28 June 2017

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Saturday June 3, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani condemned the attack, saying enemies of the Afghan people committed an inhumane and callous crime by targeting a heavily crowded and busy location of Wazir Mohammad Akbar Khan in Kabul, martyring and wounding our fasting compatriots.
“Committing war crimes and killing the innocent people in the name of Islam, terrorist groups are fully ignorant of religious teachings. These criminals always target sacred locations, mosques, religious scholars, children and women,” the president said as quoted in a press release issued by the presidential press office soon after the deadly attack. “Our Muslim nation who is observing fast in this holy month of Ramadan can better understand the rationale behind this reprehensible terror attack, thus will never ever allow these criminals to impose their will on our compatriots through coercion, fear and terror,” the president added.
We are calling on the world particularly the Muslim nations to ramp up pressure on those supporting terrorist outfits so that terrorism should not be used as an instrument against other countries. President Ghani condemned this terrorist attack in the strongest terms. He said, “Even in this holy month of Ramadan which is a month of worship, virtue and blessings, terrorists have no intention to stop killing the innocent people.”
President Ghani offered his deep condolences to the martyrs and wounded of the bereaved families. He prayed of a high rank in paradise to the martyred and speedy recovery to the wounded. Brig. Gen. Hassan Shah Frogh, 101 Asmayee Police Zone commander, told a press conference here that their initial investigation showed the target of the attack was the German Embassy. “We had prior information about such an attack, therefore measures were taken for its prevention, but Kabul is a crowded city and is built against the master plan, if septic tanks are not allowed for sanitation, no one would be able to walk in the city due to bad smell,” he said. He said police were strictly investigating the incident and owners of septic tank companies had been called to help identify the septic tank used in the attack.
Meanwhile, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah also condemned the attack in its strongest terms. “I strongly condemn the terrorist attack in Kabul. I stand in solidarity with the victim families. We want peace but, those who kill us in the holy month of Ramadan don’t worth a call for peace, they must be destroyed and uprooted,” Dr. Abdullah said.
Officials said the explosion caused damages to buildings located within a four-kilometer radius.
Abdullah Habibizai, acting Kabul mayor, told reporters that the incident had caused about a billion Afghanis loss. He said a survey was underway and the amount of losses could increase to four million Afghanis. Roshan Telecom, Zanbaq Sabiqa Hotel, Eagger Camp, 1TV, Azizi Bank, German Embassy and Kabul Star Hotel bore the brunt of the situation, he said. Habibzai said the municipality had cleaned the incident area and initial work on repairing damaged roads, footways and government organs such as Ministry of Foreign Affairs, offices of vice-presidents and office of Government Media and Information Center (GMIC) was underway.
 

Saturday June 3, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA) believes the pain of our people is the common pain of all of us and the government fully feels the common pain of the nation.
Our city has witnessed a big pain and sadness in the past few days and for mourning, it is necessary to keep calmness under law enforcement as the enemy is in ambush each moment to harm the people. The government believes that peaceful and civil demonstration held based on the country’s constitution is the right of citizens and the government is obliged to support it. Police and security forces are tasked to maintain order and security of protestors with full patience and by professional behavior and according to code of conduct as cooperation of the people with police can help these forces in maintaining civil order. It is hoped that protestors do not allow misusers to disrupt their civil demonstration.
Afghanistan government is asking elders and civil activists to manage the demonstration in accordance to legal order and common interests of the people. Moreover, the government is also asking civil society organizations and protestors to share their demands through discussion with the government so that a proper, practical and common way will be sought for solution of current problems. We all know that the people by full perception step to civil demonstrations, but those who are trying to disrupt civil order will not be allowed to make use of the people’s sentiments against their interests. The government of Afghanistan perceives holy sentiments of the people and is praising media for responsibly covering the situation. Leading body of Afghanistan government is committed to hear legal demands of the people and will be addressed in accordance to the country’s laws. The government of Afghanistan assures and is committed to seriously review recent terrorist incident and will punish those who have neglected in maintaining security of our people and serious measures are adopted for prevention of such incidents. The government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is deeply expressing its sadness over killing and injuring of a number of our countrymen in Kabul protests and extending condolence to the victim families.
 

Saturday June 3, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a meeting Thursday with foreign ambassadors and representatives of various international organizations to Kabul said that Kabul Process conference would be held on its due time in Kabul.
In the meeting held in presidential palace, President Ghani praised various countries and international organizations for expressing sorrow and extending condolence to the people and government of Afghanistan over recent Kabul explosion. He said ministry of urban development and Kabul municipality had been instructed to renovate buildings including foreign embassies damaged due to recent terrorist incident in Kabul.
The country’s President further said that Afghanistan geographical location was connecting South to Central Asia and Europe; therefore, terrorist groups were trying to make safe haven in Afghanistan and by deteriorating and destabilizing Afghanistan they wanted also to destabilize the region and world, adding that all terrorist groups should be seen as a common threat. President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani asserted that ‘Kabul Process’ conference would be not only for Afghanistan but also for the region and world, adding that the process would be led by Afghanistan government and practical steps would be taken in this regard based on common visions. He further said that regional countries had common cooperation points and had been knotted in various sectors and we could have sound economic and cultural relations through diplomacy and regional cooperation.
 

Saturday June 3, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive (CE) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Thursday met the Iranian Ambassador to Afghanistan, the presidential press office said.
The meeting at Presidential Palace was also attended by the deputy foreign minister, Hikmat Khalil Karzai, and Director General of Administrative Office of the President, Abdul Salaam Rahimi. According to the statement, the ambassador Mohammad Reza Bahrami, on behalf of the Iranian government and people, offered sympathies and condolences to the president and all Afghans over Wednesday’s barbaric attack.
While pointing to the ‘Kabul Process’ which is set to be organized in near future, he said the Iranian government supported the initiative. President Ghani thanked the ambassador for sharing Afghans’ grief, saying Afghanistan was ready to initiate talks with Iran within the framework of five cooperation committees.  Both sides also stressed bilateral cooperation in various fields.
 

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