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KABUL (PAN): A total of 2,500 people would attend next month’s consultative Loya Jirga, which has been called into session to make a final decision on the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) that will help determine how many US soldiers and bases... read more
KABUL (PAN): The international community should cooperate with Afghanistan in realising the priorities the Afghans have indentified, President Hamid Karzai said during talks with a British minister on Tuesday.At a meeting with UK's Secretary of... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Tuesday said it was concerned about the worsening health condition of the unseated female lawmaker, who has been on hunger strike for last 10 days.To ensure transparency in last year's... read more
KABUL(PAN): Dealers in Kabul are manipulating the fuel price, keeping it artifically high while it falls in other parts of the country, an official said. A 6.8 percent decrease has been noticed in fuel prices in Kabul over the past one month... read more
KABUL (PAN): Iran has assured Afghanistan that there would be no fuel blockade in future, Minister of Finance Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal said on Monday. On his return from a five-day visit to the neighbouring country, Zakhilwal told journalists in Kabul... read more
KABUL (PAN): The price of liquefied petroleum gas declined by five afghanis a kilogram in Kabul on Monday, with officials hinting at a further decrease over the next few days. The wholesale price of one kilo of gas fell from 56 afghanis ($1.23) to... read more
KABUL (PAN): The world's largest copper mine was discovered in northern Sar-i-Pul province, the mines minister said on Saturday. Several new mineral-rich sites, with estimated deposits of about $250 billion, had been found in six other... read more
KABUL (PAN): Prices of fuel edged down and other daily used commodities remained unchanged in the outgoing week in Kabul city, retailers said on Thursday. One litre diesel of petrol sold for 53 ($1.17) afghanis, said a filling station owner in the... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai, stressing the need for an Afghan-led election process, urged incoming legislators on Tuesday to enact legislation, giving legal cover to the presence of international troops in the country. Opening the new... read more
KABUL (PAN): The World Bank has provided the Ministry of Education () with office equipment worth more than half a million dollars, an official said on Tuesday. The tools, costing $518,000 (23,310,000 afghanis) were delivered to the National... read more
KABUL (PAN): Japan on Tuesday pledged to provide $3 million (135 million afghanis) for development projects, including schools and a hospital, in seven Afghan provinces, the Japanese envoy said. The projects include the construction of buildings... read more
KABUL (PAN): Kazakhstan would export 200,000 tonnes of fuel to Afghanistan at President Hamid Karzai's request of Jan. 16, an official said on Tuesday. His ministry would make arrangements to receive the fuel, Minister of Commerce and... read more
KABUL (PAN): Lifting a two-month blockade, Iran allowed hundreds of Afghanistan-bound fuel tankers to cross into Afghanistan on Sunday, an official said. The issue with Iranian officials had been "completely solved" as a result of efforts... read more
KABUL (PAN): Kabul has purchased 1.8 million tonnes of fuel from Moscow to meet its civilian requirements, the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) chief said on Sunday. The ACCI reached an agreement with Russian officials during... read more
KABUL (PAN): Kabul has purchased 1.8 million tonnes of fuel from Moscow to meet its civilian requirements, the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) chief said on Sunday. The ACCI reached an agreement with Russian officials during... read more
KABUL (PAN): Successful parliamentary candidates, rejecting any further delay, renewed their resolve on Friday to open the Wolesi Jirga on Sunday -- the original inauguration date. As many as 211 poll winners announced starting work with or without... read more
KABUL(PAN): The prices of firewood edged down while rates of other daily-use commodities stayed unchanged during the outgoing week in Kabul, retailers said on Thursday. The price of per 560 kilograms of pealed oak stood at about 5,400 afghanis, un-... read more
KABUL (PAN): Abdullah Abdullah, President Hamid Karzai’s main political rival, on Thursday said a special tribunal set up to investigation allegations of fraud in the election and its demand the opening of the new Parliament be postponed were... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai flew on Thursday to Moscow on a two-day official visit at the invitation of his Russian counterpart, the Presidential Palace said. Karzai will hold talks with Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev and Prime Minister... read more
