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KABUL (Pajhwok): NATO’s new senior civilian representative (SCR) on Sunday said Afghanistan needed a strong government to deal with the challenges facing the war-torn country. In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, Ismail Aramaz... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan ambassador to Pakistan has suggested investors could set up industrial units in Afghanistan's tax-free zones to gain better access to local market and Central Asian republics. Janan Mosazai, speaking at a meeting... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Shahzada Masood, advisor to the president on tribal affairs, has demanded of the national unity government to take concerted steps to ensure lasting peace in the country.Masood, also former chairman of the Afghanistan Cricket Board... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Saturday told visiting US senators that the world and Afghanistan faced common security threats that needed joint efforts to be tackled.Senator Timothy Kaine, chairman of the Senate Foreign... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan stand 19th in Asia and 129th in the globe in the FIFA World Rankings for the month of August.The monthly rankings released on Thursday show the national soccer side has neither moved up nor down during August. ... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A rocket fired from an unidentified location hit an International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) base near Kabul Airport, the alliance said on Saturday.A statement from the ISAF media office said: “We can confirm that one rocket... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Australian ambassador in Kabul Jon Philp said on Tuesday Afghanistan had witnessed significant progress in the field of cricket.In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, he acknowledged the cricketing talent in the war-... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai on Saturday denounced a bomb attack that left seven civilians killed in southern Kandahar province.Early in the morning, seven civilians, including five women, were killed as the van they were travelling in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Leading Afghan athlete Rohullah Nikpa was defeated by his rival from Belgium in their first encounter during the Taekwondo International Competition in neighbouring China, an official said on Sunday.Thirty-two athletes took part in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two rockets hit Bagram Airfield last evening, resulting in “minor damage to equipment and one building but causing no casualties among International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops, the alliance said in a statement on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) service member has been killed in southern Afghanistan, the alliance said on Thursday.The multinational force said in a brief statement the soldier was killed as a result of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Five Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have been killed in different incidents of violence in the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) said on Wednesday.The MoD announced the ANA fatalities in a statement that gave no... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan has sought Afghanistan's cooperation with an ongoing military offensive in the North Waziristan tribal region, where thousands of terrorists have allegedly been hiding, the Presidential Palace said on Tuesday.Prime Minister... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than 100 insurgents, including foreigners, have been killed in a full-fledged ground offensive in the North Waziristan tribal region near the Afghanistan border, reports said on Monday.Codenamed 'Zarb-i-Azb', the offensive has... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Defence Minister Gen. Bismillah Khan Mohammadi and Pakistani Army Chief Gen. Raheel Sharif discussed a host of issues including the scourge of terrorism and border management at a one-on-one meeting in Kabul.A brief statement from... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan on Monday defeated Oman in the ACC Premier League match in Malaysia, an official said.Six countries are participating in the event that got underway in Kuala Lumpur --the capital of Malaysia.The national team won the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former defence minister of Afghanistan, Gen. Abdul Qadir, has been died on Tuesday after protracted illness in Kabul, an official said.Qadir was under treatment at Sardar Muhammad Daud Khan hospital, the defence ministry... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A former Pakistani captain, Amir Sohail, has been appointed as batting coach of the Afghan national cricket squad, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) announced on Wednesday.Sohail would serve as short-term batting coach of the team... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Cricket was also on the agenda when President Hamid Karzai visited Sri Lank last week at the head of a high level-delegation.Karzai and his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa spoke in details about bilateral ties, including... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai, heading a high level-delegation, on Wednesday left Kabul for Colombo on a three-day state visit to Sri Lanka, his office said.On his first-ever trip to Sari Lanka, President Karzai is expected to discuss with... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Expressing grief over the killing of Turkmenistan border security forces, Taliban on Saturday vehemently denied their involvement in the incident.The latest killing of border police took place on Wednesday night when the militants... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Taliban said on Sunday announced suspending talks on an exchange of prisoners with the United States, citing the complex political situation in Afghanistan.The insurgent group and the Americans had held secret negotiations over... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Four Afghan National Army (ANA) personnel and one NATO-led soldier have been killed in separate attacks over the past 25 hours.A statement from the Ministry of Defence said two soldiers were killed in a roadside bombing in southern... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan’s upcoming bowler Farid Ahmad Malik is confident of proving his mettle in the U-19 Cricket World Cup and bringing home laurels.In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News before his departure for the United Arab... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): China has affirmed its support for Afghanistan's integration into regional economic cooperation, saying the war-torn country’s fate is closely linked with that of the region.Chinese President Xi Jinping, at a meeting with his Afghan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Taliban on Thursday vehemently denied holding clandestine negotiations with the government of President Hamid Karzai, contradicting an American media report to the effect.The Afghan government, which has been at odds with the US... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says President Hamid Karzai’s public statements on the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States amount to playing with fire. “Personally, I have an excellent... read more
KABUL (PAN): Six civilians were killed when a rocket hit a house in western Badghis province, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said in a statement on Tuesday.The statement said the incident took place in Balamarghab district of the province last night... read more
KABUL (PAN (PAN): A delegation of the Hezb-i-Islami (HIA) party, led by Gulbadin Hekmatyar, has held fresh talks with President Hamid Karzai and a number of presidential runners in Kabul.  The delegation included Dr. Ghairat Bahir, in charge of... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghans across the country burst into celebration over the national football team’s historic victory against India to bring home the nation’s first international soccer title on Wednesday, as bullets whizzed through the air in Kabul... read more
KABUL (PAN): NATO generals based in Afghanistan say the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) have the ability to independently keep security for the April 5 presidential and provincial council elections and deal with next year’s fighting season.... read more
KABUL (PAN): British forces are moving their headquarters from Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, to their main base known as Camp Bastion in the Greskh district.The Ministry of Defence says the move will help British and Afghan... read more
KABUL (PAN): British defence secretary Philip Hammond has admitted that the long war in Afghanistan had left Britain wary of more major military engagements abroad, calling it the Vietnam phenomenon that sapped America’s will to fight.''You might... read more
KABUL (PAN): Maintaining their winning spree, Afghanistan Under-19 squad bowled out Thailand for just 26 runs to register a thumping 395-run victory in the ACC Under-19 Elite Cup in Malaysia, an official said on Monday.The Afghans, who chose to bat... read more
ISLAMABAD/KABUL (PAN): In the lead-up to the parliamentary elections due next month, Pakistan’s mainstream political parties have included a prosperous and peaceful Afghanistan among their top priorities. The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) says... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Taliban said they released a Turkish engineer held hostage two years ago and handed him over to Turkish officials in the Tagab district of central Kapisa province on Sunday afternoon.A spokesman for the group, Zabihullah Mujahid... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan on Sunday thrashed Kuwait by four wickets, booking a berth in the semifinals of the ACC Twenty20 Cup, an official said.Put in to bat, Kuwait were dismissed for 133 runs, with Samiullah Shinwari and Nasim Barez taking three... read more
KABUL (PAN): Ending their winning spree, the UAE defeated Afghanistan by six wickets in an Asian Cricket Council (ACC) T20 Cup match in Kathmandu, an official said on Saturday.Despite superb performances by captain Mohammad Nabi and Shafiqullah... read more
