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

The Reason behind Urban Population Blow-up

December 19, 2011

Along with other problematic issues causing irritation in Kabul city is population. However, there is no authentic statistics about the population, it is said that around 2.5 million to 5 million people live in the city. Kabul has become the most populated city in the country and the population is increasingly rising by ...

If Karzai Administration is to Take the Lead

December 18, 2011

How to reconcile and with whom to reconcile? The government of Afghanistan has been trapped by its own inconsistent policies of the past. President Karzai's changing view on the process peace reconciliation with Taliban has made it difficult for Afghans to know: What is going on? Until, Burhan ud Din Rabbani, the ...

Extremism in Universities!

December 18, 2011

Some university students in Afghanistan have expressed concern over the expansion of influence of extremist groups in the universities. In a report published on BBC Persian website, Farida, a Kabul university student has said that she did not receive a passing mark in a semester because her dressing style was not acceptable to one of the ...

Real Alternatives Must be Offered against Drug Trade

December 18, 2011

The growing rate of drug and narcotics trade in Afghanistan by countries from around the world with the Afghan warlords who are the main responsible behind pushing the life of new generations in inhuman condition today is continuingly getting deeper and serious. The use of drug being traded inside the country, not only ...

Help Them to Survive

December 17, 2011

Indications from previous years clearly suggest that government ministries and their provincial departments, either by mistake or deliberately, disregard seasonal changes and its consequent troubles across the country. Unfortunately, so far, there have been enough losses to alarm the entire national stakeholders to plan ...

On Taliban’s Office in Qatar

December 17, 2011

Afghanistan has summoned its ambassador, Khaled Ahmad Zakaria, to Qatar for consultation. It is said that this is because Qatar is in discussion with Taliban to establish its political office in that country. Afghan government has kept the door to Taliban's return to normal life open over the last few years.Afghan people, political parties ...

Beef up the Poppy Eradication Campaign

December 17, 2011

Poppy eradication campaign launched in Uruzgan has cleared 3000 acres of land. Contrary to what has always been the propagated fear that it will provoke farmers to violence, the campaign is working successfully under the leadership of local Police Chief Matiullah Khan. The eradication campaign is launched in Khanqi, Shah Mansur and ...

A Country to Govern and Secure Itself!

December 15, 2011

Leon Panetta, the US Defense Secretary, has said that the US is winning the war in Afghanistan. Panetta was in a surprise visit to Afghanistan to review the situation for withdrawing of the US troops. He told troops at Forward Operating Base Sharana, 56 kilometers (35 miles) from the Pakistan border, in the eastern province of ...

Common People are Vital to Reach Terrorists

December 15, 2011

The Afghan police have announced: Any one with solid information about terrorists will be awarded AFA one million. This scheme is laudable. The reporting by local Afghans about suspicious people would result in prevention of terror attacks and would save lives of innocent civilians. In an Afghan society, it is very difficult for security ...

Taliban Office in Qatar

December 15, 2011

The US and Qatar have made the formal decision of supporting a Taliban office in Doha. Afghan officials have confirmed the news, but President Karzai is not happy for being kept in dark about the formal arrangement. Afghan Ambassador to Doha has been called to Kabul in protest. Senior aides of President Karzai say the decision is a push by ...

US-Pakistan Relations Deteriorating

December 14, 2011

The US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has said the war in Afghanistan could not be won without Pakistan's cooperation. He made a surprise visit to Kabul yesterday. While talking to journalists, Panetta said the US-Pakistan relationship has been "complicated", but it was an important one, for success in Afghanistan. After last ...

No Regional Stability without Peace in Afghanistan & Pakistan

December 14, 2011

Since 2001, when the United States launched the counter-terrorism war in Afghanistan, it has been calling Pakistan as one of its closest allies. Pakistan has cooperated with the US and in return it has received a consistent financial support from US. But now, the Pak-US relation seems to be the verge of collapse. That's ...

Progress in Discussions, Hope for a Better Future

December 14, 2011

It is hoped that Afghanistan reaches to agreement with the United States of America on a long-term partnership between the two countries. It is also hoped that Afghanistan will strike deals with some other western powers as well. Ryan Crocker, the US ambassador to Afghanistan, said on Monday this week that there has been considerable ...

No Political will, No Transparency

December, 13 2011

In its 2011 Corruption Perception Index Report, the Transparency International, a renowned global civil society organization working to fight against corruption, placed Afghanistan at the very bottom of the list of the most corrupt countries, preceding only Myanmar, North Korea and Somalia. Afghanistan, of 183 countries that ...

Need for a Clear Framework

December, 13 2011

A recently concluded conference, Bonn-II re-affirmed international commitments to Afghanistan until 2024. Apparently, the world has pledged to support Afghanistan for a long-term. The same has been reflected in the Bonn conference resolution bearing 33 articles. But none of the countries including the United States and international ...

Accusations Can’t Solve Our Problems

December, 13 2011

2011 has not been good for Pak-US relations. The killing of Osama bin Laden on Pakistani land and death of 24 Pakistan soldiers at Af-Pak border region as result of NATO strike have had a great role in tuning the Pak-US relations so acrimoniously. Afghanistan has, unfortunately, had a sandwich-like state. The worsening of ties between ...

Afghanistan’s Achievements in Cricket and Football Championships

December, 12 2011

Yesterday was a proud day for Afghans. Our Cricket Team won the Asian Cricket Cup Twenty20 Championship winning against Hong Kong. Our national football team is the runner up of South Asian Football Federation Cup losing to India by 4 goals. We congratulate the nation and our teams for bringing us a reason to celebrate this marvelous ...

