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No one’s vote will be wasted and everyone can cast their polls

No one’s vote will be wasted and everyone can cast their polls

20 Oct 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

KABUL, Afghanistan: The Independent Election Commission (IEC) assures that no vote of voters will be wasted, and this commission will pave the ground to everyone to cast their votes. Shaima Alam Soroush, IEC deputy spokesperson at press conference held today said, in Polling Stations where the election materials were sent later or delayed, the voting process is extended to 8pm evening. She said that Polling stations that election materials were not sent until 1:00pm and polling process not begun on time, or IEC staff were not present, the voting process will be held tomorrow. Ms. Soroush added, “Of the 4,900 polling centers, there were problem in 360 centers that measures are taken solve the issue, so that the voting process starts at those centers.”She asked people to support this national process with their widespread supports, and stand against any kind of conspiracy and propaganda of the enemies and the opponents. Meanwhile, Najib Danish, MoI spokesperson acknowledged that the voting process has so far continued in more than 19,000 polling stations and 4,900 polling centers, with no security problems and there is no report that caused closure of any polling centers or polling stations yet.Ghafoor Ahmad Javid, MoD spokesperson expressed his optimism about the cooperation of the people with the security forces, saying all forces have been given direction to ensure the security of the polling centers throughout the country. He added that Afghan security forces are ready to provide security to all the polling stations that will be extended for tomorrow. ###

70,000 forces are assigned for security of polling stations and centers

70,000 forces are assigned for security of polling stations and centers

20 Oct 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

Kabul, Afghanistan: Spokespersons of MoI, MoD, MoWA, IDLG and MoE appeared in a press conference at GMIC and assured people about the security of polling centers and requested people to use from the right and cast their votes. Najib Danesh, Spokesperson of MoI said that 4900 polling centers with more than 20,000 polling stations in 32 provinces of the country is open now with the exception of Kandahar and Ghazni, and 70,000 Afghan forces are assigned to ensure the security of Elections. Meanwhile, Ministry of Defense spokesperson Said Ghafoor Ahmad Jawid assured security of elections and said the sensitive material of the election was handed over across the country.This morning the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan casted his vote and started this national process.In provinces, the governors and deputy governors have visited the polling centers in the early hours of the morning and have called on voters to cast their votes. Said Shah Saqim, IDLG spokesman said that currently voting is ongoing in 32 provinces of the country, and no problems have been reported yet.The spokespersons from the Ministry of Women's Affairs and Ministry of Education also called on citizens, especially women, to use their voting rights at the polls.Elections in Kandahar province have been delayed for a week, and soon the election date will be announced in Ghazni province.###

The presence of men and women in polling centers and stations is impressive

The presence of men and women in polling centers and stations is impressive

20 Oct 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

KABUL, Afghanistan: The Independent Election Commission (IEC) said that the presence of men and women in polling centers and stations is significant in the early minutes of the morning. Today Shaima Alam Soroush, the Deputy Spokesperson of IEC in a joint press conference expressed optimism about the great turnout of women and men in polling centers and stations. She added that the process of opening the centers has been delayed due to technical reasons in some areas, which is solved now.Ms. Soroush also said those 4,900 centers and 20,000 polling stations in 32 provinces, except Kandahar and Ghazni provinces, are open to voters, and still no problems have been reported.Munira Yousafzada, deputy governor of Kabul, welcomed the extraordinary presence of voters, especially women, at various polling stations in this province. She said polls in Kabul's centers and stations began at 7:00 am and people have been using their right to vote, with widespread presence.Meanwhile, IDLG spokesperson said the voting process has begun in the polling centers and stations in 32 provinces of the country, and so far no problems have been reported from the provinces and districts.                                                                            The spokesperson of MoI reassured people the security of polling centers and stations in 32 provinces of the country, adding that elections materials were delivered to Mandol and Do-Abb districts of Nuristan province.###

NPA introduced Afghanistan Government Electronic & Open Procurement System

NPA introduced Afghanistan Government Electronic & Open Procurement System

15 Oct 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

GMIC, Kabul, Afghanistan – In a conference on “Supporting Private Sector in Public Procurement”, National Procurement Authority  (NPA) introduced Afghanistan Government Electronic & Open Procurement System (AGEOPS) to the representatives of international institutions, construction companies, members of civil society and media. Addressing media outlets in GMIC, Elham Omar Hotaki General Director of NPA said: “Using AGEOPS, companies are categorized into few sections considering their experiences.” Using this system, private companies will apply for contracts that they are expert in it. AGEOPS Works are categorized into eleven sections and companies can apply for one or more based on their experiences. Hotaki gave three months to representatives of companies to apply for AGEOPS membership so that they would be able to enter the system by receiving a certificate number. “This system is established to provide required facilities for the growth of private sector, to ensure transparency in procurement processes, to evaluate companies and increase their professional capacity, to accelerate offers evaluations process and to provide certificates of companies’ classification.” Hotaki stressed.Afghanistan is the only country in the region that has established electronic procurement system.

