The Art of Diplomacy

By Harris Ali Akakhail US President’s Special Representative for Afghan reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad had a prolonged visit of the Asian region, recently, and ended it up at a high note by having marathon sessions with the Taliban’s political office at Doha, Qatar. In all his previous and the latest trips,...

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Why Exit Afghanistan

By Harriss Ali Akakhail After 17 years roving into Afghanistan, USA now seems to be inclined for a graceful exit. US President Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Mr Zalmay Khalilzad, is presently having a fourth tour of the region and meeting almost all stakeholders to amicably solve the matrix of...

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From Detachment To Solo Flight

By Harriss Ali Akakhail When Ashraf Ghanni took over as president of Afghanistan in 2014, he made sure to fix economic woes of his country first and detach it from Pakistan, once and for all for a solo flight. As till then, Afghan economy was totally dependent on Pakistan. Meanwhile,...

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Pakhtun Nationalism: A Brief Sketch

By Juma Khan Sufi Before going straight on the subject, let me remind that Afghanistan had been once part and parcel of greater Iran and Pakistan until very recently to the mid of 20th Century was part of subcontinent.  The twentieth century was an era of national liberation movements in...

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So-Called Durand Line: Myth and Reality

Juma Khan Sufi All the hate and aversion inherent in Afghanistan vis-a-vis Pakistan stem from this issue. But let us examine it from the legal and historical perspective: There is wealth of literature surrounding this issue in Afghanistan obfuscating minds of the people, especially of Pashtoons.  This has created chasm...

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Peace talks and war machine, goes parallel!

By: Harriss Ali Akakhail When peace talks between varying parties at Vietnam War was in process, to end the menacing stalemate, war machines from both sides were swinging at brisk pace. Same cycle was repeated during afghan war of 80’s. While peace talks were being pressed hard, baptism of fire...

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Why Leave Afghanistan

Brig Ishaq Ahmed (Retd) Unfortunate for the Afghans, they have been invaded many a times during past centuries by the western powers in the name of geo-politics and geo-economics. The recent invasion by the US in 2001, has apparently been the war against terrorism, stated as GWoT. Good luck and...

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The Ending Cycles

By: Harriss Ali Akakhail U.S President special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, recently concluded his second trip to the south Asian region, where U.S is fighting its longest war in her history i.e. Afghanistan. This trip can fairly be termed as part second from a series of trips, which...

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