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Monday May 29, 2017

Kabul (BNA) About three ISIS fighters including their commander were killed following air and ground operations carried out by Afghan National Army in eastern Nangarhar province.
Ministry of National Defense press office issued BNA, the operations were conducted to suppress ISIS adherents and destroy their hideouts in various parts of Spenzhai region, Nazyian district and Batan area of Achin district, in which three ISIS members including their commander named Asadullah were killed and three others accused of terrorist activities were arrested.
According to another report, 20 armed oppositions including their two commanders named Haji Belal and Shamshir were killed and seven others were wounded during clearing operation conducted by Afghan security troops in different parts of Chaharchino district of Urozgan province.
Also 9 rebels were killed and 12 others were injured during routine activities of Afghan security personnel in Maiwand district of southern Kandahar province.
Meanwhile, 9 militants were killed and 15 others were wounded following D-C mortar throw by Afghan security forces in Khakriz district of Kandahar province.
It is mentionable that several different types of mines have been discovered and defused by Afghan forces in different parts of Kunduz province.
Ansari
 

Monday, 29 May 2017 08:25

Women Capable In All Life Sectors

Monday May 29, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Woman Journalist Association headed by Shafiqa Habibi is operating in 17 provinces and considered as the first woman association working in women journalist sector. Since its establishment, the association has made effort to train women in various journalistic fields as report-writing, editing, filming and other print and TV-related trainings funded by Finland. Jawzjan provincial director for woman journalist association Fatima Nik Rasouli said, “Since 2014, I’ve started as provincial representative for woman journalist association in Jawzjan and currently the association has five working committees as media and reporting, legal, finance and administrative, journalist safety and capacity building committee.”
“In legal committee of the association, we defend from rights of all journalists in the province. Moreover, in social committee, various issues as prevention of violence against women, peace, family problems and other relevant issues are discussed”, Mrs. Rasouli added. Related to self-sufficiency of the association, Mrs. Rasouli said, “Women are not weak in all life sectors. They are able to do positive works in all life fields and support their families. Currently the association has been self-sufficient as the association has launched a training section through which the association is funded. Nearly 30 women are engaged in tailoring winter and summer clothes for workers of Da Afghanistan Breshna Sharkat (DABS) and sell them a little cheap.”
In connection with job opportunities for women, Mrs. Rasouli added, “Woman Journalist Association in Jawzjan has always tried to provide work opportunities to women in the province where a number female students graduating from school and university have got employment in various government institutions. For example, nearly 20 women have been absorbed by Promote office, while a number of others women have been employed by a number of private and government radio and TV channels.” “One of the association’s main goal is to better train a female journalist who will be capable to follow all journalistic works in a better way”, Fatima Nik Rasouli said, adding that they had further plans to improve the association.
Before I joined and started working as Jawzjan provincial director for the association, I had worked as anchor for Ghazal Radio for three years, Mrs. Rasouli asserted. Related challenges facing the association, Mrs. Rasouli added the main problem and challenge was economic and lack of budget, asking domestic and foreign donors to help the association to have a radio in which graduated female students follow their further trainings. It is worth mentioning that Fatima Nik Raouli has written and compiled five books about various issues. Her first book titled ‘Everybody should know himself’ was issued in 1996.
Karima Malikzada
 

Monday, May, 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                                            68/20 afgs                           
One Pound Sterling                              80//86 afgs                         
One Euro                                              75/90afgs                        
One Emirate’s Dirham                         18/55 afgs                          
One Thousand Pakistani Rupees          639afgs                        
One Thousand Indian Rupees               1040 afgs             
One Thousand Iranian Rupees              17/90 afgs                       
 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Clearing operation of national army forces with killing of 103 armed insurgents ended in Laghman province.
In the operation the villages of Armal, Bibi Hajeri, Katal, Shaheed Baba. Gulabad, Noora, Hakimabad, Gumba and Basram , Alinegar district, of Laghman province have been cleared from being of insurgents.
Likewise, as a result of air and ground attacks of security forces, 103 armed oppositions have been killed, 60 wounded and 38 different types of vehicles were also destroyed.
It is mentionable that for further ensuring of peace and good governance, three bases and security posts have been created in Alinegar district highway, Laghman province.
 

