Politics Bakhtar News Agency is the official state news agency of the Afghan government, based in Kabul. The agency is a major source of news for all media in Afghanistan, gathering domestic and international news and providing information to outlets. http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af Tue, 24 Jan 2017 05:08:19 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Afghans Needy Families Require USD 550m: Dr. Abdullah-Commentary http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/27198-afghans-needy-families-require-usd-550m-dr-abdullah-commentary.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/27198-afghans-needy-families-require-usd-550m-dr-abdullah-commentary.html Afghans Needy Families Require USD 550m: Dr. Abdullah-Commentary

Monday January 23, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Assisting the needy, displaced people and the victims of war in Afghanistan is a moral obligation of every conscientious man and woman; therefore, every opportunity should be provide to meet this humane obligation.
BNA social analyst commenting on the issue writes about four decades war and crisis in Afghanistan severely damaged the infrastructure of the country and faced the people to grave security, social and economic problems that nobody can ignore and easily overcome. Approximately there are 5,300,000 displaced, victims of imposed war and natural disaster incidents people in Afghanistan, 3,000,000 of them are in need of urgent assistance. Afghan government has adopted effective and practical measured to settle the problems of this great folk of people. Dr. Abdullah Abdullah the executive chief of the country in meeting with senior UN diplomats and other international organizations asked the world community to provide urgent humanitarian aids to the needy people in Afghanistan. Dr. Abdullah insisted that in order to overcome the current challenges, 550 million dollars needed and asked the international community to help Afghan government and people to prevent the further expansion of the problems in the country. 
Due to extension of war in the country, increasing number of expatriates’ families, forceful withdrawal of Afghan refugees from Pakistan, Iran and a number of European countries and lack of economic opportunities are the major factors for emergence and expansion the problem and even caused the increasing poverty in the country. Avoiding the armed oppositions from desisting weapon and joining peace process and their insistence on continuation of war are the key factors of long lasting war and the current problems in the country. Regretfully, a number of countries who are seeking their interests in insecurity of Afghanistan, supporting Taliban and other terrorist groups encourage keeping light, the disastrous flames of war in this war-torn country, and by forceful withdrawal of Afghan refugees and politicizing trade and economy further increase the problems in the country. Therefore, it is an open fact that the current problems of Afghanistan have deeply rooted outside the country and certain countries are playing effective role in further deepening the crisis of Afghanistan. In today’s world, many are chanting slogans regarding to safeguarding human rights and ensuring other international criteria. If we look at the current situation of Afghanistan, the international community should be front-runner, in providing practical humanitarian assistances, because words are not sufficient. Helping the needy people should not depend to political issues. The Afghan government in close cooperation of credible organizations such as United Nations should provide the ground for better management and organizing the international community’s aides in order to put in end the suspicions regarding to the distribution of the aids. This can be meeting only through honestly coordination of relevant organs and transparent management of the affairs in that regard.         
 

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Politics Mon, 23 Jan 2017 07:57:00 +0000
If US Wants To End War On Terror, It Should Change Its Policy On Afghanistan http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/27193-if-us-wants-to-end-war-on-terror-it-should-change-its-policy-on-afghanistan.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/27193-if-us-wants-to-end-war-on-terror-it-should-change-its-policy-on-afghanistan.html If US Wants To End War On Terror, It Should Change Its Policy On Afghanistan

