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KABUL (Pajhwok): The unity government’s failure to honour its promises has led to the criticism of its leadership, political analysts said on Sunday.Introduction of cabinet within 45 days was the government’s main promise, which President Mohammad... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Civilian casualties in the ongoing conflict hit a new high this year, as foreign combat troops leave the country in less than two weeks, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said.Nicholas Haysom, the UNAMA head, said: “... read more
BERLIN (Pajhwok): Berlin has assured Kabul of continued support for training Afghanistan’s National Security Forces (ANSF) beyond 2014, when NATO’s combat mission ends.At a joint news conference with President Ashraf Ghani here late on Friday,... read more
BRUSSELS (Pajhwok):  President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah met foreign ministers from NATO, operational partner nations. They discussed preparations for NATO’s engagement in Afghanistan from 2015... read more
BRUSSELS (Pajhwok): As its combating campaign ends in less than a month, foreign ministers from NATO and partner nations decided on Tuesday to embark on a new mission to train and assist Afghan forces.The new mission Resolute Support, which comes... read more
BRUSSELS (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday sought continued global support to ensure Afghan security forces’ sustainability.  He told a meeting of NATO foreign ministers here that the unity government... read more
BRUSSELS (Pajhwok): NATO foreign ministers are set to meet President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday to discuss the launch of the new Resolute Support mission.The mission to train, advise and assist Afghan National... read more
BRUSSELS (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Monday hoped the new phase of NATO’s mission would bring stability and prosperity to the Afghans and security to the world.Addressing a joint news conference here with NATO Secretary-General Jens... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): First lady Bibi Gul on Sunday said the recently launched US-funded “Promote” programme should not be confined only to urban areas.She was addressing a celebratory gathering of the programme at the US Embassy in Kabul.The USAID-... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The election watchdog chief on Tuesday said the Parliament had no authority to summon election officials and that he had no intension to appear before the upper house.Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) Chairman Abdul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At the head of a high-level delegation, President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Tuesday flew to China -- a regional powerhouse -- on his first formal foreign trip as Afghanistan's head of state, his office said.During his four-day visit... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Experts are optimistic that the visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would help attract further investment to Afghanistan and spur its war-battered economy.Wadir Safi, a Kabul University professor, believed Turkey could... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Like common people, political analysts are also divided on the unity government deal between Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, the president-elect, and Abdullah Abdullah, the chief executive officer.The rival electoral campaigns two days ago... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The 2014 presidential election campaign led to rift among families as relatives were observed supporting different candidates in the race.Nasrullah Baryalai Arsalai and Haji Din Mohammad are two brothers but the former supported... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Monday started invalidating bogus votes in the presence of observes and media representatives, as the audit exercise gained momentum, an official said.Abdul Rahman Hotaki, the IEC deputy... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) on Saturday said it would complete soon its probe into a tape recording accusing second Vice-President Mohammad Karim Khalili of electoral fraud.However, the AGO expressed unawareness about a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The election teams of both presidential candidates on Sunday promised to disclose details of the agreement on a government of national unity between Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah.Setting a date for the new president to be sworn... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok) The EU Election Assessment Team (EU EAT) on Thursday welcomed the publication online of detailed results per polling station from the June 14 runoff election.Voters reserved the right to see their ballots respected and the candidates... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Political experts say suspending cooperation with the electoral bodies by presidential candidates could not create any legal problems for them.They argue the election law allows candidates to send their observers to the electoral... read more
Kabul: The European Union Election Assessment Team (EUEAT) said on Friday it was closely monitoring the poll process and would highlight government’s interference and weaknesses of the electoral bodies in its final report.EUEAT Chief... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai on Thursday urged all Afghans to participate in the crucial second round of presidential elections and vote for a candidate of their choice.In his weekly radio address, the president said the entire world had... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission chairman on Sunday asked the presidential runners to run their campaigns within the framework of relevant laws and avoid raking up issues that might fuel tensions.Ahmad Yousaf Nuristani told a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) wants to conduct the run-off presidential election on June 14, although a second round has not been formally announced so far, an official said on Wednesday.An IEC source, who did not want... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A week has passed since the Independent Election Commission (IEC) said it was investigating suspect ballots cast at 444 polling centres, but their fate remains unknown.On April 29, IEC spokesman Noor Mohammad Noor told Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Sunday said votes cast at 444 polling centres for presidential candidates were still being investigated and had not been incorporated in the preliminary results.IEC spokesman Noor... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): With presidential candidates and their supporters waiting impatiently, the release of partial results from last weekend’s presidential elections has been delayed by a day, an official said on Saturday.On Friday, the Independent... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): With Afghans impatiently waiting, the release of partial results from last weekend’s presidential elections has been delayed by another day, an official said on Saturday.On Friday, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Amid speculation none of the eight presidential runners will be able to obtain the magic 50+1 percent of ballots, political experts say that the new law makes it compulsory for the two highest vote-grabbers to go to a second round.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An independent electoral watchdog on Wednesday said international poll observers had a crucial role to play in holding transparent elections, saying the pullout of staff by two foreign observation missions would not have any... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A provincial council candidate who died a day earlier along with nine others in a brazen Taliban attack on the Independent Election Commission (IEC)’s regional office in Kabul has been identified as Zamarai Mohammadi.Mohammadi... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Tuesday urged President Hamid Karzai to initiate action against government officials interfering in electoral affairs and warned to expose such individuals.IEC Spokesman Noor Mohammad... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Of 307 provincial council (PC) members interviewed by Pajhwok Afghan News, 65 support presidential runner Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai while 61back Dr. Abdullah Abduullah.Based on telephonic conversations with this news agency over the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A senior member of the Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) on Monday warned of withdrawing support to presidential runner Qutbuddin Hilal if he pulled out of the race in favour of another candidate.Eng. Mohammad Amin Karim, a France-... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Saturday took a strong notice of government officials attending campaign rallies of presidential candidates, saying such officials should either be suspended or fired as President Hamid... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A jirga has failed to convince two presidential candidates --- Abdul Qayyum Karzai and Zalmai Rassoul --- into forming alliance by renouncing one’s candidacy in favour of the other.Jirga members said on Friday a majority of them... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An ongoing jirga of elders is set to bring about an electoral understanding between presidential runners Dr. Zalmai Rassoul and Abdul Qayyum Karzai, officials said on Sunday.Any decision of the jirga, expected later in the day, will... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two individuals have been detained for allegedly stealing number plates of cars in Kabul and four ready-to-fire rockets seized in the Khak-i-Jabbar district, the spy service said on Tuesday.A statement from the National Directorate... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): With the two-month presidential election campaign entering a second week, no hopeful has so far been able to move outside the central capital and address rallies in provinces.Pajhwok reporters in provinces say posters of only four... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) has not been able to open offices in provinces about five months beyond the schedule.IECC’s real job is to assess public complaints about violations in elections by candidates... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Presidential contender Abdul Qayyum Karzai has pledged to make Afghanistan an economic hub of the region, build close trade ties with neighbouring countries if he is elected in the April vote. In an exclusive interview with... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Wednesday said it was printing 1.3 million sample ballot papers to help illiterate and remote area residents understand how to cast their votes.IEC spokesman Noor Mohammad Noor said the black... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Council for Understanding or Shura-i-Tafahum, aiming to reduce the number of presidential candidates through consensus, on Wednesday acknowledged its failure to bring the hopefuls together for a discussion, despite efforts... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) has designated 323 new places nationwide as polling stations for the April elections and has sent a list in this regard to security organs, an official said on Monday.The move would increase... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Presidential contender Hidayat Amin Arsala says good governance, rule of law and speedy dispensation of justice tend to discourage the scourge of growing militancy and instability in Afghanistan.In his exclusive interview with... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Saturday renewed its warning to presidential and provincial council candidates to avoid electioneering ahead of the stipulated time.IECC officials say they have formally informed... read more
KABUL (PAN): As preparations for next year’s vote continue, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Monday said it had started sending non-sensitive materials to provinces.IEC Secretary Ziaul Haq Amarkhel told Pajhwok Afghan News the materials... read more
KABUL (PAN): Dr. Ashraf Ghani, a former World Bank official and finance minister, is leading the race for the presidency, followed by Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, according to a new opinion poll released on Sunday.Jointly conducted by Glevum Associates, a... read more
