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Afghanistan must stand firm and resist US war-making

Aimal Faizi

Despite the US signing a bilateral security and defence pact with Afghanistan in 2014, civilian casualties are on the rise, the death rate of Afghan security forces is at an all time high, and terrorism has sharply increased. President Trump is expected to make a decision on a proposal to strengthen US military presence in Afghanistan and send between 3,000 ...

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A heated neighbourhood

Afrasiab Khan Khattak

Last Monday, Iranian General Mohammad Albaqiri, warned Pakistan of attack inside her territory to destroy what he called terrorist sanctuaries. The threat came about two weeks after Jaish ul-Adl (Army of Justice), a Sunni militant organisation, with a history of launching attacks in Siestan-Balochistan of Iran, accepted the responsibility of killing ten Iranian border guards in an attack carried out ...

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US new strategy for Afghanistan

Dr. Khurshid Alam

The long awaited US policy regarding Afghanistan is about to follow in next few weeks’ time after the recent testimony of the officials of Pentagon and state department before the arms committee of the house of representative. The realisation that the choice for pentagon is narrowing down on the battlefield which has resulted in the loss of incentive on the ...

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The return of warlord

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Gulbadin, a former warlord and nicknamed as “Butcher of Kabul” returned to Kabul from his 19 years of hiding out to a glorious welcome, leading of a mammoth vehicular procession from Jalal-Abad to Kabul. He was given stately reception by the people who applauded him, standing on both sides of the roads. The previous warlord claimed to be the ambassador ...

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The crippling standoff

Afrasiab Khan Khattak

Before the political uncertainties generated by the Supreme Court decision on Panama leaks could subside, a fresh public stand off between the civil and military leadership on what is called the Dawn leaks ushered a new challenge to the state system. So much has already been written about the aforementioned controversies and there is no use getting into their details ...

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Primary commodity exporter trying to escape the “Banana republic” position in the world economy

Elodie Pichon

The rent-based economy in Saudi Arabia has shown its limits since the drop of oil prices in 2014. Indeed, the country is potentially explosive: the current fiscal model is not sustainable, the geopolitical environment is increasingly hostile and the country has a rapidly growing population, of which 30% of 16-24 year old find themselves unemployed. The economic choices in the ...

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Afghanistan and Trump

Dr. Khurshid Alam

Since the takeover by Mr. Trump, one is really at pain to find the reason for “no US policy” for Afghanistan in spite of the immense increase of the interest of the regional players and operation Mansouri. (Code name for spring offensive). The emissaries are sent to Afghanistan, some hints are dropped but no concrete policy is declared. One wonders ...

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Looking for enlightenment post-Mashal

Dr. Khadim Hussain

The narrative that is constructed and perpetuated through the education system has to be dissected. Privatisation of jihad and justice and negation of human aesthetics lie at the core of this narrative. The gory incident of lynching at Mardan University has shaken almost everyone who is a humanist at heart. On that dark day, the face of humanity turned out ...

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Mob justice and Religion?

Dr. Khurshid Alam

With a spank of high velocity, a life came to an end. He is dead one whispered to the other. Yes in the dormitory. God is great. God is great. Students and staff shouting in the chorus.  To be students rushed like vultures to pick their bit of flesh. They have thrown him from the second floor, the next one ...

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Justice for Mashal

Afrasiab Khan Khattak

Writing about the lost blood of the wretched of the earth, Faiz Ahmad Faiz, the outstanding progressive poet of Urdu in the 20th century, says in his poem “No trace of blood”: Neither on the hands and nail of the slayer Nor any sign on the sleeve No redness in the dagger’s edge No any colour on spear’s head No ...

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