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Monday, February 27, 2012
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai responded to a question in yesterday’s press conference on the issue of the recall of foreign mentors from Afghan government institutions following the shooting to death of two American officers in the Ministry of Interior.
The President answered in Dari Language, but was misquoted on some international media reports.
Following is the translation of the President’s response to the question:

President Karzai: With great sadness, we learnt yesterday that two American advisors were unfortunately shot to death in the Interior Ministry. 
It is not yet clearly known as to who has committed this and where he was from, whether Afghan or foreigner or any other element involved, so we cannot make any comments at this point.
We deeply regret their death and express our condolences to their families.
Follow up question: (And on the recall of their mentors from the ministries?)
That is a temporary measure. In  situations like  the  burring  of  the  Holy  Quran, Afghan  people  show  sentiments,  if  this  was  the  reason  for  the  recall, it  is  rationale  and  if  there  are other  security  reasons  involved,  it  is  then  up  to  them  and  we  do  not  disagree  on  that. 
Larger, once the issue (burning of Quran) is determined through proper investigation and once it is established on whom responsible for the crime, the (recall) issue would be resettled.
 

Monday, February 27, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The president noted that we will not allow that the enemies misuse the honest sentiments of the Afghans and cause disruption in the country. 
Addressing a press conference added that due to the tragic desecration of Holy Kuran in Bagram Military Base in recent days a serious protest marches wee organized in various parts of the country that resulted in the death and injuries of a number of our countrymen for which I am conveying my deep sympathies. 
He added that the Afghans retain the right for expressing their sentiments in peaceful manners, but demanded from the countrymen that they should not resort to violence, that causes losses to the public assets.  He asked the Afghan nation that to become calm and do not allow the enemies of the country to misuse their honest sentiments and this way interrupt normal life in the country. 
He assured the Muslim nation of Afghanistan that the government of Afghanistan is not indifferent in this respect, but it has sent two delegations with the participation of representatives from the nation side ulema council, hajj and endowment ministry to Bagram Military Base and they after investigating the issue asked that the perpetrators of this incident should be tried. 
The Afghan government in contact with the US authorities and pursue its talks and its results will be declared to the people of the country. 
He added that the US president Barack Obama in a letter has asked apology and assured that this incident will investigated. 
He noted that those who torch mosques where Holy Kuran exist and misuse Islamic values and kill the Muslims are committing harsher acts compared to desecration of Holy Kuran in Bagram Military base. 
He asked all the country’s security forces to respect the sentiments of the protestors and preserve the life and property of the public. 
President Karzai called his recent visit to Pakistan and meeting with the higher authorities and political parties of that country as very important and expressed pleasure over Pakistani Prime Minister Raza Gailanis speech on the 5th of Hoot who asked the leaders of the Taliban and the Afghan government and all the opposition forces to join the peace process led by the Afghans and start direct talks with the Afghan government. 
He hoped that with the cooperation of neighboring countries that soon peace restores under the leadership of the “Afghans. 
He also welcomed the appeal of the Pakistani Prime Minister to the Hezbe Islami of Gulbudden Hekmatyar, and expressed the hope that Taliban and the Islami Party members make use of this opportunity and join the peace process and live in their country like other people of Afghanistan.

Monday, February 27, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The president of Afghanistan on February-26,2012, Hazrat Sebghatullah Mujadedi chairman of the commission for resolving disputes and people’s link with the government, Jehadi leaders, vice-president, speakers of parliament, Chief Justice, head of the ulema council of Afghanistan, some cabinet members in a meeting consulted over the tragic desecration of Holy Kuran. 
The participants unanimously approved the following message:
1- The Holy Kuran is the sacred book of the people of Afghanistan and the World Muslims and the people of Afghanistan for the defense of Holy Kuran, be life’s and their religious values have always gave sacrifices and they are expresses their hatred and indignation over the tragic desecration of the Holy Kuran.
2- The government and its organs fully support the honest Islamic sentiments of the people and as an Islamic government stand with its people. The government, National Assembly, the Supreme Court and the high council of ulema council of Afghanistan strongly condemn this tragic act and ask the US authorities and the coalition forces once again to prevent repetition of such unpleasant act in the future.
3- The president of the USA and the commanders of that country have apologized for this incident and undertook that they will pursue this issue seriously and its perpetrators will be punished.
4- The president of Afghanistan, Jehadi leaders, vice-presidents, the speakers of both houses of parliament, chief justice, and head of the ulema council of Afghanistan asks the US government to bring to trail the perpetrators of this incident.
5- The participants’ officer peace to the souls of the martyrs of the recent incidents and wish immediate recovery to the wounded and wish patience for the bereaved families of the martyrs. The participants also asked the Muslims of Afghanistan not to permit that their Islamic and honest sentiments are misused by the opposition of security and stability of the country.
6- The government of Afghanistan is in contact with the US government in this respect and shall exert all efforts for trial of the perpetrators of this tragic incident. And asks the honest Muslims of Afghanistan to preserve their calmness and by respecting the laws give the opportunity to the government so that it can pursue this issue through legal channels and can prevent occurrence of such incident in the future.  (Help comes from Allah).

Monday, February 27, 2012
Kandahar (BNA) Construction work on 6th municipal district of Kandahar city has been completed and was opened yesterday. 
According to Mohammad Umar, Kandahar mayor, the building costing 100,000 US dollar has been completed in six months by USAID in old city of Kandahar beside historic palace of Naranj.

