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Truce or violence reduction – get it straight!

The unofficially resumed talks between the Taliban and the US negotiators are finally taking shape. The stop-start talks are culminating into a seemingly positive result but the circumstances and things are still vague. Reports reveal the sides, which have recently resumed peace parleys after a month-long break, are nearly finished …

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Editorial: A ray of hope

There is ray of hope to finally peace be restored following painstaking negotiations, in which the Taliban group has purportedly agreed to temporarily reduce violence in Afghanistan as part of a pending peace deal with the United States to end the longest running war. Source privy to the development spoke …

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Editorial: Troublesome cold spell

The relative dry spell compared to previous years since the beginning of the current Afghan solar year had troubled Afghans, particularly farmers, who feared water shortages and its effects on agricultural crops. Afghan masses would hope and pray for precipitation. But now in the winter season, the severe cold spell …

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Gas price hike adding insult to injuries

On one hand, the cold snap around the country, especially capital Kabul, is taking its toll on the impoverished Afghans and the mere mortals while on the other, the skyrocketing gas prices have multiplied their miseries. Following the unprecedented snowfalls and cold weather, the price per kilo of Liquefied Petroleum …

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Editorial: Quiet progress towards peace

A recent report has revealed that the US and the Taliban have engaged in serious parley about a possible release of more than 5,000 militant inmates. The 10th round of peace talks was paused in early December last year as the two sides went to consult their relevant leaderships about …

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Editorial: Another cumbersome recount

Given the current developments, it seems the ongoing saga and controversy surrounding the presidential election know no end. The presidential vote happened about nearly four months back on Sept. 28th last year and its preliminary results were announced on Dec. 22, sparking a fuss among all parties involved. A staggering …

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Editorial: The ugly face of war

Civilian casualties dramatically rose in Afghanistan, and the past year (2019) was worst. Citing the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, the Special Inspector for Afghanistan Reconstruction said in a report that 1,174 deaths and 3,139 injuries were documented during this quarter. This marked a 42 percent increase in casualties when compared with …

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Editorial: Resist provocation with prudence!

There are many ominous developments feared in the aftermath of Gen. Qassem Soleimani’s killing in Baghdad last week. The recent one is the launch of reportedly 20 ballistic missiles by Iran at two US military bases located in Iraq. Considering it as an act of revenge for Soleiman’s assassination, Iran …

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