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Tuesday, 10 January 2012 11:10

Bloody Incident Prevented In Farah

Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The provincial national directorate for security detected a balloon of explosives from the ground of a school which is said to be laid by the Taliban attempting to kill school students.
It is said that the service employee of the school is under investigation in connection with this case.
Around 320 students are studying at the Karji primary school.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012 11:09

2 Armed Men Arrested In Khost

Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Two persons were arrested along with some arms by the national army in Sabri district of Southern Khost province, said Col. Shahsawar press in charge of first infantry of army corps 203.
He added that these persons were apprehended during an operation in Matakhail area of Sabri district.
Some anti-vehicle mines were also seized with the cooperation of the people in Bazari Yaqubi district of the province.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Professor Abdul Salam Azimi, chief justice and acting head for Afghan high court on Monday met with Nizamuddin Shamsuddin, Tajik president’s special envoy, Tajik’s deputy minister for foreign affairs, who have arrived to Kabul in their formal visit. 
The Afghan chief justice first spoke about good relations of the two countries and considered that the old relations between Afghanistan and Tajikistan and their efforts for maintaining peace and stability in the region are made jointly by the two countries. 
While briefing related to stance of Afghan judicial system towards consolidation of law and maintaining of justice, the Afghan chief justice praised the judicial system of the two countries and considered that signing the bilateral agreement of submitting the criminals, which is implemented is a good sign of mutual cooperation and hoped that such relations and ties should be further expanded. 
In return, Tajik president’s special envoy and Tajik’s deputy minister for foreign affairs considered the relations between the two countries as important and said relations between Afghanistan and Tajikistan are currently better in various sectors as political, economical and social. 
He said we are trying to expand the ties in judicial areas which are very beneficial for both countries.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Fazle Hadi  Muslimyar chairman of senate met with Mr. Deyana Bowel head of the parliamentary strengthening project of USAID. 
At the meeting the USAID representative shared with Muslimyar the budget, legislative, public awareness and parliamentary institute of the project for parliament strengthening and informed him of holding a series of training workshops aimed at supervisory capacity building, law and law making process, amendment in the law and institutionalization of law making in the society. 
Muslimyar emphasized on the need for strengthening of parliament of Afghanistan.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012 06:35

Drug Lab Destroyed In Farah

Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Farah (BNA) Police command of Farah province in cooperation with the people detected a narcotics producing plant in Farah and destroyed it. 
Three persons who owned the plant were also arrested. 
The source added that 63 kg of white chemicals used in composition of opium along with 7 kg opium and over Afs. 3 million Pakistani Rupees were also recovered from the plant. 
The plant has been located in Chakeda village of Bakwah district of Farah province.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012 06:29

