19 September, 2014 / Ziqa'ad 23, 1435

Najmuddin A. Shaikh

Ominous clouds

WHILE the world remains preoccupied with Syria, I want to devote this column, which appears on the 12th anniversary...

Limitations of power

ON Saturday, President Obama declared, “I have decided that the United States should take military action against...

The Karzai visit

SECTIONS of the Western media had been reporting that even though formally suspended talks on the US-Afghan ...

The internal crisis

THE annual survey of ‘failed states’ covering 2012 has just appeared in Foreign Policy. Using data on elements...

The sectarian war

IN my last column on the Syrian situation I had promised to write on the impact that sectarian strife in that ...

The Kerry visit

THE oft-postponed visit by Secretary John Kerry had been eagerly awaited in Islamabad. According to the ...

Fallout of Syrian conflict

IS there some hope to be entertained that the tragedy in Syria will be brought to an end either by the efforts of ...

Hardly a new chapter

IF Mr Sartaj Aziz visited Afghanistan to convince Hamid Karzai of Pakistan’s sincere desire to improve relations...

Uncertainty prevails

PREDICTABLY, an article in the New York Times stating that President Barack Obama was now seriously considering the...

Confusion in Afghanistan

AMID all the uncertainties in Afghanistan, one thing remains certain: there

No end to turmoil

IT would be no exaggeration to say that the Muslim heartland is aflame and that in large measure the turmoil is...

Reconciliation efforts

MY article on Afghanistan last week, written two days before it was published, was essentially an analysis of...

The pace picks up

EARLY last month, the American deputy secretary who led his country’s delegation to the US-Afghan bilateral...

Turmoil in tribal areas

OUR armed forces are engaged in fierce battles in the Khyber and Kurram agencies and on a somewhat smaller scale in...

The Guantanamo problem

IN my last article I had promised to analyse what President Barack Obama had to say about Guantanamo There are two...

The Guantanamo problem

IN my last article I had promised to analyse what President Barack Obama had to say about Guantanamo

New policy on drones

PRESIDENT Obama’s speech at the American National Defence University last Thursday attracted a great deal of...

The obstacles ahead

IT would be naïve on the part of the new government as it formulates its policy towards Afghanistan, not to...

The Afghanistan challenge

IT is more or less clear that despite security threats and administrative breakdowns the massive — by Pakistani...

Karzai on the warpath

PERHAPS of all the bizarre and grim developments in Afghanistan over the last few days the one that takes the cake ...