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/eng/politics.feed 2018-10-15T19:33:37Z Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management Foreign Minister Met With New Zealand Ambassador 2018-10-15T06:43:44Z 2018-10-15T06:43:44Z http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/35262-foreign-minister-met-with-new-zealand-ambassador.html Manager <div class="K2FeedImage"><img src="http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng//media/k2/items/cache/a323ea8cf01198046dfb3a183c7e593f_S.jpg" alt="Foreign Minister Met With New Zealand Ambassador" /></div><div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p> Monday, October 15, 2018</p> <p> Kabul (BNA) Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani met with New Zealand Ambassador in Kabul yesterday.<br /> Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani welcomed the New Zealand Ambassador to Kabul and emphasized the strengthening of relations between the two countries.<br /> T. Yarzada</p></div> <div class="K2FeedImage"><img src="http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng//media/k2/items/cache/a323ea8cf01198046dfb3a183c7e593f_S.jpg" alt="Foreign Minister Met With New Zealand Ambassador" /></div><div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p> Monday, October 15, 2018</p> <p> Kabul (BNA) Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani met with New Zealand Ambassador in Kabul yesterday.<br /> Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani welcomed the New Zealand Ambassador to Kabul and emphasized the strengthening of relations between the two countries.<br /> T. Yarzada</p></div> UNAMA Emphasizes Women’s Key Role in Upcoming Parliamentary Elections 2018-10-15T06:36:28Z 2018-10-15T06:36:28Z http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/35258-unama-emphasizes-women’s-key-role-in-upcoming-parliamentary-elections.html Manager <div class="K2FeedImage"><img src="http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng//media/k2/items/cache/fe77b4a79eaec7e76510b80c119f21bc_S.jpg" alt="UNAMA Emphasizes Women’s Key Role in Upcoming Parliamentary Elections" /></div><div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p> Monday, October 15, 2018</p> <p> Kabul (BNA) The full participation of women in Afghanistan&rsquo;s electoral process is vital to assure that upcoming parliamentary elections are inclusive and credible, said the UN&rsquo;s top envoy in a meeting with Afghan women from civil society, academia and advocacy groups, a statement from UNAMA said yesterday.<br /> &ldquo;Elections are only truly representative and credible when women fully participate and are included in all parts of the electoral process.&rdquo; Said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Secretary-General&rsquo;s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA. &ldquo;I was inspired and encouraged from my meeting today with Afghan women, all of them as strong leaders actively working toward women&rsquo;s full participation in all areas of Afghanistan&rsquo;s social, economic and political life, including in elections.&rdquo;<br /> UNAMA notes that 16 per cent of candidates are women, a marginal increase on previous elections, and that women make up approximately 32 per cent of total registered voters, according to current statistics from the Independent Election Commission.<br /> UNAMA welcomes the crucial role that civil society plays in ensuring women&rsquo;s voices are heard during the election.&nbsp; The Mission is mindful of the great personal risk that numerous female candidates and women&rsquo;s rights activists routinely face in promoting women&rsquo;s full inclusion as candidates, voters, election staff and observers.<br /> Some commendable measures have been put in place to facilitate women&rsquo;s participation, such as the presence of at least one dedicated female polling station per polling center, female polling staff and female security personnel.<br /> The Mission emphasizes that women&rsquo;s full participation as candidates, electoral workers, observers and voters is the civil and political right of all women.&nbsp; Enhancing women&rsquo;s participation in all stages of the electoral process is vital for strengthening democracy in Afghanistan.&nbsp; Elections provide a key opportunity for ensuring women&rsquo;s concerns are addressed and women&rsquo;s meaningful participation in the political, economic and social future of the country is maximized.<br /> The UN Mission notes that it is the responsibility of Afghan authorities, political parties, candidates and civil society organizations to adopt all necessary measures to improve and encourage the participation of women in the elections.<br /> &nbsp;</p></div> <div class="K2FeedImage"><img src="http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng//media/k2/items/cache/fe77b4a79eaec7e76510b80c119f21bc_S.jpg" alt="UNAMA Emphasizes Women’s Key Role in Upcoming Parliamentary Elections" /></div><div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p> Monday, October 15, 2018</p> <p> Kabul (BNA) The full participation of women in Afghanistan&rsquo;s electoral process is vital to assure that upcoming parliamentary elections are inclusive and credible, said the UN&rsquo;s top envoy in a meeting with Afghan women from civil society, academia and advocacy groups, a statement from UNAMA said yesterday.