23 February 2017

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Kabul (BNA) After attending the Munich Security Conference in Germany, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani returned home on Sunday, presidential press office said.
According to the statement, before returning to the country, President Ghani met Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif late on Saturday. They stressed the need for boosting cooperation in different areas, including security, economic links, border management and the fight against terrorism. President Ghani and Javad also discussed the regional cooperation and a set of Afghanistan suggestions to the Iranian government, the statement added. President Ghani talked about the railroad connecting China with Iran through Afghanistan, links among Central Asian countries through Afghanistan and rehabilitation of the Silk Route. The statement said the president also met Lakhdar Ibrahimi, UN’s former special representative for Afghanistan. Both sides conferred on Afghanistan and regional issues, with the president hailing Ibrahimi as a good friend of his country. President Ghani met Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım. They exchanged views on improving cooperation between the two brotherly countries.
 

Sunday, February 19, 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                           67/50afgs                                  
One Pound Sterling              83/50 afgs                              
One Euro                               71/50 afgs                                   
One Emirate’s Dirham          18/40 afgs                              
One Thousand Pakistani Rupees 625afgs       
One Thousand Indian Rupees     1025 afgs               
One Thousand Iranian Rupees   17/50 afgs                         

Sunday February 19, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Methamphetamine is increasingly being seized by law enforcement in Afghanistan, and there is also evidence that it is being produced in the country, according to the first of its kind assessment on synthetic drugs released by the United Nations drug and crime agency.
After spending eight-months gathering information on drugs known locally as ‘glass,’ ‘tears of love or ‘sheesha,’ the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) concluded that “there are strong indications that methamphetamine use is establishing itself among opiate users, which are already one of the most vulnerable parts of Afghan society.” “The report comes in a timely fashion, adding another layer of understanding to the very complex Afghan drugs situation,” said UNODC's Director of Public Affairs, Jean-Luc Lemahieu. He praised Afghan contribution to the report, noting that the country has had “impressive” growth in capacity. The Afghanistan Synthetic Drugs Assessment includes missions to five provinces in Afghanistan, where interviews were conducted with over 100 key sources, drug users and law enforcement officials at government offices, health service centers and drug treatment providers. “Although data and information remains scarce, reports from law enforcement officials, drug treatment providers, forensic experts and drug users in Afghanistan point to a differentiated market for synthetic drug,” the investigators reported.
“Increases in the number of methamphetamine seizures, together with reports of methamphetamine manufacture and increases in treatment registrations in certain parts of the country, suggest that synthetic drugs are of growing concern in Afghanistan,” says the report. Among its findings, the report noted that the largest number of methamphetamine treatment registrations have been reported by treatment centers in Kunduz province, in the north-east of Afghanistan, and Nimroz province, to the south-west of Afghanistan. It also found that the current national drug control law seems to provide a much lower penalty framework for methamphetamine compared to other drugs such as heroin or cocaine. Investigators conclude that the issue must be studied more thoroughly by national and international partners.
Monitoring Desk
 

