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Saturday, April 21, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The spokesperson of the Defense Ministry considered the forthcoming Chicago Conference of NATO leaders start of a new phase for Afghanistan. 
The spokesperson General Mohammad Zahir Azimi who was addressing a press conference said at the Chicago NATO leader’s conference the Lisbon decisions of the NATO leaders will be evaluated. 
Another issue of discussions will be the transition of security responsibilities from the international forces to the Afghan security forces. 
He declared that the Afghan forces especially the national army could completed the range of 195,000 and it is ready till the end of 2013 to accept all security responsibility of the country. 
Azimi touching on the financial support to the security organs added that it is expected that after 2104 USD 4.2 billion is anticipated for their expenses. 
It is also anticipated that the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan add another USD 500 million to this figure annually to meet the actual expenses of the security forces. 
Meanwhile, the issue of equipping, financing and the training of the security forces of Afghanistan will also be debated at the Chicago conference. 
He noted that probably Russia and representatives of the Central Asian countries will also attend this conference. 
He stressed that we expect that the issue of continuation of aid to Afghanistan a joint statement is issued at the end of this conference as well. 
Regarding the quantity of the Afghan security forces he said that currently we are in contact with the international community and we have agreed over 350,000 of which 195,000 will the number of national army that has already been completed. 
After 2015 considering the assistance of the international community the number of Afghan national security forces will decrease to 230,000.  And the decrease will be conditional to the security situation indeed. 
He added that if the security situation allows this reduction will be started from 2015 on gradual basis and if not there will be no decrease at all. 
He said that the Defense Ministry of Afghanistan expects the Chicago conference that the Afghan national army should come out of its present status as it is only for ensuring domestic security and it is fully dependent on foreign support from the viewpoints of air force and other equipment and we expect that the Chicago conference reach this agreement that our national gain ability after 2014 to be responsive to domestic and foreign security and equipped in a way that it can carry on its traditional mission that is the duty of an army in a country meaning defense of national sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country. 
According to another report, Azimi said that the operation of the commando personnel of the national army in Kamdesh district of Nooristan has been completed and added that Kamdesh has been cleared and the enemies have sustained heavy casualties and their several famous commanders have been killed. 
Azimi called the operation speedy and precise and added that only the army corps 203 Thunder is continuing its operations in Kkamdesh.

Saturday, April 21, 2012
Bamyan (BNA) Defense Minister of New Zeeland, Johanatan Kolman paid unannounced visit to Bamyan province the other day and after talking to his soldiers held meeting with Bamyan governor Habiba Sarabi. 
In the meeting in addition to exchanging views on equipping Afghan forces said New Zeeland would continue to support Afghanistan beyond 2012. 
He also stated that New Zeeland would contribute 43 million US dollars in the field of reconstruction as part of efforts to improve ling condition in Bamyan province. 
For her part, the provincial governor Habiba Sarabi while thanking New Zealand for its contribution in training national police had called for further equipment of Afghan security forces. 
It has merit to mention that 140 New Zeeland troopers have been stationed in Bamyan within the framework of Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) to help stabilize security and reconstruction there.

Saturday, April 21, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Out of 41 companies showed interest to invest in the gold and copper mines, 25 foreign companies have met the criteria.
Meantime, the minister for Mines Wahidullah Shahrani said that showing interest by so many companies reflects foreign firms interests in investing and developing economy in Afghanistan, saying the process would led to extraction of mineral in the country. 
The minister added that in line with five-year plan of the ministry, bidding for investment was held in London last year and 41 companies from US, India, Canada, UAE and many more countries expressed interest in investing in mines and out of these, 25 companies have met the criteria to invest in the envoys of these firms would visit these mines sits next month and would present their proposals. 
Minister Shahrani also said that gold mine in a territory of 1000 square kilometers 50 away of Faizabad the capital of Badakhshan, another mine is gold and copper mine in Zarkashan of Ghazni, another mine is the Balkhab copper mine in Saripul and Shida copper mine in Herat province. 
Feasibility survey had been conducted in 1960 and 1972 by Russian, German and American experts. 
The extraction of the minerals would begin after inking agreements with the winner companies.

Saturday, April 21, 2012
Kabul (BNA) At the general session of House of People chaired by its speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, three agreements signed by Afghanistan with foreign countries was debated. 
These included strategic cooperation agreement between Afghanistan and India, the cooperation agreement of Afghanistan with Pakistan, India and Turkmenistan on extension of Gas pipeline and the agreement for financing of agriculture and rural development of western provinces between Afghanistan and Italy which were discussed at the commissions of the Hose of people. 
The deputy head of international affairs commission Mohammad Noor Akbari considered the agreements to the interest of Afghanistan. 
All the agreements were unanimously adopted by the general session of the House of People. 
The deputies also strongly condemned the Tuesday’s terrorist attacks in Kabul, Nangarhar, Logar and Paktia by the Taliban and said that the Taliban in reality with these attacks negated the peace approach on Qatar. 
They said that the peace process of the government is carried one-sidedly and if this is continued in this way the government is not doing justice with the people of Afghanistan. 
The deputies also praised the rapid-reaction force of the interior ministry in suppressing the terrorist attacks and they prayed peace for the souls of the martyrs of these attacks. 
They also asked the charity organizations including the parliament members to render possible assistance to the martyrs of these attacks. 
Some deputies criticized the assertions of Azizullah Ludeen chairman of the high administration for struggle corruption that the deputies voted to the cabinet ministers who are involved in big embezzlements. 
They noted that Ludeen in reality is abusing home of the nation. 
Contrary to the assertions of Ludeen, the House of People says that it has not received any documents pertaining to the bribery of some of the candidate ministers. 
At the end of the session a report on the visit of the delegation of the House of People of the wounded of the recent terrorist attacks at the Sardar Mohammad Daoud Khan Hospital and police hospital was presented and police hospital was presented by Mohammad Farhad Azimi second secretary of the house of people.

