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KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Monday said all questions raised by presidential candidate Dr. Abdullah Abdullah were answered in line with established law, asking President Hamid Karzai to encourage Abdullah to rejoin... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Presidential runner Dr. Abdullah Abdullah has resumed cooperation with the election management bodies, signalling progress in ending the political deadlock, an official said on Wednesday.On July 15, Abdullah urged the immediate... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Ahmad Yusuf Nuristani, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) chairman, on Saturday asked all eligible voters to stream to polling stations and cast ballots, defying threats of violence.Nuristani exercised his voting right as the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Saturday began a hearing into more than 3,000 complaints lodged by Provincial Council (PC) candidates against alleged fraud during the April provincial council elections.The... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Tuesday warned if the government failed to fire the officials allegedly involved in fraud and rigging, the panel would have to make public their names.Addressing a press conference on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Tuesday promised mistakes during the first round of presidential elections would not be repeated in the runoff, insisting no government official would be allowed to interfere in the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok) The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Saturday delayed the announcement of preliminary results from the April 5 provincial council elections.Speaking to journalists in Kabul, IEC spokesman Noor Mohammad Noor said senior... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A four-day public hearing by the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) ended in Kabul on Wednesday, officials saidMost of the complaints were registered against leading presidential runners Dr Abdullah Abdullah and Dr... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More electoral complaints were investigated by the Independent Election Complaint Commission (IECC) at a fourth public hearing on Tuesday, an official said.Most of the 74 complaints were recorded against the campaign teams of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): In the run-up to the final outcome, the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Monday evaluated more than 240 complaints.Representatives of civil society, candidates and media outlets attended the third public hearing... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology (MCIT) on Saturday said Afghanistan’s first satellite ‘Afghansat1’ had successfully been placed into orbit and had started test broadcasts.Previously named Eutelsat W2M,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Foreign Ministry on Monday said it was concerned about the periodic executions of Afghan nationals in neighbouring Iran, calling on Tehran to address Kabul’s reservations in this regard.Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmad Shakib... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A security official, who shot and injured a female lawmaker in the capital Kabul last night, has been arrested, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Wednesday.The ministry said in a statement Mariam Kofi, who represents northern... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission on Sunday said it had recorded a total of 870 incidents of fraud classed as "Priority A", complaints considered serious enough to affect the outcome of the April 5 elections.IECC... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Saturday extended the voting time by an hour in presidential and provincial council elections.Originally, the voting was to begin at 7:00 am and close at 4:00 pm.IEC Director Ahmad Yousuf... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The electoral watchdog on Tuesday fined presidential runners Gul Agha Sherzai and Zalmai Rassoul for violating the Election Law during their campaigns.At an emergency meeting, the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC)... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN) on Monday launched an independent and neutral webpage ( to encourage people’s participation in the landmark presidential and provincial council elections and report attempts at... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Only one week before the April 5 vote, the independent electoral complaints commission (IECC) on Saturday warned of serious threats to the process.IECC Chairman Abdul Sattar Sadat told a news conference in Kabul that insecurity... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Supporting the call for a 15-day boycott of Taliban’s coverage, a number of media outlets on Saturday condemned the deaths of an Afghan journalist, his spouse and children in a suicide attack on a luxury hotel in Kabul.Sardar Ahmad... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Wednesday announced removing another 116 individuals from the final list of provincial council candidate.IECC Secretary Nadir Mohseni told a press conference in Kabul the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Interior Minister Omar Daudzai on Tuesday promised the April 5 elections would be peaceful because his ministry had complete faith in the ability of Afghan security forces to deal with any challenge.Addressing a gathering in Kabul,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Experienced and qualified civilian women government servants would be given similar ranks in the police force based on a presidential decree, Interior Minister Omar Daudzai said on Tuesday. Addressing a women’s day function in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai on Saturday said that the constitution needed amendments for the sake of reforms -- a need spotlighted by past experience.In his final address to the joint session of parliament, the president said the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Following negotiations lasting at least two weeks, presidential runner Abdul Qayum Karzai on Thursday formally announced his withdrawal from the race to support Zalmai Rassoul.Speaking at a press conference in Kabul, the President... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Presidential contender Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Wednesday promised giving former jihadis a leading role in bringing peace and stability to the country, if he wins the April 5 polls.Addressing a campaign rally in Desabz district of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Presidential contender Dr. Abdullah Abudllah on Thursday accused the government of interference into the elections by facilitating meetings among presidential hopefuls.Abdullah, who finished second behind President Karzai in the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Sunday’s deadly attack on the Afghan National Army (ANA) organised by the Taliban, their foreign accomplices and the intelligence network of a certain country, the Ministry of Defence alleged on Monday.At least 20 Afghan National... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Beijing on Saturday welcomed Kabul’s position on the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA), saying that Afghan-American relations should be based on sovereign equality.     Visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations on Tuesday described security problems as a major obstacle to the election process, urging the electoral bodies to conduct the ballot in a manner acceptable to all candidates.Jan Kubis, the UN secretary general’s... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Monday vehemently criticized regional countries, notably Pakistan, for lack of cooperation in promoting the peace process in Afghanistan.Addressing a regular weekly media briefing, MoFA... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Saturday slapped a fine of 50,000 afghanis on presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai.Announcing results of its investigations into complaints against four runners, the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A parliamentary panel on Wednesday accused the Kabul mayor of committing massive corruption ranging from the sale of government lands on forged documents to embezzlement of millions of dollars.Members of the Wolesi Jirga Commission... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai is interested in concluding the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States before the April 5 elections, his foreign minister said on Sunday.At a joint news conference with his visiting German... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Calling for an acceptable election process in Afghanistan, the top UN diplomat in the country on Saturday ruled out a flawless presidential vote, scheduled for April 5.But the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative Ján Kubiš... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) on Tuesday said the just-inaugurated 3G technology and GSM services would be made available across the country over the next six months.President Hamid Karzai... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday inaugurated a much-awaited 3G mobile technology project and switch to GSM standards in Kabul.Speaking at a ceremony here, the president praised the nation for each step it took toward progress in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Presidential runner Zalmai Rassoul on Monday said he would form a broad-based government and handle the issue of security with an iron fist if he won the April election.Hitting the campaign trail, Rassoul told supporters that... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Under an agreement signed on Wednesday, Afghanistan has received satellite resources that will enhance deployment of its national broadcasting, telecommunications infrastructure and international connectivity.Eutelsat Communications... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan and six neighbouring countries, stressing the need for regional cooperation, on Tuesday discussed the negative effects of narcotics on public health and security.The call came at a two-day meeting that began in Kabul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Kabul police chief on Monday promised tight security around all polling stations during the April 5 presidential and provincial council elections.Maj. Gen.  Mohammad Zahir told a press conference they had assessed the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) officials have described 2013 as a year of achievements, but insecurity, impassible areas and the absence of electricity in some parts remain hurdles to expanding telecom... read more
KABUL (PAN): Leading presidential candidate Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Saturday accused certain elements of raking up linguistic, ethnic and sectarian issues at a critical juncture in Afghanistan’s history.Addressing a news conference in Kabul, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Cooperation Council of Political Parties and Coalitions of Afghanistan (CCPPCA) on Saturday lent its weight to an early signature on the bilateral security agreement (BSA) with the US, saying the accord was crucial to peace and... read more
KABUL (PAN): The consultative Loya Jirga on the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States entered its final day on Sunday, when almost all 50 committee heads recommended the pact should be signed withing six weeks.Najiba Hussaini,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said the consultative Loya Jirga discussed the draft Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) on its second consecutive day on Friday in a peaceful environment.MoI spokesman, Siddique Siddiqui, speaking on... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some participants of the consultative Loya Jirga on Friday called for changes in parts of the draft Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA), warning the deal -- if signed without amendments -- could damage Afghanistan’s long-term interest.... read more
KABUL (PAN): On the second day of proceedings, the consultative Loya Jirga on Friday started debating the content of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) between Afghanistan and the US.Amid tight security arrangements, the four-day Loya Jirga on... read more
KABUL (PAN): Kabul will host an epoch-making consultative Loya Jirga from Thursday (tomorrow) to Sunday to debate the nitty-gritty of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the US and advise the government on whether or not the deal should be... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) on Wednesday expressed its deep concern over the increasing culture of male prostitution in society, asking the government to check the menace.The AIHRC said the immoral... read more
KABUL (PAN): Based on the latest report from the Ministry of Interior, 1,100 of the 6,800 sensitive polling stations across the country are at a high security risk while the fate of another 259 remains uncertain.Brig. Gen. Mohammad Salim Ihsas, the... read more
