21 July 2018

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Kabul (BNA) President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai expressed sympathy over the death of a former Jehadi commander, Mohammad Belal Niram who had suffered serious health problem. 
Late Mohammad Belal Niram had shined in campaign against the invaders, his services are appreciated and his death is a tragedy, the message said quoting President Karzai. 
He extended his deep condolence to the bereaved family members and asked for his pardon by the Almighty Allah and great patience for his family members, friends and Kabul residents. 
Another message had also quoted the president to express sympathy over the death another influential figure and elder of Kunduz province, Rais Muqsed who had suffered serious health problem. 
Rais Muqsed had worked as the district chief in the northern Kunduz province for many years and his services is appreciated, the message said asking pardon for him and great patience for his family members and the people of Kunduz province.

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) voiced concern at increasing violence against women in the country, saying that more than 39,000 cases were registered over the past nine years.
A nine years report from the rights watchdog spoke of 13,476 cases of physical violence, 3,358 of sexual assaults and complaints of a spike in family violence and women’s intimidation at workplace, universities, in jails and streets.
More than 9, 4000 instances of verbal and psychological attacks, 5,900 cases of economic deprivation and 7,200 complaints of other forms of violence were reported to the commission, showing a rising level of awareness among the people.
Most of the cases took place in Kabul, Balkh, Nangarhar and Faryab province, according to the report, which blames men for more than, 90 percent of family violence cases.
AIHRC chief Sima Samar, told a news conference that violence against women in remote areas of the country had become a common occurrence. “We will never succeed in combating the scourge as long as specific reasons for the violence are not identified.”
With only 14 offices across the country, the commission could not document all cases of violence across Afghanistan, said Samar, who suggested one way of combating the menace was to prosecute the perpetrators.
Another AIHRC official, Suraya Subh Rang, said up to 2,433 cases of violence were registered with the commission in the first half of the   current Afghan year.
Many other instances went unreported, she explained.

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan’s population has increased from 24.5 million to about 26 million, an official said, quoting figures from Central Statistics Organization CSO. 
In 2009, the country’s population stood at 24.5 million and reached 26 million in 2010, with 5.7 million people living in urban areas and the rest in countryside, the CSO chief told a news conference in Kabul. 
Abdul Rahman Ghafoori put the average population growth rate at 2.03 percent and the pregnancy rate at 6.3 percent. 
Most of the Kochis had given up their nomadic lifestyle and their population showed no considerable change, he said. 
Compared to other south Asian countries, the pregnancy rate remained high in Afghanistan, the official added. 
According to the statistics, 7.2 million students, 4.5 million of them boys, are enrolled in schools. 
Despite security problems in several parts of the country, the statistics were collected according to international standards, Ghafoori said. 
Qualified and experienced people were unwilling to work for the organization, because they were offered more rewarding jobs by foreign diplomatic missions and NGOs, he continued. 
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said in October the population growth in Afghanistan was 3.1 percent and life expectancy at birth both for males and females was 49 percent.

Kabul (BNA) The dead of famous commander of Jehad Mohammad Belal was laid to rest yesterday in Paghman district of Kabul province. 
In funeral ceremony, Information and Culture Minister Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Raheen and senior police officers of the ministry of interior were attended. 
Dr. Raheen said in funeral ceremony that commander Belal Nairam was from among well-known Mujaheddin of holy jehad of the people of Afghanistan during the occupation of the country by the Red Army. 
Belal Nairam was a virtuous son of jehad of Afghanistan and for years fought in the valleys of Afghanistan bravely and honestly in the path of freedom of the country and his name remained after in the list of noble people.