Editor in Chief: Dr. Hussain Yasa Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Smuggling from Pakistan to Afghanistan Tripled

Smuggling from Pakistan  to Afghanistan Tripled

March 14, 2017

KABUL - The smuggling of Pakistani goods to Afghanistan has tripled since the border closure between the two countries, the Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) said on Monday...

Modern Print Factory will Enable Govt to Print Own Money

Modern Print Factory will Enable Govt to Print Own Money

March 14, 2017

KABUL - Afghanistan and Germany will jointly invest nearly 70 million euro for the establishment of a modern Sukuk printing company, allowing the country to print its own money, the...

President Underlines Technology Use in Elections

President Underlines  Technology Use in Elections

March 13, 2017

KABUL - President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has said the government is committed to benefitting from technology in holding future elections for the sake of transparency. A statement from...

2017 Anti-Corruption Focus on Mines, Security, Courts: EU

2017 Anti-Corruption Focus on Mines, Security, Courts: EU

March 13, 2017

KABUL - The European Union’s anti-corruption drive for 2017 in Afghanistan will focus on key sectors such as the illegal extraction of minerals from mines and corruption in the security...

Destruction of the Statues of Buddha, or Cultural Terror

Destruction of the Statues of Buddha, or Cultural Terror

March 13, 2017

BAMYAN - Whenever Khan Ali remembers that day, he trembles from head to toe and sighs from the core of his heart. He says: “It got wasted! It really got wasted… A destruction that...

Ghani Wants Heritage Sites Professionally Preserved

Ghani Wants Heritage Sites Professionally Preserved

March 13, 2017

KABUL - President Ashraf Ghani stressed professional preservation of heritage sites in Afghanistan on Monday, when agreements on conservation, protection and restoration of historic...

Govt Asks for Analysis Report in 10 Days for the Launch of Electronic ID Cards

Govt Asks for Analysis Report in 10 Days for the Launch of Electronic ID Cards

March 13, 2017

KABUL - The Afghan government has asked for an analysis report to be prepared in ten days for the launch of the long-delay electronic national identity cards. The Office of the President...

Torkham Crossing to Reopen Soon, Hopes Senator

Torkham  Crossing to Reopen  Soon, Hopes Senator

March 13, 2017

PESHAWAR - The Afghanistan-Pakistan border at Torkham, which has been closed since February 17, will reopen next week, a lawmaker from the tribal region says. Senator Taj Muhammad Afridi...

World Faces Worst Humanitarian Crisis since WWII: UN

World Faces Worst  Humanitarian Crisis  since WWII: UN

March 12, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, United States - The United Nations is warning that the world is facing its worst humanitarian crisis since the end of World War II, with more than 20 million people facing...

SIGAR Warns of Graft’s Consequences

SIGAR Warns of Graft’s Consequences

March 12, 2017

KABUL - “People have to understand that corruption isn’t about just money,” said Sopko, who heads corruption watchdog Special Inspector General for Afghanistan...

Parliament to Hold Extraordinary Meeting on Sunday

Parliament to  Hold Extraordinary  Meeting on Sunday

March 12, 2017

KABUL - Parliament will hold an extraordinary session on Sunday in reaction to the recent deadly attack on Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan hospital in Kabul and to address the increasing lack...

Study Uncovers $10m Bribery Bid in Mines

Study Uncovers $10m  Bribery Bid in Mines

March 12, 2017

KABUL - A recent investigation shows high-ranking Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP) officials have been trying to give contracts for 217 extraction projects in exchange for $10 million...

No Military Solution in Afghanistan: UN Envoy

No Military Solution in  Afghanistan: UN Envoy

March 12, 2017

KABUL - There could be no military solution in Afghanistan as a prolonged conflict would only lead to worsen misery for the people and undermine the foundation for economic growth, says the...

US Lawmaker Moves Bill to Name Pakistan a Terrorist Sponsor State

US Lawmaker Moves  Bill to Name Pakistan a  Terrorist Sponsor State

March 12, 2017

KABUL - An influential U.S. Congressman on Friday introduced a strongly worded bill in the United States Congress to declare Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism, media reports said...

Marzari’s Message was universal: Danish

Marzari’s Message  was universal: Danish

March 11, 2017

KABUL - Some Jihadi and government officials on Friday stressed the need for national unity and getting full advantage of Shaheed Abdul Ali Mazari’s thought for further strengthening...

IEC Needs Time to Meet Int’l Community’s Conditions

IEC Needs Time to Meet Int’l  Community’s Conditions

March 11, 2017

KABUL - In an interview with TOLOnews, Wasima Badghisi, the operational deputy head of the Independent Elections Commission (IEC), said the international community and the Afghan...

Ghani Vows to Address Problems Facing Martyrs’ Kin

Ghani Vows to Address  Problems Facing Martyrs’ Kin

March 11, 2017

KABUL - President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday warned against negligence in resolving problems of families of fallen security personnel, saying he would himself monitor the process...

Trump Admin Reviews US Policy on Afghanistan: WH

Trump Admin Reviews US  Policy on Afghanistan: WH

March 11, 2017

WASHINGTON - The Trump Administration is currently conducting a comprehensive review of its policy on Afghanistan, the White House said Thursday without indicating a time line for this...

