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KABUL (Pajhwok): A strategy for peace talks with Taliban may be finalised at third quadrilateral meeting in Islamabad today (Saturday), an official said. The Afghan delegation is led by Hikmat Khalil Karzai, the deputy foreign minister. A joint... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan’s Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz on Saturday once again renewed Islamabad’s commitment to long-term peace and stability in Afghanistan, as the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) met in the nation’s capital.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Six Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers and 36 insurgents have been killed during clearing operation in seven provinces of the country in the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Friday. Twenty six more rebels... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) of Afghanistan, Pakistan the United States and China would hold its third meeting in Islamabad tomorrow, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said on Friday. Khairullah Azad, deputy... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar has said war against Islamic State (IS) or in its Arabic acronym --- Daesh --- required joint global efforts. Atmar expressed the view in a meeting with his Turkish counterpart... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An election watchdog said on Saturday the process of reforms had been stymied by the Wolesi Jirga’s rejection of the presidential decrees cleaning up the electoral system. The deadlock hasspawned multiple challenges to the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan’s New National Front (ANNF) on Thursday called the peace process complicated, claiming the government’s strategy for reconciliation had been ineffective. ANNF head Anwarul Haq Ahady said the government believed... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani on Monday asked all Taliban factions to return to negotiations as soon as possible on ending 15 years of conflict in Afghanistan. “I take this opportunity and call on all Taliban groups to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  India on Sunday defeated defending champions Afghanistan 2-1 in a hard fought final and clinched their seventh SAFF Championship title. India’s Sunil Chhetri scored the decisive goal in the 11th minute of extra-time when he... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The selection committee, tasked with nominating members of the two electoral commissions, finally launched its work on Thursday. The committee promised complete impartiality and transparency in its decisions, saying the national... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) on Wednesday linked drug production to terrorism, asking the international community to show the same level of commitment to dealing with the twin challenges. CJTF spokesman Khalid Mowahid... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga speaker on Friday hailed the newly-inaugurated parliament in Kabul as a precious gift from Indian government and people to Afghanistan. Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi said the gift was reflective of the honest friendship... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Kabul on Friday morning to inaugurate the new building for Afghan parliament constructed with the financial support from New Delhi. Modi flew into Kabul arrived at 5:30am when President... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A majority of participants of four meetings analysing the country’s electoral regime arranged by Pajhwok Afghan News have endorsed the Electoral Reform Commission (ERC)’s suggestions as “implementable”, but they opposed change to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  At the head of a high-level delegation, President Ashraf Ghani will visit Pakistan on Tuesday to inaugurate an international conference on Afghanistan in Islamabad. The two-day Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process is scheduled to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): While hopeful about the meeting between Afghan and Pakistani leaders in Paris, the Indian ambassador in Afghanistan on Tuesday said there should be reduction in violence for the sake of successful peace talks. Afghan President... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): In response to a request from Islamabad, President Ashraf Ghani will meet Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the UN-sponsored Climate Change Summit in Paris. Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah Abdullah... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has stressed the need for regional and international ant-terrorism efforts in Afghanistan, saying the menace is not affecting his country alone, his office said on Friday.  At a meeting on Thursday... read more
KBUL (Pajhwok): Taliban, Hezb-i-Islami and the Islamic State (Daesh) and other militants extensively use social media as part of their broader information warfare against the Afghan government and its allies, says a new study. The insurgent... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Kabul could not trust Islamabad’s commitments to peace and stability in Afghanistan until terrorist safe heavens on Pakistan’s soil were dismantled, an official said on Monday. Javed Faisal, deputy spokesman for the chief... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah on Thursday promised protecting the people and punishing the perpetrators of the November 8 beheadings in southern Zabul province. At least seven civilians from the minority Hazara... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, commenting on the Pakistani prime minister’s remarks about the revival of Afghan peace talks, said on Monday the government in Kabul would welcome such move if Islamabad stopped... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): NATO on Thursday expressed satisfaction with the overall security environment in Afghanistan, saying local forces were fully capable of taking charge of security affairs. Top NATO security officials expressed the views during a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Friday met with school students and felicitated them on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha. A statement from Presidential Palace said that Ghani encouraged the school boys for hard work and told them... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Turkmenistan's president on Thursday arrived in Kabul to discuss emerging security threats in the region and improving political and economic relations with Afghanistan. An official wishing to go unnamed told Pajhwok Afghan News... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Jamiat-i-Islami political party on Thursday alleged the government lacked the political will to reform the electoral system of the country. The observation committee of the party held a meeting on “Transparent Election Key to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Provincial council members say that growing insecurity have prevented them to evaluate and observe projects’ implementations and local governance. The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament has barred provincial councils from... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Saturday said that special arrangements had been put in place to celebrate the 96th Independence Day with zeal and enthusiasm. Speaking to reporters, Dawlat Waziri, deputy spokesman at the MoD,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Police in northern Sar-i-Pul province have arrested five suspected individuals for their alleged involvement of publicly beating a man and his daughter. A statement from the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Saturday that police... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of journalist organisations on Saturday introduced members of Journalist Justice and Safety Network (JJSN) to oversee government commitment to the freedom of expression and media support in the country. President... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chairman Senate Fazal Hadi Muslimyar has said Afghanistan is in grip of vicious circle of international terrorism and regional intelligence agencies fomenting the fight in which innocent Afghans are being killed. The chairman of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some analysts say the death of Taliban’s supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Umar Mujahid would leave negative impact on the nascent peace talks, but others believe that his demise would not derail the process. Political affairs... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Eng. Mohammad Khan said on Sunday the government and valiant Afghan security forces would offer stout resistance to the armed groups posing threats to the country. Speaking to reporters here... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan Civil Society Election Network (ACSEN) on Wednesday suggested extending the period of Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament in larger interest of the country. The ACSEN urged government to seek legal advice... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Saturday said militants have accelerated anti-state activities this year but they faced a humiliating defeat after security forces conducted over 8,000 anti-insurgents operations in parts of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Hajj and Religious Affairs Minister Faiz Mohammad Usmani on Tuesday presented his 100-day working plan to the president, saying supervision of Friday prayers specifically sermons and the exact number of masques were his ministry... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The minister for Information and Cultural Affairs rued on Tuesday most television channels programs against national and religious values which left negative impact on viewers. Speaking to reporters, Abdul Bari Jahani said the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Interior Minister Noor-ul-Haq Ulumi on Sunday said terrorism was a global phenomenon and the neighboring states were needed to take sincere efforts to eliminate the menace. Talking to reporters on his recent trip to China, Ulumi... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Asif Ali Zardari, former president and co-chairman of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), on Thursday discussed a range of issues and specifically the Afghan peace process with Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah. Both the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Monday denounced the killing of Farkhanda as a grave crime and urged people to let judicial organs punish her assassins. Addressing a meeting of the Council of Ministers... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Saturday said it had referred cases against all 28 suspects in Farkhanda’s murder to the Attorney General Office (AGO). The cases would be investigated by the AGO before next moves are made,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Religious leaders and provincial council members met in Kabul on Tuesday, urging people to avoid using amulets because the practice was against Islam. The joint meeting condemned the broad daylight lynching of a 27-year-old woman... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Sunday said 11 suspects had been arrested and 13 police officials dismissed in connection with the lynching of a 27-year-old woman accused of burning a copy of the Quran. The removal of the 2nd... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Hundreds of people buried the charred body of Farkhanda amid moving scenes at her funeral in Kabul on Sunday, three days after the 27-year-old was beaten and burnt to death by a mob for allegedly burning a copy of the Quran. But... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The national unity government is pursuing the peace process with the support of neighbouring and regional countries, the deputy chief executive officer said on Saturday.   Addressing a Nawroz flag-hoisting ceremony in the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): In compliance with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s orders, photograph journalist Najibullah Musafir was freed from jail late on Wednesday. A large number of colleagues accompanied the photographer to his residence after his... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Interior Minister on Saturday assured to introduce tangible reforms in the police forces aimed at decreasing fatality rate among the force. During his visit to inquire about the health of wounded police officers at Kabul Police... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday said the Afghans would never surrender to the insurgents involved in killing innocent people in suicide attacks and creating insecurity. Speaking during a meeting in Kabul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga has found valid the documents of five ministers-designate, an official said on Wednesday, a day after the cabinet picks were referred to the lower house for a trust vote. President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah pledged on Monday the unity government would do all it could to safeguard the freedom of expression and take steps to resolves the problems faced by the community. At a meeting with Asia... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): After more than 100 days of dithering, the unity government is all poised to name a new cabinet today (Monday), an official said. Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah would introduce the cabinet picks to the Wolesi Jirga for a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More three months after its inauguration, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s administration is all poised to name a new cabinet today (Monday). The unity government took office three and a half months back when the president... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday suggested part of $216 million allocated for women’s empowerment by the US should be spent on the construction of a girls’ college. The USAID-funded programme was launched... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday acknowledged the nation was concerned about the delay in cabinet formation and pledged breaking the stalemate soon. Abdullah met with provincial council members from more... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan security forces on Thursday assumed full security responsibility, vowing to defend the country from internal and external threats at the cost of their lives. Marking the handover, a ceremony at the Presidential Palace was... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on Sunday vehemently criticized delay in formation of cabinet and made clear that people wanted to know procrastination tactics behind the vital task to be done. President Mohammad Ashraf... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Various political groups have been mounting pressure on the unity government to give them representation in the new cabinet, a dilemma widely regarded a major reason behind the delay in naming the council of ministers, sources close... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The protracted election crisis further deepened on Sunday when negotiations on the formation of a unity government collapsed, confirmed the two campaigns.A senior member of the presidential candidate Dr Abdullah Abdullah campaign... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Saturday said the vote audit process would be completed over the next few days and final result would be announced soon.IEC spokesman Noor Mohammad Noor told reporters in Kabul the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Tuesday said that hundreds of appeals and complaints from southern and southeastern zones had been addressed.The complaints and appeals were dealt with at three public... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former vice-president Ahmad Zia Massoud on Thursday asked presidential runner Dr Abdullah Abdullah to accept his defeat in the second round of the presidential election and greet his rival Dr Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai.Addressing a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The election watchdog on Monday said the number of complaints of irregularities during Saturday’s runoff vote had increased to 568, with 141 objections concerning Independent Election Commission (IEC) workers.Independent Electoral... read more
KABUL (PAJHWOK): Presidential hopeful Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Saturday cast his vote along with his team, urging the people to come out and exercise their franchise for a bright tomorrow.Abdullah’s deputies Eng. Mohammad Khan and Haji Mohammad... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaint Commission (IECC) on Sunday reviewed 345 complaints of Provincial Council (PC) candidates from northeastern zone during a public hearing, but protesting candidates urged the body to recount the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election (IEC) on Saturday warned presidential runners of disqualification if they trampled on relevant laws.IEC spokesman Noor Muhammad told reporters in Kabul both presidential hopefuls should avoid raking up... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai has suspended the three special forces commanders responsible for Kabul’s security during presidential elections, a British newspaper reported on Thursday.  The government plans to try them in a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  Presidential runner and ex-foreign minister Zalmai Rassoul and his election team on Sunday formally joined forces with former rival Dr Abdullah Abdullah.Addressing a joint press conference with his one-time political foe in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Tuesday said it had started investigating complaints from last weekend’s presidential vote.IECC Secretary Nader Mohseni told a news conference in Kabul 3,103 complaints had... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Interior Minister Mohammad Omar Daudzai and other senior government officials on Saturday said the Afghans braved security threats to make the landmark elections a success.Security officials said many plots to spread panic on the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than seven million (over 60 percent) Afghan voters on Saturday exercised their franchise in the landmark presidential and provincial polls, the Independent Election Commission announced.IEC Chairman Mohammad Yousaf Nuristani... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Independent Election Commission (IEC) security body on Sunday announced that 90 percent of polling stations across the country would remain open on April 5.The IEC’s security body chief, Maj. Gen Salem Ehsas told reporters in Kabul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Citing a new survey, the Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) on Wednesday said 92 percent of Afghans supported the April 5 elections, but they were worried about possible fraud.Of the 4,000 people interviewed, 92... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): After a gun-and-bomb attack on its regional office in the central capital Kabul, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Tuesday said such incidents could not derail the April vote.The attack near the residence of presidential... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Monday voiced concern over government servants’ participation in the election campaign, saying necessary materials could not be transported to some restive areas.Addressing a seminar on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Demanding greater say in government’s affairs, religious scholars who gathered in Kabul on Wednesday announced support to presidential candidate Zalmai Rassoul in the April 5 polls.Speaking on the occasion, Maulvi Qayamuddin said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Election officials on Sunday said questions about their neutrality would affect the legitimacy of the April 5 presidential and provincial polls.Abdul Sattar Sadat, the Independent Electoral Complaint Commission (IECC) head, told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi on Saturday asked the Independent Election Commission (IEC) to use all resources to ensure transparency in the ballot.As the legislature entered the fourth year of its constitutional term,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Fair and Free Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FFEFA) on Thursday said it had recorded 26 cases of electoral law violations during the presidential election campaign.In its report released on Thursday, the watchdog said the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): As provincial council candidates plunged into a month-long campaigning, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Tuesday stringent security measures had been put in place for their security.The ministry asked the contenders to stay in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) chief on Tuesday asked provincial chiefs to discharge their duties efficiently or face stern action.Speaking after an oath-taking ceremony, IECC Chairman Abdul Sattar Sadat said... read more
KABU (Pajhwok): Presidential hopeful Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday stressed the need for the early signing of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA), saying President Hamid Karzai was authorised to sign or reject the deal.Abdullah told media-... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Monday asserted its readiness to take full control of the Bagram Prison in central Parwan province from Americans and provide inmates with equal facilities.A Ministry of Interior official said this... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Fikr Aw Amal Jirga, a party led by ex-interior minister Ali Ahmad Jalali, on Wednesday announced its support to leading presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai.At a gathering of the Jirga, representing around 2000... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Leading presidential candidate Dr Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday said that bringing peace to the country needed time, hinting at delay in signing of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the US.Addressing a press conference in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Referring to recent deadly insurgent attacks, Interior Minister Mohammad Omar Daudzai on Wednesday claimed Taliban militants had been ordered by their foreign handlers to intensify attacks in Afghanistans in a plot to sabotage the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced on Saturday that up to 300,000 national and international observers would monitor the April presidential polls.   Addressing a youth gathering in Kabul, IEC spokesperson... read more
KABUL (PAN): A day after cancellation of exams in central Logar province, some Meshrano Jirga members on Sunday called for impartial and transparent entry tests.About 3,632 new school graduates, including 280 girls, appeared in the entry test in... read more
KABUL (PAN): A number of influential delegates taking part in the consultative Loya Jirga on Saturday asked the government to respect the majority decision and sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) before the April elections.In his speech to... read more
KABUL (PAN): A vast majority of the consultative Loya Jirga on Saturday accorded approval to the controversial clause of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) concerning judicial jurisdiction over US troops staying in Afghanistan beyond 2014.With... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some consultative Loya Jirga participants, supporting the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the US, on Tuesday warned the government of a severe backlash if the pact was found in conflict with the national interest.Scheduled to... read more
KABUL (PAN): Taliban are trying to disrupt next year’s landmark elections but nascent Afghan security forces have the capability to thwart insurgent attacks, a NATO official said on Saturday.Speaking exclusively to Pajhwok Afghan News, Deputy... read more
KABUL (PAN): Qayyum Karzai, a brother of the incumbent president, joined next year’s presidential race by filing his nomination papers with the Independent Election Commission (IEC) here on Sunday.Qayyum Karzai was accompanied to the commission by... read more
KABUL (PAN): Seven more candidates, including influential political figures, registered their names for next year's presidential polls, taking the number of runners to 16 on Sunday -- the last day of the three-week registration campaign.Six runners... read more
