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KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday slammed a report from the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence as "shocking" and demanded to know how many Afghans were subjected to "enhanced interrogation techniques".The United States... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Sunday linked the country’s economic prosperity to exploitation of Afghanistan’s rich mining sector, asking the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum to accelerate efforts to develop it on a war footing.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Saturday said Afghanistan was going to open a new chapter in its relationship with the United States of America post 2015.He expressed the views at a joint press conference with visiting US defence... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday said permanent solution would be found to problems being faced by residents of central Kabul province.The president was talking to a number of parliament members from Kabul at his office, the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Presidential Palace on Thursday said the government would never allow foreign and Afghan forces to conduct nighttime raids on civilian homes.A statement from the Presidential Palace said media reports that quoted Afghan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Wednesday asked the United Nations (UN) to present a complete report about recent elections and all its activities in Afghanistan.Ahmadzai told this to UN secretary general’s special envoy to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday said he and President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai were jointly trying to appoint eligible and professional individuals as Cabinet members.A statement from the CEO’s office said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday said that Pakistan and Afghanistan were facing a common enemy in the form of terrorism that could be eliminated through a joint strategy.During a meeting with Pakistani Army Chief Gen. Raheel... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen. Raheel Sharif on Thursday offered Afghanistan military, political and economic support, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.He reaffirmed Pakistan’s offer during a meeting with Defence... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Sunday conferred the Ghazi Wazir Mohammad Akbar Khan Medal on outgoing UN secretary general’s special representative for Afghanistan Jan Kubis.Kubis was honoured at a special ceremony held at the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai’s special representative on reform and good governance Ahmad Zia Massoud on Monday formally assumed office, the Presidential Palace said.A statement from the palace quoted Ahmadzai as calling Massoud... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A group of men writing the slogans of Islamic State (IS) on the walls in central capital Kabul has been detained, the Ministry of Interior said on Wednesday.Najib Danish, the ministry’s deputy spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Australian on Wednesday pledged continued assistance to the government of Afghanistan in diverse fields.Ambassador Jon Philp held out the pledge at a meeting with President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai in Kabul.The diplomat called on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A powerful explosion was heard Tuesday night in the heart of Kabul, where four soldiers were killed in a bomb attack in the morning, police said.A police official, requesting not to be named, told Pajhwok Afghan News the blast... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Often blamed for mistreating refugees, Iran on Thursday promised creating 50,000 jobs for the Afghans living in the neighbouring country.Iranian Ambassador Mohammad Raza Behrami held out the promise during a meeting with President... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Paying tribute to Afghan security forces for their heroism and sacrifices in defending their motherland, President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Wednesday said future promotions in the military would be merit-based.The president, also... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Wednesday said security in northern Kunduz province topped his government’s priorities.Ahmadzai was speaking to elders and influential figures in Kunduz through a video conference, a statement from... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Postal Regulatory Authority (APRA) on Tuesday announced that more than 3.4 million postal packages were delivered last one year.APRA Director Mir Abdul Rahman Sadri told a press conference that more than 153 million... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Acting governor of northern Balkh province Atta Mohammad Noor called on President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai at the President Palace on Thursday, a statement said.The statement from the Presidential Palace quoted Noor as saying that he... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Wednesday stressed the need for permanent budgets for provinces and the appointment of qualified individuals as governor.At a meeting with the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai has appointed former finance minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal as acting finance minister and his advisor on economic affairs, the Cabinet Secretariat said on Tuesday.Earlier, the new president appointed... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Security Council (NSC) on Sunday directed the authorities concerned to adopt strict security measures for the protection of key national development projects, the President Palace said.The NSC meeting, chaired by... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former jihadi figures and leaderships of the three pillars of the state would be meeting the two feuding presidential candidates on Friday in a bid to end the political impasse that has paralysed the country.A statement from the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A leading political figure who struggled for Pashtuns’ rights, Malik Amanullah Khan Kasi, has died at the Wazir Akbar Khan Hospital in Kabul. He was 76.Kasi breathed his last on Thursday evening. He had been invited by the Ministry... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The UN's top diplomat in Afghanistan on Sunday said some technical issues concerning the June presidential runoff were being addressed to complete the electoral process.Jan Kubis, the UN secretary-general’s special representative... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Election Watch Afghanistan (EWA) on Monday said more transparency in all stages of the vote audit and invalidation process could guarantee success of the electoral process and warned against making decisions in haste.EWA... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The new US and International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) commander on Wednesday pledged maintaining good ties with Afghan forces and government, the Presidential Palace said.A day after taking over as commander of the NATO-led... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): His successor would represent Afghanistan at the upcoming NATO summit in the United Kingdom, President Hamid Karzai said on Sunday, ruling out further delay in announcement of election results.At a meeting with outgoing... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai on Saturday made clear there was no chance of any further extension in the date set for the new president's inauguration, scheduled for September 2.The president was talking to United Nations Assistance... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Presidential spokesman Aimal Faizi said on Monday people’s mandate should be respected and the next set-up should be a government of national Participation.In a statement, Faizi said people’s vote should be respected and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Presidential candidates Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Tuesday met to discuss issues of common interest, including the current political situation, their campaign managers said.The hour-long meeting took... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): In a new breakthrough, representatives of both presidential contenders on Monday agreed on recounting votes from 7,000 polling stations. Hamidullah Farooqi, a member of presidential runner Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai's camp, told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday called on the Afghan Taliban to refrain from shedding blood of their countrymen for the benefits of outsiders.Karzai said the enemies of Afghanistan had launched attacks and conspiracies in various... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Cabinet on Monday approved in principle a four-year socio-economic development plan and extended the period of loan payments for flats in the under-construction Qasaba Township in Kabul from 10 to 20 years.Economy Minister Abdul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Security Council (NSC) on Sunday strongly condemned a recent surge in cross-border attacks, stressing better coordination among asking the security forces to curb such incursions.At an NSC a meeting, chaired by... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Security Council (NSC) on Sunday praised the Afghan National Army, police and the intelligence service for maintaining close coordination during yesterday’s presidential runoff election, calling it a key step forward in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Presidential runner Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Saturday said the people had discharged their duty by streaming to polling stations to cast ballots, asking the Independent Election Commission (IEC) to demonstrate extraordinary... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai on Thursday asked the electoral bodies to stay neutral throughout the election process and conduct Saturday’s crucial round in a transparent manner.In a statement from the presidential palace, Karzai hoped the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan Anti-Corruption Network (AACN) on Thursday said that cabinet ministers and senior officials should keep themselves read for accountability by the next government.A statement from AACN said Afghanistan was heading to power... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): In a latest development, failed presidential candidate Qutbuddin Hilal on Wednesday announced support to presidential runner Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai. Hilal had secured 2.75 percent of votes in the April 5 ballot.At a gathering... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai on Thursday said people’s massive participation in the runoff election would help bring stability to the country.President Karzai met with a number of youth recently graduated from universities in Afghanistan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Directorate of Security (NDS) claimed recovering huge arms cache believed to be stored by militants in northern Baghlan and southeastern Khost provinces, said a statement on Thursday.The statement said at least 350 to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The long-awaited book titled “who is woman” has been published written by poet and writer Jamila Mujahid.A total of 1,000 copies of the book were printed with each book containing 115 pages. It is a collection of poetry and literary... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Independent Election Commission (IEC) secretary Ziaul Haq Amarkhel on Sunday urged local and international observation groups to expand their mission to more areas during the June 14 presidential election runoff.Amarkhel told a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Thousands of families would find access to electricity in this central capital with the completion of a 220KW transmission line project, the power utility said on Saturday.The lines are being extended to the Arghandi and Chamtali... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday said the government was committed to supporting the country’s banks, insisting Afghanistan’s economic structure had been strengthened.Karzai said this at a meeting he chaired on a recent halt to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Uzbek leader Rashid Dostum and Paktia Governor Juma Khan Hamdard reconciled on Monday, ending a long-running feud between the two influential figures, an official said.The Junbish-i-Milli Islami leader is contesting the presidential... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  President Hamid Karzai, who met his Chinese counterpart in Shanghai, said on Monday that Afghanistan was willing to make joint efforts with China to combat terrorism and transnational crime.Karzai met Xi Jinping in the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two people were killed and seven others wounded in a traffic accident in the 12th police district of Kabul on Monday, an eyewitness said.Mohammad Akbar told Pajhwok Afghan News a trailer rammed into a passenger car on the Kabul-... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai on Monday hoped the new Afghan government would explore ways of further cementing relations and expanding cooperation with China in different fields.Karzai expressed the view in an interview with Radio China... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid on Thursday called on traders and well-off people to provide more aid to victims of the May 2 landslide that claimed hundreds of lives and buried an entire village in northeastern Badakhshan province.Karzai made the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Security Council (NSC) on Sunday ordered a serious drive against black or tinted-glass car windows and illegal weapons across Afghanistan.Chaired by President Hamid Karzai at the Presidential Palace, the NSC discussed... read more
SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): As the death toll from devastating floods in north and northwestern provinces surged to 135, rescuers said on Wednesday they were facing problems in evacuating victims. Recent flash floods left 43 people dead in Faryab, 10... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief of Army Staff Gen. Sher Mohammad Karimi on Sunday said the Afghan National Army (ANA) was fully prepared to maintain security for a runoff election across the country.Various issues of national interest were discussed as... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The election watchdog on Sunday extended by 24 hours the deadline for registering complaints against preliminary results of the presidential elections and thrown out votes.Earlier in the day, the Independent Electoral Complaints... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Dubbing the April 5 vote a giant leap forward in achieving peace and stability, President Hamid Karzai on Thursday hoped for the final results to be announced to the waiting masses on schedule.In a radio speech, Karzai said the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Outgoing President Hamid Karzai said on Saturday that Afghanistan was home to all Afghans and their success lied in unity.President Karzai told this to representatives of the youth coming all the way from Kandahar, Zabul, Paktia,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday conferred highest civil awards on a number of prominent personalities, including writers, poets, political experts, social workers and literary figures.The recipients include Abul Ahad Momand, a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai on Thursday expressed optimism candidates would respect people's verdict and accept results of the ballot scheduled to be held on Saturday.The president made the remarks in his message, released by his office... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Security bosses on Thursday reaffirmed their commitment to holding Saturday’s presidential and provincial council elections in a peaceful environment and preventing fraud.The assurance was held out at a joint press conference... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Taliban insurgents have stepped up contacts with his administration, indicating their desire for peace negotiations, President Hamid Karzai said on Saturday.Addressing a new academic year function in Kabul, the president said his... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Minister of Justice Habibullah Ghalib died on Thursday after prolonged ailment, an official said.Mohammad Hashim Hashimzai, senior advisor to the Ministry of Justice, told Pajhwok Afghan News Ghalib suffered brain hemorrhage a day... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Concerned about growing violence against journalists, a media advocacy group on Wednesday asked the government to provide security to the community, especially during the election process.Nai, which supports open media in... read more
KABUL/ASADABAD (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai on Thursday honoured eight Afghan National Army (ANA) troops with the highest government awards for bravery in recognisation of their role during a massive Taliban attack in eastern Kunar province,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Dozens of inmates at the notorious Pul-i-Charkhi prison outside Kabul have been denying food over the past two days, an official confirmed on Monday.While the protesting inmates told Pajhwok over the telephone that hundreds of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least two policemen and as many election workers were killed and several others wounded on Monday when a motorcycle bomb went off in western Herat province, officials said.The explosion occurred in Rubat Sangi district around... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A NATO soldier has died from non-battle related injuries in southern Afghanistan, the alliance said on Wednesday, taking the death toll for international troops in the country to 17 this year, including 14 Americans.The British... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai on Sunday called for a joint and real regional fight against the twin scourge of terrorism and extremism as he condemned a slashing rampage that killed 29 people and wounded 143 at a train station in southern... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Norwegian foreign minister on Sunday said terrorist sanctuaries are outside of Afghanistan, a country that has sacrificed a lot in the war against the menace.Following his arrival in Kabul, Bork Brand met President Hamid Karzai... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An arm depot belonging to insurgents has been seized in the Mohammad Agha district of central Logar province, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said on Monday.Without providing an exact date for the seizure, an NDS... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai on his weekly radio speech has welcomed the beginning of candidates’ campaign, saying differences in people’s opinions should not create personal oppositions, a statement said.According to a statement from the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai has called on foreign countries to respect the vote of Afghanistan’s people and let them to strengthen democracy in their country by participating in the upcoming landmark elections.Karzai was talking to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai on Saturday met a 10 years old girl who was forced by her brother to carry out a suicide attack against Afghan forces, a the Presidential Palace said.A statement from the palace said Karzai met Spogmai and her... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai has directed authorities concerned to investigate how low-quality petroleum products reached Afghanistan and take stringent preventive measures in this regard.The president also called for activities of ‘so-... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Maidan Wardak governor Abdul Majeed Khogyani on Thursday said militant hideouts posed a serious security threat to the April elections in the central province.He was speaking at a gathering attended by US State Department High... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Security Council (NSC) on Sunday asked foreign troops to stop with immediate effect conducting night-time raids and bombing Afghan homes, with President Karzai repeating his refusal to sign the security agreement until... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Karzai has no intention to walk away from a key security deal with the US, but he wants Afghans to be no longer victimised in the name of war on terror, his spokesman said on Wednesday.Aimal Faizi, during an interview with... read more
KABUL (PAN): A suicide bomber was shot dead by security forces before he could approach a tribal elder in the jurisdiction of sixth police district of the capital Kabul on Tuesday, an official said.The incident took place in the evening and the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The coffin of Ustad Mohammad Siddique Pasarlai, a legendary Pashtu poet, who died on Sunday night in India, has arrived in Kabul and his funeral prayers will be offered tomorrow, a relative said on Tuesday.Son of late Pasarlai,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai has invited Palestinian Liberation Organisation Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to visit Afghanistan, the Presidential Palace said on Thursday.In a statement, the palace said President Karzai had invited Abbas to visit... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Taliban on Sunday rejected reports as untrue that their leadership had tasked Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the group’s former second-in command, with taking forward the peace drive with the Afghan government.Recently, some media... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some lawmakers on Thursday endorsed President Hamid Karzai’s stance on the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) and said the United States should meet his conditions.Members of the Wolesi Jirga’s Security and International Relation... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Monday identified insecurity and lack of awareness among people as the biggest challenges to transparent elections.IEC Secretary Ziaul Haq Amarkhel told a public awareness gathering that the... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai is leaving for India on Thursday on a four-day official visit during which he will hold talks with Indian leadership and likely to press for supply of military hardware by New Delhi to strengthen his country’s... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Fikr Aw Amal Jirga has chosen former interior minister Ali Ahmad Jalali as its new leader with consensus on Monday, a statement issued by the Jirga said.The statement received by the Pajhwok Afghan News, said Jalali had always... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Attorney General Office (AGO) on Sunday ordered a privately-run television channel “Zhwandoon” to suspend airing its programmes after the station came under widespread criticism from different circles over a political talk-show... read more
KABUL (PAN): In response to a Taliban statement offering a rare support to President Karzai for his position so far on a security deal with the US, the Afghan government on Thursday said the rebels should embrace peace so that argument for a... read more
KABUL (PAN): Following reports of cutting in fuel provisions for the Afghan Security Forces by the US, the International Assistance Security Forces (ISAF) clarified on Monday there had been no stoppage in the delivery of requested fuel and it would... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai, who is stalling on signing a security pact with Washington, on Thursday called on the US to help revive Afghanistan’s faltering peace process through sincere cooperation by pushing for formal negotiations.In a... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai, pushing the US to support a presidential contender of his choice, is trying to delay signing of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA), analysts and lawmakers say.Addressing the consultative Loya Jirga on... read more
KABUL (PAN): Thousands of vehicles laden with fresh fruit and vegetables remained parked at the four gates to Kabul on Wednesday, leaving traders worried about the edibles going rotten.The vehicles are denied entry into the capital, where... read more
KABUL (PAN): Around 500 delegates from across the country have arrived in Kabul to attend Thursday’s consultative Loya Jirga on the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States, an official said on Sunday.The Preparatory Commission said... read more
KABUL (PAN): A body created to implement Chicago Conference decisions officially started working on Saturday, the Ministry of Finance said.The entity was jointly launched by Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal, Defence Minister Bismillah Mohammadi,... read more
KABUL (PAN): A key opposition political party on Monday opposed convention a consultative Loya Jirga on the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States.The National Coalition of Afghanistan (NCA), led by former foreign minister... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Defence on Sunday spurned as groundless a recent Pentagon report that claimed casualties among Afghan security forces had been alarmingly high in 2013.In a half-yearly report to congressmen, US Secretary of Defense Chuck... read more
KABUL (PAN): Pakistan on Saturday said it accorded importance to the development and strengthening of Afghanistan’s health and education sectors. With this in mind, Islamabad had executed several projects in these sectors, the Pakistan... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) on Monday said Ghulam Sakhi Baghlani had been appointed as new governor of northern Kunduz province, replacing Mohammad Anwar Jagdalak.IDLG spokesman Tawab Ghorzang told Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Sunday said the Afghan people, if convinced of their protection and respect for their country's sovereignty, would support the signing of the bilateral security agreement (BSA) with the United States.He made... read more
