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KABUL (Pajhwok):  The government of Finland has contributed two million euros (approximately $2.4 million) to support UNICEF’s programme to provide Afghan children and families with safe water, sanitation and hygiene. A... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The number of criminal incidents in capital Kabul has declined from 30 in 24 hours to seven in round the clock over the past six months, an official said on Saturday. Brig. Gen. Mohammad Salim Almas, crime branch chief of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has said the current national and international consensus on peace in Afghanistan is unprecedented in the past 40 years. Ghani expressed the views during a meeting with the High Peace Council (HPC) chief... read more
  KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani said on Tuesday a roadmap to peace had been charted out as Afghanistan desired durable peace with Pakistan. The president said this during a consultative meeting with university teachers and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has stressed the need for increased bilateral cooperation with Azerbaijan, asking Heart of Asia (HoA) countries to enhance their focus on combating terrorism and its supporters. Araz Azimov, Azarbaijan’s... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The appellate court on Wednesday awarded an eight months jail term to the Herat provincial council chairman, an official said. Kamran Alizai was accused of misusing his authority. On March 27, the Anti-Corruption Justice Center (... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has issued a decree, tasking the second vice-president and the chief executive officer (CEO) with supervising the distribution of electronic identity cards (e-tazkiras). According to a statement from the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday rejected a new uniform for schoolgirls that was recently proposed by the Ministry of Education (MoE), saying the dress does not conform to the Afghan culture and tradition. In line with MoE... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Directorate of Security (NDS) on Saturday said the organiser of the attack on Enlightenment Movement protestors in Kabul had been killed during a joint operation in eastern Nangarhar province. A statement from NDS... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Presidential Palace on Tuesday said candidates for post of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) secretary were being interviewed and the position would be filled soon. Shah Hussain Murtazavi, deputy spokesman for the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation (MoRR) on Saturday welcomed the Pakistan’s fresh commitments about Afghan refugees but said Islamabad should not politicise migrants’ issues and free the Afghans recently detained allegedly... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Jamiat-i-Islami Afghanistan (JIA) on Monday supported talks between President Ashraf Ghani and the acting governor of northern Balkh province, asking government leaders to hasten the implementation of the political agreement... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The government would not allow anyone to call the killers of Afghans the angels of peace by exploiting the freedom of speech, the Presidential Palace said on Saturday. A statement from the Palace said that the government... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The European Union (EU) and a number of other countries have asked for a formal investigation into allegations of human rights violations and misusing of authority in kidnapping a tribal elder against 1st Vice-President Gen. Abdur... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has said 2015, when the enemies failed to achieve their nefarious designs, was a year of survival for the country. On his return from a three-day visit to Turkmenistan, the president landed in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has said security in Afghanistan remained precarious during the third quarter of 2016, and deteriorated in many areas, displacing thousands of families. Recent violent clashes... read more
FEROZKOH (Pajhwok): Militants from the Islamic State (IS) group have shot dead 38 civilians in western Ghor province, local official said on Wednesday. Security officials and residents of Ghalmin and Murghab area clashed with Daesh rebels after... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The government on Monday hailed the decision of some Junbish-i-Roshnai members’ decision against taking part in a planned rally and asked enraged members of the group to go for dialogue instead of taking to the streets. A... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has vehemently denounced a deadly assault attack on an Indian military base in the disputed region of Kashmir, stressing joint efforts to combat terrorism. Seventeen Indian soldiers were killed and several... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The cabinet has approved in principle a draft election law, underlining the imperative of a single-seat system at polling stations for the upcoming Wolesi Jirga polls. At a meeting chaired by President Ashraf Ghani late on Monday... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has cautioned there are no good and bad terrorists, saying the countries making such distinctions will pay a heavy price. Speaking at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Tashkent, Ghani... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullahon Thursday hoped execution of the CASA-1000 power project through Afghanistan would pave the ground for greater economic relations among regional countries. Addressing the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pajhwok Afghan News staffer Fayyaz Umari has won the best photojournalist award of the year from an independent media support organisation. NAI presents awards to media professionals in different categories every year. Umari was... read more
MAIMANA (Pajhwok): Two children have been killed and a third injured in a landslide in Maimana, the capital of northwestern Faryab province, an official said on Thursday. Provincial police spokesman, 2nd Lt. Mohammad Karim Yuresh, told Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A day after a devastating attack in Kabul, the High Peace Council (HPC) on Wednesday said the enemies of the country would not be able to achieve their goals by killing innocent Afghans. At least 30 people were killed and more... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Directorate of Security (NDS) on Tuesday said weapons secretly dumped by the Haqqani Network for attacking the Kabul International Airport had been discovered in the capital. The intelligence agency said the weapons... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board (JCMB) is scheduled to meet next week in Kabul on how to implement demands of the international community ahead of NATO’s Warsaw and Brussels summits, the Ministry of Finance (MoF) said on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan football team on Tuesday left for Iran to participate in qualifying match against Singaporefor the 2018 FIFA World Cup, an official said. The match is scheduled for 3:00pm (Afghanistan time)at the Tehran Sports Club.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Jamiat-i-Islami Afghanistan (JIA) on Saturday stressed the need for resolving the rift between supporters of Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum and Atta Mohammad Noor. Led by Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, the party said some... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani frankly acknowledged on Tuesday, when the new academic year began, his administration’s failure to improve teachers’ situation, but hoped to implement his promises in the new solar year. Speaking at the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani,stressing the promotion of local languages, has distributed the Syed Jamaluddin Afghan awards to 22 culturists. During a meeting with writers, poets, teachers, researchers and culturists at the Presidential... read more
