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Pakistan Riding the Taliban Tiger

“He who rides a tiger is afraid to dismount” - Chinese Proverb The accepted Westphalian sovereign international order of State responsibility and westernised societal behaviour stands threatened by the rise…

By Lt Gen Vinod Bhatia (Retd)

Afghanistan- No Last Word Yet

Sher Mohammed Abbas Stanikzai, the head of Taliban’s Doha office, has met our ambassador in Doha at his request. This contact was preceded by his interview with an Indian TV…

Contact With Taliban: Engagement Isn’t Endorsement

The news that the Indian ambassador in Doha had held a meeting with the head of the Taliban political office in the Qatari capital has led to a flurry of…

Turmoil in Afghanistan and India’s Calibrated Steps

As the dust settles on the erstwhile Kingdom of Gandhara, the attention shifts from the ongoing evacuation and the so-called American blunder, to ‘what next?’. Distant nations in the European…

The Afghanistan Kaleidoscope

As Afghanistan becomes more complex one is tempted to recall events in memory which caused similar confusion. None qualifies more than 9/11 when the world was really stumped; terror, lawlessness…

By Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd)

Afghanistan’s Economic Revival: On a Road to Nowhere

Afghanistan’s Economic Revival: On a Road to Nowhere Lieutenant General C A Krishnan (Retd) Afghanistan, historically, has been synonymous with turmoil and conflicts. The unending trail of conflicts continue unabated and…

Taliban extend amnesty to Ashraf Ghani, Amrullah Saleh

Kabul [Afghanistan], August 23 (ANI): Taliban have extended amnesty to ousted Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Afghan former Vice President Amrullah Saleh, senior Taliban leader Khalil Ur-Rahman Haqqani said. Speaking…

Afghanistan: Show Me The Money!

Afghanistan: Show Me The Money! Sushant Sareen Capturing Afghanistan was the easy part; running Afghanistan is the more difficult and complicated part, especially on empty. A week after having occupied…

Panjshir-Valley of Hope

Panjshir-Valley of Hope Dr Waiel S H Awwad It was in September 2001 in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan where foreign journalists had gathered for almost a month during the…

The Mess that is Afghanistan

The Mess that is Afghanistan Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd) I chose this title to keep the scope of this essay open ended because the current situation in Afghanistan…

Afghan government decides to arm civilian militias amid increase in Taliban offensives

Kabul [Afghanistan] August 9 (ANI): Afghanistan government on Monday decided to provide civilian militias with arms and ammunition amid increasing offensives by the Taliban. The decision follows the meeting of…