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Afghanistan’s first Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum seeks to cut diplomatic relations with Pakistan whom he said had not been honest with Afghanistan in counter-terrorism efforts during the past 14 years. Expressing these statements while being on the frontline in Faryab, Dostum urged that Afghans should not be deceived by Pakistan anymore.
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Despite reports that the National Unity Government (NUG) would finalize a plan for the pilot phase rollout of the e-NIC program at its meeting on Thursday, the issue was not discussed in the end, stoking fears of further delays and funding shortfalls at the e-NIC department. Officials at the e-NIC department said continued delays in the rollout would likely mean the termination of jobs. Funding organizations such as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have already cut off further aid for the electronic ID program because of the halting process. The European Union (EU) has warned it could halt funding as well.