Afghanistan ready to take action to combat the spread of Coronavirus

The ministry of public health assures people of fully readiness in prevention of the Coronavirus that takes victims in China, the country it was found for the first time. Health Minister, Firozuddin Firzo, said Saturday that they had meetings with officials from World Health Organization to ask for help regarding prevention of the virus and have got positive response from [...]

Ghani melting under criticism for remarks on Karzai, Abdullah

President Ashraf Ghani’s recent remarks about his predecessor Hamid Karzai and his rival in presidential race Abdullah Abdullah for not boasting any conclusive plans for Afghanistan and the peace process has set off a flurry of criticism in Kabul. In an interview on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the President said the former President Hamid [...]

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 colleagues into accusations of covert [...]

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 tonnes of petroleum for $12.2 [...]

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 opposition to the peace efforts, [...]

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 it doesn’t mean it should [...]

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 hampers the peace process. President [...]

‘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 to end the war will [...]

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 of delegation, said that security [...]