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Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA) has announced that a memorandum of understanding was signed between Afghanistan and Tajikistan on the establishment of new transit routes.
ACAA said in a statement on Wednesday that, in addition to attending EuroAsia International Summit in Dushanbe city of Tajikistan, Mohammad Qasim Wafayezada, Head of Civil Aviation Authority met with Tajikistan’s civil aviation authority and they agreed on creating new flight routes for Afghanistan-China-India flights through Tajikistan.
The statement added that in the meeting it is emphasized that creation of west-east flight routes to Tajikistan is important to attract more crossing flights and in order to implement agreements and accelerate the process of cooperation in this sphere, a memorandum of Understanding was signed between the two countries.
Meanwhile, with the closure of Pakistan air space in past two months on crossing flights of the region, air traffic has increased and many countries including Afghanistan has been affected and Afghan passengers travelling to India faced much problem.
President Ghani has expressed that the main objective of holding Loya Jirga is to give direction to peace process with ownership of the Afghans, and without consultation and spirit of nation, peace will not come to fruition.
In a meeting with governors of 34 provinces on Tuesday evening, president Ghani praised the governors on providing an appropriate national environment for selection of people’s representatives for Peace Consultative Jirga.
He said that separate meetings of governors should be held with the judicial institutions and development ministries so that the governors share their analysis and suggestions with the ministries and judiciary institutions.
“The governors should focus on principles rather than individuals, and cooperate with the public in order to maintain public order so that people benefit more services and facilities,” president Ghani stressed.
President Ghani’s Special Envoy Umer Daudzai addressed a press conference on the Grand Consultative Jirga on Peace and said that this Loya Jirga on peace was biggest and most representative of Afghan people.
Daudzai said the Jirga committees started their work on Tuesday and that 13 out of 50 committees of the Peace Jirga are led by women. Also deputies and secretaries of Loya Jirga have bene elected.
Daudzai explained that Afzal Hadid, Mohamad Arif Noorzai, Habiba Sarabi, Kamal Safai and Najia Akhundzada have been elected as deputy heads of the Peace.
It was also assured that reporters will be given more access for coverage of the Jirga.
Daudzai also hinted that there is a possibility of extension of the Jirga if the committees delay their reporting to the administrative board. It was informed that total cost of Loya Jirga is estimated 5 million dollars.
“We had informal consultations with participants of Loya Jirga and most of them agreed to appointing Sayyaf as chairman of the assembly”, said Daudzai.
Daudzai also thanked the Taliban if they have intentionally not hindered representatives to travel to Kabul for Loya Jirga.
Speaking about the target of the Loya Jirga, Daudzai said that their expectation is that when Loya Jirga participants go back, the Taliban should listen to them. “We expect them to listen to the recommendations of the biggest and the most representative Loya Jirga of the history of Afghanistan”, expressed Daudzai.
He also said that he tried to convince CE Abdullah to participate in Loya Jirga, but the latter refused to do so.
Local officials announced that, during the past 24 hours, 48 Taliban insurgents, including three commanders of the group, were killed and wounded in Ghazni.
As a result of seven air operations of Afghan and Coalition air forces in Giro, Andar, Ab Band districts of Ghazni province, 42 insurgents were killed and six others were wounded,mGhazni press office said in a report on Wednesday.
Ghazni press office added that three Taliban commanders in the Ab Band district were also among the insurgents killed in the air operations.
A two billion Afghani budget has been allocated to Kuchies and development programs for the nomadic tribe for the first time, President Ashraf Ghani announced on Wednesday. President Ghani said the budget is not enough and will increase as the year passes.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the National Conference of Kuchies Development Program, Mr. Ashraf Ghani said that in an amount should be allocated for nomads in every ministry’s budget.
He said that no ministry can neglect allocating a budget to this class after the establishment of the Kuchi Development Councils, based on the Covenant of Citizens Program.
President Ghani said one person will be chosen as Kuchi representative for coordination with the Afghan cabinet.
While stating that in order to understand the deprivation of the nomads, there is a need for a national debate, president Ghani added that, “I would like to urgently provide pastures, winter and summer shelter and drinking water for the nomads, and in construction of new areas and lands, special contribution should be allocated for Kuchies.”
Mr. Ghani also said that hereafter, a special contribution should be made for Kuchies in national meetings and debates and given their necessities and problems, a five-year development plan should be devised for them.
Two Afghan nationals, including a Director serving in the Afghanistan government’s Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, were arrested following a raid on a prostitution racket in the beach village of Calangute in Goa, an official said on Monday according to India’s OdishaTV.
According to Police Inspector Nolasco Raposo, in-charge of the Calangute police station, the accused Mohammad Omar Arian, works as a Director of Internal Audit, at the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Mohammad Azmal Hodman, an Afghanistan based-lawyer, were arrested in the raid conducted by officials of the Calangute police station, in which two women from Uzbekistan were rescued.
“The two accused from Afghanistan have been arrested under sections 370 (prostitution), 370(iii) of the Indian Penal Code and Sections 4, 5 and 7 of the Immoral Traffic Prevention Act, 1956,” Inspector Raposo said, adding that police are on the look out for a pimp who had solicited the services of the two Uzbek women for the Afghan duo.
Local officials reported that a religious scholar was killed in Nangarhar province.
Speaking to Reporterly, Attaullah Khogyani Nangarhar governor’s spokesman said that Qari Faiz Mohammad, a religious scholar in Nangarhar province was killed in an attack by unknown armed men in Behsud disrict in Nangarhar.
Meanwhile, number of serial killings has increased recently in Nangarhar province, and sometime back a traffic police and a civilian were also murdered in the province.
t was reported that Taliban’s deputy leader Abdul Ghani Baradar met with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Lestari Marsudi.
The two discussed Afghan Peace Process as well as the upcoming negotiations with the US Delegation. As per a statement released by the group, the two met on Tuesday.