26 March 2017

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Sunday March 26, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan’s Wolesi Jirga or the house of people is expected to summon ministers of defense and interior as well as National Security Director over the recent deadly massive suicide attacks on a military hospital that left dozens dead and as many wounded.
The officials would be dismissed if failed to provide lawmakers with convincible reasons over the bloody incident in Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan hospital. The incident sparked anger from the people and the country’s parliament, asking the government for protection of the hospitalized military injuries, as they are shielding their bodies to protect the people.
The people said the government should tighten security of the hospital and prevent terrorists influence into the key military compounds, including the related military healthcare centers.
Afghan citizens asked the government for taking firm step in bringing reforms in the state ran institutions and those officials with no achievement in 2016 and no plan for 2017 should be removed of power and instead those with experience and ability to use development budget should be appointed in the key posts. If reforms are not brought in the government system, under rewards and punishments, no development will be witnessed and the people will face more challenges. Security is worsening recently day by day, despites high casualties from security forces of the country; lack of a special war strategy and lack of exact definition between foe and friend are the two factors behind the growing insecurity in the country.
The international community, particularly the US should also avoid playing double policy before Afghanistan and contribute to war on terror.
International coalition should provide enough arms and equipment to the domestic security forces instead of increasing the in the number of foreign troops, in war against terrorism. Terrorism if not controlled would overwhelm all the region and the world. In some provinces of Afghanistan, particularly in the southern Helmand’s Sangeen district, counterinsurgents operation is continuing, while in three other districts including Nad Ali clearing operation by the security forces are underway as according to the defense ministry’s spokesman, in Garmsir, Washir and Sangeen districts, a series of sweeping operation has earlier been launched by national army forces, which have good achievements so far by imposing heavy casualties on the government armed oppositions. Wolesi Jirga’s security authorities summon comes in a time that many administration are led by acting ministers and acting chairmen.
Hamidullah Faizi
 

Sunday March 26, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Despites the development of health service in the last more than 16 years in the country, over 12,000 people loss lives to the fatal disease each year in Afghanistan.
The disease is nearly controlled in high extent, with many healthcare centers in many big cities of the country, but it still remained dangerous to many people with no access to healthcare centers, as estimated in the last many years. The ministry of public health has announced that some 60,000 people are each year affected by Tuberculosis, but estimates suggested that the disease has been reduced to 42,812 cases, making 62 percent of all disease cases in the country, with 58 percent women and 42 percent men. “1937 TB treatment centers have been established in the country,” Dr. Najibullah Safi, head of public health ministry’s preventive medicine told media.
Afghanistan is among 22 world countries with more TB cases affecting women more than men, said Safi who expressed hope, “Fortunately, by increase in the number of treatment centers in many parts of the country we could reduce the case.” He added that last week a contract costing 8 million USD was signed between Afghanistan and Japan, which is expected to be spent in purchasing TB medications for 2018, 2019 and 2020, as the World Health Organization (WHO) reported. Those affected with TB should refer to the certain treatment centers timely in their near provinces, said a health expert, Dr. Azizullah who regretted for wide number of people with economic problem and their failure to access to the central provinces, due to prevailing insecurities. The main reason behind increase in the number of TB affected women that they spouses were not ready to take them to the treatment centers, particularly those living in the remote provinces. “I recovered after referring to a TB treatment center and hospitalization in Kabul from Maidan/Wardak,” Shogufa who recently released from hospital told The Kabul Times. He asked the government to provide ground for the TB affected patients to be treated soon. March 24 coinciding World TB day marked each year worldwide including Afghanistan.

Shukria Kohistani 
 

Sunday March 26, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Six Taliban, including the group commander, has been arrested in western Herat province, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said on Saturday.
The suspected militants had been arrested in Qafsalan locality of Enjil district, the statement from NDS said. Taliban commander Safiullah and his colleagues Mushfeq, Wahidullah, Ghulam Mohammad, Baharuddin and Sayed Eesa were among the detainees.
The arrested individuals were involved in roadside explosions, murders and other criminal activities. During initial investigations detainees have confessed to their involvement in several terror and criminal activities including the murder of two policemen and one afghan soldier.
 

