Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

How to Tackle Militancy

August 23, 2011

Strategies have changed slightly but not the results. More arrangements and planning are agreed upon but implemented hardly ever. Costs have been increasing while producing less desired outcomes. This is the case with the ongoing war in Afghanistan. In the course of past ten years, the international community involved in the process of fight against ...

A Bad Life

August 23, 2011

From the religious point of view, a bad life is one that is disconnected with virtue, piety, spirituality and other forms of relations and obedience to God. But there are other components as well that make a life bad. A bad life is also the one that is not in one's control; a life that is not accompanied with human's mastery of his/her ...

Time to Move Ahead

August 22, 2011

Finally the Independent Election Commission announced its decision to unseat nine MP's. In a press conference on Sunday, IEC Chief Fazal Ahmad Manawi revealed names of the MP's to be unseated and their replacements. This was the deal made a day before President Karzai issued the decree authorizing the IEC to finalize the deadlock and ...

Hard Times for the Global Economy

August 22, 2011

The strong volatility in global financial and commodity markets has been unprecedented since the official end of recession in 2009. These waves of volatility have seen stock markets the worked over tank as a result of which trillions of dollars in equity and stock wealth have been wiped out. The undercurrents in global commodity and financial ...

A Decision to Poison Democracy

August 21, 2011

Finally, the Independent Election Commission (IEC), which resisted huge pressure over the last eleven months, has decided to "drink poison" by bringing changes to the current composition of lower house (Wolesi Jirga) of the national assembly. Such a decision will definitely plunge the country into a new crisis that could be ...

Taliban, If Strong, Won’t Reconcile

August 21, 2011

>It is the fighting season in Afghanistan. The Taliban are successfully operating across of Afghanistan. No prominent efforts are in place to reverse or even slow down their momentum. In the beginning of this year the NATO authorities pronounced the summer in Afghanistan to be extremely tough. Tough in a sense that, there would be some major clashes ...

No Compromise on Women’s Rights Acceptable

August 21, 2011

There have been numerous concerns about the women right in Afghanistan, in the last ten years their condition has gradually increased. Afghan women today, besides participating in the political processes are also active in many other fields of life. In major cities of Afghanistan where the government has some-how grip over the security ...

Taliban Make Afghans Mourn on the Day of their Independence

August 20, 2011

>Last week, Gen. Carsten Jacobson, an ISAF spokesman, claimed that as a result of increased pressure by the alliance forces on the militants, their networks have been dismantled and their attacks have decreased as compared to the first six months of last year. He claimed a 20 percent decrease. On Thursday, August 18, the ISAF commander, Gen. John Allen, ...

Equipping Afghan National Security Forces

August 20, 2011

On the outset of a decade following the establishment of the new democratic system in Afghanistan, the country remains highly insecure and the military function is considered extremely significant for saving the achievements and meeting the goals. The government under president Karzai is trying to encourage its international backing allies to ...

Challenges to the Economic Development

August 18, 2011

On Tuesday, August 16, President Hamdi Karzai called on some lecturers of faculty of economy from universities to discuss ways to improve economic situation of the country as it is going through the process of transition of security responsibilities from international troops to Afghan security forces. There are many ...

Washington Has No Other Way

August 18, 2011

Pakistan itself is the victim of terrorism though; its role is being deemed vital for US in countering terrorism in Afghanistan. At the same time, Pakistan would need support from US and cooperation from Afghanistan to improve security in its cities by curbing terrorists' activities in its border regions with Afghanistan. Pakistan has, up to a great ...

Gender Inequality in Afghanistan

August 18, 2011

Statistics shows that Afghanistan is still a country where gender equality is worst! Afghanistan is the country with worst records of violence against women, with highest rate. The plight of Afghan women still persists yet after more ten years of democracy. The male dominated society with extreme socio-religious mindset is still a ...

Realities Run Against the Claim

August 17, 2011

Violent situations in many parts of the country have put more limitations on Afghan people's freedom of movement. The ability and liberty to travel, reside in and work in any parts of the country is a human rights concept and is universal but in Afghanistan the security situation has deteriorated and brought ...

Afghanistan is Turning into a Safe Haven for the Insurgents

August 17, 2011

After the announcement made by the US President Barack Obama on 22 June, 2011, Afghanistan is now turning to become a safe haven for the Taliban to proceed their tactical and planned attacks inside Kabul city and around. Their attacks are part of the Taliban's overall planned tactics to assassinate as many high profile officials as possible and ...

Taliban Can’t See Women Nurture

August 17, 2011

>Women are the most deprived section of Afghan society. Throughout the history of Afghanistan, women have been subjected to violence of various forms – sexual abuse, rape, physical and mental punishment and now being used in launching terror attacks. Violence has caused women commit acts such suicide and self-immolation. The Taliban era was the ...

Karzai’s Best Ever Decision

August 16, 2011

Here comes the best ever decision of President Hamid Karzai in the last ten years. Deeming the role of youth very vital for the future of Afghanistan, the Karzai government is sending youths from all thirty four provinces of Afghanistan for pursuing higher education abroad. This time, the ...

Karzai’s Best Ever Decision

August 16, 2011

Here comes the best ever decision of President Hamid Karzai in the last ten years. Deeming the role of youth very vital for the future of Afghanistan, the Karzai government is sending youths from all thirty four provinces of Afghanistan for pursuing higher education abroad. This time, the government will bear all the expenses. In this ...

