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BEIJING (Pajhwok): Journalists from Afghanistan and China held a joint meeting and talked about various opportunities that could help improved relations between the two countries. First secretary of the Afghanistan Embassy in China, Syed Mehdi... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two people, including a bride, have been killed and as many injured in overnight celebratory gunfire in the third police district of Kabul, an official said on Tuesday. Basir Mujahid, spokesman for the 101st Asmaee Zone, told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Monday stressed the need for modernising Afghanistan customs, building its capacity and regional connectivity. A statement from the Presidential Palace said Ghani made the remarks at a meeting with World... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two people have been killed and a third injured in a clash between two rival families in Kabul, an official said on Saturday. Basir Mujahid, spokesman for the 101st Asmaee Zone, told Pajhwok Afghan News the shooting happened in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Counternarcotics minister Salamat Azemi on Wednesday asked women to play a proactive role in protecting their family members from slipping into drug addiction. Addressing a gathering here, Azemi said terrorism and drugs posed a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Deputy Chief Executive Officer Mohammad Mohaqiq has said the purpose of the newly-created alliance is to ensure an active role for the people in government affairs. Addressing reporters late on Monday, he said the coalition... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A woman and a child were killed and another woman was wounded when two rockets landed in Niazbig area of the capital Kabul on Wednesday, an official said. Basir Mujahid, spokesman for the 101 Police Asmayee Zone, told Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): In total 839 people were killed and another 783 wounded in Afghanistan last month, when 172 attacks took place, showing a 16 percent decrease in assaults and a 46 percent decline in casualties compared to May, Pajhwok has learnt... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Shamim Khan Katawazai has been appointed as new governor of Paktia province in compliance to presidential orders, an official said on Tuesday. Munira Yousuf, spokesman for the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG)... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has visited the Wazir Mohammad Akbar Khan and Sardar Dawood Khan Hospitals and congratulated the injured civil and security persons Eidu-ul-Fitr, a statement from Presidential Palace said on Tuesday... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Police had no weapons while removing protest tents in the capital Kabul, where at least one protestor killed, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Thursday. A number of people erected several protest tents in the capital... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): In Afghanistan where its own citizens go through a lengthy and complex process to get a National Identity Card (NIC) also known as Tazkera, some foreigners can easily obtain this document and become the Afghan citizen. Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): US officials stationed in Kabul on Tuesday said the US and the NATO had implemented 1,200 projects in Afghanistan since 2003 at a total cost of $10 billion. Col. Jon Chytka, US Army Corps of Engineers commander in Afghanistan,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The proportion of women who have the authority of spending money that they earned themselves is higher than those having personal properties in Afghanistan, a survey reveals.  “The Demographic Survey of Afghanistan,” a joint... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Rural Development and Rehabilitation Ministry on Sunday launched a project to help 20,000 returning refugee families flourish their carpet weaving business. Rural Development Minister Nasir Ahmad Durrani, who inaugurated the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Around 3,000 people suffered casualties in 205 attacks across Afghanistan in May, with one-fifth of the assaults happening in Kabul. The statistics indicate a 58 percent increase in attacks and a 39 percent spike in casualties in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least seven people were killed and 10 others wounded on Friday when a massive protest erupted at the site of a devastating suicide bombing in Kabul earlier in the week. Around 90 people had been killed and more than 450... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than 50 women were wounded in Wednesday’s powerful truck bombing in the heart of Kabul, officials said on Thursday, claiming the target of German Embassy. At least 80 people were killed and 461 others were in the deadly... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The government has decided to distribute national identity cards and passports to Afghan nationals living in Pakistan, Iran and Gulf countries, an official said on Monday. To this effect, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Sunday inaugurated a recently completed significant expansion of its Torkham Transit Center in eastern Nangarhar province to increase aid to undocumented Afghan returnees from... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some parliamentarians and political analysts say the differences between the unity government leaders and poor management of security organs have strengthened the Taliban. The Taliban earlier this month announced the launch of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Unidentified gunmen have shot dead a German national and her Afghan bodyguard while kidnapped Finland citizen, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Sunday. Acting MoI spokesman Najib Danish told Pajhwok Afghan News the incident... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): People have to wait ‘for days’ outside the Pakistani Embassy in Kabul to obtain visa due to increasing number of applicants and lack of facilities at the embassy. The Pakistani embassy blames the situation on the increasing... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Military analysts on Saturday said recent appointments in the Ministry of Interior (MoI) were ‘an appropriate step. Exactly a week back, 13 individuals were appointed on high positions in the MoI in line with the ministry’s... read more
KABUL/JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Residents of eastern Nangarhar province on Tuesday accused the provincial governor of corruption and demanded his removal till Thursday or they would launch massive protests. About 25 civil society activists and... read more
KABUL (Pajwhok):  Interior Minister Taj Mohammad Jahid on Sunday said the Police Act was being amended keeping in view the country’s security situation and nature of crimes. Addressing a conference “Police Act review” in Kabul, Jahid said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two people were killed and as many wounded as a result of a magnetic bomb explosion in Kabul on Saturday, an official said. Brig. Gen. Mohammad Salim Almas, crime branch chief for 101st Asmaee Zone, told Pajhwok Afghan News the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Sunday claimed 81 militants were killed in various parts of the country , saying operations for recapture of Qala-i-Zal district of northeastern Kunduz and Zibak district of northeastern Badakhshan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Around 2,200 people suffered casualties in 130 attacks in Afghanistan in April, showing a five percent decrease in attacks but casualty rate surged by 32 percent, compared to March. A Pajhwok reports show the insurgents carried... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The government on Monday postponed a planned ceremony for the release of the first group of prisoners belonging to the Hezb-i-islami Afghanistan (HIA for unknown reasons. The first group of HIA prisoners was expected to be set... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Lawmakers and politicians on Sunday welcomed the return of Hebz-i-Islami Afghanistan leader Gulbadin Hekmatyar and called on other insurgent groups to reconcile with the government. Mesharano Jirga or Senate deputy chairman... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The national unity government led by President Ashraf Ghani has lost its legitimacy, a former presidential advisor alleged on Friday, parting his ways with the ruling coalition.   Ghani had surrendered 50 percent of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Eighty-four militants, including 45 Islamic State fighters have been killed during clearing operations in 18 provinces, the Ministry of Defence claimed on Friday. The operations were conducted in Nangarhar, Kapisa, Laghman,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Nearly 2,200 civilians have been killed and wounded during the first three months of 2017, showing a rare decline in civilian casualties, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in its quarterly report released last... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Senators on Tuesday asked the government to prevent Pakistan from building security posts along the Durand Line or let the Afghans defend their soil in southeastern Paktia and Paktika provinces.   Upper house member from... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A security official was wounded as a result of magnetic bomb explosion in the Lahori Gate neighbourhood of Kabul province on Monday. Brig. Gen. Hamayoon Ainee, in charge of 119 police helpline, told Pajhwok Afghan News the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Sunday announced launching said a planned spring operation codenamed “Operation Khalid” in areas under high terrorist threats. Vice Chief of Army Staff Gen. Murad Ali Murad told a news conference... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Ulema Council (AUC) on Thursday denounced Maulana Fazal Rahman’s recent comments regarding the Afghanistan conflict, saying his stance has no academic and religious justification. Fazal Rahman, the chief of his... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan demanded more assistance from the international community in clearing landmines on Monday when the UN promised continued support to Kabul in this regard. UN deputy special representative for Afghanistan Toby Lanzer... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Bank-e-Millie Afghan officials say Gulzad trade organization owes $4.3 million to the bank in loan and interest but the group says it has repaid the loan in line with the court’s decision. Documents of the three courts available... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has returned home after a week-long official visits to three Far Eastern countries, the Presidential Palace said on Saturday. During the visits to Australia, Indonesia and Singapore, the president inked... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than 1,600 people suffered casualties in Afghanistan last month (March), showing a 13 percent surge over February’s toll, Pajhwok Afghan News has learnt. The month saw attacks by insurgents merely declining as there were 137... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has urged the Australian government to share its experience in the agriculture sector with Afghanistan and get maximum advantage of existing opportunities in his country. A statement from the Presidential... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan and US national security advisors on Tuesday discussed the war against terrorism and peace efforts in Afghanistan. A statement from Afghan National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar said the two sides agreed that... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Scanners to detect bombs such as vehicle-born explosive devices will be installed at the four major entrances to Kabul within next two months, an official said on Saturday. The scanners were provided to Afghanistan by China in... read more