 KABUL (PAN): Two policemen were killed when a landmine ripped through their vehicle in southern Helmand province, officials said on Wednesday.The roadside bombing took place in the Tarkha Nawar area of Marja district, where police had launched... read more
KABUL (PAN): The High Committee of Clusters Coordination, headed by Economy Minister Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal, on Tuesday asked the Ministry of Finance (MoF) to make funding for national development programmes a priority.The call came at a meeting of... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan opened their Asian Cricket Council (ACC) T20 Elite Cup campaign on a triumphant note, beating Oman in the opener played in Kathmandu on Tuesday, an official said.The national team won the toss and elected to bat, getting... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan national team on Sunday left for Nepal to participate in the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) T20 Elite Cup that kicks off in Kathmandu on Tuesday.Some participants, including Bahrain, Singapore and Malaysia, have already... read more
 KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan under-19 squad outclassed a Pakistani club in a friendly cricket match in the eastern city of Lahore, an official said on Saturday.The Afghans are visiting the neighbouring country as part of their preparations in... read more
 KABUL (PAN): The National Islamic Front of Afghanistan (NIFA) on Saturday called for an intra-Afghan dialogue involving all groups to achieve national reconciliation and end the 11-year war in the country.In a statement, the party said it... read more
 KABUL (PAN):  The new solar year, beginning on March 21, would bring Afghans economic prosperity and see many of their problems resolved, the Afghanistan Astronomy Institute head predicted on Tuesday.In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (PAN): Opposition parties have not yet taken any decision on entering peace negotiations with insurgents, a politician said on Tuesday, dispelling the impression that talks were underway between the two sides.A leader of the Hezb-i-Islami... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan on Friday joined the international community in strongly condemning North Korea's recent nuclear test, calling the reported February 12 action in violation of UN's resolutions.In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs... read more
 KABUL (PAN): A schoolteacher was shot to death by unidentified gunmen in the Seydabad district of central Maidan Wardak province on Wednesday, an official said.Identified as Asadullah, the teacher was standing at the gate of Khalid Bin Walid... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan and ISAF military leaders on Sunday constituted a 14-member delegation to investigate claims of US special forces’ involvement in torturing and killing civilians in central Maidan Wardak province.The decision came at a meeting... read more
 KABUL (PAN): Pardoned by President Karzai in 2009, former Taliban leader Syed Akbar Agha has opposed Pakistan’s role in Afghan peace talks because the Taliban were blamed for having Islamabad's patronage.Sentenced to 16 years in jail for... read more
 KABUL (PAN): A journalist was shot dead in Pakistan’s restive northwestern tribal region of Waziristan on Wednesday afternoon, his former colleague said.Malik Mumtaz, who worked for a couple of private TV channels, was gunned down by... read more
 KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan’s embassy in Islamabad on Wednesday said the Kabul government had not yet confirmed the man Afghan forces had arrested in eastern Nangarhar province was Maulvi Faqir Mohammad, pending to an investigation.Last week,... read more
 KABUL (PAN): Former captain Nawroz Mangal and Shahpur Zadran would not be able to play against Scotland in the ICC Intercontinental Cup, an official said on Tuesday.Afghanistan Cricket Board spokesman Farid Hotak told Pajhwok Afghan News the... read more
 KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Monday tasked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to launch talks with Iranian authorities on preventing the execution of Afghans in the neighbouring country. The directives came at a Cabinet meeting,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) officials have sought support from their Indian counterparts for promoting the sport in the war-torn country, the game’s regulatory body said on Monday.Afghan officials held a productive meeting with... read more
KABUL (PAN): Seven people, including five security personnel, were killed in a brazen attack on the Khyber political agent’s office in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, on Monday. At least two... read more
 KABUL (PAN)): An Afghan cricket club called 'Kunduz-Kabul Eagles' on Friday beat Rawalpindi cricket team in the Desert Premier League (DPL) in the UAE, officials said.The twenty-20 event started on Friday among 32 teams from Pakistan, Sari... read more
KABUL (PAN):  Casualties among international troops fell by 38 percent during 2012 when 347 servicemembers were killed in combat missions in Afghanistan, compared to 566 deaths in 2011, the alliance said on Monday.The fallen troops included... read more
