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KABUL (Pajhwok): Russia on Thursday claimed NATO’s report to the United Nations Security Council did not reflect the actual situation in Afghanistan.Presented in early December by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, the report ignored key... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Iranian police chief has warned security personnel of legal action if they humiliate Afghan refugees living in that country.Internet users recently circulated a video showing an Iranian police officer insulting a group of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The US has pledged $25 million in aid to help Afghanistan strengthen its women's police force, an International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) official said on Monday.BG Garasic Gordana gender advisor to ISAF, told journalists in... read more
LONDON (Pajhwok): British Prime Minister David Cameron has reiterated London’s pledge to extend all possible support for security, economic and political transitions in Afghanistan.Cameron renewed his pledge in his meeting with President Ashraf... read more
LONDON (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani held a breakfast meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street in London on Friday.Also joined by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the leaders discussed the regional situation,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani held separate meetings with British Prime Minister David Cameron and US Secretary of State John Kerry in London late on Thursday.Ghani and Kerry agreed on expanding bilateral relations, the peace process in... read more
LONDON (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday promised to intensify efforts to combat administrative corruption if Afghanistan’s Western backers continued to provide financial assistance and military backing to his administration.Addressing... read more
LONDON (Pajhwok): Welcoming President Ashraf Ghani’s reform vision, the United Kingdom on Thursday provided more detail on its programmes to support Afghanistan over the next three years.At the London Conference here, Ghani outlined his plans to... read more
LONDON (Pajhwok): British Prime Minister David Cameron, US Secretary of State John Kerry and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday pledged stout support for the administration of President Ashraf Ghani. The US remained committed to... read more
LONDON (Pajhwok): Co-hosted by the governments of the UK and Afghanistan, the London Conference on Afghanistan, involving delegates from more than 50 nations, began on Thursday.President Ashraf Ghani, who came to power in September, is likely to... read more
LONDON (Pajhwok): Civil society activists met in London late on Wednesday, highlighting the shrinking humanitarian space in Afghanistan and the need for continued global assistance.At the Ayenda (Future) Conference at the Church House here, speakers... read more
LONDON (Pajhwok): The London Conference on Afghanistan is scheduled to take place on Thursday, today, co-hosted by the governments of the UK and Afghanistan.The conference provides a good a platform for Afghanistan to set out its vision for reform... read more
LONDON (Pajhwok): The Omid Bahar Company of Afghanistan would export over 1,000 tonnes of pomegranate juice to the United Kingdom (UK), an official said on Wednesday.Mustafa Sadiq, the company’s head, told reporters a deal had been signed with a... read more
LONDON (Pajhwok): The London Conference on Afghanistan is scheduled to take place on Thursday, December 4, co-hosted by the governments of the UK and Afghanistan.However, associated events would take place on Wednesday afternoon. The conference will... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani, who came to power two months back, on Sunday announced the new Council of Ministers would be unveiled in the next two to four weeks.He made the announcement in the evening on the national TV in the presence... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani signed the access to information into law on Sunday, months after it was approved by both houses of parliament.The national TV showed the president signing the bill in the presence of Chief Executive Officer... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) to bring home the bodies of Afghan nationals drowned on Monday in Turkey.The president was shocked after being informed about the tragedy, a statement... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Saturday announced the final results from the provincial council elections that were held seven months ago. IEC Chairman Ahmad Yousaf Nuristani, unveiling the outcome at a news... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An official of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) has indicated the final results of provincial council polls will be announced today (Saturday).Laila Ihrari, an IEC member, told Pajhwok Afghan News the commission had made... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Five former ministers have been referred to the top court on charges of corruption and misuse of power, a spokesman for the Attorney-General Office (AGO) announced on Tuesday.Facing prosecution are former minister of mines Mir... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah Abdullah has described recent changes in Afghanistan and Pakistan as a good opportunity for cooperation, stressing bilateral meetings should be substantive.Abdullah made the remarks at a meeting... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Dr. Ashraf Ghani on Thursday directed all provincial governors to serve in acting capacity until their replacements were announced.The president issue the new under article 64 of the constitution, the Cabinet Secretariat... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Wednesday issued a decree, directing relevant state institutions to immediately address the Kabul bank issue and restitute its assets.The new decree is enforceable at once in accordance with... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A senior adviser to US President Barack Obama said on Monday the long-delayed Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) would be signed between Kabul and Washington on Tuesday.John Podesta told reporters at the US Embassy here he did not... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander on Sunday said the number of Afghan immigrants to the country had increased to 2,000 a year.In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, the visiting minister said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Gen. Abdur Rashid Dostum, the vice president-elect, on Saturday condemned Taliban’s latest assaults but expressed his willingness for peace dialogue.Addressing workers of his party, the Junbish-i-Milli Islami Afghanistan (JMA), the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Hindukush Eagles have edged past Maiwand Club in a hotly-contested football encounter, storming into the semifinals of the Premier League here.Hindukush Eagles won Thursday’s match on penalty kicks by 8-7 at the Football... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai on Saturday welcomed a recent decision by the two presidential candidates to work together to resolve issues concerning the presidential elections and the formation of a unity government.Abdullah Abdullah and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, highlighted the importance of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with Afghanistan as he oversaw the change of command ceremony in Kabul on Tuesday.US Gen. John... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai announced on Thursday the deadline for inaugurating new president would not be extended for more than 15 days at any cost.In a statement from his office, Karzai expressed the views during a meeting with a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan’s National Security Council on Sunday accused Pakistan’s intelligence network of funding and instigating militants against the war-torn country.During its meeting at the Presidential Palace, chaired by President Hamid... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Security Council (NSC) on Sunday directed Afghan security forces to take effective measures to counter Pakistani interference.Chaired by President Hamid Karzai, the meeting was briefed by ministers of interior and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Presidential runners Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Friday agreed to sort out their differences and set an inauguration date before the end of the current month.Flanked by US Secretary of State John Kerry and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): US Secretary of State John Kerry has urged the presidential candidates to speed implementation of the agreement on the vote audit and formation of a national unity government, officials said on Friday.    President... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): US Secretary of State John Kerry, President Barrack Obama's pointman on Afghanistan, arrived in Kabul on Thursday evening to help resolve issues related to the presidential election, a well-placed source said.An official, familiar... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): US Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to arrive in Kabul on Thursday (today) to help resolve issues related to the presidential election, a knowledgeable source said on Wednesday.An official, requesting not to be named,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A senior member of presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah’s team on Sunday accused Second Vice-President Mohammad Karim Khalili of orchestrating fraud in favour of his rival candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai.Nasrullah Baryali... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A joint parliamentary panel, ignoring protests from civil society organisations, has endorsed a draft law giving lawmakers perks and privileges even after completing their tenure, an official said on Wednesday.Some weeks back, the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Nearly, half of all of ballot boxes have been shifted from provinces to the Independent Election Commission (IEC) headquarters in Kabul, the US special envoy said on Tuesday.James Dobbins, America's special representative for... read more
FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): A roadside bomb on the outskirts of Farah City, the capital of western Farah province, left four civilians and two policemen wounded on Friday, an official said.Jawad Afghan, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan news... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Security Council (NSC) on Sunday directed the relevant authorities to look into reports about installation of barbed wire and digging of trenches near the Durand Line by the Pakistani military.The issue came up for... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai on Thursday called upon journalists and social media users to refrain from releasing reports that might cause divisions in society. In his fortnightly radio address, the president urged the media and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Leading in the preliminary result, Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Tuesday hoped the final outcome would be unveiled on schedule in accordance with the relevant law.In the preliminary results, Ahmadzai secured a total of 4485888 votes... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Saturday asked the Independent Election Commission not to delay further the release of preliminary results from the June 14 runoff vote and declare the returns on Monday, a date his... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Wednesday said it had delayed the release of preliminary results from the June 14 presidential runoff election until Monday (July 7).Speaking at a press conference in Kabul, IEC Chairman... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Presidential candidate Dr. Abdullah Abdullah claimed on Saturday the bogus votes cast in the June 14 runoff election numbered 2.5 million and he would not accept the results under any circumstances.Speaking in Kabul to elders from... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Presidential runner Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Saturday said his team's estimates indicated that the runoff election result would be better than the previous round.Addressing a press conference in Kabul at 9pm, five hours after the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A moderate earthquake measuring 5.4 on the open-ended Richter scale jolted parts of the capital Kabul and other provinces on Saturday.According to the US Geology Survey (USGS), the earthquake took place at 8:28 am. Its epicenter was... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Amid predicted fears of an upsurge in Taliban violence and voting along ethnic lines, the Afghans will decide which of two presidential candidates will be their next president on June 14.In the first round on April 5, Abdullah won... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai’s security team, National Security Council or NSC on Sunday accused a foreign intelligence agency of carrying out Friday’s suicide and bomb attack on Abdullah Abdullah’s campaign motorcade through Lashkar-e-... read more
FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): Four Taliban militants, including a notorious commander, have been killed during a clash with police in western Farah province, a statement from the provincial police headquarters said on Friday.The clash occurred in the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday summoned the Pakistani ambassador over artillery shelling into eastern Kunar and Nuristan provinces, an official said.The Foreign Ministry shared Afghanistan’s concerns over the periodic... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Presidential candidate Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Sunday said Ahmad Zia Massoud would be appointed as a third-vice president by amending the Constitution if he won the runoff presidential race.Ghani told reporters in Kabul that he... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Security Council (NSC) on Saturday approved a 12-year-long strategic perspective concerning Afghan National Army (ANA)’s strength, equipment and recruitment.President Hamid Karzai chaired the NSC meeting that held at... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Both frontrunners Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Thursday welcomed the final results from the presidential vote, saying they were all poised for the second round.Abdullah told reporters the polls had gone to the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Frontrunners Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Thursday said they accepted the final results from the April presidential elections and were ready for a runoff round on June 14.Abdullah, who topped the first round with... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Following the receipt of a detailed report on electoral complaints, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Wednesday said the final result of the April 5 presidential vote would be unveiled on Thursday.IEC Secretary Ziaul Haq... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) said on Tuesday evening it had investigated all objections and would share its report with the main panel in a few hours.Nader Mohseni, the watchdog’s spokesman, refused to give... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai on Sunday discussed the election process with leading presidential candidates Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, as well as poll panel officials.Heads of the two main electoral bodies briefed... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Following presidential decree on the eve of Mujahidin’s Victory Day, at least 244 prisoners were released from the notorious Pul-i-Charkhi prison on Sunday, an official said.Last week, President Hamid Karzai issued a decree under... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The nation is oberving today a day of mourning for victims of the massive landslide tragedy in northeastern Badakhshan province.More than 21,000 people were confirmed dead and hundreds left missing after a massive landslide buried... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Ninety percent of historical monuments in Afghanistan are under threat, because the government lacks the capacity to deal with the problem, a US embassy official said on Wednesday.     Laura Tedesco, the cultural... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Complaints Commission (IECC) on Wednesday declared null and void about 230,000 votes cast at 525 polling sites in the April 5 presidential polls.After a public hearing on the issue, IECC Chairman Abdul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai on Sunday issued a decree awarding concessions to prisoners, including political, having served most part of their jail terms, his office said.The decree issued on the eve of Mujahideen Victory Day (April 28)... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Presidential runner Muhammad Shafiq Gul Agha Sherzai on Sunday said that findings of his team showed instances of widespread corruption in April, 5 presidential and provincial council polls.Speaking at a news conference in Kabul,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A tribal elder was killed and three civilians injured in a gun-and-suicide attack in the Argun district of southeastern Paktika province on Friday, the governor’s house said.The attacker first shot tribal elder Gul Babari Zadran... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Leading presidential runner Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Saturday claimed preliminary election results were in his favour.Addressing a news conference hours after voting closed, he praised the elections as a success, a step toward... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Thursday said it had taken the necessary measures to hold simultaneous presidential and provincial council polls, to be monitored by 325,000 domestic and international observers.IEC... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Front-line presidential runner Dr. Abdullah Abdullah warned of possible fraud in Saturday’s vote, saying the cost of irregularities would be too heavy for the country to afford.Addressing a news conference hours before the two-month... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai and high-ranking government officials on Sunday paid homage to late justice minister Habibullah Ghalib at the Presidential Palace in Kabul.Foreign and local dignitaries attended the service for Ghalib, who... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Turkmenistan has promised support for the High Peace Council (HPC)’s efforts to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table, the peace body said on Thursday.A statement from the council said Turkmenistan officials had held out the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): British Ambassador in Kabul Richard Stagg has said the Taliban should realise that today’s Afghanistan is much different from that in the mid-90s when they ruled it.In a video conference with his Pakistani counterpart in Islamabad,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The High Peace Council (HPC) said on Tuesday Maulvi Shahzada Shahid had been suspended as its spokesman after his controversial remarks about Osama bin Laden and the United States.A statement from the government body, tasked with... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai on Sunday signed into law the Criminal Procedure Code with an amendment to address concerns from human rights campaigners and civil society activists.Article 22 of the Criminal Procedure Code, preventing... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Security Council (NSC) on Sunday welcomed the declaration of Taliban’s Dubai meeting that urged peaceful settlement to the conflict in Afghanistan.A veteran Taliban leader, Agha Jan Motasim, formerly finance minister in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The High Peace Council (HPC) on Saturday welcomed some former Taliban officials’ willingness for talks with the government, saying it supported steps toward Afghanistan’s stability.The HPC supported all attempts at ending the war... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An influential lawmaker has demanded an end to US development assistance to Afghanistan if the administration of President Hamid Karzai freed 65 prisoners from the Bagram jail in Parwan province.Senator Lindsey Graham, speaking at a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai has removed the Nuristan Governor Tamim Nuristani and two other officials for their role in the theft of wheat meant for distribution to residents of the remote eastern province.The decision on sacking the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two members of leading presidential contender Dr. Abdullah Abdullah’s campaign office were killed in western Herat province on Saturday evening.Syed Fazel Sancharaki, one of Abdullah's campaigners, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Qasim Akhgar, the author and former chief editor of Hasht-i-Subh newspaper, has passed away after protracted illness, the newspaper announced on Tuesday.Pervaiz Kawo, chief editor of daily, said Akhgar died at 4: 00pm in Kabul after... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): NATO countries defence chiefs on Wednesday discussed post-2014 mission in Afghanistan and the April presidential elections as they met for a two-day annual meeting in the Belgium capital.In his opening remarks, the alliance Military... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Interior, vowing to appoint female officers to higher security posts, on Tuesday appointed a woman as a district police chief in Kabul. The ministry named Col. Jamila Bayaz as head of Kabul's District 1 in the old-city... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FFEFA) on Sunday hoped the Interior Ministry’s report on security of polling stations would prove accurate.FFEFA spokesman Fahim Naeemi said the accuracy of the assessment,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The top NATO commander in Afghanistan on Thursday called the Bilateral Security Agreement the best way to bring peace, stability and progress to Afghanistan and vanquish the war-torn country’s enemies.Gen. Joseph F. Dunford said the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The release of Taliban insurgents will further strain rocky US-Afghan relations, American lawmakers warned on Thursday, as the two countries continue to differ on signing a security deal.After a meeting with President Hamid Karzai at... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Interior Affairs (MoI) on Monday announced sending a formal complaint letter to the Parliamentary Affairs Ministry regarding lawmaker Huma Sultani.Security guards of Sultani, a public representative from southern Ghazni... read more
KABUL (PAN): Russia on Tuesday supported the NATO mission in Afghanistan, saying the campaign was important to ensure the country’s stability.“At the moment, we believe, the International Security Assistance Force and any other foreign troops’... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Sunday sent a delegation to central Uruzgan province to investigate recent double-murder and torture cases.The ministry said the team would visit Chora district to probe the mysterious killing of two... read more
KABUL (PAN): The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has indicated its interest in inking a bilateral security deal with Afghanistan, an issue that will be discussed at the defense ministers’ meeting in late February.In an... read more
KABUL (PAN): US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan James Dobbins on Thursday acknowledged he failed to achieve any breakthrough in his talks with President Hamid Karzai over his refusal to sign a key security deal with the US.Dobbins, who... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Special Committee for Evaluation of Prisons Situation on Tuesday expressed its concern over poor living conditions of prisoners held at various detention facilities across the country.Last year, President Hamid Karzai directed the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Following reports of cutting in fuel provisions for the Afghan Security Forces by the US, the International Assistance Security Forces (ISAF) clarified on Monday there had been no stoppage in the delivery of requested fuel and it would... read more
KABUL (PAN): Key opposition leader Dr. Abdullah Abdullah has termed President Hamid Karzai’s new conditions for signing a vitally important security deal with the US until after next year’s elections as impractical and personal.In an exclusive... read more
KABUL (PAN): UK’s first minister of faith, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, has welcomed the improvement so far made in the lives of Afghan women, reiterating her country’s support for efforts at promoting their rights in Afghanistan.In her statement, a copy... read more
KABUL (PAN): Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the National Coalition of Afghanistan (NCA) chief, on Sunday assailed President Hamid Karzai for playing with the nation’s fate by deferring a security deal with the US.The key opposition leader and leading... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Thursday said it was on his insistence that his US counterpart Barack Obama had written him the latest letter regarding the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) between the two nations.Referring to Karzai’s... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced the final lists of presidential and provincial candidates on Wednesday, a day after the electoral watchdog announced completion of the complaint evaluation process.The number of... read more
KABUL (PAN): The number of presidential runners has gone up in the wake of thoroughgoing investigations into objections and with the addition of the 11th candidate, Daud Sultanzoy, to the final list by Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Higher Education on Monday said three major state-run universities would remain closed from November 11 to 14 on account of Ashura ceremonies.The ministry said in a statement Kabul University, Education University and... read more
KABUL (PAN): National Security Advisor Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta on Sunday said the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) draft had been prepared in Pashto, Dari and English languages for distribution to participants of the upcoming consultative Loya... read more
KABUL (PAN): Around two million and 800,000 people have obtained voter registration cards over the past five months, more than one million of them women, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced on Thursday. The cards were distributed in... read more
KABUL (PAN): Heads and members of both elections panels on Tuesday shared their financial and security problems with President Hamid Karzai, the Presidential Palace said.The president, after listening to the handicaps of the Independent Election... read more
KABUL (PAN): A list of 695 participants from four provinces in the upcoming consultative Loya Jirga on the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) between Kabul and Washington was released on Saturday.Released by the Office of Administrative Affairs (OAA... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United States on Wednesday once again tied future assistance to Afghanistan to the signing of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA).Ambassador James B. Cunningham said: “The US hopes the BSA issue will be sorted out with the return... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Monday nominated five ministers-designate and two provincial governors to fill key vacant slots, the Office of Administrative Affairs (OAA) said.Zarar Ahmad Muqbil was nominated as acting foreign minister,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Interior Affairs (MoI) on Sunday said a commission supervising election security had been established in compliance with a presidential decree.In a statement, the ministry said the commission had been set up under a... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Friday said it had received 474 objections to the preliminary list of presidential and provincial council candidates.The complaints had been lodged with the central and regional... read more
KABUL (PAN): A commission has been tasked with ensuring security for participants of the Loya Jirga to be held in Kabul next month to decide on the fate of a key security pact between Kabul and Washington.Headed by Rahmatullah Nabil, the acting... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) is set to decide the fate of two more presidential candidates and four running mates, who allegedly possess dual nationalities, an official said on Sunday.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs... read more
KABUL (PAN): US Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday extended talks with President Hamid Karzai on a key security agreement between the allies, but some contentious issues remain to be finalised, a presidential spokesman said.Aimal Faizi told a... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan National Journalists Union (ANJU) on Tuesday called for Minister of Information and Culture Syed Makhdoom Raheen to be prosecuted for allegedly embezzling a $1 million donation for preserving the country’s cultural... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) on Tuesday praised Abdul Rashid Dostum’s apology to the nation for his role in the country’s civil war.The former Uzbek warlord apologised on Oct.7 -- a day after he formally... read more
KABUL (PAN): In the race for the presidency, Balkh Governor Atta Mohammad Noor on Monday claimed President Hamid Karzai had offered him a $100 million cheque in returning for support his team.Also a key member of the Jamiat-I-Islami Party (JIP), the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan’s passport is the worst in the world in terms of the travel freedom enjoyed by its citizens, a UK-based organization said survey on Wednesday.In its Visa Restriction Index for 2013, Henley & Partners to rank countries... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Investigating Fates of Prisoners Committee (IFPC) on Tuesday said it had issued release orders for 433 detainees from the Bagram Prison in central Parwan province after they were found innocent.A member of the committee, Abdul... read more
KABUL (PAN): Hours after his return home from China, President Hamid Karzai on Sunday described his four-day state visit as fruitful in terms of political, security, economic and cultural support.Karzai told National Security Council (NSC) Chinese... read more
KABUL (PAN): The National Security Council (NSC) on Sunday ordered the Ministry of Defense (MoD) to purchase four transportation planes for the state-run Ariana Airlines.At a meeting chaired by President Hamid Karzai, the NSC agreed on the purchase... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai's four-day visit to China from Sept. 25-28 is aimed at further cementing political and economic relations between the two countries, his chief spokesman said on Tuesday.During the presidential trip, Afghanistan... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Council of Ministers on Monday approved an agreement with three companies for fuel exploration and production at the Afghan-Tajik basin in the north.Afghanistan is expected to earn $16 billion from exploitation of the oil and gas... read more
KABUL (PAN 29): President Hamid Karzai on Friday said Afghanistan had reached his predecessor Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani’s goal of independence, asking the nation to solidify its foundation.Addressing an event marking the second death anniversary of... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Wednesday announced a significant increase in the number of prisoners in the country, saying about 28,000 individuals were being held in different provinces.Addressing a press conference in Kabul,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Wednesday announced a significant increase in the number of prisoners in the country, saying about 28,000 individuals were being held in different provinces.Addressing a press conference in Kabul,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United States has granted the Ministry of Public Works $50 million in assistance to help strengthen the capacity of its employees, the minister concerned said on Tuesday.Addressing a press conference in Kabul, Najibullah Ozhan... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Tuesday arrested eight policemen on charges of misusing their positions that lead to the killing of six children in northern Baghlan province.In a statement, the ministry said cases against the detained... read more
KABUL (PAN): The acting interior minister on Monday pledged his ministry would not interfere in next year’s presidential election and would try its best to pave the ground for credible polls.Ex-ambassador to Pakistan, Omar Daudzai was introduced as... read more
KABUL (PAN): The National Security Council (NSC) on Sunday made clear no foreign country was allowed to contribute troops to the NATO-led force without an agreement with the government of Afghanistan.At a meeting chaired by President Hamid Karzai,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Harkat-i-Islami of Afghanistan, dubbing the grand electoral alliance as a coalition of sorts, said on Sunday it was in talks with other political groups to introduce a single candidate for the 2014 presidential vote.Syed Hussain... read more
KABUL (PAN): The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Tuesday said foreign soldiers had exited more than 700 military bases ahead of their withdrawal from the country in 2014.In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, ISAF... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan and Iran have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on enhancing military and strategic cooperation, President Hamid Karzai’s office said on Monday.The MoU, calling for improved cooperation between media outlets of the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The US Department of Justice and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on Thursday announced $8.5 million in aid for Afghan judicial staff training, officials said.The US embassy in Kabul said the assistance would be spent on enhancing... read more
KABUL (PAN): A top US military official on Monday called for signing of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) between Kabul and Washington by October.Negotiations on the pact, providing for an American military presence in Afghanistan beyond the... read more
KABUL (PAN): A senior Pakistani official on Sunday said Islamabad was willing to help Afghan-managed reconciliation but could not guarantee the success of intra-Afghan peace talks or impose its decisions on the Taliban.Sartaj Aziz, the special... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Saturday appointed new police chiefs for Farah and Helmand provinces. Similarly, new crime branch heads and deputy police chiefs were named for Kandahar and Helmand.The appointments had been made in accordance... read more
KABUL (PAN): A joint commission of both houses of th parliament on Monday approved the draft election law with some amendments after a prolonged debate.The panel okayed remaining controversial articles of the law after a majority of members voted in... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two opposition coalitions on Tuesday voiced their concerns over possible withdrawal of all US troops from Afghanistan, stressing immediate resolution of differences between the two countries.The New York Times (NYT) quoted American and... read more
KABUL (PAN): Abdul Latif Ibrahimi, a brother of Wolesi Jirga Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, has been appointed as new governor of norther Takhar province, the Council of Ministers said on Monday.Ibrahimi was recommended for the position by the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Local officials in southern Kandahar province on Sunday confirmed that Zakria Kandahari, an Afghan-American accused of killing and torturing civilians in central Maidan Wardak province, had been arrested.Intelligence operatives detained... read more
KABUL (PAN): A Ministry of Mines official said on Saturday contracts for the development of four key minefields could not be signed, pending parliamentary approval of a draft law.Preliminary work on local and foreign investment in the mines in... read more
KABUL (PAN): A man was killed and two other people were injured during a clash over a piece of land in the 12th police district of Kabul, officials said on Thursday.The hour-long clash on the eastern outskirts of Kabul between Sher Shah and Nawroz... read more
KABUL (PAN): The provisional Leadership Council of the Jamiat-i-Islami Party decided on Monday to nominate an independent candidate for the next presidential election.At a meeting, High Peace Council Chairman Salahuddin Rabbani, also the son of Prof... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday rejected as false a German media report that over 100 foreign service employees set for rotation back to Kabul from assignments abroad have defected.“A total of 105 Afghan diplomats were meant... read more
KABUL (PAN): Seven civilians were killed and three others wounded by unidentified gunmen in the Deh Sabz district of Kabul on Monday, an official said.The victims were workers and owners of brick-kilns, a member of the Wolesi Jirga from Kabul, Haji... read more
KABUL (PAN): The European Union Police (EUPOL) mission in Afghanistan has supported the 10-year plan of the Ministry of Interior (MoI) for reinforcing Afghan National Police (ANP), an official said on Sunday.The 10-year perspective is aimed at... read more
KABUL (PAN): A Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance to the Supreme Court in the nation’s heavily-fortified capital on Tuesday, killing 17 civilians and wounding 39 others, police said.Women, children and court employees were among... read more
