Kabul (BNA) International forces officially handed over security responsibility of Parwan province to the Afghan forces on Thursday.
Parwan is the first province from where second phase of security transition has begun.
According to Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, head of a commission for transition security program, within few coming days, the second phase of security transition will be completed and the Afghan forces will hold the security responsibility.
In this phase, besides source areas, security responsibility of volatile areas in Helmand, Ghazni, Nangarhar and Takhar province will be submitted to Afghan security forces.
The Afghan officials say with completion of the second phase of security transition process, the security of 50% of Afghan soil will be covered by Afghan security forces.
Talking in a ceremony related to the second phase of security transition, Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai said, “By accepting the security responsibility of the country, the Afghan government is getting ready for 2014 when all foreign military forces are leaving Afghanistan.
In the ceremony, General Abdul Rahim Wardak, the Afghan minister of national defense said the Afghan National Army forces are currently equipped with light and heavy arms and weapons provided by international community.
For the complete transition of security to Afghan national forces up to 2014, the Afghan minister of defense asked for further assistance of international community related to equipment and training of ANA.
In this ceremony which was held in Parwan, John Allen, general commander of NATO-led forces to Afghanistan said, “NATO will continue its supportive role beyond 2014, adding after completion of NATO military mission in 2014 in Afghanistan, the organization will continue to equip and train the Afghan security forces.
Meanwhile, Rayen Crocker, US ambassador to Kabul while speaking in the ceremony related to US assistance to Afghanistan emphasized that US will keep on its assistance to Afghanistan in security and reconstruction process.
Currently there are 140,000 foreign soldiers are stationed in the country.
It is said the foreign forces will put end their military mission in Afghanistan in 2014.
Kabul (BNA) The in charges of the national committee on disaster preparedness answered the questions of the members of the House of People on advanced measures for winter and to cope with the recent drought in the country.
The deputies also resized the issue of food price rise especially the hike in price of gas and fuel products, non-distribution of improved wheat seeds to farmers, closure of transport ways, lack of schools, roads, health clinics in different regions, non-reaching of food items, non-distribution of primary food items to the needy, delivering of hydro-power projects to second hand contractors for attaining of benefits, non-availability of retaining walls on banks of rivers and this way affecting agricultural land and tens of other issues were taken up by the deputies.
Kabul (BNA) The Traditional Loya Jirga with the participation of over 2,000 people was held on Nov. 16, 2011 and ended with adopting of a resolution that is considered one of the achievements of the great nation of Afghanistan.
The advice of this jirga after evaluations was adopted at the (Aqrab) Nov. 21 session of the Council of Ministers meeting.
The CM meeting by praising the strides of the organizers of this jirgah and the efforts of the security foundations, instructs the ministries and government departments to take into account the Loya Jirgah resolutions in their routine work and orders the following:
1. The national security council, the ministry of foreign affairs, defense, interior, finance economy, national security department and the local organs department should take into account the resolution during their talks on strategic cooperation with foreign countries,
2. In order to attain the precision and reliability of the rumors pertaining to burial of the atomic wastes inside the territory of Afghanistan and considering the advice of the Loya Jirgah, the delegation consisting the decision No. 2470 dated 20/4/1387, under the supervision of defense ministry in order to cooperate with the international community and related foundations including the International Atomic Energy verify the probability of burial of the atomic wastes and its radio-active spread in suspected localities, and by usage of scientific, technical possibilities and the inhabitants witnesses be assessed precisely and prepare the result of its study and assessments in six months to the Presidential Office,
3. The structure of the high peace council as per the Loya Jirga advice be reviewed and the administration affairs of the Council of Ministers is ordered to arrange proper facilities for this purpose,
4. The high peace council should consider the Loya Jirga advice in carrying of please talks and realization of the peace policy in its routine activities,
5. The ministries and government departments should consider the good governance advice of the Loya Jirga,
6. The independent administration reforms and civil services should take note of the loiya jirga advice in improving the administration,
7. The administration affairs and council of ministers secretariat should consider the extension and printing of the resolutions of the Loya Jirga.
Kabul (BNA) Mishrano Jirga of Afghan national assembly is congratulating the 3rd December, World Disabled Day, to Afghan disabled of the country.
Mishrano Jirga considered the disabled as those heroes, patriots and pious who have sacrificed for religion, country and protection of national integrity and their presence today amongst our nation is the sign of their bravery and patriotism.
Mishrano Jirga believes that our pious people have kept them in their hearts in the light of Mohammadi Sharia and cultural values and have tried their best to fulfill their spiritual and objective needs.
On the occasion of the 3rd December, world disabled day, Mishrano Jirga once again is expressing its sympathy and coordination with Afghan disabled and emphasized that relevant government organs should pay consideration for solution of their problems with which Afghan disabled are facing.
The relevant organs should find employment; deliver health services and self-sufficiency facilities for the Afghan disabled.
Kabul (BNA) The constitutionalism seminar on democracy in Afghanistan was ended with a speech of Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Raheen, Minister of Information and Culture and issuing a 6-electing Mir Mohammad Sedeq Farhang as Chairman, Heelaman Ghaznwai Deputy Chairman and Nabi Pakteen as Secretary, the seminar continued its work yesterday.
At its work today Khalil Roman delivered his article under the name of Constitutionalism Movement and lessons emanating from that, Sayed Mustafa Sayedi, Effects of Constitutionalism Movement on the contemporary literature of Afghanistan, Heranwal Sultan Mangal on the path of democracy in Afghanistan, Rehela Mirzayee on constitutionalism achievements and Sheikh Ali Fakour an article on constitutionalism and democracy.
