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IEC Announces 9 New MPs to the Parliament

IEC Announces 9 New MPs to the Parliament

August 22, 2011

KABUL - The Independent Election Commission on Sunday introduced 9 out of 62 MPs declared winners by the Special Electoral Tribunal into the Parliament.
The Commission stressed that 9 unseated MPs will have to leave their seats. IEC's Chief Fazl Ahmad Manawi said that following President Karzai's decree and study into findings of appeals court, nine protesting candidates have been announced winners replacing nine sitting lawmakers. Mr Manawi said this is the final ...

NDS Urges Formation of Special Tribunal for Terrorists

NDS Urges Formation of  Special Tribunal for Terrorists

August 22, 2011

KABUL - National Directorate of Security (NDS) highlighted the need for formation of a special tribunal mainly for trial of terrorists. The Afghan intelligence organization said that there are lenient articles in the penal code that can avoid insurgents to face required punishments. Meanwhile, the Tolo news has obtained the footage of Kabul ...

Disqualified MPs Vow Not to Leave Parliament

Disqualified MPs Vow Not to Leave Parliament

August 22, 2011

KABUL - Nine MPs, to be replaced by as many candidates declared winners by the Independent Election Commission ('IEC), on Sunday said they would not leave Parliament because the constitution does not allow them to do so. Earlier in the day, IEC officials announced the disqualification of nine sitting MPs in favour of candidates previously certified as having ...

Work on US-Funded Park Launched in Kabul

Work on  US-Funded Park Launched in Kabul

August 22, 2011

KABUL - A recreational park, benefitting more than 5000 families, would be established in the first Macro Ryan neighborhood of the capital, the Kabul Municipality announced on Sunday.
The foundation stone of the park, spread over 3.5 acres of land, was laid by Mayor Mohammad Yunus Nawandesh. The USAID-funded park, costing ...

Work on Anti-Graft Strategy Underway: ISAF

Work on Anti-Graft  Strategy Underway: ISAF

August 22, 2011

KABUL - In response to President Hamid Karzai's frequent emphasis on an anti-graft drive, the NATO-led force on Sunday said it had started work on a comprehensive plan to fight corruption in Afghanistan. Areas of corruption would be identified before work on a comprehensive plan was launched, said McMaster, director of transparency at the ISAF ...

2014, Not the End of International Terrorist Networks: Spanta

2014, Not the End of International Terrorist Networks: Spanta

August 21, 2011

KABUL - America and Afghanistan are reportedly to sign an agreement allowing thousands of America troops to remain in the country till 2024. Afghanistan's neighbors like Iran and Pakistan have expressed disappointment, either publicly or privately, over the prospect of such a deal, The Telegraph reports.
A senior member of Hamid Karzai's Peace Council has said it risks being rejected by the Taliban and derailing any attempt to coax them to the negotiating table. However, Afghans are reportedly keen to ...

WJ will Witness Some Changes: IEC

WJ will Witness Some Changes: IEC

August 20, 2011

KABUL - Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Thursday said the Wolesi Jirga (WJ) will witness some changes next week. A spokesman for the IEC, Tabesh Frogh, said the IEC has finalized its decision to bring some changes in the Afghan House of Representatives, and that the decision will be officially made public in the beginning of next week.
The IEC stressed that it will not be responsible for the consequences of its decision in the ...

US is Committed Partner, Friend of Afghanistan: Clinton

US is Committed Partner, Friend of Afghanistan: Clinton

August 20, 2011

WASHINGTON - Congratulating Afghanis as they celebrate 92 years of their independence, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday that her country would remain a committed partner and friend of Afghanistan."Being independent, however, does not mean being alone. Throughout this transition and beyond, the United States will ...

US to Arm ANA with Unique Equipment

US to Arm ANA with Unique Equipment

August 20, 2011

KABUL - The US government will provide advanced military equipment to the Afghan National Army (ANA) in the next four months - a move to enhance the capabilities of Afghan forces to fight the Taliban.
The equipment are the first of its kind being supplied to the Afghan forces, said Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, the head of transition ...

MPs Split on Talks with Taliban

MPs Split on  Talks with Taliban

August 18, 2011

KABUL - Some Wolesi Jirga members insist on peace negotiations with the Taliban to resolve the ongoing conflict, but others suggest the use of force against those unwilling to accept the Afghan constitution.
Last year, the government created the High Peace Council, tasked with reaching out to members of the Taliban movement for a dialogue as part of efforts at finding a negotiated end to the decade-old conflict.
The council says it has established initial contact with the insurgents, a claim rejected by the ...

Iran to Help Preserve Ghazni Historic Sites

Iran to Help Preserve Ghazni Historic Sites

August 18, 2011

GHAZNI CITY - An Iranian delegation on Wednesday visited historic sites in southern Ghazni province, pledging reconstruction and preservation of ancient cultural heritage of the province, which will be declared the capital of Islamic civilization in 2013. The four-member delegation was accompanied by advisers at the ...

