Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Thursday, December 14th, 2017

Turkish, Palestinian Presidents Hit Back over U.S. Move on Jerusalem

Turkish, Palestinian  Presidents Hit Back over  U.S. Move on Jerusalem

December 14, 2017

ISTANBUL - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday urged the Islamic world to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, while Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas refused any U.S...

IEC Has Crossed ‘Challenging Phase’: Abdullah

IEC Has Crossed ‘Challenging Phase’: Abdullah

December 14, 2017

KABUL - Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on Wednesday backed calls for holding Wolesi Jirga and district council elections on schedule, saying all organs involved should try to ensure the ballot...

Ghani Govt. Has to Deliver on Needed Reforms: Tillerson

Ghani Govt. Has to Deliver on Needed Reforms: Tillerson

December 14, 2017

WASHINGTON - The Afghan government has to continue to deliver on needed reforms, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday. “The Afghan government has to ... create the conditions to...

India Voices Support for Afghan-Controlled Reconciliation Efforts

India Voices Support for Afghan-Controlled Reconciliation Efforts

December 14, 2017

KABUL - Indian Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has said his government desired Afghanistan to emerge united, democratic, peaceful, stable and prosperous nation, a media report said on Wednesday...

IS Presence Expanding in North, Northeastern: MPs

IS Presence Expanding in  North, Northeastern: MPs

December 14, 2017

KABUL - Some Wolesi Jirga members on Wednesday claimed families of foreigners with unknown identities settled in the north and northeastern parts of the country had launched anti-government...

Casa-1000 ‘will Accelerate Big Projects in the Region

Casa-1000 ‘will Accelerate  Big Projects in the Region

December 14, 2017

KABUL - The implementation of the CASA-1000 power project will accelerate the implementation of big projects and play a role towards promoting a better security situation in the countries of...

Russia Favors Dialogue with Taliban: Lavrov

Russia Favors Dialogue with Taliban: Lavrov

December 13, 2017

NEW DELHI - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at an event in India on Monday said an inclusive political dialogue for peace in Afghanistan should include the Taliban and other regional...

Taliban Can Open Office Everywhere in Afghanistan: HPC

Taliban Can Open Office  Everywhere in Afghanistan: HPC

December 13, 2017

KANDAHAR - A visiting High Peace Council (HPC) delegation on Tuesday said the government would agree to every mechanism the Taliban suggest for reviving the stalled peace talks to find a negotiated...

Govt. Delay Over IEC Head Slammed Again

Govt. Delay Over IEC Head Slammed Again

December 13, 2017

KABUL - The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) has again called on the government to step up efforts to appoint the head the election management body and accused the state of...

MoMP Worries Daesh Might Extract Mineral Riches

MoMP Worries  Daesh Might Extract Mineral Riches

December 13, 2017

KABUL - The Ministry of Mine and Petroleum (MoMP) on Monday said it is worried that Daesh could extract minerals from mines in Jawzjan province, including gold, uranium and other rare metals...

New US Ambassador to Focus on Peace in Afghanistan

New US Ambassador to Focus  on Peace in Afghanistan

December 13, 2017

KABUL - The new United States Ambassador to Afghanistan, John R. Bass, presented his credentials to President Ashraf Ghani during an official ceremony at the Arg Palace on Tuesday, the US embassy...

Afghan Women Cadets under Training in India

Afghan Women Cadets  under Training in India

December 13, 2017

NEW DEHLI - Female cadets say the training in India is crucial because Afghanistan does not have much space for learning military skills. A batch of 20 women who serve in the Afghan...

IEC Prepares Outline to Hold Paper Ballot Election

IEC Prepares  Outline to Hold Paper Ballot Election

December 10, 2017

KABUL - IEC operational deputy chief Wasima Badghisi said the outline will be sent to presidential palace. The voters’ list will be prepared based on the paper-type identity cards...

Ghani Stresses the Need to Improve Trade Balance

Ghani Stresses the Need  to Improve Trade Balance

December 10, 2017

KABUL - Addressing a local products expo in Kabul on Saturday, President Ashraf Ghani said government must support the local products and improve the trade balance in the country...

Afghan Govt. Asked to Suspend Relations with US

Afghan Govt. Asked to Suspend Relations with US

December 10, 2017

KABUL - Members of Afghan parliament on Saturday asked the Kabul government to suspend all its relations with the US following President Donald Trump’s decision on Jerusalem...

Corruption Massively Rife in DABS, Report Finds

Corruption Massively Rife in DABS, Report Finds

December 10, 2017

KABUL - Corruption is still massively rife in Da Afghanistan Breshna Shirkat (DABS, the Joint Anti-Corruption and Evaluation Committee (MEC) claimed on Saturday. Ajmal Shaker, evaluation...

Daesh ‘Could Exploit’ Mineral Resources in Jawzjan

Daesh ‘Could Exploit’ Mineral  Resources in Jawzjan

December 10, 2017

KABUL - Jawzjan Governor says it is not possible for Daesh militants to extract the mineral resources in Darzab district in the province. Following reports on presence of Daesh militants in...

SAARC Development Fund Celebrates SAARC Charter Day

SAARC Development Fund  Celebrates SAARC Charter Day

December 10, 2017

NEW DELHI - Thimphu-On the occasion of the 33rd SAARC Charter Day, SAARC Development Fund organized a meeting to mark SAARC Charter Day and to brief the stakeholders on the ongoing SDF funded...

