The Kashmir Quagmire, Rising Islamophobia and Hindu Nationalism

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in his address at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 27, 2019 touched upon four key points: climate change, money laundering, Islamophobia, and the Kashmir dispute. The sequence of the issues discussed, while highlighting their significance for Pakistan, reflected a well-thought-out strategy to galvanise the world’s attention toward Kashmir —…

The White Genocide

A 28-year-old Australian whose assault rifles bore anti-Muslim and White-supremacist slogans killed 50 Muslim worshippers last month at two mosques in New Zealand where they had gathered for Friday prayers. What made this atrocity more devastating was the fact that the shooter filmed the attack using a head-mounted camera, live streaming the assault to Facebook.…

Recent U.S.-Taliban talks: One step forward, two steps back?

The fifth round of talks between the United States and the Taliban ended in Doha last week after 16 days of engagement. As a result of the United States’ decades-long struggle in Afghanistan against the Taliban, President Donald Trump had announced, in December last year, his intention to withdraw from the war-torn country. He installed a special representative for reconciliation, Zalmay…

What’s Wrong With the Afghan Peace Process?

The United States has been struggling to stablise Afghanistan for the last eighteen years and is currently looking to withdraw its forces from the war-torn country. In September 2018, US President Donald Trump installed his Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation (SRAR) to engage the Taliban for peace talks. Zalmay Khalilzad’s appointment as SRAR was part…

The Kashmir Challenge: Multilateralism is the only way forward

Pakistan’s nascent government is hoping for the resumption of bilateral talks with India. However, the government feels that this is not possible before the Indian parliamentary elections in April or May 2019, as electoral rhetoric in India demands an anti-Pakistan approach rather than pursuing dialogue with Pakistan. The political realities suggest that any progress towards reconciliation…