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KABUL (Pajhwok): Security forces are determined to make the counter-narcotics drive a success, the acting interior minister said on Friday.Gen. Mohammad Ayub Salangi promised the government, having the required political will, would eradicate the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Friday told Taliban and other militant outfits they could not achieve their goals through suicide attacks and bombings.While inquiring after those injured in an overnight suicide bombing, the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Election Watch Afghanistan (EWA) has introduced a new mechanism for the appointment of Independent Election Commission (IEC) members and addressing poll-related complaints in a judicious manner.EWA Director Jahandad Spinghar, in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Election Watch Afghanistan (EWA) has introduced a new mechanism for the appointment of Independent Election Commission (IEC) members and addressing poll-related complaints in a judicious manner.EWA Director Jahandad Spinghar, in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The two days conference on poppy eradication attended by Afghanistan and representatives from regional countries ended in Kabul on Monday with a pledge to intensify efforts against poppy eradication, an official said.The meeting was... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Sunday said recent terrorist attacks in capital Kabul were carried out by Afghan and Pakistani Taliban, the Haqqani network, Al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups.Addressing a press conference, MoI... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Following a sharp rise in terrorist attacks, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Sunday launched a campaign to ensure people’s cooperation with security forces in identifying terrorists.The campaign called “Know the Terrorists!” was... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah said Thursday he was not in favour of releasing Taliban inmates from the country’s jails because it helped militants strengthen their ranks and such mistakes should not be repeated.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations and the Afghan government on Wednesday launched a joint appeal for $405 million to cover humanitarian needs of Afghanistan’s people in 2015.UN humanitarian coordinator Mark Bowden, launching the appeal at a joint... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Abdul Ali Muhammadi, legal advisor to President Ashraf Ghani, has said that a national strategy be developed to support and protect the vulnerable children in Afghanistan.At a gathering to mark the 25th anniversary of the UN... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Talks between President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah were underway to form the new Cabinet ahead of the London Conference, but there has been no breakthrough, an official said.Ruling out serious... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A police official on Saturday said he had defused more than 6000 roadside bombs, a Taliban’s weapon of choice, in a period of seven years.Sirajudding Afghanmal, a resident of Panjwai district of southern Kandahar, told reporters he... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than 1,400 drug smugglers have been arrested during the ongoing solar year that ends on March 21, the Ministry of Interior said on Wednesday.The detainees include foreign citizens, women, government employees and security... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) on Thursday announced holding swearing-in ceremony for newly-elected provincial councils (PC) members next week.IDLG deputy director Farid Mamonzai told the newly-elected PC... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Monday once again slammed Pakistan as a breeding ground for terrorists. Siddique Siddiqui, the MoI spokesman, told a press conference in Kabul 2014 was a challenging year for the Afghan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Thursday said public support to the government was necessary to ensure security and people’s confidence could be achieved with dispensation of justice.He made the remarks during a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai has appointed Habibullah Ahmadzai as his special security advisor and Khalil Zmar as advisor on detainee and prisoner affairs.The Presidential Palace said that based on his constitutional authority,... read more
Kabul (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Tuesday welcomed a presidential decree that called for reforms in the police and making the force an independent and professional organ.MoI spokesman Siddiqui Siddique in a joint press conference... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  Afghan taekwondo player Roman Abbasi won bronze medal in Asian Games, beating his Kyrgyz, Indian and Yemen rivals in 63-kg competitions, the Olympic Committee said on Friday.A number of Afghan athletes are taking part in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan's progress in political, economic and social areas over the past 13 years would have been impossible without consisted support from the international community, President Hamid Karzai said on Saturday.At a meeting with... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) addressed 188 complaints filed by the Change and Continuity team at a meeting on Tuesday, an official said.IECC would announce its final decision on the investigated complaints... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Rights and Justice Party on Saturday demanded the presidential contenders to respect the constitution and accept final results of June 14 runoff election.Hamidullah Farooqi, the party spokesman, told reporters delay in election... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The UN-supervised recount and audit process supposed to sift out fraudulent votes from the June presidential election runoff has been completed, 50 days after it was launched, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) said on Friday... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Monday informed that the vote audit process was about to be completed and that the results of presidential runoff election would be announced soon.IEC Spokesman Noor Mohammad Noor told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Reform and Unanimity team, led by presidential candidate Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, on Tuesday warned of boycotting the ongoing vote audit if its technical demands were not meet.Fazal Ahmad Manawi, a member of Dr. Abdullah’s camp,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Monday started invalidating bogus votes in the presence of observes and media representatives, as the audit exercise gained momentum, an official said.Abdul Rahman Hotaki, the IEC deputy... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The vote audit process resumed following a three-hour delay on Wednesday, a day after four Independent Election Commission (IEC) workers were attacked by a representative of presidential runners Dr. Abdullah Abdullah.The injured... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Forty-five percent of the votes cast in the runoff election have been audited so far, an official said on Sunday, as the outgoing president has stressed his successor should assume office in a fortnight. At a meeting with Kabul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Agenda Foundation (NAF) on Thursday shared the framework for a national unity government with intellectuals and politicians, warning Afghanistan would face a crisis if the candidates failed to conclude a deal soon.At a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The newly-created joint commission on Wednesday held its maiden meeting on formation of a national unity government and creation of the chief executive post.More than 30 representatives from the Change and Continuity and Reform and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two reporters of Khurshid and Rahi Farda television channels were beaten up by observers of the Change and Continuity team during the vote audit at the Independent Election Commission (IEC) head office in Kabul on Sunday.Present on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Presidential candidates’ representatives clashed as a result of differences over the vote audit at the Independent Election Commission (IEC) office, an official said.A member of Dr Ashraf Ghani’s team, Gulab Mangal, said that one of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than 2,700 ballot boxes have been audited and the process will be completed in 20 days, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) said on Tuesday.At a news conference in Kabul, IEC spokesman Noor Mohammad Noor said the vote... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Independent Election Commission (IEC) chief Ahmad Yusuf Nuristani on Saturday vowed they would go ahead with the recounting of votes cast in the June election tomorrow (Sunday) whether or not presidential candidate Abdullah joins... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) chief on Saturday urged the presidential candidates to talk out differences on the check list for the vote audit.Addressing a press conference in Kabul, Ahmad Yousaf Nuristani said the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The presidential election audit resumed on Thursday after 48 hours of suspension for training representatives of the candidates and observers, the Independent Election Commission (IEC).The process was halted last Tuesday due to some... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The vote audit process at the Independent Election Commission (IEC) headquarters in Kabul had to be suspended on Wednesday to train representatives of the presidential candidates and election observers, an official said.Wishing... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): As representatives of the candidates and observers complained of a slow-paced vote audit, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) pledged on Monday speeding up the process.The recount of over eight million votes started on July 17... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The vote audit resumed after suspension for a few hours due to misunderstandings between representatives of the two candidates, an official said on Sunday.The audit was launched at the Independent Election Commission (IEC)... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaint Commission (IECC) on Wednesday said the time for registering complaints about the preliminary results had expired. The watchdog recorded a total of 376 complaints.The Independent Election... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Sunday criticised the Presidential Palace and international originations for what it said interfering in the electoral process, asking the election body to handle the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Saturday while lauding negotiations aimed at ending the current election impasse and deadlock said any delay in announcing primary results could affect date for announcement... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Eight air force personnel of Afghan National Army (ANA) were killed and 13 others wounded in a suicide bombing in the Kart-i-Sakhi locality of capital Kabul on Wednesday, officials said.The incident took place at around 7:00 am when... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Tuesday said all allegations against Independent Election Commission (IEC) Secretary Ziaul Haq Amarkhel stood null and void after his resignation. Amarkhel... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Presidential runner Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Monday said all those involved in electoral fraud should be held accountable under the relevant law.Commenting on Independent Election Commission Secretary Ziaul Haq Amarkhel’s... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Sunday said the Independent Election Commission (IEC) had rejected its offer to investigate fraud allegations against its secretary Ziaul Haq Amarkhel.In a brief statement, the ministry said IEC... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) on Saturday announced a plan for block fake social media accounts of government officials.But Nasrat Rahimi, the MCIT spokesman, scotched speculation about blocking... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Presidential candidate Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, demanding transparency in the electoral process, on Monday urged the immediate suspension of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) secretary. IEC Secretary Zia-ul-Haq Amarkhel... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations top diplomat in Afghanistan on Thursday urged all Afghans to participate actively in the second round of the presidential election, slated for June 14.Ján Kubiš, the UN secretary-general’s special representative... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Saturday urged religious scholars, women’s and the youth representatives to play a proactive role in creating awareness about the importance of the June 14 runoff election.IEC deputy... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Major presidential hopeful Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Thursday lauded women’s participation in the April 5 polls and promised to protect their rights as his top priority if elected in the runoff round.His reform and unanimity team... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday strongly criticised the United States for what it called silence over the cross-border attacks from Pakistan on border villages in eastern Afghanistan, saying Kabul had on table the option... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Wednesday said it had fired and blacklisted more than 5,300 of its employees accused of fraud in the April 5 polls and had started replacing them.The employees blacklisted had been... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former jihadi Leader Eng. Ahmad Shah Ahmadzai and other elders of his tribe on Friday announced support to presidential contender Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai in the runoff ballot due on June 14.The assurance of support came at a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The minister of interior on Thursday said the second round of presidential polls would be more challenging, claiming foreign militants had sneaked into Afghanistan to disrupt the process.At a news conference in Kabul, Mohammad Omar... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Frontrunner Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Wednesday warned many plots were being hatched to create differences among the Afghans on ethnic lines, saying such attempts would not be allowed to succeed.Addressing a gathering, where the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Frontrunner Dr. Abdullah Abdullah’s team on Monday said electoral fraud had been committed at various stages of the April 5 elections and the fate of more than 900,000 votes remained unclear.They produced some documents claiming... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan’s first satellite – AFGHANSAT 1 -- was formally launched on Saturday, with officials expecting a $15 million addition to the government’s annual revenue.Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL), one of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) chief on Thursday said the watchdog was striving to accomplish its mission in a transparent and fair manner, brushing aside apprehensions of the two leading candidates.Abdul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than 900 complaints, believed to affect final presidential poll results, were probed by the Independent Election Complaint Commission (IECC) during the just-concluded public hearings, an official said on Thursday.During the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Thursday said the time for registering complaints about votes from 444 polling sites had been extended by five hours, ending 1pm.IECC Secretary Nader Mohseni told reporters... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A former justice minister and presidential candidate in the 2009 election on Saturday proposed an interim government be installed if the final results from the April 5 vote are feared causing  political differences.Abdul Sattar... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan will take on Kyrgyzstan in a football friendly match on Sunday in Dubai as part of their preparations ahead of next month’s AFC Challenge Cup in the Maldives.Afghanistan found themselves in Group B alongside Turkmenistan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Saturday announced more than 200 of 6,400 voting centres across the country remained closed.IEC Chairman Yousaf Nuristani told a news conference that 6,423 voting centres were expected to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations has promised its ‘complete impartiality’ in next week's elections, assuring the war-devastated country of continued assistance.Speaking to reporters in Kabul late on Thursday, Under-Secretary-General for... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Ten people, including five gunmen, were killed on Tuesday when a regional office of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) in Kabul came under attack.Two policemen, as many civilians and a provincial council runner were among the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan security forces suffered many fatalities during the last solar year, when militant attacks drastically surged, the Ministry of Defence spokesman said on Tuesday.Gen. Zahir Azimi told reporters in Kabul the Afghan National... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Wednesday warned presidential and provincial council candidates of stern legal action if they violated rules governing electioneering.IECC spokesman Nader Mohseni said they... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The state funeral ceremony of Late Vice-President Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim will take place in the capital Kabul on Tuesday, the government announced, declaring three days of national mourning from Monday.Fahim died on Sunday of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Journalists on Friday called off their strike after they were assured action against doctors who allegedly harassed and beaten a reporter in western Herat province.The Afghan Journalists Defense Committee in a statement said the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of civil society activists and journalists on Wednesday asked the government to announce nationwide mourning over the Kunar incident, in which 21 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed.Criticising President Hamid... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Sunday 24 more polling stations had been secured in northern Sar-i-Pul and eastern Laghman provinces.The Afghan National Police (ANP) had conducted as many as 60 offensives, killing 85... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Militants are using all possible tactics to disrupt the April presidential and provincial council elections, a security official said on Monday.Col. Gul Rahman Roshanger, the 201st Selab Military Corps commander in the eastern zone... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Hundreds of civil society activists held a protest demonstration in front of parliament on Wednesday demanding early inking of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA), protesters said.During the course of protest, the demonstrators... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The spy service on Monday said 20,000 kilograms of ammonium nitrate, used in explosives, had been seized in southeastern Paktika province.The National Directorate of Security (NDS) in a statement said the banned fertiliser was... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The top official of the Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB) on Saturday dubbed the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) report on a possible crisis in the country’s banking sector as misleading.Reacting to the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Presidential aspirants would be disqualified and referred to judicial organs if their dual citizenship was proved, the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) warned on Thursday.   IECC Secretary and spokesman... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai has said the Afghan National Army (ANA) should be laced with modern arms, with a competent and well-equipped air force, to protect the country’s borders.During a meeting with senior ANA officials, including... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Higher Education on Saturday cancelled a college entry test in central Logar province as a result of intervention from public representatives and other local officials.About 3,632 12th graders, including 280 girls,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan Banks Association (ABA) on Monday said the delay in signing the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States had caused capital flight from the country.Khalil Sediq, the association chairman, told a meeting... read more
KABUL (PAN): Leading presidential contender Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Monday slammed President Hamid Karzai’s recent remarks that Washington was acting like a colonial power as “an emotional approach”. In his interview with Pajhwok Afghan News,... read more
KABUL (PAN): A fresh report from the National Environment Protection Agency (NEPA) of Afghanistan on Sunday said climate change had drastically affected water resources, forests, pastures, agriculture, health, energy and biological diversity in the... read more
KABUL (PAN):  After passing four long years, as many as $11 million loan paid to Afghan Investment Company (AIC) by four banks--- with guarantors Mahmud Karzai, Haseen Fahim and Mirwais Azizi--- to the Ghori Cement Factory, however, the due... read more
KABUL (PAN): NATO Secretary General Andres Fogh Rasmussen has said the alliance’s foreign ministerial meeting in Brussels sent a clear message to the Afghan government it should sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States at... read more
BRUSSELS (PAN): The inking of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the US would be a milestone for returning peace and stability in the region but conditionally the vital pact should guarantee peace and security in the country, Afghanistan... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) has said it intends switching to GSM technology from CDMA-based mobile phone services in order to bring down calling rates.The ministry said the telecommunication system... read more
KABUL (PAN): Political analysts and lawmakers on Monday accused President Hamid Karzai of resorting to delaying tactics on signing the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) in an effort to gain US to support for a presidential candidate of his choice.... read more
KABUL (PAN): Former president and consultative Loya Jirga chairman, Sibghatullah Mujaddedi, on Saturday opined the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) between Afghanistan and United States should be signed before the presidential vote.As the 50 jirga... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Gulbadin Hekmatyar-led Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) on Tuesday contradicted the government’s claim that representatives of the outfit would attend this month’s Loya Jirga on a security pact with the US.A day earlier, Loya Jirga... read more
KABUL (PAN): Hundreds of opposition political activists on Sunday warned of kicking up a storm of protests if a security pact allowing the continued US military presence in the country was signed.At a protest sponsored by the United National Front... read more
KABUL (PAN): Convening a Loya Jirga on the bilateral security agreement (BSA) with the United States is illegal and the deal may lead to negative consequences for Afghanistan, some parliamentarians warned on Saturday.A Wolesi Jirga (lower house)... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai has said his government will probe Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s accusation that Syrian rebels received chemical weapons training in Afghanistan’s lawless regions.On Friday, Lavrov told reporters: "Not... read more
KABUL (PAN): The government has made no serious effort to recover money that was laundered internationally or to recover $121 million owed by the Gas Group to the Kabul Bank, the Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring & Evaluation... read more
KABUL (PAN):  The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Wednesday said 1.5 million people had received voter cards since the beginning of the registration process on.The commission focussed mostly on women and dwellers of remote areas with... read more
KABUL (PAN): No candidate has registered so far for the presidential election slated for April 2014, but 213 individuals have jumped into the race for provincial councils since the beginning of the registration process.The processes of candidates’... read more
KABUL (PAN): Residents of the capital Kabul on Monday alleged supporters of Ahmad Shah Massoud driving fast in the streets harassed people and created a great panic as they emerged to observe the ex-jihadi leader’s 12th death anniversary.Toting guns... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology on Saturday said technical aspects of launching the new computerised identity cards distribution had been completed, but the Meshrano Jirga was yet to approve the population... read more
KABUL (PAN): A media advocacy group, Nai, on Thursday asked the government to send a draft law on access to information to the parliament for approval.Jointly drafted by the Ministry of Information and Culture and some civil society organisations... read more
KABUL (PAN): A contract worth one billion USD was signed in Kabul on Wednesday to commence work on the country’s largest-ever residential scheme that would accommodate 1.5 million people of the sprawling city’s 4.5 million population.Mapped in Deh... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan’s Ambassador to Pakistan Omar Daudzai has been appointed as acting interior minister and Kabul police head Ayub Salangi as his deputy, the government announced on Sunday.President Hamid Karzai has appointed Daudzai as acting... read more
KABUL (PAN): A number of Taliban leaders are in secret negotiations with the government to arrive at a common strategy to end the conflict, an official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Sunday.Ministry spokesman told a weekly media briefing... read more
KABUL (PAN): Rahmatullah Nabil has been appointed as acting chief of the National Directorate of Security (NDS), the Afghan spy service, the government announced on Saturday.Under Article 64 of the constitution and based on his handling of the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The High Peace Council (HPC) on Friday said the agenda of President Hamid Karzai's visit to Pakistan included the release of several Taliban leaders, including Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.Karzai is scheduled to travel to Pakistan in the... read more
KABUL (PAN): There are concerns among some circles that foreign beggars, particularly Pakistanis, may be involved in working for their spy services and moral corruption.The number of foreign tramps, many of them Pakistanis, has risen in the country... read more
KABUL (PAN): Acting interior minister Ghulam Mujtaba Patang on Thursday said thousands more policewomen would be required to keep security for female polling centres, saying the election security plan had been finalised.Addressing police officials... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Interior Ministry on Monday said an investigation had been launched and a Chinese man being questioned by police over the circumstances surrounding the deaths of three Chinese in Kabul.The three were found murdered at their... read more
KABUL (PAN): NATO officials on Monday said signing the proposed security agreement between Afghanistan and the US was a mutual contact between the two countries and the alliance would welcome and support it.Christopher Chambers, NATO senior civilian... read more
KABUL (PAN): Once again inviting the Taliban to peace talks, President Hamid Karzai on Thursday said their signs, flags and banners would not have been removed if they had opened a political office in Afghanistan instead of Qatar.Karzai, who offered... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Wednesday said it had introduced the police leadership of eastern Nangarhar province to the judicial organs for conducting a security operation against professional techniques.Last week, a group of... read more
KABUL (PAN): Additional forces have been deployed to sensitive areas, along busy roads and picnic points as part of a special security plan for Eidul Fitr festival across the country, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) announced on Wednesday.Security... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Interior on Wednesday said 259 polling centres marked as insecure would have little impact on the entire election process.The Independent Election Commission (IEC) provided a list of 7,000 polling stations to security... read more
KABUL (PAN): In the wake of deadly suicide attacks and bomb explosions in eastern Nangarhar province this week, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) has decided to evaluate the situation and bring changes and reforms to the provincial police leadership.... read more
KABUL (PAN): The death toll from monsoon flooding that hit nearly a dozen provinces has reached 75, with the most fatalities occurring in Sarobi district of Kabul, officials said on Monday.Up to 35 people, including women and children, were killed... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) on Saturday said it was in talks with two international corporations on sending the first-ever Afghan satellite into space.Previously, the ministry said three... read more
KABUL (PAN): Healthcare centres across the country would be connected with each other and international hospitals through optical fibre to improve health services delivery, officials said on Saturday.To the effect, an agreement was signed between... read more
KABUL (PAN): Political parties on Tuesday welcomed the appointment of new Independent Election Commission (IEC) members by President Karzai, but alleged those who proposed them had connections with the government.The parties warned the government... read more
KABUL (PAN): A journalist on Saturday accused the governor of central Parwan province, Abdul Basir Salangi, of beating him in front of his friends at a restaurant in Kabul.Nasratullah Iqbal, who works with a private news agency, claimed the incident... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology plans to extend telecom services to 480,000 people in remote areas, despite security concerns, an official said on Sunday.A contract on expanding the services was signed... read more
