International Bakhtar News Agency is the official state news agency of the Afghan government, based in Kabul. The agency is a major source of news for all media in Afghanistan, gathering domestic and international news and providing information to outlets. http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af Wed, 12 Dec 2018 07:58:56 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Trump seeks Pakistan's support in peace talks with Afghan Taliban http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/35945-trump-seeks-pakistans-support-in-peace-talks-with-afghan-taliban.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/35945-trump-seeks-pakistans-support-in-peace-talks-with-afghan-taliban.html Trump seeks Pakistan's support in peace talks with Afghan Taliban

Monday, December 03, 2018

US President Donald Trump has written a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan seeking Islamabad’s assistance in peace talks with the Afghan Taliban, Express News reported.
Addressing a meeting with journalists in Islamabad, the premier revealed that Trump, in his letter, sought Pakistan’s assistance in the Afghan peace process.
He further said that the US president had lauded Pakistan’s role and stressed over achieving peace.
Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry confirmed Trump’s call for support. “President Trump has written a letter. He has asked for Pakistan’s cooperation to bring the Taliban into talks,” Chaudhry told Reuters.
PM Imran vows to transform lives of differently-abled persons
The letter from the US president came after a war of words between the two head of the states.
Imran further added that he had always believed only dialogue could bring stability in Afghanistan.
On November 19, the roller-coaster relationship between the two countries touched a new low when President Trump fired off a fresh tirade against Pakistan, triggering an angry retort from PM Imran and his cabinet members.
Premier Imran highlighted that Pakistan is among few allies who suffered 75,000 casualties in the US War on Terror in Afghanistan in response to Trump’s statement that “Pakistan don’t do a thing for us” in a Fox News interview.
The US president’s remarks came after he tried to defend his government’s decision to reduce military aid for Pakistan.
During the interview, Trump claimed that Pakistan, despite knowing the whereabouts of Osama Bin Laden, harboured the terrorist in Abbottabad before the US commandos eventually gunned him down in a raid in 2011.
 

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International Mon, 03 Dec 2018 10:29:14 +0000
Afghan Woman Wins Primary Election for Seat in New Hampshire State’s House http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/35642-afghan-woman-wins-primary-election-for-seat-in-new-hampshire-state’s-house.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/35642-afghan-woman-wins-primary-election-for-seat-in-new-hampshire-state’s-house.html Afghan Woman Wins Primary Election for Seat in New Hampshire State’s House

Monday November 12, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Former Afghan refugee Safiya Wazir recently won an upset victory in the New Hampshire Democratic primary against four-term State Representative Dick Patten.
By winning the Democratic primary for the 17th district of New Hampshire, she is on track to become the first refugee to ever serve public office in the state of New Hampshire.
She will face Republican candidate Dennis Soucy in the general election in November.
Wazir, 27, fled Afghanistan with her family when she was six years old and arrived in the U.S. in 2007.
After settling in Concord, New Hampshire, she made a new home in the United States, eventually becoming a citizen.
While the victory came as a surprise, it was absolute. Wazir dealt a heavy blow to incumbent Patten, winning 327 to 143 in Tuesday’s primary.
"Thank you to all my supporters who helped me win tonight’s Dem. primary. I will work hard for all the residents of Ward8," Wazir said on Twitter.
The newly-elected Democratic nominee is running on a campaign platform of advocating for school safety, access to health care and equal housing and economic opportunities.
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International Mon, 12 Nov 2018 07:05:00 +0000
US renews call on Pakistan to cut off extremists http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/35383-us-renews-call-on-pakistan-to-cut-off-extremists.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/35383-us-renews-call-on-pakistan-to-cut-off-extremists.html US renews call on Pakistan to cut off extremists

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday renewed calls on Pakistan to curb extremists fighting in Afghanistan, saying Washington was holding its uneasy war partner accountable. Pompeo made the comment as he welcomed long-delayed legislative elections in Afghanistan, saying the United States was "encouraged" by voter turnout, despite reports of widespread problems including poll centers that failed to open or lacked voter rolls. "Our expectation is that Pakistan will not provide safe harbor to terrorists on their western border," Pompeo told reporters when asked about Islamabad's role. "We couldn't have made that message any more clear," he said, adding: "Pakistan will be held to account if they don't achieve that, if they're not sincere in that effort." "Everyone wants a reconciliation in Afghanistan and to achieve that, you can't have a safe harbor for Taliban, for Haqqani and for others inside of Pakistan," he said, listing extremist movements fighting in Afghanistan. President Donald Trump's administration last month cut $300 million in military aid to Pakistan after years of US complaints that Islamabad has kept nurturing ties with militants that target both Afghanistan and rival India. Pakistan has countered that it has paid a heavy price internally for fighting militants and that it can help bring the Taliban to the table.