   KABUL (PAN): Presidential contender Abdur Rab Rassoul Sayyaf, blaming the government for what he called inconsistent policies to control terrorism and ensure economic growth, says he will work out effective policies to tackle challenges... read more
KABUL (PAN): Independent Election Commission (IEC) officials on Sunday said thousands of ex-employees accused of fraud in the previous polls would not be appointed for the 2014 ballot to ensure transparency.IEC deputy head, Abdur Rahman Hotaki... read more
KABUL (PAN): Top presidential contender Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai says, if elected, he will ensure implementation of rule of law and update the nation on the performance of his governance every six months.“I will appoint 15,000 individuals,... read more
KABUL (PAN): A National Democratic Institute (NDI) delegation has proposed several recommendations to the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on how to hold the next year’s elections transparent, free and nation-wide.The delegation has reportedly... read more
KABUL (PAN): Foreign Ministry spokesman Janan Musazai on Sunday said the US had requested a meeting between President Hamid Karzai and US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, but the meeting had to be canceled due to the president’s planned visit to Iran.... read more
KABUL (PAN): Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday told his visiting Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai that his country opposed the presence of foreign forces in Afghanistan and the region."We believe that all foreign forces should leave the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) said on Sunday the designing of ballot papers for upcoming elections had been completed, adding its printing contract would be awarded to a publication company soon.Noor Mohammad Noor, IEC... read more
KABUL (PAN): Presidential contender Daoud Sultanzoyi has said he will implement country’s law irrespective of one’s social standing and hold well-off accountable if he wins the upcoming elections.In his exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Identifying durable peace and tranquility in Afghanistan as his top priorities, presidential candidate Qutbuddin Hilal has said there will be no pre-conditions for holding reconciliation talks with the Taliban and Hezb-i-Islami if he... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Monday said its investigations into objections would be completed later in the day and the final list of candidates submitted to the election commission tomorrow (Tuesday).Reda... read more
KABUL (PAN): Release of the final list of presidential contenders has been delayed for a couple of days in order to ensure fair scrutiny of complaints, the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) said on Saturday.Investigations into as many as 900... read more
KABUL (PAN): Hinting at a possible change in the final list of presidential candidates, the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Thursday said it would announce the outcome of investigations into objections on schedule.“The process... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) said on Sunday it had started investigating complaints against presidential and provincial council runners in an impartial manner and in the presence of their representatives.The... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) would start investigating complaints against presidential and provincial council runners tomorrow, an official said on Saturday.IECC Secretary and spokesman Nader Mohseni told... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Thursday indicated it would be unable to facilitate overseas Afghans to cast votes in the upcoming elections if required financial resources were not made available to it within 21 days.The... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Independent Election Commission (IEC), officially releasing a preliminary list of presidential and provincial council candidates for next year’s elections, on Tuesday said 10 among the 27 registered presidential hopefuls made it to... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs on Saturday introduced eight individuals to the Wolesi Jirga or lower house of the parliament to replace seven members standing down in the run up to the April 5 elections and one deceased female... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Saturday said it was likely to release a preliminary list of candidates for next year’s presidential and provincial council elections later in the day.IEC Secretary Ziaul Haq Amarkhel told... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) has disqualified a candidate from running in next year’s presidential elections on failing to meet the required candidacy criteria, an official said on Sunday.The decision to remove Dil Agha... read more
KABUL (PAN): A 14-member jirga, including key former jihadi leaders, tribal elders and other influential figures, has been constituted to make efforts at reducing the number of presidential candidates.Set up by former president and reconciliation... read more
KABUL (PAN): Replacements for the seven members of parliament who resigned to contest the presidential vote would be introduced soon by the Independent Election Commission (IEC), the panel said on Wednesday.Runners-up in the previous parliamentary... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Monday said people could lodge complaints against registered candidates for next year’s presidential and provincial council elections with effect from today (Oct. 7).A day after... read more
KABUL (PAN): Despite its promises to help promote the reconciliation process, Pakistan is unlikely to change its policy toward Afghanistan until the end of 2014, when foreign combat troops are scheduled to leave the country, analysts predicted on... read more
KABUL (PAN): Prices of diesel and Iranian gold fell but that of Arabian variety gold soared during the outgoing week in Kabul, retailers said on Thursday.The rate of one litre of diesel decreased from 65afs to 64afs, said Abdul Hadi, a filing... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Movement for Peaceful Transformation of Afghanistan (MPTA) on Thursday said fair elections were impossible under the present government and called for the establishment of a short-term interim set-up to run post-President Karzai... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Tuesday said it was planning to start issuing voter registration cards to people in villages across the country later this month.IEC deputy head Abdul Rahman Hotaki and Secretary Ziaul Haq... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai has called upon the Taliban to let ordinary children go to schools the way they allowed adults of some leaders to study in foreign universities.“End your enmity with education and let Afghan children go to school... read more
MEHTARLAM (PAN): Two civilians were killed and as many sustained shrapnel injuries in a roadside bombing in the Alishang district of eastern Laghman province on Friday, an official said.The civilians were on foot when one of them stepped on a hidden... read more
KABUL (PAN): The World Bank, releasing its report on higher education in Afghanistan, on Saturday asked the government to increase facilities on university campuses to encourage girls' enrolment and stressed the importance of improving skills.Harsha... read more
KABUL (PAN): Political analysts believe President Hamid Karzai’s just-concluded visit to Pakistan could help improve bilateral economic cooperation, but they are not optimistic about an immediate breakthrough in the area of reconciliationKarzai,... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal hopes Pakistani officials will honour the promises held out to Afghanistan in the area of economic cooperation.Zakhilwal, who visited Islamabad as part of a high-level delegation accompanying... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Pakistan and Afghanistan on Tuesday agreed to work together for bringing peace and stability to the region, devastated by decades of war, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s office said.Sharif and President Hamid Karzai held a second... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): A delegation of Pakistani senators, who are members of the Standing Committee on Defence and Defence Production, would visit Kabul next month for talks with Afghan parliamentarians.Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed, the chairman of the... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Pakistan and Afghanistan on Monday signed two agreements on boosting bilateral cooperation in the fields of security‚ trade‚ economy and communications.President Hamid Karzai, who arrived here earlier in the morning for a daylong... read more
ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Dr Hazrat Omer Zakhilwal and his Pakistani counterpart Ishaq Dar have agreed in principle on moving towards joint management of common rivers, starting with construction of a hydropower project on Kunar River, a media... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): President Hamid Karzai and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif held a one-to-one meeting here Monday on ways of constructive engagement between Afghanistan and Pakistan.During their meeting at the Prime Minister's House, the two leaders... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan would resume negotiations with the United States on an important security pact only if its conditions were met, President Hamid Karzai announced on Saturday on Saturday.He once again sought from the US cast-iron guarantees... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan’s population has increased by 500,000 people this year, reaching 27 million, the Central Statistics Organisation (CSO) said on Tuesday.In its annual report, CSO said the overall population included 13.2 million females and... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai has said he is not backing any particular candidate for next year’s presidential elections.The president told a delegation of the Afghanistan Women’s Network (AWN) reports in local and foreign media about his... read more
KABUL (PAN): Kabul is all set to host the first international soccer event in a decade on Tuesday when Afghanistan will take on neighbouring Pakistan in a friendly, officials said on Monday.Led by Samar Ishaq, the Pakistani squad arrived in Kabul... read more
KABUL (PAN): Voter registration centres could not be opened in a dozen of districts as part of the second round of the campaign for the April 5 presidential and provincial council elections due to security concerns, an official said on Monday.First... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday said “the Afghan government is ready to open an office for the Taliban in Saudi Arabia or Turkey if they want so.”The ministry spokesman, Janan Musazai, told reporters in Kabul the Taliban’s... read more
KABUL (PAN): Nearly 200 insurgents, including foreigners, and nearly a dozen Afghan troops have been killed during an operation in the Azra district of central Logar province, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Friday.MoD spokesman Gen. Zahir... read more
KABUL (PAN): Reversing an earlier dip, the afghani edged up against the US dollar in Kabul during the outgoing week, when gold prices fell and fuel rates jumped, dealers said on Thursday.Rates of other daily-use commodities stayed unchanged during... read more
KABUL (PAN): Representatives of civil society, media and writers on Sunday paid glowing tributes to the late Dr. Saeed Niazi's contribution as a noted social worker.Dr Niazi, the director of Civil Society Development Centre, died in a road accident... read more
KABUL (PAN): Nine insurgents and two security officials have been killed since search operations simultaneously launched in Azra district of central Logar and Hesarak district of eastern Nangarhar province a day earlier, Ministry of Defence (MoD)... read more
KABUL (PAN): A revised curriculum was handed over on Sunday to chancellors of universities in Kabul and provinces, the higher education minister said.The Higher Education Ministry says the new curriculum will be effective from first semester and a... read more
