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KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Saturday assured a Wolesi Jirga (WJ) delegation ministers-designate would be introduced soon to the lower house. The president held out the assurance at a meeting wilt lower house commission... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A large number of people on Tuesday staged a protest demonstration in front of the Iranian Embassy in Kabul, calling for an end to ill-treatment of Afghan refugees in the neighbouring country. The protest began at around 10:30am... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) official Musa Mahmoodi on Tuesday said they were concerned about the situation of Afghan refugees living in Pakistan and Iran.Speaking at a gathering on International Refugees... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A female lawmaker was wounded in a car suicide bomb attack that killed three bystanders and injured another more than 20 in the heavily-fortified central capital Kabul on Sunday.Kabul police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai said the dead... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Monday said progress in peace and reconciliation process would be shared with the nation, calling public support the key to success.Addressing a gathering of Shia mourners in Kabul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least two rockets were fired into a high-security neighbourhood of Kabul on Sunday night, but information about casualties was not immediately available.Residents heard three loud bangs around the Wazir Akbar Khan diplomatic... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Declared winners in preliminary results, a number of provincial council (PC) candidates on Monday called for the final results to be announced soon.They opposed holding two elections simultaneously and asked the Independent Election... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The first day of annual religious festival Eidul Adha was celebrated across Afghanistan on Saturday by offering Eid prayers in all provinces, including Kabul, without any untoward incident taking place.Kabul residents offered Eid... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Saturday called upon the armed insurgents to give up fighting and arrive at the negotiating table to resolve the conflict through a political and intra-Afghan dialogue.Ahmadzai was speaking at the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Civilian casualties in the country rose by 24 percent in the first half of the current year, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said on Wednesday.From January 1 to June 20, UNAMA documented 4,853 civilian... read more
 KABUL (PAJHWOK) Driving licences can be bought in Afghanistan. Anyone with money can bribe their way to a licence before learning to drive. At least 60 percent of drivers have not passed a driving test. An Independent Media Consortium* (IMC)... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): One suicide attacker was detained in Kabul and six women were injured during an explosion in central Parwan province, an official said on Wednesday.A would-be suicide bomber, Wajid from Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber tribal region,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations has voiced its grave concern at the brainwashing of children and their use as suicide bombers in Afghanistan, stressing an end to the practice.“Unfortunately, for the last 30 years, the children of Afghanistan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A 12-member commission has launched investigations into allegations of corruption against the Kabul Mayor and some lawmakers, the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) announced on Sunday.The Wolesi Jirga on Wednesday asked President... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Solidarity Party (ASP) on Friday denounced the communist and Taliban regimes as well as the mujahideen for the country’s destruction.The party staged a rally, attended by a thousand people, in front of the Russian... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, who is second behind Abdullah Abdullah in preliminary results from the April 5 presidential elections, on Sunday said he would fight on and go for a second round with determination, refusing to strike deals.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan economic growth sharply tumbled in 2013, amid a 9.7 percent hike in food prices, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said on Wednesday, promising long-term support to the war-battered nation.   ABD country... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some lower house members on Saturday said they were concerned about own predictions by presidential candidates about the outcome of April 5 elections and widespread fraud allegations.They believed any premature judgment about the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A possible suicide attack on a presidential campaign rally has been thwarted in Shiberghan, the capital of northern Jawzjan province, the spy service claimed on Friday.A statement from the National Directorate of Security said the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai on Thursday called for cooperation among regional countries to strengthen peace and combat the menace of terrorism.Addressing a function marking Nawroz in Kabul, Karzai hoped the celebrations would bring... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Hundreds of factory workers on Saturday rallied in Kabul to condemn the murder of a union leader in southern Helmand province and mourn the deaths of national army soldiers in a Taliban attack in eastern Kunar province.The rally by... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Hundreds of civil society activists on Saturday announced their support to presidential candidate Gul Agha Sherzai at a gathering in Kabul.Sherzai’s campaign manager Mohammad Mohammadi said hundreds of individuals -- representing... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Desperate families are resorting to abortion in unsafe conditions and abandoning newborns, particularly female infants, in hospitals. It is not unusual to find an aborted foetus in city garbage dumps, according to an investigation... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Women’s rights activists staged a rally in Kabul on Thursday in connection with the “One Billion Rising,” a global campaign to end violence against women and promote gender equality.  Started in 2012 as part of the V-Day... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Nahzat-i-Islami Afghanistan (NIA), underlining the imperative of national harmony and reforms, on Thursday voiced its support to a presidential runner Dr. Abdullah Abdullah.NIA leader Maulvi Mohammad Mukhtar Mofleh told a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga on Sunday ratified by a majority vote a bilateral cooperation agreement between Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia.Senator Najiba Hussaini told the upper house the accord had been signed by foreign ministers of the two... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An attemp to assassinate a senior National Directorate of Security (NDS) official has been foiled and three suspects have been arrested in Kabul, the spy service said on Wednesday.In a statement, NDS said the detainees wanted to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The elections security report would be released in two days, Deputy Interior Minister Mohammad Ayub Salangi informed governors and provincial police chiefs on Tuesday.Speaking to the officials from central and eastern zones in Kabul... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Wolesi Jirga on Saturday rejected with a majority vote the draft budget for the current year due to what they called inadequate allocations for the agricultural sector and infrastructure development.According to the draft, an amount... read more
KABUL (PAN): A large number of children from Sikh and Hindu families on Wednesday staged a protest demonstration in Kabul, asking the government to reserve a seat in the Wolesi Jirga for the minorities.Children below the age of 14 took part in the... read more
 KABUL (PAN): Five Cabinet members, who won a vote of confidence from the Wolesi Jirga on Wednesday, were sworn in by President Hamid Karzai on Monday.Zarar Ahmad Osmani took oath as foreign minister, Mohammad Arif Noorzai as energy and water... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Wolesi Jirga -- lower house -- on Saturday failed to approve a draft law banning the use of tobacco due to differences among members.The 25-article draft law, proscribing the use of cigarette, snuff and hubble-bubble (hookah) was... read more
KABUL (PAN): Representatives of 18 tribal councils and civil society organisations on Thursday called for solid national unity to resolve the problems facing the country.Noor Agha Sahak, the Sahak tribe head, said a dozen tribal council and six... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday announced arranging a conference of religious scholars on suicide attacks and the construction of an International Islamic university in Kabul.Ministry spokesman Janan Mosazai told a news... read more
KABUL (PAN): Police have detained two people on suspicion of abetting a man who chopped off his wife’s nose and lips in the Injil district of western Herat province, an official said on Saturday.“The 22-year-old victim, Sitara, a mother of four... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some Meshrano Jirga members on Monday strongly criticised the upcoming budget’s draft authored by the Ministry of Finance, saying balance had not been maintained in fund allocations among provinces.Finance Minister Dr. Hazrat Omar,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some Meshrano Jirga or upper house members on Monday strongly criticised the house’s first deputy speaker, Mohammad Alam Edezdar, and accused him of fueling anarchy.As the upper house proceedings began, a number of legislators raised... read more
KABUL (PAN): Meshrano Jirga chairman Fazl Hadi Muslimyar on Sunday clarified the upper house had not decided against mentioning words religion and Afghan in computerized national identity cards, saying there has been a misunderstanding in reporting... read more
KABUL (PAN): Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal said on Sunday 45 percent financial aid by the international community was set to be used by the Afghanistan government for the next year budget.Zakhilwal presented the financial draft of the... read more
KABUL (PAN): An overwhelming majority of the Wolesi Jirga members on Saturday rejected funds allocated to government departments under last year’s (1391) budget, saying most entities had failed to utilise more than half of funds meant at... read more
KABUL (PAN): A disqualified presidential candidate, Anwarul Haq Ahadi, the former commerce minister, on Thursday said his removal from the Independent Election Commission's preliminary list was politically motivated.“All decisions taken by the... read more
KABUL (PAN): A group of saboteurs seeking to disrupt the Consultative Loya Jirga has been arrested with weapons, ammunition and suicide vests in Kabul, a senior police officer said on Thursday.Maj. Gen. Mohammad Zahir told Pajhwok Afghan News... read more
KABUL (PAN): A media advocacy organisation, NAI, on Tuesday asked the government to send forthwith a draft law on access to information to the parliament for approval before the April 5 elections.Addressing a press conference in Kabul, NAI chief... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some senators on Sunday accused Pakistan and Iran of masterminding Saturday’s car suicide bombing that killed 13 people in Kabul, alleging the neighbours were out to pressurise Afghanistan not to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (... read more
KABUL (PAN): A senior Counternarcotics Department official at the Ministry of Interior on Tuesday said poppy cultivation was on the increase in Afghanistan, calling for more police personnel to intensify the war on drugs.Lt. Gen, Baz Mohammad Ahmadi... read more
KABUL (PAN): Da Afghanistan Breshna Shirkat (DABS), the power utility, on Wednesday said some government departments had not yet cleared their electricity bills amounting to one billion afghanis, while many officials had to pay dues worth millions... read more
KABUL (PAN) Lack of transparency in procurement led to greater project costs in Afghanistan, compared with other countries in the region, the finance minister said o Tuesday.Speaking at the first National Procurement Conference in Kabul, Hazrat Omar... read more
