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Wednesday, 11 September 2019 06:33

Cost of Afghan Currency Against Foreign Currencies

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Based on Union of money exchangers in Sari Shahzada, Kabul city, the exchange rate of Afghani as a follow:
                                                                           
One Dollar                                                        78/60        Afs
One Pound Sterling                                           96       Afs
One Euro                                                            86/60       Afs
One Emirate’s Dirham                                       21/30       Afs
One Thousand Pakistani Rupees                       502       Afs
One Thousand Indian Rupees                           1100       Afs
One Thousand Iranian Rupees                          06/50       Afs
Yarzada

Wednesday September 11, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Prominent politicians, former Jihadi leaders and government officials on Monday commemorated Martyrs Week and the 18th anniversary of National Hero Ahmad Shah Massoud’s assassination by laying a wreath at the Minaret of Resistance in Massoud Square in Kabul.
Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Acting Defense Minister Asadullah Khalid, head of Massoud Foundation Ahmad Wali Massoud, former Vice President Mohammad Yunus Qanooni and a number of former Jihadi leaders and politicians attended the ceremony on this occasion at the Loya Jirga tent in Kabul.
Dr. Abdullah said at the ceremony that the National Hero wanted peace in the country and that the Afghan forces and Afghan civilians are sacrificing their lives for this purpose. He said the opportunity for peace in the country was lost after US President Donald Trump’s move to call off negotiations with the Taliban. Dr. Abdullah called on the nation to remain united. Former Vice President Mohammad Yunus Qanooni said at the same event there is a need for the formation of a coalition from the address of “Jidah and Resistance” front to bring sustainable peace in the country. “We have to boost our unity from the address of Jihad and resistance and come up with a comprehensive agenda for peace in Afghanistan,” Qanooni said. 
Ahmad Shah Massoud, son of Colonel Dost Mohammad Khan, was born in Jangalak area in Panjshir province in September 1953. He spent his childhood days in Panjshir and started school at the age of five. As a young boy, he moved to Herat with his family and then to Kabul where he continued his studies. Ahmad Shah Massoud was assassinated in a suicide bombing in Khawaja Bahawuddin district in Takhar in September 2001. The anniversary of Massoud’s death is marked annually on 9 September in the country.

Wednesday September 11, 2019
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a ceremony held yesterday on the occasion of marking Hussiani Ashura in Kabul condoled the uprising anniversary of Imam Hussain to all Muslims and people of Afghanistan. Addressing a gathering held at Nabi Akram Mosque in Kabul, the country’s President said: “This year, this great occasion is coinciding with the Martyr Week; therefore, I need to pray for the soul of all martyrs of freedom in particular martyr of National Unity Ustad Mazari, Martyred Masoud, Martyred Abdul Haq and all martyrs of Afghan National Defense and Security Forces’ personnel.” President Ghani said that Imam Hussain, who changed the course of history, was not alone now, adding that he was now a school, a path forward, a torch, a great teacher of freedom for all eras and generations.
“This great and historic movement should be further reviewed and researched in academic centers and prestigious research institutions as today Ustad Danesh put a big foundation and I agree with all his speeches,” President Ghani said, adding that the movement of Imam should be introduced in framework of a book, scientific articles and professional seminars to today’s generations who are thirsty of justice and improvement. The country’s President further said that it was an honor as all Muslims and followers of all religions were commemorating this great incident. Pointing to Afghanistan peace process, President Ghani said that peace would be followed as a national process based on roadmap which has been introduced by the people in recent Peace Consultative Jirga as a dignified peace that could maintain security in the country and be led by Afghans was the desire of all Afghans.
According to another report, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah also in a gathering held yesterday at Al Zahra Mosque on the occasion of marking Hussaini Ashura condoled the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussain to all Muslims of the world in particular Afghanistan mourners. In the ceremony, the country’s Chief Executive said the uprising of Imam Hussain in Iraq’s Karbala had an Islamic and human message, adding that justice, freedom and reforms in Islamic communities were the most significant reasons of Hussaini movement. Chief Executive stressed that Imam Hussain was in the right path, while his enemies were in the wrong path. He asserted that the month of Muharram and Hussaini Ashura were axis of unity and solidarity among Shia and Sunni Muslims in Afghanistan

