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MOSCOW (Pajhwok): Russia’s Federal Service for the Control of Narcotics has voiced serious concern over the growth of drugs in Afghanistan, saying Kabul and the international community have failed to deal with the challenge.At a meeting with Afghan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Three Independent Election Commission (IEC) workers were attacked with knives by supporters of presidential runners Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday, an official said.The injured staffers were evacuated in an ambulance to a Kabul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai said on Tuesday there were no signs of mayhem after the presidential runoff election, urging both the frontrunners to maintain friendly approach to each other during their campaigns.The president, who met... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): On the eve of presidential and provincial council elections, the government on Friday suspended the Short Message Service (SMS) of leading mobile phone companies operating in the country.The Afghanistan Telecommunication Regulatory... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday appointed senior career diplomat Ershad Ahmadi as deputy minister of foreign affairs for political affairs, replacing Jawed Ludin. Prior to the latest appointment, Ahmadi served as director-general of... read more
BRUSSELS (PAN): Fifty NATO and ISAF nations have promised to continue supporting the Afghanistan National Security Forces (ANSF) well beyond the 2014 withdrawal of foreign troops, the Afghan defence minister said on Friday.At the end of a two-day... read more
BRUSSELS (PAN): The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission in post-2014 Afghanistan would be much smaller in size, NATO said on Friday, renewing its long-term commitment to the war-torn country. “Today, we have reinforced our... read more
BRUSSELS (PAN): Defence Ministers from 50 nations contributing to the ISAF and representatives of the European Union and the United Nations are holding an important meeting at NATO headquarters to discuss the long-term international commitment to... read more
BRUSSELS (PAN): The NATO chief on Thursday called for allies to undo defence spending cutbacks to keep the western alliance strong enough to deal with present and future challenges.Current plans for slashing the strength of the 352,000-strong Afghan... read more
 BRUSSELS (PAN): With the current situation in Afghanistan on its omnibus agenda, a two-day meeting of NATO defence ministers began in this Belgian capital on Thursday.Afghan Defence Minister Gen. Bismillah Mohammadi is among the participants,... read more
BRUSSELS (PAN): The NATO secretary-general on Wednesday billed the alliance’s ongoing mission in Afghanistan as a success, ruling out a security vacuum in the country after the withdrawal of foreign troops. “We will not leave behind a security... read more
BRUSSELS (PAN): Afghanistan will be an important topic to be addressed at an upcoming meeting of Ministers of Defence with ISAF contributing nations, at NATO HQ/Brussels, the western alliance said on Wednesday.That meeting will start at 09:45 on... read more
BRUSSELS/WASHINGTON (PAN): General John Allen, who served as commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan until early this month, has decided to retire from the military to address health issues within his family, President Barack Obama said on... read more
BRUSSELS (PAN): The United States would not specify the number of its troops staying in Afghanistan in a security deal, but the two sides would reach a broad understanding on the issue, an American diplomat said on Tuesday.However, the Bilateral... read more
NEW DELHI (PAN): Sincere international support to Afghanistan -- not meddling in its internal affairs -- is in best the interest of all countries, India’s Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari said on Tuesday.At a meeting with visiting Afghan... read more
NEW DELHI (PAN): India supports a homegrown solution to the 11-year-old Afghan conflict and a peace deal among stakeholders without any compromise on human rights and the constitution, Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid said on Friday.At a meeting... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Saturday asked the media to play a proactive role in strengthening the nation by giving the people confidence in the country’s future.“Afghan TV channels are screening anti-Afghanistan programmes. I hope they... read more
KABUL (PAN): Kabul on Monday reacted strongly to US Special Envoy Marc Grossman’s remarks that the Durand Line is an internationally recognised border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.On his arrival in Kabul from Islamabad, where he held talks with... read more
KABUL (PAN): A house was partially damaged in an explosion in the third Parwan neighbourhood of the central Kabul on Friday morning, an official said.Initial investigations showed that a water boiler exploded on the third floor of the house, police... read more
TOKYO (PAN): Before returning home, President Hamid Karzai held separate meetings with the emperor of Japan and three members of the Afghanistan-Japan Parliamentary Friendship Association in Tokyo on Tuesday.Presidential spokesman Aimal Faizi told... read more
TOKYO (PAN): A day after the Tokyo Conference, Japan on Monday promised continuing its assistance to Afghanistan during the transformation decade (2015-2025).Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda held out the assurance during a meeting with President Hamid... read more
TOKYO (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Monday received an honorary doctorate from the Nippon Sports Science University (NSSU) at a ceremony in Tokyo for his services to rebuilding his war-torn country.National anthems of Afghanistan and Japan were... read more
TOKYO (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Monday said that comprehensive and frank discussions were underway between Afghanistan and Pakistan on how to bring peace and stability to the neighbouring nations.Karzai, who attended a key international... read more
TOKYO (PAN):  President Hamid Karzai on Monday urged the international fraternity to extend greater help to his administration in dealing with pervasive administrative corruption in his impoverished country.A day after donors pledged $16... read more
TOKYO (PAN): A day-long international conference on Afghanistan’s future and reconstruction concluded on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan’s capital, with participating nations pledging more than $16 billion in conditional aid to the war-torn country over the... read more
TOKYO (PAN): Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said on Sunday Afghanistan was a war-devastated country that could not resolve its domestic problems without international assistance, promising Tokyo would continue to assist Kabul beyond 2014,... read more
TOKYO (PAN): Afghan civil society representatives, who met US Foreign Secretary Hillary Clinton on the sidelines of the Tokyo Conference, on Sunday called for trilateral monitoring of the aid pledged at the international gathering.A spokesman for... read more
