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Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Turkish President, Abdullah Gul, has sent a letter of condolences to President Hamid Karzai in which he has offered his deep condolences and sympathies on the terrorist attack in the province of Faryab.
The letter says that at a time when our joint efforts are expanding for enhanced regional cooperation for Afghanistan, we strongly condemn the abhorrent attack.
In the letter, he reaffirms his country’s support to Afghanistan and offers condolences to the families of the victims and prays for a rapid recovery of those wounded.
In separate letters, the government of Spain and the French Foreign Ministry have also condemned the bombing in the city of Maimana and presented their condolences for the loss of civilian lives in the incident.
The Spanish government’s message adds that the government of Spain condemns the attack in the strongest terms and conveys its full support to the Afghan people in their struggle to eradicate the scourge of terrorism and to ensure a future of peace, stability, progress and peaceful living for all Afghans.
The condolence letter of the French Foreign Ministry says, France presents its deep condolences to the people of Afghanistan and the families of the soldiers who were killed in the barbaric attack.
The letter further says, France reaffirms its solidarity with Afghan authorities as they fight violence.
 

Monday, October 29, 2012
Kabul (BNA) It’s expected that the UN Human Rights Commission announce its new strategy with respect to the protection of fundamental rights of the women in Afghanistan until the end of 2013. 
In a press release, the UN human rights commission has expressed concerns over the expected threat that could hinder protection of women rights in Afghanistan after 2014 following international troop’s pullout from the country.
In the announcement, the UN has predicted that decrease on international financial assistance to Afghanistan and lack of global focus on the Afghan situations could endanger human rights protection in the country after 2014. 
The UN announcement warmly welcomed by some parliamentarians and women rights activists.
The UN human rights organization also appreciated recent statement of US secretary of state Hilary Clinton in which she emphasized on formulating fresh strategy regarding protection of women rights in the country after 2014 and the UN has also recommended a number of important guidelines to honor women rights in Afghanistan after international troop withdrawal.
Meanwhile, Farkhunda Zahra Naderi parliament’s lawmakers rights and allowances commission member described the US secretary of state Hilary Clinton as one of the major activist of women rights and announced her strategy as one of the milestone endeavor on way of protecting women rights by 2014 foreign troop’s pullout.
Farkhunda also commented on election of women in formation of the Supreme Court and appreciated the concerned authorities of focusing on contribution of women in various spheres and strongly refused negative assertions on upcoming crisis in the country after 2014.
Beside the upper challenges, reports show that violence against women noticeably increased in the country and Afghanistan’s independent human rights commission has also recorded its apprehensions over the issue of violence on women in different parts of the country and has emphasized on legal and judicial organs to bring the culprits into justice.
 

Monday, October 29, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Presidential spokesperson Emal Faizi talking to the press at the government media center on the recent US diplomats assertions on the Durand Line said that the assertions of the US diplomats on the Durand Line is their persistent position but these assertions will not impact the position of the people and the government of Afghanistan.
He added that the Durand Line is an historical and legal issue that foreign countries cannot take decision on this, but this depends on the people of Afghanistan to decide on it.
In respect to the 2014 presidential elections he reiterated that the government of Afghanistan is hopeful and committed that this elections is held on due date and in transparent and just form.
He called membership of two foreigners at the Election Complaint commission against the constitution and the national sovereignty of the country and added that election is an internal issue of Afghanistan and it is not ten years ago but the Afghanistan of today has the required capacities to use it in its elections. 
As regards possible intervention of the government in the elections he called this empty allegation and added that Afghanistan is committed towards democracy and is an independent country and has freedom of speech, media and the parliament each of which can supervise the election process and to check any interventions. 
He also informed the media on the increase of budget for Afghan students studying in foreign countries and said that the government now has allocated USD15 million instead of the past USD10 million and hereafter every years this budget will be allocated for the education of Afghan students studying in foreign countries.
 

Monday, October 29, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Hamid Karzai the president of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan had received the credential letter of the new ambassador of Indonesia to Afghanistan Ansuri Tajuddin.
The president in meeting with the ambassador described Indonesia as the old and historic friend of Afghanistan.
The Indonesian ambassador at the meeting said Indonesia would continue to support Afghanistan.