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KABUL (Pajhwok): As many as 600 military vehicles for US forces in Afghanistan have recently landed at Pakistan’s Karachi sea port, a media report said on Saturday. According to Dawn such a consignment has arrived after a gap of over six months... read more
ZARANJ (Pajhwok): In a fresh attack, nearly 200 school students were poisoned in Zaranj, the capital of southwestern Nimroz province, on Tuesday, an official said. Public Health Director Dr. Noor Ahmad Sherzad told Pajhwok Afghan News the... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok):The Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI)gas pipeline will be completed by 2019, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says. “Work on TAPI projectwas ongoing at a rapid pace. The pipeline, a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An influential global watchdog is all poised to launch a detailed analysis on the risks of corruption in Afghanistan on February 17. Transparency International (TI) said in a statement on its website it had carried out the UNDP-... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A policeman sustained injuries on Tuesday when a magnetic bomb attached to his vehicle exploded in the Pashtunistan Watt area of the Kabul, an official said. The incident took place at 1:30pm near Serena Hotel in the 2nd police... read more
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Pakistan’s apex court has constituted a high-level commission to file a comprehensive report on illegal border-crossings into the country from Afghanistan through Chaman and Torkham towns. With its terms of reference yet to be... read more
SAR-I-PUL (Pajhwok): Afghan security forces have recaptured the Kohistanat district of northern Sar-i-Pul province from militants, an official said Saturday. On July 28 this year, the Taliban overran Kohistanat. Governor Abdul Jabbar Haqbayan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The government in Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, on Wednesday imposed ban on export of poultry, beef and cattle to Afghanistan for one month aimed at controlling prices at home, Pakistani media reports. A circular... read more
KOLKATA (Pajhwok): Afghanistan is considering to open a consular office in east Indian city of Kolkata to boost trade ties with the region while pitching to make Mazar-e-Sharif in Afghanistan a sister city of Kolkata, Afghanistan’s ambassador... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Lecturers and students of Geology Faculty have demanded authority to replace the old books written in Russian language with updated versions in English and renew the three decades back curriculum. They say the current teaching... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Security forces have detained two teenage alleged suicide bombers during separate incidents in the central capital Kabul, sources said on Monday. The National Directorate of Security (NDS) in a statement said its operatives... read more
HERAT (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has sacked at least 30 civil and military officials in western Herat province and referred them to judicial organs, officials said on Sunday. Earlier on Saturday, Ghani traveled to Herat to assess... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A young man from central Parwan province, Mustafa Mohammadi, has made a three-wheel vehicle running with the help of solar power. Mohammadi, a Gulbahar resident in central Parwan who has studied up to 12th class in Kabul, told... read more
Following the allegations of mass fraud and electoral irregularities in the 2014 Elections, the agreement signed by the National Unity Government committed to undertaking structural and legal electoral reforms to address key challenges in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Germany plans to keep up to 850 soldiers in Afghanistan next year to help train Afghan armed forces, a German defense ministry spokesman said on Tuesday, when German Development Minister Gerd Müller held talks with Afghan leaders in... read more
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 State Department is funding a contractor $3.6 million for three mobile television trucks that cost a lot more than expected and were delivered two years behind schedule, a US federal watchdog said on Friday.In a letter to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): From cheap fridges to drones and orthopedic devices, scientists in Kabul defy funding hurdles and address the country's technological needs. Their latest invention is Smart Tank, a robot created by students from the Department of... read more
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KABUL/NEW YORK (Pajhwok):  The United Nations has welcomed Afghanistan’s commitment to end and prevent children from being recruited into its national security forces.  The Afghan government recently reconfirmed its commitment with the... read more
Paris, France and Frankfurt, Germany, 22 July 2014For immediate releaseTom Grinsted, Group Product Manager for Mobile and Devices at The Guardian, Mario Garcia, CEO and Founder of Garcia Media, and Luke Miller, user experience designer at Yahoo!,... read more
PAKTIKA (Pajhwok): Youth on Saturday thronged many polling centres, dancing to drumbeats in Paktika province, where all polling sites open.The voting process in Paktika kicked off at around 7:00 am, with provincial officials claiming the turnout was... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The US-based Democracy International (DI) is deploying a team of international election experts and observers to Afghanistan’s upcoming presidential run-off election.“DI will deploy its observers to provinces across the country... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan’s President Mamnoon Hussain on Wednesday said his country would continue to support an inclusive Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process as a peaceful and stable Afghanistan was essential for peace and... read more
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): Thousands of university students in northern Takhar province on Monday started a boycott of classes and slammed the campus gate on teachers to protest lack of facilities. The protesting students said their only hostel had... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai on Sunday arrived in China to participate in the two-day Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building in Asia (CICA), to be held in Shanghai, his office said.The international forum seeks to strengthen... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations Secretary-General is deeply saddened by the loss of life as a result of the landslide in northeastern Badakhshan province, a statement said on Monday.Ban Ki-moon extended his sincere condolences to the people and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai has sacked the mayor of western Herat province for misusing his position, the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) said on Tuesday.IDLG urged the president to fire Mayor Mohammad Salim Tarakai... read more
KABUL: Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN) is all poised to launch a separate website dedicated to the mining sector, luring investment and disseminating basic information about Afghanistan’s vast natural resources.The( www.mines.af ) in Pashto, Dari and... read more
KABUL (PAN): Representatives of regional business and assistance groups on Wednesday attended an Indian- Afghan trade fair to observe the innovative exhibition of the two countries in the capital Kabul on Wednesday. More than 700 guests... read more
KABUL (PAN): No new polio case has been reported in Afghanistan’s insurgency-haunted south this year, indicating success in Afghanistan’s fight against the crippling disease, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said on Friday.Dr. Richard Peeperkorn... read more
KABUL (PAN): Presidential runner Dr Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and his campaign managers on Friday exchanged views with President Hamid Karzai on the current electoral process and the upcoming tribal forum on a security deal with the US.Satisfied with... read more
KABUL (PAN): The World Bank on Wednesday acknowledged Afghanistan had made starting a business easier by reducing the time and cost to obtain a business licence and eliminating the inspection of the premises of newly registered companies.In a new... read more
KABUL (PAN): The US military and the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan (CSTC-A) on Wednesday shared the Special Inspector General of Afghanistan Reconstruction’s concerns regarding the living conditions of Afghan police personnel at a... read more
Mazar-e-Sharif (PAN):As many as 139 contenders with 17 of them women aspirants filed their papers to contest the provincial council elections but the Balkh Election Commission has disqualified six candidates citing problems in their documents.The... read more
KABUL (PAN): In a fresh development, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) has disqualified 16 more potential presidential runners from the contenders’ list, bringing down the total strength to 10 candidates running for the race.Zalmai Rassoul... read more
KABUL (PAN): The authorities in New Zealand has granted residency to nine more Afghan interpreters, who served with troops from the country in central Bamyan province, a report said on Friday. The new group, which fell outside the rules but made a... read more
KABUL (PAN): Kabul and New Delhi have agreed on sincere regional cooperation in ensuring stability in Afghanistan, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday.During Deputy Foreign Minister Ershad Ahmadi’s visit to New Delhi, the two sides stressed that... read more
KABUL (PAN): A ceremony was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday to praise Kazakhstan for granting 1,000 scholarships to Afghan students and highlight the importance of such opportunities.The ministry said so far 650 Afghan students had... read more
KABUL (PAN): A two-day conference of women members of provincial councils (PCs) began at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul on Monday, the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) siad.The conference is being attended by female members of... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Pakistan government is in backchannel talks with Taliban in an attempt to work out a peace deal and end violence in the country, a cabinet minister was quoted as saying on Saturday.Information Minister Pervez Rashid told Dawn... read more
KABUL (PAN): Defence Minister Bismillah Mohammadi on Sunday briefed the National Security Council (NSC) on preparations for celebrating Afghanistan’s 94th Independence Day in a befitting manner.Acting interior minister Gen. Mujtaba Patang told the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Under an agreement extending their stay in Pakistan until the end of 2015, Afghan refugees can now open bank accounts and get driving licences and mobile phone SIM cards in the neighbouring country.Misri Khan Momand, refugee affairs... read more
KABUL (PAN): An armed man demanding the establishment of Islamic rule in Pakistan closed off part of the heart of Islamabad on Thursday, firing randomly with two automatic weapons.With his family in a car, the armed man slipped past many checkpoints... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Up to 2,500 Afghans, who worked for the US government in Afghanistan, had benefited from a special immigrant visa programme, a US official said on Thursday. “Overall, over 2,500 Afghans and their family members have benefitted... read more
KABUL (PAN): The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Friday vehemently condemned the killing of eight Afghan workers on their way to a US military base in central Logar province. On Thursday morning, The Taliban forced the workers... read more
KABUL (PAN): Pakistan's Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has delayed his visit to Kabul by a day, a media report said on Friday.Scheduled to arrive in Kabul on Saturday, Aziz will now travel to Afghanistan on Sunday... read more
KABUL (PAN):  The United States condemned the attack on Kurkh district attorney Ahmad Wali Tahiri, also a brother of National Security Advisor Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta, in western Herat province on Wednesday.“I extend my personal condolences to... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan on Sunday poured scorn a New York Times (NYT) report that claimed more than 60 percent of Afghan diplomats did not return home after the completion of their tenures.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs asked the NYT Kabul bureau... read more
KABUL (PAN): A Pakistani schoolgirl, who was shot by militants in the northwestern picturesque valley of Swat last year, said on Friday the extremists had failed to silence her and called for global access to education.In her first major appearance... read more
KABUL (PAN): Half of the world’s 57 million children out of school live in conflict-affected countries, the UN’s educational agency said on Friday, calling for urgent action on key fronts to address their needs.Globally, the number of children out... read more
KABUL (PAN): Reporters Without Borders on Thursday condemned a recent increase in violations of freedom of information in Afghanistan, including the arbitrary arrest of a reporter with a Kabul-based daily.Mandegar worker Abdul Rahman Sakhizada... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Cabinet on Monday discussed security hurdles to development schemes, particularly power dams and reservoirs, the Presidential Palace said.Water and Energy Minister Ismail Khan briefed the meeting, chaired by President Hamid Karzai,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The 16th edition of the sporting and cultural event -- Afghan Cup 2013 -- is scheduled to get under way on July 4, the Afghan Sports Federation (ASF) announced on Sunday.The four-day event would feature soccer and basketball teams from... read more
KABUL (PAN): British Prime Minister David Cameron, during visit to Islamabad over the weekend, would exchange notes with his new Pakistani counterpart Mian Nawaz Sharif on recent developments in Afghanistan, media reports said on Friday.Scheduled to... read more
KABUL (PAN): An international rights group on Friday asked the Afghan government to adopt strong measures to protect women’s rights ahead of withdrawal of foreign combat forces from the country at the end of 2014.For the first time, on July 10,... read more
KABUL (PAN): In an effort to put the Afghan-led reconciliation process back on track in the wake of the contentious opening of the Taliban's political office in Qatar, Islamabad remains engaged with insurgent leaders, a media report said on Friday.... read more
KABUL (PAN): An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldier died as a result of a non-battle-related injury in eastern Afghanistan on Friday.Announcing the death in a brief statement, the alliance said: "The incident is currently under... read more
KABUL (PAN): An Afghan army sergeant on Wednesday received a British military ceremonial sword in recognition of his exceptional performance during officer training in the UK. British Ambassador to Afghanistan Sir Richard Stagg presented the... read more
KABUL (PAN): British Prime Minister David Cameron said the United States was doing the right thing by meeting with Taliban representatives after the Afghan militants opened an office in Qatar.Speaking at the end of the G8 summit in Northern Ireland... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday strongly condemned a roadside bombing that killed three children and their father and critically injured their mother in the Lash Juain district of western Farah province.The family was travelling in a... read more
KABUL (PAN): The NATO-led International Security Assistance Forces said recent attacks by insurgents continued to illustrate their complete disregard for civilians, saying insurgents had killed or wounded  over 1,500 Afghan civilians since... read more
KABUL (PAN): Russian military intelligence agency GRU has warned the Taliban influence in Afghanistan may grow after international coalition forces pull out and the threat of terrorism and religious extremism could increase.GRU chief Lt. Gen. Igor... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): The continued existence of Guantanamo terrorist detention center is bringing bad name to the US and sends a signal overseas that America is flouting rule of law, President Barack Obama said on Thursday.Renewing his call to the... read more
KABUL (PAN): A Pakistani diplomat has urged the US to stop drone attacks in its tribal region, saying the strikes are damaging America’s image, a media report said on Saturday.Outgoing Ambassador Sherry Rehman, who resigned after the May 11... read more
KABUL (PAN): Italian and Afghan forces have completed a joint operation aimed at boosting security around a major dam project in western Herat province, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Friday.Codenamed the Big Dam... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United States has strongly condemned Thursday suicide bombing that killed 15 people, including six Americans, and wounded more than 40 others in Kabul.“This senseless act of violence killed International Security Assistance Force... read more
KABUL (PAN): A senior Pentagon official has indicated during a congressional hearing the war on Al-Qaida and its affiliate will continue for a decade or two, an American newspaper reported on Friday.Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special... read more
KABUL (PAN): A senior Taliban leader was detained during a joint operation Afghan and coalition forces in northern Baghlan province on Friday, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said.Arrested in Baghlan-i-Jadid district, the militant... read more
KABUL (PAN): Following his landslide victory in Pakistan’s parliamentary elections, Mian Nawaz Sharif on Sunday promised efforts at improving Islamabad-Kabul relations.In recent weeks, ties between the neighbours came under increasing strain as a... read more
KABUL (PAN): Four schools, including two for girls, were attacked with bombs and rockets Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province on Monday.A private Pakistani TV channel, monitored here, reported the attacks in Barkhan and Ma stung districts of... read more
KABUL (PAN): A bomb exploded near an electoral office of the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI) in the northwestern city of Peshawar on Saturday morning, as pre-poll violence continued in the nuclear-capable country.Police said the time device, planted... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai -- currently on a visit to Poland -- discussed issues of bilateral interest, including the reconciliation drive, with British Prime Minister David Cameron in a telephone conversation, his office said on Thursday.... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan and coalition forces killed six insurgents, detained four suspects and cleared five improvised explosive devices during operations in eastern Afghanistan, the US military said on Wednesday.The militants were killed by Afghan... read more
KABUL (PAN): A candidate has been shot in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province, forcing the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to postpone the polls in the constituency, a media report said on Tuesday.Abdul Fateh Magsi, an independent... read more
KABUL (PAN): In a costly influence-peddling attempt, the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) delivered tens of millions of dollars to the office of President Hamid Karzai over the past decade, an American newspaper reported on Monday.“For more than... read more
KABUL (PAN): The outlawed Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has warned right-wing political parties against using the name of Islam in their election campaigns, a media report said on Sunday.In a letter to the religious parties, which hold... read more
KABUL (PAN): Condemning Britain's use of armed drones in Afghanistan, hundreds of anti-war campaigners on Saturday gathered outside a military base that began hosting the aircraft's human operators for the first time this week.About 400 peace... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers died following an insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, the alliance said.In line with its policy, the NATO-led force neither revealed the service-members’... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), denouncing the April 3 attack in western Farah province, on Friday reminded the Taliban of their commitment to protecting civilians.At least 41 civilians, mostly government... read more
KABUL (PAN): An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldier was killed in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, the alliance said.The death was announced in a brief statement from the NATO-led force... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday congratulated all Afghan citizens on Nawroz, hoping this new year would bring peace, security and progress to Afghanistan.In his bi-weekly radio address, he encouraged students to make capital use of... read more
KABUL (PAN): Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, the new commander of the International Security Assistance Force, met President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday.It was the first meeting between the two leaders since Dunford took command of the ISAF coalition earlier... read more
KABUL (PAN): Direct negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban may take place outside the country through official processes, including creation of the rebel movement's office in Qatar, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday. ... read more
KABUL (PAN): Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Amir Haider Khan Hoti has urged Pakistan's political and military leaders to formulate a joint strategy for dealing with the scourge of militancy.Speaking in the provincial assembly late on Monday, he... read more
GARDEZ (PAN): Twenty-three schools have been closed due to insecurity and a shortage of trained teachers in southeastern Paktia province, an official said on Wednesday.Deputy Director of Education Islamuddin Mangal told Pajhwok Afghan News the... read more
KABUL (PAN):  US and NATO forces acknowledged on Saturdat that their recent airstrikes had killed and injured several Afghan civilians, with the coalition taking full responsibility for the trageci incidents.In a joint statement, the US forces... read more
KANDAHAR CITY (PAN): US and Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers came under a severe Taliban attack in Ghareeban area of Jheri district in southern Kandahar province.The attack erupted when the construction works on a US troop’s base was on in... read more
KABUL (PAN): A vast majority of Afghan voters want better security arramngements to be put in place during elections that should be free from fraud and bribery, a poll said on Monday.These views were culled from a recent “Voter Behaviour Survey of... read more
 BAGRAM (PAN): Afghan and coalition forces killed nine insurgents and captured six in eastern Afghanistan during operations, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Sunday.Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers, along with... read more
KABUL (PAN): Seven Taliban commanders were killed and an Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) militant leader, blamed for plotting attacks on Afghan and foreign troops, was captured in the northern province of Faryab, officials said on Saturday.An... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): A Pajhwok Afghan News cameraman was severely beaten up in the line of duty by a traffic official in western Herat province on Thursday.Mawladad Yaqobi wanted to cover the inaugural ceremony of a newly-constructed building for the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers have been killed in southern and eastern Afghanistan, the alliance said on Thursday.The deaths were announced in brief statements from the NATO-led force that neither disclosed... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two militants were killed and 26 others detained over the past 24 hours in separate operation across the country, the Ministry of Interior said on Thursday.AT least one fighter was injured in the operations by Afghan and International... read more
KABUL (PAN): An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldier was killed in a roadside bombing in southern Afghanistan, the alliance said on Thursday.The death was announced in a brief statement that neither disclosed the soldier's... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United States reaffirmeed on Wednesday its commitment to a lasting partnership with the war-hit country and promised to help build a peaceful and more prosperous Afghanistan.Greeting the people of Afghanistan on the occasion of... read more
CHARIKAR (PAN): The Salang pass, which connects Kabul with northern Afghanistan, was closed for traffic on Monday due to a heavy snowstorm, stranding hundreds of passenger vehicles bound for Balkh province, an official said.The busy highway had to... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Taliban on Thursday said they decided to suspend peace talks with the US until the Americans came up with clear stance on the issues concerned and showed willingness on carrying out promises.In early January, the Taliban announced... read more
KABUL (PAN): More than a dozen Taliban insurgents and four policemen were killed and several others militants arrested during a string of security operations in various provinces over the past 24 hours, officials and the interior ministry said on... read more
ISLAMABAD: A suicide bomber armed with explosives-laden belt killed a senior police officer and wounded his four colleagues in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar on Thursday.The brazen attack was executed at about 9 am when the bomber... read more
KABUL (PAN): A car exploded into flames near the runway of British airfield on Wednesday afternoon, as US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta landed in southern Helmand province for a visit.“ISAF is aware of a stolen vehicle incident today at Camp... read more
KABUL (PAN): A NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldier died as a result of a non-battle-related injury in eastern Afghanistan, the alliance said on Thursday.The servicemember’s death was announced in a brief statement from... read more
KABUL (PAN): Visiting German defence minister Thomas De Maiziere, renewing his country’s continued strategic support with Afghanistan beyond 2014, on Wednesday said the shooting of civilians by a US soldier in Kandahar was shocking.The US soldier... read more
KABUL (PAN): All roads in western Ghor province and in a number of districts in central Panjsher and Parwan provinces have been blocked by days of heavy snowfall, officials said on Wednesday.Ghor National Disasters Management Authority head... read more
BAGHLAN: A female teacher was brutally knifed to death by her brother in the northern province of Baghlan, official said on Wednesday.Sima, a teacher at the Nawi Baghlan-i-Markazi Girls High School, was killed by her brother on Tuesday night in the... read more
KABUL (PAN):  The National Coalition of Afghanistan on Tuesday urged Swedish foreign minister to ensure his country leave Afghanistan after its mission of fighting terrorism was completed, the party said in a statement.Abdullah Abdullah, the... read more
HERAT/KUNDUZ: Five rebels were arrested in western Herat province, while 20 artillery shells and explosives seized in northern Kunduz province, officials said on Tuesday.  Three people along with as many AK-47 assault rifles and a rocket... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday said it was deeply saddened and concerned by the recent killing of innocent civilians in southern Kandahar province.Reports say the dead included children who were killed in their... read more
KABUL (PAN): Member and former head of Nangarhar provincial council Jamal Qadir was arrested in central Kabul on Monday.A reliable source told Pajhwok Afghan News, on condition of anonymity, that Qadir was arrested by security forces on the order of... read more
KABUL (PAN): German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed sympathy to President Hamid Karzai on the killing of 16 civilians in Kandahar’s Panjwai district, officials said on Monday.According to a statement from the president’s office, Merkel had phoned... read more
KABUL (PAN):  Several leading media outlets on Monday announced the formation of a grouping called the Afghan Independent Media Consortium (AIMC) aimed at creating a vibrant media industry that would help build a peaceful Afghanistan.The... read more
KABUL (PAN): The US government on Monday pledged providing Afghanistan with $238 million for the continuation of key rule of law and counternarcotics programmes, the US embassy said.An agreement to the effect was signed between Deputy Foreign... read more
LAGHMAN: An Afghan Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) employee was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in eastern Laghman province, an official said on Monday.The shooting happened in Ali Shang on the outskirts of Mehtarlam late on Sunday night, Col... read more
JALALABAD (PAN): Nearly 45 people were killed after a massive avalanche buried 15 houses in eastern Nuristan province, officials said on Monday.The avalanche struck the Poshal village in Mandowl district late Sunday night, causing heavy fatalities,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Sixty female competitors were among 1,500 participants who won in the “jurisprudence star” competition held in Kabul recently.The contest was launched in Salam University, initiated by Afghan Society for Social Reforms and Development (... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A fresh poppy eradication campaign was launched on Sunday in southern Helmand province, the world’s largest opium producing region, the governor’s office said.The drive targeting 10 districts was launched by Governor Mohammad Gulab... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United States and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), extending deepest condolences to the families of victims of a shooting incident in southern Kandahar province, on Sunday vowed to bring the responsible soldier to... read more
BAGHLAN: Two men carrying weapons and drugs were arrested in separate operations in northern Baghlan province, where previously 40 smugglers with more than 500 kilograms of drugs were held in the outgoing solar year, an official said on Sunday.... read more
KABUL (PAN): Officials of National Directorate of Security (NDS) have detained two Pakistani citizens with two suicide vests in the eastern province of Kunar, the intelligence department said.Amjid alias Akhtar son of Mir Zaman and Arif alias... read more
BADGHIS: A school in Ishaqzai area was completely destroyed after unidentified gunmen torched the building on Friday night, said an official.Abdul Ghani Baber, deputy governor, said the blaze damaged all equipment and books inside the school, and... read more
KABUL (PAN): Relief workers stepped up search operations for 145 villagers, many believed dead, after the massive avalanche in northern Badakhshan province last week, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan said on Saturday.In a statement,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Several Taliban leaders were arrested during a joint operation by an Afghan-coalition force in Maidan Shahr, the capital of central Maidan Wardak province on Friday, the alliance said. Two of the leaders planned and conducted... read more
KABUL (PAN): Women from across Afghanistan paid tributes to International Women’s Day at the end of the first women’s technology training in Kabul, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) said on Thursday. The four-day Take... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Embassy of Canada in Kabul commemorated International Women’s Day by hosting an event with Afghan women to provide an opportunity, especially for young women, to meet and network with other inspirational women, the embassy said on... read more
KABUL (PAN): The International Organization for Migration (IOM), vowing to continue its efforts at improving the lives of women in Afghanistan, on Thursday celebrated International Women’s Day in Kabul. IOM helped 13,201 Afghans to return home... read more
BADAKHSHAN: Three suspected insurgents were arrested with explosives and suicide jackets during an operation by foreign troops in Faizabad, the capital of northern Badakhshan province, officials said on Thursday.The operation was conducted on the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two leaders of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) were arrested in an operation in the northwestern province of Badakhshan, NATO said on Thursday.One of the leaders, responsible for suicide bombings in Badakhshan and Kunduz... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and UN Women on Wednesday urged the government of President Hamid Karzai to fully and promptly implement the law on Elimination of Violence against Women (EVAW).“As long as... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday denounced a bomb attack that killed four civilians and injured 10 others in southern Kandahar province.The president called the explosion in the Spin Boldak border town a cowardly act against... read more
SHIBERGHAN (PAN): A five-member kidnapper’s group was busted by the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in northern Jawzjan province on Wednesday, officials said.Ghulam Hazrat, Mestari Asad, Haji Noor Mohammad, Jan Mohammad and Zabi, who belong... read more
