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GARDEZ (Pajhwok): Five policemen have been arrested over their alleged role in Tuesday's deadly attack on police headquarters and training centre in southeastern Paktia province, an official said on Wednesday. Asadullah Sherzad, commander of the... read more
GARDEZ (Pajhwok): At least 40 people, including the police chief for southeastern Paktia province, were killed and 165 others wounded in a powerful explosion in Gardez on Tuesday morning. Taliban militants launched coordinated attacks on the... read more
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Local security officials on Monday said the Ghorak district of southern Kandahar province had been purged of militants and the national flag hoisted on the district centre building. The security forces captured the... read more
GARDEZ (Pajhwok): A female worker of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) in southeastern Paktia province says she has been fired for refusing to tend the sheep of her boss. Khadija claims having worked at the provincial... read more
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): “Fifteen years back, I exported five kilograms of saffron to Iran but no one bought it there, so I brought it back to Herat, I finally sold a kilogram for 9,000 afghanis to a pharmacist.” This was recalled by Nisar Ahmad, a... read more
GARDEZ (Pajhowk): At least 15 Taliban insurgents have been killed in two airstrike by the US military in southeastern Paktia province, officials said on Wednesday. Col. Kamin Shinwari, police chief for Syed Karam district, told Pajhwok Afghan... read more
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): The Taliban are allegedly forcing residents of three districts of northern Takhar province into paying them money. The militant movement, hiwever, reject the claim as grondless. Sher Ahmad, hailing from the Darqad district of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Monday said increasing pressure on militant groups was a good tactic for the government to push them to the negotiation table. Addressing a cabinet meeting, he said: “... read more
GARDEZ (Pajhwok): At least 15 Taliban insurgents have been killed and two others wounded during an airstrike in the Janikhel district of southeastern Paktai province, an official said on Thursday. Abdullah Hasrat, the governor’s spokesman, told... read more
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): Three Afghan Local Police (ALP) personnel have been killed and two others wounded in Khawaja Ghar district of northeastern Takhar province, an official said on Tuesday. Mohammad Omar, district’s administrative chief, told... read more
GARDEZ (Pajhwok): Police in southeastern Paktia province on Thursday claimed rescuing five children from being smuggled to Pakistan for militancy training by three smugglers. Paktika police chief Brig. Gen. Toryalai Abdani told reporters here... read more
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): Unidentified gunmen have shot dead the intelligence chief for the Warsaj district of northeastern Takhar province, officials said on Wednesday. Police spokesman Maj. Abdul Khalil Aseer told Pajhwok Afghan News that the... read more
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): Four police officers have been arrested on the charge of stealing weapons from the Kafgan district police station in northeastern Takhar province, an official said on Saturday. Police spokesman Maj. Abdul Khalil Aseer told... read more
FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): Five Taliban insurgent have been killed and seven others wounded as a result of a clash in western Farah province, an official said on Monday. Police spokesman Iqbal Bahir told Pajhwok Afghan News the militants attacked... read more
FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): At least six people were injured when police opened fire on a passenger bus in Bala Bolok district of western Farah province on Wednesday, eyewitnesses said. The incident took place on Farah-Herat highway in Farah Rood... read more
TALUQAN (Pajhwok): Two policemen and eight civilians were wounded in a clash over land dispute in the Warsaj district of northern Takhar province, an official said on Monday. Police Chief Brig. Gen. Faqir Mohammad Jawzjani confirmed the incident... read more
FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): Custom office in western Farah province collected over 238 million afghanis in taxes and tariff in the first eight months of currently fiscal year showing 15 percent surge in the revenue compared to the same period of last year... read more
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): A fire breakout gutted 20 shops and two warehouses in Cha Ab district of northern Takhar province, an official said on Tuesday. Deputy police chief Atiqullah Haidari told Pajhwok Afghan News the fire erupted in a wood shop and... read more
FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): Two policemen and a civilian have been killed and two other policemen wounded in a roadside bombing in the capital of western Farah province, an official said on Saturday. Governor’s spokesman, Naser Mahri, told Pajhwok... read more
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): The minister of rural rehabilitation and development (MRRD) says imbalanced development has forced some people to take up weapons for their rights. During his visit to northern Takhar province, Nasir Ahmad Durrani told a press... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says investment in Afghanistan’s agriculture ‘is the better and low risk option for strengthening the country’s economy and for finding jobs, but unfortunately little... read more
GARDEZ (Pajhwok): The Janikhel district of southeastern Paktia province has fallen to Taliban for a third time, officials confirmed on Thursday. The district fell to the militants last month, but was recaptured two weeks ago by the security... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): One person was killed in a magnetic bomb blast in capital Kabul on Wednesday, an official said. Najibullah Danish, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior (MoI), told Pajhwok Afghan News the blast took place at around 11:20am in... read more
FARAH/CHARIKAR (Pajhwok): One child was killed and two others wounded in a rocket shell blast in western Farah province. Separately, eight people were injured during a clash at a wedding party in central Parwan province, sources said Tuesday.... read more
GARDEZ (Pajhwok): Two intelligence personnel were killed and 20 others wounded as a result of magnetic bomb blast in southeastern Paktia province on Wednesday, officials said. Deputy police chief, Col. Nisar Ahmad Abdul Rahimzai, told Pajhwok... read more
FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): Construction work on a health centre worth 9.5 million afghanis was launched in the Darabad village of western Farah province on Monday, an official said. Public Health Director Dr. Abdul Jabbar Shaiq said at the launching... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the world body governing football, is expected to send a delegation to Afghanistan for assessing the game’s situation, officials said Saturday. A meeting attended by... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Sheb Koh district chief of western Farah province, his son and four security guards have been killed in a roadside blast, an official said on Wednesday. Governor spokesman Naser Mehri told Pajhwok Afghan News District Chief... read more
GARDEZ (Pajhwok): The Agriculture Livestock’s and irrigation Department in southeastern Paktika province has launched work on 41 million afghanis orchard, vegetable and poultry projects, an official said on Tuesday. Agriculture Director Walid... read more
GARDEZ (Pajhwok): Taliban on Tuesday claimed capturing the Janikhel district of southeastern Paktia province, but the Ministry of Interior (MOI) rejected the assertion as baseless. Fierce firefights have been ongoing for two days in the district... read more
GARDEZ (Pajhwok): The Janikhel district of southeastern Paktia province has fallen to the Taliban after heavy clashes, residents said on Tuesday. Fierce firefights have been ongoing for two days in the district.ere the militants claimed capturing... read more
GARDEZ (Pajhwok): The Taliban have promised they will not create problems for reconstruction and development projects in Gardez, the capital of southeastern Paktia province, locals said on Monday. Abdullah, a tribal leader, told Pajhwok Afghan... read more
FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): Six Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier have been killed and three others injured in a fierce clash with the Taliban in western Farah province, an official said on Saturday. A dozen insurgents were also killed and six others... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan Youths Civil Movement (AYCM) demanded removal and trial of government officials following recent surge in insecurity and targeted killings in eastern Nangarhar province. Targeted killing, terror and explosions have... read more
FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): Taliban militants have shot dead at least seven of 16 the passengers they stopped on the highway in the capital of western Farah province, officials said on Wednesday. Provincial Council Chairman Jamila Amini told Pajhwok... read more
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): Shoe manufacturers in northern Takhar province say their sales have recently increased but they need tools to improve their business. Many families in the provincial capital, Taloqan, and other areas have long been associated... read more
GARDEZ (Pajhwok): At least seven insurgents have been killed during an airstrike by US forces in the Zurmat district while three smugglers were held in southeastern Paktia province, officials said on Sunday. Abdullah Hasrat, the governor’s... read more
FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): At least four policemen have been killed in a roadside bombing in western Farah province where two Taliban bomb planters detained by Afghan forces. Governor’s spokesman, Naser Mahri, told Pajhwok Afghan News the incident... read more
FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): Four members of a family were killed when a roadside bomb ripped through their vehicle in the Pushtrod district of western Farah province, an official said on Tuesday. Police spokesman Iqbal Bahir said the car carrying a... read more
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): The commander of local uprising forces and five Taliban have been killed in a clash in southern Ghazni province, an official said on Saturday. Spokesman for Ghazni police Fahim Amarkhel told Pajhwok Afghan news the incident... read more
FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): Two policemen were killed and two others wounded as result of roadside bomb blast in western Farah province on Wednesday, an official said. Police spokesman, Iqbal Bahir, told Pajhwok Afghan News the incident took place in... read more
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): A battle for the recapture of six check-posts in the Khwaja Ghar district of northern Takhar province has been launched while security forces are on the defensive in Khwaja Bahauddin town, an official said on Monday. Maj. Abdul... read more
GARDEZ (Pajhwok): Five police personnel were killed and 29 others, including civilian, wounded as a result of a car bombing in southeastern Paktia province on Sunday morning, officials said. Sardar Wali Tabassum, provincial police chief, told... read more
FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): Police in western Farah provinces have recovered an explosive-laden vehicle and prevented huge devastation and loss of precious lives, an official said on Friday. The vehicle with 1,500 kilogrames of explosives was... read more
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Telecom Regulatory Authority (ATRA) has noted an increase in the number of illegal SIM cards used in criminal activities in northern Takhar province. ATRA head for Takhar Qayamuddin Weqar said in an exclusive... read more
FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): Three bodyguards of the Baghlan governor have been gunned down in the Bala Baluk district of Farah province, an official said on Monday.   Iqbal Baher, Farah police spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News the three... read more
KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): Six Haqqani Network rebels, including a notorious commander, named Kakai Wazir, have been killed in a landmine explosion in the Musakhel district of southeastern Khost province, an official said on Sunday. Gulab Mangal,... read more
GARDEZ (Pajhwok): Senior officials from six southeastern provinces held a joint meeting on ways of improving the security situation and finding solutions to the problems of their region. Held in the 203rd Thunder Military Corps, the meeting was... read more
GARDEZ (Pajhwok): Militants and security forces have suffered casualties during the Taliban attack in Dand-i-Pathan district of southeastern Paktia province, an official said on Thursday. Police chief, Brig. Gen. Toryalai Abdani, told Pajhwok... read more
FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): A shopkeeper and a police officer have been killed in separate incidents in western Farah province, an official said Tuesday. Provincial police spokesman, Iqbal Baher, told Pajhwok Afghan News that a shopkeeper, Mir Ahmad... read more
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): Mohammad Yasin Zia, the governor of northern Takhar province, has resigned his position, officials said on Monday. His spokesman Sunatullah Timori told Pajhwok Afghan News Zia had presented his resignation to the presided... read more
FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): Public health officials on Tuesday said more than 15 tonnes of expired food and beverages have been seized from markets in the capital of western Farah province. The spurious food and drinks were collected by an... read more
GARDEZ (Pajhwok): Some retired personnel of Afghan National Army (ANA) in southeastern Paktika province have claimed plots allotted to them during former President Hamid Karzai’s regime were grabbed by some individuals. In a gathering the former... read more
TAOQAN (Pajhwok): Seven policemen and eight Taliban have been killed during a clash in the Khawaja Bahawuddin district of northern Takhar province, an official said on Tuesday. Police Spokesman Col. Khalil Aseer told Pajhwok Afghan News the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Fuel prices rose while that of sugar and ghee dipped during the outgoing week in the capital Kabul, market source said on Saturday. Abdul Hadi, a worker at the Wazirabad Filling Station, told Pajhwok Afghan News the rate of one... read more
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): National Horticulture and Livestock Project (NHLP) officials in the northeastern region of the country say 57 garden projects worth 50 million afghanis have been implemented on rain-fed land in Takhar province. Mohammad Ghulam... read more
SAR-I-PUL (Pajhwok): Three women and a child have been killed by a Taliban-fired mortar shell in the Sayad district of northern Sar-i-Pul province, residents and officials said on Monday. An inhabitant of the locality, who declined to be named,... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Two Taliban, including the brother of Taliban’s former shadow governor for northern Kunduz province, have been arrested while fleeing from the province, the Spy-Network said on Thursday. Karimullah, the brother of Taliban’s... read more
NEILI (Pajhwok): More than 250 incidents of violence against women happened last year in central Daiknudi province, where females are still facing different types of abuse, said an official of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (... read more
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): Local security officials on Tuesday confirmed dozens of policemen and pick-ups were in the service of some powerful individuals in northeastern Takhar province. In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, Takhar police... read more
GARDIZ (Pajhwok): Hundreds of residents of southeastern Pakia province on Saturday staged a protest for the prompt construction of the Gardez-Zurmat highway. The demonstrators claimed officials had promised them several times construction of the... read more
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): At least 10 Taliban militants have been killed and nine others wounded during a clash with Afghan forces in Durqad district of northern Takhar province, an official said Sunday.  Lt. Gen. Sher Aziz Kamawal, police in the... read more
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): An illegal armed group commander was killed along with his mother and wife by unidentified gunmen in northern Takhar province, an official said on Wednesday. Provincial Police Spokesman Maj. Abdul Jalil Aseer told Pajhwok... read more
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): Four Taliban insurgents were killed and some areas recaptured during an operation in the Darqad district of northeastern Takhar province, an official said on Tuesday. Maj. Gen. Shir Aziz Kamawal, commander for the 808th Spin... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Wednesday said a truck full of explosives was identified and destroyed before entering to the capital of southern Ghazni province. A statement from the MoI received by Pajhwok Afghan News said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The French government donated 61.5 million euros to boost agriculture and energy generation in Afghanistan, an official said Monday. A contract for the assistance was signed between Finance minister, Eklil Hakimi and French... read more
GARDEZ (Pajhwok): The revenue of Gardez municipality went up by 34 percents this year, the mayor said on Monday, with city residents voicing satisfaction over its performance and management. Inhabitants acknowledge the municipality had been more... read more
SHARAN (Pajhwok): The Paktika University’s Agriculture Institute has got a new building in the capital of the southeastern province, where 60 percent of educational facilities do not have proper structures. Education DirectorMohammad Nasim Wajid... read more
SAR-I-PUL CITY (Pajhwok): At least five civilians have been killed and two others injured by unidentified armed men in Sancharak district of northern Sar-I-Pul province, an official said Monday. Provincial deputy police chief, Col. Enayatullah... read more
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): Residents of northern Takhar province say fuel prices have increased with the advent of winter, asking the government to keep the rates in check. Government officials say a committee has been established to control fuel prices... read more
SAR-I-PUL (Pajhwok): Local officials on Thursday said 24 Taliban militants and five security personnel had suffered casualties during offensives in northern Sar-i-Pul province. Governor Mohammad Zahir Wahdattold Pajhwok Afghan News 11 militants... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Several Taliban insurgents have been suffered casualties as many villages were cleared during an operation in Sayyad district of northern Sar-I-Pul province, an official said Wednesday. Three days earlier, the Taliban militants... read more
MEHTARLAM (Pajhwok): Five members of a family were killed and wounded in an accident on Kabul-Jalalabad High way in eastern Laghman province on Monday, an official said. Sarhadi Zwak, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the... read more
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): Officials in northern Takhar province on Thursday said the Taliban had been forced into retreating from Khwaja Ghar district, but the insurgents rejected the claim as baseless. Sunnatullah Taimur, the governor’s spokesman, told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday assured the private sector of continued cooperation from his administration, saying the notion that wealth is amassed through loot and plunder. Speaking at the foundation stone-laying ceremony... read more
SAR-I-PUL (Pajhwok): At least 32 militants have been killed and 16 others wounded during an operation in the Sancharak district of northern Sar-i-Pul province, an official claimed on Saturday. Governer Mohammad Zahir Wahdat told Pajhwok Afghan... read more
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): The brother of a former Wolesi Jirga contestant says his brother was injured and 13 of his supporters killed in a NATO airstrike during the election campaign. But the deadly raid is yet to be investigated, according to the... read more
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): The women affairs director of southern Ghazni province on Tuesday escaped unhurt in a gun attack that left one revenue officer dead in the provincial capital, an official said. Police chief, Aminullah Amarkhel told Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Families of victims of two deadly attacks in Yahyakhel and Argon districts of southeastern Paktika province have urged all warring sides to embrace peace and quit fighting in the best interest of the teeming masses. Nearly two... read more
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): A number of residents of southern Ghazni province complain private universities there focused more on grabbing money rather than providing students with quality education. Niamatullah, a resident of Ghazni City, the... read more
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): The peace committee head for southern Ghazni province on Tuesday claimed escaping unhurt in an overnight bomb attack on his office. Khaliliullah Hotak told Pajhwok Afghan News: “Two magnetic bombs placed inside my office... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga or lower house of the parliament, on Monday termed child labor and their current conditions a matter of concern and asked the government to pay attention to the issue. Hamidullah Tokhi, a... read more
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Juvenile detention centre inmates in southern Ghazni province complain they are faced with many problems besides their cases not addressed on time. Based on Afghanistan’s laws, children below 18 years of age can be held at... read more
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Residents complain the security situation has recently deteriorated in most parts of southern Ghazni province, but the officials concerned reject the claim as groundless. Mohammad Halim Rasouli, a tribal elder from Ghazni... read more
SAR-I-PUL (Pajhwok): Khairun Nisa, a 35 years old woman from the Balkhab district of northern Sar-i-Pul province claims she was tortured for 15 years by her husband, but no one listened to her complaints. A mother of four, who is currently living... read more
MAHMUD RAQI (Pajhwok): A prayer leader was gunned down by a man in Awal Kohistan district of central Kapisa province, the murderer was arrested by villagers, an official said on Friday. Abdul Fattah Shafiq, the district chief, told Pajhwok Afghan... read more
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): At least six Taliban militants and two policemen have been killed during separate clashes in southern Ghazni province, officials said on Thursday. Col. Lutfullah Kamral, the police chief for Gilan district, told Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Haseebullah Shahabi, a 25 years old man with disability who recently found his way to the Kabul University, says special people can excel at studies and have equal chances of success. A resident of Panjsher province, Shahabi is... read more
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Taliban militants have censored MTN and Etisalat telephone services from the past one month in southern Ghazni province, local residents complain. Rahmatullah Marjankhel, an inhabitant of the province, told Pajhwok Afghan... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): A large number of youth in northern Kunduz province complain about unemployment which they blame for problems that force them into seeking asylum in foreign countries or joining militant groups. The increasing joblessness... read more
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): At least 120 schoolgirls were poisoned in the Rustaq district of northern Takhar province on Wednesday, an official said. Public Health Director Hafizullah Safi told Pajhwok Afghan News scores of students of the Khanaqa School... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): The district chief for Aliabad district of northeastern Kunduz province was wounded along with one of his bodyguards in a Taliban ambush on Sunday, an official said. Provincial police chief, Brig. Gen. Mohammad Qasim... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): At lead 20 Taliban fighters were killed and several others wounded during aongoing offensive in the Chardara district of northern Kunduz province, officials said on Thursday. A spokesman for the special units of security... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): After four days of closure, the busy Kunduz-Takhar highway has been reopened and 18 rebels killed as a result of a clearing operation by security forces, an official said on Saturday. Kunduz police chief, Brig. Gen. Qasim... read more
NIELI (Pajhwok): At least four people have been killed and agriculture land damaged as result of rain-triggered floods in central Daikundi province, an official said on Sunday. Provincial disaster management director, Reza Sidiqi, told Pajhwok... read more
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): A large number of residents rallied in southern Ghazni City on Wednesday in support of the new mayor, closing the busy Kandahar-Kabul highway. Nasir Ahmad Lalizai was appointed as Ghazni mayor some two weeks back, but his... read more
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): A new urban discipline unit, created at the police headquarters, has helped in preventing irregularities and the movement of undocumented vehicles in Ghazni City, an official said on Wednesday. Provincial police chief, Brig... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): At least seven militants, including a commander, have been killed and three others wounded during an operation on the outskirts of the capital of northeastern Kunduz province, an official said Tuesday. Lt. Col. Ghulam... read more
SAR-I-PUL (Pajhwok): Nearly a dozen kidnapped individualshave released in northern Sar-i-Pul province, an official said on Saturday. Zabihullah Amani, the governor’s spokesman, saidthe men had been freed without any deal and reunited with their... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): At least 14 militants, including a commander, have been killed during an operation in the Dasht-i-Archi district of northeastern Kunduz province, officials said on Thursday. However, residents alleged the fightinghad also... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): One person was killed and seven others including an influential figure, wounded in a bomb blast in the capital of northern Kunduz province on Tuesday, an official said. The magnetic bomb attached to a private Corolla car... read more
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): At least five members of a family have been killed in a bomb blast in the Barak district of northern Takhar province, an official said on Monday. SunatullahTimori, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): A Taliban-designated district chief and nine other militants have been killed during an operation in northern Kunduz province, an official said on Sunday. Military commander Gen. Mohiuddin Ghori told Pajhwok Afghan News... read more
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): Facilities for religious education have been put in place in northeastern Takhar province, obviating the need for students going to Pakistan or other countries, officials said on Thursday. Hajj and Religious Affairs Department... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Fragile security and increasing Taliban activities near Kunduz City, have forced some civil society organisations (CSOs), especially those working to promote women’s rights, into leaving the province or limiting their campaign... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Acting governor of northers Kunduz province admitted on Tuesday, his last day in office, the outskirts of the provincial capital were under Taliban's control. During a farewell meeting with elders, provincial council... read more
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): The Taliban suffered heavy casualties as security forces repulsed a militant attack on the Shindand district of western Herat province, an official said on Monday. Ehsanullah Hayat the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok... read more
FAIZABAD/KUNDUZ CITY/PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): At least 11 militants and two policemen have been killed and 14 border policemen disappeared in separate incidents in Badakhshan, Kunduz and Baghlan provinces, officials said on Saturday. The 7th... read more
SHARAN (Pajhwok): Two civilians were killed and six others wounded in a bomb blast in the Yahyakhel district of southeastern Paktika province on Wednesday, an official said. Provincial Council Chairman Afsar Khan Sulemankhel told Pajhwok Afghan... read more
SHARAN (Pajhwok): At least four civilians were killed and eight others injured in an explosion in the Zerok district of southeastern Paktika province on Saturday, a top provincial official said. The blast took place before noon near the main... read more
SAR-I-PUL (Pajhwok): The Taliban are locked in an intense battle with security forces for the Kohistanat district of central Sar-i-Pul province, a public representative said on Saturday. The insurgents had besieged the district centre following... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP) has asked Afghan construction companies to invest in the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project. Minister of Mines Daud Shah Saba on Saturday met... read more
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Nearly 400 schoolgirls and teachers had to be hospitalised after being poisoned in western Herat province, an official said on Monday. Mohammad Rafiq Sherzai, the zonal hospital spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News that... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Saturday termed the work of Election Reform Commission (ERC) unprofessional, saying its flawed suggestions were hard to implement. Revamping the system was not possible in the current... read more
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Around 134 girl students and teachers were poisoned in Herat City on Thursday, a day after 200 students fell unconscious in the Injil district of the western province. Mohammad Rafiq Sherzai, provincial hospital spokesman,... read more
