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KABUL (Pajhwok): Former Environment Projection Authority head Mustafa Zahir was administered oath as member of the Meshrano Jirga on Sunday, while Haji Mahmod Khakrizwal was introduced as another member of the upper house. Mustafa Zahir was... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan National Standards Authority (ANSA) cancelled licenses of 58 companies over importing low quality petroleum during the past two years and another 15 companies faced the same charges, an official said on Saturday.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The government on Wednesday said it would introduce nearly a dozen ministers-designate to the Wolesi Jirga for a vote of confidence on Saturday. Currently 14 ministries are headed by acting ministers. The government has... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Saturday reversed a majority decision to introduce Chief Secretary Khudai Nazar Nasrat to the Attorney General Office (AGO) despite opposition from some lawmakers. Earlier, the lower house of parliament’s... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Finance (MoF) on Monday tabled next year’s budget draft with a total outlay of 357.6 billion afghanis, one billion dollars less than the 1396 solar year’s budget at the Meshrano Jirga or upper house of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Finance (MoF) is expected to present the budget draft for 1397 solar year before an extraordinary session of the Meshrano Jirga on Monday (tomorrow). Mohammad Asif Sidiqi, 2nd deputy chairman of Meshrano Jirga, on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of Meshrano Jirga or Senate members on Sunday said the Presidential Palace and the Chief Executive had hired ‘inexperienced’ advisors, with most of them fueling ethnic differences. Senator Sher Mohammad Akhundzada from... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of lawmakers on Sunday stressed transparency in upcoming elections and urged the government to introduce picks for ministries headed by acting officials. Thirteen ministries are currently being headed by acting ministers... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A Wolesi Jirga investigative commission on Saturday suspended and referred Chief Secretary Khuda Nazar Nasrat to the Attorney General Office (AGO) and asked Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi to return 5.3 million afghanis spent on his... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga Secretariat Director Khudai Nazar Nasrat was suspended and referred to the Attorney General Office (AGO) on charges of corruption and illegal appointments on Saturday, lawmaker who headed the investigative commission of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Mehwar-i-Mardom Afghanistan (MMA) party on Thursday demanded of the government to appoint ‘fresh faces’ to the electoral bodies. The party said the proposed fresh appointments should be made in consultation with political... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament on Wednesday criticized transport officials for not solving problems in the sector. The house summoned acting transport minister, Mohammad Hamid Tahmasi, and head of Afghanistan Civil... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament on Monday rejected a presidential legislative decree seeking amendment to the population registration law. In March, 2013, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) shared a draft population... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Meshrano Jirga member Rahmatullah Asakzai was barred from attending house sessions for a month on Sunday over beating a colleague at the Senate’s hall. At Sunday’s meeting of the upper house, some lawmakers stressed convening of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A Meshrano Jirga delegation says cases of 1,850 prisoners held at the Pul-i-Charkhi jail have not been processed while around 900 other inmates are illegally kept in the facility on the eastern outskirts of Kabul. The Meshrano... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Reacting to the removal of five Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC)’s secretariat employees, some Meshrano Jirga members on Tuesday called for an inquiry into the matter. On Monday, IECC head Abdul Aziz Aryai said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga members on Wednesday condemned yesterday’s series of attacks in the country and lashed out at the government for what said lacking foreign policy and security strategy. Tuesday’s attacks killed and wounded more than... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Dozens of people on Monday protested in front of the National Assembly building in Kabul, accusing the 1st deputy speaker of Wolesi Jirga of usurping their market, however, the deputy speaker rejected the allegation. The... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Wednesday revealed a new security plan for religious places under threat, saying local residents would be hired and trained for the job in their areas. Najibullah Danish, MoI’s spokesman, told a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga members lashed out at the government for not sending ministers-designate to the lower house for endorsement on Monday. The appearance of ministers-designate before the Wolesi Jirga -- lower house of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Senate chairman Fazl Hadi Muslimyar on Sunday tasked the house commission against impunity with investigating a complaint lodged by a provincial council member from northern Balkh province, Mohammad Asif Momand. On August 7,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A day after the Afghan government rejected Pakistan Prime Minister’s remarks about India’s role in Afghanistan, the Meshrano Jirga or upper house of parliament on Sunday followed the suit. During an interaction at the Council on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga members on Saturday demanded investigation into corruption allegations against the lower house speaker and secretary. Earlier, Humayon Humayon, first deputy speaker, had accused the Wolesi Jirga secretariat of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Many institutes on Thursday stressed the need for national unity, slamming the new US policy for Afghanistan and asking militant groups to join the peace process. Representatives of the Afghanistan Political Parties House (APPH... read more
KABUL, Sep 19, 2017: The head of the Da Afghanistan Bank, the heads of private banks and the representative of the Chief Accountants' Association of Sray-i- Shahzadeh in connection with the banknotes recently announced by the Bank as inappropriate and unsubstantiated, are summoned by the Meshrano Jirga PAJHWOK/Bais Yousufi
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Mesharano Jirga members slammed the government policy regarding collection of old banknotes as ‘inappropriate” but Da Afghanistan Bank (central bank) defended the policy. On February 1, Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB)... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A provincial council member from northern Balkh province on Tuesday lodged a complaint with the parliament about his illegal detention and beating by Governor Atta Mohammad Noor. Mohammad Asif Momand said he would also register... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A Wolesi Jirga or lower house member on Monday alleged some ministers-designate had offered government jobs to relatives of lawmakers in return for granting them the vote of confidence. Hameed Tahmasi has been nominated as... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Meshrano Jirga or Senate members on Sunday demanded President Ashraf Ghani effectively highlight Pakistan’s support to terrorism in the upcoming United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meeting. President Ghani is expected to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament on Wednesday decided to add granting the trust vote to eight ministers-designate to its agenda. Currently 11 ministries are headed by acting ministers. The government has... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): On their return from summer break, Wolesi Jirga members on Monday condemned what they called “Muslim genocide” in Myanmar and airdropping of blasphemous brochures by foreign forces in Parwan province. The lower house members... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Hundreds of residents of Kabul condemned the killing of Muslims in Myanmar at a protest demonstration, asking international human rights organisations to help end the humanitarian catastrophe. The violence against Myanmar's... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Police have detained 18 individuals over drug smuggling charges in various provinces of the country, officials said on Wednesday. The anti-narcotics police also seized 500 kilograms of drugs and 1,100 liters of alcoholic drinks... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Public representative Mohammad Asif Momand has said he was beaten and maltreated by sons and guards of the governor of northern Balkh province after his arrest from the airport, a claim the governor’s aide rejected. Momand, a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than 80 consumers of two power supply towers in capital Kabul owe 28 million afghanis in unpaid electricity bills while some used direct hooks illegally. A copy of documents from Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS)... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ahmad Shah Massoud Foundation head on Monday alleged the unity government by fueling differences among the people ‘is plunging the country into crisis.’ Ahmad Wali Massoud told a press conference here that the government had... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A fire gutted 35 shops selling fruits and vegetables in central capital Kabul on Tuesday, as the losses were estimated at about 10 million afghanis. Allah Mohmmad, a shopkeeper at the market in the limits of 4th police district,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of government officials, inaugurating the “second Youth Parliament” in Kabul on Sunday, asked politicians to avoid ‘irresponsible acts’ and stop figures inside the government from working against the system. The second... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga’s first deputy speaker on Saturday introduced the lower house secretary to the Attorney General Office (AGO) over embezzlement and employment of hundreds of people illegally, allegations rejected by the secretary.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Population Registration Department (PRD) on Thursday handed over the attestation process for the computerized national identity (CNIC) cards and birth certificates to a private company under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Five rockets landed near the residence of Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf, a former jihadi veteran, in Paghman district of central Kabul province on Thursday. Paghman police chief Col. Sardar Mohammad Hakimi told Pajhwok Afghan News the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga or lower house members on Wednesday said not allowing the plane carrying first vice-president Gen. Abdur Rashid Dostum to land was ‘an insult’ to the VP, adding those behind the scenes should be identified. A... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A Wolesi Jirga or lower house member on Tuesday said he had been assured by the National Directorate of Security (NDS) that the five suspects who wanted to attack the parliament would be rearrested. Mirdad Najrabi, who heads the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga or Senate on Tuesday said the Afghanistan government should prevent fencing and ditching along the Durand Line and shouldn’t remain silent. Senator Jumaddin Gianwal told Tuesday’s session said Pakistan was... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The energy and water minister on Monday presented a new strategy on the country’s water resources to the Wolesi Jirga or lower house of the parliament for approval. Eng. Ali Ahmad Usmani, the minister said, his ministry’s studies... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): About 70 percent of Tora Bora area in eastern Nangarhar province is under Daesh control, a public representative from the province said on Monday. Haji Zahir Qadir warned the government of protests if it didn’t pay heed to the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga on Saturday accused President Ashraf Ghani of fueling eth ethnic differences while others supported the president’s infrastructure development programs. Some lawmakers at today’s session of the house also... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of Wolesi Jirga or lower house members kept continued criticizing a new political alliance between three major ethnic groups on Monday, with the first deputy speaker saying the coalition resulted from President Ghani’s poor... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga members and political analysts on Saturday criticized the new alliance among the Jamiat-i-Islami Afghanistan (JIA), Hezb-i-Wahdat Mardum and Junbish-i-Milli Afghanistan parties, saying the move was aimed at serving... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Procurement Commission (NPC) has approved 12 project contracts worth around four billion afghanis and rejected a contract about IT equipment supply to the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs. A statement from the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The spymaster on Sunday rejected the presence of a ‘fifth pillar’ within the government and revealed arresting three suspects in connection with a massive truck bombing in Kabul. Mohammad Masoom Stanikzai, the National... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga members on Saturday condemned Thursday’s attack on Al-Zahara Mosque in Kabul City, saying the attack was aimed at stirring up religious differences. Five worshippers were killed and 12 others wounded in Thursday... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Calling the sale of 70 acres of land to the Alokozay Group of Companies (AGC) in Kabul by the government as against the law, the Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament on Monday scrapped the deal. The government in June, 2016... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Monday approved a draft plan for rescuing the country from the current critical situation. The lower house of parliament members said officials who had committed negligence in preventing recent deadly attacks... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga or upper house of parliament on Sunday ruled that Zanbaq Square should be named after “Shaheed Mohammad Salem Ezidyar” and that recent Kabul incidents should be seriously investigated. Mohammad Alam Ezidyar,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga members, criticizing road blockades by protesters in Kabul, on Saturday asked the government to remove the protest tents. A number of Kabul residents have been protesting against recent terrorist attacks in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga members on Wednesday criticized the Jamiat-i-Islami Afghanistan (JIA) party for demanding removal of the National Security Advisor (NSA), saying the protest tents in Kabul had created problems for local residents... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The anti-government protest in Kabul entered a fourth day on Tuesday, when the demonstrators erected another two tents near the site of a powerful truck bombing that killed and wounded hundreds. The truck bomb attack on Wednesday... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Monday appointed a delegation comprised of representatives from all provinces to investigate recent deadly attacks in capital Kabul and the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA). On Wednesday, nearly 90 people... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): In response to some senators’ criticism of security organs, the Meshrano Jirga or upper house on Sunday decided to summon senior security and military officials next week. Also today, the Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Meshrano Jirga chairman Fazl Hadi Muslimyar was among four lawmakers who sustained injuries in yesterday’s triple suicide blasts that ripped through a funeral in Kabul. The funeral for the son of Senate deputy chairman Muhammad... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga (lower house) members on Wednesday warned the government of closing the national assembly’s doors if it did not introduce ministers-designate for a vote of confidence. However, Shah Hussain Murtazavi, deputy... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga members on Wednesday said the morning truck suicide bombing in a most secure area of the nation’s capital was “questionable”, slamming the government for its failure to ensuring people’s security. At least 80 people... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Mishrano Jirga chairman and members on Tuesday said the US should clarify the landing of unknown helicopters in Taliban-controlled areas because the country controlled Afghanistan airspace. The legislators also called the US... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A Wolesi Jirga delegation on Thursday said the Alokozay Group of Companies (AGC) had been sold 144 acres of land in Kabul against the law, calling for the deal to be cancelled. Officials last year said 144 acres of land was sold... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga member Abdul Rahman Shaheedani on Sunday denied preventing a KamAir flight from landing at the airport in central Bamyan province. However, the airline officials said they had evidence to prove it was Shaheedani who... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Meshrano Jirga members on Monday divided over the selling of 72 acres of land to the Alokozy Group of Companies (AGC) by the government in Kabul. The government last year signed a deal with AGC for making investment and doing... read more
MEHTARLAM (Pajhwok): Construction work on two mosques was launched in the capital of eastern Laghman province on Friday. Governor Abdul Jabbar Naeemi, who inaugurated the construction work on the mosques at the Sultan Ghazi Baba township and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan and Tajikistan on Friday signed a sixth agreement on economic and trade cooperation in Kabul. The agreement was signed between Afghanistan Economy Minister Abdul Sattar Murad and Khudayarzada Zoqi Beg. After... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Eight police officers have been referred to the judicial organs in central Maidan Wardak province for allegedly committing negligence in duty, an official said on Friday. Maidan Wardak police chief Brig. Gen. Ahmad Fahim Qaim... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga members on Wednesday termed forced diversion of a passenger plane by supporters of a lawmaker in central Bamyan province as treason and demanded the incident to be investigated. Supporters of lawmaker Abdul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga or upper house of parliament has stopped paying salary to Sibghatullah Mujaddedi after a Pajhwok Afghan News report said the senator had pocketed millions of afghanis in salaries and privileges in absentia. The... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga or lower house speaker on Monday urged political parties and influential figures to reach a consensus on resolving the current imbroglio, which he said the government could not deal with alone. Jaffar Mehdavi, a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Meshrano Jirga chairman Fazl Hadi Muslimyar on Sunday directed the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Services Commission (IARCSC) and the Computerized Identity Cards Distribution Authority (CIDCDA) heads to appear before... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Salvation Council (ASC) on Thursday said sending more foreign troops to Afghanistan would prolong the war, asking the government and militants to build trust. Around 350 people participated in a gathering... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi on Wednesday asked political leaders to support the incumbent government and put their differences aside. The lower house speaker the country faced huge challenges of insecurity and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament on Monday refused to add to its agenda three newly-introduced ministers-designate, insisting on replacement of the acting ministries first. Eleven ministries are currently headed by... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga on Sunday expressed concern over keeping weapons in schools and demanded disclosure of a private school in Kabul, where arms were found. On May 9, police recovered nine different weapons, a large number of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some senators accused the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission (IARCSC) of committing ‘national treason’ by not attending the upper house’s Sunday’s session. The Meshrano Jirga members said IARCSC head... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga members on Wednesday renewed their call on the government to end the culture of acting officials who they claimed were main cause of problems. Currently as many as 13 ministries are being headed by acting ministers... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Monday praised Kandahar police chief for courageously responding to Friday’s cross border attack and demanded trial of Kunduz’s Qala-i-Zal district police chief. The skirmish between Afghan and Pakistani... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga or Senate on Sunday denounced Pakistan for a recent border violation and asked the Afghan government to call a Loya Iirga into session on the matter. The lawmakers asked the government to move the United... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga or lower house members on Wednesday lashed out at the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) chief over her recent remarks about the release of Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan prisoners. On Saturday (... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of Wolesi Jirga or lower house members on Monday criticized the suggestion of appointing two top military officials who recently resigned as ambassadors. On the other hand, the lawmakers said the government’s security... read more
KABUL/LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): A number of Meshrano Jirga or Senate members on Sunday said the war in Afghanistan would continue until terrorism and drugs remained. Senator Sher Mohammad Akhunzada from southern Helmand province told today’s session... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The 209th Shaheen Military Corps commander was among 10 officials introduced to the judicial organs for investigation about a deadly attack on the corps base in northern Balkh province, an official said Thursday. As many as 135... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Meshrano Jirga members on Tuesday welcomed the resignation of the defence minister and the army chief ‘as a nice gesture’ and ‘good culture’. But they said changing faces would not help resolve security issues and asked the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Mesharano Jirga members on Tuesday welcomed Gulbadin Hekmatyar’s arrival in eastern Nangarhar province and asked the government to implement the peace deal with the Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) in its true spirit. Earlier... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Meshrano Jirga or Senate members on Sunday asked the government to ‘go beyond’ mourning the deadliest attack on the Afghan army in northern Afghanistan. Today (Sunday) was declared as a national day of mourning following a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Office of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on Thursday said the Taliban were a terrorist group and no country has the right to recognise them as a political movement. Mujeeb Rahman Rahimi, CEO office spokesperson, told a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Tehreek-i-Milli Afghanistan (TMA) and some Wolesi Jirga members on Wednesday lashed out at Ahmad Zia Massoud over warning the government of dire consequences. Massoud was a couple of days ago dismissed by the president as his... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): First deputy speaker of Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament on Monday said the president was playing a political game with parliament by not sending his nominees for a trust vote to fill vacant Cabinet portfolios. On... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Meshrano Jirga or upper house members on Sunday welcomed the US for dropping its largest bomb on Daesh) militants in eastern Nangarhar province but others condemned the attack. The US Department of Defense had said it used... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga members on Wednesday demanded investigation into cash aid given to Taliban families in northern Kunduz province by the governor, saying the move betrayed Afghan security forces. Reports had quoted Kunduz Governor... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament has decided to suspend membership of lawmakers who were absent for more than 20 days in a row in future. Few days back, some Wolesi Jirga members complained that a number of their... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Meshrano Jirga or upper house members on Sunday said licenses of political parties having military wings and those acting against the law should be suspended. Senator  Zalmai Zabulai told today’s session that a number of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of Wolesi Jirga members on Wednesday demanded that membership of lawmakers who were permanently absent from the house should be suspended or their salaries cut. Today’s Wolesi Jirga session discussed the issue but no one... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A Senate body on Tuesday said more than 100 prisoners at the notorious Pul-i-Charkhi jail east of Kabul city have sewn their lips shut and have been on hunger strike in protest against a presidential order. Mohammad Hasham... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga members on Monday demanded expulsion of lawmaker Abdul Latif Pedram from the lower house over campaigning to recognize the Durand Line as an international border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Some media... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A Wolesi Jirga or lower house member on Monday alleged ‘parentless and homeless girls’ in the only-state run orphanage in Kabul were sexually harassed, a claim the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs ‘a conspiracy.’ Nahid Fared... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Mesharano Jirga members on Sunday asked the government to introduce lawmaker Abdul Latif Pedram to the attorney’s office over his recent remarks regarding the Durand Line. Last week, the Pakistani media quoted Chief... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga or lower house members on Saturday asked the government to introduce nominees for the vacant Cabinet portfolios as soon as possible, demanding an end to the ‘culture of acting officials’. The Cabinet seats fell... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Security officials on Sunday acknowledged weaknesses in Afghan forces but said they had prepared essential plans for improvement, claiming progress in investigations into recent attacks in Kabul and Kandahar. They said a number... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday told lawmakers that he had no intention to dissolve the parliament. The president, who met Wolesi Jirga’s administrative board members at the Presidential Palace, said he had not talked to anyone... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga or lower house members on Saturday said corruption related reports of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) about security departments should be investigated. Last week, SIGAR in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Meshrano Jirga or upper house of parliament on Sunday stressed early holding of the long-delayed parliamentary election and warned that further delay in this regard was unacceptable. The government has hinted at holding elections... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan New National Front (ANNF) party chief Anwarul Haq Ahadi on Thursday asked donor countries to pay attention to transparency in the upcoming elections in Afghanistan. Ahadi was addressing a gathering in which the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Ulema Council has strongly denounced the harassment of Afghan refugees in neighbouring Iran and Pakistan. The Ulema Council slammed recent terrorist attacks, particularly the storming of the Sardar Mohammad Dawood... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament on Wednesday decided to summon top security officials on March 27 in connection with a bloody attack on a hospital in Kabul. The death toll from the March 8 complex assault on the 400... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Bodyguards of some lawmakers were on Tuesday accused of entering the parliament premises with hashish and hookas. Senate chairman Fazal Hadi Muslimyar told today’s general session that security officials of the National Assembly... read more
