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President Promises Focus on Combating Graft

President Promises Focus on Combating Graft

June 16, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Thursday promised that his administration would focus on ensuring good governance and combating administrative corruption over the next two years.
The president, whose tenure expires after two years, held out the pledge during a meeting with German ...

US Vows Not to Leave Afghanistan Alone

US Vows Not to Leave  Afghanistan Alone

June 16, 2012

KABUL - The United States, pledging not to leave Afghanistan alone, on Thursday hoped the confidence-building measures (CBMs) adopted by the Heart of Asia Conference would lead to regional cooperation.
US Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns told the day-long gathering in Kabul that a new framework for regional cooperation would be ...

Draft Electoral Law Unveiled

Draft Electoral Law Unveiled

June 14, 2012

KABUL - Under a draft electoral law, political parties would compete for a third of parliamentary seats in provinces, with independent candidates running for remaining two-thirds of berths, an official said on Wednesday.
The draft law, finalized by the Independent Election Commission ('IEC), had been submitted to the Ministry of Justice for vetting, spokesman for the poll panel Noor Mohammad Noor told a news conference in Kabul.
Over the past 10 years, presidential and parliamentary elections were ...

The Future of Region Depends on Afghanistan: Karzai

The Future of  Region Depends on  Afghanistan: Karzai

June 14, 2012

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KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday met with Yerzhan Kazykhanov, Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan to discuss issues of mutual interest.
Mr. Yerzhan Kazykhanov said that Kazakhstan and Afghanistan have had diplomatic relations for twenty years and added that "we sincerely want to extend our relations with Afghanistan since Afghanistan is a ...

China is a Trust-Worthy Friend: Gen. Dostum

China is a Trust-Worthy Friend: Gen. Dostum

June 14, 2012

KABUL - Afghanistan National Front (ANF) leader, Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, in a press statement on Wednesday, June 13, vehemently neglected the blames that he was responsible for creating hurdles in any sort of investment and work for unearthing the mineral resources in the North. He called them to be totally ...

China will Grant 150mln Yuan to Afghanistan: Yings

China will Grant 150mln Yuan to  Afghanistan: Yings

June 14, 2012

KABUL - Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister, Fu Yings, during his visit to Afghanistan on Wednesday said that China has been an active participant in Afghanistan economic reconstruction and hope to see, as early as possible, a peaceful, stable and independent Afghanistan that ...

Astana Ready for Investment in Afghan Mining Sector

Astana Ready for Investment in Afghan Mining Sector

June 14, 2012

KABUL - Afghanistan on Wednesday signed an agreement with Kazakhstan on regular political consultations, with Astana pledging to cooperate with Kabul in different spheres of life. After signing the accord with his Kazakh counterpart Yerzhan Kazykhanov, Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul said they had held fruitful ...

Taliban Behind Behsud Attacks: Khalili

Taliban Behind Behsud Attacks: Khalili

June 13, 2012

KABUL – Second Vice president Mohammad Karim Khalili said that evidence indicates the Taliban militants are behind problems in Behsud district to sabotage the peace, security and development projects there.
In talks with a delegation of religious scholars of Wardak province and councils of mosques prayer leaders of west of Kabul, the vice president Khalili said the government will not allow the Taliban or any other terrorist outfits to disrupt law and order in the name of kuchis or ...

Karzai Demands Halt to All Airstrikes on Afghan Homes

Karzai Demands Halt to All Airstrikes on Afghan Homes

June 13, 2012

KABUL - The new restrictions by NATO on the use of air power in Afghanistan have failed to mollify President Hamid Karzai, who demanded Tuesday that the coalition cease all bombings of Afghan homes, even by forces acting in self-defense.
"Even when they are under attack, they cannot use an airplane to bomb Afghan homes. Even when they're under attack," an emphatic ...

Dostum, Not Accused to Treason: Karzai

Dostum, Not Accused  to Treason:  Karzai

June 13, 2012

KABUL – President Hamid Karzai refused the accusation of Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum to national treason.
The president refused the accusation of Gen. Dostum to national treason by the Security Council while recently some reports broadcasted on Gen. Dostum's national treason.
A report presented by Ministry of Mines on interference of Gen. Dostum ...

Afghan Media Freedom under Threat: CPJ

Afghan Media Freedom under Threat: CPJ

June 13, 2012

KABUL - An international media watchdog on Tuesday said the nascent media industry in Afghanistan, working under political and economic pressure, was likely to face a momentous task once NATO-led forces left the country.
The Committee to Protect Journalist (CPJ) said that Afghan news outlets operated in a hostile environment and the absence of clear ...

Karzai to Rivals: Protect National Interest

Karzai to Rivals: Protect National Interest

June 13, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai, asserting his government's respect for democratic norms, on Tuesday asked his political opponents to avoid actions that harmed Afghanistan's national interest.
Governments around the globe had political foes who worked within the framework of different parties, Karzai told a news conference at the Presidential Palace in Kabul. However, he said opposition and ruling ...

