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Karzai Seeks SCO Support for War on Terror

Karzai Seeks SCO Support for War on Terror

June 09, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai assured the 12th Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit that concluded in Beijing on Thursday that Afghanistan's soil would not be used against any regional country.
At the important regional meeting, participants exchanged views on the Afghanistan conflict and the Iranian nuclear issue. The SCO decided ...

US Losing Patience with Pakistan: Panetta

US Losing Patience  with Pakistan: Panetta

June 09, 2012

KABUL - During an unannounced visit to Kabul, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned on Thursday that Washington's patience with Islamabad on rebel sanctuaries was fraying.
As long as terrorist hideouts existed in Pakistan, peace and stability would continue to elude Afghanistan, he told a news conference after high-level security talks with his Afghan ...

Afghanistan Faces Major Security Test: India

Afghanistan Faces Major Security Test: India

June 09, 2012

BEIJING - Taking part in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Chinese capital Beijing, India's external affair minister S M Krishna on Thursday said the biggest security challenge in the region in and around South Asia is to Afghanistan.
"The most important security challenge we face today relates to ...

Mahmood Blames Banking Crisis on Govt. Inefficiency

Mahmood Blames Banking Crisis on Govt. Inefficiency

June 09, 2012

KANDAHAR CITY - Eminent trader and President Hamid Karzai's brother, Mahmood Karzai, on Thursday said he had long returned his loan to Kabul Bank, blaming the lingering loan crisis on poor management and inefficiency of the government.
Kabul Bank, once the country's largest private-sector lender, ran ...

Armed Kuchis Invasion in Behsud; Mosque, Hundreds of Holy Quran Ablazed

Armed Kuchis Invasion in Behsud; Mosque, Hundreds of Holy Quran Ablazed

June 07, 2012

KABUL - Following invasion of Behsud villages and attacks on the villagers, armed Kuchis (Nomads) set fire to hundreds of copies of the Holy Quran and a religious Madrasa along a mosque in Kajab valley of Behsud district of Wardak province, witnesses said on Wednesday.
Local civilians say that armed Kuchis attacked their houses and burnt copies of the Holly Quran and other books that were kept there.
A video report that was broadcasted on an Afghan private TV channel showed that hundreds of armed men took part in assaults on Kajab area ...

President Hamid Karzai: China can Inspire Pakistan Into Real War on Terror

President Hamid Karzai: China can Inspire Pakistan Into Real War on Terror

June 07, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday said that China could motivate its long-time friend Pakistan into fighting honestly the twin scourge of terrorism and extremism.
Addressing students of a Chinese university in Beijing, Karzai said the Afghan-US strategic deal would not weaken Kabul's relations with ...

China Eyes Gas Pipeline Via Afghanistan

China Eyes Gas Pipeline Via Afghanistan

June 07, 2012

KABUL - Beijing wants to build a pipeline transporting natural gas to China from Turkmenistan via Tajikistan and Afghanistan, the Presidential Palace said on Wednesday.
State-run China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) Chairman Jiang Jiemin referred to the plan during a meeting with President Hamid Karzai on the sidelines of the 12th Shanghai Cooperation Organization ...

Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq: Decentralized Govt. System Best Solution

Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq: Decentralized Govt. System Best Solution

June 07, 2012

BAMYAN CITY - The Afghanistan National Front (ANF) leader on Wednesday described the government as incompetent and a decentralized system would solve the ongoing crisis in the country.
Speaking at the first death anniversary of provincial council ...

NATO Supplies to be Routed Through CA

NATO Supplies to be Routed Through CA

June 06, 2012

KABUL - NATO has signed a pact with three Central Asian countries -- Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan -- which would provide a new land route to transport supplies to foreign troops in land-locked Afghanistan.
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the alliance had reached an agreement on "reverse transit" from Afghanistan with three Central Asian partners. "These agreements will give us a range of new options and the robust and flexible transport ...

Karzai off to Beijing for SCO Summit

Karzai off to Beijing for SCO Summit

June 06, 2012

KABUL - At the head of a high-powered ministerial delegation, President Hamid Karzai flew to Beijing on Tuesday morning to participate in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit.
On the sidelines of the important regional meeting, Karzai is expected to hold talks with foreign leaders on bilateral issues, the ...

Russia Fears Regional Instability After NATO Exit

Russia Fears Regional Instability After NATO Exit

June 06, 2012

KABUL - Russia fears another round of regional instability as NATO prepares to withdraw from Afghanistan by 2014 -- a move that could open the floodgates for potential rivalries among its not-so-friendly neighbors.
In an interview with a Chinese newspaper, Russian Foreign Minister ...