KABUL (PAN): Civil society and human rights activists on Thursday asked the Karzai administration to resume talks on a security pact with the United States of America for the sake of stability in the country.Kabul suspended Bilateral Security... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Federation of Afghanistan Civil Society (FACS) on Tuesday asked the government to mount pressure on the Supreme Group to clear dues amounting $22 million of Afghan logistics firms.The call comes two days after the Supreme Group,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Renowned Afghan athlete, Roohullah Nekpa, on Saturday vowed to skip international events as long as Taekwondo Federation leadership was not changed.Afghan players could not contest international taekwondo competitions in Mexico on July... read more
KABUL (PAN): Minister of Commerce and Industries Anwarul Haq Ahadi said on Sunday the business licence-issuing process had been simplified, enabling traders to get permits within two days.With the reforms the ministry’s credibility would improve in... read more
KABUL (PAN): The prices of rice and sugar decreased while the rates of diesel and gas went up during the outgoing going week in the capital Kabul, retailers said on Thursday.The price of a 50-kilogram bag of Pakistani sugar fell from 1,720 afghanis... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Industrialists Association on Wednesday asked the government to shift foreign logistics firms from industrial parks in Kabul.Several industrialists told a joint press conference they were concerned about the presence of foreign... read more
KABUL (PAN): The international fraternity on Wednesday reiterated the aid pledges held out at last year’s Tokyo Conference, asking Afghanistan to keep its promises with regard to governance reforms, counter-corruption measures and improving women’s... read more
KABUL (PAN): Police casualties increased by 22 percent over the past one month, when 299 policemen, 753 Taliban and 180 civilians were killed, a Ministry of Interior (MoI) official said on Monday.Most police casualties resulted from the roadside... read more
KABUL (PAN): US Special Representative James Dobbins on Monday acknowledged the Afghan government's angry reaction to the opening of Taliban's political bureau in Doha was fully justified.He said the US itself was "outraged" at the way the Taliban... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday said he has suspended talks with the US on the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) to protest the way the Americans are reaching out to the Taliban in efforts to find a political solution to the war.... read more
KABUL (PAN): The joint Afghan-NATO transition board that met in Kabul on Sunday agreed that Afghan forces were ready and capable to take over security responsibility for the whole of the country.The meeting also decided to brief President Hamid... read more
KABUL (PAN): The provinces would be given control over 60 percent of the development budget to implement small development projects at the local level, the finance minister promised on Thursday.But huge uplift schemes would continue to be... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Defence on Monday announced that the 5th phase of security transition would start soon, stressing the war on terror should continue as long as its sanctuaries existed outside Afghanistan.At a joint press conference with... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Pakistan Embassy in Kabul was Thursday delivered an open letter carrying signatures of thousands of residents of eastern Kunar province, urging Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to put an end to cross-border rocket attacks.The letter had... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Thursday said he would not ink Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States if peace in Afghanistan was not ensured.Addressing Community Development Councils (CDCs) in Kabul, Karzai believed... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology on Monday announced prize money ranging from $2,000 to $8,000 for innovators suggesting solutions to the existing administrative problems in government entities via... read more
KABUL (PAN): A joint investigation has produced overwhelming evidence of a proliferation of poorly constructed, illegal townships across the country with efforts ongoing to execute more housing schemes on usurped lands. There are multiple agencies... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Transitional Justice Coordination Group (TJCG) on Thursday said its investigation showed the peace process in Afghanistan could not succeed until war criminals were tried and their victims compensated.TJCG head Azaryun Matin told... read more
KABUL (PAN): The prices of gold and gas decreased and that of other daily-use items stayed unchanged during the outgoing week in Kabul, retailers said on Thursday.One gram of Arabian gold price decreased from 2,200 afghanis to 2,150 afs during the... read more
KABUL (PAN): A Turkish businessman was rescued from his kidnappers in Kabul on Thursday after spending 11 days in captivity, an intelligence official said.The Turkish named Sami had been kidnapped from the Thaimani neighbourhood 11 days ago. He was... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Thursday laid the foundation stone of a township project in the Qasaba locality near the Kabul airport.Consisting of 111 blocks and 3333 flats, the residential scheme is estimated to cost $179 million being... read more
KABUL (PAN): The German Commerce Bank has asked Afghan financial institutions to establish links with a US bank banks for uninterrupted dollar transfers, a senior official said on Tuesday.If the links are not established within two months, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal on Monday revealed the names of the lawmakers he had earlier accused of smuggling and making illegal demands on the government.Speaking in the Wolesi Jirga, Zakhilwal said MP from Kandahar Hameedzai Lalai... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Taliban on Monday denounced the killing and wounding of Afghan workers by Iranian border guards, calling last week’s shooting a violation of the human rights good neighbourliness.A day earlier, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan-US Bilateral Commission, created under the Enduring Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA), on Saturday met in Kabul to review progress in implementing the vision of a secure, democratic and prosperous Afghanistan.Foreign... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Right and Justice Party on Thursday strongly denied receiving money from any foreign organisation on a monthly basis as reported by two local media outlets.Hamidullah Farooqi, the party spokesman, told a press conference in Kabul... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan’s National Security Council (NSC) on Sunday ordered the Ministry of Finance to arrange $60 million for repairs of heavy weaponry and armoured vehicles, the Presidential Palace said.At an NSC meeting chaired by President... read more
KABUL (PAN): Pakistan could never force Afghanistan into recognising the British-mandated Durand Line with border skirmishes like the one in the Goshta district of eastern Nangarhar province, the president said on Saturday.The neighbour should stop... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan Journalists’ Union on Wednesday honoured two journalists with the Ajmal Naqashbandi Courage Awards for showing exceptional boldness in performing their duties.Naqashbandi, a 27 years old reporter, was beheaded in 2008... read more
KABUL (PAN): With long-term cooperation agreements high on his agenda, President Hamid Karzai on Sunday left for a visit to three European nations, his office said.On the first leg of the trip, the president would reach Helsinki and sign a... read more
KABUL (PAN): Political analysts view the latest tripartite meeting among Afghan, Pakistani and US leaders in Brussels as an important step toward convincing Islamabad into playing a more proactive role in the Afghan-led reconciliation campaign.On... read more
KABUL (PAN): Noted Afghan astrologist Abdullah Kandahari on Wednesday predicted a partial lunar eclipse will take place on Thursday night (April 25).The eclipse could be seen for 29 minutes, the first of three lunar eclipses that would occur in 2013... read more
KABUL (PAN): A senior Afghan defence ministry official on Tuesday confirmed Pakistan has promised removing a newly-erected security gate on the Durand Line in eastern Nangarhar province.Gen. Zahir Azimi, the ministry spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan on Monday rejected a British media report that up to 5,000 of recruits were leaving the newly created Afghan police and armed forces every month.For every 10 new soldiers recruited to the army, at least three are lost... read more
KABUL (PAN): Nine international drug mafia members were among thousands detained in connection with drug smuggling and trade over the past one year in Afghanistan, the world's largest opium producer, an official said on Thursday.As many as 3,026... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday warned the United States the Afghans would themselves mull over a strategy if the Bagram prison was not handed over completely to his government, renewing his assertion that the Taliban served... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Sunday said senior US and Taliban leaders have resumed their negotiations suspended a year ago in Qatar.Speaking at a gathering marking the international women's day in Kabul, Karzai said the talks held on a... read more
KABUL (PAN): Lawmakers Haji Zahir Qadir and Mirwais Yasini on Saturday failed to receive 50 percent of the vote necessary for election as first vice-chairman of the parliamentary board.Yasini obtained 99 votes and Qadir 90 from the present 221 house... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday said that the countries willing to keep their forces in Afghanistan after 2014 -- when all international combat troops are scheduled to leave -- should reach individual agreements with his... read more
KABUL (PAN): The NATO secretary-general on Monday reaffirmed the alliance’s commitment to Afghanistan well beyond the withdrawal of foreign combat troops from the country.“Let there be no doubt; our commitment is certain to the end of transition and... read more
KABUL (PAN): Foreign Minister Dr. Zalmai Rassoul has asked Iranian authorities to delay the implementation of death penalties awarded to Afghan citizens in the neighbouring country, an official said on Sunday.Rassoul issued the call at a meeting... read more
KABUL (PAN): The government must seek evidence from Tehran of the crimes allegedly committed by thousands of Afghans on death row in the neighbouring country, analysts suggested on Thursday.Most of Afghans sentenced to death in Iran were arrested on... read more
KABUL (PAN): Kabul Bank loans worth $50 million would be recovered in a fortnight through the auction of defaulters’ property, the central bank governor announced on Wednesday.Da Afghanistan Bank Governor Noorullah Delawari told reporters in Kabul $... read more
KABUL (PAN): The High Afghan Entrepreneurs’ Advisory Board on Saturday asked the Ministry of Finance to endorse the Cabinet Economic Committee's decision on tax relief for 3,000 containers that have been stranded for months in Pakistan.The board... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Monday issued a formal decree banning Afghan security forces from requesting NATO airstrikes during operations in residential areas.The Ministries of Defence and Interior Ministry, as well as the National... read more
KABUL (PAN): The top commander of NATO and US forces in Afghanistan on Sunday supported President Hamid Karzai’s intention to ban government forces from requesting airstrikes during operation in rural areas.The operations could still be successful,... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai, in an effort to minimise civilian fatalities, said on Saturday Afghan forces would be barred from seeking air support from NATO-led troops during operations in rural areas.An air raid by ISAF that killed 10... read more
KABUL (PAN): A rally of around 200 people, most of them women, on Thursday asked the government to take immediate steps to stem growing incidents of violence against women and girls in the country.Organised by the Afghan Women's Network (AWN), the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Ján Kubiš, on Wednesday reiterated the world body’s commitment to Afghanistan after the withdrawal of foreign troops by the end of 2014. “The United Nations has had a presence... read more
