Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty November 20, 2017 Frud Bezhan The letter, sent earlier this month by an Afghan police commander, requested recruits for a new antiriot force in the capital, Kabul. Officer candidates should come from the country’s main ethnic groups — Hazara, Uzbek, and Pashtun. Left out was the country’s second-largest ethnicity — Tajiks.
Ayaz Gul VOA News April 3, 2017 ISLAMABAD — Lawmakers in Afghanistan have called for stoning to death of a fellow parliament member for stating the country’s long border with Pakistan is an international boundary. Afghan commentators and newspaper editorials have also slammed the parliament member for speaking against “the national interest,” with some demanding Abdul
By Frud Bezhan Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty September 4, 2016 Two years after a contentious, fraud-marred presidential election pushed Afghanistan to the brink of another bloody civil war, the country is once again staring into the abyss. The compromise power deal signed by political rivals Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah to avert that crisis expires
By Frud Bezhan Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty September 1, 2016 The belated funeral ceremony for a controversial former Afghan monarch turned violent in Kabul on September 1, with at least one person killed and several wounded after gunshots were fired during a procession attended by thousands of members of Afghanistan’s ethnic Tajik minority. Mourners carrying
By Frud Bezhan Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty August 19, 2016 In Afghanistan, August 19 typically spurs an outpouring of celebration and patriotism over the day in 1919 that the multiethnic country regained its independence from Britain following the end of the third Anglo-Afghan war. But a fuss this time over a contentious historical figure who
Global Voices: The prominence of stereotyping and name-calling on Afghan social media allows an insight into fragile interethnic relations in a country that has experienced more war than peace in recent decades. Click here to read more (external link).