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KABUL (Pajhwok): A Taliban commander Zahirullah known as Omar Bilal who was accused of killing five Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers, was detained in special operation in eastern Kunar province, a statement from the spy network said on Tuesday... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former president Hamid Karzai on Sunday asked the Western world to review its policy toward Muslims and avoid steps that defamed their religion. Addressing conference in Kabul, the ex-president said Islam teaches moderation and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) chairman on Wednesday said the Parliament had no authority to refer him to the Attorney-General Office (AGO) for prosecution.   Earlier in the day, the Wolesi Jirga asked the... read more
KABUL/FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): At least 19 armed rebels and four policemen have lost their lives to a fresh spate of violence in northeastern Badakhshan province, a Ministry of Interior (MoI) official said on Monday.Siddique Siddiqui, MoI spokesman, told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah said on Wednesday removing doubts from the minds of armed forces and a clear distinction between friends and foes would help lift the morale of the security personnel.Chairing a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chairing his maiden Cabinet meeting as Chief Executive Officer, Abdullah Abdullah on Monday asked the acting ministers not to halt discharging their responsibilities in their current capacity until new ministers were appointed.“... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Kabul police have launched a massive operation to arrest those involved in the Kabul Bank scandal that nearly crashed the national economy, an official said on Tuesday.Kabul police chief Lt. Gen. Muhammad Zahir Zahir told a press... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Friday said the national unity government was determined to bring about reforms concerning economy, governance and judiciary.Speaking at a joint press conference with visiting British Prime... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday assured the UK’s continued support to Afghanistan, promising 178 million pounds in annual aid to Kabul over the next three years.Cameron, who landed in Kabul on a previously unannounced... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A presidential decree issued on Wednesday directed all incumbent ministers and provincial governors to perform duties as acting officials, barring them from exercising executive powers.President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai also ordered... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A Ministry of Interior (MoI) official on Sunday stressed the need for people’s cooperation with efforts at improving security in the country.The police shouldered a huge responsibility in the fight against terrorism, drug... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Change and Continuity team, led by presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, on Saturday stressed results from the June presidential election should be announced forthwith, vowing to protect the Constitution and national... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Change and Continuity team, led by presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, on Saturday stressed results from the June presidential election should be announced forthwith, vowing to protect the Constitution and national... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan is currently at a critical juncture in its history but some groups want to clinch power at any cost, renowned spiritual leader Sibghatullah Mujaddedi said on Saturday.A supporter of Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai in the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The joint committee of the presidential campaigns on Friday said they had sorted out all their differences, but left the thorny issue of what powers the chief executive should have for the two candidates to decide.The committee said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) said on Friday results from the presidential election were being complied after the vote recount and auditing had finished and would be announced soon.Talking to journalists here, IEC... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of political groups called upon the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Friday to announce the election results without any further delay.Member and supporters of Afghan Millat Party (AMP), National Front Party (NFP)... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Following Balkh governor’s rhetoric to launch a protest movement if the election result favoured Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, Ahmad Zia Massoud warned on Wednesday that any step aimed at destabilising the country would not be acceptable.... read more
 KABUL (Pajhwok): For the first time, a Digital Television Broadcasting System (DTBS) has been launched in the capital Kabul on Sunday.Amirzai Sangin, Minister for Information Technology and Broadcasting (MITB) said the new system would enable... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Thursday said the vote audit process was proceeding in the presence of Afghan and international observers.Representatives of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA)... read more
 KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Tuesday announced entering at least 11,000 checklists and result sheets into the computerised system.The IEC has completed the entry of results from 3,645 polling stations into the... read more