NANGARHAR: Police impounded 225 unregistered vehicles and seized 50 unlicenced arms in eastern Nangarhar province on Wednesday, officials said.  Over the past 24 hours, 11 individuals had been detained for carrying 50 different kinds of... read more
KABUL (PAN): The European Union on Wednesday pledged continued support for programmes that advocate for women’s rights and assist victims of violence. Over the past few months there had been several cases of violence against women in Afghanistan... read more
KABUL (PAN): Six International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers were believed killed, following an improvised explosive device attack in southern Afghanistan, the alliance said on Wednesday.In line with its policy, the NATO-led forces... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United States on Wednesday offered condolences to the families of those lost in a tragic avalanche in the northern province of Badakhshan.  Scores of villagers were killed and the homes of many more destroyed when the massive... read more
KABUL (PAN): More than 56,000 people, including the disabled, have completed different vocational training courses across the country during the outgoing solar year, an official said on Tuesday.Ali Iftikhari, the Ministry of Martyrs, Disabled,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Pakistan on Tuesday reiterated its support for an Afghan-led peace and reconciliation process, saying that a peaceful and prosperous Arghistan was in its interest.Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and Italian Special Representative for... read more
BADGHIS: Ten Taliban fighters were killed and another 13 wounded during an operation by Afghan National Army (ANA) troops in the Bala Murghab district of northwestern Badghis province on Tuesday, police said.The operation in the Sakhri area was... read more
KANDAHAR CITY (PAN): An Article 32 hearing for four US soldiers charged in the death of an American servicemember has come to a close with a recommendation for their court martial, the alliance said on Tuesday.The brigade commander will now consider... read more
KABUL (PAN): One militant was killed and four policemen and three civilians were wounded in separate bomb explosions on Tuesday, officials said.The first blast took place near the Pakistani Consulate in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar... read more
KABUL: Four insurgents and as many Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed and five rebels arrested during operations in different provinces over the past 24 hours, defence and interior ministries said on Monday.The operations were conducted... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan faces an acute problem of malnutrition and food insecurity, with children suffer from one of the highest levels of chronic malnutrition in the world, according to the latest data from the government and the World Bank.Fifty-... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan faces an acute problem of malnutrition and food insecurity, with children suffer from one of the highest levels of chronic malnutrition in the world, according to the latest data from the government and the World Bank.Fifty-... read more
MEHTARLAM (PAN): Two back-to-back bomb explosions rocked Mehtarlam city, the capital of eastern Laghman province, overnight, while a third explosion was prevented, police said on Monday. There were no casualties.The twin blasts took place in Saraj... read more
KABUL: A primary court of the Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) has sentenced a foreign citizen to 20 years in jail on the charge of smuggling alcoholic beverages, an official said on Sunday.Ahmad Khalik Mowahid, a spokesman for CJTF, told Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (PAN): An international humanitarian organisation on Sunday opened a new maternity hospital in eastern Khost province to provide pregnant women in the region with desperately needed healthcare.“Decades of conflict have left Afghanistan with... read more
KABUL (PAN): An Afghan woman was allegedly stabbed to death by her fiancee inside a guesthouse in the Indian capital, New Delhi police said on Sunday.The 22-year-old woman, Paimana Khanjar, was in a relationship with the a man named Umaid, who... read more
KABUL (PAN): Russia has agreed to rehabilitate Salang tunnel and complete the Sarobi-2 power project in addition to providing financial and technical assistance to Kabul Poly Technic University, the Ministry of Finance said on Sunday.At the maiden... read more
KABUL: Six insurgents were killed and some weapons and drugs seized during joint operations in different provinces over the past 24 hours, defence and interior ministries said on Saturday.Another four suspected militants were detained during... read more
KABUL (PAN):  The Pakistani prime minister says he has appealed to insurgents to join the reconciliation process initiated by the Afghan government in response to President Hamid Karzai’s request for help.“I appealed to all factions of Taliban... read more
HERAT: Three people were killed and a fourth wounded during a dispute over the distribution of orchard trees and water in the western Herat province, officials said on Thursday.The clash erupted on Wednesday night in the Zerkoh area of Shindand... read more
FARYAB: A senior district council official was killed along with four of his security guards in a roadside bombing in the Qaisar district of western Faryab province, an official said on Wednesday.Muhammad Sadd Hamid, the Qaisar district chief, told... read more
KABUL (PAN): Arranged by the Czech Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT), a training course for prison staff began in Pul-i-Alam, the capital of central Logar province, the team said on Wednesday.Aimed to introduce basic procedures related to prison... read more
FARAH: Fifteen rebels were detained in western Farah province and two policemen were killed in southern Helmand, officials said on Tuesday.The suspects were arrested with 20 Kalashnikovs, a mortar shell, an artillery shell, two walkie-talkies and... read more
KABUL (PAN): The commander of the International Security Assistance Force on Monday joined President Karzai in condemning a suicide car bomb attack in eastern Nangarhar province.At least 9 Afghans, including civilians, security guards and an Afghan... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Monday said it was relocating international staff from northern Kunduz province.On Saturday, four demonstrators were killed in an attack on the UNAMA office in Kunduz City... read more
ISLAMABAD: Seven people were killed and 22 others wounded when a blast ripped through a public gathering organised by the ruling Awami National Party (ANP) in the northwestern city of Nowshera on Monday.The bomb attached to a motorbike exploded... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Monday called for calm and restraint in Afghanistan during street protests over the Quran burning incident at a US-run base north of Kabul.OIC Secretary General Prof.  Ekmeleddin... read more
KABUL (PAN): Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) leader Gulbadin Hekmatyar has spurned the strategy of the United States and the Karzai administration for ending the decade-long conflict as unacceptable.In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News... read more
FARAH: A Taliban commander, who escaped from jail, was among five militants rearrested by a joint Afghan-international security force during an operation in the Bala Baluk district of western Farah province, an official said on Monday.The operation... read more
LOGAR: Unidentified gunmen abducted the son of a Wolesi Jirga, or lower house of Parliament, member in central Logar province, officials said on Saturday.Khalid, the son of Haji Ali Mohammad, was kidnapped on Friday evening in the Padkhwab-i-Shana... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two foreign advisors at the Ministry of Interior (MoI) were found dead on Saturday, the ministry said, without explaining who killed them.The foreign nationals were killed inside the ministry late on Saturday noon, a brief statement... read more
KABUL (PAN): A dozen insurgents were killed and six others detained during joint operations in different provinces over the past 24 hours, defence and interior ministries said on Saturday.The operations were conducted by Afghan and NATO-led... read more
KABUL (PAN): Four people were killed and 79 others, including three policemen, were injured in clashes as angry protests over the burning of the Quran at the Bagram Airbase entered a fifth day on Saturday, officials said. Four demonstrators... read more
KABUL (PAN): Several Afghans were killed and wounded during protests in different parts of the country on Friday over the burning of the holy Quran at a US military base in central Parwan province, officials and witnesses said.Hundreds of furious... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Karzai government on Friday welcomed Pakistan’s call for the Taliban, Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan and other insurgent groups to join the ongoing reconciliation process.Earlier in the day, the Pakistani prime minister appealed to all... read more
KABUL (PAN): As protests against the alleged desecration of the Holy Quran continued for the fourth day on the trot, the International Security and Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Friday that a joint team was investigating the incident.Four Quran... read more
KABUL (PAN): US President Barack Obama has apologised to the Afghan government and people over the alleged burning of the Quran by troops at the Bagram Airbase, the Presidential Palace in Kabul said on Thursday."I wish to express my deep regrets for... read more
KABUL (PAN):  An individual wearing an Afghan National Army (ANA) uniform shot dead two International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers on Thursday, the alliance said.The shooting took place in eastern Afghanistan, a brief statement... read more
KABUL (PAN): At least 17 people, including two US soldiers, have been killed in clashes between security forces and demonstrators during violent nationwide protests against the alleged desecration of the Quran by US troops, officials and witnesses... read more
KANDAHAR: More than a dozen militants and nine drug smugglers were arrested in different parts of southern Kandahar province over the past week, an official said on Thursday.The arrests came during police operations in Kandahar City, the provincial... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): The nation is celebrating the 32nd anniversary of the historic uprising of Kabul residents on Feb, 22, 1980 against Soviet forces.The rebellion started when thousands of people in Kabul climbed rooftops at night and chanted “Allah... read more
KABUL (PAN): As protests against alleged burning of the Quran by US troops are spreading across the country, the Afghanistan Ulema Council on Wednesday said mere apologies were longer acceptable to the nation.At least eight people were killed and 21... read more
KABUL (PAN): All coalition forces in Afghanistan would complete training in the proper handling of religious materials, including the Quran, by March 3, the ISAF commander said on Wednesday.Gen. John R. Allen issued the directive as eight people... read more
KABUL (PAN): At least eight people were killed and 27 others wounded as protests over alleged burning of the Quran by US troops at the Bagram Airbase continued across Afghanistan for a second day on Wednesday, officials and witnesses said.Six men... read more
KABUL (PAN): Amid efforts at ending the decade-long war in Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday invited Taliban leaders to enter direct negotiations with his administration.Since peace was the most important aspiration of the Afghan nation... read more
KABUL (PAN): Hundreds of people trapped inside their vehicles due to a flash flood were rescued in northern Faryab province on Tuesday, an official said.The flooding, triggered by heavy snowfall and rains, marooned about 300 vehicles in Pashtonkot... read more
HELMAND: The Taliban killed four people on charges of cooperating with the government in southern Helmand province, officials said on Tuesday.The incident took place in the Shah Pusthi area of Washer district late on Monday, Daud Ahmadi, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Monday hailed his recent three-day official visit to Pakistan as an important, unique and result-oriented trip over the past decade.At a meeting with High Peace Council members, the president said his talks... read more
KABUL (PAN): The National Directorate of Security (NDS) on Monday denied confidential information had been leaked to an imposter in southern Kandahar province, but an official at the governor’s house admitted a former senator visited the spy office.... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Monday lauded Germany’s efforts at the successful holding of the second Bonn Conference on Afghanistan, his office said.  At a meeting with German Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan... read more
HERAT: Two people, including a policeman, were shot dead and as many civilians injured by unidentified motorcyclists in the Shindand district of western Herat province, an official said on Monday.The incident happened in the Azizabad area late on... read more
GARDEZ (PAN): Officials and residents of southeastern Paktia province have accused the military prosecutor of being involved in moral corruption and aiding the Taliban, but the official spurned the allegations as unfounded.Some high-level officials... read more
KANDAHAR CITY (PAN): Four US soldiers, charged in connection with last year’s death of an infantryman, are scheduled for an Article 32 hearing on the Kandahar airfield headquarters on Monday, the ISAF regional command (south) said.An Article 32... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Sunday renewed his call for an end to nighttime raids and the transfer of the main US prison’s control to his government.At a meeting with a US Senate delegation, led by John McCain, the president said the... read more
HELMAND: Truckers accuse Afghan National Army (ANA)’s civilian employees with the 215th Maiwand Military Corps of seeking bribes from them. But an ANA official rejects the allegation as untrue.The 215th Maiwand Military Corps officials are stationed... read more
KABUL (PAN): Negotiations over a strategic cooperation agreement with the United States are going in the right direction, a foreign ministry official said on Sunday, days after the talks resumed.“A fresh round of talks will take place in Kabul,”... read more
BALKH: A former Jihadi commander was shot dead along with his brother by his foes in northern Balkh province on Saturday, police and residents said.Commander Mohammad Zahir was killed because of old enmity in the Sholgara district in the afternoon,... read more
KABUL (PAN): An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) helicopter crashed in the Sarobi district of central Kabul province on Saturday, an official said.The incident took place around noon in the Uzbin Mountains near the Baad Pakh district... read more
KABUL (PAN): A NATO-led soldier died as a result of a non-battle-related injury in eastern Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Friday.The servicemember’s death was announced in a brief statement from the ISAF... read more
KABUL (PAN): Several caches of explosives and weapons were seized by Afghan and coalition forces during a string of joint operations in several provinces, the alliance said on Thursday.A joint force confiscated heavy machine guns, AK-47 assault... read more
KUNDUZ: Two people were killed and a woman injured during an airstrike by foreign troops in the Khanabad district of northern Kunduz province, an official said on Wednesday.International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) helicopters hit the Aqtash... read more
KABUL (PAN): Almost 90 prisoners were released and jail terms of 95 others reduced in Nangarhar, Nimroz, Jawzjan and Samangan provinces in compliance with orders from President Hamid Karzai, officials said on Wednesday.Twenty-nine inmates were freed... read more
KABUL (PAN): NATO’s top commander in Afghanistan on Wednesday extended his deep regrets to the families of several youths who died during an air engagement in central Kapisa province.“While the exact circumstances of this tragic incident remain to... read more
KABUL (PAN): The US embassy in Kabul on Tuesday said that the American ambassador to Pakistan was misquoted by media outlets regarding peace negotiations with the Taliban.Cameron Munter was repeatedly misquoted that the Afghan government had... read more
BALKH: A child was killed and six others were injured when a gas cylinder exploded in northern Balkh province, an official said on Tuesday.   The overnight blast took place in the Baba Yagar area of the provincial capital, killing a 4-year... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Cabinet on Monday approved a fund for the treatment of 2,000 children born with holes in their hearts, the Presidential Palace said.The Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) had requested financial support for the children, with 513 of... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Labour, Social, Martyrs and Disabled Affairs would be released 417 million afghanis within a week time, the Presidential Palace said on Sunday.The Ministry of Interior would pay the money through the Ministry of Finance... read more
SAR-I-PUL (PAN): Some powerful individuals and government officials, using fake names, have been benefiting from stipends meant for families of martyrs and people with disabilities in northern Sar-i-Pul province, residents complain.There has been no... read more
KABUL (PAN): Seven insurgents were killed, two injured and 18 others detained during joint operations in different provinces over the past 24 hours, defence and interior ministries said on Sunday.The operations involving Afghan and NATO-led troops... read more
KABUL (PAN): The European Union (EU) on Sunday called for addressing the impact of armed conflict on Afghan children in an effective, sustainable and comprehensive manner.On the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers, EU Special... read more
QALAT (PAN): Four Tajik crewmembers were killed when a civilian helicopter of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) crashed in the southern province of Zabul, the alliance said on Sunday.The incident took place on Saturday when the Supreme... read more
KABUL (PAN): Six insurgents and two Afghan soldiers were killed during a string of joint operations in several provinces over the past 24 hours, the defence and interior ministries said on Saturday.Another five Afghan National Army (ANA) troops were... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), Admiral James G. Stavridis, conducted an on-site survey of ISAF Regional Command West (RC West) in Camp Arena in eastern Herat province, the alliance said on Friday.Greeted upon arrival by... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan won the toss and chose to bat in their historic first-ever day-night international against Pakistan at Sharjah Stadium on Friday.The match that started at 3:30pm (Afghan time) at the Sharjah’s international cricket stadium... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai has called on religious scholars, imams and tribal elders to help the government implement anti-polio vaccination campaigns.In a message to the nation aired on radio on Thursday night, Karzai said he hoped... read more
KABUL (PAN): The notorious US forces-controlled Bagram detention facility in central Parwan province would be transferred to the Afghan control next month, the Karzai office said.The Presidential Palace in a statement said the Parwan detention... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Friday condemned a NATO forces-led airstrike that killed eight children in central Kapisa province, his office said.The airstrike by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops struck the Giao... read more
KABUL (PAN): A combined Afghan and coalition security force discovered a drug cache during an operation in the Panjwai district of southern Kandahar province, the alliance said on Thursday.The cache consisted of approximately 2,534 pounds (1,152... read more
KABUL (PAN): Pakistani foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said the Afghan conflict should be resolved politically for a durable peace in the region.Khar told a joint press conference with her Russian counterpart in Moscow on Wednesday that... read more
KABUL (PAN): A survey on bonded labour in Afghan brick kiln found more than half of the workers were children, with a majority of them under the age of 14.Commissioned by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and conducted by Samuel Hall... read more
KABUL (PAN): Six militants, including a suicide attacker, were killed and two others wounded in separate incidents in several parts of the country, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Sunday.The suicide attacker wanted to target a police check... read more
BADAKHSHAN: Avalanches killed four people and injured eight others in the rugged northeastern province of Badakhshan, an official said on Sunday.The first avalanche, triggered by days of snowfall, hit the Khonilar village of Raghistan district,... read more
KABUL (PAN): An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) servicemember died of non-battle related causes in central Afghanistan late on Friday, the alliance said.In line with its policy, ISAF neither disclosed the exact location of the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) documented 3,021 civilian deaths in 2011, indicating yet another increase in the number of civilians killed and injured in the conflict for the fifth year in a row.In a report... read more
KABUL (PAN): Heavy snowfall has blocked roads connecting several districts with the provincial capital in western Ghor province, officials said on Friday.The snowfall and rains that lashed several parts of the country since Thursday evening had... read more
KABUL (PAN): Pakistani foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar during her recent visit to Afghanistan called on Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the National Coalition of Afghanistan head, and other senior members of the main opposition party.During the meeting,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan Anti-Corruption Network (AACN) on Thursday urged President Hamid Karzai to avoid any internal and external pressure in introducing qualified and incorrupt candidates as his Cabinet picks to Parliament for a vote of confidence... read more
FARAH: A 20-member rebel group has joined the peace process in western Farah province, an official said on Thursday.Led by Mullah Nooruddin, the fighters had been active in Bakwah, Bala Baluk and Gulistan districts, said Mohammad Ayubi, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Seventeen insurgents were arrested and a large amount of weapons and drugs confiscated during a string of joint operations in different provinces over the past 24 hours, defence and interior ministries said on Thursday.The operations... read more
KABUL (PAN): The US Embassy in Kabul on Thursday said Lisbon remains the programme of record and as an alliance they were committed to the 2010 summit framework of a transition concluding in 2014.In a statement, the embassy said consultations were... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan and Pakistan have agreed a strong, robust and independent bilateral relationship would greatly contribute to peace and stability in the region.Pakistani foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar, who visited Afghanistan on... read more
ISLAMABAD: Thirty-eight Taliban insurgents, including a commander, were killed during separate air and ground operations in northwestern Kurram and Orakzai tribal regions near the Afghanistan border, officials said on Wednesday.Pakistani aircraft... read more
KABUL (PAN): A drug cache was seized by a combined Afghan and coalition security force during a patrol in Panjwai district of southern Kandahar province, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Wednesday.A statement from the NATO-... read more
KABUL (PAN):  A new television channel, Rasaa TV, started transmissions on Tuesday with a one-hour talk show called Mostaqim.The programme features interviews with famous personalities and discussions on day-to-day life of the common Afghan, a... read more
HERAT: Five people, suspected of involvement in kidnappings and militancy, were arrested with suicide vests in western Herat province on Tuesday, an official said.Security forces nabbed two militants and recovered a motorbike, two suicide jackets... read more
KABUL (PAN): An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) servicemember died on Tuesday following an insurgent attack in southern Afghanistan, the alliance said.The death was announced in a brief statement that neither revealed the nationality... read more
KABUL: Four militants and an Afghan soldier were killed in a series of operations in different parts of the country over the past 24 hours, the interior ministry said on Monday.At least 28 insurgents and four policemen were wounded during the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Four militants and an Afghan soldier were killed in a series of operations in different parts of the country over the past 24 hours, the interior ministry said on Monday.At least 28 insurgents and four policemen were wounded during the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Three militants were caught red-handed while forcibly collecting Zakat and Ushr from residents of southern Ghazni province, the spy service said on Monday.Zahiruddin, Qadir and Humayun, the detainees, have confessed to being loyal to... read more
KABUL (PAN): Twenty individuals were jailed from three to 20 years on charges of trafficking drugs, the Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) announced on Monday.The accused were convicted by an appellant court at the end of an open trial on the basis... read more
BADGHIS: Three Taliban insurgents and a local police commander were killed in separate incidents, officials said on Sunday.Another three fighters and four policemen were injured during a joint operation by Afghan National Army and local police in... read more
BAMYAN: Amid contradictory claims, a young girl was found dead in her sister’s house in central Bamyan province, police said on Saturday.The 16-year-old, identified as Shakila, was found shot dead in the Zargaran village on the outskirts of Bamyan... read more
KABUL (PAN): Minister of Finance Dr. Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal would attend the fifth meeting of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) ministers in Bangladesh, an official said.Slated for January 30, the day-long meeting in Dhaka is... read more
PUL-I-ALAM (PAN): The Department of Agriculture and Livestock, with the support of the Czech Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT), has completed work on a new milk collection centre in central Logar province. A statement from the PRT said the... read more
KABUL (PAN: Senior US coaches and administrators would visit Afghanistan in February to conduct training and mentoring for local sports officials as part of a sports diplomacy effort, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on... read more
KABUL (PAN): Seven militants were killed and 28 others arrested during a string of joint security operations in different provinces over the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Saturday.The operations invovling Afghan and... read more
BAGHLAN: Twenty fighters of the Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA), the second largest militant group behind Taliban, have joined the peace process in northern Baghlan province, an official said on Thursday.Led by commander Obaid, the HIA men were... read more
KABUL (PAN): The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) commander on Thursday denounced a rocket attack on a residence in central Kapisa province.A woman and a child were killed in the rocket strike by insurgents in Alasai district... read more
FARAH: A tribal elder was gunned down by suspected militants in the Pushtrod district of western Farah province, an official said on Wednesday.Haji Ghulam was shot dead in the Sang Galak area by two motorcyclists on his way home from Farah City late... read more
KABUL (PAN): A Pajhwok Afghan News reporter in western Herat province has been appointed as Centre for International Media Ethnics (CIME) ambassador to Afghanistan, the organisation said.CIME said Ahmad Quraishi had been appointed as its ambassador... read more
KABUL (PAN):  Seven militants were killed during a clash with a joint Afghan and international security force in the Kot district of north-western Faryab province, officials said on Wednesday.The combined search operation was carried out on... read more
KABUL (PAN): An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) servicemember was killed in an improvised explosive device attack in the Taliban's southern heartland on Wednesday. The death was announced in a brief statement from the NATO-led force... read more
KABUL (PAN): French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said on Tuesday France would not withdraw their soldiers from Afghanistan this year in the wake of the death of four of its soldiers.On Friday, an Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier opened fire on his... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) on Tuesday urged President Hamid Karzai to pay special attention to promoting domestic products.An ACCI delegation also asked Karzai to promote domestic industries and exports of... read more
GHAZNI: As many as 160 arms and ammunition were handed over to the Disbandment of Illegal Armed Group (DIAG) last year in southern Ghazni province, an official said on Tuesday.The weapons were turned in by the National Directorate of Security (NDS... read more
MAHMOOD RAQI (PAN): Three civilians were killed and four others wounded in a clash between Taliban and Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers in central Kapisa province on Tuesday.District cheif of Ala Sayee district Mullah Muhammad told Pajhwok Afghan... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Kabul United trounced Rahmani Club 24-5 in a friendly snow rugby match at the Golf Ground at Qargha on Tuesday, the first-ever encounter of its kind in Afghanistan's history. The Afghanistan Rugby Federation said on 50... read more
KABUL (PAN): A foreign soldier succumbed to a non-battle injury in southern Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Tuesday.In line with its policy, ISAF neither disclosed the exact location of the incident nor the... read more
ISLAMABAD: Four suspected militants were killed and a fifth injured when a US drone fired missiles into Pakistan's lawless tribal region of North Waziristan, near the Afghanistan border, on Monday.The attack took place in the Datakhel area near... read more
KABUL (PAN): An innovation laboratory, marking the beginning of a three-day workshop, was launched at a hotel in Kabul to bring together new media experts, journalists, bloggers, civil society leaders and technology developers from Afghanistan and... read more
KABUL (PAN):  Afghan women suffered from widespread lawlessness and abuses at the hands of security forces and armed groups during the past year, Human Rights Watch said on Monday.International “donor fatigue” and the planned drawdown of... read more
BAZARAK (PAN): A newly-constructed building for a hostel at a technical school was inaugurated in central Panjsher province on Saturday, an official said.The US Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT)-funded project cost $229,000 and took 15 months to... read more
KABUL: Two members of a family were killed and seven others wounded when a gas cylinder exploded in their house in Kabul, relatives and a doctor said on Sunday.The incident took place in the Deh Mazang locality on Saturday night, a relative of the... read more
KABUL (PAN): While gradually reducing its military engagement, Denmark has promised to scale up civil and developmental engagement in Afghanistan, the second-largest recipient of Danish development assistance.The total amount of development aid to... read more
SHARAN/HERAT CITY (PAN): Four insurgents wearing suicide vests were killed in a clash with a joint Afghan-international security force before they reached their target in the Barmal district of southeastern Paktika province, officials said on... read more
KABUL (PAN): A newly constructed training facility, funded by the United States, was inaugurated at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) in Kabul on Saturday, USAID said.Comprised of three classrooms, one multi-purpose room and a reception area,... read more
BAGHLAN: Three people were killed and five others wounded in a traffic accident in northern Baghlan province, officials said on Saturday.The accident occurred on the Pul-i-Khumri-Doshi highway in the Pablin area of Doshi district late on Friday, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Hours after the killing of four French troops in central Kapisa province by an Afghan soldier, Paris announced the suspension of all training and joint operations in Afghanistan.The soldiers were shot dead by their Afghan counterpart in... read more
KABUL (PAN): A Taliban commander was killed in a combined Afghan and coalition operation in the Achin district of eastern Nangarhar province on Friday.  The International Security and Assistance Forces (ISAF) identified the militant leader... read more
