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 Mon, 21 Aug 2017 17:43:23 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb UNAMA Human Rights Report On Mass Killings In Mirza Olang http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/29749-unama-human-rights-report-on-mass-killings-in-mirza-olang.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/29749-unama-human-rights-report-on-mass-killings-in-mirza-olang.html UNAMA Human Rights Report On Mass Killings In Mirza Olang

Monday August 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) released today the initial findings of its human rights fact-finding into the 3 to 5 August attack on Mirza Olang village in Sayyad district of Sari Pul province.
UNAMA verified allegations that Taliban and local self-proclaimed Islamic State / Daesh fighters killed at least 36 persons, including civilians and person hors de combat, during the attack on Mirza Olang. At least half of the killings took place on Saturday 5 August when Anti-Government Elements stopped families trying to escape the village, separated women and young children, and killed at least 18 people, both civilians and Pro-Government Militia who were hors de combat at the time of their killing. Others, including one woman, were reportedly shot while they tried to escape from the village. “I condemn this blatant targeting of civilians and persons hors de combat in clear violation of international law,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan. “The perpetrators of these killings and crimes must be held accountable.”
With regard to allegations of beheadings, UNAMA found no evidence to substantiate such claims. The human rights team through their interviews with witnesses and officials were also unable to verify other claims about abductions of women and sexual violence. Further investigations by competent authorities are required into the allegations of sectarian hatred as a factor in the killings in Mirza Olang, whose residents are mainly Shi’a Muslims. The Mission welcomes the appointment of a senior team from the Office of the Attorney General and the Ministry of Interior to investigate the attack. UNAMA’s report makes recommendations to Anti-Government Elements, including that they immediately cease the deliberate targeting of civilians. The report also encourages prompt, impartial and transparent investigations of the attack and killings in Mirza Olang, and to ensure accountability for perpetrators and appropriate redress for the victims.
 

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Politics Mon, 21 Aug 2017 06:18:30 +0000
“Our Message To Afghanistan Enemies Is To Surrender, Or ANA Commando Units Will Make You Surrender,” President Ghani http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/29748-“our-message-to-afghanistan-enemies-is-to-surrender-or-ana-commando-units-will-make-you-surrender”-president-ghani.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/29748-“our-message-to-afghanistan-enemies-is-to-surrender-or-ana-commando-units-will-make-you-surrender”-president-ghani.html “Our Message To Afghanistan Enemies Is To Surrender, Or ANA Commando Units Will Make You Surrender,” President Ghani

Monday August 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani participated and delivered speech yesterday in a ceremony held for promotion of ANA special operations division to the level of corps and introduction of Gen. Bismillah Waziri as the corps commander.
In the ceremony, Ghulam Farooq Naeemi read out President Decree in connection with promotion of special operations division to the level of corps and appointment of Maj. Gen. Bismillah Waziri as the corps commander. Afterwards, acting minister of national defense Lt. Gen. Tariq Shah Bahrami submitted the corps flag to the country’s President and the President handed over the flag to the newly-appointed commander of the corps.
Speaking in the ceremony, Gen. Bahrami told personnel of the corps, “Your operations have changed the status of war in battlefields and the enemies have not achieved their strategic goal they had set.” He considered special operations as the most important and effective ones, adding the special operations division was promoted to the level of army’s corps in accordance to four-year security plan. Afterwards, NATO General Commander to Afghanistan Gen. Nicholson spoke and added, “Enemies do not have another option except surrendering or being killed by Afghan commandos”. He praised Afghan national defense and security forces for their heroism in battlefields. Speaking in the ceremony, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said, “Today is a special day, because your demand for promotion of special operations division to the level of corps was met”.
“You Afghanistan commandos are for the protection of the country’s constitution and national dignities. You have not retreated, but made the enemies to retreat”. Praising leading body of ministry for national defense, they country’s President said, “You have broken the first phase of the enemies’ attacks this year and fought with full bravery. In the past few weeks, by a positive management you have brought a fundamental change in the status of war and due to these efforts, our attention on security issue has reduced from six hours to two”.  Addressing to personnel of special operation corps, the country’s President said, “Promotion means that your force will get double and make you more successful”.  “The holy flag of the army’s corps is showing that we are the real protectors of Islam and our enemies are slaves of foreigners”, President Ghani said, adding that our message to Afghanistan enemies was to surrender, or special operations corps would make you surrender. The country’s President further stressed that in close cooperation with security and defense organs, national sovereignty and constitution would be implemented. Also stressing that nobody would tactically make use of the army’s corps, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said that commando forces were Special Forces and would get back after conducting special operations and defeating the enemies across the country. In the ceremony, the newly-appointment commander of army’s corps assured of the corps full preparation for suppressing and repulsing enemies operations in the country.
 