KABUL (PAN): A group attack on the Kabul International Airport resulted in the delay of 11 domestic and foreign flights, an official said on Monday.Triggered by a brazen assault on the Kabul International Airport early Monday morning at 4:30am,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Pledging long-term support to Afghanistan, Germany on Saturday announced opening its consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif, the provincial capital of Balkh province, to provide consular services to the people and businesses in the north.At a... read more
KABUL (PAN): Days after a deadly attack on its office in the eastern city of Jalalabad, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) announced on Tuesday it was withdrawing some foreign staff out of Afghanistan One Afghan guard was killed in... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Attorney-General Office (AGO) on Tuesday announced putting five Wolesi Jirga members on the Exit Control List for their alleged involvement in corruption and misuse of their positions. MPs Haji Zahir Qadeer, Samiullah Samim,... read more
KABUL (PAN): A visiting delegation of businessmen from Qatar has evinced interest in investing in some key sectors of Afghanistan after evaluating available opportunities, the Presidential Palace said on Monday.Led by Sheikh Faisal Bin Qasim Althani... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Monday roundly condemned a suicide attack in southeastern Paktia and a roadside bombing in eastern Laghman province. Ten schoolchildren, two US soldiers and a policeman were killed at around 12pm when a... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday said it would investigate a recent visit by a Taliban delegation to Tehran for talks with Iranian authorities. Iran’s Fars News Agency reported a day earlier that a high-led team, led by senior... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday warned Afghan citizens against travelling to Iran without legal travel documents. With the presidential election in the neighbouring country drawing closer, Afghan and Iranian guards have... read more
KABUL (PAN): A well-coordinated Taliban attack that killed 10 people, including six attackers, and wounded 14 others drew strong condemnation on Saturday from the US, the UN and NATO forces stationed in Afghanistan.UN's Secretary General Ban Ki-moon... read more
KABUL (PAN): Five attackers were killed in clashes with security forces during a well-coordinated Taliban onslaught, targeting the UN mission office and police in the heart of heavily fortified Kabul. The major attack came to an end with the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Claiming increase in saffron cultivation in Afghanistan, the agriculture minister said on Friday more than four tonnes of saffron were exported last year.Mohammad Asif Rahmi told Pajhwok Afghan News during an interview that efforts made... read more
KABUL (PAN): Nine Afghan refugees were among 14 people died in a traffic accident in the Sestan province of neighboring Iran, officials said on Sunday.According to Iran's Forensic Medicine Organization, a vehicle also carrying nine Afghan refugees... read more
KABUL (PAN): The National Security Council (NSC) on Sunday directed the Ministry of Finance to release $100 million (5.5 billion afghanis) to the Ministry of Defence for purchasing five cargo aircrafts, the Presidential Palace said.At the NSC... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai has reminded US secretary of state John Kerry of his call for a commitment to sustainable peace in Afghanistan before signing a proposed bilateral security agreement between the allies, his office said on Saturday... read more
KABUL (PAN): An Afghan judicial delegation, led-by Chief Justice Abdul Salam Azimi, visited the deputy head of Iran’s judicial department during its trip to Iran, an official said on Saturday. The media office of Iran’s judicial department... read more
KABUL (PAN): The foreign ministers of Afghanistan and Oman agreed to establish a joint commission for strengthening bilateral relations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday.During his two-day trip to Oman, Zalmay Rassoul and his... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Presidential Palace on Tuesday endorsed a Supreme Court verdict awarding capital punishment to two individuals in a kidnap-murder case of a child.The pair has been sentenced to death for kidnapping an eight-year-old boy, Ali Sina,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Sunday announced the sacking of two border police officers and referring them to the prosecutor's office for failing to stop some Afghans from crossing the border into Iran from northwestern Farah... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Attorney General Office on Saturday rejected as groundless an American watchdog’s claim that $50 million in aid had been missing in Afghanistan.The AGO Verification and Audit Department head, Sharafuddin Sharaf, told a press... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan on Sunday voiced its concern at issuance of Pakistani identity cards and payments to some residents of the Goshta border town in eastern Nangarhar province.Some members of the Wolesi Jirga on Saturday alleged Pakistan had... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai remains the most powerful political leader in Afghanistan, followed by Balkh Governor Atta Mohammad Noor and Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf, an opinion poll reveals. The Moscow-based Contemporary Afghanistan Studies... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some prisoners at the Pul-i-Charkhi Prison in Kabul went on hunger strike by sewing up their lips against inordinate delays in disposal of their cases and uncertain future.Pajhwok Afghan News on Wednesday received a video clip showing... read more
KABUL (PAN): Croatia has agreed to provide $400,000 for the establishment of a midwifery centre in northern Balkh province, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday.Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul reached an agreement to the effect during a meeting with... read more
KABUL (PAN): America’s acting Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Ambassador David Pearce called on President Hamid Karzai on Monday.  Before his arrival in Kabul, Pearce met senior Pakistani diplomats on working jointly for... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Global Fund, an international financing organisation, on Saturday pledged $20 million in assistance to the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) to help control and fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria diseases in Afghanistan.An... read more
KABUL (PAN): Calling Pakistan "the main obstacle to the peace process in Afghanistan," Defence Ministry spokesman Gen. Zahir Azimi on Thursday rejected as wrong US top commander Gen. Joseph Dunford's recent remarks that Pakistan was not taking steps... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Supreme Court has issued an order cancelling two articles of a new diplomatic law pertaining to Afghan diplomats with dual nationalities and foreign wives.Parliament and the president have approved the law four months ago banning... read more
KABUL (PAN): Czech Republic Prime Minister Petr Nečas on Saturday met with President Hamid Karzai and discussed with him bilateral relations and other issues of mutual interest, the Karzai office said.At the meeting at the Presidential Palace,... read more
KABUL (PAN): A spokesman for President Hamid Karzai on Thursday accused western countries of putting pressure on the Afghan government to accept the United States' conditions for a bilateral security agreement.Aimal Faizi referred to recent remarks... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Spanish government on Tuesday granted $26 million to the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development and the United Nations for the uplift of northwestern Badghis province, officials said.Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday announced talks on a strategic cooperation agreement with Pakistan had been suspended, as relations between the neighbours hit a new low.Afghanistan remained willing for closer, friendly and... read more
 KABUL (PAN): Following protests over economic difficulties and unemployment, representatives of the special people on Saturday met President Hamid Karzai and urged him to resolve their problems. Karzai’s national security advisor, ministers... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan government is close to finalising a strategic cooperation agreement with Turkey, the Presidential Palace announced on Wednesday. Visiting Turkish Defence Minister Ismet Yilmaz discussed with Karzai the proposed agreement and... read more
KABUL (PAN): The US embassy in Kabul on Monday said it had arranged 100 Fulbright scholarships for Afghan students.In an exclusive interview, the embassy spokesman told Pajhwok Afghan News the scholarships in five sections would be provided for the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Six zones created seven years ago for handling and coordinating affairs among police headquarters were abolished on Wednesday.The Cabinet took the decision in response a request from the Ministry of Interior, ministry spokesman Ghulam... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai called Monday a good day when the US military finally ceded full control of the Bagram detention facility to his administration -- removing a major irritant in relations between the two countries.He hailed the... read more
 KABUL (PAN): A modern system of machine-readable passports and visas, meeting international standards, was put in place in Kabul on Sunday.With countrywide implementation of the new regime, hand-written passports would stand invalidated, said... read more
 KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday rejected NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen’s remarks and said the alliance’s war on terror inside Afghanistan was meaningless.A day earlier, Rasmussen hit back at Karzai for his... read more
 KABUL (PAN): The Bakhtaria treasure of Afghanistan, one of the five largest international historical marvels, has reached Melbourne after seven years of travel, an official said.The treasure including 231 historical objects -- some of them 3,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Foreign troops opened fire at a private truck, killing its two occupants in the Deh Sabz district of central Kabul province, an official said on Monday.The incident occurred at 10:30am when the International Security Assistance Force (... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Interior on Monday said security personnel had confiscated 34 weapons and thousands of unregistered SIM cards during operations in Kabul.The weapons, most of them pistols, were seized from a house in the eighth police... read more
KABUL (PAN): Three Iranians, who have been living in Afghanistan for 13 years, has been granted Afghan citizenship, an official of the Administrative Affairs Office at the Presidential Palace said on Tuesday.The trio’s applications for Afghanistan’s... read more
CHARIKAR (PAN): The Salang highway, linking Kabul with northern Provinces, was reopened for traffic on Friday after three days of closure, officials said. The highway was blocked early Tuesday morning due to fear of snow slides. Hundreds of... read more
KABUL (PAN): The National Security Council (NSC) on Sunday decided that foreign troops could stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014 based on an understanding with the government in Kabul.The decision came at an NSC meeting chaired by President Karzai, who... read more
KABUL (PAN): The National Security Council (NSC) has given American Special Forces two weeks to leave central Maidan Wardak province, President Hamid Karzai’s chief spokesman said on Sunday.Addressing a news conference in Kabul, Aimal Faizi said... read more
KABUL (PAN): Three security personnel and four attackers were killed and seven others wounded as a result of a series of well-coordinated Taliban attacks in Kabul, Logar and Nangarhar provinces on Sunday.A suicide bomber detonated his explosives-... read more
KABUL (PAN): A top Afghan jail official on Sunday said nearly 10,000 individuals, held over the past 11 years on charges of insurgency-related activities, remained imprisoned in various jails across the country.Of the detainees, more than 6,000 have... read more
KABUL (PAN): The numbers of prisoners across Afghanistan has shot up from 2000 in 2003 to 26,000 in 2012, showing an annual increase of more than 20 percent over the past 10 years, an official said on Tuesday.Brig. Gen. Amir Mohammad Jamshidi, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): British troops stationed in Afghanistan have been issued with Black Hornet miniature surveillance helicopters which could fit at palm, the military said on Monday.The 10-centimeter-long helicopters, Scandinavian-designed Black Hornet... read more
KABUL (PAN): Hundreds of Afghan refugees living in Iran have been issued passports to help them find work visas in the neighbouring country, an official said on Monday.Of the 1,400,000 Afghan refugees in Iran, 800 have received passports, with host... read more
 KABUL (PAN): The current child and mother mortality rate in Afghanistan is five times lower than in the past 10 years, Presidential Hamid Karzai said on Friday.Of the 100,000 births, 1,600 mothers and newborns died in 2002, but the number fell... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Indian cabinet on Saturday approved Rs492.55 crore ($91.576 million) to fund enhanced scholarships for Afghan students, the government in New Delhi said.“Scholarships for Afghan students in various universities in India will... read more
KABUL (PAN): More than 624,000 acres of land was grabbed by 15,000 individuals, including senior government officials, across the country, a recent investigation reveals.A commission, which was created in compliance with President Hamid Karzai's... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Indian cabinet on Thursday approved revised cost estimates of Rs1457.56 crore (over $110 million) for the completion of a major dam project in western Afghanistan.When completed, the multi-million dollar Salma Dam project -- being... read more
KABUL (PAN): German-donated wind electricity instruments have been installed in the capital Kabul for the first time, an official said on Wednesday.Amanullah Ghalib, chief of the renewal energy administration at the Ministry of Energy and Water,... read more
 KABUL (PAN): The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has granted $3.51million for the expansion of the power network in northern Kunduz and Baghlan provinces, an official said on Sunday.Finance Minister Hazrat Omer Zakhilwal and Abdu Razzaq Samadi,... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Canadian experts have launched a survey based on satellite images to assess gas reserves in northern parts of western Herat province, an official said on Wednesday.The reserves were found in Kashk-i-Kohna, Rabat Sangi and Gulran... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Sixty-three people, including seven children, were released from the main jail and a correction centre in western Herat province on Tuesday, an official said.  Herat Prisons Director Brig. Gen. Shah Mir Amirpur said 50 men and... read more
  HERAT CITY (PAN): Water and Energy Minister Mohammad Ismael Khan warned if the current government faced any security threats after the withdrawal of foreign troops in 2014, the Mujahiddin would wage a war against Taliban. Speaking on the... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): In the wake international curbs, Iran has imposed new restrictions on exports to Afghanistan, affecting manufacturers in western Herat province, officials said on Wednesday. The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACC)... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Ten security personnel, including a police officer, and a Taliban-designated district chief were killed during a clash in western Herat province, officials said on Tuesday.Oba police chief, Maj. Bismillah, and four of his... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): A man was detained on the charge of smuggling $50,000 to Iran in western Herat province, an official said on Thursday.The man, seeking to transfer the money illegally in a taxi, was held by counter-terrorism police, the police... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Three civilians were killed in separate bomb explosions and four militants detained in western Afghanistan, an official said on Wednesday.A man riding a donkey was killed in a roadside bombing in the Falkah village of Kishk-i-Kohna... read more
MOSCOW (PAN): Moscow is trying to promote regional cooperation to resolve the Afghan crisis and boost its relations with Islamabad, a Russian official said on Thursday.Speaking to Afghan journalists in Moscow, Russia’s special representative for... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Two local insurgent leaders were among five people killed in an International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) airstrike in western Herat province on Saturday, officials said.The Taliban’s administrative chief and his deputy for... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Two people, including a police training academy teacher, were killed in a roadside bombing in western Herat province on Saturday morning, a local official said.The explosion took place at a police academy in Idraskan district hours... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Two security guards were killed and five others wounded Wednesday morning when a motorcycle-riding suicide bomber blew himself up in front of a police training centre in western Herat province, officials said.The explosives-packed... read more