Wednesday, 11 September 2019 06:30

Military Operation Leave 25 Rebels Dead in Ghazni

Wednesday September 11, 2019
Kabul (BNA) As many as 25 armed oppositions were killed during a military operation conducted by Afghan security forces in central Ghazni province.
Eimal Momand, in-charge of publication in 203 Tander army corps told BNA correspondent, the military operation have launched by support of Afghan air forces to annihilate anti-government militias in different parts of Deh Yak, Qara Bagh districts and Ghazni city the provincial capital of the province.
Eighteen more insurgents were wounded, two vehicles, 11 motorcycles and some light weapons have been demolished during the military operation, Momand added.
M.A.Ansari

Wednesday, 11 September 2019 06:29

Commentary

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Peace Can Be Secured in Afghanistan Only Through a National Consensus
BNA social affairs analyst commenting on the issue writes: peace process is more complicated in Afghanistan than any other time. The problem is this that the peace issue in Afghanistan is mostly affected by the endeavors of foreign countries that follow their strategic programs in Afghanistan and each of the countries has its own interests and the Afghans have lost their interests among foreign countries’ interests.
The political developments in last one or two year indicated that the outsiders in their efforts under the name of peace process or political negotiations mostly wanted to impose their demands and this caused to further complicate peace process and our people still looking at it as their long  hope to access.
During a year, negotiation between America and Taliban continuing, many Afghan soldiers and a great number of citizens have become the victim of violence and fighting in the country and at least one thousands of armed Taliban lost their lives in the conflict during the same period, caused no any development toward ending war in the country, but the killing of foreign soldier changed everything.
It Taliban acquiesced in to peace negotiation among Afghans that could led in to ending the violence and fighting in Afghanistan and ensured the Afghans’ interests.
For this reason the president of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan insists that peace process is the ownership of Afghan people.
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghany in his recent statement has said that the ownership of peace process belongs to Afghan people not belongs to any ethnical group or party but it is the demand of Afghan people and presented by Afghans and its implementation is also one of the major duties of Afghan people.

Afghan president insists on ensuring a permanent and honorable peace and warns that Afghans never return back.
Ensuring peace is a need in Afghanistan and the Afghans are determined to meet this need. Foreigners can do nothing in that regard and if they do something it would be for their own interests.
There are many reports that indicate that Doha session (negotiation between America and Taliban) has mostly ended in to further closeness of America and Pakistan and unfortunately Taliban have been used as means for that purpose.   
Then, it would be better Taliban to leave aside military slogans and violence and join their people that would lead to peace. It would be possible only via conducting intra Afghan- negotiation.
Therefore, it would be better, Taliban instead of negotiation with outsiders and meditation of aliens who are following their own interests and objectives, referring to the Afghans’ old traditions, conducting and participating in Jergas settle the problem and save their suffering people. 
 

Wednesday, 11 September 2019 06:27

Taliban Key Commander Killed in Kunar Strike

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Asadabad (BNA) A key commander of Taliban terrorist group was killed in an air strike conducted by security forces in Kunar province last night.
Qari Solaiman was targeted in his stronghold in Sakano District.
ANA top commander in Selab army corps told BNA, Qari Solaiman key commander of Taliban was killed and his two guards were wounded in the strike.
Another report says, a series of blasts were prevented in Kunar province.
Security officials with collaboration of residents discovered and defused 11 mines from busy roads of Kunar province.
No one has been detained in connection of the failed mine planting.
Taliban mostly planted bombs and mines in crowded areas of the province, which victimized innocent civilians.
T. Yarzada

