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Afghanistan will Need Billions in Aid for Years to Come: WB

Afghanistan will  Need Billions in Aid for Years to Come: WB

November, 24 2011

KABUL - Afghanistan could face economic collapse if international assistance is abruptly cut as foreign combat forces are withdrawn, the World Bank warned, stressing that the war-ravaged nation will need billions of dollars in aid for a decade or more. The forecast by the World Bank, released late Tuesday, reflects broader concerns that Afghanistan will enter into a deep recession as ...

Law Protecting Women Has ‘Long Way to Go’: U.N.

Law Protecting Women Has ‘Long Way to Go’: U.N.

November, 24 2011

KABUL - Afghan authorities are failing to enforce the law to protect women from murder, beating, rape and other violence and being sold into marriage and prostitution, the United Nations said on Wednesday. U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) revealed in a report that only a small number of cases of violence against women have been ...

Afghanistan Needs Afghan Owned, Inclusive Reconciliation: Pakistan

Afghanistan Needs  Afghan Owned, Inclusive Reconciliation: Pakistan

November, 24 2011

UNITED NATIONS - Pakistan has called for an "Afghan-owned and inclusive" reconciliation process towards durable peace as it told the world diplomats that pulling Afghanistan out of decades-old troubles depends on sustained cooperation of the international ...

Govt. Ready to Resume Negotiations with Taliban

Govt. Ready to  Resume Negotiations with Taliban

November, 24 2011

KABUL - Senior official says talks will restart on condition that insurgents establish a political office first The Afghan government is prepared to resume negotiations with the Taliban despite the assassination of its chief peace envoy, Burhanuddin Rabbani, the senior ...

US Republicans Differ on Pace of Pullout from Afghanistan

US Republicans Differ on Pace of Pullout from Afghanistan

November, 24 2011

WASHINGTON - Two top Republican presidential candidates clashed over the pace of withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, reflecting a lack of consensus in the main American opposition party.
Republican presidential hopeful, Mitt Romney, supported the view of commanders on the ground regarding a timetable to withdraw 30,000

Ahmadzai, Wardak Officials Discuss Security Transition

Ahmadzai, Wardak Officials Discuss Security Transition

November, 24 2011

MAIDAN SHAHR - The Security Transition Commission chairman on Wednesday discussed the second phase of the switch with officials and influential figures in central Maidan Wardak province.
Foreigners could not maintain Afghanistan's security and there would be no improvement in the situation as long as Afghans themselves did ...

Foreign Troop Presence Should Not Alarm Neighbors: NATO

Foreign Troop Presence Should Not Alarm Neighbors: NATO

November 23, 2011

KABUL - Afghanistan's neighbors should not be concerned about the long-term presence of foreign troops in the country, NATO said Tuesday.
NATO spokesman Dominic Medley stressed that delegates at the Traditional Loya Jirga had agreed over the weekend that any long-term pact with the US would be on the condition that no operations would be launched against any third country from Afghan soil.
"NATO has always said that Afghanistan's neighbors have nothing to fear from the presence of ISAF troops ...

Afghanistan Needs Support During Transition: UN

Afghanistan Needs Support During Transition: UN

November 23, 2011

WASHINGTON - Reiterating its commitment toward establishing long-term peace in the country, the UN General Assembly has urged the international community for continued support to Afghanistan during the transition phase. Unanimously adopting a resolution at the end of its annual debate on ...

Ban, Karzai Discuss New UN Envoy’s Appointment

Ban, Karzai Discuss New UN Envoy’s Appointment

November 23, 2011

KABUL - UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon phoned President Hamid Karzai to discuss the appointment of his new representative in Afghanistan, the Presidential Palace said on Tuesday.
The two leaders discussed the issue late night on Monday. The tenure of ...

Senate Approves 3 Pacts with Foreign Countries

Senate Approves 3 Pacts  with Foreign Countries

November 23, 2011

KABUL - The Meshrano Jirga, upper house of Parliament, on Tuesday approved three agreements with Iran, Russia and Tajikistan. The draft accords sent to the house on Tuesday had been approved, said members of the Senate Foreign Affairs ...

EU Pledges $2m to Help Feeds Afghans

EU Pledges $2m  to Help Feeds  Afghans

November 23, 2011

KABUL - The European Union said it will give $2 million in food aid to help people in drought-stricken areas in northern provinces.
Using non-governmental organizations on the ground, the EU will disburse money directly or via cash-for-work schemes to help the local ...

Afghanistan Producing More Opium: Official

Afghanistan Producing More Opium: Official

November 23, 2011

AGRA - Delegates taking part in a four-day conclave of heads of drug law enforcement agencies here voiced concern over the increase in the area under opium cultivation in Afghanistan.
This produce will eventually find markets through various conduits including the Maldives and Nepal, they ...

