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KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga or lower house of the parliament on Monday amended the 20th Article of Tobbaco Control Law, increasing customs tariffs on the import of cigarettes and other tobacco products up to 100 percent. The amendment draft was... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga Member Haji Zahir Qadir on Monday claimed Pakistan fencing of the Durand Line taking place under an agreement signed by the government, a claim the Ashraf Ghani-led administration has rejected. The Durand Line is... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga members on Saturday accused government officials of their complicity in the smuggling of historic artifacts from the Mes Ainak site in central Logar province. But government officials rejected the claim. A $3 billion... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga or lower house members say the fate of 800 Afghan prisoners who have been extradited by Iran to Afghanistan remains undecided. Woelsi Jirga member from western Herat province, Saleh Mohammad Saljuqi, said about... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of civil society activists and former government officials in a meeting on Thursday asked for holding a traditional Loya Jirga (Grand Council) for resolving the country problems. The meeting organized by Afghanistan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga members on Wednesday expressed concern over the government’s silence on the ongoing fencing of the Durand Line by Pakistan. Mualvi Tarakhel Mohammadi, a Kuchi representative in the lower house, said: “If a deal... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga or upper house of the parliament on Tuesday decided to summon government officials over recent statements by Pakistani and British authorities about the Durand Line. A number of Meshrano Jirga members expressed... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga on Tuesday blasted the lower house for rejecting the president’s legislative decree amending the population registration law. The Wolesi Jirga’s action was inconsistent with its commitment and demand of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok) Some Meshrano Jirga members on Sunday termed rescuing an American–Canadian family from the clutches of Haqqani network as ‘a trick’ and asked the international community not to be ‘duped’ by Pakistan. Joshua Boyle, his American... read more
KABUL/GHAZNI (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga members from southern Ghazni province say the fate of 14 people kidnapped from Qarabagh district five months ago is yet to be known. MP Mohammad Arif Rahmani hit out at security officials, saying:“The fate of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A high-level meeting will be held in three months in Kabul to map out a comprehensive roadmap for peace with insurgents, a senior official said on Friday.  At the end of the two-day Senior Officials Meeting (SOM), Finance... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga’s permanent commissions were on Saturday tasked with investigating corruption allegations against the lower house secretary. On July 22, first deputy speaker  Hamayon Hamayon introduced the Wolesi Jirga... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The appearance of ministers-designate before the Wolesi Jirga -- lower house of parliament -- has been delayed to next week, an official said on Monday. The cabinet nominees were scheduled to be introduced to lawmakers for the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A fast increasing number of youth play Ludo game online in capital Kabul, wasting their time amid claims the game is used to gamble. The Ludo game has recently become popular among a large number of Kabul youth who download the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) on Thursday condemned the maltreatment of Balkh provincial council member Mohammad Asif Momand, asking the government to try the perpetrators. On August 7, Balkh PC member Asif Momand accused... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) on Monday said some quarters were out to prevent civil society institutes from watching the poll panel and some commissioners were being sidelined in the decision-making... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday appointed Wais Barmak as acting interior minister and a nominee for the post while appointing Taj Mohammad Jahid as advisor on security affairs. The president’s order tasked State Minister for... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A provincial council member in northern Balkh province on Wednesday claimed having ‘enough evidence’ to prove Governor Atta Mohammad Noor’s involvement in massive corruption. The provincial council member, Mohammad Asif Mahmand,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) (power utility) on Sunday gave next 10 days to government departments and officials to clear their power bills amounting to seven billion afghanis or their names would be made public. Talking... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): First Vice President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum would arrive in Kabul in 10 days to formally announce the launch of Afghanistan Salvation Alliance (ASA), his party spokesman said on Friday. Dostum, who is also head of the Jumbesh-i... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga speaker on Monday questioned the release of five suspected individuals who attempted to enter the parliament building, asking security organs to recapture the men for more investigations. Mirdad Najrabi, head of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga members on Monday accused Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) of overbilling, saying the power utility was collecting electricity charges once in two months against the law. Outspoken lawmaker from Kabul Ramazan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of senators have slammed the president’s recent allegations of corruption against certain ministries, warning against a selective or partisan policy on eradicating the scourge. A day earlier, President Ashraf Ghani told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): NATO Resolute Support (RS) mission commander in Afghanistan on Friday renewed support to Afghan government and security forces in fight against Daesh and said the overnight heavy bombing was carried out in complete coordination with... read more
