19 July 2018

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Sunday, July 01, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The Independent Election Commission (IEC) has announced the preliminary list of Wolesi Jirga (WJ) candidates, disqualifying 88 runners, including 20 women.
The list features parliamentary hopefuls from Kabul, Bamyan, Urozgan, Nuristan, Khost and Kunar provinces, according to an announcement from the poll panel.
Seventy-three contestants, including 16 women, from Kabul, seven, including three women, from Nuristan, three from Khost, two from Kunar, two including a woman, from Uruzgan and one from Bamyan are not on the list.
Issues related to health, voter cards from the selected constituencies concerned and duplication of identity cards from candidate supporters are the main reasons for disqualification.
The commission is expected to announce primary lists of eligible candidates from other provinces later in the day.
IEC Chairman Abdul Bade Sayyad said eligibility criteria would be applied to all candidates.  Those meeting the required conditions would be allowed to contest the October election, he added.
 

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Kabul (BNA)  Addressing UN sponsored International Conference in New York, Interior Minister Wais Barmak says President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s unconditional ceasefire with the Taliban reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to lasting peace in the country, says the interior minister.
The conference involving heads of counter-terrorism agencies would lead to enhanced international cooperation against terrorism, he hoped supporting the UN’s role in promoting peace and stability.
“We await the Taliban’s long-term commitment to this historic offer, which can pave the way for peace and reconciliation,” Wais Barmak added.
“We have always supported the idea of having a more central UN structure to better coordinate and respond to the evolving terrorist threat and assistance needs of states,” the minister claimed.
Barmak also referred to the formation of the Office of Counter-Terrorism (OCT) last year.  Reposing confidence in the leadership and vision of USG Vladimir Voronkov, he hoped the new office would lead to progress in combating the scourge.
“From our perspective, the following points are essential regard to the work of the OCT:
“First, we believe the office should maintain adequate and sustained collaboration with member-states, particularly those facing terrorism and standing in the first line of defense against this menace.  Afghanistan places high value in the work of the OCT and our relationship with it.  As always, country visits by on various CT aspects.
“Second, and on a related note, support and assistance by the OCT should be guided by specific contexts and needs. Requested by respective States.
“Third, we believe that the new office can only benefit from the expertise and know-how of countries that have experience in countering terrorism, in all its aspects.  This can go a long way in benefiting the technical and operational outputs of the Office.
“Fourth, it is most evident that adequate, comprehensive and efficient coordination of UN agencies are at the heart of a successful UN counter-terrorism response.  As the primary UN body mandated to deal with this issue, we expect the OCT to improve advocacy, visibility, and resource mobilization for counter-terrorism and preventing violent extremism within that framework.
“”These will be essential for the overall implementation and follow up on various international protocols, conventions, and tools on counter-terrorism.
“Fifth, and certainly not least, we believe it should enhance focus in ensuring the rights of victims of terrorism, including their families, with adequate financial and psychological support.  Afghanistan had the honor of facilitating the adoption of GA resolution entitled” International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism,” and we hope it will be a basis for greater attention to this important issue.  Barmak said the counter-terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED) was established to monitor and facilitate adequate implementation of one of the most important UN resolutions dealing with terrorism.
Yet, he added, the evolving scope of terrorism has shown UNSC and General Assembly resolutions are not adequately implemented.  CTED’s first every visit to Afghanistan in January last year helped identify new areas of cooperation, the minister said.  The follow-up meeting, together with donors and UN agencies, discussed the provision of technical assistance.  Since 2001, the global community has been supporting Afghanistan in terms of funding and training in its fight against international terrorism, the minister acknowledged.
“Our forces have also inflicted heavy losses on, and degraded and eliminated a significant part of Daesh, Al-Qaeda and other foreign terrorist groups… In doing so, we will continue to not only defend and protect our people, but the world at large.
“President Ghani’s unconditional cease-fire to the Taliban reaffirmed our commitment to lasting peace.  We await the Taliban’s long-term commitment to this historic offer, which can pave the way for peace and reconciliation.”
 

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Saturday met with U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Ms. Alice Wells, BNA reported.
During the meeting, welcoming the US official to Kabul, CE Abdullah highlighted Afghanistan’s security-political situation and briefed Ms. Wells about the government steps on ensuring peace, according to the agency.
Declaring her country’s continued support from Afghanistan, Ms. Wells hoped that joint efforts to pave the ground for ensuring peace in both Afghanistan and region, BNA added.
Both sides also discussed bilateral relations, Afghanistan US joint cooperation, Afghanistan and Pakistan regional relations, effective steps on fighting terrorism, holding sound elections a regional ways to boost regional cooperation and trade ties.
According to another report, Chief Executive (CE) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met with a number of Kandahar disabled people here yesterday, a statement from CE press office said.
At the outset the Kandahar disabled people’s representatives shared their problems with the chief Executive, asking him to address their demands.
They enumerated a number of their problems, including employment opportunities, delay in salary payments, ugly social traditions and considering their role in economic and infrastructural projects.
Hinting to crucial role of the disabled people in the society, Dr. Abdullah said disabled people lost their important part of their bodies while defending their country and national integrity.
Dr. Abdullah said addressing their problems was government’s main priority.
 

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Urozgan governor Mohammad Shafiq and a number of the province’s elders met with second vice president Sarwar Danesh on Saturday, BNA reported.
Uruzgan governor briefed VP Danesh about decreasing violence and war in recent days in different parts of the province, according to the agency.
He said his province’s people were facing challenges in different sections such as education, health services, development and higher education, BNA added.
Stressing on the government leadership an security organs’ attention to ensure security particularly the elections’ security in Urozgan, governor Shafiq pointed out that tribal and social disputes have been decreased in that province.
He called execution of development projects one of the main requirements of Urozgan people, the agency went on to say.
On holding elections and access to voter registration process in Uruzgan-e-Khas district, he said the province’s local organs administration would spare no effort to hold elections and help the people access to voter registration process, BNA continued.
Expressing glad over meeting Urozgan governor and elders, VP Danesh stressed on performing local administrations’ responsibility to provide services to people and their role to uproot social disputes.
On elections, VP Danesh said the people expected ensuring security and holding elections, thus, the election commission and local security entities are responsible and should properly do their obligations in the respect.
 

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