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Licenses of 817 Drug-Importing Companies Suspended

Licenses of 817 Drug-Importing Companies Suspended

October 30, 2017

KABUL - National Medicine & Health Product Regulatory Authority (NMHPRA) says licenses of 817 drug-importing companies have been suspended. Dr. Noor Shah Kamawal, NMHPRA...

Senator Asakzai Punished for Punching Colleague

Senator Asakzai Punished  for Punching Colleague

October 30, 2017

KABUL - Meshrano Jirga member Rahmatullah Asakzai was barred from attending house sessions for a month on Sunday over beating a colleague at the Senate’s hall. At Sunday’s meeting...

Taliban Kill 13 Police Officers in Kunduz Raid

Taliban Kill 13 Police  Officers in Kunduz Raid

October 30, 2017

KABUL - A pre-dawn Taliban attack in northern Afghanistan has killed at least 13 government forces. Officials reported the heavily armed insurgents raided a police outpost in the Khan Abad district...

US will Eradicate Terrorism, with or without Pakistan: Tillerson

US will Eradicate Terrorism, with or without Pakistan: Tillerson

October 29, 2017

WASHINGTON - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said that he did not visit Islamabad earlier this week to lecture or coerce Pakistanis but he did tell them that Washington is determined...

ADB Pledges Over $5b to New CAREC Strategy

ADB Pledges Over $5b to New CAREC Strategy

October 29, 2017

KABUL - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has announced more than $5 billion to support Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) 2030 strategy in the next 5 years. ADB President...

APL Brings Nation Under One Umbrella

APL Brings Nation Under One Umbrella

October 29, 2017

KABUL - The crowd that gathered on Friday night at Afghanistan’s Football Federation stadium to watch the final match of the Afghan Premier League (APL) was the first of its...

MPs Stress End to Differences between Ibrahimi, Humayon

MPs Stress End to Differences between Ibrahimi, Humayon

October 29, 2017

KABUL - The Wolesi Jirga session on Saturday held in-camera after the lawmakers said differences between the first speaker and first deputy speakers should be resolved otherwise it would...

Pakistan May Exempt Afghan Goods from Tax Raise: Envoy

Pakistan May Exempt Afghan Goods from Tax Raise: Envoy

October 29, 2017

KABUL - Pakistan’s Ambassador to Kabul, Zahid Nasrullah, says he has shared the issue of the increase in import duty on Afghan goods with his country’s authorities. Afghanistan Chamber...

Govt. to Build Two More Dams on Harirod River

Govt. to Build Two More  Dams on Harirod River

October 29, 2017

KABUL - The Ministry of Energy and Water is working on the procurement process for two dam projects which will be built on the Harirod River in Herat province – in the west of Afghanistan...

NUG Failed to Ensure Safety of People: Mohaqiq

NUG Failed to Ensure Safety of People: Mohaqiq

October 28, 2017

KABUL – Addressing a gathering in Kabul on Friday, Mohammad Mohaqiq, the second deputy of the chief executive Abdullah Abdullah, said the country will witness “bigger tragedies” if...

NATO to Moscow: Support Kabul for Regional Stability

NATO to Moscow:  Support Kabul for Regional Stability

October 28, 2017

KABUL - The NATO chief has told Russia that the best way to achieve stability in the region is to support the incumbent government in Kabul. NATO and Russia had a “frank exchange...

Ghani Has Promised Enforcing Reforms: Tillerson

Ghani Has Promised Enforcing Reforms: Tillerson

October 28, 2017

WASHINGTON - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday said the road to a stable, sovereign, unified and democratic Afghanistan requires the Afghan government to advance its commitment...

Taliban no Longer Controlled by Pakistan: Asif

Taliban no Longer  Controlled by Pakistan: Asif

October 28, 2017

KABUL - Pakistan Foreign Minister Khwaja Asif says his country no longer has any influence over Taliban. The insurgents are currently being sponsored and controlled by others, he claims...

President Orders Election of National Olympic Committee Chief

President Orders Election of  National Olympic Committee Chief

October 28, 2017

KABUL - President Ashraf Ghani has ordered the National Olympic Committee to dissolve all parallel bodies and elect its head, his office said on Friday. In a statement from the...

China Wants ‘Mutual Trust’ in US-Pakistan Relations

China Wants ‘Mutual Trust’  in US-Pakistan Relations

October 28, 2017

BEIJING - Chinese Foreign Ministry's spokesman says he hopes US-Pakistan ties will be "conducive to promoting regional peace and stability and mutual trust" in the region...

Kabul, Delhi Vow to Put up Joint Front Against Terrorism

Kabul, Delhi Vow  to Put up Joint Front Against Terrorism

October 26, 2017

KABUL - Afghanistan and India have stressed joint counterterrorism efforts and bilateral economic cooperation, the Presidential Palace said on Wednesday. A statement from the Palace said...

Lawmaker Highlights Hands behind Rise of Daesh

Lawmaker Highlights Hands behind Rise of Daesh

October 26, 2017

KABUL - There are hands behind rise of Daesh (also known as ISIS or ISIL), an Afghan lawmaker said in a reference to growth of Takfiri groups east of Afghanistan. The Afghan lawmaker, Abdulrahman...

Alternate Plan Needed in Place of E-Voting System: IEC

Alternate Plan Needed in Place  of E-Voting System: IEC

October 26, 2017

KABUL - Technical problems plaguing preparations for next year’s elections will continue indefinitely unless the budget allocated is paid over to the Independent Election Commission...

