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Roadside Bomb Kills Ariana News Reporter

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(Last Updated On: October 24, 2022)

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Ariana News provincial reporter, Nematullah Zaheer was killed and another was wounded in an explosion in southern Helmand province of Afghansitan on Friday.

The explosion took place in Lashkar Gah city of Helmand around 10:00 am when Zaheer was in line of duty.

The identify of Zaheer’s wounded colleague was not immediately known.

 In a statement the Presidential palace condemned the killing of Zaheer said,” such terrorist attacks cannot stop media freedoms in Afghanistan or weaken the country’s media”.

According to the Afghan Journalists Safety Committee, 2016 has been the bloodiest year for journalists in the history of Afghanistan, with 10 reporters killed in the first six months of the year.

Biography

The Ariana News provincial reporter, Nematullah Zaheer was born in July 28, 1978 in Sayed Abad district of Maidan Wardak province of Afghanistan.

Zaheer was graduated from Sayed Abad High School in the year 1998. Then he joined the journalism faculty of Kabul University and was graduated in 2003. He was an experienced and professional journalist who was reporting from the volatile southern Helmand province.

He was popular as a hardworking and talented journalist among his co-workers who had received dozens of certificates of appreciations from the governmental institutions and agencies defending and promoting freedom of speech in Afghanistan.

Zaheer worked as a reporter for at least 10 years and he joined Ariana News Television Network eight years ago in 2008.

He was always reporting from the battlefields of Helmand. Finally, he was killed in the line of duty by a roadside bomb in the southern Helmand province on Friday. His vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Gudar Sorkh area of Lashkar Gah city while he was preparing a report from the Afghan forces operation.

The Afghan reporter who died at the age of 38 was married and had three sons and one daughter.

The government of Afghanistan and agencies supporting open media have called his dead a great loss to the family of media.

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Stanikzai meets with Azerbaijan’s ambassador to Kabul

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Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, the political deputy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, met Sunday with Ilham Mohammadov, Azerbaijan’s ambassador to Afghanistan and said the Islamic Emirate wants good relations with the world, foreign ministry spokesman Abdul Qahar Balkhi said in a statement.

Balkhi quoted the ambassador of Azerbaijan as saying he appreciates the efforts of the Islamic Emirate in the field of security, economic development, and the fight against drugs and added that Azerbaijan is ready to cooperate in the cultural, economic and commercial sectors with Afghanistan.

Stanikzai said in this meeting that the IEA, having a balanced and economic-based foreign policy, wants good relations with all countries and is also trying to improve the country’s economic situation.

This comes after Mohammadov submitted his ambassadorial credentials to acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi late last month.

According to Azerbaijan’s foreign ministry’s website, their parliament approved the opening of their embassy on December 30, 2020.

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Over 92,000 metric tons of goods transported via rail in past week: ARA

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(Last Updated On: February 25, 2024)

Afghanistan Railway Authority (ARA) announced in a statement on Sunday that 92,233 metric tons of goods was transported via railway lines in the country in the past week.

ARA said 75,698 tons was transported through Hairatan port, 5,054 tons via Aqina port, and 11,481 tons through Turghandi. This included oil and other goods and raw materials – that were imported and exported.

Of this, 2,247 tons of commercial goods were exported, most of which were oranges, potatoes, dried fruits and pomegranate juice, the statement read.

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Stanikzai laments poor reading habits among Afghans

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Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, the political deputy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said on Sunday that the development of a country depends on reading, but reading habits in Afghanistan are very low.

Stanikzai made the remarks at a ceremony in Kabul to unveil books printed during the past 11 months.

“In Afghanistan, compared to other countries, people read very little. Maybe some people believe that there were many problems here, there was a war, the economy was weak and people are looking for bread and don’t have time to read, but these problems exist in other countries as well. If there is no war in other countries, there is poverty,” Stanikzai said.

He stated now that security is ensured in the country and there is no feudalism, youths should read under the shadow of the Islamic system, because without reading, success cannot be achieved.

“If youths become interested in reading and books, Allah willing, society will get rid of problems very soon. We Afghans have no equal on the battlefield. We have a lot of progress in this regard, and no one else has this honor. We should try to tell the world that with the takeover of the Islamic Emirate, there is peace and security in Afghanistan. There is no more war; there is no more feudalism; there is no more looting. There is an Islamic and Sharia system,” Stanikzai said.

He has also said that currently many books are imported from other countries, adding that scientific and research institutions and authors of the country should try to write books themselves.

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