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    ‘Taliban not ready for talks with HPC’

    KABUL (PAN): The Afghan Taliban are unwilling to enter negotiations with the High Peace Council (HPC), a senior Pakistani foreign policy advisor has said. 



    Governance

    HRW wants war criminals out of race

    KABUL (PAN): An influential human rights group on Wednesday called on the Karzai administration to repeal recent amnesty and election laws preventing the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IEEC) from disqualifying presidential candidates responsible for past atrocities.



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    Afghanistan at bottom of Global Peace Index

    KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan remains at the rock bottom -- in 162nd position -- on the 2013 Global Peace Index (GPI), faring poorly in terms of political stability and respect for human rights.



    Security and Crime

    Pakistani Taliban suspend talks with govt.

    KABUL (PAN): The Pakistani militants on Monday announced suspending negotiations with the government, saying the authorities were not serious about the peace initiative.



    Governance

    Afghanistan says no to Maulvi Faqir's extradition

    KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan on Friday declined handing over a dreaded Taliban commander to the Pakistan government, arguing that there was no extradition treaty between the neighbouring countries. 



    Governance

    Karzai vows to defend freedom of speech

    KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai, hailing the freedom of speech as a massive achievement, on Thursday called for preserving this liberty and implementing it in all media outlets across the country.



    Security and Crime

    Civilian casualties down by 12pc: UN

    KABUL (PAN): For the first time in six years, civilian casualties in Afghanistan’s armed conflict dropped by 12 percent in 2012, the United Nations said in its annual report on Tuesday.



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    Business & Economics,Reconstruction

    ADB to pledges $548m for Afghanistan's reconstruction

    KABUL (PAN): The Asian Development Bank (ADB) agreed on Sunday to provide more grant funds to Afghanistan to support essential reconstruction projects and economic development.