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IS can’t only be defeated by military means

By Manish Rai-Islamic State which stormed Iraq and whole world in 2014 with its takeover of major Iraqi and Syrian cities by exploiting Sunni Arab grievances in Iraq and chaos in neighbouring Syria. But the militant group is steadily losing ground in both the countries. The so-called Caliphate is on …

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Chabahar Port: The port that changed everything

By Prithwi Tilak Banerjee-Actually, it is just the tip of the iceberg. This is the start of an inevitable new cold war. Real war is not fought with weapons. It is fought financially with diplomacy as its weapon. It is not the wars that actually kill people, it is the …

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The deadly momentum of Afghanistan-Pakistan border clashes

By Zafar Mehdi-What starts as intermittent exchange of fire can sometimes escalate to a full-blown war with far-reaching consequences. Over the past one week, these fears were ignited when estranged neighbours Pakistan and Afghanistan resorted to brinkmanship, flexed their military muscle and fired artillery at the Torkham border, leading to …

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The end of Pakistan’s double-games in Afghanistan

Flare-up of Afghanistan-Pakistan border tensions signals a shift of dynamics in their historically thorny relationship. Julian Huxley once wrote that “a nation is a society united by a common error as to its origins and a common aversion to its neighbours”. If there is any truth to Huxley’s remark, the …

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Children have rights

By Freshta Arash Faizi-Children have rights there are tens of thousands of children who have never known the carefree days of childhood in the country. Waheda, 8, works in a brick kiln. Her calloused, small hands shape the bricks under the noon-day sun. She says she is the only bread …

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Afghan men have a responsibility to fight for women’s equality

“Equality for women is not a threat to men. It is only a threat to sexism and good men must join the effort to making equality a reality.” By M. Nadeem Alizai-For years the Afghan policymakers have blamed insecurity for hampered development activities in the country. The picture they project …

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India Wins Hearts In Afghanistan With The ‘Friendship Dam’

Taking their “development partnership” to the next level, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani inaugurated the Salma Dam during an impressive ceremony in western Herat province on 4 June. It was Modi’s second official visit to Afghanistan. In December last year, he made a pit stop …

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Climate change is real

By Abbas Jan-There is a broad based agreement with in the scientific community that climate change is real. The U.S environmental protection agency, the national aeronautics and space administration, and the National oceanic and atmospheric administration concur that climate change is indeed occurring and is almost certainly due to human …

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Ashraf Ghani’s war strategy will fail

How can Ashraf Ghani wage an effective military campaign in Afghanistan if the origin of the threat is in Pakistan? Suffering from a frenzied response to the increasing terrorist threats emanating from Pakistan, President Ashraf Gani has hardened his position on war and peace in Afghanistan. Under a recent presidential …

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“REFUGEES AND MIGRANTS: A CRISIS OF SOLIDARITY”

This September, the United Nations General Assembly will bring together world leaders to address one of the leading challenges of our time: responding to large movements of refugees and migrants. War, human rights violations, underdevelopment, climate change and natural disasters are leading more people to leave their homes than at …

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