Ahmad Zia Massoud, ANF Leader: Govt. must Stop the Insurgency in Behsud

Ahmad Zia Massoud, ANF Leader: Govt. must Stop the Insurgency in Behsud

June 06, 2012

KABUL - Afghanistan National Front (ANF), in its press release, issued by the Front leader Ahmad Zia Masoud on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, advised the government that the issue of Kochis in Behsud district of Maidan Wardak Province, should be solved immediately and appropriate ...

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta: India A Key Partner from Afghanistan to Asia-Pacific

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta: India A Key Partner from Afghanistan to Asia-Pacific

June 06, 2012

NEW DELHI — In meetings with the prime minister and national security adviser, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta stressed the importance of a partnership with India both for ongoing efforts in Afghanistan and for the United States' new focus on security in the ...

Najafi Pushes for Airport in Every Province

Najafi Pushes for Airport in Every Province

June 06, 2012

KABUL - Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation said that it would like to build more airports in Afghanistan, but without the budget to do so, it is heading to Tokyo with hopes of securing such funding.
Afghan Civil Aviation Minister Daoud Ali Najafi said on Tuesday that ...

NATO Strikes Afghan Transport Deals

NATO Strikes Afghan Transport Deals

June 05, 2012

KABUL - NATO has reached agreement with Central Asian nations to bring military equipment out of Afghanistan, completely bypassing Pakistan.
NATO has concluded agreements with Central Asian nations allowing it to evacuate vehicles and other military equipment from Afghanistan and completely bypass Pakistan, which once provided the main supply route for coalition forces.
Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Monday Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan had agreed to allow the reverse transport of ...

Iran Restricts Afghan Refugees Education Access

Iran Restricts  Afghan Refugees Education Access

June 05, 2012

KABUL - Iran's National Organization for Educational Testing has issued a list of university courses which prohibits Afghan refugees to study, a western news website reported. The universities include Atomic physics, nuclear engineering, aerospace engineering, chemical ...

Karzai to Meet World Leaders in Beijing

Karzai to Meet World Leaders in Beijing

June 05, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai will meet several world leaders on subjects of bilateral interest on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit, his spokesman said on Monday.
The president would hold talks with his Chinese, Russian, Iranian and Pakistani counterparts in Beijing on important issues facing ...

Senate Approves Bills on Judiciary, Drugs

Senate Approves Bills  on Judiciary, Drugs

June 05, 2012

KABUL - Meshrano Jirga, or upper house of parliament, on Monday unanimously approved a bill on the authority of the judiciary and its composition and another legislative measure on narcotics with some amendments.
Already endorsed by the Wolesi Jirga, the government-introduced bill ...

High-Level Meeting Discusses Security Situation

High-Level Meeting Discusses Security Situation

June 04, 2012

KABUL - Chaired by President Hamid Karzai, a National Security Council (NSC) meeting on Sunday discussed the overall security situation in the country.
The two vice-presidents, the senior minister, national security advisor and other officials attended the meeting, a statement from the Presidential Palace said.
Mines Minister Wahidullah Shahrani presented a report to participants on security problems in implementation of key mining and gas ...

China Steps Up Afghan Role as Western Pullout Nears

China Steps Up Afghan Role as Western Pullout Nears

June 04, 2012

KABUL - China and Afghanistan will sign an agreement in the coming days that strategically deepens their ties, Afghan officials say, the strongest signal yet that Beijing wants a role beyond economic partnership as Western forces prepare to leave the ...

Senate Oks Strategic Pact with US

Senate Oks Strategic Pact with US

June 04, 2012

KABUL - Meshrano Jirga -- or upper house of parliament -- on Sunday approved the strategic cooperation agreement between Afghanistan and the United States, an official said.
The accord, a vital document that sets the tone for decade-long ties with the US after foreign troops leave the country in 2014, was ...

Taliban are against Peace: NDS

Taliban are against Peace: NDS

June 04, 2012

KABUL - The Taliban are against peace and stability in the country and are trying to increase their insurgent activities together with the terrorist groups in Pakistan, NDS officials said Sunday.
Spokesman for the National Directorate of Security Sahfiqullah Taheri said that as the international community is putting more pressure on ...

US Could have Done Better in Afghanistan: Karzai

US Could have Done Better in Afghanistan: Karzai

June 03, 2012

KABUL - In a recent Interview with the Time Magazine World, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said that US could have done better in Afghanistan if it respected the homes of Afghans and fought terrorism elsewhere.
"In its time here the United States could have done a lot better for Afghanistan," President Karzai has told Time Magazine.
"But then they did not regard the homes of Afghan villagers as homes that gave the United States and NATO a welcome."
"And in the name in ...

