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Wolesi Jirga Rejects Budget for Second Time

Wolesi Jirga Rejects  Budget for Second Time

April 10, 2012

KABUL - A majority of parliamentarians on Monday rejected for a second time the proposed budget for the current fiscal year, saying inequalities in provincial allocations were yet to be corrected.
On March 18, the Wolesi Jirga refused to endorse the accounts due to uneven allocations to provinces and a hefty $80 million (3.9 billion afs) bailout package for the ailing Kabul Bank. Of the 133 legislators present during Monday's session, 62 voted against the budget, while 48 supported it. The rest of lawmakers abstained from voting.
Mohammad Azim Mohseni, a ...

Sallam Zaeef Flees Amid Life Threat

Sallam Zaeef Flees Amid  Life Threat

April 10, 2012

KABUL - Former Taliban Ambassador Abdul Sallam Zaeef has fled Afghanistan to the United Arab Emirates, fearing for his life after US forces attempted to search his home, Al Jazeera reported.
A source close to Zaeef told Al Jazeera that US forces had tried to search his home in Kabul twice over allegations of involvement in an international terror plot, but Zaeef's government-provided bodyguards ...

Indonesia Saves 120 Afghan Migrants from Leaking Ship

Indonesia Saves 120 Afghan  Migrants from Leaking Ship

April 10, 2012

JAKARTA - Indonesia says it has rescued 120 Afghan migrants from a leaking wooden ship headed to Australia.
An official called Joko from the National Search and Rescue Agency says they received a distress call from the ship's captain on Sunday and went to their aid. The Afghans were taken by tanker to a port on the western ...

Obstacles to Strategic Pact Removed: US, NATO

Obstacles to Strategic  Pact Removed: US, NATO

April 10, 2012

KABUL - With the signing of agreements on night raids and prisons' transfer had removed key obstacles to the Afghan-US strategic cooperation pact, NATO and Pentagon said on Monday.
Hoping the strategic deal would be inked before the Chicago summit in May, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters in Kabul that leading the raids and taking control of all prisons were major Afghan ...

India Wants Investment in Afghanistan

India Wants  Investment in Afghanistan

April 10, 2012

KABUL - The Indian steel minister, Beni Prasad Verma, said on Monday that his country was interested in investment in landlocked Afghanistan.
The visiting Indian union minister inked an agreement with Mines Minister Wahidullah Shahrani on developing Afghanistan's iron-ore reserves and promoting its steel ...

Karzai Hails Afghan Control in Night Raids Deal

Karzai Hails Afghan  Control in Night Raids Deal

April 10, 2012

KABUL - Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Monday hailed an agreement with the United States over controversial night raids by Special Forces as consolidating Afghan sovereignty.
Night raids by international troops targeting insurgents in their homes have been a stumbling block in efforts by both countries to reach ...

Afghanistan, U.S. Reach Deal on Controversial Night Raids

Afghanistan, U.S. Reach Deal on Controversial Night Raids

April 09, 2012

KABUL - Afghanistan and the United States reached a deal on Sunday to curb night raids on Afghan homes, giving Kabul a veto over the operations despised by most local people and clearing the way for a wider pact securing a U.S. presence.
Night raids on suspected militants have helped fan rising anti-Western sentiment ahead of a withdrawal by most Western combat troops to be completed by 2014, but are backed by NATO commanders as a key anti-insurgent tactic. Their conduct had been one of the biggest hurdles in negotiations on a broader strategic pact governing a future U.S. role in the ...

Crocker Expects Strategic Pact before Chicago Summit

Crocker  Expects Strategic Pact before  Chicago Summit

April 09, 2012

KABUL - US Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan C. Crocker on Sunday welcomed the memorandum of understanding (MoU) on special operations, giving Afghans the control of controversial night raids.
The MoU was an important illustration of the US commitment to Afghan sovereignty, as the allies moved forward to completing the transition of ...

Stern Action Urged to Stem Corruption

Stern Action Urged  to Stem Corruption

April 09, 2012

KABUL - An anti-graft network on Sunday backed President Hamid Karzai's initiative to further probe anomalies in the Kabul Bank that faced a major financial crisis last year
The Afghan Anti-Corruption Network (AACN) supported the appointment of the Special Prosecutor's Office and a Special Tribunal to ...

Kabul to Host Final Talks on Taliban’s Doha Office

Kabul to Host Final  Talks on Taliban’s Doha Office

April 09, 2012

KABUL - Afghan and Qatari officials would hold more negotiations before signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the opening of Taliban's liaison office in Doha, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Sunday.
Qatari Foreign Minister Dr. Khalid Bin Mohamed Al Attiyah would soon ...

Senators Mock Appreciation Letters

Senators Mock Appreciation Letters

April 09, 2012

KABUL - Several Meshrano Jirga members on Sunday criticized their colleagues and the house secretariat for distributing commendation letters to government officials, instead of trying to enhance their efficiency and motivate them to work devotedly.
"This practice has been a reason why government officials have ...

