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KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga or lower house of the parliament on Monday decided to summon security bosses and officials of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) to brief the lawmakers about security situation and delay in the upcoming election... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An Afghan youth, who invented a solar water heater, claimed on Sunday he had received threats over the phone from unknown people after his invention. Wali Jan Sherzad, 33, a resident of Sherzad district of eastern Nangarhar... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Traders incurred millions of dollars losses during four days of the ongoing nationwide strike by money exchangers, the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) said on Saturday. The money exchangers council called a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Civil society institutes on Sunday expressed concern over the reform process and slow paced preparations for the upcoming elections, asking the government to take action for balancing polling stations and resister voters’ names.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Meshrano Jirga or Senate chairman Fazal Hadi Muslimyar on Sunday offered to serve as a mediator between Presidential Ashraf Ghani against former Balkh governor Atta Mohammad Noor and demanded the law to be enforced. Few days back... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of Wolesi Jirga members on Saturday said many polling stations have been specified in areas which are out of government’s writ, saying the act was aimed at ‘engineering elections’. Based on a recent report, the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Wednesday hold an extraordinary Summit in Istanbul, Turkey to discuss the repercussions of the recognition by the United States Al-Quds as a capital of Israel, a statement from... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament on Monday decided to summon Da Afghanistan Breshna Shirkat (DABS) officials after reported missing of billions of afghanis funded to the power utility. A recent report by the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga or Senate on Tuesday approved the national budget for 1397 fiscal year with some suggestions. The next year’s budget draft is 357.6 billion afghanis, one billion dollars less than the 1396 solar year’s... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): National Directorate of Security (NDS) personnel raided and searched the office and house of the first deputy speaker of the Wolesi Jirga, Humayon Humayon, after allegation he had installed a phone tapping devise. Humayon told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Jabha-i-Milli Naveen Afghanistan political party on Thursday welcomed the ousting of the Independent Election Commission chief while legal experts said the move lacked legal basis. President Ashraf Ghani yesterday decreed... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Meshrano Jirga or upper house members on Tuesday alleged the Afghan government had reached an agreement with Pakistan on fencing the Durand Line. However, President Ashraf Ghani has said that dividing the nation through... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga -- lower house of parliament -- has suspended the 10 percent tax imposed on mobile phone users until a transparent system for revenue collection is put in place. Based on a presidential decree, also endorsed by... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Four people have been killed and two others wounded as a result of a clash between a government official and irresponsible gunmen at a wedding ceremony in Kabul, residents said on Wednesday. Mohammad Yousaf Musazai, an eyewitness... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Momand Tribe’s Unity Council on Wednesday condemned the maltreatment of Balkh provincial council member Mohammad Asif Momand, asking the government to probe the incident. The council stressed the individuals identified as... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Intelligence operatives have seized a vehicle full of explosives in Kabul, thwarting a possible terrorist attack in the capital, the spy service said on Wednesday. National Directorate of Security (NDS) said in a statement to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A lift made three years ago for the disabled people in the Department of Labour and Social Affairs remains unused and has started to get damaged, a member of the Meshrano Jirga claimed on Tuesday. Nisar Ahmad Haris, head of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok) Preliminary investigations indicate that blast in the Pul-i-Sokhta area of Kabul was triggered by a gas cylinder that killed four people and injured 35others. Basir Mujahid, spokesman for the 101st Asmaee Police Zone, said the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga members on Saturday opposed a new surge in NATO troop numbers in Afghanistan, asking the alliance to focus on equipping the local forces. NATO Secretary General Jens. Stoltenberg earlier confirmed sending... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga (WJ) or lower house of parliament on Saturday welcomed the announcement of a date for holding parliamentary and district council elections, but asked the election bodies to ensure the ballot was free and fair.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Despite his continued absence, Senator Sibghatullah Mujaddedi has been paid 22.8 million afghanis in salary and privileges, Pajhwok Afghan News has learnt. Dr. Faisal Sami, Meshrano Jirga deputy secretary, said Mujaddedi neither... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some members of the Wolesi Jirga (WJ) -- lower house of the parliament -- on Wednesday criticised President Ashraf Ghani’s recent remarks on corruption while others commended his statement. A day earlier, President Ashraf Ghani... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Civil society activists on Thursday lambasted Seema Samar, the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) head, for her recent comments regarding the release of Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA)... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Solidarity Association (NSA) on Monday lashed out at the government’s performance, opposed the decentralisation of power and demanded resolution of the shelling issue through the National Security Council (UNSC).... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga members Monday criticised cancelation of today’s session and said the draft budget for 2017 fiscal year was ready to land again in the house next week. Cancelation of session The Wolesi Jirga holds its... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some senators belonging to Uzbek tribe on Sunday alleged Abdul Aziz Aryayi, one of the newly-appointed electoral commissioners, was Tajik but disguised as Uzbek by holding a fake ID card. President Ashraf Ghani last week chose... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Ministers of public health, economy and refugee affairs on Wednesday survived a vote of no-confidence from the Wolesi Jirga, or lower house of parliament. On November 9, the house decided to summon 17 ministers who spent less... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga (WJ) on Sunday voted out two more ministers for their poor performance in terms of development budget spending, but Finance Minister Eklil Ahmad Hakimi survived the no-confidence vote. On November 9, the house... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Ministers of foreign affairs, public works and labour were disqualified by the Wolesi Jirga, or lower house of parliament, on Saturday. On November 9, the house decided to summon 17 ministers who spent less than 70 percent of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Several Wolesi Jirga members on Monday claimed the government had failed to ensured security, calling for a review of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States. Speaker Abdur Rauf Ibrahimi expressed concern... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some lawmakers on Tuesday echoed First Vice-President Abdul Rashid Dostum’s recent remarks and said the ongoing tussle between the unity government leaders could threaten Afghanistan’s peace and stability. Dostum has accused... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Meshrano Jirga or upper house of parliament on Tuesday welcomed disclosing the names of power defaulters and asked the debtors to pay off their arrears soon. Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) officials on Monday said several... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The spymaster on Monday said Afghanistan has been a victim of war over foreign interests and due to its strategic location, asking the security forces to change their tactics. National Directorate of Security (NDS) chief Masoom... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga (WJ) Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi on Monday demanded immediate implementation of peace deal signed between Afghan government and Hizb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) and termed the historic deal vital for peace and stability... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The refugees and repatriation minister on Sunday said the number of Afghan refugee families returning from Pakistan and Iran had dramatically increased. Sayed Hussain Alami Balkhi told a general session of the Meshrano Jirga or... read more
KABUL CITY (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga (WJ), or lower house of parliament, on Wednesday summoned top security officials to brief lawmakers on the current situation. The session, the first after the assembly returned from the 45-day summer recess... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): As a fatal accident claimed many lives and left injured several others, the General Directorate of Traffic on Sunday called irresponsible attitude of transport companies, use of drugs by drivers and a shortage of standard roads as... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Hundreds of people carrying the coffin of Habibulah Kalakani came under attack in Kabul on Thursday. At least two people were injured. Kalakani, a notorious bandit, served as amir of Afghanistan for a few months in 1929.He led... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The foreign minister acknowledged on Sunday efforts for peace talks with the Taliban had made little headway, saying an ulema conference would discuss reconciliation in Afghanistan. Speaking in Meshrano Jirga, or upper house of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani said on Sunday India and Saudi Arabia had imposed new restrictions on visas to Afghans for some reasons. Briefing the Meshrano Jirga or Senate, Rabbani said India had blamed the move on the use... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Interior Minister Taj Mohammad Jahid on Sunday said political elites’ meddling in police postings and transfers was behind the force’s incompetence. Jahid, the acting spy-master and the 101 Asmai Zone police commander Brig. Gen.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some lawmakers on Thursday accused security officials of negligence in preventing Tuesday’s massive attack in Kabul and demanded reconsideration of the security leadership. The death toll from yesterday’s massive car suicide... read more
