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Saturday, April 30, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Hinting to better ensuring security throughout the country, officials of the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said praising and people support of the Afghan security forces were the main factors behind restoring security.
Brig. General, Dawlat Waziri, the spokesperson of the ministry said that people’s cooperation with the Afghan security forces was the main factor behind prevailing security in the country, because without such cooperation, no improvement will be made.
Emphasizing on better ensuring of security, he added Afghan National Army (ANA) have conducted 12 operations in seven provinces of Helmand, Kunduz, Nangarhar, Ghazni, Uruzgan and Farah, the moves that will be undoubtedly effective on restoring security in the country.
Fortunately, over the recent years, the people have always supported their security forces and they have proved their capabilities against the enemies, he went on to say.
In fact, the people cooperation with the Afghan security forces will also have positive affect on economic and social affairs, he said, adding on the other, the ANSF are fully ready to defend their country and people.
At the same time, lauding the Afghan security forces efforts, lawmakers stressed on increasing media role to raise the ANSF morale, adding they should provide their reports in line with national interests, because they play the role of a bridge between the government and people.
Hashimi, a lawmaker said besides people supports to ANSF, media could play effective role as well, through which the people mostly receive the reports.
He believes that the government should laud the Afghan security forces’ successes, so they fight the terrorists with high morale across the country.
He added that strengthening of the Afghan National and Defense Forces, visiting martyrs’ families and soldiers on the battlegrounds and recruiting eligible and patriotic people in frontlines can be vital in decreasing war in the country.
Praising the Afghan security forces’ combat abilities in foiling the enemies’ malicious designs, senator, Kochi said, ‘the people support of the Afghan security forces indicates they could lead the operations successfully so far.’
A teacher, Maryam said, ‘the government of national unity should prioritize ensuring security and make effort to equip the Afghan security forces with modern military equipment so they can act more successfully against insurgents.’
Feraidoun, a government employee said, ‘I expect the international community, particularly the U.S. to pay serious heed in equipping of the Afghan security forces, because, they still don’t have access to modern and sophisticated weapons.’ This is while that Afghanistan enjoying professional security forces that are ready to defend their country and people at very any circumstances.


Saturday, April 30, 2017
Kabul (BNA) The first strategic tourism, master plan and management of cultural heritages conference was held yesterday in Herat, capital city of the province.
In the conference held with participation of Herat governor, government officials, acting minister of information and culture, state minister of tourism, deputy minister of urban development, a number of men of culture, writers and domestic and foreign archeologists, participants of the conference reviewed legal works to help preserve and take care of historical monuments.
In a video message, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani by praising the conference said that role of Herat in absorption of tourism and development and stability of Afghanistan would be valuable.  President Ghani supported joining of Herat in world heritages’ list instructed ministries of information and culture and foreign affairs to follow the process in cooperation with UNESCO.  The country’s President further said that management modality of the historic monuments should be changed, adding that Babur Garden was a successful example of management of the historic monuments.
In the conference, Governor of Herat Mohammad Asif Rahimi added that modality of participation of preservation of historic monuments, protection of old city and historic buildings would be discussed by proposing legal ways.

Saturday, April 30, 2017
Jalalabad (BNA) 20 Daesh fighters were killed in recent conflicts in Nangarhar province last night.
The fighters were targeted in Kot and Achen districts.
Ataullah Khogyani spokesman for Nangarhar governor told BNA, in the raids, 20 Daesh fighters were lost their lives.
He said, the fighters were targeted while terrorist activities.
Another report says that three weapons caches of Daesh were discovered in Nangarhar province.
The caches were kept in hideouts of Daesh in Hasaka Mina, Achen and Kot districts.
A security source of Nangarhar province said, several light and heavy and quantity of explosives were seized from the caches.

Saturday, April 30, 2017
Kabul (BNA)  Based on proposal of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and approval of presidential office, Abdul Qayoum Malikzad, one of the country’s top politicians and culturists, has been appointed as Afghanistan ambassador to Republic of Bangladesh.
Malikzad had worked in various political and cultural sections during jihad and resistance and current government.
He was born in Faryab in 1959 and got his BA from Sindh University of Pakistan.

Sunday, 30 April 2017 12:16

32-km Road Inaugurated in Farah

Saturday, April 30, 2017
Kabul (BNA) 32-km road has been inaugurated in western Farah province that connects Jawen district to the center of the province, officials said. The Minister of Public Work, Mahmud Baleegh, who inaugurated the road in the province said:” The road is 32 km-long and has coasted about 471 million Afghanis.”
Baleegh added: “Work on Bagh, Abu-ul- Nasr Farahi and central roads will be started very soon.” Local officials urged implementation of other large transit-roads projects in the province.
Mohammad Asif Nang, the provincial governor said:” The Public Work Minister inaugurated the road and promised on the implementation of other projects that makes the residence hopeful.”

