Maryam Nazir

Peace in Afghanistan: a shattered dream?

Peace in Afghanistan: a shattered dream?

With the collapse of talks in Afghanistan, peace once again has become a distant thought. The cancellation of talks is a strange development in itself, given that the US representative and the Taliban had the last round of talks on September 2, and it was reported that a peace agreement had been finalised ‘in principle’. […]

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Exit for Peace

Exit for Peace

Recent developments suggest that the scope of Pakistan-US relations has once again been rejuvenated, from President Trump’s behaviour to the massive reception that Imran Khan received in the United States. Bilateral relations between the two countries had been at the lowest over the last few years. Reconciliation from the American side is now evident like […]

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Off to White House

Off to White House

Prime Minister Imran Khan is all set to meet the American President Mr. Donald Trump on July 22. This will be Premier’s maiden visit and first one-to-one interaction between the two sides since the new administrations have taken charge of their respective offices. Since his election, President Trump had been vocal of his reservations with […]

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Easter bombing — a call for introspection

Easter bombing — a call for introspection

The killing of more than 250 people in Easter bombings in Sri Lanka speaks about the growing threat of transnational terrorism. Initially, Sri Lankan government held the National Thowheed Jamath (NJT) responsible for the attacks. But as events followed, it was claimed that the local group (who pledged allegiance to the Caliphate) has the support […]

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When Push Comes to Shove

When Push Comes to Shove

As peace talks in Afghanistan gain momentum, the Taliban have announced the beginning of their spring offensive last week. In developments that followed, as Afghan Taliban and the US representative have somehow established an understanding regarding withdrawal of troops and counter-terrorism, the parties were expected to enter the second phase of the peace talks. As […]

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The (over) optimism in Pakistan-India ties

The (over) optimism in Pakistan-India ties

In recent developments, despite the presence of Indian officials at the groundbreaking ceremony of Kartarpur Corridor, India has once again ruled out the possibility of resumption of dialogue and participation in SAARC Summit. Indian belligerence over the years has grown into irrational stubbornness over the decades specifically after the Mumbai attacks episode. The possibility of […]

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The long haul for Afghanistan

The long haul for Afghanistan

“You will not win a battlefield victory. We may not win one, but neither will you”, Rex Tillerson, former US Secretary of State challenging the Taliban, in one of his deliberations. If there is any one statement which explains the hopelessness and cluelessness of the US’ Afghan adventure, it is this one. This also indicates […]

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A War Without An End

A War Without An End

As per recent reports, the Taliban have demanded a prisoner swap as part of an upcoming round of talks with the United States and have stated, “If they are sincere in talks in the future, they would accept our proposal for a prisoners’ exchange.” The United States along with its allies who are stuck in […]

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