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WASHINGTON (PAN): The Obama administration has congratulated the Afghan cricket team on defeating the USA in a T20 cricket match in Dubai on Thursday.The US said it was eagerly looking forward to the proposed peace jirga in April as another step... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has said any national reconciliation drive in Afghanistan has to be on the government's terms and consistent with the country's constitution.In an interview to the Fox News network, Gates said... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): John P Murtha, one of the longest serving Congressmen who played a key role in providing American support to the mujahideen government in the 1980s against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, had died at the age of 77.A Vietnam War... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has praised President Hamid Karzai and several members of his cabinet, saying he has really stepped up in his second term."I spent a lot of time with President Karzai, most recently about a 90... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Noting that Hamid Karzai has emerged as an undisputed and much stronger leader of Afghanistan following the 2009 presidential election, a think-tank report released Thursday said the Obama Administration miscalculated Karzais... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Afghan Ambassador to Canada, Jawed Ludin, has lodged a strong protest against a Canadian oposition leader, Michael Ignatieff, for his remarks against Karzai government in which he accused it 'being highly corrupt.'While the Afghan... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Two top Obama Administration officials have said the US initiated Rebuilding Agriculture Programme in Afghanistan has the potential to create a million jobs as agriculture is key to success in the war torn-country.Rebuilding-... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Ruling out any talks with the Taliban leadership, a top Obama Administration official has expressed opposition to the demands including removal of Mullah Omar and Gulbuddin Hekmatyar names from the United Nations black list. I... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A top Obama administrations military official Tuesday told US lawmakers that security situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated with the Taliban successfully running shadow governments in majority of the 34 provinces of the country... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The top intelligence official of the Obama Administration has praised the latest stance of Pakistan's army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on Afghanistan.What I think Gen. Kayani, for example, one of the key leaders, said yesterday... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): US President Barack Obama has sought about $113 billion for US military operations in Afghanistan for the fiscal year 2011 beginning October this year.With Afghanistan being the focus of his war against terrorism, where he is... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): All the 30,000 additional troops to be sent to Afghanistan as announced by US President Barack Obama in December would be on the grounds by August, a top US military official said Monday.As many as 5,000 of these troops have... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Welcoming the increased focus of international community and the US on ensuring the right balance between security and development assistance, the top Afghan General Bismillah Mohammadi has said that war in Afghanistan cannot be... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Afghan Ambassador to the United Nations, Zahir Tanin, on Monday hoped the UN black list would not come in the way of the new peace process being pursued by President Hamid Karzai.Welcoming the delisting of five individuals from the... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The move of Afghan President Hamid Karzai to convene a ‎grand peace jirga is the key to reconciliation and reintegration efforts aimed at ‎bringing a lasting peace to the country, the Obama Administration said Friday.‎‎ President... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Afghan Central Bank is now emerging as the prime target of the Taliban, who believe the emergence of a strong federal bank would promote economic growth, which the terrorist outfit does not want to happen, a top Obama... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Obama Administration Thursday welcomed the appointment of veteran UN diplomat, Staffan de Mistura as the United Nations new envoy to Afghanistan by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.Mistura, would replace Kai Eide, as head of... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): US President Barack Obama has said he will reward good governance in Afghanistan, as leaders of more than 60 countries gathered in London to hear from President Hamid Karzai about his plan to bring peace and stability and galvanise... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Obama administration appears to be enthusiastically ‎supporting an ambitious plan of President Hamid Karzai to reintegrate the Taliban ‎fighters into the national mainstream.‎The London conference on Afghanistan later this week... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Karzai government, although legitimately re-elected, is hampered by widespread corruption, drug trade and underdevelopment, a top aide to US President Barack Obama has said.National Security Advisor Gen. (R) James Jones said... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The deployment of an additional 30,000 US troops to conflict-torn Afghanistan will cost the treasury $36 billion from 2010 to 2013, reveals a Congressional report.Last December President Obama announced to send an extra 30,000... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The White House sees early signs of the United States putting itself in a better position to deal with the Taliban and al-Qaeda challenge in Afghanistan over coming months.White House spokesman Mike Hammer told Pajhwok Afghan News... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Days ahead of the crucial London conference on ‎Afghanistan, British Foreign Secretary David Miliband will testify before a powerful ‎Congressional panel on the civilian strategy for the war-torn country.‎Special US Representative... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Obama administration has praised the Afghanistan ‎national security forces (ANSF) for successfully handled the Taliban terrorist attacks ‎in Kabul and called their response an increasing sign of growing US confidence in ‎them... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Condemning the latest Kabul attack by the Taliban, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said on Tuesday it was difficult to stop such highly visible assaults, and such terrorists strikes were tactics in this conflict."My point is that... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): United States and China, sharing the common objective of stability in Afghanistan, have regular consultations on issues related to the war-devastated country, a top Obama Administration official has said."I think the Chinese share... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Russia is cooperating with the United States' efforts in war-torn Afghanistan more than ever before, a top Obama administration official has acknowledged."Russia is now cooperating more with our efforts in Afghanistan, allowing us... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Agriculture Minister Asif Rahimi has received profuse praise from his American counterpart Tom Vilsack, who termed him as a man focused on the right priorities."I am confident from my observations of Minister Rahimi that he is a... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): United Nations Special Envoy for Afghanistan Kai Eide has held unscheduled talks with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama's pointman for the region, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke.The meeting between Eide... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): With Afghanistan at a critical juncture, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has reiterated the need for taking all possible measures to reduce civilian casualties in the war-devastated country."I have been raising this issue of... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The first-ever legal challenge in a US court on behalf of prisoners detained at the Bagram Airbase in central Afghanistan is scheduled to come up for hearing later this week.The case has been brought by the International Justice... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The rejection of most cabinet nominees by the Wolesi Jirga, a temporary setback to President Hamid Karzai, is a good for democracy in Afghanistan, the countrys top diplomat to the United States has said."It may be a temporary... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday Afghanistan was at a critical juncture, following last year's presidential election that undermined confidence in the country's leadership and affected international support.In his... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US was determined to destroy the al-Qaeda network, the White House said on Monday when the Obama administration announced a mandatory baggage search for all passengers coming from terror-prone countries including Pakistan and... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Mourning the death of five Canadians in Kandahar, the Afghan Ambassador to Canada, Jawed Ludin, has termed it as a 'sad day' for the Canadian mission in Afghanistan."It is an extremely sad day as Canada's mission in Afghanistan has... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Led by US President Barack Obama and the CIA Director Leon E Panetta, the United States Thursday mourned the death of seven of its CIA officials in a suicide attack in the Afghan southeastern Khost province.The flag flew at half-... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): While Yemen in the Middle East has immediate focus of attention for top US officials in their fight against terrorism in the aftermath of Fridays failed bid by a Nigerian national to blow up a US plane, the Obama Administration... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Obama Administrations top point man for Afghanistan and Pakistan has said that training of Afghan police would be the most critical part of the new Afghan policy announced by US President, Barack Obama.In an interview to the... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States can do business with the new Karzai cabinet despite reservations about some of its members, two top US officials said Tuesday in their first public reaction to the newly introduced ministers by President Hamid... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): In a major development with far-reaching implications for Afghanistan, the UN Security Council has passed a resolution appointing an ombudsman to deal with the question of removing names and entities from the al-Qaeda and Taliban... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Special US Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke is of the view that a settlement of the disputed Durand Line between the two countries is not possible under the current circumstances."It is my reluctant... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Special US Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke is of the view that a settlement of the disputed Durand Line between the two countries is not possible under the current circumstances."It is my reluctant... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Praising the steps Pakistani forces have taken against extremist elements, a top American senator has said the performance of Pak Army has outpaced Washington's expectations."The performance of the Pakistani military has far... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Croatian foreign minister, welcoming the Obama administration's new strategy, and said his country is committed to working with the United States to bring lasting peace to Afghanistan.Goran Jandrokovic announced Croatia would... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A top US official has told lawmakers that the Obama administration will support the Kabul-led process of bringing back the Taliban, who abandon violence and abide by the constitution, into the mainstream of society."We will support... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) commander says the next 18 months are highly critical, as the US prepares to deploy additional troops to Afghanistan in an effort to create conditions for a gradual... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States has ruled out sending more civilians to Afghanistan in the aftermath of President Barack Obama's decision to deploy 30,000 additional troops to the war-torn country."I don't think we are planning to send more... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A top Obama administration official has clarified that the United States of America has no intention to pull out of Afghanistan in 2011."I think it's very important to use the right words where this is concerned. And the words the... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Obama administration, acknowledging significant contributions from Canada and Turkey in Afghanistan, has said continuing, discontinuing or expanding their missions is solely their own decision.National Security Advisor General... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Karzai government is ready to take full responsibility of the countrys security in five years, Afghan Ambassador to the US, Said T Jawad, has said."We are ready to take full responsibility of our countrys security in five years... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the new Obama administration's Afghan-Pak policy and reiterated the commitment of the world boy to achieve lasting peace in the war devastated country.The Secretary-General... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Reflecting the view of international community, in particular the US allies, Canada Wednesday welcomed Obama Administration's decision to deploy additional civilian and military resources in Afghanistan.Canada welcomes the... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): US President Barack Obama ordered an additional 30,000 troops into Afghanistan Tuesday night, but told Americans that the forces would start returning home after18 months from now and informed Afghans 'the US has no interest in... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Ashraf Ghani Ahmazai, might have lost the August 20 presidential elections, with very few Afghans voting in his favor, but the former World Bank official and cabinet member of Hamid Karzai, has been ranked as the 20th most... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): As Hamid Karzai sworn in for a second term as Afghan president, the Obama administration said it had put in place a strict monitoring and verification process for the delivery of aid to the government in Kabul.While hoping the new... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States, welcoming the announcement of an anti-corruption drive by the Afghan government, has signaled its willingness to help the new Karzai administration in this regard."We have said that it's time for action, for the... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): There are apprehensions in Washington that supporters of presidential candidate Dr. Abdullah Abdullah could stop cooperating with US and other foreign forces in Afghanistan, a Congressional report has said."There are lingering... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Lack of strategic coordination across international military and civilian efforts to ensure aid effectiveness has crippled the Afghan state, a top Afghan diplomat stationed in Washington has said.A lack of strategic coordination... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Obama Administration is currently 'discussing goals and deliverables' with President Hamid Karzai; as the new administration in Kabul kicks off on November 19 with his swearing-in as next president.Right now, we are discussing... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Afghanistan's top diplomat in the United Sates has said his country needed an average 3 to 5 billion US dollars per annum for the next five years to deliver services and better lives to the Afghans.On an average Afghanistan would... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States and the United Nations on Wednesday welcomed the Japanese's pledge of giving a $5 billion in aid to Afghanistan and hoped other countries would follow suit.The US appreciates all that Japan has done to assist in... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Afghanistan's security forces are eager to take on the increasing responsibility of security of the nation, but the world should help and strengthen their capacity, said Afghan envoy to the United Nations.Afghans are eager to take... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): As the US President Barack Obama embarks on a nine-day trip to Asia later this week, top US officials say Afghanistan would dominate the proceedings of his meetings with the Asian leaders.Underscoring that several Asian nations... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Terming it as a historic event, Afghanistans top diplomat in the United States on Wednesday said several world leaders including those from the neighboring countries and its allies from across the globe are expected to attend the... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Noting that the sole strength of the Taliban is in its brutality, the Afghan Ambassador to the United Nations, Zahir Tanin, told the UN General Assembly that his country needed a military and civilian strategy.Afghanistan needs a... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): As the US President, Barack Obama, continues to discuss with his aides to find a new Afghan-Pak strategy including the option of sending tens of thousands of more troops, a governmental report Thursday said security situation in... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Pakistani elite wants the instability in Afghanistan to continue so that the country remains a global leverage for it both strategically and financially key American experts on the Afghan-Pak region told US lawmakers.For a long... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Afghanistan supports the final declaration of the 6th session of the Forum for the Future which concluded in Morocco Wednesday and was attended by representatives from as many as 33 nations including G-8 countries.The 6th session... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Obama Administration Tuesday indicated that it would push Hamid Karzai to act fast and decisively on tackling corruption and ensuring good governance.At separate news conferences, both the White House and the State Department... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Obama Administration has vetted Hamid Karzai as the legitimate President of Afghanistan, but said he needs to prove his creditworthiness in his second term by acting tough against corruption and providing good governance.This... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Afghan Ambassador to the US Said T Jawad on Tuesday met the Columbian President Alvaro Uribe Velez to expand security and development cooperation between the two countries.Jawad, who also holds the charge of the Afghan Ambassador... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Obama Administration appears to be exercising caution in making any public comment on Afghan presidential election process after the withdrawal of presidential challenger Dr Abdullah Abdullah , thus making Hamid Karzai's... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Rural Rehabilitation and Development Minister Mohammed Ehsan Zia, is being awarded for showing exemplary leadership in successful implementation of National Solidarity Programme.The recognition of Zia for the prestigious award... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The CIA director Leon Panetta has reportedly briefed a number of American Senators on the agencys relationship with Ahmed Wali Karzai, brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai.The unusual step by the CIA chief to brief the US... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): With October emerged as the deadliest month for the US soldiers, US President Barack Obama has convened his expanded 7th Situation Room meeting at the White House on Friday as the Pentagon announced it is flying more advance drones... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday held a series of meetings with his top officials to review the security of the UN staff in Afghanistan.The top UN official even went to the powerful Security Council seeking extra... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): An influential US Senator and a key aide of the US President, Barack Obama, today said that there is no hard evidence linking Ahmed Wali Karzai to drug trafficking and cautioned people not to indulge in character assassination... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States and the United Nations Thursday strongly condemned the terrorist attack on a UN guest house in Kabul, observing that this was another attempt to derail the November 7 runoff, but vowed not to let the Taliban... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, Wednesday said the Obama Administration remains committed to Afghanistan as the White House said the President is getting towards the end of his review of the Afghan-Pak strategy.We remain... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States and China have agreed on the need for working together to bring peace and stability in Afghanistan and Pakistan and also to eliminate terrorism from the region.A statement to this effect was issued by Pentagon,... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Observing that Obama Administration can have a working relationship with Hamid Karzai, powerful Senator John Kerry, on Monday said he believes the Afghan President wants to move forward.I think the US can work a relationship can we... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Ruling out any coalition government with incumbent Hamid Karzai, his main rival Dr Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday publicly expressed his apprehension about possibilities of fraud and electoral malpractices during the November 7 run-... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Afghan Ambassador to the United Nations, Zahir Tanin, has said that three South Asian countries -- India, Pakistan and Afghanistan now share the same goal of ending the menace of terrorism in the region.What is happening, Pakistan... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): US special representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke on Friday praised Afghan president Hamid Karzai and strongly denied that he had strained relationship with the Afghan leader."I am looking forward to working... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): US President Barack Obama had a Situation Room meeting through a secure video conference with his ambassador to Afghanistan, Karl Eikenberry, the upcoming November 7 runoff elections, in particular issues related to its preparation... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The opposition Republican Party wants the US President, Barack Obama, to announce his new Afghan policy, but the ruling Democratic Party wants him to hold on till the time the new government is formed in Kabul.Lawmakers from both... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Even as the issue has been denied by incumbent Hamid Karzai and his rival Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, a key US Senator and a close aide of the US President, today said talks on a coalition government is still continuing between the two... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Senator John Kerry, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Thursday thanked Afghan President Hamid Karzai for his hospitality during his latest stay in Kabul this week and termed him as a great host.Kerry, who was in... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): By agreeing to a run-off, President Hamid Karzai may have won accolades from US President Barack Obama and other top leaders, but the incumbent could well be headed towards a defeat in the November 7 run-off, predicts a leading... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): As the international community and the people of Afghanistan anxiously await election results, the White House stressed on Sunday the outcome must be legitimate to produce a credible government."There are basically two roads there... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Several major American companies along with their Afghan counterparts will participate in a US-Afghanistan Business Matchmaking Conference to be held in Washington over the weekend."There is tremendous interest in Afghanistan these... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): In an increasing sign of Afghanistan's growing stature at international forums, Afghan Ambassador to UN Zahir Tanin has been reappointed as the chair of intergovernmental negotiations on Security Council reform -- a rare... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Reiterating his administration's long-term commitment to Afghanistan, President Barack Obama has said Americas engagement in that country is firm and solid."Our engagement in Afghanistan is firm, solid. And we're guaranteeing the... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): US President Barack Obama has expressed concern over a deadly attack on the Indian Embassy in the heart of Kabul last week, the White House said on Sunday.Obama voiced his concern over the terrorist attack that killed at least 17... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): With President Barack Obama has started discussing with his aides the need for additional troops in Afghanistan, a top Afghan diplomat supported the report of US and NATO commander General Stanley McChrystal."We welcome Gen.... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States and the United Nations led the global condemnation of a suicide terrorist attack on the Indian Embassy in Kabul that killed 17 people and injured more than 65."The United States condemns the bombing today near... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): A top UN official has said an extensive investigation has been launched into charges of fraudulent voting in the August 20 Afghan presidential elections, whose certified results are yet to be declared."There is anxiety and everybody... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): US President Barack Obama should listen to American commanders on the ground in Afghanistan and send thousands of additional troops to the war-hit country as recommended by them."I'm very convinced that General McChrystal's... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Even as several hundred protestors demanding troop withdrawal troops from Afghanistan demonstrated outside the White House on Monday, there is a growing realisation in the United States cutting across party lines that a pullout... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Afghan Foreign Minister Rangin Dadfar Spanta, who arrived in Washington last evening, has started having a series of meetings with American lawmakers to brief them on the current situation in his country."I am gratified by the... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The White House has indicated President Barack Obama will take time taking a call on Afghanistan, as he held the second of the five situation room meetings with key security and defence aides.White House Press Secretary Robert... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Refusing to set any deadline for withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, the Obama administration Wednesday reiterated it was not going to be in that country for ever and Afghans would have to take care of their security on their... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Foreign Minister Dr Rangin Dadfar Spanta has blamed the international media for Afghanistan's negative coverage that has overshadowed the positive aspects and progress made after the ouster of the Taliban government."Unfortunately,... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The Afghan foreign minister, currently heading a high-powered delegation to the 64th General Assembly of the United Nations, is scheduled to a hold a series of meetings with world leaders during his stay in the New York.Dr Rangin... read more
