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Zardari for Strong Pak-Afghan Parliamentary Contacts

Zardari for Strong Pak-Afghan Parliamentary Contacts

June 04, 2011

ISLAMABAD - President Asif Ali Zardari on Friday stressed for frequent exchange of parliamentary delegations between Pakistan and Afghanistan and urged for forging stronger links among women parliamentarians in the two countries. Talking to a delegation of Afghan women parliamentarians at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad,...

India to Help Strengthen Afghan Security Forces

India to Help Strengthen Afghan  Security Forces

June 02, 2011

NEW DELHI - India is committed to building strengthening Afghan security forces, Defence Minister AK Antony assured his visiting Afghan counterpart Gen. Abdul Rahim Wardak on Wednesday.
During hour-long delegation-level talks, Antony said as a longstanding friend of the Afghan people, India remained "fully committed" to supporting that country in its reconstruction and development efforts.
He conveyed New...

Despite Warning, Karzai Knows U.S. is an Ally: Gates

Despite Warning, Karzai Knows U.S. is an Ally: Gates

June 02, 2011

HONOLULU - President Hamid Karzai recognizes that the United States is a friend and ally even as he warns that civilian casualties in Afghanistan risk making U.S.-led troops appear to be an occupying force, U.S. Defence Secretary Robert Gates said on Tuesday.
Gates, who spoke to reporters in Hawaii while en route to an Asian...

McDonough Emphasizes U.S. Commitment to Afghanistan, Central Asia Politics

McDonough Emphasizes U.S. Commitment to Afghanistan, Central Asia Politics

June 02, 2011

>WASHINGTON - U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough traveled to Afghanistan and Uzbekistan during the last four days of May to underscore the U.S. commitment to Afghanistan and to a long-term relationship with Central Asia, National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said on Wednesday.
In Afghanistan, McDonough held meetings in Kabul with U.S. and...

US House Proposes $13b for Afghan Security Forces

US House Proposes $13b for Afghan Security Forces

June 02, 2011

WASHINGTON - The US House Appropriations Committee a draft Defence appropriations bill, allocating $13 billion for training and equipping of Afghan security forces in 2012.
Released on Tuesday, the draft bill also includes $475 million for Afghan Infrastructure Fund during the fiscal year ending on September...

US Becoming an ‘Occupying’ Force: Karzai

US Becoming an  ‘Occupying’ Force: Karzai

June 01, 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai warned Tuesday that the US-led foreign military in Afghanistan risks becoming an "occupying force" if air strikes which cause civilian casualties continue. In some of his strongest remarks yet, Karzai harked back to Afghanistan's long history of "dealing with occupying forces" such as the Soviet Union and reiterated that bombing the homes of ordinary Afghans was now "banned."
The outspoken comments came after he issued a "last warning" on Sunday to foreign forces over civilian casualties,...

Attacks on Houses ‘Necessary’: NATO

Attacks on Houses  ‘Necessary’: NATO

June 01, 2011

KABUL - A NATO spokesperson says attacks on houses in Afghanistan are necessary and will continue, despite Afghan President Hamid Karzai's assertion that he will no longer permit them to take place.
Karzai took a hardline stance Tuesday against NATO airstrikes on houses, following an attack over the weekend that claimed the lives of women and...

Better Ties with Pakistan Needed for Peace: Karzai

Better Ties with Pakistan Needed for Peace: Karzai

June 01, 2011

KABUL - Friendship and lasting cooperative ties between Afghanistan and Pakistan are the way forward for regional stability and peace, President Hamid Karzai has said. "Please take a message of deepest love from Afghanistan to Pakistan," Karzai told visiting lawmakers on the conclusion of the 5th round of Pak-Afghan Parliamentarians Dialogue in Kabul. The Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and...

Merkel, Singh Discuss Afghanistan and Fight Against Terror

Merkel, Singh Discuss  Afghanistan and Fight Against Terror

June 01, 2011

NEW DELHI - Visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel and India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday reviewed regional security and pledged to work together against terrorism and promote stability in South Asia. The situation in Afghanistan with a projected withdrawal of NATO forces by 2014 and the efforts to engage with sections of the...

