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Etisalat Organizes Poetry Competition in Nangarhar

Etisalat Organizes Poetry Competition in Nangarhar

May 07, 2012

KABUL – As part of its on-going corporate social responsibility drive, Etisalat Afghanistan, the fastest growing cellular operator in Afghanistan in collaboration with Directorate of Information & Culture, Nangarhar has organized the Women for Peace Poetry competition in Jalalabad.
Nangarhar is famous for its historical background in poetry and has ...

Senate Okays Afghan-India Strategic Deal

Senate Okays  Afghan-India Strategic Deal

May 07, 2012

KABUL - The Senate on Sunday approved a strategic partnership agreement between Afghanistan and India, saying the accord was in the best interests of both nations.
President Hamid Karzai and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh signed the agreement, which outlines Indian help in Afghanistan's ...

MTN Foundation Planted 8,000 Plants

MTN Foundation Planted 8,000 Plants

May 07, 2012

KABUL - MTN Foundation decided to take part in keeping green Kabul & major cities of Afghanistan therefore planted more than 8,000 plants in public places among Afghanistan in coordination with related municipality.
Plantation not only makes a city beautiful but also helps making the ...

Iran Voices Concerns over Afghan-US Agreement

Iran Voices Concerns  over Afghan-US Agreement

May 07, 2012

KABUL - Iran is concerned the Afghanistan-US long-term agreement may lead to more insecurity and instability the region, Press TV reported Sunday.
Criticizing the agreement's lack of detail about what the nature of the US presence in Afghanistan will be after 2013, Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast ...

Defeating Al Qaeda within Reach: Obama

Defeating Al Qaeda within Reach: Obama

May 07, 2012

WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama on Saturday said that the goal of defeating Al Qaeda and denying it the chance to rebuild was within reach.
"We have broken Al Qaeda's momentum. We've built strong Afghan security forces," Obama said in his weekly address to the ...

Absentee MPs to Face Disciplinary Action

Absentee MPs to Face Disciplinary Action

May 07, 2012

KABUL - For the first time, the Wolesi Jirga would start taking disciplinary action next month against absentee lawmakers in line with the house internal procedures, an official said on Sunday.
A lack of quorum remains a challenge to the lower house taking important decisions since the ...

Panetta Wants Karzai Admin to Curb Graft

Panetta Wants Karzai  Admin to Curb Graft

May 06, 2012

WASHINGTON - The security transition in Afghanistan is on the right track, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Saturday, praising Afghan soldiers for bringing a measure of security to the country.
"We are on the right course. We have made significant progress. We are making transition. Our troops are doing a great job. The Afghan troops are doing a great job. The country is more secure," Panetta said in an interview.
He said: "To make this work we're going to have to continue to ensure the Afghan army grows and does a good job. We're going to have to ensure that governance is there, Afghan governance is ...

Closing Schools Only Benefits Enemies: Karzai

Closing Schools  Only Benefits  Enemies: Karzai

May 06, 2012

KABUL - Afghan President Hamid Karzai has warned the Taliban against forcing schools to close in Afghanistan saying it only harmed the country's people, not the "foreigners".
Karzai in a radio address that the education of children was the way ...

WJ Administrative Board Comes Under Fire

WJ Administrative  Board Comes Under Fire

May 06, 2012

KABUL - Several members of the Wolesi Jirga accused the house administrative board of having weak management but the board hit back, saying MPs inattention had left the assembly inefficient.
Last week, the house decided to debate the forthcoming Chicago Summit and Tokyo conference -- which would discuss funding Afghan security ...

MPs Criticize US Pact for Regime Restriction

MPs Criticize US  Pact for Regime Restriction

May 06, 2012

KABUL – Members of Wolesi Jirga Saturday criticised a provision within the US-Afghan long-term agreement which does not allow Afghanistan to change its system of government.
The strategic pact, is valid until 2024, was broadly welcomed by both Afghan and international officials last week, seen as a major ...

Karzai Meets Pakistan Investors in Kabul

Karzai Meets Pakistan Investors in Kabul

May 06, 2012

KABUL - President Karzai met with some investors of Pakistan during which among others the head of Hajweri Group of Pakistan was also present.
This group is engaged in construction spheres in Afghanistan. This group is already engaged in construction of Science Faculty in Nangarhar, a kidney medical centre and in Kabul the Allama Iqbal arts ...

Not and Can’t Be Nominated for Prez Poll: Karzai

Not and Can’t Be  Nominated for Prez Poll: Karzai

May 05, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai dismissed calls for Afghanistan to change its political system to a Federal regime, saying the long-term agreement with the US was signed on the condition that the current centralized system of government be respected.
Karzai said at a press conference in Kabul on Thursday, the day after the long-term pact was signed, that several US congressmen had called for the country's regime to change its structure.
"Some US congressman started intervening in Afghanistan several ...

