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KABUL (Pajhwok): A ban on producing and selling plastic bags was imposed in the country five years ago, but the restriction lasted a few days and the bags have since been sold across the country unabated and unchecked. Five years ago, the then... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A five-year-old boy from southern Ghazni province says he wants to meet Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi and wants him to construct a football ground in his home town of Jaghori district, after his photos in a homemade Messi... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Officials said militants cut down another three power pylons near Pul-i-Khumri, the capital of northern Baghlan province. The sabotage act comes amid unsuccessful efforts to repair the power supply line from Uzbekistan to Kabul,... read more
MAIDAN SHAHAR (Pajhwok): Two months after the shelling of a mosque in Syedabad attack by Afghan troops, affected residents remain in a state of shock and demand harsh punishments for the killers of civilians. On Dec. 4, nine people -- most of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Protestors in central capital Kabul on Saturday asked the United States government to close down notorious Guantanamo Bay prison and treat its inmates in accordance with international conventions on human rights. The US... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Indian-supplied Mi-24D gunship helicopters were ready for operations in Afghanistan and they would be first used against insurgents in southern Helmand province, an official said on Wednesday. Indian Prime Minister Nanednra... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Interior Minister Noorul Haq Ulumi on Monday said 103 prison officials had been appointed for Kabul and provinces. The minister told a meeting in Kabul that experienced and professional jail officials had been appointed for... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United States on Friday handed over the Afghan Ministry of Defence (MoD) four A-29 Super Tucano aircraft having the capacity to fire guided rockets. MoD spokesman Dawlat Waziri told Pajhwok Afghan News the nearly jets... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The passport department chief on Thursday said around 900,000 electronic passports had been issued to people during the past two years. Sayed Omar Saboor told a special ceremony marking the activation of a demo version for online... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan analysts on Wednesday criticised US President Barack Obama’s remarks that instability would continue in many parts of the world including Afghanistan. In his final Union of the State speech, Obama defended his approach to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Speakers at a gathering celebrating the country’s Constitution in Kabul on Tuesday said a handful of powerful individuals and groups had blocked progress in implementation of the supreme law. The current Constitution was approved... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Abdul Raziq Wahidi on Monday said the country’s e-government system would be 70 percent implemented in the next two years. Wahidi told a press conference here that the e-... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some senators on Sunday said an impartial delegation to be acceptable to all parties should hold the second round of peace talks with militants. Representatives of the Afghan government entered first face-to-face talks with... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Youth Civil Society Coordination Centre (AYCSCC) on Saturday urged the warring parties to take maximum advantage of peace opportunities and protect youngsters from miseries. On different forum across the globe,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Police on Thursday detained two persons from a car for what they claimed carrying 13 pistols, 35 laser guns and two binoculars in capital Kabul. Lt. Gen. Abdur Rahman Rahimi, 101st Asmayee Zone police commander, told reporters... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 18 individuals have been arrested in Kabul in connection with overnight celebratory gunfire that left one person injured, an official said on Thursday. Sedique Sediqi, Ministry of Interior (MoI) spokesman, told Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A top official of the New Kabul Bank on Sunday said the bank was facing deficit ranging from $10,000 to $15,000 on monthly basis and the loss-making would be brought down to zero over the next three months. Syed Jan Saeed, head... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A 5.3-magnitude earthquake on Saturday shook central capital Kabul and a number of provinces and parts of Pakistan, including the nation’s capital Islamabad. The quake struck at 1:15pm in Kabul. The epicentre of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The High Peace Council (HPC) on Saturday hoped the presence of the United States and China in the Afghan peace talks would yield result and make Pakistan to meet its pledges. The body’s acting chairman, Abdul Hakim Mujahid, said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Experienced and professional youth would be recruited in government departments through the Capacity Building for Result (CBR) programme, the finance minister said on Sunday. Testifying before a Wolesi Jirga panel, Finance... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan and Pakistan on Sunday agreed to schedule in January the first round of quadrilateral meeting to work out a clear road map for a meaningful peace process. A statement issued from the Presidential Palace in Kabul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Suspended employees of the Electronic ID Card Farms Distribution Department on Sunday held a protest gathering in Kabul, saying if the government did not reinstate their jobs, they would leave the county. About 1000 employees of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The government was asked on Thursday to introduce a new award to acknowledge the meritorious services former agriculture ministerDr. Abdul Wakeel. Dr. Abdul Wakeel, who was born in the Nirkh district of central Maidan Wardak... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Three out of four Mi-25 attack helicopters have been delivered to Afghanistan by India, an official said on Wednesday. Afghanistan has so far received three of the combat helicopters from India and would get the fourth one soon,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Reinforcements have arrived in southern Helmand province, fighting against the militants with a high morale, security officials said on Wednesday. Acting Defence Minister Mohammad Masoom Stanikzai and Interior Minister Noorul Haq... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani held fruitful talks with Azerbaijan’s prime minister, chairman of parliament and heads of business firms during his visit to Baku, the Presidential Palace said on Wednesday. Ghani discussed strengthening... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Tuesday said it would investigate the issue of 440 fake policemen severing with 31 lawmakers as bodyguards. MoI spokesman Sediq Sediqqi told a press conference here the ministry would take steps... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior affairs (MoI) on Tuesday said five suspected individuals had been detained in connection with firing rockets into the capital Kabul. MoI deputy spokesman Najibullah Danish told Pajhwok Afghan News two... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The lower house of the parliament on Monday rejected the draft budget for 2016 budget, saying most of development schemes had been approved last year and there was no balance in provincial allocations. On Saturday, the Ministry... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The UN-sponsored demining agency on Monday said Afghanistan needed international assistance to clear its 20 percent of land still containing landmines. United Nations Mine Action Centre for Afghanistan (UNMACA) director Mohammad... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Political analysts view the two-day Heart of Asia Conference -- a regional initiative to stabilise Afghanistan -- was a success. The ministerial meeting in Islamabad concluded on Wednesday. Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, India,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga members on Saturday strongly denounced a mortar strike blamed on the Afghan army that killed a dozen people, mostly children, in central Maidan Wardak province. The lower house tasked the commission on internal... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Arghandiwal-led faction of the Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) on Thursday launched a cleanliness campaign in Kabul, saying it wanted to be part of social services. As the drive got under way, HIA Chairman Abdul Hadi... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Political analysts say Afghan officials should adopt a unified stance about the peace talks and the international community should guarantee Pakistan would keep promises and the parties consider problems insurgents face as... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has said development and progress would enable Afghanistan to reduce carbon production, asserting his administration’s unwavering commitment to fighting against the scourge of terrorism. Speaking at the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The head of an independent television channel has been killed in Karta-i-Naw neighbourhood of Kabul, an official said on Monday. Asia TV channel recently started transmissions in Herat, Balkh and Nangarhar provinces of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan is stuck in the war of others, but the Afghan National Army (ANA) has been fighting the enemies with a high morale, a senior military official said on Sunday. Addressing graduation ceremony of 1,040 military officers... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) chief Abdul Sattar Sadat on Sunday claimed Azadi Radio had quoted him out of context. Speaking to reporters here, Sadat said he did not tell the radio he would expose secrets... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The non-profit Afghan Landmines Survivors Organisation (ALSO) on Thursday said the number of people fell victim to the home-made bombs in Afghanistan increased by 23 percent in 2014 compared to the figures in 2013. ALSO head... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A member of the Afghan Taliban cleric body in the capital of Pakistan’s Balochistan province has called Taliban supreme leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour as illegitimate leader. Sheikh Abdul Rauf, a member of the Taliban... read more
GHAZNI (Pajhwok): Hundreds of people on Friday staged a protest rally in the Muqar district of southern Ghazni province, blocking the Kabul-Kandahar highway for one hour. Some 500 people took to the streets after some individuals visited the... read more
PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): Two senior provincial officials of central Logar province have been arrested on corruption charges, officials said on Friday. The provincial land authority and mines and petroleum directors have been arrested. A... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani, at the head of a high-level delegation, arrived in the Kazakh capital, Astana, on Thursday night on two-day state visit, the Presidential Palace said on Friday. According to a statement from the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two motorcyclists on Wednesday shot dead a woman in the Kart-i-Naw locality of Kabul, an official said. Crime Investigation Chief Brig. Gen. Faridoon Obaidi confirmed the incident and said a team had reached the site to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former president Hamid Karzai on Tuesday urged foreign forces to respect Afghanistan’s national sovereignty, territorial integrity, culture and traditions so the Afghans have no problem with their presence. The ex-president... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Provincial councils (PCs) members in 26 provinces on Sunday voted to elect their administrative boards and the ballot was postponed till Monday in the remaining eight provinces mostly due to a lack of quorum, an official said.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday said provincial council (PC) members could not individually interfere in the affairs governors otherwise they would be prosecuted by the government. The president said this during a joint video... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has called the underground economy a hurdle to free market, saying Afghanistan was trying to deal with the problem before joining the World Trade Organisation (WTO). A statement from the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Civil society activists and social media users on Thursday sharply reacted to the release of Kabul Bank defaulter Khalilullah Ferozi and the signing of a contract for his township scheme. However, a presidential advisor explained... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) or Doctors with Borders on Thursday released an internal review of the Oct 3 US airstrike on its hospital in northern Kunduz province. The MSF said the chronological review of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Acting Defence Minister Masoom Stanikzai on Monday said Afghanistan would urge the NATO summit in Warsaw, Poland, next year to strengthen the Afghan Air Force and equip and train the Afghan army in line with international standards... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President’s special advisor for reforms and good governance Ahmad Zia Massoud has termed peace talks with the Taliban “as a useless exercise and an opportunity for Pakistan to promote its interests.” Speaking at a gathering here... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some political analysts say leading military operations by First-Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum and other government officials could put the country on the path to feudalism, but others believe such steps are vital for ensuring... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The human remains that were found at the Presidential Palace earlier this month belong to six people, including two children, two men and as many women killed 15 years back, when Taliban ruled the country, an official said on Sunday... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than 1,000 criminal cases including robberies and murder,have been registered in different police stations of Kabul during the current solar year, Pajhwok Afghan News has found. At least 173 people were killed, 331 wounded,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Police in Kabul have detained 95 individuals on charges including kidnapping for ransom, illegal possession of guns, robberies and moral crimes and have rescued a girl from her abductors, an official said on Thursday. Six persons... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Monday accused the Electoral Reform Commission (ERC) of overstepping its authority and trying to replace the election body’s members. But the reform panel maintains all its efforts... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Acting Defence Minister Masoum Stanikzai on Monday said most of regional terrorist groups were involved in the Afghan conflict and the war imposed on Afghans would be won by their unity. Speaking to journalists in Kabul,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Three civilians were injured when a suicide attacker crashed his explosives-laden car into a NATO forces’ convoy in capital Kabul on Sunday morning, an official said. The attack took place in Joi Sheer area falling in the second... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The government chief executive branch-led Emergency Response Committee (ERC) on Friday said it had decided to dispatch essential relief supplies for families displaced by the conflict in northern Kunduz province and collect the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): As many as 5,635 Taliban militants and 2,146 Afghan policemen have been killed as a result of different security incidents in various parts of the country during the first six months of this solar year which begins on March 22, the... read more
FAIZABAD/SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): Security officials on Saturday claimed inflicting heavy casualties on Taliban in the battle to recapture the Baharak district of northeastern Badakhshan province. But the rebels rejected the claim. The insurgents... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi on Thursday called for the ongoing military operation in the capital of northern Kunduz province to be continued and stressed better administrative management there. Kunduz City fell to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan security forces have recaptured Kunduz City, the capital of northeastern Kunduz province, from the Taliban, the government announced on Thursday. On September 29, hundreds of Taliban gunmen stormed Kunduz City from various... read more
QALA-I-NAW (Pajhwok): Doctors and other staff at the civil hospital in northwestern Badghis province on Wednesday went on strike against non-payment of salaries over the past six months. With their number reaching 120, the doctors, nurses and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has suspended around 1,000 workers charged with distribution of computerised national identity cards, an official said on Wednesday. The employees were placed on suspension on Tuesday in compliance... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday said Afghan forces had tactically retreated from Kunduz City to avoid civilian casualties and the northern city was being cleared of militants. The Taliban remained in control of Kunduz City, the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Political experts believe the security situation in eastern and northern provinces has deteriorated because Pakistan wants to take revenge on the Afghans for the recent terrorist attack on a Pakistan Airforce base near Peshawar.