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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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Taliban government struggling to determine priorities and governance

The challenges in Afghanistan are formidable. The odds are heavy. Resources both financial and managerial are virtually non-existent. Expectations are high. Poverty is at its peak and unemployment has gone beyond 80 percent. 

October 05, 2021

Why the Afghan army did not fight

As a total Taliban victory has occurred in Afghanistan, some observers and countries are calling upon Islamabad to play its role in bringing an end to all hostilities. Such advice ignores ground realities. 

August 16, 2021

Are hopes for reconciliation alive as Taliban reach out to regional countries?

In the growing pessimism for any political breakthrough in war-torn Afghanistan, there is some good news. Taliban delegations have visited Tehran and Moscow for seeking some common ground in a bid to find a workable formula for ending the long conflict.

July 15, 2021

Are prospects for peace diminishing in Afghanistan? 

The US announcement for the withdrawal of foreign forces by September 11 was an important development that should have caused huge expectations for the end to a long war.
But as time passes, obstacles to a rapprochement are emerging. 

May 06, 2021