23 February 2019

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Tuesday February 19, 2019

Kabul (BNA) President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad discussed issues relating to the peace process, a statement from the Presidential Palace said Monday.
Members of the Peace Consultative Board, a negotiating delegation, some prominent politicians, political parties’ representatives, a number of scholars, members of civil society, youth, women, representatives of the private sector, some members of the house of people, and a number of high-ranking government officials have attended the meeting, held at the Delkusha Palace, the statement said. The statement quoted the president as saying that recently some key issues have been discussed about the peace process, but more action needed to achieve a lasting peace in the country.
“Complete trust and a government to governmental firm relation are secured based on the mutual interests has been strengthened between the two countries and are still steady,” he said adding they sharing cooperation to jointly work for peace. He added that the government has agreed on a new framework with Dr. Khalilzad and that the related information will be shared and consultations will go on, in the light of which, any actions will be taken. During the meeting, he said he wanted the Taliban and Pakistan to clarify relation with each other, and to explain what the relation was based on, as well as connection between them and the terrorist networks and their connection with economic crimes, the statement further said. Meanwhile Dr. Khalilzad said that they were going forward with the peace process, in light with the new plan. According to the statement, the US’s goal, along with Afghanistan, was an effort through diplomatic channels to establish lasting peace in the country, in order to maintain the interests of both countries and to reduce the cost of war. Dr. Khalilzad said the US is serious about the Afghan government and the people of Afghanistan being part of the peace process, but they want lasting peace that sees all values and achievements being preserved. He said there should be a point where the 40-year crisis ends.
“Our goal is not to find a way out, but our goal is to provide lasting peace in Afghanistan, and the expansion and strengthening of the two countries’ post-peace relations will be discussed with the Afghan government,” Khalilzad said. Pointing to the importance of the regional countries role in the peace process, Khalilzad said they were seeking peace and end of the 40-year old war, not in favor of any type of peace. “Peace is beneficial for both the region and Afghanistan,” said Khalilzad. He went on as saying the recent establishment of ground and air corridors for trade has shown that many opportunities still exist that could benefit all regional countries, including the neighboring Pakistan. Khalilzad said Pakistan needed to take practical steps in the peace process and added that although limited progress on the peace process has been made, it is still promising. “The US team discussed four topics at the recent meetings with the Taliban.
These included Taliban’s links with al-Qaeda, the presence of US troops in Afghanistan, direct talks with the Afghan government and a permanent ceasefire,” said the statement quoting the US’s Afghan peace reconciliation representative. According to Khalilzad, until an agreement has been reached on the four issues and that progress will not come to the light and the issue of a ceasefire and dialogue with the Afghan government are the most important issues. Dr. Khalilzad welcomed President Ghani’s initiative to hold a Peace Loya Jirga and that a women advisory meeting in which women activists from 34 provinces of the country were expected to attend, would be in the coming days.
 

Tuesday, 19 February 2019 06:35

FM Meets Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan

Tuesday February 19, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Acting minister of foreign affairs Salahuddin Rabbani met yesterday with Indian ambassador to Kabul Vinay Kumar. In the meeting, Indian ambassador to Kabul praised the sympathy of the people and government of Afghanistan for condemning the terrorist attack in Indian Kashmir. Acting minister of foreign affairs also considered terrorism as big threat to the world, asking all countries for seriously fighting terrorism. Both sides discussed bilateral relations, regional cooperation, counter-terrorism, and expansion of tripartite cooperation of Afghanistan-India-China, peace talks, presidential elections and holding peace consultative loya Jirga.
 

Tuesday February 19, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Acting Minister of Information and Culture Chaired the commission on reviewing media violations and complaints on Monday, BNA reported.
Speaking on the agenda, Hasina Safi asked the mass media to consider national interests in their broadcasting, the agency said. “Under the sensitive condition, the country’s media should consider the national interests of the country and put it as their priority to win the trust of the people,” said the minister as quoted by agency. The meeting discussed eight complaints on media violations received by the commission with the needed decision made, said the agency.
 

Tuesday February 19, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Chaired by deputy minister of publication affairs for information and culture Fazil Sancharaki, the meeting of cultural committee of commission on holding the National Day of Afghan Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) was held yesterday with participation of representatives of ministries of defense, education and hajj, president spokesperson office, Kabul municipality, radio and television of Afghanistan and members of the commission’s cultural committee. In the meeting, Sancharaki stressed that the National Day of ANDSF should be gloriously celebrated. Meanwhile, tasks and responsibilities of members of the committee were specified in the meeting and it was also stressed that efforts and sacrifices of the ANDSF should be further praised on the day. It is worth mentioning that the commission for holding the national day of ANDSF has been formed based on decree of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and is led by the country army chief of staff.
 

