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Under Guard, Lawmakers are Sworn in Kabul

Under Guard, Lawmakers  are Sworn in Kabul

September 04, 2011

KABUL - The speaker of Parliament on Saturday swore in eight of nine new members reinstated last month by the country's election commission, as hundreds of police armed with riot gear and machine guns blocked the entrance to the building to keep out members who had been replaced by the commission's ...

NATO Kills Ex-Gitmo Detainee

NATO Kills  Ex-Gitmo Detainee

September 04, 2011

KANDAHAR - Canada's largest engineering company has been selected to help repair a failing dam in Afghanistan, Minister of International Cooperation Bev Oda said in Kandahar Sunday.
Oda made the announcement with the Kandahar governor at the Canadian Forward operating base Frontenac — within eyesight of the Dahla Dam.
She said Quebec-based SNC-Lavalin has been ...

Canadian Engineering Firm to Repair Afghan Dam

Canadian  Engineering Firm to Repair Afghan Dam

September 04, 2011

KANDAHAR - Canada's largest engineering company has been selected to help repair a failing dam in Afghanistan, Minister of International Cooperation Bev Oda said in Kandahar Sunday.
Oda made the announcement with the Kandahar governor at the Canadian Forward operating base Frontenac — within eyesight of the Dahla Dam.
She said Quebec-based SNC-Lavalin has ...

Russia Interested to Build Infrastructures in Afghanistan

Russia Interested to Build Infrastructures in Afghanistan

September 04, 2011

KABUL - The Ministry of Finance on Saturday said that after Russia expressed willingness to fund infrastructure projects in Afghanistan, the ministry has decided to propose some projects to the country.
According to the Ministry the Russian government is committed to provide approximately 500 million ...

Afghan, Pakistan, Tajik Welcome Russia’s Interest in TAPI Project

Afghan, Pakistan, Tajik Welcome Russia’s Interest in TAPI Project

September 04, 2011

MOSCOW - Kabul, Islamabad and Dushanbe Saturday welcomed Russia's interest in joining the proposed Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project linking the four countries.
"The sides welcome Russia's interest towards participation in the implementation of the project to build a Turkmenistan-Afghanistan- ...

Omar: Taliban Not to Participate in Bonn Conference

Omar: Taliban Not to Participate in Bonn Conference

September 03, 2011

KABUL - Taliban Leader Mullah Mohammad Omar said in an Eid message that the coming Bonn Conference is symbolic and the Taliban will not participate in it. Afghanistan will not be represented by genuine representatives of Afghans in Bonn Conference, Mullah Mohammad Omar said in an Eid message to Afghans.
But President Hamid Karzai's Office said that the Bonn Conference is ...

Petraeus: Need to Maintain Pressure on Al-Qaeda

Petraeus: Need to Maintain Pressure on Al-Qaeda

September 03, 2011

WASHINGTON - There is need to maintain pressure on Al Qaeda, General David Petraeus, said Wednesday in his farewell speech to the US Army where he served for 37 years.
Petraeus, who till recently was the commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, is now headed to become the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency ...

Russia to Further Extend Cooperation with Afghanistan: Medvedev

Russia to Further  Extend Cooperation with Afghanistan: Medvedev

September 03, 2011

DUSHANBE - Russia is ready to further promote cooperation with Afghanistan, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said in Tajikistan on Friday.
"We are ready to promote our cooperation with Afghanistan in the economic sphere, and in maintaining our political, security and ...

Presidents Meet on Foreign Military Presence in Afghanistan

Presidents Meet  on Foreign Military  Presence in Afghanistan

September 03, 2011

DUSHANBE - The presidents of Russia, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan met in Tajikistan on Friday and agreed that steps to downsize the foreign military presence in Afghanistan should be accompanied by the international coalition's joint efforts.
In a joint declaration ...

Karzai, Zardari Vow to Accelerate Anti-Terror Fight

Karzai, Zardari  Vow to Accelerate  Anti-Terror Fight

September 03, 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai and his Pakistani counterpart, Asif Ali Zardari, on Friday vowed to accelerate efforts at countering terrorism in their two neighboring countries.
The two leaders met on the sidelines of the third quadrilateral summit of Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Russian Federation ...

Saudi King Supports Afghan Peace Efforts

Saudi King Supports Afghan Peace Efforts

August 29, 2011

KABUL - Saudi King announced support to Afghanistan's peace efforts during a meeting with President Hamid Karzai.
President Karzai held meetings with King Abdullah and senior officials in Riyadh to discuss peace and security in Afghanistan.
"They discussed international efforts to achieve security and stability in Afghanistan as well as the prospects for cooperation between the two countries," officials...

