20 November 2018

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Saturday, 17 November 2018 05:48

Deputy MoIC Appreciated

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Deputy Minister of Information and Culture, Fazel Sancharaki was appreciated by the High Committee on Food Security and Nutrition National Agenda, for his well leadership and management of the advocacy and public awareness group, BNA reported the other day.
In an interview with Bakhatar News Agency (BNA), the deputy minister, after receiving the letter of appreciation, said that by passing each day, both the government officials and the people are fully realizing the importance of the agenda for food security and nutrition.  “Promotion of the agenda, however challenging, is our main responsibilities.”
He said as the key partner of the agenda, the ministry of information and culture has so far successfully held 10 advocacy and public awareness meetings about the food security and nutrition that indicates the ministry’s commitment to the agenda.
“Our colleagues are not seeing to the agenda as an administrative work, but it has close relation to our live and totally to the public live of the people and we are looking to it as ethical and human mission and are making effort in this implementation,” the deputy minister said as quoted by the agency.
According to him the Ministry of Information and Culture, like before would do what it could in implementation of the agenda for the coming year, the agency quoted.
Sancharaki went on as saying that the main goals of the advocacy and public awareness plan was effectiveness on issues relating to decision makings and that the agenda should be lodged in any of the programs, as he believed with awareness, the ministry would never be able to bring change in the decision making in the interest of the agenda.
He asked other administrations to help popularize the agenda, through providing public awareness, the agency quoted.
The agency noted that a number of ministries and administrations as well as the international agencies have also been appreciated for their effort and active cooperation for promotion of the agenda.

Saturday November 17, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met the other day with Valerie Guarnieri, the assistance executive director of the World Food Program (WFP), at Sapidar Palace.
In the meeting, the country’s chief executive praised WFP for its operation and services for Afghanistan in particular Afghan displaced and repatriates, asking for increasing the services in consideration to drought and needs of Afghanistan. Ms. Valerie Guarnieri by praising Chief Executive and Afghanistan government for trusting on WFP, informed of the organization’s continued cooperation in distributing wheat to drought affected families.

Saturday November 17, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a meeting with a number of the Nangarhar elders said the International Islamic University and Technology Park would be built in the eastern province.
According to BNA report, as quoted the President those officials from the ministry of foreign who have given fake information about the establishment of the university would be punished. After the provincial governor shared details with the President and assured him of firm security situation, the President lauded the people for resistance against ISIS or Daesh militants in the province, where the security and defense forces of the country could retake Naziyan district from militants. The President said that budget for building the provincial administrative complex have been given and that facilities for building the airport have been provided. The President hailed the people’s patience about lack of electricity said that the Brishna Shirkat (Company) has been instructed to seek lasting and basic solution to the problems. The President added that Nangarhar province, should have permanent electricity and asked the elders to hasten the investors to invest in the establishment of solar power, as the province has wide development capacity.

Thursday, 15 November 2018 09:21

Women Challenges Require Urgent Attention

Thursday November 15, 2018

Kabul (BNA) A five day seminar was held to find solution to the problems of women. Despite of positive developments in Afghan women life, they are still facing endless problems particularly the rural women.
The reasons that have further challenged Afghan women include compulsory and premature marriages, familyviolence, beating, sexual harassment, deprivation of education. The Alpha Administration has recently organized a five day seminar to evaluate the women problems and find solution.
Addressing the opening ceremony of the seminar, the head of Alpha Organization Ali Misam Mateen said, during these five days, we would be discussing different aspects of women problems and expect the seminar to produce positive results.
Prior to this, a group of women rights advocates had said that despite of domestic and international efforts, for restoration of Afghan women basic rights, still no considerable improvement has taken place in their living conditions and threats against Afghan women and girls have been increasing.
Some women at the margin of the seminar said that no radical steps have been taken for women and they are facing serious problems. Storai one of these women said, the government commitments for improvement of women living conditions have remained a slogan and on paper and no basic steps have been taken. We witnessed no vital change. Addressing the seminar, chairman of Administrative Reforms Commission Nadir Naderi said, at present women have been employed in important position in the government and efforts are underway to advance this process.
He added, the president and the NUG are strongly advocating the women rights as the first woman was introduced to the Supreme Court membership and additional number of women have been involved in decision making levels. Some women said that the efforts made for this purpose were restricted to capital Kabul. Wajiha an Afghan woman said, the women gains have been limited to Kabul city while in other provinces particularly in rural districts, women are facing with potential challenges that require urgent attention by government and women rights advocate bodies. The women cases and files in district and provincial courts are not tackled properly and no one listen to women words in legal and judicial bodies. Criminals escape punishment and the helpless and oppressed women are suffering of injustice.
Shukria Kohistani