KABUL CITY (Pajhwok): A Meshrano Jirga or upper house’s delegation on Tuesday said the March 8 attack on the military hospital in Kabul was impossible without support from security officials deputed there. The delegation members said security... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga member from Kabul Abdul Qader Zazai was elected Sunday as the lower house secretary for one year in a sixth round of voting for the slot. Deputy speakers and vice chairmen, secretaries and deputy secretaries of both... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Clearing operation of the Special Police force has ended with all terrorist killed in the Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan Military Hospital in capital Kabul on Wednesday, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said. Sedique Sediqui, MoI... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of the parliament on Tuesday elected deputy and second deputy speakers while the Mesharano Jirga or Senate chose commission heads and the secretary. Wolesi Jirga Lawmakers from eastern Nangarhar... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Meshrano Jirga members on Monday elected the first and second deputy chairmen and deputy secretary of the upper house. The parliament inaugurated its 7th constitutional year of 16th legislative term after a 45-day winter break... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Monday laid emphasis on the holding of parliamentary elections, saying legal hurdles in this regard had been removed. The president, who   inaugurated the first joint session of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament on Tuesday celebrated the International Women’s Day but only one lawmaker attended the session. No female lawmaker was present at the session celebrating the Women’s International Day... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A Wolesi Jirga or lower house member on Monday said 70 percent of appointments made at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) during the past two years had been illegal and without considering the hiring standards. Dr. Jafar... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry and of Commerce and Industry on Sunday said it would officially complain to the World Trade Organization against Pakistan’s closing of transit trade routes to landlocked Afghanistan. Pakistan closed all its border... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) on Sunday signed contracts for 48 development projects with village development councils and private construction companies. MRRD minister Eng. Nasir Ahmad Durrani... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday assured the war-weary nation that Afghanistan would win the war on terrorism just like it triumphed over communism. As many as 120,000 Soviet soldiers -- equipped with tanks, fighter jets and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) delegation has left Kabul for Ankara at the invitation of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is expected to participate in the welcoming ceremony of the HIA supremo, an official said on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A senior Hizb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) member on Tuesday hoped the US, Canada and the United Kingdom (UK) would also lift sanctions against the party and its leader former jihadi commander Gulbadin Hekmatyar. Eng. Amin Karim,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Lawmakers on Saturday said the guesthouse bomb attack in southern Kandahar province was ‘questionable’ and that the attackers had insider’s support. Eleven people, including five diplomats from the United Arab Emirates (UAE),... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament on Saturday refused to approve an amended version of next fiscal year’s budget over what lawmakers called imbalanced accounts. According to the Ministry of Finance (MoF), about 287... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga members on Wednesday condemned yesterday’s attacks in Kabul, Kandahar and Helmand provinces and lashed out at the intelligence agencies over failing to prevent such incidents. On Tuesday, seven people were killed and... read more
KABUL/ASADABAD (Pajhwkok): A Meshrano Jirga delegation has banned transfer of all kinds of wood from eastern Kunar province pending an investigation into alleged timber smuggling. The delegation that visited Kunar, said local officials were not... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga or Senate Sunday criticized sending 300 American soldiers to southern Helmand province and demanded investigation into civilian deaths in northern Baghlan province.. The upper house also condemned the killing... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Senate Chairman Fazl Hadi Muslimyar on Tuesday said regional countries were interfering in Afghanistan due to wrong policies of the United States. Muslimyar told Tuesday’s session of the Meshrgano Jirga or upper house that recent... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga speaker on Monday expressed concern over the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan, saying some regional countries used the Taliban as pressure tool and the Kabul administration shouldn’t ignore it.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Education (MoE) on Sunday confirmed 1005 schools remained closed across the country due to insecurity and other reasons. Acting MoE Minister Dr. Asadullah Mohaqiq told this to the Meshrano Jirga or upper house... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of Wolesi Jirga members on Wednesday said the trilateral meeting between Russia, Pakistan and China represented a weak Afghan government’s diplomacy and asked the government to send the basic lines of foreign policy to the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The spymaster on Tuesday stressed change in the fighting method and said extremist thoughts among young generation should be prevented. Addressing the Meshrano Jirga or upper house of parliament, the National Directorate of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga or lower house members on Monday remembered the 6th of Jadi of Afghan calendar as “black day in Afghanistan history”. The lawmakers said due to the former Soviet Union invasion of Afghanistan, the country still faced... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Meshrano Jirga or Senate members on Sunday called an upcoming meeting between Russia, China and Pakistan on Afghanistan as interference in the country and against international norms. Senator Amina Afzali told today’s... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga or Senate on Sunday approved two draft laws including one preventing women’s and children’s harassment and the second governing military higher education institutes. Shafiqa Nawrozkhel, the deputy head of women... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of Wolesi Jirga members on Wednesday accused their colleagues of misusing their position in obtaining passports for relatives. Shukuria Essakhel, a lawmaker from Baghlan province, said: “I have been serving as lawmaker... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some lawmakers on Saturday said the case between Vice-President General Abdul Rashid Dostum and a former governor has earned Afghanistan ‘a bad name’ and asked judicial organs to seriously investigate the allegations. Tribal... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi on Saturday said the continuation of duty by the disqualified ministers was against the law, asking the government to introduce their replacements. On November 2, the lower house summoned... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Several Wolesi Jirga members on Wednesday expressed concern over kidnapping and physically assaulting a noted tribal elder by security guards of First Vice-President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum and requested a comprehensive... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The enemies of Islam and Afghans want to fuel sectarian strife in Afghanistan but they would never achieve their goal, said the Wolesi speaker said on Monday.   Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi congratulated all Muslims across the globe... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Russia a few years back established contact with Taliban about the release of a pilot from their captivity and except that Moscow has no relationship with the rebels, the Meshrano Jirga chairman quoted the country’s ambassador Zamir... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga members on Monday welcomed the rejection of $500 million Pakistani aid by President Ashraf Ghani at the Heart of Asia Conferencein Amritsar. Representatives from about 40 countries and groupings like the European... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Meshrano Jirga members on Sunday criticized the government for keeping mum over Afghans fighting in Syria, saying the issue should be seriously investigated. A recent report released by Middle East Monitor or MEMO... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Government officials on Saturday stressed a review of Islamic subjects taught at universities and urged prevention of anti-government propaganda. Hajj and Islamic Affairs Minister Fiaz Mohammad Usmani, Deputy Education Minister... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi on Wednesday presented next fiscal year’s budget with a total outlay of 466 billion afghanis to the Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament for approval.   Hakimi said more than 287 billion... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Lawmaker Qais Hassan was on Monday appointed as head of the Wolesi Jirga’s commission on transportation, communication and municipalities after the former head resigned over corruption allegations. The commission elected Hassan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament members on Monday again called as against the Constitution the continuation of work by the impeached ministers and asked the government to introduce their replacements at the earliest... read more
LASHKARGAH/KABUL (Pajhwok): The governor of southern Helmand province on Sunday rejected rumors that the Afghan Taliban’s leadership council had been moved from Pakistan to the province. Foreign news agencies have quoted a Taliban spokesman as... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of Meshrano Jirga or upper house of parliament members on Sunday expressed concern over the appearance of ‘masked men’ posing as refugees in some parts of the country. On the other hand, some senators said they were... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Warning against interfering in electoral process, election watchdogs on Thursday welcomed the appointment of new commissioners on the two electoral bodies and urged more efforts at ensuring transparency in their job. Naeem... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga on Tuesday said yesterday’s attack on a mosque in Kabul was an attempt to create religious divisions among Afghans. At least 30 people were killed and more than 60 others wounded in a suicide attack on a Shiite... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga on Sunday said professional individuals should be appointed as commissioners on the electoral bodies. The upper house asked the government to set a date and take needed measures for holding the long due... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Senate Chairman Fazl Hadi Muslimyar on Sunday lashed out at the government for its silence over Russia’s interference in Afghanistan’s internal matters. Muslimyar expressed concern over growing relations between Taliban and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga’s first deputy speaker on Saturday said no authority, including the Supreme Court, has the right to intervene in the lower house’s decisions.   The government has sought the apex court’s opinion after the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Amir, a student of Ghazi Abdullah High School, has been declared “Education Star” after securing first position in an academic competition in Kabul. Fariha and Nikbakht achieved 2nd and 3rd positions respectively in the contest... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some upper house members Tuesday said any confrontation between the Wolesi Jirga and the executive branch was not in the interest of the country. The Meshrano Jirga members were of the view that the issue of impeachment of some... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga on Tuesday approved Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO)’s veterinary commission statute and a contract of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) about support to the Afghan energy sector... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Finance (MoF) on Tuesday tabled next year’s budget draft with a total outlay of 466 billion afghanis at the Meshrano Jirga or upper house of parliament. According to MoF, the budget for next fiscal year has been... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A Meshrano Jirga delegation on Sunday said jail terms of 800 inmates at the notorious Pul-i-Charkhi prison east of Kabul had completed, but they remained jailed. The delegation, tasked with assessing situation of prisoners at the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Wednesday decided to summon officials whose ministries and organizations spent less than 70 percent of their budgetary allocations. The lower house also decided to recommend to the president the dismissal of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Monday condemned Friday’s missile attack at Makkah, Islam’s most sacred city in Saudi Arabia, by Houthi rebels from Yemen. The lower house also decided to seriously review the performance of security organs’... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Meshrano Jirga or Senate members on Sunday stressed unity among tribes, asking the government to punish those involved in the killing of 33 civilians in Ghor province. Local officials in Ghor province last week said 33 civilians... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Saturday condemned the massacre of 33 civilians in Ghor province and warned officials concerned over failure to arrest the perpetrators.    Local officials in the western province on October 26... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Mesharano Jirga or Senate members on Tuesday questioned the renewed push to revive peace talks ahead of winter and stressed intra-Afghan talks and an end to Pakistan’s interference in this regard. Earlier reports emerged... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of senators on Sunday voiced support for the government-initiated peace process but stressed such negotiations should be only intra-Afghan. Following the successful peace talks between the government and the Hezb-i-... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Minister of Finance on Saturday said work on implementing the segregation of duty plan at organsations presented at the Brussels conference has been launched.    The international community at the Brussels... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Meshrano Jirga or upper house of parliament members on Tuesday said ministers who failed in spending their development funds should be removed and introduced to the attorney’s office. A day earlier, Wolesi Jirga or lower house of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of Wolesi Jirga members demanded disqualification of ministers who failed to spend 50 percent of budgetary allocations during the ongoing fiscal year. Arif Rahmani, lower house member from Ghazni province, expressed... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament members on Saturday accused security forces of putting in place ‘poor security measures’ for Shiite mourning processions, resulting in attacks on the mourners in Kabul and Balkh province... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga members on Monday expressed concern over increasing insecurity in some provinces and asked the government leaders to devise a war strategy that could meet current needs.    Fatima Aziz, a lawmaker from... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Security bosses on Sunday said new plans for ensuring security in big cities had been devised and 20 operations conducted against insurgents across Afghanistan. Interior Minister Taj Mohammad Jahid, who was summoned to the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Currently 15,000 vacancies are still vacant in government organizations while the Wolesi Jirga (WJ) had six months ago asked the government to hire eligible individuals to vacant posts.   