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Clearing mines

Today, due to displacement, economic collapse, and a disintegration of social services including health and education, most Afghans are living in increasingly precarious conditions. Up to 23 million Afghans are…

Rearranging deckchairs

Last week, a new prime minister of Sri Lanka was sworn in. Ranil Wickremesinghe, from the minority opposition United National Party, has held the post several times in his four-decade-long…

League of her own

June 21 is the longest day of the year. It is also the birthday of Pakistan’s slain former prime minister Benazir Bhutto – the first woman to head the government…

The Afghan question

Since the US withdrawal and the Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan, the Biden administration has been pursuing the policy of limited engagement with the Taliban regime without recognizing it…

Devastating floods

Several parts of Pakistan are inundated in water as torrential monsoon rains wreaked havoc in Balochistan, Sindh and southern Punjab. The government, on August 25, declared a ‘national emergency’ as…

Depoliticizing the economy

Extraordinary situations warrant extraordinary actions. Sometimes opening borders with hostile neighbours for trade and humanitarian assistance becomes essential. The recent catastrophic floods in Pakistan have made such decisions imperative. The…

Pakistan and the floods

The 2022 floods have caused devastation beyond imagination. The unprecedented rains killed and injured more than a thousand people and damaged infrastructure, agriculture, and businesses. This has had a huge…

Indescribable tragedy

A humanitarian crisis is developing in the flood-affected areas in Pakistan; heart-wrenching stories of destruction and survival are coming out every day. Millions of people need food, drinking water, medicines…

Manufacturing a policy

The eagerness of the US to start, provoke or engage in wars is well known but what is not commonly known or understood are the reasons. The Russian aggression in…