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ISI Behind Rabbani Assassination: Mohammadi

ISI Behind Rabbani  Assassination: Mohammadi

October 02, 2011

KABUL - Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence ('ISI) agency was directly involved in the assassination of ex-president Burhanuddin Rabbani, Afghan Interior Minister claimed on Saturday.
The High Peace Council chief was assassinated on September 20 as a result of a suicide attack on his house in the high-security Wazir Akbar Khan diplomatic district of Kabul.
Wolesi Jirga summoned Defense Minister Gen. Abdul Rahim Wardak, Interior Minister Bismillah Mohammadi and National ...

Afghans Drop Three-Way Peace Bid

Afghans Drop Three-Way  Peace Bid

October 02, 2011

KABUL - Afghanistan plans to suspend an effort to work with Pakistan and the U.S. to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table, Afghan officials said, taking a tougher line with Pakistan after last week's assassination of Kabul's top peace negotiator.
Senior U.S., Pakistani and Afghan officials had been set to meet in ...

Norway to Host Meeting to Discuss Afghanistan, Regional Co-Operation

Norway to Host Meeting to Discuss  Afghanistan, Regional  Co-Operation

October 02, 2011

KABUL - Norway has gathered representatives from India, Iran, Pakistan, China and the US to talk about the situation in Afghanistan, a Norwegian newspaper reported.
About 20 diplomats will meet in Oslo on Friday, the newspaper said.
France, Britain and countries neighboring Afghanistan will also attend ...

President Karzai Meets Jihadi Leaders

President  Karzai Meets Jihadi Leaders

October 02, 2011

KABUL - Jihadi Leaders advised Karzai to start his negotiation with Pakistan.
President Karzai met Afghanistan Jihadi Leaders and some political figures yesterday in the Presidential Palace. They exchanged ideas about the present security situation of Afghanistan and strategic ...

14 Provinces Threatened By Drought: Khalili

14 Provinces Threatened By Drought: Khalili

October 02, 2011

KABUL - A severe drought is threatening 14 provinces of Afghanistan's 34 provinces and Kabul needs 6.8 trillion Afghanis in assistance to deal with the situation, a senior official said on Saturday.
Balkh, Samangan, Takhar, Herat, Badghis, Ghor, Sari-i-Pul, Faryab, Jawzjan, Baghlan, Kunduz, Badakhshan, Bamyan, Daikundi are under ...

Rabbani Murder Plotted in Quetta: NDS

Rabbani Murder Plotted  in Quetta: NDS

October 02, 2011

KABUL - The mastermind behind former President Burhanuddin Rabbani's assassination was detained and some documents were recovered from him, the spy service announced on Saturday.
The ex-chairman of the High Peace Council was killed on Sept. 20 as a result of a suicide attack at his house in the high-security Wazir Akbar Khan diplomatic ...

US to Withdraw 33,000 Troops By Next Year

US to Withdraw 33,000 Troops By Next Year

October 02, 2011

WASHINGTON - His administration has succeeded in reversing Taliban's momentum, US President Barack Obama has said, hinting at the withdrawal of 33,000 troops from Afghanistan by next year.
"We have seen great progress in our fight against Al Qaeda; we have reversed the Taliban's momentum and we continue to see progress in ...

Karzai Suggests Talks with Pakistan Instead of Taliban

Karzai Suggests Talks with Pakistan Instead of Taliban

October 01, 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai taking a swipe at neighboring Pakistan, said it was clear the Taliban leadership was not independent enough to make its own decisions about how it conducted the war, and suggested talks with Islamabad instead.
President Hamid Karzai, long a staunch advocate of peace talks with the Taliban, on Wednesday questioned whether the insurgent group was able to seek a political settlement and blamed Pakistan for fomenting instability. "During our three-year efforts for ...

France to Start Gradual Afghan Withdrawal

France to Start Gradual Afghan Withdrawal

October 01, 2011

PARIS - Sarkozy said troops sent for reinforcement would start returning in a time frame similar to the U.S. force withdrawal. President Barack Obama said Wednesday the United States would pull out 33,000 troops by late 2012.
Sarkozy's office said after he spoke to Obama by telephone "France will begin a gradual withdrawal of reinforcement troops sent to ...

Pakistan to Expand Ties with Afghanistan

Pakistan to  Expand Ties  with Afghanistan

October 01, 2011

ISLAMABAD - In an effort to eliminate militancy and bring peace to the region, Pakistan's top political and military leaders have vowed to boost relations with Afghanistan.
"On a priority basis, we need to further enhance our brotherly bilateral relations with Afghanistan at government-to-government, institution-to-institution and people-to-people levels," they ...

India Warns against Troop Withdrawal in Afghanistan

India Warns against Troop Withdrawal in Afghanistan

October 01, 2011

KABUL - Expressing concern over the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan, India warned against any "hurry" in withdrawing troops from the country, saying such a move should be done keeping in mind the ground realities and not just to meet any deadline.
"For peace, stability and security in Afghanistan, it is ...