Barack ObamaWASHINGTON (PAN): US President Barack Obama has reiterated his pledge not to permit safe haven for al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, but an eminent South Asian expert said Obamas maiden speech at the UN shows he is beginning to second-guess US... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Gen Steanley McChrystal, commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, would submit his report on seeking additional troops for Afghanistan by this weekend, but the White House said President Barack Obama would not take a... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Reflecting a resurgent nation, Afghanistan would now have its mission in New York in a property owned by it; some six decades after it became a member of the United Nations.This will be an historic occasion; for the first time... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A powerful US lawmaker has come out in support of General Stanley McChrystal, Commander of the US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, arguing that he is not only the right man, but also has the right plan to achieve the goal of disrupt... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Amidst vigorous domestic debate about the future of the US mission in Afghanistan, a top Afghan diplomat in the US has said failure in his country is not an option and it is time for international community to defeat al-Qaeda and... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Opposing any efforts to force a run-off against the will of the people, Hamid Karzai Tuesday said a second round of the Afghan presidential elections was unacceptable.If there is a political desire to take the election to the... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Adopting a tough posture, the White House Wednesday called for throwing out 'fraudulent votes' even as the Independent Election Commission announced preliminary results of the August 20 elections.The State Department, meanwhile,... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Amidst growing criticism of his Afghan-Pak policy, US President Barack Obama Wednesday dispatched his top lieutenants to the Congress to brief it on the policy.Led by the Special US Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan,... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Afghan ambassador to Canada, Jawed Ludin, hosted a dinner reception for the victorious Afghan Under-19 cricket team.The Afghan cricket team came second in the 10-nation Toronto Cricket Tournament, through which they also qualified... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The top American military leader has said Afghan Army is the most respected institution in Afghanistan and its men are committed fighters.It is, from my perspective, the most respected institution in Afghanistan, Admiral Mike... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Obama Administration is committed to help the people of Afghanistan, the Special US Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Richard Holbrooke, said Tuesday.Speaking at a Congressional reception held at the Capitol Hill,... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): United States reiterated its calls for the patience among political parties and leaders as various Afghan institutions complete process of counting of votes and investigate allegation of voter's fraud of the August 20 polls."We... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Instead of sending more troops to Afghanistan, the Obama administration should focus its attention on strengthening Afghan security forces by increasing their size and supplying them with latest equipment, a top US senator... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): US President Barack Obama Thursday held talks with British and UAE leaders on the current situation in Afghanistan.Obama phoned British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and met Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi,... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A top Obama administration official has said Afghanistan and Pakistan have the potential to serve as a bridge between South and Central Asia, something that will benefit millions of people in the region.As Washington seeks to... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States, acknowledging that sorting out allegation of massive fraud and rigging could take months, has said it will prefer the entire process to be completed by Afghan themselves before it can make its own judgment.I am... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A disciplined all-round performance from an energetic Afghan team that outplayed the United States by 36 runs on Monday created a major upset in the ongoing Under-19 World Cup Qualifier in Toronto.Afghanistan has now jumped to the... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A ­six-wicket haul by Zakiullah Zaki helped Afghanistan crush Vanuatu by eight wickets in the Under-19 World Cup Qualifier Tournament being played in Toronto.With two wins and four points from three matches, Afghanistan is... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Propelled by an excellent all-round performance from Aimal Wafa, Afghanistan thrashed Hong Kong by six wickets to register its first win in the ongoing ICC Under-19 World Cup Qualifier Tournament being played in Toronto.Electing to... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Afghanistan's team finally managed to arrive in Toronto in time to participate in the Under-19 World Cup Qualifiers Tournament. They lost the first match to Ireland by 72 runs on Thursday.The Afghan squad was initially ruled out of... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Amid media reports of a verbal clash with the Afghan president in the immediate aftermath of the elections, the Special US representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan says he has great respect for Hamid Karzai."We have the greatest... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Afghan ambassador to the United States, , Said T Jawad, was among the selected diplomats invited to the maiden first Iftar dinner hosted by President Barack Obama at the White House on Tuesday night.Pakistani Ambassador Husain... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): President Barack Obama would consult all stakeholders before taking a decision on a war assessment submitted by General Stanley McChrystal, commander of NATO and US forces in Afghanistan.The commander submitted the report, which is... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Obama administration was seriously concerned over Martial Muhammad Qasim Fahim having an important position in the new Afghan government, a State Department official said Thursday.Fahim is the vice-presidential nominee of... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): UN Secretary-Generals Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Radhika Coomaraswamy Wednesday welcomed the release of Mohammed Jawad from the notorious Guantanamo Bay detention camp.Commending the US governments... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A top UN human rights official Tuesday welcomed the Obama administration's decision to release a young Afghan named Mohammed Jawad from the Guantanamo Bay prison, and hoped other detainees would meet the same fate soon.I am... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Mohammed Jawad, an Afghan national detained at the much-criticised Guantanamo Bay detention center of the United States, has been transferred to Afghanistan, the Department of Justice said."On July 30, 2009, consistent with the US... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US ambassador to Afghanistan has said that progress in the war-torn country means a stronger army which can secure its borders and a capable government that serves its people.At a Meet the Press Sunday Talk Show on NBC news... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Congratulating the people of Afghanistan on successful conduct of elections, US President Barack Obama said he hoped the goal to defeat al-Qaeda and the Taliban would be achieved as Afghanistan takes responsibility for its own... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Praising Afghans for coming out in large number to vote for the presidential and provincial council elections, the United Nations and the United States have said they are looking forward to working with the new government once the... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Endorsing the stand taken by Pajhwok Afghan News and other media outlets, the White House has voiced concern over restrictions on the media coverage of violent incidents on Election Day."We have expressed our concern and... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Senior Afghan politician Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the main challenger to Hamid Karzai in tomorrow's presidential polls, has accused the incumbent president of using the government machinery."He (Karzai) has used state apparatus,... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): President Barack Obama, admitting that military power alone cannot help the United States win the war in Afghanistan, has cautioned Americans that difficult days are ahead in the war-torn country.Addressing the Veterans of Foreign... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): US Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke will arrive in Afghanistan next week to be on the ground to monitor the August 20 presidential elections.President Barack Obama had personally asked Holbrooke... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A fresh assessment of the current situation in Afghanistan and the way forward will be submitted to President Barack Obama by Ambassador Karl Eikenberry and the US forces commander in Afghanistan after the August 20 presidential... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Obama administration, insisting it was not backing any candidate in the upcoming presidential elections, has voiced its readiness to work with any government that emerges victorious in the polls scheduled for August 20."We... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US has conceded that the security situation in Afghanistan is problematic, but it would like to see free and fair presidential elections in that country on August 20.A deputy spokesman for the State Department said: "The... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Indicating the Obama administration would oppose any delay in the Afghan presidential elections, the US Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, has said the US is determined to ensure there is a level playing field for all... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Two Afghan Americans Friday pleaded guilty to attempted bribery in connection with a "scheme to offer $1 million in bribes" to a US Army contracting official.Special Inspector-General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR)... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Afghan women need the support and protection of the United Nations, the international community and the Karzai government, Afghan Ambassador to UN Zahir Tanin has said.He told the Security Council on Friday the role of the UN and... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A victory in Afghanistan cant be achieved by military means alone and there needs to be more focus on development and agriculture, the White House said Friday.You have heard the President discuss that progress in Afghanistan that... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Two Afghan-Americans were charged Thursday with conspiracy and bribery in connection with a scheme to offer $1 million in bribes to a US Army contracting official in order to influence the award of a road construction contract in... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Despite the bitter fights they had in the past, the United States and Russia have same goal of achieving a stable and peaceful Afghanistan, a top Obama administration official said Thursday.I think both the United States and Russia... read more
Richard HolbrookeWASHINGTON (PAN): Fresh from his visit to the region, Special US Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Richard Holbrooke, Wednesday said in given current security situation in the country, a perfect election is not possible... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): With less than a month left for the Afghan presidential elections, the British Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, in a television interview appeared to be supporting Hamid Karzai.I think that President Karzai, who we've talked to... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Asserting that the Afghan national security forces (ANSF) is key to success in Afghanistan, a major think tank report Tuesday urged the US-led international community to take measures not only to increase the strength of the... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Having visited various parts of the country and meeting a number of leaders on his current tour, the Special US Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Richard Holbrooke, Monday said the people of Afghanistan must be given... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Special US Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke is scheduled to visit Afghanistan later this week to have a first-hand assessment of ground realities in the country, an official said on Monday."In... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Afghan ambassador to the United States is against the use of the term Af-Pak, even though the two countries suffer from same threat of terrorism and extremism.In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, Ambassador Said... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): US President Barack Obama's Special Representatives for Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke would visit the region next week, a top official said."Richard Holbrooke will be departing Washington early next week for stops in... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): More than 100 days after US President Barack Obama announced his new policy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Afghan Ambassador Said Jawad has said its implementation is on the right track.The US administration -- fully focused on... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): With the presidential elections a little more than a month away, the UN Security Council Wednesday called for a free, fair and credible poll and urged Afghans to exercise their right to make their voices heard.The UNSC statement... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The chairman of the UN Security Councils al-Qaeda and Taliban Sanctions Committee Tuesday said the list of individuals and organisations slapped with curbs by the world body was full of inaccuracies and needed a major overhaul.Not... read more
Barrack Obama WASHINGTON (PAN): US President Barrack Obama has asked his national security team to look into allegations of mass murder of Taliban fighters by US-backed forces in Afghanistan.The issue was brought to light by the Noble Prize-winning... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Without specifically naming any individual, organization or country, the Pakistani Army Friday alleged that some forces based in Kabul are creating problems in Baluchistan.In an interview to the CNN, the Pak Army spokesman, Maj Gen... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States wants Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates to take steps so as to stop the flow of illegal money from their countries into Afghanistan, a top Treasury official said Thursday.The issues would be raised by the... read more
WSHINGTON (PAN): Stating that the Taliban are behaving like a modern day mafia, an eminent US journalist in her latest book has alleged that the Taliban force farmers to grow poppy and they make millions from its trade.They (the Taliban) are making... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A top US commander, who led the American forces in driving out the Taliban from the volatile southern province of Helmand, has said the terrorist group would soon try to recapture the province because it was one of their major... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A top US military official Wednesday said that America would have a long-term relationship with Afghanistan and hoped that the tide against the Taliban would start turning in the next 12 to 18 months.My expectation is that we will... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The focus of United States has now shifted completely from Iraq to Afghanistan and Pakistan, a top US military official said Tuesday.The main effort has now shifted to Afghanistan and the regional approach, to include Afghanistan... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The proposed ROZs (Reconstruction Opportunity Zones) legislation pending before the US Congress is a critical for Americas success in Afghanistan and Pakistan, a top Obama administration official has said.Legislation before the... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Led by American Apparel and Footwear Association, as many as eight powerful US business organizations and chambers have urged the US Congress to revamp the Reconstruction Opportunity Zones (ROZs) as proposed in Afghanistan and... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A top US military official has said that the latest American operation in Afghanistan is one of the toughest in the country post 9 / 11.Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a US news channel in an interview... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Afghanistan's new ambassador to France Omar Samad has presented his credentials to French President Nicolas Sarkozy at his Elysee Palace in Paris on July 2.Samad told Pajhwok Afghan News the French President had stressed the need... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Highly impressed with the courage shown by Afghan women, a top Obama administration official said on Tuesday they wanted to be part of a solution to problems facing the war-hit country."My travels took me to the Badghis province,... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The UN Security Council will discuss today (Tuesday) the current situation in Afghanistan, presidential and provincial council elections and the progress in the fight against terrorism.All members of the Security Council including... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A top Obama administration official said Thursday the United States would focus under its new policy on the agriculture sector in Afghanistan, crucial to efforts at eradicating poppy cultivation in the country.Agriculture is going... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A former US ambassador has said the situation in Afghanistan is grave, even though not far from being hopeless, and called for a review of the current Af-Pak policy announced by President Barack Obama three months ago."Although... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Amidst accusations from President Hamid Karzai's cabinet and campaign team, the Obama administration has again assured it does not support any particular presidential candidate.At the same time, the United States is determined to... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Iran is not attending a crucial international meeting on Afghanistan and Pakistan being held in Italy later this week on the sidelines of the G-8 foreign ministerial session.Italy sent invitation to Iran to participate in the... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has thanked the governments of Pakistan and Afghanistan for securing the release of New York Times reporter David Rohde."I am pleased and greatly relieved by the news that New York Times... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States has said it has a common interest with Iran in peace and stability in Afghanistan and hoped ongoing political disturbances in the Islamic republic will have little impact on the water-torn country.We hope that... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Appreciating Indias development work in post-Taliban Afghanistan, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Wednesday hoped New Delhi would continue with its efforts.Delivering a major foreign policy speech on the sub-continental... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): As a two-month Afghan presidential election got under way, US President Barack Obama Tuesday again assured his administration did not support any candidate. In an unusual message issued by the White House, Obama said he supported... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): William Crosbie is Canadas next ambassador to Afghanistan, the Canadian Foreign Minister, Lawrence Cannon, announced Monday."Crosbies strong track record with Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canada, will ensure a continued... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Two influential Congressmen led Republican Party's opposition to provisions of Reconstruction Opportunity Zones (ROZs) in Pakistan and Afghanistan.The provisions were incorporated in the Pakistan Enduring Assistance and Cooperation... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): At a Congressional hearing, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates Tuesday lauded the Afghan National Army as one of the strongest state institutions emerging in post-Taliban Afghanistan.The only way the United States could exit the war... read more
WASHINGTON(PAN): The war on terrorism in Afghanistan has cost the United States $223 billion, a figure that could further skyrocket in coming years as the Obama administration intends to intensify the campaign against Taliban and al-Qaeda militants... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Pentagon has completed investigations into the May 4 bombing raids that allegedly killed 140 people in the western Farah province.However, the Defence Department had not yet decided on how and when to make the report public,... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A Kabul-based company, Shafi Sirat Inc., has a won a major US contract worth $30 million for the recruitment of more than 200 engineers.Shafi Sirat, Inc. was awarded the federal contract by the US Army Corps of Engineers,... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Friday discussed the current situation in Afghanistan with her Polish and Turkish counterparts and sought more cooperation from their nations in bringing lasting peace to the region.We are... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A top US military official has told lawmakers the counterinsurgency campaign in Afghanistan -- a complex environment -- is starkly different from similar efforts in other parts of the world.Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan is very... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Afghanistan would prominently find a place in what is being billed as President, Barack Obama's historic address to the Muslim world from Cairo (Egypt), the White House said on Wednesday.Briefing correspondents travelling with the... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Visiting Afghan Minister of Counter-Narcotics General Khudaidad is having a series of meetings with Obama administration officials on how to take forward the drive against opium and poppy cultivation.The purpose of the visit (by... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): US President Barack Obama will be discussing the current situation in Afghanistan during his next weeks trip to Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Germany and France, White House officials said Friday.Briefing reporters on the trip, the White... read more
WASHINTON (PAN): US President Barack Obama has told Congress he will impose sanctions on Haji Juma Khan Organization designating it as a 'significant foreign narcotic trafficker' under the Kingpin Act, 1999.Since 2001, under the act, sanctions have... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A top US army general Friday said that he has seen a video of the recent air strikes in the Farah province of Afghanistan which shows that a large number of Taliban were killed."There is, indeed, video from a B-1 bomber that very... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): With a weak and fragmented opposition, Hamid Karzai, has an advantage over other presidential candidates as he seeks his reelection, US lawmakers have been told. Karzai is now the clear favorite in the race, said the latest... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): An exclusive interview with Omar Samad, the outgoing Afghan Ambassador to Canada. Excerpts from the interviewQuestion: How would you summarize Canada's contribution in the war against terrorism in Afghanistan?A1: Canadas... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The new US Ambassador to Afghanistan believes that the Karzai government owes it to Afghans and the entire international community to effectively fight the menace of corruption.The government of Afghanistan owes to its people and... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said the Obama administration is reviving agricultural fortunes of Afghanistan, the war-battered country once considered as the garden of Central Asia.Although it has become the largest... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): CIA Director Leon Panetta believes that the Taliban insurgency is increasing in Afghanistan because of weak political institutions and a failing economy of the war-devastated Central Asian country.As such stabilising the situation... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Former Pakistani president Gen. Pervez Musharraf, once a close ally of the United States in the war on terror, has accused Afghan leader Hamid Karzai of playing a double game with his country.The erstwhile army chief, who had an... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): US Defence Secretary Robert Gates Thursday said new guidelines aimed at avoiding civilian casualties were in place for American forces in Afghanistan.Despite the utmost care being taken by US forces and frequent review and update... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Richard Boucher Wednesday said Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari were committed to eliminating terrorism from their region.... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Following the success of last weeks three-way meetings among Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States, a senior Obama administration officials has said the allies have decided to hold four trilateral summits every year.As a... read more
