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Karzai Condoles with Zardari Over Nusrat Bhutto’s Death

Karzai Condoles with Zardari Over Nusrat Bhutto’s Death

October, 29 2011

ISLAMABAD - President Hamid Karzai has condoled with his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari over the death of his mother-in-law Begum Nusrat Bhutto. During a phone call to Zardari late on Thursday, Karzai prayed to God to rest the former first lady's soul in eternal peace, said Farhatullah ...

Karzai to Announce Next Round of Security Transition

Karzai to Announce Next Round of Security Transition

October, 27 2011

WASHINGTON - Afghan security forces will soon take control of security in 17 areas of Afghanistan, ahead of the complete withdrawal of foreign combat troops from the country by 2014.
A senior Afghan official said Wednesday that Afghan President Hamid Karzai will announce the second phase of the security transition at a conference in Turkey on November 2.
NATO plans to transfer full security control to Afghan forces by the end of 2014. The process began in July, and Afghan ...

EA, ACB to Promote Cricket in Afghanistan

EA, ACB to Promote Cricket in Afghanistan

October, 27 2011

KABUL - Etisalat Afghanistan (EA), a 100% owned subsidiary of Etisalat Telecommunications, UAE and Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) on Wednesday announced renewal of their partnership for the promotion and development of Cricket in Afghanistan. The ceremony held at Sareena Hotel, Kabul was attended by Shahzada Masood, Vice Chairman Afghanistan ...

India, China in Line for Afghan Mine, Oil Contracts

India, China in Line for Afghan Mine, Oil Contracts

October, 27 2011

LA HULPE - Indian and Chinese bidders are front-runners to be awarded contracts for iron ore and oil projects in coming months, the country's mining minister said on Wednesday. The winner of the Hajigak iron ore project will be announced in early November, Minister of Mines Wahidullah Shahrani told Reuters on the ...

Loya Jirga Participants to Be Targeted: Taliban

Loya Jirga Participants to Be Targeted: Taliban

October, 27 2011

KABUL - The Taliban on Wednesday warned Afghans against participating in an upcoming Loya Jirga on the proposed strategic cooperation pact with the United States. More than 2,000 government officials and tribal elders are scheduled to meet in mid-November in Kabul to discuss the pros and cons of the ...

Polish DM Visits Troops in Afghanistan

Polish DM Visits Troops in Afghanistan

October, 27 2011

KABUL - Polish Minister of Defense Tomasz Siemoniak is visiting Polish troops stationed in the province of Ghazni, eastern Afghanistan. The minister is being accompanied by the head of the Polish National Security Bureau, General Stanisław Koziej. Minister Siemoniak is visiting the troops and overseeing a change in ...

Security in Hands of Afghans in 17 Provinces

Security in Hands of Afghans in 17 Provinces

October, 27 2011

KABUL - Afghan forces could soon take charge of security in all or parts of 17 of Afghanistan's 34 provinces – the second step in a transition that President Hamid Karzai hopes will leave his police and soldiers in control across the nation by the end of 2014, government officials said Wednesday. Karzai is to officially announce the new sites ...

Azimi Rejects Eikenberry’s Estimates as Too High

Azimi Rejects Eikenberry’s Estimates as Too High

October, 27 2011

KABUL - The Defense Ministry spokesman on Wednesday said Afghan forces would need assistance from the international community even after the 2014 security switch, but their expenses would be less than what the former US ambassador has estimated. Former US ambassador Gen. Karl Eikenberry said a few days back if the ...

Govt. Won't Be Able to Fund ASF after 2014: Eikenberry

Govt. Won't Be Able to Fund ASF after 2014: Eikenberry

October, 26 2011

WASHINGTON - A former US ambassador to Afghanistan said that the cost of maintaining Afghanistan's Security Forces (ASF) after 2014 will be more than three times government revenue, and the shortfall will have to be picked up by the international community.
Speaking on a visit to the Australian capital, Canberra, on Monday, former US Ambassador Karl Eikenberry said that building an effective security force will cost about $7 billion annually, dwarfing the $2.5 billion annual revenue of the Afghan ...

Afghanistan Needs $1bn to Fight Drought

Afghanistan Needs $1bn to Fight Drought

October, 26 2011

KABUL - The Afghan Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development said on Tuesday that more than 7 million people are facing drought and starvation in the country. The Natural Resources and Environment Committee of Afghan Parliament said that more 90 per cent of rain-fed lands have not had enough rain ...

MPs Split on Participation in Loya Jirga

MPs Split on Participation in Loya Jirga

October, 26 2011

KABUL - A hundred Wolesi Jirga members have filled out forms for participation in the proposed traditional Loya Jirga on an Afghan-US strategic cooperation pact, but others said they would not take part in the event.
More than 2,000 government officials and elders are scheduled to meet in mid-November in Kabul to discuss the pros and cons of the ...

