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US lauds Australia for support in Afghan mission

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The Obama administration on Tuesday commended Australia’s support to stay beside the United States in its mission in Afghanistan to train and advice Afghan security forces. US Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had shed lights on the need of close cooperation …

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Financing militancy

Nawaz Sharif’s Special Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said that Pakistan’s policy of non-interference in the affairs of other countries has played key role in improvement ties with Afghanistan and India. However, the facts suggest something else, much more different than what Sartaj Aziz sketched. The fact is that Islamabad is …

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Stable Afghanistan vital for regional peace: Achakzai

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: As long as there is no stability in Afghanistan, insecurity and instability would continue haunting the South Asian region, a senior Pakhtun nationalist leader said. Chairman of Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) Mehmood Khan Achakzai has said that peace is impossible in the region without ensuring stability …

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Govt vows to remove trade barriers

By Farhad Naibkhel-KABUL: The government will address all challenges including insecurity and corruption that the national traders are facing, chief executive Abdullah Abdullah pledged Tuesday. “The national unity government will step up efforts to address all challenges,” he assured the businessmen. “Although the security forces were engaged in fight against …

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Parliament appreciates ex-spy chief for security efforts

By Akhtar M. Nikzad-KABUL: The Lower House and Upper House of parliament on Tuesday appreciated former intelligence director Rahmatullah Nabil for his efforts in security improvement during his tenure. Lower House speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi said that Nabil fulfilled his job truthfully in tough and critical condition. “Legislators are proud …

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Afghanistan’s High Peace Council: Five years on

Some Afghans are skeptical about an initiative intended to convince fighters to lay down their arms KABUL: Afghanistan’s High Peace Council has come in for some tough criticism in Kunduz, where militants briefly captured the provincial capital last year. The Council was set up five years ago to handle attempts …

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Armed groups asked to join reconciliation process

Kabul hosts second quadrilateral meeting on peace By Farhad Naibkhel-KABUL: The second quadrilateral coordination group meeting kicked off Monday in Kabul, with the message of the foreign minister to “all Taliban groups” to join peace process. “We invite all Taliban groups to the peace negotiations in order to overcome the …

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Wolesi Jirga polls slated for mid-October

By Akhtar M. Nikzad-KABUL: The Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced the Wolesi Jirga and district council elections for October 15th. “Today, the IEC announces that the parliamentary and district council elections will be held on October 15, 2016,” said Ahmad Yousuf Nooristani, head of the commission. Wolesi Jirga election was …

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