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Sunday, 13 January 2013 07:53

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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.
 

Sunday, January 13, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The first vice president who serves as acting president has ordered thorough investigation in the firefight that occurred among villagers of Daco village in Mir Bachakot district which left some people dead and injured on Jadi 22, 1392.
In the order, the acting president has constituted a commission under deputy to interior ministry Abdul Rahman to investigate the gruesome incident thoroughly and report back to the presidency within one week.
 

Sunday, 13 January 2013 07:39

Qasim Rahrawan Passes Away

Sunday, January 13, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Qasim Rahrawan, a cultural figure of the country passed away yesterday.
The late Rahrawan who had served with media in different capacity including head of cultural departments of Takhar and Faryab provinces and association with Anis newspaper and Radio Afghanistan until his retirement five years ago.
In his condolence message Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Raheen minister of information and culture expressed sympathy with the family, friends and relatives of the late Rahrawan and wished eternal peace for his departed soul.
 

Sunday January 13, 2013
WASHINGTON (BNA) Afghan President Hamid Karzai and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met in Washington on Thursday to discuss the future of U.S. support for Afghanistan following next year’s withdrawal of American forces.
State Department officials say President Karzai and Secretary Clinton discussed security and economic transitions in Afghanistan, greater regional integration, and preparations for Afghanistan’s 2014 elections.
Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says the United States, Afghanistan and Pakistan also are working to reconcile the government in Kabul with more moderate elements of the Taliban.
“We have had some modest steps forward in recent months, including a commitment by Pakistan to support Afghan-Afghan reconciliation, some of the work we’ve been doing in the core group U.S., Afghanistan, Pakistan to pave the way and ease the conditions for those Taliban who might need safe passage to go have conversations,’’ Nuland said.
Secretary Clinton hosted a working dinner for President Karzai at the State Department where they were joined by U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and National Security Advisor Tom Donilon.
In meetings earlier Thursday at the Pentagon, Secretary Panetta told President Karzai that their countries have come a long way toward a shared goal of establishing an Afghanistan will become a “safe haven for terrorism.’’
U.S. troops invaded Afghanistan and toppled the Taliban government there following the 2001 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.
Although President Karzai often has criticized U.S. actions in Afghanistan, he also has spoken about his desire for some U.S. troops to remain after the NATO led mission there ends next year.
 

Sunday, 13 January 2013 07:31

Armed Opposition Arrested

Sunday January 14, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The ministry of interior’s  press office told BNA that Afghan security forces during the last 24 hours have launched several clearing operations against terrorists in Baghlan, Zabul and Khost provinces as a result of which three armed oppositions were captured along  with two Kalashnikovs, a PK rifer  and some other equipment.
According to another report three anti-vehicle mines planted by armed opposition for terrorist and destructive purposes were discovered in Kapisa and Halmand provinces and neutralized. 
 

Sunday, January 13, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Marshal Mohammad Qaseen Fahim acting president chaired a meeting of the law committee of the Council of Ministers (CM) that discussed the draft law on banking and military discipline and principles.
Addressing the meeting Marshal Fahim called laws a serious need of the society and added that Afghanistan is moving towards direction in which the country should have laws in all spheres to overcome the problems and fine out proper solution for the shortcomings.
He added that the main point in this respect is necessary coordination among the laws and the world community so that we can ensure national interests of the country and align ourselves with the international standards considering our country’s cultural and religious considerations.
The draft law was presented by the justice minister which after assessment by the participants of the meeting, confirmed the law on banking in Afghanistan and it decided that a committee led by the minister of justice, formed with the membership of deputy minister for policy of finance ministry, Mohammad Ashraf Rasouli advisor minister in judicial and legal affairs, Qurban Ali Haqjo Chairman of Chambers of Commerce and Industries, Wali Mohammad Naseh deputy head of the judicial and legal consultative board and Wahedullah Arefi legal advisor of the Central Bank so that the draft is relatively simplified and its shortcoming are eliminated and the reviewed text of the draft is presented to the CM meeting.
Meanwhile the draft military discipline law was confirmed by the meeting and referred to the Council of Ministers for further accomplishment.
 

Sunday, January 13, 2013
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai strongly condemned the terrorist attacks in Pakistani states of Baluchistan and Khyber Pashtunkhwah leaving behind tens of dead and wounded.
In accordance with the reports as a result of a series of terrorist attacks in Baluchistan and Khyber Pashtunkhwah over 100 people were killed and over 170 wounded.
President Hamid Karzai who is on official visit to the USA while strongly condemning the terrorist attack, called targeting of civilians the plots of the enemies of peace and stability in the region, and once again emphasized on honest struggle against terrorism.
The president conveyed his deep sympathies to the bereaved families of those terrorist attacks and asked patience for the family members and immediate recovery of the wounded of those incidents.
 

Sunday, 13 January 2013 07:11

Aqila Rahmani, Abas Hussaini Appreciated

Sunday, January 13, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The speaker of the House of People Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi appreciated the research work of Aqila Rahmani and Abas Hussaini for authoring the book “Pas az Inzewa” which means “After Isolation” and in the ceremony attended by some legislators including Mohammad Arif Rahmani and Khudai Nazar, chairman of the house promised the book would soon be translated into Pashtu and English languages.
Ibrahim also conferred appreciation letter of the house to the authors of the book “Pas az Inzewa”.
 

Sunday, 13 January 2013 07:09

Laghman Governor Calls On Interior Minister

Sunday, January 13, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The governor of Laghman province Fazlullah Mujadadi called on interior minister General Ghulam Mujtaba Patang yesterday. 
In the meeting according to press office of interior ministry, governor Mujadadi while accompanying by members of provincial council and provincial police chief, briefed the minister on the security situation, noting the elders and religious leaders of Laghman are cooperative with police in ensuring the law and order there. 
Some of the elders in the meeting demanded more support of police in the province. 
For his part, the interior minister thanked the people of Laghman and said the security transition process had been completed with people support in the province, noting police are more capable than any time in Laghman province.