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KABUL (PAN): Following an overnight clash on the British-mandate frontier called Durand Line, a large number of Afghans joined an anti-Pakistan campaign on Facebook, stoutly supporting local security forces.The skirmish in the Konsri area of Goshta... read more
KABUL (PAN): An alliance of opposition parties on Tuesday accused President Hamid Karzai of refusing to sign on law on the authority and structure of the Independent Election Commission.Instead the president was seeking to maintain the status quo... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some politicians and analysts on Tuesday called for the introduction of a joint electorate regime, denouncing the lower house decision on the Single Non-Transferable Vote (SNTV) system as contrary democratic principles. The Wolesi... read more
KABUL (PAN): Amid rumours about a possible change in the schedule for next year's presidential and provincial elections, the poll panel on Saturday reiterated its resolve to hold the ballots on time and in line with the constitution.Both elections... read more
 KABUL (PAN): Independent Election Commission (IEC) Secretary Ziaul Haq Amarkhel on Saturday urged parliament to approve an amended electoral law as soon as possible because any delay would negatively affect the poll process.He told Pajhwok... read more
 KABUL (PAN): Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) leader Gulbadin Hekmatyar has offered the Kabul government a two-point proposal for his group's participation in the 2014 presidential election.In his latest interview with a local private TV... read more
KABUL (PAN): Pakistan has agreed to the release of all Afghan Taliban militants in its custody "in return for money" from the US, some Kabul-based political commentators alleged on Saturday.Pakistan plans to release all Taliban prisoners still in... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan spymaster Asadullah Khalid, who sustained critical wounds during a suicide attack last month, on Sunday appeared in a video clip, saying he was recovering fast."I am getting well with each passing day after a surgery was... read more
KABUL (PAN): Seeing a softening in the Taliban’s stance at the three-day gathering in Paris, political parties hope sustained negotiations would help bring normality to the country.Representatives of the Afghan government, Taliban and other factions... read more
KABUL (PAN): Six more prisoners convicted of armed robberies and suicide attacks were executed in Kabul on Wednesday, raising the number of executions to 14 over the past 48 hours. On Monday, President Hamid Karzai signed execution warrants for... read more
KABUL (PAN): The latest Asia Foundation survey on growing optimism among the Afghans is far from realistic, believe political analysts, rejecting the poll as an attempt at pleasing certain quarters.Released at a news conference in Kabul on Wednesday... read more
KABUL (PAN): A seminar on Pakhto literature in 21st century was conducted by Afghan Cultural Societies’ Jirga in central capital Kabul, an organiser said on Saturday.As many as 350 writers, culturalists and jirga members from provinces attended the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) Chief Executive Dr. Hamid Shinwari and his deputy Nasimullah Danish have resigned, an official confirmed on Monday.Their resignations have been accepted by the ACB chief, Shahzada Massoud, the board’s... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some political analysts say now is the time for the Karzai government to come up with a tit-for-tat response to cross-border incursions into eastern Afghanistan from Pakistani soil.Last week, senior defence officials warned if the... read more
KHOST CITY (PAN): A recently found historical object was handed over to the museum in the southeastern province of Khost, officials said on Saturday.A tribal elder, Haji Ali Khan, found the relic in the Sur Kakh area of Spera district and handed it... read more
KABUL (PAN): In violation of government policy, the Academy of Science director of plan is simultaneously acting as advisor to the Ministry of Labour, Social, Martyr and Disabled Affairs, reveals an official document.The letter, reference no 729 and... read more
KABUL (PAN): A Pajhwok Afghan News reporter was briefly detained in southeastern Paktika province overnight, with police saying they were directed by the governor to do so.Ali Mohammad Nazari was arrested from his house in Sharan, the provincial... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan on Friday crashed to a humiliating defeat against England in their second match, putting them out of the tournament and prompting Kabul-based cricket experts to call for immediate removal of the head coach, Kabir Khan.Put... read more
KABUL (PAN): Political experts believe the latest gubernatorial reshuffle by President Hamid Karzai is part of efforts to find a candidate of his choice for the presidential election, scheduled to take place in 2014.Karzai fired some governors who... read more
