19 July 2018

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Thursday June 28, 2018

Kabul (BNA) In a veiled reference to Pakistan, India has said the problem of terrorism in Afghanistan is not a local one and attacks inside the country are launched from safe havens in its neighborhood that has sheltered Taliban leaders and supported the "dark agendas" of terror outfits like the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM). India's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin during a debate at the Security Council on the situation in Afghanistan said yesterday that the spring offensive from the Taliban had taken many lives despite the much-appreciated peace offer from the Afghan Government.
"Such offensives are planned and launched from safe havens in the neighborhood of Afghanistan," he said. While not naming Pakistan, Mr. Akbaruddin said those supporting the terrorists targeting Afghanistan have not been deterred. "Notwithstanding the efforts made by the international community, there are still those who provide sanctuaries to support the dark agendas of terrorist organizations like the Taliban, the Haqqani Network, ISIS, Al-Qaeda, LeT and JeM. "The same safe havens that sheltered Mullah Omar also sheltered Osama bin Laden. Lest we forget, the terrorism problem in Afghanistan is not a local one," he said. Mr. Akbaruddin asserted that it should not take a "catastrophe" again to remind the international community that Afghanistan requires strong and steady international support in elimination of what is a threat to global peace and security.
He noted that the focus of the international community in Afghanistan has been unremitting from the start of this year. Mr. Akbaruddin, however, added that "sadly", the markers of progress on fundamental concerns about the situation strike a somber note -"whether it is in terms of the suffering of the ordinary people of Afghanistan, the senseless orgy of heinous killings by terrorists, or the displacement of a conflict-weary people." He voiced concern over the Taliban's involvement in virtually all aspects of the opium trade, suggesting that it's not a mere political or terrorism problem but one of the organized crimes. He underscored the need for the Council to tackle linkages between extremism, terrorism, drug production and illegal exploitation of natural resources of Afghanistan.
"It is time that this Council looks at options to better utilize the range of tools available to it to deal with these trans-national networks of drugs, terrorism and crime," he said. He highlighted India's support as a development partner of Afghanistan in areas of connectivity, improving trade and investment relations, noting the significant developments in recent months on connectivity. He cited the example of the Chabahar port and as well as the India-Afghanistan Air Freight Corridor, which has gained momentum in the first year of its operation. Cargo flights between Kabul, Kandahar, New Delhi and Mumbai have so far carried over 2,000 tones of exports from Afghanistan to India worth over tens of millions of dollars. "Encouraged by this, we have plans to expand the air freight corridor network to various other cities in Afghanistan and India," he said.
Mr. Akbaruddin also lauded the rise of Afghanistan's cricket team, qualifying for the next Cricket World Cup and making their debut as a test cricket playing nation earlier this month against India. He expressed optimism over the prospect of India's national cricket team playing on the Afghan soil in the future.

Wednesday June 27, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani received British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson at Presidential Palace the other day.
According to BNA report, in the meeting, both sides discussed ceasefire, peace process, counter terrorism, regional cooperation and capacity and role of Afghanistan in economic development in Asia, particularly, in South and Central Asia. UK Foreign Secretary while declaring his country’s support from Afghanistan government’s unilateral ceasefire and the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process said his country was committed to stay beside the people of Afghanistan. Praising President Ghani for his management, UK Foreign Secretary said that this country would continue its cooperation with Afghanistan in civil and military sectors.
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani by praising the British government and its people for supporting ceasefire, peace process and counter terrorism considered role of the country towards counter terrorism as significant. According to another report, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah also met UK Foreign Secretary at Sapidar Palace yesterday. In the meeting, the country’s chief executive by pointing to relations of Afghanistan and Pakistan said no considerable cooperation has been provided in connection with counter terrorism effort despite of optimisms. UK Foreign Secretary while considering relation between Afghanistan and UK as strategic and good assured of his country’s continued assistance and cooperation with Afghanistan.

Wednesday June 27, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a meeting with the regional countries’ ambassadors said; “Peace has turned into a spontaneous willing of the people,” a statement from Presidential Palace reported BNA.
In the meeting, the regional countries’ ambassadors welcomed the Afghan government ceasefire extension and assured their countries’ support to an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process. The ambassadors said ceasefire between the government and the armed Taliban have increased believe for peace negotiation in Afghanistan and expressed their support to the extension of the ceasefire. Meanwhile, the President shared information about ceasefire and its management and thanked them for their support to its extension. Pointing to the nationally and internationally support of the ceasefire, the President said; “Now the ceasefire has turned into a spontaneous believe of the people.

Tuesday June 26, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Eklil Hakimi resigned from ministry of finance today.
According to BNA report, Eklil Hakimi in a press conference formally has announced his resign from ministry of finance.

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