KABUL CITY (Pajhwok): One person was killed and two others, including a policeman, was wounded in the overnight firing by dacoit in capital Kabul, an official said on Saturday. Police spokesman Baseer Mujahid told Pajhwok Afghan News the incident... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Government officials on Wednesday said 24 people, including some generals, have been arrested over a deadly attack on a military hospital in Kabul. Claimed Daesh or Islamic State group, five attackers were involved in the March 8... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A recent investigation shows high-ranking Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP) officials have been trying to give contracts for 217 extraction projects in exchange for $10 million in bribe. The study by the Afghan Anti-... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Four people, most civilians, were killed and 66 others wounded in militants attack on Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan Military Hospital in capital Kabul on Wednesday, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said. Syed Ismael Kawasi,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): As many as 1,400 people were killed and wounded in 139 attacks in Afghanistan last month, showing a 14 percent increase over previous month’s casualties. Pajhwok Afghan News reports show there was no let up in violence this winter... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): On the direction of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) has transferred eight officers, a statement from the ministry said on Saturday. Brig. Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahimi former commander of the 101 Asmai... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Thursday said 20 of the 104 people wounded in Wednesday’s blasts in Kabul were in critical condition. At least 16 people were killed and 104 others wounded in the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Sixteen people were killed and another 59 were wounded including women and children on Wednesday when Taliban militants carried out two separate but near simultaneous suicide bombings in central capital Kabul, the Ministry of Public... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Monday praised the Afghan security forces and said their sacrifices proved wrong the impression that Afghanistan wound plunge into anarchy. “Let’s come and turn Afghanistan into an independent, stable... read more
KABAUL (Pajhwok): Two of Gen. Dostum’s bodyguards have not yet appeared in the attorney general’s office (AGO) and the remaining seven are not in custody, with a former governor calling for the vice-president’s suspension and his referral to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Security forces on Tuesday closed roads to the presidential palace and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) in the capital Kabul to arrest the bodyguards of first vice-president Gen. Abdur Rashid Dostum. All roads to Sherpoor... read more
KABUL CITY (Pajhwok): Kabul police on Monday said they had arrested 295 people accused of various crimes during the past one month in the central capital.  The 101st Asmayee zone police commander, Lt. Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahimi, told in a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) on Sunday expressed concern over the practice of bacha bazi and corruption in police ranks, accusing the force of torturing detainees as well. AIHRC chief Seema Samar... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday asked intelligence officials to conduct a deep analysis of insecure districts and determine factors of instability. The president, who addressed a seminar on its third and last day involving... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A gas cylinder exploded near a car parking at the Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Saturday, damaging a vehicle, an official said. MoD spokesman Maj. Gen. Dawlat Waziri told Pajhwok Afghan News the incident took place around 8:20am... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Procurement Commission (NPC) has approved five project contracts, rejected two and sent as many back to the departments concerned for assessment, a statement said Sunday. The statement from the Presidential Palace... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Once again 30,000 Afghans would perform next year’s hajj pilgrimage instead of 24,000 in Saudi Arabia, an official said Sunday. In the past too, 30,000 Afghan pilgrims would perform the hajj, but their number was reduced to 24,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Hundreds of protesters in capital Kabul on Friday accused Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) for its involvement in recent deadliest attacks in the country and asked the United Nation (UN) to press the neighboring country... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Anti-War Movement has called for an agreement on the timeline for the pullout of foreign forces from Afghanistan, release of innocent prisoners and a framework for lasting peace in the country. The demands were raised by the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 129 people in connection of 135 drug smuggling cases have been arrested in the country in the past three months, Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) said on Saturday. According to a statement from the CJTF, received by... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): On average 70 people were killed and wounded daily in the past five months in Afghanistan, with a third of causalities happening in October. But causalities declined later on as the fighting season came to an end. According to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): One person has been killed and three others, including a newly-wed couple, were wounded in a gas cylinder explosion in a car in Kabul, police said on Saturday. The 119 police chief, Mohammad Humayun Aini, told Pajhwok Afghan News... read more
KABUL CITY (Pajhwok): Police detained 597 people, including two women, over different crimes and recovered 10 stolen vehicles in just 20 days in central capital Kabul, an official said Monday. Kabul’s 101st Asmai Zone police commander Lt. Col.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  The government has so far collected more than 160 billion afghanis revenue this fiscal year, surpassing the target by 28 billion afs. Talking to a press conference in Kabul, Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi said, “I want to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): About 1,359 individuals suffered casualties in 127 attacks across Afghanistan in November, showing 59 percent decrease in casualties and 34 percent decrease in attacks compared to October. In October, 3,285 people were killed and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A prominent Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) commander, Zardad, arrived in Kabul on Wednesday after spending 16 years in a British prison. A large number of people, who streamed to the Hamid Karzai International Airport to welcome... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two senior military officials were killed while the provincial council (PC) head and intelligence chief were wounded along with several others in Tuesday’s helicopter crash, an official said on Wednesday. The 207th Zafar Military... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have been accused of killing two civilians in central Maidan Wardak province, but the troops rejected the claim as baseless. Sharifullah Hotak, deputy head of the provincial council, claimed... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow has conferred an honorary doctorate on his Afghan counterpart Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the Presidential Palace said here on Monday. Ghani received the degree at the Ashgabat... read more
KABUL CITY (Pajhwok):  Nearly 12,000 repatriated refugees will get land plots under a residential scheme launched on Thursday in eastern Laghman province. The Laghman provincial press department in a statement said the township was being... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has suspended four officials of the sixth police district of Kabul over Monday’s suicide attack, an official said on Tuesday. At least 30 people were killed and 64 others wounded as a suicide bomber... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The 7th police district head has been caught red-handed while receiving a bribe in Kabul, an official said on Tuesday. Sidique Sidiqui, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior (MoI), told Pajhwok Afghan News the 7th police... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two people were wounded in a magnetic bomb explosion in the Bagrami district of Kabul on Monday, an official said. Basir Mujahid, a Kabul police spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News the blast took place at around 6:00am on the... read more
KABUL CIYT (Pajhwok): Forty-four militants suffered causalities during security forces’ operations in several provinces over the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Saturday. In a statement, the Interior Ministry said the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan and Pakistani culturists and civil society activists on Saturday decided to assess and find solutions to problems being faced by people living on both sides of the Durand Line through a joint intellectual forum. The... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): On behalf of Afghanistan’s people and government, President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday congratulated Donald Trump on his victory in the American presidential election. In a statement from the Presidential Palace, the president... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): One person was killed and another sustained injuries on Monday when a bomb exploded outside a mosque in central capital Kabul, eyewitnesses said on Monday. Sousan Samsoor, an eyewitness, told Pajhwok Afghan News the blast took... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than a dozen militants have been killed and four heroin factories destroyed during a raid in eastern Nangarhar province, an official said on Monday.   At 9,670 kilograms of drugs were destroyed as a result of the... read more
KABUL CITY (Pajhwok): At least five people were killed and two others injured in a car accident in Shakardara district of the capital Kabul on Sunday, an official said. An official of Kabul traffic department, who wished to go unnamed, told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Government officials on Saturday said civilian casualties in Thursday’s airstrike in northern Kunduz province were being investigated, but rejected figures reported in the media. Local residents had said 30 civilians were killed... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The deputy police chief for central Kapisa province on Saturday survived a bomb attack that injured a driver in capital Kabul, an official said. Crime branch chief at 101st Kabul Asmayee Zone Police, Col. Feraidon Ubaidi, told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): “Operation Shafaq-2” earlier postponed due to some tactical issues will be launched soon, the army chief said on Thursday. Talking to reporters here, Gen. Qadam Shah Shahim said militants suffered huge casualties this year... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah on Friday called on political leaders to rise above all sorts of biases, including ethno-linguistic differences. All political leaders should work together to cement national unity and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): ‘Salehi Charity Social Foundation (SCSF)’, an organization that provides humanitarian help to poor people, on Thursday started functioning. Abdul Wasay Salehi, SCSF head, told the foundation’s launch ceremony in capital Kabul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior on Monday said the community police were being strengthened in order to increase liaison between police and people and reduce terrorist and criminal activities. According to the Interior Ministry, the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan’s opium production rose by 43 per cent to 4,800 metric tons and cultivation by 10 per cent during the current year, compared with 2015 levels, However, eradication of the illicit crop significantly dropped by 91 percent... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A magnetic bomb attack on an Afghan National Army (ANA) pick-up left one person injured in the 15th police district of the capital Kabul on Sunday, an official said. The crime branch chief for the 101st Kabul Asmayee Police Zone... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Officials and civil society activists on Thursday urged social media users to avoid fueling ethnic differences and instead work for national unity. Members of 10 civil society groups told a joint press conference in Kabul that... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The level of poppy cultivation will plummet to zero next year in six provinces of the country, the counternarcotics minister said on Sunday. Salamat Azimi named the provinces as Kabul, Kapisa, Herat, Balkh, Baghlan and Jawzjan to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah would travel to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) at the head of high-level delegation on Monday, an official said on Saturday. Javed Faisal, the CEO’s deputy spokesman, told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Nearly 2,000 people were killed and wounded across the country in September, a 25 percent decline in violence and a 35 percent cut in causalities from August. According to Pajhwok reports based on different sources, 143 clashes... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday called on Afghanistan’s neighboring countries to extend essential support to the war-torn country in its quest for peace and stability.   Ban Ki-moon, during the day... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): One man was killed and two others were wounded in a bomb blast in the 10th police district of the capital Kabul on Monday morning, an official said. The explosion took place at 7am when an explosive device tied to a bicycle went... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior on Sunday said 1,263 individuals have been detained in connection with more than 185 tonnes of drugs this year when 22 heroin-making factories destroyed. MoI’s counter-narcotics department deputy head, Lt... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday said the executive directorate having a prime ministerial authority would continue for five years. Abdullah expressed these views during a meeting with the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar on Thursday asked the international community to remove sanctions on the Gulbadin Hekmatyar-led Hezb-i-Islami Afghan (HIA).   Atmar made the demand during a peace deal signing... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) has agreed to embrace the country’s constitution and dismantle its armed wing under its peace agreement with the government. In return, the Ashraf Ghani administration has promised the release... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Besides pledging another $1billion in development aid, India has signed with Afghanistan three memoranda of understanding (MoUs) on cooperation in areas of prisoners’ extradition, judicial system and technology during President... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A policeman and two armed motorcyclists have been killed during a clash in the fifth police district of the capital Kabul, an official said Thursday. Brig. Gen. Abdur Rahman Rahimi, commander of the 101st Kabul Asmayee Police... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The 15th death anniversary of legendary jihadi leader Ahmad Shah Massoud was commemorated as part of the Martyrs Week in Kabul on Thursday. Chief  Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah, accompanied by high-ranking officials, placed... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The death toll from this year’s terrorist attacks in Kabul has reached 328, with another 957 people suffering injuries after Monday terror strikes by militants.  A day earlier, 35 people were killed and nearly 100 others... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): As a result of 190 clashes, more than 1,600 people were killed and nearly 1,200 others wounded in 30 provinces of the country in the past one month, while no incident of violence occurred in remaining four provinces in this period... read more
KABUL CITY (Pajhwok): Thirty-five people, including five officials, have been killed and over 100 wounded in Monday’s explosion and suicide bombing in capital Kabul, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Tuesday. Most of the dead and injured... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The death toll from twin suicide bombings has risen to 24 with another 91 people injured in the latest attack on central capital Kabul on Monday, officials said. The twin blasts in rapid succession took place in front of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Four would-be suicide bombers who were planning to carry out attacks in the central capital Kabul have been detained, police said on Sunday. Lt. Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahimi, the 101 Asmai Police Zone Commander, told reporters here... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Ninety pilots, including a female and 105 aircraft engineers have graduated from the National Air University in Kabul, an official said on Thursday. The graduated individuals received their course completion certificates from Maj... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Senior civil officials on Wednesday stressed taking out security and defence forces of the realm of politics and asked the forces especially police to carry on their duties without any prejudice and political behavior. The... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Interior Minister Taj Mohammad Jahid on Tuesday stressed the need for more policewomen and said their recruitment process had been poor and needed serious attention. Jahid was addressing a seminar ‘Conference on Future of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior on Sunday blessed with medals, bonuses and promotions policemen who rescued students during Wednesday’s attack on the Afghan-American University in Kabul. The brazen gun and bomb attack on the American... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The group attack on the American University of Afghanistan killed and wounded 52 people, mostly students, taking the casualty toll to 1,131 in 23 attacks in Kabul this year. A three-member Taliban’s suicide squad stormed the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Defence Minister Gen. Abdullah Habibi on Wednesday said the Afghan Air Force (AAF) was being strengthened, but had international aid been properly used on the defence sector, the AAF would now have been a more powerful force. The... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Graduating from the Kabul Military Academy on Sunday, some of the 1000 cadets said they were ready to defend the country’s soil and would not allow the enemy to shed the blood of Afghans. They expressed these views after their... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  The two Afghan cyclists, who travelled to 15 countries in Europe, Asia and the America and delivered the message of peace to the UN chief, have reached India. The Afghan Embassy in New Delhi in a statement said the two... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The residents of capital Kabul on Thursday celebrated the country’s 97th Independence Day with patriotic zeal and enthusiasm by arranging special events and programmes. Most parts of the capital were decorated with national flags... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A child was wounded on Thursday when a magnetic bomb attached to an army officer’s vehicle went off capital Kabul, an official said. Brig. Gen. Faridon Obaidi, Kabul crime branch police chief, told reporters at the scene that the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The 97th Independence Day celebrations kicked off in capital Kabul on Thursday, with President Ashrafh Ghani placing  a floral wreath at the Minar-i-Istiqlal (Independence Minaret). The national anthem was played... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of politicians on Wednesday lashed out at the unity government leaders and asked them to shun their differences and instead work for resolving the country’s problems. The politicians spoke at a gathering marking... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A government opposition party on Tuesday blamed the country’s deteriorating security situation on differences between the unity government leaders. The party, National Stability Society (NSS) led by Ziaul Haq Amarkhel, celebrated... read more
KABUL(Pajhwok): A civilian and an Afghan National Army (ANA) officer were injured on Monday morning when a magnetic bomb hit a Corolla car near the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Kabul. MoD deputy spokesman, Brig. Gen. Mohammad Radminsh, told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): As many as 917 notorious drug smugglers, including one globally known, have been arrested and 129 tonnes of drugs captured since March this year, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Wednesday. Lt. Col. Baz Mohammad Ahmadi, MoI... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Monday said some 700 insurgents were either killed or wounded over the past one week during operations underway in 13 provinces. Maj. Gen. Mohammad Habib Hesari, MoD operations head, told a press... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier was killed and three others were wounded in a roadside bombing in the Bagrami district of Kabul on Monday, an official said. Ministry of Defense (MoD) spokesman Maj. Gen. Dawlat Waziritold... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): One person was killed and seven firefighters and a civilian were wounded on Thursday after a huge fire swept through a 12-storey shopping mall in central capital Kabul. Ten floors of the building Abasin Zadran Market were... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Four militants have been killed and 15 others, including two civilians and five policemen, were wounded during clashes with militants in the Jalrez district of central Maidan Wardak province, an official said on Friday. Abdul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The ninth death anniversary of Afghanistan’s last monarch and ‘Father of the Nation”, Mohammad Zahir Shah (1914 -2007) was observed in Kabul on Thursday, with participants calling him a patriot and nationalist. After the... read more
Col. Kabir Ahmad Barmak, the 11th police district chief in Kabul, said the explosion was caused by a magnetic bomb which wounded one policeman.  The explosion took place in the limits of 11th police district at around 2:30am in front of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Saturday condemned the twin explosion in the rally in capital Kabul and ordered government institutions to use all resources for the rehabilitation of wounded persons. At least 61 people were... read more
KABUL CITY (Pajhwok): Police in capital Kabul on Thursday shot dead an armed woman who wanted to enter the building of the Supreme Court, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said. The armed woman wanted to force her way into the apex court’s compound... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Religious scholars attending a gathering in Kabul on Wednesday asked the government to deal with external and internal factors behind drug cultivation and smuggling in Afghanistan. The gathering was held in connection with “Unity... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some political experts have called the release of documents linking Pakistan with Afghan militant groups an inappropriate move, while some others hail it as a bold move by the former spymaster. Last Thursday, ex-head of National... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani, during a meeting with visiting Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of US army General Joseph Dunford, on Sunday said the Afghan Special Security Forces and the air force needed to be further equipped and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): One person was killed and two others were wounded in a bomb blast in the Bagrami district of Kabul on Saturday, an official said. Col. Faridoon Obaidi, crime branch chief for the 101st Asmayee Police Zone, told Pajhwok Afghan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The joint anti-corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (MEC) says that more than 50 percent of municipalities’ revenue in Afghanistan goes uncollected. MEC executive head, Mohammad Nasim Akbar, told reporters in Kabul on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Terrorism posed a serious threat to Pakistan, Afghanistan and the world at large, President Ashraf Ghani said on Tuesday, urging the neighbouring country to adopt a clear stance on the issue.   "Terrorists and the enemies of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former head of Independent Election Commission (IEC) Ahmad Yousaf Nuristani has been appointed as Afghanistan’s ambassador to Spain in compliance with a presidential order. Nuristani tendered his resignation as IEC chairman a few... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan Local Police (ALP) underwent crucial reforms and they were 95 percent freed from influence of powerful individuals, Interior Ministry officials said on Saturday. Deputy interior minister for security affairs, Gen.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Monday said special security measures had been put in place to prevent any possible untoward incident during Eidul Fitr holidays and to enable people to celebrate the religious festival with zeal... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): They wanted to share their graduation and Eid greeting with families, but they went to graves instead of going to their mothers’ arms, wrote a Facebook activist about the victims of Paghman incident. At least two Taliban bombers... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Seven females were among 317 officers graduated on Thursday from the Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim Defence University’s officers academy in Kabul. Their graduation ceremony was attended by Defence Minister Abdullah Habibi, other... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior said 30 police cadets were killed and another 58 wounded in a twin Taliban bomb attack in Paghman district of central Kabul province. The ministry in a statement said the newly-graduated police... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Unidentified gunmen have shot dead an appellant court judge for the Rashidan district of southern Ghazni province inside his residence in the capital Kabul, a security official said on Tuesday. The murder took place at 12:30am in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Federation of Afghanistan Civil Society (FACS) on Sunday said the governor and security officials of eastern Nangarhar province should be brought to justice for their failure to prevent Daesh attacks in the Kot district.