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Thursday, 12 September 2019 09:47

Member of Taliban Terrorist Joined Peace Process

Thursday, September 12, 2019
Sar-e-Pul (BNA) A member of Taliban terrorist group has joined peace process in Sancharak District, Sar-e-Pul province.
Noor Aqa Faizi press in charge of Sar-e-Pul security directorate told BNA, Mullah Mohammad known Khalid who was working in group of Mawlavi Samaruddin Taliban shadow governor for the mentioned district, was joined with his weapon to peace process in Sar-e-Pul province.
He called on other members of Taliban to stop fighting and join the government.
T. Yarzada

Thursday, September 12, 2019
Maimana (BNA) Shadow governor of Taliban for Almar District, Faryab province was killed in an air raid of Afghan security forces last night.
Shaheen 209 army corps spokesman told BNA, Mullah Sarwar shadow governor of Taliban for Almar District, Faryab province was killed with three other insurgents in Mirshadi village, of the mentioned district.
A Saracha car with numerous of military equipment has been destroyed in the air raid, said the source.
T. Yarzada

 

Thursday, 12 September 2019 06:51

Commentary

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Maimana (BNA) From September attacks that killed almost three thousand people in United States 18 years passed, but US authorities say still the danger of attack on that country exists.
BNA political affairs analyst commenting on the issue writes  18 years ago on September 11, 2002 the US territory was the scene of  the most deathly terrorist attacks that the worst political, economic, security and military consequences for that country and badly affected Afghanistan and some other countries of the world.
On September 11, 2001 Al- Qaeda terrorist group carried out a series of terrorist attacks on US territory attacks the most horrible attacks were carried out on international trade towers that claimed the lives of 2977 people.
The attacks were carried out by 19 Arab origin men, shocked Americans, because they considered themselves unrivaled in the world after the collapse of Soviet Union in early 1990s. But the incidents of September 11 indicated that that country is facing Islamic movements and organizations that America called them terrorists and extremists.
Al- Qaida that carried out the attacks of September attacks, their lead Asama bin Laden lived in Afghanistan supported by Islamic Emirate of Taliban.
Islamic Emirate of Taliban that officially recognized by the three American allied countries (Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and United Arabic Emeries) avoid handing over Asama to America. This made America at head of an international counter terrorism coalition invaded Afghanistan to arrest Asama the designer of the attacks of September 11 and punish him. Finally, they found him in Pakistan in 2011 and killed him.
America since 2001 is fighting against terrorism and extremism calling it international mission against terrorism sustained heavy casualties and losses but Afghanistan has been the main victim of war against terrorism.

After the collapse of so called Islamic Emirates the leaders of the group and Al- Qaida leaders returned in to their hideout in Pakistan and again welcomed and supported by Pakistani and a number of Gulf countries intelligence services and again has  been causing sever pains and problems in Afghanistan and in the region.
The Afghans have lost their best sons in this heinous conflict, their economic infrastructure collapsed and this is the Afghans who are fighting against terrorism as world proxy.

Today America and the west are talking about revival of Al- Qaeda and express concern over carrying terrorist attacks on America and on its allies once again.
Afghans believe that until America not inter in to the war against terrorism honestly with a precise and practical program and not focus  on funding sources and the countries that equip  and support terrorists and if spend billions of dollars  will not achieve its objectives in war again terrorism.
 

Thursday, 12 September 2019 06:50

Govt.’s Statement on 9/11 Anniversary

Thursday September 12, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The September 11, 2001 horrific and heinous attacks left a dark day in the history of the United States and the world, the Presidential Palace said in a statement. “On the day, the terrorist group of Al-Qaeda committed a horrific crime and launched a series of destructive terrorist attacks in the United States which claimed nearly 300 innocent lives, wounded thousands and left billions of dollars of loss to the American people,” the statement said. On the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, President Ashraf Ghani stressed that, “The government of Afghanistan as a responsible member of the international community conveys its profound sympathies and empathies to the American government and nation as well as the families who lost their loved ones in the attack.
The tragedy of 9/11 took place when the Taliban regime had already gained ground in Afghanistan and had occupied a majority of the Afghan territory, turning it into a safe haven for the presence and operation of international terrorist networks, including Al-Qaeda and hosting Osama Bin Laden on its top, according to the statement. The government of Afghanistan with the support of the international community, at the top of that the United States, has been fighting on the front lines of the war on global terror alongside with the United States and other major allies and has been paying the ultimate sacrifices to defend the security of the region and the world in the past 18 years, the statement said. Afghanistan and the international community, however, face a common threat and the terrorist groups strive to once again turn Afghanistan into their safe haven and launch pad for terrorist attacks, the statement concluded.

