15 December 2019

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Sunday, December 08, 2019
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani paid tribute to departing body of Dr. Tetsu Nakamura at the Hamid Karzai International Airport here yesterday afternoon.
Addressing a ceremony on this occasion, President Ghani said Nakamura has devoted most of his life for rebuilding of Afghanistan and addressing the problems of deprived tribes in eastern provinces.
“He could speak Pashtu very fluently and no one could doubt his love with the Pashtu language,” the president said. He went on saying that Dr. Nakamura was loving humanity and devoted most of his life helping the people.
“His (Nakamura) killers will definitely go to the hell and Afghan National Defense and Security Forces would find out the preparatory and would hand them over to the justice,” the president added.
The President went on saying that would complete the projects of Nakamura and would be named after him.
Nakamura, a driver and four security guards were killed in a shooting on Wednesday in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province.
Nakamura had mainly been supporting the construction of irrigation canals in Afghanistan. Condolences continued to be offered in many places across the country on Thursday.
The body of Japanese doctor Tetsu Nakamura was taken to his home country on Saturday for burial.

Sunday, December 8, 2019
Kabul (BNA) President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani chaired a security meeting here at the presidential palace yesterday morning.
During the meeting which was also attended by National Security Adviser Hamdullah Mohib and acting minister of national defense Asadullah Khalid, the president was briefed on ongoing operations, adding increasing operations in winter season and security of the highways were the main priority for the ministry, the statement from the presidential press office said.
Minister Khalid went on saying that operations in east, northeast, south and north of the country had left positive impacts, adding the operation against Daesh forced thousands of the militants to surrender to Afghan forces, the statement quoted him as saying.
Hearing the security reports, President Ghani praised the operations and coordination among the Afghan forces, adding the forces on time operation could prevent enemies’ increasing threats.
Congratulating Afghans forces achievements in war against Daesh in east of Afghanistan, instructing them to further take steps against insurgents in winter season to help protect the citizens, the statement added.

Sunday, December 08, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met with newly appointed ambassador of Agha Khan, Sheherazade Hijri, here at the Sapidar Palace yesterday, a statement said.
Welcoming the new ambassador, Dr. Abdullah wished her success in her new mission and thanked Agha Khan’s assistance for Afghanistan.
Thanking government’s warm welcome, the newly appointed ambassador briefed CE Abdullah on her works and hoped to take bold steps for implementation of Agha Khan Development Network programs in Afghanistan, the statement added.

Sunday, December 8, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The Lower House of Parliament observed a 10-minute silence on Saturday to pay tribute to Dr. Nakamura, whose photograph was displayed in the lower house yesterday.
The MPs blamed regional intelligence behind the murder of Dr. Nakamura and demanded the finding of killers.
In Saturday’s session, members of the Wolesi Jirga displayed Nakamura’s picture at the top of the parliament building in acknowledgement of his services for Afghanistan.
An MP from Nangarhar, Hazrat Ali, said “Nakamura has been murdered for building a canal, a Kunar River tributary. There are political motives behind his killing.”
Anisa Imrani, also a representative of Nangarhar residents also said: “Nakamura has been killed in line with external conspiracies that also involved some internal elements.”
The perpetrators of the murder must be identified and given deterrent punishment, said the lawmaker, who did not name individuals behind the external plots.
Haji Khan Mohammad Wardak, a lower house member from Kabul, said: “The murder of Nakamura is a betrayal of Afghanistan and its people, the killers must be identified.”
Other MPs held similar views and demanded the identification, and severe punishment for, Nakamura’s killers.
Speaker Mir Rahman Rahmani extended his condolences to Nakamura’s family and the people of Japan. “Those who murdered Nakamura don’t deserve pardon.”
He denounced the NGO chief’s killing as an attack on humanity and tasked the international and external commissions of the house with investigating the incident.
Unidentified gunmen opened fire at the vehicle of the Japan Peace Medical Services (PMS) chief, who was rushed to hospital. The NGO chief came under attack on his way to inspect a project.
Dr. Nakamura’s driver and four of his bodyguards were also killed in the shooting. Dr. Nakamura did a lot for the development of agriculture, irrigation, healthcare and education and won people’s hearts. His services to the people earned him the nickname Uncle Murad.

