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KABUL (Pajhwok): The administration of former president Hamid Karzai paid $5 million, including $1 million provided by the CIA, in ransom to the Al Qaeda network for an Afghan diplomat’s release, a US newspaper reported on Saturday. In an effort... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Sunday administered oath to eight ministers and the spymaster, who won confidence votes from the Wolesi Jirga last week. On Wednesday, the lower house approved Ghani's picks for the nine key... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Ahead of his much-hyped state visit to India, US President has said insurgent sanctuaries in Pakistan, America's ally in the war on terror, were intolerable.  In an interview with India Today, he said:  "I have made it... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Media freedom is under threat in Afghanistan where journalists self-censor their work to ward off threats from the government and security forces, an international rights group said on Wednesday. Human Rights Watch (HRW) hailed... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Despite a significant risk of funds being wasted, the US is spending more than $300 million annually on bankrolling Afghan National Police (ANP) salaries, a federal watchdog said on Monday. The Special Inspector General for... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Pentagon on Saturday announced handing over to Kabul four Afghan detainees held for over a decade at the notorious Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba.Shawali Khan, Ali Gul, Abdul Ghani and Mohammed Zahir were transferred to the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Monday underlined the imperative of greater cooperation and coordination among regional countries in warding off common threats, including terrorism.Ghani vehemently denounced a massive suicide... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Friday invited the Taliban to participate in the government-led reconciliation process in the interest of last peace in the war-torn country.Addressing the 4th foreign ministerial conference of the Istanbul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): As foreign combat troops prepare to leave the country, an American federal watchdog on Thursday voiced its deep trouble over the US military’s decision to keep under wraps a report on Afghan security forces’ progress.The summary... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai promised on Friday his administration would take effective measures to improve the security situation in southern Helmand province.Ahmadzai held out the pledge during a meeting with public... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai appointed Abdur Rasheed Rashed as new chief justice on Thursday, replacing Abdul Salam Azimi.In a decree from the Presidential Palace, Ahmadzai said: “I approve the appointment of Rashed as chief... read more
KABUL/WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): For the first time after the political transition in Afghanistan, US President Barack Obama spoke with his Afghan counterpart Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai over the telephone late on Wednesday.Also present during the video... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Sunday urged Pakistan to take practical steps for peace in Afghanistan, saying that mere assurances were not enough to achieve stability.At a meeting with visiting Pakistani Prime Minister’s... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistani Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz arrived in Kabul on Sunday for talks with President Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai.At the Kabul International Airport, Aziz was warmly received by... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Friday urged religious scholars to play a proactive role in bringing lasting peace to the country and cooperate with his administration in achieving the goal.During a meeting with Afghanistan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Kabul and Washington on Tuesday signed a long-delayed security pact allowing the presence of a residual American force, numbering around 9,500, in Afghanistan beyond 2014.Also on Tuesday, a day after it was sworn in, the new... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai on Friday underlined for the early completion of the ongoing audit of votes cast in the presidential elections.During a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry at the Presidential Palace, Karzai stressed... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Calling terrorism a common enemy, Kabul and Islamabad on Thursday agreed to strengthen bilateral security cooperation.The agreement came during National Security Advisor Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta’s talks with Pakistani leaders in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Presidential runner Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Wednesday pledged to defend each valid ballot and ensure due respect for the nation’s will.“We remain firmly committed to the realisation of the nation’s political will, which was... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Differences during the election process are a natural phenomenon, but addressing candidates’ demands in accordance with the relevant law is the job of the two commissions, President Hamid Karzai said on Friday.Calling the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The UN chief on Thursday voiced satisfaction with technical and security preparations and broad public engagement for Afghanistan's upcoming presidential and provincial council elections.