Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Monday, November 20th, 2017

NATO Concerned at Possible Delay in Afghan Elections

NATO Concerned  at Possible Delay in  Afghan Elections

November 14, 2017

KABUL - A senior NATO diplomat on Monday voiced concern at possible delays in Afghanistan’s parliamentary and district council elections, slated for July 2018. “I think we haven’t...

Attacks on Freedom of Speech to be Frustrated: Danish

Attacks on Freedom of Speech to be Frustrated: Danish

November 14, 2017

KABUL - Vice-President Sarwar Danish on Monday renewed the government’s commitment to supporting the freedom of speech, calling the media an important value of a democratic...

WJ Approve 100pc Levy on Tobacco Imports

WJ Approve 100pc Levy on Tobacco Imports

November 14, 2017

KABUL - Wolesi Jirga (WJ) or lower house of the parliament on Monday amended the 20th Article of Tobbaco Control Law, increasing customs tariffs on the import of cigarettes and other...

2,000 ANDSF Generals and Colonels to be Pensioned Off

 2,000 ANDSF   Generals and Colonels to be Pensioned Off

November 14, 2017

KABUL - Dawlat Waziri, the defense ministry’s (MoD) spokesman, said on Monday they have finalized the outline of the retirement plan for Afghan National Defense and Security Force (ANDSF)...

MPs Engage in War of Words Amid Corruption Controversy

MPs Engage in War of Words  Amid Corruption Controversy

November 14, 2017

KABUL - The heads of parliament commissions on Monday announced they had decided to refer the case of the Wolesi Jirga’s first secretary Khodai Nazar Nusrat to the Attorney General’s...

Czech Republic to Help Revive Herat Factory, Kabul Transport

Czech Republic to Help Revive  Herat Factory, Kabul Transport

November 14, 2017

KABUL - Czech Republic ambassador in Kabul Petr Štěpánek on Sunday expressed his country’s willingness to support and contribute to rehabilitation of the cement factory in western...

Govt. will not Tolerate any Interference in Judicial System: Ghani

Govt. will not Tolerate any Interference in  Judicial System: Ghani

November 13, 2017

KABUL - President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday said government will not allow for interference in the nation’s legal and judicial system, and that more comprehensive programs will be introduced...

Taliban Key Impediment to Afghan Settlement: US

Taliban Key Impediment to Afghan Settlement: US

November 13, 2017

WASHINGTON - A top American diplomat has told lawmakers that the Taliban are key impediment to a negotiated political settlement in Afghanistan, adding the US wants the Taliban on the...

Bahrami Reports on NATO Meeting, Says Insurgent Attacks up by 13%

Bahrami Reports on NATO Meeting,  Says Insurgent Attacks up by 13%

November 13, 2017

KABUL - Acting defense minister Gen. Tariq Shah Bahrami said on Sunday that in the past seven months insurgent attacks have increased by 13 percent. He also stated that the casualty toll...

Corruption Should be Eliminated in Judicial System: CEO

Corruption  Should be Eliminated  in Judicial System: CEO

November 13, 2017

KABUL - A two-day meeting of prosecutors was organized in the capital city of Kabul on Saturday to discuss the lack of a proper judicial mechanism in several districts, the influence of...

Most Area of Dasht-I-Archi District under Taliban Control: Saadi

Most Area of Dasht-I-Archi  District under Taliban Control: Saadi

November 13, 2017

KUNDUZ CITY - Seventy-five percent of Dasht-i-Archi district’s territory in northern Kunduz province has been under the Taliban control and the group established their bases there, an...

Gen. Dostum to Return to Afghanistan Soon

Gen. Dostum to Return  to Afghanistan Soon

November 13, 2017

KABUL - The First Vice President General Abdul Rashid Dostum is expected to return to Afghanistan in the near future as sources close to him informs regarding the conclusion of his medical...

Afghan Penal Code Revised to Deal with Felonies

Afghan Penal  Code Revised to Deal with Felonies

November 12, 2017

KABUL - Afghanistan on Saturday launched a revised draft version of the Penal Code, a collection of 33 relevant laws, after some amendments and correction in some of its provisions...

Ghani Hints at Downsizing in MoE after Bad Show

Ghani Hints at Downsizing in MoE after Bad Show

November 12, 2017

KABUL - President Ashraf Ghani has said some major steps, including downsizing, are needed in the Ministry of Education to improve management, quality of work and education. Currently, the MoE...

MPs React to Hekmatyar’s “Ethnic War” Remarks

MPs React to  Hekmatyar’s “Ethnic War” Remarks

November 12, 2017

KABUL - Referring to the “ethnic war” comments of Hizb-e-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, some lawmakers reacted to the remarks, saying that the conflict in Afghanistan “is...

Karzai Claims US Colluded with Daesh in Afghanistan

Karzai Claims  US Colluded with  Daesh in Afghanistan

November 12, 2017

KABUL - In an interview with Al Jazeera the former president said the group has flourished under the full view of military presence.
Former president Hamid Karzai accused the United...

US Congress Approves $700m in Reimbursement Aid to Pakistan

US Congress Approves $700m in  Reimbursement Aid to Pakistan

November 12, 2017

WASHINGTON - US congress said of the total, $350 million USD for Pakistan will be on the condition that Pakistan has taken demonstrable steps to eradicate the Haqqani network. The United...