Brig. Gen. Josef Blotz: Nighttime Raids to Continue

Brig. Gen. Josef Blotz: Nighttime Raids to Continue

May 31, 2011

KABUL - Despite President Hamid Karzai's orders for an immediate stop to nighttime raids, the NATO-led force said on Monday it would go ahead with the operations. On Sunday, Karzai issued a final warning to NATO-led troops over civilian deaths -- hours after 14 non-combatants were killed in a new airstrike in southern Helmand province. The fatalities resulting from a raid in Nawzad district included women and children, said the governor's spokesman Daud Ahmadi....

KB Audit to Start Next Week: Fitrat

KB Audit  to Start Next Week: Fitrat

May 31, 2011

KABUL - An audit about the issue of country's biggest private-sector financial institution, Kabul Bank, would start next week, the central bank governor announced on Monday. Funded by Canada and the United Kingdom, the audit would be completed in six months, Da Afghanistan Bank chief Abdul Qadir Fitrat told a news conference in...

Legislators Lose Patience with Acting Ministers

Legislators  Lose Patience with  Acting Ministers

May 31, 2011

KABUL - A number of Wolesi Jirga members said on Monday that activities of acting ministers were illegal and called for pressurizing the government to replace them with immediate effect. Last year, Parliament endorsed a law allowing acting ministers to run some ministries for a month to give the president time to complete...

EU Ambassadors Met with Members of the Wolesi Jirga

EU Ambassadors  Met with Members  of the Wolesi Jirga

May 31, 2011

KABUL - Head of the European Union Delegation in Afghanistan and EU Special Representative, Ambassador Vygaudas Usackas together with the ambassadors of EU Member States met on Monday, with the members of the Wolesi Jirga Administrative Board, the heads of parliamentary committees and the Secretary General of the Wolesi Jirga. "The...

President Hamid Karzai: US-Led Operations “Arbitrary” and Unnecessary

President Hamid Karzai: US-Led Operations  “Arbitrary” and Unnecessary

May 30, 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai called on the US military on Sunday to avoid operations that kill civilians, saying it was his "last warning" to Washington after 14 people allegedly died in an air strike. Reacting to the alleged deaths of 10 children, two women and two men in an air strike on Saturday in the southern province of Helmand, Karzai said such incidents were "murdering of Afghanistan's children and women."
"The president called this incident a great mistake and the...

Mujaddedi to Head Preparatory Body for Loya Jirga

Mujaddedi to  Head Preparatory Body for Loya Jirga

May 30, 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai has appointed Sibghatullah Mujaddedi as head of a preparatory commission for an upcoming Loya Jirga on strategic cooperation with the US. The traditional jirga would be held to take a decision on signing the strategic cooperation pact between Afghanistan and the US, a government-run news agency reported on Sunday. Mujaddedi, the...

New Kandahar Police Chief Vows Reforms

New Kandahar  Police Chief  Vows Reforms

May 30, 2011

KANDAHAR - Border police commander for the southern region, Brig. Gen. Abdul Raziq, took charge as new police chief for Kandahar province on Sunday. Replacing the slain police chief, Khan Mohammad Mujahid, Raziq assumed charge at a ceremony at the governor's house.
The ceremony was attended by foreign and Afghan security officials,...

Turkmenistan to Increase Power Export to Afghanistan

Turkmenistan to  Increase Power Export  to Afghanistan

May 30, 2011

KABUL - Turkmenistan has agreed to considerably increase the export of electricity to Afghanistan, the Presidential Palace in Kabul said on Sunday. Currently on a visit to the neighboring country, President Hamid Karzai signed four agreements with his Turkmen counterpart, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
The agreements envisage power, railway, cultural and trade...

