17 February 2019

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Sunday February 17, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Afghan security forces succeeded to discover and seize hundreds kg explosive materials from eastern Nangarhar province.
The explosive materials belonged to Taliban group have been discovered and seized from Sarkh Dewal region, Roudat district of the province.
Three people who transferring the explosive materials were arrested as well.
Senior commander of Afghan national army in the east of the country told BNA reporter, the explosive materials made from Pakistan and also loading from the country that have discovered when entered to Afghanistan.
Taliban terrorist group had plan to use the materials in making bombs, suicide vests and suicide attacks.
M.A.Ansari
 

Saturday, 16 February 2019 11:10

Clashes Took the Lives of 12 Armed Oppositions

Saturday February 16, 2019

FARAH CITY (BNA) As many as 12 anti-government militias were killed during clashes with Afghan security forces in western Farah province.
Muhibullah Muhib spokesman of police in Farah told BNA correspondent, the conflicts took place when a group of Taliban militants stormed on Afghan security forces’ checkpoints in Sour Abad village, Farah city the provincial capital of the province, in which 12 Taliban fighters were killed and seven others were wounded.
Some heavy and light weapons have been discovered and seized as well, Muhib added.
There were no damages on part of Afghan security troops following the clashes, Muhib concluded.
M.A.Ansari
 

Saturday, 16 February 2019 11:09

President Ghani Meets NATO Secretary General

Saturday February 16, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General, met with President Ashraf Ghani in the sidelines of Munich Security Conference.
According to BNA report, both sides discussed Afghan government owned and led peace process and joint combat against terrorism, and stressed on regional countries’ sincere cooperation on peace in Afghanistan.
Secretary General Stoltenberg that NATO is firm on its commitments to Afghanistan, and asserted that peace in Afghanistan is not viable unless led and owned by the government of Afghanistan.
President Ghani thanked NATO member nations for their support to Afghanistan, and said that Afghans from all provinces will hold a comprehensive discussion on peace in a consultative Loya Jirga that will be organized within a month.
M.A.Ansari
 

Saturday February 16, 2019

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani approved amendments to the electoral law after they were endorsed by the cabinet, the amendments, additions and omissions were made to some parts of the electoral law.
According to BNA report, the changes to the law were approved by the cabinet and the president after consultative meetings with political parties, presidential candidates and civil society. After approving the amendments, President Ghani said the draft amendments bill was based on general agreement of political parties, presidential candidates and civil society institutes about elections. Chief Executive (CE) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah praised the consensus achieved about amendments to the electoral law. Second Vice-President Sarwar Danesh also talked about the amendments said they talked for 20 hours with presidential candidates, political parties and civil society about the changes. He said changes were brought to 39 clauses of the electoral law after agreed by all sides.
 

Saturday February 16, 2019

Kabul (BNA) During a meeting with UNESCO representative, Acting Minister of Information and Culture Hasina Safi spoke about necessary measures on Jam Minaret in Ghor province, BNA reported.
Both sides also stressed that a UNESCO experts delegation to visit Afghanistan on pathology and taking necessary steps on durable strengthening of Jam Minaret. Likewise, UNESCO should present information about 3D scan phots of Jam Minaret to the Ministry of Information and Culture, the meeting insisted. Acting MoIC Safi pointed out that Jam Minaret is one of the country’s historical monuments and is included in cultural heritages’ list. In cooperation with UNESCO and other partner entities, the Ministry of Information and Culture would always make effort to protect historical monuments and cultural heritages, she said. At the end, UNESCO representative also assured the Acting Minister Safi of organization’s continued cooperation in the mentioned fields.
According to another report, Acting Minister Safi also met with finance ministry’s general head of enterprises Shafiqullah Shahrani. Attended by Afghan Tour, Hotels and Liberty Printing Press enterprises’ heads, the meeting discussed issues on agenda particularly to pursue on-time implementation of the companies’ law and changing the legal personality of enterprises to the state-run company in accordance with simplified platform. Likewise, Shafiqullah briefed the session about the mentioned law said with its implementation, all government enterprises and companies would get operational within finance ministry state-run companies’ general directorate. Acting Minister Safi expressed her ministry’s cooperation in this regard.
 

Saturday February 16, 2019

Kabul (BNA) President Ashraf Ghani met with Abdulaziz Kamilov, Uzbekistan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, at sidelines of Munich Security Conference in Germany.
According to BNA report, both sides discussed Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process, and progress in regional connectivity projects, including extending construction of railways, transport of energy and expansion of trade.
Minister Kamilov reasserted that Uzbekistan will keep backing President Ghani’s peace initiative, and a process owned and led by the Afghan government. He said that any step toward facilitating the peace process in Afghanistan will be taken in coordination with the Afghan government. He said their government stands ready to host any processes regarding Afghanistan.
President Ghani thanked Uzbekistan for offering to host Afghan processes. Drawing on the success of Tashkent Conference that was aligned with Afghan government’s peace initiative, President Ghani said that the Conference provided a model of regional cooperation. He also said that the Afghan government is committed to further bolstering relations with Uzbekistan.
President Ghani reiterated that after a prospective peace agreement, mega developmental projects will pick up speed, and European Union and regional countries will have a vital role to play in implementing those projects. Minister Kamilov conveyed well wishes of Uzbekistan’s president; in return President Ghani sent his warm regards and wishes to Uzbekistan’s president as well.
 

Saturday, 16 February 2019 07:00

Afghan People Role in Peace Talks Is Great

Saturday February 16, 2019

Kabul (BNA) In every community where is talking about civic and social life and democratic system, the role of people in forming such a system is not covered.  In light of this idea and aspiration the Afghan people insist that their role in political future of their country should be vague and dark.
BNA political affairs commenting on the issue writes the process of peace negotiations for settling Afghan crisis has accelerated and many regional and beyond regional countries have increase their efforts in this regard but the efforts are carrying out mostly  based on rivalries.
Against all these perceptions, the Afghan people follow the process with great optimism that the foreigners finally ending their facilitating role and provide the ground for direct negotiation among Afghans themselves.  Recently NATO secretary general has said that Afghan government should have a role in peace talks and UN deputy secretary general has said that Islamic Republic of Afghanistan should be involved in the process of peace negotiations.
The statements stated by these two UN high ranking diplomats clearly indicate that they want a basic role for Afghan government in peace talks. But for Afghan people playing just a role is not enough, they insist that their government should play a central role in negotiations and without presence of Afghan state and observing its view and decision and one cannot talk about progress of talks or agree with it. The complication of Afghan problem is this that certain countries and circles in their political intelligence games are trying to decrease the role Afghanistan in a level of an observer and gratifying Taliban and preaching for them, provide the ground for ensuring their own interests.
In the current situation, Afghan people passing through a hard condition, certain circles are trying to draw Afghan government from the center of the current development to the margin; the game uses Taliban as a means. May be in the current situation be useful for the group but it would be very harmful for the future of Afghanistan. In the situation where the Afghan government pays attention to national issues such as presidential elections, the foreign countries instead of offering their aids to Afghan people are seeking to achieve their strategic objectives in Afghanistan and in the region.
There are a number of counties are seeking to reach an agreement with Taliban but they hurry too much in that regard.  The current situation clearly shows that this program which is hurrying up in its implementation won’t lead to any achievement for them, because of Taliban’s divisions and their affiliation to several countries. Therefore one cannot be hopeful for a persistent peace with the group. It would better, the foreigners to desist from their interests in Afghan war and forget Taliban forever and help honestly in holing a regional gathering among Afghans, as the leadership of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan believe a proper political, economic and security system establish in the country, it would be  also in to the benefit of foreigners. It would be possible to via acknowledging the vital role of Afghan government in the process of negotiations, protecting national values among them observing the constitution of the country. 
 

Saturday February 16, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met Norwegian Refugee Council’s (NRC) Secretary her in Sapidar Palace the other day.
According to BNA report, Norwegian Refugee Council’s Secretary briefed the CE on his institution’s programs and activities, in particularly the assistance made so far for Afghan refugees. “We have plan to continue our works and provide assistance to IDPs as well as appeal for those Afghan refugees residing abroad,” the secretary added. He also asked for government support of the programs. Praising Norwegian Council’s assistance to Afghan IDPs and refugees, Dr. Abdullah thanked the institution’s close cooperation with ministry of refugees and repatriate and the committee of migrants. Welcoming the council’s programs, CE Abdullah promised government’s full support to the program, adding government was ready to ease activities of the council with Afghan refugees.
 

Saturday February 16, 2019

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani issued a decree barring government officials and workers from meddling in the next presidential election, saying anyone who violated the decree would face justice. The decree says all government workers should observe the following notes for transparency and impartiality in the 2019 presidential election:
- Provide adequate and timely cooperation relevant to them to election commissions when requested.
- Observe impartiality during the performance of job relevant to election process.
- Avoid activities that can influence voter’s decision or encourage them to vote for a specific candidate or any action that can disrupt the freedom of a voter.
- Avoid providing any government facilities or resources in favor to any candidates unless they are provided equally and based on law.
- Avoid introducing people to election commissions for their employment as permanent or temporary election workers.
- Avoid using your authority in support of or against any candidates.
- Avoid accepting orders from election workers that violate the law or giving them gifts.
- Avoid entering voter’s registration centers, polling sites and votes counting areas with weapons or armed bodyguards.
- Avoid inviting presidential candidates to inauguration of projects or any parties.
- Keep information secret they obtain during their job in the election process or from Independent Election Commission (IEC) and avoid publishing them or giving them to a specific candidate. The second article of the decree says any government official or worker if violated the law would be taken to justice. The third article of the decree says departments and ministries of the government are responsible to prepare non-interference guidelines and share them with the National Security Council. Article four of the decree says the decree is implementable from the date it was released and relevant organs are responsible for its implementation.
 

Saturday February 16, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Mohammad President Ashraf Ghani met with Anwar Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs in the sidelines of Munich Security Conference, and discussed security cooperation in the region and combat against terrorism.
Minister Gargash conveyed well wishes of the leadership of U.A.E., and said his government is fully supportive of Afghan government led and owned peace process.
President Ghani also conveyed his good wishes to the leadership of the UAE said that the Afghan government is grateful to UAE’s positive role in the peace process led and owned by the Afghan government.
 

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