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Limited Taliban Strikes Won’t Bring Peace

Limited Taliban Strikes Won’t Bring Peace

By Jameel-ur-Rehman Zaib, National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad
Location Pakistan Pakistan

Limited strikes against Taliban hideouts will not bring long-term peace and security. The correct solution is to eliminate the very ideology that terrorists pursue. Pakistan’s appeasement policy with the Taliban in an attempt to strike a compromising peace failed miserably with the slaughter of 23 Frontier Corps paramilitary soldiers at the hands of Taliban. The carnage infuriated the Pakistani army, convincing the government to sabotage the negotiations. Pakistan’s failure to achieve fruitful dialogue with the Taliban […]

US-Afghan Security Agreement Challenges

US-Afghan Security Agreement Challenges

By Sami Jabarkhail, Fulbright Scholar at Texas A&M University
Location United States United States

The visit of Gen. Martin Dempsey appears to have produced positive and encouraging results for reviving negotiation on a Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) between the US and Afghanistan. The Afghan government suspended the security talks in protest at the ceremonial opening of the Taliban office in Qatar which was fabricated as an embassy for a quasi-government in exile. Distinct from the Bilateral Strategic Partnership formalized during President Barack Obama’s visit to Kabul on May 2, 2012, this security agreement with Afghanistan […]

Doha Taliban Talks: Opportunity or Threat?

Doha Taliban Talks: Opportunity or Threat?

By Moheb Arsalan J, Afghan Analyst
Location Afghanistan Afghanistan

One of the most hopeful developments in bringing peace and stability to Afghanistan after 2002 has been the opening of the Taliban office in Doha. It can also be referred to as an important political breakthrough in bringing in a warring group that controlled more than 90% of Afghanistan just a decade ago. Despite reservations about the outcome of the new effort, many Afghans are happy that now there is at least a physical address […]

Will Taliban Violence Stall Elections?

Will Taliban Violence Stall Elections?

By Khalida Ghaus, Managing Director of Social Policy and Development Centre in Karachi
Location Pakistan Pakistan

Pakistani political candidates threatened  by Taliban terror attacks. Pakistan is moving towards its tenth general elections on May 11, 2013. However, the festivities associated with elections are missing. The reason is not the disbelief in the electoral process or the political parties; at least not in the two provinces of Sindh and Khyber Pukhtunkhaw (KP) where fear among the voters by bomb blasts forces candidates to maintain a low profile. Ever since the election schedule […]

May 8, 2013 · 0 comments · Pakistan, Politics
Protecting Students from the Taliban

Protecting Students from the Taliban

By Zubair Torwali, Researcher, Linguist and Human Rights Activist
Location Pakistan Pakistan

The Taliban had closed all the three private schools along with the single public school for girls in the area of Bahrain in Swat. After the Taliban captured the entire district of Swat, a peace agreement was reached between the Pakistani government and Taliban in February 2009. Shortly after, a former schoolmate of mine named Moamber told me: “Yes, but you have also girls as teachers at your school who mix with your male colleagues.” […]

April 25, 2013 · 0 comments · Pakistan, Politics
Why Ghazni is the Afghan Capital of Islamic Culture

Why Ghazni is the Afghan Capital of Islamic Culture

By Hafiz Ahmadi, Afghanistan Correspondent for Deutsche Presse-Agentur
Location Afghanistan Afghanistan

Last week, the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) officially named Ghazni as Afghanistan’s capital of Islamic culture and civilization. Ghazni, the capital city of a province with the same name, is located in the southwest of the Afghan capital Kabul, connecting the capital to southern and western provinces. The city as the capital of “Khorasan” (Afghanistan’s former name), was once the main center of poets, scholars and artists. Kings of the Ghaznavid dynasty […]

April 20, 2013 · 0 comments · Afghanistan, Politics