April 15, 2021
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  • The bumpy road to peace in Afghanistan

    The bumpy road to peace in Afghanistan

    By: Obaidullah Baheer Leaders of the different sides of the Afghan conflict met for the first time in decades in a conference hall at the President Hotel in Moscow. This meeting was held under the collective sponsorship of the United States of America, Russia, China, Turkey, Pakistan, and Qatar. Their…

  • Does Alipoor pose a threat to national security?

    Does Alipoor pose a threat to national security?

    On March 21, as the country was preparing to celebrate the Nawruz festivity, the Afghan Ministry of Defense dispatched at least 100 bullet-proof Humvee tanks to Maidan Wardak province to crack down on Abdul Ghani Alipoor, a Hazara commander whose fighters were accused of downing a military helicopter, killing nine…

  • A potential threat lurks in Herat

    Herat

    By: Fahim Ahmad Yousufzai Last month, Mujeebur Rahman Ansari, the Imam of Gazargah Mosque in Herat city, addressing a Friday Prayer, bluntly declared that those who were at the service of the Afghan government and Afghan security forces commit a ‘grave sin’. This is not the first time the hardline…

  • The dilemma of Afghanistan peace and war

    Afghanistan peace and war

    The conundrum of Afghanistan war and peace gets more complex as the American-led peace initiative, known as intra-Afghan peace talks, appears to end up in a stalemate. The Taliban appear reluctant to engage in talks to end violence and save lives, Nader Nadery, a member of Afghan peace delegation, said…

  • Fear of death; Pakistan’s Hazaras protest against killing of miners

    Fear of death; Pakistan’s Hazaras protest against killing miners

    Hundreds of Hazaras have been protesting since last Sunday in reaction to the brutal killing of 10 coal miners who were first kidnapped and then shot dead by unknown gunmen in Mach, an area located about 50km east of Balochistan’s capital Quetta. The protesters refuse to bury dead bodies of…

  • Javad Zarif: Iran supports a democratic and constitutional political setup in Afghanistan

    Javad Zarif: Iran supports a democratic and constitutional political setup in Afghanistan

    Afghan-Iran relations have been marked by ups and downs. Politics has overshadowed a common of history, culture and language between the two nations. Afghanistan’s ties with the US, the situation of Afghan refugees in Iran, and Tehran’s ties with the Taliban militants have eclipsed ties between the two countries. Does…

  • Kabul’s inspiring story teller died  

    Rahnaward Zaryab

    The scythe of death, this time, cut a writer’s throat, who spent much of his life reading and writing about life and death, love and chivalry. A young curious bookish, in his late 20s, Azam Rahnaward Zaryab was inspired by 19th century German philosopher, Arthur Schopenhauer, whose wisdom about misery…

  • All eyes are on Geneva donor conference

    BY: Chris Nyamandi On a Saturday afternoon in late October, a suicide bomber attempted to enter an education centre in Kabul. Prevented by security guards, the attacker entered a nearby lane and set off the explosives which killed at least 24 people including schoolchildren and injured many more. A colleague’s…

  • The persistence of gender disparity and the complicity of my generation

    By: Anis Rezaei For many members of the Hazara diaspora including my generation, coming to the UK has been a life changing occasion. The freedom along with the educational and professional opportunities and facilities that the UK has endowed us all with, have transformed our lives in ways that we…

  • The snapback of US sanction on Iran

    The snapback of US sanction on Iran

    The United States recently moved to restore sanctions on Iran despite rejection by the majority member states in the UN Security Council.  The US imposed the first series of sanctions aimed at different military and financial institutions linked with the Iranian regime; right after President Trump took office in 2017.…

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