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Afghan Peace Process: Headed Down a Blind Alley?
Monish Gulati | 12 Feb , 2016 0 comments
Afghan Peace Process: Headed Down a Blind Alley?

The second meeting of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) of Afghanistan, Pakistan, the US and China on the Afghan peace and reconciliation process was held in Kabul, Afghanistan, on January 18, 2016, a week after the first round of discussions concluded in Islamabad, Pakistan. The second meeting of the QCG had called on all Taliban...

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Maqbool Bhat: Pakistan’s perfidy and a lost cause
Col Jaibans Singh | 11 Feb , 2016 1 comment
Maqbool Bhat: Pakistan’s perfidy and a lost cause

Maqbool Bhat a resident of Trehgam in Kupwara District of Kashmir was hanged to death in Tihar Jail on 11 Feb 1984 on charges of committing a double murder. Bhat entered the political arena of Kashmir with an ideology of Jammu and Kashmir existing as an independent state. To further his political agenda he founded the Jammu Kashmir Liberation...

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Boundary of division and contention: Pashtun psyche must be addressed
Attaullah Waziri | 10 Feb , 2016 2 comments

A border that was a product colonial jealousy and insecurity, the Durand Line divided what can be claimed as one of the world’s largest ethnic tribes, the Pashtuns, into two separate nation-states, Afghanistan and Pakistan, where they compete for political prominence today.  In the late 1880s, the Amir of Afghanistan, Abdur Rahman, started...

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Tempering Saudi-Iran rivalry and the role of Pakistan
Prateek Joshi | 09 Feb , 2016 0 comments

The ongoing crisis in the Middle East has got more complex with the revival of Saudi-Iran tensions. While tensions have simmered between these two nations for long, what caused their lingering enmity to snowball into a face off were Iran’s alleged support to Syria’s Bashar al Assad regime, Saudi airstrikes on Houthi rebels in...

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Is it necessary to talk to Pakistan?
Amulya Ganguli | 08 Feb , 2016 0 comments
Is it necessary to talk to Pakistan?

The conventional wisdom is that India must keep talking to Pakistan even if there are terrorist outrages by the supposedly non-state actors operating from the sovereign precincts of Pakistan. The believed-to-be ‘hardliner’ Narendra Modi, too, has accepted this line although he said before the last general election that a dialogue cannot...

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