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MoPH Shuts Private Hospital in Kabul

MoPH Shuts Private Hospital in Kabul

August 28, 2011

KABUL - Acting Minister of Public Health (MoPH), Dr. Suraya Dalil, along with her professional team visited Nawabi private hospital located in Darwaz-e-Lahouri Area of Kabul city and closed it yesterday due to the lack of standard health services and some problems. During her visit the various parts of the hospital, MoPH Acting ...

41 Freed from Nangarhar Prison

41 Freed from  Nangarhar Prison

August 28, 2011

JALALABAD - Forty-one prisoners were released and jail terms of 120 others reduced in eastern Nangarhar province, officials said on Saturday. The release and remissions are based on a presidential decree on the eve of EidulFitr and Afghanistan's 92nd Independence Day, which was marked ...

Jawzjan Governor Slams MRRD

Jawzjan Governor Slams MRRD

August 28, 2011

SHIBERGHAN - The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) has not yet implemented a single water supply program in northern Jawzjan province, the governor complained on Saturday.

Mohammad Alam Sai said water supply schemes for Faizabad, Aqcha, ...

Losers Want Election Results Nullified

Losers Want Election Results Nullified

August 27, 2011

KABUL - Some losing candidates on Thursday called for nullifying results from last year's parliamentary election, saying the ongoing controversy should be referred to the International Court of Justice. "We don't accept the poll results because Afghans were not allowed to elect their representatives, who were chosen through fraud and irregularities," Amina Mujahid, a ...

WJ Rejects IEC’s Decision

WJ Rejects IEC’s Decision

August 25, 2011

KABUL – Wolesi Jirga (WJ) strongly rejected the decision taken by the Independent Election Commission (IEC) to unseat 9 lawmakers.
The administrative board of the parliament has issued seven resolutions under which it rules out any sort of change in final results of vote even if the change is brought by the IEC.
The administrative board said that the decision has been made under the pressure from President Karzai's Office.
This is unconstitutional ...

EUand its Member States Welcome the IEC Decision

EUand its Member States Welcome the IEC Decision

August 25, 2011

KABUL - Head of the European Union Delegation in Afghanistan and EU Special Representative, Ambassador Vygaudas Ušackas notes the decision taken by the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and expresses his hope that this will end the current political crisis. On the occasion, Ambassador Ušackas said "It is important to ...

Stable Afghanistan Must for Regional Security: Zardari

Stable Afghanistan Must for Regional  Security: Zardari

August 25, 2011

ISLAMABAD – Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has underscored the need for focusing on the economic development and security of the region, saying that peace and stability in Afghanistan holds the key to this end."Pakistan supports every effort intended towards peace and stability of Afghanistan," he was talking to a delegation of ...

US Provides $1,300m to Modernize Afghan Energy System

US Provides $1,300m to Modernize Afghan Energy System

August 25, 2011

KABUL - The US Agency for International Development (USAID) will provide $1,300 million over the next four years to help modernize power supply systems in Afghanistan. Officials in ministry of finance said on Wednesday that $980 million of the fund will be spent through the government budget in fields with high ...

9 poll candidates granted parliament membership

9 poll candidates granted parliament membership

August 25, 2011

KABUL (PAN): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) had granted Parliament membership to nine candidates who have been declared as winners to replace as many sitting disqualified MPs, an official said on Wednesday. "Previously the rights of these nine candidates were not given accurately, but later an investigation showed they had ...

Karzai Pardons 5 Would-Be Suicide Bombers

Karzai Pardons  5 Would-Be Suicide Bombers

August 25, 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai decreed the release of 5 would-be suicide bombers arrested by Afghan security forces. President Hamid Karzai stressed that the released suicide bombers will be provided with education scholarships inside or outside the country, especially in ...

Senate to Seek Removal of Senior Officials

Senate to Seek Removal of Senior Officials

August 24, 2011

KABUL - Meshrano Jirga members decided on Tuesday to ask President Hamid Karzai for removing his foreign minister, national security adviser and the acting National Directorate of Security chief from their positions.

The decision came after the three failed to appear before the upper house to answer questions from lawmakers regarding the proposed strategic cooperation agreement between Afghanistan and the United ...

Cabinet Discusses Delay, Suspension of Major Projects

Cabinet Discusses Delay, Suspension of Major Projects

August 24, 2011

KABUL - Cabinet members in a Monday meeting discussed the delay and suspension of a number of major projects due to security threats, the president's office said in a statement.
The key projects facing these problems included the construction of roads, water dams, mines and telecommunication. The meeting was held Monday evening and chaired by ...

Two Germans Missing in Afghanistan: German FM

Two Germans  Missing in Afghanistan: German FM

August 24, 2011

BERLIN - Two Germans are missing in Afghanistan and may have been kidnapped, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said on Tuesday."I have to confirm that two Germans are missing and I cannot exclude the possibility that they are victims of a kidnapping," Westerwelle said at a news conference broadcast on ...

