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KABUL (Pajhwok): A woman lawmaker on Wednesday alleged “force” was being used in a signature campaign for the acting Balkh governor, Atta Mohammad Noor, against a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report. But Noor’s spokesman spurned the allegation as “... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): More than 3,000 fruit orchards have been established over the past three months in five northern provinces under the Agriculture Ministry’s National Horticulture and Livestock Project (NHLP), an official said on Tuesday... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The acting governor of northern Balkh province on Wednesday said he was not opposed to a share in government for the Taliban as part of the peace process. Atta Mohammad Noor was talking to reporters in Mazar-i-Sharif,... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Security officials have assured tight security measures for celebrations of the Nawroz festival commencing from March 21 in Mazar-i-Sharif, the provincial capital of northern Balkh province. Balkh acting police Chief Col... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): To know how common Afghans are yearning for peace, a public order policeman has been fasting since last three years for lasting peace and stability in the country. Nizamuddin Frotan 35, is the resident of northern... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The peace committee of northern Balkh province on Wednesday casted doubts over Pakistan’s crackdown on Afghan prayer leaders in northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Baz Mohammad Gharibyar, the committee chief, told... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Police on Wednesday arrested a militant wearing a suicide vest in northern Balkh province, an official said. Balkh acting police chief Brig. Gen. Abdul Raziq Qaderi told Pajhwok Afghan News the would-be suicide attacker... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Director of mines and petroleum for northern Balkh province on Wednesday acknowledged his depart failed to protect natural resources in the province due to absence of needed facilities and other resources. In his... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The completion of the vital Balkh-Kunduz Highway would leave far-reaching positive impact on economic activities and trade in the north and northwestern zones, officials said on Saturday. The governors of Balkh and... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The Information and Culture Director for northern Sari-i-Pul province on Wednesday alleged gunmen loyal to the deputy provincial council head tried to kidnap him. Addressing a press conference at his residence in Mazar-i... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Eighty-six insurgents have been killed and 142 others wounded during the past two weeks as a result of an ongoing offensive in northern provinces, a military commander said on Tuesday. Brig. Gen. Zalmai Weesa, the 209th... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Some philanthropists in northern Balkh province on Friday extended financial assistance to a poverty-stricken teacher and thereby prevented the planned sale of his daughter. Members of civil society, representatives of... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): At least 19 different development projects have been implemented in northern Sar-i-Pul, Balkh and southeastern Paktia provinces, benefitting thousands of families, officials said on Wednesday. Farid Ahmad Sadat, head of... read more
MAZR-E-SHARIF (KABUL): Some former jihadi commanders in northern Afghanistan on Thursday pledged support to security forces against terrorists, official said. During a meeting at the provincial council office in Balkh province, the jihadi leaders... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Turkmen elders on Tuesday asked the government to give the tribe representation in its new administration on the basis of its population. The call came at a gathering attended by Turkmen tribal leaders from various parts... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Females running silkworm production enterprises say the ancient industry is on the road to revival in northern Afghanistan with the help of rural women. In some districts of Balkh and nearby provinces, running a silkworm... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The municipality of northern Balkh province on Monday claimed achieving 90 percent of its annual revenue target for the current solar year, which ends on March 21, but residents believe there is room for improvement.... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Security officials on Saturday said gunmen loyal to the Islamic State (IS) group would be defeated like the Taliban insurgents in northern Afghanistan. They made the assertion at a ceremony marking the nationwide... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Acting Minister of Education Mohammad Asif Nang on Wednesday said that 1,000 schools banned by militants in restive areas of different provinces had been reopened. Another 550 schools still remained closed in the... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Civil society activists in northern Balkh province on Saturday condemned the attack on a satirical weekly magazine in Paris. Two brothers attacked Charlie Hebdo office last Thursday, killing 12 employees of the magazine... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF/KABUL (Pajhwok): Strongly condemning a Spiegel report that said Balkh governor Atta Mohammad Noor was added in 2010 to “a list of NATO/US targeted killings”, his spokesman on Wednesday said the magazine had published a baseless stuff... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Civil society activists and university students in northern Balkh province on Monday asked the government to register and legalise all religious seminaries in the country. Syed Muhammad Yazdan Parast, the Omid and... read more
MAZAR-E-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Two civilians were wounded when a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden motorbike into a police vehicle in Hairatan Port town in northern Balkh province on Sunday, police said. Col. Abdul Razziq Qadari, a senior... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): A dozen various development projects, benefiting nearly 3000 families, have been completed in the Charbolak district of northern Balkh province, an official said on Monday. Executed under the National Solidarity... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): A military commander on Monday said they had blocked militants’ infiltration into northern Afghanistan, where search operations have been launched.Gen. Zalmai Weesa, the 209th Shaheen Military Corps commander in the... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Dozens of people with disabilities on Thursday received certificates on completing a vocational training programme and some were given loans to start their own businesses in northern Balkh province.The vocational training... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Nomadic Kuchis in norther Balkh province on Tuesday alleged influential people denied them access to meadows in different districts. For lack of fodder, the Kuchis claimed, they had lost 60,000 animals over the past... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Three civilians were wounded in an explosion in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, on Friday.Placed in a handcart, the bomb went off in the fruit market at about 2pm, police spokesman Sher Jan Durrani... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Dozens of shops were reduced to ashes as a huge fire swept through a marketplace overnight in the capital of northern Balkh province, an official said on Saturday.The fire broke out at 9pm Friday night at the Qayyumi market... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The acting governor of northern Balkh province on Sunday said brazen irregularities had been committed in the April provincial council elections, with electoral officials receiving millions of afghanis in bribes.Noor, also... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): New NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Friday vowed the alliance’s continued support to Afghanistan including financial aid, saying their 12,000 troops would stay on to train and assist Afghan forces post 2014.Stoltenberg was speaking... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok):  Hundreds of people have registered to donate blood to the civil hospital in northern Balkh province in deference to the holy month of Muharram, an official said on Sunday.Dr. Mohammad Shafique, a surgeon responsible... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Businessmen on Tuesday accused the central government of “a dual-faced policy” towards the Hairatan dry port in northern Balkh province.Addressing a press conference in Mazar-i-Sharif, the provincial capital, the Oil... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The bustling Hairatan port can be flooded if River Amu water is not controlled in time, the Balkh National Disaster Management Authority chief warned on Wednesday.Thousands of acres of land would be inundated over the next... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Two gunmen wearing police uniform opened indiscriminate firing at the police headquarters of northern Balkh province, injuring 18 people, including nine policemen, on Sunday, an official said.The police had gathered for a... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Suspected Taliban insurgents shot dead a local police commander along with his guest in a mountainous area in northern Balkh province, police said on Friday.Khiyal Mohammad, the local police commander in the Sholgar... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The import of low quality industrial products to northern Balkh province has concerned female local industrialists, who are struggling to find market for their goods.According to the provincial Women’s Affairs Department,... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok):  Scores of young people gathered in Mazar Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, urging the president-elect to give them an effective role in his administration.Meeting at the Balkh provincial council office,... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Four civilians were wounded in a pre-noon explosion in the capital of northern Balkh province on Wednesday, an official said.The bomb exploded in the Ibn-i-Sena Square northeast of the Hazrat Ali (RA) mausoleum at 11am,... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The governor of northern Balkh province on Monday said he was not against the unity government decision, but he had been hoping people’s real determination towards democracy would be given a priority.Atta Mohammad Noor,... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Eight newly-constructed community centres, benefitting nearly 1,450 families, have been inaugurated in northern Samangan province, an official said on Thursday.A spokesman for the National Solidarity Programme (NSP) in the... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): A female journalist has been stabbed to death in broad daylight in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, officials said.Palwasha Tokhi, who worked for the Bayan Radio station in Balkh, came under attack... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Balkh Governor Atta Mohammad Noor on Thursday said he would never accept a government elected through electoral fraud.Addressing a Martyrs Week gathering in Mazar-i-Sharif, the provincial capital, he declared the Abdullah-... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Residents of northern Balkh province say their foremost demand from the next president is good governance.Dealing with illegal armed groups, doing away with administrative corruption, extending development activities to... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Hajj flights transporting pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia were started from Mazar-e-Sharif, the provincial capital of northern Balkh province, an official said Saturday.Qari Hayatullah, director Hajj and Religious Ministry,... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The uncertain electoral process has had no significant impact on the affairs and revenues of the municipality department of northern Balkh province, the mayor said on Wednesday.Mohammad Yunus Muqim told Pajhwok Afghan News... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Unidentified gunmen have shot dead three young boys in northern Balkh and Faryab provinces, officials said on Monday.Two boys were gunned down by unidentified motorcyclists in the Sharsharak area on Mazar-Shiberghan highway, Balkh... read more
