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, 23 Jan 2018 09:56:41 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb ANDSF Martyrs’ Families Receive Residential Apartments’ Keys http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/31759-andsf-martyrs’-families-receive-residential-apartments’-keys.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/31759-andsf-martyrs’-families-receive-residential-apartments’-keys.html ANDSF Martyrs’ Families Receive Residential Apartments’ Keys

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Based on defense ministry’s proposal and presidential decree, seven keys of residential apartments were given to Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) martyrs’ families, the presidential palace said in a statement on Monday.
In a ceremony held at the presidential palace and attended by ministers of defense, interior and urban development, the decree of residential apartments’ donation was read out by the presidential cultural advisor Asadullah Ghazanfar, during which the president donated the keys of seven residential apartments to ANDSF martyrs’ families, according to the statement.
Lauding bravery and sacrifices of the Afghan security forces, the president said the martyrs’ precious services would be written with golden lines, the statement added.
According to martyrs’ families, the president said we could not retaliate what your sons have done, the ANDSF forces are like my sons and I have always stressed that the martyrs families’ problems should be addressed at its earliest, the statement continued.
Representing others, Wali Mohammad Abdaini appreciated the president’s sympathy and said this homeland’s sons were being sacrificed to defend their soil and people and Afghanistan has right on all of us, the statement added.
Minister of urban development Sayed Saadat Mansour Naderi said a part of the residential apartments have been allocated to ANDSF martyrs’ families, adding we are making effort to do our Islamic responsibility and there is a good coordination existed between his ministry and security entities.
 

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Politics Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:39:35 +0000
CE Abdullah Promises Women’s Increasing Role In Govt. Organs http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/31757-ce-abdullah-promises-women’s-increasing-role-in-govt-organs.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/31757-ce-abdullah-promises-women’s-increasing-role-in-govt-organs.html CE Abdullah Promises Women’s Increasing Role In Govt. Organs

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah received a number of women rights’ advocates and activists at his office on Monday, his office said in a statement.
According to the statement, pointing at challenges and big opportunities in the country, CE Abdullah said that realistic behaving before ahead cases could guarantee stability of Afghanistan.
During the meeting, women rights’ advocates and activist’s shared their proposals, plans and specific suggestions on women role and partnership in the center and other provinces, the statement further said.
They expect their role and presence are intensified within the government different administrations, the statement added.  Afterward, Dr. Abdullah said much have been done in this regard, but it insufficient.
He promised to make effort for women further presence in the government organizations in the center and other provinces, the statement continued.
 

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Politics Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:35:44 +0000
Air Corridor Helps Afghanistan Bypass Pakistan http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/31748-air-corridor-helps-afghanistan-bypass-pakistan.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/31748-air-corridor-helps-afghanistan-bypass-pakistan.html

Monday January 22, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The National Unity Government NUG has been focusing on one of the most important sections, the economic infrastructure, in the last three years. Creation of air corridor between India and Afghanistan was an exceptional initiative of the NUG.
The first corridor was opened in 16 June 2017 and since opening, 52 flights have taken place worth multi-million dollars. Now we have been fortunately witnessing opening of the second air corridor through which 40 tones apples were exported to Mumbai which is one of the big cities and a good market for exports of Afghanistan. India markets are good particularly due to demand for our fruits and vegetables. Since transition of goods through ground to Indian market were disturbed, the Afghan government in agreement of Indian government requested creation of air corridor between Kabul-Mumbai that facilitates exports- imports of goods. If this air corridor was not opened we would had been depending to Pakistani markets and with every closure our private sectors sustained heavy damages.
Exploitation of Chabahar port was one of the working priorities of NUG for creation of trade facilities. This port has increased and facilitated Afghanistan access to other regional ports and enable us to have more than one trade option.
Iran and India exploit Afghanistan territory for imports-exports of their commercial commodities that create good income to government treasury. Chabahar port rescued us from dependence to Pakistani port of Guadaar because as we had been witnessing, Gaudar port was closed by Pakistani authorities time and again under different pretexts.
From the point of view of time, this port takes less time for imports-exports of both sides. India has already expressed readiness to invest US$ 500m in this port and Iran has promised to help too. This port enjoys good importance to both India and Iran. India due to political rivalries with Pakistan, wants to make it an alternative to Guadar port of Pakistan. For Iran its comfortable and easier to have access to central Asia via Afghanistan. From the port to Afghanistan border, Iran would build infrastructures.
If railway is established according to global standards, it would be cheaper for imports-exports. Last year, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan opened a railway network of Lapis Lazuli through which we can have access to European markets through Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey. Commodities transit through Lapise Lazli route is the most suitable trade road among Afghanistan, central Asia, Caucasus, Balkhan and central Europe and the most effective connection mean of South Asia to European countries.
 

