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Saturday, 17 June 2017 06:28

Atmar, Kubis Discuss Afghan Peace Process

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The UN Under-Secretary-General Jan Kubis has hailed the Afghan government for the successful conduct of Kabul Process Conference and admired the Afghan government efforts for peace and stability.
During a meeting with the National Security Advisor (NSA) Mohammad Hanif Atmar on Wednesday, Kabus denounced recent terrorist attacks and offered condolences to the people and government of Afghanistan over the loss of precious lives, a statement from NSA office said on Thursday.
Kabis assured the NSA of Un full support and cooperation in fight against terrorism, Afghan led peace process and discussed future election in the country.  He stressed over regional consensus for peace and appreciated the vision of Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.
Atmar welcomed Kabis to Kabul and called the effective role of UN as vital in today’s regional and international context.  NSA emphasized on the regional cooperation and coordination for combating and overcoming terrorism and termed the role of UN key in this regard.
 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The Kabul Municipality on Thursday announced launching work on the first-ever metro bus project in the capital, Kabul, a scheme that would take one year to complete.
While signing contracts for 16 road construction projects in Kabul, Mayor Abdullah Habibzai told a press conference the launch of the metro bus project was a matter of pleasure.  He said the first metro line with four kilometers length and 60 meters width would start from the Parwan-3 Square and would be extended to Sara-e-Shamali Square, which connect the center to the north of Kabul.
“This is good news for Kabul residents and we would witness the first metro bus running in early 1397.  We plan to work on similar projects in other parts of Kabul later this year,” he said.
“We will have 111 kilometers of metro bus lines in the capital three years,” he said.  The construction of the 111 kilometers metro bus road would cost $15 million to be paid by the municipality.  A contract for the construction of a 285 kilometers road in Kabul was also signed on the same day.
“Another project for asphalting a 90 kilometers road is also in the procurement plan.
In total, 375 kilometers of roads would be constructed this year under the two projects,” the mayor said.
Habibzai said the road projects would be implemented in 15th, 16th, 22nd, 12th, 11th, 13th, 17th, 9th, 8th, 4th, 5th, 10th and 7th police districts.
He did not provide information about the total cost of the 16 projects, but said the municipality’s plans for the current year included graveling roads, brick-lining streets, building a surface water system, parks and providing other services that would cost $113 million.
He called building recreational parks in Kabul as a top priority for the municipality, saying six of such parks would he built in the capital this year.
Vice-President Sarwar Danesh, who also participated in the meeting, hailed the acting mayor as an honest and professional person.  He hoped Habibzai would become a permanent mayor in near future.  He asked for the appointment of mayors based on elections.
VP Danesh expressed concern over the lack of school buildings, clinics, parks and standard roads in some parts of Kabul.  He asked the municipality to resolve the problems in coordination with other relevant organs.
 

Saturday June 17, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Prof. Mohammad Rasoul Bawari, Acting Minister of Information and Culture in a meeting with head of orientalism section of Chicago University discussed in connection with cooperation of the Institute with MoIC in archaeology section.
In the meeting, Prof. Gil Stein, head of orientalism section of the university assured of the university’s cooperation with MoIC in archaeology section until 2018. Meanwhile, acting minister of information and culture while praising the institute for cooperation with the MoIC asked the officials of the respective university for cooperation of US archaeologists in excavation work of historical monuments and practical work of archaeology. The US side expressed readiness to cooperate in the respective area, saying that they would introduce two archaeologists to teach and train Afghan archaeologists in repairing of monuments and researching section. According to another report, acting minister of information and culture met with head of cultural section for UNCESCO.
Ansari
 

Saturday June 17, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met media representatives in Sapidar Palace on Wednesday evening a statement said, quoting Dr. Abdullah as saying that problems exist in access to information, but the government remains committed to sharing information on time with media.
Dr. Abdullah acknowledged news outlets operated in a difficult situation and respected national interests. He expressed his condolences over the loss of Tolo and BBC television workers and damage inflicted on the two media outlets in the May 31 Kabul attack. He also praised efforts by journalists in the current critical situation.
“Our main message is for unity, solidarity and brotherhood among the honorable people of Afghanistan. We can live in any conditions if we have unity and sympathy with each other,” the CE remarked, stressing the need for neutrality, freedom and balance in conveying information to the public. He said the national interests should be a priority in media plans and programs, the statement from the CE office added. Fortunately, the media had been discharging its responsibility, but the government expected more from it, he said. Problems in access to information persisted, but the government was committed to on time sharing information with the media, he concluded.
Ansari
 

Saturday June 17, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani telephoned Mrs. Shaima, who lost three of her sons and Mrs. Razia, who lost one of her brothers in Wednesday terrorist incident in Kabul and extended his deep condolence and sympathy over the incident.
In the telephone contact with Mrs. Shaima, President Ghani praised her sons for service, sacrifice and heroisms in frameworks of the country’s defense and security forces. The country’s President also praised Shaima for training an honest and morale sons serving and defending the country. President Ghani considered martyrdom of the country’s defense and security forces as common pain of all Afghans and added addressing and guarding of martyrs’ families were the government’s key responsibilities and necessary instructions have been always given to relevant officials in this regard. Mrs. Shaima and Razia thanked the country’s President for expressing condolence and sympathy and his attention to families of martyrs. Mrs. Shaima added that her other three sons were also serving in the country’s defense and security forces and would continue their services until they were alive.
Ansari
 