Pakistan, US Agree on ‘Blueprint’ Seeking Peaceful End to War in Afghanistan

Pakistan, US Agree on ‘Blueprint’ Seeking Peaceful End to War in Afghanistan

October, 26 2011

ISALAMABAD - The United States and Pakistan have agreed on a "blueprint" seeking a peaceful end to the decade-old war in Afghanistan, according to a media report. The Afghan endgame took centre stage during extensive talks between Washington and Islamabad during US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's ...

Haqqaniswill Not Talk Afghan Peace Alone: Commander

Haqqaniswill Not Talk Afghan Peace Alone: Commander

October, 26 2011

PESHAWAR - The Afghan Haqqani militant group will not take part individually in any peace talks with the United States and negotiations must be led by the Taliban, a senior commander told Reuters on Tuesday.
"They (the Americans) would not be able to find a possible solution to the Afghan conflict until and unless they hold talks with ...

MPs Reject Afghan-ISAF Cooperation Pact

MPs Reject Afghan-ISAF Cooperation Pact

October 25, 2011

KABUL - The Wolesi Jirga, or lower house of Parliament, on Monday rejected an agreement on technical and military cooperation between the Afghan government and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).
But the house endorsed with a majority vote four other agreements on the creation of a South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation university, a SAARC food bank, legal cooperation between Afghanistan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on social and ...

Afghanistan Owes more than $2bn: MoF

Afghanistan Owes more than $2bn: MoF

October 25, 2011

KABUL - The Afghan Ministry of Finance said Afghanistan owes about $2.3 billion to various countries and international organizations. These loans have funded projects in Afghanistan and many of them are zero-interest loans, the ministry said. The Ministry of Finance expects that most of these loans will be ...

Jirga on Strategic Pact in Mid-November

Jirga on Strategic Pact in Mid-November

October 25, 2011

KABUL - More than 2,000 government officials and elders are scheduled to meet in mid-November in Kabul to discuss the pros and cons of an Afghan-US strategic cooperation pact.
The traditional Loya Jirga, convening at the Polytechnic University, would also confer on a mechanism for peace negotiations with Afghan ...

Security Situation Deteriorates After Transition

Security Situation Deteriorates After Transition

October 25, 2011

BAMYAN CITY - A defense delegation of the Meshrano Jirga or upper house of Parliament on Monday said the security situation in four provinces has deteriorated after the security responsibly was transferred to Afghan forces from their foreign counterparts. The investigation team said it had assessed the security situation in ...

Afghanistan Sliding into Autocracy: Hamdard

Afghanistan Sliding into Autocracy: Hamdard

October 24, 2011

GARDEZ - The governor of southeastern Paktia province on Sunday warned the present government system of Afghanistan is sliding into a monocracy, with a particular tribe grabbing more and more political power.
In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, Juma Khan Hamdard urged the international community to preserve the gains of the past decade by preventing Afghanistan from slipping into monocracy.
"The government system has changed into a ...

Some Ministers Have Embezzled Millions: Ludin

Some Ministers Have Embezzled Millions: Ludin

October 24, 2011

KABUL: At least two Afghan cabinet ministers have embezzled millions of dollars of public money, the country's anti-graft chief said at the weekend, adding to Western pressure on President Hamid Karzai to clean up his government. Donor countries say corruption in Karzai's administration is endemic ...

Mohammadi Survives Attempted Assassination

Mohammadi Survives Attempted Assassination

October 24, 2011

KABUL - The Afghan government says a key Cabinet minister has survived an assassination attempt just north of Kabul. The government says bodyguards for Interior Minister Bismullah Khan Mohammadi shot and killed a would-be suicide bomber who was waiting for the minister's convoy Sunday in Sayyed Khel district of Parwan province, north of ...

MPs Divided on Karzai's Remarks about Pakistan

MPs Divided on Karzai's Remarks about Pakistan

October, 24 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai's overnight interview with a private Pakistani television channel drew a mixed response from Parliamentarians on Sunday. Speaking to Geo News, the president said peace talks with the Taliban Haqqani network should take place in Pakistan. "I should say the Taliban shura is in Pakistan, we all know the Haqqani group is in ...

Pak, Afghanistan Should Take Decisions to Deal with Security Challenges: Clinton

Pak, Afghanistan Should Take Decisions to Deal with Security Challenges: Clinton

October, 24 2011

WASHINGTON - Pakistan Army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has a point when he says that Afghanistan has to deal with its own problems instead of blaming Islamabad for them, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said. In an interview with Fox News, when asked to comment on Kayani's ...

We have Reached out to the Taliban: Clinton

We have Reached out to the Taliban: Clinton

October 23, 2011

KABUL – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the U.S. has spoken with representatives of the Islamic militant Haqqani network, which has been carrying out attacks on Americans in Afghanistan.
Clinton, speaking in Pakistan today, said there was one meeting with the Haqqani network. It was held a few months ago, prior to attacks on the Intercontinental Hotel and the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, that the U.S. says were carried out by the Haqqanis, operating from ...

