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    MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Mar 27, 2014: Zalmai Rassoul, presidential candidate, addresses his campaign gathering in northern Balkh province.

    JALALABAD, Mar 27, 2014: Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, presidential candidate, addresses his campaign gathering in eastern Nangarhar province.

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    Rassoul to fight graft, land-grabbing

    MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): With the presidential election scheduled for next week, leading candidate Dr. Zalmai Rassoul on Thursday pledged to fight administrative corruption and crackdown on land-grabbers if won the April 5 vote.


    Arsala vows sincere talks with Taliban

    MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Presidential runner Hidayat Amin Arsala on Wednesday promised sincere peace negotiations with Taliban if he won the April 5 election.

    Security and Crime

    7,000 soldiers to perform poll duty in north

    MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): A military commander on Monday said 7,000 Afghan National Army (ANA) troops would be deployed to assist other security forces in maintaining security during and after the April 5 elections in the northern zone.


    Flag-hoisting ceremony held in Mazar-i-Sharif

    MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The traditional flag-hoisting (Janda Bala) ceremony, marking the new solar year, was held in Mazar-i-Sharif, the centre of Nawroz festivities, on Friday.


    Rains affect IEC activities in Balkh

    MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) office in northern Balkh province on Monday said its activities in some districts had come to a standstill due to bad weather conditions.

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    Security up in Balkh for Nawroz celebration

    MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Strict security measures have been put in place in northern Balkh province ahead of Nawroz celebrations scheduled for March 21, officials said.

    Security and Crime

    Journalist injured, beaten unconscious in Balkh

    MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Unidentified gunmen beat a journalist until he was unconscious and also shot him in the capital of northern Balkh province, the victim and police said on Tuesday.