MAHMOOD RAQI/KABUL (PAN): Four foreign troops were killed by an Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said.The suspected killer was apprehended, a brief statement from... read more
KABUL (PAN): Six International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers were killed in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan, the alliance said on Friday.With the cause of the crash under investigation, initial reporting indicated there was no... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai administered oath to five new members of the Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (AIEC) at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on Thursday.Mohammad Hussain Garziwani, Mohammad Hashim Faulad, Rida Azimi,... read more
GHAZNI: A moneychanger was kidnapped for ransom by unidentified gunmen in the Qarabagh district of southern Ghazni province, an official said on Thursday.Darya Khan Kharotai went missing in the city on Wednesday afternoon, when he was on his way... read more
KABUL (PAN): A leading international rights group on Thursday urged President Hamid Karzai to appoint independent and experienced experts to fill vacancies on the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC).Human Rights Watch (HRW) said the... read more
KABUL (PAN): An International Security and Assistance Forces (ISAF) servicemember died in a roadside bombing, a weapon of choice for the insurgents, in southern Afghanistan, the alliance said on Thursday.The soldier was killed following an... read more
BADGHIS: An explosives-rigged motorcycle was seized in northwestern Badghis province, an official said on Wednesday.The bike was found in the Zargar area of Moqur district late on Tuesday night, Col. Mohammad Jabar Saleh, the provincial police chief... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday condemned as a cowardly act the assassination of a tribal elder in southern Kandahar province.Gunmen shot dead Ahmad Naeem, alias Haji Agha Mama, in Kandahar City, the provincial capital, at around... read more
KABUL (PAN): Nine insurgents were killed and 23 others detained during joint operations in different provinces over the past 24 hours, the ministries of defence and interior said on Wednesday.The Ministry of Interior said in a statement Afghan and... read more
KABUL (PAN): The UN secretary-general's new special representative for Afghanistan arrived in the capital city of Kabul on Wednesday to take charge of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).Upon arrival at the Kabul... read more
HELMAND: Six people freed from the Bagram jail in central Parwan province were reunited with their families at a ceremony in southern Helmand province on Tuesday.Detained on charges of having links with militants, the men hailed were from Helmand,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) has approved a $55.7 million grant for Afghanistan, UNICEF and the Afghan Ministry of Education said on Tuesday.An international consortium of countries, the GPE is working to provide financial... read more
KABUL (PAN): The three people killed in Monday's helicopter crash in the Nad Ali district of southern Helmand province were private American contractors working for the Pentagon, their company said on Tuesday.The chopper went down in the Shawal area... read more
KABUL (PAN): Three insurgents and an Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier were killed and four fighters detained during joint operations over the past 24 hours in different provinces, the ministries of interior and defence said on Tuesday.The... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Pakistan said on Monday stronger trade, economic and cultural ties with Afghanistan would boost regional economy and improve living standards of the two nations.Pakistan Minister for Finance Dr Abdul Hafiz Shaikh told the inaugural... read more
FARAH: A 20-member insurgents group joined the peace process in western Farah province on Monday, taking to 100 the number of individuals renouncing the insurgency this year, an official said.Led by Mullah Abdul Malik, the fighters surrendered in... read more
JALALABAD (PAN): Two important drug smugglers were detained along with several associates during an operation by foreign soldiers in eastern Nangarhar province, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Monday.A statement from the... read more
KABUL: Two International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldier died as a result of non-battle-related injuries in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, the alliance announced.In line with its policy, the NATO-led force did not reveal the servicemembers... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldier died as a result of non-battle-related injuries in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, the alliance announced.In line with its policy, the NATO-led force did not reveal the... read more
KABUL (PAN): One International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldier died as a result of a non-battle-related injury in western Afghanistan, the alliance said on Saturday.In line with its policy, the NATO-led force did not reveal the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Seven insurgents were killed and six others detained as a result of joint operations by Afghan and international troops over the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Interior said on Saturday.Two militants were wounded during separate... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Non-Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) on Friday voiced its support for an Afghan-led peace campaign, saying an effort headed by foreigners would not deliver the results expected by the people of Afghanistan."Frankly, a peace... read more
KABUL (PAN): The price of opium in Afghanistan dramatically soared by 133 percent last year, a joint survey by the United Nations and the Kabul government reveals.The farm-gate income from opium amounted to more than id="mce_marker".4 billion, or... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Thursday condemned as inhuman an Internet video showing US Marines in Afghanistan urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters.The widely-circulated footage showed four Marines in combat gear urinating on three... read more
WASHINGTON, Jan 12, 2012: The United States Marine Corps has launched an investigating into the authenticity of a video, widely being circulated on the internet, showing its soldiers urinating on the Taliban's dead bodies."While we have not yet... read more
KABUL (PAN): The visiting Japanese foreign minister on Wednesday invited President Hamid Karzai to participate in the upcoming Tokyo conference on Afghanistan.Karzai and Koichiro Gemba discussed preparations for the major meeting on Afghanistan, a... read more
KABUL (PAN): Balkh University students on Wednesday won the Afghan National Round of the Jessup International Moot Court Competition in Kabul for a chance to represent the country at the international finals in Washington D.C. in March, the USAID... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday ordered the Ministry of Interior to crack down on the groups involved in drug dealing and bring them to justice.  Chairing a Cabinet meeting at the Presidential Palace, Karzai ordered security... read more
KABUL (PAN): Eid greetings with students in hostels, visiting prisons and other social gathering are major planned activities of candidates of parliamentary election from central Kabul province during three days of Eid. He wanted to visit those... read more
FAIZABAD (PAN): Provincial council of northeastern Badakhshan province has demanded, Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock must be disqualified by the parliament as he had not paid attention to provide food stuff to drought affected... read more
KABUL (PAN): Seventy-seven Afghan citizens have been arrested for entering Indonesia illegally, a media report said on Tuesday.The arrests took place near Jakarta on Sunday, the Antara news agency reported, saying police had turned the detainees... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two Taliban facilitators were captured during a joint operation by Afghan and foreign troops in Khogyani district of eastern Nangarhar province on Monday, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said.The detainees allegedly... read more
KABUL/JALALABAD (PAN): A senior Taliban facilitator was detained during a joint operation in Surkh Rod district of Nangarhar province, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Sunday.An Afghan and coalition security force captured... read more
SHARAN (PAN): The International Cooperation Organization (ICO) distributed seeds, including onion and grass, to nearly 1,500 gardeners in southeastern Paktika province, an official said on Saturday.The aid was estimated at 5 million afghanis, with... read more
KABUL (PAN): Twenty-six insurgents were detained in a string of joint operations by Afghan and international troops in several provinces over the past 24 hours, interior and defence ministries said on Saturday.The operations were conducted in... read more
KABUL (PAN): A combined Afghan and coalition security force discovered a drug cache during a routine patrol in the Panjwa‘i district of southern Kandahar province, the alliance said on Friday.The cache consisted of approximately 2,420 pounds (1,100... read more
BALKH: A militant commander was killed during an operation by Afghan and international troops in the northern province of Balkh on Thursday, the alliance said.The Taliban commander was killed in Mazar-i-Sharif, the provincial capital, ISAF said in a... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday said his government was agreed to the establishment of a Taliban liaison office in Doha because it could lead to an end of the bloodshed in Afghanistan.A statement issued from the Presidential Palace... read more
KABUL (PAN): The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, has condemned Tuesday’s terrorist attacks that reportedly killed at least 12 people, including children, in southern Kandahar province. “... read more
KABUL (PAN): Eight insurgents were killed and 16 others detained during joint operations in several provinces over the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Wednesday.The operations were conducted by Afghan and NATO-led International... read more
DAIKUNDI: Unidentified gunmen shot dead two civilians and wounded as many others in the Khadeer district of central Daikundi province, officials said on Tuesday.The incident took place late on Monday night in the Shakar Dara area, Abdul Qadir... read more
KABUL (PAN): Hundreds of kilograms of drugs were seized by a joint Afghan-international security force during an operation in southern Kandahar province, the alliance said on Tuesday.The narcotics, including 1000 kilograms of hashish and 50... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United Nations welcomes actions by the Afghan government and civil society to ensure appropriately qualified commissioners are appointed to the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) through a transparent and... read more
KABUL: A combined Afghan and coalition security force discovered three weapon caches during a routine patrol in Tirinkot, the capital of central Uruzgan province, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Monday.Seized on Sunday,... read more
KABUL (PAN): A combined Afghan and coalition security force discovered three weapon caches during a routine patrol in Tirinkot, the capital of central Uruzgan province, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Monday.Seized on... read more
KABUL (PAN):  Three armed insurgents were killed, two wounded and 12 others arrested during a series of joint operations by Afghan and international forces in several provinces over the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two insurgents were killed and 30 others arrested during security operations in different provinces over the past 24 hours, the ministries of defence and interior said on Sunday.The operations were jointly conducted by Afghan and NATO-... read more
KABUL: Nineteen insurgents were killed, four wounded and 55 others detained during joint operations in different provinces over the past 24 hours, defence and interior ministries said on Saturday.The operations were conducted by Afghan and NATO-led... read more
KABUL (PAN): At least 13 civilians were killed in a car bombing near the residence of a former minister in Quetta, the capital of Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province, an official said.Another 30 people were wounded -- six of them seriously... read more
KABUL (PAN): Nineteen insurgents were killed, four wounded and 55 others detained during joint operations in different provinces over the past 24 hours, defence and interior ministries said on Saturday.The operations were conducted by Afghan and... read more
TIRINKOT (PAN): Four civilians were killed and a fourth injured during a roadside bombing, a weapon of choice for the Taliban, in central Uruzgan province on Friday, an official said.The blast took place in Khanaqa area of the provincial capital,... read more
FARYAB: Taliban militants blew up a school in the Qaisar district of northwestern Faryab province, officials said on Thursday.The bomb attack happened in the Chichakto village, police spokesman, Syed Masood, told Pajhwok Afghan News. The school... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some of Afghans believe, members the Wolesi Jirga (Lower House) was busy in their personnel affairs and they had spent whole year in mutual conflicts.Elections of the Wolesi Jirga were held in 2010 while the results were announced two... read more
HELMAND/MAIDAN WARDAK: Security forces in Helmand and Maidan Wardak provinces handed over dozens of weapons to the Disbandment of Illegal Armed Groups (DIAG) programme on Wednesday. A statement issued from the Helmand governor's office said 27... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United States has decided to withdraw its personnel from the Afghan Government Media Information Centre, the US embassy said on Wednesday."We have been planning to transition US personnel and assistance, and that process has begun... read more
KABUL (PAN): NATO-led troops have been shifting or disbanding all security-related programmes to the Afghan government's control, International Security Assistance Force Commander Gen. John R. Allen said on Wednesday.A day earlier, President Hamid... read more
QALAT (PAN): The provincial council in southern Zabul province was unable to pay attention to problems of people and monitor construction project due to insecurity, an official said.The council has nine seats, including three allocated seats for... read more
ASADABAD (PAN): Director of provincial council in eastern Kunar province has said officials of the provincial government administration were working better, but the governor house was not cooperating with them.The province has total nine seats,... read more
KABUL: Six insurgents were killed and as many arrested during joint operations in different provinces over the past 24 hours, the defence and interior ministries said on Tuesday.The operations were conducted by Afghan and international troops in... read more
KABUL (PAN): Around 34,500 vulnerable Afghan families, more than 200,000 individuals, will be provided with winter assistance, including blankets, plastic sheets, fuel, sweaters, shawls, gloves, socks and waterproof shoes, the UN refugee agency... read more
KABUL (PAN): Six insurgents were killed and as many arrested during joint operations in different provinces over the past 24 hours, the defence and interior ministries said on Tuesday.The operations were conducted by Afghan and international troops... read more
KABUL (PAN): Six insurgents were killed and as many arrested during joint operations in different provinces over the past 24 hours, the defence and interior ministries said on Tuesday.The operations were conducted by Afghan and international troops... read more
SHARNA (PAN): Ammunitions and drugs were seized during a string of operations in southeastern Paktika province near the Pakistan border, officials said on Tuesday. Sixteen AK-47 assault rifles, 17 different kinds of light weapons, three rocket... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Cabinet on Monday approved an Italian-made map to expand and standardise the Herat airport with financial support from that country, the President's Office said.A statement issued from the Presidential Palace said an agreement to... read more
ZARANJ (PAN): Residents of other provinces complained regarding the performance of provincial councils in their respective areas but people of south western Nimroz province are satisfied with performance of the council there.Solving their common... read more
GHAZNI: Two Taliban fighters were killed and as many wounded during a clash with Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers in southern Ghazni province, officials said on Monday.The fire exchange happened in the Abu Qala area of Andar district late on... read more
KABUL (PAN): The 150,000-strong Afghan police force is still faced with a shortage of equipment and weapons, an official of the Ministry of Interior said on Monday.Efforts were underway to arrange for police training and accommodation, Sadique... read more
KABUL (PAN): An Afghan citizen succumbed to his injuries due to doctors' negligence at a hospital in the Indian state of Maharashtra, a media report said on Monday.Mohammad Daud was brought to the Sawai Man Singh Hospital in Jaipur after being hit... read more
KABUL (PAN): Five insurgents were killed and 28 others detained during joint operations in different provinces over the past 24 hours, defence and interior ministries said on Monday.The operations were conducted by Afghan and NATO-led troops in... read more
KABUL (PAN): The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) commander on Monday condemned the suicide attack on a funeral ceremony in northern Takhar province.At least 19 people, including a legislator, several tribal elders and government... read more
KANDAHAR (PAN): Members of provincial council of southern Kandahar province complained relevant ministries were not paying attention to problems of their directorates as around 10 of them were managed by the acting directors.Muhammad Ahsan, deputy... read more
MEHTARLAM (PAN): Some of the residents of eastern Laghman province lauded role of provincial council while at the same time others criticized it.Monitoring of developmental projects and advice to provincial administrations are the most important... read more
MAHMUD RAQI (PAN): Residents of central Kapisa province are not happy of the provincial council and complained they were unable to solve problems of the people.The province has total nine seats in the council, including three reserved seats of women... read more
FARAH: An insurgent commander was among five fighters killed during a police operation in western Farah province, the Ministry of Interior said on Sunday.Mullah Tayeb, who planned militant attacks and explosions in Bakwa, was killed along with four... read more
KABUL (PAN): Thirty armed insurgents were killed and seven others detained during joint operations in different provinces over the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Sunday.The operations involving Afghan and the International... read more
FARAH CITY (PAN): An insurgent commander was among five fighters killed during a police operation in western Farah province, the Ministry of Interior said on Sunday.Mullah Tayeb, who planned militant attacks and explosions in Bakwa, was killed along... read more
KABUL (PAN): A leading anti-corruption body on Saturday voiced its concern over reports about the sudden dismissal of three activists of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC).On Friday, the president's office said the five-year... read more
GHAZNI: Weapons and landmines were seized during an operation by intelligence operatives in southern Ghazni province, an official said on Saturday.The operation in the Amir Kala village of Andar district led to the recovery of six weapons, the... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): Four armed insurgents were killed and eight others, including drug traffickers, detained during an operation in southern Kandahar province, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Saturday.The operation in Arghandab district led to... read more
HELMAND: Unidentified gunmen shot dead a member of municipality council in the southern province of Helmand, an official said on Thursday.The incident took place on Wednesday evening in Lashkari Bazaar area of the capital city, the governor's... read more
KABUL (PAN):  Mistakes by both American and Pakistani forces led to the November 26 NATO airstrikes that killed 24 Pakistani Army soldiers last month, the US investigations into the incident have found.The investigations have reportedly... read more
FARAH CITY (PAN): Fifteen ancient coins found in a pot were handed over to the Information and Culture Department in western Farah province, officials said on Thursday.The coins were found on Wednesday evening when youths were levelling a football... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Pentagon investigators had determined that mistakes by a joint US-Afghan special operations team led to the airstrikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in the Mohmand tribal region last month, the Wall Street Journal reported on... read more
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD (PAN): Eight US troops have been charged in connection with the death of a fellow soldier allegedly abused in southern Kandahar province, the US-led coalition said on Wednesday.The soldiers face a raft of charges over the death of... read more
KABUL (PAN): US Ambassador to Afghanistan, Ryan C. Crocker, has said what the US vice president Joe Biden has said about the Taliban was that the insurgents were not necessarily their enemy if they laid down arms and renounced violence.In response... read more
TIRINKOT (PAN): Uruzgan governor on Wednesday asked residents to help the government strengthen security in the central province. He made the appeal at a gathering under the name of Peace and Good governance held at the Governor's House.... read more
GHAZNI CITY (PAN): Residents of southern Ghazni province said provincial council had not achieved anything during last two years.The council has 19 seats and some of its members are blamed for getting seats fraudulently.Dr. Abdul Ghani Bahaduri,... read more
HELMAND: Four Taliban militants were killed in a clash with police in southern Helmand province, where a civilian lost his life in a roadside bombing, an official said on Wednesday.The four fighters were killed when police ambushed them in the Deh... read more
KABUL (PAN): Five Polish troops were killed in a roadside bombing in southern Ghazni province on Wednesday, reports said. ISAF in a statement also said its five troops died following an improvised explosive device attack.The ISAF statement did not... read more
KABUL (PAN): Newly-constructed building for the provincial National Disaster Management Department was inaugurated in western Herat province. The inauguration ceremony was attended by Afghanisatan Nature Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA, General... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) Head, Fatima Gilani, on Tuesday said the number of volunteers with the society has reached 46,000 across the country.The year 2011 has been named as movement of Iinternational Red Cross and Red... read more
KABUL (PAN): Draft of security strategy would have a positive impact on security situation in Afghanistan, a lawmaker said. After approval by defense and territorial integrity commission, they would present the draft before general session of the... read more
FAIZABAD (PAN): A dozen districts in eastern northern Badakhshan province on Tuesday remained disconnected from the capital, Faizabad, after heavy snowfall blocked roads, an official said on Tuesday.Since last night, heavy snow continued to fall... read more
QALAT (PAN): Dozens of weapons seized by security forces during operations in southern Zabul province were on Monday handed over to the Disbandment of Illegal Armed Groups (DIAG) programme, an official said.The 56 weapons delivered to DIAG programme... read more
KABUL (PAN): Ten people were sentenced from 15 to 20 years in jail on charges of drug trafficking, the Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) said on Tuesday.The accused were convicted by an appellant court at the end of an open trial on the basis of... read more
KABUL (PAN): NATO Senior Civilian Representative spokesperson Dominic Medley has said the alliance would not abandon Afghanistan and was remained committed to its partnership with the country.In a statement issued from his office, Medley said the... read more
GHAZNI CITY (PAN): Securtiy officials on Monday said three Taliban fighters had been arrested in a joint operation by Afghan and international soldiers in southern Ghazni province.The detainees were showed to the media with weapons seized from their... read more
BADGHIS: Two Taliban fighters and a police officer were killed during a clash in Bala Murghab district of northwestern Badghis province, an official said on Monday.A third fighter was injured in the clash that took place in the Panarak area on... read more
KABUL (PAN): Five insurgents were killed and 30 others, including a foreigner, were arrested during joint operations in different provinces over past 24 hours, the defence and interior ministries said on Monday.The operations were conducted by... read more
MAIMANA (PAN): Deputy Head of provincial council of northwestern Faryab province admitted the council had failed to serve people and said concerns of residents in that regard was correct.Most of the council members were unaware of their duties of... read more
CHIGHCHIRAN (PAN): Head of provincial council in western Ghor province blamed some of the council members were busy in their private and NGOs' affairs, while  residents of the province also complained the members had done nothing to solve their... read more
KABUL (PAN): After 10 months of secret dialogue with Afghanistan's Taliban insurgents, senior US officials said the talks have reached a critical juncture, an international news agency said.Speaking on condition of anonymity, the US officials told... read more
 KABUL: Three Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers, including a commando, were killed in separate incidents of violence, the Ministry of Defence said on Sunday.The commando on homecoming day was shot and killed by militants outside his residence... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Sunday condemned the assassination of a Borders and Tribal Affairs Ministry official in southern province Kandahar.Abdul Baqi Roghbat, an advisor to the Minister of Borders and Tribal Affairs, was shot dead by... read more
KABUL (PAN): The European Union would soon start homework on a long-term strategic cooperation agreement with Afghanistan, the President's Office said on Sunday.The EU special representative for Afghanistan, Vygaudas Usackas, who met President Hamid... read more
KABUL (PAN): A huge amount of drugs and explosives were seized during a series of joint operations by NATO-led foreign and Afghan troops in Kandahar and Helmand provinces, the alliance said on Sunday.The drug cache was confiscated during a joint... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Ajay Chhibber, has said that economic growth was crucial for Afghanistan."Economic growth is crucial for... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai has said Afghanistan has achieved political stability, but still Afghans felt personally insecure in their daily lives.An interview to the CNN aired on Sunday, Karzai said the international coalition and the... read more
BAGHLAN: Three people were released from the captivity of a female former jihadi commander in Nahrin district of northern Baghlan province, officials said on Saturday.The rescued included a child. They were held captives by Kaftar, a female former... read more
KABUL (PAN): The government of Afghanistan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Saturday signed a Letter of Intent to consolidate the process the UNDP has initiated in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Finance said. “This signing... read more
KABUL (PAN): A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed a Taliban leader after he attempted to seize the weapon from a member of the force in Baraki Barak district of central Logar province on Friday, the alliance said.Maulvi Sahib,... read more
BADGHIS: Two Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed in a roadside bombing in northwestern Badghis province, an official said on Thursday.Speaking on condition of anonymity, a National Directorate of Security official told Pajhwok Afghan... read more
TIRINKOT (PAN): More than 3,000 acres of land was cleared of poppy crops during a campaign in central Uruzgan province, an official said on Thursday.The ongoing poppy eradication drive was launched last week, police chief, Brig. Gen. Matitullah Khan... read more
KABUL (PAN): Gas and gold prices have decreased and the rate of diesel jumped during the outgoing week in Kabul, where food prices stayed unchanged, retailers said on Thursday.Thirty government-run shops were seen selling a kilo of gas for 55... read more
KABUL (PAN): An International Security and Assistance Forces (ISAF) soldier was killed in southern Afghanistan, the alliance said on Thursday.The soldier was killed on Wednesday in an insurgent attack, an ISAF statement said, without revealing the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Nine Taliban fighters were killed and six others detained during a security operation in the central province of Maidan Wardak, officials said on Wednesday.The militants were killed as a result of an airstrike by the International... read more
 PESHAWAR (PAN): Afghans and Pakistanis have long been suffering because of insecurity in the region, the governor of northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province said on Wednesday.Barrister Masood Kausar, at a meeting with Afghan Ambassador... read more
KABUL (PAN): US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrived in Kabul on Tuesday on a surprise visit for talks with the top American commander and senior Afghan officials on the current situation in the country, a source said.The defense secretary would... read more
KABUL (PAN): Fourteen individuals were sentenced up to 20 years in jail on charges of drug trafficking, the Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) announced on Tuesday.The accused were convicted by an appellant court at the end of an open trial on the... read more
KABUL(PAN): Some of the political analysts said Wolesi Jirga, the lower house remained inefficient during last term but the new souse had a chance for improvement.Aziz Ahmad Fanus, lecturer in Journalism faculty ofKabulUniversitysaid two essential... read more
KUNDUZ (PAN): Voters in northern Kunduz province said they were regretted for casting their valuable votes to Members of Parliaments (MPs) representing the province and blamed those MPs for making false promises to them. Wakil Ahmad, a tailor and... read more
KABUL(PAN): Some of the women Members of Parliament (MPs) claimed they had a small role to play in the Wolesi Jirga due to lack of coordination among the women MPs while less importance was given to their ideas. The Parliament... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Sunday congratulated the Afghan cricket team on winning the Asian Cricket Council Twenty-20 Cup. Speaking over the telephone to Afghan cricketers on Sunday evening, he said the Afghans were proud of them... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Women's Land Rights Task Force, chartered to identify customary, legal and regulatory constraints affecting land ownership by women, held its inaugural session on Sunday.The USAID-supported task force would work to address issues... read more
SAMANGAN (PAN): Residents of northern Samangan province are not happy with the performance of their representatives in Wolesi Jirga and said they cut relations with people of the province after winning election.The province has four seats in the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Residents of central Kabul and other provinces unhappy over tension created after final results of parliamentary elections in the country and said it would have a negative impact over people’s participation in future elections.... read more
KABUL (PAN): Eighteen insurgents have been killed and another 31 detained in different provinces over the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Interior said on Saturday. Weapons and ammunitions were also seized.Thirteen militants were killed and eight... read more
KABUL (PAN): The European Union on Friday promised to continue supporting the Afghan government and people to ensure that human rights were protected for all its citizens.The EU urged all states, including Afghanistan, to fully implement their... read more
KABUL (PAN): A combined Afghan and coalition security force discovered a drug cache and a marijuana field during a patrol in the Shah Joy district of southern Zabul province, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Friday.... read more
KABUL (PAN): The US-led international community has strongly condemned the twin explosions in Kabul and Mazar-i-Sharif that resulted in the deaths and injuries of dozens of Afghan civilian mourners on the occasion of Ashura.UN chief Ban Ki-moon... read more
KABUL (PAN): The International Security Assistance Force commander on Tuesday strongly condemned the roadside bombing in Chora district of Uruzgan province.Gen. John R. Allen called Monday's explosion that resulted in the deaths of innocent... read more
