Jan 312017
 

ALI SUKHANVER

Lal Din Bugti, a Baloch Ferrari commander along with six associates surrendered on 28th January in Quetta and pledged to fight for defence of the country till the last moment of his life. According to security sources, the separatist commander and his colleagues laid down arms in front of Mir Attaullah Kalpor Bugti and FC officer Col Awais. The government sources told media that these Ferrari commanders were involved in anti-state activities including blowing up gas pipelines and other heinous crimes. Now at the call of their conscience, they are back to the lap of their motherland Pakistan. I think a sinner seeking for forgiveness must always be welcomed and honoured. The days are not in far future when all Ferrari commanders who have been playing in the hands of the Indian agencies since long would realize that their motherland is waiting for them with tearful eyes. Continue reading »

 Posted by at 9:45 pm
Jan 312017
 

Mehmood Ul Hassan Khan

According to Turkmenistan national new agency draft concept of energy charter conference has been presented by the government of Turkmenistan which is the extension of its national energy policy. One of the main salient features of Turkmenistan’s national energy policy is regional cooperation and liaison with international organizations for achieving greater energy security, sustainably and efficiency. It is blessed with unlimited energy reservoirs which it plans to utilize for the greater regional prosperity, peace and development.

Turkmenistan is current “Chairman of the Energy Charter Conference” to be held in 2017. It is hoped that its contributory chairmanship at the Energy Charter Conference in 2017 will further strengthen the pace of development of effective long-term models for international cooperation in the energy sector, based on a balance of interests of all parties involved. Turkmenistan was unanimously elected Chairman of the Energy Charter Conference for 2017, at a meeting of the Conference held in Tokyo on 25-26 November 2016.

It clearly shows Turkmenistan’s liaison with international organizations in different field’s mainly sustainable development, sustainable transport system, and millennium development goals. Turkmenistan has achieved recognition of a reliable international partner at international level because of its progressive foreign policy of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, which main aspect is international energy cooperation. It reaffirms that energy diplomacy of Turkmenistan is successful which was always distinguished by active position and interest in search for new and efficient solutions, finds broad response among the representatives of the world business and expert community.

Chairman Turkmenistan has unique concept for Energy Charter Conference which emphases on the further enlargement of geography and multi-dimensional energy flows/supplies ensuring their consistency and security of the international transit of energy on an equal and fair basis which is the need of the hour to maintain price stability at regional as well as international energy markets. It includes energy proficiency/optimal utility, and saving, introduction and implementation of modern and smarter technologies, the ecological balancing and the use of renewable sources of energy (solar, wind, thermal), beneficial energy investments, friendly government policies for the development of renewables and principles of economic and commercial viability of investments in the energy sector, their protection and efficiency. The drafted concept also focuses on international transit of energy on equal and fair basis and improvement of efficiency of capital investments and their protection in the regional as well as international energy policies, programs and markets.

Moreover, key topics, findings and recommendations concerning international cooperation on sustainable energy will be summarized and presented in the final document of the 28th session of the Energy Charter Conference. For its international media projection a program of international events will be held in Ashgabat, Brussels, New York, Beijing, Hong Kong and Tehran. The Belgian capital will host ten internal organizational meetings of the Energy Charter Secretariat. It will be comprehensive exercise/program which will provide and arrange media forums, conferences, meetings with representatives of the media and special training seminars in Turkmenistan and abroad. Subject materials, information from events held in Ashgabat and other cities of the world on international energy is planned to be published on a special website.

Being a leading energy rich country, Turkmenistan actively cooperates with major international organizations, including the Energy Charter, and is the venue for multilateral meetings and forums. In December 2014, the Ashgabat in conjunction with this specialized structure arranged the Ashgabat Forum “Reliable and stable transit of energy resources”, as well as in accordance with the resolutions adopted at the “67th session of the UN General Assembly” held the first international meeting of experts on the said topic. During this interactive forum, specialized experts meetings were organized in 2015 in Brussels and Beijing, and in 2016 in Tirana.

H.E. President of Turkmenistan put forward the proposal for the establishment of an international legal mechanism to ensure energy security in 2007, at the 62nd session of the UN General Assembly. Special resolutions on reliable and stable transit of energy resources to global markets were adopted by UN in 2008 and 2013, which set out the basic principles and approaches to cooperation in this field.

The Resolution of President Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov has approved the Activity Plan on Turkmenistan’s chairmanship in the Energy Charter Conference for 2017. The Plan provides for variety of activities, to be held in Turkmenistan and abroad.

Turkmenistan is one of the founders of the Energy Charter and chairing of Turkmenistan is aimed at development and consolidation of international energy cooperation, establishment of quality new ground for discussion of topical issues of the development of the world energy, provision of the global energy security as integral part of universal sustainable development in the context of practical realization of relative Resolution, which was initiated by President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and adopted by the UN General Assembly.

Chairmanship of Turkmenistan at energy charter conference pledges its enormous natural resources for the welfare of humanity, realizing the policy based on the principles of combined modernization of fuel and energy complex and diversification of energy supplies to the world markets.

Turkmenistan considerably increased production rates of fuel and energy resources. Moreover, transport routes of energy have been diversified. Moreover, the role of Turkmenistan in supply of energy to the world market grows and determines the level of its geopolitical influence. It has also adopted policy of “diversification of transport infrastructure”, which enables to supply energy resources via ramified network of multiple-choice pipeline system. Thanks to energy policies of Turkmenistan which stipulates integrated development of energy cooperation not only between the countries suppliers, transit and consumer countries but interested parties and international organizations including the UN and the Energy Charter as well.

The Energy Charter Conference is an inter-governmental organization. It is the governing and decision-making body for the Energy Charter process. It was established by the 1994 Energy Charter Treaty. The Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) is an international agreement which establishes a multilateral framework for cross-border cooperation in the energy industry. The treaty covers all aspects of commercial energy activities including trade, transit, investments and energy efficiency.

All states or Regional Economic International Organisations which have signed or acceded to the Treaty are members of the Conference. The member countries meet on a regular basis to discuss issues affecting energy cooperation among the Treaty’s signatories, to review the implementation of the provisions of the Energy Charter Treaty and the Protocol on Energy Efficiency and Related Environmental Aspects, and to consider possible new instruments and joint activities within the Energy Charter framework.

Concluding Remarks

Under the visionary leadership of the President of Turkmenistan, it is progressively promoting cooperation with the major international organizations and hosted many interactive multilateral events and seminars which highlighted the importance of energy cooperation. It is hoped that being Chairman of the Energy Charter Conference, Turkmenistan would give additional impulse to mutually beneficial cooperation and would promote establishment of global dialog in energy security. It would achieve set targets in consolidation of the efforts aimed at development of new approaches to the issues of energy security and sustainable development in general. It would further consolidate Turkmenistan’s role in energy cooperation. It would also establish stable structure of the global energy security, which is built on the principles of justice, balance of interests of both supplying countries and transit countries and consumers.

Jan 272017
 

ALI SUKHANVER

 “What an achievement for India. They are now the number One rape nation of the world. Congratulations for achieving this honour. Well done India.” These were the comments of Richard Kong, a reader of the Sputnik International. On 3rd of this January Sputnik International published a story with the title, ‘New Year’s Mass Sexual Assault of Women in India’s Tech Hub Causes Outrage.’ This story was about the incidents of ‘mass-molestation’ on the new-year night. Personally I didn’t like these bitter comments of Richard Kong. Whatever happened there in Bangalore on this new-year night is no doubt a blob of shame and disgrace on the face of the whole of Indian society but it would be unjust to accuse whole of the Indian nation of being a ‘Rapist Nation.’ Moreover rape is not a very infrequent and rare practice in the Indian society. Every year hundreds of women are raped in India and there are so many rape cases which are not reported to the police. Due to corruption of police and judiciary and because of a loose administrative system and selfishness of the BJP politicians, now people of India have started accepting this evil practice as a routine matter. But for the negligence of the Indian politicians, Indian judiciary and the law enforcement agencies, whole nation must not be dragged into a blame game. Continue reading »

 Posted by at 9:38 am
Jan 272017
 

Mehmood Ul Hassan Khan

Turkmenistan is a dynamic country which has an independent foreign policy which cares its national interest and physical landscapes. Under visionary leadership of H.E. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, it promotes regional peace, co-existence, energy cooperation and economic corridors. It protects sustainable development in the region and on the planet. Self-reliance and strong defence are also important pillars of its pragmatic foreign policy. Energy diversification is also one of the important objectives of its foreign policy. Liaison with largest international organizations, development of trade and economic, cultural and humanitarian relations with all interested partner sates remained the key vector of Turkmenistan course in the world arena in 2016. Moreover, neutrality is the essence of its foreign policy.

Turkmenistan under visionary leadership of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has achieved greater socio-economic sustained development despite regional and global weak economic conditions, greater regional connectivity, energy diversification, energy cooperation (TAPI) and the last but not the least, height of commercial diplomacy during 2016. During which, the President, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, Head of the State, hold meetings with the head of the states and governments of Qatar, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Belarus, Uzbekistan, Germany, Malaysia, Afghanistan, Russia and Palestine. 138 bilateral documents were signed which opened new opportunities and prospects for interstate partnership in 2016. Mutual visits of Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif and President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov opened a “new chapter” of better political understanding, greater socio-economic interaction, development of trade and commerce ties and the last but not the least cooperation in the fields of banking, civil aviation, science and technology and agricultural production.

 

Moreover, 453 foreign delegations visited Turkmenistan and 951 Turkmen delegations were sent to foreign countries during 2016. More than 191 international events including conferences, organized together with foreign partners, international organizations and countries of the European Union, Asian Pacific and Central Asian regions, Middle East, Europe and America, were held. First ever “Global Sustainable Transports” was held in Ashgabat with the collaboration of the UN in November 2016. Moreover, new “Ashgabat Airport” was inaugurated in November 2016 which further enhanced its regional connectivity and further transformed its services industries mainly civil aviation. 31 consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, 16 sessions of intergovernmental commissions and 15 business forums were also organized in 2016.

Furthermore, Turkmenistan actively developed useful/meaningful cooperation with competent organization including SCO, CIS, OBSE, Non-Aligned Movement, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and others in 2016. As for today, Turkmenistan has granted accreditation to 15 representative offices of international organizations. 13 Turkmenistan representative offices operate in international organizations.

Since its inception, Turkmenistan established diplomatic relations with 142 foreign countries and opened 38 consulates and embassies in 38 of them. Diplomatic missions of 35 states were accredited to Turkmenistan.

Most recently, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov held regular session of the Government during which important issues of state life and diversified but integrated activity of the branches of the national economy were thoroughly discussed and reviewed and subsequently, number of documents was adopted.

The Vice-premier reported on the activity undertaken for financial support of agricultural producers in the country. Head of the State Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov appreciated the important role of domestic entrepreneurship in agricultural sector. President Berdimuhamedov was of the opinion that grants of befitting financial assistance/loans would promote active implementation of modern ways and means of management and modern technologies of crop production. It would also further increase agricultural production, development of new lands and enhance volumes of high quality agricultural production.

During the said meeting, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers Ya. Kakayev reported on development in structural divisions of fuel and energy sectors in the country. Number of proposals for development of oil and gas deposits/reservoirs of the country was presented for review to the Head of the State.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov stressed the need to increase production and processing volumes of oil and gas. He instructed the Vice-premier for the further modernization of the infrastructure and technical re-equipment of fuel and energy sector, construction of modern gas processing plants, attraction of additional investments to the branch, implementation of new technologies and management practices among the priority directions.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers R. Bazarov reported on seasonal agricultural works in the country. He mentioned that vegetation irrigation of winter wheat crops, additional mineral fertilizing is continued and constant. Draft Resolution “On Procurement of Chemicals for agricultural plants” was submitted to the Head of the State for review.

The President of Turkmenistan signed the Resolution and allowed the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Management to conclude the contracts for procurement of chemicals used for growing wheat and cotton.

Afterwards, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers B. Ereshov reported about the development in industrial sector. Particularly, the Vice-premier reported on fulfilment of the assignments given by the Head of the State for construction of living houses around the country for disabled persons and people required special social protection, having presented the draft of relative Resolution. The President of Turkmenistan signed the document and highlighted that the apartments for this category of the citizens would be free of charge.

Deputy Chairman of the cabinet of Ministers D. Amangeldiyev, reported on the works for urban planning of Turkmen capital. President Berdimuhamedov instructed to increase rates of urban planning of the capital and highlighted that it is necessary to plant more trees in micro districts and make garden parks. In this regard, the Vice-premier was commissioned to provide execution of all works on high quality level.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers B. Annameredov gave report on the activity in the spheres under his supervision including the development of telecommunication sector of the country. The President highlighted the importance of further development and improvement of national telecommunication network and its integration to unified informational space, improvement of transit potential and establishment as international hub. He also defined number of measures, which would provide high level of telecommunication and informational services in the country.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers B. Atdayev reported on the activity of the Ministry of Trade and Foreign Economic Affairs implemented together with the Executive Committee for preparation to V Asian Games. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov underlined high level of service for the participants and guests of the Asian games in Ashgabat as the main direction of preparation works.

After, Deputy Chairperson of the Cabinet of Ministers G. Mammedova reported on the development of systematic measures for improvement of national crafts in Turkmenistan and structural and methodology base established in this field. Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers S. Toyliyev reported on international test competitions in the Olympic village in 2017.

Three test competitions Asian Powerlifting Competition, Asian Kickboxing Tournament as well as International Swimming Competition will be held in April 16-30 of this year. It will allow to test the functionality of the facilities and the systems of the Olympic village, level of preparation to V Asian Games and to undertake the necessary works in this direction.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov requested to develop all organizational issues related to international test competitions.

Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of International Affairs R. Meredov briefed about the fulfilment of the assignments given by the Head of the State previously and presented the report on the presidency of our country in International Fund for Saving of the Aral Sea in 2017-2019 inclusively.

The president Berdimuhamedov was presented with developed Draft of the Concept for the presidency of Turkmenistan in the above mentioned Fund. The concept defines main works’ directions including those for rational use and management of water resources, environmental protection, climate change and improvement of ecological situation in the Central Asian region. It was mentioned that all these key directions include specific measures for practical realization of the Goals of Sustainable Development for 2016-2030 adopted in September 2015 during the 70th session of the UN General Assembly.

The Vice-premier submitted the Draft Provision on Executive Committee of International Fund for the review to the Head of the State and offered the candidates for the Executive Committee.

Having signed the documents, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov upheld special responsibility of the country that faces the objective to support comprehensively the expansion and consolidation of the cooperation of the Central Asian countries in all spectrum of issues of environment protection, activation of close cooperation of the states of the region with largest international organizations, first of all, with the UN and its specialized branches.

Jan 262017
 

Mehmood Ul Hassan Khan

According to Turkmen state news agency, Ashgabat will host the next session of the Energy Charter Conference in 2017. Currently, Turkmenistan is the chairman of Energy Charter Conference. Turkmenistan was declared to chair the Energy Charter Conference at its 27th session in Tokyo. It has become hub of international energy conferences during which most important issues of development of the global energy resources market, development and introduction of the latest technologies, and the ways and means of development of oil and gas industry are thoroughly discussed.

Secretary General of the Energy Charter Secretariat Urban Rusnak said that Turkmenistan, possessing one of the world’s largest energy potential, is seeking to build a sustainable architecture of global energy security based on the principles of justice, respect for the balance of interests of both producer countries and transit countries, as well as consumers.

According to BP, Turkmenistan ranks fourth in the world in terms of the volume of natural gas reserve. The country’s recoverable reserves are estimated at 17.5 trillion cubic meters of gas, or 9 percent of the total world reserve that puts the country on the fourth place after Iran, Russia and Qatar.

During Turkmenistan’s Cabinet of Ministers meeting the President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov signed the resolution which created the organizing committee to project its presidency at the Conference on the Energy Charter 2017, locally as well as internationally. Moreover, its structure has also been approved.

According to the resolution, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country is advised to create together with the Energy Charter the concept of presidency of Turkmenistan in 2017 on Conferences on the Energy Charter, and also the agenda and the program of the international actions which are coming in Turkmenistan and abroad. It also offers the State Committee on television, broadcasting and cinematography and the state news agency to highlight these actions at the high level in national, regional and global mass media.

In 2007 at the 62nd session of General Assembly of the UN the President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov pledged the creation of the new international legal mechanism on ensuring energy security. In 2008 and 2013 of the UN special resolutions on reliable and stable transit of energy carriers on the world markets were adopted, in them the basic principles and approaches to development of constructive partnership in this sphere were stated.

Since, Turkmenistan has become ideal hub of energy conferences; it has been dealing with the largest international organizations for the further energy cooperation. In December, 2014 together with this structure the Ashgabat Forum “Reliable and Stable Transit of Energy Carriers” was held, and also the first international meeting of experts in this subject was arranged. Profile meetings of experts took place also in 2015 in Brussels (Belgium) and Beijing (China), and in 2016 in Tirana (Albania).

Turkmenistan has concrete and comprehensive plans for further energy cooperation, development of renewables(alternative source of energy), reduction of high carbon footnotes, climate change, energy saving, energy security, energy efficiency by introducing new modern technologies, energy investments and the last but not the least, stability of international energy markets in order to meet the growing global demand for energy and improvement of the investment climate in the member countries of Energy Charter; to involve other countries to the Charter during its chairmanship of energy charter conference 2017.

The government of Turkmenistan is taking all possible measures for the further strengthening of regional energy cooperation with other countries. It is also suggested that there should be a strict observance of the international standards and standards in which the ecological aspect shall act as priority in all the large-scale projects on ensuring global energy security.

Turkmenistan attaches great importance to the development of targeted mechanisms in the issues of global energy strategy. Turkmenistan and the Energy Charter Secretariat are already holding negotiations at the expert level to develop an international legal document regulating the rights and obligations of producers, transit countries and consumers of energy resources.

The International Energy Charter conference uses to hold every year. It aims to reflect on issues in world’s energy sector; to review the implementation of the provisions of the Energy Charter Treaty and the Protocol on Energy Efficiency and Related Environmental Aspects, and to consider possible new instruments and joint activities within the Energy Charter framework.

Beside Iran, Iraq, Guatemala, and three international organizations namely G5 Sahel, the East African Community, and the Economic Community of Central African States signed the declaration document and therefore became observers to the Energy Charter. With Iran joining the organization, the overall number of countries and organizations that are a member of the International Energy Charter extends to 80.

The Energy Charter Conference, an inter-governmental organisation, is the governing and decision-making body for the Energy Charter process, and was established by the 1994 Energy Charter Treaty.

All states or Regional Economic International Organisations who have signed or acceded to the Treaty are members of the Conference, which meets on a regular basis to discuss issues affecting energy cooperation among the Treaty’s signatories, to review the implementation of the provisions of the Energy Charter Treaty and the Protocol on Energy Efficiency and Related Environmental Aspects, and to consider possible new instruments and joint activities within the Energy Charter framework.

Concluding Remarks

Currently, Turkmenistan is the chairman of Energy Charter Conference 2017. Energy charter conference will be held in Ashgabat 2017 during which all important issues of regional as well as global energy cooperation will be discussed. Moreover, Turkmenistan has comprehensive plans to achieve these goals of energy charter conference 2017. Turkmenistan has proved itself as a reliable and promising partner in international cooperation, by confirming its status as one of the largest suppliers of gas to the world market. Ashgabat’s plans to diversify the country’s energy export partners into Europe, Asia and Middle East. TAPI is the prime example of its friendly energy policies towards all the regional countries.

One of the priorities of Turkmenistan’s energy policy is the diversification of its gas export. One of these priorities is the construction project of the 300-kilometer Trans-Caspian gas pipeline, which will annually transport 30 billion cubic meters of gas via Azerbaijan to Europe. The negotiations on the Trans-Caspian gas pipeline between the EU, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan began in September 2011.

Turkmenistan has substantial reserves of hydrocarbon resources on land and in the Turkmen sector of the Caspian Sea. Currently, they have been an estimated at 71.2 billion tons of oil equivalent confirmed by international experts. 70 percent of these relates to gaseous hydrocarbon resources.

Jan 182017
 

ALI SUKHANVER

a regular reader of my write-ups sent me an email on the evening of 13 January 2017, expressing his worries on a demonstration outside Pakistan embassy in Kabul. He was of the opinion that the Afghan government is preparing a stage for its new drama of ‘Terrorist- Intrusion’ in Pakistan. I hope my reply to his mail would have calmed him down a lot. I wrote, ‘ Worry not, it is simply a joint venture; Modi’s tongue is dripping out of Ashraf Ghani’s mouth; nothing new, nothing strange; it all has been happening since long.’ Pakistan’s unfortunate companionship with India and Afghanistan is neither the new one nor the desired one since we can never choose our neighbours. It is another very ridiculous contradiction that India calls itself a secular country whereas Afghanistan is the most extremist and most rigid country with reference to acting upon the religious preaching. If Pakistan were not in between these two countries, Afghanistan would really have given a tough time to the secular India. Logically Afghanistan must have been closer to Pakistan but practically it has now simply become a colony of India. The rulers of Afghanistan have sold out the brave people of Afghanistan to the Modi state and now Modi is the master of their fate. Gone are the days when the rulers of Afghanistan were puppet in the hands of US, now their strings are in the hands of Mr. Modi. Though it is the very internal rather personal matter of Afghanistan to whom it gets closer but for the people of Pakistan, the helplessness of Afghan people is not less than a misery. Even thousand Modis and million Ashraf Ghanis can never cut off the relationship between the Afghan and Pakistani people but they can create temporary hurdles and misunderstandings between them; and this they are doing well. Moreover India’s and Afghanistan’s aggression at once increases whenever Pakistan achieves some brilliant success in the field of nuclear technology. The recent hype is also the result of the same ‘heart-burning’.

Let us look back to the recent incident of dragging Pakistan into an old blame game. On 10th of January, the UAE ambassador to Afghanistan his Excellency Jumma Mohammed Abdullah Al Kaabi was in Kandahar to lay the foundation stone for the UAE-funded Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan orphanage and to sign an agreement with Kardan University for the Emirates to offer scholarships there. At once two explosions took place inside the heavily guarded governor’s compound. These blasts killed at least seven people and wounded 18 others, including the UAE ambassador and governor Homayun Azizi. A number of Emirati diplomats also got serious injuries. According to the media details, the explosives were hidden inside a sofa of the guest house in the Governor House. The same day two large bombings near government offices killed at least 38 people, including civilians and military personnel. Security officials in Kabul said it was the deadliest attack by Taliban insurgents in the capital in months. Earlier in the day, a suicide bomber on foot also struck in the southern province of Helmand, killing at least seven people. In short this icy cold day proved very hot for the people of Afghanistan. Whether the victims are from India, Afghanistan, UAE or Pakistan, killing of innocent human beings could never be appreciated. Pakistan has always felt and expressed deep grief and sorrow over such brutal incidents but more painful is the fact that instead of appreciating Pakistan’s emotions of sympathy and sorrow, the government of Afghanistan started blaming ISI and Pakistan for providing alleged support to the terrorists behind these attacks.

Just after the attacks in Kandahar and Kabul, the provincial police chief of the southern Kandahar province General Abdul Raziq blamed in a statement that ‘notorious Haqqani terrorist network with the support of Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) were behind the deadly attack on governor’s compound.’ Speaking during a press conference, Gen. Raziq said the Haqqani network and ISI were working since a long period of time to target the provincial leadership. On the other hand, Taliban militants group denied involvement in the attack and blamed the Afghan officials for having internal disputes and accused them of plotting and carrying out the explosion. Just to make the statement of General Raziq authentic, the NDS in collaboration with the R&AW staged a protest demonstration outside the Pakistan embassy in Kabul on 13th January. The demonstrators raised slogans against Pakistan Army’s intelligence arm, Inter-Services Intelligence and burnt the effigy of a senior Pakistan Army official. What would the Afghan government get out of such baseless blames and allegations against a country which has been bearing the burden of more than 1.6 million Afghan refugees for more than three decades?

 Posted by at 6:51 pm
Jan 162017
 

MEHMOOD UL HASSAN KHAN

Presidential Election 2017 will be held on February 12, 2017 in Turkmenistan. Political campaigning has been permitted and all the candidates are busy to get more and more support from the general masses to win upcoming Presidential Election 2017. As per new amendments of the Constitution, Turkmenistan President is now elected for a period of seven years.

Multi-Party Presidential Democracy

Since Turkmenistan is a “Multi-Party Presidential Democracy” the political parties have already nominated their candidates for the upcoming Presidential Election 2017. President H.E. Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said “Presidential candidates should be nominated on the basis of equality. The equal conditions on the basis of transparency and openness should be created for them”. He has already referred his allotted time to other candidates which shows levels of “equality, accommodation and neutrality” on part of the government. Moreover, it has “unicameral Parliament/National Assembly or Mejlis” which is the mother of modern democracy with 125 seats; members directly elected in multi-seat constituencies by absolute majority vote in two rounds if needed.

Turkmenistan’s Elections

Election is the “Bible of Modern Democracy” which has been held in Turkmenistan on regular basis since its inception. All elections are held on international standards of impartiality, and transparency in the country. According to Article 6 of its Constitution, “State power in Turkmenistan shall be divided in the legislative, executive and judicial branches; they shall operate independently, balancing each other”

Dynamic Constitution

It has a dynamic “Constitution” which is the custodian of all civil liberties, freedom of assembly, freedom of association, protection of human rights and the last but not the least, rule of the law. Its preamble says:-

“We, the people of Turkmenistan, based on our inalienable right to determine our destiny; Proceeding from the responsibility for present and future of the Motherland; Expressing loyalty to the covenant of ancestors to live in unity, peace and harmony and commitment to universal human values; With the aim of protecting the national values and interests, strengthening the independence, sovereignty, the status of permanent neutrality of Turkmenistan; Guaranteeing the rights and freedoms of each person and citizen, and seeking to ensure civil peace and national accord in the society, to substantiate the foundations of democracy and democratic, legal, secular state, we adopt the present Constitution the Basic Law of Turkmenistan”

Independent Election Commission

Its central election commission is “independent organ” of the State which arranges the elections in fair and free manners by caring all modern democratic concepts of equality, rule of the law and constitution provisions among candidates/political parties. It has a successful “Model of Democracy” in the region and the world.


Registration of Presidential Candidates

Turkmenistan’s Central Election Commission has registered nine presidential candidates, who were nominated by political parties and initiative groups of citizens. Turkmenistan’s three political parties Democratic Party, Agrarian Party, Party of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs participate in the presidential elections. H.E. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has been elected twice as the country’s president. During the presidential election in 2012, 97.4 percent of voters cast their ballots for Berdimuhamedov.

All three political parties nominated the candidates for the slot of the President of Turkmenistan. The Democratic Party nominated the candidacy of the existing Head of the State Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov; the Party of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs elected Board Director of “Rysgal” Joint Stock Commercial Bank Begmyrat Atalyev; the Agrarian Party selected Durdygylych Orazov, the Chairman of Mary Velayat Committee.

The Turkmenistan’s Central Commission for Elections and Referendums is in process of finalizing different facilities to arrange the upcoming Presidential Election 2017 through achieving highest levels of transparency.

Vibrant Democracy

Its revised Constitution says Article I “Turkmenistan shall be a democratic, legal and secular state in which the government shall take the form of presidential republic”.

Turkmenistan is a “Democratic Country” where elections are conducted on regular basis according to provisions of “Constitution”. Its democracy is vibrant where people elect their representatives through “free will and fair voting patterns”. Its political system is based on “mutual respect, cooperation and coordination” due to which there is not a single incident of political chaos, anarchy or constitutional deadlock in the country since its inception. It is a multiparty democracy. It has Presidential form of democracy in which different political parties freely participate in all elections. Turkmenistan has rich history and traditions of “politicization and democratization”.

Protection of Human Rights

Moreover, according to its Article 25 of the Constitution “Rights and freedoms of a person and a citizen in Turkmenistan shall be recognized in accordance with the universally recognized norms of international law and shall be guaranteed by this Constitution and laws”. It shows that people are free to act, assemble and associate to any political party.

Its democracy is functional, strong, stable and sustainable where basic “Human Rights” of the people are the foremost duty of the “State”. It has a dynamic “Constitution” by which rule of the law has been institutionalized. Its democracy stands for social welfare, respect for individual, protection of human rights, equality, tranquility and above all social justice, because no one is above the law.

Salient Features of Turkmenistan’s Democratic System

“Its democracy stands for services where provision of basic necessities of life namely education, medication, shelter and clean drinking water is the duty of the state and totally free. Its democracy stands for freedom of association, affiliation with equal playground for any business activity. Its democracy upholds the traditions of political accommodation not political revenge or vendetta. Its democracy sustains the spirits of cooperation and coordination and not conspiracies and contradictions as a common political tool for survival in most of the countries of Asia, Africa, Latina America and even Europe. Its democracy supports the culture of tolerance and interfaith harmony and protects the rights of weaker factions of the society as well as minorities. Its democracy strengthens its socio-economic development”.

Immaculate Political Stability

Due to its rich democratic traditions, it never experienced any “constitutional deadlock”, political ambiguity, controversy and above all derailing of the system. Its democracy precisely stands for transparency, accountability, prosperity, enlightenment, people and business friendly policies and the last but not the least, protection of national sovereignty, dignity, pride and patriotism.

Equal Right & No Discrimination

Turkmen national law allows all the presidential candidates “equal rights and opportunities” for meetings with voters and their familiarization with the election programs and campaigning in the mass media outlets which shows the highest levels of transparency, respect of free will, fair and Free State’s apparatus and the last but not the least impartiality on part of every organ and regulatory body.

They all “share good spirits and do not follow their vested interests for winning elections”. It is always arranged and contested at the “international standards of fair, free and transparency”. Every candidate for any election including Presidential has “equal rights of access to information, association, publication and political campaigning” in the country. Moreover, political stability is achieved through continuation of political system through regular elections at every level and furthermore, within the provision of the constitution.

Role of International Election Observers

There are so many “International Observers” in the country who are free to monitor the procedures, policies, laws and arrangements of Presidential Election in Turkmenistan. There is concept of “Pre & Post Election Engineered Rigging” in Turkmenistan as commonly prevalent in most of the countries of South East Asia, Latin America and Africa. It reconfirms its government’s strong political will towards holding a fair, free and transparent election in the country.

Effective Law about Political Parties

It has many effective laws on political parties and “Law on Political Parties (2012)” is the prime example. It has “Multi-Party” democracy system in which President is elected through a “Direct Vote” as commonly practiced in most of the modern democracies of the world i.e. USA, Russia, Brazil, Thailand etc. It has “universal suffrage” with over the age “18 years” for an eligible voter.

President H.E. Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov

President H.E. Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said, “We have three political parties: Democratic Party, Agrarian Party, Party of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs. Competition between the three parties will give to elections new level of alternative and will improve the political culture on democratic basis. He gained 97 percent of the vote in the 2012 presidential election.

In December 1991 the Turkmen Communist Party changed its name to the Democratic Party of Turkmenistan. The Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (UIE), was formed in August 2012 and now represents the interests of business owners. The Agrarian Party held its initial congress in September 2014; it represents the interests of rural areas and agriculture.

Central Election Commission (CEC)

The Turkmenistan Parliamentarians with the assistance of the Central Election Commission (CEC) now busy to arrange meaningful and interactive meetings in Ashgabat and the administrative centers in the country’s regions for the successful holding of upcoming Presidential Election 2017.

Adoption of the Schedule of Events and Necessary Documents

The Central Electoral Committee has already adopted the schedule of events and necessary documents for optimization of the electoral campaign. Because every vote matters, 2582 polling centres have been established. 39 polling centres have also been established at foreign diplomatic missions of Turkmenistan.

Interactive Series of Meetings & Sessions

Its Central Election Commission has invited heads of ministries and departments, regional administrations, local government bodies, the Democratic Party, the Party of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, the Agrarian Party, representatives of public organizations and associations, as well as law enforcement officials to participate in these events which are the part of finalizing arrangements of upcoming Presidential Elections 2017 and electoral campaigns.

The members of the CEC, working groups, representatives of political parties and public associations and the mass media attended the meetings for holding Presidential Election 2017. It was approved schedule of activities for the preparation and holding of presidential elections.

The CEC arranged many meetings wherein the participants discussed a number of organizational issues related to the upcoming campaign, the progress of which will be monitored not only by the national observers from political parties and public organizations, but also by the invited international experts and observers. Meanwhile, the necessary documents have been approved, including manuals, booklets, various materials for observers and citizens of Turkmenistan, as well as planned training workshops for members of district, city and district commissions.

According to the CEC’s decision, fellow citizens who on Election Day will be outside the country, the relevant polling stations will be set up at the diplomatic missions of Turkmenistan.

The participants of the meeting agreed to do everything to the make the upcoming Presidential Election 2017 to be held at the highest organizational level, in strict compliance with the electoral laws of the country and international law with full elements/convictions of fairness, freeness and transparency.

New Political Reality and Improved Legal Framework

Presidential Elections 2017 is going to hold under conditions of new political reality and improved legal framework. Three political parties, namely the Democratic, the Industrialists and Entrepreneurs and Agrarian parties, participate in Presidential election for the first time in Turkmenistan. The “Law in the Electoral Code of Turkmenistan” guarantees fair, free and transparence elections in the country from top to bottom. It was promulgated in 2013 and institutionalized in accordance with general international standards.

President of Turkmenistan’s Prerequisites

It provides each and every possible detail about elections along with different stages and apparatus. According to this Code, the “candidate for President of Turkmenistan has to be a citizen, who was born in Turkmenistan, not younger than 40 years old, speaking the State language and who lived and worked in the country during previous 15 years”.

Role of Initiative Groups of the Citizens

It assures that the right for nomination of the candidates belongs to political parties as well as to the initiative groups of the citizens. It encourages further politicization and subsequently, the Democratic Party of Turkmenistan was established in 1991, the Party of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs in August, 2012 and the Agrarian Party in September, 2014. Establishment of multiparty system is a value addition for its Presidential form of governance. It enhances a crucial political alternative.

It adds new ideas of delivery, execution and political pluralism. It consolidates political stability and sustainability. It widens better political choice and option of the people to elect their president in a fair, free and transparent manner. Moreover, it strengthens the spirits of a political competition and democratic institutions in the country and “Turkmenistan’s political system is productive, progressive and people’s friendly where people through their free voting patterns elect their representatives including the President”.

Important Role of Initiative Groups of the Citizens

Initiative groups of the citizens play an important role in Turkmenistan. Initiative groups believe in participatory development, capacity building, massive socio-economic development and above all alternativeness. In Turkmenistan six Initiative groups have been formed during the ongoing election campaign for the Presidential Elections 2017.

Nomination Details

They nominated Maksat Annanepesov, the Deputy Chairman of the State Association of Food Industry of Turkmenistan, Jumanazar Annayev, the Deputy Hyakim of Mary Velayat, Ramazan Durdiyev, the Director of Seydi Refinery, Meretdurdy Gurbanov, deputy Hyakim of Dashoguz Velayat, Serdar Jelilov, the director of the Head Department of Economy and Development of Ahal Velayat; Suleymannepes Nurnepesov, General Director of Production Association “Karabogazsulphat” for Presidential Elections 2017.

Salient Features

Their nominations clearly show true democratic traditions of its dynamic political system. Most of them are from corporate world which reconfirms that political stability is must for macro-economic sustainability. Its “Model of Initiative Group” is the replica of “Japanese Political System” where majority of the candidates for premiership are from business community/sector. During current election campaign, all six initiative groups gathered required number of signatures what showcases high standards of its civility, political maturity, grassroots political participation and political understanding among the general masses.

Central Commission for Elections and Referenda of Turkmenistan: website: saylav.gov.tm

Moreover, experts of the Central Electoral Committee regularly visit different etraps and velayats and arrange training seminars for the members of local electoral committees. Central Commission for Elections and Referenda of Turkmenistan also launches a website: saylav.gov.tm. It provides as easy access to the legislative acts and news items relating to Presidential Elections 2017. The Election Code of Turkmenistan is highlighted under the section “Legislation”, the section “Library” presents the comments to the legislative specifics of the national election system, the guidelines for the election commissions in Ashgabat and regions of the country as well as the samples of blanks.

Informative & Interactive

It is very informative and interactive. It keeps highest standards of professionalism, transparency and above all openness. It further strengthens spirits of transparency in the ongoing political campaigns of the different political parties. It ensures elements of impartiality and neutrality of part of the State and its other important organs.

Highest Standards of Fair, Free and Transparent Elections
It plays an important role in achieving highest standards of fair, free and transparent elections during the Presidential Elections 2017. Information is available in the three languages Turkmen, Russian and English. The documents can be downloaded in pdf format.

Constitutional Guarantee of Fair, Free and Transparent Elections

Turkmenistan has promulgated so many laws to hold fair, free and transparent elections in the country mainly, Law on Approval and Putting the Electoral Code of Turkmenistan into Force (2013), Law on Election of Deputies of the Mejlis (1994, as amended 2004), Law on Elections of Members of Gengeshes (2005), Law on Gengesh (2005), Law on Central Election Commission and Referenda (1999), Law on Amendments and Additions to the Law of Turkmenistan ‘On the Central Commission for Holding Elections and Referenda in Turkmenistan’ (2007), Law to establish the legal foundations of activities and powers of velayat halk maslahatys, their structural units, officials, and members (2005), Law on the Election of Halk Maslakhaty (2005),Law on Presidential Elections (2006), Law on Guarantees of Electoral Rights of the People of Turkmenistan (1999), Law on Amendments and Additions to the Law of Turkmenistan ‘On the Central Commission for Holding Elections and Referenda in Turkmenistan’ (2004), Law on Election of Deputies of the Mejlis (13 May 1994, as amended on 10 December 1998). “The series of electoral amendments, decrees, and laws have already improved complete mechanism of “Elections” in Turkmenistan which is now meeting the highest levels of fair, free and transparency. It also confirms its government’s strong political commitment towards further politicization and democratization in the country”.

Every political party has its own “manifesto and future plans” to attract and convince voters to vote for its nominated and registered presidential candidate in the Presidential Election. Voters are completely free to vote and their “Free Will” is counted, documented and ultimately respected in each election in Turkmenistan. Voting is a “National Duty” which every eligible voter honors in every election in the country.

Gurbanguly Myalikgulyevich Berdimuhamedov“Policy Statement”

Incumbent President Gurbanguly Myalikgulyevich Berdimuhamedov also delivered his “Policy Statement” for the Presidential Election 2017 which is the combination of his diversified but integrated achievements, future policies, people, business and investment friendly programs, series of reforms and implementations mechanism to achieve certain goals of a qualitative life, political stability, rampant socio-economic development and the last but not the least, sustainability in all sphere of the state during 2017 and beyond.

Primary Objectives

He sets different primary objectives to ensure the prosperity of independent neutral Turkmenistan in the third millennium by making every effort and carrying out great deeds for the sake of a happy and prosperous life of the native people and for sake of interests of the country.

Further Consolidation of the Different Stratums of the Society

He promises to achieve further consolidation of the different stratums of the society and implementation of more democratic values inherited from ancestors through consultation with the people and the wise elders. He plans to build a “Developed Country”. He believes that all the achievements for the benefit of the people and country in the happy state will be successful. He wishes to transform the beautiful Motherland to stable, happy and prosperous country by constructing white marble villages and towns in the beloved homeland.

Incumbent President also sets out different tasks which are given below as:-

i. Significant Increase in Economic Potential: More strengthen the fundamentals of the eternal and inviolable Turkmen state; significantly increase its economic potential. Improve social and living conditions of happy citizens and will raise spiritual perfection of the nation to higher levels.
ii. Greater Industrialization & Comprehensive Development: Achieving high productivity in industry, agriculture and business, introduce into practice the economic mechanisms of further increasing output of Turkmen goods, competitive on international markets, and will bring per capita income to the level of advanced countries.
i. Institutionalization of Science and Technology: Creation of conditions that will open up opportunities for the development of science and education, cultural and humanitarian spheres, and, relying on the rich national spiritual and cultural heritage, will ensure that Turkmen people would be fame in the world as a nation-builder, people-creator.
ii. Rise to Social Protection & Qualitative Health Facilities: Strengthen the social security of people. Consistently improve legislation in accordance with modern requirements. The frames of State program “Health” will provide medical services to citizens at the level of developed countries. Continue work on the construction of health centers, hospitals and therapeutic centers.
iii. Rampant Urban Development & Optimal Utility of Water Resources: Successfully and consistently implement the National Program for the development of villages. Improve the reclamation of cultivated areas. Ensure sustainable use of water resources of the country and will build hydro-irrigation facilities designed for efficient water use. Take all necessary measures for full water supply of acreage. Introduce the most advanced technologies in the water economy of the country.
iv. Ecological Balance: Create settlements with all the amenities for living and along these water reservoirs with a peculiar nature and plant life, create ample acreage of halophytes plants that provide delicious fruit, growing at salty water.
v. High Industrial Productive:
Focus at the developing industrial sectors, creating electronic industry and transforming our country into the industrialized nation.
vi. Balanced Rural & Urban Development: Create good social conditions for citizens living in the cities and districts, and will take all measures to ensure that all streets paved and lit, in order to provide conditions the similar to urban.
vii. Better Rural Transportation Facilities: Reconstruct intercity and rural roads and bridges, and will organize the work of passenger buses.
viii. Better Public Services: Opening of the small centers of public services in all communities, will facilitate opening there modern saunas, playgrounds for children and youth, health centers, cinema and concert halls, workshops of folk crafts, as well as centers for maintenance of vehicles.
ix. Sustained Per capita Growth: Provide consistent population income growth
x. Upward Increase in Wages, Pensions & Scholarship: Keep the focus on issues of increasing wages, pensions, scholarships and state benefits and provision of social benefits for citizens.
xi. Greater Generation of Jobs: Take all measures to ensure the employment of citizens, especially youth, to provide them modern education.
xii. Construction of Better Housing Units: Continue the construction of housing with all amenities, education, sports, health and resort centers, facilities for social and cultural purposes.
xiii. Greater Financial Support: Continue to provide financial support to families, and by ensuring the allocation of the necessary funds for the solution of social tasks of each family, will support successful solution of issues of family, being the primary unit of society, as well as issues of maternity and child health.
xiv. Developed Tourism: Outline the development of tourism in accordance with international standards. Fundamental transformations of recreational and resort system will be one of the important areas of activity.
xv. Greater Politicization & Democratization: Ensure further improvement of the political system of our society and strengthening of local executive authorities, and higher democratizing public life.
xvi. Business & People Friendly Policies: Create favorable conditions for business development in industry and agriculture.
xvii. Price Stability: Stably provide the market with food products at cheap and affordable prices, will implement the necessary measures to increase the number of sheep, cattle and poultry, agricultural production in large volumes.
xviii. Greater Role of local governments: Improve the efficiency of local elected representative bodies provincial, district and town people’s councils, and will raise the role of local governments Gengeshi in the social and political system.
xix. Growth of Political Parties: Continue to create the necessary conditions for improving the work of the newly formed parties.
xx. Close Liaison with International Organizations: Close cooperation with international organizations will continue the struggle against international terrorism, extremism, transnational organized crime, drug trafficking, bribery.
xxi. Strong National Army & Martial Modernization: Strengthen the power of the national army, naval forces, border units, vigilantly guarding the borders of the homeland, and will improve the work of law enforcement agencies, as well as will ensure the consistent equipping of our armed forces with modern weapons and improving social and living conditions of military personnel.
xxii. Better HRMs & Rise to Technical Education: Pay special attention to the formation of a new generation of workers and professionals, who are able for skillful use all the latest communication and multimedia technologies.
xxiii. Optimal Utility of Natural Resources & Reservoirs: Put the country’s natural resources for servicing prosperous life of citizens, will modernize petroleum refining capacities, including the deep processing of hydrocarbon resources on the basis of the advanced technology, production of high demand high-quality products as gasoline polypropylene, liquefied gas
xxiv. Successful Sports Events: Make every effort that the V Asian Indoor Games and Martial Arts to be held in Ashgabat, would demonstrate Turkmenistan’s high prestige in the international sporting world.
xxv. Massive Growth of ICT, & Media: Continue to improve communications and broadcasting sector, and will launch new space satellites that will perform activity for our national economy.
xxvi. Development of National tourist zone: Further developing National tourist zone “Avaza” at Caspian coast, will turn it into one of the world’s most famous recreation and health centers.
xxvii. Rise to Renewables: Effective use of alternative energy sources solar and wind, will render greater support to the promotion of this sector.
xxviii. Rise to Space Technology: Availability of climate and natural opportunities for the study of space, will create the perfect Observatory, which would be equipped with telescopes of various sizes for observations by Turkmen and foreign specialists. It will have all necessary living quarters and offices.
xxix. Friendly Traveling: Work on broad footing to create resorts for those who like family tours and boat travelling, envisaging green areas at 40-50-km distant from each other
xxx. Gorges of the Kopetdag, Koytendag and Sumbar, in protected areas of Badhyz, on the banks of the Amu Darya, Murgab Rivers and Karakum-river, a number of recreation centers, to be built by efforts of Turkmen builders, would present all conditions for the visits of Turkmen and foreign travelers.
xxxi. Network of Resorts: Along the roads, leading to the provincial centers, every 40-50 kilometers will start construction of resorts, which would be located in the dense forest belt with teahouses and landscaped grounds, campgrounds small hotels, as well as modern maintenance centers.
xxxii. Consolidation of Achievements: Combining of current achievements and rich traditions, inherited from the glorious states, founded by Oguz, will reach the great spiritual revival and will confidently move forward and only forward to new heights of progress.

Highest Political Maturity

Incumbent President Gurbanguly Myalikgulyevich Berdimuhamedov has transferred his allotted airtime to other presidential candidates which show complete objectivity and transparency in the upcoming Presidential Election 2017.

Message to Compatriots of Presidential Election 2017

He also conveyed his good wishes to all the compatriots of Presidential Election 2017 which shows his highest levels of political maturity and respect. He prayed prosperity, abundance, and good health for each candidate and his family. He also outlined rampant socio-economic development in 2016.

Completion of Mega Projects

The President pinpointed completion of so many mega projects (Oguz Han Engineering Technology University, the International Airport, Paýtagt control centre of the Aşgabatenergob Production Association, a number of medical centres as well as a furniture complex in the Ak Bugday Etrap in Ahal velayat, Aba Annayev village in the Kyarizek Gengeshlik in the Geoktepe Etrap, Children’s health-improving centre in the city of Serdar in the Balkan Velayat) which ensured the growth of the national economy and improved the people’s wellbeing. He also mentioned completion of a number of modern villages and settlements in the Lebap and Mary Velayats and a cottage complex, yacht club and a five-star hotel during 2016 along with strategic Atamyrat-Ymamnazar-Akina section of the Asian international railway transport corridor.

Rampant Agricultural Development

The President highlighted agricultural development in the country which was achieved by the hard-working of agricultural specialists reaped rich harvest of wheat and cotton. Over 1.600 million tons of wheat and more than 1.100 million tons of ‘white gold’ were delivered to the receiving points in the country, he added.

Rise to of private entrepreneurs & Competitive Export-Oriented Goods

Incumbent President also mentioned development of private entrepreneurs, the production of import-substituting and competitive export-oriented goods in 2016 which played crucial role in the national economy and developing the small- and medium-sized business. He also showcased his ambitious health care policies/programs and building of so many hospitals and medical centres throughout the country. He projected development in education, science and introduction of modern technologies and innovative systems for further strengthening of socio-economic development in the country.

Achievements of Culture & Sports

Incumbent President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov projected the achievements in fields of culture and sports and the success achieved by Turkmen athletes’ at international competitions vividly testified to the efficiency of his efforts. Ashgabat will host the V Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in 2017.

Achievements at International Levels

President Gurbanguly mentioned his country achievements at the international levels. Turkmenistan for the fifth time, country has been elected to vice-chair at the session of the UN General Assembly. The election of Turkmenistan into a number of the UN specialized institutions and commissions, and recently the Chair of the Energy Charter, is an honour for the people and state. It verified and increased Turkmenistan’s international authority of and its neutral state and the efficiency of the policy pursued in the country. As a reliable partner, we will develop fruitful relations with the United Nations Organisation, he added.

Good Wishes for 2017

He believes that the year of 2017, which we welcome with kind wishes and hopes, will be the year of progress, inspiration and remarkable achievements. While implementing programmes and great initiatives aimed at ensuring the interests of the country and people in the New Year, I rely on the selfless labour of our compatriots. He hoped that during the 2017 Elders Council in the Ahal Velayat, will confer with the wise elders regarding the further development of the country, provision of happy, prosperous life for our citizens and will define the tasks for the future.

Concluding Remarks

Turkmenistan is true democratic country where Parliament and People are supreme. It is a democratic country where political change is achieved through regular elections which are conducted in fair, free and transparent manners. It is democratic country which cares about its people and not profits. It is hoped that the Presidential Election 2017 will further showcase, Turkmenistan’s democratic spirits at large which will contribute to the growth of social and political activity and maturity of its people. Moreover, it is hope d that the Presidential Election 2017 will further strengthen its national drive of palatalization and democratization in the country.

Presidential Election will be held on February 12, 2017 which has strategic importance too. Continuation of elections is the essential part of modern democracy which is the essence of democratic Turkmenistan. People are politically matured enough to vote freely. It is the “Free Will” of its people which dominates in every election in Turkmenistan which is “participatory” and “pro-development” too. Its mass media is paramount, vibrant and independent to monitor the Presidential Election. Its “civil society” is a “balancing act” in political chase of Presidential Election 2017 which upholds elements of fair, free and transparency at the highest levels.

Moreover, its political parties believe in “service, submission and sensibility” and promote national policies of achieving greater social articulation, political stability and the last but not the least, sustained macro-economic development.

The CEC has now permitted all candidates of presidential election 2017 for electoral campaigns which is based on the golden principles of “equality, impartiality, and rule of the law. Keeping in view the unparalleled socio-economic achievements, sustained qualitative life, security, provision of basic necessities of life mainly education, health, shelter and clean drinking water, incumbent President H.E. Gurbanguly Myalikgulyevich Berdimuhamedov has “comparative advantage” over all the presidential candidate and will emerge as “winner” in the upcoming Presidential Election 2017 to be held on February 12, 2017.

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