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Afghanistan and Pakistan lie at the center of U.S. interests and strategy within South Asia. The two countries are often referred to jointly as “AfPak,” emphasizing the extent to which events and policy on one side of the Durand Line influence events on the other. In particular, Pakistan’s porous northwestern border has become a haven for extremist insurgent groups such as the Taliban and the Haqqani Network, to whom Kabul has accused the Pakistani security forces of providing support--even as the United States relies on Islamabad’s help in battling those same insurgencies. Meanwhile to the southeast, tensions between Pakistan and India remain consistently high over the disputed Kashmir region, among other issues.

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The Law Under Attack in Pakistan

Earlier this week, a suicide bomber outside a crowded hospital in Quetta, Pakistan killed at least 74 people and wounded dozens more. But Monday’s victims were not a random assortment of civilians waiting for medical care. Instead, the attack was designed to hit at the heart of Pakistan’s civil society—its legal community—and is likely to further undermine the tools necessary for governance in an increasingly chaotic country.


Statement from the Taliban: “Full Text Delivered By the Head of the Political Office at the Oslo Conference (Forum)”

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نحمده ونصلي علی رسوله الکریم اما بعد

اعوذ بالله من الشیطان الرجیم

بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم

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