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Tuesday, 31 January 2012 06:13

Taliban Senior Commander Detained In Urozgan

Monday, January 30, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Police of Urozgan province reported from arresting of senior commander of Taliban on Monday. 
Hamdullah senior commander of Taliban with his three followers have been detained in an operation of police forces from Trenkot city. 
Gulab Khan Police chief of Urozgan province said to BNA, the commander was detained by police with his followers on charges of terrorist attack in that province. 
This commander called as treacherous commander of Taliban in southern provinces of the country. 
According to officials, this commander had plan to carry out tens bloody terrorist attacks in Oruzgan province. 
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Monday, January 30, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The Taliban have kidnapped a member of Afghanistan’s peace council during a bid to promote talk in the volatile east, underscoring the difficulty negotiators face in wining support for nascent negotiations from the Taliban front line, Mavlawi Shafihullah, a low level member of the High Peace Council set up President Hamid Karzai to liaise with insurgent, disappeared on Friday in the Asmar district of the eastern province of Kunar, authorities said on Sunday.
Shafih, a former education department head in neighboring Nuristan province, had travelled from Kabul to meet insurgents and encourage them to join the peace process after Taliban leaders proposed opening a representative office in Qatar.
As soon as he left his car, Taliban captured him, said Shahzada Shahid, another member of the 70 member council who had travelled to the Kunar capital of Asadabad in an effort to free Shafih with support from community elders.

Monday, January 30, 2012
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai in his successful trip to Europe has signed documents for long-term cooperation with Italy, treaty for friendship and cooperation with France and long-term cooperation treaty with Britain.
The signing of these documents with Afghanistan sallies under the present conditions that Afghanistan in the military and security responsibility throughout the country and that the process of talks with the Taliban and other groups are being continued can be accessed from different angles.
The signing of long-term strategic cooperation documents with Italy, France and Britain on one hand is a great political achievement for the Afghan order, and on the other hand may influence the sense of position and their regional supporters.
Any way in case we express International and regional aspects of these document, the documents strengthens the international position of Afghanistan and indicate to the regional countries that leave Afghanistan this country will not be alone as in the past and will lose all its potential in war against terrorism.
On the other hand, these documents increases the responsibility of the government authorities towards the people of Afghanistan as in the near future the international forces will leave Afghanistan and it will be the government of Afghanistan that will undertake the responsibility of security and other spheres in the country.
When the president of the country says that NATO forces should leave the country in 2013, it means that the security foundations should from now on prepare themselves, free from any religious, tribal and discriminatory influences and undertake the charge of affairs, struggle with corruption and other political, economic and cultural problems and as Afghans who inherited this homeland serve the ruling order and things goes this way we would have a bright future, and if it does not happen so, and every one move their own will and wish and ignore the problems a great mistake will take place and this nation once again will suffer.

Tuesday, 31 January 2012 05:48

One More Historical Piece Returned To MoIC

Monday, January 30, 2012
Kabul (BNA) A monument stolen in the recent decades, was returned to the government of Afghanistan in cooperation with the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany.
The monument is an engraved piece which was stolen during the war-years in Afghanistan and smuggled out of the country.
Dr. Zalmai Rassouil Minister of Foreign Affairs who participated in the Ceremony, appreciating the cooperation of the Government of Germany in recovering of the stolen piece said, “Unfortunately, due to the unfavorable war conditions in the country a large number of historical pieces have been smuggled”.
Fortunately, as a result of the efforts of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Embassies and Consulates General of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan outside, and the cooperation of the friendly countries, some of them have been returned and handed over to the country’s national museum.
The piece that is returned to the ministry of Information and Culture is considered as the property of the Government of Afghanistan.”
Subsequently, Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Raheen, Minister of Information and Culture said that the Ministry of Information and Culture particularly, the  Department of National Museum having made intensified efforts is proud to have changed the country’s national museum, which was destroyed to a ghost house over the three decades of war, to a dignified establishment for retaining of the historical pieces.
From the tens of thousands of the lost historical pieces the Ministry of Information and Culture has been able to purchase, recover or restore some thousands of pieces.
Also a large number of them have been extracted out of the soil.
Afghanistan having been through different historical period was the home of culture and the meeting point of diverse cultures, integrated this cultures, as  a result of which, their traces remain tangible.

The monument that is being returned to the National Museum belongs to the 2nd Century AD which was recovered in cooperation with the Government of the Federal Republic Germany with the efforts of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Afghan Embassy in Berlin.
The monument, which belongs to the Kingdom of Gandhara, is 30 centimeters high and 26 centimeters wide portrays on a white surface made out of stone engraved two lines of 8 members of audience standing and listening to the traditions of Buddha sitting on the throne on the right.
The historical piece which was found in Munich of the Federal Republic of Germany last year was returned to Mr. Abdul Rahman Ashraf, and the Ambassador of Afghanistan to Berlin.