UNSC Members Back Afghan Peace Drive

UNSC Members Back  Afghan Peace Drive

October 01, 2011

WASHINGTON - The road to peace is never smooth, members of the United Nations Security Council said, vowing not be deterred by the recent assassination of the former Afghan president Burhanuddin Rabbani.
At a special Security Council briefing on Afghanistan, members ...

NATO Denies Security Worsening in Afghanistan

NATO Denies Security  Worsening in Afghanistan

October 01, 2011

KABUL - The NATO-led international force in Afghanistan has denied that the security situation is deteriorating, after the United Nations reported a rise in incidents.
The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) late Thursday said that 'enemy-initiated attacks are 2 per cent lower' in the first eight ...

Pak, US Need to Work as Partners in Afghanistan: Khar

Pak, US Need to Work as Partners in Afghanistan: Khar

October 01, 2011

KABUL - Pakistan and the US need to work as "responsible partners" in Afghanistan's peace process and the three nations should not question each other's intention, Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabani Khar has said. Khar, in her address to the 66th session of the UN General Assembly, said Pakistan is firmly committed to ...

Govt. Asked to Accept Woman MP’s Peace Plan

Govt. Asked to Accept Woman MP’s Peace Plan

October 01, 2011

KABUL - Almost 200 people staged a protest in Kabul on Thursday, demanding that a peace process, proposed by a woman member of the Wolesi Jirga, be implemented forthwith.
On July 14, MP Huma Sultani told a press conference that she had prepared an outline of reconciliation that was presented to Taliban ...

Iran’s Participation in Confab on Afghanistan is Important: Rassoul

Iran’s Participation in Confab on  Afghanistan is Important: Rassoul

October 01, 2011

KABUL - The participation of Iran in the international conference on Afghanistan is important and will bring a constructive spirit to the occasion, Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmay Rassoul said when inviting in New York his Iranian counterpart Ali Akbar Salehi to attend the event, the Iranian Foreign Ministry's official website ...

Pak Supports Haqqani to Nullify Indian Threat: Musharraf

Pak Supports Haqqani to  Nullify Indian Threat: Musharraf

October 01, 2011

LODON - Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has suggested that his country allows the Haqqani network to operate on its soil to stop India from creating an anti-Pakistan Afghanistan.
"If I was in government I would certainly be thinking how best to defend Pakistan's interests," Musharraf told The Daily ...

Partnership with Pakistan Hard to Revive: Mullen

Partnership with Pakistan Hard to Revive: Mullen

September 29, 2011

KABUL - The partnership approach between Washington and Islamabad would be hard to revive in the wake of recent attacks on American interests, US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen said on Wednesday.
The US would remain firm in its approach toward Pakistan and the war on terrorism, warned Mullen, who accused the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of providing logistic support to the Haqqani network ...

Pak Speaker Calls for Joint Front Against Terror

Pak Speaker Calls for Joint Front Against Terror

September 29, 2011

KABUL - Pakistan's National Assembly speaker on Wednesday condoled with her Afghan counterpart the assassination of former president Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani.
Dr. Fehmida Mirza, in a letter addressed to Wolesi Jirga Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, conveyed deepest condolences of the people and Parliament ...

Ban Reiterates UN Commitment to Afghanistan

Ban Reiterates UN  Commitment to Afghanistan

September 29, 2011

WASHINGTON - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met visiting Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul and reiterated the world body's commitment to Afghanistan.
Ban renewed the commitment of the United Nations to assist the people of Afghanistan during talks with the minister in New York, a UN ...

US to Designate Haqqanis as Terror Network

US to Designate  Haqqanis as Terror Network

September 29, 2011

WASHINGTON - The United States is working to designate the Haqqani network as a "terrorist organization", a State Department official said on Tuesday. A sizeable number of the Haqqani kingpins had been individually designated as terrorists, but US officials were considering the issue ...

Kabul Seeks $598m to Cope with Drought, Emergencies

Kabul Seeks $598m to Cope with Drought, Emergencies

September 29, 2011

KABUL - The Afghan government would ask the international community for $598 million (29.3 trillion afghanis) to cope with draught and emergency situations, the agriculture minister informed the Wolesi Jirga on Wednesday. Mohammad Asif Rahimi said the Afghanistan National Disaster ...

US Needs Pakistan to Change Behaviour Now: Khalilzad

US Needs Pakistan to Change Behaviour Now: Khalilzad

September 29, 2011

KABUL - Continued support of Pakistan to the Taliban and other extremists could end up with a strategic blow to the United States and "Washington needs Islamabad to change its behavior and ...

US Promises Not to Leave Afghanistan Alone

US Promises Not to  Leave Afghanistan Alone

September 29, 2011

WASHINGTON - The US and the international community can no longer afford to commit their past mistake of neglecting Afghanistan after the Soviet defeat, a top Obama administration official said on ...

