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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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Fresh Warning on Corruption in Afghanistan

US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan’s Reconstruction says corruption in Afghanistan is threatening the country’s future and the US has no viable and effective anti-corruption strategy there despite having spent an unprecedented $104 billion of American taxpayers’ money. According to John Sopko, the United States has spent $8bn in fighting opium trade and cultivation in the country, activities which ...

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A day after Kabul demo, UN warns of aid cut

KABUL: The United Nations on Saturday warned of severely limiting its activities, including assistance to Afghanistan, if allegations against the world body continued. On Friday, hundreds of Dr. Abdullah’s supporters took to the streets in the central capital against what they called massive fraud in the mid-June runoff elections. The protestors, who walked from the Shahr-i-Naw Park and assembled in front o ...

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Massoud Day and the Elections

The day before the anniversary of Ahmad Shah Massoud’s assassination by two Arab infiltrators, Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah demanded his supporters not to dishonor Massoud Day, or officially Shaheed Day, by mixing it with ongoing electoral politics. This was viewed as wise move by his camp as the election tensions are flaring these days. However, despite the call from Abdullah, the ceremony for ...

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SCO members support Afghan-led reconciliation process

DUSHANBE,- Leaders of the member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on Friday voiced support for an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation and reconstruction process. Participants of the SCO's Dushanbe summit stressed that Afghanistan's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity should be respected. They supported the implementation of an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconcili ...

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Sushma Swaraj inaugurates new Indian embassy building in Kabul

KABUL: A new $40 million Indian embassy building, which features an integrated security system, was inaugurated by external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday here in the heart of the Afghan capital. The building is spread over an area of 5 acres and has been constructed at the cost of $40 million. The total area of the building is 8,300 square metres. The building is at Wazir Akbar Khan, close to ...

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India Afghanistan’s First Strategic Partner

Rep:Abdul Maruf 'Ghiasee' KABUL: Describing India as Afghanistan's first strategic partner, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said Wednesday that New Delhi will always share the Afghan people's vision of a "strong" and "prosperous" Afghanistan. "This is a critical decade of transformation for Afghanistan. India will always be Afghanistan's first strategic partner," she said at the inauguration of the ...

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Presidential candidates asked to end deadlock

KABUL: United Nation secretary general Ban ki-Moon urges Afghanistan’s two presidential candidates, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai to conclude an agreement on a government of national unity in accordance with the commitments they reached on 12 July. The Secretary-General said that Afghanistan was passing critical period, and that genuine partnership was required to tackle the challenges ...

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Abdullah says his team will not accept the election result

Afghanistan’s controversial presidential election was once again taken towards a deadlock after the Reform and Partnership tem led by Dr. Abdullah Abdullah announced their stance regarding the election process. The announcement by Dr. Abdullah comes as last round of talks between the two candidates over national unity government formation did not yield any result. Abdullah said the political process has now ...

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Abdullah Issues Final Deadline As Negotiations Face Impasse

Abdullah Abdullah's campaign on Sunday said that a final round of meetings would be held with the rival camp on Monday, but that if nothing to break the election deadlock comes, he will announce his stance on the election and its results. "We have given one more day to them," Abdullah spokesman Waheed Omer said on Sunday. "If we do not reach an agreement, we will announce our stand and after that, the rival ...

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Policemen among 33 killed or injured in latest spate of violence

At least 33 people, including some policemen, were killed or injured in latest spate of violence across the country, officials said Sunday. Shafiq Nang, spokesman for the Ghazni provincial governor, said at least two policemen were killed along with 7 militants following an attack on a police check post in Ghazni city on Sunday morning. In separate incidents in the western province of Herat, local officials ...

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Death sentence sought for gang-rape convicts in Kabul

The Afghan government has officially sought the death sentence Saturday for all seven men arrested for the unprecedented gang-rape in the capital city of Kabul last month. The incident shocked the conservative Afghan society and a public execution of the culprits for such a rare and heinous offense was vehemently demanded. According to the details, ten men wearing police uniforms had stationed themselves on ...

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Audit ends, but election puzzle remains unsolved

The UN-super¬vised audit of votes cast in Afghanistan’s disputed presidential election was completed on Friday, officials said, but the results would not be known for days. Both presidential candidates claim to have won the June 14 election, triggering a political stalemate as US-led NATO combat troops withdraw after 13 years of fighting the Taliban. The United Nations has said the audit results should be f ...

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French firm enters Afghan lubricant market

KABUL: On Saturday, French oil company Elf Aquitaine entered the Afghanistan market in a bid to launch a partnership with a local firm in the lubricant sector. President of Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) Atiqullah Nusrat, spoke on the occasion, saying the new investment was a good sign for the struggling economy. The French company, he said, had promised to work in collaboration with “K ...

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Germany offers help to resolve election standoff

KABUL: Visiting German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeir has offered his country’s support to resolve the protracted political impasse in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said on Saturday. A MoFA statement said the purpose of Steinmeir’s visit to Kabul was to reiterate Germany’s cooperation with Afghanistan for ensuring a peaceful transfer of power. The visiting dignitary held in de ...

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33 killed, 154 wounded in Ghazni attack

GHAZNI CITY: Taliban insurgents detonated two powerful truck bombs outside the National Directorate of Security (NDS) office and a police station in southern Ghazni province on Thursday, killing 14 security personnel, including civilians, and 19 attackers while injuring 154 others, officials said. Deputy police chief Col. Asadullah Insaf told Pajhwok Afghan News the first truck bomb was followed by another ...

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Taliban ready to play role in ending violence in Afghanistan

The Taliban militants group in Afghanistan touted the group’s role as trouble shooters, bridge builders and problem solvers in a bid to allay the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s concerns. Following a statement released ahead of the NATO summit in Wales, Taliban claimed that it is the true representative of the Afghan people. The statement further added that the group can play a central role in resolvin ...

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Hope Reappears as Campaigns near Final Agreement

After days of unproductive negotiations, the two presidential candidates appeared together following a meeting with President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday, and both expressed renewed hope that their power-sharing arrangement would soon be finalized. Presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai's camp on Wednesday reported that a four-person committee including representatives of both candidates would be conven ...

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11 KILLED IN KUNAR AS TALIBAN, ARMY CLASH

KABUL- (Afg Express Report) An Afghan official says that an attack by Taliban fighters has killed five Afghan soldiers and wounded 14 in the country's west. Kunar Gov. Fazullah Wahidi said Wednesday that the overnight attack also resulted in the deaths of six Taliban fighters. Wahidi said the attackers were wearing Afghan army uniforms. Taliban and Pakistani insurgents have been fighting against the governm ...

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