1,000 Ton of Gas Reaching Kabul

1,000 Ton of Gas Reaching Kabul

November 23, 2011

MAZAR-I-SHARIF - One thousands tons of liquefied gas will be supplied Wednesday to Kabul and another 500 tons to northern provinces from the Hairatan Port in northern Balkh province, an official said on Tuesday. The supply would help overcome the gas shortage and reduce the ...

3 Senior Officials Referred to WJ for Trust Vote

3 Senior Officials Referred to WJ for Trust Vote

November 23, 2011

KABUL - Three individuals picked for senior government positions have been introduced to the Wolesi Jirga, lower house of Parliament, for a trust vote, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Dr. Hamayun Azizi said on Tuesday. Eng. Rahmatullah Nabil has been recommended for the National ...

Hunger Threat to Afghans Rejected as Baseless

Hunger Threat to Afghans  Rejected as Baseless

November 23, 2011

KABUL - The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation has rejected reports that three million Afghans were going hungry due to a drought in northern and western parts of the country.
In a statement, the ministry said the process of distributing tens of thousands of tons of food items had already been launched with the ...

Stable, Sovereign Afghanistan in Pakistan’s Interest: Gilani

Stable, Sovereign Afghanistan  in Pakistan’s Interest: Gilani

November 23, 2011

ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani reiterating support to Afghan led and Afghan owned peace process said Tuesday an independent, prosperous, stable and sovereign Afghanistan was in Pakistan's interest. He, however, emphasized that Pakistan did not want an Afghan solution that could destabilize Pakistan as was the case last time when three ...

National Front for UN Led Peace Process

National Front for  UN Led Peace Process

November 22, 2011

KABUL - The newly established Afghan coalition, Afghan National Front (ANF), asked on Monday for a UN led peace process. "Lack of capacity and credibility of the present government made us to think that Afghan government led peace process can't deliver. It is not transparent, not comprehensive and lacked strategic approach" said Jawad Sultani, the Deputy Chairman of the People's Unity Party of Afghanistan.
He said that peace process can't be inclusive without the forces ...

Russia “Can’t Understand” US Plans for Afghanistan: Kremlin

Russia “Can’t  Understand” US Plans for Afghanistan: Kremlin

November 22, 2011

MOSCOW - The Kremlin has trouble understanding recent US policy announcements that it would pull its troops out of Afghanistan by 2014, but at the same time build new military bases there, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday. 'At least at the first glace, one contradicts the other,' Lavrov said ...

Strategic Pact with UK After Bonn Conference

Strategic Pact  with UK After  Bonn Conference

November 22, 2011

KABUL - Afghanistan would sign a strategic cooperation pact with the United Kingdom after the 2nd Bonn Conference, slated for December 5 in Germany, a spokesman for President Hamid Karzai said on Monday. Addressing a press conference here, Aimal Faizi said Kabul and London ...

Afghanistan’s Population Reaches 26m

Afghanistan’s Population Reaches 26m

November 22, 2011

KABUL - Afghanistan's population has increased from 24.5 million to about 26 million, an official said on Sunday, quoting figures from Central Statistics Organization (CSO).
In 2009, the country's population stood at 24.5 million and reached 26 million in 2010, with 5.7 million people living in urban areas and ...

ANA Training Mission May Finish Before 2014: Gillard

ANA Training Mission May  Finish Before 2014: Gillard

November 22, 2011

KABUL - Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said on Monday that the country's military training mission in Afghanistan may be completed before the 2014 target date.
Ms Gillard's speech to the Australian parliament raises the possibility that the country may begin withdrawing its troop within the ...

EC Funds €1.5mlnfor Drought Victims

EC Funds €1.5mlnfor Drought Victims

November 22, 2011

BRUSELS - The European Commission (EC) is releasing new funding of €1.5 million to provide food assistance for around 72,000 victims of the drought in northern Afghanistan. This brings the Commission's humanitarian response to this crisis to €4.5 million. "The drought is taking a heavy toll in northern Afghanistan, where the affected ...

3,000 Tons of Gas Hoarded at Hairatan Port: Ahadi

3,000 Tons of Gas Hoarded at Hairatan Port: Ahadi

November 22, 2011

KABUL - Following reports of gas hoarding by traders, the government has sent a delegation to the Hairatan to resolve the problem as soon as possible, the minister of commerce and industries said on Monday. Last week, the ministry fixed at 55 Afghanis ($1.34) the price of one kilogram of gas, but the rate hovers between 80 and 100afs in the ...