Teachers’ salaries to be paid through mobile

Teachers’ salaries to be paid through mobile

09 Oct 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

Kabul, Afghanistan: Afghan Minister of Telecommunication and Technology Aryubi and Afghan Minister of Education Balkhi singed an memorandum of understanding which will facilitate payment for teachers through mobile." at the first stage it is planned to pay salaries of teachers and employees of the MoE in Kandahar, Parwan and Nagarhar. This process will then extend to all the country.” Said Minister Shahzad Aryubi.Mirwais Balkhi acting minister MoE said , The purpose of this MOE is to prevent unauthorized payments, to removal of trustees from the salary system, to expedite payment of salaries, to ensure transparency, and to identify the exact number of teachers across Afghanistan.Minister Balkhi als added that with the cooperation of MCIT, all teachers through this MoU will go through biometric system. The biometric registration of teachers and employees of the MoE will eliminate the possibility of ghost teachers in the ministry.###

Security situation tuned to normal in Sayed Abad district

Security situation tuned to normal in Sayed Abad district

07 Oct 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

Today early morning, reinforcement dispatched to Sayed Abad district of Maidan Wardak province and currently the situation tuned to normal in this district. Nasrut Rahimi, MoI deputy spokesperson in a joint press conference with MoD spokesperson at GMIC said: “Enemies attacked several security check posts in Sayed Abad district, but the attacks have been repelled by ANDSF. The news about the collapse of Sayed Abad district is not true. Enemies suffered heavy casualties due to reciprocal assault of security forces. In this fight, 14 soldiers including district chief of police were martyred and 7 others wounded. Rahimi added that the Kabul – Kandahar highway is reopened and the traffic turned to normal.  Deputy spokesperson for Ministry of Interior stated about Alibpour who is an irresponsible armed militia that has illegal armed men:  Alipour is under pursuit of security forces and will be sent to judicial bodies after arrest. Alipour and his illegal armed men are active in the highway of Maidan Wardak, Bamyan and Ghor province are charged to crime, robbery, murder, harassment, rape and banditry.  Meanwhile, Defense Ministry spokesman Sayed Ghafur Ahmad Javid said that the offensive operations of the Defense Forces are currently being conducted in 14 provinces. He said the operations had great achievements. He also added the enemies suffered heavy casualties, Mullah Bari Jan a famous commander of Taliban in Farah province is among those killed by ANDSF

Badakhshan gold and Balkhab cooper mines has no legal issue

Badakhshan gold and Balkhab cooper mines has no legal issue

06 Oct 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

GMIC, KABUL, AFGHANISTAN: Badakhshan Gold Mine and Balkhab copper mine contracts were signed recently in United States between the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum and the representatives of “Turkish Afghan Mining “ and “Afghan Gold and Minerals Company “, The bidding process of these two mines were announced in 2012.The Turkish Afghan Mining Company, which has signed the extraction contract of Badakhshan gold mine, has committed to invest $ 22 million in the first three years of exploration stage.Meanwhile, Afghan Gold and Minerals Company, which is the winner of the Balkhab copper mine contract, will invest $ 56 million in the first three years of the exploration stage.Addressing a press conference at GMIC, Abdul Qadir Mutfi, spokesperson for the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum said that all legal procedures and consultations of Afghanistan International & Legal Consultative Company are considered while finalizing the Badakhshan gold and Balkhab copper mine contracts. Mutfi added that the recent allegations by Integrity Watch regarding the conflicts of interests in these contracts is not credible and is baseless. He strongly rejected these claims and called on civil society and integrity Watch to stop any statements that is irresponsible and harms investment in the country. "The government assures transparency and accountability in extractive industries sector, especially important contracts, and welcomes the supervision of civil society organizations in this regard." said MoMP spokesperson.MoMP spokesperson Abdul Qadir Mutfi, and Legal Director of the Ministry Waliullah Zadran, explained all the legal stages from the bidding process to the finalization stage, to the media outlets in this conference.###

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Electoral materials transferred to all provinces of Afghanistan

