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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai, leading a high-level delegation, left Kabul for Delhi yesterday morning on a two day visit in invitation of the Indian president Pranab Mukherjee.
During the visit, president Karzai is scheduled to meet with President Panab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other Indian officials.
At the meeting, discussions will be focus on ways to further improve  bilateral relations in various areas, strengthening of Afghan civil and military institutions, regional affairs and other issues of mutual interest.
During the visit, president Karzai will also receive an honorary doctorate degree from the Indian lovely Professional University (LPU) at a formal ceremony, to be attended by the president of India.  On this visit, the president is accompanied by Foreign Minister Zalmai Rasoul, National Security Advisor Dr. Spanta, and Cultural Advisor to the president Zalmai Hewadmal and President’s spokesperson Aimal Falizi.

Tuesday May 21, 2013
Kabul (BNA) India constitution one of the major donor nations to Afghanistan and New Delhi has provided millions of dollars financial aids to the country over the last ten years and both countries have enjoyed close diplomatic and brotherly relations during the course of history and Afghan ambassador to India Shaida Muhammad Abdali has emphasized on greater Indian military cooperation to Afghanistan as president Karzai is also due to visit that country in coming days while currently Indian military cooperation to Afghanistan is limited only to training of Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF).
We have accomplished major tasks in security sector within the framework of our joint partnership with India and Afghan Security Forces have attained productive military training under Indian military trainers and still the country in the view of current security threats need further trainings and visit of president Karzai support both allies to exchanged views over a single objective or defense of both countries said Shaida Muhammad Abdali, Afghan ambassador to New Delhi, adding that Afghan nation highly value Indian humanitarian assistance and the important thing is that Afghanistan still requires cooperation of international community particularly its allies like India after 2014. Ambassador Abdali also pinned towards Kabul-Islamabad relations and said that our message to neighboring Pakistan is quite clear that all parties including Afghanistan, Pakistan and India should work together closely to settle the common issues confronted by the three countries to that longstanding peace and security is restored in the region and this trilateral cooperation could be done within the framework of a multilateral or tripartite agreement to prevent war between them. Evaluating perspectives of presidential tour to India, ambassador Abdali said that there are major potentials to expand cooperation between the three countries and expressed on its implementation within the next two years. Meanwhile, a number of political and military analysts have interpreted the expected tour of the president to India as positive move to enhance economic and military relation between the two allies in the future. Commenting on the presidential tour, economic analyst Rohullah Ahmadzai said that Afghanistan has achieved major reputation in international arena after the country initiated its new political chapter in 2001 and with consideration of Afghanistan growing repute major world powerful countries forged long term strategic cooperation agreements with the country and Afghanistan looks forward that global community continue supporting the country in the transformation decade. However, Afghanistan imports most of its trade commodities and products from neighboring Pakistan, but India plays better role in Afghanistan these days and Delhi has assisted Afghanistan in various sectors in the last ten years, Rohullah Ahmadzai said. Talking on Indian role, economy Saifuddin Saihoon said that in recent years Indian economic has gotten remarkable growth in the region and India contributed generously in Afghanistan in mine extraction sector, road construction and agriculture and we hope that president’s visit to India further promote these relations. At the meantime, nationals of the country have expressed hope that the president’s trip to India persuades New Delhi to further expand its military cooperation to Afghanistan in the view of current security challenges faced by the country. talking on the topic, local resident Wahid announced Afghan-Indian relations as deep as oceans as high as skies and said that India as one of the honest allies of Afghanistan have always supported the country in military, reconstruction and economic sector and Afghans are fully satisfied over training of Afghan military recruits in that country. Local trader Baz Muhammad said that if rests of the regional countries pursue Indian approach towards Afghanistan it will support the whole region to enhance economic relations and work for their social and economic cooperation. This came after India provided nearly $ 2 billion in aid to Afghanistan over the last ten years and provided military professional training to the Afghan security forces including thousands of educational scholarships to the Afghan university students to continue further studies at the Indian universities.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013 08:09

