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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 ...

Outpouring of Superficial Sentiments

August 06, 2011

The display of feelings and manifestation of opinion through peaceful demonstration is one of the key traits of societies with democratic systems and freedom of expression and the right to peaceful protest and assemblies. In Afghanistan, people have regularly exercised this right to wage demonstrations on various issues. But unfortunately ...

North Turning to Resemble South

August 06, 2011

Kunduz province was the center for Taliban's activity in North during Emirate of Afghanistan 1996-2001. In the recent years, no good reports are coming from this province as Taliban have been able to increase its insurgency there. In the first half of current year, Taliban have launched several suicide attacks in north killing ...

Calls for Support to Afghan Peace Initiative

August 04, 2011

The notorious Pakistani tribal region across the borderline was once more marked as the world's most dangerous place. US and EU officials have frequently warned against shifting terrorism and extremism hotbed in the Pakistani side of the country's common border with Afghanistan. This is what president Karzai's administration has been regularly ...

Afghans’ World of Confusion and Violence

August 04, 2011

One of the notorious political traditions in Afghanistan is the involvement of outsiders by the political groups and players in the internal affairs of the country. After ten years of fighting against the Taliban militants, the government is making any effort possible to convince them to return to the fold. To this end, it has established ...

Afghanistan’s Neighbors and Near Neighbors Hold the Key Roles

August 04, 2011

Neighboring countries have always had a role to play in Afghanistan. Since every neighbor and near neighbor country has its own specific bjectives to follow here, Afghanistan has turned into a battle field. An instable Afghanistan is in no country's favor that is why the countries around Afghanistan and beyond ...

Post ISAF Afghanistan; Confusions and Apprehensions

August 03, 2011

The ongoing multifaceted Afghan conflict going to be entered into its important phase as already security transition from ISAF to ANSF (Afghan National Security Forces) has begun. Many have different views about the aftermath of this security transition. Leaving the question about the capability of ANSF to ...

Security at Risk

August 03, 2011

The security concerns have increased largely in the country as the terrorists have turned very much violent in the recent months. There are questions being raised on the capability of Afghan authorities to guarantee peace and tranquility even in the securest of the places. The terrorists with their different tactics have been able to achieve upper ...

Peace Council, No Good Performance

August 03, 2011

Pitfalls of the Peace Council, formed by President Hamid Karzai to facilitate peace talks with Taliban, are starting to emerge. Masum Stanikzai, secretary of Peace Council has said there is possibility of presence of many other types of council inside the Peace Council. While, Mauli Shahzad Shahid, who is a member of the Peace Council, has ...

Sufficient Investment to Remain a Dream

August 02, 2011

The Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) says there has been a 4 percent increase in the domestic investment in the first half of 2011 as compared to the same period of the last year. The security is at its worst. Despite that, if domestic investment has risen, it should be good news. But at the same time, there is bad news. The foreign direct...

Co-operating Neighbors

August 02, 2011

It is really great to hear the news that the neighboring countries of Afghanistan are in some way or the other interested in helping the country out of trouble. On Monday, August 1, 2011, the foreign minister of Pakistan Hina Rabbani Khar and the foreign minister of Poland Radoslaw Sikorski, in a joint statement, declared their interest ...

A Bad Life

August 02, 2011

From the religious point of view, a bad life is one that is disconnected with virtue, piety, spirituality and other forms of relations and obedience to God. But there are other components as well that make a life bad. A bad life is also the one that is not in one's control; a life that is not accompanied with human's mastery of his/her ...

Taliban Challenges Government in Lashkargah

August 01, 2011

Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, falls among the seven areas that have been handed over to Afghan Security Forces. Its government seemed quite excited, when some days earlier security responsibilities of the set number of provinces and cities including Lashkargah were transferred to Afghan National Army and ...

Do not Let People Die Just for the Catchword of Transition

August 01, 2011

In the face of growing insurgent attacks, President Hamid Karzai and other security officials have stated that the enemies of peace and stability of Afghanistan will not be able to stall the process of transition of security responsibility from international troops to Afghan national security forces. Of course, the...

Violence Against Women Increases

August 01, 2011

Violence, discrimination and alienation against women appear to get stronger in Afghanistan. The cases of rape in the country is widespread and go under-reported, often not concerned even by the society and institution or other humanitarian organizations. This leads us to the story of an only 6 years old innocent girl who has been recently...

Afghanistan Will be Blamed for Instability if It Fails to Secure Itself

July 31, 2011

Since Afghan government has been pushing for reconciliation with insurgent groups that continue to operate within its territory, the neighboring countries have put their weight behind this effort. In the meanwhile, these neighbors have laid stress that the process of negotiation with Taliban and other insurgent outfits should ...

Ramadan Approaches but Not Justice

July 31, 2011

>Ramadan, starting within a day or two, is a distinguished Islamic month in which it is obligatory for every Muslim to keep fast during the whole day, avoid committing sins as far as possible and help the poor people. Holy Quran, the sacred book of Muslims got completed in Ramadan which makes the month especially distinct for the Muslim...