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Friday, February 15, 2013
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai summoned on Thursday Gen. Dunford for explanation on the NATO’s Wednesday bombing in Shigal district in the province of Kunar.
On the tragic bombing in which ten civilians were killed, Gen. Dunford explained that they were conducting a partnered operation against members of Al-qaeda when they called in air support. He said they are investigating the incident.
Pointing to a commitment Gen. Allen had previously made not to conduct any air strike or bombing in residential areas, President Karzai reminded that such incidents must strictly be avoided in future and any recurrence is not acceptable.
Gen. Dunford expressed regrets over the Wednesday incident resulting in civilian casualties and pledged that as per the previous commitment, NATO will, from now on, avoid carrying out operations and bombings in residential areas.

 

Wednesday, 13 February 2013 12:17

13 Militants Killed In Tagab

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Mahmoodraqi (BNA) 13 armed militant were killed during cleansing operation in Tagab district of Kapisa province yesterday. 
Amanullah deputy governor of Kapisa said BNA, an operation conducted three days ago by Afghan and foreign troops in Paidndakhail, Nawroozkhail and Shenkai areas of Tagab district, in which 13 Taliban militants were killed. 
According to the source, among the killed militants, foreign nationals were included. 
Ammanullah said, the state and foreign forces and civilians had no casualties. 
According to him, the operation will continue until the complete cleaning of the area from rebels. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada
 

Wednesday, 13 February 2013 12:17

Senate panel OKs full vote on Hagel nomination

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
PRESS TV (BNA) A US Senate panel has approved former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel, an outspoken critic of Israel, as the next secretary of defense.
On Tuesday, the Senate Armed Services Committee voted 14 to 11 in favor of President Barack Obama's nominee for the post.
Democrats largely praised the 66-year-old as the ideal civilian successor to Leon Panetta, who has been the secretary of defense since July 1, 2011.
Many Democrats emphasized the right of President Obama to choose members of his cabinet, despite serious objections from pro-Israeli lawmakers.
"As much as some people in this room don't like it, he was elected president of the United States by the American people and he has selected an honorable veteran, a Republican, who has served this country in various capacities," Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill said.
The full Senate is likely to take up the nomination of Hagel this week, but some Republicans have threatened to block a vote.
In a 2008 interview, Hagel noted that he had never signed any of the letters by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) aimed at showing support for Israel or taking stances against Israel’s enemies.
“I’m not an Israeli senator. I’m a United States senator,” he reiterated.
Many in the lobby have reportedly reacted with alarm to reports of Hagel’s nomination as he is known as a fierce critic of the Zionist lobby in the US.
 

Wednesday, 13 February 2013 06:43

Commentary

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The negotiation of the Afghan High Peace Council delegation with Pakistani religious scholars aiming to hold the conference of the religious scholars of the two countries was constructive.
BNA commenting on the issue writes:
Departure of the high peace council delegation to Pakistan is another honest attempt by the council for ending bloodshed and ensuring peace in the region. The delegation of the high peace council succeeded to finalize the preparations for holding the conference of religious scholars of the two countries in Kabul.
Earlier to this the Afghan and Pakistani authorities had agreed on holding such a conference. While, based on the agreement the Afghan side was ready for holding the conference, but unfortunately, due to unknown reason the conference was not held. But the presidents of the two countries in their last meeting in London once again agreed for convening such a conference. Finally, the delegation of Afghan high peace council, holding talks with their Pakistani counterparts and relevant authorities of that country provided the ground for holding the conference of the religious scholars of the two countries in Kabul in near future.
As it been said, the participants of the conference will discuss on illegality of suicide and terrorist attacks and killing of civilians from Islamic point of view which is not a threat to Afghanistan but a challenge to the entire world. Presently Pakistan which is considered as stronghold of terrorism, Somali, Mali, Iran, turkey, Algeria , Yemen….are suffering of such attacks. With great regret such barbaric evil acts are carried out in the name of Islam and designed in Islamic seminaries. Suicide and terrorist attacks are alien to Islam, the do nothing good to Islam and Muslims but such attacks are carried out by the enemies of Islam just for their political gains.
Without doubt interpreting and describing in detail the nature of terrorism and extremism by religious scholars according to the Holy Koran verses and the great prophet’s (PBUH) sayings further weakens the position of terrorists in the society and leads to the condemnation of terrorists and extremists than ever before.
What is important is the participation of religious scholars of the two countries in the conference. The agenda of the conference should be free of political motives and the participants should express their views according to Islamic law and principles and to assess the events in this part of the world accordingly. The Holy Koran and the great prophet of Islam sayings, have clearly said, how to deal with terrorism and extremism.
There is no need for prerequisite for holding the conference. Kabul wants no any political gain from the conference but wishes the religious scholars of the two countries find a way for ending terrorist and suicide attacks which take the lives of innocent people and cause grave destructions and support the peace process which would be useful for both Afghanistan, Pakistan and entire region
The conference can be led to consensus of the scholars both in view and practice. The problem of the two countries is acute but only the religious scholars referring to Allah’s orders can settle it and ensure an atmosphere of peace and brotherhood among Muslim nation.     
 

