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54 people released from the Taliban prison

54 people released from the Taliban prison

17 Jul 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

According to a press release of Ministry of Defense (Tuesday, July 17, 2018), 54 people who were in Taliban’s prison were released as a result of clearance operation carried out by Special Operations Corps in vicinity of Musa Qala district of Helmand province.Among the released people, there were 15 police officers, 4 army officers, two civilian doctors and 33 civilians.Four members of the Taliban group were also arrested by special operations corps soldiers in this operation.

Number of religious scholars and Imams of the mosques announced their support for government plans in Faryab

Number of religious scholars and Imams of the mosques announced their support for government plans in Faryab

16 Jul 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

Faryab province Media office (Monday, 16 July 2011) – Number of religious scholars and Imams of the mosques, during a meeting with Dr Naqibullah Faiq, governor of Faryab, expressed their support for the government's plans.The governor of Faryab, expressing his gratitude for the support and cooperation of the religious scholars and Imams of the mosques, called them the instructors and real educators of the Islamic community, and said that their advices are very useful in delivering good governance.Mr. Faiq also hoped that religious scholars do not hesitate in putting efforts to enlighten the public perception, and to cooperate with the legitimate government with the aim of achieving an enduring peace.

The first standard design for slaughterhouse to inaugurate till upcoming month

The first standard design for slaughterhouse to inaugurate till upcoming month

16 Jul 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock is claimed strongly to establish slaughterhouse with standard design in Rishkhor, PD7 with cost of 6 USD million. The slaughterhouse will be inaugurated till one month.  The MAIL claims to resume implementation of projects which have been stuck already.Nasir Ahmad Duranni said:  The MAIL has committed to establish five standardized slaughterhouses already,  but the projects postponed. The projects resume sine new leadership of MAIL and will establish the first slaughterhouse in Rishkhor on one month, and the four rests of slaughterhouses would be established during upcoming year in four provinces. The Rishkhor slaughterhouse will design with standard criteria and facilitate Halal, fresh and healthy meat for Kabul residents. The slaughterhouse designed at 25 hector land for capacity to slaughter 500 sheep and 100 caw at the same time.

Opening statement of Mawlawi Qeeyamuddin Kashaf, in International Ulema Conference on Peace and Stability in Afghanistan

Opening statement of Mawlawi Qeeyamuddin Kashaf, in International Ulema Conference on Peace and Stability in Afghanistan