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Politics Mon, 21 Aug 2017 06:16:55 +0000
WB To Expand Activities In Afghanistan http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/29747-wb-to-expand-activities-in-afghanistan.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/29747-wb-to-expand-activities-in-afghanistan.html WB To Expand Activities In Afghanistan

Monday, August 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA)  Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah in a meeting with the World Bank’s (WB) South Asian Deputy Governor, Annette Dixon congratulated the bank for its activities in Afghanistan and hoped joint cooperation to be continued between the government of Afghanistan and The South Asian Agency of the World Bank, his office said the other day.
The deputy governor said the World Bank wound expand its activities and the boost the number of its personnel and provide cooperation repatriates and the Internally Displaced People (ID)s) and private sector in Afghanistan, according to the statement posted in the CE official Facebook page.
“The World Bank’s cooperation had continued all over the world and Afghanistan can benefit from these cooperation,” Dixon said.
The country’s chief executive, meanwhile said that the government of national unity was ready to pave the way for the World Bank to practice its programs considering the needs of the country’s repatriates, focusing on economic development and implementation of anti-poverty programs through cooperation with the related ministries and governmental institutions, the statement said.
 

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Politics Mon, 21 Aug 2017 06:14:28 +0000
VP Danesh Holds Farewell Meeting With Outgoing EU Special Representative For Afghanistan http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/29746-vp-danesh-holds-farewell-meeting-with-outgoing-eu-special-representative-for-afghanistan.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/29746-vp-danesh-holds-farewell-meeting-with-outgoing-eu-special-representative-for-afghanistan.html VP Danesh Holds Farewell Meeting With Outgoing EU Special Representative For Afghanistan

Monday, August 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Second Vice-President Mohammad Sarwar Danesh in a farewell meeting with the outgoing EU special representative praising the union’s cooperation in different fields of human rights expansion, women rights, fighting corruption and development of democracy in the country, his office said Sunday.
He hoped the good relation between Afghanistan and the European Union continue further than ever.
Peace talks and the international community and regional countries’ cooperation to help the process get success, were also among the issues discussed between the two sides.
He doubted on some neighboring countries’ peace message and emphasized for their honestly in cooperation with an Afghan-led peace negotiations.
The vice-president also called holding election and reforms in the government institutions very important and said the government of Afghanistan, taking in mind its Brussels conference commitment wanted to reach the goal.
Miliband the deputy World Bank Governor also called holding an inclusive and transparent process of the parliamentary elections would convey good experiences for the Afghan government and the international partners for holding the presidential election.
He called peace and reconciliation with the government armed opposition, the key elements to overcome challenge in Afghanistan and said the international community and the regional countries cooperation was vital for peace success in the country.
 

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Politics Mon, 21 Aug 2017 06:12:44 +0000
President Ghani Meets Ustad Abdul Ali Barakzai In Herat http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/29742-president-ghani-meets-ustad-abdul-ali-barakzai-in-herat.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/29742-president-ghani-meets-ustad-abdul-ali-barakzai-in-herat.html President Ghani Meets Ustad Abdul Ali Barakzai In Herat

Monday, August 21, 2017

Herat (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met the other day with head of persons with disabilities empowerment center Ustad Abdul Ali Barakzai in Herat.
In the meeting, Ustad Abdul Ali Barakzai briefed the President related to activities of the center, problems and challenges which persons with disabilities are facing with in cultural and working activities.
Considering works of Ustad Abdul Ali Barakzai as valuable for persons with disabilities asked him to prepare a particular plans and suggestions for improvement of working cultural and education condition of persons with disabilities to that particular measures would be adopted in this regard.
 

