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KABUL (Pajhwok): CEO Abdullah Abdulalh on Wednesday hoped a new chapter would be opened in relations between Afghanistan and the Republic of Belarus once bilateral ties between them were given a practical shape. Abdullah, who is currently on an... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): About 56 various kinds of expired animal medicines worth 350,000 afghanis were collected and torched in Kabul, the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) on Sunday said. A MAIL statement received by Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Kabul police commander on Wednesday unveiled a new security plan for Kabul City, saying besides ensuring security of citizens, the plan gave top priority to safety of diplomatic areas. Lt. Gen. Salim Ehsas, the 101st Asmaee... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Iran’s public health minister on Wednesday offered 500 medical educational scholarships to Afghan students, saying his country was ready to equip some hospitals in capital Kabul. A statement from the Chief Executive Officer (CEO... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday offered his condolences to families of victims of recent Kabul terrorist attacks and stressed timely access to their problems. A statement from the Presidential Palace said President Ghani met... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Wednesday introduced three nominees to the president to pick one among them as secretary of the commission. A statement from the IECC received by Pajhwok Afghan News said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): No was one was hurt when a sticky bomb attached to a traffic police vehicle went off in central capital Kabul on Tuesday night, an official said.   The blast took place in “Sar Makhzan” locality of Deh Afghanan area in the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A 15-member group of suicide attackers was killed when the explosives-laden car they were in went off in northern Kunduz province, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Monday. A statement from the MoI to Pajhwok Afghan News... read more
KABUL CITY (Pajhwok): The Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) arrested nine people with thousands of kilograms of drugs during the past one week in Kabul and provinces, the task force sad in a statement on Wednesday. The CJTF statement said the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Directorate of Security (NDS) has arrested a group of six suspected terrorists in northern Baghlan province, a statement from the spy-network said on Wednesday. The suspected terrorists had been arrested during NDS... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani, calling corruption a major cause of instability in Afghanistan, has said his government has initiated reforms in the Ministry of Defence and the campaign would be extended to other departments. A statement... read more
KABUL CITY (Pajhwok): Three people, including an intelligence official and a woman, were killed and another two persons injured in a gun attack in Paghman district of central Kabul province on Saturday, an official said. Paghman district’s police... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Zardad Faryadi, a prominent Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) commander, is in detention of the intelligence agency, a government official and a former lawmaker said on Thursday. The government official told Pajhwok Afghan News... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Hezb-i-Junbish Islami (HJI) has rejected allegations of sexual assault and human rights abuses against its leader and First Vice-President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum. At a meeting, key party members asked Dostum to resolve the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A second center for diagnosing breast cancer was inaugurated in the Istiqlal Hospital in capital Kabul on Wednesday. Public health minister, Dr. Firozuddin Firoz, during the inauguration ceremony, said the four-storey building... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The family of Eng. Ahmad Eshchi, a tribal influential in northern Jawzjan province, on Saturday said the elder has been released by the provincial National Directorate of Security (NDS) department after spending 16 days in detention... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two back to back explosions were heard on Wednesday after two rockets landed in central capital Kabul, eyewitnesses said. Witnesses told Pajhwok Afghan News the rockets fired from unknown locations landed and exploded near Shash... read more
QALA-I-NAW (Pajhwok): The Afghan National Army (ANA)’s 207th Zafar Military Corps commander was killed in a helicopter crash in Ghormach district of western Badghis province on Tuesday, an official said. Deputy Ministry of Defense (MoD) spokesman... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United States has pledged $29 million and Japan $5 million in aid for Afghan families returning from Pakistan and Iran, officials said on Thursday. Refugee Ministry official Hafiz Ahmad Miakhel told Pajhwok Afghan News the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Zalmai Weesa has been appointed as new governor of southeastern Paktia province, the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) said on Thursday. IDLG spokesperson Munira Yusufzada told Pajhwok Afghan News President... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A magnetic bomb attached to a Lexus model vehicle went off on Wednesday evening in Lain Shahrak-i-Tilayee area of capital Kabul, but there were no reports about casualties, an official said.  Hamayon Aini, 119 police hotline... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) said on Tuesday it prosecuted 66 suspects in 65 criminal cases during the previous month of the solar year. The 66 individuals had been arrested in Kabul, Nangarhar, Balkh, Ghazni, Maidan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Education (MoE) on Sunday announced conducting final term exams at primary schools from November 15 and secondary and middle school exam from November 21 in the country’s cold areas.    Abdul Saboor... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Presidential Palace on Saturday said the Taliban and other militant groups caused damages to infrastructure and public facilities and services worth 2.1 billion afghanis over the past two months. Deputy presidential spokesman... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): One police official was killed and two civilians were wounded as a magnetic bomb attached to a traffic police vehicle exploded in Kabul late on Thursday, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said. Sadiq Sdiqi, the spokesman, told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): In compliance with presidential instructions, the selection committee would soon start its work and a date for hold parliamentary and district council elections would be specified after new election commissioners were appointed, an... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday reviewed preparations for holding the long due parliamentary and district council elections and set the selection committee a date to commence its work. President Ghani thanked participants of a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The final outcome from months-long peace talks between the Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) and the Afghan government is scheduled to be declared tomorrow (Thursday) when the mutually agreed document would be signed, the High Peace... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The peace deal with Gulbuddin-led Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) has been finalized and there is no disagreement with regard to efforts at bringing peace and stability to the country, a spokesman for the Chief Executive Office (CEO... read more
