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Monday, 14 January 2013 06:44

2,000 Families Receive Assistance In Kunduz

Monday, January 14, 2013
Kunduz (BNA) Humanitarian assistance has been distributed to families who were displaced due to flooding in Amu River, head of the authority for managing natural disaster in Kunduz province Mir Aqa Atibar said yesterday.
The aid package with the families includes two bags of flour and a bag of rice to each family, he added.
 

Monday, 14 January 2013 06:40

Conference On National Issues Held

Monday, January 14, 2013
Kabul (BNA) A conference on national issues with the initiative of the ministry for Information and Culture was held here yesterday.
In his opening remarks, Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Raheen the Minister for Information and Culture said that Afghanistan is passing through a critical juncture of its history and it is the responsibility of all Afghans including the public opinion leaders and politicians to solve their problems through dialogue and understanding.
Calling for tolerance, Dr. Raheen went on to say that all the people particularly the public opinion leaders respect each other with tolerance and listen to each other’s opinions which are the basis of civilized societies.
In his speech the former president Sibghatullah Mujadadi hailed the Jihad of the nation against the former Soviet Union but added the widespread corruption is a matter of shame for the country Afghanistan.
There are corruption, kidnapping and criminal activities in today’s Afghanistan, calling for implementation of Sharia or Islamic law against corrupt people as remedy for the social evil.
A senior official with the defense ministry General Afzal Aman in his speech said that the strength of national army is 195,000 presently and more attention has been paid to adequately equip the air force of the country.
Spokesman for interior ministry Sediq Sediqi also spoke at the conference, saying the strength of national police is 157,000 and would spare no efforts in ensuring law and order in the country.
The message of Dr. Ahraf Ghani Ahmadzai the head of transition coordination commission was also ready by Sayed Baqir Kazimi in the conference.
The full text of the conference will be published.
 

Monday, 14 January 2013 06:37

Senate Discusses Issues On Its Agenda

Monday, January 14, 2013
Kabul (BNA) At yesterday’s session of the Senate chaired by Fazel Hadi Muslimyar chairman of the senate, during which the chairman and members of the administrative reforms and civil services answered the questions of the senators. 
The question session was considered by the senators as unsuccessful for there were differences of views among the senators and Dr. Mushahed head of the administration reforms and civil services.
The senators alleged that there is no transparency in employment of cadres at the government and mostly relations are preferred in the process rather their qualification and honestly.
They also criticized injustice in specifying of salaries in the name of super scale that is also taking place on the basis of relations between the cadres and the authorities. 
Dr. Mushahed called the process of employment through the competition as very successful alleging that the process is taking place under the supervision of authorized commissions and even in presence of members of the parliament of the country.
 

Monday, January 14, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The messages notes that I was informed with regret the death of Mawlawi Mohammad Ibrahim Mujahaz one of the influential religious scholars of Jawzjan province, may his soul rest in peace.
Late Mawlawi Mohammad Ibrahim was an influential religious figure who trained many students.
His death is a loss. The president conveys his deep sympathies to the bereaved family, friends and the people of Jawzjan and wishes peace for his soul and patience for his family members.
 

Monday, 14 January 2013 06:25

President Karzai Chairs NSC Meeting

Monday, January 14, 2013
Kabul (BNA) At the meeting views were exchanged on current security situation and President Karzai informed the meeting on his official visit to the US, the meetings he attended and the agreements reached between the two nations.
He said that observance of respect to the national sovereignty of Afghanistan, ensuring the national sovereignty of the government of Afghanistan on its territory withdrawal of foreign forces from the villages and rural regions of Afghanistan, sovereignty of government over control of prison, preservation and continuation of financial and technical support of the US government to Afghanistan’s security forces acceleration of the peace process were instances that were taken up and agreed in bilateral talks with the US side.
General Besmellah Mohammadi Minister of defense also informed the meeting about his talks with the US Defense Secretary.
He said that the US is ready to equip the Afghan armed forces with the C-130, and M17 helicopters. 
Agreement also took place in respect to speeding up of equipping the Afghan armed forces. 
It was also agreed that control of the Afghan air space is delivered to the Afghans.
The minister added that the US will continue its cooperation towards preserving and sustainable up keeping of the armed forces of Afghanistan to the tune of 350,000. And since the Afghan armed forces have attained the combat abilities. 
It was agreed that from the spring of upcoming year the leadership of all military operations is delivered to the Afghan security forces.
Dr. Omar Zakhilwal Minister of Finance talking on the US agreements with respect to its economic cooperation with Afghanistan said that hereafter the US will deliver the assisted money which were given to the contractors will spend them through the Afghan government while its priorities will be determined by the government of Afghanistan.
He stressed that the US government pledged an assistance of USD 800 to 1 billion annually to the national budget of Afghanistan. 
He added that the US also agreed hereafter all the first hand contracts and its implementers will be the Afghans and the sub-contractors will also be the Afghans. 
Meanwhile, head of the secretariat of the high peace council informed the meeting over the US talks saying that the US considering the viewpoints of the government of Afghanistan expressed its support to the accelerated peace process in Afghanistan.
The National Security Council of Afghanistan while expressing gratitude over hospitality of the US administration for the president and his accompanying delegation, called the visit of the high ranking Afghan delegation to the US as very positive and the results of their talks as satisfactory. 
At the end the issue of importing of explosives by the Turkish Petroleum Company for reconstruction of 8 gas-producing wells in Jurquduq and Yetem Taq of Jawzjan was discussed.
The ministry of mines and interior received instruction so that after studying the needed explosives include the need for investigation and reconstruction of the 8 wells into their reconstruction plans, and permit its import  considering the need, type and its technical specifications.
 

