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Traditional Madressahs to Replace Modern Education

Traditional Madressahs to Replace Modern Education

December 15, 2011 | Dilawar Sharzai

As the transition period is going on toward a decisive end and the withdrawal of international forces have become certain, the concerns regarding the future of Afghanistan are also increasing. There are many in the country who fear the return of Taliban-like system in the country; if not return of ...

Cultural Dynamism

Cultural Dynamism

December 15, 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

One of the topics that have attracted attention of thinkers, statesmen, theorists and etc is the cultural invasion. It brought about serious discussions in Islamic countries. Particularly, traditionalists and religious leaders have stood against the process strongly. After 2001, the topic has been widely discussed in Afghanistan. Several times ...

Zardari’s Future: US to Make Difficult Decision

Zardari’s Future: US to Make Difficult Decision

December 15, 2011 | Muhammad Younas

Last November 23rd, Nawaz Sharif submitted a petition in a Supreme Court of Pakistan. In his petition, he asked the court to launch a judicial investigation into "Memogate" and to summon all respondents in his petition — President Asif Ali Zardari, former ambassador Husain Haqqani, American citizen Mansoor Ijaz, Chief of the ...

A Derelict Priority

A Derelict Priority

December 14, 2011 | Nasruddin Hemmati

No need to argue that "the Christmas comes but once a year". So, it needs to be used optimally. Coming closer to the end, the very generous aids poured in Afghanistan for the last one decade have affected things considerably. Certain promising changes are seen in Afghan economy, military, politics and social activities. However, things are needed to change ...

More About Deadly Kabul Attack

More About Deadly Kabul Attack

December 14, 2011 | Dilawar Sharzai

The deadly Ashura (10th Muharram) attack in Kabul that killed about 80 people and injured more than 100 was one of the most tragic attacks in Afghanistan. Kabul city is still echoing with the shrieking sound of the attack and the saddening screams of the victims. The attack was totally unexpected and authorities were totally unprepared ...

Ashura Incidents Have Affected Public Opinion towards Islamabad

Ashura Incidents Have Affected Public Opinion towards Islamabad

December 14, 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

Right after the series of attacks on the day of Ashura in Kabul, Mazar-e-Sharif and Kandahar which left more than seventy dead and more than two hundred injured, a Pakistan-based insurgency group known as Lashkar-e-Jangvi proudly claimed the responsibility. A person by the name of Abubakr Mansor ...

Blunders to be Undone

Blunders to be Undone

December, 13 2011 | Abbas Daiyar

It was on this page 5 months ago when the first preparatory meeting for Bonn II was held in Kabul under the auspicious of International Contact Group, that I had written there were no expectations of a breakthrough in the peace and reconciliation process. That was what organizers of the conference initially aimed all about. On the 10th ...

Credibility Gap between Pakistan and US

Credibility Gap between Pakistan and US

December, 13 2011 | Dilawar Sharzai

The Pakistani Prime Minister, Yousuf Raza Gilani has mentioned that there is a credibility gap between Pakistan and US and both the countries need to trust each other more if they are really interested in decreasing this gap. He mentioned in a recent interview, "Yes there is a credibility gap, we are working together and still we don't ...

Opium Production and Trade Aggravate a Simmering Social Crisis

Opium Production and Trade Aggravate a Simmering Social Crisis

December, 13 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The unbridled production and trafficking of narcotics in many parts of the country impose great social and political costs on the country. The social dimension of this illicit, albeit lucrative trade has been an unprecedented rise in drug addiction among our population; needless to say that Afghan drug ...

Continuation of Odds

Continuation of Odds

December, 12 2011 | Sher Alam Saqib

After the assassination of Professor Rabbani in September, Pakistan was declared to be the chief party to the reconciliation process, which started with intensity more than a year ago. The argument for this change in the talk was that Taliban themselves do not have any autonomy and they are controlled and used by ...

Mining Sector Requires a Generation of Stability

Mining Sector Requires a Generation of Stability

December, 11 2011 | Dilawar Sharzai

According to findings by various sources there are trillion dollars of mineral resources in Afghanistan that still lay unearthed by the authorities and that have the capacity to boost the Afghan economy to a large extend and shoulder it without support from other countries and international organizations. Unfortunately, the security...

Ending Terrorism needs International Support

Ending Terrorism needs International Support

December, 10 2011 | Abdul Samad Haidari

The extreme growth of terror and terrorist activities has begun to worry the whole world. The growing rates of terrorist activity in Afghanistan, Pakistan and around the world have become a bold challenge. To end the terrorist activity from the face of the earth, the world's leaders must give it a top priority in order to live in ...

