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    Zakhilwal named economic advisor

    KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai has appointed former finance minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal as acting finance minister and his advisor on economic affairs, the Cabinet Secretariat said on Tuesday.

    Business & Economics

    Helmand factory to buy 30000 tonnes of cotton

    LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok):  The state-run Bost Enterprise has launched a campaign to collect and buy 3000 tonnes of harvested cotton from growers in southern Helmand province.


    ISAF renews commitment to supporting ANSF

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Tuesday welcomed the signing of both the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) and the NATO Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA).


    Deal to help promote shared interests: Obama

    WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Signing of the much-awaited Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) is a historic day for the US-Afghan partnership, President Barack Obama said on Tuesday, hoping the deal would help advance their shared interests and the long-term security of Afghanistan.

    Security and Crime

    45 rebels killed in Helmand, Taliban refute

    LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok):  Dozens of militants have been killed during airstrikes in the Sangin and Kajaki districts of southern Helmand province, an official said on Tuesday, a claim the insurgents dismissed.


    Senate urges govt to pursue peace

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Welcoming the peaceful transfer of power, the Meshrano Jirga --- upper house of parliament --- on Tuesday urged the new government to pay greater attention to bringing peace and strengthening security.


    EWA welcomes peaceful transfer of power

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Election Watch Organisation of Afghanistan (EWA) on Tuesday welcomed the peaceful transfer of political power and formation of the government of national unity.


    Our soil won’t be used against anyone: CEO

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday promised the new government would not allow the use of Afghanistan’s soil against anyone. 


    NATO airstrike in Khost leaves 4 dead

    GARDEZ/KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): A district development council head was killed in a militant attack in southeastern Paktia province while four people -- believed to be civilians -- lost their lives in a NATO drone strike in southern Khost on Tuesday.


    Daikundi public health director removed

    NIELI (Pajhwok): Based on an in-depth investigative report by Pajhwok Afghan News on health problems in central Daikundi province, the public health director has been sacked, officials said on Tuesday.