Sunday, December 08, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Addressing the 26th ministerial meeting of Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, acting minister of foreign affairs Idrees Zaman called for a political settlement to the conflict in Afghanistan, saying the government has prepared a seven-step peace plan.
“This year marks the 16th anniversary of our partnership with the OSCE. We have benefited immensely from the knowledge and expertise of OSCE in different fields,” he added.
The Afghan security forces had wiped out Daesh -- Islamic State (IS) -- rebels from eastern Afghanistan, where a thousand fighters of the group had surrendered along with their families, Minister Zaman said.
“Taliban continue to be the primary partner of all foreign terrorist groups operating in Afghanistan. There are still strong links and cooperation between Taliban and Al-Qaeda, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan as well as nearly 20 others regionally and globally focused groups.”
Taliban and other associated terrorist groups maintained the ability to generate revenue through narcotics trade, illicit mineral extraction, taxation, extortion and donations from abroad, he added.
The Afghan government remained engaged in implementing its national strategy to address the lingering problem of narcotics, in all its aspects, the minister continued.
Since the withdrawal of the bulk of foreign troops in 2014, he said, Afghan forces had been bearing the brunt of fighting the insurgency and terrorism in the country.
“We are of the view that the war in Afghanistan should end through a political settlement,” Zaman remarked.
He explained: “I am pleased to announce that the Afghan government has prepared a seven-step peace plan. We have clearly said regional and international support is vital for the success of the Afghan-led peace process.
“I would like to take this opportunity to express a word of thanks to all partners, inside and outside our region, who are supporting our peace efforts.”
The Afghan-led initiatives such as the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process and RECCA had tremendously contributed to greater economic cooperation, mutual trust, increased regional connectivity and shared prosperity.
“We look forward to the next Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process ministerial meeting which is going to be held next week in Istanbul,” the minister said.
Afghanistan remained committed to developing and strengthening long-term cooperation with the OSCE, he said.
Afghanistan-related projects had benefitted immensely from the OSCE field presence in Central Asia, he acknowledged.

Sunday, December 08, 2019
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani received Iranian special envoy for Afghanistan, Ebrahim Taherian, here in his office yesterday, a presidential statement said.
Both sides discussed bilateral relations and the peace process, according to the statement.
Welcoming the Iranian envoy, President Ghani said peace and stability in Afghanistan was indeed peace and stability in the region, adding Afghan government was trying to establish durable peace in the country.
Iranian envoy briefed the president on Taliban’s trip to Tehran, adding Islamic Republic of Iran was committed to the principle of respecting and honoring the Afghan constitution. He said his country was support Afghan-led and owned peace talks, the statement added.

