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Wednesday, 23 November 2011 06:53

President Karzai’s Condolence Message

Kabul (BNA) President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai expressed sympathy over the death of a former Jehadi commander, Mohammad Belal Niram who had suffered serious health problem. 
Late Mohammad Belal Niram had shined in campaign against the invaders, his services are appreciated and his death is a tragedy, the message said quoting President Karzai. 
He extended his deep condolence to the bereaved family members and asked for his pardon by the Almighty Allah and great patience for his family members, friends and Kabul residents. 
Another message had also quoted the president to express sympathy over the death another influential figure and elder of Kunduz province, Rais Muqsed who had suffered serious health problem. 
Rais Muqsed had worked as the district chief in the northern Kunduz province for many years and his services is appreciated, the message said asking pardon for him and great patience for his family members and the people of Kunduz province.

Kabul (BNA) The Executive Commission for the European Union had vowed to provide 1.5 million euro to be spent in those areas had seriously affected by the recent drought in some parts of Afghanistan. 
According to the Radio Liberty Website, the European Union had pledged to provide cooperation through non-governmental institutions either in the shape of foodstuffs distribution or food for work processes in the said areas. 
According to the report, the people of up to 14 provinces of Afghanistan from Bamyan to Faryab are suffering droughts and seriously need cooperation. 
A number of international institutions had reported that nearly 3 million of Afghanistan population was suffering serious droughts affecting malnutrition and other diseases. 
The European Union had earlier cooperated 3 million euro to the drought regions of Afghanistan.

Kabul (BNA) First Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Marshal Mohammad Qaseem Faheem met with the British ambassador at the presidential palace, presidential press office said. 
Lauding the successful holding and ending of the Traditional Loya Jerga, the second vice president said the coordination and importance of the jerga had been the symbol of the Afghan people capacity on the world and destiny of their country to get access to expansion and development. 
He also said Afghanistan needs to have strategic partnership with the great world countries. 
The British ambassador also lauded the Traditional Loya Jerga for providing conditions and easing the way for strategic partnership with the US and the program of peace negotiation with the armed Taliban. 
He said his country is aiming for signing a similar strategic pact with Afghanistan and added British remains committed with the people and government of Afghanistan and continue cooperating with the country. 
He also vowed to extend up to 50 percent of his country’s contribution directly via the government of Afghanistan to be spent in the area of expansion in the country.

Kabul (BNA) The Volesi Jerga (lower house of the parliament) summoned the ministers for finance, commerce and economy for giving details about the hike of foodstuffs and fuel prices that recently concerned the people, a statement of the Volesi Jerga said. 
Expressing concern over the recent hike of price in the country, the lawmakers in a session chaired by House of people speaker, Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi discussed their questions with the summoned ministers, the statement said. 
The lawmakers criticized the economic policy of the government and emphasized that the government had failed to completely monitor the prices in the market. 
They said the constitution of the country had obliged the government to support the free market but it doesn’t mean to never control the price hiking every day. 
First finance minister, Dr. Anwarul Haq Ahadi told the lawmakers that collecting the incomes and taxes and control over the customhouses of the country was the authority of his ministry, but never had the authority to control the market and prevent hike of prices. 
He said in order to decrease the harms of the people, custom tariffs had been reduced on the fuel according to the resolution of the council of ministers, but added the expenses of the country was based on the foreign countries contributions and his ministry had not the authority to allocate budget for purchasing petroleum. 
The major part of the budget is spent in the security sector and the domestic revenues don’t suffice the needs of the requirements, he said. 
The minister of economy also said his ministry had not activity to prevent hike prices and called the ongoing economic policy against the people benefit asking for a mixed economic policy and agricultural sector growth in the country. 
He also called tributes across the highways, municipality’s taxes, lack of the government intervention in the market and hoarding of the fuel and foodstuffs by a number of traders had caused hike of prices in the country. 
He asked for soon codification of a decree for preventing the hoarding by some merchants. 
The ministry of commerce means while asked for allocation of adequate budget for the ministry in order to combat hike of prices. 
He in order to end hike price there is need for up to 30,000 tons of petroleum to be stocked in the reservoirs of the government. 
But the house members called the answers insufficient saying despites the presented factors, there are additional reasons behind hike of prices such as corruption in the ministries and custom houses, illegal asking tributes, lack of the government control over the market and lack of the organs concerned among those reasons created this challenge. 
A number MPs called the government to fail, to prevent corruption asking for set up of a special commission to investigate the reasons.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011 12:56

Main Base Of Taliban Destroyed In Nooristan

Kabul (BNA) The main base of armed Taliban was destoryed in Kamo area, Kamdish district of Nooristan province today. 
According to the interior ministry press office to BNA, the mopping up operations launched by frontier police, national army commando soldiers and coalition forces in the vicinities of Kamo area of Kamdish district where the main base of armed Taliban is in Nooristan province.
According to the source, the area cleaned from presence of armed Taliban and their base destroyed. 
In this operation, 24 armed Taliban including 7 senior commanders of them were killed and the operations still continue. 
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Tuesday, 22 November 2011 12:51

