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    Muhammad Hassan Khetab

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    Governance

    Time for Karzai, Obama to honour pledges

    KABUL (PAN): Political groups, welcoming the United States' commitments to Afghanistan during President Hamid Karzai's three-day trip, said on Saturday the time had come for leadership of the two countries to take practical steps to honour their pledges.



    Governance

    Cabinet accused of meddling in IEC affairs

    KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan National Coalition (ANC), the main opposition party, on Thursday denounced a Cabinet decision as brazen interference in the electoral body's affairs, accusing the President Karzai government of trying to bring independent state organs under its influence.



    Security and Crime

    Afghan forces given $10b equipment: ISAF

    KABUL (PAN): The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Wednesday said equipment worth $10 billion had been given to Afghan security forces by NATO and American troops over the past 10 years.



    Features

    Demand for mobile credit machines on the rise

    KABUL (PAN): Amid increasing public demand for mobile credit machines in the capital Kabul, officials say the service will be expanded nationwide over next two years.



    Security and Crime

    Insider attacks still a threat: ISAF

    KABUL (PAN): Calling insider attacks a threat, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Tuesday voiced its concern over the killing of its first soldier in 2013 by a gunman in the Afghan National Army (ANA) uniform in southern Helmand province.



    Business & Economics

    Zakhilwal seeks greater role for govt in using aid

     KABUL (PAN): Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal has said the international community extends $4 billion on average in annual assistance to Afghanistan. Corruption in utilisation of the aid could not be checked because it was spent through different channels.



    Security and Crime

    DIAG delivered 150,000 weapons since 2005

     KABUL (PAN): More than 150,000 heavy and light weapons have so far been delivered to the Disbandment of Illegal Armed Groups (DIAG) programme since its inception in 2005, officials said on Monday.



    Governance

    MPs want land-grabbers exposed

     KABUL (PAN): The Wolesi Jirga on Saturday postponed summoning nearly a dozen Cabinet ministers after lawmakers exchanged harsh arguments over a parliamentary panel's report detailing names of those involved in land-grab.



    Reconstruction

    Home-building firm being set up in Kabul

    KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Urban Development on Wednesday said a house construction company would start functioning in seven months.



    Culture

    NAI notes decline in violence against journalists

    KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan's media support organisation, NAI, on Tuesday identified lack access to information, insecurity and financial problems as main challenges to media outlets during the current year, alleging attempts at curbing the freedom of expression.