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Afghanistan’s Biggest Need, Flourishing Economy: WB

Afghanistan’s Biggest Need, Flourishing Economy: WB

July 27, 2011

WASHINGTON - American and NATO troops will soon be moving out of Afghanistan, and people are asking whether the Afghan army will be able to provide security. An equally important question is: Will the Afghan economy be able to provide for the country? Without a viable economy, there is little prospect of Afghanistan ...

Karzai Calls for Political Independence

Karzai Calls  for Political  Independence

July 27, 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday asked participants of a regional seminar that ways should be explored to defend the Afghanistan's political independence. In his message to participants of the seminar titled "Independence, sacrifice and martyrdom," Karzai said Afghanistan's sovereignty was the result of countless...

Govt. and Int’l Community Reaffirm Commitment to the “Kabul Process”

Govt. and Int’l  Community Reaffirm Commitment to the “Kabul Process”

July 27, 2011

KABUL – The Government of Afghanistan and the international community on Tuesday concluded a series of meetings which reaffirmed their commitment to the "Kabul process." Of the 22 National Priority Program developed by the Government of Afghanistan over the last 18 months, seven were put forward for endorsement at the next ...

President to Decide Fate of Poll Tribunal: Speaker

President to Decide Fate of Poll Tribunal: Speaker

July 27, 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai would soon announce his final decision on the special election tribunal, denounced by lawmakers as illegal, the Parliament speaker said on Tuesday.The president held out the assurance to a 16-member parliamentary delegation, which met him on Monday night and demanded dissolution of the special...

No Rush for Exits, No Permanent Bases in Afghanistan: Ryan Crocker

No Rush for Exits, No Permanent Bases in Afghanistan: Ryan Crocker

July 26, 2011

KABUL – The new U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan said Monday that the United States is not rushing to leave the country and cautioned that what happens in the months ahead will have far-reaching effects across the globe. Ryan Crocker takes over as America's top diplomat in Afghanistan as President Barack Obama begins withdrawing some of the 33,000 American reinforcements he sent in December 2009 as part of an effort to reverse the Taliban's momentum. Some Republican lawmakers called the withdrawal ...

Special Court’s Verdict Challenged

Special Court’s  Verdict Challenged

July 26, 2011

KABUL - More than 50 former candidates and MPs have appealed the special election tribunal's verdict on the results of last year's Parliamentary election, a court official said. The Attorney General's Office invalidated some poll results after the election. The special election court was created by the Supreme Court ...

MPs Oppose Loya Jirga on Deal with US

MPs Oppose Loya Jirga on Deal with US

July 26, 2011

KABUL - President Hamed Karzai is in conflict with Afghanistan's rebellious parliament again, this time over plans for a "loya jirga" or national congress to discuss future relations with the United States.First floated in April, the idea is to convene the traditional congress to underpin the legitimacy of a possible ...

Peace Talks to Be Held in Two Months

Peace Talks to Be  Held in Two Months

July 25, 2011

KABUL - Pointing out to some progress in peace talks with the Taliban, a senior member of the Afghan High Peace Council said talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban leadership would be underway in two months.
There hasn't been an agreement about the venue of peace talks, but there are efforts to make the talks happen inside Afghanistan, a senior member in the High Peace Council...

Etisalat Launches New Power Packed Josh for the Youth

Etisalat Launches New Power Packed Josh for the Youth

July 25, 2011

KABUL - Etisalat Afghanistan, a 100% owned subsidiary of Etisalat Telecommunications UAE, today launched its new package "Power Packed Josh" with the freedom to make subsidized calls all day to friends and family and enjoying the brand new exclusive features embedded in this unrivaled package. The new product focuses on the ...

US Diplomat Urges Reform in Justice Organizations

US Diplomat Urges  Reform in Justice  Organizations

July 25, 2011

KABUL - A senior US diplomat at the US embassy in Kabul has called for reform in justice departments in Afghanistan. During his visit to western Herat province Hans Klemm, Coordinating Director of Rule of Law and Law Enforcement at US embassy, said Afghan citizens should be able to get a fair judgments without paying bribe...

Work to Start on the Kinaki Dam Project

Work to Start on  the Kinaki Dam Project

July 25, 2011

HELMAND - speech expressed by the minister of energy and water Mohammad Ismail on Sunday in Helmand province. Minister of energy and water came to Helmand province with a senior representative and he met with the governor of this province Mohammad Gulab Mangal, some other local Authorities and representatives of the DFID and USAID in...

WB Grants $50m to Ministry of Education

WB Grants $50m to  Ministry of Education

July 25, 2011

KABUL - The Ministry of Finance signed on Sunday an agreement with the World Bank (WB) for a $50 million grant from the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF). This is the initial tranche of a $73 million grant approved for the Ministry of Education. The additional grant will provide further support to the ongoing Education Quality...

