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Saturday, November 10, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The representative of UNHCR says that the organization has provided hundreds of millions of US dollars to the Afghan refugees in Pakistan.
A source of the organization said that recently Neel Right the UNHCR representative has met with Shaukatullah Minister of Sate of Pakistan in Refugee Affairs to discuss the UNHCR assistance to the Afghan refugees there.
Neel Right also met with some Afghan refugees families intending to return to Afghanistan as well. 
The Pakistani Minister said that Pakistan is trying to prepare a mechanism for Afghan refugees in Pakistan for 2013 and farther than that and this strategy needs the adoption of Pakistan cabinet. 
He emphasized that the Afghan refugees return to their country will be facilitated on voluntary and honorable basis.
The UNHCR representative said that this organization has supported the Pakistani government and has provided hundreds of millions of US dollars for the Afghan refugees who are in Pakistan for over three decades.
He added that the principle of voluntary and honorable return will observed and no refugee will be forced to return to their country.

Saturday, 10 November 2012 06:08

5 Private Schools Dissolved: Minister

Saturday, November 10, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The Minister of Education Farouq Wardakk has said that five private schools had been dissolved. 
In this address to open the new complementary building of Rabia Balkhi Lycee, here the other day, he warned not to allow looting people in the name of running private schools. 
Only in Kabul, he added there are 662 private schools with many of them with poor standard. 
He also expressed satisfaction over the operation of 116 private schools, saying the operation of 25 private schools has been suspended.

Saturday, November 10, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The House of People has rejected the government’s political manifesto with majority, press office of the house said the other day. 
In its session with Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi on the chair, according to the source, four international agreements were approved. 
In the house, variety of issues including creating concerns by some experts and media outlets after 2014 had been criticized, saying expressing such opinion would undermine the process of investment in the country. 
The lawmakers also said that lack of comprehensive economic planning after 2014 would cause capital flee from the country. 
They also welcomed the enlisting of Haqani network in the black list of United Nations. 
However, lashed at efforts to establish Mujahideen Shura or council, saying in the presence of national security forces it is illegal to form Mujahideen Shura.

Saturday, November 10, 2012
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai met yesterday afternoon with Mrs. Eingolok Shenawata Prime Minister of Thailand during which both sides emphasized on further expansion of cooperation between the two nations.
President Karzai while emphasizing that satisfactory progress has been made in higher education in Afghanistan said that the government of Afghanistan wants to educate additional students from its own national budget in foreign countries and asked the Prime Minister of Thailand to facilitate the education of a number of Afghan students in medical and engineering reads in that country’s universities. 
The prime minister of Thailand welcome president Karzai’s proposal and expressed her government’s readiness in this respect.
The Thailand Premier expressed the willingness of her government for investment in Afghanistan and said that one of the oil and gas companies in Thailand named PODT wishes to invest in petroleum and gas areas in Afghanistan.
Both sides agreed that a Thailand delegation visit Afghanistan in the near future and see for itself the possibility of Thailand investment in different areas in Afghanistan. 
At this meeting both sides exchanged views on the successful experience gained by Thailand in elimination of poppy cultivation in that country and dwelt on cooperation of Thailand in training of Afghan security forces.

Saturday, November 10, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Addressing the inaugural ceremony of the Bali fifth democracy gathering, Indonesia president Karzai said that in accordance with the experiences attained by Afghanistan, democracy succeeds when the people of the country are adapted with the values of their traditions.
President Karzai praised and thanked the Indonesian president for the warm hospitality and for hosting this gathering and added that we are witnessing the fast growing of democracy in the world. 
Such a move that bas the motive of change and has demanding root and has come up from the demands of the 21st century.
He assessed practicing of democracy in Afghanistan in the past several years as very positive and successful and added that our experience has been far higher than our expectations and very successful and success comes when one is loyal to its values and the traditions of the people permit that and one of them is the grand assembly (Loya Jirga) of the people of Afghanistan. 
Touching on the world governance, the president added that there are foundations that are not donor or democratic. For instance, the security council of the UN that does not manifests all of us and by having the right of veto of its five members is not democratic and the relations of the security council with the UN is also not democratic and we all hope these become democratic. 
Talking on the forthcoming elections of Afghanistan president Karzai said that we shall make all possible efforts so that the forthcoming presidential elections is held in better manner and wish that the international community to cooperate us in better holding of this election and by doing this, we shall take good steps towards ad certain and democratic tomorrow Afghanistan.
President Karzai stressed that democracy succeeds when domestic power gains roots and it reflects that society’s specific conditions.

