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Tuesday May 7, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Director-General of the First Political Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Azizuddin Ahmadzada, met with the Pakistani Charged’ Affaires in Kabul, Mr. Shah Nazar Afridi, at the Foreign Ministry.
Mr. Ahmadzada lodged the Afghan government’s strong protest with Mr. Afridi about the unprovoked attack by Pakistani forces who used both heavy and light weapons against Afghan forces near the Durand Line in Goshta district, Nangarhar province.
The Pakistani attack, which occurred at 8:20 a.m. yesterday morning, did not result in any casualties.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Kabul (BNA) In the name of Allah the Most Merciful and the most Gracious
Undoubtedly all know that the best means for communication in the world has been the media including the newspapers, magazines and other printed publications and journalism started with reporting.
When the independent press department was upgraded to the ministry in Afghanistan, the media, publication of newspapers, reports, commentaries and the advertisements and even publishing of stories were a priority of the press and then radio and cinema with documentary films and ultimately the TV was added to the mass media.
The press in reality has a great role in shaping public opinion, upgrading the public awareness the struggle of the people for independent, from the colonial domination, struggle against superstition and backwardness in the societies.
It should be mentioned that even in advanced countries press freedom and freedom of speech did not come about easily. 
Acceptance of dangers and sacrifices, hanging, tortures was common practice against the press employees.
He added that valuable publications like Hablul Mateen, Hai Alal Falah, Sur-i-Israfel, Shamnu Nahar in the Indian sub-continent, Iran and Afghanistan each had their valuable role and the organizers of those publications or their pen colleagues were dearly punished by the ruling elites but they tolerated all sorts of tortures and other pressures.
In Afghanistan after experiencing of Sarajul Akhbar, Watan, Anger and Nedaie Khaliq raised the voice of righteousness and the ruling oppressors soon silenced their voice.
After adoption of the 1343 Constitution, the nation got non-governmental publications and despite the fact that the 1340 decade was considered the decade of democracy, the non-governmental publications censored and their organizers hands were shortened.
With the start of the interim government in Afghanistan even before the formation of the commission for compilation of new constitution the c ministry tried its best to prepare the draft law on mass media and fortunately we were able to enforce that law before approval of the constitution.
The freedom of speech came into being along with the printed, pictorial non-governmental media which were our desires in the past 11 years.
Overlooking the censor before publication and facilitating of attaining the permit for the media by the individuals and the social foundations has cause that today we have 50 TV stations throughout Afghanistan. 150 radio stations and around 2,000 printed non-governmental publications.
As the minister of information and culture of Afghanistan 1 feel obligated for preservation of the freedom of speech and ask the owners of the media, dear reporters, men of pen, intellectuals and writers nd journalists to assist us in preservation of the media, freedom of speech and improving the work of the media in the country and cooperate in this respect with the ministry of information and culture so that the valuable achievements are preserved.  Fortunately, our media if considerable and what we expect is that these media should take into account the norm of reporters and respect the country’s religious and moral beliefs.  Some media for reasons of inaccessibility to the financial resources stopped functions and the reduction of foreign aid has badly affected the press areas.  We shall try our best that the law on access to information and support to the reporters completes its process and enforced.  While I am expressing my sympathies with the families of press spheres congratulate my dear colleagues on the world press day and wish success for you.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Kabul (BNA) President Karzai chaired the plenary meeting of the council of ministers and initially discussed security issues on the border regions of the country especially border difficulties with Pakistan and stressed that recently Pakistan has resorted to building of border posts inside the Afghan territories including in the Goshta district of Nangarhar province. 