<br /> &ldquo;Elections are only truly representative and credible when women fully participate and are included in all parts of the electoral process.&rdquo; Said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Secretary-General&rsquo;s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA. &ldquo;I was inspired and encouraged from my meeting today with Afghan women, all of them as strong leaders actively working toward women&rsquo;s full participation in all areas of Afghanistan&rsquo;s social, economic and political life, including in elections.&rdquo;<br /> UNAMA notes that 16 per cent of candidates are women, a marginal increase on previous elections, and that women make up approximately 32 per cent of total registered voters, according to current statistics from the Independent Election Commission.<br /> UNAMA welcomes the crucial role that civil society plays in ensuring women&rsquo;s voices are heard during the election.&nbsp; The Mission is mindful of the great personal risk that numerous female candidates and women&rsquo;s rights activists routinely face in promoting women&rsquo;s full inclusion as candidates, voters, election staff and observers.<br /> Some commendable measures have been put in place to facilitate women&rsquo;s participation, such as the presence of at least one dedicated female polling station per polling center, female polling staff and female security personnel.<br /> The Mission emphasizes that women&rsquo;s full participation as candidates, electoral workers, observers and voters is the civil and political right of all women.&nbsp; Enhancing women&rsquo;s participation in all stages of the electoral process is vital for strengthening democracy in Afghanistan.&nbsp; Elections provide a key opportunity for ensuring women&rsquo;s concerns are addressed and women&rsquo;s meaningful participation in the political, economic and social future of the country is maximized.<br /> The UN Mission notes that it is the responsibility of Afghan authorities, political parties, candidates and civil society organizations to adopt all necessary measures to improve and encourage the participation of women in the elections.<br /> &nbsp;</p></div> President Ghani Receives Three Ambassadors’ Credentials 2018-10-15T06:28:41Z 2018-10-15T06:28:41Z http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/35256-president-ghani-receives-three-ambassadors’-credentials.html Manager <div class="K2FeedImage"><img src="http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng//media/k2/items/cache/03cd4ec483374b3d151f078dd04bfc3f_S.jpg" alt="President Ghani Receives Three Ambassadors’ Credentials" /></div><div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p> Monday, October 15, 2018</p> <p> Kabul (BNA) During separate ceremonial ceremonies held in Arg, President Ghani received New Zealand , Yemen and Spain non-resident ambassadors, credentials, the Presidential Palace said in a statement on Sunday.&nbsp;<br /> President Ghani and the mentioned ambassadors also exchanged views on bilateral relations and their countries&rsquo; cooperation with Afghanistan, the statement further said.&nbsp; Welcoming the ambassadors, the president thanked their countries&rsquo; cooperation in different fields and wished them success during their new mission in Afghanistan.&nbsp; In turn, the mentioned ambassadors while expressing happiness over their new mission in Afghanistan assured of their countries&rsquo; continued cooperation with this country.<br /> &nbsp;</p></div> <div class="K2FeedImage"><img src="http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng//media/k2/items/cache/03cd4ec483374b3d151f078dd04bfc3f_S.jpg" alt="President Ghani Receives Three Ambassadors’ Credentials" /></div><div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p> Monday, October 15, 2018</p> <p> Kabul (BNA) During separate ceremonial ceremonies held in Arg, President Ghani received New Zealand , Yemen and Spain non-resident ambassadors, credentials, the Presidential Palace said in a statement on Sunday.&nbsp;<br /> President Ghani and the mentioned ambassadors also exchanged views on bilateral relations and their countries&rsquo; cooperation with Afghanistan, the statement further said.&nbsp; Welcoming the ambassadors, the president thanked their countries&rsquo; cooperation in different fields and wished them success during their new mission in Afghanistan.&nbsp; In turn, the mentioned ambassadors while expressing happiness over their new mission in Afghanistan assured of their countries&rsquo; continued cooperation with this country.<br /> &nbsp;</p></div> President Ghani Reviews Kunduz Development Projects’ Implementation 2018-10-15T06:27:30Z 2018-10-15T06:27:30Z http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/35255-president-ghani-reviews-kunduz-development-projects’-implementation.html Manager <div class="K2FeedImage"><img src="http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng//media/k2/items/cache/418c94202ed7db55a833fa0b6fb4eea4_S.jpg" alt="President Ghani Reviews Kunduz Development Projects’ Implementation" /></div><div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p> Monday October 15, 2018</p> <p> Kabul (BNA) Chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, a meeting held to review development projects&rsquo; execution in Kunduz province.