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(BNA), Thursday 07 June,

President Hamid Karzai met on Wednesday in Beijing with his Pakistani Counterpart, Asif Ali Zardari.

During the meeting, the two sides urged to reinforce their fight against common challenges posed by terrorism and radicalism to both countries.

President Zardari also reassured the President that Pakistan would very soon release containers supplying Afghanistan’s textbooks stuck at the Karachi Port for months.

Yousuf Reza Gilani , Pakistan Prime Minister is expected to visit Afghanistan in a near future where he would meet with President Karzai and other senior officials of Afghanistan.

(BNA), Thursday 07 June,

President Hamid Karzai delivered a speech on Afghanistan’s foreign policy at the China Foreign Affairs University (CFAU) yesterday where he stressed that the strategic partnership agreements of Afghanistan with the United States and other countries are not directed to its neighbors or any other country.

Addressing professors and students at the CFAU, President Karzai said that after establishment of the Interim Administration, Afghanistan has always tried to ensure relations on the basis of mutual respect with the world including its neighbors and other countries in the region and to devise its foreign policy in a way that Afghanistan’s good and friendly relations with one country does not result in straining its relations with any other country.

The President said, Afghanistan has its own needs and in view of those, it forged strategic partnerships with the United States and other countries and these cooperative deals strengthen Afghanistan’s relations with the world.

President Karzai reassured that the partnership agreements would never undermine its neighbors and others in the region, notably China which is a best friend for Afghanistan.

The President said, the People’s Republic of China has good relations with both Afghanistan and Pakistan and can encourage Pakistan to honestly fight against terrorism and extremism.

President Karzai answered a range of questions by Chinese and Afghan students at the CFAU and concluded his speech by underscoring on the need to further enhance bilateral cooperation between the two countries while his remarks were warmly welcomed by the audience.

 

 

(BNA), Thursday 07 June,

 

Afghan  President Hamid Karzai met Jiang Ziemin, Chairman of the Board of Directors, China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) yesterday  in Beijing ,China.

Chairman Ziemen renewed the CNPC’s commitment for effectively implementing the Amo River oil exploration & extraction contract awarded to the corporation last year and declared that the CNPC is also keen to conduct techno-economic feasibility studies for both gas deposits in Amo River Basin and the Turkmenistan-China gas pipeline through Tajikistan and Afghanistan, thus seeking Afghanistan’s support to this end.

Taking into account the importance and benefits of such projects for the country, President Karzai said, Afghanistan sees its stability and economic development in enhancing economic cooperation with the People’s Republic of China.

The President ordered Wahidullah Shahrani, Afghanistan’s Minister of Mining to prepare a comprehensive framework agreement for cooperation between the Afghan government and the CNPC. It was also instructed that the framework be signed and implemented by the two sides following an approval by the Cabinet of Afghanistan and the CNPC.

It was decided that a CNPC delegation visit Kabul in the current month (June) in order to ink the framework agreement with the Afghan government.

The CNPC is the 7th largest petroleum company in the world that received the contract last year for exploration and extraction of three oil deposits of Amu River Basin through an international bidding. The CNPC would start extracting the deposits in September of this year.

 

 (BNA), Thursday 07 June,

 

ISTANBUL: Al-Qaeda is still a spreading and imminent threat, US Secretary of State said Thursday, as she joined major world powers in Istanbul for a meeting to curb terrorism.

"The core of Al-Qaeda that carried out the 9/11 attacks may be on the path to defeat, but the threat has spread, becoming more geographically diverse," Clinton said at a speech that kick started the Global Counterterrorism Forum meeting.

"We will always maintain our right to use force against groups such as Al-Qaeda that have attacked us and still threaten us with imminent attack."

Although the group has lost serious blood after its core leadership ranks were destroyed, Clinton said, "the danger from terrorism remains urgent and undeniable."

She was referring to the recent killing of Al-Qaeda number two Abu Yahya al-Libi Tuesday, after a US drone strike dealt the most weighty blow to the group since the killing of its mastermind, Osama bin Laden.

"Just as the threat we face crosses borders and oceans, so must our response," Clinton added, calling on some thirty participants of the forum for an orchestrated effort to battle terrorism across the world.

Her call for increased global efforts was backed up by Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, who co-chairs the Istanbul meeting with the US top diplomat.

"I believe one thing is crystal clear to all of us: No country is immune from this threat and we cannot win the fight against terrorism unless we join hands," said Davutoglu for his part.

The second meeting of the Global Counterterrorism Forum, established by support of the United Nations in 2011, came amid concerns of civilian losses during strikes against terrorist groups, particularly in NATO activity zones.

