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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.

    Business & Economics

    Govt entities owe 1b afs to power utility

    KABUL (PAN): Da Afghanistan Breshna Shirkat (DABS), the power utility, on Wednesday said some government departments had not yet cleared their electricity bills amounting to one billion afghanis, while many officials had to pay dues worth millions of afghanis.

    Business & Economics

    Procurement process being decentralised: Zakhilwal

    KABUL (PAN) Lack of transparency in procurement led to greater project costs in Afghanistan, compared with other countries in the region, the finance minister said o Tuesday.

    Business & Economics

    Ariana, Kuwaiti firm sign $16m agreement

    KABUL (PAN): The National Aviation Services (NAS) of Kuwait on Monday agreed to invest $16 million in improving airport facilities in Afghanistan, officials from both sides said.


    ‘Neighbours trying to influence poll process’

    KABUL (PAN): The Musharikat-i-Milli party on Tuesday alleged Iran and Pakistan were trying to interfere in the Afghan presidential elections by supporting certain candidates.


    German embassy in Kabul reopens

    KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday said the German embassy in Kabul had reopened after one week of closure over security threats.


    AISA asks candidates to use local printing firms

    KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) on Wednesday appealed presidential and provincial council candidates to approach local printing industries trading in election campaign materials as part of electioneering ahead of next year’s ballot.