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    Iran temporarily relaxes Afghan vehicles' check: Alokozai

    KABUL (PAN): The issue of strict checking of Afghanistan-bound trade goods carrying vehicles by Iranian authorities has temporarily been resolved, an official said on Monday.

    Business & Economics

    UAE investors plan to build dry port in Jalalabad

    KABUL (PAN): Investors from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) planned to construct a dry port in eastern Nangarhar province to facilitate Afghan traders, an official said on Sunday.

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    Pakistan stops 500 Afghanistan-bound trade vehicles

    KABUL (PAN): Authorities in Pakistan have stopped 500 Afghanistan-bound vehicles loaded with transit trade goods on the suspicion of being supplied for NATO forces, an official said on Saturday.


    Islamabad boycotts key meeting in Germany

    ISLAMABAD/KABUL (PAN): Pakistan on Tuesday decided not to attend next week's conference on Afghanistan's future in Bonn in protest against an ISAF airstrike on a border post that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.

    Accidents & Disasters

    Death toll among Afghan hajj pilgrims climbs to 19

    KABUL (PAN): The death toll among Afghan pilgrims has risen to 19, with another 13 sustaining injuries during the performance of this year's pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, an official said on Tuesday.

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    13 Afghan pilgrims die during hajj

    KABUL (PAN): Thirteen Afghan hajj pilgrims have died and a dozen others wounded during the pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, an official of the Hajj and Islamic Affairs Ministry said on Wednesday.


    Neighbours to help combat drugs, hopes Rassoul

    KABUL (PAN): The Istanbul Regional Conference, co-hosted by Turkey and Afghanistan, concluded with a vow to join hands for bringing peace, security, development and prosperity to the war-hit country.


    UK supports Turkish peace initiative

    ISTANBUL (PAN): The United Kingdom on Wednesday supported the peace process initiated by Turkey, saying stability in the region, especially in Afghanistan, was important.

    Security and Crime

    Karzai seeks neighbours' help in terror fight

    ISTANBUL (PAN): Taliban and other militant leaders could join the peace process if they gave up violence, severed ties with Al Qaeda and returned to a peaceful life under the Afghan Constitution, President Hamid Karzai said on Wednesday.

    Business & Economics

    Turkish firms offer investment in Afghan mining sector

    ISTANBUL (PAN): A number of Turkish companies have expressed their willingness to invest in Afghanistan's mining sector, an Afghan Cabinet minister said on Wednesday.