 KABUL (Pajhwok): The vote auditing process is set to conclude this evening while the invalidation exercise will kick off tomorrow, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced on Sunday.IEC Deputy Chairman Abdul Rahman Hotaki told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Wednesday expressed concerns at outsider elements striving to disrupt the ongoing vote audit.Abdul Rahman Hotaki, the IEC deputy chairman, told reporter in Kabul the panel was more... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Sunday announced more than 5,700 ballot boxes had been audited and the process would accelerate, with the number of audit teams increasing to 300 tomorrow.Noor Muhammad Noor, the IEC... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Wednesday announced preparing a vote invalidation criterion through a computerised system. Around 23, 000 ballot boxes have arrived in Kabul.IEC spokesman Noor Muhammad Noor told a press... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Tuesday warned of halting the vote audit process if its decision on invalidating certain votes was not respected by the presidential candidates.IEC deputy head Abdul Rehman Hotaki told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A new Independent Election Commission (IEC) secretary would be appointed by the next president, while a government, an official said on Saturday.IEC spokesman Noor Mohammad Noor told reporters in Kabul Syed Ehsan Tahiri and Farid... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Underlining the need for transparency in the presidential poll result, Afghan election observers on Thursday welcomed the vote audit process.In line with the deal between the candidates, the recount of around 8 million votes began... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission on Thursday embarked on recounting the ballots cast in the June 14 presidential runoff in the presence of national and international observers in Kabul.IEC Chairman Ahmad Yousaf Nuristani told a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced on Wednesday that the recount of votes cast in the June 14 runoff would begin tomorrow (Thursday) in the presence of national and international observers.IEC spokesman Noor... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Afghan election observation groups on Tuesday asked the Independent Election Commission (IEC) to set a date for recounting votes at the earliest so that observers could play their role in an efficient way.National Partnership,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan election observers on Sunday welcomed the audit of all votes, but said the review should be carried out in cooperation with local and international observers for the sake of transparency.Presidential hopefuls Dr. Abdullah and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At the end of public hearings, the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Wednesday urged the presidential candidates to help ensure electoral justice.IECC Chairman Abdul Sattar Sadat acknowledged of rigging and fraud... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Fire erupted in eight police district of capital Kabul on Sunday but there were no reports of men and material losses.Muhammad Saddiq, an eyewitness and resident of the locality, said that a timber store caught fire, with fire... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Presidential aspirant Dr. Abdullah Abdullah said on Monday he had no meeting or contact with the US President Barak Obama who was on a brief visit to Afghanistan to meet US troops.Obama landed at Bagram military base late Sunday and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The media commission of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Wednesday fined 13 television channels and a radio network for violation of laws during election campaign, an official said.The electronic media outlets were fined... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Council of Ministers on Monday ruled out signing of major agreements in mining, urban development and construction sectors until the new government was formed.Speaking at the Council of Ministers meeting chaired by President... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Frontrunner in last weekend’s presidential elections Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai said on Friday he would prefer contesting a run-off election over withdrawing in favour a rival candidate.In a video message, Ashraf Ghani said partial... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Thursday said it was fully prepared to hold a second round run-off election if necessary, saying the run-off would be free from any legal and technical problems.More than seven million... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Tuesday warned presidential hopefuls of action if they used the government machinery or tried to manipulate results.Asking candidates not to adopt illegal ways of reaching... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A senior Ministry of Defence (MoD) official on Sunday warned of multiple security problems, specifically in logistical supply and technical fields, if the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) was not signed with the US.Brig. Gen.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Sunday Afghan forces had the capacity to provide security for the upcoming polls. The alliance also reiterated its willingness to provide logistical support for the landmark... read more
 KABUL (PAN): An explosives-laden car exploded at the entrance to a NATO troops’ facility on the Qasaba Road near the Kabul International Airport on Wednesday, but there were no immediate reports about casualties, officials said. The... read more
