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MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The Kaldar district chief in northern Balkh province has alleged the former government had neglected the town’s development for 13 years.In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, Mirwais Hotak listed the erosion... read more
MAZAR-E-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The Civil Society Networks in northern Balkh province on Saturday alleged no efforts had been made in the past 13 years to improve coordination among different ethnic communities.A gathering was arranged in Mazar-i-Sharif,... read more
MAZAR-E-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Construction work on 38 development projects in northern Sar-i-Pul and central Maidan Wardak provinces has been launched, benefitting thousands of families, officials said on Monday.Eight projects in Sar-i-Pul province were... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): A 22-year man sexually assaulted a 5-year old girl in the Sholgar district of northern Balkh province, the deputy district chief said on Monday.Muhammad Ibrahim told Pajhwok Afghan News that the incident took place late... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): At least four people were killed and 20 others injured when unidentified people lobbed a hand grenade at a wedding party in northern Balkh province, an official said Sunday.Col. Abdur Razzaq Qadiri, the acting police chief... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): One person was killed and three others were injured in a gas cylinder explosion in Mazar-I-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, on Sunday.The incident took place around noon when a gas cylinder exploded inside a... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): As many as 17,000 people were equipped with basic literacy in northern Balkh province last year, local authorities said on Friday.Speaking at a gathering in Mazar-i-Sharif, literacy project head Mohammad Hashim Balkhi said... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The Kazakhstan government has delivered $800,000 aid to victims of natural calamities in northern Afghanistan, officials said on Friday.The food and winter clothing aid was delivered, brought in 16 containers, was handed... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): One hundred tonnes of flour, delivered by Russia in aid to Afghanistan, has perished at the Hairatan port in northern Balkh province, an official said on Friday.Zikrullah Aryan, administrative head of the port, told Pajhwok... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Dozens of militants were killed and wounded during a three-day operation by Afghan security forces in a mountainous area of northern Balkh province, police said on Friday.The joint operation by Afghan National Army (ANA)... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Businessmen from the northern zone said on Friday the prolonged election process had left a deeply negative impact on trade activities and dealt a severe blow to security.Businessmen said the government needed to shift its... read more
MAZAR-E-SHARIF (Pajhwok): A female candidate for the provincial council on Monday escaped unhurt in an armed attack in northern Balkh province.Farangez Saugand told Pajhwok Afghan News unidentified motorcyclists opened fire on her near Mazar-i-... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): In his message on Afghanistan’s 95th Independence Day, the governor of the northern Balkh province on Tuesday demanded election results be completed soon and in an indisputable way.A gathering marking the country’s 95th... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Abdul Ghani Sharaf, a resident of northern Balkh province, has switched to the beekeeping industry after nine years of owning a seeds company.  Coming from Chamtal district, Sharaf told Pajhwok Afghan News he wanted to... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Hundreds of Afghans on Friday rallied in central Kabul and northern Balkh provinces against deadly Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strips.  Residents of the central capital and the Balkh-based Islamic Brotherhood Council... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Unidentified gunmen shot dead an employee of the Lehza Radio Station inside his residence in northern Balkh province on Saturday, an official said.Sher Jan Durrani, the provincial police spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Paktia Governor Juma Khan Hamdard on Friday accused Balkh police of killing three of his bodyguards and wounding four others.Hamdard told Pajhwok Afghan News police fired at his vehicle in Bandar area on the road between... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Monday said 15 individuals had cast 15,000 votes in favour of a specific candidate in northern Balkh province.Regional IEC chief, Izzatullah Arman told Pajhwok Afghan News former... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Independent Election Commission (IEC) officials on Sunday acknowledged fraud had been committed at a number of polling sites during yesterday’s runoff presidential election in northern Balkh province.They accused warlords,... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Saturday said it had received reports about ballot-stuffing in some parts of northern Balkh province.Balkh IEC chief Izzatullah Arman told journalists reports about fraud had... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Saturday said it had received reports about ballot-stuffing in some parts of northern Balkh province.Balkh IEC chief Izzatullah Arman told journalists reports about fraud had... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): A new organisation of women has launched an investigation into cases of women and child abuse in northern provinces, an official said on Monday.Shafiqa Habibi, the organization’s chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News the probe... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Judicial officials on Thursday said some individuals holding government positions in northern Balkh province continued to violate the law of the land.Participants of a gathering jointly arranged by the Governor’s House and... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Drivers and passengers on Thursday asked the government to reconstruct the damaged portion of the Kabul-North Highway in the Tashqar Ghan area of northern Balkh province on a permanent basis.Earlier in the month, flash... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Disbandment of Illegal Armed Groups (DIAG) officials on Wednesday said it had discovered 2,400 depots of weapons and 11,000 different kinds of arms in northern Afghanistan.DIAG chief for the northern zone, Gen Abdul Manan,... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Voting at a female polling station continued beyond the official closing time of 5pm in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province.The Independent Election Commission (IEC) earlier in the day extended the voting... read more