EU Suspends $37mln Aid to ANP

EU Suspends $37mln Aid to ANP

June 03, 2012

KABUL - The European Union blocked the release of $37 million to a UN-run fund that financed Afghan National Police (ANP), a Western Official in Kabul told Wall Street Journal.
The European Union, US and Japan are the key donors of the Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan (LOTFA), while EU has pledged to spend ...

Afghan Mission will Prompt NATO Reform: Canada

Afghan Mission will Prompt NATO Reform: Canada

June 03, 2012

SINGAPORE - The NATO alliance will emerge strengthened from its decade-long mission to crush Taliban militants in Afghanistan with a general will to reform the 28-nation bloc, Canada's defense minister said on Saturday.
Peter MacKay, in an interview with Reuters, said both Canada and NATO ...

Canada Made Enormous Sacrifices to Assist Afghans: Envoy

Canada Made Enormous  Sacrifices to Assist Afghans: Envoy

June 03, 2012

KABUL - Canada's new Ambassador to Afghanistan Glenn Davidson formally assumed charge on Saturday when he presented his credentials to President Hamid Karzai.
Succeeding William Crosbie, Davidson said: "For more than a decade, Canada has made enormous sacrifices to assist the Afghan people ...

No Intention to Stay in Office beyond Term: Karzai

No Intention to Stay in  Office beyond Term: Karzai

June 02, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai has rejected stories in the western press as fictional that he was trying to seek a third term as president of Afghanistan.
"No, not at all. I think two terms is a very long time. You need fresh energy, you need fresh thinking, someone with more...untested ideas should come forward and build on what we could not improve upon. The western press is full of stories, though, about my trying to seek a third term," Karzai told Time Magazine during an hour long ...

Senate to Vote on Afghan-US Pact

Senate to  Vote on  Afghan-US Pact

June 02, 2012

KABUL - Meshrano Jirga or the upper house of parliament will vote on the strategic partnership accord between Afghanistan and the United States this Sunday, an official said Thursday.
President Hamid Karzai and his American counterpart Barack Obama signed the crucial agreement at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on May ...

Strategic Pacts Won’t Affect Ties with Russia: Karzai

Strategic Pacts  Won’t Affect Ties  with Russia: Karzai

June 02, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Thursday said the signing of strategic cooperation agreements with other countries would not affect the good relations between Afghanistan and Russia.
During a meeting between Karzai and Russia's special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Zamir Kabulov, current regional security ...

6mln Afghan Children Facing Major Threats

6mln Afghan Children  Facing Major Threats

June 02, 2012

KABUL - Around 6 million Afghan kids are currently facing poverty and other serious threats in the country, a spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Work and Social Affairs, Ali Iftikhari ...

No Special Electoral Tribunal for Upcoming Polls: FEFA

No Special Electoral Tribunal for Upcoming Polls: FEFA

June 02, 2012

KABUL - There should be no special electoral tribunal for the upcoming Afghan elections and none of the election committee commissioners should be prosecuted, Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) said Thursday.
Reviewing the authorities and organizational structure of the ...

ANF to Win Next Presidential Polls: Dostam

ANF to Win Next Presidential Polls: Dostam

May 31, 2012

KABUL – Founder and Leader of Junbish party and Afghanistan National Front (ANF) leader Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostam on Wednesday said that ANF would win the next presidential elections if the polling was transparent.
Dostum told a gathering of Tens of thousands of people in northern Takhar province that if the next election was fraud-free, the front's will certainly win the polls".
The ANF chairman, Ahmad Zia Massoud, Hezb-i-Wahdat leader Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq, former intelligence chief Amrullah Saleh ...

579 Civilians Killed in Four Months: UNAMA

579 Civilians Killed in Four Months: UNAMA

May 31, 2012

KABUL - A top United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) official said about 579 civilians had been killed in the first four months of this year and most of the killings were carried out by militants.
Speaking at a news conference in Kabul, the UNAMA head Jan Kubis, said 79 percent of the casualties were caused by militants, nine ...

Iran to Increase Fuel Transit to Afghanistan

Iran to Increase Fuel Transit to Afghanistan

May 31, 2012

TEHRAN - Senior Iranian Oil Ministry officials announced that the country will soon boost transit of oil products to Afghanistan and Iraq, Fars reported.
"At present we don't need to swap oil products but we can raise the volume of gasoline and gasoil transit to Iraq and Afghanistan via ...

Etisalat Group Delegation Visits Afghanistan on Asia Operations Tour

Etisalat Group  Delegation Visits  Afghanistan on Asia Operations Tour

May 31, 2012

KABUL - Jamal Aljarwan, chief regional officer Asia Cluster, Etisalat Group, recently made his first stop of an Asia-wide tour in Afghanistan, where he was joined by high-ranking officials to visit the Group's operations in Afghanistan and discuss the development of the Group's initiatives in the country, as well as the recent pilot of the ...