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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 NATO Anders Fogh... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan Meteorological Service on Tuesday said there would be abundant water for irrigation purposes next year as the rainy season would last until April, but an astrologist said there will be rains only between February 26 and... read more
KABUL (PAN): Meshrano Jirga (upper house of Parliament) members, criticising the performance of the High Peace Council, on Sunday summoned the council secretariat chief and spokesman.Senator Ali Akbar Jamshedi claimed the council had been unable to... read more
KABUL (PAN): The High Oversight Office and Anti-Corruption (HOOA) said on Sunday the Ariana Afghan Airlines would collapse if government institutions did not repay its loans.Addressing Sunday's session of the Wolesi Jirga, or lower house of... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan Meteorological Authority (AMA) officials on Tuesday said that Monday night was the coldest when temperatures plunged to minus 15 degrees Celsius, the lowest-ever for the last 15 years, in the capital Kabul.The AMA head Abdul... read more
KABUL (PAN): Agreements on economic cooperation and facilitating trade links were signed between Afghanistan and Iran on Monday in Kabul on Monday.One of the accords was inked between Afghanistan’s Ministry of Finance and the Iranian Ministry of... read more
KABUL (PAN): A new radar system, a 20 million euros project, was installed at the Kabul International Airport to ensure the safety of air traffic, a senior official said on Sunday.A joint venture of Germany and Australia, the radar called “Amlat”... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United Nations and the Afghan government have launched a joint appeal for $437 million to deal with natural disasters in the country, a Cabinet minister said on Saturday.Seeking $437 million in aid for the war-hit country alone, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): A five-member Taliban delegation has reached Doha, the capital of Qatar, for peace negotiations with the United States, an official said on Saturday.Mullah Mohammad Omar’s secretary and ex-foreign minister Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Saturday reiterated his call for the Taliban to stop fighting, saying that Afghans alone were suffering because of the ongoing conflict in the country.The Afghan government and High Peace Council would continue... read more
KABUL (PAN): A newly-constructed 20-bed maternity home was inaugurated in the Mirbacha Kot district of central Kabul province on Tuesday, officials said.Funded by the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD), the hospital's 20 percent... read more
KABUL (PAN): Kabul police seized 138 kilograms of heroin and more than 20 kg of chemicals, detaining 28 people on charges of selling and smuggling drugs, an official said on Monday.The heroin was recovered from a vehicle in Pul-i-Charkhi area of... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some Afghan analysts, raising questions about US-Taliban negotiations, on Sunday said both sides wanted to serve their own vested interests.On the sidelines of the second Bonn conference in December, the US, Germany and Qatar agreed to... read more
KABUL (PAN): Noting that very little progress has been made in the agricultural sector over the past decade, experts say the government should identify the area as a top priority.The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) says an... read more
KABUL (PAN): Amid reports about efforts at introducing a federal system in Afghanistan, Kabul-based political analysts warned on Tuesday such a regime could lead to the disintegration of the war-ravaged country.Media reports say former vice... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan Meteorological Authority (AMA) on Thursday forecasted continued snow and rainfall in most of the country this winter, hoping the ongoing drought sweeping northern parts would decrease.The country is expected to receive... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Saturday hailed US Vice President Joe Biden's remarks that Taliban were not America's enemies as a message of peace to the people of Afghanistan.Addressing a gathering on the 40th death anniversary of noted... read more
KABUL (PAN): Eighty incidents of violence against journalists have been registered in Afghanistan so far during the current year, showing a 38 percent increase, an official said on Tuesday.Three journalists were killed, six injured, two arrested, 33... read more
KABUL (PAN): The five-year term in office of three top officials of the Afghanistan Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has expired and President Hamid Karzai will not reappoint them for another term, a presidential spokesman said on Friday. The AHRC... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Supreme Court has sentenced to death four private security guards, while several others were given prison terms ranging from 10 years to 20 years, in connection with a 2009 shooting that left 10 officers, including the then Kandahar... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Borders and Tribal Affairs Minister on Wednesday signed an agreement to require his ministry officials sit a skill assessment test aimed at hiring qualified staffers on different posts.The agreement was signed between Minister... read more
KABUL (PAN): Nasir Ahmad Hakimi, who has been appointed as head the state-owned Ariana Afghan Airlines, was Sunday introduced to employees of the national carrier.gHakimi replaces Moeen Khan Wardak, a pilot, who headed the airlines for last almost... read more
KABUL (PAN): A number of children discussed their problems with government officials and lawmakers during Saturday's session of the Wolesi Jirga, lower house of parliament.About 120 children coming from Bamyan, Nangarhar, Kabul and Ghor provinces... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Iranian government on Tuesday pledged $400,000 in aid for facilitating the return Afghan experts to their country.The agreement was signed among Minister of Refugees Jamahir Anwari and Iranian Ambassador Fida Husain Maliki and... read more
KABUL (PAN): Families of victims on Monday demanded concrete action against those involved in crimes against humanity over the past three decades of conflict.Nearly 80 relatives showcased belongings of the victims at a two-day exhibition that... read more
