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    Wolesi Jirga to evolve peace mechanism

    KABUL (PAN): A majority of Wolesi Jirga (lower house of parliament) members on Saturday agreed to the creation of a commission to evolve a mechanism that could make peace with the armed opposition groups.

    Security and Crime

    Security deteriorating in Afghanistan, warns Red Cross

    KABUL (PAN): The International Committee of the Red Cross on Thursday warned security was deteriorating across Afghanistan, urging the warring parties to prevent civilian casualties.


    Provincial polls should precede presidential vote: MPs

    KABUL (PAN): Wolesi Jirga members on Wednesday said they would talk to President Karzai and the Independent Election Commission (IEC) over conducting provincial elections ahead of the presidential polls because the service term of two-thirds senators would end in February.


    Senate summons key ministers on border gate issue

    KABUL (PAN): A day after Pakistan announced a dispute over the construction of a security gate along the shared frontier had been resolved, the Meshrano Jirga or upper house of Afghan parliament on Tuesday summoned defence, foreign and interior ministers over the issue.

    Security and Crime

    80 civilians killed in past 3 months: Kofi

    KABUL (PAN): The Wolesi Jirga Commission on Women's Affairs on Tuesday asked all parties to the conflict in Afghanistan to exercise utmost care not to harm civilians in their operations.


    Wolesi Jirga rejects presidential decree

    KABUL (PAN): The Wolesi Jirga on Monday rejected a presidential decree that restricted high-ranking officials from travelling abroad without a permission letter received from the Presidential Palace through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


    80 MPs accepted bribes from ministers: Paiman

    KABUL (PAN): A Wolesi Jirga member on Monday revealed 80 lawmakers had received bribes from ministers summoned over under-spending development funds in 2011.


    Time wasted on summoning ministers: MPs

    KABUL (PAN): Some lawmakers on Thursday suggested the Wolesi Jirga should divert its attention to other important pending issues including legislating on amendments to elections laws instead of wasting time on the issue of summoned ministers.


    Wolesi Jirga to debate bribery charges against MPs

    KABUL (PAN): The Wolesi Jirga (lower house) on Wednesday announced debating on Saturday the allegations that some lawmakers had accepted bribes from summoned ministers to save their skin.


    Security key to fair elections: Manawi

    KABUL (PAN): The election commission chief on Tuesday called for elaborate security measures before and during next year's elections, saying eligible individuals would receive new voter cards next month.