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Afghans Step Up as U.S. Troops Withdraw: Karzai

Afghans Step Up as U.S. Troops  Withdraw: Karzai

June 27, 2011

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration's plan to withdraw some U.S. troops from Afghanistan is a welcome sign the country can start defending itself, President Hamid Karzai said in remarks aired on Sunday.
"The number of troops that he announced will be withdrawn this year and the rest next year is a sign that Afghanistan is taking over...

Disqualified MPs Have One Month to Appeal: SC

Disqualified  MPs Have One Month to Appeal: SC

June 27, 2011

KABUL - The Supreme Court (SC) on Sunday said lawmakers who were on Thursday disqualified in the wake of a special court's decision have one month time to challenge the verdict.
The special election tribunal, a panel of five judges, on Thursday disqualified 62 of the 249 members of the lower house on charges of fraud during last year's parliamentary election and announced new winners, who...

Pakistan Firing Missiles into Afghanistan: Karzai

Pakistan Firing  Missiles into  Afghanistan: Karzai

June 27, 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai accuses Pakistan of firing 470 rockets into two of its eastern border provinces in a three-week barrage.
Afghan security forces said Sunday that 36 people have died in the barrages, which hit civilians in areas where NATO forces have withdrawn. After the civilians fled, Pakistani Taliban came in and occupied the ...

Pak-Afghan-Iran Agree to Combat Terrorism

Pak-Afghan-Iran  Agree to Combat Terrorism

June 26, 2011

TEHRAN - The leaders of Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan agreed on Saturday to join forces in combating militancy as they attended a counter-terrorism summit.
The joint statement by the three neighboring presidents followed an announcement by US President Barack Obama that Washington will withdraw 33,000 of its 99,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of next summer. "All sides stressed their commitment to efforts aimed at eliminating extremism, militancy, terrorism...

World Ready to Welcome Surrendering Militants: Takachi

World Ready  to Welcome  Surrendering Militants: Takachi

June 26, 2011

RINKOT - Japan's ambassador to Afghanistan, RecheroTakachi, said the international community is ready to guarantee the security for Afghan militants willing to renounce violence and join the peace process. Takachiaddressed a gathering in Tirinkot, the capital of central Uruzgan province, along with Tadamichi Yamamoto, Japan's special representative for Afghanistan and...

Supreme Court Strikes Back at Parliament

Supreme Court Strikes Back at Parliament

June 26, 2011

KABUL - The Supreme Court on Saturday said Parliament has no authority to remove the chief justice and other apex court justices from office unless they are found guilty of professional misconduct.
Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of parliament, on Saturday passed a vote of no confidence against six of the nine Supreme Court...

Troop Cut Not to Affect US-Afghan Ties: Eikenberry

Troop Cut Not  to Affect US-Afghan  Ties: Eikenberry

June 26, 2011

KABUL - The withdrawal of 33,000 US troops from Afghanistan over the next two years would have no bad impact on the country security situation and would not end the relations between the two countries, the US ambassador said on Saturday.
In a Wednesday evening speech, US President Barack Obama announced a...

Disqualified MPs Warn of Protests

Disqualified  MPs Warn of Protests

June 26, 2011

KABUL - Lawmakers who were disqualified on Thursday by a special election court have threatened to launch a protest movement if they are unseated in light of the tribunal's verdict.
The special court was established by decree of President Hamid Karzai after widespread allegations of fraud surfaced in last year's parliamentary elections. The court ruled on Thursday that 62 lawmakers...

US Should Listen to Pakistan on Afghan Issue: Kerry

US Should Listen  to Pakistan on Afghan  Issue: Kerry

June 26, 2011

NEW YORK - Stressing the need for a political solution to the Afghan conflict through a regional diplomatic effort, Senator John Kerry said the U.S. should listen to both Pakistanis and Afghans to protect American interests. Opening a hearing on U.S. goals and progress in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said...

Special Court Disqualifies 62 MPs

Special Court  Disqualifies 62 MPs

June 25, 2011

KABUL - Wolesi Jirga secretary, his deputy and the acting speaker are among 62 lawmakers facing disqualification in the wake a special election tribunal's verdict, it was learnt on Friday.
Secretary Abdul Qadir Qalatwal, his deputy Mohammad Farhad Azeemi and the acting speaker, Mohammad Sarwar Usmani, have been declared as losing candidates and are likely to be unseated in line with the five-judge court's decision. A vote recount shows Qalatwal from southern Zabul province had obtained 519 votes during ...

New Opposition Alliance Underway

New Opposition Alliance Underway

June 25, 2011

Kabul: Three Strong political parties decided to form a new opposition alliance. Jamiate-e Islami, People's Unity Party of Afghanisatn (Wahdat) led by Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq and National Islamic Party of Afghanistan (Junbish) founded by Gen. Abdur Rashid Dostum decided to get around a new political alliance. The meeting was hosted ...

