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Monday, December 17, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Hamid Karzai the president of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has expressed his sympathy and deep sorrow over the casualties of people due to Bofa storm that swept through Philippine, a statement released by Presidential Palace yesterday said.
In the storm, according to reports more than 1,000 people had lost their lives and hundreds others are missing.
President Karzai in the statement also expressed his sympathy and condolence with the people and government of Philippine.

Monday, 17 December 2012 06:50

NSC Debates On Afghan-US Security Pact

Monday, December 17, 2012
Kabul (BNA)  The meeting of the National Security Council attended by vice-presidents, chairman of both houses of parliament, chairman of high peace council, and members of the council.
Salauddin Rabani presented a report with respect to his recent visit to the US. 
He called his meetings with the US higher authorities in Washington and members of the UN Security Council of New York as very satisfactory and added that the US authorities and the UN Security Council members expressed their full support to the peace talks led by Afghanistan and the process of security transition and assured that they will render cooperation in accelerating this process.
The meeting also discussed the conditions, framework and mechanism for creation of the Taliban office for carrying of talks in Qatar. 
The meeting after through discussions decided that this proposal in addition of the views of the council members and the high peace council should be referred to the Qatar government by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan so that agreement of understanding is prepared between Afghanistan and Qatar.
The meeting also debated the security contract between Afghanistan and the US and Iklil Hakimi Afghan ambassador to Washington was instructed that considering the sovereignty and national high interests of Afghanistan, in respect to instances that retire further negotiations and closure of the viewpoints, take up the viewpoints of Afghanistan with the US side in the third round of the talks.
The meeting also debated on the forthcoming visit of President Karzai to the US.

Sunday, 16 December 2012 07:29

Afghan National Boxing Team Returned Home

Sunday, December 16, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The members of boxing national team with getting a bronze medal from Kazakhstan championship competition returned to country this morning. 
According to publication office of Olympic national committee, these competitions held with presence of 9 countries athletes in Kazakhstan.
Ostad Rezai Afghan boxer got a bronze medal from this competition. 
Also, in this competition, the participated girls obtained honorary medal.
According to the source, five Afghan boys and two girls were attended in this competition. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Saturday December 16, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Mohammad Karim Khalili second vice-president chaired the Economic Committee meeting of the Council of Ministers (CM) yesterday at the presence of chairman and members of the House of People natural resources and environment committee and discussed the mines contracts of the country.
Khalili expressed pleasure over the participation of the House of People’s commission chairman and members and consider the parliament an important part of the government and hoped that creation of the atmosphere of talks among the three state powers, some of the questions and ambiguities on big issues of the country are resolved through these talks.
The chairman and members of the House of People commission discussed issues pertaining to the Ainak copper mine, Hajigak, Petroleum zone of Amu Darya and the law on mines and thereafter Minister of Mines shed light on each of these areas and the participated members discussed them in details.
Considering the important of the Ainak copper mine in the growth of the economy of the country, the participants emphasized on its implementation.
The contract of petroleum of Amu Darya zone was also discussed and in order to ensure transparency of the contract, it was decided that joint meetings are held between the mines ministry and members of the House of People commission.
The meeting also decided that in order to encourage investment, the ministry of justice should accelerate the process of the law on mines and hydrocarbon should be referred to the CM as soon as possible.
The contract on Hajigak mine was also discussed in details and it was emphasized that joint meetings be held between the ministry and the commission of the House of People so that transparency is ensured in this respect.

