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    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.


    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.


    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.


    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).


    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.


    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. 


    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.

    Governance,Security and Crime

    Security switch was premature, Daudzai tells MPs

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Interior Minister Mohammad Omar Daudzai on Wednesday criticised the transfer of security responsibility from foreign forces to Afghan security forces as premature.


    Wolesi Jirga approves access to information law

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament on Monday approved with some amendments the law on access to information by a majority vote.


    WJ to grill security bosses on Helmand unrest

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga (WJ) on Wednesday summoned top security bosses to brief lawmakers next week on the ongoing wave of violence across the country, particularly in southern Helmand province.