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Target Killing of Hazaras Continues in Pakistan

Target Killing of Hazaras Continues in Pakistan

October 05, 2011

QUETTA, Pakistan - In yet another ethnic target killing in Quetta, Pakistan at least 14 people from Hazara Community were killed and 7 others were seriously injured.
The killings were carried out on Tuesday morning by unknown gunslingers who were riding bikes and stopped a bus near Akthar Abad neighborhood that was taking around 30 passengers from Hazara Town Burrori to Hazar Ganji, Quetta. They segregated Hazara passengers, dragged them out, made them stand in line and shot ...

French Govt. Provides Euro 5.7mln to Health Ministry

French Govt.  Provides Euro 5.7mln to Health Ministry

October 05, 2011

KABUL - The French government has provided 5.7mln euros (366 million Afghanis) for the implementation of an improved maternal and child health program in the northeastern province of Badakhshan, an official said on Tuesday.
This program would be implemented by Aga Khan Development Network ...

ISAF Supports Karzai’s Stance on Talks with Pakistan

ISAF Supports Karzai’s Stance on Talks with Pakistan

October 05, 2011

KABUL - Militants have sanctuaries outside Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Tuesday, supporting President Hamid Karzai's stance on peace talk with Pakistan, not Taliban.
President Hamid Karzai on Monday accused Pakistan of failing to ...

Security Situation Alarming in Afghanistan: ICRC

Security Situation Alarming in  Afghanistan: ICRC

October 05, 2011

KABUL - The International Committee of the Red Cross said Tuesday that deteriorating security in Afghanistan has impeded access to medical care, driving it to critically low levels in some areas of the country after nearly a decade of war.
"Despite improvements in the quality of life for certain sectors of the population over the past ...

ISI-Backed Groups Active Against Afghan Govt.: Nabil

ISI-Backed Groups Active Against  Afghan Govt.: Nabil

October 05, 2011

KABUL - Fifteen Inter-services Intelligence-supported insurgent groups are operating against the Afghan government, the acting head of the National Directorate of Security ('NDS) told lawmakers on Tuesday.
Interior Minister Bismillah Mohammadi and the acting NDS chief, Rahmatullah Nabil, were summoned by the Wolesi Jirga to brief ...

Afghanistan and India Sign ‘Strategic Partnership’

Afghanistan and India Sign ‘Strategic Partnership’

October 05, 2011

NEW DEHLI - The leaders of Afghanistan and India have signed a strategic partnership agreement during a visit by President Hamid Karzai to New Dehli, India.
President Karzai met Indian PM Manmohan Singh, who said violence in Afghanistan was undermining security in South Asia.
He also said that India would "stand by Afghanistan" when ...

Text of Agreement on Strategic Partnership between the Republic of India and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Text of Agreement on Strategic Partnership between the  Republic of India and the  Islamic  Republic of Afghanistan

October, 05 2011

This Agreement, based on mutual understanding and long term trust between the Sides, envisages the elevation of the multifaceted ties between the two countries to higher levels, both in the bilateral field and in the international ...

Little Money Recovered in Kabul Bank Scandal

Little Money Recovered in Kabul Bank Scandal

October 03, 2011

KABUL - More than a year after the Afghan government seized control of the nation's largest bank because its reserves were being looted, officials have recovered less than 10 percent of the nearly $1 billion that went missing.
The crisis has jeopardized up to $1.8 billion in foreign aid earmarked for Afghanistan because many donors stopped authorizing payments after the International Monetary Fund closed its program here as a result of the scandal. "Unless we solve the Kabul Bank issue" this ...

Senate Supports Karzai’s Remarks on Pakistan

Senate Supports Karzai’s Remarks on Pakistan

October 03, 2011

KABUL - A number of Meshrano Jirga members on Sunday backed President Hamid Karzai's recent remarks that reconciliation talks be held with the Pakistan government, not Taliban.
It was important to discuss the issue of rebel safe havens with Islamabad to have peace and stability in Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai told the National Ulema Council on ...

Gilani Urges Karzai to Stop Suspecting Pakistan

Gilani Urges Karzai  to Stop Suspecting Pakistan

October 03, 2011

MULTAN – Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has called upon President Hamid Karzai to end misconceptions about Pakistan regarding High Peace Council leader Burhanuddin Rabbani's assassination.
Former Afghan President Rabbani, who had been tasked with trying to negotiate a political end to the war in Afghanistan, was killed on ...

Unseated Woman MP Goes on Fast Unto Death

Unseated Woman MP  Goes on Fast Unto Death

October 03, 2011

KABUL - A woman parliamentarian, unseated by the Independent Election Commission ('IEC) in August, went on hunger strike unto death in front of the Wolesi Jirga on Sunday.
Samin Barakzai, a public representative from western Herat province, was among the nine sitting MPs disqualified by the commission, which ...

