Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Afghanistan Deputy Public
Works Minister Kidnapped in Kabul
April 15, 2014
Afghanistan's deputy public works minister was kidnapped by
gunmen Tuesday, in the country's latest high-profile abduction.
Police say Ahmad Shah Wahid was pulled from his car as he was
traveling to work in the Khir Khana district of northern Kabul.
The motive for the kidnapping is not clear. There have been no
claims of responsibility.
Many Afghan government officials have been kidnapped for ransom
or assassinated in recent years.
The abduction comes ten days after Afghanistan's presidential
election, which took place amid relative peace.
Ex-finance minister Ashraf Ghani and opposition politician
Abdullah Abdullah have emerged as frontrunners in the early vote
count. Final results are expected next month.
Afghan villagers rise up against
Taliban in Nangarhar province
By Ghanizada - Tue Apr 15 2014, 3:22 pm
Dozens of local residents in Hesarak district of Nangarhar
province have started armed campaign against the Taliban
According to local government officials, heavy clashes were
reported between the two sides since early Tuesday morning.
Hesarak district Chief Abdul Khaliq Maruf said the uprising
started around 3:00 am local time in various parts of Hesarak
district and dozens of local residents have participated in the
Mr. Maruf further added that residents of Mamand Kala, Nasir
Khel, Mardan and Gala Khel villages have launched the campaign
against the Taliban militants.
He said there are no reports regarding the casualties so far
and the local residents are supported by Afghan police forces.
Nangarhar is among the relatively volatile provinces in eastern
Afghanistan where Taliban militants are active in a number of its
remote districts and frequently carry out insurgency activities.
Afghan presidential candidates
dispute partial election result
KABUL, April 15 (Xinhua)-- Afghanistan's election commission
has announced the partial result of April 5 presidential elections
on Sunday under which Dr. Abdullah Abdullah was in lead followed
by former finance minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and ex-foreign
minister Zalmai Rassoul.
However, the results have been disputed by the remaining
politicians who contended the race to assume the presidential
Mohammad Shafiq Gul Agha Shirzai has doubted the fairness of
the partial results, saying the finding of his observer team has
shown widespread fraud in the polls. "The election was full of
fraud and his supporters in some places including Nimroz and Herat
provinces confronted with lack of ballot papers to vote on the
voting day," Shirzai told local media.
Shirzai also alleged that his ballots had been withdrawn from
the ballot boxes in some places.
Another presidential hopeful Daud Sultanzoi also doubted the
transparency of the partial results of the elections, saying the
results announced by the election commission is unacceptable.
On April 5, more than 7 million Afghans, out of 12 million
eligible voters, cast their vote to elect the country's president,
and the election commission announced the result of 10 percent of
the votes from 26 out of the country's 34 provinces on Sunday.
"Dr. Abdullah Abdullah secured 41.9 percent of partial results
followed by Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai who received 37.6 and Dr.
Zulmai Rassoul 9.9 percent of the results," chairman of election
commission Ahmad Yusuf Nouristani said Sunday.
Meantime, the remaining six hopefuls Abdul Rab Rasoul Sayaf,
Zalmai Rassoul, Qutbudin Hilal, Mohammad Shafiq Gul Agha Shirzai,
Daud Sultanzoi and Hadayat Amin Arsalah who have questioned the
transparency of the early results of April 5 elections in a joint
statement carried by some newspapers on Tuesday warned of dire
consequences if their complaints overlooked by the election body.
Pledges 'Meritocracy' If Elected
By Frud Bezhan
April 14, 2014
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
KABUL -- In an exclusive interview with RFE/RL, Afghan
presidential front-runner Abdullah Abdullah says he will not
exclude anyone, including his rivals, from government if he is
Abdullah, a former foreign minister, said his new government
would be based on merit and could include rival candidates and his
old adversary, President Hamid Karzai.
