Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Thursday, January 17th, 2019

Corruption in Afghanistan: Pressures Not Working

May 07, 2012

Afghanistan's bad security problem won't heal until and unless certain contributive factors are addressed. Merely insecurity is not Afghans problem. Along with that, issues of corruption, poppy cultivation, weak governance, lack of justice – to name only a few - remain untreated. Singling out corruption, it can be said ...

The Greek Parliamentary Election and Euro Crisis

May 07, 2012

Greek parliamentary election held on Sunday, April 6, fuelled pessimism once again over the financial stability of Eurozone, in general, and Greece, in particular. Conser vative New Democracy and Socialist PASOK parties terribly fell off the expectations and estimates made previously. According to reports, New Democracy ...

School Closures and Need for Some Drive-out Operations in Ghazni

May 06, 2012

Ghazni has been one of the most insecure provinces. The Taliban have maintained their increasing influence in some of the districts of this province, from where they launch attacks into the provincial capital as well as into other districts. The Taliban militants have kept the routes to some ...

Freedom of Press has still a long way to go in Afghanistan

May 06, 2012

World freedom of press day was marked in Afghanistan on May 3rd. In various events held in this regard, challenges ahead of those involved in conveying right information to the public especially the journalists were highlighted. President Hamid Karzai who appeared in front of the media ...

People Should Have the Basic Requirment

May 06, 2012

Different sectors have been influenced by decades longwar. The basic infra-structure has not been able to get proper attention and people are suffering because of basic needs, among which food is the most rudimentary one. It is one of the preliminary physiological requirements of human beings and it is really sorry ...

President Karzai’s Confusion and Nervousness

May 05, 2012

Last week, the Enduring Strategic Partnership Agreement between Afghanistan and the United States was signed by the presidents of the two countries in the darkness of the night. The agreement commits the two countries "to strengthen long-term strategic cooperation in areas of mutual interest, including: advancing ...

Press Freedom Day

May 05, 2012

Afghanistan continues to remain at top of the list among countries most dangerous for journalists. There were 77 cases of violence against journalists in Afghanistan during the past year. Four journalists killed were Sadim Khan Bahadarzai, Jafar Mehdavi, Farhad Taqadusi and Ahmad Omid Khpalwak.
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Strategic Accord: A Crucial Pivotal Step Forward

May 03, 2012

US President Barack Obama, with a wind speed, entered Afghanistan on Tuesday evening, signed the long awaited US-Afghanistan strategic accord with his counterpart Hamid Karzai, addressed the American people right from amongst the US forces at Bagram Air Base and departed before it was dawn. About two hours after his departure ...

The Taliban Darkened the Light of a New Afghan Day

May 03, 2012

On the predawn of Wednesday, May 02, 2012, the US president Barack Obama said,"My fellow Americans, we've traveled through more than a decade under the dark cloud of war. Yet here, in the pre-dawn darkness of Afghanistan, we can see the light of new day on the horizon." After he left Afghanistan, the thick smoke from ...

Repatriation of Refugees and Stability

May 03, 2012

United Nations High Commission for Refugees has announced a 3-year plan for repatriation and reintegration of Afghan refugees at a two-day international conference in Geneva. UNHCR says about three million Afghan refugees living in Pakistan and Iran should be encouraged to return back to their homes and take part in stabilization ...

Taliban’s Atrocity and President Karzai’s Puzzling Bond of Brotherhood

May 02, 2012

Another four Afghan children have fallen victims to the ruthless Taliban insurgency. Afghan children, women and men are immensely out of incompetence of their leadership. On Tuesday, May 01, 2012, in a fighting between Taliban militants and NATO ...

Taliban Continue their Anti-Education Campaign

May 02, 2012

Taliban continue to create hindrances for Afghan boys and girls who want to get education. They have threatened to kill students of about 119 schools in Ghazni province, if they tried to attend their classes. That should not be surprising. During the Taliban government, all kinds of formal education...

The Increasing Violence Against Women

May 02, 2012

Violence, discrimination and alienation against women appear to get stronger in Afghanistan. The cases of torture and rape in the country are widespread and many even go under-reported, often not concerned even by the relevant organizations. This leads us to the story of only 6 years old innocent girl who has been raped in ...

Contradictions and Differences a Major Obstacle to Peace

May 01, 2012

Afghan government led by President Hamid Karzai is suffering from contradictions and lack of agreements on policies and strategies to tackle the Taliban insurgency and other militancy waged by destructive forces networked with regional militant and terrorist outfits. President Karzai is becoming a voice for ...

Peace-Building Requires More than a Flawed Process

May 01, 2012

Any negotiated settlement of a conflict requires mechanisms and outcomes to be laid down clearly. The process must be inclusive and based on broad-based consultation with a wide range of stakeholders. Afghan government has been pursuing and implementing integration and reconciliation program to bring the Taliban ...

The Things Afghan Government Can Do on its Own

May 01, 2012

With the increasing problems, and diminishing hopes in Afghanistan, the prospects of peace and tranquility seem very much dim; yet, there are possibilities to start afresh from this point and reach to a somewhat reputable position. There is no doubt that for its journey to stability Afghanistan would require a great deal ...

Funding Must Continue, Corruption Must Not

April 30, 2012

Since 2001, when Taliban's government was toppled, the international community has generously poured funds in Afghanistan that have supported this country develop in many areas including democracy, women rights, education, economy and media. The world has consistently provided aids to the Afghan government and directly ...

Everything Seems to Be Regressing

April 30, 2012

Seventy billion dollars are said to be made out of drug trafficking. Afghanistan has been struggling to develop and built its economy. But it still remains a mafia and drug-based economy. This benefits ordinary Afghans very little. Now the Ministry of Counternarcotic has said that the profit made out of drug trafficking ...

Countdown Begins for Afghan Refugees’ Expulsion

April 30, 2012

The issue of Afghan refugees is still very much serious and determined efforts are needed to be diverted towards it. Million of Afghan refugees, during different wars and clashes have moved to different countries of the world, leaving behind their near and dear ones. Pakistan and Iran are two of the most dominant countries that ...

Democratization vs. Talibanization

April 29, 2012

In a growingly globalized world where development or poverty, peace or war, security or insecurity influence the entire human community, Afghanistan's strategic partnership with the world democracies, specially the US-Afghan strategic partnership, will prove vital to democratize Afghanistan, promote peace and ...

On Downsizing of ANSF

April 29, 2012

Four influential US Senators have asked President Obama to reject the considerations of downsizing Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) after NATO withdrawal in 2014. The senators include Senator Carl Levin, Chairman of Senate Armed Services Committee, Senators John McCain ...

Easy to Untangle the Mystery

April 29, 2012

Last week, Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim, the first Vice-President, said that every one was tired of the current government. He further stated that even those who govern were tired of the way they govern. These remarks, which came in a ceremony to introduce Salahuddin Rabbani as the new chairman of High Peace Council, is an expression of accumulated frustration by the ...

On Finalized Draft of Strategic Agreement

April 28, 2012

On Monday last week, President Hamid Karzai's security advisor, Rangin Dadfar Spanta, appeared in the Wolesi Jirga session to brief the MP's on what is called a finalized version of a strategic cooperation agreement between Afghanistan and its most powerful ally, the United States of America. Many Afghans view ...

A Victory that Turned Pale

April 28, 2012

Yesterday, April 27, 2012 was marked as Mujahidin's victory day in Afghanistan. Mujahideen's Victory Day is a political holiday observed in Afghanistan, falling on the 27 or 28 April each year. It commemorates the day when the Afghan Mujahidin overthrew the socialist government in Afghanistan in 1992. The celebration ...

The Government’s Anti-Corruption Rhetoric before any International Conference

Thursday April 26

Chicago conference will be held next month. The future of international engagement will be discussed. Afghanistan has already signed strategic agreements with several western countries as well as India. These countries will continue to aid Afghanistan in one way or another. But it should ...

Lacking Political Will

Thursday April 26

Afghanistan'sneighbors are highly wary of the US-Afghan strategic pact. The document was finalized early this week following two separate agreements signed between the two countries on controversial 'night raids' and 'US-run prisons'. Afghan and US governments have expressed hope for long term ...

Afghans Have No Safe Travel

Thursday April 26

It is extremely risky to travel by road in Afghanistan. It is even riskier than the Taliban's time of government. In the last decade, armed insurgents, robbers or IED's have caused thousands of people to lose their life while travelling. In Afghanistan, where about 60 percent of population lives in extreme poverty, it ...

Negotiation Process: The Best Option for Taliban

April 25, 2012

It will take Afghanistan long to recoup its infrastructure, security and economy. A country ruined by decades of war cannot be reconstructed over nights. It is difficult for Afghanistan to turn peaceful in a short span of time, as conflict still continues. Taliban are daydreaming of regaining power by overthrowing the government ...

The Government’s Hysteric Reactions to Much-Needed Reforms

April 25, 2012

On Sunday, April 22, 2014, Afghanistan National Front (ANF) and a US congressional delegation in a joint statement called for fundamental changes before the complete withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan. This fundamental change is meant to be establishment of ...

Time to Look the Other Way Around

April 25, 2012

Salahuddin Rabbani has now assumed the position of head of the High Peace Council to lead it into success in making peace with the Taliban. This is the apparent objective of the appointment to and taking the charge of High Peace Council. But it is, unfortunately, not that easy to remove the clouds of violence from the sky of ...

Economic Ties to Serve Political Purposes

April 24, 2012

Outshined by insecurity and violence, the region is in dire need of boosting economic relations. Security and stability hit the top of regional agenda for inter governmental cooperation. Several MoUs are signed, treaties are developed and plans are designed to ensure long term stability in south Asian countries ...

Afghan-US Strategic Deal Finalized

April 24, 2012

The much awaited deal between Afghanistan and US has been finalized and there are expectations that the deal will be signed before or during the Chicago summit that has to be held next month. US, in the draft, has mentioned that it would continue to support Afghanistan both economically and ...

Challenges ahead of HPC’s New Chief

April 23, 2012

Last year in August, Burhanuddin Rabbani, Head of High Peace Council (HPC) was assassinated by Taliban's peace envoy, who turned out to be suicide bomber. His assassination was conceived an immense blow to President Karzia's strategy of engaging Taliban in peace talks. The incident shocked the activities of ...

An Imprudent Leadership at the Core of Failure

April 23, 2012

Over the last ten years, Afghanistan has been hosting international community and forces in the fight against terrorists. Elimination of terrorists from Afghanistan and region could benefit Afghanistan, region and international community. But unfortunately this has not happened as yet. Afghanistan has been bearing the ...

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 ...