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Friday, 17 February 2012 08:48

2 Arm Caches Of Taliban Discovered In Herat

Friday, February 17, 2012
Herat (BNA) The Afghan forces in two separate operations in Herat province discovered two arms caches of Taliban. 
The arm caches have been discovered during operation by national army police from outskirts of Adersekan and Gozra districts on Thursday. 
Police of Herat said to BNA, Taliban used from these caches for carrying out of terrorist attacks in that province. 
No one has been detained regarding to the case.
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Friday, February 17, 2011
Kandahar (BNA) Three armed Taliban insurgents were killed in a clash by NATO forces in Kandahar province yesterday. 
This event occurred during searching operation of NATO forces. 
According to reports, NATO forces stopped the vehicle of these three Taliban insurgents but they escape. 
BNA quoting from a NATO press release said, in this clash three Taliban were killed and their vehicle along with arms and explosive materials were seized. 
No report is on hand from killing of civilians and NATO forces in this clash. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Friday, February 17, 2012
Ghazni (BNA) A young girl and three civilians were wounded in NATO air bombardment in Ghazni province yesterday. 
This event occurred in Shini village, Andeer district last night. 
Resident of the area said to BNA, the injured are member of a family,
Meanwhile, Faiz Mohammad Tofan security commander of Deh Yak district said to BNA, NATO wanted to target a group of Taliban which were hidden in this village.  
According to him this armed group of Taliban was under the NATO forces’ target, they entered into this village. A girl with four members of her family has been injured in the air attack of NATO forces. 
Eyewitnesses said that in this bombardment, the house of the family has been destroyed. 
Doctors of Ghazni central hospital reported health condition of a wounded critical. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Friday, 17 February 2012 08:27

3 Kidnappers Detained In Nangarhar

Friday, February 17, 2012
Nangarhar (BNA) The national security personnel in Nangarhar province arrested three kidnappers yesterday. 
These kidnappers wanted to abduct two persons from Jalalabad city were arrested. 
NSP department of Nangarhar said to BNA, two pistols were seized from the kidnappers. 
It is said that these kidnappers were arrested on charges of taking money from people and kidnap from Nangarhar province. 
T. Suraya-Yarza

Friday, 17 February 2012 08:26

Four Persons Detained In Kunar

Friday, February 17, 2012
Kunar (BNA) The Afghan security forces in Kunar province detained four persons on charges of kidnapping and transferring of children to Pakistan for training of terroristic attacks. 
These persons are residents of Kunar province and wanted to kidnap at least 41 children for training of terrorist attack to Pakistan were detained. 
Police of Kunar said to BNA, these four persons wanted to transfer the children to Pakistan. 
Abdul Sabor Ghafrani a spokesman of education ministry said that they have more religious schools in Kunar to train children. 
According to Ghafrani, currently, education ministry has 650 scientific center and religious schools at the level of the country. 
According to police of Kunar province, these children have returned back to their families and investigation started from the arrested men. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Friday, February 17, 2012
Kabul (BNA) After landing on Thursday in Islamabad for a trilateral summit scheduled to be held on Friday between the Presidents of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran, President Hamid Karzai met with Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.
In a meeting held at the Prime Minister House, the two leaders discussed a range of issues of mutual concern and focused on diverse avenues of expanded bilateral cooperation particularly in the anti-terror war and enhanced trade and commerce.
Pakistan’s PM welcomed President Karzai and said stability in Afghanistan meant stability in Pakistan and that Pakistan respects President Karzai’s leadership.
The Prime Minister said that Pakistan would continue to extend full cooperation to Afghan Government in the investigation of the assassination of Professor Buhanuddin Rabbani.
Prime Minister Gilani called for Afghanistan’s cooperation with Pakistan needed for the implementation of the TAPI gas pipeline project and vowed his country was prepared to do all it can in resolving the transit related issues.
The Prime Minister said that Pakistan supported any peace process in Afghanistan which was Afghan led and Afghan owned and called for the resumption of operation by the joint peace commission between the two countries.
President Karzai hailed his trip to Pakistan as one of the most important ones in the past ten years and thanked Pakistan for the cooperation in the investigation of assassination of Professor Rabbani in which two suspects have been arrested.
The President hoped that efforts continue so that all perpetrators of the crime are brought to table.
The President reaffirmed Afghanistan’s position in regards to peace talks with the armed opposition and said respect to the Afghan Constitution and women’s rights remain as crucial conditions for any talks.
President Karzai also asked Pakistan to allow entry to Afghanistan for the truck consignments of text books for Afghan schools that are stranded for months in Karachi port city.
Calling terrorism a common enemy that threatened people on both sides of the Durand Line, the President termed it imperative for both the countries to continue to maintain deep and sincere bilateral relations.
The Afghan delegation included Foreign Minister Dr. Zalmai Rassoul, National Security Advisor Dr. Spanta, Chief of Staff to the President Abdul Karim Khurram and Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan, Muhammad Umar Daudzai.
The Pakistan delegation included Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Kehar, Defense Minister Ahmed Mukhtar, Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Dr. Firdous and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ashfaq Kayani.

Thursday, 16 February 2012 10:06

From Refugee to role model

Thursday 16 February 2012,

(BNA)

ABU DHABI: He is the face of Afghan cricket with a story fit for the big screen, and he embodies not only his nation’s turbulent past, but its hopes for a brighter future.

When Nawroz Mangal led Afghanistan against Pakistan last week, it was the end of a long journey which started with his family’s flight from Soviet troops, and continued when he picked up bat and ball as a young refugee.

