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$51m Bailout for Banking Sector Approved

$51m Bailout for Banking Sector Approved

October 16, 2011

KABUL - The Wolesi Jirga on Saturday approved $51 million (about 2,430 million Afghanis) for the central bank to help it overcome a financial crisis and $20 million for a railway line project.
The amount for the central bank was approved after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) stopped an expected $70 million reconstruction payment to Afghanistan due to concerns about lax financial oversight.
Previously, Parliament had refused to okay a $73 million bailout ...

US Determined to Eliminate Haqqani

US Determined to Eliminate Haqqani

October 16, 2011

KABUL - The Obama administration is going after the Haqqani network in a more aggressive manner, launching a new round of strikes to target and dismantle the group responsible for bulk of insurgent attacks in Afghanistan, US officials said.
The Haqqani network, which is based in Pakistan's tribal areas, has ...

Turkmen President Attaches Special Importance to Afghanistan’s Revival

Turkmen President Attaches Special Importance to Afghanistan’s Revival

October 16, 2011

ASHGHABAD - Turkmenistan attaches particular importance to the revival of Afghanistan and the establishment of lasting peace and harmony in the Afghan land, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov was quoted by the local media on Saturday. A governmental meeting has been recently held in ...

82 Insurgents Reportedly Killed, Dozens Detained

82 Insurgents Reportedly Killed, Dozens Detained

October 16, 2011

KABUL - Eighty-two rebels were killed and dozens detained in a series of security operations in different provinces over the past 24 hours, officials said on Saturday.
Featuring Afghan Nation Police (ANP), Afghan National Army (ANA) and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) members, the operations ...

Each Poppy-Free Province to Get $1m

Each Poppy-Free Province to Get $1m

October 16, 2011

KABUL - The Ministry of Counter Narcotics (MCN) has allocated one million dollars for each of the 17 provinces that were declared poppy-free this year, an official announced on Saturday.
The development assistance will go to the provinces, where poppy ...

U.S. Base Assaulted in Panjsher

U.S. Base  Assaulted in Panjsher

October 16, 2011

KABUL - Militants tried to blast their way into an American base in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, striking before dawn with rocket-propelled grenades and a vehicle packed with explosives.
The attackers failed to breach the gate of the base in Panjsher province's Rakha district, though they did hit a security tower with a ...

MPs Assail Police for Dismantling Barakzai Tent

MPs Assail Police for  Dismantling Barakzai Tent

October 16, 2011

KABUL - A number of Wolesi Jirga members on Saturday condemned police for dismantling the tent where an ousted woman lawmaker observed a 12-day hunger strike.
Police on Thursday removed the tent of Samin Barakzai in front of Parliament and took the 32 years old to Sardar Daud Khan Hospital. She ...

Latest Drone Strike Kills 5 in Waziristan

Latest Drone Strike Kills 5 in Waziristan

October 16, 2011

ISLAMABAD - Five suspected militants were killed when a US drone fired several missiles into Pakistan's lawless tribal region of south Waziristan, near the Afghanistan border, officials said on Saturday.
The CIA-operated drone fired nine missiles hitting a compound in the ...

32 Tons of Spurious Drugs Destroyed

32 Tons of Spurious Drugs Destroyed

October 16, 2011

KABUL - Thirty-two tons of substandard and expired medicines were buried in central Kabul province on Saturday, the acting public health minister ...

Pakistan Has A Big Stake in Afghan Outcome: US

Pakistan Has A Big Stake  in Afghan Outcome: US

October 15, 2011

WASHINGTON - Pakistan has a huge stake in the outcome of the Afghan conflict, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday, underscoring that the US could not dispense with its relationship with Islamabad, which must be part of the Afghan solution. "Everybody knows Pakistan has a big stake in the outcome of what goes on across their border, and they are going to be involved one way or the ...

Kayani Meets Allen, Pak- Afghan Border Issues Discussed

Kayani Meets Allen, Pak- Afghan Border  Issues Discussed

October 15, 2011

RAWALPINDI - General John Allen, Commander International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) called on Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani at General Headquarters in Rawalpindi on Thursday. The visiting dignitary remained with him for some time and discussed measures aimed at improving cross border coordination and procedures ...

Karimov to Attend International Meetings on Afghanistan

Karimov to  Attend International Meetings on  Afghanistan

October 15, 2011

BAKU - Uzbek President Islam Karimov has agreed to attend two international conferences on Afghanistan later this year, Radio Liberty report on Friday. Karimov met on October 11 with visiting U.S. and German special representatives on Afghanistan - Marc Grossman and Michael ...

