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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Acting minister of foreign affairs Salahuddin Rabbani met yesterday with Turkish ambassador to Kabul.
In the meeting, the Turkish ambassador briefed related to conferences of OIC and Istanbul Process in sideline of UN general assembly in New York.
Acting minister of foreign affairs while considering Turkey as friend country to Afghanistan praised the country for its cooperation with Afghanistan.
Both sides discussed bilateral political and economic relations, investment in Afghanistan, security, Afghan refugees and problems in issuing visas to Afghans.

Politics Tue, 18 Sep 2018 05:38:25 +0000
Necessary Preparations Should be for Geneva Conference, CE http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/34841-necessary-preparations-should-be-for-geneva-conference-ce.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/34841-necessary-preparations-should-be-for-geneva-conference-ce.html Necessary Preparations Should be  for Geneva Conference, CE

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Kabul (BNA) Chaired by Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, meeting of private sector development committee was held yesterday at Sapidar Palace.
In the session, ministry of commerce and industries deliver national policy of trade and after visions of the committee’s members, it was decided that the document should be discussed in council of ministers and later approved by cabinet meeting.
According to officials of the ministry of commerce and industries, the national document has been prepared based on visions of relevant domestic and international figures.
Based on the meeting’s agenda, ministry of water and energy delivered prepared document related to energy services management authority, saying that the authority was temporarily funded by the government and later the authority would itself provide its budget and provide licenses to private companies working in energy services.
Members of the committee in the meeting approved the document and chief executive instructed that the document should be delivered to justice ministry.
Meanwhile, officials for Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB) and Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) delivered report related to MoU between the two organs, saying that DAB was ready to sign the agreement, but it was delayed due to the fact that leading board’s session DABS not held so far.
The country’s chief executive instructed that leading board’s session of DABS should be held on Tuesday and pavement should be facilitated for signing the agreement.
At the end of the meeting, ministry of finance briefed related to priorities for development of private sector, saying that the document has been prepared, but the document’s pricing issue was still unclear.
Chief executive said the pricing issues should be soon addressed and the document should be delivered to cabinet meeting for approval.  He added that all preparations should be held with full coordination for Geneva Conference so that Afghanistan could deliver its national document in a better way.

Politics Tue, 18 Sep 2018 05:36:21 +0000
Advocates Association Can Play Vital Role in Counter Corruption in Judicial Organs, VP http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/34840-advocates-association-can-play-vital-role-in-counter-corruption-in-judicial-organs-vp.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/34840-advocates-association-can-play-vital-role-in-counter-corruption-in-judicial-organs-vp.html Advocates Association Can Play Vital Role in Counter Corruption in Judicial Organs, VP

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Kabul (BNA)  Leading bodies of Independent Advocates Association called on Second Vice President Sarwar Danesh yesterday.  In the meeting, second vice president stressed on role of the association in counter corruption in judicial organs.
Leading bodies of the association reported of the association works in particular holding general assembly of the association’s advocates, insisting on further coordination between judicial organs and the association.
Informing of cooperation with reviewing delegation tasked in a presidential decree for auditing financial affairs of the association, leading body of the association said that the delegation had the financial auditing document and it was needed the association could provide further document to the tasked delegation.
According to Rohullah Qarizada, financial affairs of the association is reviewed each year by relevant international organizations.
In the meeting, second vice president while considering holding general assembly of the association as a good step expressed happiness over membership of professional, experienced and energetic individuals in leading body of the association.
Danesh also by pointing that there had been only 400 advocates countrywide nearly ten years ago and currently there were 6400 advocates considered the situation as improving and considerable.
He also considered capacity building of advocates and attention to professional and empowerment of them as necessary.
Stressing on strengthening of respect to advocates, Danesh praised the association for cooperation in reviewing financial affairs of the association with tasked delegation of presidential office, considering media coverage of the association’s activities as necessary.

Politics Tue, 18 Sep 2018 05:34:55 +0000
Questioning Security Agreement Does Not Help Improve Situation, Dr. Abdullah http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/34839-questioning-security-agreement-does-not-help-improve-situation-dr-abdullah.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/34839-questioning-security-agreement-does-not-help-improve-situation-dr-abdullah.html Questioning Security Agreement Does Not Help Improve Situation, Dr. Abdullah

