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Thursday, April 18, 2019
Kabul (BNA) President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a meeting with the departing peace delegation, said: “You are representing the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the nation in Qatar,” a statement from the Presidential Palace said the other day.
“You have started a mission for which, the nation has waited for 40 years, which is a lasting peace in the country,” said the president as quoted by the statement.
Addressing the gathering of the delegation, the president said:  “Our rights are clear in the country and the tolerance of this land is like the Hindukosh Mountain giants severe feelings.”
He said the country was witnessing bloodshed, suicide bombing, explosions, bombings and other disasters and the people are affected physically and mentally.  “But we want to end the 40 year old war and avoid selfishness for the future generation.”
The president went on as saying that only the people can decide that what condition they accept and what they oppose, as the final decision for peace was of the nation.
“You represent the government and the people in the Qatar Conference and this mission is very important,” the president told the gathering.
In part of his speech, the country’s president went on as saying that there was no way except negotiations and that the history has shown that aliens couldn’t decide for us, the statement quoted.
Bloodshed is not success and that no one is the winner and the loser for a political solution, said the president.
You are the messengers of the government and the nation and have responsibility to clearly speak for the system survival, legality and strengthening of the administrations with the Taliban and that the people are waiting for what you bring from the Qatar meeting, the president advised.


Friday March 15, 2019
TARINKOT CITY (BNA) Under the framework of Iqra program, 39 school buildings will be built by Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development in Urozgan province.
According to information of citizens national covenant program public relation to BNA, the school buildings will be constructed in 6 districts of the province that safe education environment will be provided to 30 students (boys & girls).
The school buildings will be have classrooms, administrative rooms and others educational necessary equipment.


Friday March 15, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Forty nine people have been killed and more than 20  others have been seriously injured at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch after at least one gunman opened fire on worshipers.
The man, who identified himself as 28-year-old Australian-born Brenton Tarrant, filmed the attack on social media. Dressed in a military-style, camouflage outfit, and carrying an automatic rifle he started randomly shooting people in the Al Noor mosque shortly after 1.40pm local time (12.40am GMT).
Tarrant, who filmed himself attacking a Christchurch mosque in a Facebook Live video, posted a 74-page manifesto in which he claims to be from a “working class, low income family”.
He said he was of Scottish, Irish and English stock and moved to New Zealand temporarily to plan and train and then stayed there after deciding to conduct the attack.
“I have read the writings of Dylann Roof and many others, but only really took true inspiration from Knight Justiciar Breivik,” he wrote.
New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said police had also defused a number of improvised explosive devices found on vehicles after the mosque shootings.
New Zealand had been placed on its highest security threat level. Police have asked all mosques across the country to close their doors today, advising people to stay away from them.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said there was no place in New Zealand for such acts of extreme violence.
"Many of those who will have been directly affected by this shooting may be migrants to New Zealand, they may even be refugees here," Ardern said.
The Bangladesh cricket team which were in Christchurch to play New Zealand in a third cricket on Saturday was arriving for prayers at the mosque when the shooting occurred but all members were  reported safe.
The teams later announced the test would be cancelled.

