26 May 2017

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

JEDDAH/KABUL: Eklil Hakimi, Minister of Finance participated in Islamic Development Bank (IDB) annual meeting in Jeddah, a statement from the Ministry said on Friday.
On the Sideline of IDB annual meeting, Minister Hakimi met Dr. Bandar Al Hajjar, governor of IDB and discussed on IDB engagement in Afghanistan, Proposal of 18 new projects including Andkhoy-Aqina Railway, Kabul Ring Road, and Agriculture projects for returnees, Construction of schools and hospital, housing and some other important subjects. The technical team of this bank was due to come to Kabul to study the feasibility for further engagement, the statement added. According to another report, Minister Hakimi during his visit from Saudi Arabia, met with Foreign Minister Adel Al-jubeir, and discussed a range of issues including the peace process, bilateral relations and projects funded by Saudi Arabia. Minister Hakimi thanked Saudi Arabia for its continued support with Afghanistan, the statement concluded.
 

Saturday May 20, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The all-rounder Mohammad Nabi and the leg-spinner Rashid Khan on Thursday returned home after their successful journey in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Rashid was picked by Sunrisers Hyderabad for a whopping $600,000 USD in the IPL auction. The team also bought his senior teammate Mohammad Nabi, for $46,000 USD.
“These trips are useful for Afghanistan’s cricket because our country’s name was taken when one of us were entering the ground,” Nabi told.
 

Saturday May 20, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The Afghan National Army Deputy Chief of Staff General Murad Ali Murad has been appointed as the deputy interior minister for security.
A spokesman for the presidential palace, Shah Hussain Murtazawi, said Gen. Murad has been appointed for the post based on the recommendations of the Ministry of Interior and approval of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.
Murtazawi further added that other appointments have also been made in the ministry in accordance with the recommendations of the ministry’s leadership and President Ghani’s approval.
 

Saturday May 20, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a meeting with elders of southeastern Paktia province has said the success of peace agreement with Hizb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) was made possible as a result of sincere efforts and strong commitments and hoped the agreement may encourage other rebel groups to join peace process, a presidential statement said on Friday.
The meeting was organized to commemorate the death of Haji Sardar Ahmadzai, a Jihadi and tribal personality. The president referring to the peace deal with HIA said the agreement was reached on the bases of sincerity, strong commitment, and judgment.
He hoped peace agreement with HIA would help encourage other militant groups to renounce violence and join the reconciliation process.
“You are the ambassadors of peace and stability with the valuable advises of you more ways for peace would be explored and further killing and destruction can be prevented,” President Ghani told the elders.
Maulavi Khaleq Dad, one of the tribal elders, congratulated the president over successful peace agreement with HIA which was an Afghan owned and led process. He hoped the continuation of this process would help to reconcile other groups as well.
Khaleq Dad thanked the president for condoling the demise of Sardar Ahmadzai and termed him honest and peace loving personality. He also thanked the president for economic and uplift projects and the success he achieved during the last more than two years.
 

Saturday May 20, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Thursday traveled to central Bamyan province and inaugurated construction work of Yakawalang-Dara-e-Sauf Road, a presidential statement said.
President Ghani, Second Vice President Sarwar Danish, Chinese Ambassador to Afghanistan and other government officials inaugurated the $204.9 million road project.
Welcoming the president and accompanied delegation, Bamyan governor Mohammad Tahir Zahir said Bamyan people was supporting the government’s programs, adding inauguration of the Yakawlang-Dar-e-Sauf project has further boosts people’s trust on government.
“Mass participation of the people in today’s event reveal their support of you and the government,” Bamyan governor told the president.
Meanwhile Mahmood Baligh Minister of Public Works said the project was submitted to a Chinese construction firm by the Afghan government earlier in the month of January, adding the contract was submitted to the Chinese firm after it completed all the stand norms and conditions for the project by offering the lowest price of $213.8 million.
He added the project was expected to be completed over a period of three and half years with the financial support of the Asian Development Bank. He said the road was 178 kilometer long, nine meters wide and would have eight bridges, 196 culverts and 5,950 meters of retaining walls.
Congratulating the inauguration of the project to Bamyan people, the second vice president Mohammad Sarwar Danesh said government has implemented major projects, including that of the central provinces.
Pointing to inauguration of Bamyan hospital and calling it unique in the country, VP Danesh said implementation of major development projects in central provinces were due to government, in particular the President’s kind attention. 
According to VP Danesh Bamyan has been connected through air and road with the capital Kabul, adding inauguration of Yakawlang-Dar-e-Sauf project to link central provinces with north and south ones.
VP Danesh went on saying 220 KW energy project to be started for the central provinces, adding several other projects in different fields of education, health, agriculture and consultation were on hand to be implemented.
Pointing to Bamyan’s Touristic attractions, the second vice president asked the local officials to spare no efforts in preservation of the historical sites.
Meanwhile, the president termed the project as vital and said people in every corner of the country were happy over its launch.
“For Afghanistan’s economic development, we have given a priority to infrastructure projects and I am very happy to see this project is kicked off as it will connect the country’s north with the south,” the president said.
Calling the project a national one and related to all people of Afghanistan, the president said the project fulfills one of the dreams of Shaheed of national unity, Ustad Mazari.
“All the previous governments have remained in depth for the central provinces. We have just paid the first depth and would pay the other ones through implementation of other major projects. Our aim is to serve the nation,” the President noted. Pointing to Chinese Construction Company, the president said the company has implemented major projects in China and Afghan government has its commitment for successful implementation of the project.
It is worth to mention that the contract for the 178-kilometer road was signed between the Public Works Ministry and a Chinese construction company CRBC in December last year.
 

