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 Oct 2017 02:23:56 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb President Ashraf Ghani To Visit India, Plans To Review Bilateral Relations http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/30539-president-ashraf-ghani-to-visit-india-plans-to-review-bilateral-relations.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/30539-president-ashraf-ghani-to-visit-india-plans-to-review-bilateral-relations.html President Ashraf Ghani To Visit India, Plans To Review Bilateral Relations

Monday October 23, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani will be in India on Tuesday on the invitation of Prime Minister Modi to review the bilateral relations between the two countries. Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani would be in Delhi on Tuesday for a one day 'working visit' to review the bilateral relations between the two countries. He will be here at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi which was extended to him by India's National Security Advisor Ajit Doval when the latter visited Kabul on the 16th of October. One of India's most important strategic partners in the neighborhood, President Ghani and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold detailed delegation level talks.
President Ghani will also meet with his Indian counterpart, President Kovind. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will call on the Afghan President. He will also address a public gathering at the Vivekanand International Foundation.
An Afghan government official told India Today that "trade, security and regional issues are the main topics of discussion." A statement from Ministry of External Affairs read, "Both sides will have the opportunity to review the entire gamut of multifaceted bilateral strategic partnership, including the New Development Partnership; hold consultations and coordinate on furthering the shared objective of promoting peace, security, stability and prosperity in Afghanistan and efforts to combat the menace of terrorism; and discuss regional and global issues of mutual interest." The visit of President Ghani comes after high level bilateral exchanges between the two countries, including the recent visits of Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chief Executive of Afghanistan and that of the Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Salahuddin Rabbani to India for the meeting of the bilateral Strategic Partnership Council which was co-chaired by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

Politics Mon, 23 Oct 2017 10:53:18 +0000
ICRC Committed To Cooperation With Afghanistan http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/30534-icrc-committed-to-cooperation-with-afghanistan.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/30534-icrc-committed-to-cooperation-with-afghanistan.html ICRC Committed To Cooperation With Afghanistan

Monday, October 23, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Salahuddin Rabbani, Minister of Foreign Affairs in a meeting with the chairwoman of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) expressing deep sorrow over the death of the committee’s staff in the recent tragic incidents, said BNA reported.
The foreign minister praised the committee’s hard work and cooperation with the people, since the last three decades in Afghanistan and hoped such comprehensive cooperation could continue in the future, according to the agency. 
The Chairwoman of the committee also said that the organization would continue humanitarian cooperation with the people of Afghanistan.
T. Yarzada

Politics Mon, 23 Oct 2017 06:20:12 +0000
President Ghani Condemns Terrorist Attack On Army Cadets http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/30533-president-ghani-condemns-terrorist-attack-on-army-cadets.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/30533-president-ghani-condemns-terrorist-attack-on-army-cadets.html President Ghani Condemns Terrorist Attack On Army Cadets

Monday, October 23, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a statement Sunday condemned in the strongest possible term the recent terrorist attack on the army cadets in Kabul, Leaving 15 trainees’ dead and four other wounded, a statement from the Presidential Palace said.
The president said terrorists and their supporters have been isolated further than ever and Afghanistan is not a safe haven for the terrorists’ networks.
The people and the government of Afghanistan would stay against the enemy and would suppress them by using all means, the statement quoted.
The government assures the people of making efforts to reach peace and tranquility in the country, said the statement.
T. Yarzada

Politics Mon, 23 Oct 2017 06:17:40 +0000
President Ghani Visits Paktia To Pay Tribute To Martyred Soldiers http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/30527-president-ghani-visits-paktia-to-pay-tribute-to-martyred-soldiers.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/30527-president-ghani-visits-paktia-to-pay-tribute-to-martyred-soldiers.html President Ghani Visits Paktia To Pay Tribute To Martyred Soldiers

Monday October 23, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, accompanied by high-ranking government officials, paid a visit to Gardiz capital city of Paktia to pay tribute to those martyred in recent terrorist attack on the province’s police headquarters.
Upon arriving Gardiz city, the country’s President was warmly welcomed by military and civil personnel in 203rd Tandar Corps later on participated in a security session attended by defense and security sector officials and military personnel of the province. At the beginning, President Ghani prayed for the souls of those martyred in recent terrorist attack on Paktia police headquarters and while offering deep condolence and sympathy to the families of those martyred in the incident wished paradise to all martyrs.
Afterwards, military officials of the province briefed the country’s President related to overall security situation of the province and the recent incident and destructions caused by the incident. They said that defense and security forces stationed in Paktia were making effort with full bravery and in cooperation with the people towards defending the country and maintaining security and would spare no effort in this regard. After hearing security report, the country’s President ordered necessary instructions in connection with maintaining better security in the province, suppressing the enemies and prevention from deadly terrorist attacks in the province.

