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Militants are Out to Show Security Frailty

July 30, 2011

Amidst high-flying displays during security handing over ceremonies across the country, President Karzai stresses the need for carrying on reconciliation process. He, once again, offered peace talks to those he has previously named as 'discontented brothers'. However, they are fiercely responding the offer with harsh terrorist attacks against ...

Time to Secure Citizens Against Violence and Terror

July 30, 2011

Our fellow citizens in Urozgan and Helmand provinces, once again, became victims of terror, violence and inhuman wicked acts carried out by insurgents and terrorists over the last two days. Officials on Friday, July 29, 2011 said that 16 civilians, including a woman and a child, were killed and many more...

Taliban’s Turban Tactic

July 30, 2011

Taliban has been successfully changing its fighting tactics. If the Nato and Afghan forces plan and take action to counter their face-to-face attacks, they switch to intensified suicide and roadside bombing or commando style raids as have been seen recently. The clothing used by insurgents is completely identical to that of local ...

Defective Institutions in the Post-Pullout Era

July 28 2011

Now it has been few days since the government has, with great pomposity, taken over security mission in seven regions in the country from NATO forces. It is trying to refurbish its feeble reputation in public through such symbolic maneuvers and prove into Afghan nationals that concerns on fragility of the current situation, failure ...

Kochis Challenge Remains Unsolved

July 28 2011

A lasting controversial issue that periodically sparked inconveniency, irritation and clashes in Afghan society has been nomads (kochis) rights and responsibilities. No doubt, they are part of Afghan citizen and enjoy similar rights as the rest of Afghan citizens. But these rights and responsibilities do...

A Stable Pakistan is in the Interest of Afghanistan

July 27 2011

Relations between US and Pakistan got tense when Osama bin Laden was killed in Abottabad of Pakistan back in May by US forces. Does the growing tension between these two important countries have negative impacts on the economic, political and security conditions of Afghanistan? There have always been controversial views both in the West and Afghanistan over the role of Pakistani government in ...

Not to be Optimistic about Taliban

July 27 2011

The first phase of the transition process – hand over of security responsibilities from international forces to Afghan police and army in seven areas identified by President Karzai in spring – has been completed. Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, the head of transition committee says, "The process will continue and the whole country ...

Afghans Do not Want to Remain Stuck

July 27 2011

On Monday, July 25, the new U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Ryan Crocker, tried to dispel Afghans' fear of a plunge into another chaotic period as international forces have begun to withdraw from the country. Two main themes ran through his address after being sworn in at the U.S. embassy in Kabul: No rush for exits and no permanent bases in ...

Human Trafficking in Afghanistan

July 26 2011

Human trafficking is the illegal trade of human beings for different purposes. The most dominating of these purposes are forced labor, begging, sexual exploitation and even terrorism. Women and children are the easiest victims to human trafficking. The societies marked with disorder, economic instability and deteriorated law and ...

The Risk of Administrative Failure in Post-Transition Period

July 26 2011

The international community has started handing over security responsibilities to the Afghan forces in some parts of the country in an environment of multiple concerns where the whole debate regarding the process is focused on the military aspects of the transition and there is neither a specific strategy nor a strategic ...

Negotiations with Taliban Soon

July 25 2011

The lingering conflict in Afghanistan, according to many, has not a military solution. It should be resolved through a political way. But seeing the growth in Taliban's insurgency and its unwillingness to solve issues through table talks, one can easily judge that the current initiative of Karzai administration – peace reconciliation program – is ...

Ghazni and 2013

July 25 2011

The now and then changing political and security environment in Afghanistan has deep negative impacts on the reconstruction process going on in the country. Many of the private security firms have been either closed down by Afghan government or have been given a deadline to stop their operations after certain period of...

Begging, Now a Culture

July 25 2011

Walk anywhere in any major cities and districts of Afghanistan, you will find every fourth or fifth person begging. In the capital of AfWalk anywhere in any major cities and districts of Afghanistan, you will find every fourth or fifth person begging. In the capital of Afghanistan where more than five million people currently live, the ...

The Good but Slow Cultural and Social Change

July 24 2011

Afghanistan and its people are increasingly being connected to the globalized world of outside. The result is some interesting cultural and social changes that although nascent and limited to the young generation, have the potential to move Afghanistan away from its bloodies past and towards a better future. Cable television ...

U.S. Recognizes Libyan Rebels

July 24 2011

In the fourth gathering of International Contact Group for Libya in Istanbul, the Libyan rebel National Transitional Council (TNC) has been able to gain recognition as the legitimate government of Libya from the United States and other world powers on Friday. It has been almost five month since the rebels have been fighting for unseating ...

Terror in Norway

July 23 2011

In twin terror attacks in Norway, about 11 people have been killed on Friday July 22, 2011. According to reports received with latest updates at the time of this writing, 11 people were killed in a connected terror attack in Oslo. First, it was a powerful bomb blast that rocked the area with government buildings. Glasses of the windows ...

Af-Pak Tension Rises Further

July 23 2011

The tension between Afghanistan and Pakistan is intensifying. Afghanistan has been claiming for the last one month or so that Pakistan security forces have been firing rockets in Kunar and Nangarhar provinces of Afghanistan. These two provinces are located along the Af-Pak border and hundred of rockets are claimed to have ...

India Concerned Over US Drawdown

July 21 2011

Lack of transparency in the peace reconciliation program - initiated by Karzai adminis tration to resolve Afghan war through talks with Taliban – has been a matter of great concern for Afghans and countries in the region. Rejection of Afghan government's deal offers by Taliban, time and again, has made the process vaguer. Taliban sees ...