KABUL (PAN): On the last date of the three-week registration drive, two more candidates on Sunday formally registered for next year's presidential polls, taking the number of runners to 11.Accompanied by dozens of his supporters, including MPs and... read more
KABUL (PAN): In an expected move, Abdul Rahim Wardak joined the presidential election race by filing his nomination papers with the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Saturday.A former advisor to the president on defence, Wardak was... read more
KABUL (PAN): Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Zalmai Rassoul and Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, chief of staff to the commander-in-chief of Afghan forces, have resigned their positions to take part in the 2014 presidential elections, an official said on... read more
KABUL (PAN): With the presidential race gradually picking up steam, two more candidates on Saturday formally filed their nomination papers with the Independent Election Commission (IEC) for the 2014 vote. The number of presidential aspirants rose to... read more
KABUL (PAN): Fazal Karim Najimi on Thursday filed nomination papers for next year’s presidential elections with the Independent Election Commission (IEC) in Kabul on Thursday, an official said.Najimi has served as director of the Famine Early... read more
KABUL (PAN): Gen. Abdul Rahim Wardak, advisor to the president on military affairs, on Wednesday announced his resignation.Wardak was unseated as minister of defence by the Wolesi Jirga on July 14, 2012 over cross-border Pakistani incursions into... read more
KABUL (PAN): Key opposition leader Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday filed nomination papers for next year’s presidential elections with the Independent Election Commission (IEC) main office in Kabul.Abdullah, the National Coalition of Afghanistan,... read more
KABUL (PAN): While insisting on police impartially during next year’s elections, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Sunday promised security of presidential and provincial council candidates.Improved security, especially for the elections in April... read more
KABUL (PAN): Civil society organisations on Monday suggested Taliban be allowed to take part in elections if they respect the national constitution and pledged protection of achievements in the sphere of human rights.The Independent Election... read more
KABUL (PAN): Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technology Amirzai Sangin said on Tuesday that technical problems continued to block the issuance of computerised identity cards ahead of elections.Addressing the first-ever Information and... read more
KABUL (PAN): A large number of people coming all the way from central Uruzgan province staged a protest rally in Kabul on Monday, calling for the public hanging of a serial killer, Hakimullah Shujayee.Shujayee, a resident of southern Ghazni province... read more
KABUL (PAN): Flash floods killed 35 people, wounded eight others and destroyed more than 200 houses besides damaging hundreds of acres of crops in the Sarobi district of Kabul, officials said on Sunday.An Afghanistan Natural Disaster Management... read more
KABUL (PAN): Up to 120,000 of people have so far received voter registration cards, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) said, voicing concern at women’s nominal participation in the process.The first phase of the voter registration process was... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Kabul mayor alleged on Thursday that some mafia groups were out to impeded the implementation of development projects in the nation’s capital.At a ceremony marking the resumption of work on a 4.5 kilometres road between Pul-i-Sukhta... read more
KABUL (PAN): Up to 800 newly recruited Afghan Special Forces and commando members completed 12-week training course in Kabul, officials said on Thursday.At a certificate-awarding ceremony, Special Operation Unit commander Brig. Gen. Syed Abdul Karim... read more
KABUL (PAN): Wolesi Jirga Member Allah Gul Mujahid on Thursday rejected police allegations, saying if the charges were substantiated against him, he would step down.The Kabul crime branch chief on Tuesday accused Mujahid of seizing government land,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Information and Culture on Wednesday annulled elections to the Media High Council media due to the participation of fewer journalists in the voting process, an official said.The election of two journalists Farzana Habibi... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) chief on Monday acknowledged fresh appointments to the watchdog did not meet the UN-set conditions and qualifications for the UN, so the commission might loss its credibility.... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to impose one percent tax on Afghan transit trade goods under its annual budget that has been approved by the provincial cabinet.KP finance minister Sirajul Haq told Pakistani media on... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United Nations on Tuesday announced an increase in civilian casualties in Afghanistan, indicating its plan to hold talk with the Taliban on the issue. UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Jan Kubis, linked... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Telecommunication and Information Technology on Sunday announced the launch of the Global Positioning System (GPS) in Kabul.A Memorandum of Understanding for project with an estimated cost of $25 million was signed on Sunday between... read more
KABUL (PAN): A would-be suicide bomber was killed when his suicide vest went off prematurely in a house on southeastern outskirts of Kabul on Saturday, an official said.The explosion took place in the Shah Saheed area in the limits of 8th police... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some Wolesi Jirga members on Saturday said several articles of the Elimination of Violence Against Women (EVAW) law ran counter to the Afghan constitution and Shariah.The draft law, having four chapters and 44 articles, was prepared... read more
