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The Afghan Hat-trick

The Afghan hat-trick

The US is fast losing the war in Afghanistan – if it has not already lost. It is, by all means, just a matter of time before Donald Trump makes…

Cousin Afghanistan

Cousin Afghanistan

Part - VI Afghanistan is neither our brother – like China, Saudi Arabia or Turkey – nor our bitter enemy – like India. Pakistan should not even dream or try…

Afghanistan: the economy matters

A recent poll conducted by Afghanistan’s Tolo Television paints a bleak picture of the country’s new government. President Ashraf Ghani’s approval rating shows a dramatic decline from 60 percent nearly…

Afghan Peace Talks Reset?

Afghan peace talks reset?

Speculations regarding new moves and developments in the stalled Afghan peace process have been triggered by the visit of a Taliban delegation to Pakistan. The three-member delegation comprises former Afghan…

Is Our Afghan Obsession Finally Over?

Is our Afghan obsession finally over?

The question can be rephrased: is ‘strategic depth’ finally buried? We were idiots to get involved in that superpower adventure called the Afghan ‘jihad’. We understood not its ramifications and…

Affairs Not So Foreign

Affairs not so foreign

I read with interest the recent news reports of a dialogue being held in Islamabad on national security, deterrence and regional stability in South Asia. With India and Iran inking…

For A Stable Afghanistan

For a stable Afghanistan

Pak-Afghan relations have never been cordial. There is a long history of mutual mistrust, suspicion and accusations of interference in internal affairs. How did this mistrust develop? Most of the…

Afghanistan: Moving Forward

Afghanistan: moving forward

Pakistan's adviser to the prime minister on foreign affairs stated recently that the time was not yet ripe for restarting the Afghan peace talks to which Pakistan, at the request…

Afghanistan’s Last

Afghanistan’s last

chance for peace Amid growing Taliban attacks in Afghanistan, efforts to revive the peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban factions have been launched under the Quadrilateral Coordination Group…