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    Summons issue to top agenda after recess: Ibrahimi

    KABUL (PAN): The issue of summoned ministers would top the agenda of the Wolesi Jirga (lower house) session after its 45-day winter recess, beginning on Monday, the assembly said on Sunday.


    Parliament passes draft budget for 2013

    KABUL (PAN): The Wolesi Jirga -- or lower house of parliament -- on Sunday passed the draft budget for 2013, but not before twice rejecting the accounts for what lawmakers called uneven fund distribution to provinces.


    Speaker accused of striking deal with govt

    KABUL (PAN): A number of Wolesi Jirga -- or the lower house -- members on Saturday blamed some lawmakers for trying to rescue the 11 ministers summoned for under-spending their development funds.


    MPs once again reject draft budget for 2013

    KABUL (PAN): The Wolesi Jirga -- or lower house of parliament -- on Wednesday again rejected with a majority vote the draft budget for 2013, with lawmakers hitting out at the government for uneven fund distribution to provinces and allocating  a small sum for job-generating projects.


    MPs OK draft laws opposed by president

    KABUL (PAN): The Wolesi Jirga on Monday approved with a majority vote two draft laws that were rejected by President Hamid Karzai. The proposed measures concern the composition of judicial organs and families of martyrs and people with disabilities.


    Lower house prorogued amid uproar

    KABUL (PAN): An important session of the Wolesi Jirga was adjourned amid uproar on Monday when four of the 11 cabinet ministers refused to appear before the lower house over their failure to spend a major portion of their developments funds.


    Ministers ignore Wolesi Jirga summons

    KABUL (PAN): Four of the 11 ministers, summoned by their lower house over under-spending their development funds, failed to


    Bring evidence or apologise to VP, MP asked

    KABUL (PAN): The Meshrano Jirga chairman on Sunday asked a lawmaker to tender an apology to 2nd Vice-President Karim Khalili or bring evidence of his involvement in grabbing government land.


    MPs blamed for trying to influence appointments

    ISLAMABAD (PAN): The Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Services Commission chief on Sunday blamed parliamentarians for trying to influence high-level appointments.


    No clue to absconding Baghlan officials, Senate told

    KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Defence has no authority under the law to put hand on two former officials, including one charged with triple murder, while the spy service lacks information on the fleeing pair's whereabouts, the Meshrano Jirga was informed on Saturday.