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    Governance

    Joint panel to talk out differences on draft laws

    KABUL (PAN): A joint parliamentary commission was set up on Monday to reconcile differences between the two chambers on contentious articles of draft laws regarding the structure of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and polls.



    Governance

    Senate condemns coup against Mursi

    KABUL (PAN): The Senate on Sunday condemned the ouster of Egyptian president Mohammad Mursi as an act against international law and democratic norms, calling the move an insult to the public mandate.



    Governance

    Law on presidential pay, expenses passed

    KABUL (PAN): The Meshrano Jirga on Sunday approved a law regarding the president’s salary, expenses and privileges and decided to adopt a similar measure concerning high-ranking government officials next week.



    Governance

    Spanta’s remarks spark heated debate

    KABUL (PAN): The Senate -- upper house of the parliament -- on Sunday asked the president’s national security advisor to brief it on the views he shared with lower house members regarding reconcili



    Governance

    Talks with Taliban yet to begin, MPs told

    KABUL (PAN): Government officials briefed Wolesi Jirga members behind closed doors on the Taliban’s Qatar office, but some lawmakers believed the session should have been open, not in-camera.



    Governance

    Efforts on to achieve peace consensus: Rabbani

    KABUL (PAN): The High Peace Council (HPC) chief said on Thursday that negotiators had launched efforts at developing “national consensus” that could lead the country to durable stability.



    Security and Crime

    Wolesi Jirga again fails to OK education law

    KABUL (PAN): Wolesi Jirga members, debating a draft law on higher education that has been delayed for seven years, on Wednesday once again clashed over the expressions used for university and academic ranks in Pashtu and Dari languages.



    Security and Crime

    Pakistan builds new training centres for Taliban

    KABUL (PAN): The security top brass on Tuesday alleged Pakistan had established new training centres on its soil for the Afghan Taliban, who received huge amounts of money from neighbouring countries to destabilise Afghanistan.



    Governance

    New poll law approved with changes

    KABUL (PAN): The Meshrano Jirga on Monday approved the new election law, amid calls from the poll panel, political parties and civil society groups for early adoption of the amended draft.



    Governance

    Finance minister survives no-trust motion

    KABUL (PAN): Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal, who was called by the Wolesi Jirga for his failure to appear before the lower house in defiance of summons, survived a no-trust motion on Monday.