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Saturday, 22 February 2020 07:08

Development Projects Implemented in Herat

Saturday, February 22, 2020
Kabul (BNA) By completing six development projects in Herat, 681 families have access to potable water and concrete roads.
Feraidon Azhand spokesman of rural rehabilitation and development told BNA correspondent, work of six development projects including nearly 7,000 meters of concrete road. Extending drinking water from house to house completed in thirty locations of Herat.
The cost of implementing of these projects have been estimated more than 19 million Afghanis.
T. Yarzada

Saturday, 22 February 2020 07:05

Deserved Families Received Aids

Saturday, February 22, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development distributes foodstuffs to deserved families in Farah today.
Feraidon Azhand spokesman of rural rehabilitation and development told BNA correspondent, the total value of the foodstuffs was up to 136,000 Afghanis and included rice, ghee and pea which was distributed to poor families in Farah.
T. Yarzada

Saturday, February 22, 2020
Jalalabad (BNA) By constructing a water supply network and drill of dozens drinking water wells, water supply provided for thousands of Nangarhar citizens.
These water supply network and wells built in remote areas of Sourkhroad, Shenwar, and Hasakamina districts, where villagers still had no access to potable water, and have been suffering from various diseases due to the use of contaminated water for many years.
Amanullah Meyakhail head of rural rehabilitation and development of Nangarhar said BNA, drinking water was provided by building a water supply network and 25 wells for at least 4,000 villagers in Soukhrod, Shinwar and Hasakamina districts.
The construction of the network and water wells cost four million Afghanis.
T. Yarzada

Saturday, February 22, 2020
Kabul (BNA) A seven-day reduction in violence in Afghanistan, negotiated by the US and the Taliban, is set to begin Friday night local time, the US State Department announced yesterday.
"After decades of conflict, we have come to an understanding with the Taliban on a significant reduction in violence across Afghanistan. This is an important step on a long road to peace, and I call on all Afghans to seize this opportunity," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted Friday morning.
The US is aiming for a peace deal to help execute US President Donald Trump's desire to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan. The first step is expected to reduce the current level of troops from 12-13,000 to 8,600.
The ceasefire period will allow the US-Taliban agreement to be signed by February 29, as long as the reduction in violence is successful.
Meanwhile, the National Security Council on Friday also confirmed that the seven-day period of the reduction in violence will begin sharply at 12am-midnight, the morning of Saturday, February 22.
The NSC spokesman Jawed Faisal said that Afghan forces are ready to implement the reduction in violence plan.
“Required guidance has been given to Afghan forces in this respect,” Faisal said. “It begins on Saturday at 12am.” He added: “We hope that the Taliban will reduce violence as per the commitments.”
There will be no ANDSF offensives under a reduction in violence plan, according to the sources, who said there will also be no Resolute Support offensive operations – but they will support their Afghan counterparts if they are attacked.
A US-Afghan monitoring team will observe the Taliban activity during the seven-day period, according to sources.
Acting Interior Minister Massoud Andarabi told media that government operations will be stopped on Saturday, although the Afghan forces will remain ready to respond if the Taliban violates the agreement.
Presidential spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said on Thursday that President Ghani, during a meeting with US special envoy Khalilzad – who is in Kabul for the past three days – discussed issues related to the Afghan peace as well as the details on the "significant reduction in violence."

