22 May 2018

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met a number of elders, religious scholars and families of victims of Dasht-e-Archi air strike of Kunduz province the other day, a presidential statement said.
Farid Ahmad Kakar, Mulavi Nasrullah Akhunzada, Sheikh Mumtaz Agha, Mohammad Zarif, Hameed Kakar, Haji Bismillah, Mualvi Abdul Basir, Muallah Akhtar Mohammad and Abdul Wudood talked on behalf of others.
They said they desired peace in their areas and had always slammed attacks on civilians, holy places and public institutions.
The elders presented information about the raid on the seminary, civilian’s casualties, including children, and urged prevention of such attacks in future and sought severe punishment for the perpetrators.
Meanwhile president Ghani said government was apologizing for civilian casualties in an Afghan forces airstrike in Dasht-i-Archi district of northern Kunduz province, the statement added.
President Ghani recalled he directed defense minister on the night of the attack to bring about brought accuracy in air forces and prevent such raids immediately.
President Ghani added the Afghan government, especially the MoD apologized, to the families of victims.  He ordered officials concerned to extend assistance to the affected families.
According to presidential statement, the president informed the government would also establish a comprehensive mosque for the martyrs.
President Ghani remarked:  “If Taliban think they are from this nation, they should come and participate in elections and renounce killing of countrymen and destroying the country.”
He said the war had some principles, but Taliban observed none and event targeted mosques, people, women, children and public sites.
About two months back, Afghan Air Forces bombed a seminary in the district that left dozens of civilians dead and injured.
 

Friday May 18, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani talked with civil and military officials of northern Faryab province via video conference yesterday.
According to information of presidential press office to BNA, while Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and a number of officials from security organs were present in the video conference, governor of Faryab, commander of 209 Shaheen army corps and other civil and military officials of Faryab spoke about security situations of the province and shared their problems and suggestions with president.
President Ghani after hearing the reports said, ensuring security in all provinces of the country, particularly in Faryab province is the top priority of government.
President Ghani asked civil and military officials of Faryab to improve security, social and development situations of the province.
At the end of the video conference, President Ghani thanked from supports and sacrifices of people and Afghan security forces regarding ensuring security, stability and maintaining government achievements.
T/M.A.Ansari

Friday May 18, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Secretary Mike Pompeo spoke by phone with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Secretary Pompeo reinforced our enduring investment in Afghanistan, as outlined in the President’s South Asia strategy, and expressed support for the Afghan military’s defense of the city of Farah. He also commended President Ghani for his commitment to building a secure and prosperous future for his country and noted the government’s efforts to reform their institutions to ensure the upcoming elections are transparent, credible, and carried out on time. The two discussed the strong partnership between the United States and Afghanistan in the fight against terrorism and our support for an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process.
State
 

Friday May 18, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The UK government is considering doubling the number of troops deployed in Afghanistan in response to a request from Donald Trump for reinforcements in the face of increasing gains by the Taliban.
Britain has about 600 troops in Afghanistan at present, mainly based in Kabul training officers and not engaged in combat. There is also a small contingent of Special Forces.
The new deployment could see hundreds more return to Afghanistan. The UK withdrew almost all of its combat troops from the country in 2014.
Faced with a Taliban resurgence, the US, which has about 15,000 troops in the country supporting the Afghan military, asked the UK and other NATO countries last summer to send reinforcements. Britain responded with an extra 85.
Later in the year, Trump renewed the plea and the proposed new UK deployment is in response to that request by the US president. The hundreds more British troops are expected to be involved in training rather than combat.
The Ministry of Defense, which usually does not discuss troop deployments in advance, said only that the UK’s contribution was kept under constant review.
A MoD spokesperson said: “The support the UK provides Afghanistan on security, development and governance is crucial to building a stable state and reducing the terrorist threat to the UK. We remain committed to NATO’s non-combat Resolute Support mission, in which we play an important role, and keep our contribution under constant review.”
In spite of pressure on the defense budget, the UK is engaged in 25 operations overseas. It is also struggling to retain and recruit personnel, a problem that was highlighted in new MoD figures published on Thursday showing the army shrinking, down to 77,120, well short of its supposed strength of 82,000.
The overall size of the armed forces, including navy, air force and army, stands at 194,140, down by 2,900 from last year. The army, down from 78,410 a year ago, is at its smallest since the 17th century. Recruitment is traditionally harder in peacetime.
The reduction is down to factors including a series of budget squeezes, computer glitches on the part of Capita, to which the MoD outsourced recruitment, and low morale. The MoD’s annual armed forces continuous attitudes survey revealed that 61% of service personnel described morale as low.
The shadow defense secretary, Nia Griffiths, criticized the government for its “shocking failure to recruit and retain armed forces”.
A MoD spokesperson did not directly address the shrinkage, but said: “We are currently active on 25 operations in 30 countries around the world and have enough personnel to meet all our operational requirements. In the past year, we have recruited over 13,000 people into a variety of posts and we have a range of initiatives to make sure we attract and keep the personnel we need.
“We remain committed to ensuring we have the right skills at every level of the armed forces, so that our world-leading military can continue to face intensifying global threats.”
Theguardian
 

