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Getting Trapped in Taliban’s Tactic

December 22, 2011

Afghanistan is in conflict, which needs to be brought to an end. This is of complicated nature, with so many elements and interests involved in it. On the part of Afghan government, whose citizens bear the brunt of the war, there is a need for strategic goal to be achieved by effective blueprints and objectives. But unfortunately Afghan ...

US Toiled much and Achieved Less

December 22, 2011

After years of engagement and expenditure of a trillion dollars, American combatant force left Iraq happily while around five thousand of their fellows lost lives and multiple of the number injured. Americans are happy seeing their sons and daughters returning from a foreign territory where people increasingly started turning ...

Night Raids to Continue with More Afghan Participation

December 21, 2011

Night raids have been a matter of conflict between President Karzai and the NATO. At times when Mr. Karzai's deems night search, kill and capture operations as stepping over the honor of Afghans, the NATO believe such operations as pivotal to capture important members of Taliban, al-Qaida and Haqqani network. The NATO will continue ...

Who are Taliban if not Enemies?

December 21, 2011

Taliban have been the main insurgent groups fighting Afghan government and international community over the last ten years since they were overthrown in late 2001 after refusing to hand over Osama Bin Laden, the leader of Al-Qaeda Network that orchestrated and plotted 9/11 attacks. Osama Bin Laden is dead but Taliban remain ...

The Herald of Fragility in Iraq

December 21, 2011

Iraq could overcome the deadly insurgency only when the country's Sunnite awakening groups stood against Al-Qaeda and pro-Saddam fighters. The oil rich Middle Eastern country is divided by ethnicity, sect, political tendency and supports getting from foreign sources. The neighbouring and regional countries ...

The Reports of Taliban Office

December, 20 2011

The reports of Taliban unofficial embassy in Qatar disturbed the Afghan presidential office to a certain extent, but now the reports of Talibans' willingness to open an office in an Islamic country, if it happens to be true, will definitely bring it some calm. Afghan government, especially President Karzai himself, has been very much ...

Fostering a Culture of Privilege

December, 20 2011

Last week, President Hamid Karzai promoted two other negative points on corruption issue, which has plagued his administration and continues to cause public disenchantment. The president put the blame on international community by saying, "We have lost our mutual trust: foreigners think we go corrupt for political reasons, and we ...

Another Tragic Loss for Afghans

December 19, 2011

President Hamid Karzai, in an interview to CNN, has admitted to the fact that Afghans do not feel secure. More than three decades have passed but unfortunately, the people of Afghanistan face grave violence, war and conflict. News of terror activities that take lives of innocent Afghans run on national and international media on daily ...

On President Karzai’s View of Personal Security and Political Stability

December 19, 2011

President Hamid Karzai has stated that "The international coalition and the Afghan government have been able to provide, in the past 10 years, political stability to Afghanistan. But we have not been able — the United States, NATO and Afghan government together — to provide the Afghan people with their individual personal ...

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 ...