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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Kabul (BNA) A judicial meeting chaired by President Hamid Karzai on the other day held an in-depth discussion over the recent publication by Afghanistan Academy of Science of a book known as the Atlas of Ethnography of Afghan ethnicities, where Hazara ethnic groups has in particular been offended and insulted.
Following an examination and review of the controversial book, the President ordered as per Article 64 of the Constitution the dismissal of the following individuals for insulting the Hazara population:
1. Abdul Bari Rashed, head of Afghanistan Academy of Sciences;
2. Sayed Mohammad Amin Mujahed, head of Secretariat of the Academy;
3. Abdul Hakim Safi, director of Center for Social Sciences; and
4. Nasrullah Sobman, deputy director for Social Sciences.
The meeting also tasked the Attorney General Office to investigate and bring to justice all those who, disguised as researchers, are involved in insulting and disparaging ethnicities.
The President said, “The content of the book is grossly offensive and considered an insult to all the resident ethnicities and thus the entire Afghan population.”
President Karzai instructed the Attorney General Office to immediately begin investigations.

Thursday, June 21, 2012
Kabul (BNA) A meeting of the International Contact Group focusing on Afghanistan was held in Helsinki on 17 June under the direction of Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja. The Contact Group acts as a high-level forum for political coordination and other international efforts for promotion of peace and stability in Afghanistan and the neighboring areas. This Contact Group meeting was the first ever held in a Nordic country.
The meeting was attended by high-ranking official from more than 50 countries and international organizations, including Marc Grossman, the United States Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Afghanistan’s representatives in the meeting were Minister of Finance Omar Zakhilwal and Deputy Foreign Minister Jawed Ludin. Finance Minister Zakhilwal is in charge of, for example, development funding allocated to Afghanistan.
The meeting made preparation for the ministerial conference, to be held on 8 July in Tokyo, focusing on the economy of and development aid for Afghanistan, and reviewed the result of the NATO Chicago Summit of 21 May. The meeting in Chicago and Tokyo play an important role with a view to development strategy for Afghanistan for the coming years and to reinforce the mutual commitments of both the international community and the Government of Afghanistan in support of this strategy.
Arrangement of the Contact Group meeting in Helsinki is part of Finland’s contribution of enhancement of stability in Afghanistan. At the same time, it is an excellent opportunity for Finland to share ideas with other countries about the future of Afghanistan and long-term plans for supporting it. In his opening address, Minister Tuomioja highlighted the co-dependency between development and security, and the importance of the continuing support of the international community to Afghanistan. Tuomioja also underscored the meaning of the reconciliation process, promotion of the status of women and regional cooperation.
 

Thursday, June 21, 2012
Faryab (BNA) Mullah Sharif a local commander of Taliban along with his nine members joined peace process in Faryab province today.
This commander had activities against state and NATO forces in Pashtoon Kost district of Fayrab province.
A source of National Security Directorate told this news agency, due to efforts of this department this commander joined peace process.
Mullah Sharif in the joining ceremony promised that after this he would make endeavors in reconstruction and ensuring security in the country.
This local commander of Taliban also handed over his arms to the government.
Local authorities mentioned the increase of joining of armed Taliban in Faryab and called it positive in ensuring peace and stability in that province.
T. Rateb
 

Thursday, June 21, 2012
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai strongly condemns the terrorist attack that killed and injured a number of innocent people in the province of Khost.
As per the information by the governor’s office, this morning a suicide bomber blew himself up among a crowd close to a mosque killing 17 innocent people and wounding another 32 including women and children.
Condemning the attack in the strongest possible terms, President Hamid Karzai said “enemies of Islam and Afghanistan once again brutally targeted an area populated by ordinary innocent people, busy with their daily life.”
The President added that such attacks are carried out by those mercenaries who act on orders by their masters to kill Afghans and spread insecurity in Afghanistan.
President Karzai expresses his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and prays for a speedy recovery of those injured.
 