According to Mangal, now 27, the enduring legacy from those tough days in hard-scrabble Pakistani border camps is a love of cricket which has now blossomed into a successful international career.

“That period was difficult for all the family,” the Afghan captain told press

“We were financially hit and living in refugee camps was very tough on us.

“The best part of those ugly days was that I learnt this beautiful game of cricket.”

It was “this beautiful game” which pitted Mangal’s Afghanistan against Pakistan for their first top-level one-day international in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, with the debutants losing by seven wickets.

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Mangal is the figurehead for Afghanistan’s cricket revolution as the most recognisable player of a squad which learned the game on rudimentary pitches in the Pakistani camps.

But he says the biggest obstacle to his cricket career was his father, who wanted him to follow his two brothers by becoming a doctor and looking after the injured soldiers and civilians in his war-ravaged homeland.

It took skilful persuasion from coach Taj Malik — one of the pioneers of cricket in Afghanistan — who travelled to the border camp to convince Mangal’s father of his son’s talent.

Mangal calls those early days “hard to forget”.

But once the Taliban were overthrown by US-led troops and Afghan Mujahidin  in 2001, Mangal and his family returned home and the Afghanistan cricket team was founded. He was then selected for the Asian Cricket Council Trophy in Oman in 2004.

“It was a dream come true for me,” said Mangal.

“While playing in the dusty refugee camps I never realised that I could make it that big, and in Oman I was playing with some top ranked players and I performed.”

Although Afghanistan were knocked out in the quarter-finals, Mangal finished as leading scorer for his team with 271 runs. Three years later, he was named captain of his country.

“With the recognition by International Cricket Council and help from the ACC (Asian Cricket Council) we managed to get tours and facilities and gradually our team improved before we achieved our biggest target in 2009,” Mangal recalled.

That year, Afghanistan became the first affiliate nation to gain full one-day status when they finished fifth in the World Cup qualifying event held in South Africa, only narrowly missing a berth at the 2011 tournament.

The success prompted President Hamid Karzai to form the national cricket board, allocating grants and promising facilities to further harness talent.

And in 2010, Afghanistan won a qualifying tournament to compete alongside the world’s top 10 nations at the World Twenty20 event in the West Indies.

Afterwards, crowds thronged Kabul airport to welcome their newest heroes.

“Qualifying for the World Twenty20 was a great achievement and we were on cloud nine as everyone was talking of our achievement. I think that lifted cricket in Afghanistan more than any other thing,” said Mangal.

By 2010 cricket overtook football as Afghanistan’s most popular game, according to the Afghan board, with more facilities and children now playing on the street — something that was unthinkable under the Taliban.

“It has changed totally,” said Mangal.

“Now you can see kids playing cricket on the streets, something unimaginable in the past.

“With more and more facilities and the team achieving more milestones I think cricket will attain more heights in Afghanistan.”

According to Afghanistan team manager Shafiq Stanakzai, Mangal will play an important part in that success.

“You need role models for every sport and Mangal is ours in cricket. He is cool, wise and inspiring so with him in our team more and more youth will follow the path he and his team-mates have carved,” said Stanakzai

Thursday 16 February 2012,

(BNA) ISLAMABAD: The US Embassy says Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan remains closed to Nato despite comments by a senior Pakistani official that seemed to indicate the coalition would be allowed to transport some food items.

Pakistan closed the crossings to Nato at the end of November in retaliation for American airstrikes that accidentally killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.

Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar said this week that Pakistan would temporarily allow Nato to ship perishable items to its troops in Afghanistan. He said the coalition could transport the supplies ”by air or by truck.”

But the US Embassy said on Thursday that the crossings remained closed.

US Ambassador Cameron Munter has said the air route remains open.

Thursday 16 February 2012,

(BNA) -President Hamid Karzai, leading a high-level delegation, left this morning on a three-day official visit to Islamabad to attend the trilateral summit between Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran.

The President is also scheduled to hold separate meetings with Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Gilani to talk about a range of issues of mutual concern including enhanced political, economic as well as anti-terror cooperation between the two countries.

President Karzai is also expected to meet with Nawaz Sharif, the President of Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N), leadership of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam- Fazl-ur- Rehman faction, Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao, head of the Pakistan People’s Party-Sherpao (PPP) and Maulana Samiul Haq, Chief Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-S faction).

The President is accompanied on this trip by Foreign Minister Dr. Zalmai Rasoul, National Security Advisor Dr. Spanta, Chief of Staff to the President Abdul Karim Khurram and Presidential Spokesman Aimal Faizi.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has arrived in Islamabad to participate in trilateral summit, BNA reported.

The presidents of, Afghanistan , Pakistan  and Iran will meet here to promoting regional cooperation and strengthening peace and stability.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran and is also expected to arrive in Islamabad today.

The three sides have been holding the trilateral summit since 2009.

Thursday, 16 February 2012 09:16

US drone strike kills six in North Waziristan

Thursday 16 February 2012,

(BNA) MIRANSHAH: A US drone strike targeting a militant compound killed six insurgents in a North Waziristan Agency near the Afghan border Thursday,  Pakistani security officials said.

According to sources, two missiles were fired by a US drone on a compound used by militants in Spalga town near Miranshah and six suspected militants were killed.

The attack was confirmed by security officials in Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan region, known as a stronghold of Taliban and Al-Qaeda linked militants.

Security officials said several other militants were wounded but the exact number was not immediately known.

The latest attack came a week after US missiles killed Badar Mansoor, the most senior Pakistani in Al-Qaeda, one of America's main targets in the country and wanted for attacks that killed scores of people