23 May 2017

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Monday, May 01, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Pakistan’s Parliamentary delegation led by National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq met President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani after holding meetings with chairmen of both lower and upper house of parliament here yesterday, a presidential statement said.
According to the statement, the National Unity Government (NUG) welcomed the visit of Pakistan’s parliamentary delegation, calling such visits useful for exchanging of views and establishing an atmosphere of trust and mutual understanding between the people of two countries.
“Establishing of ties and mutual understanding between the two country’s people could improve coordination in fight against terrorists. Afghan government looking for such continued visits to help establish an atmosphere of trust and put end to previous mistrusts,” the statement added. Welcoming goodwill of the Pakistani delegation, the national unity government called the visit on the interest of both nations, aiming to bring peace and stability in the region. The government hoped the visit could result to implementation of the commitments made by Pakistan during tripartite meetings and many other meetings on Afghanistan, the statement concluded.

Monday, May 01, 2017
Jalalabad (BNA)  Heading a high-level government delegation, Second Vice President Mohammad, Sarwar Danesh visited eastern Nangarhar province to attend a gathering held to welcome the leader of Hezb-e-Islami Afghanistan (HIA Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the Second VP office said in a statement.
According to the statement, addressing a gathering in Jalalabad city, Vice President Danesh said no one or group can rule in Afghanistan by violence and use of force.
He urged the Taliban and other terrorist groups to give up war and join-intra-Afghan talks to resolve the issues, the statement added.
Vice President Danesh also invited the leader of Hezb-e-Islami Afghanistan, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar to Kabul.
In the meantime, HIA leader Hekmatyar said his party joined peace process to rescue the country from the current situation and help in the development of Afghanistan, the statement went on to say.
HIA leader added that fighting is not an operation since no group or individual can achieve power through violence.
In other parts of his speech, Hekmatyar said Hezb-e-Islami party is committed to women’s rights in the light of the Islamic values and will work to defend the women right, the statement continued.  HIA leader, Hekmatyar arrived in Laghman province on Wednesday, months after a peace accord signed with the Afghan government.  The signing of the peace agreement also resulted in the exclusion of Hekmatyar’s name from the sanctions list of the United Nations Security Council, the statement added.

Saturday, April 30, 2017
Kabul (BNA)  Based on proposal of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and approval of presidential office, Abdul Qayoum Malikzad, one of the country’s top politicians and culturists, has been appointed as Afghanistan ambassador to Republic of Bangladesh.
Malikzad had worked in various political and cultural sections during jihad and resistance and current government.
He was born in Faryab in 1959 and got his BA from Sindh University of Pakistan.

Saturday, April 30, 2017
Kabul (BNA) The Hezb-e-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) leader addressing a gathering asked Taliban to join peace process and give up war and militancy in the country, BNA reported.
According to the agency, Gulbadin Hekmatyar, addressing a gathering marking the 25th Mujahidin Victory Day in Mehtarlam city, the capital of Laghman province said 1.5 million Afghans had been killed, six million maimed and their homes destroyed during the Soviet occupation of the country, but the occupationist forces, despite unleashing terror and torture, failed to subjugate the valiant Afghans.
He hoped the historic peace deal between the government and HIA should be implemented in letter and spirit.
“We created HIA for a political struggle. We have pledged to work for peace and stability as diligently as few ought for the liberation of our motherland.”
Fighting which was against the interest of Afghans, who were killed and wounded, the HIA chief said, urging the Taliban to drop violence for reconciliation. He called for a peaceful struggle to achieve goals. He also called upon Taliban that cannot rule Afghanistan by force.
A strong central government could better safeguard the core national interest, Hekmatyar believed, rejecting the distribution of powers on the basis of compromise and deals, BNA added.
Afghan government and HIA inked a historic peace deal in September last year, paving the way for Hekmatyar to step out of the shadows. He spent almost two decades in exile.
According to peace deal, among 500 detainees of the group, around 68 would be freed and he is expected to arrive Kabul and hold talks with Afghan officials in the coming days.

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