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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.

Monday, 04 March 2013 12:34

Six Insurgents Killed

Monday, March 04, 2013
Kabul (BNA)  National army forces killed six Taliban insurgents during a clash in Wordoj District of Badakhshan province yesterday.
Jahangeer police chief of Badakhshan said media, the clash occurred between Taliban and national army forces in Shaman area, of the mentioned district. 
Meanwhile Abdul Maroof Rasekh spokesman of Badakhshan governor said BNA, six Taliban were killed and eight others wounded. 
According to him, in the clash, six national army soldiers and a public order police were wounded and their two vehicles were damaged. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Monday, 04 March 2013 12:31

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill 30 Taliban

Monday, March 04, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The Afghan and security forces in the last 24 hours conducting several operation in some provinces of the country, killed  30 armed Taliban and wounded  six others.
According to ministry of interior the operations conducted in the relevant areas of Kunar, Kunduz, Balkh, Kandahar, Zabul and Helmand provinces.
According to the source, huge quantity of weapons and explosives were seized. 
Meanwhile, the national police forces discovered and defused 6 mines from relevant areas of Ghazni and Khost provinces. 
According to another report, the 101 police zone of Kabul arrested a person on charges of selling narcotic from relevant areas of 2nd security district of Kabul. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Monday, 04 March 2013 12:28

$225m Still Unrecovered: Dilawari

Monday, March 4, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The president of central bank, Nurullah Dilawari said yesterday that so far 225 million US dollars of Kabul bank’s owes have remained unrecovered. 
He also noted that efforts are underway to recover 300 million US dollars. 
Kabul bank had faced bankruptcy some two years ago but the government’s intervention rescued the private bank.

Monday, 04 March 2013 12:25


Monday, February 4, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The recent statements by the president of Pakistan’s religious scholars’ council made it clear that issuing fatwas (religious decree) from religious sources of that country originates from intelligence agencies.
Political analyst of BNA writes:
The recent statements by the president of the religious scholars’ council of Pakistan that regard suicide attacks in Afghanistan legal and in Pakistan illegal have been expressed after that he could not succeeded to justify boycotting the planned meeting of the religious scholars of the two countries.
Mullah Ashrafi this unaware cleric from Islamic lofty humanistic and peaceful teachings and guidelines, considering holding a session between Afghan and Pakistani religious scholars as an anti-Taliban move and supported suicide attacks, but called such attacks in Afghanistan legal and in Pakistan illegal.
The scheduled meeting of the religious scholars of the two countries has been sabotaged three times without any reasons. The political experts strongly believe Mullah Ashrafi and similar religious figures in Pakistan and finally religious sources in that country, are nothing to do with religious education but used as a means by ISI that establishes seminaries in that country and fund them. Therefore, it is ISI that decides about such issue, so we strongly believe that what have been stated by Mullah Ashrafi had been dictated by intelligence agents of Pakistan.
The reluctance and presenting unreasonable pretexts by the members of Pakistani religious scholars’ council regarding to the meeting of the religious scholars of the two countries within last several months clearly indicate that they are not free and independent on making decision but they do what have been told them.
It is an open fact that in the religious community of Pakistan, the intelligence of the country plays the key role in dissemination of extremism and terrorism and the religious sources in Pakistan in disguise of Islam issuing betrayed Fatwa just implement the evil objectives of the intelligence. For achieving this heinous aim, Mullah Ashrafi this honest servant of ISI against all Islamic principles regards suicide attacks and bloodshed in Afghanistan legal and in Pakistan illegal, while the peoples of the two countries are the followers of the same faith. 
On the other hand Pakistani intelligence has launched a lethal and destructive secret war against Afghan people. In this evil war it uses any means that it can. At this juncture of time, ISI to achieve its sinister goals frequently uses Pakistani religious circles as a means. 
We acknowledge that there are well-intentioned people who want to establish close and friendly relation between the two neighboring countries that share a common culture and history. But with great regret, the ambitions of ISI have suffocated the cry in their throats. Based on those ambitions, Pakistan has no way but to use a dual policy against Afghanistan. While the diplomats of Pakistan say something   the religious and military sources of that country say something else. The notorious circles in Pakistan during the last three decades of war in Afghanistan always tried using all means even inhumane and illegal to obtain unrightfully privileges.
These notorious circles and the long- standing enemies of Afghanistan are behind boycotting holding the scheduled meeting of the religious scholars of the two countries. But they should know that ensuring peace in Afghanistan and ending to extremism and terrorism is a need of time and the international community and people across the world without any discriminating are struggling to meet that need, because extremism and terrorism not only severely threatens Afghanistan and the region but the entire world. So it would better for mullah Ashraf and his followers to work according to sharia law and to avoid extremism and terrorism and to join peace process which is based on Islamic principles.
Written By: Khalil Minawi BNA Director