KABUL (PAN): Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB) Governor Noorullah Dilawari on Saturday linked the afghani’s decline to unlawful cash transfers from the country and a global economic slowdown.Summoned by the lower house to explain reasons for the local... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some Wolesi Jirga members on Sunday insisted on summoning the finance minister, warning that the parliament would lose its credibility if the deadlock on the issue persisted.Lawmakers decided to summon the ministers of finance and... read more
KABUL (PAN): Members of the Meshrano Jirga -- or upper house of the parliament -- on Sunday said the incoming Pakistan government would not help Afghanistan and asked the Karzai administration to review its policy toward the neighbouring country.... read more
KABUL (PAN): The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Monday distanced itself from the border clash in the Goshta district of Nangarhar province, saying Afghanistan and Pakistan could take the issue to the United Nations.The fire... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan government should conduct transparent elections, combat corruption and improve governance for continued international assistance, a NATO official said on Monday.Kabul pledged at Kabul, Chicago and Tokyo Conferences to hold... read more
KABUL (PAN): To mark World Press Freedom Day, NAI -- supporting open media in Afghanistan -- on Sunday honoured some journalists, including a Pajhwok reporter, with awards in acknowledgement for their commitment and professionalism.The media-people... read more
KABUL (PAN): The main opposition alliance on Saturday pledged support to Afghan security personnel, warning Pakistan to stop interference in Afghanistan and cooperate with it in the anti-terrorism campaign.A leader of the Cooperation Council of... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Interior on Monday said police would face challenges if illegal interference from parliamentarians continued in their affairs.A day earlier, Interior Minister Ghulam Mujtaba Patang voiced his concern at the problems... read more
KABUL (PAN): A 20-kilometre road is being constructed in Uruzgan, the first-ever mega project of its kind in the central province over the past decade, officials said on Thursday.A contract to the effect was signed between the Ministry of Public... read more
KABUL (PAN): One person was slightly injured when a suspected bomb placed in a trash can went off in front of a hospital in the heavily fortified central capital Kabul, police and a medic said on Wednesday.The blast occurred around 8:30am in Seh... read more
KABUL (PAN): Dozens of people coming all the way from southern Helmand province to this central capital on Saturday staged a protest demonstration, asking the government to resolve their problems regarding health, security and electricity.... read more
KABUL (PAN): Insurgents are not strong enough to threaten the security situation in central provinces, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Monday.President Hamid Karzai tasked security officials with assessing the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Independent Media and Civil Society Consortium (AIMC) has congratulated " 8Sobh", a local daily newspaper,  on receiving the prestigious 2012 International Press Freedom Prize.The daily was honoured with the annual prize by... read more
KABUL (PAN): Next year’s draft budget, with a total outlay of 366.2 billion afghanis ($6.856 billion), was submitted for debate to the Senate -- or upper house of parliament -- on Tuesday.For the next fiscal year, starting on Dec. 21, the general... read more
KABUL (PAN): The country’s chief director of prisons, Gen. Amir Mohammad Jamshidi, on Wednesday said a jailbreak attempt by some prisoners had been thwarted at the Pul-i-Charkhi jail, east of Kabul, rejecting Taliban’s claim that 15 men had fled.The... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Interior on Wednesday said police have nabbed four suspected Taliban militants who wanted to attack a Kabul Bank branch in the capital.The four were detained while trying to identify the branch’s bank in Pul-i-Bagh Omumi... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): Some Afghan analysts believe that neighbouring Pakistan is trying to exert influence along bordering areas of Afghanistan by firing missile to facilitate insurgent activities on Afghan territory.Over the past two months, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Pakistani government has banned a news website known for releasing critical reports, analyses and articles against the ruling coalition.The website has been closed for the past one week, the Khabarial service said, without... read more
KABUL (PAN): Eleven people were killed and nearly 155 others injured when gas cylinders stored in a factory exploded, igniting a massive blaze in the Paktia Kot locality on the eastern outskirts of central capital Kabul, authorities said on Thursday... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some heads of Wolesi Jirga commissions on Tuesday walked out of a joint meeting in protest against the administrative board’s refusal to include the Afghan-US strategic pact in the house agenda for next week.Mir Dad Khan Nijrani, the... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Five paramilitary soldiers and 37 militants were killed during a fierce clash in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region of Khyber, near the Afghanistan border, officials said on Friday.The fierce firefight erupted on Thursday evening... read more
KABUL (PAN): US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, during an unannounced visit to Kabul, on Thursday emphasised stepped-up military operations against Haqqani militants on both sides of the Afghan-Pakistan border.With Afghan and NATO-led troops... read more
KABUL (PAN): The man who attacked the Jalalabad branch of Kabul Bank last February was sentenced to hang along with one of his accomplices by the highest court in the land, officials said on Tuesday. Zar Ajam from North Waziristan in Pakistan... read more
KABUL(PAN): Second vice president, Mohammad Karim Khalili, on Saturday called for close monitoring of projects to ensure quality and better use of government resources. Addressing the first-ever conference of newly-established district development... read more


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