KABUL (PAN): Chief of Army Staff Gen. Sher Mohammad Karimi has urged Afghan soldiers to pay special attention to keeping their weapons in working condition.Afghanistan being an impoverished country could ill-afford bulk purchases of weapons, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): A smooth transfer of power through fair and transparent elections is the only way to steer Afghanistan out of the current turmoil, political analysts stressed on Thursday, calling for a system that enjoyed public confidence.Speaking at... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) announced on Monday the private companies providing security for foreign military bases would be dissolved soon.But the licenses of the companies keeping diplomats’ security would be renewed, Deputy... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Interior on Saturday took charge of training responsibility from the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) at the Kabul Police Training Centre.The training centre commander, Brig. Gen. Abdul Baseer Syedkheli,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan government on Wednesday threatened it would not take part in any talks in Qatar unless the peace process is Afghan-led."The latest developments show that foreign hands are behind the Taliban's Qatar office and, unless they... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Wolesi Jirga on Saturday set a one-month deadline for Information and Culture Minister Syed Makhdom Raheen to ban “anti-Islamic broadcasts” by TV channels.Raheen was summoned to Saturday’s session for what lawmakers called vulgar... read more
KABUL (PAN): A senior NATO official in Kabul said on Thursday the alliance’s combat role would change into training and advising by the end of 2014, with foreign troops still cooperating with Afghan forces in emergency situations.German Major... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Interior on Monday urged the UN Security Council to put pressure on Pakistan to stop cross-border terrorism and attacks into eastern Afghanistan. Pakistan has been firing missiles and rockets into eastern Kunar and... read more
KABUL (PAN): Rumours about the deployment of Indian troops to eastern provinces were being spread among seminary students in Pakistan to provoke them into suicide attacks inside Afghanistan, an official claimed on Monday.Interior Ministry spokesman... read more
KABUL (PAN): Nearly 1,000 Kabul University students on Tuesday protested against the removal of the social science department head and a lecturer by the Ministry of Higher Education.The students gathered in front of the Kabul University around 9am... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Monday said it was seriously following the beating incident of a policeman, calling it unacceptable.MoI spokesman Ghulam Saddiq Saddique told Pajhwok Afghan News whoever involved in the incident should... read more
KABUL (PAN): Ethnic Hazara student protesters on Monday abruptly called off an eight-day hunger strike after lawmakers said their claims of discrimination at Kabul University were untrue. The protesters, all students in the university's social... read more
KABUL (PAN): Hundreds of Kabul University students on Wednesday staged a protest, demanding the repeal of a presidential decree for women's rights they said was un-Islamic. <--break->Using executive authority, Karzai had created the law on... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Tuesday said it was concerned about suicide attacks, but the assaults  could not represent any strategic threat to the security transition process and the 2014 elections.Saddiq Saddique, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Defence Ministry spokesman on Monday said violence could dramatically surge in eastern Afghanistan as a number of religious schools in Pakistan had been closed to send their students for suicide attacks on this side of the border.... read more
KABUL (PAN): "Thousands" of prisoners at the Pul-i-Charkhi detention centre west of Kabul have been on hunger strike over the past five days, with hundreds sewing their mouths shut, some protesting inmates claimed on Wednesday.But officials at the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan High Peace Council (HPC) on Wednesday said both the government and rebels should show flexibility in their conditions for peace talks to reach a pivotal point in the process.Mohammad Ismail Qasemyar, the international... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Defence (MoD) spokesman on Monday said international troops should avoid carrying out airstrikes in residential areas, calling civilian casualties no longer tolerable for the Afghan nation.Gen. Zahir Azimi told a joint... read more
KABUL (PAN): Cultural Minister Syed Makhdom Raheen on Sunday denied if he ordered journalists out from a ceremony marking a week long festivities to declare Ghazni City as an Islamic Capital of Culture in 2013.Some journalists on Saturday said they... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some Wolesi Jirga (lower house) members on Saturday asked the government to ensure Ghazni City honoured its title of capital of Islamic culture as the celebrations began.The much-awaited ceremony to declare Ghazni City as the Asian... read more
KABUL (PAN): A former Taliban official on Wednesday claimed he had information that some high and low profile Taliban leaders would join soon the government-initiated peace process -- both overtly and covertly.Maulvi Noorul Aziz, who served as the... read more
KABUL (PAN): A key opposition alliance on Tuesday warned any irregularities in next year’s presidential elections would lead the country to a deep crisis.With the presidential and provincial council polls less than a year away, the government had... read more
KABUL (PAN): On the eve of the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, Afghans called for effective measures to prevent the deaths and injuries caused by landmines and other unexploded ordnance in the country. At a... read more
KABUL (PAN): The opposition parties coalition on Wednesday lashed out at President Hamid Karzai for his recent remarks in which he accused the US and the Taliban of working behind his back to prolong the war in Afghanistan."This assertion from the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Election Commission chief Fazl Ahmad Manawi on Tuesday said a transparent presidential ballot taking place next year would not only benefit Afghanistan but the region at large.Speaking at a gathering organised by the Transparent... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) chief on Sunday warned the trader body would resort to countrywide protests until a municipal tax charged at the entry points to cities, including Kabul, is abolished.Last month... read more
KABUL (PAN): Before a planned handover ceremony, Afghan officials on Saturday said the US military had cancelled the transfer of the notorious Bagram jail in central Parwan province to the Afghan control at the last moment.A group of Afghan and... read more
KABUL (PAN): Private sector universities on Tuesday offered free admissions, fee discount and other privileges to high school graduates who failed to qualify this year's university entry test.Royeen Rahmani, speaking on behalf of the private... read more
KABUL (PAN): Maintaining their triumphant run, Afghanistan overcame Mongolia 1-0 in their second match of the Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup Qualifiers in Laos on Monday.Divided into five groups, 20 countries are participating in the... read more
KABUL (PAN): A media advocacy group on Sunday asked the government to take urgent measures to quell growing violence against journalists, saying 31 cases had taken place over the last two months.Afghanistan’s media support organisation NAI said a... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan's football team defeated Sri Lanka 1-0 in its first match of the Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup qualifiers in Laos on Saturday.Divided into five groups, 20 countries are participating in the annual competition,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan Ulema Council (AUC) and some analysts on Saturday lashed out at recent comments of a top Pakistani religious scholar who called suicide attacks permissible in the war-devastated country.Pakistan’s Ulema Council Chairman... read more
 KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) on Tuesday warned mobile service providers of cash fines and cancellation of licences if they failed to block unregistered SIM cards.A statement from the ministry... read more
 KABUL (PAN): The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Monday said it had no evidence regarding the harassment of civilians by American Special Forces in central Maidan Wardak province.A day earlier, President Hamid Karzai... read more
 KABUL (PAN): Road traffic discipline in Kabul has considerably improved after the removal of security barricades and illegal encroachments, a senior official said on Saturday.“Traffic police are working more than 12 hours a day, no matter if... read more
KABUL (PAN): Up to 1,500 soldiers and officers of the Afghan National Army (ANA) have completed professional training, officials said on Wednesday.At a ceremony, the soldiers and officers from the 200th brigade, including 10 females, took the oath... read more
KABUL (PAN): UN Secretary General's Special Representative for Afghanistan Jan Kubis on Tuesday said the 2014 presidential election would be Afghan-led and Afghan-managed, emphasising the importance of inclusive dialogue in agreeing the electoral... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology on Sunday said that three international companies were ready to launch into space a satellite for Afghanistan.The satellite launch had been approved by the Cabinet and... read more
KABUL (PAN): Succumbing to mounting pressure from opposition parties, the government on Sunday announced it would start the distribution of computerised identity cards from March 21.The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT)... read more
KABUL (PAN): Austria on Saturday pledged 18 million euros (1.2 billion afghanis) in new assistance to Afghanistan, as part of Vienna's continued aid to the country through the transformation decade after 2014."Afghanistan is experiencing a critical... read more
KABUL (PAN): The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Thursday welcomed President Barack Obama’s decision on troop pullout, saying the move would have no negative impact on Afghanistan’s internal security.  Late on Tuesday... read more
KABUL (PAN): Iran has promised to simplify the visa regime for Afghan traders and allow truckers entry into the neighbouring country, an official said on Wednesday.The agreement, coming at the fourth two-day meeting in Kabul on transit trade between... read more
KABUL (PAN): Based on democratic principles, presidential candidates should resign their jobs before jumping into the electoral fray, President Hamid Karzai said on Tuesday.Chairing a Cabinet meeting, he remarked anyone joining the presidential race... read more
KABUL (PAN): An official inquiry panel on Monday said its investigation confirmed detainees in several Afghanistan's jails had been tortured, but not abused systematically.Led by Abdul Qadir Adalat Khwah, deputy head of Independent Commission for... read more
KABUL (PAN): Tasked with bringing forces home and overseeing the transfer of security duties to Afghan forces, US Gen. Joseph Dunford on Sunday assumed command of NATO-led forces in Afghanistan from Gen. John Allen during a special change of command... read more
KABUL (PAN): Then National Coalition of Afghanistan (NCA) chief, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, on Wednesday slammed President Hamid Karzai’s recent remarks that peace negotiation through different channels was a plot of foreigners.Karzai on Tuesday made it... read more
KABUL (PAN): The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Monday said the insurgency had decreased by 14 percent in areas under Afghan security forces’ control. However, he gave no breakdown.Foreign troops would be willing to assist Afghan... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United Kingdom on Monday agreed to provide 4.3 million pound (352 million afghanis) in aid for the maintenance of roads across Afghanistan, officials said on Tuesday.   An agreement to the effect was inked between the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Sunday confirmed receiving information about torture in certain Afghan-run jails, forcing a halt to inmate transfers.In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, ISAF... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministries of Defence and Finance, welcoming recent US commitments to Afghanistan, on Tuesday expressed doubts about their implementation.Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal said the delegation led by President Hamid Karzai wide-... read more
KABUL (PAN): The High Peace Council (HPC) on Tuesday said negotiations with militants had been stepped up and the environment for reconciliation had become favourable, leaving the armed opposition with no pretext for prolonging the war.Addressing a... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Monday said the United States had agreed that peace talks in Qatar should take place between the Taliban-nominated representatives and High Peace Council (HPC) members.Following his return from a three-day... read more
KABUL (PAN): Political groups, welcoming the United States' commitments to Afghanistan during President Hamid Karzai's three-day trip, said on Saturday the time had come for leadership of the two countries to take practical steps to honour their... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan National Coalition (ANC), the main opposition party, on Thursday denounced a Cabinet decision as brazen interference in the electoral body's affairs, accusing the President Karzai government of trying to bring... read more
KABUL (PAN): The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Wednesday said equipment worth $10 billion had been given to Afghan security forces by NATO and American troops over the past 10 years.Addressing a news conference in Kabul, ISAF... read more
KABUL (PAN): Amid increasing public demand for mobile credit machines in the capital Kabul, officials say the service will be expanded nationwide over next two years.The transactions via cell phone, a $2 million (102 million afghanis) project, were... read more
KABUL (PAN): Calling insider attacks a threat, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Tuesday voiced its concern over the killing of its first soldier in 2013 by a gunman in the Afghan National Army (ANA) uniform in southern Helmand... read more
 KABUL (PAN): Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal has said the international community extends $4 billion on average in annual assistance to Afghanistan. Corruption in utilisation of the aid could not be checked because it was spent through... read more
 KABUL (PAN): More than 150,000 heavy and light weapons have so far been delivered to the Disbandment of Illegal Armed Groups (DIAG) programme since its inception in 2005, officials said on Monday.On Monday, more than one thousand Kalashnikovs... read more
 KABUL (PAN): The Wolesi Jirga on Saturday postponed summoning nearly a dozen Cabinet ministers after lawmakers exchanged harsh arguments over a parliamentary panel's report detailing names of those involved in land-grab.The special... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Urban Development on Wednesday said a house construction company would start functioning in seven months.The project is being funded jointly by the Ministry of Urban Development and a Russian firm, with officials from... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan's media support organisation, NAI, on Tuesday identified lack access to information, insecurity and financial problems as main challenges to media outlets during the current year, alleging attempts at curbing the freedom of... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Public Works on Sunday said 300 areas, including the Salang Pass that connects Kabul with northern Afghanistan, would be disaster-prone during current winter season.In the context of winter-related disasters, the areas... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Saturday accused foreigners of fuelling administrative corruption in the country, hoping the level of graft would come down after the 2014 withdrawal of NATO-led troops.Addressing a gathering marking... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): A number of prisoners in the Pul-i-Charkhi Jail in Kabul on Tuesday went on a hunger strike and sewed up their lips as a mark of protest in a delay in the disposal of their cases.A 6th block prisoner told Pajhwok Afghan News over... read more
