The “acid test” for anyone with conscience occupying a seat of influence is to expose those misusing corporate responsibility either for personal benefit or ulterior motives whoever he (or she) may be.
Bangladeshi intelligence agencies project that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina may not win enough parliamentary seats to retain power in the next general elections.
Multiple trans-border geopolitical and internal political factors are responsible for Kabul's current political and security crisis. Pakistan needs to step up its game to counter accusations of Afghan bloodshed.
The rift between Qatar and its Gulf neighbors may pose difficult choices for Pakistan’s foreign policy.
Pakistan's superior judiciary seems determined not to allow criminals to use the state apparatus for governance in the name of justice for their own ends. Without judicial activism accountability will become a figment of imagination and justice will become a crime!
Although the situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating, one would only hope that Afghan leaders would put the fears of a third Afghan war to rest. But, much more than the international actors, a lot depends on the Afghan leaders to jointly work for peace.
Following into China’s footsteps, Pakistan too can chart a new path that keeps it connected with all the countries of the region, including Afghanistan even in worst political times. Kabul’s ruling elites, too, have to carefully weigh as to what security costs their narrative on Pakistan will entail in a situation marked by huge shades of grays of geo-politics.
India can be a useful ally to the Afghan government. It cannot be a substitute for the United States. Its best chance for influencing Afghanistan’s trajectory lies in a close partnership with Washington in which the US provides the military support necessary to ensure the survival of the Afghan government and eventually brings the insurgency to the negotiating table. But in the broader picture, New Delhi’s margins of maneuver are slowly but surely diminishing. Karzai needs to take realities into account when he next makes political calculations.
Acute disappointment aside Pakistan has no choice but to combat India's hybrid war which has intensified after Modi’s coming to power, notes defense analyst Ikram Sehgal.
President Ghani's "less hostile and diagnostic" tone on the disadvantages of an "isolated Pakistan" to Afghanistan reflects the realization that such attempts will only precipitate Kabul's fragility and insecurity.