KABUL (PAN): As many as 936 incidents of fire that occurred this year have caused property losses amounting to more than 300 million afghanis ($6.1 million), an official said on Monday.Nearly 238 fire incidents happened in the capital alone, with... read more
KABUL (PAN): Fifteen Afghan journalists are being sent to Pakistan for a month-long training course in Punjab province, the South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA) said on Sunday.Scheduled to begin on Monday, the course is being conducted at the... read more
KABUL (PAN): A number of Afghans intending to take part in next month's Bonn Conference on Afghanistan's future have complained facing numerous problems in obtaining visas for Germany.Several people said they were forced to abandon their intention... read more
KABUL (PAN): Danish Foreign Minister Villy Sovndal on Saturday promised his country would continue to provide Afghanistan civilian aid beyond 2014 when all foreign troops are scheduled to pull out.Speaking at a joint press conference with his Afghan... read more
KABUL (PAN): Danish Foreign Minister Villy Sovndal on Saturday promised his country would continue to provide Afghanistan civilian aid beyond 2014 when all foreign troops are scheduled to pull out.Speaking at a joint press conference with his Afghan... read more
KABUL (PAN) The Attorney General's Office (AGO) on Wednesday rejected the anti-corruption body's claims the outcome of an investigation into Kabul Bank's scandal was unsatisfactory.A member of the Independent Anti-Corruption Monitoring and... read more
KABUL (PAN): Five hundred tonnes of liquefied gas would be supplied to Kabul in an effort to bring down the commodity price to 55afs a kilogram, the Ministry of Commerce and Industries said on Wednesday.Before Eidul Adha, a kilogram of gas accounted... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation has rejected reports that three million Afghans were going hungry due to a drought in northern and western parts of the country.In a statement, the ministry said the process of... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) on Monday blamed the government for fixing gas prices, saying that it did not have the power to do so.Last week, the Ministry of Commerce fixed at 55 afghanis ($1.34) the price... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Commerce and Industries on Saturday renewed its promise to lower the price of liquefied petroleum gas to 55 afghanis ($1.1) per kilo within two days. A kilo of gas is currently selling for 75 to 100 afs in Kabul.Before... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan's High Peace Council on Wednesday urged the armed opposition to shun the insurgency and return to normal life to serve the people of the country.In its message ahead of Eidul Adha, the council said the insurgents should... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some Afghans believe the Istanbul conference would bring no positive change to Afghanistan's security situation, but others expect key decisions on the country's future.The regional cooperation conference will deliberate on issues... read more
KABUL (PAN): Members of Wolesi Jirga's Defence Commission on Sunday said the second phase of security transfer should focus on insecure provinces, believing public support was vital to making the project a success.The process began on July 17 and is... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Defence Ministry spokesman on Wednesday said Afghan forces would need assistance from the international community even after the 2014 security switch, but their expenses would be less than what the former US ambassador has estimated... read more
KABUL (PAN): Almost 114,000 acres of government and private land has been wrested back from illegal grabbers, the minister of agriculture, irrigation and livestock said on Tuesday.The land was retaken from encroachers in Herat, Kunduz, Nangarhar and... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Monday shared his grief and sorrows with relatives of the victims of a strong earthquake that killed more than 260 people in Turkey.The 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit the city of Van and town of Ercis, flattening... read more
KABUL (PAN): Four women and a child were killed and dozens others injured in a head-on collision in the capital Kabul, witnesses and officials said on Thursday.The predawn accident took place in the Mirwais Maidan area of the city, where a truck... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan's borders with Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan should be redefined because a river separating the countries is changing its course with the passage of time, an official suggested on Wednesday.Afghan Geodesy and... read more
KABUL (PAN): India would soon deliver a thousand public transport buses to Afghanistan, the acting transport and aviation minister announced on Tuesday, amid public complaints about a shortage of vehicles in the capital Kabul.Daud Ali Najafi told a... read more
KABUL (PAN): With a majority vote, the Wolesi Jirga -- lower house of Parliament -- on Monday decided that Afghanistan's fiscal year start from January instead of April.The decision was taken to avoid non-execution of development projects due to... read more
KABUL (PAN): Nearly nine million Afghans are living in extreme poverty due to a lack of investment in the country's agriculture sector, a minister said on Sunday."Due to the past three decades of war, investment in the agriculture sector has dropped... read more
KABUL (PAN): Efforts are underway to recover former attorney-general Abdul Jabbar Sabit, who was kidnapped a day earlier in Kabul, senior police officials said on Friday.Seized by unidentified gunmen in Charasyab district, Sabit was probably taken... read more
NEW DELHI (PAN): Afghan President Karzai and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, pledging a joint front against terrorism, on Tuesday inked a strategic partnership treaty.Two other deals on mineral exploration and the development of hydrocarbons... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan Haj pilgrims are yet to receive visas due to closure of the Saudi embassy in Kabul, a government official said on Saturday.The embassy was closed after several gunmen attacked the National Directorate of Security (NDS) office,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Six heroin laboratories and drugs worth $300 million were seized in the Baghran district of southern Helmand province, the interior ministry said on Wednesday.The narcotics, including 324 kilogram of heroin, 14,400 liters of morphine,... read more
