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 Sun, 18 Nov 2018 03:56:39 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb WFP to Continue Food Assistance to Vulnerable Afghans http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/35710-wfp-to-continue-food-assistance-to-vulnerable-afghans.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/35710-wfp-to-continue-food-assistance-to-vulnerable-afghans.html WFP to Continue Food Assistance to Vulnerable Afghans

Saturday November 17, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met the other day with Valerie Guarnieri, the assistance executive director of the World Food Program (WFP), at Sapidar Palace.
In the meeting, the country’s chief executive praised WFP for its operation and services for Afghanistan in particular Afghan displaced and repatriates, asking for increasing the services in consideration to drought and needs of Afghanistan. Ms. Valerie Guarnieri by praising Chief Executive and Afghanistan government for trusting on WFP, informed of the organization’s continued cooperation in distributing wheat to drought affected families.

Politics Sat, 17 Nov 2018 05:45:31 +0000
International Islamic University To Be Built in Nangarhar http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/35709-international-islamic-university-to-be-built-in-nangarhar.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/35709-international-islamic-university-to-be-built-in-nangarhar.html International Islamic University To Be Built in Nangarhar

Saturday November 17, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a meeting with a number of the Nangarhar elders said the International Islamic University and Technology Park would be built in the eastern province.
According to BNA report, as quoted the President those officials from the ministry of foreign who have given fake information about the establishment of the university would be punished. After the provincial governor shared details with the President and assured him of firm security situation, the President lauded the people for resistance against ISIS or Daesh militants in the province, where the security and defense forces of the country could retake Naziyan district from militants. The President said that budget for building the provincial administrative complex have been given and that facilities for building the airport have been provided. The President hailed the people’s patience about lack of electricity said that the Brishna Shirkat (Company) has been instructed to seek lasting and basic solution to the problems. The President added that Nangarhar province, should have permanent electricity and asked the elders to hasten the investors to invest in the establishment of solar power, as the province has wide development capacity.

Politics Sat, 17 Nov 2018 05:43:48 +0000
Women’s Representation In Peace Negotiations Is Essential; President Ghani http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/35705-women’s-representation-in-peace-negotiations-is-essential-president-ghani.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/35705-women’s-representation-in-peace-negotiations-is-essential-president-ghani.html Women’s Representation In Peace Negotiations Is Essential; President Ghani

Friday November 16, 2018 Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani urged women on Tuesday to come up with a clear list of suggestions for peace negotiations as he continues his meetings on forming an advisory board for peace process, BNA reported. The advisory board is expected to advise the government on how to proceed with negotiations with the Taliban, and the President has insisted on making the peace process inclusive of all demographics, especially women. The participants of the meeting were representing different women’s organizations. M.A.Ansari

Politics Fri, 16 Nov 2018 14:09:43 +0000
Any Action Regarding Peace Will Be In Line With People’s Will; President Ghani http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/35704-any-action-regarding-peace-will-be-in-line-with-people’s-will-president-ghani.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/35704-any-action-regarding-peace-will-be-in-line-with-people’s-will-president-ghani.html Any Action Regarding Peace Will Be In Line With People’s Will; President Ghani

Friday November 16, 2018 Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani stressed on proceeding with peace process based on national consensus in a meeting with Jamiat-e-Islami solidarity council representatives yesterday. BNA quoting Presidential Palace reported that, the President sought advice from the participants of the meeting regarding the formation of an advisory board that will advise the government on the composition of the negotiating team and a framework for their conduct. The participants of the meeting welcomed President Ghani’s move to create an advisory board for an inclusive and nationally consensual peace process. The President recently started meeting with various demographics of the country, and will continue the meetings for several days to come. M.A.Ansari

Politics Fri, 16 Nov 2018 14:05:20 +0000
Khalilzad Mission, the New Chapter for Peace Negotiations http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/35700-khalilzad-mission-the-new-chapter-for-peace-negotiations.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/35700-khalilzad-mission-the-new-chapter-for-peace-negotiations.html Khalilzad Mission, the New Chapter for Peace Negotiations