KABUL (PAN): Twenty-three foreign firms, interested in developing the Hajigak iron ore mine in central Bamyan province, have been shortlisted, a minister said on Wednesday.The companies included 15 from India, two from Iran, one each from Turkey,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Tuesday pledged $353.5 million to Afghanistan in assistance for the completion of a ring road and a power supply project, a minister said. Three contracts to the effect were signed between ADB's... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan traders cut all commercial ties with Iran after a deadline to allow fuel trucks to cross the border into Afghanistan expired on Tuesday. Afghanistan would also suffer because of the decision, Mohammad Qurban Haqjo, chief... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Bank-e-Millie Afghan would support the carpet industry within the framework of Islamic banking in the country, a senior official said on Saturday. Carpet industrialists will receive financial support under the "Murabahah... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) secretary-general is set to meet President Hamid Karzai and some cabinet ministers, the foreign ministry said on Saturday. Mohammad Yahya Maroofi, leading an ECO delegation, arrived in Kabul... read more
 KABUL (PAN): Prices of fuel and sugar came down while rates of other daily-use commodities remained unchanged in Kabul during the outgoing week, retailers said on Thursday. A litre of petrol accounted for 54 afghanis and the same amount of... read more
KABUL (PAN): A carpet processing factory, which can process about 7,000 square metres of carpet in a month, was inaugurated in Kabul on Wednesday. The factory was set up with the help of USAID at a cost of about $200,000 (9 million afghanis), the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan government must assess how much fuel it needs so Iran can allow exports to the landlocked country, the Iranian embassy said on Wednesday. However, Afghan officials said they are not required to provide information on the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Economic experts say the threat by Afghanistan's Chamber of Commerce and Industries to cut commercial ties with Iran is not in the interest of either country. The chamber, the ACCI, on Monday threatened to cut commercial ties with... read more
KABUL(PAN): Japan will provide the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) $10million in donation to support the ministry's different plans, including the national solidarity programme, an official said on Sunday. An agreement... read more
KABUL(PAN): Fuel prices rose by about 27.4 percent, with petrol about 12.3 percent, during the outgoing week as a result of shortages after Iran blocked shipments of oil into Afghanistan, Kabul-based dealers said on Thursday. One litre diesel was... read more
KABUL(PAN): The Afghanistan's Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) on Thursday distributed food items among 3,000 needy families in the capital Kabul, an official said. Each of the families received 25 kilograms of rice, 50 kilograms of... read more
KABUL (PAN): A delegation of the High Peace Council will visit Pakistan next week for talks with Pakistani officials on how to bring peace and stability to the region, a presidential spokesman said on Monday. Without going into details, Waheed Omar... read more
KABUL (PAN): A delegation of the High Peace Council will visit Pakistan next week for talks with Pakistani officials on how to bring peace and stability to the region, a presidential spokesman said on Monday. Without going into details, Waheed Omar... read more
KABUL(PAN): Afghanistan's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (ATRA) has fined four private mobile companies for delivering poor quality services to customers, an official said on Saturday. Citing a three-month observation of the companies... read more
KABUL (PAN): Prices of liquefied gas came down and sugar went up, while rates of other daily-used commodities remained unchanged in Kabul last week, retailers said. One kilogram of gas sold for about 53 afghanis (wholesale) and 61 afghanis (retail... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai Wednesday left for Turkey to represent Afghanistan at the 11th Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) summit in Ankara, his deputy spokesman said. Apart from participation in the two-day ECO gathering, penciled... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai Wednesday left for Turkey to represent Afghanistan at the 11th Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) summit in Ankara, his deputy spokesman said. Apart from participation in the two-day ECO gathering, penciled... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan national traders union on Sunday threatened to withhold taxes if the government did not resolve issues keeping thousands of containers stuck in Pakistan. Pakistan has stopped 4,000 containers belonging to Afghan traders... read more
