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Salman Rafi Sheikh

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The US eyeing Afghanistan’s mineral resources to fund its war

Although the US president Donald Trump has already stepped away from the US’ nation-building and reconstruction program in Afghanistan as part of his new...

The Islamabad sit-in exposes Pakistan’s internal fragility  

The Islamabad sit-in’s fallout has once again demonstrated how weak and fragile Pakistan’s democracy remains in the face of ever increasing power of the...

Time for India to wake-up to the other side of the...

Despite all the attention paid to the US president’s ‘new’ Afghan strategy and the role projected for India therein, Afghanistan’s ground realities, and the...

Afghanistan: The Taliban night goggles have a serious message

If the US’ new Afghan strategy was aimed at forcing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table, the recent wave of highly sophisticated attacks...

Who and what is on trial in Pakistan?

Along with himself, apparently it is the family of the recently ‘disqualified’ prime minister of Pakistan who are undergoing a trial for their now...

Afghanistan: New US strategy will produce new Taliban

Last few weeks of war in Afghanistan have shown that the US military is once again calling all shots as the civilian leadership sitting...

Tillerson’s short visit leaves no big impact

More than anything else -- and much less than breaking the ice -- the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit to Pakistan, which...

New Afghan strategy offers war not victory or peace

In its search for a strategy that might bring a victory -- or even a semblance of it -- in its longest war ever,...

India’s Afghanistan venture has its limits

Clearly an important part of the United States’ “regional approach” to Afghanistan is the role that India is to play in re-building the war-torn...

China wears the mediator’s gown in the Af-Pak  

Despite a high-level meeting between Pakistan’s COAS General Bajwa, and Afghanistan’s president Ashraf Ghani, relations between the two countries remain largely troubled and uneasy....

Without dialogue, Afghanistan can have stalemate only

Notwithstanding Afghan president Ashraf Ghani’s recent invitation to Pakistan for ‘comprehensive dialogue’, other recent most developments have shown that the available space for dialogue...

Pakistan mulls over new US policy for a ‘change’

A Times of India report of September 19 claimed that the US was “moving closer to designating Pakistan a terrorist state.” Reasons for this...

The illusion of Indo-China rapprochement at BRICS

The recently concluded BRICS summit was meaningful in anumber of ways. More than anything else, it left a powerful impression of increasing rapprochement between...

Time to adopt a realistic approach to Afghanistan

There isn’t probably any option left that the US might not have used to turn its Afghan debacle into a victory, or even a...

Trump flogs the dead horse of “winning” in Afghanistan

The new Afghanistan strategy is yet another expression of the US resolve to keep Afghanistan militarily occupied in the name of “terrorism.” Warmongering is...

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...