From Detachment To Solo Flight

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, sense had always prevailed...

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Pakhtun Nationalism: A Brief Sketch

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 third...

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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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Into The Cauldron of Peace Talks

By: Harriss Ali Akakhail These days, phrase “Afghan Conflict Peace Talks”, is in vogue at Kabul, Washington and Islamabad. It got serious weightage with modified entry of Zalmay Khalilzad as special advisor to President Donald Trump on Afghan peace reconciliation. For those who keep a keen eye over U.S foreign...

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Overview of Pak-Afghan Relations

 By Juma Khan Sufi In order to understand the peculiar problem of unnatural mistrust existing between the two neighbouring countries, especially in Afghanistan vis-a-vis Pakistan, it would be pertinent to briefly shed light on the relationship of the two countries right from the beginning. But before I shed light on...

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