Thursday November 15, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Almost one year ago, the U.S. president Donald Trump announced a strategy for South Asia, in which the most significant points were to exert pressure on Pakistan pulling Taliban to negotiating table, and leave support of Taliban and other military groups where Pakistan has given safe havens in its own territory, then constantly operate terrorist strikes on Afghan and American forces in Afghanistan, it was a tough alert to Pakistan by Trump administration to choose one way either support terrorism or stand with United States. At the other hand, Trump underlined in his new strategy to increase air strikes on Taliban in Afghanistan until to become ready for peace negotiations or should be fiercely suppressed as well as dispatched thousands of new troops for Afghan army counsels and training, In Trump strategy, India called as an honest friend rather than Pakistan, which has been played a key role in reconstruction of Afghanistan. Although, the Trump’s administration new strategy for South Asia welcomed by Afghan national unity government, but it also provoked negative reactions inside and outside the country – as it was predicted that the strategy will have no positive results itself – and, the war will be more accelerated in the region particularly in Afghanistan; the same thing happened, Taliban lingered to their offensive attacks across the country by collapsing Farah and Ghazni provinces and other remote districts. However, Afghan national unity government under by the leadership of Ashraf Ghani frequently invited Taliban to peace talks to end the war in Afghanistan forever – the Kabaul process was the key assembly participated representatives from across the world, in which the Afghan president Ashraf Ghani voiced on Taliban to start peace negotiations without any condition – the national unity government is ready to open political office in Kabul, giving them Afghan passports and providing them each kind of facilities. Taliban in response of Ghani increased the war more and declared that Taliban Islamic Emirate can give preference to start talks only with United States rather than Afghanistan’s unauthorized national unity government.
Hereby, the Trump’s administration decided to come up with appointing Zalmai Khalilzad as a special envoy for United States of America to push peace negotiations with Taliban almost two months ago. Zalmai Khalilzad is an Afghan-American figure who is more experienced in Afghanistan’s social, cultural and political situations by having close relations with Afghan politicians and Jihadi leaders. Whenever Khalilzad appointed for pushing peace talks with Taliban, he instantly started his peace journey from Afghanistan visited President Ashraf Ghani including high-ranking authorities as well as former officials, after it, Khalilzad traveled to Pakistan, Saudia Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Qatar regarding peace negotiations. He visited the Taliban-office leaders in Qatar discussing key issues, for instance, pulling out US troops from Afghanistan based-on-scheduled was an important topic and so on, then he returned to Kabul and shared his report about his visits with President Ghani. On the other hand, the five Taliban prisoners who were exchanged of US detained soldier Borgidal with Taliban, joined with Taliban-office in Qatar to play significant role in peace negotiations with Afghan government, and also Mullah Abdul Ghani Biradar released from jail in Karachi to prepare the ground for peace negotiations, according to Pakistani authorities, he was jailed out by demanding of Khalilzad. In generally, the results of Khalilzad trip to the region evaluated positively, he demanded from both national unity government and Taliban to introduce high-level authorized delegations to push peace negotiations with Taliban. Now-a-days, US special envoy Khalilzad is on his second trip to Afghanistan and regional countries to follow the negotiations for finding solution to the Afghanistan’s 17-year long war, he visited with Ashraf Ghani and other high level former officials and Jihadi leaders regarding peace negotiations with Taliban, meanwhile, Khalilzad assured the Afghan officials that they will reach to a final agreement with Taliban to help peace process.
This time the peace negotiations between Afghan government and Taliban appear serious and different than any other time – the conditions for the involved sides in war are well-prepared which have brought the prospects relatively in public. Thus, all sides honestly endeavor to put an end to the war, in which the dignity of the Afghanistan is secured, and the talks between all involved sides would only represent of Afghan nations. Therefore, the peace negotiation process should be related to Afghan masses and never be sacrificed of politics, getting privileges’ to cause crisis in Afghanistan – pull the country for another calamity. Meanwhile, the neighbors and regional countries have to bring changes in their political aims, not to interfere the Afghan peace negotiation process based on its benefits. The Afghanistan’s national unity government has hard responsibility to be more careful not to let anyone to sabotage peace negotiations or misuse it, therefore, the national unity government has to introduce an authorized delegation who really strive in cooperation of peace negotiations and the government must prosecute form near this process. Taliban have to consider the Afghanistan’s national interests and values, never attend to accept others pressures to lead the peace process according its own political aims, they should give preference to Afghan-owned talks which can be most useful for ensuring peace and stability in Afghanistan.
Masomjan Masomy
Research Assistant in Journalism Institute at Afghanistan Academy

