Tag Archives: Afghanistan

The Writing on the Wall

There are worldwide trends that cannot be ignored. Brexit has ignited a debate on the present state and the future of globalization and it is even being said that a process of de-globalization is underway as countries look inwards and chart new courses for the future. Pakistan has yet to debate the impact of Brexit. —-“Worldwide, an anti-establishment revolt has …

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Bacha Bazi – How Afghanistan continues to practice rape of young boys

Bacha Bazi - How Afghanistan continues to practice rape of young boys

Western forces fighting in southern Afghanistan had a problem. Too often, soldiers on patrol passed an older man walking hand-in-hand with a pretty young boy. Their behavior suggested he was not the boy’s father. Then, British soldiers found that young Afghan men were actually trying to “touch and fondle them,” military investigator AnnaMaria Cardinalli told me. “The soldiers didn’t understand.” …

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Understanding Pakistan’s view point

Many articles have been written since the death of Mullah Mansoor- purportedly on Pakistan’s soil. US State Department spokesperson Mike Toner however said, “I don’t have any more clarity of where the actual strike took place. What I can say is that it was in that border region. I just can’t say on which side of the border it was.” …

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Post Earthquake issues being faced by People of Chitral

Post Earthquake issues being faced by People of Chitral

Chitral Scouts stopped 450 families from Darosh, Chitral who began their march towards Afghanistan on Wednesday to protest against the government’s failure to compensate them after the October 26, 2015 earthquake. Insiders privy to the development told The Express Tribune, the scouts stopped the protesters at Mir Khani Post, situated 20 kilometres away from Chitral city. Negotiation between protesters and …

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Militants kidnap eight Pakistani govt employees from NW

Unidentified gunmen on Thursday kidnapped eight government employees in Pakistan’s troubled northwest while they were heading to inspect an under construction dam, officials said. The incident took place in Toi Khula area of the South Waziristan tribal district along the Afghan border where unidentified gunmen intercepted their vehicle and took them to an unknown location. Zafrul Islam, the top government …

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Pakistan – USA dialogues and expectations

Pakistan - USA dialogues and expectations

The sixth Pakistan-US Strategic Dialogue concluded in Washington on Tuesday without any headline-making developments. But the two sides promised to continue discussions on some of Pakistan’s expectations. On the face of it, the joint statement issued at the end of the meeting includes words of appreciation from the Obama administration – for some measures taken by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s …

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US F-16 jets sale to Pakistan, India unhappy

US F-16 jets sale to Pakistan, India unhappy

U.S. provision of sophisticated Lockheed-Martin F-16 fighter jets to the Pakistan Air Force has been a particular sore point for the Indian government for decades, since the Reagan administration made them available to Islamabad following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. The Indians have always contended that whatever the Pakistanis may offer as their rationale for acquiring the planes — whether …

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What Chabahar Port means for South Asia

What Chabahar Port means for South Asia

The Chabahar port agreement is set to be finalized in the upcoming trilateral meeting in Delhi. With all players slated to benefit, Chabahar looks like a win-win for all parties. When Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah visited Iran on Jan. 4, one of the top items on his agenda was the finalizing of the Chabahar Transit and Transport Agreement. …

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Friendship – Indian style

Friendship - Indian style

A 120-second pep talk between Nawaz Sharif and Narendra Modi at Paris on November 30, followed by a meeting of National Security Advisers Ajit Doval and Lt Gen Nasser Janjua at Bangkok on December 6 melted the ice and set the ball rolling.  Indian external affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s visit to Islamabad to attend Heart of Asia conference two days …

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Denmark decides to take valuables from migrants

Denmark decides to take valuables from migrants

Danish lawmakers voted Tuesday to let police seize valuables worth more than $1,500 from asylum-seekers to help cover their housing and food costs while their cases are being processed. After more than three hours of debate, the minority Liberal Party government’s bill was adopted in an 81-27 vote, with the support of the opposition Social Democrats and the anti-immigration Danish …

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