‘Peace for Afghans is more important than election’

AT-KABUL: Former President Hamid Karzai said that restoration of peace before election is very much crucial. In an interview with Pashto section in China’s International Radio, Hamid Karzai said holding election is important, but before having a good and independent election, peace must be restored. A country must have the …

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U.S. Army Green Beret charged with murder of Afghan man

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: A U.S. Army Green Beret major has been charged withmurder in the death of an Afghan man during his 2010 deployment to the war-torncountry, the U.S. military says. A spokesman said on December 13 that Major Matthew Golsteyn’s commander had determined that “sufficient evidence exists” to warrant …

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Khalilzad meets Stoltenberg in Brussels

AT-KABUL: NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg met US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad in Brussels. A brief statement from the Western military alliance said that Ambassador Khalilzad would address the North Atlantic Council. The North Atlantic Council expressed support for Khalilzad’s efforts to promote an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned …

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Editorial: Sinking bilateral trade

Amidst tall claims on the part of Pakistani rulers regarding strengthening of relations and playing role in return of peace in Afghanistan on other part they are making obstacles ahead of bilateral trade with Afghanistan, which is now at verge of collapse. Pakistani officials at Torkham crossing point with the …

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American soldier dies in non-combat incident

AT-KABUL: A US soldier assigned to the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission has died in a non-combat related incident in Afghanistan. The service member’s name would be released 24 hours after next of kin notification in line with NATO policy. The incident is currently under investigation. Thursday’s death of the US …

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Saffron cultivation up by 22pc

AT-KABUL: The Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation and Livestock(MAIL) said that saffron yield has increased by 22 percent this year. Spokesman for MAIL, Akbar Rustami said that this year 31,220 acres of land has been cultivated saffron in 33 provinces, in which produced around 13 tons. He said that saffron products …

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Peace bid will fail sans women’s inclusion

AT-KABUL: More than 75 women members of Provincial PeaceCouncils (PPCs) met in Kabul on Wednesday to plot a strategy to advocate forthe interests of women in the peace process. Over 120 Promote Musharikat “Women in Peace” Coalition activists and influential religious leaders joined the conversation to review how women will …

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43 militants killed in military drill

AT-KABUL: The Afghan security forces have killed at least 43 insurgents and wounded 25 others in fresh military crackdowns conducted across the country within past 24 hours, officials said Wednesday. Ministry of Defense in a statement said that Afghan National Defense and Security Forces  (ANDSF) and Afghan Air Force (AAF) …

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Khalilzad: ‘We need to work together for Afghan peace’

AT-KABUL: The US Special Representative for Afghanistanreconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad has arrived Turkmenistan on Wednesday, where hediscussed the Afghan peace process with Turkmen officials, saying there is aneed to work together for peace to be restored in Afghanistan. Khalilzad on his twitter account said after his trip to Pakistan, Russia and …

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