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    Zafar Iqbal Yousafzai

    The author is a Senior Research Associate at Strategic Vision Institute, Islamabad, and author of The Troubled Triangle: US-Pakistan Relations under the Taliban’s Shadow. He tweets @yousafzaiZafar5.

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  • Hindu extremism under Modi regime0

    Image course: Youtube by Zafar Iqbal Yousafzai        24 October 2021 India came into being in the name of secularism where all minorities will have their due rights irrespective of their religion or color. However, soon after the independence, India indulged in aggression and suppressing the Muslim population living inside and around India.

  • Afghanistan Counterterrorism Act 2021: Implications for US-Pakistan Relations0

    Zafar Iqbal Yousafzai      10 October 2021 The US withdrawal from Afghanistan at the end of August 2021 ended the US-Pakistan cooperation in Afghanistan, which lasted for two decades. Despite huge losses borne by Pakistan in the war on terror since the US invasion of Afghanistan, Washington is not happy with Islamabad over the

  • Use of peaceful nuclear technology: China-Pakistan collaboration0

    Zafar Iqbal Yousafzai    23 September 2021 Pakistan is facing an immense energy crisis for quite a long-time. According to a World Bank report, electricity shortage is a bigger obstacle to business as compared to corruption. To fulfill or at least shorten its energy shortage, Pakistan and China are collaborating closely. Some states like India

  • Taliban regime: challenges ahead0

    Since the fall of Kabul in mid-August, there is uncertainty about the future political set up on one hand and challenges of recognition on the other to the Taliban. Though the Taliban are constantly assuring the world about human and women rights, freedom of the press and a stable political setup yet the world is

  • Who is responsible for the fall of Kabul?0

    by Zafar Iqbal Yousafzai       20 August 2021  The Taliban’s swift return to power shocked the world in addition to humiliation for Washington and Ghani administration that was not expecting what did happen in days. The question keeps coming to every mind why the Afghan forces collapsed so quickly and why Washington and Kabul could not

  • China-Taliban engagement0

    by Zafar Iqbal Yousafzai    15 August 2021 China is continuously hosting Taliban delegations since 2014. China sees the Taliban as an emerging force in Afghanistan that can serve their interests in case of better relations with them. China has been actively engaged in Afghanistan since the start of the new millennium though there is

  • Pak-Uzbekistan growing relations0

    An Afghanistan vista of part of the proposed route by Zafar Iqbal Yousafzai     2 August 2021 Pakistan-Uzbekistan relations in recent times are growing and cooperation is on the rise between the two important countries of South Asia and Central Asia. The recent visit of Pakistani Prime minister Imran Khan to Uzbekistan was an indication

  • Future of Afghan Peace Process under President Biden0

      by Zafar Iqbal Yousafzai       3 February 2021 As the administration has changed in Washington, pundits see changes vis-à-vis the US policy towards different regions. The Afghanistan war is in one of the to-dos lists issues Biden has to resolve. Since Obama’s first term, winding up the Afghan war has been a key


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