KABUL (PAN): Militant attacks on Afghan and foreign forces are orchestrated across the border in Pakistan, a top US military official said on Friday, a day after President Barack Obama announced the year-end review of the war strategy.... read more
KABUL (PAN): As many as 5,800 acres of state land grabbed by powerful people in different provinces of Afghanistan had been returned to the government, an official said Wednesday. The land had been recovered from the grabbers in Kabul, Herat, and... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Asian Development Bank (ADB) provided about $500 million for a newly created special fund for the implementation of fundamental projects in Afghanistan, an official said on Wednesday. A decision on setting up the fund was taken at... read more
KABUL (PAN): Private companies are set to embark on extracting fuel and gold in two northern provinces, a spokesman for the Ministry of Mines said on Tuesday. Fuel extractions from Angot fields in Sar-i-Pul would earn impoverished Afghanistan... read more
KABUL (PAN): The ongoing row between the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and the Attorney General's Office (AGO) over parliamentary poll results would not spark any crisis, President Hamid Karzai's spokesman said on Monday. Problems... read more
KABUL (PAN): American entrepreneurs have invested only $50 million in the conflict-devastated country since the ouster of the Taliban regime nine years ago, the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) chief said on Thursday. "Although we... read more
KABUL (PAN): Showing consistent growth, Da Afghanistan Bank deposits have increased from $489 million to $5 billion over the last nine years, a senior official said on Wednesday. In 2002 the central bank had about $245 million and gold worth $244... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan and coalition forces captured a Taliban leader along with his two comrades and killed another insurgent in central Maidan Wardak province, the alliance said on Wednesday, but locals said the men were all civilians. The security... read more
KABUL (PAN): Pakistan promised on Sunday to sort out Afghan traders' problems on its soil and emphasised the imperative of strengthening strong economic links between the neighbouring countries. The promise was held out by visiting Pakistani... read more
KABUL (PAN): Finance Minister Dr. Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal rejected on WikiLeaks' report that he had branded President Hamid Karzai was a weak person. Addressing a press conference, Zakhilwal said: "I have never made such remarks about the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan National Army (ANA) discovered and defused 458 landmines in different parts of the country last month, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said on Wednesday. As a result, roadside bombings -- a weapon of choice for the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan and Pakistan have formed a joint chamber of commerce with a view to promoting trade links between the neighbours, an official said on Monday. A month after the signing of a long-awaited transit trade deal, the two countries... read more
KABUL (PAN): An amount of 148 million afghanis would be spent on strengthening river banks in seven provinces next year, the minister of water and energy said on Sunday. Speaking to journalists, Muhammad Ismail Khan said contracts for 11 projects... read more
KABUL (PAN): Kabul customs collected 301 million afghanis more in the first eight months of this year than in the same period last year, officials said on Saturday. In the first eight months of the financial year from March 21, customs collected 1,... read more
 KABUL (PAN): An international soldier died from an injury in southern Afghanistan, the alliance said on Sunday.  KABUL (PAN): An international soldier died from an injury in southern Afghanistan, the alliance said on Sunday. The... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai, heading a high-level delegation, on Thursday left for Lisbon, Portugal, to attend the key NATO summit to chart a course for coalition forces in Afghanistan. The summit will be held in Lisbon on Friday and... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan Institute of Banking and Finance (AIBF), the first of its kind in the war-devastated country, was inaugurated in Kabul on Wednesday. Da Afghanistan Bank chief, Abdul Qadir Fitrat told inaugural ceremony in the Karta-i-... read more
 KABUL(PAN): Four foreign and 145 Afghan non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have been dissolved for failing to report to the Ministry of Commerce, an official said on Tuesday. The decision was made by the Filtration and Dissolution... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Asian Development Bank is to set up a special fund aimed at seeking support from regional countries for the implementation of fundamental projects in Afghanistan, an official said on Tuesday. Deputy Minister of Customs and Revenue... read more
