Sunday, 26 June, 2022

Topic: Taliban

Releasing Taliban prisoners or changing the Constitution won’t buy peace for Afghanistan

Converting a ruthless foe like the Taliban which understands only the language of the gun requires nothing less than divine intervention.

Avinash Paliwal’s ‘My Enemy’s Enemy’: A treatise on how not to deal with a neighbour

Irrespective of which group dominated Indian policy, India rarely appears to have got its way in Afghanistan.

Under global pressure, Pakistan is scrambling to hide its terror group — but it’s short-lived

Pakistan takes one step forward to get relief from international pressure, followed by two steps back once the pressure is off. When pressure resumes, another step forward.

Now, Pakistan insists it was always besties with China and not America

The storytellers of Islamabad hope that Americans, fearful of China, will return hat in hand and accept whatever Pakistan offers.

With a resurgent Taliban and growing ISIS, no one is safe in Afghanistan

The silver lining is that Trump’s expanded troop presence is meant to help fill lingering gaps in Afghan security capacities—including intelligence collection.

Taliban makes a comeback in Pakistan’s tribal areas

Terror outfit operates in the guise of ‘peace committee’ in FATA region, bans cultural activities, women’s movement outside their homes.

Global Pulse: Trudeau’s open refugee invitation under attack, US Gen wants peace with Taliban

Justin Trudeau is being accused of reducing immigration system to ‘shambles’ as Canada scrambles to cope with asylum-seekers.

Global Pulse: Pak’s missing activists, Taliban’s jihad advert for women, UK wanted coup in Iran

Pakistani journalists, writers, social activists are routinely being picked up allegedly by intelligence officials.

Global Pulse: UAE bid for Taliban embassy, Yemen’s TV execution, Mooch flipflop

The Emiratis wanted to open the Taliban embassy themselves. When they couldn't, they lambasted Qatar for the exact same thing.

Bad Taliban vs their own useful Lashkars

The Peshawar massacre triggered the expected blame-India noises from Pakistan. But, even if we parade our worst, we Indians can’t rival Hafeez Saeed and Pervez Musharraf.

On Camera


Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Does breaking up big states boost economy? Data doesn’t back up hype, says Indian study

The study by researchers at Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research looked at economic impact of reorganising Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Bihar in the year 2000.


The Indian Air Force logo | Commons

Almost 4,000 enrol for IAF’s Agnipath recruitment scheme on day 1 of online registrations

These registrations pertain to the Indian Air Force's Agniveer Vayu programme. The online portal for the first phase was opened at 10 am Friday, and will close on 5 July.

With Agnipath, Modi govt’s shock & awe doctrine may have misfired a vital reform, yet again

Modi govt's biggest flaw has been its disinclination to accept limitations of electoral majorities. This ruined land acquisition and farm reform, stalled labour codes.