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UN Welcomes Parliamentary Vote Results Announced By IEC

UN Welcomes  Parliamentary Vote  Results Announced By IEC

July 10, 2011

>KABUL - Ban Ki-moon's special representative to Afghanistan has once again welcomed the former results of parliamentary elections announced by Independent Election Commission (IEC).
In response to a letter from Afghan House of Representatives, UN Special envoy to Afghanistan Staffan de Mistura wrote that the UN once...

Afghan, Pakistan Forces Agree on More Border Talks

Afghan, Pakistan  Forces Agree on More  Border Talks

July 10, 2011

KABUL – Military officials from Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to hold more high-level talks to defuse a row over a series of attacks across their porous border, the Afghan defence ministry said Saturday. Officials from both militaries and from the United States met Thursday in the northwest Pakistani city of Peshawar to discuss a spike ...

World Must Assure it Won’t Abandon Afghanistan: Mistura

World Must Assure it Won’t Abandon Afghanistan: Mistura

July 09, 2011

KABUL - As security transition to Afghan security forces is on track, the international community must reassure that it will not abandon Afghanistan, top UN envoy to Afghanistan said. Staffan de Mistura, UN special representative to Afghanistan, told the UN Security Council Afghans are worried that they will be forgotten by the world once again. "I know that's not our intention, certainly not of the UN," AP news agency quoted de Mistura as saying.
"I think from the international point of view ...

Fitrat Faces Charges Over Kabul Bank

Fitrat Faces Charges Over Kabul Bank

July 09, 2011

KABUL - The Afghan attorney general's office says it's prosecuting the former governor of the central bank who has fled Afghanistan amid allegations that he played a role in the Kabul Bank scandal. Deputy Attorney General Rahmatullah Nazari says that Abdul Qadir Fitrat and other officials at the central bank will be legally prosecuted. He said ...

Police in Kamdish Under Siege: Badr

Police in Kamdish Under Siege: Badr

July 09, 2011

JALALABAD - Nuristan governor Jamaluddin Badr on Thursday said border police in Kamdish district have been besieged and, with only 160 policemen, are unable to secure the province's 70-kilometre border with Pakistan. In a telephonic interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, the governor said ...

US House Approves $649 Bln for Defense

US House Approves $649 Bln for Defense

July 09, 2011

WASHINGTON - The US House of Representatives voted on Friday to approve $649 billion in defense spending next year, overcoming opposition from war-weary lawmakers seeking to curb U.S. involvement in Afghanistan and Libya. The measure, approved 336-87 in the Republican-dominated House, would raise the Pentagon's base budget for the 2012 fiscal year beginning on ...

US General Confident of Achieving Stability By 2014

US General Confident of  Achieving Stability By 2014

July 09, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC - A top American general based in Afghanistan on Wednesday exuded confidence about the troop drawdown beginning this summer. "I believe the transition is on track and we can achieve sufficient stability across Afghanistan by 2014, with the troops redeploying as scheduled," Lt. Gen David Rodriguez, Commander of ...

Karzai Mulls Election Body Plan to Solve Poll Dispute

Karzai Mulls  Election Body Plan to  Solve Poll Dispute

July 07, 2011

KABUL - Afghanistan's election body has presented a 6-point plan to President Hamid Karzai in a bid to end a standoff between the incumbent and the country's lower house that has thrown the country into political crisis, presidential palace spokesman said on Wednesday.
Last month, a special poll court set up by Karzai threw out results in about a quarter of the seats in the assembly, raising fears of a showdown between the president and

Gilani, Karzai Voice Concern over Militants’ Activities

Gilani, Karzai Voice Concern over Militants’ Activities

July 07, 2011

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani telephoned President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday and expressed Pakistan's serious concern over the activities of militants along Pakistan-Afghan border, especially in Dir, Bajaur, Mohmand on the Pakistan side and Kunar on the Afghan side. The Prime Minister conveyed to President ...

