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Abdul Basit
Abdul Basit

  • June 04, 2016

    The Taliban’s Iran connection

    Against the backdrop of Mullah Akhtar Mansour’s killing, what is particularly puzzling policymakers and veteran experts of the Afghan conflict...

  • May 24, 2016

    Fallout of Mansour’s death

    The killing of the Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour in a US drone strike is a major setback for the insurgent movement. His death comes...

  • May 09, 2016

    The Pakistan factor

    US-Pakistan relations, which had relatively stabilised in the last three years are once again in hot water. There is a sense of déjà...

  • April 20, 2016

    The fighting season

    On April 12, the Afghan Taliban announced the launch of their annual spring offensive in Afghanistan: Operation Omari. The spring offensive has been...

  • March 30, 2016

    Battle for our heart and soul

    The tragic events of this past Sunday are a stark reminder of how deep religious extremism has penetrated the country’s social fabric. The...

  • February 08, 2016

    What next after Charsadda?

    The discussions in Pakistan after the Bacha Khan University attack have focused on gaps in the country’s counterterrorism framework, weak...

  • January 24, 2016

    From APS to Charsadda

    The grisly attack on the Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, one month after the first anniversary of the APS Peshawar attack, is both symbolic and...