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Islamic Revolution Movement of Afghanistan (IRMA) head Maulvi Qalamuddin on Tuesday said the Afghan leaders should shun differences and work together for peace and stability. Qalamuddin, also a member of the High Peace Council,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  President Ashraf Ghani has appointed his 30 advisors during the past one year, but they are yet to start their duties owing to financial problems and lack of job descriptions, officials said on Monday. Of 71 advisors to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The plastic toy gun and firecracker bazaar in Kabul remains bullish despite an official ban on their sale and use, shopkeepers say. Dozens of children are wounded every Eid by plastic toy weapons and firecrackers, health experts... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Senate chairman Fazal Hadi Muslimyar on Sunday asked the government to resume and accelerate the stalled peace process. Addressing a ceremony marking the fourth death anniversary of former president and chairman of the High Peace... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday appealed for unity and reconciliation after the self-styled Islamic State (IS) extended its atrocities in the country, killing a number of tribal elders in recent past. “Militants believe they can... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A suicide bomber on Wednesday struck the Paghman district police headquarters in Kabul, killing four people, including a crime branch official. Kabul crime branch chief, Brig. Gen. Faridoon Ubaidi, told Pajhwok Afghan News the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Attorney General Office (AGO) said on Tuesday it had summoned two former Kabul mayors over complaints against them but not banned them from leaving the country. “Mohammad Younus Nawandesh and Rohullah Aman were summoned to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga members on Monday asked the government to stop recruiting people in public sector departments on the basis of nepotism and personal relations. A lower house member from western Herat province, Munawwar Shah Bahadari... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Monday lambasted the Ministry of Interior (MoI) over a brazen Taliban attack on a prison in southern Ghazni province, suggesting the minister be summoned to the lower house. At least 436 prisoners ran away as... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Dozens of traders on Sunday protested against the abduction of a businessman’s son, warning of closing shops of food items in Kabul if the child was not recovered in 48 hours. Khan Jan Alokozai, the Afghanistan Chamber of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Noisy and speedy convoys carrying supporters of Ahmad Shah Massoud on Kabul roads caused panic among local residents on Wednesday. The vehicles carried mujahideen government-era flags. Such vehicular convoys carrying... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Ahmad Shah Massoud Foundation chief Ahmad Wali Massoud on Wednesday renewed his call for the government to investigate the assassination of the national hero to prevent “the chain murders” in future. Ahmad Shah Massoud was... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Accusing Pakistani intelligence agencies of being behind the unrest in Afghanistan, former president Hamid Karzai said he was concerned about the hundreds of Afghans seeking asylum in European countries. Karzai, who was... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): While praising the status of Shaheed (martyr), President Ashraf Ghani said on Wednesday the enemies wanted to frighten Afghans, make them weak and keep them without a viable system. Addressing a ceremony marking the 14th death... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A senior Ministry of Interior (MoI) official on Tuesday said they were trying to increase cooperation with neighbouring countries to intensify the war on narcotics. Baz Mohammad Ahmadi, the deputy minister of interior for... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok) The UN’s top diplomat in Kabul on Saturday described a high-level meeting in Kabul to review Afghanistan’s reform vision and progress towards realising self-reliance as a “vital part of the bridge between past commitments and future... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi on Saturday said the international Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) was satisfied with the Afghan government’s year-long activities. The minister was talking to reporters in Kabul at a joint press... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): First Vice-President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, returning to Kabul from counterinsurgency operation in the north, has sought military assistance from Russia. Some weeks back, Dostum visited Afghanistan’s embattled north to lead... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Election Reform Commission (ERC) would submit public suggestions with regard to reform in the electoral system to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Saturday. ERC Deputy Chairman Sadiqullah Tawhidi told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan Journalists Safety Committee (AJSC) on Thursday recorded 39 cases of threats and violence against journalists during the first half of 2015, making the government responsible for 72% of the cases of threat and violence... read more