The Independent Administrative... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Journalists on Wednesday boycotted the Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament proceedings after what they said the house security guards treated them with a harsh behavior. The journalists when wanted to enter the parliament... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Monday said it would make a decision soon about members of the Independent Commission for Overseeing the Implementation of the Constitution (ICOIC) who were refusing to appear before the lower house of parliament... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Hajj and Islamic Affairs (MoHIA) on Sunday said services provided to Afghan hajj pilgrims this year were unprecedented and 12 of the pilgrims died during the performance of the annual pilgrimage and four others were... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga (WJ) or lower house of the parliament on Saturday debated disqualification of ministers failing to spend enough part of development funds allocated to their ministries for the ongoing fiscal year. Lawmaker Mer... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A joint session of parliament on Wednesday asked militant groups to renounce violence and join the government-initiated reconciliation process. Referring to World Peace Day being observed today, Wolesi Jirga or lower house... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga,or upper house of parliament, on Tuesday condemned US airstrikes on a police post in central Uruzgan province, calling for holding accountable the military personnel involved in the incident. Two days back,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of Meshrano Jirga or upper house members on Sunday said the government should conclude the peace agreement with Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) as soon as possible and share obstacles being created in this regard with the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Sixty militants have been killed and 13 others wounded in 12 provinces of the country during operations, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Wednesday. According to MoD statement security forces conducted offensive against... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some lower house or Wolesi Jirga members on Saturday termed as ‘illegal’ a third presidential legislative decree on electoral reforms, saying constituencies-based elections would create more problems, but other lawmakers held... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Assembly is returning from its summer break tomorrow (Tuesday), as the electoral reform decree’s fate remains undecided and the vice-president on Monday said a new decree will be finalized within hours. According to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A young man from southeastern Paktia province, who pitched tents in Kabul in protest against forced marriage for four months, ended his protest on Sunday, blasting the government for ignoring his demand. Khan Wali Adil, who has... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Forty percent of Afghanistan’s population lacks access to healthcare services and medicines imported to the country are of poor quality and most of drugstores are open without pharmacists, officials said on Thursday. Nisar Ahmad... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some students of private universities in Kabul on Saturday demanded the government increase security for educational institutes and also asked militants not to target such facilities. The demand from privately-run higher... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Several traders on Saturday warned of closing their businesses if goods transfer from the custom office at the Hamid Karzai International Airport remained the monopoly of a single company. Banu Company received the license of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The High Peace Council (HPC) deputy head on Monday said they had established contacts with some Taliban leaders for peace talks and hoped the Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) delegation would return to Kabul soon. Mualvi Attaur... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Officials of the Ministry of Urban Development on Friday said the state owned housing company (Khana Saze) would begin production within a year with the help of a Turkish construction company. Abdul Aziz Ibrahimi, the ministry... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Saturday tasked a special commission with investigating the arrest of a kwy Taliban figure from the Maidan Wardak police chief’s vehicle in Kabul. Qari Zahir, Taliban’s intelligence... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament on Wednesday passed an eight-article draft law barring the president from issuing legislative decrees on issues already covered in existing laws. The national assembly also declared... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga -- or the lower house of the parliament -- on Monday approved Abdullah Habibi as defence minister. The minister-designate was introduced to the assembly along with President Ashraf Ghani’s pick for the spymaster... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament is all set to endorse or reject President Ashraf Ghani’s picks to head the Ministry of Defence and the National Directorate of Security (NDS) tomorrow (Monday), a lawmaker said on Sunday... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament on Saturday ratified Afghanistan’s World Trade Organization (WTO) membership. Haji Mohammad Hashim, the house economic commission’s deputy head, said Afghanistan had requested WTO... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Residents of the capital Kabul on Thursday took to streets, asking the government to ensure public security, protect highways and detain the officials backing the Taliban. The rally comes weeks after officials in northeastern... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Wednesday condemned Pakistan border forces’ attack on Afghan forces in Torkham border, asking the Afghan government to resolve the issue through diplomatic channels. Reports say Afghanistan and Pakistan have... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of upper house members on Tuesday stressed an early date for holding the delayed parliamentary and district council elections and termed the rejection of the presidential decree on electoral reforms by the lower house as... read more
On Sunday night, border guards from the two countries exchanged heavy fire over the construction of a gate on the Pakistani side of the contested frontier. One Afghan border police official was killed and five others were injured. Some reports... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Indian ambassador to Afghanistan Manpreet Vohra said on Sunday his country would continue supporting Afghanistan in its pursuit for economic development. The envoy was addressing the Mesharano Jirga or upper house of parliament... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Defense minister-designate and nominee for the National Directorate of Security (NDS) were introduced to Wolesi Jirga or lower house of the parliament for a vote of confidence on Wednesday. Second Vice-President Sarwar Danish... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two senior officials of the Kabul municipality have been arrested on corruption charges by the Ministry of Interior (MoI), an official said on Sunday. The detained officials were identified as Administrative Assistant Mohammad... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A lawmaker on Sunday said dozens of Islamic State or Daesh militants had arrived in eastern Kunar province along with their families and were looking for recruits. Addressing the Meshrano Jirga or upper house of parliament,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Returning TUTAP power project documents to the government without a review, the Meshrano Jirga on Sunday said the government should decide on the project route as per recommendations of the appointed delegation. The Turkmenistan-... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Welcoming the draft peace agreement between the Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan and the government, the Meshrano Jirga on Sunday asked the government not to allow anyone to sabotage the peace talks. After two months of dialogue between... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga on Tuesday commended mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Baz Mohammad Mubarez and five youth who excelled in university test exams last year. Mubarez recently defeated his Russian rival in Moscow, watched by... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A fact-finding commission of the Meshrano Jirga on Tuesday said more than 200 suspects arrested in central Parwan province have confessed to traveling to the northern region of the country for harvesting the illicit poppy crop.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament members on Monday asked the government to review the composition of a commission tasked with reviewing the route of a multinational power import project from Turkmenistan. After... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga members on Saturday accused security officials of negligence in protecting people’s lives and properties, asking the government to punish the kidnappers and murderers of 12 years old Abasin. Abasin was kidnapped in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament on Saturday assigned a delegation with investigating Tuesday’s deadly suicide attack in Kabul that killed and wounded hundreds of people. The car bombing targeted the VIP protection... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): State Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Ghulam Nabi Farahi said the presidential legislative decree on composition, powers and duties of election commissions was sent to the Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament for approval on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 48 militants and 10 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have been killed over the past one day in 12 provinces of the country, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Friday. A statement from MoD stated that Afghan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Officials on Thursday said the Afghan government would respond ‘tit-for-tat’ to Taliban’s attacks and would show no mercy to them in future. This was stated by National Security Council (NSC) spokesman Tawab Ghorzang at a joint... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has said the national flag will fly half-mast on Friday and Saturday as a token of mourning for the victims of Tuesday’s suicide bombing in the Kabul. At least 64 people were killed and 347 wounded in the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some lawmakers on Tuesday said President Ashraf Ghani had decided to boycott future meetings of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) and expressed optimism about peace talks with the Gulbadin Hikmatyar-led Hezb-i-Islami... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga or upper house of parliament on Sunday criticised the Ministry of Education (MoE) over keeping thousands of seats vacant at a time when most Afghan youth were jobless. Some 25,584 vacancies are lying vacant in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga members on Saturday asked the higher education minister to allow migration of female students from one university to another, but the minister said it would create problems. Higher Education Minister Farida... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Wednesday asked the government to brief the lower house of parliament on the peace process and recent remarks of US Secretary of State John Kerry about the unity government deal. First deputy speaker Haji... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Meshrano Jirga or Senate members on Sunday said US Secretary of State John Kerry’s remarks about “extension in the unity government’s term’ was a clear interference in Afghanistan’s affairs. Kerry on Saturday said the unity... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A policeman has been detained on the charge of robbing salaries of Wolesi Jirga Secretariat workers, a security official said on Sunday. Salaries amounting to 40 million afghanis were shifted to the parliament on Saturday when... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Meshrano Jirga or Senate chairman Fazal Hadi Muslimyar on Sunday welcomed peace talks with the Gulbuddin Hekmatyar-led Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA). A HIA team has currently been in capital Kabul for peace talks. The... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Police in capital Kabul on Thursday seized a container carrying alcoholic drinks imported from Pakistan and arrested three persons, including two Pakistanis. Brig. Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahimi, the 101 Asmai Zone police commander,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The acting spymaster on Monday said three Pakistani militant groups were fighting against the Afghan government and accused the Pakistani intelligence of trying to expand the war in Afghanistan. Acting National Directorate of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): One of three rockets, fired by the Taliban from an unknown location, landed inside the new parliament building on Monday, causing some damage to the compound, an official said. One of the rockets hit a sub-building of the Indian-... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): While insisting on a proper irrigation system, President Ashraf Ghani acknowledged on Sunday the government’s failure in producing, supplying and distributing and utilising water over the past four years. Speaking at an... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Peace is the need for the country, but the government’sremains unclear on talks with militants, alleged the Wolesi Jirga deputy speaker on Sunday. “Peace is the need of the hour as life is impossible without peace. But people... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A three-day exhibit of women’s handicrafts got under way in the Bagh-i-Babar (Babar Garden) area of Kabul on Sunday. Different types of handicrafts, including socks, gloves, garments, embroidered clothes, beaded products, carpets... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Sunday once again failed to elect its second deputy speaker in a fourth round of voting due to a lack of quorum. Earlier, Abdul Rauf Inami, a lawmaker from Badakhshan province, was elected as secretary to the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Measharno Jirga or upper house members on Sunday said other regional countries like Iran and Russia should be included in the Afghanistan peace process so that their concerns could be addressed. Also on Sunday, Gulbadin... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga members vying for first and second deputy speakers slots fell short of the required threshold during the house administrative board elections on Wednesday. Two days ago, a dozen lawmakers nominated themselves for... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A military court in eastern Nangarhar province has fined and sentenced to 15 years in jail an Afghan National Army (ANA) service member for defecting to the Taliban, the Ministry of Defence said on Thursday. A MoD statement said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) chief on Thursday said he would not accept any new post if merely aimed at ousting him from the IECC. In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, Abdul Sattar Sadat... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) chief Abdul Sattar Sadat on Wednesday said he was skeptical the renewed international push to revive the Afghan peace talks would succeed as he doubted Pakistan’s sincerity.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Members of a civil society group have set up a “wall of kindness” in capital Kabul for needy people to collect and keep clothes and other things left behind by others on the wall. The message is simple: If your economic condition... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The newly-appointed transport director for capital Kabul on Wednesday identified fighting corruption, providing modern transport facilities including special transport service for women among his primary goals. Faridullah Sherzai... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Kabul Servants Institute (KSI) on Thursday set the government a 10-day deadline to appoint a new mayor for capital Kabul, otherwise they would launch a protest campaign. Former Kabul mayor Mohammad Younis Nawandish resigned... read more
