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US Refutes Pak Claims against Safe Havens

US Refutes Pak Claims against Safe Havens

June 30, 2012

WASHINGTON - The United States has strongly refuted Pakistani allegation that NATO and Afghan forces are taking action against safe havens inside the country. And, Pentagon urged Islamabad to take strong action against terrorist sanctuaries inside ...

Japan’s Scholarships for Afghan Students

Japan’s Scholarships  for Afghan Students

June 30, 2012

KABUL - Japan has pledged to grant 500 scholarships to Afghan students who wish to pursue higher education in various educational fields in the country, the Presidential Palace said on Thursday. The Japanese foreign minister advisor Sadako Ogata said Japan was willing to fund Afghan students during a meeting with President Hamid ...

Afghans Face Mass Deportation from Pakistan

Afghans Face Mass  Deportation from Pakistan

June 30, 2012

KABUL - Hundreds of thousands of Afghans face the threat of deportation back to their war-torn country from Pakistan once a deadline expires Saturday (Today), but Kabul is crying foul over the move. Pakistan is home to 1.7 million refugees and hundreds of thousands ...

HIA, Taliban, Peace Council Meet in Japan

HIA, Taliban, Peace Council Meet in Japan

June 28, 2012

KABUL - The Afghanistan High Peace Council, Taliban and 'Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) led by Gul Buddin Hikmatyar, on Wednesday started a trilateral meeting in Kyoto city of Japan, officials said.
HIA head of political affairs Dr. Ghairat Baheer, former Taliban Planning Minister Qari Din Mohammad, ex-Taliban ambassador to Pakistan Mullah Abdul Salam Zayeef and representative of peace council, Masoom Stanikzai participated in the one-day peace ...

ANSF Ready to Enforce President’s Order: MoD

ANSF Ready to Enforce President’s Order: MoD

June 28, 2012

KABUL - The Ministry of Defense (MoD) on Wednesday said the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) are ready to enforce president's order against Pakistan. Over the past two months Pakistani forces have been firing missiles on the bordering areas of eastern Kunar province, inflicting casualties ...

Dostum Must Choose Between ANF or Military Title: MoD

Dostum Must  Choose Between ANF  or Military Title: MoD

June 28, 2012

KABUL - Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum is being forced to choose between his work as a leader of opposition party Afghanistan National Front (ANF) and his government position as the Military Supreme Commander's chief of staff. The Ministry of Defense (MoD) has sent Dostum a letter stating that ...

India Seeks Afghanistan Investments: Rao

India Seeks Afghanistan  Investments: Rao

June 28, 2012

KABUL – India seeks to expand its economic presence in Afghanistan as the international coalition fighting the Taliban withdraws combat forces through 2014, India's ambassador to the U.S. said yesterday. "Our intention is to invest and endure, and that's the approach ...

New Poppy Blight Poised to Boost Opium Price: U.N.

New Poppy Blight Poised  to Boost Opium Price: U.N.

June 28, 2012

VIENNA - A fresh blight is poised to hit Afghanistan's poppy fields this year, driving up opium prices and threatening to fuel a shift to potentially lethal heroin substitutes like "krokodil", the U.N. drugs watchdog said on ...

FM Zalmai Rassoul: Afghanistan is Prime Victim of Narcotics

FM Zalmai Rassoul: Afghanistan is Prime  Victim of Narcotics

June 27, 2012

KABUL - Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul, who attended an international counter-narcotics conference in Lima, Peru on Monday, reaffirmed the country's commitment to wage war on narcotics.
The conference, titled International Conference of Ministers of Foreign Relations and Heads of Specialized National Agencies against the World Drug Problem, brought together foreign ministers and heads of national counter-narcotics agencies from over 60 countries and several ...

Pak PM to Vist Afghanistan Next Month

Pak PM to Vist  Afghanistan Next Month

June 27, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf will be leaving for Afghanistan in the second week of next month as it will be his first foreign trip in the present capacity. The visit will have conspicuous ...

Allen to Push NATO Route Talks in Islamabad

Allen to Push NATO  Route Talks in Islamabad

June 27, 2012

ISLAMABAD - Top US commander in Afghanistan General John Allen is expected to arrive in Islamabad, Pakistan's capital, on Wednesday to discuss the resumption of NATO supply routes, amid recent protests by religious political parties.
A media wing of the Pakistani army in Rawalpindi, Inter-Services ...

Lawmakers Support Karzai’s Anti-Graft Stance

Lawmakers Support Karzai’s Anti-Graft Stance

June 27, 2012

KABUL - A parliamentary group on Tuesday voiced support for President Hamid Karzai's stance to stem corruption plaguing the country.
The head of Etimad group of Wolesi Jirga, Mohammad Noor Akbari, told a press conference they supported Karzai's comments against graft, as people would lose confidence on the government if it failed to stop ...

