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KABUL (Pajhwok): Several political leaders, including former president Hamid Karzai and Taliban’s representatives, have been invited to a conference on Afghanistan’s peace process to be organised in Turkey in the near future. The summit is... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar has rejected reports that one of the Taliban leaders released last year as part of a prisoner swap was trying to reestablish contact with rebels. Five Taliban prisoners were freed from the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai, accompanied by senior officials, on Friday travelled to southeastern Paktika province and met relatives of the victims of a devastating bombing in Orgun district.At least 42 people were killed and 69 others... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai accepted on Saturday night a joint demand of the two presidential candidates for postponing the inauguration of the new head of state.Following a US-brokered deal on auditing all the votes cast in the June 14... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former Taliban leader Agha Jan Mutasim said on Monday fighting against foreign forces has slowed down, asking the militants to change their approach toward security personnel and common Afghans.A finance minister during the Taliban... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Fikar wa Amal Jirga on Sunday said the election results must not be politicised and be announced in line with the Independent Election Commission’s timeline.Flanked by other members of the jirga, Mohammad Halim Fidaee, the forum... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Russia the other day dispatched aid and relief goods for the victims of natural disasters in northern Afghanistan on humanitarian basis, a statement said.A statement released by the Russian Embassy said Moscow had donated 500... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission on Friday affirmed its willingness to answer presidential runner Dr. Abdullah’s demands within the legal framework.At the same time, the panel reminded the candidates of their written commitment... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai, who met Russian special representative for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov at his office on Tuesday, said the next Afghan president would maintain friendly relations with Russia.Karzai and Kabulov discussed... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Veteran Taliban leader Mullah Mutasim Agha Jan on Sunday said the release of five Taliban inmates from the Guantanamo Bay jail would help strengthen the intra-Afghan peace process.A finance minister during the Taliban’s regime,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai on Saturday assured a visiting Indian delegation that Indian diplomatic missions and assets would be ensured security across Afghanistan.The delegation led by Indian Foreign Secretary Dr. Sujatha Singh called... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Expressing grave concern over Pakistani troops' unprovoked shelling into eastern Kunar province, President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday said terrorists had long been sneaking into Afghanistan from across the Durand Line, but Kabul had... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): US President Barack Obama on Tuesday phoned his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai --- the second telephonic contact between the two this week --- and discussed with him the security transition process, the Presidential Palace said.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): On a secret trip to Afghanistan, US President Barack Obama landed at the Bagram Airbase in central Parwan province on Sunday evening, officials said.A well-placed source confirmed to Pajhwok Afghan News Obama’s unannounced arrival... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): As the Taliban announced the launch of their annual spring offensive, the Ministry of Defence said the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) were fully capable of countering any theat.The Taliban have named their offensive “... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN) celebrated its 10th founding anniversary at a simple but dignified ceremony in Kabul on Tuesday, pledging adherence to journalistic principles, including objectivity and freedom of expression.Addressing the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The governor on Monday inaugurated a newly-established agriculture, economics and mechanical high school in the Mohmmad Agha district of central Logar province.Speaking on the occasion, Niaz Mohammad Amiri said the education process... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai, who met with Russia’s special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Zamir Kablov at the Presidential Palace, said Russia had an important role in the region and its political and economic power impacted regional... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga telecommunication commission head claimed on Tuesday President Hamid Karzai had assured lawmakers that he would sack the Kabul Mayor.Qais Hassan told Pajhwok Afghan News 39 lower house members from Kabul and his... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Saudi Ambassador to Afghanistan Misfer bin Abdulrahman Al Ghasib on Saturday said the kingdom would facilitate the Afghan-led peace process by adopting all possible measures.Al-Ghasib called on Foreign Minister Zarar Ahmad Osmani... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Elders from southern Helmand province presented an appreciation letter to President Hamid Karzai in recognition of his services to the nation, the Presidential Palace said on Sunday.The letter detailing achievements President Karzai... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai assured Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that his successor would remain a close friend and ally of New Delhi, the Presidential Palace said on Monday.Singh, who phoned Karzai on Monday, greeted the Afghans... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday congratulated Prince Muqrin bin Abdul Aziz on his appointment as deputy crown prince of Saudi Arabia.Karzai phoned Muqrin, King Abdullah’s half-brother, and greeted the Saudi royal family on behalf... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Condemning recent high profile terrorist attacks as unsuccessful attempts by Afghanistan’s enemies to derail the April 5 elections, President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday said millions of Afghans would throng polling stations to choose... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The venue for Nawroz celebrations has been changed from the hilly town of Paghman, northwest of Kabul, to the Presidential Palace, a government official announced on Saturday.President Karzai last week visited the previous venue in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The outgoing Afghan calendar year (1392) ended on a tragic note, with a deadly suicide attack on a luxury hotel in the heart of central capital Kabul.Four foreigners and five Afghans, including women and children lost their lives in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Congratulating the nation on the eve of the Nawroz festival, President Hamid Karzai on Thursday urged the Afghans to go to polling stations and cast their votes in the historic elections slated for April 5.“God willing, our people... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Directorate of Security (NDS) on Saturday claimed arresting a group of suspects planning to conduct bomb attacks on public meetings.A statement from the spy service said the plan had been prepared by regional... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A Kuchi tribe lawmaker on Friday declared his support to presidential candidate Zalmai Rassoul on behalf of hundreds of Kuchi tribesmen who held a gathering in Kabul.Maulvi Tarakhel Mohammadi, who represents the tribe in Wolesi... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan’s federal minister for states and frontier regions along with a delegation will arrive in Kabul on Tuesday to attend the funeral ceremony of late Mohammad Qasim Fahim, Afghanistan’s Vice-President.Fahim died on Sunday of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): In a fresh development, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on Saturday announced a unilateral one month ceasefire amid optimism that it could restart the stalled peace process with the government.Shahidullah Shahid, spokesman of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The governor of northwestern Badghis province on Tuesday promised concrete steps would be taken to ensure security for the April 5 presidential and provincial elections.In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, Ahmadullah... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai, who cancelled a three-day visit to Colombo due to a deadly attack on Afghan troops in eastern Kunar province, telephoned his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa.Karzai said he had cancelled the planned... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Three burqa-clad bombers and one policeman were killed as a result of a suicide attack on the Sarobi district police headquarters in central Kabul province early Friday morning, an official said.Deputy Minister of Interior Gen. Ayub... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Wednesday said gunmen attacked a convoy carrying presidential candidate Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and his supporters in the Sarobi district of Kabul province.MoI spokesman Siddiqui Siddique told Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former Taliban leaders and military commanders, who met in the UAE, have called for the initiation of an intra-Afghan dialogue to end the ongoing conflict, saying their doors were open to opponents, including the Afghan government,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Czech Republic on Saturday promised offering education facilities to Afghan students, the Presidential Palace in Kabul said.  Czech President Milos Zeman held out the assurance at a meeting with his Afghan counterpart Hamid... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two civilians were wounded in a bomb explosion in this heavily-fortified central capital on Saturday evening, officials said.The bomb went off in the Qala Najar area of Khairkhana area at 7.20pm, Ministry of Interior spokesman... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Strongly condemning Thursday's gun attack on volleyball playing boys in Laghman, President Hamid Karzai has ordered a probe into the deaths and assistance to the bereaved families, his office said on Friday.A group of gunmen opened... read more
