KABUL (Pajhwok): Canada’s Ambassador to Afghanistan Deborah A. Lyons has said religious scholars have a leading role to play in creating awareness among women about their participation and right to vote in the historic Afghan elections.
In her exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, she said Afghans had a great respect for religious leaders, who could play a crucial role in ensuring a credible turnout.

BRUSSELS (Pajhwok):  NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Thursday said the alliance was planning to support Afghanistan with a new mission to train, advise and assist its security forces after 2014. 
“But we need to be very clear. Finalizing the planning for our new mission depends upon completing the NATO Status of Forces Agreement,” the NATO chief told defence ministers on the second and last day of their meeting here.

WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Ahead of the presidential elections, a group of leading foreign policy experts and women's rights advocates has come together to form the Coalition for Afghan Democracy.
"We know that the best way to help turn the page on a new, democratic Afghan future is for the US to play an active and engaged role," said Hamed Wardak, an Afghan-American business owner and the coalition's founder.

KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations on Tuesday described security problems as a major obstacle to the election process, urging the electoral bodies to conduct the ballot in a manner acceptable to all candidates.
Jan Kubis, the UN secretary general’s special representative for Afghanistan, said the country was set to hold presidential and provincial council elections but challenges could not be ruled out.

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