KABUL (PAN): British Defense Secretary Philip Hammond on Wednesday renewed his country’s commitment to training and equipping Afghan security forces beyond 2014.He held out the assurance at a meeting with President Hamid Karzai, currently on a five-... read more
KABUL (PAN): An alleged suicide bomber was arrested with explosives concealed in a laptop computer in southern Kandahar province, the spy service said on Wednesday.The National Directorate of Security (NDS) in a statement said the would-be suicide... read more
KABUL (PAN): Lieutenant General Zahir Aghbar on Saturday announced tendering his resignation as National Olympic Committee head.Talking to Pajhwok Afghan News, Aghbar said rifts within the National Olympic Committee had prompted his decision to... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Saturday announced relaxing certain conditions for presidential and provincial council candidates.On Tuesday, the commission released a preliminary list of candidates for next year’s... read more
KABUL (PAN): Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, one of potential presidential wannabes, on Saturday met President Hamid Karzai on issues pertaining to the 2014 elections.At a media briefing in Kabul, National Coalition of Afghanistan leader Dr. Abdullah said... read more
KABUL (PAN): Announcing the formation of an association, rejected presidential candidates on Thursday gave the Independent Election Commission (IEC) a 48 hours deadline to explain why they had been thrown out of the race.More than half of... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some disqualifying presidential candidates on Tuesday alleged the electoral body removed their names from the initial list despite meeting all candidacy conditions.The Independent Election Commission (IEC) earlier announced a... read more
KABUL (PAN): Mohammad Ibrahim Qasimi has been disqualified from contesting the April 5 presidential elections as a second vice presidential running mate of Abdul Qayyum Karzai over his dual nationality.Qayyum Karzai, a brother of the incumbent... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) has disqualified former foreign and defence ministers Zalmai Rassoul and Abdul Rahim Wardak from contesting next year’s presidential elections along with six others candidates, a well-placed... read more
KHOST CITY (PAN): Government officials, tribal elders and residents in southeastern Khost province on Friday called for the assassins of Logar governor Arsala Jamal to be identified and punished.The call came at a gathering held in Khost City, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Taliban supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has said only the Taliban’s political office in Qatar is authorised to represent the movement in talks with the interanational community and no one else has this authority.In his Eid message... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai has appointed Gen. Ghulam Ali Wahdat as the new governor of central Bamyan province to replace Dr. Habiba Surabi.Surabi has resigned as Bamyan governor to contest as a running mate of presidential candidate and... read more
KABUL (PAN): Three prisoners, all from the same family, have gone on hunger strike at the Pul-i-Charkhi prison on eastern outskirts of Kabul in protest against no hearing on their appeal challenging a primary court verdict in their case for the last... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) on Wednesday announced India would launch work on a major science and agro-tech university in a month in southern Kandahar province.A statement from MoHE said a meeting on how to facilitate work... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Finance (MoF) and the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) on Tuesday inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on establishing long-term cooperation.The MoU creates a framework for providing education and (post)... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Hezb-e-Islami Afghanistan (HIA), led by Economy Minister Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal, on Monday announced Eng. Mohammad Khan would be the first-vice president if Dr. Abdullah Abdullah won the presidential vote.HIA spokesman Abdullah... read more
KABUL (PAN): Leaders of Afghanistan, Pakistan and the UK would be meeting in London next month as part of their fourth round of trilateral talks, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Sunday.President Hamid Karzai, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz... read more
KABUL (PAN): Intelligence agents have busted a gang of six kidnappers in western Herat province, the spy service said on Thursday.A statement from the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said the gangsters were arrested with cooperation from... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai and his delegation landed in Xi'an, the capital of China’s Shaanxi province on Wednesday evening (regional time) on a four-day state visit to discuss with Chinese leadership a range of issues, including enhanced... read more
Set up by 33 years ago, the Jeddah-based International Islamic Fiqh Academy was proposed by King Khalid at the OIC meeting in January 1981 in Makkah. The 57-member body of renowned scholars and jurists of the Muslim world focuses on modern-day... read more
KABUL (PAN): Noted religious scholars from several Muslim countries are expected to arrive in Kabul for a day-long international conference on Tuesday, an official said.The international ulema conference, titled “Islam and Peace”, is a joint venture... read more
KABUL (PAN): Foreign forces' flawed decisions and mistakes have pained the Afghans a great deal, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials alleged on Saturday.Ministry spokesman Janan Musazai told a news conference in Kabul: "Many mistakes have been... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Thursday called on religious leaders to enter a dialogue with the Taliban to drop opposition to the country’s education system and let children go to schools.In a biweekly radio address to the nation, Karzai... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Wednesday said 40 likely candidates, including a woman, had obtained information kits on presidential elections.Another 137 individuals, including 15 women, acquired documents on provincial... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Monday appointed five of the 15 individuals recommended to him as members of the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC).On Sept. 11, the selection committee recommended 15 of the 263 short-listed... read more
