September 19, 2017

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 »

Pakistani Officials Call for Water Agreement with Afghanistan

The River Naguman, a tributary of the River Kabul in Peshawar. (Photo via thethirdpole.net)

Pakistan’s failure to reach an agreement with Afghanistan over shared rivers will worsen water problems at home, warn officials. Read More »

Pakistan-Afghan Relations: Mistrust and Misinformation

The MI-17 helicopter that crash-landed in Afghanistan was identical to the one in the photo. (Photo by Faisal Akram, Creative Commons License)

The rumors that followed the crash-landing of a Pakistani helicopter in Afghanistan point to deeper problems. Read More »

Pak-Afghan Ties: Can CPEC be a CBM?

The US mission in Afghanistan is immeasurably more difficult without Pakistan’s cooperation in taking on terrorists that operate across the Afghan-Pakistani border at will.

It appears that a lack of conversation has led to Afghan misgivings on the CPEC. Pakistan probably should have been formally more articulate about how it wanted to help extend the CPEC to Central Asia via Afghanistan. Despite statistically proven marked progress against non-state actors of all hues, Pakistan has yet to prove much more. Read More »

Why are Afghans Wary of Pakistan?

Tensions have been rising on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

Two tweets and a letter from a friend include key lessons for Pakistan, which has seen simmering tensions on its border with Afghanistan. Read More »

Chahbahar And Gwadar

Delaram–Zaranj Highway in Zaranj, in the Nimruz Province of Afghanistan, near the border between with Iran.

With free trade zones and only 72 kilometers to be inter-connected by road and rail, Chahbahar and Gwadar are complementary instead of being in competition. Read More »