KABUL (PAN): Hundreds of Kabul University students on Sunday condemned a blasphemous film and sought harsh punishment for the producer.Made by American-Israeli real estate investor Sam Basil, the movie was recently released by the same Christian... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Hundreds of weapons were surrendered to the Disbandment of Illegal Armed Groups (DIAG) programme in western Herat province on Saturday, the spy service said.A statement from the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said the 370... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Police in western Herat province detected and sealed a diesel factory on the Herat-Islam Qala highway for being run illegally and selling substandard fuel, an official said on WednesdayThe factory located in Aria town was closed... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): A senior Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) official on Monday warned Kabul’s interest would be harmed if it joined Washington in cutting trade ties with Iranian firms.The US has imposed sanctions against Iran to... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): A district police chief was among five people killed in a suicide attack in the Kish-i-Kohna town of western Herat province on Tuesday, an official said.Eight civilians were wounded in the bombing, which killed Arbab Hakim Jamshedi... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Economists, traders and local investors attended a conference on formulating a national trade policy in western Herat province on Tuesday, an official said.   The participants, including women, exchanged views on... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): The Ministry of Public Works on Monday said Iran has renewed its commitment to complete the Iran-Herat railway track over next six months. The project has been stopped more than three years ago.Construction work on the 61-kilometre... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Two policemen were killed and six others, including a district police chief, were injured in a rebel attack followed by a bomb blast in the eastern province of Herat, officials said on Friday.The police were on a patrol in the... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Two policemen were killed and six others, including a district police chief, were injured in a rebel attack followed by a bomb blast in the eastern province of Herat, officials said on Friday.The police were on a patrol in the... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): A massive iron processing and melting factory, an $8 million private sector project, was inaugurated on Tuesday at the industrial park in western Herat province, officials said.Commerce and Industries Minister Anwarul Haq Ahadi,... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Police in western Herat province on Sunday announced reward from 100,000 to 1,000,000 afghanis for information leading to the location and arrest of terrorists and kidnappers.Police spokesman, Col. Noor Khan Nikzad told Pajhwok... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Four civilians were killed and nine others, including three policemen, were wounded in a bomb blast that ripped through a busy marketplace in the western province of Herat, officials said on Saturday.The bomb was under a small... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Four insurgents, including a commander, were killed during an operation in the Guzra district of western Herat province on Wednesday, officials said.At least three women were among 18 civilians wounded in a bombing in the... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Hundreds of Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were awarded certificates on completing a training course in western Herat province, an official said on Thursday.Belonging to the 187th battalion, the recruits were trained in basic... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Workers of industrial companies, moneychangers, doctors, jewellers and traders went on strike in protest against rising kidnappings in western Herat province. Moneychangers, auto spare businessmen and jewelers closed their... read more
HEART CITY (PAN): Intelligence officials arrested three senior officials and a lawyer of Injeel district in western Herat province on charges of accepting bribes, authorities said on Friday.Herat’s urban attorney office head Gul Ahmad Ramesh told... read more
HERAT (PAN): About 600 police sergeants completed a training programme in western Herat province on Thursday, an official said.The graduates were awarded certificates on completing the three months training in Adraskan district, a police spokesman... read more
HERAT (PAN): Twenty-two rebels were killed in separate incidents, including infighting and bomb blasts, in northwestern Badghis and southern Kandahar provinces, officials said on Wednesday.In Badghis, a clash between gunmen loyal to Mullah Ahmad and... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): The revenue of Torghondi dry port in western Herat province increased by 260 million afghanis over the past four months, compared to the corresponding period last year, an official said on Thursday.  The dry port income for... read more
KABUL (PAN): Sixteen people, including a police commander and seven militants, were killed in separate incidents in different parts of Afghanistan over the past 24 hours, officials said on Thursday.The Ministry of Interior said security forces... read more
KABUL (PAN): A man in the Afghan National Army (ANA) uniform opened fire on foreign soldiers, injuring two of them, in northern Faryab province on Monday, an official said.The attacker who shot at soldiers on a US military base in the Ghormach... read more
ZARANJ/HERAT (PAN): Over nine tonnes of drugs and precursor chemicals used in heroin production were seized during a counternarcotics operation in western Herat and southwestern Nimroz provinces, officials said on Wednesday.In Nimroz, 1.5 tonnes of... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): An Indian diplomat on Monday reaffirmed New Delhi’s commitment to continuing work on the Salma dam -- one of the mega friendship projects India is implementing in western Herat province.An Indian newspaper reported on July 14 that... read more
HERAT CITY/JALALABAD (PAN): Two guards of a private security company were killed and as many injured during a roadside bombing in Karokh district of western Herat province, an official said.Ghulam Farooq Rustavi, the town's administrative head, said... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Twenty one militants joined the peace process in western province of Herat and surrendered their weapons to the authorities, said an official on Saturday.Led by Mullah Abdul Razzaq, the rebels turned in to Afghan security personnel... read more
HEART CITY (PAN): A district mayor was killed by the Taliban militants while he was returning home from the mosque in the western province of Herat, an official said on Saturday.Police spokesman Noor Khan Nekzad told Pajhwok Afghan News that gunmen... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): A 15-member rebel group joined the peace process in western Herat province on Thursday, the Afghan intelligence service said.A statement from the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said the individuals had been involved in... read more
HERAT (PAN): Four rebels were killed and three others injured during a clash between two Taliban commanders in western Herat province, an official said on Saturday.A police spokesman for western zone, Abdur Rauf Ahmadi, told Pajhwok Afghan News that... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): After disarming a prison guard, six inmates managed to flee a jail in the Gulran district of western Herat province, an official said on Thursday. The acting administrative head of Gulran, Abdul Qayum Sori, said some prisoners... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Gunmen set fire to a school building in western Herat province, where a newly-constructed structure for another school was inaugurated on Monday, officials said.The fire incident took place the Qodus village of Kahsan district on... read more
HERAT (PAN): One International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldier was killed and two others injured in an explosion in the Adraskan district of western Herat province on Monday, officials said. The blast happened at around 8 am inside a... read more
HERAT (PAN): A potable water scheme, benefitting nearly 100,000 people, was inaugurated in the capital of western Herat province on Thursday, an official said.The German-funded project cost 800,000 euros (52.4 million afghanis) and took one year to... read more
KABUL (PAN): An Iranian national who tried to smuggle 13 kilograms of heroin into his country was nabbed in the western province of Herat, officials said on Thursday.Police spokesman Col. Noorkhan Nekzad told Pajhwok Afghan News that police... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Ten suspects have been detained for plotting the assassination of Governor Daud Shah Saba and disruptive activities in western Herat province, an official said on Wednesday.The governor's spokesman, Mohiuddin Noori, told Pajhwok... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): The first-ever carpet processing factory, a US-funded project, was inaugurated in the industrial park in western Herat province on Saturday, officials said.Addressing the inaugural ceremony, Governor Daud Shah Saba called the... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Four International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers were injured in a roadside bombing in western Farah province, the alliance said on Saturday.The explosion took place about 39 kilometres from Farah City, the provincial... read more
KABUL (PAN): A district police chief was injured along with three of his guards when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in southern Ghazni province on Thursday, an official said.The Khwaja Omari district police chief, Ahmad Zia, was on a patrol in... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): A police officer was detained on charges of seeking bribes from the driver of a private security firm in western Herat province on Wednesday.The officer tried to extort money from the driver, who was taken out of Herat City, the... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Incidents of violence of violence against women in the western zone increased by 10 percent, with 194 cases registered since March 21, a human rights activist official said on Tuesday.Last year, 605 cases of violence against women... read more
HERAT/SHIBERGHAN (PAN): Four people, including one of Uzbek warlord Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum’s guards, were killed and seven others injured in road accidents in western Herat and northern Faryab provinces, officials said on Monday.Three people were... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): More than 520 artifacts belonging to the Islamic and pre-Islamic periods were donated to the Herat Museum by the precious stone traders’ union on Monday, an official said.  A big cooking vessel (deg), a rare coin, a bowl and... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): The United States is trying to track down Al Qaeda’s top financer Yasin Al-Suri, allegedly hiding in Iran, in areas along the border, Afghan officials said on Saturday.The US placed a $10million (50 million afs) bounty on the head... read more
HERAT (PAN): Police detained an Iranian citizen on the charge of drug smuggling in western Herat province, an official said on Monday.The individual was trying to smuggle 20 kilograms of opium through the Dahan-i-Zulfaqar area into Iran on Sunday... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Seventy-two prisoners, including four women, were released from the central jail in western Herat province, while prison terms of other inmates were reduced, officials said on Wednesday.The inmates were pardoned under the... read more
HERAT/KABUL/LOGAR (PAN): Two soldiers were killed and a district police chief injured during separate roadside bombings in central Logar, Maidan Wardak and western Herat provinces, said a statement.An Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier was killed in... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): India donated 55 mini buses to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in western Herat province on Wednesday, said an official.The vehicles costing $165,0000 (82,170,000 afs) had been handed over to the ministry, Maj. Najibullah Najibi, the... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): The US assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs on Tuesday said the Congress had allocated $600 million (29.9 billion afs) in assistance to Afghanistan for combating drugs... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Over 200 tonnes of poor-quality petrol imported from Iran was seized in western Herat province, officials said on Sunday.The seizure involving six fuel tankers were detected in border town of Islam Qala, Fuel and Gas Director... read more
HERAT (PAN): Eight passengers, including a woman and six children, were killed and two others wounded as a result of a head-on collision on the Herat-Zaranj highway on Sunday, an official said.The accident took place when a Herat-bound car ploughed... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): The establishment of 70 private schools and higher education institutions would provide education facilities to 35,000 students in the western province of Herat, local officials said on Tuesday.The private schools started operating... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Four people were detained on charges of carrying explosives and plotting to launch on attacks on government departments in western Herat province, an official said on Monday.The individuals were detained by police in Injeel and... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Nearly 405 prisoners were released from the central jail in western Herat province last year, while prison terms of another 1,300 inmates reduced, the justice department said on Thursday.Those released were beneficiaries of... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): A kidnap gang was busted by intelligence operatives before it could abduct a trader in western Herat province, an official said on Thursday.The detained individuals had confessed to staging a series of kidnappings during... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): A Taliban commander who recently joined the peace process was killed in western Herat province, officials said on Friday.Mohammad Gul was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in the Jangar area of Shindand district, provincial head of... read more
LASHKARGAH/HERAT CITY (PAN): Seven policemen were among 17 people killed in two separate suicide attacks on government offices in southern Helmand and western Herat provinces on Tuesday, officials said. More than 60 others were wounded.The daring... read more
HERAT (PAN): An Italian-funded building for the ambulance service was inaugurated at a zonal hospital in western Herat province on Monday, local officials said.Governor Daud Shah Saba, senior provincial officials and Italian Ambassador to... read more
HEART CITY/FARAH CITY (PAN): Unknown gunmen shot dead two sisters on charges of “adultery” and “moral corruption” in western Herat province, police said on Sunday.The incident occurred in the Kolkhorma village of Guzra district on Saturday night,... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): As the accountability week began, local officials said the security situation improved last year in the western province of Herat.Speaking at a conference, the provincial police chief said the security situation had considerably... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Thirty-five Taliban fighters, including a commander, joined the peace process in the western province of Herat, an official said on Sunday.Led by Mullah Mir Ahmad, the militants surrendered late on Saturday as a result of efforts... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Italian Defence Minister Giampaolo Di Paola, during a visit to western Herat province on Saturday, said his country would remain committed to supporting Afghanistan.Speaking at a ceremony that marked the change of command at the... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): The annual revenue of western Herat province has increased to 19.98 billion afghanis ($385 million) in 2011, compared to 14.83 billion afs during the previous year.Local officials said on Saturday the Ministry of Finance had set... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Seventy security officials were fired on charges of corruption and misusing their authority in western provinces, the interior minister said on Thursday.A 15-member delegation of the ministry, led by Bismillah Mohammadi, concluded... read more
FARAH CITY (PAN): Thirty Taliban fighters and five private security guards were killed during a clash in western Farah province, officials said on Thursday.Heavily armed insurgents attacked a convoy of trucks carrying supplies for NATO-led troops in... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): A four-member group, accused of masterminding several attacks and plotting the assassination of the energy minister, was busted in western Herat province, officials said on Wednesday.More than 243 kilograms of explosives were... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Over the past year, 94 cases of self-immolation were registered in western Afghanistan, where 88 of the incidents involved women, an official said on Wednesday.A year before, when 95 cases of self-immolation were recorded, 54... read more
HERAT CITY/ KUNDUZ CITY (PAN): More than a dozen Taliban fighters and three Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed during clashes in different parts of the country, officials said on Wednesday.A Taliban-designated deputy governor for... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Seven Taliban fighters and three Afghan soldiers have been killed in separate incidents of violence in Herat, Badghis and Farah provinces, an official said on Tuesday.A shadow Taliban governor for Badghis province was killed along... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): The installation of 400 solar lights along the roads in western Herat province was completed by the municipality and electricity department, officials said on Sunday.These solar lights were installed while residents in Herat were... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Hundreds of kilograms of explosives were recovered from a motorised rickshaw in the western province of Herat, officials said on Thursday.Weighing nearly 600 kg, the explosives were seized in Injeel district on Wednesday night,... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Two security officials were killed and a third injured as result of a roadside bombing in western Herat province on Sunday.The explosion took place in the Shindand district, where a police vehicle struck the bomb, police spokesman... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): A young mathematician, son of a farmer, who discovered formulas and authored books on mathematical sciences is yet to hit fame, but instead languishing in painful poverty.Seventeen-year- old Safiullah Bahrami, of Sultan Ghyasuddin... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Two Taliban fighters were killed in a clash with the police in western Herat, where ransom-related kidnapping cases has surged, officials said on Sunday.The clash erupted after a group of insurgents ambushed a police patrol in the... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Police clashed with a group of illegal armed men in the Injeel district of western Herat province overnight, killing a gunman and injuring another, an official said on Friday.The firefight broke out in the Kabarzan area late on... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): The NATO senior civil envoy Simon Gass on Tuesday said the strategic cooperation agreement between Afghanistan and the US would be signed in the near future.Speaking at a news conference in western Herat province, Gass said... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): A commander was among a dozen insurgents who joined the peace process in western Herat province, officials said on Tuesday.The 11-member group, led by Parvaiz, had been active against the government in the Pashtoon Zarghon district... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Up to 109 kilograms of drugs intended for smuggling to neighbouring Iran were seized by police in western Herat province, an official said on Thursday.The drug cache was seized in at the Islam Qala dry port on Wednesday night,... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Three people were killed and a fourth wounded during a dispute over the distribution of orchard trees and water in the western Herat province, officials said on Thursday.The clash erupted on Wednesday night in the Zerkoh area of... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): More than four tonnes of opium, chemicals used in drug processing and alcoholic beverages were seized over the past month in western Herat province, officials said on Wednesday.The drugs weighing 4.2 tonnes were confiscated near... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Around 1,100 students were awarded certificates on completing an Islamic studies course in western Herat province, where more than 20,000 boys and girls are enrolled at seminaries, officials said on Monday.  The students... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Afghanistan on Saturday ratified the International Road Transport (TIR) Convention to begin availing the facilities used by landlocked states, officials said. The ratification a two-day conference among member states in... read more