Sweden Promises Reconstruction Help Beyond 2014

Sweden Promises Reconstruction Help Beyond 2014

November 22, 2011

AIBAK - The Swedish ambassador promised on Monday his country would continue supporting Afghanistan beyond 2014 when all foreign troops are scheduled to pull out.
Speaking to Pajhwok Afghan News during his visit to northern Samangan province, Torbjörn Petterson said Sweden would switch its focus to ...

Afghan Team to Pakistan in Rabbani Probe

Afghan Team to Pakistan in Rabbani Probe

November 22, 2011

KABUL - Afghanistan is sending an official delegation to Pakistan "soon" to investigate the killing of Kabul's peace envoy Burhanuddin Rabbani, a presidential spokesman said on day. Pakistan has agreed to accept the delegation, spokesman Aimal Faizi told reporters, adding that it could leave as early as ...

Govt. Can’t Fix Gas Prices: ACCI

Govt. Can’t Fix Gas Prices: ACCI

November 22, 2011

KABUL - The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) on Monday blamed the government for fixing gas prices, saying that it did not have the power to do so.
Last week, the Ministry of Commerce fixed at 55 Afghanis ($1.34) the price of one kilogram of gas, but the rate hovers between 80 and 100afs ...

No Permanent Bases Good for Afghanistan: Abdullah

No Permanent Bases Good  for Afghanistan: Abdullah

November 21, 2011

KABUL - Leader of Change and Hope Coalition, Dr Abdullah Abdullah, on Sunday said no country's permanent military bases are good for Afghanistan. But Dr Abdullah said long-term strategic partnership with the United States and other countries will be in the interest of Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, Mr Abdullah once again emphasized that the Traditional Jirga held to discuss strategic partnership with the US was ...

US Respects Tribal Assembly’s Recommendations

US Respects  Tribal Assembly’s  Recommendations

November 21, 2011

KABUL - The United States said on Sunday it respected the traditional Afghan institution of Loya Jirga, which overwhelmingly supported the idea American bases in the country for a decade.
The grand tribal assembly concluded on Saturday with the release of a 76-article declaration, recommending the creation of American military ...

USAID Project Benefits Over 400,000 Women

USAID Project Benefits Over 400,000 Women

November 21, 2011

KABUL- More than 400,000 women in 180 districts across the country have been provided economic development support, vocational training, improved family healthcare, education and literacy training under a USAID-funded project, the agency said on Sunday. Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker told participants of a capstone ...

Senate Concerns about Jirga Removed: Yazidyar

Senate Concerns about Jirga  Removed: Yazidyar

November 21, 2011

KABUL - The Meshrano Jirga, or upper house of Parliament, on Sunday said its concerns regarding the traditional tribal assembly's authority and decisions had been resolved. Prior to the event, rumors circulated that delegates would make key decisions on the strategic pact with the US, the deputy chairman of the ...

Protest Flares in Eastern Provinces Against U.S. Deal

Protest Flares in Eastern Provinces Against U.S. Deal

November 21, 2011

SURKHROD - Around 1,000 people, mostly students, took to the streets in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday to protest against plans for a long-term partnership deal with the United States, which they fear could lead to an extended presence of U.S. troops. Afghan political and community leaders endorsed the idea of a ...

Taliban, HIA Say Jirga to Fuel Regional Tensions

Taliban, HIA  Say Jirga to Fuel Regional Tensions

November 21, 2011

KABUL - The Loya Jirga's endorsement of the idea about US military bases would fuel regional sensitivity and make Afghanistan a hub of a long, drawn-out power struggle, Afghan insurgents warned on Sunday. The four-day traditional assembly concluded on Saturday with the endorsement of the strategic cooperation agreement between the US and ...

Afghanistan has Big Plans for Biometric Data

Afghanistan has Big  Plans for Biometric Data

November 21, 2011

KABUL - Afghanistan has many dubious distinctions on the international-rankings front: 10th-poorest, third-most corrupt, worst place to be a child, longest at war. To that may soon be added: most heavily fingerprinted. Since September, Afghanistan has been the only country in the world to fingerprint and photograph all travelers who pass through Kabul ...

Loya Jirga Symbolic Event: UNF

Loya Jirga  Symbolic Event: UNF

November 21, 2011

KABUL - The United National Front (UNF), an alliance of opposition parties, said on Sunday said the traditional Loya Jirga on the strategic cooperation pact with the US was symbolic and its suggestions would not be enforced. More than 2,000 tribal elders, religious scholars and political leaders attended the grand assembly that concluded on Saturday with the ...

Parliamentarians Differ on Deal with US

Parliamentarians  Differ on Deal with US

November 21, 2011

KABUL - Some Afghan parliamentarians on Sunday supported the Loya Jirga's recommendations on the strategic cooperation pact with the US, but others insisted that American terms and conditions must be made public before the agreement was signed. The four-day traditional assembly concluded on Saturday with the endorsement of the strategic cooperation agreement between the US and ...