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Parliament to Revise Decision Over Embezzlement-Accused Minister

Parliament to Revise  Decision Over  Embezzlement-Accused  Minister

Saturday April 21, 2012

KABUL - Afghanistan's Parliament said it will revise its decision to appoint a minister if the accusation of the country's anti-corruption watchdog - that one of the recently appointed minister's is corrupt - proves true. Head of Afghanistan's High Office of Oversight and Anti-Corruption Azizullah Ludin was summoned by the Upper House on Tuesday to respond to charges ...

Concrete Plans for Post ISAF Afghanistan: NATO

Concrete Plans for Post  ISAF Afghanistan: NATO

Thursday April 19, 2012

BRUSSELS - NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Wednesday he saw an "emerging agreement" among the alliance's members on what role they would play in Afghanistan once that country's forces take charge of security by 2015. Speaking during a meeting of NATO allies in Brussels, Rasmussen said a number of member states had already pledged the size of their financial contributions to help the Afghan government maintain security forces after 2014. concrete financial contributions to Afghan security forces in the future," he told a news conference ...

Regaining Power Through Fight, A False Dream of Taliban: Gen. Dostum

Regaining Power Through Fight,  A False Dream of Taliban: Gen. Dostum

Thursday April 19, 2012

Mazar-e-Shrif - General Abdul Rashid Dustam the leader of Islamic Movement of Afghanistan and member of National Front backs the peace process going on in the country. Addressing among thousands of his supporters in Mazar-e-Shrif city the other day, he called upon Taliban leader Mullah Omar and Haqani ...

Wolesi Jirga Approves Key Accords

Wolesi Jirga  Approves Key Accords

Thursday April 19, 2012

KABUL - Wolesi Jirga (lower house of parliament) on Wednesday approved a strategic partnership deal already signed between Afghanistan and India and another agreement on a multibillion gas pipeline project. The assembly also approved two other pacts, all presented by the parliamentary foreign affairs commission, said the panel head ...

ANA to Take Full Security Responsibility By 2013

ANA to Take Full  Security Responsibility By 2013

Thursday April 19, 2012

KABUL - The Afghan National Army (ANA), whose strength has reached 195,000, will be able to take over security responsibility for the entire country by 2013, a defense ministry official said on Wednesday. Two phases of security transition from foreign soldiers to Afghan forces have been completed, and the third is expected to start soon ...

US Working on Long-Term Pact with Afghanistan

US Working on Long-Term Pact with Afghanistan

Thursday April 19, 2012

WASHINGTON - The United States is working on a framework for a long-term strategic partnership with Afghanistan, the White House said on Tuesday."We are in the process of working with the Afghan government on the framework of our long-term partnership," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told a news conference. ...

Karzai Criticized for Calling Taliban ‘Brothers’

Karzai Criticized for  Calling Taliban ‘Brothers’

Thursday April 19, 2012

KABUL - Afghan President Hamid Karzai calling the Taliban 'brothers' has garnered much attention and strong reactions among Afghans, some arguing it will negatively impact the image of Afghanistan. The actions of the Taliban do not merit the term brother, Chairman of the Foundation for Culture and Civil Society (FCCS) Mir Ahmad Joyenda ...

Karzai to Taliban: You did nothing for Islam, Afghanistan

Karzai to Taliban: You did nothing for Islam, Afghanistan

April 18, 2012

ou worked to prolong a foreign presence, you gave foreigners an excuse to stay
KABUL - President Hamid Karzai called the Taliban "brothers" on Tuesday and reached out to them to do more for the good of the country after the insurgents carried out multiple attacks in Kabul and elsewhere at the weekend.
The deadly strikes on parliament, Kabul's diplomatic quarter and three provinces, had only prolonged the foreign presence in Afghanistan reviled by the Taliban, and hurt economic and security confidence ...

HIA for Talks to Bring Peace and Stability

HIA for Talks  to Bring Peace and Stability

April 18, 2012

KABUL - Afghan President Hamid Karzai met with a delegation of the Islamist political party Hezb-i-Islami on Monday afternoon to restart peace talks, just over a fortnight after the group announced it was suspending them.
Ghairat Baheer, the son-in-law of Hezb-i-Islami leader Gulbuddin ...

MPs Gave Graft-Tainted Ministers Trust Vote: Lodin

MPs Gave Graft-Tainted  Ministers Trust Vote: Lodin

April 18, 2012

KABUL - High Office of Oversight and Anti-corruption (HOOAC) Chairman Azizullah Lodin on Tuesday claimed the Wolesi Jirga had granted vote of confidence to some ministers accused of massive corruption -- an allegation rejected by the legislature.
He levelled the allegation during a speech to the Meshrano Jirga ...

‘We Face A Determined Enemy’: ISAF

‘We Face A Determined Enemy’: ISAF

April 18, 2012

KABUL - Insurgents will try again and again to disrupt the security situation in Kabul, ISAF spokesman Brig. General Carsten Jacobson told Tolo news on Tuesday.
He said that Afghan Security Forces and ISAF are improving but warned that there were "determined" enemies who were not going to give up in their ...

