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Tuesday August 27, 2013
Maidan-Shahr (BNA): A local official ofIndependent Election Commission ( IEC )in Maidan Wardak province said voters’ registration process was going well in this province.
According to Dr. Nimatullah Habibi, a local official for IEC in Maidan Wardak, the process of registration was continuing well in center and all registration centers in various districts of the province.
He said hundreds of residents of Maidan Wardak 25% of them women have received voting   cards up to now in the province.
He further said registration centers of women and men are separated and security condition of the centers is also good and there is no concern in this regard.

Tuesday August 27, 2013
Kabul (BNA): My dear bother, Mr. Nawaz Sharif, the honorable Prime Minister of Pakistan, this has been very kind of you to extend me an invitation to visit the brotherly country of Pakistan soon upon your election as the Prime Minister of Pakistan and it was my delight Mr. Prime Minister to accept your invitation to visit a brother and a leader of the people of Pakistan on whom great hopes are pinned, expectations are there are providing Pakistan the security and the prosperity that the people of Pakistan need and of making sure that Afghanistan is also peaceful and prosperous and on advancing a cause of brotherhood and friendship between the two countries ever deeper through working together with the Afghan people in fighting against terrorism and extremism.
So, Mr. Prime Minister! I once again express my gratitude for your invitation and for your words of goodwill and your efforts in this regard.
Ladies and gentlemen!
Today, the honorable Prime Minister of Pakistan and I discussed all issues of mutual concern. On my part, I expressed on behalf of the Afghan people the desire of the Afghan people for stability and peace in both our countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
We discussed in this regard primarily and with emphasis the issue of joint fight against extremism and reconciliation and peace building in Afghanistan with the expectation that the government of Pakistan will facilitate and help in manners it can to the peace process in Afghanistan and in providing opportunities or a platform for talks between the Afghan High Peace Council and the Taliban movement.
We hope that with this, on top of our agenda, we can move forward in bringing peace and stability to both countries. We also discussed in detail the economic opportunities between our two countries and I was glad to see that the honorable PM spoke about it and also referred to some projects that we jointly like to work.
Indeed, the two countries have immense opportunities in advancing better economic cooperation between the two countries, so our future generations can unleash the energy that they have for a better life and a better future for both countries.
I also informed the honorable Prime Minister of Pakistan about the regional and international relations of Afghanistan that been proved to be useful for Afghanistan and the countries concerned, so we hope Pakistan to follow the same relations with Afghanistan that is certainly is to the benefit of the two neighboring countries.
Afghanistan has also expressed willingness to engage with Pakistan to cooperate in cultural cooperation, but lack of security threatens the citizens of the two countries and terrorism and extremism impose great challenges to both Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Therefore, overcoming these challenges needs a honest and close cooperation of Afghanistan and Pakistan.   
Mr. Prime Minister! I thank you once again for your good intentions, for your leadership and for providing the opportunity today for the two of us to discuss in the good interest of both countries.
Thank you Mr. Prime Minister!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Officials in the Higher Education Ministry say, a new faculty of Mines extraction will be established from the financial assistance provided by Germany within the framework of Balkh University.
Dr. Obaidullah Obaid, Minister of Higher Education, Waheedullah Shahrani, Minister of Mines and  representatives of (GIZ) and (DADA) of Germany holding a meeting discussed the issue.
At the meeting the parties discussed the needs for establishing such a faculty and decided for implementing of the project to be started with the financial aids provided by German government.
With the establishment of the faculty 500 students to be trained in mine extraction fields.
According to another report, based on another agreement, the World Bank committed to pay five million US dollars for project preparation and design of the Ministry of Higher Education to that ministry.
Dr. Obaidullah Obaid, Minister of Higher Education in a meeting with the delegation of World Bank expressing thanks said the amount will be spent on planning and designing of the new projects and equipping laboratory, printing new curriculum and sending teachers abroad to study at Masters level.
The World Bank committed for implementing five year program for supporting higher education pay 250 million US Dollars to the Ministry of Higher Education within five years.