Tuesday September 18, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive of the National Unity Government (NUG), charging a meeting of the Council of Ministers (CMs) on Monday, said that brining the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) signed between Afghanistan and the US, under question, would never help improve the situation, as he said the move was in personal targets. The BSA was signed after the approval of the country’s grand traditional Loya Jirga and questioning the treaty by those who couldn’t reach their personal and political targets, would never help the situation improve. The CE rejected if those opposing the past, were representing the people and those who ask for reviewing the past are those their personal and political targets were not accepted,” said Dr. Abdullah. He added that terrorist groups have pretexted presence of foreign forces in Afghanistan, while Al-Qaeda has security hideouts, before foreign forces and launched terrorist attacks against the people of Afghanistan and the world. “The current situation of the country requires discussions to be held with the international community, on the terrorist hideouts and to supporting the security forces,” said CE. He went on to say that during his meeting with the Pakistan Foreign Minister, he shared his grave concern with him. According to him, the National Unity Government (NUG) has single view on peace and war and don’t differ between the terrorists groups, but those killing the people of Afghanistan and take responsibility of their killings inside the Afghan soil, shouldn’t be supported beyond the country and provided with hideouts.
Touching on the closure of IEC offices in some provinces said that the move would not help the process transparency. The IEC with keeping full work independence has the authority to enter consultation with the government, civil society and the parties to help hold a transparent election and hear their legal demand and meet them. “We all want a transparent election process and voter’s biometric is one of the political parties’ demands, but closing the IEC offices with any reason, is not rightful,” said CE. During the meeting, the country’s CE touching on the possible embezzlement of up to $280 million, said that the figure was shocking and the related organs have been directed to investigate into the issue to make the situation clear, but added the Promote institution has done much and positive work on the capacity development and cooperation with the private sector and other fields. The Council of Minister during the meeting discussed some other key issues on agenda including security with Dr. Abdullah saying basic change would be brought in the battlefield as well as in how to fight terrorists in the country.

Politics Tue, 18 Sep 2018 05:32:28 +0000
National Security Belongs to Entire Nation, President Ghani http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/34838-national-security-belongs-to-entire-nation-president-ghani.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/34838-national-security-belongs-to-entire-nation-president-ghani.html National Security Belongs to Entire Nation, President Ghani

Tuesday September 18, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a meeting with the officials and personnel of the National Directorate of Security on Monday said, that the national security belongs to the entire nation of the country, BNA report.
During the meeting President said, live, identity and the territorial integrity relate to analysis, which is the result of your effort that help safety of the people of Afghanistan, freedom and a way for putting an end to the forty years crisis and insecurity in the country. The President said the work and live safety of the National Directorate of Security would be at the government priority and that they should be sure that they would be provided with post-retirement life facilities and work in case of their demands. He asked the National Directorate of Security for providing a post-retirement safety plan for them and that he would in personal do basic measure in this field. The President said the identity of war has changed and that today’s war was intelligence and anti-people war. “We want national and religious accord and creation of a clear future for the people of Afghanistan as well as our target is that Afghanistan shouldn’t return into the international terrorist hideouts and regional and global instability.” President Ghani said he wanted national unity and end of the crisis and that his historical mission was to offer a better life for the future generations. According to him, the US strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia was the bet one that the people of Afghanistan wanted for the past forty years. The President said the country’s security forces have proved that they can fill the gap crated from the absence of the international forces, but he reiterated that there was a need for peace as according to him, the country has gotten nearer to peace and shouldn’t be secluded or ask the world to send 100,000 troops to Afghanistan. The country’s President blamed some regional circles to have been making effort to damage our international relations.

Politics Tue, 18 Sep 2018 05:31:51 +0000
Taliban Likely To Demand Release of Anas Haqqani for the Revival of Peace Talks http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/34827-taliban-likely-to-demand-release-of-anas-haqqani-for-the-revival-of-peace-talks.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/34827-taliban-likely-to-demand-release-of-anas-haqqani-for-the-revival-of-peace-talks.html Taliban Likely To Demand Release of Anas Haqqani for the Revival of Peace Talks

Monday, September 17, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The Taliban group will likely demand the release of a senior Haqqani network leader, Anas Haqqani, and scores of other Taliban inmates for the revival of peace talks, it has been reported.
Sources within the Taliban ranks have told NBC news that the youngest son of the feared Haqqani terror network’s founder is among hundreds of prisoners whom the Taliban is demanding be released as part of an upcoming round of talks with the United State.
“This meeting with the U.S. authorities would either help pave the way for more meaningful talks or stop them forever,” a Taliban commander in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province said on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the news media.  “If they are sincere in talks in the future, they would accept our proposal for a prisoners’ exchange.”