KABUL (PAN): The foundation stone of an export promoting centre, a $40,000 project funded by the USAID, was laid in Kabul on Sunday, an official said. Muhammad Afzal Wasit, deputy head of the Export Promotion Agency of Afghanistan (EPAA), said the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Former transport and aviation minister, Hamidullah Qaderi, has rejected accusations of graft against him, but the attorney general's office says he caused millions of dollars of losses to the national exchequer and he would soon be... read more
KABUL (PAN): A drive involving civil society members and municipality workers to clear the Kabul River of garbage was carried out on Friday, officials said.Financed by GTZ, a German international development organisation, the campaign was joined by... read more
KABUL (PAN): The prices of gold and fuel edged down while the rate of ghee increased in the Kabul market during the outgoing week, retailers said on Thursday. Fazal Rahman, Kabul Traders' Union head, said a five-litre ghee cane was sold for 290... read more
KABUL (PAN): A three-day exhibition, showcasing Afghan products, was inaugurated in the capital on Thursday in an effort to find market for locally made items, organisers said. The exhibition is a joint venture of the Afghan Construction Companies... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two years ago, five million people in Afghanistan lived in extreme poverty, but now the number has increased to nine million, a senior official said on Wednesday. Salim Kunduzi, the deputy agriculture, irrigation and livestock... read more
KABUL (PAN): The long-awaited Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement (APTTA) will be signed in Kabul on Thursday, officials said. Pakistani Commerce Minister Makhdom Amin Fahim will arrive in Kabul on Thursday to sign the agreement, Ghulam... read more
KABUL(PAN): To give legal sanction to decisions of tribal jigas, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has drafted a special law governing an informal justice system in Afghanistan. The "Law on Dispute Resolution Shuras and Jirgas" was meant to... read more
KABUL(PAN): Tribal elders and political analysts have stoutly supported President Hamid Karzai's decree banning all private security companies in four months. However, some analysts believe the president had resorted to haste in implementation... read more
KABUL (PAN): Germany will spend €12.5 million (786.5m afghanis) over the next six months on surveying existing and new hydraulic power stations in the north and northeast of the country, according to an agreement signed on Sunday. The pact was... read more
KABUL (PAN): The prices of gold increased during the outgoing week in Kabul, where the rates of other daily-use commodities stayed unchanged, retailers said on Thursday. Abdul Basir, a jeweler in Khairkhana bazaar, said price of one gram of Arabic... read more
KABUL (PAN): A newly-constructed building for the General Directorate of Traffic was inaugurated in the capital Kabul on Tuesday, officials said. The three-storey building, costing €3 million (188.7m afghanis), which was funded by Germany,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan vehicles with trade goods would be able to move into 90 countries of the world after eight months, the transport and aviation minister said on Monday. Speaking at a ceremony marking the National Transit Day in Kabul, Duad Ali... read more
KABUL(PAN): More than 2,000 candidates who had contested last month's parliamentary election on Saturday asked the government to hold a fresh election as the massively fraud-marred September 18 ballot was not acceptable to them. The candidates... read more
KABUL (PAN): Head of a commission meant for supervising the implementation of the constitution on Sunday said the body would start working next solar year due to some problems. Gul Rahman Qazi, head of the Independent Commission for the Supervision... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai Tuesday announced long-awaited names of the High Peace Council, tasked with holding peace talks with militants and bringing them into the national mainstream. In early June, as many as 1,200 elders and... read more
KABUL (PAN): As many as 155 students, who got high marks in last year's entry test, would leave for Kazakhstan for higher education on September 28, an acting minister said Sunday. During the first of their four-year stay in Kazakhstan, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Prices of all edibles but rice have increased by 27 percent and fuel rates by 18 percent in impoverished Afghanistan over the past six months, wholesaler and retailers said on Saturday. Fazlur Rahman, head of the Food Traders'... read more
