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Monday September 9, 2019
Kabul (BNA) China, Pakistan and Afghanistan on Saturday backed the need for an inclusive, Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process to end the nearly two-decades-old conflict in the war-torn country.
The commitment was made by the Foreign Ministers of Pakistan, China and Afghanistan -- Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Wang Yi and Salahuddin Rabbani, who participated in the third trilateral dialogue in Islamabad.
Condemning the recent terror attacks in Afghanistan, the three countries reiterated their support for a politically negotiated settlement of the conflict in the war-ravaged country, a statement by Pakistan's Foreign Ministry said.
"In this regard, they took note of the talks between the US and the Taliban. They expressed hope that intra-Afghan negotiations including direct negotiations between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban begin soon and lead to full cessation of violence bringing a lasting peace for the people of Afghanistan," the statement said.
"They particularly underlined the need for an inclusive, Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process leading to a comprehensive agreement for durable peace and stability in Afghanistan," it added.
The three sides agreed to "continue their joint efforts for building political mutual trust and supporting reconciliation, regional peace and stability, development cooperation and connectivity, security cooperation and counter-terrorism as key areas of the trilateral cooperation".
"They committed to promote measures to counter terrorist's logistical capabilities including terror-financing, recruitment and training," the statement said.
China, Pakistan and Afghanistan welcomed plans to hold a trilateral friendly cricket tournament among junior cricket teams of the three countries in Beijing in October.
They agreed to arrange a capacity building workshop of young diplomats from the three countries under the 'Junior Diplomats Exchange Program' to be held in Pakistan next month.
"The three sides agreed to explore 'China-Afghanistan-Pakistan plus cooperation, as well as working towards promoting trade and connectivity projects between Afghanistan and Pakistan, such as Kabul-Peshawar Motorway," the statement said.
The three countries agreed to hold the next round of trilateral Foreign Ministers' dialogue in Beijing in 2020.
Aninews
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Sunday, September 08, 2019
Ghazni (BNA) Unidentified gunmen killed a civil activist in Ghazni city this morning.
Mohammad Aref Noori spokesman for Ghazni governor told BNA, unidentified gunmen assassinated Nazar Mohammad Khairzada a civil activist who worked as head of Ghazni guild council near his house in Moghlan village, Ghazni city.
Another report says, two Taliban militants were killed while wanted to plant a mine in Shams Sahib region, Ghazni city.
T. Yarzada

Sunday, 08 September 2019 11:35

War Affected Families Received Aids

Sunday, September 08, 2019
Charikar (BNA) Foodstuffs distributed for war affected families in Dara-e-Ghorband of Parwan province.
According to BNA report, an amount of rice, ghee, pea, tea and sugar were distributed for war affected families in Dara-e-Ghorband of Parwan province.
Abdul Mateen Qodosi member of Parwan provincial council said, the assistance was distributed by Parwan Provincial Natural Resources to war affected families in Shinwari and Seygard District and Dara-e-Ghorband of Parwan province.
Fazeluddin Ayar governor of Parwan expressed his condolences to these families and assured the distribution of more aid to war affected and natural disasters families.
T. Yarzada

 

Sunday September 8, 2019
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met Indian Ambassador to Kabul Vinay Kumar here at the Presidential Palace the other day, BNA reported. Both sides discussed enhancing commercial ties and supporting of the election process. Hinting to historical ties between the two countries, President Ghani called India as close and strategic partner of Afghanistan. Representing the Afghan government and people, President Ghani thanked India’s generous assistance to Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Indian Ambassador to Kabul reiterated his country’s support of the Afghan election, adding the bilateral commercial ties to be further expanded.
Ansari

Sunday September 8, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC) has expressed concern over destiny of six journalists kidnapped in Paktia.
According to reports, Taliban have kidnapped the journalists who went to Zurmat City,  a district in Paktia for preparing report on Thursday.
Leadership of the Ministry of Information and Culture believes that journalists and media workers in consideration to the country’s laws are working impartially to prepare and report incidents in the country.
The Ministry of Information and Culture considered abducting the journalists as unacceptable and asked their release.
Ansari

 

Sunday September 8, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Iranian Minister of Energy Reza Ardakanian said yesterday that cooperation between Afghanistan and Islamic Republic of Iran in the field of electricity will be accelerated, IRNA reported.
The minister pointed to the recent agreements made between Afghanistan and Iran in the field of generating and transmitting electricity and added, “Establishment of joint cooperation committee, implementation of the agreements inked between the two countries will result in acceleration.”
He made the remarks in an exclusive interview with IRNA and added, “setting up joint working group was agreed by Afghanistan president and now, we are waiting for the establishment of the committee as soon as possible.”
In this committee, date for organizing summit of joint economic cooperation commission will be consulted, he said, adding, “Then, necessary measures will be taken for holding the summit.”
Elsewhere in his remarks, Ardakanian pointed to the agreement inked between Iran and Afghanistan for repairing Afghan’s electricity transformers and turbines and added, “Necessary measures have been taken in this respect.”
For this purpose, Deputy Minister of Energy Homyoon Haeri along with Managing Director of Iran’s Power Generation and Transmission Company (TAVANIR) Mohammad Hassan Motavalizadeh visited Afghanistan in August 17 for holding talks with senior officials of Afghanistan Ministry of Water and Energy which led to signing and sealing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between energy officials of the two countries.
Renewing contract for Iran’s electricity exports to Afghanistan, cooperating to reduce electricity network losses in Afghanistan, developing Afghanistan power grind, constructing Zaranj electricity transmission line in Afghanistan, renovating Afghanistan electricity grid as well as reconstructing a number of power turbines and transformers of Afghanistan were discussed in this bilateral meeting.
Ansari