Daesh, Taliban have Symbiotic Relationship: Atmar

Daesh, Taliban have Symbiotic Relationship: Atmar

March 11, 2017

KABUL - The current security situation in Afghanistan is far worse than it was in 2009, National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar has acknowledged. In an interview published...

Hospital Attack a War Crime: HRW Researcher

Hospital Attack  a War Crime:   HRW Researcher

March 11, 2017

KABUL - Wednesday’s attack on a military hospital in Kabul is a war crime, targeting patients, healthcare personnel and medical facilities, a senior Human Rights Watch (HRW) researcher...

Gunmen Storm Army Hospital In Kabul; 30 Killed, 70 Wounded

Gunmen Storm Army Hospital In Kabul; 30 Killed, 70 Wounded

March 09, 2017

KABUL - The death toll in the attack on Sardar Daud Khan Hospital, a health facility for wounded army soldiers, has gone up to 30 while at least 70 others were wounded, sources in the...

Ghani Stresses Women’s Role in Nation Building

Ghani Stresses Women’s Role in Nation Building

March 09, 2017

KABUL - President Ashraf Ghani said on Wednesday the increasing role of women in society needed an enabling environment and workplace harassment would not be tolerated...

March 8: Above 80 Faryab Schoolgirls ‘Poisoned’

March 8: Above 80 Faryab Schoolgirls ‘Poisoned’

March 09, 2017

MAIMANA - More than 80 schoolgirls and their three teachers mysteriously fell ill and were hospitalized in northern Faryab province on Wednesday, when the world celebrated the...

Unity Among Afghans is Only Response to Enemies: Abdullah

Unity Among Afghans is Only  Response to Enemies: Abdullah

March 09, 2017

KABUL - “National unity in our homeland, unity among people of Afghanistan is the only response to enemies of this country, but that unity cannot be ensured if discrimination...

EU Seeks Role for Afghan Women in Peace Process

EU Seeks Role for Afghan Women in Peace Process

March 09, 2017

KABUL - Despite positive efforts by the government, life remains difficult for Afghan women, especially in rural areas, the European Union said on Wednesday. In a statement from EU...

Sharif Govt. under Fire over Afghan Border Closure

Sharif Govt.  under Fire over Afghan Border Closure

March 09, 2017

PESHAWAR - Opposition leaders have slammed the Pakistan government’s closure of the main border crossings with Afghanistan as an “unwise and illogical”...

HIA Demands Govt. Action on Peace Accord

HIA Demands Govt.  Action on Peace Accord

March 08, 2017

KABUL - A list of 200 Hizb-e-Islami inmates has been sent to the president and they will be released soon, the commission overseeing the implementation of peace accord between the Afghan...

IMF Commends Progress on Reform Objectives

IMF Commends Progress  on Reform Objectives

March 08, 2017

judged to have made satisfactory progress on its reform plan. Afghanistan has a three-year extended credit facility (ECF) arrangement with the IMF, which mandates the introduction...

Ready for Counter-Terror Cooperation: Pakistan

Ready for Counter-Terror Cooperation: Pakistan

March 08, 2017

PESHAWAR - As the Durand Line reopened on Tuesday after 18 days of closure, Pakistan signaled its willingness to cooperate with Afghanistan on counter-terrorism measures. Pakistan...

Hekmatyar’s Presence in Kabul to Have Positive Impact on Security: Dostum

Hekmatyar’s Presence in Kabul to Have Positive Impact on Security: Dostum

March 08, 2017

KABUL - The First Vice President General Abdul Rashid Dostum has said the presence of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the leader of Hezb-e-Islami, in Kabul will have a positive impact on security...

Medical Facilities under Attack by All Sides: Report

Medical Facilities under  Attack by All Sides: Report

March 08, 2017

KABUL - Afghan government forces, the Taliban and other parties to the country’s conflict have repeatedly targeted medical facilities and staff, negatively impacting children...

Pakistan Temporarily Opens Border Gates with Afghanistan

Pakistan Temporarily  Opens Border Gates with Afghanistan

March 08, 2017

KABUL - Pakistani authorities on Tuesday temporarily reopened border with Afghanistan for two days to allow movement of valid visa-holding nationals amidst tensions, however, trade...

Ghani Warns against Meddling in Future Polls

Ghani Warns against Meddling in Future Polls

March 07, 2017

KABUL - President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Monday stressed over the holding of parliamentary elections, saying legal hurdles in this regard had been removed. The president, who inaugurated...

Pakistan-Based Terrorists a Threat to Region: Atmar

Pakistan-Based Terrorists  a Threat to Region: Atmar

March 07, 2017

KABUL - National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar said on Monday terrorist groups based in Pakistan threatened Afghanistan and other countries of the region. Addressing a security...

First Lady Calls on Insurgents to End War, Respect Women

First Lady Calls on Insurgents to End War, Respect Women

March 07, 2017

KABUL - Afghanistan’s first lady Rula Ghani has called on armed insurgents to end the ongoing violence in the country and to choose a life of peace. Addressing a gathering...