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KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan has signed contracts with India and Iran on setting up metrological centres for the safety of flights, the transport and aviation minister said on Tuesday.Daud Ali Najafi told a function marking the World’s Meteorological... read more
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
KABUL (PAN): Japan will donate $10 million (452.1 million afghanis) to demining projects in Afghanistan, a mine-clearing agency said on Thursday. The money would be used to fund mine-clearing projects over the next nine months, the Mine Action... read more
KABUL(PAN): Helmand governor, Muhammad Gulab Mangal, on Saturday accused Iran and Pakistan of equipping and training armed groups to help Afghan Taliban fight local and foreign forces. At a press conference in Kabul, Mangal claimed that the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Members of the Meshrano Jirga or upper house of parliament, said the delay in electing a speaker of the Wolesi Jirga, the lower house, could affect governance. The most worrying thing, they said, was that the approval of the national... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday said the transition to Afghan-led security meant there would be no place for Provincial Reconstruction Teams in the county. Karzai said the PRTs, linked to international military bases, were a hurdle... read more
KABUL(PAN): President Hamid Karzai is expected to deliver his speech on the third day of the 47th International Conference on Security Policy in Munich, Germany, on Sunday, his office said on Saturday. The Munich Security Conference, earlier... read more
KABUL (PAN): As four people withdrew their candidature, five others jumped into the race for Wolesi Jirga speaker on Wednesday. The election got under way at about 10.30am. Khalil Ahmad Shaheedzada, Abdul Hafiz Mansoor, Abdul Latif Pidram and... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan and the United Nations signed on Sunday a landmark agreement, preventing under-age recruitment into the Afghan security forces and other violations committed against children. Minister of Foreign Affairs Zalmai Rassoul,... read more
NEW DEHLI (PAN): India pledged to provide scholarships for 300 Afghan university students and reiterated that the country is committed to the development and progress of Afghanistan, India’s foreign minister said on Thursday. Meeting with... read more
KABUL (PAN): US Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday said his country's commitment to Afghanistan will not end in 2014, when the US-led military coalition plans to hand over control of security KABUL (PAN): US Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday... read more
KABUL (PAN): The chairman of the High Peace Council on Monday reassured the country’s neighbours that the reconciliation and reintegration process with militants was Afghan-led and had no political agenda other than to bring peace. "... read more
KABUL (PAN): Indian foreign minister SM Krishna on Sunday said that the ongoing peace process in Afghanistan should be Afghan-led, as any foreign interference will be detrimental to both its success and the future of the Afghan people. Speaking at... read more
KABUL(PAN): About 77-square-kilometer (30-square-mile) land has been cleared of landmines and unexploded devices in Afghanistan during the ongoing solar year, when as many as 276 people were killed in several landmine blasts, an official said on... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai, heading a high level official delegation, will be visiting Russia later this month, an official said on Thursday. During his visit, the president is expected to sign different reconstruction and economic... read more
KABUL(PAN): India's External Affairs Minister SM Krishna will visit Afghanistan on January 8 and 9 at the invitation of his Afghan counterpart Zalmai Rassoul, the Indian Foreign Office said in a statement on Monday. "The visit is part of... read more
KABUL(PAN): The South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA) on Sunday called for an immediate release of a detained Afghan journalist, Hujatullah Mujaddidi. KABUL(PAN): The South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA) on Sunday called for an immediate... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan army’s surgeon, Maj. Gen. Dr. Zia Yaftali, has strongly rejected any involvement in the disappearance of US-donated medicine and pharmaceutical supplies worth $42 million. "How could military equipment worth $42... read more
KABUL(PAN): The presidents of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Turkey agreed to enhance political, security and financial cooperation during the fifth tripartite summitin Istanbul, the Presidential Palace said on Saturday. Before the meeting on Friday,... read more
KABUL(PAN): The US will retain a “sizable mission” in Afghanistan beyond 2014 to support the country’s fledgling security forces and to carry out counter-terrorism operations, if needed, the top US diplomat in the country said on... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan National Journalists' Association (ANJA) on Sunday described the Attorney General Office (AGO) statement as paving the way for dictatorship. A day earlier, the prosecutors asked academic figures and political... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Thursday reiterated his call for militant groups to renounce violence and participate in the ongoing process of reconciliation and reintegration. Addressing a gathering of Shiite Muslims in Kabul, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): High-ranking government officials and foreigners are involved in corruption in Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday, as the country marked International Anti-Corruption Day. Misuse of authority and the role of private... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some Afghan political analysts believe US Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke, who died after surgery on Monday, had failed to deal with the situation in the war-torn country. The 69-year-old diplomat had been... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (IEC) chief, rejecting calls for invalidating parliamentary poll results, said on Sunday no organisation was authorised to alter the certified tallies. A day earlier, the Attorney... read more
