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Sunday, March 03, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Disputes occurred between nomads and residents of Zangul, Kozkunar district, left three deaths and six wounded. 
The Shamshad 202 police zone said BNA, a number of nomads while entering in Zanggul area, Kozkunar district, faced with the react of local residents and caused arm dispute, as a result of which three people were killed, six wounded and three others were arrested by police.
The case is under police investigation.  T. Suraya-Yarzada
 

Sunday, 03 March 2013 05:13

3 Insurgents Killed

Sunday, March 03, 2013
Lashkarga (BNA) Three insurgents were killed during a clash with police forces in the Marja district of Helmand province.
Mohammad Fahim Mosazai governor of Marja district said, a number of Taliban attacked police forces who were busy in elimination of poppy cultivation in Amerbland Takhanawar village, Marja district. 
According to him the clash continued for 5 hours, in which three armed Taliban were killed and their bodies were taken by police to the center of the district. 
There were no casualties among police and civilians. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada
 

Sunday, 03 March 2013 05:11

Taliban Commander Arrested

Sunday, March 03, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Afghan security forces arrested a commander of Taliban with his brother in Laghman province yesterday. 
According to Shamshad 202 police zone, the commander with his brother and a quantity of ammunition were arrested in the relevant areas of Badpokh district. 
According to another report, two policemen were wounded in explosion of a remote control mine in Baghban area, Qarghai district.
T. Suraya-Yarzada
 

Saturday, 02 March 2013 11:21

Local Commander of Taliban Arrested

Saturday, March 02, 2013
Maimana (BNA) Qari Noorullah local commander of armed Taliban was arrested by police in Faryab province.  
Ahmad Jaweed Badar spokesman of Faryab governor said BNA, the convoy of Qari Noorullah was targeted by police forces in Khwaja Namosai area, Pashtoonkot district and arrested. 
He confirmed that in the incident, a close man of the commander was also arrested. 
Local authorities of Faryab said the commander has organized tens terrorist activities and destructive actions such as planting mines in the crowded area and armed attacks in the province. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada
 

Saturday, 02 March 2013 11:19

7 policemen, 3 Civilians Martyred

Saturday, March 02, 2013
Asadabad (BNA) Seven policemen and three civilians were martyred in a series of explosions in Kunar province.
The explosions occurred at 6:00 pm yesterday while a convoy of military vehicles were passing Deragai region, Dangam district.
A police official of Kunar said BNA; seven policemen were martyred in the incident. 
The second explosion occurred while a group of military forces were transferring the victim in which three civilians including a woman were martyred. 
Local authorities of Kunar blamed Taliban for the case and said that search for arresting the culprits is underway.
T. Suraya-Yarzada
 

Saturday, 02 March 2013 11:18

Six Armed Oppositions Arrested

Saturday, March 02, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Six armed oppositions arrested from relevant areas of Nangarhar province.
Interior Ministry press office reported BNA, the Taliban were launching terrorist activities in the relevant area of Gollaey village of Shinwari district, Nangarhar province arrested by border police, along with five Kalashnikovs, a rocket launcher with its two bullets, two guns and other military instruments.
 

Saturday, 02 March 2013 10:44

7 Armed Oppositions Killed

Saturday, March 02, 2013
Kabul (BNA) 7 armed oppositions killed in a clash with Afghan security forces.
Interior Ministry press office reported BNA, 7 armed oppositions killed, one injured and 19 arrested during the operations were launched by Afghan security forces in the relevant areas of Kandahar, Logar, Paktika and Farah provinces.
It has been said that during the operations five different types of mines, two Kalashnikovs, an amount of Military instruments, a motorcycle and a vehicle were seized.
 

