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Monday 23, January

Kabul (BNA)

The bodies of four French soldiers were flown home Sunday, two days after their deaths at the hands of an Afghan soldier led President Nicolas Sarkozy to threaten to pull his forces out of Afghanistan.

French Defence Minister Gerard Longuet, who flew out to Afghanistan after the killings, accompanied the coffins which were draped in the French flag as they arrived at a Paris airport shortly before midnight.

Fifteen French troops were wounded in the attack by an Afghan soldier who shot dead the four unarmed soldiers at a base where they were having a joint sports session on Friday.

Twelve of the wounded soldiers were flown home on Saturday. Two others remain hospitalized at Bagram Air Base while one is being treated at the French military hospital in Kabul.

 

Monday, 23 January 2012 08:13

Drone attack kills five in Pakistan

Monday 23, January

Kabul (BNA)

Two US drones on Monday fired missiles into a vehicle and on a compound, killing five in North Waziristan, Pakistan , today

"Two US drones fired missiles into a vehicle and on a residential compound killing five suspected militants.

The attacks took place in Datta Khel

Monday, January 23, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The Swedish ambassador to Kabul met with second vice president Mohammad Karim Khalili. 
They exchanged views on the peace process, important issues of Afghanistan and other issues of mutual interest. 
At the meeting Khalili appreciated the assistance of the Swedish government in reconstruction and development of Afghanistan and reiterated on further expansion of Sweden assistance in different provinces. 
He added that peace should not be sacrificed at the cost of past achievements but this should come within the framework of constitution, democracy and preservation of joint achievements of Afghanistan and the international community in the past one decade. 
He noted that the international community is the facilitator of peace process and the Afghan government should lead this process. 
He noted that the expectation of Afghan people from the international community is that as the ally of the people of Afghanistan to accelerate their support towards the new achievements and thus support the people of Afghanistan and should not repeat its past mistakes in relation to Afghanistan. 
He also called consolidation of democracy in the country one of the basic ways for expansion of peace and stability in the country. 
At the meeting the Swedish ambassador while confirming the assertions of Khalili in relation to peace process, emphasized on continued support of his country of the joint achievements of Afghanistan and the international community. 
He also touched on the activities of the Swedish PRT in Saripul, Badghis, and Samangan and informed of increased assistance of his government. 
He also touched on the concentration of Swedish committee’s activities in 18 provinces of the country and emphasized on increase of activities of this committee in other provinces.

Monday, January 23, 2012
Aibak (BNA) A number of uplift projects which financially funded by GTZ of German have been completed in Samangan province GTZ also assisted some administrative app0liances to a number of government offices in the province. 
According to Mohammad Kabir Sharifi, an official for GTZ, the projects costing 10 million Afs have been implemented through GTZ in a number of villages in the province. 
He said the infrastructural projects include construction of five protective walls, concreting of sidewalks inside of Aibak Park, construction of two water reservoirs, construction of two small bridges and digging six drinking water wells in Hotak and Shir Kayar villages.

Monday, January 23, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Second vice-president Mohammad Karim Khalili chaired the meeting in which 6 representatives of Badakhshan at the House of People were present, the latest activities and measures report in relation to addressing the affected people emanating from avalanches in Badakhshan were discussed. 
According to report the ministry of agriculture and irrigation has already dispatched food and non-food items to 13 district of the province and work on distribution of food and non food items is going on. 
The Ministry of public health reported that three months ago primary health care materials which are responsive to primary needs of those districts for six months were dispatched to the province. 
The minister of rehabilitation and rural development said that so far 91 km of road in affected areas have been cleaned. 
The committee meeting decided that adequate medicine and cash aid to the affected families have been approved from the budget of the national disaster committee and a delegation composed of representatives of the ministries of agriculture and irrigation, public health, rehabilitation and rural development, and national department for combating disaster and two Badakhshan deputies at the house of people led by the Afghan Red Crescent Society will visit the province and distribute the allocated cash money and medicine to the martyrs and wounded members of the families.

Monday, January 23, 2012
Kabul (BNA) In a meeting with French Defense Minister Gerard Longuet on Sunday, president Karzai once again expressed his condolences over the loss of four French soldiers killed last Friday in Afghanistan. 
President Karzai asked Minister Longuet, who is on a visit to Afghanistan to convey his heartfelt condolences to the French president, the people of France and to the mourning families of the victims and stressed that the shooting reflects in no way the true public perception of the French soldiers, but rather an isolated case by an individual who is in custody and being investigated. 
The president said it was “terrible shock” to see that a similar incident happens twice involving Afghan army soldiers opening fire at French troops. 
The Afghan Defense Ministry has been ordered to thoroughly investigate the incident. 
French defense minister thanked president Karzai for his condolences and sympathies and vowed that his country would continue to assist the people of Afghanistan. 
Another subject central to discussion was the strategic partnership on which the Defense minister Longuet said his country was prepared to soon sign a long-term partnership treaty with Afghanistan, which would pave the ground for further expansion of the bilateral relations and would ensure Franc’s continued engagement in Afghanistan beyond 2014. 
President Karzai thanked France for all its assistance over the past ten years and said, “France is an old and sincere historic friend of the Afghan nation and has remained as such.”