KABUL/MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Thousands of people on Friday pledged support to presidential runners Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf in Balkh and Kabul provinces.Addressing an election campaign rally in the northern city of Mazar... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The governor of northern Balkh province on Friday warned of a grave political crisis if next month’s presidential and provincial elections were rigged.Speaking at Hazrat Ali (RA) mausoleum in this northern city, Atta... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Security officials on Monday said they would protect all polling stations from possible insurgent threats ahead of the April vote in northern Balkh province.Provincial police chief, Col Abdur Razzaq Qadiri, told Pajhwok... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Two consecutive days of heavy snowfall have brought to a standstill trade activity at the Hairatan dry port and in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, officials said on Monday.Balkh Chamber of Commerce... read more
Mazar-e-Sharif (PAN): Ten individuals involved in murder and abduction cases have been arrested in the Sholgar district of northern Balkh province, officials said Thursday.Police officer Col. Abdur Rahman Rahim told reporters the outlaws were held... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): There have been fewer incidents of violence against women this year in northern Balkh province, an official said on Saturday.Women’s Affairs Director Rabia Muradi told a seminar in Mazar-i-Sharif her department had conducted... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Security official on Monday said a key Taliban figure involved in recruiting militants had been arrested in northern Balkh province.Balkh police chief, Col. Abdur Razzaq Qadiri, told Pajhwok Afghan News that Mullah Rahmatullah... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Security officials in the northern zone on Sunday said there was no security threat to next year’s presidential and provincial elections.Gen. Zalmai Weesa, the 209th Shahin Military Corps commander, told a news conference all... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Election officials said on Monday they had registered 66 individuals, including nine women, as candidates for provincial council elections, slated for April 2014, in the five provinces in the northern zone.They said many people... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Businessmen and government officials in northern Balkh province on Tuesday awarded the football team with more than eight million afghanis in cash for winning the nation’s first international trophy in the sport.Afghanistan won... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The coalmine collapse in northern Samangan province was the result of carelessness on the part of engineers and experts, an official said on Monday.Twenty seven workers were killed, 22 others injured and several others had been... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Information and culture officials in northern Sar-i-Pul province on Sunday said they had shut down a radio called “Sada-i-Bano” for lacking requisite documents and operating in a non-professional way.However, the radio... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Some women journalists on Thursday said they were yet to be recognised in the field, despite their all-out efforts to serve their society.They expressed the views at a workshop arranged by the Journalist Rescue Committee in... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): One man was killed and 13 others were wounded during a bomb blast in a hotel in northern Sar-i-Pul province on Thursday morning.Brig. Gen. Abdur Rauf Taj, the provincial police chief, said the explosion happened inside the... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Dozens of people staged a rally against the killing of a Jamiat-i-Islami party member in northern Samangan province on Thursday, blocking the main road between Mazar-i-Sharif and Pul-i-Khumri for two hours.Acting head of the... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Around 150 schoolgirls were poisoned in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, on Tuesday, an official said.Col. Abdul Razzaq Qadiri, the provincial police chief, confirmed to Pajhwok Afghan News the incident... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Floods hit the airport in northern Balkh province, forcing a suspension of all civilian flights over the past three days, an official said on Friday. At least 20 people have been killed and nearly 2,000 households affected... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A senior anti-corruption official on Thursday said his department had received more than a hundred land-grab complaints against a member of the Balkh provincial council.Shamsullah Javed, head of the High Office of Oversight and... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): At least 15 people were killed and hundreds of homes and livestock swept away by flash floods in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, and three nearby districts, officials said on Wednesday.Heavy rains that... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Outgoing Border Police Commander Brig. Gen. Syed Abdul Habib Syedkheli has said his force was ready to assume increased security responsibility after 2014 along the 2,431-km border under their control in northern Balkh province... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Nearly a dozen people were killed during a road crash on a busy highway in northern Afghanistan, an official said on Friday.In addition to 11 fatalities, 24 passengers were wounded when a bus rammed into a Russian-made Kamaz... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Several roads have been closed in northern Sar-i-Pul and Jawzjan provinces as a result of recent heavy snowfall, officials said on Saturday, as residents feared food price crisis.Highways in Balkhab and Kohistan districts of... read more
