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Mairajul Hamid Nasri

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The writer is a freelance writer and columnist. He can be reached at: mairajulhamid717@yahoo.com

Developments in Afghan Peace Process

Afghan Peace Process

Moscow Format, Regional Consensus and the Way Forward The Afghan Peace Process is moving ahead with a number of initiatives and processes started by different countries having their own perspectives on peacemaking. Apart from many sessions held between Taliban and the United States to negotiate for peace in Afghanistan – in Abu Dhabi and Doha – regional states are striving …

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Afghanistan Roundup 2018

Afghanistan Roundup 2018

Politics, Security, Peace Talks and Prospects Afghanistan has spent another year in the shadow of volatile security situation, crumbling economic conditions, unpredictable political environment and scarcity of resources, as well as some new developments that have created hopes for a comparatively stable Afghanistan in the year 2019. Among those few new developments, the most important one is the holding of …

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Zalmay Khalilzad’s Peace Drive and the Challenges Ahead

Zalmay Khalilzad

Zalmay Khalilzad, a veteran US diplomat, has been tasked, by Trump administration of the United States of America, with leading efforts to end the drawn-out war in Afghanistan, and planning a result-oriented peace dialogue directly with the Taliban representatives. Mr Khalilzad is a blunt interlocutor having a history of hawkish views on foreign policy issues. He has decades of experience …

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NAYA PAKISTAN AND THE AFGHANISTAN CHALLENGE

NAYA PAKISTAN AND THE AFGHANISTAN CHALLENGE

Among many daunting issues and challenges Prime Minister Imran Khan has inherited from the PML-N government on internal and external fronts, the one related to handling Afghanistan crisis is perhaps the most critical. In his very first telephonic conversation with US Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, the issue of terrorism and fighting militancy in Afghanistan became a hot topic and …

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DEEMED TWIST IN AFGHAN PEACE PROCESS

DEEMED TWIST IN AFGHAN PEACE PROCESS

The Afghan peace process has entered a new – perhaps the decisive – phase as the United States has offered to hold direct talks with the Taliban, for which the latter were waiting and had been pressing since long. Although the United States has been involved in negotiations since their efforts at making peace with the Taliban began in 2005, …

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The FATA-KP Merger & the Challenges Ahead

The FATA-KP Merger & the Challenges Ahead

Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) does not exist anymore with the same name and status. The outgoing PML-N government did a historic job when it merged the region administered by the federation with the adjacent province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa through the 31st constitutional amendment. However, it is to be noted here that this merger was not a decision taken overnight …

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Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade

Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade

Issues and Challenges Pakistan and Afghanistan are interlinked in multidimensional areas, ranging from cultural relations to political ties and from religious bonds to trade links. The trade relations between the two countries are as old as their bilateral diplomatic relationship. As Afghanistan is a landlocked country, Pakistan has been providing transit route to Afghanistan under Article 5 of the General …

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Pakistan and Afghanistan Have Shared Destiny

Pakistan and Afghanistan Have Shared Destiny

Recent developments in Pakistan-Afghanistan relations in the form of flurry of meetings and the reciprocal visits of Pakistani and Afghan leaders during recent weeks are a good omen for an improved relationship between the two countries. It is an undeniable fact that Pakistan and Afghanistan have common interests, shared future and shared destiny owing to uncountable reasons and factors. One …

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RECALIBRATION OF PAKISTAN’S FOREIGN POLICY

RECALIBRATION OF PAKISTAN'S FOREIGN POLICY

It’s time to take the right turn The National Security Committee (NSC), the highest civilian-military coordination forum in Pakistan, has resolved to recalibrate the country’s foreign policy, amidst the pressure building up in the context of inclusion of country’s name in grey list of Financial Action Task Force (FATF), followed by the visit of Ms Lisa Curtis, Deputy Assistant to …

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The Afghanistan Tinderbox

The Afghanistan Tinderbox

Political and Security Situation in Afghanistan Afghanistan is facing 5the worst political and security situation since the instalment of new regime after the ouster of Taliban from power in Afghanistan. Currently, the political tensions between the Ashraf Ghani administration and Atta Mohammad Noor over the governorship of the Balkh Province and the recent security incidents in the country have increased …

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