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Gilani Rejects Clinton’s Call for Boycott Review

Gilani Rejects Clinton’s Call for Boycott Review

December, 05 2011

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has rejected US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's call to reconsider the decision on boycotting the Bonn Conference on Afghanistan, slated for Monday. In a telephonic conversation with the prime minister late on Saturday, Clinton said the United States respected Pakistan's ...

Rasoul Urges Foreign Support Beyond NATO Pullout

Rasoul Urges Foreign Support Beyond NATO Pullout

December, 05 2011

KABUL - Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rasoul yesterday appealed for international support for his country after NATO troops pull out at the end of 2014.
"After 2014, we will continue to need long-term support from our friends in the international community," Rasoul said at a discussion forum in the German city of Bonn, ahead of a major ...

US to Give $19.2m to Ministry of Counternarcotics

US to Give $19.2m to Ministry of Counternarcotics

December, 04 2011

KABUL - The United States would give $19.2 million (925 million Afghanis) to the Ministry of Counternarcotics to fight drugs under the Good Performance Initiative (GPI), an official said on Saturday.
The money would go to 17 provinces poppy cultivation was brought down to zero or considerably reduced this year, Minister of Counternarcotics Zarar Ahmad Muqbil said before signing an agreement with US ambassador.
Each of the provinces would be paid $1 million ...

Oil Tankers Not Allowed to Enter Afghanistan

Oil Tankers Not Allowed to Enter Afghanistan

December, 04 2011

KHYBER AGENCY - The Pakistan custom office at Torkham on Friday sent back to Peshawar the tankers carrying commercial fuel for Afghanistan, administration official sources said.
The sources said that the action was taken after the circulation of a latter to custom officials from Pakistan's Federal Bureau of Revenue (FBR) asking them to halt export of commercial fuel to ...

Change & Hope Team in Bonn to Meet Delegates

Change & Hope Team in Bonn to Meet Delegates

December, 04 2011

BONN - Three representatives of the Change and Hope Coalition, the main opposition grouping, have arrived in Germany ahead of the upcoming Bonn Conference on Afghanistan's future direction.
Former minister of foreign affairs, Mahmud Saiqal, Najib Yousafi and Sultana Pronta are in the German city to meet delegates on behalf of the coalition on the sidelines of the Dec. 5 ...

Britain Provides Private Sector $9m Grant

Britain Provides Private Sector $9m Grant

December, 04 2011

KABUL - The British government would provide $9 million (433.9 million Afghanis) in grant support to the private sector of Afghanistan, an official said on Saturday.
The project would be jointly executed by the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) and the British Department International Development (DFID), AISA deputy head, Mohammad Nasim Akbar, told a news ...

Afghan Mission Unaffected By Supply Halt: US

Afghan Mission Unaffected By Supply Halt: US

December, 04 2011

WASHINGTON - There has been no adverse impact on NATO's Afghan mission as a result of the closure of the supply route by Pakistan, top US officials asserted Friday, saying they were in talks with Islamabad on lifting the blockade. "I wouldn't go into any specific details about any on-the-ground adjustments that are being made as a result of ...

Pakistan’s ‘Invisible Hand’ Felt in Jalalabad

Pakistan’s  ‘Invisible Hand’  Felt in Jalalabad

December, 04 2011

KABUL - Security service said to be highly active in Afghan city as part of Islamabad's bid to check Indian influence. Delegates from more than 90 countries will gather in Germany on Monday to assess the security situation in Afghanistan. A major factor that has long had an impact on the country's stability is neighbouring Pakistan, partly due to its influence on the Taliban. ...

2nd Phase of Security Transition Begins

2nd Phase of Security Transition Begins

December, 03 2011

KABUL - The second phase of security transition from international troops to Afghan forces started in the central province of Parwan on Thursday, officials said.
All but two districts of Parwan are due for transition, which will also cover many parts of Sar-i-Pul province. Sayad and Behsud (Part 1), however, are not on the list of regions for the security transfer.
Parwan Governor Abdul Basir Salangi told a gathering they were ready for the switch, but one battalion each of the ...

India to Stress on Regional Role in Afghan Peace Process

India to Stress on Regional Role in Afghan Peace Process

December, 03 2011

NEW DELHI - Foreign minister SM Krishna will emphasize on the role of regional countries in ensuring peace in Afghanistan at the Bonn conference next week, notwithstanding the absence of important neighbors like Iran and Uzbekistan from the international meet meant to discuss the future of Afghanistan as force drawdown plans start to take ...

Afghan Security Situation Improving: US

Afghan  Security  Situation  Improving: US

December, 03 2011

WASHINGTON - The United States has welcomed the announcement of the Afghan government regarding the second phase of security transition, noting this is reflective of the improving situation in the country.

"We welcome the announcement. This is the second tranche of areas that are beginning to transition to an Afghan security lead," a State Department spokesman told reporters on Wednesday. ...

