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Afghan Security Foundations Need $4b Annually After 2014

Afghan  Security  Foundations Need $4b  Annually  After 2014

Febraury 21, 2012

KABUL - A high-ranking US military general said that the Afghan security foundations need USD4 billion annually after 2014 when the international forces leave this country.
This US general reiterated that in case we the international coalition in struggle against terrorism wants to safeguard our victories in ...

Pakistan Trip Positive, Result-Oriented: Karzai

Pakistan Trip Positive,  Result-Oriented: Karzai

Febraury 21, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Monday hailed his recent three-day official visit to Pakistan as an important, unique and result-oriented trip over the past decade.
At a meeting with High Peace Council members, the president said his talks with Pakistan's political leaders and religious figures had been ...

12,500 Students Appear in University Entrance Test

12,500 Students Appear  in University Entrance Test

Febraury 21, 2012

KABUL- Up to 12,500 students, 42 percent of them girls, from 40 high schools appeared in the first phase of the university entrance test in Kabul on Monday, an official said.
The test took place simultaneously at Kabul, Medical, Polytechnic and Education Universities, as well as the Loya Jirga tent, Deputy Minister ...

To bring instability or disturb the situation is not difficult

To bring instability or  disturb the situation is not difficult

Febraury 20, 2012

ISLAMABAD - Peace efforts in Afghanistan are likely to fail if they do not include all militant groups, a senior member of Hizb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) said on Sunday.
"If any group is isolated or ignored, that group then becomes the center of the resistance, and can cause problems," Ghairat Baheer, of Hizb-i-Islami, told Reuters in Islamabad.
"To bring instability or disturb the situation of Afghanistan is not difficult. It is very easy." Hizb-i-Islami, which means Islamic ...

US, Afghan Strategic Pact Talks Underway: MoFA

US, Afghan Strategic  Pact Talks Underway: MoFA

Febraury 20, 2012

KABUL - The Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said on Sunday that talks between the US and Afghanistan about a long-term strategic agreement are under way.
"Talks have been resumed in Kabul and are going on nicely," Janan Musazai, a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai recently said that he will not sign ...

Karzai’s Pakistan Trip A Success: Spokesman

Karzai’s Pakistan Trip A Success: Spokesman

Febraury 20, 2012

ISLAMABAD - Afghanistan and Pakistan have agreed on several issues concerning peace talks with the Taliban, with Kabul insisting the achievements made over the past 10 years must be preserved, a spokesman for President Karzai said on Sunday.
Heading a high-level delegation, Karzai on Thursday travelled to ...

Senators Blast High Peace Council’s Performance

Senators Blast High Peace Council’s  Performance

Febraury 20, 2012

KABUL - Meshrano Jirga (upper house of Parliament) members, criticizing the performance of the High Peace Council, on Sunday summoned the council secretariat chief and spokesman.
Senator Ali Akbar Jamshedi claimed the council had been unable to achieve any breakthrough in talks with the rebels. He linked the ...

NATO Mistakes Strengthen Taliban: Karzai

NATO Mistakes  Strengthen Taliban: Karzai

Febraury 19, 2012

ISLAMABAD - President Hamid Karzai has said the Taliban have regained strength due to repeated mistakes by the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan.
Addressing an audience at the National Defense University in Islamabad late on Friday, Karzai also thanked NATO for training and equipping Afghan forces. But he said the Taliban had been strengthened due to the mistakes of international troops."Civilian casualties ...

Karzai Urges Pakistan to Resume NATO Supplies

Karzai Urges Pakistan to Resume NATO Supplies

Febraury 19, 2012

ISLAMABAD - President Hamid Karzai has urged Pakistan to resume NATO supplies and charge increased levy, insisting that such a move would benefit both countries.
Talking about talks between the US and the Taliban and the Afghan government role in the issue, he said Afghanistan was aware of the ...

Bids for Oil, Gas Extraction to Be Called on March 7

Bids for Oil, Gas Extraction to Be Called on March 7

Febraury 19, 2012

KABUL - A bidding process for oil and gas extraction in 31000 square kilometers of the Afghan-Tajik basin in the northeast would start on March 7, an official said on Saturday.
Six oil and gas zones were recently identified in the energy-deficient country -- Afghan-Tajik, Amu River, Koshk, Terpul in Herat, Kotawas ...

Karzai Had No Testy Exchanges with Pak Officials: Faizi

Karzai Had No Testy Exchanges with Pak Officials: Faizi

Febraury 19, 2012

ISLAMABAD - President Hamid Karzai neither had testy exchanges with Pakistani officials over Taliban's presence nor stormed out of a meeting with Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani in Islamabad, his spokesman said on Saturday.
Karzai reportedly used an aggressive tone in asking Pakistan to produce senior Taliban leaders for peace talks with his ...

Afghanistan Hopeful of Pakistan’s Help in Peace Drive

Afghanistan Hopeful of  Pakistan’s Help in Peace Drive

Febraury 19, 2012

ISLAMABAD - Afghanistan is optimistic that regional power Pakistan will help the Kabul government advance a reconciliation process with the Taliban, the Afghan president's spokesman said on Saturday.
Pakistan, seen as crucial to efforts to end the war in Afghanistan, has repeatedly said it wants peace in its ...

