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Another Irresponsible Act

April 23, 2012

After incidents of urination on dead bodies of insurgents, burning of copies of Qur'an and massacre of 16 civilians, another idiotic move by American soldiers in Afghanistan has been revealed. Pictures in which US soldiers have posed next to corpses and body parts of insurgents have been published by Los Angeles ...

Massive Plots Foiled in Kabul

April 22, 2012

Another plot of a massive bombing in Kabul has been foiled by the Afghan intelligence. More than 10,000kgs of explosives were loaded in sacks under potatoes on a truck. Five men have been arrested. Three of them are Pakistani nationals with their two Afghan facilitators. National Directorate ...

The Role of International Community in the Growing Political Divide

April 22, 2012

On Friday, April 20, 2012, Ahmad Zia Masoud, the head of National Front of Afghanistan (NFA)- representing more than fifty percent of Afghan population- apprised a gathering in Kabul of the possible political marriage between president Hamid Karzai and some figures on his team on one hand and the Taliban and Hezb-e-Islami ...

Another Tragedy: Addicted soldiers

April 22, 2012

At times when other countries of the world compete in the international market by their technological, agricultural and industrial products by making best uses of their human and natural resources, Afghanistan has shaken the globe by producing more than 90 percent of world's opium. With more investment in anti-drug policies ...

President Karzai’s Continued Disregard of Afghans’ Suffering

Saturday April 21, 2012

Afghanistan is going through a growing political divide and disunity. The challenge it poses is even more treacherous than the one presented by the cruel insurgency. This increasing fragmentation comes from authoritarian decision-making process in the government, which is in turn down to an extremely centralized power structure in Afghanistan. ...

Military Operation against Haqqanis

Saturday April 21, 2012

Intelligence officials tell the arrested bomber of April 15 attacks has confessed that they were part of a 200-member squad of suicide bombers trained by Badruddin Haqqani in Waziristan. The bombers include Afghan and Pakistani nationals who are on a mission to carry similar operations across Afghanistan before the NATO summit in Chicago in May. The Taliban also released ...

When Future is at Stake

Thursday April 19, 2012

President Hamid Karzai has said that, despite all the criticisms of his policy towards the Taliban, he would continue to call the Taliban as his brothers. On Tuesday, April 17, 2012, the President addressed a ceremony that marked the 150th Birth Anniversary of Allama Mahmoud Tarzi. In that conference, Mr. Karzai stated he would not stop ...

Absolutism vs. Democracy

Thursday April 19, 2012

Talks on talks with Taliban have put in the shade other grave public concerns in Afghanistan. The eagerness to embrace President Karzai's upset brothers have caused ignoring serious questions on how extremist ideologists would become aligned with modern values, democratic governance and principles of an open society. The domestic ...

Funding Taliban Would Mean Burning One’s Own Finger

Thursday April 19, 2012

Taliban governed Afghanistan from 1996-2001. Their government is not officially recognized by any country other than Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. That was because they did not cooperate or communicate with the world deeming their government as a sole Islamic state where shariah is employed with its full essence. No doubt, their ...

A Tricky Situation Unfolding even before 2014

April 18, 2012

Afghanistan is getting into a trickier situation even before 2014 when international forces are slated to complete transitioning of security responsibility to Afghan national security forces and when the third cycle of presidential election is to be conducted, which has already stimulated discussion and debate ...

A Premature Withdrawal from Unsafe Urozgan

April 18, 2012

At a very stressing period in Afghanistan war, the world is vigilantly watching the trend of happenings here. The decade-long exhausting mission is getting increasingly heavy for the international troops contributors to Afghanistan. President Obama's 2009 strategic plan for Afghanistan gave a kick-start to announcing withdrawal ...

Australia to do the same as France

April 18, 2012

There are real concerns over the withdrawal of international troops from Afghanistan as there is no guarantee that the Afghan security forces can stand against the insurgents on their own after 2014. Amid that, NATO member countries are coming up with plans to withdraw their forces before the deadline they had actually agreed ...

Kabul Grows in Insecurity

April 17, 2012

The rise of insecurity has begun to worry the Afghan citizens. On Sunday, 15-04-2012 Kabul, once again, started bleeding as 36 militants launched attacks on different parts of the country; Kabul, Nangarhar, Logar and Paktia provinces in which 8 Afghan forces, including 3 civilians died. The 18-hours of continuous ...

Modern Move of Bamiyan Residents

April 17, 2012

Few days ago, civil and political activists from Bamiyan province launched a peaceful protest in front of lower house of the parliament over what they claimed as discriminative distribution and allocation of public budgets. They carried a lantern and passed it to MP's and asked them to send it as gift to the U.S. ...

Genuine Cooperation needed for Peace

April 16, 2012

Expecting complete withdrawal of ISAF and NATO forces by 2014, the country is afraid of undergoing a power vacuum and fresh round of regional interference and domestic instability. If will come true, the occurrence will certainly lead to uncontrolled turmoil, chaos and anarchy. With billions of dollars spent ...

Quetta has Turned the Worst Place for Hazaras

April 16, 2012

The systematic target killings of the Hazara community continue heart- wrenchingly unabated. The road between Mariabad and Hazara town Burory, the two main locations of the Hazaras in Quetta city has become horrendously dangerous and risky during past few months. They generally avoid traveling, and if they travel ...

A New Fighting Season and the War of Perceptions

April 15, 2012

The spring has arrived and, with it, so has the season for the Taliban's new wave of offensives. Over the past few days, tens of Afghans have been killed and injured in various bombings throughout the country. In the west, the relatively peaceful Herat province was the scene of a number of suicide bombings that shattered the ...

