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 Jul 2019 07:28:20 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Government Has Clear Roadmap For Peace Process: Spokesman http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/39159-government-has-clear-roadmap-for-peace-process-spokesman.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/39159-government-has-clear-roadmap-for-peace-process-spokesman.html Government Has Clear Roadmap For Peace Process:  Spokesman

Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The Afghan government on Monday assured the United Nations that any peace talks with the Taliban will be inclusive, involving Afghans from all layers of society.
“The Afghan government has a clear roadmap for the peace process.  One of the main principles of this process is its all-inclusiveness,” Presidential spokesman Sediq Sediqqi told reporters in Government Media and Information Center in Kabul on Monday.  “The presence of women in Qatar conference shows the inclusiveness of the peace process.”
“Now, we are in the first phase of the peace talks, the next phase is direct talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban,” he added.
This comes a day after the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina Mohammed, said the peace process in Afghanistan is not inclusive as it should be.
She stressed that the peace process should reflect the aspirations of all Afghans, with women at the center of the process.

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Politics Tue, 23 Jul 2019 06:04:27 +0000
Officials Brief Lawmakers on Security Situation http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/39158-officials-brief-lawmakers-on-security-situation.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/39158-officials-brief-lawmakers-on-security-situation.html Officials Brief Lawmakers on Security Situation

Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Security officials briefed lawmakers about the country’s security situation behind closed doors.  In the wake of growing incidents of violence, the lower house summoned top security officials on Monday to brief lawmakers about the country’s security situation.
Mohmmad Alem saee, a lawmaker from Takhar province, told reporters after the meeting, that the briefing by the top security officials did not deserve to be delivered behind closed doors.
“in the past six months, all discussions took place behind closed doors and the government fears if the public got aware of realities they will not vote to the president,” he said.
He said no major information was delivered regarding security situation in the meeting, therefore it was not worth to be held behind the closed doors.
Sher Mohammad Akhundzada, a lawmaker from Helmand province, said the meeting remained secret due to negligence of the house administrative penal. “The speaker had consensus with the minister, therefore I did not get the time to ask questions, so I left the meeting,” he said.
It is worth mentioning that Taliban attacks have increased in recent weeks, resulting in civilians and security personnel casualties.

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Politics Tue, 23 Jul 2019 06:03:35 +0000
Presidents Ghani Confers Afghanistan’s Honorary Citizenship on ICRC Head of Physiotherapy Section http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/39143-presidents-ghani-confers-afghanistan’s-honorary-citizenship-on-icrc-head-of-physiotherapy-section.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/39143-presidents-ghani-confers-afghanistan’s-honorary-citizenship-on-icrc-head-of-physiotherapy-section.html Presidents Ghani Confers Afghanistan’s Honorary Citizenship on ICRC Head of Physiotherapy Section

Monday, July 22, 2019
Kabul (BNA) In a ceremony held at Argon Sunday, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani awarded Afghanistan’s honorary citizenship to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) head of physio-therapy section Mr. Alberto Cairo who is an Italian citizen, the Presidential Palace said in a statement.  During the ceremony, presidential decree in the respect was read out by the president’s cultural advisor Asadullah Ghazanfar, according to the statement.
After conferring the country’s citizenship on Mr. Cairo, the president said that he has hardly made effort for 28, years to work for war victims, civilians and security forces so they get recovered and assume working.

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Politics Mon, 22 Jul 2019 06:03:36 +0000
President Ghani Meets UN Deputy Secretary General http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/39142-president-ghani-meets-un-deputy-secretary-general.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/39142-president-ghani-meets-un-deputy-secretary-general.html President Ghani Meets UN Deputy Secretary General

Monday, July 22, 2019
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with UN Deputy Secretary General Ms. Amina J. Mohammed at the Presidential Palace on Sunday, his office said in a statement.
Appreciating President Ghani’s efforts on bringing reforms in the government’s different administrations, Ms. Amina declared her support from an Afghan-owned and led peace and elections process, the statement added.
She also expressed happiness over increasing women presence in the government’s different organizations particularly in decision making levels.
In his turn, the president while welcoming her, thanked UN continued cooperation with Afghanistan and stressed on bringing reforms in UN entities operational in the country.