Heading to Chaos or Collapse

July 21 2011

The country is headed to an unknown destination. It may prove graver than anticipated. The widespread calls for forces withdrawal from ghanistan, the declining aid and the losing opportunities have put the nation at stake. Incompetent state institutions, insufficiently experienced elites, added to the ever growing insecurity and the ...

Respected MP’s, Notice Consequence of Your Comments

July 21 2011

Last week, a number of lower house of the parliament members claimed that they had credible information that another important private bank, Azizi Bank, was on the verge of collapse because of mismanagement. Abdul Zahir Qadir, a lawmaker from eastern Nangarhar province alleged that he had information showing the bank was in ...

A Shout of Victory at the Time of Defeat

July 20 2011

Afghan government and international community are trying to paint an upbeat picture of the direction Afghanistan is going in. They are talking of Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) being able to begin to assume the responsibility for security of the country. Officials from countries with troops in Afghanistan are indicating that improved ...

It Is Not Merely Security That will Deteriorate

July 20 2011

When we talk about the international community's withdrawal from Afghanistan, we predict –keeping in view our past and current experience – that security will deteriorate. But we are forgetting one important point and that is the negative impact on our economy that will be left behind by reduction of international role in ...

Troops Drawdown and Outpour of Concerns Trigged Off Together

July 20 2011

As drawdown of foreign troops is triggered off and the transition of security responsibility from international forces to Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) is set in motion, concerns inside and outside Afghanistan begin to rise about the consequences of apparently premature steps. On Tuesday, July 19, 2011, security responsibility for ...

No Appeasements Can Stop Terrorism

July 19 2011

Amidst political instability and the increasingly divergent approaches in relations among state branches, Taliban's suicide attacks, high profile assassinations, hit-and-run operations and road side bombings have extremely increased across the country in comparison to months and years earlier. Following the last blowing accidents, the ...

A New Wave of Targeted Killing, Evident

July 19 2011

A new wave of targeted killing is evident in Afghanistan. Targeted killing has always existed in Afghanistan, at least in the last three decades. Over the last ten years, we have witnessed assassination of high profile government authorities. In the year 2011, which is specifically important for Afghanistan...

Afghans’ Open-ended Tragedy and Gradual Impunity to Taliban

July 19 2011

As Afghan people continue to go through an open-ended tragedy, the United Nations Security Council has removed the names of fourteen Taliban members from its black list. The UN said in a statement that the names had been removed to prepare the ground for successful peace talks with the Taliban. This happens while on Thursday, July 14, 2011...

Bamyan Security Tasks Transferred

July 18 2011

Can Afghanistan stand on its own feet? It is having the lowest level of security despite presence of about 150,000 foreign troops and more than 250,000 national Police and Army. What is going to be the fate of Afghanistan after the withdrawal of international forces?The seven areas identified to be handed over to Afghan Security Forces in the ...

Concerns still Remain in Place

July 18 2011

>On June 22, 2011, the U.S. president Barack Obama announced the schedule for withdrawal of his country's troops from Afghanistan. Canada has already withdrawn its forces from Afghanistan. Many other countries that have troops deployed and operating in Afghanistan to help stabilize the country have begun or are going to begin to pull out...

Mullah Omar, 90 Miles Away from Kabul

July 18 2011

A female MP has claimed meeting the Taliban's supreme leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar. In the meeting that took place only about 90 miles away from capital Kabul, according to Huma Sultani's statement, a MP elected from Ghazni province, the Mullah has signaled consent and willingness to peace talks with the government of Afghanistan. Huma has ...

2011 - Already the Bloodiest Year

July 17 2011

The year 2011 has already become the deadliest year for Afghan civilians since 2001. The United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA) has released a report which establishes the first half of 2011 as being the deadliest so far registering the highest number of civilian deaths since the fall of Taliban regime in 2001. In ...

U.S. Recognizes Libyan Rebels

July 17 2011

In the fourth gathering of International Contact Group for Libya in Istanbul, the Libyan rebel National Transitional Council (TNC) has been able to gain recognition as the legitimate government of Libya from the United States and other world powers on Friday. It has been almost five month since the rebels have been fighting for...

Modern Education – A Crying Need

July 16 2011

Afghanistan has been one of the unfortunate countries where the continuous trends of wars and conflicts have always affected the other important walks of life to a large extent. Education has been one of the sectors that have been the same sort of victim. Though the education sector has made imperative developments since the downfall ...

The Troublesome Relation with Neighbor

July 16 2011

The reported month-long rocket firings from neighboring country have added another challenge to the already existing ones. There are reports that during current and last month even missiles were fired to eastern provinces of Afghanistan, but the Kabul government still has remained silent and, ...

A Welcome Announcement by the International Community

July 16 2011

The 11th meeting of the International Contact Group (ICG) on Afghanistan was recently held in Kabul with the participation of over 50 donor countries from the international community. With the process of withdrawal of international forces from Afghanistan beginning soon, concerns and doubts have been rising as to whether the international ...

Tense Pak-U.S. Relations; not Favorable

July 14 2011

Since the discovery of Osama Bin Laden from Abbotabad, the Pak-U.S. relations seem to be heading towards nowhere. Though there have been efforts to make the relations work, there has not been evident success. Rather, the deterioration has reached to its climax as the U.S. has announced a pause in $800 million military aid to...