ZARANJ (Pajhwok): Three suicide bombers were shot dead and a fourth blew himself up during a botched attack on a district intelligence office in southwestern Nimroz province on Tuesday, an official said.One of the attackers blew himself up near the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) led by Gulbadin Hekmatyar would soon announce a decision on supporting a particular candidate in the April presidential election, a senior leader of the faction said on Tuesday.Qaribur Rahman... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A vehicle of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) was hit by a magnet bomb in the 10th police district of Kabul on Saturday night, a security official said.The explosion happened at the entrance to Camp Eggers near the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The spiritual leader of the Ismaili community Prince Karim Aga Khan called on President Hamid Karzai at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on Saturday.A statement issued from the Presidential Palace said President Karzai and the Aga Khan... read more
KABUL (PAN): Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FFEFA) chief Nader Naderi on Tuesday said the watchdog would appoint 10,000 observers for the April presidential and provincial council elections across the country.Naderi told a press... read more
KABUL (PAN): A leading Taliban commander killed in a US drone strike on Tuesday in eastern Kunar province, an official said.Eng. Abdul Marjan Adil, governor of Manogi district told Pajhwok Afghan News the drone attack took place in Tintal area on... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) on Monday appointed Niaz Mohammad Amiri as new governor of central Logar province.In a statement, the IDLG said Niaz Mohammad Amiri had been appointed in the wake of a presidential... read more
KABUL (PAN): A son of the Haqqani Network’s leader has been shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad, a militant leader said on Monday.Jalaluddin Haqqani’s son, Dr. Nasiruddin Haqqani, was gunned down in front of his... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two employees of the Ministry of Finance, accused of illegal withdrawal of 61 million afghanis from a branch of Da Afghanistan Bank, have been referred to the Attorney General Office (AGO), officials said on Tuesday.The accused tried to... read more
KABUL (PAN): The deputy head of the commission tasked with arranging a consultative Loya Jirga on the Bilateral Security Agreement with the US on Monday refused to be part of the panel.President Hamid Karzai recently named Mahaz-i-Milli leader Syed... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai and his Tajik counterpart Emomali Rahmon on Monday signed a joint statement, expressing their readiness to further develop bilateral relations between the two neighbouring countries, the Presidential Palace in... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Taliban on Friday strongly condemned the United Nations Security Council (UNSC)’s decision to extend the mandate of the International Security Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan.The UNSC on Thursday extended for the last time NATO’s... read more
KABUL (PAN): Many Afghans have been suffering from mental health problems, but most of such cases go unreported due to lack of awareness about the illness, the Ministry of Public Health said on Friday, adding its efforts to increase awareness about... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Thursday met with Pashtun nationalist leader Asfandiyar Wali Khan at his office, the Presidential Palace said.The Awami National Party (ANP) leader was accompanied by Afrasiyab Khattak, the ANP central leader... read more
KABUL (PAN): Britain on Tuesday hoped this month's trilateral meeting in London would yield positive results for Afghanistan and Pakistan, the Presidential Palace in Kabul said.British Prime Minister David Cameron, who is scheduled to host Afghan... read more
KABUL (PAN): Noted Afghan astronomer Abdullah Kandahari on Sunday predicted Eidul Adha would be celebrated on Tuesday, Oct. 15.Kandahari told Pajhwok Afghan News the moon was sighted on 5:41.pm on Saturday evening and the first of Zil Haj fell on... read more
KABUL (PAN): Kabul University Students gathered in this capital city on Friday, urging former US ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad to contest the upcoming presidential elections.The students from various faculties gathered in front of the university in a... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday restated his position on a proposed security pact with the United States, refusing to accept deal if the country's sovereignty was not guaranteed.Speaking to elders and representatives of the Nasir... read more
KABUL (PAN): Supporters of Ahmad Shah Massoud on Monday pelted stones and fired gunshots at the building of a private TV station in Kabul, the channel alleged.Mirwais Stanikzai, who is responsible for political news and shows at the Zhwandoon TV... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Taliban released a female lawmaker they held hostage three weeks ago in southern Ghazni province as a result of a prisoner exchange, officials and the rebels said on Saturday.Fariba Ahmadi Kakar, who represents southern Kandahar... read more