KABUL (PAN): US Ambassador Karl Eikenberry said on Saturday time was needed to improve the human rights situation, particularly women's rights, in Afghanistan. KABUL (PAN): US Ambassador Karl Eikenberry said on Saturday time was needed to... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan women and girls continue to have their rights trampled due to harmful traditional practices in all communities throughout the country, the United Nations said on Thursday. Swift implementation of laws protecting females,... read more
KABUL (PAN): An agreement for Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline (TAP) project, which will carry Caspian Sea natural gas from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan to Pakistan and India, will be signed on Saturday, the Ministry of Mines said on Wednesday.... read more
KABUL (PAN): British forces would start a gradual withdrawal from Afghanistan next year, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday, hoping the counterinsurgency campaign would make "irreversible progress" in 2011. Addressing a joint... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan and Pakistani leaders, rejecting a recent string of WikiLeaks disclosures, renewed on Saturday their resolve to jointly combat the scourge of terrorism in the region. KABUL (PAN): Afghan and Pakistani leaders, rejecting a recent... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai left on Tuesday for Kazakhstan where he will attend a security cooperation conference, the president's office said. The president will give a speech on the first day of the Organisation for Security and... read more
  KABUL (PAN): Several Afghan ministers joined delegates from more than 50 countries and 500 private firms at an Afghanistan investment conference in Dubai on Tuesday, the foreign ministry said. Investment opportunities included those in the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Nine workers of a construction company were kidnapped by unidentified gunmen in the Sarobi district of Kabul, the Ministry of Interior said on Tuesday. The gunmen attacked a site of the construction firm in the Tizeen area late Monday... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai would not intervene in an ongoing row between the Attorney General's Office and Afghanistan's main electoral bodies, his spokesman said on Monday. Tension surfaced between the AG Office and the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The counternarcotics minister on Saturday called on governors of those provinces where poppies are being cultivated to help implement a new plan for poppy eradication, but the governors said their authority was limited. Zarar Ahmad... read more
KABUL (PAN): Insurgents are in control of 40 percent of a district in northern Faryab, threatening security in the whole of the province and its neighbours, the governor said on Sunday. Abdul Haq Shafaq told reporters in Kabul, the militants were... read more
KABUL (PAN): Foreign Minister Dr. Zalmay Rassoul said on Thursday he would leave for Tehran on Saturday for talks with Iranian authorities on problems of Afghan prisoners and preventing their executions. A delegation appointed to discuss the issue... read more
KABUL (PAN): The deputy minister of commerce and industries said on Wednesday his ministry and traders were prepared to meet the shortage of food and other essential items in the winter. "If something extraordinary does not happen, neither... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan National Front (ANF) on Tuesday accused the government of forcing election officials to remove names of some candidates from the preliminary list of winners, an allegation spurned by officials as baseless. Speaking at a... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan received a donation of more than 14,000 light weapons from Russia under an agreement, officials said on Monday. Interior ministry spokesman, Zmarai Bashari, told Pajhwok Afghan News the agreement was signed during President... read more
KABUL (PAN): Over the past one week, 162 people -- most of them insurgents -- were killed in violent incidents across the country, a Ministry of Interior spokesman said on Sunday. Addressing a press conference in Kabul, Zmaray Bashari said 93... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Russian ambassador to Afghanistan has said lack of information of Afghan authorities about the participation of Russians in a recent counternarcotics operation caused a serious reaction from the Karzai government. At least two... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan's northern neighbour Turkmenistan has been asked to help host peace talks with the Taliban militants, making it a second country after Saudi Arabia asked for such help, a spokesman for the recently established High Peace... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan youth joining the Taliban-led insurgency are not ideologically committed to the war but they find the gun the only source of survival, said a young man from southern Zabul province on Saturday.Yaqub Shah Babrakzoy, who... read more
