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The militancy front

Afrasiab Khan Khattak

The biggest beneficiary of internal political and institutional polarisation and confrontation leading to chaos over the last few years in Pakistan has been extremist militancy. It is rather ironic that in a country where violent extremism is generally regarded a threat to the very existence of the state and society, it hasn’t been able to focus on this threat. Actually, ...

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Taliban calls on US to withdraw forces as Afghanistan celebrates 98th Independence Day


KABUL: The Taliban insurgents group in Afghanistan called on the United States to withdraw the coalition forces as Afghanistan celebrates the 98th anniversary of its independence day. The group in a statement warned of persistent war and violence with the presence of the foreign forces, claiming that the insurgency led by the group is closer to reclaim the control of the ...

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Afghanistan celebrates 98th Independence Day


KABUL: President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday placed a bouquet at the Freedom Monument in Kabul to mark 98th anniversary of Afghanistan’s independence. A smartly turned-out Ministry of Defence guard played the national anthem as part of the short ceremony. Later on, Ghani returned to the Presidential Palace. August 19 commemorates the signing of the 1919 Treaty of Rawalpindi, which granted Afghanistan full ...

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Tillerson hails Afghans’ spirit of resilience, courage on eve of Independence Day


KABUL: The US Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson greeted the Afghan nation on the eve of the 98th Independence Day of Afghanistan, hailing the resilience and courage of the Afghan people as he expressed optimisms regarding the better future of Afghanistan. “On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I would like to congratulate the Afghan people ...

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Asif Momand warns govt fails regarding his torture case involving Balkh governor


KABUL: The Balkh provincial council member Asif Momand has warned of repercussions if the government failed to properly pursue his torture case involving the governor of Balkh province Ata Mohammad Noor. Speaking during a press conference late on Thursday evening, Momand said he will start large civil movements with the help of his supporters if the government failed to pursue ...

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King Amanullah Khan: The less we know and the more we talk about

Asadullah Daudzai

Codifying, articulating and translating Amaanism: undocumented ideology and an alternative narrative We are a nation of much sensation and high talks and less consciousness and actions, we talk a lot but we act rarely, we are attached to sensation and thus always driven by it but less exposed and friendly to consciousness and this Afghan typical disposition has its own ...

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Kabul Garrison opposes with Aryana Sayeed concert over security threats


KABUL: The Kabul Garrison Command has opposed with the concert by Aryana Sayeed on the occasion of the Independence Day of Afghanistan, citing persistent security issues in the capital. The Kabul Garrison Commander General Afzal Aman said the singer has been informed regarding the security threats and that the Garrison Command will not be able to ensure security for the ...

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Putin greets Ghani on 98th Independence Day of Afghanistan

ولادیمیر پوتین

KABUL: Russian president Vladimir Putin has sent his Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani greetings on the occasion of the country’s 98th Independence Day, a statement from the Russian Embassy in Kabul said on Friday. Besides congratulating the Afghans on the occasion of their Independence Day celebrations, Putin hoped the war-weary nation would achieve peace and stability. The Russian president was quoted ...

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Ambassador Llorens greets Afghans on the occasion of Afghan Independence Day


KABUL: The United States Special Charge d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens greeted the Afghan nation on the occasion of the Afghan Independence Day as he reaffirmed continued support of Washington towards Afghanistan. “It’s an honor for me to congratulate all Afghans as you celebrate your country’s 98th year of independence. Like our own Independence Day, August 19 is an opportunity for ...

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ISI agent arrested in Kabul while planning attack on Pul-e-Charkhi prison


KABUL: An agent of the Pakistani military intelligence, inter services intelligence (ISIS), has been arrested by the security forces in Kabul as he was planning an attack on the major Pul-e-Charkhi prison. The Afghan intelligence, national directorate of security (NDS), said the man was detained during an operation from Kabul city. A statement by NDS said the detained suspect has ...

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