KABUL (Pajhowk): A fact-finding commission on Tuesday said government officials and departments had violated the law by releasing former Kabul Bank executive Khalilullah Ferozi from prison to sign a multimillion township contract with him. The... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Wednesday said the Afghan government and the people had a strong will to bring peace and stability to the country and militants should avail the chance. Abdullah told a press... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A national handball team member, Zubair Azizi, has drowned along with his wife and a one-year-old son in Greece waters on their way from Turkey to Europe. Aziz left Kabul along with his family a week back, but their boat capsized... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Justice Minister on Wednesday presented a draft counternarcotics law before the Wolesi Jirga for approval, which would allow the use of drugs in preparing medicines in the country. The bill in seven chapters and 76 articles... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga on Tuesday condemned the amputation of a woman’s nose by her husband in northern Faryab province and sought punishment for the perpetrator. A man chopped off the nose of his wife, Reza Gul, a 20-years-old,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga (WJ), or lower house of parliament, on Monday approved the draft budget for 2016 after necessary changes and a12 billion afghanis addition to the outlay. Earlier, the assembly rejected by a majority vote the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan’s New National Front, led by Anwarul Haq Ahadi, on Thursday formally declared its existence, calling the unity government “a failure” and demanded fresh presidential elections. At the party’s launch ceremony,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament on Wednesday asked the government to introduce nominees for the slots of defence minister, the spymaster and heads of the Attorney General Office and the Afghan Red Crescent Society for... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Friday said 78 Taliban militants had suffered casualties in a string of security operations in different parts of the country. MoD spokesman Brig. Gen. Dawlat Waziri told Pajhwok Afghan News 60... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Fresh from their sensational triumph in the 5th ODI, Afghanistan are all posed to take on Zimbabwe in the first of the two-match T20 series in the United Arab Emirate on Friday. On Wednesday, Gulbadin Naib played the most... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Meshrano Jirga or Senate members on Sunday differed over whether to include or not in the upper house’s agenda a presidential legislative decree regarding elections. Under Article 109th of the Constitution proposals for... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Lawmaker Haji Zahir Qadir on Monday said unknown helicopters had been seen landing in eastern Nangarhar province and his men would target these copters if seen again. The first deputy speaker of the Wolesi Jirga or lower house of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Saturday rejected by a majority vote an election-related legislative decree of President Ashraf Ghani. The presidential decree was placed before the lower house for approval by Nasir Ahamd Hanafi, head of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of senators on Tuesday said the security situation of southern Helmand province was “terrible” and asked the government to take steps in this regard before it was too late. But Lt. Gen. Murad Ali Murad, the deputy chief... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Meshrano Jirga or upper house members on Tuesday expressed their deep concerns over broadcasts by  “Caliphate Radio” belonging to the Islamic State in eastern Nangarhar province and demanded an immediate halt to its broadcasts... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A survey on socio-physical environment for the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline would be launched in Afghanistan next year, the mines minister told lawmakers on Saturday. Daud Shah Saba told the lower house... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The government lost millions of dollars in revenue to tax exemption on import of fuel for foreign troops through the Heratan dry port, a Wolesi Jirga delegation has learnt. The lower house deputy secretary, Erfanullah Erfan, who... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Lawmaker Haji Zahir Qadir on Monday claimed a son of Ahmad Zia Massoud had invited the Qatari prince to western Herat province. Some 20 days ago, a Qatari plane carrying 10 luxurious vehicles and some food items, landed at the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga or upper house of the parliament on Sunday decided to summon the higher education minister over an ongoing strike by teachers of public sector universities in Kabul. The teachers of Kabul University, Kabul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Wednesday urged the government to meet demands of striking university professors and send the higher education law to the parliament soon for a review. The professors of Kabul university, Kabul medical... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Wednesday said it would pay arrears amounting to 3.5 billion afghanis to 90 contractors over the next four months. Representatives of the 90 companies had earlier complained the ministry was not... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  Some senators on Tuesday renewed their call for the government to announce dates for holding parliamentary and district council elections and asked President Ghani to highlight Pakistan’s support for terrorism in the ‘Heart of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga members on Monday alleged that corruption was being committed in the issuance of passports, but the department concerned spurned the allegation. “There is widespread corruption in the issuance of passports,” a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has said Pakistan has been in a state of an “undeclared war” with Afghanistan over the past 40 years, the Presidential Palace said on Friday. President Ghani made the comments on Thursday afternoon during a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Except some roads, no other infrastructure development projects were carried out over the past 14 years in central Parwan province, the governor said on Friday. Mohammad Asim Asim told Pajhwok Afghan News no measures had been... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (Pajhwok): At least 10 people were killed and another six wounded when a mortar allegedly fired by Afghan National Army (ANA) troops hit a mosque in the Syedabad district of central Maidan Wardak province on Friday, residents said.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga deputy speaker on Wednesday said the government might collapse if he presented evidenceof the National Security Council’s support for the Islamic State (IS) -- also known as Daesh. On November 23, Zahir Qadir,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some lawmakers on Saturday said officials involved in the release of Kabul Bank main debtor from jail to sign a multimillion real estate contract with the government should be fired. Former Kabul Bank chief executive and major... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Central bank chief Khalil Siddique on Tuesday told the Meshrano Jirga or upper house of parliament that the increase in US dollar’s value, the decline in investments and domestic products, insecurity, migration and capital flight... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga, or lower house of parliament, on Saturday threw out President Ashraf Ghani’s fifth legislative decree, barring acting officials from performing their duties in security institutions for more than two months.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some lawmakers on Wednesday alleged Khalilullah Ferozi, former Chief Executive of Kabul Bank, was released from jail against $7 million in bribe to participate in the inauguration of his township scheme. They claimed the deal... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Interior Minister Noorul Haq Ulumi provided satisfactory information about the security situation to the Wolesi Jirga on Monday. Summoned almost a week ago, the minister fielded a volley of questions about the fall of several... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga or upper house on Tuesday decided to summon National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar over his recent comments about terrorist groups’ activities in Afghanistan. Atmar told the Associated Press in an... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Mesharano Jirga on Tuesday appointed a delegation to investigate alleged rape of 35 women prisoners by prosecutors and judges in the western zone of the country. A recent research conducted by the Rights and Justice Organisation... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Finance Minister Eklil Ahmad Hakimi on Monday ruled out budget deficit and informed the Wolesi Jirga about increase in the country’s revenue and a $2.8 billion aid promised by the international community over the next three years... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani talked to the 207th Zafar Military Corps commander and the governors of Herat, Farah and Badghis provinces through a video conference to assess security situation and governance. A statement from the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 80 militants and 13 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have been killed during separate security incidents in different parts of the country over the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Friday. A... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament on Wednesday decided to summon top security officials over the arrival and stay of Taliban’s supreme leader Mullah Mansour in central Ghazni province. Lawmaker from Ghanzi Mohammad... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Wednesday accused Pakistan of clear intervention in Afghanistan’s internal affairs and decided to summon the foreign minister and the national security advisor over non-implementation of a bilateral security... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Mesharno Jirga or upper house of parliament on Sunday amended some articles of the law governing salaries of high-ranking government officials. The amendments enable parliament members to receive government privileges and a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga (WJ) or lower house of the parliament on Wednesday approved a draft law regarding salaries of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), his two deputies and others discharging duties out of the country’s grade system.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga on Tuesday appointed a delegation to evaluate the security situation in northern Kunduz province and asked security organs to identify vulnerable security spots in capital Kabul and take necessary measures.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A senior intelligence official on Sunday acknowledged the existence of the “5th pillar within the government” while the deputy defence minister stressed on the need for full equipping Afghan forces to foil enemy’s designs.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some lawmakers on Saturday said the Dand Ghori accord with Taliban in northern Baghlan province amounted to giving the insurgent group concession, but others defended the agreement. The Wolesi Jirga (WJ) session ended on an... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Hundreds of people on Thursday took to the streets in central capital Kabul, demanding removal and punishment for officials whose negligence led to the fall of Kunduz City.  The demonstrators chanted slogans against the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Directorate of Security (NDS) -- the Afghan spy service -- on Wednesday said the suspension of a planned operation led to the fall of Kunduz City to the Taliban. Three days back, the insurgents attacked the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The governor of northern Kunduz province has fled to Europe after Kunduz City, the provincial capital, fell to Taliban insurgents, some sources said on Tuesday. Mohammad Omar Safi had been in Tajikistan, from where he was trying... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Interior Minister Noorul Haq Ullomi on Wednesday clarified that the government had signed an agreement with people of Dand Ghori district of northern Baghlan province not with the Taliban there. Ullomi, who met with family... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At the head of a high level delegation, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Wednesday left for the United States to attend the 70th UN General Assembly (UNGA) session in New York. Representing the Islamic Republic... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Wednesday rejected as baseless media reports about the subculture of bacha bazi or "boy play” in the ranks of the Afghan National Army (ANA). The MoD said in a statement that religious scholars at... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga (WJ) members on Wednesday termed as incomplete the Election Reform Commission (ERC)’s suggestions to overhaul the country’s electoral system. Speaking at today’s session, they said the government should launch... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga members on Saturday said security bosses lacked the ability to improve the country’s security situation and called for the officials concerned to be summoned to answer questions from lawmakers. Speaking at the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga or lower house members on Saturday said if the Population Registration Act had any problems, the government should come up with amendments, but should not allow anybody to disunite the Afghans. The Population... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Mesharano Jirga or upper house of parliament members on Tuesday denounced a NATO airstrike that allegedly killed 17 Afghan counternarcotics police in southern Helmand province, calling for the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Elders from eastern provinces on Sunday warned against not mentioning “Afghan” and “Islam” in the computerised national identity (ID) cards. More than 100 elders and their supporters coming all the way from from Nangarhar,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Hundreds of people on Saturday took to the streets in Kabul to protest the omission of the words “Afghan and Islam” from new electronic national identity cards. Afghan National Movement head Mohammad Ismail Yon, Afghan Millat... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Relatives of the Shah Shaheed truck bombing victims on Monday said they were spending nights in ruined houses and the government was yet to keep promises of helping them. At least 15 civilians were killed and nearly 500 others... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The New Line Organization (NLO) on Thursday criticized the government’s performance about youths’ improvement and demanded the young generation be provided with job and education facilities. The NLO is a civil society institute... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): "Afghanistan High Rescue Council (AHRC)" on Thursday said “biased neighbours” and other foreign countries should not be allowed to meddle in the Afghan peace process. AHRC head and former Taliban official Maulvi Syed Akbar Agha... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Lower house members on Wednesday stressed efforts at overcoming the trust deficit between the government and the Taliban and predicted the inclusion of a woman in government delegation in future talks. The Taliban have reportedly... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga (WJ) -- or lower house of parliament -- is scheduled to rise for a 45-day summer recess on Thursday (tomorrow) at a time when some lawmakers acknowledge the assembly's poor performance during the past four months... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Monday could not hold its general session because a majority of the lawmakers were absent. Some lawmakers, who attended the session, lashed out at their absent colleagues, saying the house could not pass bills... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): In a fresh move, the Meshrano Jirga -- or upper house of parliament -- on Sunday rejected a draft law applying a 100 percent tax on tobacco imports. The Meshrano Jirga also approved an amended draft law on smoking control law in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has assured lawmakers his ministers would appear before them to answer their questions, the Meshrano Jirga or upper house secretary said on Tuesday. Senate members have boycotted attending sessions from the... read more
KABUL (Pajhowk): Some lawmakers on Monday feared the Gulbadin Hekmatyar-led Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA)’s decision to support Islamic State (IS) militants could strengthen the new group’s activities in Afghanistan. In a recent statement, the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Monday unanimously rejected government-proposed amendments to the anti-money laundering and terrorist financing law. Former president Hamid Karzai had signed the law in June 2014 after it was approved by both... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Wednesday assigned its commissions to investigate Monday’s group suicide attack on the parliament, in which two civilians were killed and 28 others wounded. Eight insurgents launched the coordinated attack on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of Meshrano Jirga or upper house of parliament members on Sunday expressed grave concern over spiraling insecurity in the country and stressed the government to improve security throughout the country. Lutfullah Baba,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi said on Monday members of lowers house would continue work till holding of parliamentary elections. The sitting lawmakers have legitimate right to keep working, he said, adding the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga (WJ) members on Saturday expressed grave concern over boiling insecurity and warned that some districts might fall to insurgents if steps were not taken to bolster law and order. Fawzia Kofi, a lawmaker from... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministery of Counternarcotics on Wednesday said it was concerned about the increasing population of drug addicts in the country, calling for assistance from the departments concerned and international community to deal with the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A lawmaker from northern Samangan province on Monday alleged corruption ran rampant in coalmines in her province, saying a local council had prevented embezzlement of 15 million afghanis in the sector in past 24 hours alone.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Haji Zahir Qadir, deputy speaker of the Wolesi Jirga, on Tuesday said some incumbent ministers still held dual citizenship and if convincing evidence found they should tender resignation. Without naming anybody Qadir said: “Among... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament on Saturday approved a set of amendments to the Acting Law banning government officials from duty in acting capacity beyond two months. Asadullah Sadati, a member of the central... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): People’s representatives of central Bamyan province opposed the appointment of new governor Mohammad Tahir Zahir for the province, saying the new governor could not deal with the emerging challenges in the area. Two days back,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chairman of the Independent Elections Commission (IEC) on Monday pledged to hold parliament elections without further delay if provided with financial support. Ahmad Yusuf Nuristani said the IEC had taken necessary steps, but... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament on Monday approved a draft law on foreign residents and a bilateral friendship and strategic cooperation agreement Afghanistan had signed with Turkey. Likewise, a law draft on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga --- or lower house of parliament --- on Saturday approved tax affairs bill into law with majority of votes. Shinkai Karokhel, a lawmaker from Kabul and member of finance commission, presented the bill in the house.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Kabul primary court on Saturday opened the trial of Farkhunda murder case and summoned eight high security officials to appear before the court at Sunday’s proceeding. The officials summoned include Kabul police chief, Kabul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Calling for an end to the Afghan conflict, religious leaders in capital Kabul say they support Imam-i-Kaaba’s recent remarks that the Taliban and Daesh had no link to Islam. Imam-i- Kaaba Sheikh Khaled al-Ghamedi has publicly... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): On the occasion of Farkhunda’s Chehlum, civil society activists and residents of Kabul on Monday asked the government to award exemplary punishment to those detained in her case and prosecute police officials who looked on when she... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Tuesday said corpses of slain Afghans killed in Iran have been delivered to their families after they were arrived in the country. MoFA last week said eight Afghan nationals who were... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Funds allocated to some Ministry of Interior (MoI)’s departments sometimes ended up in the hands of insurgents due to the widespread administrative graft, the European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan (EUPOL) said on Tuesday.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of residents of northeastern Badakhshan province on Saturday staged a protest against Warduj district attack that left 30 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers dead, demanding the government to investigate the incident... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  A number of Wolesi Jirga members on Saturday blamed stark differences between leaders of the unity government for a spike in deteriorated law and order. Ghulam Hussain Naseri, Wolesi Jirga member, told the house: “Weak... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga or lower house members on Monday accused the Human Resource (HR) Department at the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) of accepting bribes in hiring employees. The lower house summoned Noorul Habib Jalal, the acting... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): As some lawmakers claimed insecurity was on the increase in provinces ruled by acting governors, Wolesi Jirga first deputy speaker assured new governors would be introduced within next 15 days. Soon after being inaugurated in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Interior Minister Noorul Haq Ulumi on Thursday said recent kidnapping of passengers on highways were aimed at putting pressure on the government and sabotaging the peace process. About a month ago, masked gunmen snatched 31... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Interior Minister Noor-ul-Haq Ulumi on Thursday praised police officers but stressed the force was needed to demonstrate professionalism. Speaking at a gathering of special police unit, he said security force rendered huge... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some residents of central Daikundi province on Tuesday protested in front of the parliament building in Kabul against what they called illegal activities of strongmen in the district. Tor Mohammad Haidari, one of the protestors,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some lawmakers on Sunday claimed that Farkhanda had contacted foreign embassies before being killed, but officials denied the assertion as groundless. Farkhanda, 27, was killed and burnt by a mob in front of Shah Du Shamshera... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Seventy-two militants and seven national policemen have been killed in clearing operations in different provinces, the Ministry of Defence said on Monday. The operations were conducted in the past 72 hours in Kandahar, Zabul,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The president’s special representative for reforms and good governance on Wednesday called corruption a big obstacle to Afghanistan’s development and prosperity, Some amendments to the constitution were needed for elimination of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga member Mohammad Akbar Stanikzai on Monday accused the Logar police chief of having hand in last month’s group attack on the provincial police headquarters. At least 20 policemen were killed and nine others... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Before embarking on his visit to the United States, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani is expected to refer at least 10 cabinet members to the Wolesi Jirga for a vote of confidence. The long-expected cabinet nominations were likely... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some lawmakers on Saturday asked the unity government to introduce the remaining cabinet ministers, saying a delay would affect parliamentary elections. Abdul Wali Niazi, a legislator from Badakhshan province, said: “If the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and former vice-president on Monday stressed to protect gains achieved in the past 13 years in Afghanistan during the peace negotiation. Speaking at a gathering to mark the first death anniversary of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has suspended Sports Department Director Karamuddin Karam after sportsmen accused him of corruption, the Presidential Palace said on Monday. A number of sportsmen observed strikes calling for the top sports... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Speaker of the Wolesi Jirga (WJ) or lower house of parliament said on Saturday that election for the house should be held on due date and the government introduce the remaining cabinet picks without further delay. Speaking at the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Lt. Gen. Muhammad Zahir Aghbar has been appointed as security advisor to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Wednesday. Earlier, Aghbar served as protection brigade commander at the National Directorate of Security... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A recent decision by National Security Council (NSC) to ban cargo trucks entry into Kabul city for security reasons has caused a spike in prices of goods and pave way for corruption, traders complained on Thursday. The unloading... read more
FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): The strength of gunmen claiming allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) group increased from 80 to 400 persons over the past one and a half months in the Khak-i-Safed district of western Farah province, the district chief said on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of civil society activists and residents of the capital Kabul on Monday vehemently denounced violence against women and demanded the perpetrators be brought to justice. Over hundreds of people gathered in front of the... read more