Afghanistan to Launch its First Space Satellite

Afghanistan to Launch  its First Space Satellite

April 09, 2012

KABUL - Afghanistan's first ever space satellite will be installed within the next six months, according to Afghan Minister of Communication and Information Technology Amir Zai Sangin.
Sangin stressed at a press conference in Kabul on Sunday that the new satellite would give Afghanistan a greater connection to the ...

Sports Can Help Bring About Peace: Zakhilwal

Sports Can Help Bring About Peace: Zakhilwal

April 09, 2012

KABUL - Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal, also the patron of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB), says that sports -- specially cricket -- could play a key role in bringing peace and stability to the country.
He was addressing a reception ceremony in Kabul last night for the national team, which returned from the United Arab Emirates after ...

Opium is Emerging as a New Gold: UN

Opium is Emerging as a New Gold: UN

April 08, 2012

WASHINGTON - Opium is emerging as a new gold standard in Afghanistan, where traders and farmers are hoarding the drug as a source of ready cash t o hedge against the risk of a power vacuum when foreign troops leave, the country's UN drugs tsar said.
Fear is mounting amongst Afghans and foreign governments alike that the planned pullout of most NATO combat troops by the end of 2014 and Afghan national elections in the same year could see the country engulfed in more conflict. "You see suddenly people are rushing to opium and cannabis as in the euro zone we were rushing to the Swiss franc before the ...

List of Absentee Lawmakers Unveiled

List of Absentee Lawmakers  Unveiled

April 08, 2012

KABUL - lower house of Parliament -- on Saturday announced a list of scores of lawmakers who remained absent from the legislature last month without informing the assembly secretariat.
Announced by Secretary Abdul Sattar Khwasi, the list includes Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayaf, a lawmaker from central Kabul province, Mir Amanullah Gudz, Baktiash Seywosh, Ezatullah Atif, Syed Ali Kazmi and ...

2nd Phase of Security Switch to Cover Kapisa

2nd Phase of  Security Switch to Cover Kapisa

April 08, 2012

MAHMOOD RAQI - The central province of Kapisa would be included in the second phase of security transfer from foreign soldiers to Afghan forces, a senior official said on Saturday.
Security Transition Commission Chairman Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai said this during a visit to the province to assess the current security ...

High Demand Behind Increased Drug Production: Muqbil

High Demand Behind Increased Drug Production: Muqbil

April 08, 2012

HERAT CITY - The counternarcotics minister on Saturday listed high international demand and the easy import of chemicals as the main reasons behind drug smuggling and production in Afghanistan.
Addressing a news conference in western Herat province, Zarar Ahmad Muqbil, asked the international community to accept "its ...

Afghan Forces Ready For Night Raids: MoD

Afghan Forces Ready For Night Raids: MoD

April 08, 2012

KABUL - The Ministry of Defense on Saturday said the Afghan National Army (ANA) was ready to fully take control of night operations and an accord on the transfer was expected to be inked soon between Afghanistan and the US.
Brig. Gen. Dawlat Waziri, the ministry's deputy spokesman, told ...

Taliban Have No Option But Negotiation: Patey

Taliban Have No Option  But Negotiation: Patey

April 08, 2012

KABUL - The Taliban have no other option but to negotiate with Afghan government, outgoing British Ambassador to Afghanistan William Patey said in an exclusive interview with Tolo news.
Patey stressed that it was impossible for the Taliban to gain power through war and said they should choose the path of ...

Current Judicial System, Illegitimate: Dr. Abdullah

Current Judicial System,   Illegitimate: Dr. Abdullah

Saturday April 07

KABUL - The election commission and the judiciary have to be independent and international observers should be allowed to monitor the 2014 presidential vote, a key opposition leader said on Thursday.
Afghans wanted an independent poll panel that was committed to ensuring transparency in the election, former foreign minister Dr. Abdullah Abdullah told a gathering in Kabul."There is need for reforms in the electoral process to assure the people that the election will be transparent," said the leader of the National Coalition of ...

Afghan Commandos Graduate, Ready to Lead Night Raids

Afghan  Commandos Graduate, Ready  to Lead Night Raids

Saturday April 07

KABUL - Afghan Army Commandos are ready to take responsibility for the contentious night raids independently of NATO-led forces, the army Special Forces chief General Sayed Abdul Karim said at the seventh graduation ceremony of Afghan commandos in Kabul Thursday.
The commandos were fit to launch operations against insurgents in Afghanistan, Karim told the people attending the graduation of the 144 ...

Karzai Orders Inquiry in Kabul Bank’s Losses

Karzai Orders  Inquiry in Kabul Bank’s Losses

Saturday April 07

KABUL - Afghan President Hamid Karzai ordered the appointment of a special prosecutor and tribunal to investigate the near-collapse of Kabul Bank.
Karzai also ordered that hundreds of millions of dollars in outstanding loans be repaid in two months, The New York Times reported ...

Key Meeting on Gas Pipeline Project in Late May

Key Meeting  on Gas Pipeline Project in Late May

Saturday April 07

KABUL - The Afghan minister of mines has held talks with senior officials in Ashgabat on a gas pipeline running from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan to Pakistan and India, a spokesman for the ministry in Kabul said on Friday.
A feasibility study for the multibillion-dollar Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline, long delayed by ...

