19 February 2020

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Saturday, February 08, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The National Security Advisor of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Dr. Hamdullah Mohib led the Senior Security Leadership Meeting on Thursday, a statement from the NSC office said.
The meeting discussed problems of the Afghan refugees in Turkey and the future security and operation plans of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces, the statement added.
Deputies of the ministries of foreign affairs as well as the refugees and returnees briefed the meeting on problems of the Afghan refugees and detainees in Turkey and their dignified return to Afghanistan.
They said the Afghan refugees, asylum seekers and detainees have inappropriate living conditions in Turkey and must receive better judicial, educational and health services.
The meeting discussed inking of a joint statement and establishment of a joint judiciary commission with the republic of Turkey which will help the Afghan refugees and detainees and pave the road for joint and independent action against the human trafficking.
The meeting also discussed the future plans of ANDSF leading to full preparations and a crackdown on the enemies, according to the statement.

Saturday, 08 February 2020 06:58

President Ghani meets Second VP Office Staffs

Saturday, February 08, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with Second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danesh and his office staffs at the presidential palace on Thursday, a statement said.
During the meeting, the second Vice President spoke related to nation building, good governance, support of the private sector, fair participation and strengthening of the status of women in the system, activities of the Second Vice President office sub committees and cultural activities of the Andisha Foundation, the statement from the presidential press office said.
Subsequently, Mohammad Sarwar Sajadi, chief of staff at the Second Vice President Office, Mohammad Hedayat and Dr. Baqeri briefed the president on the administrative, scientific, political, social and cultural activities of the Second Vice President office, according to the statement.
Hearing their reports, President Ghani spoke about the Afghan government's work over the past five years, notably expanding and strengthening relations with countries in the region and around the world in various fields.
The president also spoke about changing the culture of governance, balanced development, government programs on water management, investment in natural resources, paying attention to the value chain, the regional importance of Afghanistan, self-sufficiency, supporting the status of women in the system, creating a shared culture in order to addressing discrimination, building trust, focusing on local governance, and working to strengthen the national vision of peace, the statement added.

Saturday, February 08, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Thursday officially inaugurated the work on CASA-1000 hydro power project in Soroubi district of Kabul, one of the biggest power projects in the region, which will transfer 300 megawatts of electricity from Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan to Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Speaking on the occasion, President Ghani said that the project was a step forward towards changing Afghanistan into a hub of energy transit in the region.
“Economic cooperation is in the interest of all member countries, our vision is to transform Afghanistan into a crossroads of energy transit in the region,” president Ghani told the event.
“In addition to implementing the TAPI project, we are waiting for the Pakistani government to make its final decision on TUTAP project; it is clearly in the economic interest of all to benefit, so Afghanistan must become an energy transit crossroad,” the president said.
The president thanked Dr. Homayoun Qayoumi for drafting a plan on this regard 24 years ago, saying that the plan, which represents the transfer of energy to the region, has become an action plan today.
The president noted that nine provinces of Afghanistan will be connected to the national network and another five will soon be connected. He also thanked the head of the Breshna Company, especially the staff and engineers of the organization for keeping the electricity active in difficult conditions. “I thank you on behalf of all the citizens of the country,” he added.
The president thanked Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan for joint cooperation, saying that Afghanistan was always ready for regional cooperation in terms of regional connectivity; He stressed that reviving trade in the region was in everyone’s interest.
President Ghani went on thanking Soroubi district residents, saying that Kabul’s biggest dames were in that district, but the residents were deprived of electricity.
The president instructed line ministries and organs to do more to address problems of Soroubi, Mosahi, Khak-e-Jabar and Chahar Asiab districts.
The president asked the local residents and officials to help provide security for the projects, so that other believe that Afghan could implement mega projects.
The president said: “We have decided to change CASA 1000 into a transit project because without this decision, the project would be neutralized. We have dramatically changed the price, so that the Pakistani people can use it and become convinced.” The president added that because of the quality and creating an atmosphere of trust, they lowered the cost and then will do other great things together.
“Besides the transit money, an additional $2 million will be raised for a fund that will be created by the exporters. The money from the fund will be spent on the security of the transmission lines where it passes through,” said Amanullah Ghalib, head of Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), Afghanistan’s main power supply company.
National Security adviser Hamdullah Mohib, acting minister of finance and other government officials and foreign diplomats were also present in the event.
CASA-1000 is a major power project that will transfer 300 megawatts of electricity from Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan to Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The CASA-1000 project will start from Kyrgyzstan and it will reach Afghanistan through Tajikistan and onward to Pakistan’s Peshawar city. The length of the project in Afghanistan is estimated to eventually run for 562 km.
With the implementation of the project, 1300 megawatts of electricity from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan will be transmitted to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Afghanistan will receive 300 megawatts of power and the remaining one thousand megawatts will be transmitted to Pakistan via Afghanistan territory.

Saturday, February 8, 2020
Kabul (BNA) In a meeting with the Chief Executive of the National Unity Government (NUG), Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, NATO Senior Civilian Representative to Afghanistan, Mr. Nicolas Kay said the organization would continue its military presence and cooperation with Afghanistan, a statement from the CE office said Friday.
The ambassador during a meeting with the CE at the Sapidar Palace, shared information about his recent trip to the NATO headquarters in Brussels, with Dr. Abdullah and said that until the restoration of peace and stability in Afghanistan the organization would continue military presence and cooperation with the country, the statement quoted.
He also said NATO also supports the ongoing US-led peace efforts, according to the statement. Both sides also exchanged views about peace negotiation and process of addressing the electoral complaints.
Another report said the CE’s separate meeting with the Indian ambassador, Mr. Vinay Kumar and spoke about the two countries’ relations, peace efforts and the presidential election.

