Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

Lawmakers Grill Security Bosses Over Growing Insecurity

Lawmakers Grill  Security Bosses Over Growing Insecurity

October 22, 2017

KABUL – 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...

Car Bomb Kills 15 Afghan Army Personnel in Kabul: MoD

Car Bomb Kills 15 Afghan  Army Personnel in Kabul: MoD

October 22, 2017

KABUL - A suicide attacker detonated a car full of explosives on Saturday outside Afghanistan’s top military training center in Kabul, killing at least 15 soldiers, a military spokesman...

President Ghani Sacks IEC Secretary-General

President Ghani Sacks IEC Secretary-General

October 22, 2017

KABUL – President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Saturday dismissed Imam Mohammad Warimach, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) secretary. Waraimcah's dismissal came during a meeting...

Traders Boycott Export to Pakistan after Surge in Custom Duties

Traders Boycott Export to Pakistan  after Surge in Custom Duties

October 22, 2017

KABUL – The export of fresh fruits and vegetable has been stopped in a protest to the increasing tax on Afghan goods by Pakistani authorities, an official said on Saturday.Khan Jan Alkozai, deputy...

Zakhilwal, Gen. Bajwa Confer on Afghanistan Situation

Zakhilwal, Gen. Bajwa Confer  on Afghanistan Situation

October 22, 2017

KAUBL - Afghan Ambassador Dr. Omar Zakhilwal has conferred on the current situation in the country with top Pakistani security officials. Zakhilwal tweeted he met with Pakistani Army chief...

US Shutters Special Representative for Afghanistan-Pakistan Office

US Shutters Special Representative for Afghanistan-Pakistan Office

October 22, 2017

WASHINGTON - With the Trump administration's revised South Asia strategy still in its infancy, the curtain has silently fallen on the office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and...

Bombing Hits Mosque, at Least 39 Killed, 45 Wounded

Bombing Hits Mosque, at Least 39 Killed, 45 Wounded

October 21, 2017

KABUL - 39  people lost their lives and over 45 others were wounded when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives inside a mosque in Dasht-e-Barchi area in Kabul’s PD13, sources confirmed...

States Sponsoring Terror Being Isolated: Ghani

States Sponsoring Terror Being Isolated: Ghani

October 21, 2017

KABUL – President Ashraf Ghani has said countries supporting terrorism should understand they are heading to isolation. Addressing the 12th Silk Road Mayors Forum in Kabul, the president...

Taliban Reps, Afghan Politicians to Meet in Dubai

Taliban Reps, Afghan  Politicians to Meet in Dubai

October 21, 2017

KABUL - The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be hosting a two-day meeting between Afghan politicians and Taliban representatives next month, an official said on Friday. Organized by the Canadian...

Terrorists on the Verge of Destruction: Ghani

Terrorists on the Verge  of Destruction: Ghani

October 21, 2017

KABUL – Reacting to a deadly Taliban attack in southern Kandahar province,  President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday said the perpetrators achieved nothing but barbarism and massacre of humanity...

US Will Remain as Long as Taliban Keep on Fighting

US Will Remain as Long as  Taliban Keep on Fighting

October 21, 2017

KABUL - The US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said at a debate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC on Wednesday, the United States will remain in Afghanistan...

Unity Govt. Has No Intention to Hold Polls: Watchdogs

Unity Govt. Has No Intention to Hold Polls: Watchdogs

October 19, 2017

KABUL – Election watchdogs on Wednesday claimed the unity government “has no intention to hold Wolesi Jirga and district council elections despite announcing a date...

Russia, NATO to Discuss Afghanistan Conflict

Russia, NATO to Discuss Afghanistan Conflict

October 19, 2017

BRUSSELS - Representatives from Russia and the Western military alliance NATO will discuss the Afghanistan conflict on Oct. 26 in Brussels, Russia’s special envoy to Afghanistan...

BRI has Created Millions of Jobs, Claims China

BRI has Created Millions of Jobs, Claims China

October 19, 2017

BEIJING - Tuo Zhen, the spokesperson for the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) said on Tuesday the initiative proposed by President Xi Jinping conformed to the development...

Literacy Programs Fail as at Least 60% of Afghans Illiterate

Literacy Programs Fail as at Least 60% of Afghans Illiterate

October 19, 2017

KABUL – The Second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danish said on Wednesday that Afghanistan is one of the countries with the highest illiteracy rates in the world and that the education...

Gen. Bajwa Visits Saudi and UAE as QCG Talks on Afghan Peace Kicks Off

Gen. Bajwa Visits Saudi and UAE as  QCG Talks on Afghan Peace Kicks Off

October 19, 2017

ISLAMABAD - The Pakistani army chief Gen. Qamar Bajwa has quietly visited Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates as the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) talks on Afghan peace kicked...

Uruzgan Govt. Slammed for Failing to Enforce Security

Uruzgan Govt. Slammed for Failing to Enforce Security

October 19, 2017

TIRINKOT - Inhabitants of central Uruzgan province have slammed the government for failing to ensure security and rein in insurgent outfits. In addition to districts, residents...

Suicide Bombers, Gunmen Kill 71 in Attacks on ANSF

Suicide Bombers, Gunmen Kill 71 in Attacks on ANSF

October 18, 2017

KABUL – The Taliban claimed the more deadly of the two assaults, a coordinated attack on police in the southeast city of Gardez in Paktia province. Two separate suicide and gun...