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Politics Mon, 22 Jul 2019 05:57:08 +0000
Investment in Afghanistan Should Be Productive, NSA http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/39139-investment-in-afghanistan-should-be-productive-nsa.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/39139-investment-in-afghanistan-should-be-productive-nsa.html Investment in Afghanistan Should Be Productive, NSA

Monday, July 22, 2019
Kabul (BNA) During a meeting attended by a Germany MP and that country’s ambassador in Kabul, National Security Advisor (NSA) Dr. Mohib said that Afghanistan has jointly passed a long development route with international community over the last eighteen years and this process should be perpetuated, BNA reported on Sunday.
He added the developments have been achieved by great investments in the country, according to the agency.
Calling development in Afghanistan visible, Germany MP stressed that the mentioned achievements should be protected during any political processes, the agency added.
He also assured of his country’s continued cooperation with Afghanistan, adding Germany would stand by this country in peace process as well, BNA continued.
NSA Dr. Mohib called recent meeting held in Qatar important and thanked Germany’s role in this regard.
He added all partner countries should pay heed that peace cannot be brought hurriedly, but it needs long preparation, all-side coordination, clear proposing of issues and a belief that the national make sure its result will be stability and better life, not repeating past mistakes.

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Politics Mon, 22 Jul 2019 05:53:18 +0000
Car Bomb Kills Local Police Commander, Wounds Seven in Paktia // President Ghani Flays the Incident as Crime Against Humanity http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/39138-car-bomb-kills-local-police-commander-wounds-seven-in-paktia-/-president-ghani-flays-the-incident-as-crime-against-humanity.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/39138-car-bomb-kills-local-police-commander-wounds-seven-in-paktia-/-president-ghani-flays-the-incident-as-crime-against-humanity.html Car Bomb Kills Local Police Commander, Wounds Seven in Paktia // President Ghani Flays the Incident as Crime Against Humanity

Monday, July 22, 2019
Kabul (BNA)  A local police commander was martyred and seven including six university students wounded following a car-bomb attack in Afghanistan eastern Paktia province, an official said Sunday.
The incident happened late on today (Sunday afternoon), in the provincial capital Gardez, leaving Azizullah, the district local uprising commander dead and one of his bodyguard and six university students wounded, Paktia Governor Abdul Wali Sahi told Media.
The country’s president condemned the attack and called it a crime against human.
“Attack on civilians, educational instructions, and public welfare facilities, is a crime against human and the terrorists can’t deter development of the country by launching such attacks,” a statement from the Presidential Palace said.

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Politics Mon, 22 Jul 2019 05:51:23 +0000
President Ghani Meets Commander of US General Command http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/39119-president-ghani-meets-commander-of-us-general-command.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/39119-president-ghani-meets-commander-of-us-general-command.html President Ghani Meets Commander of US General Command

Sunday July 21, 2019
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met yesterday with Gen. Kenneth Mckenzie, the Commander of the US General Command at presidential palace, BNA reported.
In the meeting, both sides discussed issues related to Afghanistan peace process, elections security and counter terrorism. Praising ANDSF for increasing combat capabilities, Gen. Mckenzie said that work of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) in repulsing the spring operation of the Taliban group was appreciable, stressing on US continued cooperation with the ANDSF. President Ghani by praising the US for its commitments to cooperating with ANDSF and maintain security of Afghanistan elections said Afghan defense and security forces were fully ready to maintain the country’s presidential elections.
The country’s President said the Afghan defense and security forces would make further efforts towards maintaining security of the country’s presidential elections as they did during parliamentary elections. According to another report, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with Norwegian Foreign Ministry’s Special Envoy for Afghanistan at presidential palace. In the meeting, President Ghani praised the Kingdom of Norway for its cooperation with Afghanistan in various fields. Both sides discussed role and support of Norway in Afghanistan peace process led and owned by Afghanistan government.