KABUL (PAN): A suicide bomber trying to enter the Minister of Energy and Water in Kabul was shot dead by police on Tuesday evening, an official said.The explosives strapped to the attacker’s body went off policemen fired at him, the Ministry of... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Badghis governor on Monday said his administration would resolve the problems of clean drinking water supply and electricity through importing power from Turkmenistan.In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, Ahmadullah... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Finance on Friday said Tajikistan has promised providing technical training to a number of Afghan railway workers.A ministry statement said Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal, at the head of a delegation, has been in... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan students in Egypt on Friday said “they are safe and have faced no untoward incident so far” after bloody clashes in the country left more than 600 dead.Egypt braced for more violence after the Muslim Brotherhood called for... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday directed the officials concerned to investigate problems being faced by Hindu and Sikh communities, saying the minorities had equal rights under the constitution. The presidential directives came as... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday phoned relatives of those killed and wounded in a suicide attack on the Indian consulate in eastern Nangarhar province.Expressing his deep sympathies and condolences, the president phoned Fazlur Rahim,... read more
KABUL (PAN): A newly-built sports stadium was inaugurated in central Maidan Wardak province on Saturday, an official said.Spread over half a dozen acres of land, the complex cost $232,000 provided by the United States Agency for International... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday strongly condemned a hand grenade attack on a mosque in southeastern Paktika province, injuring nine worshippers.The governor’s office said a Taliban squad lobbed hand grenades into the mosque in... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Saturday ordered the authorities concerned to arrest perpetrators of an armed clash that left a dozen people dead in central Parwan province.A 13th individual was injured in the gun-battle that broke out... read more
KABUL (PAN): Hundreds of people on Friday rallied in Kabul in a show of support for Mohamed Mursi, the first freely elected Egyptian president who was deposed as a result of a military coup.The ouster of Mursi’s government on July 03, 2013 sparked... read more
KABUL (PAN): A new council -- Building Afghanistan’s Future -- was established on Friday for strengthening cooperation between the people and the government.At the inaugural ceremony, the council’s deputy head, Amir Jan Saza, told Pajhwok Afghan... read more
KABUL (PAN): Sticking to its stance, Russia on Tuesday lent its weight to the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation processRussia's Special Envoy Zamir Kabulov voiced Moscow's support for the peace drive at a meeting with President Hamid Karzai... read more
KABUL (PAN): A high-level meeting, chaired by President Hamid Karzai, on Thursday discussed a string of attacks on judicial institutions in recent months and their possible implications for detainees.Attacks on the Supreme Court and relevant... read more
KABUL (PAN): Five Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have been killed over the past 24 hours in southern Helmand province, the Ministry of Defence said on Thursday.Three soldiers were wounded during security incidents in Musa Qala, Greshk and... read more
KABUL (PAN): Sons of the soil like Mohammad Qasim, a border police official who was killed in a clash with Pakistani forces earlier in the month, would never allow the enemy to defeat Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai said on Saturday.Karzai paid... read more
KABUL (PAN): A former contractor for a recently-completed US Agency for International Development (USAID) project in Afghanistan has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison and a $9,500 fine, the agency said on Wednesday.Noor Anwarzai, 36,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Sunday announced the appointment of two senior officials in Kabul and western Farah provinces.Mohammad Hakim Angar has been appointed as police chief for western Farah province and Agha Noor Kintoz as... read more
KABUL (PAN): The National Security Council (NSC) on Sunday said no foreign country would be allowed to influence the upcoming presidential and provincial council elections, scheduled to be held in May 2014.At a meeting chaired by President Hamid... read more
KABUL (PAN): Heavily armed insurgents continued to sneak into eastern Kunar and Nangarhar provinces from Pakistan through the Durand Line to conduct attacks on Afghan forces, governors of the two provinces told a high level meeting in Kabul on... read more
KABUL (PAN): Renowned photographer Mariana Cook, in her new book, has included a former member of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission among the world’s top 10 figures in the human rights revolution.In the preface to her book Justice, she... read more
KABUL (PAN): Six Taliban men were killed when the explosives they possessed for making bombs exploded accidently inside a house in southern Helmand province, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Monday.A seventh rebel was killed in a similar... read more
KABUL (PAN): Winding up a day-long summit in Istanbul city of Turkey, religious scholars from member states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) have asked the United Nations and regional countries to help end war in Afghanistan.Nearly... read more
KABUL (PAN): Security Transition Commission Chief Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Saturday came hard on Afghan security forces for deserting duty stations with sunset in many parts of the country."Many problems have been created in Afghan security... read more
KABUL (PAN): Police detained an alleged suicide bomber after he got injured in a failed attempt to explode a bomb attached to his bicycle in the southern province of Kandahar, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Saturday.The attacker was captured... read more
