AFGHANISTAN

AFGHANISTAN

TV channel dedicated to women set to begin broadcasting...


A new TV channel dedicated to women is set to begin broadcasting in Afghanistan, the first of its kind in a country whose media industry,... More

Eight police killed in Taliban attacks in Afghanistan


An Afghan official says eight police have been killed in attacks on three checkpoints in southern Kandahar province. Zia Durani, spokesperson for the provincial police chief,... More

IS claims attack on state TV station in Afghanistan


The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on an Afghan state television station on Wednesday that killed at least six people... More

Wolesi Jirga refuses to add 3 cabinet picks to...


The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of Afghan parliament on Monday refused to add to its agenda three newly-introduced ministers-designate, insisting on replacement of the... More

Iran-Afghanistan trade reached at $2 billion


There has been a considerable spike in KABUL-Tehran economic relations within the past three years particularly after the nuclear deal between Tehran and major world... More

Anti-corruption efforts ‘failing’ due to absence of law


The head of the High Office of Oversight and Anti-Corruption (HOOC), Ghulam Hussain Fakhri, on Sunday said anti-corruption efforts by the HOOC have largely failed... More

Security situation in Afghanistan likely to get worse: U.S....


The security situation in Afghanistan will further deteriorate even if there is a modest increase in U.S. military support for the war-torn country, the top... More

Taliban ‘Safe Zone’ Established in South


A ‘safe zone’ has been established in the country’s south for those Taliban who have and will lay down their arms and join the peace... More

Trilateral talks: Concerted efforts against Da’ish urged


Senior military officials from Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States held talks in Rawalpindi on Friday and discussed steps to prevent cross-border fire violations. The trilateral... More

Probe Unearths Luxurious Lifestyle Of Ex-Army Generals


A number of Afghan National Army generals, removed from their posts by the incumbent government, have been found to be living the high-life in Kabul... More

Belt Plan to Open New Chapter in Sino-Afghan Relations


A Chinese delegation that arrived here (Kabul) on Monday said realization of Beijing’s One Road One Belt Initiative (BRI) would turn Afghanistan into a regional... More

Iran Ready for Talks on Legalising Stay of Afghans


Tehran on Sunday expressed its readiness to work together with Kabul on legalising the status of Afghans living in the neighbouring country and offered all... More

IS chief in Afghanistan killed, claims President Ashraf Ghani


The head of the militant Islamic State (IS) group in Afghanistan, Abdul Hasib, has been killed in an operation led by Afghan special forces in... More

Chaman border attack: 50 Afghan soldiers killed, says Pak...


Inspector General Frontier Corps (FC) Major General Nadeem Ahmed has said Afghan forces targeted civilian population while Pakistan targeted their check-posts, inflicting heavy casualties. At least... More

U.S Looking At ‘Adjustments’ To Afghanistan’s War Strategy


Theresa Whelan, acting assistant defense secretary for Special Operations of the United States (U.S) said in response to questions by the U.S Senate Committee on... More

Hekmatyar Extends Brotherhood Hand to Taliban


Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) leader Gulbadin Hekmatyar on Friday once again called on the Taliban to respond positively to people’s demand for peace so the Afghans... More

Hekmatyar calls Taliban ‘Brothers’, wants to mediate


Addressing a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on Thursday, Hizb-e-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar called Taliban “brothers” and asked them to join the... More

At Least 8 Killed in Kabul Blast


At least eight civilians were killed in an explosion in Kabul city on Wednesday morning that targeted a convoy of foreign troops. The ministry of interior... More

Russia’s move to bring peace in Afghanistan is certainly...


For years, former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has been outspoken in his criticism of U.S. action in the war on terror. But in the aftermath... More

Casualties Among Afghan Forces Shockingly High: SIGAR


Preventing the Taliban and other militants from expanding their control of the countryside will continue to be a challenge for Afghan security forces, says a... More

Afghan Taliban launch ‘Spring Offensive’


The Afghan Taliban announced on Friday the launch of their annual fighting season to “cleanse their country of foreign aggressors and other corrupt elements.” The announcement... More

COLUMN

Myanmar embraces responsible business

Myanmar’s economic performance is increasingly causing foreign investors to shy away from the country, while local businesses complain of government inertia. But the government insists that the country is on the verge of a major economic take off. “Myanmar is like a plane running on the runway 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

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

EDITOR'S CHOICE

By naming Salahuddin, is Trump mediating in Kashmir?

It was like an Eid gift from US president Donald Trump to Indian prime minister Narendra Modi. The Muslims of the sub-continent were celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr on the night of June 26, when the US administration,... 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

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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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