Jon Boone

Misplaced pessimism

Surveys suggest more than 70pc of Afghans may vote. Published Apr 04, 2014 08:11am

Alliances realign in Afghanistan

The presidential election and US withdrawal are likely to have complex repercussions for the region's web of networks. Updated Apr 03, 2014 11:57am

‘Stop making excuses for Taliban’

BILAWAL Bhutto Zardari, chairman of the Peoples Party, has launched a scathing attack on his political opponents who... Updated Feb 04, 2014 09:06am

Taliban: separate strands

FOR those in favour of talking to the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), there are few debating points more useful... Published Oct 06, 2013 07:12am

Rehman Malik: national embarrassment or treasure

ISLAMABAD: In a country where 2,050 people were killed last year in more than 1,500 bombings and terror attacks, few people would dare describe Pakistan’s struggle against a dizzying array of militant groups, separatist insurgents and powerful crime syndi Published Mar 01, 2013 10:21pm

Afghan poll sparked surge in violence

KABUL The US-led coalition force in Afghanistan has conceded that last week`s parliamentary elections were far more... Published Sep 25, 2010 12:00am

Bank scandal in Kabul

OFFICIALS in Afghanistan are resisting US pressure for a wide-ranging clean-up of Kabul Bank, which is mired in a... Published Sep 06, 2010 12:00am

Karzai shocked at size, not content

KABUL Hamid Karzai is said to be shocked by the massive leak of classified military documents, but to be hoping... Published Jul 27, 2010 12:00am

Plan to disarm militants

TOP Taliban leaders could be offered exile outside Afghanistan if they agree to stop fighting the government of ... Published May 07, 2010 12:00am

Afghan feminists battle for rights

KABUL As a committed feminist, there are few symbols of restrictions on women that Parween hates more than the ... Published May 02, 2010 12:00am

Thousands of civilians flee Helmand

KABUL Ten of thousands of Afghan civilians are abandoning an area of central Helmand where UK and US forces are set... Published Feb 08, 2010 12:00am

Thousands flee Helmand

TENS of thousands of Afghan civilians are abandoning an area of central Helmand where UK and US forces are set to... Published Feb 07, 2010 12:00am

Afghanistan: focus on corruption

AFGHANISTAN`S chief prosecutor has thrown down a gauntlet to Hamid Karzai by announcing an unprecedented attempt to... Published Nov 25, 2009 12:00am

Karzai snubs UK

IN dwelling on the need to combat corruption, to talk to the Taliban and to transfer control of policing Afghanistan... Published Nov 21, 2009 12:00am

Long way to go

IN the early days of what was only Afghanistan`s second presidential election, Abdullah Abdullah confided to... Published Oct 22, 2009 12:00am

Karzai in trouble

THE organisation responsible for the Afghan election is trying to stop the UN-backed Election Complaints Commission... Published Oct 20, 2009 12:00am

De-radicalising jail inmates

AMERICAN officials are drawing up plans to de-radicalise inmates in Afghanistan`s prisons, which have been described... Published Oct 16, 2009 12:00am