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After Kunduz

After Kunduz

As the dust clouds settle over Kunduz, Afghan peace builders once again find themselves pitted against domestic public opinion. President Ghani is now confronted with a tough new reality: that…

Kunduz: Pointer To The Future

Kunduz: pointer to the future

Islamabad diary Our past is a recurring nightmare, coming back to haunt us. Kunduz is at the farthest corner of Afghanistan but its capture by the Taliban is as much…

The Kunduz Fiasco

The Kunduz fiasco

THE past 10 days have been excruciating for the Afghan forces, whose grip on security remains far from firm. Their ability to rout the Afghan Taliban, without air support from…

Regarding war crimes

United States Vice President Kamala Harris, speaking at a press conference in Romania on Friday, pointed her finger at Russian actions in Ukraine and declared, “We are clear that any…

Peace or surrender?

After innumerable delays and amidst uncertainty, the intra-Afghan talks process was kicked off in Doha on September 12, 2020. However, the difficulties surrounding the process have been highlighted by the…

Portents of a disaster foretold

For all the apparent angst being displayed by Pakistan’s ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) regarding developments in Afghanistan, one cannot but reflect on the ironies that history has thrown up vis-à-vis…

New Afghanistan

Education: In 2001, primary school student enrollment in Afghanistan stood at 773,623. It has now grown to over 7 million. In 2001, total student enrollment – primary school to university…

Taliban back – almost

Districts in Afghanistan and falling like ninepins. The Afghan Taliban has already taken control of 18 out of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces – and without much resistance. The Afghan National Army,…

Pakistan and China: the new US game

I had earlier suspected that the US was deliberately pushing Afghanistan towards chaos and civil war as well as creating troubles for Pakistan. However, I was not completely sure and…