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Sunday, 13 January 2013 07:39

Qasim Rahrawan Passes Away

Sunday, January 13, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Qasim Rahrawan, a cultural figure of the country passed away yesterday.
The late Rahrawan who had served with media in different capacity including head of cultural departments of Takhar and Faryab provinces and association with Anis newspaper and Radio Afghanistan until his retirement five years ago.
In his condolence message Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Raheen minister of information and culture expressed sympathy with the family, friends and relatives of the late Rahrawan and wished eternal peace for his departed soul.

Sunday January 13, 2013
WASHINGTON (BNA) Afghan President Hamid Karzai and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met in Washington on Thursday to discuss the future of U.S. support for Afghanistan following next year’s withdrawal of American forces.
State Department officials say President Karzai and Secretary Clinton discussed security and economic transitions in Afghanistan, greater regional integration, and preparations for Afghanistan’s 2014 elections.
Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says the United States, Afghanistan and Pakistan also are working to reconcile the government in Kabul with more moderate elements of the Taliban.
“We have had some modest steps forward in recent months, including a commitment by Pakistan to support Afghan-Afghan reconciliation, some of the work we’ve been doing in the core group U.S., Afghanistan, Pakistan to pave the way and ease the conditions for those Taliban who might need safe passage to go have conversations,’’ Nuland said.
Secretary Clinton hosted a working dinner for President Karzai at the State Department where they were joined by U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and National Security Advisor Tom Donilon.
In meetings earlier Thursday at the Pentagon, Secretary Panetta told President Karzai that their countries have come a long way toward a shared goal of establishing an Afghanistan will become a “safe haven for terrorism.’’
U.S. troops invaded Afghanistan and toppled the Taliban government there following the 2001 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.
Although President Karzai often has criticized U.S. actions in Afghanistan, he also has spoken about his desire for some U.S. troops to remain after the NATO led mission there ends next year.

Sunday, 13 January 2013 07:31

Armed Opposition Arrested

Sunday January 14, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The ministry of interior’s  press office told BNA that Afghan security forces during the last 24 hours have launched several clearing operations against terrorists in Baghlan, Zabul and Khost provinces as a result of which three armed oppositions were captured along  with two Kalashnikovs, a PK rifer  and some other equipment.
According to another report three anti-vehicle mines planted by armed opposition for terrorist and destructive purposes were discovered in Kapisa and Halmand provinces and neutralized. 

Sunday, January 13, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Marshal Mohammad Qaseen Fahim acting president chaired a meeting of the law committee of the Council of Ministers (CM) that discussed the draft law on banking and military discipline and principles.
Addressing the meeting Marshal Fahim called laws a serious need of the society and added that Afghanistan is moving towards direction in which the country should have laws in all spheres to overcome the problems and fine out proper solution for the shortcomings.
He added that the main point in this respect is necessary coordination among the laws and the world community so that we can ensure national interests of the country and align ourselves with the international standards considering our country’s cultural and religious considerations.
The draft law was presented by the justice minister which after assessment by the participants of the meeting, confirmed the law on banking in Afghanistan and it decided that a committee led by the minister of justice, formed with the membership of deputy minister for policy of finance ministry, Mohammad Ashraf Rasouli advisor minister in judicial and legal affairs, Qurban Ali Haqjo Chairman of Chambers of Commerce and Industries, Wali Mohammad Naseh deputy head of the judicial and legal consultative board and Wahedullah Arefi legal advisor of the Central Bank so that the draft is relatively simplified and its shortcoming are eliminated and the reviewed text of the draft is presented to the CM meeting.
Meanwhile the draft military discipline law was confirmed by the meeting and referred to the Council of Ministers for further accomplishment.

Sunday, January 13, 2013
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai strongly condemned the terrorist attacks in Pakistani states of Baluchistan and Khyber Pashtunkhwah leaving behind tens of dead and wounded.
In accordance with the reports as a result of a series of terrorist attacks in Baluchistan and Khyber Pashtunkhwah over 100 people were killed and over 170 wounded.
President Hamid Karzai who is on official visit to the USA while strongly condemning the terrorist attack, called targeting of civilians the plots of the enemies of peace and stability in the region, and once again emphasized on honest struggle against terrorism.
The president conveyed his deep sympathies to the bereaved families of those terrorist attacks and asked patience for the family members and immediate recovery of the wounded of those incidents.

