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KABUL (PAN): Bursts of gunfire and several heavy blasts rocked the capital soon after suicide bombers entered a luxury hotel in a high-security neighbourhood on Sunday, officials and witnesses said.Gunfire that began near the Ghazanfar Bank in the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan boxer and the World Boxing Union champion Hamidullah Rahimi said on Thursday the international media projected Afghanistan as a nation disrespecting women and notorious for opium trade, but Afghan athletes could counter the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Taekwondo coaches and athletes, including females, completed a two-day training course in Kabul, an official said on Tuesday.Supported by the Holland Taekwondo Federation, the course was aimed at familiarising athletes with the newest... read more
KABUL (PAN): Journalists and civil society activists, voicing deep concern about the safety of media people in Afghanistan, on Monday strongly condemned the murder of a radio reporter in southeastern Paktika province.Samad Khan Bahadarzai, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): A parliamentary group on Friday warned that disrespect to Afghanistan’s culture and religion amounted to playing with fire -- an act that could lead to dangerous consequences.A spokesman for the Law-Supporting Coalition strongly... read more
KABUL (PAN): The fourth technical meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) concluded in Kabul on Saturday with the adaptation of a six-point agreement on preventing human trafficking in member states.The two-day... read more
KABUL (PAN): Although Iran is providing valuable services to refugees, some of Afghan migrants claim their children remain deprived of education in the neighbouring country.But Nasir Jehan Shahi, cultural attaché at the Iranian embassy in Kabul,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan were routed by Iranian in a match of the preliminary round of the 16th Asian Senior Men's Volleyball Championship at Azadi Hall No. 1 in Tehran, an official said on Thursday.Placed in Group A along with Iran, India and... read more
KABUL (PAN): As many as 150 relics have been found near the world's largest copper mine in central Logar province, Ministry of Information and Culture officials said on Tuesday.Discovery of the sites in Kohi Ainak, Shah Mar Tapa, Shah Tapa and Wali... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan pipped Yemen by 2-1 in their third match of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-16 Championship 2012 qualifiers at the Sabah al Salem Stadium in Kuwait City, an official said on Sunday.The national side edged past the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan held hosts Kuwait to a draw in a match of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-16 Championship 2012 qualifiers at the Sabah al Salem Stadium in Kuwait City, an official said on Tuesday.Afghans shot into lead when Murtaza... read more
KABUL (PAN): Senior government officials, including the first vice president, on Monday inaugurated the Chaman-i-Hazoori Park after the completion of reconstruction and renovation works worth $2 million (94340000 afghanis). The reconstruction and... read more
KABUL(PAN): The Council of Ministers on Tuesday ordered the sacking of the Bagrami district chief for his alleged involvement in grabbing land meant for a refugee township in Kabul. Independent Directorate of Local Governance head Abdul Khaliq... read more
KABUL(PAN): The Afghan National Army (ANA) Deployment and Management Centre (DMC) will be established at the Kabul International Airport at a cost of $80 million. Afghan and US military officials laid the foundation stone for the DMC, which will... read more
KABUL(PAN): Former jihadi commander Almas Zahid, a two-time lower house MP from Parwan province, denied keeping an illegal militia, but added that Afghans can get arms if the country is invaded. "We started the resistance against the USSR... read more
KABUL (PAN): Farmers have once again switched to poppy cultivation in northern Kapisa and western Ghor provinces, an official said on Monday. "The existence of insurgents and increase in narcotics prices are the main reasons behind growing... read more
KABUL (PAN): A man was killed and 10 others were injured on Wednesday when a dispute between two families at a camp for internally displaced in Kabul turned violent, officials said. Knives and guns were used, but the cause of the fight, which... read more
KABUL(PAN): Interior minister Gen. Bismillah Muhammadi on Saturday accused foreign countries of fueling tribal tensions in Afghanistan. However, the "outsiders" would not be allowed to succeed in their nefarious designs, the minister told... read more
KABUL (PAN): National Olympic Committee officials donated spots gear to prisoners in the Pul-i-Charkhi Jail on the eastern outskirts of Kabul on Sunday, an official said. During a visit to the jail, National Olympic Committee Director Gen. Muhammad... read more
KABUL (PAN): Lt. Gen. KABUL (PAN): Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, who runs NATO’s training mission in Afghanistan, said Wednesday the alliance so far spent $20 billion on training and equipping Afghan security forces since 2003. Speaking at a... read more
KABUL (PAN): The year of 2010 was proved to be a lucky one for Afghan sportsmen, who won about 195 different medals at various regional, continental and international competitions during the period, an official said on Monday. The medals included,... read more
KABUL(PAN): A senior counternarcotics official on Sunday warned the ongoing dry spell could usher into an increased poppy cultivation in Afghanistan, the world's largest poppy-producing region. "The current dry-spell is likely to take... read more
KABUL(PAN): A senior Kabul Museum official on Tuesday appealed to Afghans to cooperate with them in the recovery of lost historic items and the arrest of smugglers in order to enrich the museum. So far 500 historic items had been recovered from... read more
