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Challenges to the Economic Development

August 18, 2011

On Tuesday, August 16, President Hamdi Karzai called on some lecturers of faculty of economy from universities to discuss ways to improve economic situation of the country as it is going through the process of transition of security responsibilities from international troops to Afghan security forces. There are many ...

Washington Has No Other Way

August 18, 2011

Pakistan itself is the victim of terrorism though; its role is being deemed vital for US in countering terrorism in Afghanistan. At the same time, Pakistan would need support from US and cooperation from Afghanistan to improve security in its cities by curbing terrorists' activities in its border regions with Afghanistan. Pakistan has, up to a great ...

Gender Inequality in Afghanistan

August 18, 2011

Statistics shows that Afghanistan is still a country where gender equality is worst! Afghanistan is the country with worst records of violence against women, with highest rate. The plight of Afghan women still persists yet after more ten years of democracy. The male dominated society with extreme socio-religious mindset is still a ...

Realities Run Against the Claim

August 17, 2011

Violent situations in many parts of the country have put more limitations on Afghan people's freedom of movement. The ability and liberty to travel, reside in and work in any parts of the country is a human rights concept and is universal but in Afghanistan the security situation has deteriorated and brought ...

Afghanistan is Turning into a Safe Haven for the Insurgents

August 17, 2011

After the announcement made by the US President Barack Obama on 22 June, 2011, Afghanistan is now turning to become a safe haven for the Taliban to proceed their tactical and planned attacks inside Kabul city and around. Their attacks are part of the Taliban's overall planned tactics to assassinate as many high profile officials as possible and ...

Taliban Can’t See Women Nurture

August 17, 2011

>Women are the most deprived section of Afghan society. Throughout the history of Afghanistan, women have been subjected to violence of various forms – sexual abuse, rape, physical and mental punishment and now being used in launching terror attacks. Violence has caused women commit acts such suicide and self-immolation. The Taliban era was the ...

Karzai’s Best Ever Decision

August 16, 2011

Here comes the best ever decision of President Hamid Karzai in the last ten years. Deeming the role of youth very vital for the future of Afghanistan, the Karzai government is sending youths from all thirty four provinces of Afghanistan for pursuing higher education abroad. This time, the ...

Karzai’s Best Ever Decision

August 16, 2011

Here comes the best ever decision of President Hamid Karzai in the last ten years. Deeming the role of youth very vital for the future of Afghanistan, the Karzai government is sending youths from all thirty four provinces of Afghanistan for pursuing higher education abroad. This time, the government will bear all the expenses. In this ...

Need to Transition to a New Mode of Being

August 16, 2011

Afghanistan cannot continue to remain in limbo for goods and must transition into modernity and development. Transition to modernity, as a discourse and process, concerns conflict and peace as well. The country has been through failures and stalemates in this process in the last one hundred years. This ethos has never taken foothold for various ...

The Problems of Our City

August 16, 2011

Kabul has been called as the most polluted capital in the world, as it is. Recent studies show that more people die because of pollution than terrorist attacks. It's indeed killing people like a silent-cancer without getting any attention. There have been conferences and reports from Health and other concerned ministries, but the Government ...

High Expectations From Bonn II

August 15, 2011

The Bonn II conference is expected to play a pivotal role in the political reconciliation and future course of action in Afghanistan. Afghanistan will lead the conference and has high expectations from it. There has been prognostication on the part of both Afghan and foreign intellectuals that Taliban will be having their representatives ...

High Time to Rethink Conciliation

August 15, 2011

Does the government not understand the truth or Taliban offensives are not powerful enough to illustrate their willingness to overthrow President Karzai government? The reconciliation game is carried on amidst increasingly sophisticated and harsh attacks. Busy with the special court ruling, Karzai administration is too cold to overhear ...

On Independence Day of India and Pakistan

August 15, 2011

Our two neighbors India and Pakistan celebrate 65th anniversary of their independence on August 14th and 15th respectively. It was midnight stroke of August 14 and 15, 1947 when officially the British Raj (Rule), after 163 years, came to an end. The two countries since their freedom have been passing through challenges and conflicts leading to ...

Bamiyan Buddhas to be Commemorated

August 14, 2011

In the memory of the two Buddha statues destructed by Taliban in Bamiyan province of Afghanistan early March 2001, according to reports, the Queen of Thailand Sirikit, has outlined plans to build a 32-metre Buddha at the Thip Sukhontharam Temple in Kanchanaburi province, about 100 kilometers west of Bangkok. That will be a great way to ...

Startling Figure of Jobless Youths

August 14, 2011

Afghanistan continues to remain plagued by myriads of political, social, cultural and economic problems. Unfortunately since war and fighting have continued over the last ten years along with the presence of international community and influx and flow of international aid money, there has been little done to address those problems and to our ...

The Vicious Circle of Poverty

August 14, 2011

Our leaders are seamlessly busy in finding solutions to various political issues. Before an issue resolved, another one comes about and it goes on and on. The vicious circle of poverty is hampering development of Afghanistan – no significant attention is being paid to the issue and poverty goes on increasing in here. Although since 2001 ...

Marriage Expense is Too Large

August 13, 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 ...

