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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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.