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TEHRAN (Pajhwok): During Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah’s visit, the Iranian government pledged providing facilities for Afghan traders at the Chabahar port, an official said on Wednesday. Akbar Turkan, senior economic advisor to the... read more
TEHRAN (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah has said that terrorism posed a threat both to Iran and Afghanistan, as well as the region at large. At the head of a high-level delegation, the CEO arrived in Tehran on a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): In violation of all diplomatic norms, Pakistan arrested and released five Afghan diplomats without any reason, an official said. An official at the Afghan embassy in Islamabad, wishing anonymity, told Pajhwok Afghan News that... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan is yet to lift ban it imposed on relay of programmes of popular Afghan television channels by cable operators three years ago. However, Pakistani TV channels can be watched throughout Afghanistan. On the sidelines of a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Islamabad should translate into action its promises to fight against terrorism and promoting good neighbourly relations with Kabul, an Afghan diplomat says. Sayed Abdul Naser Yousafi, in a meeting with a delegation of Afghan... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Some more than 6,000 Afghan patients visit Rahman Medical Institute (RMI), one of the most expensive one in Peshawar, the capital of northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, every month, it is learnt. Lacking health... read more
LAHORE (Pajhwok): Afghan businessmen and carpet-weavers in Pakistan say hand-knotted rugs produced by Afghan refugees are exported to foreign countries as Pakistan-made. A Pajhwok Afghan News reporter discussed problems that forced Afghan carpet... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Presidential advisor and member of the Afghan government peace delegation, Haji Din Mohammad, on Wednesday said more Taliban leaders were expected to attend the next round of peace negotiations. Mohammad, a powerful tribal elder... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah have agreed on most points, paving way for early formation of the cabinet, an official said on Sunday.Presidential spokesman Nazifullah Salarzai... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan is trying to infiltrate its soldiers into Afghanistan in the guise of Punjabi Taliban, the administration of President Hamid Karzai alleged on Sunday.A day earlier, the Punjabi Taliban announced giving up its armed struggle... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Security Council (NSC) on Sunday decided to send Defence Minister Bismillah Mohammadi to attend next week’s crucial NATO summit in the UK because of the impasse over the presidential election. The two-day summit in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan government on Saturday asked the United States for an explanation regarding the release of Pakistani prisoners from the Bagram jail in central Parwan province.On Friday, some media outlets reported the US military had set... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai is not trying to derail the US-brokered agreement between the presidential candidates, his spokeswoman said on Friday.  On Friday, the New York Times quoted an unnamed US official as saying that President... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): In an effort to ensure transparency in the June 14 presidential election, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) on Thursday suspended the Short Message Service (SMS) of leading mobile phone companies... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai and presidential contender Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Friday condemned an attack on Abdullah Abdullah in Kabul, in which four persons were killed and several others wounded.A suicide bomber in a car targeted... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Zalmai Rassoul’s support to presidential runner Dr. Abdullah Abdullah is his personal decision, President Hamid Karzai’s spokesman said on Sunday.Earlier in the day, Rassoul and his election team formally joined forces with former... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Presidential Palace on Monday reiterated its vow to hold elections on schedule, saying efforts by foreign spy networks to scuttle the process would fail.In an interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, President Hamid Karzai’s... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Any decision on the status of the Durand Line, the de facto border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, should be taken by the people, presidential spokesman Aimal Faizi said on Tuesday.A day earlier, presidential runner Dr. Ashraf... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Election candidates have been visiting President Hamid Karzai at their own will and they were never invited to meetings, a presidential spokesman said on Wednesday.Aimal Faizi told Pajhwok Afghan News a number of candidates had... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai, insisting on the practical launch of a meaningful peace process, is no hurry to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States, his spokesman said on Wednesday.In an exclusive interview... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Kabul has asked Washington to formally announce its inability if it cannot play any role in promoting the Afghan-led peace process, the chief presidential spokesman said on Monday.Aimal Faizi told journalists at the Presidential... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): All cases against media outlets referred to the Attorney General Office (AGO) have been closed, the chief presidential spokesman announced on Thursday.Aimal Faizi told Pajhwok Afghan News the decision came at a high-level meeting,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Lashing out at the United States, President Hamid Karzai has accused Washington of making threats in the dispute over an agreement.In an interview with the French daily Le Monde, Karzai said the US was "absolutely" acting like a... read more
