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Afghanistan Ulema called for a long term ceasefire between the Afghan government and the Taliban

Afghanistan Ulema called for a long term ceasefire between the Afghan government and the Taliban

05 Aug 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

Saturday, August 4, 2018 – Maulawi Qiamuddin Kashaf, head of Afghanistan Ulema Council called on the Taliban and the Afghan government to announce a permanent ceasefire on  the verge of Eid-Ul-Adha.  Maulawi Kashaf, at the first meeting of the commission to review the proposals of the Ulama for social reforms, which was held at Government Media and Information Center (GMIC) said: Afghanistan Ulema propose a permanent ceasefire between the conflicting parties in order to pave the way for direct negotiations between the Taliban and government. Two months ago, around three thousand Ulema have gathered at a prominent conference in Loy Jirga tent Kabul calling the current war illegitimate and urged for a ceasefire in addition to other suggestions.   Following the Ulemas’ Fetwa, President Ashraf Ghani, for the first time, announced a ceasefire from 27th Ramadan to 5th of Eid-Ul-Fitre, for ten days. As Eid-Ul-Udha is approaching, the chairman of Ulemas council of Afghanistan once again called on the Taliban and Government to announce a longer ceasefire.

Herat began exporting grapes to regional countries

Herat began exporting grapes to regional countries

30 Jul 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

MAIL – Nasir Ahmad Durani, Minister of Agriculture Irrigation and Livestock inaugurated the export process of Herat grapes to Pakistan. Minister Durani, during his trip to Herat, visited Guzara district and inaugurated the export process of 7500 tons of grapes to Pakistan markets. The total cost of grapes exported to Pak is estimated 236 million Afs. Herat is one of the prominent provinces at agriculture and gardening which produces over 120 thousand tons grapes annually.  The grapes export process will be done by a private company in close cooperation of commercial horticulture and agricultural marketing program (CHMP) after signing a memorandum. Mohammad Asif Rahimi, Herat governor said: The export of grapes to outside markets is a huge and fundamental change for increasing farmers’ income.  NUG plans to support Afghan villagers and farmers by boosting agricultural products and paving the way for their export.  Building air corridors to several countries is a good step to support Afghan products.  There has been a dramatic change in key areas of agriculture since the establishment of NUG.  ###

How Modern Agriculture Help Afghan Women: All of Fatima's children go to school now

How Modern Agriculture Help Afghan Women: All of Fatima's children go to school now

30 Jul 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

How Modern Agriculture Help Afghan Women: All of Fatima's children go to school now.Success Story:Mrs. Fatimah, 35, is responsible for a seven-member family in the Lal-u-Sar Jangal district of Ghor province. Since she has not been able to pursue her education due to family issues, she emphasizes on her children's education. One son and four of her daughters have recently enrolled in school. It’s been two years now that Mrs. Fatimah is growing vegetables under National Horticulture and Livestock Project (NHLP) of Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) .She says her life has completely changed since she joined the program. "My husband and I are illiterate. We were in a lot of trouble two years ago due to poor economy, we did not have enough information about agriculture and cultivation, thus we cultivated in traditional ways and had no good income."She complained about her past life and said: “We were dealing with immense challenges and could not afford basic needs of our children and could not send them to school. Only my older son attended school and the rest of my sons and daughters were deprived of education due to poverty.”Since 2016, when the National Horticulture and Livestock Project initiated in our villages, I joined the program and attended the regular monthly sessions for peasants.  We got practical and theoretical lessons from expert trainers on cultivating vegetables. We are happy that the school of agriculture for farmers put efforts to train us on cultivating and harvesting process of vegetables through videos. The training method helped illiterate women to learn farming and invest in agriculture. She asserted that the program was very useful, effective, and interesting for illiterate women, and now they know everything about cultivation.According to Mrs. Fatemeh, the weather in Ghor province is very cold, so cultivating crops does not yield a good profit. But through the National Horticulture and Livestock Project, they can run small greenhouses and they are able to grow enough vegetables to earn good profits. Thus, they can prepare basic needs of their lives, healthy food, and education for their children.Fatima expressed her gratitude to the employees and leadership of the program and asked MAIL to continue such effective programs to support women to become self-sufficient.###

Governmental hospitals in 15 provinces will be connected to the center via Optical Fiber Network

Governmental hospitals in 15 provinces will be connected to the center via Optical Fiber Network

29 Jul 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

Kabul, Afghanistan: Ministry of Public Health and Afghanistan Telecom Regulatory Authority (ATRA) signed a MoU for tele-medicine through fiber optic network.Minister Ferozuddin Feroz, MoPH held a press conference at Government Media and Information Center (GMIC) said, “For the first time we want to connect two governmental hospitals of Sharana the center of Pakteka and Aibak the center of Samangan with the Jomhoryat hospital in Kabul through fiber optic network. “This project costs 3million USD which is funded by ATRA in the next three years. This project focuses on three areas: Diagnosis, Treatment and TrainingPublic Health’s Minister declared that more than 300million USD of citizen’s are spent on treatment outside of Afghanistan he also added that upgrading healthcare services through fiber optic network improves the quality of treatment and health care services in all the provinces and districts in addition, it also helps to connect the central hospitals of Afghanistan with the famous foreign hospitals of the regional countries. Moreover, it provides the opportunities to treat various internal diseases with lower price, less time with more precise diagnosis. NUG Afghanistan is committed to providing the best and standard healthcare services for all the citizens of Afghanistan. ####

Islamic Scholars Conference in Saudi Arabia on Afghanistan peace was unprecedented

Islamic Scholars Conference in Saudi Arabia on Afghanistan peace was unprecedented

21 Jul 2018 Government Media and Information Center Government Media and Information Center

Kabul, Afghanistan – Speaking about the outcomes of Islamic Scholars Conference in Saudi Arabia, in a joint press conference at Government Media and Information Center, Mawlawi Qiamuddin Kashaf Head of Ulema Council called the gathering of Islamic scholars in KSA especially in Haram-e Sharif with the aim of ending the war in Afghanistan, as an unprecedented initiative. He added: "Senior scholars and renown Muftis of the Islamic world, including Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Malik Salman, have supported the stance of the Afghan Ulema for calling the war illegitimate and supporting peace."Meanwhile, HPC Head of Secretariat emphasized that peoples from different sects of the nation are supporting the peace process, added: The Fatwa of around 3,000 religious scholars in the country terming the ongoing war as non-religious, was unprecedented and brought about a new transformation in the peace process. Stressing the importance of the Islamic World scholars’ conference on Afghan peace, which was organized by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and hosted by Saudi Arabia, he said the efforts of the High Peace Council were aimed at bringing peace and paving the way for direct peace talks with the Taliban.He added that a Quadrilateral meeting on peace will be held next week, with representatives from Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, United States of America and Afghanistan, to provide a way for direct talks with the Taliban.The two-day conference of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), focusing the Afghanistan war, was held in Jeddah and Makkah on July 10 and 11 respectively. A delegation of Afghan Ulema led by Mawlawi Qiamuddin Kashaf, Head of Ulema Council attended the conference.###

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. ###