Friday March 15, 2019
Kabul (BNA) In the coming months, Afghanistan will host its first-ever national-level all-women council, where thousands are coming together to remind the government and the Taliban that a long-awaited peace is impossible without their voice.
Over the past decades of war, women in Afghanistan have experienced shocking oppression that has deepened their social isolation and made them politically cautious.
Anti-women policies at state level peaked under the Taliban, who took power in the mid-1990s before they were ousted by a U.S.-led invasion.
That invasion led to gains in universal education, but women remain plagued by insecurity and the threat of violence.
Quotas for female representation in the legislature have not fundamentally changed the male-dominated nature of Afghan political culture.
Now, a resurgent Taliban's appearance at negotiating tables in Moscow and Doha has put even these qualified achievements under threat.
The group remains steadfast in its non-recognition both of women's role in the public space and the Afghan government, with whom it has not yet held direct talks.
Presently the Taliban prefers to speak to Washington, Moscow and select groups of Afghan politicians. The group has said its position on women's rights is in line with that of Afghanistan's main religion, Islam and remains hostile to gender equality activism.
In the meantime, Afghan women and women’s rights activists from all walks of life came together and established Afghan Women for Peace, a 15,000 plus movement with members come from all 34 provinces.  In every province, Afghan Women for Peace brought together university students and female governmental employees, as well as literate and illiterate women looking to contribute.
Together they have shared their demands and thoughts on peace.
The organizers have spoken about the role of women in the government and in society, and shared ways to have a positive impact on society and make their voices heard by local and national authorities.
The first aim is to create a national consensus that Afghan women shouldn't be forgotten. Women need to take part in the peace talks and share their demands and expectations for the future of the county.
Conferences have already been held in a number of provinces including Panjshir, Khost, Parwan, Baghlan, Ghazni, and Logar.
Conferences will continue in 28 other provinces over coming weeks.
What follows are the highlights of the conference Khost province:
Peace should begin from the frontier provinces
Khost province is the economic and political corridor of Afghanistan
People at the district level should be included in the peace process
Engaging people who are in touch with the families of insurgents is crucial
If social justice is in place and laws implemented, peace will come
God and the prophet (PBUH), and the people all want peace
Women and girls should be allowed to go to school
Female literacy should be increased so that children are brought up properly.
Today’s women are aware and religious scholars should not undermine the importance of women’s roles
Sharia dictates about women need to be interpreted properly
Peace begins in the family, then in the community, and then reaches the government
Peace means accepting one another and supporting each other’s positive actions
At the conclusion of every conference, participants approve such a resolution about the priorities and problems facing local women.
While no date has yet been set for the national-level jirga (tribal council), the event promises to bring together the work of all the provincial level groups.   
Work at the provincial level is important. Whilst there are women representatives in the parliament in Kabul, women governors are very rare, as is female representation in other important. For many women in the frontier provinces, these jirgas have been a first-ever opportunity to participate in the political process and have their voices heard.
Women in Ghazni stated: " Peace does not mean just an end to the war, and no country can be successful in its national programs without the participation of women; therefore women must have a role in the social and political peace process."

Friday March 15, 2019
KUNDUZ CITY (BNA) An agricultural water canal to be built with a cost of over 1.5 million Afghanis by ministry of rural rehabilitation and development in northern Kunduz province.
According to information of citizens national covenant program public relation to BNA, the water canal to be constructed by citizens national covenant program with a sum of more than 1.5 million Afghanis in Ali Abad district of the province.
By construction of the water canal, 700 acres of agricultural lands will be irrigated in Ali Abad district.


