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KABUL (Pajhwok): A Seeratun Nabi (life of Prophet Muhammad) quizz contest, attended by more than 900 youngsters, was held in Kabul on Friday. Habibullah Khan Zazai, one of the organisers, told Pajhwok Afghan News that 300 girls also took part in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A large number of people rallied in Kabul on Thursday against the republication of blasphemous cartoons by the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, seeking severe punishment for the perpetrators. Charlie Hebdo printed the sacrilegious... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga (lower house) members, clinging to their pose, said on Wednesday they would not vote for dual citizen cabinet nominees. The unity government on Tuesday announced 24 ministers-designate and nominees for the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Residents of this central capital on Wednesday complained of high transport fares despite a significant slump in fuel rates in the international market. Prices of gas, petrol and diesel recently decreased. The rate of one litre... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Tens of streets children in Kabul staged a protest on Tuesday, demanding the protection of their rights including education. In the morning, the children started their protest from Sara-i-Ghazni area to the Afghanistan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The World Food Program (WFP) would provide food aid and vocational training assistance of $32 million to the disabled and calamity-hit people, including women, an official said on Sunday. A memorandum of understanding was signed... read more
Afghan Products: KABUL (Pajhwok): Officials of an iodised salt factory say they could supply table salt to all provinces if the government invests in the plant in Kabul. Established in 2003, the “Ayenda-i-Darakhshan” (Bright Future) Factory... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two civilians were killed and two others, including a woman, wounded in a bomb blast in the heavily-fortified central capital Kabul on Tuesday morning, an official said. Police spokesman Hashmatullah Stanikzai told Pajhwok Afghan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of people staged a protest rally in the capital Kabul on Thursday, asking the government not to allow Pakistani politician and cleric Maulana Fazl Rahman to enter Kabul. Fazal is largely viewed as a sympathizer of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Kabul police on Sunday claimed arresting 139 criminals, seizing 134 weapons of different brands and recovering 89 kilograms of narcotics in the last couples of weeks in the capital city. Police Chief Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahimi said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Senior counternarcotics officials on Tuesday said poppy cultivation and drug smuggling continued to increase in the country and the level of drugs seized had declined. Deputy Counternarcotics Minister Muhammad Ibrahim Azhar told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Sunday welcomed the end to NATO combat mission in Afghanistan, saying Afghan forces were capable enough to defend the nation and the rebels had no courage to face them. The US and NATO formally... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An intelligence official said on Thursday insurgents were not only the enemy of security forces but also of the people. Speaking on the last day of “Police Recognition Week”, National Directorate of Security spokesman Abdul Hasib... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan Wireless Communication Company (AWCC) on Sunday launched the third generation (3G) technology service in Kabul, saying it would soon be expanded to other provinces.The company obtained a licence for 3G Internet services... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Presidential Palace on Friday confirmed the United States military had transferred detainees to Afghan authorities and shut down its notorious detention facility in central Bagram province.Pentagon spokesman Mark Wright said on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Six Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed and 14 others wounded in a suicide attack in the Qasaba area of the capital Kabul on Thursday morning, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.A statement from MoD said the target of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Deputy Public Health Minister Dr. Ahmad Jan Naeem on Sunday said insecurity and lack of budget remained key challenges being faced by health workers in the country.Addressing a gathering marking “National Day of Health Workers” in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former interior minister Omar Daudzai on Thursday asked President Ashraf Ghani to explore alternatives instead of depending on Pakistan which was not serious about bringing Taliban to the negotiating table.In his farewell speech,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA) on Monday welcomed the ratification of the Access to Information Law, but said the measure needed a serious review.Having 6 chapters and 32 articles, the bill was ratified by the Afghan... read more
