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KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday asked the insurgents to either put down their weapons or Afghan commando forces would make them surrender. The president was addressing a gathering here, in which the commando forces division was... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The UN mission on Sunday confirmed allegations Taliban and Islamic State fighters killed at least 36 people, including civilians, during an attack on a village of northern Sar-i-Pul province. The UN Assistance Mission in... read more
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): US President Donald on Saturday said many decisions were made, including one on Afghanistan, at his meeting with the national security team at Camp David a day earlier . “Important day spent at Camp David with... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): One US soldier has been killed in a joint operation with Afghan security forces against rebels in eastern Nangarhar province, a statement from the US forces in Afghanistan said on Thursday. U.S and Afghan forces were also... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan foreign secretary Tehmina Janjua, who visited Kabul on Tuesday and met Afghan leaders, has said there is no military solution to the Afghan conflict and the focus should be on evolving a credible political settlement.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Inactive aircraft should be checked at the Hamid Karzai International Airport and a comprehensive plan presented to the High Economic Council to make decision on their fate, says the finance minister.​ The directive came at a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Five Taliban, including the group district chief, have been killed in the Gilan and Qarabagh districts of southern Ghazni province, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said in a statement. Mullah Sefatullah, the Taliban shadow chief... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok: The Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Services Commission (IARCSC) said on Wednesday procurement units of ministries and other government entities were being restructured on a priority basis. In cooperation with the... read more
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) head Tadamichi Yamamoto on Tuesday said his organization backed Wolesi Jirga and district council elections to be held next year and would encourage donors to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Monday said expanding Afghanistan’s relations with central Asian countries would bring about many facilities to trade and transit spheres, a statment from the Presidential Palace said. President Ghani... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah is to travel to Belarus on a three-day official visit from tomorrow (Tuesday), a media report said Monday. Abdullah would hold talks with Prime Minister of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi on Monday met with the Australian ambassador to Afghanistan Richard George Feakes and discussed bilateral ties and economic cooperation. The two sides discussed strengthening mutual ties, Government... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The governor of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtonkhwa province has termed Afghanistan a very important neighbour and stressed over cooperation between the two countries in different fields, a statement from the Pakistani embassy said on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Da Afghanistan Breshna Shirkat (DABS) on Sunday decided to install computerized electricity meters to business centers, government offices, factories and individuals defaulting on power bills. The decision was taken at a meeting... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A three members group of militants has been detained by National Directorate of Security (NDS) agents in Kabul province, the spy service said on Sunday. A statement from NDS said three militants named Wahidyar, Hamayoon and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The US military in Afghanistan on Sunday confirmed the killing of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria-Khorasan (ISIS-K) chief for eastern Kunar province. Abdul Rahman was killed in an air strike along with three senior ISIS-K... read more
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): US President Donald Trump on Thursday said “he is getting closer to taking a decision on Afghanistan.” “We are getting close.  We're getting very close.  It's a very big decision for me,” Trump told reporters at... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has said the government was responsible to provide reasonable response to the questions raised by the youth. Addressing a youth gathering on Wednesday evening, the president said different thoughts... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some heads of Provincial Councils (PC) have believed no alliance could become alternative to incumbent government, said a statement from Presidential Palace on Thursday. During a meeting with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani here... read more
Mazar-e Sharif, Balkh, 10th August 2017 – Today, a three-day training for 18 mullahs and madrasa lecturers from Balkh province ended in Mazar-e Sharif. The workshop focused on enhancing the participants’ knowledge on how to fight extremism and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has appointed Samuel Tumiwa as new country director for Afghanistan, the Manila-based financial institution said on Thursday. In a statement, Sean O’Sullivan, director general for Central and West... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) has engaged a Nigerian company to develop a market-based input distribution technology for it. The initiative will help Afghanistan’s drive for autarky in wheat... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Spirit Flame for the ‘Invictus Games’ involving wounded and disabled armed services’ personnel was lit at the Presidential Palace in Kabul in the presence of President Ashraf Ghani. The Invictus Games were introduced three... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Pentagon has confirmed deploying up to 100 additional US marines to Afghanistan’s southern province of Helmand. The deployment is aimed to strengthen marines already sent to the US Central Command area of operations, the NBC... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 235 hostages have been released from Taliban captivity as a result of efforts by elders and provincial government in northern Sar-i-Pul province, an official said on Wednesday. Zabihullah Amani, the governor’s spokesman... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday vowed to avenge the massacre of innocent people in the Sayyad district of northern Sar-i-Pul province. Addressing a gathering on Anti-Corruption Drive, the president offered his... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Economic development is central to peace and stability in Afghanistan and the Heart of Asia Region, agreed participants of a meeting in New Delhi. Representatives from 17 countries, including Afghanistan, India and Pakistan, on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Trump administration has been looking at full range of options in the process of crafting new strategy for Afghanistan, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday. Reports in the US media claimed that the team,... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): In their maiden telephonic contact, President Ashraf Ghani and Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi have vowed to work together to deal with common challenges. Ghani rang up Abbasi and congratulated him on his... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The U.S. Embassy in Kabul on Monday strongly condemned the reported August 5 killing of dozens of civilians and Afghan Local Police forces in the Sayad district of Sar-i-Pul province.  In a statement the US diplomatic... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): America’s acting assistant secretary for South and Central Asian affairs and acting special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Ambassador Alice Wells have met President Ashraf Ghani. They also met Chief ... read more
SAR-I-PUL (Pajhwok): Taliban militants killed dozens of people, mostly civilians, after capturing Mirzawlang area of Sayyad district in northern Sar-i-Pul province, an official said on Sunday. The area had been under control of the Afghan Local... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Political observers see the ambassador-level welcome for President Ashraf Ghani on his arrival in Tehran as a violation of diplomatic protocol, a disgusting and shameful act. On Saturday, Ghani traveled to Tehran to take part in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Chabahar port, a trilateral project involving Afghanistan, Iran and India, will be operational by 2018, hopes India’s minister of transport, highways and shipping. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said during his visit to Tehran... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): America’s campaign in Afghanistan has witnessed significant success, claims a senior Trump administration official, rejecting reports about a stalemate in the country. US National Security Adviser Gen H.R. McMaster said in a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani on Saturday met with US acting assistant foreign secretary and acting special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Alice G. Wells, in Kabul and discussed with her Afghanistan’s political... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At the head of a high-level delegation, President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday flew to Tehran, the capital of Iran, to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Iranian president, Dr. Hassan Rouhani. A statement from the Presidential Palace... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A high-level Afghan military delegation, led by Lt. Gen Muhammad Zaman Waziri, has held a meeting with Peshawar Corps Commander Lt. Gen Nazir Ahmed Butt in Peshawar, a media report said on Friday. According to dawn, the seven-... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): One soldier from Georgia has been killed and six others, including two US service-members and an Afghan interpreter, wounded in a suicide attack Thursday night in the Qarabagh district of central Kabul Province, a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan government officials and private sector met in Kabul this week with representatives from European Union and International Trade Centre to take stock of progress on efforts at building Afghanistan’s capacities to participate... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Capital Zone Development Authority has said ten kilometers of new roads will be built and people whose houses are being demolished as part of the ‘Kabul Green Zone plan’ will be provided new homes. Ilham Omar Hotaki, the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations has announced giving $35,000 from the Common Humanitarian Fund for the construction of a new triage area at the Herat Regional Hospital. In light of the attack on a Shiite mosque, which killed at least 31... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): CEO Abdullah Abdullah on Wednesday urged the Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament to grant the trust vote to the newly-introduced ministers-designate. Abdullah said this while introducing two of the newly chosen Cabinet... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Government leaders, political elites and a number of countries strongly condemned the deadly attack on a mosque in western Herat province. More than 100 people were killed or wounded when multiple suicide bombers attacked the... read more
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Dozens of worshippers were killed and wounded when one suicide bomber blew himself up and a second opened fire inside a mosque in the capital of western Herat province late on Tuesday. Herat police spokesman Farhad Jilani... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations Security Council and Pakistan have condemned Monday’s attack on the Iraqi embassy in Kabul. The group attack, claimed by Daesh or Islamic State, left at least six people dead, including four attackers and two... read more
The US has failed to offer any justification for hundreds of billions of dollars spent on propping up the Afghan government, as the Taliban control large swaths of the country, where the value of opium has dramatically increased. A federal... read more
KABUL,AFGHANISTAN – Unemployment for Afghan women continues to be a challenge.  However, the United States Agency for International Development Mission in Afghanistan (USAID) and the Government of Afghanistan are working together to help with... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Saudi government has voiced strong condemnation of the terrorist attack on the Iraqi embassy in Kabul, pledging to help the Afghan government overcome the menace. An unnamed Saudi Foreign Ministry official was quoted by the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 60 Taliban insurgents have been killed and 40 other wounded during a massive offensive in southeastern Paktika province, the government claimed on Tuesday. The operation was conducted by Afghan police and army personnel... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), NATO and Pakistan  condemned the Islamic State-claimed suicide attack against the embassy of Iraq in Kabul. The attack in a residential area, lasting around five hours,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Monday condemned a group suicide attack against the embassy of Iraq in Kabul earlier in the day, leaving at least six people, including four attackers dead. The attack, which... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Monday arrived in western Ghor province to evaluate the security situation and governance issues. A statement from the CEO Secretariat said Ghor officials and elders warmly... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A Pakistani opposition party has staged a huge demonstration in front of the White House against a paramilitary operation, enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings of its workers in the port city of Karachi. Mohajir... read more
KABUL (Pajhowk): The Presidential Palace on Sunday hosted a contract-signing ceremony for initiating work on the phase-one of a three-phase water supply project in Kabul, dubbed as the largest in Afghanistan. Funded jointly by the United States,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): US forces on Sunday confirmed the killing of four senior Islamic State or Daesh advisors in a July 11 strike that also killed the group emir Abu Sayid in eastern Kunar province. in a statement, the US Forces-Afghanistan identified... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed at the US Embassy in Kabul to improve the Afghan people’s access to legal services. The MoU signed between officials from the US Embassy, USAID/ADALAT and the Afghan Ministry of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has asked the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) for an official apology over making a political statement about cricket relationship between the boards after a May 31 blast in Kabul. After the truck... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): US Vice-President Mike Pence has promised support for the Afghan government’s efforts at restoring peace and bringing development to the country. In a video conference with President Ashraf Ghani on Friday evening, Pence... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has said the Afghan youth should be aware of their country’s natural resources, particularly water, as they would manage them in future. The president, who met members of the Youth Parliament at the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A women’s advocacy group on Thursday called on TV channels to respect media ethics and women’s sensitivities while reporting on their overall situation. “We once again urge all channels to respect the personal integrity of women... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan security forces have recovered two Pakistani diplomats who were kidnapped on the Jalalabad-Torkham highway in eastern Nangarhar province last month, Pakistan’s Foreign Office said on Wednesday. “The two diplomatic... read more
Kabul, 26 July 2017: Leading experts from the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU), a top Afghan research think-tank and the UK academia are joining forces to tackle one of the most serious global challenges (Drug Wars and Wars on Drugs)... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) on Wednesday announced closing 20 clinics and a health management office in eastern Laghman province due to repeated threats. “I am deeply concerned about the impact this may have on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Pakistani Embassy in Kabul on Tuesday said its visa/consular section would remain closed on Sunday and Monday (July 30 and 31) due to scholarship tests. “It is for the information of general public that the Visa/Consular... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Work over the European Union (EU) funded Training centre in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province has been completed and the facility was handed over to Afghan Border Police, said a statement from the EU mission on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): NATO’s Resolute Support Mission has condemned Monday’s Taliban attack in a crowded Kabul area, killing at least 24 civilians. The suicide car bombing was another in a string of atrocities caused by the insurgent group, Resolute... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has condemned Monday’s suicide attack in Kabul, amid intensifying nationwide violence impacting civilians. The car bombing came amid commemorations of the July 2016 Dehmazang... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The US Embassy on Monday strongly condemned the Taliban’s suicide bombing in western Kabul, according a statement from the embassy.   “This deadly attack on brave and dedicated Afghan public servants shows blatant... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan on Sunday announced granting fully funded Prime Minister’s scholarships to 700 Afghan students this year as a part of its ongoing programme to develop and strengthen human resources of the brotherly country. Embassy of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): National Security Adviser (NSA) Hanif Atmar has assured Uzbekistan that the Afghan security forces would never allow terrorists to cross the country’s border into the neighboring country. A statement from NSA office said the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok) Islamabad on Thursday rejected the US State Department’s annual assessment that Pakistan did not take substantial action against the Afghan Taliban or Haqqani network or limit their ability to threaten US interests in Afghanistan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pentagon officials have briefed US lawmakers about their plans to raise troop levels in Afghanistan, a media report said on Thursday. US military’s efforts were a key topic of discussion in Washington on Wednesday when members of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): US ambassador to Afghanistan, Hugo Llorens, hailing Afghanistan’s tremendous strides in education over the last 15 years, has welcomed the revised National Education Strategic Plan released this year.  From 600,000 children... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan has offered heartfelt condolences and sympathies to Afghanistan on the death of people and other losses resulted by flood in the Sarobi district of Kabul, a statement from the Pakistan foreign ministry said on Thursday... read more
FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): Two policemen have been shot dead in the Pushtrod district of western Farah province, where a young girl committed suicide in the provincial capital, officials said on Thursday. Master Najib Omar, the crime branch chief,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Islamabad has not taken significant action against the militant outfits operating from "Pakistan-based safe havens" to threaten US forces in Afghanistan, the State Department alleged on Wednesday. In its annual “Country Reports... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (MEC) on Wednesday released its study on ‘vulnerabilities’ that make corruption possible in the Attorney General’s Office (AGO). The study was aimed at... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Kazakhstan would support Afghanistan in training its border forces under an agreement reached with Afghan officials, a statement from the National Security Advisor’s office said on Wednesday. The statement said National Security... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An ex-employee of a US government contractor has pleaded guilty to accepting over $250,000 in illegal kickbacks from an Afghan subcontractor in return for his assistance in obtaining subcontracts. Nebraska McAlpine, 56, pleaded... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan defeated Singapore in their second match in the ICC Asia Under-19 World Cup Qualifier in Singapore on Tuesday. The 50-overs event between Afghanistan, Malaysia, Nepal and Singapore got under way on Monday.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Seven Defence Ministry officials, including three generals, have been arrested on charges of fraud, corruption, embezzlement and misuse of authority, the Anti-Corruption Court says. The individuals were taken into custody on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan will join South Africa and India for a tri-series starting later this month as Australia have boycotted the series, a news report said on Monday. Australia pulled out of a development tour of South Africa as a result... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 1,662 civilians were killed in the first six months of 2017, showing an increase of two per cent over the same period last year, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said on Monday.  In a half-yearly... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pajhwok Afghan News, like six other organisations, worked together with Democracy International (DI) to keep a watch on activities of government institutions providing public services. Pajhwok Director and Editor-in-Chief Danish... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), launching a second round of the campaign to collect hookahs from restaurants and hotels in Kabul, on Saturday warned of owners of these places of ‘extremely heavy fines’. The campaign was... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has said Afghanistan would be soon connected to Europe thought Torgondai-Turkmenistan railroad, a statement from Presidential Palace said on Friday. The president said Afghanistan connectivity with... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The European Union (EU) and its member state Norway have called for the timely conclusion of investigation into gross human rights violations by Vice President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum. In a statement on Thursday, the EU demnded... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Finance on Wednesday signed a financing package of $482.3 million in grants with the World Bank to help the country alleviate poverty. The singing signaled a long-term commitment by both parties to Afghanistan’s... read more
GARDEZ (Pajhwok): A seven-member militant group linked to the dreaded Haqqani network has been detained in southeastern Paktia province, the spy service said on Wednesday. A statement from the National Directorate of Security (NDS) to Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  Afghanistan has condemned North Korea Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) test, a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said on Wednesday. The test of “Hwasong-14” recently launched by North Korea was... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The torture and rape case against First Vice-President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum has been referred to the court, an official said on Wednesday. Currently living in Turkey, Dostum is accused of ordering his loyalists to abduct,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): In the first six months of the current year, thousands of acres of land more than 300 million afghanis and 14 million dollars have been saved from being grabbed, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said on Monday. As a result of hectic... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A contribution of $20 million from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) will enable the World Food Programme (WFP) in Afghanistan to provide assistance to more than 577,000 needy people. Nearly 70 percent of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Eleven Taliban have been killed and five others injured in security forces raid in the Mohammad Agha district of central Logal province, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Monday. Ten motorcycles, eight explosive drum and two... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Dozens of people on Sunday staged a protest demonstration in Kabul against Iranian president Hassan Rouhani’s recent remarks about  dams’ construction in Afghanistan. President Rouhani has voiced concern at the Afghan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday said political stability could help fill the recently widened gap between the governent and the people. Addressing , addressing the 20th meeting of the Joint Coordination... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) on Sunday signed contracts for 45 development projects worth more than 378 million afghanis with the private sector. A MRRD statement received by Pajhwok Afghan News... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Five commanders, including a group leader, of Daesh also known as Islamic State (IS) have been killed in airstrike in northern Jawzjan province, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said on Sunday. Members of the hardcore... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Informing the nation of launching in near future ‘a national dialogue’ to hear demands raised by different groups, President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday stressed reforms in government’s system and promised timely elections to the lower... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): US senators who recently visited Afghanistan and Pakistan, have asked Islamabad to do more to force the Taliban to accept a political solution and end insurgency in Afghanistan, a media report said on Sunday. Senator John McCain... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan will lay out recent successes in moving on the road to self-sufficiency in a conference in Kabul tomorrow, 9th of July, a statement from the Ministry of Finance (MoF) said on Saturday. Co-chaired by Finance Minister... read more
 KABUL (Pajhwok): The NATO-led Resolute Support (RS) mission and coalition nations' weekly meeting known as the ‘Stocktake' conferred on the progress of the Afghan Anti-corruption Criminal Justice Center (ACJC) in Kabul, a statement on Saturday... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan Special Police Unit have discovered a huge arms cache in the Kharwar district of central Logar province, a statement from the Ministry of Interior said on Saturday. The operation was conducted Friday night in the Idaki... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): One American soldier has been killed and two others have been injured in the restive southern province of Helmand, the US military said on Wednesday. A statement from the US military identified the victim as Pfc. Hansen B.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday received the newly-appointed ambassador of Pakistan to Afghanistan, Zahid Nasrullah Khan, and accepted his credentials. During the meeting, the president wished successes to the new ambassador... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok) The newly-appointed Pakistani ambassador to Kabul Zahid Nasrullah Khan paid courtesy visit to the foreign ministry and met acting Foreign Affairs Minister Naseer Ahmad Andisha early on Wednesday. During the meeting Andesha... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) on Wednesday predicted grape production in western Herat province would increase by 20 percent this year. A statement from MAIL quoted experts as expecting the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani says his country views Turkmenistan as a friendly neighbour connecting Afghanistan with other countries and reducing the 10 years gap to two and half years. At a joint press availability with his Turkmen... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): National Directorate of Security (NDS) on Tuesday said a Taliban commander leading 20 fighters of the rebel group has been detained in the capital Kabul. According to a statement from NDS headquarter received by Pajhwok Afghan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The NATO Resolute Support (RS) mission and members of the international diplomatic community have honoured families of policemen and officers killed and injured in last month's Zambaq Square terrorist attack in Kabul, a statement... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan’s army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday said a greater Pak-Afghan border coordination and security cooperation was required to contain the brewing threat of Daesh or Islamic State. In the rare development, the... read more
FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): A drug addict has shot dead his aunt and wounded his wife and sister in western Farah province, officials said on Thursday. Kobra Azimi, women affairs director, told Pajhwok Afghan News the incident took place in the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday said Afghanistan's enemies could never divide the followers of different sects of Islam in the country. Ghani delivered this speech at a meeting with families of victims of the Al-Zahra Mosque... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan government called the US Chief of Army Staff visit to Afghanistan a strong commitment of US towards supporting and training Afghan Security and Defence Forces, a statement from the Presidential Palace said on Wednesday... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump have discussed regional issues, including Afghanistan during their meeting at the white house, a media report said on Tuesday. Regional security did featured in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Congratulating the Afghans on celebrating religious festival Eidul Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, a top American diplomat in Kabul has said the US government has offered to assist the Afghan Attorney General’s office (AGO)... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok) Afghan women police officers have been contributing to bring peace to the lives of women and children who have made victim of domestic and other crimes in Family Response Units (FRUs). “The FRU, as part of the Afghanistan National... read more
  KABUL (Pajhwok): Former President Hamid Karzai has opposed the deployment of more US soldiers in Afghanistan and warned the move may have negative consequences. Karzi expressed the view during his address on International Peace at one... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chinese foreign minister has said his country was ready for to monitor Afghanistan, Pakistan effort in fight against terrorism if needed, an official said on Saturday. National Security Council (NSC) spokesman Qader Shah told... read more
  KABUL (Pajhwok) Pajhwok Afghan News congratulates Eid-ul-Fitr to the people of Afghanistan and Muslims around the world. May Allah bring lasting peace and stability in the country and effort shall be taken for the speedy development of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The UN secretary-general ‘s special representative for Afghanistan has congratulated the people of Afghanistan on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, a statement from the UN Assistance Mission for Afghanistan (UNAMA) said on Saturday. “... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan’s Major Non- Nato Ally (MNNA) status at danger as two US lawmakers have introduced a bipartisan bill in Congress, seeking to revoke the status, a media report said on Saturday. The movers also argue that since Pakistan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Taliban supreme leader Mullah Haibatullah, vowing to prevent attempts at creating differences among Afghan tribes, has asked the fighters to avoid operations in areas where civilians could be harmed. In a message in connection... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United States and the European Union (EU) on Thursday welcomed the announcement of a July 7, 2018 date for parliamentary elections in Afghanistan. In a statement, the US Embassy in Kabul said the United States and other... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan Tadamichi Yamamoto has said recent ‘security and political crisis’ in Afghanistan was sparked by a terrorist bombing in Kabul’s centre on 31 May. Briefing the United... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Thursday welcomed the Independent Election Commission’s announcement to hold parliamentary and district council elections on July 7, 2018.  “The people of Afghanistan have... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Election & Transparency Watch Organization of Afghanistan (ETWA) welcomed the Independent Election Commission (IEC) decision regarding the announcement of the date for upcoming parliamentary and district council elections,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Saudi Arabia King Salman has appointed his young son Mohammad bin Salman as Crown Prince of the kingdom, according to a media report. The 31-year-old Mohammad earlier served as deputy crown prince and now elevated to the crown... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Pentagon spent a fortune on wrong-colour camouflage uniform for the Afghan National Army (ANA), just because a former defence minister liked that expensive dress, a US watchdog said on Wednesday. A report from the Special... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Saudi Arabia King Salman has appointed his young son Mohammad bin Salman as Crown Prince of the kingdom, according to a media report. The 31-year-old Mohammad earlier served as deputy crown prince and now elevated to the crown... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan has started fencing of the Durand Line the separate the two countries to stop cross boarder terrorism and infiltration, a media report said on Wednesday. The process of fencing would be completed in phases, Radio... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has signed the bill on prevention of electronics crimes into law, the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology said on Tuesday. Najib Nangyal, a spokesman for the IT ministry, told Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Swedish Committee for Afghanistan has established 98 classes for children of families returning from Pakistan to eastern Nangarhar province. The classes have been set up in Rodat, Behsud, Surkhrod and Kama districts where a total... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Another Indian national has been reportedly killed in Afghanistan after he allegedly joined the Islamic State or Daesh group. A media report on Tuesday said the man from Kerala, who was suspected to have joined the terror, had... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani, calling himself people’s servant, says he is not interested in founding a political party and his presidency is connecting different sections of society. The president expressed the views during a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Government of Australia has announced contributing US$2.2 million for UNICEF’s humanitarian response in Afghanistan, a statement from the Australian embassy in Kabul said on Tuesday. The funds would support critical child... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The International Cricket Council (ICC) was all poised to grant Ireland and Afghanistan their long-awaited Test status during upcoming annual meeting in London this week, according to a media report. The Afghanistan Cricket Board... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Six Haqqani Network members, including two key figures, were killed during an airstrike in southeastern Paktika province on Sunday, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said. Commanders Abdul Aziz and Ghalchakai were killed along with... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Indian authorities have confirmed the first flight of the Afghanistan-India air corridor would get operationalised over the next couple of days, according to a media report. Pakistan had been resisting the Afghan-Indian trade... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Pentagon may dispatch around 4,000 more American troops to Afghanistan with the hope to break stalemate in US longest war that has now passed to a third US commander, a media report claimed on Friday. According to the New... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah has said problems exist in access to information, but the government remains committed to sharing information on time with media. During a meeting with media representatives in the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The UN Under-Secretary-General Ján Kubiš has hailed the Afghan govenrment for the successful conduct of Kabul Process Conference and admired the Afghan govenrment efforts for peace and stability. During a meeting with the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Peace and stability in Afghanistan is vital to the development and security of neighbouring and regional countries, China’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday. “We contend that any move should respect the sovereignty and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Donald Trump has given the Pentagon new powers to decide on the troop level in Afghanistan, a news report said on Wednesday. The move could lead to the deployment of thousands of more troops as commanders... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United States has congratulated the Afghan government for a recent Kabul Process summit, saying all Afghans showed tremendous courage hosting delegations from 26 nations and international organizations given past week tragedies... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A dreaded Haqqani Network commander has been killed in a suspected US drone strike in Pakistan tribal area, according to a media report local official said on Tuesday. Commander Abubakar was killed on Monday night in a US drone... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Boarder police officers and civilians from Afghanistan and Tajikistan have recently implemented a joint disaster risk management training programme. Part of UNDP’s EU-BOMNAF and JICA-BMP projects, the training programme was... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some poltical parties, tribal councils and civil society organizations have strongly condemned the killingof innocent people in terrorist attacks in the holy month of Ramazan, read a statement on Sunday. “We condemn with strong... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The spy-network on Saturday claimed thwarting another terrorist attack in capital Kabul by confiscating an explosives-filled vehicle. A statement from the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said a white-color corolla model... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): NATO’s senior civilian representative Ambassador Zimmermann met senior officials of western Herat province during a visit there last week. A statement said the NATO envoy met the provincial governor, 207th Corps Commander,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani says terrorists and miscreants will not be allowed to play on the emotions of the people in order to achieve their nefarious interest. Ghani made the remarks during a meeting with members of the Wolesi... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has strongly condemned the recent incidents of terrorism in Kabul and resolved to remain steadfast and resolute support of Afghan people, a statement from the Pakistan foreign ministry said on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has directed the security organs to intensify their efforts at ensuring security and preparing a specific plan to disarm illegal militiamen,  the Presidential Palace said on Wednesday. A statement from... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan Tadamichi Yamamoto has said the Kabul Process organised at the initiative of Afghanistan signaled strong ownership of the peace efforts that have implications... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Kingdom on Tuesday said it witnessed Afghanistan’s strong and unwavering determination to forge its path for peace, with the firm support of the region and international partners.  “We are appalled by the terrible... read more
Kabul, 6 June 2017— The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and theGovernment of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan are working to re-establish morepositive relations, with a visit on 6-8 June 2017 by the interim Administrator of UNDP Under... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A rocket landed near the NATO Resolute Support (RS) mission in the Shash Darak area of capital Kabul on Tuesday. There was no report of casualties in the rocket attack so far. Security officials have not yet commented about the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) and the Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Monday signed a cooperative memorandum of understanding (MoU) on treatment of prisoners suffering from HIV/AIDS. A MoPH statement said deputy public... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Shamim Katawazai has been appointed as new governor for southeastern Paktia province, a well-placed source said on Sunday. The government official said Katawazai’s appointment suggestion had been sent to President Ashraf... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Six people have been killed and at least 48 injured in a terror incident in London in which three male attackers were shot dead by police, a media report said on Sunday. According to BBC, a white van hit pedestrians on London... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations’ top envoy for Afghanistan has asked protesters in Kabul to exercise restraint and avoid violence, while expressing his understanding of their frustration over recent terrorist attacks. Tadamichi Yamamoto, the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Kabul Garrison has asked the masses to avoid protests, rallies and demonstrations that are against the law of the land. On Wednesday, 90 people were killed and 460 injured in a devastating bombing in the diplomatic district... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): West Indies (WI) beat Afghanistan by six wickets in the opening match of Twenty-Twenty (T-20) limited overs series played at Warner Prk, Basseterre. Afghanistan won the toss and decided to bat first. The visitors were off to a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Turkey and Australian opposition leader Bill Shorten on Thursday strongly condemned yesterday’s massive bombing in the Afghan capital that left hundreds dead and wounded. The Turkish foreign ministry in a statement strongly... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The UN mission has denounced Wednesday’s suicide attack in downtown Kabul that killed at least 90 people and injured more than 450, mostly civilians. In a statement after the massive explosion, UNAMA expressed its condolences to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Thursday met the Iranian Ambassador to Afghanistan, the Presidential Palace said. The meeting at Presidential Palace was also attended by the deputy... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The first cargo flight of the Afghanistan-India air corridor to take Afghan goods to Indian would leave Kabul to New Delhi on June 15, According to a statement from Presidential Palace. The Afghanistan- India air corridor plan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday condemned the deadly attack in the capital, ordering relevant officials to use all available resources for the treatment of those injured. At least 80 people were killed and 340 others wounded... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani, NATO, India and Pakistan gave strongly condemned the Kabul terrorist attack that left over 80 people dead and more than 320 injured. The enemy of Afghanistan has again disrupted routine life of people... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The armed forces’ commander-in-chief has stressed increased security measures across the country to ensure calm prevailed during the holy month of Ramadan, the Presidential Palace said on Tuesday. A statement from the palace to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) and Kabul Polytechnic University celebrated the graduation of the first 28 graduates, including eight females, obtaining an associate degree in Information Technology (IT) last week as part of a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Poland is likely to increase the number of its troops in Afghanistan in line with decisions taken at NATO leaders’ summit in Brussels, the Polish envoy to Kabul said on Sunday. Non-resident Polish ambassador to Afghanistan Tomasz... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan, China and Pakistan have held their first round of trilateral Practical Cooperation Dialogue (PCD) in Beijing, the capital of China, a media report said on Sunday. The three countries agreed to promote practical... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan on Saturday reopened the Spinboldak crossing in southern Kandahar province after 22 days of closure for all kind of traffic and movement of people, a media report said. The crossing was closed after Afghan and Pakistani... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Forty-three militants have been killed, 18 wounded and two captured alive during operations over the past 24 hours in various provinces, the Ministry of Defense said on Friday. The dead militants included three commanders, the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  The United Nations top diplomat in Afghanistan on Thursday urged all parties to the conflict to stop fighting in deference to the holy month of Ramadan. The UN remained committed to stand with the people of Afghanistan in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has underlined the need for reforms in the security sector and evolving a coherent plan for the deployment of commanders to different parts of the country. Ghani expressed the views during a security... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Forty-one individuals have been arrested and they are currently being investigated in connection with drugs related crimes during the past one month. A statement from the Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) received by Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on Wednesday hosted the first Women’s Agricultural Credit Shura in Kabul to raise women’s awareness in agricultural credit, a statement from the agency has said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Leading Congressmen are poised to make a pitch prohibiting funds for the US mission in Afghanistan and the importance of debating the the longest war in America’s history, a news site reported on Wednesday. Congressmen Walter B.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Twenty-two people have been killed and more than 59 injured in a suspected terror attack at Manchester Arena in United Kingdom (UK), a media report said on Tuesday. The blast happened Monday night following a pop concert by the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): National Security Advisor (NSA) Mohammad Hanif Atmar on Monday left Kabul for Moscow to attend a global security conference, his office social media wing said. Atmar would take part in the conference on the invitation of his... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The evolution of the Anti-Corruption Justice Centre (ACJC), which swung into action in November 2016 with a few hiccups, into an effective judicial device is seen as the most encouraging development. In its quarterly report for... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Half a dozen members of the Taliban’s Quetta Council have been arrested by the National Directorate of Security (NDS) personnel in southern Kandahar province, the spy service said on Sunday. A statement received by Pajhwok Afghan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At the head of a high-level delegation, President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday evening left for Saudi Arabia on a two-day official visit. A statement received by Pajhwok Afghan News from the Presidential Palace said that President... read more
GARDEZ (Pajhwok): All assailants, who attacked a Kabul Bank branch in the capital of southeastern Paktika province on Saturday, were killed, bringing the assault to an end, police said. Two policemen and one civilian were killed and another... read more
Over 750 Daesh fighters killed in US, Afghan forces operations KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan and US counter-terrorism forces have killed over 750 terrorists of the ISIS-Khorasan also known as Daesh in Afghanistan since March this year, a statement from... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Seven rebels, including notorious commander and Taliban shadow governor for Kabul province, have been killed in security forces airstrike and ground offensive in central Maidan Wardak province, an official said on Friday. Police... read more
Kabul – Afghanistan, May 18, 2017 - Nearly six months has passed since Independent Election Commission (IEC) has officially launched, and yet meaningful silence and confusions are dominating electoral processes. It’s quite obvious that elections is... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai has chaired the preparation and coordination meeting of Kabul Process Huddle, a statement from the foreign ministry said on Thursday. The meeting was aimed at exploring the objectives... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): NATO will soon consider Gen. John Nicholson’s request for deploying a few thousand more troops to Afghanistan, says the supreme allied commander for Europe. NATO's chiefs of defense met in Brussels on Wednesday to assess the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary-General, Dr Yousef A. Al-Othaimeen, strongly condemned Daesh gunmen attack on a television and radio station in Jalalabad, a statement from the organization said on Thursday... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): NATO top brass has recommended that the military alliance shall join the international coalition fighting the Islamic State group, a media report said on Thursday. Earlier, U.S. President Donald Trump has demanded that NATO do... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has underlined the need for working concurrently on developing the country’s economy and improving the security environment. “Our challenge is simultaneity. You cannot make the economy wait for security.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan’s most vulnerable populations will receive much needed relief concerning food security, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) said on Wednesday. The agency announced a cash contribution of $20... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two alleged would-be suicide bombers were detained and a third killed by intelligence forces during a raid south of Kabul on Wednesday, the spy service said. A statement from the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said the... read more
Kabul, Afghanistan – Afghanistan’s most vulnerable populations will receive much needed relief concerning food security thanks to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). On May10, USAID announced a cash contribution of $20... read more
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): A dialogue meeting assessed children’s situation and challenges in light of national and international laws and standards in northern Takhar province on Wednesday, the German Cooperation with Afghanistan said on Wednesday. The... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Shared interest could guide the reconciliation and ultimate peace and stability in the region if there is a strong political for it, says the minister of parliamentary affairs. Farooq Wardak said this in his inaugural speech at a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan ambassador to the US, Hamdullah Mohib, on Tuesday met the Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) chairman, Jeffrey Grieco. “Today, I met with AACC chairman Jeffrey Grieco. We discussed upcoming plans for AACC as... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Tuesday voiced deep concern at the continued increase in conflict-related child deaths in 2017, calling for parties to the conflict to take immediate measures to reduce harm. “I... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The UN’s top diplomat in Afghanistan on Tuesday met Gulbadin Hekmatyar, head of the Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) in capital Kabul. Secretary-General’s Special Representative Tadamichi Yamamoto met Hekmatyar as part of the UN... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Monday said his government wanted to advance the national reconciliation process in consultations with tribal elders and influential figures. Speaking to tribal elders and officials from southern Zabul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has conferred the Mir Masjidi Khan medal on NATO’s special operations commander in Afghanistan. Maj. Gen. Scott Howell received the award at a ceremony at the Presidential Palace late on Sunday, according... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than  9.5 million children under the age of five would be vaccinated against polio and over 5.7 million children aged 2 to 5 will be given Albendazole deworming tablets during the campaign that would runs until 19 May, the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan’s trade with Malaysia is likely to grow by 10 per cent this year from $85.1 million in 2016, an official said in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday. Palm oil and palm-based agriculture products accounted for 90.6 percent of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Renowned Pakistani player Younis Khan is going to be appointed as batting coach of Afghanistan’s fast-rising cricket team, a board official was quoted as saying on Thursday. Afghanistan Cricket Board Chairman Atif Mashal told a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani, stressing increased coordination in the unity government, on Wednesday said ‘the government should expand its political field.” A statement from the Presidential Palace received by Pajhwok Afghan News said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Tuesday said it had shared a list of expenses with the government to hold long-delayed parliamentary and district council elections. A statement from the IEC to Pajhwok Afghan News... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Around 3,000 more US troops could be sent to Afghanistan to stem a spike in insurgent-related violence, international media reports said on Tuesday. Under the proposals from the Pentagon and State Department, military commanders... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan and Pakistan will take steps to amicably address the tension arising from a recent clash on the Durand Line, China hopes. At a media briefing in Beijing, the foreign ministry spokesman said that China had noted... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Iran on Monday warned Pakistan of targeting ‘militant safe havens’ inside the country if Islamabad did not confront militants who carry out cross-border attacks. The warning comes after 10 Iranian border guards were killed by... read more
 KABUL (Pajhwok): The Road Safety Week was launched at an event in Kabul on Monday to draw public attention to the urgency of decreasing fatalities and injuries on Afghanistan’s roads resulting from speeding and reckless driving. The event... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan on Monday rejected Islamabad’s claim casualties claimed by Pakistan on Afghan side after skirmish on Durand Line in the Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province. On Sunday, Pakistan’s... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani said on Sunday Afghanistan is ready to cooperate with Iran in economic, trade, counter-narcotics and border issues with a clear roadmap. A statement from the Presidential Palace said President Ghani... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani and EU Ambassador to Afghanistan Franz-Michael Mellbin will co-cost a high level ‘anti-corruption conference’ at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on Monday to mark the end the European Union's 2017 anti-... read more
 KABUL, 7 May 2017 - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) welcomes the visit this week of a team of experts to conduct a Security Council-requested strategic review of the Mission and its work. For reading the full story, please... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has awarded state medals to 25 journalists and spokespersons for different government institutions, his office said on Sunday. In recognition to their contributions, the president on Saturday night... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani during a meeting with civil society activists on Saturday said the civil society played a key role in resolving crises. A statement from the Presidential Palace said President Ghani met members of civil... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Friday took part in celebrating the launch of the Indian gifted satellite for South Asia though a video conference, his office said on Saturday. Ghani congratulated the Indian Space Department on the... read more
YOKOHAMA (Pajhwok): More investments in infrastructure is needed to support continued growth in Asia and the Pacific and combat climate change, Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takehiko Nakao said on Saturday. At the ADB Board of Governors... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United States should avoid costly, open-ended military commitments, says President Donald Trump's new counterterrorism strategy. According to the British news agency Reuters, which has seen the draft policy, US allies will be... read more
YOKOHAMA (Pajhwok): The Asian Development Bank or ADB on Thursday launched a book on the bank’s 50-year history “Banking on the Future of Asia and the Pacific: 50 Years of the Asian Development Bank”, at ADB's 50th Annual Meeting of the Board of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Aimed at enhanced regional integration and economic ties between Afghanistan and Indian a three-day Indian-Afghanistan Export, Trade and Investment Fair scheduled in September this year, the Afghan diplomatic mission in New Delhi... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A major transparency exercise has revealed that the Ministries of Mines and Finance have failed to provide basic management and oversight of mining revenues, a coalition of civil society organizations has said on Thursday. The... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The European Union (EU), its Member States in Afghanistan and Norway backed the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process, a statement from EU mission said on Thursday. They reaffirmed to stand ready to support the successful... read more
 KABUL (Pajhwok): The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board of Governors 50th annual meeting kicked off on Thursday in Yokohama, Japan, according to a statement. Finance and development ministers, central bank governors, other senior... read more
KABUL, May 03 , 2017: Suicide attack on military convoy at 9th security district area of capital Kabul at least killed 8 civilian and 25 more were wounded.
