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Breezes of Appreciation!

When one goes to a graveyard, he sees a lot many graves; some of them in good condition while some in very poor condition. Of these graves, there are some on the side of which there is placed a beautiful stone usually made of marble. On these gravestones, usually name and position or other similar information about a person is given. Along with these, there are mostly present some verses or lines that prais ...

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Catastrophe at Kabul

By Michael Fathers The British invaded Afghanistan in 1839 with high hopes. Before they fought a single Afghan, officers were fighting, soldiers were on half rations and cannons were abandoned. Foreign armies have always, and unwisely, dismissed Afghanistan's fighters. I can remember as early as 1979, several months before the Soviet invasion in December of that year, listening to a U.S. official in Peshawa ...

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Safe Havens of the Insurgency

As the US is gradually withdrawing its forces from Afghanistan, US military officials are concerned about the challenges ahead for Afghanistan’s future stability. According to the reports, General Joseph Dunford, Commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, told a session of US senators that the safe havens of the insurgent groups in Pakistan’s tribal areas, corruption and weak governance is threatening ...

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Kunar Attack Supported by Foreign Insurgents: MOD

[caption id="attachment_86" align="alignnone" width="600"] Defense Minister, Bismillah Muhammadi[/caption] Kabul-- Afghanistan's Minister of Defence said that the recent insurgent attack on the Afghan National Security Forces in eastern Kunar province was supported by neighboring countries. Bismillah Khan Mohammadi made the comments after travelling to Kunar's Nari district where at least 14 Afghan soldiers ...

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Border Issues with Afghanistan Resolved: Pakistan Army

Islamabad - After a high-level meeting between top military officials, Pakistan Army said on Monday that border issues with Afghanistan have been resolved. A delegation of Afghan army officials, headed by Director General Military Operations (DGMO) Afghan National Army Maj Gen Afzal Aman, visited the General Headquarters (GHQ) and met his Pakistani counterpart Maj Gen Ashfaq Nadeem Ahmed over border coordin ...

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Senate Summons Key Ministers on Border Gate Issue

KABUL - A day after Pakistan announced a dispute over the construction of a controversial security gate along the shared frontier was amicably resolved the Meshrano Jirga or upper house of Afghan parliament on Tuesday summoned defence, foreign and interior ministers over the issue. Afghan officials on Monday confirmed Pakistan had completed construction work on the gate they claimed was installed inside Gus ...

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Karzai Offers Condolences to Boston Attacks Victims

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday extended condolences to the families of those killed and wound in twin bomb explosions that ripped through a marathon race in the US's Boston city yesterday. Media reports put the toll at four dead and more than 100 injured in the explosions that ripped through the crowd at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, shattering the annual civic celebration on the Patrio ...

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80 Civilians Killed in Past 3 Months: Kofi

KABUL - The Wolesi Jirga Commission on Women's Affairs on Tuesday asked all parties to the conflict in Afghanistan to exercise utmost care not to harm civilians in their operations. The panel's head Fauzia Kofi told a press conference in Kabul 80 civilians, most of them women and children, had been killed across the country over the past three months, citing information from the UN, human rights and civil s ...

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Status of Afghan Women: Acheivments vs Challenges

In Afghanistan, the women are the most vulnerable segment of the society. For decades, they have suffered from violence, deprivation and misbehaviors stemmed from wars and the dominant conservative attitude towards them. The women have suffered from the deeply-rooted violent conservatism in the Afghan society and a culture based on traditions. In addition to that, the long-lasting wars and adverse security ...

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Afghanistan Held Hostage by Warlords

By Lucy Morgan Edwards The use of strongmen to fight Al Qaida and Taliban has fragmented the tribal system and made civil war a real possibility after US forces leave. Last week the UK’s defence select committee published a report which concluded that civil war in Afghanistan is likely when international forces leave next year. If the predictions of ‘Securing the Future of Afghanistan’ are correct, the Fore ...