HEART CITY (PAN): Two hundred police sergeants, including 20 women, graduated from a four-month training course in western Herat province, officials said on Thursday.The sergeants distributed graduation certificates on completing the training at the... read more
HEART CITY (PAN): The prosecutor office in western Herat province said on Wednesday a man who cut off his wife’s fingers and lips and killed his small daughter had been arrested.Marya Bashir, the attorney, told a news conference in Herat City, the... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Two people, including a policeman, were shot dead and as many civilians injured by unidentified motorcyclists in the Shindand district of western Herat province, an official said on Monday.The incident happened in the Azizabad area... read more
HERAT CITY/ KABUL (PAN): Three Italian soldiers with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) were killed during an operation in western Herat province on Monday, officials and the alliance said.The ISAF media office in Kabul... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Unidentified gunmen kidnapped two workers with a Turkish construction company in western Herat province, bordering Iran, an official said on Monday.Mustafa Alkan, a Turkish engineer, and his translator Abdul Shakoor were seized on... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): The water supply department director of western Herat province has been appointed as inspection and corruption-control officer at the Supreme Court, six months after he was fired on charges of corruption and embezzlement, a senior... read more
HERAT (PAN): Two rebel groups, including their commanders, joined the national reconciliation programme in western Herat province, an official said on Saturday.The insurgents were operating in the Rabat-i-Sangi district of the province, Governor... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): A Taliban leader joined the peace process along with 18 associates in the Chesht-i-Sharif district of western Herat province, officials said on Monday.The group members, all residents of the district, turned in 17 weapons to... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): A newly-constructed terminal was inaugurated at the Herat International Airport on Monday, officials said.The terminal, a joint venture of the Italian Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) and the United States, will help ensure... read more
HEART CITY (PAN): Nearly a dozen individuals, including a militant responsible for collecting zakat and ushr, were detained during a security operation in the Gulran district of western Herat province, officials said on Sunday.Backed by police, the... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): The body of a district health clinic head, who was recently kidnapped by unidentified gunmen, was found in western Herat province, an official said on Sunday.The corpse of Dr. Hafizullah, the Shindand clinic chief, was recovered in... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Two Afghan National Army (ANA) officers were killed and three others wounded in a roadside bombing in western Herat province, an official said on Sunday.The blast ripped through a patrol of soldiers in Oba district late on Saturday... read more
HEART CITY (PAN): The first-ever domestic medicine manufacturing factory has started functioning in the western province of Herat, officials said on Wednesday.The factory called Abison Farma has been established at the industrial park in Herat city... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): At the head of a delegation, the governor of western Herat province on Wednesday left for Turkmenistan to discuss cooperation in energy and trade sectors, his deputy said.Deputy Governor Asil Din Jami told Pajhwok Afghan News the... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): A 30-member rebel group, including a senior Taliban commander, joined the peace process in western Herat province, officials said on Monday.Led by Mullah Abdullah, the group was operating in Pashtun Zarghoon district and eastern... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): The foundation stone of a 50-bed hospital was laid in the Shindand district of western Herat province, an official said on Saturday.A ceremony marking the launch of construction work on the facility was attended by acting public... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): The Big Bear Club won a basketball tournament that started on Jan. 7 in western Herat province, a sports official said on Saturday.A dozen teams participated in the event played at the Mirwais Sadiqui Gymnasium in Herat City,... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): As many as 285 national policemen completed a training course in the Adrskan district of western Herat province on Thursday, an official said.The policemen received four-month training at the district training academy, Col. Abdul... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): A court in western Herat province on Tuesday sentenced a 23-year-old man to 16 years in jail for spying for Iran.Mehmood, who pleaded not guilty, was convicted by a judicial panel during an open trial on the basis of evidence... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Six sites have been identified so far across the country for the installation of systems to produce wind power, an official said on Monday.The sites were identified in Balkh, Herat, Kabul and Parwan provinces as part of a one-year... read more
KABUL (PAN): About 69 HIV-positive cases have been registered since March 22, 2011 in the western province of Herat. Most of the patients are drug addictsThe counternarcotics department estimates the addicts' population in the province at up to 70,... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Officials in western Herat province have expressed concern over the increasing number of drugs addicts, saying less than one percent of them had access to rehabilitation facilities.Based on a survey by the provincial counter-... read more
HEART CITY (PAN): A traffic officer has been detained on the charge of bribery and misuse of authority in western Herat province, an official said on Saturday.Lt. Col. Aminullah Maihanyar was arrested for alleged corruption and misuse of power,... read more
MAHMOOD RAQI/HERAT CITY (PAN): Two militants were killed when the roadside bomb they were planting went off prematurely in central Kapisa province on Saturday, an official said.The explosion happened in the Paianda Khel area of Tagab district, the... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): A 14-member rebel group joined the peace process in western Herat province on Tuesday, an official said.  Led by Mullah Baser, the surrendering insurgents also turned in their weapons in Shindand district, said Maulvi Ghulam... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Although the strength of the police force in western Herat province was inadequate, the overall security situation had improved there, setting a paradigm for the rest of the country, Governor Daud Shah Saba said on Sunday.One sign... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Four suspected Taliban insurgents have been detained in the western province of Herat, the spy agency said on Wednesday.Three Taliban fighters, hailing from Gulran district, were collecting Oshar, a 10th part of an agricultural... read more
JALALABAD/HERAT CITY (PAN): A Taliban commander who had recently joined the peace process was killed in eastern Nangarhar province, officials said on Monday.In western Herat province, one militant was killed and 15 others detained during an... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Foreign Minister Zalmay Rassoul on Wednesday said the opening of Taliban's office in a foreign country did not mean the insurgent movement's recognition as a political force.In order to brief local officials on the government's... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Due to reduced supply of gas, it prices have unprecedentedly increased in western Herat province over the past two months, residents complained on Wednesday.  The rate of a kilogram of gas hovered between 70 and 80 afghanis at... read more
HERAT (PAN): A 10-member group of militants joined the peace process in western Herat province, an official said on Monday.Led by Ali Ahmad and Syed Imamuddin, the group remained active in Chasht-i-Sharif district against government and foreign... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): An explosive-rigged motorcycle was found and defused by security forces in the Ghoryan district of western Herat province, an official said on Thursday.The explosives were precisely defused on Thursday afternoon by National... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Work on two road construction projects in the western province of Herat was launched at the cost of $5.6 million (277 million afghanis), officials had said.Asphalting the two roads in Shindand and Angel districts of the province... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Saffron yield in western Herat province reached 1,792 kilograms this year, registering a 300-kg increase, compared to last year, a leader of growers said on Monday.The Saffron Growers Council head said the increase in harvest... read more
HERAT (PAN): The United States on Saturday delivered advanced planes and helicopters for transportation and training purposes to the Shindand Airbase of Afghan forces in eastern Herat province, an official said.  Air Force Commander Gen.... read more
TIRINKOT (PAN): The intelligent officer of Deh Rawud district in central Uruzgan province was wounded along three guards in a roadside bombing on Wednesday, officials said.  The explosion happened at around 1pm in Deh Rawud, soon after Ghulam... read more
KABUL (PAN): Seven members of a family were killed and an eighth injured as a result of a traffic accident in western Herat province, officials said on Wednesday.The road crash happened on Tuesday night when a passenger bus ploughed into a truck in... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): A 12-member rebel group joined the peace process in western Herat province, the provincial high peace committee said on Sunday.Led by Mullah Abdul Salam, a resident of Adraskan district, the group also surrendered ammunitions and... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Three people were injured when a mortar warhead exploded in the capital of western Herat province on Wednesday, officials said.The explosion took place when a mechanic was hitting the warhead with a hammer in his workshop in the... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Three people were sentenced to death on charges of attacking the Italian Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) and killing civilians in western Herat province, officials said on Tuesday.They were convicted as a result of an open... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): A twelve years old child was rescued from kidnappers by police with the cooperation of residents in western Herat province, officials said on Saturday.The child was abducted by a three-member gang from the Imam Fakhri Razi area of... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Saffron Framers' Association (SFA) on Wednesday announced a 20 percent increase in cultivation during the current year in western Herat province.Saffron is a fruitful, expensive plant used to flavour and colour food. The spice is... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): A sharp increase has been registered in fuel prices over the 10 days in western Herat province, which borders a major gas exporting country, Turkmenistan.The price of a kilogram of liquefied gas has increased by 25 afghanis during... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): The Khwaja Abdullah Ansari Hospital in western Herat province was chosen from amongst 85 countries for an international surgery certificate in acknowledgement of its orthopedic services.Dr. Mohammad Ismail Wardak, the foreign... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): The Iranian consul general in western Herat province on Sunday said the proposed permanent US military bases could further deteriorate Afghanistan's security situation.Addressing a news conference on recent developments in the... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): At least four civilians were killed and three others injured in a landmine blast in western Herat province, officials said on Sunday.The explosion took place late on Saturday when residents tried to defuse the landmine planted by... read more
HERAT (PAN): The revenue of western Herat province reached more than 10 billion afghanis ($205 million) over the last six months, showing a 45 percent increase compared to the corresponding period last year, an official said on Monday.The provincial... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MoAIL) will distribute 75 tonnes of saffron seedlings in 15 provinces to promote its cultivation in the country.Saffron seedlings were purchased from western Herat province,... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): A private school was closed and its administrator arrested in western Herat province on the charge of distributing sacrilegious CDs to students, officials said on Friday.The action was taken on the basis of complaints from local... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Fifteen tankers carrying fuel for international troops were torched and one of the private security guards escorting the convoy was killed and five others were injured in western Farah province, officials said on Thursday.The... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): A three-member militant group accused of involvement in suicide attacks and assassinations of government officials has been busted by intelligence operatives in western Herat province, an official said on Sunday.The governor's... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): One Turkish citizen was killed and two others were injured in a road side bombing in the Shindand district of western Heart province on Thursday, an official said.The incident took place in the eastern part of the Shindand air port... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Two members of a family, including a girl and her brother, were injured in a premature suicide attack in western Herat province, officials said on Tuesday.The suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden Corolla car before... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Three people lost their lives and another 182 sustained injuries during separate traffic accidents over the past four days in northern Faryab and western Herat provinces, an official said on Saturday.Western zone police spokesman,... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): A woman was killed and 10 others were injured as a result of a powerful bomb blast in the western province of Herat on Friday, police and hospital sources said.The explosion occurred in front of the police headquarters in Herat... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): The United States annually spends about $450 million (2.1 billion afghanis) on reconstruction projects and cultural programmes in western Herat province, America's top diplomat said on Thursday.Washington being a strategic... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): The United States on Thursday supported the Independent Election Commission's decision to resolve the lingering dispute over results from last year's parliamentary poll. On Sunday, the IEC disqualified nine sitting MPs in... read more
HERAT CITY: Three militants, blamed for planning an attack on the Italian Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) compound in the capital of western Herat province, were detained by intelligence officials, the National Directorate of Security (NDS)... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Three Taliban militants were killed, two injured and four others detained during operations in western Farah and Herat provinces, an officials said on Wednesday.One operation was conducted in the Siah Cha village of Guzra district... read more
HERAT(PAN): A three-member rebel group was busted while smuggling weapons in western Herat province, a senior official said on Sunday. The militants, transferring weapons from the Injil district to a refugee town in Shidai area, were detained by... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Thursday condemned the two bomb blasts that killed about 24 civilians, including women and children, in western Herat province. "The enemies have once again shown their enmity with Afghanistan, by... read more
HERATCITY (PAN): At least 20 people were killed and as many others, including nine children, injured in a roadside bombing in western Herat province on Thursday, officials said. The incident took place at around 9:30am when a civilian vehicle... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Residents of western Herat province complain about increasing prices of fuel, although the province borders two oil-exporting countries: Iran and Turkmenistan Currently, a litre of petrol sells for 62 afghanis and the same amount... read more
HERATCITY (PAN): Security responsibility for Herat City was handed over to Afghan forces on Thursday, increasing to four the number of areas transferred to local control. Marking the transition, two separate ceremonies took place on the Herat... read more
HERAT (PAN): Security responsibility for the western city of Herat is being handed to Afghan forces, an official said on Thursday. Asil Din Jami, the deputy governor, told Pajhwok Afghan News that there will be two ceremonies to mark the... read more