KABUL (PAN): The National Aviation Services (NAS) of Kuwait on Monday agreed to invest $16 million in improving airport facilities in Afghanistan, officials from both sides said.NAS and the government-run Ariana Afghan Airlines inked a contract to... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Musharikat-i-Milli party on Tuesday alleged Iran and Pakistan were trying to interfere in the Afghan presidential elections by supporting certain candidates.Najibullah Kabuli, the party chief, told a meeting in the central capital... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday said the German embassy in Kabul had reopened after one week of closure over security threats.The embassy was shut on Oct 18 after Germany’s intelligence agency, the BND, warned of a possible... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) on Wednesday appealed presidential and provincial council candidates to approach local printing industries trading in election campaign materials as part of electioneering ahead of next... read more
KABUL (PAN): A driver with a non-governmental organisation (NGO) died in hospital after he was severely injured in a blast caused by a bomb attached to his car in Kabul on Monday, an official said.Wazir Mohammad was travelling from his home town... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two civilians were killed and at least four others sustained injuries late on Friday when a suicide bomber in a car detonated his explosives outside a compound housing many foreign workers, officials said.The blast took place in the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The governor of central Logar province, Arsala Jamal, was buried near the Parliament House’s new building in Kabul on Thursday, two days after his assassination in a bomb attack at a mosque.Jamal, a close confident of President Hamid... read more
KABUL (PAN): In an effort to ensure women’s active participation in the electoral process, gatherings involving religion scholars, people’s representatives and influential tribal elders will be held in all 34 provinces of the country over the next... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United Nations (UN) on Thursday announced support for a democratic and inclusive election in Afghanistan, saying the country remained in focus of the international community. Jan Kubis, the secretary-general’s special envoy, told a... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some members of the Meshrano Jirga -- or the upper house of the parliament -- on Tuesday voiced their concern at the security situation, fearing it could hamper transparent elections.The security situation in the country was getting... read more
KABUL (PAN): Hundreds of people on Friday offered funeral prayers in absentia for nearly 5,000 Afghans massacred during the Soviet-backed communist regime, asking the government to bring the perpetrators to justice.On Sunday, President Hamid Karzai... read more
KABUL (PAN): Prices of food and other daily-use items have increased four folds due to a prolonged road blockade in the remote eastern province of Nuristan, officials said on Wednesday.The only road leading from the capital of Kunar to Nuristan has... read more
KABUL (PAN): A daylong international conference on “Islam and Peace”, featuring noted religious scholars from 24 Muslim countries, began in Kabul on Tuesday.Afghan officials urged participants of the event -- a joint initiative of the Afghanistan... read more
KABUL (PAN): Praising Afghan players for keeping football alive through decades of war, UEFA President Michel Platini on Sunday vowed to help promote the sport grow in the resource-deficient conflict-devastated country.Platini's visit to Kabul on... read more
KABUL (PAN): Three members of the Independent Electoral Complaint Commission (IECC) have studied law and political science, one graduated from history and geography and the fifth did masters in journalism and human rights.The five individuals, who... read more
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE AR-SA KABUL (PAN): The National Environment Protection Agency of Afghanistan on Tuesday said it had so far burnt more than 178 tonnes of sub-standard gases to protect the ozone layer. Carbon tetra... read more
KABUL (PAN): Hundreds of angry youths protested on Wednesday in the capital against Iran’s cultural invasion and execution of Afghan nationals in the neighbouring country.The morning demonstration started from Shahr-i-Naw Park and concluded in front... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): The Saudi ambassador on Tuesday said the oil-rich kingdom was doing its bit for bringing peace and stability to Afghanistan.Mansoor Saleh told a press conference in Kabul Saudi Arabia stoutly supported the ongoing reconciliation... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Counternarcotics and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) on Monday said regional and international cooperation was crucial to do away with drug trade in Afghanistan.Speaking at a joint news conference... read more
KABUL (PAN): First ever disabled cricket tournament among four zones of Afghanistan started on Monday in central Kabul, officials said.Nusrat Wafa, spokesman of the Afghan Cricket Board (ACB) told Pajhwok Afghan News that Band Ameer, Mess Ainak,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Three suicide attackers, believed to be members of the Mullah Dadullah Front -- an insurgent group that claims responsibility for killing top peace negotiator Arsalan Rahmani -- were detained in Kabul, the spy service said on Saturday.A... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan Independent Journalists Association (AIJA) on Thursday sought three months’ time for a nationwide debate on a draft media law.The draft law was published last week in a government-run newspaper, with the Ministry of... read more
KABUL (PAN): Unidentified gunmen on Sunday shot dead a prominent member of the High Peace Council, Maulvi Arsala Rahmani, in the heavily-fortified capital Kabul, officials said.The assailants opened fire on Rahmani, a former Taliban leader and... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): The Haq Wa Adalat (Truth & Justice) party on Wednesday asked the government to reform the electoral system, saying that it planned to field a consensus presidential candidate in the next ballot.“Our party wants a national... read more
KABUL (PAN): Senate Chairman Fazal Hadi Muslimyar said on Tuesday the Iranian ambassador had warned they would expel Afghan refugees if the Karzai administration approved the strategic partnership agreement with the US.Muslimyar told the upper house... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan security forces have detained two individuals in Kabul on charges of spying for Iran and remote-controlled bomb devices were recovered from them.Syed Kamal and Syed Hussain confessed in a video tape, available to Pajhwok Afghan... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Telecommunication and Technology on Monday recovered two illegal SIM boxes and held two individuals, including a foreigner, thus crippling a syndicate that made illicit international phone calls, an official said.... read more
KABUL (PAN): Several members of  the Wolesi Jira accused the house administrative board of having weak management  but the board hit back, saying MPs inattention had left the assembly inefficient.Last week, the house decided to debate the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Seven people were killed and 17 others wounded on Wednesday morning after four burqa clad suicide attackers tried to enter an international military base at the 9th police district of Kabul.The blast took place at 6:... read more
KABUL (PAN): Meshrano Jirga (Senate) members on Tuesday urged the government to punish Afghanistan Solidarity Party (ASP) supporters who staged a demonstration against jihadi leaders in the capital Kabul.A day earlier, ASP adherents staged a... read more
KABUL (PAN):  Afghanistan Solidarity Party (ASP) supporters on Monday staged a demonstration in Kabul, blaming jihadi leaders for defaming the holy war and demanding their trial.The demonstration started from Cinema-i-Pamir and ended in Maiwand... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two International Assistance Security Force (ISAF) soldiers were killed in improvised explosive device (IED) attacks in eastern and southern Afghanistan on Sunday, raising foreign troops’ death toll to 135 this year.One of the soldiers... read more
KABUL (PAN): Wolesi Jirga members on Wednesday criticised Kabul Mayor for what they alleged failing to maintain quality work on road projects, asking the Attorney General's Office (AGO) to probe the matter.However, the mayor, Mohammad Younis... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Free and Fair Election Foundation for Afghanistan (FEFA) on Tuesday urged media outlets to play their important role in persuading decision-makers to bring reforms into the country’s electoral laws and composition of the election... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): Mayor Eng. Mohammad Yunus Nawandesh on Sunday said the Kabul Municipality had published thousands of books for children to create awareness among them about keeping the environment clean. He told a ceremony marking the... read more
KABUL (PAN): An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldier died from a non-battle injury in southern Afghanistan, the alliance said Tuesday.In a brief statement, ISAF said the soldier died in a non-battle related injury in southern part... read more
KABUL (PAN): Bursts of gunfire and several heavy blasts rocked the capital soon after suicide bombers entered a luxury hotel in a high-security neighbourhood on Sunday, officials and witnesses said.Gunfire that began near the Ghazanfar Bank in the... read more
KABUL (PAN):  Seventy militants were killed, 578 detained and 27 others injured during more than 20,000 security operations conducted by the Public Order Police (POP) last year across Afghanistan.Officials seized 249 types of weapons, 21... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Defence on Saturday said the Afghan National Army (ANA) was ready to fully take control of night operations and an accord on the transfer was expected to be inked soon between Afghanistan and the US.Brig. Gen. Dawlat... read more
KABUL (PAN): Seventy policemen, including senior officials, were fired last week by the minister of interior as part of police reforms in western provinces, officials said on Thursday.Bismillah Muhammadi dismissed the policemen in Herat, Farah, Ghor... read more
KABUL (PAN): Officials said on Wednesday 540 people, including 28 foreigners, were arrested on different charges at the Kabul International Airport last year.Talking to Pajhwok Afghan News, border police chief Brig. Gen. Mohammad Juma Adil said 498... read more
KABUL (PAN): Nine people, including six Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers, two police officials and one fighter were killed in two separate incidents, officials said on Sunday.A statement from the Ministry of Defence said the soldiers killed in a... read more
KABUL (PAN): At least 20 individuals were sentenced from two to 20 years in jail on charges of drug trafficking, a Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) official said on Saturday.The accused were convicted by an appellant court at the end of an open... read more
KABUL (PAN): More than a dozen militants, including would-be suicide attackers, have been detained with explosives in different parts of the country, the spy service said on Sunday.Six of the 14 detainees wanted to disrupt the celebration of the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Strict security arrangements have been put in place as part of preparations for clebrating the Nawroz (Afghan New Year) festival, officials said on Sunday.Celebrations will take place in different provinces on March 21 to mark the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The National Coalition of Afghanistan on Monday accused the government of trying to limit the international community’s role in elections and other issues in the name of Afghanisation.“The government is trying to weaken the democracy,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Fearing political instability may plague the nation after foreign troops exit in 2014, top political figures and former jihadi leaders on Sunday urged Afghans to be ready to bolster the country’s defence.The warnings echoed during a... read more
KABUL (PAN): Three Taliban commanders were killed and eight others fighters were wounded during a clash with Afghan commandos in eastern Kunar province, an official said on Thursday.The clash took place in the Jangle area in Sarkano district, Maj.... read more
KABUL (PAN): The first phase of transition from private security companies to Afghan police got under way on Wednesday, officials said.The step is in compliance with President Hamid Karzai’s directives to improve the security situation, prevent... read more
KABUL/FAIZABAD (PAN): Wolesi Jirga members, representing northern Badakhshan province, on Wednesday said that hundreds of people remained buried under heavy snow after a massive avalanche killed at least 44 people in the rugged mountainous... read more
KABUL (PAN): A primary court of the Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) has sentenced a foreign citizen to 20 years in jail on the charge of smuggling alcoholic beverages, an official said on Sunday.Ahmad Khalik Mowahid, a spokesman for CJTF, told... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan National Front, voicing its opposition to US military bases in the country, on Saturday strongly condemned the Quran burning incident at the Bagram airbase and called foreign troops’ presence an insult to Islam.The... read more
