Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

Obama Holds Meeting on Pak-Afghan Situation

Obama Holds Meeting  on Pak-Afghan Situation

Febraury 11, 2012

WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama on Wednesday held a meeting with his national security team on the current Afghanistan- Pakistan situation, the first after the recent start of peace talks with the Taliban.
During the meeting, Obama received an update on the building of capable Afghan security forces, America's support for an Afghan-led reconciliation process and its efforts to build a long-term strategic partnership between the US and Afghanistan, the White House said in a statement.
According to the statement, Obama also received an update on ...

Civilian Casualties Decline in South: ICRC

Civilian Casualties  Decline in South: ICRC

Febraury 11, 2012

KANDAHAR CITY - The International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) on Thursday said there has been a remarkable decline in civilian casualties in southern Afghanistan, showing the security situation had improved in remote parts of the zone.
The ICRC representative, Daniel Cavoli, who met with Governor ...

ANSF Increasingly Taking the Lead: US General

ANSF Increasingly Taking the Lead: US General

Febraury 11, 2012

WASHINGTON - Afghan security forces are increasingly demonstrating their ability to protect people of the country and take a major lead in counter-terrorism operations, a top US army general stationed in Afghanistan said on Wednesday.
"The ANSF (Afghan National Security Force) are improving, and ...

Karzai Asks Scholars to Help Anti-Polio Efforts

Karzai Asks Scholars  to Help Anti-Polio Efforts

Febraury 11, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai has called on religious scholars, imams and tribal elders to help the government implement anti-polio vaccination campaigns.
In a message to the nation aired on radio on Thursday night, Karzai said he hoped scholars and elders in villages would make efforts at ...

Drone Strikes in Pak Producing more Militants: Khar

Drone Strikes in Pak  Producing more Militants: Khar

Febraury 11, 2012

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said American drone strikes within Pakistan are illegal, and are creating more militants.
"Attacks by US drones on Pakistani territory are illegal and cannot be tolerated," the Daily Times ...

Karzai Renews Promise on Cabinet Picks, Chief Justice

Karzai Renews Promise on  Cabinet Picks, Chief Justice

Febraury 09, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai has promised sending a list carrying names of his Cabinet nominees, the chief justice and the attorney general to the lower house of parliament for a vote of confidence next week, officials said.
Wolesi Jirga Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi told Wednesday's session Karzai had promised him on Tuesday that he would introduce some ministers-designate to the Wolesi Jirga for the trust vote.
Since his reelection in the 2009 presidential vote, Karzai had introduced his picks ...

Pakistan for Political Solution to Afghan Conflict

Pakistan for Political  Solution to Afghan Conflict

Febraury 09, 2012

KABUL - Pakistani foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said the Afghan conflict should be resolved politically for a durable peace in the region.
Khar told a joint press conference with her Russian counterpart in Moscow on Wednesday that Pakistan had a clear policy of extending full ...

Japan Pledges $8 Million for Nangarhar Projects

Japan Pledges  $8 Million for Nangarhar Projects

Febraury 09, 2012

JALALABAD - The Japanese government on Wednesday pledged $5 million (394,000,000 afs) in assistance to the eastern province of Nangarhar for 13 construction projects, officials said.
An agreement to the effect was inked between Governor Gul Agha Sherzai and an official of the Japan International Cooperation Agency ...

Next Year’s Budget Not Yet Approved: MPs

Next Year’s Budget  Not Yet Approved: MPs

Febraury 09, 2012

KABUL - The Afghan House of Representatives on Wednesday said that next year's budget will not be approved until the remaining cabinet members and Supreme Court officials are not introduced to the House to get vote of confidence.
Some of the MPs believe that if the budget is approved, 'incompetent ...

Grossman Met Taliban in Qatar: Official

Grossman Met  Taliban in Qatar: Official

Febraury 09, 2012

KABUL - Washington's chief envoy to Afghanistan met Taliban leaders in Qatar as part of US efforts to bring the insurgents to the negotiating table, a senior Afghan official said Wednesday. The talks between the Taliban and Marc Grossman came in late January, after he met President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, the official said, asking to ...

Gilani: Pakistan Supports Afghan-Owned Peace Initiative

Gilani: Pakistan Supports  Afghan-Owned Peace Initiative

Febraury 08, 2012

KABUL - During his three-day trip to Qatar, Pakistani Prime Minister, Yosuf Raza Gilani said that his country supported Afghan-led peace process.
He also called Doha's role vital in stability of the region.
At the time of his departure from Pakistan, the prime minister reiterated stance of his government to support Afghan-led and Afghan-owned initiatives for a stable Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomed Mr Gilani's statement and hoped for an honest Pakistani role in Afghan ...

