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Afghan forces to reject transient peace deal with Taliban: President


Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has stressed that the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces would reject a transient peace agreement with the Taliban movement, Khaama Press news agency reported on Sunday. The president said that any peace... More

Afghanistan’s quagmire


Afghanistan has been remained the place of proxy wars by the superpowers for the last forty years, initially by the Soviet Union and then by the United States. War has remained the only industry that would not... More

Trump determined to ‘bring our folks back home’ from Syria, Afghanistan


President Donald Trump says he's determined to get out of “endless wars” in Afghanistan and Syria and “bring our folks back home,” doubling down on his pledge to remove troops from the war-torn region. In an interview aired... More

Trump ‘serious’ about Afghan withdrawal, Taleban says


US President Donald Trump is serious about getting out of Afghanistan, the Taleban told AFP on Friday (Feb 1), outlining the "Islamic system" comprising "all Afghans" that the group says it hopes to establish under any peace... More

Afghan forces lose ground as peace efforts continue: Report


The security forces continue to lose grip over parts of Afghanistan and the Taliban are steadily holding their own, despite an increase in the US air attacks against the armed group, a US watchdog agency has said. The... More

Russia plays power broker as US-Taliban talks gather steam


Russia will host the Taliban and Afghan politicians opposed to President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday, Russian and Taliban sources said, promoting its role of power broker in what a US official called an attempt to “muddle” the... More

Trump says Afghanistan talks ‘proceeding well’


Negotiations in Afghanistan are going well, US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday, after US officials earlier this week said there had been significant progress in talks to end 17 years of war in the country. Talks “are... More

Taliban say they are not looking to rule Afghanistan alone


The Taliban said Wednesday they are not seeking a “monopoly on power” in a future administration in Afghanistan but are looking for ways to coexist with Afghan institutions – the most conciliatory statement to date from the... More

China may try to ‘push forward’ Afghanistan peace process to protect interests


China is expected to step up diplomatic efforts to drive the Afghanistan peace process in order to safeguard its interests in the region after the More

US-Afghan peace talks: Long way to go before ‘drafted agreement’


New York Times has reported that both the United States of America and the Taliban, parties to the ongoing dialogue vis-à-vis Afghanistan, have come to an agreement regarding the framework of an agreement. U.S special envoy for... More

US sees contours of peace accord with Taliban to end war in...


The United States and the Taliban have sketched the outlines for an eventual peace accord to end 17 years of war in Afghanistan, a US special envoy said on Monday, but there was no sign the insurgent... More

Afghan president calls on Taliban to ‘enter serious talks’ with Kabul


Afghan president Ashraf Ghani called on the Taliban to “enter serious talks” with the government in Kabul on Monday, following unprecedented marathon negotiations between the insurgents and the US in Qatar last week. “I call on the Taliban... More

US ‘Serious’ About Promoting Peace in Afghanistan, withdrawing troops – Pompeo


The United States is willing to promote peace in Afghanistan and withdraw its troops from the country, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday. "The U.S. is serious about pursuing peace, preventing #Afghanistan from continuing to... More

Strategy for Afghanistan: US out, China pure


The first trip abroad for a head of state always has a special symbolism. In the case of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his led to the departure trip 2014 in the people’s Republic of China. There... More

US peace envoy visits Kabul to consult president on talks with Taliban

US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Kabul on Sunday to try to secure cooperation from Afghanistan’s president after breakthroughs in peace negotiations with Taliban leaders in Qatar. More

US, Taliban ‘finalise draft deal’ to end 17-year-long Afghan conflict

Taliban officials said US negotiators on Saturday agreed a draft peace deal stipulating the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan within 18 months of the agreement being signed. The details were provided to Reuters by Taliban sources at... More

Taliban appoints new political leader to join US-Taliban peace talks


A co-founder of the Taliban was appointed as the leader of its political office in Qatar on Thursday to strengthen its hand in peace talks with the US as they try to establish a mechanism to end... More

Afghan Taliban keeps up pressure ahead of peace talks


A Taliban car bombing this week wounded more than a hundred people, according to media reports, and more than a hundred more lost their lives in an attack on an Afghan military base in Maidan Wardak province.... More

US, Taliban discuss troop withdrawal, ceasefire in Qatar talks


On the fifth day of the talks between US and Taliban officials in Doha, Qatar, the negotiations were around withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan and a ceasefire, sources familiar with Doha talks said. According to the sources,... More

America knows it cannot win in Afghanistan, so why keep fighting?


A recent survey  found that 57 percent of Americans, including 69 percent of military veterans, said they would support a decision by the president to remove all troops from Afghanistan. But Washington’s foreign-policy elites—neoconservatives, defense hawks, and... More

China ready to accept Taliban as a political force, says Chinese envoy


Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing, while talking in a conference at Peshawar University, has said that his country is ready to acknowledge Taliban as a political force in the backdrop of their participation in a formal... More

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Hybrid warfare: Strategic coercion against Pakistan

While a globalised world was a cherished goal to bring people together, globalisation is increasingly used by one or the other country or group of countries to dominate the rest of the world by a violent process. Looking around we see wars in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen where the powers that be are trying to bend the power game towards themselves. Conventional wars are now more often not... More

Bangladesh’s Hercules syndrome and rule of vigilante law

A rapist was killed and his body was left with a note that said the death meted out to him was punishment for his crime. It was signed Hercules. A couple of other reports have appeared with such declarations and they have aroused considerable interest in media, particularly social media, the motherland of speculations. Who could be the possible vigilante killer? Long history Extra-judicial killings are nothing new and last... More

India key to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, says former Portuguese...

“This has less to do with geography than with history,” Macaes writes in his insightful book Belt and Road: A Chinese World Order. “As two rising giants, China and India will play a disproportionate role in shaping the new world political and economic order, but like every claim on the future, their role remain ambiguous. In China's case, the question is whether it will eventually measure up to the task... More

BJP has communalised process of awarding Indian citizenship?

Political realities have temporarily halted the BJP’s brazen attempt to communalise Indian citizenship requirements to the advantage of the majority Hindus and to the detriment of the minority Muslims. Evidently, there is also a bias in favour of the north Indian majority and against the Tamil minority in the matter of giving citizenship. But this has not been brought to light in a major and sustained way yet, because the... More

Amid peace talks, India and Ghani flog the dead-horse of elections...

Last week, Moscow hosted delegations from the Taliban and Afghanistan’s political opposition in a bid to establish sound political contacts between the two actors. The delegation of the opposition parties included Afghanistan’s former president, Hamid Karzai, and at least two female members, including a human rights activist, Hawa Nooristani, and a former parliament member Fawzia Koofi. The meeting in itself underscored the new political dynamics that would probably be at... More

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OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE BALANCE?


The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More

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