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Ahmad Zia Massoud, ANF Leader: Traitors are those Who Rigged the Election and Looted KB

Ahmad Zia Massoud, ANF Leader: Traitors are those Who Rigged the Election and Looted KB

June 12, 2012

KABUL - Afghanistan National Front (ANF) leader Ahmad Zia Massoud on Monday accused the government of seeking to perpetuate its rule through undemocratic means such as implicating political foes in "trumped-up cases".
Massoud told a press conference in Kabul, the office of Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq, ANF Leader and a member Wolesi Jirga, was attacked in Bamyan province at the government's behest and another leader of the front had ...

Stabilizing Afghanistan for the Long-Term – a View from Kazakhstan

Stabilizing Afghanistan for the Long-Term – a View from Kazakhstan

June 12, 2012

KABUL – Kazakhstan's Foreign Minister, Yerzhan Kazykhanov, said that considerable effort has been invested in building up Afghan military and police forces to take responsibility for the security situation as international forces will leave in 2014, and Kazakhstan hope that they will manage to cope with their increased ...

Afghanistan Elected UN General Assembly VP

Afghanistan Elected UN General Assembly VP

June 12, 2012

WASHINGTON - For the third time in five years, Afghanistan has been elected as vice-president for the upcoming United Nations (UN) General Assembly, reflecting the growing recognition of the country at the international level.
In the election held last week, Serbia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Vuk Jeremic, defeated Lithuanian Ambassador to UN Dalius Cekuolis. Serbia was elected president ...

Karzai, French DM Discuss Troop Pullout

Karzai, French DM Discuss Troop Pullout

June 12, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Monday directed the ministries of defense and interior to extend all possible assistance to France in the troop withdrawal process from central Kapisa province.
At a meeting with French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Karzai extended his heart-felt ...

UN Sacks LOTFA Officials over Mismanagement of Funds

UN Sacks LOTFA Officials  over Mismanagement of Funds

June 12, 2012

KABUL - The United Nations fired three officials running its $1.4 billion Afghanistan police trust fund as the first step in what is expected to be a broader shake-up at the program currently facing an internal investigation of mismanagement, according to UN and Western officials.
Among those removed from their posts, Western officials said, were ...

Karzai’s Brother May Run for Afghan Presidency

Karzai’s Brother May Run for Afghan Presidency

June 12, 2012

KANDAHAR – President Hamid Karzai's elder brother, Abdul Qayum Karzai, is apparently planning to enter the race to be elected Afghanistan's next president. Speaking to RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan, Mahmud Karzai, another elder brother of the Afghan president, confirmed that Qayum Karzai was preparing to contest the next ...

Karzai Should Start Fighting Corruption from Palace: MPs

Karzai Should Start Fighting Corruption from Palace: MPs

June 11, 2012

KABUL - Reacting to President Hamid Karzai's call on MPs to convene for a meeting to discuss fighting corruption, several MPs on Sunday said he should start this process with cleaning up his own office.
Kandahar MP Mohammad Naim Lalai accused the family of President Karzai and the Vice Presidents of being involved in corruption, saying meetings with MPs would be "symbolic moves".
President Karzai has called the MPs to cut short their 45-day summer ...

IEC Finalizes Draft Electoral Law Proposals

IEC Finalizes Draft Electoral Law Proposals

June 11, 2012

KABUL - Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Sunday said after consultations with stakeholders it had decided to recommend four key proposals for inclusion in a draft electoral law.
A statement from the IEC Secretariat said a working group had come up ...

Parliamentary Body to Prepare Policy on Graft

Parliamentary Body to  Prepare Policy on Graft

June 11, 2012

KABUL - Wolesi Jirga has formed a 10-member committee to prepare a comprehensive policy on good governance and corruption to be presented to a high-level meeting of representatives from the judiciary, executive and legislature.
Lower house members say President Hamid Karzai has convened the joint ...

India Invites Pakistan for Investors’ Meet on Afghanistan

India Invites  Pakistan for Investors’ Meet on Afghanistan

June 11, 2012

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan and China are among the countries invited for the regional investors' meet on Afghanistan, to be held in New Delhi on June 28, to discuss ways to boost international-private-sector investment in the war-torn country.
Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said in New ...

MTN Foundation to Support Educational University

MTN Foundation to Support Educational University

June 11, 2012

KABUL - MTNA foundation stands committed in its long standing resolve of promoting educational traditions and cultural values of Afghan society.
Since its launch in 2008, MTN Afghanistan has upheld its commitment and dedication in serving the community by playing an active role as a ...

Karzai Prioritizes Anti-Graft Drive

Karzai Prioritizes Anti-Graft Drive

June 11, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Sunday said his administration would remain focused on ensuring good governance and combating corruption over the next two years.
The president called an extra ordinary meeting of representatives from the judiciary, executive and legislature to discuss the two ...