Indian Wheat Makes History, Arriving in Afghanistan Via Iran

Indian Wheat Makes History,  Arriving in Afghanistan Via Iran

November 12, 2017

ISLAMABAD - Afghanistan has received an inaugural consignment of wheat from India through an Iranian port, opening a new trade and transit route for the landlocked nation. The strategic sea...

China, Pakistan, Afghanistan Agree to Step up Cooperation on Counter-Terrorism: Chinese FM

China, Pakistan, Afghanistan Agree to Step up Cooperation on Counter-Terrorism: Chinese FM

November 11, 2017

BEIJING - China, Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to step up cooperation on counter-terrorism and security and join hands to address the threat posed by terrorism and jointly uphold...

We Support Afghan-Led Peace Process: Mattis

We Support Afghan-Led Peace Process: Mattis

November 11, 2017

BRUSSELS - US defense secretary Jim Mattis said on Thursday that NATO’s multifaceted support to Afghanistan shows the country is important for the alliance and they would support it...

Security Agencies Planning to Boost Kabul’s Security

Security Agencies Planning to Boost Kabul’s Security

November 11, 2017

KABUL - Senior security officials said at a meeting on Thursday that the National Security Council and other security bodies have started working on a new plan to ensure the safety of cities...

Pak Military Aid Tied to Action Against Terrorists: US

Pak Military Aid Tied to Action Against Terrorists: US

November 11, 2017

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration on Wednesday told Congress it was conducting a review of assistance to Pakistan to ensure it was aligned with the level of cooperation it achieved in...

Ready to Participate in Next Year’s Polls: Hekmatyar

Ready to Participate in  Next Year’s Polls: Hekmatyar

November 11, 2017

KABUL - The Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan leader Gulbadin Hekmatyar said on Friday the only way to resolve the current crisis were elections and his party was ready to participate in upcoming parliamentary...

‘Dostum to Return Home after Medical Check-Up’

‘Dostum to Return Home  after Medical Check-Up’

November 11, 2017

BRUSSELS - Vice-President Abdul Rashid Dostum will return to Afghanistan after his medical checks-up in Turkey, a NATO official said on Thursday. The alliance official, who wished anonymity, told...

Hekmatyar Calls for Harmony Among Political Parties

Hekmatyar Calls for  Harmony Among Political Parties

November 09, 2017

KABUL - Leader of Hizb-e-Islami Gulbuddin Hekmatyar on Wednesday called on all Afghans and political parties to work together in favor of healthy competition among political parties in the country...

Pence, Ghani Discusses Security Situation, Elections

Pence, Ghani Discusses  Security Situation, Elections

November 09, 2017

WASHINGTON - US Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday spoke with President Ashraf Ghani on the situation in the war-devastated country, the White House said. They discussed the impact of President...

Iranian FM Visits Afghan Art Exhibit, Wishes Peace in World

Iranian FM Visits Afghan Art Exhibit, Wishes Peace in World

November 09, 2017

TEHRAN - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif here on Tuesday evening expressed hope that 'kindness and peace' could be established across the world, it was reported Wednesday...

Only Slogans not Enough to Fight Graft: Samar

Only Slogans not Enough to Fight  Graft: Samar

November 09, 2017

KABUL - 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...

MPs Blast Govt’s Mum over Durand Line Fencing

MPs Blast Govt’s Mum over Durand Line Fencing

November 09, 2017

KABUL - Some Wolesi Jirga members on Wednesday expressed concern over the government’s silence on the ongoing fencing of the Durand Line by Pakistan. Mualvi Tarakhel Mohammadi, a Kuchi...

India Planning More Wheat Shipments to Afghanistan Via Chabahar

India Planning More Wheat Shipments  to Afghanistan Via Chabahar

November 09, 2017

KABUL - India plans to send seven shipments of wheat to Afghanistan through Iran’s southeastern Chabahar Port by the end of January, Reuters reported. India launched a trade route...

Govt. Asks Wolesi Jirga to Reconsider Census Decree

Govt. Asks Wolesi Jirga to Reconsider Census Decree

November 08, 2017

KABUL – The government wants the National Assembly to give a second look to the rejected law and strive to approve it in the second review. The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament...

Quality of Developing Projects Should be Scrutinized; Danish

Quality of Developing Projects  Should be Scrutinized; Danish

November 08, 2017

KABUL - Five road construction projects signed on Tuesday between the Ministry of Public Works and contracting companies in a ceremony which was attended by Second Vice President Sarwar Danish...

Survey Finds 1,000 Schools Closed Nationwide

Survey Finds 1,000 Schools Closed Nationwide

November 08, 2017

KABUL - 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...

President Trump Seeks Additional Funds for Afghan Mission

President Trump Seeks  Additional Funds for  Afghan Mission

November 08, 2017

KABUL - President Donald Trump has asked Congress to amend the 2018 budget to include $5.9 billion in additional funding for his missions in Afghanistan and North Korea. Trump has sought...

19 Schools Closed, 3,000 Students Out in Herat

19 Schools Closed, 3,000 Students Out in Herat

November 08, 2017

SAR-I-PUL - The authorities have closed 19 schools in two districts of northern Sar-i-Pul province after students deserted classes, an official said on Tuesday, a move depriving as many as 3,000...