“We Are All Afghans Together”

December, 12 2011

The death toll from the attack on Shiite shrine in Kabul has now reached to 80 and may even increase. The incident which took place on tenth of Muharram (Ashura) is considered as one of the most unfortunate incidents in the last decade and has raised many questions, as well, among which one of the most dominant has been, "Is it the ...

The Requisites for Success

December, 11 2011

To help a conflict-wrecked nation to get rid of instability, poverty and dilettantism, external forces, in the short term, can prove highly productive and essential. Lack of capacity, divergent approaches in decision making, absence of a unanimous pattern for adopting plans and low level of adaptability to the modern innovative ...

Opium Production to Escalate

December, 11 2011

Among the many things that will further worsen after the international troops' withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014, is the Afghan opium. Afghanistan is the top most country in opium production as it produces more than 90 percent of world's total opium. The past ten years is a mirror of coming ten years. No success against ...

Would Sectarianism Creep In?

December, 10 2011

It has been only few days that a terrible incident occurred in the heart of Kabul city which made more than thousands shed tears. The explosions left around seventy people dead and more than two hundred injured. It was the most deadly attacks ever made in Kabul since US-military intervention in 2001. As a result, President Karzai ...

There Should be a Careful Withdrawal

December, 10 2011

The Bonn II Conference on Afghanistan ended with promises and commitments. However, the concerns regarding the security situation in the country still remain very much real. As a matter of fact, there have not been concrete measures chalked out in the conference that should prove really fruitful in bringing peace and tranquility in the ...

In Pursuit of Women Rights!

December, 08 2011

Among many other issues that remain unsettled in Afghanistan, women rights is a dominant one. There were expectations that women rights would be emphasized much in the Bonn II Conference; however the emphasis was not very much considerable. Among the civil society members, Selay Ghaffar, a woman rights activist and the member ...

Afghan Govt. Will Focus on Political Settlement

December, 08 2011

In Bonn conference held 5 December, 2011, Afghanistan was able to gain commitments of long term financial and non-financial support from the international community. The international commitments signal the intention of United Sated and its allies towards rebuilding and stabilizing Afghanistan. Above all, these commitments ...

Sectarian Attacks have Dreadful Outcomes for Afghanistan

December, 08 2011

Kabul, once again, came under attack. Yesterday, a suicide bomber targeted the procession mourning the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, Prophet Muhammad's grandson. About sixty people including women and children have lost their lives while more than hundred are injured. The bomber detonated ...

Ashura Ceremony Turns Bloody

December, 07 2011

In addition to damages in terms of economy, infrastructure and human resources, Afghanistan has suffered great losses in terms of common values, culture and social assets such as confidence, trust and unity. The post-conflict nations, including Afghanistan, need to restore trust, confidence and the collective and shared values to bring about ...

Donors’ Funds Lack Transparency

December, 07 2011

More than 60 percent of Afghan government's operational budget and more than 90 percent of its development budget are funded by its international allies. This makes the economic stability of Afghanistan highly vulnerable especially at times when the international troops are withdrawing and foreign donations are expected ...

Prices Go Uncontrolled

December, 07 2011

Fuel and gas prices have hit new record in Afghanistan where approximately half the population lives below or slightly above the line of poverty. There has been an eighty percent increase in the price of gas while fuel prices have risen to 45 percent. This happens at a time when the arrival of harsh ...

Ashura - A Protest against Tyranny, Injustice and Oppression

December, 05 2011

Tomorrow, Tuesday, December 6 is the tenth of Muharram, the day of martyrdom of Hussain, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him and His Progeny). While in literal meaning Ashura (tenth of Muharram) signifies the day of mourning for martyrdom of Imam Hussain who revolted against a corrupt ...

Bonn-2 Can Go Without Pakistan but Reconciliation Process Won’t

December, 05 2011

Bonn-2 conference on the future of Afghanistan is to kick off today in the city of Bonn - the former West German capital. The conference is expected to reaffirm the commitment of the international community towards Afghanistan's security and economy after the foreign forces withdraw from here in 2014. The ...

Kidnapping of Pakistani Workers

December, 05 2011

Over the last ten years, Afghanistan has been a place of risk of being kidnapped for foreigners who come to help the people in areas of economic development, building infrastructure and governance. Since the fall of Taliban in late 2001, they have turned into kidnappers, suicide bombers and hit-and-run attackers. But Taliban have not been the ...

The Second Bon Conference

December, 04 2011

The second Bon conference is about to be started within few days. Recently, there have been some protests against it but slogans chanted against it made no sense indeed. Because those slogans were against permanent military bases or foreign military involvement, both of which have nothing to do with Bonn conference.

Opposition Delegation in Germany - A Broken Trust

December, 04 2011

Tomorrow, Monday, December 5, Bonn Conference is held in Germany. Representatives from 100 countries and 15 international organizations are attending this international summit to discuss the way forward and chart out a roadmap for assistance to Afghanistan beyond 2014. President Hamid Karzai is set to talk about the ...

Kabul-Delhi Deal Taking Practical Shape

December, 04 2011

As the Western troops are set to withdraw from Afghanistan by the 2014, regional countries are expected to expand their support and presence in this country. India is ahead of all. It has already signed a strategic deal with Afghanistan. The deal includes allowing India to train Afghan National Army (ANA). The Kabul-Delhi co-operation ...

Afghanistan Must be Tactful

December, 03 2011

After the NATO attack on the Pakistani military post that resulted in the death of 24 Pakistani soldiers, the US-Pak relations are heading towards further deterioration. Pakistan has shown serious reaction to the event and has taken certain steps in this regard. It has disconnected the communication channels with NATO and has blocked the ...