Also, Kabirullah Saraj brother son of King Amanullah Ghazi talked on the judiciary in the democracy decade.
Deen Mohammad Mubarez Rashedi Deputy Minister of Information and culture and head of the commission for organizing this seminar praising the participants said that in reality if our people do not take bold steps towards democracy we should accept that we will be unsuccessful generation.
The six-point resolution of the seminar was read out in which the ministry of information and culture has been praised for holding this seminar, it was said that the National Radio-TV should have interviews with the remainder of the Constitutional supporters, carry on their views, and that it was proposed that the academy of sciences of Afghanistan and Kabul University to collect reliable historic issues pertaining to constitution.
The ministry of information and culture cooperate in printing of the materials.
The ministry of information and culture cooperate in publishing the articles read out at this seminar.
Kabul (BNA) First Vice-President of Afghanistan, Marshal Mohammad Qaseem Fahim is authorized to take care of the affairs of the presidential office till the return of the president of Afghanistan from his visit to Germany and Britain.
“I wish him all success”, the message President Karzai as saying.
Kabul (BNA) Hamid Karzai, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan met with Shiah ulema (Shiite religious scholars) including a number of members for Afghanistan Ulema Council here in Kabul.
In the meeting, which was held Thursday afternoon at presidential palace, Mawlavi Ghafari, representing the others, spoke about better commemorating of Mahram-ul-Haram month and said, “A guide that instructs discipline, better coordination and strengthening of Islamic brotherhood has been provided by Afghan Shiah Ulema council for better commemorating of the day of Muharam.
Representatives for the Shah ulemas expressed their happiness that Ashura has been commemorated in good security in the past few years in the country.
They asked the president to instruct the Afghan security organs in order that they tighten security during the Ashura day in the country.
Meanwhile, the ulemas asked all audio and video media to broadcast Islamic programs during the commemoration of Ashura.
After hearing the suggestions, president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan said, “The main reason of better holding of the ceremonies in the country during this month is unity amongst Afghan people; while the other reason is this that this big religious day isn’t politically and religiously considered.
The president instructed the ulemas to cooperate with security organs in order that the ceremonies are held in better security in the country.
It is worth mentioning that for necessary security measures, a commission led by minister of interior has been formed and its members are a number of Afghan ministries of defense, national directorate of security and Afghan ulemas.
The commission is tasked to take necessary measures for better holding Ahura ceremonies in the country.
Kabul (BNA) At this meeting held at the presidential palace the other day was attended by Prof. Abdul Salam Azimi Chief Justice and Chairman of the Supreme Court, Habibullah Ghalib Minister of Justice, the Attorney General and head of the administration affairs and council of Ministers Secretariat.
The meeting discussed sexual assaults and the arrest of Mrs. Gulnaz.
The Minister of Justice explained the details of Mrs. Gulnaz case and proposed that the remaining prison term of Mrs. Gulnaz be waived off.
The meeting decided that the remaining prison term of Mrs. Gulnaz considering the enforced laws of the country are waived off.
The meeting noted that since the sides in the case agree on marriage, the meeting instructed the related sources to take appropriate measures in this respect in accordance with the Islamic Sharia.
President Karzai instructed the administration affairs department to prepare the decree for waiving of prison terms for this purpose.
Meanwhile, a series of other judicial issues were also discussed at this meeting including a foreign national case.
Kabul (BNA) President Karzari in his meeting with the members of the high peace council discussed future actions of the council in the light of the loya jirga resolutions.
At this meeting which was attended by Prof. Sebghatullah Mujaddidi, Pir Sayed Ahmad Gailani, Marshal Mohammad Qaseem Fahim and Mohammad Karim Khalili vice-presidents, the members of the council advanced their proposals on carrying and strengthening of the peace process in the light of Loya Jirgah advices.
Also, at this meeting more effectiveness of the peace process, creation of changes in the composition of the council, expansion of council activities in provinces, the need for honest cooperation of Pakistan in preparing the ground for peace talks, creation of a specific address for opposition, more activation of influential, elders and religious scholars in the peace process and attraction of oppositions for talks were discussed.
They said that despite the martyrdom of Ustad Rabbani that was a great blow to the peace process, the majority of people of Afghanistan are supporting peace and the international community also supports this process and meanwhile all Taliban are also not opposing peace, for this very reason, the peace process should move ahead and in order to accelerate this process the peace talks should be carried through a specific address with the opposition elements.
They argued that the peace process should be carried through the Afghans and the foreign countries should create facilities for talks.
The president said at this meeting that during the past years led by martyred Ustad Rabbani and Prof. Sebghatullah Mujadidi efforts were made for peace restoration to create a reliable and specific address by the government of Afghanistan and that in the past year the peace council also got credibility inside and outside the country.
At the meeting president Karzai reiterated that the peace process by following the advice of the Loya Jirgah be continued and a national influential should lead this process.
It was decided at the meeting that after the Bonn Conference a meeting be held between the president and members of the high peace council and a decision be taken on appointment of new chairman and its future actions.
Kabul (BNA) Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Raheen Minister of Information and Culture left Kabul for Japan today.
The aim of this trip is to participate in Bamyan Symposium in Japan.
Omar Sultan care-taker of the cultural deputy office of the ministry and Habiba Sorabi governor of Bamyan accompanied Dr. Raheen in this trip.
In the Kabul International Airport, Dr. Raheen said to BNA reporter, the Bamyan Symposium will hold in the 5th and 6th of December of the current month in Tokyo of Japan, later on in Kyoto of that country.
It is due that in this trip, the information and culture minister and his accompanied delegation will meet with interior minister of Japan and other authorities of that country. Translated by Suraya-Yarzada