KABUL (PAN): The third turbine of the Naghlu dam, enhancing its power-generating capacity by 25 megawatts, was repaired and inaugurated in the Sarobi district of Kabul on Tuesday, an official said.Reactivation of the turbine had increased the dam’s... read more
KABUL (PAN): Lawyer for Kabul Bank's founder and former chairman Sherkhan Farnood on Sunday accused officials of a special tribunal of "unjust behaviour" and paying no attention to his client's complaints and appeals. Farnood and Khalilullah... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Thursday returned home from a five-day foreign trip that featured his talks with Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari in London, a strategic deal with Norway and a speech at a crucial OIC summit in Egypt.The... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Right and Justice Party on Wednesday asked the government not to use security problems as an excuse for not distributing new voter and computerised identity cards ahead of the presidential elections scheduled to take place next year... read more
KABUL (PAN): Highways, including the Salang pass, blocked by heavy snow and avalanches in three central provinces would be cleared within next three days, an official said on Monday.The roads in Daikundi, Bamyan and Ghor would be reopen in three... read more
KABUL (PAN): Pakistan has delivered the Afghan government a copy of a proposed strategic cooperation agreement between the two countries, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official said on Sunday, linking the accord to redressing Afghan traders' right... read more
KABUL (PAN):Top US official has welcomed President Hamid Karzai's decision of calling into session the Loya Jirga, a traditional assembly of elders, to decide on immunity under Afghan laws for American troops staying beyond planned withdrawal in... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Thursday announced it would spend $300 million on the development of Afghanistan's energy and transport sectors this year as part of the international community's aid pledges at Tokyo conference last... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan and Iran on Monday signed an agreement on increased power supply to two western provinces from the neighbouring country. Iran exports 90 megawatts of electricity to Herat per hour and 10 megawatts to Nimroz.Under the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Azerbaijan's deputy foreign minister on Sunday said in Kabul his country was ready to cooperate Afghanistan in sphere of energy, construction and asphalting of roads.Araz Azimov addressed a joint press conference with his Afghan... read more
KABUL (PAN):  The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday said some of the top Taliban leaders were interested in the political process of peace negotiations with the government.Key Taliban leaders based in Pakistan wanted the political process... read more
 KABUL (PAN): Aviation officials and Kam Air representatives on Saturday angrily rejected as baseless a media report that the airline smuggled big quantities of opium to Tajikistan’s capital, Dushanbe, on passenger flights.The Ministry of... read more
KABUL (PAN): Kabul-based political analysts on Tuesday called the United Nations report on continued torture of detainees in Afghan-run prisons 'an attempt to justify an ongoing halt to inmate transfers from American to Afghan control.The UN report... read more
KABUL (PAN): Nine journalist bodies and organisations on Sunday announced the formation of an umbrella body called "Afghanistan Federation of Journalists (AFJ)", aimed at safeguarding rights of reporters and fighting for press freedom.The... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Taliban on Friday said they had not participated in an Afghan-led gathering, aimed at paving the ground for substantive negotiations between armed opposition groups and the Kabul government.The meeting which ended on Thursday in... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United States on Thursday reiterated that it did not want permanent military bases in Afghanistan and the objective behind long-term cooperation was to help Afghan security forces in the war against terrorists.US Ambassador James... read more
KABUL (PAN):  The Meshrano Jirga (upper house) on Tuesday discussed and approved some clauses of a draft law on composition and powers of the Attorney General Office (AGO).The proposed law removes the word "Loya" from the Pashtu meaning of AGO... read more
KABUL (PAN): A leading coalition of 27 national and international civil society groups on Monday asked the Afghan government to put an end to the unconditional release of the Taliban, urging Islamabad to hand over the militants in its custody to... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two influential civil society organisations on Saturday asked the government to give this year's annual budget in line with people's needs and desires by incorporating their views on allocations.The Integrity Watch Afghanistan and the... read more
 KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai is to leave for the United States next week for talks with his American counterpart, Barack Obama, on the peace process, a proposed security pact and Afghan forces equipment, an official said on Tuesday.The... read more
 KABUL (PAN): The Wolesi Jirga -- lower house -- on Monday decided to not summon four of the 11 Cabinet ministers who failed to spend less than half of annual development budgets sanctioned to their ministries last year.Earlier in the month,... read more
KABUL (PAN): One person was killed and 15 others were wounded on Monday when a bomb exploded near a foreign company in Pul-i-Charkhi area on the eastern outskirts of Kabul, officials said.The explosion occurred at 10:45am when an explosives-laden... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan’s National Security Council on Sunday discussed the structure and mechanism of opening Taliban’s political bureau in Qatar -- a move aimed to advance the ongoing reconciliation effort.The body recommended that a draft --... read more
 KABUL (PAN): The Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA) on Sunday said there is no political will to tackle corruption in the country so the public should take the initiative.While observing the International Anti‐Corruption Day, the head of IWA,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The security of the central province of Uruzgan has improved, but the central government failed to pay attention to the development of the province, the governor of the province said.While explaining the situation of the province to... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Public Health Ministry would begin pneumonia vaccination programme for Afghan children next year.Minister Dr Suraya Dalil said pneumonia, diarrhea, measles and malaria where major disease affecting Afghan kids, while malnutrition,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United States embassy on Thursday said drugs have become a major source of funding for Afghan insurgents and it would increase civic awareness to slash narcotics demand in the country.The embassy plans to educate people on the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Pakistan has released nine Taliban prisoners and is expected to free other high-ranking members of the group currently held in the neighbouring country, High Peace Council Chairman Salahuddin Rabbani said on Saturday.Addressing a press... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan and the United States on Thursday launched negotiations on a new security agreement on the number of American troops staying in the country and the scope of their mission after NATO-led combat soldiers withdraw at the end of... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Interior said they would issue about 6.5 million electronic identity cards before the elections in April 2014. Deputy Interior Minister Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahman announced on Wednesday at a joint press conference with... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan will hold its next presidential and provincial council elections on 5th April 2014, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced on Wednesday. Speaking to journalists in Kabul, IEC head, Fazal Ahmad Manawi,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan will hold its next presidential elections on April 5, a spokesman for the Independent Election Commission said Tuesday. IEC spokesman Noor Mohammad Noor said the commission would release the timetable for the 2014... read more
KABUL (PAN) Afghan-German boxer Hamid Rahimi beat Tanzanian Said Mbelwa on Tuesday to snatch the World Boxing Organization's middleweight belt in the first-ever pro boxing fight held in Afghanistan.Rahimi was declared the winner WBO Intercontinental... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Cabinet on Saturday approved a new industrial policy, encouraging the growth of the manufacturing sector and offering industrialists loans on soft terms.Flanked by several industrialists, Minister of Commerce and industries Dr.... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai inaugurated restoration of the mausoleum of former king Timor Shah, his office said on Saturday.Damaged during decades of war, the tomb’s restoration was launched by the Ministry of Information and Culture with... read more
KABUL (PAN): The presence of foreigners in the Electoral Complaints Commission is in conflict with Afghanistan’s sovereignty, President Hamid Karzai said on Thursday.Since his country did not interfere in US elections, Americans were expected to... read more
KABUL (PAN): The presence of foreigners in the Electoral Complaints Commission is in conflict with Afghanistan’s sovereignty, President Hamid Karzai said on Thursday.Since his country did not interfere in US elections, Americans were expected to... read more
KABUL (PAN): The foundation stone of a $42 million UK-funded academy for Afghan National Army (ANA) officers was laid in the capital Kabul on Thursday.Chief of Army Staff Gen. Sher Mohammad Karimi, ISAF’s Deputy Commander Lt. Gen. Adrian Bradshaw... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Thursday said the US, in disregard of a bilateral strategic partnership accord, was unwilling to defend Afghanistan against cross-border incursions from Pakistan.Karzai told reporters in Kabul the United States... read more
KABUL (PAN): A senior Afghanistan High Peace Council official has asked neighbouring countries to stop their two-faced behaviour in perusing peace and stability in Afghanistan.“Peace in Afghanistan and its neighbours is interlinked,” Masoom... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai has appointed 10 new governors through a decree, an official said on Thursday -- a day after some provincial chief executives were reshuffled and others sacked.Former Takhar governor Abdul Jabbar Taqwa has been... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two major opposition parties on Tuesday said their hopes for a positive change in government affairs were shattered after President Karzai backed out of his promises of reforms by reappointing rejected ministers and officials.The... read more
KABUL (PAN): Six hundreds Afghan National Army troops have been lost to insurgency-related incidents across the country over the past two months, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on Monday.MoD spokesman Gen. Zahir Azeemi told a press... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Monday submitted to the national museum a pen which belonged to late King Amanullah Khan during a ceremony at the Presidential Palace.The pen has been recently gifted to the people of Afghanistan by Aklil Wali... read more
KABUL (PAN):  Afghan athletes on Tuesday returned home from the London Olympics, winning a bronze medal in the taekwondo event.Thousands of fans, government officials and parliamentarians warmly welcomed the national contingent at the Kabul... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United States on Monday said no decision had been made so far on the transfer of Taliban inmates from the Guantanamo Bay prison as part of efforts at reviving peace negotiations."As far as I know, we haven't made any decisions on... read more
KABUL (PAN): With remarkable calligraphy and decoration, a Holy Quran Exhibition was launched at the Eidgah Mosque in the central capital Kabul on Saturday.A joint venture of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and the Iranian embassy, the event... read more
