Hamid Karzai

  • Afghanistan President Karzai's cousin killed in suicide bombing 2 days ago

    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...
  • Ghani's Afghan election win engulfed in fraud dispute July 8, 2014

    Kabul: Former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani won Afghanistan's presidential election, according to preliminary results on Monday, but his poll rival Abdullah Abdullah rejected the outcome as "a coup against the will of the people". Fraud allegations immediately sparked a dispute and stoked concerns of instability after the figures showed Ghani...
  • On eve of election results, Afghan candidate sends warning to rival July 7, 2014

    Kabul: Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah warned his rival on Sunday that he will refuse to accept the outcome of the country's troubled election unless he saw firm evidence that the vote was completely free of fraud. His warning, on the eve of the preliminary election results due out on Monday,...
  • US envoy for Afghanistan steps down July 2, 2014

    Washington: Afghanistan is stepping down, Secretary of State John Kerry announced today in a move which comes at a key juncture in troubled US-Afghan ties. James Dobbins, a veteran diplomat with deep ties to Afghanistan, is retiring after just over a year in office and will be replaced by his deputy...
  • Death toll rises in southern Afghanistan battle June 27, 2014

    Kandahar: The death toll from a week of fighting between Afghan forces and hundreds of Taliban militants in a southern province rose above 100, officials said today, while the United Nations (UN) called on all parties to protect civilians who are increasingly caught in the crossfire. The battle is shaping up...
  • Karzai says Afghanistan will not be a repeat of Iraq June 18, 2014

    Kabul: Afghan President Hamid Karzai has dismissed suggestions that his country could descend into the same chaos as Iraq when US-led troops pull out and leave the national police and army to impose security. Both countries have been at the centre of US wars, and are plagued by insurgencies fighting against...
  • Afghans vote again in final test as Taliban threats loom June 14, 2014

    Kabul: Afghans headed back to the polls on Saturday for a second round of voting to elect a successor to President Hamid Karzai in a decisive test of Afghanistan's ambitions to transfer power democratically for the first time in its tumultuous history. As most foreign troops leave by the end of...
  • Obama plans to end US troop presence in Afghanistan by 2016 May 28, 2014

    US President Barack Obama on Tuesday outlined a plan to withdraw all but 9,800 American troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year and pull out the rest by the end of 2016, ending more than a decade of military engagement triggered by the Sept. 11 attacks on the...
  • Live: Had an excellent meeting with Modi, looking forward to a positive outcome, says Sharif June 14, 2014

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet all the seven SAARC leaders today. The SAARC leaders were in India to attend Modi's swearing-in ceremony. ...
  • Manmohan Singh to meet Karzai, Koirala in last official engagements May 25, 2014

    Outgoing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will have his last official engagements on Monday when he meets Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, just hours before Narendra Modi takes over. Both Karzai and Koirala will meet Singh at his official 7, Race Course Road residence, mainly to say...
  • Afghanistan attack: Modi speaks to Karzai, MEA condemns May 23, 2014

    The Indian Consulate in Herat city of Afghanistan was attacked by gunmen on Friday. Four terrorists were killed as ITBP and Afghan soldiers defended the compound. PM-designate Narendra Modi spoke to Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai who has assured Modi that all Indian missions will be protected. ...
  • Relief in Afghanistan after largely peaceful landmark election April 6, 2014

    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's...
  • Afghanistan runs out of ballot papers as election turnout surprises April 5, 2014

    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 April 5, 2014

    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 - and...
  • Obama prepared to leave no troops in Afghanistan after 2014 February 26, 2014

    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 Pentagon...
  • Despite fear of Taliban's rise, India starts projects in Afghanistan February 19, 2014

    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 February 16, 2014

    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 December 15, 2013

    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 turmoil,"...
  • Hamid Karzai meets Manmohan Singh, discusses bilateral issues December 13, 2013

    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 has been...
  • Hamid Karzai on 4 day visit, to arrive India today December 12, 2013

    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 leadership...
  • US may pull out all troops as Karzai holds up deal November 26, 2013

    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 United...
  • US-Afghan agree on pact on troops, final decision yet to be made October 14, 2013

    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, Kabul,...
  • Pakistan to free Taliban commander Abdul Ghani Baradar today September 21, 2013

    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 Ghani...
  • Pakistan to free former Taliban second-in-command Abdul Ghani Baradar this month September 11, 2013

    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 to...
  • Hamid Karzai condemns killing of 12 civilians by Taliban August 28, 2013

    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 taken...
  • Afghan Taliban unwilling to talk to government: Pakistan August 28, 2013

    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 negotiating...
  • Pakistan, Afghanistan must work closely for peace: Nawaz Sharif August 27, 2013

    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 hill...
  • Pakistan assures Hamid Karzai of all help to ensure peace in Afghanistan August 27, 2013

    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, through...
  • Afghan President Hamid Karzai extends Pakistan visit August 27, 2013

    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 Ministry...
  • Hamid Karzai arrives in Pakistan on a day-long visit August 26, 2013

    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 of...