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Wednesday, 23 November 2011 07:20

Meshrano Jerga Awards Medal To Acting NDS Chief

Kabul (BNA) In a senate session chaired by Senate Speaker, Fazul Hadi Muslimyar, the acting NDS director had received medal for providing good services on the security affairs in the country. 
Rahmatullah Nabil received the medals for his good services over taking security during holding the four day traditional loya jerga in Kabul. 

Kabul (BNA) Head and a number of Ghazni provincial council members and influential figures met with the Second Vice President of Afghanistan, Mohammad Karim Khalili at the presidential palace, presidential press office said. 
They discussed some of their problems faced by them in their province and asked the vice president after they expressed their support over holding the Traditional Loya Jerga advices on signing strategic partnership document with the US. 
Head of the provincial council of Ghazni, while expressing pleasure over the sure security situation in the province presented details over the construction projects in the province, asking for more government attention in the area of higher education and human capacity enhancement. 
Addressing the elders and council members, Khalili called having strategic partnership with the US which discussed in the traditional Loya Jerga in the interest of security and stability in the country and reckoned it as vigilance of the people of Afghanistan. 
The vice president also assured them to address their problems via the organ concerned.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011 07:02

UN Calls For Greeter Support To Afghanistan

New York (BNA) The UN General Assembly called on Monday on countries to reiterate and scale up their support for Afghanistan during its transition period, and outlined six major areas the country should focus on the ensure its long-term stability and progress. 
In a resolution adopted unanimously yesterday morning, the Assembly called for increased efforts in the areas of security, justice and governance, social and economic development, reconciliation and integration, regional cooperation and strategic partnerships. 
Security remains a top priority, with the Assembly noting that despite visible progress, terrorism is still a major threat, putting at risk all other areas where there has been progress. 
The assembly welcomed the start of the transition process of security responsibility, which began in July, and called on countries to provide the necessary technical and financial support to create favorable conditions so that Afghan security forces can fully handle security needs in the near future. 
Zahir Tanin, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Afghanistan, told the Assembly that in spite of the challenges, the security transition is still on track and Afghan authorities are working with the international community so that by 2014 they can assume full responsibility in all provinces.

Kabul (BNA) Spokesman for the president, Aimal Faizi told reporters last day that according to the president’s order, all discussions on the Afghan-US strategic partnership agreement should be carried out according to the Traditional Loya Jerga advices. 
A delegation consisted of the ministries of interior, foreign, defense and NDS high ranking officials would be sent to Pakistan to comprehensively discuss the assassination of former president of Afghanistan, HPC Chairman and Shaheed of Peace, Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani with Pak authorities, Faizi assured. 
He noted that the Pakistani authorities would help Prof. Rabbani’s terrors investigating team for the processpart the achievements discussed in the Istanbul Conference, asking the Pak-authorities to help the process get success. 
According to him, the president had asked the entire organs and administrations aiming to discuss strategic partnership with the US to adopt the Traditional Loya Jerga as an advisory basis and go forward with the process under its programs. 
He said President Karzai would talk on signing a strategic memorandum of cooperation with the British after the Bonn Conference. 
The Afghan-UK strategic partnership process had been under discussion over the last seven months, he noted adding the strategic pact would include training of Afghan security forces, building a great military academy in Afghanistan, economic development, capacity building and strengthening finance system, he concluded. 
The Traditional Loya Jerga under a secure atmosphere summoned at least 2,200 tribal elders and influential figures from across the country to discuss the Afghan-US strategic pact which is said to be signed in the near future after the advices of the Jerga members had gotten success.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011 06:53

President Karzai’s Condolence Message

Kabul (BNA) President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai expressed sympathy over the death of a former Jehadi commander, Mohammad Belal Niram who had suffered serious health problem. 
Late Mohammad Belal Niram had shined in campaign against the invaders, his services are appreciated and his death is a tragedy, the message said quoting President Karzai. 
He extended his deep condolence to the bereaved family members and asked for his pardon by the Almighty Allah and great patience for his family members, friends and Kabul residents. 
Another message had also quoted the president to express sympathy over the death another influential figure and elder of Kunduz province, Rais Muqsed who had suffered serious health problem. 
Rais Muqsed had worked as the district chief in the northern Kunduz province for many years and his services is appreciated, the message said asking pardon for him and great patience for his family members and the people of Kunduz province.

