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Kam Air Accused of Smuggling Drugs to Dushanbe

Kabul - A private airline of Afghanistan is allegedly using passenger flights to deliver big quantities of opium to Tajikistan’s capital, Dushanbe, a US-based media outlet reported on Friday. Wall Street Journal quoted US officials as saying the bulk of the onward trafficking begins at Tajikistan’s airports, usually on Russia-bound on flights. Apparently, it said, the smuggling is taking place under the nos ...

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Karzai: Time to Implement Agreements between Kabul and Washington

Kabul - President Hamid Karzai met with David Pearce, the acting special representative of the United States to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Issues of mutual interest discussed in the meeting included President Karzai’s recent visit to the US, which was described as very productive. Other topic of discussion was the peace process and the Qatar Office. President Karzai once again thanked the US for the warm hos ...

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Afghan club beat Rawalpindi in DPL mach

KABUL (PAN)): An Afghan cricket club called 'Kunduz-Kabul Eagles' on Friday beat Rawalpindi cricket team in the Desert Premier League (DPL) in the UAE, officials said. The twenty-20 event started on Friday among 32 teams from Pakistan, Sari Lanka, India, Bangladesh, the hosts, and Kuwait in the Sharja city of UAE. The 20-over game reduced to 12 overs due to the rain in the city. The Rawalpindi team won the ...

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The Bellicose Neighbors

Afghanistan became a laboratory for the bellicose neighbors bound it to the west, south and east. The neighbors, through their spy and military agencies, are engaged in ‘spy wars’ with their rivals and fanning extremism, sectarianism to promote their particular brand of ‘ism’ as well as to milk-out certain objectives. Though, Afghanistan shares common culture, history, language and religion with Pakistan an ...

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Knowledge and Blessings!

By Mahmood Hassan Quraishi In the present scenario of our country, many things appear to be disappointing, making a person hopeless about the future of this country. There is corruption, warlords, terrorists, security problems, economic instability and many more. Against these grave and disappointing factors, there is present one factor standing all alone that uplifts my hope and makes me absolutely hopeful ...

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Syria Sends Ground Forces to Try to Seize Sunni Areas of Homs

Damascus - The Syrian army has stepped up an offensive on opposition Sunni Muslim strongholds in the central city of Homs, bringing in ground forces to try to secure passage for its forces through a major road junction, opposition sources said on Friday. Around 15,000 Sunni civilians were trapped on the southern and western edge of the city on Friday near the intersection of Syria's main north-south and eas ...

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Egyptians Clash on Revolution Anniversary

Cairo - Egyptian opposition supporters are gathering in central Cairo to mark two years since the start of the uprising that swept Hosni Mubarak from power. Police clashed with opponents of President Mohammed Morsi who are now converging on Tahrir Square. There are clashes in Alexandria and Suez. In Ismailia protesters set fire to the Muslim Brotherhood's party HQ. Critics accuse Mr Morsi of betraying the r ...

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IEDs Dilemma

As militants and their sponsors are moving toward defeat in Afghanistan they are changing their terror tactics in order to stand for a while on the battlefield. Suffering losses in face to face combat the war strategy was changed by the terrorists and adopted ‘hit and run’ tactic. After failure of the ambush technique Taliban tacticians had introduced and focused on improvised explosive devices (IEDs) as ar ...

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A Blessed Habit!

Mahmood Hassan Quraishi Whenever I read a story book, I feel the same joy that I had felt when I read such stories in my childhood. Childhood or early teen ages are the precious of one’s life as he or she doesn’t think about those things that fill the life of a mature person with worries and concerns. I remember, I used to buy small story books from a bookseller, went on the roof of the house and read it th ...

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Ministry of Interior probing Inmate torture claims: Cabinet

KABUL - The Council of Ministers on Monday said it had directed the deputy interior minister to investigate a UN report that offered 'credible and reliable evidence' suggesting detainees held at Afghan-run prisons were being subjected to severe physical pain or suffering. The UN's assistance mission in Afghanistan released the interview-based findings a day earlier, telling stories of inmates in Afghan cust ...

