Authors Posts by Salman Rafi

Salman Rafi

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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...

Pakistan jumps on the Arabian bandwagon, but challenges remain

(Exclusive): Pakistan has decided to send its ex-General Raheel Sharif to head the 39-nation military alliance---although it remains unclear which countries will be contributing...

Moscow meet on Afghanistan reflects new regional game

(Exclusive): With Russia now pushing itself into Afghanistan and establishing contacts with the Taliban, a new regional geo-political game is appearing on the horizon...

The spectre of ISIS is transforming the Afghan conflict

(Exclusive) While Afghanistan continues to struggle against the Taliban, the rising spectre of ISIS has added to the multitude of its problems, forcing both...

Durand Line, going beyond the controversy that never dies

(Exclusive): Every now and then Durand Line, the border which divides Pakistan and Afghanistan, turns into a controversy between both countries, leading sometimes to even...

The Iran-India bromance lacks ‘enough’ strategic flavor

(Exclusive): Over the past few months, particularly in the post-sanctions era, Iran has emerged as one of the biggest suppliers of oil to India,...

Russian involvement giving Afghan conflict a new twist

 (Exclusive): With Russia repeatedly hosting conferences on Afghanistan and with the US, under the Trump administration, signaling its intentions to increase the current level...

Pakistan’s terror conundrum: What’s going wrong?

(Exclusive): At least five major terror attacks have taken place in Pakistan in past few days, leaving over one hundred dead and over three hundred...

Afghanistan’s fate hangs in Trump’s silence

With the US president-elect Donald Trump making hardly any reference in his election campaign to the US’ longest fought war, the question of the...