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KABUL (Pajhwok): Some residents of the Shinwari zone in eastern Nangarhar province on Monday staged a protest in capital Kabul, calling for the provincial governor to be removed. They also warned Nangarhar would fall to Islamic State (IS) if a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed on Tuesday between the anti-corruption department and the Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs on creating awareness among the people about corruption through mosques. The document... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Procurement Commission (NPC) approved two contracts worth 600 million afghanis, rejected a third belonging to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and cancelled four roads construction contracts for poor quality, the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some members of the Meshrano Jirga or Senate on Sunday asked the government to urgently appoint a new mayor of Kabul City. Former mayor Mohammad Younus Nawandesh had resigned last year and his deputy, who had been heading the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga members on Wednesday said the Jamiat-i-Islah member, who insulted former Afghan King Amanullah Khan, should be introduced to the attorney’s office. Jamiat-i-Islah member Mullah Abdul Saboor had recently called... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Abdul Razzaq Wahidi on Monday survived a no-confidence motion from the Wolesi Jirga after offering some satisfactory explanations. Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi said 121 votes... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Saturday decided to summon the telecommunications and information technology minister to appear before Monday’s session. Lower house secretary Abdul Rauf Inami told Pajhwok Afghan News the commission of panel... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Saturday approved two presidential decrees authorising the departments concerned to make appointments in grade first and second and giving additional salaries from 5,000 to 10,000 afghanis for five academic ranks... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga (WJ) or lower house members on Wednesday alleged the Islamic State (IS)’s Radio Caliphate was airing its broadcasts from a foreign forces base in the capital of eastern Nangarhar province. Allah Gul Mujahid, a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Monday rejected yet another presidential decree that exempts security ministers from the amended law on acting officials. The lower house had amended the law on acting officials in early June, barring acting... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Mines and Petroleum Minister Daud Shah Saba on Sunday said a strong 7,000-member security force would keep security for the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) project during its implementation and demining the route the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament members on Saturday termed Russia’s coordination with Afghan Taliban to counter the Islamic State or Daesh in Afghanistan as meddling in the country’s internal affairs. They demanded... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some lawmakers on Saturday insisted the Selection Committee’s work to recommend commissioners on the two electoral bodies should be delayed until the fate of a presidential decree in this regard was decided. The selection... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament member on Wednesday said Taliban militants had torched a number of houses belonging to Afghan Local Police (ALP) personnel in Nijrab district of central Kapisa province. Mirdad Nijrabi... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Meshrano Jirga or upper house of parliament members on Tuesday once again asked the government to announce dates for holding long-delayed parliamentary and district council elections and issue electronic ID cards. Under the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Senators on Tuesday asked Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah to discuss Afghanistan’s full membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) at the ongoing summit of the group in China. The 14th Heads of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Hundreds of protestors on Thursday demanded a public trial of the killers of civilians in the Syedabad incident in central Maidan Wardak province, asking the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) to name all war... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  The power utility chief on Tuesday said a list of electricity bill defaulters has been sent to the government and attorney offices for action against them. Da Afghanistan Bareshna Shirkat head Abdul Razaq Samadi told the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga’s commission on telecommunications says charging the 10 percent tax on mobile phone users by the government is illegal and amounts to disrespecting the law. Based on a presidential decree, also endorsed by the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament members on Wednesday rejected expenditure report of last year’s budget by a majority vote, citing technical issues and under-spending. The report was presented before the house by the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some members of Meshrano Jirga on Tuesday sharply reacted to a statement from the US embassy in Kabul regarding the possibility of a suicide attack, asking the mission not to confuse people. A day earlier, the embassy said in a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Minister of Commerce and Industries Humayoon Rasa on Saturday promised a cut in gas prices in coming days. His ministry has purchased 372,000 tonnes of gas from Russia, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan to meet increasing demand a head... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Lawmakers from central Daikundi province on Saturday accused the provincial governor’s husband of beating two female members of the provincial council and a civil society activist. But Khalil Pilot, the husband of Daikundi... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani and some lawmakers on Monday vehemently condemned the beheading of seven civilians by Islamic State loyalists in southern Zabul province. According to reports, Daesh fighters abducted seven residents,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  The draft of the national annual budget with a total outlay of 461.8 billion afghanis for the upcoming fiscal year has been sent to the Senate or Mesharano Jirga for approval, the finance minister said on Sunday. Explaining... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Wednesday condemned the stoning of a girl in western Ghor province as un-Islamic and inhuman act. On Oct. 25, local Taliban publicly stoned to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament on Monday accused the government of lacking a clear cut policy on Afghan refugees in Europe, summoning the refugee and foreign ministers. Media reports say President Ghani during a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga members on Saturday criticised the US for not properly equipping Afghan security forces and asked the Afghan government to reconsider its foreign policy. Sher Wali Wardak, a lawmaker from Kabul province, said: “... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Saturday rejected a fourth legislative presidential decree issued during the lower house of parliament’s summer recess. Sher Wali Wardak, the deputy head of the house economic committee, presented the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Meshrano Jirga or upper house of parliament on Tuesday asked Germany to revise its plan to start deporting Afghan refugees. Earlier, German media reported that Afghan refugees whose asylum seeking applications have been rejected... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Mesharano Jirga or Senate members on Sunday criticised Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for asking the Afghan government to review its policy about the neighbouring country. Speaking in Washington on Friday, a day after... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Wednesday rejected by a majority vote two presidential decrees amending income tax and customs laws. The president had issued the legislative decrees during the parliament’s summer break. Azim Muhseni,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga members from western Herat province on Monday said talented and professional Herati security officials had been ignored in recent promotions to key posts. The lawmakers accused the government of discrimination in its... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some youth on Sunday staged a protest demonstration in capital Kabul against the growing unemployment and set the ministry concerned a week-long deadline to generate jobs otherwise it gates would be closed. Dozens of youth took... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Meshrano Jirga members on Sunday alleged Pakistani intelligence agencies used Afghan national identity cards to enter terrorists into Afghanistan. Nader Baloch, who heads the upper house internal security commission, said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Meshrano Jirga deputy chairman Mohammad Alam Ezedyar on Sunday said that the Taliban had proved they were the main reason behind continuous foreign troops’ presence in the country. Speaking at a general session of the upper house... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A Wolesi Jirga member on Saturday said he was ready to disclose the names of lawmakers who allegedly received bribes from ministers in return for cancellation of parliamentary summons. But the startling disclosures could not be... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Congress Party on Thursday asked the government to set dates for the long due parliamentary and district council elections without further delay. Mohammad Aziz Asefi, the party’s leadership council head, told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament on Monday ratified security pacts Afghanistan had concluded with China and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi said the agreements had been discussed in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament on Tuesday decided to summon the Minister of Labour, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled over fake individuals receiving salaries and other allowances from the ministry. Abdul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga -- or upper house of parliament -- on Tuesday urged the government to review appointments of the past one year to prevent a Kunduz-type debacle. Mohammad Dawood Ghafari, a lawmaker from Ghor, criticised the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Communications and Information Technology Ministry said imposing 10 percent tax on cell phone users started on Wednesday. The decision was earlier taken by the council of ministers. Mohammad Yasin Samim, the communication... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior on Wednesday said at least 38 insurgents were killed in different parts of the country in the past 24 hours. The MoI said in a statement in joint clearing operations by security forces in Nangarhar,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Meshrano Jirga chairman Fazl Hadi Muslimyar on Tuesday said if veteran former jihadi leader Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf was assassinated, the blame would be put on Maulvi Qalamuddin and those working in the government but sympathetic... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some lawmakers on Wednesday demanded police chief and deputy police chief of southern Ghazni province be sacked due to negligence in preventing a major jailbreak. In a brazen attack on the Ghazni prison three days back, more than... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga chairman and some members on Sunday blasted government’s policies towards Pakistan and asked the President Ashraf Ghani administration to sever political and economic ties with the neighboring country. They... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Meshrano Jirga chairman Fazl Hadi Muslimyar on Sunday said if the government provided one-third of the facilities that Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum had in the north, elders in the east would eliminate all insurgents. First Vice-... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Civil Societies’ Network on Thursday suggested an advisory Jirga be held to resolve differences over the electronic ID cards and whether the word “Afghan” should be mentioned in them. The Population Registration Bill was... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Procurement Committee (NPC) has approved 15 contracts of the ministries of defence, interior, education, labour and social affairs and Da Afghanistan Brishna Shirka (DABS). A statement from the Presidential Palace... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A mammoth rally by civil society activists announced support Afghan security forces and strewed rose petals on roads in capital Kabul on Saturday amid demands for eternal peace in the country. The rally was organized by a civil... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Supreme Council of Jihadi and National Parties on Thursday announced its formation aiming to resolve the current challenges in the country and support the national unity government. Ahmad Zia Massoud, first deputy head of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Condemning Pakistan’s policy toward Afghanistan, the Reform and Change Network (RCN) on Monday demanded the government to forthwith suspend peace talks with Taliban. Dozens of members of the RCN drove around Kabul city in 12... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga second deputy speaker on Sunday said he has referred his bodyguard who was accused of assaulting a journalist to Attorney General Office (AGO). Mohammad Amin Babak, host of a talk show in Khurshid television... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Wednesday appointed a panel to investigate the Jalrez carnage amidst claims by some lawmakers that those killed were “illegal gunmen.” The Taliban insurgents attacked several Afghan Local Police (ALP) posts on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga, or the lower house of parliament, on Wednesday confirmed Khalilullah Sediq as governor of Da Afghanistan Bank. The government introduced Khalilullah Sediq to parliament for a vote of trust along with two... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Anisa Rasouli, member-designate for the Supreme Court, on Wednesday failed to win a vote of confidence from the Wolesi Jirga, or the lower house of parliament. On July 1, the unity government of President Ashraf Ghani introduced... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament voiced serious concerns over mayhem in the Jalrez district in central Maidan Wardak province, has tasked internal security and defence commissions to thoroughly probe the incident.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Hundreds of Taliban gunmen have surrounded about 80 policemen in their compound in central Uruzgan province for the last nine days, a lawmaker said on Wednesday, blaming the government for taking no action to rescue them.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): As many as 85 members of Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament in a letter wanted the names of those lawmakers revealed who remained absent from the house session for long. Humaira Ayubi, a lawmaker from Farah, submitted... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some members of Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament on Monday while expressing serious concerns over deteriorating security situation in the country said that the self-styled Islamic State (IS) or Daesh group was spreading in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Members of Wolesi Jirga or lower houses of parliament have donated their one-day salaries--- worth over one million afghanis--- to bolster security of parliament. On Tuesday, eight attackers stormed the parliament building but... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some lawmakers on Tuesday alleged Monday’s coordinated suicide attack on the lower house of parliament was conducted with the help of foreign spy networks averse to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Pakistani... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has noted comprehensive strategy has been worked out to regain lost areas in northern Kunduz and purge parts of northeast of of anti-state elements. The president raised the issue at the sideline... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga members on Monday said the government lacked strategy how to deal with threats posed by the so-called Islamic State or Daesh group. Speaking at the general session, these lawmakers warned that security situation... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament on Saturday approved continuation of its work beyond 22 June, amid criticism by some lawmakers calling the extension as illegal. In line with constitution, the elections should have taken... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some members of the Meshrano Jirga -- or upper house of parliament -- on Tuesday accused Iran of supporting Taliban insurgents, asking the government to prevent all acts that were harming the national interest. Senator Safiullah... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Sunday said fate of Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament would be decided as per constitution and developing national consensus. Article 83 of the constitution states: “The constitutionally... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The counter-narcotics minister on Wednesday said the bulk of poppy crop was grown in three insecure provinces, with dearth of resources making it difficult to fight the menace. Salamat Azimi was summoned to the question and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Meshrano Jirga Chairman Fazl Hadi Muslimyar on Tuesday said teachers’ grievances should be addressed jointly by the parliament and the Education Ministry, insisting students should no longer suffer. Over the past nine days,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some lawmakers on Saturday renewed their call for announcing a date to hold parliamentary polls, saying the sitting parliament members could continue their work until new members were elected. Under Article 83 of the Constitution... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga or lower house members on Saturday asked the government to meet legitimate demands of protesting teachers. Teachers in 19 provinces have been on strike since Monday demanding increase in their salaries and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Despite hurdles created by Pakistan in supply of construction materials from India, Afghanistan’s new parliament building would be completed over the next five months, an official said on Tuesday. Syed Sharif Hussaini, an advisor... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some members of Meshrano Jirga or upper house of parliament rued on Sunday that merit criteria had been totally trampled following new appointments at the Ministry of Defence (MoD), National Directorate of Security (NDS) and other... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga or upper house of parliament on Sunday approved a strategic cooperation agreement between Afghanistan and Turkey. The lower house had ratified the agreement in May and then sent to upper house for approval.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some lawmakers on Saturday vehemently criticized government for spiraling insecurity, rampant corruption and not appointing new officials. Qazi Abdul Rahim, a lawmaker from northwestern Badghis province, told the house: “It is... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga speaker has said government has formally introduced Mohammad Masoum Stankikzai as defence minister-designate to the house. Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi said Stanikzai was introduced formally through a letter to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some members of Meshrano Jirga or upper house of parliament on Tuesday criticized US president’s recent remarks, insisting Afghanistan has not been a dangerous place and Afghans could defend their country against threats. In a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Members of both houses of parliament on Sunday continued criticising a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the intelligence agencies of Afghanistan and Pakistan. After an uproar, the lower house’s commissions on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga or upper house of parliament on Sunday asked the government to conduct Wolesi Jirga election as soon as possible. In a general session, the Meshrano Jirga warned legal term of parliament was about to expire and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some members of Meshrano Jirga or upper house of parliament on Tuesday criticized signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between spy agencies of Afghanistan and Pakistan, calling Pakistan’s intelligence agency Afghanistan’s... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of members of Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament on Monday criticized an agreement inked between the spy networks of  the two neighboring countries, calling the move against national interest of Afghanistan.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Political passports continued to be issued to undeserving people, a member of the Meshrano Jirga claimed on Sunday, when the upper house announced sending a delegation to Saudi Arabia for investigation into the situation of Afghan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga on Sunday formed a delegation to investigate “night letters” that opposed funeral prayers for deceased government officials in the Paghman district of central Kabul province. The letters had been distributed... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some lawmakers on Monday stressed parliamentary election should take place on time otherwise the national assembly would lose legitimacy. Based on article 83 of the constitution, elections for members of the house of people shall... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Kabul primary court on Monday indicted 49 people, including several police officials, in the Farkhhnda murder case and said it would hand down its judgment on Wednesday. But the indicted police officials rejected they had... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Kabul primary court on Sunday ordered the arrest of an Arabic-speaking Afghan and a police official who deliberately disrupted police communication system when a mob was beating Farkhunda. Farkhunda, 27, was lynched by a mob... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The primary court in Kabul on Sunday resumed trial in Farkhunda’s lynching case and played a video showing a mob killing her on the second day of the trial as eight high security officials watched. Judge Safiullah Mujadadi on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Asphalt work on a 27-kilometre portion of the 52-km Lataband Road began in central Kabul province on Thursday, a $17 million project to be completed in one and a half years, an official said. The asphalt repairs were started from... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Six ministers-designate will present their plans and strategies to the Wolesi Jirga (WJ) or lower house of parliament by coming Saturday, deputy speaker of the lower house said on Tuesday. Irfanullah Irfan said that the religious... read more
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): 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): 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): 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
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): 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 (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): 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 (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 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): 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): 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): 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): 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 (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): 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 (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 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 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
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
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): 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): 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): 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): 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): 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): 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): 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

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