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Pakistan will Back Any Afghan-Led Peace Process: Gilani

Pakistan will Back Any  Afghan-Led Peace Process: Gilani

Febraury 06, 2012

KABUL - Pakistan desires a stable Afghanistan and will back any Afghan-led peace process, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Sunday said, on the eve of his visit to Qatar for talks on the reconciliation process in the neighboring war-torn country.
"Pakistan has only one view — we want a stable Afghanistan. It ...

Taliban Deny Mullah Omar Wrote to White House

Taliban Deny  Mullah Omar Wrote  to White House

Febraury 06, 2012

KABUL - The Afghan Taliban denied on Saturday that the group's leader Mullah Omar wrote to the White House last year. The White House received a letter in 2011 which purported to come directly from Mullah Omar, asking the United States to deliver prisoners whose transfer is now central to American efforts to broker ...

Pak Has No Secret Afghan Plans: Khar

Pak Has No Secret  Afghan Plans: Khar

Febraury 02, 2012

KABUL - Pakistani Foreign Minister Hinna Rabbani Khar on Wednesday said that her country preferred a stable Afghanistan.
Speaking at a press conference in Kabul Pakistani FM stressed that Pakistan will respect the sovereignty and independence of Afghanistan.
She emphasized that good relations between Islamabad and Kabul will bring stability in the region.
"Pakistan stands for Afghanistan's unity," Mrs Khar said. "We have got any threat to Afghanistan's unity and integrity is a ...

Gilani Backs Afghan-Owned Peace Parleys

Gilani Backs  Afghan-Owned Peace Parleys

Febraury 02, 2012

ISLAMABAD - Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has said peace in Afghanistan is critical for security in the country, saying an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation process remains his government's priority.
Speaking to a delegation of Afghan Senators led by Fazal-i-Hadi ...

50pc of US Aid to Be Used in 2 Years: Zakhilwal

50pc of US Aid to Be  Used in 2 Years: Zakhilwal

Febraury 02, 2012

KABUL - Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal on Wednesday signed an agreement with the the United States Agency for International Development on using 50 percent of American aid within two years by the Afghan government, an official said.
Until the next solar year, starting on March 21, Afghanistan would ...

Drug Traffickers will Be Prosecuted: Patey

Drug Traffickers will  Be Prosecuted: Patey

Febraury 02, 2012

KABUL - The British Ambassador to Afghanistan, William Patey, on Wednesday warned that the drug traffickers will face prosecution.
While visiting the Counter Narcotics Justice Centre he said that his country will fully co-operate with counter narcotics in Afghanistan.
London is committed to fight drug cultivation and production in ...

US Determined to Encourage Afghan Dialogue: Grossman

US Determined to Encourage  Afghan Dialogue: Grossman

Febraury 02, 2012

WASHINGTON - The U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Marc Grossman, says the United States is using "all of its contacts in the region" in order to get Afghans talking to Afghans.
In an interview with VOA's Urdu Service Tuesday, Grossman did not confirm that the U.S. government is talking to the Taliban at this ...

Karzai, Khar Call for Joint Peace Efforts

Karzai, Khar Call for Joint Peace Efforts

Febraury 02, 2012

KABUL - Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar on Wednesday said her visit to Kabul was aimed at enhancing bilateral goodwill and all-round cooperation.
At a meeting after her arrival in Kabul, she discussed with President Hamid Karzai the ongoing peace process and threat posed to the neighboring countries by ...

Taliban Deny Plan for Saudi Talks with Afghan Govt.

Taliban Deny Plan  for Saudi Talks with Afghan Govt.

Febraury 02, 2012

KABUL - The Taliban militia leading a 10-year insurgency in Afghanistan on Wednesday denied that they would soon hold talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai's government in Saudi Arabia.
"There is no truth in these published reports saying that the delegation of the Islamic Emirate would meet with representatives of ...

Zakhilwal Spurn MPs Accusations

Zakhilwal Spurn MPs  Accusations

Febraury 02, 2012

KABUL - Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal, rejecting accusations by some Wolesi Jirga members, said on Wednesday no irresponsible changes had been made in the current year's budget.
On Monday, some lawmakers said the Ministry of Finance had irresponsibly brought changes to the budget, calling for the minister ...

Pakistan Spy Service Still Aiding Taliban in Afghan War: NATO

Pakistan Spy Service  Still Aiding Taliban in  Afghan War: NATO

Febraury 02, 2012

ISLAMABAD - A leaked NATO report includes claims that the Taliban is poised to reclaim control of Afghanistan despite a decade-long effort by Western forces to defeat the Islamic militants, and asserts that the Taliban continues to work closely with Pakistan's spy service, British news organizations ...

SAARC to Open Liquidity Swap Window Next Year

SAARC to Open Liquidity Swap Window Next Year

Febraury 01, 2012

KABUL - South Asian Association for Economic Cooperation (SAARC) finance ministers have agreed on opening a liquidity-swap window to support member countries in times of global recession.
The agreement on liquidity swap -- a kind of currency exchange used by a country's central bank to provide liquidity to another central bank -- came at a meeting of SAARC ministers in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.
Bangladesh Finance Minister AMA Muhith ...