AIBAK (PAN): A prominent member of parliament and several top officials were among 19 people killed in a suicide bombing in Aibak, the capital of northern Samangan province, on Saturday morning.MP Ahmad Khan Samangani, western zone police commander... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Family members and human rights activists on Thursday asked the government to investigate physical abuse of a married girl whose tongue was cut off by her husband in northern Balkh province.Women Affairs Department officials... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The Department of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock retook 60,000 acres of land from grabbers last year in the northern province of Balkh, an official said on Wednesday.Irrigation Director Kateb Shams, during an interview... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A 24-years-old man’s body was found in a school in northern Balkh province, an official said on Thursday.The body was recovered on Thursday morning from the Nawbahar School in the Balkh district, Sherjan Durrani, the police... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A 24-years-old man’s body was found in a school in northern Balkh province, an official said on Thursday.The body was recovered on Thursday morning from the Nawbahar School in the Balkh district, Sherjan Durrani, the police... read more
KABUL/MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) officials said on Thursday revenue from the export of qaraqul skin (embroidered sheepskin) considerably increased last Afghan year.Last year, 320,000 skins were... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A Janda Bala (flag-hoisting) ceremony, marking Afghan New Year, was held in the northern province of Balkh on Tuesday.Organised amid stringent security arrangements, the event attracted a large number of Afghans from different... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Balkh Governor Atta Mohammad Noor on Tuesday said peace negotiations with Taliban should not undermine the achievements Afghanistan had made over the past decade.Speaking at a flag-hoisting ceremony marking Afghan New Year in... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Thousands of candidates from north and northwestern Afghanistan appeared in an entry test at the Balkh University in Mazar-i-Sharif on Friday.Chancellor Prof. Mukamil Alakozai told Pajhwok Afghan News a total of 2,700 students... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Two members of a family died and seven others sustained injuries when the roof of their house collapsed in northern Balkh province, officials said on Sunday.The roof cave-in took place late on Saturday night in the Badam Bagha... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Three Taliban fighters who recently joined the peace process kidnapped six local policemen and rejoined their ex-comrades in the northern province of Balkh, an official said on Saturday.The incident took place in Al-Burz area... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Balkh Governor Atta Mohammad Noor on Wednesday said a change in the government system should be brought in accordance with the country's constitution.Speaking at a ceremony marking security transition to Afghan security forces... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Four people were killed and another 50 wounded when a passenger bus overturned on the Kabul-Mazar-i-Sharif highway in northern Balkh province, an official said on Wednesday.The mishap occurred at around 9:00am in Khulm district... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Four people were killed and 20 others wounded in a bomb explosion in northern Balkh province on Tuesday, officials said.Explosives placed in a gas cylinder in Alokozay Square in Mazar-i-Sharif, the provincial capital, went off... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Security officials in the north on Tuesday said they were ready for the second phase of security transition. Lal Mohammad Ahmadzai, the 303rd Pamir Police Zone spokesman, told reporters that security forces had launched 25... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The German Interior Minister Hans Peter Friedrich on Sunday insisted on equipping and training of the Afghan forces for the successful completion of security switch. Inaugurating a German-funded police academy in Mazar-i-... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The US ambassador to Afghanistan on Monday said his country was ready to support President Hamid Karzai's plan for peace talks with Pakistan, not Taliban.Earlier in the week, Karzai said it was important to discuss the issue of... read more
KABUL (PAN): Jihadi and political leaders strongly condemned the murder of High Peace Council Chairman Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani on Wednesday, pledging to avenge his death.The ex-president was assassinated along with three members of his panel in a... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): At least two people died and 10 others sustained injuries when a gas cylinder exploded in northern Balkh province on Wednesday.The blast in the second district of Mazar-i-Sharif occurred at an under-reconstruction house around... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The Afghan National Army and police have made good progress in the northern zone in recent months, an International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) commander said on Tuesday.  German General Markus Kneip, who was wounded... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): At least 10 insurgents have been killed in an airstrike by NATO-led troops in northern Balkh province, an official said on Sunday. The air raid was carried out in the Qazal Kenat area of Sholgar district late on Saturday,... read more
