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Govt has failed to probe serial killings: Rabbani

KABUL/FAIZABAD: The High Peace Council (HPC) chief on Saturday said the nation would not have lost key leaders if the government had paid serious attention to thwarting assassination plots over the past 13 years. Speaking on the third anniversary of the assassination of his father, Salahuddin Rabbani warned at a gathering of jihadi leaders that serial killings would continue if such cases were not investiga ...

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Iran, Six Powers Head Into ‘Very Tough’ Nuclear Talks

Iran and six powers returned to the negotiating table on Friday with only two months left to overcome hurdles in the way of a deal on curbing Tehran's nuclear program. No major breakthroughs are expected at the talks, which are to continue until the end of next week, but the pressure is on both sides to find ways to narrow the gaps. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton sat down with Iranian Foreign Mini ...

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Senior Afghan militant commander killed in Pakistan

A senior Afghan militant commander was killed following military operation by Pakistani forces in North Waziristan tribal region. The Pakistani Taliban group, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), has said that the Afghan militant commander was among the high ranking TTP commanders. A statement released by the Pakistani Taliban group said a senior commander of the militant group, Mohammad Hassan, was killed duri ...

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Final vote results announcement likely today, IEC says

KABUL- (AE Report) Afghanistan's long drawn-out presidential election may finally be coming to an end. Nearly six months after Afghans cast ballots in the first-round vote, the country's election commission on Saturday said it would announce final, audited results on Sunday from the two-man runoff held in June. UN and Afghan election officials spent weeks auditing those results after allegations of vote fra ...

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Modi: Al-Qaeda’s South Asia plan ‘delusional’

India's prime minister has dismissed al-Qaeda's plan to set up a South Asia branch, saying it was "delusional" to think the country's Muslim minority would follow orders to wage a struggle based on religion against their country. It was Narendra Modi's first reaction to al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri's announcement this month that the group would set up a new operation to take the fight to India, which ha ...

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Election Impasse Unhelpful for the Security Situation

Amidst the election stalemate, the militant groups are increasingly stepping up their attacks across the country. The Taliban clearly aim to further destabilize the country while it is experiencing two important transitions: military transition from NATO to Afghan forces and political transition through the ongoing election which is almost deadlocked now. On Tuesday, the militants who organized the bombing ...

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The Punjabi Taliban Threat to Afghanistan

The Afghan Foreign Ministry Affairs has summoned a Pakistani embassy diplomat over statements made by Pakistani Punjab Taliban leader that the group would focus on fighting in Afghanistan. Two days earlier, Asmatullah Muaweya, the leader of the Punjab branch of Pakistani Taliban announced the group was going to lay down arms against Pakistani army and cease fighting in Pakistan instead they would intensify ...

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Germany helps 390 Afghan civil servants improve their skills in public administration

Today, 390 civil servants from 24 line departments and 6 district administration offices and from the municipal offices of Kunduz successfully passed 12 months of training in public administration skills run by the Independent Administrative Reform & Civil Service Commission (IARCSC). The trainees took part in courses in administrative management, human resources management, financial management, procuremen ...

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Dreaded gangster wanted by Interpol held

KABUL: Ending a decade long international manhunt, the Afghan spy service claimed to have arrested the notorious criminal Raees Khudadad on Monday. Khudadad is accused of numerous murders, kidnappings, and robberies,. The National Directorate of Security (NDS) said Khudadad has been on Interpol’s list of most-wanted criminals. He is also wanted by the Tajikistan government. NDS spokesman Abdul Haseeb Siddiq ...

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Kunar Gov. Demands Action Against Pakistani Shelling

Provincial Governor of Kunar, Shuja Malek Jalal, has asserted that Pakistan's missile attacks on the province are obvious violations of international law and that Pakistan should face serious consequences. About 6,018 missiles have been fired on Kunar from Pakistan since the middle of March this year. "We must first try to take a diplomatic route; but if that does not work, we should respond to their [Pakis ...

