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A Paradigm Shift in Afghan Economic Policy – From East to West

Dr. Naimat U. Khan

After taking charge of Presidency, Ashraf Ghani was very enthusiastic to have more cordial and wide ranging strategic relations with Pakistan, his three frequent visits including the highly criticized visit one toArmy GHQ is indicative of the fact. However, President Ashraf Ghani was not happy with the outcomes which resulted in nose dive slide in the already not-so-good relations between ...

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The Last Chapter

Dr. Khurshid Alam

The demography plays an important role in the stability, peace, progress and smooth running of a country and the foreign and domestic policy is grossly rest on demography, strategic location. Watan (Motherland) and country are inherently different words. Countries are made by people and disintegrated by people. Watan (Motherland) is a more natural entity, owned by a race or inheritance ...

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Diwal Sara khabaray: An ode to hope

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Book Review “Dewaal Sara Khabaray” “Talking to the wall”             Rahmat Shah Sayel once wrote “Chains every where, trenches abound  and military posts dotting the homeland, Be inflamed by your own consciousness, the homeland is a hell to live in.” As I listen to these piercing lines in the voice of a popular Pashtun singer Gulzar Alam sitting hundred of ...

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Bacha Khan’s legacy

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A few days ago Pope Francis in his Christmas message, mentioned three icons of peace and non-violence from the 20th century; Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and Abdul Ghaffar Khan (popularly known as Bacha Khan). One would have expected it to be an important news item worth reporting by the Pakistani media. A towering political figure, social reformer and freedom fighter ...

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An Afghan agenda for Trump

Aimal Faizi

As U.S. President Barack Obama leaves office on January 20, he leaves behind an unfinished conflict, the longest lasting and least successful U.S. war in history: Afghanistan. For Afghanistan and the Afghans, Mr. Obama was a President of contradiction whose Afghan policy proved markedly disastrous. He wrongly believed that he would win the War on Terror militarily and by appeasing ...

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With impunity

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Enforced disappearances have remained a serious problem in terms of violation of human rights in Pakistan for a long time. But the scale and magnitude that this problem has acquired over the last one decade is frightening. The fourth military operation that started in Balochistan against Baloch nationalists in 2005 saw a growing number of Baloch political activists getting disappeared. ...

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Is Pakistan a country for Muslims or for Islam?

Afrasiab Khan Khattak

Is this a country for Muslims or for Islam? This is the dilemma that Pakistan has faced from day one. For the majority of Muslim League leaders, Pakistan was to be a country for Muslims where they could live their lives without any fear of domination. The idea of Pakistan as a country for Islam took root later when the ...

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How not to end the Afghan war

Afrasiab Khan Khattak

In the mid 1980s when the Cold War was at its peak and things had heated up in Afghanistan, the former Soviet statesman Mikhail Gorbachev described Afghanistan as a country that had turned into a bleeding wound. Unfortunately, apart from some brief intervals, the unlucky country hasn’t seen peace in the true sense of the word throughout the last four ...

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Kalash — A ‘Pagan’ Tribe and a Pop-star Preacher

Usman Mahar

Claiming descent from the armies of Alexander the Great, the Kalash once ruled Kafiristan ‘land of the infidels’, an area which stretched across the north of Afghanistan and Pakistan. The unfortunate crash that killed the pop-musician-turned-preacher Junaid Jamshed amongst many others, seems to have created a media frenzy. While the Pakistani media landscape is preoccupied with his pop music legacy ...

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The Academic Study of Religions: Insider and Outsider Perspectives

Angelina Merisi

The academic study of religions has evolved into a diverse, interdisciplinary field due to its recognized affiliation with many areas of the social sciences, in particular, anthropology, ethnography, politics, sociology and in light of the globalization of world views. Writing in 1999, Flood contends that ‘religions are abstracted from wider cultural narratives and a discourse about religions cannot be separated ...

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