Electoral materials transferred to all provinces of Afghanistan

04 Oct 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

GMIC, KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – The Ministry of Defense (MoD), in coordination with the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and the Ministry of Interior (MoI), worked together to transfer electoral material to all provinces of Afghanistan.  Sayed Ghafoor Ahmad Jawid MOD spokesperson and Nasrat Rahimi MOI Deputy spokesperson held a press conference at GMIC today Thursday told reporters that ANDSF transferred election materials to all provinces of the country. A per a comprehensive security plan, ANDSF have taken measures to transfer election materials safely, to ensure security of voting centers, to provide security for voters, and to maintain security of candidates’ campaigns, said both spokespersons. Spokesmen for MoD and MoI assured the people that ANDSF are  doing utmost to secure elections— not allowing anyone to interfere and harm this national and democratic process.  “54 thousand defense and security forces are assigned to secure 5,100 polling centers which included 21,000 polling stations on Election Day.” Nusrat Rahimi said.  “ANDSF increased offensive and aggressive operations by 36 percent and number of ANDSF causalities has decreased due to the increase in offensive operations. This helped the security situation of the country improve, especially Kabul city.” He added.Since the beginning of the reforms in MOD in past four years, The had been improvements in fighting corruption and transparency of procurement. During this period of time, 280 individuals including general officers, foot soldiers and civilian personnel of MoD have been prosecuted on charges of corruption, bribery and neglect of duty. On the other hand, with the reforms in procurement process, more than Afs 13.5 billion were saved from embezzlement in the past four years.  Due to these reforms, ANA soldiers have shifted from a defensive position to an offensive position.  ANA is now capable of conducting unilateral operations throughout the country, Jawed said. Biometric registration of MoD personnel has been completed by 98 percent. The implementation (APPS) Army Personnel Payment System completed by 91%.  This system puts the possible presence of ghost soldiers at MoD to zero.Over this week, ANDSF have conducted numerous aerial and ground operations  across the country.  318 Taliban including their local commanders and 51 Daesh affiliates have been killed. These militants were involved at creating insecurity, blocking roads, disturbing people and emplacing IEDs.  ###

MoD /MOI Joint Presser 4 October, 2018 Readout

MoD /MOI Joint Presser 4 October, 2018 Readout

04 Oct 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

Speaker: •    Sayed Ghafor Ahmad Jawid, MoD Spokesperson •    Nasrut Rahimi, MoI Deputy SpokespersonMr Jawid started his speech, announcing the transfer of all electoral materials to all provinces, saying that “all electoral materials have been sent to provinces across the country and all security sectors have cooperated with IEC and this is clear message to the people of Afghanistan, that we are committed to holding this national and democratic process in a safe atmosphere and our security and defense forces are capable to ensure the security of elections. He highlighted MoD achievements in fighting corruption. “In past four years we had significant achievements in fighting corruption. APPS completed by 91% , 98 percent of MoD personnel have been included in biometric system and right now there no ghost soldiers in ministry of defense. Further he added that with the reforms brought in procurement process within MoD, more than Afs 13.5 billion have been saved from embezzlement. Over the past four years, 280 individuals, including general officers and foot soldiers including some civilian personnel of MoD have been prosecuted on charges of corruption, bribery, and neglect of duty, Jawid said.  Clearance and offensive operations of ANDSF across the country had significant achievements, in the past month. As result of ground and air operations, 318 Taliban were killed, 96 others wounded and 38 militants were arrested, 13 enemy hideouts and two narcotic factories were destroyed. As result of ground and air missions against ISIS-K, 51 DAESH fighters have been killed.Rahimi said: MOI ordered all intelligence and security sectors to secure the democratic and national process of election as per the expectations of Afghans. We work together with MoD and NDS to take essential steps and ANDSF are on alert to secure the election. In total 54 thousands security and defense forces have been assigned to ensure security of 5,100 polling centers which makes 21 thousands polling stations. All intelligence, ground and air forces are committed and responsible to pay their efforts for Election Day.   It is worth mentioning that all intelligence and operative units received serious orders to protect security of candidates of elections. We therefore strongly urge all candidates to cooperate and inform ANDSF of their events. ANDSF was not informed of the election campaign event in Nangarhar in which a terrorist attack happened this week.  There has been a 36 percent increase in ANDSF offensive operations across Afghanistan which improved the security across Afghanistan in particular in Kabul city.  These operations also caused a decrease in ANDSF casualties.  Q/ASeveral past elections have shown that in some places artificial conflicts had been imposed to stop people from voting rights, what do you have plan to prevent possible artificial conflicts?Anyone who wants to endanger the lives of Afghans is the same as terrorists—will face serious reaction of ANDSF on Elections Day.Do not worry about security situation. As Ashura day passed in safe and sound and security was taken very well, while people were concerned about security issues. We make sure that the Election Day will pass in good security. The enemy and the terrorist may try to challenge this process, but we all have the responsibility to use voting right. All security forces are committed to defend Election Day strongly.Where these Daesh fighters were killed? In Kunar, Khogyani and other districts of Nangarhar provinces.Among the arrested MoD personnel, how many were Generals?Over 20 Generals are included. Everyone equal before law. We are committed to seriously fight against corruption.Is MoD the only sector responsible for transferring the electoral materials?MoD and all other security sectors are responsible to deliver the materials on time, to the polling centers that IEC has given. we jointly work to hold this national and democratic process well.Pakistan’s foreign ministry has said that terrorist have safe havens in Afghanistan, what is you response?I just want to say, where Osama got killed? Where is Quetta Council?  We are victims of terrorism. Its clear crystal for the world and even for them [Pakistan]. Recently the Pakistan foreigner minister told Aljazeera that they support Taliban for our own goals. That’s a clear answer.How many ghost soldiers are recognized?The biometric process of ANA personnel finished by 98 percent and there is not any ghost soldier. Yesterday, Afghan forces conducted air strikes on Taliban in Nangarhar, Taliban now claim that ANDSF have rescued Daesh members from us, what is your position? ANDSF don’t know bad and good terrorists, terrorists are terrorists and they are against humanity. We firmly committed to suppress terrorists and those are against the people, stability and development of Afghanistan.  We therefore reject the allegation of Taliban that is baseless claim. Night before the strike, 19 Daesh members have been killed as result of air strike. ANDSF had killed the fourth leader of Daesh in Afghanistan. ###  

