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Karzai Wants MPs to Vote for His Cabinet Picks

Karzai Wants MPs to  Vote for His Cabinet Picks

February 25, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai has urged lawmakers to keep national unity in mind while voting on the fate of ministers-designate, an official said on Thursday.
On Feb 15, Karzai introduced some of his Cabinet picks to the Wolesi Jirga for a vote of confidence, but they had been unable to secure the ...

Pakistan Urges Taliban to Take Part in Peace Talks in Afghanistan

Pakistan Urges Taliban  to Take Part in Peace Talks in Afghanistan

February 25, 2012

ISLAMABAD- Pakistani prime minister YousufRazaGilani called on Taliban leaders and other Afghan insurgent groups Thursday to take part in a peace process to end 10 years of war in neighboring Afghanistan.
"I would like to appeal to the Taliban leadership as well as to all other Afghan groups, including Hizb-e-Islami, to participate in an ...

Decision on Koran Burning After Probe: President

Decision on Koran Burning  After Probe: President

February 25, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Thursday told an extraordinary session of Parliament that a decision over the alleged desecration of the Koran would be taken after an investigation into the incident was completed.
Second Deputy Speaker of Wolesi JirgaNimatullahGhafari told Pajhwok Afghan News that members of both houses and the president strongly ...

ISAF Vows Action Over Koran Desecration

ISAF Vows Action  Over Koran Desecration

February 25, 2012

WASHINGTON - The International Assistance Security Force (ISAF) has vowed to bring to book the troops responsible for the desecration of the Koran.
"ISAF has complete respect for Islam and the reverence in which the Koran is held. We are very serious about making certain if someone ...

Pak Won’t Support Afghan Talks Unless they’re Kabul Backed: Khar

Pak Won’t Support Afghan Talks Unless they’re Kabul Backed: Khar

February 23, 2012

KABUL - Pakistan will not support a US-driven initiative to start peace talks with the Taliban in Qatar until the Afghan government fully backs them, Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said in an interview with the Guardian newspaper.
She said that Afghan President Hamid Karzai was still unclear whether his government really wanted to negotiate with the Taliban in Qatar.
The Taliban have recently shown their readiness to negotiate with the ...

US Hails Afghan Leader’s Direct Talks Offer to Rebels

US Hails Afghan Leader’s Direct Talks Offer to Rebels

February 23, 2012

WASHINGTON - The United States has welcomed President Hamid Karzai's statement inviting Taliban leaders to enter direct negotiations with his government.
"We have been gratified to see President Karzai speaking out publicly in support of Afghan-to-Afghan reconciliation," a State ...

Afghan Officials Meet Taliban in Pakistan

Afghan Officials Meet Taliban in Pakistan

February 23, 2012

KANDAHAR - Afghan officials are holding talks with the Taliban in Pakistan, the head of a provincial peace council in the insurgency's heartland Kandahar said on Tuesday, in a possible signal that Islamabad is boosting its support for Afghan peace efforts.
Kandahar peace council head Ata Mohammad Ahmadi told Reuters the ...

8 Dead as Anti-US Protests Continue

8 Dead as Anti-US  Protests Continue

February 23, 2012

KABUL - At least eight people were killed and 27 others wounded as protests over alleged burning of the Quran by US troops at the Bagram Airbase continued across Afghanistan for a second day on Wednesday, officials and witnesses said.
Six men were killed and a dozen others wounded when an anti-US ...

We Talk to the Taliban Every Day: Karzai

We Talk to the Taliban  Every Day: Karzai

Febraury 22, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai said his government talks to the Taliban every day through intermediaries, according to an interview by Australia's SBS television for broadcast on Tuesday.
Afghan and U.S. officials are seeking negotiations with the Taliban as a way of ensuring peace after foreign combat troops leave in 2014, though the talks lay in a very fragile state and the Islamist group recently rejected they existed at ...

MPs Reject Ministerial Explanations on Budget

MPs Reject Ministerial Explanations on Budget

Febraury 22, 2012

KABUL - Another four ministers were unable on Tuesday to satisfy Wolesi Jirga members on their failure to spend development funds during the last fiscal year. A day earlier, as many ministers were caught in a similar situation on the issue.
Last week, the lower house unanimously decided to call the 14 ...

Senate Oks Budget, Recommends Cuts

Senate Oks Budget,  Recommends Cuts

Febraury 22, 2012

KABUL CITY - The Meshrano Jirga, recommending cuts worth more than 12 billion afghanis ($0.24 billion), on Tuesday approved the draft budget for the current fiscal year.
The budget was presented by Finance Minister on Feb. 5, with 134.3 billion afghanis ($2.7 billion) set aside for general budget and 110 ...

Karzai Seeks Pakistan’s Support for Peace Process

Karzai Seeks Pakistan’s Support for Peace Process

Febraury 22, 2012

ISLAMABAD - President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday telephoned Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani and sought Islamabad's support for reconciliation talks with the Taliban.
"Karzai underscored Pakistan's importance in the peace process ...

Kabul Renews its Terms for Strategic Pact with US

Kabul Renews its Terms for Strategic Pact with US

Febraury 22, 2012

KABUL - The Afghan government on Tuesday listed a halt to nighttime raids and the transfer of coalition-run prisons to its control as key conditions for a strategic cooperation deal with the United States. The reaffirmation of the terms comes two days after Senator John McCain, flanked by four other US lawmakers, told a news ...

Ministers Fail to Satisfy MPs on Budget Spending

Ministers Fail to Satisfy  MPs on Budget Spending

Febraury 21, 2012

KABUL The Wolesi Jirga (lower house of Parliament) on Monday rejected answers from four ministers summoned by the house to explain why they could not utilize their last year's budgetary allocations.
Justice Minister Habibullah Ghalib, Refugee Affairs Minister Jamahir Anwari, acting Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Dr. Ali Najafi and Hajj Minister Dr. Yousaf Niazi insisted they had used more than 40 percent of development funds.
A final report on last year's budget says the justice ministry spent ...

People Want Strategic Partnership with US: Karzai

People Want Strategic  Partnership with US: Karzai

Febraury 21, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai met with the US Senate delegation led by Senator John McCain.
At this meeting held at the presidential palace, both sides discussed the long-terms cooperation of the US with Afghanistan and the training of the Afghan security forces.
The US Senate delegation expressed pleasure over the progress ...

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 ...