Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Monday, October 23rd, 2017

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...

Rebels Hell-Bent on Fighting to be Crushed

Rebels Hell-Bent on  Fighting to be Crushed

October 15, 2017

KABUL – The post new-US-strategy era has opened a window for insurgents to renounce violence and join peace process but those still willing to fight would be crushed, Chief Executive Officer..

Cancelling Mobile Phone Levy will ‘Damage’ Govt Revenue

Cancelling Mobile Phone Levy  will ‘Damage’ Govt Revenue

October 15, 2017

KABUL - A day after the Wolesi Jirga – the Lower House of the Parliament – voted against the 10 percent tax levy on mobile phone users, the Ministry of Finance said Thursday the move will...

MPs Accuse Presidential Palace of Corruption

MPs Accuse Presidential  Palace of Corruption

October 15, 2017

KABUL - Some MPs in the Wolesi Jirga – Lower House of Parliament – on Saturday accused President Ashraf Ghani and “the people around him” of being deeply involved in corruption...

Traditional Loya Jirga – An Obsolete and Ineffectual Mechanism

Traditional Loya Jirga – An Obsolete and Ineffectual Mechanism

October 15, 2017

Addressing a news conference in Kabul, Afghan former President Hamid Karzai said he had written a formal letter to President Ashraf Ghani, urging him to convene an emergency traditional grand...

UN Urged to be More Effective in Peace and Development

UN Urged to be More  Effective in Peace  and Development

October 14, 2017

UNITED NATIONS – UN delegates voiced their concerns here on Thursday that reform efforts must hone United nations’ skills to effectively meet peacekeeping and development challenges...

IEC Lacks Professional Workers: TEFA Chief

IEC Lacks Professional Workers: TEFA Chief

October 14, 2017

KABUL - Election watchdog Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan (TEFA) on Thursday said the Independent Election Commission (IEC) lacked professional workers and the problem needed...

Corruption a Serious Threat for Security Agencies

Corruption  a Serious Threat for  Security Agencies

October 14, 2017

KABUL - The National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar said corruption is a serious threat for security agencies in the country, adding that there is a need for a strong campaign against...

Trump’s Afghan Strategy Fueling War, Regional Rivalries: Karzai

Trump’s Afghan Strategy Fueling War, Regional Rivalries: Karzai

October 14, 2017

KABUL – Former Afghan President, Hamid Karzai is continuing his criticism of the new U.S. strategy for Afghanistan, asserting it does not bring “a message of peace” but instead...

Civilian Casualties from Air Strikes Rise More than 50 Percent: U.N.

Civilian Casualties from Air Strikes  Rise More than 50 Percent: U.N.

October 14, 2017

KABUL - Civilian casualties from Afghan and American air strikes have risen more than 50 percent since last year, the United Nations said on Thursday, as troops increase attacks on militants...

Badakhshan Forces Waiting for Order to Launch Offensives

Badakhshan Forces Waiting for Order to Launch Offensives

October 14, 2017

KABUL - Security officials in Badakhshan province, in the northeast of Afghanistan, said the army and police force members are ready to launch offensives to clear Yumgan and Wardooj districts...

IEC Determined to Hold Elections on Time

IEC Determined to  Hold Elections  on Time

October 12, 2017

KABUL – The Independent Election Commission is committed to holding parliamentary and district council elections on time, in July next year, the IEC chief Najibullah Ahmadzai told a press...

New Afghan Peace Talks Expected in Oman

New Afghan Peace Talks Expected in Oman

October 12, 2017

KABUL/PESHAWAR – The four-nation Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QGC), comprising Afghanistan, China, Pakistan and the United States, has been trying to ease the path to direct talks between...

Ghani Warns Ministerial Nominees Against ‘Dealing’ with MPs

Ghani Warns Ministerial  Nominees Against ‘Dealing’ with MPs

October 12, 2017

KABUL - President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday warned all ministerial nominees if they try to deal with parliament members to get vote of confidence, their nomination will be canceled...

85pc of Drinking Water in 10 Provinces Contains E. Coli

85pc of Drinking Water in 10 Provinces Contains E. Coli

October 12, 2017

KABUL - Drinking water in 10 provinces of the country is 85 percent polluted with the E. coli bacteria, according to a survey calling for serious steps, especially raising public

Officials in Helmand Reject Taliban Leader Visited the Province

Officials in Helmand Reject  Taliban Leader Visited the Province

October 12, 2017

LASHKARGAH - Government officials for southern Helmand province on Tuesday vehemently denied the visit of the Taliban supreme leader Mullah Haibatullah to the province. Two days back...

