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    Runoff splits many influential political families

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Next week’s second round of presidential election has split many influential political families, with some members supporting presidential runner Abdullah Abullah and others his rival Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai.


    Pakistan-based terrorists threaten our stability: Mohammadi

    BRUSSELS (Pajhwok): Afghan defence minister Bismillah Khan Mohammadi on Wednesday told NATO counterparts that Pakistan-based terrorists posed threat to Afghanistan’s and regional stability.


    No decision yet on post-2014 troop size: Rasmussen

    BRUSSELS (Pajhwok): NATO secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Wednesday said important signs of progress had been observed in Afghanistan this spring and the Afghan defence minister had assured them the preparations for the June 14 presidential runoff elections were well on track.


    NATO expects positive role from Pakistan

    BRUSSELS (Pajhwok): NATO secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Wednesday called on Pakistan to engage positively and constructively in ensuring peace and stability in Afghanistan and in the region.


    Kubis underlines election credibility

    BRUSSELS (Pajhwok): The United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan called upon both Afghanistan’s electoral management bodies and candidates involved in the upcoming presidential run-off vote to fulfill their joint responsibilities in order to safeguard the credibility of the decisive election.


    Taliban video shows US soldier’s handover

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Taliban on Wednesday made public a video showing the handover of US army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl to American Special Forces in Afghanistan. The only US prison of war was freed on Saturday in return for the release of five senior Taliban leaders.


    NATO meeting to finalise new Afghan mission

    BRUSSELS (Pajhwok): The two-day defence ministerial meeting that began here on Tuesday would finalise NATO’s plan for a new mission to train, advise and assist Afghan forces from next year, the alliance chief said.


    NATO defence ministerial meeting begins

    BRUSSELS (Pajhwok): NATO defence ministers on Tuesday began their two-day meeting, the first since the Ukraine crisis, in this capital city of Belgium and the gathering is supposed to help set the stage for the US-led alliance's summit meeting in Wales this September.