Thursday November 15, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Almost one year ago, the U.S. president Donald Trump announced a strategy for South Asia, in which the most significant points were to exert pressure on Pakistan pulling Taliban to negotiating table, and leave support of Taliban and other military groups where Pakistan has given safe havens in its own territory, then constantly operate terrorist strikes on Afghan and American forces in Afghanistan, it was a tough alert to Pakistan by Trump administration to choose one way either support terrorism or stand with United States. At the other hand, Trump underlined in his new strategy to increase air strikes on Taliban in Afghanistan until to become ready for peace negotiations or should be fiercely suppressed as well as dispatched thousands of new troops for Afghan army counsels and training, In Trump strategy, India called as an honest friend rather than Pakistan, which has been played a key role in reconstruction of Afghanistan. Although, the Trump’s administration new strategy for South Asia welcomed by Afghan national unity government, but it also provoked negative reactions inside and outside the country – as it was predicted that the strategy will have no positive results itself – and, the war will be more accelerated in the region particularly in Afghanistan; the same thing happened, Taliban lingered to their offensive attacks across the country by collapsing Farah and Ghazni provinces and other remote districts. However, Afghan national unity government under by the leadership of Ashraf Ghani frequently invited Taliban to peace talks to end the war in Afghanistan forever – the Kabaul process was the key assembly participated representatives from across the world, in which the Afghan president Ashraf Ghani voiced on Taliban to start peace negotiations without any condition – the national unity government is ready to open political office in Kabul, giving them Afghan passports and providing them each kind of facilities. Taliban in response of Ghani increased the war more and declared that Taliban Islamic Emirate can give preference to start talks only with United States rather than Afghanistan’s unauthorized national unity government.
Hereby, the Trump’s administration decided to come up with appointing Zalmai Khalilzad as a special envoy for United States of America to push peace negotiations with Taliban almost two months ago. Zalmai Khalilzad is an Afghan-American figure who is more experienced in Afghanistan’s social, cultural and political situations by having close relations with Afghan politicians and Jihadi leaders. Whenever Khalilzad appointed for pushing peace talks with Taliban, he instantly started his peace journey from Afghanistan visited President Ashraf Ghani including high-ranking authorities as well as former officials, after it, Khalilzad traveled to Pakistan, Saudia Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Qatar regarding peace negotiations. He visited the Taliban-office leaders in Qatar discussing key issues, for instance, pulling out US troops from Afghanistan based-on-scheduled was an important topic and so on, then he returned to Kabul and shared his report about his visits with President Ghani. On the other hand, the five Taliban prisoners who were exchanged of US detained soldier Borgidal with Taliban, joined with Taliban-office in Qatar to play significant role in peace negotiations with Afghan government, and also Mullah Abdul Ghani Biradar released from jail in Karachi to prepare the ground for peace negotiations, according to Pakistani authorities, he was jailed out by demanding of Khalilzad. In generally, the results of Khalilzad trip to the region evaluated positively, he demanded from both national unity government and Taliban to introduce high-level authorized delegations to push peace negotiations with Taliban. Now-a-days, US special envoy Khalilzad is on his second trip to Afghanistan and regional countries to follow the negotiations for finding solution to the Afghanistan’s 17-year long war, he visited with Ashraf Ghani and other high level former officials and Jihadi leaders regarding peace negotiations with Taliban, meanwhile, Khalilzad assured the Afghan officials that they will reach to a final agreement with Taliban to help peace process.
This time the peace negotiations between Afghan government and Taliban appear serious and different than any other time – the conditions for the involved sides in war are well-prepared which have brought the prospects relatively in public. Thus, all sides honestly endeavor to put an end to the war, in which the dignity of the Afghanistan is secured, and the talks between all involved sides would only represent of Afghan nations. Therefore, the peace negotiation process should be related to Afghan masses and never be sacrificed of politics, getting privileges’ to cause crisis in Afghanistan – pull the country for another calamity. Meanwhile, the neighbors and regional countries have to bring changes in their political aims, not to interfere the Afghan peace negotiation process based on its benefits. The Afghanistan’s national unity government has hard responsibility to be more careful not to let anyone to sabotage peace negotiations or misuse it, therefore, the national unity government has to introduce an authorized delegation who really strive in cooperation of peace negotiations and the government must prosecute form near this process. Taliban have to consider the Afghanistan’s national interests and values, never attend to accept others pressures to lead the peace process according its own political aims, they should give preference to Afghan-owned talks which can be most useful for ensuring peace and stability in Afghanistan.
Masomjan Masomy
Research Assistant in Journalism Institute at Afghanistan Academy

Politics Thu, 15 Nov 2018 09:20:23 +0000
US Lauds Qatar Support to NATO Mission In Afghanistan http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/35698-us-lauds-qatar-support-to-nato-mission-in-afghanistan.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/35698-us-lauds-qatar-support-to-nato-mission-in-afghanistan.html US Lauds Qatar Support to NATO Mission In Afghanistan

Thursday November 15, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The United States has commended the role of Qatar in supporting NATO operations in Afghanistan during a meeting between Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defense Affairs HE Dr. Khalid bin Mohamed al-Attiyah and US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in Washington yesterday.
Pentagon spokeswoman Rebecca Rebarich told Al-Hurra, the US-based Arabic TV channel that the meeting of Mattis and HE al-Attiyah was an affirmation of the strategic and security partnership between Washington and Doha, and they discussed a number of security and military issues that included fighting terrorism and counteracting the activities of ISIS, and the support of Qatar to NATO mission in Afghanistan. The Department of Defense said the US is looking forward to raise the capabilities of Al Udeid Airbase and further develop it. Rebarich told Al-Hurra that the Qatari delegation, headed by HE al-Attiyah, offered the US Defense Secretary a plan to expand the US airbase in Qatar. “The US side would review the details of the offer and talks between the two parties could result into agreement on the issue,” she said.