KABUL (PAN): Defence experts on Sunday said Friday’s insurgent attack on Camp bastion, the largest NATO base in Afghanistan, was a result of intelligence failure, insisting the Taliban had not been weakened.Six jets were destroyed and two... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Thursday conferred the Ghazi Mohammad Akbar Khan medal on former spy chief Rahmatullah Nabil in recognition of his services to the nation.“I am so happy awarding the Ghazi Mohammad Akbar Khan medal to an honest... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some Afghan army generals, who called on President Karzai on Wednesday, said Afghan security forces were ready to keep security for the whole of the country after planned withdrawal of foreign troops in 2014, the Karzai office said.... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Journalists in southern Helmand province on Wednesday denounced as baseless recent remarks by a lawmaker who accused them of hiding facts.Abdul Hai Akhonzada, an MP from Helmand, recently told a private TV channel that journalists... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some military experts on Tuesday criticised the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for revealing what they said an incomprehensible number of deaths among Afghan army troops who died in insurgency-related incidents over the past two months.MoD... read more
KABUL (PAN): Journalists of southern Kandahar and Helmand provinces on Sunday strongly condemned the beating of their colleague by gubernatorial guards in Uruzgan.Najibullah Latif, who works for Yawali and Paiwastoon radio stations, complained on... read more
KABUL (PAN): Finance Minister Dr. Zakhilwal on Tuesday promised dispatching a list of his assets to the attorney general for a transparent investigation into allegations of corruption against him.The minister, who was blamed for transferring huge... read more
KABUL (PAN): Finance Minister Dr. Zakhilwal on Tuesday promised dispatching a list of his assets to the attorney general for a transparent investigation into allegations of corruption against him.The minister, who was blamed for transferring huge... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some common people expressed their pleasure over the dismissal of defence and interior ministers, while others believed it was a hasty decision. Most of them called for sincere and professional individuals to replace the two.The lower... read more
KABUL (PAN): The international community, fearing possible damage to its relations with Pakistan, is avoiding intervention on the issue of cross-border attacks into Afghanistan, analysts believe.They say Islamabad -- through incessant shelling of... read more
KABUL (PAN): Kabul on Sunday lodged a protest with Islamabad on continued missile and rocket strikes from Pakistan’s soil into eastern Kunar province, the foreign ministry said.Deputy Foreign Minister Javed Lodin communicated Afghanistan’s concerns... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Bost Cricket Club from southern Helmand province defeated Band-i-Amir in the final of the Etisalat Challenge Cup that involved teams from all five zones, an official said on Monday.Band-i-Amir elected to bat after winning the toss,... read more
KABUL (PAN): A number of political analysts on Thursday said President Hamid Karzai’s speech to a special session of parliament in Kabul was a repetition of his previous commitments on corruption, something the president had been unable to tackle so... read more
KABUL (PAN): A number of analysts on Saturday opined that a recently-unveiled draft electoral law should have been discussed with civil society groups, political parties and election watchdogs before being sent to the Ministry of Justice for vetting... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): President Hamid Karzai, during a meeting with the Kazakh foreign minister, on Wednesday said that the region’s better future was linked to Afghanistan’s development. The president’s office said Karzai thanked Yerzhan Kazykhanov for... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United Nations Deputy Special Envoy Nicholas Haysom has arrived in the capital of central Maidan Wardak province to broker peace between warring Hazara and Kuchi tribes, an official said on Wednesday.The two tribes have long been... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Civil Society Coordination Centre (CSCC), a coalition of Afghan civil society groups, on Monday said that, along with its Pakistani counterparts, they had urged Islamabad not to expel refugees in haste.CSCC members told a press... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Taliban, praising the services of the International Committee for Red Cross (ICRC), on Friday asked the humanitarian organisation to help alleviate the plight of their prisoners in jails of Afghan and international forces.The ICRC... read more
KABUL (PAN): The South Asia Free Media Association (SAFMA) on Wednesday assailed the Ministry of Information and Culture for referring several news organisations that allegedly violated the government’s media law to the Attorney General Office.The... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) servicemembers died following a helicopter crash in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, the alliance said.“The cause of the crash is currently under investigation,” the NATO-led force... read more
