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NDS Special Forces launch new operations in Nangarhar

Monitoring Desk

JALALABAD: The local officials in eastern Nangarhar province are saying that operatives of the Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security (NDS), have launched new operations to suppress the terrorists in this province.

This comes as the provincial government said Sunday that the NDS Special Forces have arrested two key members of the Taliban group during the operations in Nangarhar province.

The provincial government media office in a statement said the two suspects were arrested from the first police district of Jalalabad city and Nazian district.

The statement further added that the Taliban group member detained from the first police district of Jalalabad has been identified as Nusrat and was involved in terrorist activities in Chaparhar district.

The other suspect arrested from Nazian district has been identified as Zamarak and is originally a resident of Maidan Wardak province and was recruited by the Taliban group leader Qari Niaz Mohammad.

According to the provincial government, Zamarak was on his way to attend some training courses when he was identified as arrested by the NDS operatives.

The provincial government also added that the two suspects are being questioned in the custody of the NDS operatives.

The anti-government armed militant groups including Taliban insurgents have not commented regarding the report so far.




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Turkey to open consulates in Herat, Kandahar cities


Monitoring Desk

HERAT CITY: Turkey will open its consulates in western Herat and southern Kandahr City until the end of the ongoing year, the country’s envoy said.

Ambassador Oguzhan Ertugrul, who arrived here, held a meeting with the Herat governor and discussed with him issues of mutual interest.

The envoy said the opening of diplomatic missions in Herat and Kandahar would help further cement relations between the two countries.

Governor Mohammad Asif Rahimi termed the opening of Turkish consulates a positive step in promoting relations between two countries. The diplomatic office in Herat would help resolve visa related issues of local people, he added.

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Investment to top Erdogan’s agenda during S. Korea visit

Monitoring Desk

ANKARA: At the top of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s agenda during his upcoming visit to South Korea on May 2-3 will be investments and cooperation in the defense industry, Korean ambassador to Turkey Choi Hong-ghi said.

“We have great expectations for the visit. Relations between both countries are already at a good level but we want to get tangible results from the visit,” Choi told Anadolu Agency.

Choi stated that one-to-one meetings between Erdogan and representatives of big Korean firms were expected to be held.

“I think that this visit will be very useful to boost investments. Turkish investors who accompany the president will also gather with Korean business people and we hope to see cooperation between them,” Choi said.

Recalling a trade volume target of $10-15 billion which was set during Prime Minister Binali Yildirim’s visit to South Korea last year, Choi said:

“I think Yildirim meant not only increasing trade volume between the two countries but also improving economic cooperation.”

Choi underlined that the volume has risen consistently since the Trade in Goods (TiG) Agreement, which aims to gradually eliminate tariffs on goods, became operational under the scope of Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between South Korea and Turkey.

Investment-friendly environment

“The Framework Agreement Establishing Free Trade Area between the Republic of Turkey and Republic of Korea” was signed in August 2012 and entered into force in May 2013.

Highlighting that reaching this target can be managed by the private sector, Choi said governments’ role was to provide an investment-friendly environment for business.

Choi added that agreements regarding investments and trade in services under the scope of FTA were signed but still waiting for approval of the Turkish parliament.

“The agreement was approved by the Korean parliament. The ball in in Turkey’s court now. I hope after those agreements enter into force,” he said.

The agreement on trade in services and investment were signed during Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci’s visit to South Korea in February 2015.

Praising Turkey and South Korea’s “high potential” with a total population of 130 million people, the ambassador said current figures fell short of the potential and were not satisfying.

“As Prime Minister Yildirim mentioned, we want to double this [trade volume] a lot,” Hong-Ghi said.

312 Korean companies in Turkey

Over a decade, the trade volume between Turkey and South Korea surged nearly 60 percent to reach $7.2 billion in 2017 according to the Turkish Statistical Institute.

The country’s main exports groups consist of electrical and electronics products, vehicles, machine, mineral fuels to South Korea while it purchases mineral fuels, electrical and electronics products, machine, iron-steel from South Korea.

