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Electoral reforms need of the hour

The presidential elections that led to the formation of the National Unity Government (NUG) were a revealing snapshot of what has been achieved in Afghanistan. Though, our democracy is not matured yet, but despite that the democratic transfer of power by ex-President Hamid Karzai to the incumbent Ashraf Ghani speaks …

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Alliance overhaul: Ghani and Abdullah in US

Eyeing a multi-objectives policy and to revamp Afghan-US ties, President Ashraf Ghani and the National Unity Government’s CEO Abdullah Abdullah left for the United States on a five-day state visit, on Saturday night. Ghani is expected to address a joint meeting of Congress besides meeting with American President Barack Obama, …

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Peace jirga and Afghan refugees’ plight

Why things in the Af-Pak remain untidy? Why our region has been hit by troubles? Is it the will of God? Or the game of devils? Or the lack of political will and irony in our words and actions? Perhaps, political elites, both in Afghanistan and Pakistan, have been mastered …

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Troop drawdown and housing market slump

As foreign troops have already started drawdown, its implications on Afghan economy have started showing signs. As a first sign there was a sharp decline in foreign donations. And now as a second symptom of the crisis, housing market in the country has started declining. Given the pace of government’s …

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Taliban’s crookedness at its peak

Our country is one of the terrible lands. Violence, contradictions, justice denials, no equitable distribution of wealth, corruption and a constant poor-rich standoff are some of the social, economic and political factors that have turned the lives of millions of Afghans into the hell. Above all there is a breed …

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Peace talks and cautious optimism

Confidence is building and the tone of the conflict in the country has been changing. Many people, in Afghanistan, the region and the West, have started discerning that at last after a long political stalemate, prospect for a negotiated settlement to the war, is taking some kind of substantial form. …

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Peace prospects

The Taliban has broken the ice and showed willingness to be part of the peace process that is moving at snail-pace with results yet to be perceived. However, bloodshed is continued. Every day civilians are killed and maimed. Afghan security forces are as busy in defending the country against anti-state …

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Neutralizing the IS threat

When the government is trying to convince the Taliban for talks and reconcile with them to end the bloodshed, at the same time it has been put in trouble by the Islamic States (IS) or Daish. The group has sprouted recently but spreading like a parasite. Earlier, it was al-Qaeda …

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Harassment of refugees

Miseries of Afghan refugees in the neighboring Pakistan continue unabated. Their problems doubled since December 16, 2014. Though, some connect woos of the refugees to the attack on an army-run school in Peshawar, however, these issues were not cropped up in the wake of the terror attack on the school, …

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Old slogans

The International Women’s Day was observed across the globe on Sunday as routine but for Afghan girls and women the day is of utmost importance because they are languishing in the social-prison with no ray of hope. Women in this country of misfortunes are fighting tooth and nail for their …

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