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78 terror attacks repulsed: MoI

AT-KABUL: Ministry of Interior (MoI) said that this year the Taliban insurgents tried their best to destabilize the country while launching multiple terror attacks, but the attacks were repulsed by the Afghan security forces. Spokesman for the ministry, Sidiq Sidiqi, told reporters on Tuesday that militants suffered heavy casualties in …

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A silent revival of democracy in Khost

By Khan Wali Khan Basharmal: Historically different cultures have laid the foundations of civilization in different periods in different areas. The concept of the city-state and then the modern state has been taken from the early Sumerian geopolitical civilization and culture, where they contributed a lot through time, and made it …

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NDS-ISI deal: A poisoned honey or an elixir

Analysis: By Rafiq Umaryar A recently signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the National Directorate of Security (NDS) and Pakistan’s notorious spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has become a hot potato for the government of Afghanistan. From a man in the street to ex-officials and from Pashtun nationalists to Baloch …

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Afghan government is sleeping with the enemy

Kabul’s naive overture towards Islamabad works against Afghanistan’s national interests. The inking of an intelligence cooperation accord between Afghanistan and Pakistan has raised growing voices of concern at all levels in Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) and Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) have signed a memorandum of understanding which …

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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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