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Friends and Foes

By Syeda Mamoona Rubab Prime Minister Imran Khan’s week, which started with an initiative for easing tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran, is looking to end on a rather positive note as he has apparently gotten the consent of both parties to engage in a...

Fresh Reset

Syeda Mamoona Rubab Syeda Mamoona Rubab explains the how the US and Taliban recently engaged in Islamabad The United States and Taliban recently made ‘reasonable progress’ in Islamabad towards resuscitating their peace talks. These talks had been declared “dead” by President Donald Trump a few weeks...

Khan’s case for Kashmir

By Syeda Mamoona Rubab The prime minister did a good job projecting the Kashmir cause at UNGA, writes Syeda Mamoona Rubab It has been a week since Prime Minister Imran Khan made an impassioned appeal to the world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)...

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...

Is Pakistan doing enough for Kashmir?

By Syeda Mamoona Rubab Syeda Mamoona Rubab feels that there was no urgency in the government’s lobbying efforts ahead of the UNSC meeting Last week, Pakistan celebrated the return of the Kashmir dispute to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) after more than 50 years, notwithstanding the...

What is next for Pakistan’s Kashmir policy?

By Syeda Mamoona Rubab A robust Kashmir policy has to drive the diplomatic offensive, argues Syeda Mamoona Rubab Pakistan reacted strongly to the Indian action of revoking the autonomous status of Indian-administered Kashmir and delivered a stern message to Delhi that there cannot be any compromise on...

Towards regional instability?

By Syeda Mamoona Rubab The Pakistani government, which champions the cause of Kashmiris, could not prepare a counter-strategy to prevent India’s unilateral action, writes Syeda Mamoona Rubab India’s troubling move to end the autonomous status for Occupied Kashmir marks the beginning of fresh chapter of trials...

Fruits of the Deal?

By Syeda Mamoona Rubab There are no new F-16 sales to Pakistan. But a maintenance project for the existing fleet may be in the offing, writes Syeda Mamoona Rubab Prime Minister Imran Khan’s recent visit to the United States has led to the US State Department...

Afghanistan Peace Deal: A Way Forward

By Syeda Mamoona Rubab President Trump told PM Imran exactly what he wanted to hear. Syeda Mamoona Rubab explains why It is rare that an American president tells a Pakistani leader exactly what he wants to hear, and specifically something that causes some serious heartburn among...

ICJ Verdict: Who Won?

By Syeda Mamoona Rubab Syeda Mamoona Rubab is not surprised by the ruling which came out on Wednesday The International Court of Justice has ruled in favour of consular access for the Indian spy, Commander Kulbhushan Jhadav, who is on death row in Pakistan. Yet the...
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