Etisalat Afghanistan and PrePay Nation announces partnership

Etisalat  Afghanistan and PrePay Nation announces  partnership

Febraury 08, 2012

KABUL - Etisalat Afghanistan part of Etisalat Telecommunications, UAE today announced its strategic partnership with Prepay Nation, leading global provider of prepaid mobile ecosystem and international airtime transfer solutions in the emerging markets.
As part of its ongoing efforts to bring the latest offerings to its ...

Senators Denounce Next Year’s Proposed Budget

Senators Denounce Next Year’s Proposed Budget

Febraury 08, 2012

KABUL - A number of 'Meshrano Jirga or upper house of Parliament members on Tuesday said some backward provinces had been neglected in preparation of annual budget for next financial year.
On February 5, Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal presented the first-ever nine-month budget, with a total outlay of 244.3 billion ...

Chicago Summit to Finalize Long-Term Support to Afghan Forces

Chicago Summit  to Finalize  Long-Term  Support to Afghan Forces

Febraury 08, 2012

KABUL - Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday said that the upcoming Chicago Summit will finalize a specific plan for long-term support to Afghan security forces.
The spokesman for Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Janan Musazai, said NNATO's role will be vital in the mobilization and training of ...

Govt. Reassured Long-Term Support

Govt. Reassured Long-Term Support

Febraury 07, 2012

KABUL - Germany, the US, Australia, China and Japan reassured their long-term support toward the Afghan government at a recently-concluded security conference in Munich, Germany, the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday.
The 48th Munich Security Conference held on Feb. 4 was attended by more than 10 heads of state and defense and foreign ministers from some 70 countries to discuss new security threats in the face of shrinking economic ...

Parliament to Summon Ministers Over Budget

Parliament to Summon Ministers Over Budget

Febraury 07, 2012

KABUL - Wolesi Jirga members, with a majority vote, on Monday decided to summon 15 ministers and a dozen departmental heads to brief lawmakers on their failure to effectively use budgetary allocations during the outgoing Afghan fiscal year.
The parliamentarians voted to summon the officials concerned in ...

NATO Reassures Afghans Over Combat Missions

NATO Reassures Afghans Over Combat Missions

Febraury 07, 2012

KABUL - NATO sought to reassure Afghans Monday that despite talk of an early end to combat missions, foreign troops would fight "shoulder to shoulder" with local soldiers whenever needed until the end of 2014.
The reassurance came after confusion over remarks by US Defense ...

ISAF Welcomes US-Taliban Talks

ISAF Welcomes  US-Taliban Talks

Febraury 07, 2012

KABUL - ISAF welcomes any kind of negotiation that brings stability in Afghanistan, General Carsten Jacobson said at a press conference on Monday.
At the same time NATO urges the international community to help Afghanistan in security sector ...

Gilani in Qatar to Discuss Afghan Peace

Gilani in Qatar to Discuss Afghan Peace

Febraury 07, 2012

ISLAMABAD - Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani left for Qatar on Monday to discuss Afghan peace efforts in the ultra-rich Gulf state where the Taliban and US officials have begun preliminary contacts, reports AFP.
"The prime minister reiterated stance of his government to ...

A Peace that Destroys National Unity, not a Peace: Qanooni

A Peace that Destroys National Unity, not a Peace: Qanooni

Febraury 06, 2012

KABUL - Peace talks with anti-government armed groups should not be held secretly, Leader of the Change and Hope Coalition said on Sunday.
Leader of Change and Hope Coalition, Dr Abdullah Abdullah, criticized the peace process arguing that neither Afghan political parties, nor civil society or the people in general are part of it. He said the Afghan government does not have a transparent program for peace talks.
Dr Abdullah made the comments while speaking at a gathering in Kabul ...

Responsibilities to Cause Major Financial Challenges: Zakhilwal

Responsibilities to Cause Major Financial  Challenges: Zakhilwal

Febraury 06, 2012

KABUL - Afghanistan will face major financial challenges after 2014, the Afghan Minister of Finance said on Sunday while speaking before the Afghan House of Representatives.
Presenting next year's budget to the House of Representatives, Afghan Minister of Finance Hazrat Omer Zakhilwal said that as the Afghans are ...

2013 Dateline Only A Possibility: WH

2013 Dateline Only  A Possibility: WH

Febraury 06, 2012

WASHINGTON - The Obama Administration officials on Thursday had a tough time in explaining the announcement of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to end the Afghan combat mission by mid-2013.
The officials asserted it was only a possibility and there was no change in its NATO-determined Lisbon policy according to which security ...

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 ...