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A Clash between Self and non-Self

A Clash between Self and non-Self

December 07, 2014 | Hujjatullah Zia | Opinion

When you look at yourself in the mirror, do you see your real face? Is it your real ‘self’ reflected in it? Suppose, one is ugly, do you believe that s/he is imbued with ...Read more

Afghan President Vows to Curb Challenges

December 06, 2014 | Editorials

On December 4th, the London Conference on Afghanistan was jointly hosted by the British and Afghan governments. In total, 74 international delegations were invited, including 59 partner ...Read more

Both Individuals and Institutions must Develop

December 03, 2014 | Editorials

Be it Afghanistan or some other countries of the world, some people are so much disappointed of the condition of people that they have a trademark sentence, ‘This nation will never ...Read more

The Reign of Insecurity

December 02, 2014 | Editorials

The Taliban suicide bomb blasts have rocked Kabul with several explosions one after the other, hitting British diplomatic convoy, NGO office and guest house and a female ...Read more

National »

US to Keep 10,800 Troops in Afghanistan: Hagel

US to Keep 10,800 Troops in Afghanistan: Hagel

December 07, 2014 | National

KABUL - US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel on Saturday said that Washington would keep 1,000 more troops than the originally planned number in the first few months of 2015 in ...Read More

Reliance on Aid to be Slashed: President

Reliance on Aid to be Slashed: President

December 06, 2014 | National

LONDON - President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday promised to intensify efforts to combat administrative corruption if Afghanistan’s Western backers continued to provide ...Read More

Afghanistan Wins Global Support Pledges

Afghanistan Wins Global Support Pledges

December 06, 2014 | National

LONDON - British Prime Minister David Cameron, US Secretary of State John Kerry and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday pledged stout support for the administration of ...Read More

Divisions among Afghans Won’t be Allowed

Divisions among Afghans Won’t be Allowed

December 06, 2014 | National

KABUL - President Ashraf Ghani has vowed to frustrate efforts at creating divisions among Afghans, saying his administration will do all it can to promote ...Read More

London Conference Begins Today

London Conference  Begins Today

December 04, 2014 | National

LONDON - The London Conference on Afghanistan is scheduled to take place on Thursday, December 4, co-hosted by the governments of the UK and ...Read More

International »

Diplomats Worldwide Target Islamic State Militants

Diplomats Worldwide Target  Islamic State Militants

December 04, 2014 | International

BRUSSELS - A global fight against Islamic State militants will likely take years to fully succeed, but nations are prepared to engage "for as long as it takes" to defeat the ...Read More

EU Imposes Sanctions on Ukraine Rebel Vote Organizers

EU Imposes Sanctions on Ukraine Rebel Vote Organizers

November 30, 2014 | International

BRUSSELS - The European Union has imposed sanctions on the organizers of rebel elections in eastern Ukraine this month, the bloc said on Saturday, hitting the separatists and their ...Read More

SAARC Leaders Call for Deeper Cooperation in Space Technology

SAARC Leaders Call  for Deeper Cooperation in Space Technology

November 27, 2014 | International

KATHMANDU - Regional collaboration in space technology must be enhanced to achieve sustainable development in South Asia, according to the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation ...Read More

Khamenei Underlines Enemies’ Failure in Defeating Iran in N. Talks

Khamenei Underlines  Enemies’ Failure in  Defeating Iran in N. Talks

November 26, 2014 | International

TEHRAN - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei underscored the enemies' failure in forcing Iran to accept their illegitimate excessive demands during the ...Read More

Women are Not Equal to Men: Erdogan

Women are Not Equal to Men: Erdogan

November 25, 2014 | International

ANKARA, Turkey - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has set off a new controversy, declaring that women are not equal to men and accusing feminists of not understanding the special ...Read More

Editorials »

Afghan President Vows to Curb Challenges

December 06, 2014 | Editorials

On December 4th, the London Conference on Afghanistan was jointly hosted by the British and Afghan governments. In total, 74 international delegations were invited, including 59 partner ...Read More

Both Individuals and Institutions must Develop

December 03, 2014 | Editorials

Be it Afghanistan or some other countries of the world, some people are so much disappointed of the condition of people that they have a trademark sentence, ‘This nation will never ...Read More

The Reign of Insecurity

December 02, 2014 | Editorials

The Taliban suicide bomb blasts have rocked Kabul with several explosions one after the other, hitting British diplomatic convoy, NGO office and guest house and a female ...Read More

Children Need Fair Attention

November 29, 2014 | Editorials

Perhaps, Afghanistan has never been kind enough to its women and children, particularly under the rule of Taliban. They suffered the most and faced terrifying miseries in those periods ...Read More

Terrifying Security Situation

November 30, 2014 | Editorials

The situation in Kabul does not seem to be getting calm. Every day there are terrorist attacks which kill international and national troops, government employees, NGO workers and many other innocent civilians. There is great concern about the security situation and the prospects of peace and security seem to be uncertain. It is difficult to have an optimistic approach about the future as the arrangements and measures to curb the situation seem to be nowhere.

