Authors Posts by Salman Rafi

Salman Rafi

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Operation ‘Radd-ul-Fasaad’: Pakistan’s resolve to fight terror from within

‘War on terror’ is a globally contested terminology, one that not only lacks a universal definition but also implies different things in different contexts;...

The US ready to turn Afghanistan into a war of mercenaries?

After all the debate in the US on the Trump administration’s Afghanistan strategy, what we have today is a potentially destructive proposal to effect...

Pakistan’s Sharif sets himself on a defiance-course

With Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification as prime minister of Pakistan, the tussle for power in Pakistan, particularly between the civil and military institutes or elected...

Afghanistan is a lot worse than we think

Afghanistan is a mess for the US. This is evident from the way the Afghan question has forced policy makers and American leadership in...

Can Pakistan & Afghanistan afford to avoid dialogue?

  This week saw two major terrorist attacks taking place almost simultaneously in Lahore (Pakistan) and Kabul (Afghanistan). Where the two attacks consumed over 50...

Panama Verdict: Where will it lead Pakistan to?

At 70, Pakistan seems to be a nation finally embarking on sound democratic process. At least, this is what Pakistan’s main opposition political parties...

Will the US’ ‘Carrot & Stick’ policy to Pakistan work?

If we were to describe the nature of Pak-US relations in one phrase, uncertainty and trust deficit would undoubtedly feature in it. Clouds of...

What could end the Afghan War?

Can re-inventing the old Afghan war logic save the US in the land that has been described as a graveyard of empires? While the era...

CPEC western route: A victim of crude politics?

Ever since the beginning of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), controversy has encapsulated the completion of its western route. While a part of this controversy...

James Mattis’ plan to make Afghanistan America’s ‘endless war’

Reports have emerged in the mainstream American media claiming that the decision has been taken with regard to sending additional 4,000 US troops to...

Saving SCO from becoming SAARC

With the inclusion of India and Pakistan in Shanghai Co-operation Organization (SCO), the organization’s sphere of influence, as Russia’s Vladimir Putin said, has regionally...

Pakistan’s foreign policy dilemma keeps getting complicated

A pentagon report has claimed that China is seeking to build military bases in Pakistan as part of its global military expansion, seeking to...

On the “bloody” Afghan Scenario

Yet again, Afghanistan is a spectre of violence. Yet again, precious lives have been lost due to the so-called ‘war on terror’ that has...

What will the jihadist takeover of Kashmir lead to?

Given the momentum the movement for independence has recently picked in the Indian held Kashmir, the risk of this momentum being hijacked by religious...

Why kicking itself out of OBOR was important for India?

While India stopped short of attending the last week held summit of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in China, otherwise known as ‘One Belt...

What can Hekmatyar’s return to the fold mean for Afghanistan?

While the addition of a few thousand fresh US troops to Afghanistan to fight both the Taliban and the rising threat of ISIS may...

Pakistan’s attempts to woo Afghanistan backfire

Last 2 weeks saw a lot of diplomatic activity taking place between Pakistan and Afghanistan on the question of ‘restroing trust’ between them. Apart...

Afghanistan’s falling National-Unity Government, could it get worse?

Even after 16 years of American military presence, Afghanistan remains an extremely politically unstable country and quite far from on the path to democratization—an...

The other side of the panama ruling

On not so historic a day, the Supreme Court of Pakistan’s ruling on Panama leaks just fell short of what it was meant to be: a...

With MOAB attack in Afghanistan, the emphasis on military solution is...

(Exclusive): Surprising as it looks, the Trump’s administration’s decision to use ‘Mother of All Bombs’ (MOAB) in Afghanistan against ISIS hideouts has come at...

What impact the Sino-Russia duo can leave on the Afghan war?

(Exclusive): With Afghanistan government and the Taliban welcoming increasing Chinese and Russian involvement in Afghanistan, it would seem that peace is finally round the corner...