Sunday March 26, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Pakistan will participate in a conference to be held over Afghanistan in Moscow, the country’s Foreign Office confirmed to media.
Spokesperson for the Pakistan’s Foreign Nafees Zakri said that Pakistan had opened its borders with Afghanistan in a gesture of goodwill and stressed that Afghanistan should cooperate over issues related to border management.
He said that Pakistan would continue efforts to maintain peace in Afghanistan. The Pak-Afghan border was opened at the Prime Minister’s (PM) behest on Tuesday after 32 days. Thousands of individuals and cargo vehicles crossed the border through Torkham and Chaman.
Pakistan had sealed its border with Afghanistan for an ‘indefinite period’ owing to security concerns following the deadly suicide bombing at Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in Sindh last month, in which over 80 people lost their lives and over 250 were injured. The attack on the shrine in Sehwan city of Sindh was part of a deadly wave of terror attacks in the country, and the fifth blast in less than a week targeting innocent people.
Russia and China in recent months have been spearheading efforts to revive the peace talks between the Taliban and Kabul. Their efforts, however, are being seen with suspicion in the west, especially in the United States.
 

Sunday March 26, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The U.S. military in Afghanistan is stepping up its fight against the growing Islamic State branch in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, vowing the defeat the jihadist group this year.
“We stand confident that the new U.S. administration under President [Donald] Trump will remain strategically engaged and continue its support,” declared Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani during a recent appearance at the Atlantic Council in Washington.
Meanwhile American Navy Capt. Bill Salvin, the spokesperson and director of public affairs for the U.S./NATO-led coalition in Kabul told Voice of America that their main goal in 2017 is to defeat ISIS-K in Afghanistan.
“In 2016, we believed that year began with about 3,000 or so ISIS-K members in about 12 districts in southern Nangarhar,” revealed the U.S. military spokesman and was quoted by VoA. “Right now, we believe there are about 600 ISIS-K members in two or three districts in southern Nangarhar.” The U.S. military has identified the eastern opium-rich Afghanistan province of Nangarhar, located on the country’s border with Pakistan, as the stronghold and base of attack of the Islamic State branch in the region, known as the Khorasan Province (ISIS-K).
Despite the loses the ISIL-K has suffered, American Gen. John Nicholson, the top commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, recently told lawmakers ISIL-K has “shown an ability to conduct attacks in Kabul and elsewhere in the country.” The Islamic State has claimed various major attacks in Kabul, including the March 8 massacre at a hospital that left at least 31 people dead. In October 2016, Gen. Nicholson said one of the primary goals of the Islamic State (IS) was to establish a caliphate on Afghan soil.
 

Sunday March 26, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Deputy Minister for Management and Resources of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Nasir Ahmad Andisha met a Turkish delegation led by the General Director of Migration Department in Turkey Atilla Toros with the presence of the Turkish Ambassador Ali Sait Akýn here yesterday, a MoFA statement said.
At the outset, the Deputy Minister expressed his appreciation for Turkey’s brotherly and friendly cooperation and Turkey’s support with Afghanistan over the past 100 years, especially its sacrifices and support in the past 16 years in Afghanistan, adding Afghans have always considered Turkey their second home, and Turks are our brothers. Afterwards, Toros said that Turks too consider Afghanistan their second home, and Afghans have a special place in their hearts. During this meeting, both sides talked on preventing illegal migration of Afghans to Turkey and facilitating  travelling, residence, education,  and legal business for Afghans in that country.
They also talked about controlling human smuggling, policies, regulations, programs, new facilities in migrating to Turkey, responsibilities of the new migration administration in Turkey, electronic registration of migrants, biometric and database process, issuing residence to Afghan citizens, taking care of political matters, combining families of migrants, ousting criminals, and fighting terrorist groups, especially Daesh, the statement added. Finally, the Deputy Minister appreciated Turkish authorities’ good behavior with Afghan migrants in that country and committed to jointly working with the related organizations of both countries in order to better manage and organize issues related to Afghan migrants in Turkey.
 

Sunday, 26 March 2017 05:34

Afghanistan Receives AIIB Membership

Sunday March 26, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Eklil Hakimi, Minister of Finance met ýJin Liqun, President of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in Beijing of China on 23rd March 2017, the Ministry of Finance said in a statement yesterday.
Both sides discussed the AIIB cooperation to Afghanistan, funding and financing of energy, water and railway projects, AIIB president and technical team trip to Afghanistan helps to establish the priorities and new opportunities and some other important subjects, the statement added, saying Afghanistan was able to gain membership of the Bank.
Meanwhile the Minister also thanked the board of governors of the bank for Afghanistan’s membership in the mentioned bank.  Afghanistan’s membership in this bank will open a new chapter of cooperation for economic growth and rapid development, the minister concluded the statement as saying.
 

