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Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Kabul (BNA) We were informed with regret that Ustad Prof. Sayed Omar Muneeb member of the nationwide ulema council of Afghanistan has died. 
Late Omar has been an outstanding scholar, influential and Mejahid and a founder of the council who spend all his life in imparting to his students and trained Muslim sons and served in the Jehad of the people as well. 
The ulema council considers his death a loss and wishes peace for his soul and patience for his family members and relatives as well the ulemas and Mujahid people of Afghanistan.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai chaired the plenary session of the Council of Ministers held at Gul Khana Palace yesterday. 
Initially the tragic issue of desertion of Holly Kuran, the holy book of God, by the US soldiers and the apology of the US government were taken up. 
It was stressed that this action has caused protest marches in cities and different regions of the country and these marches had human and material losses. 
President Karzai noted at the session that while we are strongly condemning this anti-Islamic action ask our pious, brave and honest countrymen to preserve their vigilance, and patience do not allow that the enemies of peace and stability disrupt order in the country. 
He assured that his government is in contact with the US and wants trial of the perpetrators of this incident. 
The council of Ministers (CM) expressed its deepest sorrows over the martyrdom of those countrymen wounded during the demonstrations and shared the pains of Muslim nation and asked peace for the souls of the martyrs and patience for the bereaved families and immediate recovery for the wounded. 
The CM in order to address the grievances of the martyr’s families instructed the independent department of local organs to verify the relatives of the martyrs and prepare their meeting with the president of Afghanistan. 
President Karzai also hailed the latest statement of the Pakistani Prime Minister in relation to that country’s vast cooperation in the peace process and the talks between the government of Afghanistan with the Taliban and Hezbi Islami of Hekmatyar. 
Minister of Repatriates and Refugees informed the CM about the strategic support of volunteer return of refugees, resettlement and cooperation of the host countries that in reality is the region of strategy for solution of Afghan refugee’s problems inside and outside the country. 
The strategy anticipates honorable return and solving the problems of employment, permanent settlement, provision of services in education, health, shelter and work in the development project and this will be taken into discussions in May in Geneva conference with the participation of the regional countries and donor states. 
The CM confirmed the strategy and advised the ministry of repatriates and refugees discuss this strategy at the Geneva Conference and consider its realization with the help of related organs. 
Meanwhile, the issue of usurpation of land in the refugee’s townships in some provinces was presented to the CM by the minister of refugees and repatriates. 
He said that on the basis of resolution #17 dated 17/5/1390 of the CM, the assigned delegation took out around 600 jirib of land in the Mamozai township of Bagrami district and delivered to the ownership of this ministry which will be distributed to the refugees as per the program. 
The CM instructed the ministry that on the basis of phrase 5 of resolution #17 of the CM, the ministry of refugees and repatriates, interior, independent department of local organs and head of the government issues in justice ministry to assess the problem of land usurpation in Paktia, Laghman, Kapisa and Kunar and assure their accomplishment to the CM accordingly. 
The Minister of Finance based on the decision of session 47 dated 2/12/1389 of the CM presented the ministry’s accomplishments in relation to the mechanism of taking out of the foreign currency from the country which was adopted by the CM considering its economic impacts and its national interests by mentioning of the new recommendations of the cabinet ministers. 
The CM also confirmed the proposal of Da-Afghanistan Bank on transfer of over USD 20,000 to outside of the country through the legal banks of the country and advised the Central Bank to ensure implementation of the banking law in relation to transfer of foreign currency abroad. 
The governor of the Bank proposed formation of the high coordination and working committee for struggle against terrorism, financing and purification of money. 
The CM instructed Da-Afghanistan Bank and the Ministries of Finance and Justice to review the bank’s proposal in the light of the law for struggle against money purification and income from crimes and refer it to the CM economic committee. 