Afghans Want Peace, Stability: Karzai

Afghans Want Peace, Stability: Karzai

August 23, 2011

KABUL - Afghans want the United States to help restore peace and stability in their country and, President Hamid Karzai has said.
At a meeting with a US Senate delegation on Sunday evening, the president said his nation wanted to have the presence of American forces legalized.
NATO commander in Afghanistan, John Allen and US Ambassador Ryan ...

IEC Announces 9 New MPs to the Parliament

IEC Announces 9 New MPs to the Parliament

August 22, 2011

KABUL - The Independent Election Commission on Sunday introduced 9 out of 62 MPs declared winners by the Special Electoral Tribunal into the Parliament.
The Commission stressed that 9 unseated MPs will have to leave their seats. IEC's Chief Fazl Ahmad Manawi said that following President Karzai's decree and study into findings of appeals court, nine protesting candidates have been announced winners replacing nine sitting lawmakers. Mr Manawi said this is the final ...

NDS Urges Formation of Special Tribunal for Terrorists

NDS Urges Formation of  Special Tribunal for Terrorists

August 22, 2011

KABUL - National Directorate of Security (NDS) highlighted the need for formation of a special tribunal mainly for trial of terrorists. The Afghan intelligence organization said that there are lenient articles in the penal code that can avoid insurgents to face required punishments. Meanwhile, the Tolo news has obtained the footage of Kabul ...

Disqualified MPs Vow Not to Leave Parliament

Disqualified MPs Vow Not to Leave Parliament

August 22, 2011

KABUL - Nine MPs, to be replaced by as many candidates declared winners by the Independent Election Commission ('IEC), on Sunday said they would not leave Parliament because the constitution does not allow them to do so. Earlier in the day, IEC officials announced the disqualification of nine sitting MPs in favour of candidates previously certified as having ...

Work on US-Funded Park Launched in Kabul

Work on  US-Funded Park Launched in Kabul

August 22, 2011

KABUL - A recreational park, benefitting more than 5000 families, would be established in the first Macro Ryan neighborhood of the capital, the Kabul Municipality announced on Sunday.
The foundation stone of the park, spread over 3.5 acres of land, was laid by Mayor Mohammad Yunus Nawandesh. The USAID-funded park, costing ...

Work on Anti-Graft Strategy Underway: ISAF

Work on Anti-Graft  Strategy Underway: ISAF

August 22, 2011

KABUL - In response to President Hamid Karzai's frequent emphasis on an anti-graft drive, the NATO-led force on Sunday said it had started work on a comprehensive plan to fight corruption in Afghanistan. Areas of corruption would be identified before work on a comprehensive plan was launched, said McMaster, director of transparency at the ISAF ...

2014, Not the End of International Terrorist Networks: Spanta

2014, Not the End of International Terrorist Networks: Spanta

August 21, 2011

KABUL - America and Afghanistan are reportedly to sign an agreement allowing thousands of America troops to remain in the country till 2024. Afghanistan's neighbors like Iran and Pakistan have expressed disappointment, either publicly or privately, over the prospect of such a deal, The Telegraph reports.
A senior member of Hamid Karzai's Peace Council has said it risks being rejected by the Taliban and derailing any attempt to coax them to the negotiating table. However, Afghans are reportedly keen to ...

WJ will Witness Some Changes: IEC

WJ will Witness Some Changes: IEC

August 20, 2011

KABUL - Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Thursday said the Wolesi Jirga (WJ) will witness some changes next week. A spokesman for the IEC, Tabesh Frogh, said the IEC has finalized its decision to bring some changes in the Afghan House of Representatives, and that the decision will be officially made public in the beginning of next week.
The IEC stressed that it will not be responsible for the consequences of its decision in the ...

US is Committed Partner, Friend of Afghanistan: Clinton

US is Committed Partner, Friend of Afghanistan: Clinton

August 20, 2011

WASHINGTON - Congratulating Afghanis as they celebrate 92 years of their independence, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday that her country would remain a committed partner and friend of Afghanistan."Being independent, however, does not mean being alone. Throughout this transition and beyond, the United States will ...

US to Arm ANA with Unique Equipment

US to Arm ANA with Unique Equipment

August 20, 2011

KABUL - The US government will provide advanced military equipment to the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the next four months - a move to enhance the capabilities of Afghan forces to fight the Taliban.
The equipment are the first of its kind being supplied to the Afghan forces, said Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, the head of transition ...

MPs Split on Talks with Taliban

MPs Split on  Talks with Taliban

August 18, 2011

KABUL - Some Wolesi Jirga members insist on peace negotiations with the Taliban to resolve the ongoing conflict, but others suggest the use of force against those unwilling to accept the Afghan constitution.
Last year, the government created the High Peace Council, tasked with reaching out to members of the Taliban movement for a dialogue as part of efforts at finding a negotiated end to the decade-old conflict.
The council says it has established initial contact with the insurgents, a claim rejected by the ...

