AFGHANISTAN

AFGHANISTAN

IS claims attack on state TV station in Afghanistan


The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on an Afghan state television station on Wednesday that killed at least six people… More

Wolesi Jirga refuses to add 3 cabinet picks to…


The Wolesi Jirga or lower house of Afghan parliament on Monday refused to add to its agenda three newly-introduced ministers-designate, insisting on replacement of the… More

Iran-Afghanistan trade reached at $2 billion


There has been a considerable spike in KABUL-Tehran economic relations within the past three years particularly after the nuclear deal between Tehran and major world… More

Anti-corruption efforts ‘failing’ due to absence of law


The head of the High Office of Oversight and Anti-Corruption (HOOC), Ghulam Hussain Fakhri, on Sunday said anti-corruption efforts by the HOOC have largely failed… More

Security situation in Afghanistan likely to get worse: U.S….


The security situation in Afghanistan will further deteriorate even if there is a modest increase in U.S. military support for the war-torn country, the top… More

Taliban ‘Safe Zone’ Established in South


A ‘safe zone’ has been established in the country’s south for those Taliban who have and will lay down their arms and join the peace… More

Trilateral talks: Concerted efforts against Da’ish urged


Senior military officials from Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States held talks in Rawalpindi on Friday and discussed steps to prevent cross-border fire violations. The trilateral… More

Probe Unearths Luxurious Lifestyle Of Ex-Army Generals


A number of Afghan National Army generals, removed from their posts by the incumbent government, have been found to be living the high-life in Kabul… More

Belt Plan to Open New Chapter in Sino-Afghan Relations


A Chinese delegation that arrived here (Kabul) on Monday said realization of Beijing’s One Road One Belt Initiative (BRI) would turn Afghanistan into a regional… More

Iran Ready for Talks on Legalising Stay of Afghans


Tehran on Sunday expressed its readiness to work together with Kabul on legalising the status of Afghans living in the neighbouring country and offered all… More

IS chief in Afghanistan killed, claims President Ashraf Ghani


The head of the militant Islamic State (IS) group in Afghanistan, Abdul Hasib, has been killed in an operation led by Afghan special forces in… More

Chaman border attack: 50 Afghan soldiers killed, says Pak…


Inspector General Frontier Corps (FC) Major General Nadeem Ahmed has said Afghan forces targeted civilian population while Pakistan targeted their check-posts, inflicting heavy casualties. At least… More

U.S Looking At ‘Adjustments’ To Afghanistan’s War Strategy


Theresa Whelan, acting assistant defense secretary for Special Operations of the United States (U.S) said in response to questions by the U.S Senate Committee on… More

Hekmatyar Extends Brotherhood Hand to Taliban


Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) leader Gulbadin Hekmatyar on Friday once again called on the Taliban to respond positively to people’s demand for peace so the Afghans… More

Hekmatyar calls Taliban ‘Brothers’, wants to mediate


Addressing a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on Thursday, Hizb-e-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar called Taliban “brothers” and asked them to join the… More

At Least 8 Killed in Kabul Blast


At least eight civilians were killed in an explosion in Kabul city on Wednesday morning that targeted a convoy of foreign troops. The ministry of interior… More

Russia’s move to bring peace in Afghanistan is certainly…


For years, former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has been outspoken in his criticism of U.S. action in the war on terror. But in the aftermath… More

Casualties Among Afghan Forces Shockingly High: SIGAR


Preventing the Taliban and other militants from expanding their control of the countryside will continue to be a challenge for Afghan security forces, says a… More

Afghan Taliban launch ‘Spring Offensive’


The Afghan Taliban announced on Friday the launch of their annual fighting season to “cleanse their country of foreign aggressors and other corrupt elements.” The announcement… More

US Army to Send 1,500 Soldiers to Afghanistan in…


The US Army announced in a statement on Thursday it will send about 1,500 soldiers to Afghanistan during the summer months in support of Operation… More

April 13 US bombing killed 13 RAW agents in…


Pakistan claimed on Thursday that at least 13 Indian spies were also among those killed in a massive US bomb blast targeting Islamic State’s regional… More

COLUMN

Myanmar’s peace process hits a bumpy road

Myanmar’s peace process remains stalled after the peace conference held some two weeks ago. “It’s one step forward and two steps backwards,” said an Asian diplomat, who closely follows developments, on condition of anonymity. Like most things in Myanmar, progress is very slow; “still limping along,” according… More

Modi’s regime is a lot of optics…

Having completed 60% of his five-year term in May this year, it is time Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was assessed both by the people of India and the regime itself. To win the next elections in May 2019, just two years down the line, Modi should… More

Losing the Script in Kashmir

The groundswell of public anger in the Srinagar valley is spinning out of control . For even those who don’t believe in statistics as an perfect indicator of trends , the figures of casualty in 2016 is far too high for comfort. A RTI application by a… More

On the “bloody” Afghan Scenario

Yet again, Afghanistan is a spectre of violence. Yet again, precious lives have been lost due to the so-called ‘war on terror’ that has gripped the world since the fateful September, 11, 2001. What had started as a war to preserve democracy and liberal values has already… More

Game on

The Supreme Court’s (SC) seriousness of purpose in the PanamaGate case was evident from the brusque manner it dismissed Hussain Nawaz’s apprehensions of “personal bias” regarding two members of the JIT. The SC’s inference was clear, the PM and his family should come clean about the money… More

EDITOR’S CHOICE

Transacting with Trump

Delhi tends to use the word “transactional” pejoratively. This is particularly true of the Indian discourse on the partnership with the United States. The political elite of independent India had convinced itself that foreign… More

Trump pulling out of the Paris climate agreement is great news…

President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement caused anger and anxiety across the world, with one major exception: China. With the US stepping away from its role as a leader of the… More

Constitutional misadventure

In what can only be termed an extremely ill-advised constitutional manoeuvre, the government of India has sought to effectively prohibit cattle slaughter across the country through rules made under the Prevention of Cruelty to… More

Why neighbours dislike or suspect India

A little under 30 years ago, after Vishwanath Pratap Singh became prime minister, he met with Sri Lanka’s president Ranasinghe Premadasa. Singh, a polite man, says he was surprised when the first thing Premadasa… More

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David Bergman, British investigative journalist based in Bangladesh, commented on a recently published column of South Asian Monitor titled "SOUTHERN EYE: Behind Hasina’s RAW tirade" in his facebook profile. "This is a fascinating and detailed article… More

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