KABUL (Pajwhok): Civic Movement of Social Justice (CMSJ) on Friday accused the leaders of unity government for having no intention to bring reforms in the electoral system or keep their promises. During a press conference, the CMSJ chairman,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan National Security Council on Friday said Russian cooperation and military assistance could play a crucial role in the ongoing anti-terrorism efforts. During a meeting between Russian ambassador Alexander... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An attacker was shot dead by Afghan security personnel before attacking on house of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) chief in the capital Kabul, the intelligence department said on Friday. The militant on Friday... read more
KABUL(Pajhwok): Hundreds of officers graduated from the Marshal Fahim National Defence University in Kabul on Monday, swelling army ranks. "I congratulate youon your success. All Afghans are proud of you," President Ashraf Ghani told the 549... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Kabul is all set hosts the fourth quadrilateral meeting aimed at paving the ground for direct talks with the Taliban and Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) today (Tuesday). Three of the four-nation meetings, involving... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A strategy for peace talks with Taliban may be finalised at third quadrilateral meeting in Islamabad today (Saturday), an official said. The Afghan delegation is led by Hikmat Khalil Karzai, the deputy foreign minister. A joint... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan’s Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz on Saturday once again renewed Islamabad’s commitment to long-term peace and stability in Afghanistan, as the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) met in the nation’s capital.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Financial assistance provided by some countries to the High Peace Council (HPC) has been suspended due to the absence of council’s leadership and non-active role, a senior HPC member said on Friday. Mohammad Ismael Qasimyar, HPC’... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Six Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers and 36 insurgents have been killed during clearing operation in seven provinces of the country in the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Friday. Twenty six more rebels... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) of Afghanistan, Pakistan the United States and China would hold its third meeting in Islamabad tomorrow, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said on Friday. Khairullah Azad, deputy... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar has said war against Islamic State (IS) or in its Arabic acronym --- Daesh --- required joint global efforts. Atmar expressed the view in a meeting with his Turkish counterpart... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An election watchdog said on Saturday the process of reforms had been stymied by the Wolesi Jirga’s rejection of the presidential decrees cleaning up the electoral system. The deadlock hasspawned multiple challenges to the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan’s New National Front (ANNF) on Thursday called the peace process complicated, claiming the government’s strategy for reconciliation had been ineffective. ANNF head Anwarul Haq Ahady said the government believed... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani on Monday asked all Taliban factions to return to negotiations as soon as possible on ending 15 years of conflict in Afghanistan. “I take this opportunity and call on all Taliban groups to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  India on Sunday defeated defending champions Afghanistan 2-1 in a hard fought final and clinched their seventh SAFF Championship title. India’s Sunil Chhetri scored the decisive goal in the 11th minute of extra-time when he... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The selection committee, tasked with nominating members of the two electoral commissions, finally launched its work on Thursday. The committee promised complete impartiality and transparency in its decisions, saying the national... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) on Wednesday linked drug production to terrorism, asking the international community to show the same level of commitment to dealing with the twin challenges. CJTF spokesman Khalid Mowahid... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Friday profusely appreciated India’s development and security assistance, saying Afghanistan’s sovereignty would be defended as long as a single Afghan was alive. After the inauguration of the Indian-... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga speaker on Friday hailed the newly-inaugurated parliament in Kabul as a precious gift from Indian government and people to Afghanistan. Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi said the gift was reflective of the honest friendship... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the newly-constructed building for Afghan parliament -- a democratic gift from New Delhi -- in Kabul on Friday. During his address to the parliament, Modi... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Kabul on Friday morning to inaugurate the new building for Afghan parliament constructed with the financial support from New Delhi. Modi flew into Kabul arrived at 5:30am when President... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday said his government would protect the achievements made by the security forces,praising their sacrificesin defending their homeland. Speaking at the inaugural ceremony for new building for the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A majority of participants of four meetings analysing the country’s electoral regime arranged by Pajhwok Afghan News have endorsed the Electoral Reform Commission (ERC)’s suggestions as “implementable”, but they opposed change to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  At the head of a high-level delegation, President Ashraf Ghani will visit Pakistan on Tuesday to inaugurate an international conference on Afghanistan in Islamabad. The two-day Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process is scheduled to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): While hopeful about the meeting between Afghan and Pakistani leaders in Paris, the Indian ambassador in Afghanistan on Tuesday said there should be reduction in violence for the sake of successful peace talks. Afghan President... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): In response to a request from Islamabad, President Ashraf Ghani will meet Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the UN-sponsored Climate Change Summit in Paris. Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah Abdullah... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has stressed the need for regional and international ant-terrorism efforts in Afghanistan, saying the menace is not affecting his country alone, his office said on Friday.  At a meeting on Thursday... read more
  KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Commerce and Industries on Friday announced purchasing 150,000 tonnes of gas from Azerbaijan to bring down the commodity price in the country. Head of fuel enterprise at the ministry, Faridullah Sherzai... read more