We Had Prior Info about Bomb Assault: Taqwa

We Had Prior Info about Bomb Assault: Taqwa

May 30, 2011

KABUL - The government had prior information regarding the suicide attack on his office in Taloqan, the capital of northern Takhar province, the governor said on Sunday. They had received an intelligence tip about the attack and the bomber's mobile phone number Abdul Jabbar Taqwa told a press conference, a day after the brazen...

Gen. Dawood Killed in Suicide Attack

Gen. Dawood  Killed in Suicide Attack

May 29, 2011

KABUL - Four people including two top Afghan police officials were killed in a suicide attack in northern Takhar province on Saturday, local officials said.
Local official said that Gen. Dawood Dawood, commander of 303rd Pamir Zone in northern Afghanistan and another unnamed police official have been killed in the attack. The incident happened while Gen. Dawood was having a meeting with other officials in governor's compound.
"Gen. Dawood, commander of 303rd ...

Turkmens Lend Afghanistan Economic Support

Turkmens Lend  Afghanistan Economic Support

May 29, 2011

ASHGABAT - President Hamid Karzai traveled to neighboring energy-rich Turkmenistan on Saturday on a trip aimed at drumming up regional support for his struggling nation's economic future.
Talks with Turkmen President Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov concluded with a tentative agreement to construct a railway linking the two...

NATO Should Stop Night Raids: Karzai

NATO Should Stop  Night Raids: Karzai

May 29, 2011

KABUL – President Hamid Karzai ordered on Saturday that only Afghan forces may carry out special operations and night raids, and not NATO troops — an effort meant to stymie popular anger over the international troops' nighttime assaults that he said kill civilians.
President Karzai's announcement also said the international...

Afghan Forces to Get Warplanes, Armored Vehicles

Afghan Forces  to Get Warplanes,  Armored Vehicles

May 29, 2011

KABUL - Under recent agreements, Afghanistan will receive 79 helicopters, aircraft and nearly 500 armored vehicles in the near future, the defense minister said on Saturday.
Russia has signed a contract with the US Army to deliver 21 MI-17 helicopters to Afghanistan, Gen. Abdul Rahim Wardak told the Wolesi Jirga, or lower house of the Parliament.
Flanked by Minister of Interior Bismillah Mohammadi and intelligence

Russia Voices Concerns Over Situation in Afghanistan

Russia Voices Concerns Over Situation in Afghanistan

May 28, 2011

MOSCOW - The situation in Afghanistan may be aggravated by the withdrawal of the international coalition from the country, a Russian diplomat said Thursday. "The beginning of the transfer of control from NATO forces to Afghan authorities will step up tensions, and the situation is degrading constantly," Zamir Kabulov, the special presidential envoy to Afghanistan told reporters.
He said that Afghan forces have not been prepared to assume responsibility for the country's...

Reconciliation Process Should Be Afghan-Led, Afghan-Owned: Gilani

Reconciliation Process Should Be Afghan-Led, Afghan-Owned: Gilani

May 28, 2011

ISLAMABAD – Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Friday said the reconciliation process should be Afghan-led and Afghan-owned to usher lasting peace in Afghanistan. He observed that the only way forward in Afghanistan is through building of Afghan institutions which will bring stability on the long term basis. The...

India, Afghanistan Ink Culture Pact

India,  Afghanistan Ink Culture Pact

May 28, 2011

NEW DEHLI - India and Afghanistan have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to promote the arts and cultural heritage of Afghanistan.
The MOU was signed here by India's Culture Minister Kumari Selja and Afghanistan's Information and Culture Minister Sayed Makhdoom Raheen, the culture ministry said in a statement Friday. The tentative areas of...

Pakistan Offers Scholarships to Hundreds of Afghans

Pakistan Offers Scholarships  to Hundreds  of Afghans

May 28, 2011

>KABUL - Hundreds of Afghan students would be leaving for Pakistan between July and December on fully-funded scholarships for graduate and post-graduate studies, the Pakistani ambassador said on Friday.
As many as 729 Afghans have been offered scholarships in the fields of medicine, engineering, information technology, business...

