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    Governance

    Karzai for regional cooperation in war on terror

    KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai on Thursday called for cooperation among regional countries to strengthen peace and combat the menace of terrorism.



    Governance

    Neighbours out to disrupt elections: MPs

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Accusing neighbouring countries of having hand in recent high-profile terror attacks in Afghanistan, some Wolesi Jirga members on Wednesday said they were concerned over the deteriorating security environment.



    Governance

    Akbari’s party deserts Sherzai, backs Rassoul

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Hezb-i-Wahdat Milli Islami, led by Ustad Mohammad Akbari, on Tuesday announced withdrawing support to presidential candidate Gul Agha Sherzai and joining forces with his rival Zalmai Rassoul.



    Governance

    Wolesi Jirga endorses Qanuni as 1st VP

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga -- or the lower house of parliament -- on Tuesday unanimously gave approval to Mohammad Yunus Qanuni as first vice-president.



    Governance

    MPs ask govt to get tough with Taliban

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga, asking the government to get tough with the Taliban, on Monday decided to summon high security officials over the rapidly deteriorating law and order situation.



    Governance

    Lyons stresses women’s participation in polls

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Canadian Ambassador to Afghanistan Deborah Lyons on Thursday called on the Afghan women to actively partake in the April 5 elections and thereby contribute to efforts for peace and stability.



    Governance

    Ikram elected as lower house secretary

    KABUL (Pajhwok): As the Wolesi Jirga session entered its fourth day on Wednesday, lawmaker Syed Ikram was elected as secretary of the lower house of parliament.   



    Security and Crime

    US urged to give Afghans military gear

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Defence and some lawmakers on Tuesday urged the US to hand over its military vehicles to Afghan forces instead of giving them to Pakistan. Afghan forces were in dire need of such tools to counter the insurgency, they argued.



    Governance

    Senators lash out at absent colleagues

    KABUL (Pajhwok): As a majority of senators were found absent from the Meshrano Jirga session on Tuesday, colleagues said some of the absentees were busy campaigning for the April elections.



    Governance

    Wolesi Jirga elects 1st deputy speaker

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga -- the lower house of parliament -- on Tuesday elected its first deputy speaker, but failed to choose the secretary.