Articles By Nilesh Kunwar

Pakistan: Wages of ‘Keeping Snakes in the Backyard’

Pakistan: Wages of ‘Keeping Snakes in the Backyard’

By: Nilesh Kunwar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 25 Jan , 2022

It was in 2011, when former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had warned Pakistan about the dangers of providing safe sanctuaries and sustenance to terrorists by saying that “you can’t keep...

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Afghanistan: The Hotbed of “Lies and Deceit”

Afghanistan: The Hotbed of “Lies and Deceit”

By: Nilesh Kunwar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 10 Jan , 2022

Afghan Taliban’s seizure of Kabul in August last year was met with great jubilation across Pakistan for several reasons.Pakistan’s anti-US lobby saw America’s ignoble exit from Afghanistan...

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Reality Check: Extremism in Pakistan is ‘Home Grown’

Reality Check: Extremism in Pakistan is ‘Home Grown’

By: Nilesh Kunwar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 30 Dec , 2021

While addressing a consultative conference on terrorism in Islamabad last month, Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting [I&B] Fawad Chaudhary said, “We don’t have any...

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Balochistan: Where Promising Cakes Doesn’t Work Anymore

Balochistan: Where Promising Cakes Doesn’t Work Anymore

By: Nilesh Kunwar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 28 Dec , 2021

After he came to power in 2018, Prime Minister Imran Khan told Balochis that the “Centre will work with Balochistan as a partner,” and assured them that “We will not make any such promise...

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Pakistan’s ‘Self Determination’ Charade

Pakistan’s ‘Self Determination’ Charade

By: Nilesh Kunwar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 22 Dec , 2021

With Pakistan Peoples’ Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari mocking Prime Minister Imran Khan by saying “Earlier, Pakistan’s policy on Kashmir was on how we will take Srinagar. Now, under Imran...

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Taliban’s Days of Listening to ‘His Master’s Voice’ are Over

Taliban’s Days of Listening to ‘His Master’s Voice’ are Over

By: Nilesh Kunwar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 19 Dec , 2021

By unilaterally calling-off the month-long ceasefire and killing two police men in Tank district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa just to drive home this message, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan [TTP] has made it...

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Nagaland Killings Exposes Lack of Responsible Reporting

Nagaland Killings Exposes Lack of Responsible Reporting

By: Nilesh Kunwar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 09 Dec , 2021

Disclaimer: This piece is neither meant to justify the recent killing of civilians by security forces in Nagaland, nor find fault in a particular news portal. Au contraire, the sole objective is...

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Islamabad’s Deepening Financial Crisis and Rawalpindi’s Apathy

Islamabad’s Deepening Financial Crisis and Rawalpindi’s Apathy

By: Nilesh Kunwar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 03 Dec , 2021

The bad news is that three years after Sri Lanka was forced to hand over Hambantota port to China on a 99-year lease due to loan repayment default, media reports indicate that Uganda’s Enteb be...

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Pakistan’s Ignoble Capitulation-Part II: TTP ‘Reconciliation Process’

Pakistan’s Ignoble Capitulation-Part II: TTP ‘Reconciliation Process’

By: Nilesh Kunwar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 25 Nov , 2021

“Are we going to surrender [to TTP] once again?” -Justice Qazi Mohammad Amin Ahmed Judge,Supreme Court of Pakistan November 10, 2021 Islamabad has always alleged that Indian consulates in...

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Pakistan’s Ignoble Capitulation-Part I: ‘Mainstreaming’ TLP

Pakistan’s Ignoble Capitulation-Part I: ‘Mainstreaming’ TLP

By: Nilesh Kunwar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 22 Nov , 2021

 “Bizarre that the [Pakistani] government is negotiating and accepting the demands of “India-sponsored and India-directed”organisations.” – Hasan Zaidi, Pakistani Journalist and Filmmaker,...

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On Pakistan-TTP Talks

On Pakistan-TTP Talks

By: Nilesh Kunwar | Date: 16 Nov , 2021

Flashback In a joint press conference held in Islamabad on November 14, 2020, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister [FM] Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Director General [DG] Inter-Services Public Relations...

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In Kashmir, For Some Celebrations Matter More Than Human Lives

In Kashmir, For Some Celebrations Matter More Than Human Lives

By: Nilesh Kunwar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 15 Nov , 2021

While people the world over were observing the 151th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and re-dedicating themselves to ‘ahinsa’ [nonviolence] that this apostle of peace championed as a form...

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Manipur Ambush: Madness or a Method?

Manipur Ambush: Madness or a Method?

By: Nilesh Kunwar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 14 Nov , 2021

Incidents of terrorists ambushing security forces in India’s North East aren’t uncommon and nor does their barbaric practice of murdering security force personnel incapacitated in such attacks...

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‘Grounding’ a Pro-People Initiative in Jammu and Kashmir

‘Grounding’ a Pro-People Initiative in Jammu and Kashmir

By: Nilesh Kunwar | Date: 10 Nov , 2021

In March 2019, when the center banned Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) in Jammu and Kashmir under the Unlawful Activities [Prevention] Act, Kashmir Traders Association [KTA] was one of organisations that...

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Why is Pakistan Perturbed by Prospects of a Prosperous Kashmir?

Why is Pakistan Perturbed by Prospects of a Prosperous Kashmir?

By: Nilesh Kunwar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 09 Nov , 2021

Things aren’t going too well for Pakistan- while mounting external debt is driving the country to the brink of financial disaster, a Faustian deal struck with proscribed parties like...

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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words? Well, Not Always!

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words? Well, Not Always!

By: Nilesh Kunwar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 07 Nov , 2021

There can be no two views that the monstrous humanitarian crisis precipitated by the Taliban’s forcible takeover of Afghanistan is fast spiraling out of control.  Though there is global...

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Saving the Pak Army Chief

Saving the Pak Army Chief

By: Nilesh Kunwar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 01 Nov , 2021

When it comes to institutionalising expediency or overdoing things, perhaps few countries can match Pakistan’s ingenuity. Infact, credit for resurrecting thirteenth century renowned English...

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Pakistan Army: Authority Sans Accountability

Pakistan Army: Authority Sans Accountability

By: Nilesh Kunwar | Date: 26 Oct , 2021

“The military is taking decisions without any accountability. It has become very dangerous”- Ayesha Siddiqa, [Pakistani political scientist, scholar and author]  There were two major...

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Who’s to Blame for Restrictions in Kashmir?

Who’s to Blame for Restrictions in Kashmir?

By: Nilesh Kunwar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 22 Oct , 2021

Now that check posts have sprung up all over Kashmir Valley, voices which have all along been criticising routine checks have become more vocal once again. Certain so-called champions of human...

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Targeted Killings in Kashmir: Inexplicable Silence of Hurriyat and Civil Society

Targeted Killings in Kashmir: Inexplicable Silence of Hurriyat and Civil Society

By: Nilesh Kunwar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 18 Oct , 2021

The continuing killing of minority community members and non-locals in Kashmir Valley has made it abundantly clear that this barbaric trend has approval of those from across the Line of Control...

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