KABUL (PAN): The governor of the increasingly restive northern Sar-i-Pul province on Thursday accused foreign-funded militants of hampering his efforts at convincing local Taliban fighters to renounce violence. Sayed Anwar Rahmati told a news... read more
KABUL (PAN): Foreign Minister Dr. Zalmay Rassoul urged the German government to enhance its role in reconstruction peace process in his war-devastated country, the foreign ministry in Kabul on Wednesday. Rassoul praised the German government's... read more
KABUL(PAN): US Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, supporting President Hamid Karzai's decree dissolving private security firms, said on Tuesday the ban should be implemented in a proper manner.  The United States was in talks with the Karzai... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghans seeking asylum in Australia have found it increasingly difficult since the country suspended processing applications and tightened restrictions. Afghans who want to get into Australia illegally first travel to Indonesia and... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Monday called on the international community to stop threatening his administration on the issue of security firms, warning 'it is not the way they should deal with Afghans'. Addressing a joint news... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) on Sunday accused about 120 parliamentary candidates of election law violations, and gave them five days to explain their positions. Of the 120 poll contenders, 96 of them were accused of... read more
KABUL(PAN): The High Peace Council spokesman on Thursday, quoting President Hamid Karzai, said some Taliban leaders had held talks with the Kabul administration. Talking to reporters, Qayamuddin Kashaf refused to give details of the talks, citing... read more
KABUL (PAN): Three gangs of kidnappers have been arrested over the past two months in Kabul, the Afghan intelligence agency said on Wednesday. A six member gang had been arrested for kidnapping a 13-year-old boy; a five member gang  had been... read more
KABUL (PAN): Hundreds of university graduates say they have not received their diplomas despite having left school years ago. Although handing out of university diplomas was suspended during the almost three decades of war, it restarted in 2008.... read more
KABUL (PAN): Ballots cast at 30 polling cetnres, constituting 120 polling sites, in last month's parliamentary election have been invalidated after nearly 1,100 allegations of irregularities were probed, the election watchdog said on Monday.... read more
KABUL(PAN): More than 2,000 candidates who had contested last month's parliamentary election on Saturday asked the government to hold a fresh election as the massively fraud-marred September 18 ballot was not acceptable to them. The candidates... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Electoral Complaints Commission has invalidated ballots cast in another 69 polling centres during last month's parliamentary election, taking the number of centres with annul votes to 511, an official said on Wednesday. Earlier... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Electoral Complaints Commission has invalidated ballots cast in another 69 polling centres during last month's parliamentary election, taking the number of centres with annul votes to 511, an official said on Wednesday. Earlier... read more
KABUL(PAN): Governments of neighbouring countries are using Afghan refugees as political tool to keep under pressure the Afghan government, the refugee minister said on Monday. “Unfortunately Afghan refugees are being used as political tool... read more
KABUL(PAN): Former president Borhanuddin Rabbani was on Sunday chosen to lead the newly-created High Council for Peace tasked with starting negotiations with the Taliban and other insurgent groups to bring a lasting peace to the country. The 68-... read more
KABUL (PAN): Ballots cast in 142 more polling centres during last month's parliamentary election had been invalidated, taking the number of centres with annual votes to 442, a senior election official said on Saturday. Fazli Ahmand Manawi,... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Thursday inaugurated the newly-created High Peace Council, reiterating his call for the Taliban insurgents to come to the negotiating table. Addressing the inaugural meeting of the 68-member council at the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The announcement of preliminary results from last month's parliamentary election has been postponed for a week, a senior official said on Tuesday. Addressing a press conference, Independent Election Commission (IEC) chief, Fazal... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Estonian government has offered cooperation with Afghanistan in improving its e-governance project, the Presidential Palace said on Tuesday. The assurance was held out by Estonia's President Toomas Hendrik Ilves at a meeting... read more