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Politics Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:42:38 +0000
Indian Assistance At First Position http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/31747-indian-assistance-at-first-position.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/31747-indian-assistance-at-first-position.html Indian Assistance At First Position

Monday January 22, 2018

Kabul (BNA) In the wake of Bonn conference in 2001, the friendly country of India has not spared generous economic, financial, logistic, political, cultural and scientific assistance to Afghanistan and in 2003 donated an AIRBUS plus 400 buses to our country.
India has granted thousands scholarships for education of our young generation.
Ultimately, the first wheat consignment donated by India arrived in Kabul on 13 Jan 2018. India had promised in 2002 to donate 1.1 million ton wheat to Afghanistan but due to trade-transit restrictions by Pakistan it was delayed. But now according to an agreement among Afghanistan, India and Iran, Chabahar port has been opened and transit problems have been removed.
Afghanistan is a landlocked country and according to international laws, it has the right to have access to available ground trade transit routes.
The first wheat consignment donated by India arrived in Nimroz province on 11. Nov. 2017 through Chabahar port and unloaded in Zaranj provincial capital but, three wheat loaded trucks were set ablaze by enemies of Afghan people.110000 ton wheat were expected to arrive through Chabahar port in the last year but only 60000 tons have arrived out of which 23750 metric ton have been deposited in 1080 containers in Zaranj strategic depots and 17000 tons wheat would be sent to Ghazni, Nangarhar, Laghman, Kandahar, Helmand and Kabul central silo.
These donated wheat of India leave direct impact on market prices. Afghanistan expects to achieve self-sufficiency in 5-7 years.
India is a traditional friend of Afghanistan and we are thankful for all its assistance and cooperation.
A.Hadi Qurishi
 

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Politics Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:41:22 +0000
Govt. Decisive To Hold Parliamentary Elections, Spokesperson http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/31746-govt-decisive-to-hold-parliamentary-elections-spokesperson.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/31746-govt-decisive-to-hold-parliamentary-elections-spokesperson.html Govt. Decisive To Hold Parliamentary Elections, Spokesperson

Monday January 22, 2018

Kabul (BNA) However, short time has left to holding parliamentary and district councils’ elections, but some people believe that the government doesn’t have firm will in the respect. But officials of the Independent Elections Commission (IEC) are saying that the elections will be held on its due time.
An exclusive interview IEC spokesperson answered the questions as follow:
Q: People are confused on holding elections, is the IEC prepared to hold the elections?
A: IEC spokesperson Dr. Abdul Badi Sayad said, “Everyone knows that the National Unity Government (NUG) leadership is decisive to hold the elections on its due time and we are ready to hold it next year, on Saratan 16.”
As the IEC is responsible to manage all elections, it has shared an electoral zones’ draft with the government, the first round which has been successfully done in 34 provinces of the country, he further said.
The first round was including re-evaluation stage of polling stations, establishing voting centers throughout the country, except two districts, which was completed in cooperation with security forces, and we hope security of remained districts is restored so our people don’t deprive of their voting right, he added.
Q: After IEC evaluation, there are how many polling stations across the country?
A: 7355 polling stations have been confirmed throughout the country, as well as electoral complaints centers’ doors are open in all provinces, where the people can record their complaints and we would soon step up to address them.
Q: One of the controversial issues in the past elections was the voters’ list, in which the number of voters’ list was more than some areas’ population, what would you do in this regard?
A: The second stage is registration of voters that unfortunately, one of the controversial issues in the past elections was the voters’ list and we had not a transparent list—an action caused frauds in elections, he said.
Therefore, IEC had planned to hold the upcoming elections with using modern technology, but unfortunately, due to weak economy and as the international donors have not cooperated with us, we failed to do so, he said, adding but one of the options that can prevent fraudulent elections, is to vote via tazkira (ID cards) and we plan to apply this in next elections, he went on to say.
Q: What are the IEC strategies to hold fair and transparent elections?
A: One of the issues that is prioritized by IEC, is holding transparent elections and in our second stage, we would start registration of voters based on their tazkira before elections to know how many people are eligible to vote across the country, he continued.
But unfortunately, some people in remote districts of the country don’t have tazkira so far, and we have recently signed an agreement with population registration office, based on which tazkira would be distributed to eligible people so they can also vote, he added.
Q: After IEC evaluations, could you clear the primary figure of voters or not?
A: our evaluations indicate that a huge number of our people would vote in upcoming elections and we are making effort to establish a center for 200000 eligible people, he said, adding the population registration office has promised  us it would increase the number of tazkiras so nobody is deprived of voting.
Q: Besides Afghan people, the international community is also stressing on holding elections, would it financially support the IEC?
A: As our first proposal was using modern technology, but our international partners said as there was no sustainable power in Afghanistan, this is impossible, he said adding we have estimated that the upcoming elections would cost $30mln that the international community has promised us to pay the amount.
In fact, ninety percent of the elections’ expenditures would be paid by the international community and the rest by the government of Afghanistan, he added.
Calling insecurity a serious challenge before holding elections particularly in remote districts, but he assured of Afghan National Security Forces cooperation in the respect.
Q: Would the last electoral cards be used in upcoming elections or there is another option as well?
A: The last electoral cards have been invalidated and no one can use them in upcoming elections. This time, the voters should have their tazkira with them, through which they can vote to their favorite candidates, he said.
Suraya Raiszada
 

