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Saturday, 05 January 2013 06:32

Girl Gang Raped In Ghazni

Saturday, January 05, 2013
Ghazni (BNA) A group of unknown armed men raided a house on Laram village, Muqur district in Ghazni and gang raped a girl there on Wednesday night, member of provincial council Hamida Gulistani said, adding the local officials have kept secret the crime.
Meantime, a local official in Ghazni confirmed that the victim, Munija had been taken to Kabul for medical treatment.
Meantime, another source said that one of the culprits had been arrested in Muqar district.

Saturday, 05 January 2013 06:29

MoIC Not Indifferent Towards Journalists

Saturday, January 05, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The ministry of information and culture organized a meeting on 13th of Saratan to honor and appreciate the success of Samie Mehdi the journalists of TV-1 having obtained the bravest journalist of the year and Masoud Hussaini who got the best photo report award.
The gathering in presence of the two journalists and with participation of the representatives of the media was organized at the International Press Center.
At this meeting Mubarez Rashidi deputy minister of publication, Abdul Hamid Mubarez chairman of the national union of journalists, Danish Karokhail, Fareda Nekzad, Najiba Aubi, Sami Mehdi, Masoud Hussaini and other also spoke on the occasion.
Meanwhile, the ministry has contacted with Parwaiz Kawa and with his understanding decided that on 20th of Jaddi a meeting will be organized by the ministry for appreciation of the award Hasht-Sobh daily which was obtained from non-border reporters.
It should be noted that the daily Hashte-Sobh has received the world award for reporting.
The ministry is informed but the national journalists’ union is unaware of these events.

Saturday, January 05, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Reacting to the recent assertions of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar leader of the Hezbi Islami of Afghanistan, as if Afghanistan after withdrawal of foreign forces would return to the 90 decade, the spokesperson of the defense ministry said that time never reverses back and we are sure that the situation after leaving of the foreign forces in 2014 will improve and the national army with the faith, love to wards homeland, with decisive spirit have the ability to foil tensions. 
There is no doubt in the abilities of the 350,000 security forces after 2014. 
The Afghan security forces by relying to the blessing of Almighty Allah and the strong support of the people of Afghanistan, the commitments it has from the international community will not allow any group to disrupt peace and order in the country.
General Mohammad Zahir Azimi added that we should know that everything is different now we have our constitution, elected government, a popular system and most importantly informed and vigilant people 70 % of whom are young people, a general that never allows anyone to limit their social freedoms and they do not want to be witness of to the past bitterness.

Saturday, January 05, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Minister of Information and Culture Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Raheen arrived in Balkh to assess historical monuments in the province. 
Welcomed by Mohammad Afzal chairman of the provincial council and other higher local authorities met with Balkh Governor Atta Mohammad Noor. 
At the meeting they evaluated the media status in Balkh and the status of the historical monuments in the province. 
Accompanied by the Balkh Governor Dr. Raheen went to the Rauzai of Hazrate Ali (PBUH) and visited some historical sites there. 
He also took note of the main dome of Rauza Sharif having creaked in one part and promised cooperation of its repairing. 
Dr. Raheen also visited the tombs of Wazir Mohammad Akbar Khan and Amir Sher Ali Khan that are under reparation by the ministry and issued instruction of keeping their originality. 
Dr. Raheen also visited the department of information and culture, library, public library, US cultural center and the National TV station and youth affairs section. 
He also visited the Sadat printing press that is the greatest publishing plant in the province.  He also visited Pule Imam Bukri 20km away from Mazar city. 
The bridge has around 500 years and it has been built on the Balkh River. 
He also visited the entertainment site of Chashimae Shafa and historical mosque having around 1100 years of background. 
It has been relatively damaged as a result of water rise there. He instructed the officials of the ministry to start repairing of these historical sites as soon as possible.