8 in 10 Afghans Think Police Weak: UN

8 in 10 Afghans Think Police Weak: UN

Febraury 01, 2012

KABUL - Eight in 10 Afghans do not believe their police force is ready to take charge of law and order, a United Nations report showed Tuesday, underscoring worries about the pace of transition to Afghan security control.
While many Afghans say they think crime has decreased, citizens are still worried about ...

Kabul Rules Out Separate Talks with Taliban

Kabul Rules  Out Separate Talks with Taliban

Febraury 01, 2012

KABUL - The Afghan government on Tuesday rejected reports that it was going to launch separate peace talks with Taliban fighters in Saudi Arabia.
On Monday, some media reports said the Karzai administration was planning to offer the olive branch to insurgent leaders in Saudi ...

Eikenberry Assesses U.S. Role in Afghanistan

Eikenberry Assesses  U.S. Role in Afghanistan

Febraury 01, 2012

WASHINGTON - We've done a lot there. We haven't done it all well, but we should be proud of what we have done," former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl W. Eikenberry M.A. '94 said during his closing assessment of the United States' role in Afghanistan. Eikenberry spoke to approximately 140 attendees about the transition to ...

Peace in Afghanistan Critical for Pakistan: Gilani

Peace in Afghanistan  Critical for Pakistan: Gilani

Febraury 01, 2012

ISLAMABAD – Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday said peace in Afghanistan was critical for the peace and security in Pakistan. He said Pakistan always supported Afghan President Hamid Karzai's peace efforts and would continue favor an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned process of ...

Obama Confirms Drone Operation in Pakistan

Obama Confirms Drone Operation in Pakistan

Febraury 01, 2012

KABUL - The US President Barack Obama confirmed that US drones have struck Taliban and Al-Qaeda targets within Pakistan -- operations that until now had not been officially acknowledged, reports said.
"For the most part, they've been very precise precision strikes against al-Qaeda and their affiliates, and we're very careful in terms ...

Rasmussen: NATO Sticks to Transition Roadmap in Afghanistan

Rasmussen: NATO Sticks to Transition Roadmap in Afghanistan

January 31, 2012

KABUL - NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Monday the military alliance was sticking to the transition plan in Afghanistan mapped out in 2010, despite French proposals to speed up NATO's handover of security to Afghan forces, Xinhua reported.
"We stick to the roadmap that was outlined at the NATO summit in Libson in November 2010. According to which, we will gradually handover lead responsibility to the Afghans. A process that has been started and ...

Afghanistan, Iran Sign Economic Cooperation Pact

Afghanistan,  Iran Sign Economic Cooperation Pact

January 31, 2012

KABUL - Afghanistan and Iran have signed an economic cooperation agreement at the end of the second meeting of the Afghan-Iran economic committee, officials said.
Afghan Ministry of Finance said on Monday that Afghanistan and Iran have also agreed to form joint committees to solve trade and transit ...

Taliban Refuse Ceasefire Before Prisoners are Released

Taliban Refuse Ceasefire  Before Prisoners are Released

January 31, 2012

KABUL - The Taliban have refused US demands for a ceasefire before the release of Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo. Reports said that the US had pledged to transfer important Taliban figures from Guantanamo Bay to Qatar but now they are insisting on a ceasefire first.
The development comes as the BBC reports the Afghan government is ...

WJ Summons Finance Minister

WJ Summons Finance Minister

January 31, 2012

KABUL - Members of Parliament (MPs) on Monday called for summoning several ministers over their failure to spend even 50 percent of their development budget for the last fiscal year.
Wolesi Jirga members issued the call when a final report on last year's budget spending was presented to ...

Trainers to Stay in Afghanistan Until 2014: Canadian DM

Trainers to Stay in Afghanistan Until 2014: Canadian DM

January 31, 2012

OTTAWA - Canada intends to keep military trainers in Afghanistan until 2014, according to Defense Minister Peter MacKay, despite France's announcement last week that it would bring home all its troops a year earlier than planned in 2013.
The controversial French decision, which threatens to divide NATO ...

Mohaqiq Skeptical of Taliban Peace

Mohaqiq Skeptical  of Taliban Peace

January 31, 2012

KABUL - Skepticism is growing inside Afghanistan's ethnic communities that a peace deal can be struck with the Taliban, under whose rule they were brutalized and persecuted, with many fearing a return to civil war, a prominent Hazara leader said.
Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq said he was deeply worried about NATO plans to ...

