21 April 2019

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Sunday April 21, 2019

JALALABAD CITY (BNA) As many as 9 armed oppositions were killed during military operation led by Afghan security forces in eastern Nangarhar province.
The military operation has started two weeks ago by participation of hundreds Afghan national army and Afghan national policemen by coordination of Afghan air forces in various parts of Khogyani and Shirzad districts of the province.
Top commander of Afghan national army in the east of the country told BNA correspondent, recently 9 terrorists were killed and six more were wounded in Shirzad and Khogyani districts.
It has been said, dozens villages have been cleared from being of anti-government militias in the mentioned districts.
M.A.Ansari
 

Sunday April 21, 2019

Kabul (BNA) At least 10 people were arrested accused of linking with terrorist groups in eastern Kunar, Nooristan and Nangarhar provinces.
Senior military official in the east of the country told BNA reporter, the people were arrested during confrontation and special operations conducted by Afghan security in various parts of Kunar, Nooristan and Nangarhar provinces.
Several weapons and documents proves their memberships in Taliban and ISIS terrorist groups have been seized from the arrested people, the source added.
Investigation has started from them.
M.A.Ansari
 

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Jalalabad (BNA) A man has been detained accused membership with Taliban group in Nangarhar province late yesterday.
The man was arrested in Jalalabad city with a mortar mine by security forces.
Top military commander in east of the country told BNA, investigation on the identity of the man and his possible involvement in Taliban group continue.
T. Yarzada
 

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Continuing its assistance for infrastructural development in Afghanistan, Czech Republic signed a contract with Afghan Women Capacity Building Institution based in Kunar here on Thursday.
The project worth 20 thousland USD and would be funded by the Czech Republic.  The project would produce 7 KW electricity and would benefit 250 families in Charaki village of Khas Kunar district of Kunar province.
While signing the contract, Czech Ambassador to Kabul Petr Stepanek said that his country assisted Afghanistan in areas of education and recently supported a female school in Kabul.  “We have also funded two bridges in Kunar as part of our welfare projects.”
Meanwhile deputy to Afghan Women Capacity Building Institution Arezo Nezam praised Czech’s assistance to Afghanistan and asked the country’s ambassador to pay a visit to the province and closely monitor the implementation of the project.
The Czech Republic Ambassador vowed that his country would continue its supports to Afghanistan.
Shukria Kohistani
 

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Kabul (BNA) The European Union’s Special Envoy for Afghanistan, who is on an official visit to Tehran for political consultations, has met a number of officials at the Iranian Foreign Ministry.
Roland Kobia spent a whole day at the Foreign Ministry on Thursday, holding talks with Iranian deputy foreign minister Morteza Sarmadi, Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araqchi, and Director General of the Foreign Ministry’s Western Asia Department Mousavi.  During the talks, various aspects of developments in Afghanistan were discussed in detail.
Peace has turned into the public demand of all Afghans today, the Iranian officials said, underlining the pivotal role of Afghanistan’s Constitution in all peace talks between Afghan groups.  They also emphasized the importance of preserving the achievements of Afghan people over the past 18 years.
For his part, Kobia stressed the strong alignment between the EU and Iran’s stances and viewpoints regarding the restoration of peace in Afghanistan, and expressed the bloc’s preparedness to establish cooperation with the Islamic Republic on preserving and strengthening peace in the war-torn country.
 

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Ghazni (BNA) Nomination anniversary of Ghazni as Asian Capital of Islamic Culture was celebrated the other day in Ghazni, provincial capital.
In 2013, the Islamic educational, scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) named Ghazni as Asian Capital of Islamic Culture.
In a ceremony held on this occasion the other day in Ghazni with participation of local officials, provincial directors, a number of members of provincial council, poets, cultural figures and a large number of residents of the province, governor of Ghazni Waheedullah Kaleemzai said cooperation of the people results in celebration of this great honor of Afghanistan in current year.
He praised provincial directorate of information and culture for its efforts towards cultural development and preparation of the province for celebration of the festival.
Acting director of information and culture for Ghazni Bashir Mohammadi read out message of acting minister of information and culture Hasina Safi, who has called Ghazni city as the 2nd capital of Islamic world and promised that she will make efforts to renovate historic monuments of the province that have not been renovated so far and expand the culture of tourism in the province.
Meanwhile, in the ceremony, poets and culture figures read their poems in connection with spring and peace.
 

