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Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Chor (BNA) Security officials in Ghor province have said that police operations are underway to locate and rescue the 13 civilians who had been abducted by unknown armed men from Charsada district of Ghor province on the first day of Eidul Adha, a police officer in Ghor province said yesterday. 
Meantime, some reports suggest that Taliban militants are behind the kidnapping.
 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The house of people strongly condemned the terrorist attack on the first day of Eid in Faryab and the murder of five labors on the Ghazni road. 
Chaired by Nematullah Ghafari second secretary of the House of people, the deputies while congratulating the nation on the Eid occasion, strongly condemned the terrorist attack on the first day of Eid at the Eidgah mosque in Faryab that led to martyrdom and wounding of over 90 countrymen,  touching on the Fetwa of Mufti Azam of Saudi Arabia and the assertions of Ustad Abdul Rab Rasoul Sayaf a religious leader of Afghanistan, they argued that suicide attacks and insurgency from the viewpoints of Islam religion in illegal, and emphasized that these messages should be publicized at the provinces and villages of the country and placed at access of the people through the media. 
The deputies also condemned the martyrdom of five labors in related areas of Ghazni province by the Taliban and called this crime as unjustifiable. 
It was reiterated at the meeting that these labors had no affiliations with any group and during their return from Paktika were intending to go their homes for passing Eid days with their families but they were mercilessly martyred on the way to their homes. 
They asked the security forces of the country to try to prevent such shocking incidents with decisiveness and don’t permit that defenseless people are sacrificed. 
The deputies also criticized massive migration of the members of the parliament for performance of Hajj as a result of which the parliament doors were closed for a week, saying that some of the deputies had already performed their Hajj obligation but they have gone for the second and third time. 
They viewed that instead of such trips the high ranking government authorities could dominate the expenses of their Hajj performance to the deserving vulnerable countrymen. 
Other deputies proposed that a delegation should be assigned to study domestic problems within the National Assembly and on the basis of need some procedures of domestic duties of the parliament should be amended.  They also criticized over launching of rumors in respect to the situation of the country after 2014 adding that the people and the government will not allow that crisis prevail here. 
They also touched on the influence of the Taliban in some local departments in Laghman and martyrdom of two guards of a member of the parliament in that province. 
They asked the president of the country that excepting the new governor of Laghman all local government authorities for having ties with the Pakistani intelligence agency should be dismissed from their posts.
 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Deputy US defense secretary had a meeting yesterday with Mohammad Karim Khalili second vice-president during which they exchanged views on bilateral cooperation of the nations in security issues. 
James Millar the US deputy Defense Secretary called the achievements of Afghanistan especially in attaining the security responsibility considerable and touched on the commitment of the international community at the Chicago and Tokyo conferences for aid to Afghanistan after 2014 and emphasized on the US commitments and moving side by side in assisting the people and government of Afghanistan in different spheres.
He called good governance in improving better political and economic conditions as very important and expressed the support of his country towards holding of free and transparent election in 2014. 
While the US ambassador to Kabul and some other authorities of the defense ministry of that country were present, Khalili called the commitments of the international community at the Chicago and Tokyo conferences as hopeful and stressed that the defeat or success of the people of   Afghanistan in the new era is the defeat or success of the world community. 
He added that Afghanistan is still engaged in resisting terrorism and insurgency and the terrorism has taken immense sacrifices from the people of Afghanistan and that of the international community and emphasized on realization of better methods for ensuring of peace and stability in Afghanistan. 
He called 2014 as important for the people of Afghanistan and stressed that the government is decisive for attaining the security responsibility and holding of a transparent and democratic elections. 
He considered good governance the basis wish of the people of Afghanistan and asked for selection of qualified people as in charges at local authorities. 
They expressed pleasure over the start of the talks for bilateral security treaty and emphasized on further strengthening and equipping of the security forces of Afghanistan for undertaking full security responsibility in the country as well as elimination of terrorists channels that they intruded into the Afghan security forces that has caused killing of Afghan and foreign troops.
 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai chaired the plenary session of the council of Ministers at the Gulkhana palace yesterday. 
Initially the CM considered the shocking suicide at the mosque of Maimna by the terrorists in which a great number of countrymen were martyred or wounded as against the Islamic belief and strongly condemned it and wished peace for the souls of martyrs and immediate recovery for the wounded on this incident.
The president paid a visit on October 28th of current year to Faryab province to express sympathy with the relatives of the martyrs and the wounded and assessment of the incident and instructed the in charges on assisting the victims which was confirmed by the CM.
Meanwhile ministers of interior, public health, first deputy minister and acting minister of national defense and director of national security department, senior deputy minister of interior ministry visited Faryab province from the October 28th and assessed the situation there and delivered the assistance of the presidential office to the relatives of martyrs and the wounded of the incident.
The CM instructed the interior ministry and national security department to verify the perpetrators of this incident and pursue them legally.  Meanwhile, the ministries of public health, labor and social affairs, martyrs and the disabled, education, administration affairs and secretariat of the CM and the Faryab governor were instructed to address the treatment of the wounded and necessary aid to the victims of this incident.
They are also assigned to study the security problems, asphalting of 30 km road inside Maimana, acceleration of work on Mlaimana-Badghis, expansion of agriculture, meeting the shortages of water by building of reservoir dams of Garziwan, Qaisar and Almar.
The CM also assigned the interior ministry to adopt proper security measures for ensuring the security of seismic of gas in south-west especially in Gulran district and Rubat Sangi and report in this respect to the presidential office.
The CM was informed by Sadeq Mudaber chairman of the administration affairs and secretariat of the CM on the resolution of high economic council.
He said that the CM confirmed the formation of the high economic council led by president Karzai with the composition of vice-presidents, finance, economy, commerce and industries, energy and water, agriculture and irrigation ministers, national security advisor, senior economic advisor, governor of the Afghanistan Bank, three lecturers from the economy faculties of country’s universities, two representatives of the chambers of commerce and industries. 
He added that the justice ministry and administration affairs department was assigned to prepare the procedure for the council and refer it to the CM.
He also informed the CM in respect to realization of the contents of decree no 45 of the president saying that during last week, ministers of counter-narcotics, information and culture, agriculture, and irrigation, higher education, public health, economy, energy and water, communications and mines visited Bamyan, Wardak, Kandahar, Ghur, Kunar, Nangarhar, Urozgan, Balkh, Jawzjan and Saripul.  He assured that the remaining work on the decree will be completed.
The minister of justice presented the procedure or a foreign trip which was confirmed by the CM.  The CM assigned the administration affairs of the CM to facilitate the presence of the authorized representatives of the Afghan embassies abroad in meeting of the higher government authorities with foreign authorities inside and outside the country and that foreign ministry should strengthen the board of translators so that they accompany the government authorities in their trips abroad.
The chairman of the administration reforms and civil services informed the CM on the structure for holding of tests of civil services.
The CM after discussing this issue adopted it and assigned the government departments to propose selection of cadres in the empty posts in 20 days and refer it to the commission.
Meanwhile the deputy minister of energy and water informed the CM on the start of work on the electricity network in Kabul city and other big cities.  The CM assigned the ministry of water and energy to prepare the detailed plan of the network for electrification in Kabul and other large cities considering the balance in distribution of power and verifying of power sources and refer to the CM.
The deputy minister of finance presented the addendum of the ordinary budget of current year and balance of the development budget and stressed that Afs 20.7 million has allocated to the ordinary budget of ministry of information and culture or repairing of technical equipment and salaries of the employees and TV of Sadai Ashna and with this increment the budget reached to Afs 24.3 billion.  He showed the balance of the development budget of current years of Afs 96.3 billion and the total budget of current fiscal year indicates Afs. 254.353 billion which was confirmed by the CM.  Two international conventions were presented to the CM by foreign minister which were confirmed by the CM accordingly.
 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Turkish President, Abdullah Gul, has sent a letter of condolences to President Hamid Karzai in which he has offered his deep condolences and sympathies on the terrorist attack in the province of Faryab.
The letter says that at a time when our joint efforts are expanding for enhanced regional cooperation for Afghanistan, we strongly condemn the abhorrent attack.
In the letter, he reaffirms his country’s support to Afghanistan and offers condolences to the families of the victims and prays for a rapid recovery of those wounded.
In separate letters, the government of Spain and the French Foreign Ministry have also condemned the bombing in the city of Maimana and presented their condolences for the loss of civilian lives in the incident.
The Spanish government’s message adds that the government of Spain condemns the attack in the strongest terms and conveys its full support to the Afghan people in their struggle to eradicate the scourge of terrorism and to ensure a future of peace, stability, progress and peaceful living for all Afghans.
The condolence letter of the French Foreign Ministry says, France presents its deep condolences to the people of Afghanistan and the families of the soldiers who were killed in the barbaric attack.
The letter further says, France reaffirms its solidarity with Afghan authorities as they fight violence.
 