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): At least 116 school students and teachers were poisoned in the Injil district of western Herat province on Monday morning, an official said. Injil district’s administrative Mohammad chief Naqib told Pajhwok Afghan News a... read more
SAR-I-PUL (Pajhwok): A road connecting Kohistanat district of northern Sar-i-Pul province with its capital was reopened after one month blockade by Taliban, an official said Saturday. Due to blockade of the road, the prices of daily use... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Alleging neighboring countries for creating problems, the Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MoCI) on Monday said that Afghanistan was facing with problems in implementing the Transports Internationaux Routiers (International Road... read more
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): As many as 80 prisoners have been released from a prison in western Herat province in compliance with presidential decree on the eve of of Eid-ul-Fitr, an official said on Monday. Brig. Gen. Abdullah Aziz, director prison,... read more
KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): A magnetic bomb explosion left a taxi driver dead and another passerby wounded in Khost City, the provincial capital of southeastern Khost province on Monday, an official said. The explosion took place in the Buland Manzal... read more
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): One passenger was killed and 13 others injured when a car overturned on Herat-Farah highway, an official said Sunday. The governor’s spokesman Ehsanullah Hayat told Pajhwok Afghan News that a passenger bus overturned in... read more
SHARAN (Pajhwok): The rate of walwar (bride price) has been brought down and a cash fine imposed on unnecessary expenditure on lavish wedding meals in some district of southeastern Paktika province, a reform body said on Saturday. In an exclusive... read more
MIADAN SHAHR (Pajhwok): A member of the High Peace Council (HPC) from central Maidan Wardak province has been killed in central capital Kabul, an official said on Tuesday. Maidan Wardak governor’s spokesman Attaullah Khogyani told Pajhwok Afghan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least one person was wounded when two back-to-back bomb explosions rocked the Kolola Pushta neighbourhood of the central capital Kabul late on Monday. Brig. Gen. Humayun Aini, the 119 police helpline commander, told Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of Wolesi Jirga or lower house members on Saturday said that Taliban should declare ceasefire during peace talks with Afghan government. Zahir Qadir, the first deputy speaker, asked Taliban to announce ceasefire before... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (Pajhwok): Hundreds of Taliban attacked security posts in the Jalrez district of central Maidan Wardak province, blocking the Kabul-Bamyan highway on Thursday, an official said. Attaullah Khogyani, the governors’ spokesman, told... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (Pajhwok): On the eve of International Counternarcotics Day on Saturday, the director counternarcotics revealed the number of drug addicts had reached 27,000 in central Maidan Wardak province.  Eng Zabihullah Fazli told Pajhwok... read more
SAR-I-PUL (Pajhwok): The residents of northern Sar-i-Pul province expressed a mixed reaction over the performance of the provincial council and stressed the council should be bound to focus more on solution to public grievances. After the... read more
SHARAN (Pajhwok): The provincial council of southeastern Paktika province expressed grave concern over poor health services and complained the entire province had not even a single female health professional. The council secretary Aziz Orguni in... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (Pajhwok): Construction work on 17-kilometer road of Chak district in central Maidan Wardak province has been started after four years delay, an official said Monday. Attaullah Khogyani, acting governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Ordering division of the Shindand region into several districts, President Ashraf Ghani on Monday said the war has been imposed on Afghanistan to force the government to negotiate peace from a weak position. The president, who... read more
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): On the head of a high-level delegation, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Monday travelled to western Herat province to meet residents and evaluate overall governance in the province, an official said. Ehsanullah Hayat, the... read more
HERAT (Pajhwok): At least 10 militants were killed and 25 others wounded during a clash in the Farsi district of eastern Herat province on Tuesday but Taliban claimed killing five Afghan National Army (ANA) personnel. Abdul Rauf Ahmadi, police... read more
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): At least 24 passengers were injured as a bus overturned on Herat-Kandahar Highway on Wednesday morning, an official said. Herat governor’s spokesman Ehsanullah Hayat told Pajhwok Afghan News that the accident took place when... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has acknowledged Islamic State (IS) group or Daesh has active presence in some parts of Afghanistan but the country’s security forces can deal with the emerging threat. MoI spokesman Seddiq Seddiqi... read more
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Unidentified gunmen shot dead a leading tribal elder in the Guzra district of western Herat province, said an official Tuesday. Abdul Rauf Ahmadi, police spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News that Haji Hafizulla, the slain... read more
MAIDAN SHAHAR (Pajhwok): A four-member group of suicide bombers stormed the court compound of central Maidan Wardak province, leaving two policemen and four attackers dead on Tuesday morning, an official said. The attack took place in Maidan... read more
FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): Local officials on Monday said 28 Taliban and members of Islamic State (IS) have been killed as both the groups engaged in heaving fighting in Khak-i-Safid district of western Farah province. Mohammad Hanif Rezayee,... read more
TARINKOT (Pajhwok): The district chief for Charchino district of central Uruzgan province was killed in a bomb blast on Saturday morning, an official said. The governor’s spokesman Dost Mohammad Nayab told Pajhwok Afghan News that the district... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of Mesharano Jirga members on Tuesday asked Wolesi Jirga to expedite trust vote process in order to overcome uncertainty and instability in the country. Lawmakers believed the government had miserably failed to improve... read more
MAIMANA (Pajhwok): Unidentified gunmen blown up a school in the Sherin Tagab district of northern Faryab province, officials said Tuesday. Condemning the act in strongest terms, Education Director Ahmadullah Arab noted that such tactics won’t... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (Pajhwok): At least four civilians have been killed and two Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers and a civilian wounded during separate security incidents in central Maidan Wardak and northwestern Jawzjan provinces, officials said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Three people were killed and eight others, including a lawmaker, wounded in a suicide bomb blast in the 8th police district of the capital Kabul on Sunday, officials said. The explosion took place in the Shah Shahid locality in... read more
SHARAN (Pajhwok): Firefighters quickly doused a fire that could engulf a Kabul Bank branch in the provincial capital of southern Paktika province, witnesses said on Saturday. Banaras Khan, an eyewitness, told Pajhwok Afghan News the fire erupted... read more
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): A private radio station report was shot dead by militants in the Batikot district of eastern Nangarhar province, bordering Pakistan’s tribal region of Khyber, officials said on Saturday. Batikot district chief Haji Ghalib... read more
SHARAN (Pajhwok): Abdul Karim Matin, governor of southern Paktika province, promised on Thursday problems of residents would be shared with President Ashraf Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah. The newly-appointed governor said his office had started... read more
SHARAN (Pajhwok): Work on 85 small and big development projects, benefit thousands of residents, has been initiated in the Janikhel district of southeastern Paktika province, officials said on Sunday. Construction work on a number of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A civil society group on Monday warned of launching a protest movement in Kabul if the unity government failed to introduce cabinet nominees soon. Members of the group “Afghan Milli Ghurzang” told a press conference here the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The nomination of cabinet members is almost complete and the nominees would be introduced to parliament for approval within days, an aide to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah said on Tuesday.Javed Faisal, a spokesman... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An agreement was signed on Tuesday for the New Kabul City which would be built on 1,700 acres of land in the Dehsabz district of Kabul and Barikab town of central Parwan province.  The deal was signed between Dehsabz–... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Three civilians, including a child, were wounded when a magnetic bomb went off in northern Kunduz province on Tuesday northern.The device was attached to a vehicle of the Afghan National Army (ANA, police spokesman Syed Sarwar... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A former presidential spokesman on Tuesday claimed the US knew Taliban’s supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar was in Pakistan’s port city of Karachi, but the Americans would not arrest him.Aimal Faizi told Pajhwok Afghan News during... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Kabul Mayor Muhammad Yunus Nawandesh has submitted his resignation letter to President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, a spokesman for the municipality said on Monday. Abdul Qadir Arzo said Nawandesh had tendered his resignation to the... read more
NIELI (PAJHWOK): People are facing a food shortage in central Daikundi province, the director of agriculture warned on Monday.Eng. Mahdi Mowahid told Pajhwok though wheat yield had increase to 29,000 tonnes by 10 percent last year, yet the local... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): New cabinet members are likely to be introduced to the Wolesi Jirga -- or lower house of the parliament -- for a vote of confidence today (Monday), well-placed sources said.President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met on Monday the Italian defence minister and assured her of his government’s strong will in combating terrorism and extremism.Ghani received Roberta Pinotti in Kabul and discussed bilateral... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Security forces seized weapons and explosives during a raid on a home in the Musahi district of Kabul on Sunday.The raid involving police and National Directorate of Security (NDS) personnel was conducted in Guldara area, the Kabul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Deputy Chief Executive Officer Mohammad Mohaqiq said on Sunday key members of the cabinet would be introduced in a couple of days.At a meeting with Mujahidin Councils from the north, he said the government wanted to include talented... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Two reporters, who were beaten by police in northern Kunduz province, warned on Sunday violence could have adverse effects on media.Naseer Ahmad Waqef, Aljazeera reporter, and Najim Rahim, a local journalist, were on their way... read more
JAWZJAN (Pajhwok): At least seven Afghan Local Police (ALP) personnel and five insurgents have been killed and nine others wounded during a clash in northern Jawzjan province, officials said on Sunday.Brig. Gen. Faqir Mohammad Jawzjani, the... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Six more Sher Khan Port employees were released three weeks after they were abducted by insurgents in northern Kunduz province, officials said on Saturday.Sixteen employees of the port were abducted last month while returning... read more
FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): Residents of Darwaza district in northeastern Badakhshan province say they travel by Ministry of Defense (MoD) helicopters in exchange for money after heavy snowfall blocked roads.Darwaza district shares a border with Tajikistan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least three insurgents and two policemen have been killed as a result of clearing operations in northeastern Badakhshan province, officials said on Saturday.Police spokesman Lal Mohammad Ahmadzai told Pajhwok Afghan News the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The continued international military presence and intensifying militant attacks on civilians are fuelling the menace of terrorism in Afghanistan, an Iranian diplomat said on Saturday."Unfortunately, the presence of foreign troops... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Directorate of Security (NDS) on Thursday said a 13-year-old would-be suicide bomber had been arrested in capital Kabul.Bilal was detained in the 5th municipality district along with another person who had brought him... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, expressing confident in Afghan forces’ ability to assume full responsibility, on Thursday said Afghanistan was more stable and prosperous than ever.The alliance chief was addressing the North... read more
KUNDUZ (Pajhwok): The newly-appointed governor on Thursday assured he would use all possible options to improve security in northern Kunduz province.After a series of attacks and growing insecurity, the unity government reshuffled the provincial... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): None of the three major US agencies could identify their projects and initiatives aimed at supporting Afghan women or the amount of funding spent on the efforts, an American watchdog said on Thursday.The Defense Department, State... read more
SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): Flood-affected families living under tents in northern Jawzjan province warned on Thursday the winter had put their lives at risk of disease and death.They complained the government did not give them aid. Six months ago flash... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday hoped Pakistan’s investment in Afghanistan would play a key role in further improving ties between the neighbours.The president said this while talking to Mian Muhammad Mansha, Pakistan’s... read more
FEROZKOH/FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): A newly-constructed bridge over the Harirod River in western Ghor province was inaugurated on Thursday, officials said.Measuring 42 metres, the bridge was constructed in the Ahangaran area of Ferozkoh at a cost of $152... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan National Salvation Front (ANSF), led by Sibghatullah Mujaddedi, on Thursday accused the Pakistani spy network of aiding international terrorism.Accompanied by the ISI director-general, the Pakistan army chief, during a... read more
SHARAN (Pajhwok): More than 100 people on Wednesday staged a protest rally in southeastern Paktika province, calling for the provincial governor and other officials to be sacked.Civil society members, tribal elders, youth and local residents took... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, renewing his administration’s commitment to an abiding partnership with the US, said on Wednesday Afghanistan needed international assistance to resolve its problems.During a meeting at his office,... read more
 ZARANJ (Pajhwok): Traders on Wednesday complained about what they called illegal taxes on the Nimroz-Kandahar highway and said the situation was discouraging them.They said despite paying custom duties in Nimroz on imports from Iran, they were... read more
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FEROZKOH (Pajhwok): The process of distributing land plots to teachers started in western Ghor province on Tuesday, officials said.Acting Governor Syed Anwar Rahmati said plots were distributed to 272 teachers, who were most deserving.He said... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): The foundation stone of a recreational park was laid in northern Sar-i-Pul province on Tuesday, officials said.Acting Governor Abdul Jabbar Haqbin told Pajhwok Afghan News the 37 acres park would be built at a cost of 56... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah and others strongly condemned a Taliban attack on a Peshawar-based school.More than 137 people, most of them students, were killed when Taliban stormed an army-run... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan, China, Iran, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have agreed to complete a preliminary study of a regional railroad network over the next 18 months, an official said on Tuesday. Acting Public Work Minister Noor Gul Mangal... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan on Monday urged Iran, which recently agreed to extend visas for thousands of refugees, to relax laws for Afghan travellers.Kabul had sought more facilities for the Afghans living in and traveling to Iran, acting Foreign... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday said Afghan security institutions lacked coordination, an issue his administration would try to address soon.Speaking to Ministry of Defence officials in Kabul, the president spoke of long-term plans... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan on Sunday said the level of cooperation and trust between Kabul and Islamabad was increasing.A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office in Islamabad, Tasnim Aslam, said a section of Afghan media had wrongly attributed a statement... read more
SHARANA (Pajhwok): New playgrounds have been constructed for ten schools in southeastern Paktika province, an official said on Sunday.Provincial Rural Development Director Mohammad Momin Khan told Pajhwok Afghan News the playgrounds in Yousafkhel... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): A woman was killed and four others, including two children, were wounded as a result of a rocket attack in northeastern Kunduz province, an official said Sunday.Officials said the rocket was fired during a clash between armed... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Forty-four Afghan National Army cadets on Saturday graduated from the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun to become officers, the Indian Embassy in Kabul said.Afghan Army Chief Gen. Sher Mohammad Karimi was chief guest at the... read more
MAHMOOD RAQI (Pajhwok): Growing insecurity has led to a considerable increase in the number of displaced families in central Kapisa province, an official said on Wednesday.Qasim Malikzai, the director of refugee in Kapisa, told Pajhwok Afghan News... read more
PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): Senior officials on Monday said 86 security posts had been set up around the Ainak copper mine in central Logar province and urged investors to resume work on tapping the world’s largest deposits.A landmark $3 billion deal was... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A day after the death of a wanted al-Qaeda leader in a Pakistani military operation in South Waziristan, another key leader of the network was killed in a US drone strike near Miranshah, the headquarters of North Waziristan Agency (... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah has said Afghan security forces were strong enough to defend the country and no other force had the power to defeat them.Speaking at Sandhurst Royal Military Academy on the last day of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel on Saturday said that Washington would keep 1,000 more troops than the originally planned number in the first few months of 2015 in Afghanistan.Earlier in the day, Hagel arrived in Kabul on an... read more
Minister Yelich outlines Canada’s support at the London Conference on Afghanistan  December 4, 2014 – London, United Kingdom - Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development CanadaToday, at the London Conference on Afghanistan, the Honourable... read more
The UK and Afghanistan today co-hosted the London Conference on Afghanistan (LCA) where 59 countries reaffirmed their commitment to supporting Afghanistan to become a secure and stable nation after drawdown is completed at the end of the year. ... read more
Kabul (Pajhwok): Economic experts believe that extraction of Katawaz crude oil in southeastern Paktika province will help strengthen the economy of the country.Initially started in 1970, the exploration of Katawaz crude oil reserves had to be... read more
BRUSSELS (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Monday hoped the new phase of NATO’s mission would bring stability and prosperity to the Afghans and security to the world.Addressing a joint news conference here with NATO Secretary-General Jens... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Monday named 29 members of different provincial councils (PC) as senators. Another five PC members will be nominated later on.IEC Chairman Hotak Rahman Commission told a press conference... read more
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KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Saturday said substantial progress had been made in finalising the new cabinet.Addressing a group of elders from central Parwan province in Kabul, he said a breakthrough had been... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A suicide bomber targeted a British Embassy vehicle east of Kabul City on Thursday, killing five people, including a British national, and injuring more than 37 Afghan civilians, the Ministry of Public Health said.The ministry’s... read more
HERAT CITY/JALALABAD/LASHKARGAH/TALUQAN (Pajhwok): In a gathering arranged on eve of International Women’s Day, speakers on Tuesday voiced concerns that violence against women has surged in some provinces of the country, including Nangarhar, Helmand... read more
FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): After the devastating landslide in northeastern Badakhshan province, first school would be constructed in Argo district while the cricket stadium would be built in Faizabad, the provincial capital, said provincial education... read more
TALUQAN (Pajhwok): A 22-year old female student of Takhar University shot herself dead in northern Takhar province, an official said Sunday. The incident took place in the Nahr-i-Chaman area of New-Taluqan, the provincial capital at around 3:00pm,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan National Congress (ANC) and civil society organizations on Sunday warned to stage series of protests if the government failed to form cabinet without further delay.The civil society representatives in a gathering... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): French Ambassador to Kabul Jean-Michel Marlaud on Saturday promised construction of a health care centre for women in the capital Kabul.The pledge to build health facility was made during his meeting with Eng. Mohammad Khan, Abdulah... read more
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): A crime branch chief was among three others wounded in an explosion that left his brother dead in eastern Nangarhar province on Saturday, officials said.Provincial police spokesman Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal told Pajhwok Afghan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Mining experts say substandard methods used to extract minerals have been resulting in their wastage and a low government’s income.They believe the lack of government’s proper monitoring of extraction activities remains a big... read more
FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): The police chief for northeastern Badakhshan province was wounded in a roadside bombing that killed one policeman, officials said on Sunday.Badakhshan governor’s spokesman Ahmad Naveed Frotan told Pajhwok Afghan News that... read more
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Kabul, Afghanistan, November 13, 2014 - Integrity Watch Afghanistan, in its role as a watchdog on the government, today released a policy brief making recommendations on how to improve aid effectiveness, at a summit attended by civil society... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The court of appeal on Tuesday tripled the jail sentences of two former Kabul Bank heads to 10 years at the end of a re-opened case into the bank's collapse, ordering assets of Mahmoud Karzai to be frozen. Mahmoud Karzai, a brother... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The acting governor of northern Balkh province on Sunday said brazen irregularities had been committed in the April provincial council elections, with electoral officials receiving millions of afghanis in bribes. Noor, also... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): NATO's new Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg arrived in Kabul on his maiden visit to Afghanistan on Thursday since he replaced Fogh Rasmussen on October 1. During the unannounced trip, he would meet President Ashraf Ghani and Chief... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan Army Chief Gen. Raheel Sharif met Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah in his office on Thursday.During the meeting Sharif congratulated Abdullah on securing the Chief Executive office and discussed the opening of new... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Senior United Nations officials in Afghanistan on Wednesday welcomed the passing of legislation earlier this week by the Wolesi Jirga to criminalise underage recruitment in the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) as a significant... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Public Health on Wednesday torched more than 30 tonnes of expired and substandard drugs in Kabul. Deputy Minister Dr. Abdul Basir Sarwar told a news conference in Kabul that the spurious drugs had been seized in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday said the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) could monitor his government’s performance in terms of respect for human rights at the end of the year.During a meeting with... read more
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): The deputy governor of southern Kandahar province, Abdul Qayyum Patyal, was laid to rest on Monday in a graveyard on the Kandahar University campus, where he was gunned down by unknown assailants a day earlier. Patyal was... read more
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Resuming their protest against the electoral bodies, losing provincial council candidates and their supporters on Wednesday erected tents in front of the governor’s office in western Herat province.The protestors accused the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The winners of Afghanistan’s first smartphone app awards were announced at the Afghan Mobile Business event, which scheduled to conclude with a job fair on Friday.It was organized by the Faculty of Economics of Kabul University in... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): At least seven people, including six prosecutors, were killed on Monday when a group of suicide attackers stormed the court of appeal in northern Kunduz province, exchanging gunfire with security forces for hours. Initially,... read more
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Students staged a rally in western Herat province on Monday to denounce the publication of a blasphemous article in a Kabul-based daily last week. An opinion piece in The Afghanistan Express insulted Islam and linked it to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) has closed down a school for refugee children in northwestern Pakistan, touching off a protest, a news report said on Sunday. Run by the Basic Education for Awareness,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations on Sunday welcomes Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission (IEC) announcement of the final results from the April provincial council polls.Preliminary results of the elections held on April 5 were unveiled... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Twenty insurgents were killed early on Sunday when Pakistan Army jets pounded their hideouts in in the semiautonomous tribal region of Khyber near the Afghanistan border, a media report said.Backed by artillery and mortar fire, the... read more
The Taliban have once again made their influence felt in Afghan schools, this time objecting to a book called 'Culture' on the Afghan curriculum. The antigovernment insurgents are reported to be going class to class and threatening teachers,... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Police on Wednesday claimed preventing nearly a dozen members of a family from committing suicide in northern Kunduz province.Police spokesman Syed Sarwar Hussaini told Pajhwok Afghan News the family cited abject poverty as a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The prices of firewood jumped while rates of liquefied gas dipped during the outgoing week in Kabul, market sources said on Thursday. Food rates remained stable.Khan Mohammad, a firewood seller in Charahi-i-Shahid area, told Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Indian National Security Advisor Ajit K Doval on Wednesday voiced his country’s readiness to assist Afghanistan in areas of military, economy and higher education. Doval, who led a delegation to Kabul, called on President Ashraf... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Construction work on residential units in the Rehman Baba township in this central capital began on Wednesday. The housing scheme in Karta-e-Naw area covers 55 acres of land.Minister of Urban Development Hassan Abdul laid the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Tuesday said his administration would prove its worth at the upcoming London Conference.At a meeting with UK’s Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Simon Gass, the president referred to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Tuesday vehemently denounced a profane article published in a Kabul-based daily as an insult to the entire Muslim Ummah.Chairing a high-level meeting on preparations for commemorating Yaum-i-... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Despite $7.6 billion in American counternarcotics efforts since 2002, poppy cultivation has hit a record high in Afghanistan, a US federal watchdog said on Tuesday.In a report released today, the Special Inspector General for... read more
FEROZKOH (Pajhwok): At least six militants including a commander have been killed in separate clashes in western Ghor province, an official said on Monday.Governor Syed Anwar Rahmati told Pajhwok Afghan News a large number of Taliban stormed Shah... read more
Taliban have blown up a big bridge on the Kabul-Kandahar highway, Drivers and passengers say.
