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KABUL (Pajhwok): The Kabul Servants Institute (KSI) on Thursday set the government a 10-day deadline to appoint a new mayor for capital Kabul, otherwise they would launch a protest campaign. Former Kabul mayor Mohammad Younis Nawandish resigned... read more
KABUL (Pajhowk): A fact-finding commission on Tuesday said government officials and departments had violated the law by releasing former Kabul Bank executive Khalilullah Ferozi from prison to sign a multimillion township contract with him. The... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Wednesday said the Afghan government and the people had a strong will to bring peace and stability to the country and militants should avail the chance. Abdullah told a press... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A national handball team member, Zubair Azizi, has drowned along with his wife and a one-year-old son in Greece waters on their way from Turkey to Europe. Aziz left Kabul along with his family a week back, but their boat capsized... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Justice Minister on Wednesday presented a draft counternarcotics law before the Wolesi Jirga for approval, which would allow the use of drugs in preparing medicines in the country. The bill in seven chapters and 76 articles... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga on Tuesday condemned the amputation of a woman’s nose by her husband in northern Faryab province and sought punishment for the perpetrator. A man chopped off the nose of his wife, Reza Gul, a 20-years-old,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga (WJ), or lower house of parliament, on Monday approved the draft budget for 2016 after necessary changes and a12 billion afghanis addition to the outlay. Earlier, the assembly rejected by a majority vote the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan’s New National Front, led by Anwarul Haq Ahadi, on Thursday formally declared its existence, calling the unity government “a failure” and demanded fresh presidential elections. At the party’s launch ceremony,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament on Wednesday asked the government to introduce nominees for the slots of defence minister, the spymaster and heads of the Attorney General Office and the Afghan Red Crescent Society for... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Friday said 78 Taliban militants had suffered casualties in a string of security operations in different parts of the country. MoD spokesman Brig. Gen. Dawlat Waziri told Pajhwok Afghan News 60... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Fresh from their sensational triumph in the 5th ODI, Afghanistan are all posed to take on Zimbabwe in the first of the two-match T20 series in the United Arab Emirate on Friday. On Wednesday, Gulbadin Naib played the most... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Meshrano Jirga or Senate members on Sunday differed over whether to include or not in the upper house’s agenda a presidential legislative decree regarding elections. Under Article 109th of the Constitution proposals for... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Lawmaker Haji Zahir Qadir on Monday said unknown helicopters had been seen landing in eastern Nangarhar province and his men would target these copters if seen again. The first deputy speaker of the Wolesi Jirga or lower house of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Saturday rejected by a majority vote an election-related legislative decree of President Ashraf Ghani. The presidential decree was placed before the lower house for approval by Nasir Ahamd Hanafi, head of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of senators on Tuesday said the security situation of southern Helmand province was “terrible” and asked the government to take steps in this regard before it was too late. But Lt. Gen. Murad Ali Murad, the deputy chief... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Meshrano Jirga or upper house members on Tuesday expressed their deep concerns over broadcasts by  “Caliphate Radio” belonging to the Islamic State in eastern Nangarhar province and demanded an immediate halt to its broadcasts... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A survey on socio-physical environment for the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline would be launched in Afghanistan next year, the mines minister told lawmakers on Saturday. Daud Shah Saba told the lower house... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The government lost millions of dollars in revenue to tax exemption on import of fuel for foreign troops through the Heratan dry port, a Wolesi Jirga delegation has learnt. The lower house deputy secretary, Erfanullah Erfan, who... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Lawmaker Haji Zahir Qadir on Monday claimed a son of Ahmad Zia Massoud had invited the Qatari prince to western Herat province. Some 20 days ago, a Qatari plane carrying 10 luxurious vehicles and some food items, landed at the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga or upper house of the parliament on Sunday decided to summon the higher education minister over an ongoing strike by teachers of public sector universities in Kabul. The teachers of Kabul University, Kabul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Wednesday urged the government to meet demands of striking university professors and send the higher education law to the parliament soon for a review. The professors of Kabul university, Kabul medical... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Wednesday said it would pay arrears amounting to 3.5 billion afghanis to 90 contractors over the next four months. Representatives of the 90 companies had earlier complained the ministry was not... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  Some senators on Tuesday renewed their call for the government to announce dates for holding parliamentary and district council elections and asked President Ghani to highlight Pakistan’s support for terrorism in the ‘Heart of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga members on Monday alleged that corruption was being committed in the issuance of passports, but the department concerned spurned the allegation. “There is widespread corruption in the issuance of passports,” a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has said Pakistan has been in a state of an “undeclared war” with Afghanistan over the past 40 years, the Presidential Palace said on Friday. President Ghani made the comments on Thursday afternoon during a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Except some roads, no other infrastructure development projects were carried out over the past 14 years in central Parwan province, the governor said on Friday. Mohammad Asim Asim told Pajhwok Afghan News no measures had been... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (Pajhwok): At least 10 people were killed and another six wounded when a mortar allegedly fired by Afghan National Army (ANA) troops hit a mosque in the Syedabad district of central Maidan Wardak province on Friday, residents said.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga deputy speaker on Wednesday said the government might collapse if he presented evidenceof the National Security Council’s support for the Islamic State (IS) -- also known as Daesh. On November 23, Zahir Qadir,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some lawmakers on Saturday said officials involved in the release of Kabul Bank main debtor from jail to sign a multimillion real estate contract with the government should be fired. Former Kabul Bank chief executive and major... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Central bank chief Khalil Siddique on Tuesday told the Meshrano Jirga or upper house of parliament that the increase in US dollar’s value, the decline in investments and domestic products, insecurity, migration and capital flight... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga, or lower house of parliament, on Saturday threw out President Ashraf Ghani’s fifth legislative decree, barring acting officials from performing their duties in security institutions for more than two months.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some lawmakers on Wednesday alleged Khalilullah Ferozi, former Chief Executive of Kabul Bank, was released from jail against $7 million in bribe to participate in the inauguration of his township scheme. They claimed the deal... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Interior Minister Noorul Haq Ulumi provided satisfactory information about the security situation to the Wolesi Jirga on Monday. Summoned almost a week ago, the minister fielded a volley of questions about the fall of several... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga or upper house on Tuesday decided to summon National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar over his recent comments about terrorist groups’ activities in Afghanistan. Atmar told the Associated Press in an... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Mesharano Jirga on Tuesday appointed a delegation to investigate alleged rape of 35 women prisoners by prosecutors and judges in the western zone of the country. A recent research conducted by the Rights and Justice Organisation... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Finance Minister Eklil Ahmad Hakimi on Monday ruled out budget deficit and informed the Wolesi Jirga about increase in the country’s revenue and a $2.8 billion aid promised by the international community over the next three years... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani talked to the 207th Zafar Military Corps commander and the governors of Herat, Farah and Badghis provinces through a video conference to assess security situation and governance. A statement from the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 80 militants and 13 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have been killed during separate security incidents in different parts of the country over the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Friday. A... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament on Wednesday decided to summon top security officials over the arrival and stay of Taliban’s supreme leader Mullah Mansour in central Ghazni province. Lawmaker from Ghanzi Mohammad... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Wednesday accused Pakistan of clear intervention in Afghanistan’s internal affairs and decided to summon the foreign minister and the national security advisor over non-implementation of a bilateral security... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Mesharno Jirga or upper house of parliament on Sunday amended some articles of the law governing salaries of high-ranking government officials. The amendments enable parliament members to receive government privileges and a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga (WJ) or lower house of the parliament on Wednesday approved a draft law regarding salaries of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), his two deputies and others discharging duties out of the country’s grade system.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga on Tuesday appointed a delegation to evaluate the security situation in northern Kunduz province and asked security organs to identify vulnerable security spots in capital Kabul and take necessary measures.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A senior intelligence official on Sunday acknowledged the existence of the “5th pillar within the government” while the deputy defence minister stressed on the need for full equipping Afghan forces to foil enemy’s designs.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some lawmakers on Saturday said the Dand Ghori accord with Taliban in northern Baghlan province amounted to giving the insurgent group concession, but others defended the agreement. The Wolesi Jirga (WJ) session ended on an... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Hundreds of people on Thursday took to the streets in central capital Kabul, demanding removal and punishment for officials whose negligence led to the fall of Kunduz City.  The demonstrators chanted slogans against the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Directorate of Security (NDS) -- the Afghan spy service -- on Wednesday said the suspension of a planned operation led to the fall of Kunduz City to the Taliban. Three days back, the insurgents attacked the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The governor of northern Kunduz province has fled to Europe after Kunduz City, the provincial capital, fell to Taliban insurgents, some sources said on Tuesday. Mohammad Omar Safi had been in Tajikistan, from where he was trying... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Interior Minister Noorul Haq Ullomi on Wednesday clarified that the government had signed an agreement with people of Dand Ghori district of northern Baghlan province not with the Taliban there. Ullomi, who met with family... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At the head of a high level delegation, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Wednesday left for the United States to attend the 70th UN General Assembly (UNGA) session in New York. Representing the Islamic Republic... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Wednesday rejected as baseless media reports about the subculture of bacha bazi or "boy play” in the ranks of the Afghan National Army (ANA). The MoD said in a statement that religious scholars at... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga (WJ) members on Wednesday termed as incomplete the Election Reform Commission (ERC)’s suggestions to overhaul the country’s electoral system. Speaking at today’s session, they said the government should launch... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga members on Saturday said security bosses lacked the ability to improve the country’s security situation and called for the officials concerned to be summoned to answer questions from lawmakers. Speaking at the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga or lower house members on Saturday said if the Population Registration Act had any problems, the government should come up with amendments, but should not allow anybody to disunite the Afghans. The Population... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Mesharano Jirga or upper house of parliament members on Tuesday denounced a NATO airstrike that allegedly killed 17 Afghan counternarcotics police in southern Helmand province, calling for the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Elders from eastern provinces on Sunday warned against not mentioning “Afghan” and “Islam” in the computerised national identity (ID) cards. More than 100 elders and their supporters coming all the way from from Nangarhar,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Hundreds of people on Saturday took to the streets in Kabul to protest the omission of the words “Afghan and Islam” from new electronic national identity cards. Afghan National Movement head Mohammad Ismail Yon, Afghan Millat... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Relatives of the Shah Shaheed truck bombing victims on Monday said they were spending nights in ruined houses and the government was yet to keep promises of helping them. At least 15 civilians were killed and nearly 500 others... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The New Line Organization (NLO) on Thursday criticized the government’s performance about youths’ improvement and demanded the young generation be provided with job and education facilities. The NLO is a civil society institute... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): "Afghanistan High Rescue Council (AHRC)" on Thursday said “biased neighbours” and other foreign countries should not be allowed to meddle in the Afghan peace process. AHRC head and former Taliban official Maulvi Syed Akbar Agha... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Lower house members on Wednesday stressed efforts for overcoming the trust deficit between the government and the Taliban and predicted the inclusion of a woman in the government delegation at future talks. The Taliban have... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga (WJ) -- or lower house of parliament -- is scheduled to rise for a 45-day summer recess on Thursday (tomorrow) at a time when some lawmakers acknowledge the assembly's poor performance during the past four months... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Monday could not hold its general session because a majority of the lawmakers were absent. Some lawmakers, who attended the session, lashed out at their absent colleagues, saying the house could not pass bills... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): In a fresh move, the Meshrano Jirga -- or upper house of parliament -- on Sunday rejected a draft law applying a 100 percent tax on tobacco imports. The Meshrano Jirga also approved an amended draft law on smoking control law in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has assured lawmakers his ministers would appear before them to answer their questions, the Meshrano Jirga or upper house secretary said on Tuesday. Senate members have boycotted attending sessions from the... read more
KABUL (Pajhowk): Some lawmakers on Monday feared the Gulbadin Hekmatyar-led Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA)’s decision to support Islamic State (IS) militants could strengthen the new group’s activities in Afghanistan. In a recent statement, the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Monday unanimously rejected government-proposed amendments to the anti-money laundering and terrorist financing law. Former president Hamid Karzai had signed the law in June 2014 after it was approved by both... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Wednesday assigned its commissions to investigate Monday’s group suicide attack on the parliament, in which two civilians were killed and 28 others wounded. Eight insurgents launched the coordinated attack on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of Meshrano Jirga or upper house of parliament members on Sunday expressed grave concern over spiraling insecurity in the country and stressed the government to improve security throughout the country. Lutfullah Baba,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi said on Monday members of lowers house would continue work till holding of parliamentary elections. The sitting lawmakers have legitimate right to keep working, he said, adding the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga (WJ) members on Saturday expressed grave concern over boiling insecurity and warned that some districts might fall to insurgents if steps were not taken to bolster law and order. Fawzia Kofi, a lawmaker from... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministery of Counternarcotics on Wednesday said it was concerned about the increasing population of drug addicts in the country, calling for assistance from the departments concerned and international community to deal with the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A lawmaker from northern Samangan province on Monday alleged corruption ran rampant in coalmines in her province, saying a local council had prevented embezzlement of 15 million afghanis in the sector in past 24 hours alone.