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Pakistan’s Afghan Border Incursions

Once again, border incursions by Pakistani forces has come under the spotlight, straining relations between Kabul and Islamabad. According to reports, Pakistani forces have installed a security gate inside Afghan soil on the Durand Line border. Afghan military officials strongly protested to the gate-building and deployment of Pakistani soldiers on the Afghan side of the border. The spokesman  of the Afghan ...

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Afghan Govt Moves to End Pakistan Border Gate

Kabul--Afghanistan's Ministries of Defence and Interior on Monday said that they will take immediate action to stop Pakistan's military buildup along the Durand line near eastern Nangarhar province, suggesting it may be encroaching on Afghan territory. The ministries declared Pakistan's actions contrary to international law, arguing that any activity along the border needs to be approved by both nations. m" ...

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80 MPs Accepted Bribes from Ministers: Paiman

KABUL - A Wolesi Jirga member on Monday revealed 80 lawmakers had received bribes from ministers summoned over under-spending development funds in 2011. The revelation comes as deputy speaker Mirwais Yasini told the house that the issue of alleged bribery had been discussed behind closed doors. Abdul Wadood Paiman, a lawmaker from northern Kunduz province, attended the meeting. He told reporters 80 members ...

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Pak-Afghan Senior Military Officials Meet for Border Talks

KABUL: A delegation of Afghan army officials, headed by Director General Military Operations (DGMO) Afghan National Army Major General Afzal Aman, visited General Headquarters (GHQ) and met Major General Ashfaq Nadeem Ahmed, DGMO Pakistan Army for talks over border coordination issues. The meeting was held in a cordial environment, said a statement issued by the Inter Service Public Relations (ISPR). All on ...

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Political Players Divided on Removal of ECCS Foreign Advisers

KABUL - The absence of foreign advisers in Afghanistan's Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) will pave the way for massive fraud in the upcoming presidential election, critics of the new law said on Monday. A joint senate-parliament commission approved the law on Sunday regarding the structure and function of the ECC and the Independent Election Commission (IEC). After last year's heated debates over fore ...

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Why does social science have such a hard job explaining itself?

Contrary to US Senate rulings, we need more and better funded social science, not less, says Ziyad Marar – without discussing how it differs from natural science, it remains easy to relegate So it has finally happened. After years of failed attempts by senators Tom Coburn and Jeff Flake to defund political science from the US National Science Foundation (NSF) budget, March's breakthrough 'voice vote' gave t ...

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500,000 Jobs Needed to Combat Unemployment in Afghanistan

The government of Afghanistan expressed concerns regarding unemployment issues in the country which is considered to be one of the main motives behind growing insurgency. According to the officials at least 500,000 job opportunities will be required amid NATO troops withdrawal from the country and as the foreign aid tapers off that will have direct impact over the economy of Afghanistan. The officials furth ...

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Kerry warns North Korea but seeks peaceful solution

US Secretary of State John Kerry vowed the United States would protect its Asian allies against any provocative acts by North Korea but stressed that Washington wants a peaceful solution to rising tensions in the region. The North has threatened for weeks to attack the United States, South Korea and Japan since new U.N. sanctions were imposed in response to its latest nuclear arms test in February. Speculat ...

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A Perfect Accountability!

There is no need of mentioning any specific nation but history is full of examples that whenever a nation got strong enough, it always thought of capturing the weaker nations and exploiting their resources, both material and human. Nations were doing so due to a number of reasons; the blind and avaricious desire of the king to be included among the great warriors or conquerors and make his name eternal in t ...

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The Ghosts of Afghanistan’s Past

By William Dalrymple ON March 10, Afghanistan’s president, Hamid Karzai, shocked Western leaders by declaring that recent attacks proved that the Taliban “are at the service of America.” The implication was clear: terrorists were colluding with the United States to sow chaos before America’s planned withdrawal in 2014. American and European leaders, mindful of the blood and treasure they’ve expended to defe ...

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