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Tuesday, September 04, 2012
Kabul (BNA) President Karzai chaired the plenary session of the Council of Ministers at the presidential palace yesterday. 
Initially the session of the Council of Ministers (CM) instructed the ministers of education, public health, rehabilitation and rural development to visit the Alburz area of Balkh province and address problems of the people. 
The cabinet ministers also advised so that as per the plan continues their provincial visits to the level of district especially visit places where an impact of governance is weak. 
The security organs also received instructions to avoid payment of high salaries and other unnecessary expenses that are finance by the donor countries.
Meanwhile, the decree no 45 of the president was presented to the session by the chairman of the Independent Election Commission along with the registration document and the list of the voters.
The document consists of collection of precise information related to the voters, reduction of fraud, reduction of election expenses, permanent preparedness for holding of elections, possibility of holding of anticipated elections at the Constitution. 
He mentioned insecurity in some parts of the country, non existence of data and national identity cards, non-categorizing of election zones and non-allocation of needed budget as problems on the path of elections.
The CM stressed that the election should held in full coordination with the government at national levels without intervention of the domestic or foreign foundations, in an independent manner without political, tribal and tanzim considerations for the welfare of the Muslim nation of Afghanistan under a transparent process within the national budget in accordance with the Constitution of Afghanistan and other enforced laws of the country. 
Efforts should be made that for ensuring transparency and reducing the expenses, the process of distribution of electronic identity cards for eligible people should be accelerated and instead of the registration process and distribution of separate card the electronic identity cards is regulated.
For this purpose a committee composed of the head of the IEC, ministers of interior, communications and information technology, finance, administration affairs and secretariat of the CM, the independent local organs and head of the central statistics department led by National security Advisor was assigned so that they review this view in ten days and report back to the Presidential Office.
The detail of implementation, the need and existence of the project for upgrading for results (CBR) was presented by head of the independent commission for administration reforms and civil service. 
The CBR project is for capacity building and will be led by the Afghans and financed through the Reconstruction Fund of Afghanistan and the national budget.
The anticipated budget for the project for five years is anticipated at USD 350 million starting from the 2012 and it will cover capacity bui8lding of 3000 Afghan government employees. 
The CBR project is part of the civil service reforms and departments will use it when they are being reformed and on the basis of this project all the program will come under name of reforms and administered under the umbrella of a single program. 
The CM viewed that administrative reforms will be positive when the need of the government departments in respect to recognition of specialists are specified and they should attain job through free competitions and general tests at the government organs and outside that and this way the ground is prepared for attraction of specialists and professional cadres.
The CM confirmed the CBR project and instructed the finance, economy, justice, national security advisor, senior minister and senior economy advisor and the administration affairs to rectify this proposal as per the views expressed and present it to the coming session of the CM under the supervision of the president of the country.
 

Monday, 03 September 2012 13:09

8 Mine Planters Killed In Logar

Monday, September 03, 2012
Pul-e-Alam (BNA) Eight mine planters were killed in their own planting mine in Logar province last night. 
Deen Mohammad Darwesh spokesman of Logar governor said to BNA, these militias wanted to place roadside mines, the mines exploded and killed them. 
It should be said that two of them were lost their lives in their own mines in Deh Doahbna and two others in Dashtak area, Mohammad Agha district and four of them on the highway of Baraki Barak district.
T. Suraya-Yarzada
 

Monday, 03 September 2012 13:04

18 Armed Insurgents Killed In Logar

Monday, September 03, 2012
Pul-e-Alam (BNA) 18 armed insurgents were killed, 21 others including three foreign nations wounded and 12 others detained in cleaning up operation in Logar province. 
Colonel Ghulam Sakhi Rogh Lewani police chief of Logar said to BNA, this operation started three days back and continues till now in Pul-e-Alam city and Mohammad Agha, Baraki Barak and Charkh districts, in which 18 armed insurgents were killed, 21 others including three foreign nations wounded and 12 others detained. 
According to him, this operation took place according to demands of people on the leadership of national army in that province. 
17 light and heavy arms, 25 roadside mines were seized by these forces. 
It is said; the national army forces had no causalities’ in this operation. 
This operation continues yet, a corolla car of insurgents was destroyed and 4 motorbikes were seized by national army forces. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada
 

Monday, 03 September 2012 13:03

Mine Blast Wounds 5 Civilians In Balkh

Monday, September 03, 2012
Mazar-e-Sharif (BNA) Five civilians were wounded in a mine blast in Balkh province today. 
Sher Jan Dorani spokesman of Balkh security commandment said to BNA, the enemies of people placed explosive device in a bicycle and exploded it in front of the accountant office of that province in which five civilians were wounded. 
The injured are transferred to hospital and damages inflected to shops and houses in this area. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada
 