KABUL (PAN): A two-day international seminar on peace, security, tribal and religious issues is scheduled to start next week in Kabul, organisers said on Monday. The seminar -- "The Scholars' Mission of Ummah Unity" -- would be held... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan cabinet allowed a private television network, which was blocked earlier in the year for damaging national unity, to resume its broadcasts, an official said on Monday. Information and Culture Ministry spokesman, Zaryalai... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Sunday said votes cast in 141 polling centres during last month's parliamentary election had been invalidated. Votes from another 202 polling centres would be recounted on the basis of... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai promoted 28 members of the Afghan police, army and intelligence service at a ceremony held at the heavily-guarded Presidential Palace in Kabul on Saturday. Those who were promoted to higher positions included 11... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai said on Saturday foreign forces were in Afghanistan to ensure security in their own countries and would leave one day when they saw no benefit in staying here. Karzai made the blunt remarks at a ceremony at the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Opium production in Afghanistan, the world's largest producer of the illicit drug, has dropped by almost 50 percent this year due to an unspecified plant infection in major poppy-growing provinces, the United Nations said on... read more
 KABUL(PAN): To improve human rights situation and create awareness among people in this regard, a new department, which will operate within the framework of the Ministry of Justice, was inaugurated on Wednesday. Minister of Justice,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan's education minister on Tuesday put at 10 million the number of illiterate people, while five million children are unable to go to schools due to security problems. Ghulam Farooq Wardak told a gathering marking national... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai literally burst into tears on Tuesday while lamenting a whole host of problems plaguing the war-torn country. Speaking at Amani High School on the Global Literacy Day, the president implored Afghans to wake up,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Last week's parliamentary election was held in a peaceful environment throughout central Parwan province except two districts, a senior official said on Sunday. Governor Lt. Gen. Abdul Basir Salangi told a news conference in Kabul... read more
KABUL (PAN): Dr Abdullah Abdullah, leader of an opposition party, said on Wednesday the September 18 parliamentary election's credibility had been undermined by "widespread fraud". Speaking to journalists in Kabul, the former foreign... read more
KABUL (PAN): The chairman of the Independent Human Rights Commission on Wednesday accused officials of selectively closing polling stations.With just two days left until the parliamentary election, more than 1,000 polling stations have been closed... read more
KABUL (PAN): A new centre for promoting Afghan culture has been opened in the capital, Kabul, officials said on Monday.The Afghanistan Cultural Centre was opened on September 3 in Kart-e-Se by two Afghans and the US Embassy.The centre's director,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The process of sending ballot papers to polling stations for the September 18 parliamentary election started on Monday.The process should be finished by Friday, the day before the election, the spokesman for the Independent Election... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) has disqualified eight more candidates for the September 18 parliamentary vote, an official said on Wednesday.They are Shima Kharotai, Muhammad Humayun Faizada, Zmaray Nasri and Muhammad Roshan... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan has set an ambitious target to decrease its illiteracy rate from 74 percent to 50 percent in the next five years, a UN official said on Monday.Only about 26 percent of the population over 15 years old can read and write,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Following ban on Afghan TV channels in Pakistan, officials at the Ministry of Information and Culture on Thursday urged authorities in the neighbouring country to review the decision.Publication director at the ministry, Din Muhammad... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan's election chief said on Thursday the polling centres closed for security reasons in different parts of the country would not be reopened.Fazal Ahmad Manawi told a news conference in Kabul opening and closing polling centres... read more
KABUL (PAN): Residents of Kabul have urged dozens of parliamentary candidates, who are doctors by profession, to continue serving their ailing countrymen instead of jumping into the electoral fray.Forty doctors are among 641 candidates contesting 33... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (PAN): A senior intelligence official along with two of his security guards was killed in a roadside bomb explosion in northern Kunduz province on Sunday, an official said.Staff Captain. Jalad Khan, intelligence department chief at the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The top NATO commander in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus, said on Saturday that insurgent sanctuaries were outside Afghan borders and a joint regional effort was needed to eliminate them.Addressing a news conference in Kabul on... read more
KABUL (PAN): As many as 73 school girls and their teachers were taken to hospital on Wednesday in the capital Kabul in what authorities suspect is another incident of gas poisoning.Initially a crime branch official told Pajhwok Afghan News that 41... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai has asked his judicial team to draw up regulations to bring two western-mentored anti-corruption units in line with Afghan laws, an official said on Wednesday.A presidential decree released to media outlets late... read more