Thursday, 12 September 2019 06:49

UN Stresses Direct Afghan-Taliban Talks

Thursday September 12, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The U.N. envoy for Afghanistan said Tuesday it is imperative for direct talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban to start quickly, and he urged the militant Islamist group to retract its threat to disrupt the upcoming presidential election. Tadamichi Yamamoto told the Security Council that the events of recent days and weeks “have shown, more than ever, the urgency of finding a political settlement to the long Afghan conflict.” Yamamoto spoke three days after President Donald Trump abruptly halted U.S.-Taliban talks, citing an upsurge in attacks by the Islamic insurgent group. The cancellation put a spotlight on the Sept. 28 presidential election.
The U.N. envoy said opportunities for peace over the past year “created hope, but also fear for many,” and made clear that the conflict can only be resolved by direct talks involving “the whole spectrum of Afghan society.” “It is imperative therefore that direct talks between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban commence as soon as possible,” Yamamoto said. He urged the parties to the conflict and all those interested in peace to keep working to bring about direct talks. Recent informal talks between the Taliban and representatives of Afghan society in Doha and Moscow addressed some key issues for peace, Yamamoto said. He expressed hope this would be carried forward and deepened.
Peace efforts must address and lead to a reduction in violence and an eventual cease-fire, he said. But, Yamamoto added, “Any political settlement must include a promise to continue to protect and advance human rights and fundamental freedoms for all who live in Afghanistan, including those of women, youth and minorities as well as the freedom of expression and the media.” Yamamoto said security, voter turnout and fraud are major challenges for the presidential election. While the Afghan government’s technical and operational preparations for the elections are on track, he said, “we still hear much anxiety expressed by Afghan citizens particularly in view of the Taliban’s stated threat to disrupt the electoral process, especially by targeting civilians participating in the elections.”
Stressing that attacks on voters and polling stations are “clear violations of international law,” Yamamoto urged the Taliban to withdraw its threat. And he urged the government to provide adequate security to safeguard the electoral process. Yamamoto said 9.6 million people have registered to vote, but turnout could be affected by security worries. “Credible elections would provide an important political foundation for the future of the country as well as legitimacy and authority to the elected president, which would be particularly important in view of the expected peace process,” he said.

Thursday September 12, 2019
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani participated and delivered speech in a ceremony held at Presidential Palace on the occasion of Afghanistan first exporting cargo delivery to China through Hairatan Port yesterday. According to BNA report, addressing the ceremony, President Ghani said: “Today I’m congratulating the start of changing process of Afghanistan from an importing country to an exporting one to all the people of Afghanistan”. “For the past 18 years, we had imported from other countries without having a principal plan of exports, which was intolerable. We’ve lost a large amount of foreign assistance provided by international community to Afghanistan in the past 18 years.
Today, it is a fundamental change for Afghan farmers in particular mine workers in who have exported Afghanistan talc abroad for the first time and I congratulate this big change to all,” President Ghani said. The country’s President said after Afghanistan started exporting pine nuts to foreign countries, its price has risen by 17 fold comparing to past years. “Now, nobody is cutting the pine nuts’ trees as its jungles are the country’s national asset and all want to protect from them,” President Ghani added. Pointing to the country’s talc, the country’s President said Afghanistan talc was trafficked in the past, but today neither talc nor pine nut were trafficked. Adding that Afghans now know the value of their products. President Ghani by considering role of private sector as important in the process said private sector, formers and orchardists are the real heroes of Afghanistan development. He said that Afghanistan should set a goal in connection with exporting its products abroad, saying that in coming four years the country’s balance for exports and imports should be kept, which is possible.

