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Monday, February 13, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Foreign ministry spokesperson Janan Mosazai said yesterday that the visit of the Georgian President to Kabul was delayed due to heavy rain falls and bad weather. 
Janan Mosazai who was speaking to a press conference said that it was expected that president of Georgia arrive in Kabul and carry on a series of meetings with the president and other higher government authorities of Afghanistan, but due to heavy snowfalls and bad weather the visit has been suspended for the time being. 
He also informed the media of the visit of the deputy minister for political affairs of foreign ministry to Japan and added that this trip takes place for preparing the successful holding of Tokyo Economic cooperation conference with Afghanistan. 
He however rejected the reports on abusing and beatings of Afghan ambassador by the Minister Councilor of that embassy in Washington which was carried by foreign media and said that this is not true. 
However he said that verbal and physical skirmishes had occurred among the employees and the perpetrators were summoned to Kabul while the ambassador had no involvement in it.

Monday, February 13, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The second meeting of the preparatory commission for scientific, research seminar on Kunar in the course of history met under the chairmanship of Ghulam Nabi Farahi deputy minister for information and culture. 
At the meeting the participants discussed selection of articles to be read out at the seminar and adopted decisions on some issues. 
Farahi said that it is the first time such a seminar is planned for introduction of the Kunar province. 
So efforts will be made that different dimensions of the personalities of the province are introduced.

Monday, February 13, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The head of the clinic of Ugel of Shendand was abducted by unknown armed persons yesterday his body was found in Shendand. 
The ministry of public health strongly condemned this action and asks peace for his soul and patience for the bereaved family. 
The ministry also asked the security organs of the country to take measures for finding the perpetrators of the head of the clinic and also asked the involved sides that they should not restrict delivering of medical aid and permit the personnel to achieve their humanitarian mission.

Monday, February 13, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Mohammad Karim Khalili Second vice-president chaired a meeting of the national disaster committee. 
The meeting is held for evaluating measures of the members of the committee for the affected families due to the snow falls in Kabul and provinces and the participants presented reports to the meeting  according to the general head of the national committee for disaster preparedness during the recent snowfalls, in Badakhshan, Ghor, Bamyan, Daikundi, Takhar and for the displaced people in Kabul assistance in terms of cash money and for families in Badakhshan food and non-food items were distributed. 
As regards the displaced families in Kabul the ministry of public health assured that mobile health teams are addressing the problems of the displaced families in Kabul. 
The minister of agriculture and irrigation informed the committee meeting of addressing the needs of the affected in 14 provinces during the current year drought and added that distribution of aid is being continued. 
The Kabul Municipality said that it has the readiness for cleaning of the general roads and preventing the traffic jams and its personnel is ready for solving any problems. 
The meeting decided the following in order to address the problems of the affected people in different parts of the country.
1- Necessary aid should be provided to the displaced people due to recent snowfalls.
2- The ministry of rehabilitation and rural development is obligated to provide potable water by tankers to over 245 villages in Bamyan and the ministry should prepare plans for opening of the highways through contractors.
3- The ministry of energy and water was instructed that by utilizing of gabions and other materials take necessary measures for preventing the damages due to water rise on the Ammo River in Qarqeen district.
4- The ministry of public health was obligated to address the medical need of the affected provinces.
5- The members of the committee at the center and provinces should adopt necessary preparedness for probable spring water rise and the Kabul Municipality should be prepared to undertake measures for water rise in Kabul River.

Monday, February 13, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Mohammad Alam Eizedyar met with the political advisor of French embassy in Kabul and recalled the amiable ties between the two nations and appreciated the assistance of the French people to the people of Afghanistan. 
He said that France along with the international community is supporting ensuring of security and the French forces specifically has strived for ensuring of security in Kabul Sorobi district and Kapisa province, however, he reiterated that military operations should take place in coordination with the national forces of Afghanistan so that civilian casualties are prevented. 
The French political advisor while regretting over the civilian casualties in Dara Gaya of Nejrab, recalled the assistance of the French people to the Afghan people and added that France will continue its assistance to Afghanistan.

Monday, 13 February 2012 06:38

President Karzai’s Sympathy Message

Monday, February 13, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The message notes that I was informed with regret that on experienced medical practitioner Dr. Sardar Mohammad has died due to an illness. 
May his departed soul rest in peace. Late Dr. Sardar Mohammad had higher education in medicine and has been an experienced physician. 
He served for years at the Jamhuriat hospital and his death is a loss. 
I convey my sympathies to his family, friends and doctors of the country and wish peace for his soul and patience for his bereaved family.

Monday, February 13, 2012
Kabul (BNA) First Vice-President, Marshal Mohammad Qaseem Fahim meeting the elders and government in charges of Badghis province praised their efforts towards ensuring of security and consolidation of government pillars. 
At the meeting in which governor of Badghis was also present, Marshal Fahim called calmness in the country very important and added that building of the country needs our people efforts and we should strive and create the ground for job opportunity in the country. 
He added that the government is well-informed of the problems in the province and every effort will be made for reconstruction of the province. 
At the meeting an elder of the province expressed satisfaction over the work of the governor of the province and said that they have problems in education, public health, and building of roads and asked the attention of the government these spheres. 
A specific proposal of the elders addressed to the First Vice president was submitted as well and Marshal Fahim promised that he will facilitate solving of the problems in the province.