Afghanistan Faces $4bln Defense Funding Shortfall

Afghanistan Faces $4bln Defense Funding Shortfall

December, 03 2011

KABUL - Afghanistan's security forces face a four billion dollar funding shortfall after 2014 - when they are supposed to take over the main responsibility for fighting the insurgency.
According to the Guardian, this raises questions about whether Kabul will have the resources to keep the Taliban at ...

Pakistan Vows Stiff Retaliation if Attacked again

Pakistan Vows Stiff  Retaliation if Attacked again

December, 03 2011

ISLAMABAD/WASHINGTON - Pakistani Army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has warned that any future aggression will see the country responding 'with full force, regardless of the cost and consequences' as it emerged Friday that Pakistani officials, who were unaware of their soldiers being in the area, gave the green signal for the NATO ...

US Promises Aid to Bamyan Beyond 2014

US Promises Aid to  Bamyan Beyond 2014

December, 03 2011

BAMYAN CITY - Five welfare projects have been completed with financial support from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in the central province of Bamyan, officials said on ...

Officials Call for Strengthening Afghan Forces

Officials Call for  Strengthening Afghan Forces

December, 03 2011

ZARANJ - Officials in Nimroz, Badakhshan and Samangan provinces on Thursday said Afghan forces were ready for security transition but needed to be strengthened and equipped.
Some programs for improvement of security, good governance, convincing residents to support the government and providing job opportunities have been drawn up ahead of security handover, Deputy ...

Strategy on Afghanistan Unchanged: US

Strategy on Afghanistan Unchanged: US

December, 01 2011

WASHINGTON - The United States on Tuesday asserted that there had been no change in its strategy for Afghanistan even though its relationship with Pakistan had hit a new low as a result of the NATO airstrike on border posts in the Mohmand tribal region.
"We have had a significant incident that took place, but this has not disrupted our overall strategy vis-a-vis Afghanistan, vis-a-vis Pakistan. We're still committed to working with both countries to build ...

Security Situation has Improved: MoD

Security  Situation has  Improved: MoD

December, 01 2011

KABUL - With insurgent attacks falling, improvement has been noticed in the security situation over the past three months, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced on Wednesday.
Rocket strikes, bomb blasts, suicide attacks and other insurgent-related activities had considerably decreased, MoD spokesman Zahir Azimi said, linking the improvement to 27 offensives currently ongoing across ...

Etisalat Launches M-Hawala Mobile Financial Services in Afghanistan

Etisalat Launches M-Hawala Mobile Financial Services in Afghanistan

December, 01 2011

KABUL - Etisalat Afghanistan, the fastest growing cellular operator in Afghanistan today announced the launch of mHawala mobile financial services during a ceremony held in Kabul.
Etisalat Afghanistan is the first Mobile Network Operator in Afghanistan to offer this comprehensive range of Mobile Financial ...

Karzai Wants Peace Process to Continue

Karzai Wants Peace Process  to Continue

December, 01 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai has asked peace negotiators to appoint an honest and influential person as their head and take forward the reconciliation process in line with the Loya Jirga's mechanism.
Karzai discussed with High Peace Council members recommendations and proposals outlined by participants of last month's Loya Jirga, a ...

2nd Phase of Transition Begins Today

2nd Phase of Transition Begins Today

December, 01 2011

KABUL CITY - The second phase of security transition from international troops to Afghan forces would be launched in at least one province on Thursday, a Ministry of Defense official said on Wednesday.
Security in Balkh, Daikundi, Takhar, Samangan, Kabul and Nimroz provinces and Jalalabad, Chaghcharan, Shiberghan, Faizabad, Ghazni, Maidan Shahr are Qala-i-Naw cities is to change hands in the second ...

Conference Boycott in Pakistan’s Favor: Gilani

Conference Boycott in Pakistan’s Favor: Gilani

December, 01 2011

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan said on Wednesday it would not reverse its decision on boycotting the 2nd Bonn Conference, slated for December 5, on Afghanistan's future.
Islamabad announced on Tuesday would not attend the important meeting in Germany as a mark of protest over ISAF airstrikes on border checkpoints that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.
The attack dealt a major blow to the already strained relations ...

USAID Grants to Help Afghans Use Mobile Money Services

USAID Grants to Help Afghans Use Mobile Money Services

December, 01 2011

KABUL - The USAID said on Wednesday it had signed innovation grants with three major Afghan mobile network operators to support the expansion of mobile money in the country.
The grants to Etisalat, MTN and Roshan M-Paisa will enable more than 100,000 Afghans to use mobile money to transfer funds to friends and family members, promote their businesses, receive salaries and pay ...

Pakistan to Boycott Bonn Conference

Pakistan to Boycott Bonn Conference

November, 30 2011

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan decided Tuesday to boycott a key international conference on Afghanistan next month, ramping up its protest over lethal cross-border NATO air strikes that have plunged US ties into deep crisis.
The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting in Lahore, just days after Islamabad confirmed it was mulling its attendance in the German city of Bonn, where Pakistan's participation was considered vital.
"The cabinet has decided not to attend the Bonn meeting," a ...