Voters` Registration To Begin Soon

Tuesday 21, May, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The Independent Election Commission (IEC) proclaimed that the program of voters` registration for presidential elections to begin in May 26th of current year. The spokesman of IEC Noor Muhammad Noor told media that all are prepared and the voters` registration to begin on Sunday May 26th in 24 province of the country. Noor said that the voting card to be distributed to those our compatriots who completed age 18, those Afghans who returned back to the country, those individuals who lost their card or worn-out that is not usable and to those whose electorate constituencies of their welling are changed.
He added that this process implements in two months in all centers of the provinces and would also be implemented in district level. Noor mentioned that according to anticipations conducted before, it is possible that four million countrymen would refer to registration centers and attain new card. It is planned that next year, the people of Afghanistan go to ballot boxes and elect their president. It is said that insecurity is the challenges would face voter registration process. But the election commission says that through various ways the commission makes effort to reduce the security challenges faced by voter registration process. Noor stated that we held meeting every week with civil-military government organs. The security forces pledged to maintain security during voter registration. He emphatically said that preparedness is taken for implementation of this process and the security personnel are capable to maintain security in 24 voter registration centers of the province. The government also proclaimed previously that distribution of electronic ID cards would begin. According to government authorities, this electronic ID cards to be used in election as well, in previous year, the election related institutions confirmed that there are some problems in recognition of some neighbors` citizens’ participation in election process. They would cast their ballot in the benefit of their choice. The spokesman of election commission Noor Muhammad Noor says in the connection that so far, government has taken no decision in regard with using electronic ID card. He believes that if the government of Afghanistan to find the capability to distribute the electronic ID card till holding of election, we prefer, this ID card to be used in election process. He added that if this ID cards not to place at the disposal of all citizens, the commission is compelled to use the voting cards. Distribution of electronic ID cards creates more noise in Afghanistan. Some MPs says that managing of this program is very important either for government or people of Afghanistan. They also set forth this issue that to create transparency, new electronic ID cards should be distributed to citizens. A number of Kabul citizens also wanted the election to enjoy from complete transparency and evaluate important distribution of electronic ID cards before election. It is planned that voter registration to begin after one week country-wide. This is a step toward hard process starting, the process that after holding several elections instead of ripping and constitutionalization, is accompanying with further concerns.

Monday, 20 May 2013 11:32

News In Brief

Monday 20, May 20, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The Afghan and coalition security force arrested three insurgents during an operation in Sabari district, Khost province, today.
The security force was searching for an insurgent leader with ties to both the Taliban and Haqqani terrorist networks.
The leader serves as a financier for multiple insurgent networks in Sabari district. He also plans and executes assassinations against Afghan civilians, uses his residence as a staging point for insurgent operations, and facilitates weapons and military equipment for use in attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.
The security force also seized ammunition as a result of the operation.
In other news throughout Afghanistan:
The Afghan and coalition force killed two insurgents during an operation in search of a senior Taliban leader in Khanaqa district, Jowzjan province, yesterday. The leader is responsible for illegal tax collection in Jowzjan and Balkh provinces. He and his subordinates intimidate local civilians into paying illegitimate fees in order to fund Taliban operations.
He has assassinated multiple village elders who have resisted his extortion activities. He also facilitates the movement of weapons and military equipment for use in attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.
The Afghan and coalition force killed one insurgent during an operation in search of a senior Taliban leader in Sayyidabad district, Wardak province, Saturday. The leader is responsible for the coordination and execution of attacks targeting Afghan and coalition forces in Sayyidabad district.
He is involved in manufacturing and emplacing improvised explosive devices, in addition to procuring and distributing IED-making materials, weapons and military equipment for use in insurgent activities. The leader also oversees kidnapping operations against local Afghans.
Also the Afghan National Army Special Forces and coalition forces killed two insurgents and detained one other in Shindand district, Herat province, yesterday. The joint forces were enroute to a madrassa in Aziz Abad village to speak with religious leaders when they received small arms fire from three insurgents. The detainee is in custody of the Afghan National Police.
T. Rateb

