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Friday September 8, 2017
Kabul (BNA) The construction work of terminal for Mimana City’s airport has started the other day.
The foundation stone of the terminal put down at the presence of Mohammad Hamayoun Fawozi governor of Faryab, Mohammad Hashim representative of Faryab’s people in Wolesi Jirga and other local officials of the province.
Mir Nasir representative of Airport terminals of the country told, the terminal has designed with international standards and will be constructed at the cost of over 6,000,000 Afs from development budget of government within the next 12 months.
The mentioned terminal has capacity of 600 passengers in a time and to be built on 800 squad meters of land, Nasir added.
T/M.A.Ansari

Friday September 8, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Translator of coalition forces was killed and 10 others including six foreign troops were wounded following suicide attack in central Parwan province the night before last.
Gen. Mohammad Zaman Mamozai police chief of Parwan told BNA correspondent, the suicide attacker who riding motorcycle targeted foreign forces’ convey in 3rd gate of Bagram Airport, where the security personnel are stationing in Parwan province.
Meanwhile, eyewitnesses say eight civilians were injured and several foreign personnel were killed in the incident.
T/M.A.Ansari

Saturday, 09 September 2017 12:36

US New Strategy, Pakistan Uncertainty

Friday September 8, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Due to its sensitive location in South Asia, its historical tensions with India and Afghanistan and its suitable relations with China, Pakistan has always used to employ contradictory policies. Islamabad exploits closeness with China in advantage of its interests against India in one hand and paves the way for the US to halter China economic and military power on the other. Being beside the US in front of war on terror, Islamabad manages to take advantage of the White House multi-billion dollars and thus organized its bankrupted economy and promote its global prestige due to confronting with extremism shoulder to shoulder with the US. Although now, the Americans hesitate on Pakistan positive and decisive role in war on terror, but the rulers of the White House have found this point that without cooperation of Pakistan in the region particularly South Asia, would not succeed.
As terrorism itself is an instrument for expansion of hegemony and political domination of West, Pakistan is also a suitable instrument for paving the way for westerner’s access to their regional goals. Despite of repeated emphasize of Kabul, Islamabad especially its secret services calmly continue support of Afghan Taliban. Weakness in our diplomatic apparatus, has caused us to prove our claim of global level on Pakistan convergence with terrorists. This weakness has always been exploited by Pakistan as a unique opportunity for use of the US multi-billion aids. Prior to release of president Trump new strategy, one of the proposals of White House was this to introduce Pakistan as a terrorism supporting country. But it was a conditional proposal, if Pakistan prosecute leaders of Afghan Taliban and Haqqani network as hardliner and deadly groups, Pakistan name would be removed from the UN black list of terror advocating countries.
Pakistan knows very well with obtaining the title of “terror advocating” from the US, she should pay heavy political and economic compensations.
Due to this reason, it was imagined that Pakistani lobbies before the codification of Trump new strategy, had held extensive discussions with White House authorities to change and influence their minds than Islamabad. This is a situation that has put Afghanistan in a vulnerable political, security position due to passivity of our diplomacy apparatus that has set Pakistan in a better position in the system of regional and international relations. Although the leaders of the NUG expect the US to review Pakistan file according to new White House strategy from a different angle than the past, but it should not be forgotten that creation of change in Americans mind requires strong and qualified power of political bargaining and enjoying highest lobbying capability behind the curtain. But despite of all these that in its new strategy, the US has apparently exerted strong pressure on Pakistan and asked Pakistani general to cooperate sincerely and honestly in war on terror, but the problem is this that even if the US new strategy has been shaped based on strictness on Pakistan, it stems from the Trump concerns on foreign policy for reduction of war on terror expenditures not due to Afghanistan need of reliable security.
Despite of that, the Pakistani leaders have not given up caution and are involved in political trips to different countries with uncertainty, that in a suitable time form a regional co-alition against the pressure of westerners to defend themselves. Afghanistan and Pakistan in the quadrilateral meeting of their chiefs of Armies General staff in Tajikistan have agreed to set up a military work group to evaluate security situation in both countries. The quadrilateral meeting of chiefs of army general staff of Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and Tajikistan was held in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan on Aug 27.2017 and the participants talked and discussed prevention of terrorists’ activities along their common borders.
The Afghan chief of army general staff, LTG Sharif Yaftali in this meeting, asked his counterparts to make further efforts on preventing of terrorists activities along common borders. Pakistan Army Chief Gen Qamar Jawed Bajwa said that his country has sustained many sacrifices in war with insurgents and would make more efforts in war on terror.