Politics Mon, 23 Oct 2017 06:10:08 +0000
U.S. Shutters Special Representative For Afghanistan-Pakistan Office http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/30524-us-shutters-special-representative-for-afghanistan-pakistan-office.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/30524-us-shutters-special-representative-for-afghanistan-pakistan-office.html U.S. Shutters Special Representative For Afghanistan-Pakistan Office

Sunday October 22, 2017

Kabul (BNA) With the Trump administration’s revised South Asia strategy still in its infancy, the curtain has silently fallen on the office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP), ending months of speculations that the State Department planned to eliminate the unit.
According to Vice of America, the office of the special envoy was tasked with heralding reconciliation efforts with the Taliban and other political factions in Afghanistan. State Department officials, who wished to remain anonymous due to the sensitivity of the matter, told VOA the core SRAP team focused on Afghan reconciliation was dissolved on Sept. 29. The unit will be integrated into the broader South and Central Asia Bureau. Most of the office’s employees, according to officials, were temporary civil servants who lost their jobs because their contracts were not renewed.
A State Department spokesperson told VOA that former SRAP staff remain at the department and are reporting to Alice Wells, who serves as the acting Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan and as the acting assistant secretary for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs. “She [Wells] will also work to integrate SCA Bureau and SRAP operations. State Department employees arrive and depart from positions regularly, and we have well-established mechanisms to transfer their expertise and contacts to successors,” the spokesperson told VOA. Now a lost relic of former President Barack Obama’s administration, the SRAP post was created in the wake of a troop surge in the Afghan war, with Richard Holbrooke appointed to lead U.S. policy in the volatile Afghan-Pakistan war zone.

Politics Sun, 22 Oct 2017 09:06:39 +0000
Presidential Palace Condemns Mosque Bombings In Kabul, Ghor http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/30520-presidential-palace-condemns-mosque-bombings-in-kabul-ghor.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/30520-presidential-palace-condemns-mosque-bombings-in-kabul-ghor.html Presidential Palace Condemns Mosque Bombings In Kabul, Ghor

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Terrorists have once again committed two separate suicide attacks on mosques in Kabul and Ghor provinces, during which many worshipers have been martyred and scores injured, the presidential palace said in a statement.
Calling targeting holy places an antihuman crime and against all Islamic and human rights’ values, the culprits of such incidents are deserved to be fully destructed according to the statement.
The terrorist groups are making effort to misuse Islam as a tool to reach their vicious designs, the statement added.
They are attempting to harm the unity of the Afghan people, the statement continued.
The statement clarified that the terrorist factions should understand that they will never achieve their malicious goals and will soon be suppressed by the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF).
Condemning the suicide attacks in the strongest possible terms, the president wished paradise for the martyrs and immediate recovery for those injured.

Politics Sun, 22 Oct 2017 09:01:32 +0000
Session To Support Elections Process Held http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/30519-session-to-support-elections-process-held.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/30519-session-to-support-elections-process-held.html Session To Support Elections Process Held

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Presided over by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, a meeting was held to support the elections process, the presidential palace said in a statement on Saturday.
Attended by Independent Elections Commission (IEC) members and international partners, the president addressing the participants said Afghanistan needed unity and your teamwork.
“You are doing an important national responsibility so to transparently manage the elections process,” the president said, according to the statement.
The president stressed no one is allowed to interfere the elections process and assured that the government would do its best to ensure its security and financial resources, the statement added.
In the meeting, the international partners promised to cooperate in terms of consultation, financial and technical assistances.

