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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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Spike in Afghanistan violence derails coronavirus containment efforts

The fragility of institutions in war torn Afghanistan was exposed once more in recent days as horrific cases of violence were reported from across the country. The brutal attacks which have shaken up the world left dozens dead and wounded, including women and newborn babies.

May 13, 2020

Nightmare ahead for Afghanistan if restrictions not imposed on gatherings

While the conflict continues in Afghanistan, another invisible enemy is just around the corner. The pandemic is slowly making inroads into urban centres.

April 28, 2020

The pandemic provides opportunity to speed up Afghan peace process

Coronavirus has spread its tentacles across the globe. The phenomenal speed with which the pandemic has spread has caught scientists by surprise. 

March 25, 2020

Twenty years on, the enormous transformation of the Afghan Taliban 

The US- Taliban agreement has at last been signed triggering hope for long-awaited peace in war-torn Afghanistan. By all accounts, the signing is a historic breakthrough-- but it is still just a beginning.

March 04, 2020

The Afghanistan peace deal: how will it play out?

The US and Taliban have entered an important phase in their endeavors to seek a negotiated settlement to the Afghanistan conflict. A ‘reduction’ in violence became effective at midnight on Friday and will last until Feb. 29, i.e. for a week.

February 23, 2020

Forty years of Afghan Refugees in Pakistan

This year, Afghan refugees are completing 40 years of their stay in Pakistan. The UN Secretary-General is visiting Pakistan to participate in a conference in Islamabad to commemorate the historic event of their arrival.

February 20, 2020