23 February 2017

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Sunday, February 19, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC) and non-government media organization have agreed to broadcast and publish programs of Afghanistan central statistics office (CSO).
The agreement was made yesterday in joint session attended by deputy minister of publication affairs for information and culture, head of Afghanistan central statistics office, head of population registration for MoI and representatives of non-government media organizations.
Government media institutions have continually broadcast and published messages of central statistics office and directorate of population registration asking now the non-government media organizations to cooperate in connection with broadcasting their message in particular birth and death registrations.
In the session attended also by acting minister of information and culture, Sayeda Mojgan Mustafavi, deputy minister of publication affairs for information affairs for information and culture considered publication and broadcasting of the central statistics office’s messages as key for public awareness and asked media organizations to cooperate with the two government institutions.
Praising media organizations for cooperation in this regard, acting minister of information and culture Dr. Kamal Sadat added MoIC was supporting all media organizations.

Sunday, February 19, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Condemning in strongest terms recent terrorist attacks in Pakistan, the National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar said the people of Afghanistan suffered the most as result of Daesh attacks in recent months, a statement from his office said on Saturday.
Atmar expressed the President's and the country's deepest condolences to the people of Pakistan and in particular to the families of those killed and wounded in the recent attacks during a telephonic conversation with Pakistan’s Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz on Friday.
He emphasized that Afghanistan condemned these attacks in the strongest terms.  Such attacks on civilians are abhorrent and must be condemned in the strongest possible terms as against both countries’ shared values and principles.
Atmar told Aziz that Daesh has officially taken responsibility for the latest attack. Daesh attacks have killed and wounded hundreds of Afghans in recent months.
Both nations faced a common enemy, and recent attacks of Daesh and other terrorists at a University, a mosque, the Supreme Court and on peaceful demonstrators in Kabul and many other provinces had taken innocent lives.
Atmar called on Aziz to work together against these terrorist threats.  Afghanistan was ready to collaborate with Pakistan and other international partners to achieve this, he said.
Both countries must maintain strong and transparent commitments to preventing such groups from operating on their soil. And according to principles of cooperation and mutual interest, there should be no distinction between terrorist groups who themselves show no distinction between countries or people and no regard for human rights.
“We must find and execute effective strategies to eliminate terrorist sanctuaries wherever they exist.” Both agreed to consult with their leadership and discuss how to better respond to these terrorist attacks on both sides in a more coordinated and effective way, the statement said.

Sunday, February 19, 2017
Dushanbe (BNA) Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani met with the president of Tajikistan Emom Ali Rahmon in Tajikistan’s Presidential Palace during an official trip to Dushanbe yesterday afternoon, a MoFA statement said.
At the outset, the Tajik President welcomed the Afghan Foreign Minister to Dushanbe and expressed his pleasure and hope for further development of good relationship between the two brother and neighboring countries, the statement added.
The President of Tajikistan pointed out numerous common opportunities in the region for mutual economic cooperation, calling peace, stability, and economic welfare in Afghanistan very valuable for his country and expressed his assurance that Tajikistan would stay committed to continuing good relationship and fruitful cooperation with Afghanistan.
Expressing appreciation for the opportunity to meet the president of Tajikistan, Foreign Minister Rabbani briefed Tajik President on political and security situation, the recent progress made in Afghanistan, future priorities of the government in various fields like the Peace Process, and achievements of the Afghan Security and Defense Forces in the fight against terrorism, the statement noted.
FM Rabbani emphasized that Afghanistan is very interested in extensive cooperation with Tajikistan in different fields like economic convergence; connecting the region through transiting energy; and fighting against common concerns, challenges, and threats, the statement said.
After the meeting, Foreign Minister Rabbani address a media gathering on achievements of his official trip to Tajikistan.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Zaranj City (BNA) Two persons were arrested accused of smuggling 30 Kg narcotic drug in southern Nimroz province.
Mohammad Omari spokesman of security command in Nimroz told BNA, the smugglers, while wanted to transfer 30 kg narcotic drug kind of Cristal by a vehicle type of Corolla to unknown area were arrested by Afghan police personnel in Maldaran region, Zaranj city the provincial capital of the province.
It has been said, one of detained persons is leader of narcotic drug band in the province.
Smuggling of narcotic drugs usually is a lot in Nimroz province than others border provinces.

Sunday, 19 February 2017 07:18

17 ANA Soldiers Martyr By ISIS Fighters

Sunday February 19, 2017

Jalalabad City (BNA) About 17 Afghan National Army personnel were martyred by ISIS loyalists in eastern Nangarhar province Friday night.
According to reports, first the Afghan security troops were poisoned by their comrade who has link with the terrorist group than shooting by ISIS loyalists in Dor Baba district of the province. 
Gulab Mangal governor of Nangarhar in an interview with Gulistan Ghalib BNA local correspondent confirmed the news, but said nothing about the details of the incident.
Meanwhile, government has appointed a delegation to review the reason behind the inhuman incident.

Sunday, 19 February 2017 07:16

29 Commuters Kill, Wound In Road Accident

Sunday February 19, 2017

Lashkargah City (BNA) At least 5 passengers were killed and 24 others were injured following traffic accident in southern Helmand province yesterday afternoon.
Omar Zawak spokesman of Helmand governor told BNA reporter, the incident took place when a passenger bus veered off the road and overturned in relevant areas of Garashk district, Lashkargah-Kandahar highway.
Meanwhile traffic officials said, high speed and carelessness of bus’ driver is the main reason behind the deadly event.
The health conditions of six injured of the incident are not satisfactory, doctors in a health center of Helmand told.

Sunday, 19 February 2017 06:37

Mine Blast Wounds 5 Children In Urozgan

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Trenkot (BNA) Five children were injured in a mine explosion in Urozgan province yesterday.
The children were targeted by a mine blast in Charcheno district.
Local police commander of Urozgan province told BNA, in the blast, five children were injured.
The children injured while collecting of wood.
So far, no individual or group has committed responsibility of the event, but local official of the province blamed Taliban for the incident.
Likewise, doctors in a medical center reported the health status of 2 wounded children critical. 

Sunday, 19 February 2017 06:36

Herat Municipality’ Employee Assassinated

Sunday, February 19, 2017
Herat City (BNA) Herat municipality staff was assassinated by unknown gunman this morning in the province.
Obaid Hamid Elahi manager of Herat municipality told BNA, the employee named Fakhrudin that was assassinated by unidentified gunman who riding motorcycle in Karizak area, while he collecting products of municipality in the area.
The main reason behind the incident is not clear so far.
Meanwhile, Jilani Farah spokesman of Herat governor said, efforts has started to identify and arrest the culprit of the event.

Sunday, February 19, 2017
Lashkargah City (BNA) At least 36 armed Taliban were killed and 40 others were wounded during recent clashes with Afghan security forces within the last 24 hours in southern Helmand province.
National army commander told BNA, clashes occurred between Afghan security troops and Taliban militants in Sangin, Nawzad districts and outskirts of Lashkargah city the provincial capital of the province.
Most of the conflicts occurred after Afghan security forces carried out attack on Taliban’s hideouts.
According to another report, Afghan security forces succeeded to discover Taliban’s three weapons caches in the province.
The caches were discovered from Sangin district of Helmand province, which several heavy and light were seized from the depots.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Jalalabad City (BNA) At least 26 civilians who have been abducted by loyalists of ISIS terrorist group, were released from clutch of them in eastern Nangarhar province.
Ataullah Khogyani spokesman of Nangarhar governor told BNA reporter, the civilians have been abducted by ISIS terrorist group within the last two months in various parts of Nangarhar province.
The kidnapped civilians were released following a military operation conducted by Afghan security forces in Haska Mena district of the province.
Five ISIS fighters who keeping the civilians were killed during the operation as well, Khogyani added.
Casualties didn’t incur to the abducted civilians and Afghan security personnel in the operation.

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