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Politics Sun, 21 Jul 2019 06:35:33 +0000
Intra-Afghan Talks to Begin Soon: President Ghani http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/39118-intra-afghan-talks-to-begin-soon-president-ghani.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/39118-intra-afghan-talks-to-begin-soon-president-ghani.html Intra-Afghan Talks to Begin Soon: President Ghani

Intra-Afghan Talks to Begin Soon: President Ghani
Sunday July 21, 2019
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani at an urban international symposium in Kabul on Saturday said that the intra-Afghan negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban will begin within the next few weeks, saying “Peace is our goal and we have a strong will for it”.
According to BNA report, President Ghani condemned a recent attack near the Kabul University on Friday and said that targeting Afghan civilians, universities and children means targeting the religion, civilization and national dignity of Afghanistan.
“Why are you targeting innocent civilians while negotiations will begin within the next few days or weeks?” President Ghani asked. He said that the Afghan government has not asked the Taliban to surrender, but it has asked them to talk. “We have not asked the Taliban to surrender; we asked for negotiations for an enduring peace. They should accept [the call for talks],” he said. Meanwhile, President Ghani said that a good order has been established in the country’s municipalities and that corruption has been removed from the institutions. He also said millions of dollars poured to Afghanistan, but nothing has been achieved. President Ghani said land grabbing is a crime and that “land grabbers” will be held accountable. “Thirteen thousand land grabbers have been recognized and all the lands grabbed by them will be recovered,” President Ghani added.

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Politics Sun, 21 Jul 2019 06:33:04 +0000
Afghanistan, US to Continue Military Cooperation http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/39117-afghanistan-us-to-continue-military-cooperation.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/39117-afghanistan-us-to-continue-military-cooperation.html Afghanistan, US to Continue Military Cooperation

Sunday, July 21, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Saturday met with the Commander of the US Central Command, Gen, Kenneth Mckenzie and  discussed the ongoing peace process, the upcoming presidential elections and regional issues, the CE office said in a statement.
Dr. Abdullah said Gen. Mckenzie’s visit to Kabul is a sign of “cooperation and friendship” between Afghanistan and the US “in the fight against common enemies and threats”.
CE Abdullah said the Afghan forces are defending their county against threats by terrorists and that they are supported by the Resolute Support forces in “certain areas”.
He said that the Taliban and other militant groups have failed in their bids to capture more areas and centers of provinces.  They have suffered heavy losses,” Dr. Abdullah added as quoted in the statement.
Chief executive said that he wants the attention of Afghanistan’s internarial allies in addressing the issue of terrorists’ safe havens.
In this meeting, Gen. Mckenzie assured the US forces continued support to the Afghan forces, the statement said.  The US general praised the improvement in the capacity of the Afghan National Defense and Security forces.
He said that he has also served in Afghanistan and that he appreciates the sacrifices of Afghan forces in the fight against terrorism.

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Politics Sun, 21 Jul 2019 06:31:27 +0000
Peace A Meaningless Slogan Until Taliban Continue Violence: VP Danesh http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/39116-peace-a-meaningless-slogan-until-taliban-continue-violence-vp-danesh.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/39116-peace-a-meaningless-slogan-until-taliban-continue-violence-vp-danesh.html Peace A Meaningless Slogan Until Taliban Continue Violence:  VP Danesh

Sunday, July 21, 2019
Kabul (BNA)  Addressing a conference in Kabul, the second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danesh said Afghan government was welcoming regional and international support for peace, but that should not mean to undermine the last 18 years achievement.
Speaking to inauguration session of the ‘Maihan Literacy Caravan’ program at council of ministers’ palace, VP Danesh said government and people of Afghanistan were the main side of peace process, as they have been giving sacrifices along the way.
“If Taliban think that they will win through peace with USA that would be only a dream for them.  It they don’t stop war and do not accept direct talks with Afghan government, then their calls for peace is only to deceive public opinion,” he said.
Hinting to election as the key achievement of the democratic process and presidential system, the second vice president said peace was not meant to bypass the elections.
“All Afghans are now preparing to vote for the upcoming presidential elections and government as well as the electoral commissions have taken steps to hold timely presidential elections,” he told the participants.
Praising Ministry of Education’s programs for literacy, VP Danesh said government was responsible for capacity building in education sector, but all expectations shouldn’t be made from the ministry alone.
“Besides government, the private sector, Ulema, Masjids, cultural and religious centers, civil institutions and traders can play effective role for literacy in the country,” he added.
Minister of Refugees and Repatriates Sayed Hussain Alimi Balkhi and deputy minister of literacy for ministry of education Dr. Sardar Rahimi were among other speakers that delivered remarks on literacy importance, challenges and national programs for literacy.

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Politics Sun, 21 Jul 2019 06:30:02 +0000