13 November 2018

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Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has appointed and sent a high level delegation to northern Uruzgan province to investigate civilian casualties in recent clashes between local residents and a local commander.
Based on the presidential order, a delegation headed by the president’s advisor, Asadullah Fatah, has arrived in Urozgan province to investigate recent civilian casualties.
Other advisors of the president, Dr. Mohammad Rassoul Talib, Mohammad Aziz Bakhtyar, Mualvi Mohammad Jora Tahiri, Mualvi Mohayuddin Baloch, Edi Mohammad Ahmadi, Mohammad Alam Rasikh and Mualvi Sayed Rahman Haqqani are part of the delegation, the source said.
The delegation is also accompanied by representatives from the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Defense, National Directorate of Security, Attorney General Office, Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) and Administrative Office of the President.
Many civilians suffered casualties during recent clashes between the Taliban militants and local commander, Shujai in Khas Urozgan district of Urozgan province.
Shujai was also wounded and his deputy killed during the battle, however he is accused of attacking, torturing and beating local residents and oppressing local people over the past six years.
 

Wednesday November 7, 2018

Kabul (BNA) To honor services and efforts made by National Security Advisor (NSA) Dr. Hamdullah Mohib and Afghanistan’s former ambassador to Pakistan Dr. Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal, President Ghani conferred state medals on Ghazi Amanullah Khan on them.
According to BNA report, the ceremony which was held in Chahar Chenar Palace, the President’s separate decrees in this regard were read out by the presidential cultural advisor Asadullah Ghazanfar. After conferring the medals, the President said, “Today, we are appreciating two outstanding ambassadors of the diplomacy system who have deeply realized the country’s national interests.” Dr. Hamdullah had been appointed as Afghanistan’s ambassador to US when the trust atmosphere were confused, but he made effort to maintain relations and create a good image to Afghanistan in political ceremonies, the President added. Dr. Zakhilwal had been appointed as Afghanistan’s ambassador to Paksitan when negotiation possibilities were less with that country, but considering the country’s national interests, he could play effective role in all discussions and his views have been effective in quadrilateral talks, the President said. He thanked both diplomats for addressing the Afghan refugees problems in the US and Pakistan, as they had changed Afghanistan’s embassies in the mentioned countries into the Afghan refugees’ house. Thanking the President for his trust, Dr. Mohib said this has encouraged me to work with open hand, adding we would never let this trust to be destroyed. Afterwards, Dr. Zakhilwal while thanking the President said Afghanistan’s embassy has now turned into a consultation center, where refugees’ problems are being addressed.
 

Wednesday November 7, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General, met before addressing a press conference yesterday. President Ghani thanked NATO for reinforcing Afghan Air Force (AAF) and Commandos Corps, while Mr. Stoltenberg reiterated NATO’s pledge to continue their support for Afghanistan.
President Ghani said that ANDSF is leading the fight against terrorism in Afghanistan, and Afghans are owning the challenge.
“Today I assure you [NATO nations] that your children are not engaged in any combat mission, nor they will in the future. Our brave soldiers are leading the fight,” said the President.
President Ghani also said that presidential elections will be staged on its time, and ANDSF is fully prepared to defy any threat posed to elections.
Mr. Stoltenberg congratulated Afghans for their widespread participation “in the face of Taliban threats”, and praised reforms in ANDSF and said that he was impressed with a newly well-equipped AAF. He said that ANDSF’s performance in successfully provided security to elections [Wolesi Jirga] was laudable. Further, he reaffirmed that NATO troops are going to support Afghanistan so far as the threat exists, and NATO nations will increase their efforts to strengthen ANDSF, especially AAF.
He added that NATO will not cease support to Afghanistan, and is going to sustain its presence until the conditions on the ground change.
“The Taliban must understand that continuing the fight is pointless and counter-productive. To be part of Afghanistan’s future, they must sit down at the negotiating table,” said Mr. Stoltenberg.
 

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Kabul (BNA)  Chief Executive, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah Chaired the meeting of the Council of Ministers (CM), discussing key issues on the agenda, his office said in a statement Monday.
The CE said he had shared the issue of police and civilian death in the southern Urozgan province and assured to address the problems of the displaced peoples by the conflicts, the statement said.
Dr. Abdullah expressed deep regret over the last week’s helicopter crash incident, in which the deputy army corps, chairman of the provincial council and some other onboard have lost their lives and the recent fire in Khairkhaw market, resulting in the elimination of tens of shops and inflecting heavy losses on their economy, according to the statement.
He pledged to assign an investigation commission for evaluation of the incident to provide cooperation with the affected shopkeepers.
According to the statement, minister of commerce and industry, chamber of commerce and industries have been tasked to is cuss the issue related to the market’s fire, with the shopkeepers’ representatives for taking practical measures in tackling their problems as well as the minister of interior was tasked their problems as well as the minister of interior was tasked to pay attention on providing a modern and equipped fire-fighter sector.
He said Afghanistan position has improved 16 times in the World Bank works rating index, which can be said the result of the government’s reforms, effective programs and practical measures.
Pointing to the Laghman and Nangarhar people problems in term of long power outage, Abdullah said the issue would be discussed in the national Security Council, according to the statement.
The CE said preparations were made for the Geneva conference, which is hoped to prove effective in the implementation of the Afghans priorities through the international commitments in reaching permanent peace, the statement added.
Dr. Abdullah said five years ago, construction of an international Islamic University was committed to be funded by the Islamic Cooperation Organization leaders to be built in Kabul, and the national unity government would start the construction project in the capital, with a provincial branch in the eastern Nangarhar province, according to the statement.
“The previous government was on to build the university in Nangarhar, a plan against the Islamic Cooperation Organization’s program.  The Islamic cooperation Organization would possibly build the university in another Islamic country’s capital, so the government of Afghanistan cannot change the ICO plan in the construction of the university.
Participants of the Council of Ministers meeting shared issues related to the agenda, with the CE Abdullah instructing the ministries of water and power, economy and finance and the head of Breshna Sherkat the power supply company and the chief of National Environment Protection Agency to talks on the proposals and present the results related to the plan of the ministry of water and power to the next meeting of the council of ministers, the statement said.
 

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