KABUL/TALOQAN (Pajhwok): Four members of a family were killed and another wounded in a roadside bombing in Qarabagh district of the capital Kabul, while 12 people were injured in a traffic accident in northeastern Takhar province, officials said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Directorate of Security (NDS) on Wednesday claimed thwarting a terrorist bid in Kabul by detaining two suspects. A statement from the spy service said the alleged terrorists planned to stage attacks in Kabul.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Hundreds of Kabul residents on Tuesday staged a protest demonstration, seeking an oversight role for provincial councils. On Wednesday, the lower house rejected a clause of the law on provincial councils, barring the elected... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The minister-designate of interior on Tuesday said he would take effective measures for maintaining security and enforcing law in collaboration with relevant organs if he was given a vote of confidence. Noorul Haq Ulumi was... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Presidential Palace on Tuesday introduced new ministers-designate of information and culture and justice after the rejection of the earlier nominees by the Wolesi Jirga on the dual-nationality issue. First Vice-President... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The public works minister-designate on Monday pledged to work out plans for infrastructure development and spreading a network of roads. Seeking a vote of confidence from the Wolesi Jirga members, Ghulam Abbas Basir said he would... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The higher education minister-designate on Sunday pledged to improve the university curriculum, fight against graft and introduce accountability if she was given a vote of confidence. Addressing lawmakers, Khatira Afghan said it... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Telecommunications and IT minister-designate Barna Karimi on Thursday said he would complete the national fibre ring project and provide the Afghans high quality telecom and internet services at lower rates. Explaining his future... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The public health minister-designate on Thursday told lawmakers he would put an end to imports of substandard drugs and improve the situation of hospitals, if given a vote of trust. President Ashraf Ghani introduced 24 ministers-... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The cabinet nominee to head the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) on Wednesday told lawmakers his priority would be overcoming the gap between cities and villages in terms of facilities, if he was granted a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Gen. Sher Mohammad Karimi, defence minister-designate on Wednesday promised implementing security improvement plans and building realistic military ties with Pakistan.    Also the sitting Afghan army chief, Gen.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President’s Special Representative for Reforms and Good Governance Ahmad Zia Massoud on Sunday asked the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology to focus on promoting electronic governance. As part of a series... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani is set to meet the Wolesi Jirga Administrative Board before ministers-designate seek a trust vote from the lower house, whose session was postponed on Saturday.  More than three months after being... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): After being rejected by the Wolesi Jirga, an amended draft budget for the current fiscal year would be presented to the lower house of parliament next week, a lawmaker said on Wednesday. Wolesi Jirga’s Finance Commission head... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Eid Milad-u-Nabi (SAWW) is being celebrated on Saturday throughout Afghanistan with religious zeal and fervour. For the faithfuls, Eid Milad-u-Nabi (SAWW) is highly regarded religious festival as they express gratitude and thanks... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan’s premier intelligence agency had arranged the Taliban delegation’s visit to China in November last year, Aimal Faizi, spokesman of the former president revealed on Saturday. A day earlier, a leading Pakistani The News... read more
KABUL, MAIMANA (Pajhwok): Eight people were killed and two more wounded in two separate incidents of violence in capital Kabul and northern Faryab province, officials said Thursday. Brig. Gen. Farid Afzali, head of Kabul police criminal... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Fresh forces have been sent to the Dangam district of eastern Kunar province that would be cleared of militants in the next two days, security officials promised on Tuesday.Testifying before the Meshrano Jirga, the officials said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Elections Commission (IEC) chief on Sunday said the Wolesi Jirga could not amend the law on the structure, duties and authority of the poll panels.On the other hand, some lawmakers claim based on Article 109, they... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Kabul police chief claimed on Wednesday that 76 outlawed and suspected killers of the Supreme Court’s secretary have been detained in the past two weeks.Lt. Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahimi told journalists that terrorist attacks had... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Fifty-four suspects have been arrested during a search operation in capital Kabul, an official said on Monday.The operation involving National Security Directorate (NDS) and National Army (ANA)’s 111st Capitol Division personnel... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than 100,000 acres of gardens have been rebuilt and 10,000 more acres created in the last decade in Afghanistan, the deputy minister of agriculture, irrigation and livestock said on Monday.Mir Amanuddin Haidari, speaking at a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Unidentified gunmen shot dead an official of the Supreme Court in broad daylight in the capital Kabul on Saturday, the victim's relative said.Khaliqullah Khaliq, director of the Afghanistan Customs’ Law-Enforcement, confirmed the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Six Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed and 14 others wounded in a suicide attack in the Qasaba area of the capital Kabul on Thursday morning, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.A statement from MoD said the target of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President’s special representative on reforms and good governance Ahmad Zia Massoud on Tuesday said administrative corruption was a major hurdle to the country’s development and there was no choice but to eliminate the menace.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A Wolesi Jirga member, Abdul Rahim Ayubi, on Tuesday accused a number of lawmakers of being involved in administrative corruption, an issue of grave concern for Afghanistan's international backers.“There is no commission in the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) on Monday signed an agreement with two companies to promote Islamic banking in the country.The agreement was inked between ACCI and the Kabul-based Islamic Finance and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some political experts on Friday welcomed pledges from the international community at the London Conference to continue cooperating with the Afghan government.Simultaneously, they asked the administration of President Ashraf Ghani... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Emergency Response Committee (ERC) on Wednesday said it was fully prepared to deal with possible disasters in the winter, but some lawmakers expressed their reservations.The ERC is comprised of representatives from 10... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Lt. Gen. Mohammad Zahir Zahir’s resignation has been turned down and he would continue as Kabul police chief, an official said on Monday.Hashmatullah Stanikzai, the Kabul police spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News that government... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi on Saturday denounced a bomb blast inside a mosque in eastern Nangarhar province as an attack on Allah’s house.A bomb explosion inside the mosque during Friday prayers in Khogyani district... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President’s special representative on reforms and good governance Ahmad Zia Massoud said on Thursday Afghanistan would become self-reliant in agriculture over the next five to 10 years.Presiding over a meeting at the Ministry of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President’s special envoy for reforms and good governance Ahmad Zia Massoud on Wednesday said low paid government servants and poor people should have access to affordable housing in Kabul City.Speaking at the Ministry of Urban... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The newly-elected provincial council members of central Kabul province were sworn-in on Monday at the Governor’s House here despite warnings from losing candidates to disrupt the ceremony.After being put on hold for seven months,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Failed provincial council candidates on Sunday warned to once again disrupt a planned oath-taking ceremony for winning runners in Kabul if their demands went unaddressed.After being put on hold for seven months, final results from... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga members on Wednesday asked the government to brief them on recent visits by senior Pakistani officials to Afghanistan.In October, Pakistan’s national security advisor Sartaj Aziz visited Afghanistan and on Nov 6... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A planned oath-taking ceremony for the newly-elected provincial council members of central Kabul province to be held today (Tuesday) has been cancelled.The ceremony, originally scheduled for Tuesday morning, has now been postponed... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Protesting provincial council candidates on Saturday warned of hampering a scheduled oath-taking ceremony for winning runners in Kabul if their demands went unheard.Some 30 losing candidates and their supporters staged a protest... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than 20 tonnes of drugs were torched in Kabul on Wednesday when officials said Afghanistan needed international assistance in the fight against narcotics -- a top priority of the new government.About 360 kilograms of heroin, 29... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Protesting provincial candidates and their supporters on Tuesday staged a rally in Kabul, accusing the election commissions of fraud and asking court to take action against those involved in vote rigging.Attended by 250 people... read more
KABUL CITY (Pajhwok): Increasing rocket and magnetic bomb attacks have worried Kabul residents, who believe lack of deterrence and coordination among security forces allows such assaults.This last week saw six magnetic bombs exploding and as many... read more
KABUL CITY (Pajhwok): Increasing rocket and magnetic bomb attacks have worried Kabul residents, who believe lack of deterrence and coordination among security forces allows such assaults.This last week saw six magnetic bombs exploding and as many... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga members on Wednesday said the process of awarding contracts for mine extraction had long been lacking transparency and accountability.The house also discussed matters pertaining to the distribution of Computerised... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Four Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed and a dozen others wounded in a bomb attack on their bus in Kabul on Tuesday morning, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.The incident took place around 7am in Shams area of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Blaming the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) responsible for delay in the provincial council election results, the poll panel on Monday indicated the outcome might be announced this week.Azizullah Bakhtiari, an... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Public Works on Tuesday said two department heads in southern Kandahar province had been suspended for violating a law recently approved by the Cabinet.The Kandahar public work director and the Spin Boldak truck-... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Public Works (MoPW) announced on Tuesday that all roads including the busy Salang highway would be kept open in the long winter season.  Ahmad Shah Waheed, director of maintenance at MoPH, told a press... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The corpses of five men executed a day earlier at the Pul-i-Charkhi prison and of a notorious criminal Habib Istalif were on Thursday handed over to their families, an official said.The five were hanged on Wednesday afternoon days... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Saturday inquired after the health of a senior TV journalist Mujahid Kakar currently being treated in a German hospital for cancer.Ahmadzai phoned a relative of Kakar, who works with Tolo TV... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Cattle markets in various parts of the central capital have witnessed a surge in the number of buyers amid complaints about high prices of sacrificial animals ahead of the religious festival Eidul Adha.The first day of the festival... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of people on Sunday donated blood for wounded Afghan soldiers on the occasion of the 18th death anniversary of former president Dr. Najibullah in Kabul.Najibullah was born in 1947 in the Ahmadzai sub-tribe of Ghilzai. Born... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Association of Industrialists (AAI) on Saturday expressed optimism the unity government would attract more foreign investment.Abdul Jabbar Safi, the AAI deputy head, said the country had attained self-reliance in 22... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A senior Da Afghanistan Brishna Sherkat (DABS) official on Wednesday rejected if the company was planning to write-off two billion afghanis payable by some government offices in unpaid electricity bills.DABS Director General Abdul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Meshrano Jirga members on Tuesday cautioned the incoming government of president-elect Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai against concluding the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States in haste.Plenty of debates had taken... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some members of the Meshrano Jirga -- upper house of parliament -- on Tuesday condemned the way presidential election results were announced by the commission.They also asked Dr. Abdullah to work himself as chief executive and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Fourteen police officials have been detained on charges of committing different crimes, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Monday.MoI spokesman Siddiqui Siddique told reporters in Kabul the ministry’s crime branch and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The new president would be sworn in next week, the election campaign teams announced on Sunday, hours after the candidates signed a power-sharing deal.At a news conference, a spokesman for the Dr. Abdullah-led Reform and Unanimity... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A civil society organisation -- Action Foundation -- urged the future government on Saturday to launch meaningful negotiations with rebels and eliminate anti-peace elements.Syed Ikram Afzali, head of the organisation, told a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Civil society activists on Monday accused the presidential candidates of taking hostage the political fate of Afghans, asking the Parliament to adopt a clear stance on the issue and help resolve differences between the campaigns.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Elf Aquitaine, a French Oil Company has entered the Afghanistan market on Saturday in a bid to launch partnership with local firm in the lubricant sector.Speaking on the occasion, Atiqullah Nusrat, president of Afghanistan Chamber... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  Hundreds of people attending two separate protest rallies in central Kabul and southeastern Khost provinces on Saturday urged the Supreme Court to award harsher punishment to the detainees linked to the gang rape incident in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Media Support Organization, NAI, on Thursday urged on participants of Wales summit to help protect independence of media and human rights in Afghanistan.Abdul Mujib Khilwat, the NAI executive director, said this... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The election watchdog on Tuesday said it found as valid votes from another two polling centres out of 69 sites earlier cancelled by the Independent Election Commission (IEC).The IEC had declared invalid votes from the 69 polling... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former Pakistani right-handed batsman Kabir Khan on Monday resigned as Afghanistan’s national cricket team coach, citing personal engagements.Khan, who has been coaching the Afghan team over the past few years, tendered his... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) chief on Sunday said more than 48,000 votes had been thrown out so far during four rounds of the invalidation process.  Mohammad Yusuf Nuristani told reporters the cancelled votes... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Kabul on Sunday once again accused Islamabad of continuing to fuel instability in Afghanistan, claiming the Pakistan Army was aiding 168 terrorist groups against Afghan forces.“Pakistan has been playing a grossly destructive role in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Monday said the presidential poll result would be unveiled if observers of the two teams resolved their differences on the vote audit.IEC spokesman, Noor Mohammad Noor told a news... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Petty but frequent differences between representatives from the two presidential teams have slowed down the ongoing vote audit, the Independent Election Commission said on Friday.IEC spokesman Noor Mohammad Noor told a news... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A special audit of 6,000 suspect ballot boxes, identified by the election teams of Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Dr. Abdullah, was delayed again on Friday.  Speaking on behalf of the Ahmadzai-led Change and Continuity team,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The vote scrutiny process resumed on Wednesday after a delay of 90 minutes owing to differences between representatives of the two electoral teams over the audit of some ballot boxes.A Pajhwok Afghan News journalist reported from... read more
