School children pass a graffiti reading “ballot not bullet” on the outskirts of Kandahar, southern Afghanistan. Warlords with a violent past have played a role in influencing Afghan politics since a US-led coalition helped oust the Taliban in 2001. But they are emerging to play an overt political role in next month’s presidential elections as President Hamid Karzai leaves office. Read more
An Afghan balloon seller walks along a street in Kabul. About 9m Afghans, or 36% of the population, are living in ‘absolute poverty’ while another 37% t live barely above the poverty line, according to a UN report. Read more
Pakistani men clear open sewage paths in a poor neighbourhood on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, in an attempt to avoid flooding. The men and their families have been displaced from tribal areas because of fighting between the Taliban and the army.
A child plays on the outskirts of Herat, Afghanistan. Economic development is seen as vital in stopping the country from sinking back into civil war and in stemming Islamist extremism when 100,000 international troops pull out Read more
Uncles of Pakistani student, Zoubair Latif, 17, who was killed in a suicide bombing, wait at a hospital in Rawalpindi, Pakistan to take the body for burial. A Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up not far from Pakistan’s military headquarters on Monday, killing more than a dozen people. It came a day after a powerful bomb ripped through a Pakistan army truck in the country’s northern city of Bannu near the Afghan border, killing at least 20 soldiers.
A member of the Afghan security forces watches burning Nato supply trucks after what police officials say was an attack by militants in the Torkham area near the Pakistani-Afghan border in Jalalabad Province. The attack killed one police officer and wounded three others, according to the police. Read more
Former Taliban militants stand behind a rusty old light machine gun as they surrender their weapons under a US-backed Afghan government amnesty programme, in Herat, Afghanistan on Wednesday. Hundreds of anti-government militants have surrendered to the government under an amnesty programme launched in 2004 by Hamid Karzai, Afghan president. Read more
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Men and women on Thursday attend a meeting for new political party Movement for Change in Kabul. Hundreds of people gathered to discuss the presidential and parliamentary elections, due next April. Read more
Afghan children at their camp on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s independent human rights commission might lose its “A” status in the upcoming review, which might affect its work and funding, UN and Afghan officials said on Tuesday Read more
Women from the Afghan Army stand in formation during a graduation ceremony at the Afghan National Army base on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan Read more