Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020

7 Ministers-Designate Win Trust Vote from Parliament

7 Ministers-Designate Win  Trust Vote from Parliament

December 01,2020

KABUL - The Wolesi Jirga or Lower House of the Parliament on Monday granted the vote of confidence to six ministers- designate and rejected two others...

Oxygen Producing Plant Inaugurated at Kabul Hospital

Oxygen Producing Plant Inaugurated at Kabul Hospital

December 01,2020

KABUL - An oxygen-producing plant was inaugurated on Sunday at Muhammad Ali Jinnah Hospital in the capital Kabul city.
A number of high-ranking government officials ...

Kabul Scorns NYT Article as Unwarranted, Baseless

Kabul Scorns NYT Article as Unwarranted, Baseless

December 01,2020

KABUL - The Afghan government on Monday spurned as unwarranted and baseless a New York Times article titled “Afghan leader digs in on peace talks despite ...

Kabul, Abu Dhabi Confer on Afghan Peace Talks

Kabul, Abu Dhabi Confer on  Afghan Peace Talks

December 01,2020

KABUL - Afghanistan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have discussed the latest developments in the Afghan peace talks.
Abu Dhabi hosted on Sunday the maiden ...

Afghanistan Condemns Assassination of Iranian Scientist

Afghanistan Condemns  Assassination of Iranian Scientist

December 01,2020

KABUL – Afghanistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement on Monday condemning a terrorist attack in which a senior Iranian nuclear and defense industry scientist ...

COVID-19: 283 New Cases, 16 Deaths Reported in Afghanistan

COVID-19: 283 New Cases,  16 Deaths Reported in Afghanistan

December 01,2020

KABUL - The Ministry of Public Health on Monday reported 283 new positive cases of COVID-19 out of 1,300 samples tested in the last 24 hours...

NATO Facing Difficult Dilemma on Whether to Leave or Stay: Stoltenberg

NATO Facing Difficult Dilemma on Whether to Leave or Stay: Stoltenberg

December 01,2020

BRUSSELS - NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Monday that “no one wants to stay in Afghanistan longer than ...

India to Host 19th Summit of SCO Council of Govt Heads

India to Host 19th Summit of  SCO Council of Govt Heads

November 29,2020

KABUL - Indian President Shri Venkaiah Naidu will chair the 19th meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Council of Heads of Government to be hosted by New Delhi in virtual ...

US Closes 10 Bases Around Afghanistan: Report

US Closes  10 Bases Around  Afghanistan:  Report

November 29,2020

The US has closed at least 10 bases across Afghanistan since the signing of a deal with the Taliban in February, Afghan and US officials told the Washington Post...

Saudi Arabia Renews Support to Afghan Peace Process

Saudi Arabia  Renews Support  to Afghan Peace Process

November 29,2020

KABUL - Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar has held a meeting with his Saudi Counterpart Prince Faisal Bin-e- Farhan Al Saud on the sidelines of the 47th Conference of Foreign Ministers ...

Ghani Discusses Power Transmission Issues with Turkmen Counterpart

Ghani Discusses Power Transmission  Issues with Turkmen Counterpart

November 29,2020

KABUL - President Ashraf Ghani and his Turkmen counterpart Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow on Saturday discussed a number of issues, on the phone, including the transmission of power ...

Mohib Meets Parliament Speakers, Members

Mohib Meets Parliament  Speakers, Members

November 29,2020

KABUL - Amid differences between Vice President Amrullah Saleh and lawmakers, National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib has met parliament speakers...

Ghani: Nation Fully Supports Armed Forces

Ghani: Nation Fully Supports Armed Forces

November 29,2020

KABUL - In an online conversation with the members of the Afghan National Security and Defense Forces (ANDSF) serving on the frontlines in volatile regions of the country ...

Wolesi Jirga Approves Mid-Year Fiscal Budget

Wolesi Jirga Approves  Mid-Year Fiscal Budget

November 29,2020

KABUL - Despite differences of opinions among members of parliament in the Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament) MPs on Saturday approved the mid-year budget...

NEPA Efforts to Curb Air Pollution Inadequate

NEPA Efforts to Curb  Air Pollution Inadequate

November 28,2020

KABUL - President Ashraf Ghani has identified environmental protection a top priority of his administration, calling Afghanistan the world’s 17th country whose environment ...

Pakistan Renews Call for RiV, Ceasefire in Afghanistan

Pakistan Renews Call for RiV, Ceasefire in Afghanistan

November 28,2020

KABUL - Foreign Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar has held a meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi on the sidelines of OIC Council of Foreign Ministers meeting Niamey ...

Pompeo Defends Trump’s Afghanistan Withdrawal Plan

Pompeo Defends Trump’s  Afghanistan Withdrawal Plan

November 28,2020

WASHINGTON - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo defended President Trump's plan to reduce the number of troops in Afghanistan to 2,500 by mid-January, saying that getting American troops ...

Violence Against Women 11pc Down: AIHRC

Violence Against Women 11pc Down: AIHRC

November 28,2020

KABUL - Violence against women cases declined 11 percent in Afghanistan but incidents of physical abuse surged during the first 10 months of 2020, the Afghanistan Independent ...