Friday May 18, 2018

Kabul (BNA) As many as 29 armed oppositions were killed and 16 others injured following joint military operations led by Afghan security in different parts of the country.
Ministry of national defense press office stated BNA, the operations were conducted by support of Afghan air and artillery forces for protecting the lives and properties of people, ensure security and stability and suppress armed oppositions in insecure areas of Nangarhar, Kunar, Ghazni, Kandahar, Urozgan, Zabul, Farah, Balkh, Faryab, Badakhshan, Baghlan and Helmand provinces.
Some heavy and light weapons, ammunitions and military equipment have been seized during the operations by Afghan security forces as well, the source added.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

Friday May 18, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Flash floods have caused heavy financial losses to local residents in northern Kunduz province.
According to BNA report, a statement released from local government of Kunduz stated that due to heavy rains floods steepen in various parts of Hazart Imam Sahib district of the province, as a result hundreds acres of agricultural lands have been destroyed.
A delegation have been sent in the area to estimate damages caused following flash floods, the statement added.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Kabul (BNA) With few thousand years background, Afghanistan experienced in itself great civilizations and numerous ancient relics and monuments are hidden in its soil that as a result of excavations and diggings that taken place in various parts of the country, over thousands historical works that are indicator of gloriousness of ancient civilizations of this country have been gained.
Focusing on the historical works unveiled during excavations, despite Afghan National Museum (ANM) of Kabul, other museums were also opened in the cities of Herat, Maimana, Ghazni, Balkh and Kandahar as well that now, the museum of Herat replaced in itself over 4000 historical works.
To keep healthy, the historical works, the national museum was established in 1918 in Bagh-e-Bala area of Kabul.
In first years of national museum, the manuscripts of Holy Quran, handicrafts, the works remained from Anglo-Afghan war in 1919 and some other rare books were kept in it.
Then this museum shifted from Bagh-e-Bala to Arg in Aqrab 25, 1303 and was officially inaugurated by King Amanullah Khan.
In the first constitution of Afghanistan that was approved during the reign of Ghazi Amanullah Khan, an article of this constitution was allotted for protection of historical works of the country.
Based on this law, the excavation department of museum should work under supervision of ministry of education.
The important works of this department was discovery of historical works and protection of these works as well as their transferring to national museum. During the reign of king Zahir Shah, when Afghanistan got the membership of UNESCO, considering this that the Afghanistan was known as a country that its historical works remained intact, focused the attention of domestic and foreign excavators, that in this period, some of its historical works have been registered as UNESCO historical works and through this, Afghanistan got the membership of this organization.
During the government of Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan and with discovery of historical works on daily-base, were transferring to national museum of Kabul. This museum was changed into a center of important historical riches in the region.
One of specifications of national museum of Afghanistan was this that all historical  of this museum that now is located in Darul Aman. Till 1992 this museum replaced in itself about 100000 historical works and were damaged as a result of wars, in 2003, its rehabilitation was begun again and after one year completed.
Works have been gained were exhibited. It should be mentioned regretfully this museum that was unparalleled in the region, as a result of civil wars in 70s like other aspects of life, it sustained much damages or smuggled by smugglers to overseas.
The museum possesses over 40000 historical works that majority of them are belong to Greco-Bacterian, Kushanids and Islamic periods.
There are some historical relics from top of Islam that the manuscript of holy Quran in Kufic letter related to third caliph of Islam Hazrat-i- Osman.
Miniature of Kamaluddin Behzad is another historical work that this manuscript and others were transferred to National Archive and National Gallery after their inauguration and are kept in them.
It is our duty to safeguard our historical places and historical works and no permit any one and mafia of historical relics, through their illegal and unprofessional excavations harm our historical riches.
The Kabul Times

