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Looming Afghan civil war

WITH the revival of armed regional militias to stop the Afghan Taliban offensive, Afghanistan is edging towards a new civil war. Headed by old mujahideen warlords, these armed bands are…

Afghanistan and a trapped Pakistan

Though there is still some hope for peace in Afghanistan, generally the prospects of reconciliation and a political solution between the warring parties inside Afghanistan seem to be fading away.…

Afghan politics vs infection

EVEN Covid-19 has failed to take attention away from the ongoing political stand-off in Afghanistan. The intensity of the Afghan political crisis is so great that the power stakeholders in…

Pakistan and the Afghan peace process

On December 2, the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban announced that they had made a breakthrough in the Intra-Afghan Dialogue. The two parties have concluded a written agreement that…

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…

Convergence on Afghanistan

Two days after CoAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa returned from a daylong visit to Kabul on June 11, 2018, during which he met the Afghan and US military leadership, Mullah…

US, Afghanistan and us

It is not time yet for their annual spring offence in Afghanistan, but the Taliban have already ramped up attacks. Two recent back-to-back bombings in Kabul left nearly 150 people…