KABUL (PAN): While keeping open the option of reconciliation, Taliban on Sunday asked NATO-led International Security Assistance Force troops to withdraw from Afghanistan.Hours ahead of a key NATO summit in Chicago on Afghanistan’s future, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): A coalition of several civil society groups on Thursday formally announced the creation of a coordination centre after finalising its policy and logo at a gathering in Kabul.The centre that held its maiden meeting in the capital elected... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Academy of Science of Afghanistan (ASA) on Thursday denied claims about Iran's interference in its affairs and asked complainants to share evidence so that stern action can be taken.Several ASA members recently criticised Iran’s... read more
QALAT/KABUL (PAN): Five militants were killed during separate operations in southern Zabul province, while elsewhere in the country, two rebel commanders were detained, officials and NATO said on Friday.In Zabul, three Taliban militants were killed... read more
KABUL (PAN): Several members of the Academy of Sciences of Afghanistan (ASA) criticised   Iran’s interference in the running of the academy, which is becoming detrimental to the nation.ASA was established in 1978, after the merger of... read more
KABUL (PAN): Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday called on his counterpart Hamid Karzai to express sorrow over the recent multiple militant attacks across Afghanistan -- where several security personnel and civilians were killed.... read more
KABUL (PAN): Political analysts believe the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) wants Afghans to forget the Quran burning incident by delaying the outcome of its investigation.Last month, NATO-led soldiers mistakenly burnt four copies of... read more
KABUL (PAN):  The massacre of 16 civilians and the recent burning of the Quran only signalled that US is pressuring  Afghans to make unanimous call for NATO-led coalition to withdraw from Afghanistan soon, say political experts."US... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Taliban on Sunday denounced a United Nations (UN) report on civilian casualties in Afghanistan as one-sided, but the multinational troops welcomed the document.The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Saturday released... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Thursday condemned a suicide car bombing that killed four civilians and wounded 36 others in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province.The explosion took place at around 10:40am in front of the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB)'s squad defeated a visiting team from Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in their second friendly match in the eastern city of Jalalabad on Saturday, an official said.The visiting skipper won the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Taliban on Thursday strongly condemned Afghan children's alleged abuse by British soldiers, calling the servicemembers' behaviour a serious crime.  The insurgent movement lashed out at the British soldiers for forcing a 10-year... read more
SHARAN/GARDEZ (PAN): Three insurgents were killed and seven others arrested in a string of operations involving Afghan and international troops in southeastern Paktia and Paktika provinces over the past 24 hours, officials said on Sunday.Three... read more
KABUL (PAN): Tribal elders from northern Samangan province on Sunday urged President Hamid Karzai to order the construction of a water dam in the Aab village.On behalf of tribal elders, Syed Iqbal Munib and Amir Mohammad Khan said nearly 40,000... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some political analysts on Wednesday said non-participation of Afghan government officials in the peace talks between the US and the Taliban would have a negative impact on the reconciliation effort.Political analyst, Khushal Rohi,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Though the Taliban are happy over the opening of their proposed liaison office in Qatar, yet they have no faith in the peace talks with the US, Kabul-based political analysts believe.  Wakil Ahmad Mutawakil, a former Taliban... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some political analysts on Wednesday said the tense relations between the US and Pakistan could strengthen Taliban fighters besides having a negative impact on the situation in Afghanistan.The Islamabad-Washington ties dipped to a new... read more
KABUL/ISLAMABAD (PAN): Some political analysts on Saturday said the Pakistani government, by boycotting the Bonn Conference, sought to mount pressurise on the world and safeguard its recent interests.Islamabad closed a key supply route for foreign... read more
KABUL (PAN): The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Tuesday said an investigation into an airstrike that killed several Pakistani troops in the Mohmand tribal region was yet to be completed.The predawn attack on Saturday killed 24... read more