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International Wed, 24 Oct 2018 09:30:47 +0000
She Was a Refugee From Afghanistan, She May Soon Enter the New Hampshire Legislature. http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/34779-she-was-a-refugee-from-afghanistan-she-may-soon-enter-the-new-hampshire-legislature.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/34779-she-was-a-refugee-from-afghanistan-she-may-soon-enter-the-new-hampshire-legislature.html She Was a Refugee From Afghanistan, She May Soon Enter the New Hampshire Legislature.

Friday September 14, 2018 Kabul (BNA) Safiya Wazir, 27, who fled the Taliban with her family in 1997, won an upset victory in a New Hampshire primary. “There can be change, yes. Why not?” she said. It was a mere state house race, below the radar, with fewer than 500 votes cast. But Safiya Wazir’s upset victory in New Hampshire on Tuesday is yet one more striking example of how nontraditional candidates are upending expectations in this extraordinary election season. Ms. Wazir, just 27 and a refugee from Afghanistan, toppled a four-term incumbent in the Democratic primary for state representative in a blue-collar neighborhood of Concord, the state capital. Her opponent was Dick Patten, 66, a former city councilor and former police dispatcher who was first elected to the state legislature in 2010. His campaign focused on immigrants, whom he blamed for “getting everything,” such as welfare benefits, to the detriment of people born and raised in New Hampshire. She beat him, 329 to 143. It was a stunning upset, not just because Ms. Wazir is so young, a woman and new to politics — not to mention relatively new to this country — but because New Hampshire is 94 percent white. Its neighbors, Vermont and Maine, are 95 percent white, making northern New England collectively the nation’s whitest region. Nytimes Ansari

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International Fri, 14 Sep 2018 11:12:51 +0000
Iran Resumes Power Supplies to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/34520-iran-resumes-power-supplies-to-afghanistan-iraq-pakistan.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/34520-iran-resumes-power-supplies-to-afghanistan-iraq-pakistan.html Iran Resumes Power Supplies to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Iranian Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian said Saturday that Iran has resumed electricity supplies to neighboring countries after it overcame its domestic power shortage.
“Iran is committed to supplying electricity to neighboring countries of Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan,” Ardakanian told reporters on Saturday, while he did not reject the possibility to import power from some other neighboring countries as well.
Iran cut electricity supplies to Iraq due to unpaid bills as well as a sharp rise in domestic consumption during the hot days in summer back in July.
The Iranian energy minister said that the Iraqi side has started paying its accumulated bills, calling for an acceleration in the process of payments.  He also said that Iran will probably import power from Turkmenistan and Armenia if necessary.
 

