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Parliament Reconciles, Budget Approved

Parliament Reconciles, Budget Approved

December 04, 2013

KABUL - After a chaotic day on Monday, in which a number of Senators were caught in a brawl during a heated debate, the Upper House quashed tensions on Tuesday and was able to vote and approve ...

Karzai Suggests Poll Delay to Avoid Snow: Organizers

Karzai Suggests Poll Delay  to Avoid Snow: Organizers

December 03, 2013

KABUL - Afghan President Hamid Karzai has suggested delaying April elections to avoid heavy snow, organizers said, an idea that will rattle the United States and critics who fear he may be trying ...

Afghanistan, India and Iran to Ink Transit Agreement

Afghanistan, India and Iran to Ink  Transit Agreement

December 03, 2013

KABUL - According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that a transit agreement is due to be signed between Afghanistan, India and ...

Muslimyar against Signing Security Deal with US

Muslimyar against Signing Security Deal with US

December 03, 2013

KABUL - Senate chairman Fazl Hadi Muslimyar on Monday announced his opposition to signing of a key security agreement with the US and instead supported a strategic partnership ...

Pak Rejects Karzai’s Request for Taliban Office

Pak Rejects Karzai’s  Request for Taliban Office

December 03, 2013

KABUL - According to reports, Islamabad has turned down president Hamid Karzai’s request to open a political office for the Taliban group in ...

IEC Registers 1,000 Election Observers

IEC Registers 1,000  Election Observers

December 03, 2013

KABUL - The Independent Election Commission (IEC) said on Monday that over 1,000 individuals belonging to various media outlets and civil society groups have registered their names to be ...

Karzai's Terms for BSA Signing Impractical: Abdullah

Karzai's Terms for BSA Signing Impractical: Abdullah

December 02, 2013

KABUL - Key opposition leader Dr. Abdullah Abdullah has termed President Hamid Karzai’s new conditions for signing a vitally important security deal with the US until after next ...

Afghanistan's HIV Rate Up 38 Percent in 2013

Afghanistan's HIV Rate Up 38 Percent in 2013

December 02, 2013

KABUL - Officials of the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Sunday announced that cases of the deadly HIV virus in Afghanistan were up by 38 percent from last ...

Zakhilwal Urges Govt. to Spend Budget Judiciously

Zakhilwal  Urges Govt. to Spend Budget Judiciously

December 02, 2013

KABUL - Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal said on Sunday 45 percent financial aid by the international community was set to be used by the Afghanistan government for the next year ...

War Crimes Continue to Be Committed in Afghanistan: HRW

War Crimes  Continue to Be Committed in  Afghanistan: HRW

December 02, 2013

KABBUL - An influential Human Rights Watchdog (HRW) on Sunday said war crimes and crimes against humanity continued to be committed in Afghanistan, citing a report by the ...

Hikmatyar Asks Karzai to Standby His Refusal

Hikmatyar Asks Karzai to Standby His Refusal

December 02, 2013

KABUL - Hizb-i-Islami Afghanistan chief Gulbadin Hikmatyar has called on President Hamid Karzai to standby his refusal to sign the security agreement with ...

Inclusive Settlement Key to Afghan Peace: Sharif

Inclusive Settlement  Key to Afghan Peace: Sharif

December 01, 2013

KABUL - Pakistan Prime Minister Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, promising his support for Afghan peace negotiators to continue talks with the Taliban, on Saturday said an "inclusive political ...

WJ Reviews 2014 Budget

WJ Reviews 2014 Budget

December 01, 2013

KABUL - Wolesi Jirga (WJ), Lower House of Parliament, on Saturday reviewed the draft budget for 2014. During their assessment, the issue of underused or misused government budgets ...

Aid Workers in Afghanistan Increasingly Under Threat: UN

Aid Workers in Afghanistan  Increasingly Under Threat: UN

December 01, 2013

KABUL - Aid workers in Afghanistan are increasingly under threat, the United Nations said on Saturday, calling it a worrying trend as most U.S.-led troops prepare to leave the country at the ...

No pact signing until arbitrary acts end: Karzai

No pact signing until arbitrary acts end: Karzai

November 30, 2013

KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai has said "for as long as arbitrary acts and oppression of foreign forces continue, the security agreement with the United States will not be

HPC to Attend Islamic Conference in Saudi Arabia

HPC to Attend Islamic Conference in Saudi Arabia

November 30, 2013

Spokesman for the High Peace Council (HPC) Maulavi Shahzada Shahid said that a delegation from the Council would be attending a gathering in Saudi Arabia of religious scholars representing the ...

Meet Our Terms for BSA Signing, Karzai Tells US

Meet Our Terms for  BSA Signing, Karzai Tells US

November 28, 2013

KABUL - Showing little flexibility, President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday said that the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) could not be signed unilaterally, asking the United States to consider the ...

