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KABUL (Pajhwok): A Qatari charity on Wednesday signed three memoranda of understandings (MoUs) with two Afghan ministries for several projects including the construction of apartments for families of martyrs. The $160 million worth MoUs were... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Hawkers in the capital Kabul complain the government is not providing them with jobs and municipality officials insult and prevent them from working. The Kabul municipality, the traffic department and police have launched a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Families living in the hillside neighbourhoods of capital Kabul complain they lack electricity, drinking water and are vulnerable to floods and landslides in winter. Over the past two decades, people occupied government’s lands... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Coming all the way from Nangarhar, dozens of people on Wednesday staged a protest demonstration in Kabul against what they called increasing insecurity in the eastern zone. Last week, a suicide bomber struck a guesthouse of a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan New National Front party (ANNF) on Tuesday supported setting an Oct 15 date for parliamentary and district council elections, but called for fresh presidential election on the same date. ANNF chief Anwarul Haq... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Monday announced the schedule for parliamentary and district council elections. IEC Chairman Yousuf Nuristani told a news conference that the panel made all technical preparations to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Monday once again stressed the need for a new election commission to supervise future polls in a free and credible manner. But the Independent Election Commission (IEC)... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The citizens of Kabul are concerned about growing air pollution in the capital city and doctors have warned if the air pollution is not dealt with in a timely manner, people could be infected with different diseases including cancer... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Saturday strongly condemned Friday’s attack on the residence of an Afghan consulate official in northwestern Pakistan and asked for the arrest of the perpetrators. The consulate official,... 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): The Wolesi Jirga’s commission on counternarcotics on Tuesday handed over evidence regarding tax evasion amounting to one billion dollars on fuel imports for foreign troops to the government. Lawmaker Mohammad Naeem Lalai Hamidzai... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Kabul police on Sunday paraded before media men 400 alleged criminals they had arrested with some weapons including 21 BM1 rockets. The police said the rockets aimed at Kabul City were in a ready-to-fire mode when captured,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation (MoTCA) on Thursday said it was planning to get back on the road 600 puclic transport buses which had been parked due to technical problems, saying small private passenger ... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The two election bodies on Wednesday welcomed the Wolesi Jirga’s decision to reject presidential decrees that sought amendments to the electoral law and regime and called for committees created under legislative decrees to be... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A parliamentary panel on Tuesday said it had found that 90 percent of imported fuel for foreign forces in Afghanistan had been sold in the market, earning 20 companies and some government officials more than $1 billion in untaxed... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Police seized more than 12,000 kilograms of ammonium nitrate from a truck en route to northern Afghanistan in capital Kabul, an official said on Thursday. Kabul Asmayee Zone Police Commander Brig. Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahimi told a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Election watchdogs on Wednesday welcomed government’s decision to hold parliamentary and district council elections next year. Yousuf Rashid, the Free Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) chief executive, told reporters... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former jihadi leaders, ex-senior government officials and politicians on Friday announced the establishment of the country’s first opposition party they named “Afghanistan’s Protection and Stability Council (APSC)” aimed at... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Minister of Labour and Social Affairs (MoLSA) on Thursday said it was being planned to train more than 100,000 women in IT profession over the next decade. Nasrin Oryakhil told this to a seminar “Information Technology for... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): China on Wednesday pledged $1 million in assistance to help the Afghan government construct homes for families who lost their homes to a recent earthquake. An agreement in this regard was signed by Wais Ahmad Barmak, the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than hundred enraged protesters on Saturday blocked the busy Kabul-Jalalabad highway in Hodkhil locality of capital Kabul against the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for what they said grabbing their private lands. The protest... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The prices of diesel, liquefied gas, rice and gold dipped while rates of other commodities remained unchanged during the outgoing week in Kabul, market sources said on Thursday. Abdul Saboor, a filling station worker in the... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Women carpet-weavers in northeastern Kunduz province on Monday called their vocation as a good source of income, urging the government to find a proper market for their products. Kunduz’s hand-made carpets enjoy special... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Contracts for 74 welfare projects benefiting more than 140,000 people in 18 provinces were signed on Saturday between the Rural Rehabilitation and Development Ministry (MRRD) and development councils from provinces in capital Kabul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Environment Protection Agency (NEPA) on Tuesday said it has prepared a policy regarding climate change, calling Afghanistan the most vulnerable country to the global warming. Abdul Wali Mudaqiq, NEPA deputy head,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than 39 percent of Afghanistan populations live under the poverty line --- nearly four up over last year’s figures, found a survey released on Sunday by the Central Statistics Organization (CSO). More than 150,000 people... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 190 women were killed during the first half of the ongoing solar year and most of the killers remained at large, the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) said on Wednesday. The rights body has... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Security bosses on Tuesday strongly reacted against yesterday’s remarks by Haji Zahir Qadir, saying such irresponsible statements were intolerable. Wolesi Jirga’s first deputy speaker Haji Zahir Qadir on Monday alleged the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Nine abducted passengers have been released and effors underway to relese the rest from their kidnappers in southern Zabul province, the Ministry of Interior said on Sunday, a day after gunmen took hostage 30 people from... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Electoral Reform Commission (ERC) on Monday alleged the work of the selection committee -- a body tasked with nominating members of the two electoral panels was being delayed deliberately. Further delay in this regard would... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Education (MoE) on Sunday said around 30 million textbooks would be distributed to schoolchildren this winter to overcome the books’ shortage by 80 percent. The ministry said seven million books were already... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Kabul Municipality on Thursday voiced concerns regarding contamination of subsoil water resources in capital Kabul, saying the existence of substandard septic tanks were lethal to residents’ health. The department warned if... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah, during a meeting with US senators, said on Sunday Afghanistan needed sustainable American assistance to cope with the challenges of terrorism and corruption. A four-member delegation of US... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Friday said people had expectations of the national unity government, which need more time to translate its commitments into action. Abdullah made the remarks while... read more
PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Friday ordered the arrest of land-grabbers, promising his administration would allow no one to occupy state-owned land illegally. During a visit to central Logar province, the president... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Separate protests were staged in the capital Kabul and western Ghor province on Friday against the stoning of a girl, asking the government to arrest the perpetrators forthwith. Local officials in Ghor say the culprits have been... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Republican Party (ARP) on Monday blamed some High Peace Council (HPC) members for involvement in the war, calling for their replacement. ARP leader Asadullah claimed the HPC had made no major achievements since... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday said illegal armed groups should not be allowed to operate in villages, insisting on enhanced government’s writ in districts and provinces. Speaking at the 5th national conference of community... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) executed more than 72,000 projects through community development councils across the country during the past 10 years, the minister said on Sunday. Speaking at the 5th... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) on Saturday said investments have declined in provinces, but increased by a 10 percent in central capital Kabul. According to AISA, more than $610 million were invested in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The municipality department on Thursday conducted a cleanliness campaign to clean the central capital city, but no government officials turned up despite being invited. The Kabul municipality said it had invited several... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Tribal council chiefs on Wednesday criticised government’s peace drive, saying peace would continue to elude Afghanistan until recruitment by insurgents and enemies’ propaganda was prevented. More than 100 tribal councils’ heads... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Growing insecurity, youth’s migration and economic downfall has badly affected car selling/buying business in capital Kabul, with bargain owners suffering millions of afghanis in losses. More than 430 car showrooms exist in Kabul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Media activists on Thursday voiced concerns about the security and economic challenges media outlets faced in the country, saying if these challenges were not addressed, some media organisations would cease functioning in near... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Civil society activists on Tuesday lashed out at President Ashraf Ghani for what they called “symbolic appreciation” of some security officials, saying soldiers fighting against the enemy on the frontline were not appreciated.