The City of Buddha is Still Dark

April 15, 2012

Last week people from Bamiyan, the city of Buddha, reached Kabul to protest against the inequalities from the side of Afghan government and the international community. The protest took place in front of the building of Afghan Parliament in Kabul. Participants were holding play cards with slogans such as "Stop ...

Start of a New Debate on 2014 Events

April 14, 2012

Afghanistan is going to experience another turning point in its chequered history within next few years. International community has officially announced to complete the drawdown from Afghanistan in 2014. In the meanwhile, 2014 is going to be an election cycle. Given the fact that Afghanistan continues to be destabilized by ...

Growing Hatred against Terrorism

April 14, 2012

The residents of Garmser district of Helmand province have chopped ears of a man accused of planting an IED or a roadside bomb that resulted in the deaths of civilians. The planted bomb exploded Thursday resulting in the death of two children and injury of 6 people including three other children. "This i ...

Genocide in Making

April 14, 2012

The targeted killings in southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta continue as two more people from the Hazara community were shot dead on Friday. About 24 innocent people have been killed in the last two weeks. The provincial law enforcement agencies and intelligence of security establishment have failed to control the situation. Thousands of ...

UN to Assist Afghanistan in 2014 Elections

April 12, 2012

It is really important for Afghanistan to have some very important political changes before the year 2014 when the international troops will complete their withdrawal. One of the most important factors in the political development of Afghanistan will be the 2014 elections. It is necessary that the elections should ...

Future Burden or Defenders of Afghanistan?

April 12, 2012

Defense Minister, Abul Rahim Wardak on his recent visit to Washington has said that Afghanistan will significantly reduce the number of its troops to 230,000 after the NATO withdraws in 2014. That indicates a twist in the plans of NATO and Afghan government. Based on earlier plans, Afghan ...

Time to Become Serious about Afghan Future

April 12, 2012

The US embassy here in Kabul has said that they are ready to negotiate with the Taliban. Willingness to talk to the Taliban that continue to kill and injure people, destroy roads and schools, and disrupt lives on a daily basis is understandable. This is because violence has surged and international community has come to ...

Washington-Kabul Agreement over Nighttime Raids

April 11, 2012

Since the start of second round of presidency, Mr. President Hamid Karzai's relation with the White House has not moved on a track without speed breakers. Initially, he was blamed for systematic electoral fraud in order to win over his close ...

Act before the Security Situation Turns Too Complex

April 11, 2012

Tuesday, April 10, 2012, Afghanistan went through two other deadly terrorist attacks in west and south. At least 15 people were killed in two separate suicide bombings in Guzara district of Herat and Helmand. In Herat province, eight civilians and three policemen died when suicide bombers detonated their vehicle ...

NDS Exposes Names of Media with Affiliation to Neighboring Countries

April 11, 2012

According to a report published yesterday on a local newspaper, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) has exposed the names of print and broadcasting media that are funded by Pakistan and Iran and that try to mold their messages to the public in accordance with objectives of the said countries. Speaking in a media ...

Concerns over Possible Backfire

April 10, 2012

On Sunday, April 08, 2012, Afghanistan and the United States reached an agreement about the night raids. Under the agreement, Afghan government has a veto over the operations to be conducted by the NATO forces and supervised by the government. The agreement was signed by Afghan Defense Minister General Abdul Rahim Wardak and ...

Systematic Genocide of a Minority in Pakistan

April 10, 2012

During the first 10 days of April so far, 18 people from the minority Hazara ethnic group have been killed in southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta. In an attack yesterday, Monday April 09, 2012, six people were shot dead and three injured after unknown assailants opened fire in a shoe-maker's shop on a busy shopping ...

Before the Banks get Emptied…

April 10, 2012

The announcement of US and its allies to end their combat operations by mid 2013 and prepare withdrawing their full forces out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014 has impacted many important areas. In addition to morale boost to insurgents, the plan has adversely affected investments, businesses and other day to day activities. The ...

How a Welcomed Intervention Changed into Frustration

April 09, 2012

Creation of effective institutions is an important component of state-building. The US-led international intervention in Afghanistan initially aimed at state-building in Afghanistan because it was assumed that a failed state poses threats to both its own citizens as well as to the global security. Afghanistan under the ...

Investment in Afghan Opium to Save Future

April 09, 2012

Against the weighty claims of success by Afghan government in countering narcotics, not only opium production has increased but also people have started investing in narco-businesss to secure their future amid withdrawal plan of US-led NATO forces from Afghanistan. According to Jean-Luc Lemahieu, head of the UN Office ...

State of Afghan Children

April 09, 2012

A latest UNICEF report The State of World's Children 2012: Children in an Urban World highlights the plight of Afghan children, particularly the challenges faced by them in urban areas. Besides the fact that children have been the worst victims of the last four decades of conflict in Afghanistan, they are still the most ...

Learn From Dennis

April 08, 2012

Days ago, an American soldier was run over by Mine Resistant and Ambush-protected vehicle while he was trying to save a shell cas ings collector girl in the northeast of the country, Laghman province. Mr. Dennis Weichel, 29, was in a NATO convoy, reportedly, saw children on the path of the ...

Can Negotiation with Taliban Establish a Permanent Peace?

April 08, 2012

Going by what transpired of the Afghan premiership and its western allies have commonly comprehended that negotiated settlement with the fanatically purist Talibs are indeed for a cooperative path out of the morass after ten years of often directionless drift and Karzai supports ...