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Tuesday January 15, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Although the political efforts have been accelerated for peace negotiations, but   the process requires more time so should not expect early results.
BNA political affairs analyst commenting on the issue writes in recent days political efforts for accelerating peace process in Afghanistan have increased.
Hamdullah Muhib the national security advisor of presidency visited India, China, Saudi Arabia and United Arabic Emirates. US Secretary of state went to Qatar, and the foreign minister of India and the Enteral Asian countries foreign ministers visited each other in Samarkand City Uzbekistan, Zalmay Khalilzad US special envoy for Afghanistan came to the region and Mullah Brother the moderate member of Taliban and pro – peace negotiation figure detained by Pakistan intelligence service for several years, after release joined Taliban’s negotiators delegation in Qatar.
All above activities indicate the acceleration of political efforts for the solution of Afghan problem. In all these efforts the Afghan problem raised and discussed.  The involved countries all made their efforts to achieve their own interests in the process.
The discussions on war and peace in Afghanistan were accompanied with hope, but what is the most important is lack of precise awareness of people from the details of talks. Therefore, it is required the state authorities knowing their responsibilities against nation and share these good and bitter facts and realities with people in order to prevent psychological sufferings among the people.
The hard stance of Taliban and coming new foreign players in to Afghan issue has made the way of peace difficult.
What is seems more outstanding in process of peace negotiations is the competition of foreign countries who want to drive each other to the margin and the establishment of divergent groups of Taliban has caused  further differences among them.
Differences among Taliban, provided the ground, the group to be used as a means in proxy war launched by certain foreign countries and caused the prolongation of peace negotiation process in the country.
Many believe that peace efforts as a massive process requires the unity of Taliban, therefore without their unity and without coordination of Afghans’ efforts for keeping away their country from the competition of the countries of the region one should not expect early peace in the country
Therefore, it is required for Taliban to think about the national interests and concentrate their efforts for saving Afghanistan from the competition of the countries of the region even the world.
 

Tuesday January 15, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Mohammad Ashraf Ghani President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, in a gathering attended by a number of the country’s religious scholars and Gnostics and Sufis, at the Salam Khana Palace said the three languages of the country have been deeply affected by theology and mysticism, a statement from the Presidential Press Office said Monday. “Theology has significant role in our culture and religion and the first civilization completed theology was the Islamic Civilization,” said the president adding the holy Islam was the religion of recognition of the world and that the entire secrets of the world are mentioned in the holy Quran and in the mystical and religious methods.
He said this was very important to recognize human as a creature and deeply understand the relation of human with human, the statement quoted. “No difference between Tariqa (creed) and Sharia (religion), but they are depended on each other and they would open the way to cognition and truth,” the President added. He said foreigners cannot describe Tariqa, and the Gnostics and Sufis are expected to define it with our own languages, according to the statement. The president asked the country’s religious scholars to define the duties of the newly established Deputy to the Islamic Mysticism and Coherence of the Religious Places Affairs and come with a list of the in-charges so that the eligible individuals to be selected.
 

Tuesday, 15 January 2019 05:32

NPC Stresses on Using Domestic Products

Tuesday January 15, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, National Procurement Commission’s meeting was held yesterday at presidential palace. In the session, 18 procurement contracts were reviewed and as a result, 16 contracts worth more than 1.23 billion Afghani were approved.
Meanwhile, ministry of defense delivered request for approving suggestion related to decision on delivering companies’ identical prices in procurement project of high-quality rice, which was approved by the commission after overall reviews.
Besides, contract project for construction of a 12-class school building along with its equipment in Meramour district of Daikundi was restored by the ministry of education and national procurement authority to overall review the project. Nevertheless, request for approving of a contract project for procurement of 22 staples of fresh fruits to services department of general directorate of presidential office’s administrative affairs was rejected by the commission and the respective general directorate was tasked that all required fresh fruits should be provided from domestic products.
Discussing another contract project for providing and publication of 1.9 million text books, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani instructed ministry of education to overall monitor the project and publish the books inside the country. In the session, ministry of telecommunication and information technology asked for approving modification of Afghan Telecom bandwidth internet contracts with low price, which was approved by the commission, but the ministry’s suggestion for starting procurement processing with SKYTECH Company was rejected. The country’s President instructed ministries of finance and telecommunication and information technology to hold talks with internet provider countries for the purpose of reducing the price and increasing of internet quality.
 

