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Monday, 03 August 2020 04:55

Flood Affected Families Received Aids

Monday, August 3, 2020
Jalalabad (BNA) Assistance was provided to families affected by the recent floods in Nangarhar.
Following the floods in parts of Koz Kunar district, local officials spoke of the transfer of humanitarian aid and its distribution to the victims.
Sixteen people were martyred four injured in recent floods in Koz Kunar, Nangarhar.
Nangarhar Media Office says in a newsletter that cash and some food items were distributed to dozens of families affected by the floods in Koz Kunar, Nangarhar.
The Nangarhar Disaster Preparedness Committee, which carried out the humanitarian aid, says efforts are under way to provide more aid to the flood victims.
Floods in Koz Kunar, including houses destroyed hundreds acres of farmland
T. Yarzada

Monday, August3, 2020
Herat (BNA) Eighteen Men were arrested in Herat on charges of involvement in criminal offenses.
The men were detained overnight in the city and a number of Herat districts during operations and during vehicle inspections.
The Herat Police Media Office said in a statement that the 18 men were accused of theft, robbery, drug trafficking and illegal carrying of weapons.
T. Yarzada

Monday, August 3, 2020
Charikar (BNA) Following the floods last night in Parwan, huge losses were caused to the people.
These floods last night, following heavy rains from mountain valleys in the city of Charikar covered most of the city.
Floods reportedly closed Parwan ring road and dozens of other roads, but local officials say they reopened those roads to traffic.
The floods destroyed dozens of homes and shops, Nisar Ahmad Habibi, head of disaster readiness event of Parwan, told BNA.
Shipments containing humanitarian aid to flood victims are on the way, he said.
Witnesses say dozens of families have lost their properties such as schools, mosques and homesand are in need of humanitarian assistance such as shelter, food and medicine.
T. Yarzada

Monday August 3, 2020
Maimana (BNA) Three members of a family were martyred and four others were injured in a traffic accident in Faryab.
The incident happened late yesterday on the main road of Maimana city when a car collided with another car.
A Faryab security official told BNA that three members of a family were martyred and four others were injured in the incident.
Victims and wounded were traveling to their relatives' homes for Eid al-Adha.
Doctors at Faryab Central Hospital in Maimana report the health condition of the two injured is alarming.
T. Yarzada

Monday, August 3, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Officials at the Ministry of Public Health on Sunday reported one new positive case of the coronavirus from 19 samples tested over the last 24 hours.
“A lower number of people have come for testing during Eid days,” the officials said. The number of total cases is now 36,710, the total reported deaths is 1,284, and the total recoveries is 25,509.
The officials have warned that “if the people do not take the coronavirus seriously during the Eid days, then the number of cases will increase in the country.”
The number of deaths from COVID-19 globally is more than 667,218 and the number of global coronavirus cases is 17,039,160, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Monday, August 3, 2020
Kabul (BNA) A ceasefire between the Taliban and Afghan government appears to be holding for the third and final day, as hundreds of the armed group's prisoners are released in a bid to bring peace talks closer.
The government has released 317 Taliban prisoners since the beginning of the three-day Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha on Friday, the country's office of National Security Council said on Twitter on Sunday.
Calm prevailed across much of Afghanistan, with officials not reporting any major clashes between the two sides since the truce began to mark Eid.
President Ghani and the Taliban have both indicated that long-delayed negotiations could begin straight after Eid.
Under a deal signed by the Taliban and the US in February, the "intra-Afghan" talks were slated to start in March, but were delayed amid political infighting in Kabul and as a contentious prisoner swap dragged on.
The deal stipulated that Afghan government would free about 5,000 Taliban prisoners in return for 1,000 Afghan security personnel held captive by the Taliban.
Including the newly released prisoners, the total number of Taliban prisoners freed from Afghan custody has reached 4,917 prisoners, the National Security Council said.
The 317 were among an additional 500 Taliban prisoners that Ghani ordered freed on Friday as a goodwill gesture. However, he said on Friday he had "no authority" under the country's constitution to release the remaining 400 inmates because of their involvement in serious crimes.
He added he would soon call a consultative Loya Jirga - a traditional grand assembly of Afghan elders - to decide their fate.
The Taliban says it has freed all 1,000 Afghan prisoners it had pledged to release in a deal with the US, fulfilling their side of the exchange.
Deadly violence has rocked Afghanistan since the US-Taliban deal was agreed, with more than 3,500 Afghan troops killed in attacks by armed fighters, according to President Ghani.