10 Jul 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

الحمد لله رب العالمین ، و الصلاة و السلام علی سید الانبیاء و المرسلین نبینا محمد و علی اله و اصحابه اجمعين و من اهتدی بهدیه الی یوم الدین اجمعین اما بعد: Excellencies, Ulema, Muftis and Sheikhs of the Islamic WorldHis Exellency Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais Imam of the Haram Al-Maki and President of the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy MosquesSecretary General of OIC and other distinguished members and participants  Assalamualikum Warhamatullahe wabarakatuh I am very glad today to be amongst the greatest personalities and Ulemas of the Islamic world. I feel so lucky and proud to be part of an event where the religious scholars of the world have gathered on the basis of the following Hadith of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) to talk about the salvation a war-weary nation who has for many years suffered from fighting and misery. عَنْ النُّعْمَانِ بْنِ بَشِيرٍ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ مَثَلُ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ فِي تَوَادِّهِمْ وَتَرَاحُمِهِمْ وَتَعَاطُفِهِمْ مَثَلُ الْجَسَدِ إِذَا اشْتَكَى مِنْهُ عُضْوٌ تَدَاعَى لَهُ سَائِرُ الْجَسَدِ بِالسَّهَرِ وَالْحُمَّى Translation: Rasulullah PBUH Him said that that the parable of the believers in their affection, mercy, and compassion for each other is that of a body. When any limb aches, the whole body reacts with sleeplessness and fever (Sahih Bukhari 5665 and Sahih Muslim 2586). Distinguished participants! We are here to share with you the voice of a brave, Mujahid but rather beleaguered nation. Today we want to tell you the story of a nation who has sacrificed two million of its people for Islam and promoting the word of Allah. Defending our religion and faith, we have sacrificed around two million of our people. We have more than half a million widows, hundreds of thousands orphans and more than two million disabled people in our country. Every individual is a victim and there is no any place that has not been destructed or remained safe by the ongoing conflict. We are here to narrate the current situation of this war-torn nation and share with you their pain, hopes and aspirations. Afghanistan has been burning in the flames of war for the last 40 years. The ware imposed on us particularly in the last 17 years is totally different. Due to this imposed ware, each and every-day our Islamic and national values and norms are being violated. The current war has created a situation where no place has remained to be safe. Our houses, mosques, markets, offices and other public and private places are constantly under serious threats. Mothers, children, elderly people, patients, men and women are killed. Everyone in our society feels unsafe and threatened. Our mosques, Madrassas, funerals, schools, universities and even our hospitals are blown up by suicide attacks. We are suffering from such heinous and brutal acts where no one can imagine and no human conscious can accept. Despites all these atrocities, this brave nation has not given up its struggle for peace. Ulema, Mujahideens, elders, women and youth of this country have started peace campaigns. Recently, this national uprising for peace has turned to such a strong movement that the history of the world has never witnessed. Alhamdulillah it has had positive results. The entire nation has started serious discussions amongst themselves about ensuring peace and stability. People of the country have provided their valuable recommendations and inputs about peace in the country. the main desire was to find ways for the resolution of the current conflict with the conditions that must guarantee the religious and national values and norms so that ways are found to end current conflict through dignified negotiations. The leadership of the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has taken strong steps for bringing about peace. On the basis of the recommendations, suggestions and demands of the different layers of the nation, the president of Afghanistan has developed and presented a comprehensive peace roadmap to the Taliban. This roadmap was widely welcomed and supported by all Afghans, regional countries, Islamic world and the International community. This comprehensive peace plan encompasses all the demands of the Taliban and provides ground for a dignified intra-Afghan dialogue and negotiations. This roadmap has further enhanced the desire and commitment of people for peace and turned peace efforts to a national movement. Considering their important Islamic responsibility, Afghan Ulema have recently intensified their efforts for peace and raised their voices in every nook and corner of the country for ending this heinous conflict. Convening the trilateral Ulema Conference of Afghanistan, Indonesia and Pakistan was one of these efforts. Additionally, around 2907 Afghan Ulema from all provinces of the country gathered in Kabul and issued a unanimous Fatwa, namely, “The Peace Fatwa”. The fatwa termed the current conflict as forbidden (Haram) and making peace as an obligation. The Ulema also had specific recommendations for both the Afghan government and the Taliban. Besides other demands, the Ulema called upon both sides to declare a ceasefire and commence direct negotiations. We are grateful that the president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan positively responded to our call by declaring an eight-day ceasefire. We also appreciate the Taliban for reciprocating it by declaring a ceasefire for only three days of Eid-Alfitr. This was a very good move, as people had the opportunity to have three joyful days. We hope this ceasefire persisted forever, so that the people of the country remained blessed in