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    Wolesi Jirga split on summoning ministers

    KABUL (PAN): Divided over a summoning nearly a dozen ministers for under-spending development funds for the outgoing year, the Wolesi Jirga deferred on Wednesday a decision on evolving a proper mechanism.


    Accord on Taliban’s Doha office in final stages

    KABUL (PAN): A formal agreement between the governments of Afghanistan and Qatar on the opening of Taliban’s political bureau in Doha had entered final stages, the foreign minister told legislators on Tuesday.

    Security and Crime

    Tehran refuses to hand over Afghans’ corpses: Rassoul

    KABUL (PAN): Iran has refused to transfer the bodies of more than a dozen Afghan citizens it recently executed to their families, Foreign Minister Zalmai Rasul informed parliamentarians on Tuesday.


    Wolesi Jirga to debate summons mechanism

    KABUL (PAN): The Wolesi Jirga will discuss on Wednesday a mechanism for summoning the 11 ministers over under-spending developments budgets for the outgoing fiscal year, an official said on Monday.


    No dual nationality for diplomats’ wives

    KABUL (PAN): The Wolesi Jirga -- or lower house of parliament -- on Monday passed a draft law barring Afghan diplomats in foreign countries and their spouses from having dual nationality.


    Some NEPA officials recruited in return for bribes: Zahir

    KABUL (PAN): The National Environmental Protection Authority (NEPA) on Sunday acknowledged it could not deal with the pollution problem in the absence of cooperation from residents and relevant departments.


    Speaker asks president to name picks for key slots

    KABUL (PAN): The Wolesi Jirga on Saturday asked President Hamid Karzai to introduce his nominees for heads of the Supreme Court and the Attorney General Office to lawmakers for a vote of confidence.


    Lower house rejects proposed budget

    KABUL (PAN): The Wolesi Jirga on Saturday rejected the draft budget for the new financial year that began on Friday, amid complaints that the approval process was always inordinately delayed, creating hurdles to optimum utilisation of funds. 


    Wolesi Jirga seeks ministry status for IDLG

    KABUL (PAN): The Wolesi Jirga -- or lower house of parliament -- on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly for giving the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) the status of a full-fledged ministry.

    Governance,Security and Crime

    Senate summons FM on Afghans’ execution in Iran

    KABUL (PAN): The Meshrano Jirga -- or upper house of parliament -- on Tuesday asked the government to break its silence on the execution of Afghan citizens in neighbouring Iran.