IRS |Institute of Regional Studies


Contemporary Regional Developments in Afghanistan

8th - 15th January
  • Some residents of Logar province, 60 kilometers in the south of Kabul, have awarded ‘medal of bravery’ to the US President Donald Trump over his recent stance against Pakistan.
  • Afghanistan government negotiators and Taliban officials have reportedly opened “unofficial” talks in Turkey to discuss “mechanisms” that could pave the ground for initiating a formal peace dialogue.Participants of the meeting have told Afghan media the talks have been arranged in cooperation with the Turkish government. Officials from the Taliban’s Qatar-based office and other insurgent groups are said to be among the attendees. The Afghan government has not commented on the discussions.But a Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, has rejected the reports about the group's participation in talks in Turkey.
  • Officials in southwestern Nimroz province say the population of drug addicts has jumped from 11,000 to 13,000 in a span of one year in the province—with most of them returning from neighboring countries.
1st - 7th January
  • Thirty Taliban insurgents have been killed and another 33 wounded during security forces’ operations in southern Ghazni province, an official said on 7 Jan 2018.
  • 73pc Afghans to have access to hygienic water in 2 years: KABUL (Pajhwok): As many as 1.8 million people would find access to clean drinking and sanitation in the countryside under a two-year plan.
  • Taliban insurgents have freed 14 police personnel after holding them captive for eight months in Janikhel district of southeastern Paktia province.