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Wednesday, 08 July 2020 03:40

Blasts Prevented in Kabul

Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Kabul (BNA)  The security forces of Kabul discovered and confiscated two mines which were planted by insurgents in Shakardara District, Kabul.
According to Kabul 111 division press office to BNA, the mines were planted by insurgents for destructive and terrorist activities and confiscated by engineering team of 111 police division of the province.
T. Yarzada

Wednesday, 08 July 2020 03:37

Taliban Militants Killed in Kandahar Clash

Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Kandahar (BNA) Four Taliban militants were killed by a security troops conflict in Kandahar last night.
The militants were targeted while attack on security troops checkpoints in Shorabak District.
Maiwand army corps in south of country with releasing a statement said, four militants were killed and three others have been wounded in the conflict.
T. Yarzada


Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani delivered keynote address at “Strengthening Consensus for Peace” online conference, initiated by the Afghan government on Monday at the Presidential Palace. Representatives from 20 regional countries, United States, Organization for Islamic Cooperation and the United Nations attended the conference and exchanged views on the issues pertaining to peace, intra-Afghan negotiations and particularly extending efforts to strengthen consensus for Afghan peace at regional and international level.
President Ghani expressed his deepest sympathies over the loss of lives from corona virus and extended gratitude to the international community’s covid-19 related support with Afghanistan.
He extended gratitude to the regional countries for keeping transit open and permitting supply chains that enabled movement of commercial commodities. “Thanks to this unprecedented regional cooperation, Afghanistan has not faced any shortage of basic commodities and that is a small indication of what regional cooperation and international coordination can do,” said the president. President Ghani termed the regional countries and Afghanistan’s global partners as stakeholders in stability, peace and prosperity of Afghanistan and stressed that further cooperation and binding relationships between Afghanistan and the regional countries can lift hundreds of millions of people from poverty. The president said “We are facing the threat of terrorism, regional and transnational networks and criminal organizations and extremist movements.” President Ghani attached importance to reviving the role of Afghanistan as the regional roundabout and platform for regional stability and prosperity that can result in connectivity in the entire region.
The president lauded the United States for its foundational partnership with Afghanistan and for being a steadfast partner and praised its efforts to strengthen regional and international consensus for peace. President Ghani, “Our vision of Afghanistan is to be a center of accord of Asia serving as an economic and cultural roundabout and a platform for regional and global cooperation.”
“The end state that we seek is a sovereign, democratic and united Afghanistan at peace within and with the region and the world, and able to preserve and expand the gains of the past nineteen years for its citizens, particularly the women and youth of Afghanistan,” added the president. President Ghani said the government has the capacity and political will to end the violence to concluding a political agreement.
The president stressed that there is an emerging regional and global movement towards ending the war, where the support of the neighbors and regional countries for strengthening consensus will enable Afghanistan to achieve its objectives for peace.
President Ashraf Ghani said that the winners of peace will be the people of Afghanistan and the region, underscoring that peace and stability in Afghanistan will lead to a peaceful and stable region and world. He added that a regional support for a democratic Afghanistan will further
strengthen regional cooperation and will provide the opportunity for the Afghans to utilize their natural resources not only for economic growth in Afghanistan but also the region.
President Ghani said, “When peace breaks out, neighbors could have as much as two percent additional rate of growth.” “The regional and international consensus for peace will enable us to design a process to conclude a framework agreement followed by a comprehensive implementation plan and programs of action,” added the president. The president alarmed that “Should the Taliban opt for an approach of fighting and talking”, the peace process would face serious challenges.
The president stressed, “The extent of violence in the first two months of 2020 except for the Eid cease-fire is greater than the first six months of 2019.” He added that the UN recent reports suggest that Taliban haven’t delivered on their commitments but in turn expanded their relations with terrorist networks and with transnational criminal organizations in terms of narcotics. “We made an unconditional peace offer to the Taliban for start of negotiations,” said the president while underlining that the government has turned peace from an abstraction to a national discourse during the past five years. President Ghani added that the government has taken huge steps for peace including offering cease-fire, formation of an inclusive negotiating delegation, building national consensus for peace, and establishment of the High Council for National Reconciliation.
The president said the government took bold decisions on prisoner exchange process so that Taliban would reciprocate by releasing our forces in their captivity and enter into direct negotiations with the government. He added that we expected the Taliban to embrace a humanitarian cease-fire to allow us fight the spread of coronavirus more effectively, while unfortunately they escalated violence against the people.
President Ghani added that such acts of violence would endanger the national consensus for peace while the government is fully committed to peace.



Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan's National Directorate for Security (NDS) said on Tuesday that two Daesh militants who were aiming to attack a hospital and a media outlet in Kabul were arrested.
The militants had been given instructions to carry out suicide attacks targeting Mawla Ali hospital in Golayee Dawakhana in west of Kabul and a media outlet in the city, the National Directorate of Security said in a statement.
The militants were identified as Abdul Latif and Ahmadullah, who are residents of Shakar Dara district of Kabul, the statement said. They had been recruited by Daesh militants identified as Ahmad, Abu Omar and Khyber.


Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Acting and Nominee Minister of Information and Culture (MoIC) Mohammad Tahir Zuhair, met with Acting and Nominee Minister of Finance here yesterday and both sides discussed different issues, including MoIC’s budget.
At the outset, Minister Zuhair pointed out to the Ministry of Information and Culture’s budget problems, adding that “We know in the current situation, the priorities of the Afghan government are to fight the coronavirus and its economic and social consequences.
" However, he said the Ministry of Information and Culture has signed a number of agreements, the goods of which have been received and it was needed to pay their amounts. “
Based on the instruction of the President, there are several development projects in the areas of historical monuments of the country that needed to be addressed, and we want the budget cooperation of the Ministry of Finance in these areas.
” The acting minister of finance said that they have made amendments in the national budget, in particular in those areas where consumption was impossible due to outbreak of the coronavirus, adding that much efforts would be paid to address necessary development projects. “
The budget problems can be discussed by both ministry’s technical colleagues, and in the mid-year review of the national budget, we will consider it in terms of financial resources,” he added. At the end of the meeting, it was decided that the technical teams of the two sides meet and discuss the budget needs of the Ministry of Information and Culture.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has named veteran diplomat Mohammad Umer Daudzai as his special representative for Pakistan.
Born on October 12, 1957 in the Qarabagh district of Kabul, Daudzai has served as Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan and Iran.
In August 2013, he was appointed as minister of interior -- a position he left in December 2014.
He is Afghanistan’s first special representative for Pakistan. Daudzai’s main responsibility would be forging coordination with Pakistan on the peace process and improving relations between the neighbors.
Some weeks back, Pakistan appointed Mohammad Sadiq Khan as Prime Minister Imran Khan’s special representative for Afghanistan.
Daudzai also served as chief of staff to former president Hamid Karzai -- a position he held until 2005 when he was named ambassador to Iran.


Monday July 6, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) today reported 239 new positive cases of the coronavirus from 668 samples tested in the last 24 hours.
According to BNA report, the ministry also reported 34 new deaths from COVID-19 and 737 recoveries within the last 24 hours.
With this, the total cases are now 33,190 the total reported deaths are 898, and total recoveries are 20,103 in Afghanistan.


Monday July 6, 2020
Kabul (BNA) As many as 11 anti-government militias were killed and 11 more were wounded during separate clashes with Afghan security forces in Kandahar and Ghazni provinces.
Security officials reported that, six terrorists were killed and three more were wounded during conflicts with Afghan security forces in relevant areas of Muqar, Deh Yak districts and Ghazni city.
Meanwhile, five armed oppositions were killed and 8 others were injured following clashes with Afghan security forces in Marouf district of Kandahar province.

Monday July 6, 2020
Kabul (BNA) A member of Logar provincial council was injured after unidentified gunmen stormed on her vehicle in Pul-e-Alam city the provincial capital of the province this morning.
Dedar Lawang spokesman of Logar governor told BNA reported, unknown gunmen carried out attack on vehicle of Nafisa Hejran member of provincial council of Logar today, as a result Nafisa Hejran and her driver were injured.
Now the member of provincial council and her driver are under treating and their health conditions not critical, Lawang added.

Monday July 6, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Afghan security forces succeeded to push back a terrorist attack carried out on their security checkpoint in Mir Bacha Koot district of Kabul province last night.
Ministry of interior in a statement reported that, two terrorists stormed on a security shell in Pul-e-Sofyan region, Mir Bacha Koot district of Kabul, that their attack successfully rebelled by Afghan security forces.
A terrorist was killed and another was arrested along with some heavy and light weapons, the statement added.

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