25 September 2018

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Monday, September 24, 2018
Kabul (BNA) The local authorities of Herat province have proclaimed that the remaining work of construction of railway of Herat-Khawaf would be completed within two months.
The Islamic Republic of Iran committed to complete the project work with construction of this railway, via Iran, the Herat province of Afghanistan links with Europe.The project fund is paid by Iran as gratis aid to Afghanistan.
According to local authorities, 61 km of this railway is constructed till Ghorian district inside Afghanistan but over one decade has been passed since delaying of its official inauguration.
The third part of this railway from Ghorian district till near to Herat industrial park in south of the city is committed by the National Unity Government of Afghanistan, but it is still unknown when the pledge to be executed.
The authorities in government of Afghanistan say that with construction of this railway, this country to be linked with Europe via Iran.Based on the program of government of Afghanistan, the Turkmenistan railway should also be reached to Industrial township of Herat so that to be linked with Herat-Khawaf railway.
Despite this, the cities of Mazar-e-Sharif and Herat also to be linked by railway.But, practically, the railway of Herat-Khawaf that its work is going on, its construction work began in 2016 and it was planned to be completed within three years with expenditure of $ 87 million but so far, has not been completed and would be inaugurated in the near future.
The administrative in charge of Herat railway, Ahmad Belal says that the railway of Khawaf-Herat begins from the area of Chah-e-Surkh Iran and extended till Rozang district of Ghorian.
This phase estimated 61 km that constructed via gratis aid of Islamic Republic of Iran.Now, the Iranian company work is going on and its 57 km is rolled.
According to the project in charges, the project would be completed till next two months.
With opening of this railway in Ghorian district of Herat, the project would also be incomplete. Because another part of the project begins from Ghoriandistrict till industrial township of Herat province that is committed by government of Afghanistan and in this part, the practical work doesn’t begin so far.
A number of capital holders of Afghanistan say that if the railway of Khawaf-Herat only be stopped in Ghorian district, this would have no benefit for them.
Concern of traders about slow process of the project:
One of traders and industrialists of Afghanistan in Herat says that all possibilities should be provided in center of Herat and laid to utility there, because it is problematic for them as well as uneconomical.
So, the railway should be built till last destination.
The authorities of Herat say that the government of Afghanistan is making effort to provide financial resources for construction of last part of the project.
Head of public works department of Herat province said that another part of this project that is committed by government of Afghanistan and has 87 km length is divided into two phases.
Italy promised to help over $ 40 million for construction of part of the project. The government is making effort to convince this country so that to contribute in completion of the project.
The merchants and local authorities believe that construction of railway in Herat of Afghanistan would help growth economy of western part of Afghanistan extra-ordinarily. One of these individuals, Khalil Yarmand believes that if this railway be constructed completely, would have no one-side role and would accelerate the export of Afghanistan from the west of this country.
He added that we hope another part of Khawaf-Herat railway to be constructed so that the private sector to utilize from its economic capacities well.
Fortunately, Herat has 119 export items to be sent to overseas.
Fresh and dried fruits, vegetable, carpet and marble is part of these items.
Despite railway links Iran with Herat, it is considered that the railway of Turkmenistan that only its three km is rehabilitated inside Afghanistan, to be reached to the central of Herat province so that to be linked with the railway of Herat-Khawaf.
On the other, the government of Afghanistan drew a program for extension of railway from northern province of Balkh till Herat but so far, these programs are remaining only on the paper.
Dawoud Nejrabi

Monday, 24 September 2018 06:06

Commentary

Monday, September 24, 2018
Kabul (BNA) A daily printed in UK has claimed that the head of IS has interred Afghanistan
Al- Sharulawsat daily printed in London without specification quoting sources in Pakistan has claimed that Al- Baghdadi has interred Nangarhar the eastern province of Afghanistan.
A claim to which, Afghan authorities have not showed any reaction so far.
The news about the arrival of IS released in to Afghanistan in time, all leaders of so called Khurasan branch of the group have been killed in Afghanistan.
Abo – Saad Arhabi, the local leader of IS in Afghanistan was killed about a month ago.
Arhabi a Pakistani citizen was the fourth IS local leader has been killed in Afghanistan.
The report about arrival of Al- Baghdadi released to Afghanistan while previously repeatedly about his killing and injuring and once claimed that Al- Baghdadi was transferred to Russia by the commandos of that country while he was injured.
Pakistan sources talking about the arrival of Al- Baghdadi to Afghanistan that the Russian intelligence service sometimes ago disclosed a content of a report that said that IS terrorists have been transferred to Afghanistan from Iraq and Syria via United Arab Emirates and Karachi.
The claim of transferring of IS leader in to Afghanistan is a repeated claim.
Six months ago Pakistani media reported that Al- Baghdadi was in eastern part of Afghanistan but later proved to be wrong.
Security affairs elites and military experts believe that Pakistan propagating the wrong news about the presence of Al- Baghadadi in Afghanistan to justify the support of Russia and Pakistan from Afghan Taliban.
Russia has frankly said that it uses Taliban against IS in Afghanistan.
In addition, the news about the presence of IS leader in Afghanistan could be a program for displaying IS as a big power in order to provide a better ground for Russians presence in Central Asia.
Afghan authorities have repeatedly said that IS militants were not in Afghanistan as much has the other says. IS in Afghanistan mainly constituted from dissident Taliban who have no any relation with IS members in Middle East.
However, there are armed groups who operate under the name of IS mostly led by Pakistani citizens.
Among four leaders of IS who have been killed in Afghanistan were Pakistani nationals.

