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Chinese New Ambassador: The Belt and Road Initiative will Make China and Afghanistan a Community of Shared Future

On January 14th, H.E Mr Liu Jinsong, the new Chinese Ambassador to Afghanistan, accepted our written interview. Ambassador Liusaidhe comes from Chinese Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, where is next to Afghanistan. He knows and respects Afghan traditions and will try his best to promote the development of China-Afghan relations. Ambassador Liu …

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New US strategy will end Pakistan blackmail

By Ambassador Dr. Zia Nezam, Until recently no reasoning, entreaties, or threats to Pakistan could stop the Pakistan government’s continuing blackmail of its donor nations and neighbor Afghanistan by threatening national take-over by extremists or its security forces once again. Pakistan has long asserted that fighting terrorism has caused Pakistan …

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Opinion: Courting disaster

By Afrasiab Khattak-Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif while commenting on the current political impasse in the country in a recent speech mentioned the crises of 1971 in the then East Pakistan ( now Bangladesh) when disrespect for the aspirations of people expressed through vote had led to the disintegration of …

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Opinion: The Budget Execution Scourge and our National Priorities

The national budget is of significant importance as it provides a framework under which the government plans how to spend public resources.  For instance, development budget, an integral part of national budget, enables the government to plan for addressing the development needs of a country. Appropriate allocation and effective implementation …

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Opinion: Let’s make something at home

By Ezzatullah Mehrdad-He has made a car, with his own money, by his own hands; it works. “I have not given up on Afghanistan yet,” Ahmad Murtaza proudly says, pointing to a car near to us in his yard. The 16-year old inspired talented Afghan didn’t remain in the news …

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Opinion: Remembering SMBB

By Afrasiab Khattak-It is not surprising that the debate about the murder of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto (SMBB), even ten years after its occurrence, is raising such deep emotions. After all, she was one of the most charismatic and popular leaders in Pakistan’s history, who was killed on December 27, …

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