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Three Days Of Peace

Three days of peace

This Eidul Fitr proved to be rather a unique one in the gory history of Afghanistan, with many seeing its events as unbelievable, unprecedented and completely surprising.  Although it was…

Cooperative Frameworks

Cooperative frameworks

The killing of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Mullah Fazlullah, Pakistan’s most wanted terrorist, in a US drone strike in Afghanistan is a major blow to the terrorist group. Since his…

The Anatomy Of A Taliban Ceasefire

The anatomy of a Taliban ceasefire

After months of regional stalemate, two events in June offer a potential roadmap for achieving a working peace.  The first was the Taliban’s decision to accept Afghan President Ghani’s offer…

Reworking Relations

Reworking relations

Pakistan and the US won the Afghan conflict and the cold war in 1989 and 1991, respectively. But 27 years later, Islamabad and Washington are on the brink of losing…

An Environment For Peace

An environment for peace

The tragedy of the Afghan war is that it has several villains but not many heroes. However, this June was different. The three-day Eid ceasefire that allowed the Afghan National…

Time to excise this sore

By now Pakistan must be a strong contender for the Guinness Book of World Records as the nation with the most own goals, the latest being the killing of Afghan…

Looking For Justice, Not Revenge

Looking for justice, not revenge

As we have done now for three years, the anniversary of the attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar which killed 144 people has been marked with a true…

Apologia

Apologia

In keeping with the title of this piece, I’ll start with a pre-emptive apology of my own: I’m sorry if anything written here happens to hurt national security, democracy or…

My enemy’s enemy

An enemy’s enemy is a friend. This may be sufficient reason for New Delhi and Kabul to court each other. Yet, there is much more to the growing Indo-Afghan ties.…

Afghanistan: our case

Pakistan considers itself a victim of the Afghanistan problem instead of its cause. Soon after 9/11, Pakistan broke ties with the Taliban government and joined the war on terror. Consequently,…