KABUL (PAN): Presidential spokesman on Tuesday said some government officials could possibility be opposed to President Hamid Karzai’s refusal to sign a security agreement with the US, but the disagreement has no impact on the presidential stance.... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday floated two suggestions to US Secretary of State John Kerry on the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) between Kabul and Washington.The chief presidential spokesman said that Karzai spoke with Kerry over... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan and the United States have yet to resolve differences over a Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) article concerning raids on civilian houses, a government official said on Sunday.The official, who did not want to be named,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Karzai administration, contradicting media reports, on Sunday denied the United States had taken it on board on increasing drone strikes in Afghanistan.The United Nations’ mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) says the number of drone... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai has met with a senior American politician, Senator Carl Levin, who chairs the US Senate Armed Services Committee.The Karzai Office in a statement said Thursday’s meeting that took place at the Presidential Palace... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Independent Election Commission (IEC), officially releasing a preliminary list of presidential and provincial council candidates for next year’s elections, on Tuesday said 10 among the 27 registered presidential hopefuls made it to... read more
KABUL (PAN): Kabul on Sunday denied it was releasing more than two thousands Pakistanis held in various Afghanistan’s jails, calling a media report in this regard as baseless.The Pakistani media on Sunday quoted Maulana Gul Nasib, a central leader... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Sunday congratulated national cricket team on booking a place in the 2015 World Cup to be held in Australia and New Zealand, calling the success a great honour for his nation.Karzai was speaking to national and... read more
KABUL (PAN): Talks between Afghanistan and the United States on a proposed security agreement have reached a very sensitive phase, but some sticking points remained unresolved, a senior official said on Tuesday.“Right now, the parleys have reached a... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday summoned the US Ambassador to his office and expressed his concerns over recent remarks by the US special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, James Dobbins.To a question about post-2014... read more
KABUL (PAN): A spokesman for President Hamid Karzai on Sunday lashed out at US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, James Dobbins, who said Afghanistan was facing a civil war. In a recent interview with the Voice of America,... read more
KABUL (PAN): A presidential spokesman said on Saturday Afghanistan welcomed Pakistan’s move to release a second batch of Afghan Taliban prisoners, but key figures remained behind bars.The Pakistani government on Saturday released Mansoor Dadullah,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Presidential spokesman Aimal Faizi on Tuesday said the decision to remove the head of social sciences department of Kabul University and a lecturer was not correct and should have been made after a proper investigation.The pair was... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai's chief spokesman on Tuesday rejected as wrong recent remarks by a US embassy official in Kabul that Washington had not requested nine military bases in Afghanistan after the formal withdrawal of foreign combat... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai has written a letter to his US counterpart Barack Obama, seeking America's help in retaking nearly a dozen border security posts that were captured by Pakistani forces in eastern Nangarhar province a decade ago,... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Friday ordered a thoroughgoing investigation into a deadly road crash on the Kandahar-Helmand highway.Javed Faisal, the Kandahar governor’s spokesman, said the accident happened in the Khak Chopan area of... read more
MAIDAN WARDAK (PAN): A government delegation on Thursday launched efforts to patch up a row between Kuchi and Hazara tribes in central Maidan Wardak province, an official said.Despite efforts at the governmental level, the 30-year dispute between... read more
KABUL (PAN): The visiting Turkish defence minister says his country has executed 164 development projects in the central province of Maidan Wardak.Ankara would continue to fund uplift schemes in the strategic province, Ismet Yilmaz assured Governor... read more
 KABUL (PAN): The US military would soon transfer all affairs of the Bagram detention facility to Afghan authorities, President Hamid Karzai’s chief spokesman said on Saturday.In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, Aimal Faizi said... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai has been invited by Emir of Qatar Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad al-Thani to talks on the Afghan-led peace process, a presidential spokesman said on Saturday.Aimal Faizi said the president would also discuss with his... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Thursday hailed American special forces’ willingness to withdraw from central Maidan Wardak province.The US move toward troop pullout from the strategic province comes weeks after a presidential decree and... read more
KABUL (PAN): An insurgent commander was killed and one his associates wounded when a roadside bomb they were planting went off prematurely in the central Maidan Wardak province, an official said on Monday.The incident took place on the outskirts of... read more
 KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan Ulema Council on Saturday asked US forces to transfer the Bagram detention centre to full Afghan control and leave the central province of Maidan Wardak as soon as possible.In a statement, the council supported... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two Pakistani militants were killed and as many others were wounded during a clash with US troops in the central province of Maidan Wardak, an official said on Tuesday.The clash came during an operation in the Band area of Chack... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two US soldiers and three Afghan commandos were killed and six other Americans were wounded when a local policeman opened fire at them in the Jalrez district of central Maidan Wardak province on Monday, officials said.The latest insider... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two vehicles worth $100,000 were on Tuesday delivered to the municipality department in central Maidan Wardak province, where three new projects, including a hospital, would be launched soon, an official said.The two vehicles -- a GCB... read more
KABUL (PAN): Public representatives from southern Ghazni province on Monday held talks with the Maidan Wardak governor to push for the reconstruction of a key dam, an official said.Led by provincial council chief, Azizullah, the delegation met... read more
 KABUL (PAN): Afghan and ISAF military leaders on Saturday held talks on the security situation in central Maidan Wardak province and listened to tribal elders' complaints against the US Special Forces.Arriving from Kabul to Maidan Shahr, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): More than 1,000 inmates continue to languish in various prisons, despite completing their jail terms, the presidential office said on Thursday.Minister of Interior Ghulam Mujtaba Patang said this at a meeting chaired by President Hamid... read more
 KABUL (PAN): More than 2,000 tribal elders and influential figures on Tuesday threw their weight behind President Karzai's decision on giving US Special Forces two weeks to leave central Maidan Wardak province.Participants of a huge gathering... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Counternarcotics would launch and complete various development projects, costing $2.4 million (126 million afs), in central Maidan Wardak, an official said on Monday.   The approval came at a meeting between... read more
 KABUL (PAN): Residents and officials of central Maidan Wardak province on Monday welcomed President Hamid Karzai’s decision giving the US special forces two weeks to leave the province.Residents have been complaining over the past few months... read more
KABUL (PAN): Angry residents, who blocked the Kabul-Kandahar highway in central Maidan Wardak province to protest the alleged killing of a university student by foreign troops, lifted the blockade after talks with an official delegation on Saturday.... read more
KABUL (PAN): The issue of the Durand Line had not be discussed between President Hamid Karzai and his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari when they met in London last week, a presidential spokesman said on Sunday. In London, Karzai held a... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan-A handed a 9-wicket defeat to a Shahid Afridi-captained Karachi-Hyderabad-XI in a one-day match in Hyderabad, the second largest city in Pakistan's southern Sindh province, on Wednesday, thanks to left-arm spinner Hamza... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday urged religious scholars across the Muslim world to join their Saudi Arab colleague in slamming suicide attacks as haram (prohibited in Islam) and illegitimate by declaring a unanimous fatwa, his... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai, currently engaged in a trilateral summit in London, is scheduled to arrive in Oslo on Monday for a two-day visit to sign a strategic partnership agreement with the Norwegian leadership.Karzai will be meeting the... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai, currently engaged in a trilateral summit in London, is scheduled to arrive in Oslo on Monday for a two-day visit to sign a strategic partnership agreement with the Norwegian leadership.Karzai will be meeting the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Heavy snow trapped more than 100 people on a pass in the Behsud district of central Maidan Wardak province on Sunday, one of the stranded individuals phoned Pajhwok Afghan News.The caller, who identified himself as Javid, giving witness... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai's chief spokesman Aimal Faizi on Tuesday rejected as 'irresponsible' an ISAF spokesman's statement regarding a UN report that suggested continued torture and abuse of inmates in Afghan-custody.ISAF spokesman... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Obama administration has agreed to help Afghanistan build an exclusive special operations force to deal with internal and external security threats.An agreement was reached on creating the Foundation Force for Afghanistan... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Human rights activists and civil society members on Friday staged rallies in various cities of the United States to protest the Obama administration’s failure to close the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba.Hundreds of alleged... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): American forces would remain in Afghanistan after 2014, when security transition is to be completed, but would be stationed only at certain facilities in limited numbers to continue fighting against al Qaeda and its affiliates,... read more
 WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States on Friday announced to pull back its troops from villages to their bases -- a move that President Hamid Karzai hoped would restore Afghanistan’s sovereignty. “The US forces will pull out from villages, will... read more
  WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States on Friday announced to pull back its troops from villages to their bases -- a move that President Hamid Karzai hoped would restore Afghanistan’s sovereignty. “The US forces will pull out from villages,... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): US President Barack Obama and his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai on Friday agreed on the opening of a Taliban office in Doha that could play a key role in political reconciliation.  “We recommitted our nations to a... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Expressing satisfaction over the progress being made by Afghan forces, US President Barack Obama on Friday announced coalition forces would move to a support role this spring and the war will come to a responsible end by next year... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Afghanistan would favourably look into the US demand for immunity to its soldier after 2014 without compromising its sovereignty, President Hamid Karzai said on Friday.Bu this US counterpart Barack Obama insisted it would be... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Afghan officials said on Thursday the White House so-called consideration of a complete troop pullout from Afghanistan was aimed at seeking flexibility in the tough conditions set by the Kabul government for a security pact... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai is due to enter crucial talks with the Americans on issues including Washington's stance on the Taliban political bureau in Qatar and the US military presence in Afghanistan after the 2014 withdrawal of foreign... read more
 KABUL (PAN): A presidential spokesman on Tuesday rejected as baseless the accusation that President Karzai had attempted to block the release of a report on war criminals compiled by the Afghanistan's Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan government on Sunday welcomed the decision of the United States senate to accelerate the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan.It was planned that the US troops would pull out from Afghanistan at the end of 2014, but... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai has asked the United States President Barak Obama to completely transfer the Bagram prison to Afghan government.  During an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, Emal Faizi said Karzai had sent a... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai’s office on Friday rejected rumors that the president “illegally interfered” in the Kabul Bank scandal.In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, president’s spokesperson Aimal Faizai said that there was... read more
MAIDAN SHAHAR (PAN): A massive suicide bombing jolted the capital of central Maidan Wardak province on Friday morning, killing at least three people and wounding many others, an official said.As usual, the Taliban claimed responsibility for the... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Monday signed execution warrants for 16 inmates convicted of heinous crimes, including murder and rape, his spokesman Aimal Faizi said on Monday.A list of the death row inmaes, convicted by primary, appellate... read more
KABUL (PAN): Turkey has donated equipment, including vehicles, generators and other items, to Afghanistan’s Ministry of Defence, an official said.Col. Pir Mohammad Turani said the facilities included seven vehicles, one ambulance, two mobile... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Friday expressed his sympathy to victims affected by the powerful Sandy storm in the United States that had claimed more than 90 lives, a Presidential Palace statement said.“Karzai expressed his sympathy... read more
KABUL (PAN): Differences among tribesmen over the land allocated for a university in central Maidan Wardak province have been resolved, the governor’s office said on Friday.A year back, the governor allocated a piece of land for the university in... read more
KABUL (PAN): A notorious insurgent commander was killed along an associate in the Syedabad district of central province of Maidan Wardak on Sunday morning, officials said.Mullah Izzat, who was riding a motorcycle along with Mansoor, was killed by... read more
KABUL (PAN): Three insurgents planning suicide attacks have been killed in a joint Afghan-NATO military operation in the central province of Maidan Wardak, an official said on Saturday.Shahidullah Shahid, a spokesman for the Maidan Wardak governor,... read more
KABUL (PAN): In a daring jailbreak, three inmates escaped from the main prison in central Maidan Wardak province Friday morning, a top police official said.Five inmates tried to flee through the main gate of the Maidan Shahr Central Jail at about... read more
KABUL (PAN): Four International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers were killed on Sunday following an insider attack suspected to involve members of Afghan police in southern Afghanistan, the alliance said.A day earlier, an individual... read more
ZARANJ (PAN): Families of those killed and wounded in last week’s coordinated suicide attacks in southwestern Nimroz province on Wednesday called for execution of the detained Iranian suicide bombers.Officials say at least 35 people were killed and... read more
ZARANJ (PAN): President Hamid Karzai, accompanied by some of his Cabinet ministers, on Tuesday arrived in the capital of northwestern Nimroz province and met with relatives of those killed and wounded in last week’s coordinated suicide attacks.The... read more
KABUL (PAN): The people of Afghanistan, like the rest of Muslim countries, on Sunday celebrated the festival of Eidul Fitr amid tight security in major cities, with bloodshed continuing.In the central capital Kabul, big Eid congregations held in the... read more
KABUL (PAN): A National Directorate of Security (NDS) operative was killed when the landmine he was defusing went off prematurely in the central province of Maidan Wardak, an official said on Thursday.The incident took place in the Sur Pul area on... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai would urge participants of a key Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) summit in Saudi Arabia that Muslim countries should not use terrorism as a means of interference in others’ affairs, his spokesman said on... read more
