AFGHANISTAN

  • Narendra Modi calls up Hamid Karzai, hails his contribution 2 days ago

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday spoke to former Afghan President Hamid Karzai and hailed his effort to strengthen bilateral relations besides successfully steering his country on the path of peace, prosperity and stability which will "never be forgotten". Modi told Karzai that he will always remain a "special...
  • One kidnapper, five rapists executed in Afghanistan October 8, 2014

    Kabul: The Afghan government executed by hanging the leader of a kidnappers' ring and five rapists in Kabul's central jail, the Pul-e-Charkhi prison, on Wednesday. "The kidnappers' ring leader Khalid, nicknamed Habib Istalif, and five rapists were hanged on the gallows in the compound of Pul-e-Charkhi prison," a police official, who...
  • Pakistani Taliban declare allegiance to Islamic State and global jihad October 5, 2014

    Islamabad: The Pakistani Taliban declared allegiance to Islamic State on Saturday and ordered militants across the region to help the Middle Eastern jihadist group in its campaign to set up a global Islamic caliphate. Islamic State, which controls swathes of land in Syria and Iraq, has been making inroads into South...
  • Asian Games Cricket: Sri Lanka men beat Afghanistan in final to win gold October 3, 2014

    Sri Lanka crushed Afghanistan by 68 runs to win the gold medal in the men's Twenty20 cricket event at the Asian Games on Friday. Unlike the previous day, when Sri Lanka won a coin toss to get into the gold medal match after their semi-final with Bangladesh was washed out, luck...
  • Afghan Diary: Democracy, a new era or namesake? September 30, 2014

    The democratic transition is perhaps the most celebrated phenomenon in the history of Afghanistan. As the new president, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, takes oath in the presence of over 1,400 national and international guests, the war-torn country enters a new era which was long awaited. Democracy to Afghanistan has come at...
  • Modi cautions US against hasty troop withdrawal from Afghanistan September 30, 2014

    New York: Hours ahead of his dinner with President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday cautioned the US against hasty withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan, citing the mistakes it has committed while pulling out from Iraq. Modi told the Council on Foreign Relations that India and the...
  • Historic, anxious handover as Afghanistan swears in new leader September 29, 2014

    Kabul: Afghanistan inaugurates its first new president in a decade on Monday, swearing in technocrat Ashraf Ghani to head a power-sharing government just as the withdrawal of most foreign troops presents a crucial test. The first democratic handover of power in Afghanistan's history has been far from smooth: the deal for...
  • Delhi eyes onions from Pakistan, Afghanistan to meet festive demand September 28, 2014

    New Delhi: India is turning to Pakistan and Afghanistan to ensure that there is no shortage of onions in the national capital during the upcoming festival season. National Agriculture and Marketing Federation (NAFED) will import onions from the two countries in a bid to avert an onion shortfall in Delhi as...
  • Taliban storm Afghan district southwest of capital, 100 killed September 27, 2014

    Ghazni: Hundreds of Taliban fighters have stormed a strategic district in an Afghan province southwest of the capital and are on the verge of capturing it after killing dozens of people and beheading some in days of fighting, officials said on Friday. The Ghazni provincial government has lost contact with police...
  • Afghan President-elect seeks favour in Washington September 23, 2014

    Washington: Afghan President-elect Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai began spending tens of thousands of dollars on lobbyists in the United States months ago. Ghani Ahmadzai's campaign has hired three different Washington public relations and lobbying firms since May. Required Justice Department filings say that, at times, his campaign has spent USD 180,000...
  • Obama congratulates Afghan President and his rival on unity government September 22, 2014

    Washington: US President Barack Obama has called the Afghan presidentelect Ashraf Ghani and his rival Abdullah Abdullah congratulating them on reaching an agreement on a unity government in this wartorn country. Under the terms of the agreement brokered by the US, Ghani would be the new president of the country while...
  • PM Modi welcomes agreement on government formation in Afghanistan September 21, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday welcomed the agreement on government formation in Afghanistan and said India will stand steadfastly with the new dispensation in that country as it continues the task of building a strong, developed and peaceful nation. "We wholeheartedly welcome the agreement between the two Afghan...
  • New al Qaeda wing in South Asia claims major attack September 21, 2014

    Islamabad: Al Qaeda's South Asia wing has claimed responsibility for hijacking a Pakistani naval ship and trying to use it to fire rockets at US vessels in the Arabian Sea, in the first major assault by the newly created group. The SITE monitoring service quoted its spokesman, Usama Mahmoud, as saying...
  • Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai declared Afghanistan's next President September 21, 2014

    Kabul: Afghanistan's election commission has named Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai as the winner of the country's presidential election, but the commission did not release final vote figures. The commission's announcement on Sunday came hours after Ghani Ahmadzai signed a power sharing agreement with opponent Abdullah Abdullah, who will fill the newly created...
  • Afghan cricketers begin threeweek tour of Australia September 21, 2014

    Afghanistan's fledging cricket team began a threeweek tour of Australia on Sunday to help it prepare for its first appearance at next year's 50over World Cup tournament. Ranked 11th in the oneday international form of the game, the results of matches against teams from Western Australia and Canberra in Australia and...
  • Afghanistan court sentences 5 to death for gang rape September 15, 2014