KBUL (Pajhwok): Taliban, Hezb-i-Islami and the Islamic State (Daesh) and other militants extensively use social media as part of their broader information warfare against the Afghan government and its allies, says a new study. The insurgent... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Kabul could not trust Islamabad’s commitments to peace and stability in Afghanistan until terrorist safe heavens on Pakistan’s soil were dismantled, an official said on Monday. Javed Faisal, deputy spokesman for the chief... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Acting Defence Minister Masoom Stanikzai on Monday said the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States has been partially implemented. He was speaking at a meeting involving lawmakers, security officials and civil... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah on Thursday promised protecting the people and punishing the perpetrators of the November 8 beheadings in southern Zabul province. At least seven civilians from the minority Hazara... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA) on Thursday said allowing convicted debtors of Kabul Bank in key projects “is a challenge for economy and credibility of Afghanistan.” Former Kabul Bank chief executive Khalilullah Ferozi,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, commenting on the Pakistani prime minister’s remarks about the revival of Afghan peace talks, said on Monday the government in Kabul would welcome such move if Islamabad stopped... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): NATO on Thursday expressed satisfaction with the overall security environment in Afghanistan, saying local forces were fully capable of taking charge of security affairs. Top NATO security officials expressed the views during a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Friday met with school students and felicitated them on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha. A statement from Presidential Palace said that Ghani encouraged the school boys for hard work and told them... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullahon Monday said a date for Wolesi Jirga (WJ) polls would be announced by new commissioners after reforms in the electoral system. After a month of discussions with people from... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The suggestionsfloated by the Election Reform Commission (ERC) were incomplete and the government might not be able to implement them, the head of an election watchdog said on Sunday. Free and Fair Election Foundation of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan and Turkmenistan have signed three Memorandum of Understanding (MoU’s) and two agreements during the Turkmen president’s visit to Kabul on Thursday. The MoUs included bilateral cooperation in anti-money laundering,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Turkmenistan's president on Thursday arrived in Kabul to discuss emerging security threats in the region and improving political and economic relations with Afghanistan. An official wishing to go unnamed told Pajhwok Afghan News... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) on Sunday said preparations for distribution of computerised identity cards had been finalised but the process would be launched in compliance with a presidential... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Advisor to Chief Executive (CE) Officer has warned that with the help of international community Afghanistan will directly hit militants’ hideouts on the other side of Durand Line if Pakistan fails to dismantle terrorists’... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Jamiat-i-Islami political party on Thursday alleged the government lacked the political will to reform the electoral system of the country. The observation committee of the party held a meeting on “Transparent Election Key to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The 19th trilateral summit addressing the grievances of Afghan refugees in Iran was held on Monday in Kabul at a time when over two million Afghan refugees still lacked legal documents in the neighboring country. The Ministry of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Provincial council members say that growing insecurity have prevented them to evaluate and observe projects’ implementations and local governance. The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament has barred provincial councils from... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Saturday said that special arrangements had been put in place to celebrate the 96th Independence Day with zeal and enthusiasm. Speaking to reporters, Dawlat Waziri, deputy spokesman at the MoD,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Police in northern Sar-i-Pul province have arrested five suspected individuals for their alleged involvement of publicly beating a man and his daughter. A statement from the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Saturday that police... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of journalist organisations on Saturday introduced members of Journalist Justice and Safety Network (JJSN) to oversee government commitment to the freedom of expression and media support in the country. President... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chairman Senate Fazal Hadi Muslimyar has said Afghanistan is in grip of vicious circle of international terrorism and regional intelligence agencies fomenting the fight in which innocent Afghans are being killed. The chairman of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some analysts say the death of Taliban’s supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Umar Mujahid would leave negative impact on the nascent peace talks, but others believe that his demise would not derail the process. Political affairs... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Javed Faisal, spokesman for Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah, on Tuesday said Afghanistan expected a sharp decline after the first round of direct talks with Taliban but insecurity continued to haunt the nation. He... 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): Political analysts believed creation of militia groups to fight insurgents would only serve interest of individuals and harm peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban. After 14 years of insurgency, Taliban and the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Adullah on Monday said the raid of foreign troops in central Parwan province on a house of former jihadi commander sparked serious concerns among people and Mujahidin community of the country... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Eng. Mohammad Khan said on Sunday the government and valiant Afghan security forces would offer stout resistance to the armed groups posing threats to the country. Speaking to reporters here... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum said on Tuesday that narcotics business was strongly connected with militancy in the country and terrorist equipped themselves through cultivation and smuggling of illicit substance. In... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan Civil Society Election Network (ACSEN) on Wednesday suggested extending the period of Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament in larger interest of the country. The ACSEN urged government to seek legal advice... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Saturday said militants have accelerated anti-state activities this year but they faced a humiliating defeat after security forces conducted over 8,000 anti-insurgents operations in parts of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): It has been eight months since formation of the national unity government, but there is still no significant progress in peace talks with Taliban. However, analysts stress safeguarding of constitution and past achievements.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Hajj and Religious Affairs Minister Faiz Mohammad Usmani on Tuesday presented his 100-day working plan to the president, saying supervision of Friday prayers specifically sermons and the exact number of masques were his ministry... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Ahmad Zia Masood, president’s special envoy for reforms and good governance, has acknowledged wrangling between leaders of unity government is leaving negative impact on development of the country. Speaking to reporters here on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The minister for Information and Cultural Affairs rued on Tuesday most television channels programs against national and religious values which left negative impact on viewers. Speaking to reporters, Abdul Bari Jahani said the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Interior Minister Noor-ul-Haq Ulumi on Sunday said terrorism was a global phenomenon and the neighboring states were needed to take sincere efforts to eliminate the menace. Talking to reporters on his recent trip to China, Ulumi... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Asif Ali Zardari, former president and co-chairman of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), on Thursday discussed a range of issues and specifically the Afghan peace process with Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah. Both the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Tuesday said “beneficial talks” had taken place with Pakistan on the peace process and the time had come to take practical steps, but some government sources said Kabul had lost faith in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of political experts believe it is hard for Afghanistan to keep balance in relations with other countries but say that it is vital for Kabul to keep cordial ties with all neighbours. Afghanistan has encountering with ups... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A recent survey conducted by the Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) while stressing upon electoral reforms said that insecurity and partial stance of election commissions’ employees would be among major... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Deputy Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Murad Ali Murad on Sunday pledged to simultaneously fight decisively against elements posing threat to national security and go for negotiations in larger interests of the country. Speaking at... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) official on Tuesday said the World Bank (WB) had pledged a grant of $526 million for finalisation of CASA-1000 power project. When completed, CASA-1000 will allow Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Civil Society and Election Network (ACSEN) on Monday voiced its concern at the selection of the newly-created reform panel members and the delay in initiating the task. The network welcomed Ashraf Ghani’s decree... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Monday denounced the killing of Farkhanda as a grave crime and urged people to let judicial organs punish her assassins. Addressing a meeting of the Council of Ministers... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Saturday said it had referred cases against all 28 suspects in Farkhanda’s murder to the Attorney General Office (AGO). The cases would be investigated by the AGO before next moves are made,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Religious leaders and provincial council members met in Kabul on Tuesday, urging people to avoid using amulets because the practice was against Islam. The joint meeting condemned the broad daylight lynching of a 27-year-old woman... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Sunday said 11 suspects had been arrested and 13 police officials dismissed in connection with the lynching of a 27-year-old woman accused of burning a copy of the Quran. The removal of the 2nd... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Hundreds of people buried the charred body of Farkhanda amid moving scenes at her funeral in Kabul on Sunday, three days after the 27-year-old was beaten and burnt to death by a mob for allegedly burning a copy of the Quran. But... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The national unity government is pursuing the peace process with the support of neighbouring and regional countries, the deputy chief executive officer said on Saturday.   Addressing a Nawroz flag-hoisting ceremony in the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): In compliance with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s orders, photograph journalist Najibullah Musafir was freed from jail late on Wednesday. A large number of colleagues accompanied the photographer to his residence after his... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Interior Minister on Saturday assured to introduce tangible reforms in the police forces aimed at decreasing fatality rate among the force. During his visit to inquire about the health of wounded police officers at Kabul Police... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday said the Afghans would never surrender to the insurgents involved in killing innocent people in suicide attacks and creating insecurity. Speaking during a meeting in Kabul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga has found valid the documents of five ministers-designate, an official said on Wednesday, a day after the cabinet picks were referred to the lower house for a trust vote. President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah pledged on Monday the unity government would do all it could to safeguard the freedom of expression and take steps to resolves the problems faced by the community. At a meeting with Asia... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): After more than 100 days of dithering, the unity government is all poised to name a new cabinet today (Monday), an official said. Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah would introduce the cabinet picks to the Wolesi Jirga for a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More three months after its inauguration, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s administration is all poised to name a new cabinet today (Monday). The unity government took office three and a half months back when the president... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday suggested part of $216 million allocated for women’s empowerment by the US should be spent on the construction of a girls’ college. The USAID-funded programme was launched... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday acknowledged the nation was concerned about the delay in cabinet formation and pledged breaking the stalemate soon. Abdullah met with provincial council members from more... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan security forces on Thursday assumed full security responsibility, vowing to defend the country from internal and external threats at the cost of their lives. Marking the handover, a ceremony at the Presidential Palace was... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on Sunday vehemently criticized delay in formation of cabinet and made clear that people wanted to know procrastination tactics behind the vital task to be done. President Mohammad Ashraf... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Various political groups have been mounting pressure on the unity government to give them representation in the new cabinet, a dilemma widely regarded a major reason behind the delay in naming the council of ministers, sources close... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer Dr Abdullah said on Wednesday the new government had no yet entered dialogue with the insurgents, but its doors for peace negotiations remained open.He told the news conference in Kabul the government's... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Despite sexual harassment and other cultural restrictions, better work environment and job opportunities would be created for policewomen, the Interior Ministry pledged on Monday.  