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Clinton, Karzai Reaffirm Commitment to Women Rights

Clinton, Karzai Reaffirm Commitment to Women Rights

March 11, 2012

WASHINGTON - Following Afghanistan Ulema Council's guideline concerning women, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton telephoned President Hamid Karzai to seek his reassurance on women rights in his country, a Clinton aide said on Friday.
During the conversation, the two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to women rights in Afghanistan, with Clinton making it clear how ...

Talks with Kabul on Night Raids Continuing: US

Talks with Kabul on Night Raids Continuing: US

March 11, 2012

WASHINGTON - The United States is working on another memorandum of understanding with Afghanistan about the contentious issue of night raids, a US official said Friday.
Afghan and US officials on Friday signed a landmark agreement on the transfer of US-run notorious Bagram prison in central Parwan province ...

Call for Investigation into Karzai’s Corruption

Call for Investigation into Karzai’s Corruption

March 11, 2012

KABUL - A subcommittee of US Congress has called for an urgent investigation into the Afghan President's links to gross misuse of US foreign aid, according to a public release from the group.
The US Foreign Affairs Oversight and Investigations subcommittee ...

Tens of Thousands of People Pay Tribute to Mazari

Tens of Thousands of People Pay Tribute to Mazari

March 10, 2012

KABUL - Tens of Thousands of people in western Kabul commemorated the 16th martyrdom anniversary of martyred Abdul Ali Mazari with a huge respect and honor. The celebration commenced with residing the holy Quran, with the participation of Mohammad Karim Khalili, second vice president, Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq, a prominent Hazara leader and MP from Kabul and the head of judicial commission of Wolesi Jirga, Ahmad Zia Masood, former Vice-president, Younas Qanooni, former speaker of Wolesi Jirga and also members of ...

Afghanistan, U.S. Sign Prison Transfer Deal

Afghanistan, U.S. Sign Prison Transfer Deal

March 10, 2012

KABUL - The United States and Afghanistan signed a deal on Friday on the transfer of a major U.S.-run detention center to Afghan authorities, improving the prospects of a strategic partnership allowing long-term American involvement in the country.
The Strategic Partnership Agreement, which Washington and Kabul have ...

Obama, Karzai Note Progress on Long-Term Deal: WH

Obama, Karzai Note Progress on Long-Term Deal: WH

March 10, 2012

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai noted progress on Thursday in long-stalled efforts to broker an agreement guiding U.S.-Afghan relations after most foreign troops withdraw, the White House (WH) said.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said the two leaders spoke in a ...

Military Strategy will Not Change: UK Commander

Military Strategy will Not Change: UK Commander

March 10, 2012

KABUL - Britain's military strategy in Afghanistan will not change despite the deaths of six troops killed this week in a bomb blast in southern Afghanistan, UK commander General Sir David Richards said, according to the Gorey Guardian.
His comment comes after six British soldiers were killed late Tuesday when hit their vehicle was caught in an explosion while on patrol in ...

Abdullah Assails Govt. for Failure on Women’s Rights

Abdullah Assails Govt. for Failure on Women’s Rights

March 10, 2012

KABUL - The Coalition for Change and Hope on Thursday said the Karzai administration has failed to improve the lives of women in the country, saying the peace talks with the Taliban could further worsen the women situation as the parleys lacked transparency.
In his message on International Women's Day read out at a gathering ...

International Women’s Day Celebrated in Kabul

International Women’s Day Celebrated in Kabul

March 10, 2012

KABUL - The Embassy of Canada in Kabul commemorated International Women's Day by hosting an event with Afghan women to provide an opportunity, especially for young women, to meet and network with other inspirational women, the embassy said on Thursday.
The Wednesday event was attended by Afghan women politicians, civil ...

Pakistan Needs to make Sure Minorities Rights: Alistair

Pakistan Needs to make Sure Minorities Rights: Alistair

March 07, 2012

LONDON – British Parliament issued a resolution asking government to pressurize Pakistani government for absence of Justice with Hazara community in Pakistan. British Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Afghanistan/South Asia, counter terrorism/proliferation), Alistair Burt, said that "Media reports claim that ...

EU Supports Gender Equality in Afghanistan: Ušackas

EU Supports Gender Equality in Afghanistan: Ušackas

March 08, 2012

KABUL - The European Union on Wednesday pledged continued support for programs that advocate for women's rights and assist victims of violence.
Over the past few months there had been several cases of violence against women in Afghanistan, EU Special Representative Vygaudas Ušackas said on the eve of International Women's Day.
The Afghan government, people and the international community were unified in their condemnation of the horrific acts and demanded the ...

9 Cabinet Ministers Sworn in

9 Cabinet Ministers Sworn in

March 08, 2012

KABUL - Nine new ministers in the Cabinet of President Hamid Karzai were sworn in at a ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on Wednesday.
Taking oath after winning a trust vote from Parliament, the ministers promised to follow Islamic teachings, the Constitution and other ...