KABUL (PAN): Militants fired three missiles into Maidan Shahr, the capital of central Maidan Wardak province, on Wednesday evening.Governor Halim Fidae confirmed the missile strike to Pajhwok Afghan News, saying the attack caused no casualties or... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): A large number of women on Wednesday staged a peaceful protest against the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan, calling for girls’ schools to be kept open in the central province of Maidan Wardak.The rally in Maidan Shahr, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): At the head of a high-level delegation, President Hamid Karzai on Monday flew to Saudi Arabia to attend an extraordinary meeting of the Organistaion of the Islamic Conference (OIC).President Karzai’s chief spokesman Aimal Faizi told... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two senior Afghan government officials on Monday denied a media report that a delegation from Kabul recently met top Taliban commander Abdul Ghani Baradar in a Pakistani jail.“Neither a delegation from Kabul nor diplomats from the... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): Work on four development projects was launched in central Maidan Wardak province on Thursday, an senior official said.The projects include construction of buildings for a polyclinic, a central statistics department, provincial... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): Senior representatives from interior and defence ministry on Wednesday decided to launch a search operation and set up new check-points in insecure parts of central Maidan Wardak province. Acting Interior Minister Bismillah... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers were killed following an insurgent attack in western Afghanistan, the alliance said on Monday.The deaths were announced in a brief statement from the NATO-led force that... read more
KABUL (PAN): A district's administrative head was gunned down along with his son during a militant attack in the central province of Maidan Wardak on Sunday, an official said.Chak district chief Mohammad Ismail was on his way to the office at about... read more
KABUL (PAN): Sixteen militants have been killed during separate operations and clashes in different parts of the country over the past 24 hours, officials and the Ministry of Interior said on Tuesday.A dozen insurgents were killed in the operations... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday discussed with the Estonian prime minister and French defence minister the ongoing peace process, security transition and aid pledges held out at Tokyo conference.Estonian Premier Andrus Ansip called... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Council of Ministers on Monday referred the issue of resignations by seven members of the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) to the Attorney General Office (AGO) for a thoroughgoing investigation.Presidential spokesman... read more
KABUL (PAN): Forty-seven militants have been killed during security operations in several provinces over the past 24 hours, officials said on Saturday, but the Taliban confirmed the death of only three fightersForty of the rebels were killed during... read more
KABUL (PAN): An Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier opened fire on US troops, wounding five of them in the central province of Maidan Wardak, officials said on Wednesday.The shooting took place on Tuesday evening when the ANA soldier entered a... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two militants were killed when a bomb they were planting on a road went off in the central province of Maidan Wardak on Monday, an official said.The explosion occurred at 11:00pm. The militants were planting the roadside bomb in the... read more
MADAN SHAHR (PAN): Six Taliban militants and three private security guards were killed in separate incidents in the central province of Maidan Wardak, officials said on Tuesday. The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) carried... read more
KABUL (PAN): At least 22 people were killed and several others wounded after a group of five suicide bombers laced with guns stormed a hotel overnight in the heavily-fortified central capital, police said on Friday.The latest coordinated attack was... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): Three Arab militants were killed during a predawn airstrike by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in central Maidan Wardak province, officials said on Tuesday.The air raid was conducted at 2 am in the Dandoki area... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai would travel to Berlin next week for talks Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel, ahead of the upcoming NATO summit in Chicago, his spokesman said on Friday.In addition to inking a a long-term strategic cooperation... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan and the United States on Sunday finalised the contents of the much-talked strategic partnership pact, which would be sent to both countries’ parliaments for the final consultations, an official said.President Hamid Karzai’s... read more
KABUL (PAN): The following is a short life sketch of ex-president Burhanuddin Rabbani’s son Salahuddin Rabbani, who was named as High Peace Council chairman on Saturday.In 2010, the Afghan government convened a consultative jirga announced on... read more
KABUL (PAN): Former Senate chairman Sibghatullah Mujaddedi on Sunday resigned all his government positions, saying President Hamid Karzai’s refusal to appoint him as High Peace Council head was an insult.The president had failed to consider the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The government would soon nominate a new chief peace negotiator after high-level consultations, a spokesman for President Hamid Karzai said on Sunday.High Peace Council Chairman Burhanuddin Rabbani, also a former president, was... read more
