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KABUL (Pajhwok): India on Thursday pledged to increase its assistances with the Afghan security and defense forces, a statement from the Afghan National Security Advisor said. Indian foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale, who attended the Kabul Process... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has appointed new governors for Laghman, Logar, Maidan Wardak, Samangan and Kunduz provinces, the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) said on Saturday. A IDLG statement to Pajhwok Afghan News... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Kingdom (UK) has assured Afghanistan of including in its defence budget the requirements of Afghan security forces, an official said on Saturday. It was reassured that The UK was committed to increasing Afghan National... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has officially announced the launch of Afghanistan Premier League (APL) in a ceremony held in Kabul, a statement from the ACB said on Friday. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the regard... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan has agreed to extending the stay of Afghan refugees by one more year in the country, a Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation (MoRR) official said on Wednesday. Hafiz Ahmad Miakhel, media advisor to MoRR, in an exclusive... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan on Tuesday handed a 138-run defeat to Ireland in the first of their three one-day matches in Sharjah. Ireland won the toss and opted to field in the 50-over game at the Sharjah Cricket Ground. Nasir Jamal hit 53 and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum and Balkh Governor Atta Mohammad Noor have met in Turkey and discussed current security and political situation of the country. Batour Dostum, head of the Jumbesh-i-Islami and son of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Concerns over the missing and arresting of the youth in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region by the military have increased. In this regard, Pashtun nationalist leader Afrasyab Khattack said some youth and civil society... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than 100 Afghans sent to the US for training and other purposes have not returned back to Afghanistan, reliable sources claimed on Tuesday. The Afghans had been sent to the US for higher education, military training and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) has urged support for the current government to end the ongoing war, saying change should come through ballot, not through the use of force by certain individuals. The views were expressed in a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has categorically told the Pakistan’s spymaster that Afghanistan would not trust the neighbour until it takes action against the Taliban and other terrorist groups. A well-placed government source confided... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Hizb-I-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) on Saturday said major obstacles in the way of party leader Gulbadin Hekmatyar return to Kabul have been resolved with the help of government commission tasked to implement the peace process. HIA... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Economic cooperation needs to be put ahead of geopolitical rivalries in the South Asian region, an Afghan foreign ministry official said on Wednesday. Addressing the 10th South Asia Conference "Strengthening Connectivity in South... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Maintaining their winning spree, Afghanistan on Friday beat Ireland in their second ODI in the Indian capital New Delhi, to lead the five-match series 2-0. Afghanistan’s skipper Asghar Stanikzai won the toss and chose to bat in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Productive discussions on sorting out political differences between Afghanistan and Pakistan took place at the trilateral London meeting held, an official said on Thursday. Tawab Ghurzang, spokesman for the National Security... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A group of former Taliban leaders have travelled to Saudi Arabia to discuss the Afghan peace process, a reliable source said on Thursday. The Taliban delegation who visited Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, on an informal trip... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Hazrat Umar Zakhelwal hopes for quick de-escalation of tensions between the two neighbouring countries after meeting top Pakistani officials, including Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz. “I... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Thousands of German citizens have staged rallies in different cities against obligatory repatriation of failed Afghan refugees, a media report said on Sunday.  In the western city of Dusseldorf, 2,000 demonstrators took to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Reacting to the recent suicide attack and airstrikes in southern Helmand province, former President Hamid Karzai has said the ongoing conflict in the country was not Afghanistan’s own but its victims were Afghans, a statement from... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Dr. Omar Zakhilwal believes peace alone can pave the ground for foreign troops’ withdrawal from Afghanistan. Zakhilwal made the remarks on Sunday in reaction to the removal of Gulbadin Hekmatyar,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Sunday has been declared a public holiday as heavy snowfall lashed the capital Kabul and several other provinces for the second day in a row. The Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled (MoLSAMD) said a public... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The International Cricket Council has awarded Afghanistan's domestic four-day and Twenty20 events first-class and List A status respectively, a news report said on Sunday. The decision was announced by the ICC on Saturday after... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan-A have humiliated Zimbabwe in the third one-day international (ODI) for a third triumph in the 5-match One Day International (ODI) series at the Harare Sports Club and won the series, an official said on Wednesday.