Security for Panjsher Changes Hands

Security for Panjsher  Changes Hands

July 25, 2011

>PARAKH - Security for the central province of Panjsher transitioned from NATO-led American troops to Afghan forces on Sunday, officials said. A ceremony marking the security transfer, attended by Afghan, US and ISAF officials, was held in the provincial capital, Parakh, the police chief said. Governor Kiramuddin Karim welcomed the...

Afghan Forces to Get $20b Aid Over 4 Years

Afghan Forces to Get $20b Aid Over 4 Years

July 24, 2011

MAZAR-I-SHARIF - The international community will provide $20 billion in assistance over the next three years to equip Afghan forces, the security transition commission head said on Saturday.
Dr. Ashraf Ghani said this at a news conference after security for Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, transitioned from NATO-led German troops to Afghan forces.
The Balkh governor, ministers of defense and mines, and International Security Assistance Force official participated ...

Dr Rangin Dadfar Spanta: Afghanistan, US at Loggerheads on Strategic Deal

Dr Rangin Dadfar Spanta: Afghanistan, US  at Loggerheads on Strategic Deal

July 24, 2011

KABUL - There is no guarantee that Afghanistan and the United States would reach a consensus on strategic partnership agreement between the two nations, Chief of Afghan National Security Council said on Saturday. The Chief of National Security Council, Dr Rangin Dadfar Spanta and Foreign Minister Zalmai Rasoul were called over by the House of ...

MPs Urge Travel Ban for AG

MPs Urge Travel Ban for AG

July 24, 2011

KABUL - Some parliamentarians on Saturday suggested that the Attorney General should be placed on a travel ban over allegations of possible involvement in corruption.Based on evidence the attorney general has ordered the release of two culprits who embezzled $14 million in a bank, lawmakers said. But Deputy Attorney General said...

Pakistan Allows Transfer of Afghan Cargo

Pakistan Allows  Transfer of  Afghan Cargo

July 24, 2011

KABUL - Islamabad has allowed the transfer of stranded shipments to Afghanistan trough two Pakistani companies for a couple of months, the minister of commerce announced on Saturday. Afghan traders faced numerous problems over the past one year in transporting their goods through the neighbouring country. Some six ...

Mazar-i-Sharif Transitions to ANSF

Mazar-i-Sharif Transitions to ANSF

July 24, 2011

Security responsibility for Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of the northern province of Balkh, will be handed over to Afghan forces on Saturday, the governor's office in northern Balkh province said. The transfer will increase to five the number of areas transferred to local control.The Balkh governor, local officials, high ranking officials from ...

Women, Ethnic Groups Crucial for Afghan Peace: Clinton

Women, Ethnic Groups Crucial for Afghan Peace: Clinton

Saturday July 23

KABUL - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday asked Pakistan to pressure the Taliban to join Afghanistan's peace process.
She also urged Pakistan not to allow militants to use its territory to stage attacks against Afghanistan and India.
Clinton met with her Indian counterpart, S.M. Krishna, and spoke about Pakistan Thursday during a visit to the Indian port city of Chennai.
Regarding the US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, she remarked, according to a transcript of the speech ...

ANP Equipped with Night Vision Scopes

ANP Equipped with Night Vision Scopes

Saturday July 23

KABUL - Afghan police were equipped with new weapons, including night vision scopes, by the International Assistance Force (ISAF) on Thursday, days ahead of Kabul's transition to Afghan security lead.
ISAF training mission chief, Maj. Tora, told a ceremony at the interior ministry the weapons and equipment would meet requirements of the police ...

Singh Invites Karzai to Visit India

Singh Invites  Karzai to Visit India

Saturday July 23

KABUL - Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said his country remained committed to providing long-term assistance to Afghanistan. Singh held out the promise during a telephonic conversation with President Hamid Karzai, the Presidential Palace in Kabul said in a...

Governor Blasts Project Contractors for Corruption

Governor Blasts Project Contractors for Corruption

Saturday July 23

KABUL - A number of contractors are committing corruption in executing foreign-funded projects in eastern Khost province, Governor Abdul Jabbar Naeemi alleged on Friday.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony for Terazai and Alisher district headquarters buildings, Naeemi accused contractors of providing wrong ...

Germany to stand by Afghans: German FM

Germany to stand by  Afghans: German FM

Saturday July 23

KABUL - Germany will continue to assist Afghanistan beyond the withdrawal of foreign forces from the country by 2014, Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle promised on Thursday. The pullout of international troops does not mean that the global fraternity will abandon Afghanistan, Westerwelle told a joint news ...

Afghan-NATO Forces Kills 50 Insurgents in Paktika

Afghan-NATO Forces Kills 50 Insurgents in Paktika

Saturday July 23

KABUL - International and Afghan troops battled heavily armed insurgents holed up in caves and bunkers that served as a way station for foreign fighters crossing into the country from Pakistan, the U.S.-led coalition said Friday. The two days of fighting killed more than 50 of the militants, it said. The foreign fighter encampment is...

