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KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Services Commission (IARCSC) on Sunday announced finalizing “the administrative procedure draft law”, saying government services would become fast and transparent once the law is... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The ousted head of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) has accused President Ashraf Ghani of violating the Constitution and termed his removal as illegal and based on wrong suggestions. Addressing a press conference here,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan (TEFA) on Sunday expressed its concern about “the lack of preparations” for holding upcoming elections. The electoral watchdog alleged elements in the camps of the president and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The second Anti-Corruption Justice Center (ACJC) court on Sunday upheld the first court judgment in the case of prominent businessman Abdul Ghafar Dawi with some concession in his jail term. Abdul Ghafar Dawi, a former... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Harakat-i-Islami Azad Afghanistan (HIAA) on Thursday welcomed new US strategy for Afghanistan and the South Asia and stressed over the conduct of free and fair election in the country. HIAA Head Syed Ali Javed told reporters... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Islamic Peace (NIP) political party on Tuesday urged militant groups to reconcile with the government keeping in view the long sufferings of people. Concerned over the continuation of war in the country, the party... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The brother of a man who was killed in Kabul one year ago said on Sunday that police were refusing to arrest Gen. Zmarai Paikan in the case despite the Attorney General Office (AGO) orders. Addressing a press conference here,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Monday notified about dispatching a team for scrutiny of the mistaken airstrike in southern Helmand province that killed nine Afghan security personnel. Gen. Dawlat Waziri, the MoD spokesman,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some politicians on Sunday demanded the next year Wolesi Jirga and district council elections to be free, fair and transparent. Mohammad Karim Khalili, former vice president and incumbent head of the High Peace Council (HPC),... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The sixth death anniversary of former president and High Peace Council (HPC) chief Burhanuddin Rabbani was observed in Kabul on Thursday, with participants demanding security, peace and unity in Afghanistan. The ceremony was... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Jihadi leader Abdul Rab Rasoul Sayyaf on Thursday claimed the government had failed to protect Islamic values by allowing corruption, thefts, vulgarity and immorality. Addressing a gathering marking the sixth anniversary of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A recent survey released on Monday said the Wolesi Jirga performed well in terms of monitoring government’s work and doing legislation during the last legislative year than the previous one, but fared ‘poorly’ in representing the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Kabul Garrison says as many as 500 youngsters are ready to keep security for religious places during Muharram mourning days alongside security forces. Lt. Gen. Afzal Aman Aman, acting director general of the Kabul Garrison,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Concerned over the deteriorating security situation in the country, the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Wednesday said holding next year’s Wolesi Jirga and district council polls would face numerous issues if... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Meshrano Jirga or Senate members on Tuesday said the new US strategy was more focused on the continuation of war than peace and reconciliation in the war-torn country. Some lawmakers said pressure on Pakistan and the Taliban... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Residents of capital Kabul say they are finding it hard to purchase sacrificial animals for Eidul Adha due to their skyrocketed prices compared to last year. Economically sound Muslims sacrifice (slaughter) animals on the day... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): On Afghanistan’s reconstruction front, contracts for several projects worth millions of dollars have been awarded to a Lebanese firm in an opaque and obscure manner. Pajhwok Afghan News conducted detailed investigations to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) on Tuesday signed contracts to execute 130 projects worth 371 million afghanis in 17 provinces of the country. The contracts were signed between rural rehabilitation... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The only way to steer Afghanistan out of crises was unity, mutual understanding and acceptance, said Hendi, the only surviving family member of the Royal family of King Amanullah Khan who brought independence to Afghanistan back in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A primary court of the Anti-Corruption Justice Center (ACJC) on Wednesday sentenced Abdul Ghaffar Dawi, owner of the Dawi Oil Company, his deputy and four former officials of the Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA) to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An anti-corruption court on Monday sentenced a former commander of Pul-i-Charkhi Prison and four other jail officials to three years in jail each over deception and misuse of authority. The primary court of the Anti-Corruption... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has met the first group of hajj pilgrims before departing for Saudi Arabia to perform the annual pilgrimage, the Presidential Palace said on Monday. A statement from the Presidential Palace to Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Tuesday said police officers working in stable areas would replace those in restive parts of the country to improve the security situation. Addressing a press conference in Kabul, MoI spokesman... