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IDP’s Face Double Trouble

June 29, 2011

As a consequence of the troops surge in Afghanistan, operations launched by International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) against the militant Taliban have been intensified. These operations have been successful to a certain extent but at the same time they have given rise to the ...

DAB Chief’s Irresponsible Act

June 29, 2011

Abdul Qadeer Fitrat, the chief of central bank of Afghanistan has fled the country and resigned. He says he was threatened as he had openly exposed the secret names behind the collapse of Kabul Bank. He was threatened or not, there is no proof and also Karzai's spokesman, Waheed Omar, doubts there were any real threats to his ...

Two-Weeks-Long Ambitious Talks

June 29, 2011

No more than few weeks have passed since Afghan ambassador to Islamabad, prior to President Karzai's last trip to Pakistan, announced that the two countries had survived tensions and had entered a new friendly phase of relations. During his visit, Afghan President and his Pakistani counterpart vowed to fight the scourge of terrorism and to ...

Deal with Taliban, a Blunder not a Mistake

June 28, 2011

The end of every gloomy era is brightness. That is what Afghans have been advis ing their young children who quite often get simply confused by the deprivation they are facing as compared to children living in other countries of the world. Millions of Afghans have lost their lives and the bright seems to have stuck somewhere and it's like ...

Drawdown Plan Pillars

June 28, 2011

Late Wednesday, US President Barack Obama finally announced the drawdown plan of US forces from Afghanistan – 10,000 this year and 23,000 by the end of summer 2012. This is bigger than expected. Also, it seems like the President has overlooked the recommendations of his generals in the field who had said there should be no significant ...

Counter-Narcotics; Spray the Fields

June 28, 2011

June 26 was the International Anti-Narcotics Day. According to latest reports, the poppy production has not reduced, rather there has been an ease in the opium production and smuggling. The fight against poppy has been a forgotten war. Last year the US Administration of President Obama announced a change in the fight against narcotics, ...

Effort Oriented against Democratic Consolidation

June 27, 2011

Since democracy is the only solution to Afghan problems, any effort oriented against democratic consolidation in the country is to be deprecated as it catapults the country into a disastrous crisis. It is tantamount to depriving the nation and people of opportunities to shape their democratic future and the democratic future of the country.

ANP, Problems Multiply Despite Huge Investment

June 27, 2011

In countries like Afghanistan only a professional and well-equipped police force can counter crimes including terrorism. A police force that is involved in crimes itself can not give any hope to a nation. "Police is for serving the people" is the motto of Afghan National Police (ANP) but the question is, "Is it competent enough to demonstrate its...

US New War Strategy

June 27, 2011

Obviously the assassination of Al-Qaeda's top leader, Osama bin Laden, largely affected US military policies in Afghanistan. It was far likely for President Barack Obama to scale down US military presence in such a level as he announced on June 22. i.e. 33,000, previously surged, US troops would leave Afghanistan by next September;...

Terrorists Usually Deny Mass Casualties

June 26, 2011

It is clear that Taliban militants, as a branch of wider terrorist network in the region and world, have been actively engaged in act of violence to cause fear for the purpose of changing behavior in the society. Their common acts of atrocities continue to be suicide attacks, roadside bombings and kidnappings, which often lead to mass...

Unreported Incidents of Rape

June 26, 2011

There are many cases of rape, torture and all kinds of violence against women in areas outside the capital, provincial and district centers that go unreported. A recent incident had been resolved by local elders in the traditional conflict resolution process in Balkh Province. A teenage girl was kidnapped and raped. Her parents...

Heading Towards Democracy

June 26, 2011

The outstanding democratic moves and public demonstrations in the Middle East is mainly based on certain modern values such as democratic elections, freedom of expression, transparency in governance and basic civil rights of the citizens. The angry mobs who easily sacrificed hundreds of pro-democracy protestors have demonstrated their ...

Post-Withdrawal Intrusions

June 25, 2011

The troop drawdown will begin shortly. President Barack Obama an nounced that he was pulling home 33,000 troops from Afghanistan by next summer. The announcement came after months of consultation and reflection over the status quo in Afghanistan and the possible consequences. Pressured by public opinion at home, US president made...

Alignment against the Specter of Evil Forces

June 25, 2011

It was nearly 10 years ago that the terrorists carried out their vicious attacks on the United States of America, which were orchestrated and plotted in Afghanistan, which was then ruled by the brutal regime of Taliban. The world felt a new security threat but Afghanistan found a new opportunity to begin to get rid of the evil...

Obama’s Headache

June 23, 2011

Now days US President Obama is under mounting pressure, and in his Wednesday's prime-time address, he has to make a key decision about his civil and military commit ment in Afghanistan. When he won the white house, Mr. Obama obviously acted against his party's willingness of opposing wars former President Bush waged. He bravely refocused to...

No Security, no Economic Prosperity

June 23, 2011

Deep concerns over insignificant foreign investment - largely due to deteriorated security condition – exist in Afghanistan and countries supporting it to eco nomically stand on its own feet. The United States alone has spent 19 billion dollars to support the economy of Afghanistan. Its other allies have too, invested considerable amounts...

Afghanistan and SCO

June 23, 2011

President Karzai attended the 10th anniversary summit of the Shanghai Coopera tion Organization (SCO) in Astana, Kazakhstan on Wednesday, June 15, 2011. The SCO, comprised of China, Russia and the Central Asian countries except for Turkmenistan, is primarily a security organization focusing on its member countries' security-...