KABUL (Pajhowk): Commerce and Industries Minister Humayun Rasa on Monday said a four-year strategy was being implemented to improve the trade situation in Afghanistan. Rasa was addressing the Wolesi Jirga after being summoned to answer lawmakers... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Meshrano Jirga chairman Fazl Hadi Muslimyar on Sunday asked the government to intensify operations against militants who were not willing to take the path of peace.  “Those who want peace, we are willing to have peace with... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Saturday decided to place a 10-day ban on lawmaker Sakhi Mashwani for slapping Rural Rehabilitation and Development Minister Naseer Ahmad Durrani during a session. On Wednesday, the lower house had summoned... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan would not allow to land on its airports airplanes carrying Afghan migrants from European countries in case they were subjected to forced deportation, the foreign minister warned on Wednesday. “We have asked all... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  Some Wolesi Jirga or lower house members on Wednesday said the international community should support the Afghans in achieving peace and should not create hurdles for the Afghan peace process. Lawmaker Obaidullah Barakzai... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga or Senate asked the government on Tuesday to send the second presidential legislative decree on electoral reforms to the lower house for approval in order to pave the way for parliamentary polls. Earlier, the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A second parliamentary group was Sunday formally announced on the Meshrano Jirga or Senate premises named as “National Solidarity” bloc. Senator Nisar Ahmad Haris from Kabul, the spokesman of the group, told the upper house... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi on Saturday said the National Procurement Committee (NPC) had made 40 percent of major contracts up to the required standard and work on the remaining 60 percent was underway. The minister was... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament on Wednesday said some 50,000 government posts were lying vacant while most of the Afghan youth were jobless, but government officials put the number of vacant posts at only 25,000.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Meshrano Jirga or Senate members on Tuesday expressed their concern over government’s affairs being run by acting ministers and departmental heads and over recent resignations of some officials. Recently, former National... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The refugee minister on Sunday said 40 percent of 250,000 Afghan asylum seekers in Europe might be deported by the end of the current year. Syed Hussain Alami Balkhi was testifying before the Meshrano Jirga or upper house of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga or lower house members on Saturday decided to summon Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani as he did not appear in today’s session. The lawmakers had summoned Rabbani along with Refugee and Repatriation Minister Syed... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Senior security officials said on Tuesday security forces had staged a “tactical retreat” from some areas in southern Helmand province, assuring the Taliban would not be able to overrun the restive province. The security... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Saturday adjourned the general session due to a lack of quorum on the eve of Nowruz. According to the lower house’s code of conduct, general sessions are held on Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays and meetings... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga (WJ) -- or the lower house of the parliament -- on Monday elected Niamatullah Ghafari, a lawmaker from southern Helmand province, as second deputy speaker. A day earlier, the house failed to elect its second... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan Millat Party acting head on Thursday accused their former leader of dividing the party and damaging its reputation. Abdul Qayum Arif also asked the government to hold parliamentary and district council elections as soon... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga or lower house on Monday held its administrative board elections, re-electing Abdul Rauf Inami as secretary, with candidates for speaker and his deputies falling short of the required threshold. A dozen lawmakers... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday said the national unity government was bringing into use all available resources to strengthen the Afghan security forces and to keep them nonpartisan and apolitical.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Returning from a 45-day winter break, the Meshrano Jirga or upper house of parliament on Monday decided not to hold the house administrative board’s elections for next legislative session. But a parliamentary group warned the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah on Wednesday asked the Indian private sector to invest in different sectors of Afghanistan’s economy. Addressing a conference on regional connectivity at the Afghan embassy in New Delhi... read more
