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KABUL (Pajhwok): The chief executive officer (CEO) on Wednesday stressed the need conducting Wolesi Jirga, district council and presidential electionson schedule, seeking cooperation from political parties, civil society and people. Addressing to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Free media advocacy group, NAI, on Monday accused the government of tightening its grip on access to information, saying media people faced hardships in collecting details. Abdul Mujib Khilwatgar, head of Nai, told a press... read more
PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): Around 7,000 new girls are enrolled in schools in central Logar province each year, but only 400 of them reach high school due to cultural restrictions and insecurity, officials said Sunday. Logar education director, Akbar... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): She was 12 years old when her step-father raped her and was married to a man when she was 16 and her husband has been treating her not as a wife but as a slave after knowing about the rape. Shazia (not real name), is a resident... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The findings of an organization show around 1,700 women currently working in different media outlets in Afghanistan. Farida Nikzad, head of Protection of Afghan Women Journalist (CPAWJ), expressed shared the information during a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Dozens of physically challenged people on Monday took part in a wheelchair racing competition in capital Kabul as part of a campaign to encourage environment protection. The two-kilometer race involving 50 disabled individuals... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan has been ranked as the 4th most corrupt country around the world, a global anti-graft coalition said on Thursday. In its latest annual report, the Transparency International said Afghanistan trailed only Syria, South... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on Wednesday announced allocating $150 million to various Afghanistan sectors as part of its decade-long program. An agreement to the effect was signed in Kabul between the Economy... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): In total 150 people, including 11 women, have been detained this solar year over trying to smuggle drugs to India at the Hamid Karzai international airport in Kabul, the Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) said on Monday. Khalid... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A 29-year-old woman ended up in the shelter house of capital Kabul just nine months after her marriage to escape abuse and torture at husband’s and paternal homes. Kamila (not real name) was interviewed by Pajhwok Afghan News... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A two-day exhibition showcasing industrial goods produced by female workers or companies owned by women kicked off in capital Kabul on Thursday. Munizha Wafiq, Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) head for women... read more
ZARANJ (Pajhwok): Around 1,200 youth have been appointed to different government departments in southwestern Nimroz province over the last two years. However, some youth continue migrating to Iran and other countries due to joblessness. More than... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Security bosses on Sunday apologized to the nation over their failure to prevent recent deadly attacks in the country and said their resignation would not resolve the conundrum. Interior Minister Wais Barmak sought apology from... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Twenty journalists were killed in Afghanistan last year that saw violence against the community increasing compared to previous years, a survey released on Thursday said. The findings of Afghanistan Journalist Safety Committee (... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): As many as 1,372 civilians lost their lives and 2,360 others sustained wounds in violent incidents during the last eight months of 2017 in Afghanistan, the Civilian Protection Advocacy Group (CPAG) said on Wednesday. Announcing... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani said outdated administrational structures within the Ministry of Interior (MoI) were problematic and emphasized he supported reforms in the ministry to further people’s confidence in police. The president... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Revenue and Customs Department of Ministry of Finance (MoF) on Saturday inaugurated the tax Week in a ceremony in capital Kabul to provide awareness on and further promote culture of taxation in the country, a statement from the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A Meshrano Jirga delegation has found prisoners at the Pul-i-Charkhi jail on the eastern outskirts of Kabul are served ‘rotten meat’. The Senate task team visited the facility and listened to prisoners’ complaints three weeks... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA) says airlines will be fined for delayed flights under a draft rule. The draft would be placed soon before the Council of Ministers for approval, the ACAA chief told a media briefing... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Dozens of parents of students at the Afghan-Turk school on Wednesday held a protest gathering in Kabul, warning the government of further rallies if the arrested teachers of the school weren’t released. National Directorate of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Police have detained three suspects in connection with the killing of 10 individuals, most of them members of the same family, in Kabul, an official said on Monday. Crime branch chief Brig. Gen Mohammad Salem Almas told Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The girl, who was deceived into marriage through a mobile phone, was not allowed to take divorce by her deceiving husband and was being raped and beaten up by him every day. Article 3 of the Human Trafficking and Immigrant... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The man who killed 10 individuals, most of them members of the same family, in Kabul has recently been released from prison, police said on Saturday. Col. Ghulam Sakhi, the 15th police district chief in Kabul, told Pajhwok Afghan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A new survey released on Saturday said a majority of the Afghans believe the decades-old conflict in their country could be brought to an end by intra-Afghan dialogue. Conducted by the Centre for Strategic and Regional Studies... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A new survey released on Monday said the presence of women journalists in Afghanistan has decreased due to insecurity. Conducted by the Center for the Protection of Afghan Women Journalist (CPAWJ), the survey was presented at an... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Saturday said that the insurgent groups this year intensified their activities in an attempt to transfer their centres from Pakistan to Afghanistan; however, they were frustrated. Maj. Gen.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Painting arts of women, depicting the bad situation of women in Afghanistan, were put on display in capital Kabul on Saturday. Shakila Shaqaiq Payez, head of Change for Afghan Women organization, who organized the exhibition,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) head Sima Samar on Wednesday said corruption challenged peace and stability in the country and the phenomenon needed practical action to be curbed. Samar, addressing a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A new survey shows more than 1,000 of Afghanistan’s 16,000 schools have been shut; compared only 300 three years ago. In the survey, the Justice Foundation for the first time evaluated the education sector of the country by... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Government land measuring at least 18,000 acres across the country has been prevented from being usurped during the past three years, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said on Saturday. Justice Minister Abdul Basir Anwar, addressing... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Urban Development Ministry says work on the much-delayed 5th Macro Rayan Housing project would be launched soon to secure $12.5 million public investment in the scheme. Nilofar Langar, spokesperson for the Ministry of Urban... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A widowed woman, who has been living at the “Maraston Hostel” with her children, wants to stand on her own feet by using her skill of painting and embroidery. Zia Gul, 40, her two daughters and a son, from 9 to 17 years old, have... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Netherlands’ ambassador in Kabul Geoffrey van Leeuwen on Wednesday said his country would provide $12 million to Afghanistan for women’s empowerment over the next three years. Leeuwen told a gathering marking the launch of “... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The First-ever facility Model United Nations (MUN) headquarters and its meetings have been established at the Kabul University by the varsity students’ association, an official said on Wednesday. Abdullah Andish Yar, head of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Thursday accused Pakistan intelligence agencies of being behind recent attacks in Afghanistan, saying the assaults were beyond Taliban’s ability. MoD spokesman, Dawlat Waziri, in an... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A new Afghan feature film highlighting the plight of Afghan migrants was released in Kabul on Wednesday. Deputy Chief Executive Officer Mohammad Mohaqiq, who participated in the movie launch ceremony here, said the film shed... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): As many as two million individuals are unemployed in Afghanistan, said the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled (MoLSAMD) on Saturday, adding it was mulling over draft schemes to reduce the level of joblessness... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Free media supporting organization NAI on Monday said tolerance to the freedom of expression was worst in the national unity government’s tenure compared to past governments. According to a NAI report released on Monday said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Second Vice President Sarwar Danish on Saturday said widespread corruption in government departments and the fear of being exposed were among obstacles to the access to information. Danish was addressing ‘Second Media National... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of educators, marking Teachers Day in Kabul on Thursday, hit out at the government for failing to keep its promises to resolve their problems, particularly about pay raise and residential plots. Sabira, a teacher at... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan Women Network (AWN) on Thursday accused two private television channels of ‘insulting’ women in their comedy shows, calling it ‘unacceptable.’ Robina Hamdard, advocacy section head at AWN, told a press conference in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Second Vice President Sarwar Danish on Tuesday said tourism has improved in Afghanistan, calling the industry as effective for economic development and consolidation of national unity in the country. Danish told a gathering... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Three hundred Afghan students would travel to Russia for higher education this year against scholarships awarded by the Russian government, the country’s ambassador in Kabul said on Wednesday. Alexander Mantitski told a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A senior Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC) official on Wednesday warned media outlets of legal action and closure over failing to pay taxes in-time. Sayed Aqa Hussain Fazel Sancharaki, MoIC deputy publications head, told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan officials, lecturers, students and culturists on Tuesday held a gathering in Kabul to mourn the death of Nancy Dupree, an American historian who spent decades preserving Afghanistan’s heritage.  Dupree passed away... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The first flight bringing back home Afghan pilgrims from Saudi Arabia would land at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on Wednesday, the Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs said on Monday. On September 6, the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The bodies of 24 people, including women and children, who died in yesterday’s attack on a mosque in Kabul, were buried in the mosque’s courtyard on Saturday. Health officials said 28 people were killed and 50 others wounded in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Secretary Information and Broadcasting Syed Aqa Hussain Sancharaki on Tuesday said though the number of media outlets had increased in the country, their pace of becoming professional had been slow. Addressing a seminar “History... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A girls juggling team from Kabul on Sunday won a regional juggling tournament participated by 11 teams from Afghanistan and two from abroad. Khalilullah Hamid, head of the juggling federation of Afghanistan, told Pajhwok Afghan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Construction work on residential buildings for refugees and displaced families was launched in Bagrami district of central Kabul province on Monday. The construction works marked the launch of an Independent Capital Development... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The agriculture minister of Czech Republic, who arrived in Kabul on Thursday, said his country was ready to cooperate with Afghanistan in developing its agriculture sector. A statement from the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  Hundreds of female internees with USAID‘promote program’ held a gathering also participated by government officials in Kabul on Monday to identify and assess job opportunities for themselves. Some 500 internee and trainee... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga commission on human rights, civil society and women’s affairs head, lawmaker Fauzia Kofi, on Saturday demanded greater role for women in the government system. Kofi told reporters in Kabul the government had... 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): The Ministry of Refugee and Repatriation (MoRR) on Monday said more than 10,000 Afghan refugee families returned to their home country from neighboring countries during the past one week. A MoRR statement received by Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An election watchdog on Wednesday announced withdrawing from carrying out an evaluation of capacity challenges of the Electoral Complaints Commission, citing “serious disagreements” between members of the secretariat and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday said the growing trust of people in the government and their cooperation with security forces was the starting point of resolving problems. The CEO presided over a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The newly-appointed High Peace Council (HPC) chief on Monday acknowledged the need for reforming panel whose strategies and policies required a comprehensive review. Mohammad Karim Khalili issued the call at his introduction... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday stressed the need for a national consensus on establishing peace in the country, saying the Afghans should get prepared for a countrywide conversation. Introducing Mohammad Karim Khalili as the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga members and political analysts on Saturday criticized the new alliance among the Jamiat-i-Islami Afghanistan (JIA), Hezb-i-Wahdat Mardum and Junbish-i-Milli Afghanistan parties, saying the move was aimed at serving... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday opened the maiden session of a debate titled “Citizen and Arg (Presidential Palace)” aimed at ensuring good governance and citizenship. The Citizen and Arg debate attended by university... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Five months have gone since the telecommunication minister was suspended and his office remains locked and sealed, pending investigations into accusations against him. The Presidential Palace on Jan 2 announced suspending... read more
KABUL, Jun 04, 2017:Al-Hajj Maulavi Abdul Hakim Munib, leader of Harakat-i- Inqilabi Islami Afghanistan participated in the conference entitled "The Public, and Social Action toward Peace" was organized by the Islamic Revolution Movement party.
