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Can Mullah Baradar lead the Taliban to moderation?

  • In a remarkable twist of events the Taliban are back in power in Afghanistan two decades after the conservative Islamic regime was ousted by American forces in 2001. It took just eleven days for the insurgents to sweep the entire country. With the fall of Kabul, the Taliban are poised to form a...
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Al Qaeda’s reported links with Taliban make Afghan peace more difficult

  • The power vacuum widened by the exit of foreign forces seems to have allowed various transnational militant groups greater space to operate in Afghanistan. In its latest report the UN Security Council’s Sanctions and Monitoring Committee has last week warned against the revival of Al Qaeda’s ac...
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Collapse of Pakistan’s opposition alliance unlikely to end government’s woes

  • It may not yet be the demise of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) but the fragmentation process of the opposition alliance is very much in evidence. The differences between the two major coalition partners, PPP and PML-N, appear to be unbridgeable. It may be good news for Prime Minister Im...
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Can the new US peace plan work for Afghanistan?

  • As the May 1 deadline for the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Afghanistan closes in, the new US administration has floated a peace plan to accelerate the stalled negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government. The proposed draft lays out an ambitious roadmap for the future pol...
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Tough times ahead for Prime Minister Imran Khan

  • Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan faces perhaps the most serious challenge yet as the opposition alliance has launched a countrywide protest movement against his shaky administration. It’s a formidable coalition comprising all shades of parties united against what is described as a “hybrid d...
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Not an easy road to Afghan peace

  • The long-delayed negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government that began in Doha last weekend hold out the best hope for the end of war in Afghanistan. It was indeed a historic moment when the two warring sides sat face to face for the first since start of the war some two decades...
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Rising son: How Mullah Yaqoob climbed up the Taliban hierarchy 

  • Until five years ago, few Afghan insurgents had heard of Mullah Mohammed Yaqoob. His rise from obscurity to one of the most senior positions in the Taliban hierarchy may owe to his bloodline since he is the eldest son of Mullah Mohammed Omar, the militia’s founding father. Recent developments i...
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Release of prisoners, a stumbling block for intra Afghan talks

  • The long-awaited intra-Afghan talks to discuss the country’s political future and bring an end to America's two-decade war in Afghanistan, are likely to be delayed further over the issue of release of the last batch of Taliban prisoners. A failed assassination attempt on a prominent female...
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China-India standoff in Ladakh and regional geopolitics

  • The standoff between Chinese and Indian forces in the strategically located Ladakh region has heightened tensions between the world’s most populated nations. Border skirmishes between the two countries in the disputed territory are not new but the latest face-offs are the most serious in recent...
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Taliban woo minority groups ahead of intra-Afghan peace talks

  • While consolidating their military and diplomatic gains, the Taliban are trying to secure the support of communities they fought in the past in order to present themselves as a national movement. For the first time, the militia has appointed a Shia from the ethnic Hazara community as its shadow...
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