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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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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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