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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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New Afghan President Ghani Takes Oath Of Officei
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29.09.2014
Ashraf Ghani was sworn in as the new president of Afghanistan at a ceremony in Kabul on September 29. The outgoing president, Hamid Karzai, inspected the troops for a last time before embracing his successor. Ghani then swore in his defeated rival in the presidential election, Abdullah Abdullah, as chief executive in a government of national unity. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)
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Video New Afghan President Ghani Takes Oath Of Office

Ashraf Ghani was sworn in as the new president of Afghanistan at a ceremony in Kabul on September 29. The outgoing president, Hamid Karzai, inspected the troops for a last time before embracing his successor.
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Video Displaced Tribespeople Demonstrate For Right To Return Home

Thousands of tribespeople displaced by the Pakistani military’s ongoing offensive against Islamic militants blocked traffic on a major highway in the northwestern city of Bannu September 18. They demanded the military lift road blocks and allow them to return home.
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Video Kabul Blast Kills 3 ISAF Troops

Three soldiers with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) were killed and at least 13 civilians injured when a Taliban suicide bomber hit a military convoy near the U.S. embassy on September 16. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan).
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Video Harassment, Threats Don't Slow Down Afghan Women's Cycling Team

The members of the National Cycling Team of Afghanistan face frequent criticism and even violence from men who consider their behavior to be un-Islamic. But that hasn't deterred them from training hard, competing abroad, and encouraging other young women to exercise their hard-won freedoms.
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Video Floods Destroy Villages In Pakistan's Punjab Province

Severe flooding in Pakistan's Punjab and Kashmir provinces has destroyed thousands of homes and large areas of farmland, and caused at least than 231 deaths. The combined death toll from the floods in Pakistan and Indian-administered Kashmir has risen to more than 400.

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  • Young men prepare tea with milk at the protest camp near the parliament in Islamabad.

  • A vendor sells snuff tobacco.

  • A fruit merchant sells peaches and grapes.

  • A man prepares a fire at his makeshift stove.

  • Vendors sell medical supplies at the protest camp.

  • A small food stall

  • A lemonade stand

  • A vendor sells dandasa, pieces of tree bark used to whiten teeth.

Making A Living While Protesting Pakistan's Government

Thousands of supporters of opposition leader Imran Khan and his ally Tahir ul-Qadri, a cleric, have been camped out by the parliament building in Islamabad for weeks in a protest against the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The protesters accuse the prime minister of rigging last year's election that brought him back to power. The number of demonstrators has declined since the protest began in August, but some have vowed to stay until Sharif resigns. While they make their temporary home near the parliament, some people are scraping by on their earnings from selling food and other goods to fellow protesters. (Photos by Ahmad Shah Azami , RFERL’s Radio Mashaal)

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Buildings damaged by shelling and airstrikes in Mir Ali, North Waziristan.

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Local Journalists Applaud Radio Mashaal Crisis Coverage

RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal is awarded for providing unique coverage to local communities in Pakistan.
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