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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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For more than 15 centuries (from the sixth century B.C. to the 11th century A.D.), the historical region of Gandhara, which extends from today's northwestern Pakistan into eastern and central Afghanistan, gave the world spectacular art and architecture. Aftab Ahmad spoke with experts and visited museums and archaeological cites to discover the spirit of Gandhara or the "land of fragrance" that still inspires a peaceful future for Pakistan and Afghanistan.
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Video Gandhara Civilization Inspires A Peaceful Afghanistan-Pakistan Future

Aftab Ahmad spoke with experts and visited museums and archaeological cites to discover the spirit of Gandhara or the "land of fragrance" that still inspires a peaceful future for Pakistan and Afghanistan.
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Video Relatives Of Murdered Afghan Woman Call Verdict Unjust

An Afghan court has sentenced four men to death for participating in the mob killing of a young woman named Farkhunda in Kabul in March. Following the verdict, RFE/RL's Afghan Service spoke to Farkhunda's father and brother, who said that justice had not been served.
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Video Four Afghans Sentenced To Death For Mob Killing

An court in the Afghan capital, Kabul, sentenced four men to death on May 6 for participating in the mob killing of a young woman in the capital in March. The judge sentenced eight other defendants to prison terms of 16 years for their roles in the attack.
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Video Afghan Activists Reenact Mob Killing On Stage In Protest Against Violence

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  • At the Roadside Cafe in Karachi, an artist's mural celebrates prominent Pakistani figures.
  • A view of Karachi city from the Mai Kolachi Bridge in 2009.
  • A protest by civil society members in January to mark a mark a month after the December 16 massacre in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which killed 150 students and teachers.
  • Eagle Square in Lyari, a Karachi slum known for its poverty and gang violence.
  • Political graffiti in favor of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) lines the walls of Diwan Dayaram Jethmal (D.J.) Sindh Science College in Karachi, February 2015.
  • Karachi police officers guard the roads leading to the French Consulate after a protest against the French satirical magazine "Charlie Hedbo" turned violent in January.
  • An artist's mural celebrates prominent Pakistani figures at the Roadside Cafe in Karachi.
  • Karachi's Clifton Beach.
  • Sunset at Karachi's Sandspit Beach.
  • A colorful bus in Karachi.

  • Water tankers block roads in Karachi while an anti-Western demonstration is held in January.

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