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KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Sunday called Ahmad Ali Kohzad as one of key figures and representative of the Afghan history, emphasizing that all his books should either be printed or digitized. President Ghani was... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Armed robbers managed to escape after killing a young man in the capital Kabul on Sunday morning, an official said. The incident took place near Panjsad Family square in the limits of 15th police district of Kabul around 7am,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday said Afghanistan’s trade deficit posed a threat to the country’s future, stressing promotion of domestic products. Speaking at a ceremony marking the launch of the 4th National Urban Conference... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The export of Afghan fruits by air has launched with two tonnes of pomegranates delivered to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from Kandahar City, a statement from the Presidential Economic Advisory Office said on Thursday. “The... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has participated at the inauguration ceremony of Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum, a statement from Presidential Palace said on Thursday. Art and historical monuments from all over the world, including from... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Stressing the holding of Wolesi Jirga and district council elections on the given date, Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) supreme leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar on Wednesday said attempts were being made to postpone the next year’s polls... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): One individual was killed and another wounded as a result of a traffic accident in the capital Kabul on Tuesday. The incident took place at 4:30am when a speeding car hit a cyclist in the limits of the 15th police district, an... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan government has urged the United Nations (UN) to implement its projects in line with the Afghan government’s priorities and national development strategy. Farkhunda Zahra Naderi, presidential advisor on UN affairs,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) office on Thursday said the unity government represented the masses and no one has the right to threaten the system. “The current government has come to power with people’s mandate. The... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Justice Party of Afghanistan (JPA) supporters on Wednesday protested against the Wolesi Jirga for rejecting a presidential legislative decree amending the population registration law. Two days earlier, the lower house threw out... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah Abdullah says terrorist attacks have increased in major cities and strengthening of intelligence capacity could help turn the tide. Abdullah, who chaired a Cabinet meeting here, said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga’s commission on internal security on Sunday warned security officials over the deteriorated security situation in eastern Nangarhar province. Interior Minister Wais Barmak, Nangarhar police chief Abdul Rahman... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): National Medicine & Health Product Regulatory Authority (NMHPRA) says licences of 817 drug-importing companies have been suspended. Dr. Noor Shah Kamawal, NMHPRA head, told a press conference a campaign for collecting... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan’s Ambassador to Kabul, Zahid Nasrullah, says he has shared the issue of the increase in import duty on Afghan goods with his country’s authorities. Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) says Pakistan has... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer Abdullah on Wednesday reaffirmed his support to the freedom of expression and access to information and warned threatening media outlets by government institutions was not acceptable. The CEO was... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Jabha-i-Melli Nawin political party leader Anwarul Haq Ahadi on Sunday once again accused the government of having no intention to conduct free and fair elections to the Wolesi Jirga and district councils next year. Ahadi, a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has said countries supporting terrorism should understand they are heading to isolation. Addressing the 12th Silk Road Mayors Forum in Kabul, the president said mayors from countries on the ancient Silk... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Election watchdogs on Wednesday claimed the unity government “has no intention to hold Wolesi Jirga and district council elections despite announcing a date. Naeem Ayoubzada, Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan (TEFA)... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Research shows massive corruption existed in the 10 percent tax on mobile phone services and the government failed to ensure transparency in this process. Ihsanullah Hekmat, head of the AFCAC who conducted the research, told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): British Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Owen Jenkins has reaffirmed his country’s continued support to Afghanistan, a statement from Presidential Palace said on Saturday. During a meeting with President Mohammad Ashraf... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Breaking its silence about recent criticism by political parties, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Wednesday said some elements were trying to defame the electoral bodies to serve their personal interests. On Saturday... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A new survey shows 53 percent of people want to participate in the upcoming elections while 41 percent believe the election bodies lack the capacity to hold polls. Conducted by the Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan (... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan bodybuilder Ahmad Yasin Salik Qaderi on Sunday won a gold medal in the 9th World Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Championships (WBPF) in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. Afghanistan National Olympic Committee... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MoRRD) on Sunday announced executing nearly 41,000 projects at a cost of $916 million over the past three years across the county. Akbar Rostami, MoRRD spokesman, told a press... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A global human rights watchdog on Thursday assailed European governments for putting thousands of Afghans in harm’s way by forcibly returning them to their homeland. The Afghans deported from European countries were at serious... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Third Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) involving representatives of the international community is scheduled to be held at the Presidential Palace in Kabul today (Wednesday). Afghan government officials would present reports on the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The sixth death anniversary of former president and High Peace Council (HPC) chief Burhanuddin Rabbani was observed in Kabul on Thursday, with participants demanding security, peace and unity in Afghanistan. The ceremony was... read more
 KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis agreed on Wednesday the new US strategy offered “a fresh opportunity” for Pakistan. Mattis and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg arrived in Kabul this... read more
NEW DELHI (Pajhwok): India and Afghanistan, along with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), opened the first “Passage to Prosperity: India-Afghanistan Trade and Investment Show” here on Wednesday. The event brings... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Three Taliban men firing rockets from a home into the airport in Kabul were killed by security forces on Wednesday evening, bringing to an end the shelling that followed US Defense Secretary’s visit. One civilian was killed and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former vice president Yunus Qanuni on Tuesday said some figures always preferred violence, but opening past wounds in the current situation won’t help Afghanistan’s future. Qanuni told an academic seminar ‘Ustad Shaheed... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Attorney General Farid Hamidi on Sunday said people committing electoral crimes would be legally prosecuted for the first time under the country’s election law. Hamidi briefed participants of the seventh meeting of the Forum of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani met United Nations secretary general Antonio Guterres at the world body’s headquarters in New York on Thursday and discussed with him the war against terrorism and regional issues. A statement from the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Thursday said unity and co-existence could help the people of Afghanistan achieve durable peace and stability in their country. Addressing a gathering marking International Peace... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani says hate creates divisions among peoples while hope removes distance, stressing the need for efforts to promote amenity. Ghani, who arrived to New York on Monday evening to attend the 72nd United Nations... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan government and political experts, reacting to recent comments of Mulana Samiul Haq, head of Jamiat-i-Islam (S), say his statement has peoved Pakistan's support to terrorists and Taliban. Samiul Haq, who is widely... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Hundreds of Kabul University students on Wednesday protested against the crackdown on Muslims in Burma and the airdropping of blasphemous leaflets by US forces in Parwan and Kapisa provinces. Around 300 students gathered in front... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) on Tuesday said 67 kilometers of roads would be asphalted and graveled at a cost of 522 million afghanis in nine provinces of the country. Twelve road construction... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Monday said terrorism remained a threat to humanity and some countries in the region 16 years after the 9/11 attack. Presiding over a Cabinet meeting in Kabul, Abdullah said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ahmad Shah Massoud Foundation chief on Wednesday stressed the need for national unity, urging the residents of Kabul to respect the Martyrs Week and avoid creating tensions during the period. At a press conference on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A dozen militants have been killed in various parts of the country during the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Defense said on Saturday. In a statement, the ministry said 21 clearing and planned operation and 28 airstrikes were... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More and more people are thronging the markets of central capital Kabul to do shopping head of Eidul Adha, which is two or three days away. Impressive crowds are seen in the city these days and everybody is engaged in shopping... read more
  KABUL (Pajhwok): Political experts believe that verbal clashes among some political leaders would not serve the county’s interest and instead of mud-slugging and confrontation, politicians should jointly work to overcome crises. One of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A visiting delegation of the Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) on Sunday said 20 Afghan children suffering from Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) or ‘a hole in the heart’ would be treated in China during a fortnight. The Chinese... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The CEO office on Thursday said a Loya Jirga to amend the Constitution and create a prime ministerial slot would be convened after Wolesi Jirga and district council elections next year. Javed Faisal, acting CEO spokesman, told a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Indonesia’s ambassador to Kabul on Wednesday said a business delegation from his country was set to visit Afghanistan next month. Speaking at a gathering marking Indonesia’s 72nd Independence Day in Kabul, Arif Rahman said his... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some political experts on Tuesday said the new US strategy on Afghanistan and Pakistan would help bring stability to the region. Malak Setaiz, an international affairs expert, US President Donald Trump had presented more ‘... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Monday said recent remarks by Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar about Ahmad Shah Massoud and Burhanuddin Rabbani were ‘divisive’. Few days back,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday placed a bouquet at the Freedom Monument in Kabul to mark 98th anniversary of Afghanistan’s independence. A smartly turned-out Ministry of Defence guard played the national anthem as part of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Directorate of Security (NDS) operatives have captured an alleged spy of Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) in capital Kabul. Allah Noor, the alleged ISI spy, was captured three weeks earlier in a special... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday stressed the need for fundamental changes in the higher education system, saying politics had no room in universities. He said the higher education institutes should be used as centres of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Tens of thousands of Afghan children doing hard labor are involved in ‘spying’ and ‘drug smuggling’ activities, the National Workers' Union of Afghanistan (NUWA) said on Wednesday. There are some two million child laborers across... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The chief executive officer (CEO) has said Afghanistan is ready for economic and industrial cooperation with the Republic of Belarus. Dr. Abdullah, currently on an official trip to the East European country, visited the Minsk... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday said access to information was legitimate right of Afghan citizens and the government was responsible to protect that right of the people. Talking at a ceremony ‘... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The President Ashraf Ghani called the youth’s role in fighting corruption and ensuring peace and security as significant, saying some circles were in pursuit of dividing youth on ethnic and lingual lines; but the youth should... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A large number of people in Kabul and central Bamyan province protested against the massacre of civilians in northern Sar-i-Pul province. They said the incident happened due to government’s negligence and demanded the same action... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday said his government had a strong will to eradicate corruption from its departments, particularly the security organs. Addressing a conference here on “Joint Fight against Corruption in Defence... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A Saudi diplomat in Kabul on Monday accused Qatar of supporting Afghan Taliban and parenting other terrorist groups, dragging the war-torn country into the Gulf crisis. Charge de affairs at the Saudi Embassy in Kabul, Mishari Al-... read more
KABUL (Pajhowk): Saudi Arabia will provide 150 tons of dates worth more than one million Saudi riyals for distribution to natural calamity prone provinces of Afghanistan. In this regard, documents of the aid were signed on Monday in Kabul between... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Friday said the use of technology would be limited to the voters’ registration and verification during the Wolesi Jirga and district council election. IEC Secretary General Imam... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday stressed a comprehensive investigation into a recent attack in Kabul, promising the perpetrators would be arrested and treated ruthlessly. Addressing a memorial ceremony for July 24 attack... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Publishing a bill reinstating supervisory role of the provincial councils in its official gazette, the government on Sunday said the councils’ supervision role would help improve governance, fight against corruption and resolve... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) on Saturday distributed solar-powered refrigerators and other tools to 150 nomad dairy entrepreneurs. Talking at a press conference here, Rural Rehabilitation and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): As many as 167 insurgents have been killed and another 135 wounded during operations in 13 provinces over the past 24 hours, the spy service said on Saturday. A statement from the National Directorate of Security or NDS said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan government was on Wednesday urged to fully implement the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and other international obligations and resolve children’s problems. Talking to a symposium titled ‘Child Rights in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Fifteen employees of the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP) were among those killed in a powerful suicide car bombing in Kabul on Monday, an official said. Abdul Qadir Mutfa, a spokesman for the MoMP, told Pajhwok Afghan News... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah said on Monday the national unity government, focused on dealing with security challenge, needed time to implement reforms. Addressing a Council of Ministers’ meeting, Abdullah denounced... read more
  KABUL (Pajhwok): Six people, including two security guards of the Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mohammad Mohaqiq, have been arrested in connection with the killing of a bride in capital Kabul, police said on Thursday. Kabul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More checkpoints have been established in different parts of the capital city to boost security, the acting police chief said on Thursday. Lt. Gen. Mohammad Salem Ihsas told reporters 323 alleged criminals had been arrested in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): New opposition alliances and groupings are the result of growing disappointment with the leadership of the national unity government, believe some political commentators. Ahmad Saeedi, a former diplomat and political observer,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): First vice-president Abdul Rashid Dostum’s office on Thursday reacted to recent remarks of the US ambassador to Kabul regarding allegations against the VP, saying, such ‘irresponsible’ statements from foreign diplomats were creating... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): High Peace Council (HPC)’s new chairman Mohammad Karim Khalili has said the council is working on a new strategy to facilitate government’s talks with various armed opposition groups. Addressing a meeting of the peace body,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Anti-government protests resumed in Kabul on Monday when vehicles carrying the demonstrators drove through the streets of the central capital sounding horns. The protest movement named “Rastakhez Taghir” (resurrection of change)... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Analysts on Saturday said they believed the extension in NATO mission would not help bring peace to Afghanistan. They said instead of deploying more troops, the western military alliance should target terrorist centers across the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Twenty-one militants have been killed, two injured and one arrested in the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Sunday. The insurgents have been killed during security forces operations in Nangarhar, Kapesa,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has said special attention was being paid to the education and social life of Sikh and Hindu minorities in the country, a statement from Presidential Palace said on Sunday. The president said this... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Sunday called on insurgent groups to renounce violence and join the reconciliation process, otherwise they will be suppressed. The president congratulated the people of Afghanistan and Muslim... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday said Afghanistan was not a place for religious conflicts and the Afghans both Sunni and Shia had sacrificed their lives for the protection of each other and the defense of the country. Addressing... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two demonstrators were killed, four wounded and 11 others detained as security forces removed protest tents from roads in Kabul, protestors claimed on Tuesday. On May 31, around 150 people were killed and more than 350 others... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Kabul Municipality on Thursday announced launching work on the first-ever metro bus project in the capital, a scheme that would take one year to complete. While signing contracts for 16 road construction projects in Kabul,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah on Monday accused some government institutions of ignoring his orders while considering the Presidential Palace the only executive organ of the state. Addressing the council of ministers... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Interior Minister Taj Mohammad Jahid on Saturday said more than 200 Ministry of Interior (MoI) officials had been arrested on corruption charges during a period of one year. He said corruption existed in all government organs,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Hizb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) head Gulbadin Hekmatyar said on Thursday weakening the current system was not in interest of the country and the nation. Hekmatyar expressed the views at a press conference following recent... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Political experts say international pressure on states supporting terrorism is needed to force the Taliban into arriving at the negotiation table. The first meeting of the ‘Kabul Process’ participated by representatives from 25... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday said the Afghan government was ready to allow the Taliban to open an office in Kabul, but made it clear that this was the last chance for the rebels to join peace talks. Inaugurating the Kabul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday said foreign diplomats were not killed but 150 Afghans lost their lives while 350 others were wounded in the May 31 truck bombing in the capital Kabul. Speaking at the maiden meeting of the Kabul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Kabul Process Conference has started in the capital Kabul with the participation of representatives from 25 countries and international Organisations. High level delegations from Central Asia States, Gulf States, Russia,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The protest against latest wave of terrorism and government’s failure to ensure security in the country entered a third day on Sunday near the Presidential Palace. Following a powerful truck bomb attack which killed 90 people and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Several people were killed and wounded on Saturday when three suspected suicide blasts ripped through a funeral ceremony in capital Kabul, witnesses said. The funeral prayer for the son of Meshrano Jirga deputy chairman, Mohammad... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): In addition to causing heavy casualties, Wednesday’s deadly truck bombing in capital Kabul also inflicted huge financial losses on residents. The attack destroyed walls, doors and windowpanes of several nearby government,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A survey conducted by a free media advocacy group, Nai, released on Tuesday showed nearly 90 percent of journalists faced problems in obtaining information, but the Presidential Palace rejected the claim. The survey was carried... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Anti-Corruption Justice Center (ACJC)’s primary court on Monday sentenced a senior Afghan United Bank (AUB) official to 15 years in jail and fined him more than $3 million over fraud charges. Asadullah, AUB Nangarhar branch... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danish on Sunday said decisions based on party, ethnic, language and region affiliations were a challenge that could deviate the Afghan police from the right path. Danish, who introduced four... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Politicians and former jihadis, criticizing what they called a widening gap between the people and the government, on Thursday warned northern provinces would become another Syria if the government did not pay urgent attention.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Jamiat-i-Islami Afghanistan (JIA) party on Thursday said political reform and horizontal distribution of power were possible in a parliamentary system. Salahuddin Rabbani, JIA leader and acting foreigner minister, told this... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Thee chief executive officer (CEO) has slammed the international community for its declining attention to the counterterrorism campaign in the war-torn country. The global fraternity should prioritise improved relations with... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah said on Monday preliminary works to use the Chabahar port in Iran by Afghan traders had been completed but still some works remained. The CEO, while presiding over a meeting of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Hundreds of people on Sunday blocked the road to Kabul airport for several hours in protest against a former public order police commander accused of killing innocent people. The protesters numbering around 200 said the president... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The privatization of the consular service department by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has caused inordinate delays in verification of important documents, creating more chances of corruption. Instead of curtailing fraud... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A dozen militants have been killed and two others wounded in security incidents over the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Defence said on Friday. The operations were conducted in Nangarhar, Kunar, Kapisa, Logar, Kandahar, Uruzgan,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) office on Thursday alleged nepotism and personal preference in making appointments on government jobs in some deprtments, but said the government was trying to resolve the issue. Mujeeb Rahman... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Central Statistics Organization (CSO) on Tuesday estimated the country’s population at 29.2 million people including 14.2 million women. The estimate shows 6.9 million people are living in urban centres and 20.8 million in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Calling administrative corruption a great challenge to ensuring good governance, second vice-president Sawar Danish on Monday said the menace had decreased in Afghanistan, but its complete eradication needed time. Addressing the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Iranian foreign minister on Sunday said both Afghanistan and Iran were located in a dangerous region, haunted by terrorism supported by some foreign circles. Mohammad Jawad Zarif, who arrived in Kabul at the head of a high-... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A suicide bomber blew himself up near the US embassy in the in Kabul on Wednesday, killing at least eight people and wounding 25 others, officials said. Najib Danish, Interior ministry’s deputy spokesman, told reporters at the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Hezb-i-Musharikat Milli (HMM) on Tuesday said 1st Vice-President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, Ahmad Zia Massoud and some other circles “are trying to bring down the current political  system and the government should... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Amid no let-up in tension between Afghanistan and Pakistan, a parliamentary delegation from the neighboring country is due on a three-day visit to Kabul from Saturday, an official said on Thursday. Mujib Rahman Rahimi, the Chief... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Japanese government would provide $3.5 million to Afghanistan in aid for economic and social development under an agreement signed in Kabul on Sunday. The grant was pledged under the ‘Extension of Non-Project Grant MoU’... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The government on Sunday said it had launched investigation into Friday’s deadly attack on the 209th Shaheen Military Corps in northern Balkh province. Acting spokesman to the president, Shah Hussain Murtazavi, told a press... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) says 70 percent of recreational and agricultural areas have been converted into residential buildings and commercial plazas in major cities of the country. As a result, oxygen sources... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): First Vice-President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum has opposed the removal of Ahmad Zia Massoud from his office, saying people are fed up with the president’s decisions and perfidy, an official said on Tuesday. Inayatullah Babar... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Ahmad Zia Massoud, former special envoy on reforms and good governance, on Tuesday claimed the president had no right to dismiss him under the agreement on the formation of the national unity government (NUG). Talking to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Monday said the recent GBU-43/B or Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) attack by the United States in eastern Nangarhar province was a right action, saying many key terrorists were... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former President Hamid Karzai on Saturday said the US has violated Afghanistan’s sovereignty and insulted honor of Afghans by dropping the GBU-43/B, the heaviest non-nuclear bomb, in Achin district of eastern Nangarhar province.... read more
ASADABAD (Pajhwok): The governor on Thursday claimed the Islamic State militant group had launched a recruitment campaign in eastern Kunar province. Waheedullah Kalimzai told Pajhwok Afghan News in an interview that the recruitment process of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): In response to Sunday’s criticism, the Presidential Palace on Monday said the government was committed to the freedom of press and it never willed to impose restrictions on the media. A day earlier, reporters were not allowed to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): With the next presidential elections penciled in for 2019, several political figures, including Ashraf Ghani, Atta Mohammad Noor, Omar Daudzai and Anwarul Haq Ahadi, are expected to run for the top constitutional slot. The 2014... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) on Friday said its leader Gulbadin Hekmatyar would appear soon in Kabul, denying differences with the unity government over implementation of the peace agreement. A spokesman for the party,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) office on Thursday said insecurity was a serious challenge in Afghanistan, but not as high as to prevent holding of elections. CEO spokesman, Mujib Rahman Rahimi, told a press conference here... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Presidential advisor Mohammad Akram Khpalwak has been promoted as High Peace Council (HPC) secretary and some prisoners of the Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) will be freed next week. Shah Hussain Murtazavi, deputy presidential... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Fifty-six fighters have been killed and 33 others wounded in security operations in different parts of the country, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) claimed on Friday. While rejecting the assertion which came in a press statement... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Tuesday said it had dismissed about 1,400 officials over corruption charges and replaced with young and committed ones during the past six months. Lt. Gen. Hilaludin Hilal, deputy defense minister... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A preliminary court of the Anti-Corruption Justice Center (ACJC) on Monday sentenced the Herat provincial council chief to two and half years in jail on charges of misusing his authority. Kamran Alizayee was sentenced at the end... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The unity government leaders do not use public holidays to get relaxed but they continuously work keeping in mind the country’s sensitive situation, it is claimed. Shah Hussain Murtazavi, deputy spokesman to the president, said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) secretary said on Wednesday the date for Wolesi Jirga and district council elections would be announced on the completion of technical preparations. Imam Mohammad Warimach told reporters... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A photograph by Pajhwok Afghan News photojournalist Fayyaz Omari was among the top 10 media activities in Afghanistan during the outgoing solar year. Afghanistan Journalists’ Centre (AJC) celebrated March 17 as the National... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) office on Thursday said fundamental reforms were needed in security organs for improving the country’s security situation. Mujib Rahman Rahimi, a spokesman for CEO Abdullah Abdullah, told a press... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A spokesman for Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Thursday said the CEO had adopted no clear stance on recent remarks by Balkh governor Atta Mohammad Noor. On Monday, Noor, who is also secretary of the Jamiat-i-... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A seven-member team of war-affected Afghan soldiers would participate in the Invictus Games 2017 in Canada, an official said on Wednesday. The Afghan soldiers, who were wounded in the conflict, would join more than 500 soldiers... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Border and Tribal Affairs (MoBTA) on Tuesday expressed concern over the rocket shelling from Pakistan into eastern provinces and said constructions along the Durand Line were unacceptable to the Afghans. MoBTA... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has said the government is committed to benefitting from technology in holding future elections for the sake of transparency. A statement from the Presidential Palace on Sunday said the president... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Chief Executive Officer (CEO)’s office on Thursday said the Afghan security and defence forces were fully prepared for the upcoming fighting season (spring). CEO Abdullah Abdullah’s spokesman Javed Faisal said the Afghan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Successful military offensives conducted by Afghan security forces backed by US air support against the Islamic State (IS) group in Afghanistan during the past year brought down the number of its militants to about 700, US military... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The deputy head of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) has submitted the names of six more individuals for the post of secretary general to the government, a reliable source said on Tuesday. Earlier, the government had... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Election observers on Sunday said minimizing electoral districts in some provinces was ‘incorrect’, asking the government not to approve it. Gula Jan Abdul Baday Sayyad, secretary and spokesman of the Independent Election... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former president Hamid Karzai and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Thursday welcomed the six-nation talks on Afghanistan’s future in Moscow as beneficial. The talks involving representatives from Afghanistan,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The central bank has extended the deadline for collecting and exchanging old currency notes after a number of moneychangers and people complained about the short period of time. On February 1, Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB) said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Attorney General’s Office has urged the Ministry of Interior (MoI) to take action against security guards of first vice-president Abdul Rashid Dostum, accused of torturing and sexually harassing a tribal elder. A credible... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Optimistic about the outcome of a six-nation conference in Russia on Afghanistan’s future that began on Wednesday in Moscow, political affairs experts in Kabul said the Afghan government should push for a consensus roadmap at the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A spokesman for the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on Thursday announced support to a decentralized system and demanded holding of a loya jirga to amend the Constitution. Deputy spokesman for the CEO, Javid Faisal, speaking at a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Provincial government spokespersons from seven provinces on Tuesday briefed journalists in Kabul about their respective governments’ achievements and problems during the last year. They said hundreds of development projects were... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology (MCIT) on Tuesday announced a 20 percent cut in internet prices. Sayed Ahmad Shah Sadat, deputy MCIT minister, told a press conference here that previously Kazakhstan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The death toll from avalanches triggered by heavy snowfalls in recent days has reached 119 across Afghanistan, officials said Monday. The officials announced important roads blocked by snow had been reopened and relief effort... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah on Monday said 107 people had been killed due to the heavy snowfall while hundreds had been rescued and operation to reopen roads and highways was underway. Addressing the Council of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The residents of capital Kabul on Sunday said they were happy with the ongoing snowfall but it created some problems too. In years, Kabul was showered with snowfall entire Saturday night. However, the snow has also created... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Election observers and experts on Monday said the government lacked a strong will to hold the long delayed parliamentary and district council elections. Independent Election Commission (IEC) commissioners held a consultative... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An Iranian woman, currently living alongside male drug addicts under a bridge in Kabul, has accused her husband and in-laws of pushing her into drug addiction. In a state of discomfort, the woman alleged that her in-laws... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An Iranian woman, currently living together with male drug addicts beneath a bridge in Kabul, has accused her husband and in-laws of pushing her into addiction. In a state of discomfort, the disheveled woman alleged her in-laws... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The presence of hundreds of drug addicts -- horrifying children, girls, youth and passers-by -- has made the Pul-i-Sukhta area of Kabul a filthy and malodorous place. Gul Jan, crossing the Pul-i-Sukhta bridge, told Pajhwok Afghan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Contracts for electricity distribution networks benefiting 45,000 families in three provinces were signed on Saturday between the power utility and two private Indian firms in Kabul. The contracts for designing, preparation,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan government on Thursday said Kabul kept the door open for seeking solution to problems between Afghanistan and Pakistan despite Islamabad’s reluctance to combating terrorism. Mujib Rahman Rahimi, a spokesman for the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A presidential spokesman on Wednesday said the Ministry of Interior (MoI) was duty-bound to act on the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) orders about the arrest of nine security guards of first Vice-President Abdul Rashid Dostum.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Presidential Palace on Wednesday renewed its commitment to combating corruption, saying Afghanistan was no longer among the three most corrupt countries.  Afghanistan improved the most in 2016 as its score on the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Attorney General Officer (AGO) has issued arrest warrant for nine bodyguards of Voice President (VP) Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum and asked the former war lord to appear for investigations in connection to Ahmad Eshchi’s kidnapping... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan and Uzbekistan on Tuesday signed five Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) in Kabul , the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani and his Uzbek counterpart Abdul Aziz Kamilov  ... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Municipality officials said about more than 150 people annually lost their lives to dog bites in capital Kabul and stray dogs would be registered and vaccinated as part of a contract signed on Sunday. Acting mayor Abdullah... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) office on Thursday stressed the need for fundamental reforms in the electoral system and said the government was committed to holding elections to Wolesi Jirga and district councils next year.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan (TEFA) on Wednesday said the government was not giving priority to holding of the parliamentary and district council elections. TEFA chief Mohammad Naeem Ayubzada told a press... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Hizb-I-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) on Tuesday said the party would have effective part in future elections and they were not worried about the sanctions imposed on the party’s leader, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar who would soon appear in the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Tuesday held consultative meeting with different groups of people in order to provide a credible environment for the conduct of upcoming Wolesi Jirga and district... read more
