27 January 2020

RSS Facebook


Monday, January 20, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Second Vice-President, Mohammad Sarwar Danesh blamed any possible compromise on the emirate system and said such an agreement will not bring peace but rather intensify war in the country, a statement from his office said Sunday.
Addressing a meeting held on ‘Unveiling Human Rights Advocates’ Protection Strategy’ by the Amnesty International (AI) at the Kabul Serena Hotel, the other day, VP Danesh said: “Plan to reduce violence and suchlike is an ambiguous plan and a kind of fleeing peace and deceiving the people and the international community.”
The vice-president added that agreeing on emirate system or any other systems like this, from which the sound of dictatorship and despotism is being heard and violates the republican principle and individual human rights will not only bring peace, but rather intensifies war and violence by another name in Afghanistan. According to him, with such justification by the Taliban and their supporters, the US side maybe ready to sign the peace accord, but for the people of Afghanistan, who are the main side the case, would never solve any problem. However, he welcomed the peace talks going on between the US special envoy and Taliban representatives and said:
“We as the government and the people of Afghanistan support restoration of peace and ensuring lasting security and ending devastating war in the country.”
He, but, emphasized on an Afghan-centric peace negotiations and said no trust and no hope would remain between the two sides, unless a direct intra-Afghan dialogue and the start of a broad ceasefire are agreed on. Danesh went on as saying that so far, in the peace process, both the government and people of Afghanistan, including civil society activists, political parties and ethnic groups are excluded and drawn aside and that under such circumstance, peace implementation was impossible. “Election, freedom of media and respecting women and minorities are parts of the primary principles of the individuals’ rights which shouldn’t be ignored,” quoting the vice-president, the statement concluded.

Monday, January 20, 2020
Kabul (BNA) National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib has called people representatives role effective in ensuring security in the country, said a statement from his office Sunday.
According to the statement, the country's National Security Advisor said insecurity in one province would insecure other provinces and that Wolesi Jirga can play effective role in drawing the people support to security in the country.
People representatives at the house of people pledged to continue sharing their views with the national security advisor, on improving security and the ongoing cleanup operation in the troubled areas, according to the statement.
The people representatives also thanked the national Security Advisor efforts for the development of security in the country, said the statement.

Monday, January 20, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, cabinet meeting was held Saturday evening at Chahar Chenar Palace.
In the meeting, President Ghani first briefed related to his continued meetings with Kabul residents, saying that residents of Kabul have shared their problems with him in the separate meetings held with residents of various districts of the city, therefore, it was necessary that modifications should be brought in legislative documents to address problems of the people. President Ghani tasked relevant government institutions to prepare and process necessary modifications in relevant legislative documents.
The country’s President also tasked relevant institutions in particular the office of sate ministry for disaster management to take all necessary steps towards prevention of human losses and destructions caused by recent rain and snow falls.
Based on agenda of the meeting, minister of justice delivered draft regulation of bachelor level studies to the meeting. The cabinet approved the draft regulation in Principle, tasking ministries of justice and higher education to correct and finalize the draft regulation in accordance to visions and views of participants of the meeting.
Afterwards, report of reasons in connection with cancellation of mining contracts of Badakhshan’s gold mine and Balkhab copper mine was delivered by acting minister of mines and petroleum, which was approved by the cabinet meeting. Afterwards, minister of justice delivered draft regulation of duties management for ministry of higher education to the meeting, which was approved in Principle, tasking the ministries of justice and higher education to correct and finalize the draft in consideration to delivered visions in the cabinet meeting.
In the meeting, secretary general of Afghan Red Crescent Society also shared the society’s demand in connection with collecting one-day salary of government’s employees for strengthening the society’s financial fund with participants of the meeting.
The cabinet asked all officials and employees of government institution to pay and grant their one-day salary to Afghan Red Crescent Society in assistance to needy families and vulnerable people.

