Articles By Nilesh Kunwar

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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Decoding Attacks on Minority Communities in Kashmir

Decoding Attacks on Minority Communities in Kashmir

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

Taliban Angle While the Pakistan backed Taliban was rapidly gaining ground in Afghanistan, there was widespread apprehension that once it came to power, Rawalpindi would demand its pound of flesh...

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Pak-TTP Talks: A Bleak Future

Pak-TTP Talks: A Bleak Future

By: Nilesh Kunwar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 04 Oct , 2021

The Past In April 2017, Ehsanullah Ehsan, a senior spokesperson of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan [TTP] who subsequently joined its breakaway faction Jamaat-ul-Ahrar [JuA] supposedly,...

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‘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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