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KABUL (Pajhwok): Six additional light attack aircraft will be added to the fleet of the nascent Afghan Air Force (AAF), a current affairs magazine reported on Thursday. The Pentagon has ordered Brazil’s aircraft maker Embraer Defense... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Iran's most powerful security institution has come under mounting pressure from American President Donald Trump. In a wide-ranging White House speech on Friday, as reported by major media outlets, the US leader suggested... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Donald Trump, addressing the General Assembly, has pledged his administration's support for the United Nations' reforms. The US government would be “partners in your work”, Trump told the UN General Assembly at the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Energy-starved Afghanistan has imported 205.2 million kWh of electricity from Tajikistan during the current month, a media report said on Thursday. The electricity imported by Afghanistan from the former Soviet republic is 23.6... read more
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): US defense secretary Jim Mattis said Monday “all options — from withdrawal, to using private contractors, to adding thousands of US forces to the fight — remain on the table for Afghanistan.” Mattis repeated the White House... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A former Russian ambassador says America’s military campaign in Afghanistan has failed and the US needs to withdraw its troops from the war-devastated country. "Moscow has never hastened the withdrawal of the US troops from... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan spymaster has urged First Vice-President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, currently in Turkey, to return to Kabul, the BBC Pashto Service reports. National Directorate of Security (NDS) head Masoom Stanikzai met the VP at his... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Trump administration’s plan to deploy more troops to Afghanistan is a positive and encouraging move, says a former CIA director. David Petraeus, who also served as commander of US and coalition forces in Afghanistan,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani says he is still awaiting the implementation of the commitments Pakistan made five months ago to help end the conflict in the country. In an interview with a Pan-Arab daily, Ghani alleged many terrorists... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is scheduled to arrive at the head of a high-level delegation in Afghanistan on Sunday, says a media report Bahram Ghasemi, spokesman for the foreign ministry in Tehran, said Zarif... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former president Hamid Karzai, excoriating the dropping of the mother of all bombs in eastern Nangarhar province, has asked the Trump administration to be sincere toward the Afghans. In an interview aired on Monday, he denounced... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan's fast-improving cricket team, which has notched up spectacular wins in recent years, is all poised for Test status, chief coach Lalchand Rajput claimed on Tuesday. "Afghanistan is ready for Test cricket and our... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani will visit Indonesia next week for talks with his counterpart Joko Jokowi Widodo on peace efforts in Afghanistan, a official said in Jakarta on Thursday. The Jakarta Globe quoted a foreign ministry official... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Islamabad and Washington should jointly combat the Islamic State (IS) -- also known as Daesh -- before the group expands its foothold in Afghanistan, Pakistan’s new ambassador to the US has proposed. In an interview with released... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The current security situation in Afghanistan is far worse than it was in 2009, National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar has acknowledged. In an interview published on Thursday, Atmar said there was a whole set of factors... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Despite receiving approval to move to the United States, a five-member Afghan family was detained for more than two days after landing at the Los Angeles International Airport, an American newspaper reported on Sunday. On... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistani authorities have been carrying out a campaign of abuses and threats to drive out nearly 600,000 Afghans since July 2016, an international rights group alleged on Monday. The returnees included 365,000 registered... read more
 KABUL (Pajhwok): The United States on Thursday welcomed the Afghan government’s agreement to transition the administration of the Case Management System to the Supreme Court.  A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by heads of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United States, the UK and Pakistan on Sunday condoled the death of Afghanistan High Peace Council (HPC) chairman Pir Syed Ahmad Gilani. Pakistan’s Foreign Office in a statement said: “We are deeply saddened to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The European Union Delegation to the United Nations, together with the Permanent Missions of Canada, the United States and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), is co-host a forum on combating anti-Muslim discrimination in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Taliban buy equipment and supplies like fuel and ammunition directly from Afghan soldiers, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction has said. In a report on stabilisation efforts at high risk of failing,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United States has reiterated support for national unity government leaders, stressing the need for an Afghan-led reconciliation process. State Department spokesman John Kirby, addressing a media briefing in Washington on... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Two major international firms have evinced a keen interest in setting up converter stations in Tajikistan and Pakistan for power transmission under the Central Asia-South Asia (Casa) 1,000 power project. The US-based General... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A British soldier convicted of killing an injured Afghan fighter is all poised to seek release on bail, pending a new appeal against his conviction, a newspaper reported on Friday. Sergeant Alexander Blackman’s lawyerwould pray... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two Afghan trainees at a Czech military school, who flew to Germany without permission, have been sent back to the Hradec Kralove airport in east Bohemia, a news report says. Česká tisková kancelář(CTK) news agency cited Daily... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Ex-president Hamid Karzai hoped America’s incoming leader Donald Trump will take radical measures to force Pakistan into cracking down on terrorist and extremist forces. An Indian newspaper quoted Karzai as saying on Monday: “We... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Afghanistan is not bound to prevent its cellular phone signals from spillage into Pakistan, a top official informed the Senate on Friday. Islamabad has made a formal request to Kabul through the Foreign Office and the General... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The Afghan government acknowledges it has long been in contact with the Taliban as part of its quest for peace in the country. In an interview published in The News on Tuesday, Ambassador Dr. Umar Zakhilwal confirmed that... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Growers in the lawless southern province of Helmand say they harvest two additional opium harvests annually, a possible reason for the increase in the production of the illegal substance. Afghanistan’s opium production rose by 43... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistan has closed a northwestern border crossing with Afghanistan, citing security threats. The crossing in Kharlach area of Kurram Agency has been closed since Friday. The border was shut in the wake of a suicide attack on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former president Hamid Karzai has said that American and Pakistani interests and the two countries’ relations with India determine events in the war-torn Afghanistan. “I think a combination... of the two, of the US interests in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Amid escalating war, the Taliban and the Afghan government have resumed clandestine negotiations in Qatar, representatives of both sides say. Mullah Abdul Manan Akhund, brother of Mullah Omar, was among participants of the secret... read more
KABUL(Pajhwok): On completing their training, a thousand graduates on Sunday joined the Afghan National Army (ANA), a military officer said. The graduates completed a three-month training course at the Kabul Military Training Center (KMTC),a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The situation of Afghan refugees in Iran is better than in any other country around the globe, the minister concerned said on Sunday. The situation of Afghan refugees in Pakistan and European countries was critical, Syed Hussain... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): First Lady Rula Bibi Gul Ganiwill be among a galaxy of speakers at an international event to be held in Sharjah, a media report said on Sunday. The two-day ‘Investing in the Future’ conference, scheduled to start on October 19,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The presence of 16,000 Afghan students in Indian universities has boosted cultural exchanges between Kabul and New Delhi, the Afghan ambassador has said. Shaida Mohammad Abdali said: “Afghanistan has a cherished relationship with... read more
  284 KABUL (Pajhwok): Top Turkmenistan government officials on Sunday discussed progress on commissioning of the first phase of an ambitious transnational railway trunk. President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov chaired the meeting on the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Peace cannot be enforced in Afghanistan without an amicable settlement of the long-running Islamabad-Delhi dispute over Kashmir, Pakistan says. A solution to both issues was required for peace in the region and they could not be... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Pentagon plans seeking a supplemental spending measure in November to meet expenses of US troops in Afghanistan, the defense secretary said on Monday. “We have a range. We’re going to refine it. And they’ll get a refined... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An Afghan boy, trying to reach the United Kingdom, has been killed in a hit-and-run incident near the Calais port in France, a British newspaper reported. Assisted by another minor, the 14-year-old was killed while attempting to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A renowned Indian actor will play a retired soldier in an upcoming movie on Afghan children who are trained as suicide bombers. Sanjay is playing the role of a retired soldier in the movie. Sanjay Dutt, who was walked out of jail... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Indian authorities have detained an Afghan citizen with foreign currency worth Rs 3million at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport in New Delhi, a media report said. The cash was concealed in more than a dozen shoe boxes... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): New Delhi may offer Kabul fresh defence assistance during President Ashraf Ghani’s visit to India next month, a leading newspaper reported on Saturday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will host Ghani, could extend additional... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): About 100 US troops have been sent to Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, to push back Taliban from the strategic city, the Pentagon said on Monday. The US military personnel arrived in Lashkargah after the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Amid fierce fighting, reinforcements are due to arrive in the capital of southern Helmand province, a public representative said on Wednesday. The Taliban might overrun Lashkargah a strategically important city --within days,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan and Iran have agreed on deepening bilateral cooperation in different areas including economic development and security. The agreement came during a meeting between Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Tehran will host a two-day meeting on August 9 and 10 on ways of strengthening trade relations with Afghanistan, Iranian media reported on Monday. Iran's Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli and Afghanistan's Minister of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The US has urged the government of Pakistan to pursue closer counterterrorism cooperation with Afghanistan against all terror groups that pose a long-term threat to the region. At a news briefing in Washington on Friday, the... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): A Taliban delegation visited China earlier this month for discussions on the current situation in Afghanistan, sources in the militant movement have said. Led by Abbas Stanikzai, head of the Taliban´s political office in Qatar... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok). An axe-wielding teenage Afghan migrant wounded four passengers on a train in southern Germanybefore he was shot dead by police, international media reported on Tuesday. Three of the passengers were seriouslywounded in the... read more
