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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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Escalating violence in Afghanistan reveals the anarchy of its weak government

On Saturday, Kabul witnessed yet another senseless massacre of innocent civilians in a wedding hall suicide bombing that resulted in carnage, and more death and destruction than seen in the city in recent years.

August 20, 2019

Modi has stirred up the hornet’s nest by changing Kashmir's status

With the abrogation of Kashmir's special status, India, under the leadership of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), has finally taken the plunge. While the party's hardcore ideologues have triumphed, it is a democracy that has taken a back seat.

August 07, 2019

Tribal areas’ elections uprooted a working system, and the government must step up

Last weekend, elections in the merged districts were held peacefully. Sixteen members were elected in a direct vote to the Provincial Assembly from seven districts and the frontier regions attached to the districts of Pakistan’s northwestern province, Khyber Pukhtunkhwa.

July 24, 2019

Islamabad’s overtures to non-Taliban groups count very little

In the last week of June, Pakistan convened a conference of prominent Afghan leaders in the hill resort of Murree. More than fifty Afghan dignitaries from all walks of life attended and among them was the controversial warlord, Gulbuddin Hikmatyar of Hizb-i-Islami.

July 08, 2019

During Islamabad visit, President Ghani is in for a surprise

On June 27th, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will pay an official visit to Pakistan on the invitation of Prime Minister Imran Khan. This comes against the backdrop of serious accusations made by both countries which threatened to derail bilateral relations between Kabul and Islamabad. 

June 23, 2019

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