KABUL (PAN): Presidential spokesman, Waheed Omar, on Monday asked the United States to root out illegal practices within its own aid contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars being distributed to Afghan companies each year.Addressing a news... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan Natural Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) is concerned that the country might face food shortages in the winter, but the agriculture ministry says the opposite.ANDMA Director Abdul Matin Idrak told a press conference... read more
KABUL (PAN): People could lose faith in the September 18 parliamentary election process if authorities do not address violations in several parts of the country, the Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) warned on Saturday.FEFA... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai has set a four-month deadline for the dissolution of private security companies, his spokesman said on Monday.The president would issue today a decree giving the private firms four months time to end their... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled announced on Sunday 800 people would be provided vocational training in five provinces as part of efforts to alleviate poverty in the country.The project would be implemented... read more
KABUL (PAN): Eighty-nine candidates on Saturday sat an examination to select 33 district chiefs, an official said.The exam was jointly arranged by the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) and Independent Administrative Reform and Civil... read more
KABUL (PAN): Amnesty International's demand that the Taliban and other insurgents be tried for war crimes is one-sided and impractical, analysts here said on Thursday.The rights watchdog made the demand after a UN report showed that civilian... read more
KABUL (PAN): An Afghan female volleyball player is one of hundreds of candidates campaigning in Kabul for a seat in the lower house of parliament.Parwin Sufi, 50, who started playing volleyball when she was in primary school, dreams of making the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan government is serious about dissolving private security companies and a deadline for their closure would be announced soon, said a presidential spokesman on Tuesday."The dissolution of security firms is not a hollow slogan;... read more
KABUL (PAN): A high-ranking official of the Afghan private security company, Watan Group, announced his resignation on Monday, two days after President Hamid Karzai accused the firms of fuelling insecurity.Haji Rohullah, responsible for escorting... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Monday asked media outlets, television channels in particular, not to repeatedly invite candidates to debates and shows.Certain runners for the September 18 parliamentary election had been... read more
KABUL (PAN): A top Afghan human rights watchdog said on Sunday provincial councils were not effective and the law governing the elective bodies should be amended.Afghans were unhappy with the performance of provincial council members, who were... read more
KABUL (PAN): Inadequate institutional capacity is the main challenge to development programmes, government officials say. But development analysts accuse the government of failing to utilise even its current capacity.The government's ability to... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai leading a top Afghan delegation left for Iran on Thursday to attend in trilateral summit with his Iranian and Tajik counterparts, his spokesman said.The agenda of the annual trilateral summit -- the forth one in a... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai will pay an official visit to Iran to attend a trilateral summit there, a presidential spokesman said on Tuesday.It would be Karzai's first visit to the neighbouring country after the leak of US military record... read more
KABUL (PAN): A presidential advisor on Monday warned Afghan institutions were lacking the capacity to utilise the international aid pledged at the Kabul Conference held on July 20.The participating nations had agreed to channel half of the funds... read more
KABUL (PAN): Rangina sits everyday from dawn to dusk along a road in Kabuls Kot-i-Sangi square, selling bracelets. The sun has darkened her skin, making her look older than her years, but she is slim and her uncovered, large black eyes attract... read more
KABUL (PAN): Nearly 270 civilians, 673 militants and 125 policemen were killed in violence-related incidents across the country in July, also a deadliest for foreign troops, a spokesman for the Ministry of Interior said on Sunday.In addition, 588... read more
KABUL (PAN): Rangina sits everyday from dawn to dusk along a road in Kabuls Kot-i-Sangi square, selling bracelets. The sun has darkened her skin, making her look older than her years, but she is slim and her uncovered, large black eyes attract... read more
KABUL (PAN): A 24 per cent increase has been reported in the incidents of committing suicide by women in the country this year as compared to previous years, an official said on Saturday.Faizullah Kakar, advisor to president on public health affairs... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Thursday reiterated his call for international action against terrorist sanctuaries and training centers beyond Afghanistan's borders.His remarks come days after a website called Wikileaks released over 90,000... read more
KABUL (PAN): A two-day seminar began in Kabul on Wednesday to honour renowned Afghan culturists and poets.Organised by a recently-established cultural committee, the event is aimed at paying tribute to Aisha Durrani, Gul Pacha Ulfat, Khalilullah... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Information and Culture on Tuesday banned a private TV channel, Emroz, alleging it was harming sectarianism harmony, unity and national interest.A day earlier, the Cabinet asked the ministry to ban the channel that posed... read more
