16 June 2019

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Saturday, June 15, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Second Vice President Sarwar Danesh participated and delivered speech in a conference titled ‘Open Justice and Role of People in Judicial Organs’ held on Late Thursday.
In the conference, second vice president considered open justice and open government as two new concepts, delivering a new dimension of democracy.
Danesh said that Afghanistan joined the Open Government Partnership (OGP) in 2016, adding that after holding the last Global Summit of Open Government Partnership in Canada, it was decided that Afghanistan should codify and approve its second national action plan in connection with open government.  “Today, I’m suggesting in this conference that the second national action plan of open government, open justice and other essential judicial issues should be included in the plan to make the government implement it,” Danesh stressed.
He added lots of efforts have been made for creating relevant mechanisms and policies for open government and open justice during the past four years.
In the conference, Danesh further said that transparency in finance and being responsive in incomes and properties as well as open trial were two important principles in open government and open justice.

Saturday, June 15, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The Daesh group in Afghanistan is a “very worrisome” threat to the United States, and US counterterrorism efforts have yet to shrink its extremist ambitions, Head of US Central Command Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie said Wednesday, according to Military Times report.
“ISIS (Daesh) in Afghanistan certainly has aspirations to attack the United State,” McKenzie said. “It is our clear judgment that as long as we maintain pressure on them it will be hard for them to do that.”
\McKenzie, with responsibility for managing American military operations across the greater Middle East, spoke in Germany with reporters returning home with him from an eight-day trip that took him to Qatar, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt.
He also spent two days aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier in the North Arabian Sea.
He stopped at Germany’s Ramstein air base to refuel his airplane before flying to this headquarters in Florida.
Earlier this week, the Associated Press cited US, and Afghan security officials in reporting that the Daesh group in Afghanistan is expending its footprint, recruiting new fighters and plotting attacks on the United States and other Western countries.
McKenzie, a veteran of combat in Afghanistan and Iraq, said he believes ISIS in Afghanistan has not expanded its capabilities but remains a big problem.
“They are very worrisome to us” in their strongholds in eastern Afghanistan, he said, adding that combat operations have failed to reduce the group’s fighting ranks.  Others have said they are thought to number in the thousands.
The Daesh affiliate appeared in Afghanistan shortly after the group’s core fighters swept across Syria and Iraq in the summer of 2014, carving out a self-styled Islamic empire in both countries.
The Afghanistan affiliate refers to itself as the Khorasan Province, a name applied to parts of Afghanistan, Iran and central Asia in the middle Ages.
US forces in Afghanistan are combatting the Daesh group separately from their mission of advising and assisting Afghan defense forces in their battle against the Taliban.

Saturday, June 15, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The national defense ministry reported from killing of 38 armed oppositions in different parts of the country.
National defense ministry with releasing a statement told BNA, the defense and security forces in the last 24 hours conducting joint offensive operations to annihilate strongholds of the insurgents in different parts of the country, killed 38 armed oppositions and injured 13 others.
The operations with support of Afghan air forces carried out in Paktika, Ghazni, Paktia, Kandahar, Nangarhar, Ghor, Balkh, Sar-e-Pul, Kapisa and Kunar provinces.
T. Yarzada

Saturday, June 15, 2019
Pul-e-Khomri (BNA) Three Taliban leaders were killed in Baghlan province last night.
Sahib Dad Ghafoori Doshi District governor told BNA, three Taliban leaders with two of his colleagues were killed in Khas contingent operation in outskirt of Doshi District.
According to another report, Taliban shot dead two civilians in outskirt of Tala and Barfak District, Baghlan province in two last day.
T. Yarzada

Saturday, June 15, 2019
Asadabad (BNA) A commander of Lashkar-e-Taiba was killed with his three comrades in Kunar province yesterday.
Mohammad Haroon Yousofzai Selab 201 army corps told BNA, Majid known to Adalat Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist group commander with his three comrades were killed in a clearing operation conducted by ANA forces in Khoshaltala region, Asmar District, Kunar province.
In the operation five members of Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist group were injured, said the source.
The Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist group were involved in deadly raids in 2008 in Mumbai of India.
T. Yarzada

Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Qalat (BNA) Dozens of armed Taliban insurgents were killed in recent raids of Afghan security forces in Zabul province the other day.
The raids carried out on Taliban strongholds in Shahjour, Mezan and Daichopan Districts.
ANA senior commander in Atal army corps in south of the country told BNA, in the raids, 44 armed Taliban were killed and dozens others have been injured.
Several senior commanders and Pakistani fighters were also among the dead and injured.
According to reports, several strongholds of Taliban with all war equipment were destroyed.
T. Yarzada

Wednesday, 12 June 2019 10:40

Graveling Road Work Begun in Nimroz

Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The graveling work of a road started recently at a cost of more 28 million Afghanis in Nimroz province.
According to national citizenship program of rural rehabilitation and development ministry to BNA, the road will be graveled from budget of national citizenship program in Kong District at a cost of more 28 million Afghanis.
The road has 32km length and about 8 meter wide, and 1200 families will be benefited from facilities of the road.
T. Yarzada

Wednesday, 12 June 2019 10:39

School To Be Constructed in Balkh

Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Kabul (BNA) A school building to be constructed by national citizenship covenant program of rural rehabilitation and development ministry at the cost of more than 3 million Afghanis in Balkh province.
According to national citizenship covenant program of rural rehabilitation and development ministry to BNA, the building of the school will be constructed at the cost of 3300,000 Afghans in Nahershahi District, Balkh province.
The school will have 6 classrooms, administrative rooms and other necessary facilities.
With completion work of the school, the education problem of students will be tackled in Narhershahi District.
T. Yarzada

Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The security and defense forces in the last 24 hours conducting 7 joint offensive operations to annihilate strongholds of Taliban in parts of the country killed 126 armed oppositions and injured 76 others.
According to national defense ministry press office to BNA, the operations with support of air forces conducted in Zabul, Maidan-Wardak, Ghazni, Helmand, Farah, Sar-e-Pul, Badghis, Takhar, Balkh, Ghor and Kapisa provinces.
T. Yarzada

Wednesday, 12 June 2019 06:05

Commentary

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Afghan people and government believe that the solution of the current problem in the region is only possible via regional cooperation.
BNA political affairs analyst commenting on the issue writes Afghanistan and Pakistan have a tense political relation for many year and the reasons for this tense relations are very clear.
Our people believe that due to Pakistan’s regional adventurous policies Afghanistan severely harmed.  Unfortunately, Pakistan sees everything through political and military view, while Afghan people consider their homeland as connection point of the regional and behind regional countries and insists that the countries of the region including Pakistan instead of competition and  fighting should follow the way of economic cooperation.
Afghan people and government consider the solution way of the current problems possible only through regional cooperation and for reaching this humane goal have taken practical steps.
Afghanistan through establishing economic and commercial ties has established good relations with the countries of the region and developed its commercial ties via establish air corridors and commercial ways such as Silk Road and Lajward (Lapis lazily) road and using Chah Bahar border. 
Also Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has persistently endeavored to change the view point of Pakistan in the regional issues from a competition view in to cooperation view and for that purpose has put in practice many strategies and programs.
One of those programs is the establishment of operational program (Operational Plan of Afghanistan and Pakistan for Peace and Consolidation the last session of which held in Islamabad at level of deputy foreign misters of the two countries. The participants, in five working group discussed the issues such as political and diplomatic relations, military coordination, information cooperation, economic relation and the migrants issue.
The above matters done in a time, Pakistan always expresses its commitment for cooperation to Afghanistan, but does little in practice.
Although recently the senior diplo mats of the two countries discussed over action program in Islamabad but no news released that indicates that the Pakistani airspace is closed to Afghan passenger planes to India for another fifteen days.
India in reaction to a terrorist attack on late March targeted a base of terrorist group inside Pakistan, since then the Pakistan airspace closed for foreign flights aiming India.
With this Pakistan action, Afghanistan endured the most losses and with reduction of Indian flights caused 30% reduction in export of Afghan goods to India.
The other problem is this that Pakistan always links commercial and transit issues to political issues and ignores Afghan transit rights.
Currently,  the political relation between Afghanistan and Pakistan is improving after the visit of the leaders of the two countries in Mecca city, it would be better for Pakistan to review its commercial and transit matters and not create problem for Afghanistan any more, otherwise Afghanistan will forced to take reactionary measures.
Afghanistan as a connection point of the countries of the region, uses this opportunity for its economic and commercial growth and the other countries of the region including Pakistan should do the same as the Afghans do.
 

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