UNDP Establishes Provincial Committee

UNDP Establishes  Provincial Committee

October 03, 2011

KABUL - Provincial Committee for the United Nations Development Programs has been established in Kandahar and will be headed for the Kandahar Governor.
Kandahar Governor Office, Provincial Council, UNDP Provincial Branches, Related Government Administrations, Provincial Reconstruction Team and UNAMA are the stake holders of the committee and will discuss ...

US Using Pakistan as Scapegoat for Failure in Afghanistan: Musharraf

US Using Pakistan as Scapegoat for Failure in Afghanistan: Musharraf

October 03, 2011

ISLAMABAD – Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has accused the United States of using Pakistan as a scapegoat for its failure in Afghanistan.
In an exclusive video link interview with Express 24/7, Musharraf also said that Pakistani forces should use whatever influence they have and tell the Haqqanis not to cross the ...

ISI Behind Rabbani Assassination: Mohammadi

ISI Behind Rabbani  Assassination: Mohammadi

October 02, 2011

KABUL - Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence ('ISI) agency was directly involved in the assassination of ex-president Burhanuddin Rabbani, Afghan Interior Minister claimed on Saturday.
The High Peace Council chief was assassinated on September 20 as a result of a suicide attack on his house in the high-security Wazir Akbar Khan diplomatic district of Kabul.
Wolesi Jirga summoned Defense Minister Gen. Abdul Rahim Wardak, Interior Minister Bismillah Mohammadi and National ...

Afghans Drop Three-Way Peace Bid

Afghans Drop Three-Way  Peace Bid

October 02, 2011

KABUL - Afghanistan plans to suspend an effort to work with Pakistan and the U.S. to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table, Afghan officials said, taking a tougher line with Pakistan after last week's assassination of Kabul's top peace negotiator.
Senior U.S., Pakistani and Afghan officials had been set to meet in ...

Norway to Host Meeting to Discuss Afghanistan, Regional Co-Operation

Norway to Host Meeting to Discuss  Afghanistan, Regional  Co-Operation

October 02, 2011

KABUL - Norway has gathered representatives from India, Iran, Pakistan, China and the US to talk about the situation in Afghanistan, a Norwegian newspaper reported.
About 20 diplomats will meet in Oslo on Friday, the newspaper said.
France, Britain and countries neighboring Afghanistan will also attend ...

President Karzai Meets Jihadi Leaders

President  Karzai Meets Jihadi Leaders

October 02, 2011

KABUL - Jihadi Leaders advised Karzai to start his negotiation with Pakistan.
President Karzai met Afghanistan Jihadi Leaders and some political figures yesterday in the Presidential Palace. They exchanged ideas about the present security situation of Afghanistan and strategic ...

14 Provinces Threatened By Drought: Khalili

14 Provinces Threatened By Drought: Khalili

October 02, 2011

KABUL - A severe drought is threatening 14 provinces of Afghanistan's 34 provinces and Kabul needs 6.8 trillion Afghanis in assistance to deal with the situation, a senior official said on Saturday.
Balkh, Samangan, Takhar, Herat, Badghis, Ghor, Sari-i-Pul, Faryab, Jawzjan, Baghlan, Kunduz, Badakhshan, Bamyan, Daikundi are under ...

Rabbani Murder Plotted in Quetta: NDS

Rabbani Murder Plotted  in Quetta: NDS

October 02, 2011

KABUL - The mastermind behind former President Burhanuddin Rabbani's assassination was detained and some documents were recovered from him, the spy service announced on Saturday.
The ex-chairman of the High Peace Council was killed on Sept. 20 as a result of a suicide attack at his house in the high-security Wazir Akbar Khan diplomatic ...

US to Withdraw 33,000 Troops By Next Year

US to Withdraw 33,000 Troops By Next Year

October 02, 2011

WASHINGTON - His administration has succeeded in reversing Taliban's momentum, US President Barack Obama has said, hinting at the withdrawal of 33,000 troops from Afghanistan by next year.
"We have seen great progress in our fight against Al Qaeda; we have reversed the Taliban's momentum and we continue to see progress in ...

Karzai Suggests Talks with Pakistan Instead of Taliban

Karzai Suggests Talks with Pakistan Instead of Taliban

October 01, 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai taking a swipe at neighboring Pakistan, said it was clear the Taliban leadership was not independent enough to make its own decisions about how it conducted the war, and suggested talks with Islamabad instead.
President Hamid Karzai, long a staunch advocate of peace talks with the Taliban, on Wednesday questioned whether the insurgent group was able to seek a political settlement and blamed Pakistan for fomenting instability. "During our three-year efforts for ...

France to Start Gradual Afghan Withdrawal

France to Start Gradual Afghan Withdrawal

October 01, 2011

PARIS - Sarkozy said troops sent for reinforcement would start returning in a time frame similar to the U.S. force withdrawal. President Barack Obama said Wednesday the United States would pull out 33,000 troops by late 2012.
Sarkozy's office said after he spoke to Obama by telephone "France will begin a gradual withdrawal of reinforcement troops sent to ...