Sunday, 13 January 2013 07:11

Aqila Rahmani, Abas Hussaini Appreciated

Sunday, January 13, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The speaker of the House of People Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi appreciated the research work of Aqila Rahmani and Abas Hussaini for authoring the book “Pas az Inzewa” which means “After Isolation” and in the ceremony attended by some legislators including Mohammad Arif Rahmani and Khudai Nazar, chairman of the house promised the book would soon be translated into Pashtu and English languages.
Ibrahim also conferred appreciation letter of the house to the authors of the book “Pas az Inzewa”.

Sunday, 13 January 2013 07:09

Laghman Governor Calls On Interior Minister

Sunday, January 13, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The governor of Laghman province Fazlullah Mujadadi called on interior minister General Ghulam Mujtaba Patang yesterday. 
In the meeting according to press office of interior ministry, governor Mujadadi while accompanying by members of provincial council and provincial police chief, briefed the minister on the security situation, noting the elders and religious leaders of Laghman are cooperative with police in ensuring the law and order there. 
Some of the elders in the meeting demanded more support of police in the province. 
For his part, the interior minister thanked the people of Laghman and said the security transition process had been completed with people support in the province, noting police are more capable than any time in Laghman province.

Sunday, 13 January 2013 07:08

President Karzai’s Condolence Message

Sunday, January 13, 2013
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai has condoled over the demise of Mohammad Hashim Samim the deputy to Independent Elections Commission (IED). 
In the condolence message sent yesterday, the president also described late Samim’s death as a loss and expressed sympathy with the family, friends and all the staff of IED.
According to another report, the president also expressed sympathy over the demise of Al-Hajj Sayed Mohammad Iqbal, a former senator and elder of Samangan province who passed away yesterday. 
In the condolence message, the president besides wishing great patience to the family and friends of late Iqbal also prayed may Almighty Allah rest his departed soul to the eternal peace.

Sunday, January 13, 2013
Washington (BNA) President Hamid Karzai following meeting with the US President Barack Obama attended a press conference in White House and called his meetings with the US authorities as positive.
He added that he agreed with the US authorities and President Obama that the US soldiers would leave the Afghan villages and rural regions and return to their bases, they will not arrest Afghans, fully respect Afghanistan’s national sovereignty and no more the foreigners will have the right to preserve prisons inside Afghan territory.
He stressed that in our meetings we also discussed the fifth phase of security transition from the foreign troops to the Afghan forces, peace process, and opening of an office for the Taliban in Qatar, continued assistance to Afghanistan after 2014 and the role of Pakistan in the peace process and reached agreement on these issues. 
He also added that both countries will continue discussing the security cooperation agreement and both sides reached the consensus that the security agreement be to both sides interests and both countries national interests is taken into account in the agreement. 
Expressing assurances on sustainable US assistance to Afghanistan after 2014, the USA President Barack Obama said that after the 2014 complete change would occur in the US mission in Afghanistan.
He added that this change would include that the US soldiers will deliver all responsibilities to the Afghan forces and they will act as supporting and they will continue their mission in Afghanistan in two spheres struggle against terrorism and training and equipping of the Afghan security forces. 
He emphasized that the neighboring countries should cooperate in the peace process in Afghanistan for a stable Afghanistan is to the interest of all nations. 
He noted that the US is committed to strengthen Afghanistan national infrastructure and will continue its economic assistance to Afghanistan.

Saturday, 12 January 2013 10:46

Taliban Commander Killed

Saturday, January 12, 2013
Kabul (BNA) An armed commander of Taliban in a clash with Afghan forces was killed in Laghman province yesterday.
Shamshad 202 army zone releasing a report said that the clash took place between Afghan security forces and armed oppositions in the relevant areas of Laghman province.
As a result of which an armed commander of Taliban named Rafiqullah known as Haq Parast was killed.
According to the source, during the clash a soldier was martyr and another injured.