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    Fahim's guards beat Senate official

    KABUL (PAN): Meshrano Jirga Secretary Syed Farrukh Shah Jenab on Sunday alleged security guards of 1st Vice-President Qasim Fahim had severely beaten his advisor a day earlier at the parliament’s gate, a claim confirmed by several lawmakers.



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    Karzai’s Cabinet picks introduced to MPs

    KABUL (PAN): First Vice-President Qasim Fahim on Saturday introduced President Hamid Karzai’s five Cabinet nominees for a vote of confidence to the lower house of the parliament.



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    MPs kick up ruckus over use of dog to search assembly

    KABUL (PAN): Wolesi Jirga members on Saturday kicked up a ruckus over the use of a sniffer dog to search the lower house ahead of 1st Vice-President Mohammad Qasim Fahim’s arrival to introduce some ministers-designate.



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    Wolesi Jirga group to ensure law enforcement

    KABUL (PAN): The creation of a parliamentary group seeking to ensure implementation of laws and solid national unity was announced in the Wolesi Jirga on Saturday.



    Governance

    64pc of general budget set aside for security

    KABUL (PAN): The Wolesi Jirga’s Finance Commission on Wednesday said 39 percent of next year’s government-controlled development budget was discretionary, with 64 percent of general funds set aside for the security sector.



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    Senators oppose pressure on Karzai over BSA

    KABUL (PAN): Some members of the Meshrano Jirga -- or the upper house of parliament -- on Tuesday suggested President Hamid Karzai should be allowed to take a decision of his choice on inking the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the US.



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    Pakistani, Afghan MPs set to meet tomorrow

    KABUL/ISLAMABAD (PAN): A 12-members Pakistani parliamentary delegation arrived in Kabul on Monday to take part in a two-day dialogue with Afghan lawmakers and senators, the Meshrano Jirga secretary said.



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    Sultanzoy fears economic woes, unemployment

    KABUL (PAN): Presidential candidate Mohammad Duad Sultanzoy on Monday warned that a delay in concluding the bilateral security agreement (BSA) with the US could trigger economic problems and unemployment in Afghanistan.



    Governance

    Respect jirga decision on BSA, senators ask president

    KABUL (PAN): Some members of the Meshrano Jirga -- or the upper house of parliament -- on Sunday asked President Hamid Karzai to ink the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the US instead of seeking defence cooperation from India.



    Governance

    Reserved seat for minorities: MPs reject decree

    KABUL (PAN): The Wolesi Jirga on Saturday rejected a presidential decree, reserving a seat for the Hindu and Sikh minority in the lower house of parliament.