Transit Fee for TAPI Gas Pipeline Agreed

Transit Fee for  TAPI Gas Pipeline Agreed

April 18, 2012

KABUL - Afghanistan, Pakistan and India have agreed on a transit fee for a multi-billion natural gas pipeline project, a Ministry of Mines official in Kabul said on Tuesday.
The 1735-kilometre pipeline, known as Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) project, will run from Daulatabad through Herat ...

Karzai Orders Probe into Intelligence Failure

Karzai Orders Probe  into Intelligence Failure

April 17, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai, praising the Afghan forces for their sacrifices, said on Monday suicide attackers' entry into Kabul and other provinces showed the intelligence failure of Afghan and NATO troops.
Several militants, laced with guns and suicide vests, attacked high-security offices in Sherpur, Paktiakot, Darul Aman and Pul-i-Charkhi areas soon after they took positions in different buildings at about 1:30pm on Sunday. They put up stiff residence for 18 hours.
A statement issued by the Presidential Palace said Karzai strongly ...

Intel is Never A Guarantee: NATO

Intel is Never  A Guarantee: NATO

April 17, 2012

KABUL - NATO's chief responded to President Hamid Karzai blaming Sunday's insurgent attacks on the intelligence agencies of Afghanistan "and especially NATO", saying intelligence was never a 100 percent guarantee.
"We do all we can to prevent such attacks in co-ordination with the Afghan security forces and ...

Haqqani Behind Afghan Attacks that Left 47 Dead: Official

Haqqani Behind  Afghan Attacks that Left 47 Dead: Official

April 17, 2012

KABUL - A militant arrested in the attacks on the Afghan capital and three other cities has confessed that the 18-hour assault was carried out by the Haqqani network, a lethal group of fighters with ties to the Taliban and Al Qaeda, a top Afghan security official said Monday.
Thirty-six insurgents were killed during the brazen attacks that also ...

Taliban have No Intention for Peace: Speaker

Taliban have No Intention for Peace: Speaker

April 17, 2012

KABUL - An extraordinary session of the Wolesi Jirga, denouncing yesterday's daring attacks, said on Monday the militants were taking advantage of the government's indistinct peace policy and safe haven in neighboring countries.
Forty-seven people, including militants, were killed and 65 others wounded during the coordinated group assaults in ...

Clinton, Crocker Talk Afghan Security

Clinton, Crocker Talk Afghan Security

April 17, 2012

WASHINGTON - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday called her top diplomat in Afghanistan to know about Afghanistan's security situation after Taliban militants launched a series of attacks across the country, including in the capital Kabul.
Clinton asked Ambassador Ryan Crocker to convey to President Hamid ...

Taliban Rehearsed Afghan Attack for Two Months

Taliban Rehearsed  Afghan Attack for Two Months

April 17, 2012

KABUL - The insurgents who mounted weekend attacks in central Kabul and other parts of Afghanistan carefully rehearsed for months, even building small military-style models and pre-positioning weapons, a Taliban spokesman said on Monday.
Zabihullah Mujahid provided Reuters with a rare insight into how the ...

Britain Praises Afghan Forces’ Response to Attacks

Britain Praises Afghan Forces’ Response to Attacks

April 17, 2012

KABUL - The new British ambassador to Afghanistan on Monday praised local security forces' response to yesterday's coordinated Taliban attacks in Kabul and other parts of the country.
Afghan security personnel took the lead, contained and removed the threat in a highly professional and successful operation, said ...

Moon Urges Beefed-Up Security in Afghanistan

Moon Urges Beefed-Up  Security in Afghanistan

April 17, 2012

BRUSSELS - United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon on Monday strongly condemned coordinated attacks by Taliban across Afghanistan, saying this showed the need to beef up Afghan security forces.
Ban decried "in the strongest possible terms" the attacks so far responsible for at least 47 deaths, warning: "We need to ...

Gunmen Attack Embassies, Parliament in Kabul

Gunmen Attack Embassies, Parliament in Kabul

April 16, 2012

KABUL - Several Western diplomatic missions and other high-security offices in Kabul and three other provinces came under well-coordinated rebel attacks on Sunday, officials and witnesses said.
Seventeen attackers were killed, while 14 policemen and nine civilians were wounded in the near-simultaneous strikes in Kabul, Logar, Nangarhar and Paktia, an interior ministry spokesman told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Ghulam Siddiue Sadiq said security personnel and civilians had suffered no fatalities, contradicting statements from other officials ...

Attacks are the Start of ‘Spring Offensive’: Taliban

Attacks are the Start of ‘Spring Offensive’: Taliban

April 16, 2012

KABUL - Afghanistan's Taliban said they launched a spring offensive on Sunday with multiple attacks against Western embassies in the central diplomatic area and at parliament in Kabul, with heavy explosions, rockets and gunfire rattling the city.
The assault, one of the most serious on the capital since U.S.-backed ...

