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Wednesday February 7, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Mal-treatment, crackdown and threatening Afghan refugees by Pakistan police are increasing.
Afghan refugees are facing with various problems as well as unknown destiny and bad situation in refugees camps in Pakistan.
After Pakistan government did not get ready to extend deadline for Afghan refugees, Afghanistan ministry of refugees and repatriates informed of preparations for accepting hundreds thousands of refugees from Pakistan. Afghanistan embassy to Islamabad says Afghan refugees should be ready for returning their homeland as it is not clear whether ongoing talks will end with any positive results or not.
Zardasht Shmas, deputy ambassador to Islamabad, has said Afghanistan embassy to Pakistan has started its effort to convince the country to extend the deadline for Afghan refugees based on prior agreement. “The deadline that has been set by Pakistan cabinet is neither practical nor logical. Our debate is that they should think a little bit logically as meetings have been held between Afghan and Pakistan officials in this regard and we hope that such meetings will give results,” Shams said. Pakistan cabinet has instructed the country’s ministry of refugees and borders to deliver a comprehensive plan for repatriation of Afghan refugees to their homeland in coming days and the cabinet will then declare its final decision in this regard based on the plan.
The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has also started its consultations with Pakistan government in this regard. “Consultations with Pakistan government are underway in connection with Afghan refugees and no final decision has been made so far in this regard,” Qaisar Afridi, a spokesperson to UNHCR in Islamabad said. Whenever relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan get worse, Pakistan raises the issue of Afghan refugees and step up expulsion of refugees from its soil. But, in consideration to current situation in Afghanistan, it is not possible that nearly 1.4 million registered and over 700,000 unregistered Afghan refugees return to their homeland during few days.
International Organization for Migration (IOM) has already kicked off registration of those Afghan refugees that have no immigration document. The organization says by registration the undocumented refugees, facility for gradually repatriation will be provided. Expulsion of such large number of Afghan refugees from Pakistan is against international conventions. Based on human principles, refugees should return their homeland on voluntarily basis and their repatriation should be dignified.
The respective organization provides transportation facilities, location for living, livelihood and health services for those who return to their homeland, but stressing that Afghanistan is not able to welcome mass expulsion of Afghan refugees at once.
Afghanistan government is trying to resolve the issue through diplomatic channels and international migration organizations principles and convince the Pakistani government that its decision should be based on tripartite agreement, but Pakistan has warned not to extend deadline for Afghan refugees anymore. Afghanistan government is now working on preparations to welcome Afghan refugees. Moreover, domestic and international organizations have also shown readiness for repatriation of refugees to Afghanistan. Presently, work on draft of the gradually repatriation of Afghan refugees from Iran and Pakistan is underway at ministry of refugees and repatriates. It is worth mentioning that hundreds of Afghan refugee families return to their homeland every day.
Lailuma Noori

Wednesday February 7, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Media and civil society organizations have played vital role in public awareness, counter-corruption, maintaining social justice, increasing of transparency and accountability and making government institutions responsive during the past 16 years.
Afghan Infrastructural Sector as a key sector is very important for economic development of the people and tranquility of the people. Role of the country’s media and civil society organizations in increasing of transparency in the respective sector is considered as significant and results in improvement of situation.
Therefore, Afghanistan Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (CoST) held an informative workshop on Tuesday for media and civil society organizations to further involve them in transparency and accountability process of the country’s infrastructural sector. The workshop was attended by officials for ministry of economy and more than 30 representatives of the country’s media and civil society organizations. The workshop aimed to make media and civil society organizations acquainted with goals and operations of Afghanistan Construction Sector Transparency Initiative and importance of releasing information in connection with infrastructural projects in strengthening of transparency and accountability.
“Ministry of Economy as host of this initiative in Afghanistan and head of CoST-related organizations group is fully supporting transparency process in the country’s infrastructural sector and asking all procurement institutions in particular key ministries to cooperate with the initiative. But, for implementation of this goal, role of the country’s media and civil society organizations are significant. Media and civil society organizations as representatives of the people have the right to seek further information in connection with transparency process of the country’s infrastructural projects,” Mohammad Ismail Rahimi, deputy minister of economy said. In the workshop, participants have been given information in connection with problems in infrastructural sector and ways for solutions, process of releasing information related to the projects and others.
The Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (CoST) works with governments, industry and local communities around the world to get better value from public infrastructure investment by increasing transparency and accountability.  CoST is a multi-stakeholder initiative with 15 participating countries spanning four continents. Afghanistan joined CoST in October 2013 following recommendations made by the Afghanistan Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (MEC) on the need for greater transparency in the construction of infrastructure. The CoST Afghanistan program is led by the Ministry of Economy with the process of disclosure and assurance initially tested by Afghanistan Reconstruction and Development Services.
Massouda Qarizada

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Daikundi (BNA) Assistance took place for 330 displaced families in Daikundi province.
Syeed Ibrahim Hashimi head of refugees and repatriation of Daikundi told BNA correspondent, for each family disseminated 200 US dollar and blanket by United Nation High Commission for Refugees.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Badakhshan (BNA) Five people were martyred in two traffic accidents in Badakhshan province.
Neek Mohammad Nazari spokesman for Badakhshan told BNA correspondent, the accidents occurred due to heavy snowfall and freezing of roads in Keshm district of the province. In the events, six other people have been injured.

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