24 January 2017

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, speaker of Wolesi Jirga, awarded an appreciation letter to Eklil Hakimi, the Minister of Finance for his valuable services, outlined in the budget document which its implementation would improve security and political stability, reforms in governance systems, infrastructure and accelerating revenue collection process.
Speaker of Wolesi Jirga also awarded an appreciation letter to H.E. Nasir Ahmad Durrani for his recent achievements, attempts for providing services and developing budget expenditure.
Speaker of Wolesi Jirga has mentioned that Ministers of Finance and Rural Rehabilitation are among the most successful members of Cabinet that try their best for providing services for people and developing budget expenditure.
Administrative Board of Wolesi Jirga decided to praise the works and achievements of Ministers of Finance and Rural Rehabilitation based on the suggestion made by financial and budget commission of this assembly.
Minister of Finance thanked members of Wolesi Jirga and reaffirmed his commitments upon the above mentioned issues. Ministery of Finance spent 83% development budget while the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation spent more than 88% of its developing budget within implementing 11300 developing projects in 34 provinces in F-Y-1395. Nasir Ahmad Durrani Said: “Fortunately, Minister of Rural Rehabilitation gained these achievements as a result of efforts made by its staff in the center and provinces and tries to provide better services to the people by making reasonable usage of developing budget in F-Y- 1396”.
 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Pakistan Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Qamar Javid Bajwa in a telephone contact Sunday evening with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani strongly condemned recent terrorist attacks in Kabul, Kandahar and Helmand and offered condolence to the President and people of Afghanistan.
President Ghani while thanking the Pakistan chief of army staff for expressing condolence and sadness said the respective terrorist attacks’ perpetrators who have taken their responsibility were living in Pakistan where they could freely operate and recruit and no steps had been taken against them so far.
The country’s President once again considered terrorism and extremism as serious threat for the region and world, stressing that lack of determination to counter the common threat would face Pakistan itself and the region with lots of hazards. At the end of the telephone contact, President Ghani said his aim was the future for which serious and overall talks should be done as repetition of 2016 year was not acceptable for the government and people of Afghanistan.
 

Monday January 16, 2017

Kabul (BNA) British has resolved to continue staying alongside the Afghan government of national unity in war on terror.
Condemning suicide bombings in the country’s three provinces of Kabul, Kandahar and Helmand, where the Taliban claimed responsibility, it pledged to remain fighting terrorism alongside the Afghan forces.
A US general, who was picked for defense secretary in the next government, vowed to extend war on terrorism inside the Afghan immediate neighboring country of Pakistan, where Taliban militants move openly. President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of defense, retired General James Mattis testified Thursday at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, saying terrorist movement in Pakistan was allowed and unrestricted. They could inflict serious threat on the Afghan security forces. James has also said that strengthening the Afghan forces would help the country move forward toward a free insurgent zone and that the Afghan people to embrace a lasting peace. Afghanistan ministry of defense welcomed the US defense secretary nominee’s anti-terrorist remarks and expressed optimism that, under the bilateral security agreement of the two countries, he would do his best to uproot terrorists, as it believed the international community has now realized that Pakistan was producing, training and equipping terrorists and sending to other countries for disturbing security.
Under the strategic treaty, the US has been obliged to take the side of the Afghanistan if facing any threat from foreigners, but it had not to use the hosting soil against or in favor of any other countries. Anything area clear in the accord signed between the two countries and with James who has led several military missions in Afghanistan, the Afghan ministry of defense said would help the country’s security forces get strengthened in fighting terrorism. Defense ministry has called both Gen. Nicolas, the US-led forces commander in Afghanistan and newly US President-elect’s appointed James exceptional personalities who asked Pakistan for abiding by the trilateral Afghanistan, US and Pakistan friendship to uproot the Haqqani terrorist network and other armed groups. Afghans hope US’s Donald who is expected to take office as that country’s president on January 20 to impose heavy pressure on Pakistan to refrain from using terrorists against the region, particularly, Afghanistan. However, Afghans see with doubt to British decision to seriously impose pressure on Pakistan to give up arming and training terrorists against Afghanistan, but said if it steps up in this field and pressure on the neighboring country to close terrorist training centers and honestly fight them, then militants will never find asylum to hide and get training to disturb security of the region and the country. This is while war is still continuing in different parts of the country, and those Taliban who are ready to accept the country’s constitution are asked by the government to join peace process and keep away from launching suicide bombings which are killing only civilians and destroying the country.
Hamidullah Faizi
 

Monday January 16, 2017

Kabul (BNA) His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince, has paid tribute to the martyrs of the nation, who were killed in the recent terrorist attack in Kandahar on a humanitarian mission.
Earlier yesterday morning, Shaikh Hamdan visited the residence of the young martyr Mohammed Issa Al Kaabi in Al Foah area, Al Ain. He expressed his sympathy to the family of the deceased and prayed to Almighty Allah to rest his soul in peace. The Dubai Crown Prince also visited Khalifa City in Abu Dhabi to offer his condolences on the death of martyr Mohammed Ali Al Bastaki and prayed to Almighty Allah to bestow strength and solace to his family. In Shakhbout City, Abu Dhabi, he visited the resident of martyr Abdulhamid Sultan Al Hammadi and offered his condolences to the family and relatives of the deceased, praying Allah to give his family the strength to bear this loss. Shaikh Hamdan expressed his and all Emirati’s pride in the bravery of these young heroes who dedicated their lives to serve others and died for a humanitarian cause.
He also affirmed that the nation’s martyrs everywhere are messengers of good and their aim is to please Allah first while working to cement the UAE’s reputation as a global hub for humanitarian relief. Earlier, His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, stressed that the UAE would not deviate from the path and the firm approach to serve humanity. He made the comment on Saturday when he was visiting those injured in the attack, resulting in the martyrdom of several Emiratis and injury to others while they were carrying out the UAE’s humanitarian, charitable and developmental mission for the friendly people of Afghanistan. The injured are receiving treatment at Mafraq Hospital.
 

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