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United States, NATO and Pakistan condemned a suspected suicide attack on a coalition convoy in Kabul on Wednesday, in which eight people were killed and 25 others, including three American soldiers, injured. The attack near... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Journalists in Afghanistan bravely report on the Taliban and other terrorist networks that reject the truth and use intimidation, torture and murder as their currency, a US diplomat said on Wednesday.  In a statement from... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan’s media professionals, who continue to work against immense challenges, are to be commended for their courage and determination, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan said on Tuesday. “... read more
FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): Dreaded Taliban Commander Mullah Mohammad has been killed and two policemen wounded during militants attack in the Bala Boluk district of western Farah province, an official said on Tuesday. Police spokesman Iqbal Baher told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The European Union (EU) on Tuesday said the Afghan government, taking major steps in the fight against corruption, needs to do more to curb the menace. “Corruption fuels the insurgency and will erode the ability to progress... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An additional 2,500 visas for Afghan interpreters who worked alongside the US military will be created under a bill negotiated by lawmakers over the weekend. A US newspaper reported the bill, if passed, would benefit hundreds of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in a statement on Monday said they were encouraged by progress on peace in Afghanistan in the form of Gulbadin Hekmatyar, head of his own Hizb-e-Islami, peaceful return to the country... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United States on Monday hailed the Afghan government’s steps to fulfill its obligations in implementing the peace agreement with Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA). “Continued, successful progress towards this vital goal was... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): NATO is weighing the deployment of additional military personnel to Afghanistan and extending the timeframe of its mission in the country, the secretary-general says. The additional troops are likely join the Resolute Support... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Kingdom may deploy more troops to Afghanistan under a NATO plan to step up its military presence in the war-devastated country, a British newspaper reported on Monday. The alliance is mulling over a plan to increase... read more
WASHINGTON: The United States should condition its military aid to Pakistan to force Islamabad to rethink its alleged support to the Afghan insurgency, says a report released by the International Crisis Group (ICG) on Sunday. The transnational... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): As many as 1,000 kilograms of explosives have been recovered during intelligence based operation of General Command of Police Special Unit in the Bagram district of central Parwan province, the Ministry of Interior said in a... read more
GARDEZ (Pajhwok): A number of residents and their representatives on Saturday demanded of the government to resume construction work on Machalgho Dam in southeastern Paktia province. They said President Ashraf Ghani had strongly promised... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Hizb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) supreme leader Gulbadin Hekmatyar’s decision to end violence and choose the path of reconciliation could usher into a new beginning towards lasting peace and stability in the country, an opinion... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): New Delhi plans making a documentary on the two most popular cricketers from Afghanistan -- Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi, who are currently taking part in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The Ministry of External Affairs would... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two American soldiers have been killed during operations against the Islamic State (Daesh) militant group in eastern Nangarhar province, the US military says. The service-members were killed during a joint US-Afghan raid on... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Ten insurgents have been killed in a US drone strike in Pakistan’s tribal region of North Waziristan near the Afghanistan border, officials say. At least two missiles were fired at a compound in the Lawara Mandi area on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A high-level Pakistan Army delegation visited Afghanistan and offered free medical treatment to Afghans injured in Friday’s attack on a military base in Mazar-i-Sharif. Headed by Chief of General Staff Lt Gen Bilal Akbar, the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Eighteen Afghan border police officers have completed a two-week training course, arranged by the Organization for Security Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Tajikistan. Afghan officers from different border detachments... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former president Hamid Karzai suggested Afghanistan should be converted into an area of cooperation rather than confrontation among different regional countries, his office said on Thursday. Karzai expressed the view at the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): In a rare decline, conflict-related civilian casualties saw a two percent decrease the first quarter of the current year, the United Nations said on Thursday. During the period, 715 civilians were killed and 1,466 injured, the UN... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  Al-Qaeda in the Indian Sub-Continent (AQIS) has confirmed its Bangladesh chapter head Tariq has been killed in a battle in the southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan, a newspaper reported on Wednesday. The killing of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Despite a focused effort to fight corruption in the security forces, new reports surface frequently about fraud or nepotism in the ranks of the army and police, the European Union (EU) said on Wednesday. Often driven from the top... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The unity government’s polio eradication program ‘has made significant progress over a short period of time,’ an official said on Tuesday, hoping to stop the poliovirus circulation from all parts of Afghanistan soon. The polio... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan authorities have made headway in their fight against corruption while enormous challenges remain, the United Nations said in a new report released on Tuesday. “For the sake of the country’s future, corruption in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Prisoners continue to face torture and ill-treatment in government-run detention facilities despite Kabul’s commitment to fully eliminating the practice, a UN report said on Monday. Tadamichi Yamamoto, the secretary-general’s... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): China has voiced grave concern at the escalation of the conflict in Afghanistan, urging all warring sides to start talks on defusing the situation. The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson condemned Friday’s attack on a base of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has warned of “another tough year” in Afghanistan as he arrived here on an unannounced visit on Monday, hours after his Afghan counterpart resigned over a deadly Taliban ... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Corruption in Afghanistan has been a widespread and growing problem, according to a recent Transparency International Report; Afghanistan is the eight most corrupt countries in the list of 176 countries ranked in the report 25... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has asked the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) to train Afghan students in restoration and conservation of historic monuments and sites. A statement from the Presidential Palace to Pajhwok Afghan News said Aga... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Monday approved the replacement of four corps commanders and appointments of their successors, the Presidential Palace said. The Ministry of Defense (MoD) suggested the replacements and appointments to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): US Secretary of Defence James Mattis has arrived in Afghanistan, where he is meeting government officials including President Ashraf Ghani, a media report said on Monday. Mattis started his visit at the headquarters of Operation... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok) Growth is picking up in two-thirds of economies in Asia, supported by higher external demand, rebounding global commodity prices and domestic reforms, making the region the largest single contributor to global growth at 60 percent... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Ulema Council (AUC) on Sunday said unfortunately the Afghans faced ‘a merciless and disloyal enemy who did not respect Islamic and humanitarian values. A statement from the Presidential Palace quoted AUC head... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The yearly ‘World Immunization Week’ campaign was launched on Sunday in Afghanistan to raise awareness about the importance of vaccination. The Ministry of Public Health, World Health Organization and UNICEF together launched the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The US embassy in Kabul on Sunday condemned in the strongest terms the Taliban attack on an Afghan National Army (ANA) base in northern Balkh province. Ambassador Hugo Llorens said in a statement: “On this day of national... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has strongly condemned the attack carried on army base in northern Afghanistan on Friday in which more than 200 people were killed and many injured, a statement from organisation said on... read more
KABUL/KUNDUZ (Pajhwok): A Taliban-designated governor for northeastern Takhar province has been in a US forces’ airstrike in northern Kunduz province, the coalition said on Saturday. US forces media center in Kabul in a statement said the air... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): NATO’s resolute support or RS mission has condemned Friday’s complex attack on an Afghan National Army (ANA) base as ‘murderous and reprehensible action.’ The attack, the deadliest on the Afghan army, left nearly 100 service... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok) Taliban’s attack on a military base in northern Balkh province, which killed more than 100 soldiers, has drawn strong condemnation from NATO, India and Pakistan. “The attack on the 209th Shaheen Corps shows the barbaric nature of... read more
MEHTARLAM (Pajhwok): A commander was among four Taliban militants killed in a blast caused by their own bomb along a river in eastern Laghman province, the governor’s house said on Friday. The militants were planting a roadside bomb in Hakim Abad... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Intelligence operatives have detained an alleged would-be suicide bomber in the Yusafkhel district of southeastern Paktika province, an official said on Friday. The attacker was apprehended on Thursday by the provincial National... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The massive US bomb dropped on an Islamic State cave complex in Afghanistan last week killed militant fighters from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Russia, India, and other countries, a media report said on Thursday... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A five-member Afghan family has been granted permanent residency status in the United States, an American newspaper reported on Wednesday. Last month, the family had been detained by immigration officials for two days at the Los... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): US National Security Adviser (NSA) Lt Gen HR McMaster on Tuesday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for talks on terrorism and issues related to Afghanistan stability, a media report said. Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A Sub-National Immunization Days (SNID) campaign is being launched tomorrow to vaccinate over 6.8 million children under the age of five year against polio in high-risk districts in 27 provinces around Afghanistan. A statement... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan government has said that any peace talks aimed at bringing peace and stability to Afghanistan should be Afghan-led and Afghan-owned and regional countries must support the government of Afghanistan in its quest for... read more
SAR-I-PUL CITY (Pajhwok): At least 13 militants have been killed and eight others wounded during a newly-launched mopping-up operation in northern Sar-i-pul province, local authorities said on Saturday. Sar-i-pul Governor Mohammad Zahir Wahdat... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  Russia has offered to host peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, a media report cited the Russian foreign ministry as saying on Saturday after it hosted diplomats from the regional countries in Moscow... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The UN Committee against Torture would be meeting in Geneva from 18 April to 12 May to review human rights situation in the following countries in sessions that would be webcast live, a Statement from the UN committee... read more
ISLAMABAD (Pajhwok): Afghan refugees living in Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Thursday said the ‘refugee card’ had no benefit except their identification. The refugees, who had gathered in Kohat town of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The foundation stone of the first-ever school for Sikh and Hindu students has been laid in eastern Nangarhar province, the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) said on Thursday. Governor Gulab Mangal, SCA head for the eastern... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani calls drug addiction a serious threat to the future of youth, stressing the need for taking effective measures to eradicate the scourge. Ghani made the remarks during a meeting with Chris Stone, head of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) leader, Gulbadin Hekmatyar, says he will soon appear among the people regardless of government’s commitment to enforcing the peace deal with his party. A spokesman for the party, Qaribur Rahman... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Dr. Kenneth Holland, a renowned educationist, has been appointed as the next president of the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).  AUAF Board of Trustees Chair Huda Farouki announced Dr. Holland’s appointment after an... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least four people were killed in a suicide attack in the capital Kabul on Wednesday, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said. The incident took place near Abu Alfazl Mosque in Murad Khani area of the second police district of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Wednesday suspended the membership of four lawmakers, including two women, for their long absent from lower house sessions. Legislators Ahmad Behzad, Parvin Durani, Fareshta Anwari and Bashir Ahmad, who failed... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): In the frame of Afghanistan Human Rights Action and Mobilisation (AHRAM), the European Union (EU) co-funded drive for human rights in Afghanistan focusing on women as changed market has been launch in Kabul, a statement from the EU... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Eleven contracts worth 955 million afghanis have been accorded approval the National Procurement Commission (NPC), the Presidential Palace said on Tuesday. An NPC meeting -- chaired by President Ashraf Ghani -- reviewed 27... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Fifty-seven Taliban insurgents have been killed including a notorious commander and 10 drug sellers arrested over the past 24 hours in different provinces, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Tuesday. Intelligence agents... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A cycling tour aimed to promote the culture of reading and knowledge sharing among Afghans will take place tomorrow (Wednesday), organisers said on Tuesday. The Social House Division of the Peace, Media and Good Governance... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah should work together for the stability of the national unity government, an influential global group says. A new report from the International Crisis Group (... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A notorious commander was among half a dozen Taliban militants killed in a drone strike in central Maidan Wardak province, an official said on Monday. The governor’s spokesman, Abdul Rahman Mangal, told Pajhwok Afghan News the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok: Russia on Monday spurned allegations from Afghan government officials and parliamentarians that it is supporting the insurgent Taliban movement. The Russian embassy in Kabul said such ‘irresponsible statements’ from Afghan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) on Sunday said 50 percent more area was grown with orchards across Afghanistan this spring. The increase in establishment of orchards this spring came in response to... read more
SAR-I-PUL CITY (Pajhwok): At least 16 insurgents have been killed and 22 others wounded during an ongoing operation in Sayyad district of northern Sar-i-Pul province, officials said on Saturday. Governor Mohammad Zahir Wahdat, who was visiting... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi views the ongoing Indian Premier League is a chance for him and leg-spinner Rashid Khan to prove their mettle. Nabi and Rashid, a teenaged spin sensation from Afghanistan, have been picked by... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has said the world is shown only the image of war in Afghanistan while wide opportunities in the country remain hidden. On the day two of his ongoing visit to Indonesia, the Afghan leader said efforts were... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Representing Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the ongoing 10th Indian Premier League (IPL), Afghan cricketer Rashid Khan has grabbed two crucial wickets in an overnight match. Playing in his first IPL season, Khan looked nervous when... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Indonesian education and culture minister on Wednesday announced scholarships for 100 Afghans to study in various universities across the country. "The Indonesian government would provide scholarship for 100 Afghan students... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Joko Widodo has reaffirmed Indonesian’s commitment to supporting an Afghan-led peace and reconciliation process. After formal talks with his visiting Afghan counterpart in Jakarta on Wednesday, Widodo commended Ashraf... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Senior government officials on Wednesday informed leadership of the electoral bodies that the parliamentary and district council elections would be held this solar year and the dates announced within a month. A statement from the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): After a three-day official visit to Australia, President Ashraf Ghani arrived in the Indonesian capital Jakarta, where agreements of cooperation between the two nations would be inked, his office said on Wednesday. High-level... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Government of Japan has contributed over $12 million to the Government of Afghanistan to support improvement of irrigation systems in Afghanistan and to provide fiscal support to the Government of Afghanistan, a statement from... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan prime minister’s advisor on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz has said Islamabad and Kabul should work closely to deal with common challenges and pursue the welfare and progress of their people, a foreign office statement said on... read more
KABUL (PAJHWOK): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah has reviewed the security situation in central Uruzgan province during an extra ordinary meeting and ordered policemen salaries to be paid till tomorrow, said a statement from the CEO... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): On the first leg of a three-nation tour, President Ashraf Ghani has arrived in Canberra for talks with Australian leaders, a media report said on Monday. At his meeting with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Ghani is expected to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At the head of a high-level delegation, President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday left for Australia, Indonesia and Singapore, his office said. During his meeting with officials of the three countries, the president would discuss... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The number of fans on Pajhwok Afghan News’s Facebook account has reached one million and its Twitter page is followed by 200,000 people. Pajhwok Afghan News is Afghanistan’s largest independent news agency headquartered in Kabul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Prince of Wales tried to delay the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 due to the holy month of Ramadan, a British newspaper reported on Saturday. Prince Charles approached the US ambassador to Britain to ask if the invasion,... read more
  KABUL (Pajhwok): A new round of regional consultations on peace and stability in Afghanistan would take place in Moscow on April 14, the Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman says. Maria Zakharova told reporters in Moscow on Thursday the... read more
KALAT (Pajhwok): Six people were killed and 10 others wounded on Friday when a passenger vehicle collided with a truck in the Shahr-i-Safa district of southern Zabul province. Abdul Samad Durrani, the district chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Commerce officials from Afghanistan and India have conferred on ways of facilitating the transit of goods, business visas and trade in pharmaceutical products. At a meeting of the Joint Working Group on Trade, Commerce and... read more
  KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan has reaffirmed support for an upcoming meeting involving regional countries on Afghanistan’s future in Moscow, saying such consultations are in line with its policy. Moscow will host on April 14 the meeting, to... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The Pakistan-Afghanistan Joint Committee has held productive discussion with Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on issues of common concern. Aziz told the delegates he was convinced that peace in Afghanistan was vital to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations on Wednesday said it was encouraged by the strong partnership between the Afghan government, electoral institutions and the international community towards holding transparent parliamentary and district council... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An upcoming one-day international (ODI) and T20 series against Afghanistan will be an interest contest, hopes an official of the West Cricket Board (WICB). Roland Holder, WICB operations manager, was quoted as saying on Thursday... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Six workers at US Embassy in Kabul have been sacked for consuming or possessing illicit drugs, an American news agency reported on Thursday. The embassy staffers and contractors were fired based on a probe into allegations of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): NATO foreign ministers were scheduled to meet on March 31 in Brussels to discuss range of issues including situation in Afghanistan and fight against terrorism, the alliance said on Tuesday. A NATO official in Afghanistan told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Representatives from Afghanistan and the European Union (EU) have held the second meeting of the joint working group established to facilitate the implementation of the joint way forward on migration issues, a statement from EU... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) has postponed the organisation’s election scheduled for April 5 citing unfavorable environment in the country, a statement from the AFF said on Tuesday. Earlier on February 17 AFF... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) has completed its Afghan government schools rehabilitation project worth nine million in eastern Nangarhar province, a statement from the organisation said on Tuesday. The project which... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The feelings and imaginations of Pakistani and Afghan truckers, who eke out a living by staying behind the wheels on the zigzag road through jagged mountains, are amply reflected by the art on their trucks. The pictures and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan would host Ireland for an ICC Intercontinental Cup fixture at their home ground of Greater Noida near New Delhi from Tuesday that could play a crucial role in determining which team gets a shot at playing Test cricket,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has announced the launch a polio vaccination campaign throughout the country from March 26, 2017, a statement from the MoPH said on Sunday. This would be the first national campaign in 2017.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The European Union (EU) anti corruption campaign put the judiciary on agenda for its annual anti corruption drive from today (Sunday) till April 2 focusing on judicial corruption in the country, said a statement from the EU mission... read more
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Six Taliban, including the group commander, has been arrested in western Herat province, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said on Saturday. The suspected militants had been arrested in Qafsalan locality of Enjil... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Russian has rejected the NATO commander’s allegation that Moscow may be assisting the Taliban who have been fighting against foreign forces in Afghanistan, a media report said on Saturday. “These claims are absolutely false... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The International Cricket Council (ICC) Chairman Shashank Manohar has agreed to defer his recent resignation following an ICC Board resolution requesting him to remain in post was passed with overwhelming support earlier this week,... read more
  GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): The Taliban’s shadow chief judge for southern Ghazni province has been killed in Pakistan’s Quetta City during a clash within the group, an official said on Friday. Brig. Gen. Aminullah Amarkhel, police chief for... read more
MAHMOOD RAQI (Pajhwok): Security forces have arrested organiser of suicide attacks in central Kapisa province, an official said on Friday. Police spokesman Mohammad Ayub Yousufzai told Pajhwok Afghan News Abdul Matin, accused of organising... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has appointed Mohammad Arif Shah Jahan as the new governor of western Farah province, a statement from Presidential Palace said on Friday. Jahan was referred to the post of governor by the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok) A top US general in Europe has said that he had seen Russian influence on Afghan Taliban insurgents growing and raised the possibility that Moscow was helping supply the militants, whose reach is expanding in southern Afghanistan,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Seven Afghan Taliban leaders held talks with Pakistani official in Islamabad last week in an attempt to press the group into peace talks a head of international conference on Afghanistan in Moscow next month, a media report claimed... read more
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KABUL (Pajhwok): Four people were killed and 20 other wounded when a car was rammed into the pedestrians and another assailant stabbed a policeman on Wednesday near the English parliament in London, a media report said. The dead included the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday said professional education should be improved and made available to all people including repatriates. A statement from the Presidential Palace to Pajhwok Afghan News said the president... read more
