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Governance & Politics

Mir Dad Khan elected Wolesi Jirga secretary

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Mar 14, 2018 - 17:23
KABUL (Pajhwok): Mir Dad Khan Nijrabi was on Wednesday elected as secretary of the Wolesi Jirga or lower house, collecting 110 votes in a fifth round of the voting. Leaders of the two houses of parliament are elected for one legislative term. The...
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CEO reaffirms commitment to elections on schedule

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Mar 14, 2018 - 14:36
KABUL (Pajhwok): The chief executive officer (CEO) on Wednesday stressed the need conducting Wolesi Jirga, district council and presidential electionson schedule, seeking cooperation from political parties, civil society and people. Addressing to a...
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Nazari calls for end to sexual assaults on women

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Mar 14, 2018 - 09:45
KABUL (Pajhwok): The government of Afghanistan has called for effective measures to end sexual and gender-based violence against women. Minister of Women’s Affaires Delbar Nazari issued the call during her speech to the 62nd session of Commission on...
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Strategy is to force Taliban into reconciliation: Votel

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Mar 14, 2018 - 09:23
WASHINGYON (Pajhwok): The US is adopting a multi-pronged strategy to force the Taliban into reconciliation, CENTCOM Commander Gen. Joseph Votel said on Tuesday. Reforms promised by President Ashraf Ghani constitute a key part of the strategy, which...
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Indonesian giant to expand business in Afghanistan

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Mar 14, 2018 - 09:18
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): An Indonesian construction giant has evinced a keen interest in expanding its business in Afghanistan, with focus on infrastructure development. The state-owned construction firm PT Wijaya Karya Persero (Wika) said it was ready...
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Af-Pak joint chambers wants tariff barriers removed

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Mar 14, 2018 - 09:13
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan-Pakistan Joint Chamber of Commerce & Industry (APJCCI) has called for eliminating smuggling to boost trade between the neighbours. “Smuggling should be eliminated with an iron hand as it is equally destructive...
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HIA revokes memberships of former heavyweights

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Mar 13, 2018 - 23:19
KABUL (Pajhwok): Gulbadin Hekmatyar-led Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) has scrapped party membership of its three former heavyweights ---- Abdul Hadi Arghandwal, Eng. Mohammad Khan and Dr. Anwar. A statement from the HIA office in Kabul said the...
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Growing insecurity, Senate summons security bosses

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Mar 13, 2018 - 17:56
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga or Senate on Tuesday discussed the country’s security situation and decided to summon top security officials next week.
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Ishaq Rahguzar to replace Noor as Balkh governor soon

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Mar 13, 2018 - 16:14
KABUL (Pajhwok): Lawmaker Ishaq Rahguzar would be appointed as the new governor of northern Balkh province ahead of the new solar year, a well-placed source at the Presidential Palace said on Tuesday. According to a reliable government source the...
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2nd deputy speaker elected, race for secretary drags on

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Mar 13, 2018 - 15:41
KABUL (Pajhwok): Amir Khan Yar was elected as second deputy speaker of the Wolesi Jirga -- or lower house of parliament -- on Tuesday but voting for the secretary remained inconclusive. In the second round of the administrative board election,...
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US eyes victory in Afghanistan on reconciliation front

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Mar 13, 2018 - 10:51
KABUL (Pajhwok): US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Kabul on an unannounced visit on Tuesday to assess progress in the conflict and explore prospects of reconciliation with the Taliban. During his unannounced trip, one government official...
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Kabul’s anti-corruption efforts called inadequate

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Mar 13, 2018 - 09:12
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Afghanistan may not meet its commitments to mitigating poverty, securing peace and establishing an inclusive society, says a global watchdog. In a report issued on Monday, Transparency International said the Afghan government’s...
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Iran invites Pakistan to participate in Chabahar port

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Mar 13, 2018 - 09:03
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Iran has invited Pakistan and China to participate in the Chabahar seaport, a project that also involves Afghanistan and India. Iranian Foreign Minister Dr. Javad Zarif, who held out the offer, sought to allay concerns in...
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Zarif stresses negotiated end to Afghan conflict

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Mar 13, 2018 - 08:56
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Iran has urged regional countries to work together for ending to the long-running conflict in Afghanistan through substantive negotiations. Heading a 49-member delegation to Pakistan, Iranian Foreign Minister Dr. Javad Zarif...
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US to continue aiding Afghan peace bid: Envoy

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Mar 12, 2018 - 20:23
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): The US envoy to Afghanistan on a trip to southern Kandahar province on Monday said his country would continue supporting the war-torn country in diverse fields particularly in the peace process.
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CEO dubs outgoing year successful despite hardships

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Mar 12, 2018 - 16:12
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah has said the outgoing solar year saw ‘remarkable achievements’ and pledged resolution to people’s problems as government’s top in the new year. Addressing the Cabinet’s last meeting...
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Indonesian Ulema say Taliban not ‘well-informed’ on peace conference

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Mar 12, 2018 - 14:52
KABUL (Pajhwok): Indonesian Ulema Council has decided to go with the planned trilateral Ulema Conference later this month despite the Taliban refusal to participate in the meeting, a media report said on Monday. “Maybe the Taliban is not well-...
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Afghanistan signs helicopter deal with Belarus

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Mar 12, 2018 - 14:20
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Defense (MoD) has inked a contract with the Republic of Belarus for the purchase of four M-30 helicopters with financial support from India. The agreement was signed between the representatives of Afghanistan and...
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7 in the run for Wolesi Jirga deputy speaker, secretary

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Mar 12, 2018 - 11:44
KABUL (Pajhwok): Four lawmakers jumped into the race for the second deputy speaker and three others for the secretary of the Wolesi Jirga, or lower house of parliament, on Monday. Amir Khan Yar, Delawar Imaq, Niamatullah Ghafari and Akbar Stanikzai...
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Ghani seeks accountability, transparency from NGOs

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Mar 11, 2018 - 21:18
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday stressed the need for making non-governmental organizations or NGOs accountable and sustainability and transparency in resources they spent. Addressing a national “NGO Conference” here, the president...
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