Monday, February 13, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The salaries and privileges of the martyrs families and those military disabled should to paid on time, president Hamid Karzai instructed at the council of ministers meeting last day. 
The council of ministers resolved that the ministry of interior via the ministry of finance should deliver up to 417 million Afghanis to the ministry of public works, martyrs and disabled within one week to be distributed among the martyr’s families and the military disabled. 
The second round of security transition had also been discussed at the meeting chaired by President Hamid Karzai and attended by the vice presidents and security senior officials at the presidential palace. 
President Karzai emphasized on paying the salaries of the martyrs families and disabled on time at the meeting in which head of security transition, Dr. Ashraf Ghazni Ahmadzai provided details on the ongoing challenges in the provinces of Badakhshan, Badghis and Maidan Wardak.

Monday, 13 February 2012 04:54

Pakistan PM Gilani reaches SC

Monday 13 February,

(BNA) ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani appears before the Supreme Court (SC) today to be indicted in contempt of court case.

The security around the Supreme Court building is high alert and protocol staff of the prime minister arrived at the building to review the arrangements. Bomb disposal squad also cleared the venue.

08:35 am: ANP chief Asfandyar Wali arrives at the SC building. Upon his arrival he said I am with Yousuf Raza Gilani.

08:39 am:Pak  Federal Information Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan reaches.

08:40 am: PML-Q Chief Chaudhry Shujaat arrives to hear the proceedings.

08:42 am: Federal Minister for Water and Power Syed Naveed Qamar arrives.

08:45 am: Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan, PM’s counsel, leaves home. While talking to media he said contempt proceedings are unique in nature. We are going to defend the prime minister. The court will ask after framing the charges either you accept them or not.

08:48 am: Minister for Religious Affairs Syed Khursheed Shah reaches the SC building.

09:10 am: Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar arrives.

09:14 am: PPP Secretary Information Qamar Zaman Kaira reaches the SC premises.

09:16 am: The convoy of PM Gilani left Prime Minister House.

09:21 am: The convoy of PM Gilani reaches Supreme Court building amid tight security. He drove his car to the SC.

PM Gilani is sitting between ANP Chief Asfandyar Wali and PML-Q chief Chaudhry Shujaat.

The SC on February 10 dismissed an intra court appeal (ICA) seeking suspension of proceedings for framing of charges against the prime minister, scheduled for February 13.

A seven-member larger Bench of Supreme Court headed by Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk and comprising Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmani, Justice Ijaz Afzal Khan, Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Athar Saeed will hear the contempt of court case.

The apex court is all set to frame charges against the Prime Minister in contempt of Court case for not implementing the SC verdict on NRO despite several warnings.

Heads of the coalition parties would accompany the prime minister. The SC administration has issued 50 passes to the prime minister secretariat

Sunday 12 February 2012

(BNA)

 

SHARJAH: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq Saturday praised the Afghan team's fighting spirit despite their loss in a one-day international to his side, saying they could give other teams a tough time.

Pakistan beat Afghanistan by seven wickets in the first-ever one-day international between the two countries here on Friday.

Despite losing, Afghanistan put up a spirited show before a 15,000-strong crowd, hitting six sixes in their 195 and taking two early wickets when Pakistan batted.

Misbah said he was impressed by Afghanistan's performance.

"It was a good game. The way the Afghanistan team played I am really happy. They have some really good, exciting cricketers," he said, adding it was "a good beginning" for the Afghan side.

Afghanistan earned one-day status in 2009 and have since achieved several milestones, qualifying for the World Twenty20 in the Caribbean and finishing silver medallists in the Asian Games in China, both in 2010.

They also won the Inter-Continental Cup, meant for associate teams, in 2010.

"I think Afghanistan can give tough time to Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and even to better teams. It is all about experience and if they play more cricket against good teams in the world, they are going to improve."

Misbah said Afghanistan were a dangerous limited over side.

"T20 or for one-day, this is a dangerous side. They can still improve and they have excellent fighting spirit. They put in a lot of effort in fielding."

Leg-spinner Shahid Afridi took 5-36 which kept Afghanistan to 195, still a good total in Misbah's opinion.

Paceman Dawlat Zadran then dismissed opener Mohammad Hafeez (eight) and Asad Shafiq (20) before Younis Khan (70 not out) and Imran Farhat (52) saw Pakistan through in the 38th over.

"Their fast bowlers bowled really well and their batting start was very good. I think on this wicket batting was not easy and the score of 195 was really good because even Sri Lanka had struggled on this wicket last year," said Misbah.

"They have many positives to take from this game."

Afghanistan captain Nawroz Mangal said he was satisfied with his team's performance.

"Our start was very good. Unfortunately the middle order collapsed and that prevented us from making a big score but we got two early wickets and overall I am satisfied with my team's performance against a top side," said Mangal.

Mangal, 27, said there were several lessons for his team.

"We learned a lot from this game. The most significant thing which we learned from this game... is the maturity how to play a one-day game, especially against a tougher side."

Afghanistan will play in the World Twenty20 qualifiers in the United Arab Emirates next month