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PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Closed three years ago, a major Pakistan-Afghanistan trade route will be reopened next month, says a senior military commander.   The Ghulam Khan trade route in North Waziristan Agency was shut in 2014 when a major... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The US and Pakistan should work jointly to promote a negotiated end to the war in Afghanistan, says a former American diplomat. Ex-assistant secretary of state Robin Raphel lamented that efforts to deal with the Afghan war... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two American legislators have asked the Pentagon to revoke its decision on classifying information regarding key aspects of the war, including casualty figures, for Afghan security forces. Congressmen Elijah Cummings and Stephen... read more
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Vice President Mike Pence and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah on Friday discussed the current political situation in Afghanistan. After the meeting The White House said: “They focused on president Trump’s South... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): NATO will have sufficient troops to accomplish its training mission in Afghanistan, the alliance chief says, ruling out a return to combat operations. The alliance would meet Gen. John Nicholson’s demand for 16,000 troops to fill... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The outgoing US ambassador has hailed President Donald Trump’s new strategy for Afghanistan, saying the policy commits America’s sustained support to the war-torn nation. Hugo Llorens, who is leaving after a year on the job,... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Regional cooperation will result in sustainable security, an Afghan official said on Wednesday, stressing the need for cordial relations between Kabul and Islamabad. Dr Attaullah Wahidyar, senior advisor to the Ministry of... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Tariff and non-tariff barriers have led to a free fall in trade between Afghanistan and Pakistan, say business community leaders. The annual bilateral trade volume had dropped from $2.5 billion to $700 million, Sarhad Chamber... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A senior NATO diplomat on Monday voiced concern at possible delays in Afghanistan’s parliamentary and district council elections, slated for July 2018. “I think we haven’t exhausted all possible means to get to credible and... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The government of Pakistan is yet to start issuing cards to about 370,000 Afghan citizens who were recently registered across the country. The National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) has not even printed the cards... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Iranian foreign minister has visited the Nimroz Global Visual Art Exhibition of Afghanistan in Tehran, hoping for Afghanistan’s return to prosperity. “The exhibition showcases some sad experiences, but I hope with the help of... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The Khorasan chapter of the Islamic State (IS), a Middle Eastern terrorist outfit also known as Daesh, has claimed responsibility for the killing of a Pakistani diplomat in Afghanistan. Rana Nayyar Iqbal, an employee of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The prime minister of New Zealand has promised an investigation into the killing of Afghan civilians in an airstrike by Kiwi soldiers, a media report said on Wednesday. Six civilians were killed and 15 others injured in a 2010... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Donald Trump has asked Congress to amend the 2018 budget to include $5.9 billion in additional funding for his missions in Afghanistan and North Korea. Trump has sought $1.2 billion for his administration's South Asia... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistan has strongly denounced the killing of a diplomatic staff member in Jalalabad, the capital of Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province. Nayyar Iqbal Rana, 52, an official at the Pakistani Consulate, was shot by two... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Turkmenistan will host the 7th Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA VII) next week, the foreign ministry in Ashgabat says. Geneva has recently hosted a panel discussion on the two-day event, slated for... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): No evidence of civilian casualties during a recent joint operation with Afghan security forces in northern Kunduz province has been found, the NATO-led mission says. US forces in Afghanistan conducted an investigation into... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Scores of Afghan students have been issued with radio frequency identification (RFID) cards, enabling them to continue studying in Pakistani schools. The Afghan students from villages close to the Durand Line are enrolled in... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Exporters have demanded the withdrawal of a 1.5 per cent withholding tax (WHT) on purchasing profit margin to promote rice exports to Afghanistan. Imposition of the tax had caused a fall in rice exports worth $1 billion, the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The registration of 120,000 Afghan expatriates in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) would get under way in early December, a news report said on Sunday. The Afghan embassy in the UAE would document the expats and issue them with new... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An American soldier has been killed during an operation in central Afghanistan, the US military says. A statement from the US Forces-Afghanistan said on Saturday the soldier died of wounds suffered in Logar province. However,... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Afghan and Pakistani entrepreneurs have called for the reopening of the Ghulam Khan border for exports to the war-torn country. The Pak-Afghan Exporters Association (PAEA) sought cooperation from the Pakistan government on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Peace Studies Organisation (APSO) says it plans to arrange a meeting between the Taliban and influential Afghan figures in the Gulf later in the month. The Afghan civil society group said the proposed gathering... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The Trump administration has shared with Islamabad a list of 20 terrorist outfits active on both sides of Durand Line, unnamed diplomats were quoted as saying on Thursday. Released on a request from The Washington Post, the... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): A credible political process owned and led by Afghanistan is needed to bring about an internal settlement of the conflict in the country, say Pakistan and Iran. The agreement came during the first round of informal... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Reservations of businessmen about the new Afghan Transit Trade Agreement (ATTA) need to be addressed on priority, says the Pak-Afghan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PAJCCI) chief. The lack of interest on the part of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A US Army sergeant has apologised to fellow soldiers who were wounded searching for him in Afghanistan eight years ago. Bowe Bergdahl apologised in court on Monday to all the military personnel who were hurt searching for him and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The American military has recently classified data on Afghan security forces’ casualties, personnel strength, attrition and the operational readiness of equipment, says a US government watchdog. In its latest report, the Special... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistan’s law-enforcement personnel have mounted a search for the deputy governor of Afghanistan’s eastern Kunar province, officials say. Qazi Mohammad Nabi Ahmadi was kidnapped from the Dabgari neighbourhood of Peshawar,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than 90 percent of Afghan media workers are not paid monthly salaries on time, an independent media watchdog said on Monday. In a new report, Nai -- a journalist protection group -- detailed violations of rights and... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The ongoing wave of terrorism in Pakistan and Afghanistan has put regional stability at stake, says senior political leader from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Qaumi Watan Party head Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao urged Islamabad and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Too many terrorist groups enjoying safe haven in Pakistan, could destabilise the government in Islamabad, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has warned. At meeting in New Delhi, where Tillerson arrived after a three-hour trip to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): On his arrival in New Delhi on Tuesday on a day-long visit, President Ashraf Ghani met his Indian counterpart Ram Nath Kovind and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. Ghani, who landed at the Palam airport at 8am, met Kovind... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): CIA agents have been ordered to conduct covert operations to kill Taliban militants in Afghanistan, a US newspaper reported on Monday. As the Trump administration ramps up its counterterrorism efforts in Afghanistan, the CIA is... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The US secretary of state is expected underline the Trump administration’s strategy to give India a crucial rule in the enforcement of his South Asia policy. Rex Tillerson, during three-day visit to New Delhi beginning on Tuesday... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): An influential Pakistani cleric, branded as the father of Taliban, has once again promised playing his role in bringing peace to Afghanistan. Maulana Samiul Haq, chief of his own faction of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam, held out the... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): A four-nation group seeking to promote peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan is due to meet in Muscat today (Monday), officials say. Diplomats from Afghanistan, China, Pakistan and the US are meeting for the first time in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A courageous Afghan women rights campaigner has died of multiple system atrophy and a degenerative neurological disorder, a news report said on Sunday. After fleeing Afghanistan before the 1979 Soviet invasion, Sima Wali worked... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Kabul and Ashgabat have reviewed preparations for the 7th Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA VII). Ashgabat will host the event slated for November 14-15, the Turkmen Foreign Ministry said. Deputy... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Afghan elders and religious scholars have visited Pakistan's border town of Landikotal, calling for peace and friendship between the two neighbours.  The visiting delegation, including influential figures, stressed the... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): A meeting of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Coordination Authority (APTTCA) has been postponed at Kabul's request, a news report said on Wednesday. A top forum dealing with hurdles to the smooth implementation of a... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Turkey is hosting peace parleys between a splinter group of the Afghan Taliban and the government, says a former Taliban minister. A Pakistani newspaper quoted the unnamed ex-Taliban minister as saying the Hezb-i-Islami (... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says Pakistan has an important role to play in the South Asian region, billing the Islamabad-Washington relationship as extraordinarily important. After a meeting with Pakistan Foreign Minister... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An enterprising Afghan refugee has created history by emerging the youngest woman to fly around the globe in a single-engine plane, a media report said on Thursday. Concluding a 138-stop flight, including Dubai, Shaesta Waiz... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The Pakistan government resumed on Tuesday the registration of undocumented Afghan citizens in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). The documentation process was temporarily suspended ahead of Muharram by... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The US Senate's Armed Services Committee will be briefed today (Tuesday) on President Trump’s new Afghan strategy. Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford will brief... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): American troops would remain in Afghanistan for at least another decade, says Chairman of US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Bob Corker. “The US is likely to have troops in Afghanistan for the next decade," Corker said in an... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani and the Pakistan army chief have discussed issues of common interest, including the prevailing security environment in the region and the bilateral relationship. Ghani and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah arrived in New Delhi on Thursday on a three-day visit aimed at further strengthening bilateral cooperation. The CEO is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah visit to New Delhi for attending a trade show in India delayed due to rocket attack near Hamid Karzai International Airport on Wednesday. Accompanied by about 200 Afghan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): New Delhi on Tuesday said it would not deploy troops to Afghanistan, pledging to ramp up development cooperation with the conflict-devastated country.  Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, addressing a joint news briefing... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistan has opted for importing tomato from Afghanistan and Iran, refusing to relax conditions for trade with India. Relations between Islamabad and New Delhi have long been strained on several issues, including their long-... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): US Defense Secretary James Mattis arrives in New Delhi today (Monday) for talks with senior Indian officials on different issues, including cooperation in Afghanistan. Mattis will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some widows of Afghan security personnel killed in action were forced to offer sexual favours to officials before they could receive pension benefits, says a US watchdog report. US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The NATO secretary-general has hailed US President Donald Trump's announcement of boosting troop levels in Afghanistan. Jens Stoltenberg also praised Trump's decision that the US presence would not be based on timetables but on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan has reopened the border crossing with Afghanistan at Torkham, two days after a grenade attack on paramamilitary troops in the dusty town. Shut on Friday, the main Durand Line crossing was reopened late on Saturday after... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan has called the Trump administration's new strategy for Afghanistan as a failed policy, suggesting peace negotiations with the Taliban to bring peace to the neighbouring country. Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The US plans expanding the Green Zone in Kabul to include most Western embassies, some government ministries and NATO and American military headquarters in the protected area, a media report said on Sunday. The Kabul City... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Rashid Khan is all poised to become the first-ever Afghan cricketer to play in the Big Bash League (BBL) in Australia, representing the Adelaide Strikers. The 18 years old leg-spin sensation would play in Australia’s Twenty20... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif says he plans to meet Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. The minister, who recently visited several regional countries, would also hold talks with other international leaders during... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Kabul and Tehran are working together on a joint strategic plan to rehabilitate the Hamun Lake in southeastern Iran, a media report said on Wednesday. An official of the Iranian Department of Environment was quoted as saying... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Iran and Pakistan, seeking a politically negotiated settlement of the Afghan conflict, have called for regional solutions to regional problems. The call came at Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif’s daylong visit to Tehran... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Four members of the Hazara community have been killed in Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province, a media report said on Monday. The dead included a 12-year-old boy, Dawn reported, saying two members of the Shiite sect... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The ongoing conflict in Afghanistan cannot be resolved through military means alone, says a senior Pakistani military official. Islamabad and Kabul would continue to work hard for peace in Afghanistan, the Joint Chiefs of... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistan is exploring the possibility of signing a water treaty with Afghanistan to promote integrated watershed management. Ecological conservation practices in uphill watersheds is part of the plan to safeguard Pakistan’s... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistan's former all-rounder Abdul Razzaq has signed a contract with the Afghan Cricket League. He will play for Amo Sharks in the Shpageeza Cricket League, a popular one-day event organised by the Afghanistan Cricket Board... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistan fears Afghanistan may deny it the use of its territory for transporting goods to Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) member states and European countries. Under a $57-billion economic corridor project funded by... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistan and China have held fresh talks on regional and international efforts for lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan, days after the US president unveiled his much-anticipated policy for South Asia. ​"Ambassador Deng... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Voluntary repatriation of Afghan refugees to their homeland has cosiderably slowed dow as undocumented migrants stream to registration centres across Pakistan. Around 25,000 illegal Afghans have been registered by Pakistan's... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The University of Peshawar, in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, plans to set up a centre for refugee and migration studies. The Department of International Relations said on Sunday it was... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Afghanistan and Pakistan should ensure stability in the region for the prosperity of coming generations, the Pakistani minister of state for information has said. Stability in the region was a must to let the people live in... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistan’s National Security Committee (NSC) has vowed resolved to work at all levels with the Afghan people and government to remove bilateral irritants. Chaired by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, the NSC meeting was... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): In the wake of an attack on the German embassy in Kabul, Berlin has decided to halt deportation of Afghan refugees, the minister of refugees says. Under the German interior ministry’s decision, only those Afghans involved in... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Afghanistan’s Ambassador Dr Omar Zakhilwal on Wednesday met Pakistan Army Chief Gen. Qamar Bajwa on normalisation of bilateral relations. “Today, I met Pakis­tan’s COAS for follow-up discussions on a range of issues,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan A tasted a seven-wicket defeat at the hands of India A in their Tri-Series match in Pretoria, South Africa, a board official said on Saturday. The opposition won the toss in Friday’s match and elected to field first,... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal has denounced violence against legendary Pashto folk singer Zarsanga and her family. Currently admitted to a city hospital, the recipient of the Presidential Award and her... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Trump administration’s new strategy could change the nature of US military engagement in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary James Mattis has suggested. The new strategy, also covering relations with Pakistan, would “align... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Kabul will host an international conference on peace, security and reconciliation next week, with representatives from 20 countries likely to attend the event. Zardasht Shams, Afghanistan’s deputy head of mission in Islamabad... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Afghan Ambassador Dr. Omar Zakhilwal on Thursday said Pakistan was more ideally positioned than any other nation to help the peace process in Afghanistan. Addressing a conference on peace in Afghanistan, the diplomat said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who arrived in Kabul on Sunday morning, went into talks on bilateral cooperation with his Afghan counterpart Salahuddin Rabbani. Heading a high-level diplomatic delegation, Zarif was... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Under a new strategy, the Trump administration will have a long-term engagement with Afghanistan and possible deployment of more troops to the country. “We want to maintain the partnership with Afghanistan and we want to ensure... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Afghan and Pakistani ministers have met on the sidelines of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) conference in Japan. Deputy Finance Minister Mustafa Mastoor and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar conferred on matters of mutual interest... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Senior officials have agreed on defusing tensions on the Durand Line after a deadly exchange of fire between border guards from Pakistan and Afghanistan in Chaman. On Friday, nine Pakistanis and four Afghans were killed as... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A new American policy on Afghanistan, pledging at least $23 billion a year to sustain the government in Kabul, rules out arbitrary withdrawal timelines. The Trump team supports the deployment of more US and NATO troops to defeat... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistan has renewed its commitment to peace and stability in Afghanistan, seeking for constructive engagement with the neighbour on the issue of eradicating terrorism. National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq, heading a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Abdul Qayyum Malikzad, a senior political figure, has been appointed as Afghanistan’s ambassador to Bangladesh, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said. Malikzad, who worked in political and cultural areas during the jihad... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A young Indian man fighting for the Islamic State (Daesh) militant group has been killed by US troops in eastern Afghanistan, a newspaper reported on Sunday. The Malayali, who joined Islamic State (IS) in July last year, was... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistan has renewed its call for the creation of a favourable environment in Afghanistan for the return of refugees to their homeland. Minister for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON), asked the UN refugee agency and other... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The torture of conflict-related detainees in Afghanistan has increased over the past two years despite President Ashraf Ghani’s promise to end the practice, a rights group says. Thirty-nine percent of detainees were subjected to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok) Russia has once again angrily rejected as unsubstantiated the US allegation that it is supplying arms to the Afghan Taliban. A day earlier, a US military official in Kabul was quoted as saying that Russia was providing machine... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani and US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis have conferred on the current security situation in Afghanistan and the region and the war on against terrorism. "Both sides talked over bilateral relations and... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The World Bank has agreed in principle to fund the construction of a highway between Peshawar and Kabul, Pakistan’s Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says. At a meeting with World Bank Vice President for South Asia Annette Dixon in... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has reiterated Pakistan’s desire for cooperative relations with Afghanistan and other neighbours. In meetings with the US advisor on national security at the weekend,... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Displaced by a military offensive in the tribal region of Waziristan, thousands of Pakistani tribesmen are set to return from neighbouring Afghanistan. As a result of the 2014 operation in the restive tribal region, at least 7... read more
  PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistan says it remains willing to work with the Trump administration to support efforts for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan and stability in the region. Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan security forces may need support from US troops in the fight against Taliban for another three years, says a top diplomat of the war-devastated country. In an interview published on Wednesday, Afghanistan’s ambassador to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday commended the even-handed development of northern Balkh province, attributing the achievement to Governor Atta Mohammad Noor’s leadership. Ghani gave the governor full credit for his dedicated... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The reopening of the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan would ease tension between the neighbours, political and business leaders hope. While welcoming the reopening of the border, Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) Chairman Aftab... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The governor of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province says terrorism is a common threat to both Kabul and Islamabad. Speaking at a Nawroz celebration event in northern Balkh province on Tuesday, Iqbal Zafar Jhagra said a... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The temporary closure of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border is part of a strategy to block terrorist attacks, a top diplomat says. “This is border management, necessary to combat terrorists,” Pakistan’s new ambassador to the... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Two Pakistani Taliban commanders have been killed in a US drone strike in a border area of southeastern Afghanistan. The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants were killed when the unmanned aircraft struck their car in... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistan is expected to reopen its border with Afghanistan after a month-long unilateral blockade, a media report said on Saturday. All kinds of passenger and trade cargo movement across the Durand Line, which Afghanistan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Germany has deported a third batch of Afghan migrants after the rejection of their asylum applications, international media outlets reported. Despite aversion to deportations from opposition parties and rights groups, a plane... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Dozens of Afghan citizens have been arrested in different parts of Pakistan as a nationwide crackdown on suspected terrorists continues, officials say. In Quetta, the capital southwestern Balochistan province, a militant was... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Islamabad on Wednesday summoned a senior Afghan diplomat and shared with him evidence of terrorist sanctuaries in Afghanistan being used for attacks inside Pakistan. After a string of attacks in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa... read more
SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): The Red Cross has put on hold operations across the country after six of its aid workers were killed in a suspected Islamic State attack in northern Jawzjan province. "The ICRC humanitarian operation has been put on... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistan’s cement exports to landlocked Afghanistan declined by 10.88 percent over the past seven months, July 2016 to January 2017, manufacturers say. The All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association linked the fall in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): America and Canada have been strong allies since the Second World War, a bond that is in evidence in Afghanistan as well, US Defence Secretary James Mattis says. After assuming office, the secretary said during a meeting at the... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): A diplmat was shot dead and two others were wounded inside the Afghan consulate in Pakistan’s port city of Karachi on Monday noon, officials said. Two groups traded heavy gunfire inside the diplomatic mission, killing 3rd... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  A flamboyant Afghan citizen has been detained in New Delhi on charges of cheating several women out of cash and other valuables, Indian media reported. Based on a complaint from an American woman, the Delhi Police Crime... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ashraf Ghani administration is ready for open-ended peace negotiations with the Taliban, Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan says. In an interview with a Chinese news outlet on Monday, Dr. Omar Zakhilwal confirmed the Afghan... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Afghan Ambassador Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal and Punjab Chief Minister Shabaz Sharif have agreed on expanding cooperation in different sectors. At a meeting with the diplomat in Lahore on Saturday, the chief minister called... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The International Organisation of Migration (IOM) plans a new displacement tracking system in Afghanistan to better understand population movements and needs. The system is being put in place in response to a dramatic increase of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): New initiatives are on the cards to recruit more women into the Afghan National Army (ANA), a Ministry of Defence (MoD) official has said. The ministry plans to raise the proportion of women in the army from the current four... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry has asked Islamabad and Kabul to eliminated impediments to the Afghan transit trade (ATT). At a meeting here on Friday, leaders of the Pak-Afghan Joint Chamber of Commerce and... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The Taliban’s supreme leader has replaced shadow governors in 16 provinces of Afghanistan, an international news agency reported on Saturday. According to the UK-headquartered news agency Reuters, Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Fresh from their success in the inaugural edition of Desert T20 Challenge Cup, the Afghans have embarked on preparations for the upcoming one-day international (ODI) series against Zimbabwe. The training camp began in the United... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): A veteran Pakistani political leader has called for increased contacts at all levels to boost Kabul-Islamabad relations. Qaumi Watan Party chairman Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao told a news conference in Peshawar on Sunday that... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Two Afghan citizens have been gunned down and a third wounded in the Mansehra district of Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtun province. Police identified the victims as Wazir Mohammad and his grandson Mohammad Hashim. The... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Afghan transporters protested on Friday against Pakistan’s decision requiring truckers to get visas before crossing the Torkham border into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Under stringent controls prompted by insurgent-linked... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Over 130 more Pakistani refugee families have returned from Afghanistan to North Waziristan, a newspaper reported on Thursday. On Monday, 200 families entered Waziristan through the Ghulam Khan border, where the political... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): A delegation from Kabul on Tuesday voiced grave concern over inordinate delays in clearance of Afghanistan-bound goods at Pakistani facilities. Led by Defence Ministry Advisor Wazhma Frogh, the team visited the Federation of... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Top American and Pakistani military commanders have reaffirmed their support for an Afghan-led peace and reconciliation process, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and US Central Command chief General Joseph Votel... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan have scored a pulsating five-wicket triumph over the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in a thrilling match of the Desert T20 Challenge in Abu Dhabi. Batting first, the hosts set Afghanistan a target of 147, with Shaiman... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A contract has been signed with a Chinese firm for the construction of a 178-kilometre road linking Samangan’s Dara-i-Sauf district with the Yakawlang town of Bamyan province. Watched by President Ashraf Ghani, Minister of Public... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Security in Afghanistan is essential for the smooth repatriation of refugees to their homeland, the United Nations says. Dinesh Shrestha, UNHCR head for Balochistan province, said in an interview more than 37,000 Afghan... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): An Afghan citizen was injured when paramilitary troops fired at a group trying to sneak into Pakistan, a newspaper reported on Wednesday. A Khasadar patrol fired the 10-member group trying to cross the border near the Jumagai... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will discuss greater defence and trade cooperation during their meeting at the weekend, a newspaper reported on Saturday. Faced with cross-border terror threats, Afghanistan... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The UN food agency has started distributing wheat provided by the Pakistan government to Afghan refugees returning home from Peshawar, officials say. In collaboration with the Ministry of States and Frontier Regions (... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The enemies of Pakistan are at work to sabotage its relations with neighbouring Afghanistan, a senior Pakhtun political figure has alleged. Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) Chairman Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao underlined the need for... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): With the onset of the harsh winter season, the United Nations has suspended the repatriation of Afghan refugees, but the prescheduled returns will proceed. The repatriation of refugees would resume from March 1, 2017, UNHCR... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): A music and cultural week will be arranged from October 24 to 30in honour of renowned Pashto singer Khyal Mohammad, organisers say. A string of events marking the week would be held at Nishtar Hall and Peshawar Press Club,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged continued support from his country for Afghanistan’s reconstruction effort, a news report said on Tuesday. Abe, who spent busy day meetings foreign leaders on the sidelines of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Fired by their ruthless opener, Ireland have beaten Afghanistan by 12 runs in the last encounter to level the five-match one-day international series 2-2, an official said on Wednesday. For the hosts, Ed Joyce struck a career-... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The government of New Zealand on Tuesday announced extending its commitment of trainers to the Afghan National Army Officers’ Academy to June 2018. Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee said: “Since late 2013 the NZDF has contributed... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan may slip into chaos like Iraq if US troop levels in the landlocked country were reduced later in the year, a visiting congressional delegation warned late on Monday. Sen. John McCain, heading the team to Kabul after a... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): At least 150 Afghan citizens registered for the HIV/AIDS control programme in Peshawar even though the government Kabul has launched a similar initiative. Female patients have also applied for treatment at the Family Care... read more
  PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistan and the United States, despite a mismatch of perceptions on drone strikes, have agreed on continued cooperation on the issue of peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan. US Special Representative Ambassador... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The international community is not helping the Afghan living in Pakistan the way it is supporting refugees in Turkey, a Pakistani minister claimed on Friday. Minister for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Abdul Qadir Baloch... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): More than 2,000 Afghan refugees have been detained in Peshawar during operations against illegal settlers, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) a news report said on Tuesday. The provincial government has set the June 30 deadline for... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Nearly 50 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and landmines have been discovered and defused in two southern provinces, the Afghan National Army (ANA) claimed on Wednesday. ANA engineering teams found and defused 49 IEDs in the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Ex-president Hamid Karzai would visit Islamabad next month in response to an invitation from Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, a news report said on Wednesday. He expressed his gratitude to Sharif and prayed for his early... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The Afghan consulate in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar has been closed as a mark of protest against the search of the consul-general’s vehicle, a well-placed source said. Consul General Dr. Abdullah Waheed Poyan’s... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Three Afghan citizens have been detained on suspicion of smuggling migrants through the Serbian-Hungarian border, the Serbian Interior Ministry said Monday. Serbian law enforcement personnel prevented the smuggling of 44 migrants... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok):Islamabad and Kabul need to make determined efforts for lasting peace and stability in the region, an Afghan diplomat has said, calling for sustained dialogue between the neighbours. Afghan Counsel General Dr. Abdullah Waheed... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani and India Prime Minister Narendra Modi are expected to visit Tehran in the near future for signing a trilateral deal with Iran, Iranian media reported on Wednesday. Mehr News Agency quoted an unnamed source... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A major Afghan organisation, working to promote a coordinated approach to humanitarian assistance to the country, on Tuesday floated several suggestions to ensure effectives of foreign aid. ACBAR's main mandate is to serve and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan on Wednesday evinced a keen interest in exporting commodities and minerals to different destinations around the globe through Iran’s strategic port of Chabahar. Economy Minister Abdul Sattar Murad, currently on a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):A former British field marshal has called for an immediate halt to the deportation of Afghan interpreters from the United Kingdom, a news report said on Monday. Joined by former heads of the Royal Air Force (RAF)and then defence... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A former Afghan diplomat has underlined the need for America’s continued assistance to his conflict-devastated even after the change of the US administration. "I think it would be detrimental if the United States withdraws or... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Vice-President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum has been refused an American visa due to the alleged killing of hundreds of Taliban prisoners by his militia, a media report said on Tuesday. Dostum was eager to visit Washington,which has... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Border restrictions have been relaxed conditionally at the Torkham crossing after talks between Afghan and Pakistani officials, but citizens of both countries still complain of harsh treatment. Wednesday’s flag meeting came as... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): At least two Afghans died and a dozen others fell unconscious as Pakistani guards at the Torkham border crossing refused entry to thousands of people, media reports said on Wednesday. Disorderly scenes were in evidence after... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A top US diplomat and the Pakistan army chief have conferred on reconciliation efforts in Afghanistan. US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard G. Olson met Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen. Raheel Sharif in... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Dozens of illegal Afghan citizens, including women and children, have been detained in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province, authorities said on Wednesday. The security personnel arrested the 53 Afghans, attempting to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An Australian doctor, who escaped unhurt in last year’s deadly US airstrikes on the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in northern Kunduz province, has called for an independent investigation. The trauma centre in Kunduz... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A top military award has been conferred on a US Marine Corps dog that lost a leg while sniffing out a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, media reports said on Tuesday. The 12-year-old dog, who served for six yearsprotecting soldiers’... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A US defence contractor has agreed to pay Afghan and Iraqi immigrants a $3 million in overtime for posing as combat onlookers for U.S. Marine Corps training exercises. After claims from the immigrants they were owed overtime pay... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Aimed to spread propagandaand hate speech, Taliban’s app has beenremoved from the Google Play Store for Android smartphones and tablets, a British newspaper reported on Monday. Called "Pashto Afghan News - alemarah", the... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): President Barack Obama on Friday admitted that innocent civilians were killed at times in drone strikes in different parts of the world, but said caution was being exercised to avoid such fatalities. At the end of a Nuclear... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government is conducting a survey on Afghan refugees living in the posh neighbourhood of Hayatabad in Peshawar, the provincial capital. The Commissionerate of Afghan Refugees (CAR) is collecting... read more
  PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistanhas deported 188 Afghan citizens via the Torkham border crossing in the tribal region of Khyber, a news report said on Tuesday. The Afghans,who had been detained from various parts of northwestern Khyber... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Special Inspector General for Afghanistan John Sopko, highlighting widespread corruption in Afghanistan, says the war-torn country has the best justice system that money can buy. In an interview published in a British newspaper... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An Afghan citizen has been detained with more than 107 kilograms of drugs in Tajikistan, the Interior Ministry in Dushanbe said on Monday. The Afghan national was arrested during a police operation in Kulobcity on March 24,... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): An influential political figure has urged Pakistan and Afghanistan to work jointly to combat terrorism and overcome bilateral distrust. The neighbours would continue to suffer without resolving key problems, the Qaumi Watan... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Iran has expressed its willingness to cooperate with Pakistan on the peace process in Afghanistan for the sake of stability in the region. Tehran was ready for holding trilateral talks among Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan on... read more
PESHAWAR: A dozen Afghan citizens have been detained in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar, police said on Thursday. The arrests came during a search operation in the Faqeerabad neighbourhood of the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Afghanistan-Pakistan trade through the tribal region of Kurram has seen a significant spike during the current fiscal year, a Peshawar-based custom official said on Thursday. Exports and imports at custom stations in Kurram... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): A state-of-the-art Border Customs Complex is being set up in the border town of Torkham to boost trade with Afghanistan and Central Asian Republics (CARs) an official says. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has agreed to give... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two suspected militants have been arrested with an explosives-packed rickshaw in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, the spy service claimed on Thursday. The arrests, which scuttled a possible attack in the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An eighth-century marble sculpture from Afghanistan has been seized by federal agents from a Manhattan gallery in the United States, a media report said on Thursday. The statue of Hindu deities Shiva and Parvatiwas seized from a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan has affirmed its commitment to the implementation of an agreement with Iran on sharing the Hirmand river water. The commitment was held out by Afghan Ambassador to Iran Nasir Ahmad Nour in an interview with the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): In a do-or-die duel against Zimbabwe in the ICC World T20 in Nagpur on Saturday, Afghanistan posted a huge total of 186 runs. The national side, electing to bat first in the important encounter, once again exhibited tremendous... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The number of US troops to be kept in Afghanistan in 2017 is being reassessed, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said on Monday. The review of troop levels would be based on the needs of Afghan security forces, Gen.... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday welcomed the decision on talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban as a positive signal for the reconciliation process. Sharif made the remarks during a meeting... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Renowned spiritual leader Pir Syed Ahmad Gilani has been appointed as new Afghan High Peace Council chairman, a well-placed source said on Sunday. Salahuddin Rabbani resigned the slot after his appointment as foreign minister.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Japan is preparing to return more than 100 artifacts to Afghanistan’s national museum in coming months, a media report said on Thursday. The cultural assets, seen as symbols of the Silk Road civilisation, include wall paintings... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Thousands of American troops may be needed to remain in Afghanistan for decades, US military commanders have warned the Obama administration. A report in Wednesday’s edition of the Washington Postquoted a senior Pentagon... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): China on Tuesday pledged support for Afghanistan’s rebuilding, especially in constructing residential buildings in the conflict-devastated country. After talks with his Afghan counterpart Salahuddin Rabbani in Beijing, Chinese... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A two-day meeting on peace and stability in Afghanistan in Doha has called for an immediate end to military confrontation mustvia political cooperation within a legitimate framework. Organised by the Canadian Nobel Peace Award-... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): US President Barak Obama has asked Pakistan to take all possible measures to banish the scourge of terrorism. In an interview with the Press Trust of India, he said Pakistan had pledged action against terrorists after a deadly... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A mild intensity earthquake jolted different parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan on Saturday morning, but there were no immediate reports about casualties. The epicenter was located about eight miles west of the Ishkashim village... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Top Afghan and Pakistani military commanders have conferred on the need for greater cooperation between the two countries. Pakistan Army’s Military Operations Director General Major General Sahir Shamshad Mirza met his Afghan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Top Afghan and Pakistani military commanders have conferred on the need for greater cooperation between the two countries. Pakistan Army’s Military Operations Director General Major General Sahir Shamshad Mirza met his Afghan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Four Afghan nationals drowned off the Turkish coast after a migrant boat sank in the Aegean Sea on Monday, media reports said. The boat sank some 200 metres from the coast of Ayvacik, a resort town used by thousands of migrants... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): India will deliver a fourth Mi-25 gunship helicopter to the Afghan Air Force (AAF) within three weeks, the acting defence minister informed lawmakers on Saturday. In December, Afghanistan received three of the four Mi-25... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Representatives from Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States will meet on Monday to prepare a roadmap for the revival of an Afghan-led peace process. The state-run Associated Press of Pakistan reported Afghanistan’s... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The US Army announced on Friday plans for deployinghundreds of soldiers in the coming months to the Bagram Airbase in central Afghanistan. About 500 soldiers from Fort Drum, New York, will travel to Afghanistan later this winter... read more
  PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Following marathon negotiations, a border crossing between Afghanistan and Pakistan in the tribal region of Waziristan has reopened, a news report said on Thursday. The Birmal Gate, also known as Sui Warai Gate, in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The search for two Afghan Air Force (AAF) students, attending s training course in the Georgia state of America, entered a second week, a media report said on Wednesday.. Assigned to the 81st Fighter Squadron, visas for the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): China has promised continued support to Pakistan and Afghanistanin improving their bilateral relations and mutual trust in interests of the neighbours and other countries in theregion. The agreement came at a trilateral meeting... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): : The fifth Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process conference concluded in Islamabad on Wednesday, expressing the resolve to bring all factions and the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table and calledfor blocking financial assistance... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Berlin has announced sending 130 additional soldiers to Afghanistan, where the security situation has sharply deteriorated in recent months. The announcement came on Wednesday when the cabinet met to discuss support for the... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Afghan Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi is due in Islamabad next week to attend a two-day meeting of the Joint Economic Commission (JEC), a media report said on Tuesday. Signalling its willingness to keep communications open... read more
“The sequestration will not affect the Army’s mission in Afghanistan,” stated Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III during a town hall discussion with soldiers, March 26, 2013, in Forward Operating Base Frontenac, Kandahar Province,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Seen as a top contender, Afghanistan’s ambassador in Islamabad may jump into the 2014 presidential election, a Pakistani newspaper reported on Thursday.Consultations on Omar Daudzai’s nomination for the slot had been ongoing for a... read more