Iran to Help Preserve Ghazni Historic Sites

Iran to Help Preserve Ghazni Historic Sites

August 18, 2011

GHAZNI CITY - An Iranian delegation on Wednesday visited historic sites in southern Ghazni province, pledging reconstruction and preservation of ancient cultural heritage of the province, which will be declared the capital of Islamic civilization in 2013. The four-member delegation was accompanied by advisers at the ...

Afghanistan to Celebrate Independence Day

Afghanistan to Celebrate Independence Day

August 18, 2011

KABUL - The nation will celebrate its 92nd Independency Day with traditional spirit and fervor on Friday, the Ministry of Defence said on Wednesday. Without identifying function venues, the ministry said the sacrifices of the martyrs, who won independence from Britain in 1919, would be remembered at a special ...

Increasing Urbanization Causes Unemployment: AREU

Increasing  Urbanization Causes Unemployment: AREU

August 18, 2011

>KABUL - An increasingly growing urbanization has boosted unemployment rate and caused disorder in cities in Afghanistan, a new research by AREU said. The research carried out by Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) said cities have been hit by a wave of rural and semi-rural settlers that could increase unemployment rate and mess up the lives of ...

Afghanistan Could Face the Fate of M.E.: Coalition

Afghanistan Could Face the Fate of M.E.: Coalition

August 17, 2011

KABUL - The coalition to support the law comprised of sitting lawmakers said on Tuesday that Karzai's lockstep to alter the parliament would make the country face the fate of Middle-Eastern countries.
A spokesman for the coalition to support the law, Abdul Latif Pedram, warned that any change in the parliament would be the beginning of an end to democracy.
The coalition stressed that if the president could unseat 17 lawmakers, he will extend that number ...

Pro-Karzai Parliamentary Group Set Up

Pro-Karzai Parliamentary Group Set Up

August 17, 2011

KABUL - A new group called "Reformists" has been created in the lower house of parliament in support of the special election court's verdict and President Hamid Karzai's decree. The coalition is said to have 106 members, including 33 who have parted ways with the Coalition to Support Enforcement of Law, a ...

Afghan Population Grows By 2.4pc Annually

Afghan Population Grows  By 2.4pc Annually

August 17, 2011

KABUL - Afghanistan's annual population growth rate stands at 2.4 percent, officials said on Tuesday, warning the population, if not controlled, could double over the next three decades. The Central Statistics Organization (CSO) puts Afghanistan's current population at about 26.5 million, which could increase to 34 million by ...

No Official Discussion of Taliban Inclusion in Bonn II: GMIC

No Official Discussion of Taliban Inclusion in Bonn II: GMIC

August 17, 2011

KABUL - Director of the Government Media and Information Centre (GMIC) on Tuesday said participation of the Taliban in forthcoming Bonn conference has not yet been discussed officially. The only way that Taliban could participate in the Bonn conference is that they become part of Afghan delegation, Director of GMIC Abdul ...

Karzai Trying to Dissolve Parliament: Behzad

Karzai Trying to Dissolve Parliament: Behzad

August 16, 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai may dissolve Parliament in an effort to stand for a third term, the second deputy speaker of Wolesi Jirga said on Monday. However, other lawmakers rejected the allegation as unfounded.
Addressing a news conference, Ahmad Behzad claimed having video and audio documents that showed Karzai wanted to dissolve the legislature and thereby pave the way for his re-election as president.
The Presidential Palace and all ministries were making ...

UN Pressing IEC to Unseat 17 Lawmakers: Report

UN Pressing IEC to Unseat 17 Lawmakers: Report

August 16, 2011

KABUL - The United Nations is suggesting a plan aimed at bringing an end to the current chaos between the legislative and executive branches and to avoid the country sinking into a constitutional crisis, McClatchy newspapers reported. Two international officials have said on condition of anonymity ...

Gov.t Can Invite Taliban to Bonn Conference: UK

Gov.t Can Invite Taliban to Bonn Conference: UK

August 16, 2011

KABUL - British Ambassador to Afghanistan Sir William Patey on Monday said that the Afghan government could invite Taliban fighters to the second Bonn conference, scheduled for December 5 in Germany. Considering progress in the peace talks with the Taliban fighters, Afghan government could make a decision about participation of Taliban ...

No Legal Solution to Resolve Election Standoff: FEFA

No Legal Solution to Resolve Election Standoff: FEFA

August 16, 2011

KABUL - There is no legal solution to bring an end to election turmoil, except if the Independent Election Commission (IEC) makes a decision that could convince protesting candidates, the Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) said on Monday. Afghanistan Civil Society Forum and FEFA said that Afghanistan is ...