MTN Customers can Now Recharge from Anywhere in the World

MTN Customers can Now  Recharge from Anywhere in  the World

June 27, 2012

KABUL - Now friends and relatives of MTN customers can recharge their own account or others from anywhere in the world. No need to be inside Afghanistan to recharge, MTN customers have access to top up their accounts or send others MTN credit when they are outside Afghanistan from ...

40 Countries to Attend Investment Summit on Afghanistan: India

40 Countries to Attend Investment Summit on Afghanistan: India

June 26, 2012

NEW DHELI - Nearly 40 countries, including Iran, China and Pakistan are expected to take part in the investment meet on Afghanistan to be held on Thursday to mobilize flow of private capital to the war-torn country. The meet--Delhi Investment Summit on Afghanistan--is being organized by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) with the support of the governments of India and Afghanistan and in cooperation with relevant Afghan investment and business organizations, a Ministry of ...

President Karzai Congratulates New Egyptian President

President Karzai Congratulates New Egyptian President

June 26, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai has sent to Dr. Mohammad Morsi a message of congratulations on his election as the new President of Egypt. The message reads as follows:
"On behalf of the people of Afghanistan and my own, I would like to congratulate your Excellency and the brotherly Egyptian nation on your ...

Etisalat Backs Afghan Cricket Team to Perform Brilliantly against Ireland

Etisalat Backs Afghan Cricket Team to Perform Brilliantly against Ireland

June 26, 2012

KABUL - Etisalat Afghanistan, the official mobile phone company of Afghanistan Cricket Team has backed the Afghan National Cricket Team to perform outstandingly in the next month's Cricket series with Ireland Cricket team.
The National Cricket Team left Kabul on Sunday for Ireland to play a ...

Afghan Peace Requires Clarity from U.S., Taliban: Pak Envoy

Afghan Peace Requires Clarity from U.S., Taliban: Pak Envoy

June 26, 2012

KABUL - A hoped-for peace deal ending the war in Afghanistan will likely remain out of reach unless both the United States and the Taliban put more clear, consistent offers on the table, a senior Pakistani diplomat said.
"We don't think all these issues can be solved by ...

300 School Girls Poisoned in Three Consecutive Days

300 School Girls Poisoned  in Three Consecutive Days

June 26, 2012

KABUL - As many as 100 school girls were poisoned in northern Sar-e-Pul province on Monday morning, local security officials said.
The incident occurred in Rahmat Abad high school in the capital of the province, the country's northern 303 Pamir Police Zone spokesman Lal Mohammad Ahmadzai ...

Iran to Build Pipeline to Transfer Oil Products to Afghanistan

Iran to Build Pipeline  to Transfer Oil Products  to Afghanistan

June 26, 2012

TEHRAN - Iran is studying to build a 25 kilometer pipeline to transfer oil products to Afghanistan, said the director of Khorasan Razavi Province's Oil Production and Distribution Company.
Ali Harandi told the Mehr News Agency that the pipeline is planned to ...

IEC Pledges Transparent Election as Japan Pledges $8.6mln

IEC Pledges Transparent Election as Japan Pledges $8.6mln

June 25, 2012

KABUL - Afghanistan's Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) pledged on Sunday to ensure Afghanistan's upcoming presidential election will be a transparent and democratic process in response to Japan's donation of $8.6 million.
Speaking at a press conference in Kabul, IEC Chairman Fazal Ahmad Manawi said that the no one will be allowed to interfere in the decision of the commission.
"The election is a political process; anyone will try to interfere in order to win the election. We provide the opportunity for ...

Zakhilwal is a Lair: Sherzai

Zakhilwal is a Lair: Sherzai

June 25, 2012

JALALABAD - Nangarhar governor on Saturday strongly criticized Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal for not honoring his repeated promises to start construction works on two key highway projects in the eastern province.
Addressing participants at a workshop on economic development in ...

President Hamid Karzai: Pak, Afghanistan Should Jointly Combat Terrorism

President Hamid Karzai: Pak, Afghanistan Should  Jointly Combat Terrorism

June 25, 2012

KABUL - While congratulating Pakistan's new prime minister Raja Pravez Ashraf, President Hamid Karzai said both nations should jointly combat terrorism -- a bane to Afghanistan and Pakistan -- and work towards prosperity.
Karzai congratulated Ashraf on behalf of the government and Afghans, after he was chosen as the new prime minister on Saturday, said a ...

Marshal Fahim Chairs CM Law Committee Meeting

Marshal Fahim Chairs CM Law Committee Meeting

June 25, 2012

KABUL - Marshal Mohammad Qaseem Fahim first vice president chaired the meeting of the CM law committee yesterday. As per the agenda the draft law of provincial councils, law on government issues, the law on atomic energy and the amendment to the ...