SHARANA (PAN): A suicide attacker detonated his explosives-laden car in front of a district headquarters in southeastern Paktika province on Friday, injuring 21 people, including security officials and civilians, police said.The attack in the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Former jihadi commander Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf on Monday said jihadis would support the peace talks if held with independent Taliban leaders “not slaves”.Addressing a gathering marking the 12th death anniversary of his former... read more
KABUL (PAN): In a highly entertaining first semifinal, Afghanistan on Sunday outclassed hosts Nepal by a solitary goal to march into the final of the SAFF Football Championship in Katmandu.It was Sanjar Ahmadi who scored the winner in the 10th... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Hajj and Auqaf on Sunday said the first flight taking 220 Afghan pilgrims to Saudi Arabia would take off at 1:15am tonight.Deputy Hajj and Auqaf Minister Daye-ul-Haq Abid told Pajhwok Afghan News a total of 1,167... read more
 KABUL (PAN): Baloch and Pakhtun tribes are the worst sufferers of the war imposed on them, leaders from both sides said on Saturday, stressing stepped-up efforts for an end to the ongoing trail of murder and mayhem. At a gathering marking... read more
KABUL (PAN): Gold prices increased, while the value of the local currency declined against the US dollar while other daily-use commodity rates stayed unchanged during the outgoing week in Kabul, retailers said on Thursday.Basir, a jeweller in the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan on Sunday ruled out the early return of refugees from neighbouring countries, including Iran.Recent media reports said Iran could arrest and heavily fine illegal Afghans if they did not return to their homeland in a couple... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Attorney-General Office on Tuesday scotched rumours that AG Mohammad Ishaq Aloko had been sacked from his position, accusing some groups of spreading this speculation to promote their personal interests.The Reutter news agency on... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai has recommended Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf, a powerful ex-jihadi leader, to be declared a candidate in the presidential election slated for April 5. Karzai named his choice during a meeting with political party... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday asked the authorities concerned to accelerate their efforts at reaching out to floods’ victims with relief supplies in central Maidan Wardak and southeastern Paktika provinces.The floods reportedly... read more
KABUL (PAN): The World Bank (WB) on Tuesday pledged $82 million in aid to Afghanistan through a UN agency which will be spent on blacktopping and reconstructing roads in the country’s rural areas.An agreement to the effect was signed between Afghan... read more
KABUL (PAN): The bilateral security agreement (BSA) between the US and Afghanistan would be signed over the next weeks, an American diplomat said on Friday.US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan James Dobbins told a news conference... read more
KABUL (PAN): An independent election watchdog on Wednesday alleged brazen irregularities in the ongoing voter registration process ahead of the 2014 polls.As part of preparations for next year’s presidential and provincial council elections, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Independent Election Commission Secretary Ziaul Haq Amarkhel on Tuesday said the poll panel had not been assured so far security for 259 polling centres.He told Pajhwok Afghan News security organs, after spending five months on... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan product exports through the Chabahar Port in southeastern Iran began on Saturday, an official of the Export Promotion Agency of Afghanistan (EPAA) said.EPPA spokesman Abdul Qadeer Mustafa, in an exclusive chat with Pajhwok Afghan... read more
KABUL (PAN): Poachers continued to kill and capture wild birds and animals in violation of a government ban on hunting in the country, President Karzai said on Thursday. In his biweekly radio address to the nation, the president called for... read more
KABUL (PAN): Calling his dismissal a conspiracy, Interior Minister Lt. Gen. Mujtaba Patang on Monday vowed to raise a legal challenge to the Wolesi Jirga’s move.While bringing a no-confidence motion against him, lawmakers accused the minister of... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Wolesi Jirga committee for selecting Independent Election Commission (IEC) members on Saturday asked candidates to submit their proposals within four days.During the second meeting of the committee, Wolesi Jirga Speaker Abdul Rauf... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan University Lecturers Union, demanding early approval of the higher education law, on Tuesday called for the creation of an independent committee to conduct entry tests.The association members told a press conference in... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Supreme Court on Saturday spurning a recent Transparency International (TI) survey that said the Afghan judiciary and police received larger amounts of bribes than any other institutions. On July 10, the latest TI study said 60% of... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Thursday asked traders to avoid increasing prices of daily-use items and financially help destitute families.During his biweekly speech, Karzai said assisting the needy was a necessary act for the wealthy,... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Monday called for the Taliban insurgents to embark on the road to peace and renounce war in deference to the holy month of Ramadan.In a message on the occasion, the president said his long-suffering and deeply... read more
KABUL (PAN): Collaboration with international allies would be meaningless in the absence of an identity of views on a joint peace strategy, the national security advisor said on Friday.Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta, addressing a forum on the post-2014... read more
