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Sunday 26 February 2012,


WASHINGTON: The United States welcomed President Hamid Karzai's call for "dialogue and calm" Saturday as Obama backed moves from US Forces Commander John Allen in Afghanistan to protect NATO staff after the shooting of two US servicemembers.

Obama thanked Allen, commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force, for "all of the measures he is taking to protect our servicemembers and civilians in Afghanistan and to encourage calm," the White House said in a statement.

The United States remains "committed to a partnership with the government and people of Afghanistan," after days anti-US protests sparked by the burning of Korans at a US-run military base.

"We welcome President Karzai's statement this morning encouraging peaceful expressions, and his call for dialogue and calm," the White House said.

The Pentagon earlier Saturday decried as "unacceptable" the killing of two US military advisers in Kabul as it called on Afghan authorities to better protect coalition forces and curtail raging violence.

NATO on Saturday pulled all its staff out of Afghan government ministries as anti-US protests raged for a fifth day.

The two Americans, working as International Security Assistance Force officers in the NATO coalition, were in the interior ministry when "an individual" turned his weapon against the pair, NATO said.

In the call Saturday Obama also expressed condolences to General Allen and to the victims' families after the shooting.

Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for the shooting, saying it was in revenge for the burning of Korans at a US-run military base -- an incident that earlier prompted US President Barack Obama to apologize to the Afghan people

Sunday 26 February 2012,


ABBOTTABAD: Pakistani authorities Saturday began demolishing the three-storey compound where al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden was killed by US Special Forces in a night-time raid on May 2, 2011.

The demolition process has entered into the last phase
 Pak Senior government officials and residents in Bilal Town in Abbottabad, where the compound was located, said that a number of soldiers along with policemen arrived in the area and moved heavy machinery near the building.

The residents said soldiers and policemen had already been deployed in the area after the US commandoes conducted the operation and allegedly killed Bin Laden as the authorities wanted to stop people from going towards the compound.

They said the arrival of fresh contingents of troops with cranes and other machinery in Bilal Town on Saturday convinced them that the military had made up its mind to demolish the building.

"After arriving in the area, the soldiers and the policemen cordoned off the entire town from all sides and did not allow the local residents to enter or leave Bilal Town," a resident Momin Khan said.

He said: "We believed the army would use explosives to blow up the building but it wasn't the case". Instead, Momin Khan said, five heavy cranes were used to demolishing the structures.

The area was completely cordoned off. Residents tried to take pictures of the demolition process, but most could not succeed as it was dark," he added.

Sunday, 26 February 2012 09:14

India to Assist Kandahar

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Kandahar (BNA) New General Counselor   of India has committed that his country will assist Kandahar in education, agriculture, and construction fields.  Baharat Boshan New Counselor  of India in meeting with Dr. Toryalai Wisa governor of Kandahar said that his country has plan  to assist Kandahar in education, agriculture fields and to familiar youths with improvement and modern technology.  According to him, we want to familiar farmers of Kandahar with new methods of cultivation and agriculture fields.  Governor of Kandahar discussed with New General Counselor of India on creation of agricultural university and said with creation of this university, we have considerable improvement in agriculture section to improve agriculture in this province.  General Counselor of India asked local foundations to cooperate them in this filed. 

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Asadabad (BNA) the construction work for Custom House building of Kunar province was started.  Sayeed Fazlullah Wahidi governor of Kunar said that with construction of this building, the way of Nawapas of Kunar province which to connect Bajwor tribel and Momand parts will transit.  According to him, this building will be constructed from budget of Finance Ministry at the cost of 45 million Afghanis and will be transferred foodstuffs and other materials via this road to eastern and other provinces.  Khan Zar Gul head of Custom House of Kunar province said that the construction work of the mentioned building will be completed in the area of 20 jirib of lands within one year.  

Sunday, 26 February 2012 09:09

Local Police Commander Dead in Parwan

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Charikar (BNA) a local police commander was dead in Parwan province yesterday.  Mohammad Sayeed Sediqi, governor of Saiagard district of Parwan province in a telephone contact said to BNA, commander Abdul a local police commander was killed by unknown men in the Fendqistan area when he going from his house to district.  The suspects of the case fled and are under by police custody.  Meanwhile two local police were injured in clash by armed Taliban in the Shinwari district.  Saifullah Bedar governor of Shinwari district said that this clash occurred yesterday morning when Taliban attacked on vehicle of police, two local policemen were wounded, the attackers fled from the spot and under investigation by police.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Faizabad (BNA) five civilians were martyred in heavy avalanche in Shar-i-Bozorg and Arghanchkhwa districts of Badakhshan province yesterday.  Nawrooz Mohammad Haidari, governor of Arghanchkhwa district in a telephone contact said, , in heavy rains which continued since three days in the Shahr-i-Bozorg and Argh anchkhwa districts of Badakhshan province, three avalanches occurred, in which five civilians were martyred and four others were wounded.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan culture and art exhibition got the first position in international festival introduction of nations” held in Shiraz city of Iran.  The festival was held in cultural and entertainment collections of Shiraz University.  The Afghan culture and art exhibition was held by Afghan cultural center to Iran with cooperation of Afghan students studying at Shiraz University.  The exhibition aimed at identification of Afghan rich culture and art, introduction of achievements, abilities and handicapped of Afghan refugees based in Shiraz to Iran and Afghan refugees.  The Afghan culture and art exhibition, along with cabins of nine countries as Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Japan and Sudan hosted a large number of cultural viewers.  In the festival, held in Shiraz, the Afghan cabins have allocated the biggest part of the exhibition which included various types of handicapped as clothes and traditional covers, curtains and carpets.  Carpets and various tradition rugs, food and calligraphies of Afghan artists and more than hundreds pictures from historic, tourist places and monuments were put in the exhibition.  Officials for Shiraz University and Afghan embassy to Tehran appreciated the Afghan refugees for their work.

