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Opinion: Failure is not an option

By Ambassador Dr. Zia Nezam: The BBC reported on 30 January 2018 that the Taliban is “openly active” in “70%” of Afghan territory, and “half the population” live in areas affected by the Taliban’s presence. This is alarmist, British tabloid journalism from the BBC. The report, or study, further asserts …

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Opinion: Political fragmentation

By Afrasiab Khattak-The rapid expansion of electronic media followed by the equally impressive growth of social media during the last two decades in Pakistan has opened up immense possibilities for the people to connect and we have witnessed massive rise in connectivity among individuals, social and political groups and communities …

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Chinese New Ambassador: The Belt and Road Initiative will Make China and Afghanistan a Community of Shared Future

On January 14th, H.E Mr Liu Jinsong, the new Chinese Ambassador to Afghanistan, accepted our written interview. Ambassador Liusaidhe comes from Chinese Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, where is next to Afghanistan. He knows and respects Afghan traditions and will try his best to promote the development of China-Afghan relations. Ambassador Liu …

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New US strategy will end Pakistan blackmail

By Ambassador Dr. Zia Nezam, Until recently no reasoning, entreaties, or threats to Pakistan could stop the Pakistan government’s continuing blackmail of its donor nations and neighbor Afghanistan by threatening national take-over by extremists or its security forces once again. Pakistan has long asserted that fighting terrorism has caused Pakistan …

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Opinion: Courting disaster

By Afrasiab Khattak-Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif while commenting on the current political impasse in the country in a recent speech mentioned the crises of 1971 in the then East Pakistan ( now Bangladesh) when disrespect for the aspirations of people expressed through vote had led to the disintegration of …

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Opinion: The Budget Execution Scourge and our National Priorities

The national budget is of significant importance as it provides a framework under which the government plans how to spend public resources.  For instance, development budget, an integral part of national budget, enables the government to plan for addressing the development needs of a country. Appropriate allocation and effective implementation …

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