Sunday, December 08, 2019
Kabul (BNA) National Unity Government Leaders met with the family of the slain Dr. Tetsu Nakamura here in Kabul the other day.
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani received the spouse and daughter of late Dr. Tetsu Nakamura on Friday evening and offered his profound sympathies to his family as well as the government and people of Japan on behalf of the government and people of Afghanistan, a statement from the presidential press office said yesterday.
The meetings that also attended by the First Lady and National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib, the president called Dr. Nakamura a conscientious and diligent personality who transformed people’s lives in eastern Afghanistan during his 22-year service in the country.
“Dr. Nakamura’s loss is a devastating tragedy, and the entire Afghan nation is mourning his demise,” added the president as quoted in the presidential statement.
President Ghani said Dr. Nakamura began his services by providing treatment to the people of remote areas of the country, admiring him for accomplishing efficacious projects in the fields of water management, agriculture and designing and operating irrigation systems, the statement added.
The president said his deep understanding of Afghanistan and its people accompanied with his compassion towards the poor, rose him to eminence among Afghans as a symbol of humanity.
The president added, “I spent two days with him and discuss the projects he conceived, and I am honored to have awarded him with the most prestigious state medal and granted him the honorary citizenship of Afghanistan.”
The president highlighted that people of Afghanistan will always remember Dr. Nakamura as an eminent personality in the Afghan history and his family will have a special place in the hearts of the Afghan people, underlining that his plans and ideas on water management will be effectively put into practice.
The president extended his sympathies to Dr. Nakamura’s family and said his body will be escorted in a special ceremony in recognition of his services and the projects he implemented in eastern Afghanistan, particularly in Nangarhar and Kunar provinces. The president said the people of Afghanistan should perpetuate his services and memory forever.
President Ghani termed murderers of Dr. Nakamura the enemies of prosperity, progress and development of Afghanistan and said he had issued directives to the defense and security forces to arrest the perpetrators and bring them to justice.
The wife and daughter of Dr. Nakamura thanked the president and people of Afghanistan for expressing their condolence and appreciated them for expressing their ultimate affection to Dr. Nakamura. They conveyed their sympathies to the families of Dr. Nakamura’s five Afghan colleagues, who were also killed in the incident, the statement said.
Mitsuji Suzuka, ambassador of Japan to Kabul extended gratitude to the people and government of Afghanistan for expressing condolence. He said what Dr. Nakamura did was the best reconstruction approach as his success element was engagement of the local people in the projects.  He said Japan will continue to cooperate with Afghanistan in various spheres.
According to another report, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah also met with family of Dr. Tetsu Nakamura here at the Sapidar Palace yesterday, a separate statement from his office said.
Extending his condolences to the family of Dr. Nakamura and Japanese people, Dr. Abdullah said Afghan history to remember Dr. Nakamura’s servants and patriotism for the country.
Hinting to his works in eastern Nangarhar province, Dr. Abdullah said local residents were happy with Dr. Nakamura’s works, adding Afghan people has lost one of their greatest friend and true servant.
Meanwhile daughter of Dr. Nakamura extended her condolences over killing of six Afghans in the incident, saying his father’s works were not possible without cooperation of Afghan people. She said that had seen light of candles by Afghans in different provinces and felt that all Afghans were mourning his death, according to the statement.

Sunday, December 08, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Forty-three armed oppositions were killed in nine provinces of the country.
National Defense Ministry with releasing a statement told BNA, 43 armed oppositions were killed by defense and security forces operations in Zabul Kunduz, Logar, Kapisa, Herat, Helmand, Paktia , Paktika and Farah provinces.
Dozens other insurgents were wounded and seven insurgents were arrested on charges terrorist activities.
Numerous   of heavy and lights weapons , motorbikes of the insurgents have been destroyed.
T. Yarzada

Saturday, 07 December 2019 10:57

NDS: Five Terrorists Perish in Helmand

Saturday December 7, 2019
LASHKARGAH CITY (BNA) Five anti-government militias were killed during military operation conducted by National Directorate Security (NDS) personnel in southern Helmand province.
NDS by sending a statement issued BNA, the military operation have launched for suppressing armed oppositions in relevant areas of Nahr Saraj district of the province, in which 5 terrorists were killed and five others including two Pakistani nationals named Kalimullah and Bahaudding were wounded.
A terrorist hideout have been demolished, 60 kg explosive materials, 50 round of different type of mines, a pistol, a communication means, and some light weapons have been seized following the military operation, the statement added.

Saturday, 07 December 2019 10:57

Six Water Supply Networks Inaugurated in Logar

Saturday December 7, 2019
PUL-E-ALAM CITY (BNA) The construction work of six water supply networks has been completed and put into exploitation in central Logar province.
According to BNA local correspondent report, the water supply networks has been built by development budget of ministry of rural rehabilitation and development in Mohammad Agha district and Pul-e-Alam city the provincial capital of the province.
It has been said, by implementation of the projects 1045 acres of land will be irrigated in the mentioned areas.

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