KABUL (PAN): An Indian firm has agreed to expand a power station in the Dasht-i-Barchi area, west of Kabul, at an estimated cost of $14.7 million, officials said on Wednesday. An agreement to this effect was signed between power and energy minister... read more
AHMOOD RAQI (PAN): A NATO air craft killed a teenager in central Kapisa province, an Afghan official said on Tuesday.The International Security Assistance Force said the civilian was killed by a group of unknown gunmen in the Tagab district of... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan President Hamid Karzai's call for a review of the nine-year war was a step in the right direction, but should have been done years ago, analysts said on Sunday.The Afghan government, in a statement to mark the nine years since... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Friday said that even if a US pastor went ahead with his threat to burn the Quran, it could not harm the holy book as it was alive in the hearts and minds of Muslims.Karzai was speaking at a mosque at the the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Hizb-i-Islami Afghaistan (HIA), the second largest militant group, has strongly condemned the announcemt by a Florida church that it will burn copies of the Quran on September 11.The Dove World Outreach Center in Florida has said... read more
KABUL (PAN): Despite assurances from high-level, including president Hamid Karzai and finance minister, nervous depositors of the country's largest private bank continued to withdraw their money on Saturday.Hundreds of people, mostly government... read more
KABUL (PAN): A large number of nervous customers were seen making unusual long queues to withdraw their deposits from the country's largest bank, Kabul Bank, on Thursday, after the bank's two top executives resigned amid allegations of mismanagement... read more
(Update 1)KABUL (PAN): Unidentified gunmen shot dead three Supreme Court employees and injured a dozen others in the heavily-fortified capital city of Kabul on Tuesday, officials said."Today, two unknown armed terrorists using a motorbike attacked a... read more
KABUL (PAN): Unidentified gunmen killed two court employees and injured five others in the heavily-fortified capital city of Kabul on Tuesday, officials said.The incident took place in the Musahi district at 7am when two armed motorcyclists opened... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan and Turkmen officials are due to meet in Kabul on Monday on speeding up a much-awaited pipeline project taking gas from Turkmenistan to Pakistan and India through Afghanistan.Turkmen officials from the ministries of finance, fuel... read more
KABUL (PAN): Three soldiers of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force have been killed in separate insurgent attacks in southern Afghanistan in the past 24 hours, the alliance said in brief statements on Tuesday.In line with its policy... read more
KABUL (PAN): The key objective behind US Senator John Kerry's flying visit to Kabul on Friday was to review a presidential decree banning operations of all private security companies in Afghanistan, believe political analysts.Also the chairman of... read more
KABUL (PAN): A government review of non-governmental organisations has found that 20 of them spend 60 percent of their budget on non-development activities, a minister said on Wednesday.The Ministry of Economy is reviewing the budgetary affairs of... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan on Tuesday provided Pakistan with $1 million to help fund relief efforts for victims of unprecedented floods that have affected millions of people.Up to 1,600 people have been killed and two million made homeless in Pakistan... read more
KABUL (PAN): With the result of an official investigation into the crash of a Pamir Airways plane yet to be made public, officials of the private company say improper communications between the control tower and the pilot caused the accident.Flying... read more
KABUL (PAN): An hours-long clash between ethnic Hazara and Kuchi nomads in western Kabul left 10 police and nine people injured, an official said on Saturday.The fighting started Friday morning at about 9am and lasted until 2pm, when police broke up... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Finance and the World Bank signed on Tuesday a grant agreement worth $40 million to support the Third National Solidarity Programme (NSP III), one of Afghanistan's most successful development schemes.The agreement was... read more
KABUL (PAN): The US ambassador-at-large for global women's issues Tuesday supported demands of Afghan women that their rights should be protected in the reconciliation process.Melanne Verveer, who met in Kabul a number of women, including... read more