Obama Announces Two-Year Plan to Withdraw 33,000 Troops

Obama Announces Two-Year  Plan to Withdraw 33,000 Troops

June 25, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC – In a Wednesday evening speech, US President Barack Obama announced a plan to withdraw 33,000 US troops from Afghanistan over the next two years and completely hand over security to Afghan forces by 2014. He said that the US and its allies had largely achieved their objective of denying Al Qaeda a safe haven in Afghanistan. As a...

Afghan Drawdown Poses Risk: U.S. Military

Afghan  Drawdown  Poses Risk:  U.S. Military

June 25, 2011

WASHINGTON - U.S. military commanders distanced themselves on Thursday from President Barack Obama's timetable for withdrawing forces from Afghanistan, telling Congress they had sought a slower,...

Afghans Have to Defend Country: Karzai

Afghans  Have to Defend Country: Karzai

June 25, 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai, welcoming US President Barack Obama’s announcement that he would pull 33,000 US troops from Afghanistan over the next two years, on Thursday said it would be up to ...

Parliament Summons AG, CJ

Parliament Summons AG, CJ

June 23, 2011

KABUL - A majority of the Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of parliament, voted on Wednesday to summon the Attorney General (AG) over his involvement with a special election court.
The court – which some members of parliament contend is unconstitutional – is expected to a deliver a verdict within days on the conduct of September's disputed parliamentary election. The verdict could cast doubt on the legitimacy ...

800 Militants Killed in 3 Months: Azimi

800 Militants Killed  in 3 Months: Azimi

June 23, 2011

KABUL - The Ministry of Defence on Wednesday announced more than 800 militants have been killed across the country over the past three months. During the period, 68 Afghan National Army (ANA) were killed, Maj. Gen. Zahir Azimi, the ministry spokesman, said told a press conference in Kabul. He said 800 militants were killed and another 1710 injured during...

80,000 People Face Landmine Danger in Western Zone

80,000 People Face Landmine Danger in Western Zone

June 23, 2011

HERAT CITY - More than 80,000 people in the western provinces are vulnerable to landmines, a demining coordination centre announced on Wednesday.
The Mine Action Coordination Centre for Afghanistan (MACA) said Wednesday that the residents of 140 villages in the provinces of Farah, Herat, Ghor and Badghis were still at risk, despite...

Reintegration, not Impunity for Criminal Acts: Usackas

Reintegration, not Impunity  for Criminal Acts: Usackas

June 22, 2011

KABUL - The solution to the conflict in Afghanistan has to be political, said Head of the European Union Delegation to Afghanistan and EU Special Representative, Ambassador Vygaudas Usackas. The peace process must foster sustainable peace within the country. Therefore every Afghan needs to be involved in ending the conflict and building a better future for themselves, he told Afghan academics on Tuesday while addressing the "Perspectives on Reconciliation and ...

Insecurity Hurdles Investment in Afghanistan: EU Commissioner

Insecurity Hurdles Investment  in Afghanistan: EU Commissioner

June 22, 2011

security is the biggest challenge hurting the chances of foreign investments in Afghanistan, a EU commissioner said on Tuesday.
European Union Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs on Sunday visited Afghanistan and expressed grave concern about security situation in the country.
Commissioner Piebalgs said the issue of security in Afghanistan should be taken

MoLSA Appreciates Etisalat for Investing in the Human Capital of Afghanistan

MoLSA Appreciates Etisalat for Investing  in the Human Capital of Afghanistan

June 22, 2011

KABUL -Minister for Labor & Social Affairs (MLSA), Mrs. Amina Afzali, on Tuesday appreciated the efforts and resolve of Etisalat Afghanistan for investing and partnering in the development of human capital of the country. Mrs. Afzali along with her team from the Ministry comprising of Chief of Staff, Ahmad Sidiq Dilear, General...

Domestic Concerns will Affect Afghan Move: Gates

Domestic Concerns will Affect Afghan Move: Gates

June 22, 2011

SHINGTON –Outgoing US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday President Barack Obama will have to incorporate domestic concerns about the war in Afghanistan into his decision on drawing down American troops there.

Peace in Afghanistan A Long Way Off: Australian DM

Peace in  Afghanistan A Long Way Off: Australian DM

June 22, 2011

CANBERRA - Australian Defense Minister Stephen Smith on Monday said peace in Afghanistan still remains a long way off.
Smith said he believes the war in Afghanistan would only end with political settlement rather than military victory.

Ties with IMF Severed: Zakhilwal

Ties with IMF Severed: Zakhilwal

June 21, 2011

KABUL - Finance minister, Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal, on Monday said the government had severed its relations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for stopping a $70 million payment after the near collapse of nation's largest private bank. The relations were cut off after the financial institution presented "politically motivated" conditions to resolve the bank problem, the minister told reporters in Kabul.
Trouble surfaced last year, as the public discovered that the bank made hundreds of millions of dollars in questionable...

Obama’s Decision Time on Afghanistan Nears

Obama’s Decision Time on Afghanistan Nears

June 21, 2011

WASHINGTON - It's decision time for President Obama on Afghanistan. Most likely, the decision is already made, and here's what it will look like. The US president will order the withdrawal of up to 15,000 troops by next January, and then the rest of the December 2009 "surge" will be pulled out by late 2012, in advance of the election here. That will give Obama political space to argue to antiwar...

