22 January 2017

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Based on Khan Mohammad Baz’ head of currency exchangers in Kabul, Shahzada market report the exchange rate of Afghani as a follow:
                                                                                   
One Dollar                                            66/80 afgs                           
One Pound Sterling                              80/20 afgs                         
One Euro                                              70/50 afgs                        
One Emirate’s Dirham                         18/20 afgs                          
One Thousand Pakistani Rupees          613afgs                        
One Thousand Indian Rupees               1020 afgs             
One Thousand Iranian Rupees             16/10 afgs                       
 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The criminals of Kabul-Kandahar recent incidents are freely moving in Pakistan.
Once again the Afghan president called the extremists based in Pakistan responsible for recent merciless terrorist attacks and accused Pakistan that has so far taken no step against terror groups. The Afghan president has made these utterances through a Telephone conversation with chief of Pakistan army Gen Qamar Bajwah. The president had added that the Afghan government has strong determination of retaliation from these criminals. Those who have claimed responsibility of these attacks, are now freely moving in Pakistan, train terrorists and send them to Afghanistan while no step has been taken against them by Pakistan.
At the same time, chief of Pakistan army has claimed that the terrorist centers and sanctuaries have been completely removed in Pakistan and the Afghan government should conduct serious operation against these terrorists. But Haqqani networks, Quetta council Lashkar-e-Tayeban, Jesh-e-Mohammad are still freely operating in Pakistan but despite of that chief of Pakistan army is shamefully claiming that they have destroyed all the terrorists’ centers. The UAE government has also requested serious Investigation on Kandahar attack by the NUG to share all its findings with UAE authorities as quick as possible. 
Prior to this, chief of Kandahar provincial police force Gen Abdurrazaq had said that attack on Kandahar provincial governor guest house was carried out by Haqqani network and the I.S.I in which 11 people including five UAE diplomats were killed and a number including UAE ambassador and Kandahar provincial governor were injured. The Afghan NDS authorities said that original evident show that Kandahr attack was masterminded in Quetta, Pakistan. But Pakistani authorities have once again rejected existence of terrorist centers in that country and considered accusing of Pakistan by the Afghans authorities as pouring of water in the mill of regional enemies said that Pakistan is committed in war on terror with the Afghan people.   
The Afghan government should also conduct strong investigation on Kabul, Kandahar, Helmand attacks and assure the UAE authorities that Pakistan is hostile with the regional peace and stability until this and other countries would take steps against this country, Pakistan, and exert pressure on it that not to get assistance from the world and Arabic countries under the pretext of war on terror.
The Afghan government every time assigns delegation to investigate every incident but still authentic evident have not been submitted on a number of incidents and were not shared with the Afghan nation that have made most people to disbelieve appointing of delegations. But this time, it is hoped and expected that authentic evident would be discovered and the Pakistan involvement be divulged to the world people to exert pressure on Pakistan on charges of terrorism support and force her to conduct a sincere “Zarb-e-Ghazab operation against terrorists.
This question that how long the Afghans would be at close quarters with these problems and every day they would lose their wives, fathers, mothers, elders, sisters, brothers, children and even their guests, is directly connected with the world community determination. If the world people sincerely want the Afghan to live in peace and stability, they should take firm steps in this connection and rescue Afghanistan from this quagmire of misfortunes. The main challenges of Afghanistan is training, funding and equipping of terrorists in Pakistan soil. Until Pakistan is not repented from terrorism support, restoration of everlasting and reliable peace and stability is impossible in Afghanistan. It should be mention that current war in Afghanistan is based on private interests. Some countries want this war to continue and expand its scope while some others intending to retaliate from the world countries and have changed this to a proxy war.
This war would only be ended that the Afghan government stand on its own feet politically and economically.
The Afghan government should make efforts and convince India and Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Iran, Russia and the     US as well as European countries not to continue their proxy cold war in Afghanistan.
Since over three decades, Afghanistan has been the battlefield of these countries rivalry and competitions and these countries never want to extend this war into their own territories.
With appearing of Daesh (ISIS) some regional countries have been encouraged to use armed Taliban against Daesh which is changing of Afghanistan to a battlefield of another devastating war and fire.
But the Afghan government and ANSDF would not allow other countries to use Afghans soil against the interests of others.
Hamidullah Faizi
 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Kabul (BNA) As many as 37 Taliban militants have been killed as the Afghan security forces conducted military operations elsewhere within the last 24 hours, said the ministry of defense in a statement on Tuesday.
According to the statement, “Afghan National Defense and Security Forces conducted offensives in order to protect lives and properties of people in countryside within the last 24 hours. As a result, 37 insurgents were killed, 14 wounded and three suspects were arrested,”.
Among the killed were eight key members of Taliban in southern Helmand province, according to the statement.
The security forces also destroyed four insurgents’ strong hideouts and defused six landmines recently planted by the militants, it said.
However, the statement did not disclose if there were any casualties on the side of security forces.
 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The Institution of Women Studies for Peace released its fourth parliamentary annual report, BNA said Tuesday.
In a meeting attended by a number of house members and civil society activists and Kabul university students held in Kabul University compound, the deputy of the entity, Murghalara Mayar provided details about their findings that the country’s parliament has held 89th session, out of which 55 had been with no eligible curriculum, said the agency. She added the main curriculum was the membership of up to 125 house representatives in the sessions, and confirmed presence of the house members by 52 percent and their absence 48 per cent, the agency quoted.
