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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 …

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[20 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

WASHINGTON: Terrorist groups based in the Pak-Afghan border region remain a security challenge to both countries and pose a threat to regional stability and peace, says Pentagon, the US defence department.
In a report — ‘Enhancing security and stability in Afghanistan’ — released this week, the Pentagon also emphasised the need for increased military collaboration between Pakistan and Afghanistan for defeating terrorism.
“The Afghanistan-Pakistan border region remains a sanctuary for various groups,” claims the report, adding that they include the Taliban, Al Qaeda, Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), the Haqqani …

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[19 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

The top leaders of the Taliban group and the notorious Haqqani terrorist network are still freely operating from their safe havens in Pakistan, Pentagon said in its latest report.
“Afghan-oriented militant groups, including Taliban and Haqqani Network senior leadership, retain freedom of action from safe havens inside Pakistani territory,” Pentagon said in a report provided to congress.
Thee report “Enhancing Security and Stability in Afghanistan”, further added that “the United States continues to be clear with Pakistan about steps it should take to improve the security environment and deny safe havens to …

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[15 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

The writer heads the independent Centre for Research and Security Studies, Islamabad
Statements by the Russian ambassador in Kabul, Alexander Mantytskiy, over the weekend caused quite an uproar in the Afghan capital, first by holding a press conference on Thursday, and then by appearing before the Afghan senate two days later after lawmakers had demanded an explanation on Moscow’s ties to the Taliban. On both occasions, the ambassador strongly defended Russia’s outreach to the Taliban, expressed suspicions about the dubious nature of Daesh/IS and reiterated concerns about the link between terrorism …

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[13 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

The author is a Lahore based journalist.
Whether or not Daesh will show up in Pakistan has been a regular topic of discussion between professional as well as arm chair security analysts. The general consensus has been that Daesh will not find space in Pakistan. A variety of reasons are put forth: that the jihadi landscape is already saturated, that Daesh has no roots in this region, and most importantly, that this is al-Qaeda’s home ground.
However, over two years ago, on October 31, 2014, the Home and Tribal Affairs Department of …

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[13 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

KABUL – Hardline cleric Mullah Haibatullah Akundzada has reinforced his position as the new leader of the Afghan Taliban by winning the support of two senior members, the insurgent group said on Saturday.
Former Taliban interior minister Mullah Abdul Razaq Akhund and Mullah Abdul Sata Akhund “pledged their full support” to Akundzada during a meeting of Taliban scholars at an undisclosed location on Friday, the group said on its website.
Akundzada in May replaced former Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansour who was killed by a US drone strike on Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
Senior …

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[6 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

KARACHI: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri sounded an alarm on Sunday when he contended that Pakistan was the next target of the Islamic State (IS).
“God forbid! After Syria and Iraq, the next target of ISIS is Pakistan,” he said during a peace conference held at Nishtar Park here. “ISIS is gradually gaining a foothold in Pakistan … Its influence is also expanding,” he said.
Mayor Karachi Wasim Akhtar and leader of Pak Sarzameen Party Wasim Aftab also attended the conference. Leaders of Sikh, Christian and Hindu communities were …