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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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In Pakistan, the Afghan foreign minister is on an important mission

The interim Foreign Minister of Afghanistan, Amir Khan Muttaqi, is in Pakistan on a three-day visit. This is the first visit of a high-powered delegation to Pakistan after the Taliban seized power in August this year. 

November 11, 2021

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