President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani strongly condemned the re-publishing of the latest caricature of the Prophet Muhammad by French satirical magazine. A statement released by ARG Presidential Palace said President Ghani has strongly condemned Charlie Hebdo for desecrating Islam by publishing Prophet Muahmmad’s caricature. President Ghani called the move by Charlie Hebdo...
DUBAI, 14th January, 2015 (WAM) -- Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, received today at Zabeel Palace, Dr. Mohammed Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Sheikh Mohammed and President Ghani discussed overall latest regional and...
New Delhi is expected to hold crucial talks over Afghanistan with the US President Barack Obama who is expected to visit India later this month. According to the local media reports, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold talks on various issues with President Obama, including the possible rise...
The government of Afghanistan signed a strategic partnership charter with the United Arab Emirates during President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s visit. President Ghani accompanied by a delegation of high level government officials on Tuesday left for United Arab Emirates on a two-day state visit. Afghanistan’s National Security Adviser Mohammad Hanif Atmar signed...
The Afghan Intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) has even surprised the Central Intelligence Agency of United States by exhibiting an independent streak under the leadership of Rahmatullah Nabil. Nabil has aggressively sought to keep the resurgent Taliban at bay, stop the remnants of Al Qaeda from growing fresh...
Afghanistan will look to bounce back in the fifth ODI against Ireland after suffering a humiliating defeat against Scotland in the previous game. Ireland’s unbeaten start to 2015 came to an abrupt end in Dubai on Saturday as a disappointing batting display saw them beaten by 71 runs against Afghanistan...
After meeting with lawmakers in Parliament and failing to introduce the nominees for the National Directorate of Security (NDS) and Central Bank on Saturday as was originally planned, President Ashraf Ghani is now expected to introduce the full list of cabinet nominees to the Lower House on Tuesday. President Ghani...
A young and talented Afghan man has built a solar-powered motorbike in yet another initiative by the young generation of the country who are keen to join the global technological revolution. The solar-powered motorbike moves with the help of electricity energy obtained from the solar panels planted on the roof...
Administrative Board members at the House of Representatives have said that there is strong commitment to bringing changes to the job descriptions and authorities of the election commissions. Representatives would not allow themselves to be pressured away from the reforms, they added. The House of Representatives is expected to put...
The new fiscal year has begun without a government budget approved by Parliament. Concerns have been raised about the budget draft, as well as the detrimental effects continued delay in passing any budget at all could have on the country. According to officials, the 2015 budget draft has been sent...
Rumor and speculation continue to fly around the formation of the new cabinet, a process which has dragged on for months and raised concerns about the national unity government's ability to compromise effectively. Negotiations around the distribution of ministries between President Ashraf Ghani's camp and that of Chief Executive...
KABUL: Youth Activists’ Network for Reforms and Change (YANRC) on Monday criticized the Afghan government for one-sided cooperation with Pakistan and said Kabul should ask Islamabad to launch operation against Afghan insurgents who are enjoying sanctuaries on Pakistan’s soil. The YANRC’s spokesman Sayed Maisam Ehsani said: “Enough is enough. Afghan...
KABUL – A politician's legacy sometimes is determined late in his term of service, when the public can look back at his accomplishments. Yet in the case of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, people are forming early impressions about what long-term changes he can bring to his war-torn country. He has...
NATO senior civilian representative spokesman in Afghanistan, Christopher Chambers, stressed that there is no need for continued combat mission of the alliance in the country. In a joint press conference with the spokesman of Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Tuesday, Chambers declared that NATO would no longer take part in...
KABUL: Hoping that the government would listen to it, the Meshrano Jirga (MJ) on Tuesday once again urged President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah to overcome their differences and form the cabinet on emergency basis. Meshrano Jirga or Senate expressed its deep concern over delay in formation...
President Ashraf Ghani in London said that reliance on international aid to be slashed. He vowed to expedite efforts to combat administrative corruption. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he will eat for a lifetime—is a Chinese proverb...
KABUL: Distribution of electronic identity cards would kick off within two weeks, said an official. Radio Azadi quoted Zimarai Baher, the chief of Electronic Identity Cards distribution department, as saying that they had all the preparation to kick off distribution of electronic identity cards. “The first electronic ID card will be...
KABUL: A top American Congressman has said that the upcoming few months are vital for Afghanistan’s stability, adding that the Obama administration should have an honest conversation about its relationship with Islamabad. Congressman Ilena Ros-Lehtinen, the chairman of the subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa of the House...
Addressing a gathering of civil society activists and Kabul municipality workers on Friday, President Ashraf Ghani said that the current conditions in the capital do not represent what the leading city of the country should. Over 200 representatives of civil society institutions and officials from the Kabul Municipality held discussions...
The Ministry of Finance (MoF) called for the immediate privatization of the New Kabul Bank this week. Deputy Minister of Finance Mustafa Mastoor said that since the bank has come under the control of government it has lost close to 50 million USD. MoF submitted the documents for the privatization...
KABUL: The European Union (EU) on Friday announced to grant €1.4 billion for Afghanistan to strengthen development efforts in this country after 2014. Economic Advisor to Afghan President, Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal, and the EU development commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, signed the agreement of the aid in Washington DC on the sidelines...
69 percent of interviewed Afghans urged the new government to prioritize the Durand Line issue, and 65 percent have asked for tit-for-tat response to Pakistan's rocket attacks into Afghan soil, reveals survey. AT News Report KABUL: A survey conducted by a local organization revealed Saturday that a high percentage of interviewed...
KABUL: Tribal elders from Paktia, Paktika and Khost provinces turbaned ex-president Hamid Karzai and awarded him the national leader in an attempt to respect his services to Afghanistan and make him a paragon of national leadership. The tribal elders called on the former president at his residence here on Sunday...
KABUL: Contracts for three uplift projects worth Afs40 million was signed between the Ministry of Energy and Water (MoEW) and private companies on Monday. According to officials, the contracts include reconstruction of irrigation canals in Kandahar, Nangarhar and Kunar provinces. The contracts were signed in a ceremony attended by MPs...
KABUL: The new president and Chief Executive Officer have been inaugurated last month but the cabinet is still incomplete as the two leaders would have to show consensus on picks for the key slots while reaching an agreement over number of ministries. For public and lawmakers the main concern...
In an interview with BBC, newly elected President Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai said fighting corruption is a priority, exuding that corruption will not be encouraged or tolerated in his administration. "I am not corrupt," President-elect Ghani sternly and clearly asserted. "I am not going to encourage, tolerate or become the...
During his farewell event with the cabinet at the Presidential Palace on Tuesday, President Hamid Karzai highlighted some of his major achievements and struggles throughout his 13-year presidency. "Our government and our structures today are a hundred times better than when I first took office," Karzai said. "I had to...
Afghanistan, finally, has a new president. Ghani will serve as the president of Afghanistan after signing a power-sharing agreement with Abdullah Abdullah, who will become Afghanistan’s chief executive—a newly created slot. The country, which was sliding gradually back into a chaos just balked at the precipice and saved itself...
KABUL, Afghanistan — To find a flag as big as the one hoisted over Kabul’s historic Wazir Akbar Khan hill on Wednesday, you would have to go pretty far — possibly as far as a Walmart parking lot somewhere in the Great Plains. Flying from a specially erected flagpole more...
Dozens of people including members of the cricket board of Afghanistan gathered in Kabul international airport to welcome the tour of ICC World Cup 2015 trophy to Afghanistan. The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) chief executive Dr. Noor Mohammad Murad accompanied the ICC World Cup trophy from Dubai to Kabul international...