Dec 28, 2006
Dec 19, 2006
-------- The biggest pass which created fairs and favor to travelers was the “Haji Yaqub” pass. The Haji Yaqub pass is the biggest and the highest one. We already had passed lots of others. The pass was filled with snow and it was stormy. An old traveler with his wife who came pilgrimage was behind me, they were telling weird words of God’s names and lots of others whom are followed by lots of people like prophet and imam. They were asking God’s help repeatedly.
The biggest pass which created fairs and favor to travelers was the “Haji Yaqub” pass. The Haji Yaqub pass is the biggest and the highest one. We already had passed lots of others. The pass was filled with snow and it was stormy. An old traveler with his wife who came pilgrimage was behind me, they were telling weird words of God’s names and lots of others whom are followed by lots of people like prophet and imam. They were asking God’s help repeatedly.
When we were going to a slope and reached almost the end, the old man behind me shouted “Oh! There, the smoke comes up from the house We survived!”
The other whispered, “Yes we really survived. This was the most dangerous pass not only difficulty with snow, but robbers too.” They pulled their hands up, spelling words of Arabic and thanked god.
More than two hours later we were going into the darkness. The narrow road caused a traffic-jam and we stopped until the others left the road. After a few hours we reached a small coffee shop, which was almost full. There was only one room, where food was served. It had also a place for sleeping. I asked people where we were and what the name of the place stood for.
“This place is called Sarayee Markhanah” said the owner of the coffee shop. He told me the long history of this road and the “Sarayee”. He insisted that this was one of the roads linked with Asian countries.
I didn’t have a voice recorder to record the story. He was very old, almost 80 years old.
I realized that I am on one of the “
“Sarayee” is a Farsi word meaning a big garage with lots of rooms for travelers and their horses. Lots of custodians took care of the luggage. People came from
Several Sarayee still have their signs for counting time and distance. For example from this Sarayee to another one takes a whole day walking until the next one is reached.
I just asked the people and they named a few of them like: “Sarayee kotal onai”, “Sarayee duzdqol”, “Sarayee saisang”, “Sarayee Du Sang”, “Sarayee Markhanah” and “Sarayee Kotale Mullah yaqub”.
In the books written by historical writers, the
But now I am on the route of one of the Silk Roads and in one of the famous Sarayees with the name of “Sarayee Markhanah”. I am writing this post from a coffee shop in this Sarayee. I don’t know the name of coffee shop. My travelers and others who came late in the evening are all sleeping. I am writing my diary and two others are talking about their adventures of being in different frontlines of fights during the
This place is in “Behsood” district, part of “Maidan Wardak” province. The room is almost 5x10m, more than 25 people sleep stuck to each other. Their breath makes me think of the sound of a generator, but not normal.
I just went to the toilet; I saw a young boy shivering out of the door, wearing a summer suit. “From which tropical climate you came here?” I asked him. “From behind the backside of this hill, called Gurdam, just 30 minutes walking” he answered. “How did you come here? By car or walking?” I asked him. “I came by walking here, there is no road where a car can pass, but a motorcyclist can get through the narrow passage.” He answered.
He told me there is a big valley, where 3500 people live, “But we don’t have road, we don’t have a clinic, we don’t have schools.” I asked him if they don’t have a hospital where they take their patients. “Mostly they die, but it happens rarely that they are taken to a hospital for treatment, because the hospital is so far from our place. The nearest hospital is 60 kilo meter away from us”, he said.
Almost sixty thousand people, and they have to take their patients to Tagab hospital in Behsood.
This is after five years of Karzai government.
In the last five years billions of dollars were spent in
Dec 17, 2006
Dec 7, 2006
We were 14 passengers, including the drivers, planning to reach the mountains in a van. I bought a small radio to listen to the news. As I walked out of the garage, the driver yelled: "Hey man, hurry up! We're leaving soon!"
The driver was afraid to leave the main road. The reason, he said, was the traffic police. "The traffic police always makes problems and asks money for nothing," he explained. I was sitting on a bench in the van with three guys from the Ministry of Education. The two beside me started to talk. Their breath smelled horribly and even the chewing gum I offered them did nothing to end the nauseating odor. I covered my nose with a shawl and didn't remove it during the whole trip.
We passed the Maidan shar, where three cars had been robbed by the Taliban not too long ago. The Afghan National Army (ANA) fought with insurgents here recently. Going down a hill, we saw the wreckage of a car that had been blown up.
"My brother and my wife were killed in this car," the driver sighed. "My brother worked for an international NGO."
Just minutes later we reached a narrow passage entering a small valley. "Look! This is the place where the three carred were robbed by the robbers!" said Ali, the driver.
We arrived at an old bazaar where we'd stop for lunch, and I couldn't take my eyes off wrecked cars ridden with bullet holes. This was Siakhak, in the district of Jalez, with a population of about 40,000 people. Eight years ago, when
This was not the first time the bazaar had been destroyed. When the
We continued our trip and reached the top of the Onai mountain, covered in snow. We arrived at another small bazaar called Tagab and halted again, this time for praying. That gave me time to talk to people and take some pictures. I asked a small boy if he went to school. "If I go to school, who is going to give me food? I am a shepherd here," he answered.
A young man, asked about education in the area, pointed at some place in the distance and explained that there was the only and first intermediate school ever in the area, built last year. Turning around and pointing to another part of the village: "Here is the only hospital which was newly constructed for us. Before that, we had to take our patients to
The hospital has only three doctors. Patients are being brought here from all over the Behsood.
