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Wednesday March 29, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan national football team in first match of AFC Asian Cup qualifier came from behind to secure 1-1 draw against Vietnam national football team.
Ali Askar Lali manager of Afghanistan football team said, the match was held between the two teams in Dushanbe city, capital of Tajikistan.
Afghanistan national football team in AFC Asian Cup to face with five teams, Lali added.
It was the first match of Afghanistan national football team that hold under the leadership of senior football officials.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Based on Khan Mohammad Baz’ head of currency exchangers in Kabul, Shahzada market report the exchange rate of Afghani as a follow:
One Dollar                                            67/75 afgs                           
One Pound Sterling                              82/30 afgs                         
One Euro                                              73/5afgs                        
One Emirate’s Dirham                         18/40 afgs                          
One Thousand Pakistani Rupees          628afgs                        
One Thousand Indian Rupees               1010 afgs             
One Thousand Iranian Rupees              17/60 afgs                       

Wednesday March 29, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The people ask the delegates in lower house of parliament to take a transparent and constructive stance that is incentive for strengthening good governance in the country.
BNA reporter reporting the issue writes, finally the lower house of parliament inquired the ministers of defense, interior and the head of National Security Directorate. The interpellation of these three high-ranking officials of the above security organs comes after several terrorist attacks on Kabul specially, attack on a military hospital that claimed the lives of dozens of innocent people.
When the way of interpellation of the ministers raised in a meeting of the parliament a number of the house addressing them accused the authorities of the organs for poor work and raised their views seriously on that regard. However, when the heads of three security organs attended the general meeting of the parliament and answered the questions raised by the representatives welcome by applauds of the representatives, as if nothing occurred earlier, not only faced any criticism but confirmed their performances regarding to security affairs.
The dual dealing of some people’s representatives in lower house of parliament caused a severe reaction among people, civil society activists and politicians, even some members of the assembly called it ridiculous.
Without doubt, the security and defense forces of the country have done undeniable and heroic work in defense and maintaining national values, territorial integrity, and state sovereignty and the gaps in management there can be solve easily. It would be better the representatives of people in lower house, the activists of civil society and other relevant organs respect and encourage the bravery and devotion of a soldier, and officer and a general of security forces of the country. Today, terrorist incidents during the last four decades not only claim the lives of innocent Afghans and damaged their homeland, but also challenged the big economic and military powers of the world.
In other countries, parliament, and organs that represent the will of people, mostly support and cooperate security and defense forces and consult for removing the gaps in managing the affairs and establishing a good governing system. While in Afghanistan the security authorities instead of receiving constructive and effective consultation and cooperation are threaten in to interpellation. This approach impels the security authorities to collect documents to answer the questions raise in relevant meeting and fail properly perform their major obligations, this is ensuring peace and stability in the country. A number of politicians, civil society activists, and some members of parliament consider the last move of the lower house of parliament regarding to interpellation of security authorities as backward step not a forward.  Because, the results showed, the move just wasted the time of some key members of the government who play an important role in this critical situation of the country and led almost to nothing. The people ask their representatives in parliament to perform their duties and obligations with high sense of responsibility, and not cause disruption in state affairs. 

Wednesday March 29, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Afghan troops waged an anti-drug operation and destroyed a large amount of narcotics together with a heroin factory in southern Helmand province earlier this month, the command of Afghan Special Forces said on Tuesday.
“Afghan National Security and Defense Forces and Counter-Narcotics Police of Afghanistan carried out a special operation in Naw Zad district, Helmand province, destroying over 20,000 liters of liquid opium, 1,090 kg of morphine and more than 15,170 kg of ammonium chloride,” it said in a statement posted in its official Facebook account.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 06:35

16 Taliban Insurgents Killed

Wednesday March 29, 2017

Kabul (BNA) As many as 16 Taliban rebels have been killed and nine others wounded in an airstrike conducted by Afghan forces in Nad Ali district of southern Helmand province, an official said the other day.
Col. Mohammad Rasoul Zazai, spokesman for 215th Maiwand military corps, told that the Afghan air force has targeted a group of Taliban who were planning to launch attacks against security forces. Zazai added, “16 militants were killed and nine others wounded and many weapons as well as ammunition were destroyed during the airstrike.”
Moreover, Zazai claimed that four Taliban militants have been killed in a separate operation in Sangin district of Helmand. The Taliban insurgent groups have not commented into the matter yet.

