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Karzai links progress to global support

Afghanistan's in political, economic and social progress over the past 13 years would have been impossible without consistent support from the international community, President Hamid Karzai said on Saturday. At a meeting with members of the diplomatic corps at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, the outgoing leader said consistent aid from the global community and its presence in Afghanistan would long be re ...

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150 houses being built for landslide victims

A project has been launched to construct 150 houses for families who lost their homes in the massive landslide in the Argo district of southeastern Badakhshan province, an official said on Saturday. The affected families continue to live in tents without basic amenities despite an inpouring of aid from foreign organisations. At least 400 people had died in the landslide on May 2. Abdul Azim told Pajhwok Afg ...

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Ghani renews pledge to eradicate corruption

On Saturday, President-elect Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, who is due to take over the presidency later this week, reaffirmed his resolve to pursue a results-oriented peace process with the Taliban. Addressing his supporters, who include members of the Junbish-i-Milli Islami Afghanistan led by his deputy Gen. Abdur Rashid Dostum, Ghani linked security to lasting peace in the country. President-elect Ghani adde ...

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Karzai signs execution orders for rapists

On Saturday, President Hamid Karzai signed court orders for the execution of five men convicted of rape and robbery. Presidential spokesman Aimal Faizi wrote on his Twitter page that Karzai, who is due to leave office in a few days, signed the orders today. Earlier this month, the Kabul Court of Appeals upheld a lower court verdict against the perpetrators. Clad in police uniforms, the men stopped a vehicle ...

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Dr. Ghani credential reveals he secured 55.27% of the votes

Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, the president-elect of Afghanistan received presidentials credential from the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Friday. IEC Chief, Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani presented the credentials to Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai during a press conference. Dr. Ghani has secured 55.27 percent of the total votes during the runoff presidential election, the credential reveals. According to the cre ...

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Abdullah himself to take over as CEO

KABUL: Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, runner-up in the disputed presidential election, has made up his mind to assume the chief executive position, a well-placed source said on Wednesday. As part of his deal with president-elect Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on the national unity government, the ex-foreign minister himself would take over as CEO, the source confided to Pajhwok Afghan News. Close to Abdullah and familia ...

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The Election Has Further Strengthened National Unity: Ghani

Speaking at a press conference on Monday evening, President-elect Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, praised people's patience throughout the prolonged election process, stating that the process has further strengthened national unity in Afghanistan. "The election process has strengthened our national unity," he asserted. "There is no room for partition or division in the country. We are united and we will remain unite ...

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New president to be sworn in on Sept. 29

The new president will be sworn in next week, the election campaign teams announced on Sunday, hours after the candidates signed a power-sharing deal. At a news conference, Syed Hussain Sancharaki, a spokesman for the Dr. Abdullah-led Reform and Unanimity team, urged organisers to arrange the swearing-in ceremony for Sept. 29. Sancharaki said high-ranking foreign dignitaries, Afghan government officials, an ...

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Dr. Ashraf Ghani declared Next President, but final tally kept secret

This announcement came just hours after Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and rival, Abdullah Abdullah, signed a power-sharing agreement to end two months of wrangling over accusations of vote fraud. Kabul- (AE Report) The Independent Election commission declared Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai the country’s president-elect on Sunday after an acrimonious dispute over ballot fraud, but did not give the final vote tally after a U. ...

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Election Commission Declares Ashraf Ghani Next President

KABUL: Ashraf Ghani was declared Afghanistan's next president on Sunday after winning the June 14 election, officials said, ending months of disputes over allegations of massive fraud that tipped the country into a political crisis. "The Independent Election Commission declares Dr Ashraf Ghani as the president, and thus announces the end of election process," commission chief Ahmad Yousaf Nuristani told rep ...

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Sayyaf calls killers of Afghan forces and Jihadi leaders ‘infidels’

Professor Abdul Rab Rasul Sayyaf, a prominent religious cleric and former jihadi leader, once again took a hard stance against Taliban militants and challenged their ongoing armed campaign. Sayyaf was speaking during the commemoration ceremony to mark the 3rd anniversary of the death of former president and High Peace Council chief Burhanuddin Rabbani. Sayyaf criticized the Taliban for their armed campaign ...

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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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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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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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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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