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[28 Jul 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Anwar Iqbal in Dawn, July 28th, 2017
WASHINGTON: In a rare display of agreement on the Afghan issue, the United States and Pakistan have both reiterated the need for including the Taliban in the Afghan peace process.
Yet differences over the alleged presence of militant safe havens in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) continue to plague a decades-old relationship between the two countries.
“One of the things that the Secretary [of State] feels very strongly about is trying to get to a place where we can have some sort of a …

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[6 Jun 2017 | No Comment | ]

By Anthony H. Cordesman, CSIS, June 5, 2016
(The writer is Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C).
For the moment, the key fight for Afghanistan has shifted to Washington and is centered in the White House. It is a struggle over whether President Trump should grant the request of General John Nicholson, the commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A) and the Resolute Support Mission for 3,000 to 5,000 more troops, more U.S. combat air support of Afghan forces, and possibly more …

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[1 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

by ANWAR IQBAL in Dawn, May 1st, 2017
WASHINGTON: The United States should condition its military aid to Pakistan to force Islamabad to rethink its alleged support to the Afghan insurgency, says a report released by the International Crisis Group (ICG) on Sunday.
The transnational think tank, which provides policy inputs to the World Bank, the United Nations and the European Union, emphasises the need for the international community to get more actively involved in resolving the Afghan conflict.
In a report released simultaneously in Europe and the United States, the group warns …

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[4 Jan 2017 | No Comment | ]

ISLAMABAD: Former Taliban commander, Mullah Akhtar Mansour acquired Pakistani identity in 2005, Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar said Friday as he verbally scathed previous governments over their alleged failure to regulate distribution of fake identity cards.
“The previous government did nothing for national security but now an apparent improvement could be witnessed after the sitting government took over the affairs of the country,” Nisar told reporters at a press briefing here.
The minister claimed that only 519 Computerised National Identity Cards (CNICs) were cancelled during the era of previous government and no …

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[30 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

The Taliban group founder and ex-supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar not visited Pakistan over the past 25 years, the insurgent group claimed Wednesday.
The group released a statement to reject a report regarding a meeting between Mullah Omar and a Norwegian diplomat in a luxury hotel in Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan.
“A western newspaper ‘The New York Times’ published a report citing a Norwegian diplomat – Alf Arne Ramslien – who claimed initially talking twice on the phone??? with the late Amir ul Mumineen Mullah Muhammad Omar Mujahid (may Allah …

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[26 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

The former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said the so-called Durand Line will never be recognised as official border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Speaking during an event in Kabul, Karzai said the line has remained a controversial issue between the two nations for many years, imposed by outsiders.
Karzai further that Afghanistan’s reluctance to recognise as formal line will never mean enmity with Pakistan, insisting that the residents located along the line should decide regarding it and not the nations.
This is not the first time the former Afghan President has spoken against …

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[26 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

Kabul: Hamid Karzai, the former president of Afghanistan, on Saturday said at a New Afghanistan Research and Studies Center (NARSC) conference in Kabul that a large amount of water goes to Iran and Pakistan and that those countries should respect Afghanistan’s water rights.
“The water that is for our neighbors is being given to them. If we have more water, we will give a part of it to our neighbors,” he said.
Karzai said he is worried about water security in future especially in light of climate change.
“We use a huge amount …

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[26 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

(This article was originally published in the Herald’s August 2004 issue)
Within 24 hours of the suicide attack that nearly killed Pakistan’s financial wizard and prime minister- designate Shaukat Aziz, a statement was posted on a website known for carrying propaganda material from several Islamic militant groups. “One of our blessed battalions tried to hunt the head of one of America’s infidels in Pakistan while he was returning from Fatehjang, but God wanted him to survive,” said the statement that was sent to the website in Arabic. The hitherto unknown group …

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[20 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

Pakistan is a hard country to understand. This is not what we are saying rather this is the perception of British author, Orwell Prize-winning journalist, and policy analyst: Peter Paul Anatol Lieven. In his book entitled “Pakistan: A Hard Country,” originally published in 2011, he says, “Trying to understand Pakistan’s internal structures and dynamics is complicated; for if there is one phrase which defines many aspects of Pakistan and is the central theme of this book, it is ‘Janus-faced’: in other words, many of the same features of Pakistan’s state …

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[20 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

The writer is a professor of Psychiatry and consultant Forensic Psychiatrist in the UK
Although ISIS/Daesh is in the process of moving from de rigueur to de facto to de jure many factors coagulated to produce the threat that is ISIS/Daesh: the US invasion of Iraq, Gulf Arab sponsorship and financing, as well as Turkish complicity on many levels. To this list could be added the growing power of Iran, the sectarian reign of Iraq’s former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, the chemical bombs of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad and Hizballah’s intervention into …