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Tuesday January 16, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Infrastructural projects usually form economic growth, cause expansion of relations among countries and pave the ground for economic and development activities. How much attention has been invited to these projects, if investment takes place on these project, what would be their economic importance and effectiveness?
Economist and university lecturer Taj Mohammad Akbar said, a lot of investment opportunities are available in Afghanistan and unfortunately most infrastructures were destroyed or damaged during the civil wars. Despite of generous assistance in recent years, no attention was invited in this sector and no effective investment took places. He added, these projects make main pivot of national economy and their careful implementation make us self-sufficient and reduce our need to global aids. At the same time the officials of the MoF said that concentration to these projects is basic priority of the government because establishment of these projects causes development of other sectors and create investment opportunities for domestic and foreign investors. In their viewpoints, construction of regional railways has caused expansion of trade-transit relations of Afghanistan at regional level, for example Chabahar port, Aqinah and Lapis projects. Azarakhsh Hafezi Chairman of International Relations of ACCI said, economy of every country is based on three pivots, first national economy, second, regional economy and third, global economy and Afghanistan economy cannot be an exception from this rule.
He added, fortunately due to its sensitive geo-economic situation, Afghanistan plays historical role in connection of regional countries. TAPI is one of the key regional projects while CASA-1000 is the second biggest regional economic project that would create large economic advantages to Afghanistan but despite of great global aids, unfortunately expected attention has not been invited to these projects. The government should prepare a comprehensive plan for both private and public sectors, because lack of a precise economic plan, lack of good governance in the last years causes focusing no essential attention to these projects.
Lawmaker Hashimi said, infrastructural projects are basic need of the Afghan people and keep Afghanistan relations balanced with regional countries and play outstanding role in expansion of Afghanistan ties with the world. But unfortunately in the last years no effective investment has taken place in this branch and our natural resources like mines, waters have not been properly exploited.
Suraya Raiszada
 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Faizabad (BNA) 15 Tajikistani Terrorists were killed in Jorb District, Badakhshan province yesterday.
Nasratullah Jamshdi press in charge of Shaheen 209 army corps told BNA, the insurgents were killed in air raids of security forces in Jorm District of the province.
He added, in the air raids, 11 other Tajikistani terrorists have been injured.
T. Yarzada
 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Kabul (BNA) A senator from Kunduz province disclosed that Taliban in Kuduz and Baghlan province instructed by Pakistani intelligence service to disrupt communicational network in those provinces.
BNA political analyst commenting on the issue writes a senator of Kunduz province recently disclosed that Taliban in those two northern provinces of the country have received instruction from Pakistani military intelligence service to destroy the antenna of communication companies and disturb the operation of those companies in order the terrorist groups carry out their evil activities properly according to Pakistani intelligence service program.
The statements indicate that Pakistan cannot sustain the economic growth and development of Afghanistan and seeking to destroy the infrastructure of the county using terrorist groups as a means for reaching this satanic goal.
If today Pakistan issues the command for destruction of communication antennas in Kunduz and Baghlan provinces in the meantime, it’s working actively in looting the mines and forests of the country and destruction of roads and highways using Taliban as a means. As an example we can point out that Kabul – Kandahar – Herat highway, recently reconstruct with high costs has completely destroyed. Pakistan has committed this heinous work using Taliban as a means. The terrorist groups in instruction of their patrons have also destroyed the major parts of Kandahar and Oruzgan highway and in other parts of the country by planting mines.
On the other hand Pakistan has trained and equipped certain groups of terrorists trying to destroy Salma Dam in Herat built by Indian assistance.  Pakistan also barred constructing infrastructural projects in Kunar and Nangarhar provinces. Unfortunately, Taliban who consider themselves Afghans and the heirs of this country are behind all these horrible destructions, used as a means by Pakistan intelligence service.