Tuesday, 27 August 2013 12:44

Twenty Seven Armed Taliban Kill

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Kabul (BNA) twenty seven armed Taliban killed during cleansing operations by security forces during the last 24 hours.
According to the Interior Ministry’s Press Office, Afghan security forces launching cleansing operations in relevant areas of Kunduz, Kapisa, Balkh, Kandahar, Urozgan and Maidan Wardak provinces killed 27 and wounded 11 others and during the operations a  quantity of heavy and light weapons were captured.
Also Afghan security forces discovered and defused 7 mines from relevant areas of Laghman, Takhar, Kandahar, Urozgan and Herat provinces.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Hamid Karzai President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan met Pakistan Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad on Monday and discussed ways to carry forward the process of constructive engagement between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The two leaders in a one-on-one meeting at the Prime Minister House, which lasted for an hour, focused on all issues of common interest including strengthening bilateral ties and the current situation in the region.
President Karzai and Prime Minister Sharif exchanged views on their countries’ relationship based on faith, kinship and culture.
Both the leaders discussed the common challenges facing their countries. The one-on-one meeting was followed by delegation level talks.
The Afghan delegation included Foreign Minister Dr. Zalmai Rassoul, National Security Advisor Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta, Minister for Finance Hazrat Omer Zakhilwall, and Minister for Commerce Dr. Anwar ul Haq Ahady, Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Ershad Ahmadi, Chairman Transition Coordination Commission Dr. Ashraf Ghazni Ahmadzai, Chairman High Peace Council Salahuddin Rabbani and Afghan ambassador to Pakistan Mohammad Umer Daudzai.
The Pakistan side comprised Minister for Finance Mohammad Ishaq Dar, Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Advisor to PM on National Security Sartaj Aziz, Special Assistant to PM on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi, Chief of the Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Director General of ISI Gen Mohammad Zahir ul Islam, Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani and Secretary Commerce Qasim M Niaz.
This is Karzai’s first visit to Islamabad on the invitation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif since the swearing-in of new government in Pakistan.  His visit comes at a time when Afghanistan is undergoing important political and security transition as withdrawal of NATO-ISAF forces is due to be completed by December 2014.
Meanwhile, Pakistan and Afghanistan signed agreements in Islamabad on Monday for promotion of volume of trade and strengthening of economic relations.  The Finance Ministers of the two countries signed the documents.
The signing ceremony was also witnessed by Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
The two sides agreed to jointly construct a hydro-power dam on Kunar River.
Also, they agreed to construct a railroad between Chaman-Kandahar and Peshawar-Jalalabad cities.
Likewise, Pakistan committed to complete the work on projects which are still uncompleted which includes Tourkham –Jalalabad highway.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Kabul (BNA) the Taliban kidnapped and killed six staffs of the National Solidarity project in Gulran district of Herat province yesterday.
A security official who did not want his name to be taken said, the Taliban killed the staffs in Gulran district of Herat province.
According to the source, four of these staffs were engineers and two others were administrative officials of the project.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Marshal Mohammad Qasim ,irst Vice-President and Acting president of Afghanistan chaired plenary session of the Council of Ministers (CM) at the presidential palace yesterday.
At the beginning, Marshal Fahim informed the meeting about the visit of President Karzai to Pakistan aims to discuss main issues such as struggle against terrorism, reconciliation, economic and transit cooperation with the Pakistan authorities.
Mohammad Karim Khalili, Second Vice-President informed the cabinet about his recent visit to India and added that India today and tomorrow will be on the side of the people of Afghanistan.
He also said the meetings were concentrated on political, economic, security and cultural issues and signing of the security pact with the US, attraction of investment of Indian investors in mines, infrastructures, transit facilities in the ports of the country especially the Chah Bahar, expansion of trade, procurement of Milli Buses, further expansion of cultural ties and awarding of educational scholarships for Afghan students.
The CM confirmed the results of Khalili’s visit to India and appreciated Indian authorities for its hospitality to the Afghan delegation.
Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation informed about the legal status of Nangarhar project as the Agricultural Development Authority with limited responsibility for development of agricultural activities, adding that the project was active during the years -1339 – 1348 but sustained damages during the war years, the ministry has proposed changing of its name and activities which was confirmed by the CM.
The proposal for expropriation and changing of territory around the Bagram airport that has been taken over by the international coalition forces for expansion of the airport was presented by the Defense Minister which was confirmed by the CM.
The CM assigned the Ministry of Defense that in coordination with economic committee of the CM the land should be provided for the land owners around the Bagram airport in Bareek Aab area according to the law.
The CM also confirmed and extended the entry of the vehicles using Turkmenistan number plates for another two months and assigned the Transport Ministry that with the coordination of Foreign Ministry resolve the problems legally.
Meanwhile, the decisions of the law committee with respect to amendment to the election law for specifying of a post for the Hindu community at the National Assembly was confirmed by the CM as well.

 Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Hazrat Omar Zakhailwal,Afghan Finance Minister and Mohammad Ishaq Dar, Pakistan Finance Minister  in presence of Hamid Karzai President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Mia Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan Prime Minister signed an agreement on extending some projects and cooperation between the two countries.
Presidential press office said BNA, as per of the documents, Afghanistan and Pakistan jointly construct a hydro-power dam on Kunar River.
Based on the agreement, the construction work of a railroad between Chaman- Spin Buldak and Peshawar-Jalalabad will be speed up.
According to the document, Pakistan will complete all its incomplete projects which include the construction work of Tourkham –Jalalabad highway.
Afghanistan will provide necessary facilities for transmitting Tajikistan and Kirghizstan’s power via Afghan soil to Pakistan as well as transporting Pakistan’s commercial goods to central Asian countries.

Tuesday, 27 August 2013 10:01

Local Commander of Armed Taliban Kills

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Kabul (BNA) three armed Taliban including their local commander killed in a clash with Afghan security forces in Urozgan province yesterday.
The clash occurred while a group of armed Taliban attacked on convey of Afghan forces in relevant areas of Dehrawood district.
A local official in Dehrawood district of Urozgan province said, in the clash a local commander of armed Taliban killed with his two men and two others were wounded.
According to him, there were no casualties among civilians and Afghan security forces in the incident.

Tuesday, 27 August 2013 10:00

Seven Mine Planters Kill

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Kabul (BNA) four mine planters of the armed Taliban killed as a result of NATO air attack in Lugar province the other day.
Raees Khan Sadiq, security head of police in Logar province said BNA, the armed Taliban while wanted to plant mines in Pule-Alam  capital  city of logar province argeted by NATO forces in which four armed Taliban killed.
According to another report, three Taliban who were planting mines in  Kamal Khail region of Lugar province targeted NATO’s aircraft and lost their lives.
The source added, two Kalashnikovs, a PK machingun, a communication means and mine planting tools were seized.
He added, the bodies of the dead were at the site until yesterday morning.