Enduring Strategic Partnership Agreement between the Islamic Republic Of Afghanistan and the United States of America

Enduring Strategic Partnership Agreement  between the Islamic Republic Of Afghanistan  and the United States of America

May 05, 2012

This Islamic Republic of Afghanistan ("Afghanistan") and the United States of America ("United States") have partnered closely since 2001 to respond to threat to international peace and security and help the Afghan people chart a secure, democratic, and prosperous future. As a result, Afghanistan is now on a

Hazara Killers Need to Be Brought to Justice: Alan Johnson

Hazara Killers Need to Be Brought to Justice: Alan Johnson

May 05, 2012

LONDON - Government of Pakistan must make sure safety of Hazaras in Quetta and those involved in the killing of Hazaras must be brought to justice, says former Home Secretary and MP Hull Alan Johnson here while addressing to Hazaras protestors in front of Pakistan Embassy London. I'm here to express my solidarity with Hazaras who face ethnic cleansing in Baluchistan and underlined the government of Pakistan to ...

Hazaras Rally in Kabul Protesting on Quetta Target-Killings

Hazaras Rally in Kabul Protesting on Quetta Target-Killings

May 05, 2012

Hundreds of people rallied in Afghan capital Kabul on Friday, condemning the target-killing of Hazaras in Quetta, the capital city of Balochistan province of Pakistan. Denouncing terrorism, the demonstrators called the international community to take the seiuos notice of this human

UN, Canada Support Free Afghan Media

UN, Canada Support Free Afghan Media

May 05, 2012

KABUL - The UN and Canada on Thursday commended the work of Afghan media, acknowledging its dedication and professionalism throughout the country, as well as personal risks taken during difficult years of conflict.
Media freedom was at the heart of a healthy society that believed in debate to involve the public ...

Besieged Afghan Media Appeals to Karzai for Protection

Besieged Afghan Media Appeals to Karzai for Protection

May 05, 2012

Kabul - Afghanistan's media representatives are appealing to the government to protect the rights of journalists who are facing a growing number of violent threats in what they see as an undeclared campaign against media freedom. War and an atmosphere of impunity make Afghanistan one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a ...

Neighbors’ Concerns Addressed: Spanta

Neighbors’ Concerns  Addressed: Spanta

May 05, 2012

KABUL - Despite the injustices that neighboring countries committed against Afghanistan over the past three decades, the government in Kabul had considered their concerns in the just-concluded strategic deal with the US, the national security advisor said on Thursday.
Speaking at an international conference on the outlook of Afghan ...

Obama Lauds New Era in US-Afghan Relationship

Obama Lauds New Era in US-Afghan Relationship

May 03, 2012

BAGRAM – U.S. President Barack Obama, speaking to a US television audience from Bagram Air Base, said he had travelled to Afghanistan to herald a new era in the relationship between the US and Afghanistan, ''a future in which war ends, and a new chapter begins''.
Mr. Obama's address, during an unannounced visit to sign a strategic partnership agreement with President Hamid Karzai that sets the terms for relations after the departure of US troops in 2014, was a chance for him to make an election-year case that he is winding down a costly and increasingly unpopular war.
''My fellow Americans,'' he said, speaking against a backdrop of ...

US-Afghanistan Accord, No Threat to Neighbors

US-Afghanistan Accord, No Threat to Neighbors

May 03, 2012

KABUL - The United States will not seek permanent military bases in Afghanistan, an issue of grave concern to regional countries, under the strategic deal that Presidents Barack Obama and Hamid Karzai signed late on Tuesday night. Respecting Afghanistan's national sovereignty, the long-awaited ...

Croker Assuages Regional Concerns

Croker Assuages Regional Concerns

May 03, 2012

KABUL - US Ambassador Ryan Croker on Wednesday allayed fears that Afghan soil would be used for offensive action against neighboring countries and stressed the just-concluded strategic deal was not against any nation.
Speaking to the media after the signing of the historic Afghan-US ...

Afghanistan Cannot Sacrifice itself for Foreign Interests: MPs

Afghanistan Cannot Sacrifice  itself for Foreign Interests: MPs

May 03, 2012

KABUL - Afghanistan's parliamentarians broadly welcomed the signing of the Afghan-US strategic agreement Wednesday, but warned that Afghanistan would not sacrifice itself for the interests of other countries.
Members of Parliament stressed that Afghanistan is an independent ...

EU Warns Karzai on Corruption in Afghanistan

EU Warns Karzai on  Corruption in Afghanistan

May 02, 2012

European Union special representative to Afghanistan Vygaudas Usackas said Tuesday that future development aid for Afghanistan is fully dependent on good governance and fighting corruption.Dim lights EmbedUsackas told TOLOnews that billions of dollars had come to Afghanistan to assist in its development, but the Afghan government had failed to provide good and transparent governance.The Salang Highway, Afghanistan's main transit route between the north and south of the country, closed again Sunday night because of heavy snow, officials ...