Pakistan to Expand Ties with Afghanistan

Pakistan to  Expand Ties  with Afghanistan

October 01, 2011

ISLAMABAD - In an effort to eliminate militancy and bring peace to the region, Pakistan's top political and military leaders have vowed to boost relations with Afghanistan.
"On a priority basis, we need to further enhance our brotherly bilateral relations with Afghanistan at government-to-government, institution-to-institution and people-to-people levels," they ...

India Warns against Troop Withdrawal in Afghanistan

India Warns against Troop Withdrawal in Afghanistan

October 01, 2011

KABUL - Expressing concern over the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan, India warned against any "hurry" in withdrawing troops from the country, saying such a move should be done keeping in mind the ground realities and not just to meet any deadline.
"For peace, stability and security in Afghanistan, it is ...

UNSC Members Back Afghan Peace Drive

UNSC Members Back  Afghan Peace Drive

October 01, 2011

WASHINGTON - The road to peace is never smooth, members of the United Nations Security Council said, vowing not be deterred by the recent assassination of the former Afghan president Burhanuddin Rabbani.
At a special Security Council briefing on Afghanistan, members ...

NATO Denies Security Worsening in Afghanistan

NATO Denies Security  Worsening in Afghanistan

October 01, 2011

KABUL - The NATO-led international force in Afghanistan has denied that the security situation is deteriorating, after the United Nations reported a rise in incidents.
The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) late Thursday said that 'enemy-initiated attacks are 2 per cent lower' in the first eight ...

Pak, US Need to Work as Partners in Afghanistan: Khar

Pak, US Need to Work as Partners in Afghanistan: Khar

October 01, 2011

KABUL - Pakistan and the US need to work as "responsible partners" in Afghanistan's peace process and the three nations should not question each other's intention, Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabani Khar has said. Khar, in her address to the 66th session of the UN General Assembly, said Pakistan is firmly committed to ...

Govt. Asked to Accept Woman MP’s Peace Plan

Govt. Asked to Accept Woman MP’s Peace Plan

October 01, 2011

KABUL - Almost 200 people staged a protest in Kabul on Thursday, demanding that a peace process, proposed by a woman member of the Wolesi Jirga, be implemented forthwith.
On July 14, MP Huma Sultani told a press conference that she had prepared an outline of reconciliation that was presented to Taliban ...

Iran’s Participation in Confab on Afghanistan is Important: Rassoul

Iran’s Participation in Confab on  Afghanistan is Important: Rassoul

October 01, 2011

KABUL - The participation of Iran in the international conference on Afghanistan is important and will bring a constructive spirit to the occasion, Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmay Rassoul said when inviting in New York his Iranian counterpart Ali Akbar Salehi to attend the event, the Iranian Foreign Ministry's official website ...

Pak Supports Haqqani to Nullify Indian Threat: Musharraf

Pak Supports Haqqani to  Nullify Indian Threat: Musharraf

October 01, 2011

LODON - Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has suggested that his country allows the Haqqani network to operate on its soil to stop India from creating an anti-Pakistan Afghanistan.
"If I was in government I would certainly be thinking how best to defend Pakistan's interests," Musharraf told The Daily ...

Partnership with Pakistan Hard to Revive: Mullen

Partnership with Pakistan Hard to Revive: Mullen

September 29, 2011

KABUL - The partnership approach between Washington and Islamabad would be hard to revive in the wake of recent attacks on American interests, US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen said on Wednesday.
The US would remain firm in its approach toward Pakistan and the war on terrorism, warned Mullen, who accused the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of providing logistic support to the Haqqani network ...

Pak Speaker Calls for Joint Front Against Terror

Pak Speaker Calls for Joint Front Against Terror

September 29, 2011

KABUL - Pakistan's National Assembly speaker on Wednesday condoled with her Afghan counterpart the assassination of former president Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani.
Dr. Fehmida Mirza, in a letter addressed to Wolesi Jirga Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, conveyed deepest condolences of the people and Parliament ...

Ban Reiterates UN Commitment to Afghanistan

Ban Reiterates UN  Commitment to Afghanistan

September 29, 2011

WASHINGTON - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met visiting Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul and reiterated the world body's commitment to Afghanistan.
Ban renewed the commitment of the United Nations to assist the people of Afghanistan during talks with the minister in New York, a UN ...

US to Designate Haqqanis as Terror Network

US to Designate  Haqqanis as Terror Network

September 29, 2011

WASHINGTON - The United States is working to designate the Haqqani network as a "terrorist organization", a State Department official said on Tuesday. A sizeable number of the Haqqani kingpins had been individually designated as terrorists, but US officials were considering the issue ...

Kabul Seeks $598m to Cope with Drought, Emergencies

Kabul Seeks $598m to Cope with Drought, Emergencies

September 29, 2011

KABUL - The Afghan government would ask the international community for $598 million (29.3 trillion afghanis) to cope with draught and emergency situations, the agriculture minister informed the Wolesi Jirga on Wednesday. Mohammad Asif Rahimi said the Afghanistan National Disaster ...