Pakistan Frees 3 more Taliban Leaders

Pakistan Frees 3 more Taliban  Leaders

November 28, 2013

KABUL - The Pakistan government has freed three more Afghan insurgent figures, including Taliban supreme leader Mullah Muhammad Omar's secretary, in an effort to promote peace in Afghanistan, media ...

Early Accord Inking Vital to Cooperation: Cunningham

Early Accord Inking Vital to Cooperation: Cunningham

November 28, 2013

HERAT CITY - United States Ambassador to Afghanistan James B. Cunningham on Wednesday underlined the need for early signing of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) between Kabul and ...

Parliament Calls for BSA, Questions Karzai

Parliament Calls  for BSA, Questions Karzai

November 28, 2013

KABUL - Proponents of the Kabul-Washington security pact in Parliament came out in full force on Wednesday, calling for the agreement to be signed immediately and warning of catastrophe if it ...

Karzai Not Willing to Ink BSA:WH

Karzai Not Willing to Ink BSA:WH

November 27, 2013

WASHINGTON - The United States is ready to sign the bilateral security agreement in coming days, National Security Advisor Susan Rice has told President Hamid Karzai, but the later insisted ...

Senate Drops Tribe Name, Religion from CNIC

Senate Drops  Tribe Name,  Religion from CNIC

November 27, 2013

KABUL - The Meshrano Jirga on Tuesday approved some more provisions of a draft law on population census, but decided against mentioning tribe’s name, penname and religion in ...

AIHRC Seeks End to Culture of Impunity

AIHRC Seeks End to Culture of Impunity

November 26, 2013

KABUL - The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) on Monday voiced its grave concern over women’s continuing plight, including murder, rape and summary ...

Jirga on BSA: Karzai’s Move Seen as A Flop

Jirga on BSA: Karzai’s Move Seen as A Flop

November 26, 2013

KABUL - Political analysts and lawmakers on Monday accused President Hamid Karzai of resorting to delaying tactics on signing the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) in an effort to ...

Presidential Runners’ Names Placed on Ballot Paper

Presidential Runners’ Names Placed  on Ballot Paper

November 26, 2013

KABUL - A lucky draw, organized by the Independent Election Commission (’IEC), on Monday gave each candidate for the 2014 presidential elections a place on the ballot ...

Rice to Meet Karzai in Kabul

Rice to Meet  Karzai in Kabul

November 26, 2013

KABUL - U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice has arrived in Afghanistan and will meet with President Hamid Karzai, the White House said on ...

Jirga Endorses BSA

Jirga Endorses BSA

November 25, 2013

KABUL - Afghan tribal elites concluded a four-day Loya Jirga on Sunday, endorsing the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States, which allows a residual U.S. troops to remain ...

Karzai Looking Out for Himself: Abdullah

Karzai Looking Out for Himself: Abdullah

November 25, 2013

KABUL - Presidential candidate Dr. Abdullah Abdullah has argued that recent statements and moves by President Hamid Karzai indicate he is abusing the security pact negotiation process and preparations ...

Mujadadi Claims He Will Leave Afghanistan if BSA Not Signed

Mujadadi Claims He Will Leave Afghanistan if BSA Not Signed

November 25, 2013

KABUL - On the last day of the Loya Jirga in Kabul, on Sunday, the gathering's Chairman, Sebghatullah Mujadadi, said that if President Hamid Karzai did not follow the Jirga's recommendation ...

IEC Announces Final List of Candidates

IEC Announces Final List of Candidates

November 21, 2013

KABUL - The Independent Election Commission (’IEC) announced the final lists of presidential and provincial candidates on Wednesday, a day after the electoral watchdog announced completion ...

UN Welcomes Final List of Candidates

UN Welcomes Final List of Candidates

November 21, 2013

KABUL - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Wednesday welcomed the announcement of the final list of candidates for the 2014 presidential and provincial council ...

Loya Jirga to Approve BSA, Hopes White House

Loya Jirga to Approve BSA, Hopes White House

November 21, 2013

WASHINGTON - The White House on Tuesday said negotiations on BSA were still going on even as the general agreement had been in place since last month when Secretary of State John Kerry travelled to ...

Kabul All Set to Host Jirga on US Security Deal

Kabul All Set to Host Jirga on US Security Deal

November 21, 2013

KABUL - Kabul will host an epoch-making consultative Loya Jirga from Thursday (tomorrow) to Sunday to debate the nitty-gritty of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the US and advise the ...

No Exit Policy, India Assures Afghanistan

No Exit Policy, India Assures Afghanistan

November 19, 2013

NEW DELHI - India on Monday assured Afghanistan that its $2 billion humanitarian aid pledge was just the beginning of a process to reach out to the provinces and districts of the war-torn ...

Civil Society Sees No Need for Loya Jirga

Civil Society Sees No Need for Loya Jirga

November 19, 2013

KABUL - Afghanistan’s Civil Society Network (ACSN) on Monday said there was no need to convene a Loya Jirga on the security pact with the US in the presence of ...