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KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 22 people, including four children, were injured when a bomb ripped through a crowd in the Qarabagh district of central Kabul province on Monday, an official said.The bomb went off near a mosque where a huge crowd of people... read more
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KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Security forces arrested a 5-member group of insurgents who were planning to launch an organised attack on a military base in northern Kunduz province, police said on Thursday.The group was busted last night in the limits of... read more
From e-Governance to #Hashtag Activism, Afghan Social Media summit paves the way for a digitized AfghanistanThe second annual Afghan Social Media Summit (ASMS2014) will begin next Sunday, October 19, 2014, and the full agenda is now available online... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) between Afghanistan and the United States is all set to be signed today (Tuesday), an official said.On behalf of the US, Ambassador James B. Cunningham will ink the pact, allowing nearly 10,000... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Monday promised the government of national unity, involving his rival in the election, would take concrete steps to introduce political and institutional reforms.Addressing participants of his... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Monday took oath as Afghanistan’s new president, succeeding Hamid Karzai.Chief Justice Abdul Salam Azimi administered oath to the Ahmadzai, a former finance minister, at the Presidential Palace.Soon... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok) At least five policemen and six militants have been killed and two children wounded during attacks in different parts of the country, officials said on Monday.Jawzjan police officer Col. Abdul Manan Raufi said five Afghan Local... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A 10-member American delegation has arrived in Kabul to attend the inauguration of Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai as new president of Afghanistan.John David Podesta, counselor to President Barack Obama, is leading the delegation, including... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Outgoing Afghan leader President Hamid Karzai on Monday expressed his pleasure over the peaceful democratic transfer of power to his successor Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai.He administered oath of office to Ahmadzai, a former World Bank... read more
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): The incoming Afghan president is set to sign a long-delayed security pact with the United States on Tuesday, a day after he is scheduled to take over, an official said on Saturday.National Security Advisor Dr. Rangin Dadfar... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain, accompanied by senior officials, will be arriving tomorrow in Kabul to attend the oath taking ceremony of president-elect Dr. Ashraf Ghani.A spokesman for the Pakistan embassy in Kabul said the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Three women and nine militants have been killed during separate incidents of violence in Nangarhar, Zabul and Kandahar provinces, officials said on Saturday.In Nangarhar, a NATO airstrike left two women and four insurgents dead in... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The Kazakhstan government has delivered $800,000 aid to victims of natural calamities in northern Afghanistan, officials said on Friday.The food and winter clothing aid was delivered, brought in 16 containers, was handed... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): As many as 17,000 people were equipped with basic literacy in northern Balkh province last year, local authorities said on Friday.Speaking at a gathering in Mazar-i-Sharif, literacy project head Mohammad Hashim Balkhi said... read more
JALALABAD/KHOST CITY (Pajhwok):  Prisoners in eastern Nangarhar and southeastern Khost provinces have embarked on hunger strike, demanding amnesty under the new regime.Deputy security chief for the central jail in Khost City, Col. Faiz Mohammad... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations human on Saturday urged the Afghan government to halt the death sentences in a case against a group of men charged with armed robbery, kidnapping and gang rape in Paghman a district.A spokesperson for the Office... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 45 people, including four civilians and as many policemen, have been killed in separate security incidents in eastern Nangarhar, southern Ghazni and central Parwan provinces, officials said on Wednesday.Nangarhar police... read more
KABUL (PAJHWOK): Around 23,000 people have been transported to Saudi Arabia and more than 1,000 others would be shifted by the weekend for performing Hajj, the deputy minister said on Monday.Deputy Minister of Hajj Dayee ul Haq Abid said Hajj... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): After signing a deal with his rival, presidential runner Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday expressed his willingness to accept results from the mid-runoff election.Fazal Hussain Sancharak, speaking on behalf of the Reform and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Following a deal between the candidates on a government of national unity, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Sunday announced the final result of the disputed presidential election.At a brief news conference in Kabul, IEC... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Thursday decided to blacklist the officials who were found involved in rigging the polls.IECC Chairman Abdul Sattar Sadat told reporters in Kabul that some officials had been... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN) has signed on as the first official media partner of the annual Afghan Social Media Summit (ASMS2014), produced by digital media agency Impassion Afghanistan.ASMS2014 follows the success of Afghanistan’s... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): In what appears a tit-for-tat action, Pakistan has lodged a protest with Afghanistan with this week’s cross-border attack on a security post in North Waziristan.Four soldiers of the Frontier Corps and 11 assailants were killed in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Following last month’s gang-rape incident in the Paghman district of Kabul, revenue from a popular tourist resort, the Qargha Lake, has declined by 90 percent, an official said on Wednesday.Shafiqullah, in charge of boats at the dam... read more
KABUL (PAN): An Afghan appeals court on Monday sentenced five men to death for armed robbery and sexual assault for an attack on an Afghan family driving home from a wedding just outside Kabul.The panel of three judges, led by Judge Sediqullah... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) arrested one of the most wanted Mafia leaders in capital Kabul.An intelligence official speaking on the condition of anonymity confirmed that the most wanted Mafia leader,... read more
KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): A number of tribal elders, religious scholars, civil society activists and youth representatives on Saturday asked the Independent Election Commission (IEC) to promptly announce the presidential election result.At a gathering... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Senior officials, national team members and cricket lovers on Saturday thronged the Kabul International Airport to celebrate the arrival of the 2015 Cricket World Cup trophy.The extravaganza will be staged in Australia and New... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The price of petrol jumped while diesel, Arabian gold and cooking oil rates slumped during the outgoing week in Kabul, market sources said on Thursday.The price of one litre of petrol rose from 63 to 65 afs while the rate of diesel... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Paramilitary troops in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province are digging 480-kilometre trenches along the border with Afghanistan to check what they call cross-border incursions, a news report said on Thursday. Roughly 235... read more
KUNDUZ (Pajhwok): Local officials said Saturday that a month long operation launched in Chahar Dara district of northeastern Kunduz province ended with the killing of at least 130 insurgents while Taliban still flexing muscles amid claims of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  At least 34 militants and six Afghan security personnel have been killed and score wounded on both sides in direct clashes and blasts in different parts of the country, officials said on Wednesday.Col. Nauman Hatif, spokesman... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged presidential candidates Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai to conclude an agreement on a government of national unity in accordance with the commitments they... read more
 KABUL (Pajhwok): Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah on Monday reiterated his stance, saying he rejected the result of the mid-June runoff.He renewed his commitment to defending people’s votes and the election of new leadership based on... read more
MAIDAN SHAHAR (Pajhwok): The deputy governor of central Maidan Wardak province said on Monday homes would be built for 47 families displaced for different reasons.Zakir Hussain Sultani said the new project would cost $94,000, with funds raised by... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier arrived in Kabul on Saturday to discuss with Afghan leaders the months-long electoral impasse and reassure Afghanistan of his country continuous future support.The Ministry of Foreign... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Wednesday inaugurated the first-ever telephone-based health advice service at the state-owned republic hospital in Kabul.MoPH deputy financial and administrative director Dr Abdul Basir Sarwar... read more
LONDON (Pajhwok): NATO member countries should make a firm commitment to support human rights protections in Afghanistan beyond the end of the alliance’s combat mission post-2014, an influential human rights group said on Wednesday.The NATO summit... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The US Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs arrived in Kabul to reassure Washington’s full support for a peaceful and democratic transfer of power following prolonged election’s wrangling in Afghanistan.A statement from... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A newly-constructed building for the Afghan National Army (ANA) First Brigade in the Garamsir district of southern Helmand province was inaugurated on Monday, a statement said.The statement from the Helmand’s governor office said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The European Union (EU) expressed grave concern by the high increase in violence against journalists and freedom of the press in Afghanistan.In a statement, the EU special representative and head of delegation to Afghanistan Franz-... read more
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN: New $27 million US-Afghan project to improve electricity delivery in KandaharFor reading the full story, please click here   
KUNDUZ (Pajhwok): Police in northern Kunduz province claimed on Saturday that a leading alleged Al-Qaeda terrorist, Qari Bilal, has been arrested several times but managed to free himself from prison with the connivance of Peace Council.Police said... read more
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Six heavily armed insurgents were killed after they stormed the National Directorate of Security (NDS) headquarters in the capital of eastern Nangarhar province on Saturday, an assault that left 59 residents and security... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Security forces cleared of militants all villages in the Khanabad district of northwestern Kunduz province over the past 24 hours, killing 21 militants, police said on Thursday.Rebel hideouts were destroyed during the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The contract for the Nuraba and Semti gold mines has been awarded on the basis of favoritism and in a non-transparent manner. The contractor has failed to pay taxes and adopt measures for protecting the environment, experts allege.... read more
FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): Construction work on a new Comprehensive Health Clinic (CHC) for Tagab district in northeastern Badakhshan province was launched on Wednesday, a statement said.With financial support from Germany, a statement from the German... read more
PUL-I-ALAM/QALA-I-NAW (Pajhwok): At least 15 Taliban, including six fighters of the banned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), have been killed in clashes and drone strikes in central Logar and eastern Kunar provinces, officials said on Saturday.The... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): All five staff members of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), abducted on August 14 in western Herat province, have been released unharmed, officials said on Thursday.Police spokesman Abdul Rauf Ahmadi told Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The European Union announced on Wednesday its latest contribution to the Afghan National Police of $95 million to enable the government to continue to pay police officers and uniformed personnel of the Central Prison Department.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Attorney General Office (AGO) on Wednesday asked the New York Times (NYT) reporter to leave Afghanistan within 24 hours, saying his entry into the country had been banned.Earlier, Matthew Rosenberg was banned from leaving... read more
NEW DELHI (Pajhwok): Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit on Wednesday reiterated peace in Afghanistan was linked to peace in Pakistan.Islamabad would continue to support an Afghan-led solution to the problems facing the war-ravaged... read more
Independent Election Commission and both Presidential campaigns deplore acts of violenceFor reading the full story, please click here
KABUL (Pajhwok): Unidentified gunmen shot dead the head of a private company in the 10th municipality district of Kabul on Monday, an official said.The shooting took place at around 11:00am, police chief Hashmat Stanikzai told Pajhwok Afghan News.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Congratulating President Hamid Karzai on the 95th Independence Day of Afghanistan, US President Barack Obama on Sunday pledged continued support to the people of the Afghans and the incoming government.A statement from the... read more
KABUL, 17 August 2014 - The United Nations welcomes the updates and refinements made to the ongoing comprehensive audit of the results of Afghanistan's Presidential run-off election."The objective of the unprecedented audit agreed to by Dr. Abdullah... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 13 militants and a civilian have been killed and 10 others wounded in separate security incidents in different parts of the country, officials said on Saturday.An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) oil tanker... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An American soldier, who insulted the Taliban’s bodies in 2011, has died at his residence in Jacksonville, a news report said.Robert Richards was found dead on Wednesday by his wife, his Attorney Guy Womack told the Associated Press... read more
MAIMANA/MEHTARLAM (Pajhwok): Two district officials, including a prosecutor and a crime branch chief, were killed by militants in Khan Cheragh district of northwestern Faryab province while three Afghan Local Police (ALP) died in a roadside bombing... read more
KUNDUZ (Pajhwok): Local authorities in northern Kunduz province said on Monday at least 20 civilians, including women and children, and 27 rebels had been killed in recent clashes.Syed Sarwar Hussaini, the police spokesman, said scores of militants... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A New York-based human rights watchdog on Monday said the families of thousands of Afghan civilians killed by US/NATO forces had been left without justice.In a new report, Left in the Dark, Amnesty International (AI) said even... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Four Afghan National Army (ANA) officials and three civilians including a child were injured during an explosion in the Arzan Qimat locality of Kabul on Saturday, an official and eyewitnesses said.The blast was triggered by... read more
LASHKARGAH/MAIDAN SHAHR (Pajhwok): At least 12 militants including a Taliban-designated district chief have been killed during an International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) airstrike in southern Helmand province, officials said on Thursday.... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): A video clip received by Pajhwok Afghan News shows Urdu-speaking Pakistani militants leading the battle for the Sangin district in southern Helmand province.Recorded by a reliable security source, the video shows Pakistan... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): A video clip received by Pajhwok Afghan News shows Urdu-speaking Pakistani militants leading the battle for the Sangin district in southern Helmand province.Recorded by a reliable security source, the video shows Pakistan... read more
              Kabul, 6 August 2014 The EU condemns yesterday's insider attack and offers condolences to the victimsFor reading the full story, please click here
ZARANJ/KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Police rescued a five-year-old boy and detained two suspects in connection with his abduction in southwestern Nimroz province, an official said on Monday.The boy identified as Naveed was abducted on Sunday evening from... read more
The election result must be respected by both presidential candidates regardless of theoutcome. The Afghan people need this reassurance now, says EU Ambassador Mellbin.Kabul, 6 August 2014For reading the full story, please click here
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Land measuring 85 acres belonging to the provincial Agriculture and Livestock Department of northern Balkh province has been unlawfully seized, the department head complained on Monday.Vowing to reclaim the grabbed land,... read more
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Both presidential candidates Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday attended a memorial service for President Hamid Karzai’s slain cousin Hashmat Khalil Karzai in southern Kandahar province.Hashmat... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An Afghan National Army (ANA) officer was killed and his driver wounded during an explosion in the limits of the ninth police district of the capital Kabul on Saturday morning, an official said.The incident took place at around 7:... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): The police chief for Chahar Dara district of northern Kunduz province was injured along with his two guards in a suicide bombing early Wednesday morning, an official said.Col. Ghulam Muhayuddin was targeted by the bomber in... read more
MAHMUDRAQI (Pajhwok): Residents of the Tagab district of central Kapisa province on Tuesday alleged an Afghan Local police (ALP) commander had kidnapped four children for ransom.Hidayatullah, a tribal elder, told Pajhwok Afghan News ALP commander... read more
FEFA’s Recommendations on Improving theAudit Process                  July 21, 2014: Kabul-AfghanistanFor reading the full story, please click here         ... read more
NEILI (Pajhwok): Residents of central Daikundi province on Sunday complained against low voltage and high electricity prices. As many as 50,000 families, living in Neili, are deprived of electricity. Another 90 percent are forced to use solar... read more
Press Release onThe Auditing of all (100%) VotesFor reading the full story, please click here
ZARANJ (Pajhwok): Livestock in western Nimroz province witnessed a 30 percent growth after more than 5,000 animals perished in 2013, officials said on Wednesday.Muhammad Akbar Sharifi, the director of agriculture, irrigation and livestock, told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Amid a full-scale military operation, a US drone strike in the embattled North Waziristan Agency (NWA) left 20 insurgents dead on Wednesday, Pakistani media reported.Intelligence sources told local media the latest drone attack took... read more
SHARAN/KABUL (Pajhwok): Nearly 90 people were killed and more than 40 others wounded in a powerful explosion in the Orgun district of southeastern Paktika province on Tuesday, officials said.Malim Raza Kharotai, the district's administrative chief,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Presidential candidates Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai are scheduled to meet on Tuesday to discuss a number of issues, including the formation of a unity government, their campaign managers said.The meeting is... read more
Press Release of Afghan Elections’ Domestic Observation OrganizationsOnRecent Electoral ProgressFor reading the full story, please click here
KABUL (Pajhwok): The US-based Democracy International (DI) commended Afghanistan’s presidential candidates for their agreement on an audit of all ballots cast in the election, pledging to observe every step of the process and the final announcement... read more
FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): The governor's office and the department of women's affairs in north-eastern Badakhshan province on Monday celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a new Women’s Training Centre and Women’s Market in... read more
GARDEZ/KANDAHAR CITY/JALALABAD (Pajhwok): At least 10 people were killed and 12 others wounded in separate security incidents in different parts of the country on Saturday, officials said.A roadside bombing left dead eight people of a family,... read more
ZARANJ (Pajhwok): As many as 140 kilograms of drugs were seized by police in western Nimroz province, an official said Thursday.The contraband was recovered from a house in Kang district, police chief, Brig. Gen. Mohammad Qasim Jangal Bagh, told... read more
QALAT (Pajhwok): Four Afghan Local Police (ALP) members, including their commander, have been killed mysteriously in Shahr-i-Safa district of southern Zabul province, an official said Thursday.The overnight incident took place at a security post in... read more
QALA-I-NAW (Pajhwok): At least three people have been killed and three others injured in a clash between two tribes in the Muqur district of northwestern Badghis province, an official said Thursday.The firefight erupted over the ownership of a... read more
FARAH CIY (Pajhwok): One person was killed and seven others injured in a traffic accident in western Farah province on Wednesday, an official said.The accident occurred at around 3:30 am in the Dig Frosh locality on the outskirts of Farah City, the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, commenting on the Afghanistan election, said in current circumstances both president candidates should wait for a thorough check of the voting results scheduled for July 22... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): British Foreign Secretary William Hague on Wednesday urged Afghanistan’s leaders to maintain calm following the announcement of the preliminary election results.The Foreign Secretary said: “This is a crucial time for Afghanistan.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) noted the other day announcement of the preliminary results for the country’s 2014 Presidential election run-off.In a statement, UNAMA said it noted that the results are... read more
KUNDUZ/ ZARANJ/ FARAH CIY (Pajhwok): Two policemen and 16 rebels have been killed in separate violence related incidents in different parts of the country, officials said on Tuesday.Eight insurgents were killed in an overnight clash with police in... read more
NILI (Pajhwok): Some residents of central Daikundi province lauded the performance of provincial government while others complained against growing corruption and misuse of resources.The province is situated 460 kilometers west of capital Kabul. It... read more
Kabul, July 6th 2014 The 7th Etisalat annual Quran contest came to an end, on July 2, and top five reciters were introduced by jury as the winners of the contest. The contest was organized in cooperation with Ariana TV, the media partner for this... read more
KANDAHAR/QALAT/FARAH CIY (Pajhwok): Two Afghan Local Police (ALP) and nine insurgents were killed separate incidents in southwest the country, officials said on Saturday.Two ALP officials and as many Taliban were killed during gun battle in the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): One person was killed in a blast in the ninth municipality district of capital Kabul on Saturday, an official said.The incident happened at around 6:00 am on Kabul-Jalalabad road in front of Phoenix Camp where US forces are... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The European Union (EU) the other launched Border Management Northern Afghanistan (BOMNAF II) to continue the work of the successful BOMNAF I that enhanced the capacity of Afghan Border police to manage border posts, increasing... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): According to the United Nations Secretary-General’s global report on Children and Armed Conflict, there was a 30 per cent increase in the number of children killed or injured as a result of the conflict in Afghanistan in 2013,... read more
PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): Family members of prisoners expressed concerns the way the inmates were being treated inside the Kilagi prison in northern Baghlan province.They feared the situation would again lead prisoners to clash with security forces.... read more
Declaration by the EU on the occasion of the United NationsInternational Day in Support of Victims of TortureFor reading the full story, please click here
KABUL (Pajhwok): In an expected move, President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday signed into law a money-laundering draft, already approved by the parliament.The Office of Administrative Affairs said the president had signed the law to prevent money-... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A promising musician student at Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) has said he wants to compete in his field at national and international to represent his country.Sayyed Elham Fanoos, a student of 12th class at the ANIM... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (Pajhwok): Construction work on a 24 kilometres portion of the Kabul-Kandahar highway was inaugurated in central Maidan Wardak province on Tuesday, an official said.Attaullah Khogyani, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News... read more
UNAMA FACILITATES MEETING BETWEEN ELECTION COMMISSIONAND PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATEFor reading the full story, please click here
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan judges and court administrators joined USAID representatives to celebrate the achievements of the Rule of Law Stabilisation-Formal Program in Kabul on Monday.This USAID-funded programme has trained more than 1,500 judges and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Leading astrologist Abdullah Kandahari has predicted Sunday will be the first day of the holy month of Ramadan in Afghanistan.He told Pajhwok Afghan News in Kabul on Monday that Saturday would be the 29th of lunar month of Sha’ban... read more
FIROZKOOH (Pajhwok): Nine civilians were killed and two others wounded following an explosion in the Tora district of western Ghor province, an official said on Monday. The incident took place a day earlier in Ana village, where residents were... read more
FARAH CIY (Pajhwok): Heavy snowfall and rains, often accompanied by windstorms, affected the melon crop in western Farah province this year, an official said on Monday.Agriculture and Livestock Director Eng. Mohammad Jafar Kazimi told Pajhwok Afghan... read more
 UNAMA ACKNOWLEDGES RESIGNATION OF CHIEF ELECTORAL OFFICERKABUL,  23 June 2014 – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA)  acknowledges  today’s resignation of the country’s chief electoral officer, the Head... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An independent watchdog on Sunday welcomed the United Nations Assistance Mission’s willingness to help resolve the impasse over the runoff election.The Election Watch Organization of Afghanistan (EWA) called the UN a credible entity... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Sunday welcomed the UN’s decision to observe compilation of runoff results and the complaint investigation process.IECC spokesman Nader Mohseni condemned the recent... read more
UNAMA URGES RESPONSIBLE USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA ON ELECTION ISSUESFor reading the full story, please click here
 EWA’s Press Statement on the Role of the UN in Afghanistan Presidential Elections DeadlockJune 22th, 2014 Following Afghanistan run-off elections of 2014, complaints and objections appeared to arise by candidates concerning accordance of... read more
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KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan, where returnee refugees represent approximately 20 percent of the population, commemorated World Refugee Day on Friday.The day offered an opportunity to recognise the more than 5.8 million Afghans who have returned home... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Islamabad has asked Kabul to extradite Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader Mullah Fazlullah and eradicate hideouts in Kunar and Nuristan provinces, a media report said on FridayMahmood Khan Achakzai made the request on... read more
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The Pakistan government is re-establishing its writ in the militancy-plagued the tribal areas and the North Waziristan offensive can bring peace to the entire region, senior US officials said on Thursday.Pakistanis had deployed... read more
PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): Heavy inflows broke a spillway of a local dam and damaged a textile factory and several homes in Pul-i-Khumri, the capital of Baghlan province.As the Baghlan River burst its banks, heavy inflows led to the dam’s breach on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Tuesday said 88.5 percent of important election materials had reached provincial offices. Election materials from 11 provinces have been transferred to Kabul.IEC spokesman Noor Mohammad... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Monday rejected Dr. Abdullah Abdullah’s call for suspending its secretary Ziaul Haq Amarkhel.    At a late-night news conference on Sunday, the presidential runner had... read more
 KABUL (Pajhwok): Commending the final round of presidential vote in Afghanistan, the Australian government on Monday said committed to progress in Afghanistan including through the provision of development assistance and continued support for... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Council of Journalists, demanding solid steps to curb violence against media professionals, on Sunday said three reporters were beaten and two referred to the attorney’s office on the Election Day.In a statement, the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Sunday said 45 percent of the votes polled in the central capital Kabul had reached its headquarters.IEC spokesman Noor Mohammad Noor told reporters the vote-tallying process continued... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Andy Moles, the new batting coach for the national team, is arriving in Afghanistan on Monday to join players, a statement from the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) said.Earlier, the ACB announced the appointment of Moles as a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The election watchdog on Sunday said it had so far received 275 complaints, including those lodged over the telephone, about fraud in the runoff presidential election.Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) spokesman... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The residents of Sarobi district of Kabul on Saturday rallied against the shortage of ballot papers in yesterday’s runoff elections, demanding action against the officials who had deprived them of their voting right.One of... read more
NEILI (Pajhwok): An elderly woman travelled for miles to cast her vote at a polling station in Neili, the capital of Daikundi province, saying she wanted the new president to ensure peace, progress and prosperity.The woman, who was brought on a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Tall claims by the Independent Election Commission (IEC) about curbing bogus voting through “indelible ink” fell flat on Saturday when many residents claimed the ink faded on the very first wash.Inferior quality ink was used at... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The voting process went well in most parts of Kabul, but the turnout in some areas was lower than the previous elections.ViolationsA Pajhwok report wanted to visit a polling centre at the Qala-i-Zaman Khan Girls High School in the... read more
MEHTARLAM (Pajhwok): Ballot process formally started at 7:00 am on Saturday throughout the country.Long queues of voters are seen waiting for their turn in the Laghman provinces.According to IEC, around 12 million eligible voters would exercise... read more
FAIZABAD/KUNDUZ (Pajhwok): Six people were killed and 10 others wounded in separate incidents in northern Kunduz and northeastern Badakhshan provinces, where five polling sites had to be shut, officials said on Saturday.A police sergeant was killed... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Presidential contender Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai has asked his rival Dr. Abdullah Abdullah to accept election results as a verdict of the nation.After casting his vote, Ahmadzai told reporters he expected a landslide in the runoff.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Presidential contender Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai has asked his rival Dr. Abdullah Abdullah to accept election results as a verdict of the nation.After casting his vote, Ahmadzai told reporters he expected a landslide in the runoff.... read more
NEILI (Pajhwok): Some individuals distributed pamphlets bearing pictures of presidential runner Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Mohammad Mohaqiq inside two polling centres in central Daikundi province.A resident of Neili, wishing anonymity, said a number... read more
KABUL/JALALABAD (Pajhwok): A polling centre was closed for unknown reasons in the Pul-i-Charkhi neighborhood of Kabul, where reporters and observers were not permitted to visit another polling site.A resident of the area, Dr. Ajmal, said the polling... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Defense (MoD) made clear on Monday that Pakistani consistent rocket attacks into Afghanistan were intolerable, saying Afghan security forces could respond in a befitting manner on orders of President Hamid Karzai.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) said the election was being conducted in a war like situation and insecurity was a big challenge ahead to complete the democratic process.IEC Secretary Zia-ul-Haq Amarkhel while addressing a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): In a latest development, Pajhwok Afghan News has formally launched Mobile App “AfghansVote” services available on Android an iOS mobile operating system. The Mobile services could be operated through smart phones.AfghansVote mobile... read more
HEART CITY (Pajhwok): Three Afghan National Army (ANA) troops were killed on Thursday in a gun attack in western Herat province and a dozen police officers were injured during two separate incidents in Farah and Badghis provinces, officials said.... read more
QALA-E-NAW (Pajhwok): Three Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers and 14 insurgents were killed during clashes in the Bala Murghab district of western Badghis province, an official said Wednesday.Three ANA soldiers and four Taliban were also wounded... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Police have recovered more than one ton of narcotics in the Pul-i-Charkhi locality of Kabul City, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Wednesday. The contraband was being delivered to the south and western parts of the... read more
NEILY (Pajhwok): Officials of the environment organization warned on Wednesday that chopping of trees and other plants continued in Nili City, the capital of central Daikundi province, which was damaging the environment and natural beauty. Local... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf, failed presidential candidate in April 5 election, announced support to presidential contender Dr. Abdullah Abdullah in runoff poll scheduled to be held on June 14, officials said on Tuesday.Addressing a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Excavation of the country’s largest coalmine in northern Samangan province was underway in an unregulated way since long, an official said on Tuesday.This coal reserves is situated 117 kilometres to the west of Aibak City, the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Monday announced its service member was killed in an insurgents’ attack in eastern Afghanistan.In line with its policy, ISAF neither reveals identity of the fallen soldier nor... read more
TALUQAN (Pajhwok): Four people were killed and dozens others injured by flash floods that washed away hundreds of houses and destroyed crops on thousands of acres of land in northern Takhar province, an official said on Saturday.Around 70 people... read more
discriminatory issues, defamation and irreverence against each other have been stirred up in rallies and press conferences and or on the TV/radio advertisement of the two leading candidates. Using such improper manner is against the Electoral Law... read more
FARYAB (PAN): Police beat women while aid distribution process disordered in Faryab province.
