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Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai has assigned a delegation to investigate the findings and allegations of a report released by the UN on torture, abuse and ill-treatment in detention facilities run by the Ministry of Interior and the National Directorate of Security. 
The fact finding team is led by Abdul Qader Adalathwa, Deputy Director of the Constitutional Oversight Commission and consists of legal advisors from the MoI NDS, UN envoys, an authorized representative from the Legal Board of the Presidential palace and Director of Law & Political Science Department of Kabul University. 
The team is tasked to fully investigate the claims of torture, mistreatment, death threats and sexual abuse in prisons, and any faults or misconduct during questioning and trial of detainees. 
It is also assigned to put to use all sorts of resources available to ascertain the truth of such practices and identify its perpetrators. 
The delegation has to report back within two weeks to the President so that follow up measures can be taken.
 

Tuesday, 22 January 2013 10:34

6 Local Commanders of Taliban Killed

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Kabul (BNAS) Six local commanders of armed Taliban were killed in combined operations in the country. 
The commanders were targeted in their hideouts in Urozgan, Ghazni and Paktika provinces and lost their lives. 
BNA quoting from NATO forces reports that, the commanders were killed during carrying out terrorists attacks. 
NATO said from three others of commanders, Mohibullah Jan, Mawlavi Noorullah and Malang Ma Ma.
The source said the commanders had committed leadership of several terrorist attacks in their regions. 
It is said tens militants were killed in the operation. NATO forces said three arms caches of Taliban were seized by the forces. 
Meanwhile NATO reported from arresting a commander of Haqani network. 
The commander had committed leadership of several terrorist attacks in Logar province. 
T. Suraya-Yarzadas
 

Tuesday, 22 January 2013 10:32

Taliban Rebels Arrested In Baghlan

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Pul-e-Khomri (BNA) 12 Taliban rebels were arrested in two cleaning operations in Baghlan province. 
The Taliban were targeted by Afghan and NATO forces during carrying out terrorist activities in the Hematkhail and Zakarkhail villages. 
Colonel Rostaqi police official of Baghlan Markazi district said to BNA, in the operation a local commander of Taliban with 11 colleagues were arrested. 
According to the police official, the arrested Taliban had role in insecuring of Baghlan Markazi district. 
A number of weapons were seized by Afghan and NATO forces from them. 
According to the reports, during the operations, several arms’ caches of Taliban were destroyed. 
Rostaqi said the civilians and residents of the area had no casualties. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada
 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Chaired by President Hamid Karzai, the weekly session of council of ministers was held at Gul Khana Palace yesterday. 
Initially the meeting of the council of ministers discussed the report of UNAMA and ICRC about torturing of prisoners at the country’s prisons.
The CM asked the senior deputy minister of interior affairs to explain the realities of this issue to the meeting.
The deputy interior minister called the released report far from realities and called baseless. The national security department also assured the meeting that no prisoners have been tortured at its captivity homes.
The CM assigned the related organs to study the report considering the documents of the UNAMA office and the ICRC.
The CM said that since distribution of electronic identity cards is a national project, by confirming its decision dated first of Dalwa of the National Security Council approved the following.
The process for collection of information and distribution of electronic identity cards is the responsibility of interior ministry and the ministry of communication and information technology is assigned to cooperate technically in all its process.
The ministries of finance, defense, communication and information technology, local organs department and the national security department as observers and other organs are assigned to cooperate with the interior ministry in distribution of the electronic identity cards.
As per the agenda Sadeq Mudaber chairman of administration affairs and secretariat of the Council of Ministers based on decree 45 dated 5/5/1391 of the president had presented the following to the CM meeting.
Dissolving of the standing commission of the Kuchis, it’s merging as the committee for Kuchis problems at the commission of people’s relations with government.
Dissolution of the department for hearing complaints at the National Security Council.
Dissolving of the tribal sector at the ministry of frontier and tribal affairs, transfer of its structure to the local organs department and amendment of the ministry of frontier and tribal affairs to ministry of frontier affairs and tribes.
Transfer of the structure of the department for preservation, repairing and rehabilitation of historical sites from urban development to the ministry of information and culture. 
Transfer of the structure of calculation department from the Supreme Court to the Ministry of Hajj and Endowment.
Revision in the working tasks of inspection of budgetary units of finance ministry in respect to the inspection of government organs, by the ministry of finance and the independent department for inspection. 
The CM adopted the proposal of the assigned commission and assigned the ministries of finance, administrative reforms and civil services department and the administration affairs and secretariat of the Council of Ministers to facilitate transfer of structure and the budget of the stated organs. 
The CM also discussed the activities of the Board for Development of New Kabul City and stressed that the board since its inception has not achieved adequate tasks and the project has not been implemented according to the plan. 
The CM assigned the officials of the board to report to the CM about the implemented tasks the contracts and the table of salaries and signed contracts to the upcoming CM meeting. 
The minister of commerce and industries presented the policy for development of small and middle entrepreneurs on the basis of decree no 45 of the president. 
The CM adopted the policy and assigned the commerce and industries ministry to rectify it and after finalization implement it accordingly.
The ministers of higher education and education presented revision in the procedure of eligible candidates for government group scholarships, which was adopted by the CM and assigned the ministry of higher education to seriously observe the share of the provinces in this respect as well. 
The minister of finance presented the plan for clarification of Kamaz No. 7 of Herat and the CM assigned the finance ministry to specify the prices of the properties of the enterprise and inform the CM about it. 
The first deputy minister of defense ministry presented the norm for 14 types of clothes and essentials that the coalition forces have delivered its responsibility to the defense ministry. 
The CM adopted the norm and instructed the ministry to observe all accepted norms in provision of the livelihood of the prisoners.
 

