Articles By Nilesh Kunwar

‘Incentivising’ Taliban: A Faustian Deal

‘Incentivising’ Taliban: A Faustian Deal

By: Nilesh Kunwar | Date: 26 Sep , 2021

The problem with terrorist groups is that they are firmly believe that the gun is the only way to resolve any issue, and this makes them imperious and obdurate in their dealings. So, it’s not...

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It’s Time Pakistan Either ‘Reforms’ or Finds Another ‘Whipping Boy’

It’s Time Pakistan Either ‘Reforms’ or Finds Another ‘Whipping Boy’

By: Nilesh Kunwar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 10 Sep , 2021

Ever since its creation, Pakistan has found a convenient ‘whipping boy’ in India for two reasons. One, by portraying its Eastern neighbour as a ‘Hindu nation’,it becomes very easy to...

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Why the World Can’t Win the War on Terror

Why the World Can’t Win the War on Terror

By: Nilesh Kunwar | Date: 06 Sep , 2021

The Agony As the twentieth anniversary of the horrific 9/11 terror attacks approaches, memories of this wanton act of terrorism perpetuated by Al Qaeda that extinguished 2,977 innocent lives of...

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Afghanistan: The Plot Thickens

Afghanistan: The Plot Thickens

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

When something completely unexpected happens, we ascribe it to providence. But when there are a series of such occurrences revolving around a single event, it’s but natural to suspect that...

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Taliban and the Kabul Twin Attacks

Taliban and the Kabul Twin Attacks

By: Nilesh Kunwar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 29 Aug , 2021

A tragedy in making It was former US President John F Kennedy who came up with the sagacious suggestion that “Let us never negotiate out of fear; but let us never fear to negotiate.” However,...

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Afghanistan: Wasted Lives

Afghanistan: Wasted Lives

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

“The military don’t start wars. Politicians start wars.”– Gen William Westmoreland, US Army Chief [1968-72] Kabul falls The speed with which Taliban managed to seize control in Afghanistan...

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How Article 370 Abrogation Wrecked Pakistan’s Contrived Kashmir Narrative

How Article 370 Abrogation Wrecked Pakistan’s Contrived Kashmir Narrative

By: Nilesh Kunwar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 05 Aug , 2021

If rhetoric alone was the deciding factor on the issue of Kashmir, then Pakistan would undoubtedly have won its case hands down. Fortunately, things don’t happen that way in real life, something...

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FATF and India’s ‘Role’ in Pakistan’s Grey Listing

FATF and India’s ‘Role’ in Pakistan’s Grey Listing

By: Nilesh Kunwar | Date: 27 Jul , 2021

Pakistan’s embarrassment of being yet once again retained on the grey list of international terror financing watchdog Financial Action Task Force [FATF], is understandable. However, what’s...

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Pakistan’s Dasu Bus Tragedy: Accident or ‘Attack’?

Pakistan’s Dasu Bus Tragedy: Accident or ‘Attack’?

By: Nilesh Kunwar | Date: 19 Jul , 2021

The tragic incident of July 14 in which a bus carrying Chinese nationals working at Dusa hydropower plant in Kohistanregion of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa [KP] province alongwith Pakistan security staff...

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Afghanistan: Beijing and Islamabad’s Illusive Outrage on US Troops Withdrawal

Afghanistan: Beijing and Islamabad’s Illusive Outrage on US Troops Withdrawal

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

While addressing troops at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan on May 25, 2014, the then US President Barack Obama gave many assurances, including that of an early withdrawal of US forces from...

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Before Balochi Insurgents, Imran Khan Needs to Talk to Army

Before Balochi Insurgents, Imran Khan Needs to Talk to Army

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

It’s no secret that Pakistan army has been brutalising and terrorising the people of Balochistan ever since it illegally occupied this region in 1948.Those who think otherwise,just need to...

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Pakistan: Where the Military Lectures Legislators on Political Correctness

Pakistan: Where the Military Lectures Legislators on Political Correctness

By: Nilesh Kunwar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 08 Jul , 2021

“The perception that the ISI [Inter Services Intelligence of Pakistan army] may be involved in or interferes with matters with which an intelligence agency should not be concerned with,...

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Shah Mehmood Qureshi: Maverick or Islamabad’s ‘Sounding Board’?

Shah Mehmood Qureshi: Maverick or Islamabad’s ‘Sounding Board’?

By: Nilesh Kunwar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 27 Jun , 2021

On June 24, The Express Tribune reported that “Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Wednesday [June 23] India was making attempts to misuse the forum of the Financial Action Task Force...

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Prime Minister Imran Khan’s ‘Closed Door’ Policy on Uighur Persecution

Prime Minister Imran Khan’s ‘Closed Door’ Policy on Uighur Persecution

By: Nilesh Kunwar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 24 Jun , 2021

“Whatever issues we have with the Chinese, we speak behind closed doors” – Prime Minister Imran Khan There’s both good and bad news from Pakistan. The good news is that Prime Minister Imran...

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UNGA President’s Kashmir Remarks: Doing a ‘Bhisti Nizam’

UNGA President’s Kashmir Remarks: Doing a ‘Bhisti Nizam’

By: Nilesh Kunwar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 05 Jun , 2021

“Chamde ke sikka chalana” [issuing coins made of leather] is a common refrain used in India [and Pakistan] to describe brazen exploitation of power or authority by someone who has but a...

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Gaza Conflict: If Both Israel and Hamas Won, then Who Lost?

Gaza Conflict: If Both Israel and Hamas Won, then Who Lost?

By: Nilesh Kunwar | Date: 04 Jun , 2021

Since both Israel and Hamas are busy claiming “victory” after the truce which ended 11 days of intense bombardment and rocket attacks, it seems that the only losers in this senseless violence...

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US-Taliban Peace Agreement: Future Prospects

US-Taliban Peace Agreement: Future Prospects

By: Nilesh Kunwar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 31 May , 2021

It’s both good and bad news. The good part is pullout of US troops from Afghanistan which commenced on May 1 is going as per plan and putting an end its two-decade old “forever war.” The...

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Army’s Helping Hand in Kashmir

Army’s Helping Hand in Kashmir

By: Nilesh Kunwar | Date: 23 May , 2021

Some people associate the army in Kashmir only with anti-terrorist operations and there’s nothing wrong in this as our soldiers are in the thick of a proxy war unleashed by Pakistan in this...

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No Place for Minorities in ‘Naya’ Pakistan!

No Place for Minorities in ‘Naya’ Pakistan!

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

Two years ago, while speaking on the occasion to mark 100 days of his government being in office, Prime Minister Imran Khan made many a boast and promises. Besides waxing eloquent on turning...

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Sino-Pak Relations: About Friends and Masters

Sino-Pak Relations: About Friends and Masters

By: Nilesh Kunwar | Date: 13 May , 2021

The good news is that in its Global Trends 2021 reportpublished every four years, US National Intelligence Councilhas assessed that in the next two decades, Pakistan’s gross domestic product...

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