Monday, January 20, 2020
Kabul (BNA) As part of national debate with residents of Kabul city, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met yesterday with residents of 21st, 12th and 22nd municipal districts and Bagrami district of Kabul at Salam Khana Palace.
In the meeting attended also by number of government officials, Safiullah, Mawlavi Sayed Zainul Abidin, Ruqia Barakzai, Haji Mohammad Gul and Amanullah Trin first thanked President Ghani for his step and initiative towards addressing problems of the people.
They shared their problems and suggestions with the country’s President in connection with insecurity, punishment of robbers, education and schools, asphalting roads and streets, construction of canals, equipped hospital, usurpation of land, lack of electricity, city transportation system, registration of mosques, drinking water, suppressing powerful figures, prevention of narcotics, construction of Darul Olum, allocation of land for graveyard, safety of Ulamas and madrasas, employment opportunities for women, lack of kindergarten, lack of police structure, ring road and collection of trashes and others.
After hearing their suggestions, demands and problems, President Ghani said that justice has not be maintained in east of Kabul, instructing Kabul mayor to end injustice in the area and implement the municipality’s plan for allocation of land for graveyard as soon as possible.
The country’s President also instructed Kabul mayor to stop transferring trashes to Kabul’s east part from now on, saying that a rational mechanism should be planned in this regard. Pointing that Kabul’s east area would be changed to a developed area, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani instructed Da Afghanistan Breshna Sharkat (DABS) to resolve problems of Kabul residents particularly problems of their electricity bills within three weeks; otherwise, deputies of the company would be sacked.

Monday, January 20, 2020
Kabul (BNA) A statement from the Ministry of Finance has said that the Steering Committee of the multi-donor Afghanistan Infrastructure Trust Fund (AITF) has held its annual meeting on Sunday to review overall progress and provide strategic direction for efforts to support the government’s infrastructure priorities.
The meeting was co-chaired by Acting Minister of Finance and Chief Adviser on Infrastructure to the President of Afghanistan Mohammad Humayon Qayoumi and ADB Director General for Central and West Asia Werner Liepach. Ambassadors and representatives of 24 donor countries and organizations attended the meeting and discussed infrastructure to help foster the country’s economic growth and improve the livelihoods of the Afghan people, the statement said. “On behalf of the Government of Afghanistan, I express my gratitude to the International Community for their hard works and continues support to development efforts in Afghanistan. The Infrastructure Development needs remain robust and a priority to the Government of Afghanistan and AITF remains a key mechanism for financing of the priority projects for infrastructure development,” said Qayoumi. AITF was established in 2010 to address the government’s need for a dedicated financing mechanism to support infrastructure development. It is a multi-donor fund for bilateral, multilateral, and individual contributors to invest in large infrastructure projects. Development partners have committed a total of $744 million to AITF to date, almost $600 million of which has been allocated. “ADB is strongly committed to AITF and has invested significant staff and financial resources to enhance its role in the development of large infrastructure projects in Afghanistan” said Liepach. “AITF’s investments in the transport, energy, and agriculture and natural resources sectors, as well as regional cooperation initiatives, have generated important outcomes for the country, with positive impacts on economic growth, job creation, access to services, and poverty reduction.” During the Meeting, ADB Country Director for Afghanistan Narendra Singru presented the overall achievements of AITF, current challenges, and the significant improvements that the Government of Afghanistan and ADB have implemented in the recent years. The Steering Committee provided guidance and feedback on the overall progress and strategic directions of the AITF. The participants also provided guidance on plans to enhance AITF to better support investments in large projects that are financially viable, such as toll roads, power transmission and distribution. AITF investments are closely aligned with Afghanistan’s development priorities, including the National Peace and Development Framework, the National Infrastructure Plan, the Self-Reliance Agenda, and other national programs. The use of AITF resources ensures development effectiveness and provides a focus on projects that Afghanistan needs the most. Current AITF partners are the Afghan National Army Trust Fund, the Department for International Development of the United Kingdom, KfW Development Bank of Germany, Government of Japan, and the United States Agency for International Development. At the end of the meeting, ADB signed a $12 million grant agreement for a project readiness financing to finance preparatory activities for the Road Rehabilitation and Maintenance Program. The grant will help the government in preparing feasibility studies, detailed engineering design and associated documents, and provide procurement and capacity building support. The project will help improve regional accessibility and enhance the road network, promoting government's vision of achieving sustainable development, peace and stability. ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. Established in 1966, it is owned by 68 members—49 from the region.

