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    MPs accused of trying to save ministers’ skin

     KABUL (PAN): Lawmakers on Saturday accused some of their colleagues and members of the Wolesi Jirga Administrative Board of trying to exclude the issue of summoned ministers from the house agenda since the assembly returned from its winter break.


    Pakistani senate team due in Kabul on Monday

     KABUL (PAN): Pakistani and Afghan lawmakers would meet in Kabul Monday to discuss the overall security environment in the region, parliamentarians from both sides said on Saturday.

    Security and Crime

    Violence up against journalists: NAI

     KABUL (PAN): Seventy-one incidents of violence against journalists took place in Afghanistan during the outgoing solar year, indicating a nine percent increase over the previous year, a media advocacy group said on Wednesday.


    Insecurity, fund paucity hit Ghazni projects

     KABUL (PAN): Two senior officials on Tuesday informed the Meshrano Jirga that insecurity, lack of funds and fewer construction firms stymied certain projects in southern Ghazni province.


    MPs fault draft law on recruitment exam

     KABUL (PAN): Some Wolesi Jirga members on Monday slammed a draft law of the Independent Administrative Reforms and Civil Services Commission (IARCSC) regarding recruitment exams for government employees as contrary to the constitution.

    Security and Crime

    Legislator offered panel headship for $3,000

     KABUL (PAN): A lawmaker on Monday claimed he had been offered the Wolesi Jirga Complaint Commission’s headship in return for $3,000, or 159,000 afghanis.


    Entry test probe body dissolved

     KABUL (PAN): The Meshrano Jirga on Sunday decided to abolish a commission, including members of parliamentary panels, civil society groups and higher education ministry, to probe results of a recent university entry test.


    Yasini elected as lower house deputy speaker

    KABUL (PAN): Lawmaker Mirwais Yasini was elected as first deputy speaker of the lower house while Seyd Akram as secretary in the parliamentary board's elections on the fourth consecutive day of voting on Tuesday.


    Irfan emerges winner in parliamentary board polls

    KABUL (PAN): Lawmaker Irfanullah Irfan, elected as deputy secretary of the Wolesi Jirga, lower house, was the only candidate who emerged winner in the second round of the legislature's parliamentary board's elections on Sunday, as the rest again failed to obtain the required number of votes.

    Security and Crime

    Plots hatched to delay 2014 polls, warns Qanuni

    KABUL (PAN): A senior member of the national coalition on Thursday alleged "some elements" in the incumbent government were conspiring to delay the next year's presidential elections.