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Afghan jihad and Kashmir

ampa, Florida, is a long way from South Asia, but in mid-2011 I was there to attend a conference on Pakistan at the headquarters of the US Central Command as…

Afghanistan under the global spotlight

Afghanistan is said to be a reality that is neither apparent to senses nor obvious to the intelligence. This landlocked country is known for successfully frustrating the Mongolian, British and…

‘Aid-to-Afghanistan Consortium’?

Afghanistan is facing a severe economic downturn that could throw many millions into poverty and hunger, may generate a massive wave of refugees from the war-torn country and indeed set…

Intelligence without ‘intelligence’

Imagine being smart but dumb. Imagine being visionary but blind. Imagine being intelligent but clueless. That is how most Pakistanis felt when New Zealand cricket officials decided just hours before…

Afghanistan: the skewed debate

Weeks after the Taliban took over Afghanistan and formed an interim government, the global conversation on Afghanistan continues to focus on those aspects of the debate that the countries find…

Who messed up Afghanistan?

IN his latest interview to PBS NewsHour, Prime Minister Khan correctly said the US “really messed it up in Afghanistan” and he also rightly questioned America’s motive for invading Afghanistan. In a second interview to…