Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Unity Govt. Has No Intention to Hold Polls: Watchdogs

Unity Govt. Has No Intention to Hold Polls: Watchdogs

October 19, 2017

KABUL – Election watchdogs on Wednesday claimed the unity government “has no intention to hold Wolesi Jirga and district council elections despite announcing a date...

Russia, NATO to Discuss Afghanistan Conflict

Russia, NATO to Discuss Afghanistan Conflict

October 19, 2017

BRUSSELS - Representatives from Russia and the Western military alliance NATO will discuss the Afghanistan conflict on Oct. 26 in Brussels, Russia’s special envoy to Afghanistan...

BRI has Created Millions of Jobs, Claims China

BRI has Created Millions of Jobs, Claims China

October 19, 2017

BEIJING - Tuo Zhen, the spokesperson for the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) said on Tuesday the initiative proposed by President Xi Jinping conformed to the development...

Literacy Programs Fail as at Least 60% of Afghans Illiterate

Literacy Programs Fail as at Least 60% of Afghans Illiterate

October 19, 2017

KABUL – The Second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danish said on Wednesday that Afghanistan is one of the countries with the highest illiteracy rates in the world and that the education...

Gen. Bajwa Visits Saudi and UAE as QCG Talks on Afghan Peace Kicks Off

Gen. Bajwa Visits Saudi and UAE as  QCG Talks on Afghan Peace Kicks Off

October 19, 2017

ISLAMABAD - The Pakistani army chief Gen. Qamar Bajwa has quietly visited Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates as the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) talks on Afghan peace kicked...

Uruzgan Govt. Slammed for Failing to Enforce Security

Uruzgan Govt. Slammed for Failing to Enforce Security

October 19, 2017

TIRINKOT - Inhabitants of central Uruzgan province have slammed the government for failing to ensure security and rein in insurgent outfits. In addition to districts, residents...

Suicide Bombers, Gunmen Kill 71 in Attacks on ANSF

Suicide Bombers, Gunmen Kill 71 in Attacks on ANSF

October 18, 2017

KABUL – The Taliban claimed the more deadly of the two assaults, a coordinated attack on police in the southeast city of Gardez in Paktia province. Two separate suicide and gun...

Ghani to Visit India Ahead of Pakistan Trip

Ghani to Visit India Ahead of Pakistan Trip

October 18, 2017

KABUL - President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani is expected to visit India in two weeks before his trip to Pakistan, a reliable source said on Tuesday. Earlier, Pakistan chief of army staff Javed Qamar...

20,000 Persons Diagnosed with Cancer Countrywide: MoPH

20,000 Persons Diagnosed with Cancer Countrywide: MoPH

October 18, 2017

KABUL – As many as 20,000 people, 3,500 of them women, have been suffering from various kinds of cancer in the country, an official said on Tuesday. The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has...

Schools Closing Due to Violence, Undermining Gains in Educating Girls: Rights Group

Schools Closing Due to Violence, Undermining Gains in Educating Girls: Rights Group

October 18, 2017

KABUL – After more than a decade and a half of international intervention, two-thirds of Afghan girls still do not go to school. Spreading violence in Afghanistan is forcing...

EU Renews Commitment to Afghanistan’s Stability

EU Renews Commitment to Afghanistan’s Stability

October 18, 2017

KABUL - The European Union (EU) has renewed its long-term commitment to promoting peace, stability and prosperity in Afghanistan.
The reiteration of the commitment by the EU...

Kabul Expects Positive Results from Quadrilateral Meeting

Kabul Expects Positive Results from  Quadrilateral Meeting

October 17, 2017

KABUL – Abdullah said Kabul expects to see positive changes in Afghanistan-Pakistan relationships following the quadrilateral meeting. The Sixth Quadrilateral Meeting was held in...

Abdulllah Raises Concern over Food Insecurity, Malnutrition

Abdulllah Raises  Concern over Food  Insecurity, Malnutrition

October 17, 2017

KABUL - National Unity Government (NUG) Chief Executive Abdullah Abdulllah said on Monday at a ceremony for the Afghanistan Food Security and Nutrition Agenda (AFSeN) in Kabul that...

Only Reforms can Salvage Future Elections: Rabbani

Only Reforms can Salvage Future Elections: Rabbani

October 17, 2017

FAIZABAD - Jamiat-i-Islami Afghanistan (JIA) party leader and acting foreign minister Salahuddin Rabbani on Monday said only reforms could enable election officials to hold next year’s...

An Independent Anti-Corruption Body is Needed: HOOAC

An Independent Anti-Corruption Body is Needed: HOOAC

October 17, 2017

KABUL – Following the announcement of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy, the High Office of Oversight and Anti-Corruption (HOOAC) said an independent department should be established...

OSCE-Supported Academic Forum Promotes Economic Co-Operation on Afghanistan

OSCE-Supported Academic Forum Promotes Economic Co-Operation on  Afghanistan

October 17, 2017

ASHGABAT - Policymakers, diplomats and experts from the research institutes and economic sectors representing the countries of Central, South and Southwest Asia participated in an...

Muscat Meeting to Discuss Afghan-Pak Relations: CEO

Muscat Meeting to Discuss Afghan-Pak Relations: CEO

October 16, 2017

MEHTERLAM – Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday said relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan would be discussed in upcoming Quadrilateral Cooperation Group (QCG) meeting...

