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India has historic role in Moscow format on Afghanistan – M...

M K Bhadrakumar | Many a slip between the cup and the lip may be possible when it comes to the Afghan peacemaking, but with...

Afghan president offers Taliban new provisional ceasefire

AFP | Afghan President Ashraf Ghani declared a provisional three-month ceasefire with the Taliban in a televised broadcast Sunday, a move welcomed by Washington but...

Elections 2018 in Pakistan and Afghanistan: Critical juncture ahead?

Sitwat Waqar Bokhari & Saddam Hussein | Elections 2018 in Pakistan and Afghanistan are being viewed as critical in the history of both countries. Elections...

International Community needs to unite to end Afghan war

Asia Maqsood | A declaration calling for an ‘Afghan-led and Afghan-owned’ peace process has been adopted in two-day mega international meeting on March 26-27, 2018...

Best way to end Afghan war!

News Analysis | Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, the Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States hoped for the peaceful settlement of the war in Afghanistan while...

Yet another attack in heavily militarized Kabul kills 26 people

News Analysis | A group of teenagers walking out of Karte Sakhi shrine, where Afghans gather every year to mark Nauroz, became the victim of...

Have Americans learned nothing from Soviets?

News Analysis | The Afghan Taliban have captured another key district, according to US media reports. The Andardarah distict in the province of Farah was...

US and Pakistan strive to improve relations

News Desk | Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary, Tehmina Janjua, asserted that both Pakistan and the US are thoughtful on the process of reconciliation in Afghanistan. She...

US lights up pathway to Afghan peace

M K Bhadrakumar |  The Principal Assistant Secretary of State in the US state department’s Bureau of South & Central Asian Affairs, Alice Wells gave...

China supports Ghani’s peace initiative

News Desk | China expressed its full support to the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s recent initiative to hold unconditional talks with the Taliban. China’s Foreign...

Ghani offers peace negotiations to Taliban without any conditions

News Desk | Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has taken a major U-turn in his stance against the Taliban and offered them peace negotiations without any...

India-bound gas pipeline breaks ground on Afghan section

AFP | Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India on Friday ceremonially broke ground on the Afghan section of an ambitious, multi-billion dollar gas pipeline expected to...

In Afghanistan, Governors don’t just step down because the President asks...

Ezzatullah Mehrdad |   As Mohammad Daud begins his fiftieth day in office as governor of Afghanistan's Balkh region, he may wonder whether he will ever receive...

Future president? Afghan strongman mulls bid for highest office

AFP | Afghanistan's "King in the North" lolls in an armchair under the portrait of President Ashraf Ghani, the man who sacked him last year...

Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, caught in a feud with Balkh governor?

M K Bhadrakumar | The simmering political feud between Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and governor of Balk province in the north of the country Atta...

Islamabad-Kabul ties: too many fences to mend!

News Analysis | On Tuesday, the Foreign Office (FO) strongly condemned the attack on a check-post on the Af-Pak border in the Bajaur Agency. After...

Why Washington failed to bring peace in Afghanistan?

Ishaq Ali | Afghanistan has seen one of its worse bloody days in the previous week where more than 220 personnel of security forces and...

Why is Chabahar Port no match for Gwadar?

Syed Ali Zia Jaffery | India launched a new conduit for trade with Afghanistan when it shipped 1.1 million tons of wheat to Afghanistan from...

Ashraf Ghani to visit Pakistan: Can we expect better Af-Pak ties...

News Analysis l Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has accepted the invitation of the Pakistani COAS, General Qamar Javed Bajwa to come to Pakistan in a...

Military Diplomacy with Afghanistan: Will Gen Bajwa’s visit to Kabul change...

News Analysis | Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa called on the Afghan President, Ashraf Ghani and held talks on key bilateral...

Delhi, Kabul hail Trump’s new South Asia policy

News Analysis | Afghanistan and India have welcomed the path laid by the US for fighting the simmering war in Afghanistan. US President Trump's speech...

Punishing Pakistan on Afghanistan: US Befuddled Policy

Adnan Qaiser | While the history of Afghanistan is written in blood; it is also inked in flawed outlook and failed policies. Apart from Afghans’...

Trump’s Afghanistan strategy is simply old wine in a new bottle

Michael Kugelman | Afghanistan has suffered through a harrowing summer, even by the nightmarish standards of a country convulsed by conflict for decades. A cycle of...

Pak-Afghan blame game: who reaps the benefits?

Dr. Zafar Nawaz Jaspal | Pakistan and Afghanistan relations worsened incalculably in the recent weeks. Both Islamabad and Kabul have been accusing each other. Neither...

Can Pak-US ties be reconfigured amid hardened positions?

News Analysis | According to US officials, President Donald Trump's administration appears ready to harden its approach toward Pakistan to crack down on Pakistan-based militants...

The key to peace in Afghanistan: Bringing all the regional players...

Imtiaz Gul | The Trump administration plans to beef up its nearly 9000 troops with another 4,000 with the stated objective of training and assisting...

Full membership of SCO: What does it mean for Pakistan?

Dr. Zafar N. Jaspal | The regional security is a prerequisite and paramount for national security. Without the mutual trust and trade between/among the regional...

Ashraf Ghani’s outburst: How should Pakistan handle the situation?

Imtiaz Gul | Political temperatures spiked to unprecedented levels with a May 31 terrorist attack in Kabul that has left about 150 people dead. Afghan...

Ashraf Ghani’s blame game continues: What are Pakistan’s options?

Imtiaz Gul | Ashraf Ghani’s charged Pakistan-focused speech before the Kabul Process Summit on June 6 in the presence of a Pakistani delegation left quite...

Suicide attacks and police firing: Death roams free in Kabul

Samea Shanori | Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, is locked in a state of indefinite agony. At least seven people died and many were severely wounded when security...

Pak-Afghan ties: A true hope for betterment or yet another false...

Imtiaz Gul | Afghanistan’s Khaama Press news agency on Saturday quoted President Ashraf Ghani as saying that “Pakistan is in isolation but an isolated Pakistan...

The Afghan Quagmire: Kabul is not the only victim!

Saad Yousaf | Over the last few weeks, the unwieldy Unity government in Kabul has been facing multifaceted challenges. Afghan Taliban’s gains in Northern Afghanistan...

Abdullah Abdullah denies allegations of conspiring against Pakistan

Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Afghanistan’s Chief Executive, has said that Afghanistan neither has the capacity nor the intention to destabilize Pakistan. This statement came days...

Will Hekmatyar’s return cause division in Afghanistan?

After a lapse of 20 years, former warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar returned to Kabul on Thursday. His return was met with a mixture of uneasiness...

Af-Pak border heating up: Who is to be blamed?

On Friday, the Afghan forces fired upon troops of the Frontier Corps (FC) who were providing security to the census team on the Chaman...

Afghan Defense minister and Army Chief Resign: What next?

News Analysis| The Afghan defense minister and the Afghan army chief resigned on Monday, a few days after one of the most terrifying Taliban attacks...

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