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 US defense secretary urges Afghanistan to sign security pact


Kabul: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will visit US troops in Afghanistan on Sunday after appealing to Kabul to sign a long-delayed security accord allowing NATO forces to stay in the country after 2014 Hagel will travel outside the Afghan capital to greet American troops in the field a day af...

 Killer marine given special protection in jail amid Islamist attack fears


Sgt Alexander Blackman, the Royal Marine jailed for murdering a Taliban insurgent, is segregated from other inmates as senior ex-Royal Navy figure urges protection for family The Royal Marine who executed an injured Taliban insurgent is being placed under special protection measures in pris...

 Attorney general launch probe into controversial racist remarks


The Attorney General Office of Afghanistan has launched an investigation into alleged racial discrimination in a private TV channel in Afghanistan. A spokesman for the Attorney General Office, Basir Azizi said Ismail Yun, Abdul Wahid Taqat and Bismillah Afghan Mal were summoned to Attorney G...

 Afghanistan to Gain $26 Million Transit Duty Annually From CASA 1000 Project


Officials from Breshna, Afghanistan's national utility, said on Saturday that preliminary work on the CASA project is moving forward with full pace and soon the project would be up for bidding amongst international companies. The Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline proje...

 U.S.-Afghan security pact needs clarity by February: Hagel


KABUL: A NATO meeting in February could become a new deadline for a security pact between the United States and Afghanistan, whose president has been reluctant to sign the deal, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on visit to Kabul. Hagel arrived in Afghanistan on Saturday to visit troops...

 Afghan president suggests poll delay to avoid snow, organizers say


KABUL: Afghan President Hamid Karzai has suggested delaying April elections to avoid heavy snow, organizers said, an idea that will rattle the United States and critics who fear he may be trying to drag out his second and final term. Karzai is barred by the constitution from running for a thi...

 Support for BSA Strong Amongst Civil Society, Kabul Residents


Civil society activists have begun promoting the signing of the Kabul-Washington Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) in the name of protecting the progress of the past decade. Kabul residents have also shown an overwhelming support for the accord, which remains unsigned by President Hamid Karzai....

 Karzai security pact gambit aimed at keeping US money filling his pockets


Behind a seemingly never-ending game of brinkmanship with the United States over a bilateral security agreement, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has a simple goal, according to U.S. military officials: Ensure that billions of dollars in aid from Washington continues to flow to feed the cycle of co...

 Lack of Cash, Monitors Adds to Afghan Election Troubles


KABUL: Organizers of Afghanistan's make-or-break presidential election next year say poor security, a shortage of monitors and funding holes are undermining their ability to safeguard the process from the widespread fraud that marred the last poll in 2009. Another deeply flawed election would...

 Madrassa curriculum attracts Hindu students! ‏


Islamic seminaries with modern curriculum in eastern Indian state of West Bengal are helping to bridge religious divide. Clad in white and blue salwar kameez (traditional Indian dress) and translating an Arabic verse from her Islamic studies textbook into Bengali, 15-year-old Puja Kshetrapal co...

 Sad Day for Indian Culture: SC guillotines Family


In a marriage, sex is preceded by a commitment to develop a family life in accordance with the declared and undeclared rules of marriage in different communities. In a live in relationship, more often than not sex precedes the commitment. Today is a sad day for Indian Culture. The Family Syst...

 Why they don’t drop dead


LAST Friday the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) organized a ‘March against Hunger’ to demand that the government and civil society enhance people’s awareness of their right to basic nutrition and food security through combined efforts. I think this event was most timely given the utte...

 Double Standards for US War Crimes‏


U.S. pundits cheer when some African warlord or East European brute is dragged before an international tribunal, but not at the thought of justice being meted out to George W. Bush or other architects of post-9/11 torture and aggressive war on Iraq, as John LaForge notes.  In response to regul...

 My Bit for Change


Down to Earth – With a Bump It doesn’t happen quickly, it takes time. For a long time you can’t imagine it happening at all. Then one morning, you wake up and it’s living within you. A spiky, pebble in the midst of joyous certainty; disappointment. Disappointment in the Ummah, you are now a pa...

 Karzai Admonishes Media, Looking to Defend 'National Unity'


President Hamid Karzai on Thursday issued a stern warning to Afghan media, some of which he said was inciting ethnic strife and trying to undermine the Afghanistan's national unity. His comments came after Afghan lawmakers had serious debates recently over putting ethnic identities in additio...

 Highway 1 shows the difficulties ahead in Afghanistan


Insurgent attacks are regular occurrences on the strategic highway, and there is a question whether Afghan forces will ever be able to secure it. SOLTAN KHEYL, Afghanistan : Light, pale dust trail several U.S. soldiers as they head past twisted and blackened tanker trucks on Highway 1 in s...

 Study Finds Afghans Optimistic, Security Still Top Concern


The Asia Foundation recently conducted a study of Afghans indicating 57 percent of the country thinks Afghanistan is moving in the right direction. While Afghans appeared generally optimistic, and even more so than past years, they still had many concerns and anxieties about the future. Secu...

 Facebook isn’t Your Friend‏


The Unvarnished Truth A few days ago, I was told by the organizers of a “social media” festival that the hashtag was my “new best friend“. As I’ve never hugged a hashtag or cried on the shoulders of one, I felt it was important to question this “wisdom”. Like millions of others, I’m addicte...

 Attacks on Aid Workers Rise in Afghanistan, U.N. Says


KABUL, Afghanistan: The number of aid workers killed in Afghanistan has more than tripled this year, making the country by far the most dangerous place in the world for relief work, according to data released by United Nations officials here. Officials were reluctant to attribute the increase...

 Afghan refugees smarting under Iran sanctions


Afghans refugees living in Iran are being plunged deeper into poverty as sanctions slapped on Tehran over its disputed nuclear drive sap the economy, a refugee agency has warned. "Sanctions on Iran have been bad news for both Afghan refugees and for humanitarian operations," Jan Egeland, secr...


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