I'll post more if I survive and have internet access again
Nov 26, 2006
I had always dream of discover, where I lost my kids, where I stared to fox’s green-eyes. The day, when I found my treasure, was an old book. It was a bunch of love poems. This book, later helped me to write in top of my love letter to my beloved but she never looked back and never heard my heart beat. She went until I swallow my tears. She went but drove me to trace her in poems, story and sounds.
Later on I wrote down for her absence:
Burned my garden of tulips,
Gone flower of my side
Without you, I have neither color nor scent
Oh, your step is my spring
And now I am going to unknown trip. Where Paulo Cohilo found her love “Fatima” in the oasis of Egypt in red dress carrying jug of water, where he was searching to discover his treasure which a gypsy woman whispered him. No, I am not going to feel in love but not certain again. Oh I am going to discover some where but where? That is unknown for me.
A trip to unknown territory may be which is not discovered yet.
My absence here has two powerful reasons:
Either I am gone to the land of dead
Or I am alive but don’t have access to internet.
Your comments make me courage and feel not alone.
Nov 23, 2006
"Early morning my mother gave me these eggs to sell them in the street in order to buy food. It was too cold to hold these in my frozen hands.
The eggs were supposed to help us survive, but i am not to go back like this..." the child said.
Excerpt: Nowadays, many Afghan children are working and selling eggs, cigarettes, plastic bags, chewing gum, and lots of other cheap things in the streets. Many others lay naked on the streets to attract passionate people to give them money.
Many others have been taken from the streets and smuggled into Pakistan. A few smugglers have been arrested but they are still active.
Day by day live is becoming more frustrating for Afghan children. There's no safe shelter nor places nor funds to educate them. There was horrible news from an orphanage in Kabul of which the manager was a man. He raped several children of different age, but the news never heard from media.
I heard this from a 12 years old girl who was allowed to enter and talk with some of the orphans. Many of them told her, "We were raped several times by our manager".
Who is hearing these voices? Who cares about Afghan children?
Last night i chatted with a friend of mine in the Netherlands. I was telling him the news from Kabul, that over the last year 1107 innocent people had been killed.
He said "when I am hearing such news i get sick".
But i told him that such news is very familiar to us, hearing about suicide attacks, that injure lots of people.
When is Afghanistan going to be healed?
That would be a dream i think, for each Afghan.
Five Year old girl Raped in Kabul
Related Story from NewsMAX journalist in Afghanistan
Nov 22, 2006
It is only a few days after heavy rains in
Last year it was 18,20 minus zero. More than 15 people died and frozen in passages and roads. The year before more than 200 people died but for the government it was only news to say we are sorry for people who die.
There was a story in news; a beggar who came early morning on the street to attract the runner’s attention to compassionately receive helps but frozen.
People from the vehicles were throwing money to him but he was not moving, while in the midday his son came to him to take him for launch. Calling his father “papa lets go to eat launch” but papa is not alive anymore.
This winter coming to freeze the poor people. Fuel, woods and gas are getting higher and higher price day by day. One kilogram gas costing 0.90 cents, 7kilo woods costs 0.90 cents and diesel costs 0.65 cents per liter.
Nov 20, 2006
Based on press release from
The explosives and evidences were placed in a special pocket hidden in the cemetery. The documents were containing instructions on bomb-making and suicide attacks against internationals.
There were also some passports which were representing the identity of foreign citizens.
Nearly it is two months since the explosion in front of Interior ministry and a number of other explosions in the south. For the last two month people where living in a peaceful condition in
Nov 19, 2006
-------- "These crimes are common in Afghanistan," says Sajeda of RAWA, an organization that fights
Here are two exclusive stories by Okke Ornstein an internationally acclaimed journalist working on assignment for NewsMax.com in Afghanistan. He reports from Kabul:
Women Born Into 'Bad Luck' in Afghanistan
Five-year-old Fawzia was lying in the sand and didn't move. She was bleeding heavily from what was left of her private parts. Mohammad could only stare at her, frozen in awe. Five minutes earlier, he had been at the back of his house chopping wood when a child came running up to him. "They've kidnapped her!" the child yelled. "The man with the white scarf has taken her!" That man with a white scarf had come to the playground where Fawzia frolicked, punched her in the face and taken her to a garden.
There, he raped her.
for women's rights. Read this story here
Click on Taliban Threatens 'Grow Poppy or Die!'
"These crimes are common in Afghanistan," says Sajeda of RAWA, an organization that fights
Policemen in Afghanistan are not happy with their lives. The highest-ranking officer makes about $80 per month, and "the Taliban pay better," one policeman tells me.
Would he go fight with them? "They haven't asked me. But I have to survive. If they asked me I would," he replies. Read the whole story here
Nov 13, 2006
The committee of counter narcotics which was made by a group of parliament member rejected a part of the law on drugs that was legalizing poppy cultivation for research and medicines purposes.
Both officials of the narcotics ministry and committee rejected the legalization of growing poppy cultivation for healthy purposes in a meeting on Sunday. Mullah Taj Mohammad Mujahid, head of the parliamentary committee on narcotics, said to media, allowing growing of poppies for whatever purposes was against the country's constitution.
A few weeks ago, the Senlis Council also stopped to run there policy on narcotics. The Senlis council was working for licensing opium in
Abdul Khalil Shirzai, head of the law enforcement section of the ministry of counter narcotics, told, they were supporting decision of the lower house committee.
