24 January 2017

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Monday January 16, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said the main hope of the recent martyrs was solidarity of the Afghans, Presidential Press Office said in a statement Sunday.
Representing others, Mohammad Karim and Mohammad Ismael spoke at a gathering held at the presidential palace to commemorate the works and services of Baz Mohammad Jauzjani and Serajuddin Safari, said they would work to make true the dreams of the martyrs, the statement said. Other participants also spoke about the characteristics of the martyrs and vowed to follow their ways, and asked the president for doing its best to seriously launch investigation into the incident and bring those involved to justice. They asked for unity of all the country’s tribes and strengthening and equipment of the country’s security forces as well as acceleration of welfare projects including construction of water dams, according to the statement. A house member, Qudratullah Zaki spoke at the gathering calling Baz Mohammad Jauzjani and Serajuddin Safari the two real and honest servants of the country. He expressed his support to the government plans and said they would work for the country’s system as they dedicated for peace and security, said the statement.
Extending his deep condolence to the bereaved families of the martyrs, President Ghani said they (Baz Mohammad Jauzjani and Serajuddin Safari) belonged to the entire people of Afghanistan as they were hoping only for a sovereign country. “They were thanking for the country and to build a united nation. Their memories would never be forgotten,” said the president lauding the country’s security forces to have been fighting terrorists and the international community for continuing support to the country. The president reassured his commitment to pay attention to the uplift projects and creation of water dams in the country’s north, where Almar water Dam’s construction was the main hope of Shaheed Safari. The president research in the Kandahar incident was continued and that the traitors would pay the price of their vicious acts, the statement continued.

Sunday, January 15, 2017
Kabul (BNA)  Boris Jonson, UK secretary of state in telephone contact with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani strongly condemned recent terrorist attacks in Kabul, Kandahar and Helmand provinces and offered sadness to President Ghani and the people of Afghanistan over killing of our countrymen in the incidents. In the telephone contact, UK secretary of state said that his country would stand beside Afghanistan in counter terrorism and extremism. Afterwards, the country’s President thanked the UK’s secretary of state for expressing sadness and offering condolence and once again stressed on joint counterterrorism.

Sunday, January 15, 2017
Kabul (BNA) The Wolesi Jirga on Saturday refused to approve an amended version of next fiscal year’s budget over what lawmakers called imbalanced accounts.
According to the Ministry of Finance (MoF), about 287 billion Afs has been set aside for general expenses and nearly 178 billion Afs for development activities in the budget for the new fiscal year that starts from March 29, 2017. Thirty-two percent of the budget 150 billion Afs would come from domestic revenues and the rest from the international community in aid. A 36 percent of the budget would go to the security sector, 21 percent to the infrastructure development, 13 percent to education, six percent to agriculture and the rest to other sectors.  Amir Khan Yar, who heads the lower house’s financial commission, presenting his report about the budget to today session, said: “The lawmakers had extensively discussed about the 2017 draft budget and provided their suggestions in two weeks.” He said the MPs added $63 million to development budget as part of suggested projects in the budget. The draft budget has been discussed at many meetings and balance in development budget for provinces has also been considered, Yar added. Seddiq Ahmad Usmani, a member of the financial commission, said $600,000 had been allocated to each province in the next budget. However, he said there were no differences among MPs over the draft budget in recent meetings, but some lawmakers today did not accept the amendments. Samiullah Samim, a lawmaker from Farah province said, no suggestions of other MPs, except the finance commission, had been considered in reviewing the budget document. “The draft budget is prepared based on suggestions of the finance commission members while of others’ are ignored,” he said. Other lawmakers held similar views. Speaker Abdur Raouf Ibrahimi asked the finance commission to hold a meeting again about the budget on Sunday and hand the draft over to the general session on Monday for a decision. Under Article 98 of the Constitution, the general and development budgets are prepared in light of Meshrano Jirga’s recommendations before being sent to the Wolesi Jirga for final approval.

Sunday January 15, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Eklil Hakimi, Minister of Finance met Hakam Khan Habibi, governor of Khost province in his office here yesterday, a statement from the ministry said.
According to the statement, both sides discussed economic conditions of this province, developing and infrastructure projects, construction of Industrial Park, airport and road in this province, brining reforms and some other important subjects. Minister of Finance asked the governor to identity projects that can have national benefits and facilitate generating revenues and meanwhile put a positive impact on the people’s life, the statement added.

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