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Impact of Pakistan army chief’s visit to Kabul

  • Hopes of improvement in strained Islamabad-Kabul relations were raised when Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa paid an unannounced visit to Kabul on May 10 to hold talks with the Afghan leadership following mediation by the United Kingdom and United States, but these were short-lived...
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The certain uncertainty of post-war Afghanistan

  • As US forces started moving out of the Kandahar air base in preparation for withdrawal from Afghanistan by September 11, reports emerged that Taliban fighters had laid siege to the headquarters of Kandahar’s Maiwand and Arghastan districts. Questions were asked if this was going to set a patt...
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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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The reunification of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan

  • The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is nowhere near its original strength when it was founded in December 2007 as an alliance of several like-minded local militant groups, but a renewed effort last year to reunify breakaway factions has enabled it to register an increase in cross-border attacks...
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Snail-paced progress in intra-Afghan talks

  • The intra-Afghan peace negotiations recently resumed in Doha, Qatar after a 20-day break, but there has been no real progress in finalizing the agenda before formal talks could begin on substantive issues. The negotiating teams of the Afghan government-led Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and t...
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Both sides keen to keep talking despite new hurdles in intra-Afghan negotiations

  • A rather contentious issue has been inserted into the slow-moving Afghan peace process following a suggestion by President Ashraf Ghani, that the next round of intra-Afghan negotiations should be held inside Afghanistan. Taliban rejected the idea and insisted that the next round of talks will ...
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The relevance of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar to Pakistan

  • Former Mujahideen leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar was the latest among Afghan politicians invited to visit Pakistan as part of Islamabad’s new policy to reach out to important stakeholders in the Afghan peace process-- in its bid to improve bilateral relations. As Hekmatyar concluded his three-day ...
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Impasse in intra-Afghan talks and why breakthrough isn’t going to be easy

  • The lack of progress in the intra-Afghan negotiations that began more than three weeks ago in Doha, Qatar has become a cause of concern and prompted the US to offer mediation between the Afghan government and Taliban. Ross L Wilson, the charge d’ affaires at the US embassy in Kabul, serving as...
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Explaining sanctions on Afghan Taliban

  • Eyebrows were raised and questions asked when Pakistan recently issued orders to enforce the 2015 United Nations Security Council (UNSC) sanctions against leaders of the Afghan Taliban and other militants at a time when a high-level delegation of the insurgent group was visiting Islamabad to di...
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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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