KABUL (PAN): International Security Assistance Force Commander Gen. John Allen on Tuesday congratulated the government of Afghanistan and the international community on the success of the Bonn Conference."I congratulate President Karzai and all the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Hundreds of Afghan women leaders reaffirmed their support for the international community’s long-term engagement in Afghanistan and called for preserving the gains made over the past decade.The Afghan Women’s Network (AWN) consulted 500... read more
KABUL (PAN): Five civilians lost their lives due to a roadside bombing in central Uruzgan province, while two policemen and a rebel leader were killed in separate incidents in Paktia and Herat, officials said on Monday.The five civilians, including... read more
KABUL (PAN): A four years Australian-funded health and education programme was launched in central Uruzgan province on Monday, the Australian embassy in Kabul said.The $35.7 million programme was launched jointly by Governor Mohammed Omar Sherzad... read more
KABUL (PAN): German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday Afghan security forces need to be trained and equipped to take the security responsibility by 2014.Addressing the second Bonn Conference, she pledged the international community remain... read more
KABUL (PAN): The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Monday announced the capture of a Haqqani leader responsible for a recent car bomb attack during an operation in central Logar province.The militant leader was responsible for Friday... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Bonn Conference is expected to discuss security transition to Afghan forces, practical guidelines for peace talks with the Taliban and Afghanistan's relations with its neighbours, the US said ahead of the event on Monday.The... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan on Sunday welcomed a joint report launched by a group of Afghan civil society organisations and the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission.Afghan People’s Dialogue on Peace:... read more
HERAT(PAN): Provision of electricity and distributing motorbikes to voters became part of election campaign in Herat province where total 151 candidates were striving to acquire 17 seats, allocated for the province in parliamentary elections.... read more
KABUL(PAN): Residents of different provinces asked government and people of US to continue their support forAfghanistanafter their withdrawal in 2014.Some people wanted foreign forces to stay in the country but others did not like their presence and... read more
Helmand: Two landmine planters were killed in an airstrike by international troops in southern Helmand province, an official said on Sunday.The militants were killed in the Loya Manda area of Nad Ali district in an International Security Assistance... read more
KABUL (PAN): A decade after the first Bonn Conference, Afghans continue to struggle, often unsuccessfully, to exercise their basic human rights and freedoms, a US-based international organisation said on Sunday.A day ahead of the 2nd Bonn Conference... read more
KABUL (PAN): Three International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers were killed in a roadside bombing, a weapon of choice for the insurgents, in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, the alliance said.The deaths were announced in a brief statement... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some residents of central capital city Kabul are not happy with military presence of allied forces in Afghanistan but some of them while stressing upon their presence said if they left the country, civil war might start again.Khwaja... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghans from different localities asked the government and people of US to continue their help, even after withdrawal in 2014.Some of the people want allied forces to stay in Afghanistan but others do not agree with reason that it would... read more
KABUL (PAN): A combined Afghan and coalition security force destroyed a building laden with unstable explosives during a security operation in southern Ghazni province on Saturday, the alliance said.The joint force was looking for a Taliban leader,... read more
KABUL (PAM): Nine insurgents and four Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed and 13 militants detained during joint operations in different provinces over the past 24 hours, interior and defence ministries said on Saturday.The operations... read more
KABUL (PAN): At the head of a high-powered delegation, President Karzai on Friday left for Germany to participate at the second Bonn conference, officials said.Officials from 100 countries and representatives from 15 international organisations... read more
KABUL (PAN): As many as 83 candidates of parliamentary elections referred to Mullas (prayer leaders) for winning their seats in the parliament and with paying them they asked for making amulets for their success. A Mullah living in Taimani area... read more
KABUL (PAN): Amu and Band-i-Amir Clubs chalked up victories against their rivals in the ongoing Inter-Zone Cricket Tournament being played in eastern Nangarhar province, the game's regulating body said on Friday.Amu trounced the Spinghar Club by... read more
KABUL(PAN): The number of new HIV infections has fallen by more than 20 per cent since 1997, the United Nations secretary-general has said, calling for continued political commitments and investments.New infections were continuing to decline in most... read more
ZRANJ (PAN): Officials in Nimroz, Badakhshan and Samangan provinces on Thursday said Afghan forces were ready for security transition but needed to be strengthened and equipped.Some programmes for improvement of security, good governance, convincing... read more
KABUL (PAN): The 2nd Bonn Conference offers a unique opportunity for Afghans and their international partners to evaluate the achievements and failures over the last 10 years and set up clear benchmarks for the future, an anti-corruption body said... read more
KABUL (PAN): Hervé Ladsous, head of the UN's Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), concluded his five-day visit to Afghanistan on Wednesday, the UN mission said.During his first visit to Afghanistan, Ladsous called on Minister of Foreign... read more
ASADABAD (PAN): Residents of eastern Kunar province complained no promise made was kept for the last six months by Remembers of Parliament (MPs) representing the province in Wolesi Jirga. Four MPs including three men and one woman represent the... read more
QALAT (PAN): Residents of northern Kabul province complained elected Members Parliament (MPs) they had voted, had forgotten them. According to locals, those MPs had promised them for several things during election campaign but once they elected,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The USAID said on Wednesday it had signed innovation grants with three major Afghan mobile network operators to support the expansion of mobile money in the country.The grants to Etisalat, MTN and Roshan M-Paisa will enable more than... read more
KABUL (PAN): Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday rejected a personal appeal from the Afghan president to mull over Islamabad's decision to boycott the Bonn conference on Afghanistan’s future over the NATO airstrikes that killed... read more
KABUL (PAN): The estimated life expectancy both for women and men in Afghanistan has increased considerably to 62-64 years, finds the first comprehensive national mortality survey.In 2009, the US Central Investigation Agency put the average life... read more
KABUL (PAN): An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldier was killed in a roadside bombing, a weapon of choice for the insurgents, in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, the alliance said.The death was announced in a brief statement from... read more
KABUL (PAN): A US embassy official and 50 students from the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) discussed the impact of gender-based violence on their communities on Tuesday.Fifty students of the university conferred on the issue with Deputy... read more
JALALABAD (PAN): Some of the Wolesi Jirga election candidates complained about insecurity in Khogyani, Sherzad and Hisarak districts of eastern Nangrahar province and said they were unable to run election campaign in those districts. Haseebi... read more
KABUL (PAN): There are some candidates of Wolesi Jirga who are from one family but they have nominated themselves from different provinces. One on those candidates is Rana Nuristani, daughter of ex-MP Hawa Alam Nuristani is also nominated as... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some of the residents from central provinces liked parliamentary election process while some of them complained of security problems and fraud cases. The parliamentary elections were held on September 18, 2010 while the polling... read more
KABUL (PAN): Existing villages on the edge of the capital city will not be destroyed, but developed, under the ongoing New Kabul City Master Plan, the Deh Sabz City Development Authority (DCDA) said on Tuesday.Preservation of 54 villages in Deh Sabz... read more
KABUL (PAN): NATO on Monday congratulated the Afghan government and people on the announcement of 18 more areas for transition to national security forces over the coming months.sA meeting of the National Security Council, chaired by President Hamid... read more
NIMROZ: The body of an Afghan refugee, who died of a heart attack in an Iranian prison, was brought to his native province of southwestern Nimroz, officials said on Sunday.Abdul Jalil had been detained by Iranian police on the charge of trafficking... read more
KABUL (PAN): The NATO secretary-general on Sunday extended condolences to the families of the Pakistani soldiers killed and injured during a cross-border ISAF airstrike in the northwestern tribal region of Mohmand near the Afghanistan border."I... read more
KABUL (PAN): Islamabad on Sunday protested to the government in Kabul over the ISAF airstrikes on border outposts in the northwestern tribal region of Mohmand, resulting in loss of five and damage to property.The Pakistan embassy in Kabul said: "The... read more
KABUL (PAN): A dozen insurgents were killed and 21 others arrested along with explosives during joint operations in different provinces over the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Sunday.The operations were conducted by Afghan and... read more
KABUL (PAN): Danish Minister for Development Cooperation Christian Friis Bach has announced continued support for the first-ever Afghan skating facility in Kabul.With a contribution of $330,000, Denmark will help fund an expansion of Skateistan with... read more
KABUL (PAN): Construction work on a permanent European Union-funded Police Staff College for the Ministry of Interior was launched in Kabul on Saturday, officials said.Interior Minister Bismillah Khan, EU Special Representative Ambassador Vygaudas... read more
KABUL (PAN): An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldier died following an improvised explosive device attack, the Taliban's weapon of choice, in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, the alliance said.The death was announced in a brief... read more
KABUL (PAN): Construction work on a permanent European Union-funded Police Staff College for the Ministry of Interior was launched in Kabul on Saturday, officials said.Interior Minister Bismillah Khan, EU Special Representative Ambassador Vygaudas... read more
KABUL (PAN): Thirteen insurgents were killed and 32 others arrested during joint operations in different provinces over the past 24 hours, the defence and interior ministries said on Tuesday.The operations were conducted by Afghan and NATO-led... read more
KABUL (PAN): NATO-led troops, together with their Afghan counterparts, are investigating alleged civilian deaths during a security operation in southern Kandahar province, the alliance said on Friday.A day earlier, President Hamid Karzai denounced... read more
FARAH: A Taliban commander was detained during a search operation in the Khak-i-Safid district of western Farah province on Thursday, an official said.The 8-hour operation was conducted by the Afghan National Army (ANA) and police in the Nang... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Thursday said his government had taken necessary measures to create job opportunities for educated Kuchi tribesmen in government departments.Karzai was talking to a delegation of Kuchi tribesmen at the... read more
KABUL (PAN): An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) helicopter made a precautionary landing in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, the NATO-led force said."ISAF is still in the process of assessing the circumstances to determine more facts;... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan karate squad finished third, earning seven several medals in the first-ever South Asian Karate Championship held in the Indian capital, New Delhi, from Nov. 21-23.South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some religious scholars consider huge expenses on welcoming hajj pilgrims upon their return from Saudi Arabia as extravagance, saying the tradition has forced many not to perform hajj, the fifth pillar of Islam.The tradition of... read more
KABUL (PAN): Thirty insurgents were killed and 40 others detained during 17 joint operations in different provinces over the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Tuesday.The operations were conducted by Afghan and International... read more
KABUL (PAN): A Taliban leader was captured along with four associates by a combined Afghan and coalition security force in southern Helmand province on Wednesday, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said.Wali Mohammad, blamed for... read more
BAGHLAN: A German soldier with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) was injured in a roadside bombing in northern Baghlan province on Wednesday, officials said.The explosion happened in Charshanba Tepa area of Baghlan-i-Markazi... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Karzai administration has failed to fully implement a two-year-old law to a vast majority of cases of violence against women, the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the UN High Commissioner for Human... read more
KABUL (PAN): The joint independent anti-corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (MEC) chairman on Tuesday asked the Afghan government to frame necessary polices against graft.Addressing a news conference, MEC Chairman Drago Kos suggested the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The European Commission (EC) said on Tuesday it would immediately release additional funding of €1.5 million to boost food assistance to drought victims in northern Afghanistan.Bringing the total European Commission humanitarian aid and... read more
BAGHLAN: Five family members of a family were wounded when unidentified assailants lobbed a hand grenade into their house in northern Baghlan province, an official said on Tuesday.The incident took place in the Joyee Bori area of Nehrin district... read more
KABUL (PAN): Twenty-five insurgents were killed and three others wounded during joint operations in different provinces over the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Tuesday.The operations were conducted by Afghan and International... read more
KABUL (PAN): The 2nd Bonn Conference, slated for December 5 in Germany, would bring NATO, the international community and Afghanistan ever closer, the alliance said on Tuesday.Among other issues, the conference would note the progress made in... read more
KABUL (PAN): Russia has said it expects explanations from the United States about its plans to set up military bases in Afghanistan after 2014, when all foreign forces are scheduled to pull out of the country.According to the Xinhua news agency,... read more
FARAH(PAN): Three civilians were wounded when a remote-controlled bomb, attached to a motorcycle, went up in the western province of Farah on Monday, officials said.The incident took place at around 8:15am when a convoy of the Afghan National Army (... read more
KABUL (PAN): More than 400,000 women in 180 districts across the country have been provided economic development support, vocational training, improved family healthcare, education and literacy training under a USAID-funded project, the agency said... read more
GHAZNI: A financier of Taliban militants was arrested with arms in the Muqar district of southern Ghazni province, an Afghan army official said on Sunday.Col. Daud Shah Wafadar, the 203rd Thunder Military Corps commander, called the arrest a major... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United States said on Sunday it respected the traditional Afghan institution of Loya Jirga, which overwhelmingly supported the idea American bases in the country for a decade.The grand tribal assembly concluded on Saturday with the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Political analysts, praising recommendations of Loya Jirga delegates as useful, said on Saturday there was no guarantee of the United States accepting the suggestions regarding the strategic partnership deal.The traditional Loya Jirga... read more
BADGHIS: Three Taliban fighters were killed and four others injured during a combined security operation by Afghan and international soldiers in northwestern Badghis province, an official said on Saturday.The operation was conducted on Friday night... read more
KABUL (PAN): For the first time in the history of Subroto Cup, Afghan girls were seen in action along with other teams in the 52nd edition of the football tournament in New Delhi, organisers said on Saturday.The event is organised annually by the... read more
KABUL (PAN): A human rights watchdog on Saturday underlined the need for a sustained and transparent re-engagement of the international community with the Afghan people.The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) also called for... read more
KABUL (PAN): The secrecy surrounding US conditions for a strategic cooperation deal with Afghanistan amounts to a violation of Loya Jirga's participants to know details of the pact, Kabul-based political analysts said on Friday.As it entered a third... read more
KABUL (PAN): More than 2.5 million people in Afghanistan are in urgent need of essential food aid, as drought grips areas in 14 provinces and snow threatens the current relief effort, NGOs warned on Friday. Nine Afghan and foreign NGOs said in a... read more
TIRINKOT (PAN): Four Afghan civilians, including an elderly man and three children, were killed in roadside bombing in central Uruzgan province on Friday, an official said.The blast took place in the Nachin village on the outskirts of Tirinkot, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Former interior minister Hanif Atmar fears Afghanistan may plunge into civil conflict if international forces pull out of the country on schedule in 2014.The withdrawal of US and NATO-led troops would pave the ground for a proxy-led war... read more
KABUL (PAN): Kabul-based political analysts say a third party or country should be involved in signing the proposed strategic agreement with the United States.Hundreds of tribal elders, politicians, sitting and former parliamentarians and officials... read more
KABUL (PAN): One of the 40 working committees tasked with firming the agenda for the traditional Loya Jirga on a strategic pact with the United States was dissolved for cultural reasons on Thursday, officials said.The 40 bodies are discussing... read more
BAGHLAN: Two people were killed during a clash between militant groups in the Nahrin district of northern Baghlan province, officials said on Thursday.The gunbattle resulted from personal enmity, Col. Noor Gul, the district police chief, told... read more
KABUL (PAN): Three International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers died in insurgents attacks in Afghanistan on Thursday, the alliance said.Two of the troops died in a roadside bombing in southern Afghanistan, while a third was killed in an... read more
KABUL (PAN): The traditional Loya Jirga on a strategic cooperation agreement with the US and setting up a mechanism for peace talks with Afghan militants entered a second day in Kabul on Thursday.The second day's proceedings began with the creation... read more
TRINKOT (PAN): Two insurgents, including a commander, were killed during a clash with police in central Uruzgan province, an official said on Thursday.The hour-long engagement erupted on Wednesday night in the Mehrabad area of Tirinkot, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some political analysts on Wednesday said President Hamid Karzai, in his hour-long speech to the Loya Jirga, tried to influence participants, but others believed his remarks reflected ground realities.Karzai outlined his government's... read more
KABUL (PAN): Religious cultural advisors from the Afghan Air Force and army met with their American counterparts at the Kandahar airfield to further expand an evolving partnership, the US military said on Wednesday.Chaplains have been a part of the... read more
ISLAMABAD: Sixteen militants were killed in a CIA-operated dron attack in South Waziristan , part of Pakistan’s restive tribal belt on the border with Afghanistan, on Wednesday, an official said.Hideouts of militants loyal to Abu Nasir and Maulvi... read more
KABUL (PAN): Three International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers died in improvised explosive device attacks in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, the alliance announced.The troops died in two separate roadside bombings, the NATO-led force... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday said the launch of a second round of the security transition from international troops to Afghan forces would be announced on the first day of a traditional Loya Jirga beginning Wednesday.In a telephone... read more
FARYAB: Police have found three dead bodies, charred beyond recognition, in northern Faryab province, officials said on Tuesday.The bodies, including one beheaded, were found dumped in the Khwaja Paitakht area on the outskirts Miamana City on Monday... read more
KABUL (PAN): The proportion of Afghans who say the country is heading in the wrong direction has increased to 35 percent, showing an eight percent increase from last year, says a survey released on Tuesday. The poll by the Kabul-based Asia... read more
KABUL (PAN):  Under the leadership of HR/VP Ashton, 27 Foreign Ministers of the European Union (EU) on Monday agreed to its long-term engagement in Afghanistan.Led by Afghanistan, the Afghan foreign ministry had previously announced that... read more
MAHMOOD RAQI (PAN): Students of Albironi University in central Kapisa province complain they are faced with problems due to the poor condition of their hostel, particularly bad condition of ceiling in a lot of hostel rooms.Ahmad Zeya, a second year... read more
KABUL (PAN): Three people, including a girl and two militants, have been killed in separate incidents of violence in central Kapisa and southern Helmand and Ghazni provinces, officials said on Monday.The girl was killed and two boys were wounded... read more
KABUL (PAN): The National Security Council (NSC) on Sunday directed the Ministry of Interior to ensure better security arrangements for the Loya Jirga due on November 16, the Presidential Palace said.In order to enable elders of the nation to... read more
KABUL (PAN): A spokesperson for the Loya Jirga on Saturday said the grand assembly would take place as planned, brushing aside the rumors that the event had been postponed.More than 2,000 government officials and elders are scheduled to meet on... read more
KABUL (PAN): A US military court has convicted an American soldier of three counts of premeditated murder for leading a rogue "kill team" in Afghanistan.Sergeant Calvin Gibbs, 26, the ringleader of a US army unit, admitted cutting and keeping... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai has said a strategic partnership with India and talks for a similar deal with the United States posed no threat to his country's neighbours.Karzai told leaders of South Asian nations at a regional summit in Addu,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Estimated 70 rebels were killed in a clash with Afghan and NATO-led troops in southeastern Paktika province near the border with Pakistan late Tuesday, an official said.The engagement erupted after dozens of militants, armed with small... read more
SHARAN (PAN): A district chief and his five guards were injured in a roadside bombing in southeastern Paktika province on Tuesday, an official said.The Sararoza district chief, Mohammad Akbar, was travelling in a car along with his guards in the... read more
QALA-I-NAW (PAN): Nearly a dozen people, most of them from the same family, were killed when the vehicle they were travelling in hit a landmine in northwestern Badghis province, the Ministry of Interior said on Tuesday.The incident took place in the... read more
KABUL (PAN): A 5.5 magnitude earthquake rocked the Hindu Kush region of northern Afghanistan, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.The quake occurred on Monday at 4:29pm local time, according to the US Geological Survey.The... read more
KABUL (PAN): A Haqqani network leader has been arrested by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers during an operation in the Syed Karam district of southeastern Paktia province, the force said in a statement.The ISAF media... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Taliban supreme leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, has asked the fighters to protect life and property of civilians and avoid harming them during their operations.In a statement congratulating Afghans on the occasion of Eidul Azha, Omar... read more
KABUL (PAN): An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldier was killed in southern Afghanistan, the alliance said on Friday.The servicemember died following an insurgent attack on Thursday, the NATO-led force said in a brief statement.In... read more
KANDAHAR: An eight-member militant group operating in southern Kandahar province, the birthplace of the Taliban movement, has joined the peace process, officials said on Thursday.Residents of Panjwai district, the fighters surrendered on Wednesday... read more
KABUL (PAN): The European Union on Thursday pledged €47 million to Afghanistan's health sector to ensure the delivery of basic services in 10 provinces and improving hospital conditions in another six provinces.Deputy Minister of Public Health Dr.... read more
KABUL (PAN): A long-serving member of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) team in the country, Abdul Wali Modadiq, has been appointed as deputy director-general of Afghanistan's National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA). Modadiq... read more
KABUL (PAN): ISAF and the US Embassy are assisting the Ministry of Interior to set up an Afghan force to take over from private security firms after an assessment that the planned disbanding of the firms is unlikely to be met in March, officials... read more
GHAZNI: Police and National Directorate of Security (NDS) personnel have seized hundreds of unregistered motorcycles in an effort to curb the use of illegal vehicles in the capital of southern Ghazni province, officials said on Wednesday.None of the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Hours after a trilateral summit among Turkish, Afghan and Pakistani presidents, a regional conference on the future of Afghanistan got underway in Istanbul, the capital of Turkey, on Wednesday.“To restore security in Afghanistan,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger has proposed the Obama administration should first hold talks with Afghanistan's neighbouring countries before negotiating with the Taliban.Speaking at the Washington-based Woodrow Wilson... read more
KABUL (PAN): A $1. 5 million (72,090,000 afghanis) agreement was signed between the Harakat organization and the ministries of education and labour, social affairs, martyrs & disables in Kabul on Tuesday.   Harakat is an independent,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United States has imposed sanctions on a top commander of the Pakistan-based Haqqani network, adding him to one its main terror blacklists, the State Department announced on Tuesday.Commander Mali Khan was designated as a global... read more
FARAH/ BADGHIS: A militant and a policeman were killed and an insurgent injured in separate incidents in western Farah and Badghis provinces on Tuesday.The police was on his way to Balamarghab district to receive his salary, an official said on... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers were killed in an improvised explosive device attack in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, the alliance said.The deaths were announced in a brief statement from the NATO-led force... read more
KABUL (PAN): National and international development and humanitarian aid agencies working in Afghanistan on Tuesday said it was essential that social, economic and security needs of ordinary Afghan men, women and children were at the forefront of... read more
KABUL (PAN): Eleven insurgents were killed, two wounded and 29 others detained during joint operations over the past 24 hours in different provinces, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Tuesday.The operations were conducted by Afghan and... read more
KABUL (PAN): A unit combating violence against women is set to be launched at the Prosecution Office in Mahmud Raqi, the capital of central Kapisa province, the International Development Law Organisation (IDLO) said on Tuesday.The opening ceremony... read more
KABUL (PAN): A new initiative, a multi-donor trust fund aimed at strengthening Afghan civil society organisations to improve living conditions for ordinary people in remote areas of the country, was launched on Monday.UK Secretary of State for... read more
LAGHMAN: The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) targeted and killed two alleged mine planters during an overnight airstrike in eastern Laghman province, an official and residents said on Monday.The incident took place in Shaheed Baba... read more
KABUL (PAN): With the world population set to reach seven billion people, the United Nations on Monday called for focus on Afghan girls' health and education, calling the spending the smartest investments a country can make.In a report, the United... read more
HELMAND: Eight Taliban were killed and 12 others injured in a gunbattle with police in the Nawa district of southern Helmand province, officials said on Sunday.The rebels ambushed police who were asking growers not to cultivate poppies in the... read more
KABUL (PAN): A human rights group warned on Sunday Afghan women activists were at risk of being sidelined at the important second Bonn conference on the country's future, penciled in for December 5 in Germany.The security transition, negotiations to... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Saturday called for serious and practical measures for implementation of the second phase of security transition from foreign troops to their Afghan counterparts.The Security Transition Board on Saturday... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Saturday condemned a suicide attack that killed nine people, including a policeman and foreign soldiers, in the Darul Aman area of Kabul.The bomber detonated his explosives-laden vehicle near a convoy of... read more
BADAKHSHAN: A Taliban group leader has been detained by intelligence operatives in Faizabad city, the capital of northeastern Badakhshan province, an official said on Saturday.The National Directorate of Security official, who did not want to be... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) said on Saturday its appeal court had sentenced an Iranian national to 20 years in prison for trafficking 90 kilograms of heroin into Afghanistan.Arrested by local police in the Abresham area of... read more
KABUL: Four insurgents were killed and 33 others detained during joint operations over the past 24 hours in different provinces, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Thursday.The operations were conducted by Afghan and International Security... read more
KABUL (PAN): Four insurgents were killed and 33 others detained during joint operations over the past 24 hours in different provinces, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Thursday.The operations were conducted by Afghan and International Security... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Nineteen prisoners released from the Bagram military prison on bail were reunited with their families in southern Helmand province, the governor's house said on Thursday.Speaking at a ceremony in Lashkargah, Governor's House Chief... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Taliban on Wednesday warned Afghans against participating in an upcoming Loya Jirga on the proposed strategic cooperation pact with the United States.More than 2,000 government officials and tribal elders are scheduled to meet in... read more
BAMYAN: Iranian-made explosives and ammunitions have been seized in the Kahmard district of central Bamyan province, officials claimed on Wednesday.The seizure came in Du Aab and Ashpushta areas, police crime branch officer, Chaman Ali, told Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (PAN): Fifteen armed insurgents were killed, one wounded and 20 others detained during joint operations over the past 24 hours in different provinces, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Saturday.The operations were conducted by Afghan and... read more
ISLAMABAD: Four people, including a member of an anti-insurgent militia, were killed in a bomb blast the Lower Dir district of Pakistan's northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province on Tuesday, a police official said.Pro-government militia member... read more
