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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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Veteran Observer Sees The Taliban Divided Over Peace Talks

An old hand in Afghan affairs see the country's hardline Taliban divided over the prospects of peace talks after more than a decade of violence. More


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Aftermath Of Attack On Prosecutor's Office In Northern Afghanistani
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Smoke was seen rising from buildings in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-e Sharif on April 9 after three gunmen stormed the regional prosecutor's office. Police said the armed men exchanged fire with security forces, killing three police officers and leaving some 27 people wounded. The attackers reportedly took 10 people hostage. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)
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Video Aftermath Of Attack On Prosecutor's Office In Northern Afghanistan

Smoke was seen rising from buildings in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-e Sharif on April 9 after three gunmen stormed the regional prosecutor's office. Police said the armed men exchanged fire with security forces, killing three police officers and leaving some 27 people wounded.
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Video Family Of Afghan Woman Mourns Devout Life Cut Short

The brutal mob killing in Kabul of a woman named Farkhunda has shocked Afghanistan. As thousands have taken to the streets to demand justice, her family and friends are mourning privately. RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan spoke to those who remember Farkhunda as a kind and pious young woman.
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Video Bomb Attack Targets Police In Karachi, Pakistan

A bomb blast killed two police officers and wounded at least 14 other people on March 27 in the Pakistani port city of Karachi. Officials said the bomb was planted on a motorcycle and detonated by remote control as a bus carrying police officers passed by. A spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban claim
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Video Afghans Patients Seek Treatment In Pakistan

Afghan patients regularly endure strenuous journeys across the Durand Line to reach Pakistani hospitals because of the lack of faith in domestic health facilities. Faiz Noori from Afghanistan and Aftab Ahmad from Pakistan report.
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Video Afghan President Says Islamic State A Threat To Central Asia

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has told a joint session of the U.S. Congress that Islamic State militants, also known as Da'esh, are a threat to Central Asia. He also said that peace with the Taliban was possible. (Reuters)

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  • Interior designer Zahra Afridi (right) kicks a punching bag during a kickboxing training session at her home in Islamabad. Afridi runs her own interior design company. Her most recent project was the Classic Rock Coffee café in the Pakistani capital.
  • Afridi talks to a carpenter at a workshop on the outskirts of Islamabad.
  • Afridi uses a circular saw as she sculpts a stone guitar outside Classic Rock Coffee.
  • Pilates instructor Zainab Abbas (left) leads a class at her fitness studio in Lahore. Abbas opened her fitness studio, Route2Pilates, after receiving training in Bangkok, Thailand. She provides rehabilitation workouts for people with joint problems and specialised workouts for pregnant women.
  • Naadiya Manzur (center), the director of the Treehouse Nursery and Kindergarten, watches television with her husband, Omar, and son, Zidaan, at their home in Islamabad.
  • A girl attends a piano lesson at the Treehouse Nursery and Kindergarten.
  • Erum Ahmed, chief executive officer of retail textile brand So Kamal, talks to workers as she visits a factory in the conservative city of Faisalabad. Ahmed, who started her brand three years ago, encourages women to work at her company.
  • Ahmed sits in her study in Faisalabad.
  • Sana Mir, the captain of Pakistan's women's cricket team, at her home in Lahore. Mir was enrolled in a university engineering program, but left to pursue her passion for cricket.
  • Mir (center) sits with a physical therapist (left) and a teammate during a training session for the 2014 International Cricket Council World Twenty20 competition in Muridke.
  • Ansa Hasan, a marketing manager at Porsche Pakistan, gestures outside the Porsche showroom in Lahore as she prepares for an upcoming event.
  • Rock climber Nazia Parveen (right) jokes with her trainer Imran Junaidi in Islamabad. Parveen, who comes from Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas, says she wants to change the image of women in her home region. She says that nothing is impossible for a woman who is focused on her goals.
  • Lead guitarist and songwriter Khurram Waqar (right), vocalist Umair Jaswal (left), bass guitarist Rahail Siddiqui (second from left), and drummer Asfendyar Ahmad of the rock band Qayaas rehearse at a private studio in Islamabad. The band members say that the current security situation has hampered Pakistan's music scene. Most of the band's performances are at schools, colleges, and private festivals.
  • Educator and model Fatima walks past a swimming pool after working out in a gym in her home in Lahore. Fatima is the chief executive officer of the Beaconhouse School System, a network of private schools founded by her mother-in-law.
  • Sarah (right) and her brother, artist Usman Ahmed (second from right), smoke a water pipe, also known as a narghile, as they sit with friends at home in Islamabad.

Kickboxing And Porsches In 'The Other Pakistan'

Some of Pakistan's more affluent residents enjoy a lifestyle that is far removed from the conflict and instability often associated with the country by observers abroad.

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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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Kurdish forces walk as smoke rises behind them from clashes with Islamic State militants in Wahda, south of the Iraqi city of Kirkuk on March 16

The Black Flag South Of The Amu-Darya

The black flag of the Islamic State (IS) militant group has reportedly been raised in areas of northern Afghanistan, just south of the border with Central Asia, and Ashgabat, Tashkent, and Dushanbe have taken notice. More

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March 21, 2015

Villager Named Radio Free Afghanistan's "Person Of The Year"

RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan has named Jawas Khan, a farmer residing in a remote village in the country's Khost province, the recipient of its eighth annual Person of the Year award.
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