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The Laskhar-e-Taiba in Afghanistan

The Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) has become more visible after a hiatus – this time in Afghanistan both in support of the Taliban and in a takeover of the Islamic State of Khorasan (ISK). The LeT was, originally, set up by the...

Recent Political Developments in Afghanistan – An Assessment

The Unending Saga of US-Taliban ‘Peace’ Deal On May 23 2020, the Taliban announced a three-day ceasefire with effect from May 24, the day when Afghanistan celebrates Eid ul Fitr marking the end of Ramzan. President Ashraf Ghani responded positively...

Omar Sheikh: If Not Daniel Pearl, a Trail With Links to ISI, 9/11 Mastermind and Bin Laden

Was it a coincidence or was it purposely timed for when everyone was too busy worrying about the Covid-19 crisis? Last week, the Sindh High Court overturned, citing a lack of evidence, the conviction of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh on...

Anand Arni quoted in The Week on Omar Sheikh’s acquittal

Anand Arni, Distinguished Fellow at the Takshashila Institution, was quoted in an article by Mandira Nayar on the acquittal of Omar Saeed Sheikh, who was detained in connection with the brutal murder of The Wall Street Journal journalist Daniel Pearl....

India’s Troops in Afghanistan: An Old Request in a New Context

Boots on the ground are secondary; India’s key objective in Afghanistan should be to help the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan claim a monopoly over the legitimate use of physical force. India can contribute a lot towards capacity building of the...

The Battle in Pakistan’s Military-Jihadi Complex

Contrary to popular belief, Pakistan’s military-jihadi complex (MJC) has not been brought to its knees by Balakot, Uri, or even FATF. India’s actions in Kashmir, for example, have provided the MJC with the perfect excuse to interfere as it does...

Misguided Talks With the Taliban Won’t Bring Peace to Afghanistan

This article first appeared in The Wire Dark, bizarre, surreal: we are short of adjectives to accurately capture the current political situation in Afghanistan. On May 8, even as they were in talks with the US, the Taliban attacked the Kabul...

How India Should Respond to Trump’s Barbs on Afghanistan

An article on Trump’s barbs that India is only building ‘libraries’ in Afghanistan. We find that though conveyed crudely, there is some truth in his argument – India has not done much since August 2017 when Trump announced his previous...

Takshashila Discussion Document: India’s External Intelligence Agency: Managing the Human Resources Challenge

Executive Summary In India, reform advocacy for the Intelligence community has largely been focused around parliamentary scrutiny over the intelligence agencies and removal of defunct ones. These suggested reforms, however, tend to overlook what is at the core of intelligence...

In its sixth decade, R&AW needs to look at the world outside terrorism

In this, its sixth decade of existence, the task for the leadership is to look at a world outside terrorism and to take stock of new and emerging threats. Already, its counterparts in other parts of the world have begun...
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