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KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) in a first will establish 16 chain pharmacies to keep in check medicines’ quality, prices and create jobs, the minister said on Tuesday. Public Health Minister Firozuddin Firoz, introducing ‘A... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Participants of a gathering marking the 29th anniversary of the former Soviet Union military withdrawal from Afghanistan on Wednesday asked the Russian Federation to pay war compensation to the Afghans. They believed the Red Army... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Eighteen people, including two Kabul airport officials, have been arrested over drug smuggling charges in the past one week, the Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) said on Wednesday. A CJTF statement said the alleged smugglers... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Sunday claimed the deadly assault on the Kabul intercontinental Hotel “was planned by the Haqqani Network.” The attack that lasted several hours involved four heavily armed attackers who were... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Meshrano Jirga or upper house of Parliament members on Saturday accused Russia of ‘double-dealing’ in its policy towards Afghanistan, alleging “Moscow provides arms to Taliban and talks of peace in Afghanistan.’ The senators... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Sixteen suspected individual have been arrested in connection to kidnapping, smuggling of 100 kilograms explosives, drug smuggling and carjacking, officials said on Saturday. Brig. Gen. Haqnawaz Haqyar, deputy head of safety at... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Taking bribe by traffic police and illegal use of roads by drivers linked to strongmen and growing traffic congestion in Kabul result in violation of traffic rules and people’s rights. According to the Ministry of Transport’s... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Thousands of people on Friday staged protest rallies in various Afghanistan cities to express their anger at the United States announcement of recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. US President Donald Trump two days ago... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The owner of a Kabul-based bandage manufacturing factory, known as ‘Tota,’ has urged capitalists to invest in bandage production because his factory meets only 10 percent of the strip’s demand. Addressing entrepreneurs, Younus... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Members of the Mesharano Jirga (upper house of Parliament) on Sunday criticised the comments made by participants of the Kandahar gathering and termed it a move against national interest. Participants of the Kandahar gathering... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Five ministers-designate on Saturday presented their work plans before the Wolesi Jirga, promising to combat corruption and ensure merit-based recruitment. The Cabinet nominees included Tariq Shah Bahrami, President Ghani’s... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The presidential decree reviving the Selection Committee’s work has not been enforced so far at a time when experts say the dismissal of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) head has no legal justification. President Ashraf... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan leader Gulbadin Hekmatyar said on Friday the only way to resolve the current crisis were elections and his party was ready to participate in upcoming parliamentary and district council polls.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament on Saturday decided to hold a closed-door meeting with security officials summoned to the house following recent deadly attacks in the country. More than 200 people were killed and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga members on Saturday asked President Ashraf Ghani not to visit Pakistan at the invitation of the country’s military. Pakistan Army Chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa last week arrived in Kabul and pledged to support an... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some residents say declaring unexpected holidays by the government only results in “time waste, postponement of works and more problems to people.” Public servants according to the calendar enjoy about 120 off days (four months)... read more
ABUL (Pajhwok): Nine suspects, including two policemen, have been detained in connection with a nearly $200,000 robbery case linked to the Sara-i-Shahzada money exchange market in Kabul City, police said on Tuesday. The two policemen belonging to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) on Friday asked all local government departments to celebrate the 98th Independence Day in a befitting manner. Afghans will mark the country’s independence day tomorrow (... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Peace, Media and Good Governance Institute (PMGGI) has demanded the creation of a joint commission to handle migration-related challenges and issues. Ahmad Kameel Mir Shad Big, PMGGI chief, addressing the third academic... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Swedish government has provided $9 million in aid to the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) for welfare projects and creating job opportunities in vulnerable areas of the country. Anders Sjoberg, Sweden... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Intelligence officials on Monday produced an injured Pakistani rebel fighter before the media in Kabul after he was captured by security forces during a clash with Taliban militants in the Janikhel district of southeastern Paktia... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Public Health on Sunday said around 150,000 people were infected with hepatitis-B in the country and warned the disease would increase if not controlled on time. Hepatitis-B is a viral infection that attacks the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Wednesday said convicted drug smugglers made 23 percent of the total prisoners in Afghanistan where three million people were associated with growing narcotics. Maj. Gen. Abdul Khalil Bakhtyar,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday appreciated the Afghan girl robotics team for winning the silver medal in a competition in the United States, saying they represented ‘a new image of Afghanistan to the world.’ The six-member... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Following passengers’ complaints about high air ticket price and delayed flights, the Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA) on Wednesday said it was working on a comprehensive plan to resolve the problems. The ACAA... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two media workers were among those killed and seven others were injured in the massive truck bombing in capital Kabul on Wednesday morning. An IT officer with Tolo TV and a driver with the BBC were killed in the deadly attack in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of Wolesi Jirga or lower house members on Saturday criticized the hajj quota given to lawmakers and government officials, saying the lottery system lacked transparency. According to the Ministry of Hajj and Islamic... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): On the head of a long convoy, Amir of the Hezb-I-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) with his supporter on Thursday arrived in capital Kabul after decades in hiding.  Earlier, Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for Nangarhar governor, told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Extradition Treaty between Afghanistan and India to facilitate exchange of wanted criminals has been approved by the Wolesi Jirga or lower house of the parliament, an official said on Saturday. India and Afghanistan'a foreign... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga members allege a deal has been struck over the no-confidence motion against top security officials, with a female lawmaker even saying she was threatened by the defence minister’s son over the issue. But other... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani said on Wednesday the increasing role of women in society needed an enabling environment and workplace harassment would not be tolerated. The president expressed the view during a gathering at Presidential... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) on Thursday formally opened its office in Kabul to attract foreign investment and support Afghanistan’s participation in world meetings to improve relations with foreign countries. The... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The cabinet, approving five international agreements and a new state medal named after Amir Ali Sher Nawai, hopes recent snowfall in the country would help agriculture and boost the country’s economy. At a meeting chaired on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Police and health officials on Wednesday wrapped up a week long campaign confiscating hundreds of shisha water pipes and paraphernalia from hotels and restaurants in Kabul. Hookahs were collected from around 60 hotels and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday denounced terrorist attacks on holy places as a crime, saying followers of different sects lived in peacefully in Afghanistan -- an example of co-existence at the regional level. “The 10th of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of labourers in capital Kabul complain joblessness has increased during the past two years and they are unable find work for a week in a month. The joblessness has forced them into borrowing money from friends, the daily... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Oversight Commission on Access to Information (OCAI) on Saturday said information not endangering national interests should be shared with the people and facts should not be hidden under the garb of restrictions. Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Facebook users have demanded investigation into the deadliest attack on a peaceful rally in capital Kabul on Saturday and asked the government and the rally organisers to accept responsibility for the carnage. Fez Azemi, a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan National Standards Authority (ANSA) on Monday for the first time introduced a standard certification mark to ensure quality domestic products. ANSA head, Naqibullah Faiq, told a news conference here Afghanistan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The High Peace Council (HPC) on Tuesday said the final draft of the peace agreement between the unity government and the Gulbadin Hekmatyar-led Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) faction would be sent to government and the militant... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) on Wednesday said the government was failing to reform the electoral system due to differences between its leaders. FEFA chief executive Mohammad Yousuf Rashid told a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) on Tuesday said the country’s exports increased by eight percent, but investments decreased by 30 percent in 2015. AISA chief Qurban Haqju told a press conference here that... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Emphasising the independent status of the High Peace Council (HPC), a government body tasked with negotiating peace with insurgents, the Afghan government leaders on Tuesday said the Afghan peace process enjoyed national and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok ): The Electoral Reform Commission (ERC) presented another package of suggestions to the government on Monday, when the first set of its suggestions were rejected by the Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament. The ERC was formed... read more
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday approved the creation of three new district units after arriving in northern Kunduz province and ordered the sacking of some National Directorate of Security (NDS) officials over the fall of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Taliban on Friday slammed US Present Barack Obama decision on keeping troops in Afghanistan as irrational, saying the move was neither in the interest of Kbul nor Washington. Obama on Thursday announced 9,800 American troops... read more