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Gandhara: The Inside Stories From Afghanistan And Pakistan

Gandhara is the go-to source for English-language reporting by our vast networks of local journalists across the two countries.

On this site, the editors of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty bring you a selection of the best reporting on Afghanistan and Pakistan from our journalists on the ground, informed by their deep expertise in the societies they cover and their unparalleled networks of contacts.

Here you get the independent, informed, and balanced journalism of our local correspondents. The reports from Afghanistan are sourced from Radio Free Afghanistan, locally called Radio Azadi or Azadi Radio and its network of 40 reporters in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul and a majority of key provinces, and from Radio Mashaal's nationwide network of journalists.

Every day, our editors select and publish the best reporting from these news services to help you stay informed on the political and social trends in the two countries.

We invite you to subscribe to our weekly newsletter by our editor, Abubakar Siddique, a veteran observer of the region. Every Friday, he shares with you a weekly roundup and his incisive analysis. You can also follow our coverage on Facebook and Twitter.

This website takes its inspiration from Gandhara, an ancient region comprising parts of today's Afghanistan and Pakistan. It is part of the Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty family of news organizations across Asia and Europe.

RFE/RL is a private, nonprofit, fully independent news outlet. It is funded by a grant from the U.S. Congress through the United States Agency for Global Media, and its editorial independence is guaranteed by U.S. law.

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RFE/RL journalists provide what many people cannot get locally: uncensored news and open debate. RFE/RL strives to meet the highest standards of objective journalism and report the facts, undaunted by pressure or attempted influence. Our reporters are on the front lines in the fight for media freedom in their countries. RFE/RL serves 23 countries in 27 languages.