Monday, September 03, 2012
Farah (BNA) A senior commander of Taliban with his six colleagues arrested in Bakwah district of Farah province. 
A source of national security of Farah said to BNA, the commander name is Shah Wali Khan and committed responsibility of Taliban judicial commission in Bakwah district. 
He was arrested with his 6 colleagues in a combined operation of police and national security forces of Farah province from Nazargah village, Bakwah district of that province. 
Three Kalashnikovs, 6 rocket bullets, and 8 kg of opium were seized by security forces. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada
 

Monday, September 03, 2012
Lashkarga (BNA) A Taliban commander arrested in Helmand province.
This commander name is Brother Mullah Khaliq is one of the famous commanders of Taliban in Helmand province.
Dawod Ahmadi spokesman of Helmand governor told this news agency, the mentioned commander arrested in a joint operation of Afghan and NATO forces from Baware area of Gerishk district.
According to Ahmadi, 12 anti-vehicle mines have seized from the arrested commander.
No one has been injured in this operation, said the source.
According to another report, in an air attack of ISAF forces three Taliban killed in Helmand province.
Ahmadi told BNA, the operation carried out while Taliban opened fire on the copters of NATO forces in Konjak area of Nahre Saraj district.
In this operation three Taliban were killed.
T. Rateb
 