KABUL (PAN): Nisar Ahmad Bahawi of Afghanistan edged past Issam Chernoubi of Morocco 4-3 in the men's taekwondo welterweight 68-80kg contest at the London Olympics on Friday.Bahawi gained a much-needed edge over his rival at the very outset of the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The foreign ministry on Sunday said it would take the issue of cross-border attacks from Pakistan into Afghanistan to the powerful United Nations Security Council (UNSC) if the government directed to do so.Hundreds of rockets and... read more
KABUL (PAN): Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul on Wednesday told the lower house of parliament that efforts to stop cross-border attacks from Pakistan through diplomatic channels have not been fruitful.Rassoul, who was summoned by the Wolesi Jirga... read more
KABUL (PAN): Women activists and Kabul University students on Tuesday staged a protest in Kabul, calling for punishing the killers of a young girl in central Bamyan province and the dismissal of the provincial attorney. Shakila, 16, was found dead... read more
KABUL (PAN): Political analysts on Friday characterised President Hamid Karzai’s decree for sweeping reforms in his administration as a welcome move, but sounded sceptical about its implementation. Late on Thursday, the president listed good... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Thursday said he had held candid and frank discussions with Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on ways of combating the scourge of terrorism in the region. He hoped the negotiations would be result-... read more
KABUL (PAN): The US would provide Afghanistan $151 million in assistance to help maintain the rule of law and execute counternarcotics and law-enforcement programmes, an official said on Saturday.An agreement to the effect was signed between Deputy... read more
KABUL (PAN): With the death of a Wolesi Jirga member in a suicide attack on a wedding reception in northern Samangan province on Saturday, the number of parliamentarians killed so far since 2004 has reached 14.Ahmad Khan Samangani was among 20... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan government assured international community that the development aid pledged at the just-concluded Tokyo Conference would be spent according to the country’s 10-year strategic plan. “Assistance pledged by Japan would be spent... read more
KABUL (PAN): US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Saturday declared Afghanistan as a major non-NATO ally (MNNA) under a strategic partnership deal signed between President Hamid Karzai and his American counterpart Barack Obama on May 2.At a... read more
KABUL (PAN): A former lawmaker, Abdul Kabir Ranjbar, who faces charges of rape and abducting a young girl, on Sunday urged President Karzai to intervene into his case and ensure a fair trial for him.Ranjbar was arrested by the Attorney General’s... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): Participants of a national seminar on reforms in education system on Monday called for changes in syllabus at high school level and simplifying recruitment process for education employees.At the conclusion of the three-day seminar... read more
KABUL (PAN): US and British envoys to Afghanistan, during a meeting with President Hamid Karzai, on Saturday confirmed transparency in awarding contract to a Chinese firm for oil and gas exploration in the Amu River’s basin in the country’s north.A... read more
KABUL (PAN): A book recently published by the Academy of Sciences of Afghanistan about the Hazara community is a conspiracy to induce an ethnic divide in the country, a senior prosecutor said on Wednesday. But the academy rejected the allegation as... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): Afghanistan and Turkey on Thursday said the Heart of Asia Conference in Kabul was a success, with regional countries agreeing on joint political consultations and continued cooperation in line with the Istanbul process.Afghan... read more
KABUL (PAN): The National Security Council (NSC) on Sunday asked the Ministry of Interior (MoI) to task a 300-member squad with maintaining security for oil and gas fields in the Amu River basin in northern Sar-i-Pul province.Chaired by President... read more
KABUL (PAN): Hours after a stern warning from the Karzai administration, the top US military commander in Afghanistan on Saturday promised foreign troops would no longer conduct air raids on civilian houses.Three days after a deadly airstrike in... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Meshrano Jirga, or upper house of parliament, on Tuesday sought the suspension of the Solidarity Party of Afghanistan (SPA) for calling Mujideen’s Victory Day a day of national mourning.During a demonstration in Kabul last month,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan has sketched out several projects under 22 programmes to be presented at the July Tokyo Conference, the Finance Minister told the Wolesi Jirga on Tuesday, adding the country would require $5 billion (250 billion afs) in 2015... read more
JALALABAD (PAN): Civil society activists in eastern provinces on Sunday said people recommended to the government in Kabul to participate in the July Tokyo summit were not their representatives.Countries attending the summit in Japan are expected to... read more
KABUL (PAN): Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul on Sunday said talks with the United States officials on a detailed security agreement had begun as part of a recently signed strategic partnership accord.Describing the parliamentary approval of the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The just-concluded NATO summit in President Barack Obama’s hometown of Chicago has yielded no concrete outcome, some lawmakers and politcal analysts said on Tuesday.But others believe the two-day meeting -- attended by a galaxy of world... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday said international assistance “is not charity for Afghanistan, but a necessary investment in lasting peace in the entire region.”“I am confident that decisions on Afghanistan taken at NATO’s... read more
KABUL (PAN): An official of NATO-led international soldiers in Afghanistan on Wednesday said that 4,400 insurgents had so far joined the reintegration programme since its launch in 2009.Director of the Force Reintegration Cell (FRC) of the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Senate chairman and High Peace Council members asked the government to use all its resources to arrest the killers of Maulvi Arsalan Rahmani, a prominent peace negotiator who was buried amid moving scenes in Kabul.Rahmani’s funeral... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United States will not seek permanent military bases in Afghanistan, an issue of grave concern to regional countries, under the strategic deal that Presidents Barack Obama and Hamid Karzai signed late on Tuesday night.Respecting... read more
KABUL (PAN): First vice-president Mohammad Qasim Fahim on Tuesday said dialogue was the only way to resolve the conflict, believing Afghans and their international allies could no longer tolerate the war in Afghanistan.Speaking at a ceremony in... read more
KABUL (PAN): Kabul-based political analysts on Saturday said any change to the timetable for the next presidential election was impossible without constitutional amendments, believing an early pullout of foreign troops could challenge the vote.Last... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan Special Operations Unit has enough equipment to conduct nighttime raids and other offensives, Ministry of Defence officials said on Tuesday -- two days after a memorandum of understanding was signed with US troops on the... read more
KABUL (PAN): A finance ministry official said on Monday the rejection of the proposed annual budget by the Wolesi Jirga for a second time amounted to a betrayal of the nation.Parliamentarians have refused to approve the budget for the current year... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan and Qatari officials would hold more negotiations before signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the opening of Taliban’s liaison office in Doha, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Sunday.Qatari Foreign Minister Dr.... read more
KABUL (PAN): A former interior minister announced on Saturday he would contest the 2014 presidential election, saying his decision was based on the consistent demand of his supporters.In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, Ali Ahmad... read more
KABUL (PAN): Based on recommendations of the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG), four new governors were appointed for Uruzgan, Farah, Sar-i-Pul and Logar provinces, an official said on Tuesday.Mohammad Akram Khpalwak was appointed... read more
KABUL (PAN): Former Senate chairman Sibghatullah Mujaddedi on Sunday resigned all his government positions, saying President Hamid Karzai’s refusal to appoint him as High Peace Council head was an insult.The president had failed to consider the... read more
KABUL (PAN): UK Secretary of State for Defence Philip Hammond, at a meeting with President Hamid Karzai, on Thursday renewed his country’s commitment to supporting Afghanistan beyond 2014.Based on a strategic cooperation agreement between... read more
KABUL (PAN): A senior British official warned on Thursday that Afghanistan could face problems after the 2014 withdrawal of foreign soldiers from the war-hit country.However, they would try to convince the Taliban to come to the negotiating table... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan Independent Journalists Union (AIJU) on Monday elected its new head and members of the executive committee through a secret ballot contested by 45 journalists from 30 provinces.Khpalwak Safai, news manager at Shamshad, a... read more
KABUL (PAN): Ministry of Interior (MoI) and the National Directorate of Security (NDS) on Tuesday rejected allegations that prisoners in Afghan jails are being mistreated.Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) alleged in a recnt... read more
KABUL (PAN): An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) official said on Sunday that only one coalition soldier had been involved in last week’s civilian massacre in the Panjwai incident of southern Kandahar province.If evidence of other... read more
KABUL (PAN): An inter-ministerial conference was held in Kabul on Wednesday to discuss preparations by their respective ministries for the upcoming Tokyo conference on Afghanistan.The Tokyo conference, scheduled to take place in May, is expected to... read more
KABUL (PAN): US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta arrived in central Kabul on Wednesday, the US embassy said in a statement.No further details were revealed on Panetta’s sudden visit to Kabul.His visit comes at crucial time, when sixteen civilians,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some Wolesi Jirga members who called on President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday said the practice of constructing illegal towns and grabbing private and state-owned lands by warlords was still ongoing without being noticed in Kabul and... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan officials and a visiting European Union (EU) team on Monday began talks on a long-term strategic cooperation agreement, a foreign ministry official said.The EU delegation led by David Tirr, head of unit of Afghanistan, Pakistan,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The exclusion of permanent military bases from the proposed strategic agreement between the US and Afghanistan is a wise decision because neighbouring countries have deep concern on the move, political analysts said on Monday.Kabul... read more
KABUL (PAN): A government official on Sunday said Foreign minister Zalmay Rassoul will leave for Saudi Arabia where he is expected to discuss on the proposed peace negotiations with anti-government fighters.Rassoul would discuss Afghan government’s... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Sunday said the proposed strategic pact with the United States would be signed ahead of the Chicago conference and after reaching an agreement on night raids, but the deal would not include creation of US... read more
KABUL (PAN): Japan, a major aid donor to Afghanistan, on Saturday pledged $ 111 million (5503 million afs) to fund key infrastructure development projects across the country.Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Javed Lodin and Japanese Ambassador to... read more
