21 February 2017

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has stressed that appreciating those jihadis who sustained much sacrifices for independence of the country, is our national and religious obligation, his office said in a statement on Tuesday.
Speaking in a gathering held at the Presidential Palace to mark the 28th anniversary of the former Soviet Union Red Army withdrawal, President Ghani said addressing martyrs’ families was part of our responsibilities, the statement further said. 
The president also called on the Taliban leaders to return to the country and live here with dignity, according to the statement.
President Ghani added that signing of peace accord with Hezb-e-Islami Afghanistan led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has paved the way for the return of Mujahiddin to the country, the statement added.
The president said the Afghans waged Jihad for the freedom of the country in the past, but the current Jihad is for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the country, the statement continued.
Questioning the approach of the militants in their so-called holy war, the president said the Mujahideen were not conducing suicide attacks and there was no news regarding the destruction of the masjids and killing innocents, the statement quoted the president as saying.
He added that Mujahideen were waging Jihad for the freedom and development of the country.
Second Vice President, Sarwar Danesh also spoke in the gathering, adding the Mujahideen could resist against foreign invaders and successfully achieved their sacred goal.
Likewise, in the gathering, Prof. Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf stressed on keeping coordination and unity among the Afghans and warned on existence of enemy inside the system.
The Wolesi Jirga chairman, Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi also fingered at foreign interferences and warned the terrorism supporting countries, stressing that they should not repeat the past harsh experiences.
The former Soviet Union Red Army had invaded Afghanistan on Jaddi 6th, 1358 (solar year), but after continued fights and devotions of the people of Afghanistan, they had withdrawn from the country on Dalw 26th, 1367.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Islamabad is making sincere efforts to resolve all its differences with Kabul, Pakistan’s top diplomat has said. 
Foreign Policy Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz recalled contacts at high levels between the neighbors.
Speaking in Karachi on Saturday, he referred to the Pakistan-brokered peace talks between Afghan government and Taliban representatives.  However, the July 2016 parleys in the picturesque town of Murree were derailed by the disclosure of Taliban supreme leader Mullah Omar’s death.
Aziz said Afghan refugees had become a security threat, as more than 70,000 people had been killed in Pakistan.  He also held the refugees responsible for ecological damage of 150 billion dollars to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
Russia and China would play a vital role in bringing about regional changes.  “Our relations with Russia and China have improved markedly.”
The advisor acknowledged Pakistan still had differences, with the US on Afghanistan, but working groups were trying to sort out the rows.  

Monday, February 13, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The Committee of Laws with Second Vice-President, Mohammad Sarwar Danesh on the chair met on Sunday approving several drafts on agendas.
According to a statement from the second vice-resident office the approved drafts included the way of establishment and activity of mass media, considering lands as bank guarantee, and increase of order to discount fees of public health related advertisement, drugs issues related to violation against women and children, literacy, kidnapping and human trafficking etc.
The drafts had been approved by the committees of laws, alongside other issues presented by the ministry of justice on the water sources and water facilities.  The drafts have been approved by the committee after full discussion by the members, said the statement.
Travel expenditures of the government high authorities, civil officials, senior officers and other government staffs have also been discussed in the meeting, which was said to be reviewed for removal of some defection through a joint session of the representatives from the ministry of higher education, justice, government minister on the parliamentary affairs, foreign affairs, work and social affairs, martyrs and disabled, defense administrative affairs directorate of the presidential office, as well as the committee inked the amendment draft of the scientific cadres of the legislative affairs institute that was reported by the ministry of justice.
The regulation on the provincial council surveillance have also been discussed and approved by the committee members on Sunday afternoon.  

Monday, February 13, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Eklil Hakimi, Minister of Finance met Anders Sjoberg, Swedish ambassador to Afghanistan in his office here yesterday, a statement said.
Both sides discussed preparation of government for Senior Official Meeting (SOM) and joint Coordination Meeting Body (JCMB), the World Bank and IMF spring meetings in USA, Foreign ministers conference on Afghanistan to be held in 2018, Citizens, Charter Technical Orientation, budget expenditure mechanism, the new strategy for Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF) and Election, the ministry added. 
It’s worth mentioning that Sweden is a long-term partner of Afghanistan and provided significant supports especially in peace process, job creation and economic growth.
According to another report Minister of Finance met Shubham Chaudhuri, director of the World Bank in his office yesterday, and both sides discussed the World Bank’s contribution to Afghanistan, Implementation of commitments under national development framework, Budget expenditure, Implementation of developing projects new strategy for Afghanistan reconstruction trust fund (ARTF) and some other important subjects, the MoF said in a separate statement.
It is decided that Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust fund steering committee meeting should be held in near future to discuss all ARTF related issues and future plans, the statement added. 

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