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Saturday February 17, 2018

Jalalabad City (BNA) About 22 fighters of Islamic State for Syria and Iraq (ISIS) terrorist group were killed following air and ground attacks carried out by Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) in eastern Nangarhar province during the last 24 hours.
The ISIS loyalists targeted and killed in Dor Baba, Heska Mena and Koot districts of the province.
Ataullah Khogyani provincial spokesman for Nangarhar told BNA reporter, at least 22 ISIS adherents were killed following the raids.
The adherents were involved on organizing a series of terrorist activities, which targeted and killed by air and ground attacks, the source added.
According to another report, Afghan security personnel by discovering and defusing four round of different type of mines succeeded to prevent series of blasts in crowded areas of Nangarhar province.
No one was arrested accused of the mine planting so far.
At the same time, two weapon storages belonging terrorist groups have been seized by Afghan security personnel in Lal Poor and Acheen districts of Nangarhar province.
Some heavy and light weapons have been discovered from the storages.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

Saturday, 17 February 2018 10:37

1000 Destitute Families Receive Aids

Saturday February 17, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Foodstuffs have been distributed to hundreds returned, war-affected and poor families in eastern Nangarhar province.
Ghulam Haidar Faqirzai head of refugees and repatriation department in Nangarhar said BNA correspondent, in this round 1000 destitute, war-damaged and returned families from Pakistan have received the assistances.
The distribution aids include, flour, cooking ghee, peace and salt, which provided by World Food Program (WFP), Faqirzai added.
Process of aids distribution to needy, war-affected and returned families from Pakistan continuing in the province.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

Saturday February 17, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The overall situation in Afghanistan will deteriorate modestly this year, a top American spy master told lawmakers on Tuesday adding that Pakistan-supported terrorist groups would continue to attacks inside Afghanistan from its safe havens across the border.
“Militant groups supported by Islamabad will continue to take advantage of their safe havens in Pakistan to plan and conduct attacks in India and Afghanistan, including against US interests,” Dan Coats, Director National Intelligence said in his testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
Pakistan, he said, will continue to threaten US interests by deploying new nuclear weapons capabilities, maintaining its ties to militants, restricting counterterrorism cooperation, and drawing closer to China. “The overall situation in Afghanistan probably will deteriorate modestly this year in the face of persistent political instability, sustained attacks by the Taliban-led insurgency, unsteady Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) performance, and chronic financial shortfalls,” Coats said. The Afghan national security forces probably will maintain control of most major population centers with coalition force support, but the intensity and geographic scope of Taliban activities will put those centers under continued strain, he added.
Coats said extremists—most notably ISIS and al-Qa‘ida—pose continuing terrorist threats to US interests and partners worldwide, while US-based homegrown violent extremists (HVEs) will remain the most prevalent Sunni violent extremist threat in the United States. “ISIS and al-Qa‘ida and their respective networks will be persistent threats, as will groups not subordinate to them, such as the Haqqani Taliban Network,” Coats said. National Security Council spokesman Qader Shah said Afghan forces to continue fighting the terrorists and extremists and won’t allow them to achieve their goals. He said Afghan forces were fighting 20 different terrorists in Afghanistan.
“We want further pressures on Pakistan and those countries supporting terror in Afghanistan. During the recent trip of the Afghan delegation to Pakistan, we have suggested Pakistan to ban hospital and those institutions providing services to Taliban, Qader Shah added. According to National Security Council spokesman a stable Afghanistan depends on elimination of the terrorists’ safe havens beyond Afghan soil, adding Afghan forces were not allowing any terrorists to establish their sanctuaries in Afghanistan and to target the neighboring countries. ‘The safe sanctuaries in Pakistan should be targeted. Pakistan should take steps against them not only for Afghan people, but for the stability and peace of its own citizens,” Qader Shah added.
Meanwhile the civil society activists and political experts believe that U.S. and the international community must apply pressures on Pakistan to achieve peace in the region. “The recent CIA chief’s remarks on Pakistan’s support of terrorism is not new. Afghanistan has already submitted evidence to them. Afghans demand tangible steps by US and the international community on safe havens,” civil society activist Aziz Rafeyee said. Praising US recent stance against Pakistan, political expert Jawid Kohistani says such move would leave positive impact on situation in Afghanistan. “Pakistan should be enlisted as terrorism-sponsored country. US must put further pressures on the country so that to step up efforts for peace and stability in Afghanistan,” Kohistani added.
Raiszada
 