Afghanistan to Celebrate Independence Day

Afghanistan to Celebrate Independence Day

August 18, 2011

KABUL - The nation will celebrate its 92nd Independency Day with traditional spirit and fervor on Friday, the Ministry of Defence said on Wednesday. Without identifying function venues, the ministry said the sacrifices of the martyrs, who won independence from Britain in 1919, would be remembered at a special ...

Increasing Urbanization Causes Unemployment: AREU

Increasing  Urbanization Causes Unemployment: AREU

August 18, 2011

>KABUL - An increasingly growing urbanization has boosted unemployment rate and caused disorder in cities in Afghanistan, a new research by AREU said. The research carried out by Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) said cities have been hit by a wave of rural and semi-rural settlers that could increase unemployment rate and mess up the lives of ...

Afghanistan Could Face the Fate of M.E.: Coalition

Afghanistan Could Face the Fate of M.E.: Coalition

August 17, 2011

KABUL - The coalition to support the law comprised of sitting lawmakers said on Tuesday that Karzai's lockstep to alter the parliament would make the country face the fate of Middle-Eastern countries.
A spokesman for the coalition to support the law, Abdul Latif Pedram, warned that any change in the parliament would be the beginning of an end to democracy.
The coalition stressed that if the president could unseat 17 lawmakers, he will extend that number ...

Pro-Karzai Parliamentary Group Set Up

Pro-Karzai Parliamentary Group Set Up

August 17, 2011

KABUL - A new group called "Reformists" has been created in the lower house of parliament in support of the special election court's verdict and President Hamid Karzai's decree. The coalition is said to have 106 members, including 33 who have parted ways with the Coalition to Support Enforcement of Law, a ...

Afghan Population Grows By 2.4pc Annually

Afghan Population Grows  By 2.4pc Annually

August 17, 2011

KABUL - Afghanistan's annual population growth rate stands at 2.4 percent, officials said on Tuesday, warning the population, if not controlled, could double over the next three decades. The Central Statistics Organization (CSO) puts Afghanistan's current population at about 26.5 million, which could increase to 34 million by ...

No Official Discussion of Taliban Inclusion in Bonn II: GMIC

No Official Discussion of Taliban Inclusion in Bonn II: GMIC

August 17, 2011

KABUL - Director of the Government Media and Information Centre (GMIC) on Tuesday said participation of the Taliban in forthcoming Bonn conference has not yet been discussed officially. The only way that Taliban could participate in the Bonn conference is that they become part of Afghan delegation, Director of GMIC Abdul ...

Karzai Trying to Dissolve Parliament: Behzad

Karzai Trying to Dissolve Parliament: Behzad

August 16, 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai may dissolve Parliament in an effort to stand for a third term, the second deputy speaker of Wolesi Jirga said on Monday. However, other lawmakers rejected the allegation as unfounded.
Addressing a news conference, Ahmad Behzad claimed having video and audio documents that showed Karzai wanted to dissolve the legislature and thereby pave the way for his re-election as president.
The Presidential Palace and all ministries were making ...

UN Pressing IEC to Unseat 17 Lawmakers: Report

UN Pressing IEC to Unseat 17 Lawmakers: Report

August 16, 2011

KABUL - The United Nations is suggesting a plan aimed at bringing an end to the current chaos between the legislative and executive branches and to avoid the country sinking into a constitutional crisis, McClatchy newspapers reported. Two international officials have said on condition of anonymity ...

Gov.t Can Invite Taliban to Bonn Conference: UK

Gov.t Can Invite Taliban to Bonn Conference: UK

August 16, 2011

KABUL - British Ambassador to Afghanistan Sir William Patey on Monday said that the Afghan government could invite Taliban fighters to the second Bonn conference, scheduled for December 5 in Germany. Considering progress in the peace talks with the Taliban fighters, Afghan government could make a decision about participation of Taliban ...

No Legal Solution to Resolve Election Standoff: FEFA

No Legal Solution to Resolve Election Standoff: FEFA

August 16, 2011

KABUL - There is no legal solution to bring an end to election turmoil, except if the Independent Election Commission (IEC) makes a decision that could convince protesting candidates, the Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) said on Monday. Afghanistan Civil Society Forum and FEFA said that Afghanistan is ...

PRT-Funded Religious School Opens in Kunar

PRT-Funded Religious School Opens in Kunar

August 16, 2011

ASADBAD - A provincial reconstruction team-funded religious school was inaugurated on Monday in Asadabad, the capital of eastern Kunar province, officials said. The seminary, where 700 students could be taught at a time, took a year to complete at a cost of $210,000 (9.8 million afs), the director of education ...

Taliban Storm Governor House

Taliban Storm Governor House

August 15, 2011

KABUL - Six suicide bombers attacked Parwan government building on Sunday killing policeman, Ministry of Interior Affairs said.
The attack occurred at 11:30 am local time when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives near the gate of the governor's building and five others started clashes with security forces, the Ministry said.
Twenty two people including six Afghan policeman were killed and 34 other people including 10 Afghan policemen were wounded during the attack and clashes ended after about one ...