China, Good Neighbor in the Course of History: Dr. Raheen

China, Good  Neighbor in the Course  of History: Dr. Raheen

June 11, 2012

KABUL - Minister for information and culture Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Raheen who attended the 9th conference of the ministers for culture of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Beijing at the invitation of the People's Republic of China returned home yesterday.
In their speeches all the participants from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan ...

Govt. doesn’t Have Will to Deal with Corruption: Lodin

Govt. doesn’t Have Will to  Deal with Corruption: Lodin

June 10, 2012

ABUL - Water and Energy Minister, Ismail Khan, and Herat Mayor Mohammad Salim Taraki have encroached upon the properties belonging to Afghan Millie Bank's founder Majid Zabuli, an official said on Saturday.
High Office of Oversight and Anti-Corruption (HOOAC) Chairman Dr Azizullah Lodin accused the minister of grabbing Zabuli's residence in Herat. By the same token, the mayor had illegally occupied the banker's market, he alleged.
At a news conference in Kabul, Lodin put the value of the house and market at $22 million (1,100 million afghanis). An HOOAC team with ...

Pakistan Spurns Panetta Remarks

Pakistan  Spurns Panetta Remarks

June 10, 2012

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan on Saturday rejected US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's recent remarks on terrorist safe havens in the North Waziristan tribal region near the Afghanistan border.
During an unannounced visit to Kabul on Thursday, the defense secretary warned that Washington's patience with Islamabad on the issue ...

ANSF to Benefit from Training in India: US

ANSF to Benefit from Training in India: US

June 10, 2012

WASHINGTON - Afghan security forces could benefit from training by Indian experts, the top American diplomat in New Delhi said on Friday, ahead of next week's Indo-US strategic dialogue.
"On the training, I think there's a recognition that the Afghan forces can benefit from training inside India," US Ambassador to ...

No more Air Airstrikes on Civilian Houses: Allen

No more Air Airstrikes on Civilian Houses: Allen

June 10, 2012

KABUL Hours after a stern warning from the Karzai administration, the top US military commander in Afghanistan on Saturday promised foreign troops would no longer conduct air raids on civilian houses.
Three days after a deadly airstrike in central Logar province, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) commander Gen. John ...

Presidential Spokesman Aimal Faizi: Taliban are Involved in Behsud Invasion

Presidential Spokesman Aimal Faizi: Taliban are Involved in Behsud Invasion

June 10, 2012

KABUL - The presidential spokesman on Saturday has said that the Taliban and armed opposition are involved in invading Behsud and Daimerdad districts of Maidan Wardak province. According to Aimal Faizi, the Taliban, under the name of Kuchis, have launched attacks ...

Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq: Govt. behind the Plot to Kill Me

Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq: Govt. behind the Plot to Kill Me

June 09, 2012

Kabul- Addressing acrowded press conference after escaping an attempt on his life in Bamiyan, Mohaqiq said that the government is sticking to undemocratic conduct to undermine the political activities of Afghanistan National Front (ANF), the biggest opposition coalition of the country. Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq, the leader of the People's Unity Party of Afghanistan and a prominent member of ANF said, "The elements inside Afghan government are involved in the violent and highly-organized armed attack on my office in Bamiyan province on ...

Russia Ready to Train ANSF, Boost Trade Links

Russia Ready to Train  ANSF, Boost Trade Links

June 09, 2012

KABUL - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said that his country was willing to boost trade links with war-battered Afghanistan and train its security ...

Karzai Seeks SCO Support for War on Terror

Karzai Seeks SCO Support for War on Terror

June 09, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai assured the 12th Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit that concluded in Beijing on Thursday that Afghanistan's soil would not be used against any regional country.
At the important regional meeting, participants exchanged views on the Afghanistan conflict and the Iranian nuclear issue. The SCO decided ...

US Losing Patience with Pakistan: Panetta

US Losing Patience  with Pakistan: Panetta

June 09, 2012

KABUL - During an unannounced visit to Kabul, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned on Thursday that Washington's patience with Islamabad on rebel sanctuaries was fraying.
As long as terrorist hideouts existed in Pakistan, peace and stability would continue to elude Afghanistan, he told a news conference after high-level security talks with his Afghan ...

Afghanistan Faces Major Security Test: India

Afghanistan Faces Major Security Test: India

June 09, 2012

BEIJING - Taking part in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Chinese capital Beijing, India's external affair minister S M Krishna on Thursday said the biggest security challenge in the region in and around South Asia is to Afghanistan.
"The most important security challenge we face today relates to ...

Mahmood Blames Banking Crisis on Govt. Inefficiency

Mahmood Blames Banking Crisis on Govt. Inefficiency

June 09, 2012

KANDAHAR CITY - Eminent trader and President Hamid Karzai's brother, Mahmood Karzai, on Thursday said he had long returned his loan to Kabul Bank, blaming the lingering loan crisis on poor management and inefficiency of the government.
Kabul Bank, once the country's largest private-sector lender, ran ...

