Taliban-US talks: There is more to it than meets the eye

After meeting US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, the Afghan Taliban are said to have agreed to hold a second round of talks on paving the way for a negotiated end to the war and reach a political settlement.... More

Polls close in Afghanistan’s long-delayed parliamentary elections

Polls have closed in Afghanistan's long-awaited parliamentary elections, with large numbers of voters defying deadly attacks to cast their ballots. Most polling stations in the country opened on Saturday at 7am (02:30 GMT) and were scheduled to close... More

China’s emerging role of mediator in Afghanistan

Recent years witnessed the ever-increasing role of china across various sectors like economy, military and environment etc. China is on way to transfer the world economy by using the leverage of size of its economy. President Xi’s... More

Afghanistan: Kandahar elections delayed by a week after killings

  Parliamentary elections in southern Afghanistan's Kandahar province, due to be held on Saturday, will be delayed by a week following the assassination of a powerful provincial police commander, according to the electoral body and the president's spokesman. President... More

Cutting Financial Aid To Pakistan May Not Bring Peace To Afghanistan

A new report by the State Department on terrorism criticizes Pakistan for failing to prevent terrorist groups, especially the Afghan Taliban and Haqqani Network (HQN), from using Pakistan as a safe haven. But the reality is that these original... More

US to press Pakistan for shift in Afghan policy: official

While calling recent meetings between United States officials and the new Pakistani government useful, acting Deputy Secretary of State Henry Ensher said the US would continue to apply pressure to Pakistan until Islamabad changed its policy towards... More

Afghan-style democracy faces test in legislative election

At least 10 election candidates have been killed, thousands of polling centres closed, and many voters are likely to stay home due to the threat of militant attacks. This is democracy, Afghanistan style. Almost nine million people have registered... More

Afghan leader blindsided by US meeting with Taliban, officials say

When the White House ordered American diplomats this summer to engage the Taliban directly in the hopes of jump-starting an Afghan peace process, many in Afghanistan welcomed it as a vital first step in trying to break... More

Taliban attacks in Afghanistan kill at least 22 security forces

Taliban militants killed at least 22 security forces, including a district police chief, in separate attacks on security checkpoints in two Afghan provinces, officials said on Sunday, ahead of parliamentary elections set for this week. The Taliban have... More

Troops withdrawal from Afghanistan part of Khalilzad, Taliban talks

Former Taliban officials on Sunday were optimistic about the meeting between US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, and Taliban officials in Qatar said both sides have agreed to hold talks on the withdrawal of... More

An end to the war in Afghanistan

As violence from Taliban attacks in Afghanistan remains unabated, and the hoped for ceasefire during Eid al-Adha did not materialize, it is worth reflecting on how ripe the conditions are for peace are in Afghanistan and how... More

Turkmenistan, Afghanistan sign agreement on electricity supply

Signing of the agreement between the energy ministries of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan for the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan transmission line project took place In Ashgabat, according to Turkmenistan Today. The foundation-laying ceremony of this energy bridge was held in February with... More

No single country can bring Taliban for talks: Pakistan

Pakistan told Washington that no single country could bring the Afghan Taliban to the negotiation table since Islamabad has lost its influence on the Taliban, an official said on Friday. On Oct. 9, a veteran US diplomat Zalmay... More

Taliban restore Red Cross security guarantee in Afghanistan

The Taliban have reinstated a security guarantee in Afghanistan for the International Committee for Red Cross (ICRC), two months after withdrawing safe passage for the neutral humanitarian agency, the militant group and an ICRC official said on... More

Afghan General Elections: Violence amidst votes

In the latest event of violence, 15 Afghan soldiers died when they were ambushed by the Taliban Insurgents. The clash happened in the Kunduz province which is factually one of the most contested regions of Afghan Taliban.... More

Dozens killed in Afghan clashes as election nears

At least 15 Afghan border police were killed battling Taliban insurgents on Thursday, an official said, as fighting continues ahead of this month’s elections, with 21 Taliban killed in an operation in Wardak, west of the capital... More

UN tallies more than 8,000 Afghan civilian casualties so far this year

At least 8,050 Afghan civilians were killed or wounded in the first nine months of 2018, almost half of them targeted by suicide bomb attacks and other improvised devices that may amount to war crimes, the United... More

Steep fall in Pakistan-Afghanistan bilateral trade

Soured diplomatic relations and extensive monitoring along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border has led to a steep fall in trade between the two countries. In the last two years, more than 70% of Afghanistan’s trade has shifted to Iran, China... More

How the US-led Afghan mission is going awry

The fact that US forces are still in Afghanistan after 17 years of fighting and the incumbent administration has not found any workable solutions to the Afghan conundrum is not surprising when you consider the country’s history.... More

US seeks Pakistan help on Afghanistan

Washington’s newly named point man tasked with finding a peaceful end to Afghanistan’s 17-year war is in Pakistan to seek help from the new government in Islamabad in bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table, the US... More

Afghanistan’s mineral wealth catches Trump’s eye

The Ghurian iron mine in Afghanistan’s Herat province is a perfect pilot investment target for a proposed US/Uzbekistan mining venture underwritten by the US Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), according to Dr Mohammad Humayon Qayoumi, chief adviser... More


Suu Kyi seeks Asean support on Rohingya return but also faces...

Aung San Suu Kyi is attending the Asean meetings in Singapore this week, seeking support from her Asian allies in dealing with the country’s Rakhine crisis. She especially wants the members of the regional bloc to back her government’s efforts to resettle the returning Muslim refugees—who have fled the violence in Myanmar’s strife-torn western region—and to be involved in future reconciliation efforts. So, a Nargis-style approach, led by Asean but... More

Afghanistan: The big story of massive aid waste

There are ghost soldiers; ghost police officers; ghost clinics and even ghost patients in Afghanistan. There are billions of dollars spent on papers, but there is very little on the ground. As such, despite spending billions on controlling narcotics to improving health conditions and the state of security, Afghanistan remains a country with too many ill-conceived programs and too little progress made on every front. The story of the massive... More

Parties over people

With elections to Bangladesh’s JatiyaSangsad (National Assembly) now declared to be held on December 23, the political scene in the country will enter a new phase. The announcement was sudden but not really unexpected given the way politics developed over the past few weeks. The Awami League is not in a mood to listen to the others. Her main opponent, the JatiyaOikkyo Front, led by Dr Kamal Hossain and... More

Ensuring challenges provide opportunities

The situation in our country in the wake of global and internal changes affecting Pakistan has evoked multiple challenges. Not to get bogged down by their sheer number it seems important to analyse each and every challenge that the country is facing. These need not only a reaction from the state to tackle them but as an opportunity for developing new vistas of understanding for responding to the problems... More

After CBI, now RBI 

The opposition in India has blamed the Narendra Modi government for "ruining national institutions". Last week, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) seemed to fall apart over severe differences between its chief Alok Verma and his number two Rakesh Asthana, a Gujarat cadre IPS officer known to be close to Modi. The government's intervention to send both officers on leave was challenged in the Supreme Court by Verma, amid television... More



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