Kabul (BNA) The Executive Commission for the European Union had vowed to provide 1.5 million euro to be spent in those areas had seriously affected by the recent drought in some parts of Afghanistan. 
According to the Radio Liberty Website, the European Union had pledged to provide cooperation through non-governmental institutions either in the shape of foodstuffs distribution or food for work processes in the said areas. 
According to the report, the people of up to 14 provinces of Afghanistan from Bamyan to Faryab are suffering droughts and seriously need cooperation. 
A number of international institutions had reported that nearly 3 million of Afghanistan population was suffering serious droughts affecting malnutrition and other diseases. 
The European Union had earlier cooperated 3 million euro to the drought regions of Afghanistan.

Kabul (BNA) First Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Marshal Mohammad Qaseem Faheem met with the British ambassador at the presidential palace, presidential press office said. 
Lauding the successful holding and ending of the Traditional Loya Jerga, the second vice president said the coordination and importance of the jerga had been the symbol of the Afghan people capacity on the world and destiny of their country to get access to expansion and development. 
He also said Afghanistan needs to have strategic partnership with the great world countries. 
The British ambassador also lauded the Traditional Loya Jerga for providing conditions and easing the way for strategic partnership with the US and the program of peace negotiation with the armed Taliban. 
He said his country is aiming for signing a similar strategic pact with Afghanistan and added British remains committed with the people and government of Afghanistan and continue cooperating with the country. 
He also vowed to extend up to 50 percent of his country’s contribution directly via the government of Afghanistan to be spent in the area of expansion in the country.

Kabul (BNA) The Volesi Jerga (lower house of the parliament) summoned the ministers for finance, commerce and economy for giving details about the hike of foodstuffs and fuel prices that recently concerned the people, a statement of the Volesi Jerga said. 
Expressing concern over the recent hike of price in the country, the lawmakers in a session chaired by House of people speaker, Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi discussed their questions with the summoned ministers, the statement said. 
The lawmakers criticized the economic policy of the government and emphasized that the government had failed to completely monitor the prices in the market. 
They said the constitution of the country had obliged the government to support the free market but it doesn’t mean to never control the price hiking every day. 
First finance minister, Dr. Anwarul Haq Ahadi told the lawmakers that collecting the incomes and taxes and control over the customhouses of the country was the authority of his ministry, but never had the authority to control the market and prevent hike of prices. 
He said in order to decrease the harms of the people, custom tariffs had been reduced on the fuel according to the resolution of the council of ministers, but added the expenses of the country was based on the foreign countries contributions and his ministry had not the authority to allocate budget for purchasing petroleum. 
The major part of the budget is spent in the security sector and the domestic revenues don’t suffice the needs of the requirements, he said. 
The minister of economy also said his ministry had not activity to prevent hike prices and called the ongoing economic policy against the people benefit asking for a mixed economic policy and agricultural sector growth in the country. 
He also called tributes across the highways, municipality’s taxes, lack of the government intervention in the market and hoarding of the fuel and foodstuffs by a number of traders had caused hike of prices in the country. 
He asked for soon codification of a decree for preventing the hoarding by some merchants. 
The ministry of commerce means while asked for allocation of adequate budget for the ministry in order to combat hike of prices. 
He in order to end hike price there is need for up to 30,000 tons of petroleum to be stocked in the reservoirs of the government. 
But the house members called the answers insufficient saying despites the presented factors, there are additional reasons behind hike of prices such as corruption in the ministries and custom houses, illegal asking tributes, lack of the government control over the market and lack of the organs concerned among those reasons created this challenge. 
A number MPs called the government to fail, to prevent corruption asking for set up of a special commission to investigate the reasons.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011 12:56

Main Base Of Taliban Destroyed In Nooristan

Kabul (BNA) The main base of armed Taliban was destoryed in Kamo area, Kamdish district of Nooristan province today. 
According to the interior ministry press office to BNA, the mopping up operations launched by frontier police, national army commando soldiers and coalition forces in the vicinities of Kamo area of Kamdish district where the main base of armed Taliban is in Nooristan province.
According to the source, the area cleaned from presence of armed Taliban and their base destroyed. 
In this operation, 24 armed Taliban including 7 senior commanders of them were killed and the operations still continue. 
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Tuesday, 22 November 2011 12:51

120 Kg Of Hashish Set On Fire In Paktia

Gardiz (BNA) 120 Kg of raw hashish was set on fire in Paktia province today. 
General Abdul Raof Taj, commander of 203 army corps of Paktia said to this news agency, the hashish which was seized two days back by Afghan and NATO forces from a residential house in Syeedkaram district was set on fire. 
No one has been arrested in connection of the case, said the source.   Translated by Suraya-Yarzada