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani during a meeting with Senator John McCain has emphasised over continued support and cooperation of the US with Afghanistan. At the outset, Rabbani talked on issues related to security... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): In a do or die encounter to keep the series alive, Ireland on Sunday made a strong comeback beating Afghanistan by six wickets in their third ODI in New Delhi. After winning the toss, Afghanistan decided to bat but early strikes... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan athletes won 165 medals in international competitions in fifteen countries this year, a statement said on Sunday. The statement from the Directorate of Physical Training and Sports to Pajhwok Afghan News said 700 athletes... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) on Sunday said requests for cancellation of Afghanistan citizenship have decreased since the national unity government’s coming into power. A MoJ statement to Pajhwok Afghan News said there had been... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The European Union (EU) has urged the government of Afghanistan to take immediate action to stop illegal mining in the country, a statement from the EU mission in Kabul said on Saturday. EU has suggested the Afghan government to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The export of Kinnow to Afghanistan was badly affected due to the month long closure of crossing points on the Durand Line allowing the export target of 300,000 tonnes to be missed this year, a media report said on Saturday.... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): An alleged suicide bomber has been arrested by National Directorate of Security (NDS) personnel in southern Helmand province, the spy service said in a statement on Thursday. The provincial NDS department in a statement... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The US embassy in Kabul on Thursday rejected social media rumors regarding a travel ban on Afghans. The embassy tweeted the Afghans nationals with valid visas could travel to the United States. “Contrary to social media rumors... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): US senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham have favoured dispatching more troops to Afghanistan to break the existing stalemate, a media report said on Thursday. In an opinion piece in the Washington Post, the senators ... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan minister for commerce and trade Ghulam Dastagir has said Islamabad would soon re-open crossing points on Durand Line with Afghanistan, according to a media report. Addressing a news conference, the minister... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The Trump administration has been barred from deporting an Afghan with a special visa reserved for those who have assisted the US military in the war-torn country. The Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit on Wednesday issued a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan ambassador to Indian has laid emphasizes on the relevance of Shah Walliullah’s preaches and teachings in finding the root causes of radicalism and terrorism. Addressing a seminar on Shah Walliullah and Tasawwuf in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Prominent American lawmakers are set to unveil a new bill on Wednesday (today) seeking a renewal of the special immigration programme for Afghans. John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Jack Reed, a ranking... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An Australian aid worker who was kidnapped in Afghanistan has been released, a media report said on Wednesday citing the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) issued a statement confirming the woman was free.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The International Organization of Migration (IOM) on Tuesday launched a four-year project to support returnees and host communities across Afghanistan. With funding from the European Commission's Directorate-General for... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An Afghan media delegation has gone on a five-day visit to Islamabad to seek cooperation of their Pakistani counterparts in promoting media ties between them. The eight-member delegation visited the headquarters of Pakistan’s... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Security forces have destroyed two heroin producing factories in the Washir district of southern Helmand province, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Tuesday. The factories were destroyed during special police force overnight... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Seven members of an Afghan refugee family were killed when a sand-laden truck fell on a house in Quetta, the capital of Pakistan’s southwestern Baluchistan province, a security official said on Tuesday. Police official Aslam... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan embassy in Moscow has offered Russian to participate in the restoration of 124 facilities important for the national economy, a media report said on Monday. Many facilities in Afghanistan were... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The European Union (EU) delegation in Afghanistan on Monday launched its 2017 anti-corruption campaign which would run for seven weeks, said a statement from the EU special representative office. The anti-corruption drive is... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday said there was no possibility of ensuring the rule of law if the judiciary was not independent. Addressing a gathering of urban courts heads here, Abdullah said no one had the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A Taliban commander was killed during a clash with security forces in the Alishang district of eastern Laghman province on Sunday. A statement from the provincial Media and Public Relations office said the clash broke out in the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): China has urged the global fraternity to invest in Afghanistan’s security and boosting the capacity of its forces. China's deputy permanent representative Wu Haitao, made the appeal during a UN Security Council debate on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan’s upcoming leg-spinner Rashid Khan has clinched the fastest five wickets haul in international cricket in just 10 balls, including a triple-wicket maiden over, against Ireland.. As a result of his career-best figures... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Five policemen with their weapons have joined the Taliban ranks in the Bala Murghab district of northwestern Badghis province, an official said on Friday. Zahir Bahand, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News the five... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Thousands of high school graduates on Thursday appeared in the university entrance test locally known as “Kankoor” in capital Kabul. More than 8,000 students, including 2,612 girls, sat the exam at Kabul medical university,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Japan has announced a $7 million contribution to the UN refugee agency UNHCR and World Food Programme (WFP) to support the Afghan refugees and host communities in Pakistan. The official announcement was made by Pakistan’s State... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday warned against negligence in resolving problems of families of fallen security personnel, saying he would himself monitor the process each month. The president issued the warning while... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is set to discuss the situation in Afghanistan in a briefing scheduled for Friday, the world body’s mission here said on Thursday. The meeting, scheduled to commence 10:00 (New York time... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): China, the US, the United Nation Security Council (UNSC) and Pakistan have strongly condemned the terrorist attack at a military hospital in Kabul that took the lives of at least 30 people and left scores injured. In a statement... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan has made significant headway in the last 15 years, but progress toward equal workplace participation for women is an imperative, the United Nations said on Wednesday. The government had developed measures to advance... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Despite positive efforts by the government, life remains difficult for Afghan women, especially in rural areas, the European Union said on Wednesday. In a statement from EU, poverty, illiteracy, violence, traditional norms and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan is trying to expand trade relations with Sri Lank through establishing an air corridor with that country, the president said on Tuesday. Ashraf Ghani said this during a meeting with the newly-appointed Sri Lankan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Directorate of Security (NDS) personnel have arrested two suspects who planned to kill a Wolesi Jirga member, a statement from the Spy-Network said on Tuesday. The two suspected men were named as Abdul Wahid son of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The International Monetary Fund is likely to release a further £6m to Afghanistan after being judged to have made satisfactory progress on its reform plan. Afghanistan has a three-year extended credit facility (ECF) arrangement... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  A new football stadium would be constructed in Qargha, a tourist location in Kabul, at the cost of $270 million, a statement from the Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) said on Monday. The construction of the stadium at... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on Sunday announced officially launching Afghan Children Read (ACR), a five-year project in early grade reading (EGR). A USAID press release issued here said the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A senior leader of the Awami National Party (ANP), Afrasiab Khattak, has excoriated the government of Punjab for adopting policy of discrimination against Pashtuns and typecasting them in violation of all principles. In an... read more
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): Seven civilians and 20 Taliban have been killed in the Durqad district of northern Takhar province, residents and security officials said on Saturday. Nizamuddin, the resident of locality, told Pajhwok Afghan News four people... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least nine people were wounded in a traffic accident in eastern Laghman province on Friday, an official said. The accident took place on the Kabul-Nangarhar Highway in the limits of Laghman province, the governor’s spokesman... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan security forces recaptured the Tala wa Barfak district of northern Baghlan province from Taliban insurgents on Friday, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said. MoD spokesman Dawlat Waziri on his Facebook page wrote the Afghan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan, NATO and Pakistani military officials met in Kabul yesterday and discussed security along Afghan-Pak border, countering roadside bombs and sharing intelligence. A statement from NATO’s resolute support said on Thursday... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday met the United States acting special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan and discussed with her relations between the two countries and the peace process. The meeting that took place at... read more
KABUK (Pajhwok): A member of the Provincial Council (PC) of central Parwan province, Esmatullah Mohammadi, yesterday forced his way into the Pajhwok Afghan News main office in Kabul along with his private armed guards and threatened the staff and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The UN Security Council has denounced as heinous and cowardly terrorist attacks in Kabul, which killed at least 16 people and injured more than 100. The 15-nation body said members of the Security Council reiterated their serious... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan ambassador in Islamabad Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal on Wednesday said regional economic cooperation was a top priority for the Afghanistan government. Addressing the 13th Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) summit in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Procurement Commission (NPC) has approved 10 contracts worth four billion afghanis but returned the ring road project in Mehtarlam, the capital of eastern Laghman province. A statement from the Presidential Palace to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan government on Wednesday reiterated its commitment to realising the goals and objectives of the Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO). Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Dr. Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal, representing his country... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has kicked off preparation to hold the global Muslim Ulema Conference next month aimed at support for peace, security, stability and national reconciliation in Afghanistan, a media... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday interviewed eight candidates for the post of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) secretary at the Presidential Palace. Second vice-president Mohammad Sarwar Danish and Chief Executive... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The US forces in Afghanistan on Tuesday confirmed the killing of a senior Taliban commander in a drone strike in northern Kunduz province. A day earlier, the Taliban also confirmed losing Mullah Abdul Salam, their shadow governor... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Interior minister of Pakistan’s Baluchistan province has acknowledged thousands of the Afghan Taliban were studying in different madrassas in the province, a media report said on Monday. “There are many seminaries where Afghan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The second round of a sub-national immunization campaign against polio, covering 5.6 million children under the age of five years, is set to begin tomorrow, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) announced on Sunday. With the help... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said his country wanted good relation with Afghanistan and was a well-wisher for the war-torn country, a media report said on Saturday. Sharif expressed the view while talking to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan's ambassador to Pakistan Hazrat Umar Zakhelwal has expressed concern over the continued blockade of Torkham and Spinboldak crossing, the envoy wrote on his social media account on Thursday. Zakhelwal said Torkham and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Government of Japan has announced a new project to assist the National Unity Government of Afghanistan to make Afghan cities safe, resilient and sustainable by reducing disaster risk, human and economic losses, a statement from... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The third meeting which discussed the conduct of future election and other electoral issues has been held at Presidential Palace, a statement from the palace said on Thursday. President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday held a consultative meeting with political and jihadi leaders on major national, security and political issues. A statement from the Presidential Palace said the meeting was held before noon on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan today took its first steps towards the creation of a National Export Strategy (NES) that would set out its trade priorities, a statement from the International Trade Centre said on Wednesday. More than 100... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two Taliban militants who wanted to plot terrorist attacks have been nabbed in eastern Laghman province, spy-network said on Tuesday. A statement from the National Directorate of Security (NDS) received by Pajhwok Afghan News... read more
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): At least 11 passengers have suffered wounds in a collision on Takhar-Kunduz highway in the capital of northern Takhar province, officials said on Tuesday. Takhar traffic department head, Hazrat Gul Farkhari, told Pajhwok Afghan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan Army Chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa on Monday saud Pakistan and Afghanistan will fight their "common enemy" of terrorism together. Gen. Bajwa, who chaired a high-level security meeting at the Pakistan Army’s headquarters... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Monday said no terrorist group was born in Afghanistan, as all such outfits, including Taliban and Daesh,came from outside the country. The victims of attacks by these groups... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Directorate of Security (NDS) has captured a Taliban group commander in central Logar province, a statement from the spy network said on Monday. The detained commander, Mullah Najibullah, had just traveled to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi and leg-spinner Rashid Khan made history on Monday when they were picked for representing one of the teams in the ongoing Indian Premier League in Bangalore, a news report said. ANI news agency... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga (lower house of parliament) speaker has accused Pakistan of sponsoring terrorism in the neighbouring countries. On a visit to India to attend the South Asian Speakers' summit in New Delhi, Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): After attending the Munich Security Conference in Germany, President Ashraf Ghani returned home on Sunday, his office said. A statement from the Presidential Palace said that before returning to the country, Ghani met Iranian... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan and the European Union have signed a Cooperation Agreement on Partnership and Development (CAPD). President Ashraf Ghani also attended the signing ceremony.. EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): ‘Combating terrorism needs inter-state cooperation at international, regional and national levels, President Ashraf Ghani said at the 53rd Munich Security Conference (MSC). On Saturday night, the president told the conference in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani met several world leaders on the sidelines of their first get together with US representatives under President Trump in Munich, Germany. The annual weekend gathering opened on Friday, with US Vice President... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has summoned the Pakistan ambassador over shelling of eastern parts of the country and closure of Torkham and Chaman borders. A statement from MoFA said Ambassador Ibrar Hussain was summoned... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok) The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has called for the safe and unconditional release of two staff members abducted when their convoy was ambushed on 8 February in northern Jawzjan province, the organisation said in a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemned yesterday’s killing of 12 civilians, including eight children, in southeastern Paktika province, a statement from the UNAMA said on Friday. The children were returning... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A key Haqqani network commander has been killed along with two accomplices in an airstrike, the spy service said on Thursday, without revealing the exact place. A statement from the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan has welcomed genuine efforts by its immediate and near-neighbours to help end years of imposed war and violence that daily claims innocent lives. Ashraf Haidari, director-general policy and strategy at the Ministry of... read more
KABUK (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani was deeply saddened over death of Juma Mohammed Abdullah al-Kaabi, UAE Ambassador to Afghanistan, a statement from Presidential Palace said on Thursday. The Ambassador and a number of UAE... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani and European Union (EU) Special Representative Franz-Micheal Skjold Mellbin have agreed on continued cooperation The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday they exchanged views on a wide... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Cabinet’s legislative committee on Monday approved a suggestion of the Afghan media community amending the law governing establishment of mass media enterprises. Shah Hussian Murtazawi, a spokesman to the president, said the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has returned home from an official visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to condole the killing of Emirati diplomats in Kandahar province, his office said on Monday. A statement from the Presidential... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations has expressed grave concern at the recent escalation of violence in Helmand province, claiming the lives of at least 25 civilians, mostly women and children. On February 9 and 10, international troops conducted... read more
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): Brother of a district police chief was killed in a bomb blast on Sunday in northern Jawzjanprovince, an official said.  The brother of the Khwaja Ghar district police chief... read more
SAR-I-PUL CITY (Pajhwok): Uzbekistani members of Daesh or Islamic State (IS) are recruiting fighters in the Sayyad district of northern Sar-I-Pul province, local officials said on Sunday. Governor Zahir Wahdat told Pajhwok Afghan News a son of... read more
SAR-I-PUL CITY (Pajhwok): A dozen public uprising members, along with their weapons, led by Khair Mohammad have joined the Taliban ranks in the capital of northern Sar-i-Pul province, an official said on Saturday. Governor Mohammad Zahir Wahdat... read more
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): Two Afghan Local Police (ALP) members have been detained with hundreds of bottles of alcohol by the spy-service in northern Takhar province, an official said on Saturday. The governor’s spokesman, Sunatullah Timor, told Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): As regional actors step up efforts to jump-start the peace process in Afghanistan India has confirmed participation in next week’s meeting in Moscow. With the Trump administration yet to outline its Afghan policy, the six-nation... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Russian president’s special envoy to Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, has said that Russia is ready to restore cooperation with the U.S. and NATO on the settlement of common tasks in Afghanistan, a media report said on Friday.  “... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has said it was encouraged by the strong political will of President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and other political leaders to hold timely, credible and... read more
  KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan and foreign security forces in a joint raid have killed notorious Daesh Commander Qari Munib, a statement from Presidential Palace said on Friday. Munib was mastermind of major terrorist attacks in capital... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): US and NATO forces commander in Afghanistan and Senator John McCain have accused Tehran and Moscow over arming and funding the Taliban and working against interest of Afghan government and the US.  Both Gen. Nicholson and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Ten community development projects including four pipe water supply schemes were inaugurated in eastern Kunar province on Wednesday, the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) said. Upon completion, the projects were formally... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday said the government has strong will to implement comprehensive reforms and hold the Wolesi Jirga elections. A statement from the Presidential Palace to Pajhwok Afghan News said the president... read more
GARDEZ CITY (Pajhwok): The police chief for southeastern Pakita province, Brig. Gen. Qader Gul Zadran died of heart attack on Thursday, an official said. Deputy provincial police chief Col. Mohammad Ayoub Wardak told Pajhwok Afghan News that... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The US Embassy strongly condemned yesterday’s deadly attack on six staff members of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in northwestern Jowzjan province. At least six workers of the humanitarian organization were... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The UN Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan, Mr. Mark Bowden, was deeply saddened by killing of six staff members of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The UN’s assistance mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), condemning yesterday’s attack on the Supreme Court staff, on Wednesday said 89 judges, prosecutors and judicial staff members had been killed and 214 others wounded in 74 attacks... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The PAYK Investigative Journalism Centre (PIJC) says the US had announced awards of up to three million dollars for the detention of some of the Hezb-I-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) prisoners held at the notorious Bagram prison. The... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar has said with the support of the international community Afghan security forces have been fighting global terrorist networks and have rendered huge sacrifices. A statement from the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Russia has promised strong support for the Afghan government’s efforts to stabilise the the country and eliminate the scourge of terror. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held out the assurance to his Afghan counterpart... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The Afghan government must be part and parcel of negotiations on the future of the war-torn nation, a Pakhtun nationalist politician has said. Awami National Party (ANP) chief Asfandyar Wali Khan urged Pakistan and Afghanistan... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has renewed his administration’s commitment to reforms, especially eliminating the scourge of corruption. In a telephonic conversation with US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis on Tuesday, Ghani underlined... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  The Afghan ambassador to India has welcomed US President Donald Trump's commitment to fighting radicalism and terrorism. "The greatest challenge for the region and the world is terrorism and radicalism, And he has said that... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Saddened to learn of the substantial loss of life following a series of avalanches in eastern Afghanistan, the Australian Embassy in Kabul on Monday said Australia remained firmly committed to assisting the disasters-prone nation in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Monday said 10 provinces deprived of some important developments would be paid special attention. The president said this while presiding over a meeting that discussed requirements of provinces... read more
JAIPUR, India (Pajhwok): Several Afghan traders dealing in marble, onyx and lapis signed a number of contracts this week with international buyers at the India Stone Mart, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) said Monday... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok) The UN Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan, Mr. Mark Bowden, was saddened to learn of the loss of life and widespread damage to property in Barg-e-Matal district of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): After President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration, a Nebraska-bound Afghan has reunited with his spouse and children, a TV channel reported. Abdul Bari, a refugee from Afghanistan, met his wife and two sons this week... read more
SAR-I-PUL (Pajhwok): A 16-member Taliban group has returned to the insurgency after joining the peace process in northern Sar-i-Pul province, a public representative claimed Saturday. Mohammad Noor Rahmani, the provincial council head, told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The international Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive Committee (CEC) has proposed two-tier Test League along with a 13-team league, which will determine the teams who qualify for the 2019 World Cup in the United Kingdom (UK), a... read more
MEHTERLAM (Pajhwok): Three Taliban, including group leader, and as many policemen have been wounded during a clash in eastern Laghman province, a statement from the governor house said on Friday. The clash took place Thursday night in Shaheed... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Thirteen militants, including three Daesh rebels, have been killed during security force operations in different part of the country, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Friday. The insurgents had been killed during separate... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Indian embassy in Kabul has announced more relaxation in its visa policy for Afghans, a statement from the diplomatic mission said on Friday. “Embassy of India, Kabul is pleased to inform all Afghan nationals that with effect... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan embassy and its diplomatic missions across the country would remain closed on Sunday February 5, 2017, a statement from the embassy said on Friday. “It is for the information of general public that the Embassy of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Supreme Allied Commander Europe Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti paid a visit to Afghanistan from January 23 to 26 and witnessed the efforts of coalition members executing the Resolute Support (RS) a statement from the RS said on Thursday... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two doctors have been kidnapped by suspected militants in northwestern Badghis province, authorities said on Thursday. Working for the Public Health Department, the doctors were kidnapped on their way to a clinic in Qadis... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday visited veteran former jihadi leaders Sibghatullah Mujaddedi and Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf at their residences and enquired about their health. A statement from the Presidential Palace said the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Nearly a dozen alleged drug smugglers including an Iranian national have been arrested during the past one week, the Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) said Wednesday. A statement from the CJTF to Pajhwok Afghan News said the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) in its fresh report has warned of worrying situation in Afghanistan where security forces lost territory to the Taliban, a media report said on Wednesday.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The signing ceremony of a European Union (EU)-funded project, aimed at assisting the Afghan government to assess agriculture production systems and to strengthen institutional capacity, was convened by the Afghan Agriculture,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday directed security officials to defeat insurgents before the arrival of spring in southern Helmand province. A statement from his office said Abdullah on Tuesday visited... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi and Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) John F. Sopko on Monday discussed the government’s achievements in revenue and financial management. A statement from the Ministry... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The US embassy welcomed the establishment of a new permanent facility for the Anti-Corruption Justice Center in Kabul, hoping investigators would benefit from it.  The new location would provide a secure and enabling... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former president Hamid Karzai has urged US President Donald Trump to honour his campaign promise of dismantling terrorist camps in Pakistan. Karzai confirmed receiving letters from Barack Obama in 2012, when the outgoing US... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A global watchdog on Monday denounced the beating of a radio journalist in eastern Nangarhar province, demanding immediate arrest and punishment to the attackers. Zabihullah Ghazi, a correspondent of Voice of America radio, was... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An American group on Sunday voiced concern at the denial of entry into the United States for Afghan interpreters under President Donald Trump’s executive order. The Vietnam Veterans of America said in a statement: "We're... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Iran has reaffirmed its support for the national unity government, signaling its willingness to back United Nations’ efforts for bringing peace and stability to Afghanistan. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held out the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The suspension imposed on travel to the United States from seven Muslim countries could be extended to Pakistan as well, a senior Trump administration official has said. “You can point to other countries that have similar... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A New York judge has partially suspended President Donald Trump's executive order banning the entry of individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries. The federal judge ruled late on Saturday the administration could not remove... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Procurement Commission (NPC has approved eight contracts at a meeting president over by President Ashraf Ghani, the Presidential Palace said Sunday. A statement from the palace to Pajhwok Afghan News said the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The UN assistant secretary-general for political affairs Miroslav Jenca has called on President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah and stressed the need for peace talks to resolve a decade long... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) on Thursday said the war-torn country’s health care sector faced several challenges. The US government’s oversight body on Afghanistan’s reconstruction in an... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two young Afghans, arrested on suspicion of raping a woman in Sweden at the weekend, have been remanded in custody. The Afghans, aged 20 and 18, were detained in the city of Uppsala, where a Swedish man was also held for failing... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan and the United Kingdom (UK) on Wednesday discussed peace and security in Afghanistan and agreed on continuous efforts towards achieving those goals. Advisor to Pakistan prime minister on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The influential Human Rights Watch (HRW) has asked donor countries to press the Afghan government to prevent the increasing use of schools by government forces in northern Baghlan province. The watchdog in a statement said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan’s ambassador has invited the chairman of a major Saudi investment holding company to visit his country. Saudi Arabia Syed Jalal Syed Karim extended the invitation to Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Eight Afghan female engineers and architects have completed internship programme at Kabul University and Kabul Polytechnic University, USAID statement said on Tuesday. Established by the USAID in 2011 So far 23 female have... read more
NEW DELHI (Pajhwok/EFE): Former Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai has said the United States and Russia must work together to plot a path along which the Central Asian country could progress. During an interview with EFE in New Delhi on Friday,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United States has contributed $20 million to the World Food Programme (WFP) for emergency food assistance to some 550,000 returnees and displaced people in Afghanistan. The WFP in a statement welcomed the contribution and... read more