KABUL (PAN): Seven Afghan National Army (ANA) have been wounded in separate incidents in different parts of the country, the Ministry of Defence said on Saturday.Five of the soldiers were injured during an operation in the Dilaram district of... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan’s Supreme Court on Thursday sentenced 60 judges on charges of corruption to jail, cash fine and termination of services.The convicts were detained on bribery and corruption charges in the capital Kabul and different... read more
KABUL (PAN): Up to 175 people have been detained over the past one week on charges of involvement in disruptive and criminal activities, as well as drug trafficking, in different parts of the country, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Tuesday.... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two American advisors were killed by a Ministry of Interior (MoI) employee who managed to escape, the ministry said on Sunday, a day after all NATO-led troops were withdrawn from all ministries in Kabul.A statement from the ministry... read more
KABUL (PAN): Prayer leaders and religious scholars in Kabul and other parts of the country on Friday condemned the alleged burning of the Quran by foreign soldiers. However, they urged the people to avoid violent demonstrations.  Four copies of... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): Nearly a dozen groups, comprising 380 insurgents, joined the peace process as a result of efforts by intelligence officials, the spy service said on Thursday.The surrendering groups included commanders Abdullah, Mullah Rahmatullah... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): The Meshrano Jirga, recommending cuts worth more than 12 billion afghanis ($0.24 billion), on Tuesday approved the draft budget for the current fiscal year.The budget was presented by Finance Minister on Feb. 5, with 134.3 billion... read more
KABUL/LASHKARGAH (PAN): Thirty-five drug traffickers were detained and a large amount of narcotics seized in the capital Kabul, officials said on Sunday.The smugglers, arrested in different areas of Kabul, were involve in 31 cases of drug... read more
KABUL (PAN): The list of nominated ministers was completed and sent to the Ministry of Parliamentary affairs, the Presidential palace in Kabul said on Wednesday. The final list of the new candidate ministers would be soon referred to the Wolesi... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai has finalised and dispatched to the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs a list of his cabinet picks, the Presidential Palace said on Wednesday.The seven ministers’ names were sent by the administrative affairs... read more
KABUL (PAN): The casualties caused by landmines have declined by 75 percent over the past 10 years and the figure will come down to zero after a decade, a demining organisation said on Tuesday.Mine Action Coordination Centre of Afghanistan (MACCA)... read more
KABUL (PAN): With a majority vote, the Wolesi Jirga on Monday approved two agreements on cooperation with Turkmenistan and the International Law Development Organisation (IDLO).  The agreement with Turkmenistan envisages increased cooperation... read more
KABUL (PAN): The High Oversight Office and Anti-Corruption (HOOA) said on Sunday the Ariana Afghan Airlines would collapse if government institutions did not repay its loans.Addressing Sunday's session of the Wolesi Jirga, or lower house of... read more
KABUL/MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Hairatan port’s revenue amounting to 3.5 billion afghanis ($70.8 million) has been unaccounted, a senior anti-corruption official claimed on Sunday. But the port director dismissed the allegation as baseless.High Office... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Complaints Commission chief at Meshrano Jirga on Saturday said the refugee minister had appointed an unqualified advisor to his ministry, and accused the Bamyan governor of bribery and distributing land to ineligible people.The... read more
KABUL (PAN): Rejecting President Karzai's remarks that Afghanistan is not a political laboratory for foreigners, a coalition of opposition parties on Sunday said the only way to resolve the current crises was to change the present political system.... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Defence said on Saturday it had detained the killer of French troops in the central province of Kapisa. The assailant was wearing an Afghan National Army (ANA) uniform.Four French soldiers were killed and 17 others... read more
KABUL (PAN): The acting telecommunication and information technology minister on Tuesday said a satellite would be launched into space, computerised national identity cards distributed and 3G internet services introduced this year.Amirzai Sangin... read more
KABUL (PAN): The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), praising the local police role in maintaining security as significant, on Monday said the force strength would be increased from the current 11,000 to 30,000.ISAF spokesman Carsten... read more
KABUL (PAN): Kabul Mayor Mohammad Younus Nawandesh on Sunday opened a bank account for the renovation of three palaces in the capital Kabul.The money would be used for reconstruction of Amanullah, Taj Baik and Chehel Satoon Palaces, the mayor said,... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): The Interior Ministry on Monday ordered a major reshuffle of senior police officers as part of a new reform policy.The ministry said the reshuffle involving 24 senior police officials had been ordered after approval from President... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): Nine insurgent were killed, four wounded and 41 others arrested during a series of operations in several provinces over the past 24 hours, the defence and interior ministries said on Tuesday.The operations were jointly conducted by... read more
KANDAHAR CITY (PAN): Four children and a policeman were killed and 16 others, mostly civilians, injured when a suicide attacker rammed his explosives-packed motorbike into a police outpost in southern Kandahar province, the Ministry of Interior said... read more
KABUL (PAN): The death toll from the consumption of poisonous alcohol at an engagement ceremony in Kabul has reached seven, after two more died in hospitals, officials and witnesses said on Sunday.  The incident took place on Saturday... read more
KABUL (PAN): Nine individuals were sentenced up to 20 years in jail on charges of trafficking drugs, the Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) announced on Saturday.Convicted by an appellant court at the end of an open trial, the accused had defence... read more
BRUSSELS (PAN): NATO foreign ministers, at a two-day meeting that began in Belgium on Thursday, vowed to continue supporting Afghanistan beyond 2014, when all foreign are scheduled to leave the war-hit country.The meeting in Brussels was attended by... read more
KABUL (PAN): Up to 60 people were killed and more than 160 others wounded when a suicide bomber hit Shiite mourners at a shrine in the capital on Tuesday, officials saidThe bombing took place near the Abul Fazal Shrine in the second police district... read more
KABUL (PAN): A group of people, some carrying guns, on Monday tried to storm a private television channel's office in Kabul, officials and witnesses said.The incident took place at around 8:30pm when the Norin TV aired a religious programme, said a... read more
KABUL (PAN): A campaign for removing security barriers from roads and around offices would launched on Thursday in Kabul and other major cities to ensure a smooth flow of traffic, an official said on Monday.The drive in the capital city was being... read more
KABUL (PAN): The governor of Badakhshan on Monday said they were ready to shoulder the security responsibility if additional forces were deployed to the northern province.Dr. Shah Waliullah Adib, during an interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, said... read more
KABUL (PAN): The second phase of security transition from international troops to Afghan forces started in the central province of Parwan on Thursday, officials said.All but two districts of Parwan are due for transition, which will also cover many... read more
KABUL (PAN): With insurgent attacks falling, improvement has been noticed in the security situation over the past three months, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on Wednesday.Rocket strikes, bomb blasts, suicide attacks and other insurgent-... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): The second phase of security transition from international troops to Afghan forces would be launched in at least one province on Thursday, a Ministry of Defence official said on Wednesday.Security in Balkh, Daikundi, Takhar,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) officials on Tuesday said forced eradication of poppies was prompting support to the Taliban among growers."The use of force to eradicate the crop cannot resolve the problem of opium... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran on Monday promised to enhance regional cooperation in countering drug smuggling and narcotics production.Counternarcotics ministers from the three countries agreed at a meeting in Kabul to step up efforts... read more
KABUL (PAN): Nine individuals, including a member of Pakistan's spy service, the Inter-Service-intelligence (ISI), have been arrested by Afghan security forces in Kabul, a military commander said on Wednesday.The men were detained two days ahead of... read more
KABUL (PAN): A 150-page draft report on overall security and measures to control the situation would be submitted soon to President Hamid Karzai, the Ministry of Defence announced on Wednesday.The draft envisages the lead role for the Afghan... read more
KABUL (PAN): Ministers of economy and finance on Tuesday acknowledged they had no authority to control gas prices, but hoped efforts underway in this regard would yield positive results.Gas prices shot up from 55 afghanis ($1.13) to 80 and 100afs... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Meshrano Jirga, or upper house of Parliament, on Sunday said its concerns regarding the traditional tribal assembly's authority and decisions had been resolved.Prior to the event, romours circulated that delegates would make key... read more
KABUL (PAN): Unidentified gunmen shot dead a prosecutor of the Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) in front of his house in the capital Kabul on Sunday, officials said.Khwaja Mohammad Ibrahim was gunned down in the Golayee Park area of the 11th... read more
KABUL (PAN): Twenty-seven insurgents were killed and six others detained during joint operations over the past 24 hours in different provinces, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Thursday.The operations were conducted by Afghan and International... read more
KABUL (PAN): A suspected suicide attacker was shot dead by security forces near the tent of this week's Loya Jirga on a strategic agreement between Afghanistan and the US, officials said on Monday.Speaking at a news conference, the interior ministry... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Commerce and Industries on Thursday said the prices of liquefied gas would be brought down soon, after Kabul residents complained about soaring rates of the key commodity.Before Eidul Azha, a kilogram of gas was sold for... read more
KABUL (PAN): An International Security and Assistance Forces (ISAF) soldier was killed in southern Afghanistan, the alliance said on Sunday.The soldier was killed on Saturday in am insurgent attack, an ISAF statement said, without revealing the... read more
KABUL (PAN): An officer was among seven policemen killed, and another 17 people were injured, in a suicide attack in a mosque in northern Baghlan province on Sunday, the first day of Eidul Azha, the Interior Ministry said.The blast targeted... read more
KABUL (PAN):  The first day of the biggest annual religious festival, Eidul Azha, was celebrated across the country, including the capital Kabul, on Sunday with little major violence.In Kabul, residents offered Eid prayers at the Eidgah Mosque... read more
KABUL (PAN): A parliamentarian from southern Kandahar province on Tuesday warned that security transition in the birthplace of the Taliban movement would be a mistake, because Afghans forces were not yet self-reliant.Speaking at a news conference in... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) on Wednesday announced the 17 provinces where the second phase of security transition to Afghan forces would take place.At a conference with governors in Kabul today, IDLG chief... read more
KABUL (PAN): Hundreds of people on Monday staged a protest demonstration in the capital Kabul, opposing permanent US military bases in the country.Organised by the National United Front (NUF), the protesters, including former mujahedeen, students... read more
