Ariana News Bringing Afghan News to the World Mon, 24 Sep 2018 15:39:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Gov’t to Pay Costs of Biometric Tech in Election –IEC Mon, 24 Sep 2018 15:39:31 +0000 The Independent Election Commission (IEC) gives government the responsibility for logistical costs of biometric system in election.

“The government takes responsibility to pay the costs of biometric technology and transfer it to other provinces due to the load of works in operational tasks of IEC. But IEC has the responsibility to manage and control the biometric system in the election,” Hafizullah Hashemi, a member of IEC said.

Hashemi noted the independence of IEC would not be questionable to give the payment responsibility to government.

Meanwhile, the Grand National Coalition of Afghanistan praises using biometric system in the Election Day.

“We stopped our movements. The doors of electoral commission are open in every provinces. We will cooperation with IEC and government,” Hamayoun Hamayoun, a senior member of the coalition and the first deputy speaker of Lower House asserted.

However, the monitoring institutions of election believe that using biometric system would not be implemented in the Election Day.

“A commission that claimed to have no time, now says to use biometric system in the election,” Yousuf Rashid, CEO of the Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) added.

“We do not have enough time and the implementation of biometric system is impossible,” Naeem Ayoub Zada, the head of Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan (TEFA) said.

While the time of holding the parliamentary election has changed for many times and delayed, now there are mixed concerns that the election will not be held in its specific time.

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1,000 Afghan Security Forces Die Monthly Mon, 24 Sep 2018 14:12:52 +0000

The opposition groups killed so many Afghan security forces in 2018, an average of 1,000 every month.

The daily fatalities among Afghan soldiers and policemen were more than double that last week: roughly 57 a day.

The shockingly high rates of Afghan troops’ casualties have drawn harsh reactions in the country.

Previously, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has admitted that the government’s wrong decisions in replacing military forces have caused the casualties hit a high record.

Ghani declared that the excessive political and social interference had caused the military outposts to be formed in inappropriate places and Afghan security forces to be surrendered for thousands of times.

Earlier, the Trump administration has also urged Afghan troops to retreat from sparsely populated areas of the country, all but ensuring the Taliban will remain in control of vast stretches of the country.

U.S. commanders and officials have warned repeatedly that Afghan forces have been suffering unsustainably high casualties against the Taliban, partly because of tactics that include a heavy reliance on vulnerable static checkpoints.

The Afghan Defense Minister, Tariq Shah Bahrami in a summoning session at the Upper House of Parliament has stated that Afghan troops had a heavy blow last month which 513 national army forces were killed and 718 others were wounded during the clashes.

The Minister of Interior, Wais Ahmad Barmak has also noted that around 30 soldiers being killed every day; the figure underlines the challenge for the National Unity Government.

U.S. officials say Afghan troops defending checkpoints suffer as much as 10 times the level of casualties as they do when conducting offensive operations.

Now the question which remains is when the President and senior security officials admitted the Afghan troops’ casualties are on the rise, then why no measures are taken to prevent the casualties?

“There is a lack of management. The International partners give minor facilities to Afghan forces,” Muhammad Agul Mujahed, a former military commander said.

Meanwhile, the Defense Minister has told Afghan Senators that the casualties of opposition groups are four times higher compared to Afghan troops.

Bahrami added the rate of recruiting soldiers has increased, despite the number of casualties raised.

This comes as about 513 national army forces were killed and 718 others were wounded during the clashes with the opposition group last month.

‘Taliban and Daesh are Same, Both Have Similar Slogans’ – Hekmatyar Mon, 24 Sep 2018 14:10:04 +0000

The leader of Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin Hekmatyar on Monday said that the Taliban and Daesh are the same, both have the similar aims and slogans, and that flags are their only difference.  

 “As every one of you knows that Taliban and Daesh are the same, only their flags and names have been changed, their aims and slogans are similar,” Hekmatyar told local residents in Nangarhar, where the militant groups have increased their scale of attacks in recent months.

Speaking at a gathering in the province, Hekmatyar also criticized the Afghan security forces over the night raids – backed by the foreign forces.

“These night operations were being conducted in some parts of the country which harming civilians,” he said, warning that continuation of this situation will lead the people to stand against the government forces in the country.

Hekmatyar, meanwhile, urged the people to take steps forward for ensuring the security of their areas as he believes the government forces have not been able to secure it.

This comes a month after he said that any insurgent group that continues the ongoing war and refuses to accept peace, is the enemy of Islam and Afghanistan people. 

MPs Criticize Gov’t Institutions over Failure to Implement Development Projects Mon, 24 Sep 2018 13:12:49 +0000

Afghan lawmakers on Monday criticized the government institutions over failure to spend their budget for implementing the development projects in the country.

The members of parliament on Monday summoned the Minister of Agriculture Nasir Ahmad Durrani over failure to implement the development projects and Head of Central Bank Khalil Sediq regarding increase in the value of US dollar against Afghani.

“Why Afghan currency has lost its value? How we can sustain it? and why the development projects of the ministries have not been implemented in the country?” questioned MP Nayeem lalai Hamidzai.