peace and security. It is incumbent on us to thank all those countries, Ulema and leaders who voiced their support for the continuation of the ceasefire. Particularly, I, on behalf of the people and government of Afghanistan would like to extend my sincere gratitude to the custodian of the two Holy Mosques, H.E King Salman Ibn Abdul Aiziz, and Imams of the two Holy Mosques H.E Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais and H.E Sheikh Abdullah Al Baijan for supporting the ceasefire. May Allah swt bestow his blessings on them. The ceasefire has clearly proved the fact that this nation is thirsty of peace. Fighters of both sides hugged and embraced each other and prayed together during the Eid days. People shed tears of joys and it was the first time in war-torn areas where people felt safe and secure. The ceasefire also proved that Afghan government, the Taliban and the nation want peace. You may have seen media reports that how emotionally people were celebrating the ceasefire days. It is because of the fact that we all have one book, one faith and shared culture and values. The problem is that there are still some clandestine hands who do not want Afghans to live in peace and continue to impose war on them for their personal goals. We request you all to help us end this unfortunate conflict by mediating between the Afghan government and the Taliban. We also would like to once again thank the custodian of the tow holy mosques and the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation for hosting and organizing this auspicious conference. The people of Afghanistan are impatiently waiting that what would the Ulema of the Islamic world give them to end their pains and sufferings in the light of the sacred religion of Islam.  Sure, we can do a lot. We can play an important role. Ulema are the heirs of the prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and they can put an end to our problems. H.E Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has given us full authority of mediating, and we would like to delegate this authority to you for contributing in the Afghan peace process as prescribed by the principles of the sacred religion of Islam. Your contribution may with the blessings of Almighty Allah provide ground for a peaceful Afghanistan and may help Afghans live in a peace and prosperity. We believe that time is riper than ever for peace negotiations with the Taliban as there remains no any excuse and demand unaddressed by the government of Afghanistan. The government of Afghanistan has presented a generous offer that was fully supported by all at national, regional and international levels.  It is now time for the Taliban and their leadership to enter into peace talks as their remains no any religious, moral or political reason for the continuation of war in Afghanistan.  We believe that peace and security in Afghanistan is peace in the region. Unless Afghanistan is stable, the region will continue to be unstable. It is in this spirit, that we, the Ulema of Ummah, are obliged to save our Afghan brothers from this war imposed by outsiders.   We have following expectations from this conference: 1.    The participants of this conference should call upon both sides to declare and implement a long-term ceasefire and commence direct talks.  2.    A delegation of the participating Ulema in this conference should be assigned to directly talk to the Taliban. 3.    We request the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to convene a summit of the leaders of the Islamic countries on peace and stability in Afghanistan.4.    We kindly request H.E King Salman ibn Abdul Aziz and the government of Saudi Arabia to invite Taliban to Haramain Sharifian for peace talks. 5.    We also call upon the OIC to organize another International Ulema Conference that will be hosted by Afghanistan.  6.     We call upon the Ulema of the Islamic world and OIC to clearly declare their position about the ongoing war in Afghanistan.  7.    We, the Ulema, are duty bound to clearly declare our stance at the level of Islamic world about violence, killings, extremism, explosions and suicide attacks. 8.    We kindly request the participants of this auspicious conference to support declarations and measures of the Afghan Ulema for peace and stability in Afghanistan. I would like to conclude by inviting you all to Afghanistan so that you personally see the suffering of our people that they have endured for the last 40 years and hear the stories of their pain. You will also have the opportunity to closely look into the culture and lifestyle of this Muslim nation. You will have a chance to meet victims, widow and orphans of this brave nation. We firmly believe that their sufferings will make you cry. We are sure that you will also join us in calling this illegal war waged against the people and state as Haram. You would realize that the Muslim nation of Afghanistan doesn’t deserve to be killed on religious grounds. You would also get to know that there is nothing going on against the scared religion of Islam in Afghanistan.   Today, the Afghan nation is impatiently waiting for the decision of this conference and they expect that Ulema and Mashaikh of the Islamic world who have gathered here in the land of Haramian will bring them good news. A news of an end to this imposed war where people will have the opportunity to safely live in their country. Afghans are grateful to you all and wish you further successes. They commit themselves to be at your side and appreciate your efforts for peace in Afghanistan. May Allah Almighty put Barakh in your knowledge of religion and May you become the pride of all the Islamic Ummah. May Allah swt be pleased with you.ThanksWaslamm Alaikum Warahmatullahe wa Barakatuh

