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The Kabul Times features new image of Afghanistan to world
The Kabul Time was established on Feb 27 of 1962 during the reign of late King Mohammad Zahir Shah, under the order by the then prime minister late Mohammad Daud Khan with Sabahuddin Koshkaki as the first Editor-in Chief. 
As the first reputable English newspaper, The Kabul Times appeared in the sky of the country’s press as a shining star and ever since has been reflecting the real face of Afghanistan, original culture, tradition and history to the world people.
In the beginning, The Kabul Times came out in five columns and three days a week and after a while it was developed to a normal newspaper. In that time, it continued its activities as an enterprise in the framework of Bakhtar News Agency. Later on, Sayed Khalil was appointed as the Editor-in-Chief of The Kabul Times. Actually, he was an engineer of communication and was well acquainted with English Language. Professional and skilled employees were supporting him. 
In 1965, he was replaced with a USA trained journalist, Sayed Shafi Rahel, who remained in this position until 1974.
Another U.S. trained professional Journalist, Noor Mohammad Rahimi, then took over responsibility as the Editor-in-Chief in 1975 and replaced Rahel.
In 1978 in the wake of April coup, Mohammad Kazem Ahang who was a lecturer at the Faculty of Journalism, Kabul University, was appointed as chief editor of The Kabul Times. Following the Red Army invasion of Afghanistan, The Kabul Times was changed to Kabul New Times and Aazam Rahnaward, Barna Asifi, Rahim Rafaat, Abdul Azizi Danishyar, QadoosLemar and Mohammad Qabol were appointed respectively as chief editors. During then president Dr. Najeebullah government, other individuals such as Siddique Rahpo, Abdul Ghafoor Shakoori were respectively appointed as chief editors of The Kabul New Times.
With the collapse of Dr. Najeebullah government and taking over of power by Afghan Mujahedeen, for a while Kabul New Times failed to publish, but later on appeared as a weekly and one of the media professional Abdul Saboor Raheel was appointed as the chief editor of The Kabul Times.
Azadi Liberty Printing Press was the only state-run printing press transferred to Charikar, the provincial capital of Parwan, where the Kabul Times alongside other government newspapers were published. Following the collapse of Mujahidin and beginning of Taliban petrified rule, Enayatullah Kakazadah, Eisa Khan Tesel and Sohail Shaheen were appointed respectively chief editors of The Kabul Times.
With ousting of the Taliban from power by the US led international coalition and establishment of Interim Administration, for the third time, The Kabul Times failed to come out for a while but, late March 2002, it resumed publication once a week. A young journalist Shoaib Sharifi was the acting chief editor. On September 2002 one of the acknowledged writers, lawyers and journalists and former diplomat in London and Washington DC late Abdul HaqWaleh was picked up as the Editor-in-Chief and remained in this position for the next six years until his death in late March 2008.  On Apr 8th of 2006, The Kabul Times was again changed to a daily newspaper.
Following the death of Waleh, another trained and educated journalist Dr. Mohammad Zaher Siddique who was holding Ph.D in journalism from one of the European countries, was appointed as the Editor-in-Chief.
In March 2011 Dr. Siddique was replaced by Shafiq Ahmadzai as chief editor. Then Ahmadzai left Kabul for his higher educations to India and Najeeba Maram who was working as deputy chief editor appointed as the acting chief editor of The Kabul Times.
In early 2014 Najeeba Maram was replaced by an active young journalist Hamidullah Arefi who brought about new environment for the daily and introduced the paper worldwide through establishing website and the social media pages for the daily. He also managed to recruit young cadres for the daily through the reformation process. He is still the Editor-in-Chief of The Kabul Times since early 2014. Day by day our people are witnessing improvement of The Kabul Times quality due to hardworking of its staff and the paper has managed to hold its suitable place among the local media as 2018is its 56thestablishment anniversary.  
Since its establishment, The Kabul Times has been reflecting the current policies of the ruling regimes and standing governments and played its role as a national media.  
The biggest difference appeared in The Kabul Times activities during the rule of ex-president Hamid Karzai which was allowed to reflect problems, challenges and people complaints.