 KABUL (Pajhwok): In compliance with a presidential decree on the Eidul Fitr day, 55 prisoners were released from the Pul-i-Charkhi prison on the eastern outskirts of Kabul on Sunday, an official said.Syed Murad Sharifi, a Supreme Court... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Incidents of violence against journalists in Afghanistan have increased by 50 percent during the current year, a watchdog said on Tuesday.Media support group NAI’s Director Siddiqullah Tawhidi told a press conference in Kabul that... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Amid tight security and prayers for peace, the Afghans on Monday offered Eidul Fitr prayers across the country without any major incident of violence taking place.Last night, the Supreme Court announced that the Saudi Supreme Court... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai on Monday said the violence Afghanistan witnessed over the last two months was unparalleled during the past 14 years, as he prayed to Allah, the Almighty, to bring peace and stability to the nation after... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Five people have been arrested on the charge of kidnapping and killing an 18-month-old child, the interior ministry said on Thursday.Lt. Gen. Syed Abdul Ghaffar Sayed Zada, a senior official of the ministry, said the child had been... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Directorate of Security (NDS) on Wednesday said tight security measures had been put in place to protect the Kabul International Airport.Weeks earlier, a group of suicide bombers mounted an attack with assault rifles on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday accused the Pakistan Army of targeting only local fighters in the ongoing operation in North Waziristan tribal region, an official said.Afghani militants were not being chased by the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok) The Afghanistan Millat Party, welcoming the preliminary results of the runoff elections, on Thursday urged the electoral bodies to separate genuine votes from bogus ones.Members of the party warned any irresponsible and extra-... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): All state-run universities would remain shut till August 2, the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) announced on Monday.Pro. Habibullah Habib, Kabul University chancellor, told Pajhwok Afghan News the decision had been taken... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Stringent security measures have been put in place for the crucial second round of the presidential ballot to be held on Saturday, senior officials said on Friday.Interior Minister Mohammad Omar Daudzai told a press conference in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The head of NAI, an organisation that supports free media in Afghanistan, on Thursday asked both presidential contenders to ensure more media freedom after the election.Speaking to journalists, Siddiqullah Tawhidi complained that... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Street vendors in the capital Kabul complained some municipality employees, police officials and disabled persons were illegally taking money from them over the past few years. Authorities concerned yet to take action to halt the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Nasiri tribal council of southern Ghazni province on Monday announced support to presidential runner Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai in the runoff polls.At a gathering attended by hundreds of people in Kabul, the council head, Haji... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two people were killed and nine others wounded on Monday when a bus of the Defence Ministry came under suicide bomb attack in the heavily-fortified central capital Kabul.The bomber ploughed his explosives-rigged motorbike into the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Hundreds of people on Monday staged a protest rally in Kabul, calling for an end to a 10-day sit-in by some lawmakers and their supporters to allow the municipality to resume its activities.Municipality staffers have been on leave... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga delayed a decision on the fate of the Kabul mayor on Saturday when a numbers of members warned of invoking Article 69 of the constitution if the official continued in his position.Article 69 says the president shall... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Urban Development Minister Dr. Hassan Abdulhai on Thursday said his ministry planned to construct a 14-storey building for its headquarters.He told Pajhwok Afghan News the building was estimated to cost id="mce_marker"0 million and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A would-be suicide bomber has been detained by intelligence operatives in eastern Nangarhar province, the spy service announced on Thursday.Shakirullah from Achin dsitrict was arrested along with a suicide vest, the National... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two editors-in-chief were among 22 journalists who were given awards by a media support organisation in recognition of their outstanding performance on Sunday.Pajhwok Editor-in-Chief Danish Karokhel and his colleague from Killid... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The free media support organisation, NAI, on Sunday announced recording 78 cases of violence against journalists throughout the country in 2013.NAI Director Sadiqullah Tawhidi said six journalists had been killed, four injured, nine... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than a thousand people on Thursday marked International Labour Day, demanding compensation for the workers who lost their lives in the line of duty.People with disabilities also participated in the event, arranged by the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Top-voted presidential candidate Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday said his victory in the first round of presidential elections was clear if the vote had been clean, saying fraud was his main rival.Addressing a press conference in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga or the lower house of parliament on Saturday ratified two agreements on strategic cooperation the government has signed with Norway and Finland.Abdul Qadir Zazai Watandost, a Kabul lawmaker, who heads the house... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): As vote-counting continues, the two national electoral institutions on Wednesday acknowledged there had been instances of fraud in Saturday's presidential polls. They said efforts were being made to announce the outcome based on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Foreign Minister Zarar Ahmad Osmani on Monday hinted the Bilateral Security agreement (BSA) with the US could be concluded before transition of political leadership.Osmani, addressing a joint press conference with his Swedish... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Counting of votes cast during Saturday’s presidential and provincial council polls has finished in most of the provinces with sensitive electoral materials taken back to local Independent Election Commission (IEC) offices in 15... read more
KABUK (Pajhwok): A number of voters in Deh Sabz district on the outskirts of Kabul province complained against lack of election materials in the polling stations, saying several voters of Deh Yahya locality would be left without exercising their... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Thousands of residents gathered in the capital Kabul on Tuesday, pledging support to front-line presidential runner Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai.The gathering was attended by former interior minister Ali Ahmad Jalali, Right and Justice... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Three senior police officers were suspended on charges of interference in the elections process, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Monday.Addressing a news conference here in Kabul, MoI Spokesman Siddique Siddiqui said reserve... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Police arrested an Italian citizen with drugs at the Kabul International Airport, officials said on Sunday.Airport security official Maj. Mohammad Usman Yari told reporters the foreigner was trying to smuggle 300 kilograms of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The attack on Independent Election Commission (IEC) headquarters in Kabul ended on Saturday evening with the killing of five assailants, the deputy interior minister said.Gen. Ayub Salangi told reporters at the site the burqa-clad... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A suicide attack on a foreign guest house in Kabul ended with the killing of all five bombers on Friday evening, Deputy Minister of Interior Gen. Mohammad Ayub Salangi said.  A group of five suicide bombers stormed the Roots of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain on Thursday affirmed his country’s commitment to peace and stability in the region.Addressing a Persian New Year function at the Presidential Palace here, Hussain said: “I’m so glad participating... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A ceremony marking the Nawroz festival got under way at the Presidential Palace in Kabul with the Afghan national dance called Atan on Thursday morning.The UN chief and leaders of Iran, Iraq, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Directorate of Security (NDS) on Tuesday accused Pakistan’s Inter-services Intelligence (ISI) of masterminding Thursday’s attack on the Serena Hotel that claimed nine lives.Afghan journalist Sardar Ahmad, his spouse,... read more
KABUL/SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): Thousands of residents of Kabul and Jawzjan province on Sunday announced their support for presidential hopeful Zalmai Rassoul.    At a gathering in the Loya Jirga Tent in Kabul, hundreds of people from the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB) on Wednesday announced the printing of a new 1,000 afghani new note, with some changes to curb the circulation of fake currency.DAB Governor Noorullah Dilawari acknowledged at a news conference that the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga -- or the lower house of parliament -- on Sunday elected Saleh Mohammad Saljooqi as second deputy speaker and Irfanullah Irfan as assistant secretary, an official said.However, elections for the first deputy speaker... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai addressed a joint session of parliament on Saturday, when the legislature entered the fourth year of its constitutional five-year term.Karzai, whose tenure expires after the presidential election on April 5,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Late Vice-President Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim was laid to rest in the Deh-i-Kipak area of the capital Kabul on Tuesday, as tens of thousands of mourners turned out to pay their last respects.The Marshal was accorded a 21-gun... read more
BRUSSELS (Pajhwok): NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Tuesday said Pakistan had an important role to play in the Afghanistan peace process, a part that should not be undermined.Rasmussen told a group of Afghan journalists in the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan National Liberation Front, led by Sibghatullah Mujaddedi, on Monday announced support to presidential contender Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, the party spokesman said.Dr. Zabihullah Mujaddedi said the government should not... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal and his Pakistani counterpart Mohammad Ishaq Dar on Sunday discussed a range of options to expand the volume of bilateral trade.As the 9th session of the Pak-Afghan Joint Economic Commission... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Three armored and as many Hilux vehicles will be placed at the disposal of each presidential runner on Saturday, the Election Security Commission head said on Friday.The 11 candidates for the April 5 presidential vote have so far... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A counternarcotics ministry official on Tuesday claimed at least 865 smugglers had been detained and 76 tonnes of drugs recovered during the last three months.Lt. Gen. Baz Mohammad Ahmadi, deputy interior minister, told reporters... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) would provide each presidential candidate with three armoured and as many ordinary vehicles, as well as 35 police personnel, to ensure their security during election campaign, an official said on... read more
KABUL (PAN/IMC): Sixty percent of property owners in Kabul do not pay the annual cleanliness tax to the municipality, reveals an investigation by the Independent Media Consortium (IMC) Productions.The tax, which is calculated as a percentage of the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Security forces arrested a suspect who fired two rockets on capital Kabul on Thursday, when the traditional Loya Jirga entered its second day, officials said.Two rockets landed in the 4th police district close to the traditional Loya... read more