Monday, 24 September 2018 06:05

Crashing Car Took The Lives of Five Civilians

Monday, September 24, 2018

Ferozkoh (BNA) Five civilians lost their lives in crashing of a car in Ghor province yesterday.
Habibul Rahman Malikzada police chief of Teyora district, Ghor province told BNA, five civilians including a woman and a kid were lost their lives while a car overturned the road and crashed between Tolak and Toyora Districts.
He added, six other civilians were also wounded in the event.
T. Yarzada
 

Monday, 24 September 2018 06:03

30 Armed Oppositions Killed Across The Country

Monday, September 24, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The security and defense forces in the last 24 hours conducting joint offensive operations in various parts of the country killed 30 armed oppositions, wounded 3 and detained 4 suspects.
According to national defense ministry press office to BNA, the operations were launched in Nangarhar, Kapisa, Ghazni, Paktia, Khost, Kandahar, Zabul, Urozgan, Badghis, Herat, Faryab, Baghlan, Sar-e-Pul, Kunduz and Helmand provinces.
T. Yarzada
 

Monday, 24 September 2018 06:02

At Least 26 Insurgents Killed in Kapisa

Monday, September 24, 2018

Mahmod Raqi (BNA) Twenty six Taliban and five Islamic State fighters have been killed in separate operations and airstrikes in northeastern Kapisa provinces, officials said Sunday.
Seventeen Taliban militants have so far been killed during security operations since yesterday in Badar Ab area of Tagab district of Kapisa province, said the district police chief, Mohammad Naeem.
A tribal elder in Badar Ab area of Tagab district of Kapisa province, said the district police chief, Mohammad Naeem.
A tribal elder in Badar Ab area, Haji Malang, said aircrafts hovered over their area throughout Saturday night.  He said six Taliban were killed an airstrike on Saturday afternoon.
He said three militants were killed and a fourth wounded in the airstrike.
 

Monday, September 24, 2018

Kabul (BNA)  The Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC) on Sunday organized a seminar on Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) family members’ (Ahl al-Bayt) life and works here at the ministry’ press hall.
The seminar was attended by ministry’s deputies, advisors, directors, a number of religious scholars, national assembly members and government officials.
Speaking about different dimensions of Karbala incident and life and works of the Prophet’s family members, deputy minister of information and culture on publication affairs Fazel Sancharaki said however, 1378 years have been passed since Karbala’s historic incident, but still it remained as inspirational and sensational incident.  He added Hazrat-e-Imam Hussain and his companions were actually the symbol of right path and the opposite side was the symbol of wrong one.
“Marking Karbala epic once more provides the ground for us to take a lesion and disclose Karbala incident’s secrets, “he added.  Sancharaki went on saying that Hussain and his companions showed dedication and sacrificed themselves for the solidness of the great tree of Islam.
“The historic incident of Karbala had a reflection of spirituality and self-dedication out of the Islamic word and that’s why it is well-known worldwide,” he added.
During the seminar, the messages of Afghanistan Shiite Ulema Council and the country’s Islamaili Shiite leadership were read out.
Lauding the efforts made by the ministry of information and culture on the aspect, the messages called inspiration from them is a great step to ensure this world and another world’s bliss.
The seminar was ended by reading out of a praying recited by Dr. Mostafa Abdul Jalil, head of Al-Azhar University lectures’ delegation, who have recently came to Kabul for conducting a series of exchange programs.
Massourda Qarizada
 