Monday, August 3, 2020
Kabul (BNA) A high-ranking Afghan government delegation has traveled to Kandahar to investigate the recent clash between Afghan and Pakistani forces at the Chaman crossing in Spin Boldak, said the National Security Council (NSC) in a statement on Sunday.
The delegation is led by the deputy head of the NSC, the statement said, adding that members of the delegation also include representatives from the ministries of foreign affairs, defense and interior, as well as the National Directorate of Security (NDS) and the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG), the statement said.
The delegation will first meet with provincial officials in Kandahar and “than will visit the area of the incident,” the statement said.
On Saturday, MoFA said that Afghanistan has raised the issue of the recent clash with Pakistan’s embassy in Kabul and the Pakistani ministry of foreign affairs.
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has also urged the need for a diplomatic solution to the tensions that emerged in the wake of recent clashes in Spin Boldak district.
The Spin Boldak clash left at least 15 Afghan civilians dead and 80 more wounded. Afghan officials claim the shelling was started by Pakistani forces.
Over the past several years, Pakistan has frequently launched missile attacks on Afghan territory along the Durand Line.

Monday, August 3, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani had phone conversations with Presidents of Iran and Uzbekistan here yesterday, a statement said.
In conversation with Shavkat Mirziyoyev of Uzbekistan, the two sides exchanged Eid al-Adha greetings, sincerely wishing the fraternal peoples of the two countries peace, harmony and prosperity.
The Presidents noted with deep satisfaction the steadfast consolidation of late of the Afghan-Uzbek relations built on robust bonds of friendship and traditional good-neighborliness, common history, traditions and customs.
The telephone conversation has served to discuss pressing issues in the bilateral cooperation, primarily the enhancement of practical interaction in the economy, energy, transport and communications. President Ghani and President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and exchanged views also on critical aspects of the regional agenda.
The two leaders expressed full support for the decisive measures taken in both countries to counter the spread of coronavirus infection and control the epidemiological situation. The importance of minimizing the pandemic’s negative impact and maintaining the dynamics of trade and economic relations was emphasized.
The Presidents attached specific significance on intensifying the efforts designed to promote priority infrastructure and investment projects towards Afghanistan’s sustainable development and its active engagement in regional economic processes. In particular, it is the creation of a modern trade and logistics infrastructure in the border areas, implementation of major projects concerning the construction of power line Surkhan – Pul-e-Khumri and efficient transport corridors in Afghanistan, including with active involvement of international financial institutions and donor nations.
The heads of state considered issues of peaceful settlement of the Afghan crisis and expressed full support for the efforts undertaken on the soonest launch of inter-Afghan negotiations.
Meanwhile, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani highlighted the historic role of the March 2018 Tashkent International Conference on Afghanistan, which resulted in significant progress in the political resolution of the Afghan conflict.
Towards the end of the phone talk, the leaders of Uzbekistan and Afghanistan stressed their commitment to furthering the multilayered partnership in the interests of the two countries and the Central Asian region as a whole.
Meanwhile in another conversation with Iranian president, the two sides described peace in Afghanistan as peace and stability for the entire region, with Iranian leaders saying "The Islamic Republic of Iran has always stood by the people and government of Afghanistan for peace and stability, and the role of the Afghan government in international efforts with the aim of achieving peace is important for Iran".
In this telephone conversation, the President of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf hani congratulated Eid al-Adha, and appreciated the goodwill, cooperation and support of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the people and government of Afghanistan, including medical and health services to Afghan refugees in Iran in fighting coronavirus, adding, "Some studies in Afghanistan show the process of controlling the outbreak of coronavirus in Afghanistan, which I hope will be the case".
Stating that the private sectors of the two countries have well known the way of interaction with each other, the President of Afghanistan said, "Chabahar Port is developing at a good pace and I hope that the economic relations between Iran and Afghanistan will develop further by using this capacity".
President Ghani appreciated the Islamic Republic of Iran's position in supporting the system of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on the topic of peace and the efforts and cooperation of the foreign ministers of the two countries in this regard and emphasized, "I hope Iran's support for the peace process brings about more peace and security to the region and the world".
Speaking in a telephone conversation with the President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani on Saturday evening, Dr. Hassan Rouhani felicitated Afghan president on Eid al-Adha, and said, "The Islamic Republic of Iran is determined to always deepen relations with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan based on historical and cultural common grounds and strengthening these relations by taking advantage of economic, trade and transit capacity between the two countries".
Rouhani expressed hope that the comprehensive document on Iran-Afghanistan cooperation would be completed soon, adding, "If the situation caused by the outbreak of coronavirus allows, we can hold an important meeting in the coming months".
"In addition to signing a comprehensive document on cooperation between the two countries in Tehran, we can also record the operation of the Khaf-Herat railway as two historic events in the long list of friendly interactions between the two sides," he continued.
Expressing satisfaction with the establishment of a temporary ceasefire in Afghanistan and expressing hope for the continuation and strengthening of the ceasefire and reduction of violence in the country, the President said, "The Islamic Republic of Iran has always supported the peace process led by the Afghan government and we hope that intra-Afghan talks pivoting around the legitimate government all political groups in Afghanistan and the Taliban will yield results according to the constitution".
Rouhani expressed satisfaction with the Afghan President's remarks on the results of studies that show the process of controlling the outbreak of coronavirus in the country, and said, "The Islamic Republic of Iran has been alongside the people and government of Afghanistan in fighting coronavirus, and will not spare any effort in this regard".

