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Emergency Loya Jirga, Historic Event In Afghanistan’s Political Chapter

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Wednesday June 12, 2013 Kabul (BNA) The 21st Jawza coincides holding of the first emergency Loya Jirga in Afghanistan. The grand assembly (Loya Jirga) establishment which is considered as an important event in the history of Afghanistan, because of its decisions makes the history of this country. It’s a fact that Afghanistan has had held Jirgas since long years over different epoch of time by the different political administrations. But, what gives preference to the emergency Loya Jirga that it wasn’t a political Jirga and emergency Loya Jirga was organized by the will of nation and it represented genuine aspirations of the people of this country. The Jirga was attended by the people from all walks of life and holding of the Jirga took place on the bases of the first Bonn Conference on 21st Jawza 1381 that coincides June 11th 2002. The emergency Loya Jirga ratified constitution of the Islamic republic of Afghanistan and this Grand National meeting ratified the national document in highly sensitive situations after Afghanistan had initiated it new political chapter in world arena. However, some elements maintain some reservations over working procedures of the emergency Loya Jirga, but, the democratic environment which dominated over the Jirga had provided golden opportunity to the representatives of the people from all parts of the country to express their views and ideas over national issues including ratification of the constitution and form of the government and leader of the country. The Jirga provided representatives of the people the most suitable venue to express their views with regard to the political future of the country under a democratic scenario and circumstance so that Jirga members be able to ensure formation of a genuine government on the bases of aspirations of the oppressed people of Afghanistan who had tragically suffered over lasting years of imposed war and instability. The emergency Loya Jirga laid the foundation stone of a democratic government formed on the bases of democracy and people’s votes. The move not only brought Afghanistan out of conflicts and crisis, but, it also moved the war-battered country towards state of social and political order and stability and the Jirga also supported Afghanistan to step on the right track towards democracy where people by casting their ballots decide on future of their country. Eleven years have been passed since government of Afghanistan had attained its legitimacy from the emergency Loya Jirga and in some extent the government succeeded to accomplish it responsibilities effectively and efficiently the jobs which Jirga members have assigned to them. Following formation of the interim, administration in 2001, Afghanistan despite major socioeconomic challenges opened the doors of opportunities and development to its people and the country obtained major growth in various fields mainly education, telecommunication, information technology, banking, heath services, economy, investment, establishment of dozens of private universities and higher education institutions, renovation and reconstruction of basic infrastructures, mining, freedom of press, expansion of audiovisual and print media outlets and rest of the social fields. Despite the upper attainments Afghanistan still copes with some challenges including poverty, unemployment, economic recessions, insecurity and shelter. In-fact, holding of emergency Loya Jirga considered an important event in the political history of Afghanistan as it paved the way to the country to move towards democracy and the and the same Jirga supported the people of Afghanistan to nominate their leader with their votes.  

President Karzai meets IEC chairman, members

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Saturday, April 07, 2012 Kabul (BNA) in a meeting with the chairman and members of the independent election commission, the chairman and member of Independent Election Commission (IEC) informed President Karzai on preparedness for future presidential elections.  Present at this meeting also were vice-presidents.  They also discussed the five-year strategic plan of the commission and assured the president that this will soon be presented to the presidential office.  Views were also exchanged at the meeting on past elections, violations, and foreign interventions and the lesions learned of the past experiences and measures to prevent such issues in the future.  President Karzai told them that we need two things.  First the independent election commission should strong that the people of Afghanistan should have trust on it and second that the legal and judicial source that should address elections in case problems.

UN Calls For Greeter Support To Afghanistan

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New York (BNA) The UN General Assembly called on Monday on countries to reiterate and scale up their support for Afghanistan during its transition period, and outlined six major areas the country should focus on the ensure its long-term stability and progress.  In a resolution adopted unanimously yesterday morning, the Assembly called for increased efforts in the areas of security, justice and governance, social and economic development, reconciliation and integration, regional cooperation and strategic partnerships.  Security remains a top priority, with the Assembly noting that despite visible progress, terrorism is still a major threat, putting at risk all other areas where there has been progress.  The assembly welcomed the start of the transition process of security responsibility, which began in July, and called on countries to provide the necessary technical and financial support to create favorable conditions so that Afghan security forces can fully handle security needs in the near future.  Zahir Tanin, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Afghanistan, told the Assembly that in spite of the challenges, the security transition is still on track and Afghan authorities are working with the international community so that by 2014 they can assume full responsibility in all provinces.