KABUL (PAN): The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) is considering how to protect civilians during counterinsurgency operations in Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai's office said on Tuesday.In a letter to Karzai, ISAF Commander Gen.... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some defence analysts believe security transition from international troops to Afghan forces has been a success, but others criticise the process as an ostentatious move.A day earlier, the Afghan government announced areas for the... read more
KHOSTCITY (PAN): Six people, including two children, were wounded in two back-to-back explosions in the southeastern province of Khost on Wednesday, officials said. The first blast took place at around 8am inside a health clinic in the provincial... read more
KHOST CITY (PAN): Forty insurgents have been killed in a coalition airstrike in southeastern Khost province, bordering Pakistan's restive tribal region of Kurram, officials said on Sunday. Triggered by an insurgent assault on a security... read more
KHOSTCITY(PAN): A number of tribal elders in southeastern Khost province, alleging massive rigging, on Thursday rejected Saturday's parliamentary elections. "The vote has been massively rigged, particularly at women's polling stations... read more
KHOST CITY (PAN): US ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry on Thursday said Jalaluddin Haqqani, a Pakistan-based Afghan militant group commander, was in Miranshah, a border town in Pakistan's lawless Waziristan tribal region near the... read more
KHOST CITY (PAN): The head of the ulema council in Khost has died after a battle with diabetes, his family said on Tuesday. He was 55.Maulvi Muhammad Ayub Hashimi died at Khost Civil Hospital at 11am on Tuesday, according to his son, Muhammad Amin.... read more
KHOST CITY (PAN): Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (IEC) chief Fazal Ahmad Manavi said on Monday he would form a delegation to investigate moral corruption charges against the poll panel's regional head.Addressing a news conference in... read more
KHOST CITY (PAN): Afghan and foreign forces raided the home of an Al Jazeera journalist in southeastern Khost province, detaining five people, including four members of the reporter's family, his brother said on Monday.The journalist, Abdul Majeed,... read more
KHOST CITY (PAN): Afghan and foreign forces raided the home of an Al Jazeera journalist in southeastern Khost province, detaining five people, including four members of the reporter's family, his brother said on Monday.The journalist, Abdul Majeed,... read more
KHOST CITY (PAN): Some members of the Khost provincial council have accused the head of the Independent Election Commission's office of being involved in moral corruption.The council's secretary, Daud Shah Makin, alleged Shehzada Hasan had illicit... read more
KHOST CITY (PAN): Nine Afghan prisoners, who spent three to 23 months at a US detention facility at the Bagram Airbase in central Parwan province, were released to their families in southeastern Khost on Tuesday.The detainees, who were shown to... read more
KHOST CITY (PAN): NATO and Afghan Special Forces arrested the head of Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) and his seven relatives in southeastern Khost province, officials said on Sunday.The arrests came during a nighttime raid, they said, but the... read more
(Update 3)KHOST CITY (PAN): Militants including suicide bombers attacked two NATO bases in south eastern Khost province early Saturday morning, sparking long gun battles that left 24 insurgents dead, officials said.The militants launched the assault... read more
KHOST CITY (PAN): Militants including suicide bombers attacked two NATO bases in south eastern Khost province early Saturday morning, sparking hours-long gun battles that left at least 13 insurgents dead, NATO said.The militants launched their... read more
KHOST CITY (PAN): Armed with scissors, police in southeastern Khost province are stopping long-haired men on the street and demanding they submit to an on-the-spot trim, a move locals say is reminiscent of the Taliban.Provincial police chief, Abdul... read more
KHOST CITY (PAN): Two Pakistani nationals have been arrested with an explosives-laden car in southeastern Khost province, security officials said on Tuesday.A flying-coach was intercepted by National Directorate of Security officials on the Khost-... read more
KHOST CITY (PAN): Residents of southeastern Khost province have complained about a shortage of trained teachers in government schools.Most of teachers in the Spera district are university students, who lack professional skills, according to... read more
KHOST CITY (PAN): Residents of southeastern Khost province have complained about a shortage of trained teachers in government schools.Most of teachers in the Spera district are university students, who lack professional skills, according to... read more
KHOST CITY (PAN): Taliban fighters shot dead a police officer in the southeastern province of Khost on Tuesday, an official said.The incident took place at 7:30am in the Dilpuri area of Ismailkhel Mandozai district, administrative head of the town,... read more
