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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

Attacks in Afghanistan kill 5 police officers


Attacks in two neighboring provinces in Afghanistan killed at least five policemen, Afghan officials said on Tuesday, while a sixth policeman died in a gunbattle with the Taliban in another province. In western Herat province,... More

UN finds situation in Afghanistan still fragile


The UN security council on Monday discussed the three month report by the secretary general on Afghanistan and stated the security situation in the country remains fragile. The report illustrates that several areas across the... More

Taliban assassinate Afghan district police chief


Taliban insurgents ambushed and assassinated a district police head and his three bodyguards late Saturday in southern Afghanistan, while a separate attack in the southeast of the country killed at least five members of... More

COLUMN

Courage beyond compare

On Feb 13 at about 1210 hours an armoured cash-in-transit (CIT) vehicle of a private security services company was parked outside the Tarnol branch of Meezan Bank in Islamabad to pick up cash amounting to Rs. 14 million from the bank . As the two security guards, Supervisor Muhammad... More

International affairs in time of transparency: The Oxfam syndrome

The Oxfam infection has spread far and wide. Its impact is deeper than just one NGO facing problems about covering up sex abuse in Haiti and as we learn Chad as well.  Now reports are saying that sexual abuse cases are routine in the international development world which till... More

India cautious of its mediation and intervention in Maldives

Despite its reservations about the Abdulla Yameen regime in the Maldives, India does not appear to be responding to the call of the Maldivian opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed to initiate a “military-backed diplomatic initiative” to force Yameen to retract from his drastic actions against the judiciary. According to the Maldivian... More

The Afghan war can no longer be defined by Pak-US ties

While the US continues to do drone attacks in Pakistan, the diplomat spat between them hasn’t ended. On the contrary it seems to be widening as Pakistan continues its drift away from the US towards China and Russia. The gap is undoubtedly widening between the two erstwhile allies. While the... More

Khaleda Zia’s jail verdict will seriously impact on 2018 elections 

Sentencing BNP chief Begum Khaleda Zia to 5 years in jail triggers a fresh confrontational phase in Bangladesh politics, already deluged by hostility. It also makes the election, scheduled for December 2018, considerably uncertain about inclusive participation. Bangladesh’s experience with electoral politics has been miserable since birth and with... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Hasina is no Mujib

Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, exudes confidence. I visited Dhaka for the first time in April 1972, within four months of the birth of Bangladesh. Dhaka, then pronounced Dacca, was a small town, desperately trying to accommodate the demands of a sovereign state. There is no doubt that the... More

China will not fall into the ‘Thucydides Trap’ with India

The West’s notions of history and geography between Europe and Asia, are drenched in myriad cultural implications and can be traced back to ‘The Romance of Alexander’. This is a collection of essays mixing truth, epic drama and mythology, composed between the death of Alexander The Great in 323 B.C.,... More

How China and Pakistan could lay the Road to Peace in...

Referred to as an interminable and protracted war, the ongoing US-led war in Afghanistan is becoming a stalemate with no end in sight in the near or long term. Since the violence and bloodshed have been the most common phenomenon in an already war-torn region, the war is perhaps... More

Modi corrects course, woos farmers and poor

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced an aggressive reachout to farmers and the poor in the new Budget, but analysts say it remains to be seen if this course correction will work. They say it hinges on whether the government will be able to implement the schemes. It also... 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 a Gorkhaland state is... More