Tuesday, 19 February 2019 06:31

Over 500 Kg Narcotic Drug Discovers in Paktia

Tuesday February 19, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Counter-narcotic drug police personnel succeeded to discover more than 500 kg narcotic drug from eastern Paktia province.
Col. Raz Mohammad Mandozai police chief of Paktia told BNA reporter, 582 kg narcotic drug type of hashish have been discovered and seized by counter-narcotic drug police personnel in relevant areas of Ahmad Abad district of the province.
No one was arrested accused of the case, but police has started investigation regarding the case, the source added.
M.A.Ansari

Monday February 18, 2019

MAIMANA CITY (BNA) More than 18 armed oppositions were killed during clashes with Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) in northern Faryab province last night.
In-charge of press office in Faryab’s police headquarters told BNA, the conflicts was happened when a group of Taliban militants stormed on a security checkpoint in Arklek village, Qaisar district of Faryab province.
Esmatullah Esmatyar a local commander of Taliban is among the dead, while eight other terrorists were wounded following the clashes, the source added.
Taliban militants were forced to flee from the area, some heavy and light weapons and three motorcycles belonged to the terrorists have remained at the battlefield.
The source also confirmed the martyrdom of two Afghan security troops and injuring of another during the conflicts.
M.A.Ansari
 

Monday February 18, 2019

GHAZNI CITY (BNA) As many as six anti-government militias were killed during clashes with Afghan security forces in Ghazni province yesterday.
Col. Fazul Khuda Ibrahimkhail spokesman of 203 Tander army corps told BNA correspondent, the clashes took place during a military operation conducted by Afghan security forces in different parts of Ander and Muqor districts of the province.
Also, three more militants were wounded during the conflicts, Ibrahimkhail added.
According to another report, Afghan national army by discovering and defusing 23 round of various type of mines succeeded to prevent several bloodiest incidents in Ghazni province.
M.A.Ansari
 

Monday February 18, 2019

PUL-E-ALAM CITY (BNA) Distribution of foodstuffs has started to poor and needy families in central Logar province today.
Matiullah Ahmadzai head of counter-natural disaster in Logar told BNA reporter, distribution of 350 tons foodstuffs has been started to needy families those recently have affected due to natural disasters in center and districts of the province.
The foodstuffs include rice and flour that provided by China government, Ahmadzai added.
Mohammad Anwar Khan Eshaqzai governor of Logar said, assisting with poor families in a main and basic responsibility of governor and the foodstuffs will be distributed to vulnerable families.
M.A.Ansari
 

Monday, 18 February 2019 07:26

Only Afghan Peace Plan Leads To Peace

Monday February 18, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan and the region access to permanent peace and stability when the countries of the region and beyond the region coordinate their efforts according to the programs of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan designed for the purpose.
BNA political affairs analyst commenting on the issue writes it is due to a Taliban delegation travel from Doha to Pakistan. The diplomatic sources in Islamabad and affiliated sourced to Taliban in Doha have said that the delegation in addition to Oran Khan Pakistan prime minister, will also visit American foreign ministry delegation led by Zalmay Khalilzad. The tour of Taliban delegation to Islamabad is different from other political delegation of the group; this seems as a person visit his own house. Because the leaders of Taliban are in Pakistan and Quetta and Peshawar councils are active there. What does the tour of the delegation from an outside Pakistan symbolic office mean, just for deviation of the world minds and repeating that Taliban are in Pakistan and that country has great influence on them? Although it would be difficult to accept such pretexts of Pakistan but it should be acknowledged that separate programs designed by other countries for political settlement Afghan problem cannot cause a stable and persistent peace in the region and Afghanistan.  
With withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan, number of countries of the region particularly Pakistan and Gulf countries will try to have considerable influence in that country and this indicates that Afghanistan will inter in to a new chapter of rivalries among foreign countries.
The problem is this that foreign countries have no any program for peace in Afghanistan and the region but they are planning for their own interests.
Lack of program among outsiders became clear when a country organized Doha session, another in Abu-Dhobi the other in Moscow and the other decided to organize a session in Islamabad. Likewise, there are other plans for holding peace sessions in Germany, Tashkent and other places but certainly they will not help the process of peace. Competitions among certain countries have caused most of the sessions the aim of which was to drive to in to the region the rival country. For instance, Moscow session was aiming to neutralize the efforts of others. Likewise, Saudi Arabia that has complicated problems with Qatar is not contending with presence of Taliban in Doha.  
Afghan people believe that the peace that comes through launching political and gambling, could not be stable and permanent. A real peace would possible only through practical and true programs of the countries and for accessing such a great aim, holding an international gathering required. It would be better the countries that really interested to peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region should put at the focus of their attentions, the peace plan of Afghan government which was presented in Brussels session.
 

Monday February 18, 2019

Kabul (BNA) The Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission (IARCSC) releasing a statement said it plans to register all basic information of civil servants in a comprehensive, integrated and modern Human Resources Management (HRM) system within the next year.
The executive process of data registration on the HRM system was officially launched on Sunday, with the registration of Nader Nadery, the chairman and commissioners of the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission. According to the statement the accurate recording and registration of civil servant information in a central database will help to properly plan human resources and anticipate the recruitment needs and ease recruitment of civil servants. The HRM system is designed to include information such the date of the appointment of the employee, along with the identity of the worker (first name, last name, father’s name, grandfather’s name, gender, date of birth, place of birth and main/current residence).
The information entry will also include the email address and contact numbers of the employee, education details, the person’s position (title, position, duties and salary). Some information will be constant while other data will be updated as needed. Biometrics of the employee, such as fingerprints, iris scan and facial image, will also be included. “Establishing a human resources management system is a significant advancement for Afghanistan,” said Nader Nadery, the chairman of IARCSC. “In order to properly plan staffing and human resources in the country, it was necessary that we, using more comprehensive systems, more efficiently and using today’s technology can accelerate the process of economic and social development of the country and thereby enable the sustainability of various fields of information in Afghanistan,” Nadery added. 
The statement said that according to available statistics, Afghanistan now has about 424,000 civil servants. Officials said the new system will also prevent ghost employees. Once the date entry process has been completed at the IARCSC, the system will be rolled out in the Ministry of Education and then other government institutions. According to the statement the system was designed by an expert with the assistance of the Central Statistics Organization (CSO) and the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology (MCIT).
 

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