Politics & Security

BSA provisions for NATO contractors in Afghanistan to take effect from September 1

BSA provisions for NATO contractors in Afghanistan to take effect from September 1

2015-08-29 38 Zariza Correspondent

​The existing provisions of the bilateral security agreement (BSA) between Kabul and Washington will come into full effect from September 1, according to a statement issued by NATO this week.

Op-Ed

Opinion: ‘I still cannot faithfully say we are free and independent’

Opinion: ‘I still cannot faithfully say we are free and independent’

2015-08-19 243 Fatima Nayimi

Today, we, the brave people of Afghanistan commemorate the Anglo-Afghan Treaty of 1919, which is known as the Independence Day of Afghanistan.

Zariza Special

Empowering Afghan women to become leaders and changemakers

Empowering Afghan women to become leaders and changemakers

2015-06-20 1682 Syed Zafar Mehdi

​Afghanistan currently sits on the cusp of what has been termed the ‘transformation decade’, and nothing is more important for the National Unity Government (NUG) and its international partners than preserving and building on the gains of the past decade.

Business & Economy

Integrity Watch Afghanistan urges government to expedite inquiry into Kabul Bank case

Integrity Watch Afghanistan urges government to expedite inquiry into Kabul Bank case

2015-08-29 37 Zariza Correspondent

​Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA), a Kabul-based independent organization working for transparency, accountability and integrity in Afghanistan, has called on the government to expedite inquiry into the high-profile case of Kabul Bank.

Travel Tales

Panjshir valley: Nature in her most pristine form

Panjshir valley: Nature in her most pristine form

2015-07-04 350 Syed Zafar Mehdi

​Last week, driving up the magnificent Panjshir valley in northeastern Afghanistan, 150 km north of Kabul, I saw beauty in its most pristine form.

Photo Features

In Pictures: Kabul shopkeepers witness surge in sale of dry fruits ahead of Eid

In Pictures: Kabul shopkeepers witness surge in sale of dry fruits ahead of Eid

2015-07-12 998 Naimat Rawan (pictures and text)

The festival of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramazan, is celebrated in Afghanistan with tremendous fervor. As the festival approaches, there is huge rush in markets. People are shopping for clothes, gifts and food items. When it comes to food, nothing beats dried fruits. Eid al-Fitr festivities are incomplete without dried fruits.