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than 300 religious scholars from different provinces attended a meeting in Kabul and condemned recent suicide attacks, urging the international community avoid using Afghanistan as contested zone. Scholars from Nangarhar,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Refugee and Repatriation Minister Sayed Hussain Alami Balkhi on Sunday alleged widespread corruption in distribution of residential plots to returnees in two townships in eastern Laghman province. However, the minister said the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of media advocacy groups and journalists on Thursday denounced yesterday’s attack on the Radio Television Afghanistan (RTA) office in eastern Nangarhar province as ‘a war crime.’ Seddiqullah Tawhidi, head of Nai, an... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Rural Rehabilitation and Development Minister Nasir Ahmad Durrani on Wednesday said his ministry had saved more than 1.7 billion afghanis in contracts in one year as a result of its anti-corruption effort. Durrani told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  Besides students, teachers at orphanages are also vulnerable to sexual abuse, but what rules in all this is silence. The victims avoid exposing the assailants as they fear they will be kicked out of the facility and will... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Da Afghanistan Breshna Shirkat (DABS) on Saturday said the power utility’s technical team has arrived at the spot of the damaged power line in northern Kunduz province and the electricity supply to capital Kabul will be restored... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday welcomed Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) leader, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, upon arriving in capital Kabul and asked the Taliban to follow into Hekmatyar’s footsteps. The president, who addressed a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): CEO Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday said media achievements in Afghanistan were irreversible and the unity government would always support media organizations Abdullah, who addressed an event marking World Press Freedom Day in Kabul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Fifty-five prisoners of the Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) were released from the Pul-i-Charkhi Jail east of Kabul on Tuesday, an official said. Nader Afghan, a spokesman for the Gulbadin Hekmatyar-led HIA, told Pajhwok Afghan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Refugees families, who returned from neighbouring countries in recent years, say the government has issued them ownership documents of land plots, but they are yet to possess the plots and other promised facilities. A large... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Famous Persian poet, writer and journalist Assadullah Afif Bakhtari has passed away in northern Balkh province. Bakhtari has died in Abu Ali Sena-i-Balkhi Hospital in Mazar-i-Sharif after protracted illness on Friday night and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A new study indicates Afghan journalists’ access to information has shrunken, blaming government officials for refusing to cooperate with media representatives. The Kabul Press Club (KPC), a non-governmental journalists and media... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Renowned businessman Abdul Ghafar Dawi has been arrested over alleged fraud and owing millions of dollars to government and private companies, an official said, but Dawi relatives rubbished the claim. According to document with... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A Wolesi Jirga or lower house member on Monday alleged ‘parentless and homeless girls’ in the only-state run orphanage in Kabul were sexually harassed, a claim the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs ‘a conspiracy.’ Nahid Fared... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Kabul Municipality has appointed women for cleaning roads and streets of the capital -- an unprecedented step in the past 15 years that residents hailed as exemplary. The women expressed satisfaction with the work they do,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): After a lot of hard work, Pajhwok Afghan News managed to get permission to visit a safe home for girls and women who have fled different kinds of domestic violence. Victims of family violence are living in the safe home in Kabul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Intending hajj pilgrims have deposited more than $60million to the State Bank in advance this year, hoping to get a chance to visit Saudi Arabia in next four years. The bank has promised not to use the money. Hajj and Religious... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A young man, who lost his wife and daughter to yesterday’s suicide attack on the Supreme Court premises in Kabul, on Wednesday asked why his beloved ones were killed. Jan Aqa, 30, a resident of Nijrab district of central Kapisa... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Publishers’ Association (APA) on Monday said that around 7,500 books were imported annually and 1,500 printed in the country, without any check from the government. APA deputy head, Ajmal Azim, told Pajhwok Afghan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan Journalists Safety Committee (AJSC) says that 2016 was the bloodiest year ever for journalists and media in Afghanistan. At least 13 journalists were killed last year, a figure that is unprecedented. Releasing its 6-... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Provincial council is a requirement of a democratic regime to develop governance and bring about improvement to provincial affairs, but the provincial council of central Kabul province has failed to achieve these goals.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Two persons were killed and four others, including a newly-wed couple, wounded on Saturday when a magnetic bomb attached to the bride’s car went off in Kabul, police said. The wounded bride said her life’s best moments were... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A 20-year-old woman, who is married to a 99-year-old man, says she has been suffering from mental illness and is worried about her and her children’s future. Hailing from Nijrab district of central Parwan province, she was 14... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior has ordered the arrest of the Zari district police chief of northern Balkh province and one of his bodyguards after an investigation into allegations of kidnappings and sexual assaults against them.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): British Ambassador Dominic Jermey and Afghan Natural Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) head Wais Barmak on Monday launched a further phase of the UK’s life-saving support to demining in Afghanistan. The £7 million project to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Sixteen months after a deadly explosion in Shah Shaheed area of capital Kabul, families of the victims are still in shock and suffering from mental and psychological problems. The families ask the Taliban not to play with people’... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The counternarcotics minister on Tuesday said men’s addiction to drugs was a major reason behind violence against women, an issue that disrupted relations between family members. Salamat Azimi made the remarks a conference ‘... read more
  KABUL (Pajhwok): An 18-year-old girl, who claims to be sexually assaulted by a district police chief and three other armed men in northern Balkh province, has asked President Ashraf Ghani to provide her justice or she would burn... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An 18-year-old girl, who claims to be sexually assaulted by a district police chief and three other armed men in northern Balkh province, has asked President Ashraf Ghani to provide her justice or she would burn herself. The... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A blind man, having taught people blessed with eyesight for years, now pursues his master’s degree in an effort to secure a management position. Hamayun Hakimi, 26, a resident of Mazar-i-Sharif, is studying at Dunya University.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Free media advocacy group NAI on Sunday said it had recorded 85 cases of violence including physical elimination against journalists and media employees over the past 10 months across the country. NAI head Sediqullah Tawhidi told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former Taliban official Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef on Thursday said the ongoing war in Afghanistan ‘has been imposed on both the warring sides -- the government and the Taliban. Zaeef was addressing a gathering held in support of... read more
