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    Jirga members debate peace proposals

    KABUL (PAN): Delegates of the Afghan peace jirga got down to work on Thursday, debating how to achieve long-elusive peace in a country that has been in the grip of an unrelenting Taliban insurgency.



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    Selection of jirga chairman comes in for flak

    KABUL (PAN): The selection of an anti-Taliban jihadi leader as chairman of the peace jirga, aimed at evolving a framework for a deal with the Taliban, was not a good choice, political analysts and some jirga members said.



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    UN Security Council mission to visit Afghanistan

    KABUL (PAN): A delegation of the United Nations Security Council would visit Afghanistan during the current month to evaluate the current situation on the ground, the president of the 15-member body announced on Wednesday.



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    Delegates agree on need for peace talks

    KABUL (PAN): Delegates to the Afghan peace jirga on Thursday agreed that the way to bring peace to the country was to open talks with militant groups.



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    Younger delegates could help speed up peace efforts

    KABUL (PAN): The younger generation has an important role to play in Afghanistan's peace jirga as their views on how to prevent disaffected youth joining militants could speed up the peace process, officials and delegates said on Thursday.



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    Rabbani stresses national unity in jirga talks

    KABUL (PAN): Burhanuddin Rabbani, the chairman of the three-day peace jirga, on Wednesday urged participants to put aside their political, tribal and ethnic rivalries and seek a sustainable solution to decades of conflict in Afghanistan.



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    World defence spending up by 6pc

    KABUL (PAN): A European research organisation said on Wednesday that an amount of 1,500 billion dollars had been spent on military activities in the world in 2009.



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    Heads of 28 committees elected

    KABUL (PAN): Heads of 28 committees of the Peace Advisory Jirga were elected on Wednesday, a day behind schedule, an official said.



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    Key political figures conspicuously absent

    KABUL (PAN): A number of key politicians and jihadi leaders, including President Karzai's principal rival Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, stayed away from the long-awaited peace jirga in Kabul.



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    98pc of those invited attending jirga: Omar

    KABUL (PAN): About 98 percent of those invited to the peace jirga attended the assembly that got underway Wednesday in Kabul, a presidential spokesman said.