Thursday, 21 June 2012 12:43

Three NATO Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan

Thursday, June 21, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Three NATO soldiers have been killed in the east of Afghanistan yesterday.
These soldiers that their identities have not said, were killed on Taliban attack.
NATO by sending a press statement to BNA confirmed the dead of three soldiers, but not mentioned the identities and the exact place of the event.
Possibly, these soldiers have been killed in yesterday’s suicide attack in Khost province.
This attack took place while a suicide bomber riding a motorbike exploded himself in front of American forces.
According to the local authorities, in this event besides NATO soldiers, 14 civilians and 3 policemen were killed and 35 others injured.
With killing of these soldiers, the number of NATO casualty in 2012 reached 205 soldiers in Afghanistan.
NATO lost 596 soldiers in Afghanistan last year.
T.Rateb
 

Thursday, 21 June 2012 12:28

Flood Took Lives Of 16 Persons In Faryab

Thursday, June 21, 2012
Faryab (BNA) Heavy flood took the lives of 16 persons including 7 women and a child in Faryab province.
This flood occurred in related areas of Almar district of that province last evening which destroyed 10 residential houses and 100 hectares of agricultural lands.
Salih Mohammad Salih district governor of Almar told BNA, 16 bodies have been discovered yet.
He added, the rescue teams are making efforts to fine the two other bodies.
Report said, tens families due to flood left their houses to schools, mosques and other areas which are in need of food, medicine, potable water, cloths and shelter.
District governor of Almar said, emergency aids are on the way to the flood affected people.
Faroq who lost his house in this flood, asked the government and other foundations to provide, foodstuff, medicine and shelter for the affected people as soon as possible.
T. Rateb
 

Thursday, 21 June 2012 12:26

NATO Copter Make Emergency Landing

Thursday, June 21, 2012
Khost (BNA) A copter of NATO forces made emergency landing in Darwaz Sakna area of Khost province today.
The military press office of American forces in Bagram by sending a statement to BNA confirmed the emergency landing of this copter and called it technical problem not attack of Taliban fighters.
According to the statement, the commuters of the copter had no casualties.
But some security sources in Khost province said that this copter has crashed.
Meanwhile, reports say, a military copter of NATO has collided in Zormat district of Paktia province this morning.
T.Rateb
 

Thursday, June 21, 2012
Baghlan (BNA) Two public utility project came under utilization in Baghlan province today.
These projects included power production plant and lavatory which was built in Farang and Central Baghlan districts.
Shafiq Ahmad Alamyar head of rural rehabilitation and development department of Baghlan province told this news agency, 631 families benefited from the mentioned projects.
It is said that the rural rehabilitation ministry has allocated 2,400,000 dollars for these two projects.
The power plant produce 13.2 MW power for hundreds families in the area, said the source.
Alamyar said, residents of the area has 10% share in construction of these projects.
T. Rateb
 

Wednesday, 20 June 2012 13:28

Suicide Attack Clams Lives In Khost

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Khost (BNA) Up to 12 persons were killed and 20 others injured in a suicide attach in Khost province today.
It is said that more victims of the attack are civilians.
The event took place around 12:00am in Faiz Mohammad’s square of Khost city while a suicide bomber riding a motorbike targeted the caravan of American forces.
A security official of that province told this news agency, in this event 12 persons were killed and 20 others injured.
The source confirmed killing of American forces in this event, but said nothing about the number of casualties of American forces.
American military forces have said nothing in this regard yet.
Meanwhile, Dr. Abdul Majeed Mangal Head of Khost hospital in a telephonic contact with BNA said, 10 bodies and 14 injured persons have been shifted to this hospital yet which most of them are civilians.
He called the health condition of five wounded persons critical.
T. Rateb
 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Chaired by Second Vice-President Mohammad Karim Khalili the council of ministers economic committee session was held reviewing the report presented by minister of finance on preparedness of Afghanistan for the Tokyo Conference. 
He said that Afghanistan and the international community are well prepared for the Tokyo conference, adding that Afghanistan will present 22 national development programs and priorities in the infrastructures, development of human resources, good governance and development of the private sector. 
He stressed that with attraction of the support of international community the Tokyo conference in relation to the development programs we expect that Afghanistan in the future years will have marked achievements in economic, political and social spheres. 
The meeting participants expressed their views in this respect. 
Mohammad Karim Khalili pointing to the need for follow up of implementation of probable commitments at the Tokyo Conference considered the serious need for good governance, serious struggle against corruption. 
The meeting instructed the sectoral ministries to be prepared for implementation of probable commitments at the Tokyo Conference. 
At the end the meeting the members of the committee studies the proposal of the Steel Meting Factory of Safa Rahimi on purchase of iron of Herat province for production of iron bars proposed by the economy ministry. 
In order to support the private sector the proposal was adopted by the meeting on the basis of highest price of bidding process and standard production turn out.