KABUL (PAN): The US ambassador-at-large for global women's issues Tuesday supported demands of Afghan women that their rights should be protected in the reconciliation process.Melanne Verveer, who met in Kabul a number of women, including... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Egypt-based Al-Azhar University would open its branches in Nangarhar and Herat province of Afghanistan and award 200 scholarships to Afghan students every year, an official said on Monday.Speaking to Pajhwok Afghan News, a spokesman... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Kabul Municipality has purchased 30 garbage trucks and 1,500 dustbins for effective cleanliness of the central capital, an official said on Sunday.The vehicles and equipment worth four million US dollars were handed over to the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The acting higher education minister asked the government on Saturday to publish the works of Allama Abdul Shakoor Rishad and include them in university syllabus.Muhammad Sarwar Danish, speaking at a two-day seminar in Kabul, said: "All... read more
KABUL (PAN): The dissolution of private security companies would help improve the security situation in Afghanistan; believe some former service-members and experts.President Hamid Karzai on Saturday asked the United States and United Nations to... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some analysts believe the removal of Taliban names from the UN black list would only help when the names of those currently involved in active fighting are de-listed, but others see it a step forward towards bringing peace to the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The US is pledging $45 million for groups working with women in Afghanistan, the deputy US ambassador to the country said on Wednesday.About $39 million would be spent on the alternative development programme over the next three years,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan Analytical and Advisory Centre (AAAC) on Monday called on the international community to pursue Taliban militants, their supporters and hideouts in neighbouring Pakistan.Established recently, the AAAC is a collection of... read more
KABUL (PAN): Hundreds of men and women protested against foreign troops on Sunday in Kabul and demanded their withdrawal from Afghanistan.The demonstration started at around 10am from Shah Do Shamshera area of Kabul toward Deh Aghanan square, where... read more
KABUL (PAN): An advisor to the Ministry of Mines on Saturday dismissed as baseless the claims that 'illegal activities' in the ministry prompted the deputy mines minister to resign from his post.Deputy Mines Minister, Engineer Muhammad Akram... read more
KABUL (PAN): The French government on Saturday agreed to provide 6.5 million ($8.5m) to help set up orchard owners' cooperatives in Afghanistan, officials said.The agreement of assistance was inked between the Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and... read more
KABUL (PAN): The head of Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Thursday vowed to ensure transparent parliamentary polls, slated for September 18, saying they would not accept pressure from anyone."We will not come under influence... read more
KABUL (PAN): A new haemodialysis ward providing free medical services has been added to the Aliabad Teaching Hospital, an official said on Wednesday.Addressing the opening ceremony, the Kabul Medical Faculty dean said two haemodialysis machines had... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some Afghan analysts and Kabul residents agree with information contained in the recently leaked documents on Afghan war regarding Iran's assistance to Taliban and al-Qaeda backers.They urged the international community to thwart Tehran... read more
KABUL (PAN): Owners of marble factories in Kabul say high transportation and labour costs, lack of electricity and other expenses are making their tiles more expensive than those from neighbouring Pakistan.There are about 60 marble mines in... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United States of America (USA) and Afghanistan signed on Thursday an agreement, forgiving a $108 million debt payable by the conflict-torn country.Coming two days after the Kabul International Conference, the agreement was inked... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan's spy agency arrested 11 suspected militants planning to carry out suicide and other attacks during the recently concluded Kabul Conference, an official said on Wednesday.The suspects were arrested in three different... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce gave its support Monday to the transit-trade agreement between Pakistan and Afghanistan.The agreement was signed by the trade ministers of the two countries in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad on... read more
KABUL (PAN): The arrest of 23 regional rebel commanders over the past one month means Taliban's supreme leader Mullah Muhammad Omar is no longer in control of the insurgent movement, a NATO official said on Sunday.The reclusive Taliban chief... read more
