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KABUL (PAN): Some losing candidates on Thursday called for nullifying results from last year's parliamentary election, saying the ongoing controversy should be referred to the International Court of Justice."We don't accept the poll results because... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday ordered the release of children who had been detained on the charge of attempting to carry out suicide attacks.Speaking to a group of detained would-be suicide attackers at the Presidential Palace,... read more
KABUL (PAN): In response to President Hamid Karzai's frequent emphasis on an anti-graft drive, the NATO-led force on Sunday said it had started work on a comprehensive plan to fight corruption in Afghanistan. Areas of corruption would be... read more
KABUL (PAN): A 10-year-old Pakistani attempted suicide bomber was held in southern Kandahar province, the Interior Ministry said on Sunday. Sadiq Sadiqi told Pajhwok Afghan News, that the security forces arrested the child on Saturday night in the... read more
KABUL(PAN): Afghan civil society groups on Saturday formed a Jirga called "Afghan Civil Society Coordination Jirga," which called for the participation of anti-government fighters in the second Bonn conference, scheduled to be held in... read more
KABUL (PAN): Contracts for constructing 13 school buildings in eight different provinces of the country over the next six months were signed on Tuesday, officials said. Studying opportunities for nearly 8,500 students would be generated with the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Baktash Siawash, a young, outspoken, anti-Karzai Kabul MP, does not keep armed guards because he believes that being close to weapons distances him from the public. He says he follows Mahatma Gandhi's principle of non-violence... read more
KABUL (PAN): The National Youth Union on Wednesday asked the government to let it participate in the second Bonn conference scheduled to be held in Germany later this year. Speaking at a ceremony marking the International Youth Day, the union head... read more
KABUL (PAN): A young man was convicted of possessing 400 kilograms of narcotics and sentenced to 20 years in prison by a primary court, the Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) said on Tuesday. Asadullah, 25, a resident of Bakwa district of... read more
KABUL (PAN): Motalib Baik, a Member of Parliament for the northern province of Takhar, said he was proud of his participation in the jihad against the Soviets but regretted his involvement in the civil war. Baik was born 57 years ago in the Hazar... read more
KABUL(PAN): The German special representative for the region has announced his country's readiness to host the second Bonn conference on Afghanistan, officials said on Wednesday. Michael Steiner, Germany's special envoy for Afghanistan... read more
KABUL (PAN): Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland Radoslaw Sikorski on Tuesday said his country was ready to support the Afghan-led peace process and would continue its assistances beyond 2014, when the withdrawal of foreign troops complete. At a... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistanneeded sincere cooperation from its neighbours in eradicating terrorism from the country and the region at large, Britain's special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan said on Wednesday. The ongoing reconciliation... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai, renewing his call for insurgents to lay down their arms, urged the Afghan security forces on Tuesday to meet security challenges facing the landlocked country. Addressing a gathering of security officials at the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Efforts are being made to enhance ties between Afghanistan and Bangladesh, Afghan Ambassador to the country Abdul Rahim Oraaz said on Wednesday. Oraaz told Pajhwok Afghan News in an interview that the Afghan Embassy in Dhaka is working... read more
KABUL (PAN): French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who arrived in Kabul for an unannounced five-hour visit on Tuesday, said that the roots of terrorism lay outside Afghanistan's borders. Speaking at a joint press conference with his Afghan... read more
KABUL (PAN): Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani spoke by telephone with President Karzai Thursday to express concern over recent cross-border violence, officials said. They agreed to establish a joint military commission to address the... read more
KABUL (PAN):The withdrawal of 33,000 US troops from Afghanistan over the next two years would have no bad impact on the country security situation and would not end the relations between the two countries, the US ambassador said on Saturday. In a... read more
KABUL (PAN): At least 10 people have been killed and 24 injured in a blast that took place in northern Kunduz province yesterday, according to a statement issued by the Interior Ministry on Saturday. The death count has increased from yesterday,... read more
KABUL (PAN): British Foreign Secretary William Hague and United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah Bin Sultan Al Nahyan arrived Tuesday in Kabul to discuss security and to promise that both countries will maintain a strong continuing... read more
KABUL (PAN): Kazakhstan has appointed a new ambassador to Afghanistan, an official at the country's embassy in Kabul said on Wednesday. Omirtai Bitimov, who previously worked as a diplomat in several countries including Afghanistan over the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Predicting a drastic reshuffle in President Hamid Karzai's cabinet, his spokesman Waheed Omar said on Sunday the much-awaited list of ministers-designate would reach Parliament before the house rises for its summer break.... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai would travel to Kazakhstanafter he returns from a two-day visit to neighbouring Pakistan, the foreign ministry in Kabul said on Saturday. The objective of his visit is to improve bilateral trade relations and... read more