KABUL: (PAN): Foreign troops detained eight people on suspicion of having links with the Taliban during separate operations in Logar and Takhar provinces, officials said on Tuesday.Five suspects were arrested in the Ali Khan area on the outskirts of... read more
KABUL (PAN): Eleven armed insurgents were killed and as many others detained during joint operations over the past 24 hours in different provinces, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Saturday.The operations were conducted by Afghan and... read more
KABUL (PAN): A number of suspected insurgents were detained and a narcotics cache seized during an operation in southern Kandahar province, the International Security Assistance Force said on Tuesday.An Afghan-coalition patrol arrested the suspects... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): The governor of southern Helmand province, Mohammad Gulab Mangal, has urged donor countries to provide assistances for different development projects in the world's biggest opium-producing region.Mangal was speaking to the UAE... read more
KABUL (PAN): Denmark would provide $3.7 million (177.6 million afghanis) in humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan, Danish ambassador to Afghanistan said on Tuesday.His government would spend $3.7m through the United Nations World Food Program (... read more
KABUL (PAN): One hundred and fifty government officials and students were on Monday awarded certificates on completing a three-month course in English language and computer, arranged by the Pakistani Embassy in Kabul.Deputy Minister of Information... read more
KANDAHAR: Four civilians were injured in an explosion in southern Kandahar province, an official said on Monday.The incident took place at around 9:00am in the Loya Wyala area of 9th police district, Zalmay Ayubi, the governor's spokesman, told... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers were killed in eastern and southern Afghanistan, the alliance announced on Monday.One soldier perished in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack in the south on Monday,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Six anti-government fighters were killed, one wounded and another arrested in southern Kandahar and Helmand provinces, the interior ministry said on Sunday. The insurgents were killed during operations by Afghan and NATO-led forces... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers were killed in Afghanistan on Sunday, the alliance announced.The servicemembers were killed in insurgent attacks in the south and east, the NATO-led forced said in brief... read more
KABUL (PAN): Seventeen individuals were sentenced up to 20 years in jail on charges of trafficking drugs, the Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) announced on Sunday.Having defence lawyers to plead their cases, the accused were convicted by an... read more
KABUL (PAN): Twenty-four insurgents were killed and 10 others detained during joint operations over the past 24 hours in different provinces, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Saturday.The operations were conducted by Afghan and International... read more
FAIZABAD (PAN): More than 10,000 drought-affected families in northeastern Badakhshan province were given food, seeds and animal feed on Saturday, officials said.The items were distributed to victims from 13 districts of the province, Mohammad Salim... read more
KABUL (PAN): A key highway, which was kept closed by militants for five years, has been reopened in southern Helmand province, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Saturday.Linking Sangin and Kajaki districts of the province, the road reopened as... read more
KABUL (PAN): There could be no stability in the region if peace continued to elude Afghanistan, Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani said on Friday.Gilani said his country was ready to train Afghan army, police and administration officials... read more
TARINKOT (PAN): Under a clear blue sky in central Uruzgan province, 160 Afghan National Police officials stood in formation awaiting their moment to be sworn in to secure their homes, families and country, graduating from the basic patrol course.... read more
KABUL (PAN): Former Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi, who ruled the oil-rich African country with an iron fist for 42 years, was killed during a gunbattle in his stronghold of Sirte city on Thursday, media reports said."We have been waiting for this... read more
KANDAHAR/SHIBERGHAN (PAN): A dozen prison officers and more than 160 policemen completed training courses in Kandahar and Jawzjan provinces, officials said on Thursday.In Jawzjan, 161 border policemen graduated from a professional training course on... read more
KABUL (PAN): Semin Barakzai, an ousted female lawmaker, on Wednesday ended her 18-day hunger strike in response to an appeal from  former Senate chairman Sibghatullah Mujaddedi, her brother said.Barakzai went on fast unto death  on October... read more
 JAWZJAN: Two militant groups joined the government's peace process in northern Jawzjan province, officials said on Wednesday.Operating in Faizabad district, the fighters surrendered as a result of efforts by their group leaders, Mullah Borhan... read more
KABUL (PAN): Six insurgent were killed and 30 others detained in a series of operations in different parts of the country over the past 24 hours, the interior ministry said on Tuesday.Afghan police, army and coalition forces conducted13 joint... read more
TALOQAN (PAN): A man was killed and five others were injured in a collision in northern Takhar province, an official said on Tuesday.The accident took in the Suhrab Pump Station area of Taloqan, the provincial capital, late on Monday night, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Monday ordered an investigation into civilian deaths during a nighttime operation by international troops in the central province of Maidan Wardak.NATO-led soldiers killed three relatives a former senator, Sami... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Monday ordered an investigation into civilian deaths during a nighttime operation by international troops in the central province of Maidan Wardak.NATO-led soldiers killed three relatives a former senator, Sami... read more
KABUL (PAN): The European Union on Monday welcomed Wolesi Jirga's recent approval of the supplementary budget bill for the recapitalisation of Kabul Bank as a critical step forward in reinvigorating the Kabul process. Currently in Kabul,... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai's mild reaction to alleged cross-border incursions into Afghanistan from Pakistan and Iran is reflective of his government's wavering political stance, political analysts believe.On Sunday, Karzai said most media... read more
FARAH CITY (PAN): Seven Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed as a result of a Taliban ambush in western Farah province, officials said on Monday.The militants attacked a security convoy late on Sunday in the Haji Habibullah Pump area of... read more
KANDAHAR CITY (PAN): As many as 11,600 vehicles, which were smuggled into the country, have been registered in compliance with President Hamid Karzai's decree, the governor's office said on Saturday. A statement from the Governor's House quoted... read more
MAIMANA (PAN): Taliban fighters killed two civilians in the northern province of Faryab, officials said on Saturday.The rebels shot dead the men at 8pm when they were returning home from a mosque in the Bazaar Qala area of Daulatabad district, said... read more
KABUL (PAN): Eighty-two rebels were killed and dozens detained in a series of security operations in different provinces over the past 24 hours, officials said on Saturday.Featuring Afghan Nation Police (ANP), Afghan National Army (ANA) and... read more
KABUL (PAN): Eighteen individuals were sentenced to three years and a month to 20 years in jail on charges of drug and alcohol trafficking, the Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) announced on Saturday.Having defence lawyers to plead their cases, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): ISAF has expressed condolences to the families of its fallen warriors and to the families of Afghan partners, who lost their lives on August 6 when their CH-47 Chinook helicopter was brought down by enemy fire in central Maidan Wardak... read more
KABUL (PAN): A policeman was killed during a clash with militants in the Jungle area of Qaram Qal district of northwestern Faryab province on Friday, officials said.Militants attacked a police patrol in the area around 8am, a senior provincial... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan and NATO-led troops killed more than a dozen insurgents during a series of operations in northwestern Faryab province, officials said on Friday.Backed by air-support, the operations were carried out in Almar, Qaisar and Ghormach... read more
KABUL (PAN):  At least seven militants were killed by Afghan and coalition troops during a series of operations in various parts of the country, ISAF said on Friday.A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed two insurgents during an... read more
KABUL (PAN): More than 200 members of the International Security Assistance Force have fallen ill after eating at a German canteen in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, reports said on Friday.Among the 206 soldiers who had... read more
KABUL (PAN): The extraparliamentary Peace and Change Party on Thursday rejected President Hamid Karzai's policy of peace talks with the Taliban, it could once again lead to civil war in Afghanistan."The creation of the High Peace Council was a wrong... read more
KABUL (PAN): A committee is due to start its work on Thursday to investigate the case of Samin Barakzai, who has been on hunger strike for the twelfth consecutive day, the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs said.Semin Barakzai, 32 years old from the... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A group of representatives from NATO member countries on Wednesday paid a brief visit to southern Helmand province, an official said.The visiting team included delegates from the US, Germany, Spain, Southern Korea, Turkey and Italy... read more
KHOST CITY (PAN): An elderly woman was injured when police opened fire at a vehicle in southeastern Khost province, an official said on Wednesday.The incident took place near the main square in Khost City, the provincial capital, provincial police... read more
KANDAHAR CITY/JALALABAD (PAN): A tribal elder was killed along with six policemen in a roadside bombing in the Zheri district of southern Kandahar province on Tuesday, an official said.The bombing took place in the afternoon, leaving Haji Abdul Wali... read more
QUETTA (PAN): Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday offered Afghanistan intelligence sharing for investigation into the assassination of head of Peace Council and former president Burhanuddin Rabbani.Gilani told media persons... read more
KABUL (PAN): The interior ministry on Tuesday rejected as unfounded a UN report that accused Afghan officials of using torture while investigating suspected militants kept in some detention centers.The United Nations Assistance Mission in... read more
KABUL (PAN): Four armed insurgent were killed and a dozen more arrested by Afghan police backed by local and foreign troops and intelligence operatives in several provinces over the past 24 hours, the interior ministry said on Wednesday.Afghan... read more
FARAH: Two Taliban fighters and a policeman were killed during a clash in western Farah province, Brig. Gen. Sayed Mohammad Andarabi, the provincial police chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News on Tuesday.The clash took place Monday night when a group of... read more
JALALABAD(PAN): People from five districts of eastern Nangarhar province are complaining about increasing insecurity, creating problems for school and government officials.Security has recently deteriorated in the Chaparhar, Khogyani, Sherzad,... read more
CHARIKAR (PAN): Suspected militants hijacked a truck carrying logistic supplies for foreign troops in central Parwan province, officials said on Monday.The Taliban intercepted the truck in the Rangab area of Siagird district, said Abdul Alim... read more
KABUL (PAN): Barna Karimi has been nominated as Afghan ambassador to Canada by President Hamid Karzai through a presidential decree, an official said on Monday.His nomination as ambassador to Canada was proposed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs... read more
KANDAHAR CITY (PAN): As many as 250 religious scholars and students were tested in order to qualify and get 12th grade certifications from the department of education in southern Kandahar province, the provincial education department said on Monday.... read more
KABUL (PAN): Four insurgents were killed, a fifth wounded and three others arrested during joint security operations by Afghan and foreign forces in several provinces over the past 24 hours, the interior ministry said on Monday.Personnel from Afghan... read more
KABUL (PAN): The European Union (EU) is deeply concerned by the allegations of mistreatment of conflict-related detainees in some Afghan detention facilities detailed in a UN report released on Monday, the union said."Torture and ill-treatment are... read more
KABUL (PAN): An Afghan journalist, Emal Faizi, was appointed as a presidential spokesman based on President Hamid Karzai’s decree on Sunday, a presidential statement said.Emal Faizi, designated as President Karzai’s spokesperson and media head, is a... read more
KABUL (PAN): Eleven armed insurgents were killed, 19 others arrested and one wounded during joint operations by Afghan and foreign forces in difference provinces, the Ministry of Interior said on Sunday.Featuring Afghan Nation Police (ANP), Afghan... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers perished in an insurgent attack in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, the alliance said. The deaths were announced on Sunday in a brief statement by the multinational troops,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Nine armed insurgents were killed and 11 other arrested during joint operations by Afghan and foreign forces in eastern Laghman province, the Ministry of Interior said on Saturday.Featuring Afghan Nation Police (ANP), Afghan National... read more
KABUL (PAN): An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldier was killed in southern Afghanistan, the alliance said on Friday.The servicemember was killed late on Thursday, but the cause of his death was still unknown, a statement from ISAF... read more
KABUL (PAN): Islamabad on Thursday asked Kabul to show greater responsibility and give up the ongoing blame game, said a private Pakistani TV channel, monitored in Kabul. "At this defining stage when challenges have multiplied, it is our... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Thursday condemned as a dastardly act a militant attack on a passenger bus in southern Helmand province.One child was killed and 16 other passengers, including women and children, were wounded in the incident... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United Arab Emirates (UAE) scored 361 runs on day one of the four-day ICC Intercontinental Cup match against Afghanistan at the Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium on Wednesday.The hosts won the toss and elected to bat, with Palekar... read more
MEHTARLAM (PAN): Six Taliban militants joined the peace process in the Badpakh district of eastern Laghman province, the spy service said on Wednesday.The ex-militants were active in the Badpakh district, the provincial intelligence department said.... read more
KABUL (PAN): The French government has provided 5.7m euros (366 million afghanis) for the implementation of an improved maternal and child health programme in the northeastern province of Badakhshan, an official said on Tuesday.This programme would... read more
BADGHIS: One policeman and two Taliban fighters were killed and as many injured in a clash in northwestern Badghis province, officials said on Tuesday.The clash took place late on Monday in the Chapchal area of Balamurghab district, an intelligence... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan civilians continue to pay the price of the ongoing conflict in their country, an international humanitarian organisation said on Tuesday, voicing concern for displaced, sick and wounded individuals.The Geneva-based International... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Monday accused Pakistan of failing to support his country in combating terrorism, regretting Islamabad's non-cooperation in ridding the region of the scourge. "There is no doubt that the Pakistani people... read more
KABUL (PAN): A Taliban-designated judge for the Shirin Tagab district of northern Faryab province was detained on Monday, the interior ministry announced.Maulvi Jan Mohammad was arrested at 5pm during an operation by Afghan police and National... read more
KABUL: Eleven militants were killed and 16 others arrested in operations during the past 24 hours in different provinces, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Monday.The joint offensives were carried out in Kandahar, Maidan Wardak, Logar, Helmand... read more
KABUL (PAN): Thirty-seven militants were killed and 22 others detained in different provinces of the country over the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Sunday.The fighters suffered the casualties as a result of a dozen joint... read more
KABUL (PAN): A senior Haqqani network leader in Afghanistan was captured during a security operation in the Janikhel district of southeastern Paktia province on Tuesday, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) announced.Haji Mali Khan,... read more
FARAH: Five logistic supply trucks were torched by the Taliban in the Gulistan district of western Farah province, Col. Abdul Rauf Ahmadi, the western zone police spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News on Thursday.The World Food Programme (WFP) and... read more
KABUL (PAN): Four international soldiers were killed in two separate incidents in southern and eastern Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Thursday.  In a statement, the alliance said three of its soldiers... read more
KABUL (PAN): The assassination of High Peace Council chairman, Burhanuddin Rabbani, has proved the Taliban are not authorised to take a decision on reconciliation, the National Security Council said on Wednesday.Despite the exchange of high-level... read more
HELMAND: Eight policemen were killed during a Taliban attack in the Antan area of Greshk district in southern Helmand province, Col. Asmail Khan Hotak, the joint military centre commander, told Pajhwok Afghan News on Wednesday.The incident occurred... read more
KABUL (PAN): The top NATO commander visited international troops in southeastern Paktika province and received briefings. He also conducted a visual reconnaissance of the key terrain, the alliance said on Wednesday.Gen. John R. Allen met Afghan... read more
HERAT CITY/ KABUL (PAN): Sixteen people were killed and four others injured in a road side bombing in the Shindand district of western Herat province on Tuesday, officials said.Also on Tuesday, three militants, including a commander, were killed... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Taliban's Quetta Shura has ordered its shadow governors to get suicide attackers out of Pakistan to show the world that there are no militant sanctuaries in the country, a security official said on Tuesday.An Inter-Services... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Kazakh minister for emergency situations discussed with President Hamid Karzai expansion of economic links between the two countries, the president's office said on Monday.Since wheat production in Kazakhstan was far more than its... read more
KABUL (PAN): Tens of thousands of Afghan refugees are faced with a whole host of problems in Greece, a Cabinet minister said on Monday.Only 71 of the 65,000 Afghans, seeking asylum in that country, had been given citizenship, the refugees and... read more
KABUL (PAN): The condition of the High Peace Council secretary, who was wounded in last week's bomb attack, is getting better and he may be discharged in a week, a doctor at the Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan Hospital, said on Monday.Mohammad Masoom... read more
KABUL (PAN): Reconstruction work on the Salang Pass would be completed before the winter and the disaster of previous years would not recur, a Ministry of Public Works official said on Monday.Witnessing severe blockades and snow slides in recent... read more
KHOST CITY (PAN): A poetry session was held in southeastern Khost province on Monday with the support of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), officials said.  Among others, several government officials and noted poets... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan on Sunday strongly denounced Pakistan's rockets attacks on eastern Kunar and Nuristan province, warning the issue would be taken to the UN Security Council if the cross-border assaults continued.At least one person was... read more
KABUL (PAN): Denouncing ex-president Burhanuddin Rabbani's assassination, the Indian law minister said on Saturday his countrymen shared the Afghan nation's grief and shock.At a meeting with President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, Salman Khurshid --... read more
FAIZABAD (PAN): Hundreds of angry protestors burnt Pakistan's national flag during a protest against the murder of former president Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani in the northeastern province of Badakhshan on Saturday, officials said.The High Peace... read more
KABUL (PAN): The martyrdom of Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani is an irreparable loss not only for the Afghan nation, but the entire Muslim world, the Pakistan ambassador to Afghanistan said on Saturday."Rabbani was a close friend of Pakistan. Our... read more
KABUL (PAN): More than a dozen insurgents were killed and eight others injured in security operations over the past 24 hours, the interior ministry said on Friday.Seven operations were conducted by Afghan and International Security Assistance Force... read more
HERAT: One person was killed and five others were wounded when a gas cylinder exploded in Western Herat province on Thursday, the governor’s spokesman, Muheeuddin Ghori, told Pajhwok Afghan News.The incident occurred at 10am at a gas shop in the 3rd... read more
KABUL (PAN): Opposition to the reconciliation campaign would grow with the assassination of High Peace Council Chairman Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani, political analysts said on Wednesday.   The former president and Jamiat-i-Islami leader was... read more
KHOST CITY (PAN): Construction work on a US-funded airport, a $2.5 million project, was launched in southeastern Khost province on Wednesday, officials said.The foundation stone of the airport was laid by Governor Abdul Jabbar Naeemi after a... read more
FAIZABAD (PAN): Mourning the assassination of their elderly leader, residents of northeastern Badakhshan province took to the streets on Wednesday, demanding immediate action against the assassins of Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani.The protestors also... read more
KABUL (PAN): At least 20 militants were killed and 22 others injured in different operations over the past 24 hours across the country, the interior ministry said on Wednesday.Up to 14 operations were conducted by Afghan and International Security... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers died following an insurgent attack in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday.The deaths were announced in a brief statement from the alliance, which neither disclosed the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The US-led global fraternity has strongly condemned the assassination of High Peace Council Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani, calling his death a serious blow to efforts at reconciliation in the war-hit country.He was killed along with three... read more
KABUL (PAN): The commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and the NATO senior civilian representative condemned on Tuesday the murder of High Peace Council Chairman Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani. Council Secretary Masoom... read more
KABUL (PAN): The seventh Afghan National Theatre Annual Festival, featuring 20 teams, will be held at the Kabul University from September 24-27, organisers said on Tuesday.The event has been organised for the past six years by the Fine Arts... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A heroin laboratory, destroyed during a joint operation in southern Helmand province two days ago, was worth $150 million, a foreign official said on Tuesday.The operation was conducted in Baghran district late on Sunday, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): A report released on Monday by a US think-tank suggests that increased nighttime raids by NATO-led foreign troops have engendered a sense of resentment that has led to undercutting battlefield gains.The International Security Assistance... read more
KABUL: Two International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers were killed in Taliban attacks in southern Afghanistan, the alliance said on Monday.One soldier perished in a Taliban attack on Monday and the second died as a result of a roadside... read more
KABUL:Three International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers were killed in Taliban attacks in southern Afghanistan, the alliance said on Sunday.Two soldiers died as a result of roadside bombings while the third was killed in a clash with the... read more
FARYAB: Nine civilians, including five children, were killed and one other injured in a roadside bombing in the Ghormach district of northern Faryab province, officials said on Saturday.Friday's explosion occurred on the Choghi road, hitting five... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Haqqani group, blamed for a string of deadly attacks in Afghanistan, on Saturday expressed its conditional willingness to enter peace negotiations with the government and the US.The Haqqanis would hold peace parleys with the... read more
KABUL (PAN): A Japanese firm has been awarded the contract for rehabilitating the Kabul International Airport’s airfield, the Afghan embassy in Tokyo said on Friday.The Dai Nippon Construction, with a legacy of working on projects in Afghanistan,... read more
KABUL (PAN): More than 30 people were killed in a suicide bombing at a funeral in Pakistan's northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Thursday, media reports said.The explosion happened at the funeral of a local public representative in the... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai ordered on Wednesday awarding of a medal to police officer Maj. Abdul Sami who laid down his life while preventing a suicide attack in Kabul.The attacker tried to detonate his suicide vest in the Bibi Mahro area... read more
KABUL (PAN): The US ambassador to Afghanistan on Wednesday blamed the Haqqani Network for the complex attacks in Kabul where militants targeted the NATO headquarters, the US embassy and several Afghan government compounds a day earlier."The... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan and Japan signed on Wednesday an agreement on improving a road in central Bamyan province, the two sides said. The agreement was signed between Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Jawed Ludin and Japan's... read more
KABUL (PAN): An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldier died during an offensive engagement in eastern Afghanistan, the alliance said on Wednesday.The servicemember's death, unrelated to yesterday's insurgent attacks in the capital,... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai and European Union (EU) Special Representative Ambassador Vygaudas Ušackas condemned on Tuesday's attacks that left several dead and injured in Kabul.Karzai strongly condemned the attacks carried out by... read more
KABUL (PAN):  The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Tuesday rejected the Human Rights Watchdog (HRW) report that the newly-created Afghan Local Police (ALP) force was involved in gross human rights abuses.Confirming ALP officials' complicity in the... read more
FAIZABAD (PAN): About 70 rebels, including a commander, were detained and two others killed by Afghan and foreign forces in the Kasham district of northern Badakhshan province, an official claimed on Tuesday.The predawn operation was conducted by in... read more
KABUL (PAN): Seven people, including four policemen, were killed and 17 others wounded in back-to-back militant attacks in the capital city of Kabul on Tuesday, officials said.Five policemen and a dozen civilians were among the injured, the Kabul... read more
KABUL (PAN): His young son resorted to a suicide attack as his demand for marriage could not be met due to poverty, says Rehmat Gul, a resident of Kabul.Gul has been living in a refugee camp in the Akora Khattak town of Pakistan's northwestern... read more
KABUL (PAN): The newly-created Afghan Local Police (ALP) force is involved in gross human rights abuses, an international watchdog said on Monday.With the government failing to provide proper oversight, the US-backed force was accused of killings,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Several insurgents were killed and detained during a joint operation by Afghan and foreign security personnel in central Uruzgan province, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Monday.Chasing a rebel leader blamed... read more
KABUL (PAN): Eight insurgents were killed during separate operations by Afghan forces over the past 24 hours in deferent parts of the country, the interior ministry said on Monday.Backed by coalition troops, the security forces detained another 11... read more
KABUL (PAN): Eight insurgents were killed during separate operations by Afghan forces over the past 24 hours in deferent parts of the country, the interior ministry said on Monday.Backed by coalition troops, the security forces detained another 11... read more
KABUL (PAN): Al Qaeda leaders are active outside Afghanistan, but they are unable to conduct major attacks like the 9/11 assaults, a spokesman for ISAF said on Sunday.Carsten Jacobson told Pajhwok Afghan News during an exclusive interview that they... read more
FARAH CITY (PAN): An investigation into the explosion in the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) compound in western Farah province has been launched, officials said on SundayThe explosion occurred late on Saturday when unidentified men lobbed a... read more
KABUL (PAN): A dozen insurgents were killed during separate operations by Afghan forces over the past 24 hours in deferent parts of the country, the interior ministry said on Sunday.Backed by coalition troops, the forces detained another 22 fighters... read more
 KABUL (PAN): The US ambassador, reiterating his country's long-term commitment to Afghanistan, said on Sunday that security transition to Afghan forces from their international counterparts did not mean disengagement. "We are and will remain... read more
KABUL (PAN): Eighteen insurgents were killed during separate operations by Afghan forces over the past 24 hours in deferent parts of the country, the interior ministry said on Saturday.Backed by coalition troops, the forces detained another 21... read more
KABUL (PAN): Reporters Without Borders, also known as RSF, on Saturday urged NATO-led troops in Afghanistan to take greater care to protect civilians during clashes with the Taliban.The call came after ISAF acknowledged on Thursday that Ahmad Omaid... read more
KABUL (PAN): Four International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) servicemembers were killed in insurgent attacks in troubled eastern and southern Afghanistan, the alliance said on Saturday.The deaths were announced in two brief statements from the... read more
KABUL (PAN): An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldier died in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack in southern Afghanistan, the alliance said on Friday.The death was announced in a brief statement from the ISAF media office... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai strongly condemned on Thursday bomb attacks that killed and wounded several people in Pakistan and India.At least 11 people were killed and more than 60 others injured on Wednesday when a powerful ripped through a... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United States reiterated on Thursday its commitment to helping Afghans build a better future for themselves through access to education. Ambassador Ryan Crocker, addressing a function marking International Literacy Day at the... read more
FAIZABAD (PAN): Hundreds of residents staged a protest against a district chief in northeastern Badakhshan province on Thursday, demanding the official's sacking for misusing his authority.The protestors accused the Khwahan district head, Zalmai... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers died in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, the alliance said. The deaths were announced in a brief statement from the ISAF media... read more
KABUL (PAN): An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldier was killed in eastern Afghanistan, the alliance said.The servicemember died following an insurgent attack on Wednesday in the eastern part of the country, the NATO-led force said... read more
KABUL (PAN): A photo exhibition, celebrating over one hundred years of Afghan-US relations, was inaugurated in Kabul on Wednesday.Organised by Meridian International Center, Washington DC, at the Bagh-i-Babari in Kabul city with support from the US... read more