KABUL (Pajhowk): The Afghan parliament, after completing the fifth constitutional year, is all set to rise for a 45-day winter break from tomorrow. Under Article 107 of the Constitution, the National Assembly shall hold two regular sessions... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga or Senate on Tuesday, condemning the beheading of four Islamic State or Daesh fighters by a tribal militia in eastern Nangarhar province, decided to summon security bosses and the Afghanistan Independent Human... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan defeated the Maldives 4-1 on Monday and set up a semi-final clash with Sri Lanka in the SAFF Cup football tournament in India, an official said. It was Afghanistan’s third victory in a row in the tournament that got... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga, or lower house of the parliament, on Monday rejected a presidential decree regarding suggestions of the Electoral Reform Commission (ERC). Earlier, President Ashraf Ghani decreed seven suggestions of the ERC and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament on Saturday decided to summon the former spymaster and ask him questions about reasons behind his resignation. On Thursday, President Ashraf Ghani accepted the resignation of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The spy service on Friday said the Taliban were raising funds for their operations through ransom money from abductions. The National Directorate of Security (NDS) in a statement said a Haqqani network commander, Qadar alias... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga or lower house members on Wednesday said Haji Zahir Qadir’s allegations about the presence of Daesh leaders in Kabul and their government backing should be investigated. Fakoor Beheshti, a lawmaker from central... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Bagram detention centre commander on Wednesday claimed President Ashraf Ghani had ordered the National Directorate of Security (NDS) to shift former Kabul Bank chief executive Khalilullah Ferozi from jail to hospital.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga or upper house of parliament on Wednesday introduced four current and former labour and social affairs deputy ministers to the Attorney General Office (AGO) on corruption charges. Zalmai Zabuli, the Senate... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Senate's Commission on Complaints on Wednesday summoned the president’s special representative on reforms and good governance and other senior officials who attended a contract-signing event for a multimillion dollars township... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A Wolesi Jirga member on Monday accused some lawmakers of receiving bribes from ministers in return for cancelling parliamentary summons. Based on Article 92, a minister could be summoned by the suggestion of 20 percent of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Meshrano Jirga or Senate members on Tuesday strongly condemned the fall of northern Kunduz City, calling for severe punishment to government and provincial security officials concerned. Hundreds of Taliban militants attacked... read more
PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): The signing of an agreement with militantsin northern Baghlanprovince means giving them more value and importance, Wolesi Jirga members said on Saturday. The MPs decided to summon the minister of border and tribal affairs... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Mesharano Jirga members on Tuesday expressed their deep concern over the Afghan youth joining the refugee stream to Europe and asked the government to generate jobs for them. Reports say the number of Afghan youth seeking... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Mentioning or not mentioning word “Afghan” in the new electronic ID cards should not divide the Afghans, senators said on Tuesday. After the parliament approved the Census Law last year, some lawmakers, civil society activists... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Convening after the summer recess, the Wolesi Jirga on Monday asked the government to take effective measures for the elimination of the Islamic State (IS) from eastern provinces. Wolesi Jirga speaker Abdur Rauf Ibrahimi, while... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The forth meeting of the Transit Transport Coordination Council (TTCC) was held on Wednesday in capital Kabul to ponder ways to enhance economic cooperation in the region. Officials from Iran, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Thousands of protesters in capital Kabul on Monday have signed a petition urging the government to sever ties with Pakistan. The protesters condemned what they alleged Pakistan’s aggression towards Afghanistan and asked for UN... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Deputy Chief of Armed Forces Gen. Murad Ali Murad on Sunday asserted Afghanistan's preparedness to respond with full force against any foreign aggression. Speaking at a graduation ceremony for 1,400 soldiers and staff sergeants,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Electoral Reforms Commission on Saturday promised submitting next week a set of suggestions based on discussions with people. Shah Sultan Akefi, head of the panel, told Pajhwok Afghan News they had collected views and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Following a recent carnage in Kabul, some Pakistani products have been boycotted, a move saw a sharp rise in sales of domestic items. The National Directorate of Security (NDS) has said special circles in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Citing acute shortages of medicines, most government hospitals in capital Kabul refused to give medicines to patients, a doctor said on Wednesday. A formidable development which prompted the Ministry of Finance to pledge that the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Praising the presidential remarks that Pakistan is fomenting violence in Afghanistan, a number of Afghans have urged the government to register a strong complaint with the UN Security Council and cut all ties with