WASHIGTON (PAN): Looking for fresh ideas on the Afghan-war, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates Monday fired General David McKiernan as joint commander of American forces in Afghanistan and the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): President Hamid Karzai has said that the additional troops now being sent to Afghanistan by the Obama administration are a bit late and that they should have been sent to his country six years ago.It's a bit late. But as we all... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A high profile event attended by powerful lawmakers and eminent people last week raised enough funds to establish the first primary school in Pasigam village in the remote mountains of Nooristan province, organizers announced... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Reaffirming its commitment to the stability and security of Afghanistan and Pakistan, the United States Friday said they would continue with their strategic partnership and the joint action plan to defeat terrorism in the region... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Currently on a visit to Washington, President Hamid Karzai has voiced his pleasure over the United States recognising the gravity of the issue of civilian casualties in Afghanistan and said the two countries would work together to... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Presidents of the United States, Afghanistan and Pakistan, at a historic White House summit, pledged on Wednesday joint efforts at rooting out terrorism from the region and working together to establish vibrant democratic set-ups... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): President Hamid Karzai Tuesday defended the nomination of Marshal Qasim Fahim as one of his running mates for the August presidential election, arguing he believed the Tajik warlord could be a factor of stability and unity for... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The trilateral summit among presidents of Afghanistan, Pakistan and the US was the beginning of a long process to coordinate the American strategy in the region, the White House said Monday.Leaders of the three countries are... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has supported President Hamid Karzais stand that efforts at reconciliation with Taliban insurgents should be led only by the Afghan government.Such an understanding with the fighters should be... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Washington Friday denied having given Islamabad a two-week deadline, but stressed that the military action by the Pakistan Army against Taliban insurgents had to be consistent and decisive.I don't know where this two-week timeframe... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US has announced $5 million in emergency financial aid to enable 34 more mine action teams to eliminate the threat of landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW) across Afghanistan.The money would be routed through six... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): With Pakistan at very difficult times of its history, the US President Barack Obama Wednesday said the United States needs to help the country and its people.I am gravely concerned about the situation in Pakistan, not because I... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Afghan Ambassador to Canada, Omar Samad, has honored five Afghan Canadians community leaders in recognition of their services towards the Afghan-Canadian community and support for the cause of Afghanistan.The recipients of the... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Republican Senator Judd Gregg, Obamas pick for Commerce Secretary, but withdrew his nomination later, has introduced a legislation in the US Senate, empowering the President to provide up to $500 million of immediate aid to... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States Tuesday said it has no idea if Osama bin Laden the most wanted terrorist of the world is dead or alive."I have no way of knowing whether Osama bin Laden is dead or alive. I have no way of knowing that, the State... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Barack Obamas pick for a key Pentagon post Tuesday told US Senators that high levels of violence in Afghanistan constituting the most immediate and pressing challenge to the reconstruction and development efforts in the country.... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Despite opposition from President Hamid Karzai, Commander of the US Central Command General David Petraeus Monday supported reconciliation efforts by the regional US and ISAF commanders at local level with the Taliban leaders.... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US Senate has praised the outstanding courage of Afghan schoolgirls who suffered an acid attack by the Taliban militants in Gondigan village in Kandahar.On November 12, 2008, 15 schoolgirls and teachers were subjected to an... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A day after Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari told foreign journalists in Islamabad his intelligence believes that Osama Bin Laden is dead, the United States Monday said it has no information about Laden's death and it would... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Al-Qaeda and the Talban terrorists, because of their safe haven in Pakistan, the drug money and foreign donations, have been able to demonstrate considerable resilience, a top US General who has been in charge of the region said... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Newt Gingrich, the top Republican leader and former speaker of the House of Representatives, has said that Pakistan was 'the most dangerous country' of the world and that the rapidly increasing influence of the Taliban may break... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Newt Gingrich, the top Republican leader and former speaker of the House of Representatives, has said that Pakistan was 'the most dangerous country' of the world and that the rapidly increasing influence of the Taliban may break... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): US President Barack Obama held a meeting with the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and his special envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke as his administration showed the signs of uneasiness following reports that... read more
WASHINGTOM (PAN): Afghan envoy to the United States Said T Jawad Friday alleged the Pakistan military was not serious in the fight against terrorism despite its capacity to take the terrorists head-on.Delivering a speech on Afghanistan at the... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): With the US President, Barack Obama, announcing to send more civilians to Afghanistan as part of his new policy announced in March, Afghanistan has submitted a National Civilian Surge Plan to the US Government.The plan is to help... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Expressing serious concerns over reports that the Taliban in Pakistan are inching closer towards Islamabad, a top US military official Friday feared the insurgents could take over the country.Well, I think we're certainly closer to... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): US President Barack Obama held a meeting with the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and his special envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke as his administration showed the signs of uneasiness following reports that... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): In order for the success of the war against terrorism in Afghanistan it is essential for the Obama Administration and the international community to demonstrate an unambiguous commitment to the Afghan people, the countrys... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, Wednesday said a nuclear armed Pakistan, wherein Al Qaeda and the Taliban extremists are increasing their influence, poses a mortal threat to the US and the world.Clinton said this in her... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): When the US President, Barack Obama, meets his Afghan and Pakistani counterparts, Hamid Karzia and Asif Ali Zardari, respectively, early next month, he would remind them what their responsibilities are, the White House said... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Expressing concern over the recent developments in Pakistan, a powerful US lawmaker Wednesday told the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, that America cant allow a free run for the Taliban and Al Qaeda in the tribal regions of... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The international community needs to come together to defeat the dangerously increasing influence of Afghanistan and Pakistan, the United States said Tuesday and at the same time acknowledged that this is not going to be easy.The... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Observing that Pakistan has been both a victim of terrorism as well as a safe haven for terrorists for too long, a top Obama Administration official Tuesday said Pakistan needs both a substantial increase in military assistance as... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Taking the US-Pak-Afghan meeting to the highest level, the US President, Barack Obama, has invited his Pak and Afghan counterparts, Asif Ali Zardari, and Hamid Karzai, respectively to White House.As a result the second tri-lateral... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Fresh from his trip to Afghanistan and Pakistan, an influential US Senator Tuesday said that Pakistan, not Afghanistan, now poses much greater threat to the international peace and security.Pakistan poses potentially the greatest... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Continuing to reflect its views on the peace agreement with the Taliban in the Swat Valley, the United States Monday said Swat is not a place where Mullah Omar and Osama bin Laden could be welcomed as stated by the extremist... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN)): The Special US Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Richard Holbrooke, Sunday said that the Obama Administration so far has not taken any final decision on reconciliation with the Taliban.This is a work in progress,... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Agitated against the recent killing of three senior Baluch leaders, American Friends of Baluchistan Friday held a protest demonstration before the Pakistani Embassy in Washington.The protestors demanded that Pakistan pullout all... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): At a time when the Obama Administration is concentrating its energies in Afghanistan and is sending some 21,000 troops to the country, a leading American daily in an editorial Saturday urged the US President to confront the double... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A new law that could be adopted by Afghanistans Parliament on the status of Shiites in the South Asian nation undermines the right to education, the principle of gender equality and the rights of the child, the head of the United... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Contracting policies of the United States and other donor nations are at the root of corruption, which has adversely affected the reconstruction and rebuilding of the Afghan economy, Mahmood Karzai, brother of the Afghan President... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Mahmood Karzai Thursday said that his brother, President Hamid Karzai should fire the Minister of Justice for his role in the passage of the controversial family law, which has been condemned by people across the world, including... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has expressed its concern over the killing of three prominent Baluch leaders in Pakistan last week and urged Islamabad to launch an investigation into these killings.The three men from... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Canadas Liberal Women Caucus Wednesday said the recent attacks on Afghan women's rights activists, including assassination of provincial councilor Sitara Achakzai, underscore the need for Harper government to take a more active... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A number of senior Afghan officials including half a dozen ministers are on their way to Washington in the next one month to hold a series of discussions with officials of the Obama Administration.Prominent among the visits include... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Indicating that the Obama Administration is opposed to the peace deal with the Taliban in the Swat Valley, the State Department Wednesday said it believes that extremists needs to be confronted.Our views on the whole issues of Swat... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Even as the Obama Administration is sending some 21,000 additional troops to Afghanistan in the coming months, violence in this war torn country us likely to go up, a top US military official said Tuesday.I want to be clear that my... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The White House Tuesday said it is disappointed with the decision of the Pakistani President, Asif Ali Zardari, to sign into law the controversial peace deal with the Taliban, which would enforce Islamic Shariah law in the Swat... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, has sought support and resources from the US to fight the menace of corruption in his administration.In my most recent visit to Afghanistan, I met with President Karzai. He brought up the... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Young Afghan leader, Sarwar Ahmedzai, who headed the Afghan Student Union from 1990 to 1996, is planning to run for the upcoming presidential elections.Reliable sources close to Ahmedzai told Pajhwok Afghan News that Ahmedzai in... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): With Pak President, Asif Ali Zardari, going ahead and signing the peace deal with the Taliban in Swat Valley, despite strong objections from the US; an eminent American think tank Monday said this would increase the tension between... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US President, Barack Obama, has proposed to the Congress tp release $1.6 billion as economic assistance to Afghanistan so as to meet his commitment of increase civilian aid to the war-torn country.Interestingly, this aid is... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Condemning the killing of three eminent Baloch leaders in Pakistan, the Pashtun community in Canada, Saturday demanded a UN inquiry into the brutal murder of these three popular leaders.We call upon the United Nation to launch... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Afghanistans former Finance Minister, Ashraf Ghani, believed that it is the poor and ineffective governance of President Hamid Karzai; in particular corruption is a prime reason for the resurgence of the Taliban in the country.In... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The visiting Australian Defense and Foreign Minister concluded their bilateral talks with their American counterparts Thursday; wherein the current situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan figured prominently among a host of issues... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States Tuesday welcomed the decision of the Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, to review the controversial womens law that virtually legalizes marital rape.Were glad that President Karzai has agreed to review this law. Well... read more
WSHINGTON (PAN): A prominent American think tank said Monday that involvement in Pakistan is both a headache and a necessity for the United States.First, it is a thriving sanctuary for both the Taliban and al-Qaeda militants operating in Afghanistan... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A bill in the US House of Representative has been introduced to triple non-military aid to Pakistan, amounting to a whopping $1.5 billion per annum for the next five years, with the option of another five year extension of such an... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff, Friday said the top al-Qaeda leadership is residing in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan.Their leadership resides in the FATA, the western border of... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US Senate, while passing the annual budget for the fiscal 2010, also restored $4 billion International Affairs Budget to the Administration, a substantial portion of which would go to Afghanistan and Pakistan.An amendment to... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): General David Petraeus, Commander of the US Central Command, Thursday said that the United States has a vital interest in Afghanistan and Pakistan as these countries contain the most pressing transnational extremist threats in the... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A top Obama administration official said Thursday there is need to develop a long term relationship between Afghanistan and the United States.Testifying before the House Armed Services Committee during a hearing on Afghanistan and... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A top US military general Wednesday conceded that Obama Administration has a proposal to send another 10,000 troops to Afghanistan. This is in addition to the 21,000 being already announced and committed by the US President, Barack... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A top Obama administration's official Wednesday said that the Inter Services Intelligence or ISI of Pakistan is part of the problem in the region, which needs to be fixed, while a top army general said there has been troubling... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A former US ambassador to Pakistan, Wendy Chamberlin, Wednesday said that Pakistan is increasingly becoming wary of the growing ties between Afghanistan and India and argued that the Obama administration should take this factor... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, Tuesday urged the international community to come forward and help Afghanistan to become strong enough to defend itself and make it a self-reliant, prosperous and stable democratic... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US has told Pakistani leaders that merely verbal commitment against terrorism is not going to work anymore and that they have to match their rhetoric with that of action on the ground; an argument which India has been insisting... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Addressing the International Conference on Afghanistan in The Hague, the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, Tuesday urged the international community to support efforts to foster peace and development in that country, arguing "We... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): It is the responsibility of the entire world community and not the US alone to fix the problem of terrorism in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the Obama Administration has said.Similar statements in this regard were made by the US... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Welcoming the Supreme Court ruling on continuation of the Karzai Administration till the new government take over after the presidential elections in August, the United States Monday urged Afghans to support the ruling.We believe... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Obama Administration Friday virtually ruled out any interim government in Kabul after May 22, when according to the constitution the term of the President Hamid Karzai, expires, and the opposition leaders have been insisting... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The new Afghan policy announced by the US President, Barack Obama, realizes that it is the Afghans who themselves have to ultimately fight and win the war against terror and work for the stability and development of the country.... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Special US Envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Richard Holbrooke, Friday said the corruption in Afghanistan is deep rooted and it has to be dealt with very strictly, as this is one of the reasons which drives away people... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The upcoming international conference on Afghanistan, at The Hague on March 31, would set the framework for international commitment on this country, top US officials said Friday.We're going to The Hague to set the framework for a... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US President, Barack Obama, Friday announced to create a new Contact Group for Afghanistan, which would include all the major stake holders and key global and regional players including India and Iran.Together with the United... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): While there is no exit strategy in the Af-Pak policy of the US President, Barack Obama, the United States Friday said American would start leaving Afghanistan as soon as its security forces and the government is capable of taking... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): American Congressmen Friday welcomed the new US policy on Afghanistan and Pakistan, which was unveiled by the President, Barack Obama. Cutting across party lines, the law makers hoped that this would help in eliminating the threat... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Afghan Ambassador to the United States, Said T. Jawad Friday expressed his gratitude to the administration of President Barack Obama for crafting the new U.S. strategy for Afghanistan. We are very grateful to President Barack... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US President, Barack Obama, would release his much awaited policy on Afghanistan and Pakistan the prime focus of his administrations foreign policy Friday, the White House said.On the eve of the announcement, Obama briefed key... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Senator John Kerry, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Thursday said that the United States would not back any candidate in the upcoming Afghan presidential election.At Senate hearing to confirm the nomination of... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A prominent Afghan leader has urged Obama Administration and US lawmakers to listen to the voices of the suffering majority and incorporate their viewpoints in their new Afghan policy. The US cant win the war in Afghanistan without... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Robert Mueller, the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Wednesday said that the tribal areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan pose primary threat to the security of the US, even as the terrorist have expanded their... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, Wednesday appointed Peter Galbraith of the US as his Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan. Galbraith will be responsible for political issues, including continuing electoral and... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US Wednesday announced a $5 million award each for information leading to the locations, arrests or convictions of two Pakistani terrorist leaders, Bitullah Mehsud, and Sirajuddin Haqqani.It also announced another $1 million... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The new Afghanistan strategy should make Afghans the center of gravity, a top US military official has said."What's really critical is that we put the Afghan people in the center, and that they become the center of gravity, and... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US Chamber of Commerce, the largest trade body of the United States, Tuesday urged the Obama Administration to improve its economic engagement and expand bilateral cooperation with Pakistan.Coming on the eve of the Obama... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The terrorist threat to the US from Al Qaeda is not going away and this needs to be taken very seriously, the US President, Barack Obama, said Tuesday.Conceding that this is a difficult task, Obama, at the White House said: It's... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN)): The World Bank Tuesday approved a $30 million grant to Afghanistan which is aimed at improving the health and nutritional status of Afghans, focusing especially on women and children and under-served areas of the country.The... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Special UN Representative for Afghanistan, Kai Eide, is in Washington meeting top officials of the Obama Administration, discussing with them the current situation in the country and the new Afghan policy of the US Government.... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US Monday expressed deep concern over deteriorating situation on the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan.We're very concerned about the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan and along the border -- its border with Pakistan,... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US President, Barack Obama, Sunday said that Afghanistan is going to be a tough nut to crack, given the challenges being faced there, which he conceded is difficult than those in Iraq.Iraq was actually easier than Afghanistan.... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US President, Barack Obama, Sunday indicated he would be focusing more on diplomatic efforts when it comes to Pakistan, as his administration is now busy giving final shape to his Afghan-Pak policy.We may need to improve our... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): In an effort to build the nascent Afghan-Brazil ties, the Afghanistans Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, Mohammad Ehsan Zia, and Political Counselor M Ashraf Haidari, paid an official visit to Brasilia early this... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Ruling out any third-party mediation in peace talks with the Taliban, the Afghan Ambassador to the UN Zahir Tanin Thursday asserted that it is the Afghan government which would lead the reconciliation process.Addressing a special... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Reiterating their full support to the reconstruction process and the fight against terrorism in the country, members of the powerful UN Security Council, especially those wielding the veto powers, Thursday said that the coming... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): President Hamid Karzai Thursday spelled out a set of conditions for peace talks with supreme leader of the Taliban, Mullah Mohammad Omar, saying Omar must talk for peace, accept the Afghan constitution and denounce violence."He (... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): After top US Generals, the British Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, Wednesday advocated the need to increase the strength of the Afghan National Army; a point argued upon by the Karzai Government.The greatest increase in troops... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States Wednesday said its goal for the upcoming March 31 conference at The Hague is to develop a coherent international policy on Afghanistan and Pakistan."One of the things, we want to see is a coherent international... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A bipartisan group of 15 US lawmakers Tuesday urged the US President, Barack Obama, to reconsider his decision of sending 17,000 additional troops to Afghanistan.The 15 members from the US House of Representatives are from the... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Pentagon Tuesday said that both the military and political leadership in Pakistan have now realized that terrorists posing a serious threat to their country.I think there is clearly a recognition by the Pakistanis that this is... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): As the Obama Administration is in final stages of its review of the Afghan policy, an eminent US analyst on Afghanistan Wednesday said the wrong US policies have been responsible for letting this war slip from victory to a crisis.... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, has said that the US forces were not in Afghanistan to occupy or run the country. "The objective is to make sure that the country is not used a place to launch attack... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, would attend the UN-sponsored international conference on Afghanistan in the Netherlands.The one-day conference on March 31 being hosted by the Government of Netherland is likely to be... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The new Afghan strategy of the United States needs to include surge of forces, capacity building of Afghan Government and elimination of safe havens from the other side of the border, the Afghanistan Ambassador to the US, Said T... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The February pause in most Special Forces operations in Afghanistan gave the US time to adopt revised guidelines in an effort to minimize civilian casualties, said Dennis Kux, senior policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center."... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US President, Barack Obama, has nominated Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry as his new Afghan Ambassador, the White House announced Wednesday.Eikenberry currently is the Deputy Chairman of the NATO Military Committee in Brussels,... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US President, Barack Obama, has nominated Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry as his new Afghan Ambassador, the White House announced Wednesday.Eikenberry currently is the Deputy Chairman of the NATO Military Committee in Brussels,... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US President, Barack Obama, Tuesday discussed the current situation in Afghanistan with the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, and sought his input on the ongoing current review of the USs policy on Afghanistan.We discussed the... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Powerful US Congressmen and top intelligence officials of the Obama Administration have expressed their doubts on the willingness and capacity of Pakistan to successfully fight the terrorists within its territories.Participating in... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Peace Action, the largest peace organization of the US, along with 16 other organizations have sent a letter to Representatives in Congress asking them to sign a congressional letter to President Barack Obama requesting that he... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): India and the United States Monday agreed that military strategy alone is not enough to bring lasting peace to war-torn Afghanistan, as the visiting Indian Foreign Secretary, Shiv Shankar Menon, met top officials of the Obama... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US Vice President, Joe Biden, Monday left for Brussles to hold crucial consultations with the NATO allies on the on-going review of the Obama Administration on Afghanistan and Pakistan.The purpose of his trip is to consult with... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Strongly condemning the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team, Richard Boucher, the U.S Assistant Secretary of State, Friday said the terrorists are attacking on the heart and soul of South Asia.They are going after, the very soul... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, Friday acknowledged that Iran was helpful to the United States in Afghanistan in the aftermath of 9/11 and after the Talibans were thrown out of Kabul.Clintons this statement on Iran, in... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A top US military Colonel stationed in Afghanistan Friday said that planning for much of the Afghan terrorist attacks happens inside Pakistan.As such it is very important for the US forces to secure the Afghan-Pak border, said... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The new civilian government of Pakistan needs to take steps to reform the countrys intelligence agencies, ISI in particular, and bring them under civilian control, a leading South Asian expert said Friday in a report published by... read more