The Speaker of parliament Abdul Rahuf Ibrahimi, meanwhile, called on the government’s budgetary institutions to make efforts in spending their development budget.

“The issue of development projects is serious and it’s the responsibility of budgetary institutions to implement their projects,” Ibrahimi said.

The Minister of Agriculture Durrani said that their current budget cannot meet their needs and that it should be increased.

“The budget of the Ministry of Agriculture should be increased. Agriculture is the backbone of the country,” he said. “Despite, 111 thousand tonnes of wheat have been distributed to people in drought-affected areas, but $1 billion is required for providing forages to animals in one year.”

The Head of Central Bank Sediq, meanwhile, said that the economic growth has been less and it causes the value of USD to get raised.

Special Forces Rescued Six Soldiers from Taliban Prison in Ghazni Mon, 24 Sep 2018 13:03:27 +0000 Afghan special forces have released six soldiers including two members of the Afghan Presidential Protective Service (PPS) during a night raid from a Taliban prison in south of Afghanistan, officials said Monday.

Ghafoor Javid spokesman for the ministry of defense said that the operation was conducted in Jaghatu district of Ghazni province last night.

Javid added that Taliban had issued a verdict for the execution of these soldiers.

He further claimed that at least 11 Taliban militants were also killed during the operation.

Taliban has not made a comment about the report yet.

Ghazni is among the volatile provinces in Afghanistan where the Taliban insurgents are actively operating in a number of its districts and usually carrying out coordinated attacks against government forces.

ELECTION 97: The Election Commission Takes Actions under Governments Instructions Mon, 24 Sep 2018 04:16:51 +0000

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NIGARISH: Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Attends the UN General Assembly Mon, 24 Sep 2018 04:06:21 +0000

PAS AZ KHABAR: International Financial Aids have been Wasted in Afghanistan Mon, 24 Sep 2018 04:01:18 +0000

IEC Takes Actions Under Gov’t Instructions: NNF Sun, 23 Sep 2018 15:48:20 +0000 The chairman of New National Front (NNF) Anwarulhaq Ahadi claims that the Independent Election Commission (IEC) is working under government’s instructions and considerations.

According to Ahadi, IEC has no independence in using the biometric system and the decision was taken by the government.

“We call for transparency in the upcoming elections. The biometric technology should be introduced to the parties to satisfy us,” Ahadi said.

Using the biometric system in the upcoming elections was one of the main demands of political parties that have recently had a positive response by the election commission.

“Demanding to introduce the biometric system in the current condition is to confuse public minds and to make the electoral process questionable. It was the IEC’s decision, otherwise, no power can persuade and put pressures on the commission,” Hafizullah Hashemi, a member of IEC asserted.

Meanwhile, the former IEC secretary head, Imam Muhammad Warimach emphasized that IEC and political parties must seek the best means for the transparency in the Election Day, not in the wake of the controversy.

“Now is not the time for political parties to complain,” ‘Warimach added.

Analysts are said to believe that a number of political parties do not have any plan for holding the election and only want to create challenges with their criticisms and make a delay in holding the elections.

Ariana TV Gets Exclusive Broadcast Rights for Afghanistan Premier League Sun, 23 Sep 2018 14:24:51 +0000

Ariana Television Network (ATN) has acquired exclusive broadcast rights for the first season of Afghanistan Premier League (APL) in the country.

Appreciating the willingness of ATN management, the CEO of Afghanistan Cricket Board Shafiqullah Stanikzai said in a statement: “We are pleased with the agreement with ATN for the broadcast rights of APL in Afghanistan. ATN covers the whole of Afghanistan on normal TV antennas and this is important because we want to give APL far and wide coverage both in Afghanistan and other territories.”

“We would like to request all other broadcasters in Afghanistan to respect broadcast rights and refrain from illegal broadcast of the league,” Stanikzai added.

Thanking the efforts of the Afghanistan Cricket Board for launching Afghanistan Premier League, Habib Durrani, the Chief Operations Director of ATN said: “Afghanistan has a very diverse and proud sporting tradition—especially in cricket and football—and we at ATN are so honored to be Afghanistan’s exclusive broadcaster of Afghanistan Premiere League 2018.”

“ATN and The Bayat Group welcome every opportunity to showcase Afghan sports and to be champions of our nation’s sporting heroes,” Durrani added.

The inaugural season of Afghanistan Premier League is scheduled to take place from 5th until 21st October 2018 at Sharjah Cricket Stadium in the United Arab Emirates.

 ATN is one of the leading TV channels in Afghanistan and has terrestrial coverage all over the country. It has previously acquired exclusive broadcast rights in Afghanistan for high-profile international sporting event including the recent FIFA World Cup.

More Than 500 Soldiers Killed During Last Month: MoD Sun, 23 Sep 2018 14:15:15 +0000 More than five hundred Afghan National Army forces were killed and more than 700 others were wounded in the clashes with the opposition groups during the last month in the country, the defense minister told Senators at the Upper House.