Saturday, February 22, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The European Union Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Vice-President Josep Borrell has congratulated President Ghani on his reelection and hailed the poll panels for dealing with challenges in the electoral process, the statement from presidential press office said on Thursday.
The EU looked forward to continuing working with the new administration, Borrell said, welcoming President Ghani’s commitment to forming an inclusive government that represented all Afghans, according to the statement.
He called for unity in support of an inclusive peace process. The EU stood ready to support the peace drive an opportunity that must not be wasted, the statement from the presidential palace concluded.
Meanwhile, India also congratulated Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Thursday on his re-election as the president of Afghanistan and asserted that it remained committed to working with the new government in fighting the scourge of "externally-sponsored terrorism".
India also reaffirmed its support for an enduring and inclusive national peace and reconciliation that is Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled.
"We congratulate President Dr. Ashraf Ghani on his re-election following the announcement of final results of the Presidential elections by the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan," the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) of India said in a statement.
"India supports the democratic aspirations of the people of Afghanistan and remains committed to continue to work with the new government and the democratic polity in strengthening our bilateral strategic partnership in fighting the scourge of externally sponsored terrorism," it added.
India also expressed support for an enduring and inclusive national peace and reconciliation that is Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled.
"We hope that the new government and all political leaders in Afghanistan would work to strengthen national unity, promote inclusivity and protect the rights and interests of all sections of society," the MEA said.
The Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah of Kuwait also sent on Thursday a cable to President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, congratulating him on his re-election to serve a new term in office.
“His Highness the Amir in the cable wished the president wellbeing and his country prosperity and promotion. His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah addressed cables of identical content to the re-elected president,” the Kuwait Times quoted as saying.

Saturday, February 22, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Addressing a meeting of the senior media representatives, the deputy minister of publication affairs for The Ministry of Information and Culture, Abdul Manan Sheway Sharq emphasized on key role of media in the society, calling it the main fourth pillars of a democratic system.
Calling his point of view towards media as dynamic, committed, questionable and critical, the deputy minister assured of his strong determination for free media activities in the country.
“Freedom of expression and free media activities should be supported and institutionalized,” he told the meeting, adding that government has pardoned 70 million Afghan tax offenses of the media outlets in the country.
Hinting to construction of a memorial minaret for martyrs of freedom of expression in the country, Deputy Minister  of Publication Affairs said the issues had been discussed with the Kabul Municipality, assuring journalists and media representatives of its construction within coming weeks.
The minister also pointed to his reformation plans for the deputy ministry, saying that had begun works on preparing of the strategy and establishing of an advisory board for his office. He also said amendments to be made in laws related to copy rights, mass media and other related procedures.
The deputy minister drew the attention of private media owners to their responsibilities, in particular towards their employees and emphasized on consideration of the labor law while signing contracts with the reporters and other media workers. He also stressed transparency of contracts and their compliance with the applicable laws of the country.
Sharq asked media to continue criticizing the government officials, as according to him would help institutionalize democracy in the country. “No one allowed to impose censorship,” he said, while committing to stand beside media for ensuring freedom of expression in the country.
A number of media representatives and members of the media supporting entities congratulated Sheway Sharq’s appointment as the deputy minister of publications and reiterated their support of his programs and institutionalization of the democracy and free media activities in the country.

