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    Massoud faults Karzai stance on airstrikes

    KABUL (PAN): The government’s decision on barring Afghan security personnel from requesting air support during security operations amounts to formal recognition of Taliban as a force in the countryside, an opposition leader alleged on Sunday.



    Education

    500 police return from training in Turkey

    KABUL (PAN): About 500 Afghan National Police (ANP) officials returned home from professional training courses in Turkey, an official said on Saturday.



    Governance

    Elections may be rigged: Massoud

    KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan National Front (ANF) leader Ahmad Zia Massoud on Thursday alleged the government was trying to stay in power through fraud in the 2014 presidential election.



    Governance

    Computerised ID cards key to transparent vote: Sadat

    KABUL (PAN):  A 34-member parliamentary group called” Risalat” on Monday said computerised identity cards were crucial to ensuring transparency in next presidential and provincial council elections.



    Security and Crime

    77 ALP members referred for prosecution: chief

    KABUL (PAN): Seventy-seven members of the NATO-backed Afghan Local Police (ALP) were referred to the military prosecution office for committing various crimes since the militias were raised two years ago in various provinces, a senior official said on Monday.



    Security and Crime

    Drugs seized at Kabul airport

    KABUL (PAN): Border police officers on Sunday seized more than two kilograms of heroin at the Kabul International Airport before the departure of a flight to New Delhi.



    Governance

    Immunity doesn't mean no prosecution: Warlick

    KABUL (PAN):Top US official has welcomed President Hamid Karzai's decision of calling into session the Loya Jirga, a traditional assembly of elders, to decide on immunity under Afghan laws for American troops staying beyond planned withdrawal in 2014.



    Governance

    Karzai on busy foreign trip this weekend

    KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai is to embark on a busy foreign trip this weekend by first travelling to London for the third trilateral Afghanistan-Pakistan-UK meeting on Sunday, then inking a strategic cooperation agreement with Norway and later attending an Islamic countries conference in Egypt, his spokesman on Thursday.



    Education

    50,000 students to get internet access

    KABUL (PAN): Nearly 50,000 students at 55 educational institutes across the country would find access to the internet by the end of next year, two Cabinet ministers said on Tuesday.



    Business & Economics

    Tehran wants water treaty with Kabul enforced

    KABUL (PAN): Water and Energy Minister Ismail Khan and his visiting Iranian counterpart Majid Namjoo on Sunday inaugurated in Kabul the installation of two power generators, each  consuming 18,000 litres of fuel per hour.