KABUL (PAN): Border police at the Kabul International Airport arrested a man trying to smuggle 63 heroin-filled capsules inside his stomach to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), an official said on Sunday.The capsules, containing about 505 grams of... read more
KABUL (PAN): Six anti-government fighters were killed, one wounded and another arrested in southern Kandahar and Helmand provinces, the interior ministry said on Sunday.The insurgents were killed during operations by Afghan and NATO-led forces in... read more
KABUL (PAN): Dozens of residents staged a protest demonstration in the capital Kabul on Saturday against Iran’s refusal to hand over the bodies of Afghan prisoners executed in Iran.Calling for an end to the executions, the protesters, including... read more
KABUL (PAN): Dozens of residents staged a protest demonstration in the capital Kabul on Saturday against Iran’s refusal to hand over the bodies of Afghan prisoners executed in Iran.Calling for an end to the executions, the protesters, including... read more
KABUL (PAN): More than 150,000 people of remote areas will have access to telecommunication services next year, the deputy ministry of communications and information technology said on Monday.A contract for a $9.1 million project, including... read more
KABUL (PAN): Hundreds of Kabul University students on Thursday rallied against Pakistan, demanding Islamabad's help in investigating the murder of High Peace Council Chief, Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani.About 400 students took part in the rally. They... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai, through Wolesi Jirga’s speaker, has asked female lawmaker Samin Barakzai, who has been on hunger strike for more than a week, to choose two representatives to investigate her case, Ibrahimi said on Wednesday.... read more
KABUL (PAN): Farmers in insecure provinces have once again switched to poppy cultivation, bearing in mind high prices of opium this year compared to last year, an official said on Tuesday.Although poppy eradication increased by 65 percent this year... read more
KABUL (PAN): As many as 150 out of 200 registered drug addicts have been admitted to rehabilitation centres for treatment, the counternarcotics ministry officials said on Monday.The ministries of interior and counternarcotics have registered 200... read more
KABUL (PAN): The public health ministry officials on Saturday said the female parliamentarian, who had gone on hunger strike for the seventh consecutive day, would face serious kidney and stomach problems if continued the strike for a day more.... read more
KABUL (PAN): A senior National Directorate of Security (NDS) official on Tuesday accused the Pakistani government of refusing to cooperate with the investigation into the assassination of High Peace Council chairman, Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani.The ex... read more
KABUL (PAN):  Twenty of 135 players have been chosen for the Kabul boxing team as a result of several days of trials, an official said on Monday.Forty boxing teams participated in the trials for the provincial squad that started on Sept. 27 at... read more
KABUL (PAN): The mastermind behind former President Burhanuddin Rabbani's assassination was detained and some documents were recovered from him, the spy service announced on Saturday.The ex-chairman of the High Peace Council was killed on Sept. 20... read more
KABUL (PAN): As Reformists said on Monday there would be no quorum problem in the Wolesi Jirga quorum, the Law-Supporting Coalition demanded the unseating of the nine lawmakers who were sworn in recently.The lower house split into two groups soon... read more
KABUL (PAN): One US citizen was killed and another wounded during an attack on a US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) compound, an annex to the US embassy, in the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday night, the US embassy said on Monday.A US official... read more
KABUL (PAN): The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) station located near the Presidential Palace was attacked in the Afghan capital Kabul Sunday night, officials said.The incident occurred at around 9 pm after a number of gunmen opened fire on the... read more
KABUL (PAN): A companion of High Peace Council chairman Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani's assassin is under investigation, a Ministry of Interior (MoI) official said on Wednesday.The former president was killed along with three members of his panel in the... read more
KABUL (PAN) High Peace Council Chairman Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani was assassinated along with three members of his panel in a suicide attack on his residence in Kabul on Tuesday evening, an official said.The 101st Asmayee Zone Crime Investigation... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some parliamentarians on Sunday indentified government interference as the main reason behind the Wolesi Jirga’s inefficiency. However, the government rejected the allegation.The parliamentary election was held on September 18, 2010,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The latest suicide attacks in Kabul that left 27 people dead were planned from outside Afghanistan, Interior Minister Bismillah Muhammadi alleged on Thursday.Several gunmen, equipped with heavy and light weapons, stormed a high-rise... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United States may set up military bases in Afghanistan after the signing of a strategic cooperation agreement, President Hamid Karzai's national security advisor said on Tuesday.Testifying before senators, Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta,... read more
KABUL (PAN): A media support group said on Monday a compromise on press freedom in the name of peace talks between the government and insurgents would never be allowed."Neither President Hamid Karzai nor the Afghan government reserves the right to... read more
KABUL (PAN): Outraged over the non-implementation of the special tribunal's verdict, a number of unsuccessful 2010 parliamentary election candidates, coming all the way from central Maidan Wardak province, on Wednesday set up a protest camp in front... read more
KABUL (PAN): Meshrano Jirga members on Sunday unanimously asked the Cabinet to eliminate the Military Technical Agreement (MTA) between ISAF and the Afghan government that exempts foreign companies contracting with NATO for logistic supplies from... read more
KABUL (PAN): Twenty-one Taliban fighters have been killed, seven others injured and another 11 arrested during separate security operations over the past 24 hours across the country, the Ministry of Interior said on Saturday.The insurgents were... read more
KABUL (PAN):  A rebel group planning to launch an organised attack on the Ministry of Defence and the Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan Hospital in Kabul has been arrested, the spy service said on Sunday.Three suicide vests, hand grenades and three AK-... read more
KABUL (PAN): The National Directorate of Security (NDS), the country's spy service, on Sunday asked the justice and judiciary organs to establish a special court for war criminals and others involved in security-related incidents. "The NDS... read more
KABUL(PAN): A four-member terrorist group that planned an attack on a police station in Kabul on Independence Day has been busted, an intelligence official said on Sunday. Intelligence agents captured the four in the Shor Bazaar area of the capital... read more
KABUL (PAN): Nine people, including three foreigners, were killed in Taliban's suicide attack on the British Council in Kabul on Friday, when Afghanistan marked its independence from Britain, officials said. The first blast happened at around... read more
KABUL(PAN): At least 21 militants were killed and 44 others detained during operations by Afghan and foreign troops in different provinces of the country, the Interior Ministry said on Thursday. The operations were conducted over the past 24... read more
KABUL (PAN): A rocket propelled grenade (RPG) fired from an unidentified location landed close to the Presidential Palace in Kabul Tuesday night, inflicting no casualties or losses, security officials said Wednesday. Col. Zahir, head of the... read more
KABUL (PAN): While defending his decisions, a former Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) spokesman said on Tuesday he was ready to face an inquiry. A 137-member coalition has been staging a sit-in in the national assembly since Thursday, a day... read more
KABUL (PAN): Wolesi Jirga members on Saturday ruled out any deal with any institution on changes in results of last year's parliamentary election. "We declare that under Article 86 of the constitution, no one has the right to alter the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Wolesi Jirga members, who continued their sit-in for the third consecutive day on Saturday, asked President Hamid Karzai either to accept the rule of law or stand down. On Wednesday, the president authorised the Independent Election... read more
KABUL (PAN): Residents of Bagrami district blocked the Kabul-Gardez Highway and put bodies of the people killed in a clash on the road in front of the Presidential Palace on Tuesday. At least six people were killed and 18 others wounded in the... read more
KABUL(PAN): Some parliamentarians on Wednesday called equipping the Afghan forces as the only way to ensure security in the country, but others linked the insecurity to foreign interference. The first phase of the transition process that started... read more
KABUL (PAN): A special condolence ceremony for Pajhwok Afghan News reporter Ahmad Omaid Khpalwak, who was killed last week in central Uruzgan province, was held in Kabul on Monday. At least 21 people, including Khpalwak, women and children, were... read more
KABUL(PAN): Allah Gul Mujahid, a public representative in the Wolesi Jirga from Kabul, says that although he had to leave school in 10th grade, he has done more work for society than many others. The 45-year-old MP, who hired a tutor to help him... read more
KABUL (PAN): With the Pakistani Taliban put on the UN Security Council's international anti-terrorism sanctions list, suicide attacks would decline in Afghanistan, the country's spy service hoped on Saturday. In move highlighting the... read more
KABUL (PAN): International troops will not intervene in areas where security has been transitioned to Afghan forces, though the fighting has not ended yet, the Ministry of Defence said. Addressing a press conference Wednesday, Defence Ministry... read more
KABUL (PAN): As many as 109 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have been killed so far during the current month, compared to 68 in June, a defence official said on Wednesday.  Most of the fatalities resulted from roadside bombings, a weapon... read more
KABUL (PAN): A six-member militant group led by a female has been arrested in southern Ghazni province, the intelligence service said on Tuesday. The group included a Pakistani Taliban leader, the NDS spokesman Lutfullah Mashal told a press... read more
KABUL(PAN): Afghan police were equipped with new weapons, including night vision scopes, by the International Assistance Force (ISAF) on Thursday, days ahead of Kabul's transition to Afghan security lead. ISAF training mission chief, Maj.... read more
KABUL(PAN): The Ministry of Public Works will provide jobs for those who join the peace process in their areas, an official said on Wednesday. Public Works Minister Abdul Qudus Hameedi said at a hearing in the Wolesi Jirga, or lower house of... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan security forces completed their operation against the attackers of top presidential advisor Jan Mohammad Khan at 4:30 am Monday, officials said. All the attackers were killed. Eyewitness and police accounts differ about the... read more
KABUL (PAN):  The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Thursday expressed deep concern over civilian casualties in the Afghan war, saying groups involved had promised not to target civilians during clashes. Pierre Krähenb... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Defence Ministry on Wednesday announced that diplomatic efforts to convince Pakistan not to carry out cross border attacks into Afghanistan have failed. Over the past month, Pakistani soldiers have fired 700 artillery shells into... read more
KABUL (PAN): Three policemen were injured in a bomb blast in Deh Mazang area of Kabul City on Sunday, an official said. The explosion took place near a police checkpoint in the Deh Mazang Square area at 11:30am, the spokesman for the 101st police... read more
KABUL (PAN): A fire that began in a sponge factory in Kabul has destroyed three homes and threatens other structures in the area. A Pajhwok Afghan News reporter said the fire began in the Khwaja Boghra area in Kabul’s 15th district around 3:... read more
KABUL (PAN): A community of disabled persons has begun building boundary walls and installing gates on disputed land in the Rahman Mina area of Kabul. The land is claimed by Onyx Private Construction Company, but members of the  disabled... read more