Sunday, 26 February 2012 08:55

Afghan boxer achieved WBU title

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Kabul (BNA) Afghan boxer Hamid Rahimi won the World Boxing Union (WBU) Championship by defeating his Belarusian rival in the Hamburg city of Germany, an official said on Saturday.  Rahimi outpunched Ruslan Rodivich in the 8th round late on Friday night, Olympic Committee spokesman, Mujibullah Rahan, said this news agency.  The Hamburg-based professional boxer won the WBU title due to a high degree of motivation, encouragement and support that he received from Afghanistan, the Afghan Athletes Union in Europe said.  Watched by WBU officials, Rahimi faced his Belarusian opponent in the 12-round bout that took place at the Event Centre “Le Royal” in Hamburg-Barmak, a statement from the union said.  It was an important step toward the realization of Rahimi’s dreams to host the first-ever professional boxing event in the Afghan capital Kabul under the banner of “Fight for peace”.  The Afghan boxer was awarded the WBU gold belt for winning the title.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Kabul (BNA) the elders and influential’s of Maidan-Wardak met with Mohammad Karim Khalili second vice-president yesterday.  The meeting was attended by elders of Daimuraded, Jalraiz, Fiost part and center of Behsud and said that the aim of their meeting with Khalili is to share their problems with him.  they said that over fifty percent schools of the districts have no building, there is also shortage of hospital and non-access of youth especially the girls to higher education, adding that shortage of development budget allocations, discrimination in development budget allocations at the provincial levels are other problems impeding national participation at the government departments of the people of the province.  The ulelma and elders of the province considering the importance of two projects of Hajigak and the Garden Dewal-Ghur road may facilitate prosperity of the people and they asked for attention of the government in this respect.  Khalili praised the role of the people of the province during the Jehad and resistance and ensuring of independence of the country and added that the people of the province have strived hard in institutionalization of the values of new era in the country.  He stressed that in the new era despite problems and weaknesses, some good opportunities have been created for growth and development in the country and we should make utmost use of these chances.  He emphasized that Afghanistan in order to direct the country toward progress should make use of the energy of its cadres and assured the elders of addressing their problems.  According to another report, some elders and representatives of Paktia met with Khalili and shared their problems with him as well.  The elders represented Patan, Samkani, Jankhail, Laji Mangal, Jaji Aryub, and Madkhail of Paktia province.  According to the elders, so far the winterization assistance of the national disaster preparedness has not reached the people and they are facing problems.  They said that since their districts are lying close to border they asked the government to deploy a battalion of national army there.  They added that the remuneration of the martyrs families have not been paid to the families have not been paid to the families as well.  khalili expressed satisfaction over meeting with the elders of Paktia and assured them that their problems will be resolved and that their problems will be discussed at the coming meeting of the disaster preparedness committee.


Sunday, 26 February 2012 08:53

Draft budget presented to House of People

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Kabul (BNA)  Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal Finance Minister on Saturday presented before the Wolesi Jirga, the lower house, the draft annual budget with a total outlay of 277 billion Afghanis for the ongoing fiscal year.  Addressing lawmakers, Zakhilwal said the first-ever nine months budget for the year 1391 (2012) carried 137.3 billion Afghanis ($2.78 billion) in non-development and 110 billion Afs in development funds.  Already approved by the up[per house that had recommended cuts amounting to 12 billion Afghanis, 57 percent of the general budget will be spent on security sector, 17 percent on education and the rest on other sectors.  With a majority vote, the Wolesi Jirga decided on October 17 last year that Afghanistan’s fiscal year would start from January instead of April.  The decision was taken to avoid non-execution of development projects due to delays in approval of the annual budget by Parliament. “Almost 77.3 billion Afs ($1.56 billion) will be generated domestically while the rest will be provided by the international community.  The whole development budget will be financed through foreign aid,” the minister explained.  Of the general budget, 15 billion Afs would be spent each month on funding salaries of public servants.  The amount had increased from last year’s allocation of 12.5 billion Afs due to the rising number of teachers and security personnel, Zakhilwal said, urging the house to approve the budget as soon as possible.  Haji Abdul Zahir Qadir, the first deputy speaker, believed that the Wolesi Jirga should not approve the budget for a minister, but for a budgetary unit.  On January 14, the lower house said most of government institutions had been unable to utilize even 50 percent of their development budgets last year.