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan envoy in the US and some political affairs analysts reacted to the comment of European Union (EU) Ambassador who during a recent interview declared to help Afghan government in decentralisation and strengthening the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan ambassador on Wednesday asked the US to establish a military and armored vehicles’ maintenance facility in his country.    Hamdullah Mohib issued the call during a visit to the Indiana State of the US to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The International Cricket Council (ICC) has pledged greater support for Afghanistan in future, an official said on Wednesday. During a meeting in Dubai, ICC officials hailed recent achievements of the Afghan team and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Taliban have released a new video of two professors from the US and Australia who they abducted near the American University in Kabul in August last year. Seized from their car after classes on the campus, the professors have... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday roundly condemned an overnight attack on the governor’s house in southern Kandahar province and ordered a probe into the incident. The blast took place inside the guesthouse at the governor’s... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) plans asking the International Cricket Council (ICC) for full membership status, an official said on Monday. ACB spokesman Farid Hotak said the board’s chairman, Atif Mashal, had formed a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United States has reaffirmed its continued commitment to Afghanistan, saying the change of leadership would not affect the bilateral partnership. President-elect Donald Trump is due to take office end on January 20, replacing... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan cricket team on Thursday departed for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to take part in the Desert T20 tournament, to be played in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) spokesman Farid Hotak told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former captain Nawroz Mangal has announced retirement from international cricket after being selected as chairman of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) selection committee. At a crowded news conference in Kabul, Mangal thanked... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): NATO on Sunday said the Afghan national defence and security forces (ANDSF) thwarted rebel attacks in most parts of the war-torn country in 2016 and did not allow them to capture urban centres. Brig. Gen. Charlie... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pugwash, a Canada-based organisation, on Wednesday said it had suggested some points for discussion in possible peace negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban. In a statement, the organisation said the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A Russian military plane with 92 people on board crashed into the Black Sea on its way to Syria on Sunday, a media report said. TheTU-154 aircraft crashed minutes after take-off in Russian City of Sochi after it was disappeared... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan ambassador to the United States has met senior Atlantic Council officials on the situation in Afghanistan and Donald Trump’s team. “I provided an overview of the current political and security landscape in Afghanistan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan skipper Asghar Stanikzai has said the national squad, staying aloof from politics, is fully focused on how to improve its performance. In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, the captain said players had... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Nearly three dozen failed Afghan asylum seekers have returned home after being deported from Germany, the Associated Press reported on Thursday. The deportees were quoted as saying they had lived and worked in Germany for years.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The national unity government is investigating the detention of Ahmad Eshchi, a noted tribal elder from northern Jawzjan province, the Presidential Palace said on Tuesday. Whatever its outcome, the investigations would be... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres was sworn in on Monday as the ninth UN secretary-general, pledging to personally help broker peace and reform the 71-year-old world body to become more effective. Guterres, 67,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Leading political and jihadi leaders gathered in Kabul on Tuesday to discuss a peace resolution suggested by Pugwash, an official said. Pugwash, a Canada-based organisation, arranges conferences and seminars to seek solution to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Speaker of the Iranian Parliament Ali Larijani has called for the creation of another regional security alliance to fight terrorism and invited regional countries including arch-rival Saudi Arabia to join, a media report has said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has dispatched a formal dossier to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to remove all sanctions and the name of Gulbadin Hekmatyar, head of the Hizb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA), from the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The NATO ministerial level meeting would begin in Brussels, the capital of Belgium, tomorrow (Tuesday), a spokesman for the senior civilian representative of the alliance said on Monday. This would be the first meeting on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan National Armey (ANA) soldiers have arrested an imposter posing as a National Security Council (NSC) representative in northern Balkh province. Sardar Zmarai Daud, holding fake identify documents, introduced himself as an... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Taliban on Tuesday claimed supportingand protecting all mega public welfarenational across the conflict-devastated country. Zabihullah Mujahid, the group’s spokesman, said this in a statement delivered to media outlets.The... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Cuba state-run television on Saturday said the country’s former leader Fidel Castro died at the age of 90, the news was confirmed by dead Castro brother Raul Castro. According to Aljazeera Fidel Castro, a titan of the Cold War... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Four suicide attackers and two Pakistani paramilitary soldiers were killed and another 14 soldiers wounded during an attack on an army base in the Mohmand tribal region near the Afghanistan border on Saturday, a media report... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has met head of the Bosnia and Herzegovina presidential council and discussed range of bilateral issues, a statement from the Presidential Palace said on Saturday. The visiting Bosnian Leader... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan under-19 (U-19) cricket team has beaten an Indian regional U-19 team hailing from Mumbai, an official said on Sunday. Farid Hotak, spokesman for the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB), said the match was played on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan prime minister’s advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz would participate in two international conferences on Afghanistan in coming months, an official said on Saturday. Addressing a daily press conference, Foreign... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Representatives from regional countries will hold consultations on Afghanistan in Moscow next month, a Russian foreign ministry official has said. Director of 2ndAsian Department at Russian Foreign Ministry Zamir Kabulov told RIA... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Nat Geo's famed 'Afghan Girl' Sharbat Gula is being treated in Kabul and there was no plan to dispatch her to India for medical care, a reliable source said on Monday. Gula was recently deported from Pakistan after an immigration... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two US soldiers and as many contractors were killed and 16 others wounded in Saturday’s suicide attack on the Bagram Airfield in central Parwan province. The Pentagon said in a statement on Sunday among the dead were two US... read more
KABUL CITY (Pajhwok): An Australian lady was kidnapped by unidentified men in the capital Kabul late on Saturday, Australia foreign ministry said. Australian foreign ministry in a statement said that the woman was working with a foreign... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan on Wednesday voiced its outrage over last week’s missile attack by Houthi militants of Yemen on the Saudi holy city of Makkah. A ballistic missile was fired on Friday by the Yemen-based Houthi militiamen on Makkah,... read more
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): At least eight border policemen have been killed and three others wounded as result of Taliban attacks on their check-posts at the Torkham border gat in eastern Nangarhar province, an official said on Tuesday. A security... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Despite denials from the militant movement, senior members of the Taliban’s Qatar-based political bureau met Pakistani security officials last week ahead of possible peace parleys with the Afghan government, international media... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has taken a dig at corrupt individuals and groups that are trying to impede his administration’s reform agenda and bringing a bad name to the country, like Taliban and Daesh militants. In a televised... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A woman has been killed and six other people have been injured in a gas cylinder explosion in a car of Afghan refugees returning from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. Abdul Hamid Jalili, refugee affairs head at the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Safi Airways is pleased to say that the tax dispute Afghan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA) has been resolved and ban on its domestic and international flights had been left which was decided to be imposed on 6th and 8th September... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An Afghanistan student has been run over by a speeding water tanker in in the Maharashtra province of India, a media report said on Monday. The first-year graduation student -- riding a motorcycle -- when was struck by the tanker... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has named 26players for a 15-day training camp in India,beginning from September 3 at the Greater Cricket Sports Complex Ground. The training camp has been arranged ahead of Afghanistan’s tour... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Australian foreign minister on Monday said a female aid worker, who was kidnapped in eastern Afghanistan four months ago, had been released. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in a statement: "I confirm that Kerry Jane Wilson... read more
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Three sportsmen were wounded in a blast in Jalalabad City, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province on Sunday, an official said. Governor’s spokesman, Attaullah Khogyani, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the athletes were... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar on Wednesday left for Dushanbe on a day-long official visit for talks with his Tajik counterpart. A statement from the National Security Council said Atmar was visiting the Central... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan government has ordered a commission to launch an investigation into the crash of a Pakistani helicopter in the Azra district of central Logar province. Pakistan’s Mi-17 helicopter went down in Azra on last Thursday... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan consul-general has shared problems of refugees in Pakistan with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor. A statement from the Afghan consulate said Dr. Abdullah Wahid Poyan met Iqbal Zafar Jhagra at the governor’s house on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar heads to Moscow for talks with Russian authorities on equipping the nascent Afghan Air Force AAF), his office announced on Sunday. During Atmar’s trip, the two sides will discuss the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) leader Gulbadin Hekmatyar, expressed his condolences over the killing of Mullah Akhtar Mansour, on Wednesday urged the group to evolve a joint peace strategy to pull the country out of crisis.