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Monday, January 23, 2012
Kabul (BNA) In a meeting with French Defense Minister Gerard Longuet on Sunday, president Karzai once again expressed his condolences over the loss of four French soldiers killed last Friday in Afghanistan. 
President Karzai asked Minister Longuet, who is on a visit to Afghanistan to convey his heartfelt condolences to the French president, the people of France and to the mourning families of the victims and stressed that the shooting reflects in no way the true public perception of the French soldiers, but rather an isolated case by an individual who is in custody and being investigated. 
The president said it was “terrible shock” to see that a similar incident happens twice involving Afghan army soldiers opening fire at French troops. 
The Afghan Defense Ministry has been ordered to thoroughly investigate the incident. 
French defense minister thanked president Karzai for his condolences and sympathies and vowed that his country would continue to assist the people of Afghanistan. 
Another subject central to discussion was the strategic partnership on which the Defense minister Longuet said his country was prepared to soon sign a long-term partnership treaty with Afghanistan, which would pave the ground for further expansion of the bilateral relations and would ensure Franc’s continued engagement in Afghanistan beyond 2014. 
President Karzai thanked France for all its assistance over the past ten years and said, “France is an old and sincere historic friend of the Afghan nation and has remained as such.”

Monday 23 Junuar,

Kabul(BNA)

Pak President Asif Ali Zardari's media adviser Farahnaz Ispahani has alleged that she ran away from Pakistan fearing Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) might kidnap her to force her husband, Husain Haqqani, to sign a confession and implicate the president in the memogate scandal.

Farahnaz Ispahani's allegations will shock Pakistan's military establishment and many in the government and the opposition. Farahnaz said this while talking to a British journalist, Christina Lamb, who claimed in her Sunday Times article that Pakistan's military is "steadily silencing opponents" and conducting a soft coup.

Christina Lamb, a foreign correspondent for The Sunday Times, who filed story on Pakistan from Washington, is banned from entering Pakistan after being deported from the country in 2001.

Lamb wrote that the memogate scandal involving Husain Haqqani, who is facing trial for treason, was "trumped up".

Lamb wrote that Haqqani's life is in danger and his wife Farahnaz Ispahani has fled to Washington amid fears that "ISI might kidnap her to force herhusband to sign a confession and implicate the president."

"What we're seeing is the systematic killing or silencing of anyone who stands up to the institutionalisation of a militarised Islamist state, who advocates positive relations with the West or stands up for tolerance," Ispahani told The Sunday Times. "I'm scared, even the government can't even protect itself."

Lamb also wrote about the latest murder of the radio journalist Mukarram Khan Atif and alleged his murder was "part of a deliberate campaign by the country's military intelligence arm (ISI) and militant groups to silence moderate voices."

She wrote the Voice of America journalist had been receiving death threats from militants who did not like his reporting and demanded space on his radio programmes to voice their own hateful rhetoric.

She quoted Bob Dietz, Asia Director of the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, as saying: "We're definitely seeing a deliberate attempt to silence people. Scores of Pakistani journalists have asked for asylum, wanting us to arrange fellowships. Frankly, we're overwhelmed by it."

She also mentioned the murder of journalist Saleem Shahzad and mused that journalist Najam Sethi and his wife Jugnu Mohsin were "forced to move to Washington for a couple of months after several years of severe intimidation."

"In the old days you'd get picked up, thrown into prison for a couple of months, maybe roughed up, then let out. But now it's a whole different ball game - there's no second chance," she quoted Sethi as saying. She quoted a Baloch journalist Malik Siraj Akbar, who has won asylum in America, as saying that he didn't want to leave Pakistan but didn't "want to become a martyr".

