New ministers-designate for finance, agriculture, foreign affairs, boarder and tribal affairs, mines and petroleum and parliamentary affairs are expected to be introduced to the lower house by the end of March.

A well-placed source confided to Pajhwok Afghan News Nargis Nehan had been picked as mines and petroleum minister, Ghulam Jilani Popal as finance minister and Suleman Kakar as agriculture minister.
Eklil Hakimi, by the same token, will be nominated as foreign minister, Ghulam Nabi Farahi as boarder and tribal affairs minister and Farooq Wardak as parliamentary affairs minister.

One of the probable ministers-designate told Pajhwok they might be introduced to the Wolesi Jirga for a trust vote till the end of March. But the parliamentary affairs minister does not require a trust vote from the lower house.
Nargis Nehan, currently serving as a civil society leader, said she had also heard about the possible nominations, which are yet to be officially announced.

Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi said the president would soon introduce ministers-designate. He added the house would summon security top brass next week to on the situation in the country.

Last year, the lower house had disqualified some ministers after they failed to spend their development budgets. The government, however, took the case to the Supreme Court, whose decision is still pending.

 Meshrano Jirga or upper house of parliament on Sunday stressed early holding of the long-delayed parliamentary election and warned that further delay in this regard was unacceptable.
The government has hinted at holding elections to lower house next year, however no exact date has so far been given.

Senator Mohammad Hashim Alkozai from southern Helmand province demanded the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and the government announce a date for the parliamentary election as soon as possible.
His colleague from Uruzgan province Mohammad Hanif Hanafi made the same demand, which he termed as necessary for the nascent democracy in the country.

An election date be announced soon so that people could prepare themselves, the lawmaker said, stressing awareness about the important process among the masses.

Senate chairman Fazal Hadi Muslimyar said the Independent Election Commission (IEC) should work for holding of the elections at the earlist and share their programme with the people.
He asked the government to task the authorities concerned with making full preparations for the ballot.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says the transatlantic alliance is trying to prevent Afghanistan from becoming a safe haven for international terrorists.

“We have 13,000 troops there and if there’s any lesson learned from Afghanistan, it’s that we should have started earlier to train local forces, to build local capacity,” he said.

Joint Afghan security forces are advancing in Helmand’s Maiwand 17 operation which stared a week ago, officials say.

The advance started from the Lashkargah city PD 3 area to retake parts of Nad Ali district.

Mosazai hails China’s poverty reduction model

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 04:04 Written by

Kabul considers emulating Beijing’s model of poverty reduction and boosting bilateral cooperation with the regional power, Afghanistan’s ambassador to China says.

Alleging that Pakistan fosters a relationship with terrorist groups, an influential US lawmaker on Monday urged the Trump Administration to have a final determination on whether the South Asian country is a state sponsor of terrorism.

US loosening limits on Pentagon drone raids

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 04:03 Written by

The administration of US President Donald Trump is trying to roll back limitations that tie the Pentagon’s hands in carrying out lethal drone strikes around the world, officials say.

Kandahar governor to resume work on March 18

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 03:59 Written by

Kandahar Governor Dr. Hamayun Azizi, who was wounded in a massive suicide bombing, will return to work on next Saturday, an official said on Tuesday.

Currently in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the governor underwent medical treatment Azizi in India and France, has recovered and is expected to arrive in Kabul tomorrow (Wednesday).

While the National Unity Government (NUG) had promised to reopen about 450 schools shut all over the country in two years, not only the promised has not been fulfilled, but the number of closed schools has also increased by over twofold in last two years. 

The Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) has accused the government of not implementing the peace accord and blocking the arrival of its leader Gulbadin Hekmatyar in Kabul.