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The Taliban After Mullah Omar

The Taliban after Mullah Omar

The story of Afghanistan is one of superpower stupidity accompanied by the hare-brained ‘strategic’ ambitions of neighbouring states and the insatiable lust for power among local warlords. These three factors…

Mullah Omar’s Eid Message

Mullah Omar’s Eid message

“The Afghans have slain the black ox and are marching to battle. They have beaten upon their shields with spears, and have put on their helmets,” wrote Oscar Wilde at…

Meeting Mullah Omar

Meeting Mullah Omar

The day I was reassigned to the Afghanistan Desk at the foreign office in November 1996,I had my first,and somewhat comical,encounter with the Taliban. President Farooq Leghari had just dismissed…

Mullah Mansour Exits

Mullah Mansour exits

Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour's killing in a drone strike in Dalbandin district near the Iran border has once again altered all the permutations and combinations attending the Afghan…

Intra-Afghan peace talks

WITH the last hitch removed, the elusive intra-Afghan dialogue is now likely to take place next week to discuss the country’s political future that could bring an end to the…

Shockwaves out of UAE

UNMARRIED men and women may live together, alcohol restrictions are gone, and honour killings will be judged a crime just as any other. This official decree took effect last week in the…

The Principal Contradiction

The principal contradiction

After forty years of conflict in Afghanistan, Pakistani policy towards that country can be summed up in two words: utter failure. If security is the primary lens through which Pakistani…

Talking Afghan peace

IN what is being described as the most tangible step forward in the Afghan peace talks, US officials and the Afghan Taliban seem to have come close to a deal…

Saving Afghanistan – Again

Saving Afghanistan – again

Take a good, long look at the euphoric welcome being afforded to the talks process between the United States and the Taliban. There can be no two ways about it.…

Revisiting History

Revisiting history

The Pakistani state’s claims of hybrid warfare or fifth generation war may be debatable. But the definition of what the Americans have been doing in Afghanistan since 2001 is not…