KABUL CITY (Pajhwok): The National Procurement Commission (NPC) has approved 13 contracts worth 13 billion afghanis, the Presidential Palace said in a statement on Monday. The statement said President Ashraf Ghani chaired the NPC meeting on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has called the Helmand River agreement with Iran as one of the important achievements of former prime minister Musa Shafiq, saying it is the responsibility of the current government to implement it. The... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) Monday said it was introducing in three days three nominees for the commission’s secretary slot to the president to choose one from among them. Gula Jan Abdul Baday, IEC spokesman, told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Right-hand drive vehicles are still being driven in capital Kabul and provinces despite six months after the deadline banning them all. Recently, a number of right-hand drive vehicles had been imported to Afghanistan, an act... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Acting Education Minister Asadullah Mohaqiq Jahani Thursday urged families to encourage and support their children in pursuing education that could help end the war imposed on Afghanistan. Jahani, addressing a graduation ceremony... read more
KABUL CITY (Pajhwok): A young alleged member of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has been arrested by police in eastern Kunar province, a statement said on Tuesday. The Ministry of Interior’s counterterrorism department in the statement said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former president Hamid Karzai has said not recognizing the Durand Line as an international border does not mean enmity with Pakistan. Karzai was addressing a gathering regarding the Durand Line in Kabul. The former president said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday said a government without credibility in the nation’s eyes could not continue and the Afghans were origin owners of the national unity government. Talking at a conference on performance of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Intelligence agents have found a depot of arms, landmines, suicide jackets and other explosives in the seventh police district of Kabul, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said on Thursday. Three suicide jackets prepared... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Civil society’s role in the election process is important and without its cooperation, transparent election is not possible, said the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) chief on Wednesday. Abdul Aziz Aryayi told a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Counternarcotics Minister Salamat Azimi on Sunday said besides insecurity, narcotics and drug addiction was gripping the country like “a silent tsunami” that she said needed to be fought by all people and judiciary. Her ministry... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The case of Eng. Ahmad Eshchi, who was allegedly maltreated and detained by the first vice-president, is under investigation, the Attorney-General Office (AGO) said on Friday. Eshchi, a former member of the Junbish-i-Milli ... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has conferred the Ghazi Wazir Akbar Khan Medal on US Ambassador to Afghanistan Michael P. McKinley, the Presidential Palace said on Friday. During his ambassadorial tenure, McKinley made untiring efforts to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Ahmad Eshchi’s son on Thursday said the issue of his father’s maltreatment by the first vice-president could not be resolved by a tribal jirga, demanding the incident be handled in line with the law. Ahmad Eshchi’s son Baktash... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Enlightenment Movement members on Saturday reiterated their previous stance and warned of staging large protests if TUTAP project route was not changed. Jafar Mahdawi, a member of the movement, told a conference ‘... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Customs offices, dry-ports and other revenue departments are rife with widespread corruption amid favoritism in and government appointments, the High Office of Oversight and Anti-Corruption (HOOAC) acting head said on Tuesday.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A blind man, who has been working over the past 19 years in orthopedic centre of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), says “disability is not inability and a strong decision can improve life.” Dilwar Sherzai,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Pakistani political leaders have urged Islamabad to change its current policy toward Afghanistan and adopt a clear policy towards the neighboring country. Afrasiab Khattak, an Awami National Party (ANP) leader and former... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mohammad Mohaqqiq on Thursday said Daesh or Islamic State (IS)’s main objective was to disunite people and take them war against each other. Addressing a press conference in Kabul, Mohaqqiq... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former national security advisor Rangin Dadfar Spanta on Tuesday said people living on both sides of the Durand Line were ‘real victims of terrorism.’ Also executive director of Karzai Foundation named after former president... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) has chosen Abdul Aziz Aryayi as its chief and Humaira Haqmal as his deputy. Ali Raza Roohani was picked secretary and spokesman for the election body. Roohani told Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Thursday said the text for a five-way agreement on the Lapis Lazuli Route has been finalized and is ready for signing. A statement from the MoFA to Pajhwok Afghan News said the text of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Monday asked the United Nations Security Council to include names of all terrorists, including the current Taliban supreme leader, Mullah Haibatullah, in its sanctions list.   A statement from the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday said demining was a priority of the government because landmines and IEDs killed or maimed more than 100 Afghans each month. Abdullah said this in a message read out... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of children whose fathers have gone abroad in search of better job opportunities have become street peddlers and abandoned their studies. Though child hawking is prohibited under Afghanistan’s and international laws,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Political activists from southern Kandahar on Monday stressed increased efforts for peace and called differences between the unity government leaders as ‘worrying’. They told a press conference in Kabul that the government was... 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): A Ministry of Justice official on Monday said the ministry had recovered 4,700 acres of government land from illegal occupants during the past six months. He said usurping government’s land by powerful individuals had become a ‘... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A recent survey shows the fight against narcotics and policies in this regard have been only superficial and illusive over the past 15 years. Financed by the European Union (EU), the survey conducted by Afghanistan Research and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday denied the Kunduz conflict has any ethnic dimension or a conspiracy led to the city collapse. The CEO told people’s representatives from the northern province of Kunduz at... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Selection Committee is to complete the process of selecting commissioners-designate for the two electoral bodies over the next three weeks, a member of the committee said on Sunday. The panel has so far evaluated applications... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology (MCIT) on Saturday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a Turkish Cargo company on postal services from Afghanistan to European, American and Middle East... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): After two years of delay, contracts for Hakim SanayeeGhaznawi and Banayee township projects were signed between the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) and the private sector on Tuesday. The contracts were signed by the Urban... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani during his campaign of overseeing the government civil and military institutions in the service of people have visited the Wazir Mohammad Akbar Khan hospital in capital Kabul and termed the services being... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An agreement has been signed with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) on the conservation of key historic sites in Kabul, the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing announced on Friday. The memorandum of understanding (MoU)... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday said the international community’s aid pledges worth $15.2 billion and an investment of $1.1 billion by the private sector in the past three months indicated a positive change in the country.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Vowing not to allow anyone to interfere in its affairs, the Selection Committee on Tuesday formally began reviewing documents of candidates for commissioners on the two electoral bodies. Mohammad Rashid Yousuf, a member of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan government and the Bayat Power Company on Monday signed a contract worth $252 million for generating 192MWs of electricity using natural gas reserves in northern Jawzjan province, The contract signing ceremony was held... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Contract for investment in the Kajaki hydropower plant’s second phase was signed on Saturday between the Ministry of Water and Energy and a Turkish firm in the presence of President Ashraf Ghani. The contract was signed between... read more
  KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday said it was now a joint responsibility of his government and the Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) to stop fighting and work for betterment of the country and steer Afghanistan out of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) leader Gulbadin Hikmatyar on Thursday called on all armed groups, including the Taliban, to join the government-initiated peace process and work to achieve their objectives through peaceful means.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Wednesday reacted to recent statement of former president Hamid Karzai and said those justifying areas under Taliban control should respond to the nation. Karzai recently in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday said the Afghan government’s main focus in the past two years had been on foreign policy to end Afghanistan’s isolation. Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of Citizen Charter National Program... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The 10-year Citizen Charter Program offering fundamental services to villages, towns and cities in all provinces of the country was inaugurated on Sunday. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, who participated in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday said the national unity government came into power with public mandate for a five-year term and seeking its replacement was a dream that would not come true. Addressing... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The unity government remains committed to keeping its promises including the conduct of Wolesi Jirga elections, the second deputy chief executive officer (CEO) said on Saturday. Mohammad Mohaqqiq told a press conference here... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of residents of capital Kabul on Thursday protested against a landmark peace agreement between the government and the Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA), calling the deal as ‘national treason’ that should be cancelled as soon... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Monday said he was closely monitoring peace negotiations with the Gulbadin Hikmatyar-led Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA). There was no problem in concluding the peace... read more
KABUL CITY (Pajhwok): Election watchdogs on Sunday said the government move tasking the election commission with deciding about polling constituencies was a tactic to delay holding Wolesi Jirg (WJ) and district council elections. Yousuf Rashid,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The High Peace Council (HPC) on Saturday said all technical issues in the peace deal with the Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) had been resolved and there was no obstacle left. Mohammad Ismail Qasimyar, international affairs... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The High Peace Council (HPC) on Monday said the signing of the agreement with the Gulbuddin Hekmatyar-led Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan was delayed due to some technical issues. However, the HPC, the body responsible for peace... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): As many as 112 insurgents and four Afghan National Army (ANA) troops have been killed during clashes over the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Defence said on Monday. The insurgents suffered casualties during clashes with security... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Monday said he would not accept any type of obstacle lacking substantiating evidence to the peace process, claiming progress in concluding the much-awaited peace deal with the Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Additional forces have been deployed to sensitive areas, along busy roads and picnic points as part of a special security plan for Eid ul Adha festival across the country, an official said on Saturday. Abdul Basir Mujahid,... read more
KABUL CITY (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday termed as ‘vital’ public support for the government’s survival and warned that no one would be allowed to violate people’s fundamental rights. Abdullah was... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President’s special representative for reforms and good governance on Tuesday said most officials of security organs were unprofessional and had been hired against political and tribal connections, creating many problems for people... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Monday said the national unity government’s term was five years and acknowledged the incumbent leadership did not meet people’s expectations, but assured of shaping Afghanistan’s... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday described insecurity and administrative corruption as main causes behind illiteracy which he acknowledged the government had been unsuccessful to overcome. Addressing a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) on Sunday opened its branch in Kabul, vowing to connect Afghanistan with the world. Qadir Behman, ICC spokesman in Afghanistan, said the opening of the ICC branch in Kabul would leave a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MALI) on Saturday announced 280 tonns of saffron bulbs would be distributed to farmers for the reproduction of the crop, saying the ministry also planned to issue licenses to a... read more
KABUL(Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday left for Uzbekistan to attend the funeral ceremony for Uzbek President Islam Karimov. The Presidential Palace said Ghani left Kabul for Samarkand to take part in the last rites of the Uzbek... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) on Wednesday said 3,700 kilometers of roads were asphalted, graveled or constructed since January this year, benefitting 260,000 people. Addressing a press conference in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The sale of poor-quality and expired beverages are on the rise in Kabul -- thanks to their low prices. Health experts say the consumption of such beverages cause cancer and other diseases. Kabul residents say the sale of such... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President’s special envoy for reforms and good governance Ahmad Zia Massoud on Monday said the huge influx of villagers to cities would reduce if employment opportunities were created and major economic projects executed at district... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah on Monday reached agreement on electoral reforms, distribution of electronic ID cards and creating a commission for amendments to the constitution. Abdullah’s... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday said he personally interviewed and appointed 21 mayors for their commitment and mentality to develop the country through hard work, not through begging for foreign aid. Addressing the second... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Second Vice-President Sarwar Danish on Wednesday said the single-seat vote system idea has several legislative, technical and implementation problems, considering the country’s current situation. Two days earlier, the Cabinet... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than half of (51 percent) of respondents in a new opinion poll believe the country’s system should be changed from presidential to a combination of chancellery and parliamentary. The survey conducted by the Afghan Institute... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah on Tuesday insisted on the conductof Wolesi Jirga and district council elections, saying approval of the draft election law would pave the ground for the democratic exercise. Speaking at... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): National Swimming Federation (NSF) officials say the federation has no achievements over the past more than a decade due to absence of facilities for athletes. The NSF was created in 2004 as an independent federation and it has... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The second deputy chief executive officer (CEO) on Sunday said the recent tension between the unity government leaders had a negative impact on the war fronts in the country. Mohammad Mohaqiq told a press conference in Kabul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Attorney General Farid Hamidi on Sunday said the Corruption Justice Task Force (CJTF) would be a powerful and independent institution to curb corruption in the country and wage a real fight against the menace. He said this while... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Thursday said security operations were underway in various parts of southern Helmand province and efforts being made to improve the security situation there. Sediq Sediqi, MoI spokesman, told a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Security Council (NSC) on Thursday welcomed the resumption of peace talks between the government and the Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA), led by Gulbadin Hikmatyar, believing the process would reach a logical end.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday conferred Shaheed-i-Millat title on late Hashmat Khalil Khalil Karzai, former member of Kandahar provincial council and cousin of former president Hamid Karzai during an official ceremony held in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) on Tuesday said 35 businessmen were kidnapped during the past one month in five provinces. Calling widespread corruption and insecurity as big hurdles to the private... read more
  KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah said on Monday the government, having honoured the pledges held out to the international community, had made preparations for the upcoming NATO summit in Brussels. Addressing... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The rise in value of the afghani against the rupee and dollar has pushed down the prices of some food items and liquefied gas and the Arabian gold in capital Kabul, market sources said on Thursday. Food traders linked the decline... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Kabul residents have hit out at security forces for bothering them at check-points and barriers they have ostensibly created for public safety and useless searches. They believe check-points and barriers constructed by the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Kabul police on Wednesday claimed crimes had reduced in the central capital, where 321 crime suspects were arrested during the past 20 days. Lt. Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahimi, the 101 Azmae Zone police commander, told Pajhwok Afghan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Second Vice-President Sarwar Danish on Sunday said the bulk of funding to the insurgency in Afghanistan came from drug trade which he said was tied to the security of Afghanistan and the world. Danish was addressing a gathering... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Unknown gunmen shot dead two persons and injured as many during separate but near simultaneous gun attacks n the 500-family area of central capital Kabul on Friday, police said. Kabul’s 11th district police chief Col. Kabir Ahmad... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Friday said 62 militants and seven security personnel have been killed in various provinces during the past 24 hours during operations. A statement from the ministry said the Afghan defence and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Monday said he had reached an agreement with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on cleaning up the election system,and the reform process would begin tomorrow. Chairing a meeting of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan officials who on Sunday received China’s first batch of military assistance said the delivery showed Kabul was not alone in the fight against terrorism and that a regional mobilization against the threat had occurred. The... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Wednesday said Afghanistan’s foreign policy, undergoing drastic changes, was based on mutual respect, national integrity, peaceful co-existence and non-interference. Afghanistan’s foreign... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A new private television channel, named Peshgam, went on the air on Tuesday. The channel will focus on scientific and educational subjects. Former presidentHamid Karzai, inaugurating the channel in Kabul, hailed it as a welcome... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Monday renewed the national unity government’scommitment to reformingAfghanistan’s election system. Addressing a cabinet meeting here, the CEO said imperative of cleaning up... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan government on Thursday said the newly-established anti-corruption body, Centre for Anti-Corruption Task Force (CATF), will open investigation into corruption cases of high-ranking government officials next week.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Dozens of insurgents were either killed or wounded over the past 24 hours during newly-launched security operations in 13 provinces, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Thursday. Maj. Gen. Dawlat Waziri, MoD spokesman, told a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The presidents of Afghanistan and Pakistan are expected to meet on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) annual meeting in Tashkent as requested by Islamabad, the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Nai --an organisation supporting open media in Afghanistan -- on Monday said the ongoing month was the most violent for journalists, as 10 cases of violence have been registered in the past 20 days. Seddiqullah Tawhidi, head of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The High Peace Council (HPC) deputy head on Tuesday said the draft peace accord with the Gulbadin-led Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) was final and there was no ambiguity and warned against adding more articles to the peace... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) on Saturday said Afghan traders have not yet exported their goods through Chabahar port due to the lack of infrastructure facilities. Last month, Afghanistan, Iran and India... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The national unity government on Thursday said peace negotiations with the Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) were in a final phase and a formal agreement with the group would be signedin the next few days. Javed Faisal, spokesman... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Doctors and paramedical staff of Noor Eye Hospital in Kabul on Wednesday went on strike after two doctors of the hospital were beaten by a brother and guards of a Wolesi Jirga member.   The protestors numbering around 100... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The reconstruction of the historic Dar-ul-Aman Palace in the capital Kabul was launched on Monday in the presence of President Ashraf Ghani and his Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah. The project worth $16 million was... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Reacting to the appointment of a new Taliban leader, the Afghan government on Wednesday said the Taliban should grab the chance of peace negotiations or their new leadership could meet the fate of his predecessor. Three days... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 11 people were killed and eight others wounded in a suicide attack on a bus carrying court employees in Kabul on Wednesday morning, an official said. Col. Faridoon Obaidi, the crime branch chief for the 101st Asmayee... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani, who had traveled to Iran for signing the trilateral Chabahar transit agreement, returned to Kabul on Tuesday, his office said. A statement from the Presidential Palace said that Ghani held fruitful talks... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations on Sunday said it supported the Afghan government’s recent peace talks with the Hekmatyar-led Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA). UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon and Afghan president Ashraf Ghani met in Doha on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday said the government was close to concluding a peace deal with the Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA), led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. However, the CEO told a Cabinet meeting here... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan government on Sunday confirmed a US drone strike had targeted Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, but could not confirm his death, saying his death would be a great opportunity for some Taliban... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A five-year plan aimed at making Afghanistan energy self-sufficient would be completed in a month’s time, the Ministry of Energy and Water said on Monday, acknowledging that 54 percent of the country’s areas still lacked the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan government has not changed its stance on the four-way talks aimed at reviving peace talks between the Kabul administration and the Taliban, an official said on Saturday. The Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG)... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani Saturday returned from a two-day visit to the United Kingdom where he attended the world’s anti-corruption summit. The president initially departed for a two-day trip to Tajikistan and then headed to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology (MCIT) on Saturday said it could not activate a standard tax collection system since the law imposing 10 percent tax on phone users was passed about nine months ago.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The government has no intension to reform the electoral system and hold elections, the Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan said on Thursday, asking the parliament to pass the new legislative decree on electoral reform... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Baz Mohammad Mubarez on Thursday returned from Russia to Kabul to a warm welcome by a number of Afghans at the Kabul airport. Mubarez defeated his Russian rival in a bout at the Luzhniki Stadium... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday termed growing economic relations between Asian countries as ‘a positive sign’ and said the most populated continent would soon become a highly important region economically. The Afghan leader... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Finance (MoF) on Tuesday said the High Economic Council (HEC), opposing the merger the New Kabul Bank, has stressed an effective plan to save the institution and improve the banking sector. A statement from the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): After a flurry of calls from the parliament, President Ashraf Ghani has nominated his picks for defence minister and spy chief. In two separate decrees issued last night, the president nominated Maj. Gen. Abdullah Khan as acting... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) on Monday once again demanded complete assurances on the protected status of medical care from the US forces, the Afghan government and militants before resuming work in northern Kunduz province. At... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Turkmenistan on Monday expressed its readiness to enhance bilateral cooperation with Afghanistan in various spheres including trade and education. This was stated by Turkmen Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov during a meeting with... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The High Peace Council (HPC) says negotiations with the Hezb-I-Islamic Afghanistan (HIA) on the peace process have yielded positive results and differences over some issues will be resolved in the near future. A few weeks ago,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Illicit financial flows have affected the country’s stability, security and economic development, paving the ground for terrorist activities, Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA) said in a report on Thursday. The report titled “... read more
KABUL/HERAT: (Pajhwok): Residents and civil society activists on Wednesday protested in front of the Iranian Embassy in Kabul and the country’s consulate in western Herat province over the raping and killing of a minor Afghan girl in Tehran. The... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) would prefer local companies for its construction projects under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on Tuesday. The cooperation and partnership MoU was signed between MoUD and the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Security officials on Tuesday said militants continued to be equipped and financed by sources outside of Afghanistan and were trying to spread terror by killing innocent people. Ministry of Interior spokesman Seddiq Seddiqqi told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The keys of 59 residential apartments were handed over on Thursday to families of slain police officials in the central capital Kabul. Construction of the buildings in the fourth police district had cost 64 million afghanis... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Thousands of people would find jobs on 122 projects worth 434 million afghanis to be executed across Afghanistan during this solar year, the rural rehabilitation and development minister said on Sunday. Nasir Ahmad Durrani told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Three thieves of vehicles have been detained by police and four vehicles and some number plates were recovered from them in the 11th police district of Kabul, an official said on Friday. The robbers have been chased by police... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A Taliban designated chief for Noorgram district was among 10 insurgents killed during an operation in eastern Nursitan province, the Ministry of Defence said on Friday. Afghan ground and air forces have conducted a series of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Friday offered condolences to the victim families of those killed or wounded in recent suicide attack in the Siah Gird district of central Parwan province, his office said. At least nine... read more
Kabul (Pajhwok): Two men and as many women have been found dead in the Dasht-i-Barchi locality in the limits of the 13th  police district of Kabul, an official said on Tuesday. Brig. Gen. Faridoon Obaidi, crime branch chief of the 101st... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Sixty women on Thursday received certificate upon successfully completing a six-month business administration course in Kabul. The training funded by the Financial Access for Investing in the Development of Afghanistan (FAIDA)... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Governors’ Association (AGA), a union of former governors, on Wednesday said they were concerned about the increasing insecurity in different provinces. AGA chairman Abdul Jabar Taqwa told a press conference here... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) announced on Tuesday suspending a district police chief in Kabul due to his negligence in preventing a bomb attack in Khairkhana area. MoI spokesman Seddiq Seddiqisaid the four other policemen of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and former president Hamid Karzai on Monday denounced a brazen suicide attack on civilians in Lahore, the capital of Pakistan’s Punjab province. At least 72 people were killed... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Kabul residents on Monday hit out at the municipality over a lack of a proper drainage system in the capital, saying residents were faced with serious problems, especially in the rainy season. Generally speaking, water... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah has praised the national cricket team for its tremendous performance and victory against ICC full member West Indies in the World Twenty-20 tournament in India. Chairing a Cabinet... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): China Ambassador to Afghanistan Yao Jing on Thursday asked the Afghan government to finalise the draft agreement on the Silk Road project and hand it over to his country for a review. The agreement after being finalised by both... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Kabul citizens on Thursday strongly criticised the municipality over a lack of proper drainage system and not timely collecting garbage in the central capital, saying the inaction was creating problems for residents especially in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Relatives of kidnapped Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers staged a protest on Saturday, demanding their immediate release in exchange for a key Taliban figure. Four months ago, the Taliban took 13 soldiers hostage after their... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah on Thursday said the Taliban turned down the government’s offer to hold peace talks because they had no mercy for Afghans and had concern about their situation. Speaking at a gathering... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  The president’s special representative for reforms and good governance on Thursday asked jihadi leaders to join forces against the Taliban and defend their country. Speaking at the 5th death anniversary of a former jihadi... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A survey shows most youth not happy with the unity government’s performance allege that young men linked to warlords get jobs. The survey was conducted by the Afghanistan Election Watch Network (AEWN), interviewing more than 2,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani said on Friday Abdul Ali Mazari was martyred for his struggle to bring democracy to Afghanistan and he did not want the repetition of history. In a video message, the president told a gathering marking... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah on Friday said the unity government was committed to realising the wishes of martyrs, which were justice, uniform development, political consensus, individual and collective rights. The... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Public Works (MoPW) on Friday said it had reconstructed roads measuring as many as 24,000 kilometres during the past 14 years despite challenges to implementing development projects. MoPW spokesman Mohammad Mahdi... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Various roads measuring 160 kilometers would be asphalted in capital Kabul next solar year and another 800km rehabilitated, an official said on Tuesday. Acting Mayor Mohammad Aslam Akarmi said the coming solar year would be... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Relatives of kidnapped Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers staged a protest on Wednesday, demanding their immediate release and warning of self-immolation if their demands were not met. Three months earlier, the Taliban took 12... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): National Directorate of Security (NDS) personnel have arrested a group of three terrorists in capital Kabul who transferred weapons and bullets to other terrorists for insurgent activities. A statement from the spy-service said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP) on Friday expressed deep concerns over the illegal excavation of minerals and other natural resources in different parts of the country. MoMP Spokesman Muhauddin Noori told Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two people were injured and as many shops gutted in a fire that erupted in the Taimani area of the capital Kabul on Wednesday, an eyewitness said. The fire that took place 7:50am was linked to the carelessness of a gas-selling... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Mines and Petroleum Minister Daud Shah Saba on Tuesday said the lack of technical expertise, accountability and transparency in monitoring mining contracts could be overcome over the next four years though tangible reforms. The... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The municipality in Kabul on Sunday launched a campaign to destroy illegally constructed buildings in the central capital, but faced with a strong reaction from a market owner. President Ashraf Ghani recently ordered the Kabul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): As many as 150 posts in the municipality of capital Kabul, a city without mayor for the past one month, are laying vacant, an official said on Thursday. Abdul Qadir Arzo, broadcasting department head at the municipality, told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Fifty-five uplift schemes would be launched in 13 provinces by the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development with financial support from the World Bank (WB) , an official said on Tuesday. Contracts for the projects were... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A Qatari charity on Wednesday signed three memoranda of understandings (MoUs) with two Afghan ministries for several projects including the construction of apartments for families of martyrs. The $160 million worth MoUs were... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Hawkers in the capital Kabul complain the government is not providing them with jobs and municipality officials insult and prevent them from working. The Kabul municipality, the traffic department and police have launched a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Families living in the hillside neighbourhoods of capital Kabul complain they lack electricity, drinking water and are vulnerable to floods and landslides in winter. Over the past two decades, people occupied government’s lands... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Coming all the way from Nangarhar, dozens of people on Wednesday staged a protest demonstration in Kabul against what they called increasing insecurity in the eastern zone. Last week, a suicide bomber struck a guesthouse of a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan New National Front party (ANNF) on Tuesday supported setting an Oct 15 date for parliamentary and district council elections, but called for fresh presidential election on the same date. ANNF chief Anwarul Haq... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Monday announced the schedule for parliamentary and district council elections. IEC Chairman Yousuf Nuristani told a news conference that the panel made all technical preparations to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Monday once again stressed the need for a new election commission to supervise future polls in a free and credible manner. But the Independent Election Commission (IEC)... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The citizens of Kabul are concerned about growing air pollution in the capital city and doctors have warned if the air pollution is not dealt with in a timely manner, people could be infected with different diseases including cancer... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Saturday strongly condemned Friday’s attack on the residence of an Afghan consulate official in northwestern Pakistan and asked for the arrest of the perpetrators. The consulate official,... 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): The Wolesi Jirga’s commission on counternarcotics on Tuesday handed over evidence regarding tax evasion amounting to one billion dollars on fuel imports for foreign troops to the government. Lawmaker Mohammad Naeem Lalai Hamidzai... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Kabul police on Sunday paraded before media men 400 alleged criminals they had arrested with some weapons including 21 BM1 rockets. The police said the rockets aimed at Kabul City were in a ready-to-fire mode when captured,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation (MoTCA) on Thursday said it was planning to get back on the road 600 puclic transport buses which had been parked due to technical problems, saying small private passenger ... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The two election bodies on Wednesday welcomed the Wolesi Jirga’s decision to reject presidential decrees that sought amendments to the electoral law and regime and called for committees created under legislative decrees to be... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A parliamentary panel on Tuesday said it had found that 90 percent of imported fuel for foreign forces in Afghanistan had been sold in the market, earning 20 companies and some government officials more than $1 billion in untaxed... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Police seized more than 12,000 kilograms of ammonium nitrate from a truck en route to northern Afghanistan in capital Kabul, an official said on Thursday. Kabul Asmayee Zone Police Commander Brig. Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahimi told a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Election watchdogs on Wednesday welcomed government’s decision to hold parliamentary and district council elections next year. Yousuf Rashid, the Free Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) chief executive, told reporters... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former jihadi leaders, ex-senior government officials and politicians on Friday announced the establishment of the country’s first opposition party they named “Afghanistan’s Protection and Stability Council (APSC)” aimed at... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Minister of Labour and Social Affairs (MoLSA) on Thursday said it was being planned to train more than 100,000 women in IT profession over the next decade. Nasrin Oryakhil told this to a seminar “Information Technology for... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): China on Wednesday pledged $1 million in assistance to help the Afghan government construct homes for families who lost their homes to a recent earthquake. An agreement in this regard was signed by Wais Ahmad Barmak, the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than hundred enraged protesters on Saturday blocked the busy Kabul-Jalalabad highway in Hodkhil locality of capital Kabul against the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for what they said grabbing their private lands. The protest... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The prices of diesel, liquefied gas, rice and gold dipped while rates of other commodities remained unchanged during the outgoing week in Kabul, market sources said on Thursday. Abdul Saboor, a filling station worker in the... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Women carpet-weavers in northeastern Kunduz province on Monday called their vocation as a good source of income, urging the government to find a proper market for their products. Kunduz’s hand-made carpets enjoy special... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Contracts for 74 welfare projects benefiting more than 140,000 people in 18 provinces were signed on Saturday between the Rural Rehabilitation and Development Ministry (MRRD) and development councils from provinces in capital Kabul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Environment Protection Agency (NEPA) on Tuesday said it has prepared a policy regarding climate change, calling Afghanistan the most vulnerable country to the global warming. Abdul Wali Mudaqiq, NEPA deputy head,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than 39 percent of Afghanistan populations live under the poverty line --- nearly four up over last year’s figures, found a survey released on Sunday by the Central Statistics Organization (CSO). More than 150,000 people... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 190 women were killed during the first half of the ongoing solar year and most of the killers remained at large, the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) said on Wednesday. The rights body has... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Security bosses on Tuesday strongly reacted against yesterday’s remarks by Haji Zahir Qadir, saying such irresponsible statements were intolerable. Wolesi Jirga’s first deputy speaker Haji Zahir Qadir on Monday alleged the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Security bosses on Tuesday strongly reacted against yesterday’s remarks by Haji Zahir Qadir, saying such irresponsible statements were intolerable. Wolesi Jirga’s first deputy speaker Haji Zahir Qadir on Monday alleged the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Nine abducted passengers have been released and effors underway to relese the rest from their kidnappers in southern Zabul province, the Ministry of Interior said on Sunday, a day after gunmen took hostage 30 people from... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Electoral Reform Commission (ERC) on Monday alleged the work of the selection committee -- a body tasked with nominating members of the two electoral panels was being delayed deliberately. Further delay in this regard would... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Education (MoE) on Sunday said around 30 million textbooks would be distributed to schoolchildren this winter to overcome the books’ shortage by 80 percent. The ministry said seven million books were already... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Kabul Municipality on Thursday voiced concerns regarding contamination of subsoil water resources in capital Kabul, saying the existence of substandard septic tanks were lethal to residents’ health. The department warned if... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah, during a meeting with US senators, said on Sunday Afghanistan needed sustainable American assistance to cope with the challenges of terrorism and corruption. A four-member delegation of US... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Friday said people had expectations of the national unity government, which need more time to translate its commitments into action. Abdullah made the remarks while... read more
PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Friday ordered the arrest of land-grabbers, promising his administration would allow no one to occupy state-owned land illegally. During a visit to central Logar province, the president... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Separate protests were staged in the capital Kabul and western Ghor province on Friday against the stoning of a girl, asking the government to arrest the perpetrators forthwith. Local officials in Ghor say the culprits have been... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Republican Party (ARP) on Monday blamed some High Peace Council (HPC) members for involvement in the war, calling for their replacement. ARP leader Asadullah claimed the HPC had made no major achievements since... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday said illegal armed groups should not be allowed to operate in villages, insisting on enhanced government’s writ in districts and provinces. Speaking at the 5th national conference of community... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) executed more than 72,000 projects through community development councils across the country during the past 10 years, the minister said on Sunday. Speaking at the 5th... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) on Saturday said investments have declined in provinces, but increased by a 10 percent in central capital Kabul. According to AISA, more than $610 million were invested in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The municipality department on Thursday conducted a cleanliness campaign to clean the central capital city, but no government officials turned up despite being invited. The Kabul municipality said it had invited several... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Tribal council chiefs on Wednesday criticised government’s peace drive, saying peace would continue to elude Afghanistan until recruitment by insurgents and enemies’ propaganda was prevented. More than 100 tribal councils’ heads... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Growing insecurity, youth’s migration and economic downfall has badly affected car selling/buying business in capital Kabul, with bargain owners suffering millions of afghanis in losses. More than 430 car showrooms exist in Kabul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Media activists on Thursday voiced concerns about the security and economic challenges media outlets faced in the country, saying if these challenges were not addressed, some media organisations would cease functioning in near... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Civil society activists on Tuesday lashed out at President Ashraf Ghani for what they called “symbolic appreciation” of some security officials, saying soldiers fighting against the enemy on the frontline were not appreciated.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Electronic scanners would be installed at four entrances to Kabul in a month’s time to prevent explosives from being entered the central capital, a senior official said on Sunday. President’s Special Representative on Reforms and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology on Thursday called the presidential decree imposing a 10 percent tax on cell phone users a premature decision, because the current system could not ensure transparency.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MOI) on Wednesday said 125 militants were killed as a result of separate operations in different parts of the country over the past 24 hours. Another 40 militants were wounded during the 17 operations by... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Monday promised providingall possible assistance for the security of United Nations (UN) offices in Afghanistan. Addressing a press conference, MoI spokesmanSediq Seddiqisaid the ministry was... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Displaced families from northern Kunduz province on Saturday staged a protest rally in capital Kabul, asking the government to clear their province from militants and facilitate their repatriation. More than 100 people marched on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières’ (MSF) or Doctors without Borders on Thursday confirmed some Taliban militants wounded in clashes were under treatment at its hospital in Kunduz City when the US airstrike hit it. MSF... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Nearly 10,000 development projects, costing $230 million, have been implemented over the past nine months across the country, Rural Rehabilitation and Development Minister Naseer Ahmad Durrani said on Tuesday. While presenting a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Civil society activists have erected tents in capital Kabul in order to collect blood for the victims of the conflict in northern Kunduz province. Gathering in Zarnagar Park, the activists asked international community to help... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The European Union (EU) on Sunday pledged €2 million in aid for construction of retaining walls and canalization in camps housing Internally Displace Persons (IDPs) in Kabul. To the effect, an agreement was signed between UN-... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): The trapped residents of the capital of northern Kunduz province have run out of food and potable water and are struggling with a number of other problems since the Taliban seized the strategic city three days ago. All... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some political analysts on Tuesday alleged the fall of Kunduz City, the capital of northern Kunduz province, into the hands of Taliban insurgents was a conspiracy involving local commanders. Hundreds of Taliban militants attacked... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than 70 of roads remain blocked in Kabul when VIPS or high-ranking officials, including the president and his CEO, travel in the city, causing immense traffic problems for the people. A survey by Pajhwok Afghan News shows... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former president Hamid Karzai on Sunday said the motive behind the killing of top peace negotiator Burhanuddin Rabbani was to sabotage the peace process and destabilise Afghanistan. Addressing the fourth death anniversary of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Police averted a possible rocket attack on Kabul on Thursday by seizing four BM1 rockets in the Deh Sabz district, an official said. Kabul police chiefLt. Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahimi told reporters the rockets had been placed in a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Kabul residents on Tuesday protested the closure of roads to facilitate lawmakers’ travel to the parliament, creating traffic problems for commuters in the capital. About a hundred capital inhabitants gathered in front of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Procurement Committee (NPC) on Monday warned that companies involved in corruption would not be allowed to participate in the biding process for future procurement contracts. NPC Director Yama Yari told reporters in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  The National Olympic Committee (NOC)’s acting deputy chairman on Monday denied rumours that the committee’s chairman Fahim Hashimi had resigned. Some media outlets on Sunday quoted sources close to Hashimi that he had... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of deaf people on Sunday staged a protest demonstration through capital Kabul and demanded a reserved seat in parliament for their community. Around 100 deaf youth gathered at Zambaq Square around 11:30am and handed over... read more
KABUL /PARAKH(Pajhwok): Participants of a ceremony observing the Martyrs Week on Thursday asked the government to rename Polygon locality near Pul-i-Charkhi prison on the eastern outskirts of Kabul as “Graveyard of Martyrs.” Political and war... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of Kabul youth on Monday protested against joblessness and asked the government for employment opportunities to prevent them from joining rebel groups. The rally started at around 10am on the Darul Aman Road before the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) chief on Tuesday said many programmes, policies and laws remained on paper only and could not be implemented. Mohammad Qurban Haqjo, while speaking at an international expo... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): International exhibition of construction and food items kicked-off on Tuesday in capital Kabul aimed at exploring new markets for domestic products and achieving self economic reliance in the long-run, an official said.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The spokesperson for the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) on Monday tendered his resignation against what he said to register protest over widespread fraud and negligent officials in the ministry.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan Muaythai athletes have won three gold and a silver medals in the international Muay Thai competitions held among 1,500 athletes in Thailand, an official said. The competitions were held from 13 to 23 August in Thailand... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) said on Sunday that investment in the country had declined by $120 million during the first six months of 2015, compared to corresponding period in last year. Mining, industry and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan under-19 football team on Monday left for Nepal to participate in the SAFF Under-19 Championship starting from Thursday (August 20). Coach Zahir Husni told Pajhwok Afghan News the 21-man squad was accompanied by a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) demanded the government to ensure uninterrupted power supply to the vital industrial sector, which would go a long way to ensure progress and prosperity in the country. Currently 27... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Citing officials’ inefficiency after the falloff Dashti-i-Archi districts and some other parts of the northern Kunduz province to Taliban, Provincial Council (PC) members stressed that strategy should be worked out to regain... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Turkish government extended bereaved families of Shah Shaheed carnage with food items on Saturday. At least 15 people were killed and around 400 others wounded when explosive-laden truck exploded ten days ago in the capital... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) would connect universities and schools of the country through online information technology system. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was inked in this regard... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): The residents of Dasht-i-Archi district in northern Kunduz province said Taliban were forcing residents to join their ranks and extorting money from the inhabitants of the district. The residents are fed-up of fighting and... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): At least 15 Taliban have been killed during separate operations in northeastern Kunduz province, an official said Sunday. The newly appointed Kunduz police chief Brig. Gen. Qasim Jangalbagh told Pajhwok Afghan News the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Public Works pledged to implement development projects worth 230 million afghanis in northern Baghlan and southeastern Khost provinces. The uplift projects include construction of bridges, for which contracts have... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): The governor of northeastern Kunduz province claims tens of militants captured by Taliban in Dashti Archi district have joined the Islamic State (IS)  after the death of Mullah Mohammad Omar. Mohammad Omar Safi told a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The work to asphalt a busy road in the Kart-i-Naw locality of capital Kabul has been kicked-off on Monday, an official says. The road would be completed within 14 months at a cost of $9 million, which would benefit thousands of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Congress Party (ACP) on Sunday announced support the ongoing peace talks and urged the government to directly talk with Pakistan to refrain from the country’s internal affairs. The first round of face-to-face... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Fifty schools closed in Chardara, Aliabad, Dasht-i-Archi and Gor Tepa districts of northern Kunduz province have reopened after a marked improvement in the security situation, an official said on Sunday. Abdul Karim Wahdat... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The High Peace Council (HPC) on Saturday called the demise of Taliban's supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Umar Mujahid as an opportunity to ensure peace and stability in the war-torn country. Speaking to reporters, Abdul Hakim... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Monday expressed satisfaction with the completion of parts of the long-awaited Salma Dam in western Herat province. The dam, he hoped, would help resolve the problem of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Social media users have an effective role in revealing the officials mired in corruption, trampling laws, NAI executive director said on Sunday. Abdul Mujib Khalwatgar, executive director of NAI-supporting open media in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Counternarcotics is all set to launch an anti-drug campaign -- spotlighting harmful effects of drugs -- in 12 provinces of the country, an official announced on Saturday. Mohammad Hanif Danishyar, public relation... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Analysts on Monday called as illegal recent remarks by Minister of Foreign Affairs Salahuddin Rabbani, asking the government to take action against him. Rabbani, who also leads the Jamiat-e-Islami Afghanistan, recently told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Kabul residents complain the municipality has been failing to properly water plants it has grown on the sides of roads in the central capital and as a result, the young trees are dying. Most of the plants had dried up in various... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Security forces seized a vehicle full of explosives in the central capital Kabul thanks to extraordinary security measures put in place for Eid holidays, an official said on Saturday. The vehicle was seized on Friday, the first... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation (MoTCA) has cancelled licenses of 60 transport companies over law violations and not paying taxes to the government, an official said on Thursday. MoTCA spokesman Hikmatullah Qawanich... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two civilians were wounded in a magnetic bomb blast on a police ranger in the capital Kabul on Thursday morning, an official said. Hamayon Aini, the 119 police helpline chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News the incident took place when... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Safi Airways, a privately-owned international airline, on Wednesday asked the Ministry of Finance to reduce taxes and let the company pay its arrears in installments as per the Cabinet decision. The Finance Ministry says the Safi... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A bomb blast hit the Khair Khana area of capital Kabul on Wednesday afternoon, but caused no casualties, an official said. Hamayun Aini, the 119 police helpline chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News the blast took place in at around 3:... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation and Livestock on Saturday distributed 34,000 tonnes of wheat worth 345 million afghanis across the country. The assistance, being distributed amid the holy month of Ramazan, has given to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): For the first time, a women’s football tournament will be organized in the capital Kabul as part of the Roshan Afghan Premier League, officials said on Thursday. To the effect, an agreement was signed on Thursday between the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Attorney General Office (AGO) on Tuesday made it clear not a single penny from Kabul Bank would go unaccounted and that 155 Kabul Bank defaulters have been barred from leaving the country and their assets frozen. The AGO said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Over a hundred protesters in capital Kabul on Monday denounced the appellant court verdict regarding revoking of death sentence of four accused in Farkhunda murder case. An angry mob beat 27-year-old Farkhunda to death on March... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Spokesman of the ministry of interior claimed the ministry adopted measures to dispatch reinforcements to Afghan Local Police (ALP) in Jalrez district but the supply could not be sent to the area. Speaking to reporters, Sidique... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Purchaseres of apartments in the Khwaja Rawash Township north of the Kabul airport on Thursday staged a protest, accusing the government of failing to deliver them their flats The protestors, who had gathered in front of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): In latest move to support Afghanistan, the Embassy of Japan on Wednesday announced the handover of 106 different machineries to the Ministry of Public Works for road maintenance in 25 different locations in 12 provinces. A... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Legal advisor to the president, Abdul Ali Mohammadi, said on Sunday $437 million of the total $987 million money stolen from Kabul Bank had been recovered, but $578 million remained unpaid. After Kabul Bank, once the country’s... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan National Olympic Committee on Thursday said 19 sporting events and competitions were ongoing in capital Kabul and provinces to mark the Olympic Day. The events have been launched to improve performance and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) on Wednesday expressed concerns over lack of implementation of standards and norms on domestic products. Some of domestic products were returned from foreign countries due... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A Dutch lady was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen early Monday morning in capital Kabul, an official said. Humayun Aini, 119 police chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News the lady--- who work for a Swedish NGO, was abducted from Kolala-... read more
