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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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Afghanistan’s meticulousness and Pakistan’s honey-tongued promises

Ali Jan Khan Contrary to its pledges and commitments regarding helping resolution to long standing Afghan conflict and return of peace and stability in the already war stricken country, there seem visible contradiction in statements of high ranking Pakistani officials. Sartaj Aziz, Security Advisor to Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, …

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9 Daesh rebels eliminated in Achin, 7 in Haska Mena

At least nine Islamic State (IS) fighters have been killed and 30 others wounded during an ongoing operation in the Achin district of eastern Nangarhar province, an official claimed on Saturday. Haji Ghalib Mujahid, the town’s administrative chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News the offensive was proceeding according to the plan …

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War on Terror: What has the UK achieved in Afghanistan?

Prime Minister David Cameron is known for his politically astute and vigilant speaking, especially on matters pertaining to war against terrorism. He overstretched his political brief awfully in claiming that British combat troops arrived home from Afghanistan with their mission accomplished. His military point man Brigadier Rob Thomson, the senior …

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