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Saturday, March 03, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The first of march, the 91st anniversary of the signing of the friendship treaty between Afghanistan and Turkey was celebrated. 
A ceremony was held on this occasion attended by Jawed Ludin Deputy Foreign Minister for political affairs, Dr. Dadfar Rangin Spanta National Security Advisor, Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Reheen Minister of Information and Culture, Dr. Suraya Dalil Acting Minister of Public Health and Dr. Ahmad Mushahed Head of Independent Commission for Administrative Reform, Mohammad Alam Ezedyar First Deputy of the Parliament Upper Chamber, Dr. Gul Rahman Qaazi Head of Commission for Monitoring the Constitution, a number of members of parliament, Salahuddin Rabani ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to Ankara, Basat Ozturk Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Kabul, a number of ambassadors and Core-diplomatic members and representatives of the international organizations. 
The ceremony inaugurated with the recitation of Holy Quran and the performance of the national anthems of the two countries by the Afghan-Turk School students. 
Subsequently, Jawed Ludin welcoming the guests pointed out the different aspects of the relations between the two countries. 
Mr. Ludin said “precisely 91 years ago the leader of the two countries, Shah Amnullah Khan Ghazi and Mustafa Kamal Ataturk with the signing of an agreement laid the corner-stone of the political relations between the two countries. 
While the relations of the two countries have long roots in the history the foundation of the modern relations between the two countries was laid 91 years ago Turkey was the second country to officially recognize the independence of Afghanistan and Afghanistan was the first country which officially recognized the independence and started its political relations with the country. 
Fortunately, in the past ten years we have been witness to a new chapter of the relations between the countries. 
Turkey’s contribution to the security of Afghanistan through the presence of the country’s soldiers within the ISAF framework and its assistances in the reconstruction of Afghanistan by establishing two provincial reconstruction teams in Wardak and Jawzjan provinces are manifests of Turkey’s interest in securing stability and reconstruction of Afghanistan.” 
The next speaker, Mr. Ozturk, Ambassador of Turkey highlighted the main features of the relations and religious and cultural communalities of the two countries and pointed out the strategic place of Afghanistan in the Heart of Asia and the important Geographical location of Turkey in between Asia and Europe. 
He also considered Mawlana Jalaludin Mohammad Balkhi Rumi as an honorable personality of the two countries who was born in Balkh and reached the climax of perfection. 
Subsequently, Sayed Makhdoom Raheen Minister of Culture and Information addressing a speech said “the passage of 91 years of the official links between two nations in the old history is a young occurrence. 
The relationship of the two brotherly nations dates back to at least thousand years ago. 
The two nations over the past thousand years coexisted in one region and shared the joy and grief with one another. 
The two nations presented phenomena of human culture and arts. 
The presence of the Great Mawlana played an outstanding role in intellectual existence of the two nations. 
Mawlana was from Balkh who migrated and became settled in Qonya. 
The teachings of Mawlana are much higher to consider him from Balkh or Konya, not only the globe but the entire universe was Mawlana’s home and this great and common honor belongs to Afghans and Turks.” 
At the end of the event two researchers from Afghanistan and Turkey presented their essays on the relations of the two countries. 
Hamed Karzai president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan at a meeting with President Abdullah Gul over his visit to Turkey in 2010 agreed that the First of March, the day of the signing of the Treaty of Friendship be celebrated in Kabul and Istanbul.

Saturday, March 03, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The members of the nationwide ulema council of Afghanistan in their meeting with President Karzai strongly condemned desecration of the Holy Quran and other religious books in Bagram Military base and criticized mismanagement of the prison. 
They asked suspension of the foreign governed prisons and their delivery to the government of Afghanistan in order that such acts are not repeated in the future. 
The council’s statement was read out at the meeting by Mawlawi Mohammad Sayed. 
The statement covers the following: 
The council considers desecration to Holy Kuran as unforgivable anti-human crime and other religious books by the US at the Bagram military base and condemn it. 
The council emphasizes that this crime cannot be forgiven aology and that its perpetrators be tried immediately and guarantee is given that this act is not repeated. 
The council also confirms the latest resolution of the Jehadi Leaders Meeting led by president Karzai as well. 
The council and the in charges of the government of Afghanistan time and again expressed concern over the status of the prisons administered by foreigners and asked for transfer of its inmates to the Afghan government, the night raids be stopped and Afghans should not be arrested by foreign troops. 
President Karzai after hearing of the resolution of the council of ulema considered it as comprehensive and justified and appreciated it. 
President Karzai and that during the past ten years our request was such that the foreigners respect our people’s religious beliefs, Islam loving, and the tradition of the people of Afghanistan is respected. 
The Bagram incident caused sensitivity among the people of Afghanistan and we conveyed the request of the ulema council through a delegation to Bagram Military base as well. 
Mawlawi Qayamudden Kashaf chairman of the ulema council said that the resolution of the Traditional Loya Jirgah adopted a 76 article resolution and stressed that foreigners should respect the national sovereignty of the Afghans including sopping of night raids and delivery of the responsibility of their prisons to the Afghan government.

Friday, March 2, 2012,

(BNA) ISLAMABAD: Afghan President Hamid Karzai stressed equitable and deeper collaboration between Pakistan and Afghanistan to sustain brotherly and close ties.

The Afghan President Hamid Karzai in a letter to Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, mentioned the Third Afghan-Iran-Pakistan Trilateral Summit in Islamabad that offered yet another opportunity to pursue bilateral dialogue between the two countries.

The President said he has often mentioned both privately and publicly that Afghanistan and Pakistan were twins and it was essential that they sustain a brotherly and equitable collaboration.

The President said he had a strong sense of a shared determination to ensure peace, security and prosperity for both the countries, assuming his government's full cooperation in realizing the mutual commitments made in Islamabad.

President Hamid Karzai also expressed gratitude for the warm reception and brotherly hospitality during his recent visit to Pakistan