Sunday September 8, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Prof. Mohammad Humayon Qayoumi, Acting Minister of Finance and Chief Advisor on Infrastructure to the President, met Sayed Jalal Karim, Afghan Ambassador to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia dated here yesterday, a ministry statement told The Kabul Times.
In the meeting, both sides discussed the victims of Mina, the incident along Jamarrat in Hajj and Saudi Arabia’s assistance to the martyred and injured in the event.
In the Mina accident that took place in 2015, a number of people have been martyred and injured due to fall of the crane, including some Afghan pilgrims. King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz al-Saud had pledged one million Saudi riyals for the martyred, and 500,000 Saudi riyals for the wounded concerning that 23 Cheques have been submitted to the Acting Minister of Finance by Afghan Ambassador to Kingdom Saudi Arabia.
The Acting Minister of Finance said that the amount would be given to the affected families as soon as possible including Martyred and Injured by Da Afghanistan Bank, the statement added.
Ansari

 

Sunday September 8, 2019
Kabul (BNA) U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Saturday that while it was seeking a political agreement with the Taliban, Washington would not accept just any deal after a wave of violence cast a shadow over its talks with the insurgent group.
Afghan leaders including President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani have been increasingly critical of the apparent draft deal reached between U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban representatives in Doha this week as the violence has escalated.
“The United States’ View is that the best way forward is a political agreement and that (is  what) we’re working diligently on right now, that doesn’t mean we’ll take any deal,” Esper said during a press conference in Paris with his French counterpart.  “We will make sure we have a good deal, a good enough deal that guarantees at least the security of our countries going forward and a brighter path ahead for the Afghan people.”
Under the draft accord with the Taliban, thousands of U.S. troops would be withdrawn over the coming months in exchange for guarantees that Afghanistan would not be used as a base for mi8litant attacks on the United States and its allies.  However, according to the agreement, a full peace agreement to end more than 18 years of war would depend on subsequent “intra Afghan” talks.  The Taliban have rejected calls for a ceasefire and instead stepped up operations across the country.  On Friday. U.S. envoy Khalilzad was back in the Qatari capital Doha, along with General Scott Miller, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, to continue talks with the Taliban, who said the meeting had gone well.
Yarzada

Sunday, September 08, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan Cultural Heritages Support Association has asked all parties to the peace negotiations for protection of the country’s cultural heritages and historic monuments.
According to a statement issued by the association, Afghanistan is rich in having historic monuments and cultural heritages in the country, but continued war has somehow harmed historic sites of the country.
The association has said that it is following Afghanistan political and social situation and it seems that peace talks between the US and representatives of the Taliban group are in final stages.  The association asserted that bitter past experiences in Afghanistan have shown that by starting new political processes another wave of political crisis are followed, therefore the association is strongly asking all sides to the peace negotiations to protect the country’s historic monuments and cultural heritages.  The statement was issued in leading meeting attended by all members of the association on Thursday.
Yarzada

 

Sunday, 08 September 2019 11:26

Commentary

Sunday, September 08, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Another round of negotiation between the representatives of America and Taliban will start in Doha in time, the Afghan people do not know about the results of the previous nine rounds.
BNA political and social affairs analyst commenting on the issue writes, Zalmay Khalilzad the special envoy of US foreign ministry for Afghanistan after carrying out the 9th round of negotiation with the representatives of Taliban last week came to Kabul and informed the authorities of Afghan government from the details of the agreement that the draft of it finalized and it will be signed very soon.
Afghan government has said that after assessing and analyzing the draft, it would share its views with Khalilzad.
In the agreement, ousting foreign forces from Afghanistan and guaranteeing that Afghanistan would be no a threat to America anymore are the main issues of the consensus.
Afghan government insists on assessing and reviewing the draft of agreement between America and Taliban in time, Afghan people and government have expressed their concern due to the existence of ambiguities in the draft and said that any peace agreement should be extensive and could be end with rapid reduction of violence in Afghanistan,
So far, the representatives of America and Taliban have carried out nine rounds of negotiations which have led to preparing a draft of agreement, still nobody knows about the text and terms of that.  Even high ranking officials of trump’s government, American allies in NATO and other players involved in Afghan problem like Russia and China no nothing about the draft.
America is talking about peace with Taliban in a time, the group after the end of ninth round of the negotiation and announcing an agreement between the two sides, has become more violent, as during just a week, they carrying out three suicide attacks in Kabul. The majority of casualties were civilians. 
While the agreement between America and Taliban has created basic questions in public minds, one of the questions is how America became ready to inter a deal with Taliban once called terrorist group?
Many believe that the consensus that Afghanistan does not have its ownership cannot lead in to a peaceful life in Afghan community.
Afghan people ask, Taliban since the beginning until now are involved in carrying suicide attacks, violence and killing people and America and its allies came to Afghanistan to beat this terrorist group and establish a democratic government in Afghanistan, fought against them for years, sustained heavy casualties and destructions.
In such a situation, while Taliban have increased their savageries what does making peace with them mean?
The Afghan people believe, America could not reach its objectives, now seeking to raise new friends in order to achieve its objectives.
Our people are witnessing a turn in political games that are different from the slogans chanted by anti – terrorism allied which are dangerous not only for Afghans but for the entire region.

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