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): The number of local tourists from various parts of the country to northern Takhar province has increased following improvement in the security situation and pavement of highways, officials said on Tuesday.The tourist season got a... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The once flourishing copper industry is teetering on the verge of collapse in northern Balkh province, thanks to imports of cheap foreign goods, residents say.Coppersmiths confirm their business has long been on a downward... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Officials of education department said on Saturday that construction work on 150 school buildings were underway in northern Balkh province.Qais Mehrain, director education department, said that the ongoing year would... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Some 150 lorry drivers on Tuesday staged a protest rally in the capital of northern Balkh province against the municipality for what they called charging heavy taxes at high security areas.The drivers, who supplied... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): A military commander and three shadow district chiefs were among 12 militants arrested in the northern Balk province, an official said on Sunday.Maj. Gen. Abdul Rehman Rahimi, the provincial police chief, told a press... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): More than 1,000 people would be taken to Saudi Arabia from northern Balkh province for the performance of Haj this year, an official said on Saturday.A total of 1,400 people, including 346 women, have registered themselves... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The governor of northern Balkh province on Tuesday said the release of preliminary results by the Independent Election Commission (IEC) had paved the way for a parallel government.Governor Atta Mohammad Noor wrote this on... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Attending a gathering in the capital of northern Balkh province, students from various universities on Sunday urged President Hamid Karzai to sign the higher education law.The gathering was organized by the Afghanistan... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Two civilians were killed and at least 9 others were injured on Thursday evening when a bomb went off in front of a marketplace in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif.The explosion occurred in front of the Kifayat market... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Marking World Anti-Narcotics Day, participants of a gathering in the capital of northern Balkh province on Saturday raised their concerns about increasing poppy cultivation, drug smuggling and use in the country.Religious... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Five people were killed and 16 others wounded in an accident in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, on Saturday, an official said.The incident took place in Kabul Kamarband area at 7:00am, when a... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Seven policemen have been killed in a militant attack in the Chamtal district of northern Balkh province, an official said on Friday.Abdul Matin, the district chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News dozens of Taliban on motorbikes... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said on Thursday fatalities among children had increased in Afghanistan in one year.UNAMA human rights head Benjamin Clark told reporter in Mazar-i-Sharif that... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) chief for northern Balkh province on Monday confirmed receiving 48 objections about fraud and other irregularities during Saturday’s runoff polls.IECC official Dad... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Sixteen people were wounded in a bomb explosion near the Hazrat Ali (RA) mausoleum in the capital of northern Balkh province on Monday, an official said.The blast occurred in front of Tahiri Business Centre east of the... read more
MAZAR-E-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Governor of northern Balkh province Atta Mohammad Noor said on Saturday he would warmly congratulate Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai if he won the ballot in a fair and transparent way.Voting in the runoff presidential election... read more
MAZAR-E-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Officials of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Tuesday alleged local warlords backed by some security officials have beaten up its staff in northern Balkh province.The IEC officials said former local commanders... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Following the launch of flights from Maulana Jalaludin Mohammad Balkhi international airport to foreign countries in northern Balkh province had helped increase in airport’s revenue by four times, an official said.According... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Senior security officials on Saturday started consultations on how to improve and maintain security in the northern zone in the lead-up to and during the June 14 presidential runoff elections.Security officials from the... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) said on Monday an additional 150 polling sites would open on the voting day in northern Balkh province, where 13 polling stations are under high security threat.A gathering was... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Civil society activists on Sunday held a gathering in the capital of northern Balkh and highlighted the importance of the runoff presidential elections due on June 14.Organised by the non-governmental organisation “... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The Kabul-Mazar-i-Sharif highway, blocked by recent floods, has been reopened for traffic, an official said on Tuesday.Recent floods destroyed a 100-kilometre portion of the highway in the Tash Qarghan Tangi area of Khulam... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The US on Tuesday hoped the two frontrunners in the Afghan presidential elections would respect the electoral bodies’ decision on outcome of the looming second round of polls.Outgoing US civilian representative in northern... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Up to 50 families have been displaced by a looming landslide in the Dara-i-Sauf Bala district of northern Samangan province, an official said on Tuesday.Ahmad Ali Hassani, the district’s administrative head, told Pajhwok... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The customs department’s daily revenue has fallen by 50 percent due to the closure of the Kabul-Balkh highway, officials said on Monday.A 100-metre section of the highway was washed away by flash floods four days ago in the... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The Swedish senior civilian representative in northern Afghanistan on Saturday said his country had set aside $2.2 billion in aid to the war-torn country over the next decade.Jonas Westerlund said this at a ceremony marking... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): About 275,000 afghanis and clothing have been collected in northern Balkh province for families affected by a devastating landslide and floods, officials said on Thursday.  The donation was collected at a tent erected... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Balkh Governor Atta Mohammad Noor on Tuesday hailed the April 5 elections as a success, but accused some election officials of being partial in tallying votesNoor was addressing a gathering in Mazar-i-Sharif to pay tributes... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Wednesday said recount process of the April 5 election votes in northern Balkh province completed while the votes of three ballot boxes invalidated.Provincial IECC... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Sunday said it had recommended placing under quarantine ballot boxes of 26 polling centres in northern Balkh province.They said a vote recount and audit into 50 of... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Some ballot boxes have been found faulty after being interfered with by some warlords and their votes are likely to be declared invalid in northern Balkh province, an official said on Tuesday.The Independent Election... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC)’s main office in Kabul on Tuesday ordered a recount of votes cast at 50 polling stations in northern Balkh province, an official said.IEC regional chief in Mazar-i-Sharif, the... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) officials on Monday started recounting votes of quarantined ballot boxes in northern Balkh province.The vote recount in Mazar-i-Sharif began in the presence of election... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): So far 123 complaints about fraud and other irregularities in last weekend’s elections had been lodged in northern Balkh province, with ballot boxes of 17 polling centres recommended to be quarantined, officials said on... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): A 17-year-old high school graduate, who topped the university entrance test last fall, on Thursday said bringing positive changes to the lives of Afghan women would be her mission.Shuhra, who obtained 352 marks and booked a... read more
MARZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The April 5 elections had been successful and without any untoward incident in northern Balkh province, the police chief said on Tuesday.Brig. Gen. Abdur Rahman Rahimi told reporters in Mazar-i-Sharif that security forces... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): A photography exhibition of ancient minarets of southern Ghazni province was inaugurated on Tuesday in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province.The exhibition showcasing dozens of pictures of historic minarets... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The Untied States of America on Tuesday asked Afghan authorities to consider a quick conclusion of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) after successful election on April 5.Peter G Kaestner, the USA consul in Mazar-i-... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok):  Ballot boxes and other electoral materials from all polling stations have reached the capital of northern Balkh province, an official said on Monday.The counting of votes came to an end at 2am last night in Balkh,... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Votes were cast on Saturday in all polling centres across northern Balkh province, where the turnout was double in comparison with past elections, an official said on Sunday.Independent Election Commission (IEC) chief in... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Two gunmen on Sunday attacked a warehouse where ballot boxes had been placed in the capital of northern Balkh province, but the incident caused no damage, officials said.The incident took place at around 11:00am, when... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Balkh Governor Atta Mohammad Noor on Saturday hoped for presidential candidate Dr. Abdullah Abdullah’s victory in the historic polls.Speaking to journalists at the Fatima Balkhi High School, Noor said Dr. Abdullah had... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Presidential runner Mohammad Shafiq Gul Agha Sherzai on Sunday urged residents of northern Balkh province to vote for him if they wanted fast-paced progress and development of the country.Thousands of people attended the... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): With the presidential election scheduled for next week, leading candidate Dr. Zalmai Rassoul on Thursday pledged to fight administrative corruption and crackdown on land-grabbers if won the April 5 vote.His government will... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Presidential runner Hidayat Amin Arsala on Wednesday promised sincere peace negotiations with Taliban if he won the April 5 election.Addressing hundreds of supporters in Mazar-i-Sharif, Arsala said: “The Afghans need peace... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): A military commander on Monday said 7,000 Afghan National Army (ANA) troops would be deployed to assist other security forces in maintaining security during and after the April 5 elections in the northern zone.Gen. Zalmai... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The traditional flag-hoisting (Janda Bala) ceremony, marking the new solar year, was held in Mazar-i-Sharif, the centre of Nawroz festivities, on Friday.Thousands of men, women, children, government officials and foreign... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) office in northern Balkh province on Monday said its activities in some districts had come to a standstill due to bad weather conditions.Izzat Arman, the office head, told Pajhwok... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Strict security measures have been put in place in northern Balkh province ahead of Nawroz celebrations scheduled for March 21, officials said.Every year, Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of Balkh, hosts the Persian New Year... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Unidentified gunmen beat a journalist until he was unconscious and also shot him in the capital of northern Balkh province, the victim and police said on Tuesday.With wound marks visible on his face, Mukhtar Wafaee, in-... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The Independent Human Rights Commission (IHRC) on Sunday said 57 percent residents of northern Balkh province were interested the April 5 elections and the remaining 44 called the vote as symbolic, citing a survey.The... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): German Ambassador to Afghanistan Martin Jager on Thursday joined Afghan officials at a ceremony marking the inauguration of four newly-constructed buildings for border police personnel in northern Balkh province.Constructed... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The voter registration process has intensified with the launch of electioneering for the provincial council elections in northern Balkh province, an official said on Thursday.The Independent Election Commission (IEC)... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): US ambassador to Afghanistan James B Cunningham on Tuesday said the trust-deficit caused by the delays in concluding the bilateral security agreement had left Washington struggling with political and technical problems.... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The anti-corruption department head in the northern zone has been transferred to the eastern zone after he developed serious differences with the Balkh governor’s house.Governor Atta Mohammad Noor has reportedly signed and... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The governor’s house has formally asked public departments not to cooperate with anti-corruption officials in northern Balkh province, an official said on Monday.Senior anti-corruption official in the northern zone,... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): A large number of people took part a candlelight vigil organised by civil society activists in northern Balkh province to pay homage to the slain Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers killed in Ghaziabad district of eastern... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Dozens of businessmen from neighbouring Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan on Tuesday joined their Afghan colleagues in the capital of northern Balkh province at a day-long conference on improving trade relations.Around 40 traders... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): People with disabilities in northern Balkh province on Wednesday complained none of the 11 presidential candidates has any policy on promoting their civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights.The views were... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The Information and Culture Department on Wednesday announced retaking a house from its illegal occupants after two decades in the capital of northern Balkh province.Director Saleh Mohammad Khaleeq told a press conference... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The presence of illegal armed individuals continues to pose a serious threat to the security situation in northern Afghanistan, a senior police official said on Tuesday.Brig. Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahimi, the police chief of... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Chief of Army Staff Gen. Sher Mohammad Karimi on Monday said Afghan security forces were capable enough to deal with the country’s security challenges.Gen. Karimi, who visited northern provinces to examine security measures... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): At least 2,000 people have been killed during the last six months in traffic accidents in the country, the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) revealed on Monday.Officials of Public Works Department,... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): A Higher Education Ministry official said on Monday the process of conducting the university entrance test had begun in northern Balkh province, where more than 25,000 high school graduates were expected to sit the exams... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): More than a dozen people were killed in a car accident in northern Sar-I-Pul province, an official said on Saturday.The casualties happened as the vehicle the civilians were travelling in slipped over snow and overturned in... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): A tribal leader campaigning for presidential candidate Dr. Abdullah Abdullah was gunned down northern Sar-i-Pul province on Saturday morning.On Feb. 1, two members of the frontline presidential runner’s campaign office were... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): At least 32 polling stations have been closed in central Sar-i-Pul province due to growing insecurity and continuous threats from militants, a top security official said on Thursday.Col. Ghulam Sakhi Haidari told Pajhwok... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Civil society activists in northern Balkh province on Wednesday warned a shortage of ballot papers could deprive millions of people of casting their votes in the April elections -- a concern dismissed by election officials.... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Six people and hundreds of livestock have been killed and key link roads closed by three successive days of heavy snowfall in northern Afghanistan, an official said on Tuesday.But security forces have been able to protect... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Residents have been illegally mining coalfields in northern Samangan province, officials said on Thursday.In Dara-i-Sauf Payan district, a coalmine in Gola area is illegally dug up by local residents, the district chief,... read more
MAZAR-E-SHARIF (Pajhwok): An official of Nai, an organisation that supports free media in Afghanistan, on Monday warned that 30 percent of news outlets were about to be closed because of financial constraints. Mujeeb Khilwatgar, the chief executive... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok):  The Taliban kidnapped an 18-year-old man on Friday, shot him dead and set his body alight in a gruesome incident in northern Balkh province, police said.Balkh police spokesman Lal Mohammad Ahmadzai told Pajhwok Afghan... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Police have arrested two persons in a triple murder case and a father for allegedly killing his daughter in northern Balkh province, an official said on Friday.The pair had fled to Balkh after reportedly killing three road... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The number of factories has more than doubled this solar year in northern Balkh province, a trader representative said on Tuesday.In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, Dr. Mohammad Hashim Barna, the Balkh... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A debate on “Youth and Elections” was held in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, on Thursday, with participants discussing civil society’s role in the April presidential and provincial council polls.The... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A Taliban deputy military commander for the Zari district of northern Balkh province, Mullah Azam, has been killed along with an accomplice during a security operation, an official said on Sunday.Azam was killed by the Afghan... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Eight large cold storage facilities for fresh fruits are being constructed in six provinces and would be ready for use over the next 23 months, an official said on Sunday.Deputy Agriculture Minister Mir Amanuddin Haideri, who... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A high-level delegation on Wednesday reached Aibak to probe violent protests in the capital of northern Samangan province, an official said.Two protestors were killed and more than a dozen others wounded during a clash with... read more
MAZAR-I-Sharif (PAN): Two protestors were killed and more than a dozen others wounded during a clash with police in Aibak, the capital of northern Samangan province, officials said. The injured include five policemen.The incident happened at 8am... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The municipality department in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, on Tuesday announced a 40 percent increase in its revenue and acknowledged its failure to utilise its development budget during the ongoing... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): An oil-processing plant owned by the Ghazanfar Group has resumed activities after four months of closure at the Hairatan port in northern Balkh province, officials said on Monday.Having the capacity of refining 500 tons of oil... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF/ HERAT CITY (PAN): Two exhibitions showcasing hundreds a wide variety handicrafts and artefacts -- began simultaneously in Balkh and Herat provinces on Tuesday, officials said.The Balkh and Herat exhibitions -- “Freedom Plan” and “Who... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The UN and the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation on Tuesday began distributing aid to over 500 vulnerable families in the northern zone to help them in the harsh winter season.Fahim Hamdard, UN public relations officer in... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The provincial Independent Election Commission (IEC) has said elections face no technical hurdles in northern Balkh province but insecurity is the biggest obstacle.Ajmal Ahadi, provincial deputy of the IEC, while talking at a... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Nearly 1,000 boys and girls took part on Thursday in a marathon aimed at maximising people’s participation in next year’s landmark elections in northern Balkh province.Arranged by Gazinash 93, a joint group of media and civil... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A large number of civil society activists on Tuesday warned the country could plunge into fresh political turmoil if the April 2014 elections were rigged.The activists, who gathered in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The deputy governor, who survived a suicide attack a day earlier, said on Monday such incidents would not bust his morale or deter officials of northern Balkh province from efficiently performing their duties.Deputy Governor... read more
MAZAR-E-SHARIF (PAN): Members of civil society groups across the country met here Tuesday to mull over ways of enhancing coordination ahead of next year’s elections.The gathering was held at the High Peace Committee office in Mazar-i-Sharif, the... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Civil society groups on Thursday marked International Art Day in northern Balkh province, one activist said.Marked on Nov. 7 each year was marked in Balkh with financial support from Media Tech and some civil society networks... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): One worker was killed and another injured when a coalmine partially collapsed in the Dara-i-Sauf Bala district of northern Samangan province, officials said on Thursday.Governor Khairullah Anosh told Pajhwok Afghan News a... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A road linking Balkhab district with the capital of northern Sar-i-Pul province was closed as a result of heavy snowfall, hindering election materials’ transfer to the town, officials said on Thursday.The snowfall started in... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Residents of the Sancharak district of northern Sar-i-Pul province said on Monday they had funded the construction of a four-kilometre road with their own resources.When the district municipality ignored their repeated requests... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Residents and public representatives say the voter registration campaign is yet to be extended to remote parts of northern Samangan province a result of road blockades.Provincial council member Ahmad Ali Shah Tamaski told... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Provincial council members on Sunday said rising insecurity would have a bitter impact on next year’s elections in northern Sar-i-Pul province.However, security officials said they saw nothing potentially worrisome to endanger... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Two workers of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) regional office and three policemen were wounded in a rocket attack in northern Sar-i-Pul province, an official said on Sunday.The overnight rocket strike occurred in the... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The newly-appointed police chief for northern Balkh province, Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahimi, on Saturday pledged to prioritise security, counterinsurgency and anti-corruption efforts.An introduction ceremony for the police chief in... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A representative of people with disabilities in the High Peace Council (HPC) on Thursday asked the government to print ballot papers in Braille to help the blind exercise their franchise right in next year’s elections.Syed... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Four Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed and as many wounded when their vehicle struck a roadside bombing in northern Sar-i-Pul province, officials said on Wednesday.The incident took place in Kohistanat district... read more