Picture CaptionWASHINGTON (PAN): The Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, Thursday proposed a regional conference on Afghanistan at the end of this month, in which Obama Administration said Iran would be invited to participate. The conference that... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Amnesty International Thursday urged the Afghan Government to establish a national plan for the promotion and protection of human rights.In a letter to the Afghan Ambassador to the US, Said T Jawad, Amnesty International said... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States Wednesday welcomed the statement of the Independent Election Commission in which it said that the Afghan presidential elections would be held in the month of August.We share the Independent Election Commissions... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US President, Barack Obama, Tuesday said that the safe haven for the Al Qaeda is in the frontier regions of Pakistan.The safe havens for Al Qaeda remain in the frontier regions of Pakistan, Obama told reporters in response to a... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The legislation provide duty-free treatment of certain goods from designated Reconstruction Opportunity Zones (ROZ) in Afghanistan and Pakistan, has been reintroduced in the US Senate.Popular as the ROZ bill, which was a brain... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United Stated Monday reiterated that it favors the Afghan presidential elections in August a period when the international forces would be able to provide adequate security.The issue was raised up at both the State Department... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): All major terrorist networks have a safe haven in Pakistan and this makes a major difference to the US war against terror, the Defense Secretary, Robert Gates, has said.I think it's the safe havens on the Pakistani side of the... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The head of the US armed forces Sunday said it is extraordinarily hard to find Osama bin Laden, against whom the United States has launched a massive manhunt post 9 / 11. He's, obviously, a very, very difficult individual to find,... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US Saturday supported holding of the Afghan presidential elections in August as announced by the Independent Elections Commission earlier.The State Department Acting Spokesman issued a statement in this regard following the... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Taking a cue from history and that too from the Russians in the immediate past, the US President, Barack Obama, said Friday that the United States would not stay in Afghanistan for long.There's a long history, as you know, in... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The decision of the US President, Barack Obama, to review the Afghan policy shows his determination to succeed in Afghanistan, the visiting Afghan Defense Minister, Rangin Dadfar Spanta, said Thursday.Speaking at joint media... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Encouraged by the success of the first ever trilateral meetings with her Pak and Afghan counterparts on Thursday, the US Secretary of State, Hillary R Clinton, announced more such meetings in coming months, with the second one... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Obama Administrations top military and defense leaders Thursday said that it would adopt a policy of wait and watch with regard to the peace agreement between the Taliban militants and Islamabad over Swat valley in Pakistan.The... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): As she had promised in interviews before she left White House, the former First Lady, Laura Bush, has started working for the people of Afghanistan, specially women and children.Now based in Dallas, Laura Bush Thursday visited... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Senator John Kerry, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Wednesday said the US war against terrorism in Afghanistan could be lost in Pakistan, if necessary steps are not taken now.The conventional wisdom is that the... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Top Republican Senator, John McCain, Wednesday said that along with the surge of US troops it is important to increase the number of Afghan troops too. This is crucial to win the war against terror in the country, he said.Everyone... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Ahead of the crucial tri-lateral meeting, the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, Wednesday jointly met the Pakistan Foreign Minister, Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi, and the Afghan Foreign Minister, Rangin Dadfar Spanta.Qureshi... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The visiting Afghan Foreign Minister, Rangeen Dafdar Spanta, Tuesday conveyed to his Pakistani counterpart, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Kabuls concern over the peace deal with the Taliban in the Swat Valley of Pakistan.Talking to... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Canada Tuesday welcomed the decision of the United States to deploy an additional 17,000 troops in the Southern regions of Afghanistan, where its own troops are based.The Canadian Foreign Minister, Lawrence Cannon, met the... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Issuing stern warning to terrorists, the US President, Barack Obama Tuesday said his administration would not allow terrorists to have safe haven anywhere across the globe to plan attacks against the United States.With our friends... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US President, Barack Obama, Tuesday appreciated the efforts of Japan in helping stabilize the situation in Afghanistan.Obama expressed his view during his meeting with the Japanese Prime Minister, Taro Aso, at the Oval Office... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN: The House of Representative Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, has said that the United States cannot afford to let Afghanistan be a safe haven for terrorists.Pelosi, who led a Congressional delegation to Afghanistan last week told reporters:... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Pakistan's deal with the Taliban-led militants in the Swat valley of North West Frontier Province, allowing imposition of Shariah Islamic law in exchange for peace is a 'dramatic setback' for Washington and Islamabad in their... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The main threat to the United States comes from terrorists in the tribal areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan, America's top intelligence official said Monday."Our primary threat continues to come from the tribal areas of Pakistan and... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, has said that she recommended in 2007 to the Bush Administration to appoint a special envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan."I tried to get the Bush administration to appoint a special envoy... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Friday said that the surge of US troops in Afghanistan was part of the overall Afghan strategy of the Obama's administration."We did have the President order 17,000 more troops to... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States Friday said that the high level Afghan and Pakistani delegations, led by their respective foreign ministers, during their visit here next week would provide input to the review of the Afghan policy currently being... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The high level Afghan delegation led by Foreign Minister, Rangin Dadfar Spanta, would have intensive and focused discussions with the top Obama Administration officials next week. The Afghan delegation would also have a tri-lateral... read more
WAHINGTON (PAN): Afghan Ambassador to the US, Said Tayeb Jawad Thursday welcomed the surge of American troops in the country.The announcement in this regard was made by the US President, Barack Obama, early this week, in which he said an additional... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US President, Barack Obama, Thursday said that the 60-days review of the current Afghan policy, which is going on right now, would shape his Administration's policy towards Afghanistan and also define the goals in the region."... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Foreign ministers of Afghanistan and Pakistan to arrive in Washington next week for consultations with top officials of the Obama Administration on the Afghan review currently being done by the United States.Both the Afghan and... read more
WASHINGTON: A top Obama administration official expressed deep concern over the peace treaty between the Taliban militants and Islamabad in the picturesque Swat Valley and said the US would not like "bad people" to get hold of any territory."We are... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A top US military general said Wednesday that the new level of forces, enhanced by additional troop announcement would be maintained in Afghanistan in the next couple of years."This is not temporary force uplift. I can't give you... read more
WASHINGTON (PTI): Even if the Afghan presidential elections have announced for August 20, it could be postponed if the security situation in the country deteriorates, a Congressional report has said."It is also possible that the grave security... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US President, Barack Obama, Tuesday announced a surge of 17,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, as he said the situation in Afghan-Pak region demands immediate attention."This increase is necessary to stabilize a... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The former US President, Bill Clinton, Tuesday advised the current commander in chief not to follow the tactics of British and Russians in Afghanistan, otherwise it would end up as his Vietnam. However, he said this is unlikely to... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States Tuesday said Islamic law is within the constitutional framework of Pakistan and unlike in the past it refrained from making observation on the peace deal between Islamabad and a Taliban-linked group in the... read more
Washington, February 17, 2009 (PAN): The US President, Barack Obama, Monday telephoned the Turkish President Abdullah Gul and the Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to discuss with them a wide range of issues including Afghanistan and Pakistan,... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): At an EastWest Institute consultation on Afghanistan, leaders from Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, the EU, and the US agreed that the world can and must reverse the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan and the region."... read more
Washington, February 17, 2009 (PAN): The US President, Barack Obama, is expected to make an announcement on Afghanistan soon, the White House said Monday."I would expect that the President's decision could come shortly, without laying out a firm... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): President Hamid Karzai Sunday said that the US forces were unlikely to leave Afghanistan soon as they have a lot of work to do in winning the war against terrorism and restoration of peace and stability in the country."The US... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): On her maiden overseas trip as the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton would be discussing the current situation in Afghanistan with her counterparts in China and Japan when she visits these countries later this month, officials... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, Thursday said Barack Obama, is a great inspiration to the world, understands Afghanistan well and can engage with him very positively."President Obama is a great inspiration to the world. The... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US, the UN including the Security Council and Canada Wednesday strongly condemned the barbaric terrorists in Kabul, which killed more than two dozen people and injured dozen others."The (UN) Secretary-General (Ban Ki-moon) is... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The terrorists in Kabul, which killed more than two dozen people, has toughened US resolve to get things right in Afghanistan, the White House said Wednesday."We're reminded today of the brutal tactics that extremists like the... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A group of Republican Congressmen who were in Afghanistan last week Tuesday advocated the need of a strong intelligence and military presence in the country and said that the solution to the Afghan problem lays in Pakistan."I think... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, Tuesday said that a decision on sending additional troops to Afghanistan is expected to be taken by the President, Barack Obama, in the next few days."I think he (Obama) will make those (... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US President, Barack Obama, Tuesday asked Bruce Riedel, an ex-CIA official specializing on terrorism and conflict resolution, to chair an interagency policy review on Afghanistan and Pakistan.The assignment of Riedel, who is a... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States Tuesday asserted that at this point of time it does not has any plan to hold talk with the Taliban.The State Department spokesperson, Robert Wood, responding to a media query on appearance of such reports in this... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Terming the current Afghan situation as grim, a top US lawmaker has said Tuesday that time is running out fast in Afghanistan.In an opinion piece published in The Washington Times, Senator John Kerry, Chairman of the powerful... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US President, Barack Obama, Monday said s administration would not allow a safe haven for Al Qaeda and the Taliban terrorists in FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas) of Pakistan, as is the case now. This is the message... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US President, Barack Obama, Monday expressed his displeasure with the current Afghan Government led by the President, Hamid Karzai by saying that it appears to be detached from what is going on in the surrounding.Responding to... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A US lawmaker, currently on a visit to Afghanistan, said Monday that to win the war against terror, it is essential to have stability in the region."Great challenges remain in Afghanistan, but long-term stability in the region is... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US President, Barack Obama, appreciated his Pakistani counterpart, Asif Ali Zardari, for his trying to get the situation under control, as he asserted that his administration would not allow Al Qaeda and the Taliban terrorists... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A powerful US Senator Thursday praised the Pakistani President, Asif Ali Zardari; the Army chief, General Ashfaq Kayani and the ISI head General Ahmad Shuja Pasha, for their willingness to take the Al Qaeda head on and showing... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US Joint Chief of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, Thursday said the violence is getting worse in Afghanistan, which is an enormously complex country."We need to see governance develop there. We need to improve our security there,... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, Thursday said the South Asia visit of Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, Special US Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan is for consultative purposes.Holbrooke left for London Wednesday... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Observing that Afghanistan is now a burden, the French Foreign Minister, Bernard Kouchner, Thursday favored giving Afghans control over their destiny."Afghanistan, it is a burden for us, but we need to succeed," Kouchner told... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Presidential candidate, Ashraf Ghani, Friday said that resolving the problem in Afghanistan is difficult, but it is not at all impossible."It is difficult, but it's by no means impossible to turn around, and it can be a major... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, said Wednesday that the Obama Administration is trying to figure it out where the money being sent to Afghanistan is going and who all are accountable for this.Speaking to the officials of... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A top US commander stationed at Bamyan and Panjshir regions Wednesday appreciated the cooperative approach of local population towards American and NATO forces."We have a lot of cooperation and a lot of support from those local... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A top US military official said Tuesday that America can't afford to have Afghanistan become a safe haven for terrorists again.Addressing Reserve Officers Association, the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, said: "We... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Hampered by massive corruption and lack of quality leadership and human capital, the Government of Afghanistan is one of the weakest governments of the world, the Pentagon has said in its latest report to the Congress."The GIRoA (... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US Secretary of State, Hillary R Clinton, Tuesday discussed the current situation in Afghanistan and the way forward with the British Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, and the German Foreign Minister, Walter Steinmeier.This... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Office of Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) has concluded in its latest report to the Congress that reconstruction of the country, post-Taliban not only is fragmented, but also existing strategies... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States and China have agreed to work together on a range of issues of global importance including the Afghan-Pak issue, the White House said Friday.The understanding was reached when the US President, Barack Obama, made... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The former US Secretary of State, Madeline Albright, Friday said that Pakistan is the most dangerous country of the world and it has everything which gives an international migraine."It has nuclear weapons, extremism, poverty,... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States Thursday welcomed the announcement of Afghan presidential elections."We welcome the Independent Election Commission (IEC) of Afghanistan announcement that Afghan presidential and provincial elections will be held... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Obama Administration's review of the Afghanistan policy is not complete yet, the White House said Wednesday.There is a review of our policy in Afghanistan. That policy review continues in order to ensure our success in that region... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US President, Barack Obama, Wednesday reviewed the situation in Afghanistan with his top military commanders during his first trip to Pentagon and said that his administration would take some tough decisions."We had discussions... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Observing that the Obama Administration is not solely focused on a military strategy, the State Department Wednesday said political solution is essential for being successful in Afghanistan."You know, we've said -- the... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US supports the democratically elected government of Afghanistan, the White House said Wednesday.We support the democratically elected President of Afghanistan," White House spokesperson, Robert Gibbs told reporters when asked... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US missile strikes inside Pakistan targeting high value targets would continue and this has been communicated to Islamabad, the US Defense Secretary, Robert Gates, said Tuesday."I think that the strikes that are being... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Lee Hamilton, vice-chairman of the 9/11 Commission and now the president of the prestigious Washington-based think tank, Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, Tuesday, supported the viewpoint of the Afghan President, Hamid Karzai,... read more
WASHNIGTON (PAN): The Afghan-Pak border area is a source of instability not only for the two countries and the region, but also much beyond it, the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, said Tuesday."There's little doubt in anyone's mind that the... read more
WASHNGTON (PAN): A top US military leader Tuesday said all indications are that the Afghan presidential elections are headed for later this summer, between August and September. "All I have seen - all indications that I've seen so far are that the... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The White House Monday said the situation in Afghanistan and along the border the Obama Administration is currently in the process of reviewing the US policy with regard to the country."In the campaign, the President talked about... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Ashraf Ghani, a prospective candidate for the upcoming Afghan presidential elections later this year, Sunday said President Hamid Karzai has lost legitimacy to rule."President Karzai has lost legitimacy in a massive way and its... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Senator John McCain, the Republican presidential candidate who lost to the US President, Barack Obama Sunday said situation in Afghanistan is difficult one and the country needs long term commitment from America."The hard truth is... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Reiterating the campaign rhetoric, the US Vice President, Joe Biden Sunday said the Obama Administration would not hesitate to launch strikes inside Pakistan, if it had actionable intelligence against high-value Al Qaeda targets."I... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US Vice President, Joe Biden, Sunday said the controversial Guantanamo terrorist detention center helped in growth of terrorists outfits across the world instead of routing them out."The maintenance of Guantanamo, its symbol... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US State Department Friday said that the Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, is working very hard to make sure that there is conducive climate for democratic and free elections in the country."I know that President Karzai is... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Saudi Prince Turki Al-Fasal, who is also the former Saudi intelligence chief, Friday said he is convinced that the top Al Qaeda leaders Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawihiri are living somewhere along the Afghan Pak border."Well, I... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Special US Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Richard Holbrooke, is planning to visit the region as soon as possible, but no date has been fixed yet, the State Department said Friday."I spoke to Ambassador Holbrooke... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): With Afghanistan on the top of his foreign policy agenda, the US President, Barack Obama, discussed the current situation in this troubled South Asian country with the British and Canadian Prime Ministers when he made telephone... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Obama Administration is looking forward to work with Russia in Afghanistan as it is in interest of both the nations to stabilize the situation there, the State Department said Friday."We certainly look forward to working with... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Reflecting her commitment towards Afghanistan, on her very second day in office, the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, met 14 prominent Afghan women judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys.These jurists are in Washington to... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Reiterating his pre-election rhetoric, the US President, Barack Obama Thursday said that Afghanistan and Pakistan is the central front in the war against terrorism.As the region poses a grave threat to the security and terrorists... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US President, Barack Obama, Wednesday said he would soon undertake a full review of the situation in Afghanistan to develop a "comprehensive" policy for the entire region."In the coming days and weeks, I will also visit the... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The White House Tuesday said Obama Administration favors increase in non-military aid to Pakistan, but at the same time Islamabad would have to be accountable for the war against terrorism especially in regions bordering... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The White House Tuesday announced that Afghanistan would be the top foreign policy priority for the Obama Administration.It would not only focus on winning the war against Taliban and Al Qaeda, by bringing in more resources to the... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A group of US soldiers in Kabul who got an opportunity to interact with the Barack Obama, through video conferencing Tuesday night invited their new president to visit the country and see the good work done by them.The brief chat... read more
