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Tuesday July 9, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive (CE) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah chaired the Council of Ministers (CM) meeting here yesterday at the Sapidar Palace, BNA reported.
Addressing the opening remarks, Dr. Abdullah said media freedom was the main achievement of the Afghan government and it was a shared responsibility of both people and state to safeguard such achievements. “No one has the right to attack press freedom. Establishing security is the main duty of the security forces, but they should respect individual’s rights,” Dr. Abdullah said, adding the Ministry of Interior has assured to assess police misbehave with media-men the other day. Pointing to upcoming presidential elections, Dr. Abdullah said Afghans looking forward to a transparent and free elections and no government officials are allowed to interfere in electoral commissions’ affairs. He asked civil society institutions to monitor the election process.
Chief Executive on Monday welcomed the Intra-Afghan Dialogue in Doha and said he hopes it will lead to direct talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. “It is expected that the meeting will lead to direct talks between the two sides including the government of Afghanistan and it will lead to peace,” Dr. Abdullah said. He also said that Taliban shouldn’t consider killing of innocent people as credit for peace talks. Meanwhile CE Abdullah praised National Directorate of Security operations and arresting of ISIS members in Kabul. He said those arrested were easing militant’s activities in Kabul and were behind many attacks. “Afghans demand peace and extremists are not allowed to be among them,” he said, asking people to cooperate with their security forces. The Council of Ministers meeting followed with activity reports of the security organs as well as other ministries and independent directorates. 

Tuesday, July 09, 2019
Kabul (BNA) A number of lawmakers on Monday criticized the registration process of candidates who are interested to lead parliamentary committees in the lower house of parliament.
Speaking at the general session of the House, Munawar Shah Bahaduri, an MP from western Herat province, claimed that any candidate who is rich can win the seat of the committees.  “Candidates are interested in specific commissions. They are buying and selling the seats.  This is a shame for the parliament,” MP Bahaduri said.
Meanwhile, Sharifi Balkhabi, an MP from northern Sar-e-Pul province said that more than five lawmakers have registered for some committees while in other committees only one lawmaker has registered due to specific reasons.  Balkhabi suggested the House Speaker not to allow more than 25 lawmakers to register for one committee. 
At the same time, Mir Rahman Rahmani the Parliament Speaker said that none of the committees will be allowed to hold an election until nine to 25 candidates have not registered themselves for each committee.
Rahmani added that more than 25 people have nominated themselves for the internal security, finance and budget, complaints hearing and communication committees.
Lawmakers believe that most of the candidates have registered themselves to specific committees due to having “personal interests”.
T. Yarzada

Monday July 8, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The presidential office strongly condemned a deadly attack in which a number of Afghans including school children were martyred or injured in Ghazni city yesterday.
According to BNA report, President Ghani called that attack a terrorist act and an anti-human crime which was carried out by the Taliban. “Such attacks are contradicted with the Taliban saying and action on peace, as they are killing innocents on a daily basis, on one hand and chanting slogans of peace on the other,” said the President. The country’s President saying Taliban would never get political concession in the ongoing peace talks. According to another report, the country’s Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah also condemned the incident said such attacks would never prevent the will of the Afghans for peace and security in the country. “In today’s Afghanistan’s society Islamic Emirate and its violent approach and extremist Talibanism has no place,” the CE said. the country’s National Unity Government leaders instructed the organs concerned for immediate efforts in treatment of the wounded.

Monday, July 08, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The new UNICEF Afghanistan Representative, Dr. Aboubacar Kampo on Sunday presented his credentials to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a statement said.
“I am honored to present my credentials to His Excellency Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Idrees Zaman, for the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan,” says Dr. Kampo.
“We value our strong partnership with the government, marking seven decades of support to the most vulnerable children in Afghanistan, which we will continue to strengthen to realize the rights of every girl and boy in Afghanistan.”
Dr. Kampo is a surgeon and a public health specialist by profession.  He comes with over 20 years of experience in both humanitarian and development contexts, having held senior positions within United Nations’ agencies and international non-governmental organizations.  He worked in various complex environments continuously upholding the rights of children and is passionate about using innovative approaches in driving and achieving results for children.

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