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Rahimullah Yusufzai

Rahimullah Yusufzai is a senior political and security analyst in Pakistan. He was the first to interview Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad Omar and twice interviewed Osama Bin Laden in 1998. Twitter: @rahimyusufzai1

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Islamabad and Kabul: A Floundering Relationship

The diplomatic backlash from Afghan and US officials to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s recent comments regarding the formation of an interim government in Afghanistan shows how quickly emotions and regional tensions can be inflamed in the sensitive matter of Afghan politics. 

April 01, 2019

Talking Peace in Doha

After a two day break, Taliban and American interlocutors got back to talking on March 2nd in Doha, fanning hopes once again for a breakthrough in negotiations.

March 05, 2019

Pak-Taliban talks: A Mysterious Cancellation

High hopes have been attached to the next round of Taliban-US peace talks in Qatar on February 25 after the surprise cancellation of the proposed meeting between the two sides in Pakistan.

February 24, 2019

Moscow Meeting: A Singular Hope for talks with the Taliban

Three months after hosting the “Moscow Format” conference that brought together officials of 12 countries and a high-level delegation of the Afghan Taliban, Russia holds center-stage again.

February 13, 2019

Will the Taliban agree to talk to Kabul?

There was a glimmer of hope that the Afghan conflict could be peacefully brought to an end when the US started exploratory talks with the Taliban in Qatar last July, but the current impasse highlights the difficulties in resolving the longstanding issue.

January 19, 2019

Pakistan and Afghanistan must overcome mistrust to find peace

As 2018 makes way for a new year, the hopes for ending the Afghan conflict through a negotiated settlement have never been so high in the 17 years since the US decided to invade Afghanistan in retaliation for the 9/11 attacks.

January 01, 2019

For peace in Afghanistan, it's pertinent for Pakistan-US ties to be on a better footing first

The question on the minds of several people in Pakistan and the United States is whether their governments can put the strained relations between the two countries behind them and move forward for the betterment of Afghanistan by restarting the stalled peace process for the country.

December 15, 2018