MAZARSHARIF (PAN): Some residents of the capital of northern Sar-i-Pul province on Monday warned of migrating from the city due to harassment at the hands of Afghan Local Police (ALP).But security officials insisted no family had been displaced so... read more
SARI PUL CITY (PAN): Residents of northern Sari Pul province on Monday said they have been facing numerous problems due to lack irrigation water and education facilities.They added farmers could not cultivate 50 percent of farmland across the... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): An agreement on oil and gas extraction from the Afghan-Tajik basin in northeastern Afghanistan was signed on Tuesday with three companies, which would invest $12 billion in the energy-starved country, an official said.A... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Residents of some areas in northern Balkh province on Saturday said they were not satisfied with the performance of mobile voter registration teams.They complained the mobile teams would not travel to populated areas,... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Work on a railroad between the Kaldar district of Balkh province and Tajikistan would be launched in the next six months, an official said on Thursday.At a press conference in Mazar-i-Sharif, Public Works Minister Najibullah... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Senior officials from northern and northeastern provinces on Wednesday held a meeting behind closed doors in Balkh province to discuss security for next year’s elections.Journalists were barred from covering the meeting that... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Nine people, including five children, were killed and as many others sustained injuries when two passenger cars crashed on the Kabul-Mazar-i-Sharif highway in northern Samangan province, an official said on Thursday.The head-on... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Security officials in northern Sar-i-Pul province on Thursday claimed detaining the Taliban military commission’s head.Juma Khan was detained with cooperation from intelligence agents of neighbouring Balkh province, the deputy... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Two men have been arrested with weapons for allegedly collecting Ushr (Zakat) from farmers in the Chamtal district of northern Balkh province, security officials said on Tuesday.The pair was apprehended in the Ali Baba area... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A former senator from the Kohistanat area of northern Sar-i-Pul province has joined the Taliban, the insurgent movement claimed on Tuesday.In a statement on its website, the movement identified the former lawmaker as Qazi Abdul... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF/AIBAK (PAN): Twenty-seven workers have been killed during an explosion inside a coalmine in northern Samangan province, officials said on Sunday.  Five people have been missing and 30 others trapped in the mine in Ravi Do Aab... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul, also a likely presidential hopeful, has offered Balkh governor Atta Mohammad Noor the post of first vice-president in return for supporting his group in the upcoming presidential elections.Noor’... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The United States is not backing any particular candidate for next year’s presidential election in Afghanistan, an American civilian representative said on Tuesday.Peter Kastner, the US civilian representative in northern... read more
SAR-I-PUL (PAN): Officials of Sar-i-Pul on Saturday accused the Ministry of Information and Culture of ignoring the central province, where cultural activities have long come to a standstill.In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News,... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Incidents of rape and self-immolation among women have been on the increase in northern Sar-i-Pul province, an official said on Thursday.So far 125 cases of violence against women have been registered in the province since the... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Defence Minister Gen. Bismillah Khan Mohammadi on Wednesday said Afghan security forces should be strengthened instead of keeping foreign troops in the country beyond 2014.“It is not the solution to keep foreign forces in... read more
SAR-I-PUL (PAN): Police have detained the husbands of two women allegedly raped a month back in northern Sar-i-Pul province, the women’s affairs director alleged on Tuesday.Nasima Arzo told Pajhwok Afghan News the two women were sexually assaulted... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The education director for northern Balkh province was accused on Saturday of administrative corruption and abusing female employees of the department.At a press conference in Mazar-i-Sharif, the provincial capital, former... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A market expansion programme was launched small private-sector entities in northern Balkh province to development, officials said on Thursday.Already executed in Kabul, Nangarhar and Herat provinces, programme would be... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Friday’s fire at a multi-storey market in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, caused financial losses worth millions of dollars, shopkeepers said on Saturday, asking the government for compensation.About 200... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A 10-kilometer road, connecting two districts, is being constructed and blacktopped in northern Balkh province, officials said on Wednesday.Funded by Germany, the road will facilitate residents of Balkh and Chamtal districts,... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A total of 52 pairs tied the knot at a mass marriage ceremony held in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, on Monday, thanks to three businessmen who financially supported the event that cost $40,000.The... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Kuchi tribesmen on Tuesday asked the government to create mobile voter registration centres for them in northern Balkh province.They warned 95 percent of nomadic families could be deprived of getting voter cards if mobile... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Unknown men raped and strangled to death and hanged a 13-year-old boy from a tree in the capital of northern Sar-i-Pul province, officials and family said on Tuesday.Sar-i-Pul police chief Brig. Gen. Abdul Rauf Taj said the boy... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Officials said on Monday they had made elaborate arrangements for Eidul Fitr to avert possible terrorist activity in northern Balkh province.Police chief Brig. Gen. Salam Ihsas told a press conference in Mazar-i-Sharif, the... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A senior anti-corruption official on Sunday said two officials were foiled in their bid to steel 400 tonnes of wheat flour from a warehouse at the Hairatan port in northern Afghanistan.Shamsullah Javed, the High Office of... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Journalists in northern provinces say incidents of violence and threats against them are on the increase.The Journalists Union head for the northern zone, Gulab Shah Bawar, told Pajhwok Afghan News the officials concerned were... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Balkh Governor Atta Mohammad Noor on Tuesday said the approval of a draft law on census was not acceptable for.Due to a lack of quorum and a walkout by some lawmakers, the Wolesi Jirga’s decision was shorn of legitimacy, said... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Trade barriers in northern Afghanistan, especially Balkh province, stem from political issues, including Uzbekistan’s improper attitude to its landlocked neighbour, an official said on Tuesday.Director of Commerce Mohammad... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Gunmen shot dead three guards of a private bank and escaped with id="mce_marker" million before setting the branch on fire in an attack in northern Balkh province, officials said on Monday.The overnight attack was carried out... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A vocational training and literacy programme, a UN-funded project, was launched for inmates at the central jail in northern Balkh province on Tuesday, an official said.Around 140 detainees, including 60 women, would learn... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The provincial chapter of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) on Sunday said some US traders had evinced an interest in investments in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province.During a... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Women’s representation in the police force is significantly low due to certain social problems, security officials in northern Balkh province acknowledged on Sunday.There were fewer women in the police force than needed, Col.... read more
SAR-I-PUL CITY/SHIBERGHAN (PAN): As Rashid Dostum’s supporters called off their protest in Jawzjan on Saturday, his hundreds others supporters staged a protest rally in Sar-i-Pul province against the Jawzjan governor.Most shops in Sar-i-Pul city... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Germany on Thursday said it would extend necessary support to the peace talks with the Taliban if the insurgents embraced the Afghan constitution and severed ties with Al Qaeda.Speaking at a joint press conference with Balkh... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Construction work on a railroad connecting Afghanistan with neighbouring Turkmenistan has been launched and it would take two years to complete, the public works minister said on Sunday.Najibullah Awzhan said construction of... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Protestors in northern Sar-i-Pul province on Tuesday accused a doctor of raping a midwife, demanding his trial, officials said. Hundreds of people took to the streets in the provincial capital, blaming the doctor for... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A reconstructed terminal at the Maulana Jalaluddin Balkhi International Airport in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, was inaugurated on Sunday.The inaugural ceremony was attended by German Foreign Minister... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Germany on Sunday formally opened its consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, at a special ceremony attended by senior officials.The inaugural ceremony was attended by German Foreign Minister Guido... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): An American diplomat in the northern Afghanistan on Thursday hoped the Afghans would actively participate in next year’s presidential and provincial council elections.Peter Kaestner told a news conference in Mazari-Sharif the... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (APN): Tribal elders from the northern zone met held a traditional assembly in Mazar-i-Sharif to discuss possible problems in the lead-up to next year’s presidential and provincial council elections.Arranged by the People’s... read more
