April 18, 2007
According to a latest report by Human Rights Watch, more than 660 civilians were killed by insurgents last year in Afghanistan.
Although, the target of most of the explosions and sucicide attacks were military positions, majority of the people suffered were civilians.
On the other hand, NATO and Colaition forces also targeted bombed and fired civilians on many occasions.
What is the motive of these killings? Insurgents are killing people for “Sharia” and NATO is killing them for “Democracy”.
Which kind of Sharia and Democracy do they want to impose upon us? And why they need civilian blood for this purpose?
The question is unanswerable as both of them have their own ‘hidden’ agendas.
April 10, 2007
Afghan Independent Journalists Association (AIJA) Afghanistan National Journalists’ Union(ANJU), South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA Afghanistan),Committee to Protect Afghan Journalists(CPAJ) and important media outlets express our deep sadness over killing of Ajmal Naqshbandi.We pray for him and present our deepest condolences for his bereaved family, friends and all journalists colleagues.
We request all media outlets covering Afghanistan (nationals and internationals) to do the following things:
1. Print media should publish their first page with no writing in black color as a sign of sadness.
2. Broadcasting media should view silence for two minutes from 3:00pm to
3: 02pm on Tuesday April 10, 2007.
3. Both print and all broadcast media should boycott Taliban reports for one week (including international news agencies and media outlets).
· We, media family will record Mulah Dadullah’s name as a violator of press freedom and we will mentioned his name in the history of Afghan media as a criminal (killer of Ajmal Naqshbandi),
· We condemn governments’ deal for releasing only International journalist and doing nothing for Ajmal.
· The silence of international community is questionable, with all their influence they were not able to help Ajmal Naqshbandi and release him.
· We want the government to explain the Ajmal case and inform public and media about whatever they did for Ajmal’s release and the deal with Taliban.
· We journalists appeal again to Afghan government to protect journalists’ as they mentioned in media law and other legislations.
April 6, 2007
Rahman Baba is the great Pashto poet who has a wide and deep popularity among Pakhoon. His annual celebration starts Today in Peshawar.
A seminar, arranged by Rahman Baba Literary Organization, was held Today in Khana-e-Farhang Iran, Peshawar.
A mushaera (poets gathering) and Urs will be held tomorrow and the day after tomorrow (07 and 08 April 2007). Thousand of poets and people attend these gatherings and recite the meaningful poems of Rahman Baba