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Saturday January 25, 2020

Kabul (BNA) Mohammad Ashraf Ghani President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan said, fighters of Taliban group are tired from war, but leaders of the group are enjoying with their wives in Doha.
BNA political analyst commenting on the issue writes, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on the sideline of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in an interview with CNBC network said, “The good news is that rank and file of the Taliban are sick and tired of fighting, the people who are sitting in Doha are getting their fifth and fourth wife and are enjoying themselves, they have become investors.”
Undoubtedly, the remarks of President Ghani affirmed the current situation of Taliban fighters and their leaders, the leaders of the group has become the richest men in the countries of the region.
Afghanistan and the people of the country has lost everything and more opportunities during 18-year war, but leaders of Taliban group has changed into richest men in the region.
Today, leaders of Taliban group have the best life, they have luxury and expensive houses in Islamabad and Karachi, villas in Gulf countries with bank accounts and huge amounts of money and their trade companies are active in Pakistan, Dubai, Sharjah and Doha.
Already, Western sources reported that the late leader of Taliban group, Mullah Akhtar Mansour had activated several commercial companies in Islamabad and Lahore, he had managed narcotic drug smugglings in Pakistan and Afghanistan and he had sold the mines of Afghanistan via the companies.
Trade, narcotic drug smugglings and illegal activities are inherited to each leaders and commanders of Taliban group, because of this they are trying to continue war in the country, so their trade and illegal activities do not damaged.
From beginning of Taliban regime until now, leaders of the group talking about enforcing of Islamic sharia and implementing of women veil, leaders of the group have been closes gates of schools for girls during their rule, they have made changes in education curriculum, but today their descendants (boy and girl) are studying in most prestigious education institutions in Turkey, Doha, Lahore and Karachi and they pay high price for their education.
But, leaders of Taliban group have warned from endorsing infidelity in remote areas of Afghanistan, they have imposed the restrictive laws to the people, they are against girl’s education, create obstacle to teaching affairs of children in schools and Madrasas and by destruction bridges and culverts they have prevented economic growth in villages and villagers.
Leaders of Taliban encourage villagers and Madrasa students to carry out suicide attacks, but they never conducts such attacks by their children.
Descendants of Taliban leaders are enjoying from the best and highest standards of living, while they forcing youth and teenagers to war and destroy their houses, villages and farms.
Today, fighters of Taliban group have tired from war, but the leaders of the group afraid if they announce ceasefire their ranks will fall apart and integration would not be possible among the fighters of the group.
This is a fact that there is a significant difference between life of Taliban leaders, commanders and fighters.
Leaders of the group to preserve and increase their wealth are trying to continue war, while fighters of the group at least to survive are dreaming of ending the war.

Saturday, 25 January 2020 09:24

Taliban Militants Killed in Balkh Air Strike

Saturday, January 25, 2020
Mazar-e-Sharif (BNA) Six Taliban militants were killed in an air strike in Balkh yesterday.
Mohammad Hanef Rezaee Shaheen 209 army corps spokesman told BNA, the Taliban were killed by air forces raid which was took place on their rally in Boka village, Balkh district.
The Taliban wanted to storm on police checkpoints of Alamkhail and Margentapa regions of the mentioned district, targeted by security troops.
Likewise, the security and defense forces discovered and defused tens mines from Balkh district.
T. Yarzada