UK, UAE Troops to Stay in Afghanistan Beyond 2014

UK, UAE Troops to Stay  in Afghanistan Beyond 2014

September 29, 2011

KABUL - Troops from Britain and the United Arab Emirates may stay in Afghanistan after 2014 to support local forces, a senior UK defense official said yesterday.
International combat troops are scheduled to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014 and transfer the responsibility for providing security to the Afghan National Security ...

Drugs Worth $350 Million Destroyed

Drugs Worth  $350 Million Destroyed

September 29, 2011

KABUL - Afghan and U.S.-led coalition troops have destroyed drugs worth more than $350 million and three drug laboratories in southern Afghanistan. NATO said Wednesday the narcotics seizure may be the largest ever made in Afghanistan. Acting on intelligence, the troops targeted an area of Baghran district in the southern Helmand province on Monday that ...

51pc of Aid Spent on Security Forces

51pc of Aid Spent  on Security Forces

September 28, 2011

KABUL - Of the $69 billion (3.3 trillion Afghanis) pledged in aid by the international community, the Afghan government has received and spent $57 billion over the past decade, the minister of economy said on Tuesday.
Fifty-one percent of the foreign aid was spent on the security sector and the rest on agriculture, rural rehabilitation and development, infrastructure, health, education and good governance, Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal said. Releasing the annual report ...

Afghan Forces Making Progress: NATO Official

Afghan Forces Making Progress: NATO Official

September 28, 2011

WASHINGTON - More US military trainers are being sent to Afghanistan, a top Pentagon official said, commending the progress made by Afghan security forces."We're going to do an uplift of about 800 people by next March that will better help us start getting at some of these specialty skills now that really are very ...

Afghanistan Less Deadly Than Iraq

Afghanistan Less Deadly Than Iraq

September 28, 2011

WASHINGTON - The war in Afghanistan is far less deadly than the one in Iraq. In Afghanistan, war related deaths are still running at the rate of 40 per 100,000 Afghans (about 12,000 dead a year). At its peak, four years ago, that rate in Iraq was three times that and most of the dead were civilians killed by Iraqi terrorists. Fewer of the Afghan ...

IMF to Consider Fresh Fund Request for Afghanistan

IMF to Consider Fresh Fund Request for Afghanistan

September 28, 2011

WASHINGTON - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said that its executive board would soon take into account the request for a fresh financial assistance for Afghanistan.
However, before the new economic program could be considered by the IMF Executive Board, Afghanistan needs to carry out certain actions ...

Trade Agreement Signed with Kazakhstan

Trade Agreement Signed with Kazakhstan

September 28, 2011

KABUL - An agreement was signed on Tuesday between the Afghan Commerce and Industries Ministry and Kazakhstan' Emergency Situation Ministry on expanding trade ties between the two countries, an official said.
Wheat and flour would be imported in large quantity to Afghanistan under the agreement, Minister of Commerce and Industries Anwar-ul-Haq ...

Fifth Annual Congress of AFSOG Held in Kabul

Fifth Annual  Congress of AFSOG Held in Kabul

September 28, 2011

KABUL - Fifth annual congress of Afghan Society of Obstetrician and Gynecologist (AFSOG) was Held here in Kabul on Tuesday by participation of Dr. Suraya Dalil, Acting Minister of Public Health (MoPH) Dr. Sima Samar, Chairperson of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), representatives of MoPH's Health partners and ...

IMF Calls for Continued Aid to Afghanistan

IMF Calls for Continued  Aid to Afghanistan

September 27, 2011

KABUL - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has urged donors to continue extending assistance to Afghanistan, a Ministry of Finance (MoF) official said on Monday.
The call came at the annual IMF-World Bank meeting in Washington, MoF spokesman Aziz Shams told Pajhwok Afghan News. The finance minister represented Afghanistan at the three-day meeting.
Last year, the Fund asked the Karzai government to pressure Parliament to pass a $83 million bailout package for ...

Pak Ambassador Summoned Over Rocket Attacks

Pak Ambassador Summoned Over Rocket Attacks

September 27, 2011

KABUL - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Pakistan's ambassador to Afghanistan on Monday over recent artillery shelling into the country's eastern provinces.
Ambassador Mohammad Sadiq was told to ask his government to immediately stop the shelling, a statement from the ministry said.
The Pakistani Army has fired more than 340 rockets ...

Herat Revenue Soars By 45pc

Herat Revenue Soars By 45pc

September 27, 2011

HERAT - The revenue of western Herat province reached more than 10 billion Afghanis ($205 million) over the last six months, showing a 45 percent increase compared to the corresponding period last year, an official said on Monday.
The provincial government's income during the first six months of the last year stood at about 6.9 billion afs, said the revenue department ...