No Peace Talks in Place with Anyone: Taliban

No Peace Talks  in Place with  Anyone: Taliban

July 07, 2011

KABUL - The Taliban on Wednesday said they had not held talks with anyone, including the US, about the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan, except about prisoner exchanges. "Once again the West is spreading false propaganda that talks with the Taliban to resolve the conflict are taking place," the insurgents said in a statement. It said the...

MPs Carry Guns into Parliament

MPs Carry Guns into Parliament

July 07, 2011

KABUL - Some parliamentarians are carrying guns to sessions after the special election court disqualified 62 lawmakers in the 349-seat parliament. The special election tribunal was created to probe into allegations of fraud during last year's parliamentary elections. The court found ...

British Prime Minister David Cameron: Taliban Could Have Future in Government

British Prime Minister David Cameron: Taliban Could Have  Future in Government

July 06, 2011

KABUL - British Prime Minister David Cameron said Tuesday Taliban could have a future as part of a government, as former militants did in Northern Ireland, but warned that those who did not lay down arms risked being killed. Speaking alongside President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, Cameron said Britain would also step up aid to Afghanistan as troops were gradually withdrawn and unveiled plans for a new British Sandhurst-style academy to train Afghan army officers. "I've seen...

Karzai Wants 17 Poll Candidates Introduced to Parliament

Karzai Wants 17  Poll Candidates  Introduced to Parliament

July 06, 2011

>KABUL - President Hamid Karzai has sent a list of 17 disgruntled candidates from last year's election to the election commission to be seated. Wolesi Jirga after a special court disqualified 62 sitting MPs, a reliable source told Pajhwok Afghan News on Tuesday. The election commission has secretly sent a copy of the list to United ...

Female MPs Brawl in Wolesi Jirga

Female MPs Brawl in Wolesi Jirga

July 06, 2011

KABUL - An ugly brawl erupted in parliament between two female Afghan MPs on Tuesday after a row seemingly about one of the vice-presidents and ending only when shocked colleagues pulled them apart. Ex-army general Nazifa Zaki, dressed in casual black Afghan dress and head scarf, began arguing with fellow MP Hamida Ahmadzai and then threw...

Special Tribunal Verdict Unconstitutional: FEFA

Special Tribunal Verdict  Unconstitutional: FEFA

July 05, 2011

KABUL - The Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) on Monday said the special court for electoral complaints had exceeded its mandate and issued an illegal verdict.
FEFA initially welcomed the special court when it appeared that its members were operating within the legal framework of pursuing electoral fraud and criminal charges. But FEFA Executive Director Jan Dad Spinghar told ...

Karzai Meets US Senator

Karzai Meets  US Senator

July 05, 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai met with a delegation from the US Senate to discuss the long-term strategic cooperation agreement between Afghanistan and the US, officials said Monday. A statement issued by the Presidential Palace said that Karzai was joined by US Senator John McCain, ranking member of the US Senate Armed...

Parliament Wants to Sever Diplomatic Ties with Pakistan

Parliament Wants  to Sever Diplomatic Ties with Pakistan

July 05, 2011

KABUL - Parliament called on President Hamid Karzai's administration to sever diplomatic ties with Pakistan over continuing cross-border attacks in the eastern provinces, and pledged unwavering support of any retaliatory action taken by the government. According to Afghan Border Police, over the past two months Pakistani forces have fired missiles, rockets and artillery shells into eastern ...

Iran to Seal Porous Afghan Border By 2015

Iran to Seal Porous  Afghan Border By 2015

July 05, 2011

TEHRAN - Iran will completely seal off its eastern borders with Afghanistan and Pakistan by 2015 to prevent drug smuggling and infiltration of armed groups, media quoted the police chief as saying Saturday. About 90 percent of Iran's eastern borders have already been sealed," Arman newspaper quoted General Esmaeil Ahmadi Moghaddam ...