KABUL CITY (Pajhwok): National Directorate of Security (NDS) personnel have arrested two criminal gangs in capital Kabul, the spy service said on Monday. A NDS statement said the groups comprised of 10 members had been arrested in Kabul. The... read more
KABUL CITY (Pajhwok): The National Directorate of Security (NDS) personnel have captured 16 Taliban militants, including three notorious commanders in southern Kandahar province, a statement from the Spy-Network said on Sunday. The three groups... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): High Peace Council (HPC) chief Pir Syed Ahmad Gilani breathed his last on Saturday evening in Kabul, sources said. He was 84. Gilani passed away at a National Directorate of Security hospital in Kabul where he was under treatment... read more
TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): Hundreds of university graduates in central Uruzgan province on Saturday asked the government to provide them job opportunities. Prof. Mohammad Pazeer Hakimi, the Uruzgan Higher Education Institute head, said 284 students of... read more
QALA-I-NAW (Pajhwok): A father gunned down his daughter over alleged illicit relationship with a man in the Qadis district of northwestern Badghis province, an official said on Thursday. The girl was killed over the suspicion of having illicit... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two police officers were injured in a blast caused by a magnetic bomb near a police post in the third police district of Kabul on Wednesday night, witnesses said. The blast took place at about 8pm in Dehbori area, local residents... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Directorate of Security (NDS) personnel captured 31 Haqqani Network terrorists in separate raids in southeastern Khost province, a statement from the spy-network said on Wednesday. The two groups of terrorist were... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Security Council (NSC) has approved a procedure for celebrating National Defence Security Forces (NDSF) Day, declaring the Spin Ghar area of eastern Nangarhar province as a new district, the Presidential Palace said on... read more
KABUL CITY (Pajhwok): The Taliban’s bomb-making facility has been destroyed in security personnel raid in northern Balkh province, the intelligence agency said on Tuesday. In a statement the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said its... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The Afghan government is to blame for the January 10 bombing of a guesthouse at the governor’s office in the capital of southern Kandahar province, says a senior Dubai police officer. Five UAE diplomats were injured and its... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday announced a two-day national mourning on Sunday and Monday for the victims of recent terrorist attacks in capital Kabul and southern Kandahar and Helmand provinces. During the mourning period, the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A staff member of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) who was abducted in December, has been released and is now with the ICRC team in northern Kunduz province, the committee said on Sunday.  In a statement... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Sunday said its operations for Asia and the Pacific reached an all-time high of $31.5 billion in 2016, The Manila-headquartered bank said its operations in the outgoing year went up by 17% from $26... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The government of Khyber Pakhton Khwa (KPK) government had exaggerated, lied and hid the fact over Afghan refugees’ involvement in criminal activities, a media report said on Sunday Contrary to the widespread notion of massive... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan has once again out rightly rejected what the Foreign Office (FO) termed often repeated allegations of militant safe havens in its federally administered tribal areas (FATA). FO spokesperson Nafees Zakaria was quoted... read more
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): Two Taliban militants, a policeman and a civilian have been killed during a clash in the Rustaq district of the northeastern Takhar province, an official said on Saturday. Police spokesman Col. Khalil Asir told Pajhwok Afghan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Declining international economic and political support for Afghanistan could lead to disastrous consequences for the global fraternity, an independent research organization has warned. NATO and partners were asked to treat regard... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Thirty-three civilians were killed and 27 others wounded during a joint operation by American and Afghan forces in northern Kunduz province, the US military confirmed on Thursday. The joint operation was conducted in Boz village... read more
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) United Kingdom (UK) and the US embassy have condemned as heinous and cowardly terrorist attack in Kabul on January 10, which resulted in more than 120 people killed and  injured... read more
KABUL CITY (Pajhwok): Two employees of the Wolesi Jirga’s television were killed and as many wounded in Tuesday’s twin bombings in front of the parliament building in Kabul, an official said Wednesday. Halim Tanwir, senior culture advisor and... read more
  KABUL (Pajhwok): Thirty people were confirmed dead and 80 others wounded in twin suicide bombings in front of the parliament building in Kabul on Tuesday, an official said. Public Health Ministry spokesman Majrooh confirmed the latest... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The first and only private television channel, Abor, has formally launched its programs after a six-month test broadcasting in western Ghor province. The Afghanistan Journalists Center (AJC) in a statement to Pajhwok Afghan News... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan government leaders Monday condoled the death of former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. A statement from the Presidential Palace said President Ashraf Ghani was saddened at hearing the news of Rafsanjani’s... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Security forces have arrested key Haqqani network member responsible for the training and preparation of suicide bombers in southeastern Khost province, a well-placed sources has said. A security official, who wished to go... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has died in hospital after suffering a heart attack, the Iranian media said on Monday. Rafsanjani, who was 82, was a pivotal figure in the foundation of the Islamic republic in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Procurement Commission (NPC) has approved four contracts, including one for drafting and designing urban master plan for Kabul city. A statement from the Presidential Palace to Pajhwok Afghan News said the contracts... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah Sunday said no one would be allowed to exploit forests for timber in eastern Kunar province. His remarks follow reports that claimed forests were being cut for timber allegedly by... read more
  KABUL (Pajhwok): Indian Police have arrested two Afghan over an alleged theft of $10,000 and 300,000 rupees from a restaurant run by another Afghan in Lajpat Nagar area of New Delhi, a media report has said. Afghan national Ahmad Fawed... read more
KABUL CITY (Pajhwok): A magnetic bomb explosion occurred in the Pul-i-Sokhta locality of capital Kabul resulting in no casualties, an official said on Friday. The 119 Police Head Brig. Gen. Mohammad Humayon Aini told Pajhwok Afghan News the blast... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): As many as 250 female police cadets from Afghanistan completed a four-month training programme at a school in the Sivas province of Turkey on Thursday, a news report said. On Sept. 2, the female police cadets joined Sivas Police... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Indian National Investigation Agency (NIA) has claimed 22 missing Indian nationals might have joined the Islamic State (IS) group in Afghanistan, a media report said on Thursday. The 22 youth from Indian southern province of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Gunmen linked to a lawmaker opened fire at the residence of another lawmaker in central capital Kabul, injuring at least one person. Amir Yar Khan, a lower house or Wolesi Jirga member, told Pajhwok Afghan News the men of MP... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The telecommunications and information technology (IT) minister has been suspended as part of investigation into a levy on mobile telephone services. The minister, Abdul Razaq Wahidi, is being investigated after corruption... read more
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): The Taliban shadow deputy district chief for Ashkmash district has been killed and his two colleagues wounded as a result of bomb explosion in northern Takhar province, an official said on Tuesday. Police spokesman, Maj. Khalil... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): NATO forces on Monday handed over the meteorology section at the Hamid Karzai International Airport to Afghan security forces, the Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA) said. A statement from ACAA said Afghans received... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has suspended Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Abdul Razaq Wahidi over corruption allegations, a well-placed source said on Monday. Wahidi was suspended on Monday to investigate... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 39 people were killed and 40 others wounded in an overnight terrorist attack in Turkish city of Istanbul on the occasion of New Year celebration, the provincial governor told media at the site of attack. The... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): A senior Pakistani politician has endorsed Afghanistan’s objection to its exclusion from a recent trilateral meeting in Moscow. Kabul’s effective participation would be instrumental in addressing the Afghan conflict, Chairman... read more
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): Police on Thursday said they had arrested two suspects in connection with gang rape of a 15-year-old girl in northeastern Takhar province. Provincial police chief Brig. Gen. Noor Mohammad Hakimi told Pajhwok Afghan News the... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Senior officials from Russia, China and Pakistan have agreed on expanding tripartite consultations on Afghanistan and including other countries in the regional discussions. Russia and China, both permanent members of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): China on Tuesday provided one million Yuan ($145,000) in cash aid for calamity-hit families of northeastern Badakhshan province. Zhang Zhixin, Chargé d’Affaires at the Chinese Embassy in Kabul, met Sayed Abdullah, senior official... read more
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): Tajikistan’s border guards have shot dead two Afghans who illegally crossed the frontier into the neighbouring country, an official said on Tuesday. Col. Abdul Khalil Aseer, police spokesman in northern Takhar province, told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Directorate of Security (NDS) on Monday claimed busting a group of five robbers posing as security and attorney office personnel. A statement from the spy network said the men, involved in robbing homes and people,... read more
SAR-I-PUL (Pajhwok): Three members of a family have been killed by unidentified armed men in Balkhab district of northern Sar-I-Pul province, an official said Sunday. Governor’s spokesman, Zabihullah Amani, told Pajhwok Afghan News that a man,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A report in US newspaper highlighted First Vice President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum’s decades old cruelties, human rights violation and recent abuse and alleged rape of former governor Ahmad Eshchi saying Afghan president was under... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A senior American diplomat on Saturday said the differences between the Presidential Palace and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Office “are not in the interest of the government and the Afghan nation.” Hugo Llorens, chargé... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan Air Force (AAF) female pilot Niloofar Rahmani who got her training in the US has decided to seek asylum in the US and rejected to come back to Afghanistan citing security issues, a media report said. The 25-year-old Afghan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Russian Chinese and Pakistani top diplomats are scheduled to meet on December 27 to discuss peace in Afghanistan, increasing threat from Daesh or Islamic State (IS) to Central Asia, which is considered as Russian backyard, according... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok) Afghan boy suffering from thalassaemia has died at the Torkham border after being denied entry to Pakistan for treatment, a media reports said Saturday. Darya Khan arrived with his mother at the Torkham on Thursday morning with... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has suggested execution of development projects in different districts of Kabul province to strengthen security in the nation’s capital. Ghani’s remarks came at a meeting that he chaired on the 10-year... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The State Department has affirmed its support for a probe into allegations that the Afghan vice-president sexually assaulted and tortured an opponent in northern Jawzjan province. VP Abdul Rashid Dostum allegedly abducted former... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An Afghan National Army cadet, who won the Overseas Sword from the UK Royal Academy Sandhurst, would be given an extraordinary rank, Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah said on Friday. Behzad Heidari is the first-ever ANA cadet... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistan has spurned Pentagon’s assessment that the Taliban and Haqqani network are freely operating from its soil, calling Afghanistan the epicentre of terrorism in the region. Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria told a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Thursday summoned Pakistani ambassador in Kabul and lodged a formal protest over latest rocket shelling into two Afghan districts. The Pakistani Ambassador, Syed Ibrar Hussain, was... read more
Medium Taxpayers office (MTO) at Afghanistan Revenue Department has developed a new public awareness campaign concept named “Tax Week”, which will be celebrated during the first week of every afghan fiscal year to reach our respected Taxpayers and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Local officials on Thursday said Taliban militants released athletes they had kidnapped in central Maidan Wardak province. Governor’s spokesman, Abdur Rahman Mangal, told Pajhwok Afghan News the Taliban abducted nine sportsmen... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Office of First Vice-President General Abdul Rashid Dostum on Thursday said the Attorney General Office (AGO) has no authority to ask the VP to appear before it. A former member of the Junbish-i-Mill Islami party and ex-... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The US may use military forces to free an American-Canadian family held hostage by the Haqqani network in Afghanistan, an American lawmaker has suggested. Senator Jack Reed said in an interview: "We are exploring every means... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday held a consultative meeting with lawmakers on Afghanistan’s relations with neighboring and regional countries. A statement from the Presidential Palace said the president met parliament’s... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Taliban have released a fresh video of an American-Canadian family and two children born in captivity with the notorious Haqqani network, a media report said on Tuesday. The report by Reuters news agency said senior Taliban... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Ambassador Hugo Llorens, special chargé d’affaires, has assumed responsibilities as chief of the US mission to Afghanistan, the US embassy said on Monday. Llorens, who previously served as assistant chief of mission in Kabul from... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The NATO coalition,reaffirming its commitments to the Afghan National Army (ANA), jas announced approving about $390 million for projects advancing the capabilities of the Afghan force. The 2017 ANA Trust Fund Implementation Plan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):Information ministers from Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) countries meet today (Monday) in Jeddah to discuss issues and draft resolutions include the role of the media in in supporting the cause of Al-Quds and Al-... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday joined a number of political and national figures in stressing strengthening of Afghanistan’s relations with its neighbors. According to a statement from the presidential palace, President Ghani... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former president Hamid Karzai on Sunday called Russia’s help in reviving peace talks with the Taliban as 'necessary and effective.' A statement from Karzai’s office said the former president met Alexander Mantytski, Russian... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Attorney General Office (AGO) office on Sunday it has begun an impartial and transparent investigation into alleged maltreatment of tribal elder Ahmad Khan Eshchi in northern Jawzjan province. Eshchi, a former governor of... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): An international engineering giant has offered a credit facility of $2.5 billion for the supply of compressors for an ambitious four-nation gas pipeline project involving Afghanistan. The Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-... read more
KABUL CITTY (Pajhwok): One foreign national was killed and another wounded after a policeman opened fire at them near the Kabul international airport on Wednesday. Kabul airport commander Maj. Gen. Mohammad Asif Jabarkhel, told Pajhwok Afghan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two militants were killed after explosives they possessed went off on Wednesday in capital Kabul. The blast took place in the limits of the eight police district of Kabul at about 5pm. A police official in the area said three... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The US Agency for International Development (USAID) Afghan Civic Engagement Program (ACEP)-facilitated Framework for Cooperation Conference kicked off in capital Kabul on Wednesday. Over 400 civil society, media and government... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Counter-narcotics police personnel have detained 15 individuals in connection with 12 drugs-trafficking cases in different provinces besides destroying drug-producing laboratories this past week. A statement from Counter-... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United States has hailed the release of former Jawzjan governor Eng. Ahmad Ishchi from unlawful detention, calling for an independent investigation of his alleged mistreatment. The detention and of Ishchi by First Vice... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) has announced the team for the first of the three-match Twenty 20 series against Afghanistan, a newspaper reported on Tuesday. The first game will be played on Wednesday at the ICC Academy ground... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Japan on Tuesday pledged $12.4 million to Afghanistan to help eradicate polio and prevent the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases in the country. This amount is in addition to over $75 million of funding provided since 2010 to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Art Lords of Afghanistan, a group of Afghan activists and artists, was among the winners of the inaugural Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani anti-corruption innovation awards. On December 9th in Vienna, Austria at the Hofburg Palace... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A notorious Taliban commander has been killed in Afghan National Civil Order Police (ANCOP) raid in the Syagard district of central Parwan province, a statement from the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Monday. Mullah Naiem Kor... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan foreign secretary has rejected the American and Afghan allegation that the dreaded Haqqani network used the country’s soil to stage attacks in neighouring Afghanistan. Aizaz Chaudhry told the state-run Pakistan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan military appoints Lt. Gen. Naveed Mukhtar as the new chief of its Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency, a media report has said. Lt. Gen Naveed Mukhtar was appointed as director-general of the ISI, replacing Lt. Gen... read more
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): The provincial government, in cooperation with district municipalities, has launched reconstruction work on a road connecting six districts of northeastern Takhar province. Governor Mohammad Yasin Zia told Pajhwok Afghan News... read more
SHARANA (Pajhwok): Local officials on Sunday laid the foundation stone of a school building for girls, the first ever, in Ahmadabad area of Argun district of southeastern Paktika province. Governor Mohammad Ilyas Wehdat and other local officials... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has said contracts for the Basic Package of Health Services (BPHS) and the Essential Package of Health Services (EPHS) in 21 provinces of the country were against the procurement system. A statement from... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A passenger aircraft belonging to Safi Airways made a hard landing on Saturday at Hamid Karzai International Airport in capital Kabul, said a statement from the airline. The leased Boeing 737 aircraft arriving from Herat to Kabul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok) Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) on Saturday announced the squad for three limited overs (T20) matches series against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Cricket Team which will be played in Dubai Sports City and ICC Global Cricket Academy... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok) The British Embassy in Kabul on Saturday marked the International Human Rights Day by hosting a reception for human rights defenders from across Afghanistan, a statement from the diplomatic mission said. “It was an opportunity to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Marking International Human Rights Day, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) spotlighted the crucial work of Afghan human rights defenders and joined the call for all citizens to stand up to protect the rights of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The US Congress has conditioned $400 million of its $900 million aid to Pakistan to action against the Haqani terrorist network which had been widely accused of killing most of the US and Afghan security forces in Afghanistan, a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan has expressed deep shock over a plane crash in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Abbottabad, calling it a tragic incident. All 47 people aboard the ill-fated aircraft of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) --... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Congress has passed a bill offeringimmigration to a small number of Afghan interpreters and translators who risked their lives working for the US military, international media outlets reported. Part of an annual military policy... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The chief minister of Pakistan’s Sindh province has stressed the need for the speedy repatriation of Afghan refugees to their homeland. Syed Murad Ali Shah said Sindh had been hosting registered and undocumented refugees for... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United States has once again expressed its concernat “safe havens” Afghan Taliban groups, including the Haqqani network, are enjoying on Pakistan’s soil. State Department Deputy spokesperson Mark Toner told reporters on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Thursday asked Taliban militants to shun insurgency and follow the path of the Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA). A statement from CEO office to Pajhwok Afghan News said Abdullah... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A five-day event called “Exhibition Afghanistan” has been ongoing in Dubai to drive exports of Afghan products ranging from carpets and cashmere to almonds and apparel. The United States Agency for International Development (... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI)on Thursday announced the arrestof an individualwho killed four policemen at a security check-post in southern Helmand province. A statement from MoI said the detainee, Gulbadin, hailed from Marja... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Police on Thursday claimed detaining four burglars in northern Kunduz province.  The detainees were accused of robbing shops in Kunduz and Baghlan provinces. Col. Najibullah Sartir, crime branch chief at the police... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A US soldier has succumbed to the injuries he sustained in last month’s bomb attack on the Bagram Airfield in central Parwan province. With the passing of the soldier, the death toll from the November 12 suicide increased to five... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on Wednesday announced contributing $20 million to the UN’s effort at assisting vulnerable returnees from Pakistan and internally displaced people. In a statement,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Four people died and three others injured in a wall collapse incident in capital Kabul on Wednesday, an official said. Col. Agha Sherin, deputy chief for the fourth police district, told Pajhwok Afghan News the incident took... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Growing insecurity, corruption, rising unemployment and slow job growth have caused more pessimism among Afghans about their future, damaging public confidence in the government, says the Asia Foundation. Released in Kabul on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan does not deserve a single dollar of American taxpayers’ money if it is unable to take action against the dreaded Haqqani network, a US congressman says. After the passage of the National Defense Authorisation Act by the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Women’s Affairs on Tuesday announced the launch of a national strategy to ensure the Elimination of Violence against Women (EVAW) Law was effectively implemented. With the enforcement of the law, more women have... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A politically negotiated settlement remains important for durable peace in Afghanistan, participants of the Heart of Asia Conference in Amritsar said in their declaration on Sunday. Briefing reporters about the adoption of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Iran has said Afghanistan is a frontline state fighting the war against terrorism and Tehran is ready for every kind of cooperation with Kabul in this regard. This was stated by Iran foreign minister Mohammad Jawad Zarif during a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Three former Ministry of Interior (MoI) officials have been banned from travelling abroad and referred to the attorneys in compliance with a presidential order, an official said on Saturday. The government official, who spoke on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): India and Afghanistan are likely to announce an air cargo service on Saturday as President Ashraf Ghani and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi were meeting in Amritsar for the Heart of Asia conference. A foreign news agency... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Taliban militants hanged a university student in central Maidan Wardak province, officials said on Saturday. The governor’s spokesman, Abdul Rahman Mangal, told Pajhwok Afghan News Faiz Rahman, a final year student of civil... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): US president-elect Donald Trump has picked Marine Corps General James Mattis, who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan, as his defence secretary, a news report said. Mattis, who retired as US Central Command chief in 2013, has... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok) The 2-day Hear of Asia --- Istanbul Process Conference begins today in Indian to will discuss peace, cooperation and economic development in Afghanistan. Representatives of 40 countries attend the conference. President Ashraf... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Notorious commander of Daesh also known as Islamic State (IS) terrorist group has been killed while two people had been released from the group captivity in eastern Nangarhar province, statements from the governor house and police... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan government and the European Union on Wednesday held a follow-up meeting on the Afghanistan-EU Human Rights Dialogue. In a joint statement, the government and the EU said the event was opened by Deputy Foreign Minister... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has renewed its commitment to expandingthe organisation’shumanitarian mission and other programmes in Afghanistan. has said. Monica Zanarelli, head of the ICRC delegation,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan’s outgoing army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif on Tuesday said his country had taken concerted steps to promote peace and stability in Afghanistan. Addressing a change-of-commanded ceremony in Rawalpindi, he stressed a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan Mohammad Issa Mesbah has presented his credentials to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bishkek, where he was received by Deputy Foreign Minister Azamat Usenov. Usenov greeted the ambassador on... read more
 November 27th, Kabul, Afghanistan – Roshan, Afghanistan’s leading telecommunications provider, announced winners of its “Kabul Jan” offer, a contest which Roshan customers based in Kabul province could participate in by subscribing to any of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has appointed Lt. Gen. Javed Qamar Bajawa as the new chief of the world sixth largest military, a media report said on Saturday. Bajwa will replace Gen. Raheel Sharif on November 29th as... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Britain foreign secretary Boris Johnson and his delegation called on President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday at the Presidential Palace.  A statement from the Presidential Palace said Foreign Affairs Minister Salahuddin Rabbani,... read more