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International Sun, 26 Aug 2018 05:31:05 +0000
'We are against the oppressors': PTM leader Manzoor Pashteen tells thousands at Peshawar rally http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/32691-we-are-against-the-oppressors-ptm-leader-manzoor-pashteen-tells-thousands-at-peshawar-rally.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/32691-we-are-against-the-oppressors-ptm-leader-manzoor-pashteen-tells-thousands-at-peshawar-rally.html 'We are against the oppressors': PTM leader Manzoor Pashteen tells thousands at Peshawar rally
Monday April 9, 2018 Kabul (BNA) Pashtun Tahafuz Movement's (PTM) grand gathering in Peshawar kicked off on Sunday afternoon with the speakers demanding the release of missing persons as well as provision of basic human rights to the Pakhtun community in Pakistan. People numbering in thousands, from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), participated in the gathering at Pishtakhra Chowk near Ring Road and intermittently chanted the slogan da sang azadi da (what kind of freedom is this) their movement's rallying cry. The families of missing persons arrived at the gathering holding pictures of their loved ones, whose whereabouts remain unknown. The protesters were largely mobilised through social media, as well as pamphlets and PTM workers creating an awareness about the movement among local communities. It is pertinent to mention that mainstream TV channels across the country gave little to no airtime to the Sunday protest. "We are only against the oppressors," PTM leader Manzoor Pashteen told a charged audience as he took the stage. "We are only the 'agents' of our nation," he said, addressing allegations that the movement is being backed by foreign agencies. "What has happened so far for the missing persons?" he asked. "The mothers and elders whose beloveds are missing should not be coerced." Family members of a missing person hold poster demanding his recovery. Photo by Author "In Karachi, money is taken in return for bodies. Even Genghis Khan did not take money after killing people," Pashteen said. "After Rao Anwar (the ex-SSP Malir accused of the extrajudicial murder of Naqeebullah Mehsud), it is now the turn of Ehsanullah Ehsan (former TTP leader)," he said, demanding that the erstwhile TTP spokesperson should be brought to the courts. "After Ehsanullah, we will bring [former president] Musharraf to the courts," he added. He also spoke about how businesses in Fata have been affected by the ensuing violence. "Fruit from Wana and Swat is being sold in Lahore instead of Peshawar." "In Waziristan, the 'good Taliban' are threatening the people," he said. Pashteen demanded that the practice of imposing curfews in Fata should come to an end, and that schools, hospitals under occupation should return to their usual course of action. "We will go to every village until our demands are met," Pashteen announced, adding that more jalsas will be held in Karachi, Hyderabad, Loralai and Bannu, followed by a sit-in in Islamabad. He also announced that a gathering named "Jalsa Raddul Fasaad" will be held on April 22 in Lahore, whereas another one in Swat on April 29 will be called "Raah-e-Raast". Thousands gather to demand basic human rights at PTM jalsa in Peshawar. Photo by Author The Islamabad sit-in would end only after an international guarantee, Pashteen told the audience. He also said that a rally will be taken to Waziristan after Ramazan. "We have to give the coming generations a bright future," he concluded.
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International Mon, 09 Apr 2018 06:52:21 +0000
25,000 Afghans Applied to Stay in Bulgaria http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/32461-25000-afghans-applied-to-stay-in-bulgaria.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/32461-25000-afghans-applied-to-stay-in-bulgaria.html 25,000 Afghans Applied to Stay in Bulgaria

Friday March 23, 2018
Kabul (BNA) The highest number of asylum seekers in Bulgaria last year are people from Afghanistan - 1050. For the past 15 years people from Afghanistan who demanded asylum in our country are 25,000. This is evidence from Eurostat's first analysis of the number of asylumseekers for the in EU countries in 2017. In the second position is Iraq, the number of asylum seekers was 955 people, and the third was Syria - 940, according to European statistics, cited by BTA. For the first two months of this year, 224 people sought refuge in Bulgaria, with the number of Syrians being the largest - 150, followed by Iraqi representatives - 35 and Afghanistan - 20. A refugee status has been received by about 60 people, humanitarian status - 98, and a refusal was given to about 180 people.
According to the State Agency for Refugees, for the 15-year period, the largest group of asylum seekers is from Afghanistan with about 25 thousand people. The second largest is the group of people from Syria - about 21 thousand, and third - from Iraq - about 19 thousand.
Nearly 650,000 people have applied for international protection in the EU for the first time in 2017, according to Eurostat. This is close to half of those who applied for asylum in the EU in 2016 when their number exceeded 1.2 million people.
Syrians (102,400 candidates), Iraqis (47,500) and Afghans (43,600) remain mainly those seeking international protection in the EU Member States in 2017. The majority of Syrians have sought shelter in Germany - nearly 50,000, in Greece - about 16,000, and in Austria - over 7,000. Germany is the country with the highest number of asylum seekers last year - more than 200,000 or about 30 per cent of the total number of asylum seekers in the EU. It is followed by Italy - 127,000 (or 20 per cent), France - 91,000 (or 14 per cent), Greece - 57,000 (or 9 per cent), and Great Britain - 33,000 (or 5 per cent).
The Eurostat analysis also takes some interesting details about the nationality of asylum seekers in some EU countries: for example, the most compact group of asylum seekers in Spain is from Venezuela - over 10 000 asylum applications. In France, the largest number of asylum seekers is Albania - about 12,000, in Italy - most are asylum seekers are Nigerian - nearly 25,000, in Poland - the most compact group comes from Russia - over 2000, etc. A total of 222,000 were granted refugee status in the EU in 2017 at first instance, 159,000 were granted subsidiary protection status (as victims of military conflicts) and 63,000 were granted a residence permit for humanitarian reasons, Eurostat reported.
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International Fri, 23 Mar 2018 19:18:43 +0000
Trump Condemns Kabul Bombing http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/31826-trump-condemns-kabul-bombing.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/31826-trump-condemns-kabul-bombing.html Trump Condemns Kabul Bombing

