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Opinion: Government in opposition?

By Afrasiab Khattak-The pro establishment tv anchors and the so called defense analysts disparagingly comment on the “oppositional” attitude of PML (n) government. They ridicule it for making demands like a party sitting in opposition. But with the three years plus old creeping coup having entered quite an advanced stage, …

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What literate Afghans owe next generations?

By: Pashtana Durrani-As much as we are obsessed with promoting education, do we really ask the educational system? Yes, education is important, but do we ask or at least compare the quality of education that is provided to a student in government schools and to students in private schools? Do …

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THERE IS NO “FRIENDLY” TERRORIST

By Ambassador Dr. Zia Nezam,-Former Afghan Ambassador to Vienne, Brussels, Rome and Vatican The Dalai Lama has said, “there is no Muslim or Christian terrorist, because terrorists no longer religious once they embrace terrorism.” Terrorism is the use of violence against innocent people as a means of achieving political, religious, …

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Opinion: National question and the state

By Afrasiab Khattak-Europe is recognised to be the birth place of the modern national state. The processes of ethnic consolidation and socio political development triggered by industrial revolution and followed by democratic transformation between 15th and 19th centuries were supposed to have shaped the phenomenon. In some cases there were …

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Asfandyar stresses more China role in Afghanistan

“Peace in Pakistan would be a dream until durable peace, stability in Afghanistan” AT Monitoring News-KABUL: Awami National Party (ANP) Chief, Asfandyar Wali Khan has called on China to play role as guarantor between the Afghanistan and Pakistan instead of facilitator. While addressing a huge workers power show in Pishin …

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AfPak in the eye of storm

By Afrasiab Khattak-The latest round of the so called Great Game which has started recently, like the previous ones played in 19th and 20th centuries, has brought new troubles for South Asia in general and for Afghan/Pashtuns in particular. The first round of the Great Game is supposed to have …

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Opinion: Children of war and nation-rebuilding in Afghanistan

By Abdul Basir Azimi-Although there have been significant works done on nation-building in Afghanistan, it’s still a mystery. It should be confessed that the nation-building has been a challenge for all the politicians, scholars and even five-star generals in the history. One of the reasons is that there is no …

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Opinion: Role of traditional leadership in Afghanistan

By Mohamad Mosa Ahmadzai-Afghanistan is a historical country which has a glorious history, traditions and civilization—the Aryans who settled in the current Afghan geography have created tribal governments and thus tribal leadership has emerged. The tribal leaders led the people and shouldered responsibility to solve their problems and brought changes …

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Contours of the endgame

By Afrasiab Khattak-The creeping coup has taken quite a long time to reach the endgame. It all started soon after the newly elected government of Muslim League led by Nawaz Sharif assumed power after winning the general election in 2013. The fault lines between the elected civilian government and the …

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