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Tanvir Ahmad Khan

Vaclav Havel

One career setback that became a memorable opportunity for me was to be appointed ambassador to Czechoslovakia in 1992. The setback was a bizarre decision by former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif to dump me in Prague as punishment; Pakistan…

Drifting Apart

Addressing a security seminar in Dubai on December 10, the Commander of the International Security Force in Afghanistan (Isaf) told his audience that the United States, Britain and France were in “active discussions” with President Karzai…

Martyrs Of Mohmand

They had known combat and proved their mettle. But that night they had no enemy of the state lurking anywhere near. When sudden, brutal death overwhelmed them, they did not know why a putative friend “had opened a barrage of ‘hell fire’, as…

MFN Message

If Pakistan had choreographed its public diplomacy better, the confusion caused by seemingly dissonant statements by the minister of information and the Foreign Office on the MFN status for India would have been avoided. Fortunately, the…

Strategic Intent

Secretary Hillary Clinton’s testimony on Afghanistan and Pakistan to the House Foreign Affairs Committee warrants that my article of last week entitled ‘Strategic intent’ is continued. The testimony is not definitive as other officials of…

Listening To Karzai

President Karzai is a man under intolerable pressure of events. In the Afghan context, he is a man in the middle absorbing duress from a 150,000 strong occupation force the leaders of which have often shown him disrespect, and worse still…

China Bashing

A new ambivalence marks the coverage of China in the western media. The recurrent economic crises on both sides of the Atlantic force concerned governments to call upon China to lend a helping hand in stabilising the situation. Beijing is…

The Options Game

The essence of statecraft for a middle category country located in a challenging geopolitical environment lies in maximising its options and yet for much of its history, Pakistan has depended disproportionately on the United States. True to…

Friendly Fire

The American “friendly fire” directed against Pakistan is so intense at the moment that a great many Pakistanis are apprehensive if the intention is to sink their ship of state. This is a scenario much too grave to contemplate but a vast…

Fighting Terrorism

The Pakistani state is being assailed by more than one kind of violence which, if not curbed, can lead to irreversible consequences for it. There is terrorism linked to the country’s role of as a frontline state in the so-called global war…