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Watchdog confirms receiving audit outcome

Watchdog confirms receiving audit outcome KABUL: The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Monday announced receiving results of the UN-supervised nationwide audit of ballots cast in the runoff polls. On Sunday, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced completion of the vote audit process and said the results would be shared soon with the electoral watchdog. Results of 405 suspect ...

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Afghan court sentences gang rapists to death

An Afghan appeals court sentenced five men to death on Monday for armed robbery and sexual assault. The death sentences given to two other defendants were reduced to 20 years in prison each for unrelated crimes. The defendants were convicted of attacking an Afghan family driving home from a wedding outside of Kabul. Prosecutors said that a group of eight men, some dressed in police uniforms, stopped the fam ...

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Pakistani Court sends 100 activists to jail

A court in Pakistan has ordered 100 opposition activists to be sent to jail for staging illegal protests and committing several other violations, causing chaos and anger among activists. A crowd of demonstrators gathered outside a court in Islamabad on Saturday to protest against the court's decision. Recent protests have been headed by Imran Khan, a former cricket star and Tahir ul-Qadri who is a firebrand ...

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Philippine Base for US Ships Draws Mixed Reactions Amid China Tensions

ALAWAN, PHILIPPINES— The Philippines and China are locked in a territorial dispute in the South China Sea. In recent years, Beijing has sent forces to occupy reefs claimed by Manila and boats from both countries have engaged in stand offs in those waters. The island of Palawan in the west Philippines is at the forefront of these tensions. Now, Manila is considering allowing the United States to base some of ...

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Turkey helps Afghanistan transform itself

A new report titled “Afghanistan's Future and Turkey's Contribution,” released by the International Strategic Research Organization (USAK), on Friday, covered the next phase in Afghanistan's restructuring process and Turkey's crucial contributions toward that end. “Afghanistan is now in a transition period in which [their] first democratic elections took place and the Taliban question is being resolved. In ...

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Afghanistan orders strict action against sexual abuse of children

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) instructed police to take strict actions against the abuse of children during wedding ceremonies. MoI delivered a statement after a meeting that had been called to discuss the disruption of security by irresponsible individuals firing shots into the air. This comes after the death of at least one person and the injury of five others as a result of shots fired into the air duri ...

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Paghman gang rape: Appeal court proceedings begin

KABUL : A court of appeal on Monday began an open trial of seven convicts in the Paghman gang rape case, an official said. The men had been accused of looting passengers and sexually assaulting four women after intercepting vehicles on the main road in Paghman. The Attorney General Office (AGO) had said that 10 people were involved in the rape case and seven of them had been arrested so far. Azizullah, Must ...

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Sangin on the verge of falling to Taliban

LASHKARGAH: Officials and residents on Sunday confirmed Taliban militants had entered the main bazaar of the Sangin district in southern Helmand province after capturing security posts. A resident of Sangin, Abdul Ahad, told Pajhwok Afghan News over the telephone that the insurgents had entered the district bazaar last night and had started launching attacks on the district headquarters. Ahad said the heavi ...

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Don’t use terror as policy tool, Islamabad told

KABUL: Punjabi Taliban’s announcement to fight in Afghanistan is a brazen declaration of interference, the National Security Council (NSC) said on Sunday, calling upon Pakistan to quit terrorism and strive for peace in the region. At a meeting chaired by President Hamid Karzai, the council noted this was the second time the Pakistani militant group had made the announcement to enter into fighting in Afghani ...

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Trench near Durand Line irks lawmakers

Kabul: The Meshrano Jirga condemned Pakistan on Sunday for digging a 480 kilometres long trench on the Durand Line, the porous international border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, warning the issue would be taken to the UN and other international forums. Media reports suggest Pakistan’s paramilitary troops are busy digging the huge trench on its southwestern border with Afghanistan to stop smugglers and t ...

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