21 February 2017

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Kabul (BNA) The first session of the commission for commemoration of the 3rd death anniversary of Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim, the former first vice president of Afghanistan held here yesterday, BNA reported.
The commission has been established in line with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s order with Chief of Army Staff Gen. Qadam Shah Shaheem on the chair, aiming to promote the spirit of the national unity and better commemoration of the third death anniversary of the former Jihadi leader and vice president of Afghanistan, the agency added.
At the outset, Gent. Shaheem briefed the participants on their duties and responsibilities of the member of the commission, where the sub committees of procurement, cultural, security and protocols where established with majority of the members’ votes.
Meanwhile, Adib Fahim, head of Marshal Fahim foundation and first deputy to national directorate of security thanked president for establishing of the commission, adding the foundation would spare no efforts to facilitate the committees with essential facilities in the capital Kabul and other provinces.
The Ministry of Information and Culture’s representative and director of the Bakther News Agency Abdul Khalil Minawi briefed the participants on cultural committee’s activities, adding the ministry would broadcast the event through the country’s mass media, the agency concluded.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs gave a list of 32 terrorist training centers that are operating on Pakistani soil against Afghanistan to Pakistani authorities through Afghan Ambassador to Islamabad and asked for immediate action against these centers.
The letter given to the Pakistani side also includes once again, the names of 85 Taliban leaders, officials and other terrorist groups, including the Haqqani Network who has been responsible for crimes against the Afghan people so that Pakistan take action to arrest and hand them over to the Afghan government.
It is noteworthy that the initial response of the Pakistani authorities to the list was positive this morning and we hope the country take practical steps in this regard.
The Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan once again desires to discuss and take responsible action jointly with the government of Pakistan on the lists and concerns of both sides, particularly within the framework of quadrilateral cooperation group.
The Government of Afghanistan emphasizes that if violence continues against the people of Afghanistan, it will continue its efforts to increase sanctions against all terrorist groups and their supporters through international mechanisms, especially the United Nations.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Speaker of Lower House of Afghanistan parliament has accused Pakistan of supporting terrorist groups in Afghanistan and the region.
Bakhtar News Agency (BNA) reporter reports that speaker of the house Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi has said that terrorism was the biggest and most serious issue in South Asia in which Afghanistan was the main victim of it.
He stressed that Pakistan rulers were apparently supporting terrorism and their policy towards terrorism was not in benefit of the regional countries, which could be a big threat to Pakistan itself in future.
The statement came after Pakistan accused Afghanistan followed by recent terrorist attacks in Pakistan, saying that perpetrators of the incidents were in Afghanistan and the country’s militaries have conduced rocket and mortar attacks on eastern parts of Afghanistan.
Pakistan recent stance has been followed by serious reactions in Afghanistan as speaker of house of people called Pakistan as main supporter of terrorism in the region – President Ghani has warned Pakistan continued attacks on Afghanistan and insisted that the issue would be shared with UN.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Eklil Hakimi, Minister of Finance met officials of the Civil Aviation Authority, representatives from National Procurement Authority and Embassy of Italy in his office here yesterday, the ministry said in statement.
The meeting discussed procurement and financial plans of Civil Aviation Authority, Construction, Survey and Maintenance of the Airports in Kabul and provinces (Logar, Nangarhar, Kandahar, Herat, Faryab, Daykundi, Khost, Kunduz, Sheberghan, Faizabad, Maymana, Qala-e-Naw, Jaghori, Lalo Sarjangal, etc). it is confirmed that, the Civil Aviation Authority should provide all its procurement and financial plans with a regular schedule and tax treatment to the Ministry of Finance to develop and complete project works, the statement added.

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