America's top official overseeing Afghanistan's reconstruction warns return of civil war if President Ghani's government stops "lip service" to international donors and gets serious in fighting the endemic corruption in his country.
The international community that has for years invested in soldiers, weapons and explosives sent into Afghanistan should now ready itself to send wheat, meat and other food items.
It seems, President Ghani refuses to stop singling out Pakistan for his country’s ills. And as if to respond to the apparent brinkmanship by Ghani, President Trump spoke with the Taliban chief Mulla Ghani for 35 minutes over phone.
Democracy demands of them to first call out India for its brazen treatment of Kashmir and the Citizenship Amendment Bill before finding pretexts to interfere in China or call for sanctions on Pakistan, argues Pakistan's leading analyst.
After nearly four decades, Pakistani state institutions have miserably failed in providing a decent, mutually beneficial framework for the Afghan refugees and the children born to them.
A big question facing us all is: is it a smoke-screen Trump has created before dropping a bombshell or has the US security establishment finally triumphed over the whimsical, matter-of-fact president who loves to fly solo, and probably seeking glory?
The developing situation on lasting peace in Afghanistan augurs well for the region as the Afghan quagmire has continued for too long. All stakeholders must now cash on this available window of opportunity; if nations do not cooperate and work together, it is the people who suffer.
Afghan President Ghani’s decision to break through the walls of rancor and suspicion is an extremely welcome step. It will hopefully reset the relationship to the benefit of Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Visits by Afghan stakeholders for the Lahore Process, followed by President Ashraf Ghani’s visit to Pakistan, suggest that the ice might finally be breaking between both the neighbors.
The reasons most often cited for Afghan trainees' absence without leave were safety concerns and a perceived lack of job security in Afghanistan following the training in the US.