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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 ...

Discrimination of Afghan Women Continues..

December, 03 2011

The condition of women in Afghanistan has always been pathetic and controversial. The patriarchal tribal values and the extremist religious beliefs have always underestimated the women and have convinced the people to mistreat them. They have been the victim of their own close male-relatives. Though the interference of ...

Pakistan Should be Persuaded

December, 01 2011

Pakistan is not attending the upcoming Bon II conference on Afghanistan. The reason is clear i.e. the killing of at least 24 Pakistani soldiers by a NATO copter raid earlier this month. The decision of not participating in Bon II was taken at a cabinet meeting in Lahore just days after Islamabad confirmed it was mulling its ...

Donors’ Funds Lack Transparency

December, 01 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 to ...

Prices Go Uncontrolled

December, 01 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 80 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 winter has already worried ...

Withdrawal - Negative Impacts Must be Countered

November, 30 2011

At international level, certain vital decisions are yet to be taken for the good future of Afghanistan. But until those decisions are in place, serious concerns over the security and economy of Afghanistan will remain high. The Afghan economy is really going to suffer negative changes as a result of international withdrawal. What will ...

Parliament is to Look into Waste in Loya Jirga

November, 30 2011

Corruption is a much-discussed issue in Afghanistan. It is sometimes put in the shade when much-trumpeted events like Traditional Loya Jirga or ineffective efforts like reconciliation process with unhappy brothers take place or come to the fore. In fact, these things are often intended or aimed at diverting the attention from corruption. The ...

Reaction Against Iran’s Nuclear Program

November, 30 2011

The recent report of IAEA about Tehran's suspicious nuclear program has shifted international community's leaders inches nearer to hold a united front against the country. Though China and Russia, the two very important countries, have somehow large economic relation with the Islamic Republic and still resist severe punitive measures, they ...

The Second Phase

November, 29 2011

>President Karzai's office, on Saturday, November 26 endorsed eighteen more areas that would start falling in the hands of Afghan National Army and Police (ANAP) from the beginning of the next year. Unlike the first stage of transition, which included places that were already peaceful and for the most part already under government ...

Parliament is to Look into Waste in Loya Jirga

November, 29 2011

Corruption is a much-discussed issue in Afghanistan. It is sometimes put in the shade when much-trumpeted events like Traditional Loya Jirga or ineffective efforts like reconciliation process with 'unhappy brothers' take place or come to the fore. In fact, these things are often intended or aimed at diverting the attention from ...

Another Mistake: NATO Blind Raid on Pak Check Post

November, 29 2011

The recent raid of by NATO copters on Pakistani security check posts near Afghan border reportedly took lives of at least 26 Pakistani soldiers. The incident has triggered the anger of Pakistani nation and at the same will further worsen the already cracked Pak-US relations. This will definitely ruin the ...

Time to Dislodge Terrorists from Tribal Areas

November, 28 2011

Pakistani government appears to be unprecedentedly incensed and enraged by the NATO air raid that killed about 24 Pakistani soldiers on Saturday, November 26. Pakistani authorities held an emergency meeting of the Defense Committee of the Cabinet (DCC) to discuss the airstrike. A statement from the Prime Minister's Secretariat ...

The US Permanent Military Bases

November, 28 2011

The recent Loya Jirga held in Kabul city where several hundred highly influential people participated and ultimately endorsed both Agendas of the assembly - starting negotiation once again with Taliban-led militants and signing of Strategic cooperation contract with the US, which necessarily includes establishment of permanent ...

Syria Tries to Scale Down Pressure

November, 28 2011

As time goes on, the pressure is ratcheting up against Syrian government to stop crackdown and meet demands of protestors. By each passing day, civilian casualties go up and more people face persecution by security forces. According to United Nations' Security Council, more than 3,500 people have been killed. But the violence has not ...

Recover of Money Spent for the Bailout of KB

November, 27 2011

One of the most critical issues in the economic sphere in the country has been the scandal in Kabul Bank, the largest commercial lender bank in the country. When the reports hit the headlines, previously, of popular international News Agencies and then domestic ones, people rushed to all branches and started withdrawing their ...

Not to Repeat the Costly Mistake

November, 27 2011

Peace is the ultimate need of the people of Afghanistan. The best way to reach peace is through negotiations and reconciliation. But reconciliation can take place only when all the parties involved in the conflict show their willingness towards it. For the purpose of ending the lingering war in Afghanistan, the Afghan ...

Time to Expand beyond Client-Based Network

November, 27 2011

It is conspicuous that Taliban are the principal insurgent group that continues to exercise violence in different parts of the country. Taliban are notorious for gross systematic violations of human rights based on their strict and harsh ideology. The group receives from regional elements and carries out terrorist attacks against ...

Need for Representation of Various Views in Bonn Two

November, 26 2011

Many of the achievements and progresses made over the last ten years since the fall of hard-line regime of Taliban in late 2001 are direct results of the presence of international community in Afghanistan, which contributed to the development of an open democratic space. The presence of more than 40 countries in Afghanistan inspired ...

Talk about Talks

November, 26 2011

With the death of Prof. Burhan ud din Rabbani there have been indications that the peace process with the Taliban is going to end without any tangible solution, but the recent statements from Masoom Stanekzai clearly show that High Peace Council (HPC) has not been disappointed yet and really wants to restart negotiations with ...

Government Failure to Implement Laws

November, 24 2011

To stabilize a country there is a need to enforce the laws that are enacted in order to regulate the behaviors and conducts in that given society. Afghan government has been attempting to bring stability and peace to the country but without giving enough consideration to implementation of the laws that are put in place. Failure to stick to ...

Syria Tries to Scale Down Pressure

November, 24 2011

As time goes on, the pressure is increasing against Syrian government to stop crackdown and meet demands of protestors. By each passing day, civilian casualties go up and more people face persecution by security forces. According to United Nations' Security Council, more than 3,500 people have been killed. But the violence has not calmed ...

Forces of Tradition Against Democratic Trend

November, 24 2011

The recent trend shows that the government and some traditionalist forces have launched an exhaustive attempt to undermine the legislative branch of the government. Legisla ture of Afghanistan according to the constitution has the power to pass, amend and repeal laws. Also Wolesi Jirga of the country is constitutionally mandated to ratify ...

Cause of Exclusion and Source of Conflict

November, 23 2011

Afghanistan is reeling from contracted challenges. There are new challenges coming to the surface. Both old and new are of both internal and external nature. Internally, the problems are not rooted just in the management or leadership; they also come from the social structures and political systems and power configurations. Over ...

2nd Phase, Not Announced

November, 23 2011

Unlike expectations, President Hamid Karzai announced the second phase of security transition neither in Istanbul conference nor in the Loya Jirga. Both the events were held this month and were sound platforms for this purpose. Reportedly, 17 more areas will be handed over to Afghan army and police under the second phase. Already, seven ...

The Post-revolution Situation of Egypt

November, 23 2011

Tahrir Square is quiet a familiar name to people around the world. Perhaps, before the arrival of Arab Spring blowing wind from neighboring Tunisia, people had least information about the Square and did not know where it is located. But series of demonstrations and protests held against decades-old regime of Hosni Mubarak in Tahrir ...

Need for UN-led Peace Process with the Taliban

November, 22 2011

In the wake of new political developments and upcoming important international events about Afghanistan, an important opposition block the National Front, which was founded recently by heavyweights like Ex-Vice President Ahmed Zia Massoud, Chief of National Islamic Movement of Afghanistan (NIMA/Junbish) Abdur Rashid Dostum ...

Afghan Women – Victim of Fundamentalism

November, 22 2011

The status of women in Afghanistan has always faced a discriminatory behavior throughout the recorded history, except for the last one decade or so, since there have been certain important improvements during this period. They have been able to experience better opportunities that have made them see the positive aspect of ...

The Jirga Resolution and US-Afghanistan Strategic Partnership Agreement

November, 21 2011

The Traditional Loya Jirga has overwhelmingly supported presence of American troops beyond 2014 and approved of the proposed US-Afghanistan Strategic Partnership agreement. More than 2000 hand-picked delegates participated in a gathering criticized by the opposition ...

Obama’s ‘Price Tag’ War Policy in Afghanistan

November, 21 2011

This piece of writing is on the book "Obama's war" by American journalist and author Bob Woodward. Majority of materials contained in the book involves classified minutes, discussions and points of views expressed in Obama's national security meetings during first 18 months of his administration. During this time President Obama ...

Playing Down Strategic Partnership?

November, 20 2011

Alike civilian casualties, US, NATO forces' night raids against Taliban and their allied groups in Afghanistan has caused severe temper among afghan government officials. So has happened among local public. The government officials have frequently called upon international forces to stop night operations searching for Taliban members and their ...

A Melodramatic Speech Versus People’s Demands

November, 20 2011

President Hamid Karzai assumed his new presidential term with promises to stamp the rampant corruption from his administration, stimulate economic development and bring peace to the country. In doing so, he pledged to work with political actors, groups and parties. But over the last two years he afforded to squander the opportunity and time ...

Strategic Deal will Benefit Afghanistan’s Stability

November, 19 2011

Security has gone on 'high alert' in capital Kabul as the Loya Jirga to mainly discuss strategic partnership with the United States has been going on with thousand of tribal elders, high government officials, MPs, and foreign guests participating in it. Keeping the past experience in view, there are fears of terrorists' attack as Taliban ...

A Dashed Hope; People Remain Pessimistic

November, 19 2011

When foreign forces came into Afghanistan on November 13, 2001, a life filled with hope began anew in the country. More than ten years later, the dismay has replaced that high hope and there is a fuzzy picture of the future down to the fact that there are not enough guarantees that the country will not collapse into chaos again as Afghan forces are assuming the ...