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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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Wedding carnage must strengthen resolve for Afghan peace

The deadly suicide bombing in a packed wedding hall in a Shiite Kabul neighborhood on Saturday turned an occasion of great, universal joy into a calamity, as 63 people, including children, were killed and 182 sustained injuries. Reports said 1,200 guests had been invited to attend.

August 20, 2019

Expectations from 8th round of Taliban -US peace talks

Every new round of peace talks in Qatar between the Taliban and the United States has raised expectations about a likely deal, but a major breakthrough couldn’t be achieved in the previous seven rounds of negotiations.

August 06, 2019

China’s role, and stakes, in the Afghan peace process

It is rare for the Chinese government to publicly acknowledge a visit paid by Afghan Taliban representatives, but recently, amid a growing number of countries who have established contact and held talks with the armed group, it has admitted just that.

July 02, 2019

Provincial elections in the old tribal areas a glimmer of hope

Almost a year after the general election of July 2018, voters in Pakistan’s erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) bordering Afghanistan will get another opportunity to cast their votes to elect lawmakers for the provincial assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province.

June 25, 2019

Russia is playing an increasing role in the Afghan peace process

Russia hosted the second intra-Afghan meeting in less than four months as it continues to seek a role as a credible mediator for ending the Afghan conflict.

June 09, 2019

A ceasefire isn’t easy for the Taliban leadership

Predictably, without any incentive or compulsion to engage with the Afghan government at this time, the Taliban turned down President Ashraf Ghani’s offer of a ceasefire to coincide with the start of the holy month of Ramadan earlier this month.

May 16, 2019

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