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Suicide bomber targets Afghan forces convoy in Helmand

A suicide bomber targeted a convoy of the Afghan national army (ANA) and Afghan police forces in southern Helmand province. According to the local government officials, the incident took place on Saturday afternoon in Greshk district. Preliminary reports suggest at least four Afghan police forces were martyred and two others were injured following the attack, an Afghan army official said. In the meantime, p ...

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Abdullah underlines election reforms

  KABUL: Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Saturday stressed the need for reforms in the electoral system, saying the next five years offered a great chance of bringing prosperity to the country. Addressing influential figures from northern Balkh province at his residence, Dr. Abdullah said, people wanted respect for their rights, rule of law, proper services, good governance. The ...

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Istanbul, Kabul ink strategic cooperation pact

KABUL: Turkey and Afghanistan on Saturday signed a strategic cooperation agreement, paving the ground for more robust trade and investment links between the two countries. Presidents Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced signing the pact at a joint news conference after formal talks at the Presidential Palace in Kabul. Both leaders told reporters the accord envisaged greater Turkish i ...

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Taliban executes woman over espionage charges in Kunar

Taliban militants have murdered a young woman over espionage charges in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan. According to local government officials, the woman was accused of spying foe American forces and was shot dead by Taliban militants inside her residence. Provincial police chief, Gen. Abdul Habib Syed Khel confirmed that the woman was killed late Sunday night in Sarkano district. Gen. Syed Khel add ...

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France grants 10 million Euros for Bamyan, Wardak

BAMYAN (Pajhwok): The government of France donated 10 million Euros on Monday for agriculture, environmental, and administrative up-lift projects in central Bamyan and Wardak provinces. Jean Michael Marlaud, the French Ambassador in Kabul told a press conference about his latest trip to Bamyan. He added that the fund was aimed at bringing positive changes to the lives of people. He noted that the internatio ...

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EU announces further support for the development of Afghanistan

On Friday, the European Commission announced new development funding of €1.4 billion to Afghanistan for the period 2014-2020. The funds will focus on vital sectors for growth and social stability, such as rural development and agriculture, health, and strengthening democracy in the country. The signature of the development programme (known as Multiannual Indicative Programme), between European Commissioner ...

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Acting ministers may not stay idle: Abdullah

KABUL: Chairing his maiden Cabinet meeting as Chief Executive Officer, Abdullah Abdullah on Monday asked the acting ministers not to halt in the discharge of the responsibilities in their current capacity until new ministers were appointed. “After formation of the unity government, you have turned into acting ministers but it does not mean to stop working,” he told the meeting. Abdullah said deserving peopl ...

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Kabul Bank Scandal: If At First President Ghani Does Succeed

By: Waheed Rahimi The newly elected Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani has begun his anti-corruption campaign on the first week of his presidency. He is promising to curb fraud in the world’s third most corrupted country. Ghani assured that his administration would be more transparent and accountable than expected by the donor countries. In an interview a few days ago, he emphasized that “I am not corrupt and I ...

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Acting ministers may not stay idle: Abdullah

KABUL: Chairing his maiden Cabinet meeting as Chief Executive Officer, Abdullah Abdullah on Monday asked the acting ministers not to halt in the discharge of the responsibilities in their current capacity until new ministers were appointed. “After formation of the unity government, you have turned into acting ministers but it does not mean to stop working,” he told the meeting. Abdullah said deserving peopl ...

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Ghani, Abdullah urged to bar rights abusers from top posts

KABUL : In a letter to President Ahmadzai and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah,  Human Rights Watch has urged them to carefully vet appointments to national security positions to ensure they are not linked to human rights abuses. The co-leadership should select individuals with strong human rights records for the ministers of interior and justice, director of the National Directorate of Security, and attorn ...

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MPs urge Ahmadzai to name ‘clean’ Cabinet

KABUL: Hailing recent measures by the new government, a number of Wolesi Jirga members on Saturday asked President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai not to appoint graft-tainted former officials and ministers as members of the new Cabinet. The lower house members stressed Ahmadzai should announce the new Cabinet soon, and that for the sake of good governance the cabinet should be comprised of individuals who had not be ...

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Coordinated suicide attack plot foiled in Pul-e-Khumri city

Afghan intelligence operatives foiled a coordinated suicide attack plot in northern Pul-e-Khumri city. National Directorate of Security (NDS) said Saturday that a suspected Taliban militant involved in coordinating and planning suicide and terrorist attack plots was arrested during a special operation by intelligence operatives. A statement released by NDS said the detained militant was identified as Amir M ...

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Time to abolish the death penalty in Afghanistan!

The new Afghan Government has announced an impressive series of positive economic, judicial, and security sector reforms. These are courageous reforms that will reshape Afghanistan and move the nation forward. Now the time has come for the government to be equally committed toward reform and improvements within the human rights sector. Establishing a moratorium on the death penalty, with the immediate suspe ...

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Time to abolish the death penalty in Afghanistan!

The new Afghan Government has announced an impressive series of positive economic, judicial and security sector reforms. These are courageous reforms that will reshape Afghanistan and move the nation forward. Now the time has come for the Government to be equally committed towards reform and improvements within the Human Rights sector. Establishing a moratorium, immediately suspending the execution of death ...

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Benchmarks To Be Set For Governors’ Appointments

President Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Wednesday stressed the need for permanent budgets for provinces and the appointment of qualified individuals as governor. At a meeting with the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) chief and other officials at the Presidential Palace, Ahmadzai called for upholding merit in all appointments. Vice-President Sarwar Danish also attended the meeting, which was ...

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Ministers barred from exercising executive powers

A presidential decree issued on Wednesday directed all incumbent ministers and provincial governors to perform duties as acting officials, barring them from exercising executive powers. President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai also ordered the ministers, governors and heads of independent departments to perform in acting capacity until the new Cabinet was introduced. Ahmadzai was sworn-in as new president on Tuesday ...

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President Orders Kabul Bank Case Reopening

President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Wednesday issued a decree, directing relevant state institutions to immediately address the Kabul bank issue and restitute its assets. The new decree is enforceable at once in accordance with Article 64 of the constitution. A statement from the Cabinet Secretariat said the presidential orders were aimed to recover the bank’s loans and stolen funds. Once the country’s large ...

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7 Killed, 21 Wounded In Kabul Suicide Attacks

At least seven security personnel were killed and more than 20 others wounded in two separate suicide attacks in Kabul on Wednesday, a day after the signing of a security pact with the United States. Brig. Gen. Humayun Aini, in charge of the police helpline, told Pajhwok Afghan News seven Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed and 15 others wounded when one bomber targeted their bus in Karta-i-Char ...

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NATO airstrike in Khost leaves 4 dead

A district development council head was killed in a militant attack in southeastern Paktia province while four people -- believed to be civilians -- lost their lives in a NATO drone strike in southern Khost on Tuesday. Paktia police chief, Brig. Gen. Mohammad Zaman told Pajhwok Afghan News the development council head for Syed Karam district Mirza Mohammad was shot dead by militants in the morning. He said ...

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Zakhilwal named economic advisor

President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai has appointed former finance minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal as acting finance minister and his advisor on economic affairs, the Cabinet Secretariat said on Tuesday. Previously, the new president had appointed his former competitor in the presidential election, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, as Chief Executive Officer. Abdullah’s running mates Eng. Mohammad Khan and Mohammad Mohaqiq w ...

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