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    Tajik border police kill Afghan smuggler

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Drug Control Agency's Department for Khatlon region of Tajikistan and border guards of Panj district while foiling to transfer large amount of drugs from Afghanistan, has killed an Afghan drug smuggler, reports said.



    Governance

    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.



    Governance

    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.



    Governance

    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.



    Governance

    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.



    Governance

    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.



    Governance

    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.



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    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.