  KABUL (Pajhwok): Thirty six Daesh rebels have been killed and huge caches of weapons and explosives destroyed in the overnight world largest non-nuclear bombing of Achin district in eastern Nangarhar province, the Ministry of Defence (MoD... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Security bosses on Monday survived a no-trust vote from lawmakers after a terrorist attack on a military hospital in the heart of capital Kabul. The lower house had summoned Defence Minister Abdullah Khan Habibi, Interior... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The first joint session of the parliament’s seventh year and 16th legal term was inaugurated by President Ashraf Ghani on Monday when lawmakers returned from a 45day winter recess. In line with Article 107 of the constitution,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Renowned jihadi leader Prof. Abdul Rab Rasul Sayyaf on Tuesday called corruption a serious threat to the democratic system and asked the president to eradicate the menace. Speaking at an event marking the anniversary of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga (WJ) members on Wednesday alleged some articles of the constitution had been either altered or removed. Dr. Ramazan Bashardost, an outspoken lawmaker from Kabul, said there was difference between constitution... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Monday approved the draft budget for 2017 with some recommendations to ensure balanced development of the country.  The lower house had initially rejected the draft budget due to an imbalance in... read more
  KABUL (Pajhwok): Thirty-six employees of the Wolesi Jirga (WJ) Secretariat were killed in Tuesday’s twin bombing in front of the parliament building in Kabul, Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahim said on Wednesday. Most of the wounded were also... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Thirty one militants have been killed and 39 others wounded during clearing operations in different parts of the country, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Friday. Ten rebels were killed in Chori district of Uruzgan, seven in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United States (U S) has added the son of the late Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda Network security in-charge Ibrahim Al Bana to the US counter-terrorism blacklist, in a move that would keep him from accessing the US financial... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga -- or lower house of parliament -- on Wednesday tasked the protection and complaintcommissionwith investigating an armed clash between two MPs. A day earlier, three people were injured when gunmen of one lawmaker... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Wednesday decided to summon the defense minister next week, with some lawmakers slamming the move as double standards by the lower house. Second Deputy SpeakerNiamatullah Ghafari, chairing today’s session,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Wednesday urged President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani to introduce replacements for unseated cabinet members in deference to the decision of public representatives. On November 2, the lower house summoned 16 cabinet... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A Wolesi Jirga member, Sayed Jamaluddin Fakoori Baheshti, his brother and a son were wounded in a bomb attack in Kabul on Wednesday, officials said. Col. Faridon Obaidi, crime investigation chief at police headquarters, told... read more
  KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga, or lower house of parliament, on Wednesday rejected the draft budget for 2017 due to what it called funding disparities among provinces and other problems. Earlier, the Meshrano Jirga (Senate... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Masherano Jirga or --- upper house of the parliament --- on Sunday approved draft budget for 2017 fiscal year with some recommendations to ensure balance in development countrywide.  According to the finance ministry 287... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan on Friday condemned the hoisting of Pakistan’s flag and military activity in the border town of Chaman in southwestern Balochistan province. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs denounced the events near the Durand Line,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Fifteen militants have been killed during security operations in different provinces, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Friday. The operations were conducted in 12 provinces over the past 24 hours, a statement from the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Fifteen militants have been killed during security operations in different provinces, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Friday. The operations were conducted in 12 provinces over the past 24 hours, a statement from the... read more
MEHTARLAM (Pajhwok): A girl was killed and six people were wounded when an insurgent-fired mortar shell hit a house in eastern Laghman province, the governor said on Friday. A wedding function was underway in the house on Thursday night when the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Sticking to its guns, the Wolesi Jirga (WJ) on Tuesday disqualified the communications and information technology minister, while the ministers of agriculture, energy and water and counternarcotics survived a no-confidence... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Sticking to its guns, the Wolesi Jirga on Monday disqualified the higher education minister, while the ministers of justice and urban development survived a no-confidence vote. On November 9, the lower house decided to summon 17... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga Economic Commission (WJECM) members were remembered on Saturday, with some lawmakers warning to disclose the reason behind the attack if the government continued to ignore their investigations. At least 80 people... read more
QALAT/KABUL (Pajhwok): Local officials on Wednesday said the chief justice of southern Zabul province has been suspended over alleged sexual harassment of a male staff member. A video clip shows Chief Justice Gulab Mohammad Khatir asking his... read more
CHARIKAR (Pajhwok): Unidentified gunmen attacked a wedding ceremony, killing two people and wounding a third in central Parwan province, a resident said on Tuesday. The gunmen attacked the ceremony in Abdi Bai area of Charikarlast night. A... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of Meshrano Jirga members on Sunday asked the government not to be focused on security situation in cities only, calling for operations against militants in rural areas as well. Few days back, Taliban militants launched... read more