Sunday, 26 March 2017 05:31

UN Assures Full Support To Afghanistan

Sunday March 26, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Minister of Foreign Affairs, Salahuddin Rabbani met with the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Gutierrez at the UN headquarters in New York here the other day, the MoFA said in a statement.
At the outset, FM Rabbani talked on security challenges, achievements of Afghanistan’s Security and Defense Forces, the government quests towards peace process, Afghanistan’s relations with countries in the region, and the achievements of his recent trip to Washington, D.C. Minister Rabbani also added that the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan supports the reforms that the Secretary-General intends to bring to this organization. While welcoming the establishment of the office of deputy secretary-general in the fight against terrorism, he hoped for opportunity to be provided for the talented citizens of Afghanistan to work in this office.
Appreciating the valuable services of the UN agencies in Afghanistan, he reminded of Afghanistan’s candidacy for membership in the Human Rights Council for the years of 2018 to 2020, and expressed hope for the support in this regard, the statement added. Afterwards, the UN Secretary-General stated that cooperation for the success of the Afghan government to overcome the challenges is the main priorities of the organization, as well as the United Nations fully support the efforts of the Afghan government towards peace process. The UN Secretary-General assured that the organization will continue to expand its cooperation to consolidate stability and realize the priorities of the Afghan government in different spheres, the statement added. According to another report, Minister of Foreign Affairs met the President of the United Nations Security Council, Matthew Rycroft at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
At the beginning, FM Rabbani expressed appreciation for holding the latest UN Security Council meeting on Afghanistan. He also expressed hope that the upcoming UN Security Council members visit to Afghanistan shall be a good opportunity to evaluate Afghanistan’s conditions, especially in security area and its reflection in the Security Council and other UN levels would be more objective. Both sides discussed security challenges in Afghanistan, Afghan National Defense and Security achievements in combating these challenges, and the Afghan government’s concern level over ISIS presence and activities in Afghanistan, the MoFA statement added.
 

Sunday March 26, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Accompanied by high ranking officials, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Saturday arrived in northern Balkh and warmly welcomed by Governor Atta Mohammad Noor and other provincial officials, a statement from the Presidential Palace said.
During the trip, the president inaugurated the newly constructed Rauza-e-Mubarak mosque and the Noor Hall in Mazar-e-Sharif as well as rang the school bell to mark the beginning of the new academic year in the province, the statement added. In a ceremony held on this occasion, Balkh governor Atta Mohammad Noor briefed the participant on his achievements in different fields, adding the medical centers has now been increased to 136 that helped decrease the maternal mortality rate in the province.  He also said that around 620 thousands of students studying in 680 educational centers.
“Balkh province had only one university with three faculties, but now the number has increased to 23 thousands of students which females constitutes half of them,” Noor added, saying there are 55 percent of women teachers across the province. He also called Balkh as the only province with 75 Km of railroad. The governor promised staying in the province to monitor the performance of his successor, pledging not to let him do anything wrong. Without giving an exact date, Noor said he would resign in the near future. Meanwhile President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Saturday commended the even-handed development of northern Balkh province, attributing the achievement to Governor Atta Mohammad Noor’s leadership. President Ghani gave the governor full credit for his dedicated work to develop the province. ‘Noor had always pleaded with Kabul for the progress of the province, not for personal favours, he said.
At an event marking the start of the new academic year in the provincial capital, the president promised investment in education. He said 6.9 million textbooks would be distributed to schools across the country over the next fortnight.
While stressing on the need for sustainable focus on girls’ education, he likened investment in females to investment in Afghanistan’s future generations. “Afghanistan has once again turned to be the inseparable point of the Central Asia. If militants want to close such ways for Afghanistan, then they should know that we have different ways to be connected,” the president said as quoted in the statement. Pointing to essential role of education in Afghanistan, the president said matters related to education should not be limited to only Ministry of Education, adding ministries of communications, interior and national defense and public health can play vital role on the aspect, the statement added. Thanking the commission for successful commemoration of Nawroz festival, the president said those taking arm against the government and opposing constitution would be suppressed.
 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Based on Khan Mohammad Baz’ head of currency exchangers in Kabul, Shahzada market report the exchange rate of Afghani as a follow:
                                                                                   
One Dollar                                            67/80 afgs                           
One Pound Sterling                              83/90 afgs                         
One Euro                                              72/90 afgs                        
One Emirate’s Dirham                         18/85 afgs                          
One Thousand Pakistani Rupees          630afgs                        
One Thousand Indian Rupees               1010 afgs             
One Thousand Iranian Rupees              17/60 afgs                       
 

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