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Sunday, October 20, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan strongly condemned planting of street mines that killed innocent countrymen in Balkh province yesterday.
According to a report of interior ministry, a passenger vehicle which was carrying a number of countrymen for participation at the marriage ceremony in Dawlatabad district of Balkh hit a street mine as a result of which 19 occupants were martyred and 14 others wounded.
The president strongly condemned this terrorist and inhuman act on the path of the innocent people and considered it an enmity with humanity.
The president added that those who are turning the joy and happiness of people into pains will not remain without punishment in this world and they will suffer in the other world as well.
President Karzai conveyed his deep sympathies over the martyrdom of the innocent countrymen to the bereaved families of martyrs and wished peace for the souls of the martyrs and asked patience for the family members.
 

Saturday, 20 October 2012 05:39

Imran Khan Has No Right To Issue Fatwa: Ulema

Saturday, October 20, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Ulema or religious scholars and prayers leaders in their sermons on Friday congregations said that since Pakistani cricket-turn politician has no knowledge about Islam he has no right to issue Fatwa, saying the former cricketer had issued the Fatwa for Jihad against Afghans with the support of Pakistani intelligence agency ISI. 
The Ulema pointed out that Afghanistan as a sovereign state is a Mujahid nation which defeated the former Soviet Union by Jehid and paved the way for the independence of central Asian countries. 
The Ulema or religious leaders have also unanimously termed Imran Khan’s Fatwa as satanic, enmity and strongly condemned it.
 

Saturday, October 20, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The first-ever meeting of the High Council for Urban Development with Dr. Hasan Abdullahi the minister for Urban development on chair held its meeting yesterday.
According to the public relation office of the ministry for urban development, in the meeting attended by engineer Sayed Mohammad Amain the advisor on planning for transport ministry, engineer Shair Mohammad Hajjizada the deputy for the economy ministry and representatives from the ministry of interior, public work ministry and Kabul Municipality, Dr. Hasan Abdullah noted emphasized for drafting a comprehensive law with regard to city construction and living in cities. 
After delivering speeches and suggestions by the participants, the minister for urban development stated that the High Council for Urban Development should be regulated and sent to the concerned organs. 
It was also decided that each ministry should present its suggestion with regard to the master plan.
The participants also proposed formation of a technical commission with the membership of the deputy of each ministry.
 

Saturday, October 20, 2012
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai deeply saddened and regretted over the death of 8 athletes in a traffic accident in Jawzjan province.
It is said that a passenger vehicle of 304 which was moving from Shiberghan towards Mazari Sharif collided with a tanker as a result of which 8 athletes and their fans who were coming to Kabul for participation at the football league of Afghanistan were martyred and 34 others wounded.
President Karzai being informed of this painful incident seriously saddened and conveyed his deep sympathies with the bereaved families of martyrs.
He instructed the ministry of public health to take measures for emergency treatment of the wounded of this accident.
 

Saturday, 20 October 2012 05:28

President Hamid Karzai Returns Home

Saturday, October 20, 2012
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai who visited Kuwait for participation at the dialogue for Asian cooperation meeting returned home Thursday.
The meeting for Asian cooperation dialogue ended its session by a joint statement.
The statement in parts noted that we participants of the Asian cooperation dialogue welcome Afghanistan’s participation. 
The statement adds that we participants know well that with joint efforts we can resort to effective measures to the interest of the member countries and address the economic crisis, food security, energy and water, climatic change, natural catastrophes, terrorism and to promote cooperation with the regional and world countries.
The statement further points out that another step that would be taken is upgrading the capacities of the member countries through education development and building of higher education foundations
 

Thursday, October 18, 2012
Kabul (BNA) NATO in a press statement announced the killing and arresting of two local Taliban commanders in Afghanistan.
According to the source, a local commander of armed Taliban while he was making terrorist plans has been arrested this morning.
This commander with his two followers arrested from his hideout in an operation of Afghan and NATO forces.
Also, NATO reported the killing another armed Taliban commander in a statement to BNA.
Faizani a well-known commander of Taliban in a joint operation of Afghan and NATO forces killed in the north of Helmand province.
NATO said, Faizani had leadership of the most terrorist attacks in Helmand province.
T. Rateb
 

بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Kabul (BNA)
Your Highness,
Distinguished Heads of State and Governments,
Excellences,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I would like to begin by thanking His Highness, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al-Jaber Al Sabah, the Emir of the State of Kuwait for inviting Afghanistan to participate in this historic summit of the Asian Cooperation Dialogue. May I also thank His Highness the Amir and the people of Kuwait for the excellent arrangement, warm welcome and generous hospitality extended to us all. I take the opportunity to also thank all members of the (ACD) for supporting the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s membership to this very important regional forum for cooperation and dialogue.
Afghanistan believes that it was an excellent initiative by the Kingdom of Thailand to launch in 2002 the Asian Cooperation Dialogue, as a continental forum for integrating all aspects of Asia’s strengths and transforming the vast continent into a desirable unified community.
The State of Kuwait deserves our especial gratitude not only for hosting this First ACD Summit and its hospitality, but also for its active support in strengthening the ACD to serve the interests of the people of Asia, and their aspiration for a peaceful, stable and prosperous future. In this context, we applaud His Highness for his proposal to establish the ACD Trust Fund for the development efforts in the least developed Asian countries and his announcement to contribute 300 million dollars towards the target amount of 2 billion USD. We hope that other member states will also generously contribute to the Trust Fund for the good of the entire continent.
I am confident that together we can realize the goals and objectives of the ACD to consolidate Asian potentials by maximizing the diversity and rich resources of our continent.
Afghanistan respects the core principles of the ACD, namely positive thinking; informality; voluntarism; openness and respect for diversity.
Mr. Chairman,
The ACD as a continent-wide forum, and as the first of its kind in Asia can constitute the missing link in Asia by incorporating every Asian country and building an Asian Community without duplicating other organizations or creating a bloc against others.
We believe that ACD provides a unique opportunity to discuss and engage in sincere and result-oriented dialogue with a view to addressing the peace, security and development challenges that confront us all in different ways. This Forum can enable us to further strengthen peaceful co-existence among cultures and civilizations in our continent.
Your Highness, ladies and gentlemen,
I am fully confident that our membership in this very important Asian Cooperation Dialogue will further provide the opportunity to better strengthen our regional cooperation for the well being of our continent and beyond.
In conclusion, let me once again thank the State of Kuwait for hosting this Fist Summit of the ACD and reiterate our commitment and support for the this timely and important initiative for our continent.
Thank you very much
 

Thursday, October 18, 2012
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai underscored in his speech at the 12th ECO Summit that with the departure in 2014 of foreign troops from Afghanistan, not only would nothing unpredictable take place, but also the security would be better than today, with government and state institutions stronger and more capable.
President Karzai said that today, security has improved considerably in the areas where responsibility has been transitioned to the Afghan government.
The President stressed, “Today more than ever before, our national institutions have gained the ability to serve our people and protect the country.”
President Karzai added that the considerable progress that they have achieved in promoting democracy, public participation in political processes and in economic and social development has benefited all their people.
 

Thursday, October 18, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The first Summit of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) which commenced in Kuwait on Tuesday, congratulated and welcomed the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan as a new member of the Forum.
President Hamid Karzai thanked His Highness the Amir of Kuwait and all ACD member states on their constant support for Afghanistan to become a member of the ACD Forum.
The President said, “Afghanistan believes that it was an excellent initiative by the Kingdom of Thailand to launch in 2002 the Asian Cooperation Dialogue, as a continental forum for integrating all aspects of Asia’s strengths and transforming the vast continent into a desirable unified community.”
President Karzai applauded the proposal by His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al-Jaber Al Sabah, the Amir of the State of Kuwait, to establish the ACD Trust Fund of 2 billion $ for the development efforts in the least developed Asian countries and his announcement to contribute 300 million dollars towards the target amount of 2 billion USD.
The President hoped that other member states would also generously contribute to the Trust Fund for the good of the entire continent.
President Karzai noted, Afghanistan respects the core principles of the ACD, namely positive thinking; informality; voluntarism; openness and respect for diversity.
The President said, “We believe that ACD provides a unique opportunity to discuss and engage in sincere and result-oriented dialogue with a view to addressing the peace, security and development challenges that confront us all in different ways. This Forum can enable us to further strengthen peaceful co-existence among cultures and civilizations in our continent.”
The President added, “I am fully confident that our membership in this very important Asian Cooperation Dialogue will further provide the opportunity to better strengthen our regional cooperation for the well being of our continent and beyond.”
At the summit, leaders of the ACD member states congratulated President Karzai on membership of Afghanistan to the ACD and described its affiliation with the Forum as beneficial.
Currently, 32 Asian countries are members to the ACD and Afghanistan has joined the Forum now.
Key objectives of the ACD are to broaden economic and cultural cooperation among Asian countries; improve people’s lives; fight poverty and terrorism; manage natural disasters and to promote agriculture, tourism, transportation, technology and human resources.
 

بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم


Thursday, October, 18, 2012
Kabul (BNA)
Your Excellency President Ilham Heydar Oglu Aliyev,
Excellencies Heads of state and governments,
Distinguished delegates,
Ladies and gentlemen,
It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to address the 12th Summit Meeting of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) in the beautiful city of Baku. I would like to thank Turkey, particularly my brother, H.E. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
for the effective chairmanship of the ECO summit in the past two years.
At the outset, allow me to congratulate my brother, H.E. President Ilham Aliyev on his election as the Chairman of the summit and to express my gratitude and that of my delegation to the people of Azerbaijan for the warm and generous hospitality extended to us.
Also, I thank the Secretariat of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) and its working groups for their hard work in preparing the required documents and proposals that have facilitated the discussions among the member states.
Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen!
Historically, geographically as well as culturally, Afghanistan remains an inseparable member of the two regions, Central Asia and the South Asia. With the peoples of the ECO member states, we enjoy strong and deep historical and cultural ties. In other words, together, we have inherited a great culture and civilization that remain as shared values to bond us perpetually.
I firmly believe that the region to which ECO member states belong is home to rich and ample resources and available opportunities that if used properly, can overcome most of the current problems. Our region has the potential to turn into a hub of inclusive cooperation and integration. The young, dynamic and hard working population, plus the abundance in natural resources have provided the potential for some countries to progress. However, the current trend of globalization makes it even more compelling that we take regional integration to its optimal level.
Building and strengthening regional cooperation remains among the top priorities of our foreign policies. The conferences held in Kabul, New Delhi, Islamabad, Istanbul, Dushanbe and the more recently in Istanbul and Kabul under “Heart of Asia”, demonstrate Afghanistan’s resolute determination to pursue stronger regional cooperation.
I believe implementing regional economic and transit projects can be the most practical measures to achieve regional integration. It was in line with this vision that the RECCA-V held this March in Dushanbe discussed 17 projects and priorities for stronger regional cooperation. To achieve the goals of inter-regional and international trade growth, Afghanistan and its neighbors will make every effort to implement transit infrastructures such as roads and railroads, and to provide a conducive mutual environment for increased investment, stronger trade and expanded communications to the regional water ports and to enhance stronger cultural and people-to people contacts.
To promote and facilitate stronger regional cooperation, Afghanistan is working with all relevant countries to finalize major regional projects such as TAPI gaz pipeline and the CASA-1000 energy projects.
Furthermore, Afghanistan is making all efforts to realize the land connectivity projects that link east to west of the country and to further extend the existing roads. The railway from Uzbekistan to Hiratan – Mazar-e-Sharif is currently in use. Afghanistan is working to extend the Herat railway that connects west and north-east of the country to Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, and to Pakistan via Kandahar through the Chaman border in the south..
Given the fact that the volume of investment in the ECO region is still much lower than the needs and the available potential, Afghanistan believes that the ECO Member countries need to intensify their actions to promote mutual investment and increased private sector development through the ECO Trade and Development Bank.
Mr. Chairman, ladies and gentlemen!
I believe, the ECO member countries are facing common threats and problems, on top of which lies terrorism. The vile attempt on the life of Malala Yousufzai is one of thousands of examples that clearly shows no one can be safe from the threat of terrorism. This menace has no mercy even on our children and their quest for education. As an obvious act of terror, this ruthless attack can be a serious warning to all of us. Let’s be honest in acknowledging that terrorism enjoys safe havens and facilities in our region and can not be defeated without sincere and joint effort by all of us. In addition to the terrorist groups active in Afghanistan, the international terrorist organizations such as Alqaeda, Uzbekistan Islamic Movement (UIM), Tahreek Taliban of Pakistan (TTP), the East Turkistan Movement and Chechen terrorists have presence in our region, and have been receiving training to carry out destructive acts for several years now.
With countless sacrifices, Afghan forces have also been confronting terrorists that are intent upon using our territory to cross into some of the Central Asian States and even Russia and China. These groups, while trying to encroach on our neighboring countries, have attacked Afghan forces, our political leaders, our scholars and civilians, and have acted to destroy our schools, public and private property.
Afghanistan has done everything in its power to prevent such attempts. Our neighbors should recognize and respect our sacrifices especially in fighting the central Asian extremists. Meanwhile, it is also legitimate to expect our neighbors to contain, on their part, the entry of terrorists into our soil and commit all resources to dismantling the terrorists’ training and equipping facilities on their soil. Afghanistan expects an earnest cooperation in this regard.
Ladies and Gentlemen!
Narcotics and organized crimes are among the major problems our region is facing. It would be very naive to see this issue as restricted to one country. Afghan farmers are at the receiving end of the illicit business. Afghans are paying the price by suffering immense sacrifices in the counternarcotics war and their legitimate economy is enduring a great deal of damage. However, the real profits go to the international smuggling networks and their supporters. The narcotics issue is a complex international problem. It is a problem that includes the whole criminal chain of cultivation, production and supply for consumption in markets. Therefore, it is imperative that we enhance cooperation on sharing intelligence, coordinating counter narcotics actions on borders and the supply issue of chemical precursors originating from outside Afghanistan. This is the only way to effectively combat this scourge.
Ladies and Gentlemen, distinguished colleagues,
Since 2002, Afghanistan has opened a new chapter in its political life. Today more than ever before, our national institutions have gained the ability to serve our people and protect the country. The considerable progress that we have achieved in promoting democracy, public participation in political processes and in economic and social development has benefited all our people.
Therefore, it is an integral part of our political life to protect a legitimate political system created by the free will of its people. With the departure in 2014 of foreign troops from Afghanistan, not only would nothing unpredictable take place, but also the security would be better than today, with government and state institutions stronger and more capable. Today, security has improved considerably in the areas where responsibility has been transitioned to the Afghan government.
We hope our borders to be the borders of peace and cooperation, and our country restores its historical role to serve as a land-bridge connecting Central to South Asia and China to the Middle East. The realization of this hope goes in concert with the strategic goals of the ECO organization and I believe every member state agrees with me.
Mr. Chairman, ladies and gentlemen!
In conclusion, let me once again reaffirm Afghanistan’s commitment to a stronger and more enhanced cooperation within the ECO framework. I wish you all health and prosperity.
Thank you very much