  KABUL CITY (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga (WJ) -- lower house of parliament -- on Saturday decided to summon members of the Independent Commission for Overseeing the Implementation of Constitution (ICOIC) to brief lawmakers on the third... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on the head of a high level delegation has left Kabul for two-day official visit to India, a statement from Presidential Palace said on Wednesday. During the tripe, the president would hold... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): One killed and three other people wounded in a magnetic bomb explosion on police vehicle in capital Kabul early on Wednesday, an official said. Brig. Gen. Humayon Aini, 119 police chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News, the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Eleven Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers and 28 militants have been killed and 29 others wounded during clearing operations in different parts of the country in the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Friday.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah had more understanding on various issues with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, but his recent remarks about the president was aimed at to attract the attention of members of Jamiat-i-... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A large number of protestors in Kabul on Thursday demanded the route of a transnational power import project be changed to pass through central Bamyan province. The protestors, marching from Masli Mazari area in the sixth police... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Monday named its members for joint parliamentary commission to be tasked with deciding the fate of the president’s legislative decree on electoral reform. Election reforms are a key point of the unity... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga on Tuesday introduced seven of its members for a joint parliamentary delegation tasked with deciding the fate of the presidents’ legislative decrees on electoral reforms. Following detailed discussions, the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Australia has vowed to provide another $300 million to Afghanistan for the support of its national security forces until 2020 besides $500 million which was pledged earlier. The announcement came at a time when NATO member-state... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga (WJ) -- or lower house of the parliament --has decided to table a no-confidence vote against Women Affairs Minister Dilbar Nazari because of her poor performance, a lawmaker said on Wednesday. Irfanullah Irfan,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga on Tuesday expressed its concern over the transfer of a local Taliban leader from northern Baghlan province to Kabul in a vehicle of Maidan Wardak police and demanded an investigation. Earlier, The Ministry of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Monday approved Mohammad Zaman Sangari as member of the Supreme Court. In line with the constitutional requirement, the nominee was introduced to the lower house for a vote of confidence. Of the 224... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga -- or the lower house of parliament -- on Monday approved Mohammad Masoom Stanikzai as National Directorate of Security (NDS) chief. Stanikzai was introduced as President Ashraf Ghani’s choice for spymaster along... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Nine prisoners have been released from the Taliban jail during security forces raid in the Grishk district of southern Helmand province, an official said on Friday. The operation was conducted Thursday night in the Shorki... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Senators on Tuesday welcomed President Ashraf Ghani’saddressing to the joint sitting of parliament, stressing the implementation of his vows and suggestinga Loya Jirga on dealing with the current challenges. In his address a day... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Monday warned that he would lodge a complaint with the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) if Pakistan refuses to take military action against Taliban leaders operating from its soil. “If we do not... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Ahead of President Ashraf Ghani’s address to the joint sitting of parliament on the current security situation in the country later on Monday,stringent security measures have been put in place. Deputy presidential spokesman Shah... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga speaker on Saturday welcomed the government’s decision to consult parliamentarians on the current situation, but asked the president to nominate his picks for spymaster and minister of defence. President Ashraf... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani’s picks for the interior minister, attorney-general (AG) and Supreme Court member were introduced to the Wolesi Jirga for a vote of confidenceon Monday. Taj Mohammad Jahid, Mohammad Farid Hamidi and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Thousands of people took part in the Nawroz flag-hoisting ceremony at the Sakhi Shrine in Jamal Mina locality of the capital Kabul on Sunday. The flag was hoisted at around 10:40am in the presence of thousands of people,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga on Tuesday decided to summon top security bosses and the minister of refugees over the bad security situation and plight of Afghan refugees. The Senate chairman expressed concern over the increasing insecurity... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga (WJ) on Sunday tasked a delegation with probing lawmaker Hamidzai Lalai’s claim regarding fraud in the election of first deputy speaker. Zahir Qadir, former first deputy speaker of Wolesi Jirga (lower house of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Zahir Qadir, former first deputy speaker of Wolesi Jirga (lower house of parliament) was re-elected to the position on Saturday. Earlier, Abdul Rauf Inami, a lawmaker from Badakhshan, was elected as secretary to Wolesi Jirga and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga (upper house of parliament on Wednesday elected Farhad Sakhi  and Hasibullah Kalimzai as deputy chairmen, Abdul Qarlaq as secretary and Najiba Hussaini as deputy secretary. Prior to the administrative... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): After one and a half months winter break, President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday inaugurated the Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament, entering its sixth constitutional year of 16th legislative term. President Ghani extended the... read more
