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Droning Mullah Fazlullah

In Pakistan, anger has greeted the killing of Afghan Taliban head, Mullah Mansour, by an American drone on Pakistani territory. When senior US officials visited army chief Gen Raheel Sharif…

The Return Of Fazlullah

The return of Fazlullah

Enter Mullah Fazlullah. His choice as the new head of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan has significance that must be seriously examined. Unlike Baitullah and Hakeemullah, his droned predecessors, he is not…

Fazlullah`s Ascent

Fazlullah`s ascent

The ascendancy of Mullah Fazlullah as the chief of the banned militant outfit Tehreek-iTaliban Pakistan (TTP) has raised several questions. The death of Hakeemullah Mehsud in a drone strike on…

Regional militant sanctuaries

THE dreaded militant outfit that once held sway over Pakistan’s former Fata may have been driven out from its stronghold and splintered, but its sanctuaries across the border in Afghanistan…

Changing strategies

CAN we attribute the apparent decline in terrorism in 2020 to the erosion of extremist ideologies or to the militants’ physical and territorial losses? Successful intelligence-based operations have either eliminated…

Convergence on Afghanistan

Two days after CoAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa returned from a daylong visit to Kabul on June 11, 2018, during which he met the Afghan and US military leadership, Mullah…

Pakistan ‘fatigue’

The US-Pakistan relationship, alternating approximately in 10 years cycles since 1971, has had us going from being the "cornerstone" of the US foreign policy to being its "gravestone". Do the…

TTP resurgence?

RESPONSIBLE for some of the most ferocious attacks inside Pakistan, the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan’s destructive capabilities seem to have diminished. There are many who wonder about the whereabouts of the group…

Pre-poll Violence

Pre-poll violence

Ahead of the general elections on July 25, terrorism has again reared its ugly head in Pakistan, threatening the security of political leaders and the electorate. The fresh wave of…

From Cooperation To Collaboration

From cooperation to collaboration

The kidnapping and murder of S P Tahir Dawar, the foiled attack on the Chinese Consulate in Karachi, and the suicide attack in the lower Orakzai Agency highlight the existing…