Pakistan Army Decides to Pick out the Culprits

June 22, 2011

>Recently, there have been discussions of links of important figures from Pakistan Army with terrorist organizations. Especially, after the Mehran Base Assault, Pakistan Army was under immense pressure regarding the same allegations. There have been rumors that there are individuals within the security forces themselves who provide highly...

Struggling for Survival

June 22, 2011

>2011 was entitled as the year of change. Wide ranges of demonstrations across the Arab world and the world socio-political developments marked great changes this year. In Syria, as in some other Arab countries, the spreading waves of public uprising are uprooting the longtime regime of Bashar Al-Assad. Feeling isolated by...

Two Sets of National Interests but not Conflicting

June 21, 2011

In his most recent diatribe against international community, President Hamid Karzai said that the world nations are here in Afghanistan and using our country to follow their own national interests. It is clear that the countries are involved in Afghan mission not out of pure ethical principles alone. National interests do...

IMF on Kabul Bank Crisis

June 21, 2011

Afghan Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal has said the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has stopped payment of big amount after the Kabul Bank crisis. While criticizing the decision of the IMF, Mr. Zakhilwal said the decision was politically motivated and to pressurize Afghanistan. Another high-profile Afghan official, Head of the Office ...

Stop Accusations, Fight Corruption

June 21, 2011

We have all witnessed how corruption has gone deep in the system of Afghanistan in the ten years. Now, it seems like almost all organizations are somehow involved in one or other forms of corruption. The problem is more severe in government offices where watchmen to the highest ranks are corrupt and there must be very few exceptions. The West has used corruption...

Time for a Promising Message

June 20, 2011

>As Afghanistan is entering into a critical period of transition of security responsibility to Afghan National Security Forces and beginning of drawdown of inter national forces, there is no promising message from the government to the people. Bomb explosions and Anti-government elements' attacks continue to occur in the capital and...

The Karzai’s Court

June 20, 2011

Special Court formed by President Karzai to investigate and decide on results of 2010 Parliamentary Elections has said it will soon announce its findings. As a
result of these findings, according to the court, a number of MPs, currently attending parliamentary sessions, might be unseated. This has been the long emphasize of...

Peace Process, From Being Afghan-led to CIA-led!

June 20, 2011

President Karzai, speaking in the National Youths Conference in Kabul on Saturday, June 18, confirmed for the first time what was known for a long time; that the U.S. government is "single-handedly" in charge of talks with Taliban with the government of Afghanistan nowhere in the picture."Foreign countries especially...

Kabul, Targeted Once Again

June 19, 2011

Yesterday's terror raid in Kabul - again in the uniform of Afghan security forces - can be conceived an attack on the hearts and minds of the people of Afghanistan and Karzai's government. It also establishes the fact that Taliban is present everywhere and is potent enough to target key government and foreign offices. The police and...

The Kuchi Conflict Take Lives

June 19, 2011

Once again the Kuchi-conflict has erupted violence in Ghazni province. Armed Kuchis have burnt down 26 villages in Nahur District, killing five innocent people of the area, who have fled to neighboring districts, after the sudden ambush on Friday night by about 150 attackers. There had been reports of Kuchi attacks and clash in...

Social Capital Deficit

June 19, 2011

How society is organized hinges on the presence and absence of social capital, which is defined as social values, networks, and institutions that promote trust and cooperation. Social capital is also defined to be "the strength of relations, the willingness to act on trust." The level of cooperation within a community or...

Aiman-al-Zawahri – The New Al-Qaida Leader

June 18, 2011

Aiman-al-Zawahri who has been serving as Al-Qaida's number two has formally taken over the charge as the supreme leader of Al-Qaida. This announcement came on Thursday, June 16, 2011, through a website Al-Qaida has been using. Aiman-al-Zawahri belongs to an upper class Cairo family and is believed to have training as doctor and surgeon. Contradicting...

The Major Concern in Afghanistan

June 18, 2011

The year 2014 is an important deadline in the partnership between Afghanistan and its international allies that have been actively helping the country politically, militarily and financially since 2001. A decade has elapsed and Afghanistan is yet to meet the expectations of its people or even address the basic problem of...

UlsamaTurkey; the Development and Democracy Model

June 18, 2011

Later than the Turkey's ruling Justice and Development (AK) party won the recent parliamentary elections, the usual question over whether Islam was consistent with the development and democracy, once again, arose globally. The burning question has remained contentious. The disagreeing groups have mostly pointed at annals created by Islamic...

The Most Dangerous Place for Women to Live in

June 16, 2011

Afghanistan, a country where the lowest level of security prevails, is the top producer of opium, falls in the list of most corrupt states and has recently been ranked the most dangerous country for women.Afghanistan has been voted the most dangerous country for women in a poll of experts by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.AntonellaNotari,...

Security at Risk

June 16, 2011

It is a matter of much concern to mention that there have been major reports of two suicide bombings and a rocket attack on Wednesday, June 14, 2011. The first suicide attack, carried out by a car driver, targeted the education and agriculture offices in the capital of Kapisa province, northeast of Kabul. This attack, according to the interior...

Irresponsible Officials

June 16, 2011

No doubt, democracy is a new experience for Afghan civilians as well as officials. But this naiveté has turned into a means for some to avoid responsibility. Regularly, for some undemocratic measures or happenings, the same notion of unfamiliarity with democratic institution and establishment is blamed and, thus, mistakes are...

US Contacts Mullah Omar

June 15, 2011

Following remarks by the High Peace Council Chief in an address to the Afghan parliament on contacts made with the militant groups' leaders, the outgoing U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said political talks between the U.S. and the Afghan Taliban may start by the end of this year. However, he warned that a precipitous drawdown