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Assad Nudges Protestors

January 18, 2012

Mr. President Bashar-al-Assad has announced general impunity, including for army defectors for all crimes committed since March 2011. the announcement comes after agreement with Arab League in November last year to pull back security forces out of streets and end to crackdown of peaceful protestors which has already left five thousand ...

Extremism Penetration Trouble

January 17, 2012

Amidst the hard talks on peace negotiations with Taliban, the country is undergoing a hardly-tolerable suffering. Major parts of the country are still threatened by Taliban extremists and the government remains weaker than it makes bluffs. Indications suggest that to change the situation, the government needs major reforms. On the other ...

US Starts Consultation on Negotiation Process with Taliban

January 17, 2012

Amid US efforts for establishment of an office for Taliban in Qatar, the Karzai administration has been signaling worries about being sidelined in the process of negotiation with the insurgents. How come so disappointed? Indeed, ending the Afghan war through a political settlement is not possible without participation of Karzai ...

Winter Catastrophe in Badakhshan

January 17, 2012

Heavy snow avalanches in Badakhshan have killed more than 16 people. Hundreds of villages are trapped, roads blocked and many missing feared to be dead. At least 12 districts of the province are disconnected with center. In one village, 72 houses have been buried under snow. It is feared that the death toll will increase. Thousands of villagers in ...

Half of Development Budget not Spent Again this Year

January 16, 2012

The trend of government agencies not being able to spend what they should seems to have turned into a chronic disease from which the government finds no cure. As in previous years when various agencies of the government of Afghanistan could not spend more than half of the development budget, this year too various government ...

Another Area of Failure

January 16, 2012

The Afghan government and its international partners have, undoubtedly, failed to counter the growing insurgency in the country. Nevertheless, there is another area in which they have badly failed to bring about any positive change and that is the 'Afghan drugs.' Amid lowest security prevailing in Afghanistan, this country continues to ...

 Roadside Bombs are Proving to be Deadly

January 16, 2012

One of the most effective, but cowardly, Talibans' weapons – the roadside bombs – killed two women in southern Afghanistan on Friday, January 13, 2012. According to the reports the women stepped on the explosive buried on a roadside in Helmand province. Roadside bombs have been one of the tactics that Taliban opted after they were ...

How the Government is Part of the Problem

January 15, 2012

Over the last ten years, international community has been helping Afghan (Karzai's) government to expand its writ into every nook and corner of the country. But these ten years of international support for Karzai's administration has not produced any tangible result in terms of state penetration in the society. It is very unfortunate ...

Fears of Coup in Pakistan

January 15, 2012

Pakistan is going through political turbulence nowadays. Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and other senior officials of the ruling Pakistan People's Party have openly feared a direct military coup or a takeover through judicial dismissal of the government. It is known since the day first of the PPP government that the ...

“The Ongoing Reconciliation Process is Flawed”

January 12, 2012

Afghan authorities and US, in urgency to conclude the war against terrorism through some sort of reconciliation with Taliban, are neglecting some of the very important facts. It is not only the urgency of the process but also its ambiguous nature that is making it very much mysterious. Even the Afghan presidential office seems ...

Govt. to Sell New Kabul Bank

January 12, 2012

According to some reliable sources, the government of Afghanistan has planned to sell the New Kabul Bank (NKB) at the end of June this year. Afghanistan's Central Bank, Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB) took over Kabul Bank last year when it started facing crisis because of issuing huge amounts of loans to its own shareholders. The bank ...

Regional Competition over Syria

January 12, 2012

The regional controversy has complicated the situation in Syria. There is no plan to end violence and bloodshed in short-term. According to United Nations' report around 5 thousand people have been killed by Mr. Bashar-al-Assad's regime during past ten months since the start of uprising in the country. Moreover, during past days since the ...

Afghanization of Peace Process

January 11, 2012

It seems that all the parties and all the incidents are leading towards a reconciliation process between Afghan government, Western allies and Taliban so as to have lasting peace in Afghanistan. After the reports of Taliban office in Qatar, there have been claims even by the Taliban that they are having negotiation with the US regarding a ...

It Isn’t the First Withdrawal Afghans are Witnessing

January 11, 2012

10,000 US soldiers have already said good bye to Afghanistan. At the end of this, 23,000 more US soldiers will leave Afghanistan. The process of withdrawal will continue until 2014 when all foreign forces will abandon Afghanistan. It is important to mention that this is not the first and the only time the Afghans are witnessing withdrawal ...

Transfer of Control at Bagram Prison

January 11, 2012

The order of President Karzai that the Bagram Prison be transferred to Afghan control could be a positive step of transition, only if the conditions were to allow. A sudden reactionary move, this untimely demand of President Karzai to ask for immediate transfer of control at the most important prison in Afghanistan from ...

Exaggerated Reaction over a Forum for Exchange of Views

January 10, 2012

Afghanistan is going through a very critical juncture, as both international community and Afghans are concerned about the reversal of the whole achievements made over the last ten years of joint struggle and international assistance. Both Afghan and international actors are engaged in a process of exchanges of views in ...

Low Institutional Capacity

January 10, 2012

To enjoy development, peace, democracy, good governance and modern advancements, the post-conflict nations have to try harder than those who have lived in a stable and peaceful environment and who have not suffered long standing clashes and devastating wars. Emerging out of the long-running war, multifaceted disputes and ...

The Frictional Relationship

January 10, 2012

The relation between President Karzia and Afghan foreign allies has not been moving on a smooth track since the end of his first round of presidency. But both sides were trying their best to keep secret the delicacy of bilateral relationship. After the second presidential election, it emerged that how Mr. Karzia has lost ...

Peace-building Vs legitimizing Violence

January 09, 2012

When Banjamin Franklin said, "There was never a good war or a bad peace," he was reflecting an ideal situation when peace is loved and conflict is hated. In contemporary world, peace is not an absolute end; it is a variable depending on certain circumstances and value systems. If peace was never bad, there could have ...

Low Institutional Capacity

January 09, 2012

To enjoy development, peace, democracy, good governance and modern advancements, the post-conflict nations have to try harder than those who have lived in a stable and peaceful environment and who have not suffered long standing clashes and devastating wars. Emerging out of the long-running war, multifaceted disputes and ...

US: from Liberation to Negotiation

January 08, 2012

The US led international intervention in Afghanistan in late 2001 was to oust Taliban regime that had harbored the leader of global terrorist network, Osama Bin Laden, who orchestrated a deadly sophisticated attack on twin towers in the US. International community, in particular the US was welcomed by Afghan people as a "liberator" ...

It is not a Matter of NATO Only

January 08, 2012

About six weeks have passed but Pakistani borders points are still blocked for NATO supplies to travel inside Afghanistan. Pakistan closed its border after its 26 border troops got killed in NATO airstrike. NATO depends on these border points for fulfilling 40 percent of its supply and logistics needs. But it is not only NATO that...

Many are Guilty in the Case of Sahar Gol

January 08, 2012

Recently pictures and videos of a fifteen year old woman, named Sahar Gol, have changed into a symbol of violence against Afghan women. Reportedly, she was forcedly married to a 30 year old man last year when she was just fourteen. According to Baghlan police, she once complained about the cruelty of her husband's family ...

Rising Poppy and Declining Security!

January 07, 2012

Afghanistan, for last few decades, has not only been influenced by wars but by some other evils, as well. Among them opium cultivation, smuggling and its usage have been the most lethal ones. Poppy cultivation and smuggling have not only brought bad name to the nation but they at the same time have made its usage more feasible for ...

Salang Pass and Disaster Management

January 07, 2012

As expected each year at this time of winter snowfall, the Salang Pass is blocked because of the storm. Since Friday, hundreds of vehicles are struck on both sides. The maintenance guards have blocked traffic and quick snow removal work has been launched. The concerned authorities have to be prepared for further heavy snowfall and ...

Taliban are Playing Well

January 05, 2012

In the view of changing US and Afghan governments' mindset towards insurgents, Taliban are not as black as they are painted. They are 'brothers' and 'not enemies.' But, indeed, that is nothing else than glossing over the ten-year failures of Karzai government and its international backers against the growing ...

War is not the Solution

January 05, 2012

The tension between Iran and US seems to be rising, as US is pressurizing Iran because of its nuclear program through sanctions and Tehran is getting tougher on its stand against the claims on its nuclear program and the bans that are being planned against it. On Tuesday, January 03, 2012 Iran warned US aircraft carrier to return to ...

Ghazni: The Center of Islamic Civilization

January 05, 2012

More than 90 percent of districts of Afghanistan are under varying influence or control of the insurgents. This is what the government itself admits. With more international troops deployed in Afghanistan last year and multiplication of efforts to recruit more people to Afghan National Army and Police, the security condition has ...

Karzai Needs to Realize Challenges ahead of ANA & ANP

January 04, 2012

Afghan security forces do not possess the required capacity to launch night raids, Ministry of Defense (MoD) has admitted. On Monday, MoD spokesman, General Zahir Azimi told reporters that night raids were a collective work of NATO and Afghan National Army (ANA). "We require more time in order to ...

Red Lines and Principles for Talks with Militants

January 04, 2012

After initial denials, Taliban have confirmed their agreement for a liaison office in Doha. Militant's spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid in a carefully-worded statement has said the Taliban have agreed to have a political office in Qatar to have "understanding with the international community". He avoided to mention ...

Afghans Require Transparent Peace Process

January 04, 2012

Afghan people have had great expectations from the changes that have been occurring in the country after the demise of Taliban. Unfortunately, the same changes seem to be on a different track from where the people expected it to go. The people had thought that these changes would ultimately lead to a tranquil life and better standard of ...

Women Rights in Absence of Supporting Norms

January, 03 2012

Of significant achievements that President Karzai government and the international community boasts of as result of the decade-long all-out efforts to change things in Afghanistan is the relatively improved human rights and new mechanisms and measures to promote and protect rights of women, children and vulnerable group. Beyond the ...

Private Educational Institution: President’s View

January, 03 2012

Commercialization of the education is definitely a modern term denoting education industry which, however, differs from country to country, generally boomed well. The process has helped, particularly, higher education institutions, colleges, universities to improve and develop on the basis of large revenue earned from fee collection and ...

No place for Construction in Taliban Line of Thinking

January, 03 2012

No doubt, currently things are going awry in Afghanistan and need to be addressed prudently, quickly and effectively. Horizons are getting closed as the people get killed in cruel acts of terrorists and the government fails to ensure security for its people and pave the way for economic development and prosperity. There is a growing ...

Deal with Taliban: Not to be Overly Optimistic

January 02, 2012

President Hamid Karzai has welcomed the view of US Vice President, Joe Biden who had said that the Taliban were not America's enemy. "We are very happy that America has announced that Taliban are not their enemy. This will bring peace and stability to the people of Afghanistan," Karzai said during a ceremony in Kabul. Karzai has agreed that if the United States ...