Monday May 29, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Officials of Afghanistan’s National Security Council in a meeting with ten different countries’ national security advisors have stressed on joint fighting terrorism, counternarcotic and tightening borders’ security.
Afghan National Security Advisor, Mohammad Hanif Atmar in his meeting with Egyptian security officials discussed on annihilation of terrorists’ centers. The spokesperson to the National Security Advisor, Qader Shah told media that in a meeting with Egyptian security officials, both sides discussed on Egypt Alazhar University in which it should work on annihilation of terrorists’ intellectual centers.  Another important meeting of Mr. Atmar was with his Pakistani counterpart during which both sides stressed on implementation of decisions made on Landon Trilateral Meeting, he added.
He also added that NDS Atmar separately held meeting with Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Belarus, Russia, Iran and India, during which uprooting terrorists’ intellectual centers were discussed. A university lecturer and international relations expert, Jawad Mehdi said, “continued and practical cooperation are needed to practice these talks and I believe such meetings can help Afghanistan in fighting terrorism.” As an active actor in the region, if Afghanistan doesn’t attend security meetings, other countries would do in absence of Afghanistan, he said, adding but there is no doubt that Afghan officials’ presence in such meetings can positively affect Afghanistan and region’s situation.
An expert and researcher on Afghanistan and regional affairs, Sahib Nazar Muradi said, “There is no doubt that terrorism is a phenomenon which has affected all regional and world countries. However, the government of Afghanistan has done much to fight terrorism, but unfortunately, due to foreign supports, still the efforts have not followed with suitable outcomes.” “One of the factors that can help Afghanistan in fighting terrorism is annihilation of terrorists’ intellectual centers operational beyond the country, because, Afghanistan has been a victim of this menace for long and has always stressed on joint cooperation in this regard,” he added. This comes as Daesh and other terrorist groups are not only threatening Afghanistan but also all regional and the world countries and joint cooperation is needed to fight them.
Suraya Raiszada 
 

Monday May 29, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan announced on Saturday that Pakistan and Afghanistan would play two Twenty20 matches with each other.
Addressing a media conference, Shaharyar said the short friendly series could be played in Afghanistan, Pakistan or Sharjah. Also present on the occasion were Afghanistan Cricket Board chairman Shukurullah Atif Mashal and PCB executive committee chairman Najam Aziz Sethi. Shaharyar said the date of the series had not been decided yet as the two cricketing sides were preoccupied with their own prior commitments at the moment. “Pakistan will come to Afghanistan with a message of peace, friendship and brotherhood. And then our team will go to Pakistan for the same purpose,” said ACB chairman Atif said while addressing the media. “We are looking for good relations between the two boards and the relation should be based on mutual respect and interest. Sport will not be affected by politics while we use sport, especially cricket to influence the political scenario positively. We want good relations with all cricketing nations,” Atif added.
The PCB chief stated that both boards had also agreed to strengthen bilateral cricket relations through a future series between the two national teams. “Moreover, bilateral series between A teams and Under-16 teams has also agreed upon.” He added that Pakistan would help Afghanistan in International Cricket Council (ICC) issues and in making the country a permanent member of the international cricket governing body. The PCB chairman said eight or nine Pakistan players would be facilitated in their endeavours to participate in an Afghan Cricket League. “In an attempt to further fortify relations between the two countries, the PCB has agreed to provide technical assistance to Afghanistan through training for curators, scorers, umpires and coaches. The PCB has also promised to provide its biomechanics facility to Afghanistan to test their bowler’s actions.” Shaharyar said another important point which was agreed upon was that the PCB would work on providing a cricket ground to Afghanistan to use for their tournaments and matches. “Whether it is Rawalpindi, whether it is Peshawar, whether it is Quetta, they will decide after taking a look at the stadiums and whichever is more convenient, they will come and use that stadium as their own,” he said.
The ACB had arranged a similar deal in 2013 which the Afghanistan cricketers were given access to the National Cricket Academy in Lahore. But, after the first few visits, complications arose. Eventually, the ACB had to find an alternative venue -Greater Noida in India -to help their players prepare and host international teams. Afghanistan were the first international team to visit Pakistan since the 2009 attacks in Lahore and had been part of the domestic T20 competition in Karachi in 2013. They were in talks to play in Pakistan in April 2016 but the Pakistan government had reportedly advised against the series after an attack in a recreational park in Lahore. The PCB also assured the ACB that it would push for an enhanced role for Afghanistan in the Asian Cricket Council and in world cricket too. “We really value this relation,” added Atif. “We really appreciate PCB’s support in the past. Pakistan coaches were with our team like Inzamamul Haq, Kabir Khan and Rashid Latif. They really contributed in the development of the Afghanistan national cricket team. Both boards will try our best to keep our relations positive.” Sethi commenting after the meeting said: “The recent positive developments in Afghan cricket are especially pleasing as the PCB continues to support its fellow cricket boards in furthering their skills in the game.”
Daily Times
 

