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Wolesi Jirga Quorum to Be Complete Soon: MPs

Wolesi Jirga  Quorum to Be  Complete Soon: MPs

September 27, 2011

KABUL - As Reformists said on Monday there would be no quorum problem in the Wolesi Jirga quorum, the Law-Supporting Coalition demanded the unseating of the nine lawmakers who were sworn in recently.
The lower house split into two groups soon after the special election ...

Pak Not Responsible for US, NATO Forces’ Security: Gilani

Pak Not Responsible for US, NATO Forces’ Security: Gilani

September 26, 2011

ISLAMABD - Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that Pakistan cannot be held responsible for the security of the US, NATO, and ISAF forces in Afghanistan.
"Several countries have maintained direct contacts with the Haqqanis.
Singling out Pakistan is not fair. Pakistan cannot be held responsible for the security of US NATO/ISAF forces in Afghanistan. While there have been terrorist attacks in Kabul and Wardak, there have also been numerous attacks on Pakistan launched from ...

Ashgabat and Kabul Discuss TAPI Gas-Pipeline Project

Ashgabat and  Kabul Discuss TAPI  Gas-Pipeline Project

September 26, 2011

KABUL - A meeting was held with a delegation from the Afghan Ministry of Mines at the Turkmen Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources to discuss the implementation of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) construction project, a Turkmenistan newspaper ...

Karzai Appoints Team to Probe Rabbani’s Murder

Karzai Appoints Team to Probe Rabbani’s Murder

September 26, 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Sunday appointed a team to investigate the assassination of former High Peace Council Chairman Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani.
The Jamiat-i-Islami leader was killed on Tuesday evening by a bomber disguised as an insurgent emissary with an important message at his ...

Govt. Revenue Up By 28pc in Last 6 Months

Govt. Revenue Up By 28pc in Last 6 Months

September 26, 2011

KABUL - The government's income increased during the first six month of the current Afghan year that began on March 21, as compared to the corresponding period last year, an official said on Sunday.
In the first six months, official revenue stood at $46 billion (2,218 billion Afghanis), up from $36 billion, a spokesman for the Ministry of ...

Pak Wants to See Afghanistan to Be Stable, Successful: Khar

Pak Wants to See Afghanistan to Be Stable, Successful: Khar

September 26, 2011

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's Foreign Minister, Hina Rabbani Khar has said that Pakistan and Afghanistan share the same future and that her country will stand by the latter for its prosperity and progress despite all ...

Pakistan Bans Flour Exports to Afghanistan

  Pakistan Bans Flour  Exports to Afghanistan

September 26, 2011

KABUL - Pakistan has slapped a ban on flour exports to Afghanistan, preventing 200 trucks of Afghan businessmen at Torkham dry port, officials said on Sunday.
The ban was imposed four days back, the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) chief for the eastern zone told Pajhwok ...

Karzai Seeks New Cooperation Paradigm

Karzai Seeks New  Cooperation Paradigm

September 25, 2011

WASHINGTON - Embarking on the process of achieving long-term stability and economic development, Afghanistan has urged the international community for a new paradigm of cooperation.
"As a framework for long-term partnership, we will call for a new paradigm of cooperation between Afghanistan and our partners," President Hamid Karzai said in his address to the UN General Assembly.
The speech was read out in absentia by his Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul, Karzai said he had to cut short his to ...

Assassinations of Afghan Officials Were Plotted in Pakistan: Karzai Office

Assassinations of Afghan Officials Were Plotted in Pakistan: Karzai Office

September 25, 2011

KABUL - There is mounting evidence to suggest that the targeted assassinations of prominent Afghans in the past six months were plotted in Pakistan, deputy spokesman for President Karzai, Seyamak Herawi, said on Saturday. "There is evidence with Afghans and with the United States that shows all attacks on Afghan leaders and elders, who ...

Turkish Team Pledges Equipment for Hospitals

Turkish Team Pledges Equipment for Hospitals

September 25, 2011

KABUL - A Turkish delegation on Saturday pledged modern equipment for the Ataturk and Aliabad hospitals, the Ministry of Public health said. Led by Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ, the team visited different parts of Aliabad Hospital, promising that the Turkish government would also reconstruct its sanatorium.
The delegation also held a meeting with Public Health Minister ...

S.A. Needs a Million New Jobs Per Month to Reduce Poverty: WB

S.A. Needs a Million New Jobs Per Month to Reduce Poverty: WB

September 25, 2011

WASHINGTON - South Asia has seen an accelerated job growth and a substantial decrease in poverty over the past three decades, second only to East Asia, says a World Bank report, released during the IMF-WB meetings. The region will be the largest contributor to the global workforce over the next two ...

