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Pakistan refuses to host President Karzai for talks on terrorism

According to reports, Islamabad has refused to host Afghan President Hamid Karzai to hold talks on joint strategy for action against terrorism. Pakistani officials have said that Islamabad refused the call by President Karzai to visit Pakistan and told him to send a representative delegation instead. The officials further added that President Karzai called Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and offered complete co ...

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Large Fires Occurred in 8th Precinct of Kabul

large fires occurred in 8th precinct of Kabul this noon. Mohammad Zahir head of anti-crime of eight precinct police said BNA, the fires occurred in a timber sales of 8th precinct of Kabul , and the fire is also threatening homes in the area. ...

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All Election Stakeholders Must Help UN Mediation

The Independent Election Commission (IEC) and the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) is preparing for announcement of the preliminary results of the second round of the elections. ECC officials say they are completing probing the complaints and will soon announce the results of their judgment for the thousands of complaints registered in the second round of elections. This is while the while the dispute ...

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Iraq Holds Lessons for Post-2014 Afghanistan

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) is now controlling a large swath of Iraq as the militant group is continuing advance towards the south. Iraqi army swiftly crumbled ahead of Isis advance as they lack robust aerial and intelligence support. Though there are significant differences between Iraq and Afghanistan, however, there are parallels between the two countries which are struggling to curb ...

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Address the Legitimate Demands of Protestors

With the electoral bodies failing to address complaints regarding concerted vote rigging, the candidates seem to be choosing other options in the dispute. On Friday, thousands of supporters of Abdullah Abdullah took to streets in downtown Kabul and demanded cleansing the people’s votes. Abdullah is boycotting the vote counting, while the electoral bodies are preparing for announcement of the preliminary res ...

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UN holds talks to broker Afghan election deal

KABUL: The United Nations said Tuesday it had stepped in to help broker a solution to Afghanistan's election crisis, hosting talks between presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah and the election authority that he has boycotted. Afghanistan's first democratic transfer of power was thrown into turmoil when Abdullah said the Independent Election Commission (IEC) was guilty of fraud and he considered it illeg ...

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Afghanistan Gains OIC Asian Deputy Post

Foreign ministry spokesman Ahmad Shekib Mustaghni said yesterday that Afghanistan has been elected as deputy to Asian group of Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC). Addressing a press briefing yesterday, Mustaghni said that Afghanistan in the 41st conference of foreign ministers of OIC was elected as deputy in the Asian group of the organization in the conference held in Jeddah on Jauza 26. Atiqullah Ati ...

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Elections Comission Senior Member resigns

Chief electoral officer has resigned in a bid to resolve a political crisis over allegations of massive fraud in the run-off presidential vote earlier this month. Zia ul-Haq Amarkhail said he denies any involvement in fraud but is stepping down "for the national interest". One of the two candidates, Abdullah Abdullah, has said his campaign monitors recorded ballot box stuffing and other irregularities. He s ...

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Resolve the Election Stalemate

President Hamid Karzai welcomed a UN mediation for Afghanistan’s election stalemate. Earlier, presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah had denounced the electoral bodies for their partiality in the elections and called on his team observers to cut ties with the Independent Election Commission and the Electoral Complaints Commission. Abdullah insisted that the electoral bodies have lost credibility as they h ...

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The Elections in Crisis

The IEC secretariat chief Zia-ul Haq Amrkhil’s role in the alleged extensive vote rigging is now being backed up by a possibly credible proof, if the authenticity of the audio file released on Sunday by independent parties. In the audio file, Abdullah’s campaign team says, Amrkhil orders officials of the Independent Election Commission to work hard in rigging the votes in favor of presidential candidate Ash ...

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Pro-Muslim Monk Attacked In Sri Lanka

A Buddhist leader and fierce critic of hardliners blamed for attacks on Muslims, is in hospital after reportedly being abducted, stripped naked, and beaten. Watareka Vijitha Thero, the leader of the Jathika Bala Sena who opposes the actions of Sinhala Buddhist hardliners Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), was abducted and assaulted in the outskirts of capital Colombo on Wednesday night. Thero was found by a roadside in ...

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Hundreds Of Indian Workers Stranded In Iraq: Amnesty

Baku- Hundreds of Indian nationals are currently stranded in the violence-hit Iraqi province of Najaf, as their employer has retained their passports, global human rights watchdog Amnesty International said Saturday, APA reports quoting Xinhua. "Evidence has emerged which suggests that several hundred Indian nationals may be stranded in Najaf province of Iraq, unable to return home because their employer re ...

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Iran Excavates Ghorian Iron Resources

By: Pajhwok KABUL: Iranian authorities have been excavating iron mine located in the border area between the two countries in western Herat Province, an official said. Farid Ahmad Ziartujai, administrative chief of the district, told Pajhwok Afghan News the mine resources were located in the Chab and Cha Shor localities of the district. Iran had completed the mining work on its side, he said, adding, that s ...

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Journalists In East Call For Their Safety

JALALABAD: Journalists in eastern provinces on Saturday asked the government and the rebels to make efforts at protecting their lives during operations against each other. They made the appeal at a gathering attended by members of the Journalists Protection Committee from eastern provinces in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province. Nangarhar University teacher and head of the Journalist Protec ...

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Nuristani Confirms Delay In Partial Results

KABUL: The Independent Election Commission on Saturday said the release of partial results had been delayed for a few days to resolve electoral problems. At a news conference in Kabul, Ahmad Yousaf Nuristani said partial results were scheduled to be made public today, but the process was put on hold to resolve some problems. But he gave no further details. Also on Saturday, the UN secretary-general special ...

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Hundreds Rally In Kabul Against Election Anomalies

KABUL: Supporters of presidential hopeful Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Saturday staged two separate protest demonstrations in Kabul, demanding the prosecution of those involved the June 14 runoff fraud. Haji Khalil, one of the demonstrators, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the two electoral bodies and the government had been involved in massive fraud during the second round of the election. He warned if genuine a ...

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UN Ready to Help Break Electoral Impasse

KABUL: The UN secretary-general’s deputy special representative for Afghanistan, Nicholas Haysom, on Saturday announced a delay in the release of partial results from the runoff presidential election. At a media briefing in Kabul, Haysom said the move was aimed to build confidence between the two presidential candidates. One of the runners, Dr. Abdullah, crying foul, earlier said he would not accept the res ...

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Czech army to continue, Malian, Sinai missions in Afghanistan

The Czech military wants to continue with its missions in Afghanistan, Mali and Sinai in 2015 and 2016, and in 2016 it might offer to protect the airspace of an allied country, probable the Baltic states or Iceland, Defence Minister Martin Stropnicky (ANO) told journalists today. The ministry will complete the draft schedule of foreign missions in a few weeks and it will submit it to the Chamber of Deputies ...

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China summons Japan official over jet dispute

China has summoned Japan's defence attache to lodge a protest after the two countries traded accusations over the conduct of military jets above disputed waters, the defence ministry said. Tokyo has "persistently taken it upon itself to stir up trouble, often irresponsibly inciting deception and making malicious attacks on the Chinese side," China's defence ministry said in a statement on its website on Sun ...

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US Hopes For Fair Vote Count, BSA Signing

The United States, United Nations, Canada and NATO on Saturday congratulated the people of Afghanistan, in particular the security forces, on the successful and peaceful completion of the presidential election. With all eyes now fixed on the vote count, the United States, United Nations, Canada and NATO said they looked forward to working with the new Afghan President. “The United States will stand with the ...

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