22 September 2017

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Sunday September 17, 2017

Kabul (BNA) In a gathering to commemorate 6th martyrdom anniversary of Ustad Burhanuddin Rabbani, the martyr of peace and former president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and 16th martyrdom anniversary of Ahmad Shah Massoud, the national hero of Afghanistan, Balkh’s provincial governor, Atta Mohammad Noor said Afghanistan’s martyrs were our role model, Bakhtar News Agency (BNA) reported.
While praying to soul of Afghan martyrs particularly martyr Burhanuddin Rabbani and Ahmad Shah Massoud, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah said during the gathering everything would happen in our life, but we would not forget our main way which is jihad and resistance, according to the agency. Pointing at current situation of the country, CE Abdullah said we should find solution to get ride on ongoing challenges, BNA added. On forming coalitions, CE Dr. Abdullah said, “There is no legal prohibition if the coalitions’ aims are reforms, ensuring peace and justice in the country.” “We should not put aside negotiation and cohesion under any circumstances,” Dr. Abdullah said. He stressed that negotiation way should be always opened. Deputy of Jamiat-e-Islami, Ahmad Zia Massoud, head of martyr Ahmad Shah Massoud Foundation, Ahmad Wali Massoud and some others also spoke during the gathering.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Minister of foreign affairs, Salahudin Rabbani met with Turkish ambassador to Kabul, Ali Sayed Akin here at his office the other day, Bakhtar News Agency (BNA) reported.
According to the agency, in the meeting, both sides exchanged views on upcoming meetings at the sideline of 72nd UN General Assembly Summit expected to be held in New York next week.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Kabul (BNA) At least three Taliban members were killed in an airstrike in the tribal regions of Pakistan in what appears to be the first US drone strike after the announcement of the new US strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia.
According to the local officials, the airstrike was carried out in the vicinity of Kurram Agency in the tribal regions of the country.
The officials further added that an unmanned aerial vehicle fired missiles on a gathering of the Taliban insurgents.
According to the officials, at least three of the militants were killed and two others were wounded in the attack.
The identities of those killed in the airstrike have not been ascertained so far with the Taliban group yet to comment regarding the raid.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, chaired the other day a meeting held on rule of law and counter-corruption campaign, discussing national strategy on counter-corruption campaign and other related issues, the presidential press office said in a statement.
The meeting discussed other issues related to the ministry of public health about the implementation of findings and SIGAR recommendations in health sector and reports of the independent joint oversight committee and evaluation on counter-corruption (MEC) about the first quarter of the 1396 fiscal year.
The president welcomed new European Union ambassador’s participation in the meeting as well as the MEC, SIGAR and the Transparency Watch’s presence, said the statement.
“We hope the said entities could share their vision with the government to help us apply good and all-round measures related to the reports and entities,” said the statement.
Taken part in the meeting, Second Vice-President, Mohammad Sarwar Danesh said work on translation and edition of the drafted text was finalized with suggestions taken from the committee members, according to the statement.
The vice-president suggested that the visions of the international community partners and other domestic stakeholder entities should be provided within 10 days, the statement added.
According to the statement, President Ghani pointing to the international opinions’ importance in this field said, “Our commitments are based on the law with them and their visions are important to have about the issue.”
The meeting of the high council for the rule of law and counter-corruption resolved that the international community’s visions should be taken within three days.
The president directed the entire provincial governors and mayors to do their best to prevent land usurpation in the country, as he asked for unification of the reports about the land usurpation in Kabul City in order to a specific decision to be taken about, the statement further said.
After hearing reports and suggestions of the related organ’ representatives in the meeting, the president said the civil society and the government were the integral parts of each other and asked the said organs to come with basic suggestions to help their supersession prove clear.
The president also instructed the ministry of public health to urgent measures and classification to the problems should be made to step up for removal of the problems, said the statement.
The MEC report about the first quarter of the 1396 fiscal year had been presented at the meeting, with the first vice-president calling the MEC one of the valid entities, which provides accurate and all-out reports asking other ministries to follow the suit.
The president also said the ministries with high incomes and expenses should be focused on, and welcomed the MEC for its all-out report launched in the ministry of mines and petroleum, saying accurate investigation would help comprehensive reforms brought in the entities.
According to the report, the president also thanked the said entities for their cooperation with the ministry of education and said their reports were very important to help implement practical measures.

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