Britain Special Envoy Calls on President Ghani, Assures Future Cooperation

Britain Special Envoy Calls on President Ghani, Assures Future Cooperation

October 16, 2017

KABUL - British Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Owen Jenkins has reaffirmed his country’s continued support to Afghanistan, a statement from Presidential Palace said on...

Iranian Economy Minister Meets Counterparts from India, Afghanistan

Iranian Economy Minister Meets  Counterparts from India, Afghanistan

October 16, 2017

TEHRAN – Iranian Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance Masoud Karbasian in separate meetings with his Afghan and Indian counterparts reviewed issues of mutual interest with them...

Fate of 14 Ghazni Captives Still a Mystery: MPs

Fate of 14 Ghazni Captives  Still a Mystery: MPs

October 16, 2017

KABUL/GHAZNI - Wolesi Jirga members from southern Ghazni province say the fate of 14 people kidnapped from Qarabagh district five months ago is yet to be known. MP Mohammad Arif Rahmani...

Four-Way Afghan Peace Talks Set to Resume in Oman

Four-Way Afghan Peace Talks Set to Resume in Oman

October 16, 2017

ISLAMABAD - Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States are set to resume four-way discussions Monday in Oman in a renewed bid to seek a politically negotiated settlement to the Afghan war...

2 Million People Roaming Jobless in Afghanistan

2 Million People  Roaming Jobless in Afghanistan

October 15, 2017

KABUL – As many as two million individuals are unemployed in Afghanistan, said the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled (MoLSAMD) on Saturday, adding it was mulling over draft...

‘Afghanistan to Ink Transport Agreement with Central Asian States’

‘Afghanistan to Ink Transport  Agreement with Central Asian States’

October 15, 2017

MAZAR-I-SHARIF - Afghanistan would soon sign an agreement with the Central Asian States which will open new venues and routes for the land-locked country, the Ministry of Transport said on Saturday.

Atmar Sees Positive Attitude to Peace in Region

Atmar Sees Positive Attitude to Peace in Region

October 15, 2017

KABUL – National Security Advisor (NSA) Mohammad Hanif Atmar has created a positive attitude toward peace and stability in the region, an official said on Saturday. Qader Shah, spokesman for...

Rebels Hell-Bent on Fighting to be Crushed

Rebels Hell-Bent on  Fighting to be Crushed

October 15, 2017

KABUL – The post new-US-strategy era has opened a window for insurgents to renounce violence and join peace process but those still willing to fight would be crushed, Chief Executive Officer..

Cancelling Mobile Phone Levy will ‘Damage’ Govt Revenue

Cancelling Mobile Phone Levy  will ‘Damage’ Govt Revenue

October 15, 2017

KABUL - A day after the Wolesi Jirga – the Lower House of the Parliament – voted against the 10 percent tax levy on mobile phone users, the Ministry of Finance said Thursday the move will...

MPs Accuse Presidential Palace of Corruption

MPs Accuse Presidential  Palace of Corruption

October 15, 2017

KABUL - Some MPs in the Wolesi Jirga – Lower House of Parliament – on Saturday accused President Ashraf Ghani and “the people around him” of being deeply involved in corruption...

Traditional Loya Jirga – An Obsolete and Ineffectual Mechanism

Traditional Loya Jirga – An Obsolete and Ineffectual Mechanism

October 15, 2017

Addressing a news conference in Kabul, Afghan former President Hamid Karzai said he had written a formal letter to President Ashraf Ghani, urging him to convene an emergency traditional grand...

UN Urged to be More Effective in Peace and Development

UN Urged to be More  Effective in Peace  and Development

October 14, 2017

UNITED NATIONS – UN delegates voiced their concerns here on Thursday that reform efforts must hone United nations’ skills to effectively meet peacekeeping and development challenges...

IEC Lacks Professional Workers: TEFA Chief

IEC Lacks Professional Workers: TEFA Chief

October 14, 2017

KABUL - Election watchdog Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan (TEFA) on Thursday said the Independent Election Commission (IEC) lacked professional workers and the problem needed...

Corruption a Serious Threat for Security Agencies

Corruption  a Serious Threat for  Security Agencies

October 14, 2017

KABUL - The National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar said corruption is a serious threat for security agencies in the country, adding that there is a need for a strong campaign against...

Trump’s Afghan Strategy Fueling War, Regional Rivalries: Karzai

Trump’s Afghan Strategy Fueling War, Regional Rivalries: Karzai

October 14, 2017

KABUL – Former Afghan President, Hamid Karzai is continuing his criticism of the new U.S. strategy for Afghanistan, asserting it does not bring “a message of peace” but instead...

Civilian Casualties from Air Strikes Rise More than 50 Percent: U.N.

Civilian Casualties from Air Strikes  Rise More than 50 Percent: U.N.

October 14, 2017

KABUL - Civilian casualties from Afghan and American air strikes have risen more than 50 percent since last year, the United Nations said on Thursday, as troops increase attacks on militants...

Badakhshan Forces Waiting for Order to Launch Offensives

Badakhshan Forces Waiting for Order to Launch Offensives

October 14, 2017

KABUL - Security officials in Badakhshan province, in the northeast of Afghanistan, said the army and police force members are ready to launch offensives to clear Yumgan and Wardooj districts...

IEC Determined to Hold Elections on Time

IEC Determined to  Hold Elections  on Time

October 12, 2017

KABUL – The Independent Election Commission is committed to holding parliamentary and district council elections on time, in July next year, the IEC chief Najibullah Ahmadzai told a press...