KABUL (PAN): With its security forces capable of dealing with all sorts of challenges, Afghanistan will face no major crisis after the withdrawal of NATO-led forces in 2014, Tajikistan’s ambassador in Kabul believes.Sharafuddin Imamov, in an... read more
KABUL (PAN): The fourth and fifth phases of the transition process may be full of challenges, but there will be no security vacuum after 2014, when all foreign combat troops are to leave the country, a senior Afghan official said on Monday.Dr.... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Kuchi tribe in Qasaba area of Kabul city on Sunday clashed with security forces after they were forced to vacate their houses that were illegal constructed. About 300 houses had been erected in the area against the urban... read more
KABUL (PAN):  A dozen drug traffickers were detained and two others injured during joint counter-narcotic operations conducted along Afghanistan and Tajikistan borders, officials said on Thursday. The operation was carried out by Afghan... read more
KABUL (PAN) :  Afghan media rights group on Wednesday expressed concern of the rising violence against journalist and wanted the government to provide adequate safety for them to carry out their daily duties without fear.Abdul Hameed Mubariz,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Public Health on Thursday expressed concern over the one million drug dependents across the country, which is also becoming a serious security threat.“Afghanistan has one of the world’s highest numbers of drug addicts... read more
KABUL (PAN): Giving an exact number of the NATO-led troops staying in Afghanistan beyond 2014, when the combat mission is scheduled to end, will be premature, an International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) spokesman said on Monday.Brig. Gen.... read more
KABUL (PAN): Poppy cultivation in Afghanistan rose to 154,000 hectares of land in 2012, indicating an increase of 18 per cent over last year’s figure of 131,000 hectares, Minister of Counternacotics Zarar Ahmad Muqbil said on Tuesday.Releasing the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology (MTIT) on Tuesday warned the companies failing to collect unregistered mobile SIM cards would be fined and their licences revoked, officials said on Tuesday.More than 40,000... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology (MTIT) on Sunday issued Wimax technology licences worth id="mce_marker".5 million (79.6 million afghanis) to three internet companies.Currently, the Wimax technology is used... read more
KABUL (PAN): More than 50 percent of Afghans, increasingly supporting the government’s peace and reconciliation policy, think their country is moving in the right direction, an international opinion poll said on Wednesday.In its 2012 survey, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan’s private airline company Kam Air has suspended its Kabul-Dubai flights due to a shortage of passengers, a spokesman for the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation said on Tuesday.Nangyalai Qalatwal told to Pajhwok Afghan... read more
KABUL (PAN): A parliamentary commission on Sunday accused a local police commander of involvement in sexual abuse, armed robberies and killing of people.The Wolesi Jirga Complaints Commission warned that residents would take action against the man... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of the Interior (MoI) and the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said on Thursday they were investigating reports of an Iranian missile attack on border posts in the southwestern province of Nimroz. "We've opened... read more
KABUL (PAN): The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Wednesday claimed the insurgents had been weakened, but the Haqqani network posed a serious threat.Addressing a news conference in Kabul, ISAF Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations... read more
KABUL (PAN): Minister of Finance Hazrat Omer Zakhilwal on Tuesday assured lawmakers that Afghanistan, despite the fact 95 percent of its economy is reliant on foreign aid, would face no major financial crisis after 2014.Addressing the Meshrano Jirga... read more
KABUL (PAN): Robbers looted a retired colonel’s house at the 15th police district of Kabul and a Pajhwok reporter’s car was stolen on Thursday night in Ahmad Shah Baba Maina in Kabul. “Five armed men entered my house at 3 am and put a pistol on my... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) pledged to continue its social development aid to Kabul for the next few decades as the nation continues to grapple with political uncertainties. The SCA, established about 30 years ago... read more
KABUL (PAN): The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Monday said they have no mandate to defend Afghanistan from any attack carried out by a foreign country. Addressing a press conference in Kabul on Monday, ISAF spokesman Brig. Gen.... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Friday strongly denounced the attack outside a mosque in northern Faryab province that killed 40 people and described the perpetrators as enemies of Islam and humanity, his office said in a statement.A suicide... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Friday assured the country would not face any security challenge after the 2014 withdrawal of international troops from Afghanistan and urged armed insurgents to stop killing people and avoid promoting... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): World Boxing Union (WBU) Champion Hamidullah Rahimi would take on his challenger Rafael Bejaran from the Republic of Dominican in Kabul on October 30.Rahimi, 29, who has lived in Germany for the past 20 years, has been playing... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Wednesday said tight security measures, including the deployment of more forces along crowded roads and to picnic areas, had been put in place across the country for the Eidul Adha festival.Deputy MoI... read more
KABUL (PAN): A key opposition leader on Monday accused the incumbent administration of seeking to rig the 2014 elections by opposing the inclusion of two foreigners in the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC).In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (PAN): A senior member of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) on Wednesday complained he had been sacked arbitrarily by the panel’s chief -- a prerogative of President Hamid Karzai.Abdul Karim Azizi told Pajhwok Afghan... read more
KABUL (PAN): More than 20 students, protesting the renaming of the Kabul Education University after former president Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani, were arrested in Kabul on Monday, police said.Two weeks ago, the president issued a decree naming the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Civil Society and Human Rights Network on Saturday voiced its concern over recent remarks of President Hamid Karzai regarding some media outlets, and denounced the statement as a bad message.Last week, Karzai accused some news... read more
KABUL (PAN): Despite having doubts about the transparency of the presidential election due in 2014, the Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) is expected to announce its nominee for the vote.Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal, the leader of the major opposition party... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday met representatives of the students opposing the naming of Kabul Education University after Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani, his office said.Last week, the president issued a decree naming the university... read more
KABUL (PAN): A number of students on Tuesday rallied for naming the Kabul Education University after ex-president Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani and underlined the need for continued training on the campus.  In response to a Cabinet recommendation,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The High Peace Council (HPC) on Sunday accused neighbouring countries of refusing to support the Afghan government’s reconciliation drive, saying that scholars from the Muslim world would meet soon on ways of making the campaign a... read more
KABUL (PAN): The National United Front, opposing US military bases in Afghanistan, on Saturday asked the nation to be prepared for possible challenges after 2014, when most foreign combat troops would leave the country.Addressing a gathering in... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Chief Justice, the lower house speaker and the Meshrano Jirga chairman on Sunday asked President Hamid Karzai before leaving for the US to lodge a strong protest at the United Nations General Assembly over the profane movie mocking... read more
KABUL (PAN): Wolesi Jirga members on Saturday praised Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul for lodging a complaint with the United Nations National Security Council (UNSC) against cross-border attacks from Pakistan into eastern Afghan provinces.The... read more
KABUL/JALALABAD (PAN): The Ministry of Interior (MoI), calling Pakistani newspapers a conduit for Taliban propaganda, on Saturday announced banning their entry to the country in an attempt to block the Taliban from influencing public opinion via the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Police in Kabul said on Thursday that every citizen reserved the right to stage a peaceful protest, but individuals instigating violence during demonstrations would be punished.The warning came as protests against a blasphemous movie... read more
KABUL/BAMYAN (PAN): Thousands of people staged peaceful demonstrations on Thursday to protest the blasphemous movie mocking Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in central Kabul and Bamyan provinces.  Produced by American-Israeli real estate investor Sam... read more
Cabinet ministers, parliamentarians and members of the High Peace Council commemorated the first assassination anniversary of former President  and peace council head Burhanuddin Rabbani on Wednesday by laying wreaths at his hill-top grave in... read more
KABUL (PAN): The National Directorate of Security (NDS), the spy service, on Monday said it had evolved a new mechanism for people visiting the detainees in its custody.The intelligence department asked human rights organisations to help ensure that... read more
KABUL (PAN): The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said the movie insulting Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (PBUH) had nothing to do with its values and hence it was not a reason for an increase in insider attacks. The movie, produced by... read more
KABUL (PAN): Twenty policemen were injured after hundreds of angry protestors pelted stones at them during a violent rally on Monday against an anti-Islam film released in the US, an official said.The movie, produced by American-Israeli real estate... read more
KABUL (PAN): More than 40,000 residents on Saturday promised to defend their homeland against cross-border incursions, with the first batch of thousands of volunteers scheduled to reach eastern Kunar province on Sunday.Over past 18 months, hundreds... read more
KABUL (PAN): The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Thursday said it had taken tight security measures to prevent possible violence in the country over a blasphemous movie.Deadly protests have erupted over the film, insulting Prophet... read more
KABUL (PAN): A series of national and international conferences on durable peace and reintegration of militants would be held across country this month, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) announced on Wednesday.Participants of the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Defence on Wednesday stressed the need for warplanes, transport aircraft and a reliable radar system for the Afghan Air Force (AAF).Although they needed spy planes and an improved defence system, NATO was yet to take... read more
KABUL (PAN): With the hoisting of the Afghan national flag, the control of the notorious Bagram Detention Centre was transferred from US troops to local personnel at a ceremony in the central province of Parwan on Monday, officials said.Bagram Jail... read more
KABUL (PAN): A Pakistani suicide attacker has been detained by intelligence operatives in southern Ghazni province, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said on Sunday.Hailing from the troubled valley of Tirah in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai, during a meeting with the ISAF commander and the US ambassador, on Saturday renewed his call for the transfer of the Bagram Detention Centre to his government within the agreed time, saying any delay could... read more
 KABUL (PAN): The 11th death anniversary of national hero Ahmad Shah Massoud was observed with the laying of a floral wreath on his monument in Kabul on Saturday, officials said.Massoud, a commander of the Jamiat-i-Islami led by Burhanuddin... read more
KABUL (PAN): A Taliban-designated district chief was killed during a police operation in northern Baghlan province, the interior ministry said on Thursday.The Taliban chief for Doshi district, Maulvi Shamsur Rahman, was killed during an airstrike by... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan and NATO officials on Thursday said they were focused on sharing intelligence and cultural training to check green-on-blue attacks.Since the beginning of the current year, 45 International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)... read more
KABUL (PAN): More than 1,000 prisoners, including insurgents, were released from different jails in compliance with President Hamid Karzai’s decrees issued on the occasions of Eidul Fitr and Afghanistan’s 93rd independence anniversary, with another... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology on Sunday said that half a million people in remote and impassable areas of the country would benefit from telecom services in the near futureThe ministry says more than 85... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology on Saturday said the government IT systems were insecure, but a policy to prevent cyber attacks was being introduced in the near future.The first-ever "National Policy on... read more
KABUL (PAN): Kabul residents on Thursday staged a demonstration announcing their support for a jihad decree issued by people of eastern Kunar province in the wake of periodic cross-border shelling from Pakistan.The demonstrators in the central... read more
KABUL (PAN): NATO officials on Sunday said the alliance had closed 202 bases in Afghanistan as part of its drawdown in troops and transferred more than that number to the Afghan government.Another 282 bases of a similar size had been handed over to... read more
KABUL (PAN): A Taliban group leader, accused of killing government employees and civilians after dragging them off vehicles on highways, has been arrested in central Maidan Wardak province, an official said on Saturday.A senior Kabul police official... read more
KABUL (PAN): The first contingent of 166 newly-recruited Afghan policemen on Wednesday flew to Turkey for an advanced training, an official said on Wednesday.A total of 500 high school graduates have joined the police force after passing their... read more