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Meshrano Jirga or Senate members on Tuesday asked the government to dissolve the High Peace Council (HPC), a government body tasked with negotiating peace with militants, saying it resembled ‘a white elephant.’ The lawmakers... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolsi Jirga or lower house of the parliament on Saturday accused Da Afghanistan Breshan Shirkat (DABS) over massive corruption in collection of power bills, but the power utility rejected the accusations. Shukria Paikan, a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) chief on Thursday accused some politicians and government authorities of interfering in the cricket body’s affairs. ACB chairman Shukrullah Atif Mashal, briefing a press conference about the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): About 6.5 million children are at risk of being physically, sexually and mentally harassed across Afghanistan, the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Disabled and Martyrs said on Sunday, seeking government’s attention to the issue... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Thousands of people from the eastern zone on Friday held a gathering in Kabul, pledging their support for the unity government. Lawmakers, tribal elders, religious scholars and the youth from eastern zone attended the gathering... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Kabul municipality officials on Wednesday said the Pul-i-Charkhi Prison administration was willing to pay 57 million afghanis in cleanliness tax to the municipality. Safiullah Abadi, 12th municipal district chief, told Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Presidential Palace on Monday said the Afghan government would make efforts at building international consensus for peace during the Kabul Process Conference slated for Tuesday. Shah Hussain Murtazavi, acting spokesman for... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 80 people were killed and 463 others wounded in a massive suicide bombing in the heart of Kabul early Wednesday, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said. The explosion happened at around 8:30am. Public Health Minister... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Under pressure from the Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament regarding acting officials, the government on Saturday announced introducing ministers-designate within next two weeks for a vote of confidence. The Wolesi Jirga... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan (TEFA) on Thursday said keeping silence and not announcing specified date to hold elections showed the government’s reluctance. However, the CEO office said the elections would... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A large number of people staged a protest demonstration in Kabul against Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) leader Gulbadin Hekmatyar on Friday, when the former jihadi leader addressed a huge gathering in the central capital.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) leader Gulbadin Hekmatyar on Friday once again called on the Taliban to respond positively to people’s demand for peace so the Afghans were able to resolve their problems themselves. The former... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): CEO Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday said media achievements in Afghanistan were irreversible and the unity government would always support media organizations Abdullah, who addressed an event marking World Press Freedom Day in Kabul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The defense minister and the chief of army staff on Monday said they resigned to respect the national interest and let younger cadres help improve the country’s security situation. The top military officials stepped down four... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament on Saturday suspended membership of its five more members over not attending sessions for 20 days in a row. Wolesi Jirga secretary, Abdul Qader Zazai, told today’s session that... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Russian ambassador in Kabul has termed NATO’s mission in Afghanistan a failure, saying the alliance has been unable to eradicate terrorism and drugs from the country. Alexander Mantytskiy, addressing a press conference in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A Ministry of Defence official was gunned down by unidentified attackers in capital Kabul early on Tuesday, an official said. Maj. Gen. Dawlat Waziri, spokesman for MoD, identified the victim as Lt. Col. Sultan Mahmood -- an... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Around 150,000 trade units including shops, banks and other commercial facilities operate in capital Kabul but most of them (80 percent) lack permits and do not pay taxes. Officials at the Kabul Municipality say 216 trade units... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The State Minister for Disaster Management (SMDM) on Tuesday said explosives and landmines continued to take lives in Afghanistan as still about 100 people, mostly children, were either killed or wounded each month. Wais Ahmad... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Seventy-seven militants, including 22 Daesh rebels, have been killed and 16 others wounded in security forces separate operations in different parts of the country in the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Friday... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament on Saturday decided to hold an extraordinary session tomorrow and investigate about negligence in preventing a deadly attack on a military hospital in Kabul. Three days back, gunmen... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  The Afghanistan Baluch Council, stressing the importance of mother tongue, on Wednesday asked the government to include Balochi language in school syllabus. Shir Aqa Baluch, the Afghan Balchs coordination and social council... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has said that the main objectives of the thoughts and campaign of Abdul Ali Mazari, the former leader of Hizb-i-Wihdat Islami Party, were social justice and fair political participation. The president said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah has said blaming Afghanistan for sponsoring terrorists in order to divert minds is not helpful and there is a need for sincere cooperation against terrorism. Abdullah was addressing... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Conflict-related civilian casualties in Afghanistan saw a three percent spike in 2016 compared to the previous year, the United Nations said in its annual report on Monday. Between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2016, the United Nations... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 40 people lost their lives and another 16 injured in the past three days due to avalanches and freezing weather conditions in 25 provinces of the country, an official said Sunday. Omar Mohammadi, a spokesman to the State... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA) on Sunday cancelled all national and international flights to and from the Kabul airport due to continued snowfall. Qasim Rahimi, ACAA spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News the... read more
KABUL CITY (Pajhwok): Forty-four people have been arrested in connection with narcotics and alcoholic drinks smuggling in the past one month in different parts of the country, an official said on Sunday. Ahmad Khalid Moahid, spokesman for the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A police officer in the capital Kabul has been caught red-handed while receiving $30,000 in bribe, a knowledgeable security source revealed on Friday.   Mohammad Hussain, the 13th district police chief, was arrested Thursday... read more
SAR-I-PUL (Pajhwok): Two foreign fighters with links to the Taliban have been arrested in central Sar-i-Pul province, local security official claimed on Friday. The foreigners were detained during a police raid in the morning, the provincial... read more
KABUL CITY (Pajhwok): One hundred rehabilitated drug addicts were on Wednesday introduced to a vocational and professional course in central Kabul, an official said. Ibni Sina Drug Rehabilitation Center head, Ahmad Javid Qazi Zadah, told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A primary anti-corruption court has sentenced a senior Interior Ministry’s general to 14 years in prison on charges of embezzlement and fake documentation. The verdict was handed down at the end of a hearing on Monday, attended... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some local representatives appointed by the Kabul Municipality have allegedly been asking residents for money for the approval of necessary documents, such as identity cards. Identity cards, school documents, property deeds,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Experts say the lowering underground water level and water pollution in capital Kabul city is ‘worrying and catastrophic’ and ask the government to take serious steps towards resolving the issue. They expressed the remarks on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) on Wednesday provided a series of suggestions named ‘basic principles of electoral reform.’ The electoral watchdog officials said the principles had been devised and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): British and German troops stationed in Afghanistan on Sunday played a friendly football match to celebrate Charismas and remember the First World War in 1914. Dozens of troops from other NATO states watched the match which the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Well-placed sources on Saturday said the Supreme Court (SC) had approved Wolesi Jirga’s decision to unseat seven ministers, but the Presidential Palace said it was yet to be formally informed about the ruling. Some government... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) chief has been holding office three months beyond his legal term, sources said on Wednesday. Ali Askar Lali, a former Afghanistan National Football assistant manager, told Pajhwok Afghan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Wednesday said working for peace in Afghanistan ‘is harder than fighting’ but the government would pursue the path of peace and stability. Abdullah was expressing a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Russia contacted Taliban to encourage them to join the peace process in Afghanistan, the country’s envoy to Kabul said on Thursday. Alexander Mantytskiy  told a press conference in Kabul the US and NATO had failed to ensure... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Balance among provinces has not been observed in next fiscal year’s budget, a number of Wolesi Jirga members said on Wednesday, declining to endorse the accounts. According to the Ministry of Finance (MoF), about 287 billion afs... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) on Wednesday expressed concern over the increasing number of children suffering from Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD), saying at least 6,000 such kids awaited treatment. Mohammad Saleem... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) on Wednesday said it had shared with the National Security Council (NSC) the beating of its workers by bodyguards of the Nangarhar governor. DABS spokesman in Kabul, Wahidullah Tawhidi, told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation (MoRR) on Tuesday said it was face with a budget deficit, struggling to facilitate internally displaced persons (IDPs). At least 90,000 people are said to have been displaced by war... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A three-day conference on sanitation concluded on Thursday in Kabul and through a resolution the participants stressed Afghans’ continued access to clean drinking water. The first conference of its kind was jointly organized by... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Transport has installed and made operational the first-ever electronic tollgate in the Pul-i-Charkhi area on eastern outskirts of Kabul City to ensure transparent revenue collection and entry registration of vehicles... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations Educational and Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Sunday said there were 11 million illiterate people in Afghanistan. UNESCO representative in Afghanistan, Patricia McPhillips, attended a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Anti-Corruption Justice Center on Saturday held first hearing in two corruption cases involving a military attorney and a high-ranking private bank official. The open trial was attended by the suspects and their defence... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Independent Bar Association (AIBA) on Monday said more than half of crime accused and suspects had no access to defense lawyers. AIBA head, Roohullah Qarizada, told this to a gathering titled ‘early access to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  Police have detained 191 people in connection with different crimes and terrorist activities in capital Kabul, an official said on Sunday. Kabul police chief Lt. Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahimi addressed a press conference here... read more
 FIROZKOH (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has arrived in western Ghor province to access security situation here, top security official said on Friday. Brig. Gen. Muhaiuddin Ghori, commander of the 207th Zafar Military Corps, told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some residents of eastern Nuristan province on Wednesday protested in Kabul against their governor, accusing him of administrative corruption. Numbering around 40, the protesting Nuristanis demanded removal of Hafiz Abdul Qayum... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Finnish foreign minister, who arrived in Kabul on Wednesday, said Afghan refugees whose asylum in Finland had been rejected would be deported to their own country. Timo Soini told reporters at Finland Embassy in Kabul that he... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The second round of a nationwide anti-polio winter campaign targeting 9.5 million children below the age of five years began on Monday. The campaign was launched by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) in cooperation with UNICEF... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The national youth association on Thursday welcomed the aid the international community pledged to Afghanistan at the Brussels Conference and asked the unity government leaders to honour its own promises.   Sayed Abdullah... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Civil Society Joint Working Group (CSJWG) on Monday welcomed resumption of work by the selection committee, a body tasked with nominating members of the two electoral commissions. Khalil Raufi, member of the group,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former president Hamid Karzai on Friday called on jihadi leaders to condemn civilian killings in US airstrikes just like they denounced Soviet bombardment of non-combatants. Speaking at a gathering on the fifth death anniversary... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Renowned jihadi leader Prof. Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf on Friday urged all Afghans to shun tribal and linguistic biases in the supreme national interest, Addressing a ceremony marking the 5th assassination anniversary of then... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The selection committee, tasked with nominating commissioners on the two electoral bodies, officially launched its work on Wednesday, vowing impartiality in its decisions and protecting Afghanistan’s national interests. The 5-... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Due to the government’s ineffective counternarcotics policy, most of the convicted drug traffickers are illiterate and poor individuals who support their families, not the high level drug kingpins who control the industry. A... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Information and Culture on Tuesday said despite security issues in some provinces of Afghanistan nearly 20,000 foreign tourists visited the country annually. Haroon Hakimi, the ministry spokesman, told Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Presidential Palace on Saturday announced a nationwide campaign to promote access to information in government offices. Shah Hussain Murtazawi, the presidential spokesman, told a news conference in Kabul that supporting free... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): One man was killed and another wounded when a fire broke out at a fuel storage facility in the Paghman district of Kabul province on Tuesday, a shopkeeper said. The fire erupted at around 9:00am in Haider Khan Kala locality.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A huge blaze at a wood market in the capital Kabul was extinguished after it engulfed many shops on Sunday, shopkeepers said. The fire swept through the market in the Quwa-i-Markaz neighborhood of the capitalat around 10:30am.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah have met in an attempt to iron out their differences on key issues, including electoral reforms. The tension-defusing talks between the national unity... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): NATO’s Resolute Support mission on Monday hailed Afghan forces’ performance in the fight against militants and said Helmand and Kunduz provinces would never fall. Charles H. Cleveland, the mission’s deputy communications chief in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani and India Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated he historic Storai (Star) Palace at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA). Almost a century old, the palace was in dilapidated condition... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani’s legislative decree on long-awaited electoral reforms would be referred to the cabinet for approval today (Saturday), a presidential aide said. President’s deputy spokesman Shah Hussain Murtazawi told... read more
