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Taliban launch attacks as Afghan government ceasefire starts

AFP | Taliban fighters killed a governor and took control of his district as clashes broke out across Afghanistan despite the start of a government...

Taliban launch attacks as Afghan government ceasefire starts

AFP | Taliban fighters killed a governor and took control of his district as clashes broke out across Afghanistan despite the start of a government...

Afghanistan announces ceasefire with Taliban for Eid

AFP | Afghanistan announced Thursday an apparently unilateral ceasefire with the Taliban for Eid, the holiday that caps off Ramadan, though operations against other groups...

Afghan Police say they haven’t been paid since March

News Analysis | Afghanistan has particularly been a hard terrain for foreign forces as well as for the embryonic Afghan security forces for years. There...

Pakistan military hits back at criticism as elections loom

AFP | Pakistan's military hit back at mounting criticism of its long campaign against militancy and stressed its support for upcoming elections in a major...

Six dead after militants attack Pakistan border posts

AFP | Six militants have been killed after a thwarted attack on Pakistan army posts along the country's border with Afghanistan, the military said Sunday. Five...

Rare silk Quran helps preserve Afghanistan’s cultural heritage

AFP | One of the only Qurans ever made from silk fabric has been completed in Afghanistan -- a feat its creators hope will help...

Pacific, Indian Ocean and Asia

IKRAM SEHGAL | Pakistan was founded in 1947 at a time when nobody was thinking about globalization even though the just finished WW II suggested...

Cross Border Incursions and Afghanistan’s Audacity

Taimur Khan | "Security officials warn Pakistan against cross-border incursions" was the title of a news article that appeared on the website of Afghanistan's Tolo...

A journey back into Pakistan’s convoluted history

Asif Haroon Raja | Pakistan’s years of infancy The establishment of Pakistan, on August 14, 1947, was the result of the democratic struggle of Indian Muslims...

India leads Internet shutdowns in South Asia

News analysis | People in South Asian countries experienced at least 97 instances of Internet shutdown, a barometer on freedom of press and expression, between...

The Game-Changers

Ikram Sehgal | With US President Trump scrapping the Iran nuclear deal and re-imposing sanctions, the possibility of conflict in the region has increased dramatically....

Chief Justice constitutes another judicial commission, this time for APS victims

News Analysis | The top judge directed Yahya Afridi, the Chief Justice of Peshawar High Court, to form the judicial commission comprising three judges, and...

‘Bloody Gina’, the new CIA chief, will obey her moral compass,...

News Analysis | Answering to US Senator Mark R. Warner’s question to define her moral code as far as CIA’s notorious interrogation techniques are concerned,...

Afghanistan to host Bangladesh T20 series in India

AFP | Afghanistan will host Bangladesh for three Twenty20 internationals in India next month, the country's cricket board chief said. The Afghanistan cricket team, which has...

Jinnah’s dream of South Asia is only possible when India joins...

Sudheendra Kulkarni | The problem with both India and Pakistan, which is also a major source of the unending hostility between our two countries, is...

Indian engineers abducted in Afghanistan as New Delhi’s footprint in Afghanistan...

News Analysis | Seven Indian engineers of an RPG group company working in Afghanistan's northern Baghlan province were abducted on Sunday by Taliban gunmen who...

Pakistan & Afghanistan are on road to peace but it’s bumpy

News Analysis | Pakistan’s Western neighbor, Afghanistan has been in constant, never-ending war from as early as the 1980s to this day with sporadic patches...

TAPI: A Dreamer’s Pipe-dream becoming reality?

Marvin G. Weinbaum & Samad Sadri | Global demand for energy is increasing and natural gas consumption is growing faster than for oil and coal. In...

Making sense of Mujahidin Victory Day celebrations in Afghanistan

Mujib Abid | Every year, hashti saur is celebrated in Afghanistan as the Mujahidin Victory Day. However, given the controversial and convoluted legacy of...

Afghan Taliban announce fresh offensive in apparent snub to peace efforts

AFP | The Taliban launched their annual spring offensive on Wednesday, in an apparent rejection of calls for the militants to take up the Afghan...

“Saffronization” of India: US Federal Commission Report

News Analysis | Religious freedom conditions witnessed a "downward trend" in India last year, as Hindu-nationalist groups sought to "saffronize" it through violence, intimidation, and...

The founding of PTI: From an idea to a social revolution

Brigadier Samson Simon Sharaf | An objective commentary on Pakistan-Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) would remain inconclusive without an understanding of the environment in which it was formed....

Pakistan at crossroads & CPEC

Dr. Zafar Nawaz Jaspal | Pakistan cannot ignore the great powers politics in Asia due to its geostrategic location, devastating dispute with India, and endless...

Pakistan walks diplomatic tight rope

News Analysis | “The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 year, and they have...

The Price of US Global Dominance – Numerous Human Losses

Firas Samuri | The United States of America considers military presence around the world as one of the key tools for ensuring national interests. The...

Afghan girl spends life disguised as ‘son’ her parents always wanted

AFP | Sitara Wafadar yearns for long hair like other girls. Instead, the Afghan teenager has disguised herself as a boy for more than a...

PM Abbasi raised voice to ensure justice for people of occupied...

News Analysis | Prime Minister (PM) Shahid Khaqqan Abbasi has raised the voice of people residing in occupied lands and stressed the utmost need for...

Afghanistan returns bodies of five martyred soldiers

News Analysis | Afghani tribesmen have handed over the mortal remains of the five Pakistani soldiers of the Frontier Corps (FC), as well as an injured...

Can hypocrisy and intervention go side by side?

Jacob G Hornberger | Whatever bombs Donald Trump decides to use against Syria, one thing is for certain: the U.S. government has already dropped enough...

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