Zahid Hussain

Inequality in vaccine access

Inequality in vaccine access

Scientists had made progress in developing vaccines against Covid. What will happen now? Updated 01 Dec, 2021 08:13am
On the brink of catastrophe

On the brink of catastrophe

The continuing international isolation of the Afghan Taliban has exacerbated the situation. Published 25 Nov, 2021 07:14am
Winds of change

Winds of change

It will be hard for the government on its own to keep the coalition working. Updated 17 Nov, 2021 07:34am
Making peace with militants

Making peace with militants

The ambiguity around the terms of negotiations has made the talks extremely controversial. Published 10 Nov, 2021 07:06am
The cost of surrender

The cost of surrender

The oft-repeated mantra of ‘establishing the writ of the state’ has become a joke. Updated 03 Nov, 2021 07:36am
State of surrender

State of surrender

What’s the difference between TLP’s religious extremism and the government’s encouragement of religiosity? Published 27 Oct, 2021 06:58am
System’s widening cracks

System’s widening cracks

The weakening of the democratic process and worsening governance will further increase the imbalance. Updated 13 Oct, 2021 07:39am
The Pandora Papers

The Pandora Papers

No one, however powerful, should escape accountability. Updated 06 Oct, 2021 08:30am
Appeasing terrorists

Appeasing terrorists

The policy of appeasement has not worked in the past and it certainly will not work now. Updated 22 Sep, 2021 08:46am
A great leap backward

A great leap backward

Courses appear to reinforce a closed mindset and have nothing to do with the requirements of a modern education system. Updated 15 Sep, 2021 08:03am
The Taliban challenge

The Taliban challenge

The most serious challenge for the Afghan Taliban is to maintain the unity within their ranks. Updated 08 Sep, 2021 08:19am
Afghan policy conundrum

Afghan policy conundrum

The Taliban leadership appears more circumspect about their victory than our ‘warrior’ ministers. Updated 01 Sep, 2021 08:19am
Ironies of a war of revenge

Ironies of a war of revenge

The war was already lost when the US sat across the table with the same insurgents it had sought to annihilate. Updated 25 Aug, 2021 08:47am
Return of the Taliban

Return of the Taliban

The new dispensation in Afghanistan will be required to alleviate the concerns over human rights issues. Updated 18 Aug, 2021 07:33am
Regional approach to end-game

Regional approach to end-game

Russia, China and Pakistan have far greater stakes in stopping the violence in Afghanistan. Updated 11 Aug, 2021 07:51am
Returning to a repressive order

Returning to a repressive order

There is no sign of the Taliban showing any flexibility in their position and taking a more moderate stance. Updated 04 Aug, 2021 08:21am
Making sense of AJK polls

Making sense of AJK polls

It was perhaps the dirtiest electioneering in AJK’s history with leaders accusing each other of treachery. Updated 28 Jul, 2021 08:03am
The Afghan stalemate

The Afghan stalemate

The Taliban cannot think of ruling Afghanistan without international legitimacy. Updated 21 Jul, 2021 08:58am
China’s third revolution

China’s third revolution

China’s multibillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative is a manifestation of China’s growing geopolitical ambitions. Published 14 Jul, 2021 07:17am