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Army July 4, 2013
Radio station back
on air after blast
Australian contractors have helped get news broadcasts up and running
Cpl Mark Doran
TARIN Kot’s radio and TV
station has been rebuilt by
Australian hired local contrac-
tors after being destroyed by
insurgents in 2011.
As the final project of the
Provincial Reconstruction Team –
Uruzgan, Managed Works Team,
planning began last October and
construction was completed in
Suicide bombers and their
accomplices bombed several gov-
ernment buildings on July 28,
2011, as well as the broadcasting
station, in which 21 civilians were
killed and 38 more injured.
Afghan and US forces
responded, engaged and killed all
insurgents during the five-hour
Radio Television Afghanistan
journalist Qudratulla Samin has
worked at the station for six years
and said he was lucky he had gone
home for lunch at the time of the
“It was during the shooting
that my friend, BBC journalist,
Ahmad Omaid Khpalwak, was
killed,” he said.
“We have been given the
opportunity to operate the radio
station and we do it to help the
government and the people of
Uruzgan so they can understand
what is going on in the province.
“There is a lot of information
to communicate to the outlying
communities about what is hap-
pening within the government and
Almost 95 per cent of Afghans
have a radio receiver, and with
a newly installed transmitter of
300 Watts, the station reaches
the majority of the Uruzgan
SECURITY measures have begun for voter registration
centres across the country as Afghanistan prepares for
its 2014 presidential election.
Voter registration by the Afghanistan Independent
Elections Commission began in 41 centres in all 34
provinces on May 26.
It is expected to add close to 4 million people to the
electoral roll, which currently lists 16 million voters.
All elements of the Afghan National Security Forces
(ANSF) have been involved in the security planning for
the voter registration process.
In Tarin Kot, police said there would be strong secu-
rity during the distribution of the new election cards.
The April 5, 2014, poll will be significant for
Afghanistan’s political stability and voter registration is
a crucial step.
Uruzgan’s Provincial Governor, Amir Mohammad
Akhundzada, urged all voters to pick the most deserv-
ing candidate and requested eligible voters – men and
women – to register and participate in the elections.
“It is not like the past, when people gained powerful
positions through force,” the Governor said.
“Now Afghans can choose their own representatives
to serve in government.”
Voter registration for those who had turned 18, not
previously registered, returned from abroad or have lost
their voter cards will last for two months in the cities
before moving to rural districts and villages.
Residents will be able to register in Tarin Kot until
just before election day.
On the cards: Voter registration for Afghanistan’s
presidential elections have begun.
will be a lot easier for us to do
The Managed Works Team’s
role in delivering the rebuilt
broadcast facility included the
planning, design and project
there is important news to share
which makes people happy, such
as what can be provided for those
in need,” he said.
“I am looking forward to
working in the new broadcast
facilities; they are perfect and it
Mr Samin said that after the
attack they were broadcasting the
news, editing and doing all their
office work from one small room
behind the main building.
“We are not working here for
our salary; we are here because
Tuned in: Afghan journalist Qudratulla Samin on air in the temporary facilities of the Tarin Kot
Radio and Television Station.
Photo by Cpl Mark Doran
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