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    UN for inclusive talks on poll framework

    KABUL (PAN): UN Secretary General's Special Representative for Afghanistan Jan Kubis on Tuesday said the 2014 presidential election would be Afghan-led and Afghan-managed, emphasising the importance of inclusive dialogue in agreeing the electoral framework.

    Business & Economics

    3 firms ready to launch Afghan satellite

    KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology on Sunday said that three international companies were ready to launch into space a satellite for Afghanistan.


    Distribution of computerised ID cards in March

    KABUL (PAN): Succumbing to mounting pressure from opposition parties, the government on Sunday announced it would start the distribution of computerised identity cards from March 21.


    Vienna pledges 18m euros in aid to Kabul

    KABUL (PAN): Austria on Saturday pledged 18 million euros (1.2 billion afghanis) in new assistance to Afghanistan, as part of Vienna's continued aid to the country through the transformation decade after 2014.

    Security and Crime

    Withdrawal won’t fuel insecurity: ISAF

    KABUL (PAN): The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Thursday welcomed President Barack Obama’s decision on troop pullout, saying the move would have no negative impact on Afghanistan’s internal security.  

    Business & Economics

    Iran allows Afghan truckers entry

    KABUL (PAN): Iran has promised to simplify the visa regime for Afghan traders and allow truckers entry into the neighbouring country, an official said on Wednesday.


    Candidates will have to quit govt posts: Karzai

    KABUL (PAN): Based on democratic principles, presidential candidates should resign their jobs before jumping into the electoral fray, President Hamid Karzai said on Tuesday.

    Security and Crime

    Probe panel confirms detainee torture

    KABUL (PAN): An official inquiry panel on Monday said its investigation confirmed detainees in several Afghanistan's jails had been tortured, but not abused systematically.

    Security and Crime

    US Gen. Dunford takes the helm

    KABUL (PAN): Tasked with bringing forces home and overseeing the transfer of security duties to Afghan forces, US Gen. Joseph Dunford on Sunday assumed command of NATO-led forces in Afghanistan from Gen. John Allen during a special change of command ceremony at ISAF headquarters in Kabul amid tight security.


    Abdullah slams Karzai’s remarks on peace talks

    KABUL (PAN): Then National Coalition of Afghanistan (NCA) chief, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, on Wednesday slammed President Hamid Karzai’s recent remarks that peace negotiation through different channels was a plot of foreigners.