<br /> According to BNA report, the meeting held in Gul Khana Palace during which President Ghani said, Kunduz was among the richest and most motivating provinces of the country where has less attention been paid to. The President said structures were inadequate in provinces, adding positive changes would soon appear in provinces including Kunduz. He added the provinces&rsquo; next year budget would transfer to them from center. Afterwards, Kunduz governor, Abdul Jabar Naemi presented his report on Kunduz city master plan to the meeting. He added the delegation from the center has reviewed Kunduz city master plan and after completion, practical work would begin in the city. While asking for Kunduz airport&rsquo;s utilization for civilian flights, he asked the President to issue instructions to the relevant organs on beginning practical work of Imam Sahib road and reconstruction of an alternative bridge for Alchin bridge that has partially been ruined. After hearing the governor&rsquo;s report, the President said Kunduz master plan should be finalized and steps should be taken on construction of a ring road that is key for the province&rsquo;s trade growth. The President instructed the ministries of urban development and housing, commerce and industries and lands authority to bring their specific proposals on agricultural lands of Spinzar enterprise. He also instructed Da Ariana Afghan Air Line Company to start flights to all provinces of the country. According another report, at the presence of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, a contract on irrigation and power generation of second Khan Abad&rsquo;s project was signed between the ministry of water and energy and an Indian company. The project would be implemented in Khan Abad district of Kunduz province that worth $25 million. Besides generating 10.4 mgw power, it would irrigate 47000 hectares of agricultural lands and 18000 families would directly benefit that.<br /> &nbsp;</p></div> <div class="K2FeedImage"><img src="http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng//media/k2/items/cache/418c94202ed7db55a833fa0b6fb4eea4_S.jpg" alt="President Ghani Reviews Kunduz Development Projects’ Implementation" /></div><div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p> Monday October 15, 2018</p> <p> Kabul (BNA) Chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, a meeting held to review development projects&rsquo; execution in Kunduz province.<br /> According to BNA report, the meeting held in Gul Khana Palace during which President Ghani said, Kunduz was among the richest and most motivating provinces of the country where has less attention been paid to. The President said structures were inadequate in provinces, adding positive changes would soon appear in provinces including Kunduz. He added the provinces&rsquo; next year budget would transfer to them from center. Afterwards, Kunduz governor, Abdul Jabar Naemi presented his report on Kunduz city master plan to the meeting. He added the delegation from the center has reviewed Kunduz city master plan and after completion, practical work would begin in the city. While asking for Kunduz airport&rsquo;s utilization for civilian flights, he asked the President to issue instructions to the relevant organs on beginning practical work of Imam Sahib road and reconstruction of an alternative bridge for Alchin bridge that has partially been ruined. After hearing the governor&rsquo;s report, the President said Kunduz master plan should be finalized and steps should be taken on construction of a ring road that is key for the province&rsquo;s trade growth. The President instructed the ministries of urban development and housing, commerce and industries and lands authority to bring their specific proposals on agricultural lands of Spinzar enterprise. He also instructed Da Ariana Afghan Air Line Company to start flights to all provinces of the country. According another report, at the presence of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, a contract on irrigation and power generation of second Khan Abad&rsquo;s project was signed between the ministry of water and energy and an Indian company. The project would be implemented in Khan Abad district of Kunduz province that worth $25 million. Besides generating 10.4 mgw power, it would irrigate 47000 hectares of agricultural lands and 18000 families would directly benefit that.<br /> &nbsp;</p></div> HUC Approves Khost Master Plan 2018-10-15T06:24:53Z 2018-10-15T06:24:53Z http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/35254-huc-approves-khost-master-plan.html Manager <div class="K2FeedImage"><img src="http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng//media/k2/items/cache/f52e238850b845a2b5a232921cacb0a4_S.jpg" alt="HUC Approves Khost Master Plan" /></div><div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p> Monday October 15, 2018</p> <p> Kabul (BNA) The High Urban Council with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on the chair held session and approved master plan for Khost province that included, Mosques, Stadiums and dormitory for students on Sunday, BNA reported.