The process of collecting asset registration forms of government officials completed

The process of collecting asset registration forms of government officials completed

22 Sep 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

Kabul, Afghanistan – Asset Registration and Verification Office (ARVO) is assigned to register assets of all government officials. Over the course of six months, since its beginning, the office has collected more than 14,000 asset registration forms of high ranking government officials. ARVO Director Ms. Nahid Esar appeared in a joint press conference with Director of Anti-Corruption Secretariat Yama Turabi, saying that: "The process of collecting asset registration forms for all high ranking officials is completed."The aim behind assets registration of high-ranking officials is to prevent corruption, to prevent embezzlement of public funds, and to establish monitoring mechanism for public and the media.   According to the law, the asset registration process of high ranking officials takes place in three stages; registration, publication and verification. "ARVO expresses its satisfaction for the government leadership support, and hoped that all politicians support this process," Ms. Esar added. Meanwhile, Anti-Corruption Secretariat, who is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy, says that they report about their performances every six months."The registration of assets of government officials and employees is part of the government's commitment to the people and international community" said Yama Torabi, Director of Anti-Corruption Secretariat.Asset Registration and Verification Office urges the People, Civil Society Institutions, Ulema Council, and other institutions to visit ARVO website, and read the published assets of government officials, and share their relevant information through:  asset.registration.gov.af address

Combined delegation on investigation of fake Tazkera: We assure the people to act with complete impartiality

Combined delegation on investigation of fake Tazkera: We assure the people to act with complete impartiality

19 Sep 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

Kabul, Afghanistan – the combined delegation which is established according to a Presidential decree aimed at investigation of fake Tazkera, briefed media outlets on their activities at the GMIC this afternoon. Noor Hadi Hadi, AGO General Director for office of Oversight on Anti-Corruption and head of the delegation said that the registering Fake Tazkeras, identifying individuals and officials behind the fake Tazkeras, investigating the received complaints, and offering recommendations are main aims of the delegation.According to him, the delegation held two sessions so far and several official letters have been sent to relevant organizations, political movements especially to Grand National Coalition of Afghanistan, and Lower House, to provide accurate proofs and evidences to the delegations.Hadi added, "We assure the people of Afghanistan that this delegation will act independently and with full impartiality, and will share the results of their findings with the media and the people."Based on presidential decree #1100, a combined delegation from MoI, National Statistics Office, ACCRA, IEC and AGO were assigned to investigate the fake Tazkeras. AGO leads this combined delegation.

