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KABUL/FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): Fourteen militants, including the Taliban-nominated governor for northern Badakhshan province, have been killed, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said on Tuesday.The militants were killed in an operation in the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Released in return for the only US captive soldier in Afghanistan from the Guantanamo Bay prison and taken to Qatar on a military plane, the five Taliban detainees were influential commanders during their regime ousted in 2001.The... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The government planned to ensure elections security by focusing on improving the situation in insecure provinces, the Presidential Palace said on Sunday.The decision was taken at a meeting of the National Security Council (NSC),... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Fikar wa Amal Jirga on Friday called the multiplicity of presidential runners as the biggest challenge to Afghanistan’s landmark elections in 2014. “The Fikar wa Amal Jirga which established by large group of former and current... read more
KABUL (PAN): Voicing his strong aversion to federalism in Afghanistan, the Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan chief on Tuesday asked his supporters to spare non-combatants.In his Eid message, Eng. Gulbadin Hekmatyar hoped foreign troops would have left the... read more
KABUL (PAN): US Central Command (CENTCOM) chief Gen. Lloyd James Austin III, currently on a visit to Afghanistan, called on President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, the Presidential Palace said on Sunday.Afghan security forces’ improvement, the Kabul-... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Monday denounced deadly bomb attacks in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces, bordering Afghanistan.At least 47 people were killed and more than 114 others wounded in yesterday’s bomb... read more
KABUL (PAN): At least 21 Taliban were killed and 10 others wounded during separate incidents over the past 24 hours in central Maidan Wardak province, an official said on Thursday.On Wednesday, a joint Afghan-ISAF security force conducted a ground... read more
 KABUL (PAN): Supporting the Afghan-led reconciliation campaign, Qatar promised on Monday it would help pave the way for talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government.During his visit to Doha, President Hamid Karzai held talks with the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Taliban on Friday denied their involvement in a recent attack on the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) office in the eastern city of Jalalabad.Three days after the much-condemned incident, the insurgent movement said... read more
KABUL (PAN): Following a suicide attack on its office in the eastern city of Jalalabad, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has halted operations across Afghanistan, an official said on Friday.The humanitarian organisation,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Taliban on Tuesday announced the release of the remaining Turkish engineers they had kidnapped last month in central Logar province -- two days after four of the hostages were freed in Nangarhar. On April 21, the Taliban seized 10... read more
KABUL (PAN): A former head of the Taliban Political Commission has suggested changes in the insurgent movement, as a NATO-led troops prepare to end their combat mission in Afghanistan by the end of 2014.   Mullah Agha Jan Mutasim, who... read more
KABUL (PAN): A newly-constructed surgical ward at a health clinic was inaugurated in the Deh Rawud district of central Uruzgan province on Wednesday, when repair work on a key highway finished in Maidan Wardak province.An inaugural ceremony for the... read more
 KABUL (PAN): Presidents of Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan on Wednesday inked a trilateral framework agreement on the construction of a railroad following talks in Ashgabat, the Presidential Palace in Kabul said.Hamid Karzai, Emomali... read more
KABUL (PAN): Six Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have been killed in separate incidents over the past 24 hours in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said on Tuesday.The soldiers were killed as a result of roadside bombings and insurgent... read more
KABUL (PAN): Pakistan-A defeated Afghanistan by eight wickets during a one-day match played in Pakistan's culture city of Lahore on Monday, an official said.Pakistan elected to field after they won the toss in the 50-over game, Afghan team manager... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai and President Asif Ali Zardari have agreed to hold a joint conference of Afghan and Pakistani ulema in Kabul next month, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Tuesday.A ministry statement said the agreement came... read more
ASADABAD (PAN): The dead bodies of two kidnapped tribal elders were found in eastern Kunar province on Tuesday, officials said.Haji Ali Rahman and Mir Ahmad -- hailing from Saidur and Mashora villages of Chapa Dara district -- were abducted three... read more
KABUL (PAN): A lawmaker and member of the National Front of Afghanistan, Mohammad Mohaqiq, denied involvement in seizing government-owned land and stealing the revenue of customs departments in northern provinces.Quoting sources in the Attorney... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan policewoman who shot dead a US advisor at the heavily-fortified police headquarters in Kabul is an Iranian citizen, a Ministry of Interior (MoI) official said on Tuesday.Nargis was detained on Monday by police after she fired... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan government is duty-bound to ensure the protection of Pakistani workers in the country, a spokesman for the foreign ministry in Kabul said on Sunday.On Saturday, the Foreign Office in Islamabad summoned the Afghan charged’... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Taliban on Tuesday said they would not attend an Intra-Afghan meeting to be organised by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).   Last week, the UNAMA said they would hold an intra-Afghan meeting, to... read more
KABUL (PAN): Five Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed and a sixth injured during separate incidents over the past 24 hours in different parts of the country, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.A statement from the ministry said three... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Monday strongly denounced a bomb attack in the Chaparhar district of eastern Nangarhar province, ordering local officials to probe the incident.Eleven minor girls, nine of them school students, were killed and... read more
