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Monday March 18, 2019

Kabul (BNA) A senior commander of Taliban group, who killed two his family members was arrested by Afghan security forces in western Herat province.
Nasrat Rahimi acting spokesman of interior ministry told BNA correspondent, Amir Panj who had active role in terrorist and destructive activities was arrested in relevant areas of Kashak Robat Sangi district of Herat province.
Amir Panj have killed his two members of family in Mashghi region, Kashak Robat Sangi district of the province.
M.A.Ansari
 

Monday March 18, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Local military officials in Badghis province reported from killing of 40 terrorists within the last days in Bala Murghab district of the province.
Jamshid Shahabi spokesman of Badghis governor told BNA correspondent, the militants were killed during air and ground operations launched by Afghan security forces in Bala Murghab district of the province.
Numerous terrorists have wounded and dozens other were forced to flee from the area, Shahabi added.
Unfortunately, 15 Afghan security forces were martyred and 20 more were wounded within the last one week, Shahabi further added.
M.A.Ansari
 

Monday March 18, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Military committee’s in-charge of Taliban group along with his three men were arrested in central Logar province.
Col. Abdul Qayoum Nooristani in-charge of press office in army corps special operation told BNA, Najib known as Istanekzai responsible for Taliban military committee along with his three men have been detained during a military operation conducted by Afghan Commando Forces in Azbak region, Baraki Barak district of the province.
Some heavy and light weapons have been seized and Azbak village have been cleared from being of anti-government militias during the military operation, Nooristani added.
According to another report, two Taliban militants were killed during air attack carried out by Afghan air forces in Logar province yesterday.
The Taliban fighters while were riding motorcycle have been targeted and killed by Afghan air forces in Dehno village, Mohammad Agha district of the province, Shah Poor Ahmadi spokesman of police chief in Logar reported.
M.A.Ansari
 

Monday, 18 March 2019 11:25

Straggle against Terrorism Is a Need

Monday March 18, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Threat of terrorism is the mean reason for the presence of international coalition forces in Afghanistan and the withdrawal of those forces should be done after precise study and evaluation of situation.
BNA military affairs analyst commenting on the issue writes recently Zalmay Khalilzad US special envoy for Afghanistan has lately pointed out, “We the international coalition have come to Afghanistan to fight terrorism. If there would be a need we leave this country, if Taliban want to negotiate, we also want to talk with them to ensure peace and if they want to continue fighting we fight against them,”
Khalilzad showing reaction to the recent developments has expressed the above statements.
A number of Afghan politicians and the international supporters of this country claim that the process of negotiation between US and Taliban is vague, Americans, Taliban and their friends and supporters are aware from the process but Afghan government knows nothing about the process. That is in reality ignoring the Afghans’ rights.  
According to Afghans, point of view holding negotiations a reasonable way for overcoming the problems and everybody prefers it, but when the issue such as counter terrorism struggle and the pullout of foreign forces and in general the issue of peace and war presented, Afghan people have the right to know about the process of peace and its developments and if the issue of withdrawal of foreign forces come the field, the international coalition forces should respond with high responsibility.
Whether the threats existed 18 years ago removed or still remained as before? Whether the international coalitions have reached their objectives this is curbing Taliban in Afghanistan and in the region?
From Afghans view point the current situation is more dangerous than before and our people have sacrificed in struggle against terrorism than any other countries of the world.
If earlier to 18 years ago, there were talking about Al Qaeda activities, today IS, Taliban, Buko Harm, narcotic drugs mafia and other extremist parties have emerged in Pakistan, central Asian countries and other countries. If earlier to 18 years ago, the people were talking about struggling about a certain group of terrorism, but today the people have to fight against several terrorist groups. When certain people talking about the massive withdrawal of coalition forces from the country, do they the authorities of those force know about the current situation and are they ready for leaving the country?
The issue pullout of foreign forces from Afghanistan is raised in a time, western and American newspapers and American authorities have repeatedly said that they can’t trust Taliban because the group is under the influence of extremist groups of the region.
Our people insist on withdrawal of coalition forces from country with considering their responsibilities. Therefore, one who accepts responsibility should not say the words that increase the moral of oppositions and terrorist groups. It would be better for Afghans and Americans to honor the soul of their sons who have lost their lives in battle against terrorism.
 

Monday March 18, 2019

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf leading a high-level delegation left Kabul for Abu Dhabi here yesterday, BNA reported.
Upon his arrival, President Ghani was received by Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates’Armed Forces. The President was accorded an official reception where the national anthems of the two countries were played, and a 21-gun salute was fired in honor of the president. Following the ceremony, the President was welcomed by UAE Sheikhs, Ministers and senior officials. UAE’s Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed also greeted members of the Afghan delegation accompanying President Ghani.
The two sides discussed bilateral ties and enhancing the relations considering the two countries national interests, the statement added. Sheikh Zayed said his country was supporting Afghanistan’s sustainable development and economic growth, adding UAE was saddened by the recent floods that affected hundreds of people and pledged that his country would extend support to the affected families. Meanwhile President Ghani praised UAE support of Afghanistan and emphasized on utilizing the successful experiences of the country in development affairs. Thanking the country’s generous and development assistance, president Ghani congratulated UAE for hosting the 2019 special Olympic games. Hinting to peace process, the president emphasized on UAE’s key role in the process. Pointing to terrorists’ attacks, the two leaders reiterated their commitments in war on terror.
President Ghani thanked UAE’s extension of cooperation, in particular building the capacity of the country in fight against terrorism. The two sides also discussed enhancing bilateral and trade ties, where President Ghani and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, have witnessed the signing of a number of Memorandum of Understandings, between the two countries in education, culture and sport sectors with the aim to promote and develop joint cooperation between the two countries. The MoUs signed by the two sides at the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi cover areas of cultural cooperation, education, sports, mining, energy and agriculture, the presidential statement said. Mohammad Humayun Qayoumi, Acting Minister of Finance and Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of UAE signed four agreements on education, mining, energy, and sport cooperation. Meanwhile Qayoumi also signed an MoU on cultural cooperation alongside of Nourabint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, and an agreement on agricultural cooperation with Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi of the UAE, Minister of Climate Change and Environment. The president was accompanied by Fazel Fazli, senior Advisor to the President of Afghanistan; Hamdullah Mohib, National Security Advisor; Mohammad Humayon Qayoumi, Acting Minister of Finance and Chief Advisor on Infrastructure and Technology to the President of Afghanistan; Ajmal Ghani Ahmadzai, Advisor to the Afghan President; Nadima Sahar, Director-General of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Board of Afghanistan; Abdul Salam Rahimi, Chief of Staff of the Afghan President’s Office of Administrative Affairs; Haroon Chakhansuri, Deputy Chief of Staff and Spokesperson to the President of Afghanistan; Abdul Fareed Zakaria, Ambassador of Afghanistan to the UAE, and Suhrab Ahmed, Secretary of the Afghan President.
 