KABUL (PAN): Three Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed and 12 others wounded in different parts of the country over the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Defence said on Tuesday.The casualties resulted from insurgent attacks and roadside... read more
KABUL (PAN): Insider attacks by Afghan forces against NATO trainers were a “very serious threat” issue, but it will not affect the US troop withdrawal plans, a top American military official says.Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Currently touring the West Indies, Afghanistan defeated a Caribbean side by three wickets in a thrilling T-20 duel at the Queen’s Park Oval late on Thursday, an official said on Friday.The Trinidad side won the toss and opted to bat... read more
KABUL (PAN): The spy service on Friday said the suicide bombers who killed 40 people and injured 80 others in southwestern Nimroz province had come from neighbouring Iran.A group of five suicide bombers carried out their attacks four days ago in... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Taliban supreme leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, directing the guerrillas to avoid harming civilians during their operations, has called on Afghan security forces to join the movement.In a late Thursday night statement released in... read more
KABUL (PAN): In an effort to revive peace parleys, the United States is reportedly willing to transfer Taliban detainees from its Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba to Qatar in return for an American soldier in militants’ captivity.Under the deal, the US... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Presidential Palace on Saturday acknowledged the Wolesi Jirga’s constitutional authority to dismiss a Cabinet member through a no-confidence vote.Under Article 92 of the Constitution, parliamentarians could vote to oust a minister,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan’s under-19 cricketers trounced an Australian club by 51 runs in a friendly match ahead of next month’s World Cup, an official said on Wednesday.During their third match against the Sun Shine Coast, Afghanistan won the toss... read more
KABUL (PAN): A 15-member squad, led by Javed Ahmadi, has been announced for the Under-19 World Cup to be played in Australia in August, an official said on Tuesday.Shabir Noori would be Ahmadi’s deputy, with Sher Agha Hamkar named as team manager,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Taliban on Tuesday refuted President Hamid Karzai’s remarks that they are ready for peace talks with the Afghan government.Karzai had told reporters in Tokyo, Japan’s capital, that at a recent Kyoto meeting between Afghan and Taliban... read more
KABUL (PAN): Unites States Foreign Secretary Hillary Clinton arrived in Kabul on an announced  visit on Saturday, a day ahead of the Tokyo Conference on aid to Afghanistan.The US embassy confirmed her trip and said Clinton would meet President... read more
KABUL (PAN):  Australia will play a one-day international against Afghanistan in the Middle East next month as a warm-up for the series against Pakistan.Although a venue is yet to be confirmed, the event -- the first meeting between the sides... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Taliban on Thursday dismissed reports that their representative had attended a conference in France, but confirmed the group’s participation in another similar gathering in Japan.Reports said representatives of Afghanistan High... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan marched into the semifinals of the Under-19 Asia Cup tournament after defeating Bangladesh by seven wickets in the capital of Malaysia on Tuesday.It was the second victory for Afghanistan who previously outclassed Qatar in... read more
KABUL (PAN): Representatives of political and armed opposition groups to the Afghan government recently held a meeting with European officials and politicians in Paris, France’s capital, a reliable source said on Monday.The meeting involving... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) on Sunday said two key players -- Captain Nawroz Mangal and all-rounder Hamid Hassan -- would hopefully recover from injuries ahead of the Twenty-20 World Cup in Sri Lanka in September.Mangal got his... read more
KABUL (PAN): A cricket tournament -- the Alokozay Pepsi Challenge Cup 2012 --- will get under way at the Kabul Stadium on June 14, the game’s regulatory body said on Sunday.Featuring the national team and the under-19 squad, three one-day matches... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Journalists, culturists and the public on Thursday gathered to observe the fourth death anniversary of slain journalist Abdul Samad Rohani, in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, but his killers still at large.... read more
KABBUL (PAN): A cricket tournament involving teams of disabled players is being held in Kabul this week, the first event of its kind in Afghanistan, the cricket body announced on Sunday.The tournament, featuring teams of disabled players... read more