Saturday, January 25, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Special Representative of the President and the State Minister for Peace, Abdul Salam Rahimy, said at the Women's Voice Coordination Meeting on Peace Policy that the presence of women in any talks concerning peace was essential.
The Women's Voice Coordination Meeting on Peace Policy was organized by the State Ministry for Peace, with the participation of 32 women active in political, social and civil society fields on Thursday.
The State Minister for Peace said at the meeting that the government representatives would not attend any talks without women presence. He said that if women are not present in the peace talks then the country will go into a chaos, according to a statement from the peace ministry.
Rahimy emphasized that the State Ministry for Peace will ease women participation in the peace process and it will allow women to raise their voice with unity, the statement added.
The Special Representative of the President stated that the Afghan government supports role of women in the peace talks and it was necessary to create a group that would participate in the development of government policies concerning peace. This group would be responsible for bringing women and active institutions together to jointly work for peace.
He added that every citizen must fight for de-escalation of violence and achievement of peace in the country.  He said that this will take time and is not applicable in the short run.
The State Minister for Peace called Afghan women the strong allies and supporters of the system and urged women to be involved in peace-making process with the government and raise their voices to advocate for women's rights. He pledged that the government and the State Ministry for Peace would facilitate the peace process.
The statement quoted Mary Akrami, director of Afghan Women’s Network as saying that women will work not only as representatives of Afghan women, but as representatives of all Afghans on the peace issue. She emphasized on the preservation of women's independence and added that in addition to working on women's consensus for peace, there should be efforts on creating a political consensus as well.
Malalai Shinwari, Advisor to the President said that just as women have gained their rights with the help of the current political system, they will also defend the system. She called on the State Ministry for Peace that the coordination of women's participation in peace affairs shall be organized by a secretariat.
Zainab Movahed, a university lecturer said that Afghan women are ready to cooperate with the State Ministry for Peace for advancement of this process.
Soraya Sobhrang, Member of Afghan Women’s Network also praised the State Ministry for Peace's action to bring active women together, saying that the Afghan people do not accept the de-escalation of violence strategy proposed by the Taliban. The experience of countries that have gone through the war indicates that a ceasefire needs to be declared until the next step is taken for peace. She added that civil society is the strongest supporter of the government, and these institutions, especially women active in civil society, will work with the government to bring reforms and make the voice of government more apparent in the peace process.
Negina Yari, Member of Afghanistan Peace House, emphasizing the creation of a united voice for peace, said that political peace should be discussed separately from social peace. The government will work for political peace, she said, but civil society needs to work for social peace in coordination with the government.
Zahra Yagana, director of Green Home organization, also called work on social peace important and emphasized that women should have notable role in this field.
Nawida Bayat, Deputy of Science and Cultural Affairs Committee of Ghazni Governor Office called on the State Ministry for Peace to pay more attention to the opinions and suggestions of rural women, especially those living in remote parts of the country, as they are more vulnerable to war and insecurity than urban women, according to the statement.
Anarkali Honaryar, member of Meshrano Jirga (House of Elders) said that the peace process is important and should be centralized and managed by the Afghan government.
Hasina Safi, Acting Minister of Women’s Affairs said at the meeting that to advance peace affairs, there is need for a single purpose, and women need to lead the peace process concerning women related issues by themselves.
Habiba Sarabi, Deputy of the High Peace Council said that the presence of women representatives in the peace process preserves the stability of the state, saying no one should decide on behalf of women in the peace process.
After hearing comments and suggestions from the participants, the State Minister for Peace said that the government does not seek to control the voices of the people but supports and facilitates the rise of voices by the people, the statement concluded as saying.

Saturday, January 25, 2020
Kabul (BNA) During a ceremony at the Foreign Ministry’s Storai Palace, the Second Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Sarwar Danish officially introduced Mohammad Haroon Chakhansuri as the new Acting and Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs on Thursday, a MoFA statement said.
The occasion was attended by members of the Cabinet, members of the National Assembly, senior government officials and officials from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan, according to the statement.
Asadullah Ghazanfar, president’s advisor in cultural affairs, reading out the decree said that Chakhansouri was appointed as deputy political head and acting foreign minister until the appointment of minister for the position.
Addressing the event, Second vice-president said the country’s diplomatic system required a strong management leadership for strengthening relations between foreign countries.
The second VP said that Afghanistan was connected to international conversion and accords and they would be maintained only if strong management, transparent policies, and honesty were in place.
The conflict in the country, the ongoing peace process, disordered economic situation and the nature of cooperation from regional and cross-regional countries in the current diplomatic system of the country which represented the country’s foreign policy needed a fair evaluation and strong leadership, he said.
During this ceremony, outgoing Deputy Foreign Minister Idrees Zaman congratulated and wished success to Chakhansuri. He also pointed out about some of his achievements at the Ministry, particularly the reforms package that he had developed during his tenure as the Acting Foreign Minister
Expressing his gratitude for the initiatives undertaken, Chakhansuri appreciated Zaman with respect to developing the reforms package. The newly appointed Acting Foreign Minister spoke in details about the main points of reforms in consideration of perspectives of the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan within the framework of the five-circle of Afghanistan Foreign Policy, the statement added.

