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Afghan gov’t welcomes Taliban ceasefire


Hours after the Taliban announced a three-day ceasefire, the Presidential Palace and High Peace Council were among the first to welcome the decision, saying the Kabul administration appreciates any move which ends bloodshed in... More

China’s leader proposes SCO-Afghanistan contact group


China’s President Xi Jinping has said that Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member nations should focus on the SCO-Afghanistan Contact Group in order to help facilitate peace and reconstruction in the war-weary country. “We need to... More

Australian soldiers accused of war crimes while serving in Afghanistan


Australian defence minister Marise Payne has defended the work of special forces in complex and chaotic environments while insisting the government is seriously examining claims soldiers may have committed war crimes in Afghanistan. Senator Payne’s... More

US ready to attend talks with Taliban


Following the announcement of a temporarily ceasefire by Afghan government with the Taliban, the United States on Thursday said it is ready to participate in talks with the Taliban. Deputy Assistant to US President Donald... More

SIGAR slams failure of Afghan officials to prosecute corruption


State Department-funded anti-corruption efforts in Afghanistan are hindered by failure to prosecute powerful actors which have fostered an atmosphere of criminal impunity, the US Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR) said in an... More

Afghan Police say they haven’t been paid since March


Afghanistan has particularly been a hard terrain for foreign forces as well as for the embryonic Afghan security forces for years. There is a constant and prevalent threat of insurgency from Afghan Taliban and,... More

Taliban using captured US weapons to launch attacks: report


The Taliban in Afghanistan regularly use captured US weapons to attack government outposts, the US media reported on Wednesday. Recently, American warplanes destroyed about 40 US-supplied Humvees that the Taliban had captured from Afghanistan’s military... More

Afghan president Ghani announces rare ceasefire with Taliban


Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani announced a rare and temporary ceasefire with the Taliban after the country’s Islamic Council this week issued an edict that forbade suicide bombing and had urged the group to join... More

UAE, Qatar to send military forces to Afghanistan


The National Security Council (NSC) has said it has approved the UAE and Qatar proposal for forces to be deployed to Afghanistan. In a statement released by the Afghanistan National Security Council (NSC) late Tuesday... More

Daesh: The new emerging threat for Pakistan


The ultra-extremist Islamic State, generally known as Daesh, has raised new serious security challenge for Pakistan where over the years the form, tactics and nature of terrorism has been changed. “The emergence of Daesh in... More

Afghan president Ghani calls for China’s greater role in regional peace


Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani has said that China is a global pillar of international peace and stability and that Beijing must play more inclusive role in stabilizing Afghanistan and the region. “China today is a... More

What comes next in Afghanistan?


Lost amid the intense media focus on the upcoming talks with North Korea and other pressing international issues is the conflict in Afghanistan, which at times appears to be an afterthought. That is unfortunate... More

Suicide bomber kills 14 after Afghan clerics outlaw suicide bombings


A motorcycle suicide bomber killed 14 people near a gathering of Muslim clerics in the Afghan capital on Monday after they had issued a fatwa against suicide bombings, officials said, in the latest in... More

Violence increased in Afghanistan following Trump strategy


Some lawmakers in Afghanistan’s Lower House of Parliament, the Wolesi Jirga, said the scale of violence and proxy wars in the country have increased significantly following the US President Donald Trump’s new war strategy... More

Nearly half of Afghan children are not in school


Nearly half of Afghanistan's children are not attending school because of war, poverty and other factors, a new report showed Sunday (June 3). The study, released by the Education Ministry and the U.N. children's agency,... More

Russian pilot found three decades after going missing in Afghanistan


A Russian pilot believed to have been shot down and killed 30 years ago during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan has been found alive. The pilot was shot down in 1987 and is likely now... More

Taliban ‘categorically reject’ claim of dialogue with Kabul


The Taliban has said they "categorically reject" a statement made by the US commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan about "off-stage" dialogue taking place between Afghan officials and the armed group. Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid... More

Rocket strike kills 50 Afghan Taliban leaders, US military says


More than 50 senior Taliban commanders were killed in an artillery strike on a meeting in Afghanistan's southern province of Helmand, a US military spokesman said on Wednesday (May 30), as fighting continues across... More

Violence against Afghan women carried out with impunity: UN


The United Nations issued a blistering report on Tuesday (May 29) accusing the Afghan state of violating women's rights by failing to prosecute criminal violence against them, underscoring widespread gender brutality nearly 17 years... More

COAS urge Afghanistan to join hands to beat the common enemy


Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar JavedBajwa acknowledged that Pakistan and Afghanistan have suffered heavily due to prolonged conflict and must together explore ways to usher peace in the region by defeating the... More

Afghanistan, Pakistan suffered heavily due to prolonged conflict, says Pak Army chief


A multi-agency Afghan delegation led by Mohammad Hanif Atmar, National Security Adviser (NSA) Afghanistan met Pakistan’s Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa for a high level bilateral meeting. The Afghan delegation comprised Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai,... More

COLUMN

Is Modi making up for India’s shortage of diplomats?

Narendra Modi is India's most travelled Prime Minister. The opposition Congress recently wanted his name on the Guinness Book of World Records for the most travelled Prime Minister, mockingly writing," We are overwhelmed and”extremely happy to suggest the name of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has set the... More

India faces tough choices as the US sanctions Iran

For the Indian policy makers, one of the crucial questions today is of how to walk a balancing act between the US, their prime strategic ally, and Iran, their traditional regional ally and, of course, third biggest supplier of oil.  The question has become even more significant ever since... More

Writing on the Wall

Even a cursory analysis of the three Nawaz Sharif sackings as PM reveals one constant sordid fact, his incurring penchant to listen to a bunch of “unelectable advisors” who constantly feed his already inflated ego about his supposed omni-potency. The 1993 sacking did him wonders, turning an Establishment “puppet... More

Something is broken in Bangladesh: Will it heal?

There is something scared about the relationship between a University, its teachers and students. It is built on trust, obligation, mutual affection and much more. Its as if the teacher is the parent, the campus is the home. A relationship is inherently therefore written into this unwritten contract. It was... More

Myanmar minister’s mission impossible

Myanmar’s new finance minister, Soe Win is determined to revitalize the government’s economic policies and ensure their effective implementation, according to government insiders. Although he has only been in his post for less than two months, there are significant signs that with him at the helm, the government’s commitment... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

India’s social-media ‘lynch mobs’ pose growing threat

Social-media platforms are often criticized for their susceptibility to toxic dialogue and vicious attacks. It is a problem that India knows well. Just ask External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, whose recent vilification by members and supporters of her own ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is a case in point. Swaraj... More

The new trade order

Since the start of the year, U.S. President Donald Trump has lashed out at allies and adversaries alike on trade. Often, as with India, the U.S. has pushed for enhanced security cooperation at the same time it declared trade relations a national security threat. The belligerence has left many... More

One day does not an election make

The much-awaited Gazipur city election is over, the “we-knew-it-from-before” polls results are upon us, the “impartiality” of the police and the “neutrality” of the civil administration have once again been demonstrated, the never-too-late-to-follow “certificate” of the Election Commission has been delivered and, of course, our democracy now stands “strengthened”. As... More

The PDP-BJP coalition was an unnatural and opportunistic alliance

The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. Only a few weeks ago I had poured out my... 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