Hamid Karzai

  • Relief in Afghanistan after largely peaceful landmark election 06-04-2014 09:19 AM

    Kabul: Afghanistan's presidential election closed on Saturday amid relief that attacks by Taliban fighters were fewer than feared for a vote that will bring the first-ever democratic transfer of power in a country plagued by conflict for decades. It will take six weeks for results to come in from across...
  • Afghanistan runs out of ballot papers as election turnout surprises 05-04-2014 08:36 PM

    Kandahar/Kabul: Afghanistan's landmark election on Saturday was marred by a shortage of ballot papers that left many voters still queueing to cast their vote with polling due to close, as the organisers appeared unprepared for a high turnout. The Independent Election Commission ordered voting to be extended by at least...
  • Afghans see hope in chance to choose new leader 05-04-2014 08:16 AM

    Kabul: Two Afghan women shrouded in black emerged from a campaign rally carrying bundles of sticks with pieces of torn posters still attached. The women weren't intending to knit back together what pictures remained of the presidential hopeful. They simply needed firewood to heat their home. Afghanistan's enduring poverty -...
  • Obama prepared to leave no troops in Afghanistan after 2014 26-02-2014 11:43 AM

    US President Barack Obama has told the Pentagon to prepare for the possibility that the United States will not leave behind any troops in Afghanistan after its troop drawdown at the end of this year, the White House said on Tuesday. Obama said he had given the order to the...
  • Despite fear of Taliban's rise, India starts projects in Afghanistan 19-02-2014 09:33 AM

    Kandhar: In an attempt to root out terror, India and Afghanistan inaugurated a new agricultural university in the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar. The project which is part of India's 2 billion dollar development commitment to Aghanistan was inaugurated by External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and will cost nearly 8 million...
  • World View: Afghan President on India's changed stance on military transportation 16-02-2014 06:46 PM

    Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai speaks on CNN-IBN Foreign Affairs Editor Suhasini Haidar on India's changed stance on military transportation. "I am rather happy and grateful with the help that India gave to Afghanistan," said Karzai. ...
  • Karzai lauds India for its financial aid to Afghanistan 15-12-2013 10:57 PM

    Pune: Afghan president Hamid Karzai said on Sunday that India's financial assistance to the tune of USD 2 billion would go a long way in building developmental infrastructure and economic regeneration in Afghanistan. "Indian assistance would go a long way in building developmental infrastructure in the country to recover from...
  • Hamid Karzai meets Manmohan Singh, discusses bilateral issues 13-12-2013 03:47 PM

    Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on Friday and discussed bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual concern, sources said. Karzai arrived in India on Thursday on a four-day visit. Earlier in the day, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid held talks with President Karzai.Karzai...
  • Hamid Karzai on 4 day visit, to arrive India today 12-12-2013 12:07 PM

    Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai will arrive in Delhi on Thursday on a four-day visit during which he is expected to press for supply of military hardware by India to strengthen the war-torn country's security ahead of the withdrawal of NATO forces by next year. He will hold talks with top...
  • US may pull out all troops as Karzai holds up deal 26-11-2013 01:01 PM

    Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai has refused to sign a security deal with the United States, the White House said, opening up the prospect of a complete withdrawal of US troops from the strife-torn nation next year. Karzai told US National Security Advisor Susan Rice in Kabul on Monday that the...
  • US-Afghan agree on pact on troops, final decision yet to be made 14-10-2013 09:41 AM

    Kabul: US Secretary of State John Kerry and Afghan President Hamid Karzai have reached preliminary agreement on a bilateral security pact that now depends on the approval of Afghanistan's tribal leaders. The pact, announced jointly by Kerry and Karzai late on Saturday after two days of talks in the capital,...
  • Pakistan to free Taliban commander Abdul Ghani Baradar today 21-09-2013 08:39 AM

    Pakistan on Friday announced it will release former Afghan Taliban deputy chief Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar on Saturday, meeting a long-standing demand of Afghan President Hamid Karzai to advance peace efforts in the war-ravaged country. "In order to further facilitate the Afghan reconciliation process, the detained Taliban leader, Mullah Abdul...
  • Pakistan to free former Taliban second-in-command Abdul Ghani Baradar this month 11-09-2013 09:14 AM

    Pakistan plans to free former Afghan Taliban second-in-command, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, this month to help advance peace efforts in neighbouring Afghanistan, Pakistan's foreign policy chief said on Tuesday. The United States and Afghanistan have long pressed Pakistan to free Baradar and other senior Taliban figures who could be used...
  • Hamid Karzai condemns killing of 12 civilians by Taliban 28-08-2013 01:29 PM

    President Hamid Karzai has condemned the killing of 12 Afghan civilians including five aid workers in two separate attacks as he concluded talks in Pakistan aimed at fostering peace. The New York-based International Rescue Committee (IRC) confirmed on Tuesday that five Afghan staff members, all men in their 20s, were...
  • Afghan Taliban unwilling to talk to government: Pakistan 28-08-2013 03:20 AM

    Pakistan said on Tuesday that Afghan Taliban insurgents are unwilling to talk to Karzai government and its peace negotiators at least for now. The statement came hours after Afghan President Hamid Karzai concluded a two-day visit to Pakistan that was focused on efforts to encourage Taliban to come to the...
  • Pakistan, Afghanistan must work closely for peace: Nawaz Sharif 27-08-2013 04:52 PM

