21 February 2017

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Wednesday, February 08, 2017
Kabul (BNA) President Ghani on Tuesday left for Nuristan to express his condolence to the bereaved families of the avalanche victims, BNA said the other day.
According to the agency, 63 villagers have been killed and tens of others injured, when a villages was fully covered by avalanche in Barg-e-Matal districts of the province.
Presence of terrorists and blockage of the roads from the district to the center Paroon of the provincial caused the rescue team fail to reach the area timely, but the helicopter of the national army arrived in the scene and rescued any of the villagers from avalanche.
The president had been said to visit the Paroon, the provincial capital and hasten the aid team to soon provide cooperation with the victims, said the agency.

Tuesday February 7, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The Afghan MoFA Salahuddin Rabbani is expected to visit Moscow on Tuesday at the official invitation of his Russian counterpart Sergi Lavrov and both sides would discuss security issues, economy, and war on drugs, terrorism and improving of bilateral relations. Both sides are facing common terror threats and would emphasize that which steps could be affective for the region in war on terror. The Afghan MoFA visits Russia at a time that recent fighting indicated that beside Pakistan, armed terrorist are supported by Iran and Russia too. Local officials of Farah province have claimed that confiscated arms and war fares of insurgents indicate that they had Russia trademarks and are recently produced by Russia, but it is not clear that if Russia has given these weapons to Taliban or other countries wanted to show Russian partnership in their war. Prior to this, district governor of Archi district, Kunduz province had also claimed that Taliban shadow governor of Kunduz was sent to Tajikistan in the wake of injuring for treatment. Former governor of Kunduz Omar Sapai had said that Taliban armored and other war fares are repaired by Russians in Kunduz and employed in war again.
Rejecting these allegations, Russian and Tajik authorities said that only in war on Daesh (ISIS) and according to her strategic goals, Russia has established ties with Taliban rebels. Now it’s upon regional countries to offer sincere cooperation with the Afghan government in war on terror which is not only a threat to Afghanistan but to the whole world.  But, the Afghans hope that in this visit, the Afghan delegation would share concerns with Russia and convince it that support of terrorists cannot put an end to ongoing conflict in Afghanistan and region, because terrorists only recognize their nasty goals and don’t attach importance to humanism.
Although, Taliban support of Russia would make war on terror at closed quarters with new problems but Russian side would also share their concerns with the Afghan delegation, and explain that why they had contacted with Taliban. Russia fears that Daesh may influence Central Asia through Afghanistan and after that would create big headache to Russian government. But if Russia wants to fight Daesh, she should boost sincere cooperation with the Afghan government because only legitimate governments can only resist against illegal activities.
Russia should give up this improper policy because this policy is not only in disadvantage of Russia but to the world peace as well. Most experts believe that Russia policy on Afghanistan is affiliated with US-Russia ties. If these ties are good, interference decreases in Afghanistan but whenever these ties are conflicting, it affects Afghanistan because Russia wants to make the US in Afghanistan at close quarters with new problems.
It is upon Russia to act according to its words and don’t let Afghanistan be battlefield of terrorist groups. Because strengthening of terrorists never respect others help and support. Russia should continue its sincere support with the Afghan NUG and should increase pressure through the UN on those countries who have given sanctuaries and training centers to terror groups and export terror to the world countries. The Afghan MoFA visits Russia and discuss terrorism at a time that the US president Donald Trump also wants to improve relations with Russia and emphasize on Daesh elimination. The US wants to accomplish war on terror with armed terrorists through global support.
Hamidullah Faizi

Tuesday February 7, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Releasing a statement, the UNSC announced that the name of HIA leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has been removed from its blacklist.
One of the cases of a 25 article agreement of HIA and Afghan government was removal of HIA leader name from the UNSC blacklist. Previously, a source of Afghan government had said that until HIA doesn’t issue official statement on ending of its ties with terrorist groups, the government doesn’t request the UN omission of HIA leader’s name from the blacklist. If the HIA doesn’t take such a step, the Afghan government cannot submit application for omission of Hekmatyar’s name to UN. But later the Afghan NSC announced that the Afghan MoFA has sent request to UNSC for this purpose. Apparently, a series of details in UN charter including releasing of blocked financial assets, freedom on holding and purchasing weapons from any foreign source were hidden from media observers on omission of Hekmatyar’s name from the UN blacklist.
Omission of Hekmatyar’s name from UNSC blacklist means rehabilitation of his reputation and ignoring of all crimes he has already committed and practical ground will be paved for his political presence in the country. Like many other jehadi leaders, he can carry out his political activities inside the country based on the values inserted in the constitution and other laws. No doubt joining of HIA and its absorption in the society would not be void of plenty of comments regarding this party background. In the long past years, HIA has committed a lot of big mistakes and caused many killings, assassinations and violations that cause HIA leader and members to be under strong criticism of people.
In the opinion of political analysts at present that the Afghan government has given legal safety and security to HIA leaders and members with peaceful intention, benevolence and access to stability in the country, this party should create social legitimacy to it and compensate its past mistakes through legal activities towards political stability of the country.
Therefore, the people main expectation following firing of Hekmatyar’s name from the UN blacklist is that a real change of action be appeared in this party and this party may make a cross to all its past violence. This is a minimal expectation of people from HIA and this should happen in the country. No doubt, joining of HIA to peace process is a big achievement to the Afghan government. This may break the peace deadlock in the country and hope to pave the way for joining of other armed groups particularly Taliban to peace process. Joining of HIA indicates this fact that possibility of joining and agreement exists with all armed groups and they should exploit this opportunity properly.
Hekmatyar’s name was included the UN sanctions list in 2003 and his accommodation locality was said to be in Afghan-Pakistani border areas.
Lailuma Noori

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Kabul (BNA) A diplomat shot dead and two others were wounded inside the Afghan consulate in Karachi city of Pakistan on Monday noon, officials said.
Two groups traded heavy gunfire inside the diplomatic mission, killing the 3rd Secretary Zaki Abdu and wounding two others.
Police and Rangers personnel, who rushed to the consulate, entered the building and arrested one attacker. 
The Rescue teams also arrived at the site.
The captive was identified as Rahatullah, an Afghan citizen and an SMG rifle seized from him, a senior police officer told reporters outside the consulate.
Police and Rangers cordoned off the sensitive area home to a number of foreign missions, a search operation is underway.  A guard inside the consulate was blamed for the firing.
According to DIG South Azad Khan, the incident took place in the consulate’s lobby due to harsh exchanges.  The detained guard is under investigation.
Ambassador Omar Zakhilwal ruled out terrorism, believing a personal dispute lead to what he called a criminal act.
He confirmed the diplomat’s killing by the Afghan guard. 

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