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Friday August 9, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The ninth day of Zulhajjat-al-Haram (the 12th and final month of the Islamic calendar) is the Day of ’Arafah. It is the day when pilgrims stand on the plain of ‘Arafah to pray. On this day, Muslims all over the world who do not witness the annual Hajj should spend the day in fasting, in preparation for the three days festivity following ’Eid ul-Adha (the celebration marking the end of the Hajj commemorating the Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness of sacrifice).
Arafaa is a  granite hill  about 20 km east of central Mecca in the plain of Arafat Mount Arafat reaches about 70 m in height, and is also known as the “Mount of Mercy”. According to Islamic tradition, the hill is the place where the Muhammad stood and delivered the Farewell Sermon to the Muslims who had accompanied him for the Hajj towards the end of his life.
Muslims also say that it is also the place where Adam and Hawa reunited on Earth after falling from Heaven, and where Adam was forgiven, hence it is known as the “Mount of Mercy”. A pillar is erected to show the place where the aforementioned took place.
On the 9th of the month of Zulhajjat-al-Haram pilgrims go to Arafat from Mina, for the most important part of the Hajj. The Khutbah of Hajj is narrated and Zuhr and Asr prayers are prayed together. The pilgrims spend the whole day on the mountain to supplicate to Allah to forgive their sins and to pray for personal strength in the future.
Arafaat rituals end at sunset and pilgrims then move to Muzdalifah for Maghrib Prayer and a shortened Isha prayer and for a short rest.
The level area surrounding the hill is called the Plain of Arafat. The term Mount Arafah is sometimes applied to this entire area. It is an important place in Islam because during the Hajj, pilgrims spend the afternoon there on the ninth day of Dhul Hijjah. Failure to be present in the plain of Arafat on the required day invalidates the pilgrimage.
The Muslim festival Eid Al Adha marks the conclusion of the important worship of Haj, or pilgrimage to Makkah.
At the end of the Haj, Muslims throughout the world celebrate the holiday of Eid Al Adha (Festival of Sacrifice).
During the Haj, Muslims remember the trials and triumphs of the Prophet Ebraham. The Qur’an describes Ebraham (PBUH) as follows:
One of Abraham’s main trials was to face the command of God to kill his only son. Upon hearing this command, he prepared to submit to Gods will. When he was all prepared to do it, God revealed to him that his “sacrifice” had already been fulfilled. He had shown that his love for his Lord superseded all others that he would lay down his own life or the lives of those dear to him in order to submit to God.
During the celebration of Eid Al Adha, Muslims commemorate Abraham’s trials, by slaughtering an animal such as a camel, sheep or goat. This action is very often misunderstood by those outside the faith.  The meat from the sacrifice of Eid Al Adha is mostly given away to those who are needier, so you are actually feeding the poor. The act symbolizes our willingness to give up things that are of benefit to us or close to our hearts. It also symbolizes our willingness to give up some of our own bounties, in order to strengthen ties of friendship and help those who are in need.

Friday August 9, 2019
Kabul (BNA) India and the US on Tuesday discussed plans for effective joint projects in Afghanistan ahead of the proposed withdrawal of American troops even as the US interlocutor Zalmay Khalilzad was briefed about Delhi’s concerns on Pakistan’s attempts to seek concession from the US on Kashmir for backing its plan in Afghanistan.
India also shared its apprehensions about Pakistani designs to use Afghanistan as a territory to train anti-India terrorists as and when the US withdraws its troops, it has been learnt.
Khalilzad is the first US official to visit India since the Modi government decided to scrap Article 370 and bifurcate Jammu & Kashmir.

Friday August 9, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Unrelenting Taliban attacks like the deadly car bomb that rocked Kabul on Wednesday are undermining the credibility of negotiations to end the nearly 18-year-old war in Afghanistan, the country’s ambassador to the U.S. said.
The near-daily attacks across the country will cause greater distrust of talks that U.S. and Taliban officials have said are close to producing an agreement and the eventual withdrawal of American forces, Ambassador Roya Rahmani said in an interview in Washington.
“It’s simply not understandable why somebody with the idea of peace in mind would like to continue killing people,” Rahmani said in a nearly hourlong interview with The Associated Press.
The most recent Taliban attack targeting Afghan security forces blasted a busy neighborhood during morning rush hour, killing at least 14 people and wounding 145 — most of them women, children and other civilians. The bombing was one of the worst in the Afghan capital this year and comes just after U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad reported “excellent progress” in U.S. talks with the Taliban.
“As a citizen, for me, it becomes much harder to trust and continue with a positive spirit if I feel continuously attacked. I think this is shared by our people,” the ambassador said.
Earlier this week, the Taliban said differences had been resolved over the withdrawal of the remaining 14,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan and about Taliban guarantees that they will cut ties with other extremist groups, such as al-Qaeda, which was responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks.
She said the attacks across the country could be evidence that the Taliban are trying to get further concessions at the negotiation table, or that they want to capture more territory. The Taliban now control roughly half of the country, but not the cities of Afghanistan. Rahmani said she thinks reaching a cease-fire first could have provided a better climate for negotiations and would have instilled the “trust that is needed for a successful peace process.”
Khalilzad has said he wants a final agreement by Sept. 1 on the issues of troop withdrawal and assurances that Afghanistan will never again be a launching pad for terror attacks on the United States and its allies. Two other pillars of the negotiations are a cease-fire and an agreement by the Taliban to negotiate with the Afghan government.
If an accord can be reached in U.S.-Taliban talks, it would set the stage for all-Afghan negotiations. However, the Taliban, which ruled the country under a hardline, repressive regime from 1996 to 2001, has dismissed the current Afghan government as an American puppet.
Rahmani said there’s no way to carry out any kind of negotiated peace if the Afghan government is sidelined.
“Who is going to implement whatever you’re going to agree to?” the ambassador asked. “If there is no government in place, no institutions to implement what you’re agreeing to in the peace talks, then how is that going to hold?
“I think if they want peace, they would have to sit with the government.”
Earlier this week, the Taliban issued a statement saying that the upcoming Afghan presidential election in late September will be worthless. The insurgent group vowed to sabotage the process through multiple attacks on election sites and campaign rallies.
“It’s very unfortunate to hear that,” she said. “What I can say —what I’ve heard from our people — is it angers them and motivates them even more to go to the polls.”