 KABUL (PAN): Afghan foreign minister Zalmay Rasul is scheduled to visit Qatar, where he is expected to hold high level bilateral talks with Qatari leaders, an official said on Saturday.But, neither the exact dates of his official trip nor the... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday said a guideline concerning women issued by the Afghanistan Ulema Council, involving the country’s top religious scholars, was in accordance with the Sharia.Issued on Feb. 2, the guideline prohibits... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai, rejecting reports discussion had been halted on the strategic cooperation pact with the United States, said on Tuesday that progress had been made on reaching the agreement.At a joint media briefing with Polish... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan government remained willing to sign the strategic cooperation pact with the United States if the traditional Loya Jirga’s recommendations were accepted, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official said on Monday.Held in mid-... read more
KABUL (PAN): The website of the National Security Council (NSC) has been hacked by a group linked to the Al Qaida terrorist network, a presidential aide confirmed on Thursday.The website http://www.nsc.gov.af had its domain in Afghanistan and was... read more
KABUL (PAN): Turkey on Thursday promised it would continue to support Afghanistan beyond 2014, when all foreign forces are scheduled to leave the war-battered country.Turkish ambassador to Afghanistan Bassat Ozturk held out the promise at a meeting... read more
KABUL (PAN): Preparations for the upcoming Kabul Conference, a continuation of the Istanbul process, were reviewed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday.Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Javed Lodin, ambassadors of several countries and... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some political analysts believe protests in Afghanistan go violent due to lack of awareness among the people about the rules of demonstrations, in addition to an ill-equipped and unprofessional police force.Two US soldiers and an Afghan... read more
KABUL (PAN): Religious scholars have declared demonstrations against the desecration of Holy Quran as Islamic, condemning deaths and damage to public and private property.Four copies of the Quran were allegedly burnt by US soldiers at the Bagram... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan government on Tuesday listed a halt to nighttime raids and the transfer of coalition-run prisons to its control as key conditions for a strategic cooperation deal with the United States.The reaffirmation of the terms comes... read more
KABUL (PAN): An influential US senator, currently on a visit to Afghanistan, on Sunday said NATO-led forces should continue with nighttime raids that would not damage a strategic agreement cooperation agreement between the allies.  Senator John... read more
KABUL (PAN): Although some political analysts on Saturday said Afghanistan was unable to take advantage of the trilateral summit on regional challenges in Pakistan, a spokesman for President Hamid Karzai called the meeting fruitful.Reconciliation... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some Wolesi Jirga (lower house of Parliament) members on Thursday refused to vote for the ministers-designate they had already rejected until the assembly’s internal procedure code was amended.But other lawmakers and legal experts said... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai introduced nine Cabinet picks to the Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of Parliament, for trust vote on Wednesday, an official said.Wolesi Jirga Deputy Secretary Mohammad Farhad Azimi told Pajhwok Afghan News the list... read more
KABUL (PAN): A team investigating civilian deaths in Kunar and Kapisa provinces on Monday urged an immediate end to the collateral damage in NATO-led airstrikes, saying mere apologies and condolences were no more acceptable to the people.... read more
KABUL (PAN): Talks on a proposed strategic cooperation agreement with the US government have recently been resumed after a break due to the 2nd Bonn conference on December 5, 2011, an official said on Tuesday.The talks were supposed to resume in... read more
KABUL (PAN): A senior NATO representative for Afghanistan on Sunday said the alliance would continue its combat mission in the country until 2014, the previously agreed timeline for foreign soldiers withdrawal.Talking to reporters a day after... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Saudi Cabinet has tasked Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal with discussing an agreement on cooperation with Afghanistan, the state-controlled Saudi media reported.Al-Faisal has been asked to share the result of his discussions... read more
KABUL (PAN): While reiterating stout support for the Afghan-led peace negotiations with the Taliban, Pakistan said on Wednesday it was not following a hidden agenda in the conflict-torn country.Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, on a fence-mending... read more
KABUL (PAN): The US deputy ambassador to Afghanistan on Tuesday said the Taliban should publicly denounce international terrorism and support the ongoing peace process in the country.James B. Cunningham told a news conference in Kabul Afghanistan... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan government on Tuesday rejected reports that it was going to launch separate peace talks with Taliban fighters in Saudi Arabia.On Monday, some media reports said the Karzai administration was planning to offer the olive branch... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday said recently signed strategic agreements with three European countries ---France, Italy and the United Kingdom --- would be sent to Parliament for approval.Under Article 90 of the Constitution... read more
KABUL (PAN):  President Hamid Karzai and British Prime Minister David Cameron on Saturday signed a strategic agreement on Afghanistan’s future in London on Saturday, an official said.The visiting leader hailed as "another step" in the UK’s... read more
KABUL (PAN):  The US Embassy in Kabul said on Wednesday Washington's position on the Afghan peace process continued to be misrepresented and misunderstood by some circles in Afghanistan."Concerning the opening of a Taliban office in Qatar, as... read more
KABUL/ISLAMABAD (PAN): The Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Wednesday Pakistani foreign minister would be visiting Kabul next month."Afghanistan welcomes the visit of foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar," the ministry spokesman, Janan... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA), the second largest militant group after the Taliban, is optimistic about the outcome of peace talks, says its representatives have held meetings with the US ambassador and NATO civilian and military... read more
KABUL (PAN): The finance ministry has prepared the first-ever nine months budget for the next fiscal beginning this month, with a total volume of 241.6 billion afghanis ($4.872b), indicating an eight percent increase over last year, officials said... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan government has agreed to the transfer of Taliban prisoners from the US detention centre in Cuba to Qatar, an official said on Sunday.Previously, the government had said the Guantanamo Bay prison inmates, whose release the... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai would sign long-term cooperation agreements with three states during his visit to Europe next week, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Sunday.The president would meet British, French and Italian leaders... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some political experts say the Afghanistan's National Coalition support for peace talks reflected national unanimity on the issue, but others believe the coalition's move is an American demand. The coalition leader and President... read more
KABUL (PAN): The National Environment Protection Agency (NEPA) on Tuesday installed an air pollution gauge in the capital Kabul, an official said. Speaking to reporters at the inaugural ceremony for the machine, NEPA Director Mustafa Zahir said... read more
KABUL (PAN): Former Taliban ambassador to Pakistan, Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef, has said he has no doubt regarding Taliban's sincerity about peace talks, if the US remained serious."The negotiations could provide a platform for a similar effort... read more
KABUL (PAN): Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul on Wednesday said participants of the upcoming international conference on Afghanistan in Tokyo were expected to pledge assistance for fundamental projects and identify development priorities.Addressing a... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan on Tuesday took strong exception to a meeting of Afghan political figures with US lawmakers in Berlin, the capital of Germany.Ex-vice president Ahmad Zia Masoud, Junbish-i-Millie party chief Abdul Rashid Dostum and Hezb-i-... read more
KABUL (PAN): An investigative commission, accusing US forces of abuses at their detention facility at the Bagram airfield in central Parwan province, on Saturday recommended the release of inmates held without charge.On Thursday, a statement from... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan High Peace Council secretary on Monday said the peace negotiations between the United States and the Taliban in Doha were aimed at creating an atmosphere of confidence.Maulvi Arsala Rahmani told Pajhwok Afghan News no... read more
KABUL (PAN): Seven Taliban militants were detained during an operation in southern Helmand and Kandahar provinces, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Sunday.The operation conducted by police was carried out in Kandmak village of Washir district... read more
KABUL (PAN): Three Afghans were killed and 19 others rescued when a boat carrying illegal immigrants heading for Australia sank off the coast of east Java in Indonesia on December 17, an official said on Sunday.Officials in Indonesia have said only... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan would enter strategic cooperation agreements with three European countries this month (January), a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official said on Saturday.  Currently, talks over the agreements are in place with England,... read more
KABUL (PAN): A $23.5 million (1157 million afs) technical and financial cooperation agreement was signed between Afghanistan and China on Saturday, an official said.The accord was inked between Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul and Chinese Ambassador... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Haq-wa-Adalat political party on Sunday denounced the sacking of top human rights advocates by the president as an unprincipled decision that could fuel concerns over rights abuses in Afghanistan."The removal of the three committed... read more
KABUL (PAN): Talks on a strategic cooperation pact with the United States would begin next year, despite a warning from President Hamid Karzai to walk out of the agreement, a foreign ministry official said on Sunday.Nighttime raids and civilian... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Refugee and Repatriation Affairs on Saturday rejected reports that Iran had given a three-month ultimatum to 900,000 registered Afghan refugees to leave the neighbouring country.An Iranian news agency, quoting unnamed... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday asked Pakistan not deal with Afghanistan based on its relations with the US and India. Karzai also said the federal system of government was ill-suited to Afghanistan.Karzai discussed Pakistan-Afghan... read more
KABUL (PAN): Foreign Minister Zalmay Rassoul on Sunday said the peace talks could only be a success if they were Afghan-led without any interference from an outside country.Speaking at a news conference in Kabul, Rassoul asked foreign allies of the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Former jihadi leaders and religious scholars who met President Hamid Karzai on Thursday said they would not hold peace talks with the Taliban until the group renounced violence, Karzai's office said.The meeting at the Presidential... read more
KABUL (PAN):  The closure of a key International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) supply line by Pakistan is having no impact on NATO-led operations in Afghanistan, the US Defence Secretary, Leon Panetta, said on Wednesday.Addressing a joint... read more