Statement by
His Excellency Hamid Karzai, President Of The Islamic Republic Of Afghanistan At the 5th Bali Democracy Forum
8 November 2012
Bali, Indonesia
بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم
Excellency President Yudhoyono,
Your Majesty,
Excellencies, Heads of State and Governments,
Distinguished Delegates,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Asalam u Alaikum,

Mr. President, thank you very much for your kind invitation to Afghanistan to participate in this very important forum for all of us, the forum for democracy and I am particularly grateful to you for inviting me now twice to this forum
For us, the people of Afghanistan to join our brothers and sisters in Indonesia is a particular pleasure and honor.
The key themes of this forum – democracy and global governance – are actually relevant to our collective interest and concerns. We see across the world an ever-accelerating movement towards democracy, driven as much by historic dynamics of change and transformation, as by newly emerging trends that are unique to the 21st century. Democracy today is not only a manifestation of the quest of people for freedom, equality and self-determination – but also of the emergence of a globalized society, social activation, social media and of course the evolution we see in communication technologies.
On the other hand, while the universal ideals of democracy are paramount, the question of democracy as a just and desirable system of government is far from settled. Indeed, as democracy spreads across the globe as a system of government, its contradictions and drawbacks come to the fore as well.
For nations, ladies and gentlemen, such as Afghanistan, the real test of the desirability of a democratic system is not only in bestowing individual freedoms or promoting public participation in elections, but actually in the degree to which it promotes inclusiveness, stability, progress and a future of hope for our people. Besides, for a democratic system of government to promote justice and progress, it must be anchored in good governance and the rule of law, which we find in Afghanistan to be of paramount importance in order for democracy to take roots and get promoted.
My own view, ladies and gentlemen, founded in Afghanistan’s intermittent experience of democratization from the beginning of the 21 century to the more in-depth attempt that we had ten years ago suggests that democracy will succeed as it did this time in Afghanistan if and when it is in a movement together concomitant with the traditions and values of a country and of people. Afghanistan’s experience in the 20th century suffered twice or three times, because this aspect of it was not taken care of. Afghanistan’s experience this time has succeeded better than our expectations, because we also relied heavily on values and democratic practices that the Afghan traditions allow. One of such practices is the Afghan Loya Jirga, or Grand Council of the Afghan people. We have had now two presidential elections and provincial elections, and two parliamentary elections. We saw that people participated in those elections in spite of the violence against them. We experienced women travelling for hours on foot in snow and cold in order to go and vote. We have an example, excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, of the first presidential elections in 2005, where a woman in the province of Farah came to the voting station carrying a card of voting belonging to her daughter who had just given birth to a baby. She said, “ I am here to vote for my daughter too”. The voting officer told her that she could not do it and only the owner of the card could vote. So she went back and after a while came back with her carrying with the newborn baby to cast her vote.
This signifies to us that the country was now on the right track and truly and deeply into a democratic practice. As a consequence of that, today in Afghanistan, we have 27 percent of our parliament made up of women. We have been participating in media and economic and social activities of the country. We have a senate and a house of representatives, and we will have in a year and half from today, the third presidential elections in Afghanistan, which we are trying our best to conduct properly, we hope that the international community will also assist us in conducting those elections properly. That will take Afghanistan many, many steps further into a stronger, democratic future and definitely a better, over all, future. But of course, as President Yodhuyono in his address said, democracy can only succeed and better succeed if it is homegrown and anchored in the conditions of a particular society or a nation. That is indeed true and that is what we have learnt in Afghanistan as well.
Coming to the global democratic governance, I think there is no disagreement here, that it isn’t just nor is it very democratic, the security council does not represent all of us, the five permanent members having the right of veto is not democratic and the relationship between the Security Council and the General Assembly is not democratic and of course, we all wish it to be democratic. How do we get there, Afghanistan is too small and insignificant to make an impact but the talk we will, democracy allows that, the freedom of speech. So we do ask for a more democratic global order and we hope all of us together can push for that.
And Mr. President! I thank you once again for inviting us here today and for the very noble initiative of convening a democratic forum in Bali. We all need to take this noble course forward and deliver it properly to ourselves and by extension to the global governance.
Thank you very, very much