(Update 2) KABUL (PAN): A NATO helicopter crashed while making an emergency landing in eastern Kabul on Monday, injuring four crewmembers, the western alliance said.In a statement, NATO said its Chinook helicopter made a hard landing along the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The leak of secret war logs of the US military was a "surprise" to the Afghan government, said President Hamid Karzai's spokesman on Monday.The documents would help Kabul gain more information about the nature of the stalemated war,... read more
KABUL (PAN): An independent research body in Afghanistan on Thursday said a 2014 deadline at which time Afghan troops would take the lead in securing the country was impractical.The Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit said the date announced by... read more
KABUL (PAN): Although President Hamid Karzai has billed the Kabul Conference a success, his political opponents and militant groups are pessimistic about the outcome of the high-profile event.Karzai told representatives of more than 70 countries and... read more
KABUL (PAN): A number of foreign delegates to the Kabul Conference Tuesday supported President Hamid Karzai's reintegration and reintegration initiative.Foreign ministers and high-level officials from more than 70 countries and international... read more
KABUL (PAN): Visiting foreign dignitaries and Afghan officials will discuss on Monday several issues pertaining to the Kabul Conference, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Sunday.The discussions would take place from 9am to 12 noon, a day ahead... read more
KABUL (PAN): The British envoy in Afghanistan, William Patey, on Thursday said his government supports a plan to arm locals to defend their communities against militant attacks.The vow of support comes a day after President Hamid Karzai approved an... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai would not make any request for the removal 50 Taliban leaders from the UN sanctions list, his spokesman Wahid Omar said Tuesday.Spurning a Western media report that Karzai planned to make such a request in a... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan government and some political analysts on Saturday strongly condemned a former US diplomat's remarks in which he said a de facto partition of Afghanistan was the best option for the United States and its allies.Robert D... read more
KABUL (PAN): An international conference hall at the Ministry of Culture and Tourism was inaugurated on Wednesday, two years after it was damaged in a suicide attack.The inaugural ceremony in Kabul was attended by senior government officials,... read more
From the money she receives, she can support her family of eight, but like hundreds of other women who tailor at home she is unable to develop her career any further.Part of the problem is that in conservative Afghanistan, women cannot set up shops... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan and Japanese officials on Saturday discussed various development plans prioritised by the Afghan government for funds being donated by the Japanese government.Several Afghan ministries presented their projects as both the sides... read more
KABUL (PAN): In a reaction to the disapproval of two Hazara cabinet nominees by the parliament, a Hazara ethnic political party on Tuesday accused the government of discrimination against minority communities.The accusation of the Rah-i-Naw... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Saturday called on international community to show sincerity in fighting the menace of drug trafficking that benefited international drug traffickers and dealers, who encouraged Afghans to grow poppy."Heftier... read more
KABUL (PAN): A huge bomb blast occurred near the Chinese embassy in Kabul's diplomatic district on Saturday morning, leaving no casualties, officials said.The device fitted into an Afghan army vehicle went off at 10am on a heavily-guarded road in... read more
KABUL (PAN): Many people in Kabul are critical of the way in which women's clothes are sold from hand carts on the side of the road, saying they should be sold in shops and by female shop assistants.In this bustling capital, market stalls are... read more
KABUL (PAN): The British embassy in Kabul on Tuesday disputed a media report that said Britain's envoy to Afghanistan, Sir Sherard Cowper-Colesit, has resigned over a row with Americans on the military strategy in the country.Sir Sherard, who had... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghans, calling for world's attention towards the plights of Afghan refugees living in neighbouring countries, on Sunday observed World Refugee Day, amid thousands of returnees arrived home as part of a repatriation campaign.... read more
KABUL (PAN): A lucky draw organised by the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Saturday gave each candidate in the upcoming parliamentary election a place on the ballot paper.Eight boxes were set up for provincial candidates and one for the... read more
KABUL (PAN): A lucky draw organised by the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Saturday gave each candidate in the upcoming parliamentary election a place on the ballot paper.Eight boxes were set up for provincial candidates and one for the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The result of a US survey which discovered that Afghanistan holds nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits was "good news" for the Afghan people, the presidential spokesman said on Monday.The United States Geological Survey's... read more
