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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

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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Status of Governance in Afghanistan

Status of Governance in Afghanistan

Analyzing the persistent violation of the Afghan constitution The Constitution of Afghanistan is now in its fifteenth year. Since its promulgation on January 26, 2004, the Constitution is probably one of the biggest achievements of the post-Taliban regimes. Although it is the most important legal document in the country; in the past 14 years, there has always been a lot …

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The unbreakable stalemate in AFGHAN PEACE PROCESS

The unbreakable stalemate in AFGHAN PEACE PROCESS

In the past several years, considerable efforts to end the war in Afghanistan have been made. However, none of these efforts have produced any tangible result, and the current war continues to cost Afghan lives and has affected every aspect of life in the war-ravaged country. Most Afghans are in favour of bringing peace through negotiations with the Taliban and …

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The Competition of Pakistan and India in Afghanistan

The Competition of Pakistan and India in Afghanistan

  Pakistan’s interests must be protected India and Afghanistan have joined hands against Pakistan and China’s joint venture, China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Chabahar Port, which India is constructing in Iran as a counter to Pakistan’s Gwadar Port, is being portrayed as a competitor and an alternative to CPEC, and a better option for routing Afghanistan’s transit trade. Besides opportunities for …

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The Overt and Covert Objectives of War on Terror and Pakistan

The Overt and Covert Objectives of War on Terror and Pakistan

The war against terror, which started in the wake of terrorist attacks on twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York, USA, on Sept. 11, 2001, has completed its sixteen years. In the initial years of this war, former US President George W. Bush, who launched this bloody war, claimed that a new era has begun and that …

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