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BSA in interest of Afghanistan



(Last Updated On: October 25, 2022)

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Afghanistan National Security adviser who summoned to Parliament due to the failure of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) between Kabul-Washington has said that the security accord is in interest of Afghanistan and America has fulfilled its commitments so far.

A number of representatives in Parliament claimed that according to the recent insecurities and the appearance of Daesh in the country, America failed to fulfill commitments.

Hasib Kalim Zai, Member of Parliament said, “Afghanistan is facing the threats of Daesh and other terrorist groups. So why America does not help us, if it is our strategic partner?”

“By signing the BSA, Daesh appeared in the country,” Musa Asakzai, another parliament members said.

The U.S.–Afghanistan Strategic Partnership Agreement, officially titled Enduring Strategic Partnership Agreement between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the United States of America, is an agreement between Afghanistan and the United States of America that provides the long-term framework for the relationship between Afghanistan and the United States of America after the drawdown of U.S. forces in the Afghanistan war.

Hanif Atmar, National Security advisor stated that the annual cost of Afghan security forces is $ 4,900 million which only $ 700 million of it is the responsibility of Afghanistan.

“There are significant progresses, but generally the treaty has also restrictions. Afghanistan decided to take full responsibility of providing the security from US troops.” Atamar said. “America has not failed in its commitments. The US government and NATO pay $ 12 million daily for the cost of Afghan security forces.”

He stressed that as US congressmen promised President Ghani in his trip to Washington they will stand by their commitments till the year 2017.

The Bilateral security Agreement (BSA) is part of the Strategic Cooperation Partnership Agreement which was signed between the two countries.
National Security advisor emphasized that the security accord has been implemented since four months ago but according to the treaty they just play a supportive role.

Meanwhile, Hanif Atamar also said that Afghanistan is now facing the threats of regional and world terrorists.

“Daesh is a regional and world organization which also has interest to Afghanistan,” Atmar noted.

Rumors of the presence of Islamic State (IS) elements in Afghanistan have repeatedly made it into the media over recent months, sparking public debate and adding to the anxiety about what course the insurgency might take.

The Islamic State (IS) group, also known by an Arabic acronym, Daesh, has gained a toehold in Afghanistan, although with the loss in a drone strike of its most prominent and recently appointed commander, Rauf Khadem, that toehold is looking precarious.

Over the past few months, the Iraq and Syria-based Islamic State (IS) has been making inroads in media-reporting, at least, in Afghanistan.

In July, Reuters, reporting from Waziristan, said that “some Taliban, including some of the younger commanders were enthusiastic about ISIS… eagerly debat[ing] the new movement,” although it did not specify whether these were Afghan or Pakistani Taliban or both.

In September, the BBC managed to find a Hezb-e Islami commander in Baghlan province who said he was considering joining the IS.

This was followed by reports about the distribution of pro-IS pamphlets in Afghanistan and Pakistan and the release of taped messages of allegiance to the group by “local militants in parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan”.
Reported by Abdul Aziz Karimi




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Muttaqi leaves for China to attend Trans-Himalaya Forum



(Last Updated On: October 3, 2023)

Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi left Kabul for China to participate in the third Trans-Himalaya Forum for International Cooperation, it was announced Tuesday.

Hafiz Zia Ahmad, deputy spokesman for Foreign Ministry, said on X that Muttaqi had received an official invitation from China.

Deputy Minister of Economy Abdul Latif Nazari and a number of other officials of the Islamic Emirate are accompanying Muttaqi in the visit.

Ahmad said that in the meeting, the countries surrounding the Himalayas will discuss economic cooperation, regional connectivity and ecological changes.

He added that the Islamic Emirate delegation will also have a bilateral meetings with the Foreign Minister of China and representatives of other countries on the sidelines of the forum.

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Pakistan tightens entry rules for Afghan travelers



(Last Updated On: October 3, 2023)

Pakistan has decided that all citizens of neighboring Afghanistan will be required to enter the country with a valid passport and visa starting next month, similar to travelers from other countries, VOA reported on Monday.

The “one document regime” policy will replace the decades-old practice of granting special travel permits to individuals with divided tribes straddling the Durand Line.

The “passport as the only traveling document is going to be implemented from November 1, 2023,” according to an official federal directive sent to immigration authorities at all Afghan border crossings.

“No other document shall be accepted to travel from Afghanistan to Pakistan,” the document said. 

The Pakistani government has yet to make a formal announcement about the new policy. 

VOA cited a senior Pakistani official as saying that Islamabad hopes the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) would cooperate in implementing the “one document regime” decision to help deter illegal crossers, including militants and smugglers.

The IEA did not immediately comment on the new travel requirements.

The new policy comes amid a nationwide crackdown on Afghans living illegally in Pakistan or not renewing their visas.

Last Thursday, Pakistani caretaker Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani announced that his government would deport illegal Afghan and other foreign immigrants.

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Foreign tourists flock to Helmand to visit its historical sites



(Last Updated On: October 3, 2023)

With the emergence of security in Afghanistan, foreign tourists are starting to visit Afghanistan to see its historical sites that have been out of reach for travelers for decades.

A group of tourists visiting Lashkargah in Helmand province were awestruck by the 3,000 year old Qala-e-Bost, which is famous for its 11th century arch. The arch is part of the remains of a mosque.

The group of 11 people from Germany, America, New Zealand and South Africa, included five women, who all welcomed the opportunity to visit the fort and other historical sites in the country.

The tourists said it was a good time for people to visit Afghanistan given that peace has been established.

“Afghanistan is a rich country in terms of minerals, they should work for their people and country, in order to save themselves” from being dependent on other countries, said a tourist from South Africa.

“I am happy that I visited Bost Fort and some other historical areas of this historical province with my friends,” said an American tourist.

At the same time, the head of culture and tourism of the Department of Information and Culture, Mawlavi Sultan Muhammad Hanif, said that since the takeover of the Islamic Emirate, many tourists from different countries have come to this province.

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