Bamyan is the First Province to Undertake Large Scale Survey

Bamyan is the First Province to Undertake Large Scale Survey

October 15, 2011

BAMYAN - The Central Statistics Organization of Afghanistan (CSO) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on Thursday completed data collection in Bamyan province for Socio-Demographic & Economic Survey (SDES). Over 500 residents of Bamyan have been employed and trained to become data collectors for what will be a large-scale ...

India, Afghanistan Sign Capacity Development MoU

India,  Afghanistan  Sign Capacity  Development MoU

October 15, 2011

NEW DEHLI - Afghanistan and India on Wednesday entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for implementation of a twinning arrangement for public sector capacity development in Afghanistan. The signing of the treaty follows the high profile visit of President Hamid Karzai last week, when the two nations forged a strategic partnership ...

Afghanistan Benefits to Build Relations in the Region: Grossman

Afghanistan Benefits  to Build Relations in the  Region: Grossman

October 15, 2011

KABUL - US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman during a visit to India on Wednesday said the more Afghanistan builds relations with regional countries the more it ends up beneficial to the country. During his visit to New Delhi, Grossman met with a number of senior Indian officials, including India's Foreign Secretary Ranjan ...

Russia Supports Extension of ISAF Mandate in Afghanistan

Russia Supports Extension of ISAF Mandate in  Afghanistan

October 15, 2011

MOSCOW - Russia has backed the UN Security Council's decision to extend the mandate of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. "We believe that the extension of the ISAF mandate will facilitate stabilization in the country in close cooperation with the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, advancement ...

US Open to Afghan Peace Deal Including Haqqani

US Open to Afghan Peace Deal Including Haqqani

October 13, 2011

WASHINGTON - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday signaled the United States remains open to exploring a peace deal including the Haqqani network, the militant group that US officials blame for a campaign of high-profile violence that could jeopardize Washington's plans for withdrawing smoothly from Afghanistan.
'Where we are right now is that we view the Haqqanis and other of their ilk as, you know, being adversaries and being very dangerous to ...

UNSC Extends Authorization of ISAF Presence

UNSC Extends Authorization of ISAF Presence

October 13, 2011

UNITED NATIONS - The Security Council on Wednesday extended the authorization of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan for one more year, until October 13, 2012, and welcomed steps taken to gradually transfer lead role in the security sector to ...

Barakzai’s Case to Be Investigated: Karzai

Barakzai’s Case to Be  Investigated: Karzai

October 13, 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai, through Wolesi Jirga's speaker, has asked female lawmaker Samin Barakzai, who has been on hunger strike for more than a week, to choose two representatives to investigate her case, Ibrahimi said on Wednesday.
Semin Barakzai, 32 years old from the western Herat province, had won ...

Zarif Appointed as UN SRSG to Kosovo

Zarif Appointed as UN SRSG to Kosovo

October 13, 2011

NEW YORK - United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has appointed FaridZarif of Afghanistan as his Special Representative for Kosovo and head of the United Nations mission there, the UN announced ...

Afghanistan’s Vast Mineral Deposits Could Lift it Out of Poverty

Afghanistan’s Vast  Mineral Deposits Could Lift it Out of Poverty

October 13, 2011

KABUL - Afghanistan has rich seams of minerals, worth up to $3 Trillion (tn), but systems to ensure transparency and control of revenue flows must quickly be put in place in the extractive sector For all the column inches and hours of negotiations spent discussing Afghanistan's recent past, present and future, one of the most pressing ...

315 Illegal Armed Groups Still Exist in North: Official

315 Illegal Armed Groups Still  Exist in North: Official

October 13, 2011

MAZAR-I-SHARIF - As many as 315 illegal armed groups are still active in some northern provinces, an official said on Wednesday.
A senior official with the Disbandment of Illegal Armed Groups (DIAG) program, Gen. Abdul Manan, who delivered 22 weapons to the program officials, said nearly 185 such groups out of 500 have been disarmed in ...

ISAF Inaction on Pakistani Attacks Criticized

ISAF Inaction on Pakistani Attacks Criticized

October 13, 2011

KABUL – Afghan Ministry of Defense on Wednesday criticized international troops for taking no action to prevent cross border attacks from Pakistan into Afghanistan.
However, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) says the ...

2nd Phase of Security Transition to Begin Soon: NATO

2nd Phase of Security Transition to Begin Soon: NATO

October 12, 2011

KABUL - In order to initiate the second phase of the security transition to Afghan forces, the process of assessing the capability of local forces has been completed and more provinces in this regard would soon be identified, NATO said on Tuesday. NATO's civilian representative's spokesman, Dominic Medley, told Pajhwok Afghan News they had consulted with Afghan officials and members of the Joint Afghan-NATO Inteqal Board and suggestions and advises discussed during their meetings had been presented to ...

