19 April 2019

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Acting Minister of Information and Culture met with a number of Zabul youth in her office yesterday, BNA reported.
According to the agency, representing others, Sanaullah Sefat briefed the minister on their demands and problems, asking ministry of information and culture to assist them in areas of holding training and cultural programs, establishing volunteer association in the province, increasing number of the provincial librarians, attention towards recruitment of the youth cadres in ministry’s departments and restoration of the provincial historical monuments, in particular the monuments of Shinkai district of Zabul.
Hinting to youth’s key role in the society, minister Safi assured that her led ministry would do its bests to address their demands, adding attentions toward provinces were on the working priorities of the ministry of information and culture.
 

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan National Security Advisor (NSA) Hamdullah Mohib met Egyptian Ambassador to Kabul Hany Salah here in his office yesterday, a statement said.
Egyptian Ambassador said his country was ready to support Afghanistan in areas of security, higher education, Islamic and cultural spheres as well as in war on terror, the statement from press office of the NSA said.
Both sides discussed fight against extremism in Afghanistan with Egyptian ambassador reiterating his country’s continued support to Afghanistan, the statement said.
Calling Egypt’s role key in decreasing violence and extremism in the country, NSA Mohib praised the country’s cooperation in areas of education and training of the Afghan youth, the statement concluded as saying.
 

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Kabul (BNA)  Danish and Dutch ambassadors and Norwegian Charge d ‘Affaires to Afghanistan called on second vice president Sarwar Danesh and expressed their support from peace process and holding timely presidential elections in the country.
In the meeting, Danish and Netherlands ambassadors and Norwegian Charge d ‘Affaires considered that protection of achievements attained in the past 18 years in the field of human rights, women rights, civil freedoms and citizen rights in peace process were significant, stressing on principle of cooperation and unifying in visions between EU, US and Afghanistan government in peace process.
They asserted that recent achievements were part of common values between Afghanistan and its international partners and all should take part in protection of the values.
Afterwards, second vice president Sarwar Danesh by praising the EU member countries for cooperation with the people and government of Afghanistan stressed on the country’s continued cooperation with Afghanistan.
Considering the country’s election process as independent, Danesh said continuation of democratic process was one of priorities of the people and government of Afghanistan, adding that democratic values and lasting peace would not be maintained without elections in the country.
 

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Hours after the Taliban announced their so-called spring offensive, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, who has held five rounds of talks with Taliban members, said the announcement is “reckless” and is “indifference” to the demands of Afghans for peace.   
“It is irresponsible to suggest that an increase in violence is warranted because the government announced a security plan,” he said in a tweet. “The Afghan people have clearly voiced their desire for peace.”
Through this announcement, Khalilzad said, Taliban leaders demonstrate their “indifference” to the demands of Afghans across the country.
He said the call for more fighting will not advance peace efforts and that “if executed, it will only yield more suffering and thousands more causalities”.
“At a time when all Afghans should come together in talks to determine a common future, a call for fighting suggests the Taliban are stuck in the ways of the past. Many Talibs including fighters and some leaders oppose this announcement,” he said.
Khalilzad said that all Afghans should condemn this announcement.
“On behalf of the United States, I condemn this announcement of a spring offensive, and call on Pakistan, Qatar, and other nations that want peace in Afghanistan to do the same,” he added.
“The US and our international partners will stand with Afghan security forces to continue our effort to end the war in Afghanistan, at the same time as we seek to bring parties to the table to negotiate peace,” Khalilzad reiterated. 
He said that the killing of Afghans must stop. “All sides must end unnecessary violence, and instead engage in Intra-Afghan dialogue which leads to negotiations on a political settlement and a roadmap to end the war this year. Afghan people want peace, and the US stands with them,” he concluded in a tweet.
The Afghan government and the Resolute Support mission also reacted to the announcement.
A spokesman of the Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan, Dave Butler, said the coalition forces will continue to support the Afghan forces in the fight against the Taliban as the group has chosen violence despite an “amazing” opportunity forces.
“The Taliban made an announcement this morning that they choose violence over peace. We assemble the Resolute Support leadership together and Gen. Miller said the Taliban have made it clear that they have ignored the will of the people and have guaranteed more violence,” Butler said. “We have a tremendous opportunity for peace.
We are closer to peace than we ever have been in the past 40 years.”
“We will support the Afghan security forces as they fight to protect the people, we will support the Afghan security forces as they fight the Taliban,” he said.
 

