MULTIPLE blasts in Afghanistan within the last few weeks have worsened the chaos in that country, leaving hundreds of people dead, including schoolchildren, and leaving several others wounded. The rising incidence of violence and militancy in the neighbouring country is worrisome for Pakistan as it can exacerbate the country’s own militancy problem around its border areas and religious extremism inside.

The exit of American forces from Afghanistan is leaving the country in a state of quandary, giving ample room to the hardliners to gain a strong foothold. Many analysts agree that history is repeating itself in Afghanistan, and the situation is similar to that of the 1990s, which is threatening for Pakistan’s national security.

The radical and conservative groups have insisted on the establishment of a new system of governance, and have rejected the current system as having been installed by the United States.

The quest for power is bound to wreak havoc, and the poor masses will face its consequences once again.

Hidayat Nasar

Islamabad

Published in Dawn, June 21st, 2021

Opinion

Awaiting orders
25 Oct 2021

Awaiting orders

Orders are given for demolition. Some structures go down. Some still stand.
Is it our own?
25 Oct 2021

Is it our own?

It is fair to ask what truly determines our success.
Up, up and away
Updated 25 Oct 2021

Up, up and away

Irate Twitterati want Superman to stop meddling.
No-trust resolution dynamics
Updated 24 Oct 2021

No-trust resolution dynamics

It is heartening that the effort to remove a chief minister is following constitutional norms.

Editorial

25 Oct 2021

Party to a vile campaign

THE PTI government’s hostility towards the media and its intolerance for dissent is well known. The target of ...
Financial crisis
Updated 25 Oct 2021

Financial crisis

DESPITE having progressed to ‘very good step’ and being ‘close to concluding the agreement’ a few days back,...
25 Oct 2021

Morals and Pemra

TIME and again, Pemra has come under fire for issuing arbitrary instructions to TV channels on matters ranging from...
Anti-government rallies
Updated 24 Oct 2021

Anti-government rallies

Banning a party because it can create a public nuisance sets a dangerous precedent which can be repeated to justify future bans.
24 Oct 2021

End of polio?

AFTER a long struggle, the reward is finally in sight. With only a single case of wild poliovirus reported this year...
24 Oct 2021

Heritage work

IT is encouraging that, slowly, projects of heritage conservation and preservation appear to be taking off. These...