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Once upon a Taliban

THE war in Afghanistan is over. Pakistan won. No amount of hand wringing in Western capitals can change this hard reality. For now, at least. The post-victory battle however is…

The growing Taliban challenge

THE reported upsurge in the TTP’s terrorist violence in Pakistan in recent months has coincided with the Afghan Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan in August. While there are fears of a further escalation…

Taliban and women

The harsh reality is that Afghan women will be treated once again as second-class citizens with limited rights and unabated suppression in their own country. This holds true whether, after…

The Taliban challenge

WITH the fall of the last pocket of resistance, the Afghan Taliban now virtually control the entire country. It took days of fighting to clear the Panjshir valley that had remained out…

Taliban: questions, answers, and facts

Have the Taliban achieved power through the process of Shariah? Islam is clear that transfer of power is only credible through one route – and that is through advice and…

Taliban and the Kashmiris

More than 80 percent of the population in Afghanistan belongs to rural areas, living under the clutches of regional warlords, lacking basic education for everyone, not to talk of girls.…

Press and Taliban

LAST week, a family member of an Afghan journalist who worked for a German broadcaster was killed by the Taliban. They went from house to house searching for the journalist, who was…

A big test for the Taliban

AFTER assuming control of Kabul, the Taliban have apparently initiated a consultation process to form a new government. They are communicating to the world that their government will be inclusive and the rights…

The Taliban’s real test

The triumph of the Taliban may have created a ripple of excitement among right-wing circles in Pakistan but it has also sent a shiver down the spines of human rights…

Taliban back – almost

Districts in Afghanistan and falling like ninepins. The Afghan Taliban has already taken control of 18 out of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces – and without much resistance. The Afghan National Army,…