Officials held out the pledge at a four-day... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai highlighted the need for tough measures to improve banking systems in the country, presidential palace said Monday.Foreign currency traders called upon the president under the leadership of Khan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday hailed international support over the past 13 years, but advised the the incoming government to be careful in dealing with Western nations.Karzai told participants of his farewell reception in Kabul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The protracted election crisis further deepened on Sunday when negotiations on the formation of a unity government collapsed, confirmed the two campaigns.A senior member of the presidential candidate Dr Abdullah Abdullah campaign... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Saturday said the vote audit process would be completed over the next few days and final result would be announced soon.IEC spokesman Noor Mohammad Noor told reporters in Kabul the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) said on Saturday that 67 percent of the ballots cast during the presidential runoff had been audited and the process would be completed in 10 days, an official said on Monday.IEC spokesman... read more
 KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Thursday announced electing Ahmad Javed Habib as secretary.His predecessor Ziaul Haq Amarkhel had resigned after being accused by the Kabul police chief and Dr. Abdullah of... read more
FEROZKOH (Pajhwok): An Afghan Local Police (ALP) commander was executed publicly after being captured by Taliban in the Charsadda district of western Ghor province, an official said Thursday.A well-placed source in the National Directorate of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A computerised system for separating genuine and bogus votes started working at the Independent Election Commission (IEC) office here in the presence of representatives of both presidential candidates on Tuesday.IEC spokesman, Noor... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) once again postponed for 24 hours the vote auditing process on Saturday after presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah disagreed with the UN-proposed criteria for invalidation of suspected... read more
FEROZKOH (Pajhwok): Hundreds of people on Saturday took to the streets against the killing of 15 civilians in western Ghor province, calling the massacre un-Islamic and the handiwork of regional intelligence agencies.Three women were among the 15... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The vote audit at the Independent Election Commission (IEC) headquarters in Kabul was suspended for a third time on Saturday.The process could not kick off this morning as majority of observer seats remained empty and officials... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) prevented journalists for hours from coverage of the vote audit process, an official said on Tuesday.Covered by representatives of different media outlets, the ballots audit begins daily at... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The election commissions on Sunday commended agreement between the presidential runners, calling a full audit of votes a major stride toward transparency in the process.The month-long electoral stalemate was broken with mediation... read more
 KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) on Thursday linked high gas prices to its smuggling to Pakistan, saying the petroleum and gas department had lost $57 million in revenue as a result.ACCI official... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Tuesday said that hundreds of appeals and complaints from southern and southeastern zones had been addressed.The complaints and appeals were dealt with at three public... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Tuesday said the presidential runners had 24-hour time to lodge their complaints against the preliminary results.The Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): About 944 appeals and complaints from the central zone were reviewed at a public hearing by the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Monday.With two members of the panel unavailable, representatives of civil society... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Ten Afghan National Army (ANA) officials were killed following roadside bombings over the past two days in various parts of the country, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said in a statement on Monday.During the past two days, the army... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former vice-president Ahmad Zia Massoud on Thursday asked presidential runner Dr Abdullah Abdullah to accept his defeat in the second round of the presidential election and greet his rival Dr Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai.Addressing a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission on Saturday said the release of partial results had been delayed for a few days to resolve electoral problems.At a news conference in Kabul, Ahmad Yousaf Nuristani said partial results were... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The election watchdog on Monday said the number of complaints of irregularities during Saturday’s runoff vote had increased to 568, with 141 objections concerning Independent Election Commission (IEC) workers.Independent Electoral... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Saturday announced an end to the voting in the runoff presidential ballot.IEC Secretariat Ziaul Haq Amarkhel told a news conference in Kabul the voting process that began at 7:00am and... read more
KABUL (PAJHWOK): Presidential hopeful Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Saturday cast his vote along with his team, urging the people to come out and exercise their franchise for a bright tomorrow.Abdullah’s deputies Eng. Mohammad Khan and Haji Mohammad... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Wednesday said Afghan security forces conducted 259 cleanup and 130 special operations across the country to secure the crucial June 14 election.Talking to journalists in Kabul, Maj. Gen. Afzal Aman... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Reports indicated attacks from anti-state elements and insurgents backed by regional intelligence networks would increase in the lead-up to and on the polling day scheduled for June 14, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Monday.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaint Commission (IECC) on Sunday reviewed 345 complaints of Provincial Council (PC) candidates from northeastern zone during a public hearing, but protesting candidates urged the body to recount the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election (IEC) on Saturday warned presidential runners of disqualification if they trampled on relevant laws.IEC spokesman Noor Muhammad told reporters in Kabul both presidential hopefuls should avoid raking up... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai has suspended the three special forces commanders responsible for Kabul’s security during presidential elections, a British newspaper reported on Thursday.  The government plans to try them in a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Tuesday said its personnel would use all available resources in coordination with other security forces to secure the likely second round of elections.Speaking to journalists in Kabul, MoI... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Deputy Minister of Information and Culture Musadiq Khalili survived an explosion on Monday, but two of his bodyguards were wounded in the attack on Monday. Interior Ministry spokesman Siddique Siddiqui told Pajhwok Afghan News the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  Presidential runner and ex-foreign minister Zalmai Rassoul and his election team on Sunday formally joined forces with former rival Dr Abdullah Abdullah.Addressing a joint press conference with his one-time political foe in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A 10-member militant group planning suicide attacks has been busted in southern Kandahar province, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said on Thursday.A statement from the intelligence agency said the militants with links to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Interior Minister Omar Daudzai on Monday praised media outlets and journalists for their positive and impartial role in the coverage of last week’s elections.Speaking at a special function regarding the media’s role, Daudzai said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Tuesday said it had started investigating complaints from last weekend’s presidential vote.IECC Secretary Nader Mohseni told a news conference in Kabul 3,103 complaints had... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Interior Minister Mohammad Omar Daudzai and other senior government officials on Saturday said the Afghans braved security threats to make the landmark elections a success.Security officials said many plots to spread panic on the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than seven million (over 60 percent) Afghan voters on Saturday exercised their franchise in the landmark presidential and provincial polls, the Independent Election Commission announced.IEC Chairman Mohammad Yousaf Nuristani... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Independent Election Commission (IEC) security body on Sunday announced that 90 percent of polling stations across the country would remain open on April 5.The IEC’s security body chief, Maj. Gen Salem Ehsas told reporters in Kabul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Citing a new survey, the Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) on Wednesday said 92 percent of Afghans supported the April 5 elections, but they were worried about possible fraud.Of the 4,000 people interviewed, 92... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): After a gun-and-bomb attack on its regional office in the central capital Kabul, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Tuesday said such incidents could not derail the April vote.The attack near the residence of presidential... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Monday voiced concern over government servants’ participation in the election campaign, saying necessary materials could not be transported to some restive areas.Addressing a seminar on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Demanding greater say in government’s affairs, religious scholars who gathered in Kabul on Wednesday announced support to presidential candidate Zalmai Rassoul in the April 5 polls.Speaking on the occasion, Maulvi Qayamuddin said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Election officials on Sunday said questions about their neutrality would affect the legitimacy of the April 5 presidential and provincial polls.Abdul Sattar Sadat, the Independent Electoral Complaint Commission (IECC) head, told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi on Saturday asked the Independent Election Commission (IEC) to use all resources to ensure transparency in the ballot.As the legislature entered the fourth year of its constitutional term,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Fair and Free Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FFEFA) on Thursday said it had recorded 26 cases of electoral law violations during the presidential election campaign.In its report released on Thursday, the watchdog said the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): As provincial council candidates plunged into a month-long campaigning, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Tuesday stringent security measures had been put in place for their security.The ministry asked the contenders to stay in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) chief on Tuesday asked provincial chiefs to discharge their duties efficiently or face stern action.Speaking after an oath-taking ceremony, IECC Chairman Abdul Sattar Sadat said... read more
KABU (Pajhwok): Presidential hopeful Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday stressed the need for the early signing of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA), saying President Hamid Karzai was authorised to sign or reject the deal.Abdullah told media-... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Monday asserted its readiness to take full control of the Bagram Prison in central Parwan province from Americans and provide inmates with equal facilities.A Ministry of Interior official said this... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Fikr Aw Amal Jirga, a party led by ex-interior minister Ali Ahmad Jalali, on Wednesday announced its support to leading presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai.At a gathering of the Jirga, representing around 2000... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Leading presidential candidate Dr Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday said that bringing peace to the country needed time, hinting at delay in signing of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the US.Addressing a press conference in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Referring to recent deadly insurgent attacks, Interior Minister Mohammad Omar Daudzai on Wednesday claimed Taliban militants had been ordered by their foreign handlers to intensify attacks in Afghanistans in a plot to sabotage the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced on Saturday that up to 300,000 national and international observers would monitor the April presidential polls.   Addressing a youth gathering in Kabul, IEC spokesperson... read more
KABUL (PAN): A day after cancellation of exams in central Logar province, some Meshrano Jirga members on Sunday called for impartial and transparent entry tests.About 3,632 new school graduates, including 280 girls, appeared in the entry test in... read more
KABUL (PAN): Four policemen were wounded in an attack aimed at the US embassy in the 16th police district of the highly-fortified central capital on Wednesday morning, officials said.A US embassy spokesperson two rounds of indirect fire impacted the... read more
KABUL (PAN): A number of influential delegates taking part in the consultative Loya Jirga on Saturday asked the government to respect the majority decision and sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) before the April elections.In his speech to... read more
KABUL (PAN): A vast majority of the consultative Loya Jirga on Saturday accorded approval to the controversial clause of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) concerning judicial jurisdiction over US troops staying in Afghanistan beyond 2014.With... read more
KABUL (PAN): The consultative Loya Jirga started debating remaining parts of the text of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) between Afghanistan and the United States on the third day of proceedings on Saturday.  Amid tight security... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some consultative Loya Jirga participants, supporting the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the US, on Tuesday warned the government of a severe backlash if the pact was found in conflict with the national interest.Scheduled to... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Independent Election Commission (IEC), expressing concerns over security challenges, on Thursday warned of exposing government officials interfering in the poll process.IEC Secretary Ziaul Haq Amarkhel told a meeting in Kabul the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Taliban are trying to disrupt next year’s landmark elections but nascent Afghan security forces have the capability to thwart insurgent attacks, a NATO official said on Saturday.Speaking exclusively to Pajhwok Afghan News, Deputy... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Sunday announced an end to the candidate registration process ahead of next year’s landmark presidential and provincial council polls.Addressing a media briefing in Kabul, IEC Chairman... read more
