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Gov’t urged to take specific measure to protect Salma Dam



(Last Updated On: June 5, 2016)

PARLIMENT_05_06_2016_DARI_SOT.mpg_snapshot_00.27_[2016.06.05_15.19.02]Afghan government is responsible to take specific measures for the security of Salma Dam, the biggest infrastructural project build by India in Herat province of Afghanistan, Senate members urged on Sunday.

“The government must strive hard in the operation and maintenance of this dam, the security of the dam is very important which needs specific measures by the government of Afghanistan,” Taiba Zahedi, senate member from Herat province said.

Salma Dam or the Afghan-India Friendship Dam is a multipurpose project planned for generating 42 MW of power and irrigating 75,000 hectares of land.This landmark infrastructure project was undertaken by the government of India on river Chisht-e-Sharif in west of Afghanistan.

Muhammad Alam Ezadyar another member of the senate house from Panjshir province said,” all countries that are our allies in Afghanistan must take part to implement big projects in Afghanistan and India must be an example”.

All countries that are our allies in Afghanistan, and India should model their functions and in the construction of large projects in Afghanistan share. “

The Afghan-India Friendship Dam was inaugurated by the Afghan President Muhammad Ashraf Ghani and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday in Herat where Modi was called the “dearest friend”.

“Most welcome to my dearest friend Narendra Modi to his second home,” Afghan leader wrote on his twitter.

Senate Speaker, Fazel Hadi Muslimyar emphasize that Afghanistan must make its efforts double to launch more projects with the support of the international community.

“The opening of Salma Dam was a very good news to the nation of Afghanistan and the President must try to attract more infrastructural aids to Afghanistan,” Muslimyar said.

Senates also emphasize that inauguration of the Dam enhance the historic relation between Afghanistan and India and it will further cement the relations of the two country and therefore the enemies will try to disrupt this achievement which needs the caution of the Afghan government

In the meantime, Afghan residents expressed optimisms over Salma Dam; calling on National Unity Government (NUG) to make further efforts in providing the security of this dam.

“The Salma dam is a great achievement for us but the government should make further efforts to protect it,” Hafiz, one of Kabul inhabitants said.

“The Salma dam is not just only for the Herat province but is also for all Afghan residents,” Asadullah, another resident of Kabul said.

On the other side, the Ministry of National Defense has assured the people about overall security of the Salma dam.

“We have taken the security of Salma dam in three parts; first the Urban Protection Unit, second the police and third the national army who control the dam,” Muhammad Radmanish, deputy spokesman of defense ministry said.

Reported by: Rafi Sediqi



Virtue and Vice Ministry reject claims of ordering gender segregation in restaurants



(Last Updated On: May 15, 2022)

The Ministry of Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice has rejected claims that orders were given to restaurants in Herat to separate male and female patrons.  

This comes after reports emerged recently that officials from the provincial department of promotion of virtue and prevention of vice visited restaurants and instructed owners to separate patrons according to their gender.

However, Herat officials said this was a misunderstanding and that segregation is not being enforced and that families can eat together in restaurants and spend time together in parks.

One restaurant manager in Herat, Basir Ahmad Ahmadi, said: “When families came, we had to tell the family to sit apart … and when we told the families, they said they would go home to eat.”

Jawad Tawangar, an employee at one restaurant in Herat, said: “Fortunately, after the Ministry of Virtue and Vice responded in Kabul, the issue of restrictions has returned to normal and restaurants can allow families to eat together again.”

The spokesman for the ministry, Akef Mahajer, meanwhile said no one has the right to prevent families from walking in public together.

Mahajer: “Our compatriots can go to a hotel and restaurant with their families and have tea or go shopping with their families. The reports of segregation were untrue.”

Herat officials also said no order to this effect has been issued and that families can visit restaurants together.

Naeem ul-Haq Haqqani, Herat’s director of information and culture, said: “We reject [the reports of segregation] completely and it is not true.”

“Sitting around a table and eating with the family is not a problem from the Islamic point of view, nor from the custom of the community, but it can be useful for encouraging families and for getting more involved in the community,” said Negina Barak, a resident of Herat.

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Five killed in twin blasts in Herat



(Last Updated On: April 2, 2022)

At least five people were killed in two explosions in Afghanistan’s western province of Herat on Friday evening, security sources said.

The blasts happened around 6:00pm in District 12 of the provincial capital Herat.

Twenty two others were wounded in the explosions which took place in a playground where youths were playing.

The cause of the blasts remains unclear.

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Former district police chief in Ghor gunned down



(Last Updated On: January 25, 2022)

Habib-u-Rahman Malikzada, former police chief of Tiora district of Ghor province was gun downed by unknown assailants in western Herat province on Tuesday, relatives of the deceased said.

According to his relatives, Malikzada was shot close to the entrance of his house in PD1 of Herat city on Tuesday morning.

Sabir Herawi, a spokesman for the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) Intelligence, has confirmed the incident, stating that the culprits fled the area after attacking Malikzada.

So far, no group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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