Sunday February 19, 2017

Kabul (BNA) After the bloody explosion in Lal Shahbaz Shrine in which over 80 people were killed and over hundred wounded, Pakistan has asked Afghanistan to extradite 75 terrorists to Pakistan.
Pakistan has blamed those terrorists who are living in Afghanistan. While the Daesh blood thirsty armed group has already claimed responsibility of this attack, but despite of that Pakistan has submitted a list and asked Afghan authorities to hand over those suspects. The Afghan government has strongly rejected Pakistan’s allegations and said that the identity of Daesh is known to the all-world people and according to American commander Gen. John Nicholson, eighty percent of Daesh insurgents are affiliated with TTP. They have claimed responsibility of the attack too. The Afghan government is victim of terrorism and is making efforts to inform the regional of her pains to fold their sleeves.
Pakistan now throws snow of its roof to Afghanistan and wants to rescue itself from universal pressures and show to the world people that the Afghan government support terror too. While Haqqani network, Quetta Council, TTP, Lashkar-e-Jangjoy, Lashkar-e-Tayeba, Jamatul Ahrar and other terrorist groups have shelter in Pakistan and so far no step has been taken against them. The Afghan government has time and again has sent lists of Pakistan and frankly accused Pakistan that Kandahar attack, Dehmazang attack, recent attack against supreme court and over hundreds other attacks were masterminded by Haqqani and other terror network in Pakistan soil and had asked Pakistan government to take counter steps against then, but Pakistan didn’t listen and only and only condemned them. Now Pakistan cry has reached to sky, accuses Afghanistan that support terrorism, while Afghanistan a victim of terror and only in 2016 nearly 30000 civil and military people have been killed 90% of them by terrorists. Wall street journal writes that the US has become fed up and more would not allow Pakistan to provide safe havens for terrorists. The paper adds that the US no longer tolerate that the terror groups trained in Pakistan target American forces in Afghanistan or there troops be repentant from the goal of war on terror.
It should be said that if sometimes Pakistan army wants to offensive operations against terrorists I its soil, she separate these group and conduct operation against those groups carry out attacks against Pakistan not those who only carryout subversive activities in Afghanistan and India the American authorities have warned that Pakistan should start operations against all terror groups indiscriminately otherwise she would be facing strong reaction of the US. Now, the time  has  reached that Pakistan groups don’t take life of innocent Afghans and Pakistani people  and should not draft such plans to show with killing of  sinless people to the world people  that Pakistan is  a terror victim too because this  inauspicious phenomenon is  acceptable to no body. These groups dot want that through killing of innocent people the Pakistan secret services and army get concession. Pakistan has to carryout serious counterterrorism operation and give up deceiving lists as if Afghanistan should extradite suspect terrorists, Pakistan should eliminate terrorists. President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani who is visiting Munich city of Germany to attend global security meeting, his speech on Friday emphasized on serious war against all terrorist groups and said that terrorism is common enemy and serious danger to all people and all countries join hand to remove it.
Hamidullah Faizi
 

Sunday February 19, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in his visit to Germany and sideline of ‘Munich Security Conference’ met separately the other day with high-ranking officials of countries participating in the conference. Based on press released of presidential office, President Ghani and German Chancellor Angela Markel in their meeting discussed cooperation between the two countries in various sections, expansion of relations between Afghanistan and Germany and key regional issues. In the meeting, President Ghani praised Germany for its cooperation with Afghanistan in various fields and stressed on continued cooperation of the country with Afghanistan. In separate meeting of President Ghani with Azerbaijan president Elham Haidar Aliyov, various issues in particular security and economic cooperation, investment in cement, textile and construction of dams were discussed. In the meeting, presidents of the two countries agreed that Afghanistan would join custom tariffs so that the country would make use of it in transit section and exports of goods with similar price as other countries like Azerbaijan, Croatia and Turkey. Both sides also spoke in connection with joint cooperation between Afghanistan and Azerbaijan in various sections and stressed on strengthening of relations between the two countries.
In meeting of President Ghani with Georgian Prime Minister in sideline of the conference, various issues in particular commerce and transit were discussed and stressed on further cooperation between the two countries.
In separate meeting of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani with US secretary of defense James Mathews, various issues in particular equipment and funding Afghanistan national security and defense forces, counter terrorism and regional issues were discussed. In sideline of the Munich security summit, President Ghani met with Norwegian Premier. In the meeting, both sides discussed security, peace and stability and interested issues. The Norwegian Premier by praising the Afghanistan government for its works said he was happy that Afghanistan was moving towards betterment. Stressing on counter terrorism, the Norwegian Premier asserted that terrorist groups in particular Daesh were engaged in destructive activities in Afghanistan and day by day create insecurity in the country. In the meeting attended also by Norwegian minister of defense, strong morale of Afghanistan national security and defense forces in particular Special Forces was praised and asserted that even Norwegian forces sometimes learn from Afghan Special Forces. According to another report, President Ghani at the sideline of Munich security conference also met with Mike Pence US Vice president.
 