Saturday December 16, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Addressing the Afghan ambassadors and General Consuls President Karzai said that you are representing the culture and favor of the thousands of year’s ancient Afghanistan.
The president who was talking to the ambassadors and general consuls of Afghanistan yesterday at the Foreign Ministry added that you as diplomats in your relations with foreign countries should introduce your country the same as it is.
Touching on the progress of diplomacy the president stressed that the best success of the country that is praised by the people is its political and diplomatic position, while this has been attained with great costs and that is the sacrifices of the Afghan nation.
While we are appreciating the world assistance in the past ten years, you should recall this to the world that they should also be appreciable to Afghanistan, because every day the Afghans are also as per the demand of the world community are giving sacrifices in the struggle against terrorism.
He emphasized that it is our mission to hoist the Afghan flag in the world, keep it honorably and it is also our million the world should not forget our sacrifices, while we owes the world cooperation, the world too owe our sacrifices and this will be realized when we recall and not forget this.
Touching on Afghanistan’s relations after 2014, the president said that after that year when foreign troops leave Afghanistan and the security responsibility completes, I can say with certainty that not only no hurdle will arise in our security, but this will also lead to improvement of our lives as well.
He added that as the owner of our homeland, we should show our ownership to the world with all meanings, so it demanded from you that in your relations and while meeting the world media assure them of the state of situation in Afghanistan after 2014.
As regards foreign policy of the country he said that Afghanistan’s foreign policy is based on multi-political dimensions, we have very good relations with the neighboring and regional countries and we tried with all costs to keep these ties strong and keep our cooperation through membership with the regional organizations.
Touching on Afghanistan’s relations with the West and the US he said that both sides have tried to preserve consolidation of ties, however in our ties with the East like Russia, China, Iran, India and other countries is based on our initiatives and we want to continue this relations and we have designed our foreign relations in such a manner that both sides interests are preserved and be strong.
Touching on the singing of strategic agreements with a number of countries the president added that our strategic agreements and cooperation with the world is vital for Afghanistan and undoubtedly this relation is to the interest of the people of Afghanistan, but this amicable relation can never become a threat to the national sovereignty of Afghanistan.
He added that while Afghanistan is an ally of the USA, wants to have relations with Russia as well, Afghanistan wants to be a strategic ally of India and we want to have friendship with Pakistan and ties of brotherhood, but such relations should not be one-sided and we want that the friendly Pakistan based on our expectations have realistic ties with us.
Foreign Minister Dr. Zalmai Rassoul also addressed the conference and described the foreign policy of Afghanistan to the participants.
The conference of the ambassadors and general consuls will continue for five days.

Sunday, December 16, 2012
PESHAWAR (BNA) At least five people were killed and near 40 injured after terrorists attacked the Bacha Khan International Airport here on Saturday, Geo News reported.
All the attackers, who were five in number, were armed with explosives, rocket launchers, assault rifles, and suicide vests, security sources said.
"First the attackers breached the airport boundary wall with a car-bomb. Then they fired rockets at the airport to make headway" said an official.
That was when the security forces opened fire at the invading insurgents who fired back giving rise to a fierce gunfight.
"The crossfire continued until security-men neutralized all the five attackers", the official added.
Sources revealed the bodies of two terrorists wearing suicide vests were still lying inside the airport.
"Four suicide vests have been defused so far", security sources told Geo News.
The banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has taken credit for the attack.
The TTP spokesman, Ehsanullah Ehsan said they had fielded ten men to target the air force base.
Pakistan Air Force (PAF), however said all the sensitive installations were safe.
A PAF spokesman said that the terrorists attacked the airport to destroy the air force base.
"The attackers fired rockets to make their way into the airport but the security forces kept them at bay. They could not enter the premises", said the PAF spokesman.
The spokesmen also added that the security forces were in control of the situation and stood alert.
The airport was sealed after rockets and bullets rained on it form all sides as it was hard to nail the location of the attackers.
"At least five rockets were fired at the airport", sources said quoting security forces.
Earlier three loud explosions were reported from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's capital, but later they turned out to be rocket fire near airport.
Heavy gunfire erupted after a third explosion inside the airport on top of two earlier rocket attacks.
In the beginning, it was hard to say for sure who were the attackers and what was on their mind as no one was allowed to enter the airport, sources said.
"There was no knowing what's going on. Security forces have sealed the airport after besieging it. All the roads leading to the airport have been blocked as well", sources told Geo News.
Sources also said that the shooting that came on the heels of blasts subsided as soon as security forces took control of the airport, however sporadic firing continued.
Senior Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Bashir Bilour while talking to media persons confirmed a vehicle was destroyed in the attack but denied any casualties.
He, however, said that he had knowledge whatsoever as to what the situation was inside the Peshawar airport at that time.
On the other hand sources in Khyber Teaching Hospital confirmed fatalities and dozens of cases of serious injuries.
"We received injured with bullet, shrapnel, rocket shell casing wounds. Some of them are critical", the hospital administrator told Geo News.
Some injured were also shifted to Lady Reading Hospital.
Women and children are also among the injured as two rockets fell (on the residential area) outside and three inside the airport premises.
The blast, after the explosives loaded onto a vehicle went off near the airport wall, did most of the damage in the residential area bordering the airport.
Furthermore one of the rockets also struck a residential block with a loud bang which shattered the windowpanes of the buildings close-by.
Airport operations were put on halt. All the arrivals were diverted to other airports. A lone commercial jet on the airport, which could not fly in the wake of the attack, was reported to be undamaged.
Aerial surveillance of the affected area was also underway.
A spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) told media that all the arrivals have been diverted to Islamabad and Lahore airports. He said that only a commercial aircraft was present at the airport when the attack took place.
The spokesman added that passengers who have been waiting in the airport for their scheduled flight to Jeddah were safely shifted to lounge.
Sources added that airport has not been cleared so far.
The search and clearance operation would continue until all the potential threats were removed, said an official.

