Afghanistan’s emeralds could provide the country with work and prosperity. Instead, they’re smuggled abroad, with regional bosses, warlords, the Taliban and even the government taking their cut.
In a DW interview, anti-war activist Manzoor Pashteen says he is being harassed by Pakistan's security agencies for taking up the issue of extrajudicial killings and turning the Pashtun plight into a national discourse.
A new movement has sprung up in Pakistan's Pashtun-dominated northern areas. Its supporters, wary of their region being used as a battleground for years, have taken on both the Taliban and the nation's powerful military.
A government airstrike in northern Afghanistan has killed over 50 civilians. Afghans who live in areas contested by Taliban militants are finding nowhere to escape as attacks increase. DW spoke with local witnesses.
The Christian family was going to visit relatives when they were shot dead in an attack claimed by the "Islamic State." The Muslims were killed by gunmen on motorcycles in a separate unclaimed attack in Quetta.
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