21 September 2018

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Kabul (BNA)  President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a meeting with principals of private schools in Kabul on Saturday evening, said serious steps have been taken to improve the security situation in Kabul, pledging facilitation and reforms of private schools, a statement from the presidential press office said on Sunday.
Representing others Mohammad Aref Fetri and Sayed Abdullah Ahmad Islammed the recent attacks, calling them against national unity.  They promised no one would be allowed to fan ethnic or sectarian divisions among Afghans.
They urged the president to order a reduction in taxes, simplification of private school regulations, scrapping of non-essential licenses and availability of textbooks through the ministry concerned.
The private school representatives also demanded a cut in power tariff for training centers and inclusion of three teachers in Human Resource Council.
Meanwhile addressing his remarks, President Ghani said attack on the west of Kabul was an assault on Afghan national and religious unity.”  Major changes had been made in Kabul’s security leadership to improve the situation, he added.
The president asked school administrators to evaluate threats in coordination with security forces so that focused steps were taken to resolve the issue.
He added the capital had been divided into four security zones and there was a department responsible for the protection of the western part.
President Ghani directed the acting minister of education to work on amending private school regulations in consultation with their heads.  The private schools should have legitimate licenses and unnecessary documentation should be eliminated, he said.
The president also ordered the Finance Ministry, Office of Administrative Affairs t the Presidential Palace and the power utility to minimize the taxes and electricity tariff for private schools.

Monday September 17, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and the Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met with the key Jihadi leader Abdul Rab Rasool Sayyaf and held talks on key national issues in Paghman district of Kabul.
According to BNA report, President and Chief Executive Abdullah were invited by Ustad Sayyaf for the breakfast. The National Unity Government leaders and Ustad Sayyaf held talks on key national issues, including recent political and security developments. There were no further information regarding the main topics discussed during the meeting, but this comes as efforts are underway for the revival of an Afghan-led peace process with the Taliban group. Sayyaf is among the prominent Mujahiddin leaders and former lawmaker representing Kabul in the Lower House of the parliament.

Sunday September 16, 2018

Kabul (BNA) A delegation of the Afghan High level Peace Council met Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Co-chairperson Pushpa Kamal Dahal to learn about the Nepali model of peace process here on Friday. Nepal has faced a decade-long armed-conflict from 1996 to 2006 and Dahal was the chief of the erstwhile CPN-Maoist party. The Afghan delegation asked Dahal about the source of weapons, the condition of former rebels’ weapons and the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction which was established to speed up the peace process. The Peace and Reconstruction Ministry has already been integrated with other ministries, including the Ministry of Home Affairs in Nepal. The rebels’ weapons and combatants were integrated in the national army, which is a unique phenomenon in the world. Some of the combatants are now in leading posts in the Nepali Army. Afghan High level Peace Council Deputy Chief of mission and Former Minister Habiba Surabi said her delegation was in Nepal to learn from Nepal’s peace process to as to guide the peace in Afghanistan.
Dahal led the armed conflict and later contributed to the peace process in Nepal. Dahal told the delegation that Nepal’s peace process would be a model for other countries in the world as it was a commendable model. Dahal said republicanism, federalism, secularism and proportional inclusion were major achievements of the peace process.  “We started the war for the rights of the people and established those rights to a great extent and many citizens participated in the movement for freedom,” Dahal told the Afghan delegation. The Afghanistan High Peace Council is a body of the Afghanistan peace and reintegration program, established to negotiate with elements of the Taliban. The HPC was established on September 5, 2010. Former Afghan Vice-President Karim Khalili has been leading the HPC since June 2017. Nepali leaders briefed the Afghan delegation saying that the peace process could be more risky than war and both parties should be determined and responsible. “The dialogue is always give and take and the parties should not take a stand on the peace process,” Nepali leaders told the Afghan delegation.

Sunday September 16, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met Pakistan foreign minister, Shah Mahmoud Qurishi at the Gul Khana Palace, BNA reported, Both sides exchanged views on various issues including security, regional peace and stability, joint war on terrorism and implementation of Afghanistan-Pakistan action plan. Pointing to the importance of implementation of Afghanistan and Pakistan action plan, the President said; “The plan is comprehensive and its effectiveness would be focused, once was put into practice and fully implemented.” Besides, discussing on the development of the Afghan-Pak action plan for peace and solidarity and Pakistan’s support to an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process, both sides emphasized on its inclusive implementation, during their meeting.
The National Unity Government Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah also met with the Pakistan foreign minister, at the Sapidar Palace, where he assured of his country’s new government commitment for improvement of situation and relation between the two countries.

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