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Abdul Basit

Abdul Basit is the president of Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies. He was previously Pakistan's ambassador to Germany and Pakistan's High Commissioner to India.

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Politics of the Mumbai attack trial eleven years later

On Nov. 26, 2008, India’s commercial capital, Mumbai, was struck by a series of terrorist attacks, killing 166 people. Of the nine attackers, only one, Ajmal Kasab, was caught alive, tried in India and hanged at Pune’s Yerwada prison in 2012.

October 31, 2019

Conflicts and economic cooperation in South Asia

The world has changed considerably since the end of the Cold War, but it seems South Asia is stuck in a time warp- stubbornly refusing to make new beginnings, or to harness the countless opportunities unleashed by globalization.

October 02, 2019

About Modi and Netanyahu 

In many ways, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have a lot in common. Both believe in a similar, right-wing ideological agenda, and one which often plays with the fates of millions.

September 26, 2019

Conundrum of Peace in Afghanistan

The ninth round of US-Taliban talks is underway in Doha. A Taliban leader, Abdul Salam Zaeef, a former Ambassador to Pakistan, has reportedly claimed that the US and Taliban are now very close to striking a deal, following which intra-Afghan negotiations will begin.

August 26, 2019

Al-Qaeda’s message to Kashmiris reinforces India’s self-serving narrative

In a 14- minute video message released earlier this week, Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri urged Kashmiri 'mujahideen' to ‘single-mindedly focus on inflicting unrelenting blows on the Indian Army and government, so as to bleed the Indian economy and make India suffer.’

July 14, 2019