<br /> The session also emphasized on solving of problems of industrial park and the provincial airport. The President instructed Khost municipality to closely work with private sector on implementation of the complex, adding residential houses needed to be considered for people of Khost as well. Hinting to natural resources of the province, the President said exporting of pine nuts to be started to foreign countries next year, asking ministry of mines and petroleum to work with local organs and prepare a draft on increasing of investment in Khost province. Meanwhile, the officials of the ministry of urban development and housing briefed the session on current works of Peerozi Township, carpet weavers of Hairatan and Kunduz, Darulaman complex, fifth Microrayon, Gulestan Township and Ghazni province, assuring further works on the projects. According to the ministry, construction of around 7 prefabricated school buildings to be completed, adding another 28 schools are under construction and 38 other buildings of which are in designing phases. Hinting to Darulaman Palace, the session emphasized on using of the domestic raw materials while implementing the project. Meanwhile, the President emphasized on construction of buildings considering Afghanistan&rsquo;s traditional architectural style, adding the two first floors of the Darulaman Palace to be allocated for historic museum of Afghanistan. The President emphasized on key role of the private sector in construction affairs, instructing the line ministries to see ways for their involvement of the project. The President also hinted at capacities of the ministry of urban development and housing, saying the existed capacities of the universities should be considered and the students should be provided practical works.<br /> &nbsp;</p></div> <div class="K2FeedImage"><img src="http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng//media/k2/items/cache/f52e238850b845a2b5a232921cacb0a4_S.jpg" alt="HUC Approves Khost Master Plan" /></div><div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p> Monday October 15, 2018</p> <p> Kabul (BNA) The High Urban Council with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on the chair held session and approved master plan for Khost province that included, Mosques, Stadiums and dormitory for students on Sunday, BNA reported.<br /> The session also emphasized on solving of problems of industrial park and the provincial airport. The President instructed Khost municipality to closely work with private sector on implementation of the complex, adding residential houses needed to be considered for people of Khost as well. Hinting to natural resources of the province, the President said exporting of pine nuts to be started to foreign countries next year, asking ministry of mines and petroleum to work with local organs and prepare a draft on increasing of investment in Khost province. Meanwhile, the officials of the ministry of urban development and housing briefed the session on current works of Peerozi Township, carpet weavers of Hairatan and Kunduz, Darulaman complex, fifth Microrayon, Gulestan Township and Ghazni province, assuring further works on the projects. According to the ministry, construction of around 7 prefabricated school buildings to be completed, adding another 28 schools are under construction and 38 other buildings of which are in designing phases. Hinting to Darulaman Palace, the session emphasized on using of the domestic raw materials while implementing the project. Meanwhile, the President emphasized on construction of buildings considering Afghanistan&rsquo;s traditional architectural style, adding the two first floors of the Darulaman Palace to be allocated for historic museum of Afghanistan. The President emphasized on key role of the private sector in construction affairs, instructing the line ministries to see ways for their involvement of the project. The President also hinted at capacities of the ministry of urban development and housing, saying the existed capacities of the universities should be considered and the students should be provided practical works.<br /> &nbsp;</p></div> Afghan Citizens Should Not Be Deprived From Their Voting Right” Says UNAMA 2018-10-14T11:06:49Z 2018-10-14T11:06:49Z http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/35247-afghan-citizens-should-not-be-deprived-from-their-voting-right”-says-unama.html Manager <div class="K2FeedImage"><img src="http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng//media/k2/items/cache/ea521f144eba57406ca4afb229c02b0e_S.jpg" alt="Afghan Citizens Should Not Be Deprived From Their Voting Right” Says UNAMA" /></div><div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p> Sunday, October 14, 2018</p> <p> Kabul (BNA) The political representative of UN in Afghanistan announced that Afghan security forces have made remarkable progress in insuring the security of parliamentary elections due to be held on October 20th.<br /> According to BNA report the political of UNAMA in Afghanistan has announced that Afghan security forces have made major progress for insuring the security of the citizens of that country due to go to the polling stations on 0ctober 20th.<br /> The special representative of UN secretary general for Afghanistan says: the Afghan security forces have the responsibility of ensuring the security of the elections process. Adopting Effective measures are needed to provide opportunity for eligible persons to use their political rights.