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Tuesday March 5, 2013
Kabul (BNA) A one-day workshop titled “Budget in accordance with program” was held by the financial and administrative directorate of the ministry for information and culture here yesterday. 
Addressing the workshop, Mohammad Zahir Hassan the head of the directorate noted that the objective of the workshop is to increase cooperation and harmony among the various departments so the budget of the ministry for information and culture is spent properly. 
Officials from the financial and planning sector of the ministry for information and culture attended the workshop.

Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The third international Islamic cooperation conference on tomorrow peaceful Afghanistan was opened in Istanbul city of Turkey yesterday.
Afghan delegation headed by Hajj minister Yusuf Niazi and composed of Mubariz Rashidi the deputy to ministry of Information and Culture, some lawmakers, members of High Peace Council and religious council attended the conference.
The government of Afghanistan has been calling on the heads of Islamic countries particularly the Khadim of Haramin Sharifain to play their due role in bringing about peace and stability in Afghanistan.
The prime wish of Afghans is to see durable peace in their country and that was why a delegation of Afghanistan nationwide council visited Pakistan recently to a pave the ground for holding joint conference of the Ulema or religious scholars of both the countries but unfortunately the unlawful fatwa or religious decree issued by chief of Pakistani clerics council in which he endorsed suicide attack in Afghanistan, Kashmir and Jerusalem has annulled all the peace efforts.
However, the Afghans are hope full that the participants in Istanbul conference be able to pave the way for holding a conference with the participation of great Ulema from the countries of the region.

Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The Senate of National Assembly of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has strongly denounced the remarks of Pakistani Ulema Council chief, Tahir Ashrafi a breach of Islamic teaching.
Ashrafi in his remarks has endorsed suicide bombing in Afghanistan and Kashmir to keep on war and blood shedding in Afghanistan.
In its reaction, the senate supported the fatwa or religious decree of Saudi Arabian Mufti Shikh Abdul Aziz, the fatwa of Egyptian Mufti, the fatwa of Ustad Abdul Rab Rasoul Sayaf and other religious scholars in which they termed suicide attacks as unlawful elsewhere in the world including Afghanistan.
Describing the fatwa of Tahir Ashrafi as politically motivated, saying the people of Afghanistan, the Ulema council of Afghanistan and Muslims worldwide strongly believe that the suicide attack is against Islamic teaching and humanity.

Tuesday, 05 March 2013 07:31

Afghanistan Natural Resources

Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan possesses huge untapped mines and natural resources.
The extraction and professional exploitation of these capitals assists the country in its socio-economic growth and it further offer employment opportunities to thousands of jobless Afghan people.
Giving priority to the economic and development projects supports Afghanistan in its renovation process and expedites the momentum of progress that with the successful implementation of these projects the Afghan nation would get rid of poverty and misfortunes.
Afghanistan as a self-reliant country wouldn’t require importing energy, foodstuff and other raw material and would rapidly attain growth in various spheres.
Currently Afghanistan holds high rank among the world countries with its rich and unexploited copper, iron, petroleum, gas and coal mines.
The agricultural farms, roaring rivers and other natural properties provide job opportunities and call for skillful human resource.
Comprehensive schemes and schemes and functional mechanisms should be adopted for the mining sector so to save the country from destruction and crisis.
The execution of the process will help the war-suffered Afghan nation in improving their lifestyle and incomes thus decrease would be observed in cultivation of narcotics, drug trafficking, kidnapping, addiction, poverty, killings, robbery, suicide assaults and such other crimes.
According to statistics just with the utilization of mines the government revenue would reach to $9 trillion and with the establishing of power dams on Afghanistan Rivers, 30,000 megawatts of power to be generated that would run the production wheel of factories and strengthen the shattered economy of the war-devastated country also with the activation of power dams Afghanistan would be able to export energy to regional countries and find good profit supporting the weak economy.
Afghanistan with its rich mines and industrial resources is a country, proper for creating and establishing industrial factories.
Unemployed and those professional individuals who have access to the industrial affairs can be provided with job facilities.
Providing enhanced economic work opportunities to the investors support and accelerates the momentum of economic growth in the Afghanistan.
Increase in the domestic production reduces and prevents the imports of foreign low quality products to the country.
The Afghan nation hope that the government with strong support of the international community and strives of ministry of mines adopt necessary measures in exploitation of mines in the country and provide sage environment for investors.

Tuesday, 05 March 2013 07:28

Afghanistan Beats Mongolia For 2nd Win

Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Maintaining their triumphant run, Afghanistan overcame Mongolia 1-0 in their second match of the Asian Football Confederation challenge Cup Qualifiers in Laos on Monday.
Divided into five groups, 20 countries are participating in the annual competition, whose winners be qualify for the Asian Football Confederation Cup.
In the first half, neither side could score any goal, but Bilal Arezu found the net for Afghanistan in the 60th minute of the second part of the well-contested game.
On Saturday, Afghanistan defeated Sri Lanka 1-0 in the cup opener.
The national squad is scheduled to take on Laos, the hosts, on March 6.
Afghanistan coach Yousuf Kargar said the team had elaborately practiced ahead of the event, hopping they would perform well and bring home laurels.

Tuesday, 05 March 2013 07:23

International Women Day Observed

Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Kabul (BNA) At the threshold of the International Women Day, the Civil Society Youth of Afghanistan held a meeting here yesterday.
Speakers in the conference which attended among others by Fardin Fidae the head of Civil Society Youth of Afghanistan and Kabul governor Abdul Jabbar Taqwa highlighted the role and place of women during the recent development in the country.
The conference concluded with distributing gifts and appreciation letters.