Monday, October 29, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The Afghan peace high council has said that there was no any pretext left for Taliban to continue bloodshed in Afghanistan.
While the leadership of Taliban still insists on patricide and destruction of our homeland; as the Taliban leaders on their Eid messages have insisted their followers to continue fighting against international and Afghan forces.
Mullah Omer the so called Taliban top leader has said he would not negotiate with Afghan government, but the peace high council says the people who are not ready for negotiation, are seeking their interests in continuation of unrest and instability in the country.
More detail of the issue:
The Afghan peace high council says proper measures have been taken to ensure the safety of the negotiators of Taliban.
Masoum Stankzai the head of the secretariat of the high council delivering brief information to the media said that they were ready to provide according to the demand of Taliban a safe place in any Islamic countries for direct negotiations for ending this bloody war in the country.
He added, presently, there is no pretext left for continuation of bloodshed anymore. The condition and pretexts the armed oppositions raised for negotiations have been removed. The Afghan government and international community have agreed on withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan and a schedule for the purpose has been prepared.
Security responsibilities have been handed over to Afghan security forces in most parts of the country. The armed oppositions claimed that they had no safety and address to go for negations because they would be arrested.
Now this problem has been solved, the Afghan peace high council is ready to provide a ground for negotiations in any Islamic country that the Taliban leaders prefer.
Earlier the Afghan government under the leadership of President Karzai was willing to hold peace negotiation with Taliban but severely rejected by Taliban leaders under the pretext of the presence of foreign forces in the country. Now, according to the agreement reached between international community and Afghan government, all foreign forces will leave Afghanistan until the end of 2014.
In this way the main pretext of Taliban for ignoring negotiation has been removed. So, if they are free and act independently they should come to the negation table for the sake of their people and homeland.
Mullah Omer the leader of Taliban in his Eid message has said that the Taliban fighting against foreign and Afghan force would be continued and has asked his militia not to accept the proposal of Afghan government for peace negotiations. The chief of Afghan peace high council says there are certain individuals who see their interests in continuation of unrest and destruction in Afghanistan; therefore, they prefer to fight against peace and stability in the country.
The Afghan president in his speech on the occasion of Eid festivals asked Taliban to leave their weapons on the ground and take part in the government via elections through the vote of people. But it would be difficult for Taliban to accept the demand of Afghan president because what they did during their rule in Afghanistan has left no place for them to go to the elections. During the reign of Taliban many people, especially women and girls were deprived from working outside the house and going to school. Their atrocities are not forgettable among people.      
Kalil Minawi BNA General Director
 

