Why Trump Is Right to Get Tough With Pakistan

President Trump deserves high marks for his new Afghanistan strategy. It is bold, reasoned and offers the prospect of success against the violent Islamist groups of the region. But it will also face opposition in the region. The president…

Trump’s Plan for Afghanistan

What a difference four years and a presidential election victory make. In 2013, Donald Trump offered this prescription for what the U.S. should do in Afghanistan: On Monday night, Trump offered a new plan for Afghanistan, combing a military…

70 Years After Pakistan-India Split, Sikhs Search for Home

PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN — Radesh Singh's grandfather was just 11 years old when he left his village in India's Punjab province to move to Peshawar, in the far northwest of the country on the border with Afghanistan. The year was 1901: The…

The rise of clerics as the new class in Pashtun society

In the contemporary era of War on Terror, one often hears the words Mullah/Taliban and Pashtun carelessly associated with each other in Pakistan, as if there is some synonymity between the two. More often than not, such associations are…

Domestic violence: a social problem

Domestic violence is a world-wide reality: a dark spot on the face of our so-called civilized world. In Asian cultures, specifically in Pukhtoon societies, the rate is alarmingly high. Most women in this society who experience domestic…

Separation of organized religion and state

"The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe in blood for centuries" (James Madison). Is violence inevitable without a separation of organized…