Troop Drawdown is Unnecessary Risk: Sen. McCain

Troop Drawdown  is Unnecessary Risk:  Sen. McCain

July 04, 2011

WASHINGTON - A prominent US Republican senator said Sunday the Obama administration is taking an unnecessary risk in drawing down the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union," Arizona Sen. John McCain said none of the U.S. military commanders has recommended the drawdown. President Barack Obama has ordered a troop reduction of 10,000 by the end of the year and another 23,000 by September 2012. The Marine general who is expected to carry out the president's ...

Tensions between Gov.t, IMF will Not Affect WB Aids: Krafft

Tensions between  Gov.t, IMF will Not  Affect WB Aids: Krafft

July 04, 2011

KABUL - Afghanistan's Ministry of Finance and the World Bank (WB) Sunday signed a $22 million grant from the World Bank's International Development Association (IDA) for the Afghanistan New Market Development Project. The grant will help revitalize Afghanistan's nascent private sector which is mainly dominated by small and medium ...

Bamyan Wheat Production Drops

Bamyan Wheat   Production Drops

July 04, 2011

BAMYAN CITY - Wheat production in the central Bamyan province decreased by more than 14,500 tons due to drought and lack of rainfall, officials and farmers said on Sunday. The total wheat production of the province was more than 55,000 tons last year. The amount has decreased to 41,000 tons this year, Director of Agriculture, Irrigation and ...

Etisalat, 4th Annual Quran Contest A Huge Success

Etisalat, 4th Annual Quran Contest A Huge Success

July 04, 2011

KABUL - Etisalat Afghanistan has begun conducting its 4th Annual Quran recitation contest in Kabul. In the past 3 years the contest has been held annually for participants from all over Afghanistan. The 4th annual contest started on June 30th and the finals will take place on 9th July, where scores of youth under 21 have taken part and the winner ...

Parliament Asks Karzai for Answers

Parliament Asks  Karzai for Answers

July 04, 2011

KABUL - Some parliamentarians said on Sunday that President Hamid Karzai has spent $80 million of Kabul Bank during his presidential campaigns and bought 75 armored vehicles using money of the bank to carry on his campaign.
Lawmakers called on President Karzai to provide answers to the representatives of ...

103 Militants Killed in Kunar Offensive: Governor

103 Militants Killed in  Kunar Offensive: Governor

July 03, 2011

ASADABAD - More than 100 Taliban insurgents were killed in a joint operation by Afghan and foreign troops in the Wata Pur district of eastern Kunar province, the governor said on Saturday.
Launched last week, the clearing offensive that concluded late on Friday night targeted militants in the district's Katar, Gambir and Sanga areas, Syed Fazullah Wahidi, told a news conference in Asadabad, the provincial...

Concerns upon Declining of Fruit Exports

Concerns  upon Declining  of Fruit Exports

July 03, 2011

KABUL - Some of the Afghan fresh fruit exporters are concerned about a decrease in Afghan fruit exports. These exporters on Saturday asked the government to explore other ways, beside Pakistan, to export their fresh fruits to other countries. The exporters said the Afghan government should talk with Pakistan government to facilitate the ways of exports, and if Pakistan does not ...

Int’l Community Committed to Afghanistan Post 2014: Eikenberry

Int’l Community  Committed to Afghanistan Post 2014: Eikenberry

July 03, 2011

KABUL - The International Community, the United States and NATO are committed to an enduring partnership with Afghanistan longer after 2014, top US diplomat said in Kabul on Saturday.
The 235th independence day of the United States was commemorated in a ceremony organised by the US embassy in Kabul on Saturday.
The commemoration...

ANA Increases Movement on Pak Border: Gen. Bismillah

ANA Increases  Movement on Pak Border: Gen. Bismillah

July 03, 2011

KABUL - Afghan forces have heightened their activities along the border with Pakistan after a series of attacks from the neighboring country into Afghanistan's eastern provinces, Parliament was told on Saturday. The lower house of parliament on Saturday summoned the defense ...

