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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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Has Daesh been defeated in Afghanistan?

Daesh is now faced with the threat of extinction in Afghanistan. The odds against the brutal terrorist outfit are increasing. Its numbers are diminishing, and rank and file Afghans are distancing themselves from its rabid, eccentric ideology.

November 26, 2019

Baghdadi’s death and Daesh in South Asia

Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, the leader and spiritual guide of Daesh was killed in a US raid in his hideout in Syria over the weekend. He was the most sought after terrorist in the world and carried a bounty of $25 million on his head.

October 30, 2019

The Afghan consulate closure in Peshawar belies a deep resentment

It has been almost 10 days since the Afghan consulate in Peshawar closed down indefinitely in protest by the Afghan Mission in Pakistan after a building was raided and occupied by local police, near one of the busiest market places in the northwestern Pakistani city. 

October 20, 2019

Trump walks away from peace talks in absurd move

President Trump has, in a dramatic tweet, announced the cancellation of his secret meeting with Taliban leaders scheduled to take place in Camp David on Sunday, and has said he has “called off” peace talks.

September 08, 2019

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