Thursday, 15 November 2018 09:19

TAPI and TAP Projects Discussed In Afghanistan

Thursday November 15, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline (TAPI) and Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan (TAP) power transmission line and railway initiated by the Turkmen side were discussed with the participation of the Afghan leader and chief executive Abdullah Abdullah. A delegation of Turkmenistan led by Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Rashid Meredov was on a working visit to Afghanistan. The delegation was received by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, who reaffirmed Afghanistan’s commitment to the traditional intergovernmental dialogue. In particular, the agreement defines the volume of electricity that will be supplied to Afghanistan via the new transmission line – 300 megawatts to Herat and Kandahar cities each. In the future, they are planned to increase to 1,000 megawatts.
The TAPI pipeline will run from Galkynysh – the largest gas field in Turkmenistan – through the Afghan cities of Herat and Kandahar, and finally, reach the Fazilka settlement located near the India-Pakistan border. The total length of the pipeline is 1,814 km, the preliminary cost of the project is $10 billion. Annual capacity of the gas pipeline will be 33 billion m3. On February 23, 2018, the construction of the Afghan section of the TAPI gas pipeline, which will export gas from the Galkynysh field in Turkmenistan, was launched.

Thursday November 15, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The United States has commended the role of Qatar in supporting NATO operations in Afghanistan during a meeting between Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defense Affairs HE Dr. Khalid bin Mohamed al-Attiyah and US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in Washington yesterday.
Pentagon spokeswoman Rebecca Rebarich told Al-Hurra, the US-based Arabic TV channel that the meeting of Mattis and HE al-Attiyah was an affirmation of the strategic and security partnership between Washington and Doha, and they discussed a number of security and military issues that included fighting terrorism and counteracting the activities of ISIS, and the support of Qatar to NATO mission in Afghanistan. The Department of Defense said the US is looking forward to raise the capabilities of Al Udeid Airbase and further develop it. Rebarich told Al-Hurra that the Qatari delegation, headed by HE al-Attiyah, offered the US Defense Secretary a plan to expand the US airbase in Qatar. “The US side would review the details of the offer and talks between the two parties could result into agreement on the issue,” she said.

Wednesday November 14, 2018

Kabul (BNA) At least 35 suspicious accused of different criminal cases were arrested by Afghan national policemen in Kandahar and Nangarhar provinces.
According to BNA report, the suspicious were arrested during cars checking and houses searching carried out by Afghan national policemen in different parts of Nangarhar and Kandahar provinces.
The arrested people are accused in murderers, thieves, narcotic drug smuggling and human trafficking.

Wednesday November 14, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Dozens terrorists were killed and several villages have been cleared from being of Taliban militants in eastern Nangarhar province.
According to reports, the terrorists have targeted during a military operation led by Afghan security forces in vicinity of Naziyan district of the province.
Since a week military operation has started by participation of hundreds Afghan security forces in Naziyan district and ongoing so far.
Senior commander of Afghan national army in the east of the country said BNA reporter, until now, dozens armed oppositions were killed and several villages have been cleared from being of anti-government militias (Taliban and ISIS) during the military operation.
Several weapons belonged to terrorists have been seized by Afghan security troops during the operation.

Wednesday November 14, 2018

Kabul (BNA) At least 11 Pakistani insurgents were killed following Afghan security forces’ attack in eastern Nooristan province last night.
Senior commander of Afghan national army in the east of the country told BNA correspondent, the attack carried out by Afghan security forces in Kamdesh district of the province, in which 11 Pakistani militants were killed. 
Recently the Pakistani terrorists have entered beyond Durand Line to Nangarhar province that targeted and killed by Afghan security forces.
It has been said, there were damages on part of civilians during the attack.
According to another report, Afghan security forces succeeded to discover and defuse six round of different type of mines from crowded areas of eastern Nooristan province.
The mines had been planted enemies of the country to target civilians and Afghan security troops.
ISIS nor Taliban has commented regarding the failed mine plantings so far, but security officials claimed that Taliban group are responsible for the mine plantings.

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