Saturday, 02 March 2013 10:35

Editorial

Saturday, March 2, 2013
Kabul (BNA) On going execution of Afghans in Iran not only reduces the trust of Afghans to Islamic Republic of Iran but in long run effects badly relations between the two neighboring countries.
BNA commentator writes on that regard:
Afghans are following the news about the execution of their compatriots in Iran with great concern.
In a series of such brutal and inhumane executions, the bodied of five Takhar residents were transferred from Iran and buried in their birthplaces. They were too young and were accused of narcotic drugs smuggling.
The bodies of those youth handed over to their relatives in a despaired atmosphere while there are serious rumors that a huge number of Afghans are currently behind the bars of Iranian prisons, have been sentences to death and waiting for performing the verdicts already have been issued by so called Islamic courts of that country.
The Afghan people respecting the laws of Islamic Republic of Iran, cordially wished the people of this fraternal country to live in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility and always persistently demanded Afghanistan and Iran as two countries with joint culture, history and language with mutual understanding attempt for better cooperation and settling   the relevant problems and to live in peace and stability. The Afghans strongly believe the criminal and who commit offences should be punished according to the law without and discriminations. The Afghan refugees who live in Iran due to more than 3 decades of unrests in their homeland are not exceptional before the law and they should be punished if they violate the law. The Afghans while insist on legally persecution of   
Offenders and accused people in their own and other countries, made it clear that the Afghans who have been accused of committing a fault should be tried openly and justly by a court.   Unfortunately this internationally accepted norms, has not been observed against depressed Afghans. The trial of accused Afghans in Iran has not been carried out according international and Iran’s judicial criteria. Afghan prisoners in Iran have no access to the lawyer and other legal facilities. The verdicts against Afghan prisoners have been issued mostly in private, in absence of media, the families of suspects, Afghan political missions in Iran and lawyers. 
Afghanistan as a neighboring country of Iran and a UN member has the right to know about the cased of its nationals sentenced to prison in Iran or other countries and follow the process of their trial and to defend their rights.
With great regret, the Afghan missions in Iran have not been informed about the charges, Afghans are accused. In the meantime, Iran continues executing Afghans, while there is a document on exchanging prisoners between the two countries. In addition, our Iranian friends have committed to reduce death penalty to life sentence regarding to the Afghans.  They should meet their commitment. On the other hand Afghanistan has explicit and serious laws regarding to drug trafficking, if the Iranian side expatriates the Afghans suspect to drug trafficking to Afghanistan, certainly they would be tried and punished according to those laws.
While the Afghan people follow the Afghans executions in Iran with great concern, are hopeful the diplomatic efforts of Afghanistan affect positively in ending the crisis which will have serious consequences on relations between the two neighboring and friendly countries.
Recently the council of ministers of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan discussed the issue of executions of Afghans in Iran and assigned the ministry of foreign affairs and national security directorates contacting the Iranian side assess the problem. In the meantime, the ministry of foreign affairs tries to hire lawyers to defend the rights of Afghan prisoners in Iran. We hope the efforts proved to be successful and the problem be settled via negation between the two Islamic countries in order the trust between the people of the countries with long common cultural and historic ties further strengthened.  
Written By: Khalil Minawi BNA Director 
 

Saturday March 02, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Khan Jan Alkozai the deputy to Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) has rejected the recent decision of Minister’s Council on collecting taxes by municipalities in center and provinces.
Addressing a press conference, Alkozai noted that collecting such taxes would lead to price hike, disappointing traders and eventually promoting corruption in the country.
He also said that private sector is committed to pay its taxes to the government which is necessary for checking corruption increasing government treasury.
 

Saturday, March 02, 2013
Kabul (BNA) It is planned that ten art works of Afghanistan is displayed at the Nauruz Festival to be held in Turkmenistan this year.
It is expected that Nauruz festivities is organized in presence of leaders of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan.
Mohammad Rafiq Khushnoud head of the National Art Gallery of the ministry of Information and Culture said that the ten art works include the art work Tufan of Ustad Ghulam Mohammad Maimanagi, old bazaars of Kabul, Dara Panjsheer, Kabul’s villages, Puli Khishti Mosque, Sakhi Shrine of Kabul, Jam Minaret of Herat and the Buzkashi Game.
He added that Afghan musical pieces will also be part of the festival, as well as traditional Afghani foods will be served to the interested guests.
It should be noted that the festival was organized last year in Mazari-Sharif with participation of 26 countries.