South Asia and Beyond

‘Impact On Afghanistan Of Coronavirus In U.S. May Rival, Exceed

AFGHANISTAN: Political Scientist and specialist on Afghanistan Dr Barnett Rubin warns that the threat from the Corona Pandemic and the U.S need to focus on its effects back home, could have an impact on Afghanistan as serious as the breakup of the Soviet Union. In this interview to Tolo News International Desk head Shabeer Ahmadi, Dr Rubin […]Read More

‘Unite, Form Team To Talk To Taliban Or Face Intensified

KABUL: The U.S threat to cut up to 20 percent of its aid is a sign that it doesn’t see the current fractured Afghan government as essential to its goal of withdrawal: Laurel Miller, Director of Crisis Group’s Asia Programme tells Shabeer Ahmadi, the head of the foreign desk, Tolo News. Miller, who was former […]Read More

U.S. Pushes for Sooner Release of Taliban Prisoners

KABUL: The U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, on Wednesday said the United States would like to see prisoner releases begin as soon as possible in line with the U.S.-Taliban peace agreement. “No prisoners have been released to date despite the commitment to do so expressed by both sides,” Khalilzad added in a […]Read More

High Food Prices Cause Public Outcry

KABUL: A number of Afghans have accused businessmen of using the coronavirus threat to sell goods at unreasonably high prices and have called upon the government to act against the offenders. Over the past two days, many in Kabul have been out shopping for food to guard against possible shortages. But fear of the coronavirus […]Read More

Coronavirus And The Afghan Peace Process

KABUL: The coronavirus greatly complicates efforts to overcome the already significant obstacles to the implementation of the Afghan peace process foreseen in the February 29 U.S.-Taliban agreement. The prevalence of the virus in Afghanistan is unknown, given the weakness of healthcare and lack of testing. On March 10, the Ministry of Public Health said that […]Read More

Khalilzad Hopes Intra-Afghan Talks Conclude In ‘100 Days’

KABUL: U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad in an interview with Tolo News on Wednesday spoke about a number of significant topics related to the peace agreement between the U.S. and the Taliban, including counterterrorism operations, intra-Afghan talks and the prisoner exchange, and he also spoke about the current political deadlock between Ashraf Ghani […]Read More

U.S. Resumes Strikes Against Taliban After 11 Days, Warns Them

KABUL: Gen. Scott Miller, Commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, in a visit to Afghan forces in Kabul on Tuesday said the U.S.-Taliban agreement is a potentially historic agreement for the Afghan people and that “it is fragile if the Taliban are not going to lower violence” and “that causes a risk to […]Read More

Saturday: U.S.-Taliban Deal In Doha, U.S.-Afghan Declaration In Kabul

KABUL: Afghanistan and the United States will issue a joint declaration to emphasise U.S. commitments for Afghanistan on Saturday, the day the U.S. and Taliban are scheduled to sign a deal in Doha. U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and NATO chief Stoltenberg will come to Kabul tomorrow to announce the declaration with President Ghani, presidential […]Read More

Efforts Underway to End Election Tensions

KABUL: Former President Hamid Karzai and former mujahideen leader Abdul Rab Rasoul Sayyaf met with National Unity Government leaders on Monday as tensions continue to rise between electoral campaign teams. President Ashraf Ghani has created a special commission for the ceremony of his swearing-in and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah has also set up a separate […]Read More