Barakzai KABUL (Pajhwok): One Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier was killed and another wounded in a bomb explosion in Kabul on Saturday, an official said. Brig. Gen. HamayonAini, chief of the 119 police helpline, told Pajhwok Afghan News the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC) on Wednesday said many programs including theater shows, music concerts and showcasing historic monuments would be organized in capital Kabul and provinces tomorrow (Thursday) to mark... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday conferred Shaheed-i-Millat title on late Hashmat Khalil Khalil Karzai, former member of Kandahar provincial council and cousin of former president Hamid Karzai during an official ceremony held in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two Afghan taekwondo athletes have won one gold and three bronze medals in the Fifth South Asia Championship. The games featuring South Asian countries began on August 5 and continued until August 8 in the Bangalore city of India... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Eighty-six contracts for small and medium size mines in various provinces have been signed with the private sector this year, while four major mining contracts will be finalized soon, the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum said on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A senior Ministry of Water and Energy official on Monday said nearly 70 percent of Afghanistan’s water flowed into neighboring countries especially Pakistan and Iran due to improper management.   Abdul Basir Azimi, deputy... read more
KUNDUZ (Pajhwok): Public representatives and a lawmaker on Friday expressed their concern about the deteriorating security situation in northern Kunduz province and said the provincial capital could once again fall to the Taliban if the tide of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Forty-two militants, including Daesh affiliates, have been killed during security forces’ operations in 10 provinces since yesterday, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Friday. The operations were conducted in Nangarhar,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United States on Saturday delivered four scanning devices to the Afghan police to help them detect explosives and other such lethal materials. The General Commander of Kabul Garrison, Lt. Gen. Gul Nabi Ahmadzai, who received... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The USAID-sponsored programme aimed at enabling 900 Afghan women to pursue higher studies was launched on Thursday, an official said. Under the programme, Afghan girls who could not afford tuition fee at private higher education... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan Journalists’ Safety Committee on Monday said it had registered 54 incidents of violence against journalists during the first half of 2016, showing a 37 percent increase compared to the same period last year. Najib... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): China on Sunday handed over to the Afghan Ministry of Interior (MoI) 400 security equipment, including four security scanners to be installed at the entrances to central capital Kabul, an official said. Interior Minister Lt. Gen... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) on Sunday said more than 5,000 projects were executed in different provinces during the first half of the current solar year. MRRD Minister Nasir Ahmad Durrani was... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) on Thursday said it was assessing master plans of seven big cities including capital Kabul for standardization. MoUD Minister Sayed Mansoor Saadat Naderi told a press conference here that... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The government has launched a campaign to get approved the second legislative decree on electoral reform from the Senate or Meshrano Jirga, but at the same time incumbent commissioners on the two electoral bodies are demanding the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has said Afghanistan is ready with regard to implementation of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India natural gas pipeline (TAPI) project. Ghani, who met his Turkmen counterpart Gurbanguly... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Presidential Palace on Thursday said the incumbent Independent Election Commission (IEC) was not mandated to set a date for elections until new commissioners were introduced. Shah Hussain Murtazawi, deputy spokesperson to the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Reacting to a protest demonstration by Kabul University students, the Ministry of Higher Education on Wednesday said the authority to grant vacation during Ramadan rested with the president. The Kabul University students on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Power and Energy and a Turkish firm on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to expand water storage and electricity production capacity of the Kajaki hydropower plant in southern Helmand province.... read more