KUNDUZ/ZARANJ (Pajhwok): A dozen rebels and two civilians have been killed during separate incidents of violence in Kunduz and Nimroz provinces since Friday, officials said on Saturday.Another five militants and a policeman were killed in separate... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Presidential Palace on Wednesday said it had not yet received any list of government officials accused of electoral fraud during the April 5 elections from the Independent Election Commission (IEC).A day earlier, IEC chief Ahmad... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday met US Ambassador James B. Cunninghamand NATO commander Gen. Joseph F. Dunfordon the unprovoked shelling by Pakistani troops of eastern Kunar province.A statement from the presidential palace said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The top US commander in Afghanistan on Wednesday reaffirmed the American military commitment to the war-torn country following a decision by President Barack Obama.Also the commander of ISAF, Dunford said: “The people of Afghanistan... read more
Itehadia (Union) of Afghanistan Engineers’ Association (AEA) and Society of Afghan Architects and Engineers (SAAE)For reading the full story, please click here
KABUL (Pajhwok): Mahmud Karzai, President Hamid Karzai’s brother, and several parliamentarians on Monday announced support to Dr. Abdullah in the June 14 runoff.Addressing a gathering here, Mahmud Karzai said he had joined Abdullah’s camp for the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The U-17 national soccer squad would leave Kabul for Azerbaijan on Tuesday to participate in Caspian Cup, the Afghanistan Football Federation said on Monday.Scheduled to be played from May 28 to June 6, the tournament features Iran... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) on Sunday asked the electoral body to establish additional polling stations for the runoff election and review reasons for ballot paper shortages during the first round."... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than 210 prisoners were released from the Pul-i-Charkhi jail on the eastern outskirts of Kabul on Sunday, officials said.  An official of the Attorney General Office (AGO), Capt. Aziz Ahmad Sarbaz, said based on a... read more
SHARANA/TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): Civil society activists and election officials in southeastern Paktika and central Uruzgan provinces on Saturday urged the masses to turn out in great numbers and cast their votes in the second round of presidential... read more
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): An official of the provincial Independent Election Commission (IEC) said on Saturday 40 percent of employees had been sacked for failing to demonstrate neutrality in the April 5 elections.In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday said terrorism, a threat to peace and stability in the region, could be overcome through confidence-building measures, mutual respect for each other’s territorial integrity and honest cooperation... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Wednesday asked its provincial heads to fire the workers who failed to maintain neutrality during the first round of presidential elections on April 5.IEC heads from all 34 provinces... read more
AIBAK, (PAN): Ahmad Farshid, a 12-year-old child made an excavator in northern Samangan province.
First graduates of Kabul University’s Public Policy and Administration program receive Masters DegreesFor reading the full story, please click here
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan Women Network (AWN) on Tuesday asked the Independent Election Commission (IEC) to increase the number of polling sites for the June 14 second round of presidential elections, urging females to widely participate.The... read more
SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): Three policemen were killed and nine others wounded in an accident in northern Jawzjan province, an official said on Tuesday.The incident took place at the Shiberghan-Sar-i-Pul highway at 11am today when a police pickup... read more
Regulation on Medai Activites electionsFor reading the full story, please click here
Our Support: To Guarantee a Fair and Transparent Second Round Electionthrough Women’s ParticipationFor reading the full story, please click here
IEC announces preliminary results of 2014 Provincial Council ElectionsMay20- 2014For reading the full story, please click here
Procedure for Addressing the Media related Violations in theElectoral ProcessFor reading the full story, please click here
KABUL (Pajhwok): With President Hamid Karzai yet to endorse the draft census law, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) on Sunday announced the distribution of computerised national identity cards (CNICs).An agreement for... read more
SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): Two women have allegedly committed suicide in the Mangjik district of northern Jawzjan province, an official said on Sunday.Col. Abdul Malik Mamnoon, crime branch chief, said one woman died after drinking acid, while the cause... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An Indian organisation will make artificial limbs for 1,000 handicapped Afghans in coordination with the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled, officials said on Saturday.An agreement to the effect was inked... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Fifteen militants have been killed, a dozen wounded and some others detained in separate incidents in different parts of the country, officials said on Saturday.Six fighters were killed and four others captured during an Afghan-... read more
NIELI (Pajhwok): A girl committed suicide after her family disallowed her to marry the man she liked in southwestern Daikundi province, an official said Saturday.Human rights activist Halim Bashardost told Pajhwok Afghan News the 18 years old Roshan... read more
KABUL (PAN): The US dollar rose against the Afghan currency and gold rates also increased during the outgoing week in Kabul, market sources said on Thursday.Abdul Baseer, a jeweller in Lycée Maryam area, told Pajhwok Afghan News the price of one... read more
FAIZABAD/CHARIKAR (Pajhwok): A Wolesi Jirga delegation headed by Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi on Wednesday handed over three million afghanis cash to the governor of northeastern Badakhshan for distribution to the May 2 landslide-affected families.In... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two notorious insurgent commanders, having links with Pakistan’s intelligence service, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), have been arrested during an operation that left four militants dead in northern Baghlan province, the... read more
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Unidentified gunmen killed a National Directorate of Security (NDS) official in western Herat province, the governor said on Wednesday.Fazlullah Wahidi told reporters that Maj. Mustafa Rahmati was shot dead by masked... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A magnetic bomb explosion injured a district police chief in Kunduz City along with his bodyguard in norther Kunduz province on Wednesday, an official said.The National Directorate of Security (NDS) head for the province said the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): About 536 prisoners have been released from central jails in three provinces in compliance with a presidential decree issued on Mujahideen Victory Day, falling on April 28, an official said on Tuesday.However, those released from... read more
QALAT/MAIDAN SHAHR (Pajhwok): Ten Taliban militants, including a commander, and a public order police officer were killed during separate incidents of violence in southern Zabul province, officials said on Tuesday.Zabul police chief, Col Ghulam... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The governor of eastern Nuristan province has said Afghan security forces should take advantage of the differences among Taliban factions.Hafiz Abdul Qayyum told Pajhwok Afghan News during an interview that at least 11 Taliban... read more
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Six civilians were killed and 38 others wounded in a car bombing in the Daman district of southern Kandahar province on Sunday, an official said.Acting spokesman for the governor, Dawa Khan Minapal, told Pajhwok Afghan News... read more
FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): Security forces ambushed a group of militants in a forest in the Gulistan district of western Farah province, killing 41 of them, an official on Sunday, a claim the rebels dismissed.A spokesman for the Afghan National Army’s... read more
LASHKARGAH/MAIDAN SHAHR (Pajhwok): A Taliban commander was killed and his three companions injured in central Maidan Wardak province.Elsewhere, four civilians, including two children, were injured in a bomb blast in southern Helmand.The Taliban... read more
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): Takhar has won a taekwondo tournament featuring several teams from northern and northeastern provinces, officials said on Friday.Baghlan finished second and Kunduz grabbed the third position in the event played at the Taloqan... read more
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): A child was among two people killed and three others were injured and hundreds of homes washed away in flash floods in northeaster Takhar province, the governor said on Thursday.Abdul Latif Ibrahimi told reporters in Taloqan, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The prices of some daily-use commodities jumped while the rates of gold dipped during the outgoing week in Kabul, market sources said on Thursday.Fazal Rahman, the Food Traders' Union head, said a 50-kiogram sack of Pakistani flour... read more
 KABUL (Pajhwok): Responding to the May 2 landslide tragedy in Badakhshan province, Pakistan on Wednesday sent a second planeload of relief items to Afghanistan.The Pakistan embassy in Kabul said a C-130 helicopter carrying essential food items... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) on Wednesday announced it would build 100 homes for the Argo landslide survivors in northeastern Badakhshan province.The mudslide hit the village in the Aab Barik area of Argo district after... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Central Bamyan was declared a grade-two province based on a suggestion from the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) and its approval by the president.The IDLG said the decision was taken by the presidential office... read more
SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Natural Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) director for northern Jawzjan province was on Wednesday accused of embezzling aid for floods-affected residents.ANDMA Director Azizur Rahman Emaq allegedly misused... read more
MAIDAN SHAHAR (Pajhwok): Three engineers, who were kidnapped by unknown gunmen, have been rescued by security forces in central Maidan Wardak province, an official said on Tuesday.The engineers, working for a private construction company, had been... read more
PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): Construction work was launched on a hostel at the Baghlan University to resolve students’ accommodation problem, officials said on Sunday.Earlier, students of the university were forced to live either with their relatives or... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Relief camps were established through the country on Sunday to collect donations for the victims of a massive landslide in the Argo district of northeastern Badakhshan province.  Some government and non-governmental... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Sunday publicly heard cases of fraud in the April 5 presidential vote in the central zone.Complaints from Kabul, Parwan, Kapisa, Maidan Wardak, Logar, Panjsher, Bamyan,... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (Pajhwok): The special police unit in central Maidan Wardak province got a new building, with all facilities, an official said on Sunday.Governor Abdul Majeed Khogyani and a number of military and civil officials participated in the... read more
The ramp opened to a spring breeze and a view of snowcapped mountains. I ignored the engine noise and the dull ache for what I’d left back home, and took in the view. I stepped off the plane, caught that first groggy whiff of jet fuel and my body... read more
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): The US on Thursday called on Afghanistan’s electoral bodies to stay impartial in the process of preparing presidential election results.Addressing a press conference in Herat City, US Consul General Yojin Es Young said people... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief (ACBAR) on Thursday called for an end to violence against aid workers.Six aid workers were killed in Afghanistan in four separate security incidents last week, said the coordination... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The death toll from devastating floods has surged to 165 fatalities in northern provinces, an official said on Thursday.Most of the casualties were recorded in Faryab and Jawzjan provinces, the National Disaster Management Authority... read more
PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): A prayer leader’s nose and ear were chopped off for an alleged sexual assault on a teenage girl in northern Baghlan province, an official said on Tuesday.The imam’s nose and ear were cut off by a relative of the girl, police... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A Taliban commander, Maulvi Abdul Qayyum, has been fired for failing to sabotage presidential and provincial council elections, a security official claimed on Wednesday.He said Mullah Zakir was sacked by the Taliban’s leadership... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two veteran Afghan journalists, including Pajhwok Afghan News Director Danish Karokhel, have been included in the first-ever list of 100 information heroes by Reporters Without Borders -- also known as RSF.The Paris-based watchdog,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan has vast lithium reserves, just like other natural resources, but the illegal excavation and smuggling of the silver-white has been unchecked due to the poor strategy of the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum, officials and... read more
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Shorn of the required capacity, the main electoral bodies would not be able to hold a transparent presidential runoff vote, an official said on Tuesday.Speaking to journalists here, Herat Governor Syed Fazlullah Wahidi claimed... read more
Afghanistan – Flash Floods in Northern RegionStatement Attributable to Mr. Mark Bowden, United Nations HumanitarianCoordinator in AfghanistanFor reading the full story, please click here
KABUL (Pajhwok): Veteran Taliban leader Mullah Agha Jan Mutasim on Thursday denied reports that he had been under house arrest in the UAE, saying he was in protection from possible attacks by his opponents.Mutasim, regarded as a close aide to the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Released from house arrest in the UAE recently, veteran Taliban leader Agha Jan Mutasim could play a vital role in pushing the nascent peace process forward, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday.The ministry's spokesman... read more
TALUQAN (Pajhwok): Dozens of children suffering from various diseases erupted in the northern Takhar province in the aftermath of continuous downpours and flash floods that left hundreds of families displaced.Torrential rain followed by heavy floods... read more
KABU (Pajhwok): Police in central Uruzgan province lauded the role of media-people in creating awareness among masses about the importance of elections and awarded them with commendation certificates, an official said Sunday.A big ceremony was... read more
Announcement of 2014 Presidential Elections’ Partial Results 20April, 2014For reading the full story, please click here
KANDAHAR (Pajhwok): Afghan security forces killed Taliban’s shadowy governor for southern Kandahar province along with his two colleagues in an offensive on Saturday, a statement said.A statement by the governor’s office said the Taliban-designated... read more
IEC PRESS RELEASEResults of 5,972 polling centers currently being processed at the National Tally CenterFor reading the full story, please click here
NILI (Pajhwok): The prices of food items, especially of meat, have considerably increased in central Daikundi province, forcing residents to use vegetables instead, locals and officials said.Over the past three weeks, prices of food items had... read more
NILI (Pajhwok): A provincial council candidate was fined 50,000 afghanis on charge of committing fraud in the April 5 elections in southwestern Daikundi province, an official said Thursday.Mir Hussain Nazari, provincial Independent Electoral... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (Pajhwok): Four public order policemen have been killed by militants in central Wardak province, an official said on Thursday.Five policemen--- serving in Kandahar--- were on their way to Kabul when militants kidnapped them on Kabul-... read more
MAIDAN SHAHAR (Pajhwok): Local officials and residents on Wednesday said drugs were being openly sold in some shops in Maidan Shahar, the capital of central Maidan Wardak province.The business of the banned stuff continue in parts of the city... read more
MAHMUD RAQI (Pajhwok): Votes cast at two sites in the Tagab district of central Kapisa province have been invalidated in light of complaints investigated, an official said on Tuesday.Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) commissioner in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) on Tuesday released an audit of the id="mce_marker"98-million effort to develop Afghan customs revenue capacity. The report found US programs have had... read more
TALUQAN (Pajhwok): The governor on Monday said land plots would be distributed to families rendered homeless by a recent devastating landslide in northern Takhar province to construct homes for themselves.  Abdul Latif Ibrahimi said the... read more
TALUQAN (Pajhwok): Triggered by an earthquake, a huge landslide damaged about one hundred homes in two villages in the Rustaq district of northern Takhar province, killing at least four people, with dozens of others missing, officials said on... read more
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): A number provincial candidates in eastern Nuristan province on Thursday accused some local and the Independent Election Commission (IEC) regional officials of massive rigging and fraud in Saturday’s polls.Some eight provincial... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Federation of Afghanistan Civil Society (FACS) on Wednesday asked the government and other stakeholders to refrain from attempts at manipulating the outcome of the April 5 elections.FACS chief Sadiq Mansoor Ansari told reporters... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (Pajhwok): A fresh clash between Kuchi and Hazara tribes was feared on Wednesday by the Military Council in central Maidan Wardak province.There has been a history of clashes between the two communities over meadows’ ownership in Maidan... read more
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): People from different walks of life in northern Takhar province on Wednesday lauded the role of Afghan forces in maintain tight security during Saturday’s elections.At a meeting, attended by senior security officials, civil... read more
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Tuesday said 165,000 of 500,000 eligible voters could not exercise their franchise on April 5 in northern Takhar province.Provincial IEC chief, Roohullah Mosawi denied scarcity of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Monday reiterated no candidate would be allowed to grab power through vote fraud.IECC officials held out the assurance at a meeting with running mates of some presidential... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A free media advocacy organisation on Monday praised Afghan security forces for protecting voters on the Election Day, but lamented mistreatment of journalists.NAI Director Sadiqullah Tawhidi told a press conference in Kabul that... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Sunday said it had registered so far 1,269 complaints regarding Saturday’s elections.IECC spokesman Nader Mohseni told reporters in Kabul that 1,107 of the complaints were... read more
CHARIKAR (Pajhwok): At least 25 homes have been damaged in flash floods in the Masood Township on the outskirts of Chairkar, the capital of central Parwan province, locals saidon Sunday.Tens of people complained their houses had been damaged by the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Illegal excavation of the Sabzak coalmine in western Herat province has been inflicting a loss of millions of afghanis on the national exchequer annually, lawmakers and provincial council members allege.Public representatives from... read more
Vote count underway at provincial polling stations from Pajhwok Afghan News.KABUL (Pajhwok): Voting in the landmark presidential and provincial council elections came to a close after an hour of extension on Saturday evening in capital and provinces... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Votes could not be cast at 16 of 218 polling centres in the landmark presidential and provincial council elections in northern Kunduz province on Saturday, an official said.Independent Election Commission official Amir Hamza... read more
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): The Farkhar district police chief on Saturday thrashed tribal elder Safdar Mohammad and detained two others for refusing to cast their votes for his favorite candidate, official said on Saturday.Brig. Gen Abdul Hanan Qataghani,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Four fake voter cards were recovered from female voters at a polling station in the Khairkhana locality of Kabul, an election observer said on Saturday.Zahra, an observer at the polling centre, told Pajhwok Afghan News that four... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR/BAMYAN CITY/ KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior Affairs on Saturday announced arresting two police officials in central Mandan Wardak province on the charge of election fraud.Residents of central Bamyan and Kabul provinces said... read more
Briefing on Elections by Afghan Women’s Network 
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Thursday praised the role of Afghan National Army (ANA) Special Forces’ Unit for paving the ground for peaceful polls, conducting 300 search operations.Addressing a news conference in Kabul hours... read more
SHARAN/ KUNAR/ GHAZNI (Pajhwok): Public meetings were held in support of presidential runners Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Dr. Zalmai Rassoul and Hidayat Amin Arsala on Wednesday.Arsala’s choice for second vice-president, Safia... read more
MAIDAN SHAHAR/ KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Ten militants, including a notorious commander, have been killed and four others detained in offensives in Maidan Wardak and Kandahar provinces, official said Wednesday.Attaullah Khogyani, the Maidan Wardak... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Agenda Foundation (NAF) on Tuesday suggested creation of a body involving all presidential candidates to forge national unity and make the elections successful.The NAF signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday urged tribal elders from southeastern Paktia province for active participation in the April 5 presidential and provincial vote.A statement from the Presidential Palace said Karzai issued the call at... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (Pajhwok): The defence minister on Monday alleged all terrorist attacks in Afghanistan were plotted by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).During his visit to central Maidan Wardak province to monitor election security, Gen.... read more
CHAGHCHARAN (Pajhwok): Local commanders and their gunmen are forcibly collecting voter cards from residents of western Ghor province, residents said on Monday.However, local officials promised stern action would be taken against those snatching... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai is leading the race for the presidency, followed by Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, a new pre-election survey revealed on Sunday.Conducted by Assess Transform and Reach (ATR), the survey said about 26.9 percent of... read more
KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): Defence Minister Gen. Bismillah Khan Mohammadi reiterated on Sunday security forces had adopted all possible measures to conduct elections in a peaceful environment.He expressed the view at a high-level meeting attended by... read more
SAR-I-PUL (Pajhwok): Sixteen polling stations facing a high security threat have been secured in northern Sar-i-Pul province, the governor claimed on Sunday.Abdul Jabbar Haqbin said security for the election sites had been ensured with people’s... read more
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Two sub-projects of the National Solidarity Programme of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development were recently completed in Faryab province and handed over to the communities.According to the concerned provincial manager of NSP, these... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Presidential runner Gul Agha Sherzai on Saturday dubbed the Karzai administration as the most corrupt government and promised a determined fight against graft if won the elections.  Addressing an election campaign rally... read more
SAR-I-PUL (Pajhwok): An illegal armed group has beaten a local Independent Election Commission employee in the Balkhab district of northern Sar-i-Pul province on, Provincial IEC official said on Saturday.Abdul Rahman Farid, the IEC provincial office... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Pakistani Taliban on Wednesday agreed to extend a ceasefire during the first round of direct peace negotiators with a government committee in North Waziristan Agency, a media report said.Government and Tehreek-e-Taliban... read more
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): Vice-presidential hopefuls Ahmad Zia Massoud and Abdul Wahab Irfan on Wednesday promised residents of northern Takhar province they would restore peace and introduce Shariah if they succeeded in the upcoming elections.Massoud,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan’s new ambassador to Afghanistan on Tuesday presented his credentials to President Hamid Karzai at a ceremony in Kabul. Ambassador Syed Abrar Hussain held a brief meeting with the president and conveyed the sincere desire of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than 50 days into electioneering, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Tuesday warned four media outlets over siding with some candidates.Speaking at a press conference in Kabul, Farida Nekzad, the IEC media commission... read more
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): Presidential runner Dr Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday criticised President Hamid Karzai’s stance on Russia's annexation of Crimea as a flawed foreign policy goal.At a meeting with a bipartisan US parliamentary delegation in Kabul... read more
KUNDUZ CITY/ZARANJ (Pajhwok): Dr. Zalmai Rassoul on Tuesday warned warlords and strongmen against violating human rights, saying the perpetrators violators would be punished.  Addressing thousands of people at a gathering in Kunduz City,... read more
KHOST CITY/LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Journalists in southeastern Khost and southern Helmand provinces on Monday expressed their deep sorrow and grief over the death of AFP reporter Sardar Ahmad in Thursday’s attack on a luxury hotel in Kabul.The... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two major international election observation missions have pulled out their staff from Afghanistan after Thursday’s attack on the Seerna hotel in Kabul.The National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the Organisation for Security and Co... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Work and Social Affairs on Monday said that economic problems had forced more than one million children into child labour across Afghanistan.Deputy Minister Wasil Mohmand, who visited a training workshop on creating... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A trilateral agreement on construction of the Chabahar sea port would be signed soon among Afghanistan, Iran and India, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Monday.The port in southeastern Iran is 700 kilometres from Nimroz... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan women’s volleyball team will be visiting India tomorrow for attending a training camp there, the Indian embassy here announced on Saturday.The team would also play friendly matches with Indian women besides visiting New Delhi... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai, stressing the imperative of promoting modern scientific knowledge, on Saturday called the lack of sound education the root cause of Afghanistan’s problems and misfortunes.Over the past 12 years, he said,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A bomb exploded at a Persian new year function in the Khakrez district of southern Kandahar province on Friday, killing a senior government officer and a policeman.Brig. Gen. Abdul Razzaq told Pajhwok Afghan News seven people were... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The US Embassy on Friday vehemently denounced the recent senseless acts of violence against the police in Jalalabad and the Serena Hotel in Kabul.“The perpetrators of these acts have needlessly shed the blood of both Afghans and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Work on a township project was formally launched in the Khwaja Rewash area of the central capital Kabul on Wednesday, officials said.Urban Development Minister Hassan Abdulhai, Economy Minister Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal, project... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) issued a Third Generation (3G) technology licence to the Afghan Wireless Communication Company (AWCC) on Wednesday.Other telecom companies, including Etisalat, MTN,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Six people were killed on Wednesday morning when a mortar shell exploded inside a house in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region near the Afghanistan border.The shell went off in the Shawal area of North Waziristan,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Mohammad Shahzad and Shafiqullah powered Afghanistan to a seven-wicket win over Hong Kong in their International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20 (T20) match on Tuesday.After their 10-wicket humiliation at the hands of... read more
KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): Governor Abdul Jabbar Naeemi on Tuesday asked security organs to play an effective role in stopping deforestation in southeastern Khost province.He said the provincial authorities would plant thousands of saplings this year. As... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Three children died and four others were injured when their house collapsed due to heavy rains in Kabul, an official said on Monday.The overnight incident took place in the 10th police district, the town’s police chief, Col... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Twenty-six female inmates were released from the Badam Bagh prison of Kabul on Monday, an official said. Jail terms of several others were reduced.Attorney General Office (AGO) representative Aziz Ahmad Sarbaz told a news conference... read more
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): A judge and a policeman were shot dead by unidentified gunmen in western Herat province on Monday, an official said.Appellate Court Judge Ghulam Rassoul told Pajhwok Afghan News the incident took place in the Khushk Rod area of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Sunday accused senior officials, including ministers, governors and police chiefs, of backing particulars presidential and provincial candidates.The government servants, including some... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Defence (MoI) on Saturday confirmed the involvement of four Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers in the Ghaziabad assault that left 21 soldiers dead in eastern Kunar province.The Feb. 23 attack on an ANA outpost in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least two policemen have been killed and three others wounded in a roadside bombing in the Syedabad district of central Maidan Wardak province, officials said on Saturday.Attaullah Khogyani, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): First running mate of presidential candidate Dr. Zulmai Rassoul, Ahmad Zia Masoud has warned if former jihadi groups take over then Afghanistan will slide again into crisis.Speaking to his thousands of supporters in Kabul on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): After considerable negotiations, the Niazai tribe on Thursday announced creation of social and nationwide council, underlining tribal unity and greater coordination to protect their constitutional rights.A large number of Niazi... read more
PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): Police on Wednesday detained one person with 36,000 bottle of alcohol in northern Baghlan province, officials said.The illegal beverage was imported from neighbouring Tajikistan to smuggle onward to Kabul, Col. Abdul Rashid... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Canada marked the end of its more than 12 years of military involvement in Afghanistan on Wednesday as the country’s flag was lowered at a ceremony held at the NATO headquarters in Kabul.A statement issued by ISAF said NATO... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The European Union (EU) special representative in Afghanistan on Monday said they were “deeply concerned” at the level of violence against Afghan women, and urged upon the government to adopt all measures to protect the gender's... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): In a move to ensure greater transparency in elections, the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) has directed the provincial authorities to remain neutral during the April 5 presidential and provincial council polls.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has expressed deep grief and sorrow over the tragic demise of Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim, the First Vice-President of Afghanistan.Fahim died Sunday of cardiac arrest in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has expressed deep grief and sorrow over the tragic demise of Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim, the First Vice-President of Afghanistan.Fahim died Sunday of cardiac arrest in... read more
CHAGHCHARAN (Pajhwok): Militants shot dead three teachers and abducted another in Shahrak district of western Ghor province on Saturday, officials said.Sibghatullah Akbari, director provincial education department, told Pajhwok Afghan News Taliban... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): After a months-long delay, the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Monday sent its commissioners to provinces to perform election duty.Six months back, the commissioners were scheduled to start their duties in all... read more
SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): A woman was gunned down by her in-laws in Jawzjan, taking the number of women killed in the northern province this solar year to 32, police said on Sunday.Provincial police chief Brig. Gen. Faqir Mohammad Jawzjani told Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least nine militants were killed and five others injured as a result of a military operation in eastern Laghman province on Sunday, officials said.Sarhadi Zwak, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News the offensive by... read more
PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): A number of people in some districts of the central Baghlan province complained about dramatic surge in mother-child mortality rate because of lack of female nurses and doctors.The Jolga district of the province had no female... read more
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Sixty militants have been killed in a series of security operations beginning 20 days ago in southern Ghazni province, an official claimed on Wednesday.A large quantity of weapons and explosives were seized during the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two global watchdogs on Wednesday called on the Afghan government and presidential runners to commit to stronger protection against conflict and corruption fuelled by natural resources.The joint call from Global Witness and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former minister of mines and petroleum Ibrahim Adil has said the mining sector of Afghanistan has greater potential that can generate one million jobs for the Afghan youth.He expressed optimism that the country’s rich mine sector... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Directorate of Security (NDS) on Tuesday said provincial security organs and the governor’s office had been informed of a possible militant attack in eastern Kunar province.At least 20 Afghan National Army (ANA)... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Presidential runner Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Monday said strengthening the private sector and encouraging domestic products would be among his primary goals.Abdullah, who finished second behind President Karzai in the 2009 elections... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At the conclusion of the 9th Joint Economic Commission (JEC) session, Afghanistan and Pakistan on Monday decide to double their bilateral trade volume from $2.5 billion to $5 billion and initiate economic projects of mutual interest... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Four civilians, including two women, have been killed by a Taliban-fired mortar in the Nawzad district of southern Helmand province, the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) said on Saturday.The fatalities happened on... read more
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Security officials in western Herat province on Thursday detained three people allegedly involved in printing fake currency notes.Addressing a media briefing in Herat City, a police spokesman said the individuals had printed... read more
ISLAMABAD (Pajhwok): Pakistan on Thursday lodged its strong protest and serious concern to Afghanistan over last week’s killing of 23 paramilitary troops inside the Afghan territory.Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz... read more
ISLAMABAD (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday reiterated support for an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led reconciliation process.A Foreign Office spokeswoman said Islamabad continued to sincerely support peace talks between the Taliban... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan has assured the US of all possible help in tracing American Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who is allegedly being held by Afghan Taliban in the Waziristan tribal region near the Afghanistan border.Senior Pakistani defence... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Higher Education Minister Dr. Obaidullah Obaid on Wednesday said his ministry needed $24 million to admit to higher educational institutes the students flunking the university entrance test.Obaid told this at a press conference,... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Big rallies were organized on Wednesday in support of presidential candidates Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Dr. Abdullah Abduallah in northern Kunduz and Takhar provinces.Haji Malik Mohammad, chief of the Zakhil tribe, said they... read more
KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): The Rural Rehabilitation and Development Department on Wednesday said 140 development projects would be completed by the end of the current solar year in four districts of southeastern Khost province.Director Mohammad Usman... read more
PUL-I-KHUMRI/MAIMANA (Pajhwok): Hundreds of people on Tuesday gathered in northern Baghlan province, voicing support to presidential candidate Dr. Zalmai Rassoul.A gathering of about 500 people in Baghlan-i-Markazi district vowed support to Rassoul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok) Safi Airways on Tuesday announced renewing its IATA Operational Safety Audit registration, hailing it as an achievement for the privately-owned airline.Safi Airways CEO Capt. Pierfranco Prato said the renewal audit was reflective of... read more
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): An Afghan Taliban leader, who was killed in Pakistan, was laid to rest in the Kalafgan district of northwestern Takhar province on Tuesday.Maulvi Abdul Raqib, the Taliban minister of refugees, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): With a month remaining in the current solar year, tight security arrangements have been put in place as part of preparations to celebrate the Nawroz festival in Kabul, officials said on Monday.Nawroz is widely celebrated in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An Afghan Taliban leader was gunned in northwestern Pakistan on Monday, a private TV channel reported.The Express News, monitored here, identified the victim as Maulvi Abdul Raqib from northern Takhar province. It gave no... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than a dozen female inmates on Sunday started hunger strike at a woman’s detention facility in western Herat province, seeking amnesty under presidential decrees.Prosecutor Maria Bashir said the females, who had been convicted... read more
BAMYAN CITY (Pajhwok): Presidential candidate Gul Agha Sherzai, who arrived in central Bamyan province in connection with his election campaign, on Sunday promised asphalting 50 kilometres of roads in the province.Addressing a gathering arranged by... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman on Saturday promised the world body will continue to be Afghanistan’s close, reliable and sincere partner.Concluding a two-day visit to Afghanistan, he... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistani negotiators have voiced their frustration over continuing deadly attacks, warning the fledgling peace process and Taliban-linked violence could not go together.At a meeting in Islamabad on Friday, government and Taliban... read more
KABUL/MAIMANA (Pajhwok): The Ismaili community on Thursday organised a rally in Kabul, pledging support to leading presidential candidate Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, who also mustered such backing in northern Faryab province.Hundreds of the Ismaili... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  Police officers, intending to campaign for or against presidential candidates, should resign before plunging into politics, warned the Ministry of Interior (MoI) on ThursdayThe ministry stressed police must be impartial in the... read more
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Seven insurgents and two policemen have been killed in Helmand and Uruzgan provinces, officials said on Thursday.Five fighters were killed and four others wounded in a clash in an overnight clash Marja district of Helmand, a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Dozens of residents staged a protest to condemn the killing of a civilian by police in the Pul-i-Charkhi area on the eastern outskirts of Kabul, officials said on Wednesday.Col. Akbar Ali, police chief for the 12th district, told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United States Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A) on Tuesday said orders for 65 dangerous individuals from a group of 88 detainees under dispute from the Afghan National Detention Facility in Parwan constituted a violation of bilateral... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) would provide Kabul $180 million in aid as part of a four-year plan for health, education, rural rehabilitation and local governance, an official said on Tuesday.SCA General Secretary Anna... read more
MAHMUD RAQI (Pajhwok): Thousands of families have been displaced by fighting over the last couple of days in the Najrab district of central Kapisa province, affected individuals said on Tuesday.Lutfullah Zakiri, a resident of Afghania valley, told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok) The Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) on Tuesday said 61 children with serious bone diseases and burn injuries would leave Afghanistan tomorrow for treatment in Germany.  ARCS spokesperson Sarma Afzali told Pajhwok Afghan News... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): One civilian was killed and three others injured by Afghan forces during a mid-night operation in pursuit of a notorious rebel commander in the Babak district of southeastern Khost province, officials said on Tuesday.The governor’s... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United States has condemned Monday’s terror attack in Kabul that killed two civilian contractors of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and wounded a number of Afghans and foreign nationals.“We offer our... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai, leading a high-level delegation, on Tuesday left for Ankara to attend a trilateral summit among Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkey, his office saidDuring the three-day visit, is scheduled to meet Turkish... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) contracted-civilians were killed in a suicide attack in the 12th police district of Kabul on Monday afternoon, officials said.The Ministry of Interior confirmed the bombing in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): British Ambassador Sir Richard Stagg on Sunday stressed the safety and freedom of the media to report as a fundamental right that must be upheld during the elections period.At an event hosted at the British Embassy, he said: “I have... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Notorious mafia leader Habib Astalif has been setenced to death, an official at the Attorney General Office AGO said on Sunday.The AGO official, who did not want to be named, told Pajhwok Afghan News a primary court had setenced the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Seven Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed in a bomb explosion in southwestern Nimroz province on Sunday.Ministry of Defence spokesman Gen. Zahir Azimi said the roadside bombing happened in Dilaram district, located 214... read more
Off to the RacesCasey Garret Johnson and Reyhaneh HussainiTwo days after the start of the official campaign period, the United States Institute of Peace sponsored a conference that brought together over 220 women from all 34 of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan plans to open a consulate in Lahore, the capital of Pakistan’s Punjab province, in a move to boost Kabul-Islamabad relations, a media report said on Saturday.Incoming Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Janan Mosazai told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai returned home from Russia after attending the opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics in the coastal city of Sochi.More than 40 heads of state, including United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, attended... read more
SHARAN/LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): A woman delivered her baby on the way to hospital but both died due to road blockades in southeastern Paktika province on Thursday.Himmat Khan, a taxi driver, told Pajhwok Afghan News the woman gave birth to the baby... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Women’s participation in the April 5 elections as candidates, electoral workers, observers and voters is their key democratic right, the top UN diplomat said on Wednesday.UN Special Representative Ján Kubiš, addressing the National... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A global rights group on Tuesday asked President Hamid Karzai not to sign a new criminal procedure code denying women protection from domestic violence and forced or child marriage.Approved by both houses of parliament, the proposed... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The European Union on Monday said it stood by the Afghan government in its efforts to create a healthy, equitable and prosperous society for its people.At the 2012 Tokyo Conference, EU held out a commitment to supporting development... read more
TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): Dozens of people continued their protest for a third day in a row on Monday against the governor of central Uruzgan province, paralysing trade activities.The protesting residents of Tirinkot, the provincial capital, have been... read more
PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): More than 80 development projects have been completed this solar year in northern Baghlan province, but new schemes could not be initiated due to security problems, officials said on Sunday.Rural Rehabilitation Director Abdul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nation’s top diplomat in Afghanistan on Sunday strongly condemned the killing of two members of the election campaign team of presidential candidate Dr. Abdullah Abdullah.Secretary-General’s Special Representative Ján... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Young Activists for Reform and Change (YARC), an amalgam of 35 organisations and civil society groups, on Saturday accused the government of interfering in the election process.YARC member Ihsanullah Hekmat Ahmadzai alleged at a... read more
MAHMOOD RAQI (Pajhwok): A woman has been killed and her spouse wounded as a result of personal enmity in central Kapisa province, officials said Thursday.The couple was initially wounded as cousins stabbed them in Chakhchi area of Hessa-i-Daum... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A man arrested on charges of planting bombs has alleged children are sexually abused in Pakistani seminaries, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said on Wednesday.The bomb maker was arrested red-handed while planting an... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Kabul Municipality on Tuesday burnt 36 tonnes of low-quality and expired food stuff, cosmetics and beverages and imposed fines on sellers.Mohammad Idrees Tokhi, environmental department head at the municipality, said the stuff... read more
SHARAN (Pajhwok): Locals and officials say medical stores in the Orgun district of southeastern Paktika province are selling expired medicines while the departments concerned are unable to take action against those playing with patients’ lives.... read more
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Six border policemen were killed and a seventh injured on Monday when one of their colleagues opened fire on them in western Herat province, officials said.Col. Abdur Rauf Ahmadi, the provincial police spokesman, told Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An agricultural project worth $58 million would be implemented in the three central provinces of Kabul, Logar and Parwan by the Ministry of Agriculture, an official said on Sunday.An agreement on execution of the scheme was signed... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Calling for fair, transparent and independent elections, residents of northern Kunduz province on Sunday vowed to thwart any attempt at manipulating results.At a gathering in the provincial capital, a large number of men and... read more
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Thousands of protestors, condemning a botched suicide attack on Ismail Khan, former water and energy minister, on Sunday asked the government to bring the perpetrators to justice.Carrying banners and placards inscribed with... read more
MAIMANA (Pajhwok): A district Police chief in northern Faryab province on Saturday survived a bomb attack, but two of his bodyguards sustained injuries.Col. Najibullah was targeted by a remote-controlled bomb in the afternoon in the Kanta Qala area... read more
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): An unemployed teenager committed suicide while separate security incidents claimed three more lives in northern Takhar province on Saturday, officials said.The 14-year-old boy, identified as Siddiqullah, hanged himself on Friday... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than a dozen gifts presented to President Hamid Karzai during his foreign trips were handed over to the central bank on Saturday, an official said.Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB) Governor Noorullah Delawari said at the handover... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): In a move improve the Young Afghan Talent, Etisalat Afghanistan has launched the National Internship Program (NIP) in collaboration with top universities of the country offering students and young professionals the experience of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two children have been killed in a mine blast in the Jalrez district of central Maidan Wardak province, an official said Monday.Attaullah Khugyani, governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News the tragic incident occurred in... read more
KANDAHAR (Pajhwok): Shortage of development budget left negative impact on development activities in southern Kandahar province, an official said Monday.Kandahar economy director, Mohammad Rahim Rahimi, said $ 78 million development budget was... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of residents from western Ghor province held a protest demonstration alleging that Lt. Gen. Murad Ali Murad, commander of the infantry forces of Afghan National Army (ANA), was involved in land grabbing of locals.The... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday welcomed the Fairplay award by the Federation International of Football Association (FIFA) to Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) and called it glad-tidings for Afghans in 2014.On Monday night,... read more
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Three workers of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) have been kidnapped by unidentified gunmen in western Badghis province, an official said on Sunday.The three were on their way to Qadis district from... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has promised reconstructing the Syedabad district headquarters building, which was destroyed in a powerful car suicide bombing a year ago in central Maidan Wardak province, an... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two policemen were killed and 21 others wounded in a suicide bombing in the 9th police district of the central capital Kabul on Sunday afternoon, officials said.The bomber on a bicycle detonated his explosives near a bus carrying... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number Senate members on Sunday called the election security report as unrealistic, saying that the situation at 50 percent of polling stations looked unfavourable in terms of transparency.After conducting an overall assessment... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): A clearing operation was launched in insecure areas of the Chahar Dara district of northern Kunduz province on Sunday to ensure security for elections.In separate incidents, a police officer and a civilian were killed, Maj.... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Wolesi Jirga on Saturday approved the provincial council law, but refused authorising the bodies to oversee affairs of provincial government departments. The refusal to give provincial councils the right to oversee provincial... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  The Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA)’s ambiguous legal status and lack of oversight has put government funds and property in jeopardy of being misused.After an extensive review, the Independent Joint Anti-... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Of the 6,845 polling stations across the country, security of 414 could not be ensured, Independent Election Commission (IEC) officials said on Saturday.IEC Secretary Ziaul Haq Amarkhel told Pajhwok Afghan News the 414 polling... read more
KABUL (PAN): At least 406 families affected by recent floods and uprooted by the conflict received on Thursday cash aid amounting to 3.5 million afghanis in central Maidan Wardak province, an official said.Approved by Governor Abdul Majeed Khogyani... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Wolesi Jirga on Wednesday approved by a majority vote a draft law on commercial contracts. Having 18 chapters and 143 articles, the law is aimed at better management of such contracts.The law was presented to the lower house for... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Leading presidential candidate Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday warned a delay in signing the Bilateral Security Agreement with the US and freeing dangerous prisoners without court verdicts could endanger the national interest.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday asked the Taliban to denounce the use of children for suicide attacks if the rebel movement was not involved in the incidents that negated Afghan values and Islamic teachings.He denounced forcing... read more
JALALABAD (PAN): Two key Taliban figures were killed and three others wounded during a new US drone strike in eastern Nangarhar province on Monday, the second in as many days, officials claimed.The drone targeted a vehicle carrying militants in the... read more
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Around 300 Public Order Police personnel in western Herat province on Sunday staged a protest against what they called premature termination of their contracts.They were dismissed before completion of their one year contracts,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai handed over 14 gifts, mostly swords, he received from foreign countries and individuals and tribal elders to the National Museum on Saturday, an official said.Sheja Mohammad Amal, human resource head at the... read more
MAIMANA (PAN): Police have arrested a man who allegedly shot dead his wife and injured two other women as a result of domestic violence in northwestern Faryab province, an official said on Saturday.The man opened fire at his spouse on Friday night... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A Ghor police official was killed on Saturday after a verbal clash with his colleagues in Kabul, where he had come to spend vacation with his family.Col. Humayun Aini, an Interior Ministry official, told Pajhwok Afghan News the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Thursday said criminal cases increased by 31 percent and abductions decreased by 24 percent during the ongoing solar year that ends on March 21.MoI’s crime branch chief, Brig Gen. Syed Abdul Ghaffar... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Education (MoE) and the High Office of Oversight and Anti-Corruption (HOOAC) on Tuesday signed an agreement on creating awareness among schoolchildren about corruption.Education Minister Farooq Wardak told a press... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some Afghan citizens living in Russia recently asked members of the Social Democratic Party of that country to aid their plan for a coup d'état against the government of President Hamid Karzai, a well-placed source said on Sunday.Led by... read more
KABUL (PAN): Security officials in the capital Kabul on Sunday said coffee and hookah shops had turned into crime hubs, creating problems for police.Summoned by the Wolesi Jirga in connection with a murder case, the Kabul police chief said the boy... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Thursday stressed respect for women’s rights, highlighting their enormous contribution to the cause of education and economic progress of today’s world. Both Islam and Afghanistan’s culture attach great... read more
JALALABAD (PAN): An exhibition, organised by the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA), was inaugurated in eastern Nangarhar province on Thursday, officials said.Coinciding with a conference, the exhibition was attended by several government... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two separate Tokyo-funded projects, costing $50 million, have been completed at the Kabul International Airport, the Japanese embassy said on Wednesday.As a result of these projects, the capacity of the aircraft parking space had been... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan-Pakistan Joint Chambers of Commerce and Industries (APJCCI) on Wednesday said 80 percent of bilateral transit problems had resolved during the past two years.But at the same time, officials expressed concerns at the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan National Journalists’ Union (AJNU) on Wednesday welcomed President Hamid Karzai’s pardon for local journalists and requested him to issue formal decree to prosecutors and courts.AJNU chief, Abdul Hameed Mubarez, told a... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Wednesday warned some media outlets for what it called the launch of an election campaign for candidates ahead of the stipulated time.IEC Secretary Nadir Mohseni told a press conference that... read more
KABUL (PAN): Former Afghan army officers who had undergone pre-commissioning training from 1974 to 1982 at Indian Military Academy (IMA) attended the passing out parade at their alma mater in Dehradun.A statement from the Indian embassy in Kabul... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Monday visited a project site in Kabul, where an international function marking the Persian New Year’s Day (March 21) is to be celebrated.Karzai inspected different parts of the project, including the... read more
KABUL (PAN): A new public opinion poll regarding the April 2014 presidential elections on Monday found Dr. Abdullah, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, Abdul Qayum Karzai and Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf as leading contenders.  Conducted by Soft Power Solution... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (PAN): Police on Monday said they had arrested three men for allegedly gang-rapping a 15-year-old boy a day earlier in northeastern Kunduz province.Crime branch chief, Col. Waisuddin Talash, told Pajhwok Afghan News the detainees took... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs on Sunday said thousands of disabled people had completed various vocational training courses over the past seven years.Ali Iftikhari, the ministry spokesman, said 20,000 people with... read more
KABUL (PAN): NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Saturday welcomed the start of negotiations on a status of forces agreement with the government of Afghanistan.As mutually agreed by the alliance and the government in Kabul, the two sides... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Civil Society Natural Resource Monitoring Network (CSNRMN) on Saturday asked the government to prevent illegal mining of precious and semi-precious stones and arrest those involved in smuggling gems out of the country.Javed Noorani... read more
KABUL (PAN): The South Korean government on Saturday announced $50 million in assistance to Afghan National Police (ANP).A memorandum of understanding (MoU) to the effect was signed in Kabul by representatives of the two countries.Lt. Gen Mohammad... read more
KABUL (PAN): The national security advisor on Thursday called on central Asian countries to help Afghanistan improve its security, economy and fight against corruption.Dr Rangin Dadfar Spanta was addressing a two-day international conference on “... read more
KABUL (PAN): Seventy-one journalists have been killed in connection with their work in 2013, indicating a slight fall on last year’s toll of 88, Reporters Without Borders, also known as RSF, said on Thursday.In the latest round-up of freedom of... read more
KABUL (PAN): Mongolia intends to reopen its embassy soon in Kabul, the country’s non-resident ambassador told President Hamid Karzai at a meeting on Wednesday.Dambin Orgin, who called on Karzai at the Presidential Palace, said his country was... read more
FARAH CITY (PAN): After five months of suspension, designing work on the Bakhashabad power dam in western Farah province has resumed, officials said on Wednesday.A designing contract for the dam Situated in the Bala Blok district, 100 kilometres... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan was granted the International Union of Railways (UIC) membership at the 83rd General Assembly held last week in Paris, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Wednesday.A statement from the ministry said the ambassador of of... read more
KABUL (PAN): For the first time, an online public credit registry system is being launched in Kabul to reduce risks, ensure transparency in loans, speedy transactions and healthy competition.A contract to the effect was signed with a German company... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two foreign firms have submitted bids for the purchase of New Kabul Bank, an official said on Monday, when the deadline for bidding expired.Mohammad Aqa Kohistani, the treasury director at the Ministry of Finance (MoF), identified the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan Independent Journalists Association (AIJA) on Sunday voiced concern at rising violence against media workers across the country, noting a 90 percent increase in such cases this year.Speaking at a media briefing in Kabul... read more