Monday, October 29, 2012
Kabul (BNA) It’s expected that the UN Human Rights Commission announce its new strategy with respect to the protection of fundamental rights of the women in Afghanistan until the end of 2013. 
In a press release, the UN human rights commission has expressed concerns over the expected threat that could hinder protection of women rights in Afghanistan after 2014 following international troop’s pullout from the country.
In the announcement, the UN has predicted that decrease on international financial assistance to Afghanistan and lack of global focus on the Afghan situations could endanger human rights protection in the country after 2014. 
The UN announcement warmly welcomed by some parliamentarians and women rights activists.
The UN human rights organization also appreciated recent statement of US secretary of state Hilary Clinton in which she emphasized on formulating fresh strategy regarding protection of women rights in the country after 2014 and the UN has also recommended a number of important guidelines to honor women rights in Afghanistan after international troop withdrawal.
Meanwhile, Farkhunda Zahra Naderi parliament’s lawmakers rights and allowances commission member described the US secretary of state Hilary Clinton as one of the major activist of women rights and announced her strategy as one of the milestone endeavor on way of protecting women rights by 2014 foreign troop’s pullout.
Farkhunda also commented on election of women in formation of the Supreme Court and appreciated the concerned authorities of focusing on contribution of women in various spheres and strongly refused negative assertions on upcoming crisis in the country after 2014.
Beside the upper challenges, reports show that violence against women noticeably increased in the country and Afghanistan’s independent human rights commission has also recorded its apprehensions over the issue of violence on women in different parts of the country and has emphasized on legal and judicial organs to bring the culprits into justice.
 

Monday, 29 October 2012 06:36

Congratulatory Messages

Monday, October 29, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Congratulatory messages had been sent to president Hamid Karzai, the vice presidents, cabinet members, chairmen of both the parliament, chief justice, attorney general and the whole nation of Afghanistan.
In the messages, sent by the leading body and the personnel of the ministry for information and culture, public health ministry, higher education ministry, commerce and industries ministry, justice ministry, attorney general office, Kabul governor, chamber of commerce and industries, youth affairs, political parties and several more social bodies to the leadership of the country it was hope to implement the 43rd presidential decree to root out corruption. 
It was also hoped to eradicate poppy, ensure human rights and overcome all social evils.
 

Monday, October 29, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Presidential spokesperson Emal Faizi talking to the press at the government media center on the recent US diplomats assertions on the Durand Line said that the assertions of the US diplomats on the Durand Line is their persistent position but these assertions will not impact the position of the people and the government of Afghanistan.
He added that the Durand Line is an historical and legal issue that foreign countries cannot take decision on this, but this depends on the people of Afghanistan to decide on it.
In respect to the 2014 presidential elections he reiterated that the government of Afghanistan is hopeful and committed that this elections is held on due date and in transparent and just form.
He called membership of two foreigners at the Election Complaint commission against the constitution and the national sovereignty of the country and added that election is an internal issue of Afghanistan and it is not ten years ago but the Afghanistan of today has the required capacities to use it in its elections. 
As regards possible intervention of the government in the elections he called this empty allegation and added that Afghanistan is committed towards democracy and is an independent country and has freedom of speech, media and the parliament each of which can supervise the election process and to check any interventions. 
He also informed the media on the increase of budget for Afghan students studying in foreign countries and said that the government now has allocated USD15 million instead of the past USD10 million and hereafter every years this budget will be allocated for the education of Afghan students studying in foreign countries.
 

Monday, October 29, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The ministry of information and culture is going to hold a seminar on “Life of Ahl-e-Bait of The Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)” on 7 and 8 Moharam 1434 falling on 1st and 2nd Qaus this year. 
The commission for holding the seminar hereby is requesting all the scholars, researchers, writers and the religious leaders to send their articles to the commission and all the articles to be published at the end of the seminar.