Monday January 23, 2017

Kabul (BNA) In swear-in ceremony held last Friday, Donald Trump the US new president has regarded himself committed for bearing changes, and on the earth, he would annihilate completely terrorism and its hideouts. In his first statement, president Trump did not mentioned regarding Afghanistan, but emphasized that the US assistance and expenditures to other nations weakened the economy of this country and three times he repeatedly said that the US has its own priority and with the help of its people, the US gets to strengthened again. Likewise, Donald Trump has suggested that the US ruling party instead of US borders, safeguarded others ones. But first, I safeguard the US borders and then, I pay attention towards other countries. Similarly, president Trump added that the labor level has been reducing daily in the US factories are facing to lapse and the former leadership was searching occupation for others. I make effort the US people be rich and provide work opportunity for them. Now this power is transferred to the people and I prioritize the peoples’ requirements. Although, previously, it was hoped that the US new leader president Trump is merchant and ballooner. He don’t want the war be continued in the world by the US and in his first statement he proclaimed the war on terror be ended and promised that he annihilates this phenomenon from the earth.
This is in a time that once more, the enlightened Afghans wanted the new leadership of the US to revise on its policy regarding Afghanistan and the region and completely change its strategy in connection with Pakistan and this country be recognized officially as a supporter of terrorism by the US and other world nations. And those countries who are really partners in war on terror, the US should develop its relations with them. It is said that the US policy in war on terror has its own shortcomings and because of this, this strategy is in need of revision so that this vacuum completely be removed and the hope that president Trump is nourishing in his mind be met. It is also mentionable that the US 45th president, Donald Trump is the first leader that neither he didn’t worked in government offices even for one day nor is politician for it. So, it is hoped he express wrath and indignation against war and put ending point in all wars fought in all parts of the globe. Although, with dispatching of the US troops to Afghanistan, this country committed to end war on Afghanistan, the narco-production and trafficking be terminated, good governance be implemented and beside providing employment for the Afghans, they be changed into rich people.
But, they didn’t reached to peace more and are victimizing every day by terrorism, unemployment is increasing and in production of narcotics, Afghanistan is in the first place. But, it is hoped the new leadership of the US to complete and implement those promises pledged to the Afghans and doesn’t permit the imposed war be continued in Afghanistan by regional and world countries. Afghans think that why war on terror didn’t ended within fifteen years and beside of the US assistance the terrorism phenomenon is alive. What is the reason and who is responsible for this? The US new leadership should investigate the issue and find respond to those queries. Because, hereafter, neither the Afghans nor the US is ready to pay the price of war and sacrify its soldiers. This is in a time that Gen, James Matis who is nominated as defense secretary of the US by president Trump, recently has asserted that if he appointed as secretary of the US defense would increase pressure on Pakistan so that to prevent the activities of those groupings that threaten the security situation in Afghanistan.
Hamidullah Faizi
 

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Politics Mon, 23 Jan 2017 07:48:59 +0000
Pakistan Expresses Condolences At The Sad Demise of Pir Gilani http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/27185-pakistan-expresses-condolences-at-the-sad-demise-of-pir-gilani.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/27185-pakistan-expresses-condolences-at-the-sad-demise-of-pir-gilani.html Pakistan Expresses Condolences At The Sad Demise of Pir Gilani

Monday, January 23, 2017
Kabul (BNA) We are deeply saddened to learn about the demise of Pir Sayed Ahmad Gilani, Chairman of the High Peace Council of Afghanistan, the Pakistan Embassy said in a statement.
Pir Saheb was an influential religious leader who was widely respected in Afghanistan, and throughout the region for his contributions towards Islam and the Afghan nation. He will always be remembered for his tremendous efforts to bring peace to Afghanistan and promote reconciliation, the statement further said.
The Government and people of Pakistan express their heartfelt condolences to the family and the people and Government of Afghanistan. May Allah Almighty rest the departed soul in eternal peace in Jannah (Ameen).

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Politics Mon, 23 Jan 2017 07:37:30 +0000
CE Abdullah Meets German Ambassador To Kabul http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/27183-ce-abdullah-meets-german-ambassador-to-kabul.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/27183-ce-abdullah-meets-german-ambassador-to-kabul.html CE Abdullah Meets German Ambassador To Kabul

Monday, January 23, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met with German ambassador to Kabul, during which, variety of issues pertaining political and security situation, regional relations and international cooperation with Afghanistan were discussed, a statement from the CE office said.
Thanking the international community, particularly the Germany assistances to people and government of Afghanistan, CE Dr. Abdullah called Germany’s projects in Afghanistan key, adding the Afghan people will never forget such cooperation, according to the statement. Appreciating the efforts of the National Unity Government leaders, particularly the CE Dr. Abdullah in ensuring stability, fighting corruption, peace talks and tightening relations with the international community, the German ambassador stressed on his country’s continued cooperation with the government of Afghanistan in the future, the statement added.

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Politics Mon, 23 Jan 2017 07:34:22 +0000
President Ghani Tasks Commission To Hold Funeral, Praying Ceremonies of Late Gilani http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/27181-president-ghani-tasks-commission-to-hold-funeral-praying-ceremonies-of-late-gilani.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/27181-president-ghani-tasks-commission-to-hold-funeral-praying-ceremonies-of-late-gilani.html President Ghani Tasks Commission To Hold Funeral, Praying Ceremonies of Late Gilani

