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KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday called 2015 the year of Afghanistan’s survival and achievements of the Afghan Air Force (AAF) as he watched the first airshow showcasing the country's new light attack aircraft, the A-29... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Financial assistance provided by some countries to the High Peace Council (HPC) has been suspended due to the absence of council’s leadership and non-active role, a senior HPC member said on Friday. Mohammad Ismael Qasimyar, HPC’... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Refugee and Repatriation on Tuesday said 250,000 Afghans applied for asylum in 44 countries in 2015 and the Afghan government would not sign any memorandum of understanding (MoU) with any country on forcibly... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Council of Security and Stability of Afghanistan party on Tuesday asked the government to make policies for supporting and encouraging media organizations and ensuring their safety. The council’s spokesman, Massoud Tarashtwal... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Chief Executive Office on Sunday said the schedule for parliamentary and district council elections would be announced by new commissioners and the current schedule had no justification and was unacceptable. Javed Faisal,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The High Peace Council (HPC) on Tuesday called as “satisfactory” the outcome from the second quadrilateral meeting on the Afghan peace process in Kabul. The Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) of Afghanistan, Pakistan the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The four-nation conference in Kabul on Monday called on all Taliban groups to enter into early talks with the Afghan government to resolve all differences politically. The second meeting of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani inaugurated the second meeting of the Quadrilateral Coordination Committee in Kabul on Monday. Representatives from Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the US will discuss a roadmap, dates and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The government on Sunday said the upcoming quadrilateral meeting in Kabul would focus on implementation of promises of peace and stability in Afghanistan. The meeting, to be attended by Afghan, Pakistani, American and Chinese... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) said on Sunday the schedule for Wolesi Jirga and district council polls would be announced Monday. A statement from the IEC said the commission head and other officials would announce the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The second vice-president on Thursday said the government was committed to holding parliamentary and district council elections next year based on reforms to be applied. Sarwar Danish in a message to a gathering in Kabul said the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Stressing the continuation of its work, the Selection Committee (SC) on Thursday said as many as 400 persons, including 30 women, had applied for the posts of new commissioners on the two electoral bodies. Tasked with nominating... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani on Wednesday his ministry would dispatch basic guidelines of Afghanistan’s foreign policy to the parliament for approval. He said the parliamentary approval of the guidelines would help clear... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Kabul-based political experts believe the peace talks could not succeed until a common strategy is developed within Afghanistan looking at Taliban’s pre-conditions including the withdrawal of all foreign troops. The experts did... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The trust of the Afghan youth in their government has declined, and they are not happy with the performance of President Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, a new survey released on Sunday said, noting poverty and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A dozen governors, who shared reports about security situations in their provinces with the president, on Thursday said that winter was appropriate time to overcome security threats. They told a joint press conference in Kabul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Independent Election Commission (IEC) chief Yousuf Nuristani on Wednesday said the schedule for parliamentary and district council elections would be announced next week and no foreign or local organization would be allowed to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): After a series of bomb blasts and group assaults in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Tuesday said the rebels had increased their attacks to seek privileges in the peace process. MoI spokesman Sadeq Saddeqi told a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some analysts believe severed relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran could be a challenge for Afghanistan as both the regional rivals would try to weaken each other’s influence in Afghanistan. Ideological differences between... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The selection committee has started registering individuals to be nominated as commissioners on the two electoral bodies, a member of the panel said on Sunday. According to the committee members, interested candidates are... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Security officials on Saturday said a large-scale operation has been planned against Daesh in eastern Nangarhar province, where 150 Daesh fighters were killed and 60 others injured over the past 10 days. “Dozens of Daesh or so-... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan Civil Society Election Network (ACSEN) on Tuesday said sending presidential decrees about electoral reforms to the Wolesi Jirga for approval was against the Constitution. The network said the rejection of presidential... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah on Monday inaugurated a newly-constructed building for the Ministry of Defence nicknamed “Mini Pentagon” in Kabul. Constructed on the pattern of Pentagon, work... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): On the eve of the 36th anniversary of former Soviet Union invasion of Afghanistan, political analysts on Saturday said the Russian invasion, mujahideen’s mistakes, Taliban atrocities and NATO violations did not allow the country to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Friday profusely appreciated India’s development and security assistance, saying Afghanistan’s sovereignty would be defended as long as a single Afghan was alive. After the inauguration of the Indian-... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the newly-constructed building for Afghan parliament -- a democratic gift from New Delhi -- in Kabul on Friday. During his address to the parliament, Modi... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Pakistani ambassador to Afghanistan on Thursday said the second round of peace talks between the Ghani government and Taliban would begin soon and Islamabad was ready to cooperate with the process. The Afghan government and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan’s Civil Society Coordination Centre (CSCC) said on Sunday rejected the nomination of three civil society representatives to the selection committee, a body tasked with recommending commissioners on the election... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday said his government would protect the achievements made by the security forces,praising their sacrificesin defending their homeland. Speaking at the inaugural ceremony for new building for the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  The Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA) on Tuesday released its latest study on legal and illegal mining in Afghanistan and found high-ranking government officials, parliamentarians, powerful individuals and Taliban militants... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Experts on Monday called for a regional consensus to keep security for the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline that they said would benefit the entire region, asking the Afghan government to create a separate... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A UN report released on Saturday documents 289 deaths and 559 civilian injuries that occurred in Kunduz City, the capital of northern Kunduz province, and the surrounding districts between Sept. 28 and Oct. 13 --- the period when... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) on Monday voiced its concern about the delay in launching work by the Selection Committee, accusing the government of intentionally creating differences among civil society... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Monday said the injuring of Taliban’s supreme leader in Quetta reflected differences within the group had deepened and once again proved their presence in Pakistan. Last week,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Electoral Reform Commission (ERC) on Monday said it would share more suggestions about electoral reforms including switching to parallel ‘mixed’ and List Proportional Representation (List PR) election systems with the government... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Six provincial governors on Saturday presented their suggestions to a Cabinet meeting regarding infrastructure projects, governance and security, officials said. After attending the Cabinet meeting, the governors of Bamyan, Herat... read more
  KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Commerce and Industries on Friday announced purchasing 150,000 tonnes of gas from Azerbaijan to bring down the commodity price in the country. Head of fuel enterprise at the ministry, Faridullah Sherzai... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Free&Fair ElectionFoundation ofAfghanistan(FEFA)on Friday voiced its grave concern over the inordinate delay in the selectioncommittee’s work. The delay in the nomination of election commission members by the selection... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has appointed a delegation to investigate the allegations of Wolesi Jirga’s first deputy speaker who accused the government of supporting Islamic State (IS) or Daesh in the country. A statement... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Monday said Hizbu-ut-Tahrir was a civil branch of terrorist groups and had infiltrated many academic institutes in Afghanistan, radicalising the youth. Presiding over a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An election watchdog on Sunday said some bills after landing in the Wolesi Jirga (WJ) could not be approved due to political favoritism and the lack of a proper system. The group said some lawmakers were more interested in leaving... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Civil Society Election Network (ACSEN) on Thursday said the delay in launching the proposed Selection Committee was hurting the electoral reform process and the conduct of parliamentary and district council polls... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Acting Defence Minister Masoom Stanikzai on Monday said the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States has been partially implemented. He was speaking at a meeting involving lawmakers, security officials and civil... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Election Reform Commission (ERC) on Saturday said launching work by the selection committee, a proposed body to nominate members of the two electoral bodies, “is an essential part of reforming the country’s electoral system... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Thousands of people on Wednesday staged a protest in the capital Kabul against the beheading of seven civilians by Islamic State (IS) insurgents in southern Zabul province. The gunmen abducted the seven civilians, including four... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani and some lawmakers on Monday vehemently condemned the beheading of seven civilians by Islamic State loyalists in southern Zabul province. According to reports, Daesh fighters abducted seven residents,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Chief Executive Office on Monday stressed the Selection Committee of election commission members must start its work without further delay, warning any delay would negatively affect the election process. At the end of August... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday expressed his concern over bad condition of the cities, saying 70 percent of urban centres had been built in unplanned manner which showed government’s failure. Speaking on the second day of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Five governors on Saturday said the Cabinet, in compliance with directives from President Ashraf Ghani, had decided to replace acting officials, including provincial governors, until the end of this ongoing fiscal year. Under the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA) on Thursday said allowing convicted debtors of Kabul Bank in key projects “is a challenge for economy and credibility of Afghanistan.” Former Kabul Bank chief executive Khalilullah Ferozi,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some political parties and civil society groups, terming the current situation as chaotic, on Thursday urged for unity among political forces to take the country out of crises. Leaders of the political parties and civil society... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah on Wednesday accused former officials of trying to bring down the government for its failure to control insecurity in the country. During a meeting with members of civil society,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Electoral Reform Commission (ERC) members on Monday said their evaluation study on changing electoral system, shrinking constituencies and defining role of the transparency committee has been somehow finalised. At the end of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Election observer, Democracy Watch Afghanistan, on Monday said further delay in parliamentary elections would threaten Afghanistan’s stability, warning that splitting the election commission between the two teams in power would be... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Presidential Palace on Saturday said the selection committee, a proposed body to nominate members of the two electoral bodies, was yet to embark on its work due to the delayed introduction of representatives by civil society and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The fact-finding commission has submitted a 200-page report of its findings to the president into Taliban’s occupation of Kunduz City, the capital of northern Kunduz province, officials said on Saturday. The high-level commission... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Monday ordered a serious investigation into an arm assault on a house in Khak-i-Afghan district of Zabul province, saying Daesh or Islamic State group wanted to divide Afghans on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Monday said Pakistan, a longtime supporterof the Taliban militants, could not be trusted as an honest peace broker. Addressing a cabinet meeting, Abdullah said: “We have... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Saturday said Imam Hussain’s revolutionary message is universal, not confined to any particular epoch, nation or religion. Ghani said this in statement on the 10th of Muharram, the first month... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Governors’ Association on Thursday described the country’s situation as shocking, demanding a Loya Jirga to be convened to specify dates for holding parliamentary and district council elections. Comprised of 65... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Meshrano Jirga members on Tuesday expressed their deep concern over the increasingly deteriorating security situation in the country and feared the current system might be derailed if the tide of insecurity was not reversed... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The conflict and violent extremism cost the Afghan government more than $9 billion in 2014 or $24 million a day, a recent investigative report released on Monday said. The report released by Equality for Peace and Democracy (EPD... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The third annual Afghanistan Social Media Summit (ASMS) began in capital Kabul bringing together the burgeoning social media community. Government officials, youth, media-men, civil society members, artists and political figures... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Poppy cultivation decreased by 19 percent and opium production by 48 percent in Afghanistan this season for the first time in six years, a new survey released on Wednesday indicated. The joint survey by the Ministry of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Minister for Labour, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled on Tuesday cited the war and lawlessness as major factors behind the growing unemployment in the country. Testifying before the Meshrano Jirga or Senate after being... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Senate Chairman Fazl Hadi Muslimyar on Tuesday asked the government to expose individuals within the system working to promote the interest of outsiders and terrorist organizations. Addressing the general session of Meshrano... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A high-level fact-finding commission tasked with investigating the fall of Kunduz City on Monday assured to get to the bottom of the northern province’s security shortcomings, insisting their findings should be start of the next... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): First Vice-President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum on Sunday returned to Afghanistan after visiting a number of countries to attract military assistance for Afghan armed forces. Awaiting orders from the Presidential Palace, Dostum has... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former spymaster Amrullah Saleh on Wednesday said the silence maintained on Taliban’s crimes was shameful, urging the UN to investigate their crimes against humanity. Speaking at a gathering titled “Unity and Solidarity with... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Democratic Lawyers Association of Afghanistan on Tuesday warned against echoing the so-called “5th pillar” within the government without evidence, saying such provocations would deepen mistrust and eventually collapse the regime... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah on Monday said he had explicitly explained Afghanistan’s stance against Pakistan’s support for terrorism and the Taliban at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) meeting, saying his address “drew... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Monday said terrorism did not have any religion, ethnicity or tribe, but in some cases the scourge and Taliban atrocities were justified. Speaking at a cabinet meeting, Abdullah... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The spy service said its operatives on Sunday gunned down two Haqqani network suicide bombers in capital Kabul before they could detonate their explosives. A statement from the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said the two... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Jihadi leaders and politicians have urged the government to provide a framework for using jihadi and uprising forces against insurgents, but President Ashraf Ghani takes issue with the proposal on legal and administrative grounds... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Election watchdogs on Monday stressed early nomination of selection committee’s members so they could choose new commissioners on the electoral bodies. The observers urged selection of honest and qualified people in the proposed... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Sunday rejected the presence of Islamic State (IS) in 25 provinces of the country and said that the National Security Council (NSC) had already approved strategy to fight the extremist group.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The first day of Eid-ul-Adha was celebrated across Afghanistan on Thursday by offering special prayers in all provinces, including Kabul, without any security incident taking place. The prayers were offered in all Eid Gah mosques... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Thursday said Afghanistan did not want war, adding time for intra-Afghan peace was ripe more than ever. Ghani’s remarks came after he offered special Eid prayers along with Jihadi leaders,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Information and Culture says it has been trying to provide work opportunities for hundreds of thousands of youth, many whom have been leaving the country due to unemployment. Youth is a major workforce in any a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): First Vice-President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum has said efforts to achieve peace and preserve gains made over the past 13 years would go to together. In his Eid message, Dostum said the Afghans had not only lost many lives during... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Monday welcomed an evaluation report about major cities and said urban areas should serve as an asset for economic development but the case was different in Afghanistan. Chairing a meeting about the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  A rocket landed close to the residence of Dawat-i-Islami party leader Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf on Tuesday morning in the Paghman district of capital Kabul, an official said. Fired from the Pushta Masjid area at around 7am,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Political analysts and public representatives have urged Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah to present Afghanistan’s genuine and basic problems before the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meeting which kicks off... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Wednesday warned amending the electoral law at the moment would not benefit the country. Abdul Rahman Hotaki, IEC deputy chief, told journalists in Kabul last year’s elections showed... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) on Tuesday expressed its concern about an alarming rise of underage girl marriages in the country, urging a nation-wide research on evaluating their causes. The call... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullahon Monday said a date for Wolesi Jirga (WJ) polls would be announced by new commissioners after reforms in the electoral system. After a month of discussions with people from... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The suggestionsfloated by the Election Reform Commission (ERC) were incomplete and the government might not be able to implement them, the head of an election watchdog said on Sunday. Free and Fair Election Foundation of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Dozens of youth on Saturday staged a protest demonstration against what they said growing unemployment which they termed the main reason behind insecurity, capital flight and migration. Criticising government’s policies in this... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on Thursday announced allocating $200 million for the extension of electricity from the capital of northern Balkh province to neighbouring Baghlan. Maj. Gen. Todd Semonite, Deputy Chief... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former president Hamid Karzai has said he does not wish strife and war with Pakistan, but he would never give up on the right over the Durand Line. The former president was addressing a day-long seminar in Kabul titled “Gandamak... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA) on Monday said it was fully prepared to take operational responsibility of the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul after the NATO forces leave the country. During a meeting... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The vast majority of a Pajhwok Afghan News survey participants favour the inclusion of word “Afghan” in the biometric national identity (ID) cards. As many as 2,070 people expressed their views in the online survey that... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Russia’s deputy energy minister Yury Sentyurin on Saturday pledged his country’s assistance to Afghanistan in areas of construction and housing. Sentyurin, who called on Afghan Urban Development Minister Syed Sadat Mansoor Naderi... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan could connect regional countries through the Silk Road and build a joint future through its primitive sources, President Ghani said on Friday, the second day of the sixth Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The sixth Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA-VI) entered a second day on Friday with remarks from President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, stressing regional cooperation in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) on Thursday termed the sixth two-day Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (REECA) that began on Thursday in Kabul as vital for the economic development of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The sixth two-day Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA) was formally inaugurated in the capital Kabul on Thursday. Also called The Silk Road Through Afghanistan, the event began at 9:20am with officials... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday said his government had a strong intention to fight corruption and that a national jihad, particularly ulema’s role, was needed to eliminate the unwanted phenomenon. Addressing a national... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two protesting members of the Electoral Reform Commission have submitted their own set of suggestions to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), an official said on Monday. The two, Kawoon Kakar and Shah Mahmood Miakhail, announced... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Chief Executive Officer (CEO)’s office on Monday said there were no technical problems in issuing electronic national identity cards and some political differences in this regard between the president and the CEO had been... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Office Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Monday said Afghanistan would not ask for Pakistan’s help for arranging the second round of talks with the Taliban. The Afghan government and Taliban held their first face-to-face... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Germany on Sunday urged Pakistan to play its part in reviving the stalled Afghan peace process and the window initially opened for the parlays should not be entirely shut. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday appreciated Germany’s wide-ranging cooperation with Afghanistan over the past decade, acknowledging the assistance had brought positive changes to the lives of the Afghan people. The president was... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Four districts of southern Zabul province would fall to the Taliban if additional security forces are not sent, warned the provincial council chief on Saturday. Ata Jan Haqbayan told Pajhwok Afghan News in an exclusive interview... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan and Turkmenistan have signed three Memorandum of Understanding (MoU’s) and two agreements during the Turkmen president’s visit to Kabul on Thursday. The MoUs included bilateral cooperation in anti-money laundering,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) chief on Wednesday said parliamentary elections had been postponed for at least a year due to political issues and warned that unconstitutionally removing the commission’s members would... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Accusing the governor of southern Ghazni province of having hands with Taliban, civil society organizations alleged that he had a meeting with Daesh leaders twice in the United Arabic Emirates (UAE). But Governor Musa Akbarzada... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Attorney General Office (AGO) on Tuesday said of $970 million embezzled money in Kabul Bank, more than $440 million have been obtained. AGO spokesman Basir Azizi told journalists in Kabul the amount was recovered following a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Attorney General Office (AGO) on Tuesday said that investigations into corruption in the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) have been completed and the cases of six officials referred to the special anti-corruption court.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Democracy and Elections Committee on Monday said the Electoral Reform Commission should share its suggestions with the relevant organisations before submitting them to the government. The reform panel, which embarked on its... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) on Sunday said preparations for distribution of computerised identity cards had been finalised but the process would be launched in compliance with a presidential... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Advisor to Chief Executive (CE) Officer has warned that with the help of international community Afghanistan will directly hit militants’ hideouts on the other side of Durand Line if Pakistan fails to dismantle terrorists’... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The 19th trilateral summit addressing the grievances of Afghan refugees in Iran was held on Monday in Kabul at a time when over two million Afghan refugees still lacked legal documents in the neighboring country. The Ministry of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): In his message on International Youth Day on Wednesday, President Ashraf Ghani warned that terrorists wanted to use youth as a tool of achieving  their nefarious designs. The presidential message was read out by Sayed... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former president Hamid Karzai on Wednesday supported the unity government’s stance against Pakistan, saying Islamabad would never achieve its goals through oppression, intimidation and destruction of Afghanistan. Speaking at an... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some analysts on Tuesday said the national unity government had started adopting a harsh stance against Pakistan to prevent further erosion of people’s trust in it. Ten months into its tenure, the government seems to have lost... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): First deputy chief executive officer Mohammad Khan on Monday said judicial reforms and rule of law could help Afghanistan get rid of insecurity and misfortunes. He was talking at a gathering on judicial reforms, in which UNDP,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Calling the electoral system as completely outdated and undemocratic, legal experts on Thursday said the election law did not differentiate between electoral violations and crimes. The Electoral Reform Commission has started... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan on Wednesday said the consequences of Taliban’s leader death were yet to sink in, expressing optimism it would lead to the reopening of peace talks. Speaking to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The electoral reforms commission on Tuesday reassured to evaluate all conditions for which election commissioners got nominated and would incorporate changes to the laws in order to ensure neutrality during elections. The... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Javed Faisal, spokesman for the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah, on Tuesday said Afghanistan expected sharp decline after first round of direct talks with Taliban but insecurity continued to haunt the nation. He... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Monday expressed satisfaction with the completion of parts of the long-awaited Salma Dam in western Herat province. The dam, he hoped, would help resolve the problem of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Political analysts believed creation of militia groups to fight insurgents would only serve interest of individuals and harm peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban. After 14 years of insurgency, Taliban and the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Electoral Reform Commission on Thursday said holding parliamentary elections before bringing reforms to the system would be meaningless. Speaking to reporters here, Sidiqullah Tawhidi, the panel’s deputy head, said the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): As the Electoral Reform Commission formally started its work on Wednesday, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah said the panel would not be a symbolic body because the unity government remained committed to electoral... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Election observers on Monday welcomed the establishment of the Electoral Reform Commission, but feared the panel’s independence as the majority of its members were affiliated with both leaders of the unity government. Electoral... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Security officials on Thursday reviewed security measures put in place on account of Eidul Fitr festival in the central capital Kabul. The high-ranking security officials discussed the overall security situation and possible... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has raised the issue of Iran’s cooperation with the Taliban and some rebel leaders’ trips to that country with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of last week’s Shanghai Cooperation... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani and his predecessor Hamid Karzai on Tuesday night met to discuss “misunderstanding” between the former president and the unity government. Earlier, Karzai has criticised the unity government over inking an... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) on Wednesday said 228 people had been arrested in connection with drugs related crimes during the first three months of the current solar year. CJTF spokesman Ahmad Khalid Mowahid told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Monday said the Kabul Bank scandal would always be condemned in Afghanistan history for damaging the country’s banking system. While introducing the new Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB) head Khalil Sediq, the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah acknowledged on Sunday insecurity was a major hurdle to investment in the country. Speaking at a ceremony arranged in the honour of Qurban Haqjo, who has been appointed as head of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has said conflict, regional security and the system of governance are confronted with challenges in Afghanistan and the regional countries are direly needed to focus on economic stability. Ghani... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan government peace negotiators on Thursday said their next round of talks with Taliban leaders would focus on ending bloodshed. They said their first round of direct talks on Tuesday ended on a positive note in the Pakistani... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The first formal peace negotiations took place last night between official delegations of the High Peace Council (HPC) of Afghanistan and the Afghan Taliban movement in Murree, a tourists’ resort close to Islamabad, the capital of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani is scheduled to visit Russia on Thursday to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and the BRICS summits. Shakib Mustaghni, spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), said at... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Spokesman of Ministry of Interior (MoI) has said that foreign forces’ airstrikes in close coordination with Afghan security forces have proved effective. Sediq Seddiqi told a press conference that the fast-emerging Daesh group... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): As a frontline fighting force against terror, the Afghan Local Police (ALP) should be provided with all the needed facilities and support by the Afghan security forces, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah said on Monday... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The electoral reforms commission work has been delayed once again due to technical issues and changes in the panel’s member list, an official said on Tuesday. The commission was supposed to start work last week. The formation... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday said the war had been imposed on the Afghans and Afghanistan would not collapse as a country. “No one should gamble that God forbid Afghanistan will collapse,” Ghani told a United Nations’... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Acknowledging that negligence was demonstrated in the distribution of electronic identity cards, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah said he would take up the issue with the president. Distribution of electronic ID... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Adullah on Monday said the raid of foreign troops in central Parwan province on a house of former jihadi commander sparked serious concerns among people and Mujahidin community of the country... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Political experts on Thursday said informal talks between Afghan government and Taliban representatives might yield positive results but it was a fallacy that Pakistan alone could pave the ground for peace talks. Despite large... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The unity government on Wednesday welcomed the reconciliation and alliance between First Vice-President Abdul Rashid Dostum and Acting Balkh Governor Atta Mohammad Noor, saying the move would help improve security in northern... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The office of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on Wednesday reassured the electoral reforms commission would start work by the end of current week amid claims that all differences between leaders of the unity government regarding... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum said on Tuesday that narcotics business was strongly connected with militancy in the country and terrorist equipped themselves through cultivation and smuggling of illicit substance. In... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Calling electricity an ailing sector of Afghanistan, the Energy and Water Minister on Sunday lamented due to lack of proper management even a single dam could not be built in the past 14 years. Eng. Ali Ahmad Osmani presented his... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani on Saturday said a new chapter in country’s foreign policy would be opened after formulation of foreign policy doctrine. Rabbani presented his first 100-day plans to journalists in Kabul in six... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A joint working committee of political parties, civil society organisations and media has submitted a set of suggestions for electoral reforms to the unity government. The joint statement has been prepared by the working... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Ahmad Zahir -- the Afghan music maestro -- died on this day 36 years ago, but his mesmerising songs and melodious voice continue to win more and more fans with the passage of time. In a word, he has left indelible marks on the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The European Union (EU) special representative to Afghanistan on Sunday underlined comprehensive electoral reforms be resumed without further delay. In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, Franz-Michael Mellbin said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A senior Afghan Air Force official on Saturday said more than 90 percent problems in completing infrastructure projects needed to support the air force had been resolved, but challenges in area of equipment remained. Lt. Gen.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The president’s special representative for reforms and good governance on Thursday claimed some politicians who held high positions in the previous government had stolen millions of dollars. Speaking at a conference in Kabul,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has started consulting various groups on parliamentary elections and the issue would be resolved before the incumbent parliament’s term expires, an official said on Wednesday. The Wolesi Jirga’s term will... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Legal experts on Wednesday said it would be against the Constitution if the current parliament make-up continued beyond June 22 when it mandate expires and its decisions would have no legal basis. The Wolesi Jirga... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan has discussed emerging regional threats with its neighbours, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said on Tuesday. Talking to reporters about Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah’s ongoing trip to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Deputy foreign minister Hikmat Khalil Karzai on Monday said strong bilateral relations between Afghanistan and the United States were vital for regional and international peace, security and stability. He was speaking at a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): US Ambassador Michael McKinley on Monday said Afghanistan faced many challenges and his country stood by the war-torn country to work for its security and stability. The US envoy was speaking at a ceremony marking the 239th... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The spy agency on Sunday said two little brothers being trained by insurgents for a suicide mission had been rescued and reunited with their family. A Taliban commander Rahmatullah had taken the two brothers from their family ,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Procurement Committee (NPC) on Sunday said the government was saving $9.7 million per month in short-term oil contracts of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) as compared to the earlier contracts. After taking office,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): With confrontations increasing between Taliban and Islamic State (IS)-affiliated militants in Afghanistan, some lawmakers and analysts on Saturday said the government should use the situation in favour of peace and security. The... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The independent anti-corruption body on Wednesday asked the government to sack the 119 police call centre officials for failing to address people’s complaints. Dargo Kos, a member of the Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (MEC) in its report released on Wednesday claimed corruption and irregularities took place on a massive scale at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA).... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Tuesday said Afghanistan had been suffering from acts staged by non-state actors and the country was concerned about emerging threats in the region. MoFA Spokesman Ahmad Shakib Mustaghni... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Monday said his country would not sign any agreement in contravention to national interest. Chairing meeting of council of ministers, the CEO said government would reject every... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The national procurement committee on Sunday said it had evaluated 124 major contracts worth 24 billion afghanis in eight meetings. The latest contracts belonging to the ministries of agriculture, public works, public health,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Presenting his 100-day plan, justice minister on Sunday said usurpation of state-land was a major challenge being faced by the country amid endemic corruption and inclusive strategy was needed to tackle the issue. Justice... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Presidential Palace on Friday said six high-ranking officials of Urban Development Ministry accused of administrative graft have been referred to Attorney General’s Office (AGO). President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Thursday sacked... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): It has been eight months since formation of the national unity government, but there is still no significant progress in peace talks with Taliban. However, analysts stress safeguarding of constitution and past achievements.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The unity government would continue to wield “extra-constitutional authority” until a loya jirga is called into session, which needs electoral reforms before conducting parliamentary and district council polls, a member of the newly... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday said the national unity government was formed as a result of the nation’s genuine vote and it was time for the government to respond with great respect to the nation’s trust. Talking to ministers... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Ahmad Zia Masood, president’s special envoy for reforms and good governance, has acknowledged wrangling between leaders of unity government is leaving negative impact on development of the country. Speaking to reporters here on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Experts say the existence of a political opposition is essential for political development and a political system without opposition is incomplete. In politics, the opposition is a party or a group of parties opposed to the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Thursday said his administration had adopted an inclusive strategy to deal with capital looters, land grabbers and poppy mafia leaders. Talking at the 16th meeting of the International Contact... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Minister of Foreign Affairs on Thursday said security challenges had overshadowed all major achievements of Afghanistan in recent years. Speaking at 16th meeting of International Contact Group (ICG) here in Kabul, Salahuddin... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Gen. Murad Ali Murad, Afghanistan’s deputy army chief, on Wednesday reiterated Afghanistan would never allow its soil to be used against neighboring or regional countries. Speaking at a graduation ceremony of 900 commandos in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday underlined the need to accelerate the electronic Identity Cards distribution process. He expressed these views during a gathering marking the World Communication Day. He... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): As concerns continue about the role of acting governors, the government on Sunday announced new governors would be introduced, with some acting governors would be formally appointed as governors. Since the formation of the unity... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani on Saturday said training and supporting Afghan National Security and Defence Forces (ANSDF) was his government top demand in the recently held NATO’s foreign ministers meeting, which was accepted... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Visiting Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said sanctuaries of Taliban insurgents would be eliminated by direct action, when found, and would be monitored by the existing mechanism. Speaking at a joint press... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some political analysts on Tuesday doubted Pakistan’s ability to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table, calling expectations from Islamabad about the peace process as illusion. Since the unity government’s formation in late... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Monday reassured the nation that the government would leave no stone unturned to build tangible peace and fight insurgency. Speaking at a cabinet meeting, Abdullah said security... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The visiting Croatian president on Sunday reassured her country’s lasting support to Afghanistan, promising to sign long-term cooperation agreement when President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani visits the Eastern European country. Kolinda... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Sunday said war has been imposed on Afghanistan and Afghans would never give in to it. Speaking to journalists here in Kabul, the president said terrorist networks that have targeted the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Three persons died and 18 wounded when a suicide bomber targeted staff's vehicle of Attorney General Office (AGO) on Sunday afternoon for the second time in less than a week, an official said. Brig. Gen. Humayoun Aini, 119 police... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Electoral watchdogs on Saturday lambasted delay in electoral reforms, saying there was lack of roadmap for reforms and holding parliamentary elections. Electoral reforms were a major point of agreement among leaders on which the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Milli Ghorzang, a political party, on Thursday staged a huge rally in front of Iranian Embassy in the capital Kabul, denouncing Tehran’s growing political and cultural influence in Afghanistan affairs and society... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Civilian Protection Group (CPG) on Wednesday expressed concerns over the rising civilian casualties in the ongoing conflict, saying the warring factions should develop rules of engagement to protect civilians. The group said that... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): In a fresh development, Afghanistan has signed cooperation agreements with Uzbekistan in areas of energy, transport, trade, and transit, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said Tuesday. MoFA spokesman Shakib Mustaghni told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Following Taliban’s demand to recognize their Qatar’s office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) in a guarded reaction has said the Afghan government is the sole representative of people and will not accept separate entity in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Provincial council (PC) members on Monday said the government should seek their consent in appointing governors so that more cooperative environment could be created in provinces. Speaking at a three-day conference on good... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Reacting to “reconciliation talks” between Afghan figures and Taliban representatives in Qatar, former jihadi leader Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf on Monday said the Afghan government should not allow any country to arrange such meetings... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday urged the Afghans to put aside their past differences and work for the country’s prosperity under the constitution. Speaking at a gathering marking the 23rd anniversary of the Mujahidin’s... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former jihadi leader Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf said on Saturday that he was against giving mujahideen a symbolic role in the government and wanted their say and strong presence in the system. Speaking at a gathering marking the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The defence and interior ministries on Wednesday announced launching of 21 clearing operations across 13 provinces, saying no province or district was in danger of falling to insurgents. Dawlat Waziri, deputy spokesman of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Political analysts on Monday said the war strategy in Afghanistan was failing and the government needed to reconsider its policies on both peace and war. The insurgents traditionally step up their attacks every year following a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (MEC) on Sunday expressed concerns about the rise of corruption in the country, saying the government lacked proper strategy to fight the menace. Rashed... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Saturday expressed shock over persistent threats from government officials to journalists, saying investigative journalism was on the verge of downward trend because of threats.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The office of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) ruled out any disagreement between government leaders over the Electoral Reforms Commission, saying the commission would start its work over next few days. CEO’s deputy spokesman... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Friday underlined greater national unity keeping in view the current security situation in the country. In a statement from Presidential Palace, he said this in his meeting with tribal elders... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) on Thursday urged the Wolesi Jirga to call for practical steps from government leaders regarding electoral reforms. Calling electoral reforms as vital for the next... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Environmental degradation would be one of important topics to be discussed at the first cabinet meeting scheduled to take place on Wednesday night, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah said. Addressing a gathering... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The unity government has appointed Jandad Spinghar as head of the newly-created Electoral Reforms Commission, a source said on Wednesday. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that President Ashraf Ghani and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Tuesday said “beneficial talks” had taken place with Pakistan on the peace process and the time had come to take practical steps, but some government sources said Kabul had lost faith in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of political experts believe it is hard for Afghanistan to keep balance in relations with other countries but say that it is vital for Kabul to keep cordial ties with all neighbours. Afghanistan has encountering with ups... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The UN assistance mission (UNAMA) on Sunday said the presence of Islamic State or Daesh group in Afghanistan should be meticulously evaluated to ascertain if the same militants were committing violence with a different name.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Political passports that have some privileges for holders had been distributed illegally to undeserving people, head of the Wolesi Jirga defence and internal security commission revealed on Saturday. In line with international... read more
