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KABUL (PAN): Afghan civil society bodies on Monday urged the international community, attending the Tokyo donors’ conference, to help protect the country’s civil liberties and safeguard the peace process.Local civil society organisations said that... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): Bodybuilder Yousaf Sakhi was on Wednesday clinched the Mr. Muscles title for the current year during a bodybuilding competition in Kabul, an official said.    Athletes from 28 provinces took part in the event that... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): Four rebels, including a Pakistani, were detained and two tonnes of explosives and 250 mines seized separately in Kabul and Nangarhar provinces, an official said on Sunday.A major attack was prevented in the central capital after a... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan powerlifting and taekwondo squads on Monday left for Vietnam and India to participate in international competitions in the two countries, an official said.  Athletes from 48 countries are participating in the Asian... read more
KABUL (PAN): Civil society activists and political experts on Sunday said any change to the timetable for the next presidential election was against the constitution and could question the vote’s credibility.These views were expressed by... read more
KABUL (PAN): The country’s largest private sector that the government took over after it came to the verge of collapse two years back as a result of issuing unauthorised loans to its owners will be privistised in the near future.The central bank... read more
KABUL (PAN): The number of people visiting the National Museum of Afghanistan rose from 16,000 to more than 23,000 last year, officials said on Wednesday, hoping for a further increase.Omara Khan Massoudi, the National Museum director, said each... read more
KABUL (PAN): Ali Reza Rafiqzada, an Afghan weightlifter, has equaled the world record at a local powerlifting contest in Kabul, said officials.Rafiqzada managed to lift 410 kilograms in the national power lifting team selection competition on... read more
KABUL (PAN): A severe windstorm on Monday forced the Kabul International Airport authorities to cancel a number of international and domestic flights, an official said.“Flights for Turkey, Iran, India and Pakistan were postponed and domestic flights... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan National Olympic Committee on Tuesday announced holding the summer games in Kabul to encourage athletes, an official said on Tuesday.Afghan and foreign athletes would be invited to the Kabul Olympics, the committee head... read more
KABUL/WASHINGTON (PAN): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Saturday said an Afghan diplomat in the United States has been fired after he fought with colleagues.Media reports spread rumours that the Afghan ambassador in the US Mohammad Aklil Hakimi... read more
KABUL (PAN): A long-awaited Dari language television channel, a joint project of Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Iran, would go on the air in a few months, an information ministry official said on Tuesday.The neighbours -- all Persian language-speaking... read more
KABUL (PAN): Considered the fourth pillar of the state, media has been strengthened incredibly in Afghanistan over the past decade, a senior Information and Culture Ministry official said on Monday."There have been many positive changes on the media... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some European countries tried to convince the Taliban into secret negotiations, a free media support organisation claimed on Monday.Although the Taliban rejected participation in the 2nd Bonn Conference, some European countries tried to... read more
KABUL (PAN): Interior ministry officials on Wednesday said a joint offensive by the Afghan and Iranian forces against drug-trafficking across their common border would start on Thursday.The fifth joint operation with the neighbouring country was... read more
KABUL (PAN): The national taekwondo team on Tuesday left for Thailand to take part in a two-day competition ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. More than 40 Asian countries are participating in the championship in Thailand to book a... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan's population has increased from 24.5 million to about 26 million, an official said on Sunday, quoting figures from Central Statistics Organisation (CSO).In 2009, the country's population stood at 24.5 million and reached 26... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan national team left on Sunday for India to participate in the first-ever South Asian Karate Championship, scheduled to be held in New Delhi there from Nov. 21 to 23.South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)... read more
KABUL (PAN): An Afghan karate team finished runners-up after grabbing eight medals in the Euro-Asian Karate Championship held in Turkey November 11-13, an official said on Sunday.The eight-member Afghan side gained four gold, two silver and as many... read more
KABUL (PAN): Thirteen individuals were sentenced from three to 20 years in jail on charges of drug trafficking, the Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) announced on Saturday.Having defence lawyers to plead their cases, the accused were convicted by... read more