The number of South Korean companies operating in Turkey stood at 312 by the end of 2017 while it was 134 in 2007, according to data from Turkish Economy Ministry.

Choi cited that Korean companies had shown great interest in projects in the fields of energy and transportation as part of Turkey’s vision for 2023.

“We want more Korean companies to invest in those fields in Turkey,” he said.

The ambassador said that South Korea worked closely with Turkey regarding technology transfer in the defense industry and high-speed train production.

“The high-speed train project, the Izmir Gulf Transit Project and the Three-Level Grand Istanbul Tunnel Project are the projects that attract Korean firms the most under the scope of Vision 2023,” he said. AA


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Turkish Central Bank raises 2018 inflation forecast

Monitoring Desk

ANKARA: The Central Bank on Monday raised Turkey’s year-end inflation forecast from 7.9 percent to 8.4 percent under a tight monetary policy stance, which focused on bringing down inflation.

Speaking at a news conference in Istanbul ahead of the release of the bank’s quarterly inflation report, Central Bank Governor Murat Cetinkaya said inflation would stabilize at around five percent in the medium term.

Cetinkaya said the inflation rate would fluctuate between 7.2 percent and 9.6 percent through to the end of 2018.

“The upward revision to the end 2018 inflation forecast stemmed from the adjustment in the Turkish liras denominated import price assumption due to oil prices and exchange rate developments,” he said.

Turkey’s annual inflation rate hit 10.23 percent in March 2017, according to the Turkish Statistical Institute.

The Central Bank had earlier raised its mid-point forecast for 2018 to 7.9 percent from a previous forecast of 7 percent in its January report.

“Inflation is expected to return to its downward trend on the back of recent monetary policy decisions and measures,” Cetinkaya said.

Meanwhile, the Central Bank kept its 2019 year-end inflation expectation unchanged — 6.5 percent — fluctuating between 7.2 and 9.6 percent.

The bank increased its oil price forecast to $68 per barrel for 2018 from $66 in the previous report, and to $65 for 2019.

“In view of the measures in the agenda of the Food and Agricultural Products Markets Monitoring and Evaluation Committee, the assumption for food inflation is kept unchanged at 7 percent for both end 2018 and end 2019,” he added.

The committee also assessed the technical presentations on finalizing the simplification process of the monetary policy’s operational framework and enhancing the predictability of monetary policy. AA



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No respect for tax payers

I Want to draw the kind attention  of  Prime Minister  of Pakistan  that  this logic is not understood to me  that those most honest , Most patriotic, most philanthropists  and law-obeying  good citizen of Pakistan who  have being paid  income taxes  every year million of Rupees in most honestly ways, No any development works  are being carried out   in the   native  villages   of such most  respected   & most excellent income tax payers citizens of Pakistan

But on others side, all  the development  funds  are  being utilized  abd gulped  by  the  most selfish  & most powerful members  of  local bodies  members of  District councils,  Tehsil councils  and Union Councils  who have never pay any income tax  even of one paisa to the govt  of Pakistan and also not the real and true royalful  friends  of  Nawaz Sharif, the president  of PML-N.

I am saying this because of the following  reasons.

1- That    ADOWAL of  Tehsil  Pind Dadun Khan  is the   native village of a great surgeon  of Pakistan  Professor  & Dean  Dr Raja Ghulam Asghar  (late )   who had remained   one of the most  honest, most   patriotic  and most  experienced surgeon of Pakistan  & who had served this Islamic country  of Pakistan in  the medical  field  for a long  period of 56 years  from 1952 upto  2008 .

2)- He  had also  served the Pakistan  Army during  1965 indo-Pakistan war  at the battle field at  Lahore, Sialkot, &  Kharian Sectors  24  hours to do surgical operations  of injured  army men and officers in the battle field

3)- That,  Field Marshal Ayub Khan  (Late) had appreciated  the  most excellent service  of this great surgeon  of Pakistan  .

4)- When ever  he used to go abroad  for attending medical conferences, seminars etc, he was being offered most attractive jobs on handsome salaries and others  fringes by the ambassador  but this great surgeon did not accepted their offers because he was a true Pakistani  person.