Saturday June 17, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met a number of craftsmen from Kabul at the Presidential Palace on Tuesday evening, a presidential statement said.
During the meeting, the president has said the plan for security, stability and peace of Kabul, the central capital would be unveiled after Eidul Fitr.
The statement from the Presidential Palace quoted the president as once again condemning the recent terrorist attacks in Kabul said “The time has come to strike unity in our ranks.” “I have not come here with the force of gun and money, but have come here with your clean votes and I am answerable to you. It is the place of unity not disunity.” The president said the 40-year-old conflict in Afghanistan should come to an end, because it was the right of the Afghans to live a normal life. President Ghani added the Kabul security plan would be unveiled to the public in a big gathering in Kabul after Eidul Fitr. The president said reforms should be brought in consultation with different segments of the society.
In response to demands of the craftsmen, the president said no one had the right to force someone into making payment in the US currency, because the Constitution offered an explanation for it. He said the central bank of Afghanistan has asked the Ministry of Finance to do all transactions in the Afghanis. Craftsmen association head Mohammad Hassan Sepahi on the occasion prayed for the victims of recent terrorist attacks in Kabul. He said the enemy wanted to achieve two goals from the recent attacks—to spread terror and create gap between the government and the people. Sepahi thanked the president for paying attention to the development of the private sector. About the ongoing protest movement in Kabul, he said protest was everyone’s right, but on the condition that no one should be harmed or a property damaged.
Ansari
 

Saturday June 17, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and thanked his visit to show solidarity with the people of Afghanistan in the difficult time, a presidential statement said on Thursday.
On Wednesday, Antonio Guterres arrived in Kabul on an unscheduled visit. He met national unity government leaders and UN officials in the country.
He is in Kabul for the first time after assuming office to express solidarity with the people of Afghanistan for peace, stability and development. The UN secretary general vehemently denounced recent terrorist attacks in Kabul, calling terrorism a common enemy, the statement from the Presidential Palace added. Both leaders discussed different subjects, specially the peace process, terrorism regional and international issues. Pointing to his recent meeting with the Pakistan Prime Minister, President Ghani said, they agreed to utilize the Quadrilateral Cooperation Group (QCG) platform for peace and stability.
In recent year, he added, Afghanistan had strengthened economic links with Central Asian republics and Iran. New opportunities of trade and commerce were being explored, he continued. The UN secretary general reiterated the world body’s commitment to standing by Afghanistan in future and supporting government strategies for peace and reforms in the system.
According to another report, Chief Executive (CE) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah also met the visiting UN Secretary General, asking him to press Pakistan into supporting the moribund Afghan peace process. During the meeting on Wednesday evening, Dr. Abdullah stressed efforts to convince Pakistan to stop aiding terrorist groups. Meanwhile, UN Secretary General Guterres said during his visit, he received a message from the Afghan government and people of peace process, security and stability. He reaffirmed the UN’s commitment to the Afghan reconciliation process. According to the statement from CE office, Dr. Abdullah thanked the UN for assistance to Afghanistan over the years and paying special attention to the displaced persons and refugees. Chief Executive also shed light on the internal political situation and regional issues, particularly between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Efforts had been made recently to improve relations between the two countries, he added. The CE also referred to Kabul Process meeting, saying the Taliban had not stopped attacks. He accused the group of providing a platform for other terrorists in Afghanistan. He asked Guterres to persuade Pakistan to support the Afghan peace process and refrain from supporting terrorists.
Ansari
 

Saturday June 17, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Two National Directorate Security (NDS) personnel were martyred, while Taliban militants attacked on Afghan security forces convey in western Herat province.
The incident occurred, when a group of Taliban rebels shooting on convey of Afghan security forces in Shindand district of the province.
Najibullah Najibi spokesman of National Army in the west of the country said BNA correspondent, two NDS personnel were martyred and an Afghan National Army troop was injured following the incident.
Taliban rebels also sustained heavy casualties in the event, but the exact number is not clear, Najibi added.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

Saturday June 17, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Cash have been donated to 150 returned families in eastern Nangarhar province.
The assistances provided by two charity foundations and distributed by refugees and repatriation department of Nangarhar, each family received AFG 12,000.
Ghulam Haidar Faqirzai head of refugees and repatriation department of Nangarhar told BNA reporter, the families recently returned from Pakistan.
Efforts are underway to provide housings for returned families in Nangahar province, Faqirzai added.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

Saturday, 17 June 2017 05:56

Deserved Families Received Aid

Saturday, June 17, 2017
Herat (BNA) Nearly 200 deserved and poor families were received assistances of “Ihsas” charity foundations.
The assistances were disseminated by “Ihasa” charity foundation in west zone for more than 190 deserved families.
The aids include foodstuffs and cash have been disseminated to poor and deserved families.
It was the 3rd assistances of the foundation and the aids will be distributed for 200 other poor families in next week.
Yarzada

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