KABUL (PAN): The foundation stone of a building for the Kabul Customs Training Centre, a $18 million (874.2 afghanis) project being jointly funded by the US and European Union, was laid on Tuesday.Being constructed on 17 acres of land, the building... read more
KABUL (PAN): Defending champions India on Sunday mauled Afghanistan 3-0 to retain the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Cup title for a second consecutive year.The first half remained goalless, with Afghans showing great skills and courage to... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai, promising a stepped-up campaign against corruption, on Sunday urged foreigners to stop doling out contracts to relatives of senior Afghan government officials."One effective way of preventing corruption in... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai, the US and the ISAF commander in Afghanistan on Saturday strongly condemned a suicide attack that killed a district police chief and five others in eastern Kunar province.The incident took place when the bomber... read more
KABUL (PAN): Three suspects detained in connection with an acid attack on a family in northern Kunduz province have been transferred to Kabul, a Ministry of Interior official said on Friday.Five members of a family were attacked with acid by gunmen... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan and the Dominican Republic established diplomatic relations at the level of non-resident ambassadors on Saturday.An agreement to the effect was signed in Kabul between Deputy Foreign Minister Abdul Hai Haidar and Dominican... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai has asked peace negotiators to appoint an honest and influential person as their head and take forward the reconciliation process in line with the Loya Jirga's mechanism.Karzai discussed with High Peace Council... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan government and the international community on Wednesday approved four agreements at the 17th meeting of the Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board (JCMB), officials said.Participants of the meeting included, Finance Minister... read more
KABUL (PAN): A special committee created by the United Nations secretary-general is reviewing the world body's assistance mission in Afghanistan, officials said on Tuesday.Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmay Rassoul thanked the United Nations Assistance... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan government expects a renewal of a strong long-term cooperation pledge from the international community at the 2nd Bonn Conference, officials said on Monday.A government delegation is to leave for Germany this week to firm up... read more
KABUL (PAN): Eng. Rahmatullah Nabeel was confirmed as National Directorate of Security (NDS) director-general on Saturday, winning 208 votes from  Wolesi Jirga, lower house of Parliament, members.A dozen lawmakers voted against President Hamid... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two people have been appointed to speak on behalf of Afghanistan civil society organisations at the second Bonn Conference, which is scheduled for December 5 in Germany.The two civil society members named Abdul Bari Salam and Sailai... read more
KABUL (PAN): Ministers of economy and finance on Tuesday acknowledged they had no authority to control gas prices, but hoped efforts underway in this regard would yield positive results.Gas prices shot up from 55 afghanis ($1.13) to 80 and 100afs... read more
KABUL (PAN): UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon phoned President Hamid Karzai to discuss the appointment of his new representative in Afghanistan, the Presidential Palace said on Tuesday.The two leaders discussed the issue late night on Monday. The... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan would sign a strategic cooperation pact with the United Kingdom after the 2nd Bonn Conference, slated for December 5 in Germany, a spokesman for President Hamid Karzai said on Monday.Addressing a press conference here, Aimal... read more
KABUL (PAN): A high-level delegation would leave for Pakistan on Tuesday to investigate the assassination of former president Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani, an official said on Monday.At a recent summit in Istanbul, Pakistan had promised to cooperate... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some regional spy agencies tried to disrupt the traditional Loya Jirga on the strategic cooperation pact with the US, the interior minister said on Saturday. The four-day assembly concluded with the release of a 76-article... read more
KABUL (PAN): As differences among its committees on evolving a mechanism for peace negotiations with the insurgents persisted, the ongoing Loya Jirga could be extended, an official indicated on Friday.Forty committees have been set up to deliberate... read more
KABUL (PAN): The traditional Loya Jirga on the strategic cooperation agreement with the United States started a debate on a mechanism for peace negotiations with Afghan insurgents on Friday.The Loya Jirga Secretariat provided delegates with written... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United States does not want its conditions and demands mentioned in the strategic agreement to be published in the media, the Loya Jirga spokeswoman said on Thursday.Participants of the assembly were not provided with information... read more
KABUL (PAN): The chairman, his two deputies, as many secretaries and a spokesperson for the traditional Loya Jirga on the strategic cooperation pact were appointed on Wednesday.Senator and ex-president Sibghatullah Mujaddedi was named the head of... read more
KABUL (PAN): The traditional Loya Jirga on the strategic cooperation agreement with the US and setting up a mechanism for peace talks with Afghan militants commenced amid tight security in capital Kabul at 10:30am on Wednesday.The Afghan government... read more
KABUL (PAN): All private and public schools in the capital Kabul would remain closed for two days ---Wednesday and Thursday --- in connection with the traditional Loya Jirga beginning tomorrow, an official said on Tuesday.The decision comes after... read more
KABUL (PAN): US civilian representatives for five Afghanistan's zones on Monday said development programmes in the east had been a success despite security threats and other challenges.Speaking at a joint press conference, the US representatives... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Interior (MoI), the National Directorate of Security (NDS) and the NATO-led ISAF on Monday called the Loya Jirga security plan released by the Taliban as false. The Taliban claimed on Sunday they had received a security... read more
KABUL (PAN): Representatives of countries grouped under the International Contact Group on Afghanistan will meet in the Kazakh capital of Astana on Tuesday, an official said on Sunday.Without naming the participating countries, the foreign minister... read more
KABUL (PAN): A US diplomat said on Monday the upcoming Loya Jirga should understand the importance of the proposed strategic partnership agreement.Afghanistan has inked a strategic partnership agreement with India and a consultative jirga has been... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some political analysts say the November 2 regional conference in Istanbul will be useless, but others believe it will be fruitful for Afghanistan.The ministerial-level conference is being attended by the United States, France, Germany... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Sunday expressed his condolences to the families of US soldiers who were killed in suicide attack in the Darul Aman area of Kabul a day earlier.At least 13 international soldiers, one Afghan policeman and three... read more
KABUL (PAN): The French government has provided the draft of a long-term strategic cooperation agreement, expected to be signed ahead of the second Bonn conference on December 5, to the Afghan government, a foreign ministry official said on Sunday.... read more
KABUL (PAN): An International Security and Assistance Forces (ISAF) soldier was killed in southern Afghanistan on Friday, the alliance said.The soldier was killed in a roadside bomb attack, an ISAF statement said, without revealing the servicemember... read more
KABUL (PAN): Elders from southeastern Paktia province on Thursday supported the Afghan-US strategic pact and an upcoming Loya Jirga on the deal, the Presidential Palace said.  A consultative meeting between President Hamid Karzai and tribal... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Japanese Embassy in Kabul on Wednesday signed agreements with non-governmental organisations for more than a dozen development projects.Under the accords, Japan would provide $ 1.4 million for the projects to be executed in Kabul,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Moscow would support Kabul's bid for Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) membership, the Russian ambassador to Afghanistan promised on Saturday.Zamir Kabulove held out the promise at a meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Families of three policemen, killed in suicide attacks in Kabul last month, were given 100,000 afghanis each and ownership letters of apartments in the Rahman Mena area in compliance with a presidential decree, the President's Office... read more
KABUL (PAN):  A day-long meeting, aimed at discussing preparations for the upcoming Istanbul conference, was held in the capital Kabul on Saturday, with representatives and ambassadors from 26 countries in attendance.Slated for November 2, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, during an unannounced visit to Kabul, on Thursday emphasised stepped-up military operations against Haqqani militants on both sides of the Afghan-Pakistan border.With Afghan and NATO-led troops... read more
KABUL (PAN): The National Security Council (NSC) chief has said inadequate regard for religious and national values, nighttime operations, lawlessness and corruption are the result of increasing extremism and people's distrust in the government.Dr.... read more
KABUL (PAN): Justice Minister Habibullah Ghalib on Wednesday accused police of maltreating juvenile prisoners and sexually harassing them in child rehabilitation centres.The allegation came a day after a United Nations report blasted the police for... read more
KABUL (PAN): Ruling out any foul play in recounting votes for a hunger strike female lawmaker, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Tuesday said it was ready for another recount to prove transparencySemin Barakzai, 32 years old from the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan intelligence agents have arrested the mastermind behind suicide attacks on the funeral ceremony of President Hamid Karzai's half-brother and the Kandahar mayor, an official said on Wednesday.The mastermind of the attacks on the... read more
KABUL (PAN): High-ranking officials would be stopped from making unnecessary trips abroad in line with a Cabinet decision and a decree from President Hamid Karzai, the foreign ministry said on Monday.A committee had been tasked to make rules for... read more
 KABUL (PAN): The first batch of Afghan pilgrims is set to set to leave for Saudi Arabia later on Monday, the Ministry of Haji said.Carrying 218 pilgrims, the first flight would take off from Kabul International Airport at 3:00pm, Daee Alhaq... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan asked Pakistan on Sunday for the arrest and extradition of the people involved in former president Burhanuddin Rabbani's assassination. The chairman of the High Peace Council was killed by a suicide bomber on Sept. 20.The... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan President Hamid Karzai will visit New Delhi soon for talks with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh about recent developments in the country, an official said on Sunday.Karzai's two-day trip was planned during Singh's visit to... read more
KABUL (PAN): Reservations by some Pakistani politicians at an overnight All Parties Conference (APC) in Islamabad prove that allegations of the Inter-Services Intelligence's links to militants are true, a political analyst said on Friday.US-Pakistan... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Saudi Arabia embassy in Kabul is expected to resume its operations soon, an official said on Thursday.Saudi embassy diplomats and workers are due back in Kabul later in the day to begin issuing visas to pilgrims next Saturday, Daee... read more
