The approaching offensive 

ACROSS the world, spring is associated with rejuvenation and rebirth after a burdensome winter. Yet this logic skips Afghanistan. Here spring has been associated with death since 2003. One of the unintended consequences of the long military operation in Afghanistan has been its emulative nature; the adversary, in this instance the Taliban Read More Published on Dawn Newspaper on 29 December ,2015

Pak-Afghan relations: Hanging by a thread

Efforts required to revive Pak-Afghan relations are missing and urgently needed

Matters were proceeding smoothly when the rapidly developing friendly relations between the two nations were grievously impacted by a series of explosions that rocked the Afghan capital on Aug 7 Read More Published on Dawn Newspaper on  12 September, 2015

Taliban Defend New Perch in Northern Pakistan, Gaining Sway as Election Nears (Article in NYT by DECLAN WALSH)

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — When Taliban fighters swept into the Tirah Valley of northern Pakistan last month, grabbing a remote but strategic area that was previously known for criminal activity, Pakistan’s military seized a chance to bloody the insurgents before they dug in.

But the counteroffensive took a dismal turn over the past week, as the Taliban struck back with a combination of guerrilla tactics and dexterous tribal politics, defending their new perch and increasing their ability to disrupt Pakistan’s approaching election.

More detail…. Posted on April 9, 2013

Genesis of Insurgency in FATA & Khyber Pukhtunkhwa 30 Nov 2011 g The Main Causes of the Breakdown of Governance and Rise of Militancy in Swat Version 2-7-10 V6_2