Father was family’s spinal cord: Ex-Balkh attorney’s son

Create: 01/31/2016 - 00:00

MAZARI-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The killing of a prosecutor in a suicide attack on the attorney office in northern Balkh province has negatively affected his family, his son complains.

On April 9, 2015, a group of suicide bombers attacked the office of appellant court prosecutor, killing 18 people and injured 67 others. A seven hours clash followed.

The 70 years old Abdul Khaliq Lalpurwal, ex-head of the attorney office, was one of the killed people in the brazen attack.

Harrowing tale of a bleak Ramadan evening in Kandahar

Create: 01/31/2016 - 00:00

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): It was the fourth day of Ramadan. After a long and hot day, people were having Iftar when a massive explosion shook Kandahar City, an old man narratesa harrowing six years old story.

On Aug 26, 2009, more than 40 civilians were killed and 65 others wounded in the powerful explosion, which devastated dozens of shops near the Spogmai wedding hall on the Ahmad Shahi Stadium road in the sixth police district.

Mother of 2, a war victim speaks of life miseries

Create: 01/29/2016 - 00:00

SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): Shugofa, one of the war victims, is living in a stable. She says has no option but to beg for alms and complains some men sometimes make illegal demands on her, which makes her life more miserable.

The 36-year-old is originally from Sheram locality on the outskirts of Sar-i-Pul City, the capital of northern Sar-i-Pul province. She traveled to Jawzjan after insurgents gunned down her husband over his alleged role in spying for government.

Afghans have to define their interest: Peace negotiator

Create: 08/03/2015 - 13:21

KABUL (Pajhwok): Peace talks with the Taliban will end up in smoke if the Afghans themselves do not define their national interest, a presidential advisor and member of the government’s negotiating team warned on Monday.
In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, Haji Din Mohammad, who has actively pursued reconciliation efforts over the years, said the peace process had been a complicated issue with several dimensions.

Interim govt setup discussed in Qatar talks: HIA

Create: 05/07/2015 - 11:52

KABUL (Pajhwok): The delegates discussed an interim government setup in Afghanistan during the two-day talks between Afghan officials and Taliban in Qatar, a representative from Gulbadin Hikmatyar-led Hizb-e-Islami (HIA) who attended the meeting said on Thursday.
Pugwash, a Canadian based organization, organized a seminar in Qatar in which a twenty-member Afghan delegation discussed peace process in Afghanistan with an eight-member Taliban delegation.

Taliban not against women in politics: Shinwari

Create: 05/04/2015 - 17:27

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Taliban assured participants of a two-day informal meeting in Qatar that they were not against women’s participation in politics, an Afghan delegation member said on Monday.
The two days of informal talks on Saturday and Sunday were organized in Doha by a Canada-based organization, Pushwag Council that works for solution to international conflicts.
An eight-member Taliban delegation and a 20-member Afghan government delegation took part in the research conference titled “Afghan dialogue” aiming at ending the long-running conflict in Afghanistan.

Govt-Taliban differences not irresolvable: Mujahid

Create: 04/16/2015 - 09:53

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): The top peace negotiator on Thursday said the unity government would start taking fundamental steps toward reviving the peace parlays soon after completing the cabinet.
Maulvi Abdul Hakim Mujahid, the High Peace Council (HPC) acting head, told Pajhwok Afghan News in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, that President Ashraf Ghani had engaged in the peace process countries who wanted peace for their economic benefits in the region.

HPC useless in current circumstances: deputy CEO

Create: 04/11/2015 - 11:03

KABUL (Pajhwok): The first deputy chief executive officer on Saturday said there was no need for the High Peace Council (HPC) in the current circumstances.
Eng. Mohammad Khan said the HPC, a government body tasked with negotiating peace with insurgents, had done nothing since the formation of the unity government six months ago.
He said the body had not been involved in the ongoing peace efforts nor it was aware about details from the latest contacts in this regard.

Mutasim supports govt-Taliban peace negotiations

Create: 03/30/2015 - 09:44

KABUL (Pajhwok): A veteran leader and former finance minister during the Taliban regime announced on Monday support for the Afghan government-Taliban talks and efforts aimed at bringing tranquilly to the war-torn country.
Talking to Pajhwok Afghan News, Agha Jan Mutasim urged the government of President Ashraf Ghani and militant leaders to sit across the negotiating table and sort out their differences because fighting would not lead to any settlement.