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): A key bridge benefiting tens of thousands of people has been inaugurated in Paron, the capital of eastern Nuristan province, the governor said on Friday. Hafiz Abdul Qayyum told Pajhwok Afghan News the bridge, which took... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Angered by the rejection of their applications, Afghan immigrants at a reception center for unaccompanied minors in Norway have gone on hunger strike, says a news report. The protestors are staying at asylum centre in the... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Tajikistan and Pakistan have agreed on the need for railway connectivity through Afghanistan to strengthen trade and economic relations. The agreement came at a meeting between Tajikistan’s Ambassador Sherali S. Jononov with... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Representatives of 40 countries will attend the sixth Heart of Asia conference on peace, cooperation and economic development in Afghanistan, a news report said on Friday. President Ashraf Ghani and Indian Prime Minister Narendra... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has stressed effective use of Afghanistan’s location and available regional opportunities for economic prosperity as he met Kazakhstan foreign minister in Kabul on Thursday. A statement from the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Religious scholars who met Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Wednesday called for appointing religious scholars as advisors in security and other government organs. A statement from the CEO office said Ulema... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Russia on Wednesday strongly condemned a bomb attack on a Shiite mosque in Kabul, saying the attack’s organizers sought to foment interreligious strife in Afghanistan. The Russian Embassy in Kabul in a statement said the attack... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Ten women are being considered for appointment to the Ulema Council, Minister of Women’s Affairs Dilbar Nazari announced on Wednesday. Afghan women continued to face issues despite the implementation of several projects aimed to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan has voiced concerned over Durand Line violations by the Pakistan military, saying such acts amount to spurning the international law and conventions. The issue was raised during a meeting of the National Security... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Amidst rising insurgent attacks, Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday asked the Ashraf Ghani administration to develop a security plan to better protect the minority Shia sect during high-profile public events. A day earlier, a... read more
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The United States and the UN on Monday strongly condemned the terrorist attack on the Baqir-ul-Uloom mosque and offered help in bringing the perpetrators to justice. “The United States strongly condemns the terrorist attack... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Monday met a child who was recently rescued child from kidnappers and pledged punishing the criminals under the law. A statement from Presidential Palace said Ghani received Naveed, who was recovered by... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The unity government leaders on Monday strongly condemned a suicide attack on a religious ceremony in capital Kabul. At least 27 people were killed and 35 others wounded when the suicide attacker struck a religious ceremony in a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two Daesh rebels have been killed in a US drone strike in the Achin district of eastern Nangarhar province, an official said on Monday. Governor Spokesman Ataullah Khogyani told Pajhwok Afghan News the two militants were targeted... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 27 people were killed and 64 others wounded as a suicide bomber attacked a religious ceremony in the sixth police district of Kabul on Monday, an official said. Crime branch chief for 101st Kabul Asmayee Police Zone, Col... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Procurement Commission (NPC) has approved six more contracts worth 370 million afghanis, the Presidential Palace said on Sunday. A statement from the Presidential Palace said the contracts were signed during a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Police shot dead one suicide bomber and three others managed to escape in northeastern Badakhshan province, an official said on Sunday. Police spokesman Mahfoozullah Akbari said following a tip-off, security personnel cordoned... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): National Directorate of Security (NDS) personnel have arrested notorious commander of Haqqani Network in the Zurmat district of southeastern Paktia province, a statement from the Spy-Network said on Sunday. Syed Rahman known as... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 96 people were killed and over 100 injured when 14 coaches of the Indore-Patna Express derailed near Pukhrayan in Kanpur Dehat district on Sunday, a media report said. According to timesofindia, the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Germany is likely to send back home country more than 12,000 Afghan migrants because large parts of Afghanistan are considered safe, a media report said on Thursday. According to a German government document reviewed by a German... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A US government agency financed in Kabul a hotel and apartment complex worth $85 million that never opened, a federal watchdog said on Thursday. The Overseas Private Investment Corp obtained huge loans for the ill-starred... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Directorate of Security (NDS) on Thursday claimed seizing two huge armed caches in southwestern Nimroz province. The armed depotswere found in Kang district and Ferozgi localityon the outskirts of Zaranj, the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced a three-year extension to its 2010-2016 Commercial Horticulture and Agricultural Marketing Program (CHAMP). In a statement, USAID said the extension would widen... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday said the kidnappers of a six years old child in western Farah province would be punished publicly based on the law of the land. Farah security officials said Naveed was kidnapped during Taliban... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a nine-month operation to help Afghanistan deal with the growing number of returnees from Pakistanand internally displaced people (IDPs) by providing emergency food and funds, the UN says... read more
FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): Intelligence operatives on Tuesday rescued a little child from the clutches of his kidnappers in western Farah province, an official said. A video of the kidnapped child has previously gone viral on social media. The video... read more
NEW DELHI (Pajhwok) Afghanistan’s leading wholesale traders of fresh and dried fruits, carpets, marble and jewelry are expected to strike major deals at the India International Trade Fair (IITF underway November 14-27 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Shaken by the disqualification of five ministers by the Wolesi Jirga, the government on Monday moved the Supreme Court to explain the summoning of cabinet members by parliament. On his Facebook page, President Ashraf Ghani’s... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Governors Association (AGA) on Sunday accused the selection committee’s of double standards in its work, and said the government was interfering in the Independent Election Commission (IEC)’s affairs. A statement... read more
KABUL CITY (Pajhwok): The National Directorate of Security (NDS) on Sunday claimed arresting a group of three Pakistani Daesh insurgents in eastern Kunur province. A statement from the spy service identified the detainees as Shirwali, Hamza and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a nine-month operation to provide emergency food and cash to growing numbers of returnees from Pakistan and people displaced internally by conflict, the organization said on Sunday.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has said fruitful meetings with public representatives are in interest of the country, assuring his government is not on a collision course with the Wolesi Jirga. Ghani expressed the view during a meeting... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and Resolute Support (RS) mission condemned last night’s attack against civilian residents of the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif. Shortly before midnight on 10... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Pentagon has asked US lawmaker that it needed additional $11.6 billion to pay for the campaign against Islamic State (IS) militants and the war in Afghanistan. The request raised the price tag for both wars to $85.3... read more
ZARANJ (Pajhwok): A key road has been renamed as “Khabar Negaran Road” (Journalists Road) in the capital of southwestern Nimroz province. The road in Zarjanj City was renamed after being suggested so by local journalists and media advocacy groups... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has given away the keys of a residential apartment to Nat Geo's famed 'Afghan Girl' Sharbat Gula and promised taking care of her family’s heath and education. Gula, who was made famous by a National... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Embassy of Pakistan in Kabul on Wednesday organized an event to celebrate the 139th birth anniversary of Allama Muhammad Iqbal.  In a statement, the Pakistan Embassy said Afghan Minister for Information and Culture, Dr.... read more
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Six renovated and well-equipped warehouses for agriculture products were put into service in southern Ghazni province on Tuesday. Governor Abdul Kareem Matin during told the inauguration ceremony that the warehouses were... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Sunday said it was investigating allegations that at least 32 civilians were killed in air strikes and a further 19 injured in northern Kunduz province last Thursday. The... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The US forces on Saturday acknowledged civilian casualties in airstrikes in northern Kunduz province and promised investigation and assistance. “An initial investigation has determined that efforts to defend Afghan security... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Investigation into Kunduz incident has been launched and individuals behind the airstrikes that claimed the lives of several innocent people would be dealt in accordance to the country’s laws, a statement from deputy Chief Executive... read more
The election and transparency watch organization of Afghanistan (ETWA) has observed the working process of the selection committee, and according to the findings, of 720 applicants, 42 individuals for election commission and 30 individuals for... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Eight Afghans have been imprisoned for years in the US-run prison at Guantanamo Bay on the basis of "vague accusations" rife with "gross errors of fact," a new report said on Thursday. The report, titled Kafka In Cuba, The... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan’s efforts to engage the Taliban and nudge Pakistan to assist the peace process have yielded no concrete results over the past two years, the chief executive officer (CEO) said on Thursday. Foreign terrorists and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): BBC journalist Ahmad Yama Sherzad’s death is a huge loss for the entire media and press community in Afghanistan, an advisor to the president said on Tuesday. Sherzad was killed in a traffic accident on the Kunduz-Baghlan highway... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) on Sunday said it would make efforts at trying in court those involved in embezzling aid, whether living in Afghanistan or the US. According to a statement from... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than two dozen programs that cost more than $2.3 billion “were unsuccessful overall as implemented in Afghanistan,” a US government monitoring agency has said. The findings were released on Saturday by the Special Inspector... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Qatari leadership has assured President Ashraf Ghani of support in different fields especially the Afghanistan’s peace effort, the Presidential Palace said on Wednesday. In a statement, the Presidential Palace said President... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday left for Qatar to condole with Qatari leaders the demise of the former Emir Khalifa bin Hamad Al-Thani, who died on Sunday aged 84. The Qatari government has announced a three-day mourning on the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Reporters Without Borders on Monday condemned the increase in violence against journalists and media outlets in Afghanistan. In a statement, the internbational organization also unknown as Reporters Sans Frontières ... read more
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): A bomb went off inside a mosque in the capital of western Herat province on Friday, one eyewitness said. Abdul Hakim told Pajhwok Afghan News the explosion took place during Juma prayers. However, he said the blast caused no... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two Americans were killed and another three were wounded when a gunman in Afghan military uniform opened fire at a base in Kabul, the NATO-led coalition said on Wednesday. One US service member and one US civilian were killed and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has appointed Border and Tribal Affairs Minister Mohammad Gulab Mangal as the governor of eastern Nangarhar province, replacing Salim Khan Kunduzi who had resigned citing personal reasons. Mangal would also... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A would-be suicide bomber, planning an attack in the capital of central Parwan province, has been detained, the spy service said on Tuesday. A statement from the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said Mohammad Khan, who... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Journalists Safety Committee (AJSC) provided emergency assistance to more than 80 journalists across Kunduz, Helmand and Farah provinces during the past weeks, the committee said on Monday. In a statement, the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Monday said anyone who interfered in the Selection Committee’s affairs would be considered a criminal and brought to justice. Ghani expressed these views during a meeting with the committee’s members at... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Nepali government has lifted a four-month ban on sending Nepalese workers to Afghanistan which was imposed after the country's security guards were killed in a Taliban attack, a media report said on Monday. Nepal imposed the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Wednesday condemned last night’s attack on the Kart-i-Shakhi mosque and shrine in Kabul that killed at least 18 civilians and injured more than 50 others. An... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Second Vice President Sarwar Danish on Wednesday said differences over election reforms had been resolved and an initial list of commissioners would be presented to President Ashraf Ghani in three weeks. Addressing an Ashura... read more
NEILI (Pajhwok): Sumaia Mohammadi, a member of the Daikundi Provincial Council (PC), has been killed during the overnight attack on the Cart-i-Sakhi shrine in Kabul, a local representative said on Wednesday. Hadi Rahimzada, also a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations (UN) expert Chaloka Beyani would visit Afghanistan from 11 to 21 October to assess the human rights situation of internally displaced persons as fears grow that one million more could be displaced internally and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A huge arms depot belonging to the Taliban has been seized by Afghan forces in the Khwaja Ghar district of northwestern Farah province, the intelligence agency said Monday. A statement from the National Directorate of Security (... read more
KABUL CITY (Pajhwok): National Directorate of Security (NDS) personnel have arrested the Taliban shadow district chief for Obye district in western Herat province, a statement from the spy-network said on Saturday.  Mullah Obaidullah along... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting infrastructure development in Afghanistan and stressed the importance of improved project implementation to enhance development impact in the country.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The residents of various provinces have welcomed international financial aid pledges with Afghanistan at the just concluded conference in Brussels. International donors on Wednesday pledged $15.2 billion in aid for Afghanistan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan’s Ambassador to Afghanistan Syed Abrar Hussain on Wednesday said his country was vigorously working on improving road and aerial connectivity with Afghanistan. Inaugurating the new office of Pakistan International... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 20 people were wounded in a suicide attack on a mini bus carrying Ministry of Mines workers in capital Kabul on Wednesday, the Ministry of Public Health said. The blast took place in the limits of 7th police district on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The European Union on Wednesday called on the Afghan government to accelerate reform, eliminate corruption and focus on political stability, peace and security. In his remarks at the Brussels Conference, European Council Donald... read more
BRUSSELS (Pajhwok): On the day one of a two-day international conference on Afghanistan in Brussels on Tuesday, the participants underlined that regional economic cooperation could create win-win results but requires dedicated, long-term and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The European Commission on Tuesday announced a new financial assistance to the Afghan government in the form of a State-building contract, the commission said. Through State-building contracts, the European Union (EU)... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs on Sunday an investigation was ongoing in the death of one of its national staff. The UNOCHA in a brief statement said it was aware of the tragic death of one... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The UK on Sunday pledged £750 million in new assistance to Afghanistan over the next four years, to provide the long-term development support needed to build a more prosperous and stable country. The assistance would capitalise... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Sunday condemned two improvised explosive device (IED) detonations that killed 19 civilians in Helmand and Badghis provinces. Both devices used victim-activated... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A would-be suicide bomber belonging to the Islamic State (IS) , or Daesh militant group, has been detained in eastern Nangarhar province, the Afghan intelligence agency said on Sunday. The National Directorate of Security (NDS)... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Prominent Baloch activists on Saturday called for establishment of an “independent government of Balochistan in exile”, appealing to the governments of India and Afghanistan to provide place, protection and other requirements in... read more
KABUL/KANDAHAR (Pajhwok): A dozen militants have been killed and nine others arrested during clashes and raid in different parts of the country, an official and statements said on Saturday. Two militants were killed and five others wounded when... read more
  KABUL (Pajhwok): Nearly a dozen Afghan and international NGOs, coordinated by Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA), have urged more resources for promoting the cause of education. In a joint briefing paper prior to the Brussels... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Road and aerial connectivity with Afghanistan is being improved on a fast-track basis, Pakistan Ambassador Syed Abrar Hussain said on Thursday. Inaugurating the new office of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) in Kabul, he... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR) on Wednesday inaugurated its second voluntary repatriation centre in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province to facilitate the return of Afghan refugees to Afghanistan. The new centre in... read more
KBUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has alleged Pakistan is using the issue of Afghan refugees as pressure tool against Afghanistan. According to a senior government official, as many as 6,500 refugees return to Afghanistan from Pakistan and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullahon Tuesday called drug smuggling the main financial source of terrorism in Afghanistan. The national unity government was determined to eliminate the menace of drug trafficking from... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): China plans to finance and build several outposts and other facilities to beef up Tajikistan's defense capabilities along its border with Afghanistan, a media report said on Monday. In a decree published on Monday, the Tajik... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Four Romanian soldiers have been injured in an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion in southern Afghanistan, the Defence Ministry in Bucharest said The White Shark Force Protection Battalion soldiers were wounded on Sunday... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): ‘Fake’ messages have been sent to several addresses from the email address of National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar, an official said on Sunday. National Security Council (NSC) spokesman Tawab Ghorzang on his Facebook... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Sunday hosted a meeting in Kabul with representatives of the Hazara community. In a statement the mission said it invited participants for an open discussion,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A cargo of humanitarian aid and medical supplies arrived in Kabul yesterday from Egypt as a sign of solidarity from the people of the Arab Republic to the brotherly people of Afghanistan. The Egypt Embassy in Kabul in a statement... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The government and the Ghazanfar Group on Thursday signed an agreement to create a framework for development and construction of a landmark gas-fired power plant near the capital of northern Balkh province. The agreement was... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): US, UK and the United Nation Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) have encouraged and welcomed peace agreement between Afghan government and Hizb-i-Islami Afghanistan, led by Gulbadin Hikmatyar, statements from the diplomatic... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday said he would not plead with any neighbours for peace, but desired stability in the country. The president expressed the view during a meeting with representatives of civil society organisations... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday telephoned India Prime Minister Narendra Modi and condemned the “cross border attack” in Uri while expressing solidarity with India to eliminate the threat of terrorism. Ghani strongly... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations secretary general’s special envoy to Afghanistan on Monday reitrated the international community’s broad support to the Kabul administration.    Tadamychy Yamamoto expressed the view during a meeting... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Procurement Commission (NPC) has approved six contracts worth 421 million afghanis, a statement said on Sunday. President Ashraf Ghani presided over the NPC meeting that took place at the Presidential Palace on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Iran’s Permanent Representative to the UN Gholamali Khoshroo has asked the international community to support Afghan unity government in its fight against terrorism and extremism, a media report said on Thursday. According to... read more
  KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has made a strong statement against terrorism during his official visit to India, reserving an indirect barb at Pakistan's policy of differentiating between 'good terrorists' and 'bad... read more
  KABUL (Pajhwok): The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has condemned militants attack on Mirwais Regional Hospital (MRH) in southern Kandahar which took place on Monday that left two people dead and three others injured, said... read more
TALUQAN (Pajhwok): Local upraising group fighters have killed one militant and wounded seven others in the Cha Ab district of northern Talkhar province, an official said on Tuesday. Sunnatullah Taimur, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Six Taliban, including the group’s notorious Commander Zarqavi, have been killed in security force operation in the Batikot district of eastern Nangarhar province, an official said on Tuesday. The operation was conducted Monday... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has pledged to investigate attack on American University in capital Kabul and assure the education institution of complete security, a statement from Presidential Palace said on Tuesday. Earlier,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has asked youth to join hands together against corruption and injustice as they were the future leaders of the county, said a statement from Presidential Palace on Tuesday. The president expressed... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Eidul Adha prayers were offered at mosques and Eid Gahs across the country on Monday, marking the three-day religious festival. President Ashraf Ghani along with deputy chief executives, a number of jihadi figures, Cabinet and... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Ten Afghan citizens have been detained during a search operation in Pakistan’s garrison city of Rawalpindi, police say. Police, Rangers and other security agencies conducted the search operation in different areas of Sabzi... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): About 1,400 soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), at Fort Campbell will deploy to Afghanistan to participate in counter-terrorism operations, the US army has announced. The Rakkasans from 3rd Brigade Combat... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Diplomats, representatives of international organizations, civil society and the private sector on Sunday met at the Presidential Palace with senior government leaders to review preparations for a major international conference on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Joint Anti-corruption and Evaluating Committee (MEC) on Sunday released its ‘special report’ on vulnerabilities to corruption in imports and supply of fuel and liquid gas. In a statement the MEC said the special... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met for a fourth time on the implementation of the political agreement on the national unity government. A statement from Abdullah’s office said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has given the Malalai of Maiwand Award to an Australian aid worker, who was recently rescued from captivity in eastern Afghanistan. President Ghani on Tuesday evening conferred the Malalai of Maiwand Award... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday hoped Afghanistan would win more economic assistance pledges at the upcoming international conference in Brussels. NATO allies and donor countries are to meet on October... read more
On the International Day of the Disappeared, Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross wish to draw attention to the suffering of migrants and their families looking for missing loved ones. For... read more
KABUL CITY (Pajhwok): Four Islamic State (IS) or Daesh militants and as many Taliban have been detained the National Directorate Security (NDS) personnel in eastern Nangarhar province, a statement from the country's spy-network... read more
SAR-I-PUL (Pajhwok): Nearly 1,000 families, who have been displaced by ongoing clashes in northern Sar-i-Pul province,are in dire need of assistance, a public representative said on Saturday. Mohammad Ali Hakimi, provincial council member, lashed... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah on Thursday condemned the attack on the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) as an assault on development and progress. A statement from the Presidential... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Wednesday said it was extremely concerned about the safety of hundreds of journalists and media outlets due to an increase in Taliban and Islamic State attacks in a number of Afghanistan provinces... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies (AISS) on Tuesday released its latest research report “Afghanistan's Constitution and the society in transition”. In a statement, the institute said the study’s major objective was to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Procurement Commission (NPC) has approved 20 contracts worth 5.5 billion afghanis, the Presidential Palace said in a statement on Sunday. The statement said the NPC meeting that took place on Saturday evening at the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan National Police (ANP) have arrested a Taliban judge during an operation in the Shinwari district of central Parwan province, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Sunday. A dozen militants were killed and 27 others... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has asked the members of youth parliament to join hands together and become a pressure group against corruption in the country, the Presidential Palace said on Friday. The president expressed the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Embassy of Pakistan in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul on Thursday held a ceremony to celebrate the neighbouring country’s 70th Independence Day, the diplomatic mission said. In a statement, the Pakistani Embassy said Ambassador... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Enlightenment Movement on Wednesday once again stressed TUTAP project’s implementation through central Bamyan province and set the government a two-week deadline to accept their demand. Mohammad Arif Rahmani, a member of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Three policemen were wounded during a physical clash with bodyguards of a former senior Interior Ministry official at a hotel in Kabul, officials said on Wednesday. Ministry of Interior spokesman Sediq Seddiqi told Pajhwok Afghan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Four Afghan universities have qualified for a key education programme of the European Union. Called Erasmus+ programme, the initiative is aimed training youth and promoting sports, the EU said on Wednesday. Kabul University, the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan security forces are increasingly using schools as bases during military operations in Taliban-controlled areas, putting children at risk and depriving thousands of an education, a New York-based rights group said on Wednesday... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Moscow on Saturday confirmed Russian pilot Sergei Sevastyanov, seized by Taliban in Afghanistan on August 4, will be transferred soon to the Russian embassy in Islamabad. The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday among the... read more
  KABUL (Pajhwok): Resolute Support (RS) commander in Afghanistan has acknowledged that western sanctions against Russian have weakened the fight against terrorism in Afghanistan, a media report said According to Sputnik Gen. John... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A top US military commander has hailed India’s cooperation with Afghan security forces, urging New Delhi to deliver more combat helicopters to Kabul. During a visit to Delhi, the Resolute Support commander told an Indian... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan apex court has ruled in favor of Omnia in the ongoing three-year-old legal battle between the company and the Q Kabul Hotel, owned by the Qasemi family, consistent with the unanimous rulings handed down by both the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The High Economic Council has approved a centralised medicine supply strategy aimed at price regulation and cuts, the Presidential Palace said on Monday. The strategy was accorded at a meeting, chaired by President Ashraf Ghani.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some sources close to Taliban insurgents on Sunday said the rebels had asked Pakistan to release some of their key prisoners in exchange for a helicopter crew they held hostage after their helicopter crashed in central Logar... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar has traveled to the Islamic Republic of Iran on a two-day official visit, a statement from the National Security Council (NSC) said on Saturday. With his Iranian counterpart Atmar... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A Taliban’s deputy intelligence agent for northern Balkh province has been arrested by National Directorate of Security (NDS) personnel, the spy service said on Wednesday. A statement from NDS said the detainee, Mirwais alias... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): AM General, an American heavy vehicle manufacturer, will manufacture 1,673 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs) for Afghan forces, the US-based company said on Tuesday. The company has been awarded a $356 million... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): NATO’s Resolute Support (RS) Commander Gen. John W. Nicholson has said almost 70 percent of fighters in the Islamic State (IS) group in Afghanistan are former Pakistani Taliban. Dawn.com said Nicholson told journalists in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah on Monday stressed the need for presenting a comprehensive and multifaceted national development strategy at the forthcoming summit in Brussels, the capital of Belgium. Presiding over a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Municipalities across the country do not have any mechanism subjecting them to accountability by urban residents who have no idea of their annual budgets, a new cluster survey finds.  The survey -- City, Citizens and Mayor... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): In a coordinated assault, a group of Taliban insurgents attacked a guesthouse of foreign contractors in Kabul with an explosives-laden truck in the wee hours of Monday. In the ensuing operation at the Northgate Guesthouse on... read more
