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Eyes on the Guardians

Wolesi Jirga has taken more than two weeks to decide about fate of those ministers who had spend less than 50 percent of their developmental budget. It was envisioned that Lower House in its session that held on Monday would give a dateline to call the ministers into the house. However, the house was adjourned without any result amid uproars. But eye opening arguments had taken place in the session. MPs acc ...

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Vehicles, Guns Missing From Nuristan Police HQs

Kabul - A fact-finding commission on Tuesday informed Meshrano Jirga, the Upper House of the Parliament that 66 police pick-ups and 2,700 weapons had disappeared from the police headquarters in eastern Nuristan province over the past few years. Hafiz Abdul Qayyum, who led the delegation, confirmed that Nuristan police had been delivered 90 of the 127 pick-ups sanctioned. The police currently received 24 veh ...

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Afghanistan: Obama and Karzai’s Shared Legacy

When Presidents Barack Obama and Hamid Karzai meet in Washington this week, they will have yet another opportunity to deliberate on an intense bilateral agenda, including the transition process, prospects for reconciliation, the nagging insurgency, a bilateral security agreement, and the U.S. commitment to Afghanistan’s future beyond 2014. However, this encounter will not only be a unique occasion for both ...

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Release of Taliban Militants may Upset the Peace Efforts

Afghanistan is going through a very difficult and most cuticle pint of time with bold and most challenging tasks ahead begins with now. With foreign troop’s departure, a presidential election getting closer and a potential peace deal with the rebels still far from certain, a crucial phase in the struggle for Afghanistan’s future is set to spread out in the near future. In certain corners of the country that ...

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A Way to Salvation!

There are some events or happenings in the world which can’t be easily understood. A person or king who was cruel in the whole of his life and inflicted a lot many troubles and difficulties to the people and later on when the same dynasty or power was transferred to his son, he came up with the same powers and it appears as there had been no accountability with the person who did wrong and his son was again ...

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Kabul and Washington Decide Future Partnership

President Hamid Karzai left for Washington on Monday on a three-day official visit. Karzai and US president Barack Obama will discuss the future military presence of United States in Afghanistan and the course of partnership between the two countries. According to officials, the two leaders will discuss issues such as security transition, peace process, economic cooperation and political transition with sec ...

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Karzai Leaves for US on a Three-Day Visit

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai, at the head of a high-level delegation, left for Washington on Monday on a three-day official visit, an official said. Karzai will discuss with his US counterpart Barack Obama wide-ranging issues, including security, economic cooperation and political transition. Equipping and strengthening Afghan security forces, the peace process and a bilateral security agreement are also ...

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Dire Winter Puts Lives in Danger

Afghanistan is one of the world’s poorest countries and is largely mountainous, with winter temperatures often dropping below freezing point. Currently, more than two million children are at risk from cold, disease and malnutrition and starvation. Lack of foodstuff, blankets, heaters, job opportunities and other basic life facilities are threatening millions of lives as the dire winter condition sets in. Po ...

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Afghan Children Missing their Foundational Years of Education

In Afghanistan, children are enrolled in schools at the age of 7 in urban, and at age 8-10 in rural areas. The delayed enrollment deprives children from the foundational years of early childhood education and development. Research shows that early childhood education plays a profound role in the personal, physical, emotional, social, cognitive and linguistic development of the children. Thus, for Afghanista ...

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Statements of the Statesmen

Afghans are confused more by their own leaders than foreigners because a wide contradiction could be seen when they talk about the country and its future. It has become a practice to read statements of a leader that is totally different from that given by his peers.  They take it amiss when media point out their errors. It seems that there is lack of coordination among executive, judiciary and legislature a ...

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$450,000 Stolen from Afghan Millie Bank

  KABUL - Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been stolen from three branches of the Afghan Millie Bank, a senior official said on Sunday. Several people have been detained on suspicion of complicity in the theft. Mohibullah Safi, the bank’s chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News that a moneychanger had filched $200,000 from the bank’s branch in Kabul. But security forces had arrested the individuals who st ...

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Bold Measures Needed for Reforming the ANSF

Interior Minister Mujtaba Patang on Tuesday criticized Afghan National Police (ANP), saying that the force under his command is not a national force but a “factional and political” one. Though there have been a lot of objections over the performance of the Afghan Police, but this is the first time that a high-ranking security official publicly expresses his dissatisfaction on the structure of the ANP. Polit ...

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A New Progressive Paper

Since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001, Afghanistan has considerably progressed in promoting freedom of expression and development of the mass media. While there was effectively no media in Taliban era, there are now hundreds of TV channels, radios and print publications. The Afghan media is described as one of the freest mass media in the region and the world, for which the government of Afghanistan ...

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