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BRICS declaration

Courtesy Dawn-  The message is uniform from friend and foe alike: Pakistan’s tolerance for externally oriented militant groups is no longer acceptable and a serious national effort needs to be made if the country is to remain on the right side of international opinion. The significance...

Terms of re-engagement

PAKISTAN-US relations have entered a new and tense phase following President Donald Trump’s harsh allegations and threats against Pakistan in August and Islamabad’s angry response. Both sides, however, appear inclined to re-engage with each other. The nature of the future relationship will be determined by...

The Afghan war and Pakistan

Courtesy Express Tribune- There is much debate and controversy about the much awaited, and now quite public, ‘new’ American Afghan policy in political, intellectual and diplomatic circles in Pakistan and abroad. The central presumption of this policy is that the US and its allies can...

MILITANT RIVALRIES EXTEND TO FEMALE RECRUITMENT IN PAKISTAN

Courtesy Combating Terrorism Centre (CTC)-  In an attempt to keep apace with the latest trends in jihadi recruitment, the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) released a 45-page, English-language magazine Sunnat-e-Khaula1 in August 2017, named after a historical Muslim female fighter. Although this is not the first time...

Peace in Afghanistan: Closer Than Ever But at What Cost?

By Syeda Mamoona Rubab As the United States and Taliban inched closer to a historic deal that would enable the Americans to extricate itself from an 18-year-long war – their longest overseas military engagement – there were more concerns about the future of war-ravaged Afghanistan...

Chicken-or-Egg Conundrum

By Syeda Mamoona Rubab Syeda Mamoona Rubab explains why there has been no headway in the Afghan peace process Nearly six weeks after US President Donald Trump upended peace negotiations with Taliban, there seems to be a consensus that the peace process needs to be restarted,...

US asked to condition Afghan aid to recognition of Durand Line

Courtesy Dawn- WASHINGTON: The Uni­ted States needs to condition its aid to Afghanistan on the recognition of the Durand Line as Kabul’s refusal to recognise it unsettles Pakis­tan, a US lawmaker told a House Subcommittee on Foreign Affairs. This apparently is the first time a lawmaker,...

Pakistan has to react swiftly to changing regional situation: Khawaja Asif

Courtesy Dawn-  Keeping in view the current situation in the world and the region, Pakistan will have to swiftly "change its direction", said Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Thursday after the conclusion of the Pakistani envoys' conference. Envoys to some major countries and multilateral institutions participated...

Talking Peace in Beijing

By Syeda Mamoona Rubab China may be able to push all parties in the Afghan conflict to reach a settlement, writes Syeda Mamoona Rubab There is some glimmer of hope for peace as China is preparing to host a fresh initiative for bringing together Afghan political...

Uncertainty in Afghanistan

By Syeda Mamoona Rubab Prime Minister Imran Khan’s prediction of an incoming “good government” in Kabul has compounded the anxiety of the Afghan government that was nervously watching the talks between the United States and the Taliban progress in Doha. Speaking in Bajaur three days after US...
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