Monday, January 23, 2017
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and a number of other national, political and jihadi figures while offering condolences to family of late Pir Sayed Ahmad Gilani, held a consultative meeting at the Presidential Palace on holding funeral and praying ceremonies of the deceased, a statement from the president office said.
According to the statement, the meeting which was also attended by Chief Executive, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Second Vice President, Sarwar Danesh, the president called late Pir Gilani, a jihadi figure and honorable person to all people of Afghanistan and expressed his condolences and sympathy to late family, people of Afghanistan and all political and jihadi personalities.   
The president tasked a commission under chairmanship of Mohammad Karim Khalili, senior deputy to High Peace Council (HPC) and also consisting Mowlawi Khabir, the HPC deputy, Haji Din Mohammad, a member of the council, Sayed Saadat Mansour Naderi, the minister of urbanization, Najibullah Mujaddidi and Farouq Wardak, the presidential advisors, Mohammad Akram Khpulwak, the president’s special representative on political affairs, Mohammad Gulab Mangal, the Nangarhar governor, Abdul Hakim Munib, the deputy minister of Hajj and Endowment, Gen. Qadam Shah Sahim, Abdul Rahman Rahman, senior deputy to the ministry of interior, Abdul Jabar Naimi, Laghman governor, Abdul Baqi Popal, acting head of local organs and Abdul Matin Bik, deputy to National Directorate for Security (NDS) to take all preparations for holding funeral and praying ceremonies of late Pir Gilani, the statement added.  
Lauding late Pir Sayed Ahmad Gilani services, President Ghani and all participants in the meeting, called his role key in Jihad and peace negotiations, the statement continued.
At the end, once more, the participants offered their condolences to Late Gilani’s family and all people of Afghanistan. May his soul rest in peace!

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Politics Mon, 23 Jan 2017 07:10:33 +0000
Parliamentary Elections Date to Be Declared Soon, IEC http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/27175-parliamentary-elections-date-to-be-declared-soon-iec.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/27175-parliamentary-elections-date-to-be-declared-soon-iec.html Parliamentary Elections Date to Be Declared Soon, IEC

Sunday, January 22, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Officials of the Independent Elections Commission (IEC) said that efforts were underway to finalize the list of voters and polling centers and the date of parliamentary elections will be soon declared.
The IEC commissioner, Rafiullah Bidar said, ‘we are making effort to present a comprehensive plan on polling centers to the president and we will declare the date of parliamentary elections in upcoming month.’
He stressed that the commission would also announce its decision on invalidation and validation of 21 million distributed cards.
The IEC officials have confirmed that holding parliamentary elections would be impossible sans the government and international community support, adding efforts are underway to hold a transparent and without fraud election. At the same time, complaining on slowness of the electoral commissions’ works, the officials said they have not done their works as proper as the people had expected.
The spokesperson for Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan (TEFA), Sughra Sadat said, ‘the electoral commissions should be prepared for a big exam in order to hold a transparent election.’
Expressing optimism on the government steps on bringing electoral reforms and introduction of new members of the election commission, the civil society organizations stressed that to hold a transparent parliamentary election, bringing reforms have been the only solution.
Likewise, stressing on electoral reforms, the lawmakers said, ‘the people of Afghanistan expect the electoral reforms to be done at its earliest and they don’t a fraudulent election in the future anymore, thus, the government should soon specify the parliamentary elections date.’
Gul Ahmad Azimi, a senator believes that the only reason resulted to forming of the National Unity Government (NUG) had been the electoral reforms, thus, by introduction of new IEC members, the government had practiced one of its commitments.
But now, the people expect the electoral entities to be prepared for parliamentary elections.
Meanwhile, a number of political experts believe that electoral reforms are the only required strategies for holding parliamentary elections.
A political expert, Akram Andishmand said, ‘the NUG leaders should practice what they have committed at the very first days of the government establishment. Likewise, to hold transparent parliamentary elections, the Afghans believe that the electoral reforms are essential.’
An analyst on Afghanistan and regional affairs, Sahib Nazar Muradi said, ‘the people of Afghanistan have witnessed elections for three times, they stress that if reforms are not brought in electoral laws and commissions, they won’t participate in the parliamentary elections.’
This is while that the NUG leaders have always stressed that bringing reforms in the electoral commissions are our priorities.
Suraya Raiszada

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Politics Sun, 22 Jan 2017 07:55:00 +0000
Malaysia To Cooperate In Addressing Problems Of Afghan Refugees, Rabbani http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/27168-malaysia-to-cooperate-in-addressing-problems-of-afghan-refugees-rabbani.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/27168-malaysia-to-cooperate-in-addressing-problems-of-afghan-refugees-rabbani.html Malaysia To Cooperate In Addressing Problems Of Afghan Refugees, Rabbani

Sunday, January 22, 2017
Kabul (BNA) During his visit to Malaysia, Salahuddin Rabbani, Minister of Foreign Affairs has met with a number of Afghan lecturers, students’ representatives and traders to Malaysia.
In the meeting, Afghan representatives of students and traders to Malaysia shared problems of Afghanistan traders’ visas with minister of foreign affairs.
Afterwards, minister of foreign affairs by stressing on efforts of MoFA for solution of the problems asserted that during his visit to the respective country, he had met with the Malaysian foreign affairs minister to discuss relations of the two countries and problems of Afghan citizens to Malaysia, adding that the Malaysia government while promising to address problems of visa for Afghanistan diplomatic passports pledged to cooperate in connection with solution of trading visas and providing higher education scholarships to Afghan students.