Pakistan Key to Diminishing Insurgency in Afghanistan: Kerry

Pakistan Key to  Diminishing Insurgency in Afghanistan: Kerry

May 26, 2011

KABUL - Pakistan could play a crucial role to decrease insurgency in Afghanistan, Senator John Kerry said during a hearing on regional security on Tuesday. While chairing a hearing to examine the current threat posed by al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan Senator John Kerry, Chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has said it requires a persistent diplomacy "to convince the Pakistani military leaders that the real threat to their sovereignty comes not from its eastern border...

Afghan Power Transition to Be Completed By 2014: Obama

Afghan Power Transition to Be Completed By 2014: Obama

May 26, 2011

LONDON - International forces in Afghanistan are ‘preparing to turn a corner’ towards transition and an eventual political settlement, US President Barack Obama said in London Wednesday. He and British Prime Minister David Cameron agreed on the importance of ‘beginning the transition to an Afghan lead for security this year and completing that...

Taliban Hiring Women Attacks: Gen. Blotz

Taliban Hiring Women Attacks: Gen. Blotz

May 24, 2011

out suicide attacks in Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Monday.
On May 17, a combined Afghan and coalition security force killed four insurgents, including two armed women, during a security operation in Taloqan, the capital of northern Takhar province. The operation was conducted in pursuit of an Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan facilitator, who acquires, constructs and moves weapons and...

Police Collecting Opium Tax in Uruzgan

Police Collecting Opium Tax in Uruzgan

May 24, 2011

TIRINKOT - Some policemen are collecting the opium tax from farmers while others are smuggling the drug in Deh Raud district of central Uruzgan province, residents alleged on Monday.
Checkpoint commanders charge the tax from opium growers in different areas of the district, a member of Deh Raud District Council told...

India to Help Afghanistan in Field of Broadcasting

India to Help  Afghanistan in Field of Broadcasting

May 24, 2011

NEW DELHI - India, which is playing an active role in the reconstruction of Afghanistan, will now also help the war-torn country in capacity building in the field of broadcasting and institutional development.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in this regard will be signed on...

Indian Company Seeks Partner for Big Afghan Project

Indian Company  Seeks Partner for Big Afghan Project

May 24, 2011

KABUL - A prominent Indian steel company is looking for a strategic partner for a big mine project to step up a three-million ton steel plant in Afghanistan.
Steel Authority of India known as SAIL is interested to team up with other Indian companies to win the project for the Hajigak iron ore mines that have been open for bidding.
"We are keeping our options open on possible partners for the...

Taliban Chief’s Killing Can’t Be Verified: NDS

Taliban Chief’s Killing Can’t Be Verified: NDS

May 24, 2011

KABUL - Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has been missing for the last four days, but his death could neither be confirmed nor repudiated, a spokesman for the Afghan spy service said on Monday.
Earlier in the day, a National Directorate of Security (NDS) source said Taliban's reclusive chief had been killed in a joint operation by...

Mullah Omar “Safe and Sound”: Taliban

Mullah Omar  “Safe and Sound”: Taliban

May 24, 2011

KABUL - The Afghan Taliban rejected as "propaganda" on Monday unsourced media reports that their leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, had been killed in Pakistan, saying he was alive and in Afghanistan and vowing to continue their insurgency.
Security officials in Pakistan and diplomats, U.S. military...

74% Surge in Civilian Deaths: MoI

74% Surge in  Civilian Deaths: MoI

May 23, 2011

KABUL - There has been a 74-percent increase in civilian casualties caused by Taliban-led violence over the past one week, a senior official in Minister of Interior Affairs said on Sunday.
At a press conference Interior Ministry Spokesman Zemarai Bashari told reporters that 120 terrorist attacks occurred last week in Afghanistan, a total of 82 civilians were killed and 108 others were hurt. Gains achieved by police forces last week were also significant and there was a 14-percent rise in militant casualties last...