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KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan’s New National Front, led by Anwarul Haq Ahadi, on Thursday formally declared its existence, calling the unity government “a failure” and demanded fresh presidential elections.
At the party’s launch ceremony, Ahadi said their political movement was aimed at strengthening of the rule of law, democracy, bringing political reforms, ending corruption and maintaining social justice in the country.

KABUL (Pajhwok): Some political parties and civil society groups, terming the current situation as chaotic, on Thursday urged for unity among political forces to take the country out of crises.
Leaders of the political parties and civil society organizations gathered in capital Kabul on Thursday and said the current political, economic and security situation of the country was terrible and only an active role of politicians could save the nation from a catastrophe.

KABUL (Pajhwok): The spokesman of the Qatar-based Taliban has said al-Qaeda fighters have returned to their home countries and are no longer fighting Afghanistan.
Mohammad Naeem, the group’s spokesman, who is based in the Qatari capital Doha told Al-Sharq newspaper they were not ready to hold talks with the Afghan government unless the foreign forces left the country.
According to Naeem, talking to Afghan government in presence of foreign troops in the country meant submission. He also ruled out any internal differences in the group.

KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of Pakistani politicians associated with various political parties on Saturday met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Islamabad and discussed with him the potential of cooperation between the two countries in different sectors.

The political leaders emphasised the need for greater people-to-people contacts and delegation level exchanges between the two countries to give impetus to bilateral relations.

KABUL (Pajhwok): Abdul Latif Pidram, head of the National Congress Party (NCP), criticised the unity government on Wednesday, pledging to cobble together an opposition alliance.

Addressing hundreds of his supporters in the Loya Jirga tent in Kabul, he said the proposed alliance would endeavour to strengthen democratic norms and keep a watchful eye on government activities.

The NCP condemned the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the US signed on Tuesday, saying a new national consensus should have been developed on the deal.

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wafaq-i-Milli party on Thursday asked Meshrano Jirga chairman and the Balkh governor to form an interim government to rid the country of the current political crisis.

After the first round of the presidential election on April 5, followed by the runoff polls on July 14, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) recently completed a nationwide UN-supervised audit of votes.

KABUL (Pajhwok): The 2014 presidential election campaign led to rift among families as relatives were observed supporting different candidates in the race.
Nasrullah Baryalai Arsalai and Haji Din Mohammad are two brothers but the former supported presidential contender Dr. Abdullah Abdullah but the latter Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai.
Son of Amanullah Jabbarkhel, Nasrullah Baryalai Arsalai was born in 1958 in eastern Nangarhar province. Arsalai is the brother of former and late Jihadi leaders Haji Abdul Qadir and Haji Abdul Haq.

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Rights and Justice Party on Saturday demanded the presidential contenders to respect the constitution and accept final results of June 14 runoff election.
Hamidullah Farooqi, the party spokesman, told reporters delay in election results was negatively impacting the entire nation. The Rights and Justice Party was against the inordinate delay of election process and called for end to the electoral impasse, he added.

 
KABUL (Pajhwok): A number of political groups called upon the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Friday to announce the election results without any further delay.
Member and supporters of Afghan Millat Party (AMP), National Front Party (NFP) and supporters of front runner Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai participated in the congregation held in Kabul.

 
FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): Activists of the Afghan Millat Party (AMP) held a rally in southern Farah province on Thursday demanding immediate results of the presidential election.

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