Saturday February 17, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan is a mountainous and historical country where has over 5000 years historical background and geographically located in the heart of Asia. It is rich of mines and rivers particularly Badakhshan’s Zarshoryan river, green valleys and deserts full of different types of plants. There are many historical sites and cities where are home to hundreds of historical relics and monuments as well as cultural heritages which are famous worldwide.
Museums which are part of historical monuments are in fact showing cultural and historical identification of a society. Thus, protection and preservation of historical monuments are the responsibility of every Afghan. Afghanistan is rich in having historical and cultural heritages as Buddha statue and remains of Ghulghula and Zahak in Bamyan, Ikhtyaruddin Castle and minarets in Herat, Minaret of Jam in Ghor, nine domes in Balkh, Jamshid Throne in Samangan and historical monuments in Ghazni, all called as cultural heritages of the country.
The respective historical monuments and heritages such in fact narrate glory and clear past of our history and culture. Before starting civil wars, the people of Afghanistan had been witnessing world tourists visiting the country, through which the government and people had been earning much revenue. But unfortunately, due to imposed wars and inattention of some uneducated people, cultural heritages and historical monuments in many provinces where the people could also see wild animals and birds have been affected. Fortunately, with formation of the new government and cooperation of the people, a number of historical monuments, natural views and cultural heritages in some provinces such as Ghazni, Herat, Bamyan, Badakhshan and etc… have recently been reconstructed.
After continued efforts of the government and UNESCO, Ghazni had been selected as Islamic countries cultural center—a move which was recognized as a great achievement in 2013. Besides, Bamyan with first national park and Band-e-Amir has been suggested as Islamic countries touristic city in 2020 which is one of the government and the ministry of information and culture’s achievements. Likewise, Badakhshan and Herat with historical sites, wildlife and intact culture are among the provinces where enjoy touristic attractions.
Therefore, it is hoped the government pays serious heed and further draws the world attention to reconstruct the remaining historical sites, an action that would also provide the ground for job opportunities.  The government should also pave the way to aware the people of deforestation effects and further preserve the historical sites so the tourists can visit the country like before.
Karima Malikzada
 

