Aibak (BNA) Interest of Afghan youth in getting Islamic studies is improving day by day in Samangan province.
According to local officials, thousands Afghan youth including male and female are busy in getting religious studies and memorizing the Holy Quran.
Mawlavi Sayed Abdul Ghfor Hshimi, acting director for Hajj and Endowment said, “Currently 8000 youth both male and female are busy in getting Islamic studies at 112 official and non-official religious madras’s throughout the province, adding they are taught by dozens of religious scholars.
According to Hashimi, 26 of the madras’s are operating in capital city of Aibak, while six of them are operating in six districts of the province.
Hashimi further said there are two Darul Uloms and 20 are Darul Hifazes, adding dozens religious scholars are graduated annually from different sections of these madrasas.
One of these madrasas is Islamic Darul Ulom of Hanifa, located in Kart-e-Khurasan of Aibak city where 300 youth are busy in getting various Islamic studies.
According to Mawlavi Mohammad Amin, a teacher at a madrassa in the province, 110 scholars have graduated during the current and past year from the madrasas and now they are serving to their people in various Islamic studies at these madrassas.
Meanwhile, Abdul Aziz Azizi, provincial director of education for Samangan said there is only madrassa for women, while the others are for men, adding eight of them are official.
All madras’s are financially supported by Afghan ministry of education and have hostels for those whose houses are far away.
Azizi said, adding after graduation, the scholars are appointed in various government offices in the country.
Kabul (BIA) Afghan women movement has asked the Afghan officials and international community not to deal with those Taliban who have trampled down the women rights.
Members of the movement in a session held yesterday while expressing their concern said, “no countries including the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to deal with criminals, violators of human rights, democracy and women right, but the members welcome those common individuals of Taliban who have joined the Taliban due to some problems.
Shukria Haider, head of the Afghan women movement while stressing on the said points has expressed the movement’s concern.
The concern has been raised at the time that Loya Jirga and Bonn conference in which ways for talking with Taliban are to be taken place are going to be held in near future.
In the session, Mubariz Rashidi, deputy minister for information and culture spoke and said, “today we have a modern constitution which considers men and women rights as equal, adding in the past ten years, the Afghan government has tried its best to put an ending point to the problems which women are facing with in the country.
Besides that I’m feeling concern of the women right movements, I advise that such voices should be always high in order that men don’t trample down the rights of Afghan women in the country Rashidi further said decisions that harm the women rights will not be adopted both in Loya Jirga and Bonn conference.
Kabul (BNA) First Vice-President Marshal Mohammad Qaseem Fahim in his meeting with the elders and influential of Faryab province emphasized on the role of influential and elders in ensuring security and stability in the country.
He stressed that people are the builders of their society in every country and they play basic role in consolidation of the bases of the orders.
He added that in order to build up order first we need security in the region and for this reason we are exerting efforts on this direction.
An elder of the province shared the problems of their area and asked its addressing by the government.
Marshal Fahim instructed the related organs to adopt appropriate measures for tackling their problems.
Mazar-e-Sharif (BNA) Since starting severe coldness, the number of those children suffering from monsoon diseases has increased in Balkh province.
According to Dr. Abdul Rauf Frogh, director of children for civil hospital in Mazar-e-Sharif, before the cold season, nearly 50-60 children were brought daily to hospital, while now more than 120-130 children are brought daily to hospital due to having various diseases as cough, branchiate and cold.
While accepting the report, Dr. Asadulllah Sharifi, acting director for Northern zone hospital said, “The children who mostly suffer from coldness their number has reached to 13000 during the current year and have been treated in 80 health centers, adding 20 of the children have lost their lives due to severe diseases.
Dr. Sharifi further added most of the roads have been blocked due to heavy snowfall in mountainous areas.
Kunduz (BNA) Foodstuffs and fodder were distributed to farmers and livestock owners in Kunduz province on Sunday.
According to Hashmatullah, Arshid, district governor of Qala-e-Zal, the stuffs which have been provided by ministry of agriculture, irrigation and livestock are to be distributed to 10,000 farmers and livestock owners in center and six districts of the province.
