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Recently the Wolesi Jirga (Lower House of the Parliament) has passed a bill to prevent dual citizenship holders from making way to the cabinet. Many put weight behind the decision while some flared concerns and criticism. 


The professionalisation of an intelligence agency depends on its performance, strategies and civilian popularity. If we look at the professional mechanism of UK and US secret services, and their way of intelligence operation, we can judge their success and achievement from the fact that they have deeply followed the process of accountability and oversight.


In 2030, Afghanistan is a country with a population of about 46 million, compared to the 30 million at present. It is a nation at peace with itself and its neighbours. The country retains its republican Islamic nature but with tolerance, and peaceful, democratic resolution of differences. 

This is one of my clearest memories of life in Kabul. The year was 2007, I had just arrived in the city and spring had come early. The sun shone and women swam in the cold water.
After months of political uncertainty because of a flawed and fraudulent election, a national unity government was formed in Afghanistan on September 29 with Ashraf Ghani as president and Abdullah Abdullah as chief executive. 
With Ashraf Ghani sworn in as the new president, Afghanistan can finally move on from what has been an exceptionally long electoral process. As the new government settles in, its ability to deal with the challenges before it will depend to a large extent on how it manages its relations with a variety of actors. While reviving the peace process with the Taliban and seeking better relations with neighbouring countries are likely to be among Kabul’s top priorities, keeping the national unity government together may prove to be as daunting a task.  
Monday was truly a historic day for our country. In its entire history, it was the first occasion when the transition of government took place peacefully and smoothly. This may sound quite strange for the centuries old democracies where the peaceful transition of government is something of routine but for a country which has a history of power snatching accompanied with a lot of bloodshed, the event was truly historic. It becomes even more important by realizing the fact that country fell into danger of falling into a divide due to the electoral deadlock.  

On October 21st, 2014, the Afghan prolonged disagreement over the doubtful June runoff election result broke when candidates Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai signed the National Unity Government Agreement. Few hours later, the Afghan Independent Election Commission named Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai as a new president. Under the new agreement, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah will be positioned as a Chief Executive Officer by a presidential decree, with powers similar to those of prime Ministers for the next two years.


Although far from democratic, this dubious arrangement may have broken the deadlock that has been delaying the transfer of power for months. But it is still uncertain whether it can deliver much-needed political stability to the war-ravaged country. Ambiguity surrounds the role of the chief executive that does not have any legitimacy in the Afghan constitution.

If democracy means a government formed by open and fair participation of citizens, it clearly failed in Afghanistan. Many experts and Afghan officials may argue against it. However, after huge human and financial investments in the last 13 years, the Afghan government and its Western supporters failed to conduct at least a transparent and fair election that could produce a widely accepted and legitimate government.  

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Nepal’s deposed king Gyanendra Shah has regretted that the country has lost its Hindu identity and said despair and unhappiness among the people might lead them to revolt once again. 


The first India-Palestine Joint Committee Meeting (JCM) signifies New Delhi’s commitment towards economic development and well being of Palestine writes Muddassir Quamar for South Asia Monitor

There has been many nationalist calls for boycotting Chinese goods as a retaliation against China for blocking India’s bid at the UN to designate Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a terrorist, following the Uri attacks and the subsequent surgical strikes carried out by the Indian army.   

The most recent polls indicate that Clinton now enjoys as much as a 12 point lead over Trump.  If this proves to be the actual outcome, it could have profound implications for the country’s political future writes Harold  Gould for South Asia Monitor

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Address by M.J. Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs on Regional Integration and Prosperity at Brussels Conference on Afghanistan (October 5, 2016). Read more inside...

Military aid or assistance, is an important tool, that states have always plied to manoeuvre and counter-manoeuvre other sovereign entities and countless disparate factions in the pursuit of international relations. It includes arms transfers, logistical support and even supply of troops.   

On a sunny morning a young shepherd takes his cattle across the lovely winding Namka Chu into the dense pine forests on the ridge above. The cold wind blows in from the north and the boy looks up at the steep mountain ahead of him covered by rhododendrons.


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