May 23, 2017

Tag Archives: President Ashraf Ghani

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New Low in Pakistan-Afghanistan Relations

Pakistan-Afghanistan border at Chaman in Balochistan province was closed after the unprovoked firing by Afghan border guards. (Photo via video stream)

Pakistan may not be doing enough to deny the Afghan Taliban a safe haven on its soil, but Afghan President Ashraf Ghani must also appreciate the reality that trust is a two-way street. His intransigence has upset peace proponents. Read More »

Multilateralism: Hostage to Geo-Politics

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai is a strong supporter of One Belt One Road.

Outsiders can only facilitate but find solutions to Afghanistan's internal problems. It rests in the hands of the Afghan leadership only. Upping the ante in the cover of blame-game - like the recent tensions- will neither serve Afghan peoples nor benefit the region. Read More »

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 »

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 »

Afghanistan: New Negotiator

Afghanistan's new point man for peace negotiations with Taliban. (Photo via video stream)

Being a pragmatic politician, the new head of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council Pir Syed Ahmad Gilani is fully conscious of popular aspirations for stability in the country. Under no circumstance can he afford to allow a recurrence of tactical failures that often lead to strategic defeat. Read More »

What Ails Afghanistan?

Many Afghan observers believe that President Ashraf Ghani's authority is being challenged by former president Hamid Karzai and his cohorts. (Photo by UNAMA News, Creative Commons License)

Rather than blaming Pakistan for its every problem, Afghanistan needs to realize that its challenges originate from within the country. Read More »

Iran’s Chabahar Port and the Strategic Turf Wars

Gwadar Port. (Photo by Moign Khawaja, Creative Commons License)

Iran’s Chabahar port is challenging the significance of Pakistan’s Gwadar deep sea port. The project is strategically important particularly for India due to its land access to Afghanistan and Central Asia which is otherwise blocked by the territory of Pakistan. Read More »

Beyond the Brazen Attack on Afghan Parliament

After concluding an intelligence pact with Pakistan, President Ashraf Ghani has lost much public support. (Photo by Fardin waezi/UNAMA, CC License)

The attack on the Afghan parliament was a grim reminder the militants are hard to vanquish on the battlefield. The spike in violence has put Afghanistan’s rag-tag security forces under more pressure than at any time in the past six months. Read More »

New Encirclement in South Asia

(From L to R) Indian and Pakistani soldiers shake hands at the two countries' border at Wagah, near Pakistani city of Lahore. (Photo by joshuahsong, Creative Commons License)

The vibes in south Asia are pretty clear now; a nationalist, jingoistic and intelligence-led mindset in New Delhi has turned Afghanistan into the centerpiece of its policy on Pakistan. Regardless of how they position themselves henceforth, the world should not be surprised if the current simmering tensions blew into armed hostilities – even if limited Read More »

Geopolitics of Pakistan-China Economic Corridor

Karakoram Highway, also known as KKH, on the Chinese side.  Built on the old Silk Route, KKH connects China with Pakistan. (Photo by Keith Tan, Creative Commons License)

Advice from China­ to Pakistan­ is unequivocally clear and categorical: develop consensus on the proposed China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Read More »