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Abdullah readying for potential presidential bid

KABUL: Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullahis due to run for the July presidential election, said a source close to him. The source who spoke on condition of anonymity, added thatthe chief executive had chosen EnayatullahBabur Farahmand and AsadullahSaadatias his running mates in the votes. Farahmand is a senior member of the …

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Afghanistan breaks ground for first ever saffron institute

By Farhad Naibkhel-KABUL: Construction of Afghanistan’s first ever saffron institute that will promote cultivation of saffron began on Wednesday with a ground-breaking ceremony in the western province of Herat. Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock Nasir Ahmad Durani formally launched the construction of the Saffron Institute which will be built …

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“Elections sole alternative to power transfer”

KABUL: Civil activists on Wednesday said that elections will be the only way to orchestrate a successful transfer of power, suggesting that no alternative could be possibly as effective. In a seminar on importance of elections, civil activists insisted any alternative to power transfer will be followed by chaos. Nowadays …

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Second Bonn Conference offered to resolve Afghan crisis

AT-KABUL: A politician close to the governments of the United States and Pakistan has offered the second Bonn Conference to what he says “resolve the crisis” of Afghanistan, with suggestions like a commission for joint government with Taliban, amendments in the constitution and then elections. The Kabul News broadcaster has …

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Murad resigns as Kabul garrison commander

 AT-KABUL: Army General Murad Ali Murad resigned from his post as the commander of Kabul garrison, saying “problems, disorders and instability” caused his resignation. He said Wednesday that security forces provided security for the October legislative elections with sacrifices, but the electoral commissions hurt people’s trust. Meanwhile, reports say that …

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Ghani to run for presidential vote

AT-KABUL: President Ashraf Ghani is getting prepared for July’s presidential elections, sources close to him said Tuesday. The incumbent president has also chosen his teammates, according to the sources, who said that the posts of chief executive and prime minister are not included in his team. Ghani’s spokesman had earlier …

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Karzai denounces Kabul bombing

AT-KABUL: Former President Hamid Karzai, ‘strongly’ condemned Monday’s terrorist attack in Kabul, calling it the work of “ill-wishers of Afghanistan”. The ex-president conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims. A truck bomb targeted Monday evening the heavily-fortified Green Village that is house to several foreign offices including …

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