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    MPs clash over summoning ministers

     KABUL (PAN): Two Wolesi Jirga members on Monday nearly came to blows on the issue of summoning a dozen ministers who spent less than half of their development funds in 2011.

    Security and Crime

    Elders warn of pulling out kin from police, ANA

     KABUL (PAN): Tribal elders from various provinces on Sunday warned the government of withdrawing their relatives from the ranks of Afghan security forces if two former officials, including one charged with triple murder, were not tried publicly.

    Security and Crime

    Shujayee to be held in a week: Patang

    KABUL (PAN): Interior Minister Mujtaba Patang on Saturday promised the alleged serial killer, Hakim Shujayee, would be detained during the current week.


    70 MPs sign papers to summon ministers

    KABUL (PAN): Seventy members of the Wolesi Jirga have signed papers for summoning nearly a dozen ministers for under-spending development funds for 2011, a parliamentarian said on Saturday.


    Rassoul cautions Doha on Taliban bureau

    KABUL (PAN): Foreign Affairs Minister Zalmai Rassoul on Wednesday said the proposed Taliban liaison office in Qatar would not be accepted until the rebels arrived at the negotiation table with the Afghan government.


    MPs remain divided on summoning ministers

     KABUL (PAN): Wolesi Jirga members on Wednesday failed for a second time to settle their differences over the issue of summoning nearly a dozen ministers who spent less than half of development funds last year.


    Senate to probe unknown plane's entry into Kandahar

     KABUL (PAN): The Meshrano Jirga (Senate) on Tuesday announced launching a joint investigation with the government into the entry of an unidentified plane that was denied landing in southern Kandahar province two days ago.


    Freeing Taliban a step forward in peace process: MPs

     KABUL (PAN): Meshrano Jirga -- upper house -- members on Tuesday called the release of eight more Taliban prisoners by Pakistan a step forward in the peace process, hoping the individuals  would act as intermediaries between the Taliban leadership and the Kabul government.

    Security and Crime

    Lawmaker's daughter commits suicide

     KABUL (PAN): A "mentally-retarded" daughter of a female member of the Meshrano Jirga -- upper house -- has committed suicide by stabbing herself with a knife, an official said on Tuesday.

    Security and Crime

    MPs seek prosecution of war criminals

    KABUL (PAN): The Wolesi Jirga -- or the lower house of parliament -- on Wednesday strongly denounced the Russian invasion of Afghanistan and called for the prosecution of the war criminals for killing thousands of Afghans.