KABUL (PAN): Ten armed insurgents have been killed and 16 others detained during separate security operations in five provinces over the past 24 hours, the interior ministry announced on Thursday. The operations were carried out in Kabul, Laghman,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Defence on Wednesday announced more than 800 militants have been killed across the country over the past three months. During the period, 68 Afghan National Army (ANA) were killed, Maj. Gen. Zahir Azimi, the ministry... read more
KABUL (PAN): The death toll from an attack on a police station in the heart of Kabul on Saturday has risen to 12, including the three attackers, the Interior Ministry said. At around 1:30 pm a group of militants stormed the District 1 police... read more
KABUL(PAN): An Afghan delegation talked with Pakistani officials regarding an exchange of prisoners and other issues during its visit to Islamabad last week, officials said.  Representatives from each country's Interior Ministry also... read more
KABUL (PAN): Security forces arrested two Pakistani citizens with explosives meant for a bomb attack on a military section at the Kabul International Airport on Thursday, an official said. The remote-controlled device, placed in a fuel tanker, was... read more
KABUL (PAN): Thirteen people, including three women, were injured in an accident in the Deh Mazang area of Kabul on Tuesday, officials said. The accident took place at 8:20am when a passenger bus flipped over while trying to overtake a car. Six of... read more
KABUL (PAN): A Tajikistan resident was sentenced by a primary court to 20 years in jail on the charge of trafficking alcohol, the Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) announced on Sunday. The Tajikistan citizen was detained recently by... read more
KABUL (PAN): A facilitator and two planners of a suicide attack on the Kunduz governor and provincial police chief were detained by intelligence operatives, officials said on Wednesday. The men were detained last one week in northern Takhar and... read more
KABUL (PAN): An appellate court of the Afghan Special Narcotics Force sentenced nine drug smugglers to different prison terms on Tuesday. The smugglers were arrested with six kilograms of heroin, 13.5 kg of opium, 995 kg of hashish, 172 kg of... read more
KABUL (PAN): Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has been missing for the last four days, but his death could neither be confirmed nor repudiated, a spokesman for the Afghan spy service said on Monday. Earlier in the day, a National Directorate of... read more
KABUL (PAN):  Taliban's reclusive leader Mullah Mohammad Omar was killed in a joint operation by the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Haqqani Network in Pakistan, a security official revealed on Monday. The one-eyed fugitive was... read more
KABUL (PAN): Civilian casualties in Afghanistan registered a three-fold increase over the past one week, when 82 non-combatants were killed and another 108 wounded, the interior ministry announced on Sunday. Compared to the previous two weeks, when... read more
KABUL(PAN): Counternarcotics police seized 370 kilograms of drugs in different parts of the country over the past 24 hours, the interior ministry said on Tuesday. Up to 291 kgs of opium was confiscated from a house during an operation in Jawand... read more
KABUL(PAN): One suspected militant was shot dead and four others injured during a clash with police east of Kabul city, officials said on Monday. The shootout took place in Ahmad Shah Baba Meena town on Sunday evening after the suspects in a car... read more
KABUL(PAN): Twenty-three civilians were among 115 people killed during violence-related incidents across the country over the past one week, an official said on Sunday. The dead included 23 civilians, 62 Taliban insurgents and 30 policemen, the... read more
KABUL(PAN): Afghan security forces backed by foreign troops clashed with insurgents for a second day in southern Kandahar province on Sunday, killing as many as 23 attackers, the interior ministry said. Insurgents, including those who escaped from... read more
KABUL(PAN): Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's death would weaken the Taliban insurgency and strengthen peace in Afghanistan, an official of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Wednesday. The alleged mastermind behind the devastating 9/11... read more
KABUL (PAN):Militants had no involvement in a shooting that killed nine foreign soldiers at the Afghan Air Force Headquarters in Kabul, the defence minister informed parliamentarians on Tuesday. The shooting was triggered by a verbal clash between... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some members of the Meshrano Jirga, lower house of Parliament, on Sunday identified unemployment as the main cause of insecurity in the country. Senator Fauzia Sadat called for reviving defunct industrial units across the country to... read more
KABUL (PAN): Despite elaborate preparations, the 19th anniversary of Mujahidin's Victory Day was celebrated without the traditional military parade and other high-profile events in Kabul on Thursday. A coup by the Soviet-backed Communist Party... read more
KABUL (PAN): Militants fired two rockets into the Kabul International Airport but the predawn attack caused no casualties, an official said on Thursday. "The rockets were likely fired from a position in Deh Sabz district," said Col.... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two tonnes of drugs have been seized during separate operations over the past 24 hours in different parts of the country, the interior ministry said on Wednesday. Up to 1470 kilograms of opium and 124 kg of heroin were seized by... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Afghan and Pakistani forces exchanged heavy fire near their common border in the South Waziristan tribal region, safe haven for Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters, officials said on Wednesday. The clash erupted on Tuesday night when... read more
KABUL(PAN): Unidentified gunmen stormed religious scholar Maulvi Syed Agha Tarakhel's residence in Kabul, killing a woman, officials said on Wednesday. The assailants entered the house in the Tarakhel bazaar area of Deh Sabz district on Tuesday... read more
KABUL (PAN): Six International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers and a contractor were killed during a shooting incident at the Afghan Air Force Headquarters in Kabul on Wednesday, officials said. The NATO-led force confirmed the loss of... read more
KABUL(PAN): More than 240 law graduates appeared in an entry test for an internship programme at the Kabul University on Friday, a professor said. As many as 242 graduates from Faculties of Law and Islamic Studies, as well as employees of the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Head of media office at the Ministry of Defence has been removed on the charges of denying journalists to information regarding this week's attack on the ministry, an official said on Wednesday. "Whoever mistreated media... read more
KABUL (PAN): NATO will donate weapons, vehicles and airplanes worth more than $10 billion (458.1 billion afghanis) to Afghan security forces till 2014, an official of the Western military alliance announced on Wednesday. Weapons and equipment would... read more
KABUL (PAN): This week's suicide attack on the Ministry of Defence in Kabul was a lapse on the part of the security personnel on duty but in no way represented a military weakness, an official said on Wednesday. On Monday, a suicide bomber... read more
KABUL (PAN): Police arrested two men with weapons and military uniforms in Afghanistan's heavily-fortified capital of Kabul on Tuesday, an official said. The arms and uniforms were seized in the Khairkhana neighbourhood, the 101st Asmaee police... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some suicide attackers, wearing military uniforms, sneaked into the defence ministry building in the heavily-fortified Afghan capital city, killing two Afghan soldiers and wounding seven others, an official said on Monday. One of the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Six people, including two civilians, were wounded in a suicide attack on a district headquarters east of Kabul on Thursday, an official said. The blast took place when police stopped a trucker who was trying to enter the Musahi... read more
KABUL (PAN): Most of suicide bombers were forced to carry out attacks in the country, the Afghan intelligence service alleged on Tuesday. One of the attackers, a Pakistani militant, recently surrendered to Afghan forces in eastern Nangarhar... read more
KABUL (PAN): A Taliban executioner has been arrested in southern Helmand province by intelligence officials, an official said on Tuesday. Mullah Juma, alias Agha Jan, a resident of Marja district, was detained in Nawzad town of the province, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Three civilians and four Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were injured when a suicide bomber on foot blew himself up near a vehicle of the troops in Kabul on Saturday, officials said. The blast took place at 4:30pm on a road in the... read more
KABUL(PAN): Afghan police seized 300 kilograms of hashish and detained a suspect in connection with the drugs in Spin Boldak district of southern Kandahar province on Wednesday, an official said. The narcotics were recovered from a van in Rubat... read more
KABUL(PAN): Police in Kabul on Sunday said they found three dead bodies, including two women, buried in a house. The dead belonged to the same family who lived in a rented house in the eighth police district of Kabul city, crime branch chief, Col.... read more
KABUL(PAN): In a major administrative reshuffle, the interior ministry has posted and transferred senior officials at provincial and district levels in many provinces, the ministry said on Sunday. According to a notification issued by the interior... read more
KABUL(PAN): Two suicide bombers blew themselves up and two others were shot dead before they could explode their explosives during an assault on a coalition base in Kabul on Saturday, officials said. Three foreign soldiers were injured. The four... read more
KABUL(PAN): A successful transition to long-lasting peace and security in the country could not be achieved without giving women active representation in such efforts, Afghanistan's Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) said on Monday.... read more
KABUL(PAN): A seven-member squad of suicide attackers, intending to target people celebrating Nowruz festivities at shrines in Kabul, has been arrested, an intelligence official said on Sunday. The group linked to Sirajuddin Haqqani terrorist... read more
KABUL (PAN): A wood storehouse caught fire overnight causing financial losses to a number of sellers in the Qalacha area of Kabul city, officials said on Thursday. The cause of the fire was not clear and the incident is being investigated, Kabul... read more
KANDAHAR(PAN): Two suspected mine planters detained by intelligence operatives ahead of new year's festival were being interrogated in southern Kandahar province, the provincial intelligence department said on Wednesday. The men identified as... read more
KABUL (PAN): Drivers working for the Kabul municipality are syphoning of hundreds of litres of fuel every day and selling them to dealers in the market. The drivers, who haul rubbish from the capital, are selling the fuel for between 30 to 35... read more
KABUL(PAN): A five-member gang of highwaymen, accused of robbing passengers in military uniform, has been arrested in Kabul, an official said on Wednesday. The men were detained by police in Bagrami district late on Wednesday when they wanted to... read more
KABUL (PAN): The number of Afghan soldiers killed this Afghan year, which ends March 21, has shot up compared to the same period last year, the defence ministry said on Wednesday. As many as 725 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers had lost their... read more
KABUL (PAN): A man who wanted to smuggle heroin in his stomach to India was arrested at the Kabul International Airport, a police official said on Monday. The smuggler, Qasim, was detained on Friday, Brig. Gen. Mohammad Juma Adeel, commander of the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Kabul police have taken extra security measures to ensure that Nawroz, the Afghan New Year, will pass off peacefully, officials said on Monday. "Special security measures have been taken by security personnel so residents of Kabul... read more
KABUL (PAN): Drivers for security and government officials are flouting the rules of the road in Kabul and some even flee the scene when they are involved in a traffic accident, police say. “Government officials use their sirenswithout any... read more
KABUL (PAN): Drivers for security and government officials are flouting the rules of the road in Kabul and some even flee the scene when they are involved in a traffic accident, police say.  “Government officials use their sirenswithout... read more
  KABUL (PAN): Drivers for security and government officials are flouting the rules of the road in Kabul and some even flee the scene when they are involved in a traffic accident, police say.  “Government officials use their... read more