Sunday, 22 January 2012 13:00

Avalanche Martyrs Civilians In Badakhshan

Sunday, January 22, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Avalanches killed 41 civilians in Badakhshan province. 
Dr. Shah Wali Adeeb governor of Badakhshan said to BNA, avalanches in Badakhshan province killed 42 civilians and injured 60 others. 
According to Badakhshan governor five houses have been destroyed in these avalanches. 
He added 13 districts in Badakhshan faced with famine, if emergency assistance not reach to these districts, they will face with more problems.  Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Sunday, January 22, 2012
Kapisa (BNA) A civilian was martyred and nine others wounded in a clash between national army forces and armed Taliban in Alasai district of Kapisa province today. 
Qais Qaderi spokesman for Kapisa governor said to BNA, this clash took place in the bazaar of that district and still continues. 
According to Qaderi, national army forces wanted to carry out operation in that district were targeted by armed Taliban. 
In this clash a civilian was martyred and nine others including of a woman and two children were wounded, he said. 
In this clash the security forces had no casualties. 
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Sunday, 22 January 2012 12:42

Copter Crash In Badakhshan

Sunday, January 22, 2012
Kabul (BNA) A copter of national army forces crashed in Badakhshan province today. 
Dr. Shah Wali Adeeb governor of Badakhshan said to BNA, two copters of the national defense ministry was rescuing the students from Arghanjkho that one of them due to technical problem crashed.
The crew of the copter had no casualties, said the source.
Students after passing the university entering exam in Shaghnan district was returning to their houses, faced with a heavy avalanche. Two students were martyred and 20 others were wounded.
The health condition of 4 injured students reported critical, said the source. 
Jan Mohammad a resident of Arghanjkhwa criticizing the higher education ministry said, this ministry took the exam late and hundreds of students couldn’t participate in it. 
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Sunday 22 Junuary. Kabul (BNA)

France appeared to lessen the prospect of an early withdrawal from the 10-year war in Afghanistan on Saturday, stressing its commitment to the country after an Afghan soldier killed four of its troops.

Defence Minister Gerard Longuet and Chief of Defence staff Admiral Edouard Guillaud flew into Afghanistan for emergency talks a day after the president threatened to order a swift exit of its 3,600 troops on the ground.

Paris reacted furiously after an Afghan soldier on Friday shot dead four unarmed soldiers and wounded 15 others as they completed a work-out on the training base they shared with Afghan troops.

"The entire point of this visit is to assess the position that we have to take," Longuet told reporters after arriving in Kabul to make recommendations to President Nicolas Sarkozy on the future of the deployment.

The French role in the US-led NATO mission is unpopular at home and Friday's killings come less than 100 days before presidential elections.

Longuet appeared to distance himself slightly from the prospect of an immediate withdrawal, saying: "The mission remains exactly the same, to bring about a stable force" and "to handover" to the Afghans.

"We must reflect in order to support a mission that is a success."

France is one of the largest contributors to the 130,000-strong US-led NATO force fighting the Taliban and training Afghan soldiers to take responsibility for security by the end of 2014 when foreign troops are scheduled to withdraw.

Longuet refused to be drawn about the possibility of an early withdrawal, saying only: "I'll talk about that with the president, he's my only boss."

Friday's attack was the second time in a month that French troops were shot dead by a man in Afghan army uniform, bringing the country's overall death toll to 82 since troops deployed in 2001.

Longuet held talks with General Jean-Pierre Palasset, the French commander on the ground at their main base in eastern Afghanistan, and was then due to meet General Nazar, commander of the 3rd Afghan army brigade.

On Sunday, the French minister will meet Afghan President Hamid Karzai, the Afghan defence and interior ministers, US commander General John Allen and other senior commanders in the International Security Assistance Force.


The minister is to brief Sarkozy on steps being taken by the Afghans to guarantee security conditions for the French trainers.

The French force is to be reduced to 3,000 by late 2012, with 200 due to leave in March. All NATO combat troops are due to leave by the end of 2014.

Sunday, 21 Junuary 22 . Kabul (BNA)

-- America's special envoy Afghanistan and  Pakistan  talked peace and reconciliation with  president Hamid Karzai in Kabul Saturday, though the Afghan president made it clear that Afghans should be in the driver's seat.

