Thursday, September 10, 2009

In tonight's programme

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Thursday 10 September 2230 BST - BBC Two
Presented by Jeremy Paxman

Tonight in a special programme we will be considering the future of Afghanistan as the presidential election grinds to an unsatisfying and potentially dangerous conclusion.

Today the Afghan Electoral Commission invalidated some ballots because of fraud.

So where does this leave the legitimacy of the leading candidate, incumbent Hamid Karzai, and the West's mission in the country?

Our Diplomatic Editor Mark Urban will be providing us with the latest analysis, while Jeremy will be speaking to US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke, presidential candidate Dr Abdullah Abdullah - who believes the election has been stolen - and Foreign Secretary David Miliband.

Richard Watson has a report on the realities of security on the ground with one man who should know, Afghanistan's North-West Frontier Province chief of police.

And nine years after the Taliban destroyed the Buddhas of Bamiyan, Lyse Doucet reports on the man they call Afghanistan's Indiana Jones and his search for a third giant Buddha he believes is hidden in the hills.

Do join Jeremy at 10.30pm on BBC Two - and don't forget, you can leave your comments about the programme on the Newsnight blog.

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