Monday, February 27, 2012
Asadabad (BNA) A seminar on Kunar in the course of history was held yesterday in Asadbad, capital city of eastern Kunar province. 
The seminar which was attended by the Afghan cultural figures, writers and researchers was held by Afghan ministry of information and culture and ended with a resolution. 
In the seminar, the Afghan researchers, writers and cultural figures read out their articles related to history, natural sources and culture of Kunar. 
In the seminar Ghulam Nabi Farahi, deputy minister of information and culture spoke about rich history of Kunar and said, “Afghan ministry of information and culture is trying to work on preservation and renovation of historic places of Kunar. 
Related to presence of forests, natural views and historic places of Kunar, Farahi said the ministry of information and culture is determined to launch an effective program for renovation and improvement of tourism in the province. 
Deputy Minister of information and culture asked the local people of Kunar to further work for preservation of historic treasures and places of the province. 
At the end of the seminar, the participants approved a resolution which is asking the government for preservation and renovation of forests and tourism. Kunar, an eastern province of the country, has a rich history.

Monday, February 27, 2012
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai said that the Afghan government abides by the conditions laid by the Traditional Loya Jirga as regards signing of the strategic long-term cooperation treaty with the US. 
Answering a question in his press conference, president Karzai noted that the Afghan government is obliged to take into account the advice of the Traditional Loya Jirga advice in signing the strategic treaty. 
He added that as per those advice and guidance, the US should fully respect Afghanistan’s national sovereignty in the strategic cooperation treaty, no Afghan be arrested by the foreigners and all the prisons under the control of the foreign troops be delivered to the Afghan government and the night operation by the foreign troops is stopped. 
He pointed that when agreement reaches on these conditions, a strategic cooperation document will be signed between the two nations.

Monday, February 27, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Separate messages have been dispatched on behalf of president Karzai addressed to Prince Sheikh Sabah al Ahmad Aljabir Amir of Kuwait, Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jabir Al Sabah the Crown Prince of and Prince Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-hamd Al-Sabah Prime Minister of Kuwait congratulating them on the national day of that country. 
The president in his messages while felicitating them on the national day of brother Muslim Kuwait stresses that existing friendly ties based on fraternity, Islamic brotherhood, mutual respect and cooperation further expanded.

Monday, February 27, 2012
Jalalabad (BNA) 16 civilians killed and injured in a suicide attack in Jalalabad city. 
This event occurred near the gate of Nangarhar’s Airport this morning. 
According to the reports, a suicide bomber exploded his car full of explosive materials near the gate of the airport in that province.  
Abdulzai spokesman of Nangarhar governor province said to BNA, in this event three national army police and three civilians were killed and tens other including 4 Afghan military soldiers were wounded.
Eyewitness said that a number of NATO forces was killed in this event, but local in charges and NATO said nothing this regard. 
Meanwhile, doctors in the Jalalabad hospital called the health condition of three injured critical. 
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

 

Sunday 26 February 2012,

(BNA)

SYDNEY: Australia crushed India by 87 runs in the tri one-day series international at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday.

India are in danger of missing out on the finals after being dismissed for 165 off 39.3 overs in reply to Australia's 252 for nine.

India must beat Sri Lanka by a bonus point in Hobart on Tuesday to have any hope of playing in the best-of-three match final series after their fourth defeat in seven matches in the tournament.

Man-of-the-match David Warner top scored with 68 off 66 in Australia's innings, while Matthew Wade (56 off 66) and David Hussey (54 off 64) also scored half-centuries.

India put in another abject batting display and crashed to 104 for six in the 27th over in a match where they always looked to be struggling against the well-drilled Australians.

Tailender Ravi Ashwin topscored with 26 off 37 balls, while Sachin Tendulkar (14), Virender Sehwag (5) and skipper M.S. Dhoni (14) were all out cheaply.

Australia are already through to the finals and have one more match to play against Sri Lanka in Melbourne on Friday.

Match scores: Australia 252 for 9 (50 overs); India 165 (39.3 overs).

Sunday 26 February 2012,

(BNA)

WASHINGTON: The United States welcomed President Hamid Karzai's call for "dialogue and calm" Saturday as Obama backed moves from US Forces Commander John Allen in Afghanistan to protect NATO staff after the shooting of two US servicemembers.

Obama thanked Allen, commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force, for "all of the measures he is taking to protect our servicemembers and civilians in Afghanistan and to encourage calm," the White House said in a statement.

The United States remains "committed to a partnership with the government and people of Afghanistan," after days anti-US protests sparked by the burning of Korans at a US-run military base.

"We welcome President Karzai's statement this morning encouraging peaceful expressions, and his call for dialogue and calm," the White House said.

The Pentagon earlier Saturday decried as "unacceptable" the killing of two US military advisers in Kabul as it called on Afghan authorities to better protect coalition forces and curtail raging violence.

NATO on Saturday pulled all its staff out of Afghan government ministries as anti-US protests raged for a fifth day.

The two Americans, working as International Security Assistance Force officers in the NATO coalition, were in the interior ministry when "an individual" turned his weapon against the pair, NATO said.

In the call Saturday Obama also expressed condolences to General Allen and to the victims' families after the shooting.

Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for the shooting, saying it was in revenge for the burning of Korans at a US-run military base -- an incident that earlier prompted US President Barack Obama to apologize to the Afghan people