AFGHANISTAN

AFGHANISTAN

Taliban offer security to Afghan govt


  The Afghan Taliban offered to protect major government projects. The offer was made at a time when the forces of the Kabul government is fighting against Taliban to regain control of many areas in the country including... More

Regional readjustments impact Afghanistan


All sorts of conflicting regional initiatives are being taken in Afghanistan in the name of establishing peace and stability. India’s Amritsar is set to host the sixth Heart of Asia (HoA) ministerial conference on 4 December to... More

Concern over Trump’s Afghan policy


There is a major risk of democracy - rightly noted the American political commentator Henry Olsen. Unpredictable popular leaders can mobilize the population through fiery rhetoric. However, once in power, the challenge for these leaders is to... More

Russia-China-Pakistan talks on Afghanistan: New polarization


In international diplomacy, there are no perpetual friends or foes. Many developments in recent time, including the Philippines’ improved relations with China, gradual declining in relations between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, message of the US president-elect Donald... More

Taliban call on Trump to withdraw force


In a time when the U.S. president-elect Donald Trump is flooded with greetings from leaders around the world, Afghan Taliban call on him to withdraw American troops from their country. "Our message is that the Americans should draft... More

Govt.-parliament conflict intensifies crisis in volatile Afghanistan


Frequent Taliban attacks as well as intense feuds between the government and parliament are intensifying crises in already volatile Afghanistan. The parliament is asking ministers to make statements about performance and success of the government. Within five... More

Heightened Taliban attacks and Afghan peace talks


A day after the attack on German consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif in Afghanistan, the Taliban, on Saturday stormed into the Bagram airbase, which is considered as  most secured US military base in the country. In the wake of... More

Political leaders push Taliban for talks


  A number of Afghan political leaders have moved to broker peace talks between government and the Taliban following secret talks between the two parties in Qatar recently. Sayed Ishaq Gailani, a former MP and leader of the National... More

Afghan MPs call for review of security pact with US


  Blaming the government’s failures in ensuring security, several Wolesi Jirga , on November 7, calling for a review of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States. Speaker Abdur Rauf Ibrahimi expressed concern over the worsening security... More

COLUMN

Myanmar’s economy could go into a tailspin as currency woes deepen

y Fears that Myanmar’s currency crisis has only momentarily stalled are growing, as the government does not seem to see any urgency in tackling the underlying causes of the recent fall in the kyat’s value against the dollar. Regional analysts believe a major collapse of the currency remains very real. Their fears were justified when, the end of last week, the kyat plummeted once again to over K 1,600, largely... More

Bangladesh’s grenade attack case: Politics of past or future?

The October 10 special tribunal verdict on the August 2004 grenade attack case that killed 24 and injured many including Bangladesh’s current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina didn’t carry too many surprises since it was a foregone conclusion that the “guilty men” would be handed out tough sentences. It was earlier speculated that BNP’s acting chief and Begum Khaleda Zia’s son Tarique Rahman may be awarded the death sentence, but he... More

Spreading falsehood and distorting facts

Initiated in 2014 the Ashiana-Iqbal project could not be completed mainly because an illegal award increased the cost, and if it were to be initiated now, the escalated cost of Rs 40 billion will be borne either by the applicants of the government. As Lahore Development Authority (LDA) director general between 2013 and 2016, Ahad Khan Cheema was also a member on the Punjab Land Development Corporation (PLDC) board.... More

RSS: Glasnost or public relations?

India's Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) claims to be a social organisation but those who have closely followed it say it is the political high-platform of Hindutva. Its Nagpur headquarters is located in Maharashtra’s Nagpur city, where in the 18th century originated the Hindu Pad Padshahi or the vision of a Hindu nation-state during the reign of the Peshwas. The Peshwas drove the limits of Maratha empire to Attock in the northwest... More

China’s discreet headway into Afghanistan

While China continues officially to deny playing a leading role in managing conflict in Afghanistan, there is also no gainsaying that China continues to make a meaningful headway into Afghanistan, a development that would, even if Beijing denies, have a strong impact on which way the wind blows in Afghanistan in next few years. This week Pakistan’s Maulana Sami ul Haq, the cleric who is known as the ‘father of... 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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