It is completely evident that Pakistan for its particular goals in Afghanistan and in the region operates. Keeping Afghanistan in poverty and keeping the country away from the path of civilization and progress and limiting regional relation of Afghanistan and finally imposing its demands on Afghanistan is a part of these programs.
It is a clear fact that Pakistan during its 73 year history has incessantly tried to destroy Afghanistan, but unfortunately there are certain groups they call themselves Afghans but work for Pakistanis interests.
On the other hand, Taliban who claim they are fighting to withdraw foreign troops from Afghanistan, the why Pakistani intelligence service agents and Panjabi militia in disguise of Afghans fight beside them for destruction of Afghanistan? Today in areas under the control of Taliban, terrorists from Pakistan, Chechnya ……. have been gathered for destruction of our country and Taliban leaders has introduced them as mujahedeen to idiot Taliban.
The message of Afghan people to true Afghan Taliban is, knowing the realities behind the scene desist from so called Jihad and destruction of their country with instruction of Pakistan. They should know that the enemy is enemy; they sometime emerge in disguise of sheep and other time in disguise of wolf. 
Abdul Khalil Minawi
BNA Director General
 

Tuesday, 16 January 2018 07:01

Dr. Abdullah, FM Rabbani Meets UNSC Members

Tuesday January 16, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Minister of Foreign Affairs Salahuddin Rabbani met the delegation of the UN Security Council in a reception at the Storay Palace on the Foreign Ministry on Saturday evening.
At the beginning, Minister of Foreign Affairs welcomed the Security Council delegation and praised their cooperation and support for Afghanistan. Meanwhile, the Chief Executive and the Minister of Foreign Affairs briefed the delegation on the country’s security and political situation, peace efforts of the Afghan Government, the fight carried out by the country’s security forces against terrorism, achievements and priorities of the Afghan Government in various areas, regional cooperation and the need for Pakistan’s serious action against the sanctuaries of the terrorist groups on the other side of the Durand Line, the Foreign Ministry’s statement said yesterday.
During the meeting, Kazakhstan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations and the Periodic Chairman of the UN Security Council Kairat Umarov called the delegation’s trip as a great opportunity in gaining first-hand information on situation of Afghanistan. He also mentioned his satisfaction of the fruitful meetings conducted by the said delegation with the high authorities of the Afghan Government and expressed his assurance of the continuance of cooperation and support of the United Nations, particularly of the Security Council to Afghanistan. According to another report, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah separately met with the UNSC delegation at Sapidar Palace and both sides discussed fight against terrorism, addressing the issues of safe sanctuaries for terrorists, border violations and sanctioning of the terrorist organizations. Dr. Abdullah said National Unity Government establishment was a new experience and that the stakeholders having better mutual understanding. He also emphasized on de-centralization of administrations, saying centralized systems have crated many challenges in the country. Meanwhile, the UNSC delegation assured full support to Afghanistan, including pressuring of those countries sponsoring terrorists.
 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani met European Union and its member states’ ambassadors in Kabul on Monday, Bakhtar News Agency (BNA) reported.
According to the agency, the EU and its member states’ ambassadors spoke about improvements made in Afghanistan’s judicial sector and the challenges ahead of it.
Thanking the EU for its assistances, Minister Rabbani called Afghanistan a special country where should fight many challenges. He also asked for EU’s continued assistances in all fields.
The EU ambassadors also stressed they will support reforms process.
Both sides also discussed political, economy, security and continued talks and cooperation.
 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Sunday met with members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) led by Kairat Umarov in Kabul and both sides discussed key issues pertaining the country’s situation, Presidential Palace said in a statement on Monday.
The two sides also discussed efforts against terrorism, corruption, drugs-trafficking, acceleration of the peace process and preparations for parliamentary elections.
Administrative reforms, strengthening women’s participation in governance and the UN role in the fields of security and development in Afghanistan were also reviewed at the meeting late on Sunday.
“The meeting also discussed regional cooperation and it was noted that pressure on Pakistan should be increased for ensuring stability in Afghanistan. In the meantime, joint steps should be taken for talks,” the statement further added.