Taliban reluctant to continue fighting in Kandahar

Taliban reluctant to continue fighting in Kandahar

28 Jun 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

Kandahar – Commander of 205th Atal Corps says that the cease fire announced by the government has led the Taliban who have come to their villages, not to return to the Taliban again.In a meeting with delegations from Kabul, including Ulema and security forces, the MG Imam Nazar added: Taliban's attacks in Kandahar have decreased with the announcement of a cease fire by the President, and so far there have been no Taliban attacks in the province.MG Imam Nazar noted that their reviews of the fighting in Kandahar shows that the Taliban who have returned to their homes during cease fire are not willing to join Taliban again.The commander added: "The ANA forces in Kandahar are fully capable of responding to possible Taliban attacks, but according to the President’s order, they will be in defensive position till the Taliban attack.He also said that combating corruption and preventing state land grabbing have been one of the other efforts of the corps, which has already witnessed success in this regard.Meanwhile, a delegation of Ulema and government officials went to Kandahar this morning, to inspect the situation of the security forces, and will have meeting and discussions with military forces and provincial officials of Kandahar.

Afghan Ulema welcome extension of ceasefire by the Afghan Government; urge the Taliban for similar act

Afghan Ulema welcome extension of ceasefire by the Afghan Government; urge the Taliban for similar act

20 Jun 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

More than hundreds of Afghan senior religious scholars (Ulema) in a gathering in Kabul welcome the ceasefire by the Afghan Government and the Taliban during Eid Days which helped save the lives of many people and Afghans celebrated Eid Festival in peaceful atmosphere. During this gathering held in Kabul today, Ulema thanked the Afghan Government for extending the ceasefire and asked the Taliban to extend the ceasefire as well to pave the way for peace negotiations.These religious scholars said that after the Ulema Fetwa in a grand gathering of around 3,000 Ulema from across Afghanistan, the current way is illegitimate and cannot be justified in Islam. They called on the Taliban to accept the Afghan Ulema demands for ceasefire and peace talks with the Afghan government.Senior religious scholars Maulawi Faizan and Maulawi Mesbah speaking in this gathering said “We hope the Taliban extend the ceasefire to pave the way for peace talks to result into a permanent peace in Afghanistan. The Afghan government accepted the Ulema’s demand for ceasefire and peace. We ask the Taliban to accept the Ulema demand too.”Afghan Ulema also expressed readiness to act as mediators of peace between the government and the Taliban. According to them, peace needs sacrifices.

Fodder distribution for livestock will be initiated from more vulnerable provinces.

Fodder distribution for livestock will be initiated from more vulnerable provinces.

24 Apr 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

Kabul, Afghanistan: As concerns about a looming drought continues to increase in majority of the provinces across the country, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livelihood (MAIL) has signed a contract to produce condensed food for the livestock for farmers and animal husbandries in provinces that are vulnerable to drought. Akbar Rustami, spokesperson for the MAIL who was addressing a press conference at GMIC on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, said: “In response to worries about drought, MAIL has signed a contract with domestic factories to produce an estimated 8000 metric tons of condensed food stuff. The production process has already been initiated and the distribution process will be started more vulnerable provinces.” He insisted that most of the provinces across Afghanistan have been affected by the drought and livestock keepers need help to various degrees. Spokesperson for MAIL emphasized that the ministry has developed a two-month plan to help the farmers across the country. As per this plan, MAIL will distribute fodder and condensed food stuff to provinces that are more vulnerable. Mr. Rustami also added that animal husbandry in Afghanistan relies on pasture and grazing lands which is more valuable for Kuchis who keep sheep and goat because their livestock are a hundred percent dependent on pasture lands. But due to lack of rainfall in most of the provinces, fodder has not grown in pasture lands which is deemed as a serious threat for animal husbandry. According to Rustami, based on severity of drought fifteen provinces including Badghis, Balkh, Farah, Faryab, Herat, Jawzjan, Kandahar, Kunduz, Nimroz, Samangan, Uruzgan, and Zabul are identified as more vulnerable and need 143 thousand and 269 metric tons of fodder and condensed food. As he explained, Logar, Nooristan, Paktia, Sar-i-Pol, Takhar and Wardak are the six provinces that are categorized as the second most vulnerable provinces and need to 16 thousand and 996 metric tons of fodder and condensed food over the next two months as estimated by MAIL. The third category of most vulnerable provinces include Badakhshan, Bamyan, Ghazni, Kabul, Kapisa, Khost, Kunar, Laghman, Nanagarhar, Paktia, Parwan, Panjshir and Daikundi provinces. Although this category has a better situation compared to the first and second categories, they are still vulnerable to the drought. According to the MAIL plan, to satisfy the two-month need for fodder and condensed food in these provinces, there is a need for 18 thousand and 312 metric tons of fodder and condensed food. MAIL’s two-month plan to fight against drought entails production of 178 thousand and 577 metric tons of fodder and condensed food for livestock and costs 100 million dollars. In this plan, MAIL has placed priority on provinces based on their degree of vulnerability to drought.