JALALABAD (PAN): A district police chief was killed along with three bodyguards in a roadside bombing in eastern Nangarhar province on Sunday, an official said.The incident took place in the Gadal area between Pachiragam and Chaparhar districts, the... read more
 KABUL (PAN): Some Afghan Hindus and Sikhs on Sunday slammed as bigotry the Wolesi Jirga rejection of a legislative decree reserving a parliamentary seat for minorities.Via the decree, President Hamid Karzai had sought representation for the... read more
JALALABAD (PAN): Three intelligence operatives were injured in a suicide attack in the Torkham border town of eastern Nangarhar province on Sunday morning, an official said.The bomber was on foot and detonated his explosive vest in front of the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan and India have agreed on furthering deepening their strategic partnership, including defence and security cooperation, President Hamid Karzai’s office said on Saturday.At a meeting with Karzai in New Delhi, Indian Prime... read more
KABUL (PAN): An official of the Attorney General Office (AGO) on Thursday said Abdul Wahed Taqat, a retired Afghan army general and political expert, had been detained on charges of fuelling ethnic tension.Rahmatullah Nazari, deputy attorney general... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Tuesday said more high and elaborate security arrangements had been put in place for next year’s elections than taken for the 2009 vote in most parts of the country.MoI spokesman Siddiqui Siddique told... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has granted $110 million to Afghanistan on Tuesday for the construction of second Kabul-Jalalabad carriage highway, officials said.The contract to execute the multi-million dollars project was signed... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Interior affairs (MoI) on Monday said police had seized an explosive-laden car in Despachar area after intense gun fight with those traveling in the car, which left a policeman dead.The statement said a car without legal... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Sunday said despite growing cases of violence against women, the prosecution level of its perpetrators remains significantly low.The latest development emerged following a... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two people have died and five others sustained injuries in two separate accidents involving cars in central Maidan Wardak province, an official said on Wednesday.A car carrying a Sikh family collided head-on with another car in Sysi... read more
KABUL (PAN): The second joint three-day Afghanistan and Pakistan trade fair got underway in the capital Kabul on Thursday, a show aimed at sharing experiences and improving bilateral business ties, organisers said.Afghan traders put on display dried... read more
KABUL (PAN): Presenting its much-awaited report on the vital Aynak mine project on Tuesday, the Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA) report discusses the opportunities‐challenges in the prevailing conditions the country and its people will face as a... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Right and Justice Party on Monday supported the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) between Afghanistan and the United States, calling for the immediate signing of the deal.In a policy statement, the opposition party welcomed the... read more
KABUL (PAN): A two-week campaign aimed at curbing violence against women and enhancing their role in the public sphere got under way on Monday, the Women Affairs Ministry said.Muzhgan Mustafvi, the deputy minister of women’s affairs, told a... read more
KABUL (PAN): A lucky draw, organised by the Independent Election Commission (IEC), on Monday gave each candidate for the 2014 presidential elections a place on the ballot paper.A meeting, attended by presidential runners’ representatives and members... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) on Monday voiced its grave concern over women’s continuing plight, including murder, rape and summary execution.The independent watchdog attributed the worrying situation to... read more
KABUL (PAN): A coal processing factory, with initial investment amounting to $5 million, is being inaugurated as the first of its kind facility in Kabul two months later, investors said on Sunday.The factory, due to start functioning in Deh-i-Sabz... read more
KABUL (PAN): The World Food Program (WFP) on Sunday promised aid to 985 families in central Maidan Wardak province, where 36 deserving households received daily-use items.WFP said the aid worth more than $70,000 contained various food items would be... read more
KABUL (PAN): One Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier was killed and 10 people were wounded in two separate blasts in southeastern Khost province on Saturday, officials said.The blasts took place in the Faiz Mohammad Khan square of Khost City at 4:30... read more
KABUL (PAN): Ten people were killed, including two children, and 31 others injured in a string of bombings and targeted attacks in Quetta and other parts of Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province on Thursday, an official said.Quoting a senior... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Thursday said the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA), even if approved by the consultative Loya Jirga and ratified by the parliament, would be signed after the 2014 presidential and provincial council elections... read more
CHAGHCHARAN (PAN): Six welfare projects, including road, bridge and canal amounting to $500,000 have been implemented in the western Ghor province, an official said.Eng. Mohammad Shafiq Wakili, the rural rehabilitation programme chief, said the... read more
KABUL (PAN): A large number of youth on Monday staged a protest rally in Kabul, asking the government not to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the US.The protest demonstration was organised by the United Youth Coordination Board (UYCB... read more
KABUL (PAN): Eng. Abdul Ahad, the construction department deputy chief at the Kabul Municipality, on Monday inaugurated a recreational park in the central capital.Ahad was accompanied by other high-ranking government officials to the inauguration... read more
KABUL (PAN): Representatives of Afghan and regional countries’ policy groups on Sunday signed a joint declaration calling for peace and stability in Afghanistan, officials said.Issued at end of the gathering, arranged by the Friedrich Ebert... read more
KABUL (PAN): The deputy minister of communications and information technology claimed on Sunday Afghanistan’s postal services in the US and European countries were being carried out via Turkey in the shortest possible time.Addressing a press... read more
KABUL (PAN): A number of historical artifacts, including books, utensils and different kinds of manuscripts, were submitted to the Ministry of Information and Culture on Saturday.Minister of Finance Dr. Omar Zakhilwal handed the artifacts to Deputy... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Saturday said tight security measures had been put in place for holding next week’s Loya Jirga on the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the US.The Jirga is expected to take place on Thursday,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Prices of gas have witnessed a record surge, negating claims by the Ministry of Trade and Industries that the rates will be kept unchanged in the harsh Afghan winter.In recent weeks, the price of one kilogram of gas shot up from 45... read more
KABUL (PAN): A good qari (one reciting the Quran) should have the ability to recite in a pleasant voice that attracts the audience, says Zuhra Qarizada, a renowned female qari, who started recitation from the holy book at age three.A resident of the... read more
KABUL (PAN): An airport traffic control tower, jointly funded by the US and the Afghan government, was inaugurated at the Institute of Civil Aviation in Kabul on Tuesday, officials said.The facility would provide further training facilities for... read more
KABUL (PAN): The National Directorate of Security (NDS) on Monday said arresting a would-be suicide bomber and his mentor in southeastern Khost province.According to a statement from the NDS, the pair was detained from Ghulam Khan area following a... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Integrity Watch Afghanistan on Sunday alleged an Afghan Local Police (ALP) commander was illegally extracting chromite in huge quantity over the past year with cooperation from foreign troops in eastern Kunar province.After a year-... read more
KABUL (PAN): Mullah Fazlullah, also known as Mullah Radio due to his frequent radio speeches, was elected as Pakistani Taliban chief on Thursday.The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief for Swat Valley, Fazlullah’s appointment came almost a week... read more
KABUL (PAN): Prices of liquefied gas and firewood jumped and gold rates fell during the outgoing week in Kabul, dealers said on Thursday.One kilogram of gas was sold for 65 afghanis against its last week’s rate of 53afs, said a dealer, Zabihullah,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The minister of information and culture on Wednesday voiced grave concern at the dilapidated state of historical forts in the country, saying 1,200 sites ran the risk of destruction.Speaking at a ceremony marking Kabul’s 2,844th birth... read more
KABUL (PAN): Kabul residents complain of rising liquefied gas rates in the city, but Ministry of Commerce and Industries says it has huge stocks and will not allow any price hike.Residents the current rainfall saw the price of one kilogram of gas... read more
MAIMANA (PAN): Pakistani militants are providing funds to their Afghan counterparts to hamper construction work on two key projects in northern Faryab province, an official said on Wednesday.A six-member group of Pakistani Taliban arrived in... read more
KABUL (PAN): The spy service on Tuesday claimed detaining two members of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) during an operation in the central capital Kabul.The National Directorate of Security (NDS) said in a statement the pair was arrested... read more
KABUL (PAN): More than 300 women assembled at an event in Kabul on Tuesday to find solutions for their increasing role in businesses and entrepreneurship development in Afghanistan.The assembly of women entrepreneurs, the first of its kind, was... read more
KABUL (PAN): A commission has been created and tasked with taking extraordinary security measures to protect processions on Ashura, the 10th of Muharram, the Presidential Palace said on Monday.A statement from the Council of Ministers said the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Food Quality Control Commission on Monday charged a number of shopkeepers with selling unhealthy food in violation of municipality rules in the central capital Kabul.The commission launched the fifth round of a campaign against the... read more
CHAGHCHARAN (PAN): Three election officials were injured when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in western Ghor province, an official said on Monday.The Independent Election Commission (IEC) workers were travelling in Dolina district on Sunday... read more
KABUL (PAN): The spy service said on Monday a militant group had renounced violence and joined the peace process in central Kabul province.The National Directorate of Security (NDS) said in a statement the 10-member group had been active against the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Denmark would continue contributing to the development of Afghanistan’s agriculture and food sector, supporting efforts for improved access to loans and a qualified work force, the Ministry of Finance said on Monday.Danish Minister for... read more
SHIBERGHAN/KUNDUZ CITY (PAN): An attempt at blowing up the grave of a pro-government commander was prevented and a landmine planter killed by his own explosives in northern Jawzjan and Kunduz provinces, officials said on Monday.Col. Faqir Muhammad... read more
KABUL (PAN): Motherhood in childhood is a huge global problem, especially in developing countries, where 7.3 million girls under 18 give birth annually, a report from UNFPA said on Sunday.The State of World Population was released by the United... read more
KABUL (PAN): An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldier died in a small arms fire attack from militants in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday.The NATO fatality was announced in a brief statement from the alliance, which neither gave the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The High Peace Council (HPC) on Saturday said the death of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader Hakimullah Mehsud would not harm Afghan-led reconciliation parleys.Hakimullah Mehsud, who was killed in a US drone strike in the Dande... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan has been placed among the world’s saddest nations in the latest "Prosperity Index" issued by a global organisation on Thursday.The latest five-year index -- released by the London-based Legatum Institute -- placed... read more
KABUL (PAN): As many as 34 suspected militants have been arrested during separate security operations in various provinces, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Thursday.A statement from the ministry said the suspects were detained by Afghan troops... read more
KABUL (PAN): The High Peace Council (HPC) on Wednesday hailed the tripartite summit decision, signalling its willingness to visit Pakistan and meet former Taliban No. 2 Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.Leaders of Afghanistan, Pakistani and the United... read more
KABUL (PAN): US Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A) said on Wednesday it was working with the Kabul Health Directorate, the Ministry of Education, and local leadership to begin using a facility built to benefit residents of the Walayati village in Bagrami... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan’s under-14 boys and under-17 girls’ football teams recently returned from India after participating in the two-week Subroto Cup Football Tournament, the Indian embassy in Kabul said on Monday.The event is an... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Sunday promised next year’s elections would be conducted in a free and transparent manner, saying no domestic or foreign interference would be brooked.At a meeting with a British parliamentary delegation,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Slamming most court verdicts as unjust, the Afghanistan Independent Bar Association (AIBA) chief on Saturday said 50 percent cases of detainees were decided in the absence of defence lawyers.Roohullah Qarizada told participants of a... read more
KABUL (PAN): Officials of the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) said Wednesday the date to register electoral complaints with the body would expire on Thursday.ECC Spokesman Mohammad Nader Mohsini told Pajhwok Afghan News a number of... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan Defence Minister Bismillah Khan Mohammadi and his British counterpart Phillip Hammond discussed a range of issues, including the Afghan National Army Officer Academy, where they both welcomed the start of training this week.... read more
KABUL (PAN):  Safi Airways--- the privately owned international scheduled airline of Afghanistan--- announced Wednesday it had successfully completed its IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA).Safi Airways is largely viewed as committed in... read more
KABUL (PAN): Safi Airways--- the privately owned international scheduled airline of Afghanistan--- announced it has successfully transported 10,000 Hajj pilgrims from Kabul to the holy land as part of phase one.Naeem Mahamoor, Manager Marketing... read more
KABUL (PAN): A would-be suicide bomber, who intended to strike during the Eidul Adha religious festival, has been arrested in Kabul, the spy service said on Wednesday.The National Directorate of Security (NDS) in a statement identified the detainee... read more
KABUL (PAN): Sixteen militants and three Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have been killed in security accidents in different parts of the country over the past 24 hours, officials said on Tuesday.Eight fighters were killed in the Murghab... read more
KABUL (PAN): A committee has been created to supervise security measures to be put in place for a proposed Loya Jirga on the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) between Kabul and Washington, the Presidential Palace said on Wednesday.Headed by Deputy... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some political analysts have dismissed Balkh Governor Atta Mohammad Noor’s allegations that President Karzai had offered his party a $100 million bank cheque in return for supporting his team as far from true and aimed at gaining... read more
KABUL (PAN): Pakistan has called for an immediate end to drone strikes on its soil, saying the attacks are impinging on the war against terrorism and causing human suffering.“The use of armed drones in border areas of Pakistan is a continued... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan police officers would be included for the first time in a UN peacekeeping mission, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) announced said on Sunday.A draft law on Afghan police officers joining the UN peacekeeping mission was... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Sunday directed all government officials not to interfere in Independent Election Commission (IEC) affairs and maintain impartiality in the poll process.In a decree from the Office of Administrative Affairs,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The European Union special representative and head of the EU Delegation to Afghanistan has urged the Karzai administration and all political actors to do all they can to ensure inclusive elections.Ambassador Franz-Michael Mellbin, who... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan will receive a $1 million preparation fee from the International Cricket Council (ICC) ahead of the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, the game’s global governing body announced on Sunday.The windfall is in... read more
KABUL (PAN): Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in celebration across the country on the national cricket team’s qualification for the 2015 World Cup, beating Kenya by seven wickets in their final ODI in Sharjah.Afghanistan won in a row... read more
KABUL (PAN): Speakers on Saturday underlined women’s proactive role in peace and security to the country, with the government reiterating its commitment to giving females all their due rights.A joint initiative of the Centre for Strategic Studies... read more
KABUL (PAN): An overnight NATO airstrike killed five civilians, including three children, in eastern Nangarhar province, with three non-combatants, five militants and three security personnel falling prey to separate incidents of violence, officials... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers died in separate incidents in troubled southern Afghanistan on Saturday, the alliance said.One NATO-led service member was shot dead by an alleged contracted security guard,... read more
KABUL (PAN): A mild earthquake struck northeastern Afghanistan on Saturday but there was report about damage or casualties. Tremors were also felt across neighbouring Pakistan.The epicenter of the 4.9 magnitude earthquake was in Badakhshan province... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Friday directed security forces to ensure the protection of election offices, workers and voters to ensure next year’s polls were conducted in a transparent and inclusive fashion.In a 13-article decree... read more
KABUL (PAN): US President Obama has scrapped a planned trip to Asia, linking the cancellation to the federal government’s shutdown that entered a fourth day on Friday.The president was earlier scheduled to attend the Pacific Rim economic conference... read more
KABUL (PAN): Sardar Mohammad Nadir Naeem, a grandson of the late president Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan, on Thursday announced his candidacy for the 2014 presidential election.He made the announcement at a gathering, organised by the National Council... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (PAN): Police in northeastern Kunduz province shot dead a militant who was fleeing the scene after killing the brother of an Afghan Local Police (ALP) official on Thursday.Police spokesman Sayed Sarwar Hussaini told Pajhwok Afghan News... read more
JALALABAD (PAN): Afghan civilian casualties have mounted by 16 percent during the first eight months of the current year, compared to the same period last in 2012, a senior UN official says.The situation in the eastern zone, where a 54 per cent... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Nangarhar governor and advisor to the president, Gul Agha Sherzai, on Wednesday announced his resignation to have a shot at the presidency, officials said. His campaign spokesman Dr. Faridoon Barakzai on Wednesday told... read more
KABUL (PAN): Safi Airways, the privately-owned Afghan airline, on Wednesday said it had launched flights between Kabul and Islamabad.The airline is operating three flights a week between the capitals of Afghanistan and Pakistan on Tuesdays,... read more
KABUL (PAN): France on Wednesday reaffirmed its commitment to supporting Afghanistan beyond the end of the International Security Assistant Force’s combat mission in 2014.“Now that international forces begin to take a support and advising role,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Ten people, including two army soldiers, were killed in two separate bomb attacks in Pakistan's northwestern southwestern province of Balochistan, bordering Afghanistan, on Wednesday.Eight people were killed in an explosion near the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Pakistan has captured an ex-Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier who allegedly killed three foreign troops in central Afghanistan last year, the Australian defense chief said on Wednesday.Hekmatullah, the former ANA sergeant, was detained... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) on Wednesday said it had built two health centres in remote parts of northern Samangan province.Funded by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), the Basic Health Centres (BHCs)... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Interior, launching the second round of an education programme for Afghan National Police (ALP), on Tuesday said more than 70,000 policemen, or 70 percent, were illiterate.The first phase of education courses for the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The International Security Assistance Force on Tuesday said it had taken measures to combat potential fraud, waste and abuse in Afghan National Police (ANP) fuel purchases.The steps were taken as a result of increased oversight by the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Independent Election Commission on Monday asked candidates to file nomination papers before the end of the deadline of for the registration process.The registration process for presidential and provincial council candidates was set... read more
KABUL (PAN): Countrywide condolences ceremonies were held today (Monday) in remembrance of thousands of people massacred during the Soviet-backed communist regime in the late 1970s.In line with last week’s decision of the government, prayers were... read more
KABUL (PAN): Three people were killed on Monday when a CIA-operated drone struck a house in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region of Waziristan near the Afghanistan border.The drone strike, the second in as many days, occurred in the Datta Khel area... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Saturday announced that not a single voter card had been issued in seven districts of the country.Nearly 1.66 million people have so far received voter cards across the country, but bad... read more
KABUL/SHARAN (PAN): Up to 14 insurgents have been killed during a NATO airstrike and a clash with police in Maidan Wardak and Paktika provinces, officials said on Saturday.The airstrike took place on Friday night in the Alikhel area of the Jalrez... read more
KABUL (PAN): China has renewed its support for Afghanistan’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity and the ongoing reconstruction effort, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday.Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, at a meeting... read more
KABUL (PAN): An international human rights group on Thursday asked a government committee investigating prison conditions to focus on meaningful reforms to end torture and other abuses.On Sept. 8, 2013, President Hamid Karzai formed the body to... read more
KABUL (PAN): Eight militants and four Afghan Local Police (ALP) members have been killed during separate incidents of violence in central Logar and northwestern Faryab provinces, officials said on Thursday.ALP members ambushed a group of insurgents... read more
Pakistani TV channels reported the eight-second quake struck at 4:29pm local time around 100 kilometres southwest of Khuzdar city at a depth of 15 kilometres, leaving 350 wounded.According to Express News, monitored here, the United States... read more
KABUL (PAN): Safi Airways, the privately-owned Afghan airline, on Tuesday announced plans to operate three flights a week between Kabul and Islamabad with effect from October 1, 2013.Flights are scheduled to depart from Kabul on Tuesdays, Thursdays... read more
KABUL (PAN): The People’s Republic of China has called for enhanced regional cooperation at a time when Afghanistan is going through a historic political and security transition.Ambassador Luo Zhaohui of China issued the call at a meeting of senior... read more
KABUL (PAN): Pakistan's law-enforcement personnel have detained nearly 50 Afghans for illegally entering the southwestern province of Balochistan, a media report said.As many as 48 illegal Afghan immigrants were arrested by the Frontier Corps (FC)... read more
KABUL (PAN): Four Iranian nationals have been convicted on drug smuggling charges and sentenced to 18 years each in jail, the Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) said on Monday.CJTF spokesman Ahmad Khalid Mowahid told Pajhwok Afghan News police had... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two leading civil society groups on Monday said their concerns about upcoming elections had increased due to lack of transparent and effective guidelines and the presence of biased commission members.In a joint statement, Afghan Anti-... read more
KABUL (PAN): UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned as “atrocious” a terrorist attack on a church in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar, asking the government to bring the perpetrators to justice.At least 81 people were killed and 146... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Sunday decided condolence ceremonies will be held on September 30 in remembrance of thousands of people killed during the Soviet-backed communist regime.The decision came at a consultative meeting Karzai had... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan’s spy service on Sunday claimed foiling an assassination attempt on noted jihad leader Prof. Abdul Rab Rasul Sayyaf and detaining three of the would-be assailants.The National Directorate of Security (NDS) said the detainees... read more
KABUL (PAN): With negotiations on a bilateral security pact with the United States having reached a decisive stage, the deputy foreign minister has hoped the agreement will be concluded in the next few weeks.Addressing a meeting of the International... read more
KABUL (PAN): Canadian Minister of Defence Robert Nicholson wrapped up a three-day visit to Afghanistan, meeting International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) officials and Canadian troops in Kabul.ISAF Commander Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr.... read more
KABUL (PAN): Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) President Michel Platini, who arrived in Kabul, was warmly welcomed by Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) head Karamuddin Karim.Visiting Kabul at the AFF’s invitation, Platini is... read more
KABUL (PAN): Congratulating the nation on marking the International Day of Peace, Education Minister Ghulam Farooq Wardak on Saturday said peace was a prerequisite for success in every sphere of life.In a message in connection with the Word’s Peace... read more
KABUL (PAN): Fourteen people, including five children, have been killed during separate incidents of violence in different parts of the country, officials said on Saturday.Five militants were killed after they stormed an Afghan Local Police (ALP)... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two commanders were among 14 insurgents killed in different parts of central Maidan Wardak province over the past 24 hours, the authorities claimed on Saturday.Another 14 fighters were wounded in Maidan Shahr, the provincial capital,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Independent Election Committee (IEC) on Thursday sought cooperation from civil society in holding transparent and inclusive polls, warning no one would be allowed to interfere in the process.Addressing a conference on the role of... read more
MEHTARLAM (PAN): Construction work on projects worth 90 million afghanis have been initiated in eastern Laghman province, the governor’s office said on Wednesday.The projects including a dual road, bridges and culverts in Mehtarlam, the provincial... read more
KABUL (PAN): Thousands of families would get transportation facility with the execution of 14 projects in a number of impassable provinces, an official said on Wednesday.The projects, including the construction of roads and bridges, would be... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Counternarcotics on Tuesday claimed having concrete evidence of a majority of drug-producing factories being shifted to the Waziristan tribal region of Pakistan.As a result of successful operations by counternarcotics... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan and Kazakhstan on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on strengthening cooperation in commerce and other sectors.The MoU on cooperation in transit, trade, education and agriculture was signed between Minister... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): US Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter has stressed the importance of free and fair elections in Afghanistan next year, as well as the early signing the bilateral security agreement (BSA).During his three-day visit to Afghanistan,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Nineteen militants have been killed and 23 others wounded during operations in different parts of the country, officials said on Tuesday.Three insurgents were killed and 10 others, including a Taliban commander, wounded during a three-... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United Nations has condemned the intimidation and targeted killings of female Afghan officials, stressing the need for bringing the perpetrators to justice.Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the executive director of the UN Entity for Gender... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United Nations’ top human rights official on Tuesday warned that the human rights situation was worsening in Afghanistan, where the NATO-led combat mission is scheduled to end in 2014.UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi... read more
KABUL (PAN): Amnesty International on Tuesday conferred its most prestigious award on Pakistan’s education rights campaigner Malala Yousafzai, who survived a Taliban attack last year.The London-based rights watchdog also announced American singer,... read more
KABUL (PAN): At least nine people were killed during separate security incidents in a number of provinces on Monday, officials said on Monday.In eastern Nangarhar, two rebels and a policeman were killed following a militant attack on a border police... read more
KABUL (PAN): Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Zalmai Rassoul on Monday renewed the government’s commitment to protecting people’s rights in pursuing reconciliation with the Taliban.“The Afghan government will never compromise rights of the people,”... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Monday approved the appointment of Brig. Gen. Mohammad Zahir as Kabul police chief.The appointment was made in line with a suggestion from the Interior Ministry and in view of Gen. Zahir’s good performance, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The UN’s top diplomat in the country on Monday congratulated Afghanistan’s soccer team on winning the South Asian Football Federation Championship.“Afghanistan’s 2-0 win over India was a historic occasion – the country’s first... read more
