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May 1 deadline approaches without signs of US withdrawal from Afghanistan

  • May 1 is fast approaching but the US has yet to make up its mind on whether to stay beyond the deadline or withdraw its forces in keeping with a commitment made with the Taliban under the terms of the Doha peace deal signed on February 29 last year. Rather, it is becoming harder to meet the d...
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Moscow conference on Afghan peace 

  • Russia reasserted its role as a peacemaker in Afghanistan by hosting a conference on March 18 to break the stalemate in intra-Afghan negotiations that began in Qatar last September. The three-day meeting was attended by the United States, China and Pakistan along with Qatar and Turkey that were...
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Senate election and the ides of March

  • The election for the Upper House of Parliament in Pakistan is always controversial due to allegations of vote-buying, but the poll this year had an added significance as the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was aiming to increase its strength in the opposition-dominated Senate, at a time w...
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Will bomb attack on Afghan vice president subvert Taliban peace talks?

  • Afghanistan's first Vice President Amrullah Saleh survived a roadside bomb explosion that targeted his convoy in Kabul on Wednesday. Questions are rising now whether peace talks with the Taliban — already delayed several times — will begin, as planned, in the coming days. As fate would h...
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Uncertainty over prisoner swap program leaves intra-Afghan talks in limbo

  • While both the Afghan government and Taliban continue to maintain that they are ready to start the crucial intra-Afghan negotiations, just a week after the completion of a promised prisoners’ exchange program, the two groups are yet to take the steps required to complete the process. Presiden...
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A quiet diplomacy: Intra-Afghan talks and the push for peace in Afghanistan

  • Finally the last hurdles for starting already delayed intra-Afghan negotiations are being removed in a bid to end nearly two decades of war in Afghanistan. President Ashraf Ghani’s recent announcement that the remaining 2,000 Taliban prisoners will be released soon set the stage for ending th...
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Critical issues with Afghan deal must be addressed, and now

  • The unannounced visit by US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo to Afghanistan earlier this week came at a critical time as the Taliban-US peace agreement signed in Doha on Feb. 29 has been facing implementation challenges. The ambitious timeline of March 10 under the terms of the agreement for th...
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The longing for peace in Afghanistan is as old as its wars

  • As the Taliban and US prepare to sign a landmark peace agreement in Qatar, one is tempted to look back at the mostly unsuccessful past efforts at peacemaking in Afghanistan. Though the conditions-based Taliban-US deal for withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan in return for Taliban sec...
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The future of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement

  • Pakistan military spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor has alleged that the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) is being funded by India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and the Afghan intelligence agency, National Directorate of Security (NDS). At a press conference, he raised questions based ...
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Talking Peace in Doha

  • After a two day break, Taliban and American interlocutors got back to talking on March 2nd in Doha, fanning hopes once again for a breakthrough in negotiations. Ostensibly, the break was taken for consultations with leaders on both sides, but it is not outside the scope of possibility that a d...
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