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People of Heart

People of heart are the monuments of humility and modesty who are devoted to a spiritual life, determined to stay away from all the material and spiritual dirt, always vigilant to corporeal desires of the body and ready to struggle with such evils as hatred, resentment, greed, jealousy, selfishness and lust. With their vision, faith, and deeds, people of heart are integrated heroes of spirituality. Their pr ...

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Sharif May Not Be Ready For Changing Islamabad’s Afghan Policy

In the neighboring Pakistan, PML-N, a political party under Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan’s former prime minister, is about to come into power. As any other new government, the new government in Islamabad is expected to make changes in the policies that are applied before. In the following rows the feasibility of change the new government may create in the Pakistan’s policies on Afghanistan is argued In south Asia ...

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Retrogressive Moves on Protection of the Women

In Afghanistan, the women still remain vulnerable to the deep-rooted conservatism and violence in the male-dominated society. Despite considerable progress regarding rights and status of the women in the past twelve years, the conservative circles are still capable of threatening women’s rights as the US-led NATO alliance is withdrawing from Afghanistan. On Saturday, the members of the Afghan parliament deb ...

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Del Bosque: Casillas has my full support

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque says that Iker Casillas has his full support, despite being benched at Real Madrid. The 31-year-old goalkeeper suffered a hand injury in January, forcing the signing of Diego Lopez, who has since sealed his place the Blancos first team. The former Bernabeu boss believes Casillas is a special case but says he will not be tempted to field another goalkeeper in the upcoming Confe ...

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The Call of the Clan

Why ancient kinship and tribal affiliation still matter in a world of global geopolitics. What do the European sovereign debt crisis, the difficulty of building a liberal democracy in Afghanistan, and a Mexican drug cartel have in common? To begin with, all three are the predictable result of weak government institutions. On a deeper level, however, they are products of a single basic impulse: They all impl ...

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What have we learned about stabilization in Afghanistan?

By Ashley Jackson As of this year, Afghanistan has experienced ten years of stabilization intervention, but what is there to show for it? Marked by massive expenditure with little to no accountability, and often marred by waste, stabilization in Afghanistan started out with arguably honorable aims. However, as troops prepare to leave in 2014, what legacy will be left behind? Provincial Reconstruction Teams ...

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Delegitimizing Suicide Attacks

Inrecent years, the Afghan government stepped up efforts to form a broad consensus among the religious scholars of Afghanistan – and Pakistan – over religious ban on suicide attacks in Afghanistan. Though not very successful so far, the government is hopeful to break the momentum of the insurgents’ motives for suicide attacks, through persuading the Ulema to delegitimize the attacks from religious point of ...

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Obama: U.S. Preserves Diplomatic, Military Options on Syria

Washington - President Barack Obama said on Thursday he reserved the right to resort to both diplomatic and military options to pressure Syrian President Bashar al-Assad but insisted that U.S. action alone would not be enough to resolve the Syrian crisis. Taking a cautious line at a joint news conference with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, Obama voiced hope that the United States and Russia would su ...

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Karzai to Visit India for Security Cooperation Talks

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai is due to visit New Delhi next week for security cooperation talks with Indian leaders, an Afghan diplomat was quoted as saying on Friday. During his three-day trip from May 20-22, Karzai would hold wide-ranging discussions with Indian leaders, Afghan Ambassador Shaida M. Abadali told reporters in Delhi. The Indo-Asian News Service reported the Afghan president was likely to c ...

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Fearing Afghan Instability, Russia Mulls Border Troops

KABUL - Russia, predicting instability once NATO-led troops withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of next year, is considering deploying border guards on the Tajik-Afghan border, Moscow's envoy to Kabul told Reuters in an interview. Moscow, still sore from its disastrous, decade-long war in Afghanistan in the 1980s, is increasingly concerned by what it describes as the combined threat of narcotics and terror ...

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War on Al-Qaida to Go on for a Decade or Two: Pentagon

KABUL - A senior Pentagon official has indicated during a congressional hearing the war on Al-Qaida and its affiliate will continue for a decade or two, an American newspaper reported on Friday. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations Michael Sheehan told the Senate Armed Services Committee the war on Al-Qaida, Taliban and other extremist outfits would go on for up to 20 years. As Congressmen ...

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Politics and Corruption

The lawmakers accused by Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal of smuggling and making illegal demands from government agencies denied the accusations, saying if the charges are proved they would resign from their posts in the parliament. The lawmakers called for an extensive probe about the accusations by independent agencies. In the meantime, the Senate hailed Zakhilwal and gave him an appreciation for exposing ...

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Finance Minister Turning the Trick

In recent months a rift between the Afghan parliament and the cabinet ministers is intensified. Counter-accusations by lawmakers and ministers have marked the relation between the Parliament and the cabinet ministers with a wide distrust and unaccountability of ministers to the legislators. The credibility of the Parliament is deeply degraded before the people due to disturbing disarrays in the parliament a ...

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Dealing Accordingly!

This world is full people who are of varying nature and qualities and thus we expect that we will be dealt with both in good and bad manners and thus with this fact in mind, we are not hurt so much when someone cheats us or deals us cruelly. You might have noticed the children or teenagers, due to the lack of experience about the realities of world and mostly due to the less knowledge about the practices be ...

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Marshal takes shot at Woods

Tiger accused of 'lacking character' after Sawgrass feud TIGER WOODS has been accused of "lacking character" as his war of words with Sergio Garcia at the Players Championship shows no signs of abating. Paired together at Sawgrass in a third round played over two days due to bad weather, it took less than two holes for tensions to come to the surface, with Garcia feeling he was put off on his approach to th ...

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Financial Sanctions Delay North Korea’s Nuclear Arms Work – U.N

New York - Increasingly tough financial sanctions, an arms embargo and other international restrictions on trade with North Korea have significantly delayed expansion of Pyongyang's illicit nuclear arms program, according to a confidential report by a U.N. panel of experts seen by Reuters on Tuesday. The latest annual report by the U.N. sanctions-monitoring group comes as the United States seeks to convince ...

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Senate Gives Zakhilwal Appreciation Letter

KABUL - The Senate on Wednesday gave Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal an appreciation letter for exposing the Wolesi Jirga members involved in smuggling and seeking favours from the government. On Monday, Zakhilwal revealed the names of several lawmakers who he accused of smuggling and making illegal demands on the government. The MPs include Abdul Zahir Qadir, Mohammad Naeem Hamidzai Lalai, Mohammad Azim Mo ...

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Afghan Mission Remains NATO Priority: Rasmussen

KABUL - The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) remains NATO’s top mission in Afghanistan, the alliance secretary general said, while welcoming new Supreme Allied Commander General Philip Mark Breedlove. “On your watch, Afghan forces will be taking full responsibility for the security of their country and ISAF will complete its combat mission as planned at the end of 2014,” he said on Tuesday, wh ...

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Croker to Obama: Explain Payments to Karzai

WASHINGTON - A top American senator has asked President Barack Obama to explain alleged cash payments to President Hamid Karzai’s office by the CIA, arguing such a move not only lacks accountability but also encourages corruption. “These secret payments lack any kind of accountability, encourage the very kind of corruption we’re trying to prevent in Afghanistan, and further undermine US taxpayers’ confidenc ...

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Taliban Planned Maiwand Protest: Investigators

KANDAHAR - An investigation team on Wednesday said a protest demonstration that left 20 people killed and wounded in the Maiwand town of Kandahar province had been planned by the armed opposition. The team, headed by Mohammad Sadiq Aziz, a presidential advisor, also blamed local police for negligence in keeping the protest from turning violent. The protest that took place a week ago was said to be against P ...

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