Sunday, 16 December 2012 07:11

4 Fuel Tankers Set On Fire In Baghlan

Sunday, December 16, 2012
Pul-e-Khomri (BNA) Four fuel tankers were set on fire in the vicinities of Baghlan province. 
Colonel Habibullah Maqsoodi police chief of Khenjan district said to BNA, first a tanker set on fire due to carelessness of its driver in the area and three other tankers which were stopped in the area, fired and destroyed. 
According to the police chef of Khenjan, details are not clear that the fuel tankers were belonged to a private company or NATO forces.  
Two drivers are under investigation in the connection of the case. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Sunday, December 16, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Jirga Azad is name of particular program that provides an independent free environment for government officials and the people to conduct their discussions in an opened atmosphere and the program is sponsored by the BBC Media Action Institution and will be broadcasted through RTA (National Radio Television of Afghanistan).
In exclusive interview with the BNA reporter, program director Dawood Junbesh pointed out main agenda and working plans of the program and said that the program will facilitate all society segments to publically announce their perspectives and personal view regarding the transformation decade and to seek satisfactory response from the high ranking government dignitaries about post 2014 Afghanistan.
Director of the plan added that the program will create golden opportunity to general public in all regions of the country to seek response to their quires and apprehensions with regard to transformation decade from the government officials that include personal views and personal questions regarding the upcoming challenges adding that the program will also cure the ministers bridge which has been created between the Gov. and the people and it will provide better opportunity to the people to seek response to their questions from government officials and the officials will also get adequate awareness from the threats, challenges and social problems faced by the people.
Undoubtedly, the Jirga program is positive endeavor that struggles to renovate the damaged connecting bridge between people and Gov. which is mutual trust and the program is an international effort undertaken by a national and a foreign media outlets.
Director of the program also pinned towards main objectives of the program and said that in the initial steps the program intends to take questions regarding security from remote areas and in the first program the people asked questions regarding security in the country from the ministers for national defense, interior and former NDS chief Amrullah Saleh and a number of political analysts Hilaluddin Hilal and lawmaker Shukria Barakzai.  First program of Jirga Azad broadcasted through RTA in which the people asked several questions from the concerned authorities.

Sunday, December 16, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The Commission for preparation of Ghazni city with Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Raheen on the chair as set 23rd Hamal 1392 to declare Ghazni as Capital of Islamic Culture, with the slogan of peace, friendship and brotherhood.
In a meeting held yesterday with the participation of engineer Yusuf Pashtun the advisor to president, Ghazni governor Musa Khan Akbarzada, officials with concerned bodies and lawmakers it was decide to announce 23rd Hamal 1392 or the last week of Hamal 1392 as the Capital of Islamic culture in consensus with ISCO and participation of all the provinces of the country.
It was also decided that all provinces should open their exhibitions on that day in Ghazni city. 
It was also decided that the ministry of information and culture in coordination with the foreign ministry and Afghanistan’s representatives in UNESCO to take necessary steps towards inviting officials from ISESCO and culture ministers of Islamic countries.

Sunday, December 16, 2012
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai met yesterday evening with Radoslaw Sikorski Foreign Minister of Polish Republic to Kabul at the Presidential Palace, at the presence of Foreign Minister Dr. Zalmai Rasoul and Dr. Rangeen Dadfar Spanta National Security Advisor, issues pertaining to consolidation and further expansion of relations between the two nations were discussed.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland conveyed the good sentiments of Polish President to President Hamid Karzai and said that friendship between Afghanistan and Poland has historic bonds in different dimensions.
He expressed satisfaction over the renewal of cooperation agreement between Afghanistan and Poland signed in 1961 and added that today once again this agreement has been renewed at the Foreign Ministry of Afghanistan.
He stressed that this agreement will further consolidate bilateral cooperation between the two nations in political, economic and cultural spheres and Poland is prepared to invest at the public-utility projects such as creation of factories for production of cement, canalization of Kabul city, facilities for the Kabul airport and other projects.
President Karzai thanked Poland for her cooperation with the people of Afghanistan and called Poland as a great country with great nation and called that country’s investment in Afghanistan as very important and welcomed the offer.