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8 Killed as 9-Hour Kabul Clash Ends

Kabul - Three policemen and five attackers were killed and a dozen others wounded during a nine-hour clash that erupted as a group of suicide bombers stormed the Kabul traffic police headquarters on Monday morning, officials said. Five Taliban militants sneaked into the compound after shooting dead three unarmed policemen in the Deh Mazang locality of the capital at 5:30am, entering a fierce gunbattle with ...

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Afghan Telecom Ministry to Issue Electronic ID Cards In March

Kabul - According to Afghan telecommunication and information technology ministry, formal distribution of electronic identity cards will be started by mid March this year. Amirzai Sangin Afghan telecommunication and information technology minister quoted in a statement released by Afghan presidential palace said the distribution of electronic identity cards will be started after 21 March, 2013. He was speak ...

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Barack Obama Is Sworn In for Second Term

Barack Obama has taken the oath of office in Washington DC to inaugurate his second term as US president, before hundreds of thousands of spectators. Mr Obama, 51, who is the 44th president of the US, was sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts. Monday's inaugural festivities in the US capital include black-tie balls, a parade and musical performances. In his inaugural address, the Democratic president is no ...

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Taliban’s Brazen Kabul Attacks

Recently, the Taliban militants have stepped up spectacular attacks on government buildings and sensitive security headquarters in the capital Kabul. Within a week, they organized two such dramatic assaults on National Security Directorate (NDS) office and headquarters of the traffic police in western Kabul, engaging in fierce gun-battle with security forces for hours. These high-profile attacks have consid ...

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UN Report: Torture in Afghan Prisons ‘Widespread’

The United Nations says torture in Afghan prisons continues to be widespread despite its recommendations in a similar report in 2011. More than half of the 635 detainees interviewed by UN investigators said they had been ill-treated or tortured. The Afghan government says the claims are exaggerated, the BBC's Quentin Sommerville in Kabul says. Nato's force in Afghanistan, ISAF, has suspended the transfer of ...

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India Says It Is Reviewing Ties with Pakistan

  India says it is reviewing future ties with archrival Pakistan in the light of the "inhuman killing" of two of its soldiers by Pakistani troops in disputed Kashmir early this month. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says India wants to have friendly ties with Pakistan, but this was not possible without a similar effort by Islamabad. Singh told a governing Congress party meeting Sunday that the gov ...

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Assad’s Overthrow “Red Line” For Iran: Supreme Leader’s Aide

[caption id="attachment_76" align="alignnone" width="600"] Bashar Assad The Syrian President.[/caption] DUBAI - A senior aide to Iran's supreme leader warned against the overthrow of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, saying his fate was a "red line", in one of the Islamic state's strongest messages of support for the Damascus government. Iran has steadfastly backed Assad's rule since an uprising against hi ...

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Parliament Passes Draft Budget for 2013

Kabul - The Wolesi Jirga -- or lower house of parliament -- on Sunday passed the draft budget for 2013, but not before twice rejecting the accounts for what lawmakers called uneven fund distribution to provinces. Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal had presented the draft -- adopted by the Meshrano Jirga (upper house) on Nov. 27 -- the to assembly that rejected it on Dec. 22 and later on Jan. 16 due to uneven f ...

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Possible Backfires of Downsizing Afghan Forces

During the past two years it has become visible that it is unbearable for the US to support the current number of Afghan security forces. The issue has become visible since the international summit held in Brussels during 2011 where the cost cutting issue came under discussion and the exit strategy. If the proposed plan of Afghan troops’ size-cut takes a practical shape it will give birth to some unseen sna ...

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Sportsmen and Society!

Mahmood Hassan Quraishi It was just like any other morning show that we watch on television channels. In such shows, usually a topic is chosen about which hosts discuss with each other, and after some time, a song is played to keep the interests of viewers alive and intact. In every program, one or more guests are also invited who are asked different questions and in the same way, the program proceeds and i ...

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