25 September 2020

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The United Nations has marked its 75th anniversary, celebrating the mantra that "multilateralism is not an option but a necessity" - even as the coronavirus pandemic underscores the fragility of international cooperation.
The anniversary kicked off on Monday at the global body's annual UN General Assembly (UNGA), when normally leaders and representatives of nearly 200 countries gather en masse to sound off about the world's problems and offer myriad solutions.
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani delivered a statement via a videoconference on Monday night at the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the UN, underscoring the important role of multilateralism, and particularly the UN, in addressing the challenges that continue to impact Afghanistan and the world.
“The United Nations that we need is an organization with the authorities, capabilities, capitals, and commitments to fulfill the purposes and principles of this charter," President Ghani said.
The president called on the international community to help the Afghan people achieve the end state of a sovereign, united and democratic Afghanistan.
“I would like to take this opportunity to call on every member of the GA and the P5 to help us achieve the end state of a sovereign, united and democratic Afghanistan, at peace with itself and the region, capable of preserving and expanding the gains of the last 19 years."
On the importance of the ceasefire, the president said: "Though we are facing multiple drivers of turmoil all at once in Afghanistan, there is a clear and urgent priority for us: a ceasefire. An urgent end to the violence will, more than anything else, give us a chance to progress."
President Ghani also highlighted Afghanistan’s geopolitical importance and said: "Afghanistan is a country positioned right at the heart of Asia, right at the heart of untapped potential that could bring prosperity and peace to our region. But this means that we are also right in the middle of the turmoil that is affecting us all today."
The COVID 19 pandemic exposed the world’s vulnerabilities as violence and warfare have evolved, he said, adding that the world is in the middle of a fifth wave of global terrorism.
Other drivers of turmoil include drought, famine and deepening inequality, he said, emphasizing the urgent need for a ceasefire in Afghanistan and calling on the UN General Assembly to help the country achieve peace.
World leaders gathered in a virtual format at the General Assembly on Monday to adopt a declaration honoring the multilateral framework put in place by its founders in 1945 and pledging to better live out the promise to save succeeding generations from the scourge of
President Ghani’s address to the UN comes as the peace negotiating team representing the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan meets with Taliban negotiators in Doha, Qatar to help find a political settlement to the deadly conflict in the country.
Although the Doha talks have brought new hopes among Afghans for a negotiated settlement of the conflict, civilian casualties remain high in the country amid ongoing Taliban violence.
“The Taliban has inflicted the casualties on our countrymen in 24 provinces and the most casualties have been in Takhar and Nangarhar provinces,” said Tariq Arian, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior Affairs.
Also, on Monday, President Ghani at an event for International Day of Peace said peace is possible only through a political settlement and insisted that the government is making efforts to end the forty years of war in the country. President Ghani said the Afghan government, by agreeing to a ceasefire two years ago, showed that it is possible to make a truce, and he called on the Taliban to end violence and agree to a ceasefire.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Faizabad (BNA) The deputy of Taliban military commission for Kohistan, Raghistan and Yawan districts of Badakhshan was killed last night.
Badakhshan police spokesman Sanaullah Rouhani told BNA that Mawlavi Ataullah, known as "Ibrahim", was killed when he and a group of his men attacked police checkpoints in Raghistan district.
He said a number of his men were also wounded in the clash, but no harm and casualties incurred to police.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, 22 September 2020 10:21

Men Detained on Suspicion of Criminal Offenses

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Helmand (BNA) Helmand police have arrested 20 men on suspicion of committing crimes in the province.
The head of Helmand police media office told BNA that the men had been detained from city and districts of the province during the past 24 hours.
The source said the detainees are suspected of theft, espionage, drug trafficking and having illegal weapons.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Jalalabad (BNA) Food items was distributed to 300 families in Nangarhar today.
The head of Nangarhar media office told BNA that domestic aid foundations distributed flour, oil and bean to 300 families who lost their jobs due to the outbreak of the coronavirus in Jalalabad city.
He said the distribution of the aid continues.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday September 22, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Mohammad Ashraf Ghani President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan accepted the credential letter of Von Brandt, the newly-appointed ambassador of the European Union to Afghanistan during a ceremony at the Presidential Palace today.
President Ghani extended congratulations to the incoming ambassador on beginning his new mission in Afghanistan and thanked EU’s financial, political and all cooperation in Afghanistan.
Ambassador Brandt expressed delight over commencement of his new mission, reaffirming continued EU assistance with Afghanistan.
The Newly-appointed ambassador expressed that UE declares support from Afghanistan government programs regarding peace, president strategy on regional connectivity and strengthening trade relations.

Tuesday September 22, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Mohammad Haneef Atmar, Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, met with Andreas Brandt, the European Union's new Ambassador to Afghanistan this morning.
According to BNA report, welcoming Brandt as the EU candidate ambassador to Afghanistan, the Acting Foreign Minister commended the EU's continued assistance and partnership with Afghanistan over the last 19 years. Minister Atmar assured Ambassador Brandt of the Foreign Ministry's close cooperation with the EU mission in Kabul.
Emphasizing the EU's continued assistance with Afghanistan in various spheres, Brant stated that he would work to further strengthen relations between Afghanistan and the European Union during his tenure as EU Ambassador to Afghanistan. During the meeting, Mr. Brandt presented a copy of his credentials to the Acting Foreign Minister.

Tuesday September 22, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) today reported 22 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Afghanistan within the last 24 hours.
According to BNA report, a patient have died due to coronavirus, while no patient recovered within the last 24 hours in the country.
With this, the total cases are now 39,096, the total reported deaths are 1,445 and total recoveries are 32,576 in Afghanistan.
Officials in Ministry of Public Health reported that 5,076 active cases of COVID-19 among patients at under their care as Tuesday morning in Afghanistan.
It is mentionable that until now 108,756 samples of coronavirus has been tested in laboratories of the ministry across the country, the officials added.

Tuesday, 22 September 2020 09:47

Narcotic Drug Seized in Kabul

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Kabul (BNA)   The anti-narcotics police discovered a quantity of narcotics in Kabul.
The Interior Ministry press office told BNA that police of Kabul discovered and seized  the drugs from drug distribution networks, which included 348 small bags of heroin, 216 bottles of hard drug, 357 bottles of alcohol, 2,900 US dollars, 117,000 Afghanis and two pistols from first and tenth security districts of Kabul.
No individual has been arrested in connection with the incident, but efforts are ongoing to arrest the perpetrators.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, 22 September 2020 09:45

Poor Families Received Humanitarian Assistance

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Kandahar (BNA) Dozens of poor and needy families in Kandahar received humanitarian aid packages.
The aid included, household items, clothing, tarpaulins and blanket, which were made available to ninety displaced families through the Kandahar Immigration Department.
The Kandahar media office said in a newsletter that the families had been displaced from the villages to the Maiwand district market due to the war and floods.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, 22 September 2020 09:44

Zheri District Citizens Access to Electricity

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Kandahar (BNA) For the first time, the citizens of Zheri District, Kandahar have access to electricity.
Officials of the province say that with the extension and construction of the power station, 4,000 of its residents gained energy in the first place.
Moheb-ul-Rehman Momand, Chairman of the Advisory Board of Breshna Company told BNA that with the construction of the power station, electricity has been transferred to Zheri District by the foundations.
He said at least 4,000 families now have access to electricity.
The citizens of Zheri district are happy with the access to electricity and consider it to be their prosperity and progress.
T. Yarzada

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