Herat City Transitions to ANSF

Herat City Transitions to ANSF

Saturday July 23

HERATCITY - Security responsibility for Herat City was handed over to Afghan forces on Thursday, increasing to four the number of areas transferred to local control. Marking the transition, two separate ceremonies took place on the Herat Airbase and at the 207the Zafar Corps of the Afghan National Army. Head of Security Transition...

Afghans Fear Taliban Return

Afghans Fear  Taliban Return

July 23, 2011

WASHINGTON - Afghans are worried about Taliban resurgence in various provinces, as NATO troops begin to pull out of the country. As the foreign presence recedes, many fear the return of the Taliban in Afghanistan's eastern Nuristan Province and Kunar Province. According to the Christian Science Monitor, the responsibility of ...

Lashkargah Handed to ANSF

Lashkargah  Handed to ANSF

July 21, 2011

LASHKARGAH - Security responsibility for the southern city of Lashkargah, the capital of Helmand province, was handed to Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) on Wednesday, an official said.
Afghan officials and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) commander Gen. John Allen attended a ceremony, marking the security transfer to local forces, said Daud Ahmadi, the governor's spokesman. After the ceremony, Governor Gulab Mangal told a news conference government institutions in ...

Former Militants to Be Given Jobs: Minister

Former Militants  to Be Given Jobs: Minister

July 21, 2011

KABUL - The Ministry of Public Works will provide jobs for those who join the peace process in their areas, an official said on Wednesday. Public Works Minister Abdul Qudus Hameedi said at a hearing in the Wolesi Jirga, or lower house of Parliament, that commanders who joined the peace process would be hired as managers and their men as ...

Karzai Bans U.S. Treasury Officials from DAB

Karzai Bans U.S. Treasury Officials from DAB

July 21, 2011

WASHINGTON - Amid a growing financial scandal, President Hamid Karzai has banned U.S. Treasury officials from his country's central bank (De Afghanistan Bank), hampering work to fight the flow of money to insurgents, a report revealed Wednesday. The Treasury advisers won't return because working conditions at the ...

Clinton Reassures India over Afghan Troop Drawdown

Clinton Reassures  India over Afghan Troop Drawdown

July 21, 2011

CHENNAI – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday sought to soothe India's concerns over a US troop drawdown from Afghanistan, stressing Washington's commitment to the war-torn country. The United States has announced plans to withdraw from Afghanistan 33,000 surge troops by the end of September 2012, with 10,000 due to ...

MTN Mobile Clinic Treats 850 Patients for Free

MTN Mobile Clinic Treats 850 Patients for Free

July 21, 2011

Kabul – MTN Mobile Clinic visited Reesh Khor and Char Qala-e-Char Dehi areas in Kabul and treated more than 850 patients for free during this week. Besides; MTN Mobile Clinic doctors educated people about seasonal diseases and personal ...

Pakistan to Release Afghan Food Shipments

Pakistan to Release  Afghan Food Shipments

July 20, 2011

KABUL - Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari promised on Tuesday that he would order the immediate release of stranded food shipments to Afghanistan. He held out the assurance at a meeting with President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, where he arrived on a daylong visit. The two leaders conferred on transit issues between the neighbors, Karzai's office said. Minister of Commerce Anwar ulHaqAhadi also attended the meeting, in which the visiting dignitary was briefed on the problems that Afghan traders faced in...

Pak-Afghani Interior Ministers Meet at Kabul

Pak-Afghani  Interior Ministers Meet at Kabul

July 20, 2011

ISLAMABAD –Afghan Interior Minister, General Bismillah Muhammadi met his Pakistani counterpart in Kabul on Tuesday and discussed issues of mutual interest, security and bilateral relations. The two sides also discussed installation of Biometrics System at Pak-Afghani Border, incursion of Taliban through Afghanistan and lunching attacks on ...

Government Phone Expenses Exceed $10 Million Since March

Government  Phone Expenses Exceed $10  Million Since March

July 20, 2011

KABUL - Last year the government's telephone bill was over $10 million (roughly 519 million Afghanis). The Ministries of Defense, Interior, and Culture and Information generated 42 percent of those costs, an official said Monday. Haji Mohammad Aqa, a Finance Ministry official, told Pajhwok Afghan News that since the end of March, the...

Corruption, Illiteracy Hold Back ANP

Corruption,  Illiteracy Hold Back ANP

July 20, 2011

LASHKARGAH - When NATO forces in Afghanistan caught an opium producer with 15 kgs (33 lbs) of drugs, they might have expected his family to plead for his freedom. Instead, an Afghan police officer appealed to foreign troops to release him. The drug-trafficker stayed in prison, but the British army officer who described the incident said...