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Ghani Rejects Claims He is Monopolizing Power


Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani has rejected accusations that he is consolidating his political power at a time that political rifts, within the Presidential Palace and among his mainstream political rivals, expand. Ghani’s... More

McCain claims U.S ‘losing’ in Afghanistan due to lack of strategy


U.S Senator and Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee John McCain has criticized President Donald Trump’s Administration for delaying the announcement of America’s new war strategy in Afghanistan. He said that... More

NATO officials label corruption as big challenge in MoI


Lieutenant General Jürgen Weigt, Chief of Staff of the Resolute Support mission, said the Afghan people and the international community expect the Interior Ministry to ensure security and obtain people’s trust. He... More

Afghan government arms villagers to fight IS in Tora Bora


In a remote district of eastern Afghanistan's Tora Bora mountains, where Osama bin Laden once took refuge, hundreds of local villagers freed from Islamic State control have been enlisted as a... More

Afghan girls denied visas to US for robot-building competition to watch...


Two Afghan girls refused visas to the United States for a robot-building competition said on Tuesday (July 4) they were mystified by the decision, as the contest's organisers said teams from... More

Pak-Afghan-Tajik joint commission on Trilateral Cooperation expected to establish


A Joint Commission on Trilateral Cooperation is expected to be established between, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan to develop and implement a mutual strategy on various subjects. The commission, which is likely to... More

Afghanistan reacts to Iran’s comments on dam projects


The Afghan Ministry of Energy and Water said Iran has used four times more water from Helmand River’s than stipulated in the Helmand River Treaty Following comments by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani... More

Afghanistan accepts Pakistan’s offer of ‘coordinated’ anti-terror operations


Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to conduct “coordinated, complementary” security operations against terrorist groups on their respective sides of the shared border, officials confirmed Wednesday. A high-powered U.S. bipartisan congressional delegation led... More

Russia, China voice concern at insecurity in Afghanistan


Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have discussed regional issues, including the security situation in Afghanistan, a media report said on Wednesday. At a meeting in Moscow, Xi... More

High-level delegation of US senators arrives in Kabul


A high-level delegation of US senators arrived in the capital Kabul on Tuesday, the Resolute Support (RS) Mission said. The NATO mission tweeted the delegation was comprised of the head and members... More

New alliance is due to Ghani’s poor leadership skills: Deputy speaker...


The Afghan first deputy speaker of the Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of Parliament), Humayun Humayun, on Monday said the formation of the new alliance known as the Coalition to Rescue Afghanistan,... More

Khalili Sworn In As New HPC Chief Amid Peace Talks Stalemate


President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday officially introduced Mohammad Karim Khalili, a former vice president to ex-president Hamid Karzai, as the new head of the Afghan High Peace Council (HPC). This comes as... More

IS beheads 10 Taliban militants in Afghanistan


The Islamic State (IS) militants have beheaded 10 Taliban men in Afghanistan's Jawzjan province. The IS militants captured Aqbalaq village in Darzab district last week and arrested 10 Taliban militants. They were beheaded... More

Karzai blames the US for ISIS’s inception and proliferation


Former Afghan president, Hamid Karzai has berated the US for allowing ISIS to start, development and proliferate inside Afghanistan. Karzai has often lashed out at the US over the past years... More

New Alliance Lists Demands; Calls For Systematic Reforms


The new alliance formed by leaders from three mainstream Afghan political parties including Jamiat-e-Islami, the National Unity of People of Afghanistan and the National Islamic Movement of Afghanistan on Friday issued... More

Pakistan’s Aziz Expected In Kabul In Move To Ease Tensions


Afghanistan’s government on Thursday announced that a high level Pakistani delegation – led by Sartaj Aziz, advisor to Pakistani prime minister on foreign relations - will visit Afghanistan in the near... More

New political front ’emerging’ amid ongoing tension within Afghan govt


Amid continued tension between national unity government leaders – namely President Ashraf Ghani and First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum – some senior government officials have reportedly held discussions in the... More

Air Corridor Important but we will not give up efforts for...


Afghan ambassador Shaida Abdali discusses the creation of the Afghanistan-India Air Freight corridor, regional connectivity, bilateral trade and more. Last week, India and Afghanistan established the first direct air freight corridor, with a flight... More

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


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 were queueing to withdraw salaries, the... 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 district council elections will be held... 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 Pakistan and called on the international... More

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Sri Lankan government’s multifarious dilemmas

Two years into its five-year term, Sri Lanka’s coalition government led by President Maithipala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is afflicted by chronic disunity; contradictions in domestic and foreign policies; and a marked inability to fulfill election promises. Given... More

Pakistan’s Sharif sets himself on a defiance-course

With Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification as prime minister of Pakistan, the tussle for power in Pakistan, particularly between the civil and military institutes or elected and a non-elected apparatus of the state, has reached new heights.  Most of the observers... More

Am I the State?

A month or so plus 40 years ago the democratically elected government of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was toppled in a coup in 1977 by Gen Zia-ul-Haq. Initially Zia could have been sincere about holding "free and fair elections" within... More

Myanmar readies to take a great leap forward

Myanmar government is about to take dramatic steps to boost economic development and improve government efficiency. Several significant cabinet changes are in the pipeline, detailed economic strategies are being finalized and a shake-up in the bureaucracy is already underway.... More

Arms industries in India, China and Pakistan need...

India, China and Pakistan have indigenous arms industries in order to sustain their independence and assert their power in the region and beyond. All three have come a long way from total dependence on friendly foreign suppliers to meeting... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Squeezed by an India-China Standoff, Bhutan Holds Its Breath

India’s main garrison in the Kingdom of Bhutan sits only 13 miles from a disputed border with China. There is a training academy, a military hospital, a... More

India’s CEA declines Bhutan’s requests on CBTE

The Bhutanese government around two months ago, through diplomatic channels, sent a letter to the Indian government over Bhutan’s various concerns over the Cross Border Trade in... More

In South Asia, be the Un-China

India needs to rekindle the SAARC process in order to secure historical affinity with its neighbours As the stand-off between the Indian and Chinese militaries enters its third month at... More

Does India have a history of being the aggressor with China?

News stories about the current Sino-Indian border dispute offer a lesson in how appearance – and US press coverage of a crisis can be deceiving. The border... More

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READER'S VIEW

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... More

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