He said the stuffs were distributed by provincial directorate of agriculture, irrigation and livestock to 1000 farmers and livestock owners in Qala-e-Zal district of the province and such process in going on.
He added 42kg wheat, one sack of wheat, 25kg rice and 200 fodders were distributed to each farmer and livestock owner.
Kabul (BNA) Spokesperson of the National Security Department informed the media of arrest a 10 member suicide group who wanted to attack the parliament.
He said that last week a 10 member group who wanted to attack the parliament was arrested along with four suicide waste coats, 40 Kalashnikovs from the Pul-i-Charkhi and First Microrayon of Kabul city, four of them are Pakistanis nationals.
He added that Ghulam Rehman one of the group member had placed the suicide waste coats inside the consignment of Holy Kuran and wanted to carry them to Kabul and they were arrested by the National Security personnel in Pul-i-Charkhi.
They confessed that they were attempting attack on the building of parliament and they were directed from Pakistan by Mullah Hassan.
The Pakistani nationals are Sharifuddin, Abdul Wahab, Rafiullah, and Abdul Majid who have come here for carrying of suicide attacks and they confessed to their crime.
Another six members of the group are Afghans who have received military training in Pakistan.
He also informed of arrest of eight terrorists and some arms in Samangan and Kapisa.
He assured that proper security measures fare in place for holding of the Loya Jirgah.
NDTV Correspondent: This is your first interview since the Istanbul Conference. A lot has been said about the outcome not being satisfactory. The Declaration contains many issues that are soft in nature and do not address the key issue of security concerns. Are you satisfied with the Istanbul Declaration?
President Karzai: The Istanbul Declaration has brought into action a process, I hope, and it is something we are satisfied with. Of course, the initial understanding was that there would be an undertaking by all countries in the near region. But the consensus was on a process, so that's good enough.
NDTV: You are saying that that is good enough for now. But again, it doesn't address some of the key security concerns. We are seeing statements coming out of Washington to bring the Haqqani network on to the negotiating table. Are you comfortable with that?
President Karzai: We preferably want a peaceful settlement in Afghanistan. It is what the Afghan people desire and it has been the reason for the Afghan people's peace process that was led by the late President Rabbani, who was assassinated by a suicide bomber in our quest for peace. So if there is any chance of peace, that can happen through dialogue or understanding, that's a preferable choice for the Afghan people.
NDTV: How significantly has President Rabbani's assassination impacted the dialogue process with the Taliban?
President Karzai: Very seriously. In our desire for peace, we have been very reckless in receiving and meeting with whoever came in the name of the Taliban. I have done the same thing. President Rabbani did the same thing. The man that came, who turned out to be a suicide bomber, did so in the guise of a messenger for peace. He turned out to be not that but a suicide bomber. So now we are stuck with a situation where we don't know who to talk to. We don't know if they have an address, a door that we can knock on, a number we can call. We don't have anyone whose legitimacy as a Taliban representative can be ascertained. Whom do we talk to in an environment of complete unknowns and the lack of an address? We can't talk to more suicide bombers, of course, so we have to have an address. That's not there yet.
NDTV: Given this context, when the world talks of reintegration, reconciliation, and the possibility of sharing power with the Taliban, where does all of that stand? Are you prepared to share power?
President Karzai: There is no talk of sharing power with the Taliban. If power sharing means a coalition government then there is nothing like that. There is talk on our side of a peace process, of inviting all those Taliban who are Afghans, who don't want to hurt their country, who are not part of Al Qaeda or any terrorist network. Those who accept the Afghan Constitution and the progress we have made, the gains Afghan women have made, and the human rights aspirations of the Afghan people. They are welcome to be part of the Afghan polity and society if those conditions are fulfilled. They must recognise that rather than hurting their country they must join it and build it. In other words, they would have all the rights and responsibilities given to Afghan citizens by the Afghan Constitution.