Yesterday the insurgents were once again able to carry out a terrifying attack in Karte Seh locality of Kabul. Three insurgents attacked a foreign guesthouse in the evening, which lasted for several hours. According to the last report all three insurgents were killed and two NGO workers will also killed whose nationalities were not ascertained yet. However, the terror spread by the attack may last for many days to come. 

On Thursday, November 27, as well, a suicide bomber attacked a British Embassy ­vehicle on Kabul-Jalalabad Road, killing six, including a British citizen, and injuring more than 30.

Ten hours later on the same day, a suicide bomber and two gunmen attacked a foreign guesthouse near the compound of the International Relief and Development Organization, a humanitarian agency based in Arlington. The bomber detonated his explosives near the guesthouse as the gunmen tried to enter the compound in the affluent enclave of Wazir Akbar Khan, home to several embassies and nongovernmental and media organizations.

These incidents clearly show the fact that the situation is really getting very much concerning. From now onwards, if vigilant eyes are not kept on the state of affairs, the possibilities of a disordered and chaotic future will turn to reality. It is unfortunate to note that the situation is so worse even after so much insistence from the national and international authorities.

The national unity government has not proved to be very much efficient and at the moment seems to be entangled in the issue of formation of cabinet. As, there is a delay in the formation of cabinet, there is a power and administrative vacuum and the insurgents are taking full advantage of it. The need of time is that the government should be functional as soon as possible and must start taking responsibilities before it is too late.     

At the moment the withdrawal process is also being completed and after the withdrawal process is completed, Afghan society will face myriads of issues as far as the security is concerned. The Afghan security forces require preparing themselves for the challenge and the international community must not leave Afghanistan alone.

It can be observed that Afghanistan is standing at a very crucial juncture of its socio-political history. After more than a decade of international involvement, there has been a relative stability achieved; nonetheless, that is being threatened by Taliban insurgents who do not seem in the mood to start peace negotiations with Afghan government. All the warm invitations of the government for peace talks have been rejected by Taliban and after the new government has signed the strategic and security agreements with US and NATO, their terrorist activities have increased throughout the country.

There are two important sectors that Afghanistan must concentrate on and must make improvements in so as to make their journey swift and easy through the coming challenges. One of them is the peace process and the other is the political stability in the country. Unfortunately, various developments are required in both the sectors. The peace process, lead by High Peace Council (HPC), is not on the track and currently there are no dialogues underway between Taliban and Afghan government regarding this process. Moreover, Taliban have now and then targeted the members of the Council and have completely neglected their calls for peace. The support of the neighboring countries in this regard has not been very effective.

The other sector that Afghanistan needs to work on to a great extent is its political stability. It needs to strengthen its political institutions and must carry on the democratic processes and culture with consistent efforts. Definitely, the role and future of unity government is of utmost importance.

In the meanwhile, Afghanistan needs to play a very important role regarding administrative reforms. The prevalent corruption within the present administration and within the Afghan society must be curbed if success has to be achieved. There should be honest efforts to achieve good governance and corruption free society. There are margins of improvement in the areas like justice, rule of law and human rights. Nonetheless, one of the most important sectors would be the economic stability and prosperity. A shaky economic system would not assist much in gaining political stability and eradicating the root causes of terrorism. Therefore, Afghanistan, with the support of international community, must strengthen its economic infrastructure and must decide to stand on its own in this regard.

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A Clash between Self and non-Self

A Clash between Self and non-Self

December 07, 2014 | Hujjatullah Zia | opinion

When you look at yourself in the mirror, do you see your real face? Is it your real ‘self’ reflected in it? Suppose, one is ugly, do you believe that s/he is imbued with ...Read More

Unemployment Poses Threats to State's Long-term Stability

Unemployment Poses Threats to State's Long-term Stability

December 06, 2014 | Abdul Samad Haidari | opinion

Thirteen years have passed after the fall of the Taliban and millions of dollars have been spent in Afghanistan on various fields, the country still lacks the most fundamental source of ...Read More

Lack of Knowledge – An Underlying Cause for Powerlessness

Lack of Knowledge – An Underlying Cause for Powerlessness

December 04, 2014 | Hujjatullah Zia | opinion

While students on campuses elsewhere in the world usually lug around heavy backpacks full of literature, Afghan students often do not carry much more than narrow plastic binders with a few ...Read More

The London Conference and Underground Treasures

The London Conference and Underground Treasures

December 04, 2014 | Abdul Samad Haidari | opinion

Years of bloodshed and grim political and economic fluctuations shifted Afghanistan decades back and created a paralyzing and fragile situation. As a result, most of ...Read More

Which Way Leads to Salvation?

Which Way Leads to Salvation?

December 03, 2014 | Hujjatullah Zia | opinion

If you were born in Saudi Arabia, you’d hold the tenets of Islam sacred and aver that Christian belief was wrong; if you were born in Mississippi, you’d have exactly the opposite ...Read More