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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): Fresh forces have been sent to the Dangam district of eastern Kunar province that would be cleared of militants in the next two days, security officials promised on Tuesday.Testifying before the Meshrano Jirga, the officials said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Elections Commission (IEC) chief on Sunday said the Wolesi Jirga could not amend the law on the structure, duties and authority of the poll panels.On the other hand, some lawmakers claim based on Article 109, they... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Kabul police chief claimed on Wednesday that 76 outlawed and suspected killers of the Supreme Court’s secretary have been detained in the past two weeks.Lt. Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahimi told journalists that terrorist attacks had... 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): The Emergency Response Committee (ERC) on Wednesday said it was fully prepared to deal with possible disasters in the winter, but some lawmakers expressed their reservations.The ERC is comprised of representatives from 10... 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): Protesting provincial council candidates on Saturday warned of hampering a scheduled oath-taking ceremony for winning runners in Kabul if their demands went unheard.Some 30 losing candidates and their supporters staged a protest... 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 (Pajhwok): Protesting provincial candidates and their supporters on Tuesday staged a rally in Kabul, accusing the election commissions of fraud and asking court to take action against those involved in vote rigging.Attended by 250 people... 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): Some Wolesi Jirga members on Wednesday said the process of awarding contracts for mine extraction had long been lacking transparency and accountability.The house also discussed matters pertaining to the distribution of Computerised... 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 Ministry of Public Works on Tuesday said two department heads in southern Kandahar province had been suspended for violating a law recently approved by the Cabinet.The Kandahar public work director and the Spin Boldak truck-... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Public Works (MoPW) announced on Tuesday that all roads including the busy Salang highway would be kept open in the long winter season.  Ahmad Shah Waheed, director of maintenance at MoPH, told a press... 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): Cattle markets in various parts of the central capital have witnessed a surge in the number of buyers amid complaints about high prices of sacrificial animals ahead of the religious festival Eidul Adha.The first day of the festival... 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): A civil society organisation -- Action Foundation -- urged the future government on Saturday to launch meaningful negotiations with rebels and eliminate anti-peace elements.Syed Ikram Afzali, head of the organisation, told a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Civil society activists on Monday accused the presidential candidates of taking hostage the political fate of Afghans, asking the Parliament to adopt a clear stance on the issue and help resolve differences between the campaigns.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Elf Aquitaine, a French Oil Company has entered the Afghanistan market on Saturday in a bid to launch partnership with local firm in the lubricant sector.Speaking on the occasion, Atiqullah Nusrat, president of Afghanistan Chamber... 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): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Monday said the presidential poll result would be unveiled if observers of the two teams resolved their differences on the vote audit.IEC spokesman, Noor Mohammad Noor told a news... 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): The vote scrutiny process resumed on Wednesday after a delay of 90 minutes owing to differences between representatives of the two electoral teams over the audit of some ballot boxes.A Pajhwok Afghan News journalist reported from... read more
 KABUL (Pajhwok): In compliance with a presidential decree on the Eidul Fitr day, 55 prisoners were released from the Pul-i-Charkhi prison on the eastern outskirts of Kabul on Sunday, an official said.Syed Murad Sharifi, a Supreme Court... 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): Five people have been arrested on the charge of kidnapping and killing an 18-month-old child, the interior ministry said on Thursday.Lt. Gen. Syed Abdul Ghaffar Sayed Zada, a senior official of the ministry, said the child had been... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Directorate of Security (NDS) on Wednesday said tight security measures had been put in place to protect the Kabul International Airport.Weeks earlier, a group of suicide bombers mounted an attack with assault rifles on... 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) The Afghanistan Millat Party, welcoming the preliminary results of the runoff elections, on Thursday urged the electoral bodies to separate genuine votes from bogus ones.Members of the party warned any irresponsible and extra-... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): All state-run universities would remain shut till August 2, the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) announced on Monday.Pro. Habibullah Habib, Kabul University chancellor, told Pajhwok Afghan News the decision had been taken... 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): The Nasiri tribal council of southern Ghazni province on Monday announced support to presidential runner Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai in the runoff polls.At a gathering attended by hundreds of people in Kabul, the council head, Haji... 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 Wolesi Jirga delayed a decision on the fate of the Kabul mayor on Saturday when a numbers of members warned of invoking Article 69 of the constitution if the official continued in his position.Article 69 says the president shall... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Urban Development Minister Dr. Hassan Abdulhai on Thursday said his ministry planned to construct a 14-storey building for its headquarters.He told Pajhwok Afghan News the building was estimated to cost id="mce_marker"0 million and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A would-be suicide bomber has been detained by intelligence operatives in eastern Nangarhar province, the spy service announced on Thursday.Shakirullah from Achin dsitrict was arrested along with a suicide vest, the National... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two editors-in-chief were among 22 journalists who were given awards by a media support organisation in recognition of their outstanding performance on Sunday.Pajhwok Editor-in-Chief Danish Karokhel and his colleague from Killid... 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): Thousands of residents gathered in the capital Kabul on Tuesday, pledging support to front-line presidential runner Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai.The gathering was attended by former interior minister Ali Ahmad Jalali, Right and Justice... 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): Police arrested an Italian citizen with drugs at the Kabul International Airport, officials said on Sunday.Airport security official Maj. Mohammad Usman Yari told reporters the foreigner was trying to smuggle 300 kilograms of... 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): A ceremony marking the Nawroz festival got under way at the Presidential Palace in Kabul with the Afghan national dance called Atan on Thursday morning.The UN chief and leaders of Iran, Iraq, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan,... 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/SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): Thousands of residents of Kabul and Jawzjan province on Sunday announced their support for presidential hopeful Zalmai Rassoul.    At a gathering in the Loya Jirga Tent in Kabul, hundreds of people from the... 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): President Hamid Karzai addressed a joint session of parliament on Saturday, when the legislature entered the fourth year of its constitutional five-year term.Karzai, whose tenure expires after the presidential election on April 5,... 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
BRUSSELS (Pajhwok): NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Tuesday said Pakistan had an important role to play in the Afghanistan peace process, a part that should not be undermined.Rasmussen told a group of Afghan journalists in the... 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
KABUL (PAN): Security forces arrested a suspect who fired two rockets on capital Kabul on Thursday, when the traditional Loya Jirga entered its second day, officials said.Two rockets landed in the 4th police district close to the traditional Loya... read more