Politics Thu, 15 Nov 2018 09:18:54 +0000
We Would Not Be Apathetic Before Upcoming Changes, Dr. Abdullah http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/35684-we-would-not-be-apathetic-before-upcoming-changes-dr-abdullah.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/35684-we-would-not-be-apathetic-before-upcoming-changes-dr-abdullah.html We Would Not Be Apathetic Before Upcoming Changes, Dr. Abdullah

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Kabul (BNA)  In a consultative meeting held at the Sapidar Palace, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and hundreds of elders, Jihadi figures, youth and culturists from different provinces exchanged views on political and security situation and upcoming presidential elections, BNA reported.
At the outset, a number of influential figures and elders spoke and lauded the CE’s national stances over the last years, asking him to clarify his views on upcoming changes particularly the presidential elections, the agency further said.
Thanking the participants for their support, CE Abdullah said we would not remain indifferent before people’s destiny and Afghanistan’s future.
Pointing at the country’s sensitive political and security situation, Dr. Abdullah added that decisions on ahead changes would be taken in consultation with different segments of people.
He stressed that Afghan people’s interests have always been considered in his decisions, adding nothing would be done in upcoming issues to be in contrary with national interests.

Politics Wed, 14 Nov 2018 07:10:52 +0000
Presidential Elections To Be Held On Its Due Date: Dr. Abdullah http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/35682-presidential-elections-to-be-held-on-its-due-date-dr-abdullah.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/35682-presidential-elections-to-be-held-on-its-due-date-dr-abdullah.html Presidential Elections To Be Held On Its Due Date: Dr. Abdullah

Wednesday November 14, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah in a meeting with US ambassador to Kabul John Bass here at the Sapidar Palace, said presidential elections would be held on its due date. A statement from the CE Press office said yesterday.
Both sides discussed ongoing political and military situation, elections, peace process and bilateral relations, the statement added.
Dr. Abdullah said election will be held on due time, adding that peace is separated from elections. “Afghan government, electoral commissions, Afghanistan’s partners, UN and International Organizations are working to hold the elections on its due time and date.”
Reiterating his country’s support, US ambassador said his country was also committed to holding of on time presidential elections in Afghanistan.

Politics Wed, 14 Nov 2018 07:07:38 +0000
Govt. Rejects Delay In 2019 Presidential Elections http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/35681-govt-rejects-delay-in-2019-presidential-elections.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/35681-govt-rejects-delay-in-2019-presidential-elections.html Govt. Rejects Delay In 2019 Presidential Elections

Wednesday November 14, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The government of Afghanistan is fully committed to hold the 2019 presidential elections as per the Afghan constitution and the date determined by the Independent Election Commission (IEC), Haroon Chakhansuri tweeted on Tuesday, after media reports that US was discussing to postpone the upcoming presidential elections.
Presidential spokesman Chakhansuri said in his twitter account that continuity in a democratic process was a must. “Any other proposal than the will of Afghans which is outlined in our constitution is simply not acceptable.
The Trump administration is considering pushing the Afghan government to postpone the April 2019 presidential election while it tries to reach a peace deal with the Taliban to end a 17-year war, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Journal cited unnamed source, some American officials worried the irregularities and protected political turmoil that routinely accompany Afghan voting could paralyze or destroy any peace process US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad is able to launch.

Politics Wed, 14 Nov 2018 07:06:49 +0000
President Ghani Hopeful for Possible Peace Deal with Taliban http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/35680-president-ghani-hopeful-for-possible-peace-deal-with-taliban.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/35680-president-ghani-hopeful-for-possible-peace-deal-with-taliban.html President Ghani Hopeful for Possible Peace Deal with Taliban

Wednesday November 14, 2018
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a wide-ranging appearance by video conference at Johns Hopkins University, where he was formerly a professor, voiced confidence on Monday on reaching a peace deal to end the Taliban insurgency but warned Pakistan’s alleged meddling risked sparking long-term hostility.
“I feel that it is now not a question of if, but when,” “All wars have to end politically. There are very few wars, particularly the wars of the 21st century, that are going to end militarily,” he said.
According to the AFP, President Ghani, who is running for re-election next year, said he was offering unconditional talks and pointed to an unprecedented ceasefire with the Taliban in June as a hopeful sign.
“There is total agreement between the US government and Afghan government to move the peace process forward,” President Ghani said, while stressing that Kabul rather than Washington would lead the negotiations. “I am committed to this, to make it happen, because it is a demand of the society.”
President Ghani said that last month’s killing of senior Afghan general Abdul Raziq, by a shooter who Kabul says trained in Pakistan, has “brought an intense level of distrust.” “We equally offer peace to Pakistan to put an end to the undeclared state of hostilities between our two countries,” President Ghani said.
The president said he had not seen a “substantive and measurable change” from Pakistan under its new prime minister, Imran Khan. He said he that wanted assurances in any peace deal that the Taliban, if laying down their arms, were not simply “going to be replaced by another state-sponsored group.”

Politics Wed, 14 Nov 2018 07:00:28 +0000