KABUL/GENEVA (Pajhwok): Access to justice for women victims of violence in Afghanistan needs to be strengthened, a new UN report has urged. The report stated that while there was a legal framework in place for such cases, there remain many... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Young Activists Network for Reform and Change (YANRC) urged the government leaders to shun difference and maintain unity among their ranks at a time when the country was passing through critical juncture. YANRC on Wednesday... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Tuesday said high-level talks between Afghan and Pakistani officials were crucial for advancing the peace process. MoFA spokesman Shekib Mostaghni told journalists in Kabul many countries... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Tuesday said eight Afghan nationals who were going to Europe illegally have been killed by alleged Iranian mafia groups. But Pajhwok Afghan News came to know about some shocking reports... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Monday said narcotics had a role to fuel insecurity in the country and close coordination among institutions was needed to counter the menace. Addressing a cabinet meeting,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan is though relatively small country but it has over 1,000 diplomats, with majority of them have been appointed on nepotism basis, findings by Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN) show. The findings reveal that the Ministry of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The spokesman for Ministry of Interior on Sunday said Daesh or the Islamic State group could not find a foothold in Afghanistan, assuring that the country’s security forces were able to thwart nefarious designs of Afghanistan’s... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has said that corruption has reached to its peak in major cities and the poor continues to suffer. Speaking at an event in Presidential Palace on citizens’ rights on Tuesday, the president said it... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Monday said the newly-appointed ministers were empowered to hire new staff if required. Earlier, President Ashraf Ghani issued a decree, saying no acting minister or governor had... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Monday said his visit to the US was highly productive in terms of renewal of bilateral relations and rebuilding trust. Last week, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and the CEO,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) on Saturday confirmed receiving the cases of all suspects in Farkhunda’s murder, saying the case would be investigated by its military and internal and external crimes divisions. The 46... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah has said without fundamental reforms in electoral panels, no elections will take place in the country. Based on a decree by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, an electoral reform... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Officials on Thursday claimed initial investigations by a fact-finding committee showed Farkhanda did not burn the Quran and 27 suspects detained in the case would be referred to the Attorney General Office (AGO). Farkhanda, 27,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The freedom of speech situation has not improved, but appeared to have worsened under the new government in Kabul, a survey released on Thursday said. Conducted by free media advocacy group NAI, the study is based on interviews... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least six directors and high-ranking officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have been removed from their positions, a government source revealed on Wednesday. An official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confided to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations on Tuesday acknowledged intensified efforts were underway to bring the insurgents to the negotiations table, suggesting the process should go ahead in consultation with the people. Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan is scheduled to host the 21st steering committee meeting on long-desired Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline project on Thursday (March 19), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) announced on Tuesday... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan government would soon hold face-to-face talks with the Taliban and has asked Beijing to pressure Islamabad to cooperate with the peace process, officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said on Monday. The... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Lawyer’s Association on Sunday expressed its concern about President Ashraf Ghani’s recent decision regarding giving attorneys a test, calling the move unacceptable. Based on the recent presidential decision, Attorney General... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Lawyers Association on Sunday warned of another electoral crisis if the government did not embark on much-needed reforms in the system. Abdul Ghafoor Ghayur, the association’s head, told journalists in Kabul the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Security Council (NSC) on Thursday decided traffic on city roads would not be stopped for high-ranking government officials except in some emergency situations. National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan Civil Society and Elections Network (ACSEN) on Thursday warned procrastination in electoral reforms would damage the credibility of the election process. ACSEN said the public, civil society networks and donor... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The dead body of Shehla Atta, a former parliamentarian and presidential runner, has been found in Kabul, a security official said on Thursday. Brig. Gen. Farid Afzali, the crime branch chief, confirmed to Pajhwok Afghan News the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) chief said on Wednesday he was ready to stand trial if any evidence of his involvement in electoral fraud was produced. Abdul Sattar Sadat told journalists the commission was... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Sunday said that ties between Afghanistan and Turkey were moving ahead with tandem, which would help the peace drive more successful. Speaking at a ceremony marking 94th year of Kabul-... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): First Lady Rula Ghani on Thursday said Afghan women should not be respected solely because they were women, but also as decision-makers and responsible individuals. Speaking at a gathering ahead of International Women’s Day in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Thursday warned that violence against women would not be tolerated and his government was striving to promote girls education in the country. Speaking at a gathering arranged to mark... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Praising Pakistan’s support to Afghan peace overture, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Tuesday said that relations between Kabul and Islamabad were moving on path to progress and stability. MoFA spokesman Shakib Mustagni... read more