<br /> He insisted that the Afghan citizens should not be deprived from voting rights and building the future of their country or intimidated.<br /> The UN special envoy remembering the recent attacks on candidate, their teams and voters said that any kind violence or pressure against voters, candidates or elections staffs are not acceptable and he severely condemned such evil actions.<br /> Releasing a statement Taliban had threatened that they would attack the security process of voting and the people who are involved in the process.<br /> The statement has faced the severe criticism of international community.&nbsp; They think, Taliban consider elections as a military process while elections are a democratic process that demonstrates the will and intention of people.<br /> In reaction to the Taliban&rsquo;s statement, the Afghan interior ministry declared that the security forces of that country would stand firm against every plan and program of Taliban and would neutralize every conspiracy against people.<br /> The ministry assures people to participate in the elections without any concern.<br /> In the sometime, the statement of Taliban had no any effect on the process of electoral campaign of the candidates.<br /> Even the terrorist attacks of this notorious group on two candidates in Nangarhar and Helmand provinces could not disrupt the process.<br /> Jawid Kohistani an expert of political affairs and a candidate for parliament in Kabul says one of the most important factors of democracy is elections, encouraging people to take part in the process is a positive step, I believe the capability of my people and security forces, God willing the elections will be held on October 20th with extensive participation of people in a peaceful atmosphere. Our people except participation in the elections have no any other option. In spite of that the enemies of the country try hard to disrupt this national process and challenge it but our security forces have proved in practice that they can foil any conspiracy on its origin.<br /> He added there are some challenges in some insecure provinces, but the security and defense forces of the country with the cooperation of people will foil the destructive efforts of the enemies and not let to challenge the election process.<br /> While the security forces of the country have a major role in maintaining the security of elections, UNAMA points out that Afghan security forces also have responsibility to remain impartial while they perform their duties.<br /> Gul Ahamad a Kabul citizen says insuring security in polling stations is not an easy task, but we believe our security forces can overcome this challenge successfully and will be witness of a bloodless election.<br /> &nbsp;</p></div> <div class="K2FeedImage"><img src="http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng//media/k2/items/cache/ea521f144eba57406ca4afb229c02b0e_S.jpg" alt="Afghan Citizens Should Not Be Deprived From Their Voting Right” Says UNAMA" /></div><div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p> Sunday, October 14, 2018</p> <p> Kabul (BNA) The political representative of UN in Afghanistan announced that Afghan security forces have made remarkable progress in insuring the security of parliamentary elections due to be held on October 20th.<br /> According to BNA report the political of UNAMA in Afghanistan has announced that Afghan security forces have made major progress for insuring the security of the citizens of that country due to go to the polling stations on 0ctober 20th.<br /> The special representative of UN secretary general for Afghanistan says: the Afghan security forces have the responsibility of ensuring the security of the elections process. Adopting Effective measures are needed to provide opportunity for eligible persons to use their political rights.<br /> He insisted that the Afghan citizens should not be deprived from voting rights and building the future of their country or intimidated.<br /> The UN special envoy remembering the recent attacks on candidate, their teams and voters said that any kind violence or pressure against voters, candidates or elections staffs are not acceptable and he severely condemned such evil actions.<br /> Releasing a statement Taliban had threatened that they would attack the security process of voting and the people who are involved in the process.<br /> The statement has faced the severe criticism of international community.&nbsp; They think, Taliban consider elections as a military process while elections are a democratic process that demonstrates the will and intention of people.<br /> In reaction to the Taliban&rsquo;s statement, the Afghan interior ministry declared that the security forces of that country would stand firm against every plan and program of Taliban and would neutralize every conspiracy against people.<br /> The ministry assures people to participate in the elections without any concern.<br /> In the sometime, the statement of Taliban had no any effect on the process of electoral campaign of the candidates.<br /> Even the terrorist attacks of this notorious group on two candidates in Nangarhar and Helmand provinces could not disrupt the process.