KABUL (PAN): Computerised identity cards would be issued to all Afghans over the next three years, in a move to prevent forgery, a senior official said on Saturday.Speaking to Pajhwok Afghan News, Engineer Baryalai Hasam, deputy minister of... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) on Saturday called upon Pakistan to sign the Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement (APTTA) at Kabul conference, scheduled for July 20.The agreement is originally meant to... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Saturday condemned the twin suicide attacks in Pakistan's border town of Mohmand which left more than 100 people dead and dozens more wounded.A suicide bomber on a motorbike detonated his explosives outside the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United States ambassador to Afghanistan has announced $240 million in aid to the Kabul Municipality under the New Initiative Programme.At a press conference in Kabul on Thursday evening, Karl Eikenberry said Kabul, home to 50... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan government plans to propose health, education and social projects worth $2 billion at the Kabul Conference on July 20, officials said.A spokesman for the Ministry of Education, Gul Agha Ahmadi Wardak, said the ministry had... read more
KABUL (PAN): A newly-built flour mill was inaugurated east of Kabul on Thursday, a move that will help address growing demand for flour in the landlocked country.The Hameed Flour Mill has the capacity to grind 150 tonnes of wheat a day, said its... read more
KABUL (PAN): In his first public comments, the new commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan Gen. David Petraeus, on Saturday called for unity in the civilian and military effort to stabilise the country.Petraeus, who will assume command of... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Mines has signed contracts with companies to construct buildings for its offices in five provinces of the country.The contracts were signed by Minister for Mines and Minerals Wahidullah Shahrani here on Thursday.The... read more
KABUL (PAN): Nearly 200 international firms have shown their interest to invest in Afghanistan's mines, especially in the Hajigak iron ore deposit, said the mines minister on Wednesday.Speaking to reporters here, Wahidullah Shahrani announced to... read more
KABUL (PAN): An unidentified gunman opened fire on a UN vehicle in a diplomatic district of the Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday, killing the driver, officials said.Kabul police confirmed the death of the driver, an Afghan national, saying others on... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Public Works will present four road construction projects, costing $1.4 billion, to the upcoming international conference in Kabul, slated for July 20.The Kabul conference is a follow up to a similar conference held in... read more
KABUL (PAN): The government of United States on Sunday officially handed over the 105-megawatt Tarakhil power plant to the Afghan government at a ceremony here on Sunday.The ceremony was also attended by US Ambassador to Kabul Karl W. Eikenberry,... read more
KABUL (PAN): More Afghan ministries planned to present developmental projects worth billions of dollars at the upcoming Kabul International Conference, officials on Wednesday.Agriculture, irrigation and livestock, the transport and aviation... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology will present developmental projects worth 283.5 million dollars to the upcoming international conference in Kabul.The conference, a follow up to the January conference in London... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Water and Energy plans to ask for $4 billion to fund the construction of 11 large dams and another 60 small to medium sized projects at the Kabul Conference next month.The international donor's conference, to be held in... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan's government is expected to ask for between $14-15 billion dollars for a wide variety of development projects at an international conference in the capital next month.The projects on security, economy, agriculture, human... read more
KABUL (PAN): National and international mining firms would be invited to open up a huge iron deposit, the Hajigak iron ore mine, one of the biggest in the world, the mines minister said on Saturday.Waheedullah Shahrani told a news conference here,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Nine people were detained for having links with militants in southern Kandahar and Helmand provinces, the defence ministry said on Wednesday.Seven had been arrested by the Afghan National Army (ANA) in Shaheen Sufla, a village in the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan is drawing up a law to regulate Islamic banking in the country, the head of the country's central bank said.A draft of the law was being worked on and would be sent to the Justice Ministry for approval, Abdul Qadir Fitrat,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan's human rights commission has accused the government of failing to maintain humane conditions in its prisons.Part of the problem was that there was not enough money to keep the prisons running smoothly, the Afghanistan... read more
