Tag: Pakistan

Islamabad’s worried about sectarian interventions in Pakistan

Strategic Council Online—Interview: An expert of the issues of the subcontinent says Pakistani officials are worried about acts against their national security by foreign countries as tensions rise between India and Pakistan in the eastern borders of India.

Impact of Imran Khan’s Kabul Visit on Facilitating Afghan Peace Process

Strategic Council Online: An analyst of Afghan affairs said that Imran Khan’s visit to Kabul could not untie a knot in the Afghan peace talks in Qatar, adding that what is called Pakistan’s support for the Taliban is the main cause of disagreement between the two countries. He added that it seems that as long as Afghanistan fails to achieve lasting peace, there will be no opportunity for detente in the relations between the two countries.

The significance of deepening all-out relations with neighbors

Strategic Council Online—Interview: Former deputy minister of foreign affairs says the ministry should have tools to advance all-out relations with its neighbours however unfortunately such tools are not available to the foreign ministry, adding that the neighbourliness policy requires serious will and determination.

Joe Biden’s Approach to Afghanistan Peace Process

Strategic Council Online: Sarwar Danesh, Second Vice-President of Afghanistan, has called on the next US administration to reconsider the process of negotiations with the Taliban group. Danesh also criticized escalation of violence and the Taliban’s lack of cooperation in the peace process, saying that most Taliban members who have been released from prisons in Afghanistan had returned to the battlefields contrary to their commitment. Now the question is whether with the victory of Joe Biden in the US elections the policies of that country towards Afghanistan will change?

The future of Afghanistan and India’s ambiguous relations with it

Strategic Council Online—Opinion: If for any reason, the Taliban are successful, either through political means and negotiations or military action, to possess maximum power in Afghanistan, and the two other parties—the North Front and the Liberal Democrats—are consequently placed in the weakness position, India would be definitely a loser as the Taliban’s view is ideological and therefore considers groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen against India in Keshmir as its own allies. Therefore, if the Taliban are placed in the position of strength and power in Afghanistan, they would provide such groups with operational bases and India can no longer play a significant role in that country.
Pirmohammad Mollazehi—Expert of the subcontinent

India’s Position and Role in US-China Confrontation

Strategic Council Online: To the same extent that confrontation between the US and China intensifies, the governments of East and South Asia will more clearly define the borders between themselves and China. Therefore, the US call on India to reduce the volume of trade with China should be sought within the framework of the Indo-Pacific strategy, which the two countries have already agreed over the need for its existence and its implementation.
Tahmoures Gholami – Expert on American Affairs

Normalization of Sudan’s Relations with Israel and Probability of Outbreak of Internal Conflicts

Strategic Council Online – A former Middle East Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that a large part of Sudanese society is not yet ready to accept the normalization of relations with Israel. He noted: Given that this measure is unlikely to help solve Sudan’s living and economic problems, it after a while, this decision may become the source of internal disputes and conflicts in Sudan.

Pakistan’s Efforts to Establish Balance in Relations with Important Countries

Strategic Council Online – A university professor, referring to the cold relations between Pakistan and Arab countries in the Persian Gulf, said: Imran Khan’s government is trying to develop its relations with countries in the region and play an active role in de-escalating some of the tensions, but politicians of that country should be capable of balancing their relations with important countries.

Pakistan and Gradual Cooling of Relations with Saudi, UAE

Strategic Council Online – Pakistan’s relations with Arab countries, especially Saudi Arabia, have entered a new phase since the inauguration of Imran Khan, the Chairman of the ruling party Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the Prime Minister of the country, in 2018.
Mohammad Reza Asgari Moroudi – Senior Expert on Asia

Inter-Afghan talks and possible scenarios

Strategic Council Online—Editorial: After years of conflict, violence and bloodshed, the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban, finally, accepted to sit at the negotiation table instead of killing each other and using military tools and terror to put a stop to the multi-decade wars in Afghanistan through political action and inter-Afghan talks.
Seyyed Mostafa Hashemi—Expert of Afghanistan affairs

India’s Approach on Regional Developments

Strategic Council Online – The Indian government with a strong sense of distinction, has evaluated the implications of the UAE and Bahrain agreement with Israel on normalization of ties, the launch of inter-Afghan negotiations and Iran-China agreement on its interests, and is trying to reduce the negative impacts of these events on New Delhi.
Mashallah Shakeri – Former Iranian ambassador to Pakistan and expert on international affairs

Fears and Hopes in Inter-Afghan Talks

Strategic Council Online – Under the present circumstances, the Taliban do not seem to accept power-sharing based on the Ashraf Ghani Government’s offer of 50% of power and some regional and international players at this juncture do not agree with the outlook that Afghanistan should achieve peace and stability; because for the time being, they do not see their interests in peace and stability in Afghanistan.
Pir Mohammad Mollazehi – Expert in Subcontinent Issues

Saudi Misunderstanding of Realities in Pakistan

Strategic Council Online – Regional and global conditions are changing; but Riyadh is reluctant to accept the changes and still intends to traditionally hold control over Pakistan. In the meantime, the situation has changed in Pakistan and the country is gradually leaving the Western clique and entering into the Chinese circle.
Abdolreza Farajirad – Expert in Geopolitical Issues

US prevention from Europe’s role playing in Afghanistan peace process

Khalil Zad didn’t allow Europe to play the main role in the negotiations and faded Europe role in political process. Well, The European’s concerns about Afghanistan are not included in the US-Taliban agreement. European countries and the E.U use Iran and Afghanistan’s issues to answer the U.S unilateral actions.
Mostafa Hashemi – Afghanistan expert

Developments in Pakistan’s Relations with Saudi Arabia

Strategic Council Online – The recent failed visit of Pakistani army generals to Riyadh, followed by the visit of Imran Khan, seems to be more the result of the frown of the Riyadh rulers than a sign of Pakistani initiative.
Mashallah Shakeri – Former Iranian ambassador to Pakistan and expert on international affairs

China’s Trump Cards in Competition with US

Strategic Council Online – The Americans hope that with the cooperation of India they will be able to implement the India-Pacific project and stop China; but China has opposed the India-Pacific project, meaning it wants to focus from the Pacific to the Indian Ocean.
Pir Mohammad Mollazehi – Asia Affairs Expert

US, Iran Differ on Peace Agreement in Afghanistan

Strategic Council Online – Since the views of the United States and Iran on the Afghan peace process are completely different, it is inconceivable for Iran to stand by the US in the Afghan peace process and help them.
Pir Mohammad Mollazehi – Expert on Subcontinent Issues

China’s Cautious Move to Boost Relations with Afghanistan

Strategic Council Online – The Chinese are very serious about improving relations with Afghanistan and have clear policies, but as long as the Americans are in Afghanistan, it looks like Beijing will move with caution.
Pir Mohammad Mollazehi – Expert on Subcontinent Affairs

Root Causes of China-India Border Tension

Strategic Council Online: Apart from what is happening in China-India-Pakistan relations, changing the equation of global power, i.e. India’s proximity to the United States and that of Pakistan to China, will not be ineffective in exacerbating the China-India border crisis.
Pir Mohammad Molazehi – Expert on Subcontinent Affairs