Friday March 15, 2019
Kabul (BNA) On the steps of the Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara, Tirath Singh Khalsa, 11, and his sister, Jasmeet Kaur, 8, waved small Canadian flags and smiled as dozens of members of Surrey’s Sikh community surrounded them.
The children, along with siblings Zorawer, 6, Fathe, 3, and parents Havinder Kaur Khalsa, 30, and Shamsheer Singh Khalsa, 40, had just arrived from India, part of a group of Afghan-Sikh refugees privately sponsored by the local community.
Their family had been part of the very small Punjabi Sikh and Hindu community living as a persecuted minority in northeastern Afghanistan. Shamsheer said the family lived in fear of Isis and the Taliban, and resisted threats to change their religion to Islam. Khalsa had been a shopkeeper, but said that because he wouldn’t convert to Islam, he was considered “an infidel.”
Prem Singh Vinning, past-president of the World Sikh Organization of Canada, acted as a translator for the group, and said everyday life for the Punjabi community in northeastern Afghanistan is very difficult.
“The kids can’t go to school, because they would have to cut their hair and remove their turbans. The women would have to wear burkas, otherwise they are not safe at all, they are stoned. It’s very difficult and very challenging,” Vinning said.
Shamsheer said locals were warned by the Taliban not to patronize his shop: “Our business stopped.”
He said the family is very grateful to Canada for the welcome.
“I feel so happy, and say thanks to all Canadians. Canada is a safe country, and everyone wants to be safe and have (human) rights.”
The arrival of Khalsa, his wife and their four kids, and a second Sikh refugee family of six, was an emotional moment for Baljinder Singh Bhuller. Bhuller was on hand representing his late son, former Alberta MLA Manmeet Singh Bhullar.
Bhullar said his son had begun the project of bringing the Afghan-Sikh refugees to Canada before he was tragically killed in a car accident in 2015. The family’s foundation carried on with the work after his death. With the assistance of the WSO of Canada, the Manmeet Singh Bhullar Foundation moved 65 refugee families to India, and began the process of bringing them to Canada through private sponsorship.
“For over three years we have been providing them with food, shelter and medical care through the foundation,” said Bhullar.
Shamsheer said he’s looking forward to going to school — something he was not able to do while growing up in Afghanistan.
By the end of the month the foundation hopes to have 18 families resettled in Canada.
Between 800 and 1,000 Sikh and Hindu families remain in northeastern Afghanistan.
“I would say to the Canadian government to please help them,” Shamsheer said.

Friday March 15, 2019
Kabul (BNA) At least 14 anti-government militias were arrested by Afghan security forces within the last 24 hours in east of the country.
The insurgents are members of ISIS and Taliban terrorist groups were arrested along with their hand weapons in different parts of Nangarhar, Laghman and Kunar provinces.
Senior commander of Afghan national army in the east of the country told BNA reporter, the armed oppositions were busy on organizing a series of terrorist and destructive activities, which were arrested by Afghan security forces from different parts of mentioned provinces.
The arrested rebels in their primary investigation confessed to that they had active roles in dozens terrorist activities in east of the country.
Several heavy and light weapons have been seized from them.


Friday March 15, 2019
TARINKOT CITY (BNA) As many as 11 terrorists were killed during air attacks carried out by Afghan air forces in southern Urozgan province within the last 24 hours.
Senior commander of Afghan national army in the south of the country told BNA reporter, the air raids carried out by Afghan air forces in vicinity of Tarinkot city the provincial capital of the province, in which 11 fighters of Taliban group were killed and five hideouts along with all military equipment have been destroyed.
It has been said, the members of Taliban group were involved on organizing a series of terrorist and destructive activities that targeted and killed by Afghan air forces.
According to another report, Afghan security forces succeeded to discover and defuse four round of different type of mines from crowded areas of Urozgan province.

Friday March 15, 2019
KANDAHAR CITY (BNA) At least seven armed oppositions were killed following artillery attack carried out by Afghan security forces in southern Kandahar province last night.
Top commander of Afghan national army in the south of the country told BNA correspondent, the artillery attack launched by Afghan security forces on terrorists’ hideouts in relevant areas of Ghorak district of the province, in which seven insurgents were killed and four terrorist’s hideouts have been demolished.
According to another report, Afghan security forces succeeded to discover and defuse four round of different type of mines from crowded areas of Kandahar province.
Meanwhile, a weapon storage belonged to Taliban militants have been seized by Afghan security troops in Kandahar city.
Some heavy and light weapons, bombs, mines and explosive materials have been discovered from the weapon storage.

Friday March 8, 2019
HERAT CITY (BNA) The construction work of five development projects has been completed and put into exploitation in western Herat province.
The projects has been built by Citizen Covenant National program in relevant areas of Guzar Shaikh Marouf Kochi and 11th precinct of Herat city.
The projects include the construction of water supply networks, Entertainment Park, extension of electricity network, roads asphalting and project for women’s livelihoods.
Younus Ahmadi in-charge of press office in Herat municipality said, the projects have been implemented with a sum of over 13 million within the last four months.
By implementing of the projects over 12,000 people will be used environmental facilities.


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