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The Legacies of 2012 and the Tasks for 2013

The year 2012 ended but the chronic challenges such as war, corruption and absence of law governance still remain unsolved. The people still expect the government to lead the country to the right direction, as they expected it to do the job one year ago. The war still continues to ravage the country and take victims. The widespread corruption has placed Afghanistan at the top of the list of corrupt countrie ...

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The Shocking Report of Land Corruption

The Members of Parliament’s Lower House, the Wolesi Jirga, exchanged harsh arguments on its Saturday’s session over a parliamentary commission’s report on land-grabbing corruption. In its report, the special parliamentary commission, created to oversee government's performance, said that more than 300,000 acres of government land has been grabbed across the country. Saleh Saljuqi, a member of the commission ...

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Responsibly Summon the Ministers

The Afghan Lower House of the Parliament, the Wolesi Jirga, on Wednesday’s session could not reach a final conclusion over mechanisms of summoning about a dozen of ministers for under-spending the funds for their relevant ministries. The MPs deferred the decision for reaching a proper mechanism to next week. Earlier, in an astounding move the Lower House of Parliament decided to summon the ministers who fai ...

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Insider Attacks Still a Menace

For the first time, an Afghan female officer shot dead a US civilian aide on Monday at the fortified police headquarter in Kabul. Meanwhile, another insider attack happened in Northern Province of Jawozjan, as a policeman killed at least five colleagues in the Khosh Tepa district. According to the reports, the female officer, who graduated from the national police academy six years ago, searched for senior ...

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The Budget Plan must be Sustainable

Once again, the draft budget for the new financial year is rejected by the Lower House of the Parliament, the Wolesi Jirga. The representatives rejected the draft on Saturday, saying that the proposed budget by the Ministry of Finance was imbalanced and inefficient. The lawmakers criticized the draft budget plan for the next financial year as parliamentary bodies noted an imbalance in provincial allocations ...

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Paris Meeting: the Beginning of More Comprehensive Talks?

[caption id="attachment_49" align="alignnone" width="640"] Taliban fighter in Afghanistan[/caption] For the first time, representatives from the Taliban, Hekmatyar’s Hizb-e Islami, some major political parties and the High Peace Council (HPC) are gathering in an undisclosed area near Paris to talk over the Afghan conflict and the 2014 deadline for withdrawal of foreign troops. Despite that the talks are ann ...

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Support the AIHRC

Some parliamentarians in the Upper House of the Parliament, the Afghan Senate, stressed that the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) must release its compiled report on the war crimes occurred in Afghanistan during previous decades of war and instability. A day earlier, AIHRC Chairperson Sima Samar called on President Hamid Karzai to allow the release of the report, adding that the gover ...

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President Karzai’s Withdrawal Call

Once again, President Hamid Karzai called on US-led Nato troops in Afghanistan to abandon Afghan villages. Talking at a conference of Afghan diplomats, the President said that the international coalition had come to Afghanistan to fight terrorism. The President has kept insisting that the safe havens of the terrorists are not in Afghan villages but they remain untouched beyond the borders. What is this call ...

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Civilian Casualties on the Rise

A UN report said that civilian casualties in Afghanistan have considerably risen in third quarter of this year. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced concern over the “unacceptable toll” of the civilians in Afghan conflict, saying that civilian casualties increased by 28 percent between August and end of October this year compared to the same period in 2011. According to the UN officials in Af ...

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The Auspicious International Human Rights Day

On Monday, the world marked the International Human Rights Day. Since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the UN General Assembly on December 1948 in Paris, every year the International Human Rights Day is celebrated all over the world. Also in Afghanistan, the government, human rights institutions and civil organizations commemorate the sacred day every year. This year, dozens of a ...

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Who is Behind the Attack?

President Hamid Karzai said on Saturday that the suicide attack that wounded Asadullah Khalid, the head of the National Directorate of Security (NDS), had been masterminded in Quetta city of Pakistan. Karzai said that he did not believe the attack was carried out but Taliban militants, who formally claimed the responsibility for that. The President stressed that the he would raise the issue with Pakistan’s ...

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Attack on Spy Chief: Taliban’s Strength?

A year after assassination of Burhanuddin Rabbani, the head of High Peace Council and former president, another high-ranking official fell victim to a terrorist attack, carried out by a Taliban peace messenger. According to officials, Thursday’s attack on National Directorate of Security (NDS) chief Asadullah Khalid was similar to the last year attack on Rabbani and the same tactics were used in the attempt ...

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The Distressing Status of Afghan Women

Once again the distressing status of the Afghan women has come under the spotlight, as there are reports that a teenage girl, voluntarily working for polio vaccination program, was killed by unknown armed attackers in Kapisa Province. According to the reports, Anisa, 17, was on her way to a health clinic when attacked and later succumbed to her injures. This comes just a few days after another report that t ...

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Statements of the Statesmen

Afghans are confused more by their own leaders than foreigners because a wide contradiction could be seen when they talk about the country and its future. It has become a practice to read statements of a leader that is totally different from that given by his peers.  They take it amiss when media point out their errors. It seems that there is lack of coordination among executive, judiciary and legislature a ...

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$450,000 Stolen from Afghan Millie Bank

  KABUL - Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been stolen from three branches of the Afghan Millie Bank, a senior official said on Sunday. Several people have been detained on suspicion of complicity in the theft. Mohibullah Safi, the bank’s chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News that a moneychanger had filched $200,000 from the bank’s branch in Kabul. But security forces had arrested the individuals who st ...

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Pakistan to Release 3,000 Afghan Trucks Stranded At Borders

Kabul - Pakistani officials will release 3,000 Afghan trucks on Monday after a bilateral meeting with Afghan traders and officials, officials said. A delegation from the Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industries travelled to Pakistan to attend the fourth Joint Afghan-Pak Chamber of Commerce and Industries Summit aimed at easing the transit and trade issues between the two countries. As many as 3,000 Afghan ...

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Defiant Assad Summons Syrians for “War to Defend Nation”

Damascus - A defiant President Bashar al-Assad called on Sunday for national mobilization in a "war to defend the nation", describing rebels fighting him as terrorists and agents of foreign powers with whom it was impossible to negotiate. Appearing in an opera house in central Damascus packed with cheering supporters, the Syrian leader delivered his first speech to an audience since June last year, and his ...

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Bold Measures Needed for Reforming the ANSF

Interior Minister Mujtaba Patang on Tuesday criticized Afghan National Police (ANP), saying that the force under his command is not a national force but a “factional and political” one. Though there have been a lot of objections over the performance of the Afghan Police, but this is the first time that a high-ranking security official publicly expresses his dissatisfaction on the structure of the ANP. Polit ...

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Jumpstarting the Peace Process

In another bid to revive the peace process, Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmay Rasoul visited Islamabad to persuade Pakistani officials in helping jumpstart the peace process and releasing more Taliban leaders who can play a role in the process. According to the officials, Rasoul met senior Pakistani officials on Friday, with talks about release of more Taliban prisoners, including Mullah Abdul Ghani Bardadar – ...

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A New Progressive Paper

Since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001, Afghanistan has considerably progressed in promoting freedom of expression and development of the mass media. While there was effectively no media in Taliban era, there are now hundreds of TV channels, radios and print publications. The Afghan media is described as one of the freest mass media in the region and the world, for which the government of Afghanistan ...

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