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Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Kandahar (BNA) President Ghani at the head of a delegation left Kabul for Kandahar province.
President Ghani is expected to open several development projects in Kandahar including the largest solar power plant.
President of the country will also talk with the elders of Kandahar province and local authorities on the process of reconstruction and fight against terrorists.
BNA correspondent reported from Kandahar city, security has intensified in Kandahar province on the eve of the visit of the president.
T. Yarzada

Wednesday July 3, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Chaired by the country’s President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, a meeting of the Election Support Group (ESG) was held at the Delkusha Palace, BNA reported.
At the outset, the meeting strongly condemned the recent terrorist attack killed a number of Kandahar provincial election commission members and extended their sympathy to their victims’ families. The meeting discussed issues about the procurement budget for using technology in the upcoming election, with the President instructed that the procurement works should be started and the National Procurements Commission to complete the process of technical materials as needed. Attended the meeting, the ministry of finance committed that it is cooperation with the International community, would finalize the Independent Election Commission budget, in which, the government budget and the International community’s aids would be specified. Emphasizing on the transparency of the election and non-interference of the government officials in the election process, the President asked the international community for seriously overseeing every process of the election.
 

Wednesday, July 03, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah participated in Balkh’s security commission meeting yesterday.
In the meeting, the country’s chief executive first praised Balkh leading officials for their efforts and adopting better security  measures during Uzbek premier’s visit to the province, asking for appreciation of provincial civil and military officials, adding that lack of coordination in most of the country’s provinces have created problems, but fortunately close cooperation and coordination in Balkh were strong.
Chief executive assured that demands and suggestions of officials of the country’s Northern provinces in particular Balkh, Jawzjan, Takhar and security problems of other northern provinces would be discussed in National Security Council meeting and principal attention would be paid to address the problems.
The country’s chief executive further said that national defense and security forces have repulsed dozens of the enemy’s attacks, adding that recent achievements of the country’s defense and security forces were appreciable as they showed sacrifices in the other day’s terrorist incident and save many innocent civilians.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) is appalled by the Taliban-claimed attack yesterday in a civilian populated area of Kabul, where schools, homes, media outlets and other civilian facilities were immediately nearby a statement from the mission in Kabul said.
Preliminary data indicates that the compel attack began with the detonation of explosives and caused scores of civilian casualties, among them women and many children, and led to damage to schools and other civilian infrastructure, the statement added.
“The use of explosives in civilian-populated areas continues to cause extreme harm to Afghanistan’s civilian population, and I call for an immediate end to the horrible practice,” said Tadmamichi Yamamoto, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan as quoted in the statement. “Loss of life, maiming, damage to schools, businesses and personal property, along with widespread fear these are the real consequences of such attacks in urban areas.”
The attack in Kabul took place when children were arriving at nearby schools, indicating that those who planned and launched it at that time showed a reckless disregard for the safety of innocent lives.  International humanitarian law explicitly prohibits indiscriminate attacks where civilians are present and requires all parties to uphold their obligations to avoid harm to civilians at all times, according to the statement.
“It is particularly egregious that a premeditated act of extreme violence was conducted without regard to the safety of civilians,” said Yamamoto. “UN staff were at hospitals in the immediate aftermath of the attack, and I have been deeply saddened by reports of many wounded children there, along with the photos of students still clutching their schoolbooks as they are moved into ambulances.”
The statement further said that UNAMA’s human rights team continues to look into the full impact of the attack yesterday, with preliminary figures standing at more than 100 civilian casualties, the majority of whom were injured.  Among those injured were media workers, students and other civilians.
“These civilian casualties are simply unacceptable, especially the number of children harmed in this incident, the United Nations renews its call for an immediate and peaceful settlement to the conflict to end the suffering of the Afghan people,” said Yamamoto. “All parties can and should do their utmost to protect civilians from harm, including by making concrete progress toward peace.”
The United Nations extended its condolences to the families of all of those killed in Kabul and wishes a speedy recovery for those injured.

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