Saturday May 20, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met the other day with a number of foreign ambassadors and members of core-diplomatic to Kabul at presidential palace, in which ‘Kabul Process’ to be held next month in Kabul was discussed.
In the meeting, President Ghani said that ‘Kabul Process’ should not be ceremonial, but there should be a clear commitment for maintaining peace and lasting stability in the country, adding that the process aimed to reach a consensus and unique agreement for counter terrorism.
“Kabul Process” is a new initiative as Afghanistan government is taking practical steps for ending war in collaboration with regional countries and the international community”. The President asserted, adding that Afghanistan was the victim of undeclared war in which non-government elements were used. The country’s President further said that peace and stability in Afghanistan depended on peace and stability in the region and Kabul Process would also focus on maintaining peace and stability in Afghanistan, adding that the process would also have commitments of peace and lasting stability in Afghanistan. “Afghanistan is going lead Kabul Process, which will put base of peace with Taliban and other armed opponents”, President Ghani asserted, adding that Afghanistan was still facing with terrorism. Recalling of intra-Afghan peace dialogues, the country’s President said peace with Hezb-e-Islami has ended long –term dispute and proved that peace was possible.
Addressing to ambassadors and members of core-diplomatic to Kabul, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said peace process was not risky and the government would suffer risks in this regard, but it would find confidential position in peace process, stating that it was not simple and we might face with a range of problems.
The country’s President asserted that terrorism has reached to a deadly phase; therefore, joint cooperation and international support were needed towards counter terrorism.
 

Saturday May 20, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Up to 13 armed oppositions were killed and 17 others were wounded during military operation in Kapisa province.
Ministry of National defense press office stated BNA, the operation under the code name of Ghabar ‘7’ has launched by Afghan security forces in most parts of Kapisa province.
According to another report, seven insurgents were killed by Afghan security personnel in Chapa Dara district of eastern Kunar province.
Some heavy and light weapons belonging Taliban militants have been destroyed by security forces in the district as well.
 

Saturday May 20, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Over 10 ISIS loyalists have been killed during military operation conducted by Afghan security forces in eastern Nangarhar province.
Ministry of National Defense press office stated BNA, the operation under the code name of Sylab ‘4’ was launched to suppress ISIS adherents and protect the lives and properties of people in insecure areas of Chaparhar district of the province, in which 10 ISIS members were killed and two others severely were wounded.
Also Afghan security personnel succeeded to discover and defuse a round of anti-vehicle mine at the weight of 20 kg in Shinwar Qala region, Batti Koot district.
The mine had been planted by enemies of the country to carry out bloodiest incident on civilians and Afghan security troops.
 

Saturday May 20, 2017

Kabul (BNA) 11 members of a family were martyred following road side mine blast in Logar province yesterday.
Salim Saleh spokesman of Logar governor told BNA correspondent, the incident took place, while the vehicle of a family was moving toward Zarghon Shahr district of the province, which hit with a road side mine.
Five women, five children and a man are among the martyrs of the family, Saleh added.
The family members wanted to participate in a wedding ceremony.
 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Pul-e-Khomri (BNA) 17 armed oppositions were killed and 52 villages were cleared from being of armed insurgents in Baghlan province yesterday.
General Akramuddin Sarey police chief of Baghlan told BNA, 17 armed insurgents were killed and 52 villages have been cleared from being of armed insurgents in an operation conducted by security troops in Baghlan province.
He added, in the operation more than 27 other insurgents were also injured, Mullah Omar and Mullah Akhtar key commanders of Taliban are also among the injured and other insurgents are forced to flee the site.
 

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