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    Muslimyar seeks more pressure on rebels

    KABUL (PAN): A day after two brazen Taliban attacks in Kabul and Zabul provinces, the Senate chairman on Tuesday asked the government to mount military pressure on the rebels alongside efforts to convince them into peace talks.


    Wolesi Jirga gives go-ahead to draft law on poll panels

    KABUL (PAN): The Wolesi Jirga on Monday approved a draft law on the structure, duties and powers of election panels, with some members saying the legislative measure should have been adopted by a two-thirds majority.


    MPs seek details of Karzai-Kerry discussion

    KABUL (PAN): Meshrano Jirga members on Sunday demanded details of an unusually long and testy telephonic conversation between President Hamid Karzai and US Secretary of State John Kerry should be shared with the legislature and the nation.


    Pro-Karzai leaflets land in Wolesi Jirga

    KABUL (PAN): A youth organisation on Saturday distributed pamphlets to lawmakers as part of its campaign for changes to the Constitution to allow President Karzai to stay in power beyond the end of his second term next year.


    MPs approve 2 presidential suggestions

    KABUL (PAN): The Wolesi Jirga -- or lower house of parliament -- on Saturday accepted two suggestions of President Hamid Karzai about a draft election law, but could not take any decision on others proposals due to lack of quorum.


    Abdullah: Govt in bid to rig presidential vote

    KABUL (PAN): A key opposition coalition on Thursday accused the government of trying to rig the upcoming presidential elections, saying the authorities were intent on catapulting a candidate of its choice to power.


    Transfer facilities to Afghans, ISAF urged

    KABUL (PAN): The parliamentarians on Wednesday asked international troops, who are scheduled to leave Afghanistan next year, not to dismantle their military installations and hand them over to the government.


    Wolesi Jirga takes exception to AGO decision

    KABUL (PAN): The Wolesi Jirga on Wednesday took strong exception to the Attorney-General Office’s decision on putting five its members on the Exit Control List (ECL) for their alleged involvement in corruption and misuse of their positions.

    Security and Crime

    Elaborate poll security plans ready, Senate told

    KABUL (PAN): Elaborate security plans have been chalked out for next year’s elections to thwart “regional plots” to sabotage the process, senior security officials told the upper house on Tuesday.


    Taliban aiding ISI agents’ infiltration: Karimi

    KABUL (PAN): Pakistan’s spy service is sending its agents to Afghanistan with Taliban’s support for attacks on national forces, top security officials informed the Meshrano Jirga on Tuesday.