Wednesday, 13 February 2013 06:41

US Diplomat Meets Asif Nang

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The deputy to US special envoy on Afghanistan and Pakistan, James Warleague in meeting with Asif Nang the deputy to minister for education and exchanged views on matters relating education and achievements in this field.
The diplomat also noted that holding concert by the students of Afghanistan national music institute in America which indicates the progress has astonished the American people.
The US diplomat also repeated US commitment support education ministry in the field of technical and professionalism.
According to another report, Nang in another meeting with Anita Buti the head of women immunity in the Stated Department assured that US would continue to support education for girls in Afghanistan.
 

Wednesday, 13 February 2013 06:20

Establishment of First Museum In Ghazni

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Local officials in Ghazni province has announced that a museum in the premises of governor office has been established and more than 100 ancient and historic relics are being in the museum these days.
Commenting on the establishment of the museum, provincial media in-charge of Ghazni told media that the museum has been established by the personal efforts of provincial governor Musa Akbar Zada and the main purpose behind establishment of the museum it to honor and ensure preservation of cultural heritages of the country.
Provincial media in-charge of Ghazni province Fazel Saboon said that currently more than a hundred relics are being kept in the museum which includes mad and copper dishes made during the Ghaznavi dynasty and Timors and announced Ghazni as one of the historic province of the country where dozens of cultural monuments and ancient heritages are maintained.
Historian believes that Ghazni has been the hub of civilizations and cultural activities in the past and various scientists and genius born in the area.
Sabaoon said that the provincial governor has purchased these ancient relics from the antique sellers of the province.
Provincial culture and information directorate chairman Bismillah Sharifi appreciated the efforts which have been made by the provincial governor and announced the endeavor part of the ventures to prepare Ghazni host 2013 center of Islamic arts and cultures festivity adding that the ancient relics are kept in the museum for temporary and it will be transferred to proper location in the future.
It’s expected that the UNESCO declare Ghazni as center of Islamic art and culture soon and government organs and cultural foundations should contribute to preserve cultural heritage of the country.
Talking on the matter, provincial governor Musa Khan Akbar Zada said that these ancient relics have been purchased from his personal account and we don’t intend to transfer these relics in Kabul as the province prepares itself to host 2013 festivity.
 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Interior Minister Ghulam Mujtaba Patang held meeting with the ambassadors of European Union (EU) countries here yesterday, interior ministry’s press office said.
In the meeting according to the sources, the interior minister briefed the ambassador on police capability and called for the support of national police based on 10-year strategy.
He also noted that police in the framework of 10 year strategy would achieve sufficient capacity to discharge its responsibility and win the trust of people.
The ambassador assured the EU would continue to support Afghan police to build its capacity at maximum level and to continue its backing beyond 2014.
 

Wednesday, 13 February 2013 06:14

U.S. Pays $18.2m To Afghan Poppy Free Province

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The US donates up to $18.2 million to Afghanistan to praise good performances in some provinces of the country, where poppy cultivation had fallen to nil or found an eye-catching reduction, an official said Tuesday.
The fund is expected to be used to finance and develop the infrastructural and uplift projects in the provinces, where the poppy had been announced to reach to zero, Afghanistan Counter Narcotics Minister, Zarar Ahmad Muqbel who was signing the agreement with the US Law Enforcement Ambassador told a news conference in Kabul.
He said that $1 million of the fund would be used in the provinces such as Bamyan, Balkh, Ghazni, Faryab, Jauzjan, Khost, Kunduz, Logar, Nooristan, Paktia, Panjsher, Parwan, Samangan, Sar-e-Pul, Takhar and Maidan Wardak, where the poppy had reached to nil.
$150.000 would be used in Kandahar and as well as Kabul would receive $78,000, he detailed, adding the fund would help the farmers raise their capacity.
According to him, 60 percent of the poppy lands had been destroyed in two northern Badakhshan and Baghlan provinces, with only five percent of drugs are believed to be produced in the provinces with still poppy cultivation and 95 percent in the insecure provinces of Farah, Kandahar, Helmand and Uruzgan.
Poppy cultivation had risen in Farah and Uruzgan provinces, where the main reason can called insecurity, Maqbel said.
Calling the program too effective, US Ambassador for Law Enforcement, Stephen G. Mack said this was one of the successful projects used to praise those provinces with reliable performance on uprooting poppy.
The project would be launched in 17 provinces of the country, where the poppy had reached to nil, he said considering the US as the great supporter of Afghanistan.
The pledged money would be used in the basis of priorities and development council of the provinces, where the people would be provided with short-term employments as well, the ambassador vowed.
 

Wednesday, 13 February 2013 06:11

Fighting Addiction Is Holy War: Khalili

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Second Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Karim Khalili has described the struggle against addiction as a holy war.
He made this remarks in meeting with a delegation of Camp Mother and some activists of civil society from Bamyan province yesterday.
While lauded the services of Camp Mother in providing medical the phenomenon of addiction would tarnish the image of the country and called on aid agencies to fight the evil until its eradication from society.
The vice president also promised to support Mother Camp in its mission to rehabilitate drug addicted people.
Briefing the vice president, the head of Mother Camp said she had established the camp 18 months ago with personal assets and warned if not assisted would halt the operation.
 

Wednesday, 13 February 2013 05:46

5 Prisoners Released In Samangan

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Aybak (BNA) In accordance with the President Order, issued on the auspicious Miladun Nabi Day the reduce of term of detainees, five inmates were set free form jail in Samangan province yesterday, jail director in the province said.
He also added that the sentence term of 12 prisoners including a woman had been reduced.
Presently 240 inmates have been held in Samangan prison.