Editor in Chief: Dr. Hussain Yasa Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Aid Groups Need $550 Million to Confront Worsening Afghan Crisis: UN

Aid Groups Need $550 Million to  Confront Worsening Afghan Crisis: UN

January 19, 2017

KABUL - International aid groups needs more than a half a billion dollars this year to help millions of Afghans struggling with increased violence and a bleak economy, as a humanitarian...

Al-Qaeda Threat in Af-Pak Region Persists: White House

Al-Qaeda Threat in Af-Pak Region Persists: White House

January 19, 2017

WASHINGTON - Even as the strength of Taliban and Al Qaeda has been diminished to a large extent, the situation in Afghanistan continues to be of concern, the outgoing Obama...

Afghan Forces were Tested and Prevailed in 2016: Nicholson

Afghan Forces were Tested and Prevailed in 2016: Nicholson

January 19, 2017

WASHINGTON - The commander of US and NATO troops in Afghanistan said that the Afghan national security forces were tested in 2016 and they prevailed. It was an important year for us...

Trump Team to Cooperate with Kabul, Hopes Mohib

Trump Team to Cooperate  with Kabul, Hopes Mohib

January 19, 2017

KABUL - Counterterrorism and economic development cooperation will be among the top of the Trump administration, which is scheduled to take office on January 20, believes the Afghan...

Some Parts of the Constitution Omitted: Bashardost

Some Parts of the Constitution Omitted: Bashardost

January 19, 2017

KABUL - Some Wolesi Jirga (WJ) members on Wednesday alleged some articles of the constitution had been either altered or removed. Dr. Ramazan Bashardost, an outspoken lawmaker from...

NSC Oks Procedure for Marking NDSF Day

NSC Oks Procedure for Marking NDSF Day

January 19, 2017

KABUL - The National Security Council (NSC) has approved a procedure for celebrating National Defence Security Forces (NDSF) Day, declaring the Spin Ghar area of eastern Nangarhar...

Afghans Have Little Faith in NUG’s Economic, Security Policies

Afghans Have Little Faith in  NUG’s Economic, Security Policies

January 18, 2017

KABUL - A new survey carried out by the Center for Strategic and Regional Studies (CSRS) has found that the majority of people in Afghanistan are skeptical about government’s...

US, Pakistan Back Afghan- Led Reconciliation Drive

US, Pakistan Back Afghan- Led Reconciliation Drive

January 18, 2017

PESHAWAR - Top American and Pakistani military commanders have reaffirmed their support for an Afghan-led peace and reconciliation process. Pakistan’s Chief of Army...

Refugees Poured $7 Billion to Afghanistan by Returning Home in Past 1 Year

Refugees Poured $7 Billion to Afghanistan by Returning Home in Past 1 Year

January 18, 2017

KABUL - The Afghan refugees have poured around $7 billion in the country by repatriating from the host countries in the past one year, the officials said Tuesday. Syed Hussain Alimi...

IEC Consultation Meeting Discusses Transparency in Future Elections

IEC Consultation Meeting Discusses Transparency in Future Elections

January 18, 2017

KABUL - Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Tuesday held consultative meeting with different groups of people in order to provide a credible environment for the conduct of upcoming...

Hekmatyar to Appear Soon in Kabul: Amin

Hekmatyar to Appear  Soon in Kabul: Amin

January 18, 2017

KABUL - Hizb-I-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) on Tuesday said it would have a wide presence in future elections and did not worry about the sanctions imposed on the party’s leader, Gulbuddin...

ANP Concerned at Tense Kabul-Islamabad Relations

ANP Concerned at Tense  Kabul-Islamabad Relations

January 18, 2017

PESHAWAR – Pakistan’s Awami National Party (ANP) has voiced its concern over the increasingly frigid relations between Kabul and Islamabad. Ties between the neighbours, long...

Turkish Parliament Concludes First Round of Voting on Constitutional Amendments

Turkish Parliament Concludes First Round of Voting on  Constitutional Amendments

January 17, 2017

ANKARA - The Turkish parliament adopted the last two articles of the new constitutional reform package on Sunday completing the first round of voting, state-run Anadolu Agency...

UAE Official Blames Afghan Govt. for Kandahar Attack

UAE Official Blames Afghan Govt. for Kandahar Attack

January 17, 2017

KABUL - A senior United Arab Emirates (UAE) security official has held the Afghan government responsible for the deadly bombing in Kandahar on Tuesday which claimed the lives of 11...

Kabul Attack Masterminds Move Freely in Pakistan: Ghani to Bajwa

Kabul Attack Masterminds Move Freely in Pakistan: Ghani to Bajwa

January 17, 2017

KABUL - In a telephonic conversation with Pakistan’s Army Chief of Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, President Ashraf Ghani said that terrorists who planned the recently deadly...

Wolesi Jirga Approves Draft Budget for 2017

Wolesi Jirga Approves  Draft Budget for 2017

January 17, 2017

KABUL - The Wolesi Jirga on Monday approved the draft budget for 2017 with some recommendations to ensure balanced development of the country. The lower house had initially rejected...

Mansoor’s Death Scuttled Peace Parleys, Claims Aziz

Mansoor’s Death Scuttled Peace Parleys, Claims Aziz

January 17, 2017

PESHAWAR - Both Kabul and Taliban lack consensus on peace negotiations, Pakistan’s foreign affairs adviser says, asserting his country’s sincere cooperation with an...

