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To our leaders: Talk of cures not the ills

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Late Ahmad Shah Massoud’s 14th death anniversary was marked Wednesday. Almost all the key political leaders and elders expressed their views on this day. The takeaways of this…

Agriculture as a mainstay of economy

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Like other South Asian countries, Afghanistan has been mired in the extreme vicious circle of poverty and widening urban-rural disparities. Over 60 percent people live below the poverty…

Now another war ?

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Whatever were its outcomes and purposes but everyone now confirm that in the recent past the soil of Afghanistan in general and Pashtuns in particular remains the battlefield…

Ghani and jihad on corruption

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Good governance matters a lot. It matters because the country is mired in an endemic corruption. It matters because the government ministries are failing to utilize their budgets…

Electoral reforms, e-ID cards and Afghan Churchill

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For nearly 10 months, President Ashraf Ghani and his Chief Executive Abdullah remained at loggerheads over making up of the electoral reform commission. Now that it has been…

Of Daesh and stalemate with Pakistan

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Diplomacy has failed. Talks with the Taliban have failed. The national unity government despite keeping all the eggs just in one basket, failed to friend Pakistan. When Afghanistan…

Susan Rice in Pakistan and the concerns of Kabul

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For Pakistan, Afghanistan is a gadfly. For Afghanistan, Pakistan is a terrorist camp. For the United States both are allies in the international war on terror. But how…

Ubiquitous pessimism

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There is a ubiquitous pessimism regarding the performance of the National Unity Government. This ubiquity is validated by a survey carried out by a private news channel TOLOnews….

Bloodbath in Faryab and security farce

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Once again the Taliban unleashed the floodgates of terror. Once again the nation witnessed the bloodbath. The coldblooded Taliban, the merchants of hatred and bloodshed, killed at least…

Disgruntled Taliban and peace talks

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The death of Mullah Omar, the figurehead of the Taliban, who led the Taliban movement since 1994 and the sporadic attacks in Kabul in recent weeks dashed the…