24 January 2017

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Saturday January 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Foodstuffs have been distributed to 300 returned families from Pakistan in eastern Laghman province.
A source of refugees and repatriation department in Laghman told BNA correspondent, the distributed foodstuffs assisted by World Food Program (WFP) for the returned families in the province.
In this round each returned family have received 3 months foodstuffs, the source added.
The assistances will be continued for returned and destitute families of Laghman province.

Friday January 20, 2017
Jalalabad City (BNA) Cash and foodstuffs have been distributed to 200 destitute and returned families from Pakistan in eastern Nangarhar province.
Ghulam Haidar Faqirzay head of refugees and repatriation department of Nangarhar told BNA, in this round AFG 16,000 and foodstuffs have distributed to the mentioned families.
Further assistances will be distributed to needy and returned families from Pakistan in near future in the province, Faqirzay added.

Friday January 20, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Officials of the government of Afghanistan support any move leading to ensuring peace in the country, stressing that the negotiation process should be Afghan-led and Afghan-owned.
Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in his recent remarks said, ‘restoring lasting peace in the country is our fundamental and national obligation.’ The president pointed out that peace will not be ensured unless Ulama, jihadi figures and tribal elders cooperate, adding we should restore lasting peace throughout the country. Any Afghan who has political difference should solve it through negotiation, the president said, adding the problems can be solved through negotiation not war.
At the same time, a number of political experts and lawmakers told that any move on restoring peace will go in vein unless the warring sides willing to talk. They added if the government of Afghanistan and other political parties host peace negotiations, there is no doubt it will follow positive outcomes, because, the Afghans know that they can overcome all challenges with unity.
Zubair Shafiqi, a political expert said, ‘there is no doubt that Afghans are in dire need of peace and they warmly welcome any move resulting in ensuring peace in the country.’ Therefore, to get rid of current crises, the people should join hands so an enduring peace is prevailed in the country, he added. Akram Andishmand, another political expert believes that this is a clear fact that the neighboring countries play imperative role in ensuring peace and stability in Afghanistan. The experts believe that the neighboring countries, particularly, Pakistan honestly cooperate with Afghanistan in peace process, there is no doubt that a lasting peace will be ensured.
But unfortunately, what has concerned the Afghan people is lack of an honest commitment against our country, they added. In fact, Pakistan has never honestly cooperated with Afghanistan in ensuring peace and stability and has always supported the terrorist groups. Lower house of the parliament said, ‘as long as the neighboring and regional countries, particularly Pakistan doesn’t honestly cooperate with Afghanistan, peace will never be restored in Afghanistan.’  Ahmad Fawad, a Kabul resident said that Afghanistan was among the countries, where has been making sacrifices in war on terror for more than three decades, but still this war is being continued. Thus, the neighboring countries should stay alongside our country, because, ensuring peace in Afghanistan can considerably affect region and the world.  This is while that much has been done to ensure peace and stability in Afghanistan, but still the people hope peace negotiations with armed oppositions to be an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned process so to follow positive results.

Friday January 20, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan is among the countries in which plenty of violence against women can been seen. Beating of women in families, compulsory marriages, not supporting, prevention of going to school or social activities, usurpation of properties, escaping from home, self-immolation, raping etc. are the most common cases of violence against women. The Afghan women are posed to violence in all parts of Afghanistan not only in remote areas where the awareness level of women on their basic rights are fading. There are many violations of their humanitarian rights. Experts believe that violence can affect hundreds of thousands of women in our country with psychological diseases and mental depressions. In Afghanistan, many cases of violence against women and even women murder remain unpunished. Self-immolations have been increasing and violence is main reason behind. Violence against women is a phenomenon that can be seen in different societies both rich and poor, developed and less-developed and even in democracies in which full rule of law has been established.
International efforts for prevention of violence against women calumniated that UNGA make official step and issue the universal declaration on prohibition of violence against women. Based on 3rd and 4th articles of this declaration, women are equally allowed to have all humanitarian and basic freedoms in socio, economic, political, cultural and civil fields.  These rights including the right of living, equal wages, private freedom and security, freedom from discrimination, fair access to justice. The governments should strongly condemn violence against women and prevent implementation of religious traditions or political considerations. That could result in limitation of women rights.
In today’s Afghanistan women always suffering of increasing violence and every day dozens of women are victimized by diverse violence’s against the principles of holy religion of Islam, Afghanistan constitution and international conventions to which Afghanistan has already joined. Local legal and judicial organs and international bodies should seriously fight in the direction of elimination of violence against women and for implementation of UN resolution 104/48. Drug addiction, illiteracy, low level of public awareness, unawareness on Islamic and humanitarian women rights, unacceptable social traditions weakness of rule of law are among reasons behind increasing violence against women. Powerful people and irresponsible armed men and war lords impose most violence against women and continuation of this process is concerning. Removal of violence against women depends upon collective efforts of the MoWA, MoE, MoHE, Afghanistan religious scholars. A firm effort should take place against this nasty phenomenon. The role of media is very important in this process to provide information on removal of violence against women with exclusive programs, holding of round table, hard talks, drama and short films reflecting violence against women. All these measures should changes the public mentality on violence against. Holding of workshops, seminars, awareness giving programs for men and women. All people should be invited to take active part in this process. During the presidential election campaigns, the president had talked on serious war on violence. The president said they would be Afghan administration led by me would strongly react against even slightly violence against women. The Afghan governments should seek such a strategy in the direction of reduction of this phenomenon so prevent further disloyalty to women.
Lailuma Noori

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