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    Governance

    Wolesi Jirga summons IEC officials

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga -- or lower house of parliament -- will summon officials of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) to brief lawmakers on preparations for the presidential vote.



    Governance

    Lack of quorum blocks approval of draft laws

    KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of draft laws could not be debated by Wolesi Jirga commissions over the past few months due to growing absenteeism among lawmakers.



    Governance

    Senators seek tit-for-tat response to Pakistan

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Some senators on Sunday suggested a tit-for-tat response to Pakistan’s rocket strikes, warning the cross-border attacks threatened security for the runoff presidential elections.



    Governance,Women

    New group to promote women’s role in politics

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Women parliamentarians on Sunday launched a new group to strengthen females’ role in politics, a lawmaker said.



    Governance

    Law on money-laundering lands in house

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Two draft laws on anti-money laundering and proceeds of crime were presented before the Wolesi Jirga for approval on Saturday -- two days after Chinese banks halted dollar transactions with most Afghan commercial institutions.



    Governance

    Wolesi Jirga summons top security officials

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga (WJ) on Saturday decided to summon security officials a week later to brief the august house on the crucial second round of presidential election.



    Health

    Treatment of patients with burn injuries begins

    KABUL (Pajhwok): For the first time, the Indira Gandhi Hospital in the capital Kabul started last month treating patients with burn injuries, a doctor said on Thursday.



    Governance

    MPs ratify 2 international conventions

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga -- lower house of parliament -- on Wednesday ratified Afghanistan’s membership of two international conventions on human trafficking, especially women and children, and silkworm farming.



    Governance

    Wolesi Jirga ponders amendment to Election Law

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Lawmakers on Wednesday suggested two conditions, including graduation, for Wolesi Jirga (lower house) candidates should be added to the Election Law.



    Governance

    Stop Pakistani attacks, senators urge UN

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga -- upper house of parliament -- on Tuesday asked the United Nations Security Council to mount pressure on Pakistan to stop rocket attacks on Afghanistan.