Wednesday March 29, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Nangarhar, one of the country’s warm, ancient and historic provinces, has more than 2,000 historic monuments.
The province was originally part of the Achaemenid Empire, in the Gandhara satrapy (province). Related to the issue, provincial director of information and culture Awrang Samim told, “Nangarhar or evergreen is one of Afghanistan ancient and historic provinces having more than 2,000 historic monuments and cultural heritages as mosques, shrines, religious sites, Stupas and caves. “Unfortunately historic monuments and cultural heritages of Nangarhar as other provinces have not been registered so far by UNESCO. Although Nangarhar Provincial directorate of information and culture has continually asked relevant organs for registration of the province’s historic monuments by UNESCO and rebuilding the monuments by the international community, but no work has been done in this regard so far”, Samim added. Related to historic monuments of the province, Samim asserted that the most famous monuments and shrines of the provinces are the shrines of Dolkai Baba, Mia Ali Sahib, Akhond Musa Batt-e-Kot, Mia Sharif, Gardi Ghaws, Seraj-ul-Amart, Ghazi Amanullah Khan Mausoleum, Pacha Khan Mausoleum and there were other mausoleums of famous cultural and academic figures in the province. “Surkh Roud is Nangarhar’s key district where there are Stupas and Seraj-ul-Amarat is located and considered as one the province’s historic and ancient district”, Samim added.
Briefing related to protection of the province’s historic monuments, the provincial director of information and culture told, “You know that the Achaemendi Empire and Gandhara center was in Hada, which was destroyed nearly 35 years ago and fortunately ministry of information and culture and Nangarhar provincial directorate of information and culture are now protecting the province’s historic monuments”. Samim further said that Stupas of the province were under destruction and should be renovated like other historic monuments of the province as it was not only the responsibility of local government, but MoIC and UNESCO were both responsible for renovation and registration of the province’s historic monuments so that the evergreen province once again became a place for foreign and domestic tourists.
The province once had a museum called Hada Museum where all historic artifacts and monuments of the province were put for exhibition, but unfortunately the museum was set into fire during 1979 due to continued war and its all historic artifacts were looted by enemies. Currently there is a room used as museum in provincial directorate of information and culture, Samim asserted, adding that there are few artifacts in the museum, but other historic artifacts called as Hada historic monuments and artifacts are kept in Kabul museum. He asked relevant organs in particular ministry of information and culture for rebuilding Hada museum so that all artifacts relevant to Nangarhar would be kept and protected and put for exhibition again. Related to Hindus living in Nangarhar, provincial director of information and culture added that there were two religious temples one of them belonged to Sikhs and the other belonged to Hindus. Besides the two temples, there was a fountain which belonged to Hindus families having now close cooperation of the local government to hold their religious ceremonies.
Karima Malikzada

Wednesday March 29, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Officials of the United Nations said that due to insecurity throughout the country, more than 47000 families had to leave their homes in less than three months.
According to a report released by UN, since beginning of 2017, 47,404 people, mostly Kunduz and Baghlan residents left their homes and areas amid fueling insecurities.  Thousands of people have reportedly been displaced recently in some provinces of the country.   UN has predicted that during this year, 45000 people might have been displaced due to increasing insecurities in some turbulent provinces.
At the same time, officials of the ministry of refugees and repatriates said it had only coordinator role on Internally Displaced Peoples (IDPs). Hafizullah Miakhil, the advisor to MoRR said, “The ministry plays important role in solidarity of humanitarian assistances and offer services to IDPs in cooperation with national and international organizations.” “Our survey teams are jointly working together with other assisting organizations in Kabul and other provinces and identify those in need,” he further said.
The ministry is working on a program names ‘reintegration’ so to send the IDPs back to their origin place, based on which if the IDPs’ areas are insecure, they will be sent in other places. Press advisor of the ministry of refugees and repatriates said, “The ministry has provided IDPs policy, based on which the national and international organizations will jointly work together and offer humanitarian assistances to displaced people.” “We are working on a plan to send back the displaced people to their origin areas, and different organizations are cooperating with us in this regard,” he added. He added that the displaced families of Helmand and Farah will be assisted by UN, WFP and UNICEF. On returnees, he said that since beginning of the year, more than 62000 people, mostly from neighboring Iran and Pakistan have returned home. This is while that based on official figures, currently, there are 1.5mln IDPs throughout the country, most of whom have been displaced due to insecurity and poverty.
Suraya Raiszada