Kabul (Pajhwok): Following Pajhwok Afghan News startling revelations that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) was teemed by near and dear ones of government officials and lawmakers, the spokesman of MoFA on Tuesday prompted to say that new... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Tuesday said neighboring Tajikistan would extradite Afghan inmates to the Afghan government. MoFA spokesman Ahmad Shakib Mustaghni told journalists Afghanistan and Tajikistan had signed... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Names to fill the remaining cabinet portfolios have been finalised by President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah and the nominees would be introduced to parliament once the national assembly resumes... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Monday said recent avalanches and flooding claimed 300 precious lives nationwide and directed the Emergency Response Committee (ERC) to intensify efforts at coping with fresh... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 10,000 ad hoc and 20 permanent officials of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) were allegedly involved in fraud during the 2014 elections, the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) acknowledged on Sunday... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Most of diplomats the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has appointed are family members and relatives of government officials and lawmakers and their appointments appeared to be based on nepotism and against rules and merit, a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of civil society activists on Thursday held protest in capital Kabul demanding immediate release of 30 passengers abducted by gunmen some days back in southern Zabul province. The protest was headed by Young Activists... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The office of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on Tuesday said consultation about the creation of electoral reforms commission has been finalised and the body will be announced through a presidential decree soon. Reformation of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Monday said the threat of Islamic State militants in Afghanistan was being exaggerated but warned the menace should not be overlooked. Earlier reports cited militants’... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) and International Organisation for Migration (IOM) on Sunday expressed concerns over human trafficking and vowed to support Afghan border police in tackling the menace. A three-day workshop has been... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Friday appreciated Pakistan’s efforts for providing level playing field to ensure peace in Afghanistan and to put the reconciliation process back on track. A statement from the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations special representative for Afghanistan on Wednesday stressed for transparent parliamentarian elections and urged the government to further reform the electoral panels. Nicholas Haysom, UN special representative... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Chief Executive Officer (CEO)’s office on Tuesday said the unity government should adopt a single terminology for terrorists so that government spokespersons could clearly communicate with the people and the media. CEO’s... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Monday said the unity government was concerned about the situation of Afghan refugees living in Pakistan. Presiding over the maiden meeting of the new cabinet, the CEO said: “... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday opened a consular office at the Hamid Karzai International Airport, formerly known as Kabul Airport, to issue visas to foreign nationals, particularly investors on arrival in a move to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Ahmad Zia Massoud, the president’s special representative for reforms and good governance on Tuesday said that the government was all ready to start work on the New Kabul township project. During his visit of the township master... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Facebook users have strongly reacted to recent remarks by former jihadi leader and minister Ismail Khan about the cabinet’s formation. The users said Khan remained power hungry and his remarks were an attempt to exploit the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Election watchdogs on Saturday praised the unity government’s commitment to reforming the electoral system and stressed early creation of the proposed commission in this regard. Electoral reforms are part of the national unity... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan (TEFA) on Thursday criticised the government for giving women fewer representation in its structure. TEFA chief Naeem Ayubzada told a gathering “women’s participation in future... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan National Army (ANA) infantry battalion on Tuesday conducted a military exercise to show its capabilities following the takeover of security responsibilities from NATO. The exercise was conducted in the Ministry of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga (lower house) members, clinging to their pose, said on Wednesday they would not vote for dual citizen cabinet nominees. The unity government on Tuesday announced 24 ministers-designate and nominees for the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The hajj and religious affairs minister-designate on Wednesday claimed more than 90 percent of mosques in the country were unregistered and bringing them to the mainstream would be among his priorities. President Ashraf Ghani... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The commander of Afghan National Army (ANA) Special Operations Division on Thursday warned the insurgents of stern action. Addressing a graduation ceremony for 7,400 commandos in Kabul, Brig. Gen. Sayed Abdul Karim underlined the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than 105 days after its inauguration, the unity government on Monday finally announced a long-awaited list of 25 ministers-designate and the National Directorate of Security (NDS) head. During a gathering at the Presidential... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President’s special representative for reforms and good governance Ahmad Zia Massoud on Sunday said Afghanistan could become self-sufficient if its political and economic institutions properly worked. Addressing provincial... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  Media support organisation NAI on Wednesday said eight journalists were killed in 2014 when violence against them surged by 64 percent. Another nine journalists were injured, 20 detained, 38 beaten and 50 threatened and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Welcoming the formal end of NATO’s combat mission, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Tuesday said the Afghan forces were capable enough to independently secure the country. The US and NATO formally ended their 13-year-old war in... read more
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): 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 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 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 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): 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): 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): 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):  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): 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): 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’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): 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): 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 (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
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): 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): 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): 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 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) :  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): 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): 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): 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): 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 (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): 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): 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 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): 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 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): 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): 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): 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): 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): 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): 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): 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): 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 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): 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 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 (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): 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): 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 (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
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 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): 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): 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): 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): 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): 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): 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): 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): 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): 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): 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

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