Washington, January 20, 2009 (PAN): A top UN rights official said Monday that the Taliban and other armed groups should stop targeting and using children. In a statement, Radhika Coomaraswamy, UN Special Representative for Children and Armed... read more
Washington, January 19, 2009 (PAN): The Afghan Ambassador to the US, Said T Jawad, Sunday said that the Government of Afghanistan is looking forward to work with the Obama Administration as the new administration takes over January 20."President-... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Afghan Ambassador to United Nations Zahir Tanin has accused Israel of systematically disregarding human rights in Gaza throughout the conflict, inflicting suffering on residents of the strip."It has been three weeks since Israel... read more
WASGINGTON (PAN): A US force originally meant for Iraq is now being sent to Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced on Friday, a week before the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama.About 500 Navy Seabees would be deployed to Afghanistan,... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Outgoing US President George W Bush has claimed Afghanistan has come a long way from being under Taliban's oppressive rule to a fledgling democracy. In his farewell address to the nation, Bush asserted on Thursday he had taken the... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, Wednesday alleged that Iran is not committed to a stable Afghanistan."Some of their (Iran) behavior in Afghanistan over the last couple of years would suggest that they're not very... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): US Vice President-elect Joe Biden, soon after his return from a trip to Afghanistan and Pakistan, has said Washington's success in the war-battered country depends on cooperation from Islamabad.Biden, who visited the region in his... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Afghan Ambassador to UN Zahir Tanin has urged international forces operating in Afghanistan to avoid tactics like air strikes which result in significant unintentional deaths of civilians.Addressing a special meeting of the... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US President-elect, Barack Obama, Wednesday said al- Qaeda and its leader Osama bin Laden continue to be the number one threat to the US."I haven't changed my mind, that bin Laden and al-Qaeda are our number one threat when it... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Pentagon Tuesday asserted that the additional troops being planned to be sent to Afghanistan in coming months would make the real impact on the ground in the country and was not being sent merely to buy time, as reported in a... read more
WASHIGTON (PAN): As President George W Bush and Laura Bush prepares to leave the White House in a week for now, the White House Monday said the First Lady has been working with the international community to promote peace, stability and... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): NATO's top commander US General John Craddock has said there can't be a military victory in Afghanistan and the army can only help in securing the situation in the country.In a speech delivered on the Senate floor, Monday Senator... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Driven out of Afghanistan by the US-led international forces, Al Qaeda has found a safe haven in Pakistan the US Vice President, Dick Cheney said."Al Qaeda, I believe for the most part, has been driven out of Afghanistan. What they... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US is still pursuing Osama bin Laden the most wanted terrorist of the world the White House said Friday."We continue to pursue Osama bin Laden. That is important. We continue to pursue top leadership of Al Qaida," White House... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A US lawmaker, who recently returned from Afghanistan, has recommended that the size of Afghan Army and police be doubled so that they can take over the mantle of the country's security from the US and NATO forces, which would... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Two top Al Qaeda leaders, including the one responsible for the Marriott bombing in Islamabad last year, have been killed inside Pakistan in a US missile strike on January 1.They have been identified as Usama al-Kini, said to be Al... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A top American General said Thursday over the years Afghanistan and Pakistan in many ways has merged into one problem and as such there can be no solution to Afghan without taking Pakistan into account."There have been nothing easy... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A prestigious Washington-based think-tank Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) -- Wednesday urged the US Government to redefine the territory of war and declare FATA as part of the Afghan war theater because it is... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A Congressional legislation has been introduced in the House of Representatives, which if passed, would award Pakistani government officials for providing information leading to the arrest of most wanted terrorists of the world... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US vice President-elect, Joe Biden, would travel to Afghanistan and Pakistan on a fact-finding mission later this week.Biden in the capacity as the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee would be leading a bi-... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A US lawmaker, fresh from his trip to Afghanistan, said Tuesday that a US failure in the country would mean the Taliban's taking over the Government of Afghanistan."I think we're preparing to double-down in Afghanistan. Because, if... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Stephen Hadley, the National Security Advisor to the US President, George W Bush Tuesday said that Pakistan would be the top foreign policy challenge for the upcoming Obama Administration and not Iraq and Afghanistan.In an... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Observing that the Taliban insurgency is becoming stronger, and the US is not winning the war in Afghanistan, the prestigious Brookings institute, in a memo has urged the President-elect Barack Obama to focus on this troubled South... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): An influential US Senator, who recently had an extensive tour of Afghanistan, has urged the upcoming Obama Administration to appoint a Special Coordinator for Afghanistan and Pakistan, who would be responsible for all the US... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): A former US National Security Adviser said Tuesday that cutting a deal with the Taliban and separating it with the Al Qaeda would be more helpful in Afghanistan rather than sending more troops to the country.Opposing surge of... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States Tuesday said it has made no request to South Korea to send its troops to Afghanistan."We have no made such request at this point," State Department spokesperson, Sean McCormack told reporters referring to such a... read more
WASHIGTON (PAN): Khan Mohammed, a member of Afghan-Taliban Monday was sentenced to life imprisonment by a US court on drug and narco-terrorism charges.Mohammed, 38, was ordered by US District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly to serve two life sentences... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) Monday urged the Afghan Government, United Nations and NATO forces in Afghanistan to immediately secure the mass grave of Dash-e-Leili and bring to book those who have been responsible for its... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US Ambassador to the United Nations, Zalmay Khalilzad, has said that the recent efforts of Islamabad in its fight against terrorism have been encouraging."I think the recent efforts have been very encouraging. I think the... read more
UNITED NATIONS (PAN): The Afghan Ambassador to the UN, Zahir Tanin, Friday virtually blasted a top UN Envoy for submitting a report on the status of Afghan children, which do not represent the ground realities and is factually incorrect.Speaking at... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The US First Lady, Laura Bush, Thursday said that there was a lot for the Afghan women to achieve and they still need a lot of achievement."The women of Afghanistan still need a lot of encouragement," she during a video... read more
UNITED NATIONS (PAN): The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, expressed his grave concern over the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Afghanistan and said there is need of a political surge and change of direction."I am gravely concerned by the... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): A Nobel Peace Prize winner organization Tuesday sought the help of NATO, which has its troops in Afghanistan, to assist the United Nations in securing the Dasht-e-Leili mass grave.Physicians for Human Rights, in a statement, also... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The British Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, Monday said that the situation in Pakistan is critical for achieving peace and stability in Pakistan."There won't be peace in Afghanistan; there won't be a strong democratic government... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The US Defense Secretary, Robert Gates, has said that the Pakistani army is getting better and better in counterinsurgency operations, which was not the case a few years ago."They're getting better at counterinsurgency," Gates said... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The US President, George W Bush, said Monday that his Afghan counterpart, Hamid Karzai, is determined to make the nascent democracy of Afghanistan a success story."I met with President Karzai, who is determined to help the young... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): In all probability on his last visit to Afghanistan as the US President, George W Bush, told reporters before he landed in Kabul that his visit was to thank President Hamid Karzai and assure them that the US would continue to support... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The US President George W Bush has said that though things were difficult in Afghanistan, the successful surge policy adopted by his administration in Iraq would work in Afghanistan too.Observing that the violence is up in... read more
New York (PAN): An influential American Senator has urged the up-coming Obama Administration to appoint a special US coordinator for Afghanistan and Pakistan so as to have a focused approach.Senator Kit Bond, who is Vice-Chairman of the Senate... read more
New York (PAN): The Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) Friday demanded an investigation into news reports that General Abdul Rashid Dostum removed evidence of potential war crimes from the Dasht-e-Leili mass grave in northern Afghanistan.PHR, which... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Increasing military activities in western Pakistan threatens US national security and hinders its efforts to bring peace in Afghanistan.There is also a growing threat to Pakistani stability, the latest Congressional report prepared... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The US First Lady, Laura Bush, Wednesday praised the courage shown by the Afghan women in the fight for their basic human rights against Taliban."In Afghanistan, women are working to overcome years of oppression to secure these basic... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): A top US military official said Wednesday that the Mumbai attacks show the danger of safe havens in Pakistan, making this a top priority."Part of our significant objective in Afghanistan and Pakistan is to not have a safe haven,"... read more
United Nations (PAN): Afghanistan's Ambassador to the UN, Zahir Tanin Tuesday said recently begun Afghanistan-Pakistan co-operation would end the safe havens of Al Qaeda and the Taliban in the region."The Governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan are... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, Tuesday praised President Karzai's role in leading the country after the Taliban despite current difficulties."I think President Karzai has done a good job in a country that historically... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The White House said Monday Afghanistan is a challenge and that the country is going to take longer time than Iraq."In Afghanistan, we do have a challenge. We always knew that it was going to take longer in Afghanistan than it was... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Observing that long-term occupation is not going to work, the US President-elect, Barack Obama, said the United States is only wants to ensure that Afghanistan is not used as a base to launch attack against the US."If the perception... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The US President-elect, Barack Obama, said Sunday Afghanistan can't be solved without addressing the Pakistan problem and asserted that the region needs effective diplomacy."We can't solve Afghanistan without solving Pakistan and... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): A top American General stationed in Afghanistan said Friday that an additional 20,000 US troops are expected to be sent to the country soon as part of the new strategy of surge in foreign troops.The first lot of these troops is... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Afghanistan poses a more difficult and long-term challenge that Iraq, because of the complexities of the issues involved in this South Asian country, the US Defense Secretary, Robert Gates, said.In an opinion piece written in the... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The US First Lady, Laura Bush, Wednesday said that she is proud of the people of Afghanistan because of the exemplary courage and bravery shown by them to fight out terrorism."I'm proud of the people of Afghanistan," Laura Bush told... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The Afghan Ambassador to the US, Said T Jawad, Wednesday said that rebuilding of Afghanistan is a "true global undertaking", given the diversity of countries, which are involved here in the post-Taliban era."With the engagement of... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Allies of Afghanistan has faltered on three accounts to help consolidate shared accomplishments post-Taliban era, said a top Afghan diplomat Tuesday."First, they have been reluctant to provide the necessary level of aid resources to... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The US Defense Secretary, Robert Gates, said Tuesday that the real threat to international peace and security now comes from Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan and not from Iraq."We all believe now that we basically have our... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The US President-elect, Barack Obama, Monday said that his administration would ensure that it has the strategy to succeed against the Taliban and Al Qaeda.Obama said this in Chicago after introducing his national security team,... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The US First Lady, Laura Bush, Sunday said she would continue to work on Afghanistan and its people, even after she leaves the White House Jan 20."I hope to continue to work on this (Afghanistan)," Bush told the NBC news channel on... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The Afghan Ambassador to the US, Said T Jawad, Sunday said the Karzai Government would never share power with the Taliban.Appearing on the NBC's popular "Meet the Press" along with the First Lady, Laura Bush, Afghanistan Ambassador... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The Pak Ambassador to the US, Hussain Haqqani, said Sunday that there is no relocation of troops from the Afghan border to that on the Indian side in the aftermath of the terrorists attack in Mumbai."There is no movement of troops,... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The Us Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, has ruled out setting up any time table for withdrawal of troops and ending the war in Afghanistan."I don't think one sets timetables on when wars end. We'd like it to end as soon as... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Afghanistan along with Kosovo would dominate the upcoming NATO's ministerial meet, a top Bush Administration official has said."I expect that the Secretary (of State Condoleezza Rice) will talk about the way ahead in Afghanistan,"... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Pajhwok Afghan News, the largest independent news agency of Afghanistan, Tuesday received the International Press Freedom Award for the year 2008 from Committee to Protect Journalists.At a glittering ceremony held at the prestigious... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The Afghan Ambassador to Canada, Omar Samad, congratulated the Afghan-French writer Atiq Rahimi on winning the prestigious French literary award at a function on Montreal over the weekend.Rahimi is the recent winner of the Prix... read more
Tampa, Florida (PAN): Addressing a meeting of school students in the Floridian city of Orlando, the Afghan Ambassador to the US, Said T Jawad, said that he looks forward to the day when kids can play on street like the one in the United States.No... read more
Tampa (Florida) (PAN): Meeting on the sidelines of the APEC Summit at Lima in Peru, the US President, George W Bush, and the Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, discussed the current situation in Afghanistan.Canada is actively involved both in... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): With Pakistani Army successfully launching massive operations in border areas, a US Army official said Friday the enemy this winter was likely to stay back in Afghanistan this winter rather than returning to the safe haven on the... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, Richard Boucher, has said that there is no sign that the Taliban want to have peace talks, despite reconciliation offer from the Afghan Government."I have to... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The Afghan Ambassador to the US, Said T Jawad, has said process of reconciliation with the militant or offer of peace talks with Taliban would be a painful process and international community needs to have patience."This is going to... read more
UNITED NATIONS (PAN): A high-powered Ambassadorial level delegation of the powerful UN Security Council Friday left on a week-long tour to Afghanistan, during which they intend to have a first-hand assessment of the ground realities of this war-torn... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): A US intelligence report about the global scene in the year 2025 has forecasted the possibility of a Pashtun nationality if Pakistan is not able to hold together."If Pakistan is unable to hold together until 2025, a broader... read more
UNITED NATIONS (PAN): The visiting German Foreign Minister, Franz Josef Jung, Thursday said that Afghanistan requires a comprehensive military and civilian approach to bring peace and stability in the country."Let me make clear, we can't have... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Defense Ministers of eight troop contributing countries are meeting in Canada from Thursday to discuss the current situation in Afghanistan, specially those in the Regional Command South.The US Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates,... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The joint commander of US and NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, General David McKiernan, has clarified that India has not been asked to send its troops to Afghanistan.Speaking before a Washington-... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The United States Wednesday said it is pleased with the outcome of the International Conference on the Return and Reintegration of Afghan Refugees.Co-hosted by Afghanistan and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR... read more
NEW YORK(PAN): The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has sought the services of the large community of Indian doctors in the United States to help it in improving and building the nascent health care system in Afghanistan.Such a... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): When the US President, George Bush, meet Japanese and South Korean leadership on the sidelines of Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) Summit in the Peruvian Capital of Lima this weekend, he would use the opportunity to thank... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): A US army commander Tuesday said Taliban are running out of options on places to go, with an effective anti-terror operation on both side of the border."They (Taliban) are running out of options on places to go, which I think is a... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): In order to win the war against terror, increasing the size of the Afghan security forces is the most viable and long term solution, an eminent American expert has said.Observing that even the promise of sending an additional 15,000... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The Pakistani President, Asif Ali Zardari, would soon visit Kabul to hold another round of talks with his Afghan counterpart, Hamid Karzai, as part of the recent initiatives to strengthen the relationship between the two countries.... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The incident of throwing acid on the faces of young women students in Afghanistan early this week shows the brutality of the Taliban, the Pentagon said Friday."It's a reflection of the brutality and backwardness of the enemy we're... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The US First Lady, Laura Bush, Thursday condemned the incident of Taliban throwing acid on the face of young Afghan women who were on their way to school.Terming it as cowardly and shameful act, the First Lady said: "My heart goes... read more
UNITED NATIONS (PAN): After a day long series of meetings at the UN, where he attended the UN-sponsored "Culture of peace" meeting, the Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, left for London Wednesday night.During his stay in New York, Karzai met the US... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The State Department Wednesday said that the US review of its Afghanistan policy is not completed yet."Well, we're doing a review of our efforts in Afghanistan. That is not yet completed. I would expect in the coming period of time,... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The State Department Wednesday said that the US review of its Afghanistan policy is not completed yet."Well, we're doing a review of our efforts in Afghanistan. That is not yet completed. I would expect in the coming period of time,... read more
UNITED NATIONS (PAN): A delegation of UN Security Council would visit Afghanistan later this month to have a firsthand assessment of the situation on the ground in the country.Led by the Italian Ambassador to the UN, Giulio Terzi, the Security... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): A gathering of Afghan Americans in San Francisco, California, erupted into instant jubilations no sooner the news channels flashed that Senator Barack Obama would be the next President of the United States of America.A number of... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The White House asserted Monday there has been no let up in the search for Osama bin Laden and the hunt for the most wanted fugitive of the world is still on."We try every day to capture Osama bin Laden and bring him to justice,"... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): A local Afghan police official and a district leader helped Taliban in attacking the US forces on July 13 resulting in death of as many as nine American soldiers, The New York Times reported Tuesday.Referring to an internal review of... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Senator Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential candidate, said Friday that the present Afghan Government is not capable of delivering services to its people and also raised questions on its legitimacy.Obama, who is leading in all... read more
NEW YORK: (PAN): The Democratic presidential candidate, Barack Obama, Friday ruled out any peace talks with the Taliban leadership, but said favored the policy of trying to peel away the moderate factions within the Taliban.Obama's view on this... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Ruling out the possibility of the United States getting involved in any kind of reconciliation process, a top Bush Administration has said it for Afghan and Pak Governments to decide and the US would only provide all possible support... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): With Pakistan crucial in the US-led war against terror, the next US Administration would come up with a new Pak policy, an eminent American think-tank has said.Identifying Pakistan as one of the greatest foreign policy challenge for... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Observing that there could be no quick fixes to the current mess in Afghanistan, an eminent Afghan expert has recommended a six-point formula for the next US President and said finding a solution needs great wisdom, courage and... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The next US President Barack Obama or John McCain would be asking his European allies to send more troops to Afghanistan; said an eminent American expert on Afghanistan."The next President of the United States is going to be calling... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The newly formed Afghan Bar Association (AFBA) is seeking Virginia attorneys who would be interested in providing insight and advice to the independent legal organization in Afghanistan.In an appeal, the Virginia State Bar said the... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The Pentagon Wednesday ruled out any kind of talks with the Taliban leader Mullah Omar; even as it extended its support to the recent reconciliation effort of Afghan Government."I think Mullah Omar, who provided a safe haven and a... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): A top Bush Administration official has said the main purpose of the Taliban now is not to win the war but to undermine the elected Afghan Government and divide the international community."The Taliban's theory of victory is not to... read more
