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Ghani, Abdullah urged to bar rights abusers from top posts

KABUL : In a letter to President Ahmadzai and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah,  Human Rights Watch has urged them to carefully vet appointments to national security positions to ensure they are not linked to human rights abuses. The co-leadership should select individuals with strong human rights records for the ministers of interior and justice, director of the National Directorate of Security, and attorn ...

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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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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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Ata Mohammad Noor calls for widespread anti-fraud movements

Ata Mohammad Mohammad Noor has called on his supporters to prepare for widespread anti-fraud movements as the Afghan election was once again taken towards an impasse after Dr. Abdullah’s camp warned to withdraw from talks and boycott the audit process. Noor is an influential political leader and the current governor of northern Balkh province of Afghanistan, who is a close ally of Dr. Abdullah in presidenti ...

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From A Kabul Prison to A House in Quetta; Helmand Violence Funder’s Spoor

A report by Tamim Hamid- The aged man who opened the yard’s door moments ago looks wide-eyed to the two individuals standing in front of him. He breaks the silence with a question – in Pashto language: “It is amazing! It has been the first time a journalist asks us about it.” One of the two men is a security officer said: “Can we come in and talk?” While the aged man wanted to say something, a voice heard f ...

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Enforcement Directorate action on 62 Afghan-owned properties

In its first major action against the immovable properties illegally acquired by foreign nationals in the country, the Enforcement Directorate has decided to initiate attachment proceedings against 62 such properties, acquired by Afghan nationals in various parts of the national capital, under the provisions of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (Fema). Sources said investigations revealed that these prope ...

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Millions Plundered In Name Of Salaries

Residents claim tens of thousands of afghanis, which are released by the education department in the name of teacher salaries, end up in pockets of a few individuals in the Maroof district of southern Kandahar province. Education department officials say there are a total of 40 schools in Maroof and eight of them have been closed due to insecurity, but residents reject the claim and say not a single school ...

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Licenses Of 2 LPG Importers Suspended

The Ministry of Commerce on Wednesday suspended the license of Mahmood Jalil & MJ Energy on the charge of inflating bids for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) imports from Turkmenistan. Musafar Qoqandi, the ministry’s spokesman, told a press conference in Kabul the issue had been referred to the Attorney General Office (AGO) for further investigation. He alleged the two companies were responsible for rising the ...

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Bill On Privileges For Lawmakers Illegal: Lawyers

The lawyers' association on Monday urged the National Assembly to throw out a bill allowing parliamentarians to take advantage of certain privileges even after completing their tenure. Some weeks back, the Wolesi Jirga approved the draft law permitting lower house members to draw 25 percent of their salaries and keep two security guards even after retirement. A statement from the lawyers' body said approval ...

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No deal with Musharraf, says Farhatullah Babar

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)spokesman Farhatullah Babar has dismissed claims by Yousaf Raza Gillani stating that there was no deal with former president Pervez Musharraf to resign. Babar said Muhsrraf had resigned and made a decision to leave Pakistan out of fear that he would be impeached. The PPP spokesman said Asif Ali Zardari had formed a team to prepare Musharraf’s impeachment documents whic ...

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Obama Calls For Calm In Disputed Afghan Vote

US President Barack Obama has spoken with Afghan presidential contender Abdullah Abdullah and rival Ashraf Ghani to urge calm and to call for a review of fraud charges in that country's election, the White House said. The White House said Obama told both candidates that the US expects fraud allegations to be thoroughly reviewed, urging the two men to seek a resolution that does not undermine Afghanistan's f ...

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President Obama Warns Afghan Candidates

President Obama has intervened in Afghanistan’s disputed presidential election urging the two candidates to shun violent or extra-constitutional means or face a cut-off of U.S. assistance. U.S. officials, while acknowledging serious fraud allegations, are calling for quick implementation of auditing measures to pave the way for a new, legitimate government and a post-NATO bilateral security agreement. Obama ...

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Ghani wins fraud-hit presidential election

Former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani won Afghanistan’s presidential election, according to preliminary results Monday, but his poll rival Abdullah Abdullah rejected the outcome as “a coup against the will of the people.” Fraud allegations immediately sparked a dispute and stoked concerns of instability after the figures showed Ghani collected 56.4 percent of the runoff vote against former Foreign Minist ...

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Ex-French President Sarkozy detained in French corruption probe

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been detained and was reportedly being questioned by financial investigators Tuesday in a corruption probe that is rattling France’s conservative political establishment. A judicial official said Sarkozy was in custody in the Paris suburb of Nanterre. The official, who was not authorized to be publicly named discussing an ongoing investigation, would not provide f ...

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Bulgaria Makes More Arrests Over Bank Runs

SOFIA, June 29 (Reuters) - Bulgarian authorities said on Sunday they had detained three more people on suspicion of plotting to destabilise the country's banking system by spreading false information about the health of its commercial banks. The arrests, which follow the detention of two men on Saturday on the same grounds, are part of a criminal investigation launched after depositors on Friday rushed to w ...

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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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Votes From 20 Polling Centres To Be Quarantined

KUNDUZ CITY: Officials of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) in northern Kunduz province on Sunday said votes from certain polling centres would be quarantined in the wake of alleged fraud in some districts. Seventeen of 216 polling centres remained shut in Kunduz due to security problems. IEC Director Amir Hamza Ahmadzai said they had received rigging reports from Aliabad, Khanabad and Imam Sahib di ...

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MPs again fail to pass anti-money laundering law

KABUL: The Wolesi Jirga failed for a second day in a row on Monday to pass the much-delayed anti-money laundering law due to incomplete quorum, raising concerns among some lawmakers. The Justice Ministry last month presented before the lower house the draft anti-money laundering law in 10 chapters and 70 articles, urging lawmakers to pass the measure as soon as possible in order to save Afghanistan banks fr ...

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Afghan war costs pile pressure on contractors

Barack Obama has pledged to keep troops in Afghanistan for longer, and the total cost of the war is now over half a trillion dollars. But the US government keeps giving money to a contractor with a terrible record. The war in Afghanistan has become absurdly expensive for the United States. Apart from the 2,223 military deaths, the cost to the US taxpayer has swollen out of comprehension: since 2002, Congres ...

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Decision on Money Laundering Law Wednesday

KABUL: Wolesi Jirga Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi on Sunday ruled the lower house would take a decision on the proposed anti-money laundering and terrorist financing laws on Wednesday. On Wednesday last, some lawmakers said the anti-money laundering bill could not be approved within days and called for summoning the government officials, who delayed sending the measure to the assembly for three years. The law ...

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