120 Kg Of Hashish Set On Fire In Paktia

Gardiz (BNA) 120 Kg of raw hashish was set on fire in Paktia province today. 
General Abdul Raof Taj, commander of 203 army corps of Paktia said to this news agency, the hashish which was seized two days back by Afghan and NATO forces from a residential house in Syeedkaram district was set on fire. 
No one has been arrested in connection of the case, said the source.   Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Kabul (BNA) Governor and a number of elders for Daikundi province on Monday met with Mohammad Karim Khalili, the second vice president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan here in Kabul. 
In the meeting the elders evaluated decisions of the traditional loyal jirga as useful and positive.
They also numerated a number of problems with which the people of Diakundi are facing.
The elders said lack of asphalted roads, lack of health equipments and women doctors and airports in the province are the main problems of the people in the province.
They stressed that Herat-Ghor-Kabul road is one the national projects, asking the government for its full consideration in this regard.
In the meeting the vice president said the Afghan elders have shown their intellectuality by their participation in the loyal jirga. 
Pointing out related to opening Behsud-Cheghcheran road, the vice president said construction of roads, in particular construction of Herat-Ghor-Kabul is the top priority of the government.
The vice president assured the elders of meeting their problems in their province. 
According to other report, some of the Afghan Refugees who participated in the traditional Loya Jirga resident in Iran met with Mohammad Karim Khalili vice president.
In the meeting the participants while praising the holding of Traditional Loya   Jirga and its decisions emphasized that the people of Afghanistan needs more unity and prosperity than before.
They also discussed some problems of Afghan refugees with the vice president and presented their views related to maintaining of security and stability in the country.
Mohammad Karim Khalili also called disunity and difference among the people in the benefit of the country’s enemies and said the people of Afghanistan with having unity and solidarity among each other will overcome the challenges before them.
The vice presidents also said that the traditional Loya jirga once again showed unity, intellectuality and solidarity of the Afghan nation.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011 11:01

Rising Violence Against Women Worries AIHRC

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) voiced concern at increasing violence against women in the country, saying that more than 39,000 cases were registered over the past nine years.
A nine years report from the rights watchdog spoke of 13,476 cases of physical violence, 3,358 of sexual assaults and complaints of a spike in family violence and women’s intimidation at workplace, universities, in jails and streets.
More than 9, 4000 instances of verbal and psychological attacks, 5,900 cases of economic deprivation and 7,200 complaints of other forms of violence were reported to the commission, showing a rising level of awareness among the people.
Most of the cases took place in Kabul, Balkh, Nangarhar and Faryab province, according to the report, which blames men for more than, 90 percent of family violence cases.
AIHRC chief Sima Samar, told a news conference that violence against women in remote areas of the country had become a common occurrence. “We will never succeed in combating the scourge as long as specific reasons for the violence are not identified.”
With only 14 offices across the country, the commission could not document all cases of violence across Afghanistan, said Samar, who suggested one way of combating the menace was to prosecute the perpetrators.
Another AIHRC official, Suraya Subh Rang, said up to 2,433 cases of violence were registered with the commission in the first half of the   current Afghan year.
Many other instances went unreported, she explained.

Kabul (BNA) Governors of Kandahar, Helmand, Zabul and number of influenced and elders of the provinces on Monday met with Mohammad Karim Khalili, the second vice president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan here in Kabul.
The meeting attended also by provincial governors and elders of the provinces evaluated decisions of traditional loya jirga as useful and positive towards consolidation of peace and stability in the country.
The governor and levelly people also briefed the vice president related to security situations and reconstruction in their provinces.
In the meeting, Mohammad Karim Khailil, the Afghan vice president considered unity of Afghan elders in the loya jirga as a sign of their intellectuality and informative.
The vice president stressed that government has to make efforts towards maintaining peace and stability in the country.
Meanwhile, a number of Baghlan elders who participated in the loya jiarga on Monday met with Mohammad Karim Khailil, the second vice president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
In the meeting elders evaluated holding the traditional loya jirga and its decisions as useful and in the interest of Afghan people.
They also numerated a number of their problems with which they face in Bghlan province.
The elders said drought and natural disasters are the main problems of the people in the province, asking the government for solution of the problems.
They also asked for the government’s consideration related to construction of Dushi-Pulikhumri road. 
Related to participation of Afghan elders from various races in the traditional loya jirga, the vice president said consultations and views of Afghan elders and knowledgeable will help the government towards maintaining peace and stability in the country.
The vice president also assured them of addressing their problems.

Kabul (BNA) The Afghan and coalition forces in several operations in some provinces of the country killed 25 armed Taliban, wounded three and detained three others yesterday. 
According to interior ministry press office, the mentioned operations carried out in the vicinities of Kandahar, Helmand, Urozgan and Paktia provinces, in which 25 Taliban were killed, three wounded and three others have been detained. 
It should be said that a quantity of light and heavy arms consisting of a pistol, a Kalashnikov, a set of communication, two mines, a grenade, 55 kg of narcotics and two cars were seized by the security forces. 
Police officials discovered and defused two anti-vehicle mines and a BM-1 rocket which were placed by state oppositions in the Kandahar, Maidan-Wardak and Helmand provinces as well.  
Translated By Suraya-Yarzada