21 September 2018

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Wednesday, 19 September 2018 12:16

Taliban and ISIS Loyalists Decimate Each Other

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Recently clashes have been erupting between Islamic State for Syria and Iraq (ISIS) and Taliban terrorist groups in eastern Kunar province.
The clashes took place between the two terrorist groups in vicinity of Chapa Dara district of the province, in which several ISIS and Taliban members were killed.
A senior commander of Afghan National Army in the east of the country told BNA reporter, during the clashes 6 ISIS loyalists and Taliban militants have been killed and several others were wounded.
During the last years, deadly incidents occurred between the ISIS and Taliban terrorist groups in various parts of the country, in which hundreds terrorists from both sides have been killed and wounded.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018 12:15

23 Loyal of ISIS Group Annihilated Last Night

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Kabul (BNA) As many as 23 supporters of ISIS terrorist group killed during latest attacks carried out by Afghan Special Forces in vicinity of eastern Nangarhar province last night.
The terrorists have been targeted and killed in various parts of Khogyani, Koot, Naziyan and Deh Bala districts of the province.
Senior commander of Afghan National Army in the east of the country told BNA correspondent, air and ground raids carried out by Afghan Special Forces in different parts of the mentioned districts, in which 23 ISIS adherents were killed and their several hideouts along with some military equipment have been destroyed too.
According to another report, Afghan security forces by discovering and confiscating five round of different type of mines succeeded to prevent from a series of blast in Nangarhar province.
Also during this period, a weapon storage belonging terrorist group have been seized by Afghan security troops in relevant areas of Jalalabad city the provincial capital of the province.
Several heavy and light weapons have been seized from the storage.
Local officials in the province claimed that ISIS members used the weapon storage in their terrorist and destructive activities.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The construction work of 37 public utility projects has been started in Ghor province yesterday.
Eng. Aamnullah Noori acting provincial council in national convenience national program told BNA correspondent, the projects include water supply networks, digging water wells and water and solar electricity networks that to be implemented with a sum of nearly 60 million Afghanis funded by national convenience program and 10% the budget to be paid by local people.
By implementing of the projects about 4000 families will be benefited in Tolak and Lal Sarjangal districts of the province.
Eng. Abdul Majeed Samim director of programs in Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development in Ghor said, work opportunities would be provided and economic situation will be improved by implementing of the projects.
Tribal elders and local residents of the districts committed that they will cooperated with related organs for better implementation of the projects.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018 12:14

Minister Safi meets Al-Azhar University Lecturers

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Kabul (BNA)  Acting Minister of Information and Culture Hasina Safi met with a delegation of Al-Azhar University lecturers in Kabul on Tuesday, BNA reported.
Representing others, Dr. Mustafa Jalil, head of the delegation asked Acting Minister Safi to prepare the ground so they can explain moderate Islam, women rights from the view point of Islam, participation in elections and different other issues through media, according to BNA.
He also expressed readiness for their cooperation in term of holding programs and training workshops on the mentioned points, the agency added.
Thanking the delegation’s cooperation, Acting Minister of Information and Culture Hasina Safi pointed out that Afghanistan and Egypt enjoying cultural and religious commonalities and she had already spoken with Egyptian ambassador in Kabul to bolster cultural cooperation between the two countries.
She added the way would be paved for holding educational and cultural programs within the agreement signed with Egyptian government.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Acting Minister of Information and Culture Hasina Safi inspected different departments of Liberty Printing Press (LPP), government dailies of Afghanistan and Baihaqi Publications here yesterday, BNA reported.  According to the agency, the acting minister while looking around LPP different sections as well as government dailies, was briefed by in-charges of LPP, Baihaqi publications and editor-in-chiefs of The Kabul Times, Anis, Hiwad and Islah dailies as well as Watandaran magazine on achievements and challenges of the said departments.
Likewise, the acting minister heard the staff demands and problems and pointed out necessary measures would be taken to tackle their problems.
In separate meetings with General Director of LPP and Director of Government dailies, including editor-in-chiefs of the aforesaid dailies, and magazine as well as head of the Afghan Advertisement, Minister Safi reviewed their functions, plans and problems and ordered necessary instructions for improvement of the works, BNA added.  Lauding the mentioned administrations’ efforts despite having access to limited equipment, Acting Minister said newspapers should consider national unity in their publications and include the entire Afghan nation’s views.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The UN Secretary General’s special representative has voiced his concern at security and political challenges to Afghanistan’
S parliamentary elections, slated for October 20.
Tadamichi Yamamoto who is also head of UNAMA warned on Monday: “Political leaders engage constructively to ensure the elections are held on time.”
Briefing the UN Security Council, he said the world body was aware of real fraud that could take place, was well as allegations of fraud which might have the tactical purpose of discrediting already difficult elections.
The elections would be a test for Afghanistan’s nascent democratic institutions, he said, adding the Independent Election Commission was expected to perform with integrity and accountability to the Afghan people.
Almost a third of 7,000 polling centers could not open due to insecurity, raising concerns about inclusivity of the democratic exercise, the top[ UN diplomat said.
UNAMA would do everything possible within its mandate and with the resources available to support a successfully electoral process in the country, he promised.
President Ashraf Ghani’s offer to the Taliban to engage in talks without preconditions had created unprecedented political space for peace, culminating in the temporary ceasefire in June, he said.
He believed all actors recognized the craving of the Afghan people for peace and the undeniable need for a peace process.  “We are in a better position now than at any time in the past 17 years to commence the process which would lead to talks for a negotiated end to the conflict.
“It will require resilience and persistence by all sides.
The efforts of the Afghan government, which we hope would be reciprocated by the Taliban,” the UNAMA chief remarked.
Yamamoto urged all sides to agree on concrete measures to build confidence towards more structured talks.  He suggested prisoner releases and improvement in agriculture, education and health sectors.
“it is a time for important decisions in Afghanistan.  These decisions will affect the fundamental fabric of the society and future of Afghanistan”, he added , referring to the parliamentary elections slated for 20 October the first time since 2010 and the 28 November ministerial conference in Geneva, co-chaired by the Afghan Government and the UN.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Kabul (BNA)  China on Tuesday welcomed Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s maiden visit to Afghanistan and expressed its backing for their action plan for peace and reconciliation talks with the Taliban.
Qureshi visited Kabul on Saturday during which he held a one-on-one meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and both the leaders agreed to join hands for peace and stability in the region.
Reacting to Qureshi’s visit, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said that China commended the positive statements made by the two sides after the visit.
“China is a friend and neighbor to Afghanistan and Pakistan.  We hope they can develop their relations in sound and stead way,” Geng said.
“We commend their positive statements. China supports the two countries in implementing their action plan and move forward the Afghan reconciliation process,” he said, without elaborating.
“China will continue to play a constructive role in that and in moving forward trilateral cooperation China is in close touch with Afghanistan and Pakistan on the second trilateral meeting,” he said.
Since last year, China has been holding trilateral meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the three countries in a bid to promote reconciliation with Taliban.
The Pakistani delegation also met Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani.
Qureshi’s visit came amidst the US’ pressure on Pakistan to play more active role in arranging peace talks with Taliban rebels.