Earlier, he said they wanted to have some poppies in the country to be used in painkiller medicines and research purposes. Shirazi said: "Now we are agreed to ban poppy cultivation as it is against constitution and the law enforcement agencies are too weak to control its growing for the specific purpose."
The draft banning poppy cultivation has been prepared by ministries of counter narcotics, justice and interior as well as the Supreme Court and Office of the Attorney General. Mujahid said he was discussing the draft law with representatives of the counter narcotics to have a well-prepared version of the law presented to the parliament soon.
Nov 9, 2006
On Tuesday one ISAF soldier killed and two others injured when their vehicle hit a roadside explosive device in Panjwayee district of the southern
A press release issued on Tuesday said the soldiers were conducting patrol as part of the countrywide joint ANA- ISAF Eagle Operation.
The wounded troops were evacuated to the ISAF hospital at
Accordance to NATO policy, ISAF does not release nationalities of casualties prior to the relevant national authority.
Oct 30, 2006
Oct 29, 2006
Okke Ornstein is an internationally acclaimed journalist working on assignment for NewsMax.com in Afghanistan. He reports from Kabul.
KABUL, Afghanistan -- One of Afghanistan's leading members of parliament, Mrs. Malalai Joya, warns that the current U.S. policy in Afghanistan is virtually certain to lead to another 9/11. Read this exclusive story here...
Oct 3, 2006
According to the news, Two US soldiers were killed and three more wounded following a clash with militants in the remote district of the eastern Kunar province Yesterday evening. One soldier of the Afghan National Army (ANA) was also killed in the clash.
The US military stationed at Bagram, announced the soldiers were operating as part of a combat patrol that made contact with enemy extremists. The unit engaged the insurgents with small arms and artillery fire.
Based on the news from U.S military station at Bagram, All the wounded US and Afghan soldiers were medically took to a US treatment facility in Asadabad, capital of Kunar, where their condition is stated to be stable.
Over 7,000 Afghan and US troops are operating in eastern Afghanistan as part of the Operation Mountain Fury. Kunar is the mountainous province situated in east of the country. The province is abutting Pakistan's Bajaur tribal agency, which was once considered the safe haven for al-Qaeda and fugitive Taliban leaders.
Sep 17, 2006
Following to massive reaction from Muslim around the world against Pope Benedict XVI about Islam being as a violent religion, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said comments of Pope Benedict regarding Islam are regrettable and affront to our Holy Prophet Mohammad and Islam.
A press statement issued in Kabul said the remarks showed an inadequate understanding of Islam and warrants for an apology to Muslims, the followers of a religion of peace and reconciliation.
In these circumstances, where there is a demanding need for measures towards reconciliation of different beliefs, such expressions increase tension among the followers of different religions.
a link to Vatican website "The Holy see"
Sep 11, 2006
Five years ago at the same day the world witnessed an event which didn’t happen in the history. At this day more than three thousand lost their live. At this day lots of others became sad and wept but here in Afghanistan this was a day that after, each Afghan was dreaming to his freedom for his country and his life. A alike releasing from jail indeed. A day which came up to give live to Afghans.
After September 11th one of the most urgent action and indication from U.S was attacking against Taliban regime which also received help from northern alliance and people of Afghanistan. It was expecting that the U.S will stand beside Afghanistan to the end for removal of terror from this land.
The president of the United States George W. Bush has promised for developing and building Afghanistan as a model in the region and among Muslim countries but regretfully contrary to Afghan expectations from the United States there is no news from making Afghanistan as a model or development.
When U.S started war against Sadam hosein regime, the world and U.S attention diverted from Afghanistan to Iraq, in some point they left their serious tasks uncompleted in order to get success in Iraq.
In the five years not only the terrorism eradicated but increased not only in Afghanistan but other Muslim countries. Unfortunately the security situation in both country Afghanistan and Iraq is getting worse. Suicide attacks increased in the capital, the continuing of this situation people think that they lost their dreams for peace and prosperity of their country.
The world and U.S made a mistake which thought Taliban after their fall has finished. Whereas they returned back to their religious schools. The United States underestimated the Taliban which recently the Coalition Forces accepted that they made a mistake. The United States and the world community never tried to talk and put pressure the Pakistan government that supporting the Taliban.
Sep 3, 2006
Aug 17, 2006
On Wednesday 16th of august, rocket attacks on a base of Canadian troops in the Jalai district of Kandahar province left six Canadian soldiers wounding.
The wounded soldiers had been taken to military hospital at Kandahar airport. There were also another two attacks on Canadian troops in Kandahar which left four Canadian soldiers dead and wounded three others nearly two weeks ago.
Aug 10, 2006
Recently Insecurity and suicide attacks against coalition forces and Afghan forces are not stopped but increasing in southern Afghanistan. Last week on 31st of July U.S forces handed over the peace keeping responsibility in southern Afghanistan to NATO forces.
NATO authorities have mentioned that this mission would be the most difficult one in 57 years of this organization.
The most important thing which nowadays people expecting from NATO forces is to avoid killing civilian as U.S forces had killed and destroyed many villages by air strike.
They say; how long this land should burn in fire and how long we should hear war and war. More than two decades of war, everything demolished.
Although I believe that no differ between U.S and forces and NATO being in Afghanistan but the most important things are to not experience the mistakes from previous. For the last years of American troops in southern Afghanistan nothing has changed rather than strengthening the Taliban and terrorists.
- NATO should pay attention in the following facts which are mostly sensitive for Afghanistan and its people.
- Training the Afghan National Army and Police which are mostly involved in smuggling and Mafia.
- Involving in helping and reconstruction and helping the repatriated refugees from neighboring countries.
