21 August 2017

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Saturday August 5, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Mohammad Ashraf Ghani president of the Islamic Republic left Afghanistan for Iran to participate the oath-taking ceremony of his Iranian counterpart Dr. Hassan Rouhani this morning.   
According to information of presidential press office to BNA, President Ghani during his one-day official visit in Tehran will met with Hassan Rouhani and some others Iranian officials and will discuss bilateral relations between the two countries and exchanged views.
Dr. Hamayoun Qayoumi senior advisor of President on infrastructure affairs and Shah Hussain Murtazawi acting of the presidential spokesperson’s office are accompanying president in this trip.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

Saturday August 5, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Presided over by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the session of rule of law and anti-corruption high council was held the other day at presidential palace.
In the session, minister of commerce and industries Hamayoun Rasa briefed related to reports of a delegation tasked for overall reviewing of AFSOTR company and said the delegation has been tasked to review contract between AFSOTR and Shewan and Azadi companies in connection with construction a building on a land which was the property of AFSOTR. Related to the issue, the country’s President said that the issue had both judicial and economical dimensions and should be discussed in high economic council. Chief Justice and Head of Supreme Court Sayed Yousuf Halim said that triple courts should decide related to the AFSOTR Company and the losses should be investigated and reviewed. President Ghani also said that AFSOTR and Straus companies should be completely inspected and all investment and services delivered by the two companies should be clarified, adding that a clear announcement should done for delivering services so that we could finish limitation.
The country’s President further said that one of the options was dissolution, so discussion should be on mechanism and preparation of dissolution. Afterwards, minister of Justice Abdul Basir Anwar delivered a report related to military courts of defense ministry. Related to military courts, the country’s President said that legal sections of ministry of national defense were not responsive, adding that these sections should be professional and at least courts’ authorizations should be clarified. Later on, minister of justice delivered the session draft law on structure and authorization of judiciary force prepared in seven chapters and 89 articles.
 

Saturday August 5, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah Wednesday urged the country’s lower house of parliament to grant the trust vote to the newly-introduced ministers-designate, a statement from his office said the other day.
While introducing two of the newly chosen Cabinet nominees, Mohammad Hameed Tahmasi and Gul Agha Sherzai to their ministries’ workers, the CE asked the house to vote in favor of the ministers designate to may fill the vacuum created from so many acting officials. Sherzai was named as acting minister of borders and tribal affairs and Tahmasi as transport and civil aviation by the government about eight days back. President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani had earlier introduced Tariq Shah Bahrami as minister-designate for the Ministry of Defense, Nargis Nehan for Ministry of Mines and Petroleum and Faizullah Zaki for the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, and Abdul Lateef Roshan for the Ministry of Higher Education.
Dr. Abdullah paid gratitude to former transport minister Mohammadullah Batash for his efforts and services during his tenure, said his office in a statement. Abdullah asked the Wolesi Jirga to give the vote of trust to the Cabinet nominees introduced by the government keeping in view their experience, knowledge and sincerity. He also asked the newly-appointed acting ministers to take steps towards facilitating movement and transportation on highways and win people’s hearts in this regard. Abdullah also introduced Gul Agha Sherzai as acting minister to the border ministry’s employees. A separate statement from the CEO office quoted Abdullah as addressing a ceremony at the Ministry of Border and Tribal Affairs (MoBTA) that the ministry had a great role in strengthening national unity, ensuring peace and resolving disputes. The CE called Sherzai’s introduction as acting border and tribal affairs minister a prudent decision, saying effective personalities in government system could play vital role in the current conditions compared to other times. He said Sherzai, as a veteran former jihadi figure and politician enjoyed huge support among the nation. Sherzai also spoke on the occasion, saying he had practical plans for national unity, preserving national interest, bringing about peace, protecting the country’s borders and resolving tribal disputes.
 

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani stressing a comprehensive investigation into July 24 attack in Kabul that left more than two dozen dead promising the perpetrators would be treated ruthlessly, a statement said.
The president who attended a memorial ceremony for July 24 attack victims in the capital, pledged a thorough probe and deterrent punishment for the assailants.
“Regretfully, the vacuum created by your colleagues demise would never be filled and we all sit on our said hearth,” Ghani remarked.
President Ghani said he had ordered an investigation into the incident.  “a you have seen, we have arrested those involved in the Kandahar attack.”
He hoped to could arrest the organizers of this incident too, but added the investigation was complicated and there was a need for enough time.
Ghani reiterated the enemies of Afghans would be shown no mercy.  The government’s stance on spurning the demands of those threatening it with bloodshed should be clear to the people, he said.
Khadim Hussaini, speaking on behalf of the bereaved families, asked the president to create a scientific and cultural complex in memory of the victims.
He also suggested registration of the affected families with the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled.  Hassain sought jobs for the victims’ children.
Ghani accepted demands of the victims’ families, but he hastened to explain meeting them would take time.  He wished the injured a swift recovery.
He ordered the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum to regularly visit the victims’ families and cooperate with them in resolving their problems.  Ghani also distributed medals and appreciation letters to heirs of the victims.  At least 24 people including 15 officers of the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum, were killed and 45 others wounded in the suicide attack.
 

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