KABUK (PAN): The Civil Society Coordination Centre (CSCC) on Monday urged the government and the Independent Election Commission (IEC) to provide its observers the required facilities during the upcoming presidential and provincial council polls.... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai’s close confidant Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf on Thursday formally registered as a candidate for the 2014 presidential election, as the race is gradually hotting up.Accompanied by hundreds of supporters, the Daawat-i... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring & Evaluation Committee (MEC) on Saturday feared insecurity could threaten next year’s elections in parts of the country and cautioned against the appointment of corrupt officials.... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Saturday voiced its preparedness to send mobile voter registration teams to remote areas of the country.Previously, people from far-flung regions had complained they could not travel for... read more
KABUL (PAN): Bismillah Sher on Sunday became the first presidential candidate to file his nomination papers with the Independent Election Commission (IEC).Of the 48 people, including two women, who have obtained information kits on elections, Hezb-i... read more
 KABUL (PAN): Documentary proofs of 72 lawmakers’ involvement in illegal activities are being provided to prosecutors and courts, a Ministry of Interior (MoI) official said on Wednesday.  Hours after being voted out by the Wolesi Jirga,... read more
KABUL (PAN): India’s role is crucial to training and equipping of Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers and there is no barrier to enforcing the strategic agreement between the two countries, a Ministry of Defence official said on Monday.At a press... read more
KABUL (PAN): Four demonstrators were wounded in police fire after a protest turned violent in the Pul-i-Charkhi area on the Kabul-Jalalabad highway on Monday.The protestors alleged the security personnel had killed last week at least seven civilians... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United National Front, renewing its opposition to foreign military bases on Afghan soil, said on Saturday that holding transparent elections appeared impossible in the prevailing circumstances.With insecurity increasing across the... read more
KABUL (PAN): All suicide bombers trying to storm the heavily-fortified Presidential Palace have been killed by security personnel, officials said on Tuesday.Four attackers and three security guards were killed in ensuing clashes that lasted about... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some of the Taliban representatives manning their political office in Qatar have links to Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Afghanistan’s former spy chief claimed on Sunday.A 10-member team of the insurgent movement,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Three civilians were killed and 30 others, including six guards of a prominent politician Mohammad Mohaqqiq, the likely target, were wounded when a large blast rocked the heavily fortified Kabul city on Tuesday, police and witnesses... read more
KABUL (PAN): Triggered by a brazen assault on the Kabul International Airport early Monday morning, clashes between insurgents and security forces ended with the killing of all seven attackers, officials said.The attackers in a vegetable-lade Suzuki... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Saturday cautioned media outlets against harming the core national interests in their coverage of protests against Afghanistan's neighbours.Nine days ago, hundreds of Kabul residents took to the streets and... read more
KABUL (PAN): Fifteen people, including NATO soldiers and civilian contractors, were killed and 42 others wounded on Thursday when an explosives-laden car ploughed into a foreign military convoy in Kabul, officials and witnesses said.“Two... read more
KABUL (PAN): Hundreds of people continued protests across Afghanistan for the sixth straight day on Wednesday against Pakistani attacks on Afghan border posts.In the heavily-fortified capital, Kabul University students took to the streets, chanting... read more
KABUL (PAN): The top US and NATO commander in Afghanistan on Thursday said that local security personnel were capable of conducting independent operations and maintaining security for the upcoming elections.Speaking at a change-in-command ceremony... read more
KABUL (PAN): Up to 107 Afghan National Army (ANA) personnel and 467 militants were killed over the past one month, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Sunday.Afghan soldiers conducted 2,209 counterinsurgency operations and 622 search offensives in... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Counternarcotics on Sunday accused regional countries of not cooperating with Afghanistan in the fight against drugs, a challenge Kabul cannot deal with on its own.The international community’s commitment to the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Ahead of issuance of the long-awaited computerised identity cards in the capital Kabul, a process of resident registration got under way here on Sunday, the Ministry of Interior announced.Ministry officials are holding talks with... read more
KABUL (PAN): A suicide bomber exploded his explosives-packed motorbike at the entrance of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in the heavily fortified Kabul city on Saturday, killing at least nine people, including military officials and civilians, an... read more
KABUL (PAN): A would-be suicide bomber was shot dead before reaching his target in the heavily-fortified central capital of Kabul on Sunday morning, an official said.The shooting came hard on the heels of separate suicide car bomings that killed two... read more
KABUL (PAN): US Ambassador Stephen G. McFarland and Minister of Counter-Narcotics Zarar Moqbel Osmani on Tuesday signed an agreement allocating $18.2 million (939 million afghanis) for programs supported by the Good Performers Initiative (GPI)... read more
KABUL (PAN): Three policemen and five attackers were killed and a dozen others wounded during a nine-hour clash that erupted as a group of suicide bombers stormed the Kabul traffic police headquarters on Monday morning, officials said.Five Taliban... read more
KABUL (PAN): One person was killed and 15 others were wounded on Monday when a bomb exploded near a foreign company in Pul-i-Charkhi area on the eastern outskirts of Kabul, officials said.The explosion occurred at 10:45am when an explosives-laden... read more