Sunday February 19, 2017
Kabul (BNA) UEFA will mark a decade of helping Afghan landmine victims on Wednesday, when Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos presents a cheque for €100,000 to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). “I would like to pay tribute to the ICRC, who have been working relentlessly to help landmine victims, many of whom are children. Their program in Afghanistan, which has been in place for several years, shows that football can offer real hope in challenging times,” said UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin. “I am glad that UEFA can help this cause, and that the sport we love can have a positive impact on the rehabilitation process of so many people in this troubled region,” he added. The donation supports the ICRC’s physical rehabilitation program for landmine victims and other people with disabilities in Afghanistan – providing artificial limbs, physiotherapy, vocational training and access to the rehabilitation center’s football team. About a third of patients are children. Sergio Ramos will present the donation before his side’s UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match against Napoli at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid on 15 February.
“The people benefiting from the ICRC program in Afghanistan are an inspiration to us, as they set an example of how to approach life in a positive manner despite the problems that they face,” the Real Madrid CF defender said. Sergio Ramos was chosen to hand over the cheque after receiving the most votes in UEFA com’s Team of the Year, which was published in January, and added that it is “a privilege” to be “a source of motivation” to so many people. “They don’t stop dreaming, and they fight to make their dreams come true. As key figures in this sport, it’s a true privilege for us footballers to be a source of motivation in their day-to-day lives, and to help them out,” he said. Over the course of a partnership lasting almost 20 years, UEFA has donated in excess of €3.5 million to the ICRC to help disadvantaged people around the globe. Meanwhile, over 7 million votes were cast in selecting the UEFA.com users’ Team of the Year 2016.
Monitoring Desk

Sunday February 19, 2017

Kabul (BNA) After an impressive start to the series in the opening One-Day International (ODI) with a 12-run win, visitors Afghanistan aim to repeat the same heroics from the previous match, as they take on hosts Zimbabwe in the second of the five-match ODI series at the Harare Sports Club on Sunday. As said earlier, Afghanistan are proving to be one of the fast rising stars in world cricket from Asia, as they have had good results, along with impressive performance, in the recent past. However, things continue to get worse for Zimbabwe, as they continue to go downhill along with results, thus further slipping in the ICC Rankings. Therefore, Zimbabwe would definitely aim to strike back in the second ODI, and level terms to stay alive in the series. Meanwhile, let us have a look at the possible key battles we could witness in this tie. Full Cricket Scorecard: Afghanistan Vs Zimbabwe, 2nd ODI at Harare
Mohammad Shahzad vs Richard Ngarava: The opening wicketkeeper-batsman for Afghanistan has been one of the best openers for them till date. However, he failed to click in the last game, scoring mere 8 off 9 deliveries, as he aims to turn things around in this tie. However, his job still won’t be easy as he would face stern competition from Richard Ngarava, the fast bowler, who had a fair outing in the last game, claiming a wicket for 39 runs in seven overs, and incidentally, it was Shahzad who was his victim. Therefore, some retribution is definitely on the cards. Noor Ali Zadran vs Graeme Cremer:
The fellow opener of Afghanistan was impressive in the opening match, scoring 39 runs, before falling victim to the Zimbabwean skipper Graeme Cremer, who trapped him leg-before. Noor would again be aiming to repeat the same or come up with a better performance in the second ODI. However, the threat of Cremer would still continue to persist, as he claimed 3 wickets for 46 runs in 10 overs, and won’t be easy to get away with. Mohammad Nabi vs Chris Mpofu: The swashbuckling Afghan middle order veteran Mohammad Nabi was unexpectedly dismissed for mere 6 in the opening game, as Chris Mpofu got the better of him. Although Nabi could well turn the tide in his favor in the next tie, it won’t be easy as Mpofu would again be aiming to strike him with his vicious bowling venom, as he claimed a couple of wickets for 45 runs in the stipulated 10 overs and could well come up with a better bowling performance in this tie, especially at his home.
Craig Ervine vs Rashid Khan: The emphatic Zimbabwean top-order batsman was in a good touch in the first ODI, as he scored an unbeaten 38, before the rain gods intervened and took the game away from the hosts. Nevertheless, he would aim for a fresh start in this match and would pray for the rain gods to stay away, which could possibly lead in Zimbabwe winning the game. However, he is all set to face stern competition from Rashid Khan, who was sensational in the first ODI, claiming a wicket for just 17 runs in 4.2 overs, and would aim to come up with an improved performance in this tie, especially targeting Ervine. Therefore, a good contest can be expected between both of them. Peter Moor vs Gulbadin Naib: Now this is one contest that promises to be interesting as Peter Moor, opening batsman of Zimbabwe, who was not so impressive in the opening match, would certainly aim for an improved performance in this game.  However, apart from just Nabi, he will also have to worry about and watch out for Gulbadin Naib, who was one of the best Afghan bowlers in the opening game, claiming a wicket for just 12 runs in six overs. He would certainly be aiming to get rid of the openers soon, which certainly is not good news for Moor, and will have to play tactfully apart from just handling the veteran bowling machine, Nabi.
Cricketcountry
 