Monday, May 20, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Two explosion occurred in Jilalabad city few minutes ago, but had no casualties.
The first Explosion occurred on Pakhta-Foroshi (cotton market) road.
Gullistan Ghalib BNA reporter quoting Eye witnesses says, the incident caused by a bomb planted in a cart.
The second explosion occurred just few moments after the first incident in Chapparhar station in one of the busiest districts of Jalalabad city.
Ahmad Zeyah Abdulzai spokesperson of Nangarhar governor claimed, these explosions had no casualties.
Meanwhile, security officials of Jalalabad claimed that the armed oppositions were responsible for these incidents.
Searches have been started for identifying and arresting the criminals of these incidents.

Monday, 20 May 2013 11:27

Nine Taliban Militants Killed

Monday, May 20, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The Afghan security forces clashed with armed rebels yesterday as a result of which two local police martyred, two injured and from the armed opposition, three militants killed and two injured in Moqoor district of Ghazni province.
Mohammad Ali Ahmadi, deputy governor of Ghazni said BNA, the armed oppositions attacked on local police security post in villages of Khorzayee and Chahar Qala, district of Moqoor, faced with the resistance of local police forces and fled scene.
He added in the attack two local police martyred, two injured and also three armed oppositions killed and two other were wounded.
Also in another incident, yesterday in village of Chahar Qala district of Moqoor, Ghazni province, a person wanted to carry out a terrorist attack on a police station, the explosive attached on his body exploded among his colleagues in which six armed Taliban killed and four others were wounded.

Monday, May 20, 2013
Pul-e-Khomri (BNA) 13 people including head of Baghlan provincial council were martyred in a suicide assailant.
The incident occurred at 10:00 am today inside the office of Baghlan provincial council, as a result of which 10 civilians including a woman and a child were wounded.
The suicide attacker blew up himself when Rasool Khan Mohseni head of Baghlan provincial council entered in his office.
General Asadullah Shirzad police official of Baghlan said BNA, in the incident, the head of Baghlan provincial council along with his 4 bodyguards and 8 civilians lost their lives.
General Sherzad confirmed injuring of 10 other civilians in the incident.
According to Baghlan police, among the wounded people, the health condition of a woman and a child reported critical. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Monday May 20, 2013
Herat (BNA) The reconstruction work of ninth century poet and scholar Amir Ali Shir Nawae after reconstruction was inaugurated in Herat city yesterday.
In the ceremony attended among others by Herat governor Daud Shah Saba and the advisor of the ministry of information & culture Jalal Nurani, it was said that the ministry for information and culture funded 3 million Afghanis for the reconstruction of the shrine.
In his speech, Jalal Nurani said that the ministry of information and culture attaches great importance to the reconstruction of historical monuments.
Meantime, the head of information and culture department of Herat, Aria Raufian in his address highlighted the various dimensions of the great scholar, Ali Shir Nawae and thanked the ministry of information and culture for rebuilding the shrine.
Naqibullah Faeq the head of youth affairs in the House of People and Herat governor Daud Shah Saba also talked on the occasion.

Monday, 20 May 2013 07:22

14 Detainees Shifted From Tajikistan

Monday May 20, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Fourteen Afghans who had been detained in Tajikistan were transferred to Afghanistan on Thursday, BNA reported.
Their transfer had been taken place in line with extradition treaty of prisoners inked between the two countries in 1385.
It is said that 29 Afghan detainees and eight Tajik prisoners have been extradited in two phases.

Monday May 20, 2013
Jalalabad (BNA) Security personnel had rescued the cousin of finance minister Omar Zakhilwal from the grip of kidnappers yesterday, Nangarhar governor Gul Agha Shirzai said yesterday.
Quoting the governor, BNA reported that Nejatmal, 17, was abducted from the adjacent areas of his residence in Rodad district but rescued within hours from the custody of the kidnappers in Batikot district with the help of local residents and security forces.
Two of the abductors have been captured so far and operation is under way to detain the remaining two others. Shirzai added.