19 May 2019

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Saturday, May 18, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The U.S. Embassy in Kabul has welcomed the finalization of the Kabul parliamentary election results and has urged the Afghan authorities to turn their attention to preparing for the September presidential elections. 
“We urge the IEC to turn its attention to preparing for the September presidential election, including putting forward a budget request aligned with an appropriate operational plan, hiring and training sufficient staff to complete voter registration and preparations, and coordinating with the security ministries,” the U.S. Embassy in Kabul said in a statement. “Afghan people deserve the opportunity to choose their next leadership through transparent elections in September,” the statement said, adding that “We are prepared to continue supporting this process.” The statement further added “We now ask that Afghan authorities do their part to take the decisions and actions necessary to give the Afghan people their voice at the ballot box this year.”  The U.S. Embassy also added that it notes the decision of the IEC on May 10 to focus on voting methods that can realistically be implemented this year for the 2019 presidential election.  This comes as reports emerged earlier suggesting that the IEC leadership has decided not to use the biometrics technology in presidential elections.

Saturday, May 18, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The High Peace Council Secretary Mohammad Umar Daudzai has held a meeting with Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and discussed Afghan peace process and regional consensus on peace process, according to a statement on Friday.  Doval believed the best way to resolve Afghan conflict was direct Afghan government and Taliban talks.  Daudzai, who is also President Ghani’s special envoy for regional consensus on peace, stressed over the importance of India’s role in Afghan peace process and added peace process was being headed by Afghan government.  Doval stressed that Afghan conflict could not be resolved through armed fighting and stressed over dialogue.

Saturday, 18 May 2019 05:51

Industry Week Marked in Kabul

Saturday May 18, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Ministry of Public Health commemorated the Industry Week in a ceremony, attended by Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, BNA reported.
In the ceremony held the other day, Chief Executive by expressing happiness over increasing of medications industry in the country said self-sufficiency in 15 staples of pharmaceutical drugs in the country was a big achievement in health sector. Considering prevention of trafficking in all fields in particular importing of medications as significant, Chief Executive promised he would talks to relevant officials in connection with prevention of trafficking of medications and other items were also discussed in the meeting.
Dr. Abdullah stressed that for further expansion of domestic pharmaceutical factories in the country, all doctors should prescribed domestic drugs for their patients and owners of manufacturing companies should make the people aware of using their products. Meanwhile, minister of public health Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz said that commemoration of the Industry Week was aimed at expansion and supporting domestic products, saying that enhancement of quality of medications, expansion of the domestic products and providing facilities to investors to invest in the country are in priorities of the Ministry of Public Health. “Currently, from nearly 60 manufacturing companies which have been created in Afghanistan, 40 are operating and 20 of them are about to be created,” Dr. Feroz said.
 

Saturday May 18, 2019

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with Germany’s special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Markus Potzel in his office on Thursday, BNA reported. During the meeting, Potzel said his country was ready to facilitate intra-Afghan talks for peace and added, Germany was ready for any type of support regarding peace in Afghanistan. President Ghani thanked Germany for its cooperation with Afghanistan in different areas said the Afghan government welcomed any efforts that could help achieve peace and stability in Afghanistan. He said Afghanistan welcomed Germany’s support to facilitate intra-Afghan peace dialogue and the Afghan government was doing everything it could to ensure peace in the country. According another report, President Ghani met with Mohammad Ibrahim Taherian, Iranian special envoy for Afghanistan at the Presidential Palace on Thursday. During the meeting which was also attended by Iranian ambassador to Kabul, both sides discussed bilateral issues, economic cooperation, upcoming presidential elections and security.
 

