22 January 2017

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Tuesday January 17, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Pakistani has since long chanted slogans of working for peace in Afghanistan, particularly when internationally blamed for being supporting and financing militants inside its soil.
But it should do its best to honor its commitments before Afghanistan by cooperating with the process peace between the government and the armed Taliban, the rein of whom is at the hand of some circles inside its border. Pakistan should give up continuing a double policy in Afghanistan and practice what it promised at the national and international levels, stating: “Peace in Afghanistan would help ensure stability in Pakistan and in the region.” When facing international accusation over terrorism and extremism support, the Pakistani politicians repeat its past rhetoric policy that their country was the main supporter of peace and security in Afghanistan, while showing it another victim of terrorism in the region. Recently the high peace council of Afghanistan have come under blame from many authorities of the government and the people saying since the last many years of establishment of the council, nothing tangible had so far been seen to help the process get success or even convoy a green light from the government armed oppositions. Afghan people blame the HPC for failing to even secure contact with the Taliban for what they believed may help peace process get success even in part.
Apart from what should be done by Pakistan as the main militant supporter for an Afghan led peace negotiation and the Afghan government as the main terror victims, the following points should be considered, if peace was believed a possible process to end the long stalled devastating war in the country: Peace process success links directly to good governance, fighting drugs, serious campaign against corruption and creating job opportunities, if the government of Afghanistan and international community want to move forward towards a successful process. Corruption critically fuel insurgency, as media leaked that a broken out corruption all over the country’s security and defense organs could pave the way for the influence of the armed oppositions into the government organizations. The country’s intelligence and operative organizations should stand on alert to fight corruption in order the way for influencing insurgency remain closed. Corruption would also help the militants’ prisoners and criminals to release and return to their sanctuaries for restarting terrorist activities and offensives against the country’s security and defense forces. The government should also struggle to prevent poppy cultivation and drugs production in the country, as in most restive provinces, with many of the districts under the Taliban control, terrorists and the Taliban are using drugs as their financial sources.
So the international community should increase pressure on the drugs trafficking countries to refrain from purchasing drugs, the high price of which only harms the country’s poor farmers, while most of the income go to the pocket of drug mafia. Good governance would also be one of the most important factors to help trust strengthen between the people and the government, as in the absence of the key factor that the people properties are usurped, a big vacuum would create between the people and the government. Lasting peace and sustainable security would only be restored, when the aforesaid factors were implemented by the government, under direct support from the international community.

Hamidullah Faizi
 

Tuesday January 17, 2017

Kabul (BNA) A key member of Taliban militants was detained by Afghan security forces in northern Jawzjan province the other day.
Col. Rahmatullah Turkistani police chief of Jawzjan told BNA reporter, Mohammad Yaqub the key member of the terrorist group was involved in terrorist and destructive activities in different parts of Jawzjan province.
The key member swallowed his memory card, while identified and arrested by Afghan security forces in a security ring in Shaberghan city the provincial capital of the province.
Investigation underway from the arrested rebel.
 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Praying ceremony for the souls of recent terrorist attacks’ martyrs including UAE diplomats was held yesterday in congregational mosque of Arg with participation of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.
The ceremony was also attended by second vice president Sarwar Danesh, chief justice and chairman of the Supreme Court, chairmen of both national assembly’s houses, head of the country’s ulema council, a number of cabinet ministers, foreign diplomats and members of the UAE embassy to Kabul.
In the ceremony, the Holy Quran was recited by Imam of the Arg mosque and other memorizers of the country and the participants prayed for the souls of those martyred including UAE diplomats in recent terrorist attacks in Kabul, Kandahar and Helmand provinces.
 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Based on proposal of information and culture ministry and decree of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, Mohammad Rasoul Bawari has been appointed as deputy minister of culture and art for information and culture.
 

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 06:17

NUG Leaders Should Exercise Commitments

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Conference for following national unity government’s commitments in connection with standardization of national radio and television and Bakhtar news agency was held yesterday by Culture and Civil Society Foundation in Kabul.
In the conference, head of the foundation Timor Shah Hakimyar spoke and said, “One of specialties of democracy is to institutionalize the society’s trusts by continued cultural efforts and strengthening of citizenship’s feeling. Head of national radio and television Mohammad Zarin Inzor spoke related to changers brought in various sections and programs of the TV said national television as a national media has continually tried to consent of the people by offering various programs.
In the conference, deputy of BNA Mari Nabard Ayeen spoke and criticized that Bakhtar news agency, which was the only national agency, was forgetting and said, “Despite the fact that NUG leaders know BNA has always worked for implementation of the government’s programs, decisions, strengthening of national interests, national unity and consolidation of sovereignty, but no attention has been paid to this agency and problems of its journalists have been addressed so far.”
National radio director Lima Ahmadzai also spoke in the conference and said that national radio had various programs in 33 provinces of the country, adding that further attention would be paid for expansion and better quality of its programs in future.
 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Acting minister of information and culture and deputy to the youth affairs, Dr. Kamal Sadat in his meeting with Paktika Governor Ilyas Wahdat said the historical sites of the province should be protected, BNA reported the other day.
According to the agency, both sides spoke about the cultural issues including protection of the historical sites, with the acting minister of information and culture emphasizing that the province’s historical sites was part of Afghanistan’s civilizational heritages and precious assets of the country. He said in the province, training workshops and programs for the youths covering arts and culture should be coordinately with the provincial department of information and culture, should conducted as well as efforts should be done to strengthen the people traditions, the agency quoted.
Meanwhile, Paktika governor asked for equipment of the provincial library by the department of information and culture and work should be done to improve the cultural affairs, particularly protection of the historical sites of the province, said the government ran agency.
 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Lower House of parliament has unanimously approved the 2017 national budget.
Eklil Hakimi, Minister of Finance praised lawmakers for unanimously approving the budget and asked all budgetary units to spend the budget in consideration to possibilities, effectiveness and national interests of the country. It is worth mentioning that the national budget for 2017 is 429 billion afg which 268.4 billion is the ordinary budget, which 161 billion afg is the development budget and has been prepared in accordance to current limitations, implementation of national projects, administrative structures, balance between expenditures and incomes, possibilities, donors’ commitments, incomplete projects and focus on effectiveness of projects.
It is also worth mentioning that 38% of the budget is funded through domestic resources, while the rest is provided by the international donors.
It is in a time that last year, 30% of budget was funded through domestic resources
 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, speaker of Wolesi Jirga, awarded an appreciation letter to Eklil Hakimi, the Minister of Finance for his valuable services, outlined in the budget document which its implementation would improve security and political stability, reforms in governance systems, infrastructure and accelerating revenue collection process.
Speaker of Wolesi Jirga also awarded an appreciation letter to H.E. Nasir Ahmad Durrani for his recent achievements, attempts for providing services and developing budget expenditure.
Speaker of Wolesi Jirga has mentioned that Ministers of Finance and Rural Rehabilitation are among the most successful members of Cabinet that try their best for providing services for people and developing budget expenditure.
Administrative Board of Wolesi Jirga decided to praise the works and achievements of Ministers of Finance and Rural Rehabilitation based on the suggestion made by financial and budget commission of this assembly.
Minister of Finance thanked members of Wolesi Jirga and reaffirmed his commitments upon the above mentioned issues. Ministery of Finance spent 83% development budget while the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation spent more than 88% of its developing budget within implementing 11300 developing projects in 34 provinces in F-Y-1395. Nasir Ahmad Durrani Said: “Fortunately, Minister of Rural Rehabilitation gained these achievements as a result of efforts made by its staff in the center and provinces and tries to provide better services to the people by making reasonable usage of developing budget in F-Y- 1396”.
 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Pakistan Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Qamar Javid Bajwa in a telephone contact Sunday evening with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani strongly condemned recent terrorist attacks in Kabul, Kandahar and Helmand and offered condolence to the President and people of Afghanistan.
President Ghani while thanking the Pakistan chief of army staff for expressing condolence and sadness said the respective terrorist attacks’ perpetrators who have taken their responsibility were living in Pakistan where they could freely operate and recruit and no steps had been taken against them so far.
The country’s President once again considered terrorism and extremism as serious threat for the region and world, stressing that lack of determination to counter the common threat would face Pakistan itself and the region with lots of hazards. At the end of the telephone contact, President Ghani said his aim was the future for which serious and overall talks should be done as repetition of 2016 year was not acceptable for the government and people of Afghanistan.
 

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 06:08

NPC Approves 13 Contracts Worth 13.5 bln Afs

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Presided over by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the session of national procurement commission was held Sunday evening and 13 contracts worth 13.5 billion Afs were approved.
Five lines for transmission of electricity from Ghazni to Kandahar, construction of the second water supply phase of Aibak, digging, reconstruction and equipment of two wells in Yatimtaq area of Sheberghan, procurement of 550,000 literss (diseal and petrol oil) for ministry of education, five contracts of foodstuffs for MoD and four contracts of foodstuffs for MoI were approved by the commission. Meanwhile, the commission also approved proposal of the water and energy ministry in connection with cancelation of micro-hydel project’s contract for Samkani district of Paktia and cancelation of another contract suggested by Da Afghanistan Brishna Sherkat (DABS) for providing spare parts to Naghlo dam. National procurement commission had asked the ministry of finance and DABS to pay attention related to funding financially the renovation of Naghlo dam.
 

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