Monday May 29, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Meshrano Jirga members on Monday divided over the selling of 72 acres of land to the Alokozy Group of Companies (AGC) by the government in Kabul.
The government last year signed a deal with AGC for making investment and doing business in the country. Under the contract, the AGC was sold 72 acres of land near the Kabul Airport to establish six factories. One acre of land was sold to AGC against $5,000 and the company was expected to invest $350 million by construction of six factories. Some lawmakers had earlier demanded the contract with AGC to be revoked because the land was sold at a low price without bidding process.
But Farhad Sakhi, a lawmaker from Kabul, said: “In foreign countries, land is provided to investors free of cost. I have two factories in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), for which the land was provided free of cost.”
Mohammad Hanif Hanafi, another lawmaker, said “The agents of Iran and Pakistan don’t want to see Afghanistan become economically self-reliant.” He said those opposing the deal had connections with land mafia and their attempt was to take money from the AGC in form of commission. Mohammad Alem Ezidyar, first deputy chairman, supported AGC investment and said: “We should support investment coming to the country.”
He said if there was any problem, it should be resolved legally and no one should stop investment flow to the country. Some lawmakers demanded investigation to individuals who tried to prevent the AGC from investment in Afghanistan. Chairman Fazal Hadi Muslimyar said a handful of servants of Iran and Pakistan were against Afghanistan’s economic progress. He said the upper house would investigate the contract signed between the AGC and the government. “If there is any issue, it would be resolved through legal ways.”
 

Monday May 29, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The IEC officials said the new draft plan for voters list has been formulated for e-system and the commission will need $68 million USD to execute the plan.
The Independent Election Commission (IEC) has finalized a draft plan for voters list with the hope that the next elections will be held under the e-voting system, the IEC operational deputy chief, Wasima Badghisi said on Sunday. Badghisi said the draft plan was formulated for an electronic system. “The budget related to voters list has been finalized and soon it will be sent to relevant institutions. The independent election commission wants to prepare voters list by using e-system,” said Badghisi. “The commission wants to conduct the next elections by using e-voting system, but government needs to provide budget for it,” added Badghisi.
Meanwhile, the Presidential Palace has said that government has accelerated its efforts to ensure the delivery of budget for elections. “The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is committed to ensuring budget and security of elections,” President Ashraf Ghani’s spokesman Shah Hussain Murtazawi said.
The IEC had initially announced that it intended to call in local, regional and international experts to assist with a strategic assessment around implementing an e-voting system. It is believed that the new voters list would leave significant impact on ensuring the credibility and legitimacy of the electoral process. However, the IEC has said that $68 million USD is required to execute the plan. Election monitoring groups and observers have raised their hope that the new plan would ensure transparency and legitimacy of the upcoming elections.
“It is a positive move for ensuring transparency in the elections, but the main issue is that whether all parties and politicians are agreed in this respect,” said Jandad Spinghar, chairman of Afghan Civil Society Election Network. “In the view of the capacity of the election commission and the ongoing political issues between the politicians, the chances for using the e-voting system (in upcoming elections) in the near future is very less,” member of Election Watch Afghanistan Habibullah Shinwari said. Although the IEC has said that upcoming parliamentary and district councils’ elections would not take place this year, but the commission has assured that the assessment of all polling centers in the country would be finalized within the next one month and there would be no ‘ghost election centers’ in the future.
 

Monday, 29 May 2017 06:16

Condolence Message

Monday May 29, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a message expressed his deep regret over the death of Halima Gharmal, one of the experienced teachers and women activists, who passed away recently.
The president in the message said: “Mrs. Gharmal had tried her best to educate the country’s young generation and serve the country’s education and his death was a great loss.”
He extended his thoughts and sympathy to the bereaved family, friends and education fans, particularly the honorable people of Herat. May her soul rest in heaven.
The country’s Second Vice-President, Mohammad Sarwar Danesh in a statement from his office regretted the death of Suhrab Mubarez, brother of Eng. Khadem Hussain Karimi, an official of the Second Vice-President office, who passed away the other day.
His soul may rest in heaven.
 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Nangarhar (BNA) A group of six people have been arrested by the Afghan security forces before they manage to join the fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group.
According to the local government officials, at least three Pakistanis are among those arrested.
The provincial governor’s spokesman Ataullah Khogyani confirming the report, said the individuals were arrested from the vicinity of Rodat district.
“Three Pakistani and three Afghan nationals were arrested by the police forces from Rodat district on the other day night as they wanted to join the ISIS group,” he added.
The anti-government armed militant groups including the ISIS loyalists have not commented regarding the report so far.
This comes as at least three Pakistanis were arrested during a similar operation in Nangarhar province last month.
The arrest of the Pakistani nationals in Nangarhar comes as the Afghan forces are busy conducting counter-terrorism operations against the offshoot of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group in this province.
The local officials had earlier said that the majority of the ISIS militants fighting in this province are foreign nationals, mainly from the tribal regions of Pakistan.
 

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