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Haji Zahir Qadir, deputy speaker of the Wolesi Jirga, on Tuesday said some incumbent ministers still held dual citizenship and if convincing evidence found they should tender resignation. Without naming anybody Qadir said: “Among... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament on Saturday approved a set of amendments to the Acting Law banning government officials from duty in acting capacity beyond two months. Asadullah Sadati, a member of the central... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): People’s representatives of central Bamyan province opposed the appointment of new governor Mohammad Tahir Zahir for the province, saying the new governor could not deal with the emerging challenges in the area. Two days back,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chairman of the Independent Elections Commission (IEC) on Monday pledged to hold parliament elections without further delay if provided with financial support. Ahmad Yusuf Nuristani said the IEC had taken necessary steps, but... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament on Monday approved a draft law on foreign residents and a bilateral friendship and strategic cooperation agreement Afghanistan had signed with Turkey. Likewise, a law draft on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga --- or lower house of parliament --- on Saturday approved tax affairs bill into law with majority of votes. Shinkai Karokhel, a lawmaker from Kabul and member of finance commission, presented the bill in the house.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Kabul primary court on Saturday opened the trial of Farkhunda murder case and summoned eight high security officials to appear before the court at Sunday’s proceeding. The officials summoned include Kabul police chief, Kabul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Calling for an end to the Afghan conflict, religious leaders in capital Kabul say they support Imam-i-Kaaba’s recent remarks that the Taliban and Daesh had no link to Islam. Imam-i- Kaaba Sheikh Khaled al-Ghamedi has publicly... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): On the occasion of Farkhunda’s Chehlum, civil society activists and residents of Kabul on Monday asked the government to award exemplary punishment to those detained in her case and prosecute police officials who looked on when she... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Tuesday said corpses of slain Afghans killed in Iran have been delivered to their families after they were arrived in the country. MoFA last week said eight Afghan nationals who were... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Funds allocated to some Ministry of Interior (MoI)’s departments sometimes ended up in the hands of insurgents due to the widespread administrative graft, the European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan (EUPOL) said on Tuesday.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of residents of northeastern Badakhshan province on Saturday staged a protest against Warduj district attack that left 30 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers dead, demanding the government to investigate the incident... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  A number of Wolesi Jirga members on Saturday blamed stark differences between leaders of the unity government for a spike in deteriorated law and order. Ghulam Hussain Naseri, Wolesi Jirga member, told the house: “Weak... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga or lower house members on Monday accused the Human Resource (HR) Department at the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) of accepting bribes in hiring employees. The lower house summoned Noorul Habib Jalal, the acting... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): As some lawmakers claimed insecurity was on the increase in provinces ruled by acting governors, Wolesi Jirga first deputy speaker assured new governors would be introduced within next 15 days. Soon after being inaugurated in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Interior Minister Noorul Haq Ulumi on Thursday said recent kidnapping of passengers on highways were aimed at putting pressure on the government and sabotaging the peace process. About a month ago, masked gunmen snatched 31... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Interior Minister Noor-ul-Haq Ulumi on Thursday praised police officers but stressed the force was needed to demonstrate professionalism. Speaking at a gathering of special police unit, he said security force rendered huge... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some residents of central Daikundi province on Tuesday protested in front of the parliament building in Kabul against what they called illegal activities of strongmen in the district. Tor Mohammad Haidari, one of the protestors,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some lawmakers on Sunday claimed that Farkhanda had contacted foreign embassies before being killed, but officials denied the assertion as groundless. Farkhanda, 27, was killed and burnt by a mob in front of Shah Du Shamshera... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Seventy-two militants and seven national policemen have been killed in clearing operations in different provinces, the Ministry of Defence said on Monday. The operations were conducted in the past 72 hours in Kandahar, Zabul,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The president’s special representative for reforms and good governance on Wednesday called corruption a big obstacle to Afghanistan’s development and prosperity, Some amendments to the constitution were needed for elimination of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga member Mohammad Akbar Stanikzai on Monday accused the Logar police chief of having hand in last month’s group attack on the provincial police headquarters. At least 20 policemen were killed and nine others... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Before embarking on his visit to the United States, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani is expected to refer at least 10 cabinet members to the Wolesi Jirga for a vote of confidence. The long-expected cabinet nominations were likely... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some lawmakers on Saturday asked the unity government to introduce the remaining cabinet ministers, saying a delay would affect parliamentary elections. Abdul Wali Niazi, a legislator from Badakhshan province, said: “If the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and former vice-president on Monday stressed to protect gains achieved in the past 13 years in Afghanistan during the peace negotiation. Speaking at a gathering to mark the first death anniversary of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has suspended Sports Department Director Karamuddin Karam after sportsmen accused him of corruption, the Presidential Palace said on Monday. A number of sportsmen observed strikes calling for the top sports... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Speaker of the Wolesi Jirga (WJ) or lower house of parliament said on Saturday that election for the house should be held on due date and the government introduce the remaining cabinet picks without further delay. Speaking at the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Lt. Gen. Muhammad Zahir Aghbar has been appointed as security advisor to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Wednesday. Earlier, Aghbar served as protection brigade commander at the National Directorate of Security... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A recent decision by National Security Council (NSC) to ban cargo trucks entry into Kabul city for security reasons has caused a spike in prices of goods and pave way for corruption, traders complained on Thursday. The unloading... read more
FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): The strength of gunmen claiming allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) group increased from 80 to 400 persons over the past one and a half months in the Khak-i-Safed district of western Farah province, the district chief said on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of civil society activists and residents of the capital Kabul on Monday vehemently denounced violence against women and demanded the perpetrators be brought to justice. Over hundreds of people gathered in front of the... read more
KABUL/TALOQAN (Pajhwok): Four members of a family were killed and another wounded in a roadside bombing in Qarabagh district of the capital Kabul, while 12 people were injured in a traffic accident in northeastern Takhar province, officials said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Directorate of Security (NDS) on Wednesday claimed thwarting a terrorist bid in Kabul by detaining two suspects. A statement from the spy service said the alleged terrorists planned to stage attacks in Kabul.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Hundreds of Kabul residents on Tuesday staged a protest demonstration, seeking an oversight role for provincial councils. On Wednesday, the lower house rejected a clause of the law on provincial councils, barring the elected... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The minister-designate of interior on Tuesday said he would take effective measures for maintaining security and enforcing law in collaboration with relevant organs if he was given a vote of confidence. Noorul Haq Ulumi was... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Presidential Palace on Tuesday introduced new ministers-designate of information and culture and justice after the rejection of the earlier nominees by the Wolesi Jirga on the dual-nationality issue. First Vice-President... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The public works minister-designate on Monday pledged to work out plans for infrastructure development and spreading a network of roads. Seeking a vote of confidence from the Wolesi Jirga members, Ghulam Abbas Basir said he would... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The higher education minister-designate on Sunday pledged to improve the university curriculum, fight against graft and introduce accountability if she was given a vote of confidence. Addressing lawmakers, Khatira Afghan said it... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Telecommunications and IT minister-designate Barna Karimi on Thursday said he would complete the national fibre ring project and provide the Afghans high quality telecom and internet services at lower rates. Explaining his future... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The public health minister-designate on Thursday told lawmakers he would put an end to imports of substandard drugs and improve the situation of hospitals, if given a vote of trust. President Ashraf Ghani introduced 24 ministers-... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The cabinet nominee to head the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) on Wednesday told lawmakers his priority would be overcoming the gap between cities and villages in terms of facilities, if he was granted a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Gen. Sher Mohammad Karimi, defence minister-designate on Wednesday promised implementing security improvement plans and building realistic military ties with Pakistan.    Also the sitting Afghan army chief, Gen.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President’s Special Representative for Reforms and Good Governance Ahmad Zia Massoud on Sunday asked the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology to focus on promoting electronic governance. As part of a series... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani is set to meet the Wolesi Jirga Administrative Board before ministers-designate seek a trust vote from the lower house, whose session was postponed on Saturday.  More than three months after being... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): After being rejected by the Wolesi Jirga, an amended draft budget for the current fiscal year would be presented to the lower house of parliament next week, a lawmaker said on Wednesday. Wolesi Jirga’s Finance Commission head... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Eid Milad-u-Nabi (SAWW) is being celebrated on Saturday throughout Afghanistan with religious zeal and fervour. For the faithfuls, Eid Milad-u-Nabi (SAWW) is highly regarded religious festival as they express gratitude and thanks... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan’s premier intelligence agency had arranged the Taliban delegation’s visit to China in November last year, Aimal Faizi, spokesman of the former president revealed on Saturday. A day earlier, a leading Pakistani The News... read more