Tuesday January 15, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Chief of Executive of the country’s National Unity Government (NUG), Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, chairing the weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers (CMs), heard reports from the participants and provided them with required instructions in their responsibility directions, a statement from his office said Monday.
The Chief Executive hoped the upcoming parliament to step up in the field of strengthen rule of law in the country, however he regretted the postponement the Kabul electoral results, due to some technical problems, the statement said. He asked the government officials and in-charges not to keep governance issues away from their routine policies and put serving the people at the top of their priorities. Dr. Abdullah welcomed the recent measures of the country’s ministries of defense and interior and asked them for more attention for further equipment the fire department.
Amrullah Saleh, the country’s Acting Minister of Interior, presented detailed report about the country’s situation and said that the graph of crimes has recently been declined, as only three cases of crime have been reported Sunday night, while in the past the graph exceeded over 200 cases. “1,134 individuals from little number of 6 illegal arms to up to 150 illegal weapons have been registered by police recently and between 200-250 kidnappers and murderer bands, still operational in various regions of the country are reported,” said Saleh. The minister of interior said he was committed to bring the level of crimes and kidnapping to nil, in the country, according to the statement. Meanwhile, the country’s acting defense minister also provided details about his activities as saying up to 392 enemies of the country have been killed and over 200 others either wounded or arrested during a series of military operation in various parts of the country.
The country’s chief executive lauded the efforts of the country’s security and defense forces and said that police offices should be turned into a reliable source for the people. Dr. Abdullah instructed the security in-charges to address the security situation in Sar-e-Pul, Ghor and Farah provinces. Present at the council of ministers’ meeting, first and second deputies of the Chief Executive, Eng. Mohammad Khan and Mohammad Mohaqqeq spoke about the current security situation and while praising the recent measures of security and defense forces, but asked for launching military operations in Balkh, Samangan and other restive areas of the country.
 

Tuesday, 15 January 2019 05:28

NSA Arrives In Saudi Arabia

Tuesday January 15, 2019
Kabul (BNA) National Security Advisor Hamdullah Muhib arrived in Saudi Arabia after visiting China and UAE. Before leaving for Saudi Arabia, NSA separately met with United Arab Emirates’ national security advisor and US special peace envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad to discuss peace process.
In meeting with national security advisor of the UAE, the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process and counter terrorism were discussed. It is determined that national security advisor of the country with meeting with high-ranking officials of Saudi Arabia to discuss Afghanistan peace process and joint cooperation.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019 04:55

Five Media Complaints & Violations Reviewed

Tuesday January 15, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Chaired by acting Minister of Information and Culture Hasina Safi, the meeting of commission for reviewing media complaints and violations was held yesterday. In the meeting, five media complaints and violations received by the commission were reviewed. After overall reviewing the complaints and hearing reasons in this regard, necessary decisions were made in accordance to principles and authorizations of the commission.

