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    Pajhwok Afghan News Sms Alert

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Presidential runner Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Monday asked the Independent Election Commission (IEC) to stop releasing further results until fraudulent votes were cleaned out.

    Apr 20, 2014 - 17:16

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan election commission (IEC) on Sunday announced 50 percent results from the April 5 presidential race, showing Abdullah Abdullah’s lead has slightly increased over his main rival Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, but both seem to be heading for a runoff next month.


    HIA decides to boycott runoff vote

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA), led by Gulbadin Hekmatyar, has decided not to support any candidate if the elections headed for a second round runoff.

    Security and Crime

    30 rebels killed in Qaisar offensive

    MAIMANA (Pajhwok): At least 30 militants, including Pakistanis, have been killed during an operation in Qaisar district of northwestern Faryab province, an official said on Monday.


    The country’s deaddiction centres are not able to keep up with the spiraling drug abuse. With nearly 1.6 million addicts including children and women the rampant use of an assortment of drugs has...


    TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): The education director said on Thursday 47 schools remained closed this academic year due to various reasons including insecurity and lack of buildings in central Uruzgan...


    Afghanistan flays Iran over Afghans execution

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Monday expressed deep concerns over the execution of Afghan nationals by Iran and demanded Tehran should thoroughly and transparently investigate the matter.


    Mutasim role to move peace process forward vital

    KABUL (Pajhwok): After lifting restrictions on a veteran Taliban leader Mutasim Agha Jan by the UAE authorities some days back, Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Monday said Mutasim could still play a vital role to move the nascent peace process forward.


    Anderson joins Afghans in Kabul

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan's new cricket academy coach, Peter Anderson from Australia, has started work in Kabul, ahead of the emerging side’s debut at next year's World Cup, the cricket board said on Monday.

    Security and Crime

    NDS detains would-be suicide bombers

    SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): The National Directorate of Security (NDS) claimed arresting four suspected suicide bombers in northern Jawzjan province, an official said Monday.

    Security and Crime

    Dangerous Maimana inmates shifted to Kabul

    MAIMANA (Pajhwok): After a jailbreak that killed three police guards, 38 dangerous inmates have been shifted from the central jail in northwestern Faryab province to a prison in Kabul, an official said on Monday.


    Probe launched into NATO Kandahar jail

    KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Appointed by President Hamid Karzai, an investigation team on Sunday arrived from Kabul in southern Kandahar province and held talks with local officials, including the governor, as part their probe into the alleged presence of a NATO-run jail at the Kandahar International Airport.


    335 NATO bases given in Afghan control

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Around 335 military bases have been handed over to the Afghan forces by their foreign counterparts across Afghanistan so far, the Military Bases Transition Commission head said on Sunday.


    Thousands of votes in Herat cancelled

    HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Sunday said it had cancelled about 100,000 votes cast at 27 polling stations in western Herat province.

    Security and Crime

    Kandahar candidate gunned down in Quetta

    KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): A provincial council candidate in southern Kandahar province has been gunned down by unknown assailants in the capital of Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province, officials said on Sunday.


    Senators ask govt to shut Iranian charities

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Angrily reacting to the reported execution of six more Afghans on death row in Iran, some Meshrano Jirga or the upper house of parliament members on Sunday asked the government to shut down Iranian charity and other organisations in Afghanistan.