KABUL CITY (Pajhwok): Precious and semi-precious stones worth $300 million are illegally excavated in Afghanistan and smuggled to foreign countries annually, an official said on Sunday. Abdul Bari Rahmani, secretary private sector development at... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Second Vice-President Sarwar Danish on Wednesday said the execution of more than 700 death row prisoners awaited the approval of the president. Danish was speaking at the second joint sitting of Afghan and European Union... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of provincial labour and social affairs departments’ officials say the posts they hold have been announced to be filled through a competitive exam, bypassing the civil service law. The officials say the Ministry of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The sixth joint meeting of Afghan and Pakistan journalists got under way in Kabul on Sunday, supporting enhanced media cooperation and interaction between the two countries. The week-long sitting was organised by an international... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The residents of  capital Kabul on Friday complained against the blockade of a number of roads saying they had been facing multiple problmes while moveing from one place to another, but security officials said blocking... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): NATO’s Resolute Support Mission (RS) in Afghanistan on Thursday said it did not expect the war in Afghanistan would escalate with the election of Taliban’s new leadership. Brig. Gen. Charles Cleveland, RS spokesman, told a press... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga on Tuesday panned the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) for a delay in distribution of Khwaja Rawash Township apartments to owners. Farhad Sakhi, first deputy chairman, saidhundreds of people, despite... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of lawmakers on Saturday expressed concern over the unknown fate of a presidential legislative decree on the composition, duties responsibilities and powers of the two election commissions, stressing a prompt approval of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan capital Kabul is for the first time hosting a foreign cricket team and the national side is all set to take on the visiting first class Pakistani team in their first of six matches here on Wednesday. The Habib Bank... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Saturday decided to suspend membership of six lawmakers for being long absent from sessions. Wolesi Jirga speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi told Saturday’s session of the lower house that the lawmakers had decided... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than two dozens of lawmakers on Saturday staged a walkout from the Wolesi Jirga or lower house over the proposed route of a trans-regional power import project, but others criticised the walkout. The Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A new survey released on Saturday claimed 161 out of the 162 Articles of the Afghanistan’s Constitution have been violated during the past 13 years. The 185-page survey “The Constitution, Violations and Vacuums” has been... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Finland and Afghanistan are working on a draft agreement on the future of Afghan asylum seekers in the North European country, a top official announced on Tuesday. In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, Permanent... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Justice has drafted a new penal code that would reduce the use of the death penalty if approved by the parliament and the president, the minister said on Sunday. Justice Minister Abdul Basir Anwar told a press... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said on Wednesday that the people of Afghanistan and its armed forces were engaged in rescuing the region and the world from terrorism and extremism as it they did it in the past by defeating the red... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Farooq Azam, the former chairman of Movement for Peaceful Transformation of Afghanistan (MPTA), on Wednesday called on both government and militants to choose peace instead of war, saying it would be better to accept each other,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The participants of the 24th anniversary of Mujahiddin Victory insisted on national unity, and said the victory over communist regime was in fact the victory of all the people of Afghanistan. Back in 1978, the former Soviet Union... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Russia on Monday denied it had contacted the Taliban to jointly fight the Islamic State or Daesh group in Afghanistan and said it supported the Afghan government. At a press conference here, Russian Ambassador in Kabul Alexander... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of Kabul residents on Monday welcomed President Ashraf Ghani’s speechon security and the peace process, saying they were supportiveof his stance against terrorist groups. Addressing a joint sitting of the parliament,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The New Attitude Organisation(NAO) on Thursday criticised West’s discriminatory attitude toward Afghan asylum seekers and asked the United Nations (UN) and European Union (EU) to check the double standards. NAO Director Abdul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga or upper house of the parliament on Tuesday demanded President Ashraf Ghani review his decision to merge the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) into the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. Lawmaker... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Expressing concern over 25,000 vacant posts in ministries, the Woelsi Jirga on Monday gave the government a two-month deadline to fill the vacancies. The lower house on Monday summoned the ministers of education and public health... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Political experts doubt the creation of the prime ministerial position, asking the ruling coalition partners to resolve their differences and thereby preclude the possibility of foreign interference in Afghanistan’s affairs. US... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission (IARCSC) on Saturday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology on computerizing the commission’s... 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): A coalition of jihadi and political parties on Sunday expressed concern over running government entities by acting heads and asked the government to take urgent steps for their replacement. A member of the High Council of Jihadi... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The outgoing Afghan solar year (March 22, 2015- March 21, 2016) was another dangerous year for journalists in Afghanistan, when a dozen reporters were killed, a free media advocacy group said on Wednesday. NAI, which supports... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some lawmakers on Wednesday demanded investigation into the death of a pregnant woman who died after the vehicle carrying her to hospital stuck in a traffic jam caused by a dispute between police and a lawmaker’s guards in Kabul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Concerned over the security situation in southern Ghazni and Helmand provinces, some Wolesi Jirga or lower house members on Wednesday warned militants might capture the two provinces due to the central government’s inattention.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) on Tuesday said mayors for municipalities and district chiefs would be appointed across the country in the next three months. The IDLG deputy director, Abdul Baqi Popal,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The bodies of 20 Afghans, who had drowned in Turkey on their way to Europe, arrived in Kabulon Saturday, an official said. The bodies of the migrants, airlifted by the Turkish government, were handed over to relatives at the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Da Afghanistan Bareshna Shirkat (DABS) on Tuesday said it spent two and a half millions US dollars to supply electricity to Kabul residents from diesel-run generators after power supply from Uzbekistan remained disconnected for four... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some political experts on Wednesday expressed concern over recent remarks by the US spymaster, saying such assertions could leave a negative impact on the morale of Afghan people and security forces. On Tuesday, the US spymaster... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The US and NATO top commander in Afghanistan on Sunday said the international community would never accept the return of Taliban to rule, saying the only way with the rebels was to join the peace process. Gen. John Campbell was... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Reconstruction work on two roads in Kart-i-Seh and Kart-i-Char areas of capital Kabul has been completed and the roads were inaugurated on Monday. Kabul acting mayor Mohammad Aslam Akrami said the 5 and 3 kilometers roads took 22... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A Meshrano Jirga panel has found that cases of nearly 30 percent of prisoners held at the Pul-i-Charkhi prison east of Kabul have not been followed. Zalmai Zabuli, who heads the upper house complaints’ commission, told Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The struggle against extremism has failed in Afghanistan due to political, ideological and business considerations on the part of relevant officials, Minister of Hajj and Religious Affairs Faiz Mohammad Osmani said on Saturday.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan Millat Party on Thursday denied claims it was supporting the newly-launched “Afghanistan’s New National Front” party led by Anwarul Haq Ahadi. Millat party’s honorary chief Ahadi on January 11 announced he planned to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament members on Monday welcomed a quadrilateral meeting in Islamabad aimed at reviving the stalled peace talks. Lawmaker Lalai Hamidzai from southern Kandahar province said a strong... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Top security officials on Saturday failed to convince Wolesi Jirga members with their explanations regarding the country’s ongoing security situation. The interior minister and the acting defence minister and the acting spymaster... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Fourteen Islamic State or Daesh militants have been killed and a dozen more wounded in latest airstrikes by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) in eastern Nangarhar province, the Ministry of Defence said on Friday. A statement from the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Friday said 35 militants have been killed and several others injured during joint operations by Afghan forces in Nangarhar, Ghazni and Maidan Wardak provinces. A MoD statement received by Pajhwok... read more
PARAKH (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah on Friday arrived in central Panjshir province from Kabul, an official said. The official in Panjshir, who declined to be named, said the unity government... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): One person was killed and more than 30 others, including children, were wounded in a suicide attack in the limits of the 9th police district of Kabul Monday morning, an official said. The bombing took place in the northern part... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Saturday asked the authorities concerned to assess the damage and injuries to people caused by Friday night’s earthquake in Afghanistan. The 6.3 magnitude quake centered in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan Army Chief Gen. Raheel Sharif will arrive in Kabul on Sunday to hold talks with senior Afghan civil and military leaders on a stalled peace dialogue with the Taliban, the Chief Executive Officer’s deputy spokesman said on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Monday said strict security measures had been taken to improve the security situation in southern Helmand province. Chairing a Cabinet meeting here, Abdullah termed Helmand’s and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Dutch Ambassador in Kabul Hand Jan Bakker on Wednesday alleged the Afghan government was failing to implement the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution on women’s capacity building and their active role in peace and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Gardez-Khost highway was on Tuesday inaugurated after its reconstruction at a cost of $232 million from the US government, a minister said. The road was reconstructed in two parts, one part was executed by the Louis Berger... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled (MoLSAMD) would soon send 25,000 Afghan workers to Saudi Arabia, the minister said on Sunday. MoLSAMD officials say Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz had agreed to accept... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ghani on Friday indicated peace talks between his government and the Taliban would begin within weeks. Ghani expressed hoped at a crowded news conference at his office on the outcome of the Heart of Asia-... read more
