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    Governance

    Riyadh trying for peace in Afghanistan: envoy

    KABUL CITY (PAN): The Saudi ambassador on Tuesday said the oil-rich kingdom was doing its bit for bringing peace and stability to Afghanistan.



    Security and Crime

    ‘Fight on drugs to fail sans regional cooperation’

    KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Counternarcotics and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) on Monday said regional and international cooperation was crucial to do away with drug trade in Afghanistan.



    Sports

    Disabled cricket tourney kicks-off in Kabul

    KABUL (PAN): First ever disabled cricket tournament among four zones of Afghanistan started on Monday in central Kabul, officials said.



    Security and Crime

    Dadullah-linked suicide attackers nabbed

    KABUL (PAN): Three suicide attackers, believed to be members of the Mullah Dadullah Front -- an insurgent group that claims responsibility for killing top peace negotiator Arsalan Rahmani -- were detained in Kabul, the spy service said on Saturday.



    Culture

    AIJA seeks 3-month debate on draft media law

    KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan Independent Journalists Association (AIJA) on Thursday sought three months’ time for a nationwide debate on a draft media law.



    Security and Crime

    Senior peace negotiator assassinated

    KABUL (PAN): Unidentified gunmen on Sunday shot dead a prominent member of the High Peace Council, Maulvi Arsala Rahmani, in the heavily-fortified capital Kabul, officials said.



    Governance

    Ex-minister calls for reforming electoral system

    KABUL CITY (PAN): The Haq Wa Adalat (Truth & Justice) party on Wednesday asked the government to reform the electoral system, saying that it planned to field a consensus presidential candidate in the next ballot.



    Governance

    Iranian envoy warned of expelling refugees: Muslimyar

    KABUL (PAN): Senate Chairman Fazal Hadi Muslimyar said on Tuesday the Iranian ambassador had warned they would expel Afghan refugees if the Karzai administration approved the strategic partnership agreement with the US.



    Security and Crime

    Alleged spies say Iran’s Revolutionary Guards trained them

    KABUL (PAN): Afghan security forces have detained two individuals in Kabul on charges of spying for Iran and remote-controlled bomb devices were recovered from them.



    Security and Crime

    Illegal SIM box syndicate busted, 2 held

    KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Telecommunication and Technology on Monday recovered two illegal SIM boxes and held two individuals, including a foreigner, thus crippling a syndicate that made illicit international phone calls, an official said.