KABUL (PAN): Thirty-four foreign soldiers have killed in insider attacks since the beginning of 2012, but such incidents would not have any negative impact on cooperation with Afghan security personnel, the NATO-led force said on Saturday.At a media... read more
KABUL (PAN): The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), insisting on strengthening and equipping Afghan security personnel, on Monday said the international community would not abandon Afghanistan after the 2014 withdrawal.ISAF Spokesman... read more
KABUL (PAN): Political analysts claimed on Wednesday that some regional actors are trying to foment trouble in areas along the Afghanistan-Tajikistan border and install a theocracy there.The government of Tajikistan launched a clean-up operation... read more
KABUL (PAN): The country’s first computerised identity card would be issued to President Hamid Karzai on December 30 before the nationwide distribution begins, the telecommunication minister announced on Tuesday.A contract for the project was signed... read more
KABUL (PAN): About 1,730 rebels and 635 policemen have been killed and 2,560 armed insurgents, including 20 suicide attackers, arrested across the country since March 21, a Ministry of Interior (MoI) official said on Saturday.MoI spokesman Ghulam... read more
KABUL (PAN):  The Afghan spy service on Tuesday said that 241 would-be suicide bombers had been arrested in different parts of the country over the past two years.The detainees included those who wanted to assassinate Vice-Presidents Mohammad... read more
KABUL (PAN): The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Monday said it could neither verify nor reject claims of cross-border incursions from Pakistani territory into the eastern province of Kunar.The NATO-led force, having no concrete... read more
KABUL (PAN): Residents on Thursday said several security operations by Afghan forces had failed to stem insurgent activities in Kamdesh and Barg-i-Matal districts of eastern Nuristan province.They voiced deep concerned over increasing activities of... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Interior Ministry (MoI) on Thursday rejected Taliban claims that dozens of local policemen had joined the insurgent movement in western Herat province, terming it a malicious propaganda to confuse the public.A Taliban spokesman Qari... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Wednesday said next presidential and provincial council elections would be held as scheduled in line with the Afghan constitution, despite problems and challenges. Addressing a... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): The Afghanistan National Coalition (ANC) on Tuesday criticised the government for failing to punish those involved in high-profile serial killings and urged President Hamid Karzai to explain his position to the public on the issue.... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Right and Justice Party warned that the assistance pledged at the Tokyo Conference would be wasted if parliament, civil society and political parties did not oversee its use by government.There are rumours that the Tokyo meeting --... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): Armed insurgents were mounting more attacks against Afghan security than on international troops, a Ministry of Defence (MoD) official said on Wednesday.MoD spokesman Gen. Zahir Azimi told a news briefing in Kabul there had been a... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN):  The Ministry of Defence said the Afghan National Army arrested six rebels, including an Arab and Pakistani national, in different provinces.  Abed, son of Khalifa and resident of Musfalah area of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia’s... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Monday welcomed the reopening of a key logistic supply route by Pakistan.The decision clearly showed Islamabad was interested in helping ensure a bright future for Afghanistan... read more
KABUL (PAN): Political analysts on Saturday warned if the government failed to eradicate pervasive corruption, development aid pledges from the international community at the Tokyo Conference would fail to produce the desired results.The Afghan Anti... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): The Afghanistan Industrial Union estimates nearly $10 million worth of goods and properties were lost in the massive fire that ravaged several factories in Kabul industrial park on Wednesday afternoon.Eleven people died and nearly... read more
KABUL (PAN): A senior Ministry of Information and Culture official on Tuesday said a controversial draft media law had been declared null and void after widespread criticism from news outlets and civil society organisations.The ministry, which... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): The National Directorate of Security, the spy service, on Monday warned Pakistan of “rapid and joint response” by people and government of Afghanistan to cross-border attacks that hit Afghan villages in the border region.Over the... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): Afghan security forces are still dependent on foreign forces despite their growing capacity and strength compared to previous years, a defense ministry official said on Wednesday.Addressing a news conference, defense ministry... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Wednesday said the Afghan security forces are ready to enforce president’s order against Pakistan.Over the past two months Pakistani forces have been firing missiles on the bordering areas of eastern... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology seized six illegal SIM (subscriber identity module) in Kabul, officials said on Monday.The SIM boxes used for incoming international calls in the fourth and 11th police... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): Afghan youth on Sunday announced the creation of their civil society group aimed at fighting corruption, defending women rights, freedom of speech, their role in ensuring security and good governance, officials said.The... read more
KABUL (PAN): A three-day international conference concluded in Kabul on Thursday, calling the  killing innocent people at the hands of insurgents and security forces the main reason behind insecurity in Afghanistan.Nearly 160 people, including... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): Seventy-two people linked to human trafficking were arrested this year, while 40,000 Afghans smuggled into Turkey are languishing in bad conditions, an official said on Sunday.General crime branch chief at the Ministry of Interior... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): The Ministry of Interior on Sunday warned that speeding police vehicle drivers would face harsh punishment as they pose serious threat to other road users.The ministry’s spokesperson, Ghulam Siddique Siddiqui, while addressing a... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): The Counternarcotics Ministry is trying to engage religious scholars and prayer leaders in tackling the growing menace of narcotics in Afghanistan, home to nearly a million drug addicts, officials on Saturday.Addressing a two-day... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United States, pledging not to leave Afghanistan alone, on Thursday hoped the confidence-building measures (CBMs) adopted by the Heart of Asia Conference would lead to regional cooperation.US Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): The Iranian foreign minister on Thursday asked participants of the “Heart of Asia” conference to be more sensitive on human rights violations and the presence of foreign troops in Afghanistan.Ali Akbar Salehi said: "Unfortunately,... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): The Afghan National Army (ANA) officers who were sent on early retirement staged a protest, blocking doors of the finance ministry for not implementing a Cabinet decision on distribution of residential plots to them, officials said... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): The Chief of Army Staff Gen. Sher Mohammad Karimi on Thursday said Afghan air force needed modern equipment to effectively deal with any foreign aggression."Our strategy is a defensive one. We have no invasion plan against any... read more
KABUL (PAN): A top United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) official said about 579 civilians had been killed in the first four months of this year and most of the killings were carried out by militants.Speaking at a news conference... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): Czech Republic Defence Minister Dr Alexander Vondra, who arrived in Kabul on Tuesday, said his country’s assistance to Afghanistan beyond 2014 will remain focused on training and equipping Afghan security forces.    ... read more
KABUL (PAN): A media supporting organistaion, Nai, on Monday accused the Ministry of Information and Culture of trying to enforce a new media law that could create many problems for the industry.Instead of bringing amendments to the existing media... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): The Defense Ministry raised concerns over the country’s air force capabilities, saying that 15 transportation airplanes given by the United States were obsolete and could not be used, the president office said in a statement.... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): Afghanistan’s first vice president on Sunday said that government was ready to meet Taliban's reasonable conditions, but the leader of the National Front described the Taliban as a terrorist group and killers of Jihadi leaders.... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): Three policemen of the 9th police district in Kabul were sentenced from one to five years in jail for misleading a court in an alcohol smuggler’s arrest case, the Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) said on Saturday. One of the... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): The Right and Justice Party on Wednesday said though the Chicago Summit outcome could not fully meet expectations of Afghan people, its decisions guaranteed overcoming security concerns after 2014.The party believed if the... read more
KABUL (PAN): People coming all the way from Helmand and Logar provinces on Wednesday staged separate protest demonstrations against their provincial governors in the central capital Kabul.They made almost similar demands, calling for their governors... read more
KABUL (PAN): NATO-led troops warned militants on Tuesday not to take advantage of their planned departure in 2014, as they were ready to strike in case of need to protect Afghan forces and civilians.The warning came hard on the heels of the Chicago... read more
KABUL (PAN): A NATO official said on Tuesday the alliance remained optimistic of Pakistan reopening crucial land supply routes for foreign troops in Afghanistan, after weeks of hard bargaining on the issue.Hours after the conclusion of the Chicago... read more
KABUL (PAN): Several opposition political parties on Sunday described the Chicago Summit as vital for Afghanistan's future, but lamented the Karzai government lacked the political will to carry out pledges of the meeting.The National Coalition of... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai and his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul would soon sign a long-term strategic partnership agreement, a move that would further boost the existing robust relations between the two nations, the Presidential Palace... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan civil society organisations on Saturday said the country’s security apparatus needed to be strengthened and modernised to face future challenges after foreign troops leave the country in 2014.Civil society experts felt that... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology said on Wednesday the sector had attracted an investment of $1.7 billion, providing work opportunities for more than 110,000 people.Currently covering 86 percent areas of the... read more
KABUL (PAN): While Afghan national security forces gradually take over security affairs, NATO troops would support the country in combat operations, if necessary, especially after 2014, an ISAF spokesman said on Monday. “As Afghan forces move more... read more
FAIZABAD (PAN):  An Afghan construction company alleged that a US firm failed to comply with its contract over building project and have been sidelined without proper notice.The Nazir Marya Private Construction Company, responsible for the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Security Transition Commission Chairman Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Thursday said the third phase of security transfer from foreigners to Afghan forces would be challenging.Speaking at a gathering, attended by the top NATO commander,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan soldiers are ready for the third phase of security transition prior to NATO’s Chicago summit, but the air force is facing problems, a defence ministry official said on Wednesday.The Chicago meeting, aimed at discussing the... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Monday voiced its concern at the killing of foreign troop by their Afghan counterparts, saying that 19 soldiers had been killed in the so-called green-on-blue attacks so far... read more
KABUL (PAN): France’s future commitment to Afghanistan after the just-concluded presidential vote would be discussed at NATO’s Chicago Summit later this month, an official of the alliance said on Monday.France, a key NATO member, on Sunday voted... read more
KABUL (PAN): Despite the injustices that neighboring countries committed against Afghanistan over the past three decades, the government in Kabul had considered their concerns in the just-concluded strategic deal with the US, the national security... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Etisalat private telecommunication company on Wednesday launched an online SIM card registration programme to prevent fraud and forgery.Previously, SIM cards were registered on papers -- a time-consuming process that involved the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two major opposition parties on Monday asked President Hamid Karzai to resign if he wanted to hold the next presidential election earlier than scheduled, because such a move would be unconstitutional.Representatives from the National... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): A top American official on Monday hailed finalisation of the strategic cooperation pact between Afghanistan and the US a landmark success for both nations.While commending the agreement, Chairman of American Senate Select Committee... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan national front, criticizing the peace parleys with the Taliban, on Saturday said the current administration was trying to create a coalition government along with extremist groups and the Taliban.Addressing a ceremony in... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Friday said that Afghanistan has achieved some of its goals they wanted during the Jihad period and efforts are underway to accomplish the remaining goals.Speaking on the commemorating of the 20th anniversary... read more
KABUL (PAN): Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) officials on Tuesday said there has been a three-fold decrease in the price of internet over the past one year, with the rate of one Megabyte (MB) reducing from $900 (44,883.0... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two notorious drug smugglers, who sent drugs to regional and other foreign countries from Afghanistan, have been arrested, an interior ministry official on Monday.The pair smuggled more than one tonne of drugs to foreign countries on a... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan National Front (ANF) and a group of visiting US Congressmen stressed that the parliamentary system was a good alternative to resolve the ongoing political crises.   In a joint statement, issued by the national... read more
