21 September 2018

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Saturday September 15, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani laid the foundation stones of a 50-bed hospital for Pul-e-Charkhi central jail, a new block for prisoners and a separate block for attorney officers and administrative officials of the prison here on Wednesday.
According to BNA report, Interior Minister Wais Ahmad Barmak and other officials, including Attorney General, Farid Hamidi were present at the gathering held at the meeting hall of the Pul-e-Charkhi prison. Addressing the gathering, Attorney General said government was responsible before the nation and to address their problems, adding law on treatment of the sick prisoners has been finalized and a committee has been constituted to review their problems and to decide on their treatments.
Meanwhile, Minister of Interior Wais Ahmad Barmak said 45 percent of the prisoners were eased with English language and computer courses and another 40 percent provided with vocational trainings. Speaking on behalf of the prisoners, Qari Zafar thanked the President for his attention and visiting the prison for the third time. Zafar shed light on problems and difficulties being faced by the prisoners. Meanwhile, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani ordered a second review of the cases of Pul-e-Charkhi prisoners said a team under Second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danesh was working on the cases of death row inmates.
The President in his speck offered condolences to the families of those killed and wounded in suicide attack in Nangarhar province. Emphasizing of the prisons, President Ghani said his government was trying to construct more facilities for prisoners. He promised with prisoners to review their cases again until justice achieved in this regard. President Ghani said six hundred acres of land around the Pul-e-Charkhi jail would be turned into a park and a monument would be built in the memory of all martyrs. He told the prisoners that their demands would be reconsidered and women prisoners’ cases would be reviewed again.
 

Saturday September 15, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Addressing a gathering in connection with the Martyr’s Week at the Presidential Palace on Thursday, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani prayed for the departed souls of recent terrorist attacks’ victims in the country.
President Ghani suggested that there was the need for a new perspective to observe the Martyrs Week as social cohesion was a must for the country’s stability. “Other countries gained stability after dark days with consensus on social agreement, it means these countries ensured balance between justice and compassion due to the social contract,” he said, adding Afghanistan would not be able to heal its wounds until its people reached that agreement. The President said things achieved with wisdom and sacrifices should not be lost to emotions, adding some circles in the region wanted to cut Afghanistan’s relations with the international community.
He said the nation’s pain was general and it needed a general solution. “Every person in this country feels he or she is more oppressed than others.” Pointing to recent terrorist attacks in the west of Kabul, the President said all followers of Jafaria jurisprudence were the pride of the Afghan nation. “The enemies of the Afghans should clearly know that this nation cannot be eliminated and anyone thought so were buried in this country’s mountains,” he added. The President stressed on rehabilitation of areas damaged in the conflict. About rowdy supporters of Ahmad Shah Massoud, the President said firing in the air and making noise on roads and streets not only help, but, create problems for people showed disrespect to the martyrs. President Ghani said if people waited for foreigners to build their government or rescue them from poverty, it meant they forgot their own responsibilities. “Every nation that forgets their responsibilities fails.”
About Wolesi Jirga and district council elections, the President said; “We should turn the election issue into a social discussion the way that it exhibits our social justice and religious unity.” He said Afghan security forces were now trustable and was the opportunity to end the four decades of war and crisis. “Our unity, social justice, religious unity and history is under attack, so our responsibility is important in the current time than ever before.” About assistance to martyrs’ families, he said a coupon for 10,000 families of martyrs would be prepared in near future. He added 4,000 educational scholarships in private universities were also allocated to the families of martyrs. Representing the families of martyrs, Attaullah Safi and Abdul Razaq Bashardost said their fathers fought for the independence and territorial integrity of the country. They asked President to do more for peace as the war-hit nation was tired of ongoing violence in the country.
 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan, India, and Iran on Tuesday held their first tripartite meeting at the Deputy Foreign Minister level during which they agreed to focus on consolidating economic cooperation, including on Chabahar, and enhancing cooperation on counter-terrorism.
“The meeting focused on consolidating economic cooperation, including Chabahar, as well as enhancing cooperation on counter-terrorism, counter-narcotics, and continuing support to the peace and reconciliation process that is led and owned by Afghanistan.
The three sides agreed to hold the next round of consultation at an appropriate time in India in 2019,” a joint statement issued at the end of the talks said.
The meeting, was chaired by Afghanistan’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hekmat Khalil Karzai.
The Indian and Iranian delegations were led by Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and Deputy Foreign Minister Dr. Abbas Araghchi.
 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Second Vice President Sarwar Danesh in a meeting with head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) Tadamichi Yamamo to stressed that the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) should independently review attack on a specific Afghan ethnic, BNA reported on Tuesday.
The VP’s demand raised following recent terror attacks in western part of the capital Kabul, which resulted in Killing and injuring dozens of innocents, the agency added.
VP Danesh called the attacks purposeful in which a specific group is being targeted, BNA continued.
Expressing concern over attack on the country ordinary citizens, UN special representative in Afghanistan said he would ask UN related organizations including UN human rights council to clarify their stance in the respect.
He assured he would share VP’s demand with UNSC in charges.
Both sides also discussed journalists’ security and safety.
Pointing at recent terrorist attacks in which a number of journalists and media staff have been victimized, Mr. Yamamoto asked the government of Afghanistan to do more for ensuring security and safety of journalists, BNA continued.
Stating that journalists and media are one of the terrorist groups’ objectives, VP Danesh said media and government joint committee led by him, has provided a procedure on ensuring security and safety of journalists and efforts are underway to work on better measures in the respect.
Vice president Danesh said the government of Afghanistan was committed to support freedom of speech, giving information to citizens and ensure security and safety of media and journalists.
Both sides also discussed issues pertaining to parliamentary elections.
UN special representative said considering the determined timeline, the demand presented by political parties on changing electoral system and using technology in voting process impracticable and stressed on Independent Elections Commission efforts to satisfy the political parties in the respect.
Appreciating UN organization cooperation on issues related to elections, VP Danesh stressed on electoral commissions’ serious efforts on doing their tasks a legal obligations.
Stating the electoral commissions’ functions have recently been followed with achievements, VP Danesh asked IEC to hold parliamentary elections on its due time.
 

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