IPRI – Islamabad Policy Research Institute


Border management: The right focus

It is refreshing that Pakistan and Afghanistan have decided to develop a ‘robust and effective’ bilateral border-coordination mechanism as part of efforts to deal with cross-border attacks, as well as to arrest the movement of terrorists. Last month the two sides had agreed to establish a Joint Working Group on Security aimed at strengthening bilateral …

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Post election challenges for Afghanistan

Millions of Afghans defied Taliban threats and rain, thus underscoring their enormous hope from the elections. As NATO/ISAF continue to draw-down, country’s new leader will find an altered landscape as the country’s wobbly security forces struggle to face down a ferocious insurgency on its own. Land mark decision by President Karzai of not signing Bilateral …

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Countering Terrorism—A complex enterprise

 As militancy and negotiations move in tandem, a recently surfaced splinter group of Taliban hit the headlines through its lethal attack on district courts’ complex in the heart of Islamabad. Fizza Malik, a young Pakistani lawyer was amongst those unfortunate ones who lost their lives in this occurrence. Young Fizza Malik is being seen by …

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Internal security: Between pillar and post

Following the Taliban’s announcement for a month long ceasefire, the government has also reciprocated by suspending air strikes while retaining the option to respond to violent attacks.  Cease fire by the Taliban has thrown up an interesting opportunity in the context of our internal security. Earlier, the federal cabinet had unanimously approved the long awaited National …

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