Saturday, 10-11-2012
Kabul (BNA) In the context of the Bali Democracy Forum in Indonesia, President Hamid Karzai held, this afternoon in the city of Bali, a bilateral meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The meeting focused on issues of mutual interest including enhanced bilateral cooperation as well as the importance of continued Turkish role in helping Afghanistan’s peace process and in securing regional support to confront the common security threats.
President Karzai and Prime Minister Erdogan also discussed the effective role that the trilateral summits involving Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkey can play in furthering the mutual confidence and trust as well as cooperation among the regional countries especially in fighting terrorism and extremism.
Calling Pakistan’s role important in fighting terrorism and extremism, the two leaders underscored the need for the tripartite framework of talks to continue.

Saturday, 10-11-2012
Kabul (BNA) In the city of Bali on Friday, President Hamid Karzai and Indonesian President, Susilo Bambang strongly committed themselves to enhancing bilateral political, trade and cultural cooperation.
Following a bilateral meeting between the two Presidents, documents of friendship and cooperation were signed between the respective ministries of the two countries on Afghanistan-Indonesia Friendship and Cooperation, visa exemption for holders of diplomatic and service passports and on bilateral consultations as well as on cultural exchange programs.
In presence to the signing ceremony were the two Presidents, who then briefed the media on the results of their discussions and meeting. President Bambang welcomed President Karzai and said, “We conducted a bilateral meeting today to further enhance the cooperation and the partnership at the bilateral level for our two countries in the near future.”
He further said, “The bilateral meeting we conducted was very productive. We discussed cooperation that is currently undergoing and more importantly we discussed how to enhance the cooperation in the field of economics, education and culture and other fields. We agreed to appoint our relevant ministers so that the outcome of today’s meeting can be followed through.”
President Bambang hailed the thoughts President Karzai delivered in his speech in the 5th Bali Democracy Forum and said, “I just wish to thank President Karzai for the speech he delivered yesterday, it was very important and had strong messages to the world on the importance of values and principles of democracy to be implemented throughout the world.”
“I also conveyed my support and trust to the leadership of President Karzai lead Afghanistan in overcoming the problems and the challenges.” said President Bambang.
Speaking in the same press availability, President Karzai called Indonesia an old friend of Afghanistan and thanked it for its initiatives and the efforts it is making to promote democracy in the world. “Afghanistan is doing all it can to participate in the initiative Indonesia has launched as the biggest Muslim country to promote democracy.” The President said.
He further added, “ We discussed today a range of issues of bilateral relations in which Indonesia in particular offered to help Afghanistan in areas of education, capacity building and I requested from the Afghan side that Indonesian businesses are welcome to Afghanistan.”
At the conclusion of the bilateral meeting, a joint statement was issued in which particular focus was placed on several avenues of cooperation and assistance Indonesia can offer to Afghanistan including in technical, capacity building, agriculture and in women empowerment fields.

Thursday, November, 08, 2012/
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai congratulates President Barack Obama on his re-election as the President of the United States of America in the US Presidential Elections.
President Hamid Karzai, who is currently on an official trip to Indonesia to participate in the 5th Bali Democracy Forum, learnt of the results of the US elections and expresses his and that of the people of the Afghanistan’s congratulations to President Obama and wishes him further success.
President Karzai also hopes that with the re-election of President Obama, the bilateral relations between Afghanistan and the United States could further expand on the basis of mutual interests of the two countries.


Wednesday, 07 November 2012 10:51

Taliban Kills 2 Bakers In Nangarhar

Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Jalalabad (BNA) Two bakers were martyred by Taliban in Khogyani district of Nangarhar province yesterday. 
This event happened in Khogyani district when a group of armed Taliban attacked on a bakery. 
Sayed Rahman Momand governor of Khogyani district said to BNA, Taliban killed two brothers which were bakers in the district. 
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