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“Transition” is Getting Tougher for Afghans

June 09, 2011

The new strategy of Taliban to target the selected anti-Taliban and anti-militancy and pro-administration personalities from amongst the best is really making the government and its allies bite their fingers in despair. The political, administrative and security systems, though with major deficiencies, have been organized after so much sweat and...

Dubious Victory in the War against Terrorism

June 09, 2011

>Barack Obama had a meeting with senior administration officials and military commanders on Monday, June 6, 2011 in White House Situation Room, discussing the troop's withdrawal and the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Keeping in view, the growing concerns of the People in America regarding the presence of American troops in...

Civilian Casualty and Restriction of Airstrike

June 09, 2011

Both Afghan and foreign officials maintain alike that civilian casualty is the evil product of the ongoing counter-insurgency struggle and severe measures should be taken to avoid it. Perhaps they also are in view not to support larger civilian casualties for the sake of lesser military death toll. After replacement of Top US and...

Jawad Zahak Assassinated

June 08, 2011

Only few days later than blowing the Takhar provincial governor office and murder of General Dawood Dawood, the northern police zone chief, and Takhar's provincial police chief, Taliban made another successful high profile assassination. On Tuesday June 07, 2011, the dead bodies of Bamyan's provincial council head and four of his fellows...

Do Not Embolden Taliban by Removing Leaders from Blacklist

June 08, 2011

The governments of U.S. and U.K. have decided to give a major push to their attempts at negotiation with Taliban by removing a number of high-ranking Taliban officials from the blacklist maintained by the United Nations. Officially, this is being pursued as a result of a request by the government of...

More Rapid Pullout Than Expected

June 07, 2011

In a new report on the US Afghan mission, the New York Times on Monday June 06, 2011 said that "President Barack Obama's national security team is contem plating troop reductions in Afghanistan that would be steeper than those discussed even a few weeks ago, with some officials arguing that such a change is justified by the rising cost of...

Real Source of Information

June 07, 2011

ISAF says, the local Afghans are now turning against Taliban and Al-Qaida. They cooperate more than before by providing information about insurgents. That is good news as it means the public outreach programs launched by ISAF and Afghan government have started giving results. Success in Afghanistan seems to be improbable to achieve...

Govt. Fails to Spend or Not Willing to Spend?

June 07, 2011

According to reports, in the previous fiscal year, the government of Afghanistan has been able to disburse $937 million or 40 percent of the total $2.3 billion developments funds it had on hand and in control. Therefore, in the current FY budget, the development budget has been cut by 40 percent. With this low budget execution rate, the government...

The Environment Week

June 06, 2011

In Kabul, one of the most polluted capitals of the world, this week has been dedicated to environment. The week is aimed at creating public awareness, as the environmental pollution has reached its climax. The severity of pollution can be judged by the dusty air and garbage scattered everywhere in the capital of Afghanistan. Three decades of...

Fighting Corruption from a New Perspective

June 06, 2011

Rampant corruption has always been a hot issue in the country. It is considered to be a huge obstacle in the way of progress in the country, has disappointed the general Afghan public and the international community alike and continues to erode the very pillars of Afghan state. As one of the first rules of governing people, it is...

The US Military Withdrawal from Iraq

June 06, 2011

Sometimes it gets really difficult to find out how terrorist philosophy works out. And how they are coming out with decision to carry out suicidal attack on their countrymen with the same race, language and religion, the factors which are recognized as three uniting forces? On Saturday, June 03, 2011, a suicide bomber attacked a...

Uncertainty is the Only Certain Prospect

June 05, 2011

Once again there are pieces of news which Afghan people do not like to hear so frequently – bomb blasts and suicide attacks. On Saturday June 04, 2011 there have been two incidents; first, blasts in Kandahar University that resulted in unfortunate deaths of two students and severe injuries to three others; second, the suicide attack by a woman...

Afghanistan Consumes More Than It Produces

June 05, 2011

Every day Afghan Consumers and households are bombarded by advertising foreign products. TVs, radios and newspapers are mostly dedicated to those foreign products imported by Afghan traders and rarely one can see that a national product is advertised through media and Afghanistan consumes more than it produces. Free market economy...

People Against Evil Forces of Destruction

June 05, 2011

For the last one decade, on one side human rights, women's rights, freedom, elected government, education and progress have been the predominant discourse subscribed by Afghan people. On the other side, the barbarity, terrorism, explosions, destruction of schools, killing of innocent people and pouring acid on the faces of schoolgirls have

Stifle the Evil Attempts

June 04, 2011

Things are getting hazier in Afghanistan. President talks of US-led occupation and the Afghans' uprising against them if NATO air operations are continued. Certain notorious elements optimize the opportunity to raise anti-American sentiments in public. Thanks to the current freedom of expression, some media channels vividly provoke...

Need for Furthering Interaction with Outside World

June 04, 2011

Due to years of war and conflict, Afghanistan remains one of the poorest countries in the world. It is facing myriads of problems, ranging from
high rate of child mortality and maternal death to high level of illiteracy and backbreaking poverty. There has been progress made after the fall of brutal and hard-line regime of Taliban...

Af-Pak-India Triangle

June 02, 2011

Shortly before the withdrawal process begins and amidst recent happenings in the country that demonstrate clear deterioration of security situation, afghan minister of defense is on a three-day trip to India. The visit is aimed at discussing bilateral ties and cooperation on security. Gen. Abdul Rahim Wardak met his Indian...