Need to Transition to a New Mode of Being

August 16, 2011

Afghanistan cannot continue to remain in limbo for goods and must transition into modernity and development. Transition to modernity, as a discourse and process, concerns conflict and peace as well. The country has been through failures and stalemates in this process in the last one hundred years. This ethos has never taken foothold for various ...

The Problems of Our City

August 16, 2011

Kabul has been called as the most polluted capital in the world, as it is. Recent studies show that more people die because of pollution than terrorist attacks. It's indeed killing people like a silent-cancer without getting any attention. There have been conferences and reports from Health and other concerned ministries, but the Government ...

High Expectations From Bonn II

August 15, 2011

The Bonn II conference is expected to play a pivotal role in the political reconciliation and future course of action in Afghanistan. Afghanistan will lead the conference and has high expectations from it. There has been prognostication on the part of both Afghan and foreign intellectuals that Taliban will be having their representatives ...

High Time to Rethink Conciliation

August 15, 2011

Does the government not understand the truth or Taliban offensives are not powerful enough to illustrate their willingness to overthrow President Karzai government? The reconciliation game is carried on amidst increasingly sophisticated and harsh attacks. Busy with the special court ruling, Karzai administration is too cold to overhear ...

On Independence Day of India and Pakistan

August 15, 2011

Our two neighbors India and Pakistan celebrate 65th anniversary of their independence on August 14th and 15th respectively. It was midnight stroke of August 14 and 15, 1947 when officially the British Raj (Rule), after 163 years, came to an end. The two countries since their freedom have been passing through challenges and conflicts leading to ...

Bamiyan Buddhas to be Commemorated

August 14, 2011

In the memory of the two Buddha statues destructed by Taliban in Bamiyan province of Afghanistan early March 2001, according to reports, the Queen of Thailand Sirikit, has outlined plans to build a 32-metre Buddha at the Thip Sukhontharam Temple in Kanchanaburi province, about 100 kilometers west of Bangkok. That will be a great way to ...

Startling Figure of Jobless Youths

August 14, 2011

Afghanistan continues to remain plagued by myriads of political, social, cultural and economic problems. Unfortunately since war and fighting have continued over the last ten years along with the presence of international community and influx and flow of international aid money, there has been little done to address those problems and to our ...

The Vicious Circle of Poverty

August 14, 2011

Our leaders are seamlessly busy in finding solutions to various political issues. Before an issue resolved, another one comes about and it goes on and on. The vicious circle of poverty is hampering development of Afghanistan – no significant attention is being paid to the issue and poverty goes on increasing in here. Although since 2001 ...

Marriage Expense is Too Large

August 13, 2011

The very door towards social acceptance in the country is of course marriage. Young singles are looked with suspicion and face various challenges in the society regarding renting house or rooms for settlement. Kabul is a city where annually thousands of high-school graduated as well as school boys and girls come to follow education ...

Mental Abnormality, Something Normal in Afghanistan

August 13, 2011

Based on the figures from organizations working in the health sector – Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) and World Health Organization (WHO) - around 60 percent of Afghans, mostly women, are suffering from severe psychosocial problems or mental disorders. The three decades of war have resulted in high numbers of widows, orphans and disabled people ...

Karzai, not Contesting for the Third Term

August 13, 2011

Constitution of a state is the highest body of rules and procedures regarding the different organs of the state that include legislature, judiciary and executive and the rights of the citizens of the state. In a democratic country constitution is considered as the endeavors of the elected members to guarantee welfare of the citizens. It stands ...

Close to an End to Crisis Around Parliamentary Election

August 11, 2011

President Hamid Karzai has issued a decree to the Independent Election Commission (IEC) to come up with a final decision on the lingering controversies and disputes about the last year parliamentary elections. The parliamentary election was held on September 18, 2010. Many domestic and international ...

Severe Food Shortage Crisis Underway

August 11, 2011

The United Nations Food Program (WFP) has warned that Afghanistan could face severe food shortages this autumn. According to its spokesman, about 2 million people are likely to be hit by food insecurity because of drought in different parts of the country. The wheat crop cultivation has decreased dramatically due to the drought. According to ...

Peace Process: Perplexing & Contradictory

August 11, 2011

In experts' view, Taliban and negotiations are as different as cheese and chalk. The same is being observed practically, as we hear contradictory news aboutnegotiation with the insurgents on daily basis. The Afghan government last year started negotiation with a man who called himself the representative of Taliban's Quetta Shura. But as ...

Replete With Anxiety

August 10, 2011

Over the last few weeks, security transition in Afghanistan has brought about a sense of ambiguity on future of the mission here. For Afghan government and its allies, it is a clear sign of achievement in fight against terrorism. But for terrorists, it is the beginning of the end of a democratic system in the country. With increasing attacks by ...

Yes, a Tough Fighting Warranted

August 10, 2011

Over the last few days, foreign forces operating in Afghanistan to stabilize the country against terrorist forces have suffered heavy losses in helicopter crashes, explosion and roadside bombings. In Saturday's crash, around 31 US soldiers along 7 Afghan army soldiers were killed. In a televised tribute to the dead, president Obama ...

The Turban and Burqa Bombers

August 10, 2011

President Karzai has asked Mullahs to campaign against the increasing use of turbans for hiding bombs by militants carrying out suicide attacks. Seems like Karzai is tired of repeated requests to his "angry brothers", the term he uses for militants, and now asked the religious elders for this, refraining from ...

Private Companies have to be Socially Active

August 09, 2011

With the advancement of the business sector in different parts of the world there have been improvements in the ways the different companies and organizations do their business. Though, the private companies do not have any social duty except for following the rules and regulations of the society, they have been playing roles as active ...