KABUL(PAN): The number of serious and organised crime cases declined to 412 during last six months of the ongoing Afghan year, compared to the same period last year when 559 cases surfaced, an official said on Sunday. As many as 954 different... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Wolesi Jirga (lower house of Parliament) on Saturday elected members of three more parliamentary panels amid criticism from some lawmakers over the voting procedure. The parliamentarians elected commissions on natural resources and... read more
KABUL(PAN): Minister of Finance Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal presented to Parliament on Saturday a draft annual budget for the coming fiscal year and urged lawmakers to approve the proposed accounts as soon as possible. The budget for the next solar year... read more
KABUL (PAN): The war on the illegal drug commerce could not be without help from regional countries, a senior interior ministry official said on Thursday. Over the past two weeks, counternarcotics police of Iran and Afghanistan had been carrying... read more
KABUL (PAN): The National Military Academy will update its recruitment capacity next year by training more soldiers, an official said on Wednesday. Currently, 607 cadets are being trained at the facility, the academy commander, Maj. Gen. Sher... read more
KABUL (PAN): The lower house of Parliament elected on Tuesday members of three more parliamentary commissions. The assembly has a total of 18 panels. Chaired by the first deputy speaker, Khalid Pashtun, the Wolesi Jirga elected members for... read more
KABUL (PAN): Four female basketball teams from Kabul city took part in an all-women’s basketball tournament on Monday. The tournament was launched to celebrate International Women's Day on March 8 and improve the capabilities of the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Hundreds of people, including women, on Sunday staged a protest rally in Kabul against the US government's plan to set up permanent military bases in Afghanistan. Nearly 300 people, half of them women, marched from Shah-Do... read more
KABUL (PAN): Candidates for the post of first deputy speaker of the Wolesi Jirga failed on Tuesday to win the required number of ballots in a third round of voting. As 217 of the 249 members were present during the session, a candidate needed 109... read more
KABUL (PAN): Kabul Governor Zabihullah Mujaddedi resigned on Monday, accusing the government of ignoring his reconstruction programmes for the province. "I no longer want to work as a figurehead," Mujaddedi told Pajhwok Afghan News, a day... read more
KABUL(PAN): Pakistan militants are using, training and encouraging boys to carry out suicide attacks in Afghanistan, an intelligence official alleged on Saturday. Three would-be suicide bombers from Pakistan's tribal areas were paraded before... read more
KABUL(PAN): Afghanistan's heavily-fortified capital came under rocket attack on Saturday morning, causing no damage, a police official said. One of the three rockets, fired from Qala-i-Hasan Khan area of Bagrami district, landed near the Pul-i-... read more
KABUL (PAN): The number of foreigners shopping in Western grocery stores in Kabul has dropped sharply after an attack on the Finest supermarket last month which left at least eight people dead, shop owners said. The suicide attack on Jan. 28 on... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan’s neighbouring countries have been supplying weapons and equipment to insurgents, making it difficult to maintain security, an Afghan military commander said on Tuesday. As many as 650 Afghan soldiers and insurgents... read more
KABUL (PAN): A dozen new police chiefs have been appointed in an attempt to improve security in the capital, Kabul, officials said on Tuesday. The appointments were made on the basis of a recommendation from the 101st Asmayee Police Zone and... read more
KABUL (PAN): The suspension of two election commission members by the Attorney General’s office is illegal, the head of the electoral body said on Monday. On Sunday, Abdullah Ahmadzai, secretariat of the Independent Election Commission (IEC... read more
KABUL (PAN): A long-term US military presence in Afghanistan would help check neighbours' interference in the country, a defence ministry official hoped on Sunday. Neighbours have been meddling in Afghanistan's internal affairs over the... read more
KABUL(PAN): Police had arrested two suspects in a jewelry theft case in Kabul, an official said on Wednesday. Kabulcrime branch officials at the police headquarters arrested the two with 10 grams of stolen jewelry in two separate operations in... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan’s Chamber of Commerce and Industries on Tuesday warned it would boycott Pakistan goods, if Islamabad does not waive a levy on Afghan trucks in Sindh province. The Pakistani government has asked Afghan traders to pay 0... read more
KABUL (PAN): The NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan will spend about $20 billion (903.6 billion afghanis) on Afghan security forces in 2011, half of which will go on the police, a coalition official said on Monday. The investment would enable the... read more
  KABUL (PAN): The number of civilians, security forces and insurgents killed last week rose to 112, a 57 percent increase on the previous week, an official said on Monday. The victims include 51 insurgents, 30 civilians and 31 policemen, the... read more
KABUL  (PAN): A suicide attacker blew himself up at a busy Kabul shopping centre on Monday, killing two people, a police official said. The attack, which happened at 2pm at the eastern gate of the upmarket Kabul City Centre in Shar-i-Naw, also... read more
KABUL(PAN): The National Directorate of Security (NDS), the country's spy service, on Thursday said it had arrested men it believed carried out the bombing of a supermarket in Kabul that left 14 people dead. The bomb blast on Jan. 28 also... read more
KABUL (PAN): A bomb blast ripped through a police vehicle in the heart of Kabul city on Tuesday, but caused no casualties, an official said. A vehicle of traffic police was targeted near Sepah-i-Gumnap square by a bomb that caused no causalities,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Approximately 100 anti-government groups will soon join the government, an intelligence official said on Tuesday. Following the establishment of the High Peace Council last year, intelligence officials had been advised to invite... read more
KABUL (PAN): A fire that broke out in the heart of Kabul on Monday caused financial losses to a number of shops owners. The fire at the Ariana Market erupted due to a short circuit, Kabul police chief, Lt. Gen. Mohammad Ayub Salangi, told Pajhwok... read more
  KABUL (PAN): A man accused of throwing acid on journalist Razaq Mamoon last week has confessed to the attack, saying that Iran forced him to do so. "If I hadn't attacked Mamoon, the lives of my wife and children would have been in... read more
KABUL(PAN): Hundreds of people in Kabul on Sunday protested against President Hamid Karzai's willingness to open the new Parliament this week instead of waiting for a final verdict of a special tribunal looking into election fraud cases.... read more
KABUL(PAN): Police have arrested a man accused of assaulting a senior Afghan journalist with acid in Kabul, an official said on Friday. Currently in police custody, the suspect was being interrogated, the 101st Asmaee Kabul Zone police commander... read more
KABUL (PAN): Six months of karate competitions, pitting 120 athletes of Kabul City against each other, began on Thursday, officials said. At the end of the competitions, three teams of children, youths and adults will be selected, Karate Federation... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday described the transfer of security responsibility to Afghan forces as "important" for the welfare of the country. Afghanistan was preparing to accept the transition process in a gradual... read more
 KABUL(PAN): The number of civil order police will be increased to 25,000 next year to replace guards at private security firms, the Ministry of Interior said on Tuesday.  KABUL(PAN): The number of civil order police will be increased to... read more
KABUL (PAN): Five suspected militants have been arrested by foreign troops in Kabul for carrying out explosions in northern Baghlan province, an official said on Sunday. The detentions took place on Saturday night in the 15th police district of... read more
KABUL(PAN): Hundreds of angry Afghans stoned the Iranian embassy in Kabul on Thursday in protest against the blockade of fuel tankers in the neighbouring country. Nearly 300 people, including women, participated in the protest that started at 10am... read more
 KABUL(PAN): Intelligence operatives in the past 20 days have foiled two major attacks --- a plot to assassinate first vice president and a bombing near the president's palace ---in Kabul, an official said on Wednesday. The authorities... read more
KABUL(PAN): Police in Kabul had detained a three-member gang suspected of killing up to 30 people over the past several months, an official said on Wednesday. The alleged killers identified as Amrullah, Wasi and Wahid were detained late Thursday in... read more
KABUL(PAN): Forty Afghan students who have completed their master's degrees in US on Tuesday received certificates from the American envoy in Kabul. The students, including five girls, had gone to the US for higher studies after qualifying for... read more
KABUL(PAN): A bomb explosion in the Afghan capital on Tuesday killed a police officer and injured three other people, including two civilians, officials said. The explosion took place at 8am in a street in the Murad Khani area, 20 metres from a... read more
KABUL (PAN): German Army Brig. Gen. Josef Blotz, International Security Assistance Force spokesman, forecasting 2011 a bloodiest year, on Friday said international troops led by Afghan forces would intensify their efforts next year to defeat... read more
KABUL (PAN): The rate of serious crimes in the capital has fallen to zero over the past three months, thanks to well-equipped police, a senior official said on Thursday. "Other crimes have also reduced 40 percent during the period," Head... read more
KABUL(PAN): Five Afghan soldiers were killed and nine others injured when two suicide bombers attacked the capital Kabul on Sunday, officials said. The bombers had attacked a vehicle of Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers, a spokesman for the... read more
KABUL (PAN):  The UN’s refugee agency on Wednesday launched its winter programme, providing the first of 210,000 vulnerable Afghans with blankets, fuel and other winter supplies. Starting in the Dah Sabz district of Kabul, 1,000... read more
KABUL (PAN): The number of civilians, militants and police killed and injured over the past week has fallen compared to the same period last month, the interior ministry said on Sunday. Eighteen police officials were killed and 24 others injured,... read more
KABUL (PAN): A Taliban commander surrendered along with nine armed fighters to police in northern Kunduz province on Wednesday, officials said. Pamir 303rd Police Zone commander, Lt. Gen. Muhammad Daud, identified the militant leader as Maulvi... read more
KABUL (PAN): Several Wolesi Jirga members, who were accused by the whistle-blowing website of working for Iran, rejected on Tuesday the WikiLeaks cables as baseless. In a new report, the WikiLeaks revealed that Iran was trying to convince some... read more
KABUL (PAN): Police recovered and seized 400 kilograms of hashish in southern Kandahar province, an official said on Wednesday. On the basis on intelligence reports, border counternarcotics police launched an operation in Spin Boldak district at... read more
 KABUL(PAN): Six Afghan soldiers have been killed over the past 24 hours in southern Ghazni and northwestern Badghis provinces, the defence ministry said on Tuesday. Three of the soldiers were killed in a militant attack in Maqur district of... read more
KABUL (PAN): Intelligence operatives have arrested 18 people across the country, including those planning attacks and a kidnapping gang, an official said. The men were arrested in Kabul, Laghman and Herat provinces over the past 10 days, a... read more
 KABUL(PAN): A traders was released and a seven-member group of abductors detained in Kabul, a police officer said on Friday. Car dealer Haji Muhammad Azim, abducted by the group on October 15 in the 3rd police district, was freed on Thursday... read more
KABUL (PAN): As many as 56 private security companies have been dissolved since President Hamid Karzai issued a decree disbanding all such firms on August 17, an official said on Thursday. "These firms were operating as sub-companies in... read more
KABUL (PAN): Roadside bomb explosions have decreased 50 percent over the past six months, a spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force said on Monday. The reason behind the drop was that ordinary people had been informing security... read more