KABUL (PAN): US Ambassador Ryan Crocker has reiterated the importance of a continued US-Afghan partnership after the security transition from foreign troops to local forces. Meeting with governors from eastern provinces at an Eid... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Fifty-two officers and 173 policemen on Wednesday completed an eight-month long training course and were given certificates during a graduation ceremony in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, the governor's house... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Six insurgent leaders were detained by intelligence operatives over the past several days in the southern province of Helmand, the provincial National Directorate of Security (NDS) department said on Tuesday.In a statement, NDS... read more
FARAH CITY (PAN): Two people were killed and as many others injured when a truck carrying logistic goods for foreign troops hit a roadside bomb in western Farah province, an official said on Tuesday.The blast took place in the Bakwa district on... read more
KABUL (PAN): Five civilians were killed when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb, the Taliban's weapon of choice, in Qaisar district of northern Faryab province on Monday, the interior ministry said.In a brief statement, the ministry said the anti-... read more
KABUL (PAN): Eight insurgents were killed during a series of joint operations by Afghan and foreign forces in several provinces over the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Interior said on Monday.Police backed by personnel from Afghan National Army,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Five insurgents and an Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier have been killed during separate operations over the past 24 hours in deferent parts of the country, the interior ministry said on Saturday.Another 24 insurgents were detained... read more
KABUL (PAN): Security forces detained a Taliban leader and several suspected insurgents during separate operations in southern Helmand and northern Baghlan provinces, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Friday.The rebel leader... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai met with teachers and students of an Afghan refugee school, Samanyan School, on the second day of his visit to Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, the Presidential Palace said on Friday.Karzai is in Dushanbe for... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai and his Pakistani counterpart, Asif Ali Zardari, on Friday vowed to accelerate efforts at countering terrorism in their two neighbouring countries.The two leaders met on the sidelines of the third quadrilateral... read more
KABUL (PAN): Eight suspected Taliban insurgents were killed when the bomb in their possession went off prematurely in the southern province of Kandahar on Thursday, an official said.Another four people were wounded in the blast that took place in... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai, heading a high level official delegation, on Thursday left for Tajikistan to join his Tajik, Russian and Pakistani counterparts in a quartet meeting scheduled for Friday in Dushanbe, an official said.The... read more
KABUL (PAN): A combined Afghan and coalition force patrol detained an insurgent leader and numerous other suspected insurgents during an operation in Bala Boluk district of western Farah province, NATO said on WednesdayThe detained insurgent leader... read more
KABUL (PAN): An International Security Assistance Force service member died following an improvised explosive device attack in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, NATO said.In a brief statement, the alliance said it is ISAF policy to defer casualty... read more
KABUL (PAN): US President Barack Obama has greeted Muslims across the globe on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. saying his country would continue to stand by all those people in their efforts to secure basic necessities and fundamental freedoms,... read more
MAIDAN WARDAK: Four insurgents were killed during an airstrike by foreign troops in the Nirkh district of central Maidan Wardak province, the district chief said on Tuesday.Mohammad Hanif Hanfi told Pajhwok Afghan News the airstrike was carried out... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Taliban supreme leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, has said their talks for the release of their men from jails had nothing to do with the peace parleys, initiated by the Afghan government.In a statement, Omar congratulated Afghans on... read more
KABUL (PAN): A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed a Taliban insurgent and detained another during a security operation in the Kunduz district of northern Kunduz province, the US army said on Monday.An air weapons team engaged the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The High Peace Council on Monday urged the armed opposition to shun violence and join the reconciliation process in deference to the forthcoming holy festival of Eid-ul-Fitr.In a press statement, the council once again called on the... read more
TALOQAN (PAN): A health official and his driver were killed when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in the northern province of Takhar, officials said on Sunday.The incident took place in Saqab village of Bangi district, Brig. Gen. Khair Mohammad... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United States condemned yesterday’s attacks in Helmand and Kandahar provinces, a statement from the US Embassy said. “Our condolences go out to the families of the victims of these violent acts, including a suicide bombing in... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai has ordered local security officials in the central province of Logar to launch a probe into the killing of three policemen during an operation on Friday.On Friday night, six civilians, four Taliban fighters,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Eight fighters were killed and as many others captured in operations by Afghan and coalition forces over the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Interior in Kabul said on Saturday.Another 21 militants were captured during clashes with Afghan... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan condemned on Saturday as cowardly a car bomb attack on the United Nations' headquarters in the Nigerian capital of Abuja.At least 18 people were reported killed in the assault, which drew denunciation from Secretary General... read more
Pajhwok ReportKABUL (PAN): Three international soldiers have been killed in roadside bomb attacks in volatile southern Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Friday.  The fatalities resulted from separate... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai in a meeting with justice and judicial officials on Thursday ordered the expansion of the primary and appellate courts' scope of review to speed up investigation of criminal cases.Also present on the occasion were... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have signed three memoranda of understanding as part of their commitment to deepening their bilateral cooperation, the foreign ministry said on Thursday.The first agreement relates to... read more
PANJSHER: Two men were killed and a third injured at around 8am on Wednesday when a police vehicle plunged into a river in the Bazarak City, the provincial capital of central Panjsher province, officials said.The dead included a policeman and a... read more
KABUL (PAN): Fourteen fighters were killed and 35 others captured in operations by Afghan and coalition forces over the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Interior in Kabul said on Wednesday.Three insurgents were wounded during clashes with Afghan... read more
KABUL (PAN): Construction work on a building for an institute of technical and vocational studies has been launched in the Pul-i-Charkhi area of central Kabul province.The project is expected to be complete 14 months, a cabinet minister on Tuesday.... read more
KABUL (PAN): Cabinet members in a Monday meeting discussed the delay and suspension of a number of major projects due to security threats, the president’s office said in a statement.The key projects facing these problems included the construction of... read more
KABUL (PAN): The customs duty on wheat flour has been reduced ahead of Eidul Fitr, the Muslim festival marking the end to the holy month of Ramadan, the government announced on Tuesday. "In response to requests from consumers and traders for wheat... read more
 KABUL (PAN): Staffan de Mistura, the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General (UNSRSG) for Afghanistan, on Tuesday lauded the decision of Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission (IEC) concerning the results of last... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghans want the United States to help restore peace and stability in their country and, President Hamid Karzai has said. At a meeting with a US Senate delegation on Sunday evening, the president said his nation wanted to have the... read more
KABUL (PAN):  Nineteen trucks carrying fuel for NATO-led forces in Afghanistan were set alight in Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province on Monday, a private TV channel reported. Monitored in Kabul, DawnNews said the attack in... read more
KABUL (PAN): Political parties are out for their own interests, according to young 29-year-old Kabul MP Sharifullah Kamawal, so he will not join any of them. His four-story office building in Kabul’s Kart-e-Char neighborhood has a visitors... read more
BALKH: Security forces arrested four kidnapers and two killers during separate operations in northern Balkh province , an official said on Monday.The kidnappers were arrested in Khalam district after they abducted a local shopkeeper, Haji Ameen,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) on Sunday said although the Independent Election Commission (IEC) decision that unseated nine MPs was against the law but in the larger interest of the nation. The Independent... read more
KABUL (PAN): A recreational park, benefitting more than 5000 families, would be established in the first Macro Ryan neighborhood of the capital, the Kabul Municipality announced on Sunday. The foundation stone of the park, spread over 3.5 acres of... read more
KABUL(PAN): A Pakistani citizen was sentenced to 20 years in jail on the charge of drug trafficking, the Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) announced on Sunday. The man had been detained with six AK-47 rifles, more than 2000 liters of alcoholic... read more
BADGHIS: Three border policemen were killed during a roadside bombing in northwestern Badghis province, officials said on Sunday. A witness said a civilian was also killed. The incident took place late on Saturday in the Morchaq area of Bala... read more
FARYAB: Two people were killed and a third injured in separate incidents in northern Faryab province, a doctor said on Saturday. One man was killed and another injured late on Friday night when a truck flipped over on the Almar-Maimana highway,... read more
SAMANGAN, August 19, 2011: Officials from Samangan National Directorate of Security (NDS) captured four suspects with weapons and ammunition in Samangan’s provincial capital Aibek, an official said. PAJHWOK Report
QALAT/AIBAK (PAN): Two Taliban fighters were killed and four others detained while planting roadside bombs in Zabul and Samangan provinces officials said on Friday. In one incident, two rebels were killed last evening in Umerzai area of Sewri... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): A former jihadi commander of the Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) was killed in the Chahar Boldak district of northern Balkh province on Friday, an official said. Also a tribal elder, Majnoon was shot dead in the Soryan village... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) commander condemned on Friday attacks on the British Council compound in Kabul. Multiple vehicle-borne and personal-borne improvised explosive devices were... read more
KABUL (PAN): The World Humanitarian Day (WHD) is being celebrated today to honour aid workers who brave great danger, the UN said on Friday. Recognising the sacrifices of those who lose their lives to give others help and hope, the day is about... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghans and foreign soldiers have been able to cripple the Al Qaeda network in the region and weaken the Taliban-led insurgency, the ISAF commander said on Thursday. Joint efforts were being made to promote the conditions necessary for... read more
HELMAND (PAN): A suicide attacker was killed before he could reach his target in Nad Ali district of southern Helmand province on Thursday. The bomber detonated his suicide vest when police asked him for body search. Police chief Col. Shadi Khan... read more
KABUL(PAN): The United States on Thursday condemned in the strongest terms a roadside bomb attack that killed numerous civilians and wounded many others at a public bazaar in central Uruzgan province.  "The United States also condemns the... read more
BAGHLAN:  One policeman was killed after his vehicle struck a roadside bomb in the Baghlane Markazi district of northern Baghlan province late Tuesday,  Kamin, the district police chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News on Wednesday.  He... read more
TIRINKOT (PAN): At least five civilians were killed and 15 others wounded in an explosion in central Uruzgan province, officials said on Wednesday.  The blast took place on Tuesday evening in the Deh Rawud district bazaar, crime branch chief,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) denied on Tuesday playing any role in the controversy over results from last year's parliamentary election. McClatchy Newspapers quoted two foreign officials as saying... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two more International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers have died in Afghanistan, the alliance said on Tuesday. The non-combat-related deaths were announced in a brief statement from the multinational force that neither... read more
KABUL (PAN): The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) commander and the acting NATO senior civilian representative met relatives of civilians killed and injured in central Kapisa province. At least three civilians -- a man, a pregnant... read more
HELMAND: Two police officials were killed and a third injured in a roadside bombing in the Nawa district of southern Helmand province on Monday. Local police commander Abdul Ahad and his guard were killed in the Basolan area where their... read more
KABUL (PAN): A dozen people were killed when a powerful bomb ripped through a two-storey hotel in Pakistan's southwestern province of Balochistan on Sunday. At least 23 others were wounded in the massive blast that razed the hotel in the Dera... read more
KABUL (PAN): Police in Kabul on Sunday seized nearly a dozen containers carrying logistic supplies for NATO forces after the vehicles had been entered illegally to the country, an official said. The containers transferred from Pakistan to... read more
PUL-I-ALAM (PAN): A new law and justice library -- a project aimed at supporting the rule of law -- was opened in Pul-i-Alam, the capital of central Logar province, on Sunday, the provincial reconstruction team (PRT) said. "This is a great... read more
KABUL(PAN): An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldier was killed in an insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, the alliance said. The death was announced in a brief statement from the multinational force that neither... read more
KABUL(PAN): Eighteen militants were killed in joint operations by Afghan and foreign forces in different parts of the country over the past 24 hours, the interior ministry said on Saturday. Afghan police, army and intelligence officials, as well... read more
HERAT: At least six people were killed and as many others wounded during an exchange of fire between Taliban and the law-enforcement personnel in western Herat province, an official said on Saturday. The overnight firefight happened in the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Four Taliban fighters, including two commanders, were detained during joint operations in Kandahar, Helmand and Paktiya provinces, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Friday. A Taliban leader was arrested along... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Unidentified gunmen shot dead on Friday three policemen in Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan's northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, officials and witnesses said. After killing the policemen in front of the IRNUM Hospital... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) servicemembers have been killed in Afghanistan, the alliance said on Friday. One soldier was killed in a bomb attack in the south, the NATO-led force said, without disclosing the... read more
FAIZ ABAD (PAN): Two people were killed and more than a dozen others sustained injuries in two road mishaps on the Faizabad-Takhar highway in northeastern Badakhshan province, an official said on Friday. The first incident took place late on... read more
KABUL (PAN): Poverty, lack of awareness and inadequate government checks have paved the way for the open sale of substandard medicine and food items in Kabul. Sold cheaply, the spurious drugs are often purchased by the needy and uneducated... read more
KABUL (PAN): An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldier was killed in a roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan, the alliance said on Friday. The soldier was killed in eastern Afghanistan, the NATO-led force said, without disclosing the... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai, who has been in the saddle for a decade, said on Thursday that he would not seek a third term to rule the country. "Afghanistan's constitution does not allow the president to run for a third time,... read more
BADGHIS: Two loaded stores of weapons were seized in northern Badghis province, officials said on Thursday. The stores belonged to the Taliban named district chief for the Bala Murghab district, Mullah Abdul Rahman, also known as Surkh, National... read more
KABUL(PAN): Six International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers were killed in two different roadside bomb attacks in Afghanistan, the alliance said on Thursday. Five of the troops were killed in a blast in the south today, a statement... read more
FARAH CITY (PAN):  The Taliban have killed four civilians they abducted two days ago in the western province of Farah, officials said on Tuesday. In order to enhance their influence, the militants had created differences among the people of... read more
KABUL (PAN): In a statement Tuesday, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) commander General John Allen expressed his condolences for the family and friends of those killed when an ISAF Chinook crashed in Maidan Wardak early Saturday.... read more
KABUL (PAN):  Four International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers were killed in Afghanistan on Sunday, a day after 31 US special force members were killed in a helicopter crash, the alliance said. Two of the soldiers were killed in... read more
KABUL (PAN): Construction of the Bibi Sarwary Park, a three-month project, recently began under the auspices of the Kabul Municipality, the United States Agency for International Development said on Sunday. Located in the first part of the... read more
GHAZNI: ISAF detained three suspects in the southern province of Ghazni, officials said Saturday. Provincial police chief Col. Zarawer Zahid said that no Afghan security forces were involved in the operation, which took place in the Qazi Qala area... read more
KABUL (PAN):  An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldier was killed in southern Afghanistan on Friday, the alliance said. The soldier was killed in an insurgent attack in the Taliban's southern heartland, a statement from... read more
KABUL (PAN): Fifteen people were killed and 20 others wounded in three different traffic accidents in Nangarhar, Parwan and Khost provinces on Thursday, officials said. Five passengers were killed and 10 others injured on Thursday morning when a... read more
FARYAB: Two Taliban were detained during two separate incidents in Faryab province, an official said Thursday. Cap. Sayed Masood, the provincial police spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News that Taliban militants attacked a police checkpoint last... read more
KABUL (PAN): Farid Zarif, a diplomat of Afghan origin, has arrived in Kosovo to take up the leadership of the United Nations mission in his new role as the acting special representative of the secretary-general. He has been the UN deputy... read more
QUETTA(PAN): Unidentified gunmen torched three International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) fuel supply tankers in Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province, an official said on Thursday. On their way from the port city of Karachi to... read more
KABUL(PAN): The UNESCO director-general on Thursday vehemently condemned the killing of Ahmad Omaid Khpalwak, Pajhwok Afghan News reporter in Tirinkot, the capital of southern Uruzgan province. Khpalwak was among 21 people killed in fighting that... read more
KABUL (PAN): A newly-established centre to facilitate traders and promote trade activities was inaugurated in the capital Kabul on Wednesday.  The centre has been established at the compound of the Trade and Industry Centre with financial... read more
KABUL (PAN): Fourteen armed insurgents were killed and 43 others arrested during joint security operations by Afghan and foreign forces in different provinces, the Ministry of Interior said on Wednesday. Featuring Afghan police... read more
FARAH: A National Directorate of Security (NDS) was killed in a bomb blast in the western province of Farah, an official said. A remote-controlled bomb, planted on a motorcycle, was detonated at 5:30pm when the Anar Dara district intelligence... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan won one gold, two silver and one bronze medals in the 3rd Asian Wrestling Championship played in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, an official said on Sunday. Bangladesh Home Minister Sahara Khatun inaugurated the... read more
KABUL (PAN): One civilian was killed and several suspected insurgents were detained in a joint operation by Afghan and foreign forces in eastern Laghman province, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Sunday. During the... read more
HERAT CITY (PAN): Afghanistan’s first cashmere dehairing facility, which is expected to boost future Afghan cashmere exports, has been inaugurated in western province of Herat. The Herati Cashmere and Skin-Processing Plant would process more... read more
KABUL(PAN): The European Union Delegation in Afghanistan on Sunday reiterated its commitment to the Afghans, saying its efforts were aimed bringing peace to the country. "On behalf of the Delegation of the European Union in Afghanistan, I... read more
KABUL (PAN): The US-Afghanistan-Pakistan Core Group, established to promote the Afghan-led reconciliation effort, will be held in Islamabad on August 2, the Foreign Office in Islamabad announced on Saturday. US Special Representative Marc... read more
MOHMUD RAQI/PUL-I-ALAM (PAN): Thirteen insurgents and two policemen were killed and 17 others were injured in two separate operations in central Kapisa and Logar provinces, officials said on Saturday. One clash erupted late on Friday night and... read more
BAGHLAN (PAN): A young girl was killed and six others injured in a fight between police and militants in the De Sala district of the northeastern province of Baghlan, an official said. De Sala district chief Abdul Anan told Pajhwok Afghan News that... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan and Tajikistan have stressed the need for greater regional integration through implementation of economic projects and expansion of road and rail links, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kabul said on Saturday. During... read more
KABUL(PAN): The US special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan is currently on a swing through the Central Asian region to muster support for the Afghan-led reconciliation effort. Ambassador Marc Grossman left on July 28 for a trip to... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan Ulema Council on Friday urged all parties to the conflict to announce a ceasefire in deference to the holy month of Ramadan (fasting), beginning on Monday. The call came at a meeting between members of the council and... read more
KABUL (PAN): Pajhwok Afghan News strongly condemns the attacks in Uruzgan province on Thursday that killed its provincial correspondent, Ahmad Omaid Khpalwak, and 18 other Afghans. Pajhwok continues to be deeply concerned for the safety of all... read more
KABUL (PAN): Pakistan's Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and Ministry of Communications were directed on Thursday to ensure the smooth transportation of perishable items to Afghanistan under a recent transit trade pact. Federal Minister of... read more
GHAZNI: Nine insurgents and two Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed in southern Ghazni province, officials said on Thursday. A blast hit an ANA vehicle on late Wednesday in the Chaghawer area of Andar district, killing two soldiers. The... read more
GHAZNI: Four Taliban rebels were killed during a combined operation by Afghan and international forces in southern Ghazni province, officials said on Wednesday. The offensive was conducted late on Tuesday in the Shakoor Qala area of Giro district... read more
FARYAB: Two guerrillas were killed during a fight with police in the Almar district, district chief Mohammad Omar said. The clash erupted after a group of insurgents stormed a police check-post in the Qurda Qala area, the district chief, he said... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan government and the international community on Tuesday concluded a series of meetings which reaffirmed their commitment to the “Kabul process,” the UN said. The Afghan government and the international community... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday asked participants of a regional seminar that ways should be explored to defend the Afghanistan's political independence. In his message to participants of the seminar titled "Independence,... read more
FAIZABAD (PAN): Hundreds of household animals have died of diseases in the remote northeastern province of Badakhshan, officials said on Tuesday. Nearly 600 cattle died over the past two weeks of enterotoxaemia and anthrax in Zebak district, Mir... read more
FARAH, July 24, 2011: Taliban fighters have beheaded three residents of Gulistan district and released 11 other hostages, residents say. The Taliban claimed that all the hostages were linked to the government. The remaining thirteen are still... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Sunday ordered Afghanistan's intelligence chief to investigate the death of a female doctor in central Maidan Wardak province. Ghazni Civil Hospital Director Dr. Ismayee Ibrahimzai told Pajhwok Afghan News... read more
HELMAND: Five Taliban militants were killed during separate coalition operations forces in the Garishk and Sangin districts of southwestern Helmand province, an official said on Sunday. Davud Ahmadi, the governor’s spokesman, said the... read more
KABUL (PAN): A dozen individuals were sentenced to 10-20 years in jail on the charge of trafficking drugs, the Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) announced on Sunday. The accused were convicted by an appellant court at the end of an open trial on... read more
KABUL (PAN): A member of the Pakistani-based militant group Tehrik-i-Ansar-ul-Islam has been arrested in eastern Nangarhar province, the Afghan spy agency said on Saturday. Sahibzada, using the pseudonym of Shakir, a resident of the Khyber tribal... read more
KABUL(PAN): Twenty-two Taliban fighters have been killed in operations by Afghan and foreign forces in Ghazni, Farah and Baghlan provinces, officials said on Saturday. At least eight insurgents were killed in a predawn firefight in the Shamard... read more
KABUL (PAN): A number of contractors are committing corruption in executing foreign-funded projects in eastern Khost province, Governor Abdul Jabbar Naeemi alleged on Friday. Addressing the inaugural ceremony for Terazai and Alisher district... read more
KABUL (PAN): More than 50 militants were killed during an operation against foreign fighters by Afghan and foreign forces in southeastern Paktika province on Friday, the US-led coalition said. A camp of Haqqani network fighters in Sar Rawza... read more
BALOCHISTAN, PAKISTAN: Four people were killed and 11 others wounded in a remote-controlled blast targeting a vehicle of the state-owned Oil and Gas Development Corporation Ltd.(OGDCL) in Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province on Thursday... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two British citizens have been detained on suspicion of fighting alongside Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, reports said on Thursday.  The Ministry of Defence in London said: "We can confirm that British forces have detained... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United States on Wednesday welcomed the July 15 decision of the United Nations Security Council to remove 14 individuals from the sanctions list, including four members of the High Peace Council.  The decision reflected the... read more
BALKH: Five civilians were killed and 15 others injured in a bomb explosion in northern Balkh province on Wednesday, officials and residents said. Explosives planted on a bicycle were detonated around noon in the Dash-i-Shor area on the outskirts... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) announced on Tuesday it was implementing a huge health programme in northern Samangan and Sar-i-Pul provinces. Aimed at strengthening vulnerable people's right to health, the project... read more
KABUL (PAN): The European Union, welcoming the start of the security transition process, has said there is no alternative to an Afghan-led process leading to a political solution to the conflict in the country. At a meeting in Brussels on Tuesday,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan security forces and their international partners have been able to wrest the momentum from militants in much of the country, the outgoing ISAF commander said on Monday. Because of their joint hard work and sacrifice, they had... read more
KABUL(PAN): Five foreign soldiers have been killed in separate improvised explosive device attacks in Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) announced on Monday. Three NATO-led servicemembers died in a roadside bombing in... read more
FARAH: Two Taliban fighters were killed during a cleanup operation by Afghan National Army (ANA) and police on Monday in the Khake Safed district of western Farah province. Also in Farah, two of 30 residents of the Tot region who were kidnapped 10... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai and the US Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman conferred on Sunday on the security transition process and the overall situation in the region. During a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Karzai and Mike... read more
LOGAR: Three civilians were killed and as many others wounded during a drone attack in central Logar province, but NATO said militants planting roadside bombs were targeted in the attack. The governor's spokesman, Din Mohammad Darvesh, told... read more
FARAH CITY: Six national army soldiers and seven Taliban militants were killed during a clash in Bala Baluk district of central Farah western province, officials said on Saturday. Another eight soldiers and 14 militants were injured during the... read more
KABUL: An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldier was killed following an improvised explosive device attack in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, the alliance said in a brief statement Saturday. Separately, ISAF said that another of... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Taliban on Friday rejected a UN report that said the insurgents accounted for 80 percent of Afghan civilian deaths this year. The annual mid-year report said that NATO troops were responsible for 14 percent of killings, with half... read more
NEW DELHI (PAN): India's External Affairs Minister SM Krishna on Thursday told  the visiting former Afghanistan president, Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani, that his country can always count on India's support for development and peace.... read more
KABUL (PAN): China has expressed its shock and grief over the assassination of the half-brother of President Hamid Karzai. ""We express condolences and sympathy for the family of the victim," China's Foreign Ministry spokesman... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some Kabul-based political analysts say that the High Peace Council chairman Burhanuddin Rabbani's visit to India is in the interest of the peace process, but others believe the trip would leave a negative impact on the process.... read more
KABUL/KHOST CITY (PAN): Residents, local officials and NATO on Thursday differed over six people killed during a security operation in southeastern Khost province. Residents and local officials said the dead and wounded were local civilians,... read more
NEW DELHI (PAN):  Led by former President Burhanudin Rabbani, a high-level peace delegation from Afghanistan is due to arrive in India on a two-day visit from July 14, India's External Affairs Ministry said on Wednesday. The delegation of... read more