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok) Over 300 Afghans living in Germany have applied for voluntary repatriation in the last two months, a media report said on Saturday. Prensa Latina, Latin American news agency, quoted government sources as saying that 320 Afghans... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Sixteen suspected Afghan citizens have been detained during a joint search operation in Pakistan’s northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The search operation was conducted against anti-social elements and militants in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): US national security adviser Susan Rice is scheduled to arrive in Pakistan on Sunday on a day long official visit, Pakistani media reports. Rice is scheduled to hold meetings with the country’s political and military leadership... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Janan Mosazai, ambassador of Afghanistan to Pakistan, was called in by the Foreign Secretary to convey Pakistan's concerns over recent spate of “Afghan government's allegations and media campaign to malign Pakistan,” a statement... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Raza Khan, who has been conferred with the title of Cricket Baba by the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB), said he has indebted thousands of Afghanis because he used to travel to many countries to watch his national cricket team’s... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has ordered the officials concerned distribution of electronic identity cards on trial basis, the Presidential Palace said in a statement on Monday. The statement said that a special meeting with... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan’s cricket-A team won a thrilling 4-day match against Sari Lanka on Monday, an official said. Farid Hotak, spokesman of Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB), told Pajhwok Afghan News the match was played in Colombo, the... read more
​KABUL (Pajhwok): Chinese ambassador to Afghanistan in his marathon meeting with National Security Advisor (NSA) Mohammad Hanif Atmar said Beijing was ready to equip and support the Afghan security forces. During the meeting held on Sunday,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Speaking on the floor of lower house or National Assembly, Pakistan’s Defence Minister Khawaja Asif made it clear the second round of talks, which was scheduled to take place on July 31 in Pakistan, was postponed at the request of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Twenty five persons were killed and over 30 wounded when another suicide bomber blew himself up near Ustad Rabbani University on Friday in the fifth police district in capital Kabul close to the police academy, a security official... read more
ASADABAD (Pajhwok): Local officials have divided regarding exact figure into casualties during militants’ attacks on Afghan National Army (ANA) military bases in Marawara district of eastern Kunar province. On Tuesday morning, hundreds of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok) Afghan Ambassador Janan Mosazai called on Pakistan Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar in Islamabad on Wednesday and discussed with him the upcoming Joint Economic Commission (JEC) meeting. They agreed the 10th JEC meeting would be... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Under a special decree, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has appointed 19 new advisors on different positions, a statement by the Presidential Palace says on Tuesday. According to the statement, 19 persons were appointed as... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Following talks between Afghan government and Taliban representatives in Pakistan, NATO said on Sunday Kabul was determined to ensure stability and the alliance would continue to support peace efforts. “The Afghan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): NATO’s Resolute Support Mission commander Gen. John F. Campbell on Saturday said the Islamic State (IS) not only threatened Afghanistan but the entire world. However, he was confident the Afghan forces would emerge successful... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Expressing disappointment over Wolesi Jirga (WJ) move to reject Masum Stanikzai as candidate for defence ministry, Gen. John F. Campbell, the NATO led Resolute Support (RS) mission commander, on Saturday said Stanikzai was a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Hafiz Saeed Khan, the top leader of the self-styled Daesh group has been killed along with 30 fighters in eastern Nangarhar, a statement from the Afghanistan spy network said Saturday. The National Directorate of Security (NDS)... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of residents of capital Kabul expressed optimism that talks between Afghan government and Taliban in Islamabad would pave way for reconciliation in the country while some termed such meeting useless and wastage of time.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan on Tuesday beat Jersey by eight wickets in a warm-up match in the T20 World Cup qualifying round. The T20 World Cup Qualifier round is co-hosted by Scotland and Ireland, where 52 matches will be played among 14... read more
KABUL/SHAHRAN (Pajhwok): More than 50 elders from southeastern Paktika province travelled to Kabul on Sunday to demand sacking of Sharan, the provincial capital’s mayor for what they alleged his involvement in corruption. Ten of the elders... read more
KABUL (PAJHWOK): Nasimullah Danish, chairman of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB), on Tuesday termed the latest decision of International Cricket Council (ICC) as disappointing. Earlier, ICC Chief David Richardson said 10 nations would be... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  Afghanistan rose one point to 142nd position in January’s International Football Federation (FIFA) world ranking, holding top spot in south Asia. FIFA, the governing body of world soccer, updated its rankings on Saturday,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Russia considers NATO’s mission in Afghanistan codenamed Resolute Support as an “heir at law” of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and proceeds from the assumption that the alliance continues to bear a great share... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan held meetings with presidential candidates, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and briefed them on auditing process.A statement from... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Ministry of Defense on Thursday said an investigation was ongoing into an attack that killed a US general and wounded 15 other soldiers at a military academy in Kabul.A man wearing an Afghan National Army (ANA) uniform opened fire... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) service member died from injuries he sustained in a non-battle incident in eastern Afghanistan, the alliance said on Sunday.According to a brief statement from ISAF media... read more