the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  The Attorney General Office (AGO) on Tuesday said 20 more officials of the Ministry of Urban Development were under investigations for their alleged involvement in administrative graft. AGO spokesman Basir Azizi told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Claiming that the Shah Shaheed incident was not suicide bombing but an airstrike, dozens of protesters on Monday demanded the government thoroughly investigate the carnage and inform the nation about its findings. However,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 205 alleged criminals have been arrested in the past two weeks in capital Kabul in connection with different crimes, an official said on Tuesday. Police Chief Lt. Col. Abdul Rahman Rahimi told Pajhwok Afghan News the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament on Monday asked security officials to arrest individuals involved in raping a three year-old child in capital Kabul. A couple of days back, a three year-old boy was found dead after... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga -- or lower house of parliament -- on Wednesday approved Sayed Yousuf Halim as member of the Supreme Court. On July 1, the government introduced the nominees for Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB) and the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Members of the upper house of parliament or senate on Sunday vowed not to attend Wednesday’s meeting as a token of protest against what they said deteriorated worst law and order situation specifically the gruesome killing of Afghan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament on Saturday did not approve Mohammad Masoum Stanikzai as defense minister. On July 1, the government introduced defense minister-designate, the nominee for the Da Afghanistan Bank (... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Interior Minister Noor-ul-Haq Ulumi said on Sunday militants would be eliminated in six month as security forces had proved they could defend the motherland. Earlier, Rahmatullah Nabil, National Directorate of Security (NDS)... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga, or Senate, on Sunday decided to summon the Ariana Afghan Airlines chief over allegations that one of the national carrier’s planes rented by an Iranian company flew masked passengers from Iran to Iraq and Syria... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National Directorate of Security (NDS) chief has said plans have been chalked out to tackle the threat from Daesh, warning security situation will deteriorate in coming months. With the same breath, however, Rahmatullah Nabil... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of members of Mesharano Jirga or upper house of parliament on Sunday urged government to specify date for holding Wolesi Jirga (WJ) and district council elections simultaneously. In line with constitution, WJ election... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Protesting teachers warned on Sunday to keep on their strike until they were given a written statement regarding acceptance of their legitimate demands. The teachers of a number of schools in capital Kabul and provinces staged a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Announcing their support for protesting teachers, a number of civil society activists on Thursday asked the government to accept legitimate demands of the teachers. Dozens of schools have been closed in 19 provinces, including... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Mesharano Jirga or upper house of parliament on Tuesday condemned persecution of Muslim community in Myanmar and asked the government to raise the issue on international forum. The Buddhist extremists have been torturing and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of Meshrano Jirga or upper house of parliament members on Tuesday criticized the nomination of Masoum Stanikzai as the minister-designate for the Ministry of Defense (MoD), saying Stanikzai was not the right choice for the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The speaker of Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament on Monday said president had promised him that date for parliamentary elections would be specified soon. Last week President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said electoral reforms... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Mesharano Jirg delegation on Sunday accused governor and police chief of northern Kunduz province for having hands in recent incidents of insecurity in the province. The delegation head alleged the two top officials for... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Wednesday announced working out an inclusive security plan in collaboration with security agencies to curb the vicious wave of violence plaguing several provinces. Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi told the session... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Tuesday said security forces have regained control of Jawand district in western Badghis province, clearing the area of insurgents. The district was fallen to Taliban two days back. Najib Danish... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Following the fall of Jawand district to Taliban, a member of parliament has warned that a number of other districts in western Badghis province are under looming insurgents’ threats. Dozens of western Badghis residents on Monday... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Kabul primary court on Wednesday convicted and sentenced four men to death for their role in the mob killing of Farkhunda in March this year and sent another eight defendants to jail for 16 years each. Safiullah Mujaddedi,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament on Saturday approved a presidential decree declaring Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and the council of ministers as a budgetary unit. Then presidential candidates Ashraf Ghani and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Thousands of protesters on Tuesday demanded the Andarabi Street be named after Farkhanda and those involved in her brutal killing brought to justice. They urged the government to detain the security personnel who failed to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): During the outgoing solar year, 24,000 litres of alcoholic beverages and 13 tonnes of other narcotic substances were seized and 700 people arrested on charges of trafficking drugs, a special attorney said on Tuesday. Criminal... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Thirty dead bodies buried under snow avalanches have been so far retrieved in the Paryan and Dara districts of central Panjsher province, acting governor said on Friday. Abdul Rehman Kabiri told Pajhwok Afghan News though formal... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr Abdullah Abdullah appointed two advisors on Thursday, his office said. Sayed Tayeb Jawad was appointed as political and international affairs advisor and Habiba Sarabi as women’s and youth affairs... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A sister of an executed gang-rape convict has attempted to commit suicide with her late brother’s pistol in the Paghman district of Kabul, an official said on Thursday.Five men convicted of the August 22 gang-rape and robbery were... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Ahmad Zia Massoud, a senior member of the Change and Continuity team, on Thursday took over as President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai’s special representative on reforms and good governance.Speaking at Massoud’s oath-taking ceremony,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Demonstrators in Kabul on Thursday urged Islamabad to stop cross-border shelling, threatening to lay a siege the Pakistani Embassy.More than 10 civilians have been killed and dozens injured in eastern Kunar province as a result of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Industrial Association (AIA) on Monday asked presidential candidates to resolve their differences because the impasse had led to economic recession.AIA Director Sakhi Ahmad Paiman told a news conference a 38 percent... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Tuesday said the audit of 20,500 out of 23,000 ballot boxes or 90 percent of votes has been completed.IEC spokesman Noor Mohammad Noor told reporters 60 percent audit of 6,000 special... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Jamiat Islah-i-Afghanistan (JIA), while calling for humble work culture and fair distribution of wages, launched a week-long anti-corruption drive on Saturday.Calling 2014 an anti-graft year, the group kicked off the campaign “... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced on Thursday that at least 1,900 tables of audited votes had been finalised so far.Noor Mohammad Noor, IEC Spokesman, told journalist in Kabul some 2,500 tables had been... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Monday announced the vote invalidation process would be launched this week and software being used for the purpose had been developed.Addressing a news conference in Kabul, IEC... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The French ambassador to Afghanistan on Thursday visited the Independent Election Commission’s (IEC) headquarters in Kabul and closely watched the ongoing vote audit. Jean-Michel Marlaud stressed the early conclusion of the election... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok) Tribal councils and the Afghan National Movement (ANM) on Sunday demanded formation of a national unity government with the representation of all parties to ensure stability in the country.A numbers of civil society activists and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Presidential candidates Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai met in Kabul on Friday for the second time in less than a weekIssues related to their recent agreement, ending weeks of political uncertainty in the country... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Dozens of people rallied in Kabul on Friday against deadly in Israel attacks on the innocent Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip and called for an immediate halt to what they called naked aggression.The protestors gathered in the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two rockets were fired at the Kabul International Airport on Wednesday morning, which landed close to the facility, but caused no casualties or damage, officials said. The rockets were fired from Deh Sabz district at 5:30 am,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok) The Independent Election Commission (IEC) finally announced the preliminary results of the presidential vote on Monday, with Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai taking lead over his rival.Addressing a well-attended news conference in Kabul,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): One person was killed and a child was injured after gunmen loyal to a lawmaker opened fire at supporters of a rival lawmaker in the Pul-i-Charkhi area east of Kabul on Wednesday afternoon, eyewitnesses said.They said bodyguards of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): About 1,000 persons, including municipality workers and residents, rallied for the Kabul mayor in front of the national assembly on Sunday, hours after some legislators staged a protest against the official.The workers and residents... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Presidential runner Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Monday asked the Independent Election Commission (IEC) to stop releasing further results until fraudulent votes were cleaned out.Ghani expressed his concern a day after the IEC... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Predicting the likelihood of a run-off election between two leading presidential hopefuls, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Saturday said ballot papers of 523 polling centres had been recounted and of another more than... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Wednesday urged the presidential runners to avoid releasing fake surveys and opinion polls about poll results.At a news conference in Kabul, Dr. Yousaf Nuristani said the credibility of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday urged regional countries to focus on fostering friendship instead of harbouring rivalries.Speaking at the Persian New Year festival in Kabul, he called Nawroz a commitment to a continued... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Four suicide attackers were killed after a two-hour clash with security personnel inside a luxury hotel in the heart of Kabul on Thursday might, witnesses and officials said.Bursts of fire erupted at about 9.15pm, followed by a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) on Monday cited poor provision of infrastructure services and militancy as major challenges to the private sector.ACCI Chief Executive Mohammad Qurban Haqjo told a press... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Leading presidential candidate Dr. Ashraf Ghani on Sunday identified economic, judicial and constitutional reforms, reigning in the bureaucracy and even-handed development of the country as his top priorities.While hitting the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): National Security Advisor Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta on Thursday said recent remarks by his Pakistani counterpart Sartaj Aziz were clear interference in the internal affairs of Afghanistan.Aziz, senior adviser to Pakistani Prime... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A fresh investigation reveals widespread corruption in the refugee and repatriation, higher education and labour and social affairs ministries.Rampant anomalies have been detected in land distribution to refugees, entry test and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Seventeen people, including three suicide bombers, were killed following a blast and a gun-battle at a restaurant frequented by foreigners in the Wazir Akbar Khan diplomatic enclave in downtown Kabul late on Friday, officials said.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga on Saturday warned of banning Pakistani TV channels in a tit-for-tat response to Islamabad for not allowing Afghan channels to air their programmes in the neighbouring country. Since 2011, Afghan TV channels have... read more
KABUL (PAN): A number of provincial council chiefs on Sunday warned if they were not fully authorised to monitor local government departments, they would boycott the April provincial council elections.At a meeting with Wolesi Jirga’s Administrative... read more
KABUL (PAN): A lawmaker from Nangarhar on Saturday warned holding inclusive elections would not be possible if solid steps were not taken to improve the security situation in the eastern province.Addressing the Wolesi Jirga, Haji Qadir Zahir said... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Interior Affairs (MoI) on Monday announced it would be submitting a detailed security plan for the April elections to the Independent Election Commission (IEC) over the next two weeks.The ministry has evaluated 3,435... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two schools --- one in western Herat province and another in northern Balkh province --- have won the International School Award instituted by the British Council, officials said on Tuesday.The award, an accreditation given by the... read more
KABUL (PAN): As many as 20 suspected militants, mostly members of the Haqqani Network, have been arrested and more than 10,000 kilograms of explosives and suicide vests recovered from them over the past 10 days, the Loya Jirga Security Commission... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Independent Electoral Complaint Commission (IECC) on Thursday said it had received 313 complaints challenging the initial list of presidential and provincial council candidates.IECC spokesman and secretary Nadir Mohseni told Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (PAN): Dozens of children on Monday staged a rally in the central capital Kabul, chanting slogans for peace and stability in the country.More than 150 children gathered in front of the Parliament building to mark International Day of Peace.“We... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Saturday said his administration was emphasising on the United States to guarantee peace and stability in Afghanistan as part of the bilateral security agreement “because the war in Afghanistan has external... read more
KABUL (PAN): Nearly 15 people were injured in a stampede when a crowd of haj applicants went out of control during a registration drive at the Eidgah Mosque in Kabul, officials said Saturday.The incident occurred early in the morning when many... read more
KABUL (PAN): A man allegedly involved in the killing of Maulvi Arsala Rahmani, a senior member of High Peace Council, had been detained, Kabul police claimed on Monday.A spokesman for the 101st police zone, Hashmatullah Stanikzai, told Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Meshrano Jirga chairman on Tuesday said Iran’s ambassador to Afghanistan would be summoned by the foreign ministry in Kabul over his recent remarks on the US-Afghan strategic partnership agreement.Ambassador Abul Fazal Zuhrawand... read more