Thursday, September 12, 2019
Kabul (BNA) President Donald Trump has issued an executive order making it easier for the U.S. administration to impose sanctions on suspected terrorists, their financiers, and their supporters.
“Today’s executive order by President Trump adds further muscle to U.S. counterterrorism efforts.” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during a briefing to reporters late on September 10.
The order came out on the eve of the 18th anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the United States.
Calling the order the “most significant update to counterterrorism sanctions authority since September of 2001,” Pompeo said the new rules allow the State Department and Treasury Department to directly target leaders of suspected terror groups and their affiliates “without having to tie terrorist leaders to specific acts.”
He said the new rules were also more effective at targeting individuals and groups participating in terrorist training and allowed the authorities to impose sanctions on financial institutions that provide services to designated terrorist.
Using the new order, the Treasury Department on September 10 imposed sanctions on leaders, individuals, and entities affiliated with groups such as Islamic State, Al-Qaeda, Pakistan’s Tehrik-e-Taliban, and the Iranian Quds Forces, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ foreign arm.
“Since the horrific attacks of 9/11 the U. /S. government has refocused its counterterrorism efforts to constantly adapt to emerging threats,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.

Thursday, September 12, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Acting Minister of Information and Culture, Hasina Safi, chaired the final meeting of the commission for holding of seminar on ‘Overview of Afghan Women’s Cultural Situation in 100 years’ here yesterday, BNA reported.
The meeting commenced with reports of the commission members, saying all steps taken from holding of the seminar which will include theatre, music, tourism, literature, journalism, fine arts, social activities and craftswomen, the agency said.
The session also discussed delivering of research papers during the seminar and welcoming of the guests.
Hearing the reports of the commission members, acting minister of information and culture stressed on glorious holding of the seminar on ‘Overview of Afghan Women’s Cultural Situation in 100 years’, the agency added.

Thursday, September 12, 2019
Kabul (BNA) As a result of efforts of the Afghan National Defense and security forces and people uprising forces, Keran wa Manjaan districts of Badakhshan were recaptured yesterday morning, Ministry of interior spokesman Nasrat Rahimi told reporters at government media and information center.
“We are committed to making every effort to ensure security of the democratic and national process of the elections,” he said, adding operation is underway in Dushi area of Baghlan province, where enemy suffered heavy casualties and 240 of them killed and injured. “Efforts are also underway to open the public highway in the north as soon as possible. Pul-e-Khomri-Mazar road has been opened.”
According to MoI spokesman, as a result of ANDSF operations, the enemies have suffered heavy casualties and their key leaders have been killed.
“These operations have been carried out by ANDSF in cooperation with international forces, particularly in Baghlan, Kunduz, and Farah provinces, he added.
“ANDSF are more powerful than ever and have responded strongly to the enemy attacks.  ANDSF have the capability to carry out offensive operations anywhere in the country,” he said.  ANDSF have retreated from Yangi Qala and Darqad districts because the area was vulnerable.  Operations are currently underway, and enemy is surrounded from all sides, and efforts are going on to not let the enemy escape,” Rahimi told reporters.

Thursday, September 12, 2019
Kabul (BNA)  Iranian Ambassador to India Ali Chegeni said that India’s development work had been “very slow”, and that trade to Afghanistan was “much lower “ than it should be, India’s The Hindu reported.
He also said that in view of the delay over India’s plans to build a railway line connecting Chabahar port to the Afghan border at Zahedan, the Iranian government had decided to complete the railroad through its own resources by 2021.  In addition, Iran is now discussing an LNG pipeline to China along the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), as India is not expected to retain its prior interest in LNG imports from Iran.” If Inia wants energy security, it should prefer Iran as a dependable supplier,” Chegeni said.  “We love the Indian people.  But we cannot force somebody to love us.  The Government of India has to decide according to its national interest.  Just as the Chinese have,” he added.  Iran India and Afghanistan had signed a trilateral agreement, to develop Chabahar, in May 2016 during Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s visits to Tehran.

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