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Salman Rafi Sheikh

Salman Rafi Sheikh

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Sharif flipping Pakistan’s US and China relations

New Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has the opportunity to reset Pakistan's foreign relations. Image: Screengrab / NTV In the run-up to Pa...

Rajapaksas down but not out in bankrupt Sri Lanka

Anti-Rajapaksa protests are raging in Columbo as demonstrators call on the ruling clan to step down. Image: Screengrab / NDTV While the ruling Ra...

Sharif’s big chance to reset Pakistan’s lose-lose diplomac...

New Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has the opportunity to reset Pakistan's foreign relations. Image: Screengrab / NTV Pakistan’s re...

China lends Taliban a slow but sure helping hand

China is sending strong signals it will soon grant official recognition to the Taliban. Image: Getty Even without formally recognizing Afghanista...

Rajapaksa to blame for Sri Lanka’s economic calamity

  Fuel and power shortages threaten to tilt towards a humanitarian crisis in Sri Lanka. Image: Screengrab / NDTV When Sri Lanka President G...

Haqqanis imposing their radical will on Afghanistan

Afghan Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani during his first public appearance since coming to power under Taliban rule, March 6, 2022. Photo: Twitt...

Ukraine war pushes Sri Lanka to brink of default

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa addresses the nation after being sworn in on November 18, 2019. Photo: AFP With the Russia-Ukraine war pushing globa...

How Russia’s war will destabilize Central Asia

Tajikistan and other Central Asian nations are on the fence of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Image: Facebook / Eurasianet When Vladimir Putin dec...

Pakistan-Taliban fence fight all about the money

Pakistani troops patrol along the Afghanistan border at Big Ben post in Khyber district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on August 3, 2021. Photo: A...

Taliban’s mirror image TTP raising hell in Pakistan

Tehreek-e-Taliban fighters in a file photo at an undisclosed location. The terror outfit is ramping up attacks in Pakistan. Photo: Facebook / Dawn...

Why China, Russia and US won’t save the Taliban

Afghan refugees trying to make their way to Europe. Photo: AFP With nearly half of the Afghan population facing famine as the war-torn nation&rsq...

The Taliban’s unconvincing war on ISIS-K

A Taliban fighter watches the Twenty20 cricket trial match being played between two Afghan teams 'Peace Defenders' and 'Peace Heroes' at the Kabul I...

Taliban teetering on verge of economic collapse

Ever since the Taliban’s military takeover of Kabul, the Afghan economy has gone from bad to worse and could now be headed for a total collapse...

China looks to Tajiks to spy Afghan terror risks

A Tajik frontier guard soldier patrols the border Pyandj river at the Afghan border not far from the town of Pyandj some 220 kilometers from Dushanb...

Taliban tells China what it wants to hear on ETIM

A demonstrator wearing a mask painted with the colors of the flag of East Turkestan supported by the ETIM takes part in a protest by supporters of t...

Biden faces stay or go dilemma in Afghanistan

As new US President Joe Biden works to undo many of his predecessor Donald Trump’s foreign policies and legacies, the outgoing administration&rs...

Rajapaksas marching Sri Lanka towards military rule

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa  Even at the height of the Sri Lankan state’s armed conflict with the rebel Liberation Tigers...

Factors that’ll shape Pak-US ties under Biden

Caption The ascendance of Joe Biden to the Presidency of the US is being seen as a watershed, expected to produce some significant changes in US...

Biden’s foreign policy will be different except vis-à-vis...

Joe Biden With Joe Biden likely to become the next US President, the question what concrete changes he will make in America’s foreign polic...

Why Abdullah Abdullah visited Pakistan and India?

Abdullah Abdullah talks with Prime Minister Imran Khan When Abdullah Abdullah recently visited Pakistan and India, the impression was that he,...