Finance, Interior Ministers Satisfy Lawmakers

Finance, Interior Ministers Satisfy Lawmakers

Febraury 19, 2012

KABUL - Two ministers summoned by the Wolesi Jirga to answer questions from lawmakers were able to satisfy the lower house, an official said on Saturday.
Last week, the MPs decided to summon Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhelwal and Interior Minister Gen. Bismillah ...

Talks with Taliban without Afghan Input Would Fail: Saleh

Talks with Taliban without  Afghan Input Would Fail: Saleh

Febraury 19, 2012

KABUL - The former head of the National Directorate of Security, Amrullah Salah, said in an exclusive interview with Tolo news that any kind of peace negotiations that lacked one of the three key players - the US, Afghanistan and the Taliban - would be a failure.
He also said that Pakistan and the Taliban have no interest in ...

Karzai Seeks Actionable Peace Strategy

Karzai Seeks Actionable Peace Strategy

Febraury 18, 2012

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran, pledging greater cooperation in diverse fields, on Friday vowed to put up a joint front against the menace of terrorism and extremism in the region.
At a joint news conference after their third trilateral meeting in Islamabad, Presidents Hamid Karzai, Asif Ali Zardari and Mahmound Ahmadinejad also supported Afghan-led peace efforts with the Taliban.
With his administration urging Islamabad's help in bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table, Karzai underlined concrete joint ...

MPs Refuse to Vote for Rejected Cabinet Nominees

MPs Refuse to Vote for  Rejected Cabinet Nominees

Febraury 18, 2012

KABUL - Some Wolesi Jirga (lower house of Parliament) members on Thursday refused to vote for the ministers-designate they had already rejected until the assembly's internal procedure code was amended.
But other lawmakers and legal experts said parliamentarians could ...

Moscow Hopes its Afghan Rebuild to Usher in Stability

Moscow Hopes its Afghan  Rebuild to Usher in Stability

Febraury 18, 2012

KABUL - Russia hopes to embark on a series of ambitious construction projects in Afghanistan aimed at reinforcing fragile stability in the country where Soviet troops fought a disastrous, decade-long war, its envoy to Kabul said Thursday.
Though not connected by land, Moscow sees war-ravaged Afghanistan as ...

Afghanistan Can’t Be Stable Without Drugs Crackdown: UN

Afghanistan Can’t Be Stable Without Drugs Crackdown: UN

Febraury 18, 2012

VIENNA - Afghanistan cannot be stable while its economy depends so heavily on the drugs trade, and its allies must step up the fight to combat the industry, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said on Thursday.
Opening a major international conference on ways to combat narcotics ...

US Cautions Against Going Public on Peace Process

US Cautions Against Going Public on Peace Process

Febraury 18, 2012

WASHINGTON - The United States on Thursday welcomed the participation of the Afghanistan government in trilateral peace talks with the Taliban, cautioning that public statements on the issue may harm the effort.
"The news that Afghanistan has joined those reconciliation ...

Karzai Seeks Access to the Taliban in Pakistan Trip

Karzai Seeks Access to the Taliban in Pakistan Trip

Febraury 16, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai is reportedly seeking Pakistan's support to provide access to senior Afghan Taliban leaders when he visits Islamabad on Thursday.
"We hope that Pakistan will arrange a purposeful meeting between us and so that we find a solution to our own problems," a senior Afghan official has told Reuters, emphasizing hopes of direct talks with Taliban leaders.
"Pakistan has paid little attention to our concerns and the level of cooperation has not ...

Afghanistan Commemorates 23rd Anniversary of Soviet Pullout

Afghanistan Commemorates 23rd Anniversary  of Soviet Pullout

Febraury 16, 2012

KABUL - Twenty-three years ago, on Feb. 15, 1989, the last Soviet soldier pulled out of Afghanistan, marking the end of a decade of resistance by Afghans.
The Soviet troops, equipped with modern weapons, invaded Afghanistan on Dec. 24, 1979 through the Hairatan dry ...

New Ministers Introduce to WJ for Vote

New Ministers Introduce to WJ for Vote

Febraury 16, 2012

KABUL - Afghan Minister in Parliamentary Affairs, Homayoun Azizi on Wednesday said that some changes have been brought in the Afghan cabinet.
Mr Azizi said that the list of ministers has been sent to Afghan parliament to win vote of confidence.
It comes after some MPs criticized the government for ...

US-Afghan Strategic Agreement in Weeks: Panetta

US-Afghan Strategic  Agreement in Weeks: Panetta

Febraury 16, 2012

WASHINGTON - The issues of night raids and transfer of detention facilities are the last impediments to a US-Afghan strategic partnership agreement, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told lawmakers on Tuesday.
Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Panetta said ...