UN Wants Women’s Protection Law Enforced

UN Wants Women’s Protection Law Enforced

March 08, 2012

KABUL - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and UN Women on Wednesday urged the government of President Hamid Karzai to fully and promptly implement the law on Elimination of Violence against Women (EVAW).
"As long as women and girls in Afghanistan are subject to ...

US Interested in Afghan Strategic Ties: Obama

US Interested in Afghan Strategic Ties: Obama

March 08, 2012

ASHINGTON - The unfortunate Quran desecration incident in Afghanistan and subsequent protests and violence showed that it was time for transition in the country, US President Barack Obama said on Tuesday.
"The situation with the Quran burning concerns me. I think it is ...

Cameron to Discuss Afghanistan Exit Plans with Obama

Cameron to Discuss Afghanistan Exit Plans with Obama

March 08, 2012

WASHINGTON - PM to hold US talks to ensure allies are in 'lock step' after six British soldiers go missing, believed dead, in Helmand
David Cameron will hold talks with Barack Obama next week to ensure that Britain and America are in "lock step" over their forces' role in Afghanistan in the wake of news that six British ...

US will Not Stay in Afghanistan Longer than: Obama

US will Not Stay in Afghanistan Longer than: Obama

March 08, 2012

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Tuesday said the United States was committed to long-term ties with Afghanistan but did not want to keep troops there longer than needed to disable al Qaeda and ensure a modicum of stability as foreign forces withdraw.
"President (Hamid) Karzai understands we are interested in a ...

Senators Cobble Together New Alliance

Senators Cobble Together New Alliance

March 07, 2012

KABUL - Members of the Meshrano Jirga, or upper house of Parliament, on Tuesday announced the formation of a new political alliance that would work to ensure respect for the law and promote national unity.
"The parliamentary group is aimed at adherence to the law and ending prejudices to pave the ground for national solidarity," the coalition head, Maulvi Abdul Wahab ...

Women Lose Out in Afghan Clerics’ Rule

Women Lose Out in Afghan Clerics’ Rule

March 07, 2012

KABUL - Women are subordinate to men, should not mix in work or education and must always have a male guardian when they travel, according to new guidelines from Afghanistan's top clerics that critics say are dangerously reminiscent of the Taliban era.
The guidelines appeared in a statement that also encouraged ...

Karzai Defends Scholars’ Guideline Regarding Women

Karzai Defends Scholars’ Guideline Regarding Women

March 07, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday said a guideline concerning women issued by the Afghanistan Ulema Council, involving the country's top religious scholars, was in accordance with the Sharia.
Issued on Feb. 2, the guideline prohibits women from meeting men in public places like bazaars, offices and educational institutes. It said ...

Progress Made on Deal with US: Karzai

Progress Made on Deal with US: Karzai

March 07, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai, rejecting reports discussion had been halted on the strategic cooperation pact with the United States, said on Tuesday that progress had been made on reaching the agreement.
At a joint media briefing with Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski ...

Etisalat Afghanistan Signs MoU with MoWA

Etisalat Afghanistan Signs MoU with MoWA

March 07, 2012

KABUL – Etisalat Afghanistan announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Women's Affairs (MoWA) to support gender equality through the use of mobile money technology during a ceremony held in Kabul. The signing comes several days before International Women's Day, which will be observed around the world on ...

We’ll Stay Beyond 2014 If Afghans Want: Gen. Allen

We’ll Stay Beyond 2014 If Afghans Want: Gen. Allen

March 06, 2012

LASHKARGAH - International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) top commander in Afghanistan Gen. Johan Allen on Monday said his troops would stay in Afghanistan beyond the 2014 deadline if the Afghans desired so.
During a visit to southern Helmand province, Gen. Allen, accompanied by Afghan High Peace Council deputy head Farhadullah Farhad, met local officials and foreign troops.
After a meeting with Governor Gulab Mangal, the ISAF commander told a press conference in Lashkargah ...

All Cabinet Nominees Win Vote of Confidence

All Cabinet Nominees Win Vote of Confidence

March 06, 2012

KABUL - All the nine ministers-designate received a vote of confidence from to the Wolesi Jirga, lower house of Parliament on Monday, after sharing their priorities with lawmakers.
Two weeks ago, Karzai named Mohammad Ismail Khan as water and energy ...

Foreign Ministry Reaffirms Terms for Deal with US

Foreign Ministry Reaffirms Terms for Deal with US

March 06, 2012

KABUL - The Afghan government remained willing to sign the strategic cooperation pact with the United States if the traditional Loya Jirga's recommendations were accepted, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official said on Monday. Held in mid-November 2011, the assembly of elders and government officials proposed the deal should be signed if the US guaranteed ...