KABUL (PAN): Former Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden's son-in-law has been detained by Turkish forces in Ankara city after the US allegedly informed Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MİT) about his location, a newspaper reported on Friday.... read more
KABUL (PAN): An Afghan-led two-day gathering, aimed at paving the ground for substantive negotiations between armed opposition groups and the Kabul government, began on Wednesday in Dubai, a potential venue for such meetings, politicians said.The... read more
KABUL (PAN): Wolesi Jirga (lower house) members on Tuesday came to blows over the issue of summoning nearly a dozen ministers for under-spending their development budgets.The house summoned the 11 Cabinet ministers on Monday to explain why they... read more
 KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Finance on Tuesday said it had drafted a law to facilitate investments in the country over next two years. The draft is being sent to parliament for approval in a month.Advisor to the ministry, Najibullah Manalai,... read more
 KABUL (PAN): Families of those killed and wounded in a suicide attack last month in the central province of Maidan Wardak on Sunday received monetary assistance, an official said.Four people were killed and several others maimed in the blast,... read more
 KABUL (PAN): The policewoman who shot dead a US advisor at the heavily-fortified police headquarters in Kabul was mentally ill, an official of the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Thursday.Nargis was detained on Monday by police after she... read more
ASADABAD (PAN): Five members of a family were killed in an air strike conducted by the International Security Assistance Force in Wanth Waigal district of eastern Nuristan on Wednesday, an official said.Wanth Waigal District Chief Rehmatullah Rehmat... read more
ASADABAD (PAN): Five members of a family were killed in an air strike conducted by the International Security Assistance Force in Wanth Wiagal district of eastern Nuristan on Wednesday, an official said.District chief Rehmatullah Rehmat told Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan National Security Council on Monday said foreign countries have no authority to operate prisons in Afghanistan or to arrest Afghan nationals.In a statement, the council said such move was against Afghan national sovereignty.... read more
KABUL (PAN) The Attorney General Office (AGO) on Tuesday said eight people had been executed inside a high-security jail in Kabul in compliance with President's Hamid Karzai's decree.Deputy Attorney General Rahmatullah Nazari told Pajhwok Afghan... read more
KABUL (PAN): High Peace Council Chairman Salahuddin Rabbani is leaving for Pakistan in the near future to have result-oriented talks on taking forward the peace drive, Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul said on Saturday.A statement from the Ministry of... read more
KABUL (PAN): South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Secretary General Ahmed Saleem, at a meeting with President Karzai in Kabul, on Tuesday said the grouping wanted to open an office in Afghanistan.Saleem said SAARC leadership had... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Taliban on Friday denied their involvement in the destruction of a road in southern Kandahar province, blaming residents for the damage.On Thursday, an official and residents of the Pajnwai district accused the insurgents of... read more
KABUL (PAN):  The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) warned on Tuesday that increasing the tax on cigarette imports would encourage smuggling and trade in substandard products.During a National Security Council (NSC) meeting... read more
KABUL (PAN): Six of the eight missing police have been found safe in western Farah province during a search operation, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Tuesday, dismissing reports the cops had joined the rebels.The policemen went missing from... read more
KABUL (PAN): A senior activist of the Afghanistan National Front, Dr. Hussain Ali Yasa, has been released on bail after being arrested on suspicion of spying for foreign countries, an intelligence official said on Tuesday.A National Directorate of... read more
KABUL (PAN): A civil society organisation on Wednesday condemned Iran for discrimination against Afghan refugees, calling the conduct violative of international laws.Iran imposed sanctions on Afghan refugees, including prisoners, said a statement... read more
KABUL (PAN): The National Security Council (NSC) on Sunday stressed the need for ultimate control over the country’s borders and their effective monitoring as part of the war against terrorism.The NSC that met under the leadership of President Hamid... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai denounced Wednesday’s suicide attack in the southeastern province of Khost, the Presidential Palace said.Women and children were among 17 people killed in the explosion that left another 32 wounded in the crowed... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Saturday extended his condolences to Saudi Arabia King Abdullah over the death of Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz.Nayef, a half-brother of King Abdullah and the kingdom’s long-serving interior minister, died... read more