Panetta Sees Tough Budget Choices

Panetta  Sees Tough  Budget Choices

July 03, 2011

WASHINGTON - Leon Panetta was sworn in as U.S. defense secretary on Friday promising to keep the military strong while making tough choices on defense spending cuts.
Panetta, who as CIA director helped oversee the operation that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden two months ago, arrives at the Pentagon ...

Farnod, Ferozi Arrested: Alako

Farnod, Ferozi  Arrested: Alako

July 02, 2011

KABUL - National Directorate of Security (NDS) officials have arrested Shir Khan Farnod and Khaliullah Ferozi, key Kabul Bank shareholders and former top executives at the bank, Attorney General Mohammad Ishaq Alako told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Former Chairman of Kabul Bank Shir Khan Farnod and former Chief Executive Officer Khalilullah Ferozi were arrested late Wednesday and handed over to the Office of Attorney General, Alako said.
Shir Khan Farnod and...

NATO Blames Haqqani for Attack on Intercontinental

NATO Blames Haqqani for Attack on Intercontinental

July 02, 2011

KABUL - The U.S.-led coalition on Thursday blamed an Al-Qaida affiliated network working jointly with Taliban fighters for a deadly attack on a luxury hotel in Kabul — an assault that raised doubts about the ability of Afghan forces to handle security as foreign troops ...

Pak-Afghan Tensions Rise Over Rocket Fire

Pak-Afghan  Tensions Rise Over Rocket Fire

July 02, 2011

KABUL - Diplomatic tensions are rising as Afghan officials accuse Pakistan of firing rockets over the border into the eastern Kunar and Nangarhar provinces.
According to government sources in the east of Afghanistan, more than 520 rockets have landed in the area in recent weeks, killing 26 civilians – including 12 children – and injuring 30 others. Hundreds of local residents have fled their...

MPs Reject Preparatory Commission as Illegal

MPs Reject Preparatory  Commission as Illegal

June 30, 2011

KABUL - Wolesi Jirga members on Wednesday rejected as illegal a preparatory commission for an upcoming Loya Jirga on strategic cooperation with the US as illegal, vowing not to attend it.
President Hamid Karzai has appointed Sibghatullah Mujaddedi as head of the preparatory commission for the Jirga, a traditional conference which would be convened to issue a decision on signing the strategic cooperation pact between Afghanistan and the US. Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq, A lawmaker ...

Karzai Has Role in Kabul Bank Crisis: Fitrat

Karzai Has Role in  Kabul Bank Crisis: Fitrat

June 30, 2011

KABUL - Governor of Afghanistan's Central Bank has accused President Hamid Karzai of having role in Kabul Bank crisis. Abdul Qadir Fitrat, former governor of Afghanistan's Central Bank, told Aljazeera television from Washington that Kabul Bank shareholders covered the costs of Karzai's Presidential campaign in several occasions. Mr. Fitrat fled the country and presented his...

ICOIC Issues Legal Consultation on Electoral Tensions

ICOIC Issues Legal Consultation on Electoral Tensions

June 30, 2011

KABUL - Independent Commission for Oversight of the Implementation of the Constitution (ICOIC) has issued a legal consultation for a resolution of tensions on disputed parliamentary elections.
The ICOCI warned that any inconsideration by politicians and justice institutions to solve the points of difference would have bad...

India Rules Out Getting Involved in Afghan Security Affairs

India Rules Out  Getting Involved in  Afghan Security Affairs

June 30, 2011

WASHINGTON - As the Obama Administration begins drawdown of American troops from Afghanistan next month, India has informed the US that it would not be involved in the security affairs of the war-torn country, but would continue with its developmental efforts there.
This was conveyed by Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee in his interaction with the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the ...