Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Thursday, January 18th, 2018

EU Partnership Pact Will have Positive Impacts

November, 13 2011

As the international troops are set to withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, concerns have increased about the future security and stability of economy of Afghanistan. It is feared that Afghanistan might return to its 90's, although the international allies of Afghanistan have urged they would remain involved here for a long ...

Financial Crisis Deals Political Cost to Euro Zone

November, 13 2011

It has not been so long that the concept of an ironclad monetary and financial euro union has been distorted, and market reacts now differently against different countries with the euro currency. The conceptual distortion has already dealt terrible blows to the region.Many financial institutions during years deemed all euro ...

Overcrowded Prisons Violation of Human Rights

November, 13 2011

Inmates of Bamiyan provincial prison are kept in crowded rooms, with poor facilities. In this harsh winter, prisoners are unable to sleep these nights. Prisoners are kept in the cells more than double of the space capacity. According to a report by Pajhwok, 39 people are kept in a cell for 20 people. The officials of the provincial prison are ...

A Dysfunctional Mechanism Versus Democratic Institutions

November, 12 2011

On November 16, 2011, President Karzai is convening Traditional Loya Jirga to decide about strategic partnership agreement between Afghanistan and the United States of America. Taliban militants have warned the participants with death threats in night letters in Ghazni province. The ...

No Justice for Afghan Civilians Murdered in Cold Blood

November, 12 2011

The American sergeant Calvin Gibbs has been sentenced to life imprisonment for killing innocent civilian Afghans by a military jury in the US. Gibbs was leader of a US Army unit called "Kill Team" that was exposed for brutal murder of three civilians including a young boy. Their fingers were cut and kept as war trophies ...

Government has Failed to Attract FDI

November, 12 2011

In the last three decades, due to fast advancement in technology, traditional practices in all fields have changed or changing fast. Business, trade, finance and investment have all gone electronic. Unfortunately, Afghanistan falls among the countries that have benefited the least from the opportunities of the last thirty ...

Taliban’s Front Change

November, 10 2011

In a severe clash between insurgents and joint Afghan and foreign forces around 70 militants were killed in volatile eastern province, Paktika. Reportedly, a group of Taliban-led militants had attacked a NATO-led International Security Assistance Force's base in the province, and then harshly was responded by joint Afghan and NATO ...

SAARC Summit May Rebuild Ties

November, 10 2011

There are expectations that the annual South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit that is going to open from today in the Maldives may result in improvement in regional cooperation for the stability and peace process in Afghanistan and may also play some role in rapprochement in Pak-Indian relations. SAARC is an ...

Taliban Turned Eid to a Tragedy

November, 10 2011

Eid ul Adha was celebrated all over Afghanistan and throughout the Muslim world with full religious and cultural zeal. The message of such Islamic events is peace, reconciliation, brotherhood and elimination of hatred. Those are what Afghanistan needs the most as Afghans have been suffering the worst consequences of war and conflict in the last three ...

Karzai Bypassing Democratic Institutions

November, 05 2011

Around a hundred members of the Lower House are going to boycott the upcoming Loya Jirga convened by President Karzai to discuss the strategic partnership agreement between the US and Afghanistan. Despite an earlier resolution unanimously approved by the house, about 150 MP's have filled up forms to participate in the consultative Loya Jirga to ...

Inconsistent Policies Lowered Public Trust

November, 05 2011

Peace is the ultimate need of Afghans; not only of Afghans but of every human being on this planet. After three decades of war and conflict, the government of Afghanistan backed by international community thought to bring peace to Afghanistan through negotiation and reconciliation with its armed opposition, the Taliban. As publicity ...

EID-UL-AZHA

November, 05 2011

Muslims celebrate two Eids within one Islamic year. These two Eids are considered as the days of blessings and bliss for all the Muslims around the world and they make sure that they celebrate these two Eids with grandeur and maximum pleasure. These two Eids are Eid-ul-Fithr and Eid-ul-Azha. Eid-ul-Fithr is celebrated on first...

How to Fight Intrusive Interests

November, 03 2011

Afghanistan has been attempting to convince the neighbors to change their postures towards this country and stop meddling in its internal affairs. Afghan government has been doing its best to elicit their sincere cooperation in fighting terrorism and militancy which have roots in the region and are regional phenomenon. Afghan ...

The Prospects of Trilateral Summit

November, 03 2011

There are indications that the trilateral summit of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkey has concluded positively, but the real outcomes can only be gauged after the promised commitments are carried out properly especially of the ones between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Though, it is not right to expect that ...

Security has not improved!

November, 03 2011

According to Western military sources, the security condition in Afghanistan is unexpectedly better this year. The number of attacks by insurgents has decreased as compared to previous year. Last year proved to be the deadliest for international forces in Afghanistan as 709 soldiers were killed. The claim of improvement ...

Trilateral Meeting in Istanbul

November, 02 2011

Two days before the commencement of Istanbul conference, a Karzai-led delegation flied to Turkey to meet Pakistani and Ankara officials. The Istanbul conference scheduled to be held today, November 2, in order to assess a regional cooperation to end the security crisis in Afghanistan and curb the growing threat of terrorism to the ...

Transition Should Guarantee Security

November, 02 2011

As the International forces are in the process of withdrawal, the security situation in Afghanistan is getting worse with each passing day. Though some of the Afghan authorities seem confident that the ongoing transition period is a proper transfer of authorities to Afghans and they can shoulder the responsibilities ...