Bonn II and the Failure to Address Regional Dimension of Afghanistan Problem

Bonn II and the Failure to  Address Regional Dimension  of Afghanistan Problem

December, 10 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The Bonn II Conference on Afghanistan unfortunately turned out to be no grand event in which the desperately needed breakthrough on the problem of Afghanistan could prove within grasp. Anyhow and after all, it was never intended to be a venue for a major breakthrough and this partly explains the reason. It was diminished to the level of other ...

Religious Scholars Can be Part of Solution to Menace of Opium Cultivation

Religious Scholars Can be  Part of Solution to Menace  of Opium Cultivation

December, 10 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

Recently, Kazakhstan Foreign Minister, Mr. Yerzhan Kazykhanov, wrote an article titled the regional commitment is vital for Afghanistan. In the article, he noticed about the role of his government in combating drug trafficking, meanwhile, emphasized that the menace could not be resolved without dealing with opium cultivation ...

Memogate; the Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Memogate; the Good,  The Bad, and The Ugly

December, 10 2011 | Farman Nawaz

Memogate episode has once again revealed the unprofessionalism of Pakistani media. It is shocking that the person, who is publically accepting that he conveyed the memo to American army chief, is represented as a hero. No one yet objected that if it was a sin why he had committed it and now why his conscience is jolting him.

Kabul Attack: Beginning of Sectarian Strife?

Kabul Attack: Beginning  of Sectarian Strife?

December, 08 2011 | Abbas Daiyar

Ashura's attack in Kabul was one of the deadliest in the city, and first of its kind—sectarian—in Afghanistan. Sectarian attacks on such scale are unprecedented. Death toll has reached 60 and more than 150 are injured. President Karzai cancelled his UK rushing back to Kabul after the Bonn conference. He met families of the ...

Economy of Afghanistan and the Challenges Ahead

Economy of Afghanistan  and the Challenges Ahead

December, 08 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The economic growth in our country Afghanistan has been one of the priorities to address for both the international community and the government. Economy forms the backbone of a country and society and therefore, rebuilding the ravaged economy of Afghanistan and placing it on a trajectory of growth and development has ...

Let’s Build Harmonious Societies in Af-Pak

Let’s Build Harmonious Societies in Af-Pak

December, 08 2011 | Farman Nawaz

The outcome of war on terror under the auspices of US and NATO is not encouraging as well as acceptable. Billions of dollars have been spent during these ten years but still peace is not only fragile but war on terror has destabilized the neighboring Pakistan too. Pakistani security agencies are exposed to multidimensional...

Muharram Attacks in Kabul - A Nefarious Agenda

Muharram Attacks in Kabul - A Nefarious Agenda

December, 07 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

Less than 24 hours after the much-touted and eagerly-anticipated Bonn II Conference in Germany, the unthinkable disaster happened in Afghanistan; a disaster that has never before been witnessed in the history of Afghanistan: Shiite mourners taking processions to commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussain - which ...

Attacks on Imam Hussein’s Mourners

Attacks on Imam  Hussein’s Mourners

December, 07 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

I do not know what to write and how to write about what I saw with my own eyes in the center of Kabul city, Murrad Khani Area: an incident that ended into slitting of tens of human bodies that blooded the street and caused hundreds of people to scream and shed tears. It has been years that I am writing articles about suicide bombers, explosions, violence ...

Post-Bonn II Afghanistan

Post-Bonn II Afghanistan

December, 07 2011 | Dilawar Sharzai

The Bonn II Conference is over now and Afghanistan has received a pile of commitments that the international community is going to keep on assisting it till 2024. There are expectations that Afghanistan would be able to stand on its own after 2024, as after that it would be able to take advantage of the mineral resources it has and ...

Last Chance to Rescue Afghanistan in Bonn

Last Chance to Rescue Afghanistan in Bonn

December, 05 2011 | Muhammad Younas

Once again all eyes are fixed on the Bonn Conference to be held on December 5, 2011 in which around 1000 representatives from 90 countries and international organizations are expected to focus on three following issues such as transition of security to the Afghan Government by 2014, international commitment to Afghanistan after the ...

Will Today’s Bonn Conference II Shift Afghanistan from War to a Permanent Peace?

Will Today’s Bonn Conference II Shift Afghanistan from War to a Permanent Peace?

December, 05 2011 | Abdul Samad Haidari

Today the meeting in Bonn is being held to discuss the future of Afghanistan with the presence of 90 delegations with the predicted 1000 participants with the supervision of Afghanistan. The conference will be hosted by the Germany with the presence of the United Nations that will play the best role in this ...

The Out-of-shape Triangle

The Out-of-shape Triangle

December, 05 2011 | Dilawar Sharzai

Pak-US relations have been going through a declining trend since the hunt of Osama Bin Laden on the Pakistani land by US troops. With certain inconsiderable efforts for improvement during the process, the incidents have kept on leading the relations towards the lowest possible point and that is where it stands now. Pakistan has always had ...

Bonn II; A Doubtful Success

Bonn II; A Doubtful Success

December, 04 2011 | Nasruddin Hemmati

On the verge of Bonn II Conference on Afghanistan, there are serious concerns about how the period will end by 2014 when international troops are supposed to completely withdraw from the country. President Karzai left for Bonn II Conference on Friday while a pile of undone commitments ...

Gulnaz: Punished for Demanding Freedom

Gulnaz: Punished for Demanding Freedom

December, 04 2011 | Noorjahan Akbar

In the documentary, In-Justice, the twenty-one year old Gulnaz speaks about how she was savagely raped by her cousin's husband after he tied her hands and feet and held her mouth shut. She was impregnated and she reported the rape. Instead of being rewarded with justice for being brave enough to speaking about an issue so taboo, she was ...

Regional Commitment to Afghanistan Is Critical

Regional Commitment to Afghanistan Is Critical

December, 04 2011 | Yerzhan Kazykhanov

No country has had a more troubled recent history than Afghanistan. It has been the scene of conflict, violence and extremism for much of the last three decades. The result has been tragedy for its people. It has also, of course, been a matter of immense concern for the wider international community. Terrorism has been exported ...

British Political Culture and Secrets to its Stability

British Political Culture  and Secrets to its Stability

December, 03 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

British political culture and for that matter, the European political culture provide very interesting case studies of the evolution of liberal democracy and how capitalism, liberalism, and in many cases, socialism have all gone into the making of stable and progressive societies in Europe. Karl Marx, in his seminal book ...

Counter-narcotics Struggle

Counter-narcotics Struggle

December, 03 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

Recently, a trilateral meeting was held in Kabul over combating drug-trafficking among Tehran, Islamabad and Kabul officials. All these three countries are the principle victims of opium cultivation, processing and drug-trafficking. Though all delegates counted about their respective effort ...

Ally or not Ally

Ally or not Ally

December, 01 2011 | Abbas Daiyar

The US-Pakistan relations seem to be well on its way of eventual demise after an ISAF airstrike across the border that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers last week. In reaction, Pakistan has blocked the NATO supply from Torkham and Chaman, asked the US to vacate the Shamsi airbase in Balochistan and announced to boycott the Bonn Conference ...

The West Under the Siege of “Finance Capital”

The West Under the Siege  of “Finance Capital”

December, 01 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

If there is one fundamental problem with the West and its economies and politics, it is the sheer power and influence that "finance capital", comprised of banking corporations and financial institutions, wield over entire governments, political systems, politicians, elections and major decisions that shape the fate of the West and thus much ...

Time to Change Mode of Politics

Time to Change Mode of Politics

December, 01 2011 | Sher Alam Saqib

It is promising to see the United States and European that make up the core of international community involved in Afghanistan reiterating their long-term commitment to Afghanistan. It is now almost confirmed that there will not be a total disengagement from and with the country by these major players - the US and EU - that ...

Regional Tensions and the Responsibilities of Afghanistan 

Regional Tensions and the Responsibilities of Afghanistan 

November, 30 2011 | Nasruddin Hemati

Word has finally come out that Pakistan is to abstain from the momentous event that is set to take place in Bonn, Germany next month. The Pakistani government has announced that it will not participate in the upcoming Bonn Conference II, saying it has made the decision after the deadly NATO airstrike that ...

No Deadlock in Islamabad-US relationship

No Deadlock in  Islamabad-US relationship

November, 30 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

Though Islamabad has been never content with the pres ence of foreign forces in Afghanistan and constantly voiced out irritation, but meanwhile never tried to cut ties with them. It kept the fledgling relation with the foreign forces, particularly with the US and remained committed to fight terrorism and al-Qaeda along with international ...

US Bases, Militancy and Regional Makeover

US Bases, Militancy and Regional Makeover

November, 30 2011 | Farman Nawaz

American decision to seek Afghanistan's approval for establishing long-term military bases has disappointed the people who speculated a humiliating defeat and withdrawal of American forces. It has unmasked the shallow analysis of the so-called political and military experts. Now the question is whether this decision will dishearten ...