NDTV: You talk of this and we hear reports of bringing various groups on to the table. Some of them, like the Haqqani network, are the same ones who are responsible for so many attacks that take place. The Americans seem to have focused all their attention for now on this one group. Do you see the Haqqani network deserving a seat at the table when you say that everyone who is a stakeholder has to have a seat at the table? And, if so, does this then translate into two seats for Pakistan at the negotiating table?
President Karzai: We are not talking of the Haqqani network or any other network. We are talking to those Afghans who have left their country for reasons that we all know of; those who are not a part of Al Qaeda, or any other terror network, and who accept the Afghan Constitution. Those who want to come back and participate in the rebuilding of the country in accordance with the Constitution of Afghanistan. So it's not to deal with a group, or provide power to a certain group, within the Afghan political system. That should be given by a free vote of the Afghan people under a constitutional process. In other words, when they return, if they return, they will have all the rights that other Afghans have. They can stand for elections for Parliament, provincial councils, and for the post of president. They can participate in all aspects of Afghan government and society.
NDTV: In this context, and we've also seen the announcements regarding the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan by 2014, what are your concerns over the future of the security situation?
President Karzai: Afghanistan has gone through a very painful three decades of violence, interference, invasions and foreign troop arrivals. Afghanistan has to be protected by its own people. It is our job to protect our country, and historically we have done that very well. Afghanistan is known for doing it well. The special circumstances imposed on Afghanistan, beginning with the Soviet invasion, our resistance against it, and the interference and meddling that followed, almost brought the Afghan state to complete destruction. The arrival of NATO forces in the aftermath of September 11 presented a unique situation to Afghanistan, and the neighbourhood as well as the international community, of cooperation and of rebuilding the Afghan state and making it safe and run according to the will of the Afghan people in accordance with the Constitution. The International community and NATO forces will have to leave one day. We would like them to leave sooner rather than later. We would like to have our country provided for by ourselves. We would like to secure its borders. We would like to earn our bread and butter, and welcome the participation and help that they have given us. But it is our job to protect ourselves and our country.
NDTV: Do you think that your security forces are in a position to take over?
President Karzai: They are trained and equipped adequately enough for the internal consumption of Afghanistan. Even if they are not, as I said earlier, the fact of the matter is that the Afghans have to provide for their own security. We are moving away from the special environment that was created after September11, or before that. We are moving towards an environment of better regional cooperation. I was glad to see the India-Pakistan dialogue going well, I hope that the same, and much more, will take place between Afghanistan and Pakistan. These are the things that we should be doing, concentrating more on the region and ourselves.
NDTV: Afghan-Pak ties are strained right now. What do you think is the way out of that? You said in an interview to Geo TV that you would support Pakistan if it were to be attacked by the US. I believe you said you had been misquoted or misrepresented. What exactly happened?
President Karzai: No, it was projected correctly. That is exactly what I said. I was asked about whom Afghanistan would support if there ever were a war between Pakistan and America, or if Pakistan were to be attacked by America. Well, first of all, I hope there will be no such attacks, that there will be no wars. This region has had enough bad fortune with regards to wars. I hope we talk about peace rather than fighting a war. But if, God forbid, that were ever to happen, the Afghans would support the Pakistani people. The people of Pakistan gave us home, shared their bread, shared their environment, and gave us tremendous hospitality for almost 30 years as refugees. As a neighbour we can never think of attacking another neighbour. So I once again say that if there is such a situation, and I hope that it will never happen, the Afghan people will be with the Pakistani people.
NDTV: So is it the same people of Pakistan who are being given these safe havens in border areas and launching attacks in Afghan territory?
President Karzai: The people of Pakistan have no blame in this. The people of Pakistan suffer as the people of Afghanistan do, and, as occasionally, the people of India do. So the people of Pakistan are not to be blamed for that. They give us home. They suffer as we do.
NDTV: So what do you think is the way out of this strain in relations with Pakistan?