UNITED NATIONS (PAN): In an effort to protect the rights of women in the country, the Afghan Ambassador to the UN, Zahir Tanin on Wednesday urged the UN Security Council to make gender sensitive training of foreign forces in Afghanistan."For better... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): White House Wednesday recognized the need to reconcile with some elements of the Taliban but said it is difficult to imagine Mullah Omar sitting on the other side of the table."I find that hard to imagine," White House spokesperson,... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The State Department Wednesday said that the United States supports the reconciliation process led by the Afghan President, Hamid Karzai."We support the Afghan reconciliation process that, you know, President Karzai has been leading... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The exhibition of hidden treasures, which has now moved to San Francisco speaks about not only the past but also the present day struggles of Afghanistan, the country's Ambassador to the US, Said T Jawad, has said.The exhibition... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Haji Juma Khan, an Afghan drug trafficker, was produced in a New York court Friday by the US Federal authorities on charges that he runs an international heroin racket, which aids the Taliban.Khan, who was brought to New York... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Opium production and poppy cultivation in Afghanistan has dropped significantly (by nearly one-third and more than one-fifth) this year, an official US report released Friday revealed.The report released by the US Office of National... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Afghan community, led by Sarwar Ahmedzai, and other members of the community organized a fund raiser for Senator Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential nominee, in Sunnyvale California.Howard Dean, the head of the Democratic Party... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): A powerful US Senator Thursday said that the United States needs to send more troops to aggressively target the Al Qaeda and change the US policy towards Pakistan."The decision to go to war in Afghanistan was the right one, but after... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): With American commanders on ground asking for more "life saving" MRAPs (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicles as soon as possible, the US has started airlifting them to Afghanistan.Said to be a "life saving vehicle" for troops on... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The Democratic presidential hopeful, Senator Barack Obama, Wednesday said Afghanistan is confronting an urgent situation; with the country facing the worst ever terror attacks post-9/11."Over seven years after 9/11, the situation in... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The Republican Vice-Presidential nominee, Sarah Palin, has strongly opposed any move of a unilateral US military action inside Pakistan targeting a high target.The Alaska Governor, who was picked up by Senator John McCain, the... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Living constantly under the shadow of death with several of her female colleagues shot dead by terrorists, Farida Nekzad, the managing editor of the Pajhwok Afghan News Tuesday urged the donor countries to insist upon the Afghan... read more
UNITED NATIONS (PAN): The UN Secretary General, Ban ki-Moon, has expressed his shock at the method used by the Taliban in the brutal massacre of 30 innocent civilians in Kandahar."He was quite shocked at the methods used," Michele Montas,... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): California State University, East Bay, has planned a year-long series of events, which the officials say would present the various facets of Afghanistan and Iran during the academic year 2008-2009.The events would be held a various... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Democratic presidential hopeful and his running mate Joe Biden have promised that if they win in the November 4 presidential elections, they would work towards a political and non-military solution to bring lasting peace in... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Afghanistan is a more fertile ground for a US-Iran co-operation than Iraq, a leading Iranian-expert based in Washington has said."From the US perspective, a greater Iranian role could be an important factor in reducing Pakistani... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The Afghan Ambassador to Canada, Omar Samad, has said that some of the neighbors of Afghanistan underestimate the desire and will of the people of the country for stability, prosperity and cooperation.Refraining from directly naming... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The first Corporate Social Responsibility Award of the Canada Afghan Business Council has been given to Ehsan Bayat of the Afghan Wireless Communication, who also runs the popular Ariana Television.Bayat received the award from the... read more
NEW YOR (PAN): The US Assistant Secretary of State, Richard Boucher, has said that the Manas Air base in Kyrgyzstan is not only important for the region, but also for Afghanistan, where the US-led international community is fighting a war against... read more
UNITED NATIONS (PAN): The Turkish Foreign Minister, Ali Babacan, Friday said Turkey is for a stable Afghanistan."Afghanistan is a country with which we are very close with. Pakistan is also a country, with which we are very close with," Babacan said... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): A latest Congressional report on Iran has said that Tehran is trying to increase its traditional influence on Afghanistan particularly in those areas bordering the country."Iran is trying to restore some of its traditional sway in... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Pentagon said Thursday that the US military would now be pro active when it comes to handling the sensitive issue of civilian deaths; which has been a major issue of concern for the Government of Afghanistan and have agitated the... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Coupled with global economic meltdown and the draught, the annual growth rate of Afghanistan this year is likely to drop by four percent, the Afghan Finance Minister, Anwar-ul-Haq Ahady, has told the World Bank and the International... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The Pentagon Thursday confirmed that there is demand for an additional combat brigade from the US military leadership on the ground in Afghanistan.This demand is in addition to the request for three combat brigades pending before the... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Afghanistan, where the US-led international forces have waged a full scale war against terrorists, has tested America's and its partner's capacity to adapt institutions, policies and approaches, which in many cases were formed in a... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): In an effort to expand diplomatic and economic relationship with key Latin American countries, the Afghan Ambassador to the US, Said T Jawad, visited Brazil and Argentina to meet their top leadership and have discussions on a wide... read more
UNITED NATIONS (PAN): The Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Afghanistan, Kai Eide, has said that he is "sick and tired" of the "gloom and doom" statement that is coming out from various quarters."We must have greater confidence... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Pakistan will make every effort to make friendship with neighboring Afghanistan and do not intend to see this as a country where it wants to expand its sphere of influence, the new Pak Ambassador to the US, Husain Haqqani, has said.... read more
UNITED NATIONS (PAN): "Who is (Gulbuddin) Hekmatayar?" asked Zahir Tanin, the Afghan Ambassador to the UN when he was asked about the Hizb-e-Islami Afghanistan chief latest statement in which he had put conditions for peace talks with the Afghan... read more
UNITED NATIONS (PAN): Supporting one of the major demands of Afghanistan, India today urged the international community to streamline to streamline assistance through the Afghan National Budget."India supports the increasing streamlining of... read more
UNTED NATIONS (PAN): The Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Afghanistan, Kai Eide, Tuesday said the international community and the people of Afghanistan be prepared for more violence in the country this winter."Let's be prepared... read more
UNITED NATIONS (PAN): Pakistan has termed "misleading" and "incorrect" the remarks made by the Afghan Ambassador to the UN, Zahir Tanin, at the Security Council Tuesday in which he referred to the intensification of the Taliban and Al Qaeda... read more
UNITED NATIONS (PAN): Iran has cautioned against attempts to appease terror and extremists groups in Afghanistan arguing that it could prove to be counterproductive."The recent increase in insecurity in Afghanistan well suggests that the attempts... read more
UNITED NATIONS (PAN): Acknowledging that security situation has deteriorated in the past few months, the UN Envoy for Afghanistan, Kai Eide, cautioned against "doom-and-gloom" statement and urged the international community to build on the positive... read more
UNITED NATIONS (PAN): The Afghan Foreign Minister, Rangin Dadfar Spanta, is scheduled to visit Islamabad October 22 to discuss with his Pak counterparts the relationship between the two countries, specially the fight against terrorism in the region.... read more
UNITED NATIONS (PAN): The US Ambassador to the UN, Zalmay Khalilzad, Tuesday adopted a tough posture against both Pakistan and the Afghan Government -- warning Pakistan of not letting its territory being used as sanctuaries, and recommending Karzai... read more
UNITED NATIONS (PAN): The 15-member UN Security Council is meeting Tuesday morning to discuss not only the current situation in Afghanistan, but also member nations are expected to discuss the recent secret talks between the Government and the... read more
UNITED NATIONS (PAN): The Afghan Ambassador to the UN, Zahir Tanin, has said that there is new dynamism in the region following elections in Pakistan in particular after Asif Ali Zardari became the Pak President."After the election of the new... read more
UNITED NATIONS (PAN): Observing that Afghanistan is at a critical juncture, the Afghan Ambassador to the United Nations, Tuesday told the Security Council that a "political surge" cannot afford to neglect the importance of military action."... read more
New York, October 13, 2008 (PAN): The US President, George Bush, Monday praised the role of Italy in Afghanistan and Iraq."Italy has shown the commitment by deploying forces to the NATO mission in Afghanistan and by leading NATO training operations... read more
UNITED NATIONS (PAN): The Afghan Ambassador to the UN, Dr. Zahir Tanin, has been appointed as the point man of the UN General Assembly for holding inter-governmental negotiations on reforms and expansion of the powerful Security Council.This is a... read more
UNITED NATIONS (PAN): Despite suffering more than three decades of civil war, Afghanistan remains a proud country full of capable people, the United Nations Secretary General, Ban ki-Moon, said Friday."Afghanistan is struggling against the ravages... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The US Defense Secretary, Robert Gates, has said that there is a clear willingness on the part of NATO allies to help Afghanistan and win the war against terrorism."I think that there is a clear willingness on the part of allies to... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The Slovak President, Ivan Gasparovic, Thursday announced to double the number of Slovak troops in Afghanistan.At present Slovakia has 70 troops in Afghanistan.The decision in this regard was taken during the meeting of Gasparovic... read more
WASHIGTON/KABUL (PAN): General David Petraeus, Combatant Commander of the US Central Command, Wednesday said that the dreaded terrorist Osama bin Laden is in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and North West Frontier Province of Pakistan.... read more
UNITED NATIONS (PAN): The UN Secretary General, Ban ki-Moon Tuesday said that the situation in Afghanistan is precarious and that there is need to have a comprehensive approach to this problem including resolving it through a political dialogue and... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The Republican vice-presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, Monday condemned the recent statement of Democratic presidential nominee, Barack Obama, regarding his comment on the role of US forces in civilian casualties."He said that our... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Strongly condemning the attack on Asfandyar Wali Khan, the Pashtun Peace Form (PPF) Sunday has proposed that that the 700 madarssas running in Pukhtunkwa be converted into Bacha Khan Peace Schools."PPF propose that these madrassas... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The Soros Foundation's Open Society Institute has invited applications from Afghan nationals for a fully funded fellowship from Afghan students.The fellowship would fun their two-year MA in Communications at the University of Ottawa... read more
UNITED NATIONS (PAN): Afghanistan, the latest member to join the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is planning to host a few meetings of the organization next year.The information, welcomed by all the SAARC members, was given... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Federal US authorities have charged as many as four American companies of major fraud in war and rebuilding efforts in Afghanistan.At least three persons have been arrested by the US authorities so far, while one Afghan national... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, said Friday the ongoing review of US Afghanistan policy has recognized the importance of increasing the strength of the Afghan National Army."One of the things that's come out of this review... read more
UNITED NATIONS (PAN): The Afghan Ambassador to the UN, Zahir Tanin, said Friday that there are several challenges in meeting objective of Almaty programme in the country.Even though there has been progress in several areas, Afghanistan is facing... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The US President, George W Bush, Friday issued a notification for release of emergency funds for the civilian population displaced by heavy military operations on the Afghan Pak border by the US, allied forces and the Pakistani army.... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The United States Senate Thursday confirmed the nomination of General David D McKiernan as the Commander of the US-forces in Afghanistan.The decision was immediately welcomed by the US President, George W Bush.At the same time,... read more
New York, October 2, 2008 (PAN): The US President, George W Bush, said Wednesday that progress has been registered in Afghanistan, but difficulties remain in the war against terror in this country."This is a situation where there's been progress,... read more
New York, October 2, 2008 (PAN): The idea of joint US-Pak-Afghan patrolling on the border is very good idea, the commander in chief of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said Wednesday. The was first floated and made public by the... read more
New York, October 2, 2008 (PAN): The idea of joint US-Pak-Afghan patrolling on the border is very good idea, the commander in chief of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said Wednesday. The was first floated and made public by the... read more
New York, October 1, 2008 (PAN): The Pentagon has applauded the decision of Pakistan to take military action in the tribal areas of Pakistan bordering Afghanistan."I think we would applaud the decision to do so," the Defense Department spokesperson... read more
New York, October 1, 2008 (PAN): The Special UN Envoy for Afghanistan, Kai Eide, discussed current situation situation in Afghanistan with the NATO Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, in Brussseld.In a statement, NATO said Eide updated Jaap de... read more
NEW YORK(PAN): A bill pending in the US Senate to assist Pakistan strengthening democracy and help its security forces fight successfully against terrorism, would cost the United States as much as $7.5 billion in the next five years.In a report, the... read more
New York, September 30, 2008 (PAN): The United States Monday expressed support for the resumption of the Jirga process along with its determination to promote reconstruction opportunity zone.The statement formed part of a joint statement issued... read more
New York, September 30, 2008 (PAN): The United States Monday expressed support for the resumption of the Jirga process along with its determination to promote reconstruction opportunity zone.The statement formed part of a joint statement issued... read more
United Nations, September 30, 2008 (PAN): The UN Secretary General, Ban ki-Moon, Monday has said that the security situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated, thus hampering the work of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).In... read more
New York, September 30, 2008 (PAN): The US Defense Secretary, Robert Gates, has said that Afghanistan poses a more difficult challenge than Iraq."Given its terrain, poverty, neighborhood, and tragic history, Afghanistan in many ways, poses an even... read more
United Nations, September 30, 2008 (PAN): Central Asian country Kazakhstan has expressed its concern over the deteriorating situation of Afghanistan."The situation in Afghanistan remained a matter of grave concern and strengthening international... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US President, George W Bush, Friday reiterated America's strong commitment for Afghanistan.Meeting at the historic Roosvelt Room in White House for about an hour, Bush told President Hamid Karzai: "I want to let you know that... read more
WAAHINGTON(PAN): President Hamid Karzai, Friday invited the US President George W Bush -- who lays down the office in a few months from now -- to Afghanistan so that he could be shown the great country in a traditional Afghan way."You will be... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The US President, George W Bush, and his Afghan counterpart, Hamid Karzai, Friday reviewed the progress of the provincial reconstruction team from leaders and officials on the ground through a secure video conferencing.The crucial... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): A top US official Thursday said the Administration is conducting a review of the Shindand operation of August 22, which resulted in civilian casualties.The Afghanistan Government had raised strong objection with the Bush... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): A legislation reaffirming US's long-term commitment to Afghanistan and authorizing the Administration of an aid of $3 billion per annum for the next five years has been introduced in the United States Senate.The information in this... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The US President, George W Bush, Thursday India's viewpoint on the current situation in the region, in particular Afghanistan when the Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, met him at his Oval Office in White House."They (Bush and... read more
UNITED NATIONS (PAN): President Hamid Karzai has said that resolving the civilian casualties issue is crucial for the success of military operation in Afghanistan.Addressing the 63rd Session of the General Assembly the President also emphasized on... read more
UNITED NATIONS (PAN): The Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, Tuesday received the prestigious Rumi Medal from UNESCO Director General Kochiro Matsuura at a function held at the UN headquarters in New York.Receiving the award, the Afghan President said... read more
UNITED NATIONS (PAN): The US President, George W Bush, Tuesday praised the people of Afghanistan for their fight against terrorism and their relentless effort to bring peace and prosperity to this war-torn country.In Afghanistan, a determined people... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, said Tuesday that restoration of democracy in Pakistan has brought a ray of hope in the region."Very fortunately, we have had a democratic change in Pakistan. The change brings good news to the... read more
UNITED NATION (PAN): French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, Tuesday said Europe would stand by the people of Afghanistan and would not permit Taliban regain control of the country once again.Sarkozy was addressing the 63rd Session of the General... read more
UNITED NATION (PAN): With Italy helping Russia and the United States to resolve their differences, the UN Security Council Monday unanimously passed a resolution extending the mandate of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan by... read more
UNITED NATIONS (PAN): Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, arrived in New York Monday afternoon to attend the 63rd Session of the General Assembly.Later in the evening he attended a reception hosted by the US President, George W Bush, in honor of the... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The much ambitious Public-private partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan received a boost Monday with the program helping the first Afghan student getting admission into a prestigious law school in California that too with... read more
UNITED NATIONS (PAN): The Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, would receive the prestigious Rumi Medal from UNESCO at the UN headquarters in New York on September 23.The prestigious award has been established by UNESCO in honour of the Persian great... read more
UNITED NATIONS (PAN): Arriving at the United Nations, a year after he co-chaired the successful high-level meeting on Afghanistan along with the UN Secretary General, Ban ki-Moon, the Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, is expected to highlight the need... read more
UNITED NATIONS (PAN): The United States has said that Afghanistan would be among its top agenda items during the on-going 63rd Session of the UN General Assembly.While the 63rd Session of the UN General Assembly started September 16, the world... read more
UNITED NATIONS (PAN): Sharp differences have emerged between key members of the Security Council -- especially Russia on the one hand and the US along with other major countries on the other -- on the issue of Afghanistan.Consequently, in the... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama has said Al Qaeda has been successful in setting up safe havens in Afghanistan and in the mountains straddling the Pak-Afghan border, which they are using to carry attack against the US.In... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The United States has voiced apprehension about security along the Afghan-Pak border which, several intelligence and defence experts allege, is increasingly becoming a safe haven for terrorists.We're concerned about security along... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): US President George W. Bush, identifying Afghanistan along with Pakistan and India as among 20 major drug-producing/ transit countries, has acknowledged the war-torn nation has made measurable progress in its efforts to eliminate... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): A top US military official has appreciated the progress made by the nascent Afghan National Army (ANA) Air Corps, saying it is expected to be fully operational by 2011. And by 2016, the corps will be ready with attack capability.... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The Pakistan ambassador to the United States has said Islamabad needs incontrovertible proofs from Afghanistan and India to act on their allegations that ISI officials were involved in recent terrorist bombings in the war-torn... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Two US-based organisations with Baloch and American members have alleged the Pakistan army and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) are waging a covert war to subvert democracy in Afghanistan and attack foreign troops in the war-torn... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Defence Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chief of Staff Mike Mullen Thursday confirmed the United States was seriously looking at sending more troops to Afghanistan. However, they did not put a figure on the number of the... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini has reiterated his country's commitment to Afghanistan, saying it is becoming more flexible as far as the movement of its troops is concerned.Italy's role in peace-building in Afghanistan... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): As the US President, George W Bush, sat down with the visiting Pakistani Prime Minister, Yusuf Raza Gilaini, at the Oval Office of White House and later had lunch together; the America-led global war against terrorism in Afghanistan... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): As the US forces reportedly launched missile strikes against an Al Qaeda terror target inside Pakistan, the visiting Pak Prime Minister, Yusuf Raza Gilani, said Monday that the United States needs to be a little patience in this war... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The White House said Monday that the US President, George W Bush, believes that Pakistan needs to do more and working together with Pak is the best way to go after terrorists.Briefing reporters as visiting Pakistani Prime Minister,... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Sunday pitched for additional troops along with more active cooperation from Pakistan to win the war against terrorism in Afghanistan."We're going to need more troops in Afghanistan.... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): On the eve of the crucial meeting between the US President, George W Bush, and the Pakistani Prime Minister, Yusuf Raza Gilani, Pashtuns living in North America urged the two leaders to initiate steps which would bring durable peace... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, said Saturday that the people of Afghanistan need help and the international community should come together to come forward in getting rid of tyranny from this country."We all needed help... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, said Friday that the international community cannot afford to fail in Afghanistan and asserted that there is a future for free and democratic Afghanistan.Addressing a joint press conference in... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The Australian Foreign Minister clarified Friday that his country has no intention to increase its combat troops in Afghanistan even as it is there for a long haul and looking at the possibilities of how to enhance its contributions... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The United States Thursday acknowledged that corruption remains a major problem in Afghanistan and said it is working with the Karzai Administration to root it out."I think corruption remains a problem in Afghanistan. We're working... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): A National Security Advisor to the former US President, Jimmy Carter, who developed America's Afghan policy after the Soviet invasion, Wednesday, said the United States increasingly risks repeating Russian experience as people of... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): On a week-long tour to the US, the Afghan Health Minister, Dr. Sayed Mohammed Amin Fatimie, has had a series of high level meetings in Washington on issues related to the health sector of the country.DR. Fatimie, who arrived in the... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Contrary to the view point of his Democratic rival, the presumptive Republican nominee, Senator John McCain, argued Tuesday the Iraq surge strategy would work in Afghanistan too.The same strategy that has succeeded in Iraq will... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Observing that the current situation in Afghanistan is perilous and urgent, the presumptive Democratic nominee, Barack Obama, Tuesday asserted that it is the time to act in Afghanistan to reverse the worsening condition in the... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The Afghan Ambassador to Canada Omar Samad presented his Letters of Credence to President Michelle Bachelet of Chile as part of a formal ceremony at the Moneda Palace, on Tuesday in Santiago.Samad is the first non-resident envoy of... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Building and growth of Afghan National Army as a force and as an institution is a one of the good news stories in Afghanistan, a top American general stationed in Afghanistan has said.It has the trust of the Afghan people and it is... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The White House Friday confirmed more US troops would be sent to Afghanistan next year so as to have a more effective fight against the determined Taliban terrorists in the country.Such a statement from the White House comes as both... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The presumptive Republican nominee, Senator John McCain, Saturday acknowledged the current situation in Afghanistan has not only deteriorated but also there is an urgent need to send more troops to the country.Although the situation... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, Thursday said the real war against terrorism is in Afghanistan, but asserted presence of the US-led international forces in the country can't be forever."It's (Afghanistan)... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Observing that a successful counter narcotics policy is the key to win the war against terrorism in Afghanistan, a senior Republican Congressman has favored aerial spray to destroy poppy cultivation in the country."The hot issue... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Fresh from last week's trip to the region, the Joint Chief of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, acknowledged that the situation in Afghanistan has not only deteriorated but also the enemy there has grown bolder, more sophisticated and more... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The recent terrorist attacks in Afghanistan have suddenly made it the focal point of election campaigns of the two presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain.A day after the presumptive Republican nominee Senator John... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Observing that a successful counter narcotics policy is the key to win the war against terrorism in Afghanistan, a senior Republican Congressman has favored aerial spray to destroy poppy cultivation in the country."The hot issue... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The US President George W Bush Tuesday said that the war in Afghanistan is a tough fight and there is a tough enemy in the country."Afghanistan's a tough fight. It's a tough fight because, one, this is a state that had been just... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The United States Monday expressed its deep concern over continuation of cross border infiltration from Pakistan to Afghanistan which has led to increase in terrorists incidents inside Afghanistan in recent months."There is deep... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Coming in support of Senator Barack Obama, a top Democratic lawmaker Monday accused Senator John McCain of ignoring where the real threat of terrorism came from."They all live in Afghanistan and Pakistan. They are planning attacks on... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The visiting Pakistan Foreign Minister, Mahmood Qureshi, Sunday asserted that Pak forces would not withdraw from the tribal areas and would not negotiate with terrorists."We are not stepping aside. We are not withdrawing. The forces... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): A powerful US Senators Sunday indicated that Americans forces would eventually be moved from Iraq to Afghanistan where the real war against terrorism is going on."That (shifting of troops) could very well be the case, because the... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Sunday said that the continued presence of US forces in Iraq "weakens" the ability of the United States to go after Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, which is the real battle ground."It (Iraq)... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): In the strongest ever criticism of the Karzai government, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama came down heavily on the Afghan president and alleged he had failed to deliver."I think the Karzai government has not gotten out... read more
