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Governance & Politics

Lazuli transit route accord signing on Wednesday

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Nov 14, 2017 - 16:39
ASHGABAT (Pajhwok): The Lapis Lazuli Transit Route agreement is expected to be signed among the five member countries during the 7th Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA-VII) conference on Wednesday. The RECCA conference...
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MPs approve 100pc levy on tobacco imports

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Nov 13, 2017 - 18:58
KABUL (Pajhwok): Wolesi Jirga or lower house of the parliament on Monday amended the 20th Article of Tobbaco Control Law, increasing customs tariffs on the import of cigarettes and other tobacco products up to 100 percent. The amendment draft was...
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Pakistan fencing Durand Line under Border Management Agreement: Qadir

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Nov 13, 2017 - 17:33
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga Member Haji Zahir Qadir on Monday claimed Pakistan fencing of the Durand Line taking place under an agreement signed by the government, a claim the Ashraf Ghani-led administration has rejected.
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Attacks on freedom of speech to be frustrated: Danish

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Nov 13, 2017 - 15:24
Javed Hamim Kakar KABUL (Pajhwok): Vice-President Sarwar Danish on Monday renewed the government’s commitment to supporting the freedom of speech, calling the media an important value of a democratic society. Danish expressed the views while...
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NATO concerned at possible delay in Afghan elections

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Nov 13, 2017 - 13:15
KABUL (Pajhwok): A senior NATO diplomat on Monday voiced concern at possible delays in Afghanistan’s parliamentary and district council elections, slated for July 2018. “ I think we haven’t exhausted all possible means to get to credible and...
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Czech Republic to help revive Herat factory, Kabul transport

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Nov 12, 2017 - 21:07
KABUL (Pajhwok): Czech Republic ambassador in Kabul Petr Štěpánek on Sunday expressed his country’s willingness to support and contribute to rehabilitation of the cement factory in western Herat province and reviving urban transport service in Kabul...
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No preparations for upcoming polls irks TEFA

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Nov 12, 2017 - 19:05
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan (TEFA) on Sunday expressed its concern about “the lack of preparations” for holding upcoming elections. The electoral watchdog alleged elements in the camps of the president and the...
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No evidence to prove Durand Line as border: Experts

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Nov 12, 2017 - 18:39
KABUL (Pajhwok): Experts say the Durand Line has no legal standing as there is no agreement in place to confirm the line as a recognized border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Loy Afghanistan Movement (LAM) on Sunday organized a gathering titled “...
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Taliban key impediment to Afghan settlement: US

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Nov 12, 2017 - 18:11
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): A top American diplomat has told lawmakers the Taliban are key impediment to a negotiated political settlement in Afghanistan, adding the US wants the Taliban on the table as early as possible. “The key impediment to achieving...
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State of prisons in Afghanistan remains inhuman: IWA

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Nov 12, 2017 - 14:45
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA) on Sunday launched a report that said despite spending millions of dollars, the state of prisons in Afghanistan remained inhuman. In its report, the watchdog analyzed three major prisons in...
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Corruption should be eliminated in judiciary system: CEO

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Nov 12, 2017 - 14:03
KABUL (Pajhwok): A two-day meeting of prosecutors was organized in the capital city of Kabul on Saturday to discuss the lack of a proper judicial mechanism in several districts, the influence of powerful figures on the system and the problem of...
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Afghan Penal Code revised to deal with felonies

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Nov 11, 2017 - 18:41
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan on Saturday launched a revised draft version of the Penal Code, a collection of 33 relevant laws, after some amendments and correction in some of its provisions. Second Vice President (VP) Mohammad Sarwar Danish, who...
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Balkh seminar underlines importance of Durand Line

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Nov 11, 2017 - 17:54
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The people of Afghanistan have never recognised the Durand Line as official boundary since its inception till the date, says civil society activist on Saturday.
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MPs vote to save Nasrat from AGO probe

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Nov 11, 2017 - 17:09
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Saturday reversed a majority decision to introduce Chief Secretary Khudai Nazar Nasrat to the Attorney General Office (AGO) despite opposition from some lawmakers. Earlier, the lower house of parliament’s...
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Fate of 800 extradited inmates remains undecided

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Nov 11, 2017 - 15:14
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga or lower house members say the fate of 800 Afghan prisoners who have been extradited by Iran to Afghanistan remains undecided. Woelsi Jirga member from western Herat province, Saleh Mohammad Saljuqi, said about 800...
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NDAA authorises $4.9b for Afghan security forces

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Nov 11, 2017 - 11:01
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The reconciled version of the National Defense Authorisation Act (NDAA), 2018, approves $4.9 billion for the Afghanistan Security Forces Fund. This includes $1.7 billion to sustain and advance the capabilities of the Afghan Air...
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Ready to participate in next year’s polls: Hekmatyar

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Nov 10, 2017 - 16:12
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan leader Gulbadin Hekmatyar said on Friday the only way to resolve the current crisis were elections and his party was ready to participate in upcoming parliamentary and district council polls. Addressing...
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We support Afghan-led peace process: US defense chief

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Nov 09, 2017 - 21:17
BRUSSELS (Pajhwok): US defense secretary Jim Mattis said on Thursday that NATO’s multifaceted support to Afghanistan shows the country is important for the alliance and they would support it.
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Traditional Loya Jirga can help solve Afghanistan problems

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Nov 09, 2017 - 18:46
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of civil society activists and former government officials in a meeting on Thursday asked for holding a traditional Loya Jirga (Grand Council) for resolving the country problems. The meeting organized by Afghanistan Youths...
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SCA launches its 5-year strategic plan

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Nov 09, 2017 - 17:37
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) on Thursday announced launching its new “Strategic Plan for the years of 2018 – 2021 to work against poverty, violence and discrimination in Afghanistan. “I am pleased to announce the...
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