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A Silver Lining

A silver lining

Washington has a long history of wrongdoings and stubbornness. Its betrayal of Pakistan and blunders in Afghanistan are a glaring reality that cannot be denied. Through his recent tweet, Trump…

Ghani’s Olive Branch

Ghani’s olive branch

As Afghanistan continues to be wracked by violence, with high-security zones in Kabul hit several times in the last few weeks by the Taliban, President Ashraf Ghani surprised everyone by…

The Afghan Imbroglio

The Afghan imbroglio

As the major stakeholders of the conflict in Afghanistan trade allegations against each other, the hapless country continues to bleed. Whether it is the ruthless attacks of the Afghan Taliban,…

Regional Connectivity

Regional connectivity

Amidst the tense international political environment, the first six-nation Speakers’ Conference in Islamabad was a welcome move. The moot discussed the challenges of inter-regional connectivity and terrorism. Representatives from Russia,…

Fall Of Sangin

Fall of Sangin

By seizing the strategically located Sangin district, with a population of less than 100,000, Taliban insurgents have gained control of more than 50 per cent of southern Helmand province. The…

Preparing For Ghani’s Visit

Preparing for Ghani’s visit

The recent visit of COAS Qamar Bajwa to Kabul seems to have produced newfound energy and enthusiasm between Afghanistan and Pakistan. This was inevitable. Afghanistan has no choice but to…

Trump And The Afghan Conundrum

Trump and the Afghan conundrum

An incisive look at world history proves, beyond any iota of doubt, that powerful nations were responsible for wars and human-triggered tragedies that consumed millions of lives. These nations invariably…

Escaping The Chaos

Escaping the chaos

“Stay outside and don’t interrupt our serious discussion,” remarked grim-faced Richard Holbrooke when the then US ambassador to Pakistan knocked at the door and tried to be part of an…

A New ‘regional’ Strategy

A new ‘regional’ strategy

On June 12, the US Defence Secretary James Mattis said that Washington was adopting a new strategy – a ‘regional strategy’ according to him – to resolve the lingering Afghan…

Blame Game

Blame game

The spate of attacks by Pakistani militants in recent days has prompted Islamabad to hurl accusations at Kabul while the fragile Afghan coalition government of President Ashraf Ghani has already…