KABUL (PAN): Junbish-i-Milli party leader Abdul Rashid Dustom on Sunday voiced his party’s support to the peace negotiations with the Taliban, saying he would welcome Mullah Omar and Sirajuddin Haqqani with flowers.Addressing a conference... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan security personnel on Saturday foiled a plot to carry out another massive attack in capital Kabul, seizing 10 tonnes of explosives and arresting three Pakistani nationals, alleged deployed by Pakistan’s Inter-Services... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan National Army (ANA), whose strength has reached 195,000, will be able to take over security responsibility for the entire country by 2013, a defence ministry official said on Wednesday.Two phases of security transition from... read more
KABUL (PAN): Nearly eight security personnel were killed and 41 injured, including five civilians, in the 19-hour long fierce fighting between government forces and Taliban fighters in the capital Kabul on Monday, said officials.Brig. Gen Mohammad... read more
KABUL (PAN): The National Coalition on Thursday voiced concern at the current political situation in the country, accusing the government of trying to postpone the presidential vote and bring the Taliban back into power.Mohammad Yunus Qanuni, a... read more
KABUL (PAN): Several Afghan families who lost their loved ones in a Turkish helicopter crash in the Bagrami district of central Kabul Province last month received cash aid from Turkey on Wednesday.A dozen Turkish soldiers and two Afghan women were... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan’s fast-growing telecommunication sector’s revenue crossed a staggering $190 million (9.5 billion afs) this solar year -- a neat $30 million jump, compared to last year.     In an exclusive interview... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Interior on Tuesday announced the establishment of a Community Police Secretariat aimed at building trust between police and the public, officials said.The secretariat would help boost public confidence in police and... read more
KABUL (PAN): The election commission and the judiciary have to be independent and international observers should be allowed to monitor the 2014 presidential vote, a key opposition leader said on Thursday.Afghans wanted an independent poll panel that... read more
KABUL (PAN): The higher education minister and deputy education minister on Tuesday failed to satisfy Wolesi Jirga members on the issue of a high number of students failing last week’s university entrance test. The house called for the creation of a... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some foreign soldiers would remain in Afghanistan after 2014, when NATO-led troops are slated to leave the country, a spokesman for the alliance said on Monday.ISAF spokesman Brig. Gen. Carsten Jacobson told journalists in Kabul it... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): Seventeen foreign troops were killed during the current fiscal year by their Afghan partners, an International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) official said on Monday.Personal grudges, battle stress and domestic concerns were the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The High Peace Council on Saturday said the US had agreed to the release of five Taliban leaders from the Guantanamo Bay prison if they promised not to return to the insurgency.  The US has agreed to free and transfer the Taliban... read more
KABUL (PAN): Members of the Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of Parliament, on Saturday said changes to the proposed annual budget did not address the basic reasons for its rejection.On March 18, the assembly rejected the budget due to uneven... read more
KABUL (PAN): The UN secretary-general’s special representative for Afghanistan promised on Wednesday the world body would play a proactive role in the 2014 presidential election to ensure its transparency.The UN would provide technical support for... read more
KABUL (PAN): Paktika Governor Mohibullah Samim on Sunday said the security situation had improved in the southeastern province as a result of people’s support and better coordination among government entities.Samim told a press conference in Kabul... read more
KABUL (PAN): Kabul police on Monday claimed detaining eight individuals accused of involvement in robberies, murders and making fake passports.Two men were caught red-handed while robbing a house in the Wazirabad area in the jurisdiction of the 10th... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): The Afghan government on Sunday awarded the first-ever licence for activating the Third Generation (3G) system worth $25 million (1.2 billion afghanis) to Etisalat telecommunication company.A contract to the effect was signed... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan thrashed Canada by 41 runs in their World T20 Qualifier match at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday.Electing to bat first, the national squad scored 174 runs for the loss of eight... read more
KABUL (PAN): The National Coalition of Afghanistan (NCA) chief on Sunday said Taliban fighters had no intention of peace negotiations and the suspension of the proposed talks in Qatar meant the militants had their own agenda.Abdullah Abdullah, also... read more
KABUL (PAN): US President Barack Obama on Saturday telephoned his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai to discuss US troops’ combat role in Afghan villages.Karzai on Thursday asked the United States to pull out all its troops from Afghan rural areas and... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan National Front (ANF) on Saturday backed the signing of a strategic cooperation pact between Afghan and US, but wants the pact inked after 2014 – when foreign troops are tipped to withdraw.Speaking at a news conference,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Meshrano Jirga, upper house, on Wednesday criticised some visual media outlets for telecasting programmes in contrast with Islamic and Afghan cultural.The criticism came at a joint meeting of the house religious, cultural and higher... read more
KABUL (PAN): The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Monday assured a through and rapid probe into Sunday’s ugly massacre in southern Kandahar, which riled up Afghans after widespread anger over desecration of copies of Quran... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of Parliament on Saturday said the fate of recently summoned ministers on their failure to effectively use development funds last fiscal year would be announced during Monday’s session.The house had... read more
KABUL (PAN): Russia on Friday rejected media reports as baseless that the federation planned to conduct joint counternarcotics operations with Pakistan inside Afghanistan.A press release issued from the official representative of Russian... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai and his US counterpart Barack Obama on Friday discussed the proposed strategic cooperation agreement during a videoconference, amid reports that the two countries had struck a deal on the transfer of US-held... read more
KABUL (PAN): Ministers-designate for rural rehabilitation and development, higher education and women's affairs, appearing before the Wolesi Jirga for a trust vote, on Monday briefed lawmakers on their future plans.Karzai named nine people for... read more
KABUL (PAN): Four of the nine ministers-designate nominated by President Hamid Karzai for a vote of confidence from the Wolesi Jirga on Sunday briefed parliamentarians on their future plans.Karzai named nine people for Cabinet slots two weeks ago.... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): The Afghanistan National Coalition on Saturday welcomed the UN special representative’s remarks about the involvement of political parties and civil society organisations in peace parleys with militants.On Thursday, the UN top... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United Nations top diplomat in Afghanistan on Thursday called for the participation of all opposition parties and Afghan citizens in the ongoing reconciliation process. Addressing a news briefing in Kabul, the UN secretary-... read more
KABUL (PAN): Five insurgents were killed and 22 others detained in a series of joint operations by Afghan and foreign troops in different provinces over the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Monday.An MoI statement said the... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): A coalition of opposition parties on Thursday said the Taliban, backed by foreign intelligence services, remained powerful despite the decade-long war against them.“The Taliban are not independent in their operations; they are... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday asked the top NATO commander in Afghanistan to sincerely cooperation with a government team investigating the alleged burning of the Holy Quran by their soldiers.  Eight people were killed and 27... read more
KABUL (PAN): More than 2,800 policemen received certificates on completing six-month professional training in Kabul on Wednesday.About 500 of the police recruits were trained in Turkey, while the rest graduated from training centres in Maidan Wardak... read more
KABUL (PAN): A NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) spokesman on Monday said an investigation was underway into the death of eight children after an airstrike in central Kapisa province.ISAF spokesman Brig. Gen. Carsten Jacobson... read more
KABUL (PAN): The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Monday said discussions with allies and the Afghan government are ongoing to reach an agreement on a specific number of Afghan security forces after 2014.Speaking at a news... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): The first-ever professional and academic training institute for media people was inaugurated in Kabul on Sunday, officials said.The National Association for Interpretation (NAI) chief executive, Abdul Mujeeb Khilwatgar, called the... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai is to sign a strategic partnership agreement with Italy during his ongoing trip to Europe, his office said on Thursday.Karzai left Kabul for the United Kingdom (UK) on a five-day trip on Tuesday. He would also ink... read more
KABUL (PAN): The killing of four French troops would not undermine the confidence between Afghan security forces and their international partners, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Tuesday.On Friday, an Afghan soldier opened... read more
KABUL (PAN): The European Union will sign with Afghanistan a strategic pact helping the government in defending the country, protecting women's rights and implementing the constitution, an official said on Monday.Speaking at a seminar on "... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): The Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Sunday scorned media reports that a number of soldiers had died as a result of poisoning at the Kabul Military Training Centre.The soldiers were reportedly poisoned and evacuated to the Sardar... read more
KABUL (PAN):  The Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Sunday confirmed the man who shot dead four French soldiers in central Kapisa province was an Afghan National Army (ANA) servicemember.At least 17 NATO-led troops were injured in the attack that... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan National Coalition leader, stressing peace talks with the Taliban within the country, on Thursday said it would not accept any secret deal.Addressing a gathering of students of Kabul universities, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some political analysts on Monday said the circulation of a false decree from Taliban's supreme leader Mullah Omar was an attempt by foreign spies to sabotage the Taliban-US peace talks.A media report says the United States has geared... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan forces are ready to take over the security responsibility for eastern Nangarhar province in the second round of transition, the governor said on Monday.The second phase of security transition from international troops to Afghan... read more
JALALABAD (PAN): The foundation stone of a mega poultry farm, employing 1,100 people including women, was laid in eastern Nangarhar province on Sunday, senior officials said.Being implemented in Kama district, the project would serve as a good... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan National Army (ANA) commando unit has the ability to conduct independent night raids, a Ministry of Defence official on Wednesday.The Afghan government has been focusing on training, equipping and increasing the strength of... read more
KABUL (PAN): The governor of northern Balkh province, Atta Mohammad Noor, has said no foreign country has the right to hold direct talks with the Taliban without consulting the people of Afghanistan.On the sidelines of the second Bonn conference,... read more
KABUL (PAN): A dozen insurgents were killed and 28 others arrested during a string of joint operations in several provinces over the past 24 hours, interior and defence ministries said on Monday.The operations involving Afghan and the International... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Interior Ministry said Thursday it would dissolve a private security firm after its four employees, including two Britons, were arrested in Kabul with unregistered AK-47 assault rifles.The four arrested men, ---two Britons and two... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United National Front of Afghanistan (UNFA) political party on Wednesday voiced its support for a Taliban liaison office in Qatar for peace talks with the US, saying the talks should not affect the achievements so far made in... read more
KABUL (PAN): The NATO-led forces had made incredible seizures of drugs in Afghanistan last year, dealing a blow to the finances of the Taliban-led insurgents, a spokesman for the multinational force said on Monday.Brigadier General Carsten Jacobson... read more
KABUL (PAN): About 380 armed insurgents, including 19 commanders, had joined the peace process in northwestern Badghis province, an intelligence official said on Sunday.The joining was a result of joint efforts by the National Directorate of... read more
KABUL (PAN): The National Directorate of Security (NDS) spokesman on Sunday said a would-be suicide attacker was among three militants detained in capital Kabul.The three wanted attack border police in eastern Nangarhar province when they were... read more
KABUL (PAN): Ministry of Information and Culture officials on Wednesday rejected as baseless a report that there has been a 38 percent increase in violence against journalists during the current year in Afghanistan.Nai, an organisation that supports... read more
KABUL (PAN): Officials of civil society organisations say though the second Bonn Conference on Afghanistan was a success, yet implementation of commitments and decisions made at the summit remained doubtful.Sili Ghafar, who represented Afghan civil... read more
KABUL (PAN): Members of the Youth-in-Action Forum, at their third annual conference, on Saturday blamed the government for ignoring them.Participants of the conference also demanded a say in the decision-making process and the creation of an... read more
KABUL (PAN): Dozens of political parties on Thursday launched a new coalition bloc, vowing to pose a stronger challenge to the President Hamid Karzai-led government, which they alleged was corrupt.Politicians and political workers from across the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The creation of a special commission to evolve policies and a mechanism for fighting narcotics was announced in Kabul on Tuesday.Officials of the ministries of public health, Hajj and Islamic affairs, justice, finance, the Attorney... read more