“These are extremely important elections for... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Civilian casualties in Afghanistan’s armed conflict rose by 14 percent in the outgoing year when 2,959 non-combatants were killed and another 5,656 injured, the United Nations said on Saturday. Similar to record high numbers of... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai and America's National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice have failed to narrow down Kabul-Washington differences over the signing of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) on a future US military presence in... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Sunday said he would consult with Loya Jirga and US leaders on amendments to the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) before signing the vital security pact. However, he gave no clear timeframe.  “We want... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Sunday said he would consult with Loya Jirga and US leaders on amendments to the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) before signing the vital security pact. However, he gave no clear timeframe.  “We want... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan peace negotiators, during their just-concluded visit to Pakistan, had a special meeting with senior Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in Islamabad, reports said on Friday.In a late-night report, Pakistani news site Dawn.... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Thursday said he had received a letter from his American counterpart, promising respect for Afghanistan’s sovereignty and seeking protection of the US troops staying in the country after 2014.In the letter,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Illicit poppy cultivation in Afghanistan rose by a record 36 percent in 2013, when opium production went up by almost a half since 2012, the United Nations said on Wednesday.The 2013 Afghanistan Opium Survey, released today in Kabul by... read more
KABUL (PAN): The European Union special representative and head of the EU Delegation to Afghanistan on Thursday underlined the importance of the forthcoming elections, hoping they would pave the way for a new EU-Afghan partnership.The 2014 elections... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring & Evaluation Committee (MEC) on Monday proposed framing campaign finance regulations to contain possible fraud in next year’s presidential elections.In response to concerns about... read more
KABUL (PAN): Leaders of Afghanistan, Pakistani and the United Kingdom late on Tuesday renewed their continuing commitment to the stalled Afghan-led peace and reconciliation process.President Hamid Karzai, Prime Ministers Nawaz Sharif and David... read more
KABUL (PAN): Thousands of Afghan business representatives on Tuesday attended the kick-off of a Kabul exhibition promoting branchless banking and electronic payments, the USAID said.The two-day Access to Finance (A2F) Exhibition was jointly... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday urged Muslim countries to invest in Afghanistan and reap the benefits of fast-expanding domestic and regional markets.Addressing the 9th World Islamic Economic Forum in London, Karzai called Muslim... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Monday left Kabul for London on a five-day state visit to attend the World Islamic Economic Forum and a trilateral summit with British and Pakistani prime ministers.Leaders from 120 countries, economic experts... read more
KABUL (PAN): NATO is planning a modest post-war mission in Afghanistan, with fewer combat trainers and more military managers to ensure that billions of dollars in security aid are not wasted, a media report said on Monday.The minimalist mission... read more
KABUL (PAN): Leaders of Afghanistan, Pakistan and the UK would be meeting in London next month as part of their fourth round of trilateral talks, the Presidential Palace said on Thursday.President Hamid Karzai discussed the fourth tripartite meeting... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United Nations, supporting talks on stabilising Afghanistan, has hoped mutually accepted modalities for the dialogue on peace and reconciliation can be swiftly agreed and implemented.UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative Jan... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Sunday reiterated his commitment to conducting presidential and provincial council elections in 2014, calling the polls important for the country’s future.At a meeting with tribal elders from Helmand and Zabul... read more
KABUL (PAN): While mourning the loss of its colleagues in western Herat province, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) has temporarily suspended its operations in Afghanistan, the organisation said on Tuesday.Six workers of the National... read more
KABUL (PAN): Satisfied with the preparations made so far, the United Nations has reaffirmed  its commitment to support next year's presidential  and provincial council elections.At a meeting with Independent Election  Commission (IEC... read more
