23 February 2017

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs gave a list of 32 terrorist training centers that are operating on Pakistani soil against Afghanistan to Pakistani authorities through Afghan Ambassador to Islamabad and asked for immediate action against these centers.
The letter given to the Pakistani side also includes once again, the names of 85 Taliban leaders, officials and other terrorist groups, including the Haqqani Network who has been responsible for crimes against the Afghan people so that Pakistan take action to arrest and hand them over to the Afghan government.
It is noteworthy that the initial response of the Pakistani authorities to the list was positive this morning and we hope the country take practical steps in this regard.
The Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan once again desires to discuss and take responsible action jointly with the government of Pakistan on the lists and concerns of both sides, particularly within the framework of quadrilateral cooperation group.
The Government of Afghanistan emphasizes that if violence continues against the people of Afghanistan, it will continue its efforts to increase sanctions against all terrorist groups and their supporters through international mechanisms, especially the United Nations.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Speaker of Lower House of Afghanistan parliament has accused Pakistan of supporting terrorist groups in Afghanistan and the region.
Bakhtar News Agency (BNA) reporter reports that speaker of the house Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi has said that terrorism was the biggest and most serious issue in South Asia in which Afghanistan was the main victim of it.
He stressed that Pakistan rulers were apparently supporting terrorism and their policy towards terrorism was not in benefit of the regional countries, which could be a big threat to Pakistan itself in future.
The statement came after Pakistan accused Afghanistan followed by recent terrorist attacks in Pakistan, saying that perpetrators of the incidents were in Afghanistan and the country’s militaries have conduced rocket and mortar attacks on eastern parts of Afghanistan.
Pakistan recent stance has been followed by serious reactions in Afghanistan as speaker of house of people called Pakistan as main supporter of terrorism in the region – President Ghani has warned Pakistan continued attacks on Afghanistan and insisted that the issue would be shared with UN.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Eklil Hakimi, Minister of Finance met officials of the Civil Aviation Authority, representatives from National Procurement Authority and Embassy of Italy in his office here yesterday, the ministry said in statement.
The meeting discussed procurement and financial plans of Civil Aviation Authority, Construction, Survey and Maintenance of the Airports in Kabul and provinces (Logar, Nangarhar, Kandahar, Herat, Faryab, Daykundi, Khost, Kunduz, Sheberghan, Faizabad, Maymana, Qala-e-Naw, Jaghori, Lalo Sarjangal, etc). it is confirmed that, the Civil Aviation Authority should provide all its procurement and financial plans with a regular schedule and tax treatment to the Ministry of Finance to develop and complete project works, the statement added.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 07:12

