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    Senators reject upcoming budget as biased

    KABUL (PAN): Some Meshrano Jirga members on Monday strongly criticised the upcoming budget’s draft authored by the Ministry of Finance, saying balance had not been maintained in fund allocations among provinces.


    Uproar obstructs Meshrano Jirga proceedings

    KABUL (PAN): Some Meshrano Jirga or upper house members on Monday strongly criticised the house’s first deputy speaker, Mohammad Alam Edezdar, and accused him of fueling anarchy.


    Senate decision on ID cards mistaken: Muslimyar

    KABUL (PAN): Meshrano Jirga chairman Fazl Hadi Muslimyar on Sunday clarified the upper house had not decided against mentioning words religion and Afghan in computerized national identity cards, saying there has been a misunderstanding in reporting the upper house’s decision.


    Budget be spent judiciously, Zakhilwal to govt

    KABUL (PAN): Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal said on Sunday 45 percent financial aid by the international community was set to be used by the Afghanistan government for the next year budget.


    MPs: Most departments under-spend allocated funds

    KABUL (PAN): An overwhelming majority of the Wolesi Jirga members on Saturday rejected funds allocated to government departments under last year’s (1391) budget, saying most entities had failed to utilise more than half of funds meant at infrastructural development.


    Ahadi: Disqualification politically motivated

    KABUL (PAN): A disqualified presidential candidate, Anwarul Haq Ahadi, the former commerce minister, on Thursday said his removal from the Independent Election Commission's preliminary list was politically motivated.

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    Saboteurs held with explosives, arms

    KABUL (PAN): A group of saboteurs seeking to disrupt the Consultative Loya Jirga has been arrested with weapons, ammunition and suicide vests in Kabul, a senior police officer said on Thursday.


    NAI wants info law approved before polls

    KABUL (PAN): A media advocacy organisation, NAI, on Tuesday asked the government to send forthwith a draft law on access to information to the parliament for approval before the April 5 elections.<


    Pakistan, Iran behind Kabul bombing: MPs

    KABUL (PAN): Some senators on Sunday accused Pakistan and Iran of masterminding Saturday’s car suicide bombing that killed 13 people in Kabul, alleging the neighbours were out to pressurise Afghanistan not to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the US.

    Security and Crime

    Poppy cultivation on the increase: official

    KABUL (PAN): A senior Counternarcotics Department official at the Ministry of Interior on Tuesday said poppy cultivation was on the increase in Afghanistan, calling for more police personnel to intensify the war on drugs.