KABUL (PAN): India's newly-appointed Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh called on President Hamid Karzai at his office in Kabul on Saturday evening, a day after Afghan Vice-President Karim Khalili returned from a three-day visit to New Delhi.She... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Taliban movement is powerless but the Afghan government would press ahead with reconciliation efforts, President Hamid Karzai said on Friday.At a meeting with Ulema Council members at the Presidential Palace, Karzai said everyone... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan upset India Under-23 in their match of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Emerging Teams Cup in Singapore on Thursday, an official said. However, the winners failed to find their way to semi-finals.Coming two days after... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan on Tuesday trounced neighbouring Pakistan 3-0 in a friendly match, the first international soccer event to be hosted by Kabul in a decade, reviving memories of a 1977 clash between the two squads at the same venue.In the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Clarifying a news item, Poland’s embassy in Kabul on Tuesday denied the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in southern Ghazni has been closed.Igor Pawlowics, charge d’affaires at the embassy, said the Pajhwok correspondent had failed... read more
KABUL (PAN): Australian Defence Force Chief of Joint Operations Command (CJOPS) Lt. Gen. Ash Power met senior International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) leaders for discussions on the post-2014 NATO mission.According to a statement from the NATO... read more
KABUL (PAN): Following his inauguration, Iran's new President Hassan Rohani met his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai in Tehran on Sunday afternoon.The Iranian leader thanked the visiting dignitary for attending his oath-taking ceremony, according to... read more
 KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai left for Tehran on Sunday to attend Iranian President-elect Hassan Rohani’s inauguration, his office said.Foreign Minister Dr. Zalmai Rassoul, National Security Advisor Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta, his Chief of... read more
KABUL (PAN): Newly-nominated Independent Election Commission (IEC) members were sworn in at the Presidential Palace on Wednesday; a couple of days after President Hamid Karzai approved their appointments.Karzai administered oath to Abdur Rahman... read more
KABUL (PAN): Civilian casualties in Afghanistan rose by 23 percent during the first six months of the current year, the United Nations said on Wednesday, blaming most of the deaths and injuries on improvised explosive device (IEDs) attacks.In its... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Saturday approved the election law that was passed by the parliament last week, his office said.Under Article 64 of the Constitution, the president had signed the 16-chapter law that was approved by a joint... read more
KABUL (PAN): US Ambassador James B. Cunningham has rejected the allegation that his country is trying to divide Afghanistan by giving a share to the Taliban insurgents.Presidential Chief of Staff Karim Khuram levelled the allegation during a July 16... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday signed into law a bill regarding the structure, duties and powers of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC).On Monday, a joint commission of both... read more
KABUL (PAN): A global rights group on Tuesday asked the Wolesi Jirga to throw out a proposed criminal law revision that would effectively deny women legal protection from domestic violence.A new draft of the criminal procedure code is currently... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United Nations on Sunday reiterated its strong support for holding presidential and provincial council elections on time and in accordance with the Afghan constitution.The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) welcomed the... read more
KABUL (PAN): More than 50 percent of the world's people believe that corruption and bribery has increased over the past two years, revealed a global survey released on Tuesday.Respondent voiced grave concern at bribery in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Iraq... read more
KABUL (PAN): Minister of Finance Omar Zakhilwal and Minister of Mines Wahidullah Shahrani attended the first Afghan-German Mineral Resource Dialogue in Berlin last week.The move supports the development of a stable and strong private sector in... read more
KABUL (PAN): The European Union special representative on Sunday called for the early approval and enactment of laws on the Independent Election Commission (IEC) structure and upcoming polls.“It’s critical that without further delay, and prior to... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai has reiterated his vow to conduct free and fair elections on schedule, making clear Afghanistan will not put up with foreign interference in the process.Karzai made the remarks at a meeting with US Senators John... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United Nations deputy chief on Tuesday underlined the need for solid cooperation between Kabul and Islamabad for the sake of lasting peace in Afghanistan.“I would very much hope that, on both sides, there is a realisation of the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Pakistani Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif, hours after talks with British Premier David Cameron, phoned President Hamid Karzai on Sunday and invited him to visit Islamabad for talks on issues of mutual interest.Karzai accepted Sharif’s... read more