Wednesday September 19, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Addressing a ceremony to mark Hussaini Ashura in the ministry of higher education, Second Vice-President Sarwar Danesh reacted on closing Independent Elections Commission (IEC) provincial offices and remarks made by a number of Wolesi Jirga members on cancelation or reviewing US-Afghanistan Bilateral Security Agreement, BNA reported. According to VP Danesh press office to BNA, on closing IEC provincial offices, VP Danesh said, “I frankly say that closing IEC provincial offices is a move against public reconciliation, violating people’s basic rights and ‘Vain meddling against democracy and society’s destiny.” He stressed if elections and voting doors are closed before people, all peaceful ways of life would be closed, adding our political figures should not make effort to turn us back and interrupt the country’s development and stability.
This is while recently, a number of IEC provincial offices have been closed by political parties. VP Danesh said, “Elections is not a government phenomenon, but is a national process which plays role in people’s destiny and any kind of interruption in the respect is betray to the nation.” Reacting on the government opposition’s demands and steps, he said everyone was allowed to protest and criticize and the government would hear all criticizes. On Wolesi Jirga members’ remarks on cancellation or reviewing US-Afghanistan BSA, he said we actually didn’t know that these people understand the ongoing challenges, security and economic factors their complex against the government has persuade them to hand over the country to its enemies. According to him, based on constitution, when a Wolesi Jirga member votes, he/she should judge according to the Afghan people high interests. He added as Wolesi Jirga approves the country’s national budget and it knows all capacities and security as well as economic vacuums, it doesn’t seem good it would ignore national interests due to political competitions.

Wednesday September 19, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani received a number of ground transport experts at Gul Khana Palace yesterday, BNA reported. The experts expressed their views on effective traffic management and transport projects, maintenance, road surface marking and installation of address signs, asking for speeding up of their procurement processes. Praising ground transport experts’ views, President Ghani emphasized on establishment of special transport department within Kabul Municipality. The President also instructed the officials to work with line organs on new department’s organization chart as well as highlight the cooperation points with these organs. The President also hinted at people’s view in line with improvement of the transport situation.

Tuesday, September 17, 2018

Maidan-Shaher (BNA) Nine armed oppositions were killed in Maidan-Wardak province last night.
Lt. Fazel Khoda Ibrahimkhail Thunder 203 army corps spokesman told BNA, the insurgents were killed in a clash by officials of that army corps in outskirt of Sayeedabad District, of that province.
He added, six other insurgents were also injured and six mines which were planted by armed oppositions in the mentioned district, discovered and defused by the officials.
Another report says, four armed insurgents were killed in Paktia and Paktika provinces.
Thunder 203 army corps spokesman said, the insurgents were killed in coalition forces air raid in vicinity of Zorman and Matakhan Districts of Paktia and Paktika provinces.
Two motorbikes of the insurgents were also demolished.
T. Yarzada

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