Khalili Meets US Ambassador To Afghanistan

Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The US ambassador to Kabul met with second vice president Mohammad Karim Khalili discussing security situation and important Afghanistan’s issues and the region. 
The US ambassador called further coordination between the two nations in the struggle against terrorism and access to joint aims and added that his country and the international community considering undertaking the complete responsibility of security by the Afghan forces till 2014, will exert efforts for strengthening the Afghan security forces. 
The US considers carrying of the first night operation by the commando units of Afghanistan an indicator of ability and high capacity of the Afghan forces in establishment of security in the country and congratulates the president of Afghanistan on this success. 
He added that during the coming months all night operations will be carried out by the commando units of Afghanistan. 
Alongside security cooperation, he called expansion of bilateral relations in economic and cultural spheres as very important. 
At the meeting Khalili called the success of the President of the country as the success of the international community and stressed that strengthening of unity and domestic cohesion and support of the international community are guarantor towards access to joint aims of Afghanistan and the global community. 
Khalili expressed the hope that alongside Afghanizing the security, the international community’s assistance can ensure economic prosperity and bring in lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Kabul (BNA) President Karzai chaired plenary session of council of Minister (CM) at the presidential palace yesterday. 
As per the agenda, the decision no. 18 dated 13/10/1390 of the CM economic committee pertaining to seeking ways for solving of problems in relations to execration of development projects was presented by the second vice-president and head of the committee. 
Minister of economy specified the main challenges in relations to development projects delayed execution and said that insecurity, procurement problems, complications of the procurement law, timely expropriation of land,  the lengthy process of using the non-fixed budget, low capacity of the contracting companies, non-payment of privileges of supervising engineers inclusion of projects without completion of their documents and maps in the development budget, non-coordination of projects with the relevant organs, existence of lengthy time line of money bills for projects by finance ministry, non-attention in planning sphere and the capacity of the ministries, permanent middling of supervisory organs like the attorney general office, the administration for supervising the strategy against corruption and the supervisory section of national security department and other such challenges are all impeding factors in implementation of development projects by the government organs. 
The council of ministers after debating these issues and talking note of viewpoints of the cabinet members decided that the economic committee of the CM considering the presented problems and challenges once again study the issues in its meetings and further verify the problems and how to overcome the problems and share its views with the CM meeting. 
The present status of narcotics and reviewing approaches on struggle against narcotics was taken up by the counter narcotics ministered. 
He also informed the CM of the draft national strategy on controlling of narcotics, developing separate policies in alternatives sphere, preparing of national program for public awareness, creation of the commission for struggle against narcotics and specified the challenges in this respect like non-cooperation of the related organs, the weak supervision role of the ministry, short budget and facilities for security forces. 
The CM after debating these issues and considering increased addiction to narcotics, assigned the ministry of counter narcotics and national security department to prevent the cultivation, processing and smuggling of narcotics and adopt measures in arresting the retail and whole sale dealers of narcotics and bring them to justice and take practical measures in collection of narcotics from the course of Kabul River (Pule Sokhta, Puli Kheshti, Puli Mohmoud Khan) and other centers of addicts gathering regions in Kabul province. 
Meanwhile, the ministries of counter narcotics, interior, agriculture and irrigation, economy, public health, the national security department and the Afghan Red Crescent Society were assigned to probe into promotion of alternative to poppy cultivation, prevent poppy cultivation, processing, trafficking, and further extension and distribution of narcotics, collection of addicts within the framework of their programs by using other countries experiences and adopt practical measures and report on their accomplishments to the coming CM session. 
The administration affairs department and secretariat of the CM was assigned to supervise the accomplishments of the relevant organs and report to the CM in this respect. 
The CM also instructed the ministries of information and culture, education, higher education, Hajj and Endowment to launch propaganda about the harmful effects of narcotics and tobacco through the media, schools, universities and mosques and takyas. 
The CM also assigned the public works ministry to include in its plan asphalting of 10 km remaining part of Aibak city. 
At the end of the meeting three international conventions were presented by foreign minister which were confirmed accordingly. 
They include: 
• Agreement between Afghanistan and educational, scientific and cultural organization of the UN (UNESCO) on training of Afghan police personnel.  
• Memorandum of Understanding between Afghanistan and Development Fund of Abu Dhabi on expansion of relations and assistance of gratis aid of USD 250 million for financing of development projects. 
• Cooperation agreement between Afghanistan and Iran in respect to rehabilitation and reconstruction of Ghazni city, the world cultural center for 2013. 
The CM also adopted the Japanese cooperation agreement USD 3 million with the interior affairs ministry.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Kabul (BNA) A number of suicide attackers entered in the Telecommunication department of Sharan city, center of Paktika province at 8:30this morning, officials said.
These attackers launched rockets and gunshots on police security commandment of Paktika from the building they stationed, reports said.
The Telecommunication building is near the Paktika security commandment building, said the source.
Eyewitnesses told this news agency, three attackers after shooting on the security personnel of the Telecommunication department, entered into the building.
The Afghan security forces surrendered the telecommunication department building and clash is continuing between the attackers and security forces.
Security officials denied saying anything in this regard.
Details will publish later.
Translated By: R.N

Tuesday, 10 January 2012 05:45

Two Explosions Rock Jalalabad

Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Two explosions rocked Jalalabad city at 6:30 am this morning. 
According to reports, these explosions occurred in the 1st district of Jalalabad city near Haji Faqir parking-load (Sarrai). 
According to eyewitnesses to BNA, these explosions had casualties as well. 
Unconfirmed reports said, a photo reporter of Pajhwok News Agency and an official of national security department injured in these explosions. 
Still it is not clear that these explosions were suicide attacks or bomb explosion. 
Details will publish later.  Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Monday, January 09, 2012
Kabul (BNA) China is planning a military base in Pakistan, India Today reported, citing "a secret report prepared by the government's joint intelligence committee."

According to the report:
China is keen to build military bases in FATA, or the Northern areas, while Pakistan wants to counterbalance Indian naval forces by having a naval base in Gwadar. But it does not spell out the exact location of these bases.
At a time when Pakistan-US relations are strained-chiefly over drone missile attacks in Pakistan’s tribal areas and the covert Navy SEAL operation attack that took out Osama bin Laden on Pakistani soil- China has made no secret of its interest in strengthening its own ties with the nuclear-armed nation.
Last Thursday, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao hosted Pakistani Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani in Beijing and vowed to support closer military exchanges between the countries.
“China and Pakistan pledged to strengthen military ties and bring existing cooperation to a new level," Xinhua quoted China's Defense Minister Gen. Liang Guanglie as saying.
“China values its traditional friendship with Pakistan,” Liang reportedly said, adding that Beijing hopes to develop “pragmatic and effective cooperation with Pakistan in national defense arena."
The Associated Press of Pakistan quoted Kayani as echoing Liang's comments, saying that Pakistan "would continue to provide firm support to China on all issues concerning its core interests," without specifying those interests.
Kayani said, however, that the relationship had been strengthened by frequent high-level visits, joint exercises and enhanced technological cooperation.
India Today, meantime, wrote that:
China's deepening strategic penetration of Pakistan and joint plans to set up oil pipelines/ rail/ roads and naval and military bases are a matter of concern.
The paper acknowledged that: "China's desire for a military presence in Pakistan has been discussed by the political and military leadership of that country in recent months."
It noted that the issue of Chinese bases in Pakistan was discussed during the visits of Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari to China and during a visit late last year of the ISI chief, Shuja Pasha, to Beijing.