KABUL(Pajhwok): The national unity government has ruled out revival of a quadrilateral process seeking a negotiated end to the conflict in Afghanistan. The Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) involving Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Afghan drivers have been given the last chance to get legal documents for entry into Pakistan, a newspaper reported on Tuesday. The final relaxation in travel documents for Afghan transporterscrossing into Pakistan via the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): American Senator John McCain has said the US is to blame for the deteriorating state of Afghanistan. In an interview with a Pakistan television station posted online Friday ahead of a July 4 trip to Islamabad, McCain said he... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An upcoming Afghan rap singer, waging a war on the curse of child marriage, has won a coveted award, a feminist blog reported on Friday. Sonita Alizadeh, using her songs to highlight the social issue, was recently shown in a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations has praised Islamabad for extending the stay of Afghan refugees in Pakistan. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif allowed registered Afghan citizens to live in the country for another six months till... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The US Senate Appropriations Committee has advanced a bill envisaging 4,000 additional visas for Afghan interpreters. Earlier in the month, the Senate had failed to jack up the number of visas as an amendment to the defense... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistan will soon frame a policy regulating the stay of Afghan refugees in the country, the interior minister has said. Addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Thursday, ChaudhryNisar Ali Khan said successive governments... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Three dozen Afghan citizens were detained in separate search operations in Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Thursday, officials said. A heavy police contingent conducted a search operation in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): While batting for the empowerment of Afghan women, a former American first lady has called for a continued military presence in the male-dominated country. The call from Laura Bush came as the Obama administration is considering... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) plans hosting a four-way meeting on the problems being faced by Afghan refugees. Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and the European Union (EU) would attend the talks, Filippo... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations has blamed the international community for forgetting displaced Afghans before they began arriving in Europe last year. At a joint press conference with Iran's Deputy Interior Minister Hossein Zolfaghariin... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The main Republican presidential candidate has said he, if voted into the White House, will ban the entry of Muslims from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Syria into the United States of America. Trump said he would provisionally... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): India views the Islamic State militant group -- also known as Daesh -- as a threat to its interests in Afghanistan, a newspaper reported on Sunday. India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval shared the concern with Obama... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An influential Republican lawmaker has lent his weight to a visa programme for Afghani interpreters and their relatives. The initiative is funded with higher costs imposed on US military veterans’ healthcare, an immigration... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United States has once again asked the Pakistan government to go after Afghan Taliban leaders on its soil for the sake of peace in the region. “We continue to cooperate closely with Afghanistan, certainly, but also urge... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Afghanistan this week to inaugurate a major dam project in Western Herat province, a news channel reported. After his trip to the war-torn country, where India is sponsoring... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has wished President Ashraf Ghani a happy birthday for a second time this year. However, this time around, Modi got the date right -- unlike the February 12 tweet. Then the suave Afghan leader... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A senior Afghan diplomat has urged the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG), which is due to meet this week, to declare the Taliban “irreconcilable”after their refusal to enter peace talks with Kabul. Afghanistan’s ambassador... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok):Military action against the Taliban refusing to join the Afghan peace process remains an option but the time for it has not yet come, a Pakistani official has said. Last week’s visit to Karachi by a three-member team from the... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Afghan citizens without valid travel documents would not be allowed to cross the Torkham border into Pakistan after May 21, a newspaper reported on Monday. “After the deadline, they will not be allowed to cross the Torkham... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): During their recent visit to Pakistan, the Taliban signaled their willingness to return to peace talks with the Afghan government, a media report said on Monday. However, the three-member delegation from Taliban’s political... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The distraught father of an Australian aid worker kidnapped in Afghanistan has pleaded for her safe return. Katherine Jane Wilson from Perthwas abducted by unidentified gunmen in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The US military personnel may not be court-martialled for last year’s deadly attack on a medical charity in northern Kunduz province, An American media outlet reported on Thursday. At least 42 people, including patients and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Australian government would take a decision later in the year on its military mission in Afghanistan, a top commander said on Monday. Australia remained committed to the long-term security of Afghanistan to ensure that it did... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The lingering tension between Islamabad and Kabul is the mother of all problems in the Af-Pak region, says a former American diplomat. Zalmay Khalilzad, in an interview with the Voice of America, accused the United States of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): About 360,693 Afghan students are enrolled in schools across Iran, an Iranian Education Ministry official was quoted as saying. The Afghan children, who are currently living unlawfully in the neighbouring country, are also... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):Central Asia countries should join hands to ward off the threat posed to the region by the Islamic State, also known as Daesh, former president Hamid Karzai has said. Addressing a news conference in Astana on the sidelines of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The UN refugee agency has commended the Iranian government’s efforts for educating the Afghan children living in the neighbouring country. UNHCR's Assistant High Commissioner George Okoth-Obbo also thanked Tehran for providing... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan and Tajikistan have exchanged views on expanding border-control cooperation, a joint fight against terrorism and drug trafficking. Deputy Foreign Minister Nasir Ahmad Andisha discussed all-round cooperation with his... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The governor of Tehran on Wednesday voiced his deep condolences over the death of a six-year-old Afghan girl, an Iranian news agency reported. IRNA quoted Governor Hossein Hashemias saying the news of the tragic death of Setayesh... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A senior American journalist has been awarded a Pulitzer Prize in recognition of her reporting on the life of women in Afghanistan. Alissa J. Rubin, a reporter for The New York Times, has filed thought-provoking stories on the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Iranian police have thwarted a gathering in memory of a six-year-old Afghan girl who was raped before being killed near Tehran, a news report said on Tuesday. The rape and slaying of Setayesh Quraishi has provoked outrage in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The killer of an Afghan refugee girl will be brought to justice and the murder case investigated thoroughly, a top Iranian police commander has promised. The six-year-old girl named Setayesh Quraishi was kidnapped, sexually... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Following Inzamam-ul-Haq’s resignation, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) may hire a new head coach from India or Pakistan. ACB president Nasim Danish said in an interview published on Monday that they unhappy with the Pakistan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Chabahar in Sistan-Baluchistan province is the ideal route for the export of Iranian goods to landlocked Afghanistan, a trade leader has said. Haji Saeed Khatibi, the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and industries head for... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): British police rescued 15 illegal Afghan migrants after a seven-year-old boy texted a volunteer for assistance from inside a sealed lorry, media reports said. Seven-year-old Ahmed used a mobile phone he had received from a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Islamabad will renew its demand for an early return of Afghan refugees to their country at the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit in Turkey next month, a media report said. A Pakistan-based newspaper, The Express Tribune,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United States is likely slow down the withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan as a result of escalating militant-linked violence, believes an independent American policy expert. Robert Hathaway, Wilson Center Public Policy... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A $10-billion gas pipeline through Afghanistan will be completed by 2020, benefiting Afghan contractors and communities, hopes an Asian Development Bank official. The Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than 700 schools across Afghanistan have been shut because of the ongoing insurgency, the head of a US federal watchdog says, painting a grim picture of the security situation. Although the US has spent $7 billion on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The foreign affairs advisor of Pakistan, Sartaj Aziz, on Thursday said that the next meeting of Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) is expected to be held this month to re-examine the blueprint for starting Afghan reconciliation... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Around 17,000 Afghans are currently studying in Iranian universities, a manifestation of deep commonalties between the neighbours, an official of Ministry of Science, Research and Technology has said. Samad Haj Jabbari, in a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan’s first lady says extremist movements have got nothing to do with religion, but look much more like cults. In an interview published in the New York Times on Thursday, Rula Ghani regretted the killing of a young woman... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): A Pakistani strength and conditioning trainer has joined the National Cricket Academy (NCA) of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB), a newspaper reported on Thursday. Khwaja Ruhail is certified by National Academy of Sports... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Lithuanian authorities have granted a temporary visa to an Afghan interpreter, enabling him to apply for asylum in the Baltic country, media reports said on Thursday.  After being issued with a five-day visa, Abdul Basir... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): NATO’s new mission to train Afghan security forces has been put behind schedule by fierce fighting and record casualties, America’s top commander in the country has said. General John Nicholson said in an interview: "This intense... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Taliban have announced giving Mullah Mohammad Omar’s elder son the command of the insurgency in 15 provinces of Afghanistan, a move that will boost the position of the militant movement’s supreme leader. The death of Omar,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The governor of northern Balkh province, asserting his massive public following, has said he cannot be removed from his position by force. In an interview published in The New York Times on Sunday, Atta Muhammad Noor said would... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A 400 MW gas-fired plant being built in Turkmenistan will export electricity to energy-starved Afghanistan, according to a report on the Power Engineering International (PEI) website. In line with an agreement with the Turkmen... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Individual Afghans have collectively paid $4 billion in bribes to government officials, including judges, America’s Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) John Sopko says. In a speech on “An Existential... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Kabul has urged Islamabad to relax travel restrictions for Afghan citizens, especially women, children and patients entering Pakistan, a media report said on Thursday. At a meeting in the border town of Torkham on Wednesday,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan’s new ambassador has paid a courtesy call on the ruler of Ajman,one of the seven states constituting the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a news report said on Wednesday. Ambassador Abdul Fareed Zakaria met Sheikh Humaid... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): First Vice President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum has held talks with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Currently on a visit to the UAE at the head of a high-level delegation,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A former Afghan interpreter with coalition troops has been allowed to stay in the United Kingdom, a British newspaper reported on Saturday. Last year, when a ban on forced returns was lifted by the court, immigration authorities... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani is expected to pay his maiden official visit to Tajikistan in the near future. President Emomali Rahmon invited Ghani to visit Tajikistan to take part in a ceremony marking the start of construction workon... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): A dissident Taliban leader, who refused pledging allegiance to the movement’s new head, has been detained by Pakistani security personnel, a claim rejectd by the Taliban's splinter group's spokesman. Mullah Muhammad Rasool was... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An Afghan student has been stabbed to death by a classmate from his country at a college in India’s northern city of Chandigarh, a media report said on Tuesday. The stabbing took place at the Post-Graduate Government College in... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The Resolute Support mission’s commander and the Pakistan Army chief have conferred on the current situation in Afghanistan, including the reconciliation drive. Gen. John Mick Nicholson, on his maiden trip to Pakistan, met... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan and Iran have agreed on the need for expanding bilateral cooperation and friendship, an Iranian media outlet reported on Monday. President Ashraf Ghani called his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani to greet him and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Senior Japanese diplomat Tadamichi Yamamoto has been appointed as UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan. He replaces Nicholas Haysom of South Africa, who has been appointed as UN’s special envoy for Sudan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): India has called for effective implementation of UN sanctions to ensure restrictions on the movements of violent groups in Afghanistan. Greater efforts by the international community were needed to help Kabul arrest the... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Fourteen members of the Afghan Taliban movement were arrested on Thursday during a raid in Quetta, the capital of Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province. A private TV channel quoted unnamed security officials as saying... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A Tajik border guardand an armed individual who crossed over from Afghanistan have been killed during a recent clash, a Dushanbe-based news agency reported on Monday. Asia-Plus quoted a statement from the Main Border Guard... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An inquest is set to begin into the deaths of five soldiers in a 2014 helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan, a media report said on Monday. Described as the third biggest single loss of life of British troops in Afghanistan,... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Eight Afghan citizens have been apprehended during door-to-door search operations in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar, a security official said on Monday. A police officer confided to Pajhwok security forces netted the... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): A dozen militants have been killed in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region near the Afghanistan border, security officials said on Tuesday. One intelligence official familiar with the operation told Pajhwok Afghan News... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Hundreds of Afghan citizens have been rounded up in Pakistan’s northwestern garrison town of Nowshera, a senior police officer said. Six hundred Afghans were detained for illegally staying in the town during a two-day search... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan has hailed India's decision to invest $156 million in developingthe Chabahar port in Iran, a project aimed at promoting trade among the three nations. Given its capacity for loading and unloading transit commodities,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Around 100 Iranian firms are expected to attend an exhibition in Afghanistan, Iran's commercial attaché in Kabul says. According to IRNA, Mohammad Reza Karimzadeh told the Trade Promotion Organisation 81 Iranian companies had... read more
  PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Nineteen suspected militants and four security officials have killed in northwestern Pakistan area near the Afghanistan border, the military says. A statement from the Inter-Services Public Relations said ground... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): At least 12 Afghan citizens without valid residency documents have been arrested in Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The arrests came during a search operation in different areas of Nowshera garrison town... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Three dozen migrants carrying no identity documents and claiming to be Afghan citizens have been detained in Bulgaria, a news report said on Sunday. The arrests were made on the southeastern outskirts of Sofia on Saturday,... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Haqqani network fighters have been forced from Pakistan’s tribal badlands as a result of an ongoing military offensive in the federal areas near the Afghanistan border, the US has said. US Secretary of State John Kerry,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): As the security situation in the war-devastated country deteriorates, Russia has withdrawn cooperation with the United States in Afghanistan, The New York Times reported on Sunday. Russia’s envoy to AfghanistanZamir N. Kabulov... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan citizen has been sentenced to one year in jail for entering Armenia illegally, a news sited reported on Wednesday. Abdul Salam Mohammad Rahimi was sentenced by an Armenian court after he confessed to crossing unlawfully... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): A top Afghan diplomat says there are no differences between President Ashraf Ghani and his Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah on peace talks with the Taliban. Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan said in an interview the national... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): As efforts for the resumption of direct talks continue apace, two senior Taliban leaders paid a clandestine trip to Pakistan last week, a media report said on Saturday. Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, head of the Taliban’s... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Announcing a long-term commitment to Afghanistan will be a better option for the United States in the given circumstances, America's outgoing military says. Gen John Campbell, commander of the Resolute Support mission,... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): A 60 months old boy in southern Afghanistan has diagnosed positive for polio, the first case to be detected in the war-torn country this year, a media report said on Saturday. The child, who was twice administered polio drops... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Eighteen Pakistani Taliban have been killed in a drone strike in Afghanistan’s southeastern Paktia province, an official was quoted as saying. The Pakistani militants trying to sneak into Afghanistan when the drones rained... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Hundreds of British troops could be investigated over the killings of 52 Afghans during their mission in the conflict-devastated country, a media report said on Monday. British law firms have brought allegations of 166 cases of... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok):Senior military officials from Afghanistan and Pakistan have agreed on the need for improved coordination and security on both sides of the Durand Line. The neighbours share a 2,600 kilometers border, whose porous nature... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): An influential American lawmaker has voiced serious concern over the plan for US military withdrawal from Afghanistan. In an interview with Voice of America on Wednesday, Senator John McCain alleged President Barack Obama's... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The Indian cabinet on Wednesday accorded ex-post facto approval to the revised cost of Rs969 crore of Afghanistan’s parliament building. During his month’s trip to Kabul, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the India-... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An Indian citizen, who went missing more than two and half months ago, has allegedly joined the Islamic State (IS) group in Afghanistan, a news report said on Sunday. Ayaz Sultan (23) disappeared on October 30, 2015 from the... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistan has deported 160 Afghan citizens to their country via the Torkham border, a news report said on Saturday The Afghans had been arrested in different cities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and sent lockups for entering... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The USon Friday declared the ISIL-Khorasan (ISIL-K) as a foreign terrorist organisation, imposing a series of sanctions on the group and its leaders. Many former members of the Pakistani and Afghan Taliban are said to have... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Seven Afghan citizens have been kidnapped and two others injured following an exchange of gunfire in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province, a media report said on Monday. The kidnappers attacked the Afghan nationals in the... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): A senior Afghan Taliban commander has been gunned down in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province, insurgent leaders were quoted as saying on Friday. The shooting happened in Kachlak area, some 25 kilometres from the... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Afghanistan, blessed with tremendous potential, can have 50 percent of internationally renowned players, a former Indian all-rounder hopes. In an interview published on Friday, Afghanistan’s bowling coach Manoj Prabhakar... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): An Afghan delegation will arrive in Pakistan on Sunday to monitor an anti-polio campaign beginning in Pakistan on Jan 11, a media report said on Friday. Afghanistan and Pakistan, sharing a 2,500-kilometre-long border, are the... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): New charges carrying the death penalty may be brought against an American citizen accused of supporting Al-Qaeda and aiding a suicide attack in Afghanistan, an official said on Thursday. Based on evidence they had been... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Two senior members have been expelled from Taliban’s leadership councilfor refusingto accept Mullah Akhtar Mansoor’s leadership, a media report said on Thursday. After weeks of a succession crisis, Mullah Mansoor was elected... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistan has renewed its consistent support for multilateral efforts to put reconciliation talks between Kabul and the Afghan Taliban back on track. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, currently on a visit to Sri Lanka, said Pakistan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the attack on the Indian Consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province. His spokesman told reporters in New York on Monday: “Obviously, it is an attack which we... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): New Delhi has sought details from Kabul about an Afghan businessman with alleged links to the Islamic State (IS), a news report said on Thursday. India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) alleges the businessman is... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An Afghan businessman has been charged with bribing American soldiers to win multi-million dollar contracts, US prosecutors say. Hikmatullah Shadman gave at least two soldiers bundles of $100 notes to receive inflated supply... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The United States has stepped up pressure on Pakistan to stop militant groups from collecting donations inside its territory, a media report said on Tuesday. An influential Pakistani newspaper identified the militant outfits... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Six children, including four Afghans, drowned on Friday when boats carrying illegal migrants to a Greek island sank off the coast of Turkey, state media reported. Recently tens of thousands of Afghans in droves left for Europe... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan have conferred on subjects of bilateral interest, a UAE news agency reported on Friday. WAM said, during a phone callmade by Ghani,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Five Afghan refugees, who were killed in the Syrian conflict, have been buried in neighbouring Iran, a media report said on Friday. The Afghans, aged between 19 to 21years, were allegedly part of a group of refugees and Iran had... read more
LAHORE (News Lens Pakistan/Pajhwok): Pakistan’s pledge to take part in Afghanistan’s reconstruction was indeed sensible, but it ran into snag as funding for the development projects nearing completion has been stopped due to mistrust, irregularities... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wrapping up a week-long mission, a senior UN human rights official on Tuesday said the conflict in Afghanistan looked set to intensify as insurgents tested the strength of security forces “hoping to gain leverage in future... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): US defence secretary Ash Carter called Afghanistan's army “a powerful force in their own right” on Sunday when he wrapped up two days in southern Kandahar province by consulting with US and Afghan commanders. Carter declined to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The US defence secretary-designate on Tuesday hinted at changes in America’s plans to pull all its troops out of Afghanistan by the end of 2016 in case the security environment deteriorated. In a written response to a query from... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan football team has reached Lahore, the capital of Pakistan's Punjab province for next week’s international friendly match against the neighbouring country. Following their arrival in Islamabad, the footballers travelled... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An Afghan prayer leader has been detained for delivering hate speech during Friday sermon in northwestern Pakistan, a media report said. Maulvi Noorullah was arrested in the Pabbi area near Nowshera on the basis of a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Unregistered Afghan refugees living in Pakistan’s northwestern Kurram tribal region have been ordered to quit the area within three days, a media report said on Monday. Notices were issued on Sunday to the Afghan nationals living... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Six suspected insurgents were killed and four others were wounded in a drone attack in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region near the Afghanistan border on Monday. Pakistani media, monitored here, indicated the death toll... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  Based on actionable intelligence from Pakistan, Afghan security forces have detained five men for their alleged involvement in a deadly attack on an army-run school in Peshawar. The December 16 terrorist attack on the Army... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Seven security personnel were killed in a militant attack on their check-post in Pakistan’s southwestern province of Balochistan on Monday. Dozens of insurgents stormed the Frontier Corps (FC) checkpoint in the Mekhtar area of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has said reiterated its plan to expel all illegal Afghan refugees, following a spike in insurgent attacks in the northwestern province. A mechanism would be evolved for the honourable... read more
KABUL (Pakistan): A senior leader of the Pakistan People’s Party on Tuesday urged the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to sign a peace and cooperation pact with Afghanistan.Also the opposition leader in Senate, Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government has asked the federal government to evolve a formula for the early repatriation of Afghan refugees.KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak told reporters in Peshawar on Sunday his administration could... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah has held talks on bilateral cooperation with Kazakhstan’s Prime Minister Karim Massimov, a report said on Monday.During the meeting in Astana, the two sides discussed the prospects of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Pakistan government may grant work permits to Afghan refugees after expiry of their ‘Proof of Registration’ cards by the end of 2015, a media report said on Tuesday.The Express Tribune said the government was considering two... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Taliban have released Pakistan’s Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) member Punjab Assembly, who was abducted by gunmen in May, media report said on Tuesday.Rana Jamil Hassan has crossed over to Khyber Agency from Afghanistan late last... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United States Forces – Afghanistan (USFOR-A) on Sunday confirmed that three terror suspects, including a top militant commander, had been transferred to Pakistan.Acting on behalf of the Obama administration, the military said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A dozen Afghan citizens have been rescued from their kidnappers in Pakistan's northwestern province of Balochistan, bordering Kandahar province, a newspaper reported on Wednesday.Dawn said paramilitary troops exchanged heavy gunfire... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): New Delhi says the latest Pentagon report endorses its position that Pakistan is using militant outfits as proxies to counter the Indian military.The report is a manifestation of growing global acknowledgment of the extent of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistani flour millers have warned of protests if India is allowed transit facility to export over a million tonnes of wheat to landlocked Afghanistan, a report said on Monday.The powerful millers, believing India’s subsidised... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Interior Minister Mohammed Umer Daudzai has sought security assistance from India, which he hailed as Afghanistan’s all-weather and time-tested friend.Currently in India to attend a regional security meeting, he told reporters in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than 20 insurgents have been killed in airstrikes and a gunfight in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal areas near the Afghanistan border, officials said on Sunday.The military said the air raids were carried out on five militant... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistani police have rounded up scores of Afghans during a search operation in the garrison city of Rawalpindi in Punjab province, a news report said on Sunday.At least 150 Afghan nationals were booked under the Foreign Act, The... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The unity government deal between president-elect Ashraf Ghani and chief executive officer Abdullah Abdullah may spur voluntary repatriation of Afghan refugees, the United Nations hopes.Mustafa Sarwar, UNHCR deputy head in Pakistan’... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, congratulating president-elect Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and chief executive Abdullah Abdullah, has assured them of full cooperation with efforts for peace in Afghanistan.Radio Pakistan reported... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): American and ISAF assault rifles and handguns have found their way to illegal arms markets in Pakistan’s lawless tribal region, a newspaper reported on Saturday.Despite their high prices, M-16 assault rifles and Berettas -- standard... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Forty militants, including foreign terrorists, were killed in fresh airstrikes in the tribal region of North Waziristan on Wednesday, the Pakistani military claimed.At least five insurgent hideouts were eradicated as a result of air... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Threatening calls from unidentified people have forced an Afghan journalist into leaving Quetta, the capital of Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province, a report said on Tuesday.Working for Voice of Germany (VoG) Pashto Service... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Fourteen people were killed on Tuesday when militants launched an attack from Afghanistan’s territory on a Pakistani security checkpoint in the tribal region of North Waziristan, the military said.Three Frontier Corps (FC) personnel... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An art exhibition was organised in Islamabad to muster financial support for the victims of flood and landslides in northern Afghanistan.A leading Afghan writer and painter showcased a series of his oil and water paintings at the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan has promised cooperation with President Hamid Karzai's successor, renewing support for the June 14 presidential runoff election.Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's foreign policy advisor Tariq Fatemi also underlined the need for... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A key insurgent faction on Wednesday announced breaking away from the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), indicating differences within the outlawed group.A spokesman for the Hakimullah Mehsud faction, led by Khalid Mehsud, told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Pakistan government on Tuesday said no decision had been taken to launch a military operation against the Taliban in the tribal region of North Waziristan near the Afghanistan border.The process of dialogue was facing a pause... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A jirga of women in Pakistan’s picturesque northwestern valley of Swat on Saturday urged the government and militants to announce a ceasefire and launch peace talks.Held in Mingora district, the 25-member forum was presided over by... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Four security personnel were killed in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region of Mohmand near the Afghanistan border on Saturday morning. Three paramilitary troops were injured when a... read more
KABUL (PAN): In a latest move, Ireland defeated Afghanistan by 122 runs and won the ICC Intercontinental Cup in Dubai.Earlier, in Sharjah, Afghanistan lost their first-ever Twenty-20 international to Pakistan by six wickets last on Sunday.However,... read more
NEW DELHI: Amid growing wrangle with the US over signing of the bilateral security agreement (BSA), President Hamid Karzai has ruled out being “intimidated” or coerced into signing the vital pact.The Afghan president is scheduled to hold meetings... read more
QUETTA/LAHORE (PAN): Seven people were killed and 49 others sustained injuries in two separate bomb blasts in Pakistan’s Balochistan and Punjab provinces on Thursday, officials said.The first bomb blast occurred in Quetta, the capital of... read more
KABUL (PAN): Fifteen Afghans were among dozens of people wounded in a string of attacks on Shiite pilgrims in Iraq on Monday, a media report said.At least one pilgrim was killed in a roadside bombing, targeting devotees on their way to the city of... read more
QUETTA (PAN): There is no Taliban Shura (council) operating in Quetta, the capital of Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province, a senior official said on Thursday. Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani also denied the presence of Taliban's... read more
KABUL (PAN) Robert Gates, the US defence minister, arrived in Kabul on Monday for a two-day unannounced trip aimed at assessing the progress of the war in Afghanistan. Gates would meet with US troops, allied commanders and Afghan officials,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The top European Union diplomat has called on the Afghan government to support organisations which run shelters for abused women, instead of trying to take them over. Catherine Ashton, who is the foreign affairs chief of the EU, said... read more
KABUL (PAN): Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, was expected to name Marc Grossman, a retired diplomat, as the new US envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, replacing Richard Holbrooke, who died in December. Clinton was expected to make the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The main reason for Afghan cricketers' consistent success in the ICC Intercontinental Cup is their strong self belief and mental prowess, according to national coach Rashid Latif. Afghanistan was poised for a title-winning... read more
KABUL (PAN): The US has not acted on information Russia provided about a number of narcotics laboratories in Afghanistan, a Russian official said. Victor Ivanov, the head of Russia's federal drug control agency, says he provided US officials in... read more
KABUL (PAN): Pakistan is willing to assist talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban because stability and peace in Afghanistan is in Islamabad's own interests, said the country's foreign minister on Friday. Speaking to reporters... read more
KABUL (PAN): At least 11 suspected militants were killed when an US drone fired missiles at a home in Pakistan's tribal region of North Waziristan, near the Afghan border, early Tuesday, intelligence officials said.An intelligence official in Miran... read more
(Update 1)KABUL (PAN): The current US strategy in Afghanistan is failing, a former US official said on Monday, renewing a call for the country to be split along ethnic lines, leaving the Pashtun-dominated south and east to the Taliban.Robert... read more
KABUL (PAN): British military police are investigating reports that British and Canadian soldiers are smuggling heroin out of Afghanistan on board military planes.The Ministry of Defence in London said it was aware of "unsubstantiated reports".... read more
KABUL (PAN): The US President Barack Obama has said a Florida church's plan to burn the Quran went against American values of religious tolerance and would be a "recruitment bonanza" for Al Qaeda.The Dove World Outreach Center, a small church of... read more
KABUL (PAN): Tens of thousands of previously unseen military and intelligence logs from six years of warfare in Afghanistan have revealed what many had already suspected an alliance that was operating at times under the radar and with little... read more
KABUL (PAN): US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton landed in Kabul on Monday to attend a major international conference in the heavily-fortified Afghan capital.She is expected to meet President Hamid Karzai Monday night to "discuss the Kabul... read more
KABUL (PAN): Three Australian and one US soldier were killed in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan on Monday, officials said.The International Security Assistance Force said there was no sign of "enemy involvement" in the crash. It did not... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan will invite 200 international companies to bid for the extraction of its $1 trillion worth of minerals, the country's mines minister reportedly said.The country will hold a road show in London on June 25 to attract investors... read more
KABUL (PAN): Al Qaedas number three leader is believed to have been killed by a US drone in Pakistans tribal region of Waziristan.Mustafa al-Yazid, alias Saeed al-Masri, an Egyptian, was killed about a year ago, along with his wife, three daughters... read more
KABUL (PAN): The British foreign secretary, William Hague, flew into Kabul on Saturday for meetings with top political and military officials, amid reports his government was looking for ways to speed up a troop withdrawal.Hague was joined by... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, met the new British prime minister, David Cameron, in the UK on Saturday, with both leaders pledging to deepen their relationship."They discussed President Karzai's very successful visit to Washington... read more