KABUL/GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Two residents of southern Ghazni province have died of suspected Congo virus, a health ministry official said on Saturday. Mohammad Hafeez Rasouli, head of the ministry’s human and animal joint diseases, told Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): United Nations secretary general’s special representative for Afghanistan on Sunday said the world’s body remained a committed partner and supporter of Afghans in their efforts to achieve stability, prosperity and a lasting peace.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Sunday said selling and buying plastic toy guns and firecrackers was banned and legal action would be taken against violators. In a statement, the ministry said security forces have been directed... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Millions of Muslims, including 24,000 Afghans, from across the world on Sunday offered Waqf al-Arafa, one of the essential hajj rituals at Mount Arafat for the highest point of the annual pilgrimage in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.... read more
KABUL/BAMYAN (Pajhwok): The Presidential Palace on Tuesday strongly rejected reports that said journalists were tortured and arrested during President Ashraf Ghani’s visit of central Bamyan province. Shah Hussain Murtazavi, President’s Ghani... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) on Monday said it had completed interrogation from the provincial council head of western Herat province and his case would be referred to court over the next few days. Baktash Azizi, the AGO... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Security Council (NSC) on Thursday said Wednesday’s attack on the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul was managed from the other side of the Durand Line. The Taliban-style attack involving three heavily armed... read more
KABUL(Pajhwok): At least one person was killed and 25 others wounded after militants laced with bombs and guns stormed the American University of Afghanistan in Dar-ul-Aman locality of capital Kabul on Wednesday evening, causing a great panic on the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two drug traffickers carrying more than 800 kilograms of opium have been arrested by police in central Bamyan province, the Ministry of Interior said on Wednesday. Lt. Gen. Baz Mohammad Ahmadi, deputy counter-narcotics head at... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Following CEO Abdullah’s criticism of President Ashraf Ghani, the two leaders were expected to meet on Saturday, but the meeting did not take place for unknown reasons. Two days ago, the CEO, during a gathering at Sapedar Palace... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A first-ever health counseling centre for youngsters and teenagers was inaugurated at Dasht-i-Barchi 50-bed hospital in central capital Kabul on Wednesday.   Dr. Najia Tariq, deputy public health minister for services... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): New British Prime Minister Theresa May and President Ashraf Ghani during a telephonic conversation discussed bilateral relations and other issues of mutual interests, the Presidential Palace said on Sunday. May praised the Afghan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) office on Monday expressed opposition to the appointment of former Independent Election Commission (IEC) chief Ahmad Nuristani as Afghanistan’s ambassador to Spain. Nuristani, who has been... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The spy service on Sunday claimed arresting an 11-member Haqqani network group in southeastern Khost province. The National Directorate of Security or NDS in a statement said the detained individuals wanted to carry out terrorist... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A $4 million contract was Wednesday awarded to an Italian firm for construction of the Bakhsh Abad Dam in Bala Buluk district of western Farah province. The contract was signed between the Ministry of Water and Energy and Hydro... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Ministry of Finance’s customs department personnel have detained a man and a woman at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in central capital Kabul over smuggling drugs to Saudi Arabia, the ministry said on Thursday.   A... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA), led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, on Monday said its peace agreement with the Afghan government was against no one and was only aimed at ending the current differences in the country. A statement... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Procurement Commission approved 34 contracts worth 8.5 billion afghanis, a statement from president’s office said on Sunday. The contracts included twenty-three infrastructure projects such as construction of third... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan government has not changed its stance on the four-way talks aimed at reviving peace talks between the Kabul administration and the Taliban, an official said on Saturday. The Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG)... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Presidential Palace on Wednesday awarded the prestigious Wazir Akbar Khan and Malalai Maiwand state medals to seven journalists, including a Pajhwok Afghan News reporter, and appreciation letters to five others in compliance... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani would deliver a speech at the parliament on the country’s current security situation on Monday, his spokesman said on Sunday. Deputy presidential spokesman Shah Husain Murtazawi told Pajhwok Afghan News the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A lecturer at the Sharia and Law faculty of Kabul University has been detained by intelligence officials, an official said on Tuesday. A Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) spokesman confirmed the arrest of Maulvi Maroof Rasikh... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday offered his heartfelt condolences to the government and the people of India over a massive fire breakout in a temple that killed more than100 people and injured some 280 others in Kerala state.