KABUL (PAN): Qayyum Karzai, a brother of the incumbent president, joined next year’s presidential race by filing his nomination papers with the Independent Election Commission (IEC) here on Sunday.Qayyum Karzai was accompanied to the commission by... read more
KABUL (PAN): Seven more candidates, including influential political figures, registered their names for next year's presidential polls, taking the number of runners to 16 on Sunday -- the last day of the three-week registration campaign.Six runners... read more
KABUL (PAN): On the last date of the three-week registration drive, two more candidates on Sunday formally registered for next year's presidential polls, taking the number of runners to 11.Accompanied by dozens of his supporters, including MPs and... read more
KABUL (PAN): In an expected move, Abdul Rahim Wardak joined the presidential election race by filing his nomination papers with the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Saturday.A former advisor to the president on defence, Wardak was... read more
KABUL (PAN): Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Zalmai Rassoul and Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, chief of staff to the commander-in-chief of Afghan forces, have resigned their positions to take part in the 2014 presidential elections, an official said on... read more
KABUL (PAN): With the presidential race gradually picking up steam, two more candidates on Saturday formally filed their nomination papers with the Independent Election Commission (IEC) for the 2014 vote. The number of presidential aspirants rose to... read more
KABUL (PAN): Fazal Karim Najimi on Thursday filed nomination papers for next year’s presidential elections with the Independent Election Commission (IEC) in Kabul on Thursday, an official said.Najimi has served as director of the Famine Early... read more
KABUL (PAN): Gen. Abdul Rahim Wardak, advisor to the president on military affairs, on Wednesday announced his resignation.Wardak was unseated as minister of defence by the Wolesi Jirga on July 14, 2012 over cross-border Pakistani incursions into... read more
KABUL (PAN): Key opposition leader Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday filed nomination papers for next year’s presidential elections with the Independent Election Commission (IEC) main office in Kabul.Abdullah, the National Coalition of Afghanistan,... read more
KABUL (PAN): While insisting on police impartially during next year’s elections, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Sunday promised security of presidential and provincial council candidates.Improved security, especially for the elections in April... read more
KABUL (PAN): Civil society organisations on Monday suggested Taliban be allowed to take part in elections if they respect the national constitution and pledged protection of achievements in the sphere of human rights.The Independent Election... read more
KABUL (PAN): Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technology Amirzai Sangin said on Tuesday that technical problems continued to block the issuance of computerised identity cards ahead of elections.Addressing the first-ever Information and... read more
KABUL (PAN): A large number of people coming all the way from central Uruzgan province staged a protest rally in Kabul on Monday, calling for the public hanging of a serial killer, Hakimullah Shujayee.Shujayee, a resident of southern Ghazni province... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan and Pakistani footballers called on President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday, a day after the national side humbled the visitors in a historic encounter.Almost after 36 years, the two squads played a FIFA-sanctioned friendly soccer... read more
KABUL (PAN): Flash floods killed 35 people, wounded eight others and destroyed more than 200 houses besides damaging hundreds of acres of crops in the Sarobi district of Kabul, officials said on Sunday.An Afghanistan Natural Disaster Management... read more
KABUL (PAN): Up to 120,000 of people have so far received voter registration cards, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) said, voicing concern at women’s nominal participation in the process.The first phase of the voter registration process was... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Kabul mayor alleged on Thursday that some mafia groups were out to impeded the implementation of development projects in the nation’s capital.At a ceremony marking the resumption of work on a 4.5 kilometres road between Pul-i-Sukhta... read more
KABUL (PAN): Up to 800 newly recruited Afghan Special Forces and commando members completed 12-week training course in Kabul, officials said on Thursday.At a certificate-awarding ceremony, Special Operation Unit commander Brig. Gen. Syed Abdul Karim... read more
KABUL (PAN): Wolesi Jirga Member Allah Gul Mujahid on Thursday rejected police allegations, saying if the charges were substantiated against him, he would step down.The Kabul crime branch chief on Tuesday accused Mujahid of seizing government land,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Information and Culture on Wednesday annulled elections to the Media High Council media due to the participation of fewer journalists in the voting process, an official said.The election of two journalists Farzana Habibi... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) chief on Monday acknowledged fresh appointments to the watchdog did not meet the UN-set conditions and qualifications for the UN, so the commission might loss its credibility.... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to impose one percent tax on Afghan transit trade goods under its annual budget that has been approved by the provincial cabinet.KP finance minister Sirajul Haq told Pakistani media on... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United Nations on Tuesday announced an increase in civilian casualties in Afghanistan, indicating its plan to hold talk with the Taliban on the issue. UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Jan Kubis, linked... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Telecommunication and Information Technology on Sunday announced the launch of the Global Positioning System (GPS) in Kabul.A Memorandum of Understanding for project with an estimated cost of $25 million was signed on Sunday between... read more
KABUL (PAN): A would-be suicide bomber was killed when his suicide vest went off prematurely in a house on southeastern outskirts of Kabul on Saturday, an official said.The explosion took place in the Shah Saheed area in the limits of 8th police... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some Wolesi Jirga members on Saturday said several articles of the Elimination of Violence Against Women (EVAW) law ran counter to the Afghan constitution and Shariah.The draft law, having four chapters and 44 articles, was prepared... read more
KABUL (PAN): Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB) Governor Noorullah Dilawari on Saturday linked the afghani’s decline to unlawful cash transfers from the country and a global economic slowdown.Summoned by the lower house to explain reasons for the local... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some Wolesi Jirga members on Sunday insisted on summoning the finance minister, warning that the parliament would lose its credibility if the deadlock on the issue persisted.Lawmakers decided to summon the ministers of finance and... read more