US to Release Osama Documents: Bernnan

US to Release Osama Documents: Bernnan

May 02, 2012

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration plans to release this week some of the documents US Navy commandoes seized from Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's hideout in Pakistan last year, a top official said on Monday.
US commandos unearthed the documents when they raided Osama's safe haven in Pakistan's northwestern city of Abbottabad last year. While ...

Obama Arrives Afghanistan Amid Tight Security

Obama Arrives Afghanistan  Amid Tight Security

May 02, 2012

KABUL - U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Kabul on Tuesday amid tight security for an unannounced visit, Afghan officials said. During his trip to Kabul, the U.S. president is expected to sign a strategic agreement with Afghanistan, unnamed Afghan government officials were quoted as ...

Third Phase of Transition will Need more Cooperation: Mohammadi

Third Phase of  Transition will Need more Cooperation: Mohammadi

May 02, 2012

KABUL - The third phase of the security transition from NATO to Afghan security forces will face severe challenges if the two do not fully cooperate with each other, Interior Minister Bismillah Khan Mohammadi said Tuesday.
"Cooperation between Afghan security force and NATO is weak in ...

Strategic Ties with Afghanistan will be Strengthened Further: Singh

Strategic Ties with Afghanistan  will be Strengthened Further: Singh

May 02, 2012

NEW DELHI – Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh conveyed India's "unwavering commitment" to assisting Afghanistan in its efforts to build a peaceful, democratic and prosperous country and hoped the strategic bilateral partnership would be further strengthened in the critical period ahead.
The assurance was given by the Prime Minister when Afghan Foreign ...

ANF, NCA Ask for Legitimate Elections

ANF, NCA Ask  for Legitimate Elections

May 01, 2012

KABUL - Yesterday, in the presence of the leaders of the Afghanistan National Front (ANF) and the National Coalition of Afghanistan (NCA) both the opposition alliances issued a joint statement expressed their views and the concerns about the upcoming Presidential and provincial councils' elections.
Faizullah Zaki and the Fazal Rehman Oriya the spokespersons of the ANF and the NCA respectively read the Dari and the Pashto version of the joint statement in a crowded one agenda press conference. The transcript of the press statement issued by the two strong anti Karzai ...

MPs Want Lodin to Explain Remarks on Trust Vote

MPs Want Lodin to Explain Remarks on Trust Vote

May 01, 2012

He asked when the Wolesi Jirga did not take action against the corrupt ministers, what the upper house could do against them.

Mohammad Arif Rahmani, a lawmaker from southern Ghazni province, said what Lodin had told the house was an insult to the Wolesi Jirga. He urged asking the legislature to summon him to explain his ...

Early US Withdrawal will Increase Chaos: Khalilzad

Early US Withdrawal will Increase Chaos: Khalilzad

May 01, 2012

KABUL - Former US Ambassador to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad said that insurgency and chaos could increase if foreign forces withdraw before Afghanistan is ready.
Khalilzad stressed in an exclusive interview with Tolonews Monday that an early withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan would be a ...

Gen. Allen Calls for Strengthening ANSF

Gen. Allen Calls for Strengthening ANSF

May 01, 2012

PUL-I-ALAM - The top NATO commander in Afghanistan on Monday underlined the need for enhanced coordination among Afghan security forces.
International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Commander Gen. John R. Allen issued the call during a visit to central Logar province, where he ...

Bismillah Mohammadi, Interior Minister : Attacks to Intensify

Bismillah Mohammadi, Interior Minister : Attacks to Intensify

April 30, 2012

KABUL - The Afghan interior minister warned on Sunday that militants, being aided by regional spy agencies and terrorist groups, could step up their attacks in the build-up to the Chicago summit in May.
Bismillah Mohammadi issued the warning while deposing before the Meshrano Jirga, or upper house of parliament, after the defense commission head, Ali Akbar Jamshidi, said the security situation in the country was fast deteriorating.
In a reference to recent coordinated assaults in Kabul and three ...

No Fresh US-Taliban Talks: MoFA

No Fresh  US-Taliban Talks: MoFA

April 30, 2012

KABUL - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday said there is no truth in a British media report that revealed the Taliban movement and the US government had resumed stalled peace talks.
On Saturday, without naming any officials, Britain's Channel Four reported that high-ranking Taliban leaders and US officials had ...

Taliban Deny Holding New Talks with US

Taliban Deny Holding New Talks with US

April 30, 2012

KABUL - Taliban on Sunday denied that they had resumed talks with the United States, while the Afghan government insisted that the peace process was "on track".
The Taliban, who last month broke off contacts with the US in Qatar, said they would not resume talks "until the Americans take constructive steps and fulfill promises which were agreed upon for ...

NSC Meeting Discusses Strategic Cooperation with Australia, Germany and Norway

NSC Meeting  Discusses Strategic  Cooperation with Australia, Germany and Norway

April 30, 2012

KABUL –The meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) on Sunday, chaired by President Karzai was dedicated, among other issues, for talks on the draft agreements of strategic cooperation with Germany, Norway and Australia.
The meeting participated by senior government officials including the ...