Saturday, January 25, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The only solution to the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan is that there are negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban and this will help to move things forward, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran said on Wednesday at the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland.
“What was in 2001 is not going to be now... because so much has happened since then, so I think it would be a complete different scenario, but the most important thing right now--and it is not going to be easy, but it is the only option--(is) that the Taliban and the Afghan government sit together. Whenever that happens, it will have turbulence, but it is the only way forward,” said Khan.  "From now onwards, Pakistan will only partner another country in peace."
The Pakistani leader said that his country was partnering with the US to bring peace to Afghanistan. “In Afghanistan, in the peace process now, Pakistan is partnering (with) the United States to get the Taliban to talk to the Afghanistan government--it is the nearest we are in some sort of peaceful solution in Afghanistan,” said Khan at Davos.
“There has to be peace and that (will) only happen if the Taliban and the Afghan government they sit together and there is political settlement,” added Khan.
Khan's comments come as senior officials from the US and the Taliban continue their marathon talks in Doha to clinch a peace deal in the war-stricken country. But Khan said that it will not be that easy to bring the two sides--an Afghan government- formed delegation and the Taliban-- to the negotiating table.
This comes as US President Donald Trump told President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani that there cannot be "meaningful negotiations" unless the proposed Taliban reduction in violence is "significant and lasting," the White House said in a statement on Wednesday.
The Afghan government has been pushing the Taliban to announce a ceasefire before engaging in any potential talks with the Afghan government, something the Taliban has rejected persistently.

Saturday, January 25, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The Italian Defense Minister Lorenzo Guerini has assured his country’s continued presence and assistance to Afghanistan within the NATO framework, an official statement said on Thursday.
The Italian minister visited his country’s troops deployed in the western Herat province bordering Iran on Thursday.
“Minister of Defense Lorenzo Guerini visited today TAAC (Train, Advise and Assist Command) West @ResoluteSupport in #Herat and praised women and men of the Italian armed forces stationed there for their role in training, advising and assisting #ANDSF [Afghan National Defense and Security Forces] in west #Afghanistan,” the Italian Embassy tweeted.
On Wednesday evening, Guerini met Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah in Kabul where they recalled the two countries' contribution to ensure peace in the region.
More than 50 Italian soldiers have died in Afghanistan since Italy sent over 4,000 troops for the fight against terrorism following the fall of the Taliban.

Saturday, January 25, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany on the sideline of the World Economic Forum 2020 in Davos, Switzerland on Friday, a statement said.
In the meeting, Chancellor Merkel expressed support for the Afghan government’s efforts in peace process, in which the Afghans should be in the lead and involved, the presidential press office statement added.
She added that the Government of Germany is eager to host intra-Afghan Dialogue and committed to supporting economy and development of Afghanistan particularly in the spheres of renewable energy and mining.
Chancellor Merkel underscored Germany will continue to support Afghanistan in security area and congratulated the announcement of the preliminary results of the Afghan presidential elections, where president Ghani is the front-runner. She extended invitation to the president to pay an official visit to Germany, the statement added.
President Ghani reciprocally expressed gratitude to Germany for its assistance and cooperation with Afghanistan in various areas and said he would visit the country at a suitable opportunity, according to the statement.
According to another report, President Ghani also met with Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia on the sideline of the World Economic Forum 2020 here on Friday in Davos, Switzerland.
Both sides exchanged views on Afghanistan’s peace process as well as the efforts made by other countries, particularly Saudi Arabia to highlight the role of Ulama – Islamic clerics – in the process, according to the statement.
They also discussed mutual cooperation on exchanging information over regional terrorist networks and de-escalation of tensions in the region.
The two sides also talked over expansion of bilateral economic cooperation. Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud said Afghanistan is crucial for Saudi Arabia and the country would continue to support the government and people of Afghanistan, the statement added.