KABUL (PAN): Calling on Taliban and their allies to attend a Loya Jirga due next Thursday, President Hamid Karzai on Saturday reiterated his government’s position that the assembly would only discuss the security pact with the US.Nearly 3000 tribal... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Saturday asked government officials and foreigners not to middle in presidential and provincial elections, warning violators of removal from jobs.Addressing a press conference in Kabul, the president said all... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Wolesi Jirga on Wednesday askedthe Independent Election Commission (IEC) to five cogent reasons for the exclusion of 16 presidential candidates from the preliminary list.The Commission on Central Investigation and Overseeing the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Campaigning before the release of a final list of presidential and provincial council candidates is a violation of the election law, the electoral watchdog said on Friday.Following the display of the final list in a fortnight,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Nearly 3,000 public representatives would attend this month’s The Loya Jirga and advise the Karzai administration on whether or not to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States, an official said on Friday.A day... read more
KABUL (PAN): Top security bosses on Tuesday said foreign spy networks planned the Taliban’s summer offensive, killing more than 2,000 policemen and 850 civilians.Codenamed Khalid Bin Walid, the offensive was launched in May when the rebels had vowed... read more
KABUL (PAN): The main opposition leader, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, on Tuesday asked the government not to support any specific presidential runner and maintain complete impartiality in next year’s polls.Soon after filing nomination papers for the... read more
KABUL (PAN): A key opposition leader on Tuesday warned President Hamid Karzai against influencing the electoral process, saying that the head of state would live a respectable life after his retirement if he stayed neutral.National Coalition of... read more
KABUL (PAN): The government and foreigners do not have any intention to proceed with substantive peace talks and there is no sign of stability returning to the country, claims a high-ranking member of the Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) led by... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) on Friday asked the government to create a commission for resolving disputes between oil-importing firms and the Ghazanfar Group.The Ghazanfar Group, which set up an oil-... read more
KABUL (PAN): India is willing to equip and train Afghan security forces, 2nd Vice-President Karim Khalili said on Friday on his return from a three-day visit to New Delhi.During his meetings with host leaders, the security and economic situation in... read more
KABUL (PAN): A meeting of the Afghan Millat party on nominating a candidate for next year’s presidential ballot was marred by rowdyism and physical clashes in Kabul on Monday.Mohammad Amin, the Afghan Social Democratic Party leader, says his group... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Interior would share a comprehensive poll security plan with the independent Election Commission in a couple of days, an official said on Wednesday.Ghulam Siddique Siddiqui, the ministry spokesman, told Pajhwok that the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two civilians were wounded in a car bombing in the Mir Bachakot district of Kabul province on Friday, an official said.Kabul criminal investigation chief in Gen. Mohammad Zahir told Pajhwok Afghan News that the explosion took place... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Meshrano Jirga -- or upper house of the parliament -- on Sunday asked the government to summon the Iranian ambassador to Afghanistan over a recent shooting incident at the border that killed and wounded several Afghans.Nearly 300... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Tuesday announced the establishment of a Police Consultative Council (PCC), saying the 10-year scheme would help improve police credibility.  Made up of civil society members, media and human... read more
KABUL (PAN): Hundreds of people rallied in Kabul on Saturday against US troops’ high-handedness and called for their withdrawal from the central Maidan Wardak province.In response to public complaints against the US special forces, the National... read more
KABUL (PAN): NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has shut its 230 bases and transferred another 370 bases to the Afghan government as part of the security transition, a spokesman for the alliance said on Sunday.ISAF would... read more
KABUL (PAN): NATO on Tuesday reiterated its stout support for the Afghan-led reconciliation process and a political settlement in the country.“A wide, broad and inclusive dialogue is the best way forward,” Dominic Medley, spokesman for NATO’s senior... read more
KABUL (PAN):  Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhelwal has asked foreign and local investors not to worry about post-2014 Afghanistan's scenario, assuring no change is going to take place in the system."Some investors have reduced their capitals... read more
KABUL (PAN): Eighty Taliban prisoners have been released from the Bagram jail, north of Kabul, in the central province of Parwan, and a defence ministry's detention facility, an official said on Friday.So far more than 500 Taliban prisoners have... read more