TALOQAN (PAN): Slain police commander Gen. Daud Daud was laid to rest in his native Farkhar district and Takhar police chief Brig. Gen. Shah Jehan Noori in Taloqan city on Sunday. Among others, Interior Minister Gen. Bismillah Mohammadi, opposition... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A NATO-led foreign soldier was killed and five others were wounded in a traffic accident in northern Balkh province on Monday, the alliance said. The accident happened near Mazar-i-Sharif, the provincial capital in the... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A joint Afghan-international force backed by air support killed 25 militants during an overnight operation in central Faryab province, the provincial reconstruction team (PRT) said on Monday. The operation on Sunday night was... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Most of terrorist attacks in Afghanistan were planned across the border into Pakistan, John Kerry, the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman, said on Saturday, but acknowledged Islamabad's role in the war on terror... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Foreign troops on Thursday hunted down and killed a policeman who shot dead two NATO-led soldiers three days ago in northern Faryab province, an official said. Disguised in a border police uniform, the man shot dead the... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): More than 100 houses have been damaged in a landslide in northern Balkh province, with residents fleeing homes in panic, local officials said on Wednesday. Another 50 house are threatened after a cave-in began at about 4:00am... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): At least nine people, including two women, were killed and nearly a dozen others wounded when a passenger bus overturned on a highway in northern Balkh province on Saturday, officials said. The incident happened in the Pul... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Germany will provide $670 million (30.3 billion afghanis) to create job opportunities for three million people living in the northern provinces, a German official said. Up to $430 million would be spent on reconstruction and... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Zabiullah’s grandmother placed his younger brother in a blanket, then he watched as the elderly woman and another woman started shaking the blanket until the boy spun around in it. Zabihullah, 32, a resident of Chamtal... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): There is a proverb: “People make money at the Sakhi Shrine during Nawroz and eat it for the whole year.” "We wait for the New Year to make money during the 40 days of celebration," said Sawab Gul, 47, who... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The traditional Janda Bala, flag-raising, took place in northern Balkh province on Monday, a ceremony that traditionally marks the start of the new Afghan year. Second Vice President Mohammad Karim Khalili, MPs, officials from... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Stringent security arrangements have been put in place to celebrate new year's festivities, beginning on March 21, in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, an official said on Monday. Thousands of people... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A 16-mmeber militant group on Sunday joined the peace process and turned in weapons to authorities in northern Faryab province, an official said. The group, including its leader named Amin Bag, had been active in Almar... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF/KANDAHAR CITY (PAN): A policeman and a militant were killed in a gun battle in northern Balkh province on Sunday, an official said. The clash broke out when a group of insurgents ambushed a police vehicular convoy patrolling in Qala... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Negotiations with insurgents are good for bringing peace to Afghanistan, but the Karzai government should not implore fighters, an official said on Thursday. At a gathering on the 16th death anniversary of Abdul Ali Mazari,... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Two Taliban militants were killed during an operation in Pakhtunkot district of western Faryab province, the International Security Assistance Force said on Tuesday. Several areas, including Ghar Tepa, Mangdarakht and Atta... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Women rights activists said on Sunday they were "deeply concerned" over living conditions in prisons for females in northern Afghanistan. Leaders of different women's rights organisations, at a gathering arranged... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A 13-member insurgent group, including two commanders, surrendered to the government in northern Faryab province, officials said on Sunday. Commanders Kaldar and Qasim were active against the government in Tagab Shahr and... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): International forces escaped unhurt in a bomb attack that damaged a small bridge in northern Balkh province on Saturday, officials said. The explosion happened at 1:30pm in Pul-i-Tasadi area on the Kabul-Mazar highway, deputy... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Northern Balkh province collected 300 million afghanis ($6.65 million) in revenue in the first 11 months of the Afghan financial year, nearly double the amount it collected in the same period last year, an official said. Last... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN: Swedish forces will remain in Afghanistan beyond the 2014 date NATO has set for its transition to an Afghan-led security force, a Swedish official said on Monday. The Swedish people are hopeful that Afghanistan’s... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The toll from a suicide attack on a Buzkashi ground in northern Faryab province has increased to three dead and 41 wounded, officials said on Sunday. A day earlier, two spectators were killed and 25 others injured when a... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Two spectators were killed and 25 others injured on Saturday when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives during a popular sport competition in the northern Faryab province, an official said. The afternoon attack happened at... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Afghan forces killed and wounded a number of Taliban insurgents and cleared 20 villages in northern Baghlan province, officials said on Wednesday. One suicide bomber was among the dead while two others were captured during the... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): About 1.5 tonnes of narcotics were torched and 24 suspect smugglers arrested in the northern Faryab province, an official said on Wednesday. The drugs, including 1,465 kilograms of opium, 25 kg of hashish and 5 kg of heroin,... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A man was shot dead and another wounded during a game of Buzkashi in Mazar-i-Sharif, the provincial capital of northern Balkh province, officials said on Tuesday. The incident happened late on Monday when gunmen opened fire at... read more
Mazar-i-sharif(PAN):North Zone security officials said 750 Taliban militants have joined the peace process this year. The militants, on the other hand, said that many might go back to the Taliban unless the government pays attention to their... read more

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