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Saudi Prince comes out in support of Afghan peace process


Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has come out in full support of the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan, said a statement from the National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar’s office on Thursday... More

Russian, Pakistan renew commitment to Afghan peace bid


Pakistan and Russia have voiced their serious concerns at the increasing presence of the Islamic State (Daesh) militant group in Afghanistan. “We are very preoccupied by what is happening in Afghanistan and by the expansion... More

US urges Taliban to speak with Kabul first if they want peace...


The United States urged the Taliban to speak with the Afghan government first if they want to hold peace talks with Washington. “We have seen the Taliban statement. We will know the Taliban are serious... More

8 Afghan policemen killed in overnight insurgent attack


Afghan officials say insurgents have killed nine policemen in separate attacks in the country's west and east. In western Farah province, attacks on police checkpoints killed eight policemen. Mohammad Naser Mehri, spokesperson for the Farah governor,... More

Afghan Taliban offer


A renewed offer of negotiations by the Afghan Taliban, though once again insisting on direct talks with the US rather than the Afghan government, has been made as Kabul faces what could be a... More

Daesh troops redeployed to Afghanistan, Pakistan: CIS Anti-Terrorism Center


Daesh is gaining a new foothold for its troops' deployment in Afghanistan and Pakistan instead of the territories lost in Syria and Iraq, Col. Gen. Andrey Novikov, the head of the Commonwealth of Independent... More

SECOND AFGHAN GOVERNOR DEFIES PRESIDENT GHANI


A second Afghan provincial governor defied an attempt by President Ashraf Ghani to remove him on Sunday, deepening a political crisis that has underlined the weakness of the Western-backed government in Kabul. Abdulkarim Khaddam, governor... More

Taliban are a part of the social fabric of Afghanistan, Kabul tells...


US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells has said that she has been told by her friends in the Afghan government that the Taliban are part of the... More

Afghan gov’t forces kill 70 insurgents in Uruzgan province


At least 70 armed insurgents have been killed and 15 others wounded during the security forces operations in Uruzgan province, south of Afghanistan, since Thursday, a local security official said Xinhua on Saturday (Feb... More

Pentagon watchdog reports little progress in Afghanistan despite Trump’s new approach


The Pentagon watchdog suggested that top U.S. officials overstated progress late last year when they said the tide had begun to turn in favor of U.S.-backed forces in Afghanistan, months after the Trump administration... More

Repatriation of Afghan refugees key to terror eradication: Gen Qamar


While claiming that Pakistan does not have any organised presence of terror outfits on its soil, army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said Afghan refugees’ repatriation is the key to eradication of terrorism... More

Over 3,000 civilians killed, 7,000 injured in Afghanistan in 2017: UN mission


Over 3,400 civilians were killed and about 7,000 others were injured in Afghanistan in 2017, which is a decrease of 9 percent compared to the previous year, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA)... More

NATO does not believe in military solution for Afghanistan


NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says he does not believe that there is a military solution to the Afghan conflict and that the Taliban should realize that they cannot achieve their goals through war. “We... More

Taliban confirms senior leader killed by US air strike


The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), better known simply as the Pakistani Taliban, confirmed that the deputy head of the group had been killed by a drone strike. US missile strikes that landed on the Taliban camp... More

Army chiefs of four countries meet in Kabul


A meeting between the Chief of Staff of the Afghanistan National Army, the Pakistan army, Uzbekistan’s army and Kazakhstan’s army, along with the Commander of Resolute Support Mission Gen. John Nicholson, was held on... More

Afghan officials and Taliban talk despite wave of violence


Afghan officials are carrying out at least two tracks of talks with the Taliban, The Associated Press has learned, even after a month of brutal bombings and attacks by the militants that killed nearly... More

How China and Pakistan could lay the Road to Peace in Afghanistan


Referred to as an interminable and protracted war, the ongoing US-led war in Afghanistan is becoming a stalemate with no end in sight in the near or long term. Since the violence and bloodshed... More

Taliban infiltrator kills 16 Afghan government militiamen


A Taliban infiltrator killed 16 members of a pro-government militia force in the insurgency ridden southern province of Helmand when he turned his gun on men who he had worked with for months, officials... More

Over 160 Afghan companies licensed to operate through Chabahar


Iranian embassy officials in Kabul said on Saturday (Feb 10) that among the 500 companies licensed to operate in the free trade zone of Chabahar Port, 165 of them are Afghan firms. Officials also stated... More

Success eludes second round of Pak-Afghan security talks


The second round of Pakistan-Afghanistan talks on an engagement plan on peace and security issues ended on Saturday (Feb 10) without making any headway on its key elements because the Afghan delegation felt that... More

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The elections’ mosaic

With general elections due somewhere after mid-2018, the expectations of the people and the stakes thereof has evolved dramatically with the political scenario changing almost on a daily basis. The Supreme Court (SC) verdict voiding Election Act 2017 and thus disqualifying Nawaz Sharif as party head has confounded all... More

Israel-India relations central to Delhi’s new Mideast Policy

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent visit to India has firmly underlined the growing ties between the two countries, both democracies but ruled by parties which sees radical Islam as existential threats. Led by the BJP which has influenced the national security discourse in a way that plays on... More

Maldivian political crisis continues as China indulges in saber rattling

More than 20 days into the political crisis in the Maldives, there is no light at the end of the tunnel. In fact, the situation appears to be worsening with the two sides taking irreconcilable positions even as China is said to be moving a fleet to the Eastern... More

On the Afghan Taliban’s ‘open letter diplomacy’

Writing an open letter is not something that has been done for the first time. In fact, the Afghan Taliban had welcomed the Trump administration into office by writing a letter and urging them of withdrawing from Afghanistan. The letter written this week, however, comes at a time when... More

Myanmar faces increased international pressure

The Myanmar government is desperately trying to deflect the growing campaign at the UN to impose sanctions because of its failure to solve the inter-communal violence that has torn its western region apart and caused nearly a million Myanmar Muslims – who call themselves Rohingyas – to flee to... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Khalistan factor casts a shadow over Trudeau visit

Khalistan, the issue that kept India-Canada ties on ice through three decades from 1980, has reappeared as an issue more recently, taking away much of the warmth that was expected during Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s ongoing visit to India. Former diplomats say the seeds of the current tensions were... More

Hasina is no Mujib

Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, exudes confidence. I visited Dhaka for the first time in April 1972, within four months of the birth of Bangladesh. Dhaka, then pronounced Dacca, was a small town, desperately trying to accommodate the demands of a sovereign state. There is no doubt that the... More

China will not fall into the ‘Thucydides Trap’ with India

The West’s notions of history and geography between Europe and Asia, are drenched in myriad cultural implications and can be traced back to ‘The Romance of Alexander’. This is a collection of essays mixing truth, epic drama and mythology, composed between the death of Alexander The Great in 323 B.C.,... More

How China and Pakistan could lay the Road to Peace in...

Referred to as an interminable and protracted war, the ongoing US-led war in Afghanistan is becoming a stalemate with no end in sight in the near or long term. Since the violence and bloodshed have been the most common phenomenon in an already war-torn region, the war is perhaps... More

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Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If a Gorkhaland state is... More