Tuesday, 22 January 2013 09:08

Commentary

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Finally, the national budget for 1392 ratified and paved the way for state departments to use the funds for implementing the programs on ordinary and developmental state run projects.
BNA economic affairs commentator writes:
The lower house of parliament after long discussions ratified the budget for 1392 which is amount to 354 billion Afghanis includes both ordinary and developmental budgets.  Discussing the budget for 1392 was a controversial issue in lower house of parliament; due to various reasons, specially, for being unbalance rejected twice by the members of lower house. The budget ratified at general session of lower house after the commission members of parliament and minister of finance reached an agreement on some amendments on the budget.
Economists considering the urgent needs of the people believe the budget cannot meet those needs and requirements. The authorities of finance ministry agreeing with the economists argue that they have prepared the budget according to financial resources of the country.  They also acknowledge that the budget never meets the needs of the people.
If we focus attention on poor economy of the country, we find that the major part of the budget is spent on security sections.
Meanwhile, the poor economy of the country is suffering from additional and extravagant expenditures; while we are in severe need of money for implementing huge and middle size projects and the donor countries have little interests on funding such projects. The great portions of expenditures are made on luxury things, therefore, there is an urgent need to    think about such expenditures deeply and prepare a practical plan to prevent them.  Now it depends to state departments based on the requirement of the community adopt their incomes and outcomes. The priorities should be followed and the implementation of projects should be closely monitored.
The representatives of people in lower house of parliament as ratified the budget it is also their obligation to oversee the projects where the funds provided by the budget are spent.
The ways of spending the funds need high attention. Now it depends to parliament members to do their best to provide the ground for proper spending of the funds. Security is a major factor for implementing developmental projects in the country, so ensuring security should be considered as an urgent priority.
The major part of 1392 budget has been from international aids and 37% of it comes from national revenues.
 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Kabul (BNAS) Talking to the CNN TV reporter as regards the concerns shown due to reduction of the international forces in Afghanistan in 2014, President Karzai said that we do not want to be always dependent on the world community.
He added that he is realizing the situation, but be is not concerned and he is not afraid because the Afghans can ensure their security, for we cannot always and on sustainable manner seek world support or become a burden on them. 
We should ensure our security and facilitate our livelihood. I am sure that we can do this and the people of Afghanistan want to reach this aim.
The assertion of the president is a message to the Afghans, especially to the ruling elite in the country that permanent dependency on foreigners can bring in serious damages to the aspiration of the Afghans. 
For this very reason, the Afghans as the main heir of this homeland defend its interests.
All know well that Afghanistan has several thousand years of history and during the course of its history have defended their homeland.  During all those years NATO and the US were not present here and the Afghans defended their lands by relying to their steadfastness and love towards the homeland.
 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Answering a question of the CNN TV as how Afghanistan can resist the insurgents without air support.
President Karzai said that I am against close air support in our country against those who are Afghans; it is my position for years.
I am against bombardments and for this very reason I asked the US forces to vacate the Afghan villages and today we reached this aim.
He repeatedly said that the Afghan villages are not the site for terrorists.
They do not have training site in the Afghan villages and for this reason I am against using air forces on our villages.