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Politics Sun, 22 Jan 2017 07:26:25 +0000
Call For Absorption of $ 550 Million To Human, Natural Incidents’ Vulnerable Families http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/27167-call-for-absorption-of-$-550-million-to-human-natural-incidents’-vulnerable-families.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/27167-call-for-absorption-of-$-550-million-to-human-natural-incidents’-vulnerable-families.html Call For Absorption of $ 550 Million To Human, Natural Incidents’ Vulnerable Families

Sunday, January 22, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Office in an exclusive step held the biggest call for assistance to war victims, internal displaced families and returnees.
Chief executive, UN humanitarian assistance coordinator, Swedish ambassador to Kabul and emergency program assistance participated in the yesterday’s call and answered questions of foreign and domestic journalists.
At the beginning of the call ceremony, chief executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah congratulated taking oath of Donald Trump as 45th President of the US and offered condolence of casualties caused by avalanches in Italy to the government and people of the said country.
Afterwards, the country’s chief executive praised the coordinator of the UN humanitarian assistance for his honestly efforts towards absorption of humanitarian aid to Afghan needy people as well as thanked the Swedish ambassador to Afghanistan and emergency program officer and all officials, employees and workers of the domestic and foreign organizations working in this regard for their providing aid to victims and vulnerable people of Afghanistan, stressing that maintaining security of the respective activists was the key responsibilities of the government of Afghanistan, chief executive instructed the country’s security forces to not make use of schools, health, cultural and religious centers as military bases. Dr. Abdullah Abdullah while regarding the call as the biggest one said not responding of insurgents to peace voice of the government, possible consequences of war, natural incidents and even drought were the main reasons of Afghanistan need to this call. The country’s chief executive regarded $ 550 million as the goal which could respond positively to possible challenges and address urgent problems of the people in 2017. The UN coordinator of humanitarian assistance asserted that the number of the most vulnerable people in Afghanistan were three million, adding that 5.7 million people would be benefited from the amount of $ 550 million.

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Politics Sun, 22 Jan 2017 07:25:32 +0000
President Ghani Slams Terrorist Attack In Saudi Arabia http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/27166-president-ghani-slams-terrorist-attack-in-saudi-arabia.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/27166-president-ghani-slams-terrorist-attack-in-saudi-arabia.html President Ghani Slams Terrorist Attack In Saudi Arabia

Sunday, January 22, 2017
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has strongly condemned terrorist attack in Jeddah city of Saudi Arabia. President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan regarded terrorism as common threat for all countries of region and the world and insisted once again on joint counter terrorism effort. President Ghani, representing the government and people of Afghanistan, has offered condolence and sympathy to King of Saudi Arabia Malik Salman, families of the victims and the people of friend and brother country of Saudi Arabia.

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Politics Sun, 22 Jan 2017 07:24:12 +0000
President Ghani Grants State Medal To Family Of Martyred Hafizullah Pasoon http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/27165-president-ghani-grants-state-medal-to-family-of-martyred-hafizullah-pasoon.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/27165-president-ghani-grants-state-medal-to-family-of-martyred-hafizullah-pasoon.html President Ghani Grants State Medal To Family Of Martyred Hafizullah Pasoon

Sunday, January 22, 2017
Kabul (BNA) For praising the bravery and expressing sadness and condolence to family of martyred Hafizullah Pasoon Barikzai, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has granted state medal of bravery to family of martyred Pasoon.
Hafizullah Pasoon has been martyred at the house of representative of people in parliament Malam Mir Wali.
In a ceremony held on this occasion at presidential palace with participation of elders of Uruzgan, Helmand and Kandahar, martyred Pasoon’s father Obaidullah Barakzai first read out biography of his son.
Afterwards, President Ghani once again offered condolence and sympathy to the family of martyred Pasoon, elders of Uruzgan and Kandahar and praised their patience for martyrdom of Pasoon. The country’s President said that every day Afghanistan youth were sacrifying as martyred Pasoon and a number of our families got sorrow due to imposed war in the country, adding that all our mourns, life, honors, values and future were one and common

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Politics Sun, 22 Jan 2017 07:21:59 +0000