KANDAHAR CITY/KABUL (PAN): Ahmad Wali Karzai, the younger half-brother of President Hamid Karzai, was laid to rest on Wednesday. President Karzai, members of his cabinet, parliamentarians, governors, provincial police chiefs, tribal elders, and... read more
KABUL (PAN): The US Secretary of State, the presidents of Russia and Tajikistan, and Pakistani politicians have extended condolences to President Hamid Karzai for the death of his younger brother, Ahmad Wali Karzai. Wali Karzai was killed by his... read more
DAIKUNDI: A joint force consisting of Afghan and international security personnel seized a narcotics cache during an operation in Kajran district of central Daikundi province, NATO said on Tuesday. The operation resulted in the seizure of 2,037... read more
KABUL (PAN): Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani telephoned Afghan President Hamid Karzai to express “shock and grief” over the killing of President Karzai’s half-brother, Ahmad Wali Karzai, according to a statement. The... read more
KABUL (PAN): A district chief in Nimroz province was sentenced to 20 years in prison for trafficking narcotics. He was sentenced by the Appeals Court of the Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) along with three accomplices, including two of his sons... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and Mine Action Coordination Centre for Afghanistan (MACCA) condemned the recent killing of four de-miners, according to a statement. The four killed de-miners were among 32... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): Tribal elders and government officials, calling poppy cultivation as illegal and un-Islamic, on Monday asked the government to take stringent measures at preventing poppy growing in southern Helmand province, the world's... read more
KABUL (PAN): Kuchi tribesmen on Monday carried out a protest demonstration against what they said illegal seizure of their pastures by powerful individuals in the Chahar Asyab district of central Kabul province. Nearly 1500 Kuchis attended the... read more
KABUL (PAN): National Directorate of Security (NDS) officials have seized caches of weapons and ammunition across the country, officials said Monday. The caches were discovered in Parwan, Kapisa, Logar, Balkh, Jawzjan, Paktia, Kabul, Kunar,... read more
BADGHIS: Three militants and two policemen were killed, and four others including three policemen injured in a clash in northwestern Badghis province, officials said Monday. The clash took place late on Sunday night in the Panirak area of the Bala... read more
KABUL (PAN): An off-duty National Directorate of Security (NDS) officer opened fire on two ISAF employees in Panjshir yesterday, killing them both, according to an ISAF statement. The shootout took place Saturday in the Hesay-e-Dowum district of... read more
KABUL (PAN): Thirteen people were sentenced to 10 to 20 years in jail by an appellant court for trafficking drugs, the Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) announced on Sunday. The jail terms were handed down based on evidence presented during an... read more
BADGHIS: The Maqur district chief was killed and five others injured, including the head of the education department, in a roadside bombing in the northwestern province of Badghis, an official said. District chief Mullah Daud was killed at 7:30 am... read more
NANGARHAR: Two civilians were killed and one injured in an explosion in the Khogyano district of Nangarhar province on Friday evening. Elsewhere in Nangarhar, a girls’ school was torched early Saturday morning, in the third such incident in... read more
KABUL (PAN): ISAF has launched a joint investigation with the Afghan Interior and Defence Ministries into reports of civilian casualties resulting from a coalition airstrike in Ghazni province Tuesday night, according to a statement delivered to... read more
FARAH CITY (PAN): A group of de-miners belonging to the Dafam demining organization were kidnapped by Taliban fighters in western Farah province, officials said on Wednesday. An unknown number of de-miners was kidnapped at around 10:00 am on... read more
FARYAB: Two children and one mine planter were killed when two mines exploded in Qaisar and Ghormach districts of Faryab province, Faryab province security spokesman Sayed Masood told Pajhwok Afghan News. Ghormach district chief Mohammad Dawod... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai said on Tuesday that Afghanistan does not want to kill innocent civilians by retaliating against Pakistani attacks on Afghan territory. In the past month, Pakistani forces have fired about 700 missiles, rockets... read more
FARAH: A dozen Taliban insurgents were killed and another 13 wounded during a joint Afghan-ISAF operation in the Bala Baluk district of western Farah province deputy police chief Col. Mohammad Ghaus Malyar said Tuesday. One policeman was killed and... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Pakistan Foreign Secretary and Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Mohammad Umar Daudzai on Monday said efforts were being made to prevent militant attacks on both sides of the joint border. Foreign secretary Salam Bashir and Duadzai... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai met with a delegation from the US Senate to discuss the long-term strategic cooperation agreement between Afghanistan and the US, officials said Monday. A statement issued by the Presidential Palace said that... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) on Monday said the special court for electoral complaints had exceeded its mandate and issued an illegal verdict. FEFA initially welcomed the special court when it appeared... read more
BAGHDIS: A border police commander was killed along with three policemen when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in northwestern Badghis province, an official said on Monday. The incident took place in the Torghundi area of the province and resulted... read more
KABUL (PAN): Lithuania's Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius on Sunday met President Hamid Karzai at the Presidential Palace in Kabul and discussed with him matters of mutual interest. A statement issued from the palace said Kubilius pledged his... read more
KABUL (PAN): Faryab police have arrested a person suspected of throwing a hand grenade that injured 17 students in a provincial school, officials said Sunday. A statement Pajhwok Afghan News received from the Interior Ministry said that police had... read more
KHOST: One insurgent was killed, three insurgents injured, and three civilians injured when insurgents attacked a civilian home in the southeastern province of Khost, according to a statement from the provincial media office. On Saturday night in... read more
KHOST, July 01, 2011: A top Haqqani network leader, who was suspected of providing material support to the assailants who carried out Tuesday night’s suicide attack on Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel, was killed in a precision... read more
KABUL (PAN): The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) condemned a bomb attack that killed 13 civilians, including women and children, in the Shamulzai district of southern Zabul province on Saturday.  In a statement, ISAF said that... read more
GHAZNI:  One child was killed and two others injured when a rocket hit a house last night in Ghazni City, the capital of southern Ghazni province, deputy provincial police chief Col. Mohammad Hussain said on Saturday. The three children all... read more
WASHINGTON (PAN): Voicing concern over recent statements of the Afghan President that US forces are occupiers, powerful American lawmakers on Thursday said though there was no alternative to Karzai at this point of time, he was very interested in a... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday strongly condemned the assassination of Kandahar's hajj and auqaf director by unknown gunmen. Abul Haleem, the provincial head of the Department of Hajj and Religious Affairs, was shot dead by... read more
KABUL (PAN):Religious scholars from across the country gathered in Kabul on Wednesday and called upon the Taliban to renounce violence and join the peace process. Hundreds of clerics from Khost, Paktia, Paktika, Ghazni, Logar, Maidan Wardak and... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Karzai on Wednesday strongly condemned Tuesday night’s insurgent attack on Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel. A group of suicide bombers targeted the hotel at around 10:30 pm. The attack left ten civilians and two... read more
KABUL (PAN): Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Monday reassured the US that Pakistan remained committed to peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan. “Pakistan sincerely desires peace and stability in the region to ensure... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United Nations Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan, Staffan de Mistura, on Tuesday met with several representatives of Wolesi Jirga candidates backed by the court set up to examine electoral complaints.... read more
KABUL (PAN): Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has said that a joint strategy to monitor cross-border movement between Pakistan and Afghanistan would greatly help check infiltration of undesirable elements damaging the efforts to bring... read more
BALOCHISTAN, PAKISTAN: Unidentified assailants torched two fuel tankers supplying the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and injured a driver in two separate attacks in the Mastong area of Pakistan's Balochistan province,... read more
MEHMOOD RAQI (PAN): A pilotless surveillance drone used by NATO-led troops has crashed in the Tagab district of central Kapisa province, the alliance said on Monday, but the Taliban claimed to have shot down the aircraft. NATO's International... read more
JALALABAD (PAN): Over five Afghan civilians were killed and 15 others injured in a new round of attacks into eastern Kunar province from Pakistan, an official said on Monday. Pakistani soldiers targeted the Shonkri and Khadikhel areas of the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Carrying an unlicensed weapon or tinting a car's windows is not allowed in Kabul or anywhere else in Afghanistan, the Interior Ministry said in a statement on Monday. The statement went on to say that terrorists, gunmen and armed... read more
KABUL (PAN): Members of the Wolesi Jirga, Afghanistan's lower house of Parliament, on Monday appealed to the international community for support. MPs presented the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for Afghanistan (... read more
GHAZNI: Seven civilians were killed in two separate roadside bombings in southern Ghazni province on Monday, the Interior Ministry said. An improvised explosive device struck a civilian car in the Zardalo area of Qarah Bagh district at around 7:30... read more
BADAKHSHAN: Nearly a dozen people were injured when two rival religious sects clashed in northwestern Badakhshan province, an official said on Sunday. Gen. Sayed Hussain Safawi, the provincial police chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News that elders... read more
KABUL (PAN): The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and the US on Saturday condemned insurgent attacks in central Logar and northern Kunduz provinces. Initial reports from Arza district in Logar indicated that more than 10 civilians... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Defence on Saturday said two children were killed and two others wounded during cross- border shelling from Pakistan into eastern Kunar province. The military said in a statement that Pakistan had begun firing artillery... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Supreme Court on Saturday said Parliament has no authority to remove the chief justice and other Supreme Court justices from office unless they are found guilty of professional misconduct. The Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of... read more
GHAZNI: In southern Ghazni province, police shot dead an alleged robber during a shootout in Shamir area of Ghazni City Friday night, Police Chief Col. Zarawar Zahid, said. Two others fled without stealing anything. The store's owner, Mohammad... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Saturday denounced in the strongest terms a suicide attack on a public hospital in central Logar province. More than 30 people were killed and dozens others injured when a... read more
KABUL (PAN): Wolesi Jirga secretary, his deputy and the acting speaker are among 62 lawmakers facing disqualification in the wake a special election tribunal's verdict, it was learnt on Friday. Secretary Abdul Qadir Qalatwal, his deputy... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Friday left for Iran to attend an international conference on counter terrorism, scheduled to be held in Tehran from June 25 to 26. Iran has announced that six presidents have accepted Iran’s invitation... read more
KABUL (PAN): The outgoing US and NATO top commander in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus, said Thursday he disagreed with President Barack Obama’s decision for a troop drawdown in Afghanistan. Petraeus, ruling out resigning in protest, told... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): A policeman was killed in a suicide bombing in Marja district of southern Helmand province on Friday, an official said. The bomber, dressed in police uniform and laced with a gun, wanted to enter the district police headquarters,... read more
SHIBERGHAN (PAN): Two senior district officials and three policemen were killed and two others policemen were injured when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb, the Taliban's weapon of choice, in northern Jawzjan province, an official said on... read more
FARAH CITY (PAN): Intelligence operatives detained a Taliban group leader with a Kalashnikov assault rifle during an operation in the Bala Balok district of western Farah province, an official said on Thursday. The detainee, identified as Syed... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai, welcoming US President Barack Obama’s announcement that he would pull 33,000 US troops from Afghanistan over the next two years, on Thursday said it would be up to Afghans to defend their country. "... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan’s Ministry of Defence on Thursday welcomed US President Barak Obama's announcement of pulling out 33,000 US troops from Afghanistan over the next two years, and completing the process by 2014. Afghan security... read more
GHAZNI: Eleven policemen have been killed and 10 others injured in separate incidents in the southern province of Ghazni. According to new reports, Wednesday morning’s attack on a Ghazni police checkpoint was carried out by two policemen, who... read more
KABUL (PAN): A special court charged with investigating September’s parliamentary election found fraud in 33 out of Afghanistan's 34 provinces, officials announced Thursday. So far the court has said that 62 of 249 sitting... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday called his recent visit to Pakistan important, hoping the trip would open a new chapter in relations between the two neighbouring countries. Karzai said this during his meeting with the British... read more
KABUL (PAN): Security forces confiscated explosives and suicide instruments in Kabul, officials said on Wednesday. The explosives and suicide instruments were found under a bridge during a search operation in the Khwaja Lagan area of the Paghman... read more
CHAGHCHARAN (PAN): As many as 350 former jihadi commanders have joined Afghan National Army (ANA) after qualifying an examination in northern Ghor province, an official said on Tuesday. The former commanders have registered themselves with the... read more
KABUL(PAN): Police have confiscated one and half tonnes of ammonium nitrate, a compound commonly used in improvised explosive devices, from a hiding place on the outskirts of Kabul. Meanwhile, hundreds of kilograms of explosives and ammunition have... read more
KABUL (PAN): Pakistani ambassador to Afghanistan, Mohammad Sadiq, was on Monday summoned to the Afghan foreign ministry, where foreign minister, Zalmay Rassoul, made a demarche over the cross-border attack by Pakistani forces on civilian houses in... read more
CHAGHCHARAN (PAN): Five Taliban fighters were killed in a clash with police in the western province of Ghor, officials said on Monday. The clash started when Taliban fighters attacked a police patrol on Sunday night in Taidya area of Shahrak... read more
KABUL (PAN): Pakistan is seriously concerned about an air incursion by NATO-led troops attacking a military post in the country's tribal region of Mohmand near the Afghanistan border, the foreign ministry said on Saturday. The airstrike in... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two British troops have been killed in two separate incidents of violence in Afghanistan, taking  the UK death toll to 373, the British Ministry of Defence said on Friday. One soldier from the Royal Electrical and Mechanical... read more
KABUL (PAN): An intelligence official and a tribal elder have been killed in two separate incidents of violence in central Kabul and northern Jawzjan provinces, officials said on Friday. One National Directorate of Security (NDS), the intelligence... read more
NEW DELHI (PAN) Afghanistan’s first Vice President Marshal Mohammed Qasim Fahim on Thursday arrived in India on a three-day state visit at the invitation of Indian President Pratibha Singh Patil. Besides meeting the Indian Vice-President M... read more
MAHMUD RAQI (PAN): A 600-strong local police force would be deployed to the central province of Kapisa to maintain security in insecure parts, officials said on Thursday. Over the past four months, the security situation in the province has been... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai and his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday agreed on further strengthening Kabul-Tehran relations.  At a meeting on sidelines of the 10th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in... read more
ASTANA (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday briefed Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) leaders on peace talks with rebels, proposed US bases and the removal of some Taliban leaders from the UN's blacklist. "It is a matter of... read more
KANDAHAR CITY (PAN): At least 14 Taliban fighters have been killed in two separate incidents in the Spin Boldak border town of southern Kandahar province, security officials said on Wednesday. A joint Afghan-international security force conducted... read more
KABUL (PAN): Emergency repair work on the Russian-built Salang Tunnel, connecting Kabul with northern provinces, resumed on Wednesday, the USAID said. US Ambassador Karl W. Eikenberry and Minister of Public Works Abdul Qudus Hamidi joined local... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan has formally requested Pakistan for the extradition of three Taliban leaders hiding in the neighbouring country, official sources said on Tuesday. The High Peace Council formally conveyed the demand to Pakistani authorities... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai and his Kazakh counterpart agreed on Tuesday to take concrete steps toward boosting cooperation between Afghanistan and Kazakhstan, the Presidential Palace in Kabul said. Karzai is currently in Astana to attend... read more
QALAT (PAN): The Pajhwok Afghan News reporter, Bismillah Pakhtunmal, was released on Monday on bail after spending two days in detention in southern Zabul province. Pakhtunmal was sent to a detention centre on the directive of the appellant... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan took up the issue of militant safe havens in Pakistan during President Hamid Karzai's two-day official visit to the neighbouring country, his office said on Sunday. Briefing a meeting of National Directorate of Security... read more
GARDEZ (PAN): Two students were killed and five others wounded in a blast in the southeastern province of Paktia on Sunday, an official said. The bomb went off in the Janikhel area of Zurmat district, when the students were going home from school,... read more
KABUL(PAN): The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and the US embassy in Kabul condemned on Saturday deadly attacks in Kandahar, Khost and Laghman provinces. Fifteen Afghans were killed and one wounded when their vehicle struck an... read more
TALOQAN (PAN): One man was killed and seven others were injured during a clash between two former jihadi commanders in northern Takhar province, officials said on Thursday. The clash between Abdul Qahar and Abdul Awal occurred late on Wednesday... read more
KABUL(PAN): Some Wolesi Jirga members suggested on Tuesday that the proposed Loya Jirga, aimed at sharing its opinion with the government on a strategic cooperation deal with the US, should have a consultative role. But others rejected the... read more
KABUL(PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Monday said a commission was working to finalise the list of remaining Cabinet nominees for a vote of confidence from parliament. The president told a parliamentary delegation, which met him at the Presidential... read more
KABUL(PAN): The Japanese government will provide Afghanistan $11 million in assistance to help the agriculture ministry produce improved quality wheat seeds and chemical fertilisers, a Cabinet minister said on Monday. As many as 40,000 Afghan... read more
KANDAHAR CITY/PUL-I-ALAM (PAN): Seven Taliban insurgents, including a commander killed, were killed in southern Kandahar province, officials said on Monday. A key rebel commander was killed during a joint operation by Afghan and international... read more
ASADABAD/KHOST CITY (PAN): Two young girls were killed while a third survived strangulation in eastern and southeastern Afghanistan, officials said Monday. The body of one girl was found in the Mohammad Khel area outside the capital of Khost... read more
KABUL(PAN): A 15-member militant group joined the peace process and turned in their weapons in southern Kandahar province, officials said on Sunday. Led by Mullah Mohammad Jan, the group surrendered to authorities on Sunday as a result of months-... read more
KABUL (PAN): An Iranian woman was sentenced by a primary court to 20 years in jail on the charge of drug trafficking, the Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) announced on Saturday. The Iranian citizen was detained by counternarcotics police with... read more
FAIZABAD (PAN): Militants attacked a security post near the police headquarters in the capital of northern Badakhshan province, sparking a gun-battle, but there were no casualties, officials said on Friday. The attack that targeted the Jalghar post... read more
KABUL(PAN): Many international leaders, including Afghan President Hamid Karzai, attended a ceremony marking the 150th anniversary of Italy's unification in Rome on Thursday. Besides Karzai, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, US Vice President... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled and the International Labour Organization (ILO) launched on Thursday a new project to improve labour laws and administration in Afghanistan. Funded by the US Department of... read more
KABUL (PAN): Extension work on two school buildings, a World Bank-funded project, was launched in the southern province of Ghazni, officials said on Thursday. The extension of Bakawal and Nawabad high schools would cost $320,000 and take eight... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF/GHAZNI CITY (PAN): Armed insurgents destroyed four mobile phone boosters in northern Balkh and southern Ghazni provinces, officials said on Wednesday. In Chamtal district of Balkh, the fighters burnt three towers after a clash with... read more
MAIMANA (PAN): Afghan forces and their international partners wrapped up a joint operation codenamed Wahdat-2 in northern Faryab province near the border with Turkmenistan, military officials announced on Wednesday. The 10-day offensive was... read more
KABUL (PAN): Three US servicemembers were killed during an improvised explosive device (IED) attack in eastern Afghanistan, the American military said on Wednesday. The deaths happened on Saturday, the US military said in a statement that gave no... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan National Army (ANA) will host a graduation ceremony for the first Afghan-led Sgt. Maj. Course at the Kabul Military Training Centre (KMTC) on Thursday. Led by ANA instructors, the 22-week course will conclude with the... read more
KABUL(PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Monday condemned twin suicide blasts that killed four people and wounded several others, including Italian soldiers, in the western province of Herat, the President's Office said. Ten Italian soldiers were... read more
KABUL (PAN): A group of Pakistani parliamentarians is due in Kabul on Monday for a two-day dialogue on issues impacting the relationship between the neighbours, a media report said. Eighteen members of Pakistan's National Assembly and Senate... read more
KABUL (PAN) – An International Security Assistance Force helicopter made a precautionary landing in southern Afghanistan on Monday, the alliance said. "The landing site has been secured and all personnel are accounted for. There are no... read more
KABUL (PAN): NATO-led forces apologised for civilian deaths in southern Afghanistan on Monday, a day after President Hamid Karzai issued a final warning to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on the emotive issue. Fourteen people,... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai issued a final warning to NATO-led troops over civilian deaths on Sunday -- hours after 14 non-combatants were killed in a new airstrike in southern Helmand province. The fatalities resulting from the raid in... read more
KABUL(PAN): Seventeen Taliban fighters have been killed in clashes with security forces in different parts of the country over the past 24 hours, officials said on Sunday. Six insurgents were killed and eight others injured during an operation by... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United States on Sunday condemned a suicide attack on the provincial leadership in Takhar, and Afghan as well as coalition forces.  Saturday's huge explosion killed four Afghan police officials, including two senior... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai has ordered the Ministry of Defence to ask NATO-led soldiers not to conduct nighttime operations, a statement from his office said on Saturday. Such operations by foreign troops resulted in civilian deaths and... read more
KABUL (PAN): Hundreds of Afghan students would be leaving for Pakistan between July and December on fully-funded scholarships for graduate and post-graduate studies, the Pakistani ambassador said on Friday. As many as 729 Afghans have been offered... read more
  KABUL (PAN): Thirty-two students of the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) celebrated their graduation at a commencement ceremony in Kabul on Thursday. The students, including eight women, received bachelor’s degrees in... read more
SHIBERGHAN (PAN): Militants torched three towers of private mobile phone companies in northern Jawzjan and central Logar provinces, officials said on Wednesday. Roshan and Afghan Wireless Communication Company (AWCC) towers were burnt in Mohammad... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two more foreign troops were killed in improvised explosive device (IED) attacks in Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Wednesday. The deaths were announced in brief statements from the NATO-led... read more
MAIMANA (PAN): As many as 1700 displaced families were provided food aid and other items by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in northern Faryab province on Tuesday, officials said. About 260 tonnes of eatables were distributed to... read more
KABUL (PAN): The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Tuesday condemned the killing and wounding of several Afghan labourers in an insurgent attack in southern Kandahar province. A vehicle carrying about 40 road workers struck a... read more
KABUL (PAN): An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) aircraft crashed in Western Afghanistan on Tuesday morning, the NATO-led force said. Without giving an exact location of the crash, the alliance said crewmembers suffered no injuries in... read more
KABUL (PAN): One foreign soldier was killed and five others were wounded in militant attacks in central Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Tuesday. The casualties were announced in a brief statement from the... read more
KABUL (PAN): A Germany-based Moroccan Al Qaeda foreign fighter facilitator was captured during a security operation in southern Zabul province, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Tuesday. The man, detained in Qalat on May 8... read more
KABUL (PAN): Five foreign troops were killed in improvised explosive device attacks in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said. The deaths were announced in a brief statement from the NATO-led force... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan clinched on Monday the title of the Under-13 AFC Cup Football Festival (South Asian Zone) in Iran, an official said. Afghanistan scored six wins and tasted a solitary loss in the eight-nation tournament that began last week... read more
KABUL (PAN): In violation of an agreement with Kabul, Iran continues to execute the Afghan refugees on death row in the neighbouring country, an official alleged on Sunday. Two more Afghans were executed in Sistan city of Baluchistan province,... read more
ISLAMABAD:In a bid to ease tensions between Islamabad and Washington in the aftermath of Abbottabad raid, US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman on Wednesday arrived in Islamabad to follow up on discussions Senator John Kerry had... read more
ZARANJ (PAN): Three policemen, including an officer, were killed and a fourth injured in a roadside bombing in the southwestern province of Nimroz, officials said on Thursday. The blast ripped through the police vehicle in Char Borjak district on... read more
TALOQAN (PAN): Five people were injured on a second day of a protest demonstration against foreign troops for what they said killing four civilians in an airstrike in northern Takhar province, officials said on Thursday.On Wednesday, more than a... read more
KABUL (PAN): An Afghan detainee at the US prison facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was found dead in a recreation yard in an apparent suicide, the US military said. The prisoner, identified as Inayatullah, a 37-year-old accused of being a member of... read more
GHAZNI CITY/MAIMANA (PAN): In compliance with a presidential decree, authorities released 40 prisoners from jails in southern Ghazni and northern Faryab provinces on Wednesday, officials said. Twenty-eight inmates, including a woman, were released... read more
KABUL(PAN): A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed four insurgents, including two armed females, during a security operation in Taloqan, the capital of northern Takhar province, NATO said on Wednesday. The operation was carried out... read more
KABUL(PAN): British Chief of the Defence Staff, Gen. David Julian Richards, on Tuesday renewed his country's support for the Afghan government-initiated peace process, saying the UK was ready for all kind of assistance in this regard. Richards... read more
KABUL(PAN): The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on Tuesday launched a new project to strengthen Afghanistan's financial sector and help the government and private-sector create jobs and stimulate economic growth, the... read more
KABUL(PAN): Former Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief has conveyed the Pakistani government message to the Taliban leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, to leave the country, under pressure from the US, a reliable source confided to Pajhwok... read more
KABUL(PAN): The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Monday condemned civilian casualties in Taliban-fired mortar shells in eastern Kunar province. Reports indicated insurgents fired mortars that killed three civilians and wounded... read more
JALALABAD (PAN): Four civilians were wounded after a group of insurgents launched a gun attack on a joint convoy of Afghan and foreign troops in eastern Nangarhar province on Monday, officials said. The convoy was passing through a bazaar in... read more
KABUL(PAN): Up to 140 new judges were on Monday conferred degrees during a graduation ceremony in Kabul, a statement said. Justice Abdul Salam Azimi, the Chief Justice of Afghanistan Supreme Court and US ambassador Hans G. Klemm, Coordinating... read more
ISLAMABAD(PAN): Gunmen shot dead a Saudi Arabia diplomat in Pakistan's port city of Karachi, the country's commercial capital, southern Sindh province, on Monday, an official said. The diplomat, Hassan Qahtani, was travelling in car from... read more
KABUL (PAN): NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Monday said it was investigating media claims of possible civilian causalities from a military operation in eastern Kunar province. The force said in a statement that it had... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Sunday directed the Ministry of Defence to provide viable suggestions for purchasing aircrafts and strengthening the air force, the president's office said. The ministry was asked at a meeting of the... read more
KABUL(PAN): Meshrano Jirga members on Sunday expressed alarm at yawning gap between the government and people due to non-implementation of laws in the country. The issued was echoed by a number of senators, with Abdul Hanan Haqyoon, saying the... read more
KABUL(PAN): The Ministry of Finance and the World Bank on Sunday signed two grant agreements worth $147.8 million from the bank’s International Development Association (IDA), the ministry said. The agreements include a $97.8 million grant for... read more
