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Indo-Afghan relations: Way forward

By Shakti Sinha-The long-awaited visit of President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan was particularly unusual in that the expectations were low, the opposite of what we would normally expect. The Indian strategic community was generally upset with Ghani’s perceived tilt towards Pakistan and China. And I suspect, the leadership in the …

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No salvation for Afghans in BSA as noose of insecurity tightens

By Mansoor Faizy-KABUL: After last year’s controversial presidential election, finally Ashraf Ghani was declared as President and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Afghanistan—as part of the deal between the two teams. Afghans signaled optimism about their future after the formation of the National Unity Government. Security, …

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Has India lost Afghanistan to Pakistan?

Ghani’s first state visit to New Delhi must focus on clearing up the mixed signals Kabul has been sending. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is due to begin his first state visit to New Delhi this Monday. Almost seven months after becoming president, the three-day visit is a chance for Ghani …

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MPs ask govt to revisit security deal with US

KABUL: Frustrated over growing insecurity in much of the country, Wolesi Jirga members on Monday asked the government to revisit the bilateral security agreement (BSA) with the United States. The lower house members expressed these remarks after they were offered explanations by top security officials about factors behind the deteriorating …

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Afghanistan With No Defence Strategy

By Dr Florance Ebrahimi In a major assault on the Afghan security forces Taliban killed, wounded or kidnapped at least 33 soldiers of the Afghan National Army (ANA) in Jurm district of north-eastern Badakhshan province. Northern Province of Badakhshan has been relatively peaceful as compared to other unstable and war …

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Expansion of AfPak trade ties stressed

By Akhtar M.Nikzad-KABUL: Ministry of Commerce and Industry of Pakistan in collaboration with Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) held the third ‘Made in Pakistan’ exhibition in Kabul on Wednesday. The three-day exhibition, held in Inter-Continental Hotel, was inaugurated by high-ranking Afghan officials, Federal Minister of Commerce and Pakistani …

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MoPH expands family planning program

AT-KABUL: Agreements aimed at expanding family planning services were signed between the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) and nine private hospitals. The hospitals will provide free of cost family planning service to people while the MoPH will supply required medicines and birth control methods to bring down the child and …

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Iran using Afghan refugees in proxy wars in Middle East

“Earlier Iran was sending Afghan refugees to Syria to fight in favor of Bashar al-Assad, and now trying to use Afghans in its proxy war in Yemen” Commend By Mansoor Faizy KABUL: The volatile security situation and human rights violations in Afghanistan remain to be the biggest concerns for Afghan …

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No problem

By Khan Wali Khan Basharmal Bomb blasted, tens of dead and hundreds of injured, no problem! The Taliban attacked the Afghan national army, injuring and killing hundreds, no problem, yet still the Taliban are not terrorists, but insurgents and the Afghan government calls them annoyed brothers, no problem. Hush up, …

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Govt-Taliban’s direct talks soon: Report

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: A number of Pakistani media outlets on Wednesday reported that the Afghan government and the Taliban militants would soon hold direct talks after back channel efforts. Pakistan’s Express Tribune quoted a number of unnamed officials as saying that this would be the first time that the two …

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