Uzbek militant women swapped for aid workers in Faryab

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The government has released Uzbek women in exchange for three engineers of a welfare organization captured by militants in Faryab province. Spokesman for Faryab governor office, Ahmad Javid Baidar, confirmed the release of Uzbek women, detained by Afghan security forces in the province for having links with …

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PC members’ monitoring right resumed after tinkering

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The provincial council (PC) members’ right of monitoring government offices was resumed through a decree issued by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Sunday. The Wolesi Jirga, (the parliament), on the day before their vacation passed a controversial draft that annulled the overseeing right of provincial council members …

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Kabul summons Pak ambassador over Afghan diplomats’ arrest

AT-KABUL: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Sunday summoned Sayed Abrar Hussain, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Kabul, in connection to the arrest and harassment of four Afghan diplomats by police in Peshawar. According to reports, the four diplomats were arrested among several Afghan nationals by police in scattered localities of …

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New Kabul City project to create 0.2m jobs

AT-KABUL: The Independent Board of Kabul New City Development, an autonomous body overseeing implementation of the mega construction project, on Sunday said the project would create 200,000 construction jobs, once work kicked off. Expressing concerns over lack of human resources and construction capacity, caretaker of the independent board Yusuf Pashtoon …

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Women be given representation in peace talks: HRW

KABUL: The unity government should commit to include women on the negotiating team for any future peace talks with the Taliban, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a statement. “If peace talks in Afghanistan move forward, all parties should ensure that women have a meaningful presence on the negotiating …

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