    Islamabad:Pakistan and Afghanistan have to work closely to bring peace to the region, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Tuesday after extended talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Karzai prolonged his visit to Pakistan by a day at Sharif's request and the two leaders discussed regional security issues in the...
  • Pakistan assures Hamid Karzai of all help to ensure peace in Afghanistan 27-08-2013 11:54 AM

    Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday assured visiting Afghan President Hamid Karzai that his country will continue to extend all "possible facilitation" towards peace and reconciliation efforts in Afghanistan. Holding one-on-one and later delegation level talks with Karzai, Sharif "reaffirmed Pakistan's strong support for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan,...
  • Afghan President Hamid Karzai extends Pakistan visit 27-08-2013 03:40 AM

    Islamabad: Afghan President Hamid Karzai has extended his stay in Pakistan for another day on the request of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to discuss the peace process further, officials said Monday. The visit was extended "for more talks," Xinhua reported quoting Afghan government spokesperson Ailmal Faizi and Pakistan Foreign...
  • Hamid Karzai arrives in Pakistan on a day-long visit 26-08-2013 12:07 PM

    Afghan President Hamid Karzai arrived in Islamabad on Monday on a day-long visit to discuss the frayed ties and seek release of Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Barader as a confidence building measure. This will be the first highest-level exchange between Pakistan and Afghanistan since the democratic transition and swearing-in...
  • Hamid Karzai to visit Pakistan today, release of Taliban leader on agenda 26-08-2013 09:05 AM

    Afghan President Hamid Karzai will arrive in Islamabad on Monday on a one-day trip to discuss the frayed ties with Pakistan and seek release of Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Barader as a confidence building measure. Ties between the two countries nosedived after Pakistan and the US supported a Taliban...
  • Afghan President Hamid Karzai discusses bilateral ties with Italian PM 26-08-2013 03:52 AM

    Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday met with visiting Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta to discuss bilateral ties and issues of common concerns. "The two leaders discussed the ways to enhance the economic and commercial ties between the two counties," said a statement issued by Afghanistan's presidential palace Arg, Xinhua...
  • No rush to sign US security pact, says Hamid Karzai 25-08-2013 12:39 AM

    Afghanistan is in no rush to sign a pact with the United States setting out how many US troops will stay after a NATO mission ends in 2014 and may even delay a decision until after a presidential election, President Hamid Karzai said. Foreign combat troops are due to leave...
  • Obama discusses Taliban peace talks with Karzai 26-06-2013 07:03 AM

    Washington: US President Barack Obama and his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai has reaffirmed their commitment to the Afghan-led reconciliation process with the Taliban to "end violence" and "ensure lasting stability" in the region. The video conference held on Tuesday was the first round of talks between the two leaders after...
  • Afghan forces put down attack on Presidential palace 25-06-2013 11:30 AM

    Kabul: Afghan forces put down an early morning attack by Taliban on the Presidential palace and nearby buildings in central Kabul on Tuesday, with police saying all the assailants had been killed after a 90-minute gunfight. A reporter at the palace said the attack began soon after 6:30 am (0200...
  • Explosions near Presidential Palace in Kabul, Taliban claims responsibility 25-06-2013 08:28 AM

    The Taliban say they have hit one of the most secure areas of the Afghan capital with a suicide attack, as a series of explosion rocked the gate leading into the presidential palace. Smoke rose from the eastern gate of the palace early on Tuesday after more than a half...
  • Afghan government to shun US talks with Taliban 20-06-2013 03:45 AM

    Kabul: Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Wednesday his government would not join US peace talks with the Taliban and halted negotiations with Washington on a troop pact, underscoring the fragile nature of hopes for a negotiated peace in Afghanistan. The United States and the Taliban have said officials from...
  • United States to meet Taliban to seek Afghan peace 19-06-2013 06:17 AM

    Washington: The United States and the Taliban raised hopes on Tuesday for a negotiated peace in Afghanistan with commitments to meet this week after 12 years of bloody and costly war between American-led forces and the insurgents. The Taliban opened an office in Doha, the Qatari capital, on Tuesday to...
  • Karzai gives wishlist to PM for military supplies 22-05-2013 02:10 PM

    New Delhi: In the backdrop of NATO troops' withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014, Afghan President Hamid Karzai is keen to enhance defence cooperation with India and get supply of 'lethal and non-lethal' weapons. Karzai held talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday night and gave him a wishlist for...
  • IBN Newsroom Buzz: Li Keqiang, Karzai's India visit strategically important, says Suhasini Haidar 22-05-2013 01:43 PM

    Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Afghan President Hamid Karzai's visit strategically very important for India, says CNN-IBN's Foriegn Affairs Editor Suhasini Haidar. ...
  • India would stand by Afghanistan in its transition: Pranab 21-05-2013 08:50 PM

    New Delhi: India is prepared to increase bilateral contribution to Afghanistan's institution-building, training and equipment to the extent possible and would stand by that country during its critical period of transition, President Pranab Mukherjee said on Tuesday. During a meeting with visiting Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai, Mukherjee said India is...