Sunday, August 2, 2020
JALALABAD CITY (BNA) A top Intelligence in-charge of ISIS-K was killed in eastern Nangarhar province late on Saturday.
Attaullah Khogyani spokesperson of Nangarhar governor said BNA correspondent, Ziaurahman known as Asadullah Orakzai was killed during a military operation conducted by Afghanistan National Directorate Security (NDS) personnel in relevant areas of Jalalabad city the provincial capital of the province yesterday evening.
Asadullad Orakzai was involved in most terrorist and destructive activities carried out by ISIS-K fighters in eastern provinces of the country, Khogyani added.
Ziaurahman was resident of Akhail Orakzay region, Agency-Pakistan, NDS said in  a statement.

Friday, 31 July 2020 08:31

Eid-ul-Adha and Abraham’s Sacrifice

Friday July 31, 2020

Kabul (BNA) The Feast of Sacrifice is based on the experiences of the Prophet Abraham. All three monotheistic faiths believe that he was tested by God, who ordered him to sacrifice his son before replacing him with a ram at the last moment.
Millions of Muslims around the world will begin celebrating the Feast of Sacrifice or Eid-ul-Adha this Sunday, evoking the Quranic account of Prophet Abraham’s trial, in which he was ordered by God to sacrifice his most beloved possession, his son Ishmael.
Abraham, whose name etymologically means the father of nations, would have slaughtered his son following God’s command without question, but in the face of the Prophet’s sheer determination and strength of faith, God swapped Ishmael with a ram and Abraham slaughtered it instead.
Since the Prophet Mohammed’s era, Muslims have marked the incident by sacrificing animals.
After the sacrifice, Muslims share meat with the needy, who might not eat meat often, and their relatives, fulfilling God’s vision of brotherly relations.
They also visit each other to tighten their friendships and to heal old wounds.
How Islam explains Abraham’s trial
The Quran recounts the incident in a chapter called Saffat (The Aligners).
It first talks of Abraham’s happiness having received a “righteous [son]” but when the boy is of working age, the patriarch receives a vision commanding him to sacrifice his son on God’s orders.
“Now see what thy view is!” Abraham asked the son to which he responds: "O my father! Do as thou art commanded.”
During the run up to the sacrifice, Abraham is tested by Satan who tries to convince him to ignore God’s command by appealing to his ego, that of his wife, and that of his son.
With the help of the angel Gabriel, Abraham forces Satan away by pelting him with stones.
Muslims symbolically reenact the incident during the Hajj pilgrimage by pelting three pillars marking where Satan stood in his encounter with Abraham.
The ritual known as the ‘Stoning of the Devil’ takes place in the neighborhood of Mina close to Mecca.
According to Islamic tradition, Abraham brought his second wife, Hagar, and his son Ishmael, to Mecca, near to where the sacrifice was to happen.
There he rebuilt the Kaaba, the central fixture of worship for Muslims, which represents the oneness of God.
Afterwards, Abraham and Ishmael went to Mount Arafat, which is also located close to Mecca, to implement the divine order.
According to the Quran, at Mount Arafat, Abraham “had laid him [Ishmael] prostrate on his forehead [for sacrifice].”
But God suddenly intervened, declaring: "Thou hast already fulfilled the vision!"
An animal, which was a ram in the opinion of many Muslim scholars, appeared to replace Ishmael and the sacrifice was fulfilled by slaughtering it, the Quran says.
Abraham’s steadfast stance in implementing God’s wish earned him divine praise, and his emotionally powerful experience is marked today in the Feast of Sacrifice and celebrated by more than 1.8 billion Muslims globally.
“We left [this blessing] for him among generations [to come] in later times: ‘Peace and salutation to Abraham!’” The Quran says about a figure honored by Muslims, Jews, and Christians.

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