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AFGHANISTAN

Afghanistan election plans face political, technical test


Less than a year before Afghanistan is due to hold much-delayed parliamentary elections, technical problems and political wrangling are hampering a project seen as vital to ensuring the country’s long-term stability. Ever since the fraud-tainted... More

Afghanistan cancels trade meet with Pak, wants to include India


The Afghanistan government has called off a meeting with a Pakistan delegation which deals with the implementation of a transit treaty on trade as the Kabul government wants India to be included in the deal,... More

Moscow hosts SCO contact group meeting on Afghanistan


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said on Tuesday that Moscow will host the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) contact group meeting on Afghanistan on Wednesday. According to the foreign ministry, the meeting will be attended by the deputy... More

Afghan-Pakistan border villages brace for Berlin Wall-style divide


Thousands of Pashtun tribal people who for decades ignored the invisible line that bisects their dusty villages and demarcates the Afghanistan-Pakistan frontier are bracing for a Berlin Wall-style divide of their neighbourhoods. Pakistan, worried by... More

War in Afghanistan: U.S.-led coalition bombings hit 7-year high in Sept 2017


The number of airstrikes carried out by the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan hit a seven-year high in September, according to the U.S. Air Forces Central Command. The U.S. and its NATO partners used 751 bombs... More

US calling for closure of Taliban office in Qatar


Reliable sources told TOLOnews on Tuesday that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and US President Donald Trump have discussed the issue of closing the Taliban’s office in Doha, Qatar. Should this happen, it’s not clear where... More

Ex-Afghan President Karzai says US supplying arms to ISIS


Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai said that the US had been supplying weapons to Daesh in Afghanistan. Karzai, in an interview with Russian Today (RT) here, said that the US army helicopters were being used... More

Kabul asks Islamabad to hand over 5 top imprisoned militants for Afghan...


Afghanistan has asked Pakistan to hand over its five top militant commanders imprisoned in the country. According to the government in Kabul, the militants can play a key role in Afghan peace and reconciliation process. Adviser to Afghan President... More

Russia to host ‘Afghan peace talks meeting’ this within a week


Representative from more than 50 countries and international organizations will attend the International Contact Group’s meeting in Moscow in October 11, where they will discuss the issues around the Afghan peace process and the... More

‘Leave our country’: Protesters in Afghanistan gather to decry ‘US, NATO occupation’


Protesters took to the streets of the Afghan capital, Kabul on Friday to demand an end to the “American occupation” as the country marks 16 years since the beginning of the US and NATO... More

Afghan president Ashraf Ghani to visit Pakistan


Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani accepted Chief of Army Staff General Qamar JavedBajwa’s invitation to come to Pakistan to strengthen diplomatic ties, Geo News reported on Thursday. Ghani, who had previously declined the invitation to come... More

Political settlement only possible with the Taliban abandoning terrorism Mattis


A Political settlement in Afghanistan is only possible with the Taliban abandoning terrorism, the US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told lawmakers on Tuesday asserting that Islamabad needs to hear and embrace demands of NATO... More

Goodwill after Pak-Afghan meeting?


Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani have held an important and necessarymeeting in Kabul to try and put the Pak-Afghan bilateral relationship on a more stable footing. What is particularly encouraging is that... More

US troops to stay in Afghanistan for another decade: Corker


American troops would remain in Afghanistan for at least another decade, says Chairman of US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Bob Corker. “The US is likely to have troops in Afghanistan for the next decade," Corker... More

Afghan defense ministry to increase Drone command centers


As airstrikes increase against anti-government armed groups, the Ministry of Defense says the command centers of ‘unmanned combat aerial vehicles’ will be increased across the country. Defense Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said the centers will... More

India and Afghanistan sign MoU on police training


Expanding their security ties, India and Afghanistan signed an MoU for technical cooperation on police training and development after a meeting between PM Narendra Modi and visiting Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah on Thursday.... More

Afghan, Indian Officials Reaffirm Strategic Partnership In Delhi


Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Thursday held talks with Indian leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind in New Delhi where the two sides exchanged views on... More

America’s ‘new’ Afghanistan policy no more than a facelift


South Asia had its fingers crossed as it waited to hear the new US administration’s policy on the region, which usually revolves around the never-ending dilemma that is Afghanistan. However, once it was finally... More

Militants attack Kabul airport during James Mattis visit, US strike kills civilians


Suicide bombers and militants firing mortars attacked Kabul’s airport during a visit by US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday (Sept 27), prompting a US air strike that accidentally killed civilians, officials said. The clashes and casualties... More

Afghan President holds closed door talks with NATO Secretary General, US Defense...


Both Mattis and Stoltenberg made an unannounced visit to Kabul and arrived early Wednesday morning. Speaking at the press conference, it appeared that the three leaders had discussed a wide range of issues. Taking to the... More

Afghan CEO Abdullah is in Delhi as US pushes for stronger ties


Afghan chief executive Abdullah Abdullah arrives in New Delhi on Wednesday for a week-long visit during which he will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, looking to... 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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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 Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If... More