KABUL (PAN): The election of chairpersons of 28 working committees of the Peace Advisory Jirga, which were to be held on Tuesday, has been delayed for a day.A spokesman for the jirga told Pajhwok Afghan News the chiefs, deputy chiefs and secretaries... read more
KABUL (PAN): Mohammad Karim Khalili, Afghanistan's second vice president, on Monday declared all decrees granting land to nomadic Kuchis in central Maidan Wardak province to be null and void.Khalili, who has just returned from a week in the province... read more
KABUL (PAN): An Iranian company will design a water reservoir to provide drinking water two villagers in eastern Nangarhar province, an official said on Sunday.The contract was for $3.1 million, the Minister of Water and Energy Ismail Khan, said,... read more
KABUL (PAN): A newly-constructed building for the English Department at the Faculty of Language and Literature of the Kabul University was inaugurated on Saturday.Funded by the Word Bank, the building cost $420,000, said an official of the Ministry... read more
KABUL (PAN): Under pressure from the Taliban, private communication companies have recently suspended their services at day time, the practice earlier exercised only at night, mobile users in the troubled parts of the country complain.Over the past... read more
KABUL (PAN): The remains of 13 people killed in a plane crash last week have been released to their relatives, an official said on Tuesday.The Antonov-24, operated by Pamir Airways, went down with 44 people, including five crewmember and some... read more
KABUL (PAN): Elders from the Kuchi tribe have urged the government to find a legal solution to their dispute with the Hazara community over pastures in central Maidan Wardak province.Nearly 100 Kuchis, including members of parliament, attended a... read more
KABUL (PAN): Second Vice-President Karim Khalili, currently on a visit to central Maidan Wardak province, the scene of recent ethnic clashes, said on Sunday he would not return to Kabul as long as nomadic Kuchis did not accept President Hamid... read more
KABUL (PAN): The government would seek assistance from the international community for the construction of a railroad linking northern Kunduz province with western Herat at the July 20 Kabul Conference, a minister said on Sunday.Minister of Mines... read more
KABUL (PAN): An India-bound aircraft returned to Kabul 20 minutes following takeoff due to a technical fault, scaring passengers, hours after the wreckage of a crashed Pamir plane was found north of the capital on Thursday.At around 1:30 pm, a Pamir... read more
KANDAHAR CITY (PAN): Fruit growers in a district of southern Kandahar province are expecting a bumper harvest this year but have called on the government to help them market, transport and sell their produce.Arghandab district has about 8,000... read more
KABUL (PAN): Residents in central Maidan Wardak province staged a protest Tuesday against the killing of an 18-year-old boy allegedly by Afghan and NATO-led soldiers.Azim, a 12th grade student of Gurbat High School, was taken by Afghan and ISAF... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai, currently on a four-day visit to the United States, has ordered security officials to arrest perpetrators of recent poison attacks on girls' schools in Kunduz and Kabul.On Tuesday, at least 30 students of the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Intelligence officials claim arresting a Taliban-designated district chief along with two accomplices in the eastern province of Nangarhar, bordering Pakistan's restive tribal region of Khyber.The National Directorate of Security (NDS)... read more
KABUL (PAN): Estonian troops will remain in Afghanistan as long as their presence is required, the Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip said on Sunday.Estonia has 140 soldiers in the troubled southern Helmand province under NATO command. Ansip... read more
KABUL (PAN): A hydroelectric dam will be built on the outskirts of Kabul to generate electricity as well as irrigate a large swathe of land, officials said on Saturday.The dam will be built in the Shah Aroos area of Kabuls Shakar Darra district, and... read more
KABUL (PAN): The UK government has assisted the Afghan Ministry of Interior (MoI) with six helicopters to strengthen its efforts against narcotics and overseeing borders of the war-torn country.The Russian-made MI-17 choppers were handed over to the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Italy will provide an assistance of 500,000 US dollars to families in Sar-e-Pul, who are returned from Iran.Elisabtta Belloni, in charge of the Italian assistance and UNHCR official, Ewen Macleod, pledged to provide the assistance to... read more

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