Respecting the people’s religious believes and traditions which are very sensitive.
I believe if they pay attention in the above sentences and receive the experiences from American forces they will succeed if not, their destiny would be the same as coalition forces has experience in the past years.
Jul 29, 2006
Jul 27, 2006
Recently i am receiving threats again in my Farsi blog, i do not know how much i take it serious but i am realy worry about it. I don't know why some people like to play with others life.
I may write and update here a bit late not very soon cause i do not have electricity anymore. It is around four days 96 hours which city power has left us. And also accessing to Internet is a bit difficult.
Jul 23, 2006
It was nearly a month which was quiet a bit not hearing about suicide bombing in southern region But on Saturday two suicide attack killed two Canadian soldier and wounding seven others. In this attack seven civilian killed and 31 others left wounding.
The incident happened at 6:00PM on the road Qandahar to Herat, the attack just happened while a convoy of Canadian soldiers was passing the road.
The second attack just happened after 20 minutes in a crowded place while the Canadian soldier and Afghan security police blocked the road for crossing the coalition forces.
The suicide attacks intensifying just after air strike by coalition forces in Helman province which left more dead.
Taliban has already warned that they are going increase their suicide attack against Afghan National Army and coalition forces.
Jul 21, 2006
Recently two district of Helmand became under control of Taliban But Afghanistan interior ministry has accused the Pakistani religious group Lashkar-e-Tayeba of involvement in recent clashes with Afghan Army and coalition forces.
A press release by interior ministry issued yesterday has said: “as we have received reliable information, the militants of Lashkar-e-Tayeba and internal rebels captured part of Garmsir district and hoisted the flag of Jamiat-e-Ulema (a Pakistani fundamentalist group) after burning Afghanistan flag.
In part of the press release the interior ministry has strongly condemning the violation of Afghanistan border by the militant group and added that Afghan security forces will respond to it.
Meanwhile Hamed Karzai has called the Pakistan ambassador and questioned him about the recent incident.
On the other hand president Musharaf last night had a speech told Afghanistan to stop accusing his country.
Afghanistan officials have said nothing about the recent Parwiz Musharaf’s speech.
Jul 17, 2006
On Saturday coalition force and Afghan National Army attacked by two attackers in Urozogan Khas district of Urozogan province. The attackers were both killed. In this incident two afghan army injured and two Taliban killed. As the media says after exchanging fires on both side the Taliban militants escaped from the area.
Lately the security situation in Urozgan province has deteriorated after air strikes of coalition forces just 12 kilo meters away from Trinkot (central of province). Coalition air strike killed dozens of civilian which made more anger among people of the district
Hamed Karzai president of Afghanistan has launched a research team to research about killing dozens of other civilians in Nawzad district of Helmand province the most dangerous place which content mostly Taliban in its.
The British force has accepted that in this strike one school which was used as a base for Taliban and attacking against coalition forces has destroyed. The air strike was launched while the British military was in fighting with Taliban and asked from coalition forces for help.
The fighting is continues still in this province.
Jul 13, 2006
An explosion in Spin Boldak districk of Kandahar province killed two people, wounding two others. The bomb was planted in a handcart by the road. As the media says the news is confirmed by Abdul Wasi a security official in Kandahar.
The bomb exploded in a crowded bazaar which called Wesh a small city close to Pakistan border. Yet no group has claimed responsibility for the accident. Security situation in south Afghanistan getting worse day by day and the continuation of instability has reduced the government’s dominance on the country.
Jul 9, 2006
On 3th of July, a time bomb killed one student girl and wounding six other girls. On Monday morning in Herat University in western Afghanistan. This is the first attack targeting the college students in western country. Lately extremists have attacked primary school in southern Afghanistan occasionally to prevent students, especially girl students.
On 4th of July, six persons were injured while a mine exploded near the ministry of justice just 200 meter away from the presidential place. According to police investigation, the bomb was planted inside a handcart on the edge of the road.
A private car was also damaged in the explosion but police didn’t say how many people killed.
Simultaneously another bomb exploded in another part of the city. This explosion injured one of the interior ministry staff.
On 5th of July, a suicide attack targeted a guest house in Kandahar province left one person dead and wounded six others.
It is the fourth suicide attacks in Kandahar over the past one month.
Simultaneously on July fifth the government employees particularly the national army and police were targeted left one killed and 39 others wounding.
According to Defense Ministry press release the bomb was planted inside a handcart on side of the road under the Asmayee Mountain, the bomb was controlling be remote when the bus reach the point, the bomb blast and lead the bus to deviate on gas capsule in front a shop. The gas capsules exploded by heating and increased fire.
The same time another bomb exploded from a handcart on edge of the road in the northern of the city “khair khana” left one person dead and four others wounding.
On the same day and time the third attacked targeted the army but left no casualties.
Recently one of the Taliban commanders warned to further intensify their attacks on Iraqi militants tactics.
Taliban spokesman has already claimed the responsibility for latest attacks. He added that they are going to continue their attacks specially targeting government’s loyalists.
More check points launched in the Kabul city, vehicles are checking strictly by police. People’s concerns increasing in insecurity situation which get worst.
Jun 25, 2006
We set forth not war anymore
But we killed in suicide
We remain in a fleeting dream
We are in un-certain steps
Towards the smile
Towards to love the other
But we are far enough
Long walk to peace and prosperity
Long way to freedom
Dream for democracy
i was sick in a few days back and my mother, close to say good bye blog and the world. Thanks God i am fine now!
