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Afghan HPC ready for talks with Taliban without any pre-condition


The High Peace Council (HPC) Chairman Mohammad Karim Khalili at a ceremony in Kabul on Wednesday (Dec. 6) said the council is ready to start peace talks with the Taliban without any pre-condition. He said... More

In a first, Indian army to train Afghan women military personnel


In a first, Indian Army will train a group of Afghan women military personnel at Officers Training Academy in Chennai. The women officers have been selected from different provinces and represent all the major... More

Sino-Afghan economic commission meets, 3 deal signed


The Afghanistan-China Economic and Trade Commission discussed greater cooperation between the two countries at its third meeting in Beijing, the Ministry of Finance said. The meeting, held on December 4, was co-chaired by Minister of... More

UN seeks talks with Afghan factions to safeguard civilians


The UN is trying to engage in discussions with the warring factions in Afghanistan to stop the targeting the civilians, says Tadamichi Yamamoto, UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for the United Nations Assistance Mission... More

China to host trilateral meetings on Afghan peace, security


China’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Deng Xijun has invited President Ashraf Ghani to next year’s summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). The envoy briefed Ghani on the China-Afghanistan-Pakistan meeting aimed at regional... More

Beijing hosts Afghanistan-China economic talks today


Afghanistan’s Ministry of Finance (MoF) on Sunday (Dec. 3) said the third meeting of the Afghanistan-China Joint Economic and Trade Commission will be held in Beijing on Monday (Dec. 4) where they will discuss... More

Afghanistan wants direct talks with Pakistan, says president Ghani


Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Friday (Dec. 1) said that Kabul is desirous of holding negotiations with Islamabad directly for regional security and peace efforts. He made the remarks at the Heart of Asia –... More

Over 200 schools in Afghanistan’s Herat controlled by Taliban


The chairman of education department of Afghanistan’s Herat province has sparked an outcry after he said he was “satisfied” with the way the Taliban were controlling schools in the province. The Taliban controls at least... More

US should recognise failure of strategy on Afghanistan, says ex-President Karzai


The U.S. should recognise the failure of its strategy on Afghanistan, and stop focusing on the continuation of war and rivalries instead of bringing peace to the country, former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai said. He... More

Peaceful Afghanistan in our interest, says Iranian president


Iranian president Hassan Rouhani has said Iran desires peace and stability in Afghanistan because it in is the interest of his own country and people. In a telephonic conversation with his Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani... More

Trump defends his military policy in Afghanistan


US president Donald Trump on Thursday (Nov 23) said that everyone in the United States is talking about the progress the US military forces have made in Afghanistan since he took office as president. "Everybody... More

The F-22 mission in Afghanistan: Overkill or realistic training?


Three years ago, the F-22 Raptor made its combat debut in Syria. The idea was for the fifth-generation fighter to use its stealth technology to evade detection from surface-to-air missile batteries in a contested region.... More

US increases number of F-16s to 18 in Afghanistan


The United States Air Force has increased the number of F-16 multi task Fighting Falcons to 18 from 12, two generals, quoted by Military.com said Tuesday (Nov 21) at the Air Force Association's Air,... More

Nicholson announces war on drugs in Afghanistan


Commander of US-Forces in Afghanistan General John Nicholson said a well-planned raid against drug producing facilities was carried out in Helmand on Sunday (Nov 19) and that for the first time an F-22 bomber... More

11 police officers killed in attacks in Afghanistan’s Farah province


At least eleven Afghan police officers were killed in Taliban attacks in western Afghanistan, an official said on 19 November. A group of Taliban attacked three police checkpoints at the main bazaar of in the... More

3,000 more US troops arrive in Afghanistan, Pentagon says


At least 3,000 additional American troops have been sent in to Afghanistan under US President Donald Trump's Afghan strategy, the Pentagon said on November 16. The Pentagon had previously put the number of US forces... More

18 killed in Kabul city exlosion


An explosive device, possibly a car bomb, was detonated outside a restaurant near Lab-e-Jar square in Kabul’s PD4 shortly after 1.30pm on Thursday (Nov 16) killing at least 18 people. Security sources said eight policemen... More

Afghan opium production up by 87% this year: UNODC survey


Afghan opium production has jumped a by a staggering 87 percent in the past year – from an estimated 2016 level of 4,800 tons to about 9,000 in 2017. According to the United National Office... More

Five-nation Lapis Lazuli Trade Agreement signed


Afghanistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Georgia on Wednesday signed a major international trade and transport corridor deal that will connect Afghanistan directly to Europe. The Lapis Lazuli Corridor will begin in Afghanistan’s northern Aqina port... More

Taliban kill 27 police in security post attacks


Taliban fighters stormed some 15 security posts in three different districts in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province overnight, killing at least 27 policemen, officials said Tuesday (Nov 14). Matiullah Helal, acting provincial police spokesman, said 22... More

Pugwash meeting postponed after UAE denies Taliban visas


A meeting scheduled to be held in Dubai on Afghanistan’s peace process was reportedly postponed after Taliban representatives from their Qatar office were refused United Arab Emirates visas. The meeting was scheduled to have taken... More

COLUMN

Round one to Hefazot as Tabligh steps back

One of the largest gatherings of devout Muslims of the world --Biswaijtema -- held annually near the Turag river of Dhaka is famous for large turnouts, major traffic jams due to the huge crowd and eminent speakers from all over the Muslim world. But this year’s event will be... More

Myriad challenges ahead for China in Afghanistan

There is hardly any doubt that China has been working on augmenting its role and position in Afghanistan for the last few years. The role is not just that of a mediatory between Pakistan and Afghanistan but equally that of a direct stake-holder and broker of peace in the... More

Former R&AW chief in India’s national security team

No deputy to the National Security Advisor (NSA) in India has attracted so much attention in Delhi's policy making circles as Rajinder Khanna did when he was appointed deputy NSA recently. He is the first chief of external intelligence R&AW to make it -- two former chiefs of Intelligence Bureau,... More

Our Trump Card

Because of US sanctions economic assistance has been suspended before, military sales terminated, etc. Reacting to US President Donald Trump's New Year tweet, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif vowed the Pakistani audience telling the Wall Street Journal that "we are no longer allies" and that "Washington had turned Islamabad into... More

Rohingya crisis looks long term as ARSA returns 

That Bangladesh was not prepared for the Rohingya exodus is now grudgingly accepted by its official world. Some had perhaps hoped that there would be a bit of collateral gains for keeping the borders open but that hasn’t materialized. Similarly, Myanmar’s prime backers and supporters -- China and India... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Why Gadkari is perfect interlocutor for Iran

Quietly, unobtrusively, on the eve of the visit by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to India beginning this weekend, India made an assertive move in its West Asia policies that should not go unnoticed. This has been the decision to schedule talks with Iran’s... More

Revisiting Jammu and Kashmir

From time to time we are rudely reminded that there is an issue concerning the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The last reminder came on the night of 30-31 December 2017, when militants attacked the CRPF Training Centre at Lethpora in Pulwama district killing five... More

Why businessman Trump is upset with Pakistan

The Indian media have ignored the momentous announcement by Pakistan’s central bank on January 2 notifying that it has taken “comprehensive policy related measures to ensure that imports, exports and financing transactions can be denominated in CNY (Chinese Yuan).” Probably they got bogged down with... More

India needs to align with new reality in Indian Ocean

The uneasiness over the India - Maldives relations are unwarranted. The ripples in the Indian ocean are short term and inevitable for the fact that Maldives does have a strategic role to play and India's foreign policy must align to this new reality. What is... 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... More