Friday 18 February 2022
February 18, 2022
Gandhara Briefing: Taliban Rule, Pakistan Blasphemy, Central Asia
This week’s Gandhara Briefing brings you insights on the first six months of Taliban rule, Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, and the Taliban’s deployment of more troops to Afghanistan’s borders with Central Asian neighbors.
February 18, 2022
Latest Mob Lynching Spurs Action By Pakistani Authorities, But Blasphemy Laws Stand Strong
Pakistan is taking a strong stance against mob justice following the lynching of a man with a mental disorder accused of blasphemy. But rights campaigners say Islamabad is reluctant to repeal or reform the country's strict blasphemy laws and rein in hard-line Islamists.
February 14, 2022
Pakistani Court Frees Man Who Murdered Sister In High-Profile Honor Killing
The brother of a Pakistani social media star who confessed to killing his sister in one of the country's most notorious honor killings on February 14 was acquitted and is expected to be freed after serving just a few years of a life sentence.
February 11, 2022
Gandhara Briefing: Balochistan, Beijing Olympics, Tamana Paryani
In this week’s Gandhara Briefing, we bring you our reporting on the price Pakistani pays for failing to politically resolve a separatist conflict in Balochistan, the woes of displaced Afghans who lost their houses to fighting, and the alleged forced disappearances of Afghan women by the Taliban.
February 09, 2022
Escalating Violence In A Restive Pakistani Province Resurrects A Forgotten Conflict
Deadly attacks in Balochistan have revived a simmering conflict between secular ethnic Baluch separatists and Pakistan's military. The fighting has revealed an internal dispute among the separatists regarding their approach and laid bare Islamabad's failure to find a solution to the insurgency.
February 08, 2022
'Iron Brothers': Pakistan's Khan Joins World Leaders In Capitalizing On In-Person Diplomacy At Olympics
Despite a Western diplomatic boycott, many world leaders traveled to the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics to get rare in-person meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Three Senior Pakistani Taliban Commanders Killed In Blast In Afghanistan2
Killing Of Senior TTP Commanders In Afghanistan Strikes Blow To Militants, Possible Peace With Pakistan3
Al-Qaeda Chief Killed In Posh Kabul Neighborhood Largely Built With U.S. Taxpayer Money4
One Year After Seizing Power, Is The Taliban Here To Stay?5
Surge In Targeted Killings In Northwestern Pakistan Aims To 'Silence Dissenting Voices'6
Exclusive: German Foreign Minister Says Women In Afghanistan Experiencing 'Biggest Violation Of Rights On Earth'7
At Least Eight Killed In Bomb Blast In Shi'ite Neighborhood Of Kabul; Islamic State Claims Responsibility8
Pakistani Soldiers Killed In Blast In Tribal District Bordering Afghanistan9
'Tsunami Of Trees' Sweeps Pakistan10
Afghanistan's Bare Dastarkhaans Reveal Rising Poverty, Hunger Under The Taliban