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    Orgun blast blamed on ISI, Haqqani network

    KABUL (Pajhwok): A former official of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) alleged on Thursday the devastating Orgun blast in southeastern Paktika province was planned by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and conducted by the Haqqani network.



    Governance

    Paghman arson assault a terrorist act: Daudzai

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Interior Minister Muhammad Umar Daudzai informed legislators on Wednesday that torching of hundreds of NATO supply trucks in the Paghman district of Kabul some weeks back was a terrorist act.



    Governance

    Senators nix bill on privileges for lawmakers

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga -- or upper house of parliament -- rejected on Tuesday a draft law allowing parliamentarians to take advantage of certain privileges even after completing their tenure. 



    Governance

    MPs blast administrative board as incompetent

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga members on Monday criticised the house administrative board for failing to hold a general session, which was due to debate a draft law regarding municipalities and a fire incident that gutted nearly 400 oil tankers outside Kabul a week ago.



    Governance

    MPs slam govt failure to resolve vote crisis

     KABUL (Pajhwok): Meshrano Jirga members on Sunday welcomed the breakthrough in the deadlocked presidential election process, saying agreement between the two hopefuls brought to an end fears about a deepening political turmoil.



    Governance

    Senators rap world’s silence on Gaza raids

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan senators, denouncing deadly Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, on Sunday expressed solidarity with Palestinians by observing two minutes of silence.



    Governance

    Draft law on privileges for lawmakers approved

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Saturday approved a draft law, allowing lower house members to draw 25 percent of their salaries, keep two guards and enjoy certain other privileges even after completing their tenure. 



    Governance

    Senate opposes privatisation of silos

     

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga -- or upper house of parliament -- on Tuesday rejected the government’s proposal to convert Soviet-era granaries (silos) into a corporation.



    Governance

    Senate rejects dissolution of anti-graft body

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Meshrano Jirga on Sunday rejected the lower house’s decision seeking dissolution of the High Office of Oversight and Anti-Corruption (HOOAC), a government panel tasked with unearthing graft.



    Governance

    Foreigners could not help end crisis: MPs

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga members on Saturday said foreigners could not resolve the political crisis and they should not be allowed to meddle in the country’s electoral process.