Around May 21, the Afghan intelligence arrested a senior Taliban commander moments after he crossed the border from Iran to Afghanistan. The smooth capture stunned the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force (IRGC-QF), which until now has not faced difficulties in transporting Taliban fighters across the border. The arrest did not register in the American media, but it could be the latest sign for how Iran is positioning Afghanistan to impact U.S. politics ahead of the November election, with reports of shifting of some of its proxy fighters from Syria to the Afghanistan-Pakistan region. …


Since July 2020, India has been grappling with a spate of stories that reveal a disturbing pattern: Indian soldiers staging fake gun battles to kill random Kashmiri men, collect prize money, and then bury the bodies in swelling mass graves. Kashmiri journalists have used this kill-for-cash scandal to compare Kashmir to an ATM machine that delivers money to Indian soldiers.

* Unmarked mass graves in IIOJ&K is an issue that now has official UN acknowledgement after the UN OHCHR Kashmir reports of 2018 and 2019, and the formal letter by UN Special Rapporteurs to the Government of India on July 1, 2020.

“I want my son’s body,” the father, Mushtaq wani, howled, standing inside a half-dug grave, without a body to bury. “I ask India to return my son’s dead body to me.”

For most readers reading this line in the Washington…


Courtesy: Hilal Magazine of Pakistan Armed Forces, which published this graphic design with this article in December 2018.

ABOUT THIS ARTICLE | Today, 16 December 2020, is the 49th anniversary of one of the worst humiliations in Pakistani history, when Pakistani officers surrendered to victorious Indian officers and proxy Bengali insurgents in the city of Dhaka, in what on that day still was East Pakistan, before becoming the independent and proud nation of Bangladesh. Outnumbered, outgunned, and cut off by thousands of kilometers from their supplies in West Pakistan, Pakistani soldiers fought valiantly but did not stand a chance.

This article makes two distinguished arguments that alter how the war is viewed in Pakistani strategic circles;

  1. That 1971…

Few people know that India introduced state-sponsored terrorism and non-state conflict, also known as war by proxy, to South Asia, much in the same way that New Delhi introduced nuclear weapons to the region.
These measures were India’s disproportionate responses to the conflict over Kashmir with Pakistan. That conflict was first taken to the United Nations Security Council by India in 1948, a move that Pakistan endorsed as a civilized way to resolve the dispute. …


India has sold its illegal annexation of Kashmir to the world in August 2019 as a move to end conflict and achieve peace. Senior Indian officials and diplomats have been at pains to explain to a worried international community that restrictions and the world’s longest lockdown in the territory will bring “jobs, inclusive development, and a hope for peace,” as pitched in the enthusiastic words of Harsh Vardhan Shringla, India’s foreign secretary.

But far from bringing peace and jobs, the Indian steps have introduced controversial measures — such as imposing Hindi language — that could exacerbate conflict for decades to…


Foreign Ministers of 57 member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) pose for a group photo at the end of the two-day meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers in Niger, Nov. 28, 2020. [Photo credit: OIC Media, www.oic-oci-org]

The most important challenge for Indian diplomacy on the festering conflict in Kashmir is to ensure that it is not raised at any forum outside India. Any discussion on Kashmir outside the parameters of Indian diplomacy highlights the unflattering fact that New Delhi is unable to resolve a dispute for seven decades, which questions India’s credentials as a responsible regional actor.

So, it was not unusual to watch Indian diplomats scramble for their latest firefighting mission after the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) formally asked India “to rescind” all recent actions in…


President Trump poses for a photo with key Arab and Muslim allies in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in 2017. Photo courtesy Manyika Review.

He improved America’s ties with traditional Cold War allies in the Muslim world, pushed Arab-Israel peace forward for the first time in quarter-century, did not start new American wars in Arab and Muslim-majority regions, and made progress on Afghanistan and Iran.

This is an impressive laundry list of achievements for a first-time president and a first-time politician. In just four years.

President Donald J. …


For peace in this critical region, India and Pakistan must end Kashmir conflict. India’s annexation of Kashmir on 5 August 2019 is a watershed. On this first anniversary, in this final part in the series, Ahmed Quraishi explores opportunities to end this intractable conflict.

US President Donald Trump’s offer to mediate the Kashmir conflict between Pakistan and India marked a turning point. For starters, no American president has come out so strongly in favor of resolving the Kashmir dispute. …


For peace in this critical region, India and Pakistan must end Kashmir conflict. India’s annexation of Kashmir on 5 August 2019 is a watershed. On this first anniversary, in this second part in the series, Ahmed Quraishi explores global reactions.

Who could have thought that India would see the day when religious violence in that country would overshadow visits by top leaders from America and Japan?

This is exactly what happened in December 2019 when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe canceled a visit due to violence on Indian streets over a discriminatory citizenship law. And in February 2020, when the…


For peace in a critical region, India and Pakistan must end Kashmir conflict. This series explores some ideas on the occasion of the first anniversary of India’s annexation of Kashmir.

India’s credentials as a responsible member of the international community faced a serious challenge in 2019, and continue to do so into 2020. New Delhi, long seen as a possible anchor for stability in Asia, plunged the region and the world in a territorial and religious dispute under the shadow of a nuclear war.

India did this by taking a brash unilateral action in Kashmir on 5 August 2019, revoking…

Ahmed Quraishi

Journalist. National security, human rights, crisis communication. Keywords: brief & sharp. www.linkedin.com/in/ahmedquraishi

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