Arif Ayub

  • When Manzur Qadir became Foreign Minister, he immedi ately proved the adage that a lawyer wins the argument, but loses a friend. One of his first acts in office was to summon the Afghan Ambassador and give him a two hour lecture on the legal aspects of the Durand Line, based on the Foreign Office ...

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  • In September 1947, when Pakistan applied for membership of the United Nations, Afghanistan was the only country, which voted against its admission. The Afghan representative stated on the occasion in the UN General Assembly: We cannot recognise the North West Frontier [Khyber Pakhtunkhwa] as part ...

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  • Amateurs discuss strategy while professionals talk logistics. The truth of this statement was hig hlighted by the recent events on our western border. The US requires about 3,000 tons daily for sustaining its forces in Afghanistan and 80 percent of this is routed through Pakistan, amounting to ...

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  • The Afghanistan Study Group (a gathering of 46 foreign policy experts in the US) released its latest report on August 16 calling for review of the current US policies in Afghanistan. It notes that the war is costing America $100 billion annually which is seven times larger than Afghanistans Gross ...

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  • On June 17, 2010, the New York Times and the rest of the US media led prominent stories on US geologists having discovered vast deposits of iron, copper, gold, lithium and other minerals in Afghanistan worth an estimated one trillion dollars. For good measure, the Afghan government claimed that ...

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  • It seems the reality about the Afghan army is even worse than reported by the International Crisis Group (ICG). Antonio Giustozzi writing in the Royal United Services Institute Journal of December 2009 has provided a detailed analysis of the shortcomings of the Afghan army in his article titled The ...

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  • Afghans are renowned for being the best fighters in the world and they have proved this throughout centuries, as they battled and worsted empires which have tried to dominate them; in recent times the Moghuls, Persians, British, Russians and now the Americans. It is, therefore, always surprising to ...

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  • It is very rare for an article to influence policy. However, the Institute for the Study of War has achieved this distinction through its article on Kunar and Nuristan by Michael Moore and James Fussell, which made the case for a US withdrawal from this area and whose recommendations were ...

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  • Vangaurd Books have done a great service by republishing the book Tribal Fighting in NWFP by General Sir Andrew Skeen. This was first published in 1932 and surprisingly is still extremely relevant, particularly as the US and Pakistan army are testing their mettle against the tribes. General Skeen ...

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  • Carl Forsberg has just written a report on Politics and Power in Kandahar for the Institute for the Study of War. The report provides an extremely useful background to the declining influence of the tribes in the Kandahar region, which is one of the most strategically decisive areas for the ...

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