Zahid Hussain

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
The demons of conflict

The demons of conflict

It’s not enough to say that Pakistan will not take sides in the Afghan conflict. Updated 07 Jul, 2021 08:21am
Looming Afghan civil war

Looming Afghan civil war

With the latest military setback, the Afghan government has increased its reliance on regional militias. Updated 30 Jun, 2021 07:26am
Diplomatic blundering

Diplomatic blundering

Foreign policy is too serious a matter to be left to an individual’s political ambitions. Updated 23 Jun, 2021 08:37am
Pakistan’s Afghan predicament

Pakistan’s Afghan predicament

Growing violence in Afghanistan has serious consequences for the region it will be hard for Islamabad to escape the fallout. Updated 09 Jun, 2021 08:42am
Redefining Pak-US relations

Redefining Pak-US relations

We need to be extremely clear about our interests and priorities when negotiating the terms of the relationship. Updated 02 Jun, 2021 08:23am
The PML-N’s change of tack

The PML-N’s change of tack

Shehbaz Sharif’s release on bail gave further impetus to the change of direction. Published 26 May, 2021 06:35am
Palestinians’ right to live

Palestinians’ right to live

Israel’s main objective is to force out the entire Palestinian population from their homeland. Updated 19 May, 2021 08:51am
Blaming envoys for the mess

Blaming envoys for the mess

The prime minister appeared to be using his container approach in the realm of foreign policy. Updated 12 May, 2021 09:02am