Ghani Vows Not to Compromise on Women’s Rights

Ghani Vows Not to Compromise on  Women’s Rights

December 09, 2017

KABUL - President Ashraf Ghani has stressed the importance of women’s increased role in the country’s affairs and implementation of reforms, saying ‘a small minority...

Kabul-Tashkent Transit Pact to Boost Regional Trade

Kabul-Tashkent Transit  Pact to Boost Regional Trade

December 09, 2017

TASHKENT - With the implementation of the transit agreement between Afghanistan and Uzbekistan, Afghan businessmen will have the opportunity to access Chinese, Russian and central Asian markets...

Govt., Taliban Slam US Decision on Jerusalem

Govt., Taliban Slam US Decision on Jerusalem

December 09, 2017

KABUL - The statement the US decision hurt emotions of Muslims around the world and endangered the peace process in the Middle East. The Afghan government, a number of political parties and the...

Trump’s Jerusalem Decision Causes Worldwide Concern

Trump’s Jerusalem Decision Causes Worldwide Concern

December 09, 2017

WASHINGTON - World leaders say they are worried about further destabilization of and the threat to peace in the Middle East. World leaders have expressed their concern over US President...

Country to Face New Crisis if Polls Delayed: Sayyaf

Country to Face New Crisis  if Polls Delayed: Sayyaf

December 09, 2017

KABUL - Veteran jihadi leader Abdul Rab Rasoul Sayyaf on Thursday warned the government of “a dangerous situation” if the upcoming elections were not held on schedule or rigged...

Pakistan Ambassador Urges Cooperation with Afghanistan on Border Security

Pakistan Ambassador Urges  Cooperation with Afghanistan  on Border Security

December 09, 2017

ISLAMABAD - The Pakistan-Afghanistan border must be secured to keep terrorists from crossing "at free will," Pakistan's ambassador to the U.S. says. Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry told...

HPC Sets No Pre-Condition for Talks with Taliban

HPC Sets No Pre-Condition for Talks with Taliban

December 07, 2017

KABUL - Indonesian officials and religious scholars from  Indonesia will visit Afghanistan soon to show their support  for the peace in the country. The High Peace Council (HPC)...

Political Talks is the Most Reliable Way to Peace in Afghanistan: Mirziyoyev

Political Talks is the Most Reliable Way  to Peace in Afghanistan: Mirziyoyev

December 07, 2017

TASHKENT - Political negotiations are the most reliable way to ensure peace and stability in Afghanistan, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev said at a press conference dedicated to the...

Turkey Calls on Meeting of Muslim Leaders on Jerusalem Issue

Turkey Calls on Meeting of Muslim  Leaders on Jerusalem Issue

December 07, 2017

ANKARA - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on leaders of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (IOC) to convene in Istanbul on Dec. 13 to discuss the possible U.S. move to...

Afghan Peace Impossible Without Pakistan Support: Sartaj Aziz

Afghan Peace Impossible Without Pakistan Support: Sartaj Aziz

December 07, 2017

KABUL - The remarks by Aziz came as the Afghan government officials and the international community have long been emphasizing on a peaceful approach through Afghan-led reconciliation process...

Residents Ask Govt. to Clear Helmand of Taliban

Residents Ask Govt. to  Clear Helmand of Taliban

December 07, 2017

LASHKARGAH - Residents and civil society activists from Helmand say government has failed to drive Taliban militants from the province.
They called on government to clear the regions...

Ghani Awarded Title of Honorary Doctor of Bukhara State University

Ghani Awarded Title of Honorary Doctor of Bukhara State University

December 07, 2017

KABUL - President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has been awarded the diploma of conferring him the title of Honorary Doctor of Bukhara State University, a media report said on Wednesday...

NATO Eyes Strengthening Military Presence in Afghanistan

NATO Eyes Strengthening Military Presence  in Afghanistan

December 06, 2017

KABUL - NATO foreign ministerial meeting kicked off on Tuesday in Brussels to discuss the Alliance’s continuing adaptation in the face of diverse and evolving security challenges...

Daesh Not on Run but Recruiting in North, Northeast: MPs

Daesh Not on Run but Recruiting  in North, Northeast: MPs

December 06, 2017

KABUL - Some Meshrano Jirga members on Tuesday expressed concern over what they claimed increasing footprint of Islamic State (IS) or Daesh militant group in north and northeastern Afghanistan...

Sino-Afghan Economic Commission Meets; 3 Accords Inked

Sino-Afghan Economic Commission Meets; 3 Accords Inked

December 06, 2017

KABUL - Encouraging investment by Chinese entrepreneurs and companies in Afghanistan’s infrastructure and development projects, creation of an air and boosting Afghan exports...

Selection of New IEC Chief Stalled as Poll Timeline Looms

Selection of  New IEC Chief  Stalled as Poll Timeline Looms

December 06, 2017

KABUL - The government has started consultations with civil society institutions and other relevant bodies to determine the appointment of a new chairman for the Independent Election...

US Strategy to Change Pakistan’s Behavior Fails: MPs

US Strategy to Change  Pakistan’s Behavior Fails: MPs

December 06, 2017

KABUL - Some Meshrano Jirga members on Tuesday said the new US strategy has failed to pressurize Pakistan into shunning support for terrorist outfits. The upper house members...