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KABUL (Pajhwok): Foreign forces shot and injured a security guard of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in capital Kabul on Tuesday, officials and eyewitnesses said. Crime branch police chief Brig. Gen.  Faridoon Obaidi confirmed the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some political analysts believe Pakistan is in a bid to refurbish its battered international image and credibility on the Afghanistan conundrum quadrilateral meetings to resuscitate the peace talks. The third round of the four-... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Fifteen powerful positions have long been bequeathed by one family member to another in 10 different province of the country, reveals research by Pajhwok Afghan News. Occupants of the slots include eight directors, three district... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): First Vice-President Abdul Rashid Dostum on Thursday said he had no intention to part ways with the unity government, but complained most of the election campaign promises with people could not be honoured so far. Addressing a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Public Health Minister Ferozuddin Feroz on Wednesday said as many as 15,000 people lost their lives in Afghanistan annually to cancer, a disease curable in initial stages. Speaking at a gathering marking World Cancer Day, Feroz... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani said they were working to create a cooperation fund for the freedom of speech and trying their best to arrest and punish the perpetrators of a suicide attack on Tolo TV staff members. The president said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Fifteen people were injured on Friday when a van and a car collided head-on on the Kabul-Kandahar highway in central Maidan Wardak province. The collision occurred in Kashmiran area on the outskirts of Maidan Shahr, the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Security Advisor on Friday said Afghanistan and Germany were jointly working on a programme to address the causes of migration by increasing number of Afghans to Europe. A statement from the National Security Council... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan government has agreed to some points in the Human Rights Watch (HRW)’s annual report, but says security forces are paying more attention to human rights and the government has seriously continued its anti-corruption... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Seven militants and three Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have been killed and another nine insurgents injured during separate clashes in central Kapisa and northern Baghlan provinces, the Ministry of Defence said on Friday.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded five-year programme to improve the Afghanistan health sector was launched on Tuesday, officials said. A contract for the $37.9 million project had been signed... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Nearly 100 government officials including Ministry of Public Health workers on Thursday donated blood to the victims of Wednesday’s suicide attack in Kabul. Six people were killed and 25 others wounded when a suicide attacker... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The prices of petroleum products remained steady during the outgoing week in Kabul despite their reduced rates in world’s markets. The price of a barrel of crude oil on January 5 was $37.81, but dropped to $30.56 a barrel on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Police chiefs for eighth and 12th districts of Kabul have been removed after the torching of a girls’ school and rocket strikes in theirbailiwicks, an official said on Wednesday. Two days back, the Ahmad Shah Baba Girls’ School... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday said the unity government was working on a four-year investment strategy and was determined to resolve problems being faced by investors and take steps for attracting... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than 167 high-ranking government officials in 27provinces of the country have been holding powerful positions for the past 10 years, reveals a study conducted by Pajhwok Afghan News. At least 167 well-connected individuals... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least one person was wounded when a Taliban-fired rocked landed near Italy’s embassy in the capital Kabul, an official said on Monday. Faridoon Ubaidi, crime branch chief for the 101st Police Asmayee Zone, told Pajhwok Afghan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A senior official on Tuesday said most Taliban wanted peace and Afghanistan was willing to talk with all groups and warned of using all means against those not taking the path of peace. Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA) on Monday said its revenue collected this solar year had increased by 11 percent compared the previous year’s returns. The authority said in a statement that the revenue stood at 3.... read more
KABUL (PAN): The afghani dipped against the US dollar, as the price of ghee edged up during the outgoing week in Kabul, retailers said on Thursday. Food Traders’ Union head Fazal Rahman told Pajhwok Afghan News a 16-kg tin of Momin ghee sold for... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after his arrival here from Moscow, on Friday handed over three of four Mi-25 attack helicopters to Afghanistan, signaling defence cooperation between the two countries. The three helicopters... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former president Hamid Karzai o Friday extolled Indian assistance to Afghanistan over the past 13 years, saying relations between the two nations were deeply rooted in history. During his meeting with Indian Prime Minister... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Japan would provide Afghanistan more than $13.5 million in aid to help develop irrigation system and increase rice production in some provinces under a contract signed on Saturday. The contract was signed between Afghan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Twenty-five government departments and senior state functionaries have to pay the power utility a sum of 2.7 billion afghanis in electricity bills, an official said on Thursday. Ministries of interior, transport and aviation,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has said the perpetrators of Friday’s mortar shelling that killed some civilians in central Maidan Wardak province would be tried, promising to construct a religious school with his pocket money in the name of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Saturday’s huge blaze that swept into a marketplace in central capital Kabul reduced to ashes 370 shops and godowns, causing millions of dollars of losses to traders, officials and traders said on Sunday. Maj. Gen. Abdur Rahman... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A huge blaze that swept into a marketplace in central capital Kabul was finally extinguished on Saturday, but gutted a large number of shops and caused heavy losses to traders, an official said. Maj. Gen. Abdur Rahman Rahimi, the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani’s nominees as members of the Constitution oversight commission and the Supreme Court High Council were on Monday introduced to the Wolesi Jirga for a vote of confidence. The nominees include six members-... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The High Office of Oversight and Anti-Corruption (HOOAC) on Sunday announced lists of assets of President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah. Assets of the president and First Lady Rula Ghani were put at 320... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Dozens of civil society activists on Sunday cleaned parts of Kabul City and marched to asked world leaders due to meet in Paris for the UN climate change summit to take practical steps towards countering the issue. The summit... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): A number of officials, religious scholars and influential individuals of northeastern Kunduz province on Thursday demanded greater attention to security, religious schools and helping war-affected people. They issued the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani, accompanied by several cabinet members, on Thursday left for northern Kunduz City to participate in a number of meetings, his office said. The delegation headed by Ghani includes Minister of Natural... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The UK would provide nine million pounds in aid to the Ministry of Education (MoE) to support girls’ education in rural areas, the British ambassador in Kabul said on Thursday. Karen Pierce, who signed an agreement with the MoE,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Calling the separation of small violations from big electoral crimes an important issue, the Electoral Reform Commission (ERC) on Wednesday said such offenders would be punished after their crimes were identified. ERC chief Shah... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A groundbreaking ceremony marking the construction of 19 new industrial factories was performed in capital Kabul on Tuesday. Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal, president’s senior advisor on economic affairs, laid the foundation stones of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Brazen anomalies and corruption were committed in the announcement of 15 Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) posts, findings of Pajhwok Afghan News reveal. But the IDLG spokesman vehemently denied irregularities in... read more
KABUL (PAJHWOK): The Hezb-i-Millat Afghanistan on Friday called recent remarks of the deputy of chief executive officer (CEO) shameful and defended Wednesday’s protest as a call for justice -- not backed by outsiders. On Thursday, CEO Mohammad... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The dead bodies of seven beheaded civilians were taken from a hospital in Kabul to southern Ghazni province for burial, officials said on Friday. The Ministry of Defence said that the bodies were airlifted to Jaghori district,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former Kabul Bank chief executive and major defaulter Khalilullah Ferozi, who was convicted last year in the massive banking fraud scandal, on Wednesday launched work on an ambitious township project -- involving an initial... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan Ministry of Finance (MoF) has secured Asian Development Bank (ADB)’s new grant assistance commitment for Afghanistan’s infrastructure building, the ministry said in a statement. The development came during a visit to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) executed more than 72,000 projects through community development councils across the country during the past 10 years, the minister said on Sunday. Speaking at the 5th... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday rejected concerns that the unity government was making a programme for insecurity in the country, saying actually the regime had been unable to timely convey its message to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than 1,000 criminal cases including robberies and murder,have been registered in different police stations of Kabul during the current solar year, Pajhwok Afghan News has found. At least 173 people were killed, 331 wounded,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Monday accused the Electoral Reform Commission (ERC) of overstepping its authority and trying to replace the election body’s members. But the reform panel maintains all its efforts... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Hamid Akram has been appointed as new governor for Kabul province in line with recommendation from the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG). President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani had approved the gubernatorial appointment... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Friday said the international community had warned the enemies of Afghanistan to shun interference in the country. On an unannounced trip to northern Kunduz province, the president gave awards to six... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  The Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS),launching its special week, on Friday urged the well-off individuals to assist the needy people. The society conducts gatherings in different parts of the country each years to collect... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Friday welcomed his US counterpart Barack Obama’s announcement on keeping more than 5,500 troops in Afghanistan beyond the end of his term. Obama on Thursday announced 9,800 American troops would remain... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Thousands of religious scholars and prayer leaders who gathered in Kabul on Thursday declared terrorist acts against the Afghanistan government and people as unacceptable. Over 4,000 religious scholars, who attended the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some cell phone users say imposing a 10 percent tax on customers is in the interest of the economy, but a transparent system is needed for the collection of such levies. Others, however, are against the tax, arguing their money... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): All banks in Afghanistan should provide Islamic banking services with effect from Wednesday (October, 14, 2015) in compliance with a legislative decree of the president, the central bank (Da Afghanistan Bank) said. In a joint... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan media and media support organisations on Tuesday condemned recent threats from Taliban to privately-owned Tolo TV and 1TV channels, saying any attack on media houses would be counted as war crime. At a gathering held in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A would-be suicide bomber planning an attack on a police district in Kabul has been arrested, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) claimed on Tuesday. A statement from the spy agency identified the detainee as Mahmoud, who... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Education Minister Asadullah Hanif Balkhi on Monday said the civil servants’ law was being amended to resolve teachers’ problems. Speaking at a ceremony marking the Teachers’ Day, Balkhi said his ministry had enough budget for... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Abdul Razaq Wahidi on Saturday said the government earned more than 83 million afghanis in new taxes on cell phone subscribers since levied 10 days back. Wahidi told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Prof. Abdul Rab Rasool Sayyaf, former jihadi leader and Dawat-i-Islami political party chief, on Sunday claimed terrorist attacks were being planned and executed inside Kabul. If the government failed to eliminate chaos-fomenting... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Saudi Arabia would donate 200 tonnes of dates to the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) for people vulnerable to natural calamities in provinces. In this regard, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan has taken some necessary measures to protect the ozone layer, an official said on Wednesday. The ozone layer or ozone shield refers to a region of Earth's stratosphere that absorbs most of the Sun's ultraviolet (UV)... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Saudi government would provide $5 million in assistance for Afghanistan’s health sector under an agreement signed here on Tuesday. The agreement was signed between Public Health Minister Dr. Fairozuddin Fairoz and Saudi... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A senior Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) official on Monday said there was a significant rise in the number of people committing suicides in Afghanistan, asking the authorities concerned to help his ministry implement the national... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Mines Minister Duad Shah Saba on Sunday said the government would pay more attention to developing small mineral deposits over the next five years because it lacked the capacity to manage large mines. Addressing a press... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghans are among casualties from the crane collapse in the Masjid al-Haram in holy city of Makkah, an official said on Saturday. Media reports say that 107 worshippers were killed and 238 wounded late on Friday when a crane fell... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Impassion Afghanistan -- Afghanistan’s first digital media agency -- on Thursday announced awards for 10 innovative users of social media in the country after a certain evaluation process. Ahmad Shuja, founding partner of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi on Wednesday said ambiguous politics led nations to destruction and widened the gap between them and their governments. Speaking at a ceremony commemorating the 14th death anniversary of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former jihadi leader Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf on Wednesday asked the national unity government to mobilise the masses against enemy plots or he himself would do that. Addressing the 14th death anniversary of Ahmad Shah Massoud in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah on Wednesday said the Afghan government desired lasting friendship with the neighbours but would never accept intimidation into promoting the interest of others. Address a gathering on the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The 14th death anniversary of Afghan national hero Ahmad Shah Massoud was marked on Wednesday, with laying of floral wreaths on his grave and a monument in Kabul. A ceremony, attended by Deputy Chief Executive Officer Eng.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Calling the 6th Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA) as a huge achievement for Afghanistan, analysts on Saturday said an effective administration and committed government could benefit from the pledges... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some political analysts view a political parties-based election system as a positive move that is difficult to implement, but others support the proportional representation regime. Changing the current election system to a party-... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Election watchdogs on Monday welcomed the Electoral Reform Commission (ERC)’s suggestions about reforms in the electoral system, but called their implementation as difficult in the current circumstances. Mohamamd Naeem Ayoubzada... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two members of the Electoral Reform Commission on Saturday announced boycotting the panel’s meetings over what they said their other colleagues wanted to allocate 100 of the Wolesi Jirga’s 249 seats to political groups. The two... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has directed the ministries concerned to complete their homework for any unannounced repatriation of Afghan refugees. Chairing the 2nd meeting of high commission on refugees’ affairs here on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Procurement Committee (NCP) on Sunday said more than 11 contracts worth 1.8 billion afghanis have been approved and 26 different firms referred to Attorney General Office (AGO). Yama Yari, the NCP head, told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Counternarcotics on Monday signed contracts for launching development projects worth 400 million afghanis with private afghan construction companies, an official said. Prof. Salamat Azimi, minister of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A three days polio eradication campaign covering nine million children under five years of age got underway across Afghanistan on Sunday. Public Health Minister Firuzuddin Firoz, who formally inaugurates the first round of polio... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Civil Movement for Social Justice (CMSJ) on Thursday said the government has failed to devise an effective foreign policy to deal with Pakistan. The CMSJ went on to an extent by saying that the government had faced defeat on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Around 1,694 HIV/AIDS positive cases have been registered in the country as of yet but discrimination against those infected causes a rise in the epidemic, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said on Saturday. The MoPH and World... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The two-day exhibition of different electronic, print and online media outlets is set to begin tomorrow (Sunday), the in charge of the event said on Saturday. Azizullah Barakzai told Pajhwok Afghan News different media outlets... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan currency has dipped down while the rates of essential items have remained steady during the outgoing week in capital Kabul, market sources said Thursday. According to moneychangers in Sara-i-Shahzada, the buying rate... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Election watchdogs on Thursday said the Electoral Reform Commission would not be effective if influenced by the government. Established through a presidential decree issued on the eve of Eidul Fitr, the commission formally... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Not satisfied with the Appellant Court’s decision in the Farkhanda murder case, the Attorney General Office (AGO) on Wednesday urged the Supreme Court (SC) to issue its verdict in the case. An angry mob beat 27-year-old Farkhanda... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) on Wednesday said efforts were being made to recover all the money lost to the infamous Kabul Bank scandal, revealing another two accused in the case had been referred to the primary court.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Senate on Tuesday slammed the newly-established Electoral Reform Commission as “illegitimate”, refusing to cooperate with the lower house until a parliamentary election date was specified. Electoral reforms are a major part... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some senators on Tuesday strongly condemned Monday’s airstrike by American forces on an Afghan National Army (ANA) outpost in central Logar province as intentional and demanded the perpetrators’ prosecution. Local officials said... read more
GARDEZ (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday praised security forces for their stubborn resistance to Taliban attacks in the Janikhel and Chamkani districts of southeastern Paktia province and thanked local residents for their cooperation with... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has welcomed the establishment of the Electoral System Reform Commission by the unity government under the chairmanship of Sultan Shah Akefi.  “This is an... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The prices of gold have dipped while that of petrol has edged up during the outgoing week in the capital Kabul, market sources said on Thursday. A filling station worker in Wazirabad locality, Abdul Hadi, said one litre of petrol... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Education on Tuesday signed a contract of printing 16 million textbooks with three foreign companies in the next four months. Education Minister Asadullah Hanif Balkhi said in a ceremony the books were for primary... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan Women’s Network (AWN) on Thursday denounced the Kabul appellant court’s decision overturning death sentences handed down to four men in the mob killing of Farkhanda. Lya Jawad, a member of the AWN, told Pajhwok Afghan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Education Minister Asadullah Hanif Balkhi on Monday signed a contract with domestic printing houses for printing 2.2 million schoolbooks in the next 20 days. Balkhi, while signing the contract in Kabul, said textbooks for primary... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Telecommunication Authority (ATA) said on Monday burgeoning sell of unregistered Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) Cards were playing great role in insecurity as militants had easy access to the facility. ATA... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Construction work on a 52-kilometre road connecting Khak-i-Jabar district of capital Kabul to Azra district of central Logar province has been launched. Officials at the Ministry of Public Works said 22 kilometers of the road... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some members of Mesharano Jirga or upper house of parliament on Tuesday while condemning Taliban attack on Wolesi Jirga building accused Pakistan for abetting Taliban to storm the house. A group of suicide bombers stormed Wolesi... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Monday said reforms in the electoral system would be brought through a special mechanism to reduce costs and make future elections transparent. The president said this during a meeting with leading... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Survey, design and construction of roads, making the railway department a source of revenue generation, technical survey of 270 kilometres of railway and modernizing the scale and weight system of vehicles were among the priorities... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Condemning attacks on some media outlets, the Afghanistan Media Support Organisation-- NAI-- on Monday underlined safety of journalists across the country. Sediqullah Tawhidi, NAI executive director, expressed concerns over... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok) Alcoholic beverages are smuggled at a massive scale into Afghanistan, where the drinks are freely sold in certain bazaars and hotels, but the authorities have yet to take steps to prevent their sale. Most of the contraband is... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Afghan female lawmakers and a member of the High Peace Council (HPC) on Wednesday began talks with Taliban representatives in Norway, a source said. An independent journalist based in the European nation, Ramish Arman, told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Over one hundred teachers of Isteqlal High School on Tuesday staged a protest, demanding raise in salaries and residential facility. Nabila Habibi Sham, a teacher, told Pajhwok Afghan News as many as 120 teachers staged a protest... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Soaring maternal mortality rate during pregnancy has remained a serious challenge for Afghanistan despite a fourfold decline as compared to 15 years back. The UN Population Fund (UNFPA), Public Health Ministry and Afghan Midwives... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Saturday said at least 327 insurgents have been killed during several security operations across the country, urging media to refrain from publishing reports that would benefit anti-state elements... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The number of individuals addicted to drugs in Afghanistan has almost doubled since 2012, rising from 1.6 million to three million in 2014, a newly-released survey shows. “The national survey on drug use in Afghanistan” has been... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A terrorist gang, plotting to assassinate a veteran former jihadi leader, has been busted, the spy service claimed on Thursday. Hasibullah Sedeqi, the spokesman for the National Directorate of Security (NDS), told a press... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two brothers wounded in capital Kabul on Thursday when unidentified gunmen attacked them early morning, an eye witness said. Wishing anonymity, the witness told Pajhwok afghan News that gunmen attacked Haji Usman’s vehicle near... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Interior Minister Noor-ul-Haq Ulumi said on Wednesday that anti-state elements wound not succeed in their nefarious designs to scuttle law and order of the country. He praised the role of officers of Special Police Unit (SPU) and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): On Press Freedom Day, a three-day media exhibition titled “The first freedom of speech exhibition in Afghanistan” got underway in the capital Kabul on Sunday. Organized by “Modern Method” advertising company, 70 media outlets... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Saturday said the government could win over people’s hearts if it overcame the gap with the masses. Abdullah was talking at the inauguration of a three-day conference on good... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Senate chairman Fazal Hadi Muslimyar on Saturday stressed an Afghan-led reconciliation process and said a Pakistan-gifted peace would not bring stability to Afghanistan. Speaking at a meeting with Meshrano Jirga and provincial... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Measles cases reached an alarming number of more than 445 in three months across Afghanistan, health officials said on Sunday. In a joint statement, the Ministry of Public Health, the World Health Organisation(WHO) and the UN’s... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Prices of fuel, gas, firewood and coal increased slightly where rates of Russian gold edged down during the outgoing week, retailers said on Thursday. Abdul Saboor, a filling station owner in Wazirabad, told Pajhwok Afghan News... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Friday said that cleanup offensive would be initiated in the restive Juram and Warduj districts of northeastern Badakhshan province to purge the area of anti-state elements. MoI spokesman Sadiq... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A large number of enraged protesters on Thursday took to the streets in capital Kabul, asking the president and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to step down forthwith in the backdrop of boiling insecurity in parts of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) chief minister Pervaiz Khattak on Wednesday said police in his country had been ordered not to harass Afghan refugees anymore. Khattak, who arrived at the head of a 27-memebr delegation on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Criminal Justice Task Force (ACJTF) said on Tuesday that eight alleged drug traffickers were detained on charges of smuggling alcholic beverages. A statement from the ACJTF stated more than 19 kilograms of herions... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two civilians were gunned down on Tuesday morning on the outskirts of 11th police district of capital Kabul, an official said. Brig. Gen. Humayun Aini, a senior official in the Ministry of Interior (MoI), told Pajhwok Afghan News... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) official Musa Mahmoodi on Tuesday said they were concerned about the situation of Afghan refugees living in Pakistan and Iran.Speaking at a gathering on International Refugees... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A four-fold increase in investment in midwifery is necessary over the next 15 years to meet 60 percent of the needs for maternal and reproductive health services, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said on Wednesday.The assessment... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The new Kabul police chief on Saturday sought cooperation from high-ranking government officials and citizens to bring security to the city.Speaking at a press conference here, Maj. Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahimi said despite a lot of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Implementation of the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Kabul Bank embezzlement case has started, the Attorney General Office (AGO) said on Saturday.Last Thursday the apex court upheld the appellate court decision, sentencing Sher Khan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The spy service on Friday claimed foiling an alleged plot to assassinate First Vice-President Abdul Rashid Dostum on a trip to northern Afghanistan by arresting five would-be suicide bombers.National Directorate of Security (NDS)... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): With its military presence in Afghanistan drawing to a close, Belgium has announced closing its Kabul Embassy before the end of January next year.The Belgian Embassy in the Pakistani capital Islamabad will be in charge of defending... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has said efforts are being made to establish a reliable and efficient administration for introducing fundamental reforms over the next five years.The president was talking to tribal elders and religious... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The bodies of 10 Afghans, who drowned last week in the Mediterranean Sea near Istanbul, arrived on Saturday at the Kabul International Airport, an official said.Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) spokesman Ahmad Shakib Mustaghni... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Hundreds of prisoners, some stitching up their lips, have gone on hunger strike at the Pul-i-Charkhi jail on the eastern outskirts of Kabul, one inmate said on Sunday.Belonging to Ghor province, one prisoner Misbah told Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations on Wednesday called for Afghanistan’s youth to play a proactive role in dealing with the challenges facing their homeland.Addressing a UN Day event in Kabul, the secretary-general’s deputy special representative... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Four Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed and a dozen others wounded in a bomb attack on their bus in Kabul on Tuesday morning, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.The incident took place around 7am in Shams area of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 70 percent area of the capital Kabul have been occupied by unplanned and illegal means, a Ministry of Urban Development Affairs (MUDA) official said on Monday.In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, Deputy... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): With the advent of winter, prices of firewood jumped in the capital Kabul during the outgoing week, market sources said on Thursday.A firewood seller in Shah Shaheed area, Khan Mohammad, told Pajhwok Afghan News there the price of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The transportation of about 24,000 haj pilgrims from Afghanistan to Saudi Arabia has been completed, an official said on Saturday.Hajj and Religious Affairs Deputy Minister Dayee Al Haq Abid told Pajhwok Afghan News that flying the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A senior member of the Hezb-I-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) on Tuesday escaped unhurt in an armed attack on his residence in the Khushal Khan locality of Kabul, an official said.Also a staunch supporter of Dr Abdullah Abdullah, Sholgarai... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Public Works alleges the American-Turkish road construction has left Afghanistan without its permission company after withdrawing $12 million from the bank.Minister Najibullah Ozhan informed the Wolesi Jirga on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Defence Minister Gen. Bismillah Mohammadi on Thursday stressed the need for national unity, saying Afghanistan’s foes were trying to fuel divisions among its armed forces.Speaking at graduation ceremony for around 2,000 cadets at... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Huge spending on dowry and mourning ceremonies have forced many families into sending their sons abroad or indulging into hard work to bear the costs, participants of a conference said on Tuesday.About 300 people, including... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Monday said lack of cooperation from the main electoral body was the key factor behind a delay in announcing provincial council results.Independent Election Commission (IEC)... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Attorney General Mohammad Ishaq Aloko on Monday announced his office had not yet received any electoral case with a criminal aspect.Aloko said: “Although we haven’t received anything of this nature so far, it is our authority and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Tuesday said the Pakistan Army’s operation against militant hideouts in North Waziristan region was in the interest of Afghanistan and the entire region.MoD spokesman Gen Zahir Azimi told Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) will start probing complaints against provincial council results on May 31, an official said on Tuesday.Around 3,000 complaints had been received by IECC, which would be... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): After a marathon debate, the Wolesi Jirga on Saturday approved an amended mining law that was referred to the lower house a year ago.The previous mining law in 12 chapters and 105 articles was approved in 2008, but the amended... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Thursday insisted it would allow no foreign and local group or individual to interfere in the election process.IEC deputy chairman Abdul Rahman Hotaki told reporters in Kabul no government or... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): Six militants, planting roadside bombs, were killed in a NATO airstrike in the Narkh district of central Maidan Wardak province, an official said on Monday.The incident happened in the Shahabuddin area late on Sunday night, the... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): Alleging foreign soldiers insulted the Holy Quran, hundreds of protestors on Saturday took to the streets in the central province of Maidan Wardak, officials said.The demonstration started at about 8 am in the Shash Qala village... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): Seven suspected militants were killed while planting roadside bombs in the central province of Maidan Wardak, officials said on Friday.Four of the rebels, planting a roadside bomb in the Kaj Qala area of Syedabad district, were... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): Fourteen prisoners were released and jail terms of another 40 inmates reduced in compliance with a presidential decree in central Maidan Wardak province, an official said on Sunday.President Hamid Karzai had issued the decree on... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): One militant was killed and 15 others detained during a string of operations in various provinces over the past 24 hours, an official said on Sunday.The 15 suspects were detained by Afghan and International Security Assistance... read more
GHAZNI CITY/MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): Residents of Ghazni and Maidan Wardak provinces are faced with numerous problems after the heavy snowfall closed major highways, officials said on Monday.A thin vehicular movement was seen in Ghazni, where highways... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): The security responsibility for Maidan Shahr, the capital of central Maidan Wardak province, was on Wednesday formally transferred to Afghan forces control during a special ceremony, an official said.The ceremony was attended by... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): Intelligence operatives from central Maidan Wardak province have defused 13 missiles aimed at Kabul city, an official said on Tuesday.The missiles, in a ready to fire mode, were found at the Arghndi area of Kabul by National... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): A football tournament, jointly sponsored by the USAID's RAMP UP programme and the National Olympic Committee, concluded in central Maidan Wardak province on Sunday.The Peace Football Tournament was won by the Khurshid Club, a... read more
KABUL (PAN): Five thousands families in 48 villages were on Saturday provided electricity in Char Asiab district of central Kabul province, an official said on Saturday.Da Afghanistan Brishna Shirkat Executive Director Abdul Razaq Samadi said 24... read more
MAIDAN CITY (PAN): As many as 225 displaced families were provided aid for winter in central Maidan Wardak province, the governor's office said on Saturday.The aid was provided by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) on Friday,... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): Taliban shot dead the deputy head of the Jaghatu district council in central Maidan Wardak province, officials said on Tuesday.The incident took place late on Monday evening in the Bargholi area of the district, Shahidullah... read more
KABUL/MAIDAN CITY (PAN): Six militants were arrested by police over the past 24 hours in Uruzgan, Logar and Khost provinces, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Friday.Four of the suspects were detained in Logar and Khost provinces, where police... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): The Security Transition Commission chairman on Wednesday discussed the second phase of the switch with officials and influential figures in central Maidan Wardak province.Foreigners could not maintain Afghanistan's security and... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): Five armed militants were detained by a joint Afghan-international security force during an operation in the Narkh district of central Maidan Wardak province, an official said on Monday.The mid-night operation was carried out in... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): Two Taliban fighters were killed in an International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) airstrike in central Maidan Wardak province, officials said on Tuesday.The incident took place on Monday night in Chak district, Shahidullah... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): At least a dozen civilians were injured when two mortar shells hit a mosque in central Maidan Wardak province, an official said on Sunday.Partially damaging the mosque, the shells were fired late on Saturday in Daimirdad district... read more