Monday, September 24, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The European Union (EU) has contributed 25 million Euros in support of Afghan children on the move and ending polio, according to a statement on Sunday.
The four-year grant would enable UNICEF and partners to better reintegrate children on the move, and to provide them with a protective environment, a statement from the EU said on Sunday.  It would also support UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Government of Afghanistan in their endeavor to eradicate polio.
“This Euros 25 million grant for both children on the move and polio eradication illustrates the European people’s support and dedication to improving the lives of the most vulnerable children in Afghanistan” said Ambassador Pierre Mayaudon, Head of European Union Delegation to Afghanistan.
The grant launched today would provide opportunities to protect Afghan children on their migratory journey increase their resilience by strengthening their capping mechanisms, including the provision of psychosocial support and would facilitate their reintegration into their communities.
It would also contribute to the eradication of polio in Afghanistan, which is one of the three polio-endemic countries in the world together with Pakistan and Nigreria.
“We are extremely grateful to the European Union and its people for their commitment sand support to children in Afghanistan,” said Adele Khodr, UNICEF Afghanistan Representative.  “This significant EU support will help bring hope and stability to the children and people of Afghanistan and will expedite polio eradication.”
In Afghanistan, the complexity of the situation with increased violence, poverty and natural disasters, pushes children to migrate to Iran and other countries, and exposes them to abuse, neglect and exploitation during their migration journey.  The unique feature of this grant is that it is an integrated two-country response that includes Iran and Afghanistan.  It will strengthen cross-border information sharing, programme planning and response to safeguard the best interests of children.
The grant will also contribute to the eradication of polio, where prioritization of children on the move between Pakistan and Afghanistan is a key strategy.  Experience from other endemic countries shows the critical role of mobile populations in spreading polio transmission a delaying its eradication.
“Afghanistan has made significant progress towards polio eradication, where transmission is limited to specific geographical areas.  However, access, population on the move and insecurity continue to pose a challenge,” said Dr. Rik Peeperkorn, Afghanistan WHO Representative.  “This grant present an excellent opportunity to stop polio transmission as it protects past investments and gains made, and most importantly, it ensures that children are protected from polio forever.”
 

Monday, September 24, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive (CE) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, leading a high-ranking delegation on Sunday left for the United States to attend the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in New York City.
The Chief Executive would take part in the assembly on behalf of the Afghan National Unity Government articulate Kabul’s vies on different issues, a statement from CE press office said yesterday.
Dr. Abdullah will underline the need for counter-terrorism, counter-narcotics, regional and international cooperation with Afghanistan, as well as preparations for parliamentary and district council elections.
CE Abdullah would also explain the steps the government has taken to curb corruption, promote education and women empowerment, besides plans for economic development.
Efforts to achieve sustainable development, internal and regional challenges are the issues in Afghanistan that would be spotlighted by the Chief Executive during UAN General Assembly.
According to the statement, Dr. Abdullah will meet the UN secretary general, prime ministers and foreign ministers of different countries on the sideline of the 73rd UNGA session.
On the margin of the important event, the statement added, Dr. Abdullah would participate in a banquet to be hosted by US President Donald Trump.
Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani and other high-ranking officials are accompanying the CE Abdullah on the trip.
 

Monday, September 24, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Sunday attended and spoke in a concluding session of defense and security forces conference held in a bid to ensure elections security, the Chahar Chendar Palace said in a statement.
During the meeting, stressing on practical cooperation of the country’s defense and security entities, head of Independent Elections Commission Gula Jan Abdul Badi Sayad said we would not allow anyone to interfere in election affairs, according to the statement.
He also stressed on ensuring security of candidates and voters and added necessary measures would be taken against those who intend to disturb elections.
Afterwards, interior ministry’s senior security deputy Akhtar Mohammad Ibrahimi and defense ministry’s chief of army staff Gen. Mohammad Sharif Yaftali spoke about security sector preparations on ensuring election security, the statement went on to say.
Likewise, security entities’ in-charges assured the people, government and IEC on ensuring security of election process.
Representing resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan Gen. Andrew Popas said they would put all our equipment into the access of Afghan defense and security organs to ensure security of elections.
He also assured to cooperate with Afghan defense and security forces to apply elections security plan.
After hearing the participants’ talks, President Ghani lauded the defense and security forces for ensuring security during Ashura ceremony and their successful offensive operations in a number of provinces.
Thanking IEC for preparing the ground for technical conditions to hold elections, the president said the government was ready to cooperate in maintaining of IEC financial needs.
Calling using biometric system by IEC a significant step on elections transparency, the president added our difference with the Taliban is that we refer and rely on people’s vote, but they rely on guns.
He stressed that no one including defense and security officials are allowed to interfere in elections and if they do, law would be implemented on them.
He said Wolesi Jirga election would be held in accordance with law and all IEC offices should be open, adding no reason would be acceptable to close the mentioned offices.
Besides defense, security, and IEC leadership, army corps’ commanders, security heads and commanders of a number of provinces were present in the meeting.
 

Monday September 24, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Sunday vehemently condemned the terrorist attack killed a number of people in the Ahwaz city of Iran. On Saturday, at least 29 people were killed and 70 others wounded in the assault on a military parade.
The dead and wounded included military personnel and civilians watching the event. Gunmen opened fire from a long distance from inside a park, killing the security personnel and civilians. Three of the attackers were gunned down during a clash with the security forces. A presidential statement quoting President Ghani denounced terrorism as a regional and global phenomenon the enemy of all humanity. The statement said the people and government of Afghanistan had gave great sacrifices in the war on terrorism. The brave Afghan forces were in the frontline in the war on the scourge. “We believe terrorism doesn’t know borders and it is the enemy of all humanity because it targets the citizens of every country. There is need to fight the menace honestly,” the President was quoted in the statement.
 

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