‘Britain Can No Longer Waste Money in Afghanistan’

‘Britain Can No Longer Waste Money in Afghanistan’

August 15, 2011

KABUL - The United Kingdom has already wasted £14bn on the war in Afghanistan and cannot afford to waste any more in military operations there at a time of financial crisis, Lord Oakeshott has said.
"We have wasted £14bn on going to war in Afghanistan, and we are losing hundreds of lives in a futile war propping up a failed state - ...

Kabul to Decide About Taliban Participation in Bonn II: Crocker

Kabul to Decide About Taliban  Participation in Bonn II: Crocker

August 14, 2011

KABUL - In an exclusive interview with Tolo news, US Ambassador to Afghanistan said the second Bonn conference will be led by Afghans and Kabul should decide whether to exclude or include Taliban in the conference. Once again US Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker urged Pakistan to do more in the fight against insurgents that are attacking foreign troops in Afghanistan.
Earlier Ryan Crocker said that there is no space for the Taliban to take part in the forthcoming Bonn ...

MPs Rule Out Changes in Poll Results

MPs Rule Out  Changes in Poll Results

August 14, 2011

KABUL -Wolesi Jirga members on Saturday ruled out any deal with any institution on changes in results of last year's parliamentary election."We declare that under Article 86 of the constitution, no one has the right to alter the outcome," said the second deputy speaker, Ahmad Behzad, while reading out a resolution that was tabled ...

US Vows Not to Abandon Afghanistan

US Vows Not to  Abandon Afghanistan

August 14, 2011

WASHINGTON - The Afghan-US strategic partnership will send a clear signal to the world and the region that the United States will never abandon Afghanistan, a top Pentagon official has said.
The strategic partnership would frame the character of an enduring US-Afghan relationship, said Michael D. Lumpkin, acting assistant ...

Obama for Political Solution in Afghanistan

Obama for Political  Solution in Afghanistan

August 13, 2011

WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama has reaffirmed his commitment to a political solution to bring long-term peace and stability to Afghanistan, the White House said. Obama renewed this commitment during his first video conference with US Ambassador Afghanistan Ryan Crocker and NATO commander General John Allen on Thursday.
"The newly arrived team of US leaders in Kabul underscored the continuing momentum of the coalition campaign, the development of Afghan ...

US-Taliban Secret Talks Destroyed Over Leaks

US-Taliban Secret Talks Destroyed Over Leaks

August 13, 2011

KABUL - Secret peace talks between the United States and the Taliban leadership have been ruined after details of the talks were unmasked, The Daily Telegraph learnt from Western officials.
The Washington Post paper and Der Spiegel news magazine leaked details of the talks with naming Tayeb Agha as the key negotiator of ...

President Karzai Won’t Contest for 3rd Term

President Karzai Won’t Contest for 3rd Term

August 13, 2011

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai, who has been in the saddle for a decade, said on Thursday that he would not seek a third term to rule the country."Afghanistan's constitution does not allow the president to run for a third time," Karzai said in a statement from the Presidential Palace. He had no intention to run for the presidency for the third time, he ...

Even Karzai Can’t Unseat Lawmakers

Even Karzai Can’t  Unseat Lawmakers

August 13, 2011

KABUL - Leader of the coalition to support enforcement of law on Thursday warned that it wouldn't tolerate any sort of change in the structure of the parliament. Abdul Zaher Qadir, MP and leader of the coalition to support enforcement of law, said the House of Representatives enjoys the support of the international community and stressed that collapse of ...

Najafi Rejects Rigging Allegations

Najafi Rejects  Rigging Allegations

Saturday August 13

KABUL - The transport and aviation minister on Thursday rejected as groundless allegations regarding his involvement in rigging during the 2009 presidential election and the murder of Herat transport director. Daud Ali Najafi told a press conference that some media outlets, quoting unnamed sources in the Complaints Commission at the ...

Karzai Asks IEC for Final Decision on Parliamentary Elections

Karzai Asks IEC  for Final  Decision on  Parliamentary Elections

August 11, 2011

KABUL - Afghan President Hamid on Wednesday decreed that Independent Election Commission holds full authority to make final decision on disputed September elections.
President Karzai says in the decree that Afghan courts have no authority to alter election results.
Last year's parliamentary election was marred by some irregularities and allegations of fraud and 1.3 million ballots were ruled out with 19 candidates disqualified over alleged ...

Decision on Decree Next Week: IEC

Decision on Decree  Next Week: IEC

August 11, 2011

KABUL - The Independent Election Commission ('IEC) chief on Wednesday said that the commission would announce its decision next week regarding President Hamid Karzai's decree to resolve a lingering dispute over last year's fraud-hit parliamentary poll. The IEC will now be responsible for deciding how many lawmakers ...

Youth for Participation in Bonn 2nd

Youth for  Participation in Bonn 2nd

August 11, 2011

KABUL - The National Youth Union on Wednesday asked the government to let it participate in the second Bonn conference scheduled to be held in Germany later this year. Speaking at a ceremony marking the International Youth Day, the union head Ghulam Daud Shayiq asked the government to invite the youth to take part in the Bonn meeting and ...