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Electronic scanners would be installed at four entrances to Kabul in a month’s time to prevent explosives from being entered the central capital, a senior official said on Sunday. President’s Special Representative on Reforms and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology on Thursday called the presidential decree imposing a 10 percent tax on cell phone users a premature decision, because the current system could not ensure transparency.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MOI) on Wednesday said 125 militants were killed as a result of separate operations in different parts of the country over the past 24 hours. Another 40 militants were wounded during the 17 operations by... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Monday promised providingall possible assistance for the security of United Nations (UN) offices in Afghanistan. Addressing a press conference, MoI spokesmanSediq Seddiqisaid the ministry was... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Displaced families from northern Kunduz province on Saturday staged a protest rally in capital Kabul, asking the government to clear their province from militants and facilitate their repatriation. More than 100 people marched on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières’ (MSF) or Doctors without Borders on Thursday confirmed some Taliban militants wounded in clashes were under treatment at its hospital in Kunduz City when the US airstrike hit it. MSF... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Nearly 10,000 development projects, costing $230 million, have been implemented over the past nine months across the country, Rural Rehabilitation and Development Minister Naseer Ahmad Durrani said on Tuesday. While presenting a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Civil society activists have erected tents in capital Kabul in order to collect blood for the victims of the conflict in northern Kunduz province. Gathering in Zarnagar Park, the activists asked international community to help... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The European Union (EU) on Sunday pledged €2 million in aid for construction of retaining walls and canalization in camps housing Internally Displace Persons (IDPs) in Kabul. To the effect, an agreement was signed between UN-... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): The trapped residents of the capital of northern Kunduz province have run out of food and potable water and are struggling with a number of other problems since the Taliban seized the strategic city three days ago. All... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some political analysts on Tuesday alleged the fall of Kunduz City, the capital of northern Kunduz province, into the hands of Taliban insurgents was a conspiracy involving local commanders. Hundreds of Taliban militants attacked... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than 70 of roads remain blocked in Kabul when VIPS or high-ranking officials, including the president and his CEO, travel in the city, causing immense traffic problems for the people. A survey by Pajhwok Afghan News shows... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former president Hamid Karzai on Sunday said the motive behind the killing of top peace negotiator Burhanuddin Rabbani was to sabotage the peace process and destabilise Afghanistan. Addressing the fourth death anniversary of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Police averted a possible rocket attack on Kabul on Thursday by seizing four BM1 rockets in the Deh Sabz district, an official said. Kabul police chiefLt. Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahimi told reporters the rockets had been placed in a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Kabul residents on Tuesday protested the closure of roads to facilitate lawmakers’ travel to the parliament, creating traffic problems for commuters in the capital. About a hundred capital inhabitants gathered in front of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Procurement Committee (NPC) on Monday warned that companies involved in corruption would not be allowed to participate in the biding process for future procurement contracts. NPC Director Yama Yari told reporters in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  The National Olympic Committee (NOC)’s acting deputy chairman on Monday denied rumours that the committee’s chairman Fahim Hashimi had resigned. Some media outlets on Sunday quoted sources close to Hashimi that he had... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of deaf people on Sunday staged a protest demonstration through capital Kabul and demanded a reserved seat in parliament for their community. Around 100 deaf youth gathered at Zambaq Square around 11:30am and handed over... read more
KABUL /PARAKH(Pajhwok): Participants of a ceremony observing the Martyrs Week on Thursday asked the government to rename Polygon locality near Pul-i-Charkhi prison on the eastern outskirts of Kabul as “Graveyard of Martyrs.” Political and war... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of Kabul youth on Monday protested against joblessness and asked the government for employment opportunities to prevent them from joining rebel groups. The rally started at around 10am on the Darul Aman Road before the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) chief on Tuesday said many programmes, policies and laws remained on paper only and could not be implemented. Mohammad Qurban Haqjo, while speaking at an international expo... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): International exhibition of construction and food items kicked-off on Tuesday in capital Kabul aimed at exploring new markets for domestic products and achieving self economic reliance in the long-run, an official said.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The spokesperson for the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) on Monday tendered his resignation against what he said to register protest over widespread but the ministry’s officials rejected his claim as... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan Muaythai athletes have won three gold and a silver medals in the international Muay Thai competitions held among 1,500 athletes in Thailand, an official said. The competitions were held from 13 to 23 August in Thailand... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) said on Sunday that investment in the country had declined by $120 million during the first six months of 2015, compared to corresponding period in last year. Mining, industry and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan under-19 football team on Monday left for Nepal to participate in the SAFF Under-19 Championship starting from Thursday (August 20). Coach Zahir Husni told Pajhwok Afghan News the 21-man squad was accompanied by a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) demanded the government to ensure uninterrupted power supply to the vital industrial sector, which would go a long way to ensure progress and prosperity in the country. Currently 27... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Citing officials’ inefficiency after the falloff Dashti-i-Archi districts and some other parts of the northern Kunduz province to Taliban, Provincial Council (PC) members stressed that strategy should be worked out to regain... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Turkish government extended bereaved families of Shah Shaheed carnage with food items on Saturday. At least 15 people were killed and around 400 others wounded when explosive-laden truck exploded ten days ago in the capital... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) would connect universities and schools of the country through online information technology system. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was inked in this regard... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): The residents of Dasht-i-Archi district in northern Kunduz province said Taliban were forcing residents to join their ranks and extorting money from the inhabitants of the district. The residents are fed-up of fighting and... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): At least 15 Taliban have been killed during separate operations in northeastern Kunduz province, an official said Sunday. The newly appointed Kunduz police chief Brig. Gen. Qasim Jangalbagh told Pajhwok Afghan News the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Public Works pledged to implement development projects worth 230 million afghanis in northern Baghlan and southeastern Khost provinces. The uplift projects include construction of bridges, for which contracts have... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): The governor of northeastern Kunduz province claims tens of militants captured by Taliban in Dashti Archi district have joined the Islamic State (IS)  after the death of Mullah Mohammad Omar. Mohammad Omar Safi told a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The work to asphalt a busy road in the Kart-i-Naw locality of capital Kabul has been kicked-off on Monday, an official says. The road would be completed within 14 months at a cost of $9 million, which would benefit thousands of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Congress Party (ACP) on Sunday announced support the ongoing peace talks and urged the government to directly talk with Pakistan to refrain from the country’s internal affairs. The first round of face-to-face... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Fifty schools closed in Chardara, Aliabad, Dasht-i-Archi and Gor Tepa districts of northern Kunduz province have reopened after a marked improvement in the security situation, an official said on Sunday. Abdul Karim Wahdat... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The High Peace Council (HPC) on Saturday called the demise of Taliban's supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Umar Mujahid as an opportunity to ensure peace and stability in the war-torn country. Speaking to reporters, Abdul Hakim... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Monday expressed satisfaction with the completion of parts of the long-awaited Salma Dam in western Herat province. The dam, he hoped, would help resolve the problem of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Social media users have an effective role in revealing the officials mired in corruption, trampling laws, NAI executive director said on Sunday. Abdul Mujib Khalwatgar, executive director of NAI-supporting open media in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Counternarcotics is all set to launch an anti-drug campaign -- spotlighting harmful effects of drugs -- in 12 provinces of the country, an official announced on Saturday. Mohammad Hanif Danishyar, public relation... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Analysts on Monday called as illegal recent remarks by Minister of Foreign Affairs Salahuddin Rabbani, asking the government to take action against him. Rabbani, who also leads the Jamiat-e-Islami Afghanistan, recently told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Kabul residents complain the municipality has been failing to properly water plants it has grown on the sides of roads in the central capital and as a result, the young trees are dying. Most of the plants had dried up in various... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Security forces seized a vehicle full of explosives in the central capital Kabul thanks to extraordinary security measures put in place for Eid holidays, an official said on Saturday. The vehicle was seized on Friday, the first... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation (MoTCA) has cancelled licenses of 60 transport companies over law violations and not paying taxes to the government, an official said on Thursday. MoTCA spokesman Hikmatullah Qawanich... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two civilians were wounded in a magnetic bomb blast on a police ranger in the capital Kabul on Thursday morning, an official said. Hamayon Aini, the 119 police helpline chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News the incident took place when... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Safi Airways, a privately-owned international airline, on Wednesday asked the Ministry of Finance to reduce taxes and let the company pay its arrears in installments as per the Cabinet decision. The Finance Ministry says the Safi... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A bomb blast hit the Khair Khana area of capital Kabul on Wednesday afternoon, but caused no casualties, an official said. Hamayun Aini, the 119 police helpline chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News the blast took place in at around 3:... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation and Livestock on Saturday distributed 34,000 tonnes of wheat worth 345 million afghanis across the country. The assistance, being distributed amid the holy month of Ramazan, has given to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): For the first time, a women’s football tournament will be organized in the capital Kabul as part of the Roshan Afghan Premier League, officials said on Thursday. To the effect, an agreement was signed on Thursday between the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Attorney General Office (AGO) on Tuesday made it clear not a single penny from Kabul Bank would go unaccounted and that 155 Kabul Bank defaulters have been barred from leaving the country and their assets frozen. The AGO said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Over a hundred protesters in capital Kabul on Monday denounced the appellant court verdict regarding revoking of death sentence of four accused in Farkhunda murder case. An angry mob beat 27-year-old Farkhunda to death on March... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Spokesman of the ministry of interior claimed the ministry adopted measures to dispatch reinforcements to Afghan Local Police (ALP) in Jalrez district but the supply could not be sent to the area. Speaking to reporters, Sidique... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Purchaseres of apartments in the Khwaja Rawash Township north of the Kabul airport on Thursday staged a protest, accusing the government of failing to deliver them their flats The protestors, who had gathered in front of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): In latest move to support Afghanistan, the Embassy of Japan on Wednesday announced the handover of 106 different machineries to the Ministry of Public Works for road maintenance in 25 different locations in 12 provinces. A... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Legal advisor to the president, Abdul Ali Mohammadi, said on Sunday $437 million of the total $987 million money stolen from Kabul Bank had been recovered, but $578 million remained unpaid. After Kabul Bank, once the country’s... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan National Olympic Committee on Thursday said 19 sporting events and competitions were ongoing in capital Kabul and provinces to mark the Olympic Day. The events have been launched to improve performance and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) on Wednesday expressed concerns over lack of implementation of standards and norms on domestic products. Some of domestic products were returned from foreign countries due... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A Dutch lady was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen early Monday morning in capital Kabul, an official said. Humayun Aini, 119 police chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News the lady--- who work for a Swedish NGO, was abducted from Kolala-... read more
ZARANJ (Pajhwok): The residents of western Nimroz province on Saturday voiced concerns over widely used of Toman -- the Iranian currency -- in daily businesses, saying use of foreign currencies inside the country was hitting economy badly. Nimroz... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Unveiling his 100-day plan, Syed Mansour Naderi, minister of Urban Development Affairs said on Tuesday construction of more houses and eradication of corruption would be his top priorities in the first three month. Speaking to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than one million students in 19 provinces have been left without studies as a result of teachers’ strike in the capital Kabul and other parts of Afghanistan. Over the past two weeks, dozens of schools in Kabul and many... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 41 people allegedly involved in murder cases, narcotics and robbery cases have been detained in capital Kabul, security officials said Saturday. Brig. Gen. Hamayun Aini, the 119 police hotline director, told Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than 2,600 drug smugglers were arrested in 2014, when over 200 tonnes of narcotics were confiscated, a senior Interior Ministry official said on Wednesday. Lt. Gen. Baz Mohammad Ahmadi, deputy minister for counternarcotics... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Tuesday welcomed Pakistan’s warning to Afghan Taliban to immediately shun their spring offensive in the war-torn country. Afghan Taliban last month announced spring offensive codenamed... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Tuesday rejected issuance of political passport to some Taliban leaders and said only Afghan government officials were eligible. Earlier, some media reports had revealed government... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some officials of the Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs on Monday criticised their new minister Faiz Mohammad Usmani for curtailing powers of the secretaries, directors and other high-ranking officials at the ministry. Abdul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Unidentified gunmen gunned down director of Attorney General Office (AGO) of southeastern Paktia province in an attack in capital Kabul on Thursday evening, an official said on Friday. Brig. Gen. Humayun Aini, chief of 119 police... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President’s special representative for reforms and good governance Ahmad Zia Massoud on Thursday urged residents of capital Kabul to play their part in protecting the city’s environment and infrastructure. Massoud, who... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Thirty prisoners, including two children, three women and 25 men, were released from a prison in northern Kunduz province, an official said on Wednesday. The release happened following a presidential decree on the eve of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Following the fall of Jawand district to Taliban, a member of parliament has warned that a number of other districts in western Badghis province are under looming insurgents’ threats. Dozens of western Badghis residents on Monday... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Prominent Afghan singer Farhad Darya on Sunday took part in a blood donation campaign to Afghan security forces, calling on insurgents to shun violence and join peace in larger interest of the country and Afghan nation. Donating... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Civil society activists on Monday renewed their call for safe and unconditional release of the 31 passengers in southern Zabul province, urging the government, the UN and human rights groups to break their silence on the hostages... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two killed and 14 more wounded after a suicide bomber targeted Attorney General’s staff vehicle early Monday morning in capital Kabul, officials said. Lt. Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahimi, Kabul police chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Disabled people on Sunday closed the main gate of the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled (MoLSAMD) in Kabul during a protest demonstration. The protestors were demanding land plots which they said had been... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Saturday said the fight to stabilise Afghanistan was underway and the nation should continue making joint efforts at ensuring peace in the country. Addressing a ceremony marking... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Transitional Justice Coordination Group (TJCG) on Wednesday called April 27 and 28 as “dark days in Afghanistan’s recent history,” calling for prosecution of those involved in war crimes. Back in 1978, the former Soviet Union... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of youth on Monday set alight their educational documents to protest what they said increasing unemployment and nepotism. The protesters, numbering around 100, gathered in front of the Habibia High School in Kabul and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): To mark the World Earth Day, Kabul Municipality on Thursday set to remove over 7,000 tonnes of waste out of the capital city. The massive cleanliness drive started today morning with more than 3,500 municipality workers was... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan is in the most challenging period of its latest history of last 13 years from political, social, economic and security perspectives, the Samoon Movement said in a statement released on Wednesday. In a statement to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Mohammad Nabi, captain of Afghan National Cricket team on Monday formally resigned as captain, saying his captaincywas affecting his performance, a statement from the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) said.  Nabi... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The provincial council chief of northern Badakhshan province on Saturday urged President Ashraf Ghani to deploy more troops and launch decisive anti-state elements offensive to purge the province of insurgents. Addressing a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Ahmad Zia Masood, the president special envoy for reforms and good governance, on Tuesday pledged to build a proper sewerage system with the support of townships’ owners in capital Kabul. During the last 13 years, several new... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Friday said that all possible steps would be taken to ensure safe release of abducted passengers. However, Abdullah made it clear that the government would make sure to take a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): In a fresh corruption case of massive volume, a body tasked to evaluate the Ministry of Defence (MoD) logistic contracts unearthed embezzlement of over $5 million, dealing a huge loss of $100 million to national exchequer. Last... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): In order to promote the culture of reading, more than 3,000 newspapers and magazines were distributed to passersby in the capital Kabul on Wednesday. Members of the “Rawande 3rd Afghanistan” movement unleashed the campaign under... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Police captured an explosives-laden vehicle and four militants late on Sunday night, preventing a potential terrorist attack, a senior security official said on Monday. The explosives-laden car was intercepted east of Kabul City... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Ahmad Zia Massoud, the president’s special representative for reform and good governance,, on Thursday said the Taliban had shown eagerness to sit with the government for peace talks. Massoud said the government was also prepared... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The High Peace Council (HPC) on Wednesday claimed matters related to the panel were being tackled by the president personally and it was being kept unaware about fresh developments. Maulvi Abdul Hakim Mujahid, deputy chairman of... read more