KABUL (PAN): Heads of all 34 provincial councils (PCs) on Thursday announced their support for the government’s stance on the peace process and the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the US.During a meeting, Karzai and the council heads also... read more
KABUL (PAN): Elders of the Ahmadzai tribe on Thursday called for the peace process to be accelerated, saying the tribe was ready to throw its weight behind the effort.The tribe held a gathering under the title “Peace, Justice and National unity” at... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday directed public works and education ministers to investigate problems facing residents of southern Kandahar and Helmand provinces.A statement issued from the Presidential Palace in Kabul said President... read more
KABUL (PAN): The fourth round of talks on the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) between Afghanistan and the United States is due to take place in Kabul shortly, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official said on Sunday.The ministry spokesman Janan... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai has said he was not in favour of US drone attacks that killed civilians in Pakistan and endorsed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s stand on the strikes.A statement issued by Karzai’s chief spokesman Aimal Faizi quoted... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Information and Culture on Saturday agreed to give two members of journalist support groups the membership of High Media Council and include seven in the Mass Media Commission.At a meeting in Kabul, representatives of... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Council of Baloch Elders of Afghanistan on Sunday voiced their support for the government in guarding the country's borders against Pakistani intrusions.At a meeting with President Hamid Karzai, Baloch elders strongly condemned... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday said his government should be credited for restoring many of women's rights in the country over the past decade.A statement from the Presidential Palace said Karzai told women's rights activists, who... read more
KABUL (PAN):  Residents of Bagrami district in Kabul province blocked a busy road for four hours against the detention of four people.Police officer Col. Nisar Ahmad Abdul Rahimzai told Pajhwok Afghan News a man was killed and another wounded... read more
KABUL (PAN): Italian Defence Minister Mario Mauro, who called on President Hamid Karzai at his office on Sunday, pledged his country's continued support to Afghan forces. A statement issued from Karzai's office said both sides discussed issues... read more
KABUL (PAN): Dozens of inmates at the Pul-i-Charkhi detention centre, east of Kabul, on Sunday went on hunger strike to press for clemency under a presidential decree, a senior jail official said.General Director of Prisons Brig. Gen. Amir Mohammad... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Monday strongly condemned the killing civilian by ISAF forces in the Chaparhar district of eastern Nangarhar province. “There is no justification for the operations which cause deaths and financial losses to... read more
KABUL (PAN): Six civilians and three local policemen were injured in a bomb blast that ripped through a shop in a bazaar in the Shakin district of southeastern Paktika province on Saturday, an official said.The blast took place around 4pm in the... read more
KABUL (PAN): A woman was among five would-be suicide bombers detained by police in eastern Nangarhar province on Thursday, an official said on Friday, claiming the detainees were planning attacks in Kabul."The suicide bombers wanted to attack two... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday said his administration was holding "precise negotiations" with the US over a bilateral security agreement, keeping in mind Afghanistan's interests and sovereignty.Karzai, who travelled to Lashkargah,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Journalists associated with a private TV channel on Thursday complained they were beaten by workers of a diagnostic facility in Kabul.They wanted to discuss a health report with City Laboratory officials but the security guards on duty... read more
KABUL (PAN): Visiting Australian Defence Minister Stephen Smith on Monday said his country would provide Afghanistan 100 million Australian dollars (AUD) annually after 2014 in assistance for strengthening its security forces.Smith, who called on... read more
KABUL (PAN): A tower of the Roshan Telecommunication Company was destroyed by Taliban in the Chak district of central Maidan Wardak province on Sunday, an official said.The attack took place around 11am, a resident of Kakakhel village told Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (PAN): Visiting Austrian foreign minister on Saturday pledged his country’s continued cooperation in various spheres with Afghanistan during a meeting with President Hamid Karzai, the President Office said.At the meeting with Karzai, Michael... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): A member of the border police force was slightly wounded during an explosion in the Mirwais Maidan area of Kabul on Saturday, an official said.The incident took place in Kota-i-Sangi area where a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG)... read more
KABUL (PAN): Nearly 900 girls participated in an Islamic knowledge competition organised by the women’s wing of the Jamiat-i-Islah in Kabul on Friday, an official said.The competition was held at the Salam University, a Jamiat-i-Islah member,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Nearly 200 employees of a construction firm were hospitalised in Kabul after they ate poisoned food, an official said on Sunday.Anthony hospital head, Dr. Abdul Rahman Akbari, told Pajhwok Afghan News they had been delivered 196 workers... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Higher Education on Wednesday declared as illegal the activities of third-party providers sponsoring study abroad programmes.In a brief statement, the ministry said private companies that sent students abroad for higher... read more
KABUL (PAN): An Afghanistan High Peace Council (HPC) delegation is scheduled to leave for Pakistan in the near future, an official said on Monday.Afghanistan and Pakistan agreed two months back to hold an international conference of religious... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Interior on Monday warned security forces against the use of official vehicles and weapons for personal purposes after duty timings.Some security officials were illegally using government vehicles for personal activities... read more