Saturday, 05 January 2013 06:22

Wolesi Jerga Hears Rassoul’s Peace Report

Saturday, January 05, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The House of people heard a report by foreign minister about the peace talks with the armed oppositions.
Chaired by Abdul Zahir Qader first secretary of the House of People, while Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs was also present, heard the report of Dr. Zalmai Rassoul Foreign Minister about the peace talks with the armed opposition. 
The deputies also took note of the issue of interpellation of the ministers who have expended their 1390 development less than 50%. 
The meeting also discussed destruction of the Faizabad, Badakhshan roads and inattention of the public works department, usurpation of 47,000 jirib of land in Kabul City by the powerful, non-revelation of the names of the usurpers and they emphasized that these individuals should be introduced to the judicial organs. 
The minister of foreign affairs also explained issues pertaining to the visit of president Karzai to the USA, the opening of the Taliban office in Qatar and Paris conference. 
He said that the participants of the Paris conference were invited by France in which the representatives of the opposition, high peace council. 
Taliban and Hezbi Islamic led by Hekmatyar. According to Dr. Zalmai Rasoul the Paris conference had no specific agenda and it was just a discussion among the participants. 
As regards the opening of the Taliban office in Qatar he said that the government of Afghanistan will agree with the agreement of Qatar government on the opening of the office that Taliban official support the talks and accept the conditions of Afghanistan otherwise, it’s opening will be impossible. 
In respect to President Karzai’s visit to the US he said that it is an important trip of the president and discussions will take place with the US authorities on issues pertaining to political, economic, security transition, the process of peace with the armed opposition, method of delivery of assistance of the international community especially the US after 2014 to Afghanistan and regional issues. 
He added that the president intends to explain personally the results of this visit to the parliament of the country.

Wednesday, 02 January 2013 11:26

PM Orders Release of 3,000 Afghan Containers

Wednesday, January 02, 2013
ISLAMABAD (BNA) Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has exempted Afghan businessmen from reporting to police and directed the Federal Board of Revenue to release 3,000 withheld containers within 10 days.
At a meeting with a delegation of the Pak-Afghan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry at the Prime Minister’s House here on Tuesday, he also asked the FBR to devise a mechanism to ensure prompt clearance of containers so that genuine trade was not affected.
A source privy to the meeting told Dawn that the prime minister had expressed concern over detention of Afghan containers. The containers were withheld at Karachi ports because legal requirements under the revised Afghan transit trade agreement had not been met.
According to the source, the FBR has sent a draft notification to the law division about necessary changes in the agreement relating to mandatory insurance cover for Afghan transit goods. The notification would be issued for the release of containers after the law division approved amendments, the source added.
Mr Ashraf directed the ministry of interior to exempt Afghan businessmen visiting Pakistan on valid visas from police inquiry.
He also directed the FBR to keep the customs posts at the Afghan border open seven days a week and ensure that the posts were fully functional.
Pakistan’s export to Afghanistan increased to $2.16 billion in 2011-12 from $1.57bn in 2009-10.
The prime minister recently approved a proposal of the commerce ministry to set up the Land Port Authority of Pakistan which will open land ports with neighbouring countries at all exit and entry points for movement of goods and people through land routes. The proposed ports will have all facilities under one roof.
A statement issued after the meeting said Mr Ashraf praised the Pak-Afghan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry for bringing businessmen of the two countries closer and using its good offices for resolving the issues for better trade relations.
He urged businesspersons of the two countries to discourage smuggling.
Mr Ashraf appreciated a proposal for setting up a special economic zone on Pakistan’s side of the border for manufacturing goods for export to Afghanistan.
He urged the private sector of both countries to prepare a proposal for establishing a dry port and starting a train service for transportation of goods.
President of the Pak-Afghan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry Zubair Motiwala briefed the prime minister on the issues and problems being faced by businesspersons of the two countries.
He said Turkey had shown interest in engaging itself with the Chamber for a tri-lateral arrangement. Tajikistan was interested in a similar arrangement, he added.

Wednesday, 02 January 2013 11:25

Two Girls Killed By Mortar Shell

Wednesday, January 02, 2013
LANDI KOTAL (BNA) Two girl students of a seminary were killed and five others injured when a mortar shell landed outside the institution in the Akkakhel area of Bara on Tuesday, sources said.
The mortar shell fired from an unknown direction fell outside the seminary in Gud Malang locality when the students were leaving the place after attending their classes.
The victims were identified as six-year-old daughter of Said Muhammad and seven-year-old daughter of Aziz Khan Zakhakhel.
Five other girls injured in the incident were identified as daughters of Zar Malik, Manduz Zakhakhel and Zakir Khan. They were taken to a hospital in Peshawar and their condition was reported critical.