Armed Kuchis Invasion in Behsud; Mosque, Hundreds of Holy Quran Ablazed

Armed Kuchis Invasion in Behsud; Mosque, Hundreds of Holy Quran Ablazed

June 07, 2012

KABUL - Following invasion of Behsud villages and attacks on the villagers, armed Kuchis (Nomads) set fire to hundreds of copies of the Holy Quran and a religious Madrasa along a mosque in Kajab valley of Behsud district of Wardak province, witnesses said on Wednesday.
Local civilians say that armed Kuchis attacked their houses and burnt copies of the Holly Quran and other books that were kept there.
A video report that was broadcasted on an Afghan private TV channel showed that hundreds of armed men took part in assaults on Kajab area ...

President Hamid Karzai: China can Inspire Pakistan Into Real War on Terror

President Hamid Karzai: China can Inspire Pakistan Into Real War on Terror

June 07, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday said that China could motivate its long-time friend Pakistan into fighting honestly the twin scourge of terrorism and extremism.
Addressing students of a Chinese university in Beijing, Karzai said the Afghan-US strategic deal would not weaken Kabul's relations with ...

China Eyes Gas Pipeline Via Afghanistan

China Eyes Gas Pipeline Via Afghanistan

June 07, 2012

KABUL - Beijing wants to build a pipeline transporting natural gas to China from Turkmenistan via Tajikistan and Afghanistan, the Presidential Palace said on Wednesday.
State-run China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) Chairman Jiang Jiemin referred to the plan during a meeting with President Hamid Karzai on the sidelines of the 12th Shanghai Cooperation Organization ...

Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq: Decentralized Govt. System Best Solution

Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq: Decentralized Govt. System Best Solution

June 07, 2012

BAMYAN CITY - The Afghanistan National Front (ANF) leader on Wednesday described the government as incompetent and a decentralized system would solve the ongoing crisis in the country.
Speaking at the first death anniversary of provincial council ...

NATO Supplies to be Routed Through CA

NATO Supplies to be Routed Through CA

June 06, 2012

KABUL - NATO has signed a pact with three Central Asian countries -- Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan -- which would provide a new land route to transport supplies to foreign troops in land-locked Afghanistan.
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the alliance had reached an agreement on "reverse transit" from Afghanistan with three Central Asian partners. "These agreements will give us a range of new options and the robust and flexible transport ...

Karzai off to Beijing for SCO Summit

Karzai off to Beijing for SCO Summit

June 06, 2012

KABUL - At the head of a high-powered ministerial delegation, President Hamid Karzai flew to Beijing on Tuesday morning to participate in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit.
On the sidelines of the important regional meeting, Karzai is expected to hold talks with foreign leaders on bilateral issues, the ...

Russia Fears Regional Instability After NATO Exit

Russia Fears Regional Instability After NATO Exit

June 06, 2012

KABUL - Russia fears another round of regional instability as NATO prepares to withdraw from Afghanistan by 2014 -- a move that could open the floodgates for potential rivalries among its not-so-friendly neighbors.
In an interview with a Chinese newspaper, Russian Foreign Minister ...

Ahmad Zia Massoud, ANF Leader: Govt. must Stop the Insurgency in Behsud

Ahmad Zia Massoud, ANF Leader: Govt. must Stop the Insurgency in Behsud

June 06, 2012

KABUL - Afghanistan National Front (ANF), in its press release, issued by the Front leader Ahmad Zia Masoud on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, advised the government that the issue of Kochis in Behsud district of Maidan Wardak Province, should be solved immediately and appropriate ...

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta: India A Key Partner from Afghanistan to Asia-Pacific

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta: India A Key Partner from Afghanistan to Asia-Pacific

June 06, 2012

NEW DELHI — In meetings with the prime minister and national security adviser, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta stressed the importance of a partnership with India both for ongoing efforts in Afghanistan and for the United States' new focus on security in the ...

Najafi Pushes for Airport in Every Province

Najafi Pushes for Airport in Every Province

June 06, 2012

KABUL - Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation said that it would like to build more airports in Afghanistan, but without the budget to do so, it is heading to Tokyo with hopes of securing such funding.
Afghan Civil Aviation Minister Daoud Ali Najafi said on Tuesday that ...

NATO Strikes Afghan Transport Deals

NATO Strikes Afghan Transport Deals

June 05, 2012

KABUL - NATO has reached agreement with Central Asian nations to bring military equipment out of Afghanistan, completely bypassing Pakistan.
NATO has concluded agreements with Central Asian nations allowing it to evacuate vehicles and other military equipment from Afghanistan and completely bypass Pakistan, which once provided the main supply route for coalition forces.
Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Monday Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan had agreed to allow the reverse transport of ...