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Deputy Foreign Minister Idrees Zaman met with the EU Special Representative to Central Asia Ambassador Peter Burian here in Bucharest on Thursday, a statement said.
Both sides talked on the role of EU in regional connectivity, importune of regional cooperation within the RECCA Framework and the Heart of Asia Istanbul Process, implementation of short term and long term educational programs, the peace process and time after peace, and existing opportunities in Afghanistan and Uzbekistan Border, the statement from Ministry of Foreign Affairs added.
 


Saturday, April 20, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) head Abdul Matin Bek addressing an event “Accountability of the Government before the Nation” here at the Government Media and Information Center on Thursday said the IDLG played a key role in terms of facilitating urban services and legislation last year.
He went on saying that conducting municipal elections was their priority and they were trying to appoint one or two mayors through a ballot this year.
He said last year President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani devoted 25 percent of his time visiting provincial administrations.
Matin Bek, while addressing media said the adoption of a roadmap for good governance, approval of the law on local councils and the law of municipalities were among IDLG achievements.
He said the municipal law pave the ground for election of mayors and the ballot was their priority for this ongoing year.
He said last year mayors were appointed through a competition process in which two women also got the slot.
He said district chiefs were also appointed through a competition process to stable areas but in insecure places such competition was not necessary and only those having tribal support were welcomed.
The IDLG head claimed currently 20 districts were out of the government’s control nationwide.

Saturday April 20, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met with elders and influential of Pashayee tribe and heard their problems and demands, CE press office stated BNA.
Pashayee elders enumerated a series of their problems, saying security was the biggest challenge to them. They said Daesh threatening Dara-e-Noor and Kunar districts of Nangarhar, asking government to counter such threats. They also asked government for scholarship to Pashayee youth and their recruitment in government positions. Meanwhile, CE Abdullah vowed to address their problems through the line organs. He also said practical measures to be taken for security of Dara-e-Noor and Kunar districts.
 

Saturday April 20, 2019

Kabul (BNA) The peace talks between Afghan politicians, civil society members and other representatives of Afghanistan’s society with the Taliban on issues around the peace process scheduled for April 20-21 was cancelled due to a “Disagreement” by Qatari government on the 250-member list proposed by the Afghan side as Presidential Palace described it in a statement.
The Presidential Palace said in the statement that the Doha meeting was cancelled as the Qatar government did not accept the Afghan delegation’s list and instead suggested a new list “which was not acceptable to the Afghan government”. “After completion of preparations of the delegation for going to (Qatar), Qatar government sent a new list which was not balanced in terms of involvement of the people of Afghanistan and in other words it was a disrespect to the national will of the Afghan people and this is not acceptable to the people of Afghanistan”.
“A group of politicians at a meeting with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani agreed that the act by the Qatari government is not acceptable and they decided to ask the Qatari government to allow the attendance of the Afghan delegation selected by Afghanistan.” “As far as the government of Qatar could not practice our legitimate suggestion, the Doha conference was cancelled.” The government and the people of Afghanistan are committed to achieving a dignified peace and will continue their sincere efforts in this respect. Meanwhile, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad said in a tweet that he is “Disappointed” that Qatar’s intra-Afghan initiative “has been delayed”. “We’re in touch with all parties and encouraged that everyone remains committed to dialogue and the Afghan peace process,” he said. “Dialogue is and always will be key to a political roadmap and lasting peace. There is no alternative. I urge all sides to seize the moment and put things back on track by agreeing to a participant list that speak for all Afghans. I stand ready to help if our help is needed,” he tweeted.
 

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