ZARANJ (Pajhwok): The residents of western Nimroz province on Saturday voiced concerns over widely used of Toman -- the Iranian currency -- in daily businesses, saying use of foreign currencies inside the country was hitting economy badly. Nimroz... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Unveiling his 100-day plan, Syed Mansour Naderi, minister of Urban Development Affairs said on Tuesday construction of more houses and eradication of corruption would be his top priorities in the first three month. Speaking to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than one million students in 19 provinces have been left without studies as a result of teachers’ strike in the capital Kabul and other parts of Afghanistan. Over the past two weeks, dozens of schools in Kabul and many... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 41 people allegedly involved in murder cases, narcotics and robbery cases have been detained in capital Kabul, security officials said Saturday. Brig. Gen. Hamayun Aini, the 119 police hotline director, told Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than 2,600 drug smugglers were arrested in 2014, when over 200 tonnes of narcotics were confiscated, a senior Interior Ministry official said on Wednesday. Lt. Gen. Baz Mohammad Ahmadi, deputy minister for counternarcotics... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Tuesday welcomed Pakistan’s warning to Afghan Taliban to immediately shun their spring offensive in the war-torn country. Afghan Taliban last month announced spring offensive codenamed... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Tuesday rejected issuance of political passport to some Taliban leaders and said only Afghan government officials were eligible. Earlier, some media reports had revealed government... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some officials of the Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs on Monday criticised their new minister Faiz Mohammad Usmani for curtailing powers of the secretaries, directors and other high-ranking officials at the ministry. Abdul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President’s special representative for reforms and good governance Ahmad Zia Massoud on Thursday urged residents of capital Kabul to play their part in protecting the city’s environment and infrastructure. Massoud, who... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Thirty prisoners, including two children, three women and 25 men, were released from a prison in northern Kunduz province, an official said on Wednesday. The release happened following a presidential decree on the eve of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Following the fall of Jawand district to Taliban, a member of parliament has warned that a number of other districts in western Badghis province are under looming insurgents’ threats. Dozens of western Badghis residents on Monday... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Prominent Afghan singer Farhad Darya on Sunday took part in a blood donation campaign to Afghan security forces, calling on insurgents to shun violence and join peace in larger interest of the country and Afghan nation. Donating... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Civil society activists on Monday renewed their call for safe and unconditional release of the 31 passengers in southern Zabul province, urging the government, the UN and human rights groups to break their silence on the hostages... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Disabled people on Sunday closed the main gate of the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled (MoLSAMD) in Kabul during a protest demonstration. The protestors were demanding land plots which they said had been... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Saturday said the fight to stabilise Afghanistan was underway and the nation should continue making joint efforts at ensuring peace in the country. Addressing a ceremony marking... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Transitional Justice Coordination Group (TJCG) on Wednesday called April 27 and 28 as “dark days in Afghanistan’s recent history,” calling for prosecution of those involved in war crimes. Back in 1978, the former Soviet Union... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of youth on Monday set alight their educational documents to protest what they said increasing unemployment and nepotism. The protesters, numbering around 100, gathered in front of the Habibia High School in Kabul and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): To mark the World Earth Day, Kabul Municipality on Thursday set to remove over 7,000 tonnes of waste out of the capital city. The massive cleanliness drive started today morning with more than 3,500 municipality workers was... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan is in the most challenging period of its latest history of last 13 years from political, social, economic and security perspectives, the Samoon Movement said in a statement released on Wednesday. In a statement to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Mohammad Nabi, captain of Afghan National Cricket team on Monday formally resigned as captain, saying his captaincywas affecting his performance, a statement from the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) said.  Nabi... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The provincial council chief of northern Badakhshan province on Saturday urged President Ashraf Ghani to deploy more troops and launch decisive anti-state elements offensive to purge the province of insurgents. Addressing a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Ahmad Zia Masood, the president special envoy for reforms and good governance, on Tuesday pledged to build a proper sewerage system with the support of townships’ owners in capital Kabul. During the last 13 years, several new... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Friday said that all possible steps would be taken to ensure safe release of abducted passengers. However, Abdullah made it clear that the government would make sure to take a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): In a fresh corruption case of massive volume, a body tasked to evaluate the Ministry of Defence (MoD) logistic contracts unearthed embezzlement of over $5 million, dealing a huge loss of $100 million to national exchequer. Last... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): In order to promote the culture of reading, more than 3,000 newspapers and magazines were distributed to passersby in the capital Kabul on Wednesday. Members of the “Rawande 3rd Afghanistan” movement unleashed the campaign under... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Police captured an explosives-laden vehicle and four militants late on Sunday night, preventing a potential terrorist attack, a senior security official said on Monday. The explosives-laden car was intercepted east of Kabul City... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Ahmad Zia Massoud, the president’s special representative for reform and good governance,, on Thursday said the Taliban had shown eagerness to sit with the government for peace talks. Massoud said the government was also prepared... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The High Peace Council (HPC) on Wednesday claimed matters related to the panel were being tackled by the president personally and it was being kept unaware about fresh developments. Maulvi Abdul Hakim Mujahid, deputy chairman of... read more
KABUL (PAJHWOK): At least 15 development projects benefitting 170,000 people would be implemented in eight provinces, officials said on Tuesday. The projects include graveling of 95 kilometres of road and completion of five water supply schemes... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Minister of Interior Noor-ul-Haq Ulumi on Sunday expressing concerns over small number of women in police said that women’s rights were being violated systematically. Speaking at a gathering to mark International Women’s Day in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): No one got hurt in a loud explosion in front of the municipality building in Kabul city on Sunday, the Ministry of Interior said. The blast in front of the public library near the municipality building took place in the limits of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Ten welfare projects are being implemented in six provinces of the country at a time when some lawmakers accuse the government of discrimination in allocation of development projects. The contract of the projects was signed on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Following a decree by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani regarding appointment of competent district chiefs in the capital Kabul, 27 police officials have been deputed in the capital Kabul, an official said Monday. Kabul Police... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Police on Monday claimed arresting at least 113 individuals including two Pakistani nationals on different charges in capital Kabul. Brig. Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahimi, Kabul police chief, told journalists the persons have been... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The findings by Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN) has revealed most diplomats of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) are either family members or relatives of government officials or members of National Assembly, who have been appointed... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): One Turkish national and a civilian were killed and another wounded when a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden vehicle into a Turkish convoy in front of Iran's Embassy in the capital Kabul on Thursday, security officials said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The newly-constructed Syed Jamaluddin Afghan Township in the capital Kabul has not only blocked a road earlier used by thousands of people in several areas but also changed the yet to be completed ring road’s course, residents and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) announced appointment of German national Slaven Skeledzic as the new coach of the national football team. The newly-appointed trainer had earlier coached under 19 and 17 teams in Germany... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Reacting to reports about anti-Afghanistan radio broadcasts across the border in Pakistan, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Sunday said it was a useless propaganda campaign of insurgents to influence people’s mind. Speaking to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Prices of liquefied gas, firewood and flour edged down and that of other daily-use commodities stayed stable during the outgoing week in Kabul, market sources said on Thursday. A gas dealer in Taimani neighbourhood, Mohammad... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Kabul police on Sunday claimed arresting two suspected militants and nearly 150 criminals in the central capital.   Addressing a news conference on Sunday, Kabul police chief Brig. Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahimi said the militants... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 24 people, including 17 policemen, were wounded on Saturday when a rally against the publication of Prophet Mohammad's caricatures by the French magazine Charlie Hebdo turned violent in Kabul, an official said. The... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Thursday called extremism a complex phenomenon that could be tackled only through joint regional and global efforts. A one-day conference -- titled “Extremism in the Region” -- was... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A Seeratun Nabi (life of Prophet Muhammad) quizz contest, attended by more than 900 youngsters, was held in Kabul on Friday. Habibullah Khan Zazai, one of the organisers, told Pajhwok Afghan News that 300 girls also took part in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A large number of people rallied in Kabul on Thursday against the republication of blasphemous cartoons by the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, seeking severe punishment for the perpetrators. Charlie Hebdo printed the sacrilegious... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga (lower house) members, clinging to their pose, said on Wednesday they would not vote for dual citizen cabinet nominees. The unity government on Tuesday announced 24 ministers-designate and nominees for the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Residents of this central capital on Wednesday complained of high transport fares despite a significant slump in fuel rates in the international market. Prices of gas, petrol and diesel recently decreased. The rate of one litre... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Tens of streets children in Kabul staged a protest on Tuesday, demanding the protection of their rights including education. In the morning, the children started their protest from Sara-i-Ghazni area to the Afghanistan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The World Food Program (WFP) would provide food aid and vocational training assistance of $32 million to the disabled and calamity-hit people, including women, an official said on Sunday. A memorandum of understanding was signed... read more
Afghan Products: KABUL (Pajhwok): Officials of an iodised salt factory say they could supply table salt to all provinces if the government invests in the plant in Kabul. Established in 2003, the “Ayenda-i-Darakhshan” (Bright Future) Factory... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two civilians were killed and two others, including a woman, wounded in a bomb blast in the heavily-fortified central capital Kabul on Tuesday morning, an official said. Police spokesman Hashmatullah Stanikzai told Pajhwok Afghan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of people staged a protest rally in the capital Kabul on Thursday, asking the government not to allow Pakistani politician and cleric Maulana Fazl Rahman to enter Kabul. Fazal is largely viewed as a sympathizer of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Kabul police on Sunday claimed arresting 139 criminals, seizing 134 weapons of different brands and recovering 89 kilograms of narcotics in the last couples of weeks in the capital city. Police Chief Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahimi said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Senior counternarcotics officials on Tuesday said poppy cultivation and drug smuggling continued to increase in the country and the level of drugs seized had declined. Deputy Counternarcotics Minister Muhammad Ibrahim Azhar told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Sunday welcomed the end to NATO combat mission in Afghanistan, saying Afghan forces were capable enough to defend the nation and the rebels had no courage to face them. The US and NATO formally... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An intelligence official said on Thursday insurgents were not only the enemy of security forces but also of the people. Speaking on the last day of “Police Recognition Week”, National Directorate of Security spokesman Abdul Hasib... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan Wireless Communication Company (AWCC) on Sunday launched the third generation (3G) technology service in Kabul, saying it would soon be expanded to other provinces.The company obtained a licence for 3G Internet services... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Presidential Palace on Friday confirmed the United States military had transferred detainees to Afghan authorities and shut down its notorious detention facility in central Bagram province.Pentagon spokesman Mark Wright said on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Six Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed and 14 others wounded in a suicide attack in the Qasaba area of the capital Kabul on Thursday morning, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.A statement from MoD said the target of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Deputy Public Health Minister Dr. Ahmad Jan Naeem on Sunday said insecurity and lack of budget remained key challenges being faced by health workers in the country.Addressing a gathering marking “National Day of Health Workers” in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former interior minister Omar Daudzai on Thursday asked President Ashraf Ghani to explore alternatives instead of depending on Pakistan which was not serious about bringing Taliban to the negotiating table.In his farewell speech,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA) on Monday welcomed the ratification of the Access to Information Law, but said the measure needed a serious review.Having 6 chapters and 32 articles, the bill was ratified by the Afghan... read more