Rabbani’s Death an Irreparable Loss: Pakistan

Rabbani’s Death an  Irreparable Loss: Pakistan

September 25, 2011

KABUL - The martyrdom of Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani is an irreparable loss not only for the Afghan nation, but the entire Muslim world, the Pakistan ambassador to Afghanistan said on Saturday.
"Rabbani was a close friend of Pakistan. Our affiliation with him deepened when Rabbani, along with other jihadi leaders, was engaged ...

Fateha Offered for High Peace Council Chief

Fateha Offered for High Peace Council Chief

September 25, 2011

KABUL – Tens of Thousands of people offered fateha for Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani at different mosques in Kabul and Pakistan's commercial hub Karachi on Saturday. Assassinated by a militant posing as an emissary of a top Taliban leader, the former president was laid to rest in the Wazir Akbar Khan ...

Time to Act Against Haqqani: Musharraf

Time to Act Against  Haqqani: Musharraf

September 25, 2011

KARACHI – Former Pakistani president, General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf, the Former Pakistani President has said that Pak-US relations have reached to a critical stage and it's time for Pakistan to take a decisive action in this ...

Tens of Thousands Attend Rabbani Funeral

Tens of Thousands  Attend Rabbani Funeral

September 24, 2011

KABUL - A surging crowd of mourners on Friday touched and kissed the coffin of former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani, assassinated by a suicide bomber claiming to carry a Taliban peace message, and vented at their own government and its efforts to reconcile with the insurgency.
Ex-president Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani's funeral prayers, attended by foreign dignitaries and senior government officials, were offered amid tight security at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on ...

Abdullah Wants Ex-President’s Assassins Unmasked

Abdullah Wants  Ex-President’s  Assassins Unmasked

September 24, 2011

KABUL - The government should urgently investigate High Peace Council chairman Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani's assassination and bring the attackers to justice, a top opposition leader demanded on Thursday. The former president was killed in a suicide attack at his residence in the high-security area of Wazir Akbar Khan on Tuesday evening. He ...

Tajikistan Begins to Supply Electrical Power to Afghanistan

Tajikistan  Begins to Supply Electrical Power to Afghanistan

September 24, 2011

DUSHANBE - Tajikistan will begin to supply electrical power via the 220 kV power transmission line from Sangtuda in Tajikistan to Pul-i Khumri in Afghanistan in the near future, Nourmahmad Kholnazarov, the head of the power industry department within the Ministry of Energy and Industries (MoEI), said in an interview with ...

Silk Road Revival Vital to Regional Stability: Rassoul

Silk Road Revival Vital to Regional Stability: Rassoul

September 24, 2011

WASHINGTON - The Afghan government is working to regain its historic role as a land bridge connecting South and Central Asia with the Middle East, Foreign Minister Dr. Zalmai Rassoul has said.
Convinced that the idea of a New Silk Road holds the promise of achieving an economically vibrant regional order, spanning across ...

Moon Appraises Turkmenistan’s Contribution to Afghanistan in Development

Moon Appraises  Turkmenistan’s Contribution  to Afghanistan in Development

September 24, 2011

BAKU - Turkmenistan considerably contributes to the peaceful development and social and economical infrastructure restoration of the neighboring Afghanistan, that kindly impacts the whole region, Itar-tass reported. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated about this after the meeting with Turkmenistan President Gurbangulu Berdimuhammedov within the 66th UN ...

Tide of War Receding in Iraq, Afghanistan: Obama

Tide of War Receding in Iraq, Afghanistan: Obama

September 22, 2011

WASHINGTON - The tide of war is receding in Iraq and Afghanistan, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday in his address before the UN General Assembly in New York.
"At the end of this year, America's military operation in Iraq will be over," Obama said. "We will have a normal relationship with a sovereign nation that is a member of the community of nations. That equal partnership will be strengthened by our support ...

Millions of Afghans Face Hunger: Oxfam

Millions of Afghans Face Hunger: Oxfam

September 22, 2011

KABUL - A UK-based organization has called for international donors to step up food and water deliveries to vulnerable Afghans in several provinces of the country before the onset of harsh winter.
Oxfam said about three million people were going hungry because of a drought that had gripped northern and western parts of the impoverished ...

Killing of Rabbani Strategically ‘Significant’: US Military

Killing of  Rabbani  Strategically  ‘Significant’:  US Military

September 22, 2011

WASHINGTON - The killing of former Afghan president Burhanuddin Rabbani and other assassinations by insurgents are strategically "significant" but will not force a change in war strategy, the US military's top officer said Tuesday. US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman ...

Rabani’s Funeral Set for Friday

Rabani’s  Funeral Set  for Friday

September 22, 2011

KABUL - The funeral ceremony of former president Prof. Burhanuddin Rabani, who was assassinated in a suicide attack on Tuesday evening, is scheduled for Friday, officials said.
High Peace Council Chairman Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani and leader of Jamiat-e-Islami Afghanistan, a Jihadi party that resisted Soviet ...