<br /> Jawid Kohistani an expert of political affairs and a candidate for parliament in Kabul says one of the most important factors of democracy is elections, encouraging people to take part in the process is a positive step, I believe the capability of my people and security forces, God willing the elections will be held on October 20th with extensive participation of people in a peaceful atmosphere. Our people except participation in the elections have no any other option. In spite of that the enemies of the country try hard to disrupt this national process and challenge it but our security forces have proved in practice that they can foil any conspiracy on its origin.<br /> He added there are some challenges in some insecure provinces, but the security and defense forces of the country with the cooperation of people will foil the destructive efforts of the enemies and not let to challenge the election process.<br /> While the security forces of the country have a major role in maintaining the security of elections, UNAMA points out that Afghan security forces also have responsibility to remain impartial while they perform their duties.<br /> Gul Ahamad a Kabul citizen says insuring security in polling stations is not an easy task, but we believe our security forces can overcome this challenge successfully and will be witness of a bloodless election.<br /> &nbsp;</p></div> India, China Launch Joint Program to Train Afghan Diplomats 2018-10-14T06:12:54Z 2018-10-14T06:12:54Z http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/35241-india-china-launch-joint-program-to-train-afghan-diplomats.html Manager <div class="K2FeedImage"><img src="http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng//media/k2/items/cache/a5c4c45459001b7a6e2520d941e4105b_S.jpg" alt="India, China Launch Joint Program to Train Afghan Diplomats" /></div><div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p> Sunday October 14, 2018</p> <p> Kabul (BNA) In a move that could upset Pakistan, India and China have launched their first joint program for Afghanistan to train its diplomats.<br /> An understanding to launch a joint program in Afghanistan was reached during an informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping held in April at China&rsquo;s Wuhan city.<br /> As per the understanding, officials of both sides had been asked to identify the project. Training the Afghanistan&rsquo;s diplomats has been agreed as the first joint project agreed by both the countries.<br /> &ldquo;First joint program by India and China for Afghanistan begins,&rdquo; according to a tweet put out by the Indian Embassy in Beijing on Saturday.<br /> Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan (Vinay Kumar) &ldquo;hosted 10 Afghan Diplomats who will be travelling to India for the 1st India-China joint training program for Afghan diplomats under the aegis of the Trilateral Cooperation between India, China and Afghanistan,&rdquo; the tweet said.<br /> This will be a first such project in the war-torn country where China while trying to expand its influence has tacitly backed Pakistan, which has been accused by Afghanistan and the US of backing the Taliban and its most violent attacks in the country destabilizing any attempts to restore peace.<br /> thehindubusinessline<br /> &nbsp;</p></div> <div class="K2FeedImage"><img src="http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng//media/k2/items/cache/a5c4c45459001b7a6e2520d941e4105b_S.jpg" alt="India, China Launch Joint Program to Train Afghan Diplomats" /></div><div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p> Sunday October 14, 2018</p> <p> Kabul (BNA) In a move that could upset Pakistan, India and China have launched their first joint program for Afghanistan to train its diplomats.<br /> An understanding to launch a joint program in Afghanistan was reached during an informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping held in April at China&rsquo;s Wuhan city.<br /> As per the understanding, officials of both sides had been asked to identify the project. Training the Afghanistan&rsquo;s diplomats has been agreed as the first joint project agreed by both the countries.<br /> &ldquo;First joint program by India and China for Afghanistan begins,&rdquo; according to a tweet put out by the Indian Embassy in Beijing on Saturday.<br /> Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan (Vinay Kumar) &ldquo;hosted 10 Afghan Diplomats who will be travelling to India for the 1st India-China joint training program for Afghan diplomats under the aegis of the Trilateral Cooperation between India, China and Afghanistan,&rdquo; the tweet said.<br /> This will be a first such project in the war-torn country where China while trying to expand its influence has tacitly backed Pakistan, which has been accused by Afghanistan and the US of backing the Taliban and its most violent attacks in the country destabilizing any attempts to restore peace.