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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): Women entrepreneurs in northern Balk province complain cheap and substandard imports from neighbouring countries are making it difficult for them to find a market for their high-quality products. Rabia Maryam, the... 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): A circular road has been planned around the famous Blue Mosque in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, a municipal official said on Saturday.Deputy Mayor Attiqullah Wahab told Pajhwok Afghan News the road... 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): German forces, part of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), changed their combat mission into training and assisting Afghan security forces in northern Afghanistan, an alliance official said on Saturday.Replaced... 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): Commander of Afghan Border Police Gen. Mohammad Shafique Fazli on Wednesday said Pakistani forces had intensified rocket attacks on eastern provinces to sabotage the June 14 presidential runoff election.Gen. Fazli, who... 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): Rejected provincial council candidates from Balkh on Saturday complained the Independent Election Commission (IEC) had not assigned them convincing reasons for their disqualification.Of the 129 individuals in the run for the... 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): Eight individuals were arrested on charges of having connections with militants during a joint operation by Afghan and ISAF forces in northwestern Balkh province, an official said on Thursday.Provincial police chief, Brig. Gen... 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): The High Office of Oversight and Anti-corruption (HOOAC) head on Monday said graft could be eliminated only when there was coordination between prosecutors and law-enforcement agencies. Azizullah Ludin told a press conference... 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): The minister of rural rehabilitation and development on Thursday inaugurated a high school and a bridge in northern Balkh province, while a number of teachers voiced their grave concern at the poor quality of work. Wais Ahmad... 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): Nine reconstruction schemes benefitting refugees and displaced families have been completed in the northern province of Balkh, an official said on Tuesday.At the inaugural ceremony, the director of refugees and repatriation... 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): Security officials said that four Taliban militants were killed in an armed clash in the Khulam district of northern Balkh province on Thursday morning.Provincial police chief Brig. Gen. Asmatullah Alizai told a news briefing... 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): The governor of northern Balkh province on Thursday said it would be better for the Afghan government to enter a dialogue with the Hizb-i-Islami of Afghanistan (HIA) rather than the Taliban.Atta Mohammad Noor told a gathering... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF/GHAZNI CITY (PAN):  Heavy floods wrecked havoc in   Balkh and Ghazni provinces on Monday -- killing 15 people and damaging 11,000 houses in the areas.  Local officials also said four people were missing and... 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): Security officials in northern Balkh province on Monday said the roads leading to the shrine of Caliph Hazrat Ali Shrine have been closed to help visitors enjoy New Year celebrations in a peaceful environment.Effective from... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Local officials say all preparations to mark the colourful  Nawroz festival, Afghan New Year, had been completed and hoped it will be a security risk-free event.Nawroz festival is traditionally celebrated in Mazar-i-Sharif... 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): Officials in northern Balkh province said on Wednesday they had seized weapons and other equipment from a private foreign security company.The weapons confiscated from Guard-Volt Company included, 38 Kalashnikovs, 39 bullet-... 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): Swedish Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) officials on Tuesday pledged $3 million (145.7 million) for promoting education in four northern provinces.An agreement to the effect was signed with the United Nations Children Fund... 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): Officials in northern Balkh province say nearly 2,000 welfare projects were completed in 14 districts in past few years, but the development council members call development activities unsatisfactory.The projects completed... 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
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Work on asphalting a 10 kilometre-long road was launched in Mazar-i-Sharif, capital of northern Balkh province, was launched on Thursday. The one-year project, which would cost about $12 million (542,520,000 million afghanis... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): House-to-house searches by international troops were violative of the Afghan constitution, Balkh Governor Atta Mohammad Noor said on Thursday. A few days back, the foreign soldiers "irresponsibly raided civilian houses... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): One militant was killed and three others were injured when the bomb they were planting on the side of a road went off accidentally in northern Balkh province on Thursday, police said. The explosion took place in Arzan Kar area... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A tribal militia commander was killed during a clash with insurgents in the northern province of Balkh, officials said on Sunday. The clash broke out Saturday night when Taliban attacked a patrol of the militia in Timorak area... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (PAN): Afghan police recovered dozens of mines and explosives from a house in Dasht-i-Archi district of northern Kunduz province, an official said on Thursday. Nine jerry cans of explosives, each weighting 20 kilograms, 28 anti-... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Ten development projects, benefiting 2,200 families, have been completed in northern Sar-i-Pul province, an official said on Sunday. Costing more than 14.6 million afghanis ($324,033), the projects were implemented in Balkhab... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Afghan security forces killed five Taliban fighters in Sayad district of northern Sar-i-Pul province, officials said on Saturday. The militants were killed during a clash with Afghan army and police on Saturday night in the... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Three people were arrested on murder charges in northern Faryab province on Saturday, an official said. The suspects were involved in a clash that left three individuals dead. Two young boys were stabbed during the clash... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Afghan and NATO-led forces killed three Taliban fighters during an operation in Kohistanat district of northern Sar-i-Pul province, officials said on Wednesday. The three-day operation ended on Wednesday, Northern 303rd Pamir... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The governor of northern Sar-i-Pul province on Monday said organisers of a protest against him had links to militants and wanted to misuse government institutions. A day earlier, hundreds of people held a protest meeting in a... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Three militants were killed and as many wounded while making an explosive device in northern Faryab province, officials said on Saturday. The bomb accidently exploded in a house in the Qleen Blaq village between Qaisar and... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A Taliban commander was among a dozen insurgents joined the Afghan government-initiated peace process in northern Jawzjan province, an official said Wednesday. The surrendering militants also turned in 11 Kalashnikovs assault... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Fuel prices remain high in northern Balkh province due to Iran's blockade of 1,800 tankers, traders and officials said on Wednesday. Although 80 tankers arrive at the Hairatan Dry Port in the province on a daily basis,... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): As many as 119 militants were killed and 97 others captured during a month-long counterinsurgency operation in northern Balkh province, a senior Afghan army official said on Sunday. Senior Taliban leaders, Mullah Ahmad Shah,... read more
 MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Three Taliban insurgents were killed by their own explosives in the northern province of Faryab, an official said on Thursday. The explosion took place at 8pm on Wednesday night when the militants were planting a... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A Taliban local commander was killed and another was detained during a clash with police in the northern province of Faryab, an official said on Saturday. The clash erupted Friday night when a group of militants attacked a... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Five Taliban were killed and four others were detained during two separate clashes with security forces in northern Faryab province, officials said on Thursday. In the first clash that took place Tuesday night in Meyan Darah... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A second round of a joint operation codenamed 'Ibtikar' (initiative) has been launched in northern Balkh province amid apprehensions among locals. Around 1,000 Afghan forces, including women, are said to be involved in... read more
GHAZNI CITY/MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Ordinary people would be encouraged to take part in snow removing from roads in southern Ghazni province this winter, an official said on Sunday.More than 655 kilometres of roads are estimated to be kept cleared of... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A Taliban local commander has been killed in an ambush by police in the northern province of Faryab, an official said on Sunday. The rebel leader identified as Rahmatullah was killed in Marchaghal village of Khwaja Sabzposh... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Police have seized hundreds of kilograms of narcotics in the northern province of Faryab, an official said on Saturday. The opium weighing 583 kilograms were recovered from a van in Zahori village of Qaisar district on Friday... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Police found the body of a teenager in Charbolak district of northern Balkh province on Wednesday, an official said. The 16-year-old victim was identified as Asim, a resident of Balkh district. Police officer Saleh Muhammad... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): One Taliban commander was killed and another injured during an operation in northern Balkh province on Tuesday, an official said. Mullah Habibullah was killed while his accomplice Mullah Juma Khan was injured just before noon... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Fifty Taliban insurgents, including two commanders, have been detained by Afghan security personnel in the northern province of Balkh, officials said on Tuesday. However, six people, including a woman and her daughter, were... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Two militants were killed and a third wounded during a clash with police in northern Balkh province, officials said on Monday. MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Two militants were killed and a third wounded during a clash with police in... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A woman and her 14-year-old daughter were killed when they stepped on a landmine in northern Balkh province, an official said on Sunday. The incident happened late on Saturday in the Soryan area of Charbolak district, police... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Police have captured four Taliban militants in northern Balkh province, an official said on Saturday. The insurgents were arrested in the Charbolak district on Friday night when they were travelling on motorcycles in the... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A local police force would be raised in northern Afghanistan with the support of regional security officials and residents, the interior minister said on Tuesday. MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A local police force would be raised in... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A dozen welfare projects, costing 1,029,000 afghanis, were completed in northern Sar-i-Pul province on Monday, officials said. National Solidarity Programme (NSP) spokesman Farid Ahmad Sadat told Pajhwok Afghan News the... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Drug dealers and other armed groups are more prevalent in the northern province of Balkh than the Taliban, an official said. Brig. Gen. Zulmay Waisa, commander of the Shaheen 209 Military Corps, told reporters that the number... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): As many as 5,200 families in 18 villages will benefit from 20 welfare projects completed in the northern province of Faryab, officials said on Sunday. The total cost of the projects was 2.61 million afghanis, which was... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Security forces arrested 20 suspects, including a Taliban commander, during an operation in northern Balkh province, an official said on Sunday. The clearing operation started two days ago, regional police commander, Gen. Daud... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Dry fruit traders in northern Balkh province said on Saturday said Afghan fruit exports to the neighbouring country were resold under different Pakistani brand names. The Karzai government should help traders prevent the... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Armed Taliban torched eight logistic vehicles of border police and killed three drivers in northern Faryab province, officials said on Monday. The incident happened in Khwaja Namosi district on Sunday when 11 vehicles carrying... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The Taliban insurgents are receiving new heavy and light weapons in northern Afghanistan, a NATO commander said on Sunday. Balkh Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) head, Gustaf Fahl, told reporters he was concerned at the... read more
 MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Eight people were bitten by a mad dog in the northern province of Faryab, an official said on Saturday.  MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Eight people were bitten by a mad dog in the northern province of Faryab, an official... read more
MAZR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Three militants have been killed in a clash with Afghan security forces in the Qisar district of western Faryab province, officials said on Wednesday. The overnight firefight was triggered by a militant assault on a checkpoint... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Afghan police killed two Taliban and arrested three others in northern Faryab province on Saturday, officials said. The incident took place in Sanjak area of Qaysar district when Taliban attacked a police check point, Faryab... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Five tribal elders were killed when gunmen attacked their vehicle in Bilcharagh district of northern Faryab province, officials said on Thursday. The elders were traveling in Qolyan area of the district on Wednesday when came... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Four suspected militants were detained on a charge of attacking international troops in the northern province of Balkh, the alliance said on Monday. The four militants were detained on Sunday after an attack on an International... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Three Swedish soldiers were wounded when militants fired rockets at their convoy in northern Balkh province on Friday, an official said. The convoy was traveling on the Mazar-i-Sharif-Shiberghan highway when came under attack... read more
 MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Greater cooperation between Afghan and international troops is necessary for grappling with security challenges facing the war-torn country, the German defense minister has said. "Important thing for security in the... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The security situation in northern Balkh province has improved 50 percent in October compared to the previous month, an official claimed on Thursday. Militants, including some top figures, had left the province for fear of a... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Security officials in northern Balkh province claimed on Thursday arresting a suspected kidnapper of a female student. The student went missing on her way to the state-run Teacher Training Institute in Mazar-i-Sharif, capital... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The municipality of Mazar-i-Sharif is unable to take away all of the 500 tonnes of garbage that residents of the biggest city in northern Afghanistan produce each day, blaming inadequate budgeting, officials said on Sunday.... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Taliban militants seized three men who work for a demining company and set their vehicle on fire in the northern province of Balkh on Sunday, an official said. The three were kidnapped in Balkh district on the Mazar-i-Sharif-... read more
 LASHKARGHAH /MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Nineteen Taliban insurgents have been killed a huge cache of drugs destroyed in separate operations in the southern Helmand and northern Faryab provinces, officials said on Sunday. Afghan and Intentional... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Several parts of Maimana, capital of western Faryab province, have been lit up for the first time with the installation of hundreds of streetlights, an official said on Friday.At a special ceremony, Governor Abdul Haq Shafaq... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): More than 13,000 farmers in northern Faryab province on Thursday received tonnes of improved wheat seed and fertilisers, officials said. Governor Abdul Haq Shafaq distributed the agricultural inputs to growers at a ceremony... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A senior police commander said 17 private security companies operating in Afghanistan's nine northernern provinces would be dissolved soon and their guards replaced by local police. Commander of the 303rd Pamir Police... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): US forces in northern Balkh province donated 16 vehicles suitable to the tough terrain in the mountainous province to the local government on Tuesday. The handover ceremony was attended by Col. Bill Burleson, commander of the... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A district police chief in northern Faryab province escaped unhurt but a guard was injured when a remote-controlled bomb exploded near his vehicle, officials said on Monday. Abdul Majeed, Balsaragh district police chief, was... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Journalists in northern Balkh province say they are forced to self censor due to threats by sources and because local and foreign authorities fail to give them all the information. The journalists had attended a two-day... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Two bomb planters were killed by their own explosives on Wednesday in the northern province of Balkh, an official said. The explosion took place as the two men tried to plant a bomb on a roadside in the Jar-i-Syah area of... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Ten out of 100 families in northern Balkh province earn a living with the assistance of others while 80 percent people are living in extreme poverty, an official said on Tuesday. Dr. Fardin, food in charge at the ActionAid... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A 15-year-old boy was kidnapped by the Taliban and is being held for ransom in northern Balkh province, officials said on Tuesday. Dr. Yosuf Ansari told police that his son, a student in 9th grade, was kidnapped on Monday as... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Three people working for a road construction company were released after spending one month in Talban captivity in northern Faryab province, an official said on Sunday. Muhammad Zarif, an engineer, his driver and a... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Five Taliban militants and a security guard of a private bank were killed when a group of insurgents attacked a central jail and a branch of the Azizi Bank in northern Sar-i-Pul province, an official said on Friday. Three... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Casualties inflicted on ordinary people in northern Afghanistan over the past six months this year has doubled compared to the same period last year, a United Nations official said on Wednesday. The casualties increased by 55... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A kidnapped jeweller claimed he had managed to escape his captors in northern Balkh province on Wednesday. But Governor Atta Muhammad Noor said Haji Gul Ahmad was mistakenly released by his kidnappers in the Khairabad area of... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A Taliban shadow governor was among 16 militants killed during a coalition airstrike in western Faryab province, local police and NATO said on Wednesday. The overnight airstrike was conducted after a police patrol came under... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Governors and other high-ranking government servants have been accused of fraud and interference in last month's parliamentary elections in northern Afghanistan, an official said on Sunday. An Electoral Complaints... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Thousands of teachers received land plots as a township was inaugurated in the Nehr-i-Shahi district of northern Balkh province on Wednesday, the education minister said. Speaking at a joint press conference with Governor Atta... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Three Indian-funded buildings for health clinics, costing $450,000, were inaugurated in Mazar-i-Sharif, capital of northern Balkh province, on Sunday, an official said. The buildings were opened in Kart-i-Noor Khuda, Kart-i-... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): An employee of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in northern Sar-i-Pul province, officials said on Sunday. The shooting happened in the Bughwaki Uzbekia area of the provincial... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A suicide bomber, targeting a convoy of foreign troops, killed an Afghan child and wounded 29 civilians in the northern province of Balkh on Friday, an official said. The bomber apparently struck a Swedish military convoy in... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A senior police official said on Thursday 64 people were killed and dozens others injured during Saturday's parliamentary election in the north. Commander of 303rd Pamir Police Headquarters, Gen. Daud Daud, told a press... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): An official in the northern Faryab province said on Wednesday 128 weapons had been handed over to the Disbandment of Illegal Armed Groups (DIAG) programme. Provincial police chief, Brig. Gen. Abdul Khalil Andrabi, said 71... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Taliban have distributed night letters in a district of northern Balkh province, threatening people against going to polling stations for voting in Saturday's parliamentary election, residents said on Thursday.Local officials... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF/AIBAK (PAN): A clash between police and Taliban militants left three Taliban dead in northern Faryab province while in Samangan, two bombs struck an election logistic supplying convoy, officials said on Thursday.Spokesman for 303rd... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The head of the Independent Election Commission in northern Sar-i-Pul province has said there are not enough police to ensure security at polling stations on Saturday.All election materials had been sent to the polling centres... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Two imams were shot dead in northern Balkh province, officials said on Thursday.The incident took place in Char Bolak district on Wednesday as the two men were riding a motorcycle, Char Bolak district chief, Amir Shah, told... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Two campaign workers wounded when gunmen opened fire on their vehicle in northern Balkh province, officials said on Tuesday.The two men worked for Abas Ibrahimzada who told Pajhwok Afghan News the incident happened in Dowlat... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Hailing from northern Balkh province, a 55-year-old woman is happy to be finally able to read and write.Nasima, who along with her 75-year-old husband, took admission in a learning course a year ago, said they were now able... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Hundreds of writers, poets and culture lovers from several provinces attended a grand poetry session in the northern province of Balkh on Monday.The assembly that stretched into the afternoon started at 9am in the city of Mazar... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A roadside bomb exploded in northern Balkh province killing two children, an official said on Thursday.The blast took place late Wednesday evening, killing two brothers who were playing near a highway in Bagh-i-Qulang village... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Taliban insurgents attacked a police checkpoint in northern Sar-i-Pul province, sparking a three-hour gunbattle that left two militants dead and another three wounded, officials said on Wednesday.The incident took place in... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Up to 33 welfare schemes have been executed by the National Solidarity Programme (NSP) in the northern province of Faryab, officials said on Monday.The projects were implemented in Garziwan district at a cost of more than 25... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Three Afghans working for a foreign non-governmental organization were held captive for a few before being released in the northern province of Balkh, officials said on Monday.The three, who worked for Mercy Corps, were... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A candidate for the Wolesi Jirga election escaped unhurt in an armed attack that left one of his guards dead in the northern province of Faryab, officials said on Wednesday.Militants attacked Muhammad Hashim late Tuesday as he... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Polling stations in a number of areas in three northern provinces would stay shut due to security concerns, Afghan and international security officials said on Tuesday.In some parts of Faryab, Baghlan and Kunduz, the security... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A parliamentary election candidate escaped unhurt but his campaigner was killed in a bomb attack in western Faryab province on Monday, security officials said.Haji Naqeebullah Faiq was the target of the explosion that happened... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Police in northern Faryab province have failed to find any clue to four female doctors kidnapped at gunpoint two days back, officials said on Monday.Suspected Taliban militants had abducted the doctors working for the Nijat... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): About 52 prisoners, including five women, have been freed from the Balkh central jail in compliance with a decree President Hamid Karzai issued on Afghanistan's Independence Day, an official said on Monday.The beneficiaries... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF/ PUL-I-KHUMRI (PAN): Two sons of Abdul Rashid Dostum, head of the Junbish-i-Millie Afghanistan, escaped unhurt in an attack on their convoy in northern Baghlan province, officials said on Sunday.A convoy of supporters of the former... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The excessive use of water in this northern city has caused well water level in residential houses to drop, residents complain.Increasing numbers of bathrooms, hair dresser shops, ice factories and non-alcoholic beverages are... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): An educational and cultural organisation organised a five-day Quran recitation, Qirat-e-Quran, competition in this capital of northern Balkh province on Thursday.One of the organisers, Qari Muhammad Islam Hassan Zada, told... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Security forces captured a Taliban militant with two hand grenades in northern Sar-i-Pul province, officials said on Thursday.The militant was intending to hurl the grenades at a security session Wednesday night in Kohistan... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Polling stations in several districts of northern Afghanistan would remain closed because of security concerns, officials in three northern provinces said on Wednesday, calling for the government to provide better protection.... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A local Taliban commander surrendered to the government in northern Faryab province on Tuesday, officials said.Ghulam Sakhi Pahlawan turned in his arms to the authorities in Bal Charagh district as a result of efforts by... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Thirty-four insurgents were killed or wounded in a NATO-Afghan operation in northwestern Faryab province, a senior police officer said on Monday.The militants suffered the casualties in a string of clearing operations this week... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Taliban insurgents killed four people, including a former jihadi commander, and injured two others in a bomb attack in northern Faryab province, officials said on Sunday.The former commander, Abdul Salam, was killed along with... read more
The blast happened in the Chamtal district late Saturday, said provincial police chief, Brig. Gen. Asmatullah Alizai.The militants planted the mine in an area between Alizai and Josher villages when it exploded accidentally, said another police... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): As the campaign for the upcoming parliamentary election gains momentum in northern parts of the country, some urban residents are complaining about the noisy music and slogans."We are fed up with these vehicles fitted with... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The road leading to the Kohistanat district of northern Sur-i-Pul province has reopened as a result of an overnight operation, officials said on Saturday.The Afghan army, police and intelligence personnel took part in the... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): An election official has been kidnapped by the Taliban in northern Sari-i-Pul province, officials have said.Dr. Muhammadi, who ran the IEC's branch in Kohistanat district, was seized as he returned from the district in a taxi... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Thirty-two public welfare projects have been completed under the National Solidarity Programme (NSP) in the northern province of Faryab, an official said on Sunday.The projects that cost 29,000,000 afghanis were executed by the... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A parliamentary candidate on Wednesday survived a gun attack in northern Balkh province, but one of his guards was killed and another three wounded, the aspirant and police said.The convoy of Muhammad Yousuf Ghazanfar, also a... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A roadside bomb explosion claimed the lives of four tribal elders in northwestern Faryab province, officials said on Tuesday.The incident took place when a civilian car struck the bomb on Monday in Qaisar district, deputy... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Gunmen stormed the house of a former jihadi commander who has been campaigning on behalf of a candidate in the parliamentary elections in northern Balkh province, and left him seriously wounded, police said on Tuesday.... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Six bank security guards were poisoned and then beheaded during a bank heist in the capital of northern Balkh province, officials said on Tuesday.The theft happened Monday at 10am at the Kabul Bank Kefayat intersection branch... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Gunmen killed a teacher hours after abducting him and an imam in the Charbolak district of northern Balkh province, an official and residents said on Saturday.The kidnapping took place in the Gor Tepa village on Friday... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Buildings for police headquarters in four districts of northern Faryab province have been completed, an official said on Thursday.The buildings, costing 2.6 million US dollars provided by the US Department of Defence, were... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Buildings for police headquarters in four districts of northern Faryab province have been completed, an official said on Thursday.The buildings, costing 2.6 million US dollars provided by the US Department of Defence, were... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The Taliban insurgents released an abducted doctor along with his driver after keeping them in captivity for four days in the northern province of Faryab on Thursday, officials said.The militants kidnapped four doctors in the... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Sayed Ahmad Yazdan Parast is blind, but the 22-year-old resident of Balkh province refuses to accept the definition, saying he lives a much fuller life than most people who can see.Yazdan Parast lost his sight when he was still... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Children are living with their mothers in the main prison in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, officials said on Monday.Eighteen children are presently staying in the jail just because their mothers have committed crimes,... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Three people were killed and hundreds of houses damaged by floods in the Balkhab district of northern Sar-i-Pul province, an official said on Saturday.The floodwater accumulated in a river after a landslide formed a lake in the... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Some workers of the Independent Election Commission were threaten up by candidates for refusing to issue voting cards to children in the northern province of Balkh, officials said on Thursday.Over the past few days, election... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A number of businessmen in the northern province of Balkh once again staged a protest on Thursday against a recent increase in taxes on edibles, warning the measure would lead to a hike in prices of food items."If the tax... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A number of businessmen in the northern province of Balkh Wednesday went on strike against a recent increase in taxes on edibles, warning the measure would lead to a hike in prices of food items."If the tax increase -- from $42... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): As many as 21 public interest projects completed in northern Sar-i-Pul province were inaugurated on Wednesday.The projects were completed under the National Solidarity Programme (NDS) at a total cost of 23.9 million afghanis,... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Taliban insurgents attacked a police checkpoint in the northern province of Faryab, sparking a gunbattle that left at least three insurgents dead and five injured, officials said on Wednesday.The attack on the checkpoint in... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Two NATO-led forces were killed and another wounded on Tuesday in a shooting exercise in northern Balkh province, an official said.Some of the bullets fired during the military training went in the wrong direction and led to... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Police arrested 12 men wanted for a series of thefts, kidnappings and murder in Balkhab district of northern Sar-i-Pul province, an official said on Tuesday.A fierce gunfight broke out between police and the suspects on Monday... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The security situation has deteriorated in northern Afghanistan over the last six months, an official of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Saturday.But Afghan security forces and their... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A female parliamentary candidate in northern Sari-i-Pul province on Thursday said a male rival had issued a death threat against her, but the alleged contender rejected the accusations as baseless.Manizha Sadat Qazi Zada said... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Three robbers were killed and two others captured in a clash with police in the northern province of Balkh, an army official said on Monday.The robbers were trying to hijack a university vehicle on Sunday night when a police... read more
MAZAR-i-SHARIF (PAN): Six Taliban fighters were killed and eight others wounded in a retaliatory attack by Afghan National Army (ANA) and police in northern Faryab province, an official said on Sunday.The militants suffered the casualties in a clash... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Hundreds of people in Mazar-i-Sharif rallied against the killing of civilians by NATO forces in the northern province of Balkh, officials said on Saturday.NATO troops killed two civilians, injured a child and detained three... read more
