Sunday, August 31, 2014
23 dead in W. Afghan traffic accident
HERAT, Afghanistan, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- At least 23 people were killed and four others wounded when a bus collided with a truck in western Afghan Herat province Sunday morning, sources said.
"A bus crashed with a truck head-on along Herat-Islam Qala highway at around 7:30 a.m. local time Sunday, leaving the casualties," provincial governor Sayyed Fazlullah Wahidi told Xinhua.
Police and rescue teams rushed to the site shortly after the accident happened in the road which leads to the Islam Qala bordering town near Iran, he said.
All injured have been shifted to the nearby hospitals. There were women and children among the victims.
The Afghan officials blamed reckless driving for the traffic incidents, saying reckless driving on congested roads and highways is the main cause of road accidents in Afghanistan. Enditem
Afghan defense minister may attend
the crucial NATO summit in Wales
Khaama Press / August 31, 2014
Officials in ARG presidential palace have said that the defense minister Bismillah Mohammadi may attend the NATO Summit in Wales.
Aimal Faizi, spokesman for President Hamid Karazi, has told AFP that defense minister Bismillah Mohammadi might attend the NATO Summit in Wales if the next elected president was not declared before the start of the summit.
“We are preparing to send the minister of defence to the NATO summit to represent the Afghan government,” Faizi said.
He also added, “If the president-elect is declared just before the summit and we do not have time for the inauguration, then the president-elect will be given an authorisation letter by the current president to attend.”
The summit will take place on 4-5 September and will be one of the largest gatherings of world leaders the United Kingdom has ever hosted.
The security situation in Afghanistan is expected to be one of the main issues which will discussed during the NATO Summit in Wales, as the alliance is preparing to end the combat mission in Afghanistan.
The alliance is set to decide on a follow-up support mission in Afghanistan widely seen as crucial to maintaining fragile nationwide stability.
NATO’s continued funding for the Afghan national security forces, who are struggling to hold back the Taliban, will also be confirmed during the summit.
Karzai planning to leave
presidential palace on Tuesday, IECC says
Khaama Press / August 31, 2014
The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) officials have said that President Hamid Karzai is planning to leave the presidential palace on coming Tuesday.
IECC chief, Abdul Satar Saadat, told reporters that Presidnet Hamid Karzai has insisted that the next presidential inauguration should taken place on coming Tuesday.
Saadat further added that President Karzai is planning to leave the palace if the presidential inauguration did not take place on Tuesday.
He urged President Karzai not leave the palace and wait until his successor has been elected and the presidential inauguration takes place.
According to Saadat, the president is considering to transfer the power to the vice-presidents. However, he said there are no guarantees that the vice-presidents would transfer the power to the elected president.
However, the presidential palace officials have rejected the remarks by IECC officials and said the president will not abandon the palace until the next president is not sworn in.