Clinton pledged that the US, the largest and commanding force in NATO, would "go to extraordinary lengths to ensure precision and avoid the loss of innocent life," coinciding with an angry Afghani response over unintentional killing of 18 civilians by a NATO air strike Wednesday.

US officials insist on continued drone attacks against Al-Qaeda affiliated insurgents, now pushed into Pakistan after the US entry in Afghanistan following September 11 attacks.

Since US President Barack Obama took office in 2009, US forces have been engaged in a relentless attempt to crush the group in various countries including Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen.

(BNA), Thursday 07 June,

 

QUETTA: Eight persons including two children were killed while dozens injured in a blast outside a seminary at Sariab Road in Quetta Pakistan on  Thursday.

According to sources, an event was taking place at Jamia Islamia Miftah-ul-Uloom when a blast occurred outside the seminary. The explosive device was strapped to a bicycle present beside the seminary gate.

As a result of blast, eight persons including two children were killed while dozens were injured, hospital sources told.

The bomb was detonated outside the Islamic seminary as a degree ceremony for students was being held inside, DIG Operations Qazi Abdul Wahid told reporters.

Private guards resorted to aerial firing to disperse the crowd that gathered at the blast scene and hampered the rescue work.

Thursday, 07 June 2012 10:37

US losing patience with Pakistan: Panetta

(BNA) , Thursday 07 June,

KABUL: Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Thursday the United States was reaching the limits of its patience with Pakistan because of the safe havens the country offered to insurgents in neighbouring Afghanistan.

It was some of the strongest language used by a US official to describe the strained ties between Washington and Islamabad.

Panetta was speaking in the Afghan capital, where he arrived for talks with military leaders amid rising violence in the war against the Taliban and a spate of deadly incidents, including a NATO air strike said to have killed 18 villagers.

The United States has long pushed Pakistan to do more to help in the war against militancy, but the relationship has received a series of blows, not least by a unilateral US raid into Pakistan to kill Osama bin Laden last year which humiliated Islamabad.

"It is difficult to achieve peace in Afghanistan as long as there is safe haven for terrorists in Pakistan," Panetta, who arrived in Kabul a day after a deadly insurgent bombing, told reporters.

"It is very important for Pakistan to take steps. It is an increasing concern, the issue of safe haven, and we are reaching the limits of our patience."

Pakistan's cooperation is considered critical to US efforts to stabilise Afghanistan before most foreign combat troops leave at the end of 2014. Pakistan has strong traditional links with the Afghan Taliban and other militant groups.

A Pakistani doctor accused of helping the CIA find bin Laden has been jailed for 33 years for treason last month, officials said, deepening strains in ties between Washington and Islamabad.

Pakistan's parliament has been drawing up recommendations on how to proceed on ties with Washington, including a halt to US drone strikes in the country that have enraged many Pakistanis.

Wednesday, 06 June 2012 14:44

People Killed 15 Taliban In Ghor Province


Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Ghor (BNA) Residents of Ghor province killed 15 Taliban using wood and stone.
This people’s uprising started against Taliban last night and continued till the afternoon of today in the related areas of Pasaband district.
Local authorities of Ghor said, in the clash between armed Taliban and residents of the area, 15 Taliban were killed and 20 others got injures.
Dellawer Shah responsible of police in that province confirming the report said, a resident of the area have been killed and four others wounded in this clash.
The conflict took place while a number of Arab, Pakistani and Chechnian Taliban stationed in Pasaband district, said the source.
T. Ratab
 

Wednesday, 06 June 2012 12:52

ISAF Copter Collided In Afghanistan

Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Two international soldiers have been killed due to collide of a copter in the east of Afghanistan.
ISAF in a press statement told BNA, the mentioned soldiers killed in a copter crash in the east of Afghanistan.
The reason of the crash is under investigation, said the source.
T. Rateb
 

Wednesday, 06 June 2012 12:50

Explosion In Faryab

Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Faryab (BNA) A suicide attack occurred in Faryab province few minutes ago.
This event happened in the southern part of Maimana Park.
According to the reports, the suicide attacker targeted a local police commander.
Eyewitnesses told this news agency, in this explosion a number of security personnel and civilians have been killed and wounded.
Details will come later.
T. Rateb
 

Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Maidan-Shahir (BNA) Seven militias were killed and two wounded in a clash between militias’ of Islamic party and Taliban in Maidan-Wardak province yesterday evening. 
Shahidullah Shahid spokesman for Maidan-Wardak governor said to BNA, the clash took place between a group of Islamic party and Taliban in Nerkh district, in which five Taliban and two of Islamic party militias were killed and two others have been wounded. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada