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Change in Setup, Necessary for Peace

Change in Setup,  Necessary for Peace

Thursday April 26 | Dilawar Sherzai

With the rise of current controversy between Afghan Presidential Office and the opposition party, it should now be very much clear that Afghan and International authorities have to divert their attentions towards the issue of the future form of government apart from the transition period and reconciliation process. There are many ...

Iran-West Standoff Showing Signs of Softening

Iran-West Standoff Showing  Signs of Softening

Thursday April 26 | Mehdi Rezaie

The long-drawn standoff between Iran and the West is finally showing some signs of softening. The Istanbul talks that were recently held in Turkey were largely hailed as a "step in the right direction". Curiously enough, inside Iran and in the lead-up to the Istanbul talks, there were growing signs of the leaders ...

Presidential or Parliamentary form of Government?

Presidential or Parliamentary form of Government?

April 25, 2012 | Dilawar Sherzai

Currently, there is a debate going on in Afghanistan regarding the form of the political system in the country. There is a presidential form of government with most of the authorities lying with the president. The opposition party, Afghanistan National Front (ANF) and some of the national and ...

The Strategic Agreement and the Future of U.S.-Afghan Relations

The Strategic Agreement and the Future of U.S.-Afghan Relations

April 25, 2012 | Mehdi Rezaie

The draft of the strategic agreement with the United States has been finalized after 18 months of heated discussions and a political tug of war that involved many issues and aspects of the two countries' relations. The strategic agreement will set the tune and contours of the relations between the two countries for at ...

“China Miracle” and China’s Political Systems

“China Miracle” and China’s Political Systems

April 25, 2012 | Xu Feihong

Since the reform and opening-up policy kicked off in 1978, China's economy has enjoyed a rapid growth. In 2010, China became the world's second largest economy with an overall booming development of social works and continuous improvement of people's livelihood, which pulled off applauses from the international community and was ...

Our Brothers

Our Brothers

April 24, 2012 | Abbas Daiyar

The recent Taliban attacks targeting Western embassies and parliament in Kabul, and government buildings in other provinces on April 15 has caused a revived confidence, support and pride of ordinary Afghans for our National Security Forces. The fact that Special Forces units and police ...

Cancerous Approach towards Peace Talks

Cancerous Approach towards Peace Talks

April 24, 2012 | Masood Korosh

The approach of Mr. President Karzai has always been questioned by experts and civil society in regard to peace talks with Taliban-led militants. From the very start, Mr. President has upheld a kind of mild diplomacy towards his armed oppositions and strongly supported non-military steps to end the ongoing ...

The Earth Day

The Earth Day

April 24, 2012 | Sajjad Urya

April 22 is celebrated as "Earth Day", internationally. The basic purpose of the celebration of this day is to promulgate awareness regarding sensitization towards the earth's natural environment. This day is celebrated in more than 175 countries of the world, through the arrangement of different efforts to ...

Addiction to Humanitarian Funds and Unsustainable Achievements

Addiction to Humanitarian Funds and Unsustainable Achievements

April 23, 2012 | Mehdi Rezaie

Afghanistan has seen massive inflow of humanitarian aid over the past one decade. Tens of billions of dollars have entered Afghanistan and have been spent on developmental projects across a wide spectrum of sectors including health, education ...

Who Could be behind Bannu Prison Break?

Who Could be behind  Bannu Prison Break?

April 23, 2012 | Farman Nawaz

Bannu jail is situated at a distance of 8 kilometers from Bannu cantonment and 7 kilometers from FC camp. There are few police stations in the nearby area too. But it creates questions in the minds of many that why, after hearing sounds of explosions, the police and army refrained from reaching there in ...

Why Khorasan is Crucial?

Why Khorasan is Crucial?

April 23, 2012 | Rajinder Puri

Islamic fundamentalists including the leaders of Al-Qaeda seized upon the legend of Greater Khorasan to inspire followers to pursue their terrorist agenda. According to legend Prophet Mohammed had prophesied that one day a great power would rise in the east to demolish enemies and spread Islam across the world. That created the legend ...

Funding Afghan Troops

Funding Afghan Troops

April 22, 2012 | Dilawar Sherzai

In the post-withdrawal Afghanistan, it is not just the security capability of Afghan forces that is a matter of concern; rather the funding of Afghan forces is also a matter of serious concern. Afghan economy is not stable enough to provide for the expenditures of its troops. The basic infra-structure within ...

Developing Afghanistan’s Small and Medium Enterprises

Developing Afghanistan’s Small and Medium Enterprises

April 22, 2012 | Mehdi Rezaie

Afghanistan's economy deserves to occupy the top of the agenda of the international community. Afghanistan along with the security and military transition that is in the offing also needs an economic transition. Without giving due attention to this imperative, Afghanistan risks a descent into an economic abyss that would ...

Ending the Politicisation of Afghan Security Forces

Ending the Politicisation  of Afghan Security Forces

April 22, 2012 | Amrullah Saleh

The aftermath of every deadly Taliban attack brings voices that condemn the Taliban and praise the Afghan security forces. And some muster up the courage to criticise the political leadership and the government of the country. Have the Afghan national security forces reached a level of competency where we can trust their ...

Hopes and Realities Regarding Post 2014 Afghanistan

Hopes and Realities Regarding Post 2014 Afghanistan

Saturday April 21, 2012 | By Dilawar Sherzai

Concerns are mounting regarding the future in Afghanistan, mostly regarding the years after the withdrawal of international troops in 2014. At the same time the promises by international community that Afghanistan will not be left alone are also increasing. However, it is interesting to note that the steps that are being taken show that the intentions are not ...

Afghanistan and the Politics of Withdrawal

Afghanistan and the Politics of Withdrawal

Saturday April 21, 2012 | By Abdul Khaliq FAZAL

The aim of the American troops when they entered Afghanistan on Oct 7, 2001 was not only to avenge the terrorist attacks of September/11 but also to topple the Taliban and clean out Afghanistan and the region from the activities of Al- Qaida organization. In addition, to make sure that America and its allies will be saved from future Al-Qaida attacks. Afghanistan, which at that ...

Afghans at the Crossroads

Afghans at the Crossroads

Saturday April 21, 2012 | By Hassan Bin Talal

Early this year, the Pentagon's strategic review signalled a shift in priorities for US foreign policy, suggesting that more attention would be paid to the Asia-Pacific region. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke of this as a "pivot" towards Asia, signalling what for many analysts and ordinary Americans has been a long-overdue transition away from Iraq ...

Infrastructure and Economic Development for Afghanistan

Infrastructure and Economic Development for Afghanistan

Thursday April 19, 2012 | By Mehdi Rezaie

Afghanistan has come a long way over the past one decade. Much has been accomplished since then in the areas of reconstruction, state-building, poverty alleviation and relief and assistance delivery to impoverished masses with the help of the International community. Although fraught ...

Women in Afghan Education System

Women in Afghan Education System

Thursday April 19, 2012 | By Dilawar Sherzai

The incidents violating women rights in Afghanistan have not been stopped though there have been comparative developments made in the last decade or so and billions of dollars spent. In fact the changes are prevalent only on the exterior while from within the Afghan society still lacks the modernity and development it needs in order to reach ...

Book Review: Descent into Repackaging

Book Review: Descent into Repackaging

Thursday April 19, 2012 | By Dr Mohammad Taqi

Just as the transition of military responsibility, including special operations such as the controversial night raids, from the United States and allied forces to the Afghan security forces accelerates, a new book dealing with the Pak-Afghan region and US policy therein, hit the stands last month. Ahmed Rashid has come out with Pakistan on the ...

In Afghanistan, a Kind of Suicide

In Afghanistan, a Kind of Suicide

Thursday April 19, 2012 | By Praveen Swami

Late one June evening last year, as Taliban negotiators hopped between Islamabad, Doha and Munich for secret talks meant to bring peace in Afghanistan, a rocket arced over the east-central city of Ghazni. It ended its journey at Khatera Rezai's home in Tauheedabad, just as the nine-year-old was getting ready for supper. ...

Early Presidential Elections – A Crisis or an Opportunity?

Early Presidential Elections – A Crisis or an Opportunity?

April 18, 2012 | Mehdi Rezaie

President Hamid Karzai has proposed bringing forward the date for the next presidential elections from 2014 to 2013. The president announced this possibility in a joint press conference with the visiting Secretary General of NATO, Anders ...

Speedier Withdrawal

Speedier Withdrawal

April 18, 2012 | Dilawar Sherzai

The weariness about the war in Afghanistan is really becoming evident with each passing day. The most can be seen within the attitude of decision makers and troops of international community engaged in Afghanistan. Most of them believe that earlier withdrawal would help their countries extract themselves out ...

Shocking Statistics on Drug Addicts

Shocking Statistics  on Drug Addicts

April 18, 2012 | Abbas Daiyar

A new report on drug addicts in Afghanistan has shocking statistics. The official recorded number has increased one million, of which about 60,000 are women! And even more shocking, over 70,000 of these addicts are from Herat province alone. If the main reason for this huge number could be the fact that Herat borders Iran and ...

Attacks in Kabul and the Future of Afghan Conflict

Attacks in Kabul and the Future of Afghan Conflict

April 17, 2012 | Mehdi Rezaie

It was only on Saturday, one day before the tornado of attacks was unleashed across Afghanistan, that some friends of mine jokingly quipped Kabul has been too calm for too long time and something should be up sooner than later. The anticipation did not last long. On the following day, upwards of 10 armed men stormed into ...

Now, the Spring Offensive has Started!

Now, the Spring Offensive has Started!

April 17, 2012 | Dilawar Sherzai

After a large scale and daring attacks, Taliban seem to have started their "Spring Offensive". It has not been a long time since the NATO officials declared that Taliban's Spring Offensive is nowhere to be seen. Now, the offensive is quite evident and seems to be over-showing itself with its ugly manifestation. It ...

Quetta is Mournful for Hazara Community

Quetta is Mournful for Hazara Community

April 17, 2012 | Shoaib Korosh

Once again the Quetta city sheds tears in shame for deaths of innocent Hazara community, who are well-known for their sincerity, virtuousness and loyalty to democratic structure and Pakistan's constitution. And thousands of people from this community have set to mourn their shot family members and relatives within ...

Good Governance – A Must for Afghanistan

Good Governance – A Must for Afghanistan

April 16, 2012 | Mehdi Rezaie

There can be little doubt that ultimately, over the long run, the best defense against the Taliban and rampant culture of militancy and extremism is "good governance". This relatively new concept has come to be widely accepted as one of the most important preconditions for the development and progress of any ...

Genocide of Hazaras: UN & HR Organizations Need to Wake Up

Genocide of Hazaras: UN & HR Organizations Need to Wake Up

April 16, 2012 | Sher Ali Yecha

Systematic genocide of Hazara community in Quetta city of Baluchistan, Pakistan has intensified. In a short period of three weeks about 29 members of the community have been killed cold-bloodedly. That number is an addition to the 600 Hazaras that have been targeted in various incidents of ...

Peace and Stability Need Accountability

Peace and Stability  Need Accountability

April 16, 2012 | Abdul Samad Haidari

4 decades of war passed and we have only seen the temper of bloodshed, abhorrence and destruction, disability and desperation. The aggressive darkness of the so-called policy is never the whole story, yet it is the outset that has begun to end not in a prognosticated period. Every citizen of a country tries for stability ...

Systematic Killing of Hazaras Continues

Systematic Killing  of Hazaras Continues

April 15, 2012 | Dilawar Sharzai

The systemic and brutal killing of Hazaras in Quetta, Pakistan continues, which indicates that the shrieks of innocent victims have found no ears and are wandering in the alleys of injustice and negligence. One does not need to say that the situation is really grave. About 30 members of Hazara community are killed within a ...

Revisiting the Conventional Wisdom about Taliban

Revisiting the Conventional Wisdom about Taliban

April 15, 2012 | Mehdi Rezaie

The conflict in Afghanistan is an extremely complex phenomenon with diverse sets of actors being involved. Until today, no unanimous or single explanation or definition of the conflict in Afghanistan exists. There seems to be as many explanations as there are commentators and pundits. Taliban, as a major party to ...

Justice for Women

Justice for Women

April 15, 2012 | Noorjahan Akbar

Since Nawroz, New Year, at least five women have been killed in Afghanistan. Three women were killed in Herat, one of whom was beheaded by her husband. Another woman was killed by her husband in Khost and another was hanged after the unjust decision of the tribal court in Paktya. Halima, 17, was nearly beaten ...

Rights are Conditions of Social Welfare

Rights are Conditions of Social Welfare

April 14, 2012 | Dilawar Sharzai

The society consists of a large number of people whose mutual relations are conducted by certain well established rules of conduct. Unless people accept certain restraints and responsibilities towards each other, social life will not be possible. The conditions created by the state to ensure the security of the individual and property ...

A Bleeding Future Awaits for Afghans

A Bleeding Future Awaits for Afghans

April 14, 2012 | Abdul Samad Haidari

The future seems to be bleeding and the gloomy days are ahead of millions of common Afghans once again. The recent incidents of violence by condemning the inadvertently burning of Holy Koran to the horrifying attacks on civilians and the incessant attacks by the insurgent perpetrators indicate the bad days ...