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US President Donald Trump’s policy speech on Afghanistan delivered on August 21 caused uproar in Pakistan, but also raised serious questions about the American resolve to win war in the conflict-ridden country.

 
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The Doklam stand-off, from the beginning, has been dominated by an India-and-China narrative, but a largely silent but firm Bhutan held some of the most important keys to the eventual resolution.

 
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Plaudits are due to Indian diplomacy for having defused a dangerous crisis on the border. But there is little room either for triumphalism or for complacency.

 
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Last week saw a sharp turn of events in US-Pakistan relations after President Donald Trump announced his new Afghan policy, terming Pakistan as the ‘root of chaos’ in the region.

 

One of the important objectives of President Donald Trump’s new South Asia policy is to end the Pakistan army’s four decades of addiction to jihadi terrorism. While many in America think it’s a great idea, there are very few who are willing to bet on Rawalpindi kicking the habit.

 

In the winter of 1991, as war began to descend over Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, the goddess of history placed the son of a small village near Azamgarh — locally famous for having once beaten up a small-time Congress politician with his hockey stick — at the helm of the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi.

 
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In an interview with Afghani publication TOLO news General John W. Nicholson, the top United States commander in Afghanistan, claimed on Saturday that the US was aware of Afghan Taliban leadership’s presence in Peshawar and Quetta, adding that the military would continue to put pressure on Taliban sanctuaries inside and outside Afghanistan.

 

Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif starts a three-country tour in the wake of US President Donald Trump’s accusations against Pakistan.

 
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The seven-month education of the American president has borne a minor fruit. Reading off a teleprompter, Donald Trump admitted that his long-standing demand to end America’s longest war in Afghanistan was not feasible.

 
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An uncharacteristically stern response by the National Security Committee to US President Donald Trump’s so-called South Asia strategy is a worrying indication of the strategic chasm between Pakistan and the US.

 


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