KABUL (PAN): An agreement was signed on Tuesday between the Afghan Commerce and Industries Ministry and Kazakhstan' Emergency Situation Ministry on expanding trade ties between the two countries, an official said.Wheat and flour would be imported in... read more
KABUL (PAN): Thousand of people offered fateha for Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani at different mosques in Kabul and Pakistan's commercial hub Karachi on Saturday.Assassinated by a militant posing as an emissary of a top Taliban leader, the former... read more
KABUL (PAN): International and regional intelligence agencies along the Taliban, were involved in the killing of Burhanuddin Rabbani, the ex-president and High Peace Council chairman, political analysts alleged on Thursday.The Taliban who often... read more
KABUL (PAN): The US government would provide $268 million (12.8 billion afghanis) for law enforcement and combating the scourge drugs under an agreement signed in Kabul on Sunday.The accord was inked between Deputy Foreign Minister Javed Ludin and... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan produced 3.3 million tonnes of wheat this year, showing a 15 percent decline, compared to the 2010 yield, an official said on Saturday.Last year's wheat production stood at 4.5 million tonnes, including 1.4 tonnes produced... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two suicide blasts hit as many police centres in the heavily-fortified Afghan capital of Kabul on Tuesday afternoon, officials said.The blasts happened near Deh Mazang Square and Habibi High School on the Darul Aman road, a spokesman... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan has decided to forge diplomatic ties with the transitional Libyan government, a well-placed source confided to Pajhwok Afghan News on Tuesday.The Cabinet of President Hamid Karzai directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on... read more
KABUL (PAN): Four rockets were fired into a village in Deh Sabz district of central Kabul province, an official said on Monday.Fired from the Koh-i-Safi district of Parwan province, the BM1 rockets landed in the Alikhel village, the district police... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Coalition Supporting the Enforcement of Law on Saturday rejected a 10-member delegation named by the Wolesi Jirga to resolve problems arising out of the Independent election Commission's decision regarding the disqualification of... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Water and Energy signed an agreement with an Indian firm for initial work on 22 medium and small dams, the minister said on Wednesday.Muhammad Ismail, the acting water and energy minister, told reporters in Kabul that... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Kabul-Jalalabad Highway was reopened one and half an hour after it was blocked by supporters of a failed parliamentary election candidate in Pul-i-Charkhi area east of Kabul on Saturday.Nearly 200 supporters of Khpalwak Lakankhel,... read more
KABUL (PAN): "If neighbouring countries do not cooperate with the Afghan government to restore peace, it would accept the US offer of permanent military bases," said Afghanistan Research and Advisory Centre (ARAC) Director, Ghulam Jilani Zwak.In an... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Education has closed 10 private higher education institutes, fined 11 and warned 31 others for violations its rules during the current year, a senior official said on Wednesday.As many as 67 institutes, including schools... read more
KABUL (PAN): "I will convey the voices of my people to officials at any cost, because after Allah, they rely on me," vowed Abdul Ahmad Durani, a Wolesi Jirga MP from the central province of Maidan Wardak. Durani, 52, from the Zimno... read more
KABUL (PAN): Parliamentary candidates, declared winners by a special election tribunal on June 23, staged a protest demonstration on Sunday, asking the government to implement the court ruling. The special court, set up to probe allegations of... read more
KABUL(PAN): The transport and aviation minister on Thursday rejected as groundless allegations regarding his involvement in rigging during the 2009 presidential election and the murder of Herat transport director. Daud Ali Najafi told a press... read more
KABUL (PAN): Six newly-built power stations started supplying electricity to three districts north Kabul, benefiting around 2,000 families, officials said on Tuesday. Da Afghanistan Brekhna Shirkat (DABS) chief, Abdul Raziq Samadi, told the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Political analysts say that only Afghan government representatives should attend the second Bonn conference, which will be held in Germany on December 5, 2011. The first Bonn conference was held soon after the fall of the Taliban... read more
KABUL (PAN): Kabul residents are unhappy with the shutdown of Zarnegar Park, located in center of city. Officials say the park was closed down for security reasons and will reopen soon. The park is locatednortheast of the presidential palace and... read more
KABUL(PAN): Taliban insurgents have stepped attacks in an effort to scuttle the security transition process and force foreign troops to stay put in the country, President Hamid Karzai's spokesman said on Monday. Waheed Omar made the remarks... read more
KABUL (PAN): Ten new school buildings will be constructed in seven provinces of the country, an education official said on Monday. Contracts for the school buildings were signed between Education Minister Ghulam Farooq Wardak and representatives... read more
KABUL(PAN): An agreement for establishment of a joint business council was signed between the Afghanistan Chambers of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) and the Turkish International Business Council in Kabul on Saturday. With the creation of the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Plans for the first two new towns in “New Kabul” have been completed and will be implemented by March 21, 2012, officials said on Monday.The master plan for a new capital was approved by the Cabinet in 2009, the executive chief of New... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Kabul municipality plans to establish a radio and television station next year, the mayor said on Monday, but some experts believe the municipality should air its programmes through the state-run Radio Television of Afghanistan (RTA... read more

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