Imtiaz Gul

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Imtiaz Gul is the founder and Executive Director of Center for Research and Security Studies, an Islamabad-based think tank that he founded in December 2007. He is a prominent columnist and author of several books on South Asia including “Pakistan: Before & After Osama Bin Laden”. He regularly appears as an analyst on Pakistani TV channels as well as the Doha-based Al-Jazeera English/Arabic satellite TV channel for his expertise in areas such as Afghanistan/Tribal Areas / and the Kashmir militancy. He is a prominent columnist writing for the Express Tribune, Daily Times, Foreign Policy and many others. He is the author of several books on South Asia, his latest book “Pakistan: Before & After Osama Bin Laden”. He regularly appears as an analyst on Pakistani TV channels as well as the Doha-based Al-Jazeera English/Arabic satellite TV channel for his expertise in areas such as Afghanistan/Tribal Areas / and the Kashmir militancy. He has presented papers and given talks at universities and international security and counter-terror conferences in Brussels, Tokyo, Berlin, New Delhi, Kabul, New York, Washington, the Hague, Riyadh, Italy, Oslo, Stockholm, Beijing. http://www.imtiazgul.com/

Does Chabahar matter?

Imtiaz Gul | Is the dispatch of the first Indian wheat gift to Afghanistan via Chabahar only a massive public relations gimmick or is it part...

Why not just say no to CSF?

Imtiaz Gul | The US decision to withhold $50 million remaining in military reimbursements to Pakistan for fiscal year 2016 for not doing "enough to...

Is it time to face the reality?

Imtiaz Gul | If the Joint Investigation Team’s (JIT) finding of two declarations submitted by Maryam Nawaz is correct, she will be facing criminal prosecution...

The key to peace in Afghanistan: Bringing all the regional players...

Imtiaz Gul | The Trump administration plans to beef up its nearly 9000 troops with another 4,000 with the stated objective of training and assisting...

Will the JIT be able to handle PML-N’s pressure?

Imtiaz Gul | A big question surrounding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s appearance before the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) was whether he will draw on documents...

Ashraf Ghani’s outburst: How should Pakistan handle the situation?

Imtiaz Gul | Political temperatures spiked to unprecedented levels with a May 31 terrorist attack in Kabul that has left about 150 people dead. Afghan...

Ashraf Ghani’s blame game continues: What are Pakistan’s options?

Imtiaz Gul | Ashraf Ghani’s charged Pakistan-focused speech before the Kabul Process Summit on June 6 in the presence of a Pakistani delegation left quite...

Dastardly terror in Afghanistan: Is a new war about to begin?

Imtiaz Gul | No words are enough to condemn the dastardly truck bombing in Kabul that took at least 80 lives and left hundreds wounded,...

Pak-Afghan border closures: It’s business that suffers the most!

Imtiaz Gul | After 22 days, Pakistan reopened the Friendship Gate at Chaman border crossing on May 27 on “humanitarian grounds” coinciding with the Ramazan...

Pak-Afghan ties: A true hope for betterment or yet another false...

Imtiaz Gul | Afghanistan’s Khaama Press news agency on Saturday quoted President Ashraf Ghani as saying that “Pakistan is in isolation but an isolated Pakistan...

Bringing Afghanistan & Pakistan close: Will China’s efforts bear fruit?

Imtiaz Gul | China is running full-steam ahead with multi-tier diplomacy to create a synergy of thought and action among regional countries as part of...

Afghanistan’s stubbornness: An obstacle in regional development

Imtiaz Gul | At a May 2015 global forum in Beijing, former President Hamid Karzai had talked of high time to "recommit ourselves to peaceful...

Dawn Leaks notification: Is the PM side-stepping from real case?

Imtiaz Gul | Government’s actions based on the JIT report on Dawn Leaks (dismissal of two technocrats) has unfortunately resuscitated the latent fault lines in...

Civil-Military relations on social media: Has Pakistan turned into a laughing...

Imtiaz Gul | Pakistan’s state institutions have yet to learn the art of strategic communication. The confessional video statement of the once-dreaded TTP spokesperson, Ehsanullah...

Pakistan’s self-righteous elite: Will they do what is really needed to...

Imtiaz Gul | An outpouring of condemnation and protests have been seen on the media after the lynching of the 23-year-old Mashal Khan by a...

FBR’s irrational taxation regime only has one motivation: extraction?

Imtiaz Gul | The Federal Board of Revenue continues to act as a highly extractive institution. With the tax-leaking at an increase and the revenue...

Kulbhushan’s death sentence: a “Circuit Breaker” or “Grand Bargain”?

Imtiaz Gul | The conviction to death of Kulbhushan Jadhav through a Field General Court Martial came as a surprise to the majority of Pakistanis....

Pak-Afghan relations improving as both countries review previous no go areas

Imtiaz Gul | Multi-tier border management mechanism, a Pakistani demand stone-walled by Kabul on the pretext that "terrorists don't use regular border crossings". Ahead of the...

Safeguarding Islam and Minorities: Rulers finally acting?

Imtiaz Gul | Something unprecedented happened in Pakistan this Holi. Cutting across religious barriers, the prime minister delivered a ground-breaking speech to the Hindu minority....

Pak-Afghan Border Reopened: Alternatives for Pakistan?

Imtiaz Gul | Behind the scenes, diplomatic efforts, particularly by the United Kingdom, as well as intense lobbying by the business community and civil society...

Modi wins state elections on Pakistan bashing: will it stop now?

Imtiaz Gul| Prime Minister Narendra Modi and team, are basking in glory and confidence following the stunning success in Uttar Pradesh (UP) and three other...

Pakistan & Afghanistan: Victims of each other?

Imtiaz Gul| The same old narratives continue in Kabul and Islamabad and no-one wants to be the first to change them; Afghan officials insist Tehreek-e-...

Stop blaming terrorism on Pashtoons: Fight its origins!

By Imtiaz Gul | As a Pashtoon teenager, I grew up in Punjab with some of the most demeaning cliches of Pashtoons; smugglers, moneylenders at...

Pakistan and Afghanistan have no choice but to fight against terrorists...

Imtiaz Gul | Can both Pakistan and Afghanistan step back from their positions and find a middle ground on which to get back to formal...

Will Pakistanis & Afghans be able to see through the Indian...

Imtiaz Gul The unilateral border closure by Pakistan on February 15 once again exposed the current extremely brittle and acrimonious nature of its current relations...

Will a NATO rethink on Afghanistan achieve more?

Imtiaz Gul| Are we seeing a US-led NATO rethink on Afghanistan and Pakistan underway? With the Indian policy of “isolating” Pakistan having outlived its shelf...

Has NATO led to “indifference and inaction” by Afghan Government?

Recent, Russian announcement of a moot to be held in mid-February along with General Nicolson's comments last week bring up the question whether a...

Are Pakistani politicians dancing with Perkin’s hitmen?

Imtiaz Gul | John Perkins, the best selling author of the book 'Confessions of An Economic Hitman,' talks of how corrupt rulers of smaller developing nations...

Why is PEMRA not playing its actual role?

Imtiaz Gul | There is no doubt under its new leadership Pemra has started playing an active role in regulating the electronic media.  The latest...

Integrity of Political Office Holders: There & Here?

Imtiaz Gul | On January 20, immediately after Donald Trump’s inauguration, the Obama family moved to a rented apartment after spending eight years at...

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