He said that his country has cleaned all border areas indiscriminately and security measures have increased in these areas. In his meeting with his Afghan counterpart Gen Yaftali, chief of Pakistan army Gen Qamar Bajwa promised to make more cooperation but has added that Pakistan cannot take Afghanistan war into her soil. Bajwa has made these expressions in reaction to request of Afghanistan and the US for elimination of terrorists in Pakistan soil. The US new strategy is concentrated on continuation of Afghan government support, elimination of terrorists groups and eradication of their secure shelters in Pakistan. During meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Gen Yaftali said Mr. Trump has said that Pakistan support of terrorist groups is no longer acceptable to him. Pakistan has given refuge to those groups who every day try to kill our people. We have paid multi-billion dollars to Pakistan but they have given shelter to terrorists to whom we are fighting with. This situation should change and this change should immediately be taking place.
One week after the release of the US new strategy and frank punishment of Islamabad for sheltering of extremists, Pakistan suspended a pre-planned visit of an American diplomat to Islamabad. The US delegation led by Allis Walse temporary aids of the US state department and acting chief of office of the US envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, was expected to arrive in Islamabad on Aug 28. But Pakistan ministry of foreign affairs announced that the visit of American delegation has been delayed with the request of Pakistan government to unknown time. President Ghani has said that the US new strategy has made the future route of Afghanistan clear and asked Islamabad to review her policies before Afghanistan. But some experts believe that increasing tensions between US and Pakistan would prolong Afghanistan war and hostility of world powers in the region causes the situation to be drawn to Catastrophe
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Friday September 8, 2017
Kabul (BNA) On paper, the law is clear: men and women enjoy equal property rights under Afghanistan's 2004 constitution. But on-the-ground reality says otherwise as a combination of tradition and customary laws keep most Afghan women unaware of their land rights and far from owning property. As the Afghan Ministry of Justice, estimates 90 percent of Afghans decide land rights according to customary laws – regulations developed and instituted at the regional and tribal level. For this reason, few Afghan women are able to capitalize on their right to inherit and own property. While customary law varies throughout the country, it typically pressures a woman to relinquish her share of an inheritance to her brothers in order to ensure her social protection in case of divorce; demonstrate family loyalty; and avoid discrimination and shame at the hands of her community. The cultural expectation is that a woman's husband will become her economic provider and therefore she does not need her own land in her name.
According to this view, it simply makes more economic sense for a woman to leave her share of land to her brothers, who will use it to provide for their families while her own husband looks after her.
But this tradition ignores the good that comes from putting land in the hands of women. For one, with women's entrepreneurship on the rise in Afghanistan, land could act as collateral for women who need credit to grow their businesses – and in the process create jobs and boost their family's income. Second, owning land could help women working in agriculture increase their production rates by 20 to 30 percent, contributing to improved food security throughout the country. And third, land ownership by women has been linked to reduced violence against women, with some experts estimating that a woman who owns land is up to eight times less likely to experience domestic violence, a scourge found all across Afghanistan and affecting nearly nine out of ten women.
With evidence of the benefits of women's land ownership clear, the question is: how can the U.S. and Afghan governments, along with multilateral organizations, put laws on the books into action when the law is so often left in the hands of local tribal leaders? USAID tried to tackle this question with the Land Reform in Afghanistan (LARA) project, which ran from 2011 to 2014. The initiative established a Women’s Land Rights Task Force comprised of prominent Afghan men and women as well as civil society to advise project leaders on land rights affecting Afghan women. The project proposed strategies for bolstering women's land rights, but it is unclear how much women's access to their land has changed since. The U.S. Institute of Peace recommends addressing women's land rights within an Islamic law framework, especially given that the Quran and Hadith permit women to both own and inherit property. As such, including local religious leaders in awareness raising campaigns and educational programming on women's land rights could boost buy-in from communities.
What is clear is that Afghan women face much more work ahead. As the most recent Afghanistan Demographic and Health Surveynoted, only 17 percent of Afghan women independently own a house, compared with approximately 50 percent of Afghan men. This issue is often seen as secondary to the conflict in the country and to the overall plight of Afghan women. But getting land rights right could help to address both the nation's stability and its prosperity. For all its citizens.
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Sunday September 3, 2017
Kabul (BNA) At least 13 armed oppositions were killed and their several hideouts have been destroyed by Afghan Commando Forces in northern Kunduz province yesterday.
Ahmad Jawed Salim spokesman of Commando Forces told BNA correspondent, Afghan commando forces with support of Afghan security forces and Afghan air forces succeeded to target several hideouts of Taliban militants in Dasht Archi, Chardara districts and relevant areas of Kunduz city the provincial capital of the province.
Afghan commando forces could to demolish several hideouts of Taliban militants along with all military equipment and also several villages have been cleared from existence of Taliban militants in the mentioned areas.
It has been said, there are zero casualties on the parts of Afghan security personnel and civilians following the attacks.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

