Monday January 23, 2017
Kandahar City (BNA) Six Taliban insurgents were killed following three separate clashes with Afghan security forces in southern Kandahar province.
A security official of Kandahar told BNA, the conflicts were happened between Afghan security troops and Taliban militants in various parts of the province.
According to another report, with discovering and neutralizing three roadside mines a series of explosions have been prevented by Afghan security forces in Kandahar province.
Taliban militants had planted the bombs in crowded areas of Arghandab, Spin Boldak districts and Kandahar city the provincial capital of the province that wanted to organize bloodiest incidents on innocent civilians, which fortunately their plans un-succeeded.
It has been said, Afghan security personnel started searching to identify and arrest the perpetrators of the bombings and bring them to the court for further judgment.
Monday January 23, 2017
Jalalabad City (BNA) Six smugglers were arrested by Afghan security forces in three separate incidents while smuggling narcotic drugs in eastern Nangarhar province.
The smugglers wanted to smuggle dozens kg narcotic drugs, which detained by security troops within the last 24 hours.
The arrested smugglers skillfully placed packages of narcotic drugs to their cars and wanted to transfer to Marko Bazzar, Ghanikhail district and Jalalabad city the provincial capital of the province.
According to another report, 6 people were arrested by Afghan National Policemen accused of criminal cases such as murder, narcotic drug selling, robbery and kidnapping in different parts of Nangarhar province.
Monday, January 23, 2017
Sar-e-Pup city (BNA) At least 7 armed insurgents were killed in the recent clashes with Afghan security forces in Sar-e-Pul province.
National army commander in Sar-e-Pul told BNA, armed insurgents attacked on military convoys faced with security forces resistance in which 7 insurgents including their local commander were killed.
It has been said, there were no casualties among security forces and civilians in the conflicts.
According to another report, two civilians were wounded in mine blast in Sar-e-Pul province.
The civilians were injured in suburb of Kohistant district’s bazaar.
A military official of the province claimed that armed Taliban is responsible of mine plantings and efforts are underway to identify and arrest the suspects of the incident.
Monday January 23, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Assisting the needy, displaced people and the victims of war in Afghanistan is a moral obligation of every conscientious man and woman; therefore, every opportunity should be provide to meet this humane obligation.
BNA social analyst commenting on the issue writes about four decades war and crisis in Afghanistan severely damaged the infrastructure of the country and faced the people to grave security, social and economic problems that nobody can ignore and easily overcome. Approximately there are 5,300,000 displaced, victims of imposed war and natural disaster incidents people in Afghanistan, 3,000,000 of them are in need of urgent assistance. Afghan government has adopted effective and practical measured to settle the problems of this great folk of people. Dr. Abdullah Abdullah the executive chief of the country in meeting with senior UN diplomats and other international organizations asked the world community to provide urgent humanitarian aids to the needy people in Afghanistan. Dr. Abdullah insisted that in order to overcome the current challenges, 550 million dollars needed and asked the international community to help Afghan government and people to prevent the further expansion of the problems in the country.
Due to extension of war in the country, increasing number of expatriates’ families, forceful withdrawal of Afghan refugees from Pakistan, Iran and a number of European countries and lack of economic opportunities are the major factors for emergence and expansion the problem and even caused the increasing poverty in the country. Avoiding the armed oppositions from desisting weapon and joining peace process and their insistence on continuation of war are the key factors of long lasting war and the current problems in the country. Regretfully, a number of countries who are seeking their interests in insecurity of Afghanistan, supporting Taliban and other terrorist groups encourage keeping light, the disastrous flames of war in this war-torn country, and by forceful withdrawal of Afghan refugees and politicizing trade and economy further increase the problems in the country. Therefore, it is an open fact that the current problems of Afghanistan have deeply rooted outside the country and certain countries are playing effective role in further deepening the crisis of Afghanistan. In today’s world, many are chanting slogans regarding to safeguarding human rights and ensuring other international criteria. If we look at the current situation of Afghanistan, the international community should be front-runner, in providing practical humanitarian assistances, because words are not sufficient. Helping the needy people should not depend to political issues. The Afghan government in close cooperation of credible organizations such as United Nations should provide the ground for better management and organizing the international community’s aides in order to put in end the suspicions regarding to the distribution of the aids. This can be meeting only through honestly coordination of relevant organs and transparent management of the affairs in that regard.