BRUSSELS (Pajhwok): Praising Afghan security forces for securing the April 5 elections, NATO Secretary General on Wednesday said the alliance continued to plan for a new post-2014 mission to train, advise and assist them.Anders Fogh Rasmussen told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai has accepted India's invitation to attend prime minister-elect Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony, officials said on Saturday.A spokesman for the Prime Minister House in New Delhi said the inauguration... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan badminton team on Saturday left Kabul for India to take part in Thomas Cup, the National Olympic Committee said.The Committee said in a statement the badminton squad would participate in Thomas Cup in New Delhi, the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA), led by Gulbadin Hekmatyar, has decided not to support any candidate if the elections headed for a second round runoff.The warning from HIA, believed to be the second largest militant group after... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Council of Ministers, chaired by President Hamid Karzai, on Tuesday congratulated the cricket team and the nation on winning the Spirit of Sport Award.A statement from the Presidential Palace said the Cabinet had been pleased by... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has awarded cricketers Mohammad Nabi Esakhail and Hameed Hassan with players of the year award, officials said Thursday.The ceremony was attended by Finance Minister Hazrat Umar Zakhailwal, ACB... read more
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): A complex attack, involving a car bomb and gunmen in Western military uniforms with explosives strapped to their bodies, on a US military base left one coalition soldier and nine assailants dead in southern Kandahar province... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Four United Nations (UN) employees and a senior International Monetary Fund (IMF) official were among 21 people killed during last night’s group suicide attack on a restaurant in Kabul, officials said.A three-member suicide squad... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Friday congratulated the national cricket team on scoring an emphatic win over Kenya in the second one-day match of the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cricket League in Sharjah.By virtue of the seven... read more
KABUL (PAN): Security forces shot dead two gunmen dressed in police uniform after they opened indiscriminate firing on Shiites offering prayers at a mosque in the heavily fortified capital Kabul on Thursday morning.At least three worshippers... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Saturday announced Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) would take tight security measures for the 2014 presidential and provincial council elections.Ministry spokesman Gen. Zahir Azimi, speaking to... read more
KABUL (PAN): The two factions of Hezb-i-Islami of Afghanistan (HIA) have been in talks to reach a consensus on fielding a joint candidate in next year's presidential elections and a possible reunification, sources have said.Last week, a five-member... read more
KABUL (PAN): A group of the United Kingdom MPs on Tuesday said that the start of an Afghan-led peace deal with the Taliban is needed to secure the future of Afghanistan after British troops leave the country. According to a BCC report, the Defense... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan's triumphant cricket squad on Monday returned home to a rousing welcome after winning the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) T20 Cup in Kathmandu, officials said."Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) Chairman Shahzada Masood, Executive... read more
KABUL (PAN): Farming co-operatives were handed out 28 tractors worth $840,000 in southeastern Paktia province, an official said on Thursday.The Disbandment of Illegal Armed Group(DIAG) had paid $640,000 and the Ministry of Counternarcotics $18,400... read more
KABUL (PAN) Afghanistan is set to lift a block placed on Youtube more than two months ago over a controversial anti-Islamic video, a communication ministry official said on Wednesday.The decision to lift the block, which takes effect on Saturday,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Taliban on Monday lashed out at cross-border incursions from Pakistan into eastern Afghanistan, blaming the Karzai administration for failing to contain the raids.In a commentary on its website, the militant movement said there was... read more
CHICAGO/WASHINGTON (PAN): Strongly defending his timeline for transition and withdrawal of US-led international forces from Afghanistan, President Barack Obama told his countrymen that a large American footprint in that country could be... read more
CHICAGO/ WASHINGTON (PAN): NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Monday supported the decision of new French President Francois Hollande to withdraw troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year.“I think... read more
CHICAGO (PAN): President Hamid Karzai and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Monday signed a strategic partnership agreement on cooperation in security, economic development and trade.The signing took place in Chicago, where the two leaders... read more
CHICAGO (PAN): United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told President Hamid Karzai the NATO Summit was an important milestone in transition and the global community would continue to support the country.On the sidelines of the two-day... read more
CHICAGO (PAN): NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Sunday said they would hold serious talks with President Asif Ali Zardari in Chicago Summit on dismantling insurgent sanctuaries in Pakistan.Addressing international youth groups,... read more