U.S. diplomat Marc Grossman will meet again Sunday with president  Karzai in discussions aimed at a achieving a peaceful resolution to conflict with Taliban insurgents.

"I am pleased to be in Kabul to consult with the government of Afghanistan," Grossman said in a statement.

"The United States stands ready to assist in any way we can an Afghan-led reconciliation process to find a peaceful end to this conflict. I look forward to calling on President Karzai and discussing next steps."


president Karzai, in an address to the Afghan parliament, said the government and its peace council were making every effort to bring an end to the bloodshed.

"The Afghan nation is the owner of the peace process and any peace talks," Karzai said. "No other country or organization has the right to deprive the Afghan nation to this right. Afghanistan is not a place for foreigners to do their political experiments or a laboratory that every few years they test a new political system."

Grossman has been meeting secretly with Taliban negotiators for more than a year. Last week, U.S. senior administration officials said the United States could inch closer toward peace talks with the Taliban if President  Karzai blesses the negotiations.

"We don't have any idea standing here today what the outcome of such discussions could be," U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said last week. "I think all of us are entering into it with a very realistic sense of what is possible. And that includes, of course, President Karzai and his government, which after all bear the ultimate responsibility and the consequences of any such discussions."

Clinton acknowledged last week that discussions about opening up a Taliban office in Qatar and transferring some Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay were part of the U.S. support for Afghan reconciliation efforts.

She stressed that nothing had been concluded, but said she was sending Grossman to Kabul and Qatar for further consultations. Diplomatic sources said that depending on the outcome of the talks with  President Karzai, Grossman could have another meeting with the Taliban.

Secret talks between the United States and the militant Taliban began in November 2010, sources said. Senior U.S. officials and diplomatic sources said German officials brokered initial meetings with Tayeb al-Agha, an aide to Taliban leader Mullah Omar. The sources said after a series of meetings, Agha was able to prove his good faith as an interlocutor with key Taliban leaders.


Grossman's visit to Afghanistan also comes days after Pakistan's government, embroiled in a squabble between civilian and military leaders, declined a visit from Grossman, according to a senior Pakistani government official.

A U.S. State Department official said Grossman wanted to go to Pakistan, but the Pakistani government declined for the time being.


 

Sunday, January 22, 2012
Faizabad (BNA) A civilian was martyred and four others wounded in avalanche in Badakhshan province yesterday. 
Sanaullah Amiri head of disaster management Dept. of Badakhshan said to BNA, 15 graduated students of Shewa high School of Arghistan district who went to Sheghnan high school for passing university exam in returning, one of them were martyred and four injured in heavy avalanche along the way of Dasht-e-Shewa , Shghnan district. 
According to him, in this event a student was martyred and four injured and others were rescued with the cooperation of people of the area. 
It is said that the injured of this event rushed by a military copter to Aghakhan medical clinic in Sheghnan district.
From beginning of the winter, 100 civilians were martyred and injured in heavy avalanches in Badakhshan province. 
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Sunday, 22 January 2012 10:20

Civilians Martyred In Helmand

Sunday, January 22, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Four civilians were martyred in a mine blast in Helmand province. 
According to interior ministry press office, an anti-vehicle mine was placed by terrorists in Lashkari Bazaar area, Lashkarga city center of Helmand province and exploded while passing a vehicle, in which four passengers of the vehicle were martyred and two others have been injured. 
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Sunday, 22 January 2012 10:19

5 Children Martyred, Injured In Kapisa

Sunday, January 22, 2012
Kapisa (BNA) Two children were martyred and 3 others were wounded in Kapisa province yesterday. 
According to BNA, this event taken place in explosion of warhead shell in Sofi area belongs to the center of Kapsa province.
Eyewitnesses said that this warhead shell existed previously in garbage.  
According to them, the explosion occurred when the children were burned the garbage. 
Dr. Abdullah Nasart head of Aheed Abdul Saboor Farid hospital said that in this event, two children were martyred and three others have been wounded. 
According to Dr. Nasrat, the health conditions of the injured children are satisfactory. 
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada