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Opinion: Election woes

By Afrasiab Khattak-Despite several bad omens, hiccups and uncertainties election season has finally arrived. Electoral machine has started rolling. Election Commission has announced schedule for the general elections of 2018 and count down for July 26, the polling day, has started. National Assembly and Provincial Assemblies have completed their constitutional …

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Black scorpion smuggling in Afghanistan is big business

KABUL: The trade of scorpion hunting in Afghanistan, though unregistered, has been around for years but has become a lucrative business in the past few months. A local dealer from western Herat province said Herat and neighboring Farah, with vast scorching deserts, have become the common hunting ground for shepherds …

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The role of education in Afghanistan

By Mujtaba Qasim Khan-As far as my views are concerned on the role of education in Afghanistan, Education is a weapon for every difficult war through which we bring triumphant and an immense victory towards the country. Furthermore, education is not only weapon for the country, but also as mentioned …

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Afghanistan towards economic growth

By Ahmad Sahil-Since the collapse of Taliban regime Afghanistan relied on donors like International Community, World Bank and International Monetary fund (IMF). Afghan Government received trillions of $USD funds for infrastructures, agriculture, education, development, reconstruction and industrial sectors particularly in enhancing the security sector. However, Afghanistan had not made enormous …

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What blows punch journalists in Afghanistan?

By Abdullah Abed-Afghanistan continues to remain in newsrooms, making headlines due to ongoing war, explosions, high-profile attacks, beheadings, record high civilians’ death toll, sever poverty, corruption, drugs, violence against women…and so on. But amid all these misses and wretches there are some success stories- but still struggling to handle the …

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The best way forward to tackle Afghanistan’s never-ending plight

By Elenoire Laudieri-Until the Soviet invasion in 1979, Afghanistan was little known outside Asia. In the West, it mainly attracted the interest of scholars of history and archaeologists as the landlocked country roughly coinciding with the ancient region of Central Asia called Bactria,which was invadedby Alexander the Greatin 329 BCE. …

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Opinion: Pantomime of FATA reforms

By Afrasiab Khattak-Ultimately the 31st Constitutional Amendment bill, providing for merger of Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) and Provincially Administered Tribal Area (PATA) with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, has been passed by the National Assembly of Pakistan on May 24. The bill is now to be passed by the Senate and …

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My friend gave his life for Afghanistan’s better future

By Hamdullah Mohib-Hidayatullah Zaheer, known as Zee to his many friends, was killed earlier this month in my hometown of Jalalabad, Afghanistan, during a terror attack on a cricket match that he organized to celebrate peace and unity during the holy month of Ramadan. The attack killed eight people and …

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Era of political instability and its impact on youth

By Farahnaz Rahmani-Political stability and peace-building are among the key concerns of today’s Afghan people, but also the areas they are most disappointed about. In recent years, the people’s belief about the progression of society towards peace and political stability has been severely damaged. The belief in a united country …

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