Saturday, April 30, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC) has considered the international press award granted to Afghan journalist safety committee as achievement. The committee has received the award titled as ‘free media scout’ in Vienna.
Ministry of information and culture has expressed happiness over receiving the award by the committee and congratulated it to head of the committee Najib Sharifi, Afghanistan media and people.
There is no doubt that it is a success and a bright example towards obtaining national and international honors and achievements for Afghanistan media and journalists and sign of the committee’s effort for its effective sharing in maintaining working safety of journalists of Afghanistan.

Saturday, April 30, 2017
Kabul (BNA)  The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan welcomed the leader of Hezb-e-Islami, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar to his country, a presidential statement said, adding his return to normal life was facilitated through Afghan-owned peace negotiations, resulting in a peace agreement signed between the Afghan Government and Hezb-e-Islami Afghanistan.
“The successful results of Afghan-owned negotiations between the Afghan Government and Hezb-e-Islami and the return of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar showed that the Afghan people possess the capacity and ability to seek peaceful and fundamental solutions to their own conflicts and problems,” the statement added.
According to presidential statement, the return of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar will have a considerable impact on ensuring peace, stability, and development in Afghanistan, as he wanted to contribute toward these areas in partnership with the Government.
“The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has the authority and firm determination for peace. It invites all opponents and the Afghan Taliban to join Afghan-owned peace talks and contribute in development of the country and prosperity of the people in partnership with the Government, instead of ruining the country, plaguing the people, and resorting to violence and fighting,” the statement concluded.

Sunday, 30 April 2017 12:14

Historic Slides Submitted to MoIC

Saturday, April 30, 2017 
Kabul (BNA)   In presence of acting minister of information and culture Prof. Mohammad Rasoul Bawari, some historic slides of Afghanistan historic views’ pictures have been submitted by the ministry’s cultural attaché in London to Afghan Film director.
In a ceremony held on this occasion, the ministry’s cultural attaché in London Wahid Parwanta said that the respective slides having 113 historic photographs taken in 1970s from various parts of the country by an English scientist working in ministry of mines as project manager for Afghan institute of management.
He added that the slides had been granted to him by the English scientist family and now he wanted to submit the slides to ministry of information and culture for better preservation.
Acting minister of information and culture Prof. Mohammad Rasoul Bawari praised Wahid Parwanta for submitting the slides to ministry of information and culture.

Saturday, April 30, 2017
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met a number of Paktika representatives to national assembly here the other day, a presidential statement said.
The meeting which was also attended by Masoum Stanikzai chief of the national directorate for security, acting minister of defense Tariq Shah Bahrami, deputy to administrative office of the president Mohammad Haroon Chakhansoori and acting minister of communications Sayed Ahmad Shah Sadat, the Paktika elders and representatives prayed for the souls of Shaheen 209 corps’ martyrs.
Mahmood Sulaimankhel a lawmaker from the province, spoke on behalf of the people, adding most roads linking districts with Sharan, the provincial capital, were blocked and no major uplift project had been implemented in the province.
Mohammad Haroon Chakhansoori briefed the meeting on 72 uplift projects to be carried out in Paktika by different ministries.
President Ghani promised taking measures to reopen roads and improve the communications system in the province.  He said the construction of six schools in many districts would be launched soon.  The president also instructed chef of national directorate for security to adopt necessary measures for improving of the security in the province.

Saturday, April 30, 2017
Kabul (BNA) The Hezb-e-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) leader addressing a gathering asked Taliban to join peace process and give up war and militancy in the country, BNA reported.
According to the agency, Gulbadin Hekmatyar, addressing a gathering marking the 25th Mujahidin Victory Day in Mehtarlam city, the capital of Laghman province said 1.5 million Afghans had been killed, six million maimed and their homes destroyed during the Soviet occupation of the country, but the occupationist forces, despite unleashing terror and torture, failed to subjugate the valiant Afghans.
He hoped the historic peace deal between the government and HIA should be implemented in letter and spirit.
“We created HIA for a political struggle. We have pledged to work for peace and stability as diligently as few ought for the liberation of our motherland.”
Fighting which was against the interest of Afghans, who were killed and wounded, the HIA chief said, urging the Taliban to drop violence for reconciliation. He called for a peaceful struggle to achieve goals. He also called upon Taliban that cannot rule Afghanistan by force.
A strong central government could better safeguard the core national interest, Hekmatyar believed, rejecting the distribution of powers on the basis of compromise and deals, BNA added.
Afghan government and HIA inked a historic peace deal in September last year, paving the way for Hekmatyar to step out of the shadows. He spent almost two decades in exile.
According to peace deal, among 500 detainees of the group, around 68 would be freed and he is expected to arrive Kabul and hold talks with Afghan officials in the coming days.

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