President Karzai and NATO on Crossroads

June 02, 2011

President Hamid Karzai, yet again, and with even stronger tone condemned the decision of NATO to carry on the airstrikes that have become very controversial issue between the President Office and NATO officials. After the last warning President on this occasion has even warned for a reaction if such operations are carried out. This very...

Afghan Children, the Unluckiest!

June 02, 2011

1st June marks the International children's day. In Afghanistan hardly people know about it. Yesterday, although there should have been programs at all levels aimed at creating public awareness about rights of children, no significant effort from government, civil cities, and human/children rights organizations was in place. Children

Do not Tie the Hands against Uncontained Terrorists

June 01, 2011

It is clear-cut that public support for the presence of international forces is impacted by the civilian casualties that continue to happen in the counter-insurgency operations and air strikes conducted by international forces in Afghanistan. This is because Afghan people do not want to continue to get killed either by...

No Significant Drawdown Favourable

June 01, 2011

Since December, 2009 when the new US strategy for Afghanistan was made public by President Obama – deployment of tens of thousands of more troops in Afghanistan during 2010 and gradual withdrawal of international forces from the summer 2011 – there have been serious concerns over premature drawdown of troops as insurgency has gone...

Unemployment, Dreadful Outcomes

June 01, 2011

Afghanistan stands among the poorest countries of world with more than 60 percent of its population living below or slightly above the line of poverty. The three decades of war have left economic infrastructures completely destructed and backward. No significant progress has been made albeit there have been international efforts to...

Leading Afghanistan into a Chaos

May 31, 2011

Few weeks before the start date for withdrawal of the US forces from Afghanistan, the forces contributing nations have run of patience because of what they observe in Afghanistan: increasing expenses and insecurity, huge death toll and little achievement. The Afghan government also expresses concern on how they are operating. Calling...

Speedy Growth of Telecommunication

May 31, 2011

The telecommunication sector in Afghanistan has made remarkable growth after the demise of Taliban. This growth has been both rapid and on a large scale. Starting with landline connections, presently there are modern GSM cellular networks working effectively and successfully. Even internet is easily available for the service of the people with...

Uprising and Israel-Palestine Conflict

May 31, 2011

Seemingly, the political equation is under a growing change in the case of Israel-Palestine conflict. There are signs that this change will improve the currently diplomatically feeble state of Palestine against Israel, if it does not necessarily lead into military and political empowerment. Egypt as one of the largest Middle East...

“The Last Warning” of President Karzai

May 30, 2011

ISAF has once again been warned by President Hamid Karzai over the deaths of civilians; this time the tone being very aggressive, and the warning being called as "The Last Warn ing". President Karzai has always reacted upon the reported casualties of the civilians by NATO or US-led air strikes. This particular reaction has come as a...

Illegal Extraction and Smuggling of Mineral Resources - A National Loss!

May 30, 2011

A traditional view about Afghanistan's economy is that around 70 percent of its economy is dependent on agriculture sector. That is a fact. But at least in the post-Taliban Afghanistan this sector has had no significant development. Keeping self sufficiency aside, major portion of our food needs are fulfilled by imports from various...

District Continues to Suffer While MPs are Sleeping Like a Log

May 30, 2011

With passage of years, the highways connecting Afghanistan have become extremely dangerous to travel. These highways have actually gone more risky than under Taliban, although Taliban is responsible for almost all the insecurity prevailing on these routes. High government officials mostly travel by air while civilians have to use the roads...

Suicide Attack on Governor House

May 29, 2011

The suicide attack on governor office's compound in Takhar province of Northern Afghanistan on Saturday May 28, 2011 has added another question mark to the mutual security arrangements of Afghan Forces and NATO. The attack was carried out after a meeting in governor office complex among the security officials and governor officials regarding...

Transparent System Required for Continued International Funding

May 29, 2011

Over the last ten years, Afghanistan has been receiving international aid for reconstruction projects and restoration of economic infrastructures. The effectiveness of the aid is not felt in terms of bringing tangible change to the lives of Afghan people. Last year, the economic restoration received a great blow when Kabul Bank,...

Failing to Become Rational Actors

May 29, 2011

Over the last ten years, Afghanistan has been hosting international community that has come to help the country get rid of terrorists and hard-line militants. This riddance is in the interests of both Afghanistan and international community led by the United States of America as their security was being threatened by the...

Struggling to Revamp Frayed Relations

May 28, 2011

Less than a month later than Al-Qaeda terror network's mastermind in Pakistan, several high ranking US officials have paid trips to Islamabad to restore trust and cooperation between the two countries in fight against extremism. The United States Foreign Secretary, Hillary Clinton, arrived in Islamabad on Friday May 27, 2011 to meet Pakistani...

Afghanistan’s Foreign Policy Challenges

May 28, 2011

Afghanistan's foreign policy and diplomatic machinery shoulder the critical responsibility of defining and shaping the country's short-term and long-term relations with the outside world. This has assumed greater significance for our country given the extensive involvement of the international community in Afghanistan in

The Old Course, the Old Tricks

May 28, 2011

It is becoming more evident that neither diplomatic approaches nor any military warnings can put off intentions of the Islamic Republic of Iran to complete the controversial Uranium enrichment process. Iran has consistently denied allegations that it seeks to develop a bomb. Yet many in the international community remain...

Impossible to Counter Terror Attacks, MoD Confesses

May 26, 2011

Yesterday our Defense Minister Abdur Rahim Wardak openly confessed that for him it was impossible to prevent the suicidal attacks. While talking to the representatives of people, Wardak said that such attacks would continue. Can this be conceived a proper response to the wants of the people and the families affected by ...