TOKYO (PAN): A trilateral meeting among senior diplomats from Afghanistan, Pakistani and the United States was held on the periphery of a 70-nation conference on aid to Afghanistan in Tokyo on Sunday.The three foreign ministers, Special US... read more
TOKYO (PAN): A decade of sacrifices of cash and blood would be lost if Afghanistan did not receive continued international aid after the withdrawal of foreign troops in 2014, the UN secretary-general warned on Sunday. Ban Ki-moon told participants... read more
TOKYO (PAN): The United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the Obama administration will seek Congress’s approval to sustain its annual funding to help Afghanistan until 2017.Speaking at the Tokyo Conference on Sunday, Clinton told donor... read more
TOKYO (PAN):  The Tokyo conference kicked off in Japan on Sunday with international donors trying to raising billion of dollars as civilian aid to sustain Afghanistan slow-paced economy.Top officials from some 70 countries are gathering in... read more
TOKYO (PAN): On the eve of a major international donors’ conference, important meetings on Afghanistan took place in the Japanese capital on Saturday.A UNHCR symposium on “A Solutions Strategy for Afghan Refugees: Linking Humanitarian Action to... read more
KABUL (PAN): Seeking billions of dollars in civilian aid, President Hamid Karzai on Saturday left for Japan at the head of a high-level delegation to attend the International Tokyo Conference scheduled for July 8.Representatives from nearly 70... read more
KABUL/ISLAMABAD (PAN): Ending days of uncertainty, NATO has invited Pakistan to the Chicago summit, slated for May 20-21, a spokesman for the alliance senior civilian representative in Afghanistan said on Tuesday.Dominic Medley confirmed to Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan government should spearhead the ongoing reconciliation process in the country, the United Nations special envoy for Afghanistan said on Wednesday.At his maiden news conference as head of the United Nations Assistance Mission... read more
BERLIN (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday conceded that Pakistan could play a crucial role in the success of his government's peace campaign, particularly in terms of persuading the Taliban to come to the negotiating table.Afghanistan and... read more
BONN (PAN): In return for continued international assistance, Afghanistan on Monday promised to intensify efforts at combating corruption, promoting the rule of law and upholding women's rights.In a communiqué issued at the end of the day-long Bonn... read more
BONN (PAN): India's External Affairs Minister SM Krishna on Monday pledged to help Afghanistan combat terrorism and rebuild the war-ravaged nation..Speaking at a crucial conference on Afghanistan’s future in Bonn, Krishna said: "India is willing to... read more
BONN (PAN): Kazakhstan on Monday promised it would continue to promote restoration of peace in Afghanistan, with an emphasis on social and educational programmes and projects."Humanitarian assistance is regularly provided in the form of food and... read more
BONN (PAN): Two women carrying a banner with slogans against the foreign military presence in Afghanistan briefly disrupted the Bonn Conference in Germany on Monday.The women entered made their way to the second-floor press gallery soon after US... read more
BONN (PAN): A female civil society representative, Seli Ghafari, has criticised the justice and judicial system in Afghanistan as corrupt and fragile.Addressing a gathering discussing women rights and peace in Afghanistan in the German city of Bonn... read more
BONN (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Monday promised his government would press on with efforts, briefly stalled by the High Peace Council head Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani's assassination, at pursuing peace with the Taliban.For the reconciliation... read more
BONN (PAN): The second Bonn Conference on Afghanistan’s future, being attended by representatives from more than 115 countries and international organisations, was opened by the German foreign minister on Monday.The Afghan-led gathering began with a... read more
BONN (PAN): The unity of the international community in supporting Afghanistan over the long haul was essential for the country's stability and preserving the gains made over the past decade, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Sunday.At a... read more
BONN (PAN): The second Bonn Conference on Afghanistan’s future, being attended by representatives from more than 115 countries and international organisations, is set to begin in Germany on Monday.Global political, economic and military assistance... read more
BONN (PAN): Representatives of the Change and Hope Coalition, the main Afghan opposition grouping, on Sunday met delegates on the eve the Bonn Conference on Afghanistan's future direction.Former deputy minister of foreign affairs, Mahmud Saiqal,... read more
BONN (PAN): Afghans living in Europe, although not optimistic about the outcome of this week's international conference in Germany on Afghanistan's future, have urged the summit participants to help remove hurdles hindering the ongoing peace process... read more
BONN (PAN): Thousands of people are expected to take to the streets in Bonn, once the capital city of Germany, on Saturday against a key international summit on Afghanistan's future.The demonstration would be staged in the afternoon, local time, by... read more
BONN (PAN): Three representatives of the Change and Hope Coalition, the main opposition grouping, have arrived in Germany ahead of the upcoming Bonn Conference on Afghanistan's future direction.Former minister of foreign affairs, Mahmud Saiqal,... read more
BONN (PAN): The Bonn Conference, penciled in for Dec. 5, will mobilise the global fraternity to support Afghanistan beyond 2014, when all foreign troops are scheduled to pull out of the country, the German foreign minister said on Friday."We seek a... read more
BONN(PAN): German and Afghan journalists' organisations have called for delegates of the 2nd Bonn Conference, scheduled for Dec. 5, to pay proper heed to the development ofAfghanistan's nascent media sector.The call came at a two-day seminar... read more
KABUL (PAN): A non-governmental organisation (NGO) is trying to conduct women's rights awareness programmes through religious leaders and distribution of booklets on the subject in Afghanistan.A two-year pilot programme, featuring 20 prayer leaders... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The New Galleries from the Art of Arab countries, Turkey, Iran, Central and South Asia and Afghanistan were displayed on Monday in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.The 15 new galleries, including five historical objects... read more
KABUL(PAN): Nine crewmembers were believed to have been killed after a cargo plane crashed into mountains east of Kabul on Tuesday, an official said. The aircraft, under contractual agreement with foreign troops, was en rout to Kabul airport from... read more