March 30, 2017

War in Perpetuity

(Photo by Cpl. Alex Guerra, CC License)

By any metric, the three-pronged American campaign in Afghanistan — nation-building, fighting against the Taliban and curbing the illicit drug commerce — has not yielded tangible results. But the amount spent on the mission is simply staggering: $1 trillion and counting. The reconciliation drive is a track that has lamentably gone cold and deserves the best possible shot, argues one Pakistani analyst. Read More »

Victims of Narratives

Pakistan-Afghanistan border  has been frequently closed in recent months amidst heightening tensions between the two countries.

Can Pakistan and Afghanistan anchor their relations in the international covenants guiding inter-state ties such as the requirement of visa regime as an unavoidable requirement? Read More »

Pakistan-Afghanistan Border Blockade

Lines of trucks stranded at Torkham border crossing on Pakistani side of its border with Afghanistan.

Will Islamabad see the patent reality that the road to Central Asia lies through Afghanistan? Read More »

Common Interests, Common Enemy

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Pakistan and Afghanistan have no choice but to fight terror together. Read More »

Trauma and Afghan Journalists

Image Caption: The training participants in group with trainer. (Photo via FN)

Simple bravery is not enough for journalists to cope with trauma-like situation. Training is a must and the international community must come forward to help the Afghan journalists recover from the stress they face in the line of duty. Read More »

Pak-Afghan Relations — Why Not?

Pakistan has completed several projects in Afghanistan but many remain incomplete because of bureaucratic hurdles.

Bureaucratic egos and political motivations both in Pakistan and Afghanistan are adding complications to the already terse relations between the two neighbors. Read More »

Bad Goodbyes

A file photo of a truck loaded with Afghan refugees returning from Pakistan after years in exile.

Afghans have concerns over the future of refugee families and ties to Pakistan. Read More »

Sharbat Case: From Across Border

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Sharbat Gula’s case offers Pakistan a chance to look at thousands of similar cases to avoid further embarrassment and prevent further damage to the bilateral relations. Read More »

Time to Change Your Proxy Settings

Pakistan Army soldiers check vehicles in Quetta after terrorists killed 61 people in an attack on a police training school on Oct. 24. (Photo via video stream)

Pakistan’s politicians and government need to see through the smokescreen of terrorist acts and craft its own narrative on the proxy wars it faces, says one analyst, adding Islamabad also needs to start getting everyone on the same page when it comes to dealing with foreign skepticism of its counter-terror policies. Read More »

Can Afghanistan Offer ‘Other Indus’ Option to India Against Pakistan?

The Naghlu Dam and power plant on the Kabul River generates hydropower for Kabul city in Afghanistan. (Photo: Qaseem Naimi via ICIMOD Kathmandu, Creative Commons License)

For India, the gains are many in terms of having a role in exploiting Afghanistan’s river systems entering Pakistan on its West and the East. But building these dams will be fraught with risk. Read More »