Tuesday January 15, 2019

KABUL (Xinhua) Four people have been confirmed dead and 90 others including 23 children sustained injuries in a powerful blast that rocked Afghan capital Kabul on Monday evening, Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish has confirmed.
"The victims of the blast that shocked Kabul today evening claimed four lives including three military and one civilian, 90 injured including 23 children, 12 women and 65 men with majority of them civilians," Danish said in a post on his twitter hours after the blast on Monday.
Without providing more details, Danish asserted that the terrorists conducted a car bombing against Green Village camp in Police District 9 and police are in control of the situation there. 
Green Village camp is a well-protected area next to the main office of Afghan election commission in the eastern edge of Kabul city where a number of foreign security offices and entities located and often frequented by foreigners living or working in Kabul.
Earlier, Wahidullah Mayar, the spokesman for Public Health Ministry, confirmed that 40 injured persons had been taken to hospitals.
The bloody blast that was heard across the fortified Kabul city and followed by gunshots caused panic among Kabul residents, took place just hours after the Afghan election commission announced the preliminary results of much-awaited parliamentary elections for Kabul.
After two months and five days delay, the election commission announced the preliminary results of October elections for Kabul where 24 males and nine females from among more than 800 runners have secured seats in the 249-seat Wolesi Jirga, or the lower house of parliament, amid criticism by those failed to win seat at the legislative house.
No group has claimed responsibility for the deadly bombing nor has the security apparatus pointed finger at any militant group including Taliban and Islamic State outfit fighting the government.
 

Tuesday January 15, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Independent Election Commission (IEC) has announced the primary results of Parliamentary polls for Kabul and Kochi constituency late on Monday.
Abdul Badi Sayed chief of IEC during a press conference said, the results are preliminary and could be changed.
The primary candidate winners for Kabul parliamentary election are as following:
Haji Ajmal Rahmani, Qayoum Khairkhwah, Fida Mohamad Ulfat Saleh, Javid Jaihoon, Khan Aqa Rezayee, Ramazan Bashardost, Amir Gul Shaheen, Ghulam Hussain Naseri, Mullah Mohammad Khan Ahmadi, Allah Gul Mujahid, Syed Mohammad Mohammadi, Amanullah Gozar, Haji Khan Mohammad Wardak, Qazi Mir Afghan Safi, Ajmal Gulab, Ahmad Zia Azimi Shinozada, Tawfiq Wahdat, Obaidullah Kalimzai Wardak, Hafizullah Jalili, Farhad Sediqi, Anwar Khan Oryakhail, Haji Zergai Habibi, Habib Ur Rehman Sayaf, Najibullah Nasir, Fatima Nazari, Mursal Nabizada, Shinkai Karo Khail, Robina Jalali, Mariam Sama, Fawzia Nasiryar Guldarayi, Salima Nikbin, Zahra Nawruzi and Nazifa Zaki.
Also, the IEC has announced the initial result of parliamentary election for Kochi constituency as following:
Shah Wazir Tarakhel, Habiburrahman Afghan, Mirwais Hussainkhel, Nangyal Lawang, Haji Parviz Arabzada, Alhaj Haidar Jan Naeemzai, Rasoul Khan Kochai, Hameed Ahmadzai, Maryam Sulaimankhel and Farzana Kochai.
The IEC said that the results were not final and changes were possible in final results.
M.A.Ansari
 

Monday January 14, 2019

QALA-E-NAW CITY (BNA) A group of 36 members of ISIS terrorist group have been released by Afghan National Army (ANA) personnel in western Badghis province last night.
In-charge of Afghan National Army in west of the country told BNA correspondent, Afghan national army troops by launching a military operation succeeded to release 36 members of ISIS group including women and children from Taliban’s prison in Jawand district of Badghis province.
The released ISIS members have submitted to National Directorate Security personnel of Badghis province, the source added.
Several Taliban militants were killed during the military operation, the source underlined.
M.A.Ansari
 

Monday, 14 January 2019 11:07

MRRD; 402 Water Supply Projects Implemented

Monday January 14, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) reported that within the last year 2019, 402 water supply projects have been completed and put into exploitation across the country.
Farid Archand spokesman for MRRD told BNA correspondent, the projects include the construction of water supply networks, digging water wells, water storages and cleaning water canals.
The projects have been completed with a sum of over 15 million USD and more than 9,000 families benefited from the projects, the source added.
M.A.Ansari
 

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