Monday, 03 September 2012 09:10

16th Non Aligned Movement Summit

Tehran
Asia
Afghanistan
1. The Heads of State and Government reiterated their commitment to the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national unity of Afghanistan, welcomed the achievements made since 2002 and the ongoing democratic process in the country. They recognized that the challenges faced by the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and its people are enormous. Recognizing the interconnected nature of the challenges in Afghanistan, they noted that sustainable progress on security, development, and governance was mutually reinforcing. They further recognized that the establishment of peace and security remains essential for the reconstruction, humanitarian relief efforts and sustainable development in that country.
2. The Heads of State and Government welcomed all efforts to increase regional economic cooperation in particular through the Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan(RECCA) for the promotion of the regional economic cooperation between Afghanistan, its neighbours and among the countries of the region. They welcomed the Fifth Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan held in Tajikistan on 26 and 27 March 2012 and recognized the important role of the Economic Cooperation Organization and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), in promoting Afghanistan’s development.
3. The Heads of State and Government commended the outcome of the recent International Tokyo Conference on Afghanistan, held on the 8th of July, 2012 and its conference conclusions: the "Tokyo Declaration: Partnership for Self-Reliance in Afghanistan: From Transition to Transformation (2015-2024)," at which the international community reaffirmed its sustained support for Afghanistan's sustainable growth and development.
4. The Heads of State and Government emphasized the Kabul Process as a renewed commitment by the international community to Afghanistan to secure a strong international engagement for increased Afghan ownership and leadership in the areas of security, governance, developments and effective delivery of commitments made in the London, Kabul, and Bonn Conferences and reaffirmed at the recent International Tokyo Conference on Afghanistan to implement the Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS) and its National Priority Programmes, in this regard stressed on the importance of complete coordination between political and developmental activities of International Organizations active in Afghanistan and channeling international Aid and resources through the core budget of the Government of Afghanistan and in greater alignment with Afghan priorities.
5. The Heads of State and Government expressed their appreciation to the Government of India for sponsoring the Delhi Investment Summit of June 28, 2012 and its recommendations promoting and highlighting the role that foreign investment, private sector development and partnerships involving domestic and foreign companies can play in stabilizing Afghanistan and contributing to its self-reliance.
6. The Heads of State and Government expressed support for the Transition (Inteqal Process), consistent with the London, Kabul, Lisbon, Bonn Conferences, the Chicago Summit, and the recent Tokyo Conference, which will entail primarily, the assumption of full responsibility by Afghanistan’s institutions in the security sector, recognizing that Transition is not only a security process but also encompasses Afghan leadership in governance and development.
7. The Heads of State and Government expressed their deep concern at the continued high level of violence in Afghanistan, condemning in the strongest terms all violent attacks, and recognizing in that regard the continuously alarming threats posed by the terrorist activities committed by the Taliban, Al-Qaida and other violent and extremist groups, as well as the challenges related to the efforts to address such threats.
8. The Heads of State and Government also recalled the importance of the Kabul Declaration of 22 December 2002 on Good-Neighbourly Relations, in which a commitment to constructive and supportive bilateral relationships based on the principles of territorial integrity, mutual respect, friendly relations, cooperation and non-interference in each others’ internal affairs have been reaffirmed, and noted that regional cooperation constituted an effective means to promote security and development in Afghanistan.
9. The Head of States and Government expressed support for the Government of Afghanistan-led comprehensive process of peace and reconciliation, as recommended by the national Consultative Peace Jirga in June 2010, welcomed the Traditional Loya Jirga in November 2011 to the Government of Afghanistan’s reconciliation process, and commended the efforts of the Afghan Government, including the renewed efforts of the High Peace Council, and the ongoing implementation of the Afghan Peace and Reintegration Programme in the context of its outreach efforts both inside and outside the Country.
9.1 The Heads of State and Government expressed deep appreciation to countries, in particular the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Islamic Republic of Iran for hosting a large number of Afghans and acknowledge the huge burden they have shouldered in this regard, call on the international community to assist the Afghan refugees and internally displaced persons to facilitate their voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable return
10. And welcomed the outcome of the International Conference on Afghan Refugees in May 2012 in Switzerland and its successful outcomes for the population of Afghan refugees and returnees.
11. The Heads of State and Government welcomed increased efforts by the Government of Afghanistan, its neighboring and regional partners and international organizations to foster trust and cooperation with each other, as well as recent cooperation initiatives developed by the countries concerned and regional organizations, including the trilateral summits of the Islamic Republics of Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan, the trilateral summits of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and Turkey, the trilateral summits of Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States of America, the trilateral summits of Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates, the trilateral summit of Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United Kingdom, the quadrilateral summits of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan and the Russian Federation, as well as those of the Tripartite Commission, the European Union (EU), Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
12. The Heads of State and Government expressed support for regional initiatives that are aimed at exploring regional potentials for the welfare, stability and development of Afghanistan and the rest of the region, and welcomed, in this regard, the Istanbul Conference for Afghanistan, held on 2 November 2011, where Afghanistan and its regional partners, with the support of the international community, affirmed their commitment to promote regional security and cooperation through enhanced regional dialogue and confidence building measures;
13. The Heads of State and Government commend the outcome of the Heart of Asia-Ministerial Conference Kabul" on the 14th of June, 2012 which was the first follow-up to the Istanbul Process, and set a framework for periodic political consultations on confidence-building measures in the region. They also commended the excellent organization of the conference by the Government of Afghanistan, and expressed their support to the Istanbul Process as a key architecture for a result oriented regional effort by which Afghanistan and its near and extended neighbors will jointly endeavor to promote security, stability and economic cooperation in the wider region.
14. The Heads of State and Government expressed the Movement’s resolve therefore to:
14.1 Call upon the International Community to extend its full support for the implementation of the Afghanistan Compact adopted at the London Conference and reaffirmed at the Kabul and Bonn Conferences to fulfill expeditiously its financial commitments announced at the International Donor Conferences for the Reconstruction of Afghanistan, held in Tokyo in January 2002, Berlin in March 2004, London in January- February2006, Paris in June 2008, Kabul in July 2010, Bonn in December 2011, and most recently in Tokyo in July 2012;
14.2 Strongly condemn the terrorist and criminal acts committed by the Taliban, Al-Qaida and other extremist groups, including improvised explosive device attacks, suicide attacks, assassinations, including abductions, indiscriminate targeting of civilians, attacks against humanitarian workers, and targeting of Afghan and international security forces as well as assassination of public figures, such as the assassination of Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani, former President of Afghanistan, and Chairman of the High Peace Council (HPC), and others. The Heads of State and Government reaffirmed their conviction that this once again underlined the need for strengthening international cooperation in the global fight against terrorism. The Heads of State and Government also reaffirmed their conviction that such incidents would not deter the Afghan nation and the international community in their struggle against forces of terrorism in reconstruction and development of Afghanistan.
14.3 Strongly condemn the suicide terrorist attack on the Indian Embassy in Kabul on 7th July 2008 in which around 60 Afghan nationals, including women and children, and four Indian nationals lost their lives and many other Afghan and Indian nationals were injured. The Heads of State and Government reaffirmed their conviction that this attack once again underlined the need for strengthening international cooperation in the global fight against terrorism. The Heads of State and Government also reaffirmed their conviction that this incident and any such incident would not deter the Afghan nation and the international community in their struggle against forces of terrorism in reconstruction and development of Afghanistan.
14.4 Support the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and its leadership in defending and preserving its sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national unity, including through eliminating the threats to its peace and security;
14.5 Contribute to the peace, security, reconstruction, humanitarian relief efforts and sustainable development in Afghanistan, mindful of the concrete measures already taken by Non-Aligned Countries thereof; and
14.6 Support efforts by the international donor community, including Non-Aligned Countries, geared toward ensuring the successful implementation of the Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS) the relevant provisions of Afghanistan Compact adopted in London, 31 January-1 February 2006 and Paris Conference June 12-14 2008, as well as and the detailed National Priority Programmes presented at the Kabul Conference in July 2010.
14.7 Call on the international community and relevant UN agencies for the provision of enhanced assistance to the Afghan refugees and internally displaced persons to facilitate their voluntary, safe and dignified return and sustainable reintegration into the society of origin so as to contribute to the stability of Afghanistan.
14.8 Call upon the International community to strengthen international and regional cooperation for demand reduction, and to counter the production, and the trafficking of illicit drugs and precursor chemicals, in accordance with the principle of common and shared responsibility, as well as to increase its assistance to enhance the capacity of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to carry out its National Drug Control Strategy, aimed at elimination of production and trafficking of narcotics and create alternative livelihood for the farmers by strengthen crop substitution program in Afghanistan, while noting the report of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime released in December 2011.
 