Karzai Meets Pakistani Women MPs

Karzai Meets Pakistani Women MPs

April 16, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Sunday stressed the need for the creation of a joint group of women parliamentarians from Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.
At a meeting with a delegation of Pakistan's lawmakers, the president called for enhanced contacts between women MPs of the two ...

Karzai Under Lockdown in Kabul Attacks: Aide

Karzai Under Lockdown  in Kabul Attacks: Aide

April 16, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai was moved to a safe area and his palace went into lockdown as Kabul was hit on Sunday by a wave of attacks including a failed attempt to target one of his deputies, officials said.
The embattled president was discussing the budget with a group of ...

Rassoul Vows Women’s Rights Protection

Rassoul Vows Women’s Rights Protection

April 16, 2012

KABUL - Afghanistan Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Zalmai Rassoul assured women's rights in the country will be safeguarded even as the nation is undergoing a peace transition.
"Our commitment that the country's achievements of the past decade, including women's rights, should not be harmed in the peace ...

Khar Expresses Concern on Attacks in Kabul

Khar Expresses Concern  on Attacks in Kabul

April 16, 2012

LAHORE – Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar on Sunday expressed Pakistan's deep concerns over reports of attacks in Kabul and other parts of Afghanistan.
"Pakistan strongly condemns terrorism in all forms and has consistently encouraged dialogue to resolve issues in ...

U.S. Embassy Condemns Kabul Attacks

U.S. Embassy  Condemns  Kabul Attacks

April 16, 2012

>KABUL - The U.S. Embassy condemns the attacks that took place today in Kabul and in other locations in Afghanistan. We offer our deepest condolences to all the victims of today's attacks and their families.
These attacks demonstrate again that insurgents are continuing their ...

Analysts Call Karzai Remarks on Polls Illegal

Analysts Call Karzai Remarks on Polls Illegal

April 16, 2012

KABUL - Kabul-based political analysts on Saturday said any change to the timetable for the next presidential election was impossible without constitutional amendments, believing an early pullout of foreign troops could challenge the vote.
Last week, President Karzai said he was mulling over changes either ...

The Killing of Hazaras in Quetta Remains Unabated

The Killing of Hazaras  in Quetta Remains Unabated

April 15, 2012

KABUL - The Killing of Hazaras in Quetta, Pakistan has now become order of the day. In a matter of few weeks about 30 Hazaras have been shot dead and many have been wounded.
On Saturday, April 14th, 2012, in three different incidents 8 Hazaras have been killed and some others injured.
In the first incident the assailants opened fire on a car, killing six people. The incident happened on Brewery Road in the Killi Ibrahim Zai area of the city.
The victim's bodies were shifted to Bolan Medical College hospital ...

Afghan Face to Defend Afghanistan: Rasmussen

Afghan Face to  Defend Afghanistan: Rasmussen

April 15, 2012

KABUL - NATO's chief said that it is good to give Afghanistan's defense "an Afghan face" by handing over the security responsibilities to the Afghan forces, pointing out it also cost less money.
Secretary General Andres Fogh Rasmussen said it was less expensive to ...

Peace Council Enters Parleys with HIA Team

Peace Council Enters  Parleys with HIA Team

April 15, 2012

KABUL - The High Peace Council entered negotiations with Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) representatives in Kabul on Saturday, resuming a delicate process that was placed on ice last month.
The five-member delegation was in the capital in response to an invitation from the peace panel, the leader of the HIA team told Pajhwok Afghan News during an exclusive ...

Mohaqiq Demands Stern Steps against the Killings of Hazaras

Mohaqiq Demands Stern Steps  against the Killings of Hazaras

April 15, 2012

KABUL - Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq, the member of Afghanistan's lower house of parliament and the leader of People's Unity Party of Afghanistan has severely condemned the systematic killing of Hazaras in Quetta city of Pakistan.
The killing of Hazaras in Quetta city of Pakistan has been accelerated recently with the death of almost 30 innocent people within ...

Salahuddin Rabbani New Head of High Peace Council

Salahuddin Rabbani New  Head of High Peace Council

April 15, 2012

KABUL - Salahuddin Rabban is the new head of Afghanistan's High Peace Council, replacing his father Burhanuddin Rabbani who was head of the council when he was assassinated by the Taliban last year.
The appointment was confirmed by Afghan President Hamid Karzai on ...

HIA Hopes Salahuddin to Succeed in His Mission

HIA Hopes Salahuddin  to Succeed in His Mission

April 15, 2012

KABUL - The 'Hezb-i-Islami of Afghanistan (HIA), led by former prime minister Gulbadin Hekmatyar, on Saturday extended good wishes to new High Peace Council Chairman Salahuddin Rabbani.
Hours earlier, Rabbani was appointed as head of the council to replace his father, Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani, who was assassinated in ...

Fawzia Koofi Eyeing Presidency in 2014

Fawzia Koofi  Eyeing Presidency in 2014

April 15, 2012

KABUL - Condemned to die shortly after birth for being a girl, outspoken Afghan member of parliament Fawzia Koofi lived to become a champion of women's rights and is now eyeing the presidency in 2014, Reuters reported.
The 36-year-old expects harsh opposition, threats of violence and ...