Hamid Karzai

KABUL (Pajhwok): The high turnout in Saturday’s elections has once again proved Afghans’ ability and capacity on all fronts, President Hamid Karzai said in a televised message.
By participating in the vote, he said, the Afghans from all parts of the country had shown the world their sovereignty, political vision and democratic credentials.
The president viewed people’s active participation in the polls as another stride toward peace, stability and prosperity of the country he has ruled for 13 years.

KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai has said he encouraged his older brother Abdul Qayum Karzai to withdraw from the presidential race as his dropout would help smoothen the process and stop interference from abroad.
"In the previous election there was much external interference and I strongly feel that my brother's withdrawal will smoothen the election process and limit excuses for such intervention as was seen previously," Karzai told reporters in Sari Lanka.

KABUL (Pajhwok): Election candidates have been visiting President Hamid Karzai at their own will and they were never invited to meetings, a presidential spokesman said on Wednesday.
Aimal Faizi told Pajhwok Afghan News a number of candidates had demanded meetings with the president. His remarks come after reports that presidential runners have been visiting the Presidential Palace to enter alliances.

WASHINGTON (PAN): US President Barack Obama on Tuesday called his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai to inform him that Washington was moving ahead with additional contingency planning in Afghanistan after 2014.
“Obama told Karzai because he has demonstrated that it is unlikely that he would sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA), the United States is moving forward with additional contingency planning,” the White House said in a statement.

KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai on Thursday once again made clear government officials could not utilise national resources in favour or against presidential candidates.
In his fortnightly radio address, the president said peaceful and successful elections were linked to people’s enthusiastic participation in the process.
“Afghan forces will secure elections with the cooperation of the masses. We should throng to polling stations and cast our votes in favour of our favourite candidates,” he added.

PUL-I-KHUMRI/MAIMANA (Pajhwok): Hundreds of people on Tuesday gathered in northern Baghlan province, voicing support to presidential candidate Dr. Zalmai Rassoul.
A gathering of about 500 people in Baghlan-i-Markazi district vowed support to Rassoul, a former foreign minister in the President Karzai Cabinet, in the April elections.
Syed Mohammad, an ex-jihadi commander, told Pajhwok Afghan News the gathering coincided with the opening of a campaign office of Rassoul in the district.

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): The governor on Wednesday asked security organs to ensure elections candidates were provided adequate security during the electioneering in southern Kandahar province.
Dr. Tooryalai Weesa told the weekly security meeting that militant activities had been curtailed in Kandahar City, the provincial capital, and districts as a result of ongoing security operations.
The governor asked campaigners of candidates and workers to register with the provincial administration so that security forces could provide them security.

KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai has called on foreign countries to respect the vote of Afghanistan’s people and let them to strengthen democracy in their country by participating in the upcoming landmark elections.
Karzai was talking to European Union special representative for Afghanistan Franz-Michael Skjold Mellbin, who led a number of ambassadors from European countries, the Presidential Palace said in a statement.

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