KABUL (PAN): Emirates, one of the world's fastest growing airlines, on Sunday announced its plans to commence a daily passenger flight to Kabul in early December.The daily flight would involve an Airbus A340-500, offering 12 first class, 42 business... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) said on Monday it had executed 27 projects in Hazrat Sultan and Feroz Nakhcheer districts of northern Samangan province. SCA spent around 20 million afs ($360,000) on implementing Samangan... read more
KABUL (PAN): The UN chief on Sunday called democracy a universal value based on the freely-expressed will of people to determine their own political, economic, social and cultural systems. "On this International Day of Democracy, I call on... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Sunday expressed deep sorrows over deaths resulting from a coalmine blast in northern Samangan province.Twenty-seven workers were killed during the explosion that left five people missing and 30 others trapped... read more
KABUL (PAN): The governor of southeastern Khost province on Saturday said 13,000 acres of land had been retaken from grabbers, who continued to stay in illegal possession of another 33,000 acres.Addressing a daylong conference in Kabul, Governor... read more
LASHKARGAH/ASADABAD (PAN): A Taliban-designated district chief and a police commander were among 14 people killed in separate security incidents in different parts of the country, officials said on Saturday.The Taliban chief for the Marja district... read more
KABUL (PAN): Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) Abdul Khaliq Farahi on Saturday called southeastern Khost province an emerging commercial hub of Afghanistan.Addressing a daylong conference in Kabul, he said Khost was ranked a 3rd... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan won their first international trophy in soccer on Wednesday, beating India 2-0 in the South Asian Football Federation Championship in the Nepalese capital Katmandu.The news of Afghanistan victory sent waves of happiness... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday offered his condolences to families of the children who were killed by police in the northern Baghlan province and pledged to ensure justice, his office said.Eight policemen irresponsibly fired a... read more
KABUL (PAN): A $50 million grant agreement, aimed at promoting economic growth and fiscal sustainability, was signed between the Ministry of Finance and the World Bank here on Wednesday.The grant -- the Development Policy Programmatic Series:... read more
KABUL (PAN): Sixteen insurgents and three civilians have been killed during separate incidents of violence in various provinces, officials said on Monday.Police ambushed a large group of fighters in the Shah Joy district of southern Zabul province,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The World Bank (WB) on Tuesday agreed to finance 16 reconstruction projects costing 388 million afghanis in different parts of the country, an official said.Contracts for the projects were signed between Deputy Minister of Public Works... read more
KABUL (PAN): A government delegation is visiting Tehran to discuss with Iranian officials extending visas for Afghan refugees in the neighboring country, an official said on Tuesday.Led by Minister of Refugee and Repatriation Jamahir Anwari, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): A suicide bomber has been detained in the Narang district of eastern Kunar province, the Afghan spy service said on Monday.The would-be bomber was trying to conduct a suicide attack in the main district bazaar, a statement from the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Nearly 300 illegal Afghan citizens were handed over to the Afghan border police by Pakistani officials, a report said on Monday.Most of the 292 Afghans had been arrested in southwestern Balochistan province for travelling to the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Six ministries were the focus of a workshop on implementation of gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) that concluded in Kabul on Sunday, a United Nations agency said.The Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, with support... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai, denouncing recent deadly attacks in Helmand and Baghlan provinces, on Sunday accused the Taliban of targetting innocent civilians.On Friday, five children were killed and three others wounded by an improvised... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Right and Justice party on Saturday warned if the government did not take effective measures to improve the security environment, the election process would come under threat.Party leader and former interior minister Mohammad Hanif... read more
KABUL (PAN): A NATO-led soldier was killed in a direct-fire attack by militants in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said.In line with its policy, the multinational force neither gave the exact... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Wafaq-i-Milli party leader on Thursday cautioned the international fraternity against gambling on the future of Afghanistan, saying the country could ill-afford a rigged presidential election.Bismillah Sher, addressing a press... read more
TIRINKOT/KHOST CITY (PAN): Construction work on a 20-kilometre road between the capital of central Uruzgan province and Dehrawud district was launched on Thursday, when a newly-established drug rehabilitation centre was inaugurated in Khost.The... read more
KABUL (PAN): Thirty-two Taliban insurgents have been killed during separate incidents in various provinces over the past 24 hours, sources said on Thursday.Fourteen militants were eliminated during a security operation in the country’s southeast,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Secretariat has assured Afghanistan of International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) membership.Formalities for Afghanistan joining as IPPC member had been met, according to a July 2013... read more
CHAGHCHERAN (PAN): The transportation facility would be provided to Ghor residents with the construction of two bridges in the western province, officials said on Wednesday.The bridges -- measuring 15 metres and 20-metre -- would be built in a year... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan and Azerbaijan will sign an agreement on cooperation in the energy sector next month in Baku, a diplomat said on Wednesday.The accord would be inked during Minister of Mines Wahidullah Shahrani’s visit to Azerbaijan in early... read more
PUL-I-ALAM/LASHKARGAH/KABUL (PAN): Sixteen militants have been killed, seven others wounded and one captured alive in different security incidents, officials said on Wednesday.Four fighters were killed while planting bombs on the Kabul-Gardez... read more
MEHTARLAM (PAN): A 17-member insurgent group has joined the government-initiated peace campaign in eastern Laghman province, an official said on Tuesday, but the Taliban rejected the claim as untrue.Led by Commander Hazratullah Bambar, the group... read more
KABUL (PAN): A bomb-rigged motorcycle was seized and four Taliban militants were arrested during separate incidents in southern Helmand province, the spy service said on Tuesday.The National Directorate of Security in Kabul said in a statement the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The US military on Tuesday said it had increased its oversight of Afghan National Army fuel purchases by improving processes, procedures and systems to bolster accountability.With the Afghan Ministry of Defence taking responsibility for... read more
KABUL (PAN): Twenty-three militants, four Afghan security personnel and a woman have been killed during separate operations and clashes over the past 24 hours in different parts of the country, officials said on Monday.Four insurgents were killed in... read more
KABUL (PAN): Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta has appreciated the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) role in stabilising Afghanistan, the NATO-led force said on Monday."I really wanted to be here today to express the appreciation... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan’s female footballers triumphed 1-0 over Kyrgyzstan in a friendly encounter as part of preparations for the 2013 South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Gold Cup, an official said on Sunday.Afghan coach Yousuf Kargar told... read more
KABUL (PAN): Eleven Afghan universities were on Saturday admitted as members of the International Universities Council (IUC), which promised them assistance help in different fields.The minister of higher education said Afghan universities, because... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday asked the people to get voter cards to be able to cast their ballots for candidates of their choice in next year’s presidential elections.During his biweekly address to the nation, Karzai said... read more
KABUL (PAN): The National Front of Afghanistan on Wednesday said calling a Loya Jirga on the proposed Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the US would be illegal.The government says it plans to convene a Loya Jirga in the next two months to... read more
KABUL (PAN): A major coalition of political parties to be formed in the next few days would introduce a consensus nominee for the presidential election, a politician said on Wednesday.A number of parties, including Jamiat-i-Islami, Junbish-i-Milli,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan has the potential to emerge as a hub of regional trade, transport and energy corridors and a land of opportunity that contribute to economic growth, the Indian president said on Wednesday.At a meeting with Afghanistan’s... read more
KABUL (PAN): Twenty-one militants and three Afghan security personnel have been killed and 21 others detained in separate incidents in different parts of the country, officials said on Wednesday.Two Pakistani fighters were among four militants... read more
KABUL (PAN): US President Barack Obama has extended congratulations to his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai on his country’s 94th Independence Day.On behalf of Americans, Obama greeted the Afghan government and people on their Independence Day as... read more
KABUL (PAN): Four governors and high-ranking officials met in the central Maidan Wardak province on Sunday on how to strengthen security along the Kabul-Kandahar highway.Governors and police officers, National Directorate of Security (NDS) heads for... read more
KABUL (PAN): During King Amanullah Khan’s era, power transitioned from an absolutist government to a constitutional setup for the first time in Afghanistan, the Security Transition Commission head said on Sunday.Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, addressing... read more
KUNDUZ (PAN): Seven insurgents, including three Pakistanis and Haqqani network members, were killed in northeastern Kunduz province, officials said on Sunday.The militants killed during an overnight operation in the Kharotai village of Chahar Dara,... read more
KABUL (PAN): British Ambassador Sir Richard Stagg on Sunday reiterated his country’s long-term commitment to a peaceful and secure Afghanistan.In a message on Afghanistan’s Independence Day, the ambassador acknowledged the two nations had a long and... read more
KABUL (PAN): A woman leader of the Pakhtun Nationalist Awami National Party (ANP) has been assassinated inside her residence in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar, media reports said on Saturday.Najma Hanif was gunned down by unidentified... read more
KABUL (PAN): A woman leader of the Pakhtun Nationalist Awami National Party (ANP) has been assassinated inside her residence in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar, media reports said on Saturday.Najma Hanif was gunned down by unidentified... read more
KABUL (PAN): The new Independent Election Commission (IEC) appointment in accordance with the constitution was a key step that would lead to stability in the country, President Hamid Karzai hoped on Monday.During a meeting with outgoing IEC head... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United Nations on Sunday welcomed the appointment of new Independent Election Commission (IEC) members, followed by the expeditious election of its chairperson, deputy chairperson and secretary.The world body congratulated the new... read more
KABUL (PAN): A judge was among four people killed in separate incidents in northern Kunduz and central Bamyan province, officials said on Sunday.Appellant court judge, Abdul Wahid, was shot dead by unknown assailants on his way to a mosque in Kunduz... read more
KABUL (PAN): A day after being endorsed by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, Hassan Rohani on Sunday took oath as Iran’s new president.For the first time, foreign dignitaries including President Hamid Karzai attended... read more
KABUL (PAN): The short film “Do not trust my silence” -- directed by Afghan moviemaker Sahar Fetrat -- has won the first prize at the Universocorto Elba Film Festival in Italy.Fetrat was awarded "for the extreme courage of reporting Afghan women... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have agreed to sign a long-term strategic partnership agreement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday.Foreign Minister Dr. Zalmai Rassoul and his UAE counterpart Sheikh Abdullah... read more
KABUL (PAN): The High Office of Oversight and Anti-corruption (HOOAC) on Wednesday signed a long term Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with four civil society institutions on fighting corruption. HOOAC chief Azizullah Ludin told a press conference... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Anti-corruption officials claimed on Wednesday President Hamid Karzai decree on administrative corruption had1been fully enforced in northern Balkh province. Since March 21, around 100 incidents of corruption took place in... read more
SHARANA (PAN): Up to 70 families have been displaced in southeastern Paktika province as a result of Taliban activities and their possible clashes with security forces, officials said on Wednesday.Uprooted from Gayan district around a month back,... read more
KABUL/TINRINKOT (PAN): Two Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers werelost to a roadside bombing in the Khak-i-Jabar district of central Kabul province, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Wednesday. In a brief statement, the ministry said the attack... read more
KABUL (PAN): The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Wednesday welcomed the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) latest report on civilian casualties.“Working side-by-side with our Afghan partners, we have taken a... read more
KABUL (PAN): US Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan James Dobbins called on President Hamid Karzai in Kabul last night, the Presidential Palace said on Wednesday.Karzai and Dobbins, who plan to visit Pakistan in the near future, discussed a... read more
ZARANJ/CHAGHCHARAN (PAN): Residents of western Ghor and southwestern Nimroz provinces say they lack access to clean drinking water, asking the authorities to supply them safe water through pipes and deep wells.Ground water in Nimroz capital, Zaranj... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan and India on Tuesday signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on implementing 60 projects under the the $300 million Small Development Projects (SDP) scheme.The SDP scheme was announced during the visit of Indian Prime... read more
KABUL (PAN): Forty-four Taliban insurgents have been killed during clashes with Afghan forces, NATO airstrikes and mine blasts in various provinces, officials said on Tuesday.Fourteen rebels were killed and eight others captured alive during an... read more
KABUL (PAN): Chaired by President Hamid Karzai, the National Security Council (NSC) on Sunday discussed the current environment, the Presidential Palace said.Participants called for enhancing security around holy places across the country during... read more
KABUL (PAN): The contents of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) between Afghanistan and the United States are more important in terms of safeguarding the interests of both nations than setting deadlines for its conclusion, a foreign ministry... read more
KANDAHAR CITY (PAN): Two police commanders, including the Maiwand district police chief and the third police district chief in Kandahar City, have been removed from their positions for negligence and dereliction of duty, the governor’s house said on... read more
KABUL (PAN): The University of Central Asia (UCA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Finance on awarding a Post-Graduate Certificate in the Policy Analysis (PGCPA) programme.The ministry said on Saturday the... read more
KABUL (PAN): A senior Frontier Reserve Police (FRP) officer was shot injured and his driver and a bodyguard were killed as gunmen ambushed their vehicle in Pakistan’s troubled northwestern city of Peshawar on Thursday.FRP deputy commandant Gul Wali... read more
KABUL (PAN): An independent election watchdog on Thursday voiced its concern at the reduction in the number of reserved seats for women on provincial and district councils.On June 15, a joint commission of both houses of parliament approved the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Dozens of women completed six-month internships at different ministries and government departments in Kabul on Wednesday, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) said.Sixty women celebrated their graduation from... read more
KABUL (PAN): A dozen men were convicted on drug-trafficking charges and sentenced to imprisonment of up to 20 years over the past few days, a Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) official said on Wednesday.Cases against the smugglers detained in... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai, accepting an offer from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, would travel to Pakistan at the end of August, a Pakistani newspaper reported on Tuesday.Pakistan’s National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz, also a former... read more
KABUL (PAN): At least 147 civilians, including 94 children, were among 746 people killed in US drone strikes in Pakistan’s troubled tribal region between 2006 and late 2009, the London Bureau of Investigative Journalism (LBIJ) said on Tuesday.Citing... read more
KABUL (PAN): Eight Afghan soldiers, six insurgents and the assassin of National Security Advisor Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta’s brother have been killed in separate incidents of violence, officials said on Tuesday.Six Afghan National Army (ANA) service... read more
KABUL (PAN): US Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday assuaged Indian leaders’ concerns over the exit of American troops from Afghanistan in 2014, when the ISAF combat mission is scheduled to end.Currently on a visit to New Delhi, Biden met his Indian... read more
JALALABAD (PAN): Five insurgents and two Afghan Local Police (ALP) members were killed during clashes in eastern Laghman province, official said on Monday.The governor’s spokesman, Sarhadi Zwak, told Pajhwok Afghan News militants attacked the police... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (PAN): A girls’ high school has been set afire in northern Kunduz province, an official said on Saturday.Militant torched the school in the Aalchi area on the outskirts of Kunduz City late on Friday night, the deputy police chief said.... read more
KABUL (PAN): Wolesi Jirga members on Saturday decided to summon Interior Minister Mujtaba Patang over his failure to appear before the lower house and answer lawmakers’ questions on the security situation.Patang, Defence Minister Bismillah Mohammadi... read more
KABUL (PAN): A former US commander in Afghanistan has said the war-torn country will continued to need an American military presence post 2014, when the NATO-led combat mission ends.According to CNN, ex-ISAF commander Gen. John Allen told the Aspen... read more
KABUL (PAN): The British prime minister has urged cooperation between Pakistan and India in bringing back peace and stability to Afghanistan.David Cameron, in an interview published on Thursday, praised the sub-continental rivals for taking steps to... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) said on Wednesday the second phase of the voter registration process would be launched soon.As part of preparations for the 2014 presidential and provincial council polls, the process would be... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai has pardoned an alleged Nepali spy facing 20 years in jail, the Nepal embassy in Islamabad said on Monday.Tilak Bahadur Thapa Magar, a Nepali national has been convicted of spying, was given clemency on Kathmandu’... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Monday called 2013 a deadly year and said militants, aided by their foreign allies, were out to disrupt the security situation and control certain areas of the country.Addressing a joint press conference... read more
TALOQAN/PUL-I-KHUMRI (PAN): A Taliban-designated district chief was among seven insurgents detained in northern Takhar and Baghlan provinces, officials said on Monday.The Taliban’s chief for the Chal district of Takhar was caught while planting a... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) on Monday arranged a day-long training workshop for newly-appointed district chiefs at its office in Kabul.IDLG head Abdul Khaliq Farahi congratulated the district governors and... read more
KABUL (PAN): The National Security Council (NSC) on Sunday decided to accelerate the process of repairing old weapons and vehicles, as well as purchasing transport aircraft for Afghan Air Force (AAF).An NSC meeting, chaired by President Hamid Karzai... read more
GARDEZ/JALALABAD (PAN): A senior figure was among a dozen Taliban insurgents killed during a NATO airstrike in the Zurmat district of southeastern Paktia province, police said on Sunday.The overnight raid killed Himmat, a regional Taliban leader,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Four Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers and five militants have been killed and nine rebels detained over the past 24 hours, officials said on Sunday.The four troops were lost to separate roadside bombings in Logar, Herat, Maidan... read more
KABUL (PAN): Fourteen Taliban and three civilians have been killed over the past 24 hours in security incidents in different parts of the country, officials said on Saturday.A dozen Pakistani militants were killed during an overnight clash triggered... read more
KABUL (PAN): Kabul and Ashgabat have signed a contract on gas sales and purchase on the sidelines of the 17th Steering Committee Meeting on the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India TAPI Project, the foreign ministry said here on Saturday.... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Turkmenistan have agreed on creating an autonomous company by September this year for the execution of a long-delayed pipeline project, a media report said.Petroleum and energy ministers of the four... read more
Australia’s outback is infested with an estimated one million wild camels; descendants of thousands of camels imported, mainly from India, in the 19th century, and were used for transport and construction, before they were replaced by motor cars,... read more
KABUL (PAN): American special representative on Thursday indicated the US would seal a deal with Afghanistan on a military presence in Afghanistan post 2014, when the International Security Assistance Force's combat mission is scheduled to end."We... read more
KABUL (PAN): A private company's luxury vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in the Paghman district of Kabul, but passengers escaped unhurt, an official said on Tuesday.The blast took place on Monday midnight when A Hilux car of Azim Sharifi Limited... read more
KABUL/LONDON (PAN): Senior military officials and experts on Monday voiced hopes and fears about security in the country as the 2014 deadline for withdrawal of NATO troops draws near.A panel of national security and military experts, including the... read more
KABUL (PAN): About 130 individuals charged with drug smuggling have been sentenced to 20 years in jail during the ongoing year, an official said on Monday.During the first quarter of the current year, about 133 accused had been jailed from 5 to 20... read more
KABUL (PAN): An Afghanistan at peace with itself would at long last respond to the people’s hopes of better lives for themselves and their children, the United Nations top diplomat in the country said on Monday.“I sincerely hope that the occasion of... read more
KABUL (PAN): An agreement is being signed between the Afghanistan Cricket Board and the Ministry of Education on the inclusion of cricket as a subject in the ministry’s curriculum.In a statement, the board said it had launched consultations with... read more
CHARIKAR (PAN): Two policemen were killed when they opened fire at each other after a verbal clash in central Parwan province, while a third policeman was killed in northwestern Faryab province, officials said on Sunday.The trade fire between two... read more
KANDAHAR CITY (PAN): Fifty-five students on Saturday graduated from animal husbandry, plant protection and agronomy departments and given away degrees at a ceremony on the university campus in southern Kandahar province.The graduation ceremony was... read more
KABUL (PAN): Japan on Thursday pledged one million US dollars in grant to Afghanistan for clearing one million square metres of mine-contaminated land in the war-torn country.An agreement to the effect was signed in Kabul between Japanese Ambassador... read more
KABUL (PAN):  The Senior Officials’ Meeting on the Tokyo Mutual Accountability Framework (TMAF) in Kabul on Wednesday noted the vital need for a continued commitment of the Afghan government to safeguard human rights, including women’s rights.... read more
KABUL (PAN): Four Nepalese citizens were wounded, not killed, in Tuesday’s suicide attack on a private logistics firm's office in Kabul, a news report said on Wednesday.Three Indians and a Briton were killed in the assault on the firm's office on... read more
KABUL (PAN): Pakistan on Wednesday strongly condemned a US drone strike that took place in Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan Agency, near the Afghanistan border.Seventeen suspected rebels were killed and two others injured in the CIA-... read more
KABUL (PAN): Independent Election Commission (IEC) chief Fazl Ahmad Manawi said on Monday since the commencement of the voter registration process on May 26, nearly 75,000 individuals had been issued with voting cards. But the number of women card... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Monday met an Indonesian parliamentary delegation, led by Ahmad Farhad Hamid, at his the Presidential Palace in Kabul.Welcoming the delegation, the president recalled his visits to the friendly country and... read more
KABUL (PAN): A suicide bomber was shot dead on Monday before he could attack the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in the heavily-fortified capital Kabul, the spy service said.The shooting place around 8am in Charah-i-Sadarat Square, close to... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Sunday discussed with jihadi leaders and political figures Afghanistan’s stance on the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States.While angrily reacting to the way the Taliban’s political office... read more
KABUL (PAN): The European Union Delegation and the Afghanistan National Blood Safety and Transfusion Services Directorate (ANBSTS) launched the first Blood Drive programme in Kabul on Sunday.In Afghanistan, a country with one of the highest... read more
KABUL (PAN): The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) remembered US Army Sergeant Bowe W. Bergdahl on Sunday, fours after he was found missing during a unit roll-call in southeastern Afghanistan on June 30, 2009."Four years later, we are... read more
KHOST CITY (PAN): Mobile phone companies have suspended their services to customers in three districts of southeastern Khost province over the past two weeks, residents said on Saturday.The provincial telecommunications director also confirmed the... read more
KABUL (PAN): As many as 47 insurgents were killed during clashes and security operations in various parts of the country over the past 24 hours, officials said on Saturday.Twenty rebels were killed in Andar and Ajristan districts of southern Ghazni... read more
Capt. Chad AsheKANDAHAR AIRFIELD: More than 80 US Army helicopters were damaged when a sudden unprecedented hail storm hit Kandahar Airfield on April 23, where nearly half of Task Force Falcon's helicopters were parked.What happened following the... read more
 JALALABAD (PAN): A local policeman and four civilians were killed as a result of a roadside bombing in eastern Laghman province, the governor’s office said on Thursday.The roadside bomb hit a car at 2:30pm in the Omarzai area on the outskirts... read more
KABUL (PAN): The presidential spokesman on Thursday shared with Pajhwok Afghan News the details of a letter President Karzai sent to his American counterpart Barack Obama after the opening of the Taliban office in Qatar.“The Afghan government has... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Nuhzat-i-Islami Party of Afghanistan on Thursday said the Taliban office in Qatar looked like a US military base and should be shifted to Kabul.On June 18, the Taliban opened their office with support from the US. The insurgents... read more
KABUL (PAN): Pakistan’s Minister of States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) on Thursday arrived in Kabul for participation in a tripartite meeting among Pakistan, Afghanistan and UNHCR.Baloch, who heads the Pakistani delegation, will meet his Afghan... read more
KABUL (PAN): British Ambassador Sir Richard Stagg has commended the achievements and sacrifices of UK military personnel in Afghanistan.He was speaking at a reception marking the United Kingdom’s Armed Forces Day at his residence in Kabul on... read more
KABUL (PAN): US Ambassador James B. Cunningham has paid tribute to the Afghans, Americans and coalition members for their contributions to a secure, stable, prosperous, democratic, sovereign and united Afghanistan.While welcoming guests to the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Wednesday strongly condemned as senseless the killing of nine women and children in a roadside bombing in southern Kandahar province."The enemies of Afghanistan continue to... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday claimed some Afghan Taliban leaders had contacted him after the opening of their office Doha, saying they were ready to hold talks with the High Peace Council (HPC).Speaking to a delegation from... read more
KABUL (PAN): The European Union has called for Kabul to finalise negotiations rapidly on the Cooperation Agreement on Partnership and Development (CAPD) in order to establish an appropriate framework for future support.At a meeting in Luxembourg on... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United States on Tuesday strongly condemned the attack near the Presidential Palace, extending condolences to all Afghans affected by “these senseless acts”.While commending the security forces which defeated the assailants, US... read more
TIRINKOT/KANDAHAR CITY (PAN): Eleven civilians and six policemen have been killed in separate roadside bombings in central Uruzgan and southern Kandahar provinces, officials said on Tuesday.The civilians were killed in a roadside explosion in the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Eleven individuals were convicted on drug-trafficking charges and awarded different jail sentences by the Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) on Monday.Prison sentences from 12 to 18 years were awarded to the men from Helmand, Nangarhar... read more
KABUL (PAN): The National Security Council (NSC) on Sunday discussed the opening of Taliban’s Qatar office and Tajikistan’s concerns over terrorist activities along its border with Afghanistan.During meeting chaired by President Hamid Karzai, High... read more
TIRINKOT/GHAZNI CITY (PAN): Seven policemen were killed in a roadside bombing in the Chinartu district of central Uruzgan province on Sunday, an official said.The policemen were killed around noon when the pick-up they were travelling in struck the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Singapore army chief visited Afghanistan and met International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) leadership and his forces in central Uruzgan province, the NATO-led force said on Sunday.  Maj. Gen. Ravinder Singh called on ISAF... read more