Monday March 18, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive (CE) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday met with a number of Indian traders at Sapidar Palace, Bakhtar News Agency (BNA) reported.
After signing agreements with Afghan traders in a meeting held in Mumbai of India and attended by CE Abdullah, Indian traders came to Afghanistan to sign four contracts worth $12.5 mln with Afghan traders in terms of public health, establishing diagnostic clinics and training local cadres, according to the agency. The companies’ representatives thanked CE Abdullah, the government of Afghanistan and US administration for international development that paved the way for trade between the two countries’ traders. Welcoming the Indian traders, CE Abdullah appreciated their step on investment in public health sector in the country.

Monday March 18, 2019

Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC) congratulates Hoot 27, ‘National Journalists Day’ to all journalists, media staff and the people of Afghanistan.
Bravery and resistance of media section worth to be appreciated in promoting modern values, capacity growth and people awareness, the message added. We are marking this day while Afghanistan enjoys inclusive regulations in the field of media nowadays, the message stated. Journalists’ sacrifices and fights have been effective in promotion of culture, awareness growth and developing human values, as today, to honor these devotions, Hoot 27 has been included to the country’s official calendar as National Journalists’ Day. Over the last eighteen years, mass media have visibly grown quantitatively and qualitatively and today, all media are being managed and led by youth, an action which shows building a considerable capacity in media management section, the message continued. The ministry’s leadership once again honors this day and congratulates it to all journalists and media staff and wished them further success in all life aspects.
 

Monday March 18, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Attended by Acting Minister of Information and Culture Hasina Safi, the ministry’s directors presented their annual activity reports during a hearing program here yesterday, BNA reported.
Addressing the inaugural session, minister Safi emphasized on transparency, accountability, coordination and effective works and called them as key priorities of the Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC). The minister went on saying that the meeting was organized to have the annual activity reports of the departments as well as to specify the problems and challenges existed before them. Calling insufficient budget as one of the main problems before the ministry, the minister said sufficient budget was not considered for the solar year 1398 as it was expected.
The minister said that directors were not only the ones briefing about their activities, but the ministry’s leadership were also sharing their reports to the government leadership and even that of the nation. Minister Safi said reporting program to be held every six months and the principle of rewards and punishments to be considered in the ministry. The session was continued with delivering reports of a number of ministry’s directors, enumerating their achievements and problems. Praising the departments’ works, deputy minister of admin, finance and tourism of the MoIC, Sayeda Mojgan Mostafavi, said reporting from activities of the departments were the key principles of the administration, asking the ministry’s directors to have comprehensive plan for the future.
 

Sunday March 17, 2019

TALIQAN CITY (BNA) Director of communication for Darqad district of northern Takhar province lost his life during insider clashes in the district last night.
Khalil Aseer spokesman of police chief in Takhar told BNA correspondent, the clashes took place following verbal controversy between director of communication and an Afghan National troop, in which the communication director have died and technical director of Darqad district was injured.
The reason of the incident is not clear so far, Aseer added.
According to another report, a doctor was assassinated by unknown gunmen in Baharak district of Takhar province last night.
Police officials say, the reason behind the incident is not clear until now.
M.A.Ansari

Sunday March 17, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Second Vice-President Mohammad Sarwar Danesh in a meeting with the U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Karen Decker discussed issues relating to the upcoming presidential elections, BNA reported. Welcoming the efforts of the government of Afghanistan for introducing new commissioners, the U.S. Chef of Mission announced her country’s full cooperation with the commissions. She said by appointing new commissioners for both electoral bodies, increasing optimisms have been come to the electoral process. Mohammad Sarwar Danesh said announcing the election results for the remaining provinces and holding the upcoming presidential elections have been the top priorities of the Afghan government. He said that the process of the electoral bodies would go ahead transparently and according to the desires of the people of Afghanistan.
The Final polling results for the country’s 18 provinces have been announced and the results for the remaining process would soon be announced, said Danesh adding using biometric technology, change in the election timeline would be a priority of the electoral commissions. “Government will not interfere in the election process and all decisions relating to the national priority on the election process should be made through all sides understanding and agreement of the stakeholders including political parties, election hopefuls, civil society, the international community and the government,” said Danesh. Pointing to the peace negotiations, he said that an intra-Afghan dialogue was very important for the peace process to hinder any misunderstanding in the strategic relations between Afghanistan and the U.S. Meanwhile, U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Karen welcomed the VP Danesh’s vision about the development of peace process said all discussed would be shared with the U.S. government.
 

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