Wednesday, 02 January 2013 11:12

3 Taliban Commanders Arrested In Afghanistan

Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Three local commanders attributed to Taliban and Haqani network were arrested in a military operation in Afghanistan. 
These commanders were arrested while planning terrorist activities in their hideouts in the vicinities of Shahwalikot district of Kandahar province and Pol-e-Alam district of Logar province. 
BNA quoting from NATO press statement said, these commanders targeted by Afghan and NATO forces while organizing terrorist attacks. 
According to the press statement, the arrested commanders had committed leadership of several terrorist attacks in their regions. 
It is said, in the operations, a number of other militias attributed to these commanders were arrested.  
NATO said that a number of arms caches of rebels were seized in the operations. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Wednesday, 02 January 2013 11:11


Thursday, January 03, 2013
Kabul, (BNA) Hamid Karzai the president of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is due to travel to US for a series of negotiations. The visit takes place in invitation of Obama the president of US, during which they will discuss on future relations between the two countries and regional issues.
BNA commentator writes:
The visit of US by President Karzai has scheduled to be taking place next week.
The politicians consider the visit important for the future of Afghanistan. The visit takes place in a time Afghanistan and US are talking about signing a security deal and already have signed a strategic cooperation agreement, according to which US considers Afghanistan as its allies countries.
The spokesperson of the president has said, Hamid Karzai the president of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan during his visit to Washington will talk to the American president and other high ranking officials of that country on important issues like security cooperation, transition of security responsibilities to Afghan security forces, economic and political issues, equipping and supporting Afghan security forces, decade of evolution (the years after 1014) and donors for the projects of the decade and ways of distributing the financial aids.
According to the politicians, security cooperation and remaining a number of American troops in Afghanistan After 2014, economic issues and negotiation with oppositions are at the focus of talks of the parties. The topic of signing a security cooperation agreement between the two countries comes in the agenda while the two sides after a long and controversial talks, signed the strategic partnership deal. This document specifies the stand of US regarding to foreign interferences in domestic affairs of Afghanistan. Unfortunately, so far Afghanistan was unable to use the privileges of the document and as before suffers the problems emanated from foreign interferences. Now it is to Afghanistan using the experiences of the previous security agreements, cautiously pay attention on signing any security deal, to be practical and legal.
The politicians praise the move of Mr. Karzai who before going to US, consulted with Jihadi and political figures and got their views on relevant issues.
Without doubt during the visit the Afghan authorities discuss the issues with their American counterparts will be in favor of our national interests. One of the issues to be discussed is equipping Afghan security forces which have paid less attention previously. Today there is no a balance between Afghan security forces and those of the region that threaten peace and security not only in our country but in entire region. Also Afghanistan is lack of an air force to defend its territory.
The US as a country that made the most assistance to Afghanistan, is committed to equip Afghan security forces and we hope the negotiation in Washington give a motive to equipping Afghan security forces.
The other issue of upcoming negotiations is the evolution decade.  The NATO leaders in their last session in Chicago have committed to assist Afghanistan in a way to protect the achievements of the last year and to promote the self – sufficiency of Afghanistan in security and economic fields.
To achieve the above objectives requires a precise planning and strong international support.  Washington negations will focus on the issue and bilateral cooperation to meet the objectives in that end.
The visit of US by the president of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan was planned in a time that the country has placed the expansion of its foreign relations at the top of its agenda; and asks the international community to assist our country to find its place among all countries and to fight successfully against terrorism and corruption and to ensure economic development and to strengthen trust between Afghan people and world community.  
Written By: Khalil Minawi BNA Director

Wednesday, 02 January 2013 10:41

2 Mines Discovered In Parwan

Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The police personnel of Parwan security commandment discovered two remote control mines in that province yesterday. 
The Shamshad 202 police zone press office said to BNA, these mines were placed by armed Taliban in Balaqala area, Seyagard district of Parwan province, discovered and naturalized by police.