Archive for January 2018

1,900 airstrikes on rebels: AAF

Monitoring Desk KABUL: The Afghan Air Force (AAF) carried out 1,900 air strikes against militants over the past nine months, the force commander said. Maj. Gen. M. Shoib Pilot told reporters in Kabul the AAF conducted a total of 27,000 flights in the period. These flights also included 900 supportive, 200 surveillance and the rest…

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Imports from Pakistan drop by 80% this year

Monitoring Desk MAZAR-I-SHARIF: As its trade with Central Asia states has been on the rise, Afghanistan’s imports from Pakistan have declined by 80 percent, say traders in Balkh province. Due to commerce and transit issues between Afghanistan and Pakistan, businesspeople in the province say imports through the Torkham port have precipitously fallen. Meanwhile, officials of…

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MoU signed on modernizing postal services

Monitoring Desk KABUL: A three-way memorandum of understanding has been signed to modernize postal services throughout the country. The MoU has been signed among the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), Capital Region Independent Development Authority (CRIDA) and Afghan Post. Signing of the MoU on improving the postal services was announced at a press…

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5 policemen detained

Monitoring Desk KHOST CITY: The security personnel in Khost province have arrested five policemen in connection with the escape of an inmate from a police station. Last week, provincial police headquarters reported they had arrested a group of armed criminals allegedly involve in robberies and other criminal activities. Police spokesman Abdul Basir told media Afghan…

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Eight injured as twin blast hit Chaman’s Mall road

F.P. Report CHAMAN: As many as eight persons including security forces were injured in after two explosions hit the Chaman city of Balochistan on Monday. As per the locals, the blasts took place on Mall Road in the city, which is also close to Pak-Afghan border. The explosive material was hiding near the road and…

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Bombing at funeral kills 15 in eastern Afghanistan

Monitoring Desk JALALABAD: Fifteen persons were killed and 14 more wounded in a bomb blast during funeral prayers of a former district governor in Nangarhar province on Sunday. Explosives planted in a motorcycle went off during funeral prayers in Muqam Khan area in the limits of Behsud district at around 2:30 pm, Nangarhar governor’s spokesman…

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Pak-Afghan border fence moves ahead despite objections

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Pakistan says that almost 92 percent of its 2,611-kilometer largely porous frontier with Afghanistan will be fenced by end of 2018, hoping the massive unilateral undertaking will effectively address mutual complaints of militant incursions. The military-led construction effort went into action earlier this year. It has already fenced off about a 150-kilometer…

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Turkish president slams US plan to cut UN funding

Monitoring Desk ANKARA: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday criticized the U.S. President Donald Trump’s plan to cut funding of the United Nations. “The U.S. will apparently withdraw its [financial] support on the UN. I think you said you are a democrat, you believed in democracy. In this case, you are a democrat if everything…

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LHC CJ condemns frequent strikes by legal fraternity

F.P. Report LAHORE: Lahore High Court Chief Justice Mansoor Ali Shah criticized Sunday the frequent strikes by the legal fraternity, and shared that the lawyers should only protest issues they deeply care about. Sharing statistics, he poin-ted out that 200,0040 additional cases could have been heard if it weren’t for 3,040 strikes by lawyers in…

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