DABS and ADB signed three electricity projects for Bamyan

DABS and ADB signed three electricity projects for Bamyan

22 Apr 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

Kabul, 22 April, 2018 – Amanullah Ghalib, Director of Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) and Samuel Tumiwa, Country Director of Asian Development Bank (ADB) held a press conference at GMIC today to brief media on three power energy contracts. Amanullah Ghalib said that DABS and ADB signed the contract of three projects with a total cost of USD 80 million which is funded by ADB. He said: “Based on NUG commitments to provide sustainable electricity all over the country we are implementing these projects and as part of it, 32 MW electricity power will be provided for 20 thousand families in Bamyan within 18 months.” He added that the projects includes transmission of electricity line from Doshi to Bamyan province with a capacity of 300 MW; construction of 220/20 substation in Bamyan with a capacity of 32 MW; and expansion network that provides continues electricity to 20,000 families in Bamyan. Ghalib also stated that DABS is planning to reduce the electricity fee up-to 50% in some areas in the near future, based on decisions of the high economic council.Samuel Tumiwa, speaking at the conference, underscored ADB continued cooperation with the Afghan government and said that ADB is supporting USD 231 million annually to Afghanistan focusing on three main sectors of power energy, transportation and natural resources.

Over 200 families access electricity in Parwan

Over 200 families access electricity in Parwan

11 Apr 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

Parwan – April 11, Over 200 families accessed imported electricity in Qala –e-Sorkh village relevant Jabal Saraj district of Parwan province.  Fazluddin Ayyar governor of Parwan, at the opening of substation power in Qala –e-Sorkh village of Jabal Saraj district, said and praised cooperation of people with the government on implementation of economic projects. He called on Afghanistan Security Forces to pay efforts for securing power station in Parwan province. Governor Ayyar stressed that with cooperation of people we can create further job opportunities and will approach development in Parwan. He asked provincial office of Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat, for ending all unfinished projects, during current year.Ahmad Naser Ahmadi, executive director of DABS in Parwan said: This project was one of among 24 unfinished projects in Parwan that is fortunately finished and inaugurated today. Over 200 families will access electricity through this project, and all other unfinished projects will be implemented till end of solar year 1397, he added.

Security forces launched operation in Balabuluk

Security forces launched operation in Balabuluk

10 Apr 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

Farah, April 10 – Afghan and NATO forces launched a joint clearance operation in presence of Lt. Gen. Abdul Basir Salangi, governor of Farah, in Balabuluk district of Farah province. Farah governor closely examined areas under operation along with number of security officials in western zone, this morning, and said that all security measures have been taken to carry out Afghan and NATO forces joint military operations in Balabuluk district.The governor called on people of Balabuluk to prevent Taliban from entering their villages, in order to prevent civilian casualties.Farah governor also said that if Taliban join the peace process, operation will be stopped; otherwise, current operation will continue until elimination of terrorists in this district.

445 Jeribs of land were cleared from poppy in Nangarhar

445 Jeribs of land were cleared from poppy in Nangarhar

10 Apr 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

Nangarhar, 10 April – As a result of a joint operation by the Afghan security forces, 445 Jeribs of land were cleared from poppy in Nangarhar province.Based on a statement by Silab 201 Army Corps, “270 Jeribs of land in Khogyani district and 175 Jeribs in Rodat district of Nangarhar province is cleared from poppy cultivation over the past 24 hours". It is added in the statement that the aim of launching poppy clearance operation is to support the Counter Narcotics Police, ensuring security, good governance and elimination of terrorist groups in east region. Based on a four year security plan, the Afghan government is also committed to jointly with the international community, destroy the drug factories which is a major source of Taliban funding.The statement also said that terrorists had emplaced two mines in some areas related to Nangarhar and Laghman provinces for destruction purposes, which were luckily discovered and destroyed by the security forces before the targeted explosion.