UNITED NATIONS (PAN): UN's top official in Afghanistan Kai Eide met Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday to brief him about the deteriorating security situation in the war-hit country and his assessment of the ground realities in the region.... read more
UNITED NATIONS (PAN): Afghanistan has once again alleged that peace deals signed with militants in the volatile tribal region by the new Pakistan government are fuelling insecurity in the strife-torn country.Addressing a meeting of the UN Security... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Leaders of eight wealthiest nations of the world Tuesday reaffirmed their commitment to further strengthening their co-operation to fight terrorists in areas along the troubled Afghanistan-Pakistan border.The White House said G-8... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Expressing concern over sky-rocketing prices in Afghanistan, a top IMF official Monday urged the Karzai government to come up with policies that would ease pressures on the people. The official suggested the administration to seek... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): An Afghan couple residing in Maryland has been sentenced to nearly two years of imprisonment for an alleged immigration fraud in the United States, a district attorney said.Nadia Naeem (29) and Mohammad Amin Daudzai (45) were... read more
NEW YORK, (PAN): A top US intelligence official has reasserted al-Qaeda has safe havens in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) along the border with Afghanistan, posing a grave threat to American security."Al-Qaeda remains the... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice insisted on Thursday her country had not turned its attention away from Afghanistan to Iraq as alleged by the opposition Democratic leaders and many academicians and think tanks."The United... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): As news of another peace deal between the Pakistan government and tribal leaders came in, the State Department reiterated its skepticism, saying it would not like to compromise on the security situation in Afghanistan."We want to... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): An influential US senator has said Pakistan-based terrorist groups pose a major security threat to Afghanistan and US forces stationed in the war-torn country should respond to cross-border attacks from such outfits.Democratic... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The Afghan ambassador has praised Canada as a role-model for all those who want to help his country, devastated by decades of strife."Not only is Canada ranked among the top five donors, delivers on its pledges and is a force for... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): In a candid admission of flawed US policies after the Soviets left Afghanistan, Defence Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday that Washington remained at war in the conflict-devastated country because of the mistake it made."We are at... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The Dutch would take over the Regional Command-South after Canada relinquishes the position in November, the Pentagon said on Wednesday. Unlike the Canadians, the Dutch will command RC-South for a year against the nine months by its... read more
UNITED NATIONS (PAN): The Afghan ambassador to the United Nations has emphasised the need for the international community to have a proactive and sustained engagement in his country so as to defeat Taliban insurgents and achieve lasting peace.... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): President George W. Bush has urged Afghanistan and Pakistan, both hard hit by terrorism, to make joint efforts for battling the menace, the White House said Monday."Terrorism has struck significant blows in both of those countries.... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): US President George W Bush has lauded his ally Afghan President Hamid Karzai for playing a leading role in the development of the war-devastated Central Asian country.."Afghanistan, under the leadership of President Karzai, is... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Expressing concern over peace talks initiated by the Pakistani government with tribal leaders, the Afghan ambassador to UN has voiced concern the process could result in more violence against his country, NATO and coalition forces."... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): A US District Court Thursday convicted, Khan Mohammad from Nangarhar province, who tried to attack US military installations in Afghanistan with rockets, on charges of narcotics distribution and narco-terrorism.Khan, who was brought... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The frontrunner Democratic presidential candidate, Barrack Obama, Wednesday charged the Bush Administration of not going after the al Qaeda in Afghanistan as it diverted its attention to Iraq, when it was needed the most."We have not... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The visiting Foreign Minister, Rangin Dadfar Spanta, and the US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, Tuesday signed an Afghan-US joint declaration for cooperation.The joint declaration was signed at the Treaty Room of the... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The front man of ruling coalition parties in Pakistan in the 'war against terror' and president of the ruling Awami National Party (ANP), Asfandyar Wali Khan, concluded his secret visit to the US, during which he met several top Bush... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The US Defense Secretary, Robert Gates, Thursday asserted that there is no plan to extend the stay of the Marines, who were sent to Afghanistan this spring, beyond its present tenure till November this year.The clarification from... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The US President, George W Bush, during his next week's trip to Middle East would meet his Afghan counterpart, Hamid Karzai, in Egypt on May 17 the White House announced Wednesday."The (US) President will reaffirm US commitment to a... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Observing that Afghanistan is at a critical crossroad as it is facing serious threat from resurgent violence, weakening international resolve and mounting regional challenge, the former US Ambassador to the UN, Thomas R Pickering,... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): In six years, from October 2001 to June 2007, the US gave $5.56 billion to the Pak military to fight out the terrorists in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of the country, an official report released Tuesday said.However,... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Canada Tuesday mourned the death of its soldier Corporal Michael Starker.Starker was killed while on patrol near Kandahar. Another Canadian soldier was injured in the incident.Expressing condolences to his family, the Canadian Prime... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The Congressional report released Monday said that China benefitted a lot from the US-led global war against terror in Afghanistan as it also helped it to contain the increasing terrorism in its neighboring provinces."China benefited... read more
New York (PAN): The US President, George W Bush, has proposed $3.7 billion to expand size of the Afghanistan security forces in the fiscal 2009 beginning October this year.Bush has also proposed an additional $1.1 billion for Afghanistan for... read more
New York (PAN): Expressing deep concern over deteriorating security and stability in Afghanistan, a influential American Congressmen has said that this endangers the national security of the United States of America.Delivering a speech on the floor... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan is a social, physical and religious safe haven for Al Qaeda and its leadership which gives its enough independence to plan and execute its global terrorism operations, a top Bush US... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The leading Democratic presidential candidate and the former First Lady. Hillary Clinton, has said Afghanistan remains the principal theater of war against the terror and as such the focus of the United States should be on this... read more
UNITED NATIONS (PAN): The Secretary General Special Representative on Afghanistan, Kai Eide, Friday reached New York to have discussions with key UN officials on Afghan related issues and the upcoming Paris conference next month.Eide is here in New... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Turkey and United States have agreed to cooperate towards the formation of the Reconstruction Opportunity Zones (ROZs) in Afghanistan and the border areas of Pakistan.An initiative of the Bush Administration, legislation in this... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Observing that international aid to Afghanistan remains woefully inadequate, an influential US Senator has urged the international community to ensure that the country receives the resources it deserves."We must ensure that the... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Afghanistan, Kai Eide, concluded his two day trip to Canada with a meeting with the Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, wherein he discussed with him the current... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The US Defense Secretary, Robert Gates, acknowledged Thursday that the fight in Afghanistan is not going to end soon and urged his army to be prepared for a long fight in the country."In Afghanistan, we have seen that the enemy we... read more
UNITED NATIONS (PAN): The freedom of press, which initially improved in the first few years of the post-Taliban era, is now getting worse the head of the Committee to Protect Journalists have said.It improved, and now it is getting worse," CPJ... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Characterizing the Taliban as a determined enemy, the State Department Wednesday said the Taliban would like to go back to its era."They're (the Taliban) determined enemies. And they would like to turn back the clock on all the... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and other tribal regions of Pakistan have become a safe haven for Al Qaeda, the Taliban and other terrorists groups, a top US counter-terrorism official has said.Portions of FATA, in the... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Afghan author, Khalid Husseni, the mastermind of Benazir Bhutto's assassination, Baitullah Masood; and the Pakistani Army Chief, General Ashfaq Kayani, has been listed as among the 100 most influential people of the world, according... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The US President, George W Bush, said Tuesday that there are challenges in Afghanistan and the country is very vital to achieve peace."The Afghan theater in this war against the extremists is a vital part of making sure that peace... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Expressing concern over the increasing amount of heroin coming out of Afghanistan, a top US official in charge of drug control policy, Monday emphasized on the need to have patience to handle this issue as it requires multi-channel... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, Monday praised President Hamid Karzai, who experienced an unsuccessful assassination attempt on Sunday, as a strong leader.President Karzai is a strong leader and he has responded, I think... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): A day after the Kabul attack, the White House said Monday that a robust effort is needed to build up the security forces in Afghanistan so that it is capable enough to take the enemy head on and protect the country from them."I think... read more
UNITED NATION (PAN): The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, Sunday led the global condemnation against the cowardly attack on the Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, in Kabul that killed two parliamentarians and injuring several others.The devastating... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): A Pulitzer-prize winning US journalist and the author of an upcoming book on Osama bin laden, said Sunday that the most wanted terrorist is possibly hiding in Pakistan, even as his popularity has declined considerably in the region."... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): An Afghan couple living in Maryland has been sentenced to a year in prison followed by three years of supervised release in an immigration fraud.Though they were found to be guilty by a Maryland court early this year, the sentence to... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): As snow gradually melts this spring and later this summer, Pentagon expects fighting to increase in Afghanistan, especially in South and eastern parts of the country.The snow has melted, the spring is here, and we certainly have an... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The UN Special Envoy to Afghanistan would meet the US President, George W Bush, top officials of his administration and key Congressional leaders during his visit to Washington next week.This is his first official visit to Washington... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Afghanistan remains one of the most important operations of NATO and this was reflected in the NATO summit in Bucharest early this month wherein its member nations pledged more support for this war-torn country, top US officials have... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): A top Bush Administration official said Friday that Iran is trying to destabilize the Karzai Government by supplying lethal arms to the Taliban and said that Tehran should stop shipping arms to them.Iran seeks to destabilize the... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Reiterating its opposition to have any dialogue with the Taliban and terrorists, a top Bush Administration official has said that the United States is not averse to having a dialogue with the tribal leaders of Afghanistan and... read more
UNITED NATION (PAN): The Security Council has added two more names to its consolidated list on the Al Qaeda and Taliban Sanctions Committee.The names both of Uzbek nationality were added by the Security Council on April 21, but were made public... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The day Hillary Clinton won the crucial Philadelphia primary elections, a key election aid of the former First Lady said that she is for sending 3,000 additional troops to Afghanistan so as to take the terrorists head on in that... read more
UNITED NATION (PAN): The spokesperson for the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, Monday said that it can not respond to the request made by the Taliban to the United Nations -- as posted on its website -- to stop execution of about 100 prisoners... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The US Vice-President, Dick Cheney, Monday said those demanding withdrawal of troops from Iraq need to be reminded about the chaotic Afghanistan due to the American policy in the aftermath Russian withdrawal from the country.Those... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Leading Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama Monday reiterated his call to go after the terrorists inside Pakistan if there is enough evidence.If we see targets in Pakistan that we can take out with drone missiles and use... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Canada's main opposition, Liberal Party has demanded the ouster of the Foreign Minister, Maxime Bernier, on his reported remarks during his recent Afghan visit wherein he had asked President Karzai to remove a provincial governor.... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): At a time when the coalition forces are gearing up for the summer offensive, a top Bush Administration official said Friday that the Taliban has been rolled back in Afghanistan.Our military is working more closely with our partners... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, has said that the US and Turkey are working side by side in Afghanistan to bring long-term peace, stability and prosperity in this war-torne country.Addressing a luncheon meeting of the... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The United States has denied that the coalition forces had dropped logistic supplies including arms for the Taliban in Southern Afghanistan."This is not true," the State Department spokesperson, Sean McCormack told reporters in... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The leading Democrtic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, said Wednesday that Afghanistan has been neglected by the Buh Administrtion and the war torne country did not get the resources needed to fight out the Talibans and the... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Influential US lawmakers and intelligence experts believe that Al Qaeda has been able to reconstitute itself strongly in their safe heaven on the Afghan-Pak border.Participating in a Congressional hearing on Al Qaeda early this week... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Observing that peace talks is the only solution to the violence and extremism of the region, the central president of the ruling Awami National Party, Asfandyar Wali Khan, Saturday ruled out any talks with the militants.Addressing... read more
UNITED NATIONS (PAN): Afghan-born US Ambassador to the UN, Zalmay Khalilzad Friday sought to put an end to the ongoing controversy by stating that he has no intention to run for the presidency of Afghanistan.A spokesperson to the US Ambassador told... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The US Defense Secretary, Robert Gates, has said that Europeans face direct threat to their security from Afghanistan and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan.The fact is that most of the terrorist attacks that... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Visiting United States to know firsthand how administration works, the eight provincial governors have made an impressive and effective case for Afghanistan during their stay in Washington.The eight Afghan provincial governors... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): A senior Democrat Congressman Thursday called for ending the war in Iraq to win the same in Afghanistan.End the war in Iraq and win it in Afghanistan, recognizing that we can then reinvest in national security at home, Congressman... read more
UNITED NATIONS (PAN): Currently on a visit to Moscow, the United Nations secretary-general discussed the current situation in Afghanistan with the Russian leadership and sought Moscow's support for expanding UNs role in the war-wracked country.A... read more
UNITED NATIONS (PAN): A week-long exhibition of sculptures, paintings, medals and designs by eminent Afghan artist Amanullah Haiderzad was inaugurated at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Monday.Members from the diplomatic corps,... read more
NEW YORK (Pajhwok Afghan News): A Los Angeles-based club has invited the Afghan cricket team to a series of friendly limited over matches in the United States, which is not a cricket-playing nation yet.If the invitation is accepted, the Afghan... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Even though al-Qaeda and Taliban have been driven from their safe haven of Afghanistan, they are going ahead with their plan to acquire nuclear materials and use them as a nuke weapon against America and western countries, two top US... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): A top American military official Wednesday characterised Afghanistan as an economy of force campaign and that the war-devastated country needed more forces both trainers and combat troops to fight out the enemy.Afghanistan is an... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): President George Bush Wednesday urged NATO allies of the United States to maintain their resolve in Afghanistan and finish the fight against terrorism in that country.Addressing the NATO summit in the Romanian capital Bucharest, the... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Afghan President Hamid Karzai, regarded as a hero by the West for leading the war on terrorism in the conflict-devastated country, suddenly seems to have turned a villain.News reports, columns and editorials appearing in the western... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Afghan President Hamid Karzai, regarded as a hero by the West for leading the war on terrorism in the conflict-devastated country, suddenly seems to have turned a villain.News reports, columns and editorials appearing in the western... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Leading Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has reiterated, if elected as US president, he will refocus his energies on Afghanistan and hills of Pakistan where the Taliban have emerged stronger than ever.Addressing a well-... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) head, alleging that al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden is hiding in the Afghan-Pak border region, has warned the next major terrorist attack against the United States will originate from this part of... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): A senior US senator has said Afghanistan, not Iraq, is the centre of the war against terror and the Bush administration should focus on this troublesome South Asian country.Afghanistan in my opinion is the real centre of the war on... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): US President George W Bush Friday discussed with visiting Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd ways of ensuring greater support from NATO member nations for the Afghan mission.NATO heads of state are scheduled to meet in Bucharest,... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): US President George W Bush, during next weeks NATO summit in the Romanian capital Bucharest, will urge member nations to make Afghanistan a priority.The president's message is going to be one of the importance of success in... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Former Afghan interior minister Ali Ahmed Jalali is weighing the option of contesting the presidential election next year and could soon visit the country to consult with his advisers in this regard.I have kept my options open and... read more
FORT RILEY (PAN): The American soldiers, who returned from Afghanistan last week, said they cherish the pleasant memories of their more than a year long stay in the country.While many are fascinated by the beauty of the mountains, others by the... read more
Fort Riley ( (PAN): The platoon of Afghan soldiers on a four week-training left this remote US Army garrison city this weekend highly impressing their American counterparts with their courage and skills and acquiring critical techniques in warfare... read more
UITED NATIONS (PAN): A panel discussion on improving rule of law in Afghanistan attracted a house full audience at the United Nations Thursday, reflecting the interest the country generates among people here.Organized by the United States Mission to... read more
UNITED NATIONS (PAN): The 15-member powerful Security Council Thursday unanimously extended the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan by another year, and empowered Kai Eide, the new Special Representative of the Secretary General as the... read more
UNITED NATIONS (PAN): The 15-member powerful Security Council Thursday unanimously extended the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan by another yea.Passage of the sharpened UNAMA mandate comes a week after the special discussion on... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Leading Democratic presidential candidate, Barack Obama, said Wednesday it is not too late in Afghanistan. The US can still win the war in Afghanistan, only if the United States reduces its commitment in Iraq.It is not too late to... read more
FORT RILEY, Kansas (PAN): The Afghan ambassador to the US Monday, hailing the introduction of the Reconstruction Opportunity Zones (ROZs) bill in the Senate, hoped the measure would change the economic face of his country in the years to come.... read more
UNITED NATIONS (PAN): Scheduled to arrive soon in Kabul to take over as special representative of the secretary-general and head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Kai Eide will have to deal with enormous challenges in... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): In an effort to maintain focus on the conflict-wrecked Central Asian country in Congress, 10 American lawmakers have come together to form a working group on Afghanistan.Different from the Congress Caucus on Afghanistan, the working... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Canada's parliament voted on Thursday to extend the country's military mission in Afghanistan by another two year to 2011. The extension will depend on NATO providing reinforcements and equipment.A motion in this regard, tabled... read more
UNITED NATIONS (PAN): UN secretary-generals special envoy for Afghanistan Kai Edie, seeking cooperation from the Karzai government, has stressed coordination among key international players for success in the war-torn country.Emerging out of a... read more
UNITED NATIONS (PAN): Foreign ministers of Britain and Canada have welcomed the appointment of Norwegian diplomat Kai Eide as UN secretary-generals special representative for Afghanistan and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).... read more