KHOST CITY (PAN): A dispute over land in southeastern Khost province turned violent on Saturday when rival tribesmen clashed, leaving at least nine people dead and another 14 injured, officials said.Members from the Haidarkhel and Liwankhel tribes... read more
KHOST CITY (PAN): Three civilians and as many security guards of a private road construction company were killed separately in southeastern Khost, an official said on Saturday.Taliban insurgents had fired missiles at the International Security... read more
KHOST CITY (PAN): Three Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were wounded in a hand grenade attack in southeastern Khost province, officials said on Tuesday.The attack took place in Khost City before 11am when a militant hurled a hand grenade at an... read more
KHOST CITY (PAN): Radio listeners in the southeastern province of Khost say that some stations are filling the airwaves with music that is too racy for conservative Afghanistan.They also complain that the presenters are school leavers with no... read more
KHOST CITY (PAN): Eight suspected militants have been arrested since Afghan and international forces launched Shamsher (sword) in the southeastern province of Khost, officials said on Tuesday.The eight were arrested in Nadershahkot district with... read more
KHOST CITY (PAN): The number of beggars, a majority of them women and children, has increased in this capital of southeastern Khost province.The beggars can be seen in streets, parks, on the roads and squares or other populated areas of the city... read more
KHOST CITY (PAN): A parliamentary candidate in the southern province of Khost who was wounded in a blast as he addressed supporters, has died of his wounds, officials said on Saturday.Maulvi Saeedullah Saeed was addressing a crowd at a mosque in the... read more
KHOST CITY (PAN): At least four Afghan returnees and one policeman were injured when the two sides clashed over a land dispute in southeastern Khost province on Saturday, an official said.About 1,200 Afghan families recently returned from Pakistan... read more
KHOST CITY (PAN): Residents complain about the spread of malaria and leishmania in the southeastern province of Khost, bordering Pakistan's lawless tribal region of Kurram.Health officials acknowledge an increase in cases of leishmania -- a genus of... read more
KHOST CITY (PAN): Five Taliban insurgents, including one of their commanders, joined the peace process, led by the National Reconciliation Commission (NRC), in the southeastern province of Khost, a senior official said on Tuesday.Speaking at in the... read more
LASHKARGAH/KHOST CITY (PAN): A dozen people, including three guards of a private road construction company, were killed and seven others wounded in separate incidents in different parts of the country, officials said on Monday.Five civilians were... read more
KHOST CITY (PAN): As many as 173 reconstruction projects, benefiting more than 23,084 families, have been completed under the National Solidarity Programme (NSP) in southeastern Khost province, an official said on Saturday.The schemes were executed... read more
KHOST CITY (PAN): A suicide bomber rammed his car into a convoy of US troops in the southeastern province of Khost on Saturday, causing some casualties, officials said.The incident took place at 8am on the Khost-Gardez Highway, in Hasan Muhammad... read more
KHOST CITY (PAN): Two tribal elders were wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in the Gurbaz district of southeastern Khost province, bordering Pakistan's tribal region of Kurram, on Wednesday, an official said.The elders were wounded on their way to... read more
KHOST CITY (PAN): Taliban have reportedly executed seven out of the 40 civilians the group had seized on the charge of working for the Afghan government in southeastern Khost province, local officials and residents said on Saturday.The insurgents... read more
KHOST CITY (PAN): An amount of eight million afghanis had been set aside for the reconstruction of roads in southeastern Khost province, officials said on Sunday.Several roads had already been constructed in the province, but still most of them... read more
KHOST CITY (PAN): The first-ever 'Accountability Week,' involving open meetings of department heads as part of a strategy to fight administrative corruption, was launched in the southeastern province of Khost on Saturday.During the week,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Taliban on Saturday killed three former policemen, including an ex-officer, in the central province of Maidan Wardak, police said.The attack took place in Maidan Shahr, the province capital, at about 6pm, said the provincial police... read more
KABUL (PAN): Taliban on Saturday killed three former policemen, including an ex-officer, in the central province of Maidan Wardak, police said.The attack took place in Maidan Shahr, the province capital, at about 6pm, said the provincial police... read more
KHOST CITY (PAN): A mother and her four children were killed in a NATO air strike in the southeastern province of Khost, officials said on Saturday.The bombs were mistakenly dropped on her house on Friday night in Musakhel district, the provincial... read more

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