Meanwhile expropriation of 2220 sqm of land property of four persons located in Chaoke Yadgar of Mazari Sharif on the basis of Afs. 4,000 per sqm and a total of Afs 8,80,000 and the expropriation of 1865 sqm of land property of 12 persons located in Baba Yadgar of Mazari Sharif at total of Afs. 9,325,000 were referred to the CM meeting by local organs department. 
The CM adopted the proposal and instructed the local organs department to facilitate the money from the Balkh Municipality budget.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Four government officials have been detained on charges of spying for foreign intelligence networks, a spokesman for the Afghan spy service said on Monday. 
The detainees included a junior employee at the foreign ministry and three officials of others government department. 
National Directorate of Security (NDS) spokesman Lotfullah Masshal said. 
He accused the individuals of involvement in spying for the intelligence networks of foreign countries and leaking secret documents to them. 
Without disclosing their identity, he said the detainees were under investigation. 
Deputy foreign ministry spokeswoman, Faramarz Tamana, confirmed the arrest of an employee by intelligence operatives. 
However, he would not go into details.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Afghan foreign minister Dr. Zamai Rasoul in a message felicitated the appointment of foreign minister of Bosnia Herzegovina. 
The message notes that I hope the existing friendly relations based on cooperation and mutual interests further consolidate. 
He added that I am sure our ties further expand to the interest of the two nations during your mission. 
Meanwhile, in another message Dr. Zalmai Rasoul has congratulated Victor Aerjuiek as foreign minister of Slovenia.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Like other colleagues, three more ministers on Monday failed to convince House of People into accepting their explanations for being unable to spend most of their development budget during the last fiscal year. 
The lower house had previously summoned several cabinet members, including interior and finance ministers, to explain why they could not effectively use their budgetary allocations last year. 
On Feb. 6, parliamentarians decided to summon 15 ministers and a dozen departmental heads, saying if their answers were not convincing, they would face a vote of no confidence. 
Ministries of foreign affairs, economy, commerce, information and culture, counternarcotics, refugees, just, rural rehabilitation, transport and aviation, hajj, higher education, agriculture, power and energy, finance and border affairs have failed to utilize their budgets. 
Those who appeared before the house failed to satisfy the legislators, after a final report on budget spending showed most of the ministries spent less than 40 percent of their discretionary funds. 
So far, the MPs have failed prepare a no-confidence vote against the ministers due to lack of quorum. 
On Monday, Economy Minister Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal, Commerce Minister Dr. Anwarul Haq Ahadi and Counternarcotics Minister Zarar Ahmad Muqbil answered queries from assembly members. 
They insisted on having spent more than 40 percent of their budgets, calling the final report as incorrect. 
Arghandiwal said his ministry had spent more than half of the $7.8 million development funds allocated to his ministry. 
He explained the final report on budget spending had showed his ministry’s allocation at $12.7 million, giving a wrong percent age.
“The five million extra amounts shown in our budget has been spent by India on border projects that are related to all ministries.” 
He added another project costing $200,000 shown in his ministry’s budget had been executed by Germany on capacity building. 
For his part, the commerce minister said they had spent 46 percent of the development budget. 
Ahadi added 216 million Afghanis of the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) had been calculated in his ministry’s budget. 
Some other amounts pledged by the World Bank for establishing an industrial park and commercial banks in eastern Nangarhar province have not been received by the ministry. 
He said some projects initiated last year were still incomplete and thus entered this year. 
The counternarcotics minister said they had received $4.5 million of the $7.3 million allocated to his ministry, which had been able to spend 50 percent of the funds. 
Muqbil reasoned his ministry could not implement some projects due to insecurity. 
Citing one example, he referred to a hospital building, a $900,000 million project, in Ghor province. 
The facility could not be built for security concerns. 
But the Woesi Jirga, despite being disappointed by the answers, could not take a decision on the minister’s fate due to a lack of quorum. 
MP Sayed Ikram said answers from the ministers were in contradiction to the final report on the budget. 
“There has been a huge difference in the figures. 
The final report is being prepared by the ministries themselves and compiled by the finance ministry,” said Ikram, also a member of the house finance commission.