Afghanistan had made good progress in strengthening economic ties with central Asian countries, Russia, China and Iran, the president was quoted as telling with the UN diplomats in the statement.
President Ghani added efforts were ongoing for boosting the Kabul-Moscow relationship, but Pakistan had refused to cooperate with Afghanistan. The president shared evidence of terror groups being trained and funded outside Afghanistan.
The president reiterated Afghan government’s “strong will” to hold the elections. “As a president, I will not allow myself to meddle in the affairs of the Independent Election Commission.”
Previous funds for elections had not been used effectively, the president alleged, promising the electoral system would be cleaned up.
The president welcomed the new US strategy on Afghanistan and South Asia and emphasized on intra-Afghan peace dialogue and peace with Pakistan.
In return, UNSC President Umarov said the team’s visit to Kabul, the first after since 2010, was intended to assess progress made in various areas in Afghanistan, particularly peace and progress. He said that UNSC was exploring ways of enhanced coordination and cooperation among different regional and international organizations.
Security and stability in Afghanistan was crucial to security in the region, remarked the US ambassador to the UN. Haley said the UNSC team was visiting Kabul to pledge more support to Afghanistan.
Praising Afghan National Defense and Security Forces’ fight against terrorism, the the delegation pledged UN’s enhanced cooperation in ending the 17-year war in Afghanistan.
The UN Security Council delegation included the ambassadors of United States, China, Britain, Russia, France, Sweden, Poland, Kazakhstan, Bolivia, Ethiopia, Kuwait, the Netherlands and Peru.
 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and attended by Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah as well as the ministries representatives and national and international observers, the National Procurement Commission (NPC) held meeting on Monday, the presidential palace said in a statement.
The contracts were as follow:
- Procurement contract of DABS substations
- Procurement contract of necessary materials for protection of passes
- Construction project of a factory’s warehouse for the ministry of urban development and housing
- Two procurement contracts of health ministry’s facilities for 1397 solar year
- Contract amendment for overwork of an internet services project (Main-Link) to make the customs’ system automate in 26 customs’ sites
- Contract amendment for overwork of an internet services project (Back-up-Link) to make the customs’ system automat in 19 customs’ sites
- Contract amendment for construction project of a 50-bed hospital in Zurmat district, Paktia province
Discussing protection of passes, the meeting tasked the passes protection department to be totally reviewed by civil society and presidential office’s evaluation and oversight deputy office, the statement added.
Besides, the meeting approved the time extension of a contract for consultative services of a water dam design in Farah province.
 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Aibak (BNA) 14 large water reservoirs for irrigation of agricultural lands inaugurated with support the World Bank (WB), in Samangan,
Provincial head of national horticulture and livestock of Samangan’s agriculture and livestock department, Abdul Hameed Khairkhah told BNA, water reservoirs have been built in capital and districts of that province, at the cost of 12mln Afghanis, which half of the costs paid through gardeners.
Each water reservoir has a capacity to irrigate 15 acres of land he added, he went on to say that water reservoirs were constructed in Kharam Sarbagh, Dar-e-Souf, Hazrat Sultan, and Aibak city.
 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Kabul (BNA) To help the most vulnerable families including those recently returning from Pakistan and Iran, aid agencies in Afghanistan need $430 million this year, the announcement made during an official ceremony of launching the Afghanistan Humanitarian Response Plan in Kabul here yesterday.
The money will be used to assist 2.8 million people displaced by conflict or natural disasters with emergency shelter and food.
Addressing the event, Dr. Abdullah the international community has proven its continued commitment to the people of Afghanistan with generous humanitarian funding of $317 million in 2017.
“The Humanitarian Response Plan launched today will serve to provide timely, life-saving assistance to families in emergency shelters or in need of urgent support across the country,” he said.
The Chief Executive asked people and the security forces to spare no effort in assisting the UN staffs while deliver aids to vulnerable people.
“In many parts of Afghanistan, violence continues unabated and people need support more than ever,” said Toby Lanzer, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Afghanistan, adding the response plan puts forward activities of more than 150 humanitarian partners - national and international humanitarian NGOs and the United Nations - delivering assistance to families and communities in need wherever they can be reached, despite difficult conditions including increasing attacks on aid workers.
“Today I call on international donors to stand by 2.8 million people whose lives have been ruined by conflict or natural disaster, and to help people returning to Afghanistan from neighboring countries,” he added, while asking insurgents to allow aids to reach the poor people.
More than two million people were directly affected by the conflict last year, 448,000 of whom had to abandon their homes to save their lives.More than 500,000 people arrived in Afghanistan in 2017, many of them after seeking refuge in Iran, Pakistan or other countries.
But this year’s Humanitarian Response Plan focuses only on providing life-saving emergency assistance to people caught up in current or very recent disasters.
Meanwhile in parts of his speech, Dr. Abdullah said the UN Security Council members visit to Kabul have met with representatives of people in Kabul and the UNSC has prepared to respond to the expectations of the Afghan government.
”The UN Security Council delegation met with civil society activists and women’s representatives,” Dr. Abdullah said, adding the UNSC delegation also talked on timely election, regional-level cooperation for the Afghan peace and support to the reconciliation process as well as counter-terrorism.
Dr. Abdullah said that at the meeting, the Afghan government expressed its concerns over the safe havens of the terrorists outside Afghanistan. “We raised the issue of terrorists’ safe havens with the UN Security Council delegation,” he said.
 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Kabul (BNA) To help the most vulnerable families including those recently returning from Pakistan and Iran, aid agencies in Afghanistan need $430 million this year, the announcement made during an official ceremony of launching the Afghanistan Humanitarian Response Plan in Kabul here yesterday.
The money will be used to assist 2.8 million people displaced by conflict or natural disasters with emergency shelter and food.
Addressing the event, Dr. Abdullah the international community has proven its continued commitment to the people of Afghanistan with generous humanitarian funding of $317 million in 2017.
“The Humanitarian Response Plan launched today will serve to provide timely, life-saving assistance to families in emergency shelters or in need of urgent support across the country,” he said.
The Chief Executive asked people and the security forces to spare no effort in assisting the UN staffs while deliver aids to vulnerable people.
“In many parts of Afghanistan, violence continues unabated and people need support more than ever,” said Toby Lanzer, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Afghanistan, adding the response plan puts forward activities of more than 150 humanitarian partners - national and international humanitarian NGOs and the United Nations - delivering assistance to families and communities in need wherever they can be reached, despite difficult conditions including increasing attacks on aid workers.
“Today I call on international donors to stand by 2.8 million people whose lives have been ruined by conflict or natural disaster, and to help people returning to Afghanistan from neighboring countries,” he added, while asking insurgents to allow aids to reach the poor people.
More than two million people were directly affected by the conflict last year, 448,000 of whom had to abandon their homes to save their lives.More than 500,000 people arrived in Afghanistan in 2017, many of them after seeking refuge in Iran, Pakistan or other countries.
But this year’s Humanitarian Response Plan focuses only on providing life-saving emergency assistance to people caught up in current or very recent disasters.
Meanwhile in parts of his speech, Dr. Abdullah said the UN Security Council members visit to Kabul have met with representatives of people in Kabul and the UNSC has prepared to respond to the expectations of the Afghan government.
”The UN Security Council delegation met with civil society activists and women’s representatives,” Dr. Abdullah said, adding the UNSC delegation also talked on timely election, regional-level cooperation for the Afghan peace and support to the reconciliation process as well as counter-terrorism.
Dr. Abdullah said that at the meeting, the Afghan government expressed its concerns over the safe havens of the terrorists outside Afghanistan. “We raised the issue of terrorists’ safe havens with the UN Security Council delegation,” he said.
 

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