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Wednesday June 28, 2017
Kabul (BNA) The Central Bank of Afghanistan said Saturday that after five years Afghanistan has finally been removed from the gray list, of countries with questionable banking systems, by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). Officials at the Central Bank said Afghanistan has fulfilled all FATA conditions in order for it to be removed from the list. This means, Afghanistan’s financial system will gain credibility around the world and all banks in the country will in future be able to deal with international banks in other countries, officials at the bank said. Countries on the gray list are faced with serious limitations in money dealings. In 2014, Afghanistan was on the verge of being blacklisted by the FATF – alongside North Korea and Iran. At the time, FATF threatened to move Afghanistan to the blacklist if it did not criminalize money laundering, establish a system to trace terrorist money, and track the cash flowing back and forth across the country’s porous borders. FATF is an inter-governmental body that sets standards for financial-crimes law.

Wednesday June 28, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah has congratulated Eid-ul-Fitr to the entire Afghan people, particularly to the martyrs and injured families of the recent several terrorist attacks during the holy month of Ramadan, his office said in a statement on Tuesday. The president said the enemy of the country in cooperation with their foreign circles and terrorist networks, tried their best and used any means possible to undermine the national unity government, but failed to reach their vicious goals. He said the country’s enemy and their foreign supporters would never reach their target to hinder the people and the country from going forward towards tranquility. The country’s security forces could successfully defend the country’s territorial integrity and national sovereignty, as they did in the past by losing their lives, he said as quoted in the statement. The CE pledged to bring reforms in all fields, particularly in the security and defense forces as without this, the current situation would continue victimizing the people, the statement said.


Wednesday June 28, 2017
Kabul (BNA) President Ashraf Ghani visited Sardar Mohammad Dawoud Khan and Wazir Mohammad Akbar Khan Hospitals, during which he congratulated Eid-ul-Fitr to all those hospitalized {injured and sick people}, his office said in a statement.
According to the statement, accompanied with Chief of Army Staff and Sardar Mohammad Dawoud Khan Hospital’s in-charges, at first, President Ghani paid tribute to the injured Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) and assisted them with cash. Likewise, President Ghani instructed Sardar Dawoud Khan Hospital’s in-charges to do their best in treatment of the injured, the statement added. Afterward, the president visited those hospitalized in Wazir Mohammad Akbar Khan Hospital and expressed sympathy with them, as well as he congratulated them the Eid-ul-Fitr, the statement continued.
According to another report, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a meeting with Sikh and Hindu communities said special attention was being paid to their education and social life in the country, a statement from Presidential Palace said on Sunday. The president said this during a meeting with representatives of Hindu and Sikh minorities here after the Eid-ul-Fitr prayer.  “Every strategy centered to the empowerment of educational and social sector shared it with us so we can take decision on the bases of that particular plan,” he said. President Ghani stressed over peace and stability in the country and said short-term security and economic development planes for Kabul city had been prepared through which multiple opportunities of work could be generated for the people.  Lawmaker Anarkali Hunaryar, representing the minority community, hoped a nation-wide peace could be prevailed in the country.
“The government achieved huge successes in the form of successful organization of Kabul Process Conference and launch of air-corridor with India, a step that will further strengthen regional political and economic ties,” she said.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 09:07

President Ghani Lauds ANDSF Heroism

Wednesday June 28, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Praising the performance of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), President Ghani said water, resources, environment, geographical location and the people were the great and important investments of Afghanistan, the President Press Office said in a statement. The president added we should not be disappointed and should turn the risk into an opportunity, according to the statement.
In a video conference with governors, police chief, military commanders, attorneys, religious scholars, elders, public representatives and university chancellors, the president congratulated all on the occasion of Eidul Fitr, the statement added. In his address to security organs, the president asked them to come up with a strategy regarding logistics-related problems in order urgent steps could be taken for their solution. President Ghani said positive changes had come to the law enforcement in the country and further positive developments were expected in the next five years.
The president said solutions to problems in the justice and judicial sector in districts would be found in order people could easily access the sector.
Calling ulama role in creating awareness about key issues as important, the president said Afghanistan was a role model in the world for religious harmony. “Our basic aim is to restore peace and stability and in this regard a political and social consensus will be created to reach a positive end,” the president said. The president asked political parties to play their role in promoting health and political competitions.