KABUL (PAJHWOK): At least 15 development projects benefitting 170,000 people would be implemented in eight provinces, officials said on Tuesday. The projects include graveling of 95 kilometres of road and completion of five water supply schemes... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Minister of Interior Noor-ul-Haq Ulumi on Sunday expressing concerns over small number of women in police said that women’s rights were being violated systematically. Speaking at a gathering to mark International Women’s Day in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): No one got hurt in a loud explosion in front of the municipality building in Kabul city on Sunday, the Ministry of Interior said. The blast in front of the public library near the municipality building took place in the limits of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Ten welfare projects are being implemented in six provinces of the country at a time when some lawmakers accuse the government of discrimination in allocation of development projects. The contract of the projects was signed on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Following a decree by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani regarding appointment of competent district chiefs in the capital Kabul, 27 police officials have been deputed in the capital Kabul, an official said Monday. Kabul Police... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Police on Monday claimed arresting at least 113 individuals including two Pakistani nationals on different charges in capital Kabul. Brig. Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahimi, Kabul police chief, told journalists the persons have been... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Most of diplomats the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has appointed are family members and relatives of government officials and lawmakers and their appointments appeared to be based on nepotism and against rules and merit, a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A Turkish soldier and an Afghan civilian were killed and a second Afghan civilian was wounded when a suicide bomber in a car targeted a Turkish forces convoy in the heavily-fortified capital Kabul on Thursday, security officials... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A Turkish soldier and an Afghan civilian were killed and a second Turkish citizen was wounded when a suicide bomber in a car targeted a Turkish forces convoy in the heavily-fortified capital Kabul on Thursday, security officials... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The newly-constructed Syed Jamaluddin Afghan Township in the capital Kabul has not only blocked a road earlier used by thousands of people in several areas but also changed the yet to be completed ring road’s course, residents and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) announced appointment of German national Slaven Skeledzic as the new coach of the national football team. The newly-appointed trainer had earlier coached under 19 and 17 teams in Germany... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Reacting to reports about anti-Afghanistan radio broadcasts across the border in Pakistan, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Sunday said it was a useless propaganda campaign of insurgents to influence people’s mind. Speaking to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Prices of liquefied gas, firewood and flour edged down and that of other daily-use commodities stayed stable during the outgoing week in Kabul, market sources said on Thursday. A gas dealer in Taimani neighbourhood, Mohammad... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Kabul police on Sunday claimed arresting two suspected militants and nearly 150 criminals in the central capital.   Addressing a news conference on Sunday, Kabul police chief Brig. Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahimi said the militants... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 24 people, including 17 policemen, were wounded on Saturday when a rally against the publication of Prophet Mohammad's caricatures by the French magazine Charlie Hebdo turned violent in Kabul, an official said. The... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Thursday called extremism a complex phenomenon that could be tackled only through joint regional and global efforts. A one-day conference -- titled “Extremism in the Region” -- was... read more
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): 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): 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): 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): 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 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): 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): 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): 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): 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 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): 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): 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
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 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): 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
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): 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): 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): 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
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
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): 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): 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): 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