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Rahimullah Yusufzai is a Peshawar-based senior journalist who covers events in the NWFP, FATA, Balochistan and Afghanistan. His work appears in the Pakistani and international media. He has also contributed chapters to books on the region.

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The ‘Foreign’ Hand

Besides the TTP and Al-Qaeda, Pakistan has to contend with a deadly foreign militant group – the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.

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At War With Itself

Will the split within the TTP ranks help restart the stalled peace process or will it set the stage for further bloodshed in Pakistan?

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Presidents-in-Waiting

Who will win round two of the Afghan presidential elections: former foreign minister, Dr Abdullah Abdullah, or former finance minister, Dr Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai?

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US-Pak Relations: Now Ally, Now Alien

What went down at the Chicago Summit? How will instability in Afghanistan affect Pakistan? Will the US finally make up its mind regarding what role the Taliban will play in ending the Afghan conflict? Rahimullah Yusufzai ponders these questions in the June cover story.

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[22 Jun 2012 | Comments Off | ]
Controversial Conviction: Dr Shakeel Afridi

Dr Shakeel Afridi has been sentenced 33 years in prison, but if the US had its way, he would be feted as a hero.

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Pakistani Journalists Under Siege

Forty-nine journalists have died of violence in the country since 2002 and most belong to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

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US Looking to Negotiate With the Taliban

Does Pakistan figure in the face-saving deal that the US is trying to thrash out with the Taliban in Doha?

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[20 Oct 2011 | Comments Off | ]
Double Games People Play

With Pakistan, the US and Afghanistan pointing accusatory fingers at each other as the US withdrawal from Afghanistan nears, how will ‘The Great Game’ in the Af-Pak region end?

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Influencing Afghanistan: Neighbours and Faraway States Jostle for Position

Pakistan must tread carefully in Afghanistan, as it negotiates Iranian, Saudi and Indian interests in its war-torn neighbourhood.

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The Afghan Endgame: Is Durable Peace a Mirage?

Obama’s plans of a phased drawdown of US troops in Afghanistan are unlikely to usher in a period of peace and stability in the country or the region. In fact, negotiations between US and Afghan officials about permanent US military bases seem to indicate otherwise.