A Threat to Mankind!WJ Oks ANDMA, ACCI Laws

A Threat to Mankind!WJ Oks ANDMA, ACCI Laws

October 23, 2011

KABUL - The Wolesi Jirga on Saturday approved with a majority vote a rule concerning the disaster-management body and amendments to Afghanistan's Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) law.
The parliamentary environment protection commission's head, Obaidullah Ramin, told the house the law on disaster management ...

Preparations for Istanbul Conference Discussed

Preparations for Istanbul Conference Discussed

October 23, 2011

KABUL - A day-long meeting, aimed at discussing preparations for the upcoming Istanbul conference, was held in the capital Kabul on Saturday, with representatives and ambassadors from 26 countries in attendance.
Slated for November 2, the regional cooperation conference will ...

Afghanistan to Support Pakistan in Case of US Attack: Karzai

Afghanistan to Support Pakistan in Case of US Attack: Karzai

October, 23 2011

KABUL - Afghanistan and Afghan people will be standing with Pakistan and their Pakistani brethren if any one including US and India attacked Pakistan, President Hamid Karzai told a local private TV channel, during an interview. Karzai said that no one including US, India and China could incite Afghanistan and Afghan people against Pakistan. He said if ...

Clinton Urges Afghan Neighbors to Play Role in Securing Afghanistan

Clinton Urges Afghan Neighbors to Play Role in Securing Afghanistan

October 23, 2011

DUSHANBE - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton urged Central Asian nations on Saturday to play a role in securing and rebuilding war-torn Afghanistan, promoting the concept of a "new Silk Road" that would benefit the entire region. She also pressed authorities in the region about improving their record on human ...

No Peace without Peace in Afghanistan: Gilani

No Peace without Peace in Afghanistan: Gilani

October 22, 2011

ISLAMABAD – Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani Friday said there can be no peace in the region without peace in Afghanistan. Talking to Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq, member of Wolesi Jirga and the Chairman of Commission on Law and Justice of Wolesi Jirga at the Prime Minister’s House Islamabad, Gilani said Pakistan is ready to train the Afghan army, police and administration to cope with the aftermath of ...

Thousands of Drought Hit Families Receive Aid

Thousands of Drought Hit Families Receive Aid

October 22, 2011

TALOQAN - Thousands of drought-hit families received food aid, improved seeds and animal feed in northern Takhar province, officials said on Thursday. About 10,000 affected families from 15 districts of the province benefitted from the assistance, the deputy minister of agriculture and ...

Many Daikundi Schools without Buildings

Many Daikundi Schools without Buildings

October 22, 2011

NILI - With almost 76 percent of schools across Daikundi province having proper buildings, more than 100,000 students are still studying under tents, officials said on Friday. A total of 334 schools are operating in the province, Director of Education Sardar Ali Jafri told Pajhwok Afghan News. As many as 118,104 students are taught under trees, in mosques and rented ...

110 Houses Built on Govt. Land Razed

110 Houses Built on Govt. Land Razed

October 22, 2011

JALALABAD - As many as 110 residential houses built illegally on government land have been demolished in eastern Nangarhar province, officials said on Thursday. Police demolished the houses in Surkhrod and Momand Dara districts, the Surkhrod district chief, Syed Ali Akbar Sadat, told Pajhwok Afghan ...

Clinton Presses Pakis akis akistan an t to o A Act ct A Agains ains ainst Ter er error or oris is ist t Ha Havens ens

Clinton Presses Pakis akis akistan an t to o A Act ct A Agains ains ainst Ter er error or oris is ist t Ha Havens ens

October 22, 2011

ISLAMABAD - In a blunt message to Pakistan, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today demanded greater cooperation from the country to "squeeze" the Haqqani network responsible for attacks in Afghanistan, saying Islamabad could not keep "snakes" in its backyard to strike its neighbors. "It's like that old...

Karzai to Name Cabinet Picks Next Week

Karzai to Name Cabinet Picks Next Week

October 20, 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai is expected to refer next week his ministers-designate to the lower house of Parliament for a vote of confidence, the Wolesi Jirga speaker said on Wednesday.
Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi told the house he had talked to the president, who promised sending his Cabinet choices and two members of the Constitutional Oversight Commission during the upcoming week.
Ministries of water and energy, women's affairs, public health, transport and aviation, information technology and higher ...

Afghanistan Seeks Greater Indian Investments

Afghanistan Seeks Greater  Indian Investments

October 20, 2011

KABUL - Seeking enhanced economic engagement with India, war-ravaged Afghanistan on Wednesday asked the Indian industrial houses to invest in sectors like mining and manufacturing and construction activities. Speaking at the CII organized Indian Global Summit on MSMEs 2011 here, visiting Afghanistan Trade and Industry Minister, Anwar Ul Haq ...

France Begins Troop Pullout

France Begins Troop  Pullout

October 20, 2011

PARIS - France's military says the country has begun its planned drawdown of troops from Afghanistan by pulling out 200 soldiers — reducing its total deployment there to 3,800. France has pegged its withdrawal in proportion to the planned U.S. pullout of troops through 2014 when Afghan forces are expected to take over full responsibility for ...