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    Wolesi Jirga approves value-added tax law

    KABUL (Pajhwok): By a majority vote, the Wolesi Jirga or the lower house of parliament on Wednesday approved a law on value-added tax aimed at increasing the government’s revenues in the face of reducing foreign aid.


    New Kabul Bank’s losses continue unabated

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The central bank has been paying tens of thousands of dollars each month over the past three years to cover the losses of the New Kabul Bank, a lawmaker said on Monday.


    MPs urged to help ensure assembly security

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga -- or lower house of parliament -- speaker on Wednesday urged lawmakers to assist in bolstering the security of the assembly amid intelligence reports of a looming threat.


    Zakaria makes it to Wolesi Jirga

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Election Commission (IEC) has introduced Eng. Zakaria to the Wolesi Jirga to fill a seat vacated by Mohammad Younus Qanuni after his appointment as first vice-president.


    MPs to grill IEC bosses on ballot paper issue

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Monday decided to summon Independent Election Commission (IEC) officials over a shortage of ballot papers in several provinces during Saturday’s presidential and provincial council polls.

    Security and Crime

    Pakistan out to scuttle elections: Security chiefs

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakistan is trying to disrupt next week’s landmark presidential and provincial council elections, Afghan security chiefs alleged while briefing the Wolesi Jirga (lower house of parliament) on Saturday.


    Neighbours out to disrupt elections: MPs

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Accusing neighbouring countries of having hand in recent high-profile terror attacks in Afghanistan, some Wolesi Jirga members on Wednesday said they were concerned over the deteriorating security environment.


    Wolesi Jirga endorses Qanuni as 1st VP

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga -- or the lower house of parliament -- on Tuesday unanimously gave approval to Mohammad Yunus Qanuni as first vice-president.


    MPs ask govt to get tough with Taliban

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga, asking the government to get tough with the Taliban, on Monday decided to summon high security officials over the rapidly deteriorating law and order situation.


    Ikram elected as lower house secretary

    KABUL (Pajhwok): As the Wolesi Jirga session entered its fourth day on Wednesday, lawmaker Syed Ikram was elected as secretary of the lower house of parliament.