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Monday, May 01, 2017
Jalalabad (BNA)  Heading a high-level government delegation, Second Vice President Mohammad, Sarwar Danesh visited eastern Nangarhar province to attend a gathering held to welcome the leader of Hezb-e-Islami Afghanistan (HIA Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the Second VP office said in a statement.
According to the statement, addressing a gathering in Jalalabad city, Vice President Danesh said no one or group can rule in Afghanistan by violence and use of force.
He urged the Taliban and other terrorist groups to give up war and join-intra-Afghan talks to resolve the issues, the statement added.
Vice President Danesh also invited the leader of Hezb-e-Islami Afghanistan, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar to Kabul.
In the meantime, HIA leader Hekmatyar said his party joined peace process to rescue the country from the current situation and help in the development of Afghanistan, the statement went on to say.
HIA leader added that fighting is not an operation since no group or individual can achieve power through violence.
In other parts of his speech, Hekmatyar said Hezb-e-Islami party is committed to women’s rights in the light of the Islamic values and will work to defend the women right, the statement continued.  HIA leader, Hekmatyar arrived in Laghman province on Wednesday, months after a peace accord signed with the Afghan government.  The signing of the peace agreement also resulted in the exclusion of Hekmatyar’s name from the sanctions list of the United Nations Security Council, the statement added.

Monday, 01 May 2017 04:01

FM Rabbani meets Indian Ambassador

Monday, May 01, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Foreign Minister, Salahuddin Rabbani met with Indian ambassador to Kabul, Manpreet Vohra at his office on Sunday, a statement from the ministry said.
According to the statement, in the meeting both sides exchanged views on exact date of holding Afghanistan-India Strategic Partnership Council, the new developing cooperation package of that country to Afghanistan, as well as India’s cooperation with Afghanistan in different sectors of water management, housing , vocational trainings, donating scholarships to martyrs’ children and air transport corridor.

Monday, May 01, 2017
Kabul (BNA)  At least fifty three militants including the members of Haqqani terrorist network and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group fighters were killed during a series of airstrikes.
The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the airstrikes were carried out in the past 24 hours in various provinces of the country.
At least 19 of the militants, all ISIS affiliates, were killed in an airstrike conducted in Achin district of Nangarhar province and at least hideouts, 2 tunnels, and weapons cache were destroyed, MoD said.

Monday, May 01, 2017
Kabul (BNA)  Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC) in a statement released the other day called death of Asadullah Afif Bakhtari a loss to the country’s cultural area.
Afif Bakhtari, a prominent poet has passed away on April 29, following a sudden death from heart attack in Mazar-e-Sharif, the statement further said.
Late Bakhtari was a well-known culturist and poet of the country who left behind many valuable poetry works, according to the statement.
The ministry of information and culture while expressing condolences and sympathy with his family and cultural society of the country, asked great patience to the remaining and paradise to the deceased, the statement added.

Monday, May 01, 2017
Kabul (BNA)  Pakistan has once again renewed its commitment for peace and stability in Afghanistan, seeking joint cooperation to eradicate terrorism from the region.
Pakistan’s National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq, heading a parliamentary delegation, arrived in Kabul on Saturday on a two-day official visit and held separate meetings with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, Wolesi Jirga Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, Senate Chairman Fazal Hadi Muslimyar and Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah, renewing their commitments for peace and stability in war-torn Afghanistan.
Addressing a news conference here in Kabul on Sunday, Pak National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq said the delegation was representing many political parties in Pakistan, adding they came to Kabul on the basis of invitation extended on behalf of President Ghani.
“Afghanistan is not only a neighbor and brother, but also we have many similarities in term of culture and history. We are here to listen from Afghan officials and start a new chapter of bilateral cooperation and forget about the past,” Sadiq added.
Ayaz Sadiq said Pakistan was looking to Afghanistan as a sovereign state, adding his country seeking revision of counterinsurgency operations and officials of both countries have been committed to joint war against terrorism.
Answering a question of The Kabul Times on whether their visit bear positive results, Ayaz Sadiq called the delegation unique as representing different parties, saying despite many differences among these parties in Pakistan, they had clear and united view of a prosperous Afghanistan.
Sadiq said that terrorism was the biggest threat to the progress and prosperity of the region. He stressed the need for adopting a joint strategy to deal with the menaces of terrorism and extremism. He also emphasized the need for promoting trade and enhancing people-to-people contacts.
The visiting team includes Raja Zafar-ul-Haq, Abdul Qadir Baloch, Akram Khan Durrani, Mir Hasil Khan Bazinjo, Mehmood Khan Achakzai, Awais Leghari, Naveed Qamar, Shafqat Mehmood, Ghulam Ahmed Bilour, Aftab Sherpao, Sahibzada Tariqullah and GG Jamal.

