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Sunday, 12 February 2012 08:40

Taliban Local Ring Leader Arrested

Sunday, February 12, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The Afghan and coalition forces in a joint operation arrested a local Taliban ring leader in related areas of Paktia province yesterday. 
The press office of ISAF command in a statement said that the arrested person is accused for terrorist and destructive activities in some parts of the country that is arrested along with other two insurgents in related areas of Zurmat district, Paktia province. 
According to another report, the Afghan and international forces confiscated a depot of weapons and ammunitions of the opponents in related areas of Maiwand district, Kandahar province. 
The source said that in this depot, several weapons, communication sets, mine materials and chemicals which are used in explosive materials were unveiled and annihilated in the locality of incident. 
Three insurgents were arrested in this case.

Sunday, February 12, 2012
Kabul (BNA) General Mohammad Zahir Azimi spokesperson of the Defense Ministry commenting on the assertions of General Kreteis Iskaparoty on lack of capacity of the Afghan forces said that: “The national army of Afghanistan is terms of quantity, quality, training and equipment has attained the ability to ensure the domestic security without any concerns.   
The outstanding example of this ability, capacity, leadership and planning of large military operations like that of Marja of Helmand province, and partner operations in Kandahar and tens of other such operations. 
Especially, the implementation of the second transition responsibility during which almost over 50% of the population of Afghanistan has come under the cover of this process. 
Moreover, the number of the national army indicating 185,000, adequate equipment for domestic security, training of the national army indicates that such assertions are fully unrealistic. 
In case there are shortage in the air forces and armored in the national army of Afghanistan, this does not mean that it has no ability and the capacity for taking domestic security, it is expected that the international community as soon as possible equip the national army of Afghanistan. 
So such assertions are baseless and the national army of Afghanistan has the capacity for ensuring security and independent operations and as per the Lisbon agreements all the security responsibility till end of 2014 will be transferred to the Afghan forces. 
Time and again it was hear through the media that the US and NATO authorities have talked of the capacities and abilities of the national army of Afghanistan, however, such assertions in such moments may have political than security aspects indeed.

Sunday, 12 February 2012 08:28

President Hamid Karzai’s Sympathy Message

Tuesday, February 12, 2012
Kabul (BNA) President Karzai in a message has expressed his sympathies on the death of Mir Abdullah Beghash lecturer of Education University. 
Beghash has died due to an illness recently. 
May his departed soul rest in peace. 
Late Mir Abdullah Beghash has been sympathetic and experienced teacher of the country and he has served training of his students with a zeal and patriotism. 
His death is a loss. The president conveyed his sympathies to the bereaved family, and the employees of the education university and asked patience for his family members and friends.

Sunday, February 12, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Members of the independent legal training center in its meeting with second vice-president Mohammad Karim Khalili shared their problems, concerns of this center in terms of legal personalities of this center. 
According to the members of this center, legal training can assist upgrading the capacities of the judicial and legal systems for ever further realization of justice in the country’s courts and they added that this center has around 200 persons in practical way in different legal spheres. 
They asked the government of Afghanistan that considering the effectiveness of this center pay attention towards further upgrading the legal employees of this center, Mohammad Karim Khalili second vice-president after hearing their assertions of the center assured them their problems will be taken up with the president of the country. 
Khalili stressed that this center can by creating better legal venues assist legal improvement in the country.

Sunday, February 12, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Members of the supervision over the Hajj process, met with Mohammad Karim Khalili second vice-president yesterday. 
At the meeting the members of the supervision delegation called the Hajj process as positive and said that the process of this year had its success compared to the past year, but still there were some problems indeed.
Eng. Yusuf Pashtoon advisor minister in construction affairs and chairman of the Hajj process supervision delegation said that most of the Hajjis’ problems were resolved, but there is need for reviewing in terms of selection, transport to the Saudi Arabia and procurement of residence in that country will lead to further success in this respect. 
They also advanced a series of proposals and views in relation to selection of Hajjis teachers, transport facilities in Saudi Arabia in order to better organize Hajjis pilgrimage there. 
Khalili appreciated the efforts of the delegation and added that considering the readiness of the departments, this year the process confronted lesser problems than past year. 
He reiterated on ensuring of further transparency and stressed that considering the experience of the past years, the Hajj process every year is getting improvement.

Sunday, February 12, 2012
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai met with the members of the joint supervisory and assessment committee on implementation of international community’s development projects in Afghanistan. 
At this meeting the committee members informed the president of their accomplishment. 
President Karzai emphasized on the importance of assessment of the implementation of the projects of international community and said that it is the duty of your office to precisely assess the transparency of the international community’s projects. 
He asked them carry on their activities in close coordination with the related organs including the high administration for execution of strategy against corruption that is necessary for carrying administrative procedures. 
The committee is responsible for specifying clear objectives for carrying of struggle against corruption and prepares timely reports on the activities of the national and international agencies and the corruption, and report to the president, parliament and all Afghans.