Hamdard & KohiKUNDUZ CITY/MAIMANA (Pajhwok): Three militants, including a commander, were killed in northern Kunduz province, police said on Sunday.The provincial police chief told Pajhwok Afghan News a group of militants planning to attack a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Second Vice-President Sarwar Danish on Saturday underlined the need for a careful review of and amendments to the constitution.Speaking at a research conference here, the second vice-president said that all constitutions needed to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Terming the devastating Paktika suicide attack a “crime against humanity,” the spokesman of Ministry of Interior (MoI) urged the international community to help Afghanistan destroy terrorists’ sanctuaries.Addressing a crowded press... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two American soldiers were killed when a bomb tore through their convoy in the capital Kabul on Monday, sources said.The blast took place in the limits of the ninth police district in Qabalbai area near the Customs Department at... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chairman of the Independent Elections Commission (IEC) said that issuance of new electronic identity cards, exact number of voters and tight security would ensure transparency in future elections.Speaking at a national seminar “... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The spokesperson of Paktia governor on Saturday claimed considerable improvement in security and economic situation of the strategically important southeastern Paktia province.Addressing a well-attended press conference here in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): First Vice-President Abdul Rashid Dostum on Tuesday said anti-government forces would be targeted and eliminated in every part of the country.Speaking to journalists at the site of today’s suicide attack on a foreign firm in Kabul,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A suicide truck bomb attack targeted at a compound housing foreign contractors killed two Afghan guards and injured three Afghan civilians and a foreigner in the Tarakhel area of central capital Kabul on Tuesday morning, officials... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Acting Interior Minister Mohammad Omar Daudzai on Tuesday announced two five-year plans for strengthening the Afghan police.The first five-year plan between 2014 and 2018 and the second between 2019 and 2024 would help minimise... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Failed provincial council (PC) candidates on Wednesday protested in front of the Presidential Palace and threatened to block highways to the central Kabul if their demands were not addressed.Hundreds of losing candidates and their... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) on Tuesday announced launching a programme under which current infrastructures of Afghanistan’s cities and their future development prospects would be evaluated.“Designed with... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Praising Pakistani girls’ education campaigner Malala Yousafzai, literary figures and civil society activists on Monday said Afghan officials should attend the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony slated for Dec. 10 in Oslo.Malala from... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Thursday sent the outcome of its investigation into complaints from provincial council candidates to the Independent Election Commission (IEC), officials said.Earlier, IECC... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Most Wolesi Jirga members did not return to the house on Tuesday --- the first working day after a three-day recess on account of Eidul Adha.Those appeared in the lower house complained the absence of their colleagues prevented the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Vowing to defend press freedom, President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai has allowed a New York Times reporter to return to Afghanistan. The reporter has been expelled from the country and accused of having links to spy agencies.Matthew... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Saturday declared validated votes of one of 94 ballot boxes, an official said.Earlier, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) had declared the 94 ballot boxes invalid.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Hundreds of Dr. Abdullah’s supporters on Friday took to the streets in the central capital against what they called massive fraud in the mid-June runoff elections.The protestors, who walked from the Shahr-i-Naw Park and assembled in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): As part of the Martyrs Week, Qurankhwani (Quran recitation) was held for the late president Sardar Mohammed Daud Khan and flowers were placed on his tomb in Kabul on Friday.Sardar Daud, founder of the democratic system and the first... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of Kabul University students on Saturday staged a protest demonstration against one year repeat study and transferring some students to other universities as punishment to those involved in a fighting on the campus.The... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than 440 suspects involved in insurgency have been detained by security forces over the past month, the spy service office said on Wednesday.Abdul Hasib Siddiqui, spokesman for the National Directorate of Security (NDS), said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Directorate of Security (NDS) on Wednesday alleged the intelligence network of neighbouring Pakistan was directly involved in the latest surge in unrest in Afghanistan.Hasib Siddiqui, the intelligence agency spokesman,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The deputy British ambassador on Tuesday said his country would renew its commitment to continuously supporting Afghanistan at next month’s NATO summit in Wales.Dickson told reporters in Kabul the UK would host world leaders at the... read more
KUNDUZ CITY/SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): Two pro-government fighters and six militants have been killed in northern provinces of the country, officials said on Monday.The government supporters were killed during an overnight Taliban attack in the Muradyan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than 1,300 candidates have appeared in a test for 50 different positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) in Kabul, where a number of people were appointed in the not-so-distant past without any exams, officials said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Wednesday rejected as untrue a recent report by the US special inspector general for Afghanistan (SIGAR) claiming tens of thousands of weapons the Pentagon supplied to Afghan forces since 2004... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Hundreds of people, including women, rallied in Kabul on Wednesday against a deadly attack in the Orgun district of southeastern Paktika province and Israeli shelling of the Gaza Strip.A week earlier, more than 40 civilians were... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Hundreds of people, including women, rallied in Kabul on Wednesday against a deadly attack in the Orgun district of southeastern Paktika province and Israeli shelling of the Gaza Strip.A week earlier, more than 40 civilians were... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least five foreign security guards were killed and six others wounded in a suicide bombing inside their camp in the 15th municipality district of Kabul on Tuesday, officials said.Kabul police chief Maj. Gen. Mohammad Zahir,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some supporters of Dr. Abdullah Abdullah set up tents in different parts of Kabul in protest against the announcement of the preliminary results of the runoff presidential election.The Independent Election Commission (IEC) unveiled... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least seven Taliban, including a notorious commander and former governor, were captured from different parts of the country, the Ministry of Interior Affairs (MoI) said Sunday.Former Taliban governors Abdul Rashid along with five... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former Independent Election Commission secretary Ziaul Haq Amarkhel on Saturday rejected as conspiracy the rumors that he was trying to flee the country amid allegations of electoral fraud against him.Amarkhel resigned as IEC... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Participants of a protest demonstration on Thursday accused some Ministry of Defence (MoD) officials of having grabbed land allotted for public welfare projects in the central capital Kabul.More than 100 individuals took part in the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Supporters of presidential hopeful Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Saturday staged two separate protest demonstrations in Kabul, demanding the prosecution of those involved the June 14 runoff fraud.Haji Khalil, one of the demonstrators,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Reform and Unanimity team, led by presidential candidate Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, on Friday warned of nationwide protests if its demands were ignored.While alleging brazen irregularities in Saturday’s runoff election, Abdullah has... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Complaints Commission (IECC) on Tuesday said 2,558 objections, most of them against election workers in the run-off vote, had been lodged.The deadline for filing complaints expired today, IECC spokesman... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Election Watch Afghanistan (EWA) on Monday said that its observers had recorded a number of fraud instances and called for the electoral bodies to properly investigate the claims.A report released by the independent watchdog on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Peace and security would continue to elude the people of Afghanistan until militant safe havens in Pakistan’s tribal belt were eliminated, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Sunday.MoD spokesman Zahir Azimi told reporters in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Voters in the Mir Bacha Kot district of central Kabul province on Saturday said they were concerned about the entry of illegal armed men and security officials into a polling centre.A Pajhwok Afghan News reporter, who visited the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than $7 billion were utilized in the struggle against drugs over the past 13 years in Afghanistan but the country still stood first in terms of producing drugs in the world.During Taliban initial years of rule, drugs... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A senior Afghan military official on Sunday said 10,000 Afghan National Army (ANA)’s commandos would assist other security personnel in ensuring security for the runoff presidential election.Maj. Gen. Syed Abdul Karim, ANA Commando... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai has partially revealed his economic policy which he would implement if wins the presidential runoff election slated for June 14.Ghani held a meeting with investors, industrialists,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): US Ambassador James Cunningham on Tuesday said President Barack Obama’s exit plan from Afghanistan did not mean the so-called zero option, but to focus more on building the capacity of Afghan forces.Obama last week announced he... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): US Ambassador to Afghanistan James Cunningham on Tuesday stressed the issue of sporadic Pakistani rocket attacks on Afghanistan border districts should be resolved through diplomatic channels.Speaking to reporters in Kabul, the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): First Vice-President Mohammad Yunus Qanuni on Friday said the killing of innocent civilians in Afghanistan had become a culture as many countrymen were being killed and wounded under various pretexts.He was addressing participants... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Election Watch Organisation of Afghanistan (EWOA) on Thursday urged the electoral commissions to not to repeat the mistakes seen in the first round of the polls in the runoff.EWOA officials presented a series of suggestions to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Green Trend (AGT), led by Amarullah Saleh, on Tuesday announced support to Dr. Abdullah Abdullah in the runoff ballot on June 14.After comprehensive consultations, the AGT decided to put its weight behind the team... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) on Monday called the runoff presidential vote challenging, warning militants might foment trouble in case of major security lapses.  Addressing a meeting of ministries’... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former vice-president Ahmad Zia Massoud on Thursday formally announced support to presidential contender Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai in the second round of the ballot.Zia Massoud pledged support to Ahmadzai at a meeting attended by... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Directorate of Security (NDS) deputy chief on Wednesday alleged Pakistan was trying to sabotage the run-off election due on June 14.Gen. Hasamuddin Hassam levelled the allegation at a meeting which was attended by... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Police in this central capital on Monday said they were all poised to provide security for the second round of presidential elections in coordination with other organs.Kabul Police Chief Lt. Gen. Mohammad Zahir told reporters they... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Election monitoring institutions on Sunday asked the Independent Election Commission (IEC) to fire its staffers accused of electoral fraud and increase the number of polling sites in populated areas for the runoff presidential... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): First Vice-President Mohammad Yunus Qanuni on Sunday alleged Afghanistan’s enemies were trying to disrupt the run-off elections, asking security forces to adopt drastic measures to foil such attempts.Addressing a news conference at... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Attorney General's Office (AGO) on Saturday rejected as baseless claims by a lawmaker that the Attorney General and Kabul Mayor had sold a land plot belonging to the government.The AGO asked the Wolesi Jirga to send MP Allah Gul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Attorney General Office (AGO) on Monday asked protesting lawmakers to end their sit-in against the Kabul mayor, saying it was investigating the issue.On May 3, some Wolesi Jirga members started a sit-in in front of the Kabul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The central bank has signed an agreement with a non-profit organisation, Harakat, to intensify efforts at promoting Islamic banking across Afghanistan.Da Afghanistan Bank governor Noorullah Dilawari signed the agreement of $1.2... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Construction of roads, bridges and maintenance of such facilities casting $16 million would be carried out in nine provinces, the Ministry of Public Works said on Monday.The World Bank (WB)-funded projects would be carried out and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of refugees on Saturday complained land plots they were promised by the ministry concerned been allotted to warlords and other powerful individuals.Most of the returnees are living in rented houses in conditions, blaming... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than 29,000 orphan and vulnerable children will be enrolled to get education facilities from kindergarten under an agreement among private institutions, an official said on Sunday.The agreement was inked between the labour,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan again outclassed Tajikistan 3-0 in their three sets second and final match of a friendship volleyball cup played in Kabul on Saturday.The Afghans, who defeated the tourists 3-0 in the previous encounter two days ago,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan national volleyball team defeated its rival Tajikistan team by 3-0 in the first match of the friendship cup played in the capital Kabul on Thursday, an official said.The match was held in the gymnasium of national... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Trailing presidential candidate Abul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf on Wednesday said they wanted a future government that was in the interest of Islam and Afghanistan and could bring about peace and stability.Addressing a graduation ceremony... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Telephonic conversations of the president, his deputies and some other high-ranking government officials could no longer be tapped, a Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology official said on Friday.Last year, there... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) on Wednesday said it had recorded 11,000 incidents of fraud, irregularities, militant threats and closure of polling stations during Saturday’s elections.The watchdog... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Tuesday said it would take serious legal actions against the police officials found involved in electoral fraud.A day earlier, some running mates of presidential candidates accused police officials... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Residents of the Astalif district of Kabul province on Saturday alleged gunmen at polling stations forced voters to cast votes in favour of a particular candidate.Present on the occasion, a reporter of Pajhwok Afghan News confirmed... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan Air Force (AAF) has airlifted election staff and materials to 39 of the 45 impassible districts, an official said on Wednesday -- three days ahead of the landmark vote.AFF official Lt. Gen. Mohammad Dawran told a press... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than 95,000 security personnel have been deployed across the country to ensure security for Saturday’s presidential and provincial elections, a military commander said on Tuesday.Afghan National Army (ANA) Commander Lt. Gen.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmonov on Thursday said celebrating the new solar year highlighted the common culture of regional countries besides boosting ties among them.Speaking to participants of a Nawroz ceremony here, he said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai and his Tajikistan counterpart Imam Ali Rahmanov on Wednesday witnessed the signing of four cooperation agreements between the two countries.In a joint statement, the two sides said the pacts... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Concerned about growing violence against journalists, a media advocacy group on Wednesday asked the government to provide security to the community, especially during the election process.Nai, which supports open media in... read more
