Russia and the US: another cold war?

By Ayaz Ahmed During his election campaign, President Trump repeatedly demonstrated his alacrity to bury the hatchet with Russia and work with President Putin to resolve the protracted Syrian and Afghan conflicts. This led liberals in the US to challenge pessimistic view of the realists by foreseeing a period of meaningful cooperation between the Cold […]

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Russia’s new great game

By Ayaz Ahmed The recent Russian diplomatic overtures towards Afghan peace and its secret rapprochement with the Taliban show that Russia wants to play a new Great Game in Afghanistan. In this regard, Russian President Vladimir Putin seems to have capitalised on the fateful election of Donald Trump as the US president to steadily outsmart […]

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Daesh’s battle for Afghanistan

By Ayaz Ahmed Militants disguised as medics stormed the Sardar Daud Khan Hospital in Kabul on March 8, killing at least 35 people and wounding dozens. Through its Amaq News Agency, Daesh claimed responsibility for the deadly assault on the 40-bed military hospital. Though mostly contained by American airstrikes, the militant group seems to be steadily gaining […]

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How much is an Afghan life worth?

By Idrees Ali WASHINGTON – In March 2014, the US military paid an Afghan man just over $1,000 to compensate for killing his civilian son in an operation near the border with Iran, according to US military records released to Reuters.    Six months later, another Afghan father was given $10,000 by the US military […]

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How to Respond to the Evolving Terrorist Threat in Pakistan

By Abdul Basit In February 2017, Pakistan suffered the worst wave of terrorist violence since the tragic attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar in December 2014. Three terrorist groups, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JUA), and the Islamic State of Khurasan (ISK) carried out multiple attacks on Pakistan’s major cities. The spate of attacks shattered […]

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The Recent wave of Terrorism in Pakistan: a Critical Evaluation of NAP

Ayaz Ahmed Introduction “Terrorism is (largely) a psychological warfare. Terrorists try to manipulate us and change our behaviour by creating fear, uncertainty, and division in society.” —Patrick J. Kennedy The spectre of resurgent terrorism has become the most threatening challenge of the twenty-first century. The monster of terrorism coupled with bubbling militancy has continued to […]

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A critical evaluation of NAP

Ayaz Ahmed The recent spike in deadly terrorist attacks has made it patently clear that terrorists and militants have not yet been defeated. Operation Zarb-e-Azb has dismantled the organisational structure of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), causing it to disintegrate into splinter groups. Both the TTP and its offshoots have shifted their operational bases to eastern […]

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Fixing the menace of drug smuggling

By Shaikh Abdul Rasheed A large number of people take drugs so as to bring about a soothing change in their lives. The youth thinks these drugs can give them relaxation and relief from boredom and anxiety. However, application of harmful drugs instigates adverse impacts on its users. Despite that, the trend of drugs abusing […]

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A climate of mistrust

By Ayaz Ahmed Pak-Afghan relations have been marred by mutual mistrust, acrimony and blame game. Under the visible tentacles of a regional power, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has recently threatened to block Pakistan’s trade access to energy-rich Central Asian States (CAS) if Islamabad does not formally permit Kabul to import Indian goods via the Wagah […]

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The Iran factor in CPEC

By Ayaz Ahmed After considering the long-term feasibility and effectiveness of  CPEC, Iran has displayed its inclination to join the grand economic corridor. If  CPEC is converted into the China-Pakistan-Iran Economic Corridor (CPIEC), it will make the corridor a greater and safer game-changer in terms of regional trade and connectivity. Both Pakistan and China should […]

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Sanctioning Pakistan can backfire, US lawmakers warned Washington

By News Desk Washington: American lawmakers were warned at a congressional hearing that imposing sanctions on Pakistan or calling it a state sponsor of terrorism could backfire with adverse implications. A lively and extensive discussion was held on Sunday on the delicate issue of US-Pakistan relations at the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee. In his […]

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Afghanistan: Obama’s Vietnam

Sesurity situation in Afghanistan is worsening day by day. Reports speak of coordinated attacks by Taleban on checkpoints near Tarin Kot, the capital of the Uruzgan province. Attacks centered around the prison on the city’s outskirts, though the insurgents were unable to rescue any prisoners as Afghan forces took all the prisoners with them when […]

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Pakistan rejected Ghani’s demand

By News Desk ISLAMABAD: A top government official in Pakistan has rejected  demands of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to let India participate in transit trade with Afghanistan via Pakistan.  During a meeting with the UK’s special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Owen Jenkins in Kabul on Friday, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had threatened to impede […]

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Terrorism in Pakistan and South Asia

By M Mohibul Haque The recent bout of terrorist attacks in Pakistan reminds us once again that it is one of the worst victims of terrorism perpetrated by religious extremist groups claiming their adherence to what they call the puritan Islam. According to Global Terrorism Index the top 5 countries affected by terrorism include Iraq, […]

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The Daesh problem

Ayaz Ahmed With its phenomenal battlefield successes in the Middle East, Daesh has attracted an abundant supply of jihadi fighters inside Afghanistan, thus making significant inroads into this strife-torn country. According to some reports, the terror outfit has gained adequate areas for establishing itself in the provinces of Nangarhar, Paktika, Nooristan and Badakhan. With its […]

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