Wednesday March 29, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Calling decision on building fence along the country’s border a unilateral step, the government of Afghanistan has asked Pak government to share the issue with it.
The government of Afghanistan added that any move by Pakistan without sharing with it, will be unfruitful and wouldn’t help improve security situation, Khairullah Azad, the deputy spokesperson to the ministry of foreign said in a statement.
This is while that Pakistan says it has started building a fence along its volatile border with Afghanistan in an attempt to restrict the movement of militants that cross over the frontier and launch attacks. Likewise, the fence construction began in the northern tribal regions of Mohmand and Bajaur over the weekend as Pakistan’s army chief, General Qamar Bajwa, visited the “high threat zones.” He said the new border measure would be in the interest of both countries. Gen. Bajwa added that building fence in the mentioned zones is one of the key priorities of the Pak army. Earlier, Tareq Fatemi, Pakistani PM Advisor said they were working to apply borders’ administrative mechanism, adding besides establishing checkpoints will also build fences along the Afghan border. At the same time, Wolesi Jirgak’s borders and internal security commission said the government of Afghanistan should tackle the issue through the United Nations.
A member of the commission, Salih Mohammad Salih said, “I think, this is a big problem to us and the government of Afghanistan should share the issue with UN.” This is not the first time Pakistan has taken such actions along the Durand Line, but also earlier, it has established Torkham gate and built many other checkpoints. After a suicide attack on Shahbaz Qalandar Shrine, Pakistan has closed its borders with Afghanistan at passengers and business commodities for a while. Khalid Sadat, an international relations expert believes that Pakistan is trying to accuse Afghanistan of sending terrorists to that country to reach its goals. Calling recent Pakistani steps along the border dangerous, he added if it is not prevented, will result in fueling tensions between the nations. Pakistan has claimed there are many terrorists’ training centers in Afghanistan, who are being entered its soil through borders. But the government of Afghanistan has rejected such allegations and asked Islamabad to target the terrorists’ hideouts inside its soil.
Shukria Kohistani

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 06:29

Noorani’s Body Laid To Rest

Wednesday March 29, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Body of Jalal Noorani, the country’s known satirist and writer was laid to rest on Tuesday, BNA reported.
Noorani who passed away on Monday was laid to rest, during a great funeral ceremony attended by the country’s culturists, writers, artists, media workers and his family members and friends in Kabul, the agency said.
Zia Bomia speaking in the ceremony said he would build the tomb of Noorani from his personal and the Liberty Printing Press fund, as he called him the country’s great servant, according to the agency. Representing the ministry of information and culture, Dr. Shamsulhaq Aryanfar head of the government dailies regretted over the death of Noorani and said he was one of the protagonists of the country’s press and satirist with big role in building the Afghan cultural entities, the agency quoted. The country’s president message on the occasion was read out in the ceremony saying Noorani was a writer and culturist of the country who spent most parts of his live serving the country’s culture, the agency added. Noorani during his work as writer left 14 translated works and 25 others including essays published, said the agency continuing the praying ceremony of the late Noorani will be held today (Wednesday) by the staff and leadership of the ministry of information and culture, in Abubakr Seddiq Masjid.   

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 06:26

MoD Fires 1,400 Staff Over Corruption

Wednesday March 29, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Ministry of Defense (MoD) has dismissed nearly 1,400 of its officials over alleged corruption over the past year, a high-ranking ministry official says.
Deputy Defense Minister, Hilaluddin Hilal told reporters in Kabul on March 28 that the ministry has taken significant steps to tackle widespread corruption, dismissing 1,394 officials in graft-related cases. More than 300 officials accused of corruption have been brought to justice, Hilal said. The ministry is currently reviewing more than 1,800 allegations of corruption in the country’s defense structures, Hilal said, adding that nearly 170 cases have been referred to law-enforcement agencies. The deputy minister said the cases include suspected abuse of office and illegal weapons sales. Hilal’s statement comes just a day after the ministry announced that a senior Afghan general was arrested on charges of corruption and misuse of power.

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