Monday, January 30, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Second vice-president, Mohammad Karim Khalili met with the New Special Envoy of the UN for Afghanistan Yan Kobis. 
The UN envoy said at the meeting that participation and cooperation in restoration of peace and stability, assisting the process of successful transition of security responsibilities to the Afghan forces and attraction of regional cooperation is his first working priorities in Afghanistan. 
He added that transition of security is an important issue for Afghanistan and the international community and asked for cooperation of the UN and the government of Afghanistan in this respect. 
He stressed that the process of peace should be comprehensive, massive and transparent and should consider the achievements of the people of Afghanistan in the past one decade. 
In addition to the world efforts he also called for further regional cooperation towards restoration of peace. 
Mohammad Karim Khalili also while congratulating him on his assignment as the UN Envoy expressed the hope that his experiences and efforts can assist the people of Afghanistan in accessing peace and stability. 
He added that in case the international community strive in upgrading the capacities of the Afghan security organs from now on, the government and people of Afghanistan are decisive to successful undertake the security responsibility till the year 2014. 
He noted that peace is a serious need of the people of Afghanistan, but this should not be sacrificed for the new era’s achievements. 
Touching on the massive level of poverty and vulnerability of the people of Afghanistan emanating from the disaster occurrences asked for UN aid to the people of Afghanistan and appreciated the UN appeal for USD437 million as emergency aid for the affected people of Afghanistan.

Monday, January 30, 2012
Sheberghan (BNA) The foundation was laid for three public utility establishments by the Turkish ambassador in Shiberghan city Jawzjan. 
Meanwhile, two other projects were opened yesterday by the Jawzjan governor and the Turkish ambassador there. 
The projects include building of chemical technology faculty of Jawzjan University, equipping of conference hall of the university with internet and building of surrounding wall of the sports ground at a length of 1000 meters, digging of a potable water spring and equipping of Shiberghan guest house.

Monday, January 30, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Chairman of Asian Bank and western bank met with Mince minister and promised their further assistances for development of gas pipeline sector and transferring of gas from Turkmenistan to Pakistan and India via Afghanistan. 
Iwan Marnda in his visit from Kabul met with Afghan authorities and talked on different issues like projects of Asian Bank and evaluate it. 
Wahidullah Shahrani Minister of Afghan Mince in a meeting with chairman of Asian Bank, informed him from basic reforms which implemented in that province. 
In this meeting, they discussed regarding transferring of gas pipeline of Turkmenistan, Pakistan and India via Afghanistan. 
The chairman of Asian Bank pledged further assist for development of transferring gas pipeline and rehabilitation of Sheberghan petroleum wells and other petroleum projects inside the country. 
Also, Iwan Marnda called role of Asian Bank as facilities of TAPI project and stressed on economic areas of regional countries and regional cooperation’s in this fields. 
He pledged to complete the assistances within three years. 
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Monday, 30 January 2012 10:42

Contract Costing $100,000 Signed In Kabul

Monday, January 30, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Jarullah Mansuri, Minister of Rehabilitation and Rural Development signed an agreement valued at USD 100,000 with the Afghan Construction Company. 
On the basis of this contract work on the first phase of potable water network of Qalae Naw of Badghis and its surrounding will start. 
The total cost of this project has been anticipated at USD14 million and Spain is committed to finance it. 
First phase of the project include digging of wells and their consolidations to be carried by this company. 
In its second phase construction of reservoir, pipeline scheme, installation of parts and direction of the pipes to the residences will be undertaken. 
With this project 60,000 people will be provided with potable water.

Monday, January 30, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The New York Times daily informed of a start from the peace talks between the representatives of the Taliban and the US with the aim to build up trust for ending war in Afghanistan. 
The daily quoting the Taliban group writes that there is possibility for release of some of the Taliban prisoners from the Guantanamo. 
Aminudden Muzafari secretary to the high peace council said that the government of Afghanistan expects that a delegation of the Qatar state visit Kabul for acceleration of the role of this country’s role at the talks. 
According to New York Times four to eight representatives of the Taliban have gone from Pakistan to Qatar for opening of the Taliban office in Qatar. 
The daily adds that it seems that Taliban has refuted official confirmation of its representative at the peace talks land its ready for carrying of primary talks there. 
The US too has not rejected holding of the talks.

Monday, January 30, 2012
Kabul (BNA) First vice-president Marshal Mohammad Qaseem Fahim chaired the meeting of the National Security. 
Addressing the meeting he said that ensuring security is important for implementation of the national programs of Afghanistan, adding that the country’s security foundations by adopting of preparedness should ensure safe living conditions for the people. 
Touching on the casualties emanating from the street sides mines on the caravan of security forces he added that in order to reduce this we should take special measures in this respect. 
Talking on the current situation in the country he stressed that it is our obligation to seek ways for attaining peace in the country so that we can bring prosperity to the people of Afghanistan. 
The minister of defense presented a detailed report on the country’s situation and the operations launched for suppressing opposition in different parts of the country. 
He noted that opposition activities have been reduced and this indicates high combat abilities of the security forces. 
Meanwhile interior minister also presented a report and said that all our efforts are directed at raising the abilities of the security personnel through training police in all levels and those deprived of literacy. 
He added that police is striving in addressing immorality, cleaning of pedestrians, cooperation with the environment administration and collection of narcotic addicts. 
Deputy Director of national security also presented a report saying that several terrorist groups attempting destructive activities against the important establishments. 
The meeting also discussed security situation and strengthening of national army and the police and other security organs. 
Minister of mines also informed the meeting of the economic benefits of the transfer of gas pipeline from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.