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Monday, 28 January 2013 06:59

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Monday, January 28, 2013
Kabul (BNA) While the presidential elections in the country will be held after more than a year, some people are pessimistic about holding it fairly, but the Afghan authorities insist that the elections would be held in a free, fair and transparent atmosphere without any foreign interference.
BNA political analyst writes: 
Presidential elections have been planned to be held in spring 1393. The draft of elections law has been sent to the parliament and primary measures have been taken for this national event.
Although the high ranking Afghan officials including president Karzai are optimistic about holding an extensive, transparent, fair and free of fraud elections but there are views and speculations contrary to the above which harm public opinions. Such speculation along with rumors that the situation is worsening after 2014 imposes another psychological war on our people.
This time, these politically motivate people claim that the Afghan upcoming presidential elections would not be fair and free and would be stained with fraud and illegalities. In this way they want to create hatred among people toward the elections.
At this end, the recent talks by Johan Kari the nominated person for US secretary of state needed to be focus on. Mr. Kari talking about the challenges of the last presidential elections in Afghanistan has expressed suspicion and doubt about the upcoming presidential elections to be held freely and transparently.
Some politicians consider such statements as another kind of pressure on Afghan government officials and believe certain circles, in this way want to obtain their own privileges.
President Karzai’s comment was coincided with session of the cooperation council of political parties and coalitions in Afghanistan. This council has also expressed its concerns about the next presidential elections.
The important thing is that these accusations and concerns are expressed without presenting any evidence and reasons, they just reflect their own and their relevant groups interests.
But the Afghan people consider holding presidential elections as a national event which will pave the way for them to inter in to another chapter of their political and social life.
The Afghan people during the last eleven years have seen two rounds of presidential elections as well as parliamentary and provincial elections which taught them great lessons and furthermore enriched their experiences and know about all conspiracies in that regard. Without doubt using the awareness and experiences will be held according to the law. The Afghan authorities among president Karzai strongly believe that the presidential elections would be held with high transparency avoid of any political conspiracy and concern and the power would be handed over to the new president with admitting great responsibility.
Although the Afghan state and its relevant organs are committed in holding a fair and transparent elections, but there are concerns about foreign interferences in this national process which can be a challenge to the elections. But the recent statement by the spokesperson of the president which says no foreigner would be let to interfere in the elections. This will reduce the concerns. He says Hamid Karzai the president of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in his recent visit to US clearly said that he would not allow any foreign country or organization to interfere in the process of elections. This indicates that only Afghans determine the future of their country.
Afghan people believe the international allies and political activist instead of expressing concern and accusations, honestly and impartially cooperate the process of elections to strengthen the democratizations process in the country.
Written By: Khalil Minawi BNA Director
 

Monday, 28 January 2013 06:17

Cultural Heritages Should Be Protected

Monday, January 28, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan is rich with historical monuments and cultural heritages, highly required to be paid heed from the organs concerned and the entire people, particularly, those living around the sites, where the ancient heritages are seen installed.
Many monuments had been installed in the southern province of Ghazni, Herat, Bamyan, Ghoor and some other provinces of the country.
The Ghazni monuments and other spectacular sites had drawn attention from the world countries, especially those of the Islamic countries, leading them to introduce it as the capital center for the Islamic countries culture and civilizations.
Afghan people who are the well-known and prominent features in the world, and are fully ready to protect their national sovereignty and territorial integrity should also pay attention on their ancient heritages and historical monuments and protect them as they had defended their country against the enemies.
There are many circles and smugglers trying to take the historical heritages outside or destroy them inside the country, so any vigilance of the people and their cooperation would help grow anti-smuggling group’s efforts and protection of their national heritage. 
Large number of national heritages and ancient relics that had been smuggled outside the country was returned recently, as the country’s honest people are trying to help return the historical relics. 
So, the people should cooperate with the organs concerned, particularly the provincial security forces to protect the cultural heritages, as well as the government, particularly the provincial governors and police chiefs to arrest those attempting to smuggle the cultural heritages and historical monuments.
 

Monday, 28 January 2013 06:15

Iran Assists 2 Thermo Power Plants

Monday, January 28, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Iran has assisted two thermo power plants with the capacity of 25 megawatt to the ministry for water and power and contribution took place during the visit of Majid Namjo the minister for water and power of Iran to Kabul and his meeting with his counterpart Mohammad Ismayel Khan.
In his address, Namjo said that Iran is ready to build dams and power plants in Afghanistan.
Ismael khan during his visit to Herat and Nimroz province which using imported power from Iran said imported power from would soon be utilized in Farah province.
 

Monday, January 28, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The spokesperson of Foreign Ministry Janan Mosazai addressing a press conference informed the media of holding the third conference of foreign minister of Heart of Asia in Kazakhstan.
He added that in the near a summit among the leaders of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Britain will also be held in London.
The Kazakhstan conference will be organized in the coming three months in Alma Ata.
He also informed the media about the participation of Afghan delegation at the meeting of Afghanistan, Pakistan and the US in UAE and stressed that holding of more key meetings over support of Pakistan towards the peace process in Afghanistan has been discussed at the meeting.
According to Mosazai the tripartite meeting among Afghanistan, Pakistan and the US was held in UAE.
The Afghan delegation led by Jawed Ludeen, deputy minister for political affairs discussed the process of peace and the role of Pakistan in that process and it was decided that the meeting of leaders of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Britain is held in London in the near future.
He also said that it is expected the third round of talks of Afghanistan and USA with respect to the security agreement between the Afghan Afghanistan and USA will start during the current week in Kabul.
Mosazai also touched at the press conference on the political office of Taliban in Qatar as well as the assertions of Hekmatyar leader of Hezbi Islami with respect to his participation at the upcoming presidential elections.
He also informed the press over the visit of deputy foreign minister of Afghanistan to Kazakhstan where he will meet with the authorities of Kazakhstan and discuss further expansion of political, economic, trade relations and cooperation in the struggle against terrorism and narcotics between the two nations.
 