Saturday, 17 February 2018 07:33

Tense Relation Between America And Pakistan

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Pakistan will include on the list of financial supporters of terrorism
USA wants to include Pakistan on the list of countries financially support terrorists activities.
Miftah Ismael acting finance minister of Pakistan has said to Reuters News Agency that USA and Britain several weeks ago took steps in that regard, then encouraged France and Germany to take part in it.
Pakistan recently did its best to prevent including the name of the country on list of countries violating Counter - Money Laundering Organization principles.
This Pakistani high ranking official has said that we they are working with USA, UK, France and Germany not to include Pakistan on the list of countries funding terrorist activities. He added they hoped even the US and UK don not exclude Pakistan from the list they would go through the ordeal successfully and Pakistan would not include on the list.
Counter- Money Laundering Organization is an organization that fights against countries that fund terrorist activities and including the name of Pakistan on the list may harm the economy of that country.  
It is expected the Counter - Money Laundering Organization member countries hold their session in Paris and may include Pakistan on the list of countries funding terrorism.
Earlier to this, Pakistan was also on black list of that Organization.
The counter money laundering organization earlier had warned Islamabad, if not increase its efforts for preventing for coming money for extremists, the country would once again includes on the list of the organization.
Pakistani authorities have expressed concern that if the country on the list of the countries funding terrorist activities it would be hard for Islamabad to loan from international markets.
Meanwhile, including Pakistan on the black list, it will limit foreign investments in that country that would harmful for weak economy of the country.  The warning comes in time, Taliban dealing their money dealing via Pakistan, establishing a company under a pseudo name.
Drug trafficking, looting the mines of Afghanistan, abducting people and other illegal means are the main revenues of Taliban that mostly provided through Pakistan and some Gulf countries.
An American authority has confirmed the above information.
On the other hand US intelligence services have warned that Pakistani Army threats US interests in Afghanistan.
In annual reports of six American intelligence organs have claimed that Pakistan developing nuclear weapons, supporting Taliban, Haqni’s terrorist network and other terrorist groups and limiting the cooperation of counter terrorism organs with Washington and closing its links with China, threats US interests in the region.
The authorities of six US intelligence organs recently presented a report about the threats to the senators of that country.
The chief of US national intelligence service says that the Pakistani military leaders are passing through the red line. The operation of Pakistan Army against Taliban and other terrorist groups, openly indicate that they do something against terrorism, but they are not caused enough pressure on terrorists.
He added, their assessments indicate that the terrorist groups stationed in Pakistan still use their sanctuaries and hideouts in soil of Pakistan and carry out their attacks Afghanistan, India and US interests in the region.
The statements indicate that the relation between US and Pakistan is tense and the only solution for normalizing the relation, Pakistan should desist from its adventurous policies which are over the capability and capacity of that that country.  
 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Kabul (BNA)  Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah in a statement on Friday said that distribution of e-Tazkiras as national issues needed further discussions and the process should be started after national consensus and general agreement of all.
In order to reach national consensus and agreement of all sides and to prevent from further differences, chief executive office wants the process to be postponed, the statement said.
The statement added that the country’s chief executive would soon talk to the President in this regard.  Distribution of e-Tazkiras should be discussed and resolved in government level.
 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah participated Thursday in a conference held for counter extremism.
Addressing to participants in the conference, the country’s chief executive said:  “Taliban, Daesh, al Qaeda and other terrorist groups that have regional goals are killing innocent people and perpetrate crimes against humanity in Afghanistan./”
Stressing on the culture of moderation in the society, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah said Muslims by following moderation should get united against terrorism and extremism.
The country’s chief executive by pointing to daily issues said that all should be patient when criticized, adding that we all should have the courage to accept problem and prevent from extremism in the country.
In the conference, chief executive second deputy Mohammad Muhaqiq also delivered speech and said big Islamic and academic centers of the world should get united and jointly fight extremism and terrorism.
Scientific figures and religious scholars from Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, India and Egypt attended the “Peace, Media and Good Governance’ conference held on Thursday in Kabul.
 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The first meeting of Hidden Cultural Heritages Commission, chaired by Prof. Mohammad Rassoul Bawari, the acting minister of information and culture, discussing the ways on how to identify the heritage for registration with the UNESCO, BNA reported Thursday.
The acting ministers, pointing to the regional momentums of registering the hidden cultural heritages with the UNESCO, said that in first step there is a need to identify them and then enlist for registration with the organization, said the agency.
The participant also emphasized on the collection of data about the hidden cultural heritages and said that creation of a single administration for this porpoise was a need, the agency added.
The acting minister said representatives from Agha Khan Cultural Institution, Goethe Institute, Firuz Koh institution and French Embassy should be invited to the next meeting of the commission, according to the agency.
The people culture directorate was also tasked to ask the related provincial organs to identify the hidden cultural heritages, according to the agency.
 

Saturday, 17 February 2018 07:25

CE Abdullah Meets S. Korean Ambassador

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met with the S. Korean Ambassador at the Spidar Palace and congratulated him for his new job in Afghanistan, the CE office said in a statement.
The CE hoped success to the newly Korean ambassador and called for extension of cooperation between the two countries, according to the statement.
The statement, also quoted the Korean ambassador to be hoping that relation between Afghanistan and Korea could strengthen within his mission and that his country provides up to 80 million USD each year in aid for Afghanistan and assured that the cooperation would continue.
The CE also hoped that the assistance could continue, particularly in the field of humanitarian and military affair, for Afghanistan, the statement said.
 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a meeting with women officers said: “Today is an exceptional day that Afghan brave women change the future of Afghanistan.”
The meeting which was held by the First Lady of the country at Presidential Palace, President Ghani while addressing to young Afghan women officers said: “You are the first defenders of the country.”
“there is no discrimination in the country’s national defense and security forces as discrimination with women in ANDSF is in fact discrimination with the President,” said the country’s President adding that Afghan women have been always in frontline of battle and have shone well in the country’s history.
President Ghani asked women officers to thank their families for sending them to the country’s security forces, saying that women have overcome challenges that were preventing them from participation in the country’s President believed that each one of the woman officer could serve to her country and people despite of challenges.
 

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