Dr. Sadat Appreciate Sportsmen

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Dr. Kamal Sadat, Acting Minister of Information and Culture appreciated three boxers yesterday.
Zamarai Mohammadi, Jamil Nabizada and Sayed Najib Musavi, three top boxers of the country’s national team were appreciated by Dr. Kamal Sadat for their honors and achievements in domestic and foreign competitions.
In a meeting with three sportsmen, Dr. Kamal Sadat asked them to make efforts to obtain honors to Afghanistan so that the name of our country would be more brightened in sport.
Acting minister of information and culture asked Afghanistan youth to refer to sport besides getting education as sport was a sound hobby and guarantees health and prevents youth from drugs. Dr. Sadat regarded preventing youth from drug addiction as religious responsibility of all the people.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Kabul (BNA) The second vice president Mohammad Sarwar Danesh in a meeting with members of the women network of Afghanistan reviewed the standpoints and opinions toward the law on Elimination of Violence Against Women (EVAW), code of penalty and harassment of women and children, Bakhtar News Agency said.
Hinting to importance of women network’s standpoint toward law on elimination of violence against women, harassment of women and children as well as code of penalty, the second vice president said unity must be kept and people’s opinion must be respected while decisions are made, adding the final decisions need to be taken after majority of votes and opinions, the agency added.
Meanwhile members of the women network presented their recommendations, adding considering the importance of the law, it should be ratified at the earliest.
Calling approval of the law on prevention of harassment against women and children by the national assembly a bold step, the network members said their demands should be included in the law before its final ratification by the parliament.
After hearing the comments and proposals of the women’s networks, the second vice president Mohammad Sarwar Danesh said the law on elimination of violence against women would be kept independent, considering the country’s cultural, security and social situation. Pointing to code of penalty, VP Danesh said there is no need to ratify the law quickly, adding the comments and demands of the women’s network to be added and would be approved after all detailed reevaluations. The second vice president went on saying approval of the law on prevention of harassment against women and children by the parliament was a major step toward institutionalization of rule of law in the country, adding would be soon ratified by the president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the agency concluded.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Chaired by chief executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, council of ministers’ session was held Monday.
In the session, the country’s chief executive in his speech pointed to recent incidents in Pakistan and said Afghanistan government was strongly condemning recent terrorist attacks in particular the terrorist attack on Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine and expressing sympathy in this regard with the people and government of Pakistan.
“The government of Afghanistan considers terrorist groups as a common threat to peace and stability of the region and the world; therefore, we had always been ready to cooperate in fighting such groups and once again we declare our honestly readiness in this regard,” Dr. Abdullah said, adding that even those terrorist groups claimed to be stationed in some parts of Afghanistan were also active in areas under the Taliban control and supported by the latters.
The country’s chief executive stressed that accusing of Afghanistan in support of terrorist groups was not acceptable because Afghanistan foreign policy has been always peaceful and friendly and such policy would continue, but we were all standing beside our security forces in defending life, property of the people and territory of our country.
Dr. Abdullah added that Afghanistan has been victimized of terrorism for years – no terrorist groups were born in our country. Daesh, al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups fighting in Afghanistan and killing our people were born abroad, but Afghanistan was in first row for counter terrorism.
“Afghanistan is honored that has never made use of terrorism as instrument for its foreign policy and considers that there is no difference between terrorists as all terrorist groups are considered as common threat to peace and stability of the world and region”, the country’s chief executive asserted, adding that there has been no change in stance of Afghanistan government towards maintaining lasting peace in the country.
Dr. Abdullah further said that the nature of terrorist groups was to fight governance; therefore, those countries committing mistake in support of terrorism would see consequences of their mistakes.
In other part of his speech, the country’s chief executive instructed cabinet ministers to pay particular attention to development projects in low-developed provinces as such Badghis, Ghor, Nooristan, Uruzgan and Daikundi.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Based on verdict of 13th paragraph of 64th article of the country’s constitution and to make use of experiences and education of knowledgeable figures in local governance, appointment of Gen. Atta Mohammad Noor as Balkh governor has been approved by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.
The newly-appointed governor was wished further successes.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Based on Khan Mohammad Baz’ head of currency exchangers in Kabul, Shahzada market report the exchange rate of Afghani as a follow:
One Dollar                           67/40afgs                                  
One Pound Sterling              83/80 afgs                              
One Euro                               71/40 afgs                                   
One Emirate’s Dirham          18/35 afgs                              
One Thousand Pakistani Rupees 623afgs       
One Thousand Indian Rupees     1025 afgs               
One Thousand Iranian Rupees   17/40 afgs                         

Tuesday February 21, 2017

Pul-e-Alam City (BNA) Mullah Najibullah a top commander of Taliban terrorist group who led 30 insurgents was arrested by Special Forces of National Directorate Security (NDS) personnel in eastern Logar province.
Press office of NDS department issued BNA, Mullah Najibullah went to Pakistan for obtaining financial facilities, while returning from Pakistan was arrested along with large amount of cash, terrorists’ operation plans and suspect documents by NDS personnel in Logar province.
It is mentionable that several Taliban commanders who went to abroad of the country to achieve financial facilities, terrorists’ plans and recruitments have been arrested by NDS personnel across the country.

Tuesday February 21, 2017

Pul-e-Khumri City (BNA) A mine planter belonging Taliban terrorist group was arrested by National Directorate Security (NDS) personnel in northern Baghlan province yesterday.
A Source of NDS in the province stated BNA, Mohammad Amen the arrested rebel is resident of Baghlan-Markazi district has active role in destructive and terrorist activities in different parts of the province.
Mohammad Amen wanted to plant roadside mine with leadership of Mawlavi Naqibullah deputy commission of Taliban on Baghlan-Markazi highway, which timely identified and detained by NDS personnel.

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