NGOs spent $884 million last year

NGOs spent $884 million last year

19 Sep 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

Kabul, Afghanistan – Today, Ministry of Economy launched the annual report of NGOs in Government Media and Information Center.Dr. Mustafa Mastoor, Afghan Minister of Economy, said that the aim of this report was to creating transparency and accountability of NGOs in the country, based on which the government will decide on the activities of NGOs in the future. According to Minister of Economy, in year 1396, the total number of NGOs registered in the ministry reached 2399, of which 288 were foreign NGOs. "533 NGOs were dissolved due to not reporting in accordance with law or inactivity," the minister said. "NGOs will spend their budget according to the priorities of the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in the future" the minister added.NGOs spent $ 884 million last year, $ 591 million by foreign NGOs, and $ 293 million by local NGOs.According to the report, employment in NGOs has increased by 7% over the past two years, reaching 84.000, including 24.000 women.###

The campaign for distribution of paper Tazkera for the election process ended

The campaign for distribution of paper Tazkera for the election process ended

18 Sep 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

The campaign for the distribution of paper Tazkera for the elections process, which began in March this year, has ended today.  The information of the people who received Tazkera across the country, are registered in 6389 books; each book contains 820 records."5034 books have been transferred from the provinces to the center and remaining 1355 other books will be transferred soon." said Homayoun Muhtat, Director of Afghanistan Central Civil Registration Authority (ACCRA)  in a press conference held at GMIC on Tuesday.The process of entering transferred books to the database is completed; meanwhile the review, analysis, and evaluation process of the books is ongoing. 500 books are reviewed yet. He said that 380 suspected records were announced invalid and shared with the IEC.ACCRA Director also added that cooperation with IEC continues on a daily basis, and suspected Tazkera are shared with the IEC.Muhtat stressed that "The priority of the ACCRA is to collect the remaining books from the provinces and analyze all the records." He assured people that according to the principle of transparency and accountability, the work of this office is completely transparent, people and civil society organizations can monitor ACCRA operations on the ground.

Afghanistan's exports increased by 32% over the past eight months

Afghanistan's exports increased by 32% over the past eight months

18 Sep 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

Ajmal Hamid AbdulRahimzai, Acting Minister of Industry and Commerce appeared at a press conference held at GMIC on Tuesday and said, "The exports have Increased 32% in the first eight months of fiscal year 1397, compared to the same period of last year."The implementing the National Exports Strategy, establishing air corridors, holding trade shows for the purpose of marketing Afghanistan products abroad, building transit routes with China, Kazakhstan, India and Uzbekistan, and identifying six items of country’s important products for export, are the main reasons for the increase in exports in the last eight months. "Afghanistan's economic growth and development are the main goals of NUG and international community for the transformation decade. The country's economic growth through strengthening of the private sector, is one of government priorities, which includes the support of local investors in order to improve the capacity of domestic products to increase exports and substitution of imports” Acting minister added. Approval of industrial parks policy and scheme for determination of 50 AFs per square meter of land in all industrial parks, retrieving 128 acres of parks’ lands from usurpers in Khost province and 114 acres in Kabul, and distributing 60 acres of land for investors in Barik Aab industrial park, are part of MoIC achievements. 1.3 billion AFs will be invested in Barik Aab industrial park, which will provide jobs for 9,000 people.###

MoD Press Conference - Readout 24 September 2018

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Speaker: MoD Spokesperson Ghafoor JawidAppearing in press conference held at GMIC, Mr. Jawid stressed on security of elections, saying that “We assure the Afghan people that ANDSF will ensure the security of elections so that they can participate in the elections in a safe environment.”He added that as a result of operations conducted by Special Forces in Jaghato district of Maidan Wardak province, eight ANDSF were released from a Taliban prison. 11 Taliban also have been killed in this operation.Further he said that as result of operations in other areas of the mentioned district, Qari Said Rahman Taliban’s shadow district governor for Jaghato along with their commander Mullah Abdul Rahman and a local leader known as Muslim were killed.Q/A SessionQ. Reports say that 10 civilians have died during the operations in Jaghato district, and same has happened in Koistan district of Kapisa province, can you provide details?A. Our forces are committed to the laws of war and their aim is to save and protect the lives of civilians. Unfortunately, the terrorists use the holy places and civilian houses as shields. Civilian casualties issue is under investigation, once it is done, the results will be shared with the media.Q. The casualties have increased, as Defense Minister said yesterday, the number of casualties reaches 30 per day which reach around 900 in a month, does it indicate the management of war is facing challenges or any other problem is there?A. Defense minister spoke about this issue in the upper house in full details, I think that’s enough.Q. people are concerned about the security situation in Ghazni, how is the situation out there?A. in Ghazni province, we have launched extensive clearance and offensive operations, the people should not be concerned, we have enough forces and we had great achievements there. ANDSF inflicted heavy causality to the enemies.###

Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (Signing MoU between MoMP and CORDAID)

Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (Signing MoU between MoMP and CORDAID)

10 Sep 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

Speakers:•    Acting Minister, Nargis Nehan, MoMP•    Mr. Kees Zevenbergen, Chief Executive, CORDAID Kabul, Afghanistan: Today Nargis Nehan Acting Minister of Mines and Petroleum had a  joint press conference with CORDAID organization on (Signing MoU between MoMP and CORDAID) at the Government Media and Information Center (GMIC) this afternoon.Nargis Nehan said that by signing this memorandum, people in 34 provinces of the country are given the necessary information on the rights and importance of their role in monitoring the implementation of projects related to mining.Minister Nehan emphasized the importance of the role of people in monitoring the implementation of mine projects, according to the law; people play a key role in the process of monitoring the implementation of mining projects.Ministry of Mines and Petroleum singed a MoU with CORDIAD organization, a non-profit Netherland entity, to increase public awareness on mines.Nargis Nehan: the main goal of signing this MoU is ensuring rights of miners and empowerment of women, youths and local people who are displaced as a result of mining activities.She also added that CORDIAD supports Ministry of Mines and Petroleum in strengthening the social contract between the government and the citizens in the field of mines extractions through better coordination and information sharing.She also emphasized  the importance of the role of people in monitoring the implementation of mine projects, according to the law, people plays an essential role in monitoring and implementation of mining projects and, if they are not aware, they can not properly use their rights and they do not understand their importance. #####

Ghazni to be cleared of enemy presence soon

Ghazni to be cleared of enemy presence soon

13 Aug 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

GMIC: Kabul, Afghanistan – Chief of General Staff, MoI deputy minister and NDS Deputy director, are in Ghazni now leading the war against the Taliban.  In a joint press conference held at GMIC, Lt. General Tariq Shah Bahrami, Minister of Defense and Minster of Interior Affairs Wais Ahmad Barmak, briefed the media on the situation in Ghazni city and said: according to latest information, planning for clearance operation has been completed, and comprehensive operation have been launched from four fronts today, with participation of ANA, ANP, NDS and commando units, aimed at suppressing the enemy and clearance of Ghazni city. Bahrami added that additional troops and reinforcements including ANA, ANP and NDS have been deployed to Ghazni this morning, for the clearance of Ghazni city, securing the highway, and inflicting heavy casualties to the terrorists. Minister of Defense stressed that with the measures taken, positive changes will come in security situation of Ghazni city within 24 hours. Wais Ahmad Barmak, Minister of Interior Affairs said that during the clearance operation which started this morning, PD 1 is cleared; the prison, Bala Hesar area and vicinity of police HQ  is under government control and operation is ongoing intensely. Minsters of Defense and Interior Affairs assured that people of Ghazni that ANDSF will stand with the population defending them against terrorist and will soon defeat the enemy.

Security situation to improve in Ghazni within few days

Security situation to improve in Ghazni within few days

12 Aug 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

Kabul, Afghanistan –  There will be positive changes in the security situation on Ghazni soon.  Briefing the media outlets around security situation in Ghazni, Chief of General Staff General Mohammad Sharif Yaftali said: the security situation will change in Ghazni and highway #1 will open, in two days.He said the reason for the slow ANDSF operations to suppress the terrorists in Ghazni id due to preventing civilian casualties and financial losses to the residents of the province. He said Taliban and terrorists massed from Helmand, Zabul, Paktia and Paktika provinces to attack Ghazni. ANDSF is fighting more than 20 terrorists groups. Chief of General Staff said that ANDSF have the capability to defend Ghazni and their priority is clearance of the city from the presence of Taliban and foreign terrorists, reopening the highway #1 and securing Ghazni city. He said all strategic areas such as governor’s office, provincial Chief of Police, jail, NDS provincial office, ANA bases in Ghazni and other key areas, are in the hands of government, right now.General Yaftali added that Taliban have destroyed public institutions in Ghazni, and have burned up a large mall in the city. Chief of General Staff assured the citizens of Ghazni that ANDSF will stand with them protecting their lives and properties and will not allow terrorists to harm them. He said ANDSF is capable enough to hold their bases and protect Ghazni.