Monday 23 Junuar,

Kabul(BNA)

Pak President Asif Ali Zardari's media adviser Farahnaz Ispahani has alleged that she ran away from Pakistan fearing Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) might kidnap her to force her husband, Husain Haqqani, to sign a confession and implicate the president in the memogate scandal.

Farahnaz Ispahani's allegations will shock Pakistan's military establishment and many in the government and the opposition. Farahnaz said this while talking to a British journalist, Christina Lamb, who claimed in her Sunday Times article that Pakistan's military is "steadily silencing opponents" and conducting a soft coup.

Christina Lamb, a foreign correspondent for The Sunday Times, who filed story on Pakistan from Washington, is banned from entering Pakistan after being deported from the country in 2001.

Lamb wrote that the memogate scandal involving Husain Haqqani, who is facing trial for treason, was "trumped up".

Lamb wrote that Haqqani's life is in danger and his wife Farahnaz Ispahani has fled to Washington amid fears that "ISI might kidnap her to force herhusband to sign a confession and implicate the president."

"What we're seeing is the systematic killing or silencing of anyone who stands up to the institutionalisation of a militarised Islamist state, who advocates positive relations with the West or stands up for tolerance," Ispahani told The Sunday Times. "I'm scared, even the government can't even protect itself."

Lamb also wrote about the latest murder of the radio journalist Mukarram Khan Atif and alleged his murder was "part of a deliberate campaign by the country's military intelligence arm (ISI) and militant groups to silence moderate voices."

She wrote the Voice of America journalist had been receiving death threats from militants who did not like his reporting and demanded space on his radio programmes to voice their own hateful rhetoric.

She quoted Bob Dietz, Asia Director of the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, as saying: "We're definitely seeing a deliberate attempt to silence people. Scores of Pakistani journalists have asked for asylum, wanting us to arrange fellowships. Frankly, we're overwhelmed by it."

She also mentioned the murder of journalist Saleem Shahzad and mused that journalist Najam Sethi and his wife Jugnu Mohsin were "forced to move to Washington for a couple of months after several years of severe intimidation."

"In the old days you'd get picked up, thrown into prison for a couple of months, maybe roughed up, then let out. But now it's a whole different ball game - there's no second chance," she quoted Sethi as saying. She quoted a Baloch journalist Malik Siraj Akbar, who has won asylum in America, as saying that he didn't want to leave Pakistan but didn't "want to become a martyr".

Sunday, 22 January 2012 13:00

Avalanche Martyrs Civilians In Badakhshan

Sunday, January 22, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Avalanches killed 41 civilians in Badakhshan province. 
Dr. Shah Wali Adeeb governor of Badakhshan said to BNA, avalanches in Badakhshan province killed 42 civilians and injured 60 others. 
According to Badakhshan governor five houses have been destroyed in these avalanches. 
He added 13 districts in Badakhshan faced with famine, if emergency assistance not reach to these districts, they will face with more problems.  Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Sunday, January 22, 2012
Kapisa (BNA) A civilian was martyred and nine others wounded in a clash between national army forces and armed Taliban in Alasai district of Kapisa province today. 
Qais Qaderi spokesman for Kapisa governor said to BNA, this clash took place in the bazaar of that district and still continues. 
According to Qaderi, national army forces wanted to carry out operation in that district were targeted by armed Taliban. 
In this clash a civilian was martyred and nine others including of a woman and two children were wounded, he said. 
In this clash the security forces had no casualties. 
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Sunday, 22 January 2012 12:42

Copter Crash In Badakhshan

Sunday, January 22, 2012
Kabul (BNA) A copter of national army forces crashed in Badakhshan province today. 
Dr. Shah Wali Adeeb governor of Badakhshan said to BNA, two copters of the national defense ministry was rescuing the students from Arghanjkho that one of them due to technical problem crashed.
The crew of the copter had no casualties, said the source.
Students after passing the university entering exam in Shaghnan district was returning to their houses, faced with a heavy avalanche. Two students were martyred and 20 others were wounded.
The health condition of 4 injured students reported critical, said the source. 
Jan Mohammad a resident of Arghanjkhwa criticizing the higher education ministry said, this ministry took the exam late and hundreds of students couldn’t participate in it. 
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada