26 April 2017

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Sunday, April 02, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The recent terrorist attack on Parachanar located in tribal areas of Pakistan, again claimed the lives of many innocent people.
This barbaric incident clearly demonstrates that terrorism and extremism know no any border; they are the enemies of all humanity as a whole.
BNA analysts of military affairs commenting on the issue write that last Friday the crowed market of Parachanar was the scene of a terrorist motor bomb attack. The target of this barbaric attack was the people who gathered in nearby mosque for Friday’s prayer. The attack claimed the lives of thirty people and injured 80 others. There were women and children among the victims.
Jamatuharar a terrorist group a separated branch from Pakistani Taliban has claimed the responsibility. The group has also claimed the responsibility of a disastrous suicide attack on a temple in Pakistan’s Sind province.
The victims of the recent incident in Parachanar were mainly Shias. Attack on certain religious sect is a clear evident of growing terrorism and extremism in Pakistani community.  
The recent terrorist incident once again revealed that Pakistan is deeply drowning in mire of terrorism and extremism and the rights of minorities seriously ignored.
The accelerating of terrorist activities against ethnical and religious minorities in Pakistan closely linked in to extremist parties and these parties and organizations provide the ground for terrorist and suicide attacks in that country.
If we refer to the past, Pakistani intelligence service establishing religious parties and organizations had tried to carry out its activities for achieving its evil and ambitious objects in disguise of Islam in its neighboring countries. For implementing this inhumane program, Pakistan used the extremist organization and figures in Arabic countries. If today, IS in Afghanistan or other parts of the world carries out terrorist attacks, if Taliban cry slogans for realizing Islamic law, or now, IS to make itself the ruler of Afghanistan, these are all rooted and related in to Pakistani intelligence and it religious organizations. Now these so called religious organizations have become so powerful that Pakistan intelligence service cannot control anymore and becoming huge threat to Pakistani community, curbing them would not be easy. In spite of these fatal threats, still there are certain circles in Pakistan who use the terrorist and extremist groups as a means for achieving their goals while as we mentioned earlier they have no any control on them.
The recent evidences in Pakistan proved that terrorism and extremism are not limited to a certain geographical area, but widely grow where violence and ignorance prevailed.
Therefore, it would be better to know terrorism and extremism as a serious challenge to mankind and practically and true work for eradication of these notorious phenomenon and rescue the humanity from the evil of them.   
 

Sunday April 2, 2017

Kabul (BNA) NATO Secretary General has said that the only way to overcome insecurity in Afghanistan is to strengthen domestic forces.
Discussing ways of how to step up efforts to project security and fight terrorism in Afghanistan, NATO foreign ministers said: “We have made significant contributions for many years - from Afghanistan to the Balkans. But NATO has untapped potential to do more,” the secretary-general said. However international community, in the last many years, have focused on launching operations against the armed oppositions, but the NATO Secretary General has said that the only way to overcome insecurity is to train, equip the Afghan security forces. Meantime, the government of Afghanistan is making effort to keep peace reconciliation continued with the armed Taliban and on the other way, the NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg has said it would support any effort to lead to peace process success in Afghanistan.
Jens Stoltenberg said that the alliance had been building the capacity of local forces, including with life-saving training to counter improvised explosive devices. According to a statement, Stoltenberg remarked the lesson learnt in Afghanistan, Kosovo and Bosnia-Herzegovina was that training local forces, building local security institutions on combating terrorism could be more useful in the long term. He downplayed calls for NATO deploying more troops to combat operations. “That’s exactly what we do in Afghanistan – we have ended our combat operations, but we build local capacity by training Afghan forces so they can fight the Taliban themselves,” said the statement. A storm of refugees from Iraq, Syria and other war-affected nations headed to the European countries due to the prevailing insecurity, and the alliance is making effort not to let Afghanistan turned into safe havens for terrorists anymore, and unless the Afghan forces were equipped and trained, development in security of the country has less possibility in Afghanistan. US has left 8500 mentors to train, support and advice domestic forces in Afghanistan. The country’s security forces despite less possibility of equipment and modern weaponries are still fighting bravely against terrorists and their backed armed groups. Afghan security forces are in dire need of being equipped with sophisticated arms and facilities, particularly the air-force.
Hamidullah Faizi
 

Sunday April 2, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan was among the world largest opium suppliers in the world during the Taliban reign.
However, after establishing new government, the ministry of counternarcotic established, but unfortunately, still the country is recognized as one of the largest opium suppliers in the world. Recently, the ministry of counternarcotic declared that poppy cultivation rate in the country has climbed by 10 percent in compare with last year. The ministry said that due to insecurity, Badghis has changed into second opium supplier province of the country. Earlier, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes in cooperation with the government of Afghanistan has released a report, indicating narcotics as second insecurity and instability factor in the country. Narcotic smugglers are the main supporters of the terrorist groups in different parts of the country, through which they can continue narcotics trafficking.
Southern Helmand is the largest opium supplier since long, where the terrorist factions own hideouts in some parts and are continuously striving to have the control of some districts of the province. At the same time, the narcotics’ mafias are making effort to keep Helmand insecure, a move help them freely cultivate poppy and through the incomes received, militarily support the terrorist groups against the Afghan security forces.  Likewise, one of the main factors behind north insecurity is the narcotics’ traffickers, as they are trying to insecure the northern provinces, an action help them find way to middle Asia. If narcotics’ production goes up, Afghanistan will be defamed worldwide, thus, serious combat is needed to fight poppy cultivation, production and trafficking. The government has spent much money to struggle narcotics, but seems to have failed. Therefore, it should seriously revise strategies in the respect.
Lack of firm will over the last years have caused the government to face failure on fighting narcotics, a move has caused its plans to face with slowness.
Afghanistan combat against narcotics would not be that effective sans the international community cooperation. US, Britain and UN have assisted Afghanistan in this way, but it wasn’t sufficient. Unfortunately, poppy cultivation, existence of drugs’ addicts and lack of commitment of the neighboring and regional countries are the main challenges ahead of it. Furthermore, high consumption and demand level of narcotics in the world are the factors behind increasing the ominous phenomenon. The government of Afghanistan cannot lonely fight narcotics, but international community should also cooperate in this regard.  Besides domestic wars, Afghanistan has also been negatively affected by narcotics over the last more than three decades, through which the terrorist groups are being financially supported and can easily continue war in the country.
Suraya Raiszada
 

Sunday April 2, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Kapisa provincial council secretary Mohammad Aman Mubarez was killed on Friday in an explosion while he was at a picnic, officials confirmed.
Abdul Fatah Shafiq, the district governor for Hesa Awal Kohistan also confirmed the incident and said that Mubarez had been at a picnic in Kham Zargar area of the district when unexploded ordinance detonated.
Shafiq said the incident occurred at around 1 p.m. when an unexploded mine was triggered. Two of his bodyguards were wounded.
Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) also confirmed the death of Mubarez.
Mubarez had been the Kapisa provincial council secretary since 2014.
 

Sunday April 2, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan Future Generation Association (AFGA) in cooperation with deputy ministry of youth affairs for information and culture welcomed in a ceremony the nomination of current year as youth year.
In the ceremony held on this occasion in Afghanistan national theater hall, deputy minister of youth affairs Dr. Kamal Sadat thanked the country’s President for nomination the current year as youth, adding that deputy ministry of youth affairs has prepared a five-year strategy for Afghanistan youth. He asserted that deputy ministry of youth affairs would cooperate with youth in various fields based on the strategy and hoped the current year would be a year of development, change and motivation for Afghanistan youth. In the ceremony, head of AFGA added that the ceremony aimed at giving motivation and hope to youth and asked Afghanistan youth for showing further mobility and make better use of the current year.
 

Sunday April 2, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Vice President Sarwar Danesh introduced yesterday designate minister for mines and petroleum Nargis Nehan to lawmakers in Lower House of parliament.
Vice president while praising former officials of mines and petroleum for their works considered Nargis Nehan as experienced, professional and brave personality, congratulating her for taking the new responsibility. Considering the country’s current situation as tenuous, second vice president asserted that the people of Afghanistan needed that axle of governance and public administrative would continue with speed, precision, transparency and full might so that they could fight various foreign and domestic challenges and find way for solution of current problems. “Afghanistan national unity government’s top priority is to reach economic development and national self-sufficiency”, Danesh asserted.
He considered the country’s mines as the only main assurance for reaching national self-sufficiency and economic development and stressed that strategic policy-making in ministry of mines would be possible only by expansion of human resources, implementation of comprehensive administrative reform programs, counter corruption in the ministry, investment of private sector as powerful arm in mines sector, modification and amendment of mines’ laws and overall national and government support and maintaining of security of mines as a national responsibility. Second vice president added that national unity government was determined to cut national traitors’ hands from Afghanistan mines through reforms and implementation of professional policies and protect natural heritages of the people of Afghanistan so that they got balanced development. Sarwar Danesh further said that works would soon start in the ministry, adding that institutionalization of reforms, modification of mines’ laws, implementation of administrative reforms, creating a professional procurement system, professional works in appointments and contracts would be basic priorities in the ministry of mines and petroleum.
 

Sunday April 2, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Based on the president’s instruction, Eklil Hakimi, Minister of Finance met Syed Ahmad Shah Sadaat, acting Minister of Communication & Information Technology in his office here yesterday, the ministry of finance said in a statement.
In the meeting which was also attended by Hamayoun Mohtat General Director of Population Registration Department and Electronic Identity Card, both sides discussed providing funds of Electronic Identity Card (E-Tazkira) and accelerating process of its distribution. At the end, it is decided that Ministry of Finance should provide required assistance for funding E-Tazkira process, the statement concluded.
 

Sunday April 2, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah received national cricket team players yesterday in Hamid Karzai International Airport.
The country’s chief executive called the players as the country’s heroes who have brought happiness and honors to Afghanistan, adding that Afghans were praising and appreciating all players in particular national cricket team for their effort and the honor depended to all Afghans. It is worth mentioning that the country’s national cricket team has defeated Ireland national cricket team in T20, ODI and Intercontinental Cup matches.
 

Sunday April 2, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met yesterday with members of Zabul provincial council and a number of the province’s elders and dignitaries.
In the meeting held at Sapidar palace, Zabul elders and members of provincial council shared current problems facing the people of the province with chief executive. Complaining of construction of customhouse by Taliban in the province, they asked the government for prevention of the Taliban custom in the province. Members of Zabul provincial council and elders also demanded fundamental reforms in local government, maintaining security, serious counter corruption, making use of Zabul cadres in government structures, development of education process and addressing other problems of the province’s residents. After hearing demands and suggestions of Zabul elders, the country’s chief executive instructed relevant organs to adopt necessary measures in connection with construction of customhouse by Taliban in the province.
 

Sunday April 2, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani was saddened over death of the country’s top doctor Prof. Mehr Mohammad Ejazi, who has passed away due to illness he was suffering.
In a message, the country’s President extended condolence and sympathy to the deceased family, his colleagues, medical society and honorable nation of Afghanistan, wishing the deceased paradise and patience to the remained. The deceased Dr. Mehr Mohammad Ejazi was one of the experienced lecturers in Kabul Medical Institute where he made lots of efforts towards training of young and professional doctors. During his life, Dr. Mehr Mohammad Ejazi has cured and treated a large number of patients and for a period of time, he worked as minister of higher education and head of Medical Institute of Kabul University.
 

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