Saturday, February 22, 2020
Kabul (BNA) In a meeting with the Meshrano Jirga or the upper house of Parliament leadership board on Thursday, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said the peace process carries both opportunities and risks and any decision in this regard would be consulted with the Afghan people.
A statement from the presidential press office quoted the president saying peace was related to all Afghans and all segments of society and people’s representatives would be consulted about the peace process.
“Peace is the main priority for the Afghan people and it is our responsibility to know about public opinion, suggestions and consultations for the peace process, because the victory of peace is the victory of the public, and we should have a united position and single voice,” the president said, according to the statement, adding that the presidential palace had a united position and voice regarding the peace process.
The president also added that Afghan forces led 94 percent of all military operations and their combat strength was improving with each passing day.
President Ghani said consultative meetings about the peace process would be continued, adding diversity and quality, efficiency and flexibility of the negotiating team was also important, and the chance made available for peace should be greatly used.
“Republic, basic rights of people and defense and security forces were issues that could not be discussed or dealt,” the president noted.
Clarification of relations between the Taliban and neighbors, particularly Pakistan, closure of ties between Taliban and terrorist organizations and resolving problems about their safe havens, narcotics and criminal economy should be solved for a stable and dignified peace, the president was quoted in the statement as saying.
Peace negotiations would be based on public agreement and consultations and important decisions would be incorporated in their agreement, he said, adding opportunities and risks facing the peace process would be managed based on the people’s consultations and support and in national interests.
The president added that peace offered both opportunities and risks, but they had adopted measures for controlling the situation and in this regard security and defense forces had received directives.
Meanwhile, Meshrano Jirga chairman Fazal Hadi Muslimyar thanked the president for his consultations about the country’s important issues with public representatives and congratulated him on winning the presidential race.
Upper House speaker also said his message to the public was to choose national interests over their personal interest and create a national consensus. He said the Meshrano Jirga strongly supported the government and peace process and was ready for any cooperation on the regard, according to the statement.
Speaking on the occasion, First vice President-elect Amrullah Saleh said that they had shared their concerns and preparations regarding the peace process with the Americans on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, adding President’s consultative meeting were going on with different segments of the society, the statement said.
According to another report, President Ghani also held separate meeting with Ulama on peace process, asking them to play their key role in peace process.
The President assured that the Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has full intentions and will for peace, asking Ulama to deliver their messages to the Taliban that the Afghan Government has fulfilled its principle and religious duty towards peace.
Backing government’s approach towards peace in the country, the country’s Ulama from across the country shared their opinions on peace process, including that of the women’s role and inclusive negotiating team for talks.

Saturday, February 22, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with committee heads of the Peace Consultative Loya Jirga on Thursday evening, according to a presidential statement yesterday, deputy heads of the Consultative Loya Jirga for peace, Kamal Safi and Dr. Habiba Sorabi, and heads of various committees congratulated the president on his reelection and prayed for establishment of a durable peace in the country, the statement added.
They also thanked the president for implementation of the Loya Jirga’s decisions and the creation of state ministry for peace affairs, adding a dignified and lasting peace was the desire of all Afghans, therefore the politicians should adopt unified stance in this regard in order to protect democracy, people’s basic rights and past gains.
Speaking on the occasion, First Vice President-elect Amrullah Saleh said that they had shared their concerns and preparations regarding the peace process with the Americans on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, adding President’s consultative meeting were going on with different strata of the society.
Addressing the meeting, President Ghani said the success of the elections meant survival of the nation, the constitution and the democratic system. The president also said that he contested the presidential election with people’s support despite numerous pressures and insisted no one had the power to dissolve democracy.
President Ghani went on saying that the country witnessed enough progress in various fields during the past five years, adding there would have been more progress if the politicians were united.
The president said Afghanistan’s 80 percent water would be managed over the next five years. “Don’t consider yourself inferior or weak. Our courtesy should not be considered weakness.”
Concluding his remarks, the president said ending violence and ensuring durable peace needed practical works, stressing that the negotiating team for peace talks should have a unified stance and its authorities to be specified by the government of Afghanistan.

Saturday, 22 February 2020 06:48

12 ISIS Fighters Killed in Kapisa Operation

Saturday, February 22, 2020
Mahmoodraqi (BNA) Twelve ISIS fighters were killed in commando forces operation in Kapisa last night.
Abdul Ghafar Nooristai press in charge of Khas operation army corps told BNA, the fighters were killed by commando forces with support of air forces in outskirt of Nejrab district.
A hideout of the fighters has been destroyed in the operation, said Nooristani.
T. Yarzada

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Ghazni (BNA) Several Taliban hideouts have been demolished by commando forces operation in Ghazni province last night.
Emal Mohmand Acting spokesman for Thunder 203 army corps told BNA, mine making factory, two drug processing plant and a Taliban prison have been destroyed by commando forces in outskirt of Ghazni.
Two motorbikes, lots of explosives, war equipment and military uniform were seized in the operation.
Mohmand added that there were no prisoners in the Taliban prison during the demolition of Taliban hideouts.
T. Yarzada

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