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Monday, August 26, 2013
Kabul (BNA): However, there are some differences on the Afghan-US Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) between the US and the Afghan
American officials but, the traditional Loya Jirga is expected to be held for discussing modality of the security agreement between Kabul and Washington.
The Jirga is also aimed to seek perspectives of Afghan people.
Elaborating on the Afghan-US Bilateral Security Agreement  (BSA), Emal Faizi, spokesman of president Karzai said, “Holding of the Traditional Loya Jirga is quite important for seeking public ideas about the modality of the pact, it’s vital to refer signing of the agreement to the Jirga to take the final decision, because the Jirga members are the genuine representatives of Afghan people and represent views of the Afghan people, so draft of the Jirga will be dispatched to the Jirga for further discussion”.
“President Karzai has assigned three persons to move the talks forward on the security agreement with the United States and the three personalities are including of Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Zalmai Rasoul, head of the Security Transition Commission (STC) Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Advisor for national security Dr. Rangeen Dadfar Spanta while previously Afghan ambassador to the US Aklil Ahmad Hakimi had the charge of negotiating with the US over the security agreement between Afghanistan and the United States, presidential spokesman Emal Faizi stated”.
“Ambassador Hakimi has already completed technical negotiations with the US over the security agreement and now, president Karzai has assigned three new faces to negotiate with the US political aspects of the bilateral security agreement, Emal Faizi said, adding that stance of the government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on the agreement is clear and Afghanistan expects that signing of the security agreement will lead to peace and security restoration and there should economic and security guarantees to Afghanistan post-2014 and Afghanistan should protected in case of any external threats”.
Although, the US side hasn’t officially commented on the demands of Afghan government, but the US presses that the Bilateral Security Agreement should be signed by the end of October.
In the meantime, civil society institutions and a number of political commentators have said that in the view of current circumstances, signing of the security agreement with the US is significant for political, economic and security stability of Afghanistan post-2014, they warn that any failure in signing the bilateral security agreement with the US could lay damaging impacts on future stability of Afghanistan.
Talking on the topic, political analyst, Younas Akhtar said, “Role of the United States is quite important for economic, political spheres and security of Afghanistan post-2014, government of Afghanistan by considering country’s national sovereignty and national interests should accelerate efforts for signing the BSA in proper timing so that misconceptions and speculations over the delay of the agreement are wiped out”.
Afghanistan extremely requires longstanding cooperation of international community and the security agreement with the US should be inked by maintaining the national interests, civil society institution activist Mujeeb Khelwatgar said”.
Meanwhile, country nationals have expressed hope that the agreement is signed soon, they urge upon the government of Afghanistan to convince the US to continue backing Afghanistan after the timeline set for evacuation of international forces from the country in 2014.
“it’s expected that international forces stationed in Afghanistan evacuate the country by the end of 2014 and security responsibilities of Afghanistan would be shouldered by the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), so, international community should provide military equipment’s the Afghan troops so that these forces are able to overcome on the security agreement, Amir Muhammad said”.
This came after the US and Afghanistan signed strategic cooperation partnership agreement in May 2012 and both countries engaged into a yearlong negotiation over the security agreement.

Sunday, August 25, 2013
Kabul (BNA) the teenager Girls Football Team of the country in its first visit with Kirghizstan Team won the Kirghizstan team.
Murtaza Danish publication chief of Football Federation of the country said, the friendly competitions that started yesterday in Kirghizstan among the teams of Afghanistan, Kirghizstan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan the afghan teenager girls’ team in its first competition with Kirghizstan team beat Kirghizstan team 1-0.
According to him, it is due to, the Afghan girls football team in its second match face the Tajikistan team.

Sunday, 25 August 2013 12:40

Nine Armed Insurgents killed

Sunday, August 25, 2013
Kabul (BNA) during the cleansing operation of Afghan and Coalition forces nine armed Taliban killed during the past 24 hours.
The Interior Ministry’s Press Office reported BNA, the operations launched by Afghan and Coalitions forces in relevant areas of Nangarhar, Khost, Ghazni, Maidan Wardak, Kunduz and Kapisa provinces as a result of which nine armed Taliban insurgents killed one injured and six others arrested.
According to another report, the Afghan security forces discovered and defused ten mines that were freshly planted by armed Taliban in relevant areas of Kunduz and Zabul provinces yesterday and prevented occurrence of several terrorist incidents.