UNITED NATIONS (PAN): The United Nations chief has formally appointed senior Norwegian diplomat Kai Eide as his special representative for Afghanistan and head of the United Nations Mission Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).Secretary General... read more
UNITED NATIONS (PAN): UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has hinted at support for simultaneous presidential and parliamentary elections in Afghanistan, a subject currently being discussed by lawmakers.From a technical point of view, simultaneous... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): A US Congressman, on his return from Afghanistan, has praised President Hamid Karzai as a leader determined to defeat Taliban militants.In President Hamid Karzai, we saw the determination of a leader devoted to his people and to... read more
UNITED NATIONS (PAN): UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has informed the Security Council he intends to appoint senior Norwegian diplomat Kai Eide as his envoy to Afghanistan - a post that has been vacant since the beginning of the year.The official... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen has said Taliban insurgents continue to remain a threat to Afghanistan's security and stability.The Taliban remain a significant threat to a more secure and stable Afghanistan, as... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The public-private partnership in the US is expected to raise $1 million by the end of the current month to fund the much-needed reform of the Afghan justice sector.Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice launched the initiative in mid-... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): NATO Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer has claimed the situation in Afghanistan looks quite good and troops are doing well in the war against Taliban insurgents.The situation is looking quite good. I am cautiously optimistic.... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): A resolution seeking the creation of a special committee to investigate the award and implementation of contracts in Afghanistan and Iraq has been introduced in the US senate.Tabled by Senator Byron Dorgan, the resolution has been... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): A top US official in charge of narcotics control strategy said Friday it would require several years of continued effort to successfully counter poppy cultivation in Afghanistan.Continued intensive effort will be required for many... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The US President, George Bush, Friday discussed the current situation in Afghanistan with the visiting NATO chief, General Jaap de Hoop Schaffer, and the Danish Prime Minister, Anders Fogh Rasmussen.The United States is committed to... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Observing that there is a strong nexus between terrorism and drug trafficking, State Department said Friday that terrorists in Afghanistan are using the growing opium trade to fund their terrorist activities in the country.There is a... read more
UNITED NATION (PAN): Afghanistan ranks 27 in a list of 188 countries on giving representation to women in national parliament, a UN report released Friday said.The report World Map of Women in Politics 2008 a joint publication of the UN and Inter-... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Success in Afghanistan would remain elusive without peace and stability in Pakistan, a top Bush Administration official said Thursday.Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on a hearing on Pakistan, the Deputy... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The US Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon R England said Wednesday that America is pitted against a determined foe in Afghanistan and thus budgeting Afghan war expenditure is a bit difficult and unpredictable.Grilled by members of the... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The US President, George Bush, Wednesday thanked the visiting Czech Prime Minister, Mirek Topolanek, for sending troops to Afghanistan.I thank your willingness to send troops into Afghanistan. It makes sense to help young democracies... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): A US Brigade commander involved in construction of roads and connecting remote parts of the country said Wednesday that there is progress and promise along Afghanistans rocky trails.Colonel Richard Stevens, who's the commander of the... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The Taliban has suffered considerable degradation in its leadership, a top US intelligence official said Wednesday, while lawmakers contended that the terrorists are not on the run as claimed by President George Bush last week.... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Influential US Senator, John Kerry, who was in Afghanistan last week, said Tuesday the Afghan Government has become disconnected and isolated.The government in Kabul has become somewhat disconnected, isolated, however you want to... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): A US Major General based in Afghanistan said Tuesday that there has been as high as 40 percent decline in border crossing from Pakistan. This he attributed to the recent action by the Pak military in the tribal areas and increased... read more
NEW YORK: Leading Democratic Party presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, Monday called for a real coalition of allies to defeat terrorists in Afghanistan. Let's build a real coalition of allies to defeat terrorists in Afghanistan and other... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The powerful US Senator, Joe Biden, who is Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Monday, issued stern warning to President, Hamid Karzai, for him rejecting the western nominee for the post of UNs Afghan Envoy.Biden, who... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Two influential US Senators said Sunday that the Afghanistan war is not winnable militarily.Fresh from a visit to Afghanistan and Pakistan last week, Senator Joe Biden, Chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee,... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The Taliban have lost battle on the traditional battle field and are increasingly resorting to insurgency tactics and targeting the foreigners in the country, a senior Canadian official based in Kabul has said.At a technical briefing... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Foreign direct investment in Afghanistan has not been as high it was expected because of the security situation in the country, but it has not come down as well, a top IMF official has said.If the security situation improves, one... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): A top Bush Administration official has said that there is an agreement among the US, its European allies and the Afghan Government about the need to have a senior and strong person heading the UN mission in Afghanistan.The post of... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The US Defense Secretary said Friday Australia is a valued player in Afghanistan."They are a significant player in Afghanistan and clearly a valued ally, Gates told reporters on board with him on route to Canberra where he would be... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, Thursday announced a revised motion on the future of Canadas mission in Afghanistan in the Parliament.The revised motion which recommends continuation of the Canadian mission in... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolnek is visiting Ottawa next week to discuss with his Canadian counterpart the current situation in Afghanistan and international cooperation with that country.Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The war in Iraq has distracted the United States from fighting the al-Qaeda terrorist group in Afghanistan, leading Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has said.Addressing an election rally in Youngstown on Monday, Obama... read more
UNITED NATIONS (PAN): The United Nations Sunday led international condemnation of the deadliest terrorist attack in Kandahar since 2001 and reiterated the commitment of the global fraternity to work towards bringing lasting peace and stability to... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): With parliamentarians all set to debate the future of the Canadian mission to Afghanistan, a broader political consensus seems to be gradually developing on extending the campaign till 2011.However, the exact nature of the mission's... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Seven young Afghan leaders including two women have been invited to the United States on a 12-day political study tour, an initiative aimed at promoting mutual understanding.The invitees are Mohammad Ibrahim Aman (special assistant... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Senator Joe Biden, chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said on Friday he was in the process of rewriting the Afghan support legislation as present policies of the administration had failed.The present policy... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Richard Boucher has urged the international community not only to continue but also expand its efforts in Afghanistan.Testifying before the Senate Armed Services... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Leading American lawmakers Wednesday alleged European allies of the US were not doing their part in Afghanistan as caveats imposed by many of them were hampering the fight against terrorism.Congressmen expressed their strong views at... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Despite remarkable progress made by Afghanistan, terrorism remains a harsh reality in the lives of Afghan children, the countrys permanent representative to the United Nations has said.Addressing a special day-long meeting of the UN... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The situation in Afghanistan is expected to figure prominently at a meeting between UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and US President George W. Bush in Washington later in the week.A spokesperson for the secretary-general told... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Afghan Ambassador to Canada Omar Samad has stressed the need for a more coherent and comprehensive approach on the part of the international community to the establishment of durable peace in his country.Addressing a conference on... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The Foreign Ministry in Kabul, welcoming the Harper government's plan to extend its military mission in Afghanistan, has added to chaos in Canada's domestic politics.A day after the Harper government presented a motion in parliament... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The State Department Friday underlined the significance of coordinated international efforts to win the global war on terrorism in Afghanistan."We believe it's important the international community have coordinated efforts to provide... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper Friday said his party would introduce in parliament a motion extending the countrys military mission to Afghanistan by another two years until 2011.Harper also announced the creation of a... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): President George W. Bush has claimed Taliban and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, which they once ruled, are now on the run and the United States will ensure the country is never again allowed to be a safe haven for those who want to attack... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): President George W. Bush has claimed Taliban and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, which they once ruled, are now on the run and the United States will ensure the country is never again allowed to be a safe haven for those who want to attack... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The White House, praising the role of its NATO allies in fighting Taliban and al-Qaeda insurgents, said on Wednesday it would like the alliance to press on with its efforts in Afghanistan.We're very grateful, as are the countries in... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The White House, praising the role of its NATO allies in fighting Taliban and al-Qaeda insurgents, said on Wednesday it would like the alliance to press on with its efforts in Afghanistan.We're very grateful, as are the countries in... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): An Afghan couple residing in Maryland has been sentenced to nearly two years of imprisonment for an alleged immigration fraud in the United States, a district attorney said.Nadia Naeem (29) and Mohammad Amin Daudzai (45) were... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): President Bush has proposed $1.1 billion in aid to Afghanistan for development and economic growth in addition to $1.35 billion sought for strengthening Afghan security forces.Sent to Congress for approval, Bush's budget proposal... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Nuclear-armed South Asian neighbours India and Pakistan are competing for influence in Afghanistan, says a report prepared for US lawmakers and Congressional committees.Titled Afghanistan: Post-War Governance, Security, and the US... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Afghan President Hamid Karzai, regarded as a hero by the West for leading the war on terrorism in the conflict-devastated country, suddenly seems to have turned a villain.News reports, columns and editorials appearing in the western... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): US President George Bush has said that Afghans are working hard on their way towards democracy and it is in Americas interest to help them in their quest for a participatory system.Since liberation from the Taliban and since al-Qaeda... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The US President, George Bush, and the Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, Wednesday discussed over phone the future of the latters military mission in Afghanistan beyond the present mandated date of February 2009.During the... read more
NEW YORK, Jan 31 (PAN): An American think-tank has urged the Bush administration to decouple Afghanistan from Iraq and appoint a special US envoy to the landlocked Central Asian country.The report Revitalizing our efforts, rethinking our strategies... read more
United Nations (PAN): The United Nations wants to open a channel of dialogue with the Taliban, which has increasingly been recruiting child soldiers and deploying them for suicidal attacks, a top UN official said Wednesday.The Special Representative... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Refraining from making any comment on a latest report which said that Afghanistan is on the verge of becoming a failed state, the United States Wednesday said that Afghanistan of today is not the one which was in 2001. During these... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): An influential US lawmaker Tuesday questioned the Bush Administrations unhindered support to Pervez Musharraf, the Pak President, even though things according to him are going the wrong way in Pakistan.Despite signs that the vaunted... read more
United Nations (PAN): A United Nations report released Tuesday expressed concern over the increasingly use of children as human shield by Taliban and the deliberate attacks by the terrorist outfit on girl students.In his 45-page report, submitted to... read more
United Nations (PAN): With the office of the UN Secretary General looking afresh for candidates who could be appointed as UNAMA head, at least three names have cropped up for this challenging UN post.They are Hikmet Cetin, Turkeys former Foreign... read more
United Nations (PAN): With Afghanistan Senate endorsing the death sentence to a journalist, the United Nations Tuesday expressed its concern over the incident and reiterated the call to review the judgment.When asked about the UNs stand on the... read more
Picture CaptionNEW YORK (PAN): The Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, Monday announced to extend his countrys military mission to Afghanistan after February 2009, if NATO allies provided additional combat troops and necessary equipment.The... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): In his State of the Union address the US President, George W Bush, called on the Democratic-majority Senate to fund the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and announced the dispatch of 3,200 Marines to Afghanistan to ensure that the... read more
United Nations (PAN): The Office of the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, Monday began afresh search for a new UN Envoy to Afghanistan.This follows the rejection by Afghanistan Government, the candidacy of British politician Paddy Ashdown, and the... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The Us Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, Monday said that she was sorry that the British politician Paddy Ashdown could not be appointed as the new UN Envoy to Afghanistan and he had to withdraw his nomination.The United States... read more
New York, January 27, 2007 (Pajhwok Afghan News): The Afghan Ambassador to Canada, Omar Samad, has said that the Manley penal report gives a balance analysis of various options and what needs to be done to achieve success in Afghanistan.The report... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Dr. Abdullah Abdullah former foreign minister of Afghanistan critical of the policies of President Karzai, emphasized the need of political reforms and decentralization of power. Following are excerpts from an interview, before he... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): International pressure seems to be building on the Karzai Administration for intervention in the matter of death sentence given to a reporter by an Afghan court for distributing blasphemous material.After the United Nations, the... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, Friday urged the Bush Administration to double its resources both intelligence and forces deployed for hunting the most wanted terrorist of the world: Osama bin Laden.We call upon (the US)... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Cricketer-turned-politician, Imran Khan said Friday that terrorism threatens the very existence of Pakistan and warned the US not to send its forces inside Pakistan as it would be a bigger disaster than Iraq.Addressing a packed... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The US Defense Secretary, Robert Gates, said Thursday the new strategic vision document, currently under preparation, for Afghanistan would focus on how to maintain the legitimacy of the Afghan Government.With the popularity rating... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): Strongly advocating decentralization of power former Foreign Minister, Abdullah Abdullah Thursday, called for a national debate on it.Visiting the United States, for the first time in two years, Abdullah said this at a breakfast... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The Afghan Air Corps is expected to be self-sufficient and strong enough to meet the nations security needs by the 2015, a top US army official involved with training and development of its nascent wing of the Afghan Army said... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): The United States Wednesday said Canada is a leading player in the international efforts in Afghanistan and would like it to continue its mission in the country."Canada has been a leading player in the efforts there (Afghanistan),... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): A top Bush Administration official said Wednesday that though the Taliban had gained strength in Afghanistan in recent past, but the terrorist outfit is nowhere near winning the war. He also said there is no solution to Afghanistan... read more
NEW YORK, Jan 23 (PAN): The Senate Tuesday passed the Defense Authorization Bill, replacing the disputed version, which the US President had earlier refused to sign.The White House indicated Tuesday that Bush is happy with the new bill, which was... read more
NEW YORK, Jan 23 (PAN): The independent panel, which was appointed by the Canadian Prime Minister to look in Canadas future role in Afghanistan, has observed that the Taliban continues to enjoy safe heaven inside Pakistan; a charge that has... read more
NEW YORK, Jan 23 (PAN): The independent panel, which was appointed by the Canadian Prime Minister to look in Canadas future role in Afghanistan, has observed that the Taliban continues to enjoy safe heaven inside Pakistan; a charge that has... read more
NEW YORK, Jan 23 (PAN): The Department of Defense is preparing a strategic vision document to chalk out the course of action of the US-led international mission in Afghanistan in the next five years, the Pentagon said Tuesday.The vision document is... read more
NEW YORK, Jan 23(PAN): The Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, said Tuesday that he would review the recommendations of the Independent Panel of Canadas Future Role in Afghanistan.The five-member panel in its 94-page report submitted Tuesday... read more
UNITED NATIONS, Jan 22 (PAN): With President Hamid Karzai having reservations about the appointment of British politician Paddy Ashdown as the new UN envoy to Afghanistan, the United Nations said on Monday no decision had been taken as yet.We do not... read more
NEW YORK, Jan 22 (PAN): A Canadian panel, appointed by Canada Prime Minister, Stephen Harper Tuesday recommended an indefinite but conditional extension of the countrys military mission in Afghanistan, whose present tenure is scheduled to ends in... read more
NEW YORK, Jan 20 (PAN): A leading Republican presidential candidate Saturday said if elected as US president he would capture elusive al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, the most wanted terrorist of the world, from wherever he was hiding.Addressing an... read more
NEW YORK, Jan 19 (PAN): Days after Pentagon's announcement of deploying an additional 3,200 marines to southern Afghanistan, a former navy official-turned- congressman has rejected the surge as too little too late.Participating in a debate in the... read more
NEW YORK, Jan 19 (PAN): Days after Pentagon's announcement of deploying an additional 3,200 marines to southern Afghanistan, a former navy official-turned- congressman has rejected the surge as too little too late.Participating in a debate in the... read more
NEW YORK, Jan 18 (PAN): First Lady Laura Bush, lauding progress made by the Central Asian country in the post-Taliban era, said on Thursday Afghanistan faced a challenge of capacity.She said this while addressing the 10th meeting of the US-Afghan... read more
UNITED NATIONS, Jan 18 (PAN): Former British diplomat Lord Paddy Ashdown may be appointed as new envoy of the United Nations secretary-general to Afghanistan, a credible source confided to Pajhwok Afghan News.A diplomat at the UN revealed an... read more
NEW YORK, Jan 16 (PAN): In a widely-anticipated move, President George Bush has approved a proposal for a one-time seven months deployment of an additional 3,200 marines to Afghanistan this spring, the Pentagon announced on Tuesday.A Pentagon... read more
NEW YORK, Jan 17 (PAN): A former Republican congressman was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury for aiding the Islamic American Relief Agency (IARA), which allegedly raising funds for Gulbadin Hekmatyar - designated a terrorist by the US.Mark... read more
NEW YORK, Jan 16 (PAN): In a widely-anticipate move, President George Bush has approved a proposal for a one-time seven months deployment of an additional 3,200 marines to Afghanistan this spring, the Pentagon announced on Tuesday.A Pentagon... read more
UNITED NATIONS, Jan 15 (PAN): UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon Monday said the bombing of a heavily-guarded luxury hotel in Kabul reinforced the need to take necessary measures to address terrorist attacks. Im very much surprised by this (Kabul)... read more
NEW YORK, Jan 14 (Pajhwok Afghan News): As the House of Representatives returns from its long Christmas and New Year recess Tuesday, the Capitol Hill is expected to devote a considerable part of its time on discussing the current situation in... read more
UNITED NATIONS, Jan 12 (Pajhwok Afghan News): The United States, United Nations and Canada Friday joined the world community in welcoming Japan's decision to resume refueling operations in the Indian Ocean in support of the global war on terrorism... read more
UNITED NATIONS, Jan 12 (Pajhwok Afghan News): UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has not yet taken any decision on the appointment of his new envoy to Afghanistan, a post lying vacant for more than 10 days.Different options were being worked out right... read more
NEW YORK, Jan 11 (Pajhwok Afghan News): US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday no decision had been taken yet on sending 3,000 more marines to Afghanistan to take on al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters in that country.Gates informed media people... read more
NEW YORK, Jan 10 (Pajhwok Afghan News): A leading US university has received a grant of $1.3 million from the World Bank to help strengthen the burgeoning engineering studies programme in Afghanistan.Routed through Afghan Ministry of Higher... read more
NEW YORK, Jan 10 (Pajhwok Afghan News): A leading Democratic presidential candidate Wednesday said the war in Iraq was a major distraction for the United States to finish its job against al-Qaeda in Afghanistan.Senator Barack Obama, who is giving... read more
NEW YORK, Jan 10 (Pajhwok Afghan News): A leading Democratic presidential candidate Wednesday said the war in Iraq was a major distraction for the United States to finish its job against al-Qaeda in Afghanistan.Senator Barack Obama, who is giving... read more
NEW YORK, Jan 8 (Pajhwok Afghan News): US President George W. Bush Tuesday discussed the current situation in Afghanistan and progress in the global war against terrorism with visiting Turkish leader Abdullah Gul.The meeting between the two leaders... read more
NEW YORK, Jan 9 (Pajhwok Afghan News): An eminent US expert Tuesday claimed receiving information that parliamentary elections in Pakistan could be postponed for a year, during which time a caretaker government would rule the South Asian country."... read more
NEW YORK, Jan 9 (Pajhwok Afghan News): Former President Bill Clinton has said the United States cannot afford to allow Afghanistan, ravaged by three decades of strife, becoming a failed state."It is a moderate Muslim democracy. It is our gateway and... read more
NEWYORK, Jan 8 (Pajhwok Afghan News): In view of recent developments in the region after former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's assassination and a surge in Taliban activities, the US is expected to announce a major increase in troop... read more
NEW YORK, Jan 8 (Pajhwok Afghan News): For lack of consensus and wary of the long-term implications of hot pursuit, the United States is unlikely to send its troops to strike selected targets inside Pakistan.Sources familiar with ongoing discussions... read more
NEW YORK, Jan 7 (Pajhwok Afghan News): Pakistan's Ambassador to the US, Mehmud Ali Durrani, said Sunday there was no credible information where the most wanted terrorist Osama bin Laden was hiding.If we knew where he was, we would have taken him out... read more
NEW YORK, Jan 6 (Pajhwok Afghan News): Former first lady and a leading Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton Saturday favoured more NATO troops for Afghanistan and faster training of the Afghan army so as to go aggressively after al-... read more
NEW YORK, Jan 6 (Pajhwok Afghan News): As part of the ambitious Afghan Mapping Initiative, the US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) would install a nationwide geodetic network in Afghanistan.The agency will also procure and install a... read more
NEW YORK (PAN): US President George Bush has said that Afghans are working hard on their way towards democracy and it is in Americas interest to help them in their quest for a participatory system.Since liberation from the Taliban and since al-Qaeda... read more