  KABUL (Pajhwok): The Twitter account of the Chief Executive Office has been hacked by unidentified individuals, Abdullah said. A brief statement from CEO office said technical and press teams no longer had control of the handle. It said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A former professional footballer has been jailed for attempting to smuggle 10 Afghan migrants into the United Kingdom, a leading newspaper reported on Sunday. Fabrice Lokembo-Lokasowas detained in Calais as he tried to board a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An international human rights organisation on Sunday asked the Afghan government to prosecute militia members responsible for killings and other abuses against civilians in northwestern Faryab province in June, 2016. In a report... read more
  KABUL (Pajhwok): Five members of the US special operation forces have recently wounded in anti-Daesh operation in eastern Afghanistan, a media report said on Friday. According to Sputnik, the NATO Resolute Support (RS) Mission Head... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A leading international human rights campaigner on Thursday voiced his grave concern over increasing conflict-related casualties among Afghan civilians, particularly children. Phelim Kine, Asia researcher for Human Rights Watch (... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): National Directorate of Security (NDS) has claimed the arrest of a landmine making expert associated to Islamic State (IS) or Daesh in the Kama district of eastern Nangarhar province, A statement from the spy-network on Wednesday... read more
  KABUL (Pajhwok): US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford has said military mission in Afghanistan was not complete and could not be completed in the near future. A media report said on Wednesday. During a joint... read more
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Deputy military affairs commander of the Islamic State or Daesh group has been killed in an Afghan commando forces’ operation in the Kot district of eastern Nangarhar province, an official said on Monday. Sad Emirati, the IS... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday telephoned President Ashraf Ghani and assured him of Islamabad’s strong commitment to deepening cooperation with Kabul in fighting the scourge of terrorism, which he called common enemy... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Monday appointed a delegation to conduct a thoroughgoing investigation into the attack on a protest demonstration in the capital earlier in the week. A statement from the Presidential Palace said Ghani... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Security Council (NSC) on Sunday directed the authorities concerned to provide needed support and assistance to the families of those who lost their loved ones and those injured in yesterday’s attack on a rally in Kabul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): As many as 262 people lost their lives and another 799 sustained injuries in 17 bomb explosions and suicide attacks in capital Kabul during the past seven months, the with deadliest one taking place yesterday. Two suicide bombers... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday participated the funeral and Quran recitation ceremonies held for the victims of suicide attacks on protest demonstration in the capital Kabul. A day earlier, 80 people were killed and 231 others... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): In memory of those killed in Saturday’s twin bombings, President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday renamedthe Deh Mazang Square of Kabul as Martyrs Square. A day earlier, 80 people were killed and 231 others injured in two suicide attacks... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Vowing revenge for Saturday’s twin powerful explosions that killed and wounded hundreds of people, President Ashraf Ghani announced a national day of mourning to be observed on Sunday. The suicide blasts ripped through crowds... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United States (US) embassy in Kabul and Resolute Support (RS), Pakistan, UNAMA and others condemned in the strongest terms the cowardly bombing attack that claimed scores of innocent lives in Kabul during a peaceful... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Forty Six Islamic State (IS) or Desh militants, including the group’s two commanders who bombed over ten civilians have been killed in a US airstrikes in the Achin district of eastern Nangarhar province, an official said on Saturday... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok) Forty Afghan companies will showcase their products at a “Made-in-Afghanistan” event in New Delhi, supported by USAID. The event would raise awareness of Afghan goods and foster business ties between Afghanistan and India, the... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Thirty alleged drug smugglers, including four Pakistanis, have been killed in a NATO air strike in southern Afghanistan, a news report said on Monday. The fatalities occurred on Friday night when the smugglers were crossing a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday evening presided over a meeting of the National Procurement Commission (NPC) granting approval to three project contracts worth 250 million afghanis. A statement from the Presidential Palace... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The botched coup plot in Turkey would have no impact on the US-led campaign to support Afghanistan in the war against the Taliban, the top American military commander in the country said on Sunday. In an interview with the... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): More than 8,000 undocumented Afghan citizens have been arrested in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar over the past six months, police say. Based on growing complaints of street crimes, robberies, target killings, mobile... read more
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): A girl has succumbed to her wounds in hospital and five other people, including four children, were wounded in a landmine explosion in the Andar district of southern Ghazni province, an official said on Sunday. The... read more
  KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 194 people were killed in overnight clashes, many of them civilians, and 754 soldiers arrested following a botched military coup against the Turkish government, media reports said on Saturday. In Istanbul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan is interested to benefit from the experience of Denmark in area of vocational and higher education, President Ashraf Ghani said on Thursday during a meeting with Danish Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen. A statement... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former intelligence chief Rahmatullah Nabil on Thursday shared some documents along with a write-up with media persons ‘proving Pakistan’s relations with Taliban.’ In his article, Nabil said Pakistan after coming into being in... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistan has suspended flour exports to Afghanistan after an increasein custom duty on the commodity and signing of an agreement between Kabul and New Delhi, a newspaper reported on Wednesday. Peshawar-based flour... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Fund on Wednesday signed a $8.7 million grant with the Ministry of Public Health to scale up HIV prevention measures and treatment for people most at risk of contracting the virus... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Tuesday said the mother and child mortality rates would drop with the addition of new sections to Istiqlal Hospital in the capital Kabul. The new sections includeda baby care centre,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): US Defence Secretary Ash Carter on Tuesday flew into Kabul to meet Afghan leaders and America’s top military commanders on the situation in the war-torn country. During the unannounced stop in Kabul, Carter will hold talks... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): National Directorate of Security (NDS) personnel have arrested three suspected terrorists from Khawaja Rawash locality in the limits of 9th municipality district of capital Kabul, the spy-network said in a statement on Monday.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A former Islamic State (IS) or Daesh member slammed the group’s cruel actions in the Kot district of eastern Nangarhar province as unjustifiable. Religious scholar Maulvi Abdul Rahim Muslim Dost, also a former Guantanamo Bay... read more
KABU (Pajhwok): The cleanliness department of Kabul Municipality was set to be privatised as city administration lacked equipment and other resources to discharge the cleanliness drive properly. The view was expressed by Eng. Tawab Ahmadi, the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Kingdom (UK) has decided to send up to 50 additional military personnel to Afghanistan to train and advise Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), BBC reported on Saturday. The newly deployed military personnel would... read more
WARSAW (Pajhwok): NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Friday said the alliance would adopt new measures to protect its allies from new emerging threats. In his preliminary remarks at the Warsaw summit Stoltenberg said that the summit was a... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok):  Police chief of northern Kunduz province Brig. Gen. Mohammad Qasim Jangal Bagh said on Thursday police with other security agencies put in place strict measure to ensure peace and avoid incidents of insecurity in the... read more
  KABUL CITY (Pajhwok): As many as 500 students of technical and professional institutes administered by the Ministry of Education (MoE) would be dispatched to Indian for two year education and training, an official said on Thursday.... read more
GARDEZ (Pajhwok): Most of natural streams across southern Paktia province have become silted or gone dry, causing a shortage of irrigation water. Many of the water channels in Gardez, the provincial capital, Zurmat, Ahmad Aba, Syed Karam and... read more
KABUL CITY (Pajhwok): Hilaluddin Helal has been appointed Defence Minister assistant to the strategic intelligence department in the rank of General in line with presidential order, a statement from the Presidential Palace said on Thursday. The... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The US Embassy in Kabul on Wednesday extended its best wishes to the people of Afghanistan on the occasion of Eidul Fitr.  Millions of American Muslims are celebrating Eid as well, and, like families in Afghanistan, they... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Monday’s bombing near the US consulate in Jeddah was conducted by a Pakistani citizen, the Saudi interior ministry said on Tuesday. The 35-year-old bomber, who lived in the kingdom for the past 12 years with his family, was... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan government and the UAE-based Alokozay International Limited on Monday signed an agreement on the group’s investment in 72 acres of land. The agreement was signed between government officials and the Alokozay Group of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Security Council on Monday directed the defence and security organs to take necessary measures for security across the country during Eid holidays. Presided over by President Ashraf Ghani, the NSC meeting took place... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Monday said Afghanistan remained their largest operation and the alliance was committed to assisting Afghan forces to secure their country. Speaking at a press conference ahead of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A high-level congressional delegation called on President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah, the US embassy said on Monday. Headed by John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, the... read more
SHARAN (Pajhwok): National Directorate of Security (NDS) on Monday claimed arresting an individual trying to carry out a suicide bombing in the Orgun district of southeastern Paktika province. In a statement, the spy network said the would-be... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday assessed an ongoing investigation into a twin suicide attack that killed and wounded a of number police cadets in the Paghman district of central Kabul province. The police cadets were heading to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan security forces repulsed a massive insurgent attack on their posts in the Jalrez district of central Maidan Wardak province, an official said on Saturday. Hundreds of Taliban gunmen stormed security posts in Khwaja Sahib... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission has reached staff-level agreement with Afghanistan authorities on an economic programme to be supported by a three-year Extended Credit Facility (ECF) arrangement. The IMF mission, led... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani traveled to Saudi Arabiaat on the head of a high-level delegation and performed Umrah, his office said on Saturday. Ghani and his delegation landed late on Friday in Jeddah,from where they went to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): UNHCR Voluntary Repatriation Centres (VRC) in Pakistani cities of Peshawar and Quetta will remain closed on account of Eidul Fitr, the UN agency announced on Friday. In a statement, the refugee agency said the Chamkani VRC in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday strongly condemned ‘as crime against humanity’ a twin suicide bombing targeting buses carrying trainee policemen near Kabul. The Taliban have claimed credit for the attack that left 37 people... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Top Pakistani officials met in Islamabad on Thursday to formulate modalities for the repatriation of Afghan refugees to their motherland, the Foreign Office said. Co-chaired by the adviser on foreign affairs and the minister... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The U.S. diplomatic mission in Kabul condemned Thursday horrific, multi-part attack on Afghan National Police and civilians in Kabul.  The first attack targeted new police cadets, with a second attack purposefully targeting... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Kakar Advocates, a Kabul-based law firm, has entered into a strategic alliance with DLA Piper -- one of the world’s largest legal service-providers -- to work together in Afghanistan. DLA Piper, having a wide clientele base and... read more
KUNDUZ CITY/FIAZABAD (Pajhwok): At least 15 militants, including foreigners, have been killed and 10 others wounded during operations in northern Kunduz and Badakhshan provinces, official said Wednesday. Kunduz police chief, Brig. Gen. Qasim... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday talked to relatives of the security personnel killed recently and assured them of assistance, including children’s education. A statement from the Presidential Palace said Ghani extended his... read more
Kabul (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah strongly condemned a terrorist attack on the Atatürk International Airport in Istanbul, stressing an end to such atrocities in Turkey, Afghanistan and in the world at large. “On... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A would-be suicide bomber has been arrested by intelligence forces in eastern Kunar province, the spy service said on Monday. According to a statement from the National Directorate of Security (NDS), the would-be suicide bomber,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Days after losing more than a dozen security contractors to a suicide attack in Kabul, Nepal has banned its citizens from working in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria, Reuters reported on Saturday. The news agency said the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Uzbekistan’s {resident, Islom Karimovhas said his country was ready to extend a railroad from its border to Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province. A statement from the Presidential Palacesaid that Karimov... read more
GARDEZ (Pajhwok): The governor of southeastern Paktia province on Thursday said fighting corruption required all government departments to be ready for accountability.    Nasratullah Arsala told a gathering held to discuss anti-... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani, heading a high-level delegation, on Thursday arrived in Tashkent, the capital of neighboring Uzbekistan, to attend the 16th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit. The president and his delegation... read more
GARDEZ (Pajhwok): Construction work on a road costing up to 21 million afghanis was launched on Wednesday in the capital of southeastern Paktia province. Paktia Governor Nasratullah Arsala said the road’s construction would resolve traffic... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Traders across the country would soon have the facility to pay customs duties electronically through any commercial bank, the finance minister said on Wednesday. Online payments will obviate the need to pay in cash at specific... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Economic development security improvement is necessary for the Afghans to have confidence in their government, the top UN diplomat in the country has said. The UN secretary-general’s special representativesaid in a briefing to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Indian diplomatic mission in Afghanistan on Tuesday held Yoga protocol to mark the International Day of Yoga festival. The embassy extended invitation to different individuals to take part in the hour-long Yoga exercise aimed... read more
GARDEZ (Pajhwok): Hundreds of people on Tuesday rallied in support of the Afghan security forces and against Pakistan in southeastern Paktia province the wake of recent clashes at Torkham border. Last week, Afghan and Pakistani security forces... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on Monday declared its support for Afghan refugees all over the world and assured President Ghani the agency’s timely assistance delivery to refugees. A statement from the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  The creation of three new institutions to manage Afghanistan’s road sector was officially endorsed on Sunday and the proposal would now be presented to President Ashraf Ghani for his review and authorization. “This... read more
SHARANA (Pajhwok): Ilyas Wahdat has been appointed as new governor of the southeastern Paktika province, the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) said on Sunday. IDLG spokesperson Munira Yousufzada told Pajhwok Afghan News the order... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Adviser to Pakistani Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Thursday his country was not breaching any agreement by constructing a gate on Torkham border and will go on with the project to make effective border management... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan traders daily incur losses running into millions as a result of the tension at Torkham border crossing between Afghanistan and Pakistan, the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) said on Thursday. ACCI... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Journalists Federation (AJF) on Thursday asked former intelligence chief Amrullah Saleh to prove his allegation that Pajhwok Afghan News is reliant on the government or apologise to the media outlet. Some days... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The governor on Thursday promised reinvestigation into the cases of journalists so far killed in southern Helmand province. About eight years ago, Pajhwok reporter Abdul Samad Rohani and New York Times reporter Noor Ahmad... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The spy service on Thursday claimed thwarting a Taliban plot to launch a coordinated suicide attack in eastern Nangarhar province. Eight militants were detained in connection with the terror plot in Jalalabad, the National... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): First deputy chief executive officer (CEO) Mohammad Khan on Tuesday stressed a peaceful resolution to the border tension between Afghanistan and Pakistan and asked Islamabad to ensure their forces respected international obligations... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A two-day NATO ministerial meeting, due to begin in Brussels on Tuesday, will review the situation in Afghanistan, a top US diplomat has said. The defence ministers’ meeting represented the last policy stepping stone before the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The government on Monday said the rejection of a presidential decree on electoral reforms by the Wolesi Jirga was ‘a retreat’ from the election reform process. The lower house of the parliament rejected President Ashraf Ghani’s... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Monday described the overnight cross-border fire between Afghan and Pakistani border guards in Torkham as an unpleasant accident. In a statement, the ministry accused Pakistani forces of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations’ top diplomat in Afghanistan has condemned Friday’s attack on the Hisarak Mosque in Rodat district of eastern Nangarhar province. The attack killed at least three civilians and injured more than 70 others,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 16 militants and three Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have been killed in round-the-clock operations in different parts of the country, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said Friday. The operations were launched by... read more
GARDEZ (Pajhwok): A number of residents and officials alleged the customs revenue collected in southeastern Paktia province is lining the pockets of commissioners and other local government servants. The goods imported from Pakistan through the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Security Council (NSC) on Tuesday issued necessary directives to the authorities concerned regarding security of judicial employees and drying up income sources of insurgents. A statement from the Presidential Palace... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): United Nation Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) Head Nicholas Haysom on Sunday conveyed his best wishes to the people of Afghanistan on the arrival of holy month of Ramandan.In a Statement from the United Nation... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  President Ashraf Ghani in a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has assured holding the country’s parliamentary and district council elections in the given timeframe, an official said on Sunday. Deputy presidential... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Sunday condemned a Taliban attack on a courthouse in the capital of central Logar province, in which seven civilians were killed and more than 20 injured. Three armed Taliban... read more
KABUL CITY (Pajhwok): A Wolesi Jirga member from Kabul was killed in a landmine explosion in the central capital on Sunday, the Minister of Interior (MoI) said. MoI spokesman Sediq Sediqi tweeted lawmaker Sher Wali Wardak was killed in the blast... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Filmmakers, actors and writers from across Afghanistan on Monday received awards in the country’s first-ever Environmental Short Films Contest, organised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the National Environmental... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf said on Saturday political pressures and other obstacles had forced the appointment of acting leaders of some government organs. Ghani arrived in Herat on Friday to jointly inaugurate the Salma Dam project with... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Wednesday said a notorious Taliban commander was among six others killed during a raid by personnel of the Afghan Special Forces Unit in central Maidan Wardak province. A MoI statement said the... read more
  KABUL CITY (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday expressed his concern over the killing and kidnapping of passengers in northern Kunduz province, blasting the new Taliban leadership for their inhuman act. During an emergency... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has directed the institutions concerned to accelerate preparations for the long-delayed Wolesi Jirga (upper house) and district council elections, an official said on Tuesday. A source in the Presidential... read more
KABUL CITY (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday dismissed five top officials of the Da Afghanistan Breshna Shirkat (DABS) and appointed their deputies as acting heads of their respective departments, a well-placed source said. Heads of... read more
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): The governor of eastern Nangarhar province, during a meeting,appreciated Pajhwok Afghan News’services and its coverage of important local events. The meeting, arranged by Nangarhar-based culturists on Saturday night, was... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Intelligence officials on Saturday shot dead a suicide bomber sent by the Haqqani network before reaching his target in central capital Kabul, the spy service said. A statement from the National Directorate of Security said the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): UNESCO Director-GeneralIrina Bokova has pledged seeking further support from potential donors, in particular for capacity building of Afghan media workers. The UNESCO office in Afghanistan is ready to launch a Women Media Service... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A dissident Taliban group on Thursday opposed the appointment of Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada as the movement’s new leader. Taliban supreme leader Mullah Akhar Mansour was killed in a drone strike raid on his car in Dalbandin... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Political analyst Mohammad Hassan Haqyar was detained by intelligence officials on Wednesday in central capital Kabul over calling the killed Taliban leader as “Shaheed”. A source at the National Directorate of Security (NDS)... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Wednesday condemned a suicide attack that killed 11 civilians and injured 10 others in an outlying western suburb of Kabul. The suicide bomber detonated against a shuttle bus... read more
KABUL, 25 May 2016 – The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemns today’s suicide attack in an outlying western suburb of Kabul which killed eleven civilians and injured ten. For reading the full story, please click here  
KABUL (Pajhwok): Taliban’ssupreme leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour visited Iran to meet a Russian delegation before he was killed in a US drone strike in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province, a reliable source close to the militant movement said on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan spy service on Sunday confirmed the Taliban leader, Mullah Akhtar Mansour, was killed in a US drone strike in Pakistan’s Balochistan province. A statement issued by the National Directorate of Security or NDS said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A majority of Afghans interviewed backed a looming peace deal between the government and the Gulbuddin Hekmatyar-led Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA), believing it would bring stability to the country, but others held different views... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan’s Ambassador to Afghanistan, Syed Abrar Hussain, on Thursday reiterated his country’s resolve to continue efforts at promoting education in Afghanistan. Hussian was addressing the send-off ceremony... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): NATO top commander in Afghanistan US Army Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr met with military chiefs from NATO nations in Brussels on Wednesday and offered his assessment of the Afghan conflict in a closed-door meeting. Nicholson... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): NATO foreign ministers would discuss common interests with regard to the security situation in Afghanistan at a meeting in Brussels on Friday, a US diplomat said on Thursday. Ahead of the meeting, Ambassador Douglas Lute told a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The government has decided to mange Afghanistan’s water resources in line with international rules, President Ashraf Ghani said on Wednesday. Ghani, who met a special delegation of the Ministry of Energy and Water at the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A key Al Qaeda commander has been killed in a NATO drone strike in the Shajoy district of southern Zabul province, the Afghan Special Forces Unit said on Tuesday. The slain regional Al Qaeda commander, Mullah Mohammad Ali, was... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Stability Society (NSS) on Thursday said good governance and civil services should not be confined only to metropolitan political elite’s palaces but should also reach the most deprived rural areas. The views were... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): NATO members and partners have reaffirmed their commitment to continue supporting the financial sustainment of Afghan security forces, at the plenary meeting of the Afghan National Army (ANA) Trust Fund Board. Ongoing... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council is likely to take up a controversial proposal for the repatriationof about 80,000 Afghans to their country, a news report said on Wednesday. EU development ministers, scheduled to meet in... read more
KABUL(Pajhwok): Ali Haider Gilani, son of Pakistan’s former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, was rescued as a result of a joint operation in the Giyan district of Paktika province by US and Afghan forces, the US military said. US Special... read more
Ghani commends Afghan forces for rescuing ex-PM’s son KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday commended Afghan security forces’ role in rescuing Ali Haider Gilani, son of Pakistan’s former premier Yousuf Raza Gilani. The hostage was... read more
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): The Islamic State (IS) -- or so called Daesh -- has chosen the Achin district of eastern Nangarhar province as its headquarters for a variety of reasons. The district’s proximity to the Durand Line, a contested borderline... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Monday voiced its regrets over the execution of six militants convicted on terrorism charges. A day earlier, officials said six terrorists sentenced to death were... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Procurement Commission (NPC) has approved four contracts worth 1.6 billion afghanis, a statement said on Sunday. The Presidential Palace statement said the NPC meeting, chaired by President Ashraf Ghani, approved the... read more