Sunday, 13 January 2013 09:10

Spanish Soldier Killed In Badghis

Sunday January 14, 2013
Kabul (BAN) A Spanish soldier was killed in explosion of a roadside mine in Badghis province.
According to the ISAF report to BNA, the 35 years old Spanish soldier while wanted to defuse the mine, the device exploded and killed him in Qala-i-Now capital of Badghis Province.
Spain has 1400 troops in ISAF-led forces in Afghanistan so far 99 of the troops have killed in the missions.
 

Sunday, 13 January 2013 09:04

Two Armed Oppositions Arrested

Sunday, January 13, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Two armed rebels wanted to carry out terrorist activities in Zabul province arrested.
Defense ministry press office said to BNA, two armed rebels wanted to conduct destructive activities in Mezan district of Zabul province, during an operation launched by National Army forces were arrested with a Kalashnikov and a PK riffle.
It has been said, these people were involved in terrorist activities, planting road side mines and delivering military equipment for the oppositions.
 

Sunday, 13 January 2013 07:59

A Prosecutor Martyrs In Herat

Sunday, January 13, 2013
Herat (BNA) The chief prosecutor of Herat province and his two bodyguards were killed by unidentified armed men.
Abdul Rahim yesterday afternoon was targeted in Seyawashan area, Guzsa district and lost his life.
Marya Bashir attorney general of Herat told BNA, that the attackers were riding on motorbike and fled after the attack.
Mr. Bashir says the assassination of Herat prosecutor has been possibly committed by people whose causes were under his investigation.
 

Sunday, 13 January 2013 07:53

Commentary

Sunday, January 13, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Hamid Karzai the president of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan ended his historical visit to USA.
The political experts called the visit important and vital for both countries.
BNA commentator writes in that regard:
Hamid Karzai the president of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan made a three day visit to USA. From the beginning to the end, the visit was at focus of politicians. There were various issues at the agenda of talks between president Karzai and American authorities, which were very important and vital for the two countries. 
The role of America in Afghanistan after 2014, security responsibilities program, handing over the leadership of military operations to Afghan security forces, continuation of anti-terrorism campaign, negotiation with Taliban, inauguration of an office for Taliban in Qatar, emphasize on management of Bagram prison by Afghans, economic aids to Afghan in a decade after 2014 and security cooperation between Afghanistan and America were the main topics, Afghan president discussed with American authorities among them Mr. Obama the president of that country.
What president Karzai said in a joint press conference with his American counterpart makes it clear that the visit with its great achievements has a decisive role in determining the relation between these two strategic partners.
Mr. Karzi in this press conference made it clear that Bagram prison fully managed by Afghans and in coming spring the foreign forces were pull out from villages and remote areas of Afghanistan and combat operations would be carried out fully by Afghan security forces.
These two issues were the most controversial issues in the past which faced the conclusion of strategic partnership with problems.
Finally, the American agreed to them, but later, handing over the responsibilities of Bagram prison faced some problems, but it seems the problem has been settled during the recent Afghan president tour to America.
Meanwhile, president Obama insisting on handing over the security responsibilities to Afghan security forces and carrying out military operations independently by Afghan forces which will be completed in 2013 called it a historical moment.
The other issue which was discussed by the leaders of the two countries was reconciliation in Afghanistan. Afghan president made it clear that reconciliation and peace is the main objective of his administration and the American government supports it.
The Afghan president confirmed that   for ensuring peace in Afghanistan and in the region the cooperation of the countries of the region especially Pakistan is a must.
Mr. Obama the president of US, in his turn emphasized on safeguarding the Afghan constitution values, the achievement of the last decade and the women’s right.
Another issue which was discussed in talks between the authorities of the two countries and attracted the attention of politicians was the presence of America forces in Afghanistan after 2014. The American president said, remaining a number of American troops in Afghanistan depends on demand and request of Afghan side, but did not say anything about the number of the troops. He insisted that there would be close cooperation for equipping and boosting Afghan army and the fight against Al-Qaeda and terrorism would be continued.
The most important point which president Obama clearly pointed out was the immunity of American troops in Afghanistan who would possibly remain in the country after 2014. The American side insists on their immunity. The Afghan president says that security agreement will be signed according to the national interests of the two countries and insisted that such an agreement would be signed after consultation with Afghan people.
The political experts believe the presence of American troops and their immunity still remains as red line in talks between the two countries; but both sides insist on solving the problem and consider the next two years a good opportunity for holding such talks
The visit of president Karzai to America is of great importance, because America is among Afghan allies that stood firm beside Afghans during horrible situation of last decade; as Afghan president delivering a speech in an university in Washington said that our achievements and successes were impossible during the last decade without the American assistances. Now what is important for Afghanistan is shaping the future relations between Afghanistan and US to meet the requirements and national interests of the two countries.        
 

Sunday, January 13, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The new civilian envoy of NATO, Jicamas called on second vice president Mohammad Karim Khalili yesterday.
In the introductory meeting the NATO’s envoy besides expressing satisfaction over security transition and its completion in 2014 also stated that NATO will continue to support Afghan security forces in terms of training and providing equipment’s.
The vice president in the meeting besides greeting the official over assuming new office in Afghanistan pointed out that ensuring security after 2014 and holding presidential elections needs more support of international community.
The vice president also noted that the government of Afghanistan is committed to ensure transparent elections in 2014 and there is no place to worry.
He also went on to say that efforts for peace with the armed opposition do not mean compromising with constitution and achievements have been made over the past decade.
 

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