“At least 21 operations were conducted during the last month in the country. The casualties of enemies were 2270 killed, 1224 wounded and 44 detainees. Unfortunately, we also had a heavy blow that we lost 513 national army forces and 718 others were wounded during the clashes,” Tariq Shah Bahrami, the Defense Minister said.

In the meantime, the Minister of Interior Wais Ahmad Barmak briefed Senators that the neighboring countries are opposed to the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the U.S. and mobilized more terrorist groups to insecure Afghanistan.

“The security pact with the U.S. caused the increase of enemies’ movements. The security pact is not in their interests and due to that they increased their interventions in Afghanistan affairs,” Barmak added.

The Senators, meanwhile, criticized the security situation of the country, saying the war strategy should be changed against terrorist groups.

“The war intensifies in most of the provinces. The oppositions captured most parts of the country and our military forces are killed day by day,” Muhammad Hashem Alkozay, head of internal security commission of Senate asserted.

Senator Zalmay Zabuli also said, “Security officials have been failed and Afghanistan is in a bad situation. You should tell the truths why the security agreement with the U.S. has not implemented.”

The senior security officials were summoned to the Upper House over the increase of insecurity and rise of military casualties.

CE Abdullah to Meet Trump on Sidelines of U.N. General Assembly Sun, 23 Sep 2018 13:35:57 +0000

Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah left Kabul early Sunday to attend the UN General Assembly in New York.  

The 73rd session of the General Assembly began on September 18, but the opening of the annual general debate will start on September 25.

Chief Executive Abdullah will deliver a speech on issues including the political and security situation of the country, counter-narcotics, elections, corruption and strengthening & continuation of international cooperation with Afghanistan, his office’s Deputy Spokesman Omaid Maisam said.

In addition, Abdullah is expected to meet the U.S. President Donald Trump at the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

He will also meet with UN chief, leaders and foreign ministers of “friendly countries” and heads of international organizations on the sidelines of the event.

Acting Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani and other high-level officials are accompanying Abdullah in the visit.

Some political analysts believe that peace, security, and stability in the country, would be the key issues as the government should focus on at the event.

“The meeting is vital for Afghanistan. At the meeting, the government should lobby on the issue with countries such as Iran, China and Russia,” said Danish Bakhtiyar, an international relation expert.

Khalilzad Appointed As U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Sun, 23 Sep 2018 13:01:09 +0000 U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has officially announced the appointment of Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad as the Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation.

Pompeo noted that Khalilzad will lead U.S. efforts to support, facilitate, and participate in a peace process between government and the Taliban.

“There is no one better suited for this duty than an expert diplomat like ambassador Khalilzad, who was born and raised in Afghanistan, and has previously served as the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, and the United Nations,” Pompeo said in a memo to State Department Staff.

In the memo Pompeo said he was confident in Khalilzad’s ability to execute the mission.
“I am confident in Ambassador Khalilzad’s ability to execute this mission, and we are grateful for his willingness to step back into public service. As we welcome him back to the Department, let us rededicate ourselves to achieving a durable peace in Afghanistan that will ensure security for the American people. This goal is realistic. We have a team in place to accomplish it. Let’s get the job done,” said Pompeo in the memo.

In the meantime, the High Peace Council (HPC) has expressed optimism over the appointment of Zalmay Khalilzad as U.S. envoy for Afghanistan’s peace.

Many believe that Khalilzad’s appointment signals that the administration is serious about an Afghan peace process.

Khalilzad is a diplomatic veteran, having served as a U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq and the United Nations.

The 67-year-old Khalilzad, who is Afghan-born, served as a foreign policy adviser to multiple administrations and held several diplomatic posts under President George W. Bush’s administration.

Afghan Economy’s Growth Rate Declined Compared to Last Fiscal Year Sun, 23 Sep 2018 12:34:40 +0000

Afghanistan’s economic growth will reach 2.4 percent in the current Fiscal Year which shows a slight decline compared to last Fiscal Year, the Ministry of Economy said Sunday.

According to the Ministry of Economy, the economic growth was estimated at 1.3 percent in 2015 (FY), 2.4 percent in 2016 (FY) and 2.6 percent in 2017 (FY). However, in the current Fiscal Year, the figure will decrease up to 0.2 percent.

The Ministry of Economy reasoning insecurity, drought, and elections behind the decline rate of the economic growth.

“The growth rate is being less compared to last year. Insecurity, drought, and elections are the issues which challenged the stability of the economic growth,” said Sohrab Bahman, Spokesman for the Ministry of Economy. “The economic growth was expected up to 3.0 percent this year but, will have 2.4 percent.”

However, Azarakhsh Hafizi, president of ECO Chamber of Commerce and Industries said that wrong policies of the government in last years have harmed the economy. He stressed that insecurity, weakness in the government, and lack of having effective economic strategies have caused the economic growth to be declined.

Some economic analysts believe that if the government does not increase the domestic products and does not find markets for the export of the products in the region, the economy will not grow.

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ELECTION 97: Optimism about Electoral Bio-metrics Sun, 23 Sep 2018 05:32:50 +0000

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