Sunday September 3, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Foodstuffs and non-foodstuffs have been distributed to destitute and returned families in eastern Nangarhar province.
Ghulam Haidari Faqirzai head of refugees and repatriation department of Nangarhar said BNA reporter, the assistances provided by ministry of refugees and repatriation and distributed to destitute families and families, those recently have returned from Pakistan.
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Sunday September 3, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Afghan National Security and Defense Forces by launching clearing operations succeeded to annihilate 12 armed oppositions in different parts of the country.
Ministry of National Defense press office reported BNA, the operations were conducted to suppress armed rebels and ensure peace and stability in insecure areas of Nangarhar, Kapisa, Paktia, Paktika, Ghazni, Urozgan, Kandahar, Badghis, Balkh, Faryab and Helmand provinces.
In addition, six Taliban militants were wounded during the operations too.
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Sunday September 3, 2017
Kabul (BNA) A huge shipment of narcotic drug have been discovered and seized by Afghan security forces in eastern Nangarhar province.
The shipmen have been seized from relevant of Daronta region, Kabul-Jalalabad highway yesterday.
Ataullah Khogyani spokesman of Nangarhar’s governor told BNA reporter, dozens kilograms narcotic drug have been discovered from this shipment.
The packages of narcotic drug skillfully placed by smugglers in a truck and wanted to transfer to unknown area, Khogyani added.
A person was arrested accused of the case.
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Saturday September 2, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Fire swept hundreds shop in Parwan province where hundreds shop have burned yesterday and last night.
The fire has engulfed a wood market as it continues to spread shop to shop in Siyagard district of the province.
Police official of Parwan told BNA correspondent, the fire snuffed with meditation of Kabul’s firefighter at 10:00 pm last night.
Over 300 shops have burned, which billions Afs have damaged in the incident, the source added.
The main cause of the incident was not ascertained so far.
Security officials of Parwan says, investigation has started to identify the main reason behind the incident.
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Saturday September 2, 2017
Kabul (BNA) As many as seven armed oppositions lost their lives due to recent air attacks in northern Badakhsan province today.
The militants targeted and killed by Afghan air forces in their hideouts in Tagab and Jorm districts of the province.
Commander of Afghan National Army in the north of the country told BNA correspondent, seven anti-government militias were perished following the attacks.
The militants were involved in organizing a series of terrorist activities, which targeted and killed, the source added.
It has been said, two hideouts of Taliban militants have been destroyed during the assaults as well.
T/M.A.Ansari

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