KABUL (PAN): A number of poets from across the country on Tuesday attended a spring poetic session at the Presidential Palace in Kabul.Participants of the event, organised by Advisor on Cultural Affairs Zalmai Hewadmal, highlighted in their poems... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Monday directed the ministries of defence and interior to extend all possible assistance to France in the troop withdrawal process from central Kapisa province.At a meeting with French Defence Minister Jean-... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Sunday said his administration would remain focused on ensuring good governance and combating corruption over the next two years.The president called an extra ordinary meeting of representatives from the... read more
KABUL (PAN): A high-ranking Al-Qaeda leader in Afghanistan was killed by Afghan and coalition security forces during an operation over the weekend in Watahpur district in Kunar province, said the alliance.An International Security Assistance Force (... read more
KABUL (PAN): Hazrat Ali, a powerful lawmaker from eastern Nangarhar province, on Saturday vehemently rejected claims that Iran had given him money to be distributed to his colleagues to block the approval of a US-Afghan strategic deal in parliament.... read more
KABUL (PAN): A US-led coalition soldier was shot dead by a man in the Afghan National Army (ANA) uniform in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, officials said. The attacker was killed in return fire from coalition troops.“An individual wearing an ANA... read more
KABUL (PAN): US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry, who met President Hamid Karzai at the Presidential Place in Kabul, on Saturday said making the proposed strategic agreement ready to be signed by leaders of the two countries... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai and Finland’s parliament speaker on Saturday discussed bilateral cooperation in Afghan’s civil services, mines development and education.A statement from Karzai’s spokesman office said Finland’s Eero Heinäluoma... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan National Front chairman Ahmad Zia Massoud on Friday alleged jihadi leaders and forces who resisted the Taliban in Afghanistan had been deceived at the first Bonn conference in 2001.Massoud, who served as first vice-president... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HAI), which resumed peace negotiations with government this week, on Monday expressed its satisfaction over a meeting with President Hamid Karzai.Qaribul Rahman Saeedi, the HIA political office spokesman... read more
Hours earlier, Rabbani was appointed as head of the council to replace his father, Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani, who was assassinated in a suicide attack on his Kabul residence on September 20.A presidential aide said Salahuddin’s appointment came... read more
KABUL (PAN): A delegation of the Hizbi-i-Islami of Afghanistan (HIA), the second largest insurgent group after the Taliban, is expected to arrive in Kabul on Friday for a new round of talks with the Karzai administration.A knowledgeable source... read more
KABUL (PAN): A strategic partnership agreement between Afghanistan and Australia could be signed at the upcoming NATO summit, due in Chicago next month, President Karzai’s office indicated on Wednesday.Karzai and visiting Australian Defence Minister... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday briefed visiting Lithuanian Foreign Minister Audronius Azubalis on security transition from international troops to Afghan forces.He also hailed Lithuanian troops for the valuable role they were... read more
KABUL (PAN): Kabul residents on Tuesday celebrated the Nawroz, Afghan New Year, festival amid tight security arrangements put in place by the Ministry of Interior.Police contingents were deployed to different parts of the capital to let citizens... read more
KABUL (PAN): Traders who met President Hamid Karzai at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on Saturday discussed with him the government’s economic policy, problems being faced by the private sector and the transfer of money from Afghanistan overseas,... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday denounced two bomb attacks that killed and wounded a dozen civilians in southern Helmand and Kandahar provinces, his office said.Eight civilians were killed after a van carrying them hit a roadside... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan on Wednesday crushed Holland in their second match in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers being played in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, an official said.An Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) official, Farid Hotak, told Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan ambassador to Pakistan has urged Islamabad to hand over the corpse of Mullah Obaidullah Akhund, the former Taliban defence minister, to his relatives, the Afghan embassy in Islamabad said on Wednesday.Akhund had died of heart... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Sunday said the killing of 17 civilians by a US soldier in southern Kandahar province was an assassination that could not be forgiven.A rogue US soldier was detained after he shot dead at least 17 civilians,... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai  on Saturday said protests in Afghanistan turned violent as most people and security officials were not familiar with rules for demonstrations.The President met families of those killed and injured in violent... read more