KABUL (PAN): A cloth market caught fire in the Mandawi area of the 1st police district in the central capital Kabul, inflicting financial losses on traders, an official said on Sunday.The fire that erupted around midnight at the Nasari Market raged... read more
KABUL (PAN): The “National United Front against the foreign bases in Afghanistan” on Saturday opposed signing the security pact between Kabul and US, and said the presence of foreign military bases in Afghanistan was the signal for continuing of war... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some member of Wolesi Jirga, or lower house of parliament, on Saturday accused Pakistan of orchestrating the failed assassination attempt on the Afghan intelligence chief Asadullah Khalid.Khalid was severely wounded on Thursday when a... read more
KABUL (PAN): Hundreds of Afghan National Army soldiers have been detained or sacked over rising insider attacks on NATO-led troops in different parts of the country, a defence ministry official said on Wednesday.Since the beginning of the current... read more
KABUL (PAN): Three civilians were killed and 28 others wounded in a gas cylinder explosion inside a busy market in the capital Kabul on Tuesday, the Ministry of Interior said.The blast, which took place in a medical store in front of Parwan Hotel in... read more
KABUL/BAMYAN CITY (PAN): Companies failing to execute road construction projects in line with contracts would be referred to the Attorney General Office (AGO), the public works minister warned on Monday.Several road projects executed in different... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday left for Berlin to sign a long-term strategic agreement with Germany, a European economic powerhouse, the Presidential Palace said on Tuesday.Besides inking the deal with Chancellor Angela Merkel on... read more
KABUL (PAN): Using sex enhancement drugs is injurious to health and could even lead to death, doctors say, but such phrodisiacs are being sold openly by Kabul-based pharmacies and peddlers.A variety of the sex stimulants, manufactured in Arab... read more
KABUL (PAN): Using sex enhancement drugs is injurious to health and could even lead to death, doctors say, but such phrodisiacs are being sold openly by Kabul-based pharmacies and peddlers.A variety of the sex stimulants, manufactured in Arab... read more
KABUL (PAN): Hundreds of people rallied in Kabul on Saturday, International Human Rights Day, calling for trying war criminals.A large number of women took part in the rally organised by the Social Association of Afghan Justice Seekers (SAAJS).The... read more
KABUL (PAN): More than 190 militants, including 20 members of the Haqqani network, have been killed or captured by Afghan and international troops in eastern provinces, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Monday.Led by Afghans... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Counter Narcotics (MCN) has allocated one million dollars for each of the 17 provinces that were declared poppy-free this year, an official announced on Saturday.The development assistance will go to the provinces, where... read more
KABUL (PAN): A number of special people gathered in front of the Wolesi Jirga, or lower house of Parliament, on Sunday and asked lawmakers to help them find education and employment opportunities.Members of the National Deaf Association, including... read more
KABUL (PAN): The transition from foreign forces to the Afghan security lead would begin on schedule next month, a spokesman for the NATO civilian representative in the country said on Monday. Despite a drawdown of foreign troops beginning next... read more
KABUL (PAN): Fifteen people were sentenced by a primary court to 5-20 years in jail on the charge of trafficking alcohol and other drugs, the Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) announced on Sunday. The accused were convicted at the end of an open... read more
KABUL (PAN): An alleged drug trafficker was killed and his companion arrested in a police encounter in southern Helmand province, the world's largest opium-producing region, an official said on Sunday. More than 660 kilograms of opium, which... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan President Hamid Karzai left for Rome to attend the 150th anniversary of Italian Unification, the Presidential Palace in Kabul said on Wednesday. Dozens of world leaders, including US and Russian presidents and hundreds of other... read more
KABUL (PAN): The security firms belonging to senior government officials had been identified and a report on their activities submitted to President Hamid Karzai, an interior ministry spokesman said on Sunday. Some registered security companies... read more
KABUL (PAN): Civilians, police and militant casualties as well as incidents of crime dropped in the past week, a spokesman for the Ministry of Interior said on Sunday. Attacks and blasts, compared to the previous week, showed a three percent... read more
KABUL (PAN): Hundreds of people, spurning complaints from the Iranian embassy, rallied in Kabul on Monday against a ban on a private TV channel.About 1,000 people took part in the 90-minute protest that started at 9am at the Lab-i-Jar Square of the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The national taekwondo team returned home from from an international contest with eight silver and two bronze medals on Thursday.At the 15-nation Asian Games, held in Vietnam on July 25 and 26, Afghanistan finished seventh, said Ahmad... read more
KABUL (PAN): While some residents of Kabul believe the much-hyped Peace Advisory Jirga will yield no positive outcome, others say it could be a step towards ending the war.Some 1,400 delegates and 200 foreign and Afghan guests are attending the... read more