23 January 2018

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The Presidential Palace appointed Sayed Hafizullah Hashimi as a new Independent Election Commission (IEC) member here on Saturday. The appointment reportedly was made today after thorough consultations among the stakeholders.
Two days back, the selection committee proposed the names of Hashimi, Abdul Qadir Zazai and Awal Rahman Rodwal to the president One of them had to be selected for the job. Hashimi, a 47-year-old resident of the Alishang district of eastern Laghman province, has headed the Meshrano Jirga Secretariat, the United Nations Office in Kabul and the transport section of the Cabinet Secretariat.
A graduate from the Kabul Mechanical School, he received higher education at Nangarhar University’s engineering faculty. However, he could not complete the course as a result of migration. He received the bachelor’s degree from the Washington before doing master in MBA. Hashimi can fluently speak Pashto, Dari, Arabic and English languages.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Kabul (BNA) After almost two months, the first India’s assisted wheat cargo arrived in Kabul on Saturday, Bakhtar News Agency (BNA) reported.
According to the agency, the donated wheat is expected to be kept in the ministry of agriculture’s silos. The cargo was including 15000 tons of wheat which was loaded in Aqrab 7 from India’s Kandla port, in a bid to transfer the first wheat cargo to Afghanistan through Chabahar Port, the agency added. Calling the day, one of the happiest days between the two countries, Indian embassy’s Chargé d'affaires said the move was one of the highest relations between Afghanistan and India, BNA continued. He stressed that transferring of the wheat shipment, was among the India commitments to Afghanistan which was given in 2002, the agency continued.
Based on the commitments, India should send 1.1 million tons of wheat to Afghanistan, BNA added. Taliban as a pressure mean have tried to hinder the transferring of cargo from Nimruz to Kabul, the agency stated. The move aims to help India have access to Afghanistan and Central Asia markets. The assisted wheat is expected to be kept in seven provinces of the country.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani received the credential of the new ambassador of Australia to Afghanistan Nicola Mary Gordon-Smith, during a ceremonial guard of honor organized Saturday morning on the occasion here in the Presidential Palace.
The two sides discussed a range of issues of mutual interests, underscoring the expansion and strengthening of bilateral ties.
President Ghani expressed his gratitude to the Government of Australia for supporting and assisting Afghanistan and wished Ambassador Smith success in her new posting.
Ambassador Nicola Mary Gordon-Smith expressed delight over commencement of her mission here in Afghanistan and assured the President of expanding mutual relations between Afghanistan and Australia.
According to another report, minister of foreign affairs met the newly appointed Australian ambassador in his office here yesterday. FM Rabbani praised Australian support to Afghanistan and wished success to new ambassador over assuming his new mission in Kabul.
The ambassador also assures her country’s full support to Afghanistan, adding would spare no effort to make Kabul Process success.

Saturday January 13, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The Selection Committee on Thursday submitted its working report to President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in which the committee introduced three candidates shortlisted for the post of head of the Independent Election Commission (IEC), a press release issued by the Presidential Palace said the other day.
During the meeting, Jawed Rashid, head of the selection committee, talked on the working procedure of the committee, saying that the selection committee completed its work in the presence of representatives of UNAMA, the media and members of civil society institutions with full transparency and freedom, the statement read.
He also thanked government for not attempting to meddle in the process and helped it complete the job in accordance with the prevailing laws of the country and existent rules and regulations. 
The selection committee after officially starting its job on 7 Jaddi (28 December) distributed 88 application forms to applicants, of which 57 candidates submitted their documents to the secretariat of the selection committee for the post of the election commissioner,” the statement quoted Rashid as saying.
According to Rashid, 27 candidates were immediately dropped from the list of 57 on the basis of article 12 and paragraph 16 of the election law. The documents of another 30 candidates were reassessed and another 13 candidates were also dropped, and 17 candidates were included for further assessment. Of these, nine candidates were found eligible for a written test and interview.
From the nine candidates, three of them were shortlisted due to their high marks which were Sayed Hafizullah Hashemi, Awal-ul-Rahman Rodwal and Abdul Qader Zazai Watandost.
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, after hearing the report of the selection committee, thanked the committee members for their hard work they paid to the national process and voiced appreciation for their truthfulness and transparency to complete the process in line with the laws of the country.
The leadership of the national unity government will soon interview the three candidates in line with their commitment to the Afghan nation and will issue the decision about the appointment of one member of the Independent Election Commission as soon as possible, the president vowed.
The meeting was also attended by Second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danish, where the VPDanish also hailed the job of the selection committee and their commitment to the national process.
Qadir Zazai is an incumbent MP in parliament, Sayed Hashemi the incumbent secretary general of the Meshrano Jirga and Awal Rahman Rodwal was head of the IEC’s Kabul office.

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