It was stated that diplomatic efforts couldn’t stop their construction, so the Afghan security forces entered into the scene and destroyed the constructed posts on the border. 
As a result of the operation of the Afghan military forces one border police of Afghanistan by the name of Mohammad Qasem Ahmadzai lost his sweet life in the defense of national honors and was martyred. 
The council of ministers praised the steadfastness and bravery of this Afghan son towards preservation of territorial integrity of the country and further appreciated and called the sentiments and sensitivities of the brave people of the country towards martyrdom and sacrifices of Mohammad Qasem Ahmadzai higher than appreciation of the of brave son of the country. 
The CM ordered the ministry of national defense and interior affairs that as per the decision of National Security Council of 15th Saur by utilizing all available possibilities should defend the border posts of the country and permanently supervise them and prevent building of foreign posts inside the Afghan territories. 
The CM justified the concerns of the ministry of public health emanating from sale and usage of nonstandard food like colored sweets low-quality biscuits and other non-standard drinks and tries to collect them and to prevent it. 
Minister of education confirmed the harms of using of this material by the students and proposed that national traders and the ministries of commerce and industries as well as finance prevent import of the material and asked the students to stop buying such materials as they are not healthy and sound.
The CM assigned a committee consisting of ministries of interior affairs and membership of representatives from the ministries of educational, public health, commerce and industries, agriculture and irrigation and the Kabul Municipality to start practical work on this direction.
Meanwhile, the ministry of commerce and industries was assigned to study the invoices of the traders before importing of the materials and try to stop non-standards and low quality food items and prevents their import into Afghanistan and the interior ministry should prevent their smuggling in the country. 
Professional deputy minister and acting minister of justice presented to the CM the draft amendment of pages 1 of article 72 of the income tax law that we confirmed at the CM meeting. 
The minister of finance debated reduction in the state income in the following manner: Change of financial year last year starting from the month of Hamal to first of Jaddi, the income taxes of first quarter of current year was paid at the end of 1392 by the trade companies and that the propaganda of the western countries with respect of unpleasant financial year of 2013 and 2014 that had caused reduction in the import and sales of good in the countries bazaars and increased smuggling on the borders of the country had laid negative impacts in the income plan of financial but compared to the first quarter of last year very loss different is noticed in it. 
He did not consider fluctuation in collection of income in the country and assured that in the second quarter of the year our income will be over the plan and at the end of the fiscal year it is hoped that income plan is fully implemented. 
After hearing the report by the finance minister, the CM assigned the minister so that with cooperation of assigned committee study the country’s income along with new income sources and as per the provision of phrase 9 of resolution of no 5 dated 2/2/1392 of the CM refer its report to the CM in two weeks’ time. 
At the end, five international conventions were presented by foreign ministers who were confirmed by the CM accordingly:
-  Agreement of understanding between ministry of higher education and Kabang San University of Malaysia,
-  0Agreement between Afghanistan and Indonesia about friendship and cooperation.
- Agreement of understanding and bilateral consultations between ministry of foreign affairs of Afghanistan and foreign ministry of Indonesia.
- Agreement between Afghanistan and Indonesia on waiving of visa for holders of service, and political passports.
- Understanding note in respect to exchange of cultural programs between Afghanistan and Indonesia.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Dr. Sayeed Makhdoom Raheen Minister of Information and Culture left Kabul for Tehran to participate in 3rd session of Asia Kabul cooperation gathering.
BNA reported, the session will continue from May 7- 8 in Tehran.
Dr. Sayeed Makhdoom Raheen minister of Information and Culture in invitation of Iran Minister of Information and Culture Sayed Mohammad Hosaini participates in this conference.
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Tuesday, 07 May 2013 05:14