Best Tribute to Rabbani is to Carry Forward Peace Efforts: Manmohan

Best Tribute to Rabbani is to Carry Forward Peace  Efforts: Manmohan

September 22, 2011

NEW DEHLI – Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday condemned the assassination of former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani as a "senseless act" of terror and said the best tribute to him would be to continue his task of securing a peaceful future for people of his ...

Three-Day Mourning Announced

 Three-Day  Mourning  Announced

September 22, 2011

KABUL - The Cabinet announced on Wednesday a three days national mourning over the killing of former president Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani, with the national flag flying at half-mast.
Rabbani was assassinated on Tuesday evening along with three members of his panel in a suicide attack at his residence in a highly security ...

Afghans Mourn Ex-President on World Peace Day

Afghans Mourn Ex-President on World Peace Day

September 22, 2011

KABUL - Afghans gathered to mourn assassinated former president and chief peace negotiator Burhanuddin Rabbani on Wednesday, World Peace Day, as fears mounted that his death could deepen ethnic divisions and nudge the country towards civil ...

Prof. Rabbani Killed

Prof. Rabbani Killed

September 21, 2011

KABUL – Professor Burhanuddin Rabani, Former President and head of Afghanistan Peace, Reconciliation and Reintegration Program (APRRP), set up by Afghan government to work toward a political solution with the Taliban, was assassinated Tuesday evening in Kabul by a suicide bomber concealing explosives in his turban. Four of Rabbani's bodyguards and a key presidential adviser, Mohammad Masoom Stanakzai, also died.
The turban bomber entered Rabbani's house in Wazir Akbar Khan, a ...

One of Bombers Detained: MoI

One of Bombers  Detained: MoI

September 21, 2011

KABUL - Security forces have arrested one of the two suicide attackers who assassinated former president Burhanuddin Rabbani on Tuesday evening, a Ministry of Interior (MoI) spokesman said.
One security official, who did not want to be named, said three members of the council were also killed in the attack. However, the source did ...

Minister Promises 50pc Cut in Poppy Cultivation

Minister Promises  50pc Cut in Poppy Cultivation

September 21, 2011

KABUL - Counternarcotics Minister Zarar Ahmad Muqbil said on Tuesday poppy cultivation would be reduced by 50 percent over the five years. Under a new policy, farmers would willingly stop growing the illicit crop, he told the "Meshrano Jirga, or upper house of Parliament."
The policy, scheduled to come into effect in three months, would be ...

More Offices to Fight Violence Against Women

More Offices to Fight  Violence Against Women

September 21, 2011

KABUL - The Attorney General office is set to establish special offices to fight violence against women in six provinces of the country. The agreement was signed on Tuesday between the Attorney General Office and the International Development Law ...

$150m Heroin Lab Destroyed: Australian Commander

$150m Heroin Lab Destroyed: Australian Commander

September 21, 2011

LASHKARGAH - A heroin laboratory, destroyed during a joint operation in southern Helmand province two days ago, was worth $150 million, a foreign official said on Tuesday.
The operation was conducted in Baghran district late on Sunday, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) media office said, ...

US Building $100mln Afghan Prison: Pentagon Insanity

US Building  $100mln Afghan Prison: Pentagon Insanity

September 21, 2011

WASHINGTON - As the Obama administration announced plans for hundreds of billions of dollars more in domestic budget cuts, it late last week solicited bids for the construction of a massive new prison in Bagram. Posted on the aptly named FedBizOps.Gov website which it uses to announce new privatized spending projects, the administration unveiled ...

US, Afghans Must Adjust to Taliban Shift: Mullen

US, Afghans Must Adjust  to Taliban Shift: Mullen

September 21, 2011

WASHINGTON - The top U.S. military officer says the U.S. and Afghan troops must adjust as the Taliban shifts to more spectacular, high-profile attacks and assassinations. Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen says commanders are working with the Afghans to shore up ...

150 Relics Found Near Ainak Copper Mine

150 Relics  Found Near Ainak Copper Mine

September 21, 2011

KABUL - As many as 150 relics have been found near the world's largest copper mine in central Logar province, Ministry of Information and Culture officials said on Tuesday. Discovery of the sites in Kohi Ainak, Shah Mar Tapa, Shah Tapa and Wali Baba villages, close to the mine, began in 2009 and would end ...

Clinton Asks Pakistan to Move Against Haqqanis

Clinton Asks Pakistan  to Move Against Haqqanis

September 20, 2011

WASHINGTON - Washington has asked Islamabad to take immediate, strong and effective action against the Haqqani Network, blamed for last week's attack on the US embassy in Kabul, US officials said.
"The issue of counterterrorism and particularly the issue of the Haqqani Network was the first thing on Secretary of State Hilary Clinton's agenda and also the last," a senior State Department official told reporters after the meeting between Clinton and Pakistan ...