KABUL (PAN): A defence ministry official on Saturday rejected as baseless foreign media reports that some Afghan Air Force (AAF) officials have been using aircraft to traffic narcotics and illegal weapons across the country.The reports quoted US... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday accepted a proposal from provincial governors regarding their participation in Cabinet meetings.During a meeting at the Presidential Palace, the governors shared their problems with Karzai and suggested... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Sunday strongly condemned a suicide attack on former Pakistani interior minister and seasoned politician Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao.A two-time former chief minister, Sherpao survived the attack involving a... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai and his Bulgarian counterpart on Wednesday discussed bilateral cooperation in diverse fields, the Presidential Palace in Kabul said.Karzai told the Bulgarian leader, Rosen Plevneliev, that they were interested in... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Monday condemned a suicide attack in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province, blaming it on the enemies of Afghanistan.Nine people were killed and a dozen others wounded when the suicide bomber detonated... read more
KABUL (PAN): The German foreign minister on Sunday denounced the Quran burning incident at the Bagram Airbase in central Parwan province, the Presidential Palace said.During a telephonic conversation with National Security Advisor Dr. Rangin Dadfar... read more
KABUL (PAN): Religious scholars on Saturday asked the Afghan government to seek guarantees from foreign forces that they would not repeat Quran’s desecration in the future.A number of reliougs scholars from Nangarhar province, headed by Afghanistan... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai, condemning the alleged desecration of the Quran by US troops at the Bagram military base in central Parwan province, on Tuesday ordered a delegation of religious scholars to probe the incident.Headed by Maulvi... read more
KABUL (PAN): Wolesi Jirga members hailing from western Ghor province, in a meeting with President Hamid Karzai, voiced concern over the existence of illegal armed groups in their province, the Karzai office said on Saturday.The lawmakers urged the... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Sunday once again extended his deep condolences to the people and government of France over the death of four French soldiers in central Kapisa province.During a meeting with French Defence Minister Gerard... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai's Cabinet on Monday expressed its willingness for electricity exports from Uzbekistan to Pakistan through Afghanistan. At a meeting, chaired by Karzai, the Cabinet discussed a request from the Pakistani... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai, citing reports of human rights violations, on Thursday ordered the transfer of the US forces-run  detention facility at the Bagram airfield in central Parwan province to Afghan control within a month, his... read more
KABUL (PAN): A delegation of the Hezb-i-Islami of Afghanistan (HIA) led by former jihadi leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, held "beneficial" talks with Afghan government officials, an HIA member said on Tuesday.A high-level delegation of the... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday said his government would support the US move toward the opening of Taliban's political office in Qatar, saying Turkey or Saudi Arabia remained his government's preferred places for such a liaison... read more
KABUL (PAN): The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has quietly removed Taliban supreme leader Mullah Muhammad Omar's name from its list of the most wanted terrorists, carrying huge bounties on their heads, media reports said on Tuesday.... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Sunday asked the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, to prevent foreign forces from raiding Afghan houses during night.This he said while chairing a meeting... read more
KABUL (PAN): Three Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers, including a commando, were killed in separate incidents of violence, the Ministry of Defence said on Sunday.The commando on homecoming day was shot and killed by militants outside his residence... read more
KABUL (PAN): Italian economic development minister Paolo Romani on Saturday briefed President Hamid Karzai on a sketch for the expansion of Herat International Airport.Romani, who called on Karzai at the Presidential Palace, said the map had been... read more
KABUL (PAN): Six civilians were killed and seven others, including two policemen, injured in two separate attacks in southern Helmand province on Tuesday, an official said.A remote-controlled bomb exploded near a police vehicle in Sangin district at... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two International Assistance Security Force (ISAF) soldiers were killed in a roadside bombing in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, taking the number of foreign troops killed this year to 544.The ISAF media office announced the deaths in a... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday directed officials concerned to ensure strict safety measures along traditional routes for Ashura processions in Kabul and other parts of the country.Talking to a group of Shiite scholars at the... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai, calling cultivation, production and smuggling of drugs a big tragedy, said on Monday his government was ready for all kinds of cooperation with regional countries to combat the courage. Karzai met with... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday said recommendations of the recent Loya Jirga would be considered in signing the proposed strategic agreement with the United States.At separate meetings with delegations from different provinces at the... read more