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): US Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday said the unity government in Afghanistan would complete its five-year constitutional term as the political deal he brokered between the two Afghan leaders in September 2014 had no set... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The procurement and employment processes in the Afghan Telecom and the Afghanistan Telecom Regulatory Authority (ATRA) are being assessed by a professional delegation assigned by President Ashraf Ghani, the Presidential Palace said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former president Hamid Karzai on Thursday welcomed the Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA)’s decision to enter peace negotiations with the Afghan government, asking the Taliban to follow suit. A statement from Karzai’s media office... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) chief Qurab Haqju on Wednesday said the agency’s merger into the Ministry of Commerce and Industry would negatively impact the country’s economy. The possible merger was agreed upon at... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Security Council (NSC) on Tuesday discussed the country’s security situation and government’s preparations for NATO’s summit in Warsaw, Poland, in July this year, the Presidential Palace said. Chaired by President... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar on Monday said the Afghan government was working with all European countries on a programme aimed at doing away with factors influencing the migration of Afghan youth. Atmar said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday conferred the Ghazi Mir Masjidi Khan Award on Afghan Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter Baz Mohammad Mubariz, the president’s office said. Mubariz recently defeated his Russian rival in the games... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United States on Tuesday delivered another four light attack A-29 gunship aircraft to the Afghan Ministry of Defence, an official said. Afghan technicians and pilots would also be trained in the US, MoD spokesman  Daulat... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday strongly denounced terrorist attacks in Brussels, the capital of Belgium, in which 26 people were reported dead and scores of others wounded. At least three explosions rocked Brussels, where NATO... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Finance said more than 122 billion afghanis has been collected in national revenue, eight million afs more than the target the IMF set for Afghanistan, during the Afghan solar year that ended on Saturday. The... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday said electoral reform was important to regain the trust of Afghans in elections. Abdullah, who met NATO’s senior civilian representative for Afghanistan Ismail Aramaz,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan government on Sunday said direct peace talks scheduled to take place next week with the Taliban had been deferred. It comes a day after the Taliban refused to participate in peace talks with the Afghan government until... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The spy service on Monday said 26 militants have been detained as a result of a series of operations in southern Kandahar province. In a statement, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said intelligence operatives detained... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 15 people, including women, were killed and more than 30 others wounded in a suicide bombing in Kabul on Saturday, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Sunday, revising the toll. The attacker blew himself up in front of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former president and veteran jihadi leader Sibghatullah Mujaddedi on Monday said the Afghans would declare jihad against Pakistan if the neighbouring country continued fueling war in Afghanistan. Addressing a ceremony at the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Monday attended a memorial service at the Eid Gah mosque in Kabul for the victims of last week’s suicide attack on a gathering of tribal elders in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province. A... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Thirty-two individuals have been arrested by police in 14 provinces, including central Kabul, on charges of drugs and alcoholic beverages smuggling, the task force said on Monday. A statement from the Criminal Justice Task Force... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Defence on Thursday acknowledged security problems remained in Sangin and Khanshin districts of southern Helmand province, but said operations were ongoing there. MoD spokesman Daulat Waziri told a press... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday said there were still no proper standards for employing health specialists and contracts for offering health services continued while problems persisted. The president expressed these views... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Procurement Committee (NPC) has approved seven contracts worth nearly two billion afghanis, the Presidential Palace said on Tuesday. The committee met under the chairmanship of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani at the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Procurement Committee (NPC) has approved 50 contracts worth five billion afghanis, the Presidential Palace said on Sunday. The contracts approved are for establishing a power sub-station in Alwan desert of Pul-i-... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday said his government was committed to independence of judiciary and interference in judicial affairs from government and non-government officials “is not acceptable.” The president was addressing... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday said his government was ready to hold parliamentary and district council elections between summer and autumn of next year. The president made the pledge during separate meetings with members of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A prayer leader of a mosque has shot dead a female worker of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Kabul using his pistol, police said on Monday. Syed Ahmad, the prayer leader, opened fire at the 24-year-old... read more
KABUL/FEROZKOH (Pajhwok): The female governor of western Ghor province has been appointed as deputy governor of Kabul, but she said the government did so under pressure from powerful individuals. Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Officials of the Election Reforms Commission (ERC) has said the selection committee, a proposed body to nominate members of the two electoral commissions, may start work next week. Sadiqullah Tawhidi, deputy head of the ERC, told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday said increased participation of the Afghan women in various government sectors would bring about peace that would guarantee the defence of their rights. The president met with 400 policewomen who... read more