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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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Karzai Blames U.S. For Taliban 'Sanctuaries' In Pakistani
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17.11.2014
Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai says initial progress in his country was undermined by the United States ignoring the problem of the Taliban using Pakistan as a ''sanctuary,'' from which to launch attacks in Afghanistan. In an exclusive interview with RFE/RL in which he looked back on his tumultuous years in office, Karzai described his relationship with the United States as ''tense.'' He said U.S. officials would brief him on Taliban bases in Pakistan but refuse to take action. (RFE/RL)
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Video Karzai Blames U.S. For Taliban 'Sanctuaries' In Pakistan

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai says the U.S. has ignored the problem of the Taliban using Pakistan as a ''sanctuary'' from which to launch attacks in Afghanistan. In an exclusive interview with RFE/RL he describes what he calls his ''tense'' relationship with Washington.
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Video Pakistani Police Use Live Ammunition On IDPs

Pakistani police fired live ammunition at Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) after rioting broke out in the northern city of Bannu on November 13. Initial reports said at least two people had sustained gunshot wounds. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)
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Video Bombings Kill 11 Policemen In Afghanistan

Eleven people were killed in bomb attacks in three Afghan cities on November 10. Taliban attacks have increased ahead of the complete withdrawal of Western combat forces by the end of 2014. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)
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Video U.S., British Troops Mark Withdrawal From Helmand Province

U.S. and British troops lowered their countries' flags at the Camp Leatherneck military base in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, on October 26, marking the end of their combat operations in the province.
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Video Protest In Kabul As Newspaper Editor Arrested For Blasphemy

In the Afghan capital, Kabul, a small but vocal protest was held against an English-language newspaper which published an article questioning the existence of God and attacking the Islamic faith. the owner and chief editor has been arrested on blasphemy charges. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)

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  • Students enjoying the winter sun by the tennis court.
  • A student on the veranda.
  • Student enjoying a bonfire during a retreat.
  • The Shalimar Quad inside Edwardes College.
  • Playing football
  • Playing cricket
  • Cricket matches attracted noisy student spectators.
  • Principal Robin Brooke-Smith talking to students wearing the distinct green blazers of Edwardes College.
  • Candlelit dinner for students and teachers.
  • Welcoming spring with kites.

Peshawar's Liberal School

Edwardes College is located in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. Like other liberal institutions of higher learning, the school has faced opposition from radical clerics. Robin Brooke-Smith, author and a former principal of the college, took these pictures in 2000.

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