Tuesday June 27, 2017 Firoz Koh City (BNA) Clashes ongoing between ISIS and Taliban terrorist groups in western Ghor province. Abdul Hai Khatibi spokesman of Ghor governor in a telephonic contact told BNA reporter, since four days the conflicts continuing between the terrorist groups in Murghab region, Firoz Koh city the provincial capital of the province. Casualties also suffered to involved parties, but the exact number is not clear, Khatibi added. Khatibi said, clashes between ISIS and Taliban groups took place, while few days ago four ISIS fighters were killed by Taliban militants in northern Faryab province and their bodies have been transferred to ISIS-base located in Raghskan region, Ghor province, meanwhile ISIS terrorist group to take revenge started clashes with Taliban rebels.
Tuesday June 27, 2017 Kabul (BNA) Over 23 armed oppositions were killed, 12 wounded and their top commander was arrested during military operations led by Afghan security forces within the last 24 hours across the country. Ministry of Defense (MoD) press office in a statement reported BNA, the operations were conducted with support of Afghan air and artillery forces to annihilate armed rebels and ensure peace and stability in insecure areas of Nangarhar, Laghman, Kapisa, Parwan, Paktia, Khost, Ghazni, Kandahar, Urozgan, Kunduz, Takhar and Helmand provinces. Some heavy and light weapons, ammunitions and war equipment belonging the terrorist group have been discovered and seized during the operations as well, the source added.
Tuesday June 27, 2017 Kabul (BNA) Offered by Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) and decree of Mr. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Shamim Khan Katawazi has appointed as eastern Paktia governor. Katawazi has higher education (Bachelor degree) and had good experiences and already worked as presidential advisor on youth affairs.
Tuesday June 27, 2017 Charikar City (BNA) Three people have died due to traffic accident in Kabul-Parwan highway the other day. Wahida Shahkar spokeswoman of Parwan governor said BNA reporter, the incident took place when a military vehicle type of Ranger crashed with a civilian vehicle in Robat region, Bagram district, Kabul-Parway highway, as a result three passengers were killed and six others were injured. Ranger’ driver detained by police officials and the injuries of the event timely taken to civil hospital of Parwan province for further treatment, Shahkar added.

Monday, June 19, 2017
Kabul (BNA) in a luncheon arranged for the house of people speaker and members, by the CE office on Sunday, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah hailed the people protest legitimate, house members’ measure great and tolerance of Kabul residents laudable in the recent incident took place in Kabul.
Calling Ramadan, the holy month of charity and kindness, the CE hoped the country’s people embrace peace and stability in the country, said a statement from his office.
The CE also called the tolerance of the people in the recent deadly incident appraisable and said demonstration was the right of any Afghans.
He also thanked the house of people for its intervening and efforts to end tension and said security and stability was demand of the entire Afghan nation.  Speaker of the house, Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi said the house of people was a responsible entity which has been gravely affected by the recent incidents.  He said an extraordinary session of the house was held and special commission with membership of the representatives from 34 provinces of the country was convened, once the incident took place, to issue some approvals for tightening security and bring reforms in the security organizations, said the statement.
Ibrahim also thanked the representatives of the protesters for their acceptance of the house suggestions to collect the sit-in tents and asked the government of national unity to introduce the remaining cabinet picks for vote of confidence from lawmakers, for what he said a balance among the three government forces, according to the statement.

Monday, June 19, 2017
Kabul (BNA)  President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani attended the holy Quran recitation ceremony in which peace and stability of the country was prayed, said a statement from the presidential press voice the other day.
According to the statement, the ceremony which was attended by chief justice and justice minister, Sayed Yousuf Halim, chairman of country-wide ulama council, Mawlavi Qeyamuddin Kashaf, member of high peace council and some ambassadors of the Islamic countries, prayed for restoration of peace and stability in the country.

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