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Govt. Not to Hand Over any Provinces to Taliban

Govt. Not to Hand Over any Provinces to Taliban

January 11, 2012

KABUL - The Afghan government has not considered handing over some of the Afghan provinces, a spokesman for President Karzai said denying reports that the government had decided to transfer responsibility of some provinces to the Taliban. Afghan President Hamid Karzai's chief spokesperson, Emal Faizi, on ...

Control of Prisons Transferred to Interior Ministry

Control of Prisons Transferred to  Interior Ministry

January 11, 2012

KABUL - The control of all jails and detention centers across the country was transferred from the Ministry of Justice to the Ministry of Interior, officials said on Tuesday.
An agreement to the effect had been signed with Justice Minister Habibullah Ghalib, Interior Minister Bismillah Mohammadi told ...

Peace Talks will Not Have Positive Result: Gen. Dostum

Peace Talks will Not Have Positive Result: Gen. Dostum

January 11, 2012

KABUL - A key opposition leader, Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, says peace talks will not have positive results as the 'Taliban are not honest'.
General Dostum, who is visiting Germany, said that the Taliban group was making efforts to regroup by the end of 2014 when all foreign troops are expected to leave ...

Federalism Called A Recipe for Afghanistan’s Breakup

Federalism Called A Recipe for Afghanistan’s Breakup

January 11, 2012

KABUL - Amid reports about efforts at introducing a federal system in Afghanistan, Kabul-based political analysts warned on Tuesday such a regime could lead to the disintegration of the war-ravaged country.
Media reports say former vice president, Ahmad Zia Masoud, Junbish-i-Millie party chief Abdul Rashid Dostum and the Hezb-i-Wahdat leader ...

Afghan Asylum Seekers Arrested in Indonesia

Afghan Asylum Seekers Arrested in Indonesia

January 11, 2012

KABUL - Indonesian police arrested 77 illegal Afghan immigrants on Sunday just outside the capital Jakarta.
The Afghans were trying to head for Australia to seek asylum, according to media reports quoting immigration spokesperson Tito Andriano.
Immigration official Hertjansyah Wirandinata said that 17 of the ...

Taliban Deny Prisoner Swap Deal with US

Taliban Deny Prisoner Swap Deal with US

January 11, 2012

KABUL - The Taliban on Tuesday rejected reports that three of their high-ranking officials had been released from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in exchange for a captive US soldier.
On Monday, some Arab and Pakistan media outlets reported the US had freed Mullah Khairullah Khair Khwa, a former interior ...

Present Political System is Dysfunctional: Afghan Leaders

Present Political System is Dysfunctional: Afghan Leaders

January 10, 2012

BERLIN, Germany – A delegation of Afghan leaders consist of Ahmed Zia Massoud, Chairman Afghanistan National Front, General Abdul Rashid Dostum, Leader of National Islamic Movement of Afghanistan, Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq, Leader of People´s Unity Party of Afghanistan and Amrullah Saleh, Former Director of Afghan National Security Directorate met with US congressmen in Berlin on ...

Noor Opposes US-Taliban Deal

Noor Opposes US-Taliban Deal

January 10, 2012

KABUL - The governor of northern Balkh province, Atta Mohammad Noor, has said no foreign country has the right to hold direct talks with the Taliban without consulting the people of Afghanistan.
On the sidelines of the second Bonn conference, the US, Germany and Qatar agreed to set up a Taliban office in Qatar, a move supported by ...

HPC to Send Mission to Qatar

HPC to Send Mission to Qatar

January 10, 2012

KABUL - A senior member of Afghanistan's peace-making body will travel to Qatar soon to gather more details about plans for a Taliban political office in the Gulf nation, the High Peace Council's adviser on international affairs said on Monday. The Taliban said in a surprise announcement last week they had ...

Long-term Strategy of ANA Discussed

Long-term Strategy of ANA Discussed

January 10, 2012

KABUL - The National Security Council Meeting was attended by vice-presidents, senior minister, ministers of defense, interior, foreign affairs, finance, acting minister of energy and water, general director of national security department, chief of staff, and some generals of national army and chairman of the commission for transition ...

Next 3 Years Vital to Afghan Future: Ghani

Next 3 Years Vital to Afghan Future: Ghani

January 09, 2012

JALALABAD - The next three years would be crucial to the fate of five Afghan generations, the Security Transition Commission chairman said on Sunday. Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai told a meeting in eastern Nangarhar province the ongoing security transfer would decide the fate of the next five generations. Representatives of civil society and journalists attended the meeting in Jalalabad ahead of the security switch from International ...