President Karzai: The way out is for us to make sure that our territories are not used by extremist radical terrorist groups, that no state machinery, no part of our state, provides support to such elements. We have to ensure that radicalism and terrorism is not used as an instrument of policy. This is the way forward between us and Pakistan. This is the way forward between India and Pakistan. This is the way forward for the region.
NDTV: What role do you expect to see India play in Afghanistan's future, both in terms of security and in terms of reconstruction that's already taking place on the ground already? What role do you see for India in a transitional/post-transition phase?
President Karzai: Well India is the first country with which we have signed a strategic partnership. That signifies a very important relationship. That also signifies our recognition of India's contribution to Afghanistan, especially in the last 10 years. India traditionally is not a donor country, but went out of its way to provide for Afghanistan, to share its hard earned money, the toil of the Indian people with the Afghan people. We are very, very grateful for that. The Afghans will never forget that. India's contribution in the future to Afghanistan will, I am sure, remain as it is. India will remain a friend, Afghanistan will remain a friend. India has substantial contributions to make to Afghanistan.
NDTV: But with the relationship with India blossoming the way it does, do you see another great game unfolding between India and Pakistan in Afghanistan, even in terms of the mineral wealth of Afghanistan? A recent contract of iron ore mines has been given to India.
President Karzai: We should all be engaging in a cooperative great game, rather than in a conflicting great game. The time for great games has passed. Any great game in the region will unfortunately ensure destruction and misery for all of our people. There should be, and I hope this is understood, a great game of cooperation with cooperation, exchanges, trade, cultural activity, and peaceful unleashing of the energies of the youth.
NDTV: If this is what you hope for from India, what do you expect from Pakistan?
President Karzai: The same thing. Pakistan is a neighbour of Afghanistan. Speaking in an address to an Indian forum the day after I signed the strategic partnership agreement with India, I called India a great friend, a jigri dost. But I called Pakistan a twin brother. Pakistan is a twin brother, and twin brothers are supposed to be the closest of all the beings in the world. So my expectation from Pakistan is the expectation of a twin brother, and the same should be the expectation of Pakistan from us. Do you know what that expectation means from a twin brother? Peace, stability, goodwill and...
NDTV: Don't send in the Haqqani group?
President Karzai: Definitely don't send in any Haqqani groups, any terrorist groups.
NDTV: Do you think the fight has now entered its final stages or is there a long way to go for Afghanistan?
President Karzai: I hope it will be shorter and shorter. Rather, I hope it will be the shortest of fights.
NDTV: And you don't see the troop pullout in 2014 as being something that is abandonment in a sense?
President Karzai: We are not worried about it, the international community has to go home one day. We thank them for their contributions to Afghanistan. They have made significant contributions to our country, but they need to go home one day. We should not be a burden on them anymore. We should provide for ourselves. That means more cooperation from the region.
Kabul (BNA) Eyewitnesses said, few minutes ago an explosion happened in Polytechnic area of Kabul.
According to the eyewitnesses, after the heavy explosion, light gun fires have been heard from the area.
The Polytechnic area of Kabul is the place where the preparedness have been taken for holding of Traditional Loya Jirga
But some media reported that a suicidal attacker wanted to target the car of Interior Affairs Minister were killed by security forces.
Details of the news will publish later.
Kabul (BNA) 18 of the drug-traffickers arrested by Afghan police in various provinces of the country 17 of them were sentenced to 5-20 years of prison by a court here in Kabul.
The suspects had been arrested along with 1093kg morphine, 17kg heroine and 567kg poppy.
The suspects including two women and are residents of Nangarhar, Nimroz, Helmand and Kunar provinces.
Meanwhile, one of the 18 suspects detained by Afghan police was released due to no enough reasons and proofs.
Ghazni (BNA) 4500kg ammonium nitrate has been discovered Saturday night by Afghan security forces in outskirts of Ghazni province.
Buying and selling of ammonium nitrate was banned in the country when it was found that armed insurgents use it in making roadside mines and explosives.
According to an official for NSD for Ghazni, Afghan security forces discovered and seized 4500kg ammonium nitrate from outskirts of Rashidan of the province Saturday night.