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Explosions and intelligence-based operations: Pakistan’s vicious cycle

Kinetic measures hardly yield long-term dividends on their own and ideally, should be complemented with substantial non-kinetic means

Pakistani paramilitary soldiers stand at the Pakistan-Afghanistan Torkham border crossing in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in 2021. (Representative Image/AFP)
Published on Jun 13, 2024 07:30 AM IST

Amidst Pakistan’s ‘education emergency, torching of girls’ schools is alarming

Recent attacks on girls' schools in North Waziristan and Balochistan are being attributed to TTP, with parallels to incidents like the Peshawar School massacre

What explains the recent upshot in attacks on girls' schools, especially in the two Waziristans that border Afghanistan and have been former strongholds of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP)?(Representative Image/AFP File Photo)
Published on Jun 04, 2024 09:15 AM IST

PoK protests triggered by high power tariff, flour prices, privileges for elite

Due to Pakistan’s illegal occupation of the region and arguably, the scale of the uprising, the protests have expectedly garnered reactions from Indian leaders.

Protests erupt in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (Photo - ANI)
Published on May 21, 2024 09:30 AM IST

Afghan refugees face deportation from Pakistan amidst international neglect

The second phase of deportations is underway, with broader geopolitical tensions overshadowing the plight of Afghan refugees.

FILE - Afghan families onboard a truck head toward a border crossing point in Torkham, Pakistan, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2023. For more than 1 million Afghans who fled war and poverty to Pakistan, these are uncertain times. (AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad, File)(AP)
Published on Apr 29, 2024 11:21 PM IST

​Afghanistan is in a state of gender apartheid, and we need to act now

The international community must not stop criticising Taliban’s gender policies in pursuit of counter-terrorism objectives on the shared Islamic State challenge

Afghan women chant slogans in protest of the closure of universities to women by the Taliban in Kabul, Afghanistan, December 22, 2022 (REUTERS )
Updated on Apr 14, 2024 05:04 PM IST

The China connection to Pakistan’s internal security troubles

Balochistan has been in the throes of a decades-long insurgency. The target of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is only a symptom of a larger malaise

The Majeed Brigade of the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) claimed responsibility for the attack on PNS Siddique located in Turbat, Balochistan (X)
Published on Mar 29, 2024 02:38 PM IST

Pakistan’s airstrikes in Afghanistan show its fraying patience with the Taliban

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan has entered a period of resurgence, posing a threat to Pakistan’s internal security and external environs

President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) of Pakistan Asim Munir, and General Sahir Shamshad Mirza, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (JCSC), along with others attend the funeral of Lieutenant Colonel Syed Kashif Ali, 39 and Captain Muhammad Ahmed Badar, 23, after according to the military, militants attacked a military post in Mir Ali, North Waziristan district in Pakistan near Afghanistan early on Saturday using a vehicle laden with explosives as well as suicide bombs, during the funeral at Chaklala Garrison, Rawalpindi, Pakistan March 17, 2024. Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR)/Handout via REUTERS (via REUTERS)
Published on Mar 22, 2024 10:09 PM IST
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