KABUL(PAN): A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed one insurgent and captured a Taliban leader and his two associates in Chimtal district of northern Balkh province, the coalition said on Sunday. The leader was the deputy governing... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai discussed with US senator John Kerry issues concerning the fight against terrorism, Afghan-US cooperation and efforts at bringing peace and stability to the country, the president's office said on Sunday. The... read more
KABUL (PAN): Insurgents attacked a medical evacuation helicopter recovering a wounded ISAF service member in Sangin district of southern Helmand province, NATO said on Saturday. Insurgents opened fire on the evacuation helicopter, marked with the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers have been killed during a direct engagement with militants in Afghanistan's south, the alliance said on Friday. The fatalities occurred during a clash with... read more
KABUL (PAN): Four Taliban fighters were killed during a clash with a joint Afghan-international security force in the Tagab district of central Kapisa province, an official said on Friday. The firefight erupted late on Thursday night in the... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Two back-to-back explosions, including one suicide attack, struck a paramilitary police training centre in Charsadda district of Pakistan's northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Friday, killing at least 87 people and injuring... read more
LASHKARGAH (PAN): An Afghan policeman shot dead an American soldier and wounded three others before he was killed by the troops in southern Helmand province on Thursday, an official said. The shootout happened after a scuffle between the policeman... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Eight suspected insurgents were killed when a US drone fired missiles in Pakistan's troubled north Waziristan tribal belt on Thursday, the third such attack since US forces found and killed Osama bin Laden in his Pakistani... read more
MAHMOOD RAQI (PAN): At least 10 people, including militants and a policeman, have been killed and several others wounded in a fresh spate of violence in different areas of the country, officials said on Thursday. An armed conflict between two rival... read more
JALALABAD (PAN): Police recovered 143 kilograms of heroin from two vehicles over the past 48 hours in eastern Nangarhar province, officials said on Thursday. Eighty-nine kilograms of heroin were recovered from a truck during a search at the... read more
KABUL(PAN): The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has welcomed the inauguration of an independent committee in Afghanistan tasked with monitoring and evaluating corruption that continues to hold back or slow the pace of... read more
KABUL(PAN): Afghanistan foreign minister Zalmay Rassoul has said the death of Osama bin Laden may help speed up the process of reconciliation with Taliban, but added the assessment was very premature. UScommandos shot dead the Al Qaeda leader... read more
KABUL(PAN): Foreign minister Zalmay Rassoul, currently visiting China, on Tuesday said neighbouring countries not need to worry about the signing of a strategic accord between Afghanistan and the US. "No one will be allowed to use our soil... read more
KABUL(PAN): A NATO-led International Security Assistance Force soldier has died following an improvised explosive device attack in southern Afghanistan, the alliance said on Tuesday. The release did not issue further details, but Romania’s... read more
KABUL(PAN): More than 10 suspected insurgents were detained by a joint Afghan-international security force during a search for a Taliban senior leader in southeastern Paktika province on Tuesday, NATO said. The joint force, including personnel from... read more
KHOST CITY (PAN): As many as 118 solar lights were installed on the campus of Sheikh Zahid University and along  roadsides in the capital city of southeastern Khost province on Monday, an official said. About 78 of the lights were installed... read more
KABUL(PAN): Three people have died in separate incidents of violence in the capital of southeastern Khost province, officials said on Monday. A roadside bomb blast ripped through a car in the Bati Thana area of Khost city on Monday afternoon,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has warned Afghanistan and its neighbouring countries of reprisal attacks by Al Qaeda after the death of its leader in last week's US commando operation in Pakistan. Ban, who met... read more
GHAZNI CITY (PAN): Construction work on two key bridges, connecting people living on both sides of a river in southern Ghazni province, was launched on Sunday, officials said. The  bridges, each 40 metre-long and two-metre wide, would be... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Salang highway, which connects Kabul with northern provinces, was reopened on Saturday for traffic after being closed by floods carrying mud since Thursday evening in central Parwan province, the public works ministry said.... read more
KABUL (PAN)): A district chief of southwestern Nimroz province and his two sons have been jailed for 20 years for trafficking drugs, authorities said on Saturday. The chief of Delaram district was convicted of trafficking narcotics using official... read more
KABUL (PAN):  A joint Afghan-coalition security force captured a Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) facilitator and two others suspects during an operation in Bak district of southeastern Khost province, the coalition said on Friday. The arrests... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): More than 15 people were killed and wounded when US drones fired a salvo of missiles into Pakistan's troubled tribal region of north Waziristan, residents and an official said on Friday. "More than 15 people have been... read more
MEHTARLAM (PAN): Five people, including three women and a child, were killed and nine others wounded in a traffic accident during a wedding procession in eastern Laghman province, officials said on Friday. The incident happened on the Kabul-Sarobi... read more
LASHKARGAH/HERAT CITY (PAN): Five Taliban fighters were killed during a clash with police in southern Helmand province, officials said on Thursday. The clash broke out after insurgents stormed police checkpoints in Tarkoshili, Band-i-Barq and... read more
KABUL(PAN): President Hamid Karzai, at the head of a high-powered delegation, flew on Thursday to Turkey for participation in the United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC-IV) in Istanbul. During his trip, the president will... read more
KABUL(PAN): Five members of a family were among seven people killed and 27 others injured as a result of rain-induced floods in western Afghanistan, officials said on Thursday. At least two people have been missing. A house collapse due to flooding... read more
KABUL(PAN): A foreign soldier has succumbed to his injuries in southern Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Thursday. The servicemember died as a result of a non-battle related injury on Wednesday, the alliance... read more
  KABUL (PAN): A United States-funded renewable energy laboratory was inaugurated at Kabul University on Wednesday, the USAID said. The Kabul University Renewable Energy Laboratory (KURE Lab) was established by the Afghanistan Clean Energy... read more
KHOST CITY(PAN): Reconstruction schemes worth 161 million afghanis, about $3.8 million, were approved for southeastern Khost province on Wednesday, an official said. The projects were okayd at a meeting chaired by the Khost governor and attended by... read more
KHOST CITY (PAN): A district police chief was wounded along with several others in a Taliban attack on Wednesday afternoon in southeastern Khost province, bordering Pakistan's tribal region of Kurram, an official said. The militants fired at... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two police officers and three Taliban fighters, including a commander, were killed in violence-related incidents in different parts of the country, officials said on Wednesday. Gunmen shot dead a police officer on his way home in... read more
KABUL (PAN): The World Bank has approved a $22 million grant for the Afghanistan New Market Development Project aimed at revitalising the country's private sector. Seeking to support some 750 enterprises and 10 business associations through a... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Afghanistan, Pakistan and United States on Tuesday pledged support for an Afghan-led reconciliation effort to bring peace, security and development to a region haunted by militancy. After trilateral talks in Islamabad, Afghan... read more
Pajhwok Correspondent WASHINGTON (PAN): The treasure trove of material including a computer recovered from the hideout of Osama bin Laden is being studied by a large number of US officials at a secret location in Afghanistan, officials said.... read more
MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): A commander was among seven Taliban militants killed in an explosion in central Maidan Wardak province on Monday, officials said. The militants wanted to fire missiles into the Sultan Band area of Jaghatu district. One of the... read more
ASADABAD (PAN): Seventy-two children have died from measles in eastern Nuristan province over the past two weeks, local officials said on Monday, but the public health ministry rejected the report. A health worker in the Kamdesh district, speaking... read more
KABUL(PAN): Though the death of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden would not lead to a change in the regional situation, it has proved the existence of terrorist sanctuaries in Pakistan, Kabul-based political analysts said on Monday. Osama bin Laden,... read more
KABUL(PAN): President Hamid Karzai said on Monday his government would finalise a draft US-Afghan strategic cooperation agreement in a couple of days. After carefully studying the draft pact, Afghanistan had incorporated its demands and conditions... read more
KABUL(PAN): US Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman has said his country is not in quest of permanent military bases in Afghanistan and neighbouring countries need not worry in this regard. After US senators proposed permanent... read more
KABUL(PAN): Al Qaeda's elusive chief Osama bin Laden, the alleged mastermind behind the devastating 9/11 attacks in the United States, was killed in his luxury mansion in Abbottabad city of Pakistan, US President Barack Obama announced.... read more
KABUL (PAN): ATaliban leader and two of his associates, including a Sarpuza prison escapee, were captured during a joint security operation by Afghan and foreign troops in southern Kandahar province, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF... read more
SHARAN (PAN): Four people, including a district council head, were killed and 12 others wounded in a suicide attack in the southeastern province of Paktika on Sunday, officials said. The suicide bombing took place at 7:30am in the Shkin border town... read more
KABUL (PAN): The country’s leading prosecutor, Mohammad Ishaq Aloko, has suspended a former election watchdog spokesman as teacher at Kabul University, a move that sparked protest demonstration by students on Saturday. In a letter to the... read more
KHOST CITY(PAN): A district police chief and two of his colleagues were injured when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in southeastern Khost province on Saturday noon, an official said. The blast ripped through the vehicle carrying the Sabari... read more
KABUL/KUNDUZ CITY (PAN): In line with the Ministry of Commerce and Industries' new policy, nine industrial parks would be established in eight provinces to attract investment and create a million jobs, a deputy minister said on Saturday. The... read more
KABUL (PAN): A trilateral meeting among Afghan, Pakistani and US officials is scheduled to be held in Islamabad on May 3, a Pakistani diplomat said on Saturday. The allies would be able to move forward in a spirit of togetherness for a resolution... read more
KABUL(PAN):  Afghanistan's star cueist Raees Khan Senzai was defeated by his Indian opponent in the semifinal of the 27th Asian Snooker Championship in the India city of Indore, an official said on Saturday. After an impressive run in... read more
PAROON (PAN): Eight Taliban militants were killed and 10 others injured during a clash with border police in the eastern province of Nuristan, officials said on Saturday. The eight-hour clash took place on Friday night in the Barg-i-Matal district... read more
KABUL (PAN): The US Army Corps of Engineers said on Friday it awarded $15 million (nearly 6.82 billion afghanis) in contracts to Afghan companies in support of the local security forces. The Omran Holding Group was given an $11.8 million contract... read more
KABUL (PAN): Three international soldiers were killed during separate attacks in southern and eastern Afghanistan, the military alliance said on Friday. Two International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) servicemembers died on Thursday following an... read more
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Four Pakistan Navy officials were killed and dozens wounded in two consecutive back-to-back bomb attacks on their buses in the southern port city of Karachi on Tuesday, officials said. In the first assault, a bus carrying naval... read more
KABUL (PAN): The potato harvest would rise by 18 percent in central Bamyan province as a result of better seeds purchased with loans from the Agricultural Development Fund, the agriculture minister said on Monday. Mohammad Asif Rahimi said his... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Sunday denounced the killing of a peace council member and former district chief in the southern province of Helmand. Haji Zahir was shot dead late on Saturday night in the Kart-i-Lagan area of the provincial... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United States said on Sunday it would provide the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) with $650,000 (29.5 million afghanis) for coordination of emergency food security activities in Afghanistan. In line with a recent... read more
KABUL (PAN): Several insurgents were killed and weapons seized during joint security operations by Afghan and foreign forces over the past 24 hours, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Sunday. The fighters were killed in the... read more
KABUL (PAN): A top American military official on Thursday reiterated long-term US commitment to Afghanistan, promising a mutually beneficial strategic partnership between the two allies. Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of... read more
KABUL (PAN): Vice-President Mohammad Karim Khalili on Thursday rejected a report about his role in the alleged seizure of state-owned land by the Onyx Construction Company as "untrue and misleading". Pajhwok Afghan News reported on April... read more
KABUL (PAN): A foreign soldier was killed during an explosion in eastern Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) announced on Thursday. "The servicemember died following an improvised explosive device attack," the... read more
KABUL (PAN): A foreign soldier succumbed to his injuries in southern Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) announced on Wednesday. The servicemember died as a result of a non-battle related injury, the alliance said in a... read more
CHEGHCHARAN (PAN): An irresponsible commander was killed during a clash with an armed group in western Ghor province, an official said on Tuesday. The clash took place in Dolina district on Monday between two rival commanders -- Noor Mohammad and... read more
KABUL (PAN): Despite the current high price of opium, poppy cultivation in Afghanistan could slightly decrease in 2011, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime said on Monday. The expected decrease is linked to a slightly lower level of poppy... read more
KABUL (PAN): The National Security Council (NSC) discussed on Sunday a draft strategic cooperation agreement between Afghanistan and the United States, President Hamid Karzai's office said. During a meeting held at the Presidential Palace, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Bhutanese Prime Minister Jigmi Y. Thinley was accorded a warm reception at the Kabul airport on arrival in the Afghan capital on Sunday, the Presidential Palace said. Thinley, who is also president of the South Asian Association for... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan National Health Accounts (NHA) -- a tool specifically designed to collect and organise health-financing data -- was launched in Kabul on Sunday, the US agency for International Development (USAID) said. USAID Deputy Mission... read more
KABUL(PAN): At least 140 acres of government-owned land in the Rahman Mina neighbourhood of Kabul, where a township is being built, has been grabbed by the private Onyx Construction Company. The area that has been converted into residential plots... read more
KABUL(PAN): Several insurgents were killed and detained during joint operations in different parts of the country over the past 24 hours, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Sunday. A combined Afghan-ISAF force pursued a... read more
KABUL (PAN): Several insurgents were killed and detained during joint operations in different parts of the country over the past 24 hours, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Sunday. A combined Afghan-ISAF force pursued a... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Friday denounced a suicide attack that killed the police chief of southern Kandahar province along with his two body guards. The bomber, wearing a police uniform, entered the office of Brig. Gen. Khan Mohammad... read more
KHOST CITY(PAN): A joint Afghan-international security force arrested three suspected Taliban fighters during an operation in southeastern Khost province, police said on Friday. The suspects were detained in Bak district on Thursday night, police... read more
KANDAHARCITY (PAN): A huge explosion was heard inside the police headquarters in the southern city of Kandahar on Friday. A Pajhwok reporter said it was a suicide blast, but he had no immediate details about casualties. Details to follow ma
TALOQAN (PAN): Hundreds of houses along the Amu River in northern Takhar province might submerge in the wake of increasing water level, the Afghanistan Natural Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) warned on Thursday. The houses are located in... read more
KABUL (PAN): Several militants, including senior Taliban and Al Qaeda leaders, have been killed in separate operations in Afghanistan over the past 24 hours, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Thursday. Maulvi Qudus, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): A foreign soldier was killed during a roadside bombingin eastern Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Wednesday.The death was announced in a brief statement that neither gave the fallen soldier's... read more
KABUL (PAN): United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) Staffan de Mistura on Tuesday voiced his concern at the recent desecration of the Holy Quran in Florida, an act that has been condemned by many, including the United... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai and US Undersecretary of Defense Michele Flournoy conferred on strategic cooperation and the transfer of the security responsibility to Afghan forces. Flournoy, who also visited Kandahar and Helmand provinces,... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai met the Italian minister for economic development at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on Tuesday. Karzai and Paolo Romani, currently heading a 40-member delegation to Afghanistan, discussed a number of issues,... read more
KABUL(PAN): A number of militants and civilians were killed during a security operation in western Faryab province on Tuesday, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said. During the joint Afghan-coalition operation in Bal Chiragh... read more
MAHMOOD RAQI (PAN): Two Taliban fighters were detained by international troops during a raid on a house in the central province of Kapisa, officials said on Monday. The suspected insurgents were arrested from the house in Sandari village of Ala Sai... read more
KABUL (PAN): The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Sunday joined President Hamid Karzai in condemning a roadside blast that killed three Afghan civilians in southwestern Farah province. The blast ripped through a vehicle carrying... read more
MEHTARLAM (PAN): One policeman was killed another two sustained injuries in a car accident in eastern Laghman province, officials said on Sunday. The policemen were checking the car's brakes when they met with a serious accident in Mehtarlam,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The top NATO and US forces commander in Afghanistan on Saturday said that the Al Qaeda was not making a comeback inside the country. Speaking with reporters in Kabul after a farewell ceremony for NATO's top civilian representative... read more
KHOSTCITY(PAN): Several hundreds students of a university in southeastern Khost province on Saturday staged a peaceful protest demonstration against the March 20 Quran burning incident in US. The participants asked the US government to bring to... read more
TALUQAN (PAN): Intelligence operatives have arrested a religion scholar for what they charged "misleading people through his anti-government speeches" in northern Takhar province, a senior official said on Saturday. The scholar, Ziauddin... read more
KABUL(PAN): Afghanistan on Saturday inflicted a 1-0 defeat on Sri Lankans during their second group match in the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup football tournament in Katmandu, the capital of Nepal, an official said. Afghanistanhave tasted a 1-0 defeat in... read more
MEHTARLAM (PAN): International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) arrested three suspected militants during an operation in Alingar district of eastern Laghman province, officials said on Saturday. The operation was carried out in Lokar area on... read more
SAR-I-PUL CITY(PAN): A district police chief was killed when Taliban fighters ambushed his vehicle traveling in a convoy in northern Sar-i-Pul province, officials said on Saturday. Col. Mohammad Daud, the Gosfandi police chief, was killed on Friday... read more
KABUL (PAN): A NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldier was killed in a blast in Afghanistan's restive south, the alliance confirmed in a statement on Friday. The servicemember died following an improvised explosive... read more
KABUL (PAN): Insurgent attacks on civilian populations increased by 330 percent through February and March in 14 Afghan provinces, compared to the same period last year, NATO said on Friday. "During February and March 2010, insurgents killed... read more
TIRINKOT (PAN): A partnered force of Afghan and coalition soldiers drove out insurgents and reclaimed a key checkpoint in the Shahid-i-Hassas district of central Uruzgan province two days ago, the coalition said on Friday. On March 23, Taliban... read more
MAHMOOD RAQI (PAN): A Taliban-designated deputy governor for central Kapisa province has been killed in an airstrike by NATO-led forces, an official said on Friday. The Taliban official was killed Thursday night in the Ghain area of Nijrab district... read more
FAIZABAD (PAN): Sixty solar-powered streetlights, a USAID-funded project, have been installed for the first time in northern Badakhshan province, a statement said on Wednesday. Inaugurated on March 30, the streetlights brought the much-needed light... read more
KANDAHAR CITY (PAN): The governor of southern Kandahar province on Wednesday chaired a high-level meeting of security officials to assess the security situation after deadly protest demonstrations. The meeting was also attended by commanders of the... read more
KABUL(PAN): An Afghan-international security force patrol killed two insurgents and confiscated a large narcotics cache during a clearing operation in Maiwand district of southern Kandahar province, NATO said on Wednesday. The insurgents were... read more
KANDAHARCITY (PAN): Journalist community in the southern province of Kandahar, the scene of recent violent protests that left many dead and wounded, on Monday condemned beating reporters and smashing their cameras by protestors. "We strongly... read more
KABUL(PAN): The NATO led mission in Afghanistan on Monday vowed intensified counterinsurgency operations in the country's south and east to prevent rebels from regaining control of lost areas. The anti-government Taliban fighters would try to... read more
KABUL(PAN): Residents of a district in central Kabul province on Monday accused foreign troops of killing a shopkeeper and taking away his son during an overnight raid. The incident happened Sunday night in Chaar Asyab district of Kabul when NATO-... read more
KABUL(PAN): The revenue of the Ministry of Aviation and Transport increased to $31 million (1.4 billion afghanis) last year, an official said on Sunday. The ministry previous year's revenue stood at about $30 million, the ministry spokesman,... read more
KABUL(PAN): President Hamid Karzai asked security officials to take maximum arrangements to protect civilians and public and private properties during protest demonstrations against the Quran burning in US. Karzai, who presided over a high-level... read more
KABUL(PAN): The United Nations has vowed not to derail its work in Afghanistan despite an attack on its office in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif that left 10 foreign workers of the world's body dead amid fresh violent protests over the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The NATO-led mission in Afghanistan on Sunday reiterated its condemnation of the Quran burning by a US Christian preacher in a Florida church March 20. The condemnation came as protests against the burning entered a third day on Sunday... read more
KHOST CITY/MAIDAN SHAHR (PAN): Three Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed when a roadside bomb ripped through their vehicle in the southeastern province of Khost, officials said on Sunday. The explosion took place in Syedkhel area of Dwa... read more
GARDEZ (PAN): A clash between local police personnel and foreign troops left two policemen dead and as many foreigners injured in southeastern Paktia province, an official said. The clash took place in the Samkano district when foreign troops... read more
KABUL(PAN): The Ministry of Interior has sent a delegation to northern Balkh province to investigate into an attack on a UN office that killed 10 foreign workers of the world's body on Friday, an official said on Saturday. Led by Lt. Gen. Mirza... read more
KABUL(PAN): Commander of International Security Assistance Force, Gen. David Petraeus, on Saturday joined President Hamid Karzai, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, and the international community in condemning an attack on a UN office in... read more
KANDAHARCITY (PAN): Afghan security forces have arrested 17 people, including seven armed men, in connection with violence during a protest demonstration in Kandahar city on Saturday, the governor's office said. "At the moment, the... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Ten foreign employees at a UN office were killed in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of Balkh province, when a Quran burning protest turned violent, officials said on Friday. Another 12 people were injured... read more
MEHTARLAM (PAN): A 12-month-old boy was among four family members killed when their car crashed into a trailer on the Kabul-Jalalabad highway in eastern Laghman province on Friday, an official said. The early morning accident in Sarkhano district... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): Eight foreign workers with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) were killed after angry protestors trapped them in a burning building in northern Balkh province, an official said. Hundreds of people in... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai told a Dallas audience Thursday — by satellite — that advances made in the role of women in Afghanistan would "definitely and affirmatively" be maintained in any reconciliation talks with the... read more
KABUL(PAN):A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed two insurgents and detained more than 10 additional suspected insurgents in Imam Sahib District of northern Kunduz province, NATO said on Friday. The joint force targeted on Thursday... read more
KABUL (PAN): Finance minister Omar Zakhilwal on Thursday signed the summary record of the government negotiations on Afghan-German Development Cooperation in 2011 with Dirk Niebel, federal minister for economic cooperation and development (BMZ) of... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Thursday said his country needed foreign investment in many sectors and urged Germany to encourage its companies, a presidential statement said. Karzai made the call at a meeting with German Minister for... read more
KABUL(PAN): US officials have been involved in an investigation to take an appropriate action against a group of American soldiers for allegedly killing three unarmed Afghans, the NATO-led force said on Wednesday Rolling Stone magazine published a... read more
KABUL(PAN): Iranian officials have disclosed the names of 10 Afghan prisoners who died two weeks ago following a protest at a prison, an official said on Wednesday. Hundreds of prisoners had protested at the Hisar jail in Karaj, on the outskirts of... read more
KABUL (PAN): Four international soldiers have been killed in separate attacks in eastern Afghanistan, the alliance said on Wednesday. All four International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) servicemembers were killed on Tuesday following separate... read more
KABUL (PAN): A senior Afghan military commander in Baghlan on Tuesday said 95 percent of areas in the northern province was cleared of Taliban militants during a recently conducted operation. "Now in only few areas, the Taliban's presence... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Education on Tuesday welcomed an announcement by Taliban fighters that they were not involved in burning schools and threatening students in the country. "It is encouraging that the Taliban say they don’t... read more
KABUL (PAN): The spokesman for the Attorney General's Office on Tuesday corrected his previous statement that an advisor to the president had been arrested on corruption charges. Amanullah Eman earlier told Pajhwok Afghan News that the chief of... read more
KHOST CITY (PAN): Two civilians were injured in a bomb blast in the southeastern province of Khost, officials said on Tuesday. The incident occurred at 3pm when a bomb attached magnetically to a car detonated in Faiz Mohamad Khan Avenue of Khost... read more
SAR-I-PUL CITY (PAN): Militants on Tuesday freed 10 of 18 people in their captivity two weeks after they were kidnapped in northern Sar-i-Pul province, an official said. The released captives included two women, Sayad district chief, Mir Hassan... read more
PAROON (PAN): Hundreds of Taliban fighters overran a district in eastern Nuristan province on Tuesday, officials said. The Taliban attacked the headquarters of Want Waigal at 5am and captured the district after police put up little resistance,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Hizb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA), the second largest insurgent group after the Taliban, led by former premier Gulbuddin Hikmatyar, on Monday called the security transition to Afghan forces as "a mere propaganda." President... read more
KABUL (PAN): The rejection by the Wolesi Jirga of the fiscal budget for the new year will cause problems to all government institutions and delay the implementation of projects, an official said on Monday. The budget was approved by the Meshrano... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA) and the Afghan Women’s Network (AWN) will sign a memorandum of understanding on Tuesday for a training project to empower women activists. The training in networking, negotiation and... read more
transformation of Afghan society, the European Union’s representative in Afghanistan, Vygaudas Usackas, said. "The justice sector stands at a critical juncture in its crucial role for the stabilisation and transformation of Afghan... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Attorney General’s Office arrested a former aviation and transport minister, Enayatullah Qasimi, on Monday, an official said. Qasimi had recently returned from abroad and was arrested in the afternoon, a spokesman for the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The deputy foreign affairs minister on Sunday said out of 5,000 Afghan prisoners in Iranian jails, 4,000 were held on drug-related charges, with another 280 Afghans facing execution. Javed Lodin was summoned to the Meshrano Jirga,... read more
KABUL(PAN): The Kabul Mayor on Sunday said the process of distributing residential plots to some 7,500 families, who lost their houses as part of a road project, would be launched within next two weeks. The government was to pay compensations to... read more
KABUL(PAN): Foreign troops found a drug cache consisting of 780 pounds (354 kilograms) of heroinduring a clearing operation in southern Helmand province on Sunday, NATO said. The narcotics were seized from a truck inReg-i-Khan Neshin district by an... read more
KABUL(PAN): More than 10 insurgents were killed in an airstrike by NATO-led foreign troops in Barmal district of southeastern Paktika province on Sunday, the alliance said. The air weapons team observed and engaged a large group of insurgents armed... read more