KABUL (PAN): Media professionals and writers on Thursday said government-run newspapers mostly published monotonous news and articles, ignoring the problems of society.Although officials endorsed the view, they said people's problems were not... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Sunday appointed a team to investigate the assassination of former High Peace Council Chairman Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani.The Jamiat-i-Islami leader was killed on Tuesday evening by a bomber disguised as an... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Sport sans Frontières (SSF) marked the World Peace Day by organising different events in the capital Kabul on Wednesday, an official said.Featuring up to 70 boys and girls, basketball, taekwondo, tug of war and blindman's buff... read more
KABUL (PAN): A cameraman of Iran's Press TV channel, who was injured in a Taliban attack in Kabul last week, died on Tuesday, his colleague said.A Taliban-fired rocket landed in the courtyard of the TV channel's office, wounding Sayed Farhad... read more
KABUL (PAN): The closure of the Saudi embassy in Kabul after last week's suicide attacks has created problems for Afghan Hajj pilgrims, visa applicants said on Monday.On September 13, six suicide attackers stormed an under-construction building in... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan held hosts United Arab Emirates (UAE) to a draw in a match of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-16 Championship 2012 qualifiers at the Sabah al Salem Stadium in Kuwait City, an official said on Thursday.UAE players... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan government-initiated peace process is successfully underway in northern and western Afghanistan, where about 2,385 rebels had joined the process so far, an official said on Monday.Most of the surrendering rebels belonged to... read more
KABUL (PAN): Members of the Wolesi Jirga, or lower house of the Parliament, on Wednesday denounced as illegal the Independent Election Commission's decision on disqualifying nine legislators. During a general session, parliamentarians lashed out the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The stoning to death of two Taliban fighters by residents of southern Helmand province showed that people had recognised their enemies, an official said on Tuesday.On Sunday night, locals stoned the militants to death after they killed... read more
KABUL(PAN): The nation will celebrate its 92nd Independency Day with traditional spirit and fervour on Friday, the Ministry of Defence said on Wednesday. Without identifying function venues, the ministry said the sacrifices of the martyrs, who won... read more
KABUL (PAN): The South Asia Free Media Association (SAFMA) on Sunday condemned the killing of Pajhwok Afghan News reporter Ahmad Omaid Khpalwak during last week's attacks on government buildings in central Uruzgan province. At least 21 people,... read more
KABUL(PAN): Ruqia Nayel, an MP in the Wolesi Jirga, or lower house of Parliament, says she can only visit her home province of Ghor once a year due to insecurity. Despite having no regular meetings with the people from her constituency, she was... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Kabul-Kandahar Highway was blocked for hours by protesting Kochis in the Arghani area of Paghman district of Kabul on Tuesday, witnesses said. A Pajhwok reporter who visited the area at 3pm said the nomads had placed rocks on the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Twenty players have been picked for the Kabul fencing team as a result of a tournament in the capital, officials said on Thursday. Up to 100 contestants from four clubs participated in the week-long event that got under way on July17... read more
KABUL (PAN): Presidential spokesman Waheed Omar on Monday said the government would not countenance any foreign interference in Afghanistan's ongoing political crisis, calling it an internal issue. The warning comes a day after lawmakers... read more
KABUL (PAN): On Monday, cyclists began a race from Kabul to Badakhshan to determine who would qualify for the national cycling team. Up to 45 competitors from 15 provinces will participate in the 540-kilometre, five-phase race, the head of the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Malika Suraya and Malalai High Schools won inter-school basketball and volleyball championships respectively to qualify for education ministry squads, officials said on Sunday. The tournaments that got under way 20 days back at the... read more
KABUL(PAN): Afghanistan's women spikers on Thursday left for Tajikistan to play friendly matches on their first-ever trip to the neighbouring country, officials said. The contingent included 16 players, four trainers and as many officials, the... read more
KABUL(PAN): Civilian casualties in Afghanistan are not intentional and foreign forces are seriously concerned about such incidents, a spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Monday. "We are doing our best to... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan with three gold and as many silver medals got first position in the 8th South Asian Bodybuilding Championship concluded in Bhutan on Saturday, an official said on Sunday. Starting June 1 at clock tower square in Thimphu,... read more
