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Sunday, 17 February 2013 09:54

ASF Kill 5 Armed Rebels

Sunday, February 17, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Five armed rebels were killed in a clash with Afghan Security Forces. 
Interior ministry reports BNA, the Afghan Security Forces in the last 24 hours conducted 6 operations in the outskirts of Nangarhar, Khost, Maidan-Wardak, Herat and Helmand provinces as a result of which, 5 armed rebels were killed and 15 others arrested. 
A number of weapons and a motorcycle full of explosives was seized.  T. Suraya-Yarzada

Sunday, 17 February 2013 09:24

Mine Planter Killed


Sunday, February 17, 2013
Kabul (BNA) A mine planter was killed when he wanted to plant a roadside mine, the bomb exploded and killed him in Helmand province. 
According to interior ministry, a mine planter wanted to plant an anti-vehicle mine along the road of Negari village, Nawa district, the mine exploded and killed him. 
According to another report, an 18 member group of militants were joined to peace process in Herat province.
The group led by Nasim Azekzi a commander of armed militants had terrorist activities against government in the surrounding areas of Shindand district joined the peace process with 3 Kalashnikovs, a PRG rocket and 11 remotes controls. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Sunday, 17 February 2013 07:54

Austria Will Assist Euro 18m To Afghanistan

Sunday, February 17, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Dr. Zalmai Rassoul Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan following meeting with deputy premier and foreign minister of Austria informed the media about the result of their meeting.
Dr. Rassoul said that at the meeting they discussed bilateral and regional issues, process of transition and the peace process with the opposition and the upcoming presidential elections.
According to Dr. Zalmai Rassoul, the minister of foreign affairs of Austria declared an assistance of Euro 18 million of that country to Afghanistan in development, security and education spheres.
At the press conference, minister for foreign affairs of Austria stated that his country after 2014 will assist Afghanistan with USD6 million for training national police of Afghanistan.
He also pledged support of Austria from the process of peace talks and the upcoming elections and added that Austria wants ensuring of expanded economic relations with Afghanistan. Dr. Zalmai Rassoul at the press conference rejected the resources assisted by the monitor of Watch Dog and published by the Reuters and added that all the aids by the donor countries to Afghanistan have been expanded and the Tokyo conference decided over transparency and accountability of the aids.
He added that in the coming week the tri-partite meeting of Afghanistan, India, and the US will be held.

Sunday, 17 February 2013 07:53

Meeting Held To Discuss Press Law Violations

Sunday, February 17, 2013
Kabul (BNA) In a meeting presided over by Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Raheen minister of information and culture and attended by members of commission on press law violation and media outlets representatives here yesterday, the press law violation was discussed.
In his address, Dr. Raheen said, “The commission is in the service of freedom of Expression, the art of journalism and reporters”.
Meantime, he noted that the commission is also serving as buffer between those make complain and the judiciary or in other word, any complain first comes to the commission and if was necessary is referred to Attorney General Office or the court.
Dr. Raheen also noted that the commission receives dozens of complaints every month and often tries to solve the complaints via understanding.
For example one out of 10 complaints might be referred to judiciary, the minister said, adding the remaining nine cases will be solved through peaceful means.
Speaking at the meeting, Sheikh Ali Ahmad Fakour the member of commission for press law violation lashed at remarks of some bodies who describe the commission as illegal, saying the commission of press law violation has been established in line with the constitution and anyone opposing it in fact they are against the constitution.

Sunday, February 17, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The UN Secretary General special envoy to Afghanistan John Kubis held meeting with second vice president Mohammad Karim Khalili yesterday.
In the meeting, according to the press office of Presidential Palace, the UN envoy briefed the vice president on holding conference of the joint board on monitoring and coordination and also the joint conference of the heads of UN agencies with the government of Afghanistan in regard with the role of UN office UNAMA for the future of Afghanistan, saying both the meetings were successful.
The UN diplomat also noted that holding such joint meeting is important for managing programs in Afghanistan.
He also stated that the government of Afghanistan would see more UN role after 2014 keeping in mind the priority of the Afghans.
The mission of UNAMA, he said would be extended for another year, a mission that Afghans want to see more UN role in the future of their country.
Besides assuring support to the election commission, the UN special envoy also emphasized on holding transparent elections in 2014.
For his part, Khalili expressed his gratitude to UN over its support to the people and the government of Afghanistan, saying the people of Afghanistan wish the UN more support in future and this will be achieved with the extension of UNAMA mission here.

