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Aqsa Ghauri

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Aqsa is currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree in Peace & Conflict Studies (final semester) at National Defense University, Islamabad. She was a former internee at Islamabad Institute of Strategic Studies and MSF. Her research domain is politics, focusing on peace measures and conflict analysis.

Future of Pakistan-Taliban Relationship: Are the Tides Changing?

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Pakistan wanted an ally on its west border that can oppose India and anti-Pakistan elements. Afghan Taliban being the ideologically driven faction emerged as indirectly favoring Pakistan. Though most of the Taliban are ethnic Pashtun, their ethnicity has never taken over their ideological identity, so in both respects, the Taliban were less detrimental to Pakistan’s security challenges.
The resurgence of sectarianism in Pakistan

The Resurgence of Sectarianism in Pakistan: A Threat Matrix?

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Sectarianism is so deep-rooted in our society that even the state deems it ‘normal’ and does not react unless extremist manifestations of the phenomenon start turning ugly. The state’s typical response entails the ‘concealment and appeasement’ approach, which was evident from its dealing with the recent upsurge in sectarian tensions in the country.

The QUAD

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“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.” ~Albert Einstein
India’s Dilemma in the Indo-Pacific Theater

India’s Dilemma in the Indo-Pacific Theater

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India with its leverage lost in Afghanistan is reportedly considering to reopen its embassy in Kabul. This comes at a time when India is seeking its role in Afghanistan; either through ‘Asia-Pacific’ group – 18th Russia-India-China (RIC) foreign ministers’ meeting, or through United States-led initiatives, such as Quad.
Allama Iqbal

Iqbal – The Idea of Sovereign State

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Islam to Iqbal was a philosophical ethos, more than a mere religion confined to the individual sphere. Thus, he spoke both in terms of the individual and the collective – framed in the concept of the Ummah.