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Kabul (BNA) The Presidential Palace in a statement on Saturday condemned the Taliban’s announcement of the so-called spring offense and said it is an evident sign of the will of the group to continue the “illegitimate” war in Afghanistan.
The statement says that the announcement comes amid “thorough” efforts by the Afghan government to end the “imposed” war in Afghanistan and amid the ongoing talks between a delegation of the group and the United States.
“Taliban’s push to continue war and corruption in Afghanistan is happening at a time that the country’s and the world’s religious scholars have called Taliban’s fight against the people of Afghanistan an ‘evil’, not Jihad,” the statement said.
“The Afghan and world religious scholars have clearly said that the war in Afghanistan has not religious legitimacy and its continuance has no legitimate judgement.”  The statement added that the Taliban claims that the announcement has been made in response to the Afghan government’s security plan is “baseless”.  The statement clarifies that the Afghan government has not announced operations. But it has removed all the barriers on the way of peace.
The statement says that by announcing offensives, the Taliban has often targeted “innocent people in Afghanistan” while they have been dictated by “strangers” and that they have used civilian houses as a shield.  “The people and government of Afghanistan call on those Taliban leaders and members who are against the offensive announcement to stand with the Afghans and raise their voice against this ‘illegitimate’ attempt,” the statement said.
The statement says that the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces have been clearly directed to take their measures based on the principle of defending the country’s sovereignty and honor.
“The Afghan government is ready to defend every corner of the country but it once again calls on the Taliban leadership to stop the illegitimate and imposed war and nod to the unconditional invitation of the Afghan government and people for peace talks, “the statement concluded.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Defense in a statement said the offensive has been announced by the Quetta Shura, Taliban’s leadership council and that by making such an announcement, the group wants to give morale to its fighters after “facing many defeats”.
The ministry said the Afghan defense and security forces will fight the Taliban and that the offensive announcement is “propaganda”.
 

Saturday April 13, 2019

KANDAHAR CITY (BNA) Humanitarian aids have been distributed to hundreds flood affected families in southern Kandahar province.
The assistances include flour, pea, tea, soap and house’s tool that distributed for flood affected families in the eastern part of Kandahar city.
A local source in Kandahar told BNA correspondent, in this round foodstuffs and house’s tools have been distributed to 430 flood affected families.
The aids have been provided by internal and external charity organizations, the source added.
M.A.Ansari
 

Saturday April 13, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan under 20 futsal team to play with Iran and Hong Kong under 20 futsal teams.
In-charge of press office in Afghanistan Football Federation told BNA correspondent, Asian under 20 futsal championship competitions will be started from 14-24 June 2019 at Tabriz city, Iran.
The competitions will be held by participation of 12 teams in 4 groups, the source added.
M.A.Ansari
 

Saturday April 13, 2019

Kabul (BNA) By discovering and confiscating several mines, deadly incidents have been prevented in east parts of the country.
The mines have been discovered and defused in crowded areas of Kunar, Nangarhar and Laghman provinces.
A top military official in east of the country in a telephonic contact with BNA reporter called that Taliban militants are responsible for the failed mine plantings.
Taliban militants by planting mines in crowded areas claims the lives of innocent civilians.
M.A.Ansari
 

Saturday, 13 April 2019 11:23

Taliban Attack Foiled, 23 Rebels Killed

Saturday April 13, 2019

JALALABAD CITY (BNA) Military operation has started after Taliban attack on Shirzad district, eastern Nangarhar province last night.
The attack has been foiled by killing 23 insurgents and injuring 32 others.
After the attack, Afghan military officials has ordered to launch military operation for suppressing anti-government militias.
The operation has started this morning by participation of hundreds Afghan national army and Afghan national police personnel with support of Afghan air forces.
Top commander of Afghan national army in the east of the country told BNA reporter, Afghan security forces are trying to clear Shirzad district from presence of armed oppositions.
Until now three hideouts belonged to Taliban militants have been discovered and destroyed during the military operation, the source added.
The military operation ongoing in various parts of the district.
M.A.Ansari
 

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Kabul (BNA) The NDS office have detained 19 members group of Taliban terrorist including three commanders of them in Kandahar province.
NDS press office told BNA, the NDS officials have detained a 19 members of Taliban terrorist group including their three commanders from outskirt of Kandahar province.
The detainees have been detained after receiving military training and receiving order from the Quetta council and the Taliban terrorist group, from other side of Durand Line from outskied of Kandahar province.
The detainees previously were engaged in the destruction of terrorist acts of the ruling tribal elders and the elimination of educational and health centers on the institutions in outskirts of Kandahar, Zabul, and Logar provinces.
T. Yarzada
 

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