KABUL (PAN): Members of the Meshrano Jirga -- or upper house of the parliament -- on Sunday said the incoming Pakistan government would not help Afghanistan and asked the Karzai administration to review its policy toward the neighbouring country.... read more
KABUL (PAN): The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Monday distanced itself from the border clash in the Goshta district of Nangarhar province, saying Afghanistan and Pakistan could take the issue to the United Nations.The fire... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan government should conduct transparent elections, combat corruption and improve governance for continued international assistance, a NATO official said on Monday.Kabul pledged at Kabul, Chicago and Tokyo Conferences to hold... read more
KABUL (PAN): To mark World Press Freedom Day, NAI -- supporting open media in Afghanistan -- on Sunday honoured some journalists, including a Pajhwok reporter, with awards in acknowledgement for their commitment and professionalism.The media-people... read more
KABUL (PAN): The main opposition alliance on Saturday pledged support to Afghan security personnel, warning Pakistan to stop interference in Afghanistan and cooperate with it in the anti-terrorism campaign.A leader of the Cooperation Council of... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Interior on Monday said police would face challenges if illegal interference from parliamentarians continued in their affairs.A day earlier, Interior Minister Ghulam Mujtaba Patang voiced his concern at the problems... read more
KABUL (PAN): A 20-kilometre road is being constructed in Uruzgan, the first-ever mega project of its kind in the central province over the past decade, officials said on Thursday.A contract to the effect was signed between the Ministry of Public... read more
KABUL (PAN): One person was slightly injured when a suspected bomb placed in a trash can went off in front of a hospital in the heavily fortified central capital Kabul, police and a medic said on Wednesday.The blast occurred around 8:30am in Seh... read more
KABUL (PAN): Dozens of people coming all the way from southern Helmand province to this central capital on Saturday staged a protest demonstration, asking the government to resolve their problems regarding health, security and electricity.... read more
KABUL (PAN): Insurgents are not strong enough to threaten the security situation in central provinces, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Monday.President Hamid Karzai tasked security officials with assessing the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Independent Media and Civil Society Consortium (AIMC) has congratulated " 8Sobh", a local daily newspaper,  on receiving the prestigious 2012 International Press Freedom Prize.The daily was honoured with the annual prize by... read more
KABUL (PAN): Next year’s draft budget, with a total outlay of 366.2 billion afghanis ($6.856 billion), was submitted for debate to the Senate -- or upper house of parliament -- on Tuesday.For the next fiscal year, starting on Dec. 21, the general... read more
KABUL (PAN): Hundreds of inmates at the Pul-i-Charkhi Prison east of Kabul have been on a hunger strike since Friday evening against delays in investigation of their cases.Nearly 400 prisoners of the military bloc went on strike late on Friday,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The country’s chief director of prisons, Gen. Amir Mohammad Jamshidi, on Wednesday said a jailbreak attempt by some prisoners had been thwarted at the Pul-i-Charkhi jail, east of Kabul, rejecting Taliban’s claim that 15 men had fled.The... read more
KABUL (PAN): For the first time in five years, civilian casualties in Afghanistan dropped by 15 percent during the first half of the current year, compared to the same period in 2011, the United Nations said Wednesday.Conflict-related violence... read more
KABUL (PAN): With President Hamid Karzai still looking for his replacement, Gen. Abdul Rahim on Tuesday announced his resignation as acting defence minister.Addressing a news conference in Kabul, Wardak said that he fully respected the parliament’s... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Interior on Wednesday said police have nabbed four suspected Taliban militants who wanted to attack a Kabul Bank branch in the capital.The four were detained while trying to identify the branch’s bank in Pul-i-Bagh Omumi... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): Some Afghan analysts believe that neighbouring Pakistan is trying to exert influence along bordering areas of Afghanistan by firing missile to facilitate insurgent activities on Afghan territory.Over the past two months, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Pakistani government has banned a news website known for releasing critical reports, analyses and articles against the ruling coalition.The website has been closed for the past one week, the Khabarial service said, without... read more
KABUL (PAN): Eleven people were killed and nearly 155 others injured when gas cylinders stored in a factory exploded, igniting a massive blaze in the Paktia Kot locality on the eastern outskirts of central capital Kabul, authorities said on Thursday... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two people were killed and at least 54 others injured after several explosions triggered a massive fire in the Paktia Kot locality on the eastern outskirts of the central capital Kabul on Wednesday.One eyewitness said the blasts took... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): The Attorney General Office (AGO) said Gen. Rashid Dostum could face death sentence or jailed for life, if allegations that he was blocking exploration of oil and gas in the Amu River basin were proven true.  On Sunday, Dostum... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some heads of Wolesi Jirga commissions on Tuesday walked out of a joint meeting in protest against the administrative board’s refusal to include the Afghan-US strategic pact in the house agenda for next week.Mir Dad Khan Nijrani, the... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Five paramilitary soldiers and 37 militants were killed during a fierce clash in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region of Khyber, near the Afghanistan border, officials said on Friday.The fierce firefight erupted on Thursday evening... read more
KABUL (PAN): US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, during an unannounced visit to Kabul, on Thursday emphasised stepped-up military operations against Haqqani militants on both sides of the Afghan-Pakistan border.With Afghan and NATO-led troops... read more
KABUL (PAN): The man who attacked the Jalalabad branch of Kabul Bank last February was sentenced to hang along with one of his accomplices by the highest court in the land, officials said on Tuesday. Zar Ajam from North Waziristan in Pakistan... read more
KABUL(PAN): Second vice president, Mohammad Karim Khalili, on Saturday called for close monitoring of projects to ensure quality and better use of government resources. Addressing the first-ever conference of newly-established district development... read more
KABUL (PAN): As many as 1,000 youth are being trained on photography, caption writing and creating web-log under a course organised by the Internews network and Nai in capital Kabul, an official said.An official of the Nai, Masooma Muhammadi, told... read more
GHAZNI CITY (PAN): Four Taliban fighters have been killed and another four arrested during a clash with Afghan and NATO-led soldiers in southern Ghazni province, an official said on Tuesday.The clash broke out when the insurgents attacked a convoy... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan sportsmen returned on Saturday with eight medals they earned in an international tournament in Iran, officials said.The three-day Asian Vovinam Championships, featuring 70 countries, was held on the Iranian island of Kish this... read more