KABU (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Civil Society Election Network (ACSEN) on Thursday stressed the need for complete transparency in the selection of new election commissioners. Habib Rahman Nang, ACSEN’s executive chief, told reporters in Kabul the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some civil society organizations members and residents of capital Kabul on Wednesday staged a rally in support of security forces and urged the conflicting parties to prevent civilian causalities. Ihsanullah, one of the rally... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani during his speech at 52nd Munich Security Conference would be speaking over the security situation of Afghanistan and other important global issues. A statement from the Presidential Palace said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Government employees rallied in Kabul on Tuesday, seeking a halt to the Capacity Building for Results (CBR) programme that they alleged was being used by top officials to recruit their relatives and friends to vacant posts.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Traffic officials on Tuesday said a five-year grace period for around 6,000 right-hand drive vehicles would expire in April this year. After the expiry of the deadline, the department will ban them all. Kabul Traffic Director... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday directed the security personnel to try their level best to ensure the protection of journalists, his office said. Ghani issued the directives during a meeting with leaders and employees of Tolo... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Saturday promised the schedule for parliamentary and district council polls would be announced on Monday. IEC Chairman Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani held out the promise to the Wolesi Jirga,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga or on Wednesday approved two draft laws and three legislative decrees, allowing a 10 percent tax on telecommunication companies and doubling the toll tax on fuel and gas. The draft law regarding the 10 percent... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): After the president ordered the creation of a special court to try cases of women prisoners, the Supreme Court (SC) on Friday promised thorough investigations into detainee complains. On December 31, President Ashraf Ghani said a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Wednesday approved a presidential decree on the management of electricity services and payment of power bills on a monthly basis. A member of the house communications commission, Syed Ikramuddin Masoomi placed... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga -- upper house of the parliament -- on Sunday approved two legislative decrees issued by the president, exempting security bosses from holding acting charge and imposing a 10 percent tax on mobile-phone users.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Meshrano Jirga or Senate Chairman Fazal Hadi Muslimyar on Sunday said Russia was ready to provide military assistance to Afghanistan. Muslimyar, who just returned from a trip to Moscow, told the upper house that Russia was likely... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Finance (MoF) on Wednesday referred a 462 billion afghanis draft budget for the next fiscal year to the Wolesi Jirga -- lower house of parliament -- for approval. Afghanistan’s fiscal year begins on December 22.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Mesharano Jirga members on Tuesday said the government was not willing to hold parliamentary and district council elections, stressing increased pressure on the regime to conduct the ballots. Senator Gul Ahmad Azami said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of Meshrano Jirga members on Sunday renewed their call for the government leaders to set a specific date for Wolesi Jirga and district council elections. The legislators also demanded continued clearing operations in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Public Health Minister Ferozuddin Feroz on Monday said the number of individuals addicted to drugs would continue to increase until security personnel shunned peddling the drugs and prevented their smuggling. Feroz was summoned... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga, or lower house of parliament, on Wednesday rejected with a majority vote a presidential decree imposing a 10 percent tax on cell phone-users. The decree was endorsed by the Council of Ministers during the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The 4th death anniversary of former High Peace Council (HPC) chief Burhanuddin Rabbani was observed with the laying of a floral wreath on his grave in Kabul on Sunday. Rabbani was assassinated at his residence in Wazir Akbar Khan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 92 militants and five Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have been killed in different parts of the country during the past day, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said on Thursday. According to the statement, at least 65... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Expressing concern over the presence of Islamic State (IS) fighters in parts of country, Senate Chairman Fazal Hadi Muslimyar said on Sunday the terrorist group was on the verge of being dismantled in eastern Nangarhar province.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): As many as 64 Wolesi Jirga (WJ) members on Wednesday signed agreed to summon minister of interior to brief the august house about growing incidents of violence that has been plaguing the country for weeks and the group attack on the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The defense minister-designate, the nominee for the Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB) and two members-designate of the Supreme Court were introduced to the Wolesi Jirga or lower house of the parliament on Wednesday for a vote of confidence... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Meshrano Jirga or Senate members on Tuesday called for early announcement of parliamentary elections date, otherwise they would not approve any draft legalising the incumbent lower house. Article 83 of the Constitution... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): For the first time in the troubled history of Afghanistan, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Thursday introduced a female judge Anisa Rasooli as Supreme Court High Council member. As per presidential decree, “article 64, clause... read more