Insurgents suffered heavy causalities, 66 militants killed

Insurgents suffered heavy causalities, 66 militants killed

08 Apr 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

Kabul – 8 April: In past 24 hours, Afghanistan Defense and Security Forces carried out offensive operations in order to clearance areas and suppress insurgents and protect people throughout the country, as a result of the operations 66 insurgents including 10 Daesh affiliates were killed, 57 wounded and 2 other Daesh detained. The operations supported by artillery and air which carried out in Nangarhar, Ghazni, Khost, Qandahar, Uruzgan, Zabul, Heart, Farah, Badghis, Faryab, Sar-e-Pul and Helmand provinces. The operations left 24 Taliban insurgents killed and 10 other Taliban wounded in Khas Uruzgan district of Uruzgan, 16 Taliban were killed and 22 others wounded in Chesht-e-Sharif district of Herat province. Meanwhile 10 Daesh affiliates killed in Deh Bala district of Nangarhar and 8 insurgents killed, one wounded and a depot destroyed in Geraw and Deh Yak districts of Ghazni.Furthermore, 4 insurgents killed and 7 wounded in Almar district of Faryab, 2 militants killed and 4 wounded in Sayad district of Sar-e-Pul, 2 insurgents killed and 3 others wounded in Bala Bolok district of Farah, 2 insurgents were killed in Arghandab district of Zabul province, and some ammunition and weapons seized.Meanwhile, in past 24 hours, ANDSF carried out 16 planed and clearance operations, 69 special operations, 88 supply and logistic flights and 3 airstrikes in 11 provinces and imposed heavy causalities over insurgents.  Afghanistan National Army (ANA) as the nation’s defense force is fully to any sacrifice to assure security and establish peace and protect citizens of Afghanistan and have strongly determination to eliminate terrorist groups.

MOJ press release - Anti-harassment against Women and Children Law and the Wedding Expenses Law

MOJ press release - Anti-harassment against Women and Children Law and the Wedding Expenses Law

05 Apr 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

Press Release – MoJ5 April, 2018Today Mr. Aman Riazat, Spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice held a press conference on the recent Anti-harassment against Women and Children Law and the Wedding Expenses Law. He said, “According to the article 54 of the Constitution, Wedding Expenses Law was adopted in 4 chapters and 25 articles. The law is effective and was published in the Official Gazette.” The principal goals of the Wedding Expenses Law, according to him, are to eradicate anti-Islamic traditions, preserve Afghanistan’s cultural values, prevent from exorbitant expenditures, preserve Islamic values, preventing deviations from Islamic values, pave the ground for starting a family, strengthen family cohesion and forestall domestic violence. According to the provisions of this law, parents and relatives of the bride and groom can celebrate their wedding party in halls and restaurants but neither the bride's parents, nor her guardians or relatives are allowed to precondition marriage or nikah to money, dowry, or other such things. Moreover, the law prohibits imposition of any kinds of gifts such as Eidi, Ramazani, (Nawrouzi), and so forth. Spokesperson of Justice Ministry also said that implementation of this law can help us to create opportunities for jobs, access to education and access to health care services. Mr. Riazat also explained that according to the new Anti-harassment against women and children law, harassment includes physically touch, illegitimate request, verbal and non-verbal abuse that incurs mental or physical discomfort as well as insult to human dignity.According to the law, a high commission for prevention of harassment against women and children will be established under the leadership of the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled (MoLSAMD) to effectively fight against harassment violations and better coordination between government agencies in this regard. According to this law, in the event of harassment in workplace, the victim or her legal representative can register a complaint to the respective women and children harassment committee. Moreover, victims of harassment themselves or their relatives can file a complaint to the administrative officer, the courts, provincial councils, districts councils or other relevant references. The authorities are required to record their complaint and deal with the case as per provisions in this law.According to the law, filed complaints shall be reviewed by the Anti-Harassment Committee of the respective government agencies without any delays. Review of complaints registered with other institutions will be conducted by the receiving entity. According to the recent statistics by the Ministry of Justice, in 1396 over 75 thousand people across the country received awareness on the prevention of harassment, prevention of violence against women and women’s financial rights. ###

