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Ashraf Ghani, Abdullah Abdullah among favourites in Afghan election but winner can do little to alter US-Taliban dynamic
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Ashraf Ghani, Abdullah Abdullah among favourites in Afghan election but winner can do little to alter US-Taliban dynamic

Ashraf Ghani would certainly project a victory as a mandate from Afghan people in any future peace process with the Taliban.

Pakistan opens border to allow Afghans to take part in presidential polls after request from defence ministry
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Pakistan opens border to allow Afghans to take part in presidential polls after request from defence ministry

About 9.6 million Afghans are registered to vote in key presidential poll which marks the culmination of a bloody election campaign.

Afghanistan presidential election: Two civilians dead, 27 injured in blasts at polling stations; Kabul under partial lockdown
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Afghanistan presidential election: Two civilians dead, 27 injured in blasts at polling stations; Kabul under partial lockdown

Amid Afghanistan's presidential elections on Saturday, insurgents staged a series of blasts at polling stations across the country killing at least two and injuring 27 others.

Afghanistan to elect new president: 18 candidates, including incumbent Ashraf Ghani, vying to lead amid threats of Taliban violence
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Afghanistan to elect new president: 18 candidates, including incumbent Ashraf Ghani, vying to lead amid threats of Taliban violence

To protect voters, Afghanistan forces supported by NATO troops mission have been monitoring election stations across the country from 22 September.

As Afghanistan’s election season begins, 20 die in attack targeting Kabul office of vice-presidential candidate Amrullah Saleh
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As Afghanistan’s election season begins, 20 die in attack targeting Kabul office of vice-presidential candidate Amrullah Saleh

At least 20 people were killed and 50 others wounded on Sunday in an attack targeting the Kabul office of Amrullah Saleh. The violence came on the first day of campaigning for the upcoming presidential elections. After about six hours the siege ended with all attackers killed and the rescue of about 150 people who had been trapped in the building.

Afghan official abducted by unidentified gunmen in Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province
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Afghan official abducted by unidentified gunmen in Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province

A deputy provincial governor of Afghanistan's eastern Kunar province has been abducted by unidentified gunmen in Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, according to officials.

Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar returns to Kabul after 20 years, urges peace with Taliban
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Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar returns to Kabul after 20 years, urges peace with Taliban

Former Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar returned to Kabul on Thursday after two decades in hiding, calling for peace with Taliban insurgents and criticising the Western-backed government, which he said was not working

Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar signs peace pact with President
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Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar signs peace pact with President

Notorious Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar called for peace as he appeared by video to sign a deal with President Ashraf Ghani Thursday, marking a symbolic victory in Kabul's struggle to revive talks with the Taliban.

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar: Will the Afghanistan warlord turn out to be Pakistan’s wild card against India?
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Gulbuddin Hekmatyar: Will the Afghanistan warlord turn out to be Pakistan’s wild card against India?

Pakistan will hope to use the Hekmatyar to its advantage, but it is too early to predict anything in the complicated tribal intrigues of Afghanistan.

Peace can't be achieved in Afghanistan without reconciliation process: Pak diplomat Sartaj Aziz
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Peace can't be achieved in Afghanistan without reconciliation process: Pak diplomat Sartaj Aziz

Pakistan Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz said on Friday that peace cannot be achieved in Afghanistan without the reconciliation process.