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Pakistan’s Afghan Predicament

Pakistan’s Afghan predicament

The fall of Kunduz seems to have set in motion a domino effect with the Afghan Taliban forces threatening to overrun the other neighbouring northern Afghan provinces. Baghlan could be…

Afghan Mercury

Afghan mercury

The adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and National Security, Sartaj Aziz, visited Kabul on Sept 4 to relieve tension and revive talks. However, he received a wintry…

VIEW POINT: Afghan President’s Outburst

VIEW POINT: Afghan President’s outburst

Talking to journalists in the aftermath of a string of Taliban bombings in civilian areas that left scores of people dead and hundreds wounded during the last few days, Afghan…

New Afghan Opportunity

New Afghan opportunity

GEOGRAPHY, shared history, ethnicity, religion, culture and economic interdependence dictate that Pakistan’s relationship with Afghanistan — good or bad — will always be close and intense. Neither country can disengage…

The Proxy War In Afghanistan

The proxy war in Afghanistan

In a speech to a think-tank in India last Wednesday, former Afghan president Karzai angrily dismissed fears that his country would become the battleground in a proxy war between Pakistan…

Afghan Refugees

Afghan refugees

Coverage of the recent report by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees was commendable in most international media outlets, although some western newspapers did not give Pakistan the prominence it…

Afghan Elections

Afghan elections

Saturday's elections in Afghanistan held two pleasant surprises: one, the people turned out in large numbers to vote for a new president and provincial councils in 34 provinces despite the…

An Afghan Milestone

An Afghan milestone

The general dearth of positive news out of Kabul partly accounts for the enthusiasm generated by last Saturday’s presidential and local council elections. Preliminary estimates put the turnout at almost…

The Afghan And The Mighty Empire

The Afghan and the mighty empire

So this is how the cookie crumbles. The United States says that the much debated ‘security pact’ with Afghanistan is in the interest of the Afghan people and essential for…

Afghan Drug Explosion

Afghan drug explosion

The worst prime minister Britain has suffered in ages was Tony Blair who is now executive-jetting around the world to pocket vast sums by fixing deals for some pretty grubby…