Mental Abnormality, Something Normal in Afghanistan

August 13, 2011

Based on the figures from organizations working in the health sector – Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) and World Health Organization (WHO) - around 60 percent of Afghans, mostly women, are suffering from severe psychosocial problems or mental disorders. The three decades of war have resulted in high numbers of widows, orphans and disabled people ...

Karzai, not Contesting for the Third Term

August 13, 2011

Constitution of a state is the highest body of rules and procedures regarding the different organs of the state that include legislature, judiciary and executive and the rights of the citizens of the state. In a democratic country constitution is considered as the endeavors of the elected members to guarantee welfare of the citizens. It stands ...

Close to an End to Crisis Around Parliamentary Election

August 11, 2011

President Hamid Karzai has issued a decree to the Independent Election Commission (IEC) to come up with a final decision on the lingering controversies and disputes about the last year parliamentary elections. The parliamentary election was held on September 18, 2010. Many domestic and international ...

Severe Food Shortage Crisis Underway

August 11, 2011

The United Nations Food Program (WFP) has warned that Afghanistan could face severe food shortages this autumn. According to its spokesman, about 2 million people are likely to be hit by food insecurity because of drought in different parts of the country. The wheat crop cultivation has decreased dramatically due to the drought. According to ...

Peace Process: Perplexing & Contradictory

August 11, 2011

In experts' view, Taliban and negotiations are as different as cheese and chalk. The same is being observed practically, as we hear contradictory news aboutnegotiation with the insurgents on daily basis. The Afghan government last year started negotiation with a man who called himself the representative of Taliban's Quetta Shura. But as ...

Replete With Anxiety

August 10, 2011

Over the last few weeks, security transition in Afghanistan has brought about a sense of ambiguity on future of the mission here. For Afghan government and its allies, it is a clear sign of achievement in fight against terrorism. But for terrorists, it is the beginning of the end of a democratic system in the country. With increasing attacks by ...

Yes, a Tough Fighting Warranted

August 10, 2011

Over the last few days, foreign forces operating in Afghanistan to stabilize the country against terrorist forces have suffered heavy losses in helicopter crashes, explosion and roadside bombings. In Saturday's crash, around 31 US soldiers along 7 Afghan army soldiers were killed. In a televised tribute to the dead, president Obama ...

The Turban and Burqa Bombers

August 10, 2011

President Karzai has asked Mullahs to campaign against the increasing use of turbans for hiding bombs by militants carrying out suicide attacks. Seems like Karzai is tired of repeated requests to his "angry brothers", the term he uses for militants, and now asked the religious elders for this, refraining from ...

Private Companies have to be Socially Active

August 09, 2011

With the advancement of the business sector in different parts of the world there have been improvements in the ways the different companies and organizations do their business. Though, the private companies do not have any social duty except for following the rules and regulations of the society, they have been playing roles as active ...

Paralysis of Three Branches of Power

August 09, 2011

The crisis between the three branches of power- executive, legislature and judiciary- is becoming protracted. This has affected service delivery by the executive institutions, legislation and oversight by the legislature and calls the decisions made by Supreme Court into question because Wolesi Jirga is busy in efforts to defend ...

A Call to Care for Earth

August 09, 2011

The developing process and respect for life is an inner principle of all faiths on this Planet. Yet our reactions towards the very livelihood on earth are endangering our lives on earth with hazardous levels of greenhouse gas emissions. The effects of these gasses are really so dangerous that they are destabilizing the global climate ...

Unchecked Price Hike

August 08, 2011

There is information in news that food prices have risen in Kabul, contrary to the promises made by Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI). There have been rise in the prices of commodities like sugar, rice, flour, ghee, oil, milk, egg and chicken. These are the items of general use and accommodate the daily food usage ...

A Great Loss for US Forces

August 08, 2011

The NATO-led coalition on Sunday confirmed the death of 38 US and Afghan troops in a military helicopter crash in eastern Afghanistan. Thirty International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) service members, one civilian interpreter, and seven Afghan commandos were killed when a coalition CH-47 Chinook went down on Saturday as it was shot down from ...

Laying Out a Red Carpet

August 08, 2011

Self-important, overbearing announcement by High Peace Council (HPC) is, as usual, blown by obdurate Taliban group. Hoping for a big win in the so-called reconciliation process, the council announced they had evidences suggesting that Taliban leadership has a tendency to join peace initiative. Posing with great self-importance, HPC delegates have ...

Fighting Corruption From a New Perspective

August 07, 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 important ...

Drought Hits Central Afghanistan

August 07, 2011

Amidst fear of severe drought in the country, the World Food Program announced more than a month ago that it will be suspending its food assistance plans for more than 3 million in Afghanistan because of a shortage of funds. This came a decade later than international efforts to reduce poverty and ...

With the Int’l Community Withdrawing, Funds Will Also Dry Up

August 07, 2011

As we are moving ahead in Afghanistan, things seem to be getting worse rather than going towards betterment. What will be the fate of security and economy of Afghanistan after the withdrawal of international community is still quite vague. Security – as our past experience shows – will definitely deteriorate. At the same time one ...

The Trilateral Core Group

August 06, 2011

Afghanistan and Pakistan have been the countries that have experienced the worst consequences of terrorism. Terrorism has penetrated in both the societies to a very large extent. The terrorism networks have deep and complex roots in the areas around the Af-Pak border. Though both the countries have clearly announced their will to fight the ...