Monday, January 28, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The ministry of foreign affairs has rejected the US allegation against the private airliner Kam Air as groundless, calling on US embassy to come up with documents and prove the allegations.
The US military has reportedly accused Kam Air of involvement in drug smuggling.
In a statement issued by the foreign minister said, “Since the allegation is serious and damages the credibility of Kam Air company and concerned monitoring government bodies it is requested from US embassy to provide and submit to the ministry of foreign affairs at the earliest” the statement added.
 

Monday, January 28, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Azar Azemov deputy foreign minister of Azerbaijan called on second vice-president Mohammad Karim Khalili yesterday.
At the meeting Azemov expressed pleasure over his meetings with the high-ranking Afghan authorities, religious, cultural and historical bonds existing between the two nations and consider these as the basis for further consolidation of bilateral ties and emphasized on further expansion of friendly relations between Afghanistan and Azerbaijan.
He called international terrorism and narcotics smuggling as common threats before the Afghan and Azerbaihan people and emphasized on continuation of positive cooperation between the two nations towards struggle against these two phenomenon and added that the government and the people of Azerbaijan after 2014 and withdrawal of foreign forces from the country will be on the side of people of Afghanistan.
He also expressed the preparedness of his country in terms of training of Afghan security forces and the Afghan students and transfer of experiences with respect to economic expansion and stressed that investment in Afghanistan under our study.
Mohammad Karim Khalili expressed satisfaction over meeting of the Azerbaijan deputy foreign minister, and described ancient relations between the two nations base on cultural and historical bonds as very important and appreciated the cooperation of the Azerbaijan government towards the people of Afghanistan.
Praising the cooperation of Azerbaijan government in ensuring security in Afghanistan, Khalili emphasized on further expansion of bilateral ties and expressed the hope that the visit of that country’s deputy foreign minister of Afghanistan opens a new door of mutual cooperation and expansion of goodwill between the two nations.
Khalili called the preparedness of Azerbaijan government with respect of assistance to the government and the people of Afghanistan after 2014 a big step towards strengthening of ties between the two nations and stressed that cooperation in different spheres especially in the cultural arena including training, shall assist further consolidation of mutual relations between the two countries.
 

Monday, 28 January 2013 06:03

Azerbaijan To Open Embassy In Kabul

Monday, January 28, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Azerbaijan would soon open its embassy to Afghanistan; this was said by deputy to foreign ministry Jawed Ludin yesterday. 
After meeting with his Azerbaijani counterpart Azar Azimov here in Kabul and holding a joint press conference, Ludin said matters pertaining mutual interests including enhancing friendly relations, boosting economic cooperation and possible access to the Black sea through Azerbaijan were discussed. 
Azerbaijan has contributed $US 2 million in security sector to Afghanistan and would continue its assistance in future.
 

Monday, January 28, 2013
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai chaired the meeting of the National Security Council which evaluated current security situation in the country, especially the security in Logar and Maidan-Wardak provinces.
The Minister of Interior and Governor of Logar presented reports on the security situation in Logar and the council heard the report of the assigned commission assessing recent losses of civilian’s lives in Dara Tangi of Sayedabad district of Maidan-Wardak.
The National Security Council did not consider the report of the assigned commission with respect to the incident in Sayedabad district of Maidan-Wardak and instructed the administration affairs department and CM secretariat to send the second commission with participation of representatives of related organs to that district.
It was also instructed that the commission prepare its findings from the area and present it to the presidential office.
The governor of Logar touching on the security problems in Logar said that in recent month’s security has improved in the province and despite the threats of the enemies of the people, stability and peace and the spirit of people’s cooperation with the government is considered better.
The National Security Council emphasized that improvement in the spirit of cooperation of people with the government is a big factor towards ensuring of security and strengthening of national sovereignty in the country, so the civil and military organs should exert more efforts towards attraction of people’s cooperation and support through better serving them.
The council also instructed the ministries of defend, interior and national security department led by local organs department to prepare a comprehensive security plan for Logar and Maidan-Wardak provinces and present it the presidential office.
 

Monday, January 28, 2013
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai met with the Iranian Energy Minister Majid Namju, the presidential palace said yesterday. 
At the meeting that took place at the presidential place yesterday they discussed bilateral issues and expansion of economic cooperation between Iran and Afghanistan.
The Iranian Energy Minister informed President Karzai over his meeting with the Ismael Khan Afghanistan’s Energy and Water Minister and emphasized on continuation and further expansion of economic cooperation between the two countries.
 

Monday, January 28, 2013
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai has strongly condemned the terrorist attacks in Kunduz and Ghazni provinces which left several people dead and injured on Saturday.
In his message the president blamed the enemies of Afghanistan for carrying out the deadly attacks, saying the enemies would never achieve their vicious objective through coward offensives. 
The president also expressed sympathy with the families of the victims and wished early recovery for those received injures.
According to Interior ministry, a suicide bombing in Kunduz martyred 10 police and injured 18 others including civilians, while similar blast in Ghazni claimed two lives and wounded 10 others including women and children.