Abdullah Abdullah is more a ‘son of the soil’ than Ghani, who sooner or later will return to the US. It would also suit Afghanistan and the region if it had a rather independent government.Read More »
Yet Another Round of Optimism in Pak-Afghan Relations
Whether Afghanistan’s present internal political polarization and external factors will permit any forward movement in its tricky relations with Pakistan is a huge question mark.Read More »
Pak-Afghan Relations — Why Not?
Bureaucratic egos and political motivations both in Pakistan and Afghanistan are adding complications to the already terse relations between the two neighbors.Read More »
What Next After Afghanistan’s Concocted Mandate?
Claims of massive rigging in Afghanistan’s landmark elections to replace President Hamid Karzai have thrown the country into worst political crisis in years. Leading Afghan commentator Dr. Hussain Yasa analyzes different possible options to pull the country out of the mess. But he expects little flexibility from Dr Ashraf Ghani who will not be ready for any settlement which could nullify his victory.Read More »
Afghanistan’s Unending Ballot Test
Millions of Afghans once again proved on June 14 – the day run-off elections for the country’s presidency were held – that despite terrorist threats and widespread low-level violence, they are vested in a democratic future. However, the entrenched elites affiliated to the two contending camps backing Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani are at odds over ballot tallying, irregularities and procedural …Read More »
Afghanistan’s Evolving Election Scenario
Nominations for the Afghan presidency opened on September 16, 2013 and with this milestone the country formally entered the pre-election period. Over the next seven months Afghanistan will be turned into one great reality TV show, watched by the world, while the candidates practice our unique brand of politics. In the run up to nominations, the alternating announcements of electoral …Read More »