15 Member Group Joined Peace Process

Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Mazar-e-Sharif (BNA) A 15 member group of armed Taliban giving up violence joined peace process in Balkh province.
Mullah Mohammad Nabi commander of this group said from now he would try in ensuring security and reconstruction of the country.
Earlier, the group carried out terrorist activities in different parts of Chamtal district.
Mohammad Salem Ihsas police chief of Balkh said the cooperation of this commander with security officials can be useful in ensuring peace in Chamtal district.
The commander also surrendered his heavy and light weapons to police of Balkh. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Tuesday, 07 May 2013 05:12

3 Mine Planters Killed

Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Ghazni (BNA) Three mine planters were killed as a result of the explosion of their own mines in Ghazni province.
The incident occurred in Kabo area, Qarabagh district, and other three insurgents wounded.
The Taliban while planting mines on a busy road, one of the mines who wanted to plant exploded.
Fazelrahman governor of Qarabagh district said BNA, three mine planters were killed and three others wounded.
It is being said that Taliban wanted to target the female students with these mines who were going to school every day. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Officials of ministry of commerce and industries have expressed optimism that the country’s exports will be increased by 20% during the current year.
Talking on the matter, deputy minister of commerce and industries of Afghanistan Muzammil Shinwari told in a news briefing that beside our internal efforts, government of Afghanistan has also formulated a comprehensive foreign trade policy and trying to expand bilateral commerce and trade relations with neighboring Pakistan. Ministry of commerce and industries for further promotion of commerce and business has undertaken serious of important measure including ratification of national trade policy law to further support domestic productions and to develop small capacity business culture in joint cooperation with the USAID and WB. Said Muzammil Shinwari deputy minister of commerce and industries of Afghanistan, adding that talks are underway with some gulf and Arab states to increase exports of fresh fruits from Afghanistan to their markets and during the previous year nearly five thousand tons of fresh fruits exported to these markets and exporters attained tangible advantage from the business activity. Deputy minister of commerce and industries emphasized that Afghanistan has major potentials for cultivation of saffron herb and rest of the agricultural products including carpet weaving industry and its expected that exports of the country is rises by 20% this year and added that commerce sector in Afghanistan is developing but business community and Afghan traders are confronting major challenges on their way due to obstructions created by neighboring Pakistan in defiance to bilateral trade and transit agreements signed between the two nations. Government of Afghanistan in already in negotiation with neighboring Pakistan and Tajikistan to settle trade and transit problems with these countries and further expansion of relation, the govt is also conducting talks with Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan to further intensify its trade relations with the central Asian countries, he added. This came after economists have said that Afghanistan witnessed major economic development programs during 2012. Meanwhile, a number of fresh fruit retailers have expressed satisfaction over increase of their agricultural products to international markets including carpets. Previously, several international conferences held on Afghanistan to evaluate a number of important topics including investment opportunity, development of domestic productions and exports and imports and these sessions proved constructive measures for economic growth of the country.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Afghan government has determinedly endeavored to accelerate the momentum of rehabilitation and renovation process to lead the war-devastated Afghanistan towards self-reliance, social-economic development and provide a peaceful and prosperous future for the Afghan nation.
Fortunately currently Afghanistan holds a well-trained and equipped strong military force to defend from the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of Afghanistan.
The successful security transition in many provinces of the country clearly demonstrates the ANSF capabilities in maintaining security and restoration of peace. Presently the ANSF have the responsibilities of maintaining security in more than 80% of Afghanistan territory and its schedule that these forces to take security charge of the remained areas till end of the current year. Warm bilateral relations with other countries of the world retains significant role in development process of a country as without sincere cooperation of international community progress can`t be achieved. The Afghan government has always attached great importance to its relation with world society and since the formation of the interim administration in the country progress has been witnessed in Afghanistan relations with international society. Afghanistan presently maintains friendly relations with renowned governments. The Afghan government has also suggested cooperation of the friend countries in restoration of peace and prosperity in the country. Now the Afghan government endeavors to practice its promises and commitments for durable peace in Afghanistan so the war-suffered Afghans get rid of misfortunes. The peace and reconciliation process retains pivotal role for a peaceful Afghanistan so the course should move forward effectively with positive consequences. The time is running and the Afghan people wait and strive for their destiny making change. The government of the Islamic republic of Afghanistan has also speed up the momentum of activities that guarantees the restoration of durable peace and stability in the country and prevail a prosperous future to the Afghan people. Speeding up the peace efforts, the process of transition from the foreign forces and economic growth of the country are aspects encouraging Afghans to be confident on a steady future of Afghanistan. The successful implementation of the process besides strengthening the war-shattered economy, improving the security situation and development of the country would also lay productive consequences in stability of the region and the countries located in this particular area of the world would feel safe from the threats of terrorist and enemies of peace and stability in the region.     

Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The Obama administration has nominated a well-known experienced diplomat James Winze as new US envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan and Washington has announced that his selection aimed to further strengthen the process of peace and stability in Afghanistan and to revive the worsening bilateral diplomatic ties between Kabul and Islamabad.
Meanwhile, political commentators emphasize that the new US envoy should accelerate efforts for confidence building measures between Kabul-Islamabad and Kabul-Washington DC.
As Afghanistan gets nearer to the timeline for holding of presidential and provincial councils` elections in 2014, Washington is trying to use all available sources for restoration of sustainable peace and security in the war- devastated Afghanistan by using different means to motivate the insurgent Taliban and rest of the warring factions and government armed opposition forces to attend peace negotiation table and replacement of Mark Grossman with a 70 years old professional diplomat is part of these efforts to further expand talks among warring parties. The US secretary of state John Kerry expressed optimism that under new US envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, peace talks will move towards positive track and relations between Kabul and Islamabad is also normalized. Political analysts are urging that nomination of James Winze as new US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan is proved constructive if he occupies the post by maintaining a comprehensive roadmap for settling the issues confronted by the three countries particularly the tensed relations between Kabul and Islamabad and to support stance of Afghanistan in international relations. Commenting on the topic, a Kabul University lecturer Nasrullah Estanakzai emphasized that the newly elected US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan needs to enter the region with a new strategy and new policy to prove that the US and Afghanistan is really enjoying strategic cooperation partnership and through this way the US could support reputation and stance of Afghanistan in international relations. Previously, the newly elected US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan has served in key positions which include post of US ambassador to the European Union (EU) deputy US secretary of state and political commentators have expressed hope that he would be succeeded to help Afghanistan in restoring durable peace and stability in Afghanistan. Talking on his nomination, Kabul University lecturer Tahir Hashimi expressed hope over selection of James Winze as new US representatives for Afghanistan and Pakistan and said that in the view of his longstanding experience in diplomacy, it’s hoped that he is succeeded in his mission in Afghanistan which is establishment of long term peace and security across the country. Following collapse of the Taliban regime in 2001, the newly US special envoy also participated in the first Bonn conference held on Afghanistan and was the first US diplomat that started job in Afghanistan in post-Taliban Afghanistan while previously during Clinton and George Bush administrations he was serving as US special envoy to Bosnia, Kosovo, Haiti and Somalia. Initially, Richard Holbrook was serving in these positions and later in 2010 Mark Grossman took over the charge until December 2012 and later he resigned from the post under particular reason. Currently, Kabul and allies of Afghanistan retain a consensus on the topic that for restoration of durable peace and security in the country, it was quite significant to persuade the insurgent Taliban to attend peace negotiation talks because the oppressed people of Afghanistan after suffering three consecutive decades of war and violence can’t tolerate further bloodsheds and are demanding from world community to contribute in restoring sustainable peace and security in the war-battered country. Here it`s quite vital to mention that Afghanistan in the view of major challenges confronted by the country extremely requires longstanding supports of international community particularly in the transformation decade and there is a dire need that international community honor all commitments sought to Afghanistan over difference sessions so that the country came out of current crisis. The US has assured Afghanistan to continue supporting the country following transition of political power in 2014 and it will contribute in socioeconomic sector of the country especially in the transformation decade and US cooperation to Afghanistan will be conducted in accordance to the working priorities of government of Islamic republic of Afghanistan and interests of Afghan nation.

Monday, May 06, 2013
Kabul (BNA) A news source of the interior ministry says: 7 people arrested on-charges of terrorist activities by security forces.
The interior ministry press office reported BNA, the security forces during last 24 hours launched 20 cleaning operations in relevant areas of Nangarhar, Parwan, Baghlan, Kunuz, Kandahar, Zabul, Uruzgan, Maidan-Wardak, Ghazni, Logar, Khost, Farah, Ghor and Helmand provinces in which 7 armed opposition arrested who were busy on terrorist and destructive activities.
Also in these operations in a clash with Taliban four armed Taliban killed and four others wounded.

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