CHAGHCHARAN/KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Twenty militants joined the peace process in western Ghor and northern Kunduz provinces on Wednesday, officials said.Mullah Abdullah, the commander of a 12-member rebel group that joined the reconciliation drive in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Presidential runner Abdur Rab Rassoul Sayyaf on Monday promised establishing a caliphate-like government system if he won the April 5 elections.Addressing a huge gathering of supporters including thousands of religious scholars and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Sunday announced transporting election materials to 368 districts without any security threat.MoI spokesman Siddique Siddiqui told a news conference in Kabul the materials included ballot papers,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): So far more than 25,000 electronic passports have been issued and the process would be extended nationwide in the near future, an official said on Wednesday.Authorities initially started issuing electronic passports to residents,... read more
TALUQAN (Pajhwok):  The coffins of nine Afghan soldiers killed in Sunday’s Taliban attack in eastern Kunar arrived in northeastern Takhar province on Tuesday.However, relatives of some of the deceased soldiers complained the government had not... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Presidential contender Hedayat Amin Arsala on Monday said he had entered an alliance with Gul Agha Sherzai, but the move did not mean he had pulled out of the presidential race.Addressing a press conference in Kabul, Arsala... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior on Sunday said security for 24 polling stations, previously considered as insecure in three provinces, has been ensured.MoI spokesman Siddiqui Siddique told a press conference in Kabul 19 of the sites were... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two accused were awarded the death penalty by the primary court in third police district of Kabul on Tuesday, officials said.Prosecutors said witnesses had proved in the court that Rafiullah and Qais were involved in killing... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Commitment to Salvage Afghanistan (NCSA), an alliance of several political parties, on Monday announced its support for Hidayat Amin Arsala in the April presidential vote.At a meeting, attended by disqualified... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 22 individuals, including two suspected terrorists, have been detained in Kabul, an official said on Sunday.The Kabul police chief said the two individuals, belonging to the Kohi Safi district of central Parwan province,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission (IARCSC) on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with three ministries on improving their performance in delivery of services and eliminating corruption... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai's elder brother and presidential candidate Abdul Qayyum Karzai on Sunday promised to preserve the gains made over the past decade and pursue the current government’s incomplete jobs.Addressing thousands of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Kabul Police Academy commander on Saturday asked the government to keep sustained focus on combating corruption, calling the scourge more dangerous than militancy.Gen. Syed Noorullah Zal issued the call at a signing ceremony for... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Right and Justice Party on Wednesday asked President Hamid Karzai to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States of America (USA).Party leader and former interior minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar told reports... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): New Delhi is Kabul’s large trade partner, but Islamabad does not allow Indian goods’ transportation through Pakistan to the landlocked country, an official complained on Tuesday.Deputy Minister of Commerce and Industry Muzamil... read more
KABUL (PAN): A detention centre for drug traffickers was constructed at the Ministry of Counter-Narcotics with the financial support of America and handed over to Afghan officials on Monday.The newly-inaugurated detention, having capacity for 300... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The revenue of the Medium Taxpayers Office (MTO) at the Ministry of Finance increased by 300 million afghanis this solar year, an official said, accusing some foreign firms of unwilling to fill the returns due.MTO Director... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two women prisoners were released while jail terms of 16 other female inmates were reduced from Badam Bagh prison of the central capital Kabul on Monday following a presidential decree, an official said.An official at the Attorney... read more
KABUL (PAN): Calling the bilateral security agreement (BSA) in Afghanistan’s interest, Interior Minister Mohammad Omar Daudzai on Saturday said Kabul and Washington should commence fresh negotiations at the earliest on resolving controversial points... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Interior Minister Mohammad Umar Daudzai on Saturday said around 800 polling stations were still viewed insecure in parts of the country.Chairing a high-level meeting here at police headquarters, he said three months back as many as... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Three senior police officers were suspended on charges of failing to prevent a deadly group suicide attack killed 21 people, including foreigners, in downtown Kabul.Interior Minister Mohammad Omar Daudzai said on Saturday the... read more
KABUL (PAN): A former senior election commission official on Saturday confirmed the US administration’s failed attempt to defeat President Hamid Karzai in his reelection bid in 2009.Former US defence secretary Robert Gates in his memoir has harshly... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of candidates and civil society activists on Saturday alleged unfair means employed in the university entry test in southern Ghazni province and called for a thorough probe.Barkatullah Farzan, a civil society activist, said... read more