KABUL (PAN): Thirty-one members of a preparatory commission for Loya Jirga have been appointed in compliance with a decree from President Hamid Karzai, an official said on Tuesday. The tradition gathering will take a decision on a draft strategic... read more
KABUL (PAN): NATO-led international forces would become occupation troops if they did not stop nighttime raids that caused civilians casualties, President Hamid Karzai warned on Tuesday. The multinational force killed 14 civilians, including five... read more
KABUL(PAN): Mismanagement, ignoring warning signs and non-transparent investigation by foreign institutions pushed the country's largest bank – Kabul Bank -- into crisis, an official said on Sunday. Last year, reports appeared in the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Turkmenistan has agreed to considerably increase the export of electricity to Afghanistan, the Presidential Palace in Kabul said on Sunday. Currently on a visit to the neighbouring country, President Hamid Karzai signed four agreements... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai flew on Saturday to Turkmenistan's capital Ashgabat on a two-day official visit for talks his Turkmen counterpart on issues of bilateral and regional importance, his office said. Karzai will discuss with... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan and NATO, urging militants to join the ongoing reconciliation and reintegration process, asked Pakistan on Tuesday to take more effective steps to curb the scourge of terrorism in the region. Now is the time to defuse... read more
KABUL (PAN): Kabul will host a one-day trilateral meeting among Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States of America this week, a foreign ministry official said on Sunday. Afghanistan's Deputy Foreign Minister Javid Ludin, Pakistan's... read more
KABUL(PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday strongly condemned a NATO airstrike that resulted in the deaths of four civilians, including two women, in northern Takhar province. Karzai asked the western military alliance to investigate into the... read more
KABUL(PAN): As many as 700 militants and 100 Afghan security personnel have been killed in violence-related incidents across the country over the past two months, the Ministry of Defence said on Wednesday. While, at least 1,820 civilians were... read more
KABUL(PAN): Religious scholars from Afghanistan and Iran on Tuesday agreed to launch joint efforts at addressing religious differences and improving relations between the two neighbouring countries. A large number of religious scholars from the two... read more
KABUL(PAN): Two militant groups, comprising 34 fighters and their leaders, on Saturday joined the peace process in eastern Laghman province, the intelligence service said.The groups led by Mullah Niamatullah and Mohammad Anwar joined the Afghan... read more
KABUL(PAN): Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday asked the international community not to allow any country to use terrorism as a tool for their own benefits. Without naming any country, Singh told a joint press conference with... read more
کابل (پژواک ٢٢ غويى ٩٠): د هند لومړي وزير پر نړيوالې ټولنې غږ وکړ چې هېڅ هېواد ته اجازه ورنه کړي، چې له ترهګرۍ څخه د يوې وسيلې په توګه کار واخلي. د هند لومړي وزير من موهن سنګ دغه څرګندونې، نن مازيګر افغانستان ته د خپل سفر په لومړۍ ورځ له ولسمشر... read more
KABUL (PAN): Al Qaeda members are operating outside Afghanistan and Osama bin Osama's killing was a good opportunity for the Taliban to join the peace process, the US ambassador said on Thursday. Drug traders and opponents of the government... read more
KABUL(PAN): The Al Qaeda chief's killing would boost hopes for consolidating peace in Afghanistan and pave the ground for the security transition to Afghan forces, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Kabul said on Monday. "Osama bin Laden... read more
KABUL(PAN): The Ministry of Hajj and Islamic Affairs is working to set up a committee to monitor private TV channels airing programmes "against Islamic teachings", the minister said on Sunday. "In addition to good programmes, some... read more
KABUL(PAN): The Obama administration's civilian and military team for the Afghanistan would work in close coordination with the Karzai government, a presidential aide hoped on Saturday. Gen. John Allen, deputy commander of CENTCOM, would be the... read more
KABDUL (PAN): The jailbreak in southern Kandahar province, the birthplace of Taliban movement, showed negligence on the part of the authorities concerned, an opposition alliance said on Wednesday. The jailbreak that led to the escape of hundreds of... read more
KABUL (PAN): Tehran has been given for perusal a draft agreement on swapping prisoners, the deputy foreign minister said on Wednesday. A Ministry of Foreign Affairs delegation, which returned today from a two-day visit to Tehran, agreed with... read more
KABUL(PAN): Bhutanese Prime Minister Jigmi Y. Thinley, who arrived in Kabul on Sunday, met with President Hamid Karzai and his two deputies for talks over bilateral relations, a presidential statement said on Monday. Thinley, who is also chairman... read more
KABUL (PAN): A joint Afghan-Pakistan commission would be established to promote peace and stability in the region, President Hamid Karzai announced on Saturday. A brainchild of Islamabad, the commission would include the Pakistani prime minister,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Thirty-seven sites littered with bombs and unexploded ordinance in central, northern and northeastern parts of the country would be cleared over the next two years, an official said on Thursday. The project would provide job... read more