 KABUL (PAN): The first plane carrying Afghan hajjis from Saudi Arabia back to Afghanistan has arrived in Kabul, an official said on Monday. The Ariana Airline flight, with 238 pilgrims on board, arrived at Kabul international airport at 11:... read more
KABUL (PAN): A branch of Al Qaeda has called on the French government to withdraw its forces from Afghanistan in return for the safety of five French hostages kidnapped in Niger KABUL (PAN): A branch of Al Qaeda has called on the French government... read more
KABUL (PAN): US Ambassador Carl Eikenberry said on Tuesday his country was keen on forging long-term friendly and cooperative relations with Afghanistan. During a visit to the Afghanistan National Music Institute in Kabul, the ambassador said music... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Kabul Municipality on Friday launched a campaign to clean the capital ahead of a seminar, scheduled for November 11, the mayor said. Muhammad Yunus Nawandesh told Pajhwok Afghan News he himself was supervising the campaign which... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Kabul Municipality on Friday launched a campaign to clean the capital ahead of a seminar, scheduled for November 11, the mayor said. Muhammad Yunus Nawandesh told Pajhwok Afghan News he himself was supervising the campaign which... read more
KABUL (PAN): Three-day trials for picking national Muay Thai and Wushu squads got under way in Kabul on Tuesday, an official said. Two hundred 200 athletes from 10 provinces -- Balkh, Parwan, Bamyan, Nimroz, Herat, Maidan Wardak, Logar, Ghazni and... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Olympics Committee on Sunday launched a series of trials involving 80 athletes to pick the national light athletic team, an official said. Competitors from 18 of the country's 34 provinces gathered to exhibit their skills in... read more
KABUL(PAN): Afghan athletes, including two girls, on Thursday left for Iran to participate in international competitions starting October 24 in the neighbouring country, an official said. The Afghanistan 'New Full Contact' sports teams... read more
KABUL (PAN): A special counternarcotics court in Kabul has convicted nine people on the charge of trafficking drugs. A statement from the Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF), a special counter narcotics court, on Sunday said the convicted people... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan national karate team has returned home from South Africa, where it secured first position in a two-day contest, a sports official said on Thursday. The victorious sportsmen arrived at the Kabul International Airport on Wednesday... read more
KABUL (PAN) Up to 445 heavy and light weapons were collected from a security firm and an illegal armed group in the past one week, an interior ministry official said on Saturday. In southern Helmand province, the Aqab Safed Private Security Company... read more
KABUL (PAN): Disabled footballers marked the World Peace Day by playing a friendly match against a local club in Kabul on Thursday. The day was marked in Afghanistan this year amid bigger security challenges than ever since the overthrow of Taliban... read more
KABUL (PAN): There will be no voting in nine districts of the country under the control of the Taliban and other armed insurgents, the defence ministry said on Wednesday.Operation chief of army staff, Maj. Gen. Afzal Imam, said that Kamdesh district... read more
KABUL (PAN): The housing facility has been arranged for 20,000 Afghan Hajj pilgrims close to the holy Kaaba in the Saudi city of Makkah, an official said on Tuesday.The reasonable accommodation, with water, electricity and bathroom facilities, is... read more
KABUL (PAN): As many as 57 civilians have died in violence-related incidents over the past one week across the country, an official said on Sunday.Of the total 115 fatalities, 87 were militants and were 31 policemen who were killed in bomb... read more
KABUL (PAN): Bad prison conditions in Afghanistan, a matter of concern at home and abroad, would be improved to international standards over the next five years, a prison official said on Sunday.The General Prison and Detention Centre Department... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two private security companies have turned in 122 weapons to the Ministry of Interior, a senior official said on Wednesday.As many as 111 weapons of different kinds were surrendered by NCL Holdings and 11 by Global Security Company, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Every day thousands of Kabul residents visit public bath houses, also known as hammams, to wash and relax, but doctors warn that the lack of hygiene could lead to a spread of disease.Public bath houses have for decades been a popular... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) Sunday announced the removal of 10 more people from the list of parliamentary candidates for failing to resign government posts.The candidates whose names were struck off the list belonged to... read more
KABUL (PAN): Recruitment for a controversial village security force, also called the "local police", has begun in one district in central Uruzgan province, a senior security official said on Wednesday.Deputy interior minister, Lt. Gen. Muhammad... read more
KABUL (PAN): The top NATO spokesman on Monday said that a new unit would be set up to monitor and review the activities of private security firms.Gen. Josef Blotz, spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force, said the unit, to be... read more
KABUL (PAN): Supporting President Hamid Karzai's call, NATO said on Sunday there should be clear rules and guidelines regulating the affairs of private security companies.All private security firms should be registered and they should operate in a... read more
