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Russia ready to join Afghan talks


Russia is ready to join stuttering peace talks on Afghanistan if interests of all parties taking part in them are respected, including Afghanistan itself, Interfax news agency cited Russian envoy on... More

Anger in Afghanistan at female pilot’s US asylum bid


There was an angry reaction in Afghanistan to news that the first female fixed-wing pilot in the country's air force was requesting asylum in the United States after completing an 18-month... More

New battle looms in Afghanistan


Another battle in Afghanistan seems to have surfaced between the Supreme Court and the government as the apex court has endorsed the move of the Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of... More

Tough ban on Taliban urged


Amid Russian initiative to host a meeting with China and Pakistan to discuss Afghanistan, the UN sanction committee on Monday urged the Security Council to toughen sanctions against the Taliban. The... More

India cautions Russia and Iran against engaging with Taliban


India sounded a warning on Thursday to countries like Russia and Iran, which appear to be trying to change the ground situation in Afghanistan by engaging Taliban politically. In a response, MEA... More
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Framework for Cooperation Conference Begins in Kabul


The US Agency for International Development (USAID) Afghan Civic Engagement Program (ACEP)-facilitated Framework for Cooperation Conference kicked off in capital Kabul on Wednesday. Over 400 civil society, media and government representatives from... More
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Intra-Afghan dialogue helps end ongoing unrest


The government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has made great sacrifices within almost a decade to bring the Taliban to negotiating table on peace. Besides the establishment of High Peace Council... More

Afghanistan warns neighbors


The government of Kabul urged regional and neighboring countries to consider the principles of government-to-government relations and warned against backing groups that continue to destabilize the country. A foreign ministry statement said:... More

Wolesi Jirga Likely to Reject Afghan MoF’s Draft Budget


Afghan Ministry of Finance (MoF) on Monday called on MPs to approve the 2017 draft budget by the deadline, which is in a week, but there are indications that the lawmakers... More

US Pentagon chief reassures Afghans as Trump era dawns


Pentagon chief Ashton Carter sought to reaffirm US commitment to Afghanistan on Friday, as uncertainty lingers over President-elect Donald Trump´s strategy on America´s longest war in the face of a resilient... More

Russia-Taliban ties worry US


American officials in Afghanistan are increasingly worried about the deepening ties between Russia and Taliban, the force fighting to topple the government in Kabul. The nexus could complicate an already precarious... More

Youth addiction grows in Afghanistan


    Over a million young Afghan male and female youths are drug addicts. Those who are suffering from addiction in some way escalate violence within their families and affects women and children,... More

Peace in Afghanistan pragmatic for all


The “Heart of Asia” conference in Amritsar India ended on a highly ambitious note. The conference, however, did not dispense with the South Asian blame-game and the countries carried on the... More

US, UN relations strained over Afghan war reports


The US military in Afghanistan is increasingly trying to control public information about the war. This in turn resulting in strained relations with western organizations as they offering different versions of... More

Afghanistan’s fate hangs in Trump’s silence


With the US president-elect Donald Trump making hardly any reference in his election campaign to the US’ longest fought war, the question of the policy that he would follow has acquired... More

Russia rejects Indian, Afghan criticism on Pakistan


AMRITSAR: Russia on Sunday lauded Pakistan's stance at the Heart of Asia conference and said the agenda of the conference has not been hijacked. Addressing the Heart of Asia Conference in Amritsar... More

Afghan conflict causes record internal displacements


One million people in Afghanistan were internally displaced and nearly half of them were ousted by conflict as of November 2016, reported WFP and UNOCHA. The reports say, for the first time,... More

Ghani May Seek More Military Assistance from India


Afghanistan may seek additional military assistance from India in battling a relentless Taliban insurgency, a New Delhi-based newspaper reported on Wednesday. President Ashraf Ghani is expected to present Prime Minister Narendra Modi... More

Taliban offer security to Afghan govt


  The Afghan Taliban offered to protect major government projects. The offer was made at a time when the forces of the Kabul government is fighting against Taliban to regain control of... More

Regional readjustments impact Afghanistan


All sorts of conflicting regional initiatives are being taken in Afghanistan in the name of establishing peace and stability. India’s Amritsar is set to host the sixth Heart of Asia (HoA)... More

Concern over Trump’s Afghan policy


There is a major risk of democracy - rightly noted the American political commentator Henry Olsen. Unpredictable popular leaders can mobilize the population through fiery rhetoric. However, once in power, the... More

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Will the US’ ‘Carrot & Stick’ policy to...

If we were to describe the nature of Pak-US relations in one phrase, uncertainty and trust deficit would undoubtedly feature in it. Clouds of uncertainty have become even more obvious ever since the beginning of Trump era. Amid the... More

The Al Capone Formula?

This week the Panama case entered its last, and possibly decisive round.  On May 16, 2016, the PM had unequivocally stated in the National Assembly (NA) that a complete record of all his sources of income and assets was... More

Myanmar marks Martyrs’ Day amid growing tensions between...

What a difference a year makes. Last year, the anniversary of martyrs’ day marked an amazing rapprochement between Myanmar’s military leader, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and Aung San Suu Kyi – effectively the country’s civilian leader. This year –... More

Thank you Humayun Ahmed ….

Thank you Humayun Ahmed, for giving shape to the hopes, aspirations and imageries of the slightly bemused slightly innocent, slightly out of place middle class that no one spoke for with such authenticity. You spoke not just for one but... More

Brig Jafar Khan: A Soldier and a Gentleman

The words of one of late Brig Jafar Khan’s closest friends Brig (Retd) Asmat Beg Humayun best describes one of Pakistan Army’s outstanding soldiers, “I first met Jafar Khan, a Gheba Malik from Surag a village near Pindi Gheb,... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Is China turning up heat on Indian through Pakistan flank amid...

While Chinese and Indian troops face off near Bhutan, skirmishes between Indian and Pakistani forces along the disputed border in Kashmir have spiralled dangerously since May, threatening India with hostilities on two flanks. But even though... More

Time to Get Tough on Kabul

The Trump administration’s review of U.S. policy towards Afghanistan is likely to conclude in the next few weeks. It is expected that an assessment of the current U.S. security policy toward Kabul will see... More

Trump’s new Afghan strategy and neighbors’ concerns

In the past, America's abstruse Afghan strategy has deteriorated the security situation in the region. Perhaps the strategy was not planned meticulously. It was ambiguous. Or perhaps it was well-calculated and clear but only... More

Hindu nationalism risks pushing India into war with China

Since Indian troops illegally crossed into the Doklam area, China and India have been locked in a stand-off for over a month. Regardless of China's call urging India to withdraw its troops that have... 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... More

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