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    Pul-i-Charkhi inmates continue hunger strike

    KABUL (PAN): "Thousands" of prisoners at the Pul-i-Charkhi detention centre west of Kabul have been on hunger strike over the past five days, with hundreds sewing their mouths shut, some protesting inmates claimed on Wednesday.



    Governance

    Govt, rebels should show flexibility: HPC

    KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan High Peace Council (HPC) on Wednesday said both the government and rebels should show flexibility in their conditions for peace talks to reach a pivotal point in the process.



    Security and Crime

    Azimi tells ISAF civilian casualties no longer tolerable

    KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Defence (MoD) spokesman on Monday said international troops should avoid carrying out airstrikes in residential areas, calling civilian casualties no longer tolerable for the Afghan nation.



    Culture

    No bar on journalists to cover Ghazni festivities

    KABUL (PAN): Cultural Minister Syed Makhdom Raheen on Sunday denied if he ordered journalists out from a ceremony marking a week long festivities to declare Ghazni City as an Islamic Capital of Culture in 2013.



    Governance

    MPs want Ghazni title as Islamic capital honoured

    KABUL (PAN): Some Wolesi Jirga (lower house) members on Saturday asked the government to ensure Ghazni City honoured its title of capital of Islamic culture as the celebrations began.



    Security and Crime

    Many Taliban leaders to reconcile soon: ex-comrade

    KABUL (PAN): A former Taliban official on Wednesday claimed he had information that some high and low profile Taliban leaders would join soon the government-initiated peace process -- both overtly and covertly.



    Governance

    Opposition alliance warns against poll fraud

    KABUL (PAN): A key opposition alliance on Tuesday warned any irregularities in next year’s presidential elections would lead the country to a deep crisis.



    Security and Crime

    Stepped-up demining drive underlined

    KABUL (PAN): On the eve of the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, Afghans called for effective measures to prevent the deaths and injuries caused by landmines and other unexploded ordnance in the country.



    Governance

    Karzai remarks were against national interest: opp

    KABUL (PAN): The opposition parties coalition on Wednesday lashed out at President Hamid Karzai for his recent remarks in which he accused the US and the Taliban of working behind his back to prolong the war in Afghanistan.



    Governance

    Transparent Afghan vote to benefit region: Manawi

    KABUL (PAN): Election Commission chief Fazl Ahmad Manawi on Tuesday said a transparent presidential ballot taking place next year would not only benefit Afghanistan but the region at large.