FARAH (PAN): Sixteen of 30 civilians, who were kidnapped a week back by the Taliban in the Gulistan district of western Farah province, have been freed, an official said on Sunday. Efforts by the Farah governor and tribal elders led to the release... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN):The Taliban kidnapped dozensof civilians in the western province of Farah, an official said, but the fighters said the abducted men were police. The kidnapping took place in Tot region of Gulistan district on Tuesday evening,... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): In the first quarter of this year, customsrevenues from Farah province increased three and a half times compared to the same period last year, an official said. Abdul Jabar Karokhel, the general manager of the Farah customs office... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN):One person was killed, four were injured and six fuel tankers torched when Taliban fighters attacked a NATO convoy in western Herat province, an official said on Sunday. The incident took place Saturday night in the Azizabad area... read more
HERAT (PAN): Security challenges will not delay the security transition process in western Herat province, local officials said on Sunday. In less than a month, Afghan forces will assume responsibility for security in Herat City, the provincial... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): More than 80,000 people in the Afghanistan’s western provinces are vulnerable to landmines, a demining coordination centre announced on Wednesday. The Mine Action Coordination Centre for Afghanistan (MACA) said Wednesday... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Fifteen people from four different families, including women and children, were killed when a truck skidded off a road and overturned in western Herat province, officials said on Wednesday. Another four people were injured in the... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Suspected Taliban insurgents attacked a convoy of trucks shipping logistics supplies for NATO-led troops in southwestern Nimroz province, killing 5 guards, police said on Saturday. Another 7 guards who had been escorting the... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Unidentified gunmen beheaded two young men in the Par Chaman district of western Farah province on Thursday, police said. The two were travelling in a car toward the provincial capital, Farah city, when gunmen intercepted their... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): One hundred and eighty-two policemen graduated from a training centre in western Herat province on Thursday, an official said. The new graduates would be deployed to different parts of the country, Abdul Rauf Ahmadi, a spokesman... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): A Taliban commander and two of his associates were killed during an operation in the western province of Herat, officials said on Tuesday. Syed Mirza and his men were killed late on Monday night during an ongoing operation in the... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): The death toll from Monday's two back-to-back bomb attacks in western Herat province increased to eight after three more critically injured people succumbed to their wounds in hospital, an official said on Tuesday. At least 41... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Ten Italian soldiers were injured in a gun attack following two back-to-back explosions that killed four people and wounded several others in western Herat province, a Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) official said. After the... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Four people were killed and 24 others wounded in two back-to-back suicide bombings that rocked the capital of western Herat on Monday noon, hospital sources said. The blasts, followed by a fierce clash, happened in Jada-i-Mahtab... read more
HEART CITY (PAN): Two schoolteachers were killed in a bomb blast in Oba district of western Herat province, an official said on Monday. "Two teachers died in Sunday's explosion in the Asprza area. A third teacher was wounded... read more
HERAT CITY(PAN): A brother and sister were found mysteriously killed with AK-47 assault rifle in the Kohsan district of eastern Nangarhar province, police said on Friday. The two were found dead at their home in the Kham Merak village, and police... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Poppy crops grown over about 612.5 acres of land were eradicated during a campaign that concluded on Thursday in western Herat province, officials said. The 26-day poppy eradication campaign was launched by counter narcotics... read more
HERATCITY (PAN): Tonnes of expired and low quality medicine were set ablaze by health officials in western Herat province on Monday, officials said. The 20 tonnes of expired and low quality medicine worth $400,000 had been collected from various... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Two contract guards with the Afghan National Army (ANA) were killed when a roadside blast ripped through their vehicle in the western province of Herat, officials said on Monday. The blast on Sunday evening hit the ANA vehicle in... read more
HERATCITY (PAN): One man was killed and 15 others were wounded as a result of three separate bomb explosions in the western province of Herat, officials said on Tuesday. A land mine exploded on Tuesday morning, when Kuchis were taking herds to a... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): One policeman was killed and another wounded when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in western Herat province, an official said on Sunday. The incident happened in the Du Rahi area of Shindand district on Saturday night, deputy... read more
HERATCITY (PAN): Eight inmates have escaped from the Kahsan district prison in western Herat province, a police official said on Saturday. Two of the escapees were re-arrested during a subsequent search operation, the official told Pajhwok... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Fifteen Taliban fighters and their commander joined the peace process in the western province of Herat on Wednesday, an official said. Led by Mullah Syed Ahmad, the rebels surrendered in the Zirkoh area of Shindand district, an... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): A major dam project, which is estimated to cost more than $180 million, (8.191 billion) afghanis will be completed in the Chasht Sharif district of western Herat province by end of 2012, the Indian consul general promised on Sunday... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Three people were killed and a fourth wounded during a clash between two illegal armed groups in the western province of Herat, a police official said. Supporters of commanders Syed Mirza and Mullah Wazir traded fire in the Chasht... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Taliban militants have kidnapped more than a dozen Iranian and Afghan employees of a road construction company in western Farah province, a senior police officer said on Monday. The 11 Iranian and two Afghan workers were kidnapped... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): AN insurgent commander was killed along with three of his associates during an operation by NATO-led troops in western Herat province, an official said on Saturday. Mullah Mohiuddin was killed during a ground-air offensive in the... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Four Taliban fighters were killed and another two wounded during a clash with foreign troops in Khak-i-Safid district of southwestern Farah province, an official said on Tuesday. The clash took place in the Nangabad area late on... read more
HERATCITY (PAN): A joint Afghan-international security forces arrested seven suspected militants in the western province of Farah, officials said on Monday. The operation, also involving Afghan intelligence operatives, was carried out in Bala Baluk... read more
HERATCITY (PAN): One person died and five others were injured when the roof of their house caved in due to heavy rains in western Herat province, officials said on Saturday. The incident happened on Friday night in Kashk Kohna district as a result... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Iran's border police killed eight Afghans trying to cross the border into the neighbouring country near the Islam Qala dry port in western Herat province, an official said on Thursday. The Afghans were killed by Iranian border... read more
FARAH (PAN): Four policemen were killed when a group of Taliban fighters ambushed their patrol in western Farah province on Tuesday, an official said. The policemen deployed to provide security for a highway were attacked at 7am in Masaw village on... read more
HERATCITY (PAN): Two people were burned to death after a fire broke out in an oil depot in western Herat province on Sunday, police said. Tonnes of oil were lost to the fire that erupted west of Herat city, the provincial capital, in the afternoon... read more
HERATCITY (PAN): The revenue of the customs department of western Herat province increased to 15 billion afghanis ($329.8 million) last year, showing 39 percent more income compared to previous year's returns, an official said. The revenue... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Self-immolations have increased over the past year in western Afghanistan, but fewer people have died from their injuries, doctors say. The main causes of self-immolation are violence in families, poverty, drug addiction and... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Two bomb planters, a police checkpoint commander and a civilian have been killed in separate incidents in the western province of Herat, officials said on Wednesday. The two militants were planting a bomb in Bakhtabad village of... read more
HERATCITY (PAN): Militants have hijacked four trucks carrying food items with their drivers in the western province of Herat, officials said on Sunday. Gunmen popped up on the road and took away the trucks with their drivers in Pashtun Zarghun... read more
HERATCITY(PAN): International troops seized 447 kilograms of narcotics and detained several people in connection with the drugs in southwestern Nimroz province, the forces said on Saturday. The drugs, including 300 kgs of morphine and 147 kgs of... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Three people were killed when the bomb they were planting exploded in Balablok district of southwestern Farah province, officials said on Thursday. The three were planting a mine in Dawlat Abad village of Balablok district on... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Taliban abducted two drivers of a private company and damaged a tower of a telecommunications company in the western province of Farah, officials said on Tuesday. The Roshan mobile phone tower was damaged on Monday night when they... read more
HERATCITY(PAN): A Taliban commander who escaped from a jail 14 months ago in western Farah province has been arrested, police said on Sunday. The commander identified as Arif who had been on the run is back in jail, police chief, Brig. Gen. Sayed... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Roya Bahrami has been blind since birth, but the 19-year-old has not let that stop her from following her dreams. Last year, she graduated from Al Fatah high school and is now preparing to sit her university exam. Using Braille... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Two Afghan soldiers were killed and three others were injured when their convoy struck a roadside bomb in western Herat province on Wednesday, officials said. The incident happened in Bakwa district as the Afghan National Army (... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Herat on Tuesday marked the 32nd anniversary of its uprising against the then-Soviet-backed Afghan government in which more than 24,000 people were killed. On March 15, 1979, communist forces attacked Herat and killed around 24,... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Four policemen were wounded when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Zinda Jan district of western Herat province on Tuesday, an official said. The police pickup hit the mine as it was heading to a checkpoint that had been... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Thirty-seven prisoners, including two women, were freed from the Herat Central Jail in accordance with President Hamid Karzai's decree, an official said on Monday. The individuals, who had completed a third of their jail terms... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Three insurgents and two security officials were killed during an ongoing operation in Pashtun Zarghoon district of western Herat province on Thursday, an official said. The joint Afghan army and police operation was launched on... read more
HERATCITY (PAN): Police arrested a man in connection with trafficking more than half a ton of drugs near the Afghan-Iran border in the western province of Farah, officials said on Thursday. The 553 kilograms of opium had been hidden inside bags of... read more
    HERAT (PAN): The traditional craft of silk weaving is undergoing a transformation in Herat, as cheaper, synthetic silk from Pakistan replaces natural thread. While some weavers say that the industry is still vibrant, and that they... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): One insurgent was killed and another three arrested during an operation to clear militants from an area in western Herat province, officials said on Thursday. Police carried out the operation in Pashtun Zarghon district on... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): A senior military commander said on Wednesday that Afghan security forces, which were yet to be equipped with heavy and modern weaponry, were ready to shoulder the security responsibility. With the cooperation of people, Afghan... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Two abducted individuals were released as a result of a police operation in the western province of Herat, officials said on Wednesday. A son of a plastic-manufacturing company's owner and a worker of the factory were abducted... read more
HERATCITY (PAN): Taliban fighters on Tuesday claimed responsibility for an attack on a female police official in the western province of Herat. Gunmen on motorcycles shot and wounded 2nd Lt. Maryam, head of a police recruitment centre, after she... read more
HERAT (PAN): Work on an iron-melting factory that will provide jobs for about 300 people started in western Herat province on Monday, an official said. The Kabul Fulad factory, which will be built on 17.5 acres (7 hectares) of land in an industrial... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Security forces arrested a man on Saturday on the charge of smuggling nine historical artifacts in western Herat province, an official said. The man was arrested in a hotel in the first police district of Herat City, the western... read more
HERATCITY (PAN): Two Taliban fighters were killed during a clash in western Herat province, an official said on Friday. But the insurgents claimed killing several policemen, including a checkpoint commander, in the overnight attack. The clash was... read more
HERATCITY (PAN): The first-ever tuberculoses laboratory, which has capacity to diagnose patients from five provinces, has been constructed in Herat, the governor said on Thursday. Patients of the five provinces -- Herat, Nimroz, Badghis, Farah and... read more
HERATCITY (PAN): Eleven people, including two children and a woman, were killed and 17 others wounded in a traffic accident in western Herat province on Sunday, an official said. Some women were among those wounded in the accident that took place... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Six militants, including a senior commander, were killed during an ISAF airstrike in Khak-i-Safed district of western Farah province, officials said on Saturday. The raid was conducted on Friday afternoon in Khost area, Khak-i-... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): NATO-led forces arrested eight Taliban fighters, including a local commander, in western Herat province, an ISAF spokesman said on Saturday. The militants were arrested during a three-day operation in Zabul area of Shindand... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Abdul Hadi Jamshedi, a member of the Wolesi Jirga, was injured in police fire in western Herat province, officials said on Wednesday. Jamshedi was going to Herat City from Rubat Sangi district and his vehicle was stopped at a... read more
  HERAT CITY (PAN): Security forces detained a district chief along with four others in northwestern Nimroz province and seized narcotics, weapons and cash at his residence, officials said on Sunday. Police raided the residence of the Dilaram... read more
HERATCITY(PAN): Three militants were injured during a clash with Afghan forces in western Farah province, officials said on Sunday. The clash was triggered by an attack on Afghan soldiers 15 kilometres west of the Khak-i-Safid district, the... read more
HERATCITY (PAN): Six members of a family were killed when their car carried away by flash floods that continued to wreak havoc in the western province of Farah, officials said on Sunday. The family was traveling in a car in Bala Balok district on... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Ulema in western Herat province asked the government to ban a drama serial broadcasted by a private TV channel, saying the play was paving the ground for religious differences. The Iranian production "Mukhtarnama" by... read more
HERATCITY (PAN): Authorities in Iran have deported nearly 2,200 Afghan refugees, including four women, to Afghanistan's western Herat province, bordering Iran, an official said on Monday. Most of the affected Afghans had no legal documents, but... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN):  Flash floods in Ghoryan and Injil districts of western Herat province killed three people and destroyed more than 360 houses, officials said on Thursday. Heavy rains caused the flooding, which destroyed over 100 houses in... read more
HERATCITY(PAN): A 10-member militant group joined the peace process and turned in their weapons to authorities in southwestern Farah province on Wednesday, an official said. The fighters handed rocket launchers, machine guns and Kalashnikovs as a... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): A dozen individuals suspected of having links with militants, kidnappers and robbers have been arrested in western Herat and Farah provinces, officials said on Tuesday. Five suspects were detained in an operation by the Quick... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): The number of women enrolling on literacy courses in western Herat province has far surpassed the number of men, an official said. As many as 30,000 people, including 27,000 women, had registered since March 21, 2010 with the... read more