Saturday, February 08, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani heard findings from a delegation sent to investigate into the murder of Amir Sattar, a former Jihadi commander, a statement from the Presidential Palace said Friday.
During a meeting attended by first deputy State Builder electoral team, Amrullah Saleh and National Security Advisor, Dr. Hamdullah Moheb, at the Gulkhana Palace, head of the delegation, Gen. Salim Ibrahi- mi and other members met with the country’s president and shared their findings about the former Jihadi commander’s killing, according to the statement.
Amir Sattar, the former jihadi commander in the country’s central province of Parwan and a supporter of President Ghani’s State Builder electoral team, was killed during an intelligence forces operation in Khair Khana area of the capital Kabul early January. President Ghani, after hearing its findings about the death of Amir Sattar thanked the delegation members for their serious efforts, coherence and unanimity in their views.
“Your suggestion and views are very important and the government would concentrate on your findings,” said the president. For further details on the case, the president directed that the delegations’ findings should also be shared with the relevant organs, including the national security directorate and the ministry of interior to be given appropriate responses.
The delegation said it had tried to investigate the operation from various aspects as per the country’s laws, so the issue was cleared in the light of interviews with the elders, eye witnesses and the victims, the statement quoted.
The findings should also be shared with justice and judicial departments for justice, besides security organs, said the president. According to the statement, the delegation would share its findings soon with people through a press conference.

Saturday, February 08, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Acting Minister of Information and Culture, Hasina Safi heard report from the director of provincial information and culture of Badakhshan about the directorate activities, BNA reported the other day. Najibullah Saqibyar, the provincial director of information and culture shared his led office's works and activities as saying up to 36 historical monuments have so far been registered among them, 6 restored, the agency said.
He asked the ministry of information and culture for paying attention and repairing of the remaining monuments, particularly the 318-year old Pul-e-Khishti which is at the merge of collapse. Saqibyar also asked the ministry for the repairing of two others historical monuments such as Pir-e-Ghash tomb and historical abbey, which needed immediate restoration, the agency quoted.
Minister Safi praised the provincial information and culture director for its hard work and cultural activities and said cultural sections needed further works and efforts. She also said the ministry would do its best to remove Badakhshan’s cultural problems, according to the agency. According to another report, the acting minister in a separate meeting with the head and members of the Akademiyan social and cultural institute, also expressed the ministry's cooperation and support and said the ministry would cooperate it in holding an exhibition on Exchange of Culture, expected to be held in Kabul.

Saturday, February 08, 2020
Kabul (BNA) During her visit to Bamyan province, Deputy Minister of Information and Culture on Finance, Admin and Tourism, Sayeda Mojgan Mostafavi and her accompanied delegation attended a ceremony in which the Second Winter Tourism Festival was inaugurated on Thursday.
Addressing the ceremony, Bamyan governor, Mohammad Tahir Zahir, spoke related to the development of tourism industry in the ancient province, adding tourism industry's development and planning and investment in this sector was very important for the strengthening of the people economy.
Praising Ministry of Information and Culture’s works, the governor asked the ministry for paying further serious attention in four tourism sector.
Meanwhile in her remarks, the deputy minister of information and culture on tourism affairs noted the tourism attraction as the most important opportunity in the province and said the main goal of her tour to the province, was the inauguration of the second winter tourism festival, according to the agency.
The deputy minister emphasized on coordination between the related organs including the ministry of information and culture and the provincial government of Bamyan in the introduction of the Bamyan historical and cultural assets and development of tourism industry in Afghanistan.
Head of Afghanistan’s tourism development enterprise, Mahdi Shefahi, pointed to private sector involvement in tourism sector and asked sincere cooperation of government in this regard.
The ceremony was continued with theater show, traditional music and poetry.
According to director of tourism, Ramin Ateeqzada, the ministry to inaugurate a number of winter games in coming days, aiming to attract more tourists to the ancient city.

Saturday, 08 February 2020 05:57

Taliban Sustained Casualties in Badakhshan

Saturday, February 08, 2020
Faizabad (BNA) Deputy for Taliban shadow governor for Nasi District, Badakhshan with two of his colleagues was killed in a clearing operation of security troops yesterday.
Hadi Jamal press in charge of Pamir 217 army corps told BNA, Omari deputy for Taliban shadow governor for Nasi District Badakhshan with two of his colleagues was killed in outskirt of the district.
He added that in the operation Nasim one of Taliban leader was also injured.
T. Yarzada

Saturday, 08 February 2020 05:55

More Than Hundred Families Received Aids

Saturday, February 08, 2020
Kunduz (BNA) China with cooperation of Kunduz disaster office distributed food and non-food supplies for more than 600 needy families in Kunduz.
According to BNA local correspondent, the assistance include, flour, rice, pulse, bean, wood, blanket, tea and other materials to 613 needy families in Kunduz
While distributing such assistance, Najibullah Amarkhail deputy for Kunduz governor, members of provincial council, number of heads of state and journalists were present.
T. Yarzada

Saturday, February 08, 2020
Maimana (BNA) Taliban assassinated three kids and a woman in Faryab yesterday.
Mohammad Hanef Rezaee Shaheen 209 army corps spokesman told BNA, as a result of firing of mortar mine by Taliban on a residential house in Qaisar District, three kids and a woman were martyred.
In the event, another woman has been injured, he added.
T. Yarzada

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