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Politics Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:40:41 +0000
NUG Leaders Slam Terrorist Attack On Kabul Intercontinental Hotel http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/31741-nug-leaders-slam-terrorist-attack-on-kabul-intercontinental-hotel.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/31741-nug-leaders-slam-terrorist-attack-on-kabul-intercontinental-hotel.html NUG Leaders Slam Terrorist Attack On Kabul Intercontinental Hotel

Monday, January 22, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a statement has condemned terrorist attack on Kabul Intercontinental Hotel and praised the country’s national defense and security forces in particular special police forces for bravely and professionally step towards prevention from further casualties of countrymen and guests stuck at the hotel.
In the statement, the country’s President called for regional and international consensus against countries which support and providing safe havens to terrorist groups, adding that the people of the region would not reach security, stability and tranquility unless terrorist groups as long as they had safe havens and support.
The country’s President issued necessary instructions to relevant organs for investigation the incident.
Meanwhile, chief executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah in a statement has condemned the attack and praised the country’s security forces for saving civilians trapped inside the hotel.
“I am deeply saddened what happened at Intercontinental Hotel. I am instructing security and intelligence force to thoroughly investigate the incident and share the results with the people of Afghanistan,” Dr. Abdullah said in his statement.
Both leaders of national unity government have offered condolence and sympathy to the victim families and wished urgent recovery to those injured in the incident.
 

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Politics Mon, 22 Jan 2018 05:58:13 +0000
President Ghani Welcomes Herat Mayor’s Development Plans http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/31740-president-ghani-welcomes-herat-mayor’s-development-plans.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/31740-president-ghani-welcomes-herat-mayor’s-development-plans.html President Ghani Welcomes Herat Mayor’s Development Plans

Monday, January 22, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a meeting held at the presidential palace, praised the successes of western Herat mayor and welcomed his development plans, a statement said Sunday.
President said that Herat had a special geographical position in the field of trade and economy and by inaugurating Herat-Mazar and TAPI project, the feature of the city would change. He said Herat has shared borders with two countries and would be turned into core hub of regional trade and transit, said the statement adding the Herat International Airport should be worked on, as it could be used as an air corridor between Afghanistan and Arab countries, as well as India and central Asia.
The president said the successful mayors should be praised and additional budget for carrying out development plans should be laid at their disposal.
The president instructed the ministry of interior for delivering Herat traffic to the municipality and said the strategic plans to be changed from 5 city to 9 cities, including Herat, Balkh, Jalalabad, Kandahar, Khost, Kunduz, Bamyan, Gardiz and Ghazni provinces.
 