KABUL(PAN): Civilian deaths in counterinsurgency operations by NATO-led forces are no longer acceptable to the Afghan people and government, President Hamid Karzai said on Saturday.  "I have made clear to Americans authorities to put a... read more
KABUL (PAN): The National Olympic Committee has no right to interfere with activities of the Afghanistan Football Federation, its chief said on Tuesday. But the committee asserted its right to monitor all federations. Kiramuddin Karim, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): A gymnasium will be built in Kabul and a sport stadium in central Parwan province with the financial support of the Faisal Welfare Foundation, officials said on Saturday. Agreements for the projects, costing $280,000 (12.9 million... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan Muay Thai team left for Iran to participate in the Asian Championship and the handball squad departed for Pakistan to take part in a tripartite handball tournament, officials said on Thursday. Eight athletes in the 45-75... read more
KABUL(PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday called lack of education as one of Afghanistan's major problems, saying if Afghans were educated the country would become a hub of foreign investment. "The history is witness to the bravery... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday made his first comments about the US soldiers who are on trial for killing Afghan soldiers “for fun”. "The US soldiers killed our people for fun, they killed our youth and elders for... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two member of national golf team left for Bangladesh on Monday to take part in the South Asian golf tournament, an official said. The Afghan team consists of a coach and two athletes, Hashmatullah Sarwari and Nadir Nadiri, the Olympic... read more
KABUL(PAN): Police in Kabul on Friday arrested a man accused of fraudulently withdrawing $400 000 from a bank customer's account, an official said. His accomplice is still at large. The detainee, identified as Fawad, had allegedly... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday said the security transition from NATO-led soldiers to Afghan forces would start in seven areas of the country, including the capital of southern Helmand province, in July. Karzai said Afghan forces... read more
KABUL(PAN): A female handball team representing Afghanistan on Saturday flew to Tajikistan for friendly matches in the neighbouring country, an official said. A four-member official delegation accompanied the nine-member handball squad on their... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Meshrano Jirga agreed on Tuesday to summon security officials after a month in which more than a hundred civilians had been killed in conflict. The most deadly was on Feb 18, when a NATO-led air strike killed 64 civilians, mostly... read more
KABUL (PAN): Japan has donated $41 million (1.8 billion afghanis) to Afghanistan for fuel and the improvement of health services, a statement said on Thursday. The agreement was signed late on Wednesday in Kabul between Afghan foreign minister,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Monday claimed to have evidence that Afghan militants were receiving support from neighbouring Iran. "I can say that some elements in Iran are aiding the insurgents in... read more
KABUL (PAN): A four-member Afghanistan team left on Sunday for New Zealand to participate in the 2011 World Taekwondo Championships, an official said. The five-day event, featuring 50 teams, would get under way on March 9 in New Zealand's... read more
KABUL (PAN): Twenty athletes were granted membership of the education ministry's youth boxing teams, an official said on Thursday. High school students qualified for the membership based on their performance during trials that lasted two days,... read more
KABUL (PAN): A basketball tournament, the first in Afghanistan's capital, got under way at the Olympic Committee Gymnasium in Kabul on Thursday, an official said. Eight teams from the capital and four provinces, which have been placed in two... read more
KABUL (PAN): For many poor people in the Afghan capital, the second-hand clothes market provides an affordable option to keep warm in winter.   But doctors are warning that wearing unwashed clothes may cause skin diseases.   Second-... read more
KABUL (PAN): The increase of suicide attacks in Afghanistan is because the insurgents are being defeated, the international coalition said on Monday. The militants had fled from their trenches and had lost the resistance against Afghan and... read more
KABUL (PAN): Concluding a two-day meeting, Afghan and Pakistani journalists formed on Tuesday a 14-member committee to promote professional interaction and links between them. About 80 media professionals, including 21 from Pakistan, attended... read more
KABUL (PAN): Dozens of historic sites in the Afghan capital and around the country are at risk of ruin if the government does not ramp up its upkeep. In Kabul province alone there are more than 50 historical sites, according to Abdul Ahad Abasi,... read more
KABUL (PAN): A two-day gathering of Afghan and Pakistani journalists on resolving their common problems started in Kabul on Monday, an official said. Participants of "A dialogue between Afghan and Pakistani media outlets" set up a 14-... read more

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