Friday August 9, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Kefaya and Elaha Soroor unite on new song 'Charsi' - tune in now.
The pair use their differing backgrounds to explore Afghan culture, pin-pointing elements of the past to explore potential futures.
Utilising dub, electronics, and Afghan folk song, new album 'Songs Of Our Mothers' presents a vivid lens through which to analyse the world.
Out on September 27th via Bella Union, it leans towards northern Afghan music, a style taken to the outside world by folk musician Mir Maftoon.
New song 'Charsi' is out now, and the title refers to a weed smoker - or more realistically, the Western term 'pot-head'.
It's a song in which the female vocalist invites the man to calm down, and to appreciate one another as equals.
Indeed, it's worth remembering that in places across the globe women are still shamed or actively prevented from being able to drink, smoke, or party.
A song that embraces freedom and charges down boundaries, you can check out 'Charsi' below.
'Songs of Our Mothers' will be released on September 27th.

Friday August 9, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has announced the schedule for the one-off Test against Afghanistan and the subsequent tri-nation T20I series which involves Zimbabwe as well.
On 30 August, Afghanistan will arrive and play a two-day tour match before the first-ever Test match between the side gets underway at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram from 5 September.
Zimbabwe will arrive on 8 September and play a practice game before the three sides take part in a T20I tri-series, the International Cricket Council (ICC) reported on Thursday.

Tuesday August 6, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan disabled national cricket team has beaten Bangladesh disabled national cricket team at T20 Disabled Cricket World Cup Competition.
According to BNA report, Afghanistan disabled national cricket team in its first match succeeded to defeat Bangladesh by eight wickets.
First, Bangladesh disabled cricket team has started match and by losing all wickets chosen a target 139 runs to Afghanistan.
Afghanistan disabled cricket players could to chased the given targeted in 16 overs by losing two wickets.

Tuesday, August 06, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Police of Kabul arrested a person accused collaborating with terrorists in Qarabagh District, Kabul province.
Ferdous Faramarz spokesman for Kabul security directorate told BNA reporter, the arrested man is accused of several terrorist incidents in Qarabagh District and was involved in armed activities in Kabul city.
The person has been arrested in a clearing operation conducted by police forces with his hand weapons.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, August 06, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Based on Union of money exchangers in Sari Shahzada, Kabul city, the exchange rate of Afghani as a follow:
One Dollar                                                              78/35        Afs
One Pound Sterling                                            94       Afs
One Euro                                                            87/50       Afs
One Emirate’s Dirham                                       21/10       Afs
One Thousand Pakistani Rupees                           498      Afs
One Thousand Indian Rupees                              1160       Afs
One Thousand Iranian Rupees                            06/65       Afs


Tuesday, 06 August 2019 12:31

Taliban Rebels Killed in Helmand Raids

Tuesday, August 06, 2019
Lashkargah (BNA) Nine Taliban rebels were killed and three others have been injured in afghan security forces raids in Helmand province this morning.
The Taliban were targeted in parts of Desho and Gereshk districts.
ANA top commander in south of the country told BNA, nine insurgents were killed and three others have been injured in the raids.
According to reports, two strongholds of the Taliban with all war equipment have been destroyed.
Another report says, a series of blasts were prevented in Helmand province.
Security officials with collaboration of people discovered eight mines from crowded ways of the province and prevented from series of blasts.
Local officials of Taliban blamed Taliban for the failed mine planting.
Taliban mostly plated bombs and mines on busy roads of the province, which victimized innocent civilians.
T. Yarzada


Tuesday August 6, 2019
Kabul (BNA) US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad Monday claimed “excellent progress” in talks with the Taliban in Qatar.
Khalilzad tweeted that the eighth round of talks between U.S. and Taliban negotiators in the Qatari capital, Doha, “focused on the remaining issues in completing a potential deal with the Taliban that would allow for a conditions-based troop withdrawal.”
“My team & Taliban representatives will continue to discuss technical details as well as steps and mechanisms required for a successful implementation of the four-part agreement we’ve been working toward since my appointment. Agreement on these details is essential,” Khalilzad wrote on twitter.
Taliban sources say, both sides have agreed to reduce the level of violence after they sign the peace deal. But Taliban say a formal ceasefire would be announced at the conclusion of intra-Afghan dialogue.
The talks are planned in Norway within two weeks after both formally announce peace deal.
Taliban were confident earlier to reach deal before Eid-ul-Azha. However, it now seems difficult as Taliban want presence of representatives of Russia and China during the signing of agreement.
Meanwhile, Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen has clarified that no country or representatives of other countries are participating in the talks. He tweeted that only Qatar is participating in the talks.


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