Sunday, February 12, 2012
Kabul (BNA)  Some elders and representatives of Ghor province in their meeting with president Hamid Karzai asked for increasing police personnel in the province. 
At the meeting Mrs. Seema Luyenda member of the House of People representing the Ghor people said that existence of irresponsible armed people in the province is a challenge to the security there and asked for police increment in the province. 
She also emphasized on coordination among the government departments and good governance there. 
Tribal leader Abdul Ghafour Teeman said that though some development is noticed in the province in the past ten years however the complexion of Cheghcharan city has relatively changed but problems exist in some areas there. 
He added that non-existence of asphalt roads and other social problems exist in the province and asked for start of construction work on the Garmabak electricity dam survey on which has been completed. 
President Karzai assessed the problems of the Ghor province, and said that the Afghan government is well-informed of the present situation and shall use of its possibilities for ensuring security, good governance and improvement of the people’s lives. 
He emphasized on the bringing about of improvement and added that government departments must improve coordination and serve the people. 
Abdul Khaliq Farahi chairman of the Local Organs Independent Department and governor of Ghor were also present at the meeting.


Saturday 11 February 2012


AUCKLAND: Martin Guptill's continued domination of the Zimbabwe bowling steered New Zealand to a seven-wicket win with 19 balls to spare in the opening Twenty20 match at Eden Park Saturday.

Guptill's imperious 91 not out off 54 deliveries was the backbone of New Zealand's 160 for three, and along with Kane Williamson (48), they overtook Zimbabwe's 159 for eight in the 17th over.

The New Zealand opener has seldom been troubled by the Zimbabwe attack and his 91 was his fifth successive half-century against the tourists following 51, 70, 77 and 85 in the Test and three one-day internationals.

His partnership with Williamson put on 137 for the third wicket after New Zealand made a shaky start to their run chase.

In an eventful second over, the first two deliveries from Kyle Jarvis were dispatched to the boundary by Rob Nicol before the bowler dismissed both Nicol and Brendon McCullum in two legitimate balls separated by a wide.

New Zealand were then in trouble at two for 15 but Zimbabwe were unable to cash in on the pressure and it was to be another 15 others before they were able to take a third wicket.

After 10 overs, New Zealand were 101 for two and the outcome was already assured. There was no sign of any respite for Zimbabwe in a nightmare tour where they have been thrashed in the one-off Test and three ODIs.

Guptill raced ahead hitting five fours and six sixes while a more circumspect Williamson reached 48 before he was run out taking an unnecessary single when New Zealand were then only eight runs short of their target.

Two balls later and the game was over with Guptill belting a six and a two leaving debutant batsman Colin de Grandhomme to have a brief time in the middle and not face a ball.

Jarvis was the only successful Zimbabwe bowler taking two for 32 after his side had won the toss and posted what should have been a competitive 159 for eight.

Hamilton Masakadza blasted 53 off 36 balls at the top of the innings and Elton Chigumbura finished off at the tail with 48 off 24 deliveries to contribute the bulk of the Zimbabwe runs.

Zimbabwe also had a rocky start to their innings with Brendan Taylor bowled by New Zealand debutant Michael Bates for three in the second over and Forster Mutizwa followed in the next over without scoring to be two for 16.

Bates, who also claimed Chigumbura in the final over, finished his first international bowling spell with an impressive three for 31 while Kyle Mills took two for 32.

The second Twenty20 match, and the final match of the Zimbabwe tour, will be played in Hamilton on Tuesday.


Saturday 11 February 2012

(BNA) BERLIN: Angelina Jolie says it was only natural that her directorial debut should tackle some of the toughest issues facing humanity and after wartime Bosnia, Afghanistan is likely to be her next subject.

At the Berlin film festival to present her unflinching drama about rape as a weapon of war, "In the Land of Blood and Honey", the Hollywood icon-cum-humanitarian told her turn behind the camera was aimed at using cinema as a force for reconciliation.

"I've written a lot of journals while travelling over 10 years in the conflicts around the world and being frustrated by the lack of intervention," said the 36-year-old Oscar-winning actress.

"So I went to the region and started to really look at the Bosnian war, but I couldn't really understand or figure it out, and I felt this is my generation this happened to so I should know this. So I gave myself some education."

Jolie, who backs a range of causes as a UN goodwill ambassador, said her research inspired her to start writing a screenplay and her partner Brad Pitt encouraged her to show a rough draft to people from all sides of the brutal 1992-1995 war.

But when it came to making the film, she realised she was the only one with both the objective distance and passionate commitment to do the job.

"And this is how I found myself being a director!" she said.

"I knew that there might have been people who were technically more capable than me, but I knew I really, really cared from the bottom of my heart so therefore I felt I should do it."

She filmed versions of the movie in local languages and English in parallel.

Saturday, 11 February 2012 11:43

Fire Destroys 350 Shops In Khost

Saturday, February 11, 2012
Khost (BNA) 350 shops were burning in Khost province yesterday evening. 
It is said that this fire happened in a wood selling shop in the southeast of Khost city. 
Colonel Sardar Mohammad, police chief of Khost said to BNA, the fire occurred in a lumberyard and extended to other shops. 
The owner the lumberyard said to BNA reporter, in this event, they sustained hundred millions Afghani damages. 
According to police chief of Khost, the reason of the fire is not clear yet and investigation has been started by police. 
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada