KABUL (PAN): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) said on Sunday the designing of ballot papers for upcoming elections had been completed, adding its printing contract would be awarded to a publication company soon.
KABUL (PAN): Agriculture Minister Asif Rahimi has dismissed apprehension about a security vacuum in Afghanistan after international forces drawdown next year, saying the country is largely at peace, except for some "localised violence".
KABUL (PAN): At the head of a high-level delegation, President Hamid Karzai on Sunday landed in Tehran for a one-day state visit to hold talks with Iranian leadership on issues of mutual interest amid a row with the US over a security accord.
KABUL (PAN): US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Saturday said his Afghan counterpart Bismillah Khan Mohammadi had assured him the delayed security agreement between the two countries would be signed "in a timely manner".
KABUL (PAN): Kabul governor Abdul Jabbar Taqwa on Saturday criticised the government’s policy of appointing officials in rural areas, saying selecting officials from local communities and hiring them to serve in native areas had negative results.
KABUL (PAN): The Cooperation Council of Political Parties and Coalitions of Afghanistan (CCPPCA) on Saturday lent its weight to an early signature on the bilateral security agreement (BSA) with the US, saying the accord was crucial to peace and stability in the country.
KABUL (PAN): NATO Secretary General Andres Fogh Rasmussen has said the alliance’s foreign ministerial meeting in Brussels sent a clear message to the Afghan government it should sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States at the earliest.