 KABUL (PAN): Eight people were sentenced to 18 years each in jail by the Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) on charges of drugs-trafficking on Wednesday, an official said.The individuals were detained by counternarcotics police in Herat,... read more
KABUL (PAN): LG Electronics officially launched the sale of its products in the central capital Kabul, with a representative of the company promising international-standard items for its customers.Abdul Wahid Ali Khan, who speaks for the South... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) on Tuesday asked Afghan businessmen to avoid exports and imports through Pakistan's Karachi sea port.The traders' body also made an appeal to the government to suspend a... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai’s chief spokesman on Saturday downplayed a recent media report regarding a halt to prisoner transfers by American troops to some Afghan jails.On Jan. 17, the New York Times reported the US military had suspended... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan government and the High Peace Council on Saturday welcomed Pakistan’s decision to release all Afghan Taliban prisoners still in its custody, including Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar -- the group’s former second-in-command.... read more
KABUL (PAN): Representatives of the Afghan government, Taliban and other groups on Thursday began a three-day meeting near Paris to confer on the post-2014 situation in the country.Fazal Rahman Orya, a spokesman for the National Coalition, told... read more
KABUL (PAN): The government of Pakistan has promised releasing Taliban prisoners, including Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, an official said on Wednesday.High Peace Council (HPC) Advisor on International Affairs Mohammad Ismail Qasamyar told Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (PAN): A newspaper editor escaped unhurt in an attack in the heavily-fortified central capital on Wednesday evening. His child was wounded in the shooting.Nazari Paryani, the editor-in-chief of the Mandgar newspaper, told Pajhwok Afghan News... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan and Turkey on Thursday stressed Pakistan’s role in the fight against terrorism and need for continued tripartite meetings, the Presidential Palace in Kabul said.  President Hamid Karzai and Turkish Prime Minister Recep... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Taliban on Wednesday asked US President Barack Obama to end the “meaningless war in Afghanistan” during his second term in office.Obama won the second term as president on Tuesday, defeating his Republican challenger Mitt Romney in... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): Afghan university lecturers suggested that any candidate contesting the next presidential polls should garner at least 100,000 votes for his candidacy, the Presidential Palace said in a statement.   The lecturers ... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Thursday accepted the credentials of Anshori Tajudin, the new Indonesian ambassador to Afghanistan, the presidential palace said in statement. During the meeting Karzai told the incoming ambassador that... read more
KABUL (PAN):  The National Directorate of Security (NDS) released 50 prisoners on the occasion of Eidul Adha on Thursday.Addressing the media in Kabul, NDS deputy spokesman Shafiqullah Tahiri said the prisoners were arrested over the past month... read more
KABUL (PAN): The National Security Council (NSC) on Sunday called for urgent aid to victims of recent incidents of violence in northern Balkh and southern Helmand provinces, the presidential office said.Last week, three children were killed during... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Sunday directed the Ministry of Defence to strengthen the capabilities of the infantry and air force, his office said.Karzai issued the orders at a meeting with corps commanders and high-ranking officials of... read more
KABUL (PAN): China aid delivery document into the presidential palace was inked on Monday, the president's office said in a statement.   A statement from the presidential palace said the document was inked by China ambassador, Mr. Xu... read more
KABUL (PAN): The first hajj flight taking 230 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia for this year’s pilgrimage is scheduled to take off from the Kabul International Airport at 4am on Wednesday, an official said on Tuesday.Deputy Hajj and Auqaf Minister Dayee-ul-... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday conferred a state medal on Japan’s outgoing Ambassador Reiichiro Takahashi, his offices said.  A statement from the Presidential Palace said the Mir Masjidi Khan Medal was conferred on Takahashi... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai has stressed the need for strict security measures and vetting process to prevent individuals from taking advantage of Afghan army and police uniforms to carry out “insider attacks” on international troops, his... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday said his administration was decidedly more attentive to the cross-border shelling from Pakistan than other issues, directing the authorities to provide the displaced families with all basic facilities... read more
KABUL (PAN): Four government organs have not yet implemented President Hamid Karzai last month’s decree aimed at introducing sweeping reforms and stemming widespread government corruption, the Council of Ministers was told on Monday.Karzai released... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai, after offering Eidul Fitr prayers at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, on Sunday condemned the repeated insurgent attacks that took place during the holy month of Ramadan in various provinces.In a speech marking... read more
KABUL (PAN): Inayatullah Nazari was appointed as acting defence minister in compliance with a decree from President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday, the Cabinet Secretariat said.A statement from the secretariat said deputy Nazari, who was previously... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Monday conferred the prestigious Allama Syed Jamaluddin Afghan Medal on outgoing US ambassador Ryan Crocker, the Presidential Palace said.Crocker was given the medal during a ceremony at Karzai’s office in... read more