کابل (پژواک، ۲۰ قوس ۹۴): رئیس جمهور اشرف غنی اعلام کرد که قرار است روند مذاکرات صلح با طالبان با میانجيگیری امریکا و چین در آینده نزديک آغاز گردد. وى، این سخنان را امروز در نشستى در مورد دستاوردهای کنفرانس "قلب آسیا -پروسه استنابول" در ارگ ابراز... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Hundreds of Afghans marked International Anti-Corruption Day in the capital Kabul and other provinces, declaring an all-out war on the scourge. Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA) launched a one-day campaign against graft in Kabul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): So far 130 Ministry of Interior (MoI) officials have been arrested and referred to attorneys on corruption charges this year, an official said on Monday. Director General Investigation Department at the MoI, Maj. Gen. Rahimullah... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): China would provide $34.6 million in aid for the construction of a building for the National Vocational Institute of Afghanistan and another $23.4 million for other activities in the education sector, officials said on Monday. In... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum said on Sunday most perpetrators of violence against women could not be unpunished due to non-serious approach of government departments and officials concerned. Dostum expressed the views... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A regional chief of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) survived but one of his bodyguards was killed a suicide attack in Kabul on Saturday, an official said. Faridoon Ubaidi, crime branch head of the 101st Asmayee Police... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Acting Mayor Abdul Ahad Wahid on Monday inaugurated two newly-reconstructed roads measuring three kilometres in capital Kabul. The World Bank-funded project cost $1.7 million and two years time to be completed. The two-... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Visiting Norwegian officials on Sunday said their government’s new policy on immigration had minimised the chance for illegal migrants to be accepted there and possibly 90 percent applications might be rejected. Speaking to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Police guards at the Presidential Palace fired warning shots to disperse protestors who carried the bodies of seven partially beheaded civilians and asked the President and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to resign. The... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Kabul provincial officials on Tuesday said good governance, fighting administrative corruption, resolving disputes, monitoring development projects and forming ulema councils on village and district levels have been given top... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan Natural Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) chief Wais Ahmad Barmak on Monday said 20 to 25 percent of Afghanistan’s land remained littered with landmines and the demining campaign lacked budget. Barmak expressed... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some media officials on Sunday voiced concerns at continued threats to journalists from Taliban militants, but government officials insisted they were not indifferent towards the situation and were committed to media’s security.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An education and culture foundation named after the former president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, was launched in Kabul on Saturday. The Hamid Karzai Educational and Cultural Foundation will facilitate education of youth to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Taliban lost three fighters to an ongoing clash with security forces on Friday in Pasaband district of western Ghor province, an official said. The clash erupted in the morning when Taliban militants attacked Afghan local police... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): As the United Nations (UN) turned 70, the world body’s top representative in Kabul said on Thursday they would continue supporting the Afghan government and people. Nicholas Haysom, the UN secretary general’s special... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The High Peace Council (HPC) on Sunday said the unproductive peace efforts were a result of the trust-deficit between the Afghan government and the Taliban. Abdul Hakim Mujahid, the council’s acting chief, told a gathering “... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Qurban Ali Irfani, a member of the Wolesi Jirga (WJ) and head of the Wahdat-i-Millat Afghanistan, passed away at the age of 71 years on Thursday. The lawmaker died of cancer at his residence in the Qum city of neighbouring Iran.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Germany has set aside $13 million for reconstruction of two gymnasiums and funding a teacher capacity-building course for three public schools in Kabul, the country’s ambassador said on Wednesday. Markus Potzel was speaking after... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): German Ambassador in Kabul Markus Potzel on Wednesday said his country might keep some troops in Afghanistan beyond 2016. Potzel told Pajhwok Afghan News Germany would decide about its military presence in Afghanistan over the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan Army’s Special Forces Unit killed and wounded more than 20,000 Taliban militants in around 8,000 operations since 2010, the elite force commander Col. Jalaluddin Yaftali said on Tuesday. Retaking control of northern... read more