  KABUL (Pajhwok): Six terrorists sentenced to death were hanged on Sunday inside Pul-i-Charkhi prison on the eastern outskirts of capital Kabul, a credible source said. The source, who wished not to be named, told Pajhwok Afghan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A would-be suicide bomber and an accomplice guiding him have been detained in northern Takhar province, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said on Thursday. A statement from the intelligence agency identified the would-be... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has said the ministries that could not fully utilise their development budgets should explain reasons for their failure to the parliament. The president made the remarks at an overnight meeting that... read more
NEILI (Pajhwok): The primary court in central Daikundi province on Sunday sentenced to 16 months in jail the provincial labour, social affairs, martyrs and disabled (LSMD) department head. Ghulam Hussain Farzam has been detained on the charges of... read more
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Sixteen Taliban militants have been killed in two separate incidents of violence in the Andar district of southern Ghazni province, officials said on Wednesday. Half a dozen insurgents, including a commander Mullah Qadar,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Another bomb explosion was heard in Kabul late on Tuesday evening hours after a deadly suicide car bombing left 28 dead and hundreds wounded. Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Seddiqi told Pajhwok Afghan News the latest blast... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A brazen Taliban attack that killed and wounded hundreds of people in the heart of Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday drew widespread condemnation. Local officials said 27 people were killed and another 327 were wounded in the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 28 people were killed and 327 others wounded in a coordinated attack on an elite security agency in the heart of Kabul on Tuesday morning, officials said. A devastating explosion occurred bang in front of the VIP... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Children’s access to healthcare and education is impeded and teachersare intimidated by all parties to the conflict in Afghanistan, the United Nations said on Monday. In a joint report, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  Reacting to a UN report that held pro-government forces responsible for 127 civilian deaths during the first quarter of 2016, the Afghan government on Sunday said Afghan security forces were committed to domestic and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Lawmaker Sakhi Mashwani on Saturday apologised for slapping Rural Rehabilitation and Development Minister Naseer Ahmad Durrani during a jirga held at the minister’s residence. On Wednesday, the lower house had summoned Durrani,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah has said “the menace of terrorism cannot be defeated unless the Muslim countries act as a united front to counter the extremist narrative. Addressing the `13th Organisation of Islamic... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Some residents of Kunduz City, the capital of northern Kunduz province, complain despite cut in fuel prices, taxis plying the Kunduz-Kabul highway have doubled their fares. According to a rate-chart issued by the transport... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday said the government would asphalt for the first time roads in eastern Nuristan province this solar year and would establish hostels for students in all insecure provinces. After hearing... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): The governor on Saturday called as “satisfactory” the security situation in Kunduz City, the capital of northern Kunduz province. But a security official, who declined to be named, told Pajhwok Afghan News Taliban ... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): National Directorate of Security (NDS) on Friday claimed the arrest of Taliban shadow governor for southern Ghazni province, a statement from the spy-network said.  Qari Yousuf was held by the NDS operatives from the Gorbuz... read more
TALUQAN (Pajhwok): Four top officials of Rustaq district in northern Takhar province have been dismissed and referred to the Attorney General Office (AGO) for investigation following the killing of Provincial Council Member Ainuddin Rustaqi, a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The prices of sugar and flour increased while that of ghee decreased during the outgoing week in capital Kabul, market sources said on Thursday. Traders’ Union head, Fazal Rahman, told Pajhwok Afghan News the wholesale price of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) officials on Wednesday donated 41,000 CC blood to the Public Health Ministry’s blood bank, a statement said. A MoFA statement said its official detonated blood to help needy people. This was a... read more
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Some prisoners held at the central jail in southern Ghazni province on Tuesday complained about their ongoing detention despite being never charged with any crime. They said their cases could not be investigated despite... read more
Kabul, 12 April 2016 - The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) held the first Respectful Maternity Care National Planning Workshop to foster a shared understanding of the problem of disrespect and abuse in maternity care.  Ministry officials... read more
H.E.Eklil Hakimi, the Minister of Finance met at his office with EU Ambassador H.E. Mellbin, today April 11, 2016. The Minister and the Ambassador discussed a range of issues including the Afghan government preparation for the Warsaw and Brussels... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The USAID has appreciated its 35 Afghan partners in public-private alliances in the northern region for investing millions of dollars to expand their businesses and create hundreds of jobs. The USAID-funded Assistance in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): US Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday arrived in Kabul on an unannounced visit for talks with President Ashraf Ghani. American media reported Kerry landed in Kabul in the afternoon. He will meet the president and Chief... read more
MAHMOOD RAQI (Pajhwok): Militants have executed 25 people on spying charges in the Nejrab district of central Kapisa province, residents claimed on Wednesday. Fearing more executions at the hands of the insurgents in the Afghania area of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The government has decided to merge the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) into the Commerce and Industry Ministry, an official said on Tuesday. The merger was agreed upon during a meeting of the High Economic Council (... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Faizullah Zaki, a close aide of First Vice-President General Abdul Rashid Dostum, has been appointed as deputy National Security Advisor (NSA), a government source said on Tuesday. Zaki, a former member of the lower house, Wolesi... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chaired by President Ashraf Ghani, the High Economic Council (HEC) on Tuesday approved a draft ‘transport master plan’ to deal with traffic jams and air pollution in central capital Kabul, the Presidential Palace said. During the... read more
April 5th 2016 - The Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF); Roshan, Afghanistan’s leading total communications provider; and MOBY GROUP, Afghanistan’s largest media conglomerate are proud to announce the commencement of the fifth annual Roshan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A 17 years old would-be suicide bomber has been arrested by intelligence officials in Kabul, the spy service said on Sunday. In a brief statement, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said the detainee wanted to carry out a... read more
Kabul, Afghanistan—The 4th Annual TEDxKabul event took place on March 30th and 31st at Kabul University, with the speaker line-up including two participants from USAID’s Promote Women’s Leadership Development (WLD) program For reading the full... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United States has added to a treasury department list of global terrorists four individuals, including a Briton, and two organizations in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The British man suspected of raising funds for Al Qaida and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Poverty rate reduced and the education level increased in Afghanistan between 2012 and 2015, the Presidential Palace said on Wednesday, citing the Central Statistics Organisation (CSO)’s annual report. The report for 2014 was... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday said last solar year was the year of Afghanistan’s survival but the new year was the year of action when the government would be ready for fundamental reforms. While meeting representatives of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Young writer and journalist Bashir Ahmad Reyan’s body was found in the Spin Boldak district of southern Kandahar province, the Khabaryal Website chief editor said on Tuesday. A student of the Kandahar University, Reyan wrote more... read more
HERAT/GHAZNI (Pajhwok): Health officials on Monday said the number of people suffering from Tuberculosis increased by 20 percent in 2015 compared to 2014 in western Herat province. Dr. Nazir Ahmad Rahmani, the urban section in charge of the anti-... read more
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): The Supreme Court Chief Justice’s father has been kidnapped by unidentified men in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, an official said on Monday. Attaullah Khogyani, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday described the new solar year as the year of movement, decision, action and change, saying the Afghan forces were fighting for stability of the region and the entire world. Meeting the Special... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan on Sunday recorded a historic six-run victory against unbeaten West Indies in their final World Cup Twenty20 match in Nagpur. Winning the toss and opting to field, the West Indies stumbled to 117-8 in pursuit of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations in Afghanistan has launched a new bulletin on the population movements that have dominated the news in recent months. Afghans make up the second largest group of people arriving in Greece after Syrians,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The government of Japan on Thursday announced providing $21.3 million to different international agencies for humanitarian and emergency assistance in Afghanistan. The funding will allow the agencies, including UNHCR, UNICEF,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than two-thirds (69%) of Afghans say that things in their life are worse than they were 12 months ago, with a quarter (26%) seeing no change in their lives, finds a new survey. Conducted from October 27 through November 18,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Japan has contributed over USD 63.654 million to support improvement of irrigation systems and rural access in Afghanistan. The Japanese Embassy in Kabul in a statement said the funding, contributed through the Afghanistan... read more
SAR-I-PUL (Pajhwok): Protesters in northern Sar-i-Pul and Samangan provinces on Wednesday asked the government to identify and take legal action against individuals involved in removing portraits of the First Vice President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Overcoming a mid-innings collapse and a mighty scare, England beat Afghanistan by 15 runs in a World Twenty20 Group One match at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on Wednesday. England, who opted to bat first, post 142-7... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Pakistani ambassador in Kabul on Wednesday said 600 Afghan students would be sent to Pakistan for higher studies under the Prime Minister Scholarship for Afghan Students this year. Speaking at a ceremony marking Pakistan Day... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Four suspected militants have arrested with two magnetic bombs and a car in Kabul, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said on Wednesday. A statement from the spy service said the men were detained while planting bombs on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan traders signed a series of deals worth $2.38 million for agricultural products in the Gulfood show in Dubai, the USAID said on Tuesday. The traders are negotiating potential deals of about $10 million following their... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): British Ambassador to Afghanistan Dominic Jermey CVO OBE on Saturday wished all the people of Afghanistan a happy Nawroz, the new Persian year set to be celebrated tomorrow. “I am delighted to wish all the people of Afghanistan a... read more
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Ten Russian and Tajik nationals have been detained by intelligence officials from the house of a Daesh commander in eastern Nanagarhar province, an official said on Saturday. The security official, who spoke on the condition... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Procurement Commission (NPC) has approved another 15 contracts worth nearly 5.5 billion afghanis, the Presidential Palace said on Thursday. The NPC approved the contracts during a meeting chaired by President Ashraf... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan cricket captain Asghar Stanikzai has appealed to the ICC to give his team enough chances, saying his side knew how to beat the big guns. Stanikzai said many associates teams had been playing for the last 30-40 years and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan Nicholas Haysom said the unity government in Kabul must overcome “five hurdles” to avoid “severe consequence.” Briefing the UN Security Council (UNSC) in New York,... read more
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KABUL (Pajhwok): Two economic drafts were approved by the High Council for Economic Affairs that met under President Ashraf Ghani chairmanship on Sunday, the president’s office said. The two economic drafts regarding the establishment of a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): As part of ongoing celebrations of “Women’s History Month”, USAID’s Promote Women in the Economy (WIE) program recognized three women who developed the best concepts for a mobile device application to help females confront street... read more
Kabul, Afghanistan– As part of ongoing celebrations of Women’s History Month, USAID’s Promote Women inthe Economy (WIE) program recognized three women who developed thebestconcepts for a mobile device applicationto help women confront street... read more
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Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and representatives of provincial government offices honored 30 women farmers from Balkh Province for their important contributions in the agricultural... read more
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KABUL (Pajhwok): The High Peace Council (HPC) on Wednesday said its chairman Pir Syed Ahmad Gilani had been quoted out of context that he called “the war against Taliban as illegitimate.” The BBC recently broadcasted an interview with Gilani,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistani traders, who visited Kabul, said they were ready to invest in different sectors of Afghanistan, the Ministry of Finance said on Wednesday. Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi met the delegation in Kabul and exchanged views... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pajhwok Afghan News has signed an agreement with Bongo, Bangladesh’s largest online content-on-demand platform that launched a website and an android mobile application allowing live viewership of International Cricket Council (ICC... read more
FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): Around 170 women completed their training in English, computer skills and food processing for small businesses in notheastern Badakhshan province, the German Cooperation with Afghanistan said on Wednesday. With their new... read more
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): At least three civilians were killed and another five wounded in a clash over a gold mine in Chah-e-Aab district of northern Takhar province, an official said on Tuesday. Some people have recently started digging and using... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani has said the violence against women in Afghanistan stemmed from the ongoing war and the migration of large number of Afghans to foreign countries. The president was addressing a programme titled “Afghan... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Security forces inflicted heavy casualties on Taliban militants and cleared five villages in Chardarah district of northern Kunduz province during overnight operations, an official said on Tuesday. However, the Taliban also... read more
Kabul, Afghanistan–The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Agricultural Credit Enhancement- II (ACE-II) program in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) is seeking innovative solutions... read more
KABUL, 8 March 2016 – The United Nations in Afghanistan celebrates today International Women’s Day, which is being marked globally under the theme of “Planet 50-50 by 2030” to challenge entrenched patterns of discrimination and inequality and to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Celebrating International Women’s Day in Kabul, the British Embassy on Tuesday said the UK government remained steadfastly committed to working with the government of Afghanistan and civil society to promote Afghan women’s rights... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has welcomed the British government’s support for electoral and peace processes, promising necessary measures to hold parliamentary and district council polls on time. The president expressed the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai on Monday said the Afghan government would continue its peace efforts and still wanted to hold peace talks with the Taliban. Speaking at a joint press conference with British foreign... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The US on Monday announced a contribution of $10 million to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to end the exploitation of the Afghans subjected to forced labour and sex-trafficking. “Although slavery is considered... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani on Sunday discussed with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) general secretary the Afghanistan peace process. Rabbani, who is in Jakarta, Indonesia, to attend the fifth... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Taliban on Saturday publicly announced they would not participate in peace talks with the Afghanistan government, saying their supreme leader had authorized no one to participate in any such parlays. The four-nation group... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Police have arrested five individuals including a woman over allegedly trafficking more than 140 kilograms of lapis lazuli stones and 18 kilograms heroin in northern Kunduz province, officials said on Saturday. Kunduz... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa officials have agreed their security forces would not harass Afghan refugees following terrorist attacks in the neighbouring country in future. The agreement came during a meeting between Khyber... read more
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): The Indian ambassador on Friday said his country would assist families of the victims killed and wounded in a group Taliban attack near the Indian diplomatic mission in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangrahar province.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwk): A ringleader was among a dozen kidnappers arrested in separate raids in Kabul and central Parwan province, the spy service said on Thursday. A statement from the National Directorate of Security identified the alleged kidnappers... read more
March 2, 2016 (Kabul, Afghanistan) – Roshan, Afghanistan’s leading communications company, opened its newly redesigned customer service and sales center in Kabul’s main business hub in the city’s 10th district. For reading the full story, please... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif, who made a brief stopover in Kabul on Wednesday, met with President Ashraf Ghani and reiterated his support to the Afghan leadership for peace and stability in Afghanistan. According to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi and European Union (EU) Special Envoy Franz Michael Melbin have conferred on preparations for an upcoming ministerial conference on Afghanistan in Brussels. World Bank/IMF spring meetings and the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Britain’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Simon Gass, reiterating the UK’s support for an Afghan-led peace process, welcomed the progress made in the quadrilateral talks and stressed the importance of maintaining... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Britain’s special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan Simon Gass has said the United Kingdom would continue supporting Afghanistan in diverse fields. The senior British diplomat renewed the assurance during a meeting with President... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Police and detective organs have detained five people in connection with trafficking more than a tonne of drugs and 880 litres of alcoholic beverages, the Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) said on Tuesday. A statement from CJTF... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Monday visited the Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan Hospital in Kabul to inquire after those wounded in a recent suicide attack in the capital. At least 15 people were killed and 31 others wounded in the... read more
MAIMANA (Pajhwok): Security officials beat a Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN) reporter in northwestern Faryab province, with the Journalist Social Network (JSN) strongly condemning the incident. Qutbuddin Kohi, the reporter, said he wanted to enter into... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A dozen people, mostly civilians, were killed and nine others were wounded in a suicide bombing in Kabul on Saturday, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said. Two of the dead and one of the injured were Afghan National Army (ANA)... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok) More than 120 Afghan citizens, deported by the German government, arrived in Afghanistan on Wednesday morning, authorities said. In a statement, the government said 125 Afghan nationals, duped by people smugglers, returned home... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A Swedish non-government organization on Wednesday said international troops were almost certainly involved in a military raid that led to the killing of three people after being taken away from a clinic in central Maidan Wardak... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The High Peace Council (HPC)’s new leadership on Wednesday called on the Taliban to renounce violence and choose the path of intra-Afghan dialogue for reaching their goals. The peace body’s new leadership formally assumed office... read more
KABUK (Pajhwok): Thirteen suspected insurgents have been arrested on charges of staging terrorist attacks in in northern Takhar province, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said on Wednesday. The suspects were detained during separate... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan will host direct peace talks between the Afghan government and the Afghan Taliban, announced the four-nation group that met here on Tuesday. The Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) on Afghan peace and reconciliation... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations on Tuesday reminded all parties to the conflict in Afghanistan of their obligation to respect the provision of healthcare, not to harm medical personnel and patients and to ensure that the protected status of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Finish Embassy in Kabul on Tuesday said Finland hoped to conclude an agreement with Afghanistan on the return of Afghan asylum seekers as soon as possible. In a statement, the Embassy said Finish Under-Secretary of State... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A moderate 4.4 magnitude earthquake shook capital Kabul and some provinces of the country on Sunday afternoon, an official said. The tremors were felt at 01:45pm in Kabul, Nangrahar, Takhar, Baghlan, Jawzjan and Badakhshan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Procurement Commission (NPC) has approved 25 contracts worth 636 million afghanis and rejected three others, the Presidential Palace said on Sunday. A statement from the Presidential Palace received by Pajhwok Afghan... read more
MAIMANA/FEROZKOH (Pajhwok): A tribal elder has been stabbed to death in the Pashtunkot district of northwestern Faryab province and an Islamic State (IS) member detained in western Ghor, officials said on Saturday. Abdul Qadir Qadiri, Pashtunkot... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Security officials have arrested the Taliban notorious commander in woman dress in the Barmal district of southeastern Paktika province, the spy-service of the country said on Wednesday. A statement from the National Directorate... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan government and European Union (EU) have agreed to negotiate the future of Afghan asylum seekers in Europe, the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation (MoRR) said on Wednesday. Refugees Minister Syed Hussain Alami Balkhi... read more
MAHMOOD RAQI (Pajhwok): A commander was among four insurgents killed in a commando forces operation in the Tagab district of central Kapisa province, officials claimed on Monday. The Afghan commandos backed by air support from the Afghan Air... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): The newly-appointed governor for northern Kunduz province on Sunday asked militants not to follow orders from outsiders and join the peace process. At his introduction ceremony in Kunduz City, the provincial capital,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Sunday introduced Midwifery Services Framework developed by International Confederation Midwives (ICM). The framework was launched at a ceremony attended by a delegation from ICM and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): First Vice President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum has said he would stand by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani until the last minute of his life. He held out the vow during a dinner reception for Ashraf Ghani at his residence in Kabul... read more
TALUQAN (Pajhwok): The residents of northern Takhar province have reduced by “50 percent” consumption of imported chicken meat after some poultry farms were established in the province, an official said on Wednesday. Agriculture Department Head... read more
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): The Taliban have started digging mines in southern Ghazni province, the governor claimed on Wednesday, but the rebels denied. Governor Mohammad Aman Hamim told reporters here that the armed insurgents had started extracting... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Nearly 400 entrepreneurs and traders have left northern Kunduz province for security reasons, badly affecting the economic condition of the province, officials said on Monday. They include big traders who had been operating... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Security officials in northern Balkh province on Sunday said it was their duty to provide security to media organizations and journalists. Journalists associated with various unions in the north and security officials... read more
SAR-I-PUL (Pajhwok): A bomb blast killed one person and wounded four others on Sunday in the capital of northern Sar-i-Pul province, an official said. The bomb, planted on a handcart, went off in front of Azizi Bank branch in Sar-i-Pul city at... read more
QUETTA (Pajhwok): Taliban intelligence chief and his deputy have been separately kidnapped by unknown gunmen in Pakistan’s Balochistan province, sources in the insurgency said on Sunday. A source close to the Taliban told Pajhwok Afghan News that... read more
SAR-I-PUL (Pajhwok): At least six militants have suffered casualties and 12 motorcycles seized from Taliban in northern Sar-I-Pul province, a senior official said on Sunday. Governor Mohammad Zahir Wahdat told Pajhwok Afghan News two rebels were... read more
TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): The graveling of a 10-kilometre road in the capital of central Uruzgan province has been completed, an official said on Sunday. Deputy Governor Sher Bacha Orgoni told Pajhwok Afghan News the project cost 17 million afghanis... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Officials of some media outlets in northern Kunduz said on Saturday women’srole in news organisations had diminished after the provincial capital’s fall to the Taliban some months back. They say women, who are palpably... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): In compliance with presidential decree No. 143 Naqibullah Fayeq, a lawmaker from northwestern Faryab province in Wolesi Jirga, has been appointed as head of the Afghan National Standards Authority (ANSA).  Another Lawmaker... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani's special envoy and Afghanistan’s Ambassador to Pakistan Dr. Omar Zakhilwal on Thursday praised Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan for his latest position on Afghan refugees living in Pakistan... read more
PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): Two officials of a private radio station were shot injured in the capital of northern Baghlan province, an official said on Thursday. Baghlan police spokesman Zabihullah Shuja told Pajhwok Afghan News the injured persons... read more
The same way as other developed nations, Afghans need peace and assume it as the ultimate desire for a brighter future but sadly over 4 decades, the Afghans among themselves have been put apart from each other. Afghan nation has been suffering the... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Local officials said militants had started torching houses of Afghan Local Police (ALP) personnel and uprising members in a number of districts of northern Kunduz province. They said the rebels began the arson campaign 10... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah has called regional platforms as appropriate mechanisms to organise collective efforts at fighting terrorism, drug smuggling and other such threats. “The Heart of Asia Process, the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The ministries of agriculture and public health jointly with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) organized a national consultation workshop on recommendations of the 2014 second... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said the quadrilateral coordination committee meeting that commenced in Islamabad on Tuesday was focused on chalking out a viable framework for reconciliation process... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah has assured Afghan students in India of resolving their problems. Abdullah met on Monday representatives of Afghan students in different Indian universities at the Afghan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) has been recognised as one of top 10 think-tanks in the Central Asia by The University of Pennsylvania in its annual assessment published this week. The ranking, under the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwo): NATO’s Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan on Monday strongly condemned a suicide attack claimed by the Taliban on the Afghan National Civil Order Police Headquarters in Kabul. In a statement the alliance said “... read more