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Friday, 26 July 2019 11:21

Most of US Aids To Afghanistan Wasted

Friday July 26, 2019
Kabul (BNA) At the 22nd meeting of the Joint Oversight and Consistency Board, the Joint Work Group of the Civil Society, has shared its finding about the government accountability to the nation and the international community, with media, here in Kabul, the other day.
A member of the Afghanistan Transparency Watch, Naser Timuri said most of the US aids to Afghanistan has not been used properly.
“The US has assisted up to $120 billion to Afghanistan, but most of them has been wasted or misused. Either the amount was spent without the Afghan government consultation or went to the pocket of the corrupt officials,” Naseri told the meeting.
Meanwhile, the country’s president in a meeting thanked the international community assistances to Afghanistan and said the government was committed to accountability to the nation and the international community.
Holding a good example of accountability was a good election, which is expected to be held in the near future, said the president. “We are committed to accountability and assure about it.”
Some political analysts blame the organs concerned for failing to properly use the huge amount of foreign aids to Afghanistan.
“If the millions of dollars poured to Afghanistan, since the last 18 years, were used properly in uplift projects and building the country’s infrastructures, then the country would witness basic and positive changes and positive change would come in the people live,” Shir Ali Tarzi told the Kabul Times.
He said Afghanistan, since 2001, was one of the international community’s aid recipient countries, but ‘unfortunately most of the aids have not been properly used or wasted.’ “Most of the aids from 2001 to 2019 have been wasted or not properly used.”
He asked the government to strengthen the country’s economic infrastructure.
According to him, the government should invest on the country’s mining and no longer allow the international community’s aids misused, as according to him, Afghanistan’s underground treasures are estimated from one to 3 billion US dollar.
Shukria Kohistani

Friday July 26, 2019
Kabul (BNA) To commemorate the country’s 100th independence anniversary, a scientific seminar was held in Kabul to review a hundred year works of media and law.
The seminar was attended by a number of media elites, different countries’ ambassadors in Afghanistan, UN special envoy and journalists.
At the outset, appreciating the step taken by the deputy ministry of information and culture on publication affairs in the respect, acting minister of information and culture Hasina Safi said that fortunately, Afghanistan’s independence anniversary was turning 100, that’s why the government of Afghanistan has got its all plans to mark the independence anniversary.
She added as we have passed a century, should know what we have done during a hundred years, where did we start from, what are our achievements, where was our strength and what was the reason?
She stressed that we have specific plans on the country’s 100th anniversary and we have reviewed 100-year works of Afghanistan’s laws and media outlets during the scientific seminar.
Considering media’s activity over the last a hundred years, we should know in which part the media had cooperation with each other, how was the government and media outlets’ relation? Therefore, whatever is going to be discussed in the seminar should be practiced by media family so they can transfer them to future generations.
According to her, Afghanistan enjoys the most trustee laws in the region, thus, considering the country’s history, we should work more on cohesion, unity, nationalism, so that we can be a role model to future generations.
Meanwhile, UN general secretary in Afghanistan Tadamichi Yamamoto while calling holding the seminar in current situation particularly awareness on 100-year works of law and media precious said that we would continue supporting media and their free activities in the country.
He added we have witnessed a great change in Afghanistan’s media outlets in less than twenty years, as despite difficulties and sacrifices they are placed in high position.
Calling media role significant to reflect truths and events particularly elections and peace, he added all media staff should be protected and their safety should be ensured.
Representing European Union (EU), Christian Jolie while calling media role important in the fields of democracy and freedom of speech said that fortunately, hopes have risen on reaching peace more than ever, adding election is a national process in which the media play key role on it.
EU would stand by Afghanistan’s media and would do its best to support press members, he went on to say.
Representing journalists’ federation, head of Afghanistan’s free media Mujib Khelwatgar briefly reviewed 100-year works of media in the country, saying if we put a glance on Afghanistan’s media activities over a hundred years ago, they have experienced many ups and downs.
Despite that, Afghanistan’s media have witnessed visible growth, because, for the first time, a radio television had started working which was unique in the region, he added.
In second part of the seminar, deputy minister of information and culture Sayed Aqa Fazel Sancharaki said that the government has done much for journalists and Afghanistan’s media outlets.
He added fortunately, our media could have their audiences from the view point of quality and quantity today, he continued.
The ministry of information and culture supports media and it is now working on a plan based on which the media should manage their activities, he went on to say.
Pointing at establishing government and media joint commission which is led by the first vice president, he said the steps taken on the field of media have been unique and addressing journalists’ cases are among other works which will seriously be pursued by the government.
Habibullah Rafiyee a researcher and writer on regional and Afghanistan affairs presented an article titled development of law and media in Amania era which was mostly focused on media growth in the country.
Likewise, head-researcher of Afghanistan’s academy of sciences Farzana Habibi reviewed thirteen years of the government’s period and media role and presented its brief in the seminar.
She added fortunately, a revolution has been appeared in Afghanistan’s delivering awareness section.
Pointing at Amania era, she added however, media and law have considerably grown, but the journalists are still facing challenges and problems.
Head of the commission on access to information Bahaduri said that law in Afghanistan had visibly grown over the last a hundred years particularly during King Amanullah Khan’s era, as all governments have accepted them as a tradition.
Representing Afghanistan’s free media, head of Pajhwok news agency Karukhil pointed out at a few key issues and said that media have changed into an important economic sector to the government.
During the seminar, two freedom icons were conferred on two journalists Shafiqa Habibi and Hamid Mubariz for their services within the ministry of information and culture.
After reviews and presenting articles by a number of writers and culturists, a ten-article declaration was issued at the end of the seminar.
Suraya Raiszada

Thursday, July 25, 2019
Lashkargah (BNA) Six Taliban rebels were killed in air raid of afghan air forces on their stronghold in Helmand province last night.
The attack carried out, when the Taliban planned for organizing destructive attacks on their strongholds.
ANA key commander in south of the country told BNA, six rebels were killed in the raid.
A stronghold of Taliban with all war equipment has been destroyed.
According to another report, a series of blasts were prevented in Helmand province.
Security officials discovered and defused ten mines from busy roads of the province and prevented from deadly events on civilians.
No one has been arrested in the connection of the event.
T. Yarzada


Thursday, July 25, 2019
Qalat (BNA) Twelve Taliban terrorists were killed and six others have been injured by security forces conflict in Zabul province last night.
The terrorists were suppressed in air and ground raids on their strongholds in suburb of Qalat city.
ANA senior commander in Atal army corps told BNA, 12 terrorists were killed and six others were wounded in the clashes.
The insurgents were targeted while planning terrorist attacks.
Another report says, a series of blasts were prevented in Zabul province.
Police of Zabul discovered and neutralized 11 mines from crowded ways of the province and prevented from deadly incidents.
No one has been detained in the connection of failed planting mines.
T. Yarzada

Thursday, July 25, 2019
Maimana (BNA) 33 armed Taliban were killed and 14 others have been injured in a series of afghan security forces raids in Faryab province.
The Taliban were targeted last night on Garzewan and Belcheragh Districts on their strongholds while a series of terrorist activities.
ANA top commander of Faryab told BNA, in the raids, 33 Taliban insurgents were killed and 14 others have been wounded.
Eight foreign insurgents were also among the killed and wounded.
ANA commander said, the insurgents were gathered in the two mentioned districts for organizing a series of terrorist attack on civilians, were targeted by security forces.
According to reports, two strongholds of the Taliban with all war equipment have been demolished.
T. Yarzada

Thursday, July 25, 2019
Ghor (BNA) Taliban burned residential houses in Doulatyar District, Ghor province last night.
Hamidullah Motahad member of Ghor provincial council told BNA correspondent, Taliban burned several houses of residents in Doulatyar District, Ghor province.
The Taliban also planted a mine in Shorabak village of the mentioned district, which victimized a civilian.
T. Yarzada


Thursday, July 25, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Based on Union of money exchangers in Sari Shahzada, Kabul city, the exchange rate of Afghani as a follow:
One Dollar                                                              79/90        Afs
One Pound Sterling                                            98/80       Afs
One Euro                                                            89/20       Afs
One Emirate’s Dirham                                       21/70       Afs
One Thousand Pakistani Rupees                           503       Afs
One Thousand Indian Rupees                              1160       Afs
One Thousand Iranian Rupees                            6/85


Thursday, July 25, 2019
Kabul (BNA)  Five people were lost their lives in a suicide attack in Kabul this morning.
The attack occurred in Milli Bus intersection.
A suicide motorcyclist targeted a bus carrying employees of Mines and Petroleum.
Nasrat Rahimi spokesman of Interior Ministry told BNA, based on first statistics, five civilians were martyred and ten others have been injured in the event.
He said that these are not the final statistics, according to officials, it may change.
It is said that while the people were taking care of the victims of the blast, second explosion occurred.
T. Yarzada

Thursday July 25, 2019
Kabul (BNA) As many as 25 armed oppositions were killed during several clearing operation conducted by Afghan security forces in two provinces.
Ministry of national defense press office stated BNA, the operations have launched to annihilate anti-government militias and ensure peace and stability in insecurity areas of Ghazni and Logar province, in which 25 insurgents were killed and 16 others were wounded, while 8 terrorists were arrested.
Some heavy and light weapons, ammunitions and vehicles belonged to the rebels have been discovered and seized during the military operations, the source added.


Thursday July 25, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Croatia Defense Ministry announced that three soldiers of the country were injured in Kabul blast yesterday.
The blast took place at Tangi Tarakhail region, Deh Sabz district of Kabul province on Wednesday morning.
Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said a suicide bomber struck near a convoy heading to a military camp on the outskirts of Kabul.
NATO in Afghanistan also said a coalition vehicle was hit by an explosive device in Kabul city.
Taliban group has commented regarding the attack.
Meanwhile, numerous people were killed and wounded following a car bomb blast near Kabul University, Kabul city few days ago.


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