JALALABAD (PAN): Twelve Taliban militants, including a commander, were killed in an airstrike by international troops in the Manogai district of eastern Kunar province, the army and residents said on Monday.The air raid was conducted by the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Former International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal arrived in Kabul on Saturday in response to an invitation from President Hamid Karzai.A statement from the president's office said McChrystal called... read more
KABUL (PAN): The High Peace Council (HPC) on Saturday welcomed traditional Loya Jirga participants' suggestion regarding changes in the commission's composition.The four-day traditional Loya Jirga on the strategic cooperation pact with the US... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two children lost their lives while six others were injured in a mortar shell explosion in the Behsud district of eastern Nangarhar province on Friday, the interior ministry said.Apparently from the war era, the shell went off in the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Eidul Adha will be celebrated in Afghanistan on November 6, a day ahead of the Arafat Day, when pilgrims stand in prayer in the plain of Arafat during the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.The Arafat Day and three Eid days would be closed... read more
KABUL (PAN): As Afghanistan marked 10 years since the US invasion on Friday, political analysts said more than 140,000 foreign troops under International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) command had failed to bring peace and security to the country.... read more
KANDAHAR CITY (PAN): A Taliban-designated Shah Wali Kot district chief was killed during an operation in the southern province of Kandahar, the governor’s office said on Friday.Mullah Nisar Ahmad, hailing from Khakrez district, was killed along with... read more
KABUL (PAN): A son of Sabar Lal, a former jihadi leader and Guantanamo Bay inmate who was killed last week by foreign troops in eastern Nangarhar province, said his father worked for peace in the country and had no links with armed groups.Lal, who... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Karzai has asked parliamentarians and elders in eastern Kunar province to play their role in securing the release of kidnapped Pakistani children, a presidential statement said on Wednesday.Public representatives and elders in... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) chief on Wednesday said that the commission would announce its decision next week regarding President Hamid Karzai's decree to resolve a lingering dispute over last year's fraud-plagued... read more
KABUL (PAN):  President Hamid Karzai has accepted the resignation of his spokesman, Waheed Omar, Karzai's office said Sunday. It was not immediately clear why he quit. He previously submitted his resignation in January although at that... read more
KABUL (PAN): A close aide of President Hamid Karzai and former governor, Jan Mohammad Khan, was killed in a gun attack on his residence in Kabul late on Sunday, police said. A representative from central Uruzgan province in lower house of... read more
KABUL (PAN): World leaders, senior Afghan government officials and residents of Kandahar province on Tuesday condemned the assassination of Ahmad Wali Karzai, half brother of President Hamid Karzai, and the Kandahar council chief. Indian Prime... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai has urged the nation to adopt simplicity in performing all ritual functions and avoid throwing lavish wedding parties, saying the practice has left poor families buried under debt. "Instead of wasting money... read more
KABUL (PAN): Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre visited President Hamid Karzai at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on Sunday, Karzai's Office said. Afghan Foreign Minister Dr. Zalmay Rassoul and National Security Adviser Dr.... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan's High Peace Council (HPC) on Saturday welcomed the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for voting unanimously to sanction Al Qaeda and the Taliban separately. The new sets of sanctions, established in two... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Taliban on Sunday rejected a United Nations report that the insurgents were responsible for 82 percent of civilian deaths last month, with homemade bombs the leading cause. In a new report on Saturday, the world's body said May... read more
QALAT (PAN): Police detained the Pajhwok Afghan News reporter in compliance with an order from the appellant court chief in southern Zabul province on Saturday. Bismallah Pakhtunmal told Pajhwok Afghan News over the telephone that he had been sent... read more
KABUL(PAN): The top NATO commander in Afghanistan on Sunday promised an end to nighttime airstrikes on civilian houses during operations against insurgents. Gen. David Petraeus said keeping in view President Hamid Karzai's concern, NATO-led... read more
KABUL(PAN): Following the death of an Afghan prisoner in the US military detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the association of ex-Gitmo detainees on Saturday called for transfer of all Afghan prisoners to jails in their home country.... read more
KABUL (PAN): A US politician on Monday said Afghanistan had made great progress over the past nine years, but that the country’s stability was threatened by the terrorism which had taken root in Pakistan. Mitt Romney, a former governor of... read more

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