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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Officials of the ministry for defense said Daesh activity in the country was not concerning and the Afghan security forces were capable enough to fight against the so-called faction.
They added however there are some neighboring and regional countries supporting the IS group, but they have not reached their goals in Afghanistan.
Acting minister of defense, Tareq Shah Bahrami in a press conference on Sunday told media that Daesh will continue fighting as long as they are being supported.
He stressed that ISIS is a dangerous group, they have many supporters, but fortunately they could not succeed in Afghanistan particularly in Nangarhar and its border regions.
To annihilate Daesh bases, 12 operations have been launched over the last three months, which also resulted in killing many IS key commanders, the acting minister added.
At the same time, a number of eastern zone representative in a meeting with national security advisor, Mohammad Hanif Atmar warned if the government doesn’t seriously step up against Daesh group in Nangarhar, they will do it.
A number of experts believe that Daesh is being supported by some regional and world countries and the group’s existence is concerning in Afghanistan.
An expert, Haroun Mir believes that if the regional countries want to prevent Daesh activities in their soils, they should stop supporting the group and honestly cooperate with Afghanistan in this war.
A lawmaker, Mohammad Abduh said, the world superpowers that are in competition with Russia, are likely doing their best to support the Daesh group as Middle East destiny is related to Central Asia. He added Daesh is operational in a number of provinces of the country and are recruiting fighters. He added Daesh is also militarily being supported by some regional and world countries.
This is while that Afghanistan’s situation is not as like as 90s decade, because now, the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) are capable enough to fight any terrorist groups.
Likewise, the international community is committed to support the Afghan security forces for long, a move which will surely be effective in war on terror.
Suraya Raiszada
 

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 07:08

India Afghanistan Cargo Flights Take-Off

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The first air cargo service between India and Afghanistan was launched today by Ariana Afghan Airlines.
Indian ambassador to Afghanistan Manpreet Vohra confirmed on his twitter account that the first return flight was set to leave Kabul for Delhi today.  The service will bypass the land crossing between the two countries via Pakistan.  Indian press reports said that Pakistan has put limitations on the amount of cargo Afghanistan is allowed to export to India, while in the opposite direction a complete ban is in place.  However, the flight will use Pakistani airspace.  Initially, the service will fly once or twice a month, but this could increase if there is enough demand.
 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Kabul (BNA) National Security Advisor (NSA) Mohammad Hanif Atmar met Russian ambassador to Kabul here yesterday and both sides discussed regional cooperation and fight against terrorism, a statement from the NSA press office said yesterday.
Calling Kabul Process Conference important for peace and stability in Afghanistan, the Russian ambassador said his country was ready to help Afghanistan, in particular in fight against terrorism.
Meanwhile, national security advisor said Afghanistan needs regional cooperation to establish peace and stability.
Thanking successful holding of the eight security conference in Moscow, Atmar called the conference was good opportunity for discussing Afghan peace and stability with participants. Atmar also went on saying terrorists were not the enemy of a single country, but the whole world, hinting for joint cooperation against the menace.
 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Volunteer Youth Federation (VYF) was opened Sunday by deputy ministry of youth affairs for information and culture in Parwan.
Dr. Kamal Sadat, Deputy Minister of Youth Affairs paid a visit to Parwan province to open the federation in the province.
In a ceremony held on this occasion, Parwan provincial director of information and culture Abdul Hashimi spoke related to condition of youth in the province, saying that security in the province is satisfactory and all youth in the province were standing beside the government and serving to the people and society in framework of security forces in Parwan and other provinces of the country.
Afterwards, deputy minister of youth affairs for information and culture Dr. Kamal Sadat praised Parwan governor, provincial director of information and culture, municipality and all other local institutions for their support and cooperation in growth and the youth’s capacity building, asserting that deputy minister of youth affairs for information and culture believed that volunteer youth federation in the province would be successful in its work and could implement practical programs.
“Volunteer federation has been established for promotion of volunteering culture in the society and we want our youth to stand beside their people in various sectors such as education, health, natural incidents and development”, Dr. Sadat said, adding that deputy ministry of youth affairs would create a cultural house for youth in near future.
 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Minister of Foreign Affairs Salahuddin Rabbani met Chinese Ambassador to Kabul, Yao Jing here in his office yesterday, the ministry said in a statement.
Both sides discussed recent meeting of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sideline of SCO summit in Astana and follow up of the reached agreement between the two sides, regional cooperation, Kabul Process and China support of it and that of reconstruction and other infrastructural projects in Afghanistan, the statement concluded.
 

Tuesday June 20, 2017

Bamyan City (BNA) A group of Taliban militants stormed in a region of central Bamyan province, which timely their attack thwarted by Afghan security forces yesterday.
Gen. Abdul Mubeen Ezedyar police chief of Bamyan told BNA reporter, the militants have launched attack on Dara Shekari region located between Kahmard and Syghan districts of Bamyan province, which faced with full resistance of Afghan security forces.
With reaching reinforcement special troops, Taliban rebels succeeded to flee from the area, Ezedyar added.
Two armed oppositions were injured and there were no harms suffered to Afghan security personnel following the incident, Ezedyar concluded.
T/M.A.Ansari  
 

