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About Gandhara

Gandhara, an ancient region comprising parts of today's Afghanistan and Pakistan, inspires this page, which provides foreign policy audiences with reporting, analysis and commentary direct from our local correspondents in Afghanistan and Pakistan with the aim of promoting peace in the region. 
 

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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (3rd R) gestures near Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (C) and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif (2nd L) before a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in 2013.

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Afghans Celebrate First Victory In Cricket World Cupi
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Afghan sports fans celebrated in the streets of Kabul after the national cricket team's first-ever victory in a World Cup game. The Afghan team narrowly defeated Scotland at a match in Dunedin, New Zealand on February 26. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)
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Video Afghans Celebrate First Victory In Cricket World Cup

Afghan sports fans celebrated in the streets of Kabul after the national cricket team's first-ever victory in a World Cup game. The Afghan team narrowly defeated Scotland at a match in Dunedin, New Zealand on February 26. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)
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Video Blast Hits Turkish Diplomatic Vehicle In Kabul

A suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden car into a Turkish embassy car in Kabul, killing one Turkish soldier and wounding at least one other. The car targeted was used by a team protecting NATO's senior civilian official in Afghanistan, Turkish diplomat Ismail Aramaz.
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Video Avalanches Kill More Than 100 Afghans

Avalanches have claimed more than 100 lives in the mountains of northeastern Afghanistan. More heavy snow is forecast for the coming days, and there are fears of a humanitarian crisis. (Reuters)
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Video Women's Literary Club About More Than Poetry And Prose

The Women’s Literary and Cultural Club in Kabul is a place for women to share their writing, as well as to discuss some of the myriad challenges faced by women in Afghanistan.
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Video From Street Urchin To Movie Star

Fawad Mohammadi has had an incredible life: plucked from the obscurity of selling maps on the streets of Kabul to star in an Oscar-nominate movie, his life was also the inspiration for a British novelist. He is now studying at one of Kabul's top schools - his days as a street child long behind him.

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  • Afghan boys play cricket in Jalalabad.
  • Afghan boys set the batting order before starting a game in Jalalabad.
  • A cricket game in Kabul
  • An older boy helps a younger player set up the wicket.

In Afghanistan, Love Of Cricket Starts Early

Afghanistan's national cricket team this week made its first appearance at a World Cup tournament, currently under way in Australia. The team's results so far have been mixed, but its debut at the biggest event in the sport has been a source of joy and inspiration for many Afghan fans. Cricket is widely popular among young Afghans, and children across the country can be seen honing their skills morning and evening.

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    ​At RFE/RL's most recent weekly editorial meeting, as we discussed coverage of the Paris terrorist attacks, a colleague said: "We all feel guilty! I know many of us who are ashamed or afraid to leave their homes. We need to do a story about this as well." More

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Islamic State Militants in Afghanistan And Pakistan

NPR's Sean Carberry, Radio Mashaal's Daud Khattak and International Crisis Group's Graeme Smith examine the myth and the reality of the so-called Islamic State's presence in Afghanistan and Pakistan. More

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