturday, 18 February 2012 07:50

Poppy Cultivation Increases By 60pc

Saturday, February 18, 2012
Kabul (BNA) UN secretary General Ban-ki-Moon says that the international should know and intensify serious struggle against narcotics in Afghanistan. 
He warned that the time is not moving to the interest of struggle against narcotics in that country. 
He was talking to the international summit of (member countries of Paris agreement) in Vienna added that the problems of narcotics is not only related to Afghanistan but it is threatening a massive geography the world over. 
He stresses that cultivation of poppy and its smuggling from Afghanistan in 2011 indicates 60% increase compared to the previous year, while smuggling of narcotics and organized crimes have harmed improving of situation of governments and orders in the region and the world and it has threatened the rule of law with serious dangers.

Saturday, February 18, 2012
Kabul (BNA) A message has been dispatched on behalf of president Hamid Karzai addressing to Mahmoud Ahmade Nezhad, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran congratulating him on the 22nd revolution anniversary day of that country. 
“I am pleased to represent the people of Afghanistan in conveying my sincerest felicitations on the revolution anniversary of Iran to you and the brother nation of your country.”
The message quoted Karzai as saying. “I am happy that the existing relations of friendship and cooperation between the people of Afghanistan and Iran further consolidate with each passing day, the statement said. 
While expressing our appreciations for the assistance of Iran to Afghanistan in all reconstruction spheres, wish further strengthening of friendship and bilateral cooperation between us. 
I wish you good health and further progress of the fraternal Iranian people.

Saturday, February 18, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Dr. Sayed Makhdom Raheen, Minister of Information and culture chaired a meeting of the commission addressing media violations. 
The in charges of the private TV stations of Sahr, One, Maiwand, Emrouz, Sepahr as per the previous declarations attended the meeting and explained on their violations. 
After hearing the explanations the meeting advised the private TV stations to bring about further improvement in their publications which was accepted by them. 
The meeting also decided that in charges of the TV stations of Sitara, Saba and Nooren which were not present at the meeting attend the coming meeting of the commission this coming Tuesday (2nd of Hoot 1391), otherwise this will be legally dealt with them.