Tuesday 28 February 2012,

(BNA) MANSEHRA: At least 18 people were killed Tuesday when gunmen opened fire on a passenger bus in the district of Kohistan of Pakistan , police said.

The bus was carrying at least 25 passengers from Gilgit to Rawalpindi. The motive was unclear as Islamist militants are not active in the area, police said.

"Armed men hiding on both sides of the road attacked the bus," local police chief Mohammad Ilyas said.

"Initial reports said 18 people have died and seven wounded," he added.

The ambush happened near the town of Harban, 130 miles north of the capital Islamabad

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The president in his message notes that I was informed with great regret the death of Dr. Barna Asifi in Lodon. 
Late Dr. Barna Asifi has been an experienced educated physician in medical science who founded the first mental health hospital in the country. 
He has carried much research in mental health and its treatment. 
He was also serving in Kabul Medical University as lecturer and there he was teaching mental health and treatment behavior. 
His death is a loss. The president conveyed his sympathy to his family and friends and asks peace for his soul and patience for the bereaved family.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Afghan civil society association and national union of Afghan journalists yesterday in a news conference asked for query of the death of Sarem Khan Bahadurzai, director of Raio Milma based in Urgon district of Paktika. 
Sediqullah Tawhidi, an official for media watch told the reporters in news conference, “NAI is asking local officials of Paktika to identify the killers of the Afghan journalist.”
Tawhidi while condemning the death of the journalist expressed his concern over the safety of journalists in insecure area of the country, asking the government officials for cutback of such concerns. 
Meanwhile, in the news conference, Afghan civil society association considered the death of the journalist as most recent violence incident against journalists in the country, which could be shocking news to journalists and Afghan civil society association. 
The Afghan civil society noted that there were many incidents against the journalists and media in the country, but unfortunately no cases have been investigated so far and whenever such cases were addressed, there would be no space for journalists in Afghanistan to breathe. 
National union of journalists also condemned death of Bahadurzai and stressed that the wildest image of violence is beheading of human. 
Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Raheen, Minister of Information and Culture also condemned the journalist’s death and has asked the security officials for Paktika to identify the killers and punish them. 
At the same time, Afghan civil society association and national union of journalists also condemned desperation and burning incident of Holy Quran and asked for punishment of the perpetrators.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai strongly condemned the suicide bombing in Jalalabad city that has left a number of people killed and injured. 
Based on the information by the provincial police headquarters, a suicide car bomber blew himself up in the vicinity of Jalalabad-Torkham road close to the airport guard-area in eastern province of Nangarhar killing 9 people, including 6 civilians, an Afghan solider and two guards. 
Around 12 others were injured in the blast. 
President Karzai condemned, in the strongest terms, the “inhuman and un-Islamic” act by the enemy who continuously target roads and facilities used by civilians and urge that the ruthless enemy would earn nothing but growing public hatred and punishment before Allah, the Almighty. 
President Karzai, while grieved by the casualties, expressed his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and prays for a rapid recovery of those injured.

Monday, 27 February 2012 13:17

5 killed, 15 injured in Nowshera Pak blast

Monday 27 February 2012,



NOWSHERA: A blast hit the site where Awami National Party of Pakistan (ANP) was holding a public rally. Five people were killed while 15 others, including four policemen were injured.

The bomb went off soon after chief minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Amir Haider Hoti, and other ministers in his provincial cabinet had left the meeting in the town of Nowshera.Pakistan .

According to police, a remote-controlled bomb fixed in a motorcycle hit the ANP rally venue after the public address concluded.

Speaking to press, ANP leader Zahid Khan said the target of the attack was ANP leadership and workers.

 Pak Provincial Information Minister Mian Iftikhar said that the leadership of the ANP was informed about the blast when their helicopter had left the site.

Ifthikhar said initial reports indicate that the device was detonated by remote control

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