Saturday, January 25, 2020
Kabul (BNA) On the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Thursday, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani briefed the international senior correspondents on situation in Afghanistan, the peace process, good governance, fighting corruption and the country’s role in regional cooperation, a statement from the presidential press office said.
President Ghani said that Pakistan continues to give sanctuary to an insurgent group that helps the Taliban in its war against Kabul and the United States, directly contradicting an earlier statement by Prime Minister Imran Khan.
On Wednesday, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had told reporters at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, that the Haqqani network, which the United States has designated as a terrorist group, has no activities or bases in Pakistan.
“And you believed him?” President Ghani, also at Davos, asked on Thursday. “One can also say that the earth does not revolve around the sun.” “This is a denial that is not helpful. We need to engage in a constructive engagement where the special relation between the Taliban and Pakistan ends. It is good for both countries and it is good for the region and the world,” he said as quoted by Reuter’s news agency.
Thanking US and international community’s supports within NATO framework to Afghanistan, President Ghani said that three day ceasefire in 2017 paved the way for further peace talks and it was according to him, 98 percent effective.
President Ghani also said that talks between the United States and the Taliban showed few signs of progress. “The outcome the public seeks is an end to violence,” he said. “We want to see that the Taliban accepts a political process.”
President Ghani went on saying that there is no chance the country will collapse when the United States withdraws its troops, as President Donald Trump has promised to do. “The majority of the world thought we would collapse (following the withdrawal of 100,000 NATO troops in 2014),” he said. “Our military forces will not collapse. The capacity to uphold the state has been created,” he added.
“Afghan women won’t go back. And I am proud to say that Afghan ambassadors to US and UN are women,” the president said, reiterating that Afghans won’t go back and if Taliban was insisting on doing such, won’t be accepted by the Afghan society.
Meanwhile the president said that Afghanistan was working hard to manage its waters, adding a five year plan to help tackle drought in the country.
While Afghanistan has seen four decades of conflict, the president said the country’s biggest challenge was the environment. “The elephant in the room is the environment, even more than conflict,” President Ghani said. Warning that global warming, access to clean water and other environmental threats could push hundreds of millions around the world back into poverty, President Ghani urged a regional approach to tackling climate change and said the environment could unite South Asia much as the community of steel and coal did Europe. “Everybody is responsible (for dealing with climate change),” he said. “Nobody is innocent.”

Saturday, January 25, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met the U.S. President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in the Swiss city of Davos, on Wednesday afternoon, a presidential statement said.
Both leaders discussed Afghanistan and regional situations, the presidential press office said in the statement.
Both sides also hinted to their earlier discussions in Bagram airbase, adding that the decisions made needed to be followed by Afghan government and US national security advisor, according to the statement.
The US president applauded Afghan National Defense and Security Forces efforts in war on terror, in particular against the IS militants, the statement added.
Meanwhile, the U.S. President on Wednesday urged a "significant" reduction in violence by Taliban in Afghanistan to allow peace talks to move forward, a separate statement from White House said.
"President Trump reiterated the need for a significant and lasting reduction in violence by the Taliban that would facilitate meaningful negotiations on Afghanistan’s future," said the statement.

Saturday, January 25, 2020
Jalalabad (BNA) The commando forces discovered and destroyed a large drug factory of Taliban in Nangarhar last night.
Abdul Ghafar Nooristani press in charge of Khas operation army corps told BNA, a drug factory of Taliban was discovered and destroyed in clearing operation of commando forces in Gandomak village, Shirzad District.
Quantity of weapons were seized and several villages have been cleared from Taliban.
T. Yarzada

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