Time to be Shaken by the Erosion of War

November, 02 2011

Afghan media and press continue to report and write on terrorist attacks carried out by the Taliban or other insurgent groups that had to be defeated over the last ten years. Foreign troops and Afghan civilians were killed in Kabul two days ago. Yesterday, nine people died in an insurgent attack in Kandahar and similar stories are ...

Managing Internal and External Relations

November, 01 2011

Afghanistan's success and development into a peaceful and stable democracy largely hinges on effective management of its internal and external relations. A failure in this regard will lead to reversal of the current democratic consolidation process. Recently, Afghan government seems to be doing well to forge long-term partnerships with ...

Call for No-fly Zone over Syria

November, 01 2011

The cost of Arab spring is spirally rising in Syria as pro-democracy protests face deadly crackdown by Bashar al-Assad regime. According to available reports, around hundred people were just killed last Friday and Saturday.There are growing demands for Libyaization of Syria as protestors last Friday asked the United Nation Security ...

World Population Reaches 7 Billion

October 31, 2011

The world population, according to the projections of United Nations, has reached to 7 billion. According to the report released by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on October 26, 2011, this milestone has with itself both the possibility of opportunity and challenge. UNFPA says that the world population may reach to 10 billion ...

Australia Committed to Afghanistan despite Losses

October 31, 2011

>The infiltration of Afghan National Army (ANA) has been a matter of great concern for the Western allies of Afghanistan. On Saturday, 29 October, the ANA soldier gunned down the Australian members of Mentoring Task Force 3, an Afghan interpreter and injured seven others just as they ended a regular weekly parade at a forward ...

Irreversible Transition versus Increasing Violence

October, 30 2011

As international forces are preparing to implement the second phase of transition of security responsibility to Afghan security forces, Taliban and other insurgent groups are increasingly using male and female suicide bombers to attack international troops and Afghan institutions. On Saturday, October 29, 2011, at least two NATO ...

The Counter-Narcotics Law

October, 30 2011

The Counter-Narcotics Law will go into effect early next year. The law includes 5 chapters and 67 Articles. It was approved in 2009, but due to the poppy eradication campaigns and the so-called alternative programs, this law has not been implemented. Once this law goes into effect, there will be legal action against farmers who ...

Poppy Cultivation is Forbidden in Islam

October, 30 2011

In a rare relevant Fatwa from our religious scholars, poppy cultivation has been declared un-Islamic and forbidden. Over 600 clerics after a three-day seminar about prevention of poppy cultivation issued a unanimous religious decree (Fatwa) saying that the cultivation of poppy, its trade and transportation was against the teachings of ...

Afghanistan to Face Serious Economic crisis

October, 29 2011

As we are moving ahead in Afghanistan, things seem to be getting worse than going towards betterment. This summer the process of transition of security responsibilities in Afghanistan begin with seven areas handed to Afghan security forces. That was the first phase. Very soon, according to reports President Hamid Karzi will announce the ...

Need to Rationally Pursue the National Interests

October, 29 2011

Afghanistan seems and even needs to learn how to rationally pursue and ensure its national interests in its relations and interactions with other countries of the world. Since Afghanistan is a poor country and remains vulnerable to foreign interference, its multi-faceted national interests lie in long-term strategic partnership with ...

Regional Countries’ Support Pivotal for Afghanistan

October, 27 2011

Kabul and Delhi entered a strategic deal recently. The deal is expected to boost cooperation between Afghanistan and India in various fields. One of the areas is military cooperation to Afghanistan. Indian military mentors will be giving training to Afghan security forces to bolster their capacity. But the deal is being questioned by ...

Not to Base Overarching Decisions on Sentimentalism

October, 27 2011

Afghanistan is supposed to make some important and overarching decisions to bring an end to the lingering ongoing conflict and provide a roadmap for the future as international forces have begun leaving the country. The decision-makers must base these decisions on the country's national interests, which are yet to be articulated and defined ...

Tragic Incident in Parwan

October, 27 2011

The oil tanker explosion in Parwan has killed 12 people and injured dozens. The explosion was caused by a remote bomb on the road close to Bagram Air Base. After the first explosion, local people poured in to collect the oil from the tanker. When dozens of people gathered on the tanker, another blast shattered bodies around. It is ...

Security, not Transition, is a Must

October, 26 2011

improved to develop into a permanent peace and stability in Afghanistan. Both Afghan government and international community must understand and appreciate this point and must work around the clock to make sure that there is no relapse and backsliding in the country after international forces fully leave Afghanistan in the couple of years ...

Loya Jirga on US-Afghanistan Strategic Partnership

October, 26 2011

The traditional Loya Jirga has been convened for mid-November in Kabul to discuss the US-Afghanistan strategic pact and talks with insurgents. The Jirga Commission has beefed up preparations. Some MPs have also filled up forms for participation, which was criticized by the Speaker of the Lower ...

Libya After Gaddafi

October, 26 2011

Former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi has been buried in a secret desert location in Libya along with his son Muatasim and defense minister. Relatives and family members had requested the bodies to be buried outside Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte. There was a Fatwa that he should not be buried in a Muslim cemetery. Indeed it's now a ...

The Naïve Assessment

October 25, 2011

As the Afghan government is preparing for holding Loya Jirga to assess pros and cons of the possible Strategic Cooperation contract between Kabul and Washington, immature explanations circulate in the country, fuelling worries among common people. Afghan people have suffered largely during past decades. They suffered from ...

Time to Raise Question on our Hard Conditions

October 25, 2011

Thirty percent of Afghan people are under poverty line. They are in need assistance to survive. This is down to the persistence of thirty years of war and conflict in the country, which in turn emanate from Afghans' failure to settle their differences peacefully and through coexistence and continued interferences by the neighboring ...