    Kabul: An Afghan appeals court on Monday sentenced five men to death for armed robbery and sexual assault for an attack on an Afghan family driving home from a wedding just outside Kabul. The panel of three judges, led by Judge Sediqullah Haqiqqi, also invalidated the death sentences given to two...
  • Afghan national, 2 others held for drugs in raisin packets September 13, 2014

    New Delhi: An Afghan national along with two Indians have been arrested here for allegedly smuggling in a large cache of fine quality heroin concealed in raisin boxes which was to be sold in a famous dry fruits market in Delhi. A tipoff, officials said, led sleuths of the Delhi zone...
  • India, Afghanistan to work handinhand during critical phase September 10, 2014

    Kabul: "India is here to stay," External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today assured Afghanistan as she conveyed the new government's resolve to work "handinhand" with the wartorn country by providing all possible assistance, including in key areas of defence and security. As Afghanistan enters a new phase in its transition,...
  • India, Afghanistan to intensify security, defence cooperation September 10, 2014

    Kabul: India on Wednesday assured all possible help to the Afghan people to realise their vision of a strong, independent and prosperous Afghanistan as the two countries agreed to intensify cooperation in areas like security, defence and reconstruction work in the wartorn country. India's assurance was conveyed by External Affairs Minister...
  • Sushma Swaraj arrives in Afghanistan to improve strategic ties September 10, 2014

    Kabul: Seeking to enhance strategic cooperation and help Afghanistan deal with key challenges of security and stability, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj arrived on Wednesday on a crucial visit as the trouble torn country approaches the first democratic transition of power after fall of the Taliban in 2001. Swaraj's visit also...
  • Iran says Afghan, Pakistani IS volunteers arrested September 8, 2014

    Tehran: Afghan and Pakistani nationals who were planning to join the ranks of Islamic State jihadists fighting in Syria and Iraq have been arrested in Iran, a government minister announced on Monday. "People from Afghanistan and Pakistan wanted to cross Iran but we prevented them passing and we have arrested others,"...
  • Five women terrorists facing trial in Saudi Arabia September 7, 2014

    Riyadh: Five female terrorists, four of them Saudi Arabian nationals, are facing trial in the Gulf nation for organising a terror group and luring people into terrorism, media reported. The Special Criminal Court in Riyadh heard that the unnamed women terror suspects used to get support and guidance from members of...
  • England's Andy Moles named Afghanistan coach September 4, 2014

    Kabul: Former New Zealand coach Andy Moles took charge of the Afghan team on Thursday replacing Pakistan's Kabir Khan, who resigned last week citing family reasons. The announcement comes ahead of the World Cup hosted by Australia and New Zealand from February to March, with the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) looking...
  • Kabir Khan quits as Afghanistan coach September 2, 2014

    Karachi: Afghanistan cricket on Tuesday suffered a major blow just a few months before their participation in their first ever 50over World Cup as long serving coach Kabir Khan stepped down due to differences with the country's Board. Kabir, 40, confirmed on Tuesday that he had stepped down as head coach...
  • Afghan talks on unity government collapse; crisis deepens September 2, 2014

    Kabul: Talks on a powersharing deal between Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates have collapsed, a top leader said on Monday, rekindling fears of ethnic unrest over disputed election results. Under the terms of a deal brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry, the runnerup in the vote was to name a...
  • Afghanistan coach pleased with 2015 ICC World Cup preparations August 21, 2014

    Karachi: Afghanistan's cricket coach Kabir Khan on Wednesday said the team was on course for next year's World Cup and looking forward to touring Australia and New Zealand next month. Afghanistan earned a maiden berth in the 50over World Cup to cap a remarkable rise which saw them graduating from...
  • Indian government grants USD 1 million for Afghan stadium August 11, 2014

    New Delhi: The Indian government has given approval to a grant of USD 1 million for the construction of a cricket stadium in Afghanistan's southern province of Kandahar, according to a report. The stadium is set to come up in Aino Mina, a northern suburb of Kandahar city, on the land...
  • US's Kerry in Kabul to try to break deadlock over Afghan presidency August 8, 2014

    Kabul: US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Afghanistan on Thursday for his second visit in under a month to push a deal between the country's two presidential candidates on how to share power after an audit of a disputed election is complete. Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah shook hands...
  • Afghan election resolution inches forward with audit deal July 31, 2014

    Kabul: Afghanistan's floundering attempts to declare a winner of its presidential election inched forward on Thursday with a deal allowing an audit of all votes to restart, but the United Nations warned of the risk of further delays. Alleged fraud during the June 14 election has plunged the country into a...
  • Afghanistan President Karzai's cousin killed in suicide bombing July 29, 2014

    Kandahar: Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai's cousin Hashmat was killed in suicide bombing on Tuesday in Kandahar. Hashmat Karzai was a campaign manager in Kandahar for Ashraf Ghani, one of the two presidential candidates involved in a bitter dispute over fraud that threatens to pitch the country into worsening instability. Hashmat Karzai, who...