Delegation Sent to Investigate Sar-E-Pul Oil Dispute

Delegation Sent  to Investigate Sar-E-Pul  Oil Dispute

June 25, 2012

KABUL - A delegation comprised of personnel from Afghanistan's intelligence agency and the Attorney General's Office is heading to northern Sar-e-Pul province to investigate allegations of Abdul Rashid Dostum preventing extraction at an oil basin, officials said ...

Karzai should be Committed to Fight Corruption: Lodin

Karzai should be Committed  to Fight Corruption: Lodin

June 24, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai should act seriously against corruption in order to provide a better life for Afghan people, the country's anti-corruption head said Saturday.
Head of High Office of Oversight and Anti Corruption Azizullah Lodin said in an exclusive interview with Tolonews that he hopes Karzai will stand by his promise to fight corruption seriously.
"I am sure that as President Karzai says, he will not allow land grabbing any more, he will not allow bribery any more. I hope he's serious about his statements," Lodin said, adding that Karzai's ...

Attack on Qargha Inhumane, Shows Taliban Weakness

Attack on Qargha Inhumane, Shows Taliban Weakness

June 24, 2012

KABUL - The reaction in Kabul to the attack on the lakeside hotel outside the city showed a growing perception that the Taliban was weakening, according to commentators.
At least 20 people were killed during a large-scale insurgent attack on the Lake Qargha hotel launched late Thursday night which continued ...

100 Female School Students Poisoned

100 Female School Students Poisoned

June 24, 2012

KABUL - As many as 100 female students are believed to have been poisoned in Afghanistan's northern Sar-e-Pul province on Saturday, a provincial health official said.
Head of Sar-e-Pul Public Health department Mohammad Amin Altin said the reason behind the poisoning at the Emam Yahya school is still unclear, but the scores ...

Taliban Shadow District Chief Held in Bamyan

Taliban Shadow District  Chief Held in Bamyan

June 24, 2012

BAMYAN CITY - A Taliban-designated district chief has been arrested and some documents and explosives were recovered from him in central Bamyan province, an official said on Saturday.
Mullah Abdul Kabir, the Taliban shadow district chief for Saighan, was arrested two days after he planted a roadside bomb to target the ...

Karzai for Reforms in University Entry Test

Karzai for Reforms in University Entry Test

June 24, 2012

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Saturday called for reforms in university entry test to bring them at par with international standards.
The current entry test called Kankor was based on old methods that made it difficult for even talented student to pass, depriving them of ...

Karzai Decides to Confront Graft

Karzai Decides to Confront Graft

June 23, 2012

KABUL - Afghan President Hamid Karzai called on Thursday for the country's parliament to fight the graft and nepotism that is eroding international confidence in his government ahead of a July meeting with donors in Tokyo aimed at securing extra aid.
Karzai, addressing a specially convened parliamentary session aimed at confronting political opponents and the myriad challenges facing the country before the end-2014 departure of NATO combat troops, stressed the need for greater unity.
"Nepotism, tribalism, partisanship, nationalism are all government ...

Taliban’s Civilian Massacre War Crime: AI

Taliban’s Civilian Massacre War Crime: AI

June 23, 2012

KABUL - Amnesty International has condemned the Taliban attack on a Qargha resort outside Kabul saying it shows their disregard for civilian life.
In a statement, Amnesty International said Taliban's repeated brazen attacks targeting civilians show an utter disregard for human life and may amount to war crimes which should be investigated and prosecuted by ...

US, Australia Join Forces on Key Rule of Law Program in Afghanistan

US, Australia Join  Forces on Key Rule of Law Program in Afghanistan

June 23, 2012

KABUL - U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan C. Crocker and Australian Ambassador to Afghanistan Paul Foley signed a Memorandum of Cooperation on the deployment of Australian Justice Advisers to the Justice Center in Parwan (JCIP), Afghanistan. The Australian Justice Advisers, provided through the Australian Civilian Corps, will assist ...

Small US Force in Afghanistan Post 2014: Dempsey

Small US Force in Afghanistan Post 2014: Dempsey

June 23, 2012

WASHINGTON - The United States is unlikely to have a military presence in Afghanistan post 2014, a top Pentagon commander said, even as negotiations on the issue are ongoing with President Hamid Karzai's government.
"The security partnership agreement calls for a long-term ...

Afghans A Potent Strike Force: British Commander

Afghans A Potent Strike Force: British Commander

June 23, 2012

WASHINGTON - A top British military commander based in Afghanistan had rated highly about Afghan Security Forces capability in conducting operations against the enemy and said the transition is on track.
"The Afghans are more than capable and more than content to deal ...

Russia Ratifies Deal with Italy on Afghan Transit for NATO Mission

Russia Ratifies Deal  with Italy on Afghan  Transit for NATO Mission

June 23, 2012

MOSCOW – Russia's parliament has ratified an agreement with Italy that allows it to transport troops and cargo to the NATO mission in Afghanistan. The deal approved by the lower house Friday follows similar agreements with the U.S., Germany and France that allowed them to use air corridors ...