Honest Pakistan Needed for Afghanistan’s Stability: Ludin

Honest Pakistan Needed for Afghanistan’s Stability: Ludin

October 12, 2011

KABUL - Afghan deputy foreign minister on Tuesday said Pakistan's role for regional peace was vital and the country should honestly work for Afghanistan's stability.
"Since the Taliban lack freedom to talk with the Afghan government, therefore the peace process is not successfully moving forward and the Afghan government has changed its policy in this ...

Opium Production Shows Increase, Prices Set to Rise

Opium Production Shows Increase, Prices Set to Rise

October 12, 2011

KABUL/VIENNA – Opium poppy-crop cultivation in Afghanistan reached 131,000 hectares in 2011, 7 per cent higher than in 2010, due to insecurity and high prices, said the 2011 Afghan Opium Survey released Tuesday by the Ministry of Counter Narcotics (MCN) and the United ...

UN’s Report on Torture of Prisoners Rebuffed

UN’s Report on Torture  of Prisoners Rebuffed

October 12, 2011

KABUL - The interior ministry on Tuesday rejected as unfounded a UN report that accused Afghan officials of using torture while investigating suspected militants kept in some detention centers.
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Monday issued a report, saying it had interviewed 379 prisoners from 22 ...

Pakistan Offers Afghanistan Intelligence in Rabbani’s Killing

Pakistan Offers Afghanistan  Intelligence in Rabbani’s Killing

October 12, 2011

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani Tuesday offered intelligence sharing to Afghanistan for its investigation into the assassination of the former Peace Council chief Burhanuddin Rabbani. Gilani told reporters in Quetta that Pakistan had been shocked at the murder of Rabbani, also a former president of Afghanistan, and offered ...

ANP Use Torture to Extract Detainee Confessions: UN

ANP Use Torture to Extract Detainee Confessions: UN

October 11, 2011

KABUL - Afghanistan's internal security service and police use torture and other abusive methods to extract confessions from suspected insurgents held in a number of detention centers around the country, according to a report today by the United Nations mission in Afghanistan.
Interviews over the past year with 379 detainees at 47 facilities found "a compelling pattern and practice of systematic torture and ill-treatment" at a number of centers, the UN study ...

U.S. Afghan Policy Stokes AIDS Problem: Russia

U.S. Afghan Policy Stokes AIDS Problem: Russia

October 11, 2011

MOSCOW - The United States is aggravating the HIV/AIDS problem in Russia and the West by refusing to use its forces to destroy opium crops in Afghanistan, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on ...

Afghanistan Worst Place for Children

Afghanistan Worst Place for Children

October 11, 2011

KABUL - Afghanistan has been engaged with more than 30 years of war with thousands of civilians killed or injured since 2001. It is under these conditions that children are at extreme risk of violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect. The children of Afghanistan are growing up in one of the least developed countries in ...

Barakzai Vows to Continue Hunger Strike

Barakzai Vows to Continue Hunger Strike

October 11, 2011

KABUL - Unseated Wolesi Jirga member, Samin Barkazai, who has been on hunger strike for last nine days on Monday vowed to continue her strike, saying the president and high-ranking government officials would be responsible for her death.
Barakzai was among nine sitting MPs expelled from parliament for ...

Khost Women Ask Govt.to Save Barakzai from Dying

Khost Women Ask Govt.to  Save Barakzai from Dying

October 11, 2011

KHOST CITY - A number of women in southeastern Khost province on Monday asked the government to save from dying Samin Barakzai, who has been on hunger strike over the past one week seeking her reinstatement as lawmaker.
Barakzai was among nine sitting Wolesi Jirga members disqualified by ...

Challenges Remain Despite Reduced Rebel Attacks: ISAF

Challenges Remain  Despite Reduced Rebel  Attacks: ISAF

October 11, 2011

KABUL - The NATO-led ISAF spokesman on Monday said although insurgent attacks have reduced compared to last year, still Afghanistan is facing several challenges.
"The most severe challenges are group attacks by anti-government militants, who use roadside bombs," Carsten Jacobson told a news ....

EU Concerned Over Mistreatment of Detainees

EU Concerned Over Mistreatment of Detainees

October 11, 2011

KABUL - The European Union (EU) is deeply concerned by the allegations of mistreatment of conflict-related detainees in some Afghan detention facilities detailed in a UN report released on Monday, the union ...