Sunday, 25 August 2013 12:39

Commentary

Sunday, August 25, 2013
Kabul (BNA)   Hamid Karzai the president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in a news conference, focusing on issues of great importance to Afghan people ended the ambiguities over some of the issues.
BNA political analyst writes, President Hamid Karzai at this news conference touching on some political developments in the country described each of the issue in detail to the participants of the news conference.
Holding presidential elections, the process of talks between Afghanistan and US over signing a security cooperation agreement and the impending visit of president Karzai to Pakistan were among the most important issues, that the people wanted to know about them.  Therefore, the president knowing the demand of the people, explaining in detail over the three issues ended the ambiguities on that regard. 
Mr. Karzai at this press conference urged the people to take part in the upcoming presidential elections and to support this national program and share in determining the political destiny of their country.
Meanwhile, the Afghan president informing the participants of the press conference about   the process of talks with America on signing a security cooperation agreement   said that, the process of talks has reached a critical moment.  He made it clear that insuring security and stability in Afghanistan is at top of all other issues, therefore, before finalizing the talks and reaching an agreement, the Afghan people should become confident about the future of their country and its people.
The president added, “We want to know, how America deals against foreign invasion in Afghanistan and to what extend the security agreement safe Afghanistan against foreign interferences.”
President Karzai said, finally it is the people of Afghanistan who decide about signing the security cooperation agreement through holding the traditional Loya Jerga (Grand Assembly)
The statements by the president indicate that signing any security cooperation agreement with America should potentially guarantee the security of Afghanistan against any foreign interventions. Because in spite of that during the last 12 years, there were a huge number of international troops in Afghanistan who fought terrorism but unfortunately still terrorism not only threats Afghanistan and the region but also the entire world. On the other hand, Afghanistan has already signed strategic partnership agreements with some countries including US but so far, they have remained on the paper and not implemented in practice.
The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan seriously determined that both sides of the agreements should be committed to their commitments and work accordingly not just remains on the paper. According the agreements the sides while ensuring their own interests, they also should think about ensuring the national interests of Afghans.
The other issue that echoed in president’s speech was his impending visit to Pakistan. Mr. Karzai during the last 12 years visited 19 times. The aims of all the visits were improving relations between the two countries and ensuring security and stability in Afghanistan and in the region, but failed to achieve the aims. Today, the process of peace is on the agenda and Pakistan can play an outstanding role in this respect.
President Karzai wants his upcoming trip to Pakistan not to be the repetition of his previous visits but wants to have a tangible result in restoration of peace and security to the region.
According to Afghan experts, Pakistan as a sponsor of Taliban that has launched a proxy war in Afghanistan is the major player in settling Afghan crisis. Therefore,   Taliban  have no the capability of decision making  so talking with this mercenary group will bring no any result, therefore, the Afghan government should seek another source that has a great influence on the group.
Afghanistan will make its best efforts to achieve specific results from the new round of talks with Pakistan.
In the meantime, the visit take place in time, both Pakistan and Iran have recently seen politically positive developments and elected governments in these two countries have started their works which will without doubt play a positive role in ensuring  security and stability of the region.
Afghanistan transparent negotiation associated with practical commitments not only rescues the Afghan people from disaster of terrorism but the entire region. 

Sunday, August 25, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Hundreds of Kilograms of drugs smuggling to Iran have been seized in Ghorian district of western Herat province, police said on Saturday.
The opium, weighing 330 kilograms, was recovered from a house in a remote areas of the district on Friday evening, police spokesman Colonel Abdul Rauf Ahmadi said.
Col. Sakhi Hussaini, the district police chief, confirmed the seizure, saying the opium was to be smuggled to Iran.
No one has been detained in connection with the smuggling attempt.

Sunday, August 25, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Hamid Karzai President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan asked Pakistan’s further cooperation in peace process in Afghanistan.
Briefing journalists in a news conference, president Karzai asserted he was going to travel to Pakistan on Monday for holding talks with Prime Minister and other Pakistani officials.
He said key issues of the talks are peace, maintaining security and economic cooperation of Pakistan with Afghanistan and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has a positive vision of Afghan issues and is interested in cooperation with Afghan government and its people.

Sunday, August 25, 2013
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai once again emphasized on this point that the main decision on the signing of security pact will be taken by the people of Afghanistan.
BNA reported, President Karzai who was speaking at a press conference in Kabul the other day touching on the signing of the security pact with the US said that the people of Afghanistan will take decision in Loya Jirgah (Grand Assembly) on this issue.
He stressed further that in such a Loya Jirgah real representatives from all parts of Afghanistan will be present.
He clarified that the issue of security and stability in Afghanistan are topped the issues and we must become sure about the future of our country within such a document as well.
We want to know about the American approach with respect to outside invasion of Afghanistan, whether they consider instability in Afghanistan their own instability, adding that we want basic grantees.
He is saying all these at a time that the government of Afghanistan has further strengthened the Afghan team for talks on the security pact and it has assigned very active and authentic political complexions into this process.
Hamid Karzai also asked the people of the country to approach towards the presidential elections responsibly and by obtaining voting cards participate at this national process.
Those Afghans having completed the age of 18 should refer to the voting centers and get voting cards and participate at the election process.
He considered having voting cards for the national of the country as a must which will ensure their participation at the elections adding that the people of Afghanistan by getting of voting cards can attend this process in the best manner.
He emphasized that he desirous all nationals of the country irrespective of their thinking and perceptions should share this process, even if they are Taliban or they stand on the side of other opposition elements, they should obtain voting cards and instead of carrying of aliens rifles enter into taking decision about the future destiny of the country.

