22 January 2020

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Tuesday January 21, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan government for accelerating peace process and end of war emphasize on ceasefire, while Taliban accepted violence reduction.
BNA political analyst commenting on the issue writes, Sarwar Danesh Second-Vice President in a ceremony held on ‘Unveiling Human Rights Advocates’ Protection Strategy’ the other day in Kabul said, “Plan to reduce violence and suchlike is an ambiguous plan and a kind of fleeing from peace process in Afghanistan.
He emphasized that no trust and no hope would remain between the two sides, unless a direct intra-Afghan dialogue and the start of a broad ceasefire are agreed on.
The remarks stating while US-Taliban representatives discussed about reduction violence in Doha and Taliban also accepted the issue, but rejected ceasefire.
Ending war and ensuring peace in a war-torn country begins from trust and ceasefire is the first step of peace negotiations.
Afghans welcomed any steps, plans and procedures that strengthen peace process in the country, but emphasizing on Afghan-led, Afghan-owned peace talks.
While peace negotiation between US-Taliban is full of challenges, but Second Vice-President says, so far, government and people of Afghanistan, including civil society activists, political parties and ethnic groups are excluded and drawn aside.
First the rumors and ambiguities in peace talks should be removed and the process should be managed that Afghans consider themselves involved in the process.
Means of negotiation in an agreement is that both sides and sides of conflicts be awareness about their national interests and end of war, while people and government of Afghanistan are not involved in Doha negotiation and without presence of government and people representatives we can’t talk about a comprehensive peace.
Afghanistan people completely and permanently want to end war and violence in the country and demanded from parties involved in conflicts that by considering national interests move toward a permanent and comprehensive peace.
Therefore, session be held in lack of Afghan government delegation, particular in Doha would not led to any effective result.
Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace talks is the only way for reaching a durable and dignity peace in Afghanistan.
Peace process will be strengthen, when Taliban act independently and expressed their views and decisions accordance to the will of Afghan people and declare preparedness to start negotiations with Afghanistan government.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Kandahar (BNA) Hundreds flood affected families received aids by army troops in Kandahar province.
The assistance included, rice, flour, ghee, salt, pea and bean.
Atal army corps in south of the country with releasing a statement told BNA, in this round foodstuffs distributed for 430 flood affected families in Kandahar.
This is the second shipment of army troop aids that helped flood affected families in that province.
Hundreds of homes and thousands acres of farmland destroyed during recent floods in Kandahar.
The floods also took the lives of 23 people.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Farah (BNA) Red Cross office distributes cash and Sheep to 200 orphaned and eligible families in Farah yesterday.
Masood Bakhtor deputy governor of Farah told BNA correspondent, the office distributed 600,000 cash and 400 sheep for 200 orphans and eligible families.
He added that two sheep and 3000 Afghanis were distributed for each family.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Jalalabad (BNA) Three water reservoirs were put into exploitation in Nangarhar.
By building these reservoirs, twenty acres of agricultural land were irrigated in Nangarhar, Dara-e-Nor District.
Hejrat Gardewal governor for Dara-e-Nor District told BNA, it cost six million Afghanis to build the reservoirs.
The peasants of Dara-e-Nor District welcomed the construction of the reservoirs and called it a boom in their business.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Jalalabad (BNA) The construction work of an irrigation canal kick off in Goshta District, Nangarhar.
The canal, 250 meters long and 90 meters wide, will be able to irrigate hundreds acres of farmland.
Abdul Baser Gulab Goshta District governor told BNA, building of the canal will cost 22,000 Euros, paid by a charity foundation.
Farmers in Goshta District are happy to have enough water to irrigate their crops by next three months.
Goshta District is one of the remote districts of Nangarhar located in Durand area.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Continuing the national debate program, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with residents of PD 4, 10, 11, 15 and 17 of Kabul city here at Salaam Khana palace yesterday, a statement said.
Representing others, Haji Feda Mohammad, Mohammad Nurani, Diana Habib, Mohammad Azim and Haji Zulmai Latifi spoke related to their problems, thanking the president for construction of Salma dam and implementation of other development projects, the statement from the presidential press office said.
The participants enumerated a number of their problems and suggestions, including lack of security, kidnapping, murder, electricity, attention to Ulema and masjids, continued Police patrol, land grabbing, increasing addiction, canalization, improving education and scholarships to youth and applauded works of Kabul municipality, education department and Police and emphasized for continued efforts.
They also welcomed Independent Reform and Civil Service Commission’s works for transparent recruitment of the civil servants as well as thanked president’s attention towards women as well as inauguration of Republic road in Kabul, the statement added.
Hearing Kabul residents’ demands and suggestions, President Ghani said there were no solutions to problems sans open and national debates and specifying of the challenges, the statement quoted.
“A system is made by people and if people are no longer satisfied with the system, then it will lose its legitimacy and effectiveness. We must be committed to address the problems,” the president said, adding that would share his plan for Kabul city during a big gathering in Loya Jirga hall.
The president went on saying that Kabul residents were not happy from Police and it was needed to take necessary measures to address the issue, adding security plan for the city should be shared with the residents.
Hinting to land-grabbling, the president said that urgent steps would be taken against them, warning land grabbers and power individuals to leave the areas or would be severely punished, the statement added.
The president also instructed Kabul Municipality to establish a Kabul Women Network and allocated front seats of the vehicle for women, asking people to respect them.
Concluding his remarks, the president asked the residents to openly share their problems and take part in management of the city. “Kabul needed to be changed into a safe and proud city,” the president said.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met German special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan here in his office yesterday, a statement said.
German envoy Markus Potzel briefed the Chief Executive on his country’s support of the peace process and hosting of an intra-Afghan dialogue in coming months, aiming to reach to a lasting peace in the country, the statement from Chief Executive Press Office said.
Thanking Germany’s support and efforts for peace in Afghanistan, Dr. Abdullah said was supporting the country’s offer for holding of the intra-Afghan talks, according to the statement.
Both sides also discussed bilateral and regional cooperation, the statement added.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Addressing the council of ministers meeting here at the Sapidar Palace yesterday, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah asked Ministry of Interior to investigate the tragic incident in 7th Police District of Kabul city that four members of family assassinated by unknown attackers.
Unidentified attackers have killed four members of a family in limits of the 7th police district of Kabul.
In a statement, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said the incident took place in Janglak area at 7pm on Sunday night.
Unidentified individuals killed the wife and three children of Abdul Sattar, an employee of the Ministry of Transport, with an axe inside his house.
Kabul Police spokesman said the motive behind the killings was yet to be ascertained and no arrest had been made so far.
The Chief Executive asked the ministry to take necessary steps on the issue as according to him was a shocking incident a clear crime.
Meanwhile, the Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah said on Monday that peace is not one person’s monopoly but is a collective desire. “Peace is not one person's monopoly, one person's wish-- but it is a collective desire, and the people of Afghanistan have the right to take a position regarding the peace process,” said Dr. Abdullah.
The CE criticized remarks suggesting that all peace efforts should be granted by the State Ministry of Peace and added that one ministry cannot handle peace and all parties should be involved in the negotiation team. “The negotiation team should be a comprehensive team, including the government, but by no means can a ministry facilitate a peace process for the country," he added.
Dr. Abdullah also said that he will continue to work until the final results of the presidential elections are announced.
“The National Unity Government will exist until the final results of the elections are announced, the National Unity Government is based on a National Unity Government agreement,” Dr. Abdullah said.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Trenkot (BNA) Unknown gunmen assassinated two police officers in Trenkoit capital of Urozgan last night.
Zalgai Abadi spokesman for Urozgan governor told BNA, these police officers conducting an inspection at their checkpoints, when they were shot and killed by un-identified gunmen.
Efforts are underway to arrest the attackers.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, 21 January 2020 06:14

Blast Wounds Civilians in Khost

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Khost (BNA) Three civilians were injured in explosion of a mine in Khost yesterday.
Haider Adel police spokesman of Khost told BNA, the mine was placed in the center of Khost under a tree on a sidewalk, which caused injuring of three civilians.
The injured have been shifted to hospital, and the heath condition of one of them reported critical.
T. Yarzada

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