Monday, January 20, 2020
Asadabad (BNA) A commander of ISIS terrorist group given up violence and joined peace process.
Mullah Qader Jan had previously been engaged in terrorist activities in parts of Dara-e-Pech District.
While surrendering to government, the commander said, he would than contribute to rebuilding and secreting in his land.
Selab army corps in east of the country with releasing a statement said, with surrendering of the commander, will reduce violence in parts of Kunar.
T. Yarzada

Monday, January 20, 2020
Jalalabad (BNA) Three people have been detained with consignment of narcotic drug by police officials in Nangarhar.
According to police, the people wanted to smuggle 12kg of hashish to unknown place.
According to reports, the detainees skillfully placed the packages of drugs to a car.
Police official of the province told BNA, the consignment of narcotic drug have been discovered and seized from outskirt of Khogyani district.
The detainees confessed to several drug trafficking cases in Nangarhar.
T. Yarzada

Monday, January 20, 2020
Trenkot (BNA) Three Taliban insurgents were killed and two others have been injured in a clash by Afghan Security Forces in Urozgan late yesterday.
The conflict occurred in suburb of Khas district bazaar, while a group of Taliban stormed on a convoy of ANA soldiers.
According to reports, the ANA soldiers were moving equipment to a military base, targeted by the attackers.
According to another report, police of Urozgan with discovering of ten mines from busy roads of the province prevented from a series of blasts.
Security troops blamed Taliban for the planting mines.
T. Yarzada

Monday, January 20, 2020
Kandahar (BNA) Eight Taliban militants were killed in an air raid in Kandahar province last night.
The militants were suppressed on their hideout in Khakriz district.
Atal army corps in south of the country with releasing a statement told BNA, the attack carried out by Afghan air forces.
Another report says, police of Kandahar discovered and defused 11 mines from busy roads of the province and prevented from a series of explosions.
Security officials blamed Taliban for mine planting.
T. Yarzada

Sunday January 19, 2020
Kabul (BNA) John Sopko the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction have accused U.S. officials for lying about Afghanistan war to the public. 
The special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction told U.S. congress that U.S. officials have routinely lied to the public during the 18-year war by exaggerating progress reports and inflating statistics to create a false appearance of success.
“There’s an odor of mendacity throughout the Afghanistan issue. . . mendacity and hubris,” John Sopko said in testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “The problem is there is a disincentive, really, to tell the truth. We have created an incentive to almost require people to lie.”
As an example, Sopko said U.S. officials have lied in the past about the number of Afghan children enrolled in schools — a key marker of progress touted by the Obama administration — even though they “knew the data was bad.” He also said U.S. officials falsely claimed major gains in Afghan life expectancy that were statistically impossible to achieve.
U.S. congress created the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, known as SIGAR, in 2008 to investigate contractual fraud and waste in the war zone.
Since 2001, the United States has spent more than $132 billion to modernize the country—more than it spent, adjusted for inflation, to rebuild Europe after World War II.
Meanwhile, people of Afghanistan while accusing U.S. aimless war in Afghanistan said, U.S. presence in a problematic war in Afghanistan, suppressing terrorists is the aim of the war, but until now U.S. fails in this struggle.
U.S. came to Afghanistan to fight against terrorism, but didn’t pay attention on terrorists’ hideouts outside the country, particular in Pakistan.
Beside that with the presence of U.S. in Afghanistan, administrative corruptions and narcotic drug smugglings has reached at the high level in the country.
Political and civil society activists said, until now west and U.S. didn’t perform useful infrastructure projects for reconstruction of Afghanistan.
According to them, U.S. never spent $135 billion in Afghanistan, but U.S. mostly spent the amount on its military troops in the country, salary of a U.S. troop several times is higher than an Afghan soldiers, beside that Afghan National Army and other organs are equipped preliminary, Afghan National Defense and Security Forces are forcing with numerous problems in the battlefields.
In fact, Afghan National Defense and Security Forces with high moral and less equipment are fighting against terrorism and extremism across the country.
Political exports said, U.S. has not moved realistically, but consider interests and benefits of its friends and admirers in Afghanistan war.  
U.S. inattention on fighting against terrorists cause that presence of U.S. could be sensitive for some other countries, therefore, now Afghanistan change into battlefield of proxy war among the countries that have problems with U.S. or U.S. have problems with them.
U.S. needs to revise on its strategy against fighting on terrorism and extremism in Afghanistan. 

Page 7 of 3755