KABUL (PAN): A Defence Ministry official on Tuesday rejected as baseless Pakistani claims that an Afghan army commander was involved in a conspiracy to stage a cross-border NATO airstrike on Pakistani security posts.According to a BBC report,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Despite renewed objections from President Hamid Karzai, NATO on Monday said US-led forces will increasingly take the lead in night-raids, insisting not a single shot was fired in 85 percent of such operations.A spokesman for the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan National Front, a coalition of various political parties, on Saturday said it would welcome the setting up of an office by the Taliban for peace talks only when it was confirmed by both the rebels and the Afghan... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai has promised the peace process will continue in accordance with the recommendation of last month's traditional Loya Jirga, his office said on Wednesday.  At an overnight consultative meeting former... read more
KABUL (PAN): Eighteen insurgents and three Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed and 71 rebels arrested during joint operations in different provinces over the past 24 hours, defence and interior ministries said on Tuesday.The operations... read more
KABUL (PAN): The US deputy special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan said on Monday the Obama administration was trying to repair its relationship with Pakistan.The already strained relations between Islamabad and Washington further soured after a... read more
KABUL (PAN): The communications and information technology minister on Sunday warned private internet service-providers of cancelling their licences if they failed to filter and block unwanted websites."Though net cafes have been asked to block... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai and his German counterpart Christian Wilhelm Walter Wulff have discussed a long-term cooperation pact between the two countries, the Presidential Palace in Kabul said on Wednesday.At their meeting in Berlin, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Former Afghan ambassador to Pakistan, Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef, on Monday said the 2nd Bonn Conference would have been a success if the Taliban had been invited to participate.The first Bonn Conference, held soon after the ouster of the... read more
KABUL (PAN): A dialogue conducted in 31 provinces ahead of the second Bonn conference shows most Afghans insist on permanent peace, the rule of law, support for human rights and an end to the culture of impunity.Afghan People's Dialogue on Peace was... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United States would give $19.2 million (925 million afghanis) to the Ministry of Counternarcotics to fight drugs under the Good Performance Initiative (GPI), an official said on Saturday.The money would go to 17 provinces poppy... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): Hundreds of people on Thursday staged a protest in Kabul against the second Bonn conference and a proposed strategic agreement with the US allowing foreign troops to remain in Afghanistan.More than 500 people, including women,... read more
KABUL (PAN): In response to a recommendation by last month's Loya Jirga, President Hamid Karzai has renewed his call for a thoroughgoing investigation into allegations that Pakistan had buried its nuclear waste in two southern Afghan provinces.Late... read more
KABUL (PAN): The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) held its fourth technical meeting on measures to prevent human trafficking and ensure the welfare of woman and children in Kabul on Friday.Representatives from all the eight... read more
KABUL (PAN): Change and Hope party on Thursday welcomed the second Bonn Conference on Afghanistan's future, saying opposition's views should have been included in the government's agenda.Led by the Afghan government, the conference, slated for Dec.... read more
KABUL (PAN): The presence o fNATO  troops posed no threat to Afghanistan's neighbours, said NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) officials on Tuesday.ISAF trops had come to Afghanistan in response to an invitation from the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Ten militant groups trying to disrupt the traditional Loya Jirga on the strategic cooperation deal with the United States were busted in Kabul, an intelligence official said on Monday.The groups were instructed to attack the tribal... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan's Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) on Sunday voiced concern at increasing violence against women in the country, saying that more than 39,000 cases were registered over the past nine years.A nine years report from... read more
KABUL (PAN): The traditional Loya Jirga on the strategic cooperation agreement with the US has received suggestions from all the 40 committees and submitted a summary to a special meeting, the jirga chairman announced on Saturday.On the fourth and... read more
KABUL (PAN): Participants of the traditional Loya Jirga and some political analysts on Wednesday said the appointment of Sibghatullah Mujaddedi as chairman of the jirga was against democratic norms.Senator Sibghatullah Mujaddedi, also a former... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Millions of dollars have been spent to provide equipment and construct buildings for Herat University, but still it lacks several facilities including hostel, library and dining hall.  In addition, the United States Agency for... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Interior officials say special security arrangements have been carried out ahead of the November 16 tradition consultative Loya Jirga discussing the proposed strategic cooperation agreement between Afghanistan and the US... read more
KABUL (PAN): Former interior minister Muhammad Hanif Atmar on Thursday launched a new political party, saying the Right and Justice group would stand by the people and work for promoting their interests.While announcing the party's launch at a news... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Defence announced on Wednesday the Afghan National Army (ANA) was ready for the second phase of the security transition. The National Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) has revealed the names of the 17 areas... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Defence on Wednesday claimed the second phase of the “Sword Operation” inflicted heavy casualties on rebels, including several Haqqani commanders.The joint Afghan-ISAF operation was conducted to purge areas along the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Kabul Municipality on Tuesday blamed residents for not cooperating with it in cleanliness of the capital city, where the culture of living in a clean environment remained weak. At a gathering of 600 community elders from 22... read more
KABUL (PAN): Although militants could not achieve their goal of destabilising Afghanistan this past summer, they had strong safe havens on the Pakistani side of the border, a spokesman for NATO-led forces said on Monday.Insurgents had failed to... read more
KABUL (PAN): Up to four and half million people across the country were benefitted by the implementation of 2,300 welfare projects, the minister of rural rehabilitation and development announced on Sunday.Costing more than 5.87 billion afghanis ($... read more
KABUL (PAN): A terrorist group, planning to attack the Gul Bahar Trade Centre and the National Directorate of Security (NDS) office, has been arrested by intelligence operatives in Kabul, an official said on Saturday.With the arrest, a huge... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Security Transition Board on Saturday reviewed the first phase of security transfer and decided to brief President Hamid Karzai a day later on the second phase of process, officials said.Chaired by Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, head of... read more
KABUL (PAN): Religious scholars from across the country on Thursday issued a fatwa, declaring poppy cultivation and the drug commerce as un-Islamic.More than 600 religious scholars concluded a three-day meeting in Kabul, discussing ways of... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan intelligence agents have detained several suicide attackers in Kabul, Kunduz, Herat and Khost provinces, an official said on Tuesday.Five suicide assailants, responsible for the killing of the 4th police district chief in Kunduz... read more
KABUL (PAN): Thirty-one Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers and 118 militants were killed in less than three weeks across the country, the defence ministry said on Wednesday.About 230 armed insurgents were detained during the period in operations by... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Defence on Wednesday criticised international troops for taking no action to prevent cross border attacks from Pakistan into Afghanistan.However, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) says the attacks were... read more
KABUL (PAN): Participants of a protest demonstration in Kabul on Tuesday condemned cross border attacks from Pakistan into Afghanistan, urging the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to intervene into the matter.More than 200 people attended the... read more
KABUL (PAN): In order to initiate the second phase of the security transition to Afghan forces, the process of assessing the capability of local forces has been completed and more provinces in this regard would soon be identified, NATO said on... read more
KABUL (PAN): The NATO-led ISAF spokesman on Monday said although insurgent attacks have reduced compared to last year, Afghanistan still is facing several challenges."The most severe challenges are group attacks by anti-government militants, who use... read more
KABUL (PAN): The losing candidates on Sunday staged a protest demonstration in Kabul, asking the government to implement the Special Election Court’s decision on last year’s parliamentary poll results.The demonstrators, carrying two coffins labelled... read more
KABUL (PAN): On the eve of the 10th anniversary of the US-led invasion, hundreds of Kabul residents -- most of them women -- took to the streets on Thursday, asking international forces to withdraw from Afghanistan.Led by the National Solidarity... read more
KABUL (PAN): Four university students, a professor and a guard have been detained on charges of plotting President Hamid Karzai's assassination, the Afghan spy service announced on Wednesday.Dr. Aimal Habib, a Kabul University professor, Parvez from... read more
KABUL (PAN): A district police chief was among five individuals sentenced to 20 years in jail on charges of drug trafficking by a court of the Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF), an official said on Wednesday.The police officer had aided the men,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Militants have sanctuaries outside Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Tuesday, supporting President Hamid Karzai's stance on peace talk with Pakistan, not Taliban.President Hamid Karzai on Monday... read more
KABUL (PAN): Islamabad was the source of all problems in Afghanistan, Taliban do not have any power in making decision, analysts considered.  Talks with the insurgents, supported by Pakistan, would be meaningless as long as Islamabad did... read more
KABAUL (PAN): Since the Taliban have sanctuaries in Pakistan, it was important to discuss the issue with Islamabad to have peace and stability in Afghanistan, the Presidential Palace said.Addressing the National Ulema Council late on Friday,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The interior ministry on Thursday rejected a UN report that Afghan forces in areas that have transitioned to their control were facing increased attacks from insurgents.The United Nations report said there had been a string of militant... read more
KABUL (PAN): More than 34 militants were killed and 36 others detained in several provinces of the country over the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Thursday.The fighters suffered the casualties as a result of 12 joint... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday urged scientists and experts to study the problems being face by Kabul and find out solutions for them.In a message read out at a seminar on the 2,883rd anniversary of the Afghan capital, ordered by... read more
KABUL (PAN): The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) is probing Pakistan's artillery shelling into eastern Afghanistan, a spokesman for the NATO-led force said on Tuesday.Afghan officials have accused the Pakistani Army of firing around... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Taliban's Quetta Shura was behind the assassination of Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani, the High Peace Council (HPC) chairman, a senior intelligence official said on Thursday.Preliminary investigation showed the murder was a "preplanned... read more
KABUL (PAN): In order to prevent possible damage to highways, overloaded trucks would be checked by mobile scales and violators would be penalised, Ministry of Public Works officials said on Tuesday.Public Works Minister Abdul Qudus Hamidi told a... read more
KABUL (PAN): There is concrete evidence of the Haqqani Network's involvement in the latest attack in Kabul, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) claimed on Monday.The group waging attacks from its safe heavens outside Afghanistan must... read more
KABUL (PAN): About 36,000 out of the 52,000 uneducated policemen would graduate from a literacy course in the near future, Interior ministry officials on Monday said.Of the 150,000-strong police force members, 52,000 are illiterate, they said,... read more
KABUL (PAN): With the reconstruction of the Kabul Zoo, which was destroyed during decades of civil war, the number of visitors will significantly increase, the city mayor hopes.Constructed in 1976 on the Bank of the Kabul River, the zoo once had 500... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai underlined on Wednesday the need for combating the twin scourge of terrorism and extremism, which have created serious problems for the region."We realise that a peaceful Pakistan is in interest of the entire... read more
KABUL (PAN): Seven people, including four policemen, were killed and 17 others wounded in back-to-back militant attacks in the capital Kabul on Tuesday, an official said on Wednesday.Several gunmen, equipped with heavy and light weapons, stormed a... read more
KABUL (PAN): Al Qaeda plotted the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center (WTC) in New York and the Pentagon in Pakistan, Afghan political analysts said on Sunday, the 10th anniversary of the devastating events.About 3,000 people were killed in the... read more
KABUL (PAN):  The Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the international community have agreed to raise the number of Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers to 195,000 by the end of October, an official said on Saturday.The ultimate goal was even a... read more
KABUL (PAN): Computerised identity cards will be issued to residents of Kabul over the next five months, the minister of communications and information technology said on Thursday.Amirzai Sangin said the scheme had two phases, with his ministry... read more
KABUL (PAN):  A number of failed candidates of the last year’s parliamentary election and thousands of their supporters, some carrying weapons, have staged a huge demonstration in Maidan Shahr, the capital city of central Wardak province, a... read more
