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The forgotten children

Children are the most unfortunate segment of the society. Young boys and girls work on streets at the age which is supposed to be for playing and education. In addition to forced labor children are sexually exploited, used for begging, construction, crimes and in terror attacks. Both sophisticated organized crime …

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Reforms and legitimacy

Deadline for the parliamentary election is fast approaching, but the government is yet to device a mechanism to counter the delay or come up with a better solution. The Wolesi Jirga members would complete their term this June.  At the end of this month, the Wolesi Jirga will lose its …

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Ministry of Borders and Tribal Affairs and its security plan

As insecurity has been deteriorating across the country, the responsibility of maintaining security and law and order don’t remain only confined to the ministry of interior and the ministry of defense. There is yet another ministry as well whose role could be countable given that it is not spineless. The …

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The plight of mine workers, and illegal mining

A civil society group released a report regarding the extreme conditions and illegal labor practices, rife in the mining sector across the country. The report is based on surveys conducted at sixty mines across Afghanistan. The most pressing challenges are child labor, low wages, abusive management practices, and absence of …

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Will the Taliban ever listen to ulema?

Since the power of interpreting religious as well as political and tribal affairs and principles and resolve disputes arising from the meaning of the law rests with the ulema, therefore, their say has a greater role and effect. Scores of ulema (religious scholars) from eastern Nangarhar province slammed chaos and …

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Of troops defection, Urozgan and the government

Those who wear the prestigious uniform and carry out rifles into combat are the faithful sons of the soil, and the nation’s job is to hold them higher in respect and esteem because they are protecting us from a force like the Taliban—a human specie gone insane and bloodthirsty. The …

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Landmines a deadliest curse

The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) expressed its concerns over a persistent surge in civilian casualties in terror attacks in the country. When it comes to terror attacks and civilian casualties, one cannot relegate the danger posed by landmines. They don’t distinguish among elderly, children, male, female, a civilian …

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Forming militias in north a perilous act

The government policy of arming civilians and forming militias to tame the growing insecurity in the north has drawn flaks. As the government has been trying to rein in militancy, thousands of citizens from the north are expected to be mobilized to fight the Taliban in areas where the military …

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Indian ambassador on Hajigak mine project

Brushing aside media reports that Indian consortium has scarped a mega mining project worth $10.8 billion in Afghanistan, Indian ambassador to Afghanistan, Amar Sinha said Sunday the consortium didn’t roll back its project. An Indian newspaper, the Financial Times reported recently that the SAIL-led consortium of India’s leading steelmakers has …

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