26 April 2017

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Monday, April 24, 2017
Kabul (BNA)President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Saturday night held a videoconference with senior officials of 34 provinces, during which he discussed the country’s security situation particularly the Friday attack, his office said in a statement.
According to the statement, the president also discussed Friday’s attack on Shaheen 209 Corps in Balkh which has reportedly claimed more than 130 lives and injured dozens.
President Ghani said investigations into the deadly incident has started and that the deputy minister of defense, the deputy head of the national directorate for security and the chief of army staff are at the scene in order to carry on the probe, the statement added.
He added that measures have been taken to shift the bodies of martyred soldiers to their families, the statement continued.
“We should realize that the type of Afghanistan’s war has changed. After failing on the battlefields, the enemies are targeting civilians, mosques, religious scholars, women, youths and children,” the president said during the video conference.
The president said that Afghanistan’s war was not an internal war, adding we were on the frontline of an international war and fighting international terrorism, the statement added.
He stated that “today there is a need for a public besiege and all should raise their voices against crimes by terrorists, because this is a common pain for all the people”.
“Our determination in fighting terrorism and against the enemies of Afghanistan will not change,” the president said.
According to the statement, defense and interior ministers, the NDS chief, ministers of education, higher education, hajj and religious affairs, deputy minister of information and culture and other senior officials were also present in the meeting.

Sunday, April 23, 2017
Kabul (BNA) The youth national symposium for sustainable development attended by a number of youth, representatives of international organizations, civil society activists, men of culture and media men, was concluded here yesterday with closing remarks of the second vice president Mohammad Sarwar Danesh.
Thanking the organizers of the symposium, the second vice president called Afghanistan a young country and young generation as the founders of new Afghanistan. He said youth are not only the hope of the country, but also make the future of the same.
VP Danesh said government was determined to make the government administration a young one, adding the national unity government has made further efforts and the administration has been further younger in the last two years.
Pointing to current situation, the second vice president said Afghanistan was going forward with a legitimate and elected government, calling those remarks diverting the society toward opposite directions as meaningless.
Pointing to remarks of some of the politicians, the second vice president said remarks was not only a green light for the enemies, but also shows disrespect to sacrifices of the Afghan forces. He said even these politicians criticize the government and its allies attack on militants. Hinting to Daesh attack of protesters in Kabul, VP Danesh said these terrorists never give up to target innocent people and even exploded people with bombs. He said Afghan nation would never return to dark days and the youth play key role in sustainable development of the country, adding they should be eased with essential facilities such as technology.

Sunday, April 23, 2017
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with a number of elders, influential and religious scholars of Nangarhar province here on Friday, hearing their problems and demands in line with insecurity and other social and economic problems, a presidential statement said.
At the outset, Nangarhar governor Gulab Mangal praised bravery of the people, saying Nangarhar people was victims of Daesh and international terrorism.
He also briefed the president on good governance, fight against corruption, land grabbing, coordination among government institutions, applying tax on powerful individuals, increase in revenue, inauguration of factories, education and refugees in Nangarhar province.
Representing others, Malik Nazir thanked the president for his attention, especially in war against Daesh militants and praised the security forces operation against the militant in the province, in particular in Shinwar district, the statement added.
Pointing to president Ghani’s remarks on bridging the gap between presidential palace and the mosques, religious scholar Zahir Haqqani said they were standing beside their government and the security forces and would reveal the true faces of Daesh militants.
“In line with Islamic teachings and holy Quran, those being killed in fight against Daesh would be martyred.  As Daesh destroys hospitals, killing innocent people and making women their servant,” he added.
Pointing to Daesh destructive activities in Nangarhar province, Malik Usman said he was from Achin district and has witnessed their barbarism.  He said US MOAB attack didn’t affect the ordinary people, asking government to further take decisive actions against Daesh militants.
Praising Nangarhar people’s bravery, in particular people of Shinwar district in fight against Daesh and the international terrorism, President Ghani called their commitment and bravery a clear message the terrorists.
The president called Daesh the enemies of people and the religion, adding the militants seeking ways to destroy their country, but Afghanistan nation was committed to build their country and turn it as matter of pride in international level.
The president said government would not spare any effort to beat Daesh, adding the war imposed on Afghans, where Daesh and international terrorism want to destroy the country and build their safe havens.
The president said would help the IDPs and would turn the province to feed other parts of the country rather than to be dependent to others.  The President also shared grief with Beba Niaz, who lost her three sons in fight against Daesh, where another son was also injured, granting her the high state medal of Malali for her bravery.
The Nangarhar elders tighten turban of honor for President Ghani, wishing him success in good governance and fight against terrorism.
At the end, the provincial elders handed over horse of the Daesh Khurrasan leader Hafiz Saeed to President Ghani, Hafiz Saeed was earlier killed in clash with Afghan Forces.

Saturday, April 22, 2017
Kabul (BNA)  The second vice president Mohammad Sarwar Danesh met elders, influential, scholars, women’s council representatives, youth and head of provincial council for Daikundi province here on Wednesday, a statement said.
According to the statement of VP office, Daikundi residents enumerated series of their problems, including lack of health-care facilities, insufficient educational centers, no proper asphalted roads, no access to energy, lack of sport facilities, lack of airport, inattention to security of the province, non-implementation of infrastructural projects, asking national unity government seriously address their demands.
Thanking Daikundi people for better coordination of their demands, the second vice president assured them to address their demands in close coordination with government organs.
He also said extending energy was government’s main responsibility.  VP Danesh said government was determined to provide the central provinces with energy, construction of roads and other public welfare projects. 

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