800 Students Busy In Getting Religious Studies In Samangan

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Aibak (BNA) Interest of Afghan youth in getting Islamic studies is improving day by day in Samangan province.  According to local officials, thousands Afghan youth including male and female are busy in getting religious studies and memorizing the Holy Quran.    Mawlavi Sayed Abdul Ghfor Hshimi, acting director for Hajj and Endowment said, “Currently 8000 youth both male and female are busy in getting Islamic studies at 112 official and non-official religious madras’s throughout the province, adding they are taught by dozens of religious scholars.  According to Hashimi, 26 of the madras’s are operating in capital city of Aibak, while six of them are operating in six districts of the province.  Hashimi further said there are two Darul Uloms and 20 are Darul Hifazes, adding dozens religious scholars are graduated annually from different sections of these madrasas.  One of these madrasas is Islamic Darul Ulom of Hanifa, located in Kart-e-Khurasan of Aibak city where 300 youth are busy in getting various Islamic studies.  According to Mawlavi Mohammad Amin, a teacher at a madrassa in the province, 110 scholars have graduated during the current and past year from the madrasas and now they are serving to their people in various Islamic studies at these madrassas.  Meanwhile, Abdul Aziz Azizi, provincial director of education for Samangan said there is only madrassa for women, while the others are for men, adding eight of them are official.  All madras’s are financially supported by Afghan ministry of education and have hostels for those whose houses are far away.  Azizi said, adding after graduation, the scholars are appointed in various government offices in the country.

Afghan Sportsmen Receive Eight Medals

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Kabul (BNA) Afghan sportsmen in Karate by getting four gold medals, two silver and two bronze got the second position in the first competitions of Asia-Europe championship. According to Abdul Mahboob, a director of relations and information for national Olympic committee, the competitions which were held in Turkey from Nov 11 to Nov 13, Shuja Agha Hameedi, Farid Agha Durandish, Shir Mohammad Muradi and Wahid Ahmad Joya got the gold medals in the championship.  Meanwhile, Rahmatullah Subat, Navid Amiri got silver medals and Shahram Arifi and Abdul Rahim Takhari got the bronze medals.

15 Dead In Traffic Accident In Herat-Kandahar Highway

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Lashkargah (BIA) 15 people lost their lives in a traffic accident on Herat-Kandahar highway in the vicinities of Gereshk district of Helmand province yesterday.  Colonel Shadi Khan, police chief of Gereshk district said to this news agency, a 303 passenger bus was going from Kabul to Herat crashed with a motorbike and a corolla car in Yakhchal area, Gereshk district, in which 15 passengers of these vehicles were lost their lives.   According to Shadi Khan, the driver of the 303 car escaped and police is searching him.  Among victims of this event, women and children are included. Translated By Suraya-Yarzada

Malaysia, South Korea And Indonesia Will Train Afghan Journalists

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Kabul (BIA) Deen Mohammad Mubarez Rashidi deputy minister of publication of information and culture ministry says that Malaysia, South Korea and Indonesia cooperate in training of the Afghan journalists.  This understanding has been reached alongside the IBU conference in New Delhi.  Rashidi added that the IBU organization has affiliation with 201 important media in 60 countries and holds its general assembly annually and Afghanistan has its membership for 42 years.  The IBU conference was held from 3 to 8th of November and the chairmanship of the conference was delivered from Malaysia to South Korea.  He added that alongside this conference the Afghan delegation met with the delegations of South Korea, Malaysia and Indonesia and these countries agreed to train the Afghan reporters and journalists.  He noted that soon contracts will be signed in this respect with those countries.

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Marshal Fahim Asks For Further Cooperation Of UNHCR

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Kabul (BIA)  Acting president Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim first vice-president of Afghanistan in his meeting with the UNHCR commissioner praised the cooperation of this organization in coordination of affairs pertaining to refugees and displaced in Afghanistan and Pakistan and asked for its further cooperation in this respect.  At this meeting Marshal Fahim expressed his sympathies over the death of three employees of UNHCR in Kandahar and added that Afghanistan considering its needs requires more assistance in refugee and displaced spheres and this can be coordinated with the regional countries.  The UNHCR commissioner assured of further cooperation and assistance and its assistance will also be provided to the displaced people as well.  Minister of Refugees and Repatriates was also present at the meeting.  According to another report, Marshal Fahim met with General Commander of ISAF John Allen during which he noted that security situation is improving in the country and added that the Afghan security forces by attaining combat training and experience are now stand against the enemies of the country with bravery and soon they will undertake the security responsibility in some other parts of the country as well.  He meanwhile appreciated the efforts of the international community in training and equipping of the security forces and added that the more attention is focused in this respect, the combat prepared of the Afghan forces will be strengthened and they will be enable to carry on operations during the day and night and this way they can assist ensuring of lasting peace and security in the country.  During the meeting, John Allen called assisting the Afghan people as very important in attaining stability and calmness and added that we have come here to assist the people of Afghanistan and we are complying towards our responsibilities.

Afghan-India Strategic Agreement Will Not Harm Pakistan, President Karzai

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 Kabul (BIA) President Karzai while meeting Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gailani said that the strategic agreement that Afghanistan signed with India is to the interest of this region and that will not be used against the neighboring Pakistan.  Touching on the historic ties with India, President Karzai said Afghanistan and India has historic ties and on the basis of this a strategic agreement was concluded between the two nations that undoubtedly is to the benefit of the region and that will not harm Pakistan.  President Karzai expressed pleasure over the formation of the mechanism in Istanbul Conference on the basis of which Pakistan will assess the martyrdom of Prof. Ustad Burhanudden Rabbani chairman of high peace council of the country.  Both sides emphasized at the meeting that terrorism is a threat to the region and Pakistan and Afghanistan will be safe from this threat when they jointly struggle against it.