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Politics Mon, 21 Aug 2017 05:56:58 +0000
Putin Facilitate President Ghani On Afghanistan’s 98th Independence Day http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/29732-putin-facilitate-president-ghani-on-afghanistan’s-98th-independence-day.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/29732-putin-facilitate-president-ghani-on-afghanistan’s-98th-independence-day.html Putin Facilitate President Ghani On Afghanistan’s 98th Independence Day

Sunday August 20, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Russian President Vladimir Putin has facilitated President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on the occasion of Afghanistan’s 98th Independence Day, a statement from the Russian Embassy in Kabul said on Friday.
Besides congratulating the Afghans on the occasion of their Independence Day celebrations, Putin hoped war-weary nation would achieve peace and stability. The Russian president was quoted as renewing his country’s commitment to rebuilding Afghanistan and resolving its major issues. He expressed the hope that relations between Moscow and Kabul in areas of people’s welfare and peace would be further strengthened. Meanwhile, Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov also sent his Afghan counterpart Salahuddin Rabbani greetings and best wishes on Afghanistan’s 98th Independence Day. Lavrov said Russia believed mutual cooperation for development was in the interest of the two countries and their peoples and could help bring stability and security to the region.
 

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Politics Sun, 20 Aug 2017 07:08:50 +0000
Afghanistan Has Made Significant Progress: Tillerson http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/29724-afghanistan-has-made-significant-progress-tillerson.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/29724-afghanistan-has-made-significant-progress-tillerson.html Afghanistan Has Made Significant Progress:  Tillerson

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Kabul (BNA) US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has greeted the government and people of Afghanistan on their 98th anniversary of independence.
The Afghan spirit of resilience and courage in the face of adversity continues to guide the people of Afghanistan toward a better future,” Tillerson said in a message on Friday.
Afghanistan had made significant economic, political, and social progress in the last 16 years, he noted, praising the Afghan people’s dedication to building a more democratic and peaceful country.
“Our strong friendship will Afghanistan is based on our mutual dedication to helping the Afghan people secure a safe and prosperous future.  Today, the US joins the people of Afghanistan in celebrating your independence,” Tillerson said.
 

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Politics Sun, 20 Aug 2017 06:41:26 +0000
President Ghani Lays Wreath At Independence Minaret http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/29723-president-ghani-lays-wreath-at-independence-minaret.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/29723-president-ghani-lays-wreath-at-independence-minaret.html President Ghani Lays Wreath At Independence Minaret

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Saturday attended an official ceremony to mark Afghanistan’s 98th independence anniversary and laid a wreath at the Independence Minaret at the ministry of defense, his office said in a statement.
According to the statement, former president Hamid Karzai, Hindia daughter of King Amanullah Khan, second deputy to chief executive Mohammad Mohaqiq, chief justice Sayed Yousuf Halim, national security advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar, NDS directorate Mohammad Masoum Stanekzai and some other government and foreign officials also attended the ceremony, according to the statement.
 

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Politics Sun, 20 Aug 2017 06:38:05 +0000
National Identity Directly Relates To National, Historical & Independence Values On The Occasion Of Afghanistan’s Independence Day: http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/29716-national-identity-directly-relates-to-national-historical-independence-values-on-the-occasion-of-afghanistan’s-independence-day.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/29716-national-identity-directly-relates-to-national-historical-independence-values-on-the-occasion-of-afghanistan’s-independence-day.html National Identity Directly Relates To National, Historical & Independence Values On The Occasion Of Afghanistan’s Independence Day:

Saturday August 19, 2017
Kabul (BNA) As the symbol of our history and national values, Asad 28th Afghanistan’s Independence Day is celebrated every year countrywide.  A number of experts and citizens told while appreciating the brave men who got the country’s independence are stressing on protection of national and historical values.  Mohammad Karim Aminzoy, scientific chairman of legal stage of Kabul University said, as you know, the independence was the national identity of a country. Since long, Asad 28th has been celebrated every year all-over the country through glorious ceremonies, so the future generations realize the independence has not been easily obtained, he further said. Aminzoy added, unfortunately due to security and political problems in recent years, this day was not properly marked. He went on to say, we should make effort to preserve these historical values. Likewise, education and higher education institutes are responsible to transfer historical honors from one generation to another, he continued.
He added, in other countries, people respect to their values, for example, India as a regional country has always commemorated its accepted traditions and bravery of its great leaders. Ahmad Sayedi a political analyst on Afghanistan and regional affairs said, Ghazi Amanullah Khan took a steadfast step and gained our political independence. The brave Afghans shed their blood in this path, and we appreciate them, he added. He added, national identity of a nation is in preservation of its historical values and independence. I hope one day would arrive to have political, economic, security and cultural independence. Commemoration of Independence Day and its glories celebration is indeed commemoration and cerebration of heroism and braveries of our historical men. Haroon Mir another political analyst said Asad 28th was an important and decisive day in the history of Afghanistan. But political, security, economic situation in the last four decades have created great challenges to our country. He added, during king Amanullah a constitutional movement appeared that wanted to lead Afghanistan from darkness to progress. But after the communist coup d’état the development process was stopped. Today politically we are independent but economically dependent to the international aids. So we should give a new definition of freedom to young generations. Real independence is in economic self-sufficiency.
Suraya Raiszada
Ansari