MAIDAN WARDAK (PAN): International troops killed three family members of a former senator, Sami Jan Sherzad, and detained two others during a nighttime raid in the central province of Maidan Wardak, officials said on Sunday.Noor Agha, a nephew of... read more
MAIDANSHAHR (PAN): A Taliban commander for Nirkh district of central Maidan Wardak province was detained along with his three associates in central Logar province, an official said on Saturday.Mullah Rahmatullah was arrested in the Baboos area of... read more
MEHTARLAM/MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): Three Taliban fighters were killed and five others injured in joint operations in eastern Laghman and central Maidan Wardak provinces, officials said on Sunday.The operation was conducted by the International Security... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): A district chief in central Maidan Wardak province survived a roadside bomb attack, but two of his bodyguards were injured.His vehicle struck a road side bomb on the way to the office at about 10 am, said Mohammad Hanif Hanafi,... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): Two International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers were killed in seperate explosions in eastern Afghanistan, the alliance said on Monday.In a statement, the ISAF said two its soldiers perished in two seperate improvised... read more
MAIDAN-SHAHR (PAN): Thirteen militants were killed and three others detained during a joint operation in the Syedabad district of central Maidan Wardak province, an official said on Sunday.The two-day offensive, conducted by Afghan and international... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): A Taliban commander accused of shooting down an ISAF helicopter in the Syedabad district of central Maidan Wardak province has been killed, the alliance said on Thursday.The helicopter crashed in the Tangi area of the Taliban-... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): Four militants, including a commander, were killed and two others detained during an operation by international troops in central Maidan Wardak province, officials said on Tuesday.The operation was conducted by the International... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): A former Maidan Wardak governor, who was abducted two days back in the capital of the central province, was released on Sunday.Bismillah Omar, who served as governor during Babrak Karmal's rule, had been kidnapped while returning... read more
MAIDAN WARDAK (PAN): Unidentified gunmen abducted a former Maidan Wardak governor in the capital of the central province, an official said on Saturday.Bismillah Omar, who served as governor during Babrak Karmal's rule, was kidnapped while returning... read more
CHARIKAR (PAN): Four Taliban were killed and five others wounded during an operation by Afghan soldiers in the central province of Parwan, an official said on Wednesday.Bodies of the militants, killed in the two-day operation in Koh-i-Safi district... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): Five Taliban fighters were killed during an airstrike by international troops in the central province of Maidan Wardak, officials said on Tuesday.The overnight air raid took place during an operation by the International Security... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): Two suspected insurgents were killed by the explosives they were planting in the central province of Maidan Wardak on Monday, officials said.The roadside bombing occurred in the Deh Afghanan village on the outskirts of Maidan... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): Five Afghan workers were killed and 102 people, including 77 US soldiers, wounded in a suicide bombing in central Maidan Wardak province, officials said on Sunday.A significant number of ISAF and Afghan civilians were injured as... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN):  One guard of a private company was killed and nine others were wounded while five tankers, carrying fuel for NATO-led troops, torched in a Taliban attack in central Maidan Wardak province, officials said on Wednesday.The... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): More than 10 suspected insurgents were arrested in Narkh district of central Wardak province, ISAF and local officials said on Monday.The men were detained on the charge of links to the Haqqani network, the force said in a... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): The US-led coalition troops killed two local residents in retaliation for a Taliban attack in central Maidan Wardak province on Saturday, an official and residents said.The incident took place in Bombai area of Chak district,... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): Two missiles landed in a police training centre in central Maidan Wardak, where two fuel tankers were torched near the provincial capital, officials said Wednesday. The missiles were fired by unidentified militants into the... read more
 MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): Towers of Roshan and MTN mobile phone companies have been torched by Taliban militants in central Maidan Wardak province, an official said on Tuesday. The MTN tower was destroyed in the Gul Khan area of Dai Mir Dad... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): A  military commander in the central province of Maidan Wardak on Monday claims from the provincial governor's office that the failures of Afghan soldiers had led to insecurity in the province. On Sunday the governor... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): Militants killed eight abducted Afghan security personnel in the central province of Maidan Wardak, an official said on Saturday. The five policemen and three National Directorate of Security (NDS) agents were abducted two... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): Police on Tuesday said that 13 Taliban insurgents have been killed during an overnight joint operation by Afghan and foreign troops in the Chak district of central Maidan Wardak province. The operation was carried out in the... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): A clash is ongoing between NATO-led troops and Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) fighters in central Maidan Wardak province, officials said on Tuesday. The governor's spokesman, Shahidullah Shahid, confirmed the firefight in... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) helicopter was shot down in the central province of Maidan Wardak, officials said Saturday. President Hamid Karzai said that 31 US Special Forces and seven Afghan National Army... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): NATO-led troops formally apologised on Sunday for last week's killing of two civilians, including a female doctor, in central Maidan Wardak province, officials said. The troops tendered a written apology, offered three sheep... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR: (PAN): Five Taliban fighters were killed and 11 others detained by Afghan and NATO-led troops in separate operations in central Maidan Wardak province, officials said on Wednesday. Shahidullah Shahid, the provincial governor's... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): Four guards of a private security firm were killed and a fifth injured in a roadside bombing in the central province of Maidan Wardak, an official said on Tuesday. The explosion took place on the Kabul-Kandahar highway on... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): One policeman was injured in a result of mine explosion in central province of Wardak, an official said on Saturday. Provinical governor's spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said the explosion took place at around 7am. The... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): Several insurgents have been killed and numerous others detained in central Maidan Wardak province, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Thursday. The operation was conducted in Syedabad district late on... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): Four civilians were injured in an airstrike by NATO-led troops in the Chak district of central Maidan Wardak province, an official said on Tuesday. The air raid targeted a civilian vehicle in the Guldan area, injuring four... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): A group of 20 Afghan students hailing from central Maidan Wardak province is being sent to Turkey for higher studies, officials said on Thursday. The students would study in higher education institutes in Turkey with the... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): A roadside bomb blast ripped through a tank of foreign troops in the central province of Maidan Wardak, where several rockets were fired at a district headquarters, officials said on Friday. The ISAF vehicle was blown up in the... read more
MAIDAN SHAR (PAN): A commander was among four militants killed and two others injured in an airstrike in the central province of Maidan Wardak, officials said on Tuesday. The airstrike took place at 3:00 pm Monday in the Shah Qalandar area of Chack... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): Ten civilians were injured or killed in a Taliban-fired rocket attack in central Maidan Wardak province on Monday, officials said. There were no precise figures for the number of dead and wounded. The casualties occurred in the... read more
BAMYAN CITY/MAIDAN SHAR (PAN): One child and a 14-year-old girl were killed, and six others injured, when a roadside bomb exploded in central Maidan Wardak province, an official said on Saturday. The explosion, which took place late Friday in the... read more
MAIDAN SHAR (PAN):  A clash between Taliban fighters and the Hizb-e-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) party led by Gulbaddin Hikmatyar erupted in the central province of Maidan Wardak, people said on Saturday. The clash began on Friday in the Tokrak... read more
MAIDAN SHAR (PAN): The second vice president and interior minister of Afghanistan survived a rocket attack on Wednesday in the central province of Maidan Wardak, officials said. Second Vice President Karim Khalili and Interior Minister Bismillah... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): Ten Taliban insurgents were killed and five others wounded during a clash with security forces in the Syedabad district of central Maidan Wardak province, an official said on Monday. The clash erupted when a group of militants... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): A group of Taliban insurgents attacked a convoy of trucks carrying logistic supplies for foreign troops in central Maidan Wardak province on Sunday, setting eight vehicles on fire, witnesses and police said. The attack that took... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): The alleged leader of an organized crime ring was killed in a clash with security personnel in the central province of Maidan Wardak, officials said on Wednesday. Juma Khan was killed on Tuesday night during an operation by... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): Two security guards were killed in front of a bank building in an apparent suicide blast in Maidan Shahr, the capital of central Maidan Wardak province, on Sunday, officials said. The explosion took place outside the Kabul Bank... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): Four foreign soldiers were killed in a clash with militants in central Maidan Wardak province, an official said on Monday. A tank of NATO-led troops was destroyed during the overnight clash in Syedabad district, the governor... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): Thirteen Taliban fighters, including a commander, were killed in a clash with Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) in central Maidan Wardak province, an official said on Sunday. During the battle in the Senzai area of Nirkh district... read more
MAIDAN SHAHAR (PAN): A relative of the Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) chief has been killed by NATO-led forces in the central province of Maidan Wardak, a spokesman for the party said on Friday. Gulbadin Hekmatyar's nephew, Habibullah Shahab,... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) arrested four Taliban fighters, including a commander, in central Maidan Wardak province, an official said on Wednesday. The arrests were made in the Shaniz area of Syedabad... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): The death toll from an ongoing clash between Taliban and Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) in central Maidan Wardak province increased to seven on Sunday when four more people were killed, a district chief said on Sunday. The... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): Four civilians, including a prayer leader, were detained by foreign troops in Syedabad district of central Maidan Wardak province, an official said on Wednesday. The men were arrested in Shaniz area late on Tuesday, the district... read more
MAIDAN SHAR (PAN): Ten suicide vests and other explosives were recovered in central Maidan Wardak province, officials said on Wednesday. The explosives were recovered from a house in Shaniz area of the Sayed Abad district on Tuesday, district chief... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): A would-be suicide attacker was killed by his own explosives in central Maidan Wardak province, an official said on Saturday. The incident took place near Chak Dam late on Friday, the governor's spokesman, Shahidullah Shahid... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): A Taliban commander and a militant linked to the Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) were detained in the central province of Maidan Wardak, an official said on Sunday. The Taliban local commander was detained by Afghan security... read more

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