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Saturday July 29, 2017
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a meeting with members of the Youth Parliament at the Presidential Palace on Wednesday evening, thanked the youth for playing an active role for promotion of democracy and called them the ‘key to the national unity”, a presidential statement said. President Ghani has said the Afghan youth should be aware of their country’s natural resources, particularly water, as they would manage them in future. The president was quoted as saying in a statement from the Presidential Palace said a special amount of money would be also allocated to the fund for the youth parliament. He asked members of the parliament to share their suggestions with the government. President Ghani said youths’ meetings should be coordinated with relevant organs and their problems heard across the country on a monthly basis and then shared with the Presidential Palace.
A high-level youth counseling section would be also created at the Presidential Palace to follow and implement youths’ plans and programs, the president added. President Ghani said a high council would be created to work for changes to academic and higher education curriculums. “Youth’s role is important in this area and they should share their suggestions and plans”, he added. He said the youth should attend High Economic Council meetings and learn about planning and programming.
“The current developments are not enough and there is a need for change, particularly in the health and sports sector”, said the president, who called for elections in the Olympic committee and federations through the Independent Election Commission (IEC). The government also allocated budget for Afghan athletes competing in 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, he said.
Ghani said economic situation of the country was improving and stressed changing mind from consumption to production and asked the young Afghan generation to become regional specialists. He added the youth should be aware of their natural resources, particularly of water as they would be managers of the resources in future. He stressed sustained job opportunities for the youth and said Afghanistan was bestowed with massive natural deposits and their exploitation would generate jobs. The president termed national unity a huge asset for the country and said there was the need for deep social relations irrespective of tribe and ethnic affiliations because everyone was Afghan in this country. He said the government would not allow social divisions and the young generation as future representatives of Afghanistan would keep the national unity intact.
“Our enemies despite their all efforts to divide us would not be able to send us back to the dark age and it is our mission,” Ghani said. He said Afghanistan did not belong to a single tribe and a handful of individuals who wanted to impose own agenda should not succeed.
Khaleda Khelwat, deputy head of the Youth Parliament, thanked the president for his attention to the youth affairs and asked him to implement youth-related programs. She highlighted various issues the youth faced and stressed their solution. Dr. Kamal Sadaat, deputy minister of youth affairs at the Ministry of Information and Culture, thanked President Ghani for his support to the youth and hailed the creation of learning parliament and offered best wishes to the youth for good governance. He said a five-year strategic plan requested by the youth had been prepared and some parts of the plan were being implemented.

Saturday July 29, 2017
Kabul (BNA) A meeting chaired by Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, attended by IEC and other officials, discussed preparations for the democratic exercise on Wednesday night. The IEC has taken steps to prepare the voter list, set up polling stations, train polling staff and put in place technological arrangements for categorization of voter. In a statement from the CE office, IEC Chairman Najibullah Ahmadzai said the commission had no problem in the financial area and the voter registration process had been finalized. “The Independent Election Commission (IEC) will have no financial problems conducting Wolesi Jirga and district council polls in September 2018,” he added.
Population Registration Department (PRD) head Hamayoon Mohtat promised full cooperation with the IEC in preparing the voter list. A number of foreign ambassadors and the United Nations (UN) political representative also briefed the meeting on their responsibilities and activities, the statement added. Dr. Abdullah appreciated the IEC and other relevant organs’ preparations and ordered government institutions concerned to cooperate with the commission. He said finalization of election zones by the government was still underway and would be shared soon with the IEC.

Saturday, July 29, 2017
Kabul (BNA) NATO’s Senior Civilian Representative Ambassador Cornelius Zimmermann has held a meeting with Second Vice President Sarwar Danish here the other day, a statement from the VP office said.
During the meeting, Zimmermann offered his condolence to the vice president over the July 24 attack in Kabul, adding he was shocked by the death of 28-year-old government employee Najiba Hussaini and other educated Afghans, whose services to their country had been cut short by the terrorist attack.
He assured Danish of NATO’s continued commitment to supporting the Afghan forces in bringing security and stability to the people.
Both sides agreed on the necessity of a negotiated political solution to the conflict. They also discussed the importance of the peace agreement with the Hezb-i-Islami. The SCR assured Danish of the support of the international community, and NATO in particular, for an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process.

Saturday, July 29, 2017
Kabul (BNA)  A leader of the kidnapping gang has been arrested during an operation of the Afghan intelligence operatives in capital Kabul.
The Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security (NDS), said the detained gang leader has been identified as Mohibullah son of Azizullah.
A statement by NDS said Mohibullah was leading a group of kidnappers consisting fifteen members and had recently abducted a man from the 4th police district of the city.
The statement further added that hostage was kept for a period of 15 days by the gang and was released during the operation of the intelligence operatives.

Saturday, July 29, 2017
Kabul (BNA)  An important hideout of the militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group was eliminated in an airstrike carried out in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.
According to the local officials, the airstrike was carried out in the vicinity of Achin district of Nangarhar.
The officials further added that the terror group also lost at least eight militants in the airstrike.
The provincial government media office in a statement also confirmed the airstrike and said the main hideout of the terror group was targeted in Wach Kot area.
The statement further added that the hideout of the terror group was totally destroyed in the airstrike but no casualties or property damage was incurred to the local residents.
It is yet not clear if the airstrike was carried out by the Afghan forces or the US forces based in Afghanistan.
The anti-government armed militant groups have not commented regarding the report so far.

