Abbas Arefi

The Complexity Of War And Peace: What Is The Human Cost Of Peace With Taliban?
The Complexity Of War And Peace: What Is The Human Cost Of Peace With Taliban?

Masoom Stanekzai, the government’s chief peace negotiator, confirmed on Twitter that Fawzia Koofi, a fellow negotiator, was attacked and wounded on the Kabul-Parwan road on Friday evening...

16 Aug 2020
Stay Or Go: Why Afghan Sikhs Are Foreigners In Their Own Country
Stay Or Go: Why Afghan Sikhs Are Foreigners In Their Own Country

A first group of 11 members of the Afghan Sikh community left for India on Sunday, along with Nidan Singh Sachdeva, the 55-year-old Sikh man who had been released from captivity in Paktia's Chamakani district on July 18...

28 Jul 2020
Proxy Peace: Where Is The Afghan Peace And Reconciliation Process Going?
Proxy Peace: Where Is The Afghan Peace And Reconciliation Process Going?

First Vice President Amrullah Saleh wrote on Twitter today: “Neither we nor the watchful world have evidence of Taliban - Al Qaeda divorce and separation. No single message from leaders in...

26 Jul 2020
Deadly Peace And Rational War: The Government And Taliban Have No Will For Peace
Deadly Peace And Rational War: The Government And Taliban Have No Will For Peace

Monday this week seemed like a repeat of many other days in recent months where bloody battles were fought across Afghanistan, of which the most damaging was the Taliban suicide attack in Samangan during the day...

15 Jul 2020
‘Where Is My Name’ Questions The Identity Of Women In Afghanistan
‘Where Is My Name’ Questions The Identity Of Women In Afghanistan

For over four years now, occasionally a campaign on Afghan social media would pop-up to recognize women's identities as they ask, “Where is my name?" The nascent movement takes form but fades after a while...

11 Jul 2020
Cabinet Formation Crisis: Why Do ‘Acting’ Ministers Still Exist?
Cabinet Formation Crisis: Why Do ‘Acting’ Ministers Still Exist?

It's been a little over nine months since Afghanistan's presidential election were held in September 2019...

30 Jun 2020
Parliament Awaits Vote of Confidence: How well are Ghani and Abdullah Sharing Power?
Parliament Awaits Vote of Confidence: How well are Ghani and Abdullah Sharing Power?

President Ashraf Ghani met with Mir Rahman Rahmani, the speaker of the Lower House of Parliament on Monday to discuss the ministerial candidates picked by Ghani...

9 Jun 2020
Kabul Mosque Attacks Kills Prominent Pro-Government Moderate Scholar: Who Benefits?
Kabul Mosque Attacks Kills Prominent Pro-Government Moderate Scholar: Who Benefits?

Two were killed and two more injured in an explosion at the Wazir Akbar Khan Mosque on Tuesday evening.  An hour later, Ministry of Interior spokesman Tariq Arian announced that Mullah Mohammad Ayaz Niazi, the mosque’s imam, had been killed...

3 Jun 2020
Eid Ceasefire: Where does it take Afghanistan to?
Eid Ceasefire: Where does it take Afghanistan to?

On May 23, the Taliban declared a three-day ceasefire for the Eid Al-Fitr celebrations.  In their statement, Taliban instructed its fighters to take special measures...

25 May 2020
Taliban Savagery in Ghazni Indicates Group’s Evolution
Taliban Savagery in Ghazni Indicates Group’s Evolution

On May 17, media reported that the Taliban shot dead five people - three civilians and two national police personnel – and then torched the bodies. The brutal incident took place in Qiyaq village of Jaghato...

20 May 2020
From Criminality To Insurgency: How Taliban Appointed First Hazara Shia District Chief?
From Criminality To Insurgency: How Taliban Appointed First Hazara Shia District Chief?

Recently, a video showing the interview of "Mawlawi Mahdi Mujahed", shadow district chief of Taliban for Balkhab district of Saripul province with "Al-Emara" studio, went viral on social media and followed by many reactions. In this interview, Mahdi Mujahed...

2 May 2020
Ceasefire Is Not Reasonable For The Taliban: Does The Peace Process Face Deadlock?
Ceasefire Is Not Reasonable For The Taliban: Does The Peace Process Face Deadlock?

Since the signing of the US-Taliban peace agreement, 2,804 attacks have been carried out on Afghan security forces by the Taliban group, killing and injuring 789 civilians...

26 Apr 2020
Political Crisis In Afghanistan: Will Abdullah Be Satisfied With The Reconciliation Council?
Political Crisis In Afghanistan: Will Abdullah Be Satisfied With The Reconciliation Council?

Salam Rahimi, the Minister of State for Peace Affairs and a close associate of President Ashraf Ghani, said on Friday night that the intra-Afghan talks will start and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah will take the responsibility of the Reconciliation Council...

