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The TTP conundrum

Over several decades, Pak-Afghan relations have been characterized by phases of turbulence and stability. The current phase of bilateral relations is also marked by relative friction between the two neighbours.…

The people have stood up

Haal-e-chaman par talkh nawai/ Murgh-e-chaman, kuch iss se ziyada (A bitter song on how the garden is/ Oh nightingale, say more than this!) – Faiz Ahmad Faiz At long last…

What the Baloch want

EARLY on Sunday, there were few people in the green areas in front of the Islamabad Press Club. The rows of quietly seated protesters were missing as were the cameras and visitors.…

A complicated relationship

The historical relationship between Afghanistan and Pakistan has been marked by a series of conflicts and diplomatic tensions despite the two being dominantly Muslim neighbouring countries with thousands of years…

Earthquake horror

Eighteen years ago, on October 8, Pakistan faced a natural disaster in the form of a terrible earthquake that shook many parts of the country, including Muzaffarabad, Bagh, Balakot, and…

Politics in Balochistan

A tug of war over bagging the future coalition government in Balochistan has already started between the PPP and PML-N, leading to some confusion among electables over which one of…

Citizen refugees

ON Dec 15, at least six civilians were killed in a clash between Pakistani and Afghan border forces near their international border crossing at Chaman-Spin Boldak, the latest in a series of…

Afghans in distress

Pakistan has hosted between 1.3 and 3.6 million refugees for over 40 years; many of them have returned several times due to regime changes in Kabul. Pakistan has not signed…

In the maze of December

In most of the rest of the world, these concluding days of the year are lit by festivity and hope. Season’s greetings are fondly shared, marking the advent of Christmas…

Here comes another war

Counterinsurgency (COIN) 101 will tell you that once a beaten insurgent force is able to sneak out of the warzone – melt across the Durand Line into Afghanistan in TTP’s…