Parliament Further Delays Recess

Parliament Further Delays Recess

June 21, 2011

KABUL - Parliament on Monday announced a further 15-day delay in its summer recess, hoping that in that time, President Hamid Karzai would submit his nominations for cabinet and heads of independent organisations. The announcement came as lawmakers maintained their tenth consecutive day of silence in the"" Wolesi Jirga chamber, in protest of Karzai's failure to send the list of nominees to...

MTN Mobile Clinic Treats 300 Patients

MTN Mobile Clinic Treats 300 Patients

June 21, 2011

Kabul – MTN Mobile Clinic visited (Shewaki, Charkhab, Pul-e-Sangee, Qala-e-Jarnel and Hussain Khel) areas in Bagrami district of Kabul province and treated around 300 patients for free in this week.
MTN Mobile Clinic doctors provided free health consultation to the residents of the mentioned areas including info about personal hygiene...

MPs Mixed Over Election Court’s Upcoming Verdict

MPs Mixed Over Election Court’s Upcoming Verdict

June 21, 2011

KABUL - >Wolesi Jirga members on Monday said they would not accept any decision by the special election tribunal, which in two days is due to hand down its verdict on election fraud allegations stemming from last year’s parliamentary election. Meanwhile, other MPs said they would back the panel. The special election court, a panel of five judges, is tasked with investigating thousands of complaints about massive irregularities in...

Alako Under Fire in Parliament

Alako Under Fire in Parliament

June 20, 2011

KABUL - Parliamentarians on Sunday strongly criticised the country's leading prosecutor for issuing a letter that says MPs who failed to appear in the house for more than 20 days should be "dismissed."
A lack of quorum in lower house of the parliament is seen persisting over the past many months. A lawmaker from western Farah province, Mohammad Sarwar Usmani, claimed the letter was read out to him during a television program on Saturday night. "The letter says if a parliamentarian does not...

Gates Downplays U.S. Troop Cuts in Afghanistan

Gates Downplays U.S. Troop Cuts in Afghanistan

June 20, 2011

WASHINGTON - Outgoing US Defense Secretary Robert Gates acknowledged on Sunday that the U.S. State Department is in direct talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan, but cautioned that troop drawdowns in the decade-long war will be modest at most in 2011. Speaking on CNN's "State of the Union," Gates said U.S....

MPs Propose Another Way of Protest

MPs Propose Another  Way of Protest

June 20, 2011

KABUL - As their protest entered its eighth day, some parliamentarians on Sunday predicted that their vow of silence would prove futile.
Lawmakers have maintained silence in the Wolesi Jirga chamber in protest of Karzai's failure to honor his promise to quickly submit a list of nominations for vacant cabinet seats and heads...

Vahidi Slams U.S. Military Presence in Afghanistan

Vahidi Slams U.S. Military Presence in Afghanistan

June 20, 2011

TEHRAN - Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said that the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan has contributed to more instability in the country rather than leading to peace and security, the English language satellite Press TV reported on Sunday. "The presence of Americans in every part of the world has not...

EU Commissioner Calls for More Efforts to Improve Afghans Life

EU Commissioner  Calls for More Efforts  to Improve Afghans Life

June 20, 2011

KABUL - European Union Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs arrived Sunday in Afghanistan, for a visit designed to discuss the next steps of EU cooperation with the country. Commissioner Piebalgs, accompanied by Ambassador Vygaudas Usackas, Head of the EU Delegation to Afghanistan and EU Special Representative, Ghani Ghuriani, Deputy...

Eikenberry Rebuts Afghan Criticisms

Eikenberry Rebuts  Afghan Criticisms

June 20, 2011

HERAT - President Hamid Karzai was given a strong rebuke about mounting anti-U.S. sentiment Sunday by U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry in Herat.
Speaking to 200 students and faculty at Herat University, Eikenberry never used Karzai's name, but referred to remarks the president has made in recent weeks, The New York Times...

9 Killed, 12 Hurt in Kabul Gun Battle

9 Killed, 12 Hurt in Kabul Gun Battle

June 19, 2011

KABUL - Kabul gun battle that lasted for about two hours on Saturday afternoon took the lives of 9 people, including two policemen while 12 others were wounded in the attack, security officials say.
Afghan security officials confirmed civilian casualties in the incident. The incident took place after a police station in the heart of Kabul came under attack by Four suicide bombers wearing military uniforms.
"One bomber blew himself up at the gate to pave the way for the others to enter, and a second one was shot ...

Armed Kuchis Burn 26 Villages, Kill 5 in Ghazni

Armed Kuchis Burn 26  Villages, Kill 5 in Ghazni

June 19, 2011

Hundreds of armed Kuchis (nomads) attacked Nahur district of Ghazni Province on Saturday, looting and burning down 26 villages and killing five people. According to victims and people of the area, they were ambushed suddenly at night by armed Kuchis, and residents of tens of villages in Nahur fled the area. Government officials have confirmed only one dead body in...