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The Elusive Afghan Peace

The elusive Afghan peace

In Kabul, it is not just the political opponents of President Hamid Karzai that believe that the peace process initiated by the government is doomed to failure. It is also…

Some Forward Movement

Some forward movement

It seems that the theme of reconciliation within Afghanistan has by and large dominated the many discussions held on that country in New York over the last fortnight. President Hamid…

Search For Reconciliation

Search for reconciliation

THE idea of reconciliation is gradually picking up steam. President Hamid Karzai’s ‘preliminary talks’ with a delegation of the Hizb-i-Islami in Kabul recently threw some light on the efforts that…

Further Progress

Further progress

Last week I had identified some steps that Pakistan had taken to promote reconciliation in Afghanistan. I had suggested that there were further measures that Pakistan should also take, urgently, since…

US Plans For The Region

US plans for the region

When I came to know about the visit of Hamid Karzai I conveyed a request to him through his staff for an interview. I was informed that the president would…

‘Liberty Once Lost’

‘Liberty once lost’

What US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has told President Hamid Karzai in Kabul – “Please know that the United States will be your friend and ally” – has a…

Afghanistan’s New Riches

Afghanistan’s new riches

Nine hundred and eight billion dollars. That is the price tag a report issued by the Pentagon and US Geological Survey put on Afghanistan’s untapped mineral wealth some days ago.…