KABUL (PAN): A number of Meshrano Jirga or upper house of Parliament members on Tuesday said some backward provinces had been neglected in preparation of annual budget for next financial year.On February 5, Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal presented... read more
KABUL (PAN): Wolesi Jirga members, with a majority vote, on Monday decided to summon 15 ministers and a dozen departmental heads to brief lawmakers on their failure to effectively use budgetary allocations during the outgoing Afghan fiscal year.The... read more
KABUL (PAN): The British ambassador to Afghanistan on Wednesday said his country was committed to supporting the Afghan government’s fight against narcotics.In addition to support for good governance and implementation of the constitution, Britain... read more
KABUL (PAN):  Parliamentarians on Monday started casting votes in elections for the administrative board of the Wolesi Jirga, or lower house.Lawmakers, Haji Zahir Qadir and Nadar Khan Katawazai are in run for the first vice-chairman of the... read more
KABUL (PAN): A Ministry of Defence official on Wednesday said the security situation in Afghanistan had improved during 2011 and would get even better next year.The number and capacity of Afghan soldiers and police had considerably risen, leaving a... read more
KABUL (PAN): Four Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed and 16 others injured in separate incidents of violence in the country, the Ministry of Defence said on Monday.The casualties occurred during operations over the past 24 hours in... read more
KABUL (PAN): Kabul residents on Sunday praised the efforts of security officials to prevent possible violence during the four-day Loya Jirga on the strategic partnership pact with the US.The assembly concluded on Saturday with the endorsement of the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two rockets landed in the 4th police district of the capital Kabul close to the traditional Loya Jirga site on Thursday, an official said.One of the rockets fell in the Sarsabzi Square at around 8am, injuring a man, the crime branch... read more
KABUL (PAN): The first day of the traditional Loya Jirga on the proposed strategic cooperation pact with the United States and a mechanism for the peace negotiations with Afghan militants passed off peacefully.The Jirga commenced amid tight security... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Wolesi Jirga's Defence Commission on Tuesday set a number of demands for the regional cooperation conference in Istanbul due on November 2.The commission demanded of participating countries to pursue peaceful policy, asked... read more
KABUL (PAN): Thirteen International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops were among 18 people killed in a car suicide bombing in Afghanistan's heavily fortified capital Kabul on Saturday, officials said.The attacker detonated his explosives-laden... read more
KABUL (PAN): The husband of unseated female lawmaker Samin Barakzai, whose hunger strike stretched into its eighth consecutive day Monday, said on Sunday that the United Nations, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and the Afghan government... read more
KABUL (PAN): Hundreds of Afghans on Tuesday took to the streets in Kabul against the assassination of former president Burhanuddin Rabbani, seeking stringent punishment for the perpetrators.The High Peace Council chairman was assassinated and four... read more
KABUL (PAN): The funeral ceremony of former president Prof. Burhanuddin Rabani, who was assassinated in a suicide attack on Tuesday evening, is scheduled for Friday, officials said. High Peace Council Chairman Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani and... read more
KABUL (PAN):  Gen. Baba Jan succeeded Gen. Daud Daud as the commander of 303rd Pamir police zone in the northern provinces of the country, officials said on Tuesday. He was nominated for the position by the Ministry of Interior and was... read more
KABUL(PAN): President Hamid Karzai's principal political rival on Thursday warned of mobilising street protests if the Afghan government did not heed his views on dealing with the Taliban insurgency. Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, leader of the... read more
KABUL (PAN): A number of residents of central Logar province rallied in Kabul against the governor on Tuesday, accusing the provincial chief executive of corruption. However, Governor Attiqullah Lodin said the protesters had "personal and... read more
KABUL (PAN): A dozen counternarcotics policemen have been killed and another 44 injured during poppy eradication campaigns in 10 provinces over the past two months, an official said on Monday. The police suffered causalities in Helmand, Kandahar,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Hundreds of people rallied on Monday on the outskirts of Kabul against a private paper mill which they accused of recycling school books and copies of the Quran into toilet papers. Residents of Deh Sabz district claimed they saving... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan soldiers are improving day by day and will be ready for the security handover by 2014, the Ministry of Defence said on Monday. The ministry has been focusing on the capacity, training and equipping of soldiers and at the start... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan counter-narcotics police have seized nearly 400 kilograms of opium in southern Helmand province, the largest poppy-producing region, the deputy counternarcotics minister said on Sunday. Four people were arrested on charges of... read more