Wednesday, 11 September 2019 06:25

Taliban Sustained Casualties in Zabul Operation

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Qalat (BNA) Eighteen Taliban insurgents were killed and some others have been injured in a clearing operation conducted by Afghan security troops in Zabul province last night.
The operation carried out on strongholds of Taliban in pars of Arghandab District.
ANA top commander in south of the country told BNA, eighteen Taliban insurgents including three commanders of this group were killed in the operation.
It is said that four Taliban strongholds with all war equipment have been destroyed.
Another report says, a series of blasts were prevented in Zabul province.
Security officials discovered and defused seven mine and bombs from crowded ways of the province and prevented from series of blast.
T. Yarzada

Wednesday, 11 September 2019 06:24

Ahmad Zia Saraj Introduced As Acting NDS Chief

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Kabul (BNA) President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, in a ceremony, introducing the acting chief of the National Directorate of Security (NDS), after expressing condolence over the Muharram 10th and the death of Ahmad Shah Massoud and the Martyrs Week, praised the country’s security forces and said as a result of their heroic, many key and strategic sites were retaken from insurgents, a statement from the Presidential Palace said Tuesday.
“I congratulate your victory in Wardoj and Yamgan districts of Badakhshan province,” said the president lauding the country’s security forces recent sacrifices.
The president said that the country’s security and defense forces have not been defeated and will never be defeated as they have capacity and firm determination, the statement quoted.
Pointing to the resignation of the former NDS chief, the country’s president said: “This was a good tradition from the former NDS chief who called himself responsible for the faults of his subordinates and then finally resigned.”
About the recently delayed peace process, he went on as saying that the peace process was possessed by the people of Afghanistan and the Afghan peace process was not regional, ethnical and sectarian, but is the will of the people of Afghanistan.
“Peace process was Afghan and its practicing would also be Afghan.  We convened national, regional and international consensus about peace and made condition for it, but the Taliban thought inaccurate.  This national would never surrender to force,” said the president assuring that the country would never retreat as the Afghans have chosen lasting peace.  Pointing to the ongoing presidential poll said the only way to overcome the 40-year crisis, is to implement the constitution and hold election.
He once again praised the country’s security and defense forces and said he had granted the title of ‘The Protectors of Democracy’ as they could successfully ensure security of the parliamentary election.
“Your duty is to fully ensure security of the forthcoming presidential election, in order to have an inclusive countrywide and transparent election,” said the president as quoted by the statement.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The Presidential Palace in a statement the other day said that people and the government of Afghanistan pursue a dignified and sustainable peace and are committed to putting any effort into ensuring peace in the country, “However, the government considers the Taliban’s obstinacy to increase violence against Afghans as the main obstacle to the ongoing peace negotiations,” the statement said.
“We have consistently stressed that genuine peace is possible when the Taliban stop the killing of Afghans, embrace an inclusive ceasefire, and enter into direct negotiations with the Afghan government.”
The government of Afghanistan as the main initiator, advocate and executor of the peace process, respects the decision emanated from the Consultative Loya Jirga on Peace and is responsible to follow its mandate with the Afghans playing the central role and the government owning and leading the process, the statement added.
The government of Afghanistan praises the earnest efforts of its allies and is committed to working together with the United States and other partners to ensure honorable and enduring peace in the country, according to the statement.
The government of Afghanistan reiterates its stance on holding the presidential elections on September 28 to make sure the establishment of a legitimate government through the ballot box and to move forward the ongoing peace process with full wisdom and precision, the statement added.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, in a meeting with Minister of Hajj and Islamic Affairs, Mawlavi Abdul Hakim Munib, at the Presidential Palace ordered that the case of his insult by Mullah Tarakhail should be seriously assessed, the presidential Press Office said Tuesday.
In the meeting, the Haigh Office of the President has pledged to officially send his cases to the Attorney General Office in writing and said the AGO should act based on the article 134 of the constitution.
Mullah Tarakhail a former MP has insulted the minister of Hajj and Islamic Affairs when meeting at the Presidential Palace.

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