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    Karzai saddened over Ustad Pasarlai’s death

    KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai expressed his deep grief and sorrow on Monday over the death of Ustad Sadiq Pasarlai, a legendary Pashtu poet, who died last night at a hospital in India aged 85.


    Hekmatyar asks supporters to participate in polls

    KABUL (Pajhwok): In a surprise move, Gulbadin Hekmatyar, the leader of Hizb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA), the second largest militant group after the Taliban, has asked his supporters to participate in this year’s presidential and provincial council elections.

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    Legendary Pashtu poet Ustad Pasarlai dies at 85

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Ustad Mohammad Saddiq Pasarlai, a renowned Pashtu poet, has died after a protracted illness at a hospital in India. He was 85.

    Security and Crime

    Militant group shuns insurgency in Nangarhar

    JALALABAD (Pajhwok): A seven-member militant group has joined the government-initiated peace process in eastern Nangarhar province, an official said on Saturday.

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    2 militants killed in Wardak clashes

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Two militants were killed and six others wounded in separate clashes with security forces in central Maidan Wardak province, an official said on Saturday.


    Secret peace talks in UAE yield no results

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan government and representatives of Taliban have held secret talks in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) but the negotiations yielded no tangible results, a media report said on Friday.


    Sherpao to head panel on Afghanistan

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao, former Pakistani interior minister and chief of the Qaumi Watan Party (QWP), has been appointed as head of a parliamentary committee on Afghanistan.

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    4 dead, 41 injured in road accident

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Four passengers were killed and 41 others injured on Wednesday when the bus they were travelling in overturned in central Maidan Wardak province, an official said.

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    ISAF helicopter slightly damaged in rebel fire

    KABUL (Pajhwok): An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) chopper was slightly damaged after being shot by armed rebels in western Herat province, the alliance said on Monday.


    Afghanistan to take part in Asia Cup

    KABUL (PAN): The board on Saturday welcomed Asia cricket chiefs’ decision on including Afghanistan as the fifth team to play in next month’s Asia Cup in Bangladesh.