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More Restrictions on Trade from Afghanistan to Pakistan, though APTTA permitted trade by Pakistan with Central Asia
Trump Discusses Afghan Peace with Ghani, Imran Khan at Davos, interested in peace orderly transition in Afghanistan with talks with Taliban and Afghanistan government.
Hope Amidst Despair, lingering political uncertainty dampens private confidence and investment says World Bank in latest Update on Afghanistan
Ghani, Abdullah, Karzai differences on peace process, intra Afghan talks, delayed outcome of Presidential elections challenge for stability.
US President Donald Trump's meet the press with the Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has divergent goals and comes weeks before a possible visit of the US President to India
FATF may let Pakistan off hook again given support of members of core group including United States and China having reported completion of 14 of the 27 Observations
Establishing ways to prevent violence appears to be one contentious issue that is stalling progress in the US Taliban negotiations in Doha
Taliban has demonstrated savviness in avoiding being embroiled in the tensions pertaining to US and Iran after the killing of the Iranian elite force commander Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
Hazara community leaders expressed distress over the killing of Iran’s Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani in a drone attack by the United States on 3 January outside Baghdad airport.
Fears of a WW 3 are however alarmist for now. We are not on that brink as none wants escalation possibly even Iran and the US. Yet limited conflagration cannot be ruled out.
The region is dependent on energy resources from West Asia while millions of migrants from the region are working in countries as Iraq, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Kuwait.
Taliban is using coercion as a strategy for forcing American hands on the peace deal in which the most important factor for the anti-government forces is pull out by foreign troops.
Issuing a clarification on ceasefire spokesperson of the Taliban so called Islamic Emirate says non intention of declaring the same, only reduction of violence considered.
While a peace deal between the United States and the Afghan Taliban can be expected in 2020, concerns of stability in Afghanistan will continue.
Preliminary results of the Presidential Elections have been welcomed , but raises serious concerns over low participation (4.55 %), inefficient conduct and widespread allegations of fraud
Incumbent President Ashraf Ghani emerged as the leading candidate in the first round but given that the outcome is only a preliminary a reaction on the same was not anticipated
A temporary cease fire could be the important stage which may be matched by an announcement of a pull out be US troops in small numbers.
US Secretary Defense Mark Esper has indicated that there will be a draw down of troops without specifying the numbers which are expected to be around 4000.
There were some concerns that the division within the Taliban between the moderates and the hard liners could be the reason for parallel tracks of attacks and talks being adopted.
Acting Interior Minister Massoud Andarabi on 12 December said that the Afghan defense and security forces’ casualties decreased by 10 percent during the ongoing campaigning
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