Commission on Human Trafficking Starts Working

Commission on Human Trafficking Starts Working

January 09, 2012

KABUL - A commission set up by the Ministry of Justice to curb human trafficking and kidnappings on Sunday started working by holding its maiden session. The commission had been set up in an effort to control human trafficking and kidnappings, Minister of Justice Habibullah ...

Political Brinkmanship Continues in Afghan-U.S. Talks

Political Brinkmanship Continues in  Afghan-U.S. Talks

January 09, 2012

KABUL - Afghan investigators have accused the American military of abusing detainees at its main prison in the country, bolstering calls by President Hamid Karzai for the U.S. to turn over control of the facility and complicating talks about America's future role in Afghanistan. The investigators also called on Saturday for any detainee held ...

Need to Bring Troops back from Afghanistan: US Republicans

Need to Bring Troops back from Afghanistan: US Republicans

January 09, 2012

WASHINGTON - Republican presidential hopefuls yesterday agreed on the need to bring back the US troops from Afghanistan, but differed on the timing with some saying they will ensure it "as soon as possible" after coming to power. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who is currently leading poll ratings and won the Iowa ...

Afghanistan, Tajikistan Sign Economic, Technical Cooperation Protocol

Afghanistan, Tajikistan Sign Economic, Technical Cooperation Protocol

January 09, 2012

KABUL - An economic protocol on technical cooperation between Afghanistan and Tajikistan is expected to be signed Sunday in Kabul. A Tajikistan delegation led by Hakeemov minister of transport of Tajikistan has arrived in Kabul yesterday. The Tajikistan delegation attended a preliminary meeting chaired by Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal Minister of Economy ...

New Pentagon Strategy Stresses Asia, Cyber, Drones

New Pentagon Strategy Stresses Asia, Cyber, Drones

January 08, 2012

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama unveiled a defense strategy on Thursday that would expand the U.S. military presence in Asia but shrink the overall size of the force as the Pentagon seeks to slash spending by nearly half a trillion dollars after a decade of war.
The strategy, if carried out, would significantly reshape the world's most powerful military following the buildup that was a key part of President George W. Bush's "war on ...

US Night Raids Must End: Karzai

US Night Raids Must End: Karzai

January 08, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai said US night raids must end now, not just prior to or after 2014. He made the comments in an interview with Newsweek magazine.
US military commanders say night raids are their most successful military tactic in fighting the Taliban.
"Night raids by US forces on Afghan homes must end now," Mr ...

Bagram Prison Be Fully Transferred to Afghan Govt.

Bagram Prison Be Fully Transferred to Afghan Govt.

January 08, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai has assigned a commission to transfer the Bagram Prison fully to Afghan government control within a month time effective Saturday.
A meeting chaired by the President this morning (05 January) heard a briefing by Gul Rahman Qazi, the chairman of the Constitutional Oversight Commission on a report on Bagram detention facility and the condition of its ...

Lawmakers may Seek to Block Taliban Transfer

Lawmakers may Seek to Block Taliban Transfer

January 08, 2012

WASHINGTON - Critics of a possible transfer of Taliban prisoners are discussing tactics to block it, even before the Obama administration appears to have made a final decision on the most politically contentious element of its bid to broker an Afghan peace deal.
Administration officials have, under strict conditions of secrecy ...

Govt. to Sell Bamyan’s Siya Dara Iron Mine

Govt. to Sell Bamyan’s Siya Dara Iron Mine

January 08, 2012

KABUL - The Afghan Ministry of Mines on Saturday announced that it is selling the rights to develop Bamiyan's Siya Dara iron mine.
Afghan Minister of Mines Wahidullah Sharani said that the bidding process for Siya Dara will start after the agreement to develop the ...

Karzai Orders Transfer of US Prison to Afghan Control

Karzai Orders Transfer of US Prison to Afghan Control

January 07, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai, citing reports of human rights violations, on Thursday ordered the transfer of the US forces-run detention facility at the Bagram airfield in central Parwan province to Afghan control within a month, his office said.
The order comes after Karzai was briefed on a report by the chairman of the Constitutional Oversight Commission, Gul Rahman Qazi, the President Office said in a statement.
The report detailed many cases of violations ...

Pakistan Backs Afghan-led Reconciliation Effort

Pakistan Backs Afghan-led Reconciliation Effort

January 07, 2012

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan on Thursday said it would support every measure making the Afghan-led reconciliation process a success to bring peace and stability to the neighboring country.Abdul Basset, the Pakistan foreign ministry spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News over the telephone ...

No Comment on Mullah Omar’s Claim: US

No Comment on Mullah Omar’s Claim: US

January 07, 2012

WASHINGTON - The Obama Administration on Thursday neither denied nor confirmed the Taliban supreme leader's claim that the insurgents were negotiating a peace deal with the United States."It is for the Afghans to decide on their peace talks, and the United States will ...

