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Salman Rafi

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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...

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...