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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 ...

Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan to Export Electricity to Afghanistan

Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan to  Export Electricity to Afghanistan

September 20, 2011

BAKU - Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan will commence electricity export to Pakistan and Afghanistan by 2016, KyrTAG reports quoting Kyrgyz Deputy Premier Omurbek Babanov's statement."This project will be an impetus to the development of an export potential of the Central Asian countries ...

German DM Visits Troop in Afghanistan

German DM Visits Troop in Afghanistan

September 20, 2011

>KABUL - German Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere visited Mazar-i-Sharif on Sunday to discuss the withdrawal of his country's troops from Afghanistan. "The most important thing of course is to talk with our soldiers to get an idea of how they see the situation on the ground," de Maiziere told ...

Chasing Haqqanis Inside Pakistan Problematic: ISAF

Chasing Haqqanis Inside  Pakistan Problematic: ISAF

September 20, 2011

KABUL - There is concrete evidence of the Haqqani Network's involvement in the latest attack in Kabul, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) claimed on Monday.
The group waging attacks from its safe heavens outside Afghanistan must be death with politically, Carsten Jacobson, an ISAF spokesperson, ...

Ghazni Museum Artifacts Being Kept in Kabul

Ghazni Museum Artifacts Being Kept  in Kabul

September 20, 2011

GHAZNI CITY - Almost 10,000 antiques of Ghazni Museum, which has been under control of Italian archeologists over the last six years, are being kept in Kabul, officials said on Monday.
Under a 52-year-old agreement with Italy for constructing and curating the museum, 63 blocks were to be constructed. But due to the ...

NATO Forces Cast Afghan Night Raid Net Too Wide: Report

NATO Forces Cast Afghan Night Raid Net Too Wide: Report

September 20, 2011

KABUL - Foreign forces fighting in Afghanistan have become more accurate in night-time raids on homes, but they have stepped up the number and scope of the controversial operations so they affect more Afghan civilians, a report said on Monday. NATO-led troops improved the way they select targets, and say they ...

Karzai Off to NY to Attend UN General Assembly

Karzai Off to NY  to Attend UN General Assembly

September 20, 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai left Kabul for the US on Monday morning to attend the 66th United Nations General Assembly that begins in New York on Wednesday. Expected to highlight the issues facing Afghanistan and the region at large, Karzai would stress the need for continued international support in his ...

Saudi Embassy Closure Causes Problems for Pilgrims

Saudi Embassy Closure Causes  Problems for Pilgrims

September 20, 2011

KABUL - The closure of the Saudi embassy in Kabul after last week's suicide attacks has created problems for Afghan Hajj pilgrims, visa applicants said on Monday. On September 13, six suicide attackers stormed an under-construction building in the Abdul Haq Square and attacked the US embassy, the ISAF compound, National Directorate of Security ('NDS) and other government ...

Tanin to Chair Panel on Security Council Reform

Tanin to Chair Panel on Security Council Reform

September 20, 2011

WASHINGTON - The Afghan ambassador to the UN has been reappointed to head a key UN panel on the crucial issue of reforming the Security Council. In fact, the re-appointment of Zahir Tanin was among the first decisions taken by the president of the 66th General Assembly since his ...

Govt. Interfering in WJ Affairs: MPs

Govt. Interfering in WJ Affairs: MPs

September 19, 2011

KABUL - Some parliamentarians on Sunday identified government interference as the main reason behind the Wolesi Jirga's inefficiency. However, the government rejected the allegation.
The parliamentary election was held on September 18, 2010, but results were announced two months later. Finally, the lower house was inaugurated by President Hamid Karzai on January 26, 2011 after widespread demonstrations ...

US to Provide $268m for Combating Drugs

US to Provide $268m for Combating Drugs

September 19, 2011

KABUL - The US government would provide $268 million (12.8 billion afghanis) for law enforcement and combating the scourge drugs under an agreement signed in Kabul on Sunday. The accord was inked between Deputy Foreign Minister Javed Ludin and Hans G. Klemm, coordinating director of rule of law and law enforcement ...

Health Centers’ Problems with Taliban Resolved: MP

Health Centers’ Problems with Taliban Resolved: MP

September 19, 2011

QALAT - Problem between health centers and Taliban have been resolved in southern province Zabul province, a public representative said on Sunday. Health centers have been closed in Shahr-i-Safa, Mezan, Dai Chopan, Shah Joi, and Shamalzai districts due to disagreements between the ...

Silk Road Exhibition Concluded in Bamyan

Silk Road Exhibition Concluded in Bamyan

September 19, 2011

KABUL - A three-day Silk Road Exhibition, involving concerts, circuses and agricultural products, ended in the central province of Bamyan late on Saturday night. More than 11,000 people participated in the event. Aimed at promoting tourism in the province, the exhibition was ...