KABUL (PAN): One civilian was killed and two militants were wounded in an airstrike by coalition troops in south-western Farah province, the International Security Assistance Force said on Monday. A Taliban commander was among the militants... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): The Afghan government and businessmen have suffered huge losses as a result of a two-month Iranian blockade of hundreds of fuel trucks, officials said on Friday. Following a series of protests in the country, traders announced... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): About 5,000 acres of state-owned land have been returned to the government of western Herat province, sparking fears among genuine buyers, an official said on Thursday. Over the past 10 months, 3,500 acres of state-owned... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): The population registration department western in western Herat province remained closed on Wednesday in protest against the killing of its district head by the Taliban militants. The Gulran district head of the department was... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): A counterterrorism police officer and a policeman were killed in a roadside bombing in the western province of Herat, officials said on Tuesday. The bomb exploded on Monday as the police officer, Col. Azizlullah tried to defuse it... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Iran's decision on allowing all stranded fuel tankers to cross into the landlocked country remains "vague", the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) chief said on Monday. The next few days would... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): NATO-led forces have arrested five insurgents in Khak-i-Safed district of western Farah province, officials said on Sunday. The militants were detained during an operation in the Surkh Dewar area late on Saturday, the district... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): The Herat City mayor, who was investigated for the alleged misuse of government resources, has been found innocent, an official said on Saturday. Investigator s concluded that Mayor Mohammad Salim Taraki had not misused state... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): A woman lost her life when a vehicle of international forces overran her in western Herat province, an official said on Saturday. The accident happened in Guzara district at 8pm when the woman crossing the road was hit by a... read more
 HERAT CITY (PAN): The Taliban insurgents killed a driver and torched a truck laden with furniture for the education department in the western province of Farah, officials said on Monday. The overnight incident took place north of the Pusht-i-... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): For the second consecutive day, hundreds of people took to the streets in western Herat province on Sunday against Iran's refusal to let 1,700 fuel tankers cross into Afghanistan. Prompting calls for a trade boycott with Iran... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Hundreds of people took to the streets in western Herat province to protest a six-week blockade of Afghan fuel tankers in the neighbouring country. Chanting "death to Iran", the demonstrators asked the Afghan government... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Electricity supply from Turkmenistan to western Herat province remained disrupted for the fourth consecutive day on Friday due to heavy snowfall, officials and residents said. "The electricity suspends with time to time and... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Eight tonnes of industrial salt smuggled from Iran were seized and two individuals detained in connection with the illegal sale of the commodity in western Herat province on Wednesday, an official said. The salt was recovered from... read more
HERATCITY (PAN): Up to 345 development schemes have been completed by the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) under its National Solidarity Programme (NSP) in western Herat province, officials said on Tuesday. The projects,... read more
HERATCITY (PAN): One civilian was killed and five others, including a policeman, were injured when explosives packed into a bag went off in the western province of Herat on Monday, the interior ministry and officials said. The explosion took place... read more
HERATCITY (PAN): Residents of the Shindand district in western Herat province on Wednesday blocked a key highway during a protest against the arrest of a tribal elder by foreign troops. The protestors blocked the Kandahar-Herat highway to express... read more
HERATCITY (PAN): A 10-member group of armed militants, including their commander, joined the government-initiated peace process in western Herat province on Tuesday. An intelligence official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Pajhwok Afghan... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Over the past year, 12 tribal elders from the district of Shindand in western Herat province have been killed by gunmen, and local officials on Tuesday said they were concerned about deteriorating security. In the latest... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): More than 110 inmates, including women and children, were freed from the central jail in western Herat province, an official said on Wednesday. The 113 release came on Tuesday in compliance with a presidential decree issued on the... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Two drug traffickers were arrested separately with a total of 111 kilograms of narcotics between them in western Herat province near the Iranian border, officials said on Tuesday. The counternarcotics police stopped a Toyota... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Police seized weapons and ammunitions in the western province of Farah near the Afghanistan-Iran border, officials said on Monday. The weapon and ammunitions included eight rocket launchers, seven missiles, three jerry canes of... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Fourteen members of a family were killed and four others wounded in a roadside bombing in the western province of Herat on Thursday, as the Obama administration reviewed its Afghan war strategy. The blast took place in the... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): A vocational training centre, costing more than $2 million provided by the Iranian government, was inaugurated in western Herat province on Tuesday, officials said. The inaugural ceremony for the centre was attended by local... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Customs revenue of southwestern Farah province has increased from 29.7 million afghanis to 239.5 afghanis over the last eight months, an official said on Monday. The hike was the result of improved security, capacity building of... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Police shot dead one drug smuggler and detained another with dozens of kilograms of opium in the western province of Farah on Sunday, an official said. Police signaled a car to stop in the Pat area of Las-i-Juwayen district, but... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Former Taliban fighters, who surrendered to Afghan government in the western province of Herat, complain foreign soldiers continue to raid their houses, and the government has failed to keep its promise projects to implement... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Afghan police have arrested the Taliban-designated deputy governor for western Herat province, officials said on Sunday. Police engaged a group of armed Taliban in Guzara district at 6pm on Saturday, highway police spokesman, Col... read more
 HERAT CITY (PAN): Three individuals were detained with explosives on the Kabul-Herat highway in the western province of Herat on Friday, an official said. The explosives, including 50 firecrackers, 24 car batteries and six remote-controlled... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): An armed insurgent and four drug smugglers were arrested in western Herat province, bordering Iran, officials said on Thursday. The insurgent, Mullah Abdul Ghafar, is the brother of Taliban leader Mullah Jabar. He was arrested by... read more
HERAT (PAN): Two Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed on Sunday as a result of a bomb blast in the Rabat-i-Sangi district of western Herat province, officials said. The incident took place in the Chel Dukhtaran area where the soldiers... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): A man was killed and four of his relatives, including an eight-year-old child, were wounded in a roadside bombing in the western province of Herat, officials said on Wed HERAT CITY (PAN): A man was killed and four of his relatives... read more
HERATCITY(PAN): Four Taliban fighters, including a commander, and a policeman were killed during a clash in the Bakwa district of western Farah province on Sunday, officials said. The clash erupted when militants ambushed security guards escorting... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Afghan security forces have killed two Taliban and wounded three more in an operation to clear militants in western Herat province, officials said on Sunday. The operation started on Saturday morning in Kapgan area of Pashtun... read more
KABUL(PAN): Two people of the same family were killed when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in western Herat province, an official said on Monday. The incident that took place in the Shindand district Sunday evening came two days ahead of the... read more
HERAT (PAN): Foreign forces have detained four civilians, including a tribal elder in the Injil district of western Herat province, an official said on Wednesday. The foreign forces arrested Haji Rangin, his son and two guests during an operation... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Police averted a possible terrorist strike by capturing a would-be suicide attacker in western Farah province on Sunday, officials said. The bomber was arrested with an explosive vest at 1.00pm in the Yezdi Huma area of Farah City... read more
HERATCITY (PAN): Two Italian soldiers were injured as a result of a roadside bomb blast in the Shindand district of western Herat province, an official said on Saturday. International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) spokesman for the western zone... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): A 20-member group of Taliban militants surrendered their weapons to the government and joined the peace process in western Herat province, the Afghan intelligence service said on Thursday. Led by their commander Bashir Ahmad, the... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): The 4th joint Afghanistan-Iran exhibition, showcasing industrial products, got under way in the capital of western Herat province on Tuesday, officials said. On day one of the four days show, high ranking officials from the two... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers arrested two students after beating them in western Herat province on Tuesday, a relative alleged. Abdul Karim said Bismillah and Asadullah were in a hotel, raided by foreign... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): The historic decorative glass industry in western Herat province is teetering on the brink of collapse due to lack of market, officials said on Tuesday. One of two production workshops, set up by the Agha Khan Foundation to revive... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): A militant commander and more than a dozen fighters laid down their arms and vowed to support the government, not fight against it, the provincial governor, Daud Saba, said on Sunday. The militant commander's surrender, the... read more
 HERATCITY (PAN): Nearly a dozen tribal militiamen providing security for a key dam in western Herat province have been killed in a militants attack, an official said on Saturday. Two attackers also died in the ensuing firefight that started... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): About 16,000 tonnes of goods worth $22 million were exported from four western Afghan provinces in the first half of the current year, an official said on Thursday. Compared to last year, exports had increased by 1,000 tonnes, or... read more
FARAHCITY(PAN): Two armed suicide bombers launched an attack on the home of Farah's chief of intelligence, killing one guard and wounding two others, an official said on Wednesday. The first bomber detonated his explosives at the gate of the... read more
HERAT (PAN): Four policemen, including a district police chief, were killed in a roadside bomb attack in western Herat province on Tuesday, officials said. The blast took place at 10:30am when the Obea district police chief, Staff Captain Syed... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): A man was detained on the charge of offering bribes to police for the release of three carjackers in the western province of Herat, an official said on Monday. The man was detained on Sunday when he was offering money to security... read more
HEART (PAN): Three Independent Election Commission (IEC) staffers were killed and three others wounded as a result of a car crash in the capital of western Herat province on Sunday, officials said. The accident took place on the Guzargah Avenue at... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Four suicide bombers armed with weapons launched an unprecedented attack on a UN office in western Herat province on Saturday, penetrating the heavily-guarded compound, officials said. At least a security guard at the gate of the... read more
HERATCITY (PAN): An officer was among three policemen killed during a Taliban ambush in the western province of Herat, an official said on Monday. The incident took place on Sunday as police tracked a group of Taliban, but they were ambushed by the... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): An officer was among three policemen killed during a Taliban ambush in the western province of Herat, an official said on Monday. The incident took place on Sunday as police tracked a group of Taliban, but they were ambushed by... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Three people were killed and four others, including a policeman, injured in a roadside bombing on Monday in the western province of Herat, officials said. The explosion took place at 7:30am, when a motorized rickshaw hit a... read more
HEART CITY (PAN): The income of western Herat province has shot up 36.5 percent to reach 7 billion afghanis ($154 million) over the past six months, officials said on Thursday. The ministry of finance estimated the entire province would see income... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): A woman and her grandson were injured when an explosion occurred near their vehicle in this provincial capital of western Herat province early Wednesday, police and a relative said. Police said it was a homemade sound bomb that... read more
HEART (PAN):  A Taliban-designated district chief was among four militants killed during an operation by international troops in western Herat province, officials said on Tuesday. Mullah Zabihullah, the rebel chief for the Kashk-i-Kohna... read more
HERATCITY (PAN): Police have rescued a boy from his kidnappers after spending six days in captivity, and arrested two suspects on the charge of kidnapping the 12-year-old in western Herat province, a senior official said on Tuesday. The governor,... read more
HERATCITY (PAN): Nine Taliban militants, including a commander, were killed in an airstrike by NATO-led troops in western Herat province on Monday, officials said. The air raid was carried out in the Tagap Yari village of Oba district, said police... read more
HERATCITY (PAN): Two armed robbers were killed and four others, including their ringleader, were wounded in a clash with police in the Pashton Zarghon district of western Herat province, an official said on Sunday. The clash on Saturday in the... read more
HERAT (PAN): Security forces captured two suspected militants with fake US and Pakistani currency notes in western Herat province on Tuesday, officials said. Based on intelligence reports, the two were arrested with counterfeit dollars, afghanis... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN) More than 50 percent of objections filed with the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) could affect results from several polling sites, an official said on Sunday. The ECC would seriously consider the complaints, promised Ahmad... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): A private security company was abolished and 65 pieces of weapons were seized from it by police in western Herat province on Tuesday, officials said. Police took the action against a firm that was operating illegally, the Herat... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), a fruit market is being built in western Farah province, officials said on Thursday. The $2 million project -- a joint venture of USAID and the Ministry of... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Amid a growing urbanisation trend, residents of this western city are increasingly falling in love with plants and flowers -- and environment protection to boot. About 200-300 different kinds of flowers are produced in the... read more
HERAT (PAN): Police seized hundreds of kilograms of opium in western Herat province, bordering Iran, officials said on Tuesday. The opium was recovered in the Chardara area of the Rabat Sangi town on Monday after a 20-day operation, the district... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Police arrested a Taliban commander during a raid on a hotel in western Herat province, bordering Iran, an official said on Tuesday. Mullah Abdul Wadood, the rebel commander, was detained in the Darwaza-i-Malik area of Herat City... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Twenty-three prisoners, including three women, were released from the central prison in western Herat province on Monday, an official said. The inmates were freed in compliance with a presidential decree issued on the occasion of... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): The revenue of Herat Customs Department has reached 6.14 billion afghanis over the past six months, showing a 36 percent increase over the same period last year, an official said on Sunday. Khaliqullah, customs director, told... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Agriculture officials said on Sunday saffron had been sown over 360 hectares of land in western Herat province, 20 percent more than last year's cultivated land. Promotion officer at the agriculture department, Bashir Ahmad... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): A parliamentary candidate held hostage by militants has been freed after spending eight days in captivity in western Herat province, the candidate and officials said on Thursday. Safiullah Mujaddedi told Pajhwok Afghan News his... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Ballot boxes from 153 polling stations in different districts of southwestern Farah province have been shifted without security problems, an official said on Wednesday. Ballot boxes from two districts -- Gulistan and Parchman --... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): A private TV channel in western Herat province on Wednesday offered to cancel a programme showing men dancing dressed as women after outrage from religious scholars.Mullahs and religious scholars in the province had asked the... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): An Afghan singer has insisted that a bomb which exploded minutes after he concluded his concert, injuring 13 people, in the western province of Herat should not be seen as an attack on him.Eleven civilians and two policemen were... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Thousands of people in western Herat joined a rally celebrating the fact that a US pastor had called off a plan to burn copies of the Quran, officials said on Monday.The demonstration was arranged by a private TV channel, Saqi,... read more
