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Setting the record straight in Afghanistan: Need to explain what NATO really did

Setting the record straight in Afghanistan: Need to explain what NATO really did

ROMA: The former number two of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has insisted on setting the record straight on what happened in Afghanistan, making a clear distinction between what the Americans did and what the alliance did. “In Afghanistan, the mistakes made are there for all to see, but we must be careful not […]

Singapore keeps an eye on Kabul after aiding refugee pull-out

Singapore keeps an eye on Kabul after aiding refugee pull-out

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN  SINGAPORE: During the last acts of the United States’ precipitous retreat from Afghanistan in mid-August, Singapore got a piece of action -helping in the historic, if chaotic, airlift of thousands of Americans and Afghans fleeing the Taliban forces closing in on the capital, Kabul. US President […]

Afghanistan and media top agenda as AJA discusses options in virtual meeting

Afghanistan and media top agenda as AJA discusses options in virtual meeting

SEOUL: Keen on properly understanding and assessing the latest development in Afghanistan and their repercussions, the Zoom meeting of the Asia Journalists Association (AJA) was devoted to Afghanistan. The journalists coming from 10 countries discussed the situation from different angles with a multitude of views to share and explore, “just like those who paint landscapes set up […]

Pakistan: After-effects of Taliban takeover in Afghanistan 

Pakistan: After-effects of Taliban takeover in Afghanistan 

By Nasir Aijaz, The AsiaN Representative KARACHI: No battle fought, no armed clashes or encounter took place with American and allied forces or even with Afghan army, yet the world witnessed that the US-installed Afghan President fled and the Taliban got hold of Kabul without any resistance. This resulted in collapse of entire government system […]

Situation in Afghanistan defies solutions amid lack of genuine will, absence of sensible moves

Situation in Afghanistan defies solutions amid lack of genuine will, absence of sensible moves

  CAIRO: Asia Journalist Association President Ashraf Aboul-Yazid has ruled out the possibility of a real solution to the Afghanistan crisis in the near future. “I am pessimistic. If I say there is a solution, I think I am far from the right thing because the cycle of this threat is repeated,” he said. “There […]

Fifth journalist to be killed in two months in Afghanistan violence

Fifth journalist to be killed in two months in Afghanistan violence

KABUL: An Afghan journalist has been shot dead in an attack by gunmen in the central province of Ghor. Bismillah Adil Aimaq, the editor-in-chief of a local radio station, is the fifth journalist to be killed in the war-ravaged country in the past two months, a provincial spokesman said. According to reports, Bismillah was on […]

Journalist Malala Maiwand shot dead; fourth media victim in Afghanistan in 2020

Journalist Malala Maiwand shot dead; fourth media victim in Afghanistan in 2020

KABUL: Malala Maiwand, 25, has become the fourth journalist to be killed in Afghanistan in 2020 after she was shot dead in eastern Afghanistan. According to reports, Malala, a reporter for radio and television broadcaster Enikas, was on her way to work in Jalalabad on Thursday when unidentified gunmen opened fire on her vehicle. Her […]

Pakistan closes Kabul embassy following harassment of diplomats

Pakistan closes Kabul embassy following harassment of diplomats

By Nasir Aijaz AsiaN Representative Islamabad: Pakistan’s embassy in Kabul will remain closed from today (Monday) for an indefinite period due to the harassment of Pakistani diplomats in Afghanistan’s capital. “Due to security reasons, Consular Section of the Embassy of Pakistan, Kabul will be closed from tomorrow Monday, 4th November, 2019 until further intimation,” a statement issued […]

Afghan Taliban delegation meets Pakistan Foreign Minister

Afghan Taliban delegation meets Pakistan Foreign Minister

By Nasir Aijaz AsiaN Representative Islamabad: The high-level Afghan Taliban delegation currently in Islamabad to meet the Pakistani leadership were received by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Thursday morning, according to a press release issued by the Foreign Office (FO). During their meeting with the foreign minister, the delegates […]

Third round of China-Afghanistan-Pakistan dialogue held in Islamabad

Third round of China-Afghanistan-Pakistan dialogue held in Islamabad

By Nasir Aijaz AsiaN Correspondent Islamabad: Pakistan hosted the third round of China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Trilateral Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue here on Saturday. The latest round of talks covered trade, counter terrorism and ending Afghanistan’s 18-year war. The forum was established two years ago, and the earlier meetings were held in Beijing in 2017 and in Kabul in […]

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