  KABUL (Pajhwok): The public and private sectors on Tuesday discussed challenges investment faced in Afghanistan and finding solutions to them. A joint government-private sector meeting organized by the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A survey conducted by the Afghanistan National Union of Journalists (ANUJ) says the national unity government has failed in fulfilling half of its pledges regarding the freedom of expression in the country. The survey that took... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Free media advocacy group NAI on Wednesday dubbed the current year as “worst” for journalists with regard to access to information and said the period saw 72 percent of reporters subjected to violence. The organization, which... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Members of the Junbish-i-Roshanai or Enlightenment Movement on Monday postponed a planned protest rally which was scheduled to be staged tomorrow (Tuesday) amid ongoing talks with the government. Daud Naji, one of the rally... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of students with disabilities enrolled in private sector universities complain they are charged fees despite the enactment of the Rights and Benefits of People with Disabilities Law. In compliance with Article 53th of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan Women Network (AWN) on Tuesday said it has prepared a set of suggestions for presentation at next month’s Brussels Conference. Hasina Safi, AWN head, told a news conference in Kabul that their suggestions were aimed at... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The fourth joint Afghanistan and Iran industrial exhibition kicked off in capital Kabul on Tuesday. The three-day event is organized by an Iranian institute ‘Management of Exhibition Projects’ in cooperation with the Afghanistan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Women’s Affairs Minister Dilbar Nazari on Sunday expressed her concern over what she called women’s ‘pale’ participation in politics and asked them to make efforts and achieve rights the Constitution had guaranteed for them.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): An elderly man says Independence Day -- an occasion of joy and happiness for Afghans-- represented hope in the past, but now people fear terrorist attacks at the landmark event. This is the story of Roohullah Hasrat, 70, a... read more
  KABUL (Pajhwok): The first Haj flight carrying 600 pilgrimsleft the Hamid Karzai International Airport for Saudi Arabiaon Monday afternoon, the Ministry of Haj and Religious Affairs said. Murtaza Hamid, the ministry spokesman, told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A coffin seller in Kabul says his income has risen as result of growing demand for funerary boxes for victims of suicide attacks and explosions in the city, but he never feels happy. Abdul Shakoor, 60, inherited the casket-making... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday said he would hand over the country’s affairs to the youth before retiring as president. The president was speaking at a function marking the first-ever Model United Nations or MUN conference... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A non-governmental organization in capital Kabul on Monday said it had launched an innovative project to train women in the fields of literacy and tailoring so the participants could become educated and economically sound.  ... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) on Wednesday said 15 irrigation canals would be reconstructed in northern Baghlan province and capital Kabul until the end of current year. Contracts for the canals’... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) on Tuesday said business climate had improved in the country during the ongoing solar year compared to the previous year. ACCI CEO Attiqullah Nusrat told a press... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Anisa has been supporting her family and children’s education by weaving mats for the past 16 years, but now her sales have decreased, landing her in deep trouble to meet her family needs. The mother of six children, Anisa, who... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A nine-years-old boy from capital Kabul says he should work more during Eid days in order his eight-member family could enjoy the religious festival. Seddiqullah polishes people’s shoes with his little hands in Deh Afghanan area... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Malalai, an 18 years old student of Allauddin Orphanage in capital Kabul complained scholarships offered to the orphanage students were given to people having connections with powerful individuals. Malalai, who spent 11 years of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A 15-year-old boy who may not be able to get higher education due to being a child laborer complain media outlets -- interested only in pocketing profits -- do not highlight their situation in an effective manner. Besides going... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Contracts worth more than five billion afghanis for three road construction projects were signed on Tuesday between the Ministry of Public Works and local construction companies. The signing ceremony was held at the office of 2nd... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 200 impoverished children on Monday received cash and suits from a national civil society institute in central capital Kabul. Ghulam Ali Parvez, youth affairs in-charge at Afghanistan Civil Society Forum (ACSF), told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior on Monday termed the killing of Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Mansour ‘a huge blow to the insurgent group’ and asking the rebels to join the peace process. The US and Afghan authorities on Saturday said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Amid criticism by a number of residents, the fourth ‘Made in Pakistan’ exhibition was launched in capital Kabul on Thursday. The three-day show was launched in the presence of deputy Afghan minister of commerce and industry, the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Eighty families affected by last month’s devastating suicide bombing that struck an elite force agency in Kabul on Wednesday received aid packages, an official said. The aid was distributed to the affected families as part of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): While insisting on providing the media access to information, the Presidential Palace on Monday asked provincial government spokespersons to regularly conduct weekly and monthly press conferences. Deputy presidential spokesman... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President’s special envoy for reforms and good governance Ahmad Zia Massoud on Saturday demanded political parties-based parliamentary elections by bringing amendments to the Constitution. Addressing a gathering marking the 25th... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Thanks to continued protests from a resident of southern Paktia province, the Ministry of Hajj and Islamic Affairs (MoHIA) has promised serious efforts to curb the evil of giving away girls to sort out disputes. Khan Wali Adil 24... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Youth Civil and Cultural Society (AYCCS) has expressed its deep concernat the government’s lethargic attitude towards the administration of seminaries that are emerging as centres of fundamentalism. Humera Saqib,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A public campaign “every citizen is a police” to show solidarity with the force was launched on Saturday by dozens of youth in central capital Kabul. Dressed in a special outfit that represented police, the youth gathered in the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Different bores of weapons, smuggled from Jalalabad to Kabul, were seized in the Pul-i-Charkhi area on the eastern outskirts of the capital, the Ministry of Interior said on Wednesday. Director of Special Unit of Counter-... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Dozens of military pensioners on Tuesday protested against what they said government’s double-standards policy toward them and asked the authorities concerned to observe justice about their rights. Around 150 ex-service members... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A contract for the technical study of a 200-kilometre railway line between Torghundi and Herat City was signed between Afghanistan and Canada Rail on Monday. Public Works Minister Mahmood Baligh said Afghanistan would be... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Minister of Agriculture and Livestock on Tuesday expressed his concern over water management and said currently 45 percent of the country’s rivers’ water was being wasted before reaching crops. Asadullah Zamir, addressing a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Kabul Municipality and the Ministry of Information and Culture would celebrate the new solar year with a series of exhibitions, concerts and theatres, officials said on Saturday. Nawroz (first day of the new solar year) is... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan Women Network (AWN) on Thursday said justice has not been served in the savaged murder of Farkhanda and the move has weakened people’s trust in the judiciary. An angry mob attacked 27-year-old Farkhanda on March 18... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) has registered more than 5,100 incidents of violence against women in 2015 including 241 murders, an official said on Monday. On the eve of March 8, the International... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Thursday said the Afghan women were concerned their rights would be comprised during peace talks with militants but that was not the case. Addressing a gathering of women in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Several people, including a Pajhwok Afghan News journalist, were given away gold medals and appreciation letters in recognition of their services in 2015 by a civil society group on Wednesday. The recipients included ministers,... read more
#VoiceofWarVictims KABUL (Pajhwok): A recent suicide bombing in Kabul that killed 15 people and wounded 31 others -- most of them civilians -- has left several families in a state of mourning. Among the dead was a woman’s spouse who was the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The number of religious schools for girls is on the rise in Kabul, where the Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs (MoHRA) is keeping a close watch on them, an official said on Wednesday. Statistics from the ministry show 104... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Deputy Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Murad Ali Murad on Monday said the troops were ready for the spring offensive and they were no more in a defensive mode. He told a press briefing here that the Afghan forces were fully prepared... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan National Youth Association (ANYA) on Sunday said children and families of “real and honest Afghans who fought against the Soviet forces and expelled them from Afghanistan” were suffering from poverty and other... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The first monthly magazine covering psychological issues ‘Psychology for Afghanistan’ joined the print media on Thursday. The first printed magazine was launched at a ceremony in the Afghan-German International Hospital in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Public Media Commission (PMC) on Tuesday warned media outlets failing to renew their licenses in the next six months that they would have to pay double fine and their offices would be closed. Currently more than 1,000 media... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Women’s Affairs and some women’s rights advocacy organizations say the draft family law prepared five years ago is yet to be approved from parliament, allowing women’s rights violations to continue. The draft law... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Dozens of construction engineers of the Ministry of Education (MoE) on Sunday staged a protest rally against what they claimed non-payment of “supper skill allowance” and warned to continue their protest if the problem was not... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Here is a man who lost two sons to last year’s devastating attack in the Shah Shaheed neighbourhood of Kabul. Several of members of his family were wounded and his house ruined by the powerful bombing.  In what the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Justice Ministry has published in its official gazette new regulations enabling journalists and media workers to be granted the right to life insurance and retirement allowances from owners. The matter was discussed at a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Social Justice Movement (SJM) on Thursday termed the Independent Election Commission (IEC)’s date announcement for the parliamentary and district council elections as “illegal and unjustifiable.” The civil society group said... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Residents of Kabul and patients from other provinces gripe about doctors’ misbehaviour and gratification demands from medics at the main government-run hospitals in the nation’s capital. They say hospital rooms have faulty no... read more
KABUL (Pajwhok): Nearly 300 women underwent a three-month leadership training funded by the United States Agency for International (USAID) at the Kabul University. The leadership training was conducted under the women’s empowerment programme, one... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Twenty-six percent people of 16 districts in six of Afghanistan’s eight zones are unaware about district council elections, a new survey has found. The poll conducted by the Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan (TEFA)... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) on Wednesday expressed concern over a weak presence of the women in government job nominations and in diplomatic missions, asking the government to announce a programme for... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Families living near the Hamid Karzai International Airport on Tuesday asked the government to shift military bases from residential areas because civilians mostly suffered casualties in attacks on these installations. Two people... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Taekwondo practitioner Rohullah Nikpa, a two-time bronze medalist regarded as a national pride, says differences in Afghanistan’s Olympic Committee are no longer tolerable. Nikpa earned the first bronze medal for the country in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Civil society activists on Monday criticised the newly created political party “Afghanistan’s Protection and Stability Council (APSC)” and said its leaders wanted to gain authority by pressuring the government. Former jihadi... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former president Hamid Karzai said on Monday other countries did not develop with the help of foreign aid, but with sustained and non-stopped efforts. Addressing a gathering marking International Migrants Day in Kabul, Karzai... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Participants of a recent conference “Islamic State a threat to Afghanistan and Central Asian states” in Moscow, the Russian capital, have agreed on a common agenda to fight the self-styled terrorist group. Fahim Dashti,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Civil society organisationson Sunday called for a fair and transparent investigation of the Maidan Wardak killings. At least 12 people, including children, were killed and another six wounded on Fridaywhen a mortar shell... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Indonesian ambassador in Kabul on Tuesday assured his country’s support for Afghanistan to achieve peace and stability, urging militants not to use civilians as human shield. Addressing an annual conference of religious scholars... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): “Not only working in police and army was a pride for women, but whatever services they offered for the government and people were praised”, recalls a female general the women’s situation in Afghanistan four decades ago. In an... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Western Ghor provincehas been in the grip of insecurity due to the ongoing Taliban insurgency and frequent clashes among illegal armed groups, a top government official said on Monday. Governor Seema Joyenda, during an exclusive... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): “Buy pen, buy pen,” shouts a little girl as she wanders the streets of central capital Kabul keeping aside her school bag. The 11-year-old says “I hate guns.” Ayesha, standing beside a fence at Park Zarnigar in Kabul, said the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Civil Society Federation (CSF), a coalition of 18 organisations, on Monday said individuals introduced to the proposed Selection Committee did not represent the country’s civil society groups. The selection committee is a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than 800 incidents of violence against women took place during the first six months of the ongoing solar year, compared to 764 incidents during the same period last year. Statistics with the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The protest against the beheading of civilians in capital Kabul resulted in damage worth two million afghanis to the Presidential Palace, an official said on Thursday. A large number of gates, footpath fences, air conditioners... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Enraged residents on Tuesday rallied in Kabul against the beheading of seven civilians by Islamic State loyalists in southern Zabul province. Over hundred protestors gathered in the Zarnigar Park,denouncing the decapitation of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) on Monday said it was able to reach out to 50 percent of earthquake-affected families with aid which could not be delivered in insecure areas or remote areas with dilapidated... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Insecurity, working less by government agencies and a lack of technical and financial facilities caused the delay in provision of accurate and timely statistics, the Central Statistic Organistaion (CSO) said on Wednesday. The CSO... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Hajj and Religious Affairs Minister Faiz Mohammad Osmani on Tuesday said Ashura mourners should donate their blood to people in need instead of shedding their blood on roads. Flanked by Shia and Sunni scholars, Osmani told a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A youth organization on Thursday organized a protest rally in capital Kabul to condemn the fall of Kunduz City to Taliban militants, calling for the officials responsible to be punished. The Afghanistan Youth Association (AYA)... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Refugee and Repatriation on Wednesday urged the international community to grant asylum to all refugees arriving in Europe without discrimination. According to the ministry, due to instability in Afghanistan,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A youth group on Sunday said more than 600 displaced families from northern Kunduz province had arrived in central capital Kabul. Sayed Obaidullah Hashemi, the National Assembly of Afghanistan Youth, told Pajhwok Afghan News... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Spanish Ambassador Emilio Perez de Agreda on Monday said his country was concerned about the situation of women in Afghanistan and pledged assistance for their empowerment. Speaking to reporters here, the envoy said Spain had... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 22 Afghan pilgrims have been killed in incidents that took place during Haj rituals, while the missing six more Afghanis might also be among dead, the Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs said on Sunday. Faiz Mohammad... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A research by “White Movement” group reveals more than 78,000 Afghans have applied for asylum in Turkey and European countries this year compared to 53,000 applications in 2014. The research conducted between January and July... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A coalition of political parties and civil society groups said the government’s weak approach to deal with security challenges could not prevent the growing threats from Daesh and Taliban in the country. Mohammad Omar Ayar,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Relatives of the victims of the Shah Shaheed truck bomb attack on Sunday protested against the government for not addressing their problems and blocked the Siah Sang road in Kabul. The protest that emerged in the morning in Siah... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Police officials claim arresting 569 suspected criminals during the past one month in the capital Kabul. Police chief Lt. Gen. Abdur Rahman Rahimi told a news conference on Saturday the criminals were held in connection with 295... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some female poets voice concerns about the deep negative impact of cultural restrictions and patriarchy on their verses. They believe the prevalent customs and self-censorship have placed women poets in a difficult position and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some 240 people with disabilities were handed over ownership documents of residential apartments in Kabul on Saturday amid complaints the special people endured many hardships for two and a half years. Built with Saudi Arabia’s... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A new study shows more than 100 cases of violence against female journalists have been registered and that their weak presence affects the quality of media work. The contents of the study were discussed at a gathering titled “... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs (MoHRA) on Tuesday announced the first Hajj flight taking pilgrims to Saudi Arabia would depart tomorrow (Wednesday). MoHRA Minister Faiz Mohammad Osmani told a news conference that 24,000... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Civil society groups and the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) on Sunday said not approving the Elimination of Violence against Women (EVAW) Law by the parliament could be blamed for the increasing crimes... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) and the Afghanistan National Standards Authority (ANSA) on Saturday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to improve quality of domestically produced items. Mohammad Qurban... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Accounting for half the population of the country, youth needemployment opportunities, particularly in the education sector, to play a proactive role in Afghanistan’s development, suggested a new study on Sunday. Titled Investing... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The election reform commission reassured that after introducing reforms in the country’s electoral system neither the president nor the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) would be able to hire or fire election commissioners.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some civil society organizations on Wednesday stressed greater share for women in police department and expressed concern over male members’ dominance in the Ministry of Interior (MoI). They believed that rampant poverty, social... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Rural Rehabilitation and Development Minister Nasir Ahmad Durrani on Tuesday said his ministry had executed 4,800 uplift projects across the country during the past six months. Talking about progress in the implementation of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan musicians complain though improvements have been made in the area of music, yet special children’s training in this performing art has been ignored. They say music, theatre, painting, calligraphy, sculpture, and cinema... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A carpet-weaving centre will be built in northern Jawzjan province amidst complaints from businessmen and carpet-weavers that the industry is fast declining. The centre is being built with financial assistance from India at a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The newly-appointed deputy minister for border and tribal affairs on Saturday said cultural activities that played positive role in boosting Afghanistan’s image abroad should be relived. Abdul Ghafoor Liwal expressed these views... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): First Lady Rula Ghani on Thursday said current system of kindergarten in the country needed an overhaul and the government should address the budget and other related issues in this regard. In her message dispatched in a letter... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A huge building known as Rabat-e-Afghani and the property of Afghan government in Makkah, the holiest city in Saudi Arabia, has reportedly been sold by a former high-ranking official in Afghan government. But the Ministry of Hajj... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Civil society activists and bereaved family members of the Afghan Local Police (ALP) men who lost their lives to the Jalrez attack on Sunday asked the government and parliament members to remove senior officials responsible for... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Surveying, rehabilitating and protecting historic sites around the Mes Ainak copper mine and other heritage sites of the country, reforms in the newspaper industry, news websites and planning international exhibitions would be major... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The number of women thronging mosques in the central capital Kabul to offer Tarawih prayers has been on the increase. Tarawih is neither fard nor a Sunnah but Sunnah Muakkadah (Emphasized practice of the Prophet Mohammad Peace Be... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Rejecting claims that majority employees have been sacked, project head of computerized Identity (ID) Cards on Sunday confirmed that contracts of some staff could not be extended because of fund crunch. Earlier, reports... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs on Wednesday said a new banking system has been created to pay monthly stipends to pensioners, families of martyred soldiers and disabled persons. Labour and Social Affairs Minister... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Civil Movement for Social Justice (CMSJ) on Monday alleged the government planned to postpone parliamentary elections in order to cover up its expected future failures. Some members of the Wolesi Jirga -- or lower house of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): On the eve of International Mothers Day, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has said on Sunday though Afghan culture has special prestige for mothers but unfortunately majority of mothers suffered from rampant poverty and spiraling... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): On the eve of International Mothers Day, Dr. Alia Haidari, a midwife has said that mother is like rare fruit and a divine gift. In her exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, Haidari said all human beings irrespective of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan and Turkish journalists on Thursday discussed reporting terrorism at a day-long joint seminar held in Kabul bringing together journalists, their supporting organisations and officials for a series of debates. Speaking on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President’s Special Representative for Reforms and Good Governance Ahmad Zia Massoud on Thursday said partnership among civil society groups and between them and the government was essential for addressing political, social and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The education minister on Thursday said the capacity of teachers would be increased and textbooks published inside Afghanistan as part of his ministry 100-day plan. Assadullah Hanif Balkhi, presenting his ministry’s first 100-day... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Presenting his 100 days plan, the agriculture minister on Saturday pledged to implement the plan to revive development of the vital sector. Agriculture Minister Asadullah Zameer said his ministry plans included irrigation, wheat... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Following an increase in the value of Afghan currency against dollar, the prices of necessary food items and gold edged down during the outgoing week in capital Kabul, market sources said on Thursday. Moneychanger Mohammad Amin... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): As capital Kabul is turning into a congested city, loud traffic noise and frequent vehicles’ honking have created nervous and heart diseases among dwellers particularly children. Approximately five million people live in Kabul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Civil Movement for Social Justice on Thursday termed the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the spy-services of Afghanistan and Pakistan a useless exercise and warned masses might lose trust over the country’s... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of youth on Monday set alight their educational documents to protest what they said increasing unemployment and nepotism. The protesters, numbering around 100, gathered in front of the Habibia High School in Kabul and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Civic Movement for Social Justice (CMSJ) on Thursday urged the government to fill the remaining key posts left vacant with the change in government in order to overcome the vacuum. Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): New Women’s Affairs Minister Dilbar Nazari on Sunday said the government should appoint females as governors, district chiefs and secretaries so as the gender could play a wider role in the country’s political, economical and social... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Civil Movement for Social Justice (CMSJ) on Thursday condemned killing and beheading of soldiers in northeastern Badakhshan province, asking the government to urgently introduce a nominee for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Secretary Wolesi Jirga on Tuesday hoped that 31 abducted passengers in southern Zabul province would be released in the next 10 days. The men were kidnapped at gun point from passenger buses on Feb 23 on the road between Kabul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of civil society activists on Thursday warned that the country would plunge into crisis if differences among leaders of unity government were not bridged. The Civil Movement of Social Justice (CMSJ), a civil society... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Kabul University’s night shift studies have been postponed for the past two weeks due to a delay in payment of lecturers. The current academic year started two weeks back but the night’s shift has not yet commenced. Out of 220,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of civil society activists and family members of 31 abducted Hazara men staged a protest in front of the 1st Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostam’s residence in the capital Kabul and demanded early recovery of captives.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A commission tasked with investigating Farkhunda’s lynching incident on Thursday confirmed the woman’s innocence, saying she was killed after raising her voice against superstitious activities. The 27-year-old, who had just... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A civil society group, Khatiz Public Health Association (KPHA), on Saturday asked the government to amend the law on forests and direct ambassadors in neighbouring countries to prevent illegal timber smuggling from Afghanistan,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A clamor by a handful of young men “a girl has burnt the holy Quran” was more than enough to make people running toward the door of Shah-Do Shamshera shrine in the heart of Kabul on Thursday afternoon (March 19). In the blink of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan is set to host the 21st steering committee meeting on the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline project, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) announced on Thursday. The ministerial-level meeting in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A photo exhibition will be held at the Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University (ACKU) in Kabul next week, organisers said on Wednesday. Moska Najib and Nazesh Afroz, photojournalists, embarked on a photography project centred on... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Information and Culture on Monday announced that the upcoming Nawroz festival would be celebrated for three straight days across the country. The festival, which marks the new Persian year, would be celebrated by... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): About 64 percent of Afghan women lack vitamin-D and 40 percent are suffering from anemia, Public Health Minister Firozuddin Firoz said on Wednesday. Addressing a gathering on International Women’s Day in Kabul, he said 40 percent... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Tuesday said more facilities and employment opportunities would be provided for women in the upcoming polls. The panel also acknowledged that women continued to face a variety of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): More than 62 percent participants of a survey released on Monday said last fall’s presidential election reflected people’s will and 28 percent cited corruption in electoral panels as a major challenge ahead. In total 4,020... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A senior Ministry of Information and Culture official on Saturday urged TV channels not to air adverts featuring female models, calling it against women’s rights. Semin Hasanzada, deputy information and culture minister, was... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Civil society organizations on Saturday expressed concerns over inordinate delay of dispatching assistance to the people trapped in the avalanche-hit area in central Panjsher province. The death toll from a series of avalanches... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Public Works on Tuesday said all roads, except the Salang Highway, were open to vehicular traffic across the country and urged drivers to avoid travelling on snow-bound roads. Acting Public Works Minister Noor Gul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A group of 50 Afghan children on Sunday arrived in Kabul from Germany after receiving treatment, but some of them speak German and cannot speak their mother tongue after spending up to a year at Friedensdorf – the peace village.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A new research has found that majority of families in Afghanistan were concealing cases of rape and sexual harassment, and that women and girls were not safe. The research, conducted by Women and Children Legal Research... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) on Tuesday announced it was sending a new group of 79 ailing Afghan children for treatment to Germany. ARCS spokesperson Sarma Afzali told Pajhwok Afghan News the children would be flown to... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Three top taekwondo athletes, including Rohullah Nikpai, the two-time Olympic bronze medalist, on Monday joined a sit-in staged against corruption in the Taekwando Federation in Kabul, as two female athletes resigned in a show of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 685 burning and self-immolation incidents have been registered in Isteqlal Hospital in capital Kabul this year, with 55 of them lost their lives, officials said Saturday. Seven of the incidents were of self-immolation... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Saturday welcomed progress made by civil society groups and the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) in developing and promoting local roadmaps for... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): On the eve of 35 anniversary of Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, former inmates recalled on Saturday the Russian invasion of Afghanistan put the country into quagmire and eternal anarchy. Everything was being governed by Russians... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Expressing concern about the killing of civilians and torture of detainees, the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) chairperson on Sunday asked the United States to bring the perpetrators to justice.  Last... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Wednesday said damages from natural disasters had a direct impact on the country’s economy and managing disasters through proper planning was the government’s primary goal. A... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Natural Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) on Sunday said it had started transferring food and other necessary items to impassable provinces ahead of snowfall to deal with winter-related natural calamities.ANDMA... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Youth Network (YN) on Tuesday asked the national unity government to help introduce new faces in the country’s politics.In a statement, the organisation said: “One reason for the weak political progress over the past decade has... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Priorities identified by private sector entities that have been effective in addressing trade challenges and speeding up economic reforms would be presented to the London Conference.Ahead of the London Conference, scheduled for the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Postal Regulatory Authority (APRA) on Tuesday announced that more than 3.4 million postal packages were delivered last one year.APRA Director Mir Abdul Rahman Sadri told a press conference that more than 153 million... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Powerful individuals, illegal commanders and armed men were involved in most of 245 sexual abuse cases occurred in various provinces over the past six months, a survey said on Wednesday.The survey by the New Afghanistan Women... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Reviewing President Hamid Karzai government’s achievements, civil society activists on Thursday praised the outgoing leader for strengthening unity among the Afghan communities, but resented his failure to eliminate administrative... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) on Saturday said it had registered 400 cases of violence against women during the last four months, with most of perpetrators remaining at large.AIHRC official Latifa... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The grand council of Safi tribe on Thursday expressed deep concerns over sporadic and unprovoked shelling by Pakistani military and demanded an immediate end to rocket attacks into eastern Kunar province.Speaking at a gathering of... read more
 KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan Woman Political Partnership Committee (AWPPC) on Tuesday underlined greater role for women in next political system and urged both presidential runners to respect the electoral process and people’s vote. ... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The political impasse has led to a 40 percent fall in industrial production besides creating problems for operators, the Afghanistan Industrialists Association (AIA) said on Monday.The body asked both presidential candidates to stop... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Prices of several food items went up during the outgoing week in the capital Kabul, market sources said on Thursday.Fazal Rahman, the Food Traders' Union head, said a 50-kilogram bag of Pakistani flour surged in value from 1,250afs... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Change and Continuity team on Monday said the transfer of ballot papers by Independent Election Commission (IEC) Secretary Ziaul Haq Amarkhel to Sarobi district should not be used as a propaganda tool to damage election... read more
Women in Afghanistan are still victims of worst kinds of cases of violence but considerable changes have been observed in the living standards of women during the last 13 years, the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) said.Afghan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of butchers in Kabul City sell the meat of ill and even dead animals in the market that causes fatal diseases among consumers.Dr. Abdul Wali Hayati said eating of infected meat was extremely injurious to health. He added... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Lawyer Union (ALU) on Wednesday said the term of President Hamid Karzai had expired on May 21 and his stay in the presidency had since been illegal.Mohammad Ashraf Rasoul, a member of the ALU, criticised the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Sunday said 200 complaints had been referred to the Attorney General Office (AGO).IECC officials told a news conference in Kabul of the 3,000 complaints they had received, 2,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Marking World Standards Day, senior government officials and trader representatives on Sunday acknowledged low-quality imports were allowed into Afghanistan by customs staff in return for bribes.The views were expressed at a gathering... read more