Monday, January 23, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Based on Khan Mohammad Baz’ head of currency exchangers in Kabul, Shahzada market report the exchange rate of Afghani as a follow:
One Dollar 66/65 afgs
One Pound Sterling 82/60 afgs
One Euro 71/15 afgs
One Emirate’s Dirham 18/15 afgs
One Thousand Pakistani Rupees 616 afgs
One Thousand Indian Rupees 1026 afgs
One Thousand Iranian Rupees 16/75 afgs
Monday, January 23, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Trainer of Shaheen-e-Asmayee team Mujtaba Faiz and at the outset taking on the goal behind travel of the team to Tajikistan said “The main goal behind our travel to Tajikistan is to have access to Asian Club Championship or AFC-CUP 2017 and I hope Afghanistan would have good achievements.
He added “Since over one month, the team has started exercise in the field of Afghanistan football federation and at the moment it’s ready physically and psychologically for the championship. Our footballists would make sincere efforts to hoist Afghan flag in Asia and the world and improve Afghanistan relations with world. Faiz went on to say that participation of Afghanistan players from premier league have considerable affect and would improve the players capacities. The Asmayee team has 26 players and 18 plsyers would be chosen for the AFC CUP 2017 championship. Faiz said that these championships will be held in Dushanbeh the capital of Tajikistan and our team would make rivalry with Tajik team called Haselat which is assistant champion of Tajikistan primer league. Shaheen-e-Asmayee would play two games the first on 31.01.2017 at 14:30 PM in Kabul time and the second on 07.02.2017.
This is the first time that the team attends the Asian games and we hope this process would continue in Asian and world games and our players would gain great experiences.
Nesar Ahmad Askarzada
Monday January 23, 2017
Kabul (BNA) The Afghans need peace and stability more than ever because they no longer tolerate continuation this devastating imposed war but peace and stability is directly connected to strengthening and improving of Afghan security forces. The ANSF who have undertaken full security responsibility of Afghanistan since two years, have proven that can provide full security of Afghanistan on the condition of supply of weapons and ammunition as well as strong air forces. During his meeting with the US commander Gen Joshef Votael, CE Dr. Abdullah once again requested that the US should strongly support the ANSF in current and subsequent years. Although the ANSF lack strong air forces and cannot use it suitably, but CE emphasizes that the AAF have access to big achievements and Gen Joshef Votal also promised to enable AAF in 2017 to make positive progresses. Dr Abdullah assured the US Gen that the Afghan leaders would start vast reforms with the help of American partners. Gen Joshef Votel also emphasized on the cooperation of American forces with ANSF and said that the Afghan government should speed up its efforts in war on terror and peace process and make the oppositions to attend peace talks with the Afghan government.
At the same time the Afghan government emphasizes that Pakistan should be pressurized in war on terror to put an end to support of terrorists.
But touching war on terror, Gen Votal said that all the regional countries must give up support of armed Taliban and other terrorists.
The ANSF have four main problems at present: First in the field of reconnaissance and intelligences as the ANSF have failed to detect or prevent incidents prior to attacks. They should not let regional secret service to continue their nasty and terrorist activities. The second one is air forces that in Nangarhar, Helmand and other parts there are serious need of air forces for elimination of terrorists. So AAF should be focused more. The third issue is heavy weapons, the ANSF lack essential heavy weapons. During the past years, when the Afghan government was at close quarters with the Pakistan rocket attacks and aggression, ANSF lacked long range missiles to launch counter attacks and react properly.
The fourth issue is upgrading of ANSF capabilities: The ANSF have been at close quarters with shortage of professionals for use of modern warfare and fighting air planes. In the last 15 years the world community failed to supply these elements to be accountable for current situation.