KABUL (PAN): The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Monday admitted that Taliban militants’ attack on Jalalabad airport, currently NATO’s base, was the second biggest attack on the coalition troops.   On Sunday... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology on Sunday said seven central and northeastern provinces would be linked by fiber optic cables in the next two years.A private Chinese company, Zhongxing Telecommunication... read more
KABUL (PAN): Nearly a two dozens political groups, including two major opposition parties, on Sunday announced the formation of a joint council “coordination council” to jointly push for a transparent and fraud-free 2014 presidential election, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The administrative detention regime the US government used at the Bagram Detention Centre is not only illegal under international law, but contravenes the Afghan Constitution in a number of respects, the International Justice Network (... read more
KABUL (PAN): Five would-be suicide bombers were killed as a result of a raid by the National Directorate of Security (NDS), the Afghan spy service, in the 12th police district of Kabul, an intelligence official said on Thursday.The bombers, who... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Attorney General Office (AGO) on Tuesday accused the intelligence service of a neighbouring country of plotting the 2011 attack on a shrine in Kabul, where 80 people were killed.  More than 200 people were wounded when a... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Friday left for the United States to attend the 25th NATO Summit in Chicago, where he will brief world leaders on Afghanistan’s progress and future needs, his office said.Representatives from 60 countries and... read more
KABUL (PAN): The National United Front, opposing foreign military bases in Afghanistan, on Friday denounced the Strategic Partnership Agreement with the United States as imperialistic.“History won’t forgive supporters of this imperialistic pact.... read more
KABUL (PAN): The National Directorate of Security (NDS), Afghan spy service, officials on Saturday said three would-be suicide attackers plotting to assassinate the second vice-president were arrested in Kabul.An NDS official Shafiqullah Tahiri told... read more
KABUL (PAN): A gas cylinder explosion triggered a huge fire at a busy market on Sunday night, causing massive losses to traders, on the outskirts of the capital Kabul.“The blaze broke out at 10.10pm in the Sang Trashi area of 1st police district,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Coalition for Change and Hope on Thursday said the Karzai administration has failed to improve the lives of women in the country, saying the peace talks with the Taliban could further worsen the women situation as the parleys lacked... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai, denouncing the desecration of the Holy Quran by US troops, on Sunday renewed his call for calm, as violent protest continued in different parts of the country.Addressing a news briefing a day after the killing of... read more
KABUL(PAN): A primary court sentenced three individuals to 20 years in jail on charges of smuggling narcotics, an official said on Wednesday. The primary court of the Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) convicted the men who had been arrested during... read more
KABUL (PAN): Germany will continue to assist Afghanistan beyond the withdrawal of foreign forces from the country by 2014, Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle promised on Thursday. The pullout of international troops does not mean that the global... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United Nations on Tuesday called for all Afghan groups to prevent children's recruitment as soldiers, suicide attackers and end their sexual abuse. "Children should no more be used, whether it is in soldiers, for suicide... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United Nations is mulling over a request from the Afghan government to remove certain Taliban leaders from the sanctions list, an official of the world body said on Tuesday. Creation of separate blacklists for Al Qaeda and Taliban... read more
KABUL(PAN): Afghanistan's High Peace Council chief on Wednesday said he was optimistic that militants would join the peace process after Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan. "There is no doubt that the death of Osama has an impact on... read more
KABUL(PAN): Second vice president Mohammad Karim Kahlili on Tuesday asked the Taliban leaders to join the government-initiated peace talks or face the same fate as Osama bin Laden. The Al Qaeda leader was killed by elite US commandos last week in... read more
KABUL(PAN): The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development had allocated $100 million (4.539 billion afghanis) for the implementation of development projects during the ongoing year, the minister said on Sunday. The amount had been specified... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some mobile phone companies have been fined up to 51 million afghanis ($1,106,290) and others warned of their licenses being suspended over low quality services, an official said on Sunday. The companies fined over the past four years... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan forces were ready to take over the security responsibility from foreign troops if the international community honoured its commitments to the Afghan government, a senior defence official said on Wednesday. The proposed... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology on Tuesday said it had no right to cancel contracts of private mobile companies and pressurising them to resume operations in insecure areas was against the government's... read more
KABUL(PAN): President Hamid Karzai has ordered an investigation into a coalition operation that local officials say killed five civilians in northern Sar-i-Pul province two days ago, but the alliance insists only militants were killed. Karzai on... read more
KABUL(PAN): A woman was killed and another woman and a child were wounded when they were hit by a vehicle of foreign troops in Kabul on Wednesday, police said. The accident happened when a military vehicle belonging to NATO-led soldiers collided... read more
KABUL(PAN): Almost an average of 52 civilians lost their lives per month last year due to landmine explosions in Afghanistan, an official said on Wednesday. The number of civilian casualties caused by landmines decreased last year, compared to the... read more