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New Year but old dreams and same challenges

By M. Nadeem Alizai-KABUL: Amid concerns and despair, January 1, 2016 brought new dawn of hope to some Afghans. Although, new solar year will begin on March 21, 2016 but due to presence of foreign forces and scores of international organizations, the war-weary nation sees the future and past in …

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India needs a new focus on Afghanistan

By Anand K. Sahay: In a basic sense, India-Pakistan relations are cut in a groove made by history, the way Pakistan has evolved into being subservient to its military-security establishment, and latterly the bitterness in the tone of politics which set in after the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Our relations with …

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Afghanistan’s fate: Fulbright program sows hope

By French Hill-This year, we will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Fulbright program. Established in 1946 by then-Arkansas U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright, this exceptionally American contribution to the world has educated over 360,000 students from 165 countries, including 52 Nobel Laureates and 31 heads of state. Little known …

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They shut down my column

Under General Sharif, the Pakistan army is carrying out a low-intensity war against diversity of opinion. By Mohammad Taqi: Along with putting the Pakistani COAS on a pedestal, his media team was actively weeding out his detractors. Pakistan’s globetrotting Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif has been peddling the …

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Rokhsana’s tragic tale and the threats posed by ignorance

By Rooh-ul-Amin Rukhsana was stoned to death. And her fiancé was flogged. The couple’s only crime was “love and elopement”, a matter of family honor. She defied marrying a man who was of her grandfather’s age and by a profession a “maulvi”. Stoning one and lashing the other shows how …

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Still not really late: society building in Afghanistan

By Hakim Ahmadzai-It is improbable that any nation could be entirely independent and self-sufficient. Afghanistan needs international assistance; however, it ought to decide its own fate. It is convincing to think that, life is an idea of loneliness; every being can be seemingly thought of as naturally alone, viewed introspectively. …

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China flexing muscles in Afghanistan

By Sher Jan-Napoleon once said that, “When China awakes the world will tremble.” China is one of the strategically most important neighbors of Afghanistan. The rapid expansion of its economy has made china a point of reference and topic in political and economic discussion throughout the world. Many of the …

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The dreams of light are chasing my eyes, now

By Nabi Zeerakyar Last month, I had the opportunity to visit Bacha Khan Markaz in Peshawar and meet a number of key Awami National Party (ANP) leaders. ANP is the political legacy of the larger-than-life Bacha Khan Baba—a Pashtun nationalist leader in British India, who rose to prominence for his …

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