Monday, May 01, 2017
Kabul (BNA)  In a gathering held to mark 16th historical trip of National Hero, Ahmad Shah Massoud to Europe under theme of ‘Massoud in Fighting Terrorism, From Khwaja Bahauddin to Strasburg, Brussels and Paris’, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah said the ceremony aimed at commemorating the nation and hundreds of thousands of Mujahids’ sacrifices in the country, his office said in a statement.
According to the statement, Dr. Abdullah added that the National Hero’s predictions have come true, but the world hasn’t reacted on-time to his warnings.
Shaheed Ahmad Shah Massoud in his trip to Europe had warned the world that if they don’t cooperate with Afghanistan in war on terror, this ominous scourge will globally expand one day and it is not limited to a specific geography, Dr. Abdullah went on to say, the statement added.
The National Hero of the country had then asked the international community to support the Resistance Front and pave the ground for bringing peace, interim government and free elections in Afghanistan, Dr. Abdullah stated.
Besides, France ambassador to Kabul, François Richier briefed the gathering on Massoud’s trip and said the National Hero, during his trip to France stressed on global terrorism threat and international fight against it, democracy, women rights, political and religious moderation, the statement continued. In France, Massoud is known as a hero and fighter against invaders and many people love him as well, the ambassador added. For his part, Mujahideen representative in France, Humayoun Tundar, Afghanistan ambassador in Swiss and some others spoke in the gathering and shared their views about Ahmad Shah Massoud’s visit to Europe.

Monday, May 01, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Pakistan’s Parliamentary delegation led by National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq met President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani after holding meetings with chairmen of both lower and upper house of parliament here yesterday, a presidential statement said.
According to the statement, the National Unity Government (NUG) welcomed the visit of Pakistan’s parliamentary delegation, calling such visits useful for exchanging of views and establishing an atmosphere of trust and mutual understanding between the people of two countries.
“Establishing of ties and mutual understanding between the two country’s people could improve coordination in fight against terrorists. Afghan government looking for such continued visits to help establish an atmosphere of trust and put end to previous mistrusts,” the statement added. Welcoming goodwill of the Pakistani delegation, the national unity government called the visit on the interest of both nations, aiming to bring peace and stability in the region. The government hoped the visit could result to implementation of the commitments made by Pakistan during tripartite meetings and many other meetings on Afghanistan, the statement concluded.

Saturday, April 30, 2017
Kabul (BNA)  the security and national defense forces in the last 24 hours conducting joint clearing operations in various parts of the country, killed 85 armed oppositions including 19 Daesh fighters and 9 Haqani’s network members, wounded 55 others.
According to national defense ministry press office to BNA, the operations were launched with support of air and artillery forces in outskirts of Nangarhar, Kapisa, Paktia, Ghazni, Maidan-Wardak, Kandahar, Urozgan, Zabul, Herat, Balkh, Kunduz, Faryab, Baghlan, Takhar, Badakhshan and Helmand provinces.

Sunday, 30 April 2017 12:20

IS Leader killed in Afghanistan

Saturday, April 30, 2017
Kabu (BNA) US Defense Ministry confirmed the assassination of IS leader in Afghanistan.
Pentagon has said that Abdul Haseeb IS leader in Afghanistan has been killed alongside his men in a special operation in Achin district, Nangarhar province.
Pentagon says the operation, which started at half past ten on Wednesday night in Achin district, Nangarhar province for arresting or killing Abdul Haseeb lasted for three and half hours. 
According US defense Ministry the operation launched with participation of five hundred American troops and 40 Afghan commandos. Abdul Haseeb’s hideout was a fortified stronghold of the group in the middle of a forest, which provides a good ground for defense and resistance against any attack.
According to Pentagon’s spokesperson in Achin operation in addition to commandos, air- forces were also widely used.
US Defense Ministry has confirmed the killing of two American soldiers in the operation.
They claimed alongside IS leader in Afghanistan 35 IS insurgent also have lost their lives in the battle.
Afghan military experts say the operation in Achin was of great importance for American forces. The aim of operation was not only the killing of the group’s leader in Afghanistan but destruction of IS strongholds and fortified hideouts were the main targets. For this, reason a great number of special troops and up to date air force and equipment used in the operation.
After dropping the Mother Bomb on IS position in Asad Khail village, Achin district, Wednesday   night operation was the biggest operation against IS the most dangerous terrorist group.
According to Afghan military experts, the Americans have accelerated the program for suppressing IS men in Afghanistan in order to reduce the concerns of Moscow regarding to the Afghan crisis.
It should  note that earlier American forces in Afghanistan in an air operation killed Hafiz Sayed  the Pakistani citizen the leader of Khurasan branch of IS in Nangarhar province. Dropping the Mother Bomb on IS stronghold in Achin, American forces killed Hafiz’s Sayed brother and some members of the group mainly the citizens of Pakistan, India and Tajikistan.
Abdul Haseeb was the leader of IS in Afghanistan who served under so-called Khurasan branch of IS.
IS Khurasan branch that leads by Pakistani nationals has the duty to expand the IS influence area in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and some other countries in south Asia.   

Saturday, April 30, 2017
Maidan-Shaher (BNA) an organizer of suicide attacks belonged to Taliban group was killed by US drone in Maidan-Wardak province yesterday.
Mullah Habibullah organizer of suicide attacks of Taliban was targeted by US drone with his two colleagues while terrorist activities and killed.
A security source of Maidan-Wardak in a contact with BNA confirmed killing of Mullah Habibullah said, he was organizer of suicide attacks of Taliban in Maidan-Wardak province.
It is mentionable that no any harm and losses incurred to residents in the raids.

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