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Politics Mon, 22 Jan 2018 05:54:22 +0000
“Return Back As Human Capitals After Completion of Higher Education,” President Ghani http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/31736-“return-back-as-human-capitals-after-completion-of-higher-education”-president-ghani.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/31736-“return-back-as-human-capitals-after-completion-of-higher-education”-president-ghani.html “Return Back As Human Capitals After Completion of Higher Education,” President Ghani

Monday, January 22, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met yesterday with 100 Afghan youths who are going to follow their higher education in Uzbekistan.
In the meeting held at presidential palace, first special envoy to President on central Asian countries’ affairs Mohammad Shakir Kargar briefed related to the scholarships and said, “Today it is an important day for Turk tribes and Afghanistan government and we were anticipating for such a moment which has been fortunately prepared by President Ghani.”
Shakir Kargar added Uzbeki language department has started its operation at language and literature faculty of Kabul University and was a good step.
Afterwards, minister of labor, social affairs, martyrs and disables Faizullah Zaki spoke and while appreciating the country’s President for his attention to higher education of youth said President Ghani was among supporters of putting Uzbeki language in the country’s constitution and from that time the foundation of national consensus was laid.
“My suggestion to the country’s President is to further provide higher education opportunities to Afghan youth so they can continue their higher education to MA and PhD degrees,” Zaki added.
After hearing participants’ suggestions and demands, the country’s President said Uzbeki language is interpolated in the country’s constitution and they were obliged to implement it.
Addressing to the students, President Ghanin said, “You take benefit from the given opportunity and make use of it. My anticipation from you is to return home as human capitals after completion higher education.”
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani further said that good relations have been created with Uzbekistan and such relations could be an example.
Each one of you is my ambassador to Uzbekistan, so you should represent Afghanistan in a better way,” President Ghani added.
The country’s President promised he would provide the students higher education opportunity to MA and PhD levels.
 

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Politics Mon, 22 Jan 2018 05:47:35 +0000
President Ghani Urges Infrastructures, Human Resources Importance http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/31735-president-ghani-urges-infrastructures-human-resources-importance.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/31735-president-ghani-urges-infrastructures-human-resources-importance.html President Ghani Urges Infrastructures, Human Resources Importance

Monday, January 22, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, in a meeting of high council for human resources, emphasized on the importance of infrastructures and human resources, the presidential press office said in a statement Sunday.
Attended by Second Vice-President Sarwar Danesh and acting minister of education, the high council for human resources, chaired by President Ghani discussed some key issues related to the general education curriculum, with president Ghani directing the education minister for providing a mechanism, under which, the ministry’s budgetary issues related to the curriculum, could be identified.
The president also urged for identification of cadres to help codify new textbooks and said that the problems related the publishing and distribution of textbooks, should be removed, the statement said.
According to the statement, the president, also said relation between schools and mosques should be considered.
The president also said the ministry of finance should provide budget for academic cadres, the statement further said.
President Ghani said that the university students’ consultation related to the issue should be taken as they want change and are not satisfied with the current curriculum.
 

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Politics Mon, 22 Jan 2018 05:45:55 +0000
NUG Leaders Meet Uzbekistan Deputy PM, Finance Minister http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/31723-nug-leaders-meet-uzbekistan-deputy-pm-finance-minister.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/31723-nug-leaders-meet-uzbekistan-deputy-pm-finance-minister.html NUG Leaders Meet Uzbekistan Deputy PM, Finance Minister

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met Uzbekistan deputy Prime Minister Jamshid Kuchkarov and finance minister who came to Kabul in an official visit, the presidential palace said in a statement on Saturday.
According to the statement, the president expressed condolences to Uzbekistan government and people over a burning-bus incident, carrying Uzbek citizens.
Thanking the president for his condolences, Uzbekistani deputy PM called their visit to Afghanistan historic on bolstering cooperation, the statement added.
He said their visit to Afghanistan aimed to hold meetings with the government’s high-ranking officials and to further seek cooperation grounds between the two countries, the statement continued.
He said practical steps on implementation of agreements have been taken and efforts are underway to further pave the ground for joint cooperation between the two sides.
Thanking the president for his efforts and attention on infrastructural projects, he said discussions on sponsoring Mazar-e-Sharif-Herat railway were underway, adding the evaluations indicate that the mentioned project would be implemented with lower length and cost.
He said the railway would play key role for Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and regional countries, the statement added.
Expressing optimism on expansion of cooperation between Afghanistan and Uzbekistan, President Ghani called implementation of infrastructural projects effective to change life condition and ensure welfare.
On holding scientific conferences on Abu Rayhan Al-Biruni and Gowhar Shad Begom, the president said both sides’ teams are jointly working on it.
Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah also met with Uzbekistan delegation, during which he stressed on bolstering relations particularly in the fields of economy and culture.
He said Uzbekistan had good experiences in building of standard railway and could play significant role in creation of a big economic change in Afghanistan.
 

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Politics Sun, 21 Jan 2018 07:41:40 +0000