AFGHANISTAN

AFGHANISTAN

Jeddah talks on Afghan peace imminent


The next round of Afghan peace talks will be held in the next few days, probably in January, in Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah city between US officials and Taliban representatives. The Afghan government has said they will send a... More

U.S. leaving Afghanistan could threaten India and Pakistan, but Russia,China and Iran...


The withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan could lead to an emboldened Islamist insurgency by the Taliban, threatening nearby India and Pakistan, but Russia and China have already begun getting involved. Although the White House has offered no official... More

Exiting Afghanistan


The beginning of US failure in Afghanistan has been attributed to various decisions in recent history. Abandoning Afghanistan after the Soviets were defeated, waging war in Afghanistan in response to 9/11 and allowing itself to be distracted by... More

‘Afghan govt not aware of peace talks agenda’


ghani Mohammad Ismail Khan, a former Jihadi leader and member of the leadership of Jamiat-e-Islami Party of Afghanistan, on Friday said the National Unity Government is not aware of the peace talks’ agenda – as the peace... More

How the Afghan Taliban defeated USA?


Surely, the recent Moscow conference on Afghanistan (November 9) brought to light that the peace talks will get a big fillip if the US and Russia work in tandem. Everything depends on the Trump administration reversing course and... More

US troop withdrawals in Afghanistan are a major headache for India


President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw about half of the US troops in Afghanistan could have major security implications for India, which is highly vulnerable to internal instability in the war-torn country. A weaker American presence in the... More

US troop withdrawal a step in the right direction: Russia


The spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday the planned withdrawal of half of American troops from Afghanistan was "a step in the right direction". At a weekly briefing, spokeswoman Maria Zakharova added Russia was waiting... More

US offers safety and job security to Taliban


Eager to persuade Taliban to join the Afghan peace process, the United States is offering them a safety network that includes creating job opportunities for the insurgents. As the United States, Pakistan, China, Russia and other world powers... More

US’ Afghan pull-out to create new challenges for China, Pakistan: Analysts


Donald Trump's partial withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan has prompted Beijing and Islamabad to shift their focus to "new changes" in the region, political analysts told Sputnik. The experts explained how the US' pull-out may affect... More

Iran holds talks with Afghan Taleban amid peace push


Iran has met with the Afghan Taleban, a top Iranian security official said on Wednesday (Dec 26) according to the Tasnim news agency, just days after the militants attended reconciliation talks in the United Arab Emirates. Ali Shamkhani,... More

Why Pakistan passionately desires peace in Afghanistan


Being a neighbor of Afghanistan, Pakistan has suffered a lot as a result of events in that country. Whether it was the Soviet invasion or power struggles of various factions of the Taliban or the US intervention... More

How China can help Afghanistan, Pakistan reconcile


As a global and regional power, China has played a prominent role in political developments in Afghanistan, particularly in terms of its relations with Islamabad. The holding of the second Afghan-China-Pakistan foreign ministers' meeting in Kabul in... More

China, Pakistan discuss ‘new changes’ to Afghanistan situation, Beijing says


Senior Chinese and Pakistani diplomats on Tuesday discussed “new changes” to the situation in Afghanistan, Beijing said, amid plans by the United States to withdraw about half of its 14,000 troops based in the country. More

Ghani nominates new heads for defense, interior ministries


President Ashraf Ghani in a decree on Sunday nominated Amrullah Saleh as Minister of Interior and Assadullah Khalid as Minister of Defense. Saleh and Khalid have served as head of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) during former... More

US troop drawdown in Afghanistan raises big questions


The 17-year-old US war in Afghanistan took a new turn this week when President Trump ordered the withdrawal of 7,000 American troops from the country. Trump has long questioned the utility of US involvement in Afghanistan, seeing... More

US forces withdrawal from Afghanistan was a Taliban demand


Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi Saturday said that Shakil Afridi was not being released by Pakistan in exchange for Dr Aafia Siddiqui. Talking to the media at Qila Qasim Bagh in Multan after inauguration of a flower... More

Taliban welcomes partial US withdrawal from Afghanistan


The Taliban has welcomed news of the US plan to withdraw half its troops from Afghanistan by the summer, as Afghan generals warned it would be a blow to the morale of the country’s beleaguered security forces. The... More

‘A blow to morale’: Afghanistan generals bemoan US withdrawal plans


Afghan generals have voiced concern over rumors of US forces' withdrawal from the country, fearing that this would give the Taliban radical movement the upper hand and completely disinterest them in engaging in negotiations, which they were... More

Presidential Candidates Registration Process To Kick Off Saturday


IEC officials said they have about 70 percent preparation for holding presidential elections. The Independent Election Commission (IEC) will kick off the registration process for presidential elections candidates’ on Saturday, a member of the commission said. The election commission... More

Afghans, diplomats surprised by report of Trump plan to pull out troops


Afghan officials and America’s Western partners reacted with unease on Friday to reports that the United States planned to withdraw more than 5,000 of its 14,000 troops from Afghanistan, after tentative steps toward peace talks. Although there has... More

Afghan peace process progress?


THE long-awaited Afghan peace process involving the Taliban and the US finally made headway at Abu Dhabi. Pakistan brokered the peace process because US President Donald Trump had written a letter to Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan... More

COLUMN

The sorry state of Pakistan’s police

The imperial form of police infrastructure that Pakistan inherited was deliberately created to serve the British rulers rather than promote harmony, security and adherence to the law. The 1861 Police Act has never changed except for minor amendments. Even the new laws introduced by the provinces retain more or less the essence of the original imperial law. The persisting culture is to ensure that the weak remain subservient to... More

Bangladesh’s position on global terrorism index has improved: Australian agency CPES

An Australian outfit, Centre for Peace and Economic Studies (CPES), has stated that Bangladesh has gone up four positions in the global terrorism index, according to it’s ranking. Several other countries in South Asia have gone down in terms of vulnerability, including Pakistan and India. Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka have also improved their standings in this index. CPES has reported that introduction of modern education in madrassas, investment in... More

How the Taliban have become leading actor in Afghan peace talks

While the Taliban have established their domination both politically and militarily in almost half of Afghanistan, the consequent talks with the US and the way they have progressed show that they are already in a commanding position. They certainly have become the leading actor in these talks not just because they are the ones fighting the war against the US and Afghan forces, but also because they are directing... More

Exploiting Pakistan’s ‘Gold Coast’

The emerging markets of Central Asia require that a sea-land (south-south) dimension to support the north-south axis be added for expansion, otherwise all facilities and opportunities are likely to be clogged because of unplanned urban population expansion. The long coastline with stretches of virgin beaches and adjacent vast empty hinterland require well-planned commercial exploitation. It is personally satisfying that recommendations made in my articles of nearly three decades ago,... More

US withdrawal from Afghanistan showcases India’s hollow Afghan policy

When Donald Trump recently mocked India for building a library in Afghanistan, it signified a lot more than the fact that India is not fighting the Taliban as a US ally; it showed the actual limited presence of India in Afghanistan, although the Indian government has, as of lately, been busy responding to Trump’s jibe by listing its many projects in Afghanistan worth billions of dollars. But there can... 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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