At least 29 dead, 60 wounded as car bomb...

At least 29 people were killed  on Thursday (June 22)  when a powerful car bomb struck a bank in Afghanistan’s Lashkar Gah city as people... More

IEC Announces Election Date: July Next Year

The IEC has announced the election date for parliamentary and district council elections – 7 July 2018. IEC chief said on Thursday afternoon that parliamentary and... More

More Refugees Likely to Return from Iran, Pakistan: UNHRC

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Tuesday said that more Afghan refugees are expected to be repatriated this year from Iran and... More

Dynamics of Afghan conflict

The United States has finally understood that it is not winning in Afghanistan and that it needs to forge a fresh strategy to attain its... More

Pakistan Still Home To 2 Million Afghan Refugees: UNHCR

Pakistan has taken in Afghan refugees since the 1970s and until today, there is an estimated two million Afghan refugees living in Pakistan. However, last year,... More

Direct peace talks with Taliban after Eid: RPC

Afghan Jirga-I-Waqeye Sulh (Real Peace Council), a newly established institute, during its maiden meeting on Monday announced the organization will initiate direct peace talks with the Taliban in... More

No terror threat to Hindu Yatris in IHK: GILANI

All Parties Hurriyet Conference (APHC) Chairman Syed Ali Gilani has said there is no threat to the upcoming Amarnath yatra in Indian held Kashmir (IHK)... More

U.S citizen kidnapped in Kabul

A U.S citizen was kidnapped in Kabul city early Sunday morning, officials have confirmed. According to a senior government official, the man was abducted from outside... More

Mohaqiq slams security agencies following mosque attack

Mohammad Mohaqiq, the second deputy of Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, who visited the family of Ramazan Husainzada – a Kabul businessmen who was killed in... More

IS say they have captured Afghanistan’s Tora Bora caves

Islamic State militants, under pressure from Afghan and U.S. forces, have seized a new stronghold in Tora Bora, a mountainous area dotted with caves along... More

US should respect Afghanistan’s sovereignty: China

China on Wednesday said the US should respect sovereignty and territorial integrity of Afghanistan, amid reports that America may deploy more troops in the war-... More

No military solution to the ongoing situation in Afghanistan:...

The UN Secretary-General António Guterres made a surprise visit to Kabul on Wednesday and was expected to hold discussions, with Afghan leaders, on a number... More

US not winning in Afghanistan, China seeks role

China, for the first time, expressed its willing to mediate in Afghan peace process, just a day after the US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has... More

China seeks to mediate between Pakistan, Afghanistan

China is willing to mediate between Pakistan and Afghanistan and help organise a meeting so the countries can improve their relations, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s... More

Qatar hosted Taliban ‘at request of US government’

Qatar hosted the Taliban at the request of the government of the United States, the Qatari foreign minister's special envoy on counterterrorism told Al Jazeera. Mutlaq... More

Haqqani network denies any role in Kabul bombings

Taliban’s main offshoot, the Haqqani network, has denied any involvement in the recent deadly bombings in Kabul and in the western province of Herat. In an... More

Ghani Under Pressure To Bring Security Reforms, Review Policies

Former president and member of the Council for the Protection and Stability of Afghanistan, Sibghatullah Mujadidi, on Sunday warned government could collapse unless President Ashraf... More

Nawaz Ghani holds talks on the sidelines of SCO...

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit, days after the latter... More

Govt calls on IEC to set a date for...

The government has called on the Independent Election Commission (IEC) to set a date for parliamentary and district council elections, something the IEC says will... More

Jamiat official calls for early elections to fix current...

A top member of Jamiat-e-Islami party, Ismail Khan, has called on the international community to stop funding the Afghan government saying it has failed to... More

Afghan peace conference opens in Kabul, days after city’s...

As officials from around the world gathered in Kabul for a peace conference, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said that far more people were killed in... More


Eid and the culture of the travelling classes

The local grocer asked me if I was going outside Dhaka for Eid. I replied that I was totally urban with no village home to visit and wish or means to pursue fun and shopping in Kolkata or Bangkok or elsewhere. He was disappointed as many of... More

Talent and sprit running wild

Precariously making the cut for the eighth and final spot on the ICC ODI rankings, Pakistan came into the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy tournament as rank underdogs. Routed by India in their very first match by a whopping 124 runs, almost everyone gave up on Pakistan. One... More

Better Late than Never

As they say, better late than never. One of the more positive moves of India's Modi government has also been one of its least publicised one. Perhaps because the move to ratify the UN TIR convention will not provide much domestic mileage. India has now ratified the... More

China looms larger than ever in Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s top civilian leader – the State Counselor -- remains torn between Asia and the West. And a spat with the UN is pushing Myanmar increasingly into China’s arms. In the past month, the Lady – as she is commonly known -- has... More

The violent route to states’ reorganization in India

Although India has been a democracy with a plethora of institutions to solve political, social and economic problems through debate and discussion, significant domestic changes have come about, not through constitutional means, but through violence. Indian ruling classes, whether ethnic, linguistic or religious, have shown a consistent tendency... More


Belt and Road helps Nepal diversify relations and expand trade ties

Despite a high amount of political pressure exerted by India, Nepal signed a Belt and Road initiative deal with China on May 12, three years after a preliminary agreement. It is believed that Nepal would... More

Dynamics of Afghan conflict

The United States has finally understood that it is not winning in Afghanistan and that it needs to forge a fresh strategy to attain its objectives. Its long-running objective has been to defeat the... More

Attack on Fakhrul sends ominous signal for politics

Having faced insulting comments and criticism from the ruling party, secretary general of the opposition BNP Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir had wanted to go and stand by the side of the suffering people of... More

A brilliant future for China-SL cooperation under the ‘Belt and Road’...

On 14 and 15 of May, The Belt and Road Forum (BRF) for International Cooperation was successfully held in Beijing. This international gathering brought together 29 heads of state and government, and 1,500 representatives... More



Reaction to “Behind Hasina’s RAW tirade”

David Bergman, British investigative journalist based in Bangladesh, commented on a recently published column of South Asian Monitor titled "SOUTHERN EYE: Behind Hasina’s RAW tirade" in his facebook profile. "This is a fascinating and detailed article... More

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