<br /> thehindubusinessline<br /> &nbsp;</p></div> CE Meets Belarusian Prime Minister, Iranian Acting Foreign Minister in Dushanbe 2018-10-14T06:08:55Z 2018-10-14T06:08:55Z http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/35238-ce-meets-belarusian-prime-minister-iranian-acting-foreign-minister-in-dushanbe.html Manager <div class="K2FeedImage"><img src="http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng//media/k2/items/cache/c060c679aec12b324ef8bc58b560ddbd_S.jpg" alt="CE Meets Belarusian Prime Minister, Iranian Acting Foreign Minister in Dushanbe" /></div><div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p> Sunday, October 14, 2018</p> <p> Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive of the country, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, at the sideline of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit, in a meeting with Belarusian Prime Minister, Sergei Rumas, called relation between the two countries as positive, BNA reported Saturday.<br /> Bothe sides exchanged views on the issues related to agenda, with the Belarusian Prime Minister Pledging his country&rsquo;s preparation to supply heavy machineries for the Afghanistan infrastructures, peace and security, the agency said<br /> The country&rsquo;s Chief Executive, also said he had assigned the minister of economy as the head of the two countries joint commission and was waiting for the Belarusian measures in this respect, so that the commission could practically start its work, according to the agency.<br /> He asked the chairman of the Belarusian measures in this respect, so that the commission could practically start its work, according to the agency.<br /> He asked the chairman of the Belarusian chamber of commerce to visit Afghanistan and study the trade and investments ways with the Afghan chamber of commerce and the country&rsquo;s relevant officials and authorities.<br /> Meanwhile, the Belarusian prime minister said that he would also assign his country&rsquo;s head of chamber of commerce at the head of the joint commission from its side and send to Afghanistan for trade and investment purpose, the agency added.&nbsp; The country&rsquo;s CE also met with the Iranian acting minister of foreign, Murteza Sarmadi in his residence in Tajikistan capital Dushanbe city, where both sides discussed mutual cooperation between the two countries, war on terror, extremism, drugs trafficking, as well as coordination for borders security, efforts for signing a joint comprehensive accord between the two sides and holding election in Afghanistan, the agency reported separately.<br /> &nbsp;</p></div> <div class="K2FeedImage"><img src="http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng//media/k2/items/cache/c060c679aec12b324ef8bc58b560ddbd_S.jpg" alt="CE Meets Belarusian Prime Minister, Iranian Acting Foreign Minister in Dushanbe" /></div><div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p> Sunday, October 14, 2018</p> <p> Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive of the country, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, at the sideline of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit, in a meeting with Belarusian Prime Minister, Sergei Rumas, called relation between the two countries as positive, BNA reported Saturday.<br /> Bothe sides exchanged views on the issues related to agenda, with the Belarusian Prime Minister Pledging his country&rsquo;s preparation to supply heavy machineries for the Afghanistan infrastructures, peace and security, the agency said<br /> The country&rsquo;s Chief Executive, also said he had assigned the minister of economy as the head of the two countries joint commission and was waiting for the Belarusian measures in this respect, so that the commission could practically start its work, according to the agency.<br /> He asked the chairman of the Belarusian measures in this respect, so that the commission could practically start its work, according to the agency.<br /> He asked the chairman of the Belarusian chamber of commerce to visit Afghanistan and study the trade and investments ways with the Afghan chamber of commerce and the country&rsquo;s relevant officials and authorities.<br /> Meanwhile, the Belarusian prime minister said that he would also assign his country&rsquo;s head of chamber of commerce at the head of the joint commission from its side and send to Afghanistan for trade and investment purpose, the agency added.&nbsp; The country&rsquo;s CE also met with the Iranian acting minister of foreign, Murteza Sarmadi in his residence in Tajikistan capital Dushanbe city, where both sides discussed mutual cooperation between the two countries, war on terror, extremism, drugs trafficking, as well as coordination for borders security, efforts for signing a joint comprehensive accord between the two sides and holding election in Afghanistan, the agency reported separately.<br /> &nbsp;</p></div> Work License Issued to Ansar Oil Refinery Firm 2018-10-14T06:06:41Z 2018-10-14T06:06:41Z http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/35237-work-license-issued-to-ansar-oil-refinery-firm.html Manager <div class="K2FeedImage"><img src="http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng//media/k2/items/cache/ad91ad893e0d005a9d1917de875c64cb_S.jpg" alt="Work License Issued to Ansar Oil Refinery Firm" /></div><div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p> Sunday, October 14, 2018</p> <p> Kabul (BNA) A statement from the Presidential Palace issued on Saturday said that Second Vice-President, Mohammad Sarwar Danesh chaired a meeting of the High Council for the Rule of Law at the Char Chenar Palace, where some issues related to agenda have been discussed.