KABUL (PAN): British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday ruled out sending any more troops to Afghanistan, emphasising the need to bolster Afghan forces to pave the ground for the withdrawal of foreign troops.Speaking at a joint press... read more
KABUL (PAN): A meeting between Pakistan and Afghanistan in Turkey this week is unlikely to be that successful in building trust between the two long-term foes, analysts said on Monday.The meeting will be held as a part of the Conference on... read more
KABUL (PAN): The resignations of two top security officials was a big blow to the Afghan government's efforts to improve security in the country, a presidential spokesman said on Monday.Interior Minister Muhammad Hanif Atmar and the National... read more
KABUL (PAN): A number of key politicians and jihadi leaders, including President Karzai's principal rival Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, stayed away from the long-awaited peace jirga in Kabul.The three-day jirga, launched on Wednesday, is aimed at seeking... read more
KABUL (PAN): While some residents of Kabul believe the much-hyped Peace Advisory Jirga will yield no positive outcome, others say it could be a step towards ending the war.Some 1,400 delegates and 200 foreign and Afghan guests are attending the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Of the 226 people initially excluded from a list of parliamentary poll candidates, 188 have since been reinstated, officials said on Wednesday.The 226 has been crossed off the list because their documents were incomplete. But the... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai will officially open the twice-delayed peace jirga on Wednesday, his office said.Karzai has convened a 1,400-member jirga to seek a solution to end the nine-year war in the country. Nearly 200 Afghan foreign... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai is taking seriously the allegations that aid groups are trying to convert Afghan Muslims to Christianity, his spokesman said on Tuesday.Recently a private Afghan TV report showed people embracing Christianity in... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Karzai has nominated six individuals as members of a powerful commission responsible for supervising the implementation of the constitution, his chief spokesman said on Monday.The introduction of the nominees to the Wolesi... read more
KABUL (PAN): A special commission of the Electoral Complaints Commission on Sunday accused 85 parliamentary candidates of having links with illegal armed groups.The parliamentary aspirants came from 18 provinces, the ECC spokesman, Ahmad Shah Rafat... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) ordered on Monday the inclusion of 226 parliamentary poll candidates in the preliminary list.The Afghan poll panel, Independent Election Commission (IEC), announced the list on May 12, excluding... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan election fraud panel has received more than 250 complaints challenging the disqualification of 226 candidates by the poll panel, an official said on Sunday.A total 310 challenges have been submitted to the panel called the... read more
KABUL (PAN): An 800-year-old mosque, renovated with US funds, was inaugurated in Kabul on Wednesday.Karl Eikenberry, the US ambassador, joined the ceremony in the Shahr-i-Kohna neighbourhood of the capital.The US Embassy provided $82,000 for the... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday said his recent trip to Washington had strengthened the foundation of friendship between the two countries.Addressing his first news conference after returning Saturday from the four-day trip, Karzai... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan would be on top of the agenda for the annual meeting of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Kazakhstan's capital of Astana, the European Union special representative said on Monday.Vygaudas... read more
KABUL (PAN): More than 200 drug smugglers -- a quarter of them high-profile dealers linked to international mafia -- have been arrested over the past two months, the Ministry of Interior announced on Sunday.The arrests represented the acceleration... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Lower House of Parliament approved on Saturday a draft loan law helping individuals run businesses and make investments.Under the draft law containing five chapters and 29 articles, companies will be established to help those... read more
KABUL (PAN): The secretive Taliban leader, Mullah Omar, is in favour of a peace deal with the government, a senior member of the Afghan National Security Council said on Wednesday.Problems within the leadership, a lack of resources and the arrests... read more
KABUL (PAN): US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who travelled to the lawless southern province of Zabul on Sunday, joined Afghan women and female American soldiers in celebrating Mother's Day.Women in Zabul faced serious security... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai has appointed a new chief electoral officer for the election commission on Monday, nearly a month after two top election officials resigned, an official said.Abdullah Ahmadzai, who worked as the head of operation... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai has appointed a new chief electoral officer for the election commission on Monday, nearly a month after two top election officials resigned, an official said. Abdullah Ahmadzai, who worked as the head of... read more