KABUL (PAN): Special security arrangements have been put in place to prevent the insurgents from carrying out attacks on the 9th and 11th of September, an official said on Sunday.On September 9, people in Kabul and other provinces would mark the... read more
KABUL (PAN): As many as 13,000 officials have been tasked with ensuring Kabul's security during Eidul Fitr, Ministry of Interior officials said on Thursday.With special security arrangements put in place, residents of the capital would celebrate the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The acting communication minister on Thursday urged the Taliban to lift restrictions on cell phone networks and stop intimidating telecom firms into suspending services at night in some provinces."Banning telephone services at night... read more
KABUL (PAN): A crackdown on unregistered mobile phone SIM card sellers would be launched soon, the minister of communication and information technology warned on Wednesday.The two-week drive would be launched in cooperation with Kabul police, and... read more
KABUL (PAN): Areas for the second phase of transition from foreign troops to Afghan forces would be identified next month, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) announced on Monday.A joint assessment by NATO soldiers and Ashraf Ghani... read more
KABUL (PAN): Nine MPs, to be replaced by as many candidates declared winners by the Independent Election Commission (IEC), on Sunday said they would not leave Parliament because the constitution does not allow them to do so. Earlier in the day, IEC... read more
KABUL(PAN): Sixty-two parliamentary candidates, who have been declared as winners by the special election tribunal, said on Saturday they would not accept any change in the court's decision. "If the verdict is not enforced, we would embark... read more
KABUL(PAN): Group attacks by the Taliban have fallen by 20 percent during the first half of 2011, compared to the corresponding last year, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Monday. Brig. Gen. Carsten Jacobsen, the ISAF... read more
KABUL (PAN): With accommodation charges in Saudi Arabia increased, Afghan hajj pilgrims would be provided with better facilities this year, a senior official said on Sunday. A 17-member delegation that recently returned from Saudi Arabia was able... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan intelligence service on Wednesday announced arresting 12 insurgents, including six Pakistani nationals, in southern Kandahar and eastern Nangarhar provinces. The Pakistanis were identified as Aurangzeb, Saiful Islam, Abdul... read more
KABUL (PAN): By the dint of a convincing eight-wicket win over Canada at the Bready Club in Ireland on Tuesday, Afghanistan qualified for the 2012 ICC Under-19 World Cup. In their final game, Canada won the toss and opted to bat first -- a... read more
KABUL (PAN): Taliban fighters had no sophisticated weapons to shoot down helicopters, the International Security Assistance Force said on Monday. On Early Saturday, 31 US Special Force members were killed when their Chinook helicopter crashed in... read more
WASHINGTON/KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Monday offered condolences to his US counterpart Barack Obama over the death of US Special Force members in a helicopter crash in central Maidan Wardak province. Speaking over the telephone, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan outclassed Vanuatu by nine wickets in their ICC Under-19 World Cup Qualifier match at the Bready Cricket Club in Ireland on Sunday, the national team manager said. Having won the toss, the national team elected to bowl... read more
KABUL (PAN): Sixty-two losing parliamentary candidates, who see a ray of hope in a special court's judgment, asked President Hamid Karzai on Sunday to implement the verdict. On June 23, the tribunal ordered reinstatement of 62 candidates who... read more
KABUL (PAN): Dr. Ramazan Bashardost, the French-educated Afghan parliamentarian who once lived in a tent and now has a well-equipped office, says he is saving his salary for his wedding and his children’s future. An MP from Kabul who calls... read more
KABUL (PAN): Reserve police officials would be sent to areas that have transitioned from NATO-led troops to Afghan security forces, a Ministry of Interior spokesman said on Tuesday. The deployment would take place in the near future, Ghulam... read more
KABUL(PAN):  Afghan police have discovered a large military uniform-making factory in the Parwane Du area of Kabul, the Ministry of Interior said on Tuesday. Ministry spokesman Ghulam Seddiq Sadiqi told a press conference that bundles of... read more
KABUL (PAN):The second, third and fourth phase of the security transition process had begun and a clear cut policy in this regard would be worked out in next three months, said head of the transition process on Sunday. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai told a... read more
KABUL (PAN): More than 172 people, including seven foreigners, have been arrested in connection with smuggling narcotics over the past two months, when 43 tonnes of drugs were seized, an official said on Wednesday. Most of the traffickers were... read more
KABUL (PAN): The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is monitoring the cases of 661 prisoners and has met with 479 Afghan prisoners. Over the past two months, the ICRC has observed conditions at 36 prisons across Afghanistan, run by... read more
KABUL (PAN): The National Solidarity Programme (NSP), which has been implemented in 70 percent of areas, will cover the whole country in the next two years, a senior official said on Monday. Mohammad Tariq Ismati, the NSP executive director at the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Nearly 1,462 Afghan civilians were killed in violence related incidents across Afghanistan in the first half of 2011, showing a 15 percent surge in civilian casualties, the UN said on Thursday. Putting the year on track to be the... read more
KABUL (PAN): More than 38 insurgents have been killed and another 190 detained across the country over the past week, the Ministry of Defence announced Wednesday. The 38 insurgents were killed during face-to-face clashes with Afghan National Army (... read more
KABUL (PAN): Analysts said on Monday that some former jihadi parties are capitalizing on opportunities to criticize the government in order to regain their prior positions of power. Burhanuddin Rabbani, leader of Jamiat-e-Islami, or the Islamic... read more
KABUL (PAN): Turkish Airlines has begun its first commercial flights from Turkey to Afghanistan, an official said Monday.   Deputy Transportation and Civil Aviation Minister Mohammadullah Batash told Pajhwok Afghan News that the flights would... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some analysts say the international community is involved in the rocket attacks from Pakistan into Afghanistan. They believe the international community is trying to maintain its hold on the security transfer process. Over the past... read more
KABUL (PAN): A district police chief and his two subordinates were sentenced to 20 years in prison by an appellate court for drug trafficking, the Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) announced on Monday. The police chief of the Dasht-i-Qala district... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Interior on Thursday rejected reports that police were involved in an organised attack on a luxury hotel in Kabul, but acknowledged there was security lapse. The Taliban-claimed attack on the Intercontinental, one of... read more
KABUL (PAN): In a trilateral meeting in the Iranian capital Tehran yesterday, the presidents of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran promised to cooperate against terrorism and foreign interference. At the same time, they vowed to strengthen political,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan forces are ready for the security transition due to begin next month, a Ministry of Defence official said on Wednesday. As part of the NATO-approved process, foreign troops will gradually transfer control of the country's... read more
KABUL (PAN): Despite President Hamid Karzai's orders for an immediate stop to nighttime raids, the NATO-led force said on Monday it would go ahead with the operations. On Sunday, Karzai issued a final warning to NATO-led troops over civilian... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan lawmakers have to take a decision on permanent US military bases in the country, a visiting Iranian parliamentarian said on Thursday. The idea of US bases in Afghanistan was nothing new, the chairman of Iranian Parliament's... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United Kingdom, responding to a request from the Afghan government, is ready to fund an audit of Kabul Bank, a senior British official said on Wednesday. "We were requested by Afghan authorities to support them in undertaking... read more
KABUL (PAN): Seven traffickers have been detained with 97 kilograms of drugs in different parts of the country, the interior ministry said on Tuesday. Three policemen were arrested by the counter narcotics officials on the charge of trafficking 32... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Taliban are trying to convincing women into carrying out suicide attacks in Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Monday. On May 17, a combined Afghan and coalition security force killed four... read more
KABUL(PAN): The number of mobile phone users reached 15.5 million last Afghan year, which ended March 21, an official said on Thursday. The income of the telecommunications and information technology ministry stood at $160 million (7.38 billion... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some participants of a second round of a university entrance test complained on Wednesday that most of multiple-choice questions were 'wrong'. The questions were tough and a number of the options given were incorrect, they said... read more
KABUL (PAN): The death toll from Saturday's gun and bomb attack on a private bank in eastern Nangarhar province has reached 37 and a Pakistani suicide bomber has been arrested, an interior ministry official said on Sunday. Gunmen wearing... read more
KABUL (PAN): It might have been overshadowed by a suicide attack in the Afghan capital, but Valentine’s Day still found a place in Afghanistan – mostly on the internet. Afghans on Facebook used the social networking site to wish their friends... read more
KABUL(PAN): A commander was among nine militants arrested in Tagab district of central Kapisa province, the defence ministry said on Wednesday. Ehsanullah was arrested along with eight fighters during an operation in the Gadakhel village two days... read more
KABUL (PAN): Human rights and women’s groups on Tuesday condemned the suicide attack that killed a prominent human rights activist and her family. Hamida Barmaki, a senior member of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, was... read more
KABUL (PAN): Peace talks between the government and Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) would reinforce the culture of impunity in the country, a human rights campaigner said on Tuesday. Sima Samar, Afghanistan's Independent Human Rights Commission... read more
KABUL (PAN): Russia agreed to equip and train the Afghan police during a two-day visit of President Hamid Karzai to Moscow last week, an interior ministry official said on Sunday. A number of counternarcotics police officials were currently being... read more
KABUL (PAN): More than 190 people were killed, including 80 on Wednesday alone, in different parts of the country last week, an interior ministry official said on Sunday. Twenty-seven civilians, eight policemen and 45 Taliban fighters were killed... read more
 KABUL(PAN): Afghan police will be the only organization allowed to provide security to companies in Afghanistan, the interior ministry has said. The ministry has launched a new programme to hire extra police for companies which require... read more
KABUL(PAN): Afghan forces in partnership with foreign troops had begun an offensive in the south and east of the country, the defence ministry said, vowing intensified counterinsurgency operations across the country, particularly in the north, this... read more
KABUL(PAN): Foreign troops would maintain keeping pressure on insurgency everywhere in Afghanistan through the bitterly cold winter months, a NATO spokesman said on Sunday, insisting the increased casualties were not a proof of any failure of the... read more
KABUL(PAN): President Hamid Karzai has strongly condemned a roadside bomb explosion that killed 14 people and injured four others in southern Helmand province early Thursday. A Taliban-style bomb ripped through a van-shape passenger vehicle on the... read more
KABUL(PAN): The minister of refugee and repatriation affairs Thursday expressed his concern at the situation of displaced people and urged donors for assistance. The assistance extended to refugees was not enough, Jamaheer Anwari said, adding:... read more
KABUL (PAN): Three policemen were injured as a result of two consecutive bomb blasts in the Musahi district of Kabul on Saturday, officials said. The explosions happened when a police pick-up struck roadside bombs, Musahi district chief, Qazi... read more
KABUL (PAN): A top NATO spokesman on Monday ruled out ending night raids, despite concerns by the Afghan government, saying they were effective in preventing civilian causalities. Gen. Joseph Blotz told reporters that overnight operations would... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some failed candidates staged a protest demonstration in Kabul on Sunday and accused foreign countries of interfering in affairs of the Independent Election Commission (IEC). About 300 demonstrators, including candidates and their... read more
  KABUL(PAN): A recently fired deputy Kabul mayor, Abdul Raziq Abdul Rahimzai, on Thursday alleged he was forcibly removed for his opposition to bribe-taking by the current mayor. "I was fired because I was against the corruption,"... read more
  KABUL (PAN): The recently fired deputy Kabul mayor, Abdul Raziq Abdul Rahimzai, on Thursday alleged he was forcibly removed for his opposition to bribe-taking by the current mayor. "I was fired because I was against the corruption,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Twenty-one candidates who won a place in the country's 249-seat parliament have been disqualified for fraud by the election watchdog, an official said on Sunday. KABUL (PAN): Twenty-one candidates who won a place in the country... read more
KABUL(PAN): The transfer of security responsibility to Afghan forces from international troops will not create any power vacuum, a NATO official said on Sunday. Briefing reporters on NATO's next summit scheduled to be held in Lisbon, Portugal,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Germany will spend $2.6 million on governance improvement in Afghanistan by building capacity of government departments, an official said on Monday. Deputy Finance Minister Muhammad Mustafa Mastoor told Pajhwok Afghan News the... read more
KABUL (PAN): A road connecting central Maidan Wardak province to neighbouring Bamyan province will take at least another three years to complete, officials said on Saturday.Construction of the road started in 2006 and is being funded by Italy.In the... read more
KABUL (PAN): A deputy governor appointed by the Taliban for northern Takhar province has been arrested, the spy service said on Monday.In a statement, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) identified the detainee as Abdul Rahman Ahmadi, a... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Norwegian Red Cross Committee (NRCS) will provide the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) an amount of $15 million in assistance for coping with emergency situations.An agreement to this effect was inked between acting public health... read more

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