<br /> Assessing the justice and judiciary committee&rsquo;s report presented by the Presidential Affairs Office, on the presidential office&rsquo;s direction about non-issuance of work license to the Ansar Oil Refinery Company for exporting raw oil, by the ministry of commerce and industries, the meeting of the rule of law spoke about the issue resolving to issue work license to the firm, according to the statement.<br /> The Ansar Oil Refinery Firm has earlier submitted his complaint to the Presidential Office and claimed that the firm was enjoying the entire required standards, but yet to receive work license, the statement added.&nbsp; The meeting, after full concentration on the issue of the Oil Refinery Firm resolved that it should be given work license, according to the statement.&nbsp; Other issues related to agenda have been discussed, with required decision being made about in the meeting, the statement said.<br /> &nbsp;</p></div> <div class="K2FeedImage"><img src="http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng//media/k2/items/cache/ad91ad893e0d005a9d1917de875c64cb_S.jpg" alt="Work License Issued to Ansar Oil Refinery Firm" /></div><div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p> Sunday, October 14, 2018</p> <p> Kabul (BNA) A statement from the Presidential Palace issued on Saturday said that Second Vice-President, Mohammad Sarwar Danesh chaired a meeting of the High Council for the Rule of Law at the Char Chenar Palace, where some issues related to agenda have been discussed.<br /> Assessing the justice and judiciary committee&rsquo;s report presented by the Presidential Affairs Office, on the presidential office&rsquo;s direction about non-issuance of work license to the Ansar Oil Refinery Company for exporting raw oil, by the ministry of commerce and industries, the meeting of the rule of law spoke about the issue resolving to issue work license to the firm, according to the statement.<br /> The Ansar Oil Refinery Firm has earlier submitted his complaint to the Presidential Office and claimed that the firm was enjoying the entire required standards, but yet to receive work license, the statement added.&nbsp; The meeting, after full concentration on the issue of the Oil Refinery Firm resolved that it should be given work license, according to the statement.&nbsp; Other issues related to agenda have been discussed, with required decision being made about in the meeting, the statement said.<br /> &nbsp;</p></div> President Ghani Slams Terrorist Attack on Election Rally in Takhar 2018-10-14T06:05:37Z 2018-10-14T06:05:37Z http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/politics/item/35236-president-ghani-slams-terrorist-attack-on-election-rally-in-takhar.html Manager <div class="K2FeedImage"><img src="http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng//media/k2/items/cache/363dd96ccb22b91abcbce91518ff10fb_S.jpg" alt="President Ghani Slams Terrorist Attack on Election Rally in Takhar" /></div><div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p> Sunday, October 14, 2018</p> <p> Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has condemned terrorist attack on one of election campaigns in Takhar&rsquo;s Rustaq district, martyring and wounding of a number of our countrymen, a statement from presidential office said yesterday.<br /> Condemning the terrorist attack, the country&rsquo;s President said the enemies of the people of Afghanistan cannot weaken the will of the nation for the success of the democratic process of elections, the statement said.<br /> President Ghani while stressing on maintaining better security of election rallies instructed the country&rsquo;s defense and security force to make further effort towards spoiling enemies&rsquo; plots.<br /> The country&rsquo;s President offered his deep condolence and sympathy to the victim families and wished paradise to the martyrs and urgent recovery to those wounded in the incident.<br /> &nbsp;</p></div> <div class="K2FeedImage"><img src="http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng//media/k2/items/cache/363dd96ccb22b91abcbce91518ff10fb_S.jpg" alt="President Ghani Slams Terrorist Attack on Election Rally in Takhar" /></div><div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p> Sunday, October 14, 2018</p> <p> Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has condemned terrorist attack on one of election campaigns in Takhar&rsquo;s Rustaq district, martyring and wounding of a number of our countrymen, a statement from presidential office said yesterday.<br /> Condemning the terrorist attack, the country&rsquo;s President said the enemies of the people of Afghanistan cannot weaken the will of the nation for the success of the democratic process of elections, the statement said.<br /> President Ghani while stressing on maintaining better security of election rallies instructed the country&rsquo;s defense and security force to make further effort towards spoiling enemies&rsquo; plots.<br /> The country&rsquo;s President offered his deep condolence and sympathy to the victim families and wished paradise to the martyrs and urgent recovery to those wounded in the incident.<br /> &nbsp;</p></div>