Taliban are Terrorists and the Murderers: Spanta

Taliban are Terrorists and the Murderers: Spanta

Febraury 14, 2012

KABUL - National Security Advisor to President Karzai, in an Exclusive Interview with Tolo news, said that Taliban are the murderers of Afghan people and are servants of foreigners.
Mr Spanta said one should not expect humane behavior from the Taliban.
He said if government tries to bring Taliban to power, he will feel ashamed to being part of it.
Killing is the art of the Taliban and if anyone calls Taliban leaders as "heroes", will be a traitor and enemy of Afghanistan, Mr Spanta ...

US Team in Kabul to Assess Investment Climate

US Team in Kabul to Assess Investment Climate

Febraury 14, 2012

KABUL - A 12-member delegation of US entrepreneurs, led by Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco Sánchez, arrived in Kabul on Monday to assess investment opportunities in Afghanistan.
An end to the US military mission in 2014 did not mean a halt ...

Investment in Minerals A Key Factor for Security in Afghanistan

Investment in Minerals  A Key Factor for Security  in Afghanistan

Febraury 14, 2012

KABUL - Encouraging national and international companies to invest in Afghan minerals and extract the untapped underground treasures would help alleviate poverty and eventually lead to strengthening security in the militancy- plagued Afghanistan.
Afghanistan, according to officials, has minerals worth around 3 ...

Deadlock Ends as 2nd Deputy Speaker Elected

Deadlock Ends as 2nd Deputy Speaker Elected

Febraury 13, 2012

KABUL - The Wolesi Jirga, or lower house of Parliament, finally elected its second deputy speaker in the house administrative board's polls on Sunday, ending days of a parliamentary deadlock.
Niamatullah Ghafari, a lawmaker from southern Helmand province, who won 121 votes in the assembly's general session, was elected second deputy speaker. Of the 125 MPs present, four voted against him.
On Saturday, four MPs, including Ghafari, ran ...

$70.8m Hairatan Port Revenue Unaccounted

$70.8m Hairatan Port Revenue Unaccounted

Febraury 13, 2012

KABUL/MAZAR-I-SHARIF - Hairatan port's revenue amounting to 3.5 billion Afghanis ($70.8 million) has been unaccounted, a senior anti-corruption official claimed on Sunday. But the port director dismissed the allegation as baseless.
High Office of Oversight and Anti-corruption chief Dr. Azizullah ...

International Aid to ANSF, Main Topic at Tokyo Conference

International Aid to ANSF,  Main Topic at Tokyo Conference

Febraury 13, 2012

KABUL - The Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday said that International Support to Afghanistan and Financing Afghan National Security Forces will be the main subject to be discussed at Tokyo Conference.
A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, Janan Musazai, said that Afghan ...

Can’t Go After Terrorists Hiding in Pakistan: Karimi

Can’t Go After Terrorists  Hiding in Pakistan: Karimi

Febraury 12, 2012

WASHINGTON - Afghan Army Chief on Friday ruled out crossing the border in pursuit of terrorists hiding out in their havens in Pakistan, as suggested by some US lawmakers.
In an interview with PAN, the Afghan National Army Chief of General Staff, Gen. Sher Mohammad Karimi, said it would be illegal and against international norms to cross the border into the neighboring country while chasing insurgents.
He, instead, urged Pakistan to ensure that there were no safe heavens ...

WJ Approval Needed Before Investment on Mines: Experts

WJ Approval  Needed Before Investment  on Mines: Experts

Febraury 12, 2012

KABUL - Afghan Parliament's approval is necessary before mines are invested on, some economic experts said on Saturday.
Experts believe that current parliament may not be able to technically evaluate the mines, but if future parliaments approve or disapprove the current contracts, it will discredit ...

WJ to Summon Minister of Interior

WJ to Summon Minister of Interior

Febraury 12, 2012

KABUL - Some of the members of the Afghan House of Representatives, Wolesi Jirga (WJ), on Saturday said that the Afghan Minister of Interior, Besmellah Mohammadi, should be summoned over the recent NATO attack in Kapisa.
The House of Representatives wants to summon the Afghan Minister of ...

Kabul Students to Sit Entry Test on Feb. 20

Kabul Students  to Sit Entry Test on Feb. 20

Febraury 12, 2012

KABUL CITY - Students from 40 high schools in the capital Kabul are to sit a university entrance test on February 20, the Ministry of Higher Education announced on Saturday.
The graduates, including those who were unable to pass the test last year, should receive their entry cards from their relevant schools, a ...

Obama Holds Meeting on Pak-Afghan Situation

Obama Holds Meeting  on Pak-Afghan Situation

Febraury 11, 2012

WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama on Wednesday held a meeting with his national security team on the current Afghanistan- Pakistan situation, the first after the recent start of peace talks with the Taliban.
During the meeting, Obama received an update on the building of capable Afghan security forces, America's support for an Afghan-led reconciliation process and its efforts to build a long-term strategic partnership between the US and Afghanistan, the White House said in a statement.
According to the statement, Obama also received an update on ...

Civilian Casualties Decline in South: ICRC

Civilian Casualties  Decline in South: ICRC

Febraury 11, 2012

KANDAHAR CITY - The International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) on Thursday said there has been a remarkable decline in civilian casualties in southern Afghanistan, showing the security situation had improved in remote parts of the zone.
The ICRC representative, Daniel Cavoli, who met with Governor ...