World Powers Should Share $12bn Training Cost

World Powers Should Share $12bn Training Cost

November 30, 2011

KABUL - World powers must share the cost of training Afghan security forces once foreign troops leave in 2014 because the United States cannot be expected to continue paying about $12 billion a year, French ...

Karzai Urges Pakistan to Reconsider Bonn Boycott

Karzai Urges Pakistan to Reconsider Bonn Boycott

November, 30 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai telephoned Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday to urge him to reconsider a boycott of the Bonn conference over a deadly NATO strike, officials in both countries said. Karzai's deputy spokesman Siamak Herawi told AFP that Pakistan was an important participant in the conference aimed at bridging peace after ...

40,000 Trops to Leave Afghanistan by End of 2012

40,000 Trops  to Leave Afghanistan by End of 2012

November, 30 2011

KABUL - A total of 40,000 troops will exit Afghanistan by the end of 2012. The US will withdraw 33,000 troops by the end of next year, a third of the 101,000 American troops that were here during the peak of military presence in Afghanistan. Other countries will also cut their troop numbers.
Many nations will keep some soldiers in the country to train and ...

Indian, Canadian Firms to Develop Hajigak Iron Mine

Indian, Canadian Firms to Develop Hajigak Iron Mine

November, 30 2011

KABUL - Afghanistan has awarded the rights to develop four blocks at the Hajigak iron ore mine to a group of Indian firms and a Canadian company, the mines ministry said on Tuesday.
The rights of B, C and D blocks have been given to the AFISCO -- an Indian consortium of seven companies, led by the Steel Authority of ...

2nd Phase of Security Switch to Begin before Bonn Conference: Wardak

2nd Phase of Security Switch to Begin before Bonn Conference: Wardak

November, 30 2011

KABUL - The second phase of security transition from foreign troops to Afghan forces would be launched ahead of the Bonn Conference, the minister of defense said on Tuesday.
Balkh, Daikundi, Takhar, Samangan, Kabul and Nimroz provinces and Jalalabad, Chaghcharan, Shiberghan, Faizabad, Ghazni, Maidan Shahr, ...

IDLG Chief Opposes Forced Poppy Eradication

IDLG Chief  Opposes Forced Poppy Eradication

November, 30 2011

KABUL - Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) officials on Tuesday said forced eradication of poppies was prompting support to the Taliban among growers.
"The use of force to eradicate the crop cannot resolve the problem of opium production. A better way to fight the menace is arranging alternatives for farmers," IDLG Director General Abdul ...

Merkel ‘Very Sorry’ about Pak Boycott of Afghan Meet

Merkel ‘Very Sorry’ about Pak Boycott of Afghan Meet

November, 30 2011

BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday she was "very sorry" about Pakistan's announced boycott of a Bonn conference next week on the future of Afghanistan and would try to convince it to attend.
Merkel said Germany would still "see what could be done to change" Islamabad's decision to bow out of the meeting in the ...

Fate of US Base Depends on Afghan Situation: Otunbayeva

Fate of US Base  Depends on Afghan  Situation: Otunbayeva

November, 30 2011

BISHKEK - Kyrgyzstan's outgoing president says the decision on whether to allow the U.S. air base to remain in the country after its lease ends in 2014 depends on developments in nearby Afghanistan.
RozaOtunbayeva said Tuesday she favors turning the Manas base at the capital's main airport into a civilian aviation facility, but concedes ...

Impossible to Win War Militarily: Danish FM

Impossible to Win War Militarily: Danish FM

November, 29 2011

COPENHAGEN – Danish Foreign Minister Villy Soevndal said for the first time late Sunday that it is impossible to win the ongoing war in Afghanistan by military means.
He made the comments in a public debate aired late Sunday on DR News, Denmark's public broadcaster, following his return Sunday after visiting Danish armed forces serving in Afghanistan.
"This war will not let itself be won militarily, and that is why ...

Karzai, Zardari to Discuss Bonn “Stabilizing Afghanistan without Pakistan would be very difficult”

Karzai, Zardari to Discuss Bonn “Stabilizing  Afghanistan without Pakistan would be very difficult”

November, 29 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai will discuss with his Pakistani counterpart to discuss the role of his country at the Bonn conference scheduled for December 5.
According to media reports, Pakistan is reconsidering whether to attend the gathering following a lethal airstrike carried out by NATO that killed 25 Pakistani ...

Pakistan Steps up Rhetoric Over Lethal NATO Raid

Pakistan Steps up Rhetoric Over Lethal NATO Raid

November, 29 2011

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan vowed no more "business as usual" with the United States after Nato strikes killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, but stopped short on Monday of threatening to break the troubled alliance ...

Indian Group Awarded3 Blocks at Hajigak

Indian Group Awarded3 Blocks  at Hajigak

November, 29 2011

KABUL - The Afghan government has awarded the rights to develop three blocks of the huge Hajigak iron ore concession in central Afghanistan to a consortium led by the Steel Authority of India, an official at the Ministry of Mines said on Monday. Policy director Abdul Jalil Jumriany said rights to a fourth block at ...