KABUL (PAN): NATO has denied a United Nations report that a coalition airstrike killed three children in eastern Kunar province this month.The United Nations Children's Fund in a statement this week said an aerial attack by international forces... read more
GARDEZ (PAN): Many roads in southeastern Paktia province have been damaged due to a poor construction standard and lack of attention from the authorities concerned, residents said on Thursday.They said several roads that had recently been built in... read more
CHEGHCHIRAN (PAN): A roadside blast killed a district education officer along with a teacher in western Ghor province on Thursday, officials said.After visiting a high school in Teura district, the men were returning home when their motorcycle... read more
KABUL (PAN): A day-long Belgian Catalogues’ Exhibition was held at the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) in Kabul on Wednesday. “The objective is to strengthen trade ties between Belgium and Afghanistan and to inform Afghan... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United Nations, stressing the need for inclusive presidential elections next year, asked the Afghan government on Tuesday to ensure the ballot was held as scheduled. UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan,... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday urged provincial governors to pursue good governance as a top priority and work as servants of the masses. Governors of all 34 provinces, who arrived in Kabul on Tuesday to take part in a three-day... read more
KABUL (PAN): Deputy Foreign Minister Ershad Ahmadi held wide-ranging talks with Australia’s Deputy Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Varghese in Kabul on Tuesday. The two sides exchanged views on the transfer of security responsibilities... read more
KABUL PAN): Nine Taliban and an Afghan Local Police (ALP) member were killed during separate incidents of violence in different parts of the country, officials said on Monday.Three insurgents were killed during a clash with police in the Dasht-i-... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Monday denounced a militant assault on the Kabul airport, praising the security forces’ courage and quick response.Triggered by a brazen assault on the Kabul International Airport early Monday morning, clashes... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (PAN): A man gunned down his sister on suspicion of having an illicit relationship with a boy in northeastern Kunduz province, an official said on Sunday.The incident took place on Saturday evening when the 18 years old was killed with a... read more
KABUL (PAN): In a change of heart, the Afghan Taliban have signaled their readiness for negotiations with the High Peace Council (HPC), a media report said on Sunday.“US Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan James Dobbins met President Karzai in... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Saturday renewed his call on the people to use fabric bags instead of plastic ones and keep planting trees to check increasing environmental pollution  and subsequent diseases.Speaking at an event marking... read more
KABUL (PAN): More than 53 Taliban were killed and eight others detained as a result of operations across the country over the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Friday.Afghan police, army and intelligence personnel, backed by... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The Georgian defence minister arrived in Afghanistan on Friday, a day after seven soldiers from the former Soviet republic were killed in a suicide attack on their base in the restive southern province of Helmand.The assault... read more
KABUL (PAN): The British Ministry of Defence on Thursday announced the transfer of suspects captured by its forces to the Afghan justice system would resume later this month.Defence Secretary Philip Hammond, who suspended transfers in November 2012... read more
JALALABAD (PAN): Afghan forces on Thursday launched a major operation to drive insurgents from the Want Waigal district of eastern Nuristan province, two years after the town fell to rebels, officials said. The 201st Thunder Military Corps... read more
KABUL (PAN): A survey conducted by the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) claims a majority of private sector organisations are optimistic about their future in Afghanistan.About 26 percent of officials in private firms believed... read more
KABUL (PAN): A seven-year-old girl and her 12-year-old neighbour were killed when a stray rocket hit their homes during clashes between insurgents and security forces in the Chahar Dara district of northern Kunduz province, residents said on... read more
KABUL (PAN): Seven new schools buildings were inaugurated on Tuesday in the capital Kabul where reconstruction work on five others was launched, an official said. The buildings for Saidal Nasiri, Pul-i-Charkhi, Syed Yousuf, Mastoora Ghori,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Visiting Qatari businessmen, who signed two agreements with Afghan officials, on Tuesday signaled readiness to invest in Afghanistan’s mines, agriculture and health sectors, officials said.Led by Sheikh Faisal Bin Qasim Althani, the... read more
FAIZABAD (PAN): The Taliban have surrounded nearly 120 public order and border policemen in the Warduj district of northeastern Badakhshan province, an official said on Tuesday. The security men have been trapped over the past one month in the... read more
SHARAN (PAN): Science laboratories were opened at five high schools in southeastern Paktika province on Tuesday after the delivery of required equipment, an official said. Education Director Zazai Kuchai told Pajhwok Afghan News the equipment... read more
KABUL (PAN): The European Union's stance on banning Afghan airline Safi Airways is absurd, International Air Transport Association (IATA) Director General Tony Tyler has said.Now operating out of Dubai, Safi Airways met all international standards,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Fifty defence ministers from NATO and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) nations are scheduled to meet in Brussels on Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss the current situation in Afghanistan and other issues.Afghanistan’s... read more
GARDEZ (PAN): Ten schoolchildren, two US soldiers and a policeman were killed in a suicide bombing in the Chamkani district of southeastern Paktia province on Monday, an official said.The attacker detonated his explosives-rigged motorcycle in front... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghans would never allow their country’s return to instability and anarchy, President Hamid Karzai said on Sunday, stressing the need for national reconciliation. In an hour-long telephonic conversation with US Secretary of State... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Indian government plans negotiations with steel and mining firms on reaching a deal with Afghanistan to develop four iron ore blocks and set up a steel plant in central Bamyan province, a report said on Friday.Ninety percent of the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Top American and Pakistani diplomats on Thursday discussed the regional situation, including latest developments in Afghanistan. They also exchanged views on the measures to be taken in the realm of bilateral cooperation, a... read more
KABUL (PAN): Safi Airways, a privately-owned international airline, is all poised to introduce new business and economy class catering services during the current month, an official said on Thursday.Safi airways launched operations in 2006 to fill... read more
KABUL (PAN): Hundreds of people on Thursday staged an angry protest in Kabul against Iranian spies’ alleged interference in the internal affairs of Afghanistan.The demonstrators gathered at 10am in the Shahr-i-Naw Park and marched toward the Iranian... read more
KABUL (PAN): One suicide bomber was killed and six others -- loyal to the Haqqani Network -- were arrested by agents of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in Kabul, an official said on Thursday.The intelligence detained Mullah Tor Gul --... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan and Australian on Wednesday established a joint trade council in an effort to boost bilateral cooperation, officials said.At a ceremony in Kabul, officials from both sides hailed the council’s creation as a huge step toward... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Saturday said it was fully prepared to keep security for voter registration centres, a process beginning Sunday.The Independent Election Commission (IEC) last week said it was concerned about security... read more
KABUL (PAN): Twenty-four Taliban insurgents were claimed killed during clashes with police in Ghor and Badakhshan provinces.Sixteen insurgents were killed and three others wounded during a clash with police in the Warduj district of Badakhshan,... read more
MAHMUD RAQI/PUL-I-KHUMRI (PAN): A NATO drone targeted a training centre of Taliban insurgents in the Tagab district of central Kapisa province, killing eight and injuring 25 others, an official claimed on Monday. The drone strike came when a... read more
KABUL (PAN): Twenty-one insurgents, 10 security personnel and four civilians have been killed in separate security incidents in the past 24 hours in different parts of the country, officials said on Saturday.A suicide bomber and his seven comrades... read more
FAIZABAD (PAN): Local officials on Thursday said the Taliban controlled nearly a dozen villages in the Warduj district of northeastern Badakhshan province.About 300 Taliban fighters operating in the 11 villages included local people, with the rest... read more
KABUL (PAN): The interior minister visited the scene of the suicide attack in Kabul, condemning in the strongest of terms the blast that occurred in a residential area of the capital. The suicide attack happened close to the residence of a... read more
KABUL (PAN): As many 1,500 were killed last year in traffic accidents, most of them involving drivers using telephones, the Traffic Department director said on Wednesday. Lt. Gen. Nizamuddin, speaking at a gathering on World Telecommunication... read more
KABUL (PAN): The arrest of notorious drug traffickers is among the priorities of the Ministry of Counternarcotics, an official said on Wednesday. Of the 10 notorious drug traffickers in the country, seven have been detained over the past one year... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan Independent Journalists Association (AIJA) on Wednesday denounced the killing of a reporter in eastern Laghman province. Mohammad Nasim Turak was stabbed to death by unidentified assailants in Kandi Rajayee village of... read more
KABUL (PAN) Days after a border shooting incident, Foreign Minister Dr. Zalmai Rassoul met his Iranian counterpart Dr. Ali Akbar Salehi in Saudi Arabia, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday.At the overnight meeting in Jeddah, Rassoul took up the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Japanese government on Tuesday pledged $30 million in aid for roads' maintenance in Afghanistan, officials said. An agreement to the effect was signed between Ministry of Public Works officials and representatives of the Japan... read more
KABUL (PAN): Germany, Canada and USAID on Monday signed three partnership protocols with the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on long-term support. The protocols were signed between Public Health Minister Dr. Suraya Dalil, USAID Head of Mission Ken... read more
FARAH CITY (PAN): Two sacked border police officers were referred to the prosecutor’s office on Monday for failing to stop some Afghans from crossing into neighbouring Iran from northwestern Farah province. Nearly 300 Afghans illegally entered Iran... read more
KABUL (PAN): The National Security Council (NSC) on Sunday discussed the overall security environment in the country and urgent needs of the border police force. National Security Advisor Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta briefed participants on his visits... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Taliban have freed four of the Turkish engineers they had kidnapped last month in central Logar province, Afghan and Turkish officials said on Sunday.On April 21, the Taliban kidnapped 10 foreigners, including the Turkish engineers... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan on Sunday condemned “in the strongest possible terms” the terrorist attacks in the southern Rehyanli city of Turkey, killing 46 people and injuring 140 others.“The Afghan government extends heartfelt condolences and prayers... read more
KABUL (PAN): Under an agreement signed on Saturday, the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank’s concessional lending arm, will provide $55 million to assist Afghan youth to advance their skills through technical and vocational... read more
KABUL (PAN): A new basketball, football and volleyball court has been inaugurated on the campus of Kabul Education University (KEU), the US embassy said on Wednesday.  An inaugural ceremony for the multi-sports complex, attended by... read more
TALOQAN (PAN): A man has killed his three-month-old daughter in the Rostakh district of northern Takhar province, a resident claimed on Tuesday. Mohammad Halim, an area dweller, told Pajhwok Afghan News the incident took place late on Tuesday in... read more
JALALABAD (PAN): Work on a new four-storey building for the governor’s house in eastern Nangarhar province was launched on Wednesday, an official said. The foundation stone was laid after a ceremony, attended by Independent Directorate of Local... read more
KABUL (PAN): Construction of a permanent Crime Management College for the Afghan Ministry of Interior (MoI) in Kabul has been formally launched, the European Union (EU) Delegation to Afghanistan said on Wednesday. The ground-breaking ceremony was... read more
KABUL (PAN): Construction of a permanent Crime Management College for the Afghan Ministry of Interior (MoI) in Kabul has been formally launched, the European Union (EU) Delegation to Afghanistan said on Wednesday. The ground-breaking ceremony was... read more
KABUL (PAN): Charges of misconduct against International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers are under investigation, the alliance said on Wednesday.The probe was launched following an internal report of alleged misconduct by ISAF personnel... read more
KABUL (PAN): The interior minister on Monday said the Pakistani military demanded a ceasefire after several of its checkpoints and military equipment were destroyed during the Goshta clash in Nangarhar province. Ghulam Mujtaba Patang made the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Pakistan has held talks with "a powerful country" on how to weaken government institutions and the present system in Afghanistan, an official alleged on Monday. The high-ranking official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, claimed... read more
KABUL (PAN): Indian would provide grant assistance for the establishment of a national mining institute in the Kabul in near future, Hamid Karzai’s office said on Sunday.The promise was held out by S. Ramadorawi, the TATA group director and advisor... read more
JALALABAD (PAN): Putting aside their differences, lawmakers and provincial council members on Sunday said they would work jointly to push for administrative changes in eastern province of Nangarhar.They asked President Hamid Karzai to take firm... read more
KABUL (PAN): New governors for northwestern Badghis and central Daikundi provinces have been appointed in compliance with President Hamid Karzai’s decree, his office said on Sunday.Ahmadullah Alizai, a former deputy governor of Kabul, has been named... read more
KABUL (PAN): Four militants have been killed and two others wounded in clashes with security personnel in the southern province of Ghazni, officials said on Sunday.At least two members of the US-supported Afghan Local Police (ALP) force were wounded... read more
KABUL (PAN): Four militants have been killed and two others wounded in clashes with security personnel in the southern province of Ghazni, officials said on Sunday.At least two members of the US-supported Afghan Local Police (ALP) force were wounded... read more
 KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai, currently on a visit to Denmark, on Thursday called for closing down America’s notorious Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. He had long been a vociferous supporter of closing the prison at the US naval base,... read more
MAIMANA (PAN): Three armed rebels were killed and as many civilians injured during two separate incidents in northern Faryab and Takhar provinces, an official said on Thursday. The militants were killed when they stormed police check-posts in... read more
FARAH (PAN): Two Iranian citizens and nine militants were killed and an explosives-laden truck destroyed during an airstrike by foreign troops in the Pusht-i-Rod district of western Farah province, an official said on Thursday.The predawn raid was... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers would lead all ground operations across the country in the next two months, the Ministry of Defence announced on Wednesday. Ninety percent of operations in the country were being planned and... read more
MAIMANA (PAN): An insurgent group kidnapped at least 28 members of the Afghan Local Police (ALP) force after an attack on multiple security check-posts in the Ghormach district of northern Faryab province, officials said on Wednesday. Asal Khan,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The deputy minister of counternarcotics on Tuesday identified inadequate cooperation from the international community, especially the United States, as a principal reason behind increased production of drugs and cultivation of poppies... read more
GHAZNI (PAN): Teachers in 55 schools in southern Ghazni province on Tuesday announced an indefinite boycott of classes in protest against non-distribution of land plots promised to them four years ago under a residential scheme.The teachers,... read more
KABUL (PAN): On the first of his three-nation European tour, President Hamid and Finland’s Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen signed a long-term cooperation agreement between Kabul and Helsinki on Monday.  During the working visit, Karzai met... read more
KABUL (PAN): A media advocacy group on Monday voiced its grave concern over increasing incidents of violence against journalists.Addressing a press conference in Kabul, Nai chief Saddiqullah Tawhidi said eight incidents of violence against reporters... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United States of America had provided modest sums in cash support to Afghanistan’s National Security Council, President Hamid Karzai acknowledged on Monday. Currently on a visit to Finland, Karzai told reporters in Helsinki: “Yes,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Seventeen individuals were convicted on drug-trafficking charges and awarded different jail sentences of by the Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) on Monday. Prison sentences of 10 to 20 years were awarded to the men hailing from... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai made clear on Saturday Afghanistan would sign a security pact with the US only if peace in the country and strengthening of its forces and economy was guaranteed.He made the remarks at a meeting with religious... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Saturday issued a decree for the release of a number of prisoners and granting remission to others, including women and children. Issued on the eve of Mujahidin’s Victory Day, the decree is in accordance with... read more
KABUL (PAN): Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan have inked a pact for cooperation in areas of economy, commerce, investment, science, education, culture and sports.Also the kingdom’s deputy foreign minister, Prince Abdul Aziz signed the agreement with... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United Kingdom, promising to support five of the six confidence-building measures, has said these tracks of activity have the potential to build Afghan capacity significantly and to strengthen ties between neighbours.Foreign Office... read more
KABUL (PAN): Foreign ministers and high-ranking representatives from ‘Heart of Asia’ countries have described the Istanbul Process on Afghanistan as an important regional platform of dialogue and interaction for consolidating security, confidence... read more
KABUL (PAN): Moscow trains 50 to 100 Afghan drug police officers every year, Russia’s Federal Drug Control Service director said on Friday."We prepare 50-100 drug policemen every year at Russian training centers and also provide on-site training in... read more
KABUL (PAN): ISAF Commander Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, giving an upbeat assessment of the current security situation in Afghanistan, on Thursday noted marked improvement in health and education sectors.“While numerous challenges remain, there are some... read more
KABUL (PAN): A global journalist protection group on Thursday voiced its concern over increasing attacks and threats against Afghan journalists in recent months, asking the authorities to control the situation.Since the start of the current year,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Workplace sexual harassment is a serious problem in Afghanistan’s public and private sectors, with female police officers frequently facing such situations, an international human rights group said on Thursday.Human Rights Watch (HRW)... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United Kingdom on Wednesday agreed to provide the Afghan government £47 million ($68m) over the next three years for improved girls’ education. The initiative will support the education of females from early childhood through to... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Information and Culture, in consultation with the Afghanistan Journalist Federation, would prepare a media code of ethics this spring, an official said on Tuesday. Siddiqullah Tawhidi, director of the media support... read more
JALALABAD (PAN): As their protest entered a fourth consecutive day, demonstrators on Tuesday vowed not to end their movement as long as Governor Gul Agha Sherzai was not removed. Hundreds of people took to the streets for a fourth day in Jalalabad... read more
TALOQAN (PAN): A 160-bed hospital is being established with the financial support of the German government in northern Takhar province, officials said on Monday. Construction work on the hospital in Taloqan, the provincial capital, was officially... read more
KABUL (PAN): America’s acting Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Ambassador David Pearce has arrived in Kabul for talks with top Afghan officials on the ongoing reconciliation campaign, the US embassy said on Monday. “In Kabul... read more
KABUL (PAN): Outgoing French Ambassador Bernard Bajolet on Sunday paid a farewell call on Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Zalmai Rassoul. They discussed various issues including the bilateral relationship as well as the importance of the... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (PAN): A National Directorate of Security (NDS) agent was killed during a clash with insurgents in northern Kunduz province, where six rebels were detained, an official said on Wednesday.The intellegence agent was killed during a direct... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): One civilian was killed and another injured when foreign troops opened fire at their car in western Herat province, officials said on Wednesday.The incident took place in the Adraskan district, Col. Najibullah Najibi, the 207th... read more
JALALABAD (PAN): An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) helicopter crashed in eastern Nangarhar province on Tuesday, killing two NATO service members, officials said.The incident took place in the Mamakhel area of Pachiragam district, Col... read more
KABUL/TALOQAN (PAN): An improvised explosive device (IED) expert, with links to the Taliban and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), was detained during a joint operation in northern Takhar province on Monday, officials said. The operation was... read more
KABUL (PAN): Wolesi Jirga members on Monday strongly condemned the killing of civilians during an air raid by foreign forces in eastern Kunar province, calling the prosecution of the perpetrators.Eleven children -- aged between months and seven... read more
KABUL (PAN): Wolesi Jirga Members on Monday strongly condemned the killing of civilians during an air raid by foreign forces in eastern Kunar province, calling the prosecution of the perpetrators. Eleven children -- aged between months and seven... read more
HERAT CITY/JALALABAD (PAN): A woman was killed in a blast in the western province of Herat while seven people were injured and a man committed suicide in eastern Nangarhar, officials said on Sunday. The woman was killed on Saturday evening when a... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Russian Federation on Sunday roundly condemned last week’s Taliban attack on a crowded courthouse in western Farah province, killing more than 50 people and wounding nearly 100 others. “We strongly condemn this bloody terrorist act... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (PAN): The Paktia tribal council head, also a member of the High Peace Council (HPC), was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in northern Kunduz province, officials said on Sunday.Mirza Ali Tanai was killed by two motorcyclists late on... read more
SHEBIRGHAN (PAN): A Taliban-designated district chief was among seven fighters killed during an airstrike by coalition forces in northern Jawzjan province, officials said on Saturday. The morning raid was carried out in the Torli and Bayanghor... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (PAN): Hundreds of doctors and health workers staged a hunger strike against non-payment of salaries over the past four months in northern Kunduz province on Saturday, officials said. The strike, involving more than 315 doctors and... read more
ASADABAD/HERAT CITY (PAN): A Taliban commander was killed during an airstrike by Afghan and international soldiers in eastern Kunar province, the alliance said on Saturday. The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement the... read more
 KABUL (PAN): Gold and petrol prices decreased during the outgoing week in Kabul, where the rate of rice edged up, retailers said on Thursday. The price of one gram of Arabian gold declined from 2,250 afs to 2,200 afs while the same quantity... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United Kingdom on Thursday pledged 9.23 million pounds in aid to the demining programme in Herat, saying the western province would be cleared of mines and other unexploded ordnances in next five years. British Ambassador to... read more
KABUL (PAN): More than a hundred intellectuals gathered at the first Fulbright Alumni Conference in Kabul on Thursday to explore challenges and opportunities during the decade of development from 2014 to 24. Organisers said the objective behind the... read more
KABUL (PAN): An earthquake -- measuring 5.4 on the open-ended Richter scale -- jolted Afghanistan on Thursday, but the Geological Survey Department at the Ministry of Mines said they were unaware. The mild-intensity quake happened at 11.1 am and... read more
KABUL (PAN): A high-level delegation has arrived in Farah City to investigate a deadly assault on a crowded courthouse and assist the victims’ families, President Hamid Karzai’s spokesman said on Thursday.The well-coordinated Taliban attack left 54... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United States on Thursday strongly condemned the suicide attack on the Appeal Court and Prosecutor’s Office in Farah City, where more than 50 people were killed and 100 others wounded. “This appalling attack, which took place... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan has ratified the Kyoto Protocol, an international agreement linked to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change -- a move that makes it the 192nd country or regional economic integration organisation to sign to the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Estonia on Wednesday assured Afghanistan of continued cooperation in areas of security and economic development, the foreign ministry in Kabul said. Visiting Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet held out the assurance at a meeting with... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): A policeman was killed and eight insurgents were detained during security operations in western Herat and Badghis provinces, officials said on Tuesday. The policeman was killed late on Monday following the arrest of five... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): An appellant court in the western zone on Tuesday sentenced five National Army (ANA) officials from two to 15 years in jail for kidnapping a moneychanger, an official said.The ruling that came at an open trial that resulted in... read more
KABUL (PAN): More than 30 illegal Afghan immigrants, including women and children, were detained in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province on Tuesday. Four children and 11 women were among the 31 Afghans arrested for entering illegally into... read more
KABUL (PAN): ISAF commander Gen.  Joseph Dunford and Pakistan army chief, Gen. Pervaiz Kayani, on Monday met in Islamabad, as part of an ongoing tripartite commission effort to strengthen military-to-military cooperation and regional stability.... read more
KABUL (PAN): Five containers, carrying NATO supplies from Afghanistan to the port city of Karachi, were torched in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province on Monday.Four motorcyclists opened fire on the containers in Kambiri area of Bolan... read more
MAIMANA (PAN): Two relatives of a Taliban commander were killed and five others wounded as a result of a bomb explosion in northern Faryab province, officials said on Saturday.The blast took place late on Friday inside the residence of Mullah... read more
TALOQAN (PAN): More than 200 development projects were implemented in the past one year under the National Solidarity Programme (NSP) in the northern province of Takhar, an official said. The projects included graveling of more than 200 kilometres... read more
KABUL (PAN): A foreign advisor to the Global Security Company (GSC) and his driver were injured in a bomb blast in the capital Kabul early on Wednesday morning, an official said. The explosion took place near the entrance to a base of... read more
KABUL (PAN): The US defense secretary has sought one week’s time for the complete transfer of the Bagram prison to Afghan control, the Presidential Palace said on Saturday.In a telephonic conversation with President Hamid Karzai, Chuck Hagel said... read more
KABUL (PAN) The United Kingdom has said that Afghanistan, despite making progress over the past 12 years, still faces considerable challenges in ensuring adherence to the rule of law and respect for human rights.“I reaffirmed that the UK, as part of... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States on Wednesday announced a Brazilian firm would supply 20 aircraft to the fledging Afghan air force months before the scheduled 2014 completion of security transition. The US Air Force has decided to award Sierra... read more
KABUL (PAN): The minister of commerce and industries on Tuesday denied corruption in his office, with his deputy revealing they had sent documents regarding alleged graft to the Presidential Palace.Deputy Minister Mutasil Komaki requested President... read more
 KABUL (PAN): The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force on Monday congratulated the Afghan government on announcing the fourth stage of security transition. "President Karzai's announcement of the fourth group of provinces to... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (PAN): Two militant commanders were killed during a joint operation by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and Afghan forces in the Dasht-i-Archi district of northern Kunduz province, an official said on Saturday.A third... read more
GHAZNI CITY (PAN): Fourteen passengers were wounded on Saturday when a bus crashed into a truck on the Ghazni section of the Kabul-Kandahar highway, an official said.The accident took place at around 10am due to reckless driving in the Doab district... read more
KABUL (PAN): The failed assassination attempt on the National Directorate of Security (NDS) chief, Asadullah Khalid, will not undermine the peace process, the International Security Assistance Force said on Saturday.David Warner, ISAF’s deputy head... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee on Wednesday said $5 billion, including $400 million the Kabul Bank’s shareholders, were illegally transferred abroad.Kabul Bank, once the country’s...