Drought Hits 200,000 Families

Drought Hits 200,000 Families

August 29, 2011

KABUL - Around 200,000 families have been hit by drought nationwide, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) said on Sunday.
Officials in MAIL said while wheat crop has been the same compared to last year, but poor harvest of rain-fed wheat in a number of provinces has caused food shortages. MAIL is planning to start grain distribution ...

Govt.to Curb Wedding Costs

Govt.to Curb  Wedding Costs

August 29, 2011

KABUL - The City Star wedding hall in Kabul was a blaze of sparkling lights, welcoming the fancily-dressed guests thronging to a wedding ceremony.
Stepping out of an expensive car, one young woman dressed in the latest fashion asked, "Why shouldn't people fulfill their wishes? Life is too short. Why do people earn money if not to spend it on ...

Quadrilateral Conference to Begin in Tajikistan Soon

Quadrilateral Conference to  Begin in Tajikistan Soon

August 29, 2011

KABUL - The third quadrilateral conference among Russia, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Pakistan is due to begin in five days in Tajik capital, Dushanbe.
The conference is aimed at strengthening relations, joint fight against terrorism and drug smuggling and maintenance of peace in the region, a senior official in Afghan ministry of foreign affairs ...

Anti-Terrorism Court Soon: Nabeel

Anti-Terrorism Court  Soon: Nabeel

August 29, 2011

KABUL - The National Directorate of Security chief on Sunday told the Senate that an anti-terrorism court would soon be established.
Rahmatullah Nabeel, who was summoned by the ""'Meshrano Jirga or upper house of parliament, told reporters he had taken up the issue with President Hamid Karzai and the Supreme Court chief justice. The two ...

Kabulis Urged to Help Police Maintain Security for Eid

Kabulis Urged to Help Police Maintain Security for Eid

August 29, 2011

KABUL - The Kabul police asked parents to stop their children from using firecrackers, driving fast, and brawling during the three days of Eid-ul -Fitr.
The use of firecrackers or other explosives could create confusion for the people and problems for the police, a statement issued by the 101st Asmayee Police Zone ...

U.S. Embassy Condemns Violence in Helmand and Kandahar

U.S. Embassy Condemns Violence in Helmand and Kandahar

August 29, 2011

KABUL - The United States condemns Sunday's attacks in Helmand and Kandahar provinces. A press statement released on Sunday stated "Our condolences go out to the families of the victims of these violent acts, including a suicide bombing in Helmand and twin suicide bombings in Kandahar, which took the lives of many innocent civilians and injured ...

Afghanistan Hasn’t Received All Funds Committed By Donors: MoF

Afghanistan Hasn’t Received All Funds Committed By Donors: MoF

August 28, 2011

KABUL - Afghanistan has only received $57 billion out of $69 billion committed by the International Community to the country, finance minister said on Saturday.
Finance Minister, Omar Zakhilwal, told a news conference that only 18 percent of the whole $57 billion that has been flowed into Afghanistan as part of international community's grant to the country has been spent through the government budget.
And the remaining 82 percent of the ...

HOOAC Accuses Afghan, Foreign Officials of Graft

HOOAC Accuses Afghan, Foreign Officials of Graft

August 28, 2011

KABUL - The High Office of Oversight and Anti-corruption (HOOAC) accused high-ranking government and foreign officials of having a hand in increasing corruption in the country.The comments came as an official in US Defence Department last week faced trial over charges of corruption in a contract in Afghanistan.
Officials in the corruption watch dog said that they too ...

MPs Trade Barbs Over IEC Decision

MPs Trade Barbs Over IEC Decision

August 28, 2011

KABUL - A woman parliamentarian from western Herat province on Saturday threw her scarf over a member of the Reform Coalition for supporting the Independent Election Commission's (IEC) decision on disqualifying nine lawmakers. The two parliamentary blocs came to blows in a dispute over the ...

MoPH Shuts Private Hospital in Kabul

MoPH Shuts Private Hospital in Kabul

August 28, 2011

KABUL - Acting Minister of Public Health (MoPH), Dr. Suraya Dalil, along with her professional team visited Nawabi private hospital located in Darwaz-e-Lahouri Area of Kabul city and closed it yesterday due to the lack of standard health services and some problems. During her visit the various parts of the hospital, MoPH Acting ...

41 Freed from Nangarhar Prison

41 Freed from  Nangarhar Prison

August 28, 2011

JALALABAD - Forty-one prisoners were released and jail terms of 120 others reduced in eastern Nangarhar province, officials said on Saturday. The release and remissions are based on a presidential decree on the eve of EidulFitr and Afghanistan's 92nd Independence Day, which was marked ...

Jawzjan Governor Slams MRRD

Jawzjan Governor Slams MRRD

August 28, 2011

SHIBERGHAN - The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) has not yet implemented a single water supply program in northern Jawzjan province, the governor complained on Saturday.

Mohammad Alam Sai said water supply schemes for Faizabad, Aqcha, ...

