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Editorial: Warring parties flexing military muscles

Even as the United States pursues a deal with the Taliban, violence continues to rage in Afghanistan and the warring parties take pride in flexing military muscles while victimizing Afghans. According to Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) figures, enemy-initiated attacks in Afghanistan during the fourth quarter of 2019 …

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Editorial: Disaffected Ghoris

Following month-long rifts, the Wolesi Jirga finally approved the draft national budget for the current fiscal year on Jan 22, only to spark fierce reactions from disgruntled Afghans in different provinces – including Ghor and Wardak among others – due to what they call ‘unfairness and imbalance’ in allocated resources to the …

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Editorial: Right to protest

You have the right to speak. It’s not what you say—it’s the way that you say it. Your right to express your opinion is protected no matter what beliefs you hold. What matters is how you use that right. If you organize a protest that causes serious disruption, the government …

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Editorial: HPC in the doldrums

President Ashraf Ghani’s administration always boasts of disbanding parallel and similar organizations in order to strengthen efficiency and cost-effectiveness when it comes to bureaucratic affairs. But the current dilemma of having two peace bodies with the same mission proves otherwise. While the High Peace Council (HPC) – which was established …

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Editorial: Don’t stifle dissent under duress!

The abrupt arrest of Manzoor Pashteen, leader of the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM), along with his six colleagues stoked political howls of protest both inside and outside of Pakistan. Pashteen has been accused of “hate speech” and sedition and remanded to judicial custody for 14-days. Surprisingly, the reason cited for …

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Editorial: Civilian massacre

While efforts for inking a peace agreement and observing a ceasefire with the Taliban by the US are on, the constant victimization of Afghan mere mortals is still raging on. A recent horrible incident that happened in northern Balkh province has resulted in the killing of seven people from a …

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Editorial: Coronavirus spreading panic

Afghanistan already has a host of viruses to battle against – ranging from the Polio to the Congo virus – and its deficient and scanty healthcare system cannot afford new infections at a time when a new strain of coronavirus is making headlines and spreading panic around the world. According …

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Editorial: Vacant posts’ plight

While Afghanistan has been bedeviled by uncertainty due to political wrangling and the long-drawn-out peace process, a recent World Bank report warned against tough times in 2020 in terms of economic resilience. The World Bank cautioned Afghanistan against an upward trend of poverty and sought acceleration of reforms to steer …

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What is behind the walls

Afghanistan has been jumbling with the adversities that have been posed by war since ages. The Afghans have suffered a lot and the country’s infrastructures trashed in the most rebellious way, taking years to rebuild. But hopes have emerged for a possible end to this deadly phenomenon after engagement of …

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