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Threats to Business

[:en]Afghans have always been famed as prodigious businessmen. An Afghan will make a whole in a mountain in order to forge a way to do trade. But even such intrepid businessmen have difficulty contending with the problems in the way of business nowadays. These problems come from the security situation. …

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A Sorry Show in the Olympics

Though there was much rejoicing in Afghanistan that the country had secured one more medal in this year’s Olympic games than Pakistan, one bronze medal does not constitute a very impressive tally. Our own border regions did not secure a single medal. In our recent past, there is living proof …

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Conflicting reports on a path to peace

The last two weeks have been claim and counter-claim from both the Afghan and Pakistani governments regarding a reported meeting of Afghan officials with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, a close relative of the Taliban leader Mullah Omar and widely considered to be number two in the Taliban movement. Mullah Abdul …

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Bridges are no longer sacrosanct


[:en] There was a traveller recently on the road from Kandahar to Kabul – a relatively new road, built by Turkish engineers in the last decade. In fact, the road is a rebuilt version of the original road, built by American engineers in the time of King Zahir Shah. But …

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Unity Fragmented

Previously, when the Taliban were ruling in Afghanistan, one thing one cannot deny is that they were known for their unity. Friend and foe alike used to praise them for being “yau las” – acting like one hand. Since the fall of the Taliban government in Afghanistan, the opposite has …

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A Horror Amidst a Love of Mosques

There is nothing the people of our border regions love more than their mosques. They affectionately call the mosque “da Khudai kor” – God’s home. They love God’s home even more than their own home. There is a high ratio of mosques to human dwellings. Generally, the people who live …

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Refugees return to an uncertain future

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) recently announced that the Afghan government would be setting up forty eight new camps in Afghanistan, for returnee refugees from Pakistan. Although these plans may seem like a welcome return for the refugees, the news has prompted some accusations that forced repatriation …

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Khyber Railway: A Lost Opportunity?

Following the Pakistan floods of 2007, the railway running between Peshawar and Torkham has completely ceased to exist, with the government failing to reinstate its use and completely ignoring it for transportation purposes over the last few years. Bunir Khan who lives in the Khyber Agency compared the situation with …

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From Custom to Shariat in Mohmand Agency

In the old days, amongst the tribes inhabiting the border areas, there used to be two ways of making decisions: shariat or rewaj. Shariat implied setting disputes according to the Book of God – the Quran – and the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet. Choosing the rewaj option meant that …

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