The government pays particular attention to construction sector in the country

The government pays particular attention to construction sector in the country

04 Apr 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

Kabul, Afghanistan – Ajmal Shams, Deputy Minister of Urban Development and Housing (MUDH) speaking at the 10th Afghanistan Builders Association Annual Conference said that the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is paying special attention to construction sector. He added that holding the High Economic and Urban Development Councils biweekly meetings are important to strengthen the construction sector in Afghanistan.According to the deputy minister, over 310 different construction projects are underway across the country in the current fiscal year, and more than 100 construction projects will be implemented by the Afghanistan Stabilization Program this year.Encouraging construction companies to work more in the country, Shams emphasized that there would be more opportunities for the private sector to invest in the housing sector.Meanwhile, members of the builders associations called for increased construction projects by the government and donors in Afghanistan. They expressed concern over the decline in the number of construction projects in the country during the conference titled "Construction Trade Opportunities in Afghanistan" which was held at GMIC.The builders association has been operating in Afghanistan since 2004 and currently has 2,500 company members.

MoD Press Briefing on Airstrikes in Dashte Arche District of Kunduz Province 03 April, 2018

MoD Press Briefing on Airstrikes in Dashte Arche District of Kunduz Province 03 April, 2018

03 Apr 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

Today, BG Radmanis, MoD Acting Spokesperson appeared in a news conference to brief the media on MoD airstrikes, targeting the Taliban gathering in Bajawri area of Dashte Arche district in Kunduz province yesterday, 02 Apr, 2018. BG Radmanish said that the Taliban leaders mainly from their north-eastern council had gathered in the mentioned area to perform a military parade and take preparation for attacking the civilian areas and threatening the cities and people of Kunduz. BG Radmanish provided the pictures and videos of this gathering through a presentation that were recorded through GPS from the gathering before being targeted. The recorded pictures and videos which included the timing and GPS taken details showed how these Taliban leaders and their gunmen were getting together in the area.  BG Radmanish told reporters that MB530 aircrafts had targeted the gathering through rocket shelling that killed 18 prominent Taliban leaders and commanders and left 12 others of them injured. BG Radmanish also said that the MB530 targeted these Taliban through rocket launch first and then the Taliban fired bullets to the nearby civilians and killed these residents. He reiterated that the civilian injured people, who were referred to the hospitals, were shot with the bullets; however the Afghan defense forces did not have any bullet shootings during the operation which show that the Taliban killed the civilians after the MoD air operation in the area. BG Radmanish read the list of the killed Taliban as follows:1-    Mawlawi Baryal, Member of Peshawar Council2-    Mawlawi Aminullah, Taliban in-charge of electricity power3-    Omer, a Tajikistan national and a foreign terrorist4-    Serajuddin, an Uzbekistan national and a foreign terrorist5-    Mawlawi Abdulrahman, Commander of 30 fighters6-    Mawlawi Amdullah, Terrorist Commander 7-     Mawlawi Abdul Ghani, famous for Samangani, Terrorist Commandar8-    Farid famous for Mohammand, Commander of one of their units9-    Mawlawi Habibullah, Taliban Mufti10-    Mawlawi Hamidullah, Commander11-    Qari Juma Gul12-    Mawlawi Kabir, famous for Mubariz, Head of Amre ba Mahrof of Kunduz13-    Mawlawi Naser Mohammad, Director of Education14-    Mawlawi Zahidullah, member of the military commission of Taliban15-    Sayedullah, Commander16-    Qari Ghulam Hazrat Faizani, Head of a group17-    Mawlawi Islamuddin, a leader of Taliban18-    Abdulmalik, famous for Mukhlis, Taliban Commander in Baghlan