KABUL (PAN): Nine militants were detained on Tuesday when they were planting bombs on the backside of a civil hosptial in the capital of eastern Laghman province, the spy service said.In a statement, the Natioanal Directorate of Security (NDS) said... read more
KABUL (PAN): A review board investigating prisoner cases on Monday announced the release of 650 “innocent” inmates from the Bagram jail in central Parwan province.Abdul Shakoor Dadras, a member of the board, told a news conference in Kabul they had... read more
KABUL (PAN): The minister of public works on Sunday announced Afghanistan’s exports would increase with its membership of the International Union of Railways (UIC).Addressing a press conference in Kabul, Najibullah Ozhan said previously Afghanistan... read more
PUL-I-KHUMRI (PAN): A group of suicide attackers, planning an attack on the governor’s house, had been detained in northern Baghlan province, officials said on Thursday.The militant group was busted during an operation in the Dand-i-Ghori area on... read more
KABUL (PAN): Expressing concerns over security of employees, the minister of rural rehabilitation and development on Wednesday said acknowledged provincial authorities were taking bribes from contractors.At a contract-signing ceremony for 16... read more
KABUL (PAN): Slamming the Wolesi Jirga decision denying them a parliament seat as discriminatory, the Council of Hindus and Sikhs on Tuesday renewed its warning of leaving the country if they were not given proper representation in the lower house.... read more
KABUL (PAN): Nearly 9,000 homecoming families would be extended “all basic facilities of life” as part of the New Kabul City project, an ambitious public-private joint venture to construct a metropolis 1.5 times larger than the current city of Kabul... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) on Wednesday inked a contract with private companies for 32 irrigation networks costing $214 million, officials said.The World Bank-funded projects, to be executed in six... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Public Work on Monday signed agreements with six local construction firms to initiate work on two road projects in Kabul and Kunduz and six bridges in five other provinces.Under the agreements, the firms would execute... read more
KABUL (PAN): Dozens of protestors, supporting a private TV channel and denouncing the detention of Gen. Abdul Wahid Taqat, on Saturday clashed with police in front of the Supreme Court in Kabul.  The protestors, marching from the Zhwandoon TV... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan entrepreneurs’ body on Sunday said spiraling prices of essential daily-use commodities, including food, could not be checked due to the shortage of strategic reserves in the country.The body’s chief, Rahmuddin Haji Agha, told... read more
KABUL (PAN): A Ministry of Foreign Affairs official on Wednesday asked the international community to help Afghanistan become self-sufficient in energy sector.These views were expressed by the ministry’s Strategic Studies Center Director General, Dr... read more
KABUL (PAN):  Senate chairman Fazl Hadi Muslimyar on Monday announced his opposition to signing of a key security agreement with the US and instead supported a strategic partnership agreement reached between the two allies two years ago.... read more
KABUL (PAN): Hundreds of people on Saturday staged a protest in the capital Kabul against not mentioning words Afghan and religion in new computerized national identity cards.Earlier in March this year, comprised of seven chapters and 39 articles,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan rose four places to 129th in November’s International Football Federation (FIFA) world rankings, the highest position since the rankings were launched in 1993.FIFA, the governing body of world soccer, updated its rankings on... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai has said "for as long as arbitrary acts and oppression of foreign forces continue, the security agreement with the United States will not be signed."The president expressed these views in the wake of a coalition... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) on Tuesday pleaded with the government for signing the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States to prevent capital flight from the country.On Monday evening,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Nearly 5,000 displaced families in Kabul would receive aid from the World Food Programme (WFP), an official said on Wednesday.The displaced families are living under tents in 16 police districts and 26 other areas of the central capital... read more
KABUL (PAN): A disqualified presidential candidate on Thursday accused the Independent Election Commission (IEC) of toeing the government’s line on next year’s vote.Bismillah Sher, who was excluded from the IEC preliminary list, told a news... read more
KABUL (PAN): The money market in Kabul reopened following the release of the moneychangers’ union head by the Attorney General Office (AGO) on Thursday, an official said.Earlier in the day, moneychangers closed the currency market in protest against... read more
KABUL (PAN): Moneychangers on Thursday closed the currency market in the central capital Kabul in protest against what they called the arrest of their union head by the Attorney General Office (AGO).The arrest of Najibullah Akhtari, the head of Sara... read more
KUNDUZ/ZARANJ (PAN): Forty-eight prisoners were released from jails in northern Kunduz and western Nimroz provinces, with many inmates complaining of overcrowding, officials said on Monday.The inmates were freed in compliance with President Hamid... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan National Disasters Management Authority (ANDMA) on Sunday said about 500 people had been killed or injured as a result of natural disasters this year.ANDMA head Mohammad Dayem Kakar said 312 people died and 186 others... read more