KABUL (PAN): Five Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed in different areas of country over the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Defence said on Saturday.Four soldiers were killed in the Bala Baluk district of western Farah province and one... read more
KABUL (PAN): Several political analysts believe Pakistan and China are planning to sabotage the peace talks between the United States and the Taliban in Qatar.Earlier this year, the Taliban movement announced they had agreed to open a political... read more
KABUL (PAN):  President Hamid Karzai expressed concern on the growing   violence against Afghan women and said it was against the teachings of Islam.In his weekly radio speech, the president urged religious scholars, prayer leaders... read more
KABUL (PAN): Former spy chief, Gen. Rahmatullah Nabil, was appointed as deputy head of the National Security Council (NSC) on Wednesday.An intelligence official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confided to Pajhwok Afghan News that Nabil’s... read more
KABUL (PAN): Warm clothing and five tonnes of food items were distributed to deserving families in the central capital Kabul on Wednesday.Addressing a news conference, British Afghan Women's Society Chairwoman Zarghona Rasa said 20,000 families... read more
KABUL (PAN): Islamabad is ready to support efforts at bringing peace and stability to Afghanistan, Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani said on Tuesday.Gen. Kayani, who also attended the 36th meeting of the Tripartite... read more
KABUL (PAN): Women spikers jerked into action with the beginning of a volleyball tournament in the central capital Kabul on Sunday, organisers said.Arranged by the Afghan Athletes Network (AAN), the three-day event is being held at the 202nd... read more
KABUL (PAN): From now on, parliamentarians will be invited to National Security Council (NSC) meetings to ensure better coordination on security issues, the Presidential Palace said on Sunday.The decision came at an NSC meeting, chaired by President... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Saturday once again called on Pakistan to wage joint campaign with Afghanistan against the twin scourge of terrorism and extremism.Days after the Taliban shot in head a teenage school student, Malala Yousafzai... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan Ulema Council on Saturday strongly denounced Pakistani cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan for calling the war in the landlocked country a jihad.On October 10, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief declared the fighting... read more
KABUL (PAN): “Illiteracy has literally made life miserable for me. I’m finding it very hard to make ends meet but my brother -- a teacher by profession -- is leading a happy life,” says Baz Mohammad.Although the 53-year-old from eastern Kunar... read more
KABUL (PAN): The governor of southeastern Khost province has warned district chiefs of actions if they failed to implement a presidential decree about good governance and resolving people problems.  Governor Abdul Jabbar Naimi, during a meeting... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Friday strongly denounced the roadside bombing that left six civilians dead in southern Helmand province.Another five people were injured after when a Corolla car struck a roadside bomb in Gurjat village of... read more
KABUL (PAN): War and the destruction associated with it does not offer a solution to any problem, President Hamid Karzai said in his weekly radio address to the nation. Receiving money and weapons from foreigners, the Taliban and other... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Taliban on Friday rejected a UN report that held the militant movement responsible for 80 percent of civilian casualties during the first six months of the current year.For the first time in five years, the report said, civilian... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): The 777th joint brigade, involving Afghan army, police and intelligence personnel was launched in the central capital Kabul on Wednesday, officials said.Interior Minister Gen. Bismillah Mohammadi, Chief of Army Staff Gen. Sher... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United States is trying to make next month’s Tokyo conference on Afghanistan a success, Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, Thomas R. Nides, said on Sunday.Nides, who called on President Karzai at the... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday denounced a roadside bombing that killed eight civilians in the Musa Qala district of southern Helmand province.His office said Karzai blamed the enemies of Islam and humanity, who had once again shown... read more
KABUL (PAN): Civilian casualties during military operations in Afghanistan posed a real threat to the Afghan-US strategic cooperation agreement, President Hamid Karzai said on Sunday.US senators David Price and David Dreier, during a meeting at the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Edward Miliband, leader of the opposition in British parliament, held talks with President Hamid Karzai at the presidential palace on Saturday.A statement from the Presidential Palace said both leaders discussed the peace process,... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Monday strongly denounced a bomb attack that killed and wounded several people in northwestern Badghis province.Seven civilians, including a member of the provincial council, were killed and eight others... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai phoned family members of the civilians killed and wounded during recent NATO airstrikes in Badghis, Helmand, Kapisa and Logar provinces.  The bereaved families urged the president to stop foreign troops from... read more
KABUL (PAN): Chaired by President Hamid Karzai, a National Security Council (NSC) meeting on Sunday praised village councils for their effective role in dealing with the enemies of education in provinces.A statement issued from the Presidential... read more
KABUL (PAN): A senior policymaker at the Presidential Palace died in a traffic accident on Saturday afternoon, an official said.Sibghatullah Sanjar died in a crash on the road leading to the Kabul International Airport, President Hamid Karzai’s... read more