Friday 23 April 2021
April 13, 2021
Religious Activists Clash With Police In Pakistan
In Rawalpindi, activists loyal to the religious Tehrik-e Labaik (TLP) party blocked the main road leading to the Pakistani capital, Islamabad. The TLP is demanding that the Pakistani government expel the French ambassador in response to the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in 2020.
April 01, 2021
Pakistan Seen As Repeating ‘Pyrrhic Victory’ In Afghanistan
Once again, Pakistan appears to hold the key to a peace settlement in Afghanistan. But its reliance on the Taliban as its main ally in Afghanistan has raised the prospects of Islamabad repeating its history of struggling to deal with the fallout from a messy Afghan civil war.
March 18, 2021
New Push For Peace Tests International Cooperation, Afghan Unity
The U.S. gained a boost for its new push to reinvigorate the Afghan peace process at a Moscow conference attended by both the Taliban and the Afghan government. But the effort requires robust international cooperation to forge unity among Afghan factions for the peace process to be successful.
March 08, 2021
Opposition, Skepticism Cloud New U.S. Proposal For Afghan Peace
The Afghan government has lashed out over a new U.S. proposal for the Afghan peace process. Independent experts are also skeptical about the plan, which envisions a power-sharing government with the Taliban, a cease-fire, and a U.N.-sponsored conference of regional and global powers.
March 02, 2021
The Afghan Deputy And The Mystery Of The Smuggled Gold Bars
When Afghanistan’s deputy parliament speaker arrived with a delegation in Dushanbe, it was expected to be an ordinary visit. But an Afghan TV channel dropped a bombshell when it linked Mohammad Mirza Katawazai to millions in cash and gold seized from smugglers at the Dushanbe airport.
February 12, 2021
Veteran Journalist Says Afghan Peace Process Needs Regional Support To Succeed
The author of best-sellers chronicling the cycles of war in Afghanistan and their impact on neighboring countries, Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid talks to Gandhara about whether a fresh U.S. approach could steady and eventually resolve the crises in the two countries.
February 05, 2021
Pakistan Fences Off Afghanistan, Impacting Families And Fighters
Pakistan has nearly fenced off the entire length of its disputed 2,670-kilometer border with Afghanistan, purportedly to stop militants from crossing the porous frontier. But observers say the greatest impact will be felt by Pashtun communities straddling the border.
December 26, 2020
No U.S. Troops? Taliban In Gov't? Peace? What Lies Ahead For Afghanistan In 2021
It’s the world’s deadliest ongoing conflict. But what’s ahead for Afghanistan in 2021, when the United States is due to withdraw all its troops from the country and the Taliban is supposed to help rule the country?