KABUL (PAN): Foreign Minister Dr. Zalmai Rasoul on Wednesday left for Germany to attend a three-day NATO ministerial meeting in Berlin, the foreign ministry in Kabul said. Foreign ministers from NATO and partner countries will meet in the German... read more
KABUL (PAN): As part of a new agreement, the Italian government pledged on Tuesday investment in Afghanistan's mining, agriculture, industrial, reconstruction and public health sectors. In addition to military assistance, Rome would continue to... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Monday said his government would convene the traditional Loya Jirga within two or three months to decide whether to ink an agreement with the United States on strategic relations. The US presented a drafted... read more
KABUL(PAN): A presidential spokesman on Sunday rejected as untrue a report published by the Wall Street Journal in which President Karzai has said he plans to remove two key cabinet ministers. Quoting unnamed diplomats and Afghan officials, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The country's leading prosecutor, Mohammad Ishaq Aloko, will not attend Wolesi Jirga's session next week as the legislature has no authority to summon him, his deputy said on Tuesday. Last week, the lower house of Parliament... read more
KABUL(PAN): President Hamid Karzai is expected to send the Wolesi Jirga a list of his cabinet ministers to replace the acting ones as soon as possible, his spokesman said on Monday. The list will also carry the names of Supreme Court members... read more
KABUL (PAN): Security forces arrested six alleged drug traffickers and seized 245 kilograms of narcotics from their possession in several provinces over the past 24 hours, the interior ministry said on Monday. The drugs were seized in northern... read more
KABUL (PAN): Killing innocent people and causing damages to public and private properties under the pretext of protest demonstrations is un-Islamic, religious scholars said on Sunday. They called on the international community to punish a Florida... read more
WASHINGTON/KABUL (PAN): The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, on Saturday phoned President Hamid Karzai to express his shock over a bloody attack on a UN compound in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif that killed at least 10 foreign employees of... read more
KABUL(PAN): The Attorney General's Office on Saturday said it had released a former aviation and transport minister on bail after his arrest on corruption charges, but he was banned from travelling abroad. The top prosecutor office released... read more
KABUL(PAN): Turkmen president Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has said his country was ready to provide Afghanistan electricity to help it overcome emerge requirements, a presidential statement said on Sunday. Berdymukhamedov met his Afghan counterpart... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday urged the Taliban not to burn down schools if they really wanted the international military to withdraw from the country. Afghanistan’s future and development is directly linked to improvements... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday said the security transition from NATO-led soldiers to Afghan forces would start in seven areas of the country, including the capital of southern Helmand province, in July. Karzai said Afghan forces... read more
KABUL (PAN): The use of foreign words in conversation and on advertising billboards has some experts concerned about the effect on Afghanistan’s native languages. Afghanistan has two official languages, Dari and Pashto, and several unofficial... read more
KABUL(PAN): A ministerial meeting of the nine-member Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECC) will be held in Kabul on Sunday, an official on Saturday. Information and culture ministers from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan,... read more
KABUL(PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Thursday called on the United Nations to put pressure on foreign troops to exercise greater care during operations against insurgents to spare civilians. The president made the call at a meeting with Ivan... read more
KABUL (PAN): A joint Afghan-Iran committee would be set up to look into the problems facing Afghan refugees in the neighbouring country, a minister said on Wednesday. "The committee will investigate cases of Afghans and work jointly with the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan President Hamid Karzai, stressing the need for national unity, warned on Tuesday that the new (solar) year would be "difficult and challenging for Afghanistan". Addressing a function that marked International Women... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Wafaq-i-Mili Islami Afghanistan party on Sunday opposed the US government's plan to establish permanent military bases in Afghanistan. About two months ago, President Hamid Karzai publicly confirmed that some US officials were... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Barack Obama's point man for Afghanistan and Pakistan on Saturday called for a political dialogue with militants to bring peace and stability to the country. Addressing a news conference at the US embassy in Kabul,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Certain powerful countries in the region are trying to fuel instability in Afghanistan in a bid to promote their personal interests, President Hamid Karzai's spokesman alleged on Monday. "We once again ask these countries not... read more
KABUL (PAN): Any decision on permanent US military bases in Afghanistan will be taken by Parliament and other state institutions, President Hamid Karzai said on Saturday. At a recent meeting on long-term strategic cooperation, US officials asked... read more