Tuesday June 20, 2017

Shaberghan City (BNA) 5 ISIS loyalists were killed and 10 others were wounded during clashes with Afghan local policemen in northern Jawzjan province the other day.
Reza Ghafouri spokesperson of Jawzjan governor told BNA correspondent, the clashes took place between ISIS terrorist fighters and Afghan local policemen in Darzab district of the province, in which 5 ISIS loyalists were killed and 10 others were injured.
Since two years ISIS terrorist members are carrying their terrorist and destructive activities in Darzab and Qosh Tepa districts of the province, Ghafouri added.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

Tuesday June 20, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The National Procurement Commission (NPC) with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on the chair approved 10 contracts, including four road asphalting projects worth 1.4 billion Afghanis, a presidential statement said yesterday.
According to the statement, the contacts include:
- Asphalting Parwan-3 road, road connecting Tanzif square to Lab-e-Jar square, 500 Family square and Lycee Maryam road to Khesht-e-Hochtif related to Kabul municipality.
-  Reconstruction of Laqi, Shahrwan and Seyah Aab canals of Takhar province related to Ministry of Energy and Water.
- Recruitment of Consultation Company for the Trans-Hindukush road project related to Ministry of Public Works.
- Maintenance services of Hamid Karzai International Airport.
- Maintenance project of Mazar-e-Sharif Radar system related to Civil Aviation Authority.
- Purchasing of 191 items of vehicle belong equipment related to Ministry of Interior.
- Provision of IT equipment to Capital Region Independent Development Authority.
- And public awareness project related to Ministry of Counternarcotics
The National Procurement Commission also discussed classification of the companies based on their capacities in order to prepare the ground for further engagement of the small and middle class companies to take part in procurement process, in particular those of women-run firms, easing domestic investment opportunities in construction sector in the country.
The session was attended by the chief executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Ministers of Finance, Economy and Justice, Presidential senior advisor on infrastructural affairs Dr. Mohammad Homyoun Qaiumi, officials of the National Procurement Authority and observers of the budgetary commission of the National Assembly.
 

Tuesday June 20, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with members of the civil society associations here the other day and listened to their problems and demands in line with the country’s security, social, economic and political situation, a statement from the presidential press office said yesterday.
According to the statement, at the outset, Amina Mayar, Sayed Akram Afzali, Mohammad Dalili, and Abdullah Ahmadi representing others extended condolences over the recent terrorist attacks, thanking the president for giving them the chance to share their opinions.
The speakers considered the civil society associations as bridge between the government and people, adding most of the said associations’ members voted for President Ghani, aiming to end the traditional way of governance and to establish new government based on current era standards, the statement added.
They also called for adopting practical measures in fight against corruption, law-breaking, ethnic discrimination and anarchism. They also said the civil society asked the protestors to remove their tents, asking the government to step up and remove the barriers before the people. Pointing to Kabul problems as the country-wide ones, Sayed Akram Afzali said the people’s demands had increased and there were no one to address them. He asked the president to increase civil society organization’s observing role from the government activities. Hinting to civil society organization’s financial problems, Afzali asked the president to pay attention to such problems, as according to him there would be no democracy sans people’s active participation. Another speaker Abdullah Ahmadi asked the government to clearly brief the people on May 31st deadly attack, asking for punishment of those targeting the protestors as well as those protestors carrying weapons with themselves, the statement further added.
Thanking the participants for the speeches and demands, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said Afghanistan was experiencing 40 years of continued war which is not yet finished, and still facing many other challenges. He said if people did not comprehend the previous problems, would never tolerate the ongoing ones. “When I was the rector of Kabul University, students and lecturers’ demands were to build wall around the university. I did it within four months, but people made fun of that, saying the university was turn to be Guantanamo. Some would make fun of my works, but I am sure one day the people pray for me,” the president told the participants. The president went on saying that he has met with almost three thousands of people from different segments of the society in the last 10 days, adding the meeting would be continued and a comprehensive security plan would be announced in a gathering of two to four thousands of people in the coming days.
“When I became the president, did you imagine if Torkham was blocked the people in Kabul would find a loaf of bread? I have worked on relations with Central Asian countries for almost two years. Closure of Torkham didn’t affect our people which clearly shows our economic independency,” the president noted. Pointing to the issue that there is only one ethnic group ruling the country, the president asked the participant to see the country’s embassies, consulates, ministries and independent organs that who have been appointed. He stressed for balance in government affairs.
The president insisted on balanced development, saying Kabul’s southern districts were neglected the same as districts in Paktika. He also said some of the Kabul’s main roads remained none asphalted. He also asked that the political culture must become a culture of patriotism and services. The president concluding his remarks asked the civil society organizations not to be dependent to foreign aids and try to do their job voluntarily for the sake of their country and support the government when taking steps against the powerful individuals.
 

Tuesday June 20, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met yesterday with officials of a number of construction companies at Sapidar Palace in Kabul.
In the meeting, officials and representatives of the construction companies enumerated a range of problems facing the companies in the country and said they had constructed and renovated MoIA-related buildings and bases in very difficult situations, but no money had been paid so far. They said that they had repeatedly raised their voices and shared their problems with relevant officials, but there has been no positive outcome.
After hearing their problems, the country’s chief executive assured that such problems would be reviewed and addressed. He added he knew what problems the companies had and would soon instruct MoIA to legally address problems of the construction companies. According to another report, chief executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met with Tajik ambassador to Kabul Sharafuddin Imam and discussed relations between the two countries.
 

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