KABUL (PAN): Pakistan and the United Kingdom on Sunday underlined the importance of peace, stability and security in Afghanistan, reaffirming their support for an Afghan-led reconciliation process.  This reiteration of support for the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The top British military officer in Afghanistan has said the global fraternity should have engaged the Taliban in negotiation on the country's future immediately after their ouster from power in 2001.General Nick Carter, in an interview... read more
KABUL (PAN): The British government on Friday said the first batch of detainees had been transferred to Afghan custody and more would follow in coming days. “We are working closely with the Afghan authorities on the handover of the detainees.... read more
KABUL (PAN): An American government watchdog on Friday slammed the US Department of Defense for pressing ahead with a controversial helicopter purchase deal with a Russian firm.The Pentagon was pursuing chopper purchases from the arms dealer for the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan remains the largest producer and cultivator in the world, accounting for 74 percent of the illicit opium production last year, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said on Wednesday.In its 2013 World Drug... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai and British Prime Minister David Cameron have discussed new developments in the ongoing Afghan-led reconciliation process, the Presidential Palace said on Wednesday.Cameron phoned the president on Tuesday evening... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Monday conferred with the US special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan on the ongoing peace process and the opening of Taliban’s political office in Qatar.On his second trip to the war-torn country,... read more
KABUL (PAN): On his second trip to the war-torn country, the US special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan arrived in Kabul on MondayAmbassador James Dobbins will meet President Hamid Karzai and other senior Afghan officials and... read more
KABUL (PAN): The World Bank has approved an additional grant of $12.5 million to fund the continuation of a project to provide safety nets  to the country’s poorest people and improve the public pension schemes.Coming from the International... read more
KABUL (PAN): An increasingly assertive President Hamid Karzai on Thursday asked Britain to explain its drone campaign in Afghanistan.At a meeting with the visiting British defence secretary at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Karzai questioned... read more
KABUL (PAN): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has identified underage recruitment, killings, abductions and sexual violence as some of the grave violations committed against children in Afghanistan’s conflict in 2012.In his annual report... read more
KABUL (PAN): Child casualties in the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan are on the rise, with a 27 per cent increase in the first four months of the current year, compared with the same period in 2012, the UN said on Wednesday.UNICEF said 414 conflict-... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Taliban on Tuesday announced releasing a Kyrgyz citizen they had seized along with nine other foreigners in central Logar province on April 21.The Taliban kidnapped 11 foreigners, including Turkish engineers who have already been... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai, raising questions about the success of the US-led war on terror, has said the Muslim world is in a state of tumult, asking whether the campaign has reduced or further fuelled radicalism.Addressing the US-Islamic... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai, heading a high-level delegation, on Sunday left for Qatar to participate in a three-day international conference in Doha, his office saidOrganised jointly by Brookings Project on US Relations with the Islamic... read more
KABUL (PAN): Pakistan's new Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is expected to visit Kabul next week for talks with President Hamid Karzai, a media report said on Saturday. Sharif, who was sworn in as premier for a record third time on Wednesday, will try... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai, the UN mission and ISAF on Monday strongly denounced a suicide attack in southeastern Paktia and a roadside bombing in eastern Laghman provinces.Ten schoolchildren, two US soldiers and a local policeman were... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai and US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday conferred on regional issues of common interest, the Presidential Palace said.The latest Afghanistan-Pakistan-US trilateral meeting in Brussels came under discussion... read more
KABUL (PAN): Pakistan on Monday insisted that Durand Line was a settled issue, scorning President Hamid Karzai’s remarks that Afghanistan would never recognise the British-mandated border.“Opening discussions on this issue is a distraction from the... read more
KABUL (PAN): An Afghan woman is among four winners of this year’s Courage in Journalism Awards announced by a Washington-based media organisation on Friday.A statement from the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) said that Najiba Ayubi,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Friday urged all political stakeholders in the country to join hands in securing press freedom and the right of expression -- the main achievements of the past decade.On... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai has returned to Kabul from a visit to three European nations, signing long-term cooperation agreements with Finland and Denmark, his office said on Friday.On the last leg of his trip, the president held wide-... read more
