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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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Pakistan’s territory will never be used against Afghanistan: Sartaj Aziz

AT-KABUL: Adviser to Pakistan’s Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz on Sunday said that Pakistan would never let its territory to be used against Afghanistan. Talking about the allies with Afghanistan, Sartaj Aziz assured to have restored cooperation and peace with Kabul by improving the defense …

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Only Afghan brain will be behind security plans this year: MoI

AT-KABUL: The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said Sunday that security forces have the capacity and capability to fend off militant attacks and threats posed by anti-state elements, and are well capable of ensuring citizens’ safety. The MoI spokesman, Sediq Sediqi, told newsmen that security forces own now the things which …

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2 Pakistani nationals working in UNDP accused of derailing Wolesi Jirga polls; UNDP, IEC reject allegations

AT-KABUL: A local bilingual daily accused two Pakistani citizens, working at the ELECT-II project of the United Nations Development Project (UNDP), of sabotaging the upcoming Wolesi Jirga elections. The UNDP’s Enhancing Legal and Electoral Capacity for Tomorrow (ELECT) project had been designed to help the Independent Election Commission (IEC) of …

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Deadliest avalanche: Highways reopening efforts heightened, says Abdullah

KABUL: The Chief of Executive Officer (CEO) of the country Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday said the government is utilizing all available resources to reopen the roads and provide humanitarian assistance in the avalanches-hit areas of Afghanistan. In a press conference here, the CEO said the teams are clearing the roads …

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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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I am just a citizen of Afghanistan now, nothing more than it: Karzai

“This is a translated version of ex-President Hamid Karzai’s interview with Iran’s Sharq newspaper” AT: The ex-President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai started his interview with this sentence: “Feel completely free. Ask whatever you want.” The ex-President of the eastern neighbor of Iran was born in Karz village in southern Kandahar …

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Wolesi Jirga ignores reports over corruption: SAO

Abdul Zuhoor Qayomi-KABUL: Chief of Supreme Audit Office (SAO) of the Afghan government Sharif Sharifi   on Saturday said that Wolesi Jirga (WJ) of the parliament does not properly follow their reports over corrupt figures. Speaking Sharifi on the “one –week fiscal report assessment training and challenges” here in Kabul said …

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