Hamdard & KohiKUNDUZ CITY/MAIMANA (Pajhwok): Three militants, including a commander, were killed in northern Kunduz province, police said on Sunday.The provincial police chief told Pajhwok Afghan News a group of militants planning to attack a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Second Vice-President Sarwar Danish on Saturday underlined the need for a careful review of and amendments to the constitution.Speaking at a research conference here, the second vice-president said that all constitutions needed to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Terming the devastating Paktika suicide attack a “crime against humanity,” the spokesman of Ministry of Interior (MoI) urged the international community to help Afghanistan destroy terrorists’ sanctuaries.Addressing a crowded press... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two American soldiers were killed when a bomb tore through their convoy in the capital Kabul on Monday, sources said.The blast took place in the limits of the ninth police district in Qabalbai area near the Customs Department at... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chairman of the Independent Elections Commission (IEC) said that issuance of new electronic identity cards, exact number of voters and tight security would ensure transparency in future elections.Speaking at a national seminar “... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The spokesperson of Paktia governor on Saturday claimed considerable improvement in security and economic situation of the strategically important southeastern Paktia province.Addressing a well-attended press conference here in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): First Vice-President Abdul Rashid Dostum on Tuesday said anti-government forces would be targeted and eliminated in every part of the country.Speaking to journalists at the site of today’s suicide attack on a foreign firm in Kabul,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A suicide truck bomb attack targeted at a compound housing foreign contractors killed two Afghan guards and injured three Afghan civilians and a foreigner in the Tarakhel area of central capital Kabul on Tuesday morning, officials... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Acting Interior Minister Mohammad Omar Daudzai on Tuesday announced two five-year plans for strengthening the Afghan police.The first five-year plan between 2014 and 2018 and the second between 2019 and 2024 would help minimise... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Failed provincial council (PC) candidates on Wednesday protested in front of the Presidential Palace and threatened to block highways to the central Kabul if their demands were not addressed.Hundreds of losing candidates and their... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) on Tuesday announced launching a programme under which current infrastructures of Afghanistan’s cities and their future development prospects would be evaluated.“Designed with... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Praising Pakistani girls’ education campaigner Malala Yousafzai, literary figures and civil society activists on Monday said Afghan officials should attend the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony slated for Dec. 10 in Oslo.Malala from... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Thursday sent the outcome of its investigation into complaints from provincial council candidates to the Independent Election Commission (IEC), officials said.Earlier, IECC... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Most Wolesi Jirga members did not return to the house on Tuesday --- the first working day after a three-day recess on account of Eidul Adha.Those appeared in the lower house complained the absence of their colleagues prevented the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Vowing to defend press freedom, President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai has allowed a New York Times reporter to return to Afghanistan. The reporter has been expelled from the country and accused of having links to spy agencies.Matthew... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Saturday declared validated votes of one of 94 ballot boxes, an official said.Earlier, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) had declared the 94 ballot boxes invalid.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Hundreds of Dr. Abdullah’s supporters on Friday took to the streets in the central capital against what they called massive fraud in the mid-June runoff elections.The protestors, who walked from the Shahr-i-Naw Park and assembled in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): As part of the Martyrs Week, Qurankhwani (Quran recitation) was held for the late president Sardar Mohammed Daud Khan and flowers were placed on his tomb in Kabul on Friday.Sardar Daud, founder of the democratic system and the first... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of Kabul University students on Saturday staged a protest demonstration against one year repeat study and transferring some students to other universities as punishment to those involved in a fighting on the campus.The... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than 440 suspects involved in insurgency have been detained by security forces over the past month, the spy service office said on Wednesday.Abdul Hasib Siddiqui, spokesman for the National Directorate of Security (NDS), said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Directorate of Security (NDS) on Wednesday alleged the intelligence network of neighbouring Pakistan was directly involved in the latest surge in unrest in Afghanistan.Hasib Siddiqui, the intelligence agency spokesman,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The deputy British ambassador on Tuesday said his country would renew its commitment to continuously supporting Afghanistan at next month’s NATO summit in Wales.Dickson told reporters in Kabul the UK would host world leaders at the... read more
KUNDUZ CITY/SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): Two pro-government fighters and six militants have been killed in northern provinces of the country, officials said on Monday.The government supporters were killed during an overnight Taliban attack in the Muradyan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than 1,300 candidates have appeared in a test for 50 different positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) in Kabul, where a number of people were appointed in the not-so-distant past without any exams, officials said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Wednesday rejected as untrue a recent report by the US special inspector general for Afghanistan (SIGAR) claiming tens of thousands of weapons the Pentagon supplied to Afghan forces since 2004... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Hundreds of people, including women, rallied in Kabul on Wednesday against a deadly attack in the Orgun district of southeastern Paktika province and Israeli shelling of the Gaza Strip.A week earlier, more than 40 civilians were... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Hundreds of people, including women, rallied in Kabul on Wednesday against a deadly attack in the Orgun district of southeastern Paktika province and Israeli shelling of the Gaza Strip.A week earlier, more than 40 civilians were... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least five foreign security guards were killed and six others wounded in a suicide bombing inside their camp in the 15th municipality district of Kabul on Tuesday, officials said.Kabul police chief Maj. Gen. Mohammad Zahir,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some supporters of Dr. Abdullah Abdullah set up tents in different parts of Kabul in protest against the announcement of the preliminary results of the runoff presidential election.The Independent Election Commission (IEC) unveiled... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least seven Taliban, including a notorious commander and former governor, were captured from different parts of the country, the Ministry of Interior Affairs (MoI) said Sunday.Former Taliban governors Abdul Rashid along with five... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former Independent Election Commission secretary Ziaul Haq Amarkhel on Saturday rejected as conspiracy the rumors that he was trying to flee the country amid allegations of electoral fraud against him.Amarkhel resigned as IEC... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Participants of a protest demonstration on Thursday accused some Ministry of Defence (MoD) officials of having grabbed land allotted for public welfare projects in the central capital Kabul.More than 100 individuals took part in the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Supporters of presidential hopeful Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Saturday staged two separate protest demonstrations in Kabul, demanding the prosecution of those involved the June 14 runoff fraud.Haji Khalil, one of the demonstrators,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Reform and Unanimity team, led by presidential candidate Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, on Friday warned of nationwide protests if its demands were ignored.While alleging brazen irregularities in Saturday’s runoff election, Abdullah has... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Complaints Commission (IECC) on Tuesday said 2,558 objections, most of them against election workers in the run-off vote, had been lodged.The deadline for filing complaints expired today, IECC spokesman... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Election Watch Afghanistan (EWA) on Monday said that its observers had recorded a number of fraud instances and called for the electoral bodies to properly investigate the claims.A report released by the independent watchdog on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Peace and security would continue to elude the people of Afghanistan until militant safe havens in Pakistan’s tribal belt were eliminated, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Sunday.MoD spokesman Zahir Azimi told reporters in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Voters in the Mir Bacha Kot district of central Kabul province on Saturday said they were concerned about the entry of illegal armed men and security officials into a polling centre.A Pajhwok Afghan News reporter, who visited the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than $7 billion were utilized in the struggle against drugs over the past 13 years in Afghanistan but the country still stood first in terms of producing drugs in the world.During Taliban initial years of rule, drugs... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A senior Afghan military official on Sunday said 10,000 Afghan National Army (ANA)’s commandos would assist other security personnel in ensuring security for the runoff presidential election.Maj. Gen. Syed Abdul Karim, ANA Commando... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai has partially revealed his economic policy which he would implement if wins the presidential runoff election slated for June 14.Ghani held a meeting with investors, industrialists,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): US Ambassador James Cunningham on Tuesday said President Barack Obama’s exit plan from Afghanistan did not mean the so-called zero option, but to focus more on building the capacity of Afghan forces.Obama last week announced he... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): US Ambassador to Afghanistan James Cunningham on Tuesday stressed the issue of sporadic Pakistani rocket attacks on Afghanistan border districts should be resolved through diplomatic channels.Speaking to reporters in Kabul, the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): First Vice-President Mohammad Yunus Qanuni on Friday said the killing of innocent civilians in Afghanistan had become a culture as many countrymen were being killed and wounded under various pretexts.He was addressing participants... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Election Watch Organisation of Afghanistan (EWOA) on Thursday urged the electoral commissions to not to repeat the mistakes seen in the first round of the polls in the runoff.EWOA officials presented a series of suggestions to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Green Trend (AGT), led by Amarullah Saleh, on Tuesday announced support to Dr. Abdullah Abdullah in the runoff ballot on June 14.After comprehensive consultations, the AGT decided to put its weight behind the team... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) on Monday called the runoff presidential vote challenging, warning militants might foment trouble in case of major security lapses.  Addressing a meeting of ministries’... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former vice-president Ahmad Zia Massoud on Thursday formally announced support to presidential contender Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai in the second round of the ballot.Zia Massoud pledged support to Ahmadzai at a meeting attended by... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Directorate of Security (NDS) deputy chief on Wednesday alleged Pakistan was trying to sabotage the run-off election due on June 14.Gen. Hasamuddin Hassam levelled the allegation at a meeting which was attended by... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Police in this central capital on Monday said they were all poised to provide security for the second round of presidential elections in coordination with other organs.Kabul Police Chief Lt. Gen. Mohammad Zahir told reporters they... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Election monitoring institutions on Sunday asked the Independent Election Commission (IEC) to fire its staffers accused of electoral fraud and increase the number of polling sites in populated areas for the runoff presidential... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): First Vice-President Mohammad Yunus Qanuni on Sunday alleged Afghanistan’s enemies were trying to disrupt the run-off elections, asking security forces to adopt drastic measures to foil such attempts.Addressing a news conference at... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Attorney General's Office (AGO) on Saturday rejected as baseless claims by a lawmaker that the Attorney General and Kabul Mayor had sold a land plot belonging to the government.The AGO asked the Wolesi Jirga to send MP Allah Gul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Attorney General Office (AGO) on Monday asked protesting lawmakers to end their sit-in against the Kabul mayor, saying it was investigating the issue.On May 3, some Wolesi Jirga members started a sit-in in front of the Kabul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The central bank has signed an agreement with a non-profit organisation, Harakat, to intensify efforts at promoting Islamic banking across Afghanistan.Da Afghanistan Bank governor Noorullah Dilawari signed the agreement of $1.2... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Construction of roads, bridges and maintenance of such facilities casting $16 million would be carried out in nine provinces, the Ministry of Public Works said on Monday.The World Bank (WB)-funded projects would be carried out and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of refugees on Saturday complained land plots they were promised by the ministry concerned been allotted to warlords and other powerful individuals.Most of the returnees are living in rented houses in conditions, blaming... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than 29,000 orphan and vulnerable children will be enrolled to get education facilities from kindergarten under an agreement among private institutions, an official said on Sunday.The agreement was inked between the labour,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan again outclassed Tajikistan 3-0 in their three sets second and final match of a friendship volleyball cup played in Kabul on Saturday.The Afghans, who defeated the tourists 3-0 in the previous encounter two days ago,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan national volleyball team defeated its rival Tajikistan team by 3-0 in the first match of the friendship cup played in the capital Kabul on Thursday, an official said.The match was held in the gymnasium of national... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Trailing presidential candidate Abul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf on Wednesday said they wanted a future government that was in the interest of Islam and Afghanistan and could bring about peace and stability.Addressing a graduation ceremony... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Telephonic conversations of the president, his deputies and some other high-ranking government officials could no longer be tapped, a Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology official said on Friday.Last year, there... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) on Wednesday said it had recorded 11,000 incidents of fraud, irregularities, militant threats and closure of polling stations during Saturday’s elections.The watchdog... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Tuesday said it would take serious legal actions against the police officials found involved in electoral fraud.A day earlier, some running mates of presidential candidates accused police officials... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Residents of the Astalif district of Kabul province on Saturday alleged gunmen at polling stations forced voters to cast votes in favour of a particular candidate.Present on the occasion, a reporter of Pajhwok Afghan News confirmed... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan Air Force (AAF) has airlifted election staff and materials to 39 of the 45 impassible districts, an official said on Wednesday -- three days ahead of the landmark vote.AFF official Lt. Gen. Mohammad Dawran told a press... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than 95,000 security personnel have been deployed across the country to ensure security for Saturday’s presidential and provincial elections, a military commander said on Tuesday.Afghan National Army (ANA) Commander Lt. Gen.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmonov on Thursday said celebrating the new solar year highlighted the common culture of regional countries besides boosting ties among them.Speaking to participants of a Nawroz ceremony here, he said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai and his Tajikistan counterpart Imam Ali Rahmanov on Wednesday witnessed the signing of four cooperation agreements between the two countries.In a joint statement, the two sides said the pacts... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Concerned about growing violence against journalists, a media advocacy group on Wednesday asked the government to provide security to the community, especially during the election process.Nai, which supports open media in... read more
CHAGHCHARAN/KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Twenty militants joined the peace process in western Ghor and northern Kunduz provinces on Wednesday, officials said.Mullah Abdullah, the commander of a 12-member rebel group that joined the reconciliation drive in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Presidential runner Abdur Rab Rassoul Sayyaf on Monday promised establishing a caliphate-like government system if he won the April 5 elections.Addressing a huge gathering of supporters including thousands of religious scholars and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Sunday announced transporting election materials to 368 districts without any security threat.MoI spokesman Siddique Siddiqui told a news conference in Kabul the materials included ballot papers,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): So far more than 25,000 electronic passports have been issued and the process would be extended nationwide in the near future, an official said on Wednesday.Authorities initially started issuing electronic passports to residents,... read more
TALUQAN (Pajhwok):  The coffins of nine Afghan soldiers killed in Sunday’s Taliban attack in eastern Kunar arrived in northeastern Takhar province on Tuesday.However, relatives of some of the deceased soldiers complained the government had not... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Presidential contender Hedayat Amin Arsala on Monday said he had entered an alliance with Gul Agha Sherzai, but the move did not mean he had pulled out of the presidential race.Addressing a press conference in Kabul, Arsala... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior on Sunday said security for 24 polling stations, previously considered as insecure in three provinces, has been ensured.MoI spokesman Siddiqui Siddique told a press conference in Kabul 19 of the sites were... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two accused were awarded the death penalty by the primary court in third police district of Kabul on Tuesday, officials said.Prosecutors said witnesses had proved in the court that Rafiullah and Qais were involved in killing... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Commitment to Salvage Afghanistan (NCSA), an alliance of several political parties, on Monday announced its support for Hidayat Amin Arsala in the April presidential vote.At a meeting, attended by disqualified... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 22 individuals, including two suspected terrorists, have been detained in Kabul, an official said on Sunday.The Kabul police chief said the two individuals, belonging to the Kohi Safi district of central Parwan province,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission (IARCSC) on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with three ministries on improving their performance in delivery of services and eliminating corruption... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai's elder brother and presidential candidate Abdul Qayyum Karzai on Sunday promised to preserve the gains made over the past decade and pursue the current government’s incomplete jobs.Addressing thousands of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Kabul Police Academy commander on Saturday asked the government to keep sustained focus on combating corruption, calling the scourge more dangerous than militancy.Gen. Syed Noorullah Zal issued the call at a signing ceremony for... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Right and Justice Party on Wednesday asked President Hamid Karzai to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States of America (USA).Party leader and former interior minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar told reports... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): New Delhi is Kabul’s large trade partner, but Islamabad does not allow Indian goods’ transportation through Pakistan to the landlocked country, an official complained on Tuesday.Deputy Minister of Commerce and Industry Muzamil... read more