Ghani to Visit India Ahead of Pakistan Trip

Ghani to Visit India Ahead of Pakistan Trip

October 18, 2017

KABUL - President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani is expected to visit India in two weeks before his trip to Pakistan, a reliable source said on Tuesday. Earlier, Pakistan chief of army staff Javed Qamar...

20,000 Persons Diagnosed with Cancer Countrywide: MoPH

20,000 Persons Diagnosed with Cancer Countrywide: MoPH

October 18, 2017

KABUL – As many as 20,000 people, 3,500 of them women, have been suffering from various kinds of cancer in the country, an official said on Tuesday. The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has...

Schools Closing Due to Violence, Undermining Gains in Educating Girls: Rights Group

Schools Closing Due to Violence, Undermining Gains in Educating Girls: Rights Group

October 18, 2017

KABUL – After more than a decade and a half of international intervention, two-thirds of Afghan girls still do not go to school. Spreading violence in Afghanistan is forcing...

EU Renews Commitment to Afghanistan’s Stability

EU Renews Commitment to Afghanistan’s Stability

October 18, 2017

KABUL - The European Union (EU) has renewed its long-term commitment to promoting peace, stability and prosperity in Afghanistan.
The reiteration of the commitment by the EU...

Kabul Expects Positive Results from Quadrilateral Meeting

Kabul Expects Positive Results from  Quadrilateral Meeting

October 17, 2017

KABUL – Abdullah said Kabul expects to see positive changes in Afghanistan-Pakistan relationships following the quadrilateral meeting. The Sixth Quadrilateral Meeting was held in...

Abdulllah Raises Concern over Food Insecurity, Malnutrition

Abdulllah Raises  Concern over Food  Insecurity, Malnutrition

October 17, 2017

KABUL - National Unity Government (NUG) Chief Executive Abdullah Abdulllah said on Monday at a ceremony for the Afghanistan Food Security and Nutrition Agenda (AFSeN) in Kabul that...

Only Reforms can Salvage Future Elections: Rabbani

Only Reforms can Salvage Future Elections: Rabbani

October 17, 2017

FAIZABAD - Jamiat-i-Islami Afghanistan (JIA) party leader and acting foreign minister Salahuddin Rabbani on Monday said only reforms could enable election officials to hold next year’s...

An Independent Anti-Corruption Body is Needed: HOOAC

An Independent Anti-Corruption Body is Needed: HOOAC

October 17, 2017

KABUL – Following the announcement of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy, the High Office of Oversight and Anti-Corruption (HOOAC) said an independent department should be established...

OSCE-Supported Academic Forum Promotes Economic Co-Operation on Afghanistan

OSCE-Supported Academic Forum Promotes Economic Co-Operation on  Afghanistan

October 17, 2017

ASHGABAT - Policymakers, diplomats and experts from the research institutes and economic sectors representing the countries of Central, South and Southwest Asia participated in an...

Muscat Meeting to Discuss Afghan-Pak Relations: CEO

Muscat Meeting to Discuss Afghan-Pak Relations: CEO

October 16, 2017

MEHTERLAM – Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday said relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan would be discussed in upcoming Quadrilateral Cooperation Group (QCG) meeting...

Britain Special Envoy Calls on President Ghani, Assures Future Cooperation

Britain Special Envoy Calls on President Ghani, Assures Future Cooperation

October 16, 2017

KABUL - British Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Owen Jenkins has reaffirmed his country’s continued support to Afghanistan, a statement from Presidential Palace said on...

Iranian Economy Minister Meets Counterparts from India, Afghanistan

Iranian Economy Minister Meets  Counterparts from India, Afghanistan

October 16, 2017

TEHRAN – Iranian Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance Masoud Karbasian in separate meetings with his Afghan and Indian counterparts reviewed issues of mutual interest with them...

Fate of 14 Ghazni Captives Still a Mystery: MPs

Fate of 14 Ghazni Captives  Still a Mystery: MPs

October 16, 2017

KABUL/GHAZNI - Wolesi Jirga members from southern Ghazni province say the fate of 14 people kidnapped from Qarabagh district five months ago is yet to be known. MP Mohammad Arif Rahmani...

Four-Way Afghan Peace Talks Set to Resume in Oman

Four-Way Afghan Peace Talks Set to Resume in Oman

October 16, 2017

ISLAMABAD - Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States are set to resume four-way discussions Monday in Oman in a renewed bid to seek a politically negotiated settlement to the Afghan war...

2 Million People Roaming Jobless in Afghanistan

2 Million People  Roaming Jobless in Afghanistan

October 15, 2017

KABUL – 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...

‘Afghanistan to Ink Transport Agreement with Central Asian States’

‘Afghanistan to Ink Transport  Agreement with Central Asian States’

October 15, 2017

MAZAR-I-SHARIF - Afghanistan would soon sign an agreement with the Central Asian States which will open new venues and routes for the land-locked country, the Ministry of Transport said on Saturday.

Atmar Sees Positive Attitude to Peace in Region

Atmar Sees Positive Attitude to Peace in Region

October 15, 2017

KABUL – National Security Advisor (NSA) Mohammad Hanif Atmar has created a positive attitude toward peace and stability in the region, an official said on Saturday. Qader Shah, spokesman for...