Saturday, April 21, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Local in charges in Nooristan in east of Afghanistan say that 50% of Kamdesh district has been cleared of the armed Taliban. 
They said that from the start of operation so far 50 Taliban have been killed and close 70 others were wounded. 
Some of the Taliban commanders who were leading the fight were also said to be killed there. 
Ghullah Nooristani head of the police command of Nooristan said that they succeeded in seizing strategic points in the district of which the Taliban have retreated. 
He noted that by launching of another operation the remaining parts of the district will be taken and the Taliban will be driven to the border regions in Pakistan. 
The military operation in Kamdesh that so far was encircled by the Taliban is taking place at the request of the local people and it started on Friday by the national army commandos and police forces. 
It is said that during the operation the Taliban have sustained heavy losses. 
Mohammad Zareen spokesperson of Nooristan Governor noted that soon another operation will start so that the main hide outs of the enemies are eliminated, their war armaments taken and reconstruction program start there.

Saturday, April 21, 2012
Parwan (BNA) Taliban militants attacked the civilian and military installations in Siagurd district in Parwan province the other day. 
In the attacks carried out late night, according to reports, several Taliban militants were killed and three civilians including a head-master of a school were injured in the firefight. 
Mohammad Zahir Sediqi the governor of Siagurd district said that three police were injured in the firefight lasted for several hours. 
He also noted that only 25 police stationed in Siagurd which is not enough to ensure law and order there.

Saturday, 21 April 2012 06:33

Bravery Of Security Personnel Praised

Saturday, April 21, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Officials have appreciated the bravery of security personnel, demonstrated in encountering the terrorists and eliminating them in Kabul and other cities days ago. 
In a meeting, held in Interior Ministry, Ministry for Interior General Bismillah Mohammadi said that the bravery and rapid reaction of security forces in eliminating terrorists in Kabul, Logar, Paktia and Nangarhar deserves appreciation. 
He also noted that Afghanistan is going towards self-reliance, saying the second phase of transferring security from NATO-led troops to Afghan forces has been completed and the third phase would soon begin. 
He also said that some circles have been conspiring to thwart the process and the recent terror attacks are part of the malicious design. 
In his speech the first deputy to Wolesi Jirga or Lower House of parliament Abdul Zahir Qadir had also lauded the courage of security personnel in eliminating the terrorists and brining the situation under control. 
Speaking on the occasion, deputy to defense Minister Anayatullah Nazari also praised the courage of security personnel in successful encountering terrorists, saying the people of Afghanistan would never bow to terrorists and rapid reaction to terror attacks on April 15 is a proof to the fact. 
At the end of the meeting those security personnel exhibited bravery were appreciated by giving promotion and distributing appreciation letters.

Saturday, April 21, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Some elders and influential of northern provinces met with Mohammad Karim Khalili Second Vice-President. 
At the meeting the elders of Samangan, Balkh, Baghlan and Sar-i-Pul provinces initially strongly condemned the recent terrorist attacks and expressed their sympathies with the victims having lost their dear ones and praised the bravery of the security forces in foiling the attacks. 
They also expressed happiness over foiling of the attempt against the life of Khalili. 
The elders shared some of their political, security and environmental problems with Khalili and requested the government to adopt measures for their solution. 
They also sought the attention of the government in presence of different strata of the people in the government, reiterating that presence of people at the government organs should be based on qualification and transparency. 
Khalili praised the views of the elders and reiterated on addressing their requests. 
He added that fortunately despite the relative security in the Northern provinces, better ground for economic and cultural activities have been facilitated. 
He also assured them that combating challenges in all provinces including the north is of importance for the government of Afghanistan.

Saturday, April 21, 2012
Kabul (BNA) President Karzai chaired a meeting of the judicial committee in which views were exchanged on the strategic document between Afghanistan and the US. 
The Afghan government delegation to the talks and in charges of the legal and judicial organs of the country, shared their views with president Karzai on the strategic cooperation document with the US. 
It is said that vice-presidents, chief justice and Chairman of the Supreme Court, national security advisor, ministers of fiancé and justice, director general of national security department, chairman of the commission on supervision of constitution implementation and the chairman of security transition commission and legal advisor to the president also participated at this meeting.

Saturday, April 21, 2012
Kabul (BNA) During a formal ceremony on the other day, President Hamid Karzai accepted the diplomatic credentials of Mr. Dashgan Shakarov, the new non-resident ambassador of Azerbaijan to Afghanistan.
The President wished the new ambassador “all the best” on his new appointment, who in turn affirmed his commitment to work for the further enhancement of bilateral relations between the two countries.
The ceremony was attended by deputy Afghan Foreign Minister and the Ministry’s Chief of Protocol.