MAZAR-E-SHARIF (PAN): As many as 500 students received cricket coaching at a workshop organised by the Afghan Youth Cricket Support Organisation in this northern city on Thursday.Head of the organisation and former player of the national cricket... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): NATO troops have killed two civilians and detained three others in the northern province of Balkh, officials said on Wednesday.The overnight incident took place in the newly constructed town of Karta-i-Zaraat in the second... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Thousands of mosquito nets are being distributed to families in the northern province of Balkh to try to cut the number of cases of malaria and other insect-borne diseases, officials said on Tuesday.The first free nets were... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Due to a lack of voter registration centres, thousands of people could be deprived of voting in the September parliamentary election in remote districts of Balkh province.Only three voter registration centres have opened in the... read more
KANDAHAR CITY (PAN): A gunman has killed the driver of a private US security company in southern Kandahar province, an official said on Monday.The victim, who was killed on Sunday night in the provincial capital, worked for US Protection and... read more
SHIBERGHAN (PAN): Poppy growers clashed with counter-narcotics police who were busy eradicating poppy crops as part of an anti-poppy drive in northeastern Badakhshan province, leaving one farmer dead and four policemen wounded, officials said on... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Gunmen seized four workers, including two Afghan engineers, working for a Korean road construction company in the northern province of Balkh on Sunday, officials said.The kidnapping occurred in the Sholgar district, police... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The dead body of an education officer packed in a gunny bag was found in northern Balkh province Saturday evening, 15 days after his adduction by unknown gunmen in the Nahr-i-Shahi district, officials said on Sunday.Aqa... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): More than two dozens girl students and teachers, who fell ill after an apparent poisonous gas attack at their school in northern Sar-i-Pul province, have all been released from hospital after receiving treatment, officials said... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A batch of 1,400 Afghan National Army soldiers has graduated from the 209th Shaheen Military Corps in northern Balkh province.The soldiers received gradation certificates on the completion of a two-month professional training... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): More than a dozen Taliban fighters were killed and 10 others wounded during an operation by Afghan security forces in northern Faryab province, officials said on Thursday.The operation involving Afghan National Army (ANA)... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Balkh governor has warned fuel traders of legal action if they did not decrease the commodity's price.At a meeting with oil traders at the Hiratan port in the northern province, Atta Muhammad Noor said 57 trucks importing fuel... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): About 1,300 families in the Pakhtun Kot district of northern Faryab province were provided electricity on Tuesday after the installation of four new power plants, an official said.Governor's spokesman, Ahmad Javed Baidar, told... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): One Afghan soldier was killed and another two wounded when Taliban fighters attacked an Afghan and foreign patrol in northern Sar-i-Pul province, an official said on Tuesday.Deputy provincial police chief, Baqir Masoud, said... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Nearly 100 weapons, both light and heavy, have been handed over to the disarmament commission in northern Balkh and southern Kandahar provinces, officials said on Tuesday.Around 19 weapons, collected by local officials, were... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A fire broke out a warehouse in northern Balkh on Monday morning, causing $600,000 in damage, a company official said.Although firefighters arrived as soon as possible, the blaze destroyed the warehouse and all goods inside... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Unidentified gunmen killed a representative of Shejad town overnight in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, an official said on Monday.Rostem, 40, was walking to his house when two motorcyclists opened fired... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Three NATO soldiers were killed and a military vehicle damaged in a roadside bomb blast followed by a clash between militants and soldiers in northern Balkh province, a witness said Thursday, but foreign troops rejected the... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): At least 20 schoolgirls and teachers fell ill after a suspected poison attack on a school in northern Sar-i-Pul province, officials said on Wednesday.At least two female school teachers and 18 students at Guharshad Begum girls... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A district education official has been kidnapped by gunmen in the northern province of Balkh, an official said on Wednesday.Nehr-i-Shahi district education director, Aqa Muhammad, was visiting a school in the Siyah Gard area of... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Hundreds of university students demonstrated in the capital of northern Balkh province on Tuesday demanding that all foreign professors be withdrawn from the country.The students accuse the teachers of proselytising, the latest... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Around 60 NATO helicopters will be dispatched to northern Balkh province to maintain security during the upcoming parliamentary election, a US official said on Monday.The new helicopters would help Afghan and foreign soldiers... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Taliban had distributed night letters to residents of the Daulat Abad district of northern Balkh province, asking people to file their problems with the militants instead of the government.However, security officials in the... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Medics at a health clinic in northern Badakhshan province on Wednesday went on a strike against the non-payment of salaries over the past four months.Employees of the Langar Khana Health Clinic in Nehr Shahi district waited for... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): As many as 110 couples tied the knot at a mass marriage ceremony in Mazar-i-Sharif, capital of northern Balkh province, on Wednesday.Couples from Baghlan, Kabul, Faryab, Balkh and Sar-i-Pul married at the ceremony, sponsored by... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Around 5,000 families would benefit from 22 development projects completed under the National Solidarity Program (NSP) in two districts of northern Sari-i-Pul province, an official said on Wednesday.The projects included 27... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Efforts are underway to ensure security of voters and polling stations during the September parliamentary election in northern Afghanistan, officials said on Friday.Foreign troops would assist Afghan security forces during the... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Counterinsurgency operations in Afghanistan would go on as long as the Afghans wanted it, the top NATO commander said on Thursday.Gen. Stanley McChrystal said the war on terror in Afghanistan was not only in the interest of... read more
MAZAR-E-SHARIF/ JALALABAD/ (PAN): Four people including two senior officials were killed in an accident in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, a traffic police official said on Wednesday.Afghanistan Carpet Weavers Association head Qari Alam, his... read more
KABUL (PAN): Hundreds of families are at risk from a landslide in northern Sar-i-Pul province, an official said on Tuesday, calling for help from the government.Already, the face of the Narkoh Mountain in the Ji area had slid one and a half... read more
MAZAR-i-SHARIF (PAN): Hundreds of families, at risk from a landslide in northern Sar-i-Pul province, have been moved to safer areas, an official said on Tuesday.The face of the Narkoh Mountain in the Ji area has slid one and a half kilometers over... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Thirteen welfare schemes have been executed under the government-run National Solidarity Programme (NSP) in northern Sar-i-Pul province, officials said on Monday.Up to 2,500 families from Sancharak, Gosfandi, Balkhab,... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Three Taliban fighters have been killed and four others wounded in the northern province of Faryab, officials said on Sunday.The insurgents suffered the casualties in retaliatory fire from policemen Saturday night, when the... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A former senator was assassinated by the Taliban in the northern province of Balkh, officials said on Thursday.Muhammad Ibrahim, an upper house member during King Zahir Shahs rule, was shot dead on the way to his native... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): More than 3,000 hectares in Balkh province will be used to cultivate fruit trees over the next three years, an official at the agriculture department said on Monday.Two projects to grow fruit trees would be funded by the... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Thirty development projects, benefiting 7,000 people, have been executed in northern Afghanistan under the National Solidarity Programme (NSP), an official said on Sunday.The uplift schemes were implemented in Sar-i-Pul... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A Taliban-designated district chief has surrendered to the government in the western province of Farah, local authorities said on Saturday.Abdul Manan, Taliban's chief for the Kohistan district, joined the government as a... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Thirty-five prisoners, including a woman, were released from the main prison in northern Balkh province in compliance with a presidential decree, jail authorities said on Wednesday.President Hamid Karzai issued the decree on... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Officials said around 6,000 families in Shirin Tagab district of western Faryab province were provided electricity.Governor's spokesman Ahmad Javed Bidar told Pajhwok Afghan News that 11 electricity centres, costing 19 million... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Additional US troops would be deployed soon to northern Afghanistan, an American military officer said here on Monday.Col. Bill Burleson, commander of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, said this at a joint news... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Six people, including women, have been killed over the past two days of flooding as a result of heavy rains in northern Saripul province, local officials say.Deputy Governor, Qamaruddin Shakeeb, told Pajhwok Afghan News on... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF/TALOQAN (PAN): More than two dozen people have been killed in flash floods triggered by days of heavy downpours that lashed northern Afghanistan, officials said on Saturday.Most of the fatalities occurred in the Pakhtun Kot district... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Japan has pledged $1 billion to construct a railway in Afghanistan, the Finance Minister Omar Zakhelal said on Thursday.Over the past five years, Japan had donated $5 billion for the development of various sectors, but... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Powerful men had forcefully captured thousands of acres of land in northern provinces, locals and officials said.The land had been seized in Balkh, Samangan, Sar-i-Pul and Jawzjan provinces, said members of a delegation... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A railways policeman shot dead a commander of counter-narcotics police in northern Balkh province Monday evening, officials said on Tuesday.The counter-narcotics operational commander, Ezatullah, was on his way home from his... read more

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