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A runoff likely in presidential election

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AT News KABAUL: An electoral analyst predicts the second round of presidential contest, considering the recount of a large number of polls. Abdul Sattar Saadat, former head of independent electoral complaint commission, said Saturday that a great number of votes were to go for recount that strengths the possibility of election runoff. He said however …

UN, US, EU, NATO tighten grip on Taliban push to reduce violence

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AT News KABUL: There is a rare and overwhelming consensus of the international community over Taliban’s proposal to reduce violence in Afghanistan as part of a bigger deal to reconcile the insurgent group to the Afghan government and end America’s longest war. “Most of the stakeholders have overwhelming consensus on key issues, including a reduction …

Army weapons sold to Taliban in Farah, claims parliament delegation

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AT News KABUL: A delegation appointed by the parliament to assess security forces’ condition in the western province of Farah, reports that weapons, equipment and vehicles belonged to army and police are sold to Taliban militants. The delegation said in parliament’s Saturday session that provincial administration and security forces were facing problems in Farah. Abdul …

Truce or violence reduction – get it straight!

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The unofficially resumed talks between the Taliban and the US negotiators are finally taking shape. The stop-start talks are culminating into a seemingly positive result but the circumstances and things are still vague. Reports reveal the sides, which have recently resumed peace parleys after a month-long break, are nearly finished charting the long-elusive peace accord …

Ghani, Abdullah lodge most of lawsuit complaints

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AT News KABUL: After rejection of about 10,000 of over 16,000 electoral complaints due to lack of solid evidence by the Independent Election Complaint Commission (IECC), the two major electoral teams – President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive, Abdullah Abdullah have once again marked top on the list to lodge most of the lawsuits complaints …

‘No sustainable peace sans ceasefire’

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AT News KABUL: The government of Afghanistan has once again reiterated its stance of ceasefire in the peace talks and termed it an important constituent to facilitate the intra-Afghan talks for reaching a sustainable peace in the war-hit country. Briefing newsmen on Saturday, Presidential Spokesman Seddiq Seddiqi said that without a truce no durable peace …

20 Taliban killed in Herat

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AT News KABUL: Afghan security forces have killed over 20 Taliban fighters in the airstrikes and artillery shelling in western Herat province, official said Saturday. These Taliban fighters were killed in the Khoh Zor and Chesht district of the province, said provincial governor spokesman, Jilani Farhad. Taliban’s key commander identified as Mullah Fazal Ahmad, known …

22 militants killed in ops

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AT News KABUL: At least 22 Taliban militants have been killed and three others wounded in multiple extensive military crackdowns carried out by the Afghan security forces across the country in the past 24 hours, security officials said Saturday. Ministry of Defense in a statement said the Afghan National Army (ANA) in collaboration with Afghan …

No sustainable peace sans ceasefire: Presidential Palace

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AT News KABUL: The government of Afghanistan has once again reiterated its stance of ceasefire in the peace talks and termed it an important constituent to facilitate the intra-Afghan talks for reaching a sustainable peace in the war-hit country. Briefing newsmen on Saturday, Presidential Spokesman Seddiq Seddiqi said that without a truce no durable peace …

Japan’s passport most powerful around the globe

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AT Monitoring Desk KABUL: The Henley Passport Index, which measures the world’s most travel-friendly passports from time to time based on data received from the International Air Transport Authority (IATA), has released its first report of the new decade. According to the report, Japan is now on top of the list. Now, a Japanese passport offers …

Man detained for forcibly marrying a teenage

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AT News KABUL: A 40 years old man has been detained on charge of force marriage to a teenage girl in northern Balkh province, local officials said on Friday.   The eight years old teenage girl was forcibly marriage to 40 years old Fazuluddin as part of the cultural taboos, said the provincial head of …

Daesh a foreign phenomenon, imported from abroad: Karzai

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AT News KABUL: Former President Hamid Karzai has flayed the Daesh or so-called Islamic State (IS) group presence in Afghanistan, sarcastically noting that the terrorist group was transported here through the sky. Addressing the Raisina Dialogue participants in India, Karzai ironically said Daesh descended from the sky into Afghanistan, adding everybody knew who controlled the …

Editorial: Flair for trading in Afghans’ blood

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Closing one’s eyes to the past few decades and current miseries Afghanistan is going through and recounting the country’s glorious history, one can see how successful the country was in terms of trade and commerce. For thousands of years, Afghanistan didn’t only serve as the heart of Asia but as a roundabout for the regional …

India, Iran must expedite work on rail links to Afghanistan: Zarif

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AT Monitoring Desk KABUL: Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Friday said India and Iran need to work together to expedite rail connectivity to Afghanistan and procurement of equipment for development of Chabahar Port. The minister who was in the city said that India has good relations with Iran as well as US and …

China-Afghanistan inaugurates first transit trade

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AT News KABUL: Afghanistan and China has inaugurated the Gwadar Seaport which is located in Karachi state of Pakistan and has been considered as the first transit trade between the two countries. The inauguration was welcomed with the arrival of first transit trade ship from China. Based on Pakistan embassy in Kabul, the goods would …

Every Afghan duty bound to partake in nation-building: Ghani

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By Sayed Niyam Alami KABUL: President Ashraf Ghani has launched an unprecedented academic discussion around the topics of Afghanistan’s culture, history and national identity aimed at making them public knowledge and essentially turned to a national debate.   Lecturers, students, researchers and experts from three universities – including the Kabul University, the Polytechnic University and …