Ghani Refuses to Join CPEC While Access to India is Blocked

Ghani Refuses to Join CPEC While Access to India is Blocked

October 26, 2017

KABUL - While in India on Tuesday, President Ashraf Ghani called on Pakistan to end its support to insurgent groups and took a firm stand against joining the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor...

Fighting Terrorism Dominates Tillerson, Swaraj Talks

Fighting Terrorism Dominates  Tillerson, Swaraj Talks

October 26, 2017

KABUL - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi on Wednesday and was scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi later in the day...

Threatening Media Outlets Not Acceptable: Abdullah

Threatening Media Outlets  Not Acceptable: Abdullah

October 26, 2017

KABUL - Chief Executive Officer Abdullah on Wednesday reaffirmed his support to the freedom of expression and access to information and warned threatening media outlets by government institutions...

Ghani Highlights India’s Importance on Economic

Ghani Highlights  India’s Importance on Economic

October 25, 2017

NEW DEHLI – President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday highlighted that the economic cooperation with India was a bright prospect, saying that the country has “8 percent potential rate of...

China, Afghanistan and Pakistan to Dominate Agenda: Tillerson

China, Afghanistan and Pakistan  to Dominate Agenda: Tillerson

October 25, 2017

NEW DELHI - The Trump administration's South Asia strategy is under the spotlight this week, as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson heads to New Delhi after stops in Kabul and Islamabad...

Senators Allege Deal on Durand Line Fencing

Senators Allege Deal on Durand Line Fencing

October 25, 2017

KABUL - Some Meshrano Jirga or upper house members on Tuesday alleged the Afghan government had reached an agreement with Pakistan on fencing the Durand Line. However, President Ashraf Ghani...

In Alasai District, Not a Single Girls’ School Has Building

In Alasai District, Not a Single Girls’ School Has Building

October 25, 2017

KABUL - Not a single girls’ school has a proper building in the Alasai district of central Kapisa province, an official said on Tuesday. Education Director Mohammad Nasim Safi told...

India Ready to Receive Afghan Trucks at Attari Check Post

India Ready to Receive Afghan  Trucks at Attari Check Post

October 25, 2017

NEW DEHLI - India on Tuesday reiterated its readiness to receive Afghan trucks at the Integrated Check Post at Attari. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who is in New Delhi on a day-long...

Nabil Claims He was Threatened by Stanekzai

Nabil Claims He was  Threatened by Stanekzai

October 25, 2017

KABUL - Former Afghan spy chief, Rahmatullah Nabil has claimed that Masoum Stanekzai the head of Intelligence, National Directorate of Security (NDS) has threatened him against his political...

Tillerson Pays Flying Visit to Afghanistan to Discuss U.S. Strategy

Tillerson Pays Flying  Visit to Afghanistan to  Discuss U.S. Strategy

October 24, 2017

BAGRAM AIR BASE – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Monday discussed with Afghan leaders the U.S. strategy for ending America’s longest war, in a brief, unreported visit...

US, Afghanistan Agree to Resolve Tax Dispute

US, Afghanistan Agree  to Resolve Tax Dispute

October 24, 2017

KABUL - The Afghan and US governments have reportedly agreed to resolve the pre-2015 tax dispute, however, it is unclear if the Cabinet has approved the agreement. The agreement happened...

Zakhelwal to Discuss Import Duty Issue with Pakistan

Zakhelwal to Discuss Import Duty Issue with Pakistan

October 24, 2017

KABUL - Afghanistan Ambassador to Pakistan Hazrat Omar Zakhelwal has promised to discuss the increase in customs duty on Afghan goods with the authorities in Islamabad this week...

MoD Welcomes CIA Decision to Hunt Down Taliban Leaders

MoD Welcomes CIA Decision  to Hunt Down Taliban Leaders

October 24, 2017

KABUL - The CIA has decided to send in small, experienced teams to Afghanistan to hunt down Taliban commanders - a move that has been welcomed by MoD. Afghan Ministry of Defense...

Statement by Tadamichi Yamamoto, Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, on United Nations Day

Statement by Tadamichi Yamamoto,  Secretary-General’s Special Representative  for Afghanistan, on United Nations Day

October 24, 2017

KABUL - People all around the globe today mark UN Day. Here in Afghanistan the UN family recommits itself to upholding...

Senators Call for ‘Prompt Execution’ of Anas Haqqani, Imprisoned Militants

Senators Call for ‘Prompt Execution’ of Anas Haqqani, Imprisoned Militants

October 23, 2017

KABUL – Afghan senators on Sunday called for “prompt execution” of Anas Haqqani and other imprisoned militants, as violence has been sharpened in the country since...

Pakistan Calls for Concerted Efforts Against Terror

Pakistan Calls for Concerted  Efforts Against Terror

October 23, 2017

KABUL - The government of Pakistan in reaction to the suicide bombing on army cadets in Kabul has called for concerted efforts among states to eliminate the menace of terrorism...

Ghani Visits Paktia after Last Week’s Deadly Attack on Police HQ

Ghani Visits Paktia after Last Week’s Deadly Attack on Police HQ

October 23, 2017

KABUL - President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday visited eastern Paktia province after last week’s deadly attack on police headquarters that killed about 80 people including 59 Afghan security...