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Russia hands over 10,000 AK-47s to Afghanistan

By Farhad Naibkhel-KABUL: The 10,000 AK-47 rifles and 2.1 million munitions donated by the Russian federation to Afghan security forces were handed over on Wednesday to Afghan authorities in Kabul. National Security Advisor Hanif Atmar welcomed Russia’s assistance, calling that “very important” and timely. Addressing a joint press conference withRussian …

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IEC calls president’s decrees for electoral reforms illegal

By Akhtar M. Nikzad-KABUL: The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Wednesday said the government’s decrees in the electoral reforms are “illegal”, asking the president to stop issuing such orders. President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah had agreed to bring some reforms and amendments in the electoral commissions after …

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HPC calls on Taliban to join peace process

AT-KABUL:  The High Peace Council (HPC) on Wednesday called on the Taliban to shun violence and join the Afghan-owned peace talks. The newly appointed HPC chairman, Pir Syed Ahmad Gilani, once again asked the militants to pay attention to the call for peace of the Afghan government and masses, asking …

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Editorial: Engaging youth for development

Young generation is considered backbone of a society. Young people are seen as the future and builders of a nation. Therefore, their upbringing and education matters a lot, especially for underdeveloped country like Afghanistan. Availability of opportunities for youth to grow is of utmost importance in the process of nation …

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President Ghani calls on Karzai

AT-KABUL: Former President Hamid Karzai met on Tuesday with President Ashraf Ghani. The newly appointed head and deputy of the High Peace Council (HPC) Pir Sayed Ahmad Gilani and Mohammad Karim Khalili, and the National Security Adviser Mohammad Hanif Atmar were also present on the occasion. In the meeting held …

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Gang of kidnappers busted, hostage freed

AT-KABUL: The National Directorate of Security (NDS) on Tuesday said it had arrested five kidnappers and freed a teenage boy held in their custody. “The NDS operatives succeeded to arrest the group through an operation in the Shakar Dara district of Kabul province,” The NDS said in a statement. It …

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