Polio Cases Reach 13 in Afghanistan in 2016

Polio Cases Reach 13  in Afghanistan in 2016

January 17, 2017

KABUL - The number of poliomyelitis cases in Afghanistan reached 13 in 2016 after a new case of the crippling disease was detected last month, the Public Health Ministry confirmed in...

Senators Call on Ghani to Dissolve the High Peace Council

Senators Call on Ghani to  Dissolve the High Peace Council

January 16, 2017

KABUL - Senators from the Meshrano Jirga (Upper House of Parliament) on Sunday asked President Ashraf Ghani to dissolve the High Peace Council (HPC) following the insensitive remarks...

Kabul, Delhi Strategic Partnership Meeting Soon: MoFA

Kabul, Delhi Strategic Partnership Meeting Soon: MoFA

January 16, 2017

KABUL - The second meeting of Afghanistan and India Joint Strategic Partnership (AIJSP) would be held in the near future, a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has...

Whereabouts of Letter to Supreme Court Remains a Mystery

Whereabouts of Letter to Supreme Court Remains a Mystery

January 16, 2017

KABUL - Media supporting groups on Sunday slammed the Afghan government over its refusal to provide journalists with necessary information regarding a letter reportedly sent by...

Pakistan Proposes Intelligence Cooperation with Afghanistan to Fight Terrorism

Pakistan Proposes Intelligence Cooperation with Afghanistan to Fight Terrorism

January 16, 2017

ISLAMABAD - Pakistani army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Sunday spoke to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and offered intelligence cooperation to curb terrorism together, the...

Recent Attacks: 2-Day National Mourning Announced

Recent Attacks: 2-Day  National Mourning Announced

January 16, 2017

KABUL - President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday announced a two-day national mourning on Sunday and Monday for the victims of recent terrorist attacks in capital Kabul and southern Kandahar...

Kochi’s Remarks on Tajikistan Envoy’s Personal View: MoFA

Kochi’s Remarks on Tajikistan  Envoy’s Personal View: MoFA

January 16, 2017

KABUL - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has distanced itself from the Afghan ambassador’s remarks on Tajik and Russian mafia’s role in production of drugs in...

Ghani Warns Against Glorification of Terrorists, Saboteurs

Ghani Warns Against Glorification of Terrorists, Saboteurs

January 15, 2017

KABUL - The government would not allow anyone to call the killers of Afghans the angels of peace by exploiting the freedom of speech, the Presidential Palace said on Saturday...

WJ Rejects Amended Next Year’s Budget

WJ Rejects Amended  Next Year’s Budget

January 15, 2017

KABUL - The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament on Saturday refused to approve an amended version of next fiscal year’s budget over what lawmakers called imbalanced...

Russia Calls for Intra-Afghan Dialogue, End to Violence

Russia Calls for Intra-Afghan  Dialogue, End to Violence

January 15, 2017

KABUL - Moscow has asked the warring parties in Afghanistan, primarily the Taliban movement, to renounce violence and take urgent action to launch intra-Afghan dialogue...

Supreme Court Should Rule on Issue of Dismissed Ministers: CEO

Supreme Court Should Rule on  Issue of Dismissed Ministers: CEO

January 15, 2017

KABUL - The Office of the Chief Executive on Saturday said the interpretation of Article 92 of the Constitution is needed and urged the Supreme Court to interpret the article and...

UAE Delegation to Investigate Kandahar Bombing

UAE Delegation to Investigate Kandahar Bombing

January 15, 2017

KABUL - The Kandahar governor's spokesman said that a United Arab Emirates delegation has arrived in the city to investigate Tuesday's blast which killed 11 people including the...

Jilani Expresses Pakistan Concern over Daesh Influence in Afghanistan

Jilani Expresses Pakistan Concern over Daesh  Influence in Afghanistan

January 15, 2017

WASHINGTON - The Pakistan Ambassador to the United States has said Daesh has no concerted structure within Pakistan; however the country is distressed by the militant group’s influence...

Gov’t Failed to Improve Human Rights in 2016: HRW

Gov’t Failed to Improve Human Rights in 2016: HRW

January 14, 2017

KABUL - Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a recent report that the Afghan government had not made any considerable achievements in improving human rights in 2016 and that internal political...

ANSF Unable to Provide Security for Whole Country: SIGAR

ANSF Unable to Provide Security for Whole Country: SIGAR

January 14, 2017

KABUL - With the imminent arrival of a new administration and Congress in the U.S, which will inherit a 15-year, $115 billion USD investment in Afghanistan, the Special Inspector...

Rise in Afghans Returning Home Threatens Overstretched Resources: UN

Rise in Afghans Returning Home Threatens Overstretched Resources: UN

January 14, 2017

LONDON - More than 9,400 undocumented Afghans have returned home from Iran and Pakistan in the first week of 2017, raising concerns over how the war-torn Asian nation will cope with the...

Rouhani Calls for Immediate Work on Joint Projects with Afghanistan

Rouhani Calls for Immediate Work on Joint Projects with Afghanistan

January 14, 2017

TEHRAN - In a meeting with Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah in Tehran on Wednesday, President Rouhani hoped for political stability and unity in...

Private Varsities Asked Not to Hire Foreign Teachers

Private Varsities Asked Not to Hire Foreign Teachers

January 14, 2017

KABUL - The Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) has stressed appointment of Afghan teachers in the private sector-run universities and other higher educational institutes and...