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    US says no plan to send combat troops to Pakistan

    WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States on Thursday rejected a demand from Afghans to hit terrorist safe havens across their border, saying there was no plan to send combat troops to Pakistan.



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    Afghan election chief vows to resist pressures

    KABUL (PAN): The head of Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Thursday vowed to ensure transparent parliamentary polls, slated for September 18, saying they would not accept pressure from anyone.



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    Female candidates complain about insecurity in Ghazni

    GHAZNI CITY (PAN): Only two out of 13 female candidates standing for the upcoming parliamentary polls in Ghazni province in have launched their election campaigns due to security concerns.



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    Some media outlets betraying nation: Karzai

    KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai Thursday accused some media outlets of damaging the national unity and betraying their war-weary countrymen.



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    Karzai slams leak of war memos

    KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Thursday reiterated his call for international action against terrorist sanctuaries and training centers beyond Afghanistan's borders.



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    Long-term presence of US forces in Afghanistan not in national interest

    WASHINGTON (PAN): Two influential US senators have told their president that long-term open-ended presence of US forces in Afghanistan is not in Americas national interest.



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    Transit trade most significant agreement in 50 years: Holbrooke

    WASHINGTON (PAN): The recently concluded transit trade pact between Pakistan and Afghanistan is the most significant agreement between the two neighbours in half a century, a top US official said. I believe we have made dramatic steps forward and we're not there yet. It's a work in progress but if I may just be specific, I would not dismiss the transit trade agreement as merely a trade agreement, Richard Holbrooke, the Special US representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan, told a congressional hearing on Wednesday.



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    Paktia council reopens after three weeks

    GARDEZ (PAN): The Paktia provincial council, which was closed three weeks back in protest against body searches of women by foreign troops, reopened on Wednesday, officials said.



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    UN calls for transparent probe into Sangin deaths

    KABUL (PAN): The United Nations on Wednesday expressed deep concern at reports of civilian casualties at the hands of foreign troops in the Sangin district of lawless southern Helmand province.



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    US supports Spanta on cross-border safe havens

    WASHINGTON (PAN): The US has tacitly backed comments by the Afghan national security advisor that tackling extremism in Pakistan is just as important as fighting militants in Afghanistan.