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The recent changes in MoI are expected to create practical effects in reduction of insecurities throughout the country particularly capital city. Addressing a special occasion on introducing of newly appointed authorities, minister of interior affairs Wais Ahmad Barmak said, current situation and unlimited challenges before ANP required a series of changes to take place in MoI. These newly appointed authorities would be working in a probation period of three to six months and then after assessment of their achievements, their mission would be extended.
Based on MoI structure, the 303th zone includes eastern and central provinces of Paktya, Khost, Ghazni and Bamyan while the 808th zone include Kunduz, Takhar, Baghlan and Badakhshan provinces.
According to minister Barmak, the new appointments have taken place after a long three months process and separate assessment of background of each one of these individuals.
He added, in the field of fortifications, for construction of checkpoints and standard stations, multi-million Afghani have been invested but misappropriated and violators and perpetrators have been introduced to attorney general office. Bribery and allurement no longer exist in MoI. If we learn you are involved in corruption, we would not be with you and don’t support you.
Barmak added, the new authorities are accountable for money they receive from MoI under any name.
Touching the prior deals with food contractors and other requirements of ANP, Barmak emphasized that this situation is no more acceptable and must change. A clear plan has been prepared for registration of actual ANP soldiers by MoI and the layout of imaginary police must be collected from this ministry. Since a while the MoI has undertaken a series of reformatory programs to have achievement in ensuring security and uprooting of corruption in this administration.  As part of executive branch, ANP cannot be careless in people hardship and grievance. ANP immediately follow, detect and detains suspects and criminals. ANP is never proud of its position in society. It never use force or abuse its authority against people and society. Good ethic and honesty and trustworthiness is ANP big commitment and a lofty goal. Police is servant of society and violation in its assigned jobs are considered as corruption and even national tradition.
ANP makes efforts to perform on time practical and professional steps in order people believe in ANP and be mobilized. Our people expect to have a capable, professional and beloved polite ANP. People want their security problems be removed and have a clear vision on peace and security in existence of a knowledgeable and responsible police. Our people are in urgent need of security and rule of law. Being a police doesn’t only mean to wear an ANP uniform and attend a job, but it requires good, professional performance and accountability before people. In lack of a reliable security we cannot achieve socio-economic justice.
Abdul Akbar Noorzad
 

Wednesday May 16, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Five commuters were abducted by Taliban militants in Kandahar-Kabul highway yesterday.
According to BNA report, Mohammad Aref Noori spokesman of Ghazni governor told BNA reporter, the passengers who moving from Kandahar toward Kabul have been abducted by Taliban militants in Gylan district, Ghazni, Kandahar-Kabul highway.
There were no information for their fate, but police personnel started searching to find them, Noori added.
T/M.A.Ansari 
 

Wednesday May 16, 2018

Kabul (BNA) At least six Afghan National Army soldiers were martyred following Taliban attack in central Logar province the night before last.
Shah Poor Ahmadzai spokesman of police chief in Logar told BNA correspondent, the soldiers were martyred when Taliban militants carried out attack on their checkpoint in Khawaja Ismail Khail region, Charkh district of the province.
Four Afghan National Army troops were injured during the attack as well, Ahmadzai added.
By reaching reinforcement troops armed oppositions also sustained heavy casualties, but the exact number is not clear.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

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