US will Help Afghanistan as Long as it Needs Assistance

US will Help Afghanistan as Long as it Needs Assistance

June 13, 2012

KABUL - US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton said Monday that her country will stand by Afghanistan as long as Afghans need assistance.
Speaking at a 'Women in Public Service Institute' inaugural ceremony she emphasized that US would help Afghanistan not only in security sector but also in development sector.
"We are prepared -- so long as the government and the people of Afghanistan wish to have our help -- not only to help on security, but ...

Cabinet Endorses Oil Deal with China

Cabinet Endorses  Oil Deal with China

June 13, 2012

KABUL - Endorsing a deal with China on developing a small oil and gas field in northern Afghanistan, the Cabinet on Tuesday agreed to the creation of a joint working committee to explore energy deposits at the Amu River basin.
Last year, state-run China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) won the first oil deal in Afghanistan after signing a contract with the ...

Ahmad Zia Massoud, ANF Leader: Traitors are those Who Rigged the Election and Looted KB

Ahmad Zia Massoud, ANF Leader: Traitors are those Who Rigged the Election and Looted KB

June 12, 2012

KABUL - Afghanistan National Front (ANF) leader Ahmad Zia Massoud on Monday accused the government of seeking to perpetuate its rule through undemocratic means such as implicating political foes in "trumped-up cases".
Massoud told a press conference in Kabul, the office of Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq, ANF Leader and a member Wolesi Jirga, was attacked in Bamyan province at the government's behest and another leader of the front had ...

Stabilizing Afghanistan for the Long-Term – a View from Kazakhstan

Stabilizing Afghanistan for the Long-Term – a View from Kazakhstan

June 12, 2012

KABUL – Kazakhstan's Foreign Minister, Yerzhan Kazykhanov, said that considerable effort has been invested in building up Afghan military and police forces to take responsibility for the security situation as international forces will leave in 2014, and Kazakhstan hope that they will manage to cope with their increased ...

Afghanistan Elected UN General Assembly VP

Afghanistan Elected UN General Assembly VP

June 12, 2012

WASHINGTON - For the third time in five years, Afghanistan has been elected as vice-president for the upcoming United Nations (UN) General Assembly, reflecting the growing recognition of the country at the international level.
In the election held last week, Serbia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Vuk Jeremic, defeated Lithuanian Ambassador to UN Dalius Cekuolis. Serbia was elected president ...

Karzai, French DM Discuss Troop Pullout

Karzai, French DM Discuss Troop Pullout

June 12, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Monday directed the ministries of defense and interior to extend all possible assistance to France in the troop withdrawal process from central Kapisa province.
At a meeting with French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Karzai extended his heart-felt ...

UN Sacks LOTFA Officials over Mismanagement of Funds

UN Sacks LOTFA Officials  over Mismanagement of Funds

June 12, 2012

KABUL - The United Nations fired three officials running its $1.4 billion Afghanistan police trust fund as the first step in what is expected to be a broader shake-up at the program currently facing an internal investigation of mismanagement, according to UN and Western officials.
Among those removed from their posts, Western officials said, were ...

Karzai’s Brother May Run for Afghan Presidency

Karzai’s Brother May Run for Afghan Presidency

June 12, 2012

KANDAHAR – President Hamid Karzai's elder brother, Abdul Qayum Karzai, is apparently planning to enter the race to be elected Afghanistan's next president. Speaking to RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan, Mahmud Karzai, another elder brother of the Afghan president, confirmed that Qayum Karzai was preparing to contest the next ...

Karzai Should Start Fighting Corruption from Palace: MPs

Karzai Should Start Fighting Corruption from Palace: MPs

June 11, 2012

KABUL - Reacting to President Hamid Karzai's call on MPs to convene for a meeting to discuss fighting corruption, several MPs on Sunday said he should start this process with cleaning up his own office.
Kandahar MP Mohammad Naim Lalai accused the family of President Karzai and the Vice Presidents of being involved in corruption, saying meetings with MPs would be "symbolic moves".
President Karzai has called the MPs to cut short their 45-day summer ...

IEC Finalizes Draft Electoral Law Proposals

IEC Finalizes Draft Electoral Law Proposals

June 11, 2012

KABUL - Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Sunday said after consultations with stakeholders it had decided to recommend four key proposals for inclusion in a draft electoral law.
A statement from the IEC Secretariat said a working group had come up ...

Parliamentary Body to Prepare Policy on Graft

Parliamentary Body to  Prepare Policy on Graft

June 11, 2012

KABUL - Wolesi Jirga has formed a 10-member committee to prepare a comprehensive policy on good governance and corruption to be presented to a high-level meeting of representatives from the judiciary, executive and legislature.
Lower house members say President Hamid Karzai has convened the joint ...