KABUL(PAN): Hundreds of candidates who failed to win a seat in parliament closed the Kabul-Mazar-i-Sharif highway on Monday to protest against alleged fraud in the September 18 election. KABUL(PAN): Hundreds of candidates who failed to win a seat... read more
KABUL (PAN): Like other Muslim countries, Eidul Adha, the second largest religious festival, was observed in Afghanistan with religious solemnity and renewed spirit of sacrifice on Tuesday amid special prayers for peace and stability. The... read more
KABUL(PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday once again urged the Taliban and other insurgents groups to join the peace talks to bring peace to the war-devastated country. The president who offered Eidul Adha prayers in a mosque in the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Elaborate security measures have been put in place to enable residents of the central capital to celebrate Eidul Adha in a peaceful environment, an official said on Sunday. Speaking at a press conference, the interior ministry... read more
KABUL (PAN): Kabul zone officials say special security arrangements have been put in place for Eidul Adha in the capital and districts of the central province. The deputy security commander of Asmaie Zone, Gen. Khalilullah Dastyar, told Pajhwok... read more
KABUL(PAN): A suicide car bombing wounded two soldiers -- one foreigner and one Afghan -- in the relatively peaceful central capital of Kabul on Friday, officials said. Civilians suffered no casualties in the attack that apparently targeted a... read more
KABUL(PAN): A suicide car bombing jolted the Darul Aman neighbourhood of Kabul on Friday, police said. The blast happened in front of the new parliament building. Interior Ministry spokesman Zmaray Bashari confirmed to Pajhwok Afghan News the... read more
KABUL (PAN): A suicide car bombing jolted the Darul Aman neighbourhood of Kabul on Friday, police said. The blast happened in front of the new parliament building. mud
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen have agreed on long-term cooperation between Afghanistan and the Western alliance, a presidential spokesman said on Friday. During a telephone conversation... read more
KABUL (PAN): Thirty-three private security firms had been dissolved since a presidential decree issued in August, the counterterrorism department at the Ministry of Interior announced on Tuesday. The department chief, Maj. Gen. Sayed Abdul Ghafar... read more
 KABUL (PAN): A student stabbed and killed a classmate and wounded another after an argument at a Kabul city high school, an official said on Tuesday. Fourteen students are being questioned over the incident which took place late Monday... read more
KABUL (PAN): A special anti-narcotics court in Kabul has found 155 people, including 11 public officials, guilty of drug-related charges within the last three months, an official said on Monday. The jail terms ranged from two-and-a-half years to 18... read more
KABUL (PAN): The quality of education at private institutes was low, a top official acknowledged on Saturday. A new plan is being drawn up to address the problem. Deputy Minister of Higher Education Muhammad Usman Baburi, who was summoned by... read more
KABUL (PAN): Mashal football team moved up a grade to the Kabul "A" league after beating Ansari 7-6 in a final in Kabul on Tuesday, an official said. But Ansari was also promoted after an annual tournament of 32 “B” league... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Kabul Municipality resumed on Sunday building a seven-kilometre canal to evacuate wastewater from the capital city, the mayor said. Work on the key canal, four metres wide and four metres deep, which connects the south-eastern part... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan forces are ready and strong enough to take over security from their international counterparts, the Ministry of Defence said on Wednesday. “The Afghan National Army is strong enough to take charge of security,”... read more
KABUL (PAN): The government will fund the operations of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), said a presidential spokesman said on Tuesday. Speaking to journalists, Waheed Omar said the decision was taken by Council of... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai and his Cabinet will no longer appoint their favourites as provincial governors and deputy ministers, the presidential spokesman said on Tuesday. The jobs instead will be publically announced and anyone will be... read more
KABUL (PAN): The international coalition on Monday denied the existence of a secret detention site at the Bagram airbase in central Parwan province. Speaking to journalists, Josef Blotz, the spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force... read more
KABUL(PAN): The black box of the C-130 cargo aircraft that crashed into mountains east of Kabul on Tuesday has been found, but the bodies of three crewmembers out of eight onboard remained untraced until late Wednesday, officials said. An... read more
KABUL(PAN): Five bodies have been recovered after a cargo plane crashed into mountains east of Kabul city late Tuesday, officials said on Wednesday. The wreckage of the C-130 cargo plane was spotted 15 kilometres outside Kabul in the Tangi area... read more
KABUL(PAN): The first two hajj flights with 233 and 285 pilgrims onboard on Saturday departed for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, for this year's pilgrimage from the Kabul International Airport, a minister said. Hajj and Islamic Affairs Minister, Dr.... read more
KABUL (PAN): Counterterrorism officials on Tuesday handed over 1,121 weapons recovered from recently disbanded private security companies to the Disbandment of Illegal Armed Groups (DIAG) programme. The weapons were delivered to DIAG officials at a... read more
KABUL (PAN): A woman was injured when a rocket aimed at the Kabul International Airport struck a residential house on Tuesday, residents and officials said. The rocket, allegedly fired by the Taliban fighters, landed three kilometers from the... read more
KABUL (PAN): A large number of roadside stall owners on Monday complained the Kabul Municipality had not provided them with alternative places for businesses before razing their shops in the Maiwand Avenue area. Municipally workers, using... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan and NATO-led soldiers would increase their focus on the north, where insurgents including foreigners have intensified their activities, a defence ministry spokesman said on Sunday. At a joint news conference with ISAF spokesman... read more
KABUL(PAN): Up to 4,500 people have registered for participation in a quiz show on religion and politics, to be held shortly in Kabul, an official said. The competition is being organised by the Afghan Society for Social Reforms and Development (... read more
KABUL (PAN)Work on a highway between northern Parwan and Bamyan provinces, costing $50 million, got under way on Thursday, officials said. The 104-kilometer long and 11-metre wide road would be completed in one year, the acting minister of public... read more
KANDAHAR CITY/KABUL (PAN): Five Taliban fighters were killed in the Zherai district of Kandahar province as US and Afghan troops went ahead with a massive joint operation launched last week, officials said on Sunday. Several areas in Zherai... read more
KABUL (PAN): Police in Kabul will continue to provide security for the capital during Eid, ensuring that residents can celebrate their holiday without fear."My Eid happiness is that to see my Afghan brothers and sisters celebrating their Eid in a... read more
KABUL (PAN): A passenger car crashed into a truck in the capital Kabul, killing three members of one family and injuring another three, officials said on Tuesday.The incident took place close to Kabul airport on Chelmetra road at 8:30pm Monday, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): A passenger car crashed into a truck in the capital Kabul, killing three members of one family and injuring another three, officials said on Tuesday.The incident took place close to Kabul airport on Chelmetra road at 8:30pm Monday, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): A well-known Afghan journalist has been beheaded in the capital, an official said on Monday.Syed Hamid Noori, a presenter on the state-run RTA TV channel and deputy chairperson of the National Journalist Association, was killed near his... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai ordered on Sunday the transfer of district chiefs and police commanders whose relatives are contesting the September 18 parliamentary election.Karzai took the decision at a meeting that assessed security... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (IEC) chief reiterated on Sunday that no more polling centres would be established for the September 18 parliamentary vote. Instead some may be closed.Addressing a press conference, Fazal... read more
KABUL (PAN): Three rockets were fired into Afghanistan's heavily-fortified capital of Kabul early Thursday morning, causing no casualties, officials said.Two of the rockets, fired at 1am from the Tarakhel village of Deh Sabz district, landed in... read more
KABUL (PAN): Three rockets were fired on Afghan capital Kabul on Thursday early morning, inflicting no casualties on people, officials said.The rockets were fired at 1am from Tarakhel village of Deh Sabz district when two of them landed in... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai has ordered a major reshuffle in the Ministry of Interior, one of the key state organs responsible for maintaining security in the war-torn country.Through a decree issued on Wednesday, the president asked for... read more
KABUL (PAN): Officials are yet to remove the name of an election runner who has been sentenced to 16 years in jail and a cash fine of 1.05 million afghanis on drug smuggling charges by a special anti-narcotics court.Ever since the court handed down... read more
KABUL (PAN): Forty-three armed opponents of the government have been killed and 33 others injured in different parts of the country over the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Sunday.Thirty-one militants were killed after they... read more
KABUL (PAN): As many as 73 school girls and their teachers were taken to hospital on Wednesday in the capital Kabul in what authorities suspect is another incident of gas poisoning.Initially a crime branch official told Pajhwok Afghan News that 41... read more
KABUL (PAN): Twenty-two drugs smugglers, including a Tajik national and a woman caught with 38 kilograms of heroin, had been arrested at Kabul International Airport during the last five months, the border police chief said on Wednesday.Maj. Gen.... read more
KABUL (PAN): Dozens of school girls and their teachers were hospitalised on Wednesday in the capital Kabul in what authorities say is another incident of mass poisoning.A poisonous matter had been thrown into Tawtia middle school at 9:45am,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The international community will spend $30 billion to equip and train Afghan soldiers and police in 2011, in addition to $21 billion that has already been spent over the last eight years, an official said on Tuesday.The amount would be... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Attorney General's Office (AGO) said on Monday a presidential advisor, accused of corruption, had ignored a couple of summonses and would be re-arrested if he failed to appear before prosecutors.Muhammad Zia Salehi, who is also a... read more
KABUL (PAN): Six months after a presidential order banning tinted windows on cars, vehicles with blacked out windows can still be seen on the streets of Kabul.Hamid Karzai issued the order to thwart crime and help improve security in the country.... read more
KABUL (PAN): Despite recent surges in levels of Afghan and foreign soldiers, insecurity has forced the Independent Election Commission (IEC) to shut down 938 polling centers across the country.Addressing a press conference, a defence ministry... read more
KABUL (PAN): Amid stringent security measures in Kabul, a simple but impressive ceremony marked Afghanistan's 91st Independence Day on Thursday.During the low-profile event, President Hamid Karzai placed a floral wreath at the base of the marble... read more
KABUL (PAN): Journalists on Thursday boycotted covering the anniversary of Afghanistan's Independence Day as a show of protest after they were left waiting hours by the side of the road. August 19 marks the 91st anniversary of Afghanistan's... read more
KABUL (PAN): Recruitment for a controversial village security force, also called the "local police", has begun in one district in central Uruzgan province, a senior security official said on Wednesday.Deputy interior minister, Lt. Gen. Muhammad... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai left for Moscow on Tuesday to participate in a four-way summit on regional issues, officials in Kabul said.Karzai is visiting Moscow at the invitation of his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, the Presidential... read more