Politics Mon, 17 Sep 2018 06:14:17 +0000
NSA Mohib Inaugurates Training Program for Afghan Pilots in US http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/34822-nsa-mohib-inaugurates-training-program-for-afghan-pilots-in-us.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/34822-nsa-mohib-inaugurates-training-program-for-afghan-pilots-in-us.html NSA Mohib Inaugurates Training Program for Afghan Pilots in US

Monday, September 17, 2018

Kabul (BNA) National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib, during his official visit to the US, inaugurated a six-month training program for Afghan pilots, his office said on Sunday.
The Office of the National Security Council (ONSC) said 31 pilots would be trained on flying AC fighting and other functions.
NSA Mohib thanked the US for the opportunity and shared his thoughts with the Afghan pilots.  AC fighter jets, equipped with modern fighting capabilities, have been chosen after considerations of the war in Afghanistan.
He told the pilots they would help protect the common people against terrorists after completing that training and joining the battle.  He asked them to share their problems through the Afghan embassy in the US with the NSC.
The statement said the first batch of AC-2008 aircraft was expected to be handed over to Afghanistan this year.

Politics Mon, 17 Sep 2018 06:05:24 +0000
President Ghani Meets Zabul Elders http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/34820-president-ghani-meets-zabul-elders.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/34820-president-ghani-meets-zabul-elders.html President Ghani Meets Zabul Elders

Monday, September 17, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met a number of Zabul elders and influential figures the other day, the Presidential Palace said in a statement.
According to the statement, during the meeting, representing others, Haji Abdulwali and Commander Hazrat spoke and while lauding the president achievements, declared their support from the system, peace process, government’s national and economic plans.
The participants also shared their problems and demands in different fields such as drought, insecurity, education, custom, university’s development, power and many more.
After hearing the participants’ demands and talks, appreciating Zabul elders’ efforts on peace process, the president called people cooperation effective in this respect, the statement added.
The president instructed the independent directorate of local organs that in coordination with defense ministry, share the proposal of Zabul provincial administrative complex construction with him.
To train cadres in the field of agriculture, the president approved establishing agriculture faculty in Zabul university structure.
Likewise, the president assured Zabul elders of beginning work on construction of canals to reduce drought effects and instructed the ministry of agriculture to distribute one thousand ton of wheat to destitute families of that province.
He added based on on-hand possibilities, Zabul people problems would be addressed on time.

Politics Mon, 17 Sep 2018 06:02:35 +0000
‘Attack on West of Kabul Was An Assault On Afghan National & Religious Unity’ http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/34819-‘attack-on-west-of-kabul-was-an-assault-on-afghan-national--religious-unity’.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/34819-‘attack-on-west-of-kabul-was-an-assault-on-afghan-national--religious-unity’.html ‘Attack on West of Kabul Was An Assault On Afghan National & Religious Unity’

Monday, September 17, 2018

Kabul (BNA)  President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a meeting with principals of private schools in Kabul on Saturday evening, said serious steps have been taken to improve the security situation in Kabul, pledging facilitation and reforms of private schools, a statement from the presidential press office said on Sunday.
Representing others Mohammad Aref Fetri and Sayed Abdullah Ahmad Islammed the recent attacks, calling them against national unity.  They promised no one would be allowed to fan ethnic or sectarian divisions among Afghans.
They urged the president to order a reduction in taxes, simplification of private school regulations, scrapping of non-essential licenses and availability of textbooks through the ministry concerned.
The private school representatives also demanded a cut in power tariff for training centers and inclusion of three teachers in Human Resource Council.
Meanwhile addressing his remarks, President Ghani said attack on the west of Kabul was an assault on Afghan national and religious unity.”  Major changes had been made in Kabul’s security leadership to improve the situation, he added.
The president asked school administrators to evaluate threats in coordination with security forces so that focused steps were taken to resolve the issue.
He added the capital had been divided into four security zones and there was a department responsible for the protection of the western part.
President Ghani directed the acting minister of education to work on amending private school regulations in consultation with their heads.  The private schools should have legitimate licenses and unnecessary documentation should be eliminated, he said.
The president also ordered the Finance Ministry, Office of Administrative Affairs t the Presidential Palace and the power utility to minimize the taxes and electricity tariff for private schools.

Politics Mon, 17 Sep 2018 05:58:19 +0000
NUG Leaders Discuss National Issues with Key Jihadi Figure http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/34818-nug-leaders-discuss-national-issues-with-key-jihadi-figure.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/34818-nug-leaders-discuss-national-issues-with-key-jihadi-figure.html NUG Leaders Discuss National Issues with Key Jihadi Figure

Monday September 17, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and the Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met with the key Jihadi leader Abdul Rab Rasool Sayyaf and held talks on key national issues in Paghman district of Kabul.
According to BNA report, President and Chief Executive Abdullah were invited by Ustad Sayyaf for the breakfast. The National Unity Government leaders and Ustad Sayyaf held talks on key national issues, including recent political and security developments. There were no further information regarding the main topics discussed during the meeting, but this comes as efforts are underway for the revival of an Afghan-led peace process with the Taliban group. Sayyaf is among the prominent Mujahiddin leaders and former lawmaker representing Kabul in the Lower House of the parliament.

Politics Mon, 17 Sep 2018 05:56:47 +0000