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Withdrawal From Afghanistan

Withdrawal from Afghanistan

The euphoria created in the aftermath of the Taliban-US peace deal seems to be dying down before it could even be implemented. The ruthless attacks of the Taliban in the…

A Respite For The Afghan People

A respite for the Afghan people

The reports of a peace agreement between the Taliban and the US have created a ripple of excitement among the hapless Afghan people who have witnessed nothing but death and…

Failing Afghan women – again

THE war in Afghanistan, the world was smugly told, was to save Afghan women. Laura Bush announced it during a radio address, and Hillary Clinton repeated it ad nauseam. Even…

Ensuring Afghan Peace

Ensuring Afghan peace

Pakistan has intensified its pressure on the Taliban to talk to the Afghan government. There were also (conflicting) reports that a senior Afghan Taliban leader had been arrested ahead of…

Foreign Affairs

Foreign affairs

On August 18, Pakistan’s newest prime minister, Imran Khan, will wake up to the reality of a live western border with Afghanistan. One hopes that his first day at work…

Navigating The Afghan Challenge

Navigating the Afghan challenge

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s recent day-long trip to Kabul represented a serious and well-thought-out effort to reach out to the Afghan leadership with an aim to stop relations between…

Our Afghan Imbroglio

Our Afghan imbroglio

The recent violence in Kabul and the US drone attacks on militant hideouts in the bordering areas speak volumes about the rising tensions on Pakistan’s western border. The consecutive suicide…

Talks On Afghanistan

Talks on Afghanistan

As expected, the third round of talks under the Russian-sponsored initiative to find an amicable solution to the conflict in Afghanistan failed to make any headway. However, this time the…

The Afghan Hat-trick

The Afghan hat-trick

The US is fast losing the war in Afghanistan – if it has not already lost. It is, by all means, just a matter of time before Donald Trump makes…