India Invites Pakistan for Investors’ Meet on Afghanistan

India Invites  Pakistan for Investors’ Meet on Afghanistan

June 11, 2012

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan and China are among the countries invited for the regional investors' meet on Afghanistan, to be held in New Delhi on June 28, to discuss ways to boost international-private-sector investment in the war-torn country.
Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said in New ...

MTN Foundation to Support Educational University

MTN Foundation to Support Educational University

June 11, 2012

KABUL - MTNA foundation stands committed in its long standing resolve of promoting educational traditions and cultural values of Afghan society.
Since its launch in 2008, MTN Afghanistan has upheld its commitment and dedication in serving the community by playing an active role as a ...

Karzai Prioritizes Anti-Graft Drive

Karzai Prioritizes Anti-Graft Drive

June 11, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Sunday said his administration would remain focused on ensuring good governance and combating corruption over the next two years.
The president called an extra ordinary meeting of representatives from the judiciary, executive and legislature to discuss the two ...

China, Good Neighbor in the Course of History: Dr. Raheen

China, Good  Neighbor in the Course  of History: Dr. Raheen

June 11, 2012

KABUL - Minister for information and culture Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Raheen who attended the 9th conference of the ministers for culture of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Beijing at the invitation of the People's Republic of China returned home yesterday.
In their speeches all the participants from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan ...

Govt. doesn’t Have Will to Deal with Corruption: Lodin

Govt. doesn’t Have Will to  Deal with Corruption: Lodin

June 10, 2012

ABUL - Water and Energy Minister, Ismail Khan, and Herat Mayor Mohammad Salim Taraki have encroached upon the properties belonging to Afghan Millie Bank's founder Majid Zabuli, an official said on Saturday.
High Office of Oversight and Anti-Corruption (HOOAC) Chairman Dr Azizullah Lodin accused the minister of grabbing Zabuli's residence in Herat. By the same token, the mayor had illegally occupied the banker's market, he alleged.
At a news conference in Kabul, Lodin put the value of the house and market at $22 million (1,100 million afghanis). An HOOAC team with ...

Pakistan Spurns Panetta Remarks

Pakistan  Spurns Panetta Remarks

June 10, 2012

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan on Saturday rejected US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's recent remarks on terrorist safe havens in the North Waziristan tribal region near the Afghanistan border.
During an unannounced visit to Kabul on Thursday, the defense secretary warned that Washington's patience with Islamabad on the issue ...

ANSF to Benefit from Training in India: US

ANSF to Benefit from Training in India: US

June 10, 2012

WASHINGTON - Afghan security forces could benefit from training by Indian experts, the top American diplomat in New Delhi said on Friday, ahead of next week's Indo-US strategic dialogue.
"On the training, I think there's a recognition that the Afghan forces can benefit from training inside India," US Ambassador to ...

No more Air Airstrikes on Civilian Houses: Allen

No more Air Airstrikes on Civilian Houses: Allen

June 10, 2012

KABUL Hours after a stern warning from the Karzai administration, the top US military commander in Afghanistan on Saturday promised foreign troops would no longer conduct air raids on civilian houses.
Three days after a deadly airstrike in central Logar province, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) commander Gen. John ...

Presidential Spokesman Aimal Faizi: Taliban are Involved in Behsud Invasion

Presidential Spokesman Aimal Faizi: Taliban are Involved in Behsud Invasion

June 10, 2012

KABUL - The presidential spokesman on Saturday has said that the Taliban and armed opposition are involved in invading Behsud and Daimerdad districts of Maidan Wardak province. According to Aimal Faizi, the Taliban, under the name of Kuchis, have launched attacks ...

Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq: Govt. behind the Plot to Kill Me

Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq: Govt. behind the Plot to Kill Me

June 09, 2012

Kabul- Addressing acrowded press conference after escaping an attempt on his life in Bamiyan, Mohaqiq said that the government is sticking to undemocratic conduct to undermine the political activities of Afghanistan National Front (ANF), the biggest opposition coalition of the country. Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq, the leader of the People's Unity Party of Afghanistan and a prominent member of ANF said, "The elements inside Afghan government are involved in the violent and highly-organized armed attack on my office in Bamiyan province on ...

Russia Ready to Train ANSF, Boost Trade Links

Russia Ready to Train  ANSF, Boost Trade Links

June 09, 2012

KABUL - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said that his country was willing to boost trade links with war-battered Afghanistan and train its security ...

Karzai Seeks SCO Support for War on Terror

Karzai Seeks SCO Support for War on Terror

June 09, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai assured the 12th Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit that concluded in Beijing on Thursday that Afghanistan's soil would not be used against any regional country.
At the important regional meeting, participants exchanged views on the Afghanistan conflict and the Iranian nuclear issue. The SCO decided ...