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Afghan Government Faces New Set of Rivals

New York Times MUJIB MASHAL A political opposition of sorts to the Afghan government announced its presence last week, with warnings that President Ashraf Ghani’s struggling administration would lose its legitimacy if it failed to hold long-delayed local elections within the next nine months. But one sense of relief for …

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Canada shows the way

Arab News AIJAZ ZAKA SYED Just when you think there’s little hope for the world, something happens that restores your faith in humanity. Only those who have long suffered at the hands of their own, been driven from their homes and are desperately looking for refuge would truly value the …

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Little to cheer for in Pakistan

Pakistanis are justified in asking a pertinent question: Is it worth celebrating the coming of the New Year? The answer to that question depends on where they stand in the social hierarchy Gulf News Farhan Bokhari If Pakistan’s past year was a reflection of its future, the country is poised …

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Pakistan Needs a Nuclear Future, Not a Nuclear Deal

A nuclear agreement between Pakistan and the United States benefits everyone. Except Pakistan Foreign Policy Magazine RABIA AKHTAR Regardless of the conditions, Pakistan should not pursue any civil nuclear agreement with the United States. Pakistan should review its national security concerns and decide whether it wants to be bound by …

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Pakistan is still trying to get a grip on its madrassa problem

Washington Post Tim Craig In a country that has more than 20,000 religious schools, Pakistani investigators say the madrassa where Tashfeen Malik studied the Koran doesn’t stand out as being especially radical or linked to past violence. But experts here don’t think they can say the same about every other …

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Afghans See Taliban as a Key to U.S. Aid Projects, Study Finds

New York Times JAMES RISEN The United States spent $64,597 to build a wall around a school in Qala Nazir Baba, a village in Logar Province in Afghanistan. It spent an additional $41,792 to rehabilitate an irrigation system in Zoya, a village in Wardak Province. Both projects were part of …

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From Geopolitics to Geoeconomics

Islamabad needs space for broader engagement with all its neighbors Newsweek Pakistan EJAZ HAIDER Pakistan just hosted the two-day fifth ministerial conference of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process. Two positive developments marked the event. India, which, since the coming to power of Narendra Modi had adopted the policy of not …

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