KABUL (Reuters) – A leading Taliban peace negotiator has been placed under house arrest in the United Arab Emirates, officials said on Thursday, dealing a blow to President Hamid Karzai’s efforts to jump-start a nascent Afghan peace process before leaving office.
Agha Jan Mutassim, a finance minister during Taliban rule from 1996 to 2001, has been missing for over a week, according to the Afghan government, disappearing after arranging a meeting in Dubai between Afghan and Taliban officials in February.
Afghan Election Complaints Com chief: “Electoral Fraud did take place and it is not in small amount” #AfghanElections
Afghan Interior Min Daudzai says 9 police, 7 army soldiers & 89 Taliban were killed in the last 24 hours. Civilians, 4 killed 43 wounded
Afghan interior minister Daudzai said people’s participation in the election was unprecedented & called it a huge success #AfghanElections
Afghan election commission chief estimates prelim turnout at seven million out of 12 million eligible voters. #AfghanElections
KANDAHAR/KABUL (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s landmark election on Saturday was marred by a shortage of ballot papers that left many voters still queuing to cast their vote with polling due to close, as the organizers appeared unprepared for a high turnout.
The Independent Election Commission ordered voting to be extended by at least an hour, with ballot papers being dispatched where they were needed for people to vote for a successor to President Hamid Karzai.