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Baghlan gathering asks govt, Taliban to embrace truce

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Oct 08, 2020 - 17:47
PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): Religious scholars and civil society activists in northern Baghlan province on Thursday urged the government and the Taliban to declare ceasefire for reaching lasting peace in the country.
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Faryab poet: War shattered all of my dreams

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Oct 07, 2020 - 21:29
MAIMANA (Pajhwok): A poet from northwestern Faryab province on Wednesday said he wrote poetic verses day and night in the hope to see peace and stability in the country. Abdul Jalil Binesh, also known as Maulana among his friends and followers, is a...
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Media urged to use peace supporting terminology

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Oct 07, 2020 - 18:28
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan National Journalists Union (ANJU) and Women Journalists Support Centre (WJSC) during a debate on Wednesday asked media outlets to use peaceful terminology instead of war mongering terms. WJSC Head Farida Naikzad said...
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Umrah pilgrimage resumes after 6-month break

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Oct 04, 2020 - 15:48
KABUL (Pajhwok): Saudi Arabia on Sunday allowed citizens and residents to start performing Umrah pilgrimage after a six-month hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The kingdom reopened the holiest site for the small hajj at 30 percent capacity or 6,...
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First pilgrims arrive at Grand Mosque after six-month curb

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Oct 04, 2020 - 12:10
KABUL (Pajhwok): After more than six months, with the exception of Hajj , Makkah’s Grand Mosque has opened its doors to the first group of pilgrims performing Umrah in a welcome sign of a new beginning. More than 1.8 billion Muslims worldwide will...
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Media outlets financially suffered due to Covid-19

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Oct 01, 2020 - 19:14
KABUL (Pajhwok): Representatives of media outlets on Thursday demanded financial support from the government and the international community after suffering financial losses due to the outbreak of coronavirus In a meeting held at the Ministry of...
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Opponents assemble to prevent Najib’s anniversary

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Oct 01, 2020 - 18:49
KABUL (Pajhwok): Supporters of jihadi and Islamic political parties and some civil society activist on Thursday assembled in front of the Loya Jirga hall to prevent the commemorating event of former President Najibullah. The previous planned event...
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Violence as Najib’s commemoration event canceled

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Sep 26, 2020 - 18:49
KABUL (Pajhwok): Former President Dr. Najibullah’s supporters were not allowed entry into the Loy Jirga hall on Saturday to commemorate his death anniversary after a commission tasked to organize the event announced cancelation of the event...
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Efforts on to send journalists for talks’ coverage

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Sep 23, 2020 - 15:53
KABUL (Pajhwok): Journalists and the Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC) want inclusion of media representatives in the peace negotiating team and allowing reporters to travel to Qatar to cover the peace talks. The State Ministry for Peace...
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Centuries-old statue found in Kunduz

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Sep 22, 2020 - 18:17
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): An ancient statue has been found in northern Kunduz province, sources said on Tuesday. A security source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told Pajhwok Afghan News that drug addicts found the statue in Bala-Hisar area...
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Uruzgan ulema ask Taliban to lift years-old roadblocks

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Sep 16, 2020 - 16:55
TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): Religious scholars in central Uruzgan province on Wednesday called on the Taliban to lift road blocks and free people from their siege. The Taliban have closed main roads in Uruzgan for the past four years and banned goods...
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Back from Qatar, journalists misinformed about visa

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Sep 16, 2020 - 16:16
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Journalist Safety Committee (AJSC) on Wednesday said the government was obliged to allow journalists to return to Qatar for coverage of the peace talks. Sediqullah Tawhid, AJSC head, told a press conference here that...
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NAI presents journalists’ demands to negotiators

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Sep 14, 2020 - 18:02
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan journalists on Monday presented their demands --- ceasefire, protection of women ’s rights and freedom of expression --- to peace negotiators in Doha. The intra-Afghan talks, originally scheduled to begin ten days after the...
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‘People must dare to access information’

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Sep 07, 2020 - 16:14
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): The people of Afghanistan have the right to access information that is not confidential, a member of the Access to Information Commission (AIC) said on Monday. Hamdullah Arban, a member of the AIC, asked people to possess the...
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Religious scholars demand role in govt affairs

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Aug 28, 2020 - 12:18
KABUL (Pajhwok): Religious scholars on Friday claimed the government was intentionally not giving them part in governance. The scholars held a gathering in Kabul, in which hundreds of people participated. They lashed out at the government for what...
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Journalists ask govt to act on investigative reports

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Aug 24, 2020 - 15:36
KABUL (Pajhwok):The Afghanistan National Association of Journalists (ANAJ) on Monday asked the government to act on investigative reports by creating a mechanism in this regard. Shoaib Fana, the ANAJ head, told media persons in Kabul that working on...
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Ghani stresses improvement in Kabul security

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Aug 21, 2020 - 11:32
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has asked security officials to take effective steps for the improvement of security situation in capital Kabul, according to a statement on Friday. The president said this during a meeting with...
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Sulaiman Laiq laid to rest in Tapa-e-Maranjan

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Aug 11, 2020 - 16:08
KABUL (Pajhwok): Renowned poet, writer and politician Sulaiman Laiq was laid to rest in Tapa-e-Maranjan graveyard of capital Kabul on Tuesday. Laiq died on the first day of Eid-ul-Adha in a Germany hospital. He was critically wounded in a blast in...
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Saudi to start assessing Umrah resumption soon

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Aug 04, 2020 - 16:09
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah on Tuesday said it would soon begin assessing resumption of Umrah pilgrimage. After the corona pandemic spread around the world , the Saudi government banned Umrah for five months and limited the...
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Ministry to start Hajj evaluation and preparations for Umrah soon

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Aug 04, 2020 - 08:52
KABUL (Pajhwok) Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Hajj and Umrah will assess the experience it gained in organizing this year’s exceptional Hajj within two weeks and will try to benefit from lessons it learned. Speaking to Okaz/Saudi Gazette, Dr. Hussein...
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