25 May 2020

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Saturday, May 23, 2020
Kabul (BNA) UNAMA chief in a statement on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr asked warring parties to stop violence during the auspicious days.
“I warmly extend Eid Mubarak wishes to all Afghans on behalf of the United Nations in Afghanistan.
Yes, we share your hopes for an Eid without conflict so every family can celebrate this auspicious and important time in peace,” Deborah Lyons, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA said.
She urged all those in positions of power to do everything possible to stop the violence and to respect this time of reflection and tolerance.
“This year COVID-19 presents a new challenge for the country, including events during Eid when extended families would normally gather in celebration.
I encourage everyone to take the necessary preventative measures to protect yourselves, your loved ones and community, she said. UNAMA chief hoped that the sense of solidarity enjoyed during Eid will continue after the festivities, ultimately ushering in a time of peace that Afghans so deeply want and so richly deserve. “The United Nations continues to stand with the people of Afghanistan in their quest for peace, prosperity and harmony.”


Saturday, May 23, 2020
Kabul (BNA A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Airbus A320 flying from Lahore has crashed in the densely populated Model Colony residential area of Karachi yesterday.
Flight PK8303, carrying 91 passengers and eight crew, was trying to land at Jinnah International Airport.
President Ghani in a tweet said: “My heart goes out to the families of victims who lost their lives in the PIA plane crash in Karachi. I offer my sincere commiserations to the people and the government of Pakistan. Afghans stand with you in this moment of grief.” Local health officials confirmed at least 37 fatalities, but a far higher death toll is feared. At least two passengers survived.
The pilot had reported a loss of engine power and subsequently issued a mayday. Air disasters timeline TV footage showed rescue crews combing through debris strewn across the streets of Model Colony, 3.2km (two miles) north-east of the airport.
A number of houses were destroyed.
The plane lost contact with air traffic control just after 14:30 local time (09:30 GMT), an airline spokesman said.
The crash came just days after Pakistan began allowing commercial flights to resume after a coronavirus lockdown. Pakistanis across the country are preparing to celebrate the end of Ramadan, with many travelling back to their homes in cities and villages.

Saturday, May 23, 2020
Kabul (BNA (A security meeting chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and the Commander-in-Chief of the Afghan Armed Forces was held yesterday evening via video conference, a statement said.
In the meeting, the officials of the Ministries of Defense, Interior and the National Directorate of Security first provided information on the general security situation in the country, the presidential palace statement added. The President expressed his gratitude for the efforts and heroism of the country's security and defense forces and emphasized the movement of forces from the districts to the center.
President Ghani also emphasized the need to treat the wounded and meet the needs of the personnel, and urged the authorities to pay more attention to the coordination between the security and defense agencies, according to statement, The President and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces called the security of highways a priority for the forces and directed the officials of the security and defense institutions to create full cohesion in the security of highways.


Wednesday May 20, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Ashraf Ghani officially accepted the diplomatic credence of Jiri Baloun, the newly-appointed ambassador of the Czech Republic to Kabul during a ceremony at the Presidential Palace yesterday.
Both sides discussed efforts to further strengthen and deepen bilateral relations between Afghanistan and the Czech Republic.
President Ghani expressed gratitude to the Czech Republic for its assistance with Afghanistan in development and security areas.
Ambassador Jiri Baloun reaffirmed his country’s commitment to continue cooperate with Afghanistan in the spheres of security, peace and development as a strategic and good partner.

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