KABUL (PAN): A special anti-narcotics court said on Monday drug-related crimes have increased by 33 percent in the first quarter of the current solar year, compared to the same period last year.As many as 115 cases were admitted for hearing by the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Ethnic clashes between Hazara and nomadic Kuchi tribes in the west of Kabul caused millions of afghanis in damages as the protesters rampaged through the city, looting offices and setting shops and buildings on fire.The fighting started... read more
KABUL (PAN): A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a foreign guesthouse in the Afghan capital on Tuesday, killing himself, a second bomber and a security guard, witnesses said.A civilian was also injured in the explosion which happened at about 3... read more
(Update 2)KABUL (PAN): A suicide bomber blew himself up near a British security company in the Afghan capital on Tuesday, killing himself, a second bomber and two security guards, a security official said.A third guard was also injured in the... read more
KABUL (PAN): For the first time, an Afghan national swimming team was formed after a competition in this central capital city on Monday, sports officials said.Nearly 800 young men were distributed entry forms to participate in the contest, but only... read more
KABUL (PAN): A bomb exploded near a police vehicle in the Afghan capital, Kabul on Thursday, but caused no casualties, officials said.The bomb, placed on the grassy verge between two roads in Sarak-i-Naw of Rahman Maina area, detonated at 5am just... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan National Army (ANA) will maintain security in 11 of Afghanistan's 34 provinces during the September 18 parliamentary elections, officials said on Thursday.The 201st Selab Military Corps would take the security responsibility... read more
KABUL (PAN): Police have retreated from an embattled border town that fell to the insurgents as a result of a predawn battle in the remote eastern province of Nuristan, the Ministry of Interior said on Sunday.Following the heavy fighting in Barg-i-... read more
KABUL (PAN): At least 44 police personnel have been killed over the past week across the country, a 27 per cent increase on the previous week, the Ministry of Interior said on Sunday.The number of bombings and armed attacks has also gone up in the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The lack of coordination between Afghanistan and its neighbours is a principal cause of the production and smuggling of drugs in the war-torn country, an official said on Saturday.Joint conferences would be arranged to eliminate the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Last bodies of passengers on an ill-fated plane, which crashed in mid-May, were handed over to their relatives in Kabul on Thursday.The Pamir Airways aircraft went missing soon after it took off from northern Kunduz province on May 17.... read more
KABUL (PAN): Nearly two dozen senior officials and influential people met the president on Thursday and insisted on the formation of a high council for peace to mediate between the insurgents and the government.Hamid Karzai agreed with participants... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Kabul International Conference passed off peacefully on Tuesday, though the city witnessed a rocket attack and an explosion some hours before the meeting.Amid tight security arrangements, the conference -- attended by... read more
KABUL (PAN): A key international meeting on the future of Afghanistan, devastated by decades of conflict, got under way in Kabul on Tuesday morning, amid tight security.The Kabul Conference, being attended by officials from more than 70 countries... read more
KABUL (PAN): A key international meeting on the future of Afghanistan, devastated by decades of conflict, got under way in Kabul on Tuesday morning, amid tight security.The Kabul Conference, being attended by officials from more than 70 countries... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan counter-narcotics forces seized more than 2.5 tonnes of opium in southern Helmand province, the largest drug-producing region in the country, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said Monday.The drugs were discovered in two separate... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan national team on Sunday left for the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu to participate in the first-ever South Asian Fencing Championship for Men and Women, officials said.The three-day championship, being held under... read more
KABUL (PAN): Police raided a house in the capital Kabul and destroyed an illegal alcohol production factory, officials said on Wednesday.Two men also were detained from house in Azadi town, crime branch chief, Brig. Gen. Syed Ghafar Syedzada, told... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan Ministry of Defence and the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan launched on Wednesday a joint investigation into the death of three British troops by an Afghan soldier in southern Helmand province.A spokesman for the ministry,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Interior said on Sunday that civilian deaths had fallen 21 percent this week compared to last week's figure of 43.The 34 civilians were killed in 180 incidents across the country, the interior ministry's spokesman,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Interior refused on Sunday to rule out a militant attack during next week's major international conference in Kabul.Preparations have already been put in place to ensure a peaceful one-day conference, to be attended by... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan counter-narcotics police, backed by foreign troops, killed 50 militants, including drug traffickers, and seized tonnes of narcotics during an operation in southern Helmand province, a top security official said on Thursday.The... read more
KABUL (PAN): The number of Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers has reached 134,000, a target achieved five months ahead of schedule, an official said on Monday.Additionally, 22,000 army officials were under training in different parts of the country... read more
KABUL (PAN): A Hazara parliamentarian from Kabul, calling President Hamid Karzai as an illegitimate president, on Saturday accused the president of lying to the Hazara community during his election campaign.Speaking at a gathering in Pul-i-Surkh... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai has appointed Lt. Gen. Sher Muhammad Karimi as the Chief of Army Staff, a day after the parliament approved the former army chief as the Interior Minister, the Defence Ministry said on Wednesday.In a presidential... read more
KABUL (PAN): A huge demonstration attended by more than one thousand people, mostly students, in Kabul on Monday asked the government to ensure that the two official languages, Pashto and Dari, are treated equally in the public sector.The Afghan... read more
KABUL (PAN): Nearly 90 prisoners who were recently transferred from the US-run Parwan prison to the notorious Pul-i-Charkhi jail in eastern Kabul city are behind the bars despite serving their sentence, Pajhwok has learned.The inmates are locked up... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Saturday lashed out at private security companies, accusing them of fueling insecurity in the country."The country wouldnt be secure unless private guards are integrated into Afghan security forces," Karzai... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan foreign minister, Dr Zalmay Rasol, on Thursday left for Pakistani capital, Islamabad, for a two-day official visit to hold talks with Pakistani officials on various topics, including the core issue of terrorism.His visit comes... read more
KABUL (PAN): Police have detained eight people on different charges, including drug trafficking and kidnapping, in this central capital, officials said on Tuesday.Five men were detained for carrying 18 kilograms of heroin on Monday night during two... read more
KABUL (PAN): The number of civilians killed in military operations in Afghanistan has fallen this year, while casualties among foreign soldiers have risen, a spokesman for the NATO-led alliance said on Saturday.The drop in non-combatant deaths was... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Defence has started assessing security arrangements for polling stations across the country ahead of a parliamentary vote scheduled to be held on September 18, an official said on Thursday.Security for 6,735 polling... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Shanghai Cooperation Organization, concerned at the deterioration of security, the increase in terrorism, drug trafficking and transnational organised crime in Afghanistan, on Friday reiterated its support for the UN in playing a... read more
KABUL (PAN): Houses for more than 2,000 Afghan officials under construction near a US military base in central Parwan province were being poorly built, officials claimed on Tuesday.The apartments near the Bagram Military Base are estimated to cost $... read more
KABUL (PAN): More than 350 inmates held at Pul-I-Charkhi prison have been detained for terms longer than their sentence, a government appointed commission said on Sunday.Those prisoners have been kept locked up for anywhere from between six months... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Interior Ministry is devising a strategy for recapturing a remote eastern Afghan district that fell to Taliban fighters a day earlier, an official said on Sunday.Zmaray Bashari, ministry spokesman, told a news conference in Kabul... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan intelligence, police, army and foreign troops will all play a role to ensure this weeks peace jirga takes place without any security concerns, an official said on Saturday.Security preparations for the jirga, slated for June 2-4... read more
KABUL (PAN): A newly-established court convicted a cashier of the Ministry of Hajj and Islamic Affairs of embezzlement and sentenced him to 15 years in jail on Tuesday.The Special Anti-Corruption Court also imposed on Haji Muhammad Noor, arrested... read more
KABUL (PAN): Police have seized more than a dozen missiles, and hundreds of artillery and other shells from a house in Kabul, thereby preventing another attack on the capital, officials said on Saturday.The ammunition cache was discovered on Friday... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Hazara community threatened Thursday to boycott this month's peace jirga if a dispute with nomadi Kuchis over grazing land in central Maidan Wardak was not resolved."If our rights continue to be violated, we can explicitly say we... read more
CHARIKAR (PAN): Rescue workers combing the mountains of Salang for a passenger plane that went missing more than two days ago have failed to spot any wreckage, officials said Wednesday.The Pamir Airways aircraft, bound for Kabul, dropped off the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Kabul police arrested more than a dozen alleged militants -- five of them Pakistani nationals -- on the outskirts of the Kabul on Monday, a week after Taliban fighters warned of launching multiple attacks on major Afghan cities.Afghan... read more
KABUL (PAN): Foreign elements are behind ongoing ethnic clashes between Hazara and Kuchi communities in central Maidan Wardak province, Second Vice-President Karim Khalili said on Monday.Addressing a press conference here on Monday, Khalili also... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United Nations Development Project (UNDP) delivered equipment worth one million US dollars to the Anti-Corruption Department at the Ministry of Interior (MoI) here on Saturday.Lt. Gen Haidar Basir, deputy minister of administrative... read more
KABUL (PAN): A newly-constructed sports gymnasium was inaugurated in Kabul on Wednesday, but sports officials say the building is of poor quality and lacks the requisite facilities.Director of Afghanistan's National Olympic Committee (NOC), General... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Counter-Narcotics Ministry has lashed out at the Kandahar governor for not cooperating in efforts at eradicating opium poppies from the troubled southern province.Addressing a press conference on Monday, the ministry's spokesman,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Responsibility for the security of the largest US detention centre in Afghanistan will be formally handed over to Afghan authorities on Saturday, a Defence Ministry official said.The transfer is based on an agreement between the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The newly appointed chief electoral officer of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Tuesday officially assumed his office, while approximately 2,100 candidates registered to compete in the upcoming parliamentary vote, slated for... read more
KABUL (PAN): Hajj and Auqaf ministry's cashier has accused second vice president and seven ministers of embezzling one million of dollars during last year's Haj ritual.Haji Mohammad Noor, who was arrested seven months back with $3, 62,000 at Kabul... read more

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