Simultaneous with the deployment of international forces in 2001 in Afghanistan, the US had pledge to restore peace and stability, good governance and eradicate poppy cultivation in this country. But after 15 years, the Afghans didn’t achieve everlasting peace and stability and poppy cultivation was also not eradicated. The Afghan believe that until the ANSF are not stand on their own feet and don’t defend every span of Afghanistan, the global troop have no familiarity with our terrain and the rural population don’t like their presence in their villages,, Afghanistan would not achieve reliable peace and stability. The Afghan CE emphasizes that the ANSF should be strengthening to that extent that would be capable to organize operation throughout the country and don’t let the people’s enemies to hide in mountain caves. Prior to Gen Joshef Votal support of ANSF in war on terror, the US defense secretary Games Mattias had said that free activities and sanctions of terrorists in Pakistan soil is that problem that has made at close quarter the war on terror with big challenges.
Monday January 23, 2017
Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations said that last year (2016), $7bln have been added to economy of the country, through returning of Afghans from foreign countries.
Due to deteriorating security situation, the flow of Afghans to European countries has been unprecedented over the last years, some of whom have returned home due to problems they were facing in foreign countries. Mohammad Ali, an Afghan engineer who had gone to Germany and has returned home after three months, told that seeking asylum in foreign countries is a very difficult and long process. “I have faced many problems when I left my country for abroad,” he further said. “At first, I wanted to also take my family with me to Germany, but fortunately, I didn’t do so,” he added. He added whoever goes to Europe and thinks he can find a good place to live, makes a big mistake. He believes that if the people want, they can work in Afghanistan. Obaid, another returnee said, ‘I have voluntarily returned home, because, I found nowhere better than my homeland.’ ‘I suggest all my countrymen not to leave their country, and if they did, don’t comeback,’ he added. Unfortunately, recent illegal immigrations to European countries have caused to negatively affect the country’s economy.
But fortunately, with returning hundreds of Afghan refugees to Afghanistan, $7bln have been added to economy of the country—a move which is considered as a constructive step toward improvement. At the same time, Sayed Hussain Alemi Balkhi, the minister of refugees and repatriations said, ‘the ministry has inaugurated a ‘Digital Information Center’ for refugees, as currently, Torkham-Nangarhar and Islam-Qala-Herat borders have already been connected with the center and soon Nimroz-Spinboldak will also be connected with the center.’ He added that until the end of 2017, Kabul Airport and eight other provinces of the country will be connected with the Digital Information Center. According to the MoRR officials, the system has established with financial assistance of US Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (BPRM) and IOM. Based on the World Bank estimation, annually, over $2bln is being sent to Afghanistan by Afghan refugees living abroad. According to the figures released by MoRR, more than one million Afghans have returned home in 2016, 950,000 of whom have been volunteers.
Monday January 23, 2017
Kabul (BNA) In swear-in ceremony held last Friday, Donald Trump the US new president has regarded himself committed for bearing changes, and on the earth, he would annihilate completely terrorism and its hideouts. In his first statement, president Trump did not mentioned regarding Afghanistan, but emphasized that the US assistance and expenditures to other nations weakened the economy of this country and three times he repeatedly said that the US has its own priority and with the help of its people, the US gets to strengthened again. Likewise, Donald Trump has suggested that the US ruling party instead of US borders, safeguarded others ones. But first, I safeguard the US borders and then, I pay attention towards other countries. Similarly, president Trump added that the labor level has been reducing daily in the US factories are facing to lapse and the former leadership was searching occupation for others. I make effort the US people be rich and provide work opportunity for them. Now this power is transferred to the people and I prioritize the peoples’ requirements. Although, previously, it was hoped that the US new leader president Trump is merchant and ballooner. He don’t want the war be continued in the world by the US and in his first statement he proclaimed the war on terror be ended and promised that he annihilates this phenomenon from the earth.