"We are making no exclusions...to those who share our vision,"
Abdullah is among the front-runners to win the April 5
presidential election. Preliminary results are not expected until
April 24, but partial results released on April 13 give him the
Abdullah rejected rumors he was brokering a behind-the-scenes
deal with rival candidates to avoid a second round, which is
likely because no candidate is expected to win an outright
majority in the first.
Abdullah said he had met with Karzai last week -- not to cut
any deals but to discuss the role the president and other cabinet
ministers could play after a new leader is sworn in.
Abdullah pledged to contest a second round "in order for the
people to give their final verdict."
Abdullah also rejected speculation that if elected his
government would be dominated by Islamists and former warlords.
His two vice-presidential running mates are both from hard-line
Islamist political parties who fought in the devastating civil
war. Abdullah is part of a rival Islamist group, the Jamiat-e
But Abdullah said his government would not be dominated by one
group or ideology and he would seek to build an "inclusive and
Afghan minister seeks
more support from China in education
KABUL, April 15 (Xinhua) -- Afghan Minister for Education Dr.
Farooq Wardak on Tuesday called for more support of China in the
field of education. "I am hopeful that China would further
contribute in the field of education to Afghanistan,"Warkdak said
while inaugurating the Center of Science and Technology
constructed with China's financial support in the vicinity of
According to the minister, the Center of Science and Technology
was constructed in 19 months at a cost of 81 million Yuan (about
13 million U.S. dollars).
The newly constructed educational center would be used as a
teacher training center, and laboratory, he added.
Addressing the ceremony, Chinese Ambassador to Afghanistan Deng
Xijun expressed hope that the construction of the center would
further enhance Sino-Afghan relations.
Deng said China has contributed in the irrigation system,
higher education and health sectors to Afghanistan over the past
Abuzar discharged from hospital
By Ghanizada - Tue Apr 15 2014, 11:21 am
The two-year-old Abuzar, son of deceased Afghan journalist
Sardar Ahmad was discharged from hospital on Tuesday morning.
Abuzare was critically injured in militants attack on Serena
hotel last month where he lost his father Sardar Ahmad along with
his mother, brother and sister.
He was shot five times by militants who attacked the hotel on
20 March, and emerged from coma on 23rd March and his condition
Kabul Pressistan which was founded by late Sardar Ahmad, in a
Twitter message said Abuzar is in a good health condition and was
discharged from hospital this morning.
The 40-year-old Sardar Ahmad was a journalist who was working
for Agence France-Presse (AFP) since 2003. In 2009 he founded
Pressistan, a media production firm that supported visiting
AFP has also set a permanent fund in a bid to help Abuzar build
a new life, who will need emotional and financial assistance if he
is to have a chance of leading a normal life in a safe, nurturing
The contribution to Abuzar can be made via PayPal (to open a
free PayPal acccount, click here) in US dollars to the adress:
Brad Pitt to star as Gen. Stanley
McChrystal in Afghanistan war movie
By Ghanizada - Tue Apr 15 2014, 1:03 pm
The American film star and producer Brad Pitt is scheduled to
play Gen. Stanley McChrystal in yet another war film which will be
based on journalist Michael Hastings’ 2012 book The Operators: The
Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan.
Gen. Stanley McChrystal is a former commanding general of
NATO-led international coalition and U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
According to a report by Los Angeles Times, Michael Hastings’
incendiary 2010 Rolling Stone profile of McChrystal exposed the
general and his staff’s disdain for their superiors, including
National Security Advisor James L. Jones, Vice President Biden and
President Obama, and ultimately prompted McChrystal to resign.
The Australian filmmaker David Michod will write and direct the
upcoming film ‘The Operators’. The film chronicles the rise and
fall of General Stanley McChrystal, who was the commanding officer
in charge of all US and international troops in Afghanistan.
The film will be produced by Brad Pitt’s company Plan B
together with the New Regency and Brett Ratner’s RatPac