KABUL, MAIMANA (Pajhwok): Eight people were killed and two more wounded in two separate incidents of violence in capital Kabul and northern Faryab province, officials said Thursday. Brig. Gen. Farid Afzali, head of Kabul police criminal... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Fifty-four suspects have been arrested during a search operation in capital Kabul, an official said on Monday.The operation involving National Security Directorate (NDS) and National Army (ANA)’s 111st Capitol Division personnel... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than 100,000 acres of gardens have been rebuilt and 10,000 more acres created in the last decade in Afghanistan, the deputy minister of agriculture, irrigation and livestock said on Monday.Mir Amanuddin Haidari, speaking at a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Unidentified gunmen shot dead an official of the Supreme Court in broad daylight in the capital Kabul on Saturday, the victim's relative said.Khaliqullah Khaliq, director of the Afghanistan Customs’ Law-Enforcement, confirmed the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Six Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed and 14 others wounded in a suicide attack in the Qasaba area of the capital Kabul on Thursday morning, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.A statement from MoD said the target of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President’s special representative on reforms and good governance Ahmad Zia Massoud on Tuesday said administrative corruption was a major hurdle to the country’s development and there was no choice but to eliminate the menace.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A Wolesi Jirga member, Abdul Rahim Ayubi, on Tuesday accused a number of lawmakers of being involved in administrative corruption, an issue of grave concern for Afghanistan's international backers.“There is no commission in the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) on Monday signed an agreement with two companies to promote Islamic banking in the country.The agreement was inked between ACCI and the Kabul-based Islamic Finance and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some political experts on Friday welcomed pledges from the international community at the London Conference to continue cooperating with the Afghan government.Simultaneously, they asked the administration of President Ashraf Ghani... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Lt. Gen. Mohammad Zahir Zahir’s resignation has been turned down and he would continue as Kabul police chief, an official said on Monday.Hashmatullah Stanikzai, the Kabul police spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News that government... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi on Saturday denounced a bomb blast inside a mosque in eastern Nangarhar province as an attack on Allah’s house.A bomb explosion inside the mosque during Friday prayers in Khogyani district... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President’s special representative on reforms and good governance Ahmad Zia Massoud said on Thursday Afghanistan would become self-reliant in agriculture over the next five to 10 years.Presiding over a meeting at the Ministry of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President’s special envoy for reforms and good governance Ahmad Zia Massoud on Wednesday said low paid government servants and poor people should have access to affordable housing in Kabul City.Speaking at the Ministry of Urban... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The newly-elected provincial council members of central Kabul province were sworn-in on Monday at the Governor’s House here despite warnings from losing candidates to disrupt the ceremony.After being put on hold for seven months,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Failed provincial council candidates on Sunday warned to once again disrupt a planned oath-taking ceremony for winning runners in Kabul if their demands went unaddressed.After being put on hold for seven months, final results from... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga members on Wednesday asked the government to brief them on recent visits by senior Pakistani officials to Afghanistan.In October, Pakistan’s national security advisor Sartaj Aziz visited Afghanistan and on Nov 6... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A planned oath-taking ceremony for the newly-elected provincial council members of central Kabul province to be held today (Tuesday) has been cancelled.The ceremony, originally scheduled for Tuesday morning, has now been postponed... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than 20 tonnes of drugs were torched in Kabul on Wednesday when officials said Afghanistan needed international assistance in the fight against narcotics -- a top priority of the new government.About 360 kilograms of heroin, 29... read more
KABUL CITY (Pajhwok): Increasing rocket and magnetic bomb attacks have worried Kabul residents, who believe lack of deterrence and coordination among security forces allows such assaults.This last week saw six magnetic bombs exploding and as many... read more
KABUL CITY (Pajhwok): Increasing rocket and magnetic bomb attacks have worried Kabul residents, who believe lack of deterrence and coordination among security forces allows such assaults.This last week saw six magnetic bombs exploding and as many... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Four Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed and a dozen others wounded in a bomb attack on their bus in Kabul on Tuesday morning, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.The incident took place around 7am in Shams area of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Blaming the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) responsible for delay in the provincial council election results, the poll panel on Monday indicated the outcome might be announced this week.Azizullah Bakhtiari, an... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The corpses of five men executed a day earlier at the Pul-i-Charkhi prison and of a notorious criminal Habib Istalif were on Thursday handed over to their families, an official said.The five were hanged on Wednesday afternoon days... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Saturday inquired after the health of a senior TV journalist Mujahid Kakar currently being treated in a German hospital for cancer.Ahmadzai phoned a relative of Kakar, who works with Tolo TV... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of people on Sunday donated blood for wounded Afghan soldiers on the occasion of the 18th death anniversary of former president Dr. Najibullah in Kabul.Najibullah was born in 1947 in the Ahmadzai sub-tribe of Ghilzai. Born... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Association of Industrialists (AAI) on Saturday expressed optimism the unity government would attract more foreign investment.Abdul Jabbar Safi, the AAI deputy head, said the country had attained self-reliance in 22... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A senior Da Afghanistan Brishna Sherkat (DABS) official on Wednesday rejected if the company was planning to write-off two billion afghanis payable by some government offices in unpaid electricity bills.DABS Director General Abdul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Meshrano Jirga members on Tuesday cautioned the incoming government of president-elect Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai against concluding the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States in haste.Plenty of debates had taken... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some members of the Meshrano Jirga -- upper house of parliament -- on Tuesday condemned the way presidential election results were announced by the commission.They also asked Dr. Abdullah to work himself as chief executive and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Fourteen police officials have been detained on charges of committing different crimes, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Monday.MoI spokesman Siddiqui Siddique told reporters in Kabul the ministry’s crime branch and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The new president would be sworn in next week, the election campaign teams announced on Sunday, hours after the candidates signed a power-sharing deal.At a news conference, a spokesman for the Dr. Abdullah-led Reform and Unanimity... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  Hundreds of people attending two separate protest rallies in central Kabul and southeastern Khost provinces on Saturday urged the Supreme Court to award harsher punishment to the detainees linked to the gang rape incident in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Media Support Organization, NAI, on Thursday urged on participants of Wales summit to help protect independence of media and human rights in Afghanistan.Abdul Mujib Khilwat, the NAI executive director, said this... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The election watchdog on Tuesday said it found as valid votes from another two polling centres out of 69 sites earlier cancelled by the Independent Election Commission (IEC).The IEC had declared invalid votes from the 69 polling... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former Pakistani right-handed batsman Kabir Khan on Monday resigned as Afghanistan’s national cricket team coach, citing personal engagements.Khan, who has been coaching the Afghan team over the past few years, tendered his... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) chief on Sunday said more than 48,000 votes had been thrown out so far during four rounds of the invalidation process.  Mohammad Yusuf Nuristani told reporters the cancelled votes... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Kabul on Sunday once again accused Islamabad of continuing to fuel instability in Afghanistan, claiming the Pakistan Army was aiding 168 terrorist groups against Afghan forces.“Pakistan has been playing a grossly destructive role in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Petty but frequent differences between representatives from the two presidential teams have slowed down the ongoing vote audit, the Independent Election Commission said on Friday.IEC spokesman Noor Mohammad Noor told a news... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A special audit of 6,000 suspect ballot boxes, identified by the election teams of Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Dr. Abdullah, was delayed again on Friday.  Speaking on behalf of the Ahmadzai-led Change and Continuity team,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Incidents of violence against journalists in Afghanistan have increased by 50 percent during the current year, a watchdog said on Tuesday.Media support group NAI’s Director Siddiqullah Tawhidi told a press conference in Kabul that... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Amid tight security and prayers for peace, the Afghans on Monday offered Eidul Fitr prayers across the country without any major incident of violence taking place.Last night, the Supreme Court announced that the Saudi Supreme Court... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai on Monday said the violence Afghanistan witnessed over the last two months was unparalleled during the past 14 years, as he prayed to Allah, the Almighty, to bring peace and stability to the nation after... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday accused the Pakistan Army of targeting only local fighters in the ongoing operation in North Waziristan tribal region, an official said.Afghani militants were not being chased by the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Stringent security measures have been put in place for the crucial second round of the presidential ballot to be held on Saturday, senior officials said on Friday.Interior Minister Mohammad Omar Daudzai told a press conference in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The head of NAI, an organisation that supports free media in Afghanistan, on Thursday asked both presidential contenders to ensure more media freedom after the election.Speaking to journalists, Siddiqullah Tawhidi complained that... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Street vendors in the capital Kabul complained some municipality employees, police officials and disabled persons were illegally taking money from them over the past few years. Authorities concerned yet to take action to halt the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two people were killed and nine others wounded on Monday when a bus of the Defence Ministry came under suicide bomb attack in the heavily-fortified central capital Kabul.The bomber ploughed his explosives-rigged motorbike into the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Hundreds of people on Monday staged a protest rally in Kabul, calling for an end to a 10-day sit-in by some lawmakers and their supporters to allow the municipality to resume its activities.Municipality staffers have been on leave... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The free media support organisation, NAI, on Sunday announced recording 78 cases of violence against journalists throughout the country in 2013.NAI Director Sadiqullah Tawhidi said six journalists had been killed, four injured, nine... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than a thousand people on Thursday marked International Labour Day, demanding compensation for the workers who lost their lives in the line of duty.People with disabilities also participated in the event, arranged by the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Top-voted presidential candidate Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday said his victory in the first round of presidential elections was clear if the vote had been clean, saying fraud was his main rival.Addressing a press conference in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga or the lower house of parliament on Saturday ratified two agreements on strategic cooperation the government has signed with Norway and Finland.Abdul Qadir Zazai Watandost, a Kabul lawmaker, who heads the house... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): As vote-counting continues, the two national electoral institutions on Wednesday acknowledged there had been instances of fraud in Saturday's presidential polls. They said efforts were being made to announce the outcome based on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Foreign Minister Zarar Ahmad Osmani on Monday hinted the Bilateral Security agreement (BSA) with the US could be concluded before transition of political leadership.Osmani, addressing a joint press conference with his Swedish... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Counting of votes cast during Saturday’s presidential and provincial council polls has finished in most of the provinces with sensitive electoral materials taken back to local Independent Election Commission (IEC) offices in 15... read more
KABUK (Pajhwok): A number of voters in Deh Sabz district on the outskirts of Kabul province complained against lack of election materials in the polling stations, saying several voters of Deh Yahya locality would be left without exercising their... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Three senior police officers were suspended on charges of interference in the elections process, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Monday.Addressing a news conference here in Kabul, MoI Spokesman Siddique Siddiqui said reserve... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The attack on Independent Election Commission (IEC) headquarters in Kabul ended on Saturday evening with the killing of five assailants, the deputy interior minister said.Gen. Ayub Salangi told reporters at the site the burqa-clad... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A suicide attack on a foreign guest house in Kabul ended with the killing of all five bombers on Friday evening, Deputy Minister of Interior Gen. Mohammad Ayub Salangi said.  A group of five suicide bombers stormed the Roots of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain on Thursday affirmed his country’s commitment to peace and stability in the region.Addressing a Persian New Year function at the Presidential Palace here, Hussain said: “I’m so glad participating... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Directorate of Security (NDS) on Tuesday accused Pakistan’s Inter-services Intelligence (ISI) of masterminding Thursday’s attack on the Serena Hotel that claimed nine lives.Afghan journalist Sardar Ahmad, his spouse,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB) on Wednesday announced the printing of a new 1,000 afghani new note, with some changes to curb the circulation of fake currency.DAB Governor Noorullah Dilawari acknowledged at a news conference that the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga -- or the lower house of parliament -- on Sunday elected Saleh Mohammad Saljooqi as second deputy speaker and Irfanullah Irfan as assistant secretary, an official said.However, elections for the first deputy speaker... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Late Vice-President Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim was laid to rest in the Deh-i-Kipak area of the capital Kabul on Tuesday, as tens of thousands of mourners turned out to pay their last respects.The Marshal was accorded a 21-gun... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan National Liberation Front, led by Sibghatullah Mujaddedi, on Monday announced support to presidential contender Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, the party spokesman said.Dr. Zabihullah Mujaddedi said the government should not... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal and his Pakistani counterpart Mohammad Ishaq Dar on Sunday discussed a range of options to expand the volume of bilateral trade.As the 9th session of the Pak-Afghan Joint Economic Commission... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Three armored and as many Hilux vehicles will be placed at the disposal of each presidential runner on Saturday, the Election Security Commission head said on Friday.The 11 candidates for the April 5 presidential vote have so far... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A counternarcotics ministry official on Tuesday claimed at least 865 smugglers had been detained and 76 tonnes of drugs recovered during the last three months.Lt. Gen. Baz Mohammad Ahmadi, deputy interior minister, told reporters... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) would provide each presidential candidate with three armoured and as many ordinary vehicles, as well as 35 police personnel, to ensure their security during election campaign, an official said on... read more
KABUL (PAN/IMC): Sixty percent of property owners in Kabul do not pay the annual cleanliness tax to the municipality, reveals an investigation by the Independent Media Consortium (IMC) Productions.The tax, which is calculated as a percentage of the... read more