Saturday May 18, 2019

TALIQAN CITY (BNA) The reconstruction work of 20-km road has started in northern Takhar province the other day.
Eng. Sebghatullah Nazari head of rural rehabilitation and development in Takhar told BNA correspondent, the road from Bazzar Khanqah to Pul Astoy, Warsaj district will be reconstructed with a sum of over 8 million Afghanis financed by ministry of rural rehabilitation and development.
By reconstruction of the road, dozens village will be linked to center of Warsaj district and thousand families will be benefited from the road, Nazari added.
With starting reconstruction of the road, job opportunities have provided to local residents of the district, Nazari concluded.
M.A.Ansari
 

Saturday, May 18, 2019
Lashkargah (BNA) Eight policemen were martyred by Taliban terrorist group in Helmand province last night.
Mohammad Omar Zwak spokesman for Helmand governor told BNA, the 601 highway commander with seven other policemen were martyred by Taliban terrorist group attack on their base in suburb of Lashkargah city and eleven other policemen have been injured.
Air attacks were also taking place in the event, and police investigation have begun.
T. Yarzada

Saturday, 18 May 2019 05:41

Taliban Killed in Ghazni Operation

Saturday, May 18, 2019
Ghazni (BNA) Eighteen armed Taliban terrorist were killed in Ghazni province last night.
Fazel Khoda Ibrahimkhail spokesman of Thunder 203 army corps told BNA the terrorists were targeted by coalition forces raid and national army operation in outskirt of Qarabagh, Gelan and Ander districts of the province.
In the events, 24 other terrorists were wounded, a vehicle of the militants and numerous of heavy and light weapons were size by the forces.
Another report says, a group of mine cleaners of Thunder 203 army corps discovered and neutralized seven mines from outskirts of Ghazni city.
T. Yarzada

Saturday, May 18, 2019
Kandahar (BNA) Thirty-Seven Taliban Militants were killed in air raids in Kandahar province last night.
Abdul Ghafar Nooristani press in charge of army corps told BNA, the militants were targeted by security forces air raids in some regions of Nesh district.
In the attacks, 12 other were wounded and numerous of heavy and light weapons and several vehicles of the militants were destroyed by security forces.
T. Yarzada

Wednesday, May 5, 2019

Sheberghan (BNA) Fifty-three families suffering from recent floods received aids in Jawzjan province.
Responsible of disaster office of Jawzjan told BNA, the assistance included blanket, kitchen tools and foodstuffs were distributed by IOM organization to recent flood affected families who left their homes due to recent floods.
These families thanking for these contributions, called more help from relief agencies.
T. Yarzada
 

Wednesday, 15 May 2019 07:37

Commentary

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Kabul (BNA) UNAMA express concern over increasing violence against civilians
UNAMA in Afghanistan has expressed concern over increasing violence against non – military people in Afghanistan during holy Ramadan month and asked fighting during this holy month of Ramadan.
BNA religion affairs analyst commenting on the issue writes UNAMA issuing a statement has condemned the recent violence in Afghanistan and accused Taliban for targeting civilians. This great international organization insisted that there was no any justification for carrying out attacks on non – military people.
UNAMA in its statement have point to the recent attack of Taliban on a non – state organization that caused among civilians.
UNAMA has asked the involved parties to stop fighting during the holy month of Ramadan and meet their obligation over protecting non – military people.
The statement has been issued exactly in a time that Taliban have increased violence against Afghan people and admitted the responsibility of attack on Counterpart t -office in Kabul.
The explosion, in Monday evening on Darulaman Street, toke place after four explosions in Jalalabad city in May 11that claimed the lives of four children. Another explosion in one of the districts of Faryab province claimed the lives of four children. Planting mine in Muqur region Ghazni province killed 7 children and injured 7.  Also and explosion of mine killed 10 people in Dara – Soof district Samangan province including women and children. Also planting mine in Daikandy province killed five passengers and injuring four others. The above incidents were just a part of crimes, Taliban have committed during Ramadan.
Rejecting enforcement of ceasefire by Taliban in Ramadan holy month could not be incidental, they want to create a situation while they are starting the six rounds of talks with American representatives and denied ceasefire.
Now it is not cover to anybody that this terrorist group still carrying out terrorist activities. Therefore the situation ask the international agencies such United Nations that has the capability to settle acute issues to practically punish such terrorist people because just reporting is not enough.
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan feels great responsibility for protecting the life of civilians, even when felt that the lives of non – military people are in danger, have stopped military operations.
While Taliban and other terrorist groups, besides targeting civilians, use the residential areas and public installations as a trench.  This evil act should be ended forever.  
 

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