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Saturday, June 15, 2019
Herat (BNA) Offensive attack of Taliban and capturing of Gonabad region, Oba District prevented by security forces.
Armed Taliban in a missive gathering wanted to capture police checkpoints and Gonabad region, Oba District, faced with sever resistance of security forces and inflected heavy casualties to Taliban.
General Aminullah Amarhail police chief of Herat said, 20 armed Taliban were killed and ten others have been injured in the clash.
He also confirmed martyring of two militaries in the conflict.
T. Yarzada

Saturday, 15 June 2019 08:52

Bomb Blast Took The Life of Ethnic Elder

Saturday, June 15, 2019
Gardiz (BNA) An ethnic elder has lost his life in explosive of a bomb in Paktia province.
According to reports, a bomb was planted in a vehicle of an ethnic elder and exploded in Shahr-e-Naw bazar, Samkani District.
Sardar Wali Tabasom police spokesman of Paktia told BNA, in the blast the ethnic elder lost his life and two others have been wounded.
So far, the identity of the attackers is not clear yet, security officials of Paktia said, investigation started to identity and arrest the culprits of the event.
T. Yarzada

Saturday, 15 June 2019 06:30

Commentary

Saturday, June 15, 2019
Kabul (BNA) June 14 is the mother day, the mother who lays the base of the family and exercises of having high spiritual value.
BNA social affairs analyst commenting on the issue writes June 14 as a mother day is a good opportunity for valuing the services of a creature full of patience, compassionate and kindness.
Determining a day in a year to honor the mother does not reflect correctly the rights and services of this heavenly creature deserves.
Although a day in a year has named after mother for honoring the status of mother but cannot explain truly the devotions and the services the mothers carry out for training and bring up their sons and children.
In Afghan community, the mothers are facing numerous problems not justifiable among them is continuing war that daily takes the lives of dozens of the citizens and makes   a number of mothers mournful and deadly sad.
There is no bitter incident than this that the Afghan mothers daily receives the coffins of their children who lose their lives in defense of homeland or martyred in terrorist attacks in the city or in the offices. 
The reality is this that the mothers, sisters and couples in Afghanistan are carrying the heavy weight of problems and are the main victim of fighting and other problems of Afghan community and just naming a day after mother cannot reduce the pains and agonies the mothers daily sustained.
Official sources say that presently there are about two million women and girls without Gardiners and six thousands widows in Afghanistan.  Have we really helped these people in the framework of Mather Day as they deserved? 
In addition of war, terror and explosions which have made the mothers in Afghanistan mournful, they are also suffering from other social problems such as violence, poverty and social injustice. The mothers and women in the country are the most oppressed strata in our community that is not just.
There are many mothers and women in Afghan community, suffering from social and family problems and the main victims of social injustice.
We should seek proper ways according to Afghan traditions and Islamic law for pleasing the mothers, because just saying them congratulation for the occasion of mother day is not enough. The day cannot reduce the persistent pains and agonies that are insecurity, daily slaughtering children, poverty and social and economic problems. We can overcome the above problems only when we remove the mother day from its symbolic way and change it in to a means for knowing the realities of women’s life in the country. 

Saturday, June 15, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The meeting of the council of heads of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states began in Ala-Archa state residence in Bishkek on June 14.
President Ashraf Ghani who left Kabul for Bishkek, the capital city of Kyrgyzstan on Thursday addressed the Shangai Cooperation Organization’s summit saying break-through in the Afghan peace process will take time without a regional consensus and addressing Taliban’s independencies with their supporters.
President Ghani said that despite the uncertainly, the SCO member states have reasons for optimism, for adherence to the Shanghai spirit has not only resulted in overcoming of inherited problems but has also created the platform for the historic transformation of Euro-Asia into a continental economy.
“We consider the US commitment to a political solution to be credible and are coordinating to build the necessary international consensus on peace.  But without a regional consensus on peace and addressing Taliban’s interdependencies with their supporters, breakthroughs will take time,” President Ghani said.
The President went on saying that the Afghan government’s mandate for seeking peace with the Taliban comes from the 23-point resolution of the recent Consultative Loya Jirga, whose 3,200 elected members represented the men and women of Afghanistan.
He said that “although the Afghan war is multi-dimensional, reaching a peace agreement with the Taliban is a key component for the reduction of violence”.
Addressing the summit, President Ghani made four suggestions on Afghan peace: A regional and international coalition for peace should be formed, A regional task force should be formed to develop bankable programs and projects for regional connectivity and poverty reduction, The issue of narcotics as a driver of conflict and criminality should be comprehensively addressed within the peace-making and peacebuilding framework, and finally, agreeing to a regional framework for fighting terrorism.
President Ghani said the Afghan government will hold the presidential elections on September 28, focus on peace, implement a program of self-reliance, invest in regional connectivity an renew its international and regional partnerships to pursue the vision of building the institutions of the Republic.
“As a free, fair, inclusive and transparent election is the test of a constitutional order, we invite international observers to monitor the process,” he said.
Meanwhile, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that a prosperous and secure Afghanistan will benefit the SCO member countries.
“Peaceful, united, safe and prosperous Afghanistan is an important factor for stability and security in the Excellencies, SCO area, “Modi said.
“Our aim is to support the efforts of the government and Afghanistan for Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled inclusive peace process.”
Modi said that the roadmap of the further action of the SCO Afghanistan contact group is ready.
The SCO summit was attended by President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbai Jeenbekov, President of Russia Vladimir Putin, President of China Xi Jinping, President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Joomari Tokayev, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, and Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The heads of observer nations that participated the summit were President of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, Mongolian President Khaltmaagiin Battulga, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, and President of Iran Hassan Rouhani.

