Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Heading Towards A Cloudy Future

July 09, 2011

The destination of Afghanistan is still quite cloudy. Its future has become vaguer with announcement of drawdown plan of international troops by US government, intensification of insurgency and low capacity of Afghan forces. After ten years of fight against insurgency, the question, "Where is Afghanistan moving to - towards peace and ...

Marriage Expense is Too Large

July 09, 2011

The very door towards social acceptance in the country is of course marriage. Young singles are looked with suspicion and face various challenges in the society regarding renting house or rooms for settlement. Kabul is a city where annually thousands of high-school graduated as well as school boys and girls come to follow education at ...

The Persistence of Warlords’ Tradition

July 07, 2011

It can be concluded from the ongoing political intransigence in the country that "warlords have gone but the tradition of 'Warlordism' is widely practiced across the country". It is the third consequent time MPs delayed a fifteen day-long summer vocation to mount pressure on President Karzai to submit list of his nominees for ...

A Helping Hand to Counter Narcotics

July 07, 2011

Afghanistan has been one of the countries that have been suffering because of the problem of poppy cultivation and drug trafficking. Because of economic, social and political problems doubled by the continuous instability in the region, the problem has always been invigorated. It is now a part of organized crime in the country with ...

The Ugly Episode in Parliament Reflects Reality

July 06, 2011

The ugly showdown in Parliament yesterday started with a scuffle among some MPs who attacked each other with bottles and shoes after a heated argument about President Karzai and his VPs. The scene was shown live on TVs and the nation watched how their elected representatives 'debate' on 'national issues' inside the lower ...

War, Weariness and Old Clichés

July 06, 2011

It seems that all the observers, officials and people involved in the war in Afghanistan are concerned about the future of gains and achievements made by Afghan people and international community over the last ten years after the withdrawal of foreign forces from the country. The reasons for these concerns remain legitimate because the forces of ...

Unrealistic Conceptions

July 06, 2011

Any longer disputes over whether the Taliban's main sanctuaries are in Pakistan or in Afghanistan will cause digression from the core objective in fight against terrorism. Afghanistan and Pakistan have long been making accusations and counteraccusations on cross-border attacks. Few years after the inception of war against terrorism, Afghan...

Suicide Bombers: Terrorist Groups’ Goods for Sale

July 05, 2011

The price of a suicide bomber, sold from one terrorist group to another, is $ 70 to 93 thousand. This fact was revealed in a statement issued recently by Afghan intelligence (National Directorate of Security – NDS). According to the statement, the NDS has arrested a suicide bomber from Jaji Maidan district of Paktia province who had on ...

An Opportunity Turning into an Environment of Doubt and Fear

July 05, 2011

The death of Osama Bin Laden provided Afghan government and international community with a new opportunity to increase pressure on Taliban militants and other insurgent groups to eviscerate them. The efforts had already begun to target the insurgent leaders. But unfortunately this new opportunity is not seized and instead the ...

Concerns about Our Security Forces

July 05, 2011

According to reports, the US and coalition allies are reducing funding for increase in the number of Afghanistan security forces. This was discussed in a meeting last week in Kabul. Previously the US and allies had planned to increase 72,000 troops to Afghan security forces, but now the number has been reduced to 46,000 after cuts in ...

Receding Tide of War or a Dangerous Place?

July 04, 2011

Last week, Kabul witnessed one of the most organized and well-coordinated assaults by the insurgents and terrorists carried out on the Intercontinental hotel, which is heavily fortified and frequented by foreigners and high-ranking officials. Observers are of the view that this was a direct rebuttal of President Barack Obama's...

Privatization of Govt. Companies Adding to Poverty

July 04, 2011

Rebuilding and development of the economy of Afghanistan is a pressing need of the time in view of the grave setbacks it has suffered over the years. The Constitution of Afghanistan has allowed for a free market model of economic organization and in light of that, the government of Afghanistan, from the outset, has pursued a policy of...

Reconstituting Its Evil Nature

July 04, 2011

The appalling reports of use of an eight year old girl in suicide attacks by the Taliban militants scarred human conscience. The atrocity has happened in southern province of Uruzgan, in which a small innocent girl was used as a tool to carry out the attack on police personnel. According to reports, when the innocent girl takes the explosives near ...

Dispel Concerns Instead of Expressing Concerns

July 03, 2011

While security situation continues to have a baneful look, failure to address rampant corruption is plunging the country into a more complicated situation. Unfortunately, the president and some high authorities can easily dodge the responsibility for the problems faced by the country by putting the blame on international organizations or ...

Achievements at Great Stake Now

July 03, 2011

When the constitutional law of Afghanistan was enacted, it conceived an immense success for the people of Afghanistan and the international community. It was anticipated that Afghanistan – from economic, social and political perspectives – will nurture having the law as the foremost principle leading it. The Afghan constitution is the first ...

This is How Repatriates are Welcomed

July 03, 2011

>Friday's bomb attack by Taliban, killed 13 member of a family repatriating from Pakistan. The incident took place in Zabul province when the family was on their way to Nawor district of Ghazni. Is this how Afghan refugees are welcomed in Afghanistan when they return to their own homeland? Yes, it is very unfortunate and death follows ...

Huge but Ineffective

July 02, 2011

One of the main reasons for public pressures against US and its allied governments to pull out troops from Afghanistan is its economic nsequences, in particular, since the US's economic recession in 2008. A decade later than the US war against terrorism was launched in 2001, a new study disclosed that US involvement in Afghanistan, Iraq ...

From Railing at Parallel Structures to Weakening Elected Institutions

July 02, 2011

Over the past few years, President Hamid Karzai has been railing at what he has called "parallel structures" operating outside the law in Afghanistan. In many official and non-official occasions, he has said that foreign aid organizations and security firms are the parallel structures that weaken...

Afghans, Largest Group of Refugees in World!

June 30, 2011

According to United Nations High Commission for Refugees' (UNHCR) statistic in 2010, three million refugees out of the 15.6 million worldwide – nearly one in every five – were Afghans. Of the nearly 700,000 asylum applications lodged in 2009 and 2010 in 44 industrialized nations of the world, nearly 52,000 – one in every 13 ...

US New War Strategy

June 30, 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, if ...

Debt Caused Chaos in Greek

June 30, 2011

Sovereign debt has been always recognized as danger for a possible economic apocalyptic, and many economists instantly alarmed countries over unfettered budget deficits and increasing sovereign debt. But its gravity is relative and closely linked to potential of economy of the respective countries. For instance, the sovereign debt...

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...