Tuesday, 05 March 2013 07:19

Afghans Need Peace: Marshal Fahim

Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The First Vice President Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim in meeting with the new Canadian ambassador to Afghanistan, Galan Videudson, here said that the people of Afghanistan need viable peace and the government would spare no efforts to achieve the goal.
Counting the role of international community in the rebuilding process of Afghanistan, Marshal Fahim also hailed the role of Canada in this regard.
The Canadian ambassador assured that Canada would continue to support Afghanistan.

Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai in a decree approved Afghan nationality for three Iranians members of a single family.
The decree of the Presidential Office in accordance with the provision of Phrase 1 article 40 of the law on nationality of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and considering the resolution no 301 dated 21 Dalwa of current year of the commission assessing nationality affairs of Afghanistan, the President approved the Afghani nationality of three members of a family including Saadi (Khalidi) s/o Wali grandson of Mohammad, Tuaiba d/o Ahmad granddaughter of Aziz mother of Saadi residents of city of Kurdistan of the Islamic Republic of Iran for reasons of their migration and 13 years of stay in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
The decree asks the ministries of interior affairs and foreign affairs and other related organs to implement this decree.

Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai met with NATO General Secretary Andres Fogh Rasmussen and discussed with him the process transition of security responsibility, training and equipping of Afghan security forces, the NATO mission after 2014, struggle against terrorism and regional issues.
After the meeting they attended a joint press conference.
Addressing the media President Karzai while welcoming Rasmussen said that Afghanistan is thankful over the NATO assistance in the past several years and not only supports the transition of security responsibility, but wants that this process is completed in its due time.
Answering a question in respect to the agreement of leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan at London meeting, President Karzai about the conference of the Afghan and Pakistani ulema and the recent assertions of chairman of Pakistan ulama said that we had reached agreement in this respect that till the middle of March the conference should be held in Kabul.
He added that the delegations of the two countries met with each other for preparing the conference and the Pakistani ulema asked the ulama of Afghanistan that Taliban should be invited to the conference as well and this demand of the Pakistani ulama was accepted by the Afghan ulema delegation High Peace Council of Afghanistan.
Rasmussen, who is here to take stock of the ISAF mission and the transition to Afghan security forces, believed the process that was set in motion two years ago was making steady progress.
He recalled the local forces were in the lead only in Kabul and adjacent areas two years ago.
“Now they are taking the lead in areas where 87 percent of Afghans live”.
Within months, the secretary general added, Afghan forces would assume lead responsibility for combat operations across the country.
“This is great responsibility, but Afghanistan’s forces have shown they can rise to the challenge.”
Next year’s presidential election would represent a new opportunity for the country in its democratic transition, he said, urging all Afghans to participate in the vote.
He wanted the process to be inclusive and the result acceptable to all.
Rasmussen denounced the Pakistan Ulema Council head’s recent fatwa legalizing suicide attacks in Afghanistan.
In its own benefit, he stressed, Islamabad needed to support counterterrorism efforts.
Rasmussen, who also held talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Rassoul and National Security Adviser Dr. Spanta said nothing could justify terrorism attacks.

Sunday, March 04, 2013

KARACHI (BNA): At least 45 people, many women and children among them, were killed and over 135 injured in a massive bombing in the city’s Shia-dominated neighbourhood of Abbas Town on Sunday evening.
The explosion took place at the time of Maghrib prayers between two apartment blocks at the entrance to Abbas Town.
A blast had taken place on November 18 last year at almost the same place. It was caused by explosives tied to a motorcycle.
A police official initially said the bomb blast had taken place not far from an Imambargah.
But the brunt of the attack was borne by two adjoining blocks of Rabia Flowers and Iqra City. The ground and first floors in both the blocks were badly damaged, exposing the living rooms of apartments. Some flats were reduced to rubble.
There were reports that several residents died inside their apartments because of the sheer impact of the blast and injuries caused by shrapnel.
At least three bodies buried in the rubble were retrieved by rescue workers by late night but there were fears that more bodies could still be there.
The balconies on the upper floors were also blown off and flames were leaping out from apartment on the fourth floor.
According to initial estimates, 40 to 50 apartments were destroyed and over 10 shops flattened.
Law-enforcement officials stayed away from the place for quite some time after the blast.
East Karachi DIG Aleem Jafri suspected that an explosive-laden vehicle might have been used.
“Over 150kg of high explosives laced with ball bearings were detonated by a time device,” he told Dawn, citing a report of the bomb disposal unit.
The blast left a four-foot deep crater of 10-foot circumference. An area of around 700 metres had been affected, the DIG said.
Police found an engine and some parts which indicated that a car had been used for the massive bombing. However, they didn’t find any particulars of the vehicle.
“About 45 deaths have occurred and as many as 135 wounded are in various hospitals. More than 70 patients have been admitted to the Aga Khan Hospital, 32 to Liaquat National Hospital, 17 to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, 12 to the JPMC and one to Civil Hospital,” Sindh Health Secretary Dr Suresh Kumar said.
Most of the injured were first taken to the nearby Patel Hospital.
The Aga Khan and Liaquat National Hospitals were overwhelmed by the injured needing immediate treatment.
JPMC Deputy Director Dr Seemin Jamali said 18 bodies had been brought there and a young boy, Qasim, was in critical condition.
Some relatives were seen frantically searching for their loved ones in different hospitals till late in the night.
Some bodies were charred beyond recognition, rescue workers said.
Several bodies had been taken to cold storages in different Imambargahs by midnight.