IRS |Institute of Regional Studies

Islamabad

Contemporary Regional Developments in Afghanistan

23rd December - 30th December
  • Afghanistan and India launched second air corridor for trade, with vice-president Sarwar Danish urging neighboring countries to pay care to economic cooperation in their political policies.The second air corridor between Afghanistan and India was opened at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul by exporting 40 tons of fresh fruits by Kam Air Airlines from Kabul to Mumbai. (Dec 27, 2017)
16th December - 22nd December
  • China and Pakistan will look at extending their $57 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor to Afghanistan DECEMBER 26, 2017.
8th December - 15th December
  • Fear looms for US backed leaders in Afghanistan: One fear is that the rising factional animosity could lead to open mutiny against a government that Western officials have gone all out to hold together. Mohammed Umer Daudzai, a former interior minister who is now part of one of the larger opposition groups, said the lack of progress on elections was a symptom of a broader problem: the government’s shrinking political base.
  • Draft Budget rejected by the Wolesi Jirga, or the lower house of the parliament, has rejected the next year’s draft budget, terming lack of balance among the provinces, allocations for unapproved administrative units, and creation of unnecessary positions in some department, as key reason behind the rejection.
  • Karzai calls on regional countries to be vigilant against U.S. conspiracies.
  • Abdul Hassan, who was working as Taliban shadow district chief for Hesarak district, was killed t in raids by the Afghan Special Forces in two separate operations in which 14 other fighters were also killed.
  • Taliban and Daesh groups are active in several parts of Nangarhar, particularly in remote and mountainous areas of the province where Afghan forces have no bases and troops to control those areas.
1st December - 7th December
  • Russia is being accused by Afghan officials of supporting the Taliban. The commander, Brig Gen Mohammad Naser Hedayat, said “Many large countries are involved in the Afghan war. We can name Russia, who is actively meddling in Farah, and we have seized Russian-made weapons, including night vision sniper scopes.”
  • In early November, according to the United Nations mission in Afghanistan at least 10 civilians may have been killed by an airstrike by the US in the northern city of Kunduz .
  • A suggestion of reviving Afghan militias against the Taliban is under consideration of Afghan government and the US.

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