Sunday, February 17, 2013
Kabul (BNA) A memorandum of understanding cooperation was signed by the ministers of foreign affairs of the Afghanistan and France in Kabul yesterday.
In accordance with this agreement France will train the personnel of national police in the struggle against terrorism, smuggling of narcotics, criminal investigation and other needed areas.
Mujtaba Patang Minister of Interior Affairs after signing the agreement told media men that on the basis of this agreement France will train the police of Afghanistan during and after the year 2014 in the needed areas including struggle against narcotics, insurgency and criminal investigations.
Minister of interior affairs of France said that this agreement committed us to assist the people of Afghanistan in the public order police, gendarmerie, training of police in struggle against narcotics, support to police in criminal investigations and improving security of the people.
He emphasized on training of Afghan national police and said that France alongside other instances will prioritize training of the national police of Afghanistan.
He also visited the police training center in Mainan-Wardak and appreciated the ability ties of the national police.
Mujtaba Patang answering a question said that we will use some of the foreign equipment’s that are placed at our disposal, while their other equipment’s will be taken to their countries.

Sunday, 17 February 2013 07:08

Afghan Senators In India To Attend Workshop

Sunday, February 17, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Scores of Afghan senators, currently on a week-long study visit to India at the invitation of New Delhi, will attend a training program on parliamentary procedures and practices.
First Deputy Chairman Mohammad Alam Ezidyar is leading the 94-member Msehrano Jirga team that will stay in India till Sunday.
The workshop on parliamentary procedure and practices has been organized by the Bureau of Parliamentary Studies and Training (BPST).
India’s External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid hosted a lunch in their honor, according to a media report that said the deputy chairman of the Rajya Sobha and senior parliamentarians interacted with the visitors.
The delegation will visit both houses of parliament, places of cultural and historical importance, including the Red Fort and Taj Mahal, and pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.

Sunday, 17 February 2013 05:59

S. Korean Ambassador Calls On Khalili

Sunday, February 17, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The ambassador of South Korea to Afghanistan,
Siong Du met with second vice president Mohammad Karim Khalili here yesterday, press office of presidential palace said. 
In the meeting according to the source, the ambassador first presented the invitation letter of Korean prime minister and head of oath taking ceremony of new president of South Korea, to Khalili, saying a number of international leaders and personalities would attend the ceremony where the new president will be the host. 
Besides stressing for enhancing bilateral relations, the ambassador also announced his government’s readiness to support Afghanistan in the field of transport and reconstruction process.  In his speech, Khalili described South Korea as a good friend of Afghanistan and thanked it for its contribution in rebuilding process of the country.

Sunday, February 17, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim First Vice-President chaired the law committee of the CM during which it confirmed the draft laws of struggle against money laundering and the income emanating from it and struggle against financing of insurgency. 
The meeting also confirmed some other laws and referred them to the council of ministers.
Addressing the meeting Marshal Fahim said that the laws that are taken into discussion at the meeting are important for upgrading the prestige of our country among the world nations.
Deputy Minister of finance initially presented the draft law on struggle against money laundering and income emanating from it and emphasized on importance of this draft law.
After discussions some short comings of the laws were pinpointed by the meeting participants but they were confirmed in principle and it was decided that a committee led by minister of justice and members representing the finance ministry and The Afghanistan Bank and Nasrullah Stanikzai head of the board of legal and judicial affairs. 
Mohammad Ashraf Rasuli advisor minister for legal and judicial affairs and Qurban Haqjo chairman of chambers of commerce and industries should review the draft laws and by observing of views and proposals, present the finalized text of the draft laws to the coming meeting of the CM committee.

Sunday, February 17, 2013
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai met with French Interior Minister Manuel Vallace at the presidential palace yesterday.
The French Minister is visiting Afghanistan in order to talk on implementation of French commitment towards training of police as per the two countries cooperation agreement.
The French minister informed president Karzai about the cooperation between the two nations and added that France will render cooperation with the police of Afghanistan in training them for the struggle against criminals and narcotics areas.
President Karzai said that Afghans consider France as their longtime historical friend and we are hopeful that France will continue its assistance to Afghanistan and preserve its independent position in the light of its values and further expand its cooperation with Afghanistan.