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Will The Jirga Play The Game?

Will the jirga play the game?

The US wants to leave some troops in Afghanistan after it officially ends its war next year. A sticking point about an agreement is reluctance on the part of the…

Afghanistan: Handle With Care

Afghanistan: handle with care

The Pak-US relationship has seen many ups and downs over the years, but not to the extent that was witnessed after the 2011 Salala incident. Although efforts have been made…

Hardly A New Chapter

Hardly a new chapter

If Mr Sartaj Aziz visited Afghanistan to convince Hamid Karzai of Pakistan’s sincere desire to improve relations and to work in tandem with Kabul to promote an Afghan-owned, Afghan-led reconciliation…

Sartaj And The Afghan Crisis

Sartaj and the Afghan crisis

The inane illusions of the Karzai regime and its habitual outbursts against Pakistan have become a source of laughter even to the philistine. This was again in evidence on Monday…

A Visit To Kabul

A visit to Kabul

Being the place my forefathers originated from, Afghanistan has always attracted me. However, Kabul’s breeze, its beautiful hills, the soothing beauty and the peace of mind and heart I feel…

Sleepless In Kabul

Sleepless in Kabul

Afghanistan is on the brink of history. The Americans are about to leave, and elections are around the corner as well. And just when the world thought that peace in…

The Pace Picks Up

The pace picks up

Early last month, the American deputy secretary who led his country’s delegation to the US-Afghan bilateral commission meeting in Kabul said: “Afghan-led reconciliation is also central to the transition as…

View Point: Afghanistan Peace Talks

View Point: Afghanistan peace talks

Following the opening of Afghan Taliban's political office in Doha the first round of direct, official talks between the US and the Taliban starts there today to end the 12-year-long…

The Obstacles Ahead

The obstacles ahead

It would be naïve on the part of the new government as it formulates its policy towards Afghanistan, not to recognise that there is a nexus of sorts between the…