Monday, September 03, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The visit of Salauddin Rabani Head of High Peace Council to Pakistan postponed for the 2nd time. 
BNA reported, Aminuddin Mozafari secretary of Afghanistan High Peace Council said to Media, the trip of Head of High Peace Council to Pakistan postponed for unspecified time due to continuation of rocket firing by Pakistan on the soil of Afghanistan and not having agenda.
Mohammad Ismael Qasimyar advisor of high peace council in a contact said to BNA, the purpose of postponing the trip of the head of high peace council to Pakistan is not having specific date.
 

Monday, 03 September 2012 07:48

Stop Killing Innocent Civilians

Monday, September 03, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The Afghan nation during three decades of war and conflict faced numerous dilemmas; many Afghan families lost their beloved ones, others were injured and disabled.
The Afghan people tolerated all difficulties and sacrifices for a stable, prosperous and united Afghanistan.
After the collapse of Taliban regime in the country the Afghan nation tirelessly endeavored to participate in the reconstruction and rehabilitation process of their great motherland.
Hope for a developed and peaceful Afghanistan was strengthening through the passing of each day.
Suicide attacks, bomb blast, massacre killings, martyring influential, tribal elders and local civilians is an obstante and hurdle created by the insurgents and terrorists before the growth and progress of Afghanistan.
Recently, we witness the martyring of our countrymen across the country by the enemies of Afghanistan.
On 6th of Sonbola Taliban maliciously in a mass killing in Roshanabad of Shah Karez of Kajaki area of Helmand province martyred 17 of our countrymen including two women.
The martyring of these innocent civilians by Taliban clearly indicates that they are defeated.
The mass killing by Taliban drew strong condemnation of the Afghan government, international community and the people of Afghanistan.
President Karzai called massive killing of the people by the Taliban as a wild unforgivable crime and this indicated irregularities within their ranks.
President Karzai has instructed security foundations to investigate this incident. The interior ministry while condemning the tragic incident it its strongest terms calling on the people to cooperate police in ensuring law and order in the country and do not allow terrorists to commit crimes.
Also terrorists in twin suicide bombings in Sayedabad district of Helmand province inflicted casualties on local civilians. The twin attacks occurred next to the compound of police and military base of foreign forces resulted in killing of more than ten people and wounding dozen more.
Also yesterday illegal armed group open fired on civilians in Kunduz province resulted in killing and wounding of several innocent civilians, such assaults of insurgents signify that they don’t have respect to Islam, humanity and are the enemies of the Afghan people and Afghanistan.
The Afghan nation call on insurgents and Taliban to join the national mainstream, obey the Afghan constitution and respect the human rights.
Otherwise the national uprising against them across the country would be a responsive solution to their inhumane and cruel acts.
 

Monday, September 03, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) plans to expand its services in remote parts of the country.
The contract for installation of equipment of GMC services was signed with the winner company and the MCIT.
The contract was signed by Eng. Baryalai Hessam technical deputy minister of MCIT, Eng. Gul Ahmad Rasteen director of the Afghan Telecom-Mohammad Nasser in charge of the services of MTN and Eng. Wali Mohammad Sultan an in charge of the Afghan Wireless Company.
Eng. Baryalai Hessam before signing the contract talked at details in respect to responsibilities of the MCTI in relation to expansion and development of the communication sector in areas where they are covered communication services and added that the ministry had placed at bidding 220 internet communication sites throughout the country among the communication companies as a result of which the Afghan Telecom won 196 sites, MTN 16 sites and the AWCC 9 sites respectively.
He added that the tower will be built by the wining company in one and half years in the remote parts of the country and populated regions so far were not covered by the communication services.
He added that with the activation of the tower 15% of the population of the country who are deprived of communications services will be covered. Eng. Hessam anticipated the expenses of the towers at around USD28 million that will be met by the development budget of the MCIT.
It should be mentioned that all the companies providing communication services are obligated to deliver 2.5% of their income to the communication development fund annually.
The MICT say that there are 4760 tower active towers throughout the country through which 85% of the countrymen have been covered by communication services and only 15% of people will be covered with the installation of the new towers.