KABUL (PAN): A presidential spokesman on Saturday confirmed a National Security Council delegation had visited five Taliban prisoners in the US-run Guantanamo Bay detention centre and the inmates had agreed to take part in the peace talks in Qatar.... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan and the US are close to sign an agreement on the transfer of all prisons from the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) to the Afghan government control, a presidential spokesman said on Thursday.Talking to Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan would not ink the proposed strategic agreement with the United States as long as recommendations of the traditional Loya Jirga were not implemented, a presidential spokesman said on Saturday. In mid-November, the grand... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai returned home on Saturday afternoon from a three-day official visit to the Islamabad, where he attended a trilateral summit on regional challenges, an official said.Accompanied by senior officials, President... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): President Hamid Karzai neither had testy exchanges with Pakistani officials over Taliban’s presence nor stormed out of a meeting with Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani in Islamabad, his spokesman said on Saturday.  Karzai... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): The Afghan government has presented the Obama administration its recommendations and conditions for reconciliation talks with the Taliban, an official said on Friday.The government in Kabul was closely monitoring Taliban’s office in... read more
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari on Friday said Islamabad would not provide any assistance to US forces in the event of an attack on the neighbouring Muslim country.Zardari held out the categorical assurance at a trilateral summit with... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran, pledging greater cooperation in diverse fields, on Friday vowed to put up a joint front against the menace of terrorism and extremism in the region.At a joint news conference after their third... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Afghan, Pakistani and Iranian presidents on Friday began their trilateral summit on coping with regional challenges in Islamabad, an official said.Presidents Hamid Karzai, Asif Ali Zardari and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will focus on... read more
KABUL (PAN): Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani on Thursday confirmed for the first time sending a high-level Taliban delegation to Qatar for possible peace talks with US officials, an official said.Gilani said this at a meeting with... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Afghanistan and Pakistan on Thursday agreed on strengthening bilateral cooperation in diverse areas, including peace and security in the region.Visiting Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Taliban on Tuesday rejected reports that three of their high-ranking officials had been released from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in exchange for a captive US soldier.On Monday, some Arab and Pakistan media outlets... read more
KABUL (PAN): Eight NATO-led International Security Assistance Force soldiers died in a series of roadside bomb blasts, the Taliban's weapon of choice, and an insurgent attack in southern Afghanistan, the alliance announced on Friday, taking the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Turkish Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) on Sunday distributed 25,000 kilograms of meat to thousands of poor families coming from across central Maidan Wardak province, an official said.About 5,000 families were given the meat... read more
KABUL (PAN): Three International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers were killed in separate incidents of violence in different parts of the country, the alliance said on Friday.One of the soldiers was killed in the east while the two others... read more
KABUL (PAN): Insurgents fired at least two rockets at the Bagram Airbase, the largest detention facility of American forces in the central province of Parwan, but there were no casualties in the overnight attack, NATO said on Wednesday.There was no... read more
KABUL (PAN): The vehicles of private security companies escorting logistics convoys will not be permitted to pass through central Maidan Wardak province without legal documents, an official said on Monday. Security personnel made the decision... read more
KABUL(PAN):  Two foreign soldiers have been killed in roadside bombings in southern and eastern Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Sunday. The NATO-led servicemembers died in separate explosions on Saturday... read more
KABUL (PAN): Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has lent his weight to Afghanistan's demand for the observer status at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), President Hamid Karzai's office said on Thursday. Karzai and his Russian... read more
KABUL (PAN): An international soldier was killed in a roadside bombing in western Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Wednesday. The ISAF service member was killed on Tuesday following an improvised bomb... read more
KABUL (PAN): Ahead of team's visit to Canada, the national cricket coach has tendered his resignation, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) announced on Monday. Former Pakistan skipper Rashid Latif, who was appointed as coach last year, resigned... read more
KABUL (PAN): A NATO-led soldier was killed in insurgent attack in southern Afghanistan, taking the number of foreign military fatalities to 240, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Monday. The ISAF servicemember was killed... read more
KABUL (PAN): A joint Afghan-international security force captured a senior Al Qaeda operative and former associate of Osama bin Laden in northern Balkh province, NATO said on Thursday. The man was arrested during an operation in Nahr-i-Saraj... read more
KABUL(PAN): A British soldier has been killed in home-made roadside bomb blast in Afghanistan's south, the British Ministry of Defence announced on Sunday. A ministry statement said the British soldier was killed in the blast in Nad Ali... read more
KABUL(PAN): President Hamid Karzai has promised adequate health facilities across the country to ensure that Afghans do not have to go abroad for medical treatment. In a radio address to the nation late on Thursday night, he said health services in... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two Australian soldiers were wounded in a gun attack by Taliban militants in central Uruzgan province, the Australian defence ministry announced on Friday. The soldiers were diffusing an explosive device in the provincial capital of... read more

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