KABUL (PAN): A detention centre for drug traffickers was constructed at the Ministry of Counter-Narcotics with the financial support of America and handed over to Afghan officials on Monday.The newly-inaugurated detention, having capacity for 300... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The revenue of the Medium Taxpayers Office (MTO) at the Ministry of Finance increased by 300 million afghanis this solar year, an official said, accusing some foreign firms of unwilling to fill the returns due.MTO Director... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two women prisoners were released while jail terms of 16 other female inmates were reduced from Badam Bagh prison of the central capital Kabul on Monday following a presidential decree, an official said.An official at the Attorney... read more
KABUL (PAN): Calling the bilateral security agreement (BSA) in Afghanistan’s interest, Interior Minister Mohammad Omar Daudzai on Saturday said Kabul and Washington should commence fresh negotiations at the earliest on resolving controversial points... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Interior Minister Mohammad Umar Daudzai on Saturday said around 800 polling stations were still viewed insecure in parts of the country.Chairing a high-level meeting here at police headquarters, he said three months back as many as... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Three senior police officers were suspended on charges of failing to prevent a deadly group suicide attack killed 21 people, including foreigners, in downtown Kabul.Interior Minister Mohammad Omar Daudzai said on Saturday the... read more
KABUL (PAN): A former senior election commission official on Saturday confirmed the US administration’s failed attempt to defeat President Hamid Karzai in his reelection bid in 2009.Former US defence secretary Robert Gates in his memoir has harshly... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of candidates and civil society activists on Saturday alleged unfair means employed in the university entry test in southern Ghazni province and called for a thorough probe.Barkatullah Farzan, a civil society activist, said... read more
KABUL (PAN): Nine militants were detained on Tuesday when they were planting bombs on the backside of a civil hosptial in the capital of eastern Laghman province, the spy service said.In a statement, the Natioanal Directorate of Security (NDS) said... read more
KABUL (PAN): A review board investigating prisoner cases on Monday announced the release of 650 “innocent” inmates from the Bagram jail in central Parwan province.Abdul Shakoor Dadras, a member of the board, told a news conference in Kabul they had... read more
KABUL (PAN): The minister of public works on Sunday announced Afghanistan’s exports would increase with its membership of the International Union of Railways (UIC).Addressing a press conference in Kabul, Najibullah Ozhan said previously Afghanistan... read more
PUL-I-KHUMRI (PAN): A group of suicide attackers, planning an attack on the governor’s house, had been detained in northern Baghlan province, officials said on Thursday.The militant group was busted during an operation in the Dand-i-Ghori area on... read more
KABUL (PAN): Expressing concerns over security of employees, the minister of rural rehabilitation and development on Wednesday said acknowledged provincial authorities were taking bribes from contractors.At a contract-signing ceremony for 16... read more
KABUL (PAN): Slamming the Wolesi Jirga decision denying them a parliament seat as discriminatory, the Council of Hindus and Sikhs on Tuesday renewed its warning of leaving the country if they were not given proper representation in the lower house.... read more
KABUL (PAN): Nearly 9,000 homecoming families would be extended “all basic facilities of life” as part of the New Kabul City project, an ambitious public-private joint venture to construct a metropolis 1.5 times larger than the current city of Kabul... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) on Wednesday inked a contract with private companies for 32 irrigation networks costing $214 million, officials said.The World Bank-funded projects, to be executed in six... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Public Work on Monday signed agreements with six local construction firms to initiate work on two road projects in Kabul and Kunduz and six bridges in five other provinces.Under the agreements, the firms would execute... read more
KABUL (PAN): Dozens of protestors, supporting a private TV channel and denouncing the detention of Gen. Abdul Wahid Taqat, on Saturday clashed with police in front of the Supreme Court in Kabul.  The protestors, marching from the Zhwandoon TV... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan entrepreneurs’ body on Sunday said spiraling prices of essential daily-use commodities, including food, could not be checked due to the shortage of strategic reserves in the country.The body’s chief, Rahmuddin Haji Agha, told... read more
KABUL (PAN): A Ministry of Foreign Affairs official on Wednesday asked the international community to help Afghanistan become self-sufficient in energy sector.These views were expressed by the ministry’s Strategic Studies Center Director General, Dr... read more
KABUL (PAN):  Senate chairman Fazl Hadi Muslimyar on Monday announced his opposition to signing of a key security agreement with the US and instead supported a strategic partnership agreement reached between the two allies two years ago.... read more
KABUL (PAN): Hundreds of people on Saturday staged a protest in the capital Kabul against not mentioning words Afghan and religion in new computerized national identity cards.Earlier in March this year, comprised of seven chapters and 39 articles,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan rose four places to 129th in November’s International Football Federation (FIFA) world rankings, the highest position since the rankings were launched in 1993.FIFA, the governing body of world soccer, updated its rankings on... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai has said "for as long as arbitrary acts and oppression of foreign forces continue, the security agreement with the United States will not be signed."The president expressed these views in the wake of a coalition... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) on Tuesday pleaded with the government for signing the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States to prevent capital flight from the country.On Monday evening,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Nearly 5,000 displaced families in Kabul would receive aid from the World Food Programme (WFP), an official said on Wednesday.The displaced families are living under tents in 16 police districts and 26 other areas of the central capital... read more
KABUL (PAN): A disqualified presidential candidate on Thursday accused the Independent Election Commission (IEC) of toeing the government’s line on next year’s vote.Bismillah Sher, who was excluded from the IEC preliminary list, told a news... read more
KABUL (PAN): The money market in Kabul reopened following the release of the moneychangers’ union head by the Attorney General Office (AGO) on Thursday, an official said.Earlier in the day, moneychangers closed the currency market in protest against... read more
KABUL (PAN): Moneychangers on Thursday closed the currency market in the central capital Kabul in protest against what they called the arrest of their union head by the Attorney General Office (AGO).The arrest of Najibullah Akhtari, the head of Sara... read more
KUNDUZ/ZARANJ (PAN): Forty-eight prisoners were released from jails in northern Kunduz and western Nimroz provinces, with many inmates complaining of overcrowding, officials said on Monday.The inmates were freed in compliance with President Hamid... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan National Disasters Management Authority (ANDMA) on Sunday said about 500 people had been killed or injured as a result of natural disasters this year.ANDMA head Mohammad Dayem Kakar said 312 people died and 186 others... read more
KABUL (PAN): A first ever military academy has been inaugurated in a move to strengthen the capacity and enhance professionalism of Afghan National Army (ANA) officers, an official said on Wednesday.Addressing a press conference, Brig Gen. Mohammad... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan national cricket team on Saturday evening arrived to a warm reception in Kabul from Sharjah, where it beat Kenya to book a place in the 2015 World Cup last week, with thousands of cheering fans lining up on both sides of the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Barikab district was selected as a first-ever agricultural economic zone project in the country in a move that would boost Afghanistan’s exports by 40 percent, officials said on Wednesday.The project would be implemented in the Barikab... read more
KABUL (PAN): Thousands of families would benefit from the development projects funded by the government of Japan in the eastern province of Nangarhar, officials said on Sunday.A contract for the projects was signed on Sunday in Kabul between... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Youth Network for Reform and Change (YNRC) on Saturday claimed none of presidential candidates had an effective strategy for overcoming the current challenges of security, corruption and drugs.Presidential wannabes were looking for... read more
KABUL (PAN): Hundreds of people on Sunday took to the streets in Kabul to condemn the communist regime for killing and torturing thousands of Afghans in the late 1970s and demanded public execution of the perpetrators.The protestors began a march... read more
KABUL (PAN): The 100th birth anniversary of Abdul Rahman Pazhwak, a poet and diplomat, was observed in the capital Kabul on Saturday.Born on March 7, 1919, Pazhwak was educated in Afghanistan before he started his career as a journalist, but... read more
KABUL (PAN): Noted jihadi leader Abdul Rab Rasul Sayyaf on Friday denounced the Taliban uprising against the government of Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani as un-Islamic.Addressing an event marking the second death anniversary of the ex-chairman of the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Having nearly $11 billion deposits, banks should extend soft loans to traders for the country’s economic development, the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries said on Wednesday.ACCI Executive Head Mohammad Qurban Haqjo said... read more
KABUL (PAN): The World Food Programme (WFP) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation & Livestock on Tuesday inaugurated Afghanistan’s first Strategic Grain Reserve (SGR) in Kabul.The warehouse complex, which can hold up to 22,000 metric tons... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Monday announced the beginning of the candidate registration process for presidential and provincial elections.Noor Mohammad Noor, the IEC spokesman, said registration offices would remain... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday said the US and Afghanistan had resumed talks on Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) in Kabul.Janan Musazai, the ministry spokesman told a regular media briefing that two rounds of talks on the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Thousands of people welcomed home their national football team and President Hamid Karzai embraced the players upon arrival at the Kabul International Airport from Nepal, where they beat India 2-0 to clinch the country’s first... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) on Tuesday said nearly 2,000 Afghans daily travelled abroad for treatment due to lack of standard facilities at home.ACCI chief executive Mohammad Qurban Haqjo said Afghan... read more
KABUL (PAN): More than a thousand people on Tuesday said conducting presidential and provincial council elections in 2014 would be impossible and hence the need for delaying the polls until 2018.Elders, youth and public representatives from all 34... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation (MTCA) on Monday said it was fully prepared to airlift pilgrims to the holy city Makkah, Saudi Arabia. This year, 24,000 pilgrims will be flown from Afghanistan to Saudi Arabia.Haj flights... read more
SHIBERGHAN/KUNDUZ CITY (PAN): Clashes between security forces and militants left two people dead, nine injured and two police posts destroyed in northern Afghanistan, officials said on Monday.One militant and one Afghan Local Police (ALP) member... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Breshna Sherkat, the power utility, has snapped supply to some government officials, including a presidential advisor, and powerful individuals, warning them of legal action if dues were not cleared.The defaulters, whose electricity... read more
KABUL (PAN): Up to 34 million new textbooks would be distributed to students, as 400 schools remained closed in 11 provinces of the country, officials said on Wednesday.A total of 1,100 schools were closed in different provinces of the country due... read more
KABULT (PAN): Asphalting a three-kilometer road, facilitating 20,000 families, was launched in the Zaman Khan area of capital Kabul on Tuesday, an official said.With a 9-month timescale, the World Bank-funded project would help connect the 1st Macro... read more
KABUL (PAN): Kazakhstan defeated the Afghan women’s football team 2-0 in a friendly encounter played in the neighbouring country ahead of next week’s South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Gold Cup, an official said on Monday.On Saturday, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan’s television programmes would be converted to Digital Terrestrial Television (DTTV), giving viewers access to quality sound and videos, officials said on Wednesday.The capacity of the new digital system would be 15 times... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Education said on Sunday 11,000 people had completed literacy courses, but 65 percent of Afghans remained deprived of education.Humayun Rasa, director of literacy programmes at the ministry, said participants from nine... read more
KABUL (PAN): Residents of the Rahman Mina area of central capital Kabul province complain of dilapidated roads, accusing the municipality of failing to utilise the funds set aside for the purpose.But the municipality rejects the complaint as invalid... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan and Pakistan soccer teams would square off in their first-ever encounter in Kabul later this month, an official said on Monday.Billed as “friendship competition” the match would take place on Aug. 20, the Afghanistan... read more
KABUL (PAN): Religious leaders on Sunday declared suicide attacks as haram (illegitimate) and illegal, asking insurgents to shun such acts of violence.Addressing a gathering of religious scholars in Kabul, the Afghanistan Ulema Council head, Maulvi... read more
KABUL (PAN): The High Peace Council (HPC) on Sunday said a conference of regional and international religious scholars would be held in Kabul in the near in an effort to drum up support for stability in Afghanistan.HPC Chairman Salahuddin Rabbani,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) and the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation (MoRR) on Saturday promised land plots for the Afghans returning from neighbouring countries.In this regard, a Memorandum of... read more
KABUL (PAN): Roads measuring 140 kilometres would be constructed in Kunduz, Badakhshan and Bamyan provinces, officials said on Monday.Two bridges would also be built in Baghlan and Khost provinces under contracts signed between the Ministry of... read more
KABUL (PAN): Flash floods triggered by heavy rains left at least 10 people injured and washed away more than a hundred homes and large swathes of agriculture lands in central Kabul province, officials said on Thursday.The flooding which began two... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development implemented more than 3,000 public welfare projects this year, with the international community committed to assisting it post 2014, an official said on Tuesday.Minister of Rural... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some civil society organisations in Kabul said on Sunday slammed the new university entry test system as unjust and ineffective.Prepared by ministries of higher education, education and labour and social affairs, the draft strategy is... read more
KABUL (PAN): Hundreds of residents of the Char Dehi locality of Kabul staged a protest on Saturday, seeking compensation for the losses they suffered due to the expansion of a road in their area.The Kabul Municipality destroyed houses of and shops... read more
KABUL (PAN): Representatives of five logistics firms staged a protest in Kabul against a foreign company for failing to clear their payments. The protestors warned of halting the defaulter’s operations if their money was not paid.More than 200... read more
KABUL (PAN): An exhibition showcasing agricultural products was held in Kabul on Sunday to marketing and increasing growers’ capacity, an official sad.Seventeen companies displayed 80 types of agricultural products to lure Afghan and foreign traders... read more
KABUL (PAN): An independent department is being established to conduct university entrance tests as part of the Higher Education Ministry’s new comprehensive plan to overcome challenges hindering the exam process, an official said on Wednesday.... read more
KABUL (PAN): The police headquarters on Tuesday asked the Wolesi Jirga to issue arrest orders for MP Allah Gul Mujahid, who was accused of grabbing government land, as well as involvement in murder and kidnaps.At a press conference, the Kabul crime... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two suspected suicide bombers were shot dead by Afghan security personnel in the Dasht-e-Archi district of northern Kunduz province, an official said on Monday.The bombers on motorbikes were killed on Sunday night when they were... read more
KABUL (PAN): Dozens of people on Monday staged a protest against Kabul police for killing seven people in the Deh Sabz district of the capital.Seven civilians were killed and several others wounded last week during a clash between police and... read more
KABUL (PAN): Kabul University teachers and students ended their month-long boycott of classes on Tuesday, warning of resuming protests if the higher education minister was not fired.During a meeting, they had presented to President Hamid Karzai... read more
KABUL (PAN): Dozens of women staged a protest in Kabul on Monday, asking the Wolesi Jirga to approve the draft law on Elimination of Violence against Women (EVAW) without bringing any changes to it.Using executive power, President Karzai had created... read more
KABUL (PAN): Interior Minister Mujtaba Patang on Monday said the national police were poised to keep security for upcoming elections across the country.Patang was addressing a seminar that discussed coordination between security officials in... read more
KABUL (PAN): A training institute of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) was inaugurated in the capital Kabul on Sunday.The MRRD institute, specialised for research works, cost $7 million, with the Economic Cooperation... read more
KABUL (PAN): More than 2,000 residents of Dehsabz district on Wednesday staged a violent protest against the no-payment of their land seized by the government, officials said.The two-hour protest erupted at 9am on the Pul-i-Charkhi-Airport road,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Construction work on a major bridge has been initiated in Kabul, a project aimed to ease traffic congestion in the central capital, an official said on Monday. Funded by the municipality, the bridge would take 11 months to complete,... read more
TALOQAN (PAN): A 14-year-old boy committed suicide after his father prevented him from domesticating pigeons in northern Takhar province, where a man died after being poisoned, medics said on Saturday. The teenager committed suicide after his... read more
 KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Finance (MoF) on Tuesday announced the appointment and reshuffle of several department heads, including a woman customs director.The reshuffle was aimed at eliminating corruption, boosting revenue, utilising staff... read more
KABUL (PAN): A conference involving 500 religious scholars from Afghanistan and Pakistan would be held in Kabul in March, an official said on Tuesday.High Peace Council (HPC) Secretary Aminuddin Muzaffari told a news conference an eight-member... read more