Politics Sun, 22 Oct 2017 08:56:25 +0000
President Ghani Chairs “Supreme Commander of Armed Forces’ Meeting http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/30518-president-ghani-chairs-“supreme-commander-of-armed-forces’-meeting.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/30518-president-ghani-chairs-“supreme-commander-of-armed-forces’-meeting.html President Ghani Chairs “Supreme Commander of Armed Forces’ Meeting

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the Supreme Commander of Armed Forces’ meeting held on Saturday, a presidential palace statement said.
The meeting reviewed the recent mosque attacks in Kabul and Ghor provinces and while condemning the incidents instructed the relevant organizations to address the martyrs’ families and those wounded, according to the statement.
The presidential office was also instructed to take urgent steps in reconstruction of Imam Zaman’s mosque in Kabul, Dasht-e-Barchi where has been damaged in a terror attack on Friday, the statement added.
The meeting then reviewed the security situation of many provinces and tasked the security organs to step up in ensuring security of them.

Politics Sun, 22 Oct 2017 08:55:14 +0000
President Ghani Opens’ 12th Silk Road Mayors Meeting’ http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/30507-president-ghani-opens’-12th-silk-road-mayors-meeting’.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/30507-president-ghani-opens’-12th-silk-road-mayors-meeting’.html President Ghani Opens’ 12th Silk Road Mayors Meeting’

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani inaugurated ‘12th Silk Road Mayors Meeting’ in Arg the other day, his office said in a statement.
The ceremony was attended by mayors of the Silk Road countries and the country’s mayors, during which the president spoke on importance of Silk Route, according to the statement.
“Your visit to Afghanistan carries the message of stability and trust to our citizens and increases optimism for a prosperous future,” addressing the mayors, the president said, the statement added.
Referring to Asia’s position in the course of history, the president hoped that joint regional efforts will torn Asia into an economic continent in the next 20 years, the statement continued.
He said that regional countries would be more mobilized in the area of development following the revival of Silk Road as a network of connectivity.
The president asserted that Afghanistan has never been in isolation but has always maintained relations with countries.
Describing Afghanistan as an intersection of Asia, the president said that establishing a regional intersection would not be a threat to another intersection but an opportunity.
The president clarified that 60 percent of villagers in Afghanistan have been connected to the world due to migrations and that Afghanistan should find back its ancient status on Silk Road.
He hoped that the Silk Road forum is held on regional international level and called it beneficial to expansion of transit cooperation and exchange of views among mayors.
During the ceremony the president said the terrorist groups had no place in Afghanistan and would be destroyed.
Those countries that see their sustainability in existence of terrorist networks, should know that they would face isolation, the president said adding no power can defeat the government of national unity and this nation.
Some other officials also spoke on historical, economic and cultural importance of Silk Road and called it key in bolstering trade and transit cooperation.

Politics Sat, 21 Oct 2017 07:26:38 +0000
President Ghani Stress Better Telecom Services http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/30505-president-ghani-stress-better-telecom-services.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/30505-president-ghani-stress-better-telecom-services.html President Ghani Stress Better Telecom Services

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a meeting with acting minister of Telecommunication and Information Technology as well as with the ministry’s officials, stressed the need for better telecom services, a presidential statement said.
According to the statement, the meeting discussed delivery of the best telecom services, especially through satellite, internet acceleration and contracts.  The ministry of communication said it had signed a contract for satellite telecom services with a French company in 2014.  The agreement period has expired.
The Ministry’s officials said new contract is being negotiated with South Asia Satellite and the process will be completed next week, adding people would have satisfactory access to telecommunications services.
Meanwhile the President said the people were not happy with the services, asking the ministry concerned to work on enhancing its internal capacity, evaluating all telecom networks and offer a clear analysis thereof.
About the contract procurement process, he said all the details and information should be discussed at the meeting of the Economic High Council.
President Ghani emphasized greater focus on providing improvement telecom services, adding more work was needed to strengthen the telecom sector.
The President went on saying the system of telecommunication should be clearly evolved so as ensure quality and standards.  He instructed the authorities concerned to provide guidelines from to telecom companies to deliver improved services to citizens and strengthen their systems.

Politics Sat, 21 Oct 2017 06:25:36 +0000