Readout – DMAC 3 April, 2018

Readout – DMAC 3 April, 2018

03 Apr 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

Speakers:•    H.E. Dr. Abdullah Abdullah CEO•    H.E. Najib Aqa Fahim, State Minister for natural disasters affairs•    Donors•    UNAMA Human Rights RepresentativeH.E. Abdullah Abdullah, Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) urged the continued support of international community in demining of mined areas in Afghanistan. Talking at a gathering for celebration of “International Awareness Raising Day for Demining and Mine Action Support,” at GMIC on Tuesday, April 3, at GMIC, CEO urged all the government agencies to cooperation in the demining process and in helping the victims of mine explosions. CEO insisted that the government remains faithful to the promises it has made to the people of Afghanistan and international community in demining. He said that many countries have supported and helped Afghanistan in demining, yet much needs to be done in this area. Meanwhile, Najib Aqa Fahim, State Minister for natural disasters affairs also urged the international community to continue their support for Afghanistan in demining process. He regretted the fact that donor’s support for demining in Afghanistan has seen decrease since 2011.  According to him, statistics reveal that the international community has sponsored only 40 percent of the demining budget in Afghanistan for 2017. He added: “If this trend continues, the target for completion of demining until 2023 will not be achieved.” According to him, there are still mines planted in 270 areas and 17 provinces, covering an area of 421 square kilometer. He also added that since the initiation of demining programs in Afghanistan in 1989, 25,401 mine plantations that covered an area of 30 thousand square kilometers have been cleared of mines. This includes, according to him, a total of 2980 villages and 129 districts. According to him, during this 30-year period 19 million mines have been identified and defused. On December 08, 2005, the United Nations announced April 4 as the International Day for Awareness Raising on Dangers of Mines which is celebrated and various countries, particularly the countries that are victims of mines.

The use of folic acid and iron tablets has no side effects

The use of folic acid and iron tablets has no side effects

01 Apr 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

Today Ministry of Education, Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs and Ministry of Public Health   announced their coordination with Ministry of Women Affairs in a conference on “anemia and vitamin D deficiency in women” at Government Media and Information Center (GMIC).Spozhmai Wardak, Deputy Minister of Women’s Affairs: “According to survey conducted the Ministry of Public Health, girls and women in the country face 40% of Anemia and 97% of vitamin D deficiency.”The Ministry of Public Health has been launching programs to distribute folic acid and iron tablets to schools for preventing anemia amongst girls, and this program has already begun.Dr Fada Mohammad Paikan, Deputy Minister of Public Health, emphasized that anemia causes the boredom and growth constraints in girls, and the lack of vitamin D decreases due to the weakness of bone and bone marrow. The Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, distributed the tablets Folic acid and iron for students from fifth up to twelve grades of school over the country.He also added that through the 2,800 health centers of the Ministry of Health throughout the country, sunshine and dietary regimens for vitamin (D) are available to girls.The Ministry of Health also said that folic acid tablets, as well as advice on dietary intake of vitamin D (D) from sunshine and dietary foods for girls between the ages of 11 and 19 who are not students, are also part of the ministry's plans.Mawlavi Fazalrahman Seraj General Director at Mosques also announced the vitamin (D), in recognition of Islam's emphasis on health, to prepare the ministry to raise awareness of the people through mosques people to receive anemia pills.Dr Fada Mohammad Paikan also said that: "With regard to the harms and benefits of these tablets, a series of rumors was issued by the regional intelligence agencies, which prohibits people from using these tablets, we ask people to get the information they need before they reach any conclusion and after that stop using these tablets.”                                                                                                        ####

60 employees of the Ministry of Transport (MoT) introduced to justice on charges of corruption

60 employees of the Ministry of Transport (MoT) introduced to justice on charges of corruption

31 Mar 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

Kabul, Afghanistan – Committed to the public and the leadership of NUG, the Ministry of Transport introduced 60 MoT current employees to justice on charges of corruptions over the first three months within the fiscal year 1397. Mohammad Hamid Tahmasi, the Minister of Transport speaking at a news conference today at GMIC on the MoT achievements particularly on fighting corruptions said that  60 employee of the MoT in 18 cases have been introduced to attorney office. These employees including some directors and managers were accused of corruptions in some MoT contracts, procurements and properties, especially the Milli-Bus department. The Minister of Transport said that fighting corruption has affected the revenue collection and stated that MoT revenue has increased by more than 50 percent compared with that of the same period in the past fiscal year. Mr. Tahmasi continued that the Milli-Bus national service is one of MoT’s main tasks, however, over the past sixteen years the sector has not gained enough consideration.  Due to lack of attention and maintenance for Milli-Bus, only 290 buses are operating from 1049 vehicles.Mr. Tahmasi stressed that based on a contract signed by the MoT with the Indian embassy, India will provide the required spare parts and equipments for Milli-Bus to repair and activate the buses that required repairing.###