Jun 20, 2006
May 31, 2006
On may 29 a road accident by coalition forces caused a bloody riot in Kabul city on Monday as known yet tens of people were killed in and more than hundred including the police forces wounded.
The riot began while a coalition force vehicle heavily loaded was cruising down from a slopping way hit the coalition vehicle then a tax, leaving one dead and six civilians wounded badly. Very soon people are gathering to witness the accident; suddenly they began throwing stones on coalition forces and police. The coalition force and police were surrounded by protestors to disperse them coalition force and police open fire on them which left more dead and wounded. A report says that the victims are exceeded from 45 people.
The angry protestor set on fire the traffic and police check points and lots of cars. They were chanting against U.S and Afghan government but holding Ahmadshah Masood picture ( a cruel and bloody-thirsty warlord in past which killed a few days before the September 11). The protestors were moving towards bank and stylish area to destroy and rob.
As i saw in west of Kabul.
A huge smoke raised from Darul Aman where the Ariana TV is located. I just decided to go there and snap. I amazed that most of the protesters were the student of Habibia High school. They had their schoolbag on their back a long stick in their hand, chanting slogan against U.S. They left the place on fire while they left i went to snap. I was taking picture while an angry police shouted over me: do you leave this place or I must shoot to you. I just had time to return my bike back. I start going to Ariana TV from streets to streets. While i reached a crowed place close to Ariana TV. The police opened fire over them just a few meters away from me there were two people fell down on the ground and never wake up. One was shot on his leg and the second was shot on his stomach. On the other side people were talking that there was more than five victims. This was the scene that i witnessed myself. I afraid of being killed by police I left the place soon.
May 22, 2006
May 3, 2006
The only thing which made people suspicious and pessimistic to the government are the deals and agreements which signed hidden and not giving reports or notice to the citizens. Such deals made people change their motivation and view to the government. For example a few days before their was an argument in parliament about why coalition forces are killing the civilians and why the U.S soldiers periodically killed the ANA (afghan national army) soldiers even did not excused?
As the U.S army spokesman told to media that it was a mistake but on the other side they should remind that this mistakes harm the honor and the reputation of the Karzai government. U.S soldiers should give report to the government and government has the responsibility to inform the citizens. They should clarify that why they attack on the villages which they have no specific information about the Taliban which attacked from where? Taliban are alike guerilla, they do not have a specific base.
This would not help to remove the Taliban from this territory easily. U.S and coalition army should handle the heavy job in supporting the Afghan police and Afghan army to teach them how to handle struggle against the insurgents inside the country. Because Afghans know their land better than foreign troops. This will reduce the numbers of victims.
Otherwise, if they do not pay attention, this may lead the future of this country to difficulties to numerous. The government should listen to their citizen what people request for. The government should clarify each step going forward with their dealers. The government should reports annually what has done and what are pending.
Apr 29, 2006
Recently Karzai has delivered the list of new cabinets which involved mostly from intellectuals and the some of them with communist background, there is a hope for the people for betterment of tomorrow.
On the other side people are all aware what is going on in this country. People aware of ANA (afghan national army) and police authorities who directly involved in poppy smuggling and mafia. The interior ministry bases and police bases are diverted to base of smuggling. The mechanism of new management and changes have made no sense in decreasing the number of victims against insurgents in the country. However they are trying to deny their inaccuracies but among the people this is not something like not hide from view. The victim increasing due to lack of an organized management and mechanism.
Sadly to say that opposite of common expectations the new cabinet the number of crucial ministry occupied by non-professionals and not adequate figures. There was some which couldn’t get enough votes and didn’t have the circumstances enough but recommended again and elected.The prior minister of interior ministry fired from his job, the previous ministry of financed fired from his job because they both were linked to Zahir shah, Karzai afraid of those two, this was only to take a step ahead for preventing of clashes. And the new changes has no clear reason than hiring relatives and friends. They are not thinking about making a united nation, a power nation to forget the past of discrimination; to forgive and forget they were killing each other but they are only like a group mafia which only thinks about position and earning bucks. This is like a catastrophe which the dealer and Afghan authorities running in this country.
There is not proposed a framework of organized basic management and maintenances and nothing heard about. International communities observing how the things are hang to refresh the deal.
Apr 25, 2006
Increasingly suicide bombing and attacks around the country especially in the southern against international and American forces made embarrassed those whom are involved in the game especially the U.S.A. This caused to an ill-considered action against rebels.
Military operations against Taliban and Alqaeda are nothing else but propaganda. What got the result of the latest operations and what were the previous operation results if did the operation?
Never heard the U.S military operation arrested the insurgents.
These kinds of operations not only decreased tension but doubled and changing people view badly. The fumblingly bombardment by U.S and international forces over the villagers in different area made an indignation among the people. This is increasing day by day not only in the southern but spread among other villagers. On the other side Taliban and Al Qaeda are strengthening day by day
The U.S military operations this time was a tragic event. According to coalition forces spokesman they killed more than 30 civilian in Kandahar and Zabul provinces. Among the victims there were many women and children. This time also repeated as the last deals; Karzai and coalition forces authorities satisfied only expressing excuses on their mistakes.
Again they announced seriously that they will investigate why they are killing the civilian, why they are killing the homeless people. The afghan people already knew such hallow promises and nothing got from investigations, this time wouldn’t be better than previous but reaped.
As we have parliament now, but I am amazing what they are dealing about? At least they should take a bit responsibility against crimes and tragic events in the country which driving to a terrible future. At least to bring their voice up why this tragic is not ending in our country??
Apr 15, 2006
Apr 8, 2006
On the way from Torkham border to Peshawar the car engine caused a problem, and we waited for a long time in the valley. I tried to talk some more with children who were surrounded the car. I couldn’t speak Pashto but a bit. They were asking me about Canadian soldiers in the south. They told me that a Canadian soldier killed their brother who was innocent. I told them I am not familiar with such issues and asked them why they were interested to know such things. They told me; this is our job as a Muslim. I asked bout their education; they told me they are going to the mosque to be trained by a local religious leader. I asked them if they have weapons in their houses. They told me that all people in the Tribal Aeria are armed.
It became dark when the car was fixed. The car was like a van. Other cars stopped on the way in front of mosque in the valley. An aged man called every one to get out of their cars and going to pray. Late at night I arrived in Peshawar.
On the border while the passport office stamped my visa for entering, I brought my camera out from my packet to snap the man who was selling nuts and fruits. Suddenly he shouted at me and ran towards me holding a short stick. I was surprised and shocked of what went on while the others just looked when the man attacked me. I took up my bag from the ground, and stared to the man with his long beard and mustache. He took my hand and asked me why you are taking photo from me? I told him: I liked your shop and the fruits you are selling here. The picture would be a gift for my friends in Kabul, to show them that I saw a shop with good fruits and a good shopkeeper.
He started screaming and asked violently: "don’t you know taking photos is prohibited in Islam?" I told him, I am sorry, I really don’t know, but I apologize to you, I didn’t take your photo. A policeman there came to me. He took the man off from me and I was relieved for a while. A person going to Kabul reached to me and said: "Don’t you know they are Taliban? don’t you know Taliban prohibited photography under their rule? I knew this from before but this was really an 'unawareness' scene for me.
Photos from Peshawar (northern of Pakistan) here
Apr 7, 2006
The last five days I didn’t have access to my Blog while I was in Peshawar (northern of Pakistan). I tried many Net cafes in the city but ISPs blocked the Blogger service. I heard from someone that blog service was banned when the Mohammad cartoons made Pakistan Muslims mad. So, I am sorry for those who asked question and I left no answer for them. I was in a short trip to Peshawar. I snapped a lot on the going to Peshawar and staying there.
Peshawar is a place which was and is a settlement for Afghan refugees over the last decades. Peshawar was a place for growing different Afghan parties. All wickedness takes its rise from Peshawar. Peshawar was a place for growing up the kernel of Taliban and a good place for ISI to well-versed in Afghan geopolitics and tools for Pakistan to help for U.S wants.
The U.S helped Mujaheedin parties to fight against the Soviet Union. Those who were trained and armed by the U.S. are now standing against the U.S. If you go to Peshawar, walls of mosques and homes there are full with slogans like "America get the hell out of here", "U.S. wants to make Afghanistan the center of chaos", "U.S. wants to vandalize the basics of our believes, we do not allow U.S in Afghanistan" and a lot more.
(I wanted to snap some these chants but a person prevented that the tribal area is not safe, so I should be careful). On Fridays Mullas (religious guys in mosques) gather people for praying. They start speeching about Islam commands and guidance but step by step go to political issues like Afghanistan, Kashmir, Iraq and Palestine. They are telling a few verses of Qoran and tell believers to be aware of their jobs, which God sent to them through Mohammad. When the prayers become provocative enough, they call them to Jihad against U.S. in Afghanistan and Iraq.
In Peshawar lots of religious schools run with the support of Saudi Arabs and some religious Arab and Pakistani guys. In those schools you can find students from different countries, like Afghanistan, Chechnya, Arab countries and from Africa. Most issues they learn about are related to Islam. They are getting trained to defend Islam, they are trained how to get ready for suicide attacking against those who are armed to the teeth. They believe this is the only way to make upset those friends which look after them as an evil. They believe that after such a suicide they are shifting to heaven directly by angels which come from God. They have strong believes in their religion...
Photos from Peshawar (northern of Pakistan) here
Mar 30, 2006
As the news of Abdul Rahman vastly spread out in the world of Christianity, many countries called for sympathetic and supporting him. In the first days President Karzai received a phone call from the U.S foreign ministry Condoleesa Rice doubled tension among those Muslims toughed believers in the country. Converting to another religion from Islam is not easily driving to death but cogitating and more analyzing the condition and the situation.
On Wednesday morning reported to media that Abdul Rahman released from prison due to mental problem. But media still pointing on this issue that sparked a serious controversy inside the country. When the judiciary announced that Abdul Rahman should be executed according to Shariah law and a constitution because of converting to Christianity.
A few days before Abdul Rahman had said to the court: “they want to kill me because I am Christian. I believe in Christianity it means I am not infidel”.
His family told to media that he is an infidel and having mental problem but he himself told to media that I am in a good health and I am not afraid of execution, I will not get back to Islam.
Although various international leaders and countries asked from President Karzai to reconsider this issue and some of them warned that if Abdul Rahman go to death they will take out their soldiers from Afghanistan. Pope Benedictus also asked for a fair trial from Karzai.
Abdul Rahman was releasing while tens of fundamentalist parties were coming around to arrange a huge demonstration against U.S.A and those countries which are directly asked for releasing Abdul Rahman. Although thousands of people run on the street in northern to protest against U.S.
Anyway Afghan government released him from prison; this was not accidentally but so wisely from Afghanistan government. If this issue would get a week longer surely it was another controversial subject as Danish cartoonist. Some believed that this may cause for provoking those who still having the shadow of Taliban in the southern.
I believe that this was only a collusion in the country. This was a serious threat against U.S and Karzai government especially for the latest changes which entered talented figures in his cabinet from previous communist regime which Muslim fundamentalists oppose on them. This can be a reason otherwise what is the necessity to carry out the Bible on the street and shows for the others that I become a Christian. We have Hindus and Christian in the country and they are living peacefully. The Christians have church in the capital I am sure the government knows about it.
Abdul Rahman lived for a long time in Pakistan and was known in the past as a fundamentalist. He had worked for Mudjaheedin and had fought against the Soviet Union. Many were talking that he was accused to espionage for ISI. This makes clear for people that he was an active member of Jamiat Islami party which was lead by Ahmadshah Masood, a warlord (The warlord who destroyed the Kabul city vastly). Assassinated by a suspected terrorist just a week before September 11, 2001. In recent years Abdul Rahman was living in Germany, but was deported last year after his asylum seeking was rejected. Abdul Rahman went out of the country but now caused a big tension in the country which can not be stopped soon very easily.
Mar 27, 2006
President Karzai says: Right now Afghans have no problem... They are living in a welfare society... their children playing with U.S dollar... Afghan children are not begging anymore... each of them having dollars in their pocket!!! BUT Karzai forget to come in the city and look the children in the street…
Mar 15, 2006
A U.S soldier killed on the road of Kabul to Jalalabad. A press release from U.S military base in Bagram International airport has said that this was accident while the U.S solider were going for a combat towards Nangarhar. Torkham is a place which the accident happened. It added that the soldier died on the way while a military vehicle returning him to the Bargam airbase.
The statement added that on Sunday four US soldiers were killed in a landmine explosion while cruising to a remote district.
Mar 13, 2006
The Music of Central Asia on Stage in New York, Tuesday, March 21, 2006:
Exile from Kabul, Fourteenth-Century Poetry in Tajikistan, and the Music of Nomadic Kyrgyzstan
Ranging from Kabul to Samarkand, VIA KABUL: Central Asia Without Borders features Homayun Sakhi, admired as the outstanding Afghan rubab player of his generation, Tengir-Too, a Kyrgyz ensemble that reveals the passions and rhythms of mountain nomads, and The Academy of Maqam, which sets mystical, Sufi-inspired verse to lyrical melodies that were once played in the pleasure domes of Samarkand and Bukhara.
Tuesday, March 218:00 pm ConcertMiller Theatre at Columbia University116th & BroadwayNew York City$15 tickets for the public, call the Miller Box Office 212-854-7799 or visit in person M - F 12 – 6 PM
Co-presented by the Aga Khan Music Initiative in Central Asia and the Columbia University Arts Initiative.
More information on the NYC concert:www.cuarts.com/about_arts_initiative/via_kabul_central_asian_music.html
Mar 4, 2006
So today I am really sad; I lost my posts and I am sad that people who hosted me are not too reliable and secure which I thought they were. Ipaid and asked them to take care of it. It’s very normal that my Farsi blog goes down for almost five hours in 24 hours and I’m really tired of such inconveniences.
I am depressed; I had no archive of my posts. I kindly ask, if you are able please help me. I want to host my Blog somewhere in a very secure host server. I am ready to pay to advertise but I need a secure place to publish my thoughts.
Please help me!
Feb 18, 2006
On Thursday the new UN envoy for Afghanistan Tom Koenigs arrived in Kabul to take charge of his diplomatic assignment.
Tom Koenigs while reached in Kabul Airport pointed out that that during his stay in Afghanistan, he would focus on security issues in coordination with the Afghan government.
Tom has added to his speech that this is his first time visiting Afghanistan and he thinks the situation is is better now than before.n is good.
He also has said he would exchange views on different issues during his meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai to apprise himself of the fresh situation
Feb 13, 2006
President Hamid Karzai will have an official visit to Pakistan within a couple of days. During the two days stay in Pakistan Karzai and his counterpart General Parvez Musharaf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz and other Pakistani authorities would focus on boosting cooperation in fields of including war on terror, trade and economy between the tow neighboring countries. President Karzai will also deliver a speech in Pakistani Militray academy about his government’s achievements in war against terroris.
Feb 11, 2006
Here is my Interview with gair rhydd weekly Newspaper in UK page 20
Here is my Interview and the PDF file link, the last issue, page 20 "Politics" - gair ghydd weekly newspaper
Feb 7, 2006
Today morning hundreds of people in different provinces of Afghanistan ran on the streets for demonstrating against Danish publication in blasphemy about Mohammad the prophet of Muslims. Protesters in Maimana the central of Fariab blazed the PRT office. PRT soldier to avoid of further danger used poison gas against extremists and protesters.
According to a local reporter more than 40 protesters taken to the hospital and one protester killed while PRT soldier open fired on them.
Demonstration is continuing in Herat. Demonstration is followed today in Kabul, people for demonstration avoided by police to enter in the city but still there are 4 injured and lots of cars and buildings damaged. Yesterday they also damaged many buildings and blazed cars and shops.
Protesters going up on the wall of Danmak Embassy while they are trying to blaze the Embassy of Danmark. Here are the photos
Feb 6, 2006
In the recent days, hundreds of people in different provinces like Khost, Logar and Badakhshan protest and condemned the Cartoonist and the publication which printed the cartoons of Mohammad recently.
The demonstrator were asking from Afghanistan government to close the Danish embassy in Kabul. They also asked from Danish government to apologize and calling the cartoonist and newspaper in international court for trial.
Most of the protesters were chanting and wanting from Muslims to explode the Danish embassy while the other were wanting from Afghanistan government to send the Danish troops serving inside International force peace keeper out of Afghanistan.
A few days before, Afghanistan parliament also condemned and ask for trial and punishment of cartoonist and published the cartoons.
Today in Kabul there was also tens of people run out for demonstrating against blasphemy in Danmark which committed by a different publications. Protester were blocked the road in Wazir Akbar khan street and trying to find out the location of Danmark Embassy in Kabul, they could find the exact building but damaged the cars and building in Wazir Akbar khan – Kabul.
Demonstration is hugely increasing in different part of the country. In Parwan province the high way were heavily blocked by protesters and blazed the building the institutes of cleaning mines.
Feb 5, 2006
Jan 30, 2006
President Hamid Karzai said that his government would build new prisons for detainees shifted from the US detention center in Guantanamo Bay.
According to Media U.S military would take back hundreds of Afghan held in Guantanamo Bay – Cuba. The prison for these detainees would complete within two years, said karzai.
Jan 29, 2006
According to Media British announced that its troop numbers in Afghanistan will peak this year at 5700 with the deployment of thousands of fresh soldiers as part of a NATO expansion there.
The 4600 additional troops include 3300 for a special force task with reconstruction and fighting against drug trade in dangerous district in southern of Afghanistan.
Tow new private television channels in the name of Saqi and Hera have launched broadcasting in the western of the country Herat province.
Saqi started broadcasting on Friday with four hours broadcasting daily. Hera start broadcast six hours daily.
Beside of four private channels like Ariana tv, Tolo tv, Ayna tv, Afghan tv and including one government TV these two is launched outside of the capital.
According to the ministry of information and culture more than 25 other private channels are registered to started the gradually the transmission.
Las week Afghan TV accused and punished to 50000 Afghanis equal to 1000 U.S dollar for broadcasting a un-islamic pictures which showed a half naked body of woman in TV. Now the entire channel started censorship.
Jan 23, 2006
A few days before four people involved in theft and armed robberies. A local officer has said to the Media that more than 200 thieves had been arrested during the past one month. However, residents complained organized gangs of robbers and dacoits were still active in the area.
There are still many armed gangs and thieves in the commanders, incidents of robberies, theft and dacoits were difficult to contain, believed the residents. A week back police arrested two armed men recovered three lifted vehicles with a number of other valuables from them in the same area.
Most of the crimes are recorded as the people who left the front of war, now they joined to a different kind of gangs and robbers which mostly ambushing the highways. Government had still was in struggle to end this but still people are witnessed of increasing crimes in the country.
Jan 21, 2006
If we could shrink the earth's population to avillage of precisely 100 people, with all the existinghuman ratios remaining the same, it would looksomething like the following.
There would be:
14 from the Western Hemisphere,both north and south
8 would be Africans
52 would be female48 would be male
30 would be white70 would be non-white
70 would be non-Christian30 would be Christian
89 would be heterosexual11 would be homosexual
6 people would possess 59% of the entire world's wealthand all 6 would be from the USA.
80 would live in substandard housing
70 would be unable to read
50 would suffer from malnutrition
1 would be near death
1 would be near birth
1 (yes, only 1) would havea college education
1 (yes, only1) would own computer.
When one considers our world from such a compressed perspective,we realize the need for acceptance, understanding and education.
If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roofoverhead and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of this world.
If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, youare more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.
If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change ina dish someplace, you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy.
If you can attend a religious meeting without fear of harassment,arrest, torture, or death, you are more blessed thanthree billion people in the world.
If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness ofimprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation,you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.
If you can read this message you are more blessed than the overtwo billion people in the world who cannot read at all.
As you read this and are reminded how lifeis in the rest of the world, rememberjust how blessed you really are!
Jan 15, 2006
Jan 9, 2006
Deputy Interior Ministry on counter narcotics General Mohammad Daud has accused some officials at the Kabul airport of involvement in drug trafficking.
Addressing a press conference a few days before that some employees of the airport are involved in drug smuggling. In this regards, he address that recently four policeman with 500kg of contraband were arrested in an airport of the country.
Eighteen drug smugglers including Nigerian Nationals which were recently detained with drug by police in Kabul Airport.
The international police (Interpol) General Daud informed those drug mafias were trying to use Afghan airports for trafficking the contraband outside the country.
However he added that the government was determined to eradicate poppy and in this case trained 1300 police to send in Badakhshan, Nangarhar and other poppy growing provinces.
The Afghan government as well as UN reports has confirmed 21 percent were decrease in poppy cultivation from last year.
Jan 2, 2006
On 31st of December, Interior ministry issued one week deadline to all national and foreign NGOs, to remove their barricades that are blocked the roads and subway in the capital – Kabul to ensure smooth traffic in the city. This deadline is including military base and institutes based in the crowded part of Kabul.
The official and authorties of the concerned NGOs were didected in a meeting which held in the ministry of interior. Colalition forces and Serena Hotl were also included in the list of those which were asked to remove the barricades.
Interior minister has told to media that if NGOs denied to clean up the barriers which blocked the roads, government would take step for their removing.
Jan 1, 2006
Hope you and your family a year full of luck!!!!
Happiness for all human all over the world, including Karzai (of mine) Bler, Bush and Osama :) :) :)
And good future for Iraq people. A good success for U.S.A to promote their democracy in Afghanistan and the world.
Peace and Love for Afghanistan my injustice land and down with Terrorist.