EU Provides €10m for Afghan Refugees

EU Provides €10m for Afghan Refugees

November 28,2020

PESHAWAR - The European Union (EU) is providing €10 million to boost UNHCR’s assistance for Afghan refugees and their host communities in Pakistan...

Water Authority, AKDN Sign MoU on Water Management

Water Authority, AKDN Sign  MoU on Water Management

November 28,2020

KABUL - The Agha Khan Development Network (AKDN) and National Water Management Authority (NWMA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on matters related to water management ...

Afghanistan Stays First in Global Terrorism Index Ranking

Afghanistan Stays First in Global Terrorism Index Ranking

November 28,2020

KABUL - An Afghan security force member stands at the site of a car bomb attack in Kabul on May 31, 2017. At least 40 people were killed or wounded on May 31 as a massive blast ripped through ...

UN Chief Calls for Unconditional, Immediate Ceasefire

UN Chief Calls for Unconditional,  Immediate Ceasefire

November 25,2020

KABUL - UN secretary general Antonio Guterres has urged the redoubling of efforts towards an immediate, unconditional ceasefire, in order to save lives and prevent the further ...

Geneva Conference: Ghani Calls for Immediate Ceasefire

Geneva Conference: Ghani Calls for Immediate Ceasefire

November 25,2020

GENEVA - President Ashraf Ghani who addressed the opening ceremony of the Afghanistan 2020 Conference in Geneva on Tuesday called on the Taliban to agree on an immediate ceasefire to ...

EU Pledges €1.5bn to Afghanistan During 2021-25

EU Pledges €1.5bn to  Afghanistan During 2021-25

November 25,2020

KABUL - The European Union (EU) on Tuesday pledged €1.2 billion in aid to Afghanistan over the period 2021–2025 at the 2020 Geneva Conference titled “Peace, Prosperity and ...

MPs Furious Over Saleh’s Comments About ‘Corrupt Lawmakers’

MPs Furious Over Saleh’s Comments About ‘Corrupt  Lawmakers’

November 25,2020

KABUL - The Wolesi Jirga, or Lower House of Parliament, on Tuesday canceled its session which was scheduled to hear operational plans by nominee ministers after First Vice President ...

India to Launch Phase 4 of Community Development Projects in Afghanistan Worth USD 80 Million

India to Launch Phase 4 of Community  Development Projects in Afghanistan Worth USD 80 Million

November 25,2020

GENEVA - India has announced phase 4 of the High Impact Community Development Projects in Afghanistan which involves 100 projects worth $80 million. India has already ...

Stoltenberg Says NATO Will Not Let Daesh ‘Rebuild’ in Afghanistan

Stoltenberg Says NATO Will Not Let Daesh ‘Rebuild’ in Afghanistan

November 25,2020

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the 66th Annual Session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly on Monday said that the alliance cannot let Daesh rebuild in Afghanistan ...

Interim Government Should Be Part of a Comprehensive Peace Deal: Abdullah

Interim Government Should Be Part of a  Comprehensive Peace Deal: Abdullah

November 25,2020

ISTANBUL - Interim government should be part of a comprehensive peace agreement, head of Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah has said...

Ghani Says Afghanistan Wants Connectivity, Not Charity

Ghani Says Afghanistan Wants Connectivity, Not Charity

November 24,2020

KABUL - President Ghani addressed a side event of the Geneva summit on Monday where he explained the ways through which can improve its economy and reiterated that the country ...

Decision on Afghan Mission Next Year: NATO

Decision on Afghan Mission Next Year: NATO

November 24,2020

KABUL - NATO would take a decision on the future of its mission in Afghanistan early next year, says the secretary-general of the western alliance...

No Major Policy Shift Under Biden, Pompeo Says in Doha

No Major Policy Shift Under Biden, Pompeo Says in Doha

November 24,2020

KABUL - US Foreign Secretary Mike Pompeo has told the Afghan government negotiating team in Doha that the American assistance with Afghanistan will continue and there would be no major policy ...

Violence Spikes with Start of Intra-Afghan Talks: Atmar

Violence Spikes with Start of  Intra-Afghan Talks: Atmar

November 24,2020

KABUL - Foreign Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar on Monday said Afghanistan freed thousands of Taliban prisoners without any agreement, but violence intensified instead of reducing ...

Biden to Seek More Concessions from Taliban

Biden to Seek  More Concessions from Taliban

November 24,2020

KABUL - US president-elect Joe Biden is likely to push for seeking a ceasefire as well as guarantees from the Taliban on human rights, something the Democrats have always pushed ...

UN Seeks Global Support for Afghan Refugees

UN Seeks Global Support for  Afghan Refugees

November 24,2020

KABUL - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi has urged the global fraternity to remain committed to Afghanistan at this critical juncture...

Taliban Run Bombers’ Market with Other Groups: Saraj

Taliban Run Bombers’ Market with Other Groups: Saraj

November 24,2020

KABUL - Acting National Directorate of Security (NDS) chief on Monday said there were no signs countries interfering in Afghanistan affairs would change their policies and claimed ...