5)- He  used  to pay the income Tax million  of Rupees  every year  to the  Govt  of Pakistan  in most honestly way. He was only the great surgeon of the  history  of  Pakistan who had paid  maximum   amount  of income tax  to the govt of Pakistan than compared to others doctors  of Pakistan

6)- But it is  a matter  of great pity  that no any development work are being done  by the chairman District council  Jhelum

7)- Even  one ordinary work  of constructing a most important  Pukka road from  Chopal  upto Graveyard (on which, the Jinaza of everyone passing through this uneven damaged path) has not been constructed so far .

8)- Because  all the members  of  the  district council Jhelum  are not   feeling any fear  of  Great Allah and the  severe Aazab of the great Allah which  these  most cruel members of the district council Jhelum  will soon be faced in their graves.

9)- Similarly  The  members  of the  District Council Jhelum  have no intion to carry out any development work  till  Qiamat.

10)- In the light of the above mentioned facts, I will  request to Prime Minister of Pakistan  to kindly restore  the previous  system of administration  of  Deputy Commissioners  in place  of  DCOs and full power of utilizing  of development funds in uniformly ways.

11)- In this way, the bad activities  of dishonest and  and most corrupt members  of the  local bodies of     mis-using  and  gulping  of  development  funds  can be crushed .

12)- Besides this, Most strict  rules  & regulations are needed  to be imposed  for the  improving  of the   moral characters of the members of the district councils   .


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After destroying Libya, France in Syria

Hakki Ocal

The Delphi Initiative network “Defend Democracy Press” issued a very brief commentary based on a report by Anadolu Agency that French troops entered Syria’s Al-Hasakah Governorate last week from their former positions in Iraq’s Nineveh Governorate. Its website says that the French are there to do the legwork of the Americans: To destroy the political unity of the country. France currently has troops at five U.S. bases in northern Syria.

According to its own declaration, the Delphi Initiative is composed of mainly, but not exclusively, European intellectuals who oppose the attempt of international finance and big international corporations to impose a dictatorship all around Europe.

They believe that this is what the present-day European ruling elites are trying to do. This is the real “agenda” behind the debt wars against specific European nations and behind the radical transformation of the EU into a structure dominated by big banks.

It really takes courage – a lot of it – to stand up against banks and transatlantic trade partnerships. To see an international policy of war launched by the EU and the U.S. against Russia today (and China tomorrow), against the Arab and Muslim world takes more than courage: An insight on the project of the “Clash of Civilizations” is also a must to analyze the world today.

Take Greece, for instance. The Greek Syriza movement that had been organized into a political party in 2009 had been a vocal supporter of such ideas that the senior members of the EU have been manipulating the junior members into a huge burden of debt and breeding lap dogs out of them. What happened since 2015 when Alexis Tsipras took power as prime minister?

He was forced to sell many public assets, including some Aegean islands, yet was unable to pay off his country’s debt to the EU. The daring Tsipras has gone and a European puppet who cannot even honor the Treaty of Extradition of Criminals his country has with Turkey has come. He succumbed to the conspiracy of war the Delphi Initiative claims the EU and the U.S. have.

The country of the honorable Hellenic Civilization is laying wreaths on the Aegean rocks which are not larger than a grave.

Take Saudi Arabia and its new and ambitious young prince. Instead of leading the Muslim world when it is faced with the danger of the completion of the Israeli occupation of Jerusalem, the richest country in the world is succumbing into Jewish conspiracies presented as a peace plan by the U.S. Donning blue jeans and playing cards, even allowing women to drive cars would not make Saudi Arabia a modern country; but educating all the young people on the Arabian Peninsula would. Asking yourself why that protracted war is still continuing in Yemen would make you a leader of a modern Islamic world.

The Delphi Initiative is right in its call that elites and leaders should not transform their countries into a dominion of finance.

The defend democracy website could not be more on target in its commentary that France is now in Syria to complete the job the U.S. started to dismember Syria. France is the number one culprit in what happened in Libya.

The U.S. started the (internal and external) war in Libya; France had completed it by creating at least nine sections in it. The state of Libya is not much of a state any more.