According to Mayar, the house of people has approved 27 laws and 26 international conventions since Hoot 1394 to Qaus 1395 (solar year.)
She enumerated continued absence of some of the house members, linguistic and tribal discriminations in approving laws, lack of profession of some members, lack of separation, flap of role among the three forces’ responsibilities and authorities among the challenges the house faced while approving the law, according to the agency.
 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Prof. Sayeda Mojgan Mostafavi, Deputy Minister of Information and Culture on Publication Affairs asked media to act based on article 45 of mass media law and prevent publishing and screening violence victims’ faces, Bakhtar News Agency (BNA) reported Tuesday. 
According to the agency, in a meeting held by Human Rights Commission, civil society and parliament’s women affairs commission, Ms. Mostafavi asked all media not to screen and publish the violence victims’ images.
The session was held to create coordination among the government related administrations on implementation of law on prevention of violence against women and children, recently approved by the lower house of the parliament, the agency further said. In the meeting, Ms. Mostafavi clarified that disclosing any information about violence victims can negatively affect their character, the agency continued.
Calling attention to women character important, Delbar Nazari, the minister of women affairs asked the related government administrations to jointly work and make effort to implement the law on prevention of violence against women and children, the agency stated. Fawzia Kufi, head of parliament’s human rights commission said that violence against women and children has been changed into an unacceptable culture in the country, adding the move must be ended, the agency stated.
In the session, a number of government officials, civil society activists, some universities’ teachers and a number of other related organizations’ members were present.
 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Abu Dhabi/Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan’s acting minister of foreign affairs, Salahuddin Rabbani who is visiting the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for expressing sympathy discussed recent terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, where five of the friendly country’s diplomats have been killed, his office said in a statement the other day.
According to the statement, both sides discussed some key issues including terrorism threat, with the country’s acting foreign minister in a meeting with his UAE counterpart, Shaikh Abdullah Ben Zayed Ale Nehyan called terrorism a common threat for the two countries.
“Afghanistan is since long victimized by terrorism and the killing of five UAE diplomats along with two Afghan lawmakers, two diplomats and a number of local people in the recent Kandahar indicates that terrorism and extremism are common threats of both nations,” said the acting foreign minister adding such incidents would help both countries’ people strengthen their will in war on terrorism.
Rabbani vowed that the government of Afghanistan would launch investigation into the incident and would share information with the UAE step by step, said the statement.
UAE foreign minister, Shaikh Zayed Ale Nehyan thanked his Afghan counterpart for his sympathy, on behalf of the government and people of Afghanistan, and said both nations are brothers and the recent incident would never disturb relation between the countries, said the statement.
 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Dr. Kamal Sadat, Acting Minister of Information and Culture and Deputy to the Youth Affairs said various programs related to the youth should be launched when marking the New Year across the country, Bakhtar News Agency said the other day.
“As per the nomination of the year 1396 after the youth by the country’s president, the ministry of information and culture wants to run different programs related to the youth by the provincial youth departments to mark the New Year not only in Naurooz, but throughout the year,” said Sadat in a meeting with membership from different youth related directorates.
The directors shared their visions with the acting minister in the meeting for more coordination to hold better ceremony to mark the New Year, said the agency.
 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Second Vice President, Sarwar Danesh met with members of Maidan-Wardak provincial council on Tuesday, during which variety of issues were discussed, his office said in a statement.
According to the statement, calling role of Maidan-Wardak provincial council’s members important in ensuring security and creating solidarity among the people, the second vice-president stressed that they should do their main responsibility in ensuring public interests, growing regional development and supervision of local administrations’ activities.
In the meeting, the participants briefed the vice-president about their problems in the province, including lack of security on transit routes, unbalanced development projects and unfair government appointments, the statement added.
Second Vice-President said that ensuring security was the government priority and called people and local administrations cooperation in this regard important, the statement continued.
He also stressed that the government of national unity is decisive to implement justice and balance in administrative units and government appointments.
 

Wednesday, 18 January 2017 06:51

CE Abdullah Meets US Central Command Chief

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah in his meeting with US Central Command Chief, Gen. Joseph Votel and discussed some key issues including security and Afghan forces capability, a statement from his office said the other day.
Basic works had been started to restore reforms in the country’s national security forces and until the completion of the process, there was a need for presence of the US troops alongside domestic forces, said Dr. Abdullah.
He asked some regional countries to avoid supporting Taliban as terrorism and violence in general were in the interest of the nations, the statement added. Gen. Joseph Votel lauded the country’s security forces capability and expressed all out military support to the country’s security and defense forces, said the statement quoting him expressing hope about the development of the country’s air-force.
He said joint work had priority to him and emphasized that joint effort would follow better future, according to the statement.
 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Joint clearing operation under the code name of ‘Tofan 62’ has been started in Wata-Poor district of Kunar province yesterday.
Ministry of Defense (MoD) press office stated BNA, the operation was led under the leadership of Silab 201 national army infantry battalion in Kunar province.
 

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