18 Apr 2020
Prisoners Exchange: When Will the Intra-Afghan Talks Begin?
Prisoners Exchange: When Will the Intra-Afghan Talks Begin?

After days of silence, Zalmai Khalilzad, the US special envoy for Afghanistan’s reconciliation has finally welcomed the exchange of prisoners between the Afghan government and the Taliban on his Twitter page on Monday...

13 Apr 2020
Taliban Have Broken their Oath; Mali Khan’s Return to the Battlefield and the Continuation of Pakistan’s Sanctuary Policy
Taliban Have Broken their Oath; Mali Khan’s Return to the Battlefield and the Continuation of Pakistan’s Sanctuary Policy

Rahmatullah Nabil, the former head of Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS), wrote on his...

12 Apr 2020
Withdrawal Warning; Will Ghani and Abdullah Reach a Political Agreement?
Withdrawal Warning; Will Ghani and Abdullah Reach a Political Agreement?

Two weeks have passed since US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s unexpected visit to Kabul. Pompeo’s visit had a clear consequence that if there was no political agreement on power sharing...

8 Apr 2020
5 Days of Political Talks in Kabul; Does Arg Follow a Divide Strategy?
5 Days of Political Talks in Kabul; Does Arg Follow a Divide Strategy?

After Hamed Karzai, Abdul Rab Rasul Sayyaf, Mohammad Karim Khalili and Mohammad Yunus Qanuni issued a joint statement calling on both sides of the political crisis (Mr. Ghani and Mr. Abdullah) to give more time; Abdullah Abdullah wrote on his Facebook page that “The country’s elders, who are trying to get out of the political crisis, are welcome, and we are ready to work with them to resolve the current political crisis by extending the deadline for negotiations...

6 Apr 2020
Forming the Afghan Cabinet: Is There a Political Solution to Afghanistan’s Crisis?
Forming the Afghan Cabinet: Is There a Political Solution to Afghanistan’s Crisis?

27 days after the second term of his presidency, President Ashraf Ghani has started to form his new cabinet and announced the introduction of figures to his new cabinet...

5 Apr 2020
Herat: The Province in the Forefront of Fight Against Coronavirus
Herat: The Province in the Forefront of Fight Against Coronavirus

The official cases from the coronavirus in Herat province in western Afghanistan has risen to 214 and four deaths. But some citizens of Herat say that the statistics that are published every day are not real. In fact, the number of sufferers is higher than the number published by the government agencies...

5 Apr 2020
May Coronavirus Bring Peace to Afghanistan?
May Coronavirus Bring Peace to Afghanistan?

The Taliban has said the group was ready to declare a cease-fire in areas of Afghanistan under its control if they are hit by a coronavirus outbreak...

2 Apr 2020
“The Infidels and Hazara Shiites”; Have the Taliban Changed?
“The Infidels and Hazara Shiites”; Have the Taliban Changed?

Mullah Fazil, a Taliban member of their political office in Qatar, has recently traveled to Quetta city in Pakistan, where he has spoken in the presence of Taliban commanders when he commented on al-Qaeda that, "They rejoice and thank God for a Taliban member being killed and say a disbeliever is killed.  But they are not happy about killing an infidel or Hazara Shiite...

1 Apr 2020
Staying at home in Kabul: Unemployment and Poverty Deadlier than the Coronavirus
Staying at home in Kabul: Unemployment and Poverty Deadlier than the Coronavirus

“If the quarantine continues, those who are destitute and unable to buy food may die of starvation. Who gives the free food. No one,” Mohammad Ali laughs when he speaks the word “die” after “starvation”...

31 Mar 2020
The Government Crisis in Kabul: Power Balance Between Ghani and Abdullah
The Government Crisis in Kabul: Power Balance Between Ghani and Abdullah

Former president Hamed Karzai, Abdul Rab Rasul Sayyaf, Younes Qanoni and Mohammad Karim Khalili had a meeting with Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday...

30 Mar 2020
Taliban Is Looking For Excuses: Will the Next Step Be Intra-Afghan Talks?
Taliban Is Looking For Excuses: Will the Next Step Be Intra-Afghan Talks?

The list has finalized after days of turmoil and crisis. Reactions to this list have varied among social network users. As some well-known figures have reacted that this first of all, the negotiating delegation must align with political leaders and confidently negotiate with the Taliban and defend the human rights and freedoms...

29 Mar 2020
Targeted Killings of Minorities; Complex Attack on Sikhs Dharamshala Near Presidential Palace
Targeted Killings of Minorities; Complex Attack on Sikhs Dharamshala Near Presidential Palace

The Sikh temple (Dharamshala) in Kabul's Shorbazar area in the Police District 1 of Kabul city, at a distance of just one kilometer from the presidential palace, came under complex suicide attack on early Wednesday, killing 11 people and wounding more than a dozen...

25 Mar 2020