23 February 2017

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs gave a list of 32 terrorist training centers that are operating on Pakistani soil against Afghanistan to Pakistani authorities through Afghan Ambassador to Islamabad and asked for immediate action against these centers.
The letter given to the Pakistani side also includes once again, the names of 85 Taliban leaders, officials and other terrorist groups, including the Haqqani Network who has been responsible for crimes against the Afghan people so that Pakistan take action to arrest and hand them over to the Afghan government.
It is noteworthy that the initial response of the Pakistani authorities to the list was positive this morning and we hope the country take practical steps in this regard.
The Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan once again desires to discuss and take responsible action jointly with the government of Pakistan on the lists and concerns of both sides, particularly within the framework of quadrilateral cooperation group.
The Government of Afghanistan emphasizes that if violence continues against the people of Afghanistan, it will continue its efforts to increase sanctions against all terrorist groups and their supporters through international mechanisms, especially the United Nations.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Speaker of Lower House of Afghanistan parliament has accused Pakistan of supporting terrorist groups in Afghanistan and the region.
Bakhtar News Agency (BNA) reporter reports that speaker of the house Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi has said that terrorism was the biggest and most serious issue in South Asia in which Afghanistan was the main victim of it.
He stressed that Pakistan rulers were apparently supporting terrorism and their policy towards terrorism was not in benefit of the regional countries, which could be a big threat to Pakistan itself in future.
The statement came after Pakistan accused Afghanistan followed by recent terrorist attacks in Pakistan, saying that perpetrators of the incidents were in Afghanistan and the country’s militaries have conduced rocket and mortar attacks on eastern parts of Afghanistan.
Pakistan recent stance has been followed by serious reactions in Afghanistan as speaker of house of people called Pakistan as main supporter of terrorism in the region – President Ghani has warned Pakistan continued attacks on Afghanistan and insisted that the issue would be shared with UN.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Eklil Hakimi, Minister of Finance met officials of the Civil Aviation Authority, representatives from National Procurement Authority and Embassy of Italy in his office here yesterday, the ministry said in statement.
The meeting discussed procurement and financial plans of Civil Aviation Authority, Construction, Survey and Maintenance of the Airports in Kabul and provinces (Logar, Nangarhar, Kandahar, Herat, Faryab, Daykundi, Khost, Kunduz, Sheberghan, Faizabad, Maymana, Qala-e-Naw, Jaghori, Lalo Sarjangal, etc). it is confirmed that, the Civil Aviation Authority should provide all its procurement and financial plans with a regular schedule and tax treatment to the Ministry of Finance to develop and complete project works, the statement added.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Chaired by chief executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, council of ministers’ session was held Monday.
In the session, the country’s chief executive in his speech pointed to recent incidents in Pakistan and said Afghanistan government was strongly condemning recent terrorist attacks in particular the terrorist attack on Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine and expressing sympathy in this regard with the people and government of Pakistan.
“The government of Afghanistan considers terrorist groups as a common threat to peace and stability of the region and the world; therefore, we had always been ready to cooperate in fighting such groups and once again we declare our honestly readiness in this regard,” Dr. Abdullah said, adding that even those terrorist groups claimed to be stationed in some parts of Afghanistan were also active in areas under the Taliban control and supported by the latters.
The country’s chief executive stressed that accusing of Afghanistan in support of terrorist groups was not acceptable because Afghanistan foreign policy has been always peaceful and friendly and such policy would continue, but we were all standing beside our security forces in defending life, property of the people and territory of our country.
Dr. Abdullah added that Afghanistan has been victimized of terrorism for years – no terrorist groups were born in our country. Daesh, al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups fighting in Afghanistan and killing our people were born abroad, but Afghanistan was in first row for counter terrorism.
“Afghanistan is honored that has never made use of terrorism as instrument for its foreign policy and considers that there is no difference between terrorists as all terrorist groups are considered as common threat to peace and stability of the world and region”, the country’s chief executive asserted, adding that there has been no change in stance of Afghanistan government towards maintaining lasting peace in the country.
Dr. Abdullah further said that the nature of terrorist groups was to fight governance; therefore, those countries committing mistake in support of terrorism would see consequences of their mistakes.
In other part of his speech, the country’s chief executive instructed cabinet ministers to pay particular attention to development projects in low-developed provinces as such Badghis, Ghor, Nooristan, Uruzgan and Daikundi.

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