Sunday August 25, 2013
Kabul (BNA): First round of autumn polio vaccination started the other day throughout Afghanistan.
Dr. Ghulam Raziq Sediqi, an official for eradication program of polio in news conference told journalists, “27 cases of positive polio were recorded last year in the country, but fortunately we have four positive incidents of polio from the beginning of this year up to now, showing our good success in this regard, adding two of the incidents were seen in Nangarhar and two others in Kandahar.”
Dr. Sediqi said 1.9 million of children would be covered under vaccination program carried out in central provinces such as Kabul, Maidan/Wardak, Panjshir, Parwan, Kapisa, Daikundi and Bamian.
In this round of campaign, 11498 volunteers, 173 coordinators, 1073 supervisors and 564 preachers would take part and while vaccinating polio, Abandazole tablets were given to children aged 2-5 years, he said.
He added two drops of polio “P1, P3” implemented on this round were considered as high quality, asking all parents to vaccinate one time their children during this round of vaccination to be continued for three days throughout Afghanistan.

Sunday August 25, 2013
Kabul (BNA): the head and members of the Council of Ulema  in a meeting with President Hamid Karzai hoped that the president’s upcoming trip to Pakistan will yield fruitful results, said a statement issued by the president’s office here the other day.
Maulavi Abdul Rahman Hotaki, read out the resolution of Ulema Council. While hinting at military coup against Egypt’s elected President Mohammad Morsi and killing worshipers in al-Fath mosque in Cairo the resolution urged the Muslim World to inflict pressure on interim government of that country to put an end to the carnage.
The resolution continues that the religious scholars urged the Muslim world particularly the parties involved in the conflict in Afghanistan, Egypt and Syria to put aside their political differences and come to the negotiation table.
The resolution also denounced killing of women and children in Nangarhar, Farah and other provinces of the country during the holy month of Ramadan and Eid festivals days.
It asked armed militants to renounce violence.
They also strongly condemned the recent rocket shelling of Pakistan into Dangam and Narai areas of eastern Kunar province.
“Pakistan should end its aggression on Afghan soil and prove that it is sincerely committed to bring peace and stability to both the neighboring countries,” the resolution said.
President Karzai said that Islamic World is facing with great challenges. Scores of Muslims die at the hands of other Muslims on daily basis, the president added.
Hinting at recent chemical attack in Syria that led to killing of around 1,300 persons, the president urged Muslims to pay special attention towards reformation of Islamic world.
President Karzai hoped that during his upcoming trip to Pakistan he would convince Islamabad officials to sincerely cooperate with Kabul to end violence in the region.
“People of the two countries are suffering from violence in the region. I hope that the two countries will manage to put a halt to violence,” the president continued.
President Karzai said that they have talked to the Taliban recently.
“The Taliban told us that they are hopeless and they showed their unawareness over recent terrorist attacks across the country,” the president added.
The president urged the Taliban to raise their voice to get rid of hopelessness and slavery of others.
“A good instance of hopelessness of the Taliban was the way their office was opened in Qatar.
At first, their foreign lords ordered them to raise their flag and signboard, which were then removed by the foreigners,” president Karzai added.
President Karzai stressed that the government will continue its peace efforts.
The president also urged the religious scholars to raise their voices against abduction of Fereba Ahmadi, a lawmaker from Kandahar.

Sunday August 25, 2013
Kabul (BNA): Hamid Karzai President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan strongly condemned killing of five members of a family by Taliban in Baghlan province.
According to the Ministry of Interior Affairs armed Taliban on Friday evening martyred five members of a family traveling in a vehicle from Aliabad district of Kunduz province to Baghlan to participate in a wedding ceremony.
Their vehicle was stopped in Jar-e-Khushk area of central Baghlan district and shot dead.
Hamid Karzai called brutally killing of the members a family traveling to participate in a wedding party as killing of Muslims and clear enmity with happiness of Afghan people.
The president strongly condemned this cowardly act, saying Taliban by killing innocent people and changing their happiness to grief and sadness had to know that they couldn’t escape from hatred of people in this world and painful torture in other world.
President Karzai expressed his deep condolence and sympathy to the martyred family and wished them patience.