Daud Ali Najafi: Radar System Installed to Ensure Air Traffic Safely

Daud Ali Najafi: Radar System Installed to  Ensure Air Traffic Safely

January 30, 2012

KABUL - A new radar system, a 20 million euros project, was installed at the Kabul International Airport to ensure the safety of air traffic, a senior official said on Sunday.
A joint venture of Germany and Australia, the radar called "Amlat" would help ensure airspace safety, the acting transport and civil aviation minister, Daud Ali Najafi, told a news conference. The system has 30 antennas installed across the country, with the main control center in Kabul and an amplifier system in ...

Karzai ‘Plans Talks with Taliban’

Karzai ‘Plans  Talks with Taliban’

January 30, 2012

KABUL – President Hamid Karzai is planning to meet the Taliban in Saudi Arabia in an attempt to jump-start peace talks, the BBC has learned.
The landmark meeting will come in the coming weeks, before the establishment of a Taliban office in Qatar, according to Western and ...

MTN Mobile Clinic Offered Free Consultation and Medicines

MTN Mobile Clinic Offered  Free Consultation and Medicines

January 30, 2012

KABUL - MTN mobile clinic visited Nangarhar province and treated around 775 patients for free.
The people appreciated this humane act of MTN Foundation and ask for other organization to run such social projects too.
Mobile clinic doctors provided free health consultation to the ...

Afghan Withdrawal Must Be Carefully Phased: Britain

Afghan Withdrawal Must Be Carefully Phased: Britain

January 30, 2012

LONDON - Foreign troops must carefully phase their withdrawal from Afghanistan ahead of an end-2014 deadline, British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Saturday, after France suggested giving Afghan forces full responsibility for security in 2013.
"I don't want to see some sort of cliff edge in 2014 when all of ...

Khar to Visit Kabul for Talks on Taliban

Khar to Visit Kabul for Talks on Taliban

January 30, 2012

KABUL - Pakistan and Afghanistan will open a new phase of cooperation over the Taliban insurgency with the visit of Islamabad's foreign minister this week, an official said Sunday.
Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar will visit Kabul on Wednesday, Afghan foreign ministry spokesman Janan Mosazai told a news ...

Peace Talks Must be Led by Afghans: Senate

Peace Talks Must be  Led by Afghans: Senate

January 30, 2012

KABUL - A number Meshrano Jirga (Senate) members, echoing President Hamid Karzai's position, on Sunday stressed peace talks with militants must be led by Afghans.
On the sidelines of the second Bonn conference, the US, Germany and Qatar agreed to set up a Taliban office in Qatar, a move supported by ...

Afghanistan, UN Appeal for $437 Mln in Aid

Afghanistan, UN  Appeal for $437 Mln in Aid

January 29, 2012

KABUL - The Afghan government and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Saturday appealed for $437 million to help needy Afghans.
The UN said 8.8 million Afghans would be in need of humanitarian assistance in 2012. Over 187,000 people were displaced in 2011, Xinhua reported.
UN humanitarian coordinator Michael Keating made the appeal at a joint press conference with Afghan ...

US, NATO Consulted on Early French Pullout

US, NATO  Consulted on Early French Pullout

January 29, 2012

WASHINGTON - The United States and its NATO allies were consulted on the latest French decision to withdraw combat troops from Afghanistan in 2013, the Obama administration said on Friday.
"This timetable was worked through, both with the Afghans and with NATO, as part of our collective process of transferring increasing ...

Taliban’s Qatar Office Not Yet Officially Opened: Peace Council

Taliban’s Qatar Office Not Yet  Officially Opened: Peace Council

January 29, 2012

KABUL - No Taliban office has officially been opened in Qatar, Afghan High Peace Council officials said on Saturday.
A key official at the High Peace Council, Masood Stanekzai, told TOLOnews in an exclusive interview that talks are still going on about conditions to open an office for the Taliban in ...

Karzai, Cameron Pledge to Work Toward Afghan Future

Karzai, Cameron Pledge to Work Toward Afghan Future

January 29, 2012

LONDON - President Hamid Karzai and Prime Minister David Cameron pledged to work toward lasting stability in Afghanistan in talks Saturday in the United Kingdom.
The pair signed a long-term agreement on the future of Afghanistan, as they met at Cameron's official country residence, Chequers.
"The United Kingdom and Afghanistan have a strong relationship ...

Top Army General Backs Plan to Cut 80,000 Troops

Top Army General Backs Plan to Cut 80,000 Troops

January 29, 2012

WASHINGTON - The US Army's top general on Friday endorsed plans to reduce the size of his force by 80,000 soldiers over the next six years, pledging a steady drawdown that would take care of troops and their families rather than "running our nation's Army off a cliff."
General Ray Odierno, the Army chief of staff, said ...

Strategic Cooperation Pact Inked with Italy

Strategic Cooperation Pact Inked with Italy

January 28, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai, during his visit to European countries, signed a strategic partnership agreement with Italy, his office said on Friday.
Karzai left Kabul for the United Kingdom on a five-day trip on Tuesday. He is also to ink a strategic partnership agreement on long-term cooperation with France.
The Presidential Palace said the Italian government would support Afghanistan beyond 2014 after the ...