This is in a time that once more, the enlightened Afghans wanted the new leadership of the US to revise on its policy regarding Afghanistan and the region and completely change its strategy in connection with Pakistan and this country be recognized officially as a supporter of terrorism by the US and other world nations. And those countries who are really partners in war on terror, the US should develop its relations with them. It is said that the US policy in war on terror has its own shortcomings and because of this, this strategy is in need of revision so that this vacuum completely be removed and the hope that president Trump is nourishing in his mind be met. It is also mentionable that the US 45th president, Donald Trump is the first leader that neither he didn’t worked in government offices even for one day nor is politician for it. So, it is hoped he express wrath and indignation against war and put ending point in all wars fought in all parts of the globe. Although, with dispatching of the US troops to Afghanistan, this country committed to end war on Afghanistan, the narco-production and trafficking be terminated, good governance be implemented and beside providing employment for the Afghans, they be changed into rich people.
But, they didn’t reached to peace more and are victimizing every day by terrorism, unemployment is increasing and in production of narcotics, Afghanistan is in the first place. But, it is hoped the new leadership of the US to complete and implement those promises pledged to the Afghans and doesn’t permit the imposed war be continued in Afghanistan by regional and world countries. Afghans think that why war on terror didn’t ended within fifteen years and beside of the US assistance the terrorism phenomenon is alive. What is the reason and who is responsible for this? The US new leadership should investigate the issue and find respond to those queries. Because, hereafter, neither the Afghans nor the US is ready to pay the price of war and sacrify its soldiers. This is in a time that Gen, James Matis who is nominated as defense secretary of the US by president Trump, recently has asserted that if he appointed as secretary of the US defense would increase pressure on Pakistan so that to prevent the activities of those groupings that threaten the security situation in Afghanistan.
Monday January 23, 2017
Kabul (BNA) The UN on Saturday launched an appeal for $550 million to aid and support Afghans in need of assistance in the war-ravaged country.
United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator Mark Bowden said 2017 was exceptionally challenging for Afghanistan, which is home to the largest number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and repatriates in the world after Syria. “The current scale of need in Afghanistan calls upon the humanitarian community to deliver increased levels of assistance to ensure the lives of many Afghans are not endangered, and so that they can live in safety and dignity,” Bowden said at the launch. According to the UN officials and international donors to Afghanistan, more than half a billion of dollar is needed to help millions of Afghans, and based on recent reports, over nine million Afghans are faced with many challenges due to violence and bad economic situation. The UN Humanitarian Coordinator, Mark Bowden said hundreds of Afghan refugees were expected to return home from neighboring countries of Iran and Pakistan this year. At the same time, a number of political experts and Kabul citizens told that continued immigrations have been concerning, thus, the government should implement practical programs to returnees and IDPs. Expressing concern on continued immigrations to European countries, Mohammad Modaqiq, a political expert said, ‘unfortunately, the government of Afghanistan doesn’t have any specific program to keep the Afghan nationals inside the country.’
He added that deterioration of security situation in a number of turbulent provinces has caused hundreds of thousands of Afghan families to leave their homes and seek refuge in another provinces, whom are in dire need of humanitarian assistances. A private university lecturer, Akbar Jawad said, ‘in fact, the immigration crisis is considered as second main problem after terrorism, as Afghanistan has a high number of refugees in the world after Syria.’ But unfortunately, the host countries don’t treat the Afghan refugees well, thus, they have to return home, and now the donor organizations to Afghanistan, particularly the entities on immigrants should address their problems, he continued. Meanwhile, a number Kabul residents said, ‘the government should have a specific policy on returnees, because, those who have returned to Afghanistan have not been provided with better life conditions.’ Concurrent exposure to violence as well as high economic vulnerability means most households experience multiple and repetitive shocks within a year resulting in food insufficiency and adoption of negative, often harmful coping strategies which plunge families deeper into crisis. This is while that last year, the humanitarian entities have requested $339mln aids to Afghanistan, as they could provide only $197mln so far.