Sunday, 19 February 2017 07:29

4 People Dead, 8 Wounded In Badakshan

Sunday, February 19, 2017
Faizabad (BNA) The flow of heavy snows and avalanches claimed the lives of 4 people and caused wounding of 8 others within the last two days in three districts of Badakhshan province.
Ahmad Jawed member of provincial council told BNA correspondent, two people were dead and three others wounded in heavy snows and avalanches in Kohistant and Yawan districts.
Farahnaz Pameri member of provincial council said, avalanches claimed the lives of two people, wounded a number of people in Sheghnan district and around 75 residential houses likely was under the avalanches threat and the residents have left their homes and fled to the neighboring villages.
Sayed Abdullah Hamayon Dehqan head of straggle against natural disaster of Badakhshan said, emergency committee seeks food and non-food assistance to the victims of the region.

Sunday, 19 February 2017 07:28

Hundreds of Families Receive Aid In Kabul

Sunday, February 19, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Hundreds of families in Kabul received aids yesterday.
The aids have been provided by German People’s Assistance for Children in Afghanistan.
Head of the organization Eng. Mohammad Aalem Shahab said on this phase, 300 vulnerable and needy families were received assistance in Paghman district.
The aids included rice, flour, cooking oil, winter clothes and shoes for children.
According to deputy of the respective organization Mustafa Shahab, the organization will continue its assistance to needy and vulnerable families in the country.
He said thousands of families have been received food-stuff and clothes in various parts of the country.
The organization also helps in constructions of schools particularly in remote areas of the country.
According to local officials, the respective organization has also provided classrooms’ equipment such as table and bench to students in rural areas of the country. Construction of new buildings and renovation of studying rooms of Laghman University was also done by the organization.

Sunday, February 19, 2017
Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has summoned the Pakistan ambassador over shelling of eastern parts of the country and closure of Torkham and Chaman borders.
A statement from MoFA said Ambassador Ibrar Hussain was summoned to the ministry by Deputy Foreign Minister Hikmat Khalil Karzai on Friday afternoon after reports of cross-border incursions.
Karzai expressed his condolences over the recent suicide bombings at a Sufi shrine in the Sindh province of Pakistan. He said the Afghans -- themselves victims of such attacks --- could better realize the anguish and shock of the Pakistanis.
The Afghans suffered terrorist attacks and rocket shelling from the Pakistan side into their territory on a daily basis, the deputy minister regretted. He asked Pakistan to take serious action against terrorist organizations on its soil.
Karzai also condemned the rockets shelling by Pakistani forces into the Lalpura district of Nangarhar province and other eastern parts of the country. A number of people suffered casualties and 150 families displaced as a result of the attacks, he said.
He also expressed deep concern over the detention of around 150 Afghan nationals in Islamabad and Rawalpindi cities of Pakistan as well as the closure of Torkham and Chaman borders for Afghan passengers and traders.
He urged Islamabad to release the Afghans and reopen the borders as soon as possible. Ambassador, Ibrar Hussain promised sharing the issues with higher-ups his country.

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