CHICAGO (PAN):  Foreign troops’ role after 2014 in Afghanistan, the $4.1 billion funding for Afghan forces and preserving the achievements made over the past decade will top the agenda for NATO’s summit in Chicago.A galaxy of world leaders from... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Taliban movement on Sunday vehemently denied a media report that they had resumed peace talks with the United States in Qatar.A day earlier, a British television channel, quoting several anonymous Taliban officials, as saying that... read more
BRUSSELS (PAN): NATO special civil representative on Afghanistan Simon Gass on Thursday said they would provide work opportunities for Afghan soldiers who would lose their jobs after Afghanistan downsizes its troops in 2015.Simon Gass told Pajhwok... read more
BRUSSELS (PAN): NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Wednesday inaugurated a meeting of defence and foreign ministers from member states in Brussels on security transition to Afghan forces.Afghanistan’s ministers are also attending the... read more
KABUL (PAN): An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) helicopter made a hard landing in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, the alliance said.The incident took place during a security operation early this morning, ISAF said in a brief... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan and the United States on Sunday signed an agreement on Afghanising nighttime operations across the country, a major irritant between the two sides.Defence Minister Gen. Abdul Rahim Wardak and International Security... read more
KABUL (PAN):  A recent international media poll gauged that a majority of Americans are not in favour of US waging a bloody war against militants in Afghanistan and want their government to withdraw troops from the volatile country.The New York... read more
KABUL (PAN): Taliban on Monday vowed to seek revenge over the horrific killing of civilians, which included women and children, executed by US soldiers in Panjwai district of southern Kandahar province.“Taliban strongly condemned this outrage and... read more
KABUL (PAN): A joint Afghan-ISAF probe into the Quran burning episode that sparked violent nationwide protests has been completed and was currently under legal review, the alliance said on Sunday.The ISAF media office in Kabul in a brief statement... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai, during his visit to European countries, signed along-term strategic partnership agreement with France, his office said on Saturday.Karzai left Kabul for the European countries on a five-day trip on Tuesday. He... read more
QALAT (PAN): An Afghan soldier opened fire on international soldiers, killing one of them and wounding some others in southern Afghanistan, the alliance said on Monday.The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) servicemember was killed late... read more
KABUL (PAN): If nighttime raids on Afghan houses by the NATO-led troops continued to take place, it could hinder a strategic partnership agreement with the US, a presidential spokesman said on Wednesday.Despite renewed objections from President... read more
KABUL (PAN): A French soldier was killed and another injured during an insurgent attack in central Kapisa province, a statement said on Tuesday.The soldiers were on a patrol in an area in central Afghanistan on Monday when came under attack from the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan commerce and industries minister on Tuesday met with Pakistani foreign minister in Islamabad and discussed with her issues concerning bilateral trade ties and economic development.Anwar-ul-Haq Ahadi and Hina Rabbani Khar... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Taliban on Saturday denied the allegations that they used children for carrying out suicide attacks, terming the accusations as an enemy propaganda.The rejection comes two days after President Hamid Karzai denounced as un-Islamic... read more
KUNDUZ CITY ( PAN) In an entertaining, thriller of a match, at a cricket stadium in northern Kunduz province, Aamu won the T20 Inter-zonal cricket tournament by 4 wickets against Spinghar, on Saturday.   Batting first, Springhar made 108 runs... read more
KABUL (PAN): The martyrdom of Osama Bin Laden will further encourage the Taliban to wage the insurgency against foreign invaders, the militants said on Saturday, a day after Al-Qaeda confirmed the death of its leader. In a statement attributed to... read more
KABUL (PAN): A Swedish soldier was killed and two others were wounded when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in northern Balkh province, officials said on Sunday. The bombing took place on Saturday, the Swedish defence ministry said. The NATO-... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Nangarhar Club were crowned the inter-provincial cricket champions after they romped to a huge margin victory over Logar at the Youth Stadium in Kabul on Sunday. The tournament that launched two weeks ago featured 24 provincial... read more
KABUL (PAN): A massive first innings lead earned Afghanistan six points on day two of an ongoing four-day Intercontinental Cup match against Kenya being played at the Gymkhana Club Ground in Nairobi on Sunday, an official said. Opting to bat first... read more
KABUL (PAN): Maintaining their unbeaten run, Paktia stormed into the second round of the inter-provincial cricket tournament on Sunday when as they outclassed Zabul by seven wickets. The tournament, featuring 24 provincial clubs, is being played at... read more
KABUL (PAN): Taliban militants have warned foreign companies against signing agreements with the Afghan government for the exploitation of mines in the country.The warning comes amid reports the Afghan mineral wealth is around 1-3 trillion US... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) and members of affected families have called for serious action against NATO-led service-members involved in civilian killings.Twenty-seven civilians were killed and several... read more
KANDAHAR CITY (PAN): Four alleged drug smugglers were killed when a joint Afghan-international force opened fire at their vehicle in southern Helmand province, an official said on Monday.Governor's spokesman, Daud Ahmadi, told Pajhwok Afghan News... read more