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    MP, minister trade barbs in assembly

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Outspoken parliamentarian Ramazan Bashardost and Defence Minister Bismillah Mohammadi on Wednesday dubbed each other a killer and an enemy’s agent.



    Governance

    MPs blast Punjabi Taliban’s announcement

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga members on Monday said the Punjabi Taliban’s announcement to shift their fighting to Afghanistan substantiated Pakistan’s interfering in Afghan affairs.



    Governance

    Wolesi Jirga offers to help resolve standoff

    KABUL (Pajhwok): In a move to resolve the election standoff, the Wolesi Jirga -- or lower house of parliament -- on Wednesday offered to mediate between the feuding presidential candidates to end the impasse.



    Governance

    Joint panel OKs draft law on privileges for MPs

    KABUL (Pajhwok): A joint parliamentary panel, ignoring protests from civil society organisations, has endorsed a draft law giving lawmakers perks and privileges even after completing their tenure, an official said on Wednesday.



    Governance

    Parliament rises for summer recess tomorrow

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Both houses of parliament will rise for their summer recess tomorrow (Wednesday). The break will last one and a half month.



    Governance

    Bill on privileges for lawmakers illegal: Lawyers

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The lawyers' association on Monday urged the National Assembly to throw out a bill allowing parliamentarians to take advantage of certain privileges even after completing their tenure.



    Governance

    MPs deny trust vote to 3 ICOIC members

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga (lower house of parliament) on Saturday again denied giving a trust vote to three outgoing members of the Independent Commission for Overseeing the Implementation of Constitution (ICOIC).



    Governance

    MPs blast administrative board as incompetent

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Wolesi Jirga members on Monday criticised the house administrative board for failing to hold a general session, which was due to debate a draft law regarding municipalities and a fire incident that gutted nearly 400 oil tankers outside Kabul a week ago.



    Governance

    Draft law on privileges for lawmakers approved

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga on Saturday approved a draft law, allowing lower house members to draw 25 percent of their salaries, keep two guards and enjoy certain other privileges even after completing their tenure. 



    Governance

    MPs denounce Abdullah’s supporters

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Members of the Wolesi Jirga, or lower house of parliament, on Wednesday strongly condemned supporters of presidential candidate Dr. Abdullah for tearing apart President Hamid Karzai’s portrait in the Loya Jirga tent.