Pak Leaders Oppose ISAF Supply Resumption

Pak Leaders Oppose  ISAF Supply Resumption

Saturday April 07

ISLAMABAD - Two senior Pakistani opposition leaders on Friday vehemently opposed the reopening of a key supply route for NATO-led troops in neighboring Afghanistan.
The supply line was closed immediately after 24 Pakistani soldiers were killed in an International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) ...

U.S. Drone Attacks to End after 2014: Rasool

U.S. Drone Attacks  to End after 2014: Rasool

Saturday April 07

DUBAI - Foreign Minister Zalmay Rasool said on Thursday Afghanistan would not be used as a launch pad for U.S. drones attacks on neighboring countries after NATO combat forces leave by the end of 2014.
"Afghan soil will not be used against any country in the ...

Afghanistan’s Stability Discussed in Astana

Afghanistan’s Stability  Discussed in Astana

Saturday April 07

ASTANA - Strengthening of the borders with Afghanistan was discussed at a meeting of the Collective Security Treaty Organization's Council of Foreign Ministers in Astana, Kazakh Foreign Minister Yerzhan Kazykhanov said at a press briefing in Astana on ...

US Not Seeking Permanent Afghan Bases: Clinton

US Not Seeking Permanent  Afghan Bases: Clinton

April 05, 2012

WASHINGTON - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Tuesday praised the achievements of Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), saying they were becoming stronger and more capable.
"In Lisbon, we set a goal of transitioning full responsibility for security to Afghan forces by 2014, and they're making real progress toward that goal," Clinton said in her address to the World Affairs Council 2012 NATO Conference.
Al-Qaida senior leadership had been decimated and its relationship with the Taliban was fraying, she said, adding ...

Gilani Renews Support for Afghan Peace Drive

Gilani Renews  Support for  Afghan Peace Drive

April 05, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai and Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday discussed Pakistan's support for the peace process in Afghanistan.
During a telephone conversation, Karzai thanked Gilani for the good discussions that the Afghan delegation had during its recent visit to ...

ANA Must Be National, Professional and a Political: Karzai

ANA Must Be National,  Professional and a Political: Karzai

April 05, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai met General James Mattis, Commander of US CENTCOM to discuss several issues including situation in Afghanistan and the region.
In the meeting also attended by Afghan Minister of Defense, General Rahim Wardak and Dr. Spanta, National Security Advisor to the President, both sides ...

Qatar Supports Inclusive Afghan Peace Talks

Qatar Supports Inclusive Afghan Peace Talks

April 05, 2012

KABUL - Foreign Minister Dr. Zalmai Rasoul has held formal talks with his Qatari counterpart on the opening of Taliban'sliaison office in Doha.
Rassoul and Dr. Khalid Bin Mohamed Al Attiyah also conferred on the opening a Qatari embassy in Kabul and agreed on more consultations on ...

Ghani Assuages Concerns over Security Transition

Ghani Assuages Concerns over Security Transition

April 05, 2012

KUNDUZ CITY - Some residents are concerned about the security transfer to Afghan forces in northern Kunduz province, the transition commission head said on Wednesday.
Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai told reporters locals had voiced their concerns over the transfer, believing Afghan forces were unable to ...

Afghanistan Buys Fuel from Russia to Control Prices

Afghanistan Buys Fuel  from Russia to Control Prices

April 05, 2012

KABUL - The Ministry of Commerce and Industries on Wednesday said that 5,000 tones of petrol purchased from Russia would reach Kabul in a month and the imports would help control soaring prices.
A contract on fuel imports from Russia was signed between Afghan and Russian officials three days ago, Eng. Farid Sherzai, the fuel ...

Kabul Celebrate World Water Day 2012

Kabul  Celebrate World  Water Day 2012

April 05, 2012

KABUL – Today the Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW) and the UN Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) celebrated the World Water Day in the conference hall of the Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW). International World Water Day is held annually as a means of focusing attention on the importance of fresh water and advocating the ...

U.S. Puts $10mln Bounty on Hafiz Mohammad

U.S. Puts $10mln Bounty on Hafiz Mohammad

April 04, 2012

NEW DELHI - The United States has posted a $10 million reward for help in the arrest of a Pakistani Islamist leader, Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, suspected of masterminding attacks on India's financial capital and its parliament.
The reward comes at a time of heightened tension between the United States and Pakistan and is likely to increases pressure on Pakistan to take action against the former Arabic scholar, who has recently addressed rallies in Pakistan despite an Interpol warrant for him.
Released from house arrest in 2009, Saeed ...

US Making Good Progress in Afghanistan: Panetta

US Making Good Progress in Afghanistan: Panetta

April 04, 2012

WASHINGTON – US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Monday the United States was making progress in Afghanistan and its policies remained on the right track.
"I really believe that the Afghan people for the first time are seeing the real possibility that they can govern and secure that country themselves, and they want to move towards that goal, and so do ...