Today, not only Afghanistan, but all the regional countries and the world knows well that Afghanistan is not the hideouts of terrorists, and the terrorists have been sent to Afghanistan for an ill-intention and there is need that attention is focused on the hideouts of terrorism wherever they are.
And, this way the war against terrorism, extremism and insurgency in the region will have its outcome.
 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Security and intelligence officials on Monday insisted inmates in Afghan detention centers were being treated in compliance with domestic and international laws, claiming that jail staff members were trained on prison rights.
The explanation came a day after the United Nation Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) released held at Afghan-run detention facilities were subjected to severe torture and abuse.
Based on interviews with hundreds of detainees between October 2011 and October 2012, the 139-page report found “credible and reliable evidence” that more than half of those interviewed experienced torture or abuse.
Brig. Gen. Amir Mohammad Jamshidi, the general director of prisons, angrily rejected the report as untrue, saying prisoners in Afghan custody were being trained and reformed through literacy and vocational courses.
“There is no reality in the report,” Jamshidi said of the UNAMA findings that detainees were being subjected to hanging from the ceiling by their wrists, beating with cables and wooden sticks, electric shocks and twisting of their genitals.
Deputy Interior Minister Abdul Rahman Rahman and his National Directorate of Security (NDS) the spy service- acting chief Hassamuddin Hassam rejected the UNAMA report as baseless.
At a joint press conference in Kabul, the officials claimed the Taliban had advised their men transferred to Afghan control to keep complaining of torture and abuse to UN monitors in an attempt.
Rahman said Afghan jail officials had been trained at home and abroad on how to behave with inmates.
“I strongly reject the UNAMA report as baseless and untrue,” remarked the interior minister, who asked the mission to share its findings with the Ministry of Interior (MoI) so that it could probe the allegations.
Human rights officials, members of parliament and international delegations regularly visit detainees in Afghanistan’s jails, but no prisoners has so far complained of being tortured,” claimed Rahman, who alleged organizations like UNAMA had often been found creating hurdles for Afghanistan whenever it raised the question of sovereignty.
Hassam said intelligence agents treated detainees in line with international laws and conventions on rights of prisoners.
He added they had taken foreign delegates and observers to Afghan-run jails around a hundred times over the past ten months.
Some delegates had exclusive meetings and conversations with detainees, Hassam said, strongly rejecting the types of torture and abuse claimed in the UN report.
 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Kabul (BNA) A cooperation agreement was signed by the office of deputy minister for youth affairs of the Information and Culture Minister and 22 private educational and sports foundations.
According to the agreement enrollment of over 16,000 youth by provision of 35 to 70% discount in their monthly fees and acceptance of 789 vulnerable youth free of charge at 14 private educational institutions will be facilitated.
Meanwhile, 8 sports foundation will enroll around 1040 youth in different sports sectors of which 570 youth will be give free education and another 570 will be accepted with 50% discount in their monthly fees.
Temur Shah Ishaqzai deputy minister of information and culture in youth affairs said that one of the challenges before the youth non-access to the higher educational institutions and semi-higher education and his office is striving hard to prepare the ground for the youth to be able to enroll at those institutions with required discount.
He appreciated the officials of the private educational institution for their cooperation with the youth of the country.
 

Sunday, January 20, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The cleansing operation under the title of (Shamshir 30) was started in Alinegar district of Laghman province. 
The Shamshir 30 operation started in the district when information released from the presence of Taliban in the region. 
Lt. Mohammad Neman in charge of public affairs of Selalb 201 zone said to BNA, the operation started by personnel of 201 units for cleansing of armed militants from vicinities of Alinegar district. 
The operation is continuing according to schedule. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada