22 September 2018

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Saturday, 22 September 2018 07:09

Abdali Resigns as Ambassador to India

Saturday September 22, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Afghan ambassador to India Shaida Mohammad Abdali tendered resignation from his post at a time when President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has been on an official visit to New Delhi on Wednesday.
Abdali posted his resignation letter on his twitter account asking the President that he had earlier decided to resign and served the people in the country during the critical situation. The envoy said he wanted to come back to the country and work with the people for development, peace and national unity. Abdali asked the President to accept his resignation in the best resect of the country.

Saturday, 22 September 2018 07:08

Afghan Govt., Taliban Urged for Peace Talks

Saturday September 22, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The UN Security General Antonio Guterres on Thursday pushed for a dialogue between the Afghan government and the Taliban, which he said is essential to bring peace in the country.
“We know that the way for peace is difficult, but I’m a strong believer that, also in Afghanistan, dialogue is necessary, in this case dialogue between the government and the Taliban,” Guterres told reporters in a press conference held at the UN headquarters in New York. The UN Secertary General hoped that the circumstances will allow for that dialogue to take place and for that dialogue to be successful.  “I know it's complex.  I know it's difficult, but it's also the only way possible to then be able to more effectively combat terrorist organizations that operate in the country,” he said. “On the other hand, we are not organizing the elections, and we do not have, as you know, presence of peacekeeping forces in Afghanistan, but we'll do everything that we can in order to support a process to make it successful.  But we know that our capacity in that regard is obviously limited.  We don't have, as I said, a security presence in Afghanistan,” Guterres said. President Ghani is scheduled to address the session of the UN General Assembly on September 26, a day after Guterres presents his report to the world body and kicks off the general debate. US President Donald Trump is scheduled to address the General assembly on September 24.

Saturday September 22, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, armed forces command-in-chief meeting was held the other day at Gul Khana Palace, BNA reported.
In the meeting, the country’s national security forces were praised for their overall efforts towards maintaining security during Muharram days. Through a video conference, the country’s President and armed forces supreme commander talked to civil and military officials of 33 provinces and heard their problems and demands. The country’s President instructed officials of relevant organs to talk principal steps for addressing problems and demands of civil and military officials of 33 provinces. The session assessed security situation of Ghazni, Maidan/Wardak, Balkh, Farah and Jawzjan provinces and issued necessary instruction for repulsing the enemy’s plans in the respective provinces.

Saturday, 22 September 2018 05:52

NSA Mohib Meets U.S. Counterpart

Saturday September 22, 2018

Kabul (BNA) During his visit to the U.S. the country’s National Security Adviser, Dr. Hamdullah Mohib met with his American counterpart, with both sides speaking on key issues related to agenda.
According to BNA report, both sides discussed Afghanistan and regional political and security situations, effectiveness of the U.S. strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia and war on terror. The country’s National Security Adviser thanked the U.S. cooperation in various fields and called the soon sending of warplanes by the U.S. to Afghanistan an effective move in strengthening the country’s air forces and war on terrorism. The U.S. National Security Adviser lauded Afghan defense and security forces for being in the front battle against terrorism and emphasized for establishing a counterterrorism consensus at the regional level. He also assured the country’s National Security Adviser of his country’s remaining alongside Afghanistan in war on terrorism and development of the country.

Saturday September 22, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Activists of Afghan Women Consensus for Peace say they will collect Afghan women’s visions and demands regarding peace through visiting provinces and raise voice of peace.
Speaking in a gathering held in Host where hundreds of girls and women participated including Acting Minister of Information and Culture, deputy ministers of women and foreign affairs and women activists, Acting Minister of Information and Culture Hasina Safi said in provinces where violence and war were increasing, women felt to create a national consensus for peace and ending war in the country, adding that Afghan Women Consensus for Peace has held a conference in Kabul where women agreed that a peace voice should be raised by women from all provinces of the country. Safi further said that such meetings aimed what active role women want to play for peace in provinces, adding that leading body of the respective organizations have also visited other provinces to coordinate visions of women regarding peace in the country and increase women participation in the process. In the gathering, governor of Khost, Hukam Khan Habibi also spoke considering role of women as key in peace process, saying that women role should be increased in the national process of peace in the country.

Saturday, 22 September 2018 05:48

CE Meets Norwegian Ambassador to Kabul

Saturday September 22, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met with Norwegian newly-appointed ambassador to Kabul on Wednesday. In the meeting, the country’s Chief Executive by praising Norway for its assistance to the government and people of Afghanistan wished the newly-appointed ambassador further success in his mission in Afghanistan. The Norwegian newly-appointed ambassador to Kabul while stressing on supporting Afghanistan peace process and upcoming parliamentary elections said his country would stand beside the people of Afghanistan.

Saturday September 22, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah participated in a ceremony held Thursday on the occasion of tribute to Ashura in Jamiul Zahra and Zainabia mosques in Kabul’s west.
In the ceremony, the country’s Chief Executive condoled the Ashura day to the world Muslims in particular Muslim nation of Afghanistan. In his speech, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah considered uprising of Imam Hussain and Karbala incident as unprecedented in history of Islam and the world, saying although Imam Hussain and his colleagues were martyred in Karbala, they marked the victory of justice against injustice and brightness against darkness; therefore, millions of freedom-loving and justice-loving Muslims gather every year to pay tribute to the Ashura Day. The country’s Chief Executive also added that the incident of Karbala has been marked with blood of great martyrs in the history of world and Muslims and opened new chapter in defending the right, resistance, bravery and sacrifices on path of Almighty Allah and fighting injustice and tyranny. Pointing to current situation in the country, Chief Executive said; “We better witness unity and solidarity among Sunni and Shia during the month of Muharram in particular days of Ashura and Tasoa and we hope further efforts towards solidarity among our people.” “Currently the people and national defense and security forces of the country are fighting against darkness and the forces will soon defeat the cruel enemies of the country and we can only defeat them by protection of national unity and solidarity,” Chief Executive added.

Saturday September 22, 2018

Kabul (BNA) On the invitation of the Indian government, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani traveled to New Delhi on Wednesday on a day-long official visit, BNA reported.
On the behalf of the government and people of Afghanistan, President Ghani condoled the human and financial losses to the Indian government inflicted during the recent flood. The President said bilateral engagements and friendly relationship between India and Afghanistan have been growing on daily bases. The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the New Delhi was supporting the construction of Shah Tout Dam, canals, solar power projects, drinking water facilities and implementation of over 160 uplift projects in the villages of Afghanistan. In addition, India supported the uplift of the transportation system, rehabilitation of 350 buses and provision and 1,000 new buses. The agreement was also reached that both countries would form technical teams to work on the fresh commitments, he said. Both leaders also agreed that delegations from Afghanistan and India would jointly work for the processing, export of precious stones and production of medicines. He said the scholarship program to Afghan students has been extended for another five years adding Afghan civil servants would be provided professional training as well. PM Modi said that India foreign minister would soon visit Kabul for strategic level talks with the Afghan government. President Ghani has termed the joint exhibition of Afghan and Indian products in Mumbai vital for the economic development of the two countries and hailed the cooperation of India government to Afghanistan in different areas. President Ghani said that valuable cooperation of India would bring positive change in the lives of Afghans.

Saturday September 22, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Addressing a gathering marking the 10th of Muharram, the Day of Ashura in Hazrat Rassoul-e-Akram mosque here in Kabul on Thursday, President Ghani said the Day of Ashura had equal importance for the Sunni and Shiite sects as the day offered the lesson of resistance to tyranny, corruption and misuse of public wealth, BNA reported.
“I have come to the place which was many times put in the harm’s way, I acknowledge the danger you face, we have come here to renew our commitments to follow the path of Imam Hussain (RW),” the President added. “The Yazids of our time want to turn Afghanistan into another Karbala, but the Afghans’ unity would not let them succeed,” said the President, adding innocent and defenseless citizens were massacred in recent attacks in Zabul, Helmand, Paktia, Nangarhar and more recently in Momand Dara and Barchi area of Kabul. He said the enemies of Afghanistan wanted to give these attacks the name sectarian strife, something dangerous for the Afghans. “We can defeat this threat in cooperation with the people.”
The President urged the people to stand together in the fight against enemy designs and take wise steps against those fueling hatred in the name of religious, language and tribe. “The blood of a Shia and a Sunni has the same color, in this country the Pashtuns and the Tajiks have same fate. The honor of Hazara and Uzbeks is the honor of all.” He said despite repeated enemy attacks, the religious harmony in Afghanistan remained a model for others. The President said government was fully prepared to deal with the enemy and dividing Kabul into four security zones, categorizing threats, consulting different sections of the society in this regard and focusing the Kabul’s west were part of those measures. He said police and intelligence cover had been increased in the Kabul’s west where operations were ongoing in affected areas. “Our success in the war against terrorist depends on mutual cooperation between the government and the people, as seen in developed countries.”

Thursday, 20 September 2018 09:51

Taliban Kidnapped ANA and Police Personnel

Thursday September 20, 2018

Zaraj City (BNA) Three Afghan security forces have been abducted by Taliban militants in southwestern Nimroz province.
NDS source reported BNA, two Afghan national policemen and an Afghan National Army were kidnapped by Taliban militants in highway of Delaram-Khash district.
There is no information about their fate, but police started searching regarding the incident.

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