Monday January 29, 2018
Kabul (BNA) President Trump condemned the deadly car bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday, calling for all nations to crack down on the Taliban terrorist group behind the attack, The Hill writes.
"I condemn the despicable car bombing attack in Kabul today that has left scores of innocent civilians dead and hundreds injured," the president said in a White House statement Saturday. "This murderous attack renews our resolve and that of our Afghan partners. The Taliban’s cruelty will not prevail." The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. It took place on a busy street lined with old government buildings after the suspected attacker passed a security checkpoint and tried to evade another. The attack killed at least 95 people and injured dozens more. "The United States is committed to a secure Afghanistan that is free from terrorists who would target Americans, our allies, and anyone who does not share their wicked ideology," Trump continued. "Now, all countries should take decisive action against the Taliban and the terrorist infrastructure that supports them."
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International Mon, 29 Jan 2018 12:07:03 +0000
Pentagon To Send More Drones, Troops To Afghanistan: Report http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/31597-pentagon-to-send-more-drones-troops-to-afghanistan-report.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/31597-pentagon-to-send-more-drones-troops-to-afghanistan-report.html Pentagon To Send More Drones, Troops To Afghanistan: Report

Friday January 12, 2018
Kabul (BNA) The Pentagon is planning to send more armed drones and roughly 1,000 new combat advisers to Afghanistan, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.
U.S. and military officials told the paper the move is meant to bolster the American military presence in Afghanistan in time for spring, when the traditional fighting season begins.
As soon as February, the Pentagon will send members of an Army security-force assistance brigade from Fort Benning, Ga., to work as combat advisers to Afghan National Security Forces.
The larger fleet of drones, both armed and unarmed, will provide air support and will also be used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.
In addition, the Pentagon plans to add more helicopters, ground vehicles, artillery and other equipment. The Defense Department (DOD) is able to do so because of reduced combat operations in Syria and Iraq against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
President Trump announced in August a new plan for Afghanistan that includes sending 3,000 to 4,000 additional troops to the country to help end the stalemate there. The extra forces brings the number of American personnel in the country to about 14,000.
The increase in security-force assistance troops may move the needle past 14,000, but there is the chance the Pentagon could at the same time withdraw another unit.
Gen. John Nicholson, the head of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, told reporters last month that more advisers would aid their Afghan counterparts, but did not give a number.
There are “well over 1,000 advisers out at any given time,” but in 2018 “this will increase dramatically,” Nicholson said.
The increase stems from a request from Defense Secretary James Mattisthat Army Gen. Joseph Votel, chief of the U.S. Central Command, come up with ways to rethink military capabilities in the countries, The Wall Street Journal wrote.
Mattis didn’t put a deadline on drawing down resources from Central Command.
As ISIS loses more ground in Iraq and Syria, the Pentagon has been able to shift some resources east to Afghanistan. Military planners want to reduce the number of ground troops in Iraq and Syria over the next year.
But Pentagon officials plan to be careful in moving forces out of the two countries, as they hope to prevent ISIS or other extremist groups from re-emerging.
The U.S. forces still there would focus on counterterrorism operations and security for diplomats and contractors. There are currently more than 5,000 U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria, according to the Pentagon.
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International Fri, 12 Jan 2018 17:47:41 +0000
OIC Secretary-General Strongly Condemns Suicide Attacks in Afghan Capital http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/31424-oic-secretary-general-strongly-condemns-suicide-attacks-in-afghan-capital.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/world/item/31424-oic-secretary-general-strongly-condemns-suicide-attacks-in-afghan-capital.html

Friday December 29, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr. Yousef A. Al-Othaimeen has strongly condemned the suicide bomb attacks in Kabul that killed at least forty people and wounded dozens.
These cowardly attacks targeting innocent worshippers and civilians go against the teachings and values of Islam, he said, while extending his solidarity with Afghanistan in its fight against terrorism.
The OIC Secretary-General offered his deepest condolences to the families of the victims, government and people of Afghanistan on the tragic loss of lives and wished early recovery to the injured.
Dr. Al-Othaimeen reiterated the principled position of the OIC against all forms of terrorism and extremism and repeated his call for international solidarity in the fight against the scourge of terrorism.
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International Fri, 29 Dec 2017 14:10:30 +0000