JALALABAD (PAN): The Nangarhar governor granted cash assistance to an orphan girl was following a request from the Pajhwok Afghan News reporter, an official said on Tuesday.Gulalai, a 12-year-old girl from the Toto area of Sherzad district, lost her... read more
KABUL (PAN): Nearly 100 youth completed a week-long cricket training at two separate camps in central Kapisa and southern Ghazni provinces, an official said on Friday.The training camps were arranged by the Afghan Youth Cricket Support Organisation... read more
KABUL (PAN): Taliban rejected Afghanistan, Pakistan and United States joint proposal on providing its members safe passage to attend peace talks with the Afghan government, an official said on Saturday. After a two-day core group trilateral... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) led by former prime minister Gulbadin Hekmatyar on Saturday welcomed recent statements from senior Afghan officials, including the first vice-president, on peace talks between the Kabul administration... read more
KABUL (PAN): Taliban’s main website "Al-Amara" was hacked by unidentified hackers on Thursday, an official said.The website was hacked late afternoon, as early in the day the site was publishing its daily news, Taliban's statements, articles and... read more
KABUL (PAN): High Peace Council members held talks with US officials and congress members on the latest political and security developments in Afghanistan, said a statement.The statement from the Afghan embassy in Washington DC said the delegation... read more
ABUL (PAN): Afghanistan Cricket Boar said on Saturday said it was holding fruitful talks with the International Cricket Council (ICC) on promting the sport in the war-torn country.The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) said its Chief Executive... read more
KABUL (PAN): Maintaining their unbeaten run, Afghanistan on Thursday inflicted a 46-run defeat on Namibia in the ICC World T20 Qualifier final at the Dubai Sports Stadium in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), an official said.As a result of their... read more
KANDAHAR CITY (PAN): An Afghan policeman shot dead two Albanian soldiers with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) command in southern Kandahar province, the Albanian defence ministry and Afghan officials said on Tuesday.The... read more
KABUL (PAN): Civil Society Coordination Jirga officials on Saturday urged President Hamid Karzai to keep the national interest supreme in appointing new members of the human rights commission.On Friday the president's office said the five-year term... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan cueist Saleh Mohammad advanced to the knockout stage of the World Snooker Championships in the Indian city of Bangalore, an official said on Thursday.But another Afghan, Raees Khan Senzai, was ousted from the tournament --... read more
KABUL (PAN): An important Al Qaeda leader was killed in a recent US drone attack in Pakistan's troubled tribal region of North Waziristan, an official said on Saturday. The August 1 missile attack near Qutub Khel village, five kilometres east... read more
JALALABAD (PAN): Thirteen insurgents were killed during an airstrike on a school building in eastern Afghanistan, an official said Monday. Two of the school's guards had been missing after the airstrike in the Khewa district, the town's... read more
KABUL (PAN): The International Cricket Council (ICC) executive board has reversed its previous decisions and approved a 14-team format for the 2015 World Cup to be held in Australia and New Zealand, raising hopes for Afghanistan to feature in the... read more
KABUL (PAN): A German commander of NATO-led international troops was among those injured and two of his soldiers were killed in the suicide attack on the governor's compound in northern Takhar province, officials said on Sunday. Saturday's... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai has appointed Sibghatullah Mujaddedi as head of a preparatory commission for an upcoming Loya Jirga on strategic cooperation with the US. The traditional jirga would be held to take a decision on signing the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Boost and Ainak Clubs defeated their rivals during the ongoing Ahmad Shah Abadali Test Cricket Tournament being played in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar, an official said on Thursday. Featuring Afghanistan's Under-19... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan's national cricket team will visit Pakistan to play three 50-over matches in July. Pakistan-A have been invited to Afghanistan for a friendly match in December, an official said on Sunday. In two years, Afghanistan will... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan have finished third in the International Invitational Handball Tournament, which concluded in Faisal city of Pakistan's central Punjab province, an official said on Tuesday. With a convincing win over Afghanistan in... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA), led by former prime minister Gulbadin Hekmatyar, condemned on Wednesday civilian killings during recent attacks in Afghanistan. The HIA, Afghanistan's third largest rebel group, and its leader... read more