NEILI (Pajhwok): Some members of parliament from central Daikundi province on Saturday staged sit-in against the newly appointed governor and asked the government to reconsider the decision. But Masuma Muradi, the only women governor appointed by... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An opinion poll released on Thursday showed 37 lawmakers to be enjoying great popularity among the masses for their good performance and reputation. The online survey has been conducted by Nawasht website in two months, asking... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament on Wednesday condemned the persecution of Muslim community in Myanmar and asked the UN and the US to help stop human rights violations in the southeastern Asian country. Buddhist... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi on Monday told Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament that revenue collected from taxes has increased and measure have been taken to ensure transparent collection of taxes. The Wolesi Jirga... read more
BAMYAN CITY (Pajhwok): A delegation of Meshrano Jirga or upper house of parliament expressed concerns over arrangements made in connection of a festival marking the central Bamyan province as the cultural capital of South Asian Association for... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga members on Wednesday considered signing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the mainstream intelligence agencies of Pakistan and Afghanistan against “national interest and asked the president to revoke the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): One person was wounded as a magnetic bomb targeted the car of a Ministry of Interior (MoI) advisor in the capital Kabul on Tuesday, an official said. The incident took place on Darul Aman road in front of Habibia High School in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Ahmad Zia Masood, president special envoy for reforms and good governance, on Wednesday directed officials concerned to immediately recover the grabbed state land. He said the forceful grabbing of state land continued in the past... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The provincial council chief of northern Badakhshan province on Saturday urged President Ashraf Ghani to deploy more troops and launch decisive anti-state elements offensive to purge the province of insurgents. Addressing a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga members on Tuesday said government officials had committed negligence during Friday’s attacks on Afghan army posts in Badakhshan province, asking President Ashraf Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah to resign.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A batch of another 2,300 Afghan National Army (ANA) officers and soldiers has completed a training programme at the Kabul Military Training Centre (KMTC), the Ministry of Defence said on Sunday. Addressing the graduation ceremony... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga members on Wednesday accused first deputy speaker Haji Zahir Qadir and a parliamentary group “Karwan-i-Solha” of receiving bribes from ministers-designate to award them the trust vote. Iqbal Safi, a lower house... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Three ministers-designate on Wednesday presented their plans and strategies to the Wolesi Jirga (WJ) or lower house of parliament, underlining elimination of  corruption, creation of opportunities for women and hiring talents... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Mesharano Jirga--- the upper house of the parliament--- on Tuesday accused the government of creating hurdles for investors in the country and suggested to summon finance minister to brief the august house on country’s tax system... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, Speaker Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament, on Saturday said management by acting governor’s in provinces has led to massive corruption and mismanagement of a number of affairs. The unity government... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga or -- lower house of parliament-- on Saturday decided to summon National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar to brief it on the latest peace initiative. One of the points on the agenda for today’s assembly... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Seven former Pashtani Bank employees including its head Hayatullah Dayanim, who are being held in in the Pul-i-Charkhi jail for the last three years, went on hunger strike on Wednesday. Senior prison official Col. Mohammad Karim... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga chairman on Tuesday said he was pro-peace, but opposed a situation where Taliban’s white flags were being replaced by black ones of the Islamic States (Dayesh) and Afghanistan once again became a victim of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The US Department of State's Rewards for Justice Program is offering rewards for information on two associates of the extremist group Hezb-e Islami Gulbuddin (HIG), a statement posted on the US Department of State website said.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A suicide bomber detonated his explosive-laden vehicle before reaching his intended target in Deh Sabz district of the capital Kabul on Tuesday morning, a security official said.   Hashmat Stanikzai, Kabul police... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of residents of Paghman district in capital Kabul on Sunday staged protest and blocked Kabul-Kandahar highway following the killing of a man the other day. Around 250 enraged protesters carried the dead body of the slain... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The government has decided that individuals involved in attacks on security officials would not get any clemency in future. Speaking to reporters in Kabul, Police Chief Lt. Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahimi said: “The president and Chief... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Kabul police on Saturday claimed arresting 152 criminals, including a group allegedly involved in children kidnapping, in the capital city. Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, Police Chief Lt. Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahimi... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Police have detained 13 individuals on various charges ranging from murder to drugs smuggling, an official said on Tuesday. Police Spokesman Hashmatullah Stanikzai told Pajhwok Afghan News the suspects were arrested in the past... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A civilian was killed and two other wounded in a magnetic bomb blast in 9th police district of the capital Kabul on Tuesday morning, an official said. Deputy Interior Minister Najeebullah Danish told Pajhwok Afghan News the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The provincial councils (PC) members and their supporters called off their protest on Thursday after assurances by the Kabul police chief that their grievances would be brought into the notice of the authorities concerned. Abdul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 10 people accused of different crimes including murder, vehicles number plates’ theft and trafficking illegal weapons and narcotics have been detained in the capital Kabul, security officials said Monday. Kabul police... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Young Activists Network for Reform and Change (YANRC) on Sunday urged the UN and others international organizations to clarify their stance over the current harassment of Afghan refugees in Pakistan. The YANRC spokesman... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Expressing satisfaction over a graduation ceremony for newly trained Afghan National Army (ANA) officers, the chief of army staff said on Thursday the graduates would help overcome the personnel shortage problem. Speaking at the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Directorate of Security (NDS) on Sunday claimed recovering some 100 items that were stolen from a foreign military base in Maidan Wardak province. The gear had been stolen from a NATO base in Syedabad district and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG), based on a presidential decree, on Sunday confirmed starting work on draft amendments to the law on provincial councils’ role. Some days back, the lower house decided... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga, or the lower house, on Wednesday reiterated its stance that provincial councils did not reserve the right to supervise or evaluate the performance of local departments. Last year, the assembly amended the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At the head of a high-level delegation, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday flew to Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan, on Wednesday. Ghani would meet with his Turkmen counterpart Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov and other... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Second Vice President Sarwar Danish on Thursday said the previous government had failed in its efforts to restore peace and eliminate terrorism. Addressing participants of a national conference in Kabul, Danish said the recent... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Civil society activists on Thursday said most of cabinet nominees lacked professional experience and asked the Wolesi Jirga to use the trust vote in the supreme national interest. After more than 105 days of its inauguration, the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some members of the Wolesi Jirga -- or lower house of the parliament -- on Wednesday said majority of cabinet nominees would not be able to get trust vote as they lacked professional experience. Barring a handful of qualified... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The list of ministers-designate, their brief biographies and educational documents reached the Wolesi Jirga Secretariat on Tuesday, an official said. Siddique Osmani, the Wolesi Jirga deputy secretary, told reporters the next... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some political experts believed the nomination of the 25 cabinet members and two chiefs of independent organs were finalised as a result of compromise between the president and the CEO. A few hours earlier, a long-awaited list of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some members of the Wolesi Jirga -- lower house of the parliament -- on Monday donated their 10 days salary to families of martyred and wounded security officials. The lower house established a special fund to help relatives of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): As many as 1,600 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers, including 200 lieutenants, completed their training at the Military Academy in Kabul on Sunday.  Brig. Gen. Aminullah Patyani, the academy commander, said the six months... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga -- or lower house of parliament -- speaker on Saturday pledged ministers-designate would be introduced to the assembly for a vote of confidence on Monday. Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi told the session that President... read more
KABUL/MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): In the backdrop of growing security challenges in the country, the Afghan National Army (ANA) was impregnable and well-prepared to defend the motherland, commander of the 111 corps said on Thursday. Lt. Gen. Qadam... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): About $2 billion government annual revenue is lost to corruption and mismanagement annually, the Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA) said on Monday. At a meeting with Mohammad Akbar Stanikzai, member of the Wolesi Jirga’s Finance... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Acting Counternarcotics Minister Haroon Rashid Sherzad on Wednesday said the bulk of poppy crop was cultivated in 10 districts of four provinces this season.Sherzad told reporters in Kabul 54 percent of poppy cultivation had been... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Media support organisation NAI on Tuesday welcomed the endorsement of the access to information law by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.Sadiqullah Tawhidi, the head of NAI, hoped the endorsement of the law would provide access to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A suicide bomber targeted a convoy of British Embassy cars east of Kabul City on Thursday, killing at least one British diplomat and four Afghan civilians and injuring more than 37 others, police said.Kabul police spokesman Hashmat... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The fifth book of late Abdul Rahman Pazhwak “Khulasa-i- Fasli Az Sarguzashti Yak Afghan-i-Muhajir (a brief summary of the story of an Afghan refugee) has been published.  The 294-page book contains prose and poetry that touch... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Upper house members and a free media advocacy group, NAI, on Tuesday condemned the publication of a blasphemous article in a local English daily, urging print media to refrain from hurting religious sentiments.NAI chief Siddiqullah... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Wednesday directed governors to allot land plots to teachers. He also promised an increase in salaries of teachers and other privileges.Addressing a Teachers’ Day function at the Amani High School... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least seven security personnel were killed and more than 20 others wounded in two separate suicide attacks in Kabul on Wednesday, a day after the signing of a security pact with the United States.Brig. Gen. Humayun Aini, in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): One individual was wounded in a bomb blast in the heavily-fortified capital Kabul on Sunday, a day ahead of president-elect Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai’s inauguration.Maj. Gen. Qadam Shah Shahim, an army commander, told Pajhwok Afghan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A total of 19,047 ballot boxes or 83 percent ballots cast during the June presidential runoff elections were audited as of Saturday evening, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced on Sunday.IEC spokesman Noor Mohammad... read more
KABUL/JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Six people were injured in two separate explosions in Kabul and eastern Nangarhar provinces on Thursday, officials and eyewitnesses said.The first blast took place at around 7:00am in Ahmad Shah Baba locality in the 12th... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Maidan Wardak’s newly-elected provincial council head escaped unhurt in a magnetic bomb explosion in Kabul on Saturday, an official said.The blast occurred at around 01:00pm in front of the Pul-i-Khishti Masjid, police chief Hashmat... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A Pajhwok reporter, Azizullah Hamdard was injured during attack by unidentified gunmen in central capital Kabul.Being hospitalized at Kabul Emergency hospital, Hamdard has been attacked by two gunmen in Khwaja Bughra neighbourhood... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Political experts say Afghanistan could plunge into political and economic crises if the slow-paced process of auditing all votes is not accelerated and the new president is not inaugurated on schedule.The inspection of all votes... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): One policeman was killed and another wounded when a magnet bomb attached to their vehicle exploded in the central capital Kabul on Thursday.Police official Col. Humayun Ainee told Pajhwok Afghan News the bomb went off close to the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Supporters of Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday declared him as new president, but the former foreign minister urged them to demonstrate patience.The Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced the preliminary results of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Supporters of presidential candidate Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday tore apart poster of President Hamid Karzai in the Loya Jirga tent and replaced it with Abdullah’s photo inscribed with ‘Afghanistan’s elected president’.The... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  Attackers set on fire 400 fuel tankers trucks parked on the outskirts of Kabul in the Arghandi square in Paghman district overnight, with some drivers and cleaners missing.The trucks were set afire at around 10:30pm and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Finance on Monday said budget deficit has forced them to stop construction work on some time-consuming development projects.In 2014, the ministry faced with 21 billion afghanis budget shortfall, Finance Ministry... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Four members of a family were injured following a rocket attack in the 10th police district of this heavily fortified central capital, an official said on Wednesday.Two rockets were fired from an unknown location into Kabul, with... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Civil society organisations on Sunday warned the deadlocked electoral process could hurt national unity and urged the election commissions to take serious steps toward building trust between the presidential candidates.On Wednesday... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Supporters of presidential hopeful Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Saturday staged two separate protest demonstrations in Kabul, demanding the prosecution of those involved the June 14 runoff fraud.Haji Khalil, one of the demonstrators,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Counternarcotics Minister Din Mohammad Mubariz Rashidi on Sunday launched a new policy on regional and international cooperation to control drug trafficking and production in Afghanistan.Rashidi told reporters in Kabul that... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): In a latest development, as many as 30,000 families in Kabul City would provide with uninterrupted power supply after the installation of new electricity transformer, an official said on Sunday. Around 20,000 kilowatt... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Embarking on his runoff election campaign, frontrunner Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Thursday said he was ready for a televised debate with his main challenger Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai.Ahmadzai, who finished second in the first round of... read more
A dispute over ownership of land in Bagrami, Kabul, has led to eight murders. However, the authorities say the land belongs to the government and not to private individuals. An investigation by the Independent Media Consortium (IMC) Productions.*... read more