Losers Want Election Results Nullified

Losers Want Election Results Nullified

August 27, 2011

KABUL - Some losing candidates on Thursday called for nullifying results from last year's parliamentary election, saying the ongoing controversy should be referred to the International Court of Justice. "We don't accept the poll results because Afghans were not allowed to elect their representatives, who were chosen through fraud and irregularities," Amina Mujahid, a ...

WJ Rejects IEC’s Decision

WJ Rejects IEC’s Decision

August 25, 2011

KABUL – Wolesi Jirga (WJ) strongly rejected the decision taken by the Independent Election Commission (IEC) to unseat 9 lawmakers.
The administrative board of the parliament has issued seven resolutions under which it rules out any sort of change in final results of vote even if the change is brought by the IEC.
The administrative board said that the decision has been made under the pressure from President Karzai's Office.
This is unconstitutional ...

EUand its Member States Welcome the IEC Decision

EUand its Member States Welcome the IEC Decision

August 25, 2011

KABUL - Head of the European Union Delegation in Afghanistan and EU Special Representative, Ambassador Vygaudas Ušackas notes the decision taken by the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and expresses his hope that this will end the current political crisis. On the occasion, Ambassador Ušackas said "It is important to ...

Stable Afghanistan Must for Regional Security: Zardari

Stable Afghanistan Must for Regional  Security: Zardari

August 25, 2011

ISLAMABAD – Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has underscored the need for focusing on the economic development and security of the region, saying that peace and stability in Afghanistan holds the key to this end."Pakistan supports every effort intended towards peace and stability of Afghanistan," he was talking to a delegation of ...

US Provides $1,300m to Modernize Afghan Energy System

US Provides $1,300m to Modernize Afghan Energy System

August 25, 2011

KABUL - The US Agency for International Development (USAID) will provide $1,300 million over the next four years to help modernize power supply systems in Afghanistan. Officials in ministry of finance said on Wednesday that $980 million of the fund will be spent through the government budget in fields with high ...

9 poll candidates granted parliament membership

9 poll candidates granted parliament membership

August 25, 2011

KABUL (PAN): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) had granted Parliament membership to nine candidates who have been declared as winners to replace as many sitting disqualified MPs, an official said on Wednesday. "Previously the rights of these nine candidates were not given accurately, but later an investigation showed they had ...

Karzai Pardons 5 Would-Be Suicide Bombers

Karzai Pardons  5 Would-Be Suicide Bombers

August 25, 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai decreed the release of 5 would-be suicide bombers arrested by Afghan security forces. President Hamid Karzai stressed that the released suicide bombers will be provided with education scholarships inside or outside the country, especially in ...

Senate to Seek Removal of Senior Officials

Senate to Seek Removal of Senior Officials

August 24, 2011

KABUL - Meshrano Jirga members decided on Tuesday to ask President Hamid Karzai for removing his foreign minister, national security adviser and the acting National Directorate of Security chief from their positions.

The decision came after the three failed to appear before the upper house to answer questions from lawmakers regarding the proposed strategic cooperation agreement between Afghanistan and the United ...

Cabinet Discusses Delay, Suspension of Major Projects

Cabinet Discusses Delay, Suspension of Major Projects

August 24, 2011

KABUL - Cabinet members in a Monday meeting discussed the delay and suspension of a number of major projects due to security threats, the president's office said in a statement.
The key projects facing these problems included the construction of roads, water dams, mines and telecommunication. The meeting was held Monday evening and chaired by ...

Two Germans Missing in Afghanistan: German FM

Two Germans  Missing in Afghanistan: German FM

August 24, 2011

BERLIN - Two Germans are missing in Afghanistan and may have been kidnapped, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said on Tuesday."I have to confirm that two Germans are missing and I cannot exclude the possibility that they are victims of a kidnapping," Westerwelle said at a news conference broadcast on ...

Afghans Want Peace, Stability: Karzai

Afghans Want Peace, Stability: Karzai

August 23, 2011

KABUL - Afghans want the United States to help restore peace and stability in their country and, President Hamid Karzai has said.
At a meeting with a US Senate delegation on Sunday evening, the president said his nation wanted to have the presence of American forces legalized.
NATO commander in Afghanistan, John Allen and US Ambassador Ryan ...

IEC Announces 9 New MPs to the Parliament

IEC Announces 9 New MPs to the Parliament

August 22, 2011

KABUL - The Independent Election Commission on Sunday introduced 9 out of 62 MPs declared winners by the Special Electoral Tribunal into the Parliament.
The Commission stressed that 9 unseated MPs will have to leave their seats. IEC's Chief Fazl Ahmad Manawi said that following President Karzai's decree and study into findings of appeals court, nine protesting candidates have been announced winners replacing nine sitting lawmakers. Mr Manawi said this is the final ...