New Strategy on Mineral Revenue Soon

New Strategy on Mineral Revenue Soon

January 07, 2012

KABUL - A "useful strategy" on the utilization of mineral revenue is being evolved and would be presented to the Cabinet for approval in the near future, officials said on Thursday.Mines minister Wahidullah Shahrani in an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News said the strategy had been recommended by President ...

Taliban Office Could Play Positive Role to End War: US

Taliban Office Could Play  Positive Role to End War: US

January 05, 2012

KABUL - State Department Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said on Tuesday that Taliban political office in Qatar could play a positive role in ending the war in Afghanistan.
She said that Washington has received no formal notification of Taliban plans to open an office in Doha, but we are willing to support the move if it is part of Afghan-led ...

Hezb-E-Islami Welcomes Peace Efforts

Hezb-E-Islami  Welcomes Peace Efforts

January 05, 2012

KABUL - The Hezb-e-Islami party has said it supports the Afghan peace efforts and wants to be part of the process, a spokesman for Afghan President said on Tuesday.
Emal Faizi, a spokesman for Afghan President Hamid Karzai, said on Tuesday that Hezb-e-Islami party had welcomed the peace efforts, adding ...

US Likely to Release Top Taliban Leaders from Gitmo

US Likely to  Release Top Taliban Leaders from Gitmo

January 05, 2012

KABUL - The US has reportedly agreed in principle to release high-ranking Taliban officials from Guantánamo Bay in return for the insurgents' agreement to open a political office for peace negotiations in Qatar, a British national daily newspaper said.
The Guardian, citing sources familiar with the talks in the US and in ...

US Signals Support for New Afghan-Taliban Peace Moves

US Signals  Support for New Afghan-Taliban Peace Moves

January 05, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai said on Wednesday that Afghanistan agrees with US efforts to negotiate with the Taliban, and a Taliban decision to open an office in the Gulf state of Qatar to facilitate communication with the West.
"Afghanistan agrees with the negotiations between the United ...

Constitution Needs Strong Political Support

Constitution Needs Strong Political Support

January 05, 2012

KABUL - Head of the legal section of the Independent Commission for Overseeing the Implementation of Constitution, Gul Rahman Qazi in the 8th anniversary of the adoption of the Afghan constitution, called on the Afghan president to support the constitution.
He also stressed that none of the three bodies in the country has ...

US-Taliban Talks A Trust-Building Measure: HPC

US-Taliban Talks A  Trust-Building Measure: HPC

January 04, 2012

KABUL - The Afghanistan High Peace Council(HPC) secretary on Monday said the peace negotiations between the United States and the Taliban in Doha were aimed at creating an atmosphere of confidence.
Maulvi Arsala Rahmani told Pajhwok Afghan News no one from the council would participate in the talks between the Taliban and the US.
He said sanctions on the Taliban by the United Nations Security Council and bounty on the heads of Taliban leaders ...

Taliban Agreed to Liaison Office in Doha

Taliban Agreed to  Liaison Office in Doha

January 04, 2012

KABUL - The Taliban on Tuesday confirmed they had agreed to have a political office in Qatar for peace talks with the Afghan government and the international fraternity.
A Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid in a statement said they agreed to have an office outside Afghanistan to initiate a dialogue ...

NATO to Pull $38.6b Worth of Gear From Afghanistan

NATO to Pull $38.6b Worth of Gear From  Afghanistan

January 04, 2012

KABUL- As the drawdown of United States (US) troops from Afghanistan steps up in 2012, NATO military planners are trying to figure out the logistics of how to ship out the massive quantities of alliance vehicles, weapons and other equipment from the mountainous landlocked ...

WFP Launches Initiative to Fight Hunger

WFP Launches Initiative to Fight Hunger

January 04, 2012

KABUL - The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) announced Tuesday a new food subsidy initiative geared towards providing Afghanistan's urban poor with guaranteed access to provisions despite the threat of food insecurity across the country.
The project, coordinated in partnership with the Afghan Ministry of ...

Qatar to Support Taliban Families in Doha

Qatar to Support  Taliban Families in Doha

January 02, 2012

KABUL - The government of Qatar has said it will financially support the families of Taliban leaders who recently moved to Doha, High Peace Council says.
The Council says that Qatar is committed to support the Taliban office in Qatar to continue peace talks.
Meanwhile, the Associated Press has written that US officials are planning to hold secret talks with the Taliban in European countries and in the Persian Gulf in the coming ...

New Year Celebration Around the World

New Year  Celebration  Around the World

January 02, 2012

KABUL - When the clock struck midnight millions of people around the world celebrated the 2012 New Year event.
It was celebrated in Asia, Australia, US and Europe where the world's tallest building Burj Khalifa was illuminated in ...