KABUL (PAN): Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai has been adjudged second in a new international poll on the world’s top 100 thinkers for 2013 by a British magazine.Richard Dawkins, the Oxford evolutionary biologist, tops the Prospect’s list for the current... read more
KABUL (PAN): A new Independent Election Commission (IEC) chairman would be appointed after the approval of a draft electoral law by the parliament, a high-level meeting agreed on Tuesday.The agreement came at a meeting, chaired by President Hamid... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United Nations on Friday asked the US to close the Guantánamo detention centre, calling the indefinite incarceration of detainees a clear violation of international law.UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said: “I am... read more
KABUL (PAN): The NATO commander on Friday praised New Zealand’s investment and contributions to the mission in Afghanistan over the past 12 years.New Zealand, ending its decade-long military mission, promised to continue supporting Afghanistan well... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Thursday accused the Taliban of playing into the hands of outsiders and contradicting their own slogans regarding respect for Afghanistan’s sovereignty and civilian lives.“Whenever we take a significant step... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai met his spymaster on Thursday, a day after his return from four months of medical treatment in the United States.During the meeting at the Presidential Palace, Karzai expressed his happiness over National... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan on Monday asked Pakistan to immediately halt its unilateral construction and physical reinforcement activities along the Durand Line in eastern Nangarhar province.Pakistani forces, which have reportedly started erecting... read more
KABUL (PAN): Former Pakistani military dictator came under shoe attack during a court appearance in the port city of Karachi on Friday, private news channels reported.As lawyers chanted slogans against him, one angry protester threw a shoe at the... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai and British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday conferred on the ongoing Afghan-led reconciliation campaign, the Presidential Palace said.During a telephone conversation, the two leaders also discussed... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan on Wednesday announced the cancellation of a scheduled visit of a team of army officers to Pakistan for joint military drills -- a setback for nascent defence ties between the bickering neighbours.On Jan. 28, Defence... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Thursday hoped the joint celebration of Nawroz -- the new solar year -- by political leaders would pave the ground for regional peace, prosperity and cooperation.Addressing the International Conference on... read more
KABUL (PAN): The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Wednesday announced reaching an agreement with the Afghan government on transition in the troubled central province of Maidan Wardak.Last month, President Hamid Karzai ordered US... read more
KABUL (PAN): The NATO secretary-general on Monday hit back at President Hamid Karzai for his remarks that the US and the alliance were colluding with the Taliban to pave the way for foreign soldiers’ stay in the war-weary country.Last week,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Pakistan has renewed its commitment to stabilising Afghanistan, calling an inclusive intra-Afghan dialogue central to lasting peace in the conflict-devastated country.Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, currently on a visit to Qatar,... read more
KABUL (PAN) President Hamid Karzai on Saturday urged Turkey for greater investment in exploring fuel and gas resources in Afghanistan and expanded economic cooperation.During a meeting with Turkish Energy Minister Yildiz in Kabul, Karzai stressed... read more
KABUL (PAN): Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Zalmai Rassoul on Saturday hailed Afghanistan-Turkey ties as a symbol of unprecedented mutual trust between the two Islamic nations.Rassoul’s remarks came on the eve of the 92nd anniversary of the... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Thursday issued a new decree preventing security operations in the country by armed group outside the structure of Afghan forces.He also ordered the creation of team to ask coalition forces to hand over such... read more
KABUL (PAN): As NATO-led foreign troops prepare to pull out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014, India on Tuesday reaffirmed its long-term commitment to training and equipping Afghan security forces.Visiting Indian National Security Advisor... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United Nations on Tuesday acknowledged the Taliban’s open letter of Feb. 2013 in response to its annual report on civilian casualties during the conflict in 2012. The UN mission hailed the Taliban statement as an invitation to... read more
KABUL (PAN):  The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) acknowledged on Thursday killing Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN) reporter Ahmad Omaid Khpalwak during a battle with insurgents in central Uruzgan province in late July.Khpalwak was... read more

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