Now that President Donald Trump cannot afford to complete the U.S. Central Command’s (CENTCOM) plan to create three Syrias, the fresh military and monetary resources of France are called to the rescue. The praises and gestures of The Donald (and the enormously funny hat Melania wore) were for a reason: Pass the baton in the Syrian relays to France.

Apparently the French want to complete their job as fast as they can while Turkey, the main impediment in realizing this atrocious plan, is busy with elections.

It will not work. Syria will remain in one piece. As the French say, it is “finger on the nose.”






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IK’s agenda for new Pakistan

Addressing a mammoth public meeting at Minar-e-Pakistan in Lahore PTI Chairman Imran Khan announced his 11 point agenda for new Pakistan. It includes uniform education curriculum; health insurance; progressive and egalitarian tax system; elimination of corruption; self reliance; agricultural reforms; boosting investment; reducing underemployment; low cost housing; large scale forestation and reforestation and strengthening the federation.

No doubt PTI Chairman Vision of new Pakistan reflects the aspiration of masses. But how can his agenda of prosperous Pakistan can be sincerely implemented is a million dollar question? In the decade of 1970s, the charismatic and the most popular political leader Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto gave a very impressive manifesto of his People’s Party. But after coming to power he destroyed the emerging economy of Pakistan by his callous but deliberate policy of nationalization of private industries , banks and more than 60 percent unnecessary and irrational devaluation of the currency. It killed the sprit of entrepreneurial class to introduce new technologies in their industries and go far profitable innovations. The disastrous impact of Bhutto era is still all pervading in the industrial sector which is stuck at second generation technology whereas other developing countries including India and Bangladesh are using fifth generation technology.  His land reforms were a total farce as he informed his feudal class in advance to transfer big chunks of their lands in the names of their kith and kin and faithful retainers for retransfer to the original owners as and when the drama of land reforms is over. The yardstick of maximum ceiling on the basis of produce index unit was also a shrewd trick to create a smoke screen in the interior Sindh and Southern Punjab about land reforms.

The PTI agenda of positive change did not satisfactorily work in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa.The policy of uniform curriculum and appointment of teachers strictly on merit have improved the quality primary and secondary education but the standard of higher education has degenerated. PTI top leadership in the province violates the merit 100 percent in the appointment of faculty in public sector universities and the same is the case in all government departments except the department of primary and secondary education. The health insurance scheme in the form of ‘Insaf Health Card’ has turned out to be a political gimmick and is counter productive exercise.  Lion share of 35 percent of the financial outlay goes to the State Life Insurance at the cost of common man. The PTI government has directed the managements of MTI hospitals to give preference to the Insaf Card holder over other patients of poor families who because of no political connection do not have this facility. This discriminatory policy against the lower middle class people has created a sense of deprivation among the people and resentment in the people friendly specialist doctors. The healthcare in the Institution Based Practice in government hospitals has become very expensive. The private hospitals misuse the ceiling of medical facility in their favor and to the disadvantage of patients.

Achieving the goal of economic self reliance is a herculean task as Pakistan’s external debt has reached above$ 90 billion, exports are stagnant, and imports are rising. The country is heading towards becoming a trading nation. Creation of favorable economic environment for boosting investment is a big challenge but Imran Khan,s reputation of Mr. Clean in the international financial institutions and his popularity in Pakistani Diaspora can be instrumental to bring economic turnaround by utilizing the skills of technocrats in his party.

Large scale forestation and reforestation will mitigate the impact of climate change and agriculture emergency will steer this sector out of the current crisis of water shortages and low yield of crops.

Strengthening the federation, while ensuring provincial autonomy, is all the more essential as the objective criticism of certain legal experts on the 18th Amendment has given credence to the perception that this legislation has disturbed the federal structure of the constitution. Giving more administrative and financial powers to the provincial governments under this amendment has brought not any improvement in the life of common man. Let us hope that PTI Chairman Agenda for new Pakistan will be honestly implemented in case the party comes to power in the upcoming elections and KP model of half hearted change will not be replicated all over the country.