MAIMANA/SAR-I-PUL (PAN): Nearly a hundred schoolgirls were hospitalised after falling sick due to suspected poisonous gas attacks in northern Faryab and Sari-i-Pul provinces, officials said on Sunday.First the incident took place at the Jamshidi... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Death sentences were handed down on Saturday to two women who allegedly killed a child in northern Balkh province, an official said.Nasima and Latifa were sentenced to death at an open train by the primary urban court in Mazar-... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Two newly-constructed buildings for schools were inaugurated on Thursday in northern Balkh province, officials said.One of buildings for Seikh Mohammad Siddique High School cost $150,000 which had been provided by the UN-... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A motorcycle exploded with a big bang after caching fire in a car parking facility at the governor's house in northern Sar-i-Pul province, but no one was hurt, police said on Sunday.The fire spread to another motorcycle,... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The story of seven women, who survived threats to their lives while campaigning for women's rights, was narrated at a gathering held in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, on Saturday.Arranged by Sweden, the... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Anti-Pakistan protests continued on Thursday when hundreds of people belonging to different walks of life staged a three-kilometre march in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province. Anti-Pakistan sentiments among... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Residents of Chamtal district in northern Balkh province on Wednesday claimed police had destroyed poppy crops over hundreds of acres, but officials rejected the claim, saying the illicit plant had not been planted in any part... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Hundreds of people on Wednesday rallied against Pakistan for the May 1 border skirmish with Afghan forces in eastern Nangarhar province.Spiritual leaders, students, government officials, shopkeepers and others staged a... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Four people were killed and eight vehicles torched during two separate incidents in northern Balkh province, an official said on Saturday.Three employees of a road construction company were killed and as several others injured... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Forty-eight prisoners were released on Thursday from a jail in northern Balkh province in compliance with a presidential decree issued on April 28, an official said.Beneficiaries of the presidential orders included nine women,... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Hundreds of high school graduates on Sunday thronged a sports ground in northern Balkh province to appear in a police recruitment exam, an official said.Nearly 400 students from Balkh, Samangan, Sari-Pul, Jawzjan and Faryab... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) commander in the northern zone has said Afghan security personnel have the capacity to secure the 2014 elections on their own.Addressing a news conference in Mazar-i-Sharif on... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Construction work on a mega technical and vocational institute was launched in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, on Tuesday, a senior education official said.Deputy Education Minister Mohammad Asif Nang... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The newspaper industry in northern Balkh province is struggling to survive in the face of security concerns, declining readership and self-censorship.No new newspaper could hit stalls in the province over the past three years... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Outgoing American Consulate Office head in this northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, Keith Mines, on Monday said the US was playing the role of a supporter in talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.On his last day in... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Scores of girl athletes participated in a race against corruption in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, on Sunday.More than 100 girls ran from the Shaheed Zabihullah Square to the Hazrat Ali (RA) Mausoleum... read more
KABUL (PAN): Kuchi families in northern Balkh province claim powerful individuals have grabbed their pasture measuring 4,500 acres of land and have been refusing to allow them to graze their sheep on the land over the past more than a decade.The... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A newly-built underground market was inaugurated in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, officials said on Wednesday.Mayor Mohammad Yunus Muqim told the inauguration ceremony the market constructed over 500... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A private university chancellor was found dead on Monday, two days after he was abducted by unknown gunmen near Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, police said.The Mualana Jalaluddin Balkhi University head,... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A new major offensive codenamed "Oqab" (eagle) targeting insecure areas to pave the ground for the fourth phase of the security transition was launched in northern zone on Saturday, an official said.Talking to reporters in... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The chancellor of a private university has been kidnapped by unidentified gunmen in northern Balkh province, officials said on Saturday.The Maulana Jalaluddin Mohammad Balkhi University chancellor was kidnapped late on Saturday... read more
KABUL (PAN): Police have detained and charged four men with gang rape of two girls in northern Balkh and western Herat provinces, officials said on Saturday, adding a hunt for another two rapists on the loose was underway.The detainees included a... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A new building for the engineering faculty of Balkh University was opened on Wednesday when the foundation stones for a girls’ hostel and three faculties were laid on the campus in Mazar-i-Sharif, officials said.Higher... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The gap between residents of Charbulak district in northern Balkh province and the government has narrowed, claims the district chief, citing the establishment of a local police force and efforts at reconstruction.Zabihullah... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Visiting Turkish Defence Minister Ismet Yilmaz, renewing his country's commitment to continued assistance to Afghanistan, has said regular flights between Turkey and Balkh province will begin soon. Yilmaz, who arrived before... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A hundred militants have been killed and 60 others wounded during a security operation in remote northern Badakhshan province, a military commander claimed on Saturday. The militant casualties happened in the first phase of... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The threat of landmines and unexploded ordnance continues to threaten human lives in many parts of northern Afghanistan, where 517 minefields in a 20 square kilometres area are yet to be cleared, an official said on Wednesday... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A key opposition alliance on Sunday warned next year's presidential elections would not be transparent if the government clung to its anti-democratic approach to a proposed poll law.National Coalition of Afghanistan spokesman... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Three schoolteachers were shot dead by unidentified gunmen in the Dawlatabad district of northern Balkh province, an official said.The teachers came under attack on their way to school in the Hashimabad area of the district,... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The security situation in 80 percent areas of Afghanistan is stable, the International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) said on Tuesday.Afghan security personnel would gin complete control across the country by the end of this... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Amid tight security, Balkh Governor Atta Mohammad Noor on Thursday inaugurated a flag-hoisting ceremony, marking the new solar year in Mazar-i-Sharif, the centre of Nawroz festivities.Thousands of men, women, children,... read more
 SHABARGHAN/MAZA-I-SHARIF (PAN): A police officer was killed after being kidnapped by unidentified gunmen in northern Jawzjan province on Tuesday, an official said. Mohammad Tahir was seized on Shiberghan-Khwaja Dokoh road at 4:30pm and shot... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A senior Afghan military official on Saturday warned the insurgents had shifted their focus on northern Afghanistan to infiltrate the ranks of police to conduct insider attacks and threaten the security situation.Addressing a... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Construction of a new water supply system has begun in the ancient Balkh City, a large urban site west of Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The 92nd anniversary of the Afghan - Turkish Alliance Treaty was marked as Friendship Day in Mazar-i-Sharif, the provincial capital of northern Balkh, on TuesdayHigh-ranking officials from Kabul and northern provinces... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The customs office at the Hairatan Dry Port in northern Balkh province was closed after a private firm’s chief traded blows with a senior official on Monday afternoon.Customs Director Shafiq Osmani was wounded as a result of... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The Appellant Court on Saturday upheld the death sentence awarded to a man for raping a 5-year-old girl in northern Balkh province.The ruling came at an open trial in Mazar-i-Sharif, the provincial capital, in presence of both... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A new International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) commander in the north on Thursday identified maintaining security in the zone as his top priority before the withdrawal of German forces.After a year of commanding ISAF... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Sixteen insurgents including their commander joined the government-initiated reconciliation process in northern Balkh province, an official said on Wednesday.    The group led by Khan Gull -- alias Haji Mir... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Foreign Minister Dr. Zalmai Rassoul on Tuesday said a new foreign policy concept for next decade had been sent to President Hamid Karzai for approval.Rassoul, who arrived in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Security forces have launched a search operation -- codenamed Omid (Hope) --against armed rebels and robbers in a vast desert between Jawzjan and Faryab provinces, an official said on Saturday.The commander of the 209th Shaheen... read more
KABUL (PAN): An Afghan NGO on Wednesday alleged huge contracts were being awarded to the individuals and firms having links with high-ranking government officials.Roohullah Ahmadzai, a spokesman for Harakat NGO, told Pajhwok Afghan News the private... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) on Wednesday organised a day-long seminar on creating an investment- friendly environment in the capital of northern Balkh province. Aimed at promoting investment... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Balkh women's affairs director Fariba Majid has applied for asylum in Finland after she visited the country as part of a training programme a month back, an official said on Thursday. Fariba flew to Helsinki to participate... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): US Ambassador to Afghanistan James B. Cunningham on Thursday said his country supported Afghanistan's election process in the lead up to 2014 presidential ballot, "not a particular candidate."Cunningham, who attended a joint... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A roadside bomb killed a district police chief along with three of his guards in the northern province of Balkh on Thursday, an official said.The blast in the afteroon killed Koshandi police chief, Col. Mamoor Nasir, and his... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The Freed and Fair Election Forum of Afghanistan (FEFA) on Tuesday warned the new draft electoral law would facilitate fraud in the polls.The draft law referred to the Wolesi Jirga for approval had flaws that increased the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Thirteen people were injured when a passenger bus collided with vehicle in a convoy of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in the northern province of Samangan, officials said on Monday.The incident took place around noon... read more
KABUL (PAN): Balkh Governor Atta Mohammad Noor on Sunday rejected rumours that he would be Zalmai Khalilzad’s running mate in the 2014 presidential election.Speaking at a news conference in the provincial capital, Noor said: "If at all, I jump into... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Seasoned politicians in northern Balkh province on Sunday accused the President Hamid Karzai-led government of failing to take measures to ensure a fair presidential ballot in 2014.The accusation was levelled at a press... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A motorcyclist was killed after being hit by NATO-led troop’s vehicle in the northern province of Balkh on Saturday, an official said.Ghulam Rasul died on the spot as he crashed his bike into the International Security... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Winter assistance, including food items, was delivered to nearly 2,000 families in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital city of northern Balkh province, officials said on Sunday.Each family received four bags of coal, a heater, two... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The director of labour and social affairs has been fined in a corruption case by a court in northern of Balkh province, an official said on Saturday.Director Gulalai Hotak was fined after she was charged along with five other... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A delegation is leaving for Tashkent in the nearest future to take up with the Uzbek authorities the issue of a stranded train loaded with dried fruit belonging to Afghan traders at the Hairatan port, officials in northern... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Uzbekistan has obstructed the export of 2,000 tonnes of dry fruit from Afghanistan to Russia through the Hairatan port, an official said on Monday.The dry fruit, belonging to Afghan businessmen from southern and northern parts... read more
 MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Four members of a family have been poisoned to death by unidentified individuals in the Dara-i-Sauf district of northern Samangan province, an official said on Saturday.        The... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): More than two thousand people, a majority of them females, on Sunday received certificates on completing an eight-month literacy course in northern Balkh province, an official said.The graduates, 80 percent of them women,... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Minister of Refugees and Repatriation Dr. Jamahir Anwari on Wednesday called the absence of shelters a major problem for the Afghans returning to the country.Speaking to journalists in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of Balkh... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Monday said the number of returnees to northern provinces from Pakistan and Iran had doubled in 2012. Nearly 4,005 families returned this year, compared with 2,... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): In addition to the Taliban, illegal armed groups are a threat to security in northern Afghanistan, the Disbandment of Illegal Armed Groups (DIAG) head said on Sunday.In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, Gen.... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Northern Sar-i-Pul police chief, Brig. Gen. Abdul Rauf Taj, says restoring public confidence in the force is his priority number one.In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, Gen. Taj called the lack of people’s trust... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Officials claimed foiling three possible suicide attacks in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, on Saturday.Three suicide vests and a landmine were seized and defused in the Charbolak district of the... read more
 MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Youngsters, chanting slogans against corruption, participated in a race in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, an official said on Friday.Clad in white, up to 200 youth took part in the two-kilometre... read more
MAZR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Almost 100 percent of border police in northern Afghanistan are professionally trained, but need equipment, an official said on Thursday.Gen. Syed Habib Syed Khel, border police chief in the northern, told Pajhwok Afghan News... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Reconstruction projects in some districts of northern Balkh province are being hampered by security problems, an official said on Wednesday.  Provincial council head, Dr. Mohammad Afzal Hadid, told Pajhwok Afghan News that... read more
 MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Two sisters committed suicide by eating a poisonous substance in Mazar-i- Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, officials said on Tuesday.The incident took place in Karta-i-Baghdi area of the city, the... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The government of Denmark on Wednesday pledged id="mce_marker"00 million (5.2 billion afs) in aid to Afghanistan over the next five years, an official said.Danish Minister for Development Cooperation Christian Friis Bach told... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN) One Afghan Local Police (ALP) member was killed and eight others, including three policemen, injured during an explosion in northern Balkh province on Monday, an official said.The bomb attached to a bicycle went off at 2:15pm in... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Balkh Governor Atta Mohammad Noor, known for his opposition to President Hamid Karzai, on Monday hinted at contesting the 2014 presidential election.“Though my candidacy isn’t final, I could jump into the electoral fray,” said... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A vocational training programme for rural girls, who could not continue higher education, was launched in northern Balkh province, an official said on Sunday.The World Bank (WB)-funded course, costing more than $2 million (107.... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A five-year-old girl was hospitalised after being sexually assaulted by a man in the Kaldar district of northern Balkh province, an official said on Sunday.Police spokesman, Sher Jan Durrani who visited the victim at a local... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Undeterred by cultural taboos and security threats, women are increasingly joining different sports in northern Balkh province, an official said on Wednesday.In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, Laila Sapi, in... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Some members of the Balkh provincial council members and lawmakers are interfering in Nahr-i-Shahi district court affairs, an official claimed on Monday.A member of the appellate court, Habibullah, told Pajhwok Afghan News some... read more
MAZAR-I-SHIF (PAN): Sixteen people were killed and as many others wounded during a roadside bomb explosion in northern Balkh province, officials said on Friday. The incident took place at around 9am when a civilian van struck the bomb in the... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): An anti-corruption official in the northern zone on Saturday alleged the menace of administrative graft was widespread in Balkh province.In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, the High Office of Oversight and Anti-... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) would help women in the northern zone to gain economic improvement, the alliance promised on Wednesday.Deputy Commander of Regional Command North Brig. Gen. John Bullard held... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Some representatives of civil society organisations in the northern Balkh province allege President Hamid Karzai wants to put pressure on media outlets, but others want journalists not to misuse the freedom of expression.Last... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Balkh Governor Atta Mohammad Noor on Saturday defended his administration’s decision to name a street in Mazar-i-Sharif, the provincial capital, after slain Iranian diplomats.Two months ago, the provincial administration... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Two public order police officials were among eight people died in a traffic accident in northern Balkh province on Saturday, police said.The public order police officials were travelling in a pick-up vehicle that crashed into... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A mega conference on women’s role in the government-initiated peace parleys with the insurgents was held in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balk province, on Thursday.High peace council representatives from nine... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Intelligence operatives on Monday foiled a terrorist attack in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, by detecting an explosive-laden vehicle, an official said.The governor's spokesman, Munir Farhad, told... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The governor of northern Balkh province, Atta Mohammad Noor, on Thursday criticised the High Peace Council’s strategy as ineffective.Some provincial chapters of the council might have made achievements, but the gains were far... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Journalists in northern Balkh province on Monday accused the Ministry of Information and Culture of trying to censor some media outlets. They also expressed grief over the death of five colleagues in a road tragedy in southern... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The US and Germany, promising continued assistance to Afghanistan, have stressed the need for accelerating the development and reconstruction process in the north.The deputy ambassadors of the two countries visited Mazar-i-... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): An oil tanker caught fire as a result of a collision with a car at the Hairatan dry port in northern Balkh province on Tuesday, an official said.The tanker caught fire after the accident at about 4.30pm, provincial deputy... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A seven-member rebel group joined the government-initiated reconciliation programme in northern Balkh province, an official said on Tuesday.Haji Akhtar Mohammad Ibrahim Khel, the local peace council head, told Pajhwok Afghan... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Five people were wounded when a bomb-rigged motorcycle went off in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, on Monday, an official said.The wounded, all civilians, were taken to a nearby hospital by police,... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Former insurgents who on Sunday joined the peace process in northern Balkh province accused Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the spy service, of motivating illiterate youth into embarking on armed resistance... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The Balkh provincial council chief on Wednesday rejected as irresponsible parliament’s position on naming a street in the northern province after slain Iranian diplomats.On Sunday, some Meshrano Jirga members condemned the move... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Insecurity has displaced more than 2,000 families over the past two years in northern Balkh province, an official said on Sunday.So far 5,000 displaced families had been registered, Director of Refugees Abdul Saboor Qadri told... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Unidentified gunmen shot dead the principal of the Ahmad Shah Abdali Girls’ High School in the northern province of Balkh, officials said on Saturday.The incident took place on Friday night when the armed men murdered Sima... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The insurgents’ morale has been busted in northern Afghanistan as a result of continued security operations, an official claimed on Wednesday.The Taliban had lost the courage to enter face-to-face combat with security forces,... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Three key insurgent commanders were killed and nearly a dozen fighters wounded in infighting among the Taliban in the northern province of Balkh, officials said on Sunday.The clash erupted between two rebel groups in the Gala... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Saturday promised they would not quit the northern zone till their Afghan partners stood on their own feet.Addressing a news conference in Mazar-i-Sharif, an ISAF commander... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A senior security official on Thursday said the Taliban were trying to penetrate police forces in northern Afghanistan.Chief of a police academy in north, Abdul Rahman Aqtash, told a press conference in Mazar-i-Sharif, the... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The production of melon and watermelon in the northern province of Balkh has doubled in 2012, compared to last year’s yield, officials and farmers said.In 2011, one grower said he earned 60,000 afghanis from half an acre of... read more
 MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN):  One police official was killed and three others were injured in a bomb blast in northern Balkh province on Thursday afternoon, officials said. The blast took place at around 4pm in front of the police... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Workers are finding it hard to find jobs in Mazar-i-Sharif city in northern Balkh province during the month of Ramadan and faced with rising expenses.A worker from Mazar-i-Sharif complained that his household expenses have... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Media practitioners on Monday urged the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to declare the ongoing week as a social media week.Dozens of local journalists and media officials attended a... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Police had arrested a man accused of sexually harassing a 13-year-old boy in northern Balkh province, an official said on Sunday.A day earlier, Mohammad Nasir, a resident of the Pul Zori village in Chamtal district, told the... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Local police forces have been deployed to Chamtal and Charbulak districts of northern Balkh province, officials said on Thursday.The force commander, Ali Shah Ahmadzai, told a ceremony the local policemen would not be able to... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The Independent Human Rights Commission voiced concern over the swelling civilian casualties, saying security incidents over the past month had increased in the northern zone.A statement from the human rights’ office in Mazar-i... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A Taliban-designated governor for northern Samangan province was killed along with four other rebels during a security operation, officials said on Monday.Police chief Abdul Khalil Andarabi told Pajhwok Afghan News that Afghan... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A private telecommunication company on Sunday launched third generation (3G) technology services in northern Balkh province, an official said.Etisalat marketing head for Balkh, Zabihullah Nazari, told Pajhwok Afghan News that... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): An 18-member militant group joined the reconciliation programme in the Chahar Bolak district of northern Balkh province, an official said on Wednesday.Led by regional Taliban commander Mullah Naqibullah, the group turned in 18... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Northern Balkh has become the second province after Kabul where high-ranking officials have been asked to declare their assets, authorities said on Saturday.To set the process in motion, the Balkh governor was asked to fill out... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A newly installed power sub-station with a 50-megawatt capacity that would benefit 50,000 families was inaugurated in Mazar-i-Sharif city, capital of northern Balkh province on Thursday. Water and Energy Minister Mohammad... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Dozens of Sorkhak girls’ high school students were poisoned on Sunday in the northern province of Sar-i-Pul, officials said.The incident took place at around 11am in the Sar-i-Pul city of the province but the cause of the... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): An Afghan National Army (ANA) official said on Tuesday they would shortly launch a new anti-Taliban operation -- codenamed Navid (Promise) -- in northern and northeastern provinces.The commander of 209th Shaheen Military Corps... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Moscow attaches more importance to its historical ties with Kabul than signing a strategic cooperation agreement, the Russian ambassador said on Saturday.Andrei Avetisyan, who arrived in Mazar-i-Sharif, told a press that Russia... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Three civilians were killed and five policemen injured in a suicide bomb attack near a health clinic in the Charbolak district of northern Balkh province on Tuesday, an official said. The explosion took place at around 12:... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The Hairatan dry port needs effective administration and management in addition to modern equipment to resolve traders’ problems, the minister of commerce and industries said on Wednesday.Addressing a news conference, Anwarul... read more
ZARANJ/MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Six people, including three women, were killed and three others injured during two separate incidents in southwestern Nimroz and northern Balkh provinces, officials said on Wednesday.A man and three women were killed in... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The concept of human rights in Afghanistan is derived from Islamic teachings, not from the western ideology, participants of a seminar in northern Balkh province said on Monday.Based on a research thesis, the conference “Islam... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The deputy counternarcotics minister on Thursday voiced concern at the increasing number of drug addicts and rising smuggling in northern Balkh province.The increase was troubling in that the ministry conducted poppy... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN) Interior Minister Bismillah Mohammadi on Wednesday said the security situation in the north had improved over the past few years, despite weaknesses in the police force.During a visit to northern Balkh province, the minister... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): An internationally funded 360-bed hospital started operations in Mazar-i-Sharif city, the capital of northern Balkh province on Saturday, officials said.Jointly funded by Germany and Sweden, the construction of the hospital... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The women’s affairs department in northern Balkh province on Thursday created a commission to fight violence against females, an official said.Women’s Affairs Minister Hassan Bano Ghazanfar, Governor Atta Mohammad Noor and... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): About 1,400 new Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were awarded certificates after completing nine weeks of training at 209 Shahin Military Corps in northern Balkh province on Thursday, an official said. The 1,411... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The governor of northern Balkh province on Tuesday renewed his opposition to the establishment of the proposed US military bases in Afghanistan.However, a number of provincial councils’ members from several provinces defended... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A major security operation -- codenamed Fourth Initiative -- was launched in northern Balkh province to flush out the Taliban from two districts, officials said on Tuesday.The offensive that started four days ago in Chamtal and... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The municipality department in northern Balkh province plans to double development funds for Mazar-i-Sharif this year, the mayor said on Tuesday.Twenty-five development projects would be implemented this fiscal year in the... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): More than 400 Taliban fighters were either killed or wounded during above 100 operations by Afghan soldiers and police in northern Balkh province over the past one year, an official said on Thursday.Speaking at a news... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Northern Balkh province governor on Saturday warned the country could once again plunge into a deep political turmoil after foreign troops pullout in 2014 if Afghans did not unite.Governor Atta Mohammad Noor urged all Afghans... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The incidents of violence against women declined by 40 percent in northern Balkh province during the outgoing solar year, an official said on Thursday.Women Affairs Director Fariba Majid told a press conference in Mazar-i-... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The border police commander for the northern zone on Tuesday said they needed policewomen to improve the performance of the force.Policewomen were needed to search females at ports, Gen. Abdul Habib Syedkhel told a meeting of... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) on Thursday said Afghan traders using the Hairatan port in northern Balkh province had been fined more than $10 million over the past 10 years by Uzbek authorities.On a... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) commander in the north, Brig. Gen.  Markus Kneip, on Sunday denounced the burning of the Quran by US troops as an unforgiveable mistake.The blasphemous act at the hands of... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF PAN): A robber and a policeman were killed during an armed clash on the Balk-Kunduz highway on Friday morning, an official said.Also, a thief was detained and a policeman injured in the incident that took place in the Khulam district... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A former jihadi commander was shot dead along with his brother by his foes in northern Balkh province on Saturday, police and residents said.Commander Mohammad Zahir was killed because of old enmity in the Sholgara district in... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Nearly 1,400 recruits of the Afghan National Army (ANA)’s 209th Shaheen Military Corps completed a basic training course in northern Balkh province on Saturday, officials said.The soldiers were awarded certificates on... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Seventy-seven dead bodies, found in various parts of Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, were buried over the past 11 months, officials said on Tuesday.Hunger, cold weather, poverty, personal enmities and... read more
MAZARISHARIF (PAN): A child was killed and six others were injured when a gas cylinder exploded in northern Balkh province, an official said on Tuesday.   The overnight blast took place in the Baba Yagar area of the provincial capital,... read more
KABUL/MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Hairatan port’s revenue amounting to 3.5 billion afghanis ($70.8 million) has been unaccounted, a senior anti-corruption official claimed on Sunday. But the port director dismissed the allegation as baseless.High Office... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Traders in northern Balkh province complain they are yet to benefit from the Mazar-i-Sharif-Hairatan railway line that was inaugurated some months ago.The 75-kilometre track, linking Mazar-i-Sharif with the Hairatan border town... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A mass grave, containing many corpses, was discovered west of Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, by road construction workers, a human rights official said on Saturday.The number of skulls was unknown, but... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A taxi driver was killed after being kidnapped by armed robbers in the Gosfandi district of northern Sar-i-Pul province, an official said on Saturday.The driver, who had been kidnapped from Mazar-i-Sharif, was found dead in the... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The security responsibility for northern Balkh province was transferred to Afghan forces on Wednesday as part of the second phase of transition, officials said.A ceremony marking the switch was held at the Governor's House and... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A 25-year-old woman gave birth to six children at a hospital in northern Balkh province, with doctors saying the mother and children are in good health.A doctor at the Balkh Civil Hospital, Abdul Rauf Farogh, told Pajhwok... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Ten armed insurgents were killed and 30 others detained during a joint operation in the Charkand district of northern Balkh province, officials said on Tuesday.The operation was conducted by the Afghan National Army (ANA)'s... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A mass grave, containing human bones and skulls, has been discovered in the Dehdadi district of northern Balkh province, an official said on Tuesday.The grave was found on Monday in Arzana desert, where a base of the 209th... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Residents of Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, say electricity remains suspended for 22 hours a day in the city, but officials promise solving the problem soon."We have the light for two hours in 24 hours... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A number of refugees in northern Balkh province said on Tuesday they were not helped by anyone in harsh winter months, but the Department of Refugee and Repatriation Affairs claimed assisting the needy families.Several foreign... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The Ministry of Education distributed 300 laptop computers to female students at the Fatima Balkhi School in northern Balkh province, an official said on Wednesday.Speaking at the distribution ceremony, Education Director Qais... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Members of Balkh provincial council claimed they had reduced the distance between people and the government, while residents rejected it and said the council had not paid attention to their problems.Current situation had... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A driver was killed and 14 people were wounded as a result of a traffic accident in northern Balkh province, an official said on Thursday.The mishap happened in Mazar-i-Sharif, the provincial capital, where a truck ploughed... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Afghan forces in the northern zone are ready to take the security responsibility from their international counterparts, officials said on Thursday -- the day the second phase of transition began in central Parwan province.The... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A 12-member rebel group joined peace process in the Nahr-i-Shahi district of northern Balkh province, an official said on Wednesday.Led by commander Sardar, the individuals surrendered in the Afghania town of the district, the... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A newly-constructed cricket stadium was inaugurated in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, on Sunday, officials said.The stadium has been built north of the city at a cost of $200,000 (9,588,000 afs)... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Agriculture officials of northern Balkh province on Thursday said they would provide facilities and encourage farmers to grow oil crops.The department would train farmers and support them to grow oil corps under a $800,000... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): One thousands tonnes of liquefied gas will be supplied today to Kabul and another 500 tonnes to northern provinces from the Hairatan Port in northern Balkh province, an official said on Tuesday.The supply would help overcome... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): At least 20 carpet shops were gutted in a fire that broke out in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, on Thursday, an official said.The fire originated from an electric short circuit at a rug market west of... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): In an effort to promote the cause of education, Godi Parwaz Theater organised a stage play and a photo exhibition at the cultural centre in northern Balkh province on Tuesday.A huge number of locals and theater lovers watched... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Residents of Chamtal and Charbolak districts of northern Balkh province on Saturday demanded reconstruction projects should go side by side with security operations in their areas.While hoping the offensives would lead to peace... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Two men were killed and five others injured in gunfire at a protestors in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, on Friday.Hundreds of residents of the Sajjadia Township staged the protest for land ownership... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The Disarmament of Illegal Armed Groups (DIAG) programme has been on the wrong track in the north due to a lack of cooperation from gunmen, an official said on Wednesday.Thousands of illegal arms had been surrendered, but the... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A 90-member insurgent group joined the peace process in the Charbulak district of northern Balkh province, an official said on Tuesday. Led by Commander Nangyalay, the rebels also surrendered 60 weapons, the Balkh High... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Several religious scholars in northern Balkh province on Sunday opposed permanent foreign military bases in the country, hoping international forces would leave Afghanistan in the near future.In a meeting called by the Balkh... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Balkh Governor Atta Mohammad Noor on Sunday claimed the security situation in the province has improved since local forces took over the security responsibility from their foreign counterparts.Speaking at a joint press... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): As many as 315 illegal armed groups are still active in some northern provinces, an official said on Wednesday.A senior official with the Disbandment of Illegal Armed Groups (DIAG) programme, Gen. Abdul Manan, who delivered 22... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A multimillion dollars private salt refinery opened in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, on Sunday, an official said.Set up by the Mullah Azad Group, the plant cost $4 million (200 million afs), Director... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Four children were killed in a mortar shell explosion in the Chamtal district of northern Balkh province, an official said on Sunday.   The incident took place in Naw Shahr village, where the minors were playing with... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) office in northern Sar-i-Pul province has been closed, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) announced on Monday.The training of Afghan security forces, which still need to... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Peace in the country would not come through dialogue with the militants, but by destroying Taliban's war machine, the governor of northern Balkh province said on Monday.Speaking at a meeting organised by Afghanistan's... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Construction work worth $ four million started on an eight-kilometre road in northern Balkh province on Monday, officials said.The 10-metre wide road, to be completed in nine months with the help of US forces, would facilitate... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Two former jihadi commanders were shot dead by unidentified gunmen in northern Balkh province on Monday, an official said.Mohammad Yasin and Asmat were gunned down by unknown motorcyclists while returning from a condolence... read more
MAZAR-E-SHARIF (PAN): Seven people, including four women, were killed and five others wounded in a roadside accident on the Balkh-Jawzjan highway, officials said on Saturday.The head-on collision occurred in Khanabad village when a Mazar-i-Sharif-... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Four policemen were detained on charges of involvement in killing two civilians in northern Balkh province, an official said on Thursday.The killings took place in Baba Yadgar area of Mazar-i-Sharif, where three policemen and... read more
MAZAR SHARIF (PAN): Three policemen were killed in a roadside blast in the Chamtal district of northern Balkh province on Wednesday, an official said.The incident took place in the Arab Mazari area where a police vehicle struck the roadside bomb,... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Despite the presence of foreign troops and billions of dollars in foreign aid, Afghanistan has been passing through a political turmoil and instability over the past one decade, the governor of northern Balkh province said on... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Residents of this capital city of northern Balkh province say they are happy with reconstruction projects implemented in the city, but those living in districts complain of being ignored. Development projects in districts could... read more
MAZAR SHARIF (PAN): One foreign soldier was injured and a militant killed in a joint Afghan-ISAF operation in the Chamtal district of northern Balkh province on Saturday, official said. Militants attacked a joint patrol of Afghan and international... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Despite a recent disarmament drive, illegal armed groups are still operating in northern Afghanistan, officials said on Sunday. "We have disarmed almost 180 armed groups and some 20 other are still present in the northern... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The office of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif reopened on Thursday. The office was closed in early April after a deadly attack that killed 10 foreign... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The international community will provide $20 billion in assistance over the next three years to equip Afghan forces, the security transition commission head said on Saturday. Dr. Ashraf Ghani said this at a news conference... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Security for the northern city Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of Balkh province, transitioned from NATO-led German troops to Afghan forces on Saturday. The Balkh governor, ministers of defence and mines, and International... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The impending security transfer in Mazar-i-Sharif does not represent an end to Germany's assistance to Afghanistan, the visiting German foreign minister said on Friday. A day ahead of the security handover from German... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Four people were killed in a head-on collision between two vehicles in northern Balkh province on Friday, the provincial traffic police chief said. Another four passengers were wounded in the crash in the Sarjoi area on the... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Five civilians were killed and 15 others injured in a bomb explosion in northern Balkh province on Wednesday, officials said. Explosives planted on a bicycle were detonated around noon in the Dash-i-Shor area on the... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The newly appointed commander for the 303rd Pamir Police Zone in the northern provinces said on Wednesday that he would take steps to reconcile Afghans opposed to the government. Gen. Baba Jan officially began his duty during... read more
KABUL (PAN): Public representatives in the Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of Afghanistan’s parliament, should keep the promises they made to the public during their election campaigns, residents of three provinces told Pajhwok Afghan News on... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Residents of northern Balkh province asked security personnel to prevent the killings of influential figures and tribal elders. Tribal elders and other influential figures have faced reduced threats recently, but the deaths of... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The Agriculture and Livestock Department in northern Balkh province has established a number of committees to save province’s forests, which have been reduced to roughly 30 percent of their former size. Roughly 70... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Nearly 110 villages were cleared of insurgents during a military operation in northern Balkh province, ahead of the province hand over to local forces as part of the security transition plan, a process beginning in July, an... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The capital of northern Balkh province, Mazar-i-Sharif, is all set to be transferred to Afghan forces' control, the head of the security transition process said on Tuesday. Speaking at a joint press conference with... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Gunmen shot dead a former jihadi commander in the northern province of Balkh, officials said on Monday. On Sunday, unidentified men on motorcycle gunned down the tribal elder and former jihadi commander, Tahir Ihsan, in the... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The United States would help Afghanistan explore and develop its mining sector, a Cabinet minister said on Sunday. "The development of this sector is the only way to help Afghanistan stand on its own feet," Minister... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Afghan and foreign security officials said on Thursday a massive bomb attack that killed senior security commanders in northern Takhar province would have no negative impact on the security situation. Speaking at a joint press... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Three children were killed and two others injured in a blast in the northern province of Balkh on Tuesday, officials said. The explosion took place at 8:30am when the children were playing with unexploded ordnance in the Karta... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Fifteen children were among 21 people killed when a bus plunged into a canal in the northern province of Balkh on Saturday, officials said. The speedy bus skidded off the road and plunged into a canal in Samar Qandyan village... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Unidentified gunmen shot dead an elder of the Kochi tribe in the northern province of Balkh, officials said on Tuesday. Mohammad Azim Khan, 60, was gunned down by motorcyclists in the Khwaja Boran area of Kholam district late... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A day-long seminar on promoting the cause of education was held in northern Balkh province on Friday, organisers said. The seminar -- titled "Let Us Learn" -- was organised by the Balkh Literary Movement and attended... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Revenue officials in northern Faryab province say the province's income increased during last solar year, compared to previous year, while traders complain their problems at the Aqina Dry Port are yet to be addressed. The... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Several groups of media reporters have been merged into a single functionality called "House of Reporters" to better coordinate their efforts at access to information and resolving problems being faced by the... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): International troops backed by helicopter gunship killed four militants during an operation in the Qaisar district of northern Faryab province, officials said on Thursday. The operation was launched on Wednesday night in... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): An Afghan border police officer shot dead two US soldiers under the NATO command in northern Faryab province, the western military alliance said on Monday. The two were among six others US soldiers holding a meeting with... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Seven foreign workers with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) were killed in the northern province of Balkh, said a United Nations spokesperson. On Friday, hundreds of people in Mazar-i-Sharif, the... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Despite serious security concerns, northern Balkh province doubled its revenue over the past 12 months, the governor said. Revenue for the year ending March 20, 2011 was twice the 3 billion afghanis ($66.3 million) earned in... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): First vice president Karim Khalili on Monday said the Afghan government was going to embrace two big challenges in the new year: reconciliation with Taliban and gradual withdrawal of foreign troops. Khalili attended the... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Three policemen were killed in a roadside bombing in the northern province of Balkh, officials said on Monday. The bomb was placed beneath a small bridge in Arzan Kar area of Charboldak district and exploded as the police... read more

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