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Rustam Shah Mohmand

Rustam Shah Mohmand is a specialist of Afghanistan and Central Asian Affairs. He has served as Pakistan’s ambassador to Afghanistan and also held position of Chief Commissioner Refugees for a decade.

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The state has grossly misunderstood Pakistan’s tribal areas

Following the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, Pakistan's rulers came under tremendous pressure to align their policies with US designs. That meant subjugating Pakistan's national interests to those of Washington’s.

June 12, 2019

India’s election and what it could mean for Pakistan

A general election in India, the world’s largest democracy, is now underway. Millions of people are set to choose their representatives in a free and transparent election that should be the envy of most developing countries. 

May 16, 2019

Are Doha Talks Stalled?

The last round of talks between Taliban representatives and the US lasted more than 12 long days in Doha. There was no breakthrough but both sides at the end of the marathon meeting knew exactly each other’s position on some of the more contentious issues.

March 28, 2019

Pulwama cannot define Pak-India dynamics

In the eternally sour relations between India and Pakistan, voices of sanity have been repeatedly drowned out by the noise of populists pandering to powerful lobbies on both sides of the divide.

March 10, 2019