KABUL (PAN): A first ever military academy has been inaugurated in a move to strengthen the capacity and enhance professionalism of Afghan National Army (ANA) officers, an official said on Wednesday.Addressing a press conference, Brig Gen. Mohammad... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan national cricket team on Saturday evening arrived to a warm reception in Kabul from Sharjah, where it beat Kenya to book a place in the 2015 World Cup last week, with thousands of cheering fans lining up on both sides of the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Barikab district was selected as a first-ever agricultural economic zone project in the country in a move that would boost Afghanistan’s exports by 40 percent, officials said on Wednesday.The project would be implemented in the Barikab... read more
KABUL (PAN): Thousands of families would benefit from the development projects funded by the government of Japan in the eastern province of Nangarhar, officials said on Sunday.A contract for the projects was signed on Sunday in Kabul between... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Youth Network for Reform and Change (YNRC) on Saturday claimed none of presidential candidates had an effective strategy for overcoming the current challenges of security, corruption and drugs.Presidential wannabes were looking for... read more
KABUL (PAN): Hundreds of people on Sunday took to the streets in Kabul to condemn the communist regime for killing and torturing thousands of Afghans in the late 1970s and demanded public execution of the perpetrators.The protestors began a march... read more
KABUL (PAN): The 100th birth anniversary of Abdul Rahman Pazhwak, a poet and diplomat, was observed in the capital Kabul on Saturday.Born on March 7, 1919, Pazhwak was educated in Afghanistan before he started his career as a journalist, but... read more
KABUL (PAN): Noted jihadi leader Abdul Rab Rasul Sayyaf on Friday denounced the Taliban uprising against the government of Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani as un-Islamic.Addressing an event marking the second death anniversary of the ex-chairman of the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Having nearly $11 billion deposits, banks should extend soft loans to traders for the country’s economic development, the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries said on Wednesday.ACCI Executive Head Mohammad Qurban Haqjo said... read more
KABUL (PAN): The World Food Programme (WFP) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation & Livestock on Tuesday inaugurated Afghanistan’s first Strategic Grain Reserve (SGR) in Kabul.The warehouse complex, which can hold up to 22,000 metric tons... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Monday announced the beginning of the candidate registration process for presidential and provincial elections.Noor Mohammad Noor, the IEC spokesman, said registration offices would remain... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday said the US and Afghanistan had resumed talks on Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) in Kabul.Janan Musazai, the ministry spokesman told a regular media briefing that two rounds of talks on the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Thousands of people welcomed home their national football team and President Hamid Karzai embraced the players upon arrival at the Kabul International Airport from Nepal, where they beat India 2-0 to clinch the country’s first... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) on Tuesday said nearly 2,000 Afghans daily travelled abroad for treatment due to lack of standard facilities at home.ACCI chief executive Mohammad Qurban Haqjo said Afghan... read more
KABUL (PAN): More than a thousand people on Tuesday said conducting presidential and provincial council elections in 2014 would be impossible and hence the need for delaying the polls until 2018.Elders, youth and public representatives from all 34... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation (MTCA) on Monday said it was fully prepared to airlift pilgrims to the holy city Makkah, Saudi Arabia. This year, 24,000 pilgrims will be flown from Afghanistan to Saudi Arabia.Haj flights... read more
SHIBERGHAN/KUNDUZ CITY (PAN): Clashes between security forces and militants left two people dead, nine injured and two police posts destroyed in northern Afghanistan, officials said on Monday.One militant and one Afghan Local Police (ALP) member... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Breshna Sherkat, the power utility, has snapped supply to some government officials, including a presidential advisor, and powerful individuals, warning them of legal action if dues were not cleared.The defaulters, whose electricity... read more
KABUL (PAN): Up to 34 million new textbooks would be distributed to students, as 400 schools remained closed in 11 provinces of the country, officials said on Wednesday.A total of 1,100 schools were closed in different provinces of the country due... read more
KABULT (PAN): Asphalting a three-kilometer road, facilitating 20,000 families, was launched in the Zaman Khan area of capital Kabul on Tuesday, an official said.With a 9-month timescale, the World Bank-funded project would help connect the 1st Macro... read more
KABUL (PAN): Kazakhstan defeated the Afghan women’s football team 2-0 in a friendly encounter played in the neighbouring country ahead of next week’s South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Gold Cup, an official said on Monday.On Saturday, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan’s television programmes would be converted to Digital Terrestrial Television (DTTV), giving viewers access to quality sound and videos, officials said on Wednesday.The capacity of the new digital system would be 15 times... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Education said on Sunday 11,000 people had completed literacy courses, but 65 percent of Afghans remained deprived of education.Humayun Rasa, director of literacy programmes at the ministry, said participants from nine... read more
KABUL (PAN): Residents of the Rahman Mina area of central capital Kabul province complain of dilapidated roads, accusing the municipality of failing to utilise the funds set aside for the purpose.But the municipality rejects the complaint as invalid... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan and Pakistan soccer teams would square off in their first-ever encounter in Kabul later this month, an official said on Monday.Billed as “friendship competition” the match would take place on Aug. 20, the Afghanistan... read more
