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The Siege of Kandahar and Uncertain Future

The Siege of Kandahar  and Uncertain Future

Mehdi Rezaie | Mehdi Rezaie

Perhaps the Taliban have never had it better than this. The spectacular two-day attacks mounted by the Taliban in the heart of Kandahar that paralyzed this political and economic hub and left over 70 people dead and wounded is yet another daring show of force by them. Barely two weeks ago and in another incident, more than 540 Taliban...

Osama’s Death No Game-Changer

Osama’s Death No Game-Changer

May 09, 2011 | Abbas Daiyar

The death of Osama Bin Ladin has been making the titles of opinion pages on newspapers around the world. Particularly in the Af-Pak region, where it matters the most, intelligence analysis is being made about the future of Al-Qaeda and terrorism in the region.
Regarding Afghanistan, there are different perspectives. Optimists of...

Local Militias Warlords and the ANA

Local Militias Warlords and the ANA

May 09, 2011 | Musa Khan Jalalzai

On April 27, 2011, a frustrated Afghan Air Force pilot killed eight coalition troops and one civilian contractor in Kabul International Airport. Afghan pilot, Ahmad Gul, who served in the air force for over thirty years under the communist regimes, was a poor man suffering from frustration and anxiety. As he was not paid his salary for mouths; he...

U.S. Moves to Accommodate the Taliban

U.S. Moves to Accommodate  the Taliban

May 08, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The situation in the country in light of the alleged killing of Osama bin Laden is poised to enter into a new phase, one which will see heightened efforts by all sides to accelerate the process of talks with Taliban and other insurgent groups. Last month, a high-level Pakistani delegation visited Kabul that consisted of the heads of major centers...

Afghanistan, Agonizing Challenge for Obama’s Security Team

Afghanistan, Agonizing Challenge  for Obama’s Security Team

May 08, 2011 | Ali Raza Hussaini

With Congress's approval, President Barak Obama has made significant replacements and appointments in his national security team. As part of the change, the US's current ambassador in Iraq, Mr. Ryan Crocker will take over Karl Eikanberry's post as new ambassador in Afghanistan. Mr. Crocker had...

Osama’s Death and the War on Terror

Osama’s Death and the War on Terror

May 07, 2011 | Abbas Daiyar

The man, who was responsible for mass murders of thou sands of innocent people from America to Afghanistan, deserved that miserable death without a proper burial on earth. The leader of global terrorism who founded Al-Qaeda in his will written in December 2001 told his children not to join the group of bloodthirsty Jihadis. This coward living in hiding for...

War against Taliban in Post-Osama Afghanistan

War against Taliban in  Post-Osama Afghanistan

May 07, 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The death of Osama Bin laden has had the effect of rattling the capitals in Washington, Islamabad and of course Kabul. Let us have a look here at what the death of Osama Bin laden means for the war against Taliban and Al-Qaeda and what it holds for the future and prospects of the broader struggle against terrorism and religious...

Osama Death Wont Impact Afghanistan

Osama Death Wont  Impact Afghanistan

May 05, 2011 | Dr. Hussain Yasa

There is a big wave of victorious joy among all those who wanted to see the death of Osama bin Laden, the most wanted man in the world who carried a $ 25- million bounty on his head and the one who institutionalized killing of one man by another under his peculiar interpretation of faith.
Although certain angles of the special operation in which Bin Laden was killed remain obscure, there is no doubt...

Why not Asians First and Lead

Why not Asians First and Lead

May 05, 2011 | Ahmad Bilal

There are many reasons why Asians first and lead. Human history has shown the fact and is a concert evidence that human race has been originated in Asia. Asians are the most powerful human character in all terms compared competitively with other continents population. Asia has been the largest inhabitant of human kind from very beginning up to...

Osama’s Death Versus Our Reputation

Osama’s Death Versus  Our Reputation

May 05, 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

Perhaps, there are fewer events in the world to find such a large worldwide coverage by Media as the death of Osama bin Laden, the leader of Al-Qaeda, has had since last Sunday. The news has become more like a popular entertainment program. People around the world have gazed on TVs, Videos posted on News websites, Social networking to watch out a spectacular program—the...

Freedom of Press and the Greater Danger of Relapse

Freedom of Press and the   Greater Danger of Relapse

May 04, 2011 | Sher Alam Saqib

A decade has elapsed after the hard-line Taliban regime was toppled by the U.S-led international intervention in Afghanistan in late 2001. Both Afghan government and international community claim to have taken tremendous strides in various areas and walks of...

Is Peace Talks with Taliban Possible?

Is Peace Talks with Taliban Possible?

May 04, 2011 | Abdul Samad Haidari

Going by what transpired to the Afghan premiership and its western allies have commonly comprehended that negotiation with the fanatically purist Taliban are indeed for a cooperative path out of the morass after ten years of often directionless war.
Centrality of the message is that a concerted act may wave over Afghanistan,...

Osama’s Death Doesn’t Mean the End of War

Osama’s Death Doesn’t Mean the End of War

May 03, 2011 | By Sher Ali Yecha

With the eruption of news on the death of Osama bin Laden, within a blink of eye my facebook page was filled with links, opinions and information about his death. I started receiving SMSs on my cell phone regarding Osama's death and TV channels started giving Breaking news about this. At first, many people around me did not believe the news as true and termed them as 'rumors.' But they had to...

Strategic Cooperation and Worries Beyond Borders

Strategic Cooperation and Worries Beyond Borders

May 03, 2011 | By Jawad Rahmani

One of the most challenging issues in the course of current US/NATO military engagement in Afghanistan has been the issue of permanent strategic cooperation between Kabul and Washington. The issue was brought about because of instant worries about the so-called spoil of democratic achievement made during past ten years. In 2001, when ...

The Winner and the Loser

The Winner and the Loser

May 02, 2011 | Nasruddin Hemathi

The analysis saying that the Arab spring –caused by public revolts - may prove Israel's winter, is coming true. Since the fall of Mubarak regime, an Israeli ally, the Jewish state has expressed its deep concerns on the ongoing socio-political changes. Experts say that Israel seems highly frightened of losing partners while others gaining more strategic positions at the political...

The Imagined Boy in the Painting

The Imagined Boy in the Painting

May 02, 2011 | Abbas Daiyar

Since childhood, an extraordinary photo, and my favorite painting, was committed to the visual memory of my mind like something nailed there forever. I saw it almost every day. When I had seen for the first time, probably in primary school, I was curious who was in that imaginary photo hanged on walls of some classes. It was a favorite choice for drawing competitions among students in schools, and a perfect...

Afghan Refugees in Australian Detention Centers

Afghan Refugees in Australian Detention Centers

May 01, 2011 | Abbas Daiyar

Nowadays Afghan refugees in Australian detention centers are on protest and hunger strike. Recently some very disturbing news of suicide attempts by some immigrants who are to be sent back to Afghanistan, were reported in media. A young boy had hanged himself in a detention center. Human rights organizations have been criticizing the Australian Government...

Hollow Antiterrorism Efforts

Hollow Antiterrorism Efforts

May 01, 2011 | Farman Nawaz

very year May 21 is observed as Antiterrorism day. The idea of World Anti-Terrorism Day was initiated because thousands of youth are drawn in to the folds of terrorist camps and organizations each year. The purpose of observing World Anti-Terrorism Day is to spread the message of global peace and non-violence, to discourage vulnerable ...

The Budget Debate

The Budget Debate

April 30, 2011 | By Abbas Daiyar

The budget rejection is not something new. Last year, the lower house of the parliament had rejected the budget draft and demanded changes in it. After the first rejection, usually it should be possible to incorporate recommended changes in the budget and get it approved, but the case with our Government is different. Our rulers have no regard for the institutions...

The 19th Anniversary of Mujahedin

The 19th Anniversary of Mujahedin

April 30, 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

This week, Afghans celebrated the 19th anniversary of Mujahedin as they succeeded to force Soviet armies out of Afghanistan on April 28, 1992. But this year, it was not celebrated with enthusiasm as it was being held previously, and the reason is usual which has become like a nightmare for all mass...

Practical Aspects of Islamic Banking in Afghanistan

Practical Aspects of Islamic  Banking in Afghanistan

April 27, 2011 | Dr. Alam Khan Hamdard

Islamic banking was introduced in Af ghanistan between 2008 and 2009. The first draft banking law was prepared by Da Afghanistan Bank (Central Bank of Afghanistan) Da Afghanistan Bank established the Islamic banking section that operates under the technical support of the Shariah Council consisted up of famous religious scholars from Afghanistan as well from some other...

The 12th Five-Year Plan Depicts a Blueprint for China’s Next Development

The 12th Five-Year Plan Depicts a  Blueprint for China’s Next Development

April 26, 2011 | Xu Feihong

In March 2011, the Fourth Session of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC) of China endorsed the Outline of the 12th Five-Year Plan for National Economic and Social Development (2011 to 2015).

The document puts forward the guiding principles, main objectives, main tasks and measures of the ...

The Walk: on the Public Harassment of Afghan Women

The Walk: on the Public Harassment of Afghan Women

April 25, 2011 | Noorjahan Akbar

Every day in Afghanistan millions of women and girls make their way through streets, mountains and villages to schools, universities, work places, clinics, marketplaces, etc. The reports on women's progress in Afghanistan focus on the percentage of women who make or don't make it to their destinations, be it schools, work places, etc. Rarely any ...

Pakistan Army Asserts Control on Afghanistan

Pakistan Army Asserts  Control on Afghanistan

April 24, 2011 | Tufail Ahmad

It was Pakistan's day in Afghanistan. On April 16, 2011, the almost entire Pakistani leadership descended on Kabul to hold talks with the Afghan government. The Pakistani leaders included: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Deputy Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar as...

The Export of Suicide Bombers

The Export of  Suicide Bombers

April 21, 2011 | Musa Khan Jalalzai

Civil war in Afghanistan brought many misadventures into Pakistani society. The unending war and foreign intervention exacerbated internal religious tensions and increased in the flow of arms, suicide bombers, narcotics drugs and money into the country. Unauthorized weapon industries in FATA region flourished and an illegal arms trade in all provinces of the country continued without the supervision of the ...

Media Darling in the West, Irrelevant in Afghanistan

Media Darling in the West, Irrelevant in Afghanistan

April 19, 2011 | Abbas Daiyar

The bravest woman of Afghanistan”, “iconic human rights activist”, “champion for Afghan woman” are titles you read in media headlines in the West about Afghan activist Malalai Joya. She is a star among the anti-war left circles of the West. Recently she made headlines because of the US visa denial, and lefty...

On the Declining Security

On the Declining Security

04/27/2011 | Nasruddin Hemati

iolence seems unending here. Fighting continues harassing people and downplaying achievements in Afghanistan. Shortly before the transition process begins, the perspective of peace, development and stability remains unreliable in Afghanistan. Battling a multilateral dilemma, the Afghan government is yet too feeble to stand on its own. The...

 Military Withdrawal is not a Sign of Failure

 Military Withdrawal is  not a Sign of Failure

04/25/2011 | Jawad Rahmani

Nowadays, two diametric opposite reasons are given for the US and NATO military withdrawal from Afghanistan. Either of them seems extreme-like notions. On one hand, it is said that US and NATO military withdrawal is just a desperate struggle for face-saving disengagement and leaving Afghanistan...

The Af-Pak Commission and Prospects

The Af-Pak Commission  and Prospects

04/24/2011 | Abbas Daiyar

President Hamid Karzai or any Government official has not denied the media reports about "Pakistani demands from Afghanistan" in the recent high-profile visit from Rawalpindi and Islamabad to the presidential palace in Kabul. The discussions in different circles of Kabul are all about the "letter" of those demands handed over to President Karzai, and questions are being raised in media and by ...

Security Forces Infiltrated by Taliban Militants

Security Forces Infiltrated  by Taliban Militants

04/23/2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The high-profile Taliban attack inside the com pound of the Ministry of Defense in Kabul that killed two and wounded seven, shocking as it is, has raised doubts about the capabilities of security forces to protect even the most vital of security installations. The attack also has been a powerful statement put out by the Taliban ...

2011: Deadlier Than Earlier Years But Crucial for Afghanistan and the West

2011: Deadlier Than Earlier Years But Crucial for Afghanistan and the West

04/23/2011 | Sher Ali Yecha

Since Taliban were of expelled in 2001, all the years have been tough years in Afghanistan. In other words we have left behind almost ten bloody years with no music in our ears about anything. Actually limiting the distress in Afghanistan to only ten years is a very unjust justification. Afghans, in general, have had no good days since ...

“Disgruntled Brothers” Operate at their Pleasure

“Disgruntled Brothers” Operate  at their Pleasure

04/21/2011 | Sher Alam Saqeb

There appears to be a stalemate in security. There are no preventive measures in place yet as the Taliban militants increase their terrorist and suicidal activities. The so-called "disgruntled brothers" are attacking the high profile targets and officials. This time the insurgents targeted the symbol...

Is Niqab a Type of Islamic Clothing?

Is Niqab a Type of  Islamic Clothing?

04/20/2011 | Jawad Rahmani

In Afghanistan, there is a bitter and quasi-funny story about Burqa, the type of Islamic veil or Hijab Taliban regime enforced during its rule in 1996-2001. As all of you know that during that period, women were strictly prohibited to leave their residents without a male partner, whatever was the reason even if it was absentee of their male partners, male family members or even emergency issues like...

Afghan Women’s Quest for Their Rights

Afghan Women’s Quest  for Their Rights

04/20/2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

In the post-Taliban Afghanistan, "women rights" is the new buzzword. Improving the conditions and social standing of women in today's Afghanistan has found devout champions in both the Afghan government and outside in the fledgling Afghan civil society. Numerous institutions have been set...

Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Peace Efforts

Afghanistan, Pakistan  and the Peace Efforts

04/19/2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The recent visit of Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Reza Gilani to Kabul has thrown up some very important results as far as the two country's evolving partnership for peace is concerned. The most important outcome of the talks between the leaders of the two countries was creation of a joint two-tier commission comprised of officials from both countries to seriously pursue peace and reconciliation initiatives. In attendance were also Pakistan's powerful Chief of Army Staff, Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Ahmad Shuja ...