Hullabaloo simmers after House passes next year’s budget bill

Afghan parliament on Wednesday passed the budget bill for the next year, igniting a firestorm of criticism and charges that the bill is drastically unbalanced and obscures need-based apportionment of funds and development projects to underprivileged provinces. Despite government attempts to clean up its finances for next year, several disgruntled lawmakers hauled some of their [...]

By |2020-01-22T21:42:18+00:00January 22nd, 2020|Home, News|0 Comments

Afghanistan imports $7.5m fuel from Kazakhstan

Afghanistan purchased 14,000 tons for $7.5 million from Kazakhstan from January to November 2019, says a media report. AKI Press reported the central Asian country earned $21.6 million from petroleum exports during the 11-month period. Kazakhstan exported 42,700 tonnes of gasoline — up from 15,400 tonnes worth $7.4 million in 2018. The country sold 23,600 [...]

By |2020-01-22T09:57:17+00:00January 22nd, 2020|Home, News|0 Comments

Americans consulting on Taliban’s reduction in violence plan, says former Taliban official

The US officials are consulting on a plan offered by Taliban in which the insurgents have vowed to reduce violence in big cities of Afghanistan, despite rejecting US ceasefire demand, said Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef, ambassador to Pakistan in Taliban’s government. Meanwhile, the government of Afghanistan emphasizes on the ceasefire, rejecting any other schemes as [...]

By |2020-01-21T14:08:45+00:00January 21st, 2020|Home, News|0 Comments

Abdullah ups the ante on new peace ministry

In reaction to recent statements of the state ministry for peace about ceasefire and violence reduction, the incumbent chief executive Dr. Abdullah said Monday that peace can never be monopolized by a single agency. Abdullah who was addressing a meeting of Council of Ministers said that the government of Afghanistan supports the peace process, but [...]

By |2020-01-21T13:34:39+00:00January 21st, 2020|Home, News|0 Comments

Karzai urges govt against tough preconditions ahead of talks

Former President, Hamid Karzai called on the government not to insist on the ceasefire as a precondition for intra-Afghan talks. In an interview with the BBC Pashto, the former president emphasized that any way leading Afghans to peace should be put in the act. Karzai rejected the government’s urge for a ceasefire if the demand [...]

By |2020-01-20T06:06:57+00:00January 20th, 2020|Home, News|0 Comments

‘No sustainable peace sans ceasefire’

The government of Afghanistan has once again reiterated its stance of the ceasefire in the peace talks and termed it an important constituent to facilitate the intra-Afghan talks for reaching a sustainable peace in the war-hit country. Briefing newsmen on Saturday, Presidential Spokesman Seddiq Seddiqi said that without a truce no durable peace achievable. “Efforts [...]

By |2020-01-20T05:58:09+00:00January 20th, 2020|Home, News|0 Comments

Army weapons sold to Taliban in Farah, claims parliament delegation

A delegation appointed by the parliament to assess security forces’ condition in the western province of Farah, reports that weapons, equipment and vehicles belonged to army and police are sold to Taliban militants. The delegation said in parliament’s Saturday session that provincial administration and security forces were facing problems in Farah. Abdul Sattar Hossaini, head [...]

By |2020-01-19T07:00:06+00:00January 19th, 2020|Home, News|0 Comments

‘The War Will End When the U.S. Withdraws,’ Says Taliban’s Chief Negotiator

After the terror attacks of 9/11, the U.S. military invaded Afghanistan to oust the Taliban for harboring Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda. Nearly two decades later, the Taliban is resurgent, and the United States is trying to negotiate an end to war with the very group it sought to destroy. The Taliban’s terms for [...]

By |2020-01-19T06:20:55+00:00January 19th, 2020|Home, News|0 Comments

China-Afghanistan inaugurates first transit trade

Afghanistan and China has inaugurated the Gwadar Seaport which is located in the Karachi state of Pakistan and has been considered as the first transit trade between the two countries. The inauguration was welcomed with the arrival of the first transit trade ship from China. Based on the Pakistan embassy in Kabul, the goods would [...]

By |2020-01-18T07:25:18+00:00January 18th, 2020|Home, News|0 Comments

Chinese birth rate falls to lowest in seven decades

China's birth rate has fallen to its lowest since the formation of the People's Republic of China 70 years ago - despite the easing of the much-criticized one-child policy. The birth rate was 10.48 per 1,000 in 2019 - the lowest since 1949, the National Bureau of Statistics said. The number of babies born in [...]

By |2020-01-18T07:20:16+00:00January 18th, 2020|Home, News|0 Comments