Saturday, June 15, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met with US special representative for Afghanistan peace Zalmay Khalilzad, accompanied by US ambassador to Kabul John Bass on Thursday evening at his residential.  In the meeting, both sides discussed the latest developments in Afghanistan peace process, stressing on peace priorities for Afghanistan and achieving a just and enduring peace.

Saturday, June 15, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Acting and Deputy Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Idrees Zaman hosted a meeting with the participation of United States’ Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Dr. Zalmay Khalilzad and ambassadors of the People’s Republic of China, Republic of India and the Russian Federation as well as ambassadors and representatives of other countries of the region, a statement from the MoFA said on Thursday.
Extending a welcome to the participants, Deputy Foreign Minister Zaman appreciated Dr. Khalilzad’s efforts with regards to peace and negotiations with the Taliban and called for increased involvement of the regional countries in the peace talks.
Deputy Minister Zaman noted Afghanistan’s efforts in encouraging the regional countries’ further involvement in the peace process and mentioned of meetings such as the “Senior Officials Meeting of the Herat of Asia-Istanbul Process” and his recent trip to Islamabad which was held in the framework of ‘Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity’, as examples of such efforts, the statement added.  Meanwhile, Khalilzad also briefed the Deputy Foreign Minister and other participants on the sixth round of talks with the Taliban, noting that progress was made during his sixth round of talks with the Taliban and added, “The support of the regional countries to the process can expedite the process” and called for further coordination and cooperation of the countries of the region in the peace process.

Saturday, June 15, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Second Vice President Sarwar Danesh participated and delivered speech in a conference titled ‘Open Justice and Role of People in Judicial Organs’ held on Late Thursday.
In the conference, second vice president considered open justice and open government as two new concepts, delivering a new dimension of democracy.
Danesh said that Afghanistan joined the Open Government Partnership (OGP) in 2016, adding that after holding the last Global Summit of Open Government Partnership in Canada, it was decided that Afghanistan should codify and approve its second national action plan in connection with open government.  “Today, I’m suggesting in this conference that the second national action plan of open government, open justice and other essential judicial issues should be included in the plan to make the government implement it,” Danesh stressed.
He added lots of efforts have been made for creating relevant mechanisms and policies for open government and open justice during the past four years.
In the conference, Danesh further said that transparency in finance and being responsive in incomes and properties as well as open trial were two important principles in open government and open justice.

Saturday, June 15, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The Daesh group in Afghanistan is a “very worrisome” threat to the United States, and US counterterrorism efforts have yet to shrink its extremist ambitions, Head of US Central Command Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie said Wednesday, according to Military Times report.
“ISIS (Daesh) in Afghanistan certainly has aspirations to attack the United State,” McKenzie said. “It is our clear judgment that as long as we maintain pressure on them it will be hard for them to do that.”
\McKenzie, with responsibility for managing American military operations across the greater Middle East, spoke in Germany with reporters returning home with him from an eight-day trip that took him to Qatar, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt.
He also spent two days aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier in the North Arabian Sea.
He stopped at Germany’s Ramstein air base to refuel his airplane before flying to this headquarters in Florida.
Earlier this week, the Associated Press cited US, and Afghan security officials in reporting that the Daesh group in Afghanistan is expending its footprint, recruiting new fighters and plotting attacks on the United States and other Western countries.
McKenzie, a veteran of combat in Afghanistan and Iraq, said he believes ISIS in Afghanistan has not expanded its capabilities but remains a big problem.
“They are very worrisome to us” in their strongholds in eastern Afghanistan, he said, adding that combat operations have failed to reduce the group’s fighting ranks.  Others have said they are thought to number in the thousands.
The Daesh affiliate appeared in Afghanistan shortly after the group’s core fighters swept across Syria and Iraq in the summer of 2014, carving out a self-styled Islamic empire in both countries.
The Afghanistan affiliate refers to itself as the Khorasan Province, a name applied to parts of Afghanistan, Iran and central Asia in the middle Ages.
US forces in Afghanistan are combatting the Daesh group separately from their mission of advising and assisting Afghan defense forces in their battle against the Taliban.

Saturday, June 15, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The national defense ministry reported from killing of 38 armed oppositions in different parts of the country.
National defense ministry with releasing a statement told BNA, the defense and security forces in the last 24 hours conducting joint offensive operations to annihilate strongholds of the insurgents in different parts of the country, killed 38 armed oppositions and injured 13 others.
The operations with support of Afghan air forces carried out in Paktika, Ghazni, Paktia, Kandahar, Nangarhar, Ghor, Balkh, Sar-e-Pul, Kapisa and Kunar provinces.
T. Yarzada

Saturday, June 15, 2019
Pul-e-Khomri (BNA) Three Taliban leaders were killed in Baghlan province last night.
Sahib Dad Ghafoori Doshi District governor told BNA, three Taliban leaders with two of his colleagues were killed in Khas contingent operation in outskirt of Doshi District.
According to another report, Taliban shot dead two civilians in outskirt of Tala and Barfak District, Baghlan province in two last day.
T. Yarzada

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