Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Consultation! Isn’t Too Late?

July 12 2011

On time consultation, coordination and strategic planning are key factors to economic sustainability. It is a requirement both for micro and macro economies. This is specifically imperative for economies of less developed and developing nations. Afghanistan falls in the list of countries that are extremely economically vulnerable. Afghan economy ...

Unsettled Issue Causing Loss to the Country

July 12 2011

The parliamentarians of Afghanistan, in patriotic move, cancelled their summer vacation and devoted their vacation to resolving critical issues that has placed the country at an important juncture. This measure of MPs should be acclaimed – national interests should always be taken heavier than personal ones. The parliament, ...

Before They Leave Afghanistan

July 12 2011

As the United State and its allies are mulling to decrease their role and troops from Afghanistan, Taliban are intensifying their operations. Reports say, the US has conducted several sessions of talks with Taliban to resolve the Afghan conflict through a political way. But Taliban have rejected these reports saying, there are no ...

Afghanistan- Still Without a Comprehensive Population Census

July 11, 2011

World Population Day is going to be celebrated on July 11, 2011 throughout the world and in Afghanistan. On the day when the world is going to talk about the various aggregates of population living in different parts of world it must be mentioned that Afghan population has been one of the most deprived ones in the world. The ...

Turkish Airlines Decides to Serve in Afghanistan, as well

July 11, 2011

Last week, Turkish Airlines, the flag carrier airline of turkey, was awarded the "Best Airline in Europe", "Best Premium Economy Seats" and "Best Airline in Southern Europe" at the World Airline Awards. At the same time, the airline acquired the 3rd place in the best airline companies in all Europe ...

Kabul Bank Case and Economic Fragility

July 10, 2011

The fragile security situation has overshadowed all other matters of concern for the country. However, economists believe that the current economic vulnerability is far more critical than the long standing security dilemma. Economic pressures and highly dependent budget is of the main challenges even at this period when huge amount

Panjsher Incident Increases Concerns

July 10, 2011

In return of assistance and sacrifices the international community has been making in Af ghanistan, it has always anticipated cooperation from the government and the people of Afghanistan. But in Afghanistan one should give more and expect less or even nothing. The three decades of war and meddling of several countries have made it quite difficult...

Insurgents do Most Harm to Afghan Children

July 10, 2011

We see Taliban and other insurgent groups talking of Jihad. They believe that they are the Jihadi fighters that continue to fight a holy war. But over the last ten years they did most harm to Afghan people, particularly women and children. In addition to falling victims to suicide attacks, roadside bombings and other terrorist ...

Mr. President Must Undo the Evils before it is Too Late

July 09, 2011

After the 2010 parliamentary elections did not end up in success of President Hamid Karzai's favored candidates, he greeted the official results announced by the Independent Election Commission and attempted to refuse to inaugurate the parliament. In the meanwhile, he opened Pandora's box by unconstitutionally establishing a special ...

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 ...