KABUL (PAN): An agreement worth three million US dollars was signed between the Ministry of Culture and Information and a Norwegian organisation on Thursday.Tens of thousands Afghan youth would be educated under the agreement inked between Deputy... read more
KABUL (PAN): The leak of a stream of secret US military documents confirms the existence of Taliban safe havens outside Afghanistan, an official of the Ministry of Defence said on Wednesday.Released by Wikileaks, the 180 confidential files contained... read more
KABUL (PAN): A senior US military official said on Sunday that top al-Qaeda leaders, including Osama bin Laden and Ayman Al Zawahiri, were hiding in Pakistan.The Obama administration was seeking cooperation from the Pakistani government in... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Interior on Wednesday praised the patience of residents in the capital, many of whom suffered because of the tight security imposed for the Kabul Conference.To avoid a repeat of the attacks that marred last month's peace... read more
KABUL (PAN): NATO's top official on Tuesday said the western alliance fully supported President Hamid Karzai's goal to have Afghan forces take charge of the country's security by 2014."I share the ambition with Karzai," Anders Fogh Rasmussen told... read more
KABUL (PAN): The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Kabul on Tuesday hours ahead of a major international conference aimed at overseeing progress on the benchmarks set in London Conference earlier this year.High-level officials from more... read more
KABUL (PAN): Three people were killed and 14 others wounded as a suicide bomber detonated his explosives rigged to a motorbike in the heavily-fortified Afghan capital on Sunday, two days ahead of a major international conference.Seven children were... read more
KABUL (PAN): Hundreds of security personnel and municipality workers have fanned out across Kabul to make the Afghan capital more secure and cleaner for an upcoming international event.The heavily-fortified capital is set to host nearly 70 high-... read more
KABUL (PAN): The head of the Afghan electoral body, Fazl Ahmad Manawi, on Thursday asked poll candidates to stop presenting television and radio shows.Presenting such programmes amounted to "a kind of election campaign", he said, adding the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The newly-appointed US general, who took command of the 130,000-strong International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Sunday, promised efforts to reduce civilian casualties.General David Petraeus praised the "enormous contributions"... read more
KABUL (PAN): US Central Command Chief David Petraeus, who was named Wednesday to replace sacked Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the top US commander in Afghanistan, is expected to arrive in Kabul by next seven to 10 days, a NATO spokesman said Sunday.... read more
KABUL (PAN): A United Nations Security Council (UNSC)'s delegation that wrapped up its four-day mission in Afghanistan on Thursday said a committee was in the process of finalising its review of a UN terror blacklist on a case-by-case basis.The 15-... read more
KABUL (PAN): The victorious Afghan national bodybuilding squad that got first position in the Heavy Weight (+90kg) category at the 7th South Asian Mens Bodybuilding Championship in Katmandu, Nepalese capital, has returned home.Afghanistan with 116... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghans, calling for world's attention towards the plights of Afghan refugees living in neighbouring countries, on Sunday observed World Refugee Day, amid thousands of returnees arrived home as part of a repatriation campaign.... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan foreign minister said on Sunday that supporting the Taliban was against the interests of Afghanistan and Pakistan and called for greater regional cooperation to fight terrorism.Dr Zalmay Rasool's comments come in the wake of... read more
KABUL (PAN): With the countdown for the world's most popular sport about to reach zero, Afghans are among the millions of football fans eager to watch the 2010 World Cup.South Africa is the host for the 2010 World Cup, held every four years, pitting... read more
KABUL (PAN): The British ambassador to Kabul on Tuesday urged the Afghan government to appoint competent and un-corrupt replacements for two top security officials who resigned last week.William Petay, who was appointed last month, would not comment... read more
KABUL (PAN): The younger generation has an important role to play in Afghanistan's peace jirga as their views on how to prevent disaffected youth joining militants could speed up the peace process, officials and delegates said on Thursday.The three-... read more
KABUL (PAN): Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, President Hamid Karzais principal political foe, on Tuesday announced he would boycott the much-anticipated Peace Advisory Jirga.He said he would not participate in a governmental assembly where delegates had been... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan has criticised the Iranian embassy for making a complaint to the Attorney Generals office against an MP, saying such a move was neither diplomatic nor friendly.The complaint was submitted two weeks ago, and accused the MP,... read more
KABUL (PAN): A former presidential candidate, Ramazan Bashardost, Thursday asked NATO troops to leave Kabul to avoid civilian casualties.The call comes two days after a suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden vehicle into a convoy of NATO forces... read more
KABUL (PAN): A looming military offensive in southern Kandahar province, aimed at driving Taliban fighters from their spiritual bastion, would be led by Afghan security forces, a top NATO official said Wednesday.The operation should bring security... read more
KABUL (PAN): A fierce gale lashed the Afghan capital on Sunday, killing two people and wounding another two, officials said.Jan Agha, 45, was killed when the metal roof of a building ripped off by the wind fell on his car near to Rahman Baba high... read more