KABUL (PAN): Religious leaders on Sunday declared suicide attacks as haram (illegitimate) and illegal, asking insurgents to shun such acts of violence.Addressing a gathering of religious scholars in Kabul, the Afghanistan Ulema Council head, Maulvi... read more
KABUL (PAN): The High Peace Council (HPC) on Sunday said a conference of regional and international religious scholars would be held in Kabul in the near in an effort to drum up support for stability in Afghanistan.HPC Chairman Salahuddin Rabbani,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) and the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation (MoRR) on Saturday promised land plots for the Afghans returning from neighbouring countries.In this regard, a Memorandum of... read more
KABUL (PAN): Roads measuring 140 kilometres would be constructed in Kunduz, Badakhshan and Bamyan provinces, officials said on Monday.Two bridges would also be built in Baghlan and Khost provinces under contracts signed between the Ministry of... read more
KABUL (PAN): Flash floods triggered by heavy rains left at least 10 people injured and washed away more than a hundred homes and large swathes of agriculture lands in central Kabul province, officials said on Thursday.The flooding which began two... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development implemented more than 3,000 public welfare projects this year, with the international community committed to assisting it post 2014, an official said on Tuesday.Minister of Rural... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some civil society organisations in Kabul said on Sunday slammed the new university entry test system as unjust and ineffective.Prepared by ministries of higher education, education and labour and social affairs, the draft strategy is... read more
KABUL (PAN): Hundreds of residents of the Char Dehi locality of Kabul staged a protest on Saturday, seeking compensation for the losses they suffered due to the expansion of a road in their area.The Kabul Municipality destroyed houses of and shops... read more
KABUL (PAN): Representatives of five logistics firms staged a protest in Kabul against a foreign company for failing to clear their payments. The protestors warned of halting the defaulter’s operations if their money was not paid.More than 200... read more
KABUL (PAN): An exhibition showcasing agricultural products was held in Kabul on Sunday to marketing and increasing growers’ capacity, an official sad.Seventeen companies displayed 80 types of agricultural products to lure Afghan and foreign traders... read more
KABUL (PAN): An independent department is being established to conduct university entrance tests as part of the Higher Education Ministry’s new comprehensive plan to overcome challenges hindering the exam process, an official said on Wednesday.... read more
KABUL (PAN): The police headquarters on Tuesday asked the Wolesi Jirga to issue arrest orders for MP Allah Gul Mujahid, who was accused of grabbing government land, as well as involvement in murder and kidnaps.At a press conference, the Kabul crime... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two suspected suicide bombers were shot dead by Afghan security personnel in the Dasht-e-Archi district of northern Kunduz province, an official said on Monday.The bombers on motorbikes were killed on Sunday night when they were... read more
KABUL (PAN): Dozens of people on Monday staged a protest against Kabul police for killing seven people in the Deh Sabz district of the capital.Seven civilians were killed and several others wounded last week during a clash between police and... read more
KABUL (PAN): Kabul University teachers and students ended their month-long boycott of classes on Tuesday, warning of resuming protests if the higher education minister was not fired.During a meeting, they had presented to President Hamid Karzai... read more
KABUL (PAN): Dozens of women staged a protest in Kabul on Monday, asking the Wolesi Jirga to approve the draft law on Elimination of Violence against Women (EVAW) without bringing any changes to it.Using executive power, President Karzai had created... read more
KABUL (PAN): Interior Minister Mujtaba Patang on Monday said the national police were poised to keep security for upcoming elections across the country.Patang was addressing a seminar that discussed coordination between security officials in... read more
KABUL (PAN): A training institute of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) was inaugurated in the capital Kabul on Sunday.The MRRD institute, specialised for research works, cost $7 million, with the Economic Cooperation... read more
KABUL (PAN): More than 2,000 residents of Dehsabz district on Wednesday staged a violent protest against the no-payment of their land seized by the government, officials said.The two-hour protest erupted at 9am on the Pul-i-Charkhi-Airport road,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Construction work on a major bridge has been initiated in Kabul, a project aimed to ease traffic congestion in the central capital, an official said on Monday. Funded by the municipality, the bridge would take 11 months to complete,... read more
TALOQAN (PAN): A 14-year-old boy committed suicide after his father prevented him from domesticating pigeons in northern Takhar province, where a man died after being poisoned, medics said on Saturday. The teenager committed suicide after his... read more
 KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Finance (MoF) on Tuesday announced the appointment and reshuffle of several department heads, including a woman customs director.The reshuffle was aimed at eliminating corruption, boosting revenue, utilising staff... read more
KABUL (PAN): A conference involving 500 religious scholars from Afghanistan and Pakistan would be held in Kabul in March, an official said on Tuesday.High Peace Council (HPC) Secretary Aminuddin Muzaffari told a news conference an eight-member... read more

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