Herat (pan): A school building was set on fire in western Herat province on Monday, destroying desks, text books and even copies of the Quran, officials said.The incident took place in the Karezak village of Enjil district, provincial education... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): The Herat governor said on Sunday not only Taliban fighters but criminal gangs were also responsible for the growing insecurity in the western province.Speaking to journalists on Sunday, Daud Saba said they would adopt serious... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Taliban have reportedly killed two drivers of trucks carrying saffron in western Herat province, an official said on Thursday.The attackers, who also torched the vehicles, seized the drivers and killed them after a militant court... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): The production of vegetables has increased by 20 percent to 530,000 tonnes during 2010 from last year's 400,000 tonnes, boosting the government's revenue by four percent in western Farah province, officials said Tuesday.This year,... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Two workers of the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), who were abducted by unidentified gunmen almost a week back, have been freed in western Herat province on Monday.A spokesman for ICRC confirmed the release of the... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Two suicide attackers blew themselves up when police opened fire at them in western Farah province on Sunday, an official said.The bombers wanted to storm the governor's house, but police identified them, said provincial police... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Bodies of five abducted campaigners for a women candidate have been found in the western province of Herat, an official said on Sunday.Ten campaigners for a parliamentary candidate, Fawzia Gilani, were kidnapped by Taliban... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Two suicide attackers blew themselves up when police opened fire at them in western Farah province on Sunday, an official said.The bombers wanted to storm the governor's house, but police identified them, said provincial police... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): A candidate for the parliamentary election, scheduled for September 18, has been killed in the western province of Herat, officials said on Sunday.Abdul Manan Hashmi was shot dead by unidentified motorcyclists on his way to a... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): A woman candidate from western Herat province for the September 18 parliamentary election said on Thursday 10 of her campaigners had been being abducted.Fawzia Gilani told Pajhwok Afghan News the incident happened in an area... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): The deputy governor of Badghis said on Thursday that a police trainee, who killed two Spanish trainers and their interpreter, had links with Taliban fighters.It was 100 percent clear that the killer, Ghulam Sakhi, son of Amir, had... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Two moneychangers were killed and five others wounded in a clash in the western province of Farah, officials said on Wednesday.The clash took place on Tuesday after harsh exchanges in Farah City between the moneychangers, a western... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Gunmen raided the house of a member of parliament, killing his brother and wounding three guards in western Herat province, officials said on Sunday.MP Abdul Hadi Jamshidi, who is running for a second term in the September 18... read more
FARAH CITY (PAN): A NATO air strike killed a woman and two children, as well as six Taliban, in the western province of Farah, officials said on Saturday.Afghan and coalition forces targeted a vehicle carrying several armed insurgents in Pusht-i-... read more
HERAT CTIY (PAN): Roadside bombs have killed more militants than security forces over the past two months in Afghanistan's western provinces, police said on Thursday.The Taliban had planted more than 120 roadside bombs in the western provinces, and... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): For 105 days, Shafiqa, 35, was locked in a small, dark cage in her ruined house in western Herat province and tortured by her husband.The woman was denied food and even the right to speak or hold her children, according to the... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): A roadside bomb blast killed six members of a family and wounded two others as they were returning from a wedding ceremony in the western province of Herat, an official said on Tuesday.The bomb was planted by Taliban insurgents to... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two guards of a private security firm were killed in a Taliban ambush in western Herat province, an official said on Saturday.Escorting a convoy that carried fuel supplies for foreign forces in the province, the guards came under... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Two would-be suicide bombers were killed by their own explosives in the southwestern province of Farah on Wednesday, an official said.The attackers had set off from a mosque in Askarbad, on the outskirts of the provincial capital,... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): The Ministry of Hajj and Islamic Affairs has collected $55 million from 20,000 individuals who have no chance of performing the Islamic ritual, an official said on Tuesday.Of nearly 50,000 people who have applied this year, only 30... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Two police officials, including a woman, were killed and several others injured in a suicide bomb attack in western Herat province on Sunday, an official said.The bomber detonated his explosives-laden car near a police vehicle on... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Nearly 1,400 Afghan National Army soldiers completed an eight-week training course in western Herat province on Thursday, officials said.The soldiers from the Zafar 207th Military Corps received both ethic and practical trainings... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): The regional head of the Independent Election Commission in western Farah province has resigned, an official said on Wednesday.Syed Alam Ishaqzai did not mention a reason when he offered his resignation, regional operation manger,... read more
HERAT (PAN): A joint Afghan-international security force killed five Taliban militants, including a commander, in southwestern Farah province on Wednesday, an official said.The Afghan National Army backed by the US-led International Security... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): A commander was among five militants killed during a joint operation of Afghan and NATO troops in the southwestern province of Farah, an official said on Wednesday.The militants suffered fatalities as the joint force attacked their... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Women standing in the September 18 parliamentary elections say the holy month of Ramadan will offer their male rivals a greater opportunity to campaign.Men will be able to campaign at religious congregations and other mass meetings... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Two militants were killed when a bomb they were planting in the Kushk-i-Kohna district of western Herat province exploded prematurely Monday afternoon, an official said on Tuesday.The incident was under investigation and the dead... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Taliban militants have freed an election candidate held captive for ten days in western Herat province after the mediation of tribal leaders, the aspirant said on Monday.Muhammad Yusuf Wakilzada was abducted along with four others... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Police officials at four security checkpoints were transferred for teasing passengers and extorting money from truckers on the Kandahar-Herat highway on Thursday, an official said.The checkpoints are in Karwangah, Deh Toot, Ghani... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): A candidate for the upcoming parliamentary elections abducted by the Taliban a week ago in western Heart province has been released, an official said on Wednesday.Arbab Yosuf, a candidate for the lower house, was seized while... read more
KABUL (PAN): A dozen Taliban militants, including their group leader, laid down their arms in western Herat province on Monday and pledged to support the government, officials said.The Taliban commander, Rahimullah, and his supporters were operating... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): A number of young candidates are running for the September 18 parliamentary vote in western Herat province, giving a special colour to the ongoing election campaign.Most of the contenders from the relatively peaceful province,... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Afghan soldiers have arrested two armed Taliban militants dressed in burqas in western Farah province, bordering Iran, officials said Sunday.The militants, equipped with two Kalashnikovs, were detained in the Khak-i-Safed district... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): The death toll of Taliban militants in a deadly military offensive in western Herat province has reached 25, nearly double the figure initially announced, officials said Wednesday.At least 20 others were wounded in the Monday... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): The Taliban insurgents claimed kidnapping a candidate for the September 18 parliamentary election in the Gulran district of western Herat province on Tuesday.Arbab Yusuf, the election contender, went missing while campaigning in... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): More than 40 percent of all pasture and grazing lands have been grabbed by powerful individuals in western Herat province, an official said.The head of the natural resource section of provincial agriculture department said as many... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Three policemen were wounded in a suicide bomb attack near an airport in the western province of Herat on Friday, officials said.The explosion took place at 6:30am when a police vehicle was passing by the area in Shindand district... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): The deputy head the police recruitment centre in western Afghanistan escaped unhurt on Thursday after a remote-controlled bomb exploded near his vehicle in Herat, officials said.The incident occurred Thursday morning in the... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): The revenue of Herat customs surpassed 2.8 billion afghanis for the three months ending June 21, an increase of more than 24 percent over the same period last year, an official said on Thursday.Herat has the best income in the... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): A vehicle exploded in western Herat province on Monday, injuring at least three people, officials said.The explosion took place at 8:30 am when a suicide bomber on a motorcycle detonated his explosives in a bazaar in Shindand... read more
QALAT (PAN): Two men were killed, three women injured and a child was missing when their car struck a roadside bomb in the southern province of Zabul on Saturday, an official said.The bomb allegedly planted by insurgents went off in the Kharjoe area... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan and NATO forces killed eight Taliban insurgents during separate operations in southern Zabul province, while four civilian were injured in two back-to-back blasts in western Herat, officials said on Thursday.The joint force... read more
KANDAHAR CITY/HERAT (PAN): A newly-constructed building for a district headquarters was opened on Monday in the southern province of Kandahar, an official said.The building for Maiwand district headquarters took one year to complete with a cost of $... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Nine civilians were killed and three others wounded in two separate bomb blasts in western Herat and Ghor provinces, officials said on Tuesday.The incidents took place on Monday in the Kishk-i-Kohna district of Herat and the... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Nearly 300 police constables were awarded certificates of sergeant course during a graduation ceremony at a police training centre in the Guzra district of western Herat province, officials said on Thursday.During the four-month... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): The construction of a major Indian-funded hydropower station in western Herat province should be finished in a year and a half, three decades after the Afghan government conceived the project, an official said Wednesday.The... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Some 241 policemen completed a four-and-a-half-month training course in western Herat province on Thursday.It was the 11th set of graduates to pass through the Adraskan police training centre, which over the past two years had... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Iranian authorities executed seven Afghan refugees two days ago, their relatives in western Herat province claimed on Wednesday.The families asked the provincial government to help return the bodies of their relatives to their... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): A convoy carrying western Herats police chief hit a roadside bomb on Monday, wounding at least three people, two of them civilians, officials said.The provincial police chief, Gen. Salim Ehsaas, was unhurt, as the bomb, remotely... read more
FARAH CITY (PAN): An ammunition dump was discovered during an operation by Afghan National Army (ANA) troops in western Farah province, near the Iran border, officials said on Sunday.The depot was discovered by soldiers of the 207th Zafar Corps with... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): A council of Afghan clerics has issued a fatwa, banning women from travelling without a father, brother or other approved escort, even during the Hajj.The ruling by the Herat Religious Council also said Islam prohibited women,... read more
FARAH (PAN): At least five Afghan civilians were killed and eight others wounded as a roadside bomb struck a bus in western Farah province, near the Iran border, on Monday, officials said.The explosion occurred in the Khak-i-Safed district of the... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Hundreds of residents of western Herat province took to the streets on Thursday against the execution of Afghan citizens in neighbouring Iran.The protestors hurled stones at the Iranian consulate in Herat City and chanted slogans... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Residents of western Herat's provincial capital are concerned about the rising number of drug addicts in the city, many of whom are being deported from neighbouring Iran.High unemployment has driven many Afghans to seek work in... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Residents of western Herat's provincial capital are concerned about the rising number of drug addicts in the city, many of whom are being deported from neighbouring Iran.High unemployment has driven many Afghans to seek work in... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Cumin seed production is expected to increase this year in western Herat province, bordering Iran, an agriculture official said on Sunday.The overall production in 2010, estimated at 1,900 tonnes, would be six percent higher than... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Forty-seven prisoners, including women, were released in western Herat province on Sunday, in compliance with a presidential decree, officials said.The inmates, arrested on different charges, had served two-thirds of their terms,... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): As many as 140 complaints have been lodged against candidates for parliamentary elections, scheduled to be held on September 18, an official said on Saturday.Ahmad Zia Rafat, an official of the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): The Afghan minister for information and culture has accused domestic media outlets of not representing a true image of democracy in the country.Addressing a press conference in the western city of Heart on Wednesday, Syed Makhdom... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): A second day of fighting between two militant groups on Tuesday left another three people dead and two others injured in western Herat province, an official said.The fighting was taking place in Chash-i-Sharif district, between... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): The National Directorate of Security (NDS) has seized in western Herat province 69 kilograms of narcotics destined for smuggling to neighbouring Iran.An NDS official, who did not want to be named, told Pajhwok Afghan News on Monday... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Infighting between two armed groups in western Herat province left at least three people dead and two others wounded, police said on Monday.The shootout took place in the Chasht-i-Sharif district, said western zone police spokesman... read more
HERAT CITY/PUL-I-KHUMRI (PAN): Taliban insurgents killed five pro-government militiamen in western Herat province, officials said on Sunday.The five were part of a 120-strong militia fighting insurgents with the help of foreign and national troops... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): A joint Afghan-US force killed nine suspected Taliban insurgents during an operation on Saturday in the western province of Herat, officials said.The operation was launched in the Farmakan village of Shindand district, police... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Two Taliban fighters were killed and their commander arrested when they attacked a police checkpoint in the southwestern province of Farah, an official said Friday.The attack on the checkpoint in Aab Khurma, Bala Bolok district,... read more
KABUL (PAN): A police chief in western Herat province escaped with his life on Thursday after the car he was travelling in hit a roadside bomb.Abdul Rahman, the police chief of Adraskan district, was patrolling the Chahak Ann area of the district... read more
HEART CITY (PAN): Floods caused by days of heavy rain have inundated four villages in western Herat province, killing at least 15 people and leaving seven more missing, officials said on Wednesday.More than 500 houses were destroyed Tuesday night in... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Seen as a new source of income for farmers, a fifty percent increase has been noticed in the production of strawberry in the western province of Herat, agriculture officials said on Tuesday.The trend of cultivating the fruit has... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Police claimed to have busted a kidnapping gang trying to abduct an engineer in western Herat province, where three suspected militants were arrested with arms and ammunition, officials said on Monday.The three-member kidnapping... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Police claimed to have busted a kidnapping gang trying to abduct an engineer in western Herat province, where three suspected militants were arrested with arms and ammunition, officials said on Monday.The three-member kidnapping... read more

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