Putin Wins Russian Presidential Election

Putin Wins Russian Presidential Election

March 06, 2012

KABUL - Vladimir Putin has won his third term as Russia's president, securing nearly 64% of the vote, election officials said according to the BBC.
He has spent the past four years as Russia's prime minister because the constitution would not allow him three consecutive terms as ...

Afghanistan Wants Independent Relations with Pakistan: Daudzai

Afghanistan Wants Independent Relations with Pakistan: Daudzai

March 06, 2012

ISLAMABAD - Afghan Ambassador Umer Daudzai has said that Pakistan and Afghanistan want no more incident-prone relations, therefore, intended to be a bit faster in cooperation.
"In the area of reconciliation and to institutionalize our cooperation, there should be a mechanism. Our president made comments a ...

Afghans Face Acute Malnutrition, Food Insecurity: WB

Afghans Face Acute Malnutrition, Food Insecurity: WB

March 06, 2012

KABUL - Afghanistan faces an acute problem of malnutrition and food insecurity, with children suffer from one of the highest levels of chronic malnutrition in the world, according to the latest data from the government and the World Bank. Fifty-four percent of Afghan children under five are chronically ...

Lack of Afghan Mission Clarity ‘Disturbing’: Romney

Lack of Afghan Mission Clarity ‘Disturbing’: Romney

March 05, 2012

DAYTON - Republican Mitt Romney, campaigning for president in Ohio Saturday, said President Obama has failed to adequately explain the U.S. mission in Afghanistan.
After Vicki Chura, 54, of Fairfield told Romney her daughter, who serves in Army's 82nd Airborne Division, has repeatedly expressed confusion about the role of the U.S. military in Afghanistan nearly a year after Osama bin Laden was killed, CBS News reported.
"Every e-mail, every time we Skype, we hear 'I want ...

Australia Done a Bad Job in Afghanistan: WH

Australia Done a Bad Job in Afghanistan: WH

March 05, 2012

KABUL - The Australian military's mission in Afghanistan has failed and the federal government has done a bad job of explaining Australia's role there, a defense strategist says.
Professor Hugh White from the Strategic Studies Institute at the Australian National University said it is "past the point where ...

Cabinet Nominees Spell Out Future Plans

Cabinet Nominees Spell Out Future Plans

March 05, 2012

KABUL - Four of the nine ministers-designate nominated by President Hamid Karzai for a vote of confidence from the Wolesi Jirga on Sunday briefed parliamentarians on their future plans.
Karzai named nine people for Cabinet slots two weeks ago. Mohammad Ismail Khan has been nominated as water and energy minister, Amirzai ...

Afghan Investigator Insists Quran Burnings Intentional

Afghan Investigator Insists Quran Burnings Intentional

March 05, 2012

KABUL, Afghanistan - While U.S. investigators say the burning of Muslim holy books at a U.S. military base was a mistake involving at least five Americans who may face a disciplinary review, Afghan investigators claimed it was an intentional desecration.
The conflicting accounts highlight rising tensions between the two ...

Gen. Karimi Warns against another NATO Blunder

Gen. Karimi Warns against another NATO Blunder

March 05, 2012

KABUL - The burning of Korans at a NATO base in Afghanistan advanced the Taliban's cause and any repeat of similar "negligence" by Western forces would be disastrous, the Afghan army chief of staff has warned.
The destruction of the holy books, which the United States described as unintentional, triggered widespread protests and fatal attacks on ...

First Afghan-Pak-China Trilateral Dialogue Held in Beijing

First Afghan-Pak-China Trilateral Dialogue Held in Beijing

March 04, 2012

KABUL - The first Afghanistan-Pak-China trilogies was held in Beijing, and chaired by Ambassador Luo Zhaohui, Department of Asian Affairs of the Minister of the Foreign Affairs of China.
Director General of the First Political Department of the Ministry of Department of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan Dr. Amanullah Jayhoon and Ambassador Alamgir Babar, additional Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan.
H. E. Mr. Yang Jiechi Foreign Minister of China met the heads of the three delegations on ...

MPs Relax Rules on Trust Vote for Cabinet Picks

MPs Relax Rules on Trust Vote for Cabinet Picks

March 04, 2012

KABUL - A majority of parliamentarians on Saturday relaxed the Wolesi Jirga procedure regarding the re-introduction of rejected Cabinet nominees. The relaxation will benefit several ministers-designate.
The changes come days after President Hamid Karzai named seven Cabinet picks who were rejected by lawmakers during the previous term ...

US Determined to Complete its Mission in Afghanistan: Panetta

US Determined to Complete its Mission in Afghanistan: Panetta

March 04, 2012

KABUL - US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said the United States is determined to complete its mission in Afghanistan despite the spate of killings of ISAF forces there.
Speaking at the University of Louisville in Kentucky, Mr Panetta said the United States has considerably weakened al-Qaeda and decimated its ...