23 May 2017

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Wednesday May 10, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Ghani received special representative of the UN secretary-general Yan Kubišh at the Presidential Palace the other day, his office said in a statement.
Yan Kubišh commended the Afghan Government for reforms, creation of a special counter-corruption entity, political will and pragmatic measures, according to the statement. The purpose of his visit was to understand President Ghani’s suggestions on operations of UN agencies including UNAMA in Afghanistan.
The President appreciated UN assistance in good governance, alleviating poverty, combatting corruption and other areas but underscored that much work remains to be done to address the ongoing problems, the statement added. President Ghani said, “We have repeatedly raised our voice that Afghanistan is engaged in an undeclared war and that UN should diplomatically play its role in halting this war.” The President stressed that despite the ongoing war and problems, we have many achievements in different areas. We are making practical efforts in curbing the war imposed on the Afghan people, ensuring peace and stability for tranquil lives of our compatriots, the statement continued. He said that in order to achieve the desired results, UN should frame and share their priority policies with the Afghan people and Government which comply with the needs and priorities of Afghanistan. The President said that Afghanistan still needs cooperation of the UN but its current status of mission and assistance should change fundamentally for improving effectiveness. Yan Kubišh said that he would communicate President Ghani’s suggestions and recommendations to UN Secretary-General on improving UN mission and operations in Afghanistan, the statement concluded.

Tuesday May 9, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The Wolesi Jirga on Monday praised Kandahar police chief for courageously responding to Friday’s cross border attack and demanded trial of Kunduz’s Qala-i-Zal district police chief.
Shekaba Hashami, a lawmaker from Kandahar province said, “For years Pakistan has been attacking Afghanistan, we stayed silent. Kandahar police commander Gen. Raziq who defended the country his bravery should be hailed.” She said individuals who should be executed had been appointed ambassadors while the Kandahar police chief who fought with trivial resources and manpower was yet to praised and honored. Hashami believed if the Kandahar police chief was praised for the valor he showed, the remaining border forces would follow in his footsteps. Obaidullah Barakzai, a lawmaker from Urozgan province also praised Gen. Raziq said, everyone who defended the motherland should be appreciated. Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi said: “We are proud of our security forces and it is the lower house right to appreciate individuals who show extraordinary courage in the service of the motherland.” He ordered the house secretariat to invite Gen. Raziq to a Wolesi Jirga session and award him letter of appreciation.

Tuesday May 9, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani addressing the third annual EU conference “Intensifying the fight against corruption in Afghanistan” called the anti-corruption efforts as the continued process, adding they were committed to sacrifice their lives to end the ugly phenomenon. The conference which was attended by the government senior officials, EU representatives, UN secretary general’s special envoy to Afghanistan and the ambassadors, the president said those countries who successfully fought the corruption were taken coordinated and strategic steps which, calling such steps positive in fight against corruption, the statement added. The president said millions of dollar spent in Afghanistan and didn’t have positive impact in reducing of the corruption, calling for fundamental reform to fight the aforesaid phenomenon. Pointing to media and civil society’s key role in bringing transparency, the president said 900 accords were evaluated through the National Procurement Commission, adding much works done to bring transparency in the country’s customs and to prevent waste of the resources.
“There were much attention paid to management of the country’s banking system and the land. The efforts to fight corruption resulted to 35 percent increase in the country’s revenue in 2016,” the president noted. “I and Dr. Abdullah having strong political will to fight corruption and bring necessary reforms. We are committed to extend reformation to other organs. Holding of 99 sessions of the National Procurement Commission shows the political will for fight against corruption,” the president added. The president said he was supporting independent judiciary system, adding no one including him was not allowed to interfere in justice and judicial spheres. Thanking international community, the president asked for support of the Afghan government in fight against corruption, calling for joint coordination to find the reason and roots of the corruption. “We highly appreciate the engagement of the Afghan Government along with a very strong turnout from key ministers and high ranking officials in fight against corruption. Our campaign has put focus on some of the key challenges when it comes to stepping up the fight against corruption,” said European Union Special Representative to Afghanistan, Ambassador Franz-Michael Mellbin.
The EU ambassador went on saying that those accused of corruption trying to disturb the fight against the phenomenon, adding international community would support Afghanistan in the process. The Second Vice-President Mohammad Sarwar Danesh, UN secretary general’s special envoy to Afghanistan, National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar, SIGAR chief John Sopko, Nader Naderi director of the civil service and reform commission also spoke related to event, the statement added. Meanwhile, attorney general Farid Hamidi, chief justice Sayed Yousuf Halim and Sayed Karam Afzali head of the integrity watch Afghanistan answered the questions of the participants in different working groups. Hamidullah Farooqi Rector of Kabul University, Danish Ambassador, director of the oversight commission for implementation of the constitution and Mujib Khelwatgar head of Nai supporting open media in Afghanistan also spoke related to fight against corruption and answered the questions raised by participants, the presidential statement concluded.

Tuesday May 9, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Second Vice-President, Sarwar Danesh in EU annual conference titled ‘intensifying counter corruption in Afghanistan’ held yesterday at presidential palace criticized on appointment process of employees in government institutions.
Pointing to various aspects of corruption in government institutions, Danesh said NUG leading body has given over key authorization of appointments to ministers and general directors of independent organs in order to have necessary authorizations for implementation of reforms, but unfortunately the condition has caused that they did not have transparency in appointment process in government institutions and faced institutions with further challenges. “I should clearly and honestly notify that a number of ministries and institutions have misused of the authorizations given over to them. Today there are not strict and accurate mechanism and supervision in appointment process”, Daesh said, adding that another element which has caused corruption in government institutions was imbalanced system of salaries. Sometimes two employees doing similar jobs receive different salaries triggering discouragement and corruption in government organ. Second Vice-President stressed that Independent Reforms and Civil Service Commission should be renovated and strengthened and civil service law should be soon modified and the appointment process should be supervised, managed and controlled.

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