Afghanistan Election Plans Face Political, Technical Test

Afghanistan Election Plans  Face Political, Technical Test

October 12, 2017

KABUL - Less than a year before Afghanistan is due to hold much-delayed parliamentary elections, technical problems and political wrangling are hampering a project seen as vital to ensuring...

Govt. Takes Tangible Steps to Eradicate Corruption: Danish

Govt. Takes Tangible Steps to Eradicate Corruption: Danish

October 11, 2017

KABUL - Second Vice President Sarwar Danesh has discussed fight against corruption and implementation of national anti-corruption strategy during a meeting with US Special Inspector...

Withdrawal from Afghanistan will be Dangerous: Stoltenberg

Withdrawal from Afghanistan  will be Dangerous: Stoltenberg

October 11, 2017

KABUL - NATO Secretary General Jeans Stoltenberg has said the cost of staying in Afghanistan was higher, but the cost of walking away would be much higher. Stoltenberg, after his talks with...

Islamabad Attempting to Start Afghan Peace Process: Asif

Islamabad Attempting to  Start Afghan Peace Process: Asif

October 11, 2017

KABUL - The foreign minister of Pakistan Khawaja Asif has said Islamabad is attempting to resume the Afghan peace process in a bid to end the ongoing violence in the country...

Taliban Collects 200 Million Afghanis from ‘Power Bills’ in Kunduz

Taliban Collects 200 Million Afghanis from ‘Power Bills’ in Kunduz

October 11, 2017

KABUL - The Taliban insurgent group in northern Kunduz province has received about 200 million Afghanis from power bills during the last two years, officials said. During the last two...

Afghanistan Among 14 Countries Affected by Climate Change

Afghanistan Among 14 Countries  Affected by Climate Change

October 11, 2017

KABUL - The National Environmental Protection Authority (NEPA) on Tuesday said Afghanistan was among 14 countries of the world being affected by the climate change. NEPA Head Mustafa Zahir...

ABP Have No Copters to Supply Logistics to Check-Posts

ABP Have No Copters to Supply Logistics to Check-Posts

October 11, 2017

KABUL - Afghan Border Police (ABP) has no helicopters to transfer logistic and food items to the check-posts in mountainous areas, an official said on Tuesday. ABP spokesman Safeer Mohammad...

NUG Fully Supports a Transparent Election: Abdullah

NUG Fully Supports a Transparent Election: Abdullah

October 10, 2017

KABUL – The National Unity Government (NUG) Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah on Monday said at the council of ministers meeting that  government is committed to supporting a transparent...

10-Nation Kabul Meet Mulls Joint Anti-Drugs Strategy

10-Nation Kabul Meet Mulls Joint Anti-Drugs Strategy

October 10, 2017

KABUL - Representatives from 10 countries who met in Kabul on Monday discussed to devise a joint regional strategy at combating narcotics. A two-day conference hosted by the Ministry of...

Muscat to Host Afghan Peace Talks Next Week

Muscat to Host Afghan Peace Talks Next Week

October 10, 2017

KABUL - A meeting of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) is due in Muscat, the capital of Oman, next week to discuss Afghanistan’s peace process after a long gap, an official...

Kabul Seeks Handover of 5 Top Taliban in Pakistan Jails

Kabul Seeks Handover of 5 Top Taliban in Pakistan Jails

October 10, 2017

KABUL – In an attempt to step up efforts for peace and reconciliation, Afghanistan has asked Pakistan to hand it over five top imprisoned militant commanders, a media report...

Karzai Accuses US of Aiding the ISIS Militants

Karzai Accuses US  of Aiding the ISIS Militants

October 10, 2017

KABUL - The former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has accused the US forces in Afghanistan for aiding the loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group. In an interview...

Pakistan No Longer Dependent on U.S. for Military, other Needs

Pakistan No Longer Dependent on U.S. for Military, other Needs

October 10, 2017

ISLAMABAD – Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said Pakistan is no longer dependent on the United States to meet its military and other requirements and would reach out to...

AAF is Powerful and Unique: Nicholson

AAF is Powerful and Unique: Nicholson

October 09, 2017

KABUL – The top US and NATO commander in Afghanistan says the Afghan Air Force (AAF) is unique as only a limited number of countries have such a mighty and young force. Gen. John Nicholson...