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Negotiations, Negotiations, Negotiations....

Negotiations, Negotiations, Negotiations....

October, 19 2011 | Muhammad Younas

For the last nearly ten years the United States of American, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the militants groups are nearly reported every second day to have engaged in the negotiations in the print or electronic media to let the world especially the Afghans know about the peace process in Afghanistan. Till now, the media keeps reporting some ...

India – Twenty Years After a New Birth

India – Twenty Years  After a New Birth

October, 19 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

India, in recent years, has been at the forefront of assisting Afghanistan. The recent strategic agreement signed with New Delhi takes Afghan-Indian bilateral relations to a new level. Promoting greater understanding of Indian society among the people of our country is essential for the goal of further enriching this relationship and ...

Confronting Popular Narrative about the Taliban in Pakistan— I

Confronting Popular Narrative  about the Taliban in Pakistan— I

October, 19 2011 | Marvi Sirmed

Last week, one got the opportunity to be on a television talk show with General Hamid Gul and Oria Maqbool Jan, a civil servant turned hawkish columnist for Urdu language newspapers, on the panel. Both have a long, indomitable record of being Taliban apologists and proponents of the infamous 'strategic ...

Afghan Air Force Set to Break New Ground

Afghan Air Force Set  to Break New Ground

October, 18 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

Afghan Air Force is set to break new ground with the NATO Training Mission commander, Gen. William Caldwell, announcing that the alliance will provide Afghanistan's nascent Air Force with 145 multi-role aircraft and 21 helicopters in line with efforts to strengthen Afghanistan's overall defense capabilities. This is very good news for ...

Our Mobocracy

Our Mobocracy

October, 18 2011 | Abbas Daiyar

It's now more than a year, but the parliamentary elections crises still produce a new chapter each time the older drama reach its drop-scene. The latest victim of this manipulation is female MP Simin Barakzai. She was among the nine MP's replaced by the IEC decision after Karzai's decree. Ms Barakzai went on hunger strike after her ...

Afghanistan, Droughts and Climate Change 

Afghanistan, Droughts  and Climate Change 

October, 17 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The Emergency Response Commission of the government of Afghanistan has warned that 14 provinces are facing the prospect of drought over the coming months. This is no surprise as international institutions, including the U.S. government, had also warned earlier that the year 2011 would be a very dry year for Afghanistan, and that many ...

How to Destroy the Political Marriage?

How to Destroy  the Political Marriage?

October, 17 2011 | Sher Alam Saqib

Afghanistan is going through not only ruthless insurgency but also missile attacks from the neighboring countries. For the last five months, Afghan people been occasionally witnessing missiles launched from Pakistani soil. Unfortunately, Afghan government has not been able to react to these intrusions effectively. Last week, Afghan ...

TAPI and IPI - Pipelines for Good

TAPI and IPI - Pipelines for Good

October, 16 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

Turkmenistan, being Afghanistan's neighbor to the north, now is said to have the world's second largest reserves of gas, making the country a global energy giant. It can be considered good news for an Afghanistan which desperately needs to grow its industries and economy. Having such global energy magnets as Turkmenistan and Iran as neighbors ...

Does Liberty Mean no Restraint?

Does Liberty Mean no Restraint?

October, 16 2011 | Dilawar Sherzai

The formation of states in human history has been convened by the concept that needs and rights of human beings should be safeguarded. In order to make sure that they have a better living, the formation of states has been necessitated. Today human beings are so much dependent on the state that life without state can only be considered anarchy. State ...

Unfolding Changes in Regional Geopolitics

Unfolding Changes in  Regional Geopolitics

October, 15 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

As the drumbeats of 2014 withdrawal of foreign troops become louder and the prospects of a post-2014 Afghanistan become hazier, the regional countries rush to secure positions, revive old ties or make new ones and prepare for a time when, in their calculations, the political and security landscape in Afghanistan will be radically ...

Hunger Strike!

Hunger Strike!

October, 15 2011 | Dilawar Sherzai

There have been different ways that individuals and groups have been following in order to protect or promulgate their wills and demands and on certain occasions even force others to follow what they want. These techniques have been both violent and non violent and they can be social, political and religious. When we talk of politics, such ...

The Fate of Afghan War is Still Uncertain

The Fate of Afghan  War is Still Uncertain

October, 13 2011 | Musa Khan Jalalzai

The assassination of Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani in a high security area of the Afghan capital raised many question about the ineffective security measures of NATO and the Afghan government for protecting civilian life in Afghanistan. This is a shameful failure that a known politician is brutally killed in day light in a country ...

Peace Process; Dominance of Suspicion Over AfPak

Peace Process; Dominance  of Suspicion Over AfPak

October, 13 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

Perhaps, Afghan government and its international allies rightly understood that the war and peace in Afghanistan both converge in Pakistani territory. Neither war would go and nor peace would come to country without Pakistan. What remains in between is the sphere for maneuvering of Afghan government and its international ...

American People’s Fight for Democracy and Rights

American People’s Fight  for Democracy and Rights

October, 13 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

American people are protesting against a financial mafia/oligarchy that has taken over their country and is bent on preserving its own economic interests at the expense of people's welfare and lives. The fight for genuine democracy, people empowerment and an equitable and fair if not just society is not at all over in what we know as the ...

The Mirage of Peace

The Mirage of Peace

October, 12 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

The government of Afghanistan under President Karzai has so far failed to break the deadlock of meaningful talks with the Taliban. There is a sea of difference between talks as one thing and negotiations as another with each having its own strategic and tactical parameters. Until very recently and before President karzai's change of ...

A Decade in Afghanistan – a Tale of Lost Opportunities

A Decade in Afghanistan –  a Tale of Lost Opportunities

October, 12 2011 | Hadi Zaher

Ten years is a long time in the lives of nations and nation-states. Chinese Cultural Revolution happened over ten years, African-American civil rights movement changed America in a little over ten years, Marshall Plan for reconstruction of Western Europe was in operation for a little over four years; after their near-total destruction in ...

Opium Cultivation and Insecurity

Opium Cultivation and Insecurity

October, 12 2011 | Dilawar Sharzai

Afghanistan, for last few decades, has not only been influenced by wars but by some other evils, as well. Among them opium cultivation, smuggling and its usage have been the most lethal one. Poppy cultivation and smuggling have not only brought bad name to the nation but they at the same time have made its usage more feasible for the ...

Battling for Democracy

Battling for Democracy

October, 11 2011 | Nasruddin Hemati

Following months of violence and killing, Yemeni president promised to leave power. Since March this year, when Arab spring spread to Yemen, the long ruling Ali Abdullah Saleh has denied handing over the power to people. Domestic pressures and international calls have failed making him leave autocratic presidency in favor of a democratic regime ...

Fighting Corruption - Going after the Corrupt Politician

Fighting Corruption - Going after the Corrupt Politician

October, 11 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

Corruption and lots of it still remains among the most pressing challenges that Afghanistan faces. The Wikileaks cables released by the whistle blowing website managed by Julian Assange has thrown light on the extent and depth of how corruption has affected, how ...

The Strike of Samin Barakzai

The Strike of  Samin Barakzai

October, 11 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

It has been eight consecutive days that Samin Barakzai, a female lawmaker,from western Herat Province has gone on hunger strike. There is serious concern about her health, like she might get kidney and stomach problems if she continued strike. Already she is in severe condition as her photos posted on internet and Media showing her ...

“Silence on a Crime is a Crime in Itself”

“Silence on a Crime is  a Crime in Itself”

October, 10 2011 | Sher Ali Yecha

The Quetta city of Pakistan has turned into a river of blood as the genocide of a particular community – the Hazaras – continues. The terrorism practiced on Hazaras there, began as early as 1997 and has taken lives of more than 600 innocent people so far. For a clear understanding on how the genocide of Hazaras is taking place in ...

How to Win the Minds Of Afghans?

How to Win the  Minds Of Afghans?

October, 10 2011 | Farman Nawaz

Pakistan's thirty years Afghan policy bore fruit and last days we saw an anti-Pakistan rally in Kabul and now a strategic pact between India and Afghanistan. Afghans protested against Pakistan's interference in Afghanistan internal matters. But here in Pakistan our leaders are reminding Afghans to unite against the 'common enemy' while ...

Do not Lose Hope on Afghanistan

Do not Lose Hope  on Afghanistan

October, 09 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

There are signs of increasing concern and rising apprehension in the Western capitals and media regarding the state of affairs in Afghanistan as the deadline of 2014 draws closer while the graph of insurgency and violence continues its sharp climb. The irony is that on October 7, as Afghanistan moved past the tenth anniversary of U.S. attacks ...

Wars, Their Vitality and Their Outcomes

Wars, Their Vitality  and Their Outcomes

October, 09 2011 | Dilawar Sharzai

Wars have always played a dominant role in human societies, if not positive all the times. There are many people in the world who consider that wars are necessary, though wars bring a lot of miseries with them. They even go to the extreme by calling them as a precondition to peace. But, on the other hand, there are many people who believe that ...

Twin Brother and Great Friend

Twin Brother and  Great Friend

October, 09 2011 | Muhammad Younas

"Pakistan is a twin brother, India is a great friend and the agreement we signed with our friend will not affect our brother," Mr. Karzai said on Wednesday and further added that the "signing of the strategic partnership with India is not directed against any country. It is not directed against any other entity. This is for Afghanistan ...

Ethnic Cleansing of a Minority in Pakistan

Ethnic Cleansing of a Minority in Pakistan

October, 08 2011 | By Abbas Daiyar

Hundreds of Afghan civil society and human rights activists held a demonstration in Kabul on Friday protesting against ethnic cleansing of a particular minority group in Pakistan. They were holding banners calling the UN to take notice of an ethnic cleansing in Quetta, where, according to Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, more than ...

A Decade Old War and Instability

A Decade Old War  and Instability

October, 08 2011 | By Dilawar Sharzai

Keeping in mind the history and socio-political scenario in Afghanistan, one can conclude that the current relative stability has been earned hardly. So, it must be cared for and all the indications of worsening of situation in the country must be dealt with, seriously. In the ongoing transition period there are indications of the worsening ...

The Prospective of Women Achievements is not Bleak

The Prospective of Women Achievements  is not Bleak

October, 08 2011 | Mohammad Jawad

An International Aid Agency, Oxfam, On October 3, warned that a quick-fix bargain for peace could reverse improvements for Afghan women's rights gained over the last decade. The organization alarmed that if women put out of the core search for peace, they would face a dangerous future after 2014, the deadline for completion of military ...

Karzai Plays Well

Karzai Plays Well

October, 06 2011 | Jawad Rahmani

For the first time when Afghan Independent Election Commission announced the result of parliamentary election which prompted some circles within and out of the country to claim that oppositions of President Karzai had largely found way into the house, the thing which was recognized as slap on his face and a preface for new round of ...

Afghan-Indian Strategic Pact

Afghan-Indian Strategic Pact

October, 06 2011 | Dilawar Sharzai

The strategic pact between Afghanistan and India, though has great value for Afghanistan, comes at such a period of time that it is bound to have negative impacts on the Af-Pak relations that have been going through a deteriorating trend specifically after the attacks on US Embassy and NATO head quarters and the death of Burhand ud din Rabbani. Both the incidents ...

Britain: Policing, Corruption and Racism

Britain: Policing, Corruption and Racism

October, 06 2011 | Musa Khan Jalalzai

The brilliant history of British police, established under the Metropolitan Act 1829 by Sir Robert Peel has recently become the centre of debate across Europe, when the corruption and racism cases of its officers were reported in local newspapers. These and other cases of abuse disappointed civil society and business communities ...

No End to Ethno-sectarian Killings in Pakistan

No End to Ethno-sectarian Killings in Pakistan

October, 05 2011 | Dilawar Sharzai

The wave of ethnic and sectarian killings in Pakistan is getting very intense with each passing day. Pakistan has been suffering from the negative impacts of terrorism to a large extend. As Pakistan opted to join hand with US in the war against terrorism, the terrorist networks in Pakistan have displayed vehement response. They have ...

The Future of Conflict in Afghanistan

The Future of Conflict  in Afghanistan

October, 05 2011 | Mehdi Rezaie

It is October and it was exactly ten years ago in the October of 2001 that the Taliban regime was toppled under the assault of international and Afghan allies. The ouster of the Taliban regime was a turning point in the history of Afghanistan. It promised to not only bring better days for the people of Afghanistan, but also to restore ...

Karzai! Again with Anti Pakistan Temper

Karzai! Again with  Anti Pakistan Temper

October, 04 2011 | Dr. Hussain Yasa

Yesterday evening, in his nationwide address, President Karzai said that against our expectations the Pakistani establishment didn't help us in bring peace and stability in Afghanistan. Insisting on terrorism as the common menace for both the countries he said that instead of Taliban direct talks Pakistan will be preferred. He was trying to ...

New Policy of Negotiations with Pakistan

New Policy of Negotiations with Pakistan

October, 04 2011 | Abbas Daiyar

The 11-minutes speech of President Karzai to the nation live on RTA last night was expected to announce a strategy or roadmap about the post-Rabbani peace, the strategic partnership with the US, or making a sense of his vague statements regarding direct talks with Pakistan, instead of Taliban. But he repeated the same rhetoric, ...