QALA-I-NAW (Pajhwok): “Defensive groups” have been created in consultations with the police headquarters, public representatives and local residents to maintain security in Jawand and Qadis districts of northwestern Badghis province. Though some... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The grand youth Jirga in southeastern Paktia province on Tuesday demanded the president ensure inclusion of word “Afghan” in the computerized Identity Cards (ID). The Jirga said ignoring the words “Afghan” and “Islam” in the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Security officials on Sunday claimed thwarting a possible terrorist attack by defusing four rockets and detaining as many suspects in this capital city. According to officials, four BM1 rockets along with explosives were placed... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Military affairs experts believe the Taliban would weaken and appear for peace talks with the Afghan government if the United States withholds military assistance to Islamabad. The US has warned Pakistan of withholding $300... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  Interior Minister Noorul Haq Ullumi on Tuesday urged the Taliban to get rid of slavery of neighbouring countries, particularly of Pakistan, and instead work for their own country’s development. Addressing a gathering on the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Unidentified gunmen on Monday kidnapped a German national from 10th police district on the outskirts of Taimani Wat locality in capital Kabul, police said. Brig. Gen. Humayun Aini, the 119 police helpline chief at the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): First Lady Rula Ghani on Sunday underlined the need that the government and media should join hands to create awareness against drug addiction. Rula Ghani suggested that masses should be informed about adverse affect of drug use... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Anti-Pakistan sentiments have grown among Afghan Taliban after the death of their supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, some political observers claim. The Pakistani government during the past 14 years had arrested, imprisoned,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A campaign “colours, beauty and change” has been launched to paint front walls of homes built on mounds to beautify the central capital Kabul, an official said on Saturday. Deputy director of services at the Kabul Municipality,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Hizb-e-Islami councils on Thursday strongly opposed building personal militia and stressed strengthening national security and Afghan security forces. Former education minister Dr. Farooq Wardak, Qazi Mohammad Amin... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Interior Minister Noorul Haq Ullumi on Wednesday said a fast electronic and operational contact network for the Afghan police would be established over the next one year besides introducing essential reforms to the force. In... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A coalition of civil society groups on Tuesday said President Ashraf Ghani had assured them that the population census law would be amended and the word “Afghan” written in national identification documents. The Wolesi Jirga or... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A youth organization on Sunday called for an end to the killing of civilians in the conflict-related violence and for the perpetrators to be brought to justice. The group “Youth Coordination and Empowerment” condemned a recent... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Saturday confirmed over 50 civilians and security personnel were killed and wounded during two separate attacks in the capital Kabul on Friday night. According to a statement, the MoI said that... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The widely condemned suicide attack on Friday morning near Shah Shaheed locality of capital Kabul caused million of Afghanis losses on businessmen. The bomber detonated his explosive –laden truck early Friday close the Ministry... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior on Wednesday claimed the Taliban had lost the morale to continue the insurgency following the death of their supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar. Mullah Omar’s death was announced last week by the Taliban... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Political analysts opined on Wednesday the “ possible death” of Taliban’s supreme leader Mullah Omar might lead to the group’s disintegration besides affecting the nascent peace process. Media reports on Wednesday claimed Omar... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Saturday said its investigations into an American airstrike on an army outpost in central Logar province have been completed and would be made public soon. Eight Afghan soldiers were killed and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Interior Minister Noorul Haq Ulumi said on Wednesday police could not maintain law and order across the country without people’s cooperation. The minister told a meeting of police officials in Kabul that security forces direly... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): After hundreds of children were injured while playing with toy guns during Eid days, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Tuesday banned the use and sale of all such toys and ordered their confiscation. Sediq Seddiqi, MoI spokesman... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A military operation has been launched against armed militants with focus on the Daesh group in eastern Nangarhar province, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Monday. MoI spokesman Sediq Sediqi told a press briefing in Kabul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said on Saturday the purpose behind scrutiny of defence ministry related procurement contracts was to ensure provision of more facilities and better services to security forces. The president... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Directorate of Security (NDS) on Saturday claimed arresting Maulvi Faizullah, member of Qutta Shura’s military wing, in capital Kabul, a statement from the spy network said. The statement said Faizullah is the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Wednesday said the government was fully determined to achieve peace but reconciliation talks would not slow down the ongoing counter-terrorism campaign. Addressing a press conference here... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Monday evaluated administrative and technical affairs of the electronic national identity cards process and asked the committees concerned to present solutions to challenges and hurdles impeding the project... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The commission tasked by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani to investigate the Jalrez district tragedy in central Maidan Wardak province has formally started work, a statement from the President Palace said on Sunday. Last Thursday... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan’s half year customs revenue increased by at least seven percent over last year’s earnings, Ministry of Finance officials said on Saturday. During the first six months last year, 51.98 billion afghanis had been... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Spokesman of Afghanistan spy network has said a separate unit has been tasked to carry out operations against the self-styled Islamic State (IS) fighters in the country. Abdul Hasib Sadiqui, spokesman of the National Directorate... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Interior Minister Noorul Haq Ulumi on Tuesday said the Afghans would soon take over administration of the Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan (LOTFA) that bankrolls the salaries of Afghan police. Ulumi, who signed a new... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Confirming the presence of the so-called Islamic State group in three provinces, the unity government on Sunday said Pakistan had brought no changes to its relations with Afghanistan despite recent pledges. Spokesmen for... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan Milli Ghorzang political party on Saturday launched an anti-drug campaign aimed at mobilising the masses against the menace in Kabul and provinces. Dr. Khushal Rohi, the party chief, told a gathering in Kabul that such... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A senior counternarcotics official at the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Sunday that a three phase plan had been worked out to eradicate the menace of drugs from the country. Speaking at a gathering to mark the international... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): All ministries will have their own committees to bring about administrative reforms and prevent the civil service from being politicized. To the effect, the ministries of information and culture, rural development and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Interior Minister Noorul Haq Ulumi on Saturday said police would be delivered 542 armoured vehicles and irresponsible armed militias would be disarmed under his ministry’s first 100-day plan. President Ashraf Ghani has directed... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A grand meeting organised by the Ministry of Higher Education in Kabul on Wednesday agreed on a number of changes to a newly drafted university entrance test policy, an official said. University lecturers, lawmakers, officials... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): USAID director for Afghanistan William Hammink on Tuesday said the agency would spend $60 million to help improve mother and child healthcare services in the war-torn country. He was speaking at a joint press conference with... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Hundreds of people on Monday gathered in capital Kabul and asked the UN and human rights organisations to demand an end to the persecution of the Rohingya Muslims at the hands of Buddhist extremists in Myanmar also known as Burma... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan Independent Media Consortium (IMC) on Sunday vowed to prepare over the next five years some big communicative programmes that reflected realities in Afghanistan in a proper way. These views were expressed at a day-long... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Residents of the Shindand district of western Herat province on Saturday staged a protest demonstration in front of the parliament building in Kabul against the proposed division of the town. The protestors holding banners and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Tuesday said 22 Taliban militants were killed and as many wounded during clashes with police in central Maidan Wardak and Uruzgan provinces. MoI spokesman Sediq Siddique told reporters in Kabul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Media Support Organization, NAI, on Monday expressed grave concerns over surge in incidents of violence against journalist across the country. NAI’s Chief Sadiquillah Tawhidi told reporters if the government did... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Newly-appointed Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Abdul Razaq Wahidi on Thursday presented his ministry’s 100-day plan, pledging four-time faster internet speed and end to connection breakdowns. Explaining... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan and Iran have agreed to register undocumented Afghan refugees living there and provide them with new facilities, the Afghan refugee minister said on Tuesday. Multiple agreements reached at a meeting involving officials... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The power utility said on Monday it had collected more than 250 million afghanis from defaulters in less than two weeks. Da Afghanistan Breshna Shirkat (DABS) spokesman Wahidullah Tawhidi told Pajhwok Afghan News the bulk of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The office of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on Sunday confirmed the signing of agreement with Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) but said the agreement was being reviewed. Javed Faisal, deputy spokesman of the Chief... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): In a graduation ceremony held on Friday at the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF), former Afghan president Hamid Karzai was awarded an honorary doctorate for his service to the education sector in the country. The... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Mohammad Masoom Stanikzai, the defence minister-designate, is the son of Mahmood Khan Stanikzai and was born in Moghulkhel village of Mohammad Agha district in central Logar province. Stanikzai completed his primary education at... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two masked men abducted principal of technical and vocational institute in central Maidan Wardak province, the head of the institute said on Friday. Asadullah Noori said that Principal Hikmatullah was bundled into a car from the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two of five among the eight newly-appointed provincial governors have master’s degrees and the remaining three have bachelor and post-graduate qualifications. President Ashraf Ghani appointed the new governors a day earlier to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The primary court in capital Kabul on Tuesday sentenced 11 policemen to one year in jail for demonstrating negligence in Farkhunda killing case, while eight others police officials were acquitted. An angry mob beat 27-year-old... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two children from Afghan refugee families died on Thursday after Pakistani police using bulldozers and evacuators started demolishing their camp in the Azakhel area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. “Once again the Pakistani forces... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistani security forces on Wednesday destroyed some shops and homes of Afghan refugees in the Azakhelo camp located in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, a civil society member said. Sawabuddin Makh Kakh, head of the Dubandiwal... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani asked minister of justice on Sunday that all steps in contravention of law be immediately suspended and ensure rule of law. The president expressed this in his meeting with Minister of Justice... read more
KABUL (PAN): Turkey has donated five ambulances and a few medical equipments to Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health, an official said on Thursday.Addressing the media in central Kabul, Bassat Ozturk, Turkish Ambassador to Afghanistan said the... read more
KABUL (PAN):  A group of traders on Wednesday pledged to invest to build cold storage and processing facilities for agricultural products for farmers in some districts of Kabul.Afghan traders, farmers and representatives from several... read more
KABUL (PAN): Construction work on a Japan-funded international-standard taxiway at the Kabul airport, a $27 million (1350 million afs) project, was launched on Tuesday, officials said.Minister of Transport and Aviation Dawood Ali Najafi said the... read more
KABUL (PAN): A year after the killing of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, experts say the network’s activities remain unaffected. Instead the group has emerged more potent in its attacks, they believe.Osama, the alleged mastermind of the 9/11... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan Media Watch on Friday warned that some local media outlets could possibly come under influence of intelligence agencies in neighbouring countries if the international community stopped supporting them beyond 2014.Sidqullah... read more
KABUL (PAN): A fuel tanker and at least three cars were gutted after a huge fire broke out at a filling station in the Dehmazang area of central Kabul province on Monday, officials said.The fire erupted at around 1:30 pm after rain waters entered... read more
KABUL (PAN): With major hurdles removed, the strategic partnership agreement with the US is expected to be signed ahead of the Chicago Summit in May, a presidential aide said on Tuesday.Kabul and Washington have signed deals on transferring the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Officials at the Ministry of Higher Education on Monday said more than 18,000 students, who failed a recent university entry test, would be enrolled in private higher education institutions.About 40,000 of the 147,000 students who... read more
KABUL (PAN): Hundreds of youth on Friday participated in a five-kilometre marathon in Kabul to create awareness among the masses against corruption in the country, organisers said.Arranged by the Afghan Anti-Corruption Network, the race started from... read more
KABUL (PAN): Nearly 4.5 million tonnes of dairy products are imported annually into Afghanistan, where 85 percent of the population is dependent on agriculture and livestock, an official said.Thirty years ago, Afghanistan produced enough milk to... read more
KABUL (PAN): In a dramatic request, President Hamid Karzai on Thursday asked the United States to pull out all its troops from Afghan villages and confine them to bases in response to Sunday’s massacre in southern Kandahar province.Karzai made the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Meshrano Jirga, upper house of Parliament, accusing the governor of southern Kandahar province of treason, on Sunday called for his dismissal.The call came after Governor Toryalai Weesa did not appear before the house despite being... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) would distribute 60,000 tonnes of wheat to poor families in 20 provinces across the country over next two months, officials said on Saturday.  Nearly 3,000 families had... read more
KABUL (PAN): Defence analysts believe the recent distrust between Afghan and international troops resulting from the Quran burning incident would have a negative impact on their joint counterinsurgency operations. They suggest foreigners should... read more
  KABUL (PAN): The NATO secretary-general says the US-Afghan strategic cooperation agreement be signed ahead of the Chicago conference, but President Hamid Karzai insists on his government’s conditions being met.   Karzai and... read more
KABUL (PAN): Demands and needs of provinces were not considered in development budget for the current fiscal, members of the Meshrano Jirga, or upper house, complained on Tuesday.But Minister of Finance Hazrat Omer Zakhelwal, who was summoned to the... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai, during his visit to European countries, signed a strategic partnership agreement with Italy, his office said on Friday.Karzai left Kabul for the United Kingdom on a five-day trip on Tuesday. He is also to ink a... read more