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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a video conference the other day instructed governors, ANA corps commanders, police zones’ commanders, provincial police chiefs, provincial NDS chiefs and provincial directors of electoral commissions for better execution of voters’ registration process of upcoming parliamentary and district council’s elections.
In the conference, Gula Jan Abdul Badi, head of Independent Election Commission said that the commission has accelerated its works so the elections be held in a better and transparent way, adding that the process of voting registration would begin today.
Head of the commission further said that the process would begin first in provincial cities and later in districts and villages and would take two months.
He asked civil and military officials for participation in the process.
Afterwards, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani while congratulating the start of the process considered elections as key principle in democracy. He added that elections and registration of voters were valuable and had particular position among the people.
The country’s President instructed provincial governors to participate in the process and convince the people for participation in the national process and cooperate with the IEC.
He also ordered security organs to effectively implement security plan and fully cooperate for transparently holding the elections.
According to another report, President Ghani in a separate meeting attended by chief executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, IEC chief Gula Jan Abdul Badi, a number of ministers and high-ranking government officials, ambassadors and representatives of political parties expressed happiness over development in work of Independent Elections Commission.
Participants in the meeting discussed development in work of the commission as well as preparations for parliamentary and district council’s elections.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met Thursday with deputy to UN special representative to Afghanistan at Sapidar Palace.
In the meeting, holding parliamentary and district councils elections and ways for acceleration and facilitation of the process were discussed.
Praising the UN and UNAMA for its assistance and providing facility to IEC to hold transparent and fair elections in Afghanistan, CE stressing that national unity government was committed to a fair and transparent elections as well as presidential elections. In the meeting, peace process, regional and domestic perspectives of the process and recent political and security changes were discussed.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani was saddened over group attack of the enemies of Afghanistan people on Ghazni’sKhwaja Omari district where the district governor and a number of defense and security forces were martyred.
The country’s President praised the victims for their works, services and bravery.
President Ghani by condemning the incident ordered defense and security organs to fully review the issue of the district and stressed on protection of government buildings and the people.
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani also offered condolence and sympathy to families of the victims, wishing paradise to those martyred in the incident.
According to another report, National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar also in a separate message condemned the incident in Khwaja Omari district.
“Martyrdom of Ali Shams and his colleagues has saddened their families, colleagues and all of us,” the message said.
In the message, NSA offered condolence and sympathy to the family of Ali Shams, district governor of Khwaja Omari, and his colleagues and the people of Ghazni.

Friday April 13, 2018 Kabul (BNA) External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today held talks with Afghan Defence Minister Lt General Tariq Shah Bahramee during which he apprised her about Afghanistan's internal reconciliation process and efforts to combat cross border terrorism. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said Bahramee shared his assessment of Afghan government's recent initiatives for internal reconciliation, and efforts to combat terrorism, which receives support from safe havens and sanctuaries beyond Afghanistan, an oblique reference to Pakistan. It said that the Afghan Defense Minister also "highlighted" that the Afghan people and the government would like India to continue to play a "greater role" in the country. Bahramee also talked about efforts being made by Kabul to combat the menace of opium cultivation and drugs trafficking that funds terror against the people of Afghanistan, the ministry said in a statement. "Afghanistan deeply appreciated the positive and constructive support extended by India for economic development and reconstruction in Afghanistan and to the Afghan National Defense and Security forces," the MEA said. Swaraj appreciated the courage with which the Afghan forces were defending their country and making supreme sacrifices, the ministry said. "She conveyed India's support for the efforts of the government and the people of Afghanistan for building a peaceful, secure, stable, united, inclusive and prosperous nation. India remains committed to its New Development Partnership according to the priorities of Afghanistan," the MEA said. India last year had announced that it would implement 116 development projects in Afghanistan under the 'New Development Partnership'. The Afghan Defense Minister is visiting India for the DefEXPO 2018 which is underway near Chennai. Newindianexpress Ansari
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