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Tuesday July 25, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Nowadays, a number of government officials and political parties have formed political coalitions, particularly the recent one the Coalition to Rescue Afghanistan.
It is merit to mention that last year, a coalition named Protection and Stability formed by Mujahedeen leaders and jihadi parties, but still its taking position on bringing reforms has not been specified. In other countries, coalitions are mostly established to form a favorite government with strong commonalities. But unfortunately in Afghanistan, this is not so, and the groups make effort to criticize the government and avail the opportunity for their interests. The reason behind this irregularity is that the political games regulations in Afghanistan have not become as systematic as third world countries. That is why the coalition doesn’t follow any specific regulation. Those who try to form any coalitions, are making effort to create distance between the government and people—a move that won’t have a good future.
The government of national unity is committed to restoring national unity and fair partnership and making effort to equally ensure rule of law, strengthen democracy and freedom of speech which are its key priories. Therefore, the people of Afghanistan ask all political and tribal groups, oppositions and politicians to consider the priorities in their political moves, because the Afghans hardly attained the current achievements and don’t want to easily lose them. But what is questioning to the people of Afghanistan is that the recent coalitions are formed by those who have been working for the government but stand against it. The Afghans expect the groups and coalitions to stand by each other on bringing reforms and don’t let the opportunities to avail such separations. Amid looming political crisis, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday warned politicians to consider consequences of their decisions and actions.
Referring to coup against Daud Khan, CE Dr. Abdullah said that Afghanistan was suffering from the pain of the coup. “Political leaders should consider consequences of their decisions and action; one move could unsettle the overall situation,” Abdullah said. The remarks come as First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum has recently formed an anti-government coalition with Balkh Governor Ata Mohammad Noor and CE’s Second Deputy Mohammad Mohaqqiq in Turkey. “If we have a deep view of Afghanistan issues, we will notice that our responsibilities are more and greater than our personal claims,” Dr. said. Thus, considering ongoing situation of the country, all groups and coalitions are needed to join hands and fight against enemy.
Suraya Raiszada
 

Tuesday July 25, 2017

Kabul (BNA) At least 24 people have been killed and 42 wounded after a car bomb struck a bus carrying government employees in western Kabul on Monday, officials said, the latest attack to strike the Afghan capital.
“The car bomb targeted a bus carrying employees of the ministry of mines and petroleum during rush hour,” interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the blast that hit a busy neighborhood of the capital just before 7 am. President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani strongly condemned the Kabul suicide attack in the possible strongest terms, his office said in a statement. According to his office, President Ghani called yesterday’s suicide attack as an unforgivable crime against humanity. The president said the terrorist groups were attempting to prove their cruelty by carrying out such attacks after being defeated in the battlegrounds, the statement added. The president while expressing condolences to the victims’ families wished paradise to the martyrs and immediate recovery for the injured.
 

Tuesday July 25, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani held a farewell meeting with first caravan of hajjis going to Saudi Arabia to perform obligatory hajj at the Hamid Karzai International Airport, his office said in a statement.
At the outset, Faiz Mohammad Osmani, the minister of hajj and religious affairs said all preparations have already been taken to Hajjis in Saudi Arabia, adding the process would be successfully done as like as last year, according to the statement. He added the government is making effort to provide the Afghan hajjis with better facilities, the statement added. Thanking the president for his attention, representing hajjis, Merajuddin said the government of Afghanistan has provided more facilities to hajjis this year.
He added the hajjis while performing obligatory hajj would pray for ensuring sustainable peace and stability of Afghanistan. Likewise, the president said “I am your first servant and the government is at your service.” He added Afghanistan’s embassy in Saudi Arabia have taken all preparations to Afghan hajjis. According to the ministry of hajj and religious affairs, 30000 hajjis are expected to perform obligatory hajj this year.
 

Tuesday July 25, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with leadership of the enlightenment movement (Jonbesh Roshnai) here at the presidential palace the other day, a statement said.
According to presidential press office, MP Ahmad Behzad representing others said the movement had cancelled their civil demonstration of 24th July, adding their protest was aiming for a stable and democratic Afghanistan. He said their only wish was to bring about reforms and ask for addressing the people’s legitimate demands, adding they were ready to negotiate with government. Pointing to negotiation as the only solution for ending disputes, second vice president Mohammad Sarwar Danesh said he witnessed President Ghani’s good intentions towards development of the central provinces, adding such intensions has been continued.
“We are in a situation that in one side we suffer, while the other side we have to think about the future,” President Ghani told the meeting, Calling last year’s July 23rd attack on enlightenment movement as the tragedy of the 21st century. He also said constitution was guaranteeing civil demonstration.  President Ghani asked for detailed discussions on development of the central provinces, adding plan underway to develop Dasht-e-Barchi area. The meeting decided establishment of a committee to review extension of electricity to Bamyan province.
 

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