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Politics Sat, 19 Aug 2017 18:39:33 +0000
Ghazi Amanullah Khan Delivers Fruitful Services To Afghanistan http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/29703-ghazi-amanullah-khan-delivers-fruitful-services-to-afghanistan.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/29703-ghazi-amanullah-khan-delivers-fruitful-services-to-afghanistan.html Ghazi Amanullah Khan Delivers Fruitful Services To Afghanistan

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Based on the modern history of our country, Ghazi Amanullah Khan had recorded in history books his justification and honesty over his country during the three deadly wars: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Anglo – Afghan war with Britain.
The wars continued from 1839 – 1919 when Afghans finally got their political independence from Great Britain by sacrifices of thousands of our heroes and English government was forced to officially recognize political independence of Afghanistan.
After talks between Ali Ahmad Khan ‘Loynab’, Afghanistan minister of interior affairs at the time of Ghazni Amanullah Khan and Indo – British secretary of foreign affairs Hamilton Graft in Rawalpindi, Afghanistan Independence was approved in 9th of August of 1919 coinciding on the day of signing agreement of the victory of Afghanistan. But, King Amanullah Khan approved the last document of Afghanistan Independence inside the country in Zar Afshan Palace ‘today’s Zar Negar Park of Kabul, on 19th of August of 1919 and asked the nation to welcome the day as national festival in the country.
Professor Abdul Hai Habibi in his book quoted King Amanullah Khan’s statement issued by him on the occasion of celebration of 9th anniversary of Afghanistan Independence Day.
“How should we protect our freedom and independence? Can we do it by hoisting colorful and decorated flags? Well, we should enliven and create the feeling of home-lovingness and heroism in hearts of coming and future generations because we would never lose our freedom and independence if we were devotees”, King Amanullah said in his statement.
During the kingdom of Ghazi Amanullah Khan, correspondence developed, various kinds of weekly newspapers were seen and people had access to the newspapers. The first time when government newspapers were published were ‘Bidar’ in Mazar-e-Sharif, ‘Itehad-e-Mashraqi’ in Nangarhar, ‘Itefaq-e-Islam’ in Herat, ‘Islah’ in Badakhshan, Tolo-e-Afghan’ in Kandahar, Akhbar-e-Ghazi’ in Paktia and an outlet named ‘Iblagh’ in which articles related to rights and laws for freedom of women were published.
Implementation of democracy was one of key goals of King Amanullah Khan. Besides, King Amanullah Khan was able to provide the most fruitful and best services to his nation as:
* Establishment of women support association.
* Publication of Irshad-ul-Neswan magazine for women.
* Providing facility in taxes.
* Ending force works.
* Cancellation of extra taxes from crafters.
* Modernizing old accounting system of the government.
* Management and enforcement of law on encouragement for investors.
* Creation of law for selling government properties.
* Cancellation of multiple custom houses.
* Appointment of consolers and commerce attaché in neighboring countries for providing further facilities to Afghan traders, establishment of chambers of commerce of Soviet in Kabul and signing agreements with two France and German companies for launching railway in Afghanistan.
* Making compulsory the elementary studies on all children.
* Building Amani High School and Amania High School later changed to Istiqlal.
* Bringing effective developments in industrial, agricultural and other fields.
* Founding telephonic and telegraphic lines between Kabul and certain provinces of the country.
* Founding various factories in the country.
* Completion of Ghazni’s Seraj dam.
* Signing various trade agreements with different countries of the world.
* Recruitment of Afghans, and other Afghan minorities in army and providing facilities of education in various vocational institutes. We can say that King Amanullah Khan ran 10 years of his kingdom successfully and with full honesty. But, finally he faced with influx and solidarity of his opponents and left Kabul and kingdom for Kandahar along with a small group of his close colleagues. With full honor we can say that King Amanullah Khan left the biggest spiritual work behind, which is our freedom and independence. May his soul be in peace.
Lailuma Noori
 

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Politics Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:49:41 +0000