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Five people, including a provincial council member, were injured in a bomb explosion in capital Kabul, officials said on Monday. Brig. Gen. Hamayon Aini, 119 police hotline chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News the bomb blast targeted... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An agreement between Da Afghanistan Breshna Shirkat (DABS) and the Asian Development Bank was signed on Sunday to extend a 300-megawatt of power line from Doshi district of northern Baghlan province to central Bamyan province.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Hours after a cross-border fire exchange in Torkham town, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Monday it would never allow any country to construct gates or other installations in border areas. MoD spokesman Gen. DawlatWaziri... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Police confiscated 11 containers full of alcoholic drinks in central capital Kabul and separately seven men have been arrested in northern Balkh province for smuggling 16 kilograms of heroin, the Ministry of Interior said on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Unidentified gunmen have killed an individual in the limits of the 6th police district in the capital Kabul, an official said on Saturday. Col. Faridoon Obaidi, crime branch chief for 101st Asmaee Police Zone, told Pajhwok Afghan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Reformist Youth Association (RYA) on Friday expressed concern over increased kidnapping cases on highways, asking the government to ensure security of the routes across the country. RYA head, Sayed Jawad Sultani, told a joint... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of Kabul residents belonging to the Hazara community on Thursday once again renewed their demand for routing the TUTAP electricity project through central Bamyan province. They warned if their demand was not heeded, they... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Security officials said on Wednesday salaries of security personnel of defense and interior ministries have been increased with effect from June 21. A source in the Ministry of Defense (MoD),wishing not to be named, told Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Lapis lazuli mines, estimated to be up to 6500 years old, are fuelling corruption, conflict and extremism in Afghanistan, an international investigation revealed on Tuesday. The Taliban and other armed groups are earning up to 20... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some political parties and civil society groups on Sunday called on the Wolesi Jirga to approve the presidential legislative decree on electoral reform and warned if the decree was rejected, the country might plunge into a political... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The committee to assess violence against journalists on Tuesday said it had referred documents and evidence about crimes against reporters to the authorities concerned for investigation. Executive director of NAI, which supports... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former veteran jihadi leader Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf on Saturday said the Taliban should to join the peace process. Also the head of the Council of Protection and Stability in Afghanistan, Sayyaf said no one could ignore... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The High Peace Council (HPC) on Tuesday said the final draft of the peace agreement between the unity government and the Gulbadin Hekmatyar-led Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) faction would be sent to government and the militant... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Police seized an explosives-laden car near the Ministry of Interior (MoI) building in Kabul and detained its drive on Tuesday, an official said. Najibi Danish, deputy spokesman for the ministry, claimed police had prevented a car... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Hundreds of protestors in the capital Kabul on Monday demanded implementation of a multinational power project through central Bamyan province, accusing the government of discrimination. The Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Tajikistan-... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The High Peace Council (HPC) on Sunday urged the United States and the United Nations to remove names of the Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) leader and members from their blacklists. Over the past two months, the HIA militant... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has urged the global fraternity to appreciate Afghanistan’s limitations, asking European countries to evaluate reasons for accepting refugees. He made the remarks at a meeting with British Prime Minister... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has said administrative corruption often stokes political tensions, a reality that must be understood. Addressing the Anti-Corruption Summit in London on Thursday, the president said: “Corruption fuels... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Sixteen drug traffickers, including two women, have been arrested by the counternarcotics police, the Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) said on Wednesday. The traffickers were detained in Baghlan, Nangarhar, Kandahar and Kabul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): As many as 277 people have been detained by police accused of different crimes in capital Kabul over the past 20 days, an official said on Wednesday. Maj. Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahimi, the 101st Asmayee Zone police commander, told a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A resident of the Zurmat district of southeastern Paktia province on Monday accused Afghan Local Police (ALP) personnel of forcibly occupying his uncle’s home and establishing a check-post in the house. Atta Mohammad, an... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): As many as 1,000 fresh high school graduates would be imparted an 18-month online training in professional accounting by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) in Kabul, an official said on Saturday. Mohammad... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan (TEFA) on Thursday declared as ‘impossible’ the conduct of parliamentary and district council elections this year, citing numerous problems. The election watchdog said the long-... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pajhwok Afghan News editor-in-chief Danish Karokhel on Wednesday urged President Ashraf Ghani to create fund for journalists and media outlets and enact into laws their protection and access to information. Danish, speaking at a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday stressed the need for mass mobilisation to arrest growing drug addiction, saying the issue should be addressed as one of the big challenges facing Afghanistan. The president expressed the views... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Officials on Tuesday said 10 percent of residents in the Afghan capital, Kabul, have currently access to safe drinking water, but added another 10 percent citizens would gain access to an improved drinking water source in the next... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Peace talks between the Afghan government and the Gubadin Hekmatyar-led Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) are about to enter the final stages and the sides are expected to reach an agreement in less than two weeks, the High Peace... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of civil society groups and tribal councils joined the father of Abasin in demanding a public hanging for the killers of his 14-year-old son. They warned of launching a series of protests and blocking roads if their... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The government opposition parties, reacting to President Ashraf Ghani latest remarks, on Monday said there was nothing new in the president’s speech that lacked a clear stance on resolution to the Afghan conflict. President Ghani... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President’s special representative for security in Helmand province has said 60 percent of Taliban militants in the southern province are ready to hold talks with the government as they consider the war not a solution. Abdul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Civil society activists in Kabul on Thursday demanded capital punishment for a detained Iranian boy accused of raping and killing a six-year-old Afghan refugee girl in Tehran. The victim, Sataesh Quraishi, was found dead in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The death toll from Tuesday’s devastating attack on an elite security agency in the heart of Kabul has soared to 64,a spokesman for the Ministry of Interior (MoI) announced on Wednesday. Sadiq Seddiqi told reporters in Kabul most... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday asked political leaders to wage a joint campaign against insurgents who carried out a coordinated attack in Kabul to avenge their defeat in the newly-launched spring... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Police have arrested the killer of two US advisors after four years of efforts in the Yakawalang district of central Bamyan province, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Tuesday. MoI spokesman Sedique Sediqui told reporters in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Peace and Salvation Council on Monday asked all parties to the conflict to make peace otherwise the Afghans would recognise as “cruel” every side that opposed peace. Gul Rahman Qazi, who heads the party, told a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Presidential Palace on Wednesday welcomed the Hezb-i-Islamic Afghanistan (HIA) participation in talks, saying the security forces would continue fighting against the militants opposed to the peace process. Dawa Khan Minapal,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Monday ordered the creation of a new official medal to be named after Mir Ali-Shir Nava'i (1441 –1501), a Central Asian poet, writer, politician, linguist, mystic and painter. “It is our duty to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): One education officer was killed and seven others were wounded in a roadside bombing in the Bagrami district of Kabul on Monday, an official said. Ministry of Education (MoE) spokesman Mujib Mehrdad told Pajhwok Afghan News the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior on Sunday said 2,906 drug smugglers have been arrested in 2015, when 311 tonnes of drugs and alcoholic drinks were seized. Brig. Gen. Baz Mohammad Ahmadi, counternarcotics department head at the MoI, told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A rocket landed in the capital Kabul but caused no casualties or damage, Security officials said on Sunday. Crime branch chief for 101st Asmayee Zone, Brig. Gen. Faridoon Obaidi, told Pajhwok Afghan News the rocket was fired from... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Ministry of Defence (MoD) officials on Saturday said mechanisms adopted in the ministry’s procurement affairs might help save three billion afghanis in 2016. Deputy Defence Minister Maj. Gen. Ghulam Sakhi Ahmadzai told reporters... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Interior minister-designate Taj Mohammad Jahid and the nominee for attorney-general received votes of confidence from the Wolesi Jirga, or lower house of the parliament, on Saturday. Along with nominee for Supreme Court member... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Nasrin Oryakhel, the Labour, Social, Martyrs and Disabled Affairs Minister, on Wednesday said her ministry had launched efforts at addressing the issue of joblessness, which she called “a national dilemma.” Speaking about her... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Mine Detection Center (MDC) on Monday asked the international community to assist Afghanistan’s demining sector and the Afghan government to provide pension for de-miners. This was stated MDC chief executive Mohammad Shahab... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A team of the Gulbadin Hekmatyar-led-Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA), currently in capital Kabul for peace talks, has said the party supports women’s rights as envisioned by Islam. The second largest rebel group after the Taliban... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  The residents of central capital Kabul face several problems after days of raining turned roads and streets into ponds amid the lack of drainage system. Shukria, 50, a resident of Lab-i-Jar locality, was busy taking out... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A former senator survived a bomb attack that left at least four people dead and 15 others wounded in the capital Kabul on Tuesday. Ex-senator Gul Afghan told Pajhwok Afghan News he was traveling in his car along with his... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former election commission chief Ahmad Yousaf Nuristani on Monday said he had resigned of his own free will, but called the Electoral Reform Commission as “illegal.” Nuristani, who resigned as the Independent Election Commission... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Security officials in areas where kidnapping incidents happen would be prosecuted over negligence as directed by the National Security Council (NSC), the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said Sunday. According to a statement from the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The deteriorated security situation, administrative corruption and political instability are found main hurdles to the development of trade, industry and movement of goods and services in the country. Pajhwok Afghan News has... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  Pajhwok Afghan News has obtained documents that show the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) has appointed two senior officials at the Heratan Dry port in northern Balkh province. The documents show Ahmad Massoud Qayumi, a former... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Following a thirty-minute armed clash with police, three thieves were detained in central capital Kabul on Thursday, an official said. Basir Mujahid, the 101st Asmai zone police spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News four thieves... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga members on Wednesday said the most important task for the government was to improve the security situation, calling for an end the culture of acting officials. The lower house last year approved the law on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A batch of another 2,000 soldiers completed their training at the Kabul Military Training Centre (KMTC) on Tuesday. Addressing the graduation ceremony, Chief of Army Staff Gen. Qadam Shah Shaheem said a new nationwide operation... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Breakaway and non-violent factions of the Hezb-i-Islamic Afghanistan (HIA) on Saturday welcomed the Gulbuddin Hekmatyar-led HIA’s decision to join the peace process. The Hekmatyar-led HIA is a militant group fighting against the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Traders and vendors in capital Kabul say their sales in Nawroz days have reduced by 60 percent compared to the previous year. Most of Afghans celebrate the New Persian Year by visiting parks, preparing different food items... read more
KABUL CITY (Pajhwok): At least a dozen suspected criminals have been arrested on charges include murder in central capital Kabul, police said on Thursday. Kabul 101st Asmai Zone police commander, Abdul Rahman Rahimi, told reporters here that... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan’s New National Front (ANNF) party on Monday criticised the performance of the government, accusing the rulers of seeking to engineer the election system in their own interest. ANNF, an opposition party, was created... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former president Hamid Karzai on Friday strongly denounced airstrike of Pakistani forces on eastern Kunar province, his office said. On the basis of local officials’ reports, the Pakistani army carried out aerial attack on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Raiwand-i-Naw (new trend) civil society institute, dubbing government’s efforts at peace talks with Taliban as “unsuccessful,” on Thursday said the High Peace Council (HPC)’s composition needed to be comprehensively reviewed.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A gunmen shot dead two Turkish nationals and injured three others including Afghans at a shopping store in central capital Kabul on Saturday, police said on Sunday. The incident took place in the Haji Yaqub intersection at about... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan currency regained some value against the US dollar during the outgoing week that saw prices of Arabian gold and flour increasing in Kabul, market sources said Thursday. Ongoing insecurity, decreasing foreign aid and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A group of 44 Afghan children on Sunday returned home from Germany where they underwent treatment for broken bones and burn injuries. The children aged below 11 years included 12 girls and 32 boys who had been sent to Germany for... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 45 Islamic State (IS) fighters have been killed in the Achin district of eastern Nangarhar province during the past 48 hours, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Wednesday. MoI spokesman Seddiq Seddiqi told reporters... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Saturday said it would punish those who shared a video clip showing a woman gives to birth her child in the courtyard of a major hospital in Kabul. A private television on Tuesday night aired a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Wednesday it was investigating a footage clip showing a mother gives birth to her child in courtyard of a major hospital in capital Kabul. A private television Tuesday night aired a video... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Heavy clashes between security forces and Taliban are underway in the Nirkh district of central Maidan Wardak province, an official said on Wednesday. The clashes erupted after the security forces launched a clearing operation... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Police in capital Kabul have arrested 318 suspects, including two Iranians, in connection with 147 criminal cases during the past 30 days, an official said on Tuesday. Lt. Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahimi, chief of the 101 Asmai zone... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An explosion took place on the Metrological Department Road in the 15th police district of Kabul on Tuesday morning, but details of casualties were not immediately available. Head of 119 police helpline, Brig. Gen. Humayoon Aini... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An Afghan National Army (ANA) helicopter made an emergency landing in Deh Sabz district of Kabul on Monday due to technical issues, security officials said. The district police chief, Col. Nangialai, told Pajhwok Afghan News the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A ban on producing and selling plastic bags was imposed in the country five years ago, but the restriction lasted a few days and the bags have since been sold across the country unabated and unchecked. Five years ago, the then... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A five-year-old boy from southern Ghazni province says he wants to meet Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi and wants him to construct a football ground in his home town of Jaghori district, after his photos in a homemade Messi... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Officials said militants cut down another three power pylons near Pul-i-Khumri, the capital of northern Baghlan province. The sabotage act comes amid unsuccessful efforts to repair the power supply line from Uzbekistan to Kabul,... read more
MAIDAN SHAHAR (Pajhwok): Two months after the shelling of a mosque in Syedabad attack by Afghan troops, affected residents remain in a state of shock and demand harsh punishments for the killers of civilians. On Dec. 4, nine people -- most of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Protestors in central capital Kabul on Saturday asked the United States government to close down notorious Guantanamo Bay prison and treat its inmates in accordance with international conventions on human rights. The US... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Indian-supplied Mi-24D gunship helicopters were ready for operations in Afghanistan and they would be first used against insurgents in southern Helmand province, an official said on Wednesday. Indian Prime Minister Nanednra... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Interior Minister Noorul Haq Ulumi on Monday said 103 prison officials had been appointed for Kabul and provinces. The minister told a meeting in Kabul that experienced and professional jail officials had been appointed for... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United States on Friday handed over the Afghan Ministry of Defence (MoD) four A-29 Super Tucano aircraft having the capacity to fire guided rockets. MoD spokesman Dawlat Waziri told Pajhwok Afghan News the nearly jets... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The passport department chief on Thursday said around 900,000 electronic passports had been issued to people during the past two years. Sayed Omar Saboor told a special ceremony marking the activation of a demo version for online... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan analysts on Wednesday criticised US President Barack Obama’s remarks that instability would continue in many parts of the world including Afghanistan. In his final Union of the State speech, Obama defended his approach to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Speakers at a gathering celebrating the country’s Constitution in Kabul on Tuesday said a handful of powerful individuals and groups had blocked progress in implementation of the supreme law. The current Constitution was approved... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Abdul Raziq Wahidi on Monday said the country’s e-government system would be 70 percent implemented in the next two years. Wahidi told a press conference here that the e-... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some senators on Sunday said an impartial delegation to be acceptable to all parties should hold the second round of peace talks with militants. Representatives of the Afghan government entered first face-to-face talks with... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Youth Civil Society Coordination Centre (AYCSCC) on Saturday urged the warring parties to take maximum advantage of peace opportunities and protect youngsters from miseries. On different forum across the globe,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Police on Thursday detained two persons from a car for what they claimed carrying 13 pistols, 35 laser guns and two binoculars in capital Kabul. Lt. Gen. Abdur Rahman Rahimi, 101st Asmayee Zone police commander, told reporters... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 18 individuals have been arrested in Kabul in connection with overnight celebratory gunfire that left one person injured, an official said on Thursday. Sedique Sediqi, Ministry of Interior (MoI) spokesman, told Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A top official of the New Kabul Bank on Sunday said the bank was facing deficit ranging from $10,000 to $15,000 on monthly basis and the loss-making would be brought down to zero over the next three months. Syed Jan Saeed, head... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A 5.3-magnitude earthquake on Saturday shook central capital Kabul and a number of provinces and parts of Pakistan, including the nation’s capital Islamabad. The quake struck at 1:15pm in Kabul. The epicentre of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The High Peace Council (HPC) on Saturday hoped the presence of the United States and China in the Afghan peace talks would yield result and make Pakistan to meet its pledges. The body’s acting chairman, Abdul Hakim Mujahid, said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Experienced and professional youth would be recruited in government departments through the Capacity Building for Result (CBR) programme, the finance minister said on Sunday. Testifying before a Wolesi Jirga panel, Finance... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan and Pakistan on Sunday agreed to schedule in January the first round of quadrilateral meeting to work out a clear road map for a meaningful peace process. A statement issued from the Presidential Palace in Kabul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Suspended employees of the Electronic ID Card Farms Distribution Department on Sunday held a protest gathering in Kabul, saying if the government did not reinstate their jobs, they would leave the county. About 1000 employees of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The government was asked on Thursday to introduce a new award to acknowledge the meritorious services former agriculture ministerDr. Abdul Wakeel. Dr. Abdul Wakeel, who was born in the Nirkh district of central Maidan Wardak... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Three out of four Mi-25 attack helicopters have been delivered to Afghanistan by India, an official said on Wednesday. Afghanistan has so far received three of the combat helicopters from India and would get the fourth one soon,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Reinforcements have arrived in southern Helmand province, fighting against the militants with a high morale, security officials said on Wednesday. Acting Defence Minister Mohammad Masoom Stanikzai and Interior Minister Noorul Haq... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani held fruitful talks with Azerbaijan’s prime minister, chairman of parliament and heads of business firms during his visit to Baku, the Presidential Palace said on Wednesday. Ghani discussed strengthening... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Tuesday said it would investigate the issue of 440 fake policemen severing with 31 lawmakers as bodyguards. MoI spokesman Sediq Sediqqi told a press conference here the ministry would take steps... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior affairs (MoI) on Tuesday said five suspected individuals had been detained in connection with firing rockets into the capital Kabul. MoI deputy spokesman Najibullah Danish told Pajhwok Afghan News two... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The lower house of the parliament on Monday rejected the draft budget for 2016 budget, saying most of development schemes had been approved last year and there was no balance in provincial allocations. On Saturday, the Ministry... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The UN-sponsored demining agency on Monday said Afghanistan needed international assistance to clear its 20 percent of land still containing landmines. United Nations Mine Action Centre for Afghanistan (UNMACA) director Mohammad... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Political analysts view the two-day Heart of Asia Conference -- a regional initiative to stabilise Afghanistan -- was a success. The ministerial meeting in Islamabad concluded on Wednesday. Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, India,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga members on Saturday strongly denounced a mortar strike blamed on the Afghan army that killed a dozen people, mostly children, in central Maidan Wardak province. The lower house tasked the commission on internal... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Arghandiwal-led faction of the Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) on Thursday launched a cleanliness campaign in Kabul, saying it wanted to be part of social services. As the drive got under way, HIA Chairman Abdul Hadi... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Political analysts say Afghan officials should adopt a unified stance about the peace talks and the international community should guarantee Pakistan would keep promises and the parties consider problems insurgents face as... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has said development and progress would enable Afghanistan to reduce carbon production, asserting his administration’s unwavering commitment to fighting against the scourge of terrorism. Speaking at the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The head of an independent television channel has been killed in Karta-i-Naw neighbourhood of Kabul, an official said on Monday. Asia TV channel recently started transmissions in Herat, Balkh and Nangarhar provinces of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan is stuck in the war of others, but the Afghan National Army (ANA) has been fighting the enemies with a high morale, a senior military official said on Sunday. Addressing graduation ceremony of 1,040 military officers... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) chief Abdul Sattar Sadat on Sunday claimed Azadi Radio had quoted him out of context. Speaking to reporters here, Sadat said he did not tell the radio he would expose secrets... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The non-profit Afghan Landmines Survivors Organisation (ALSO) on Thursday said the number of people fell victim to the home-made bombs in Afghanistan increased by 23 percent in 2014 compared to the figures in 2013. ALSO head... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A member of the Afghan Taliban cleric body in the capital of Pakistan’s Balochistan province has called Taliban supreme leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour as illegitimate leader. Sheikh Abdul Rauf, a member of the Taliban... read more
GHAZNI (Pajhwok): Hundreds of people on Friday staged a protest rally in the Muqar district of southern Ghazni province, blocking the Kabul-Kandahar highway for one hour. Some 500 people took to the streets after some individuals visited the... read more
PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): Two senior provincial officials of central Logar province have been arrested on corruption charges, officials said on Friday. The provincial land authority and mines and petroleum directors have been arrested. A... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani, at the head of a high-level delegation, arrived in the Kazakh capital, Astana, on Thursday night on two-day state visit, the Presidential Palace said on Friday. According to a statement from the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two motorcyclists on Wednesday shot dead a woman in the Kart-i-Naw locality of Kabul, an official said. Crime Investigation Chief Brig. Gen. Faridoon Obaidi confirmed the incident and said a team had reached the site to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former president Hamid Karzai on Tuesday urged foreign forces to respect Afghanistan’s national sovereignty, territorial integrity, culture and traditions so the Afghans have no problem with their presence. The ex-president... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Provincial councils (PCs) members in 26 provinces on Sunday voted to elect their administrative boards and the ballot was postponed till Monday in the remaining eight provinces mostly due to a lack of quorum, an official said.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday said provincial council (PC) members could not individually interfere in the affairs governors otherwise they would be prosecuted by the government. The president said this during a joint video... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has called the underground economy a hurdle to free market, saying Afghanistan was trying to deal with the problem before joining the World Trade Organisation (WTO). A statement from the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Civil society activists and social media users on Thursday sharply reacted to the release of Kabul Bank defaulter Khalilullah Ferozi and the signing of a contract for his township scheme. However, a presidential advisor explained... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) or Doctors with Borders on Thursday released an internal review of the Oct 3 US airstrike on its hospital in northern Kunduz province. The MSF said the chronological review of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Acting Defence Minister Masoom Stanikzai on Monday said Afghanistan would urge the NATO summit in Warsaw, Poland, next year to strengthen the Afghan Air Force and equip and train the Afghan army in line with international standards... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President’s special advisor for reforms and good governance Ahmad Zia Massoud has termed peace talks with the Taliban “as a useless exercise and an opportunity for Pakistan to promote its interests.” Speaking at a gathering here... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some political analysts say leading military operations by First-Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum and other government officials could put the country on the path to feudalism, but others believe such steps are vital for ensuring... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The human remains that were found at the Presidential Palace earlier this month belong to six people, including two children, two men and as many women killed 15 years back, when Taliban ruled the country, an official said on Sunday... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than 1,000 criminal cases including robberies and murder,have been registered in different police stations of Kabul during the current solar year, Pajhwok Afghan News has found. At least 173 people were killed, 331 wounded,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Police in Kabul have detained 95 individuals on charges including kidnapping for ransom, illegal possession of guns, robberies and moral crimes and have rescued a girl from her abductors, an official said on Thursday. Six persons... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Monday accused the Electoral Reform Commission (ERC) of overstepping its authority and trying to replace the election body’s members. But the reform panel maintains all its efforts... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Acting Defence Minister Masoum Stanikzai on Monday said most of regional terrorist groups were involved in the Afghan conflict and the war imposed on Afghans would be won by their unity. Speaking to journalists in Kabul,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Three civilians were injured when a suicide attacker crashed his explosives-laden car into a NATO forces’ convoy in capital Kabul on Sunday morning, an official said. The attack took place in Joi Sheer area falling in the second... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The government chief executive branch-led Emergency Response Committee (ERC) on Friday said it had decided to dispatch essential relief supplies for families displaced by the conflict in northern Kunduz province and collect the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): As many as 5,635 Taliban militants and 2,146 Afghan policemen have been killed as a result of different security incidents in various parts of the country during the first six months of this solar year which begins on March 22, the... read more
FAIZABAD/SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): Security officials on Saturday claimed inflicting heavy casualties on Taliban in the battle to recapture the Baharak district of northeastern Badakhshan province. But the rebels rejected the claim. The insurgents... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi on Thursday called for the ongoing military operation in the capital of northern Kunduz province to be continued and stressed better administrative management there. Kunduz City fell to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan security forces have recaptured Kunduz City, the capital of northeastern Kunduz province, from the Taliban, the government announced on Thursday. On September 29, hundreds of Taliban gunmen stormed Kunduz City from various... read more
QALA-I-NAW (Pajhwok): Doctors and other staff at the civil hospital in northwestern Badghis province on Wednesday went on strike against non-payment of salaries over the past six months. With their number reaching 120, the doctors, nurses and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has suspended around 1,000 workers charged with distribution of computerised national identity cards, an official said on Wednesday. The employees were placed on suspension on Tuesday in compliance... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday said Afghan forces had tactically retreated from Kunduz City to avoid civilian casualties and the northern city was being cleared of militants. The Taliban remained in control of Kunduz City, the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Political experts believe the security situation in eastern and northern provinces has deteriorated because Pakistan wants to take revenge on the Afghans for the recent terrorist attack on a Pakistan Airforce base near Peshawar.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Islamic Revolution Movement of Afghanistan (IRMA) head Maulvi Qalamuddin on Tuesday said the Afghan leaders should shun differences and work together for peace and stability. Qalamuddin, also a member of the High Peace Council,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  President Ashraf Ghani has appointed his 30 advisors during the past one year, but they are yet to start their duties owing to financial problems and lack of job descriptions, officials said on Monday. Of 71 advisors to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The plastic toy gun and firecracker bazaar in Kabul remains bullish despite an official ban on their sale and use, shopkeepers say. Dozens of children are wounded every Eid by plastic toy weapons and firecrackers, health experts... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Senate chairman Fazal Hadi Muslimyar on Sunday asked the government to resume and accelerate the stalled peace process. Addressing a ceremony marking the fourth death anniversary of former president and chairman of the High Peace... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday appealed for unity and reconciliation after the self-styled Islamic State (IS) extended its atrocities in the country, killing a number of tribal elders in recent past. “Militants believe they can... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A suicide bomber on Wednesday struck the Paghman district police headquarters in Kabul, killing four people, including a crime branch official. Kabul crime branch chief, Brig. Gen. Faridoon Ubaidi, told Pajhwok Afghan News the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Attorney General Office (AGO) said on Tuesday it had summoned two former Kabul mayors over complaints against them but not banned them from leaving the country. “Mohammad Younus Nawandesh and Rohullah Aman were summoned to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga members on Monday asked the government to stop recruiting people in public sector departments on the basis of nepotism and personal relations. A lower house member from western Herat province, Munawwar Shah Bahadari... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Monday lambasted the Ministry of Interior (MoI) over a brazen Taliban attack on a prison in southern Ghazni province, suggesting the minister be summoned to the lower house. At least 436 prisoners ran away as... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Dozens of traders on Sunday protested against the abduction of a businessman’s son, warning of closing shops of food items in Kabul if the child was not recovered in 48 hours. Khan Jan Alokozai, the Afghanistan Chamber of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Noisy and speedy convoys carrying supporters of Ahmad Shah Massoud on Kabul roads caused a panic among local residents on Wednesday. The vehicles carried mujahideen government-era flags. Such vehicular convoys carrying supporters... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Ahmad Shah Massoud Foundation chief Ahmad Wali Massoud on Wednesday renewed his call for the government to investigate the assassination of the national hero to prevent “the chain murders” in future. Ahmad Shah Massoud was... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Accusing Pakistani intelligence agencies of being behind the unrest in Afghanistan, former president Hamid Karzai said he was concerned about the hundreds of Afghans seeking asylum in European countries. Karzai, who was... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): While praising the status of Shaheed (martyr), President Ashraf Ghani said on Wednesday the enemies wanted to frighten Afghans, make them weak and keep them without a viable system. Addressing a ceremony marking the 14th death... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A senior Ministry of Interior (MoI) official on Tuesday said they were trying to increase cooperation with neighbouring countries to intensify the war on narcotics. Baz Mohammad Ahmadi, the deputy minister of interior for... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok) The UN’s top diplomat in Kabul on Sunday described a high-level meeting in Kabul to review Afghanistan’s reform vision and progress towards realising self-reliance as a “vital part of the bridge between past commitments and future... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi on Saturday said the international Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) was satisfied with the Afghan government’s year-long activities. The minister was talking to reporters in Kabul at a joint press... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): First Vice-President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, returning to Kabul from counterinsurgency operation in the north, has sought military assistance from Russia. Some weeks back, Dostum visited Afghanistan’s embattled north to lead... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Election Reform Commission (ERC) would submit public suggestions with regard to reform in the electoral system to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Saturday. ERC Deputy Chairman Sadiqullah Tawhidi told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan Journalists Safety Committee (AJSC) on Thursday recorded 39 cases of threats and violence against journalists during the first half of 2015, making the government responsible for 72% of the cases of threat and violence... read more
QALA-I-NAW (Pajhwok): “Defensive groups” have been created in consultations with the police headquarters, public representatives and local residents to maintain security in Jawand and Qadis districts of northwestern Badghis province. Though some... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The grand youth Jirga in southeastern Paktia province on Tuesday demanded the president ensure inclusion of word “Afghan” in the computerized Identity Cards (ID). The Jirga said ignoring the words “Afghan” and “Islam” in the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Security officials on Sunday claimed thwarting a possible terrorist attack by defusing four rockets and detaining as many suspects in this capital city. According to officials, four BM1 rockets along with explosives were placed... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Military affairs experts believe the Taliban would weaken and appear for peace talks with the Afghan government if the United States withholds military assistance to Islamabad. The US has warned Pakistan of withholding $300... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  Interior Minister Noorul Haq Ullumi on Tuesday urged the Taliban to get rid of slavery of neighbouring countries, particularly of Pakistan, and instead work for their own country’s development. Addressing a gathering on the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Unidentified gunmen on Monday kidnapped a German national from 10th police district on the outskirts of Taimani Wat locality in capital Kabul, police said. Brig. Gen. Humayun Aini, the 119 police helpline chief at the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): First Lady Rula Ghani on Sunday underlined the need that the government and media should join hands to create awareness against drug addiction. Rula Ghani suggested that masses should be informed about adverse affect of drug use... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Anti-Pakistan sentiments have grown among Afghan Taliban after the death of their supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, some political observers claim. The Pakistani government during the past 14 years had arrested, imprisoned,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A campaign “colours, beauty and change” has been launched to paint front walls of homes built on mounds to beautify the central capital Kabul, an official said on Saturday. Deputy director of services at the Kabul Municipality,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Hizb-e-Islami councils on Thursday strongly opposed building personal militia and stressed strengthening national security and Afghan security forces. Former education minister Dr. Farooq Wardak, Qazi Mohammad Amin... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Interior Minister Noorul Haq Ullumi on Wednesday said a fast electronic and operational contact network for the Afghan police would be established over the next one year besides introducing essential reforms to the force. In... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A coalition of civil society groups on Tuesday said President Ashraf Ghani had assured them that the population census law would be amended and the word “Afghan” written in national identification documents. The Wolesi Jirga or... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A youth organization on Sunday called for an end to the killing of civilians in the conflict-related violence and for the perpetrators to be brought to justice. The group “Youth Coordination and Empowerment” condemned a recent... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Saturday confirmed over 50 civilians and security personnel were killed and wounded during two separate attacks in the capital Kabul on Friday night. According to a statement, the MoI said that... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The widely condemned suicide attack on Friday morning near Shah Shaheed locality of capital Kabul caused million of Afghanis losses on businessmen. The bomber detonated his explosive –laden truck early Friday close the Ministry... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior on Wednesday claimed the Taliban had lost the morale to continue the insurgency following the death of their supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar. Mullah Omar’s death was announced last week by the Taliban... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Political analysts opined on Wednesday the “ possible death” of Taliban’s supreme leader Mullah Omar might lead to the group’s disintegration besides affecting the nascent peace process. Media reports on Wednesday claimed Omar... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Saturday said its investigations into an American airstrike on an army outpost in central Logar province have been completed and would be made public soon. Eight Afghan soldiers were killed and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Interior Minister Noorul Haq Ulumi said on Wednesday police could not maintain law and order across the country without people’s cooperation. The minister told a meeting of police officials in Kabul that security forces direly... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): After hundreds of children were injured while playing with toy guns during Eid days, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Tuesday banned the use and sale of all such toys and ordered their confiscation. Sediq Seddiqi, MoI spokesman... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A military operation has been launched against armed militants with focus on the Daesh group in eastern Nangarhar province, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Monday. MoI spokesman Sediq Sediqi told a press briefing in Kabul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said on Saturday the purpose behind scrutiny of defence ministry related procurement contracts was to ensure provision of more facilities and better services to security forces. The president... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Directorate of Security (NDS) on Saturday claimed arresting Maulvi Faizullah, member of Qutta Shura’s military wing, in capital Kabul, a statement from the spy network said. The statement said Faizullah is the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Wednesday said the government was fully determined to achieve peace but reconciliation talks would not slow down the ongoing counter-terrorism campaign. Addressing a press conference here... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Monday evaluated administrative and technical affairs of the electronic national identity cards process and asked the committees concerned to present solutions to challenges and hurdles impeding the project... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The commission tasked by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani to investigate the Jalrez district tragedy in central Maidan Wardak province has formally started work, a statement from the President Palace said on Sunday. Last Thursday... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan’s half year customs revenue increased by at least seven percent over last year’s earnings, Ministry of Finance officials said on Saturday. During the first six months last year, 51.98 billion afghanis had been... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Spokesman of Afghanistan spy network has said a separate unit has been tasked to carry out operations against the self-styled Islamic State (IS) fighters in the country. Abdul Hasib Sadiqui, spokesman of the National Directorate... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Interior Minister Noorul Haq Ulumi on Tuesday said the Afghans would soon take over administration of the Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan (LOTFA) that bankrolls the salaries of Afghan police. Ulumi, who signed a new... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Confirming the presence of the so-called Islamic State group in three provinces, the unity government on Sunday said Pakistan had brought no changes to its relations with Afghanistan despite recent pledges. Spokesmen for... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan Milli Ghorzang political party on Saturday launched an anti-drug campaign aimed at mobilising the masses against the menace in Kabul and provinces. Dr. Khushal Rohi, the party chief, told a gathering in Kabul that such... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A senior counternarcotics official at the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Sunday that a three phase plan had been worked out to eradicate the menace of drugs from the country. Speaking at a gathering to mark the international... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): All ministries will have their own committees to bring about administrative reforms and prevent the civil service from being politicized. To the effect, the ministries of information and culture, rural development and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Interior Minister Noorul Haq Ulumi on Saturday said police would be delivered 542 armoured vehicles and irresponsible armed militias would be disarmed under his ministry’s first 100-day plan. President Ashraf Ghani has directed... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A grand meeting organised by the Ministry of Higher Education in Kabul on Wednesday agreed on a number of changes to a newly drafted university entrance test policy, an official said. University lecturers, lawmakers, officials... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): USAID director for Afghanistan William Hammink on Tuesday said the agency would spend $60 million to help improve mother and child healthcare services in the war-torn country. He was speaking at a joint press conference with... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Hundreds of people on Monday gathered in capital Kabul and asked the UN and human rights organisations to demand an end to the persecution of the Rohingya Muslims at the hands of Buddhist extremists in Myanmar also known as Burma... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan Independent Media Consortium (IMC) on Sunday vowed to prepare over the next five years some big communicative programmes that reflected realities in Afghanistan in a proper way. These views were expressed at a day-long... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Residents of the Shindand district of western Herat province on Saturday staged a protest demonstration in front of the parliament building in Kabul against the proposed division of the town. The protestors holding banners and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Tuesday said 22 Taliban militants were killed and as many wounded during clashes with police in central Maidan Wardak and Uruzgan provinces. MoI spokesman Sediq Siddique told reporters in Kabul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Media Support Organization, NAI, on Monday expressed grave concerns over surge in incidents of violence against journalist across the country. NAI’s Chief Sadiquillah Tawhidi told reporters if the government did... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Newly-appointed Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Abdul Razaq Wahidi on Thursday presented his ministry’s 100-day plan, pledging four-time faster internet speed and end to connection breakdowns. Explaining... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan and Iran have agreed to register undocumented Afghan refugees living there and provide them with new facilities, the Afghan refugee minister said on Tuesday. Multiple agreements reached at a meeting involving officials... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The power utility said on Monday it had collected more than 250 million afghanis from defaulters in less than two weeks. Da Afghanistan Breshna Shirkat (DABS) spokesman Wahidullah Tawhidi told Pajhwok Afghan News the bulk of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The office of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on Sunday confirmed the signing of agreement with Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) but said the agreement was being reviewed. Javed Faisal, deputy spokesman of the Chief... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): In a graduation ceremony held on Friday at the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF), former Afghan president Hamid Karzai was awarded an honorary doctorate for his service to the education sector in the country. The... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Mohammad Masoom Stanikzai, the defence minister-designate, is the son of Mahmood Khan Stanikzai and was born in Moghulkhel village of Mohammad Agha district in central Logar province. Stanikzai completed his primary education at... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two masked men abducted principal of technical and vocational institute in central Maidan Wardak province, the head of the institute said on Friday. Asadullah Noori said that Principal Hikmatullah was bundled into a car from the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two of five among the eight newly-appointed provincial governors have master’s degrees and the remaining three have bachelor and post-graduate qualifications. President Ashraf Ghani appointed the new governors a day earlier to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The primary court in capital Kabul on Tuesday sentenced 11 policemen to one year in jail for demonstrating negligence in Farkhunda killing case, while eight others police officials were acquitted. An angry mob beat 27-year-old... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two children from Afghan refugee families died on Thursday after Pakistani police using bulldozers and evacuators started demolishing their camp in the Azakhel area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. “Once again the Pakistani forces... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistani security forces on Wednesday destroyed some shops and homes of Afghan refugees in the Azakhelo camp located in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, a civil society member said. Sawabuddin Makh Kakh, head of the Dubandiwal... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Musharakat-e Milli political party took to the street against talks with Taliban, saying that militants had nothing except spreading of fear, terror and violence. Over 300 protestors staged protest demonstration, holding placards... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani asked minister of justice on Sunday that all steps in contravention of law be immediately suspended and ensure rule of law. The president expressed this in his meeting with Minister of Justice... read more
KABUL (PAN): Turkey has donated five ambulances and a few medical equipments to Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health, an official said on Thursday.Addressing the media in central Kabul, Bassat Ozturk, Turkish Ambassador to Afghanistan said the... read more
KABUL (PAN):  A group of traders on Wednesday pledged to invest to build cold storage and processing facilities for agricultural products for farmers in some districts of Kabul.Afghan traders, farmers and representatives from several... read more
KABUL (PAN): Construction work on a Japan-funded international-standard taxiway at the Kabul airport, a $27 million (1350 million afs) project, was launched on Tuesday, officials said.Minister of Transport and Aviation Dawood Ali Najafi said the... read more
KABUL (PAN): A special Japanese-funded hospital that would treat communicable diseases would soon take shape in the capital Kabul, after the foundation stone was laid by officials on Thursday.The hospital, costing $28 million, will be constructed on... read more
KABUL (PAN): Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) Mohammad Asif Rahimi on Tuesday announced that numerous projects costing $14.2 million (710.7 million afs) would be implemented in Kabul.Speaking at a joint press conference with... read more
KABUL (PAN): Kabul-based political analysts believe that neighbouring countries are against the Afghanistan-US strategic cooperation agreement because it blocks their interference in the war-torn country.The views about the strategic accord --... read more
KABUL (PAN): Pakistan Ambassador Mohammad Saqid on Sunday distributed graduation certificates to 400 Afghan students on completing a three-month English language and computer literacy course in Kabul.Of the graduates, 250 took part in learning... read more
KABUL (PAN): Saffron is yet to emerge as a major alternative to poppy cultivation in Afghanistan due to the presence of international drug lords, who control the lucrative drug commerce, agriculture officials said on Tuesday.In 2007, Afghanistan... read more
KABUL (PAN): The UN humanitarian chief on Monday said the world body had set aside $37 million in humanitarian aid to Afghanistan this year, calling for more cooperation between governments and NGOs.Addressing a joint press conference with... read more
KABUL (PAN): A newly-constructed building for the Afghan-Turk High School was inaugurated in the capital Kabul on Saturday, officials said.Turkish Ambassador Bassat Ozturk told the inaugural ceremony though his country was far away from Afghanistan... read more
KABUL (PAN):  A recent survey had exposed a gamut of weakness in the Afghanistan system continues to hamper girls from obtaining higher education in seven major provinces.The survey conducted by a non-profit organisation, the Equality for Peace... read more
KABUL (PAN): A year after the killing of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, experts say the network’s activities remain unaffected. Instead the group has emerged more potent in its attacks, they believe.Osama, the alleged mastermind of the 9/11... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan Media Watch on Friday warned that some local media outlets could possibly come under influence of intelligence agencies in neighbouring countries if the international community stopped supporting them beyond 2014.Sidqullah... read more
KABUL (PAN): A fuel tanker and at least three cars were gutted after a huge fire broke out at a filling station in the Dehmazang area of central Kabul province on Monday, officials said.The fire erupted at around 1:30 pm after rain waters entered... read more
KABUL (PAN): Forty-seven people, including militants, were killed and 65 others wounded during coordinated group assaults in Kabul, Nangarhar, Logar and Paktia provinces, the interior minister said on Monday.On Sunday afternoon, Taliban insurgents... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two would-be suicide bombers were captured along with an attack planner in central Kabul province on Sunday, an official said.The individuals were detained in the afternoon before they could launch any attack, the 101st Asmayee police... read more
KABUL (PAN): A decision on cutting the size of Afghan forces would be taken after four years, President Hamid Karzai said on Thursday, explaining that nothing had been finalised so far in this regard.On Tuesday, his Defence Minister Abdul Rahim... read more
KABUL (PAN): With major hurdles removed, the strategic partnership agreement with the US is expected to be signed ahead of the Chicago Summit in May, a presidential aide said on Tuesday.Kabul and Washington have signed deals on transferring the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Officials at the Ministry of Higher Education on Monday said more than 18,000 students, who failed a recent university entry test, would be enrolled in private higher education institutions.About 40,000 of the 147,000 students who... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai, calling for the protection of teachers and students, on Saturday urged militants not to impede efforts at promoting education in the country.Opposition to building schools was inconsistent with the Afghan culture... read more
KABUL (PAN): Hundreds of youth on Friday participated in a five-kilometre marathon in Kabul to create awareness among the masses against corruption in the country, organisers said.Arranged by the Afghan Anti-Corruption Network, the race started from... read more
KABUL (PAN): Nearly 4.5 million tonnes of dairy products are imported annually into Afghanistan, where 85 percent of the population is dependent on agriculture and livestock, an official said.Thirty years ago, Afghanistan produced enough milk to... read more
KABUL (PAN): In a dramatic request, President Hamid Karzai on Thursday asked the United States to pull out all its troops from Afghan villages and confine them to bases in response to Sunday’s massacre in southern Kandahar province.Karzai made the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Meshrano Jirga, upper house of Parliament, accusing the governor of southern Kandahar province of treason, on Sunday called for his dismissal.The call came after Governor Toryalai Weesa did not appear before the house despite being... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) would distribute 60,000 tonnes of wheat to poor families in 20 provinces across the country over next two months, officials said on Saturday.  Nearly 3,000 families had... read more
KABUL (PAN): Defence analysts believe the recent distrust between Afghan and international troops resulting from the Quran burning incident would have a negative impact on their joint counterinsurgency operations. They suggest foreigners should... read more
  KABUL (PAN): The NATO secretary-general says the US-Afghan strategic cooperation agreement be signed ahead of the Chicago conference, but President Hamid Karzai insists on his government’s conditions being met.   Karzai and... read more
KABUL (PAN): Demands and needs of provinces were not considered in development budget for the current fiscal, members of the Meshrano Jirga, or upper house, complained on Tuesday.But Minister of Finance Hazrat Omer Zakhelwal, who was summoned to the... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai, during his visit to European countries, signed a strategic partnership agreement with Italy, his office said on Friday.Karzai left Kabul for the United Kingdom on a five-day trip on Tuesday. He is also to ink a... read more
KABUL (PAN): The top government official for women on Tuesday said her ministry would take control of shelters for abused women, describing them as mismanaged and corrupt. The Ministry of Women's Affairs had found several “violations... read more