KABUL (PAN): The counter-narcotics ministry said on Tuesday Afghanistan itself would survey drug production in the country.Over the past four years, the ministry jointly conducted such survey with the United Nation's Office on Drugs and Crimes (... read more
KABUL (PAN): The assassination of High Peace Council chairman, Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani was planned outside of Afghanistan, an intelligence official said on Monday.Speaking at a news conference, deputy head of National Directorate of Security (NDS... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai, calling Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani a martyr of peace, said on Friday the terrorist who assassinated the High Peace Council chairman had come to Kabul in the name of peace.Speaking at a brief press conference,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Taliban Leadership Council has said the presence of foreign forces, their airstrikes and nighttime raids are fuelling the conflict in Afghanistan.These factors behind the war are outlined in a letter delivered by Esmatullah, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai cut short his visit to New York on Tuesday evening, following the assassination of the High Peace Council chairman in a suicide attack, an official said. Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani was killed along with three... read more
KABUL (PAN): A special foundation would be set up to speed up dissolution of private security companies and local people would be involved in providing security for reconstruction projects, the Presidential Palace said on Sunday.At a meeting of the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued two types of computerised passports to diplomats and public servants, an official said on Saturday.Printed according to international standards, the computerised passports would help improve... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Saturday condemned a roadside bomb blast that left nine civilians dead in northern Faryab province.The incident took place in Choghi village of Ghormach district, killing nine people, including five children... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Taliban attacks on capital Kabul were a result of the inadequate coordination and capacity of security forces and their links with militants, military experts said on Thursday.Several gunmen, equipped with heavy and light weapons,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) commander on Wednesday lauded Afghan security personnel's efficient response to yesterday's attacks in the heart of Afghanistan's capital.Twenty-seven people -- 11 civilians, five... read more
KABUL (PAN): Internal and external enemies of Afghanistan could not stop the country's progress by burning schools and killing teachers, President Hamid Karzai said on Tuesday.Addressing a graduation ceremony at the National Management Institute of... read more
KABUL (PAN):  Italy's special envoy said on Sunday his country would curtail its military presence in Afghanistan after 2014, but civilian assistance would continue beyond transition to Afghan security lead.Franscesco M. Talo told reporters... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some political analysts say the 2001 US invasion of Afghanistan was aimed at protecting and promoting its interests in the region, not defeating Al Qaeda and Taliban.Nearly 3,000 people were killed and many others wounded when four... read more
KABUL (PAN): Unable to resolve the Afghanistan problem militarily, Washington is in favour of a political settlement, a US diplomat in Kabul said on Saturday.David D. Pearce, assistant chief of mission, told reporters at an event marking the 10th... read more
KABUL (PAN): The High Peace Council chief, Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani, on Tuesday said the Taliban brought devastations to the country by recruiting children in their ranks, a move that tarnished the image of religious schools and scholars.Addressing... read more
KABUL (PAN): Drug smuggling from Afghanistan to foreign countries is a global supply chain and the country alone should not be blamed for the entire illicit trade, a minister said on Sunday.Speaking at the second quadrilateral meeting of counter... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai has directed his security advisor to discuss with US officials the proposed strategic cooperation agreement, insisting the pact should serve Afghanistan's national interests, the Presidential Palace said on Sunday... read more
KABUL (PAN): Participants of the second Bonn conference, scheduled to take place in Germany in December this year, would discuss regional cooperation, the security transition process, long-term foreign assistances and the peace process in... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Kabul police asked parents to stop their children from using firecrackers, driving fast, and brawling during the three days of Eid-ul -Fitr.The use of firecrackers or other explosives could create confusion for the people and... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some government employees would soon be receiving their salaries through the M-Paisa payment system, a new mobile payment service, and would be able to pay utility bills through the service, the acting communication minister said on... read more
KABUL (PAN): Losing candidates, accusing the British Embassy and the United Nations of influencing the Independent Election Commission (IEC), staged a protest in Kabul on Tuesday, demanding implementation of the Special Electoral Court verdict.The... read more
KABUL(PAN): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced on Thursday it had delayed its decision on last year's parliamentary election results to next week. In June, a special election tribunal ruled in favour of throwing out 62... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Attorney General Office (AGO) has accused an influential lawmaker, Zahir Qadeer, from eastern Nangarhar province, of smuggling drugs. The MP was asked to appear before prosecutors. In this regard, the AGO sent a letter to the... read more
KABUL(PAN): A primary court sentenced three individuals to 20 years in jail on charges of drug trafficking, the Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) announced on Tuesday. The men were convicted at the end of an open trial on the basis of evidence.... read more
KABUL (PAN): British Ambassador to Afghanistan Sir William Patey on Monday said that the Afghan government could invite Taliban fighters to the second Bonn conference, scheduled for December 5 in Germany. Considering progress in the peace talks... read more
KABUL(PAN): Industrialists demanded on Wednesday 50 percent membership of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI), accusing the chamber of ignoring their interests. Sherbaz Kaminzada, president of the Afghanistan Industrialists... read more
KABUL(PAN): Two billion afghanis, collected from 36 private security companies in fines, had been transferred to the national exchequer, the interior minister informed lawmakers on Tuesday. The Meshrano Jirga had summoned Gen. Bismillah Mohammadi... read more
KABUL(PAN): The Meshrano Jirga asked the interior minister on Tuesday to tighten security around the parliament building to prevent possible militant attacks. The upper house had summoned Interior Minister Bismallah Mohammadi to answer questions... read more
KABUL (PAN): Fee for health services at hospitals would be announced and the structure referred to the cabinet for approval in a month, the Ministry of Public Health announced on Monday. Five years ago, the ministry had said that it was working on... read more
KABUL (PAN): Civil society representatives would attend the second Bonn Conference on Afghanistan's future, slated for early December in Germany, a senior American diplomat said on Thursday. US Ambassador Ryan Crocker, addressing a media... read more
KABUL (PAN): The rate of diesel and petrol per litre, fixed by the government, has been effective in Kabul, Baghlan and Balkh provinces over the past two weeks, an official said on Wednesday. Two weeks ago, the Minister for Trade and Industries,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Taliban on Tuesday confirmed they had set free five abducted Bangladeshi workers in northern Balkh province. The insurgents abducted eight Bangladeshi citizens working for a foreign firm eight months ago. One of them was killed... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United States’ highest-ranking military officer, Admiral Mike Mullen, on Sunday said that he had talks with Pakistani officials to tighten the noose around the Haqqani terror network. On an unannounced visit to Kabul,... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai and interior minister, Bismillah Mohammadi, on Thursday strongly condemned the death of Ahmad Omaid Khpalwak, a reporter with Pajhwok Afghan News, in a militant attack in central Uruzgan province. Khpalwak was... read more
KABUL (PAN): MPs said Wednesday that Afghanistan’s current crisis stems from a 2002 agreement with the United States. The agreement was signed by then-Interior Minister Mohammad Younis Qanuni, then-commander of the International Security... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan traders complained on Wednesday they have been unable to export their goods to foreign countries through Pakistan over the past 42 days due to harsh restrictions. Hundreds of trucks laden with dried and fresh fruits, herbals,... read more
KABUL (PAN): More than 50 former candidates and MPs have appealed the special election tribunal’s verdict on the results of last year’s Parliamentary election, a court official said.   The Attorney General’s Office... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan analysts have diverging views on US Senator John McCain's concerns about withdrawing a large number of US troops from Afghanistan. McCain, a Republican Senator from Arizona, said on Monday in an exclusive interview with CNN... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan forces have heightened their activities along the border with Pakistan after a series of attacks from the neighbouring country into Afghanistan's eastern provinces, Parliament was told on Saturday. The lower house of... read more
KABUL (PAN): The head of Transition Coordination Commission, Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, on Wednesday said the armed opposition could not derail the security transition plan despite a major assault on a luxury hotel in Kabul. The process is... read more
KABUL (PAN): Kabul-based political analysts on Monday warned that if the ongoing election crisis endured much longer it could bring down President Hamid Karzai's government. The political crisis deepened after members of the Wolesi Jirga, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Supreme Court said Sunday that lawmakers who were disqualified Thursday in the wake of a special court's decision have one month to challenge the verdict. The special election tribunal, a panel of five judges, on Thursday... read more
KABUL (PAN): Parliamentarians continued to observe a silence for a third consecutive day on Monday in protest against President Hamid Karzai's failure to submit a list of his Cabinet nominees and heads of independent organisations, including the... read more
ISLAMABAD/KABUL (PAN): Afghan President Hamid Karzai arrived in Islamabad on Friday on a two-day visit for talks with Pakistani leaders on efforts at wooing the Taliban to the negotiating table, a private TV channel reported. Karzai would meet... read more
KABUL(PAN): Former intelligence chief, Amrullah Saleh, on Saturday said Afghans wanted peace in the country and that the war was no solution to the conflict. "We want peace and war is not a solution," Saleh said told participants of a... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan militants are hiding in Pakistan, but the government in Islamabad is no way supporting them, a senior diplomat from the neighbouring country said on Monday. Pakistan has suffered more than any other country due to the ongoing... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan President Hamid Karzai, stressing the need for national unity, warned on Tuesday that the new (solar) year would be "difficult and challenging for Afghanistan". Addressing a function that marked International Women... read more
KABUL (PAN): A media group announced on Sunday it would train 200 street children in journalism, enabling them to report on social vulnerability. Promising trainees will be provided with job opportunities. Children from Balkh, Herat, Kabul,... read more

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