Saturday, July 29, 2017
Kabul (BNA) National Security Advisor (NSA) Hanif Atmar and a visiting Turkish delegation led by deputy foreign minister Sedat Onal discussed management of the Afghan-Turk schools and bilateral ties, a statement said Thursday.
The statement from the Office of the National Security Council (ONSC) said Atmar and Onal also conferred on Turkey’s cooperation with Afghanistan in economic and security sectors.
Atmar said Turkish forces’ cooperation with Afghanistan as part of NATO’s mission was appreciable and a clear sign of friendship between the two countries.  Onal said Turkey supported every effort at stabilizing Afghanistan.
Both the sides also discussed the quality and management of the Afghan-Turk schools and stressed creating joint scientific programs for Afghan students studding in the schools.
Onal supported the Afghanistan-led Kabul Process initiative and said such forums were important for regional security and stability.
Both the sides stressed increased cooperation between states in eradicating regional threats.

Saturday, July 29, 2017
Kabul (BNA)  President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani visited Helmand province on Thursday morning to assess provincial security situation and share sympathy with martyrs’ families, a presidential statement said.
The president, accompanied by a high level delegation, said problems being faced by the Afghan forces in Helmand would be addressed.  He said positive changes in the security situation of southern Helmand province would start appearing soon.
The president delivered a speech to Helmand officials and security forces in the 215 Maiwand Military Corps headquarters.
President Ghani said the Afghan forces made history by defeating the Taliban in Marjah, Nad Ali, Greshk and Nawa districts of Helmand in recent months.
The security situation would improve in near future following the implementation of an organized plan, the president announced, adding the problems shared with him by solders and security officials would be addressed within one month.
“Discrimination in security foundations is never acceptable, the enemy misjudged you and were severely defeated,” the president added.
President Ghani said a plan about displace families was ready and would be implemented two months later.  He did not meet local residents during his visit.
“I did not meet the Helmand people because I had a plan to visit all military bases first, I would meet the people as well,” the president said.
He said if the New Kabul Bank failed to deliver salaries to soldiers on time then an alternate arrangement would be made.  Helmand governor Hayatullah Yayat said good coordination existed among Afghan security forces in the province and local people also supported them.
“Helmand holds key the stability of Afghanistan, we want more attention towards improving security of Helmand,” Hayat told the present.  He said Helmand borders needed strict control and a decisive action against drug smugglers.
Hayat said people suffered huge losses due to the prolonged conflict in the province and were in need of assistance.
Wali Mohammad Ahamdzai, commander of the 215 Maiwand Military Corps, said Afghan forces were in high morale despite continuously fighting against militants for months.
He sought the president’s attention to the supply of weapons, vehicles and other equipment to police forces.
Helmand is one of the most unstable provinces of the country where six districts are completely under Taliban’s control


Saturday, 29 July 2017 04:01

President Ghani Chairs Cabinet Meeting

Saturday, July 29, 2017
Kabul (BNA)  Chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the cabinet held meeting the other day, the presidential press office said in a statement.
According to the statement, at the outset, the meeting lauded the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) bravery and sacrifices on war on terror.
The cabinet in its meeting decided that the progress report on ministries” commitments to provinces should be submitted to the president on monthly basis through holding video conference, the present press office said in a statement, the statement added.
The decision comes after presenting a report in the cabinet meeting on implementation manner of the ministries’ according to the statement.
Based on the instructions in the previous cabinet meetings, acting director of Independent Directorate of Local Govern ace presented the commitments of ministries to provinces and said that according to the data and figures provided in this regard, 26 percent of the commitments have been fulfilled, 26 percent is underway: and on the reset 48 percent, the pertinent institutions haven’t taken any measures yet, the statement added.
The cabinet tasked ministries and provincial governors to regularly send their progress reports on their commitments to Independent Directorate of Local Governance, the statement continued.
In addition, IDLG was obliged to sum up the reasons on not fulfilling the ministries commitments made to the provinces within one week, and submit a categorized report on the challenges and obstacles to their implementation to the president.
Likewise, the president will receive progress reports on ministries’ commitments on monthly basis through holding video conferences with provincial governors, the statement concluded.

Faizabad (BNA)  17 armed Taliban militants were killed and six others have been injured in latest air raids in Badakhshan province yesterday.
The insurgents were targeted by security forces air raids on their strongholds in Tagab District.
An ANA commander in the north of the country told BNA, in the raids, 17 insurgents were lost their lives and six others have been injured.
He added, the insurgents were targeted on their hideouts while organizing of a series of terrorist events.
It is mentionable that, Taliban hideout with all of war equipment were destroyed.
The clearing operations was started three days ago and still continues.
According to security officials, heavy losses inflected to Taliban in the operation and several villages have been cleared from insurgents.
T. Yarzada

Saturday, July 29, 2017
Lashkarga (BNA)  three Taliban strongholds were destroyed in air strikes conducted by security troops in Helmand province last night.
The hideouts of Taliban were targeted in suburb of Lashkarga city.
An ANA commander in the south of the country told BNA, in the raids, 17 Taliban were also killed.
T. Yarzada

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