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Kanchan Lakshman

Speeding Into The Void

Oct 20, 2009 Kanchan Lakshman

Little in the evolving scenario suggests that Pakistan’s hurtle into chaos will be halted by the trajectory of current developments in Waziristan.

Assassins From The Epicentre

Oct 12, 2009 Kanchan Lakshman

This is the second terrorist attack on the Indian mission in 15 months, and the fourth attack in the embattled Afghan capital, Kabul, since August 2009 - and it won't be the last...


An Education In Failure

Seven years after its inception, the Madrassa Reform Project has been an unambiguous failure. The state lacks both the will and the capacity to dismantle this radical network.

Aid For Terror

Sep 10, 2009 Kanchan Lakshman

Pakistan may have "categorically rejected" the NYT of illegally modifying the Harpoon missile and P-3C aircraft for potential use against India, insecurity regarding its nuclear arsenal and use of American aid for jihad persists


Momentary Decapitation

Within weeks of Nek Muhammad’s death, Baitullah Mehsud had emerged as the principal ‘commander’ for Taliban. The TTP remains intactIt will survive Baitullah Mehsud’s death.

16 June, 2009

Fighting For Survival

Kanchan Lakshman

The battle between against the Taliban has intensified and is clearly widening across Pakistan. According to official data, 1,400 'militants' have been killed so far in a military offensive that commenced on April 26, 2009, even as the conflict has l


21 July, 2009

Complicity Uninterrupted

Kanchan Lakshman

Whether or not we de-link terror from dialogue, there is ominous intelligence of LeT and other Pak-based groups planning next big-ticket terrorist attacks in India.


01 June, 2009

Darkness Visible

Kanchan Lakshman

The ongoing military operations against the Taliban have invited a predictable backlash from the militant network. But, to be effective, the Taliban-Al Qaeda combine will have to be targeted not only in the Malakand division of NWFP but also in the w


25 February, 2009

Creating New Terror

Kanchan Lakshman

The 'peace deal' in Swat will produce not more than a brief lull before a rising storm, even as Islamabad's manifest weakness is exploited in new theatres across the country, creating expanding spaces for extreme violence.


30 January, 2009

Dying Embers Of Terror?

Kanchan Lakshman

Diminished violence does not indicate a necessary decline in the capacity for terrorism, and there are clear indications that the infrastructure that supports and sustains the Kashmir jihad remains intact in Pakistan...


17 October, 2008

The Battle For Bajaur

Kanchan Lakshman

It is now the nerve centre for military operations targeting the Taliban- al Qaeda combine. It would have its impact not only on how Pakistan prosecutes its campaign against terrorism and on the trajectory of conflict in neighbouring Afghanistan, but


04 September, 2008

Dropping Off The Edge

Kanchan Lakshman

The collapse of Pakistan's five-month old coalition on August 25, 2008, a week after General (Retired) Pervez Musharraf resigned as the President, has not only enlarged the political vacuum in Islamabad but has also aggravated the multiple insurgenci


21 August, 2008

The Slipping Frontier

Kanchan Lakshman

In the absence of a national policy on combating the multiple insurgencies afflicting Pakistan, a currently clueless provincial government has little chance of success in its efforts to end the NWFP's "descent into chaos".


04 August, 2008

Heavy Weather Ahead

Kanchan Lakshman

By shifting the theatres of violence from J&K to elsewhere, Pakistan looks for greater 'deniability', while furthering the communal divide, but it not a radical departure or even as a nuanced reorientation of the ISI/jihadi agenda


09 July, 2008

The Cat's Paw Again

Kanchan Lakshman

Despite selective military operations in the FATA and NWFP, there is no indication that Pakistan has any intentions to cut the Taliban's lifeline on its soil.


01 July, 2008

Inescapable Entanglements

Kanchan Lakshman

The peace processes with the Taliban, initiated by Islamabad, is now rapidly unraveling, under belated pressure from USA and Afghanisan as massive operations are initiated by Pakistan Army in the Bara area of the Khyber tribal region


28 May, 2008

Negotiating War

Kanchan Lakshman

While the militants seek to reverse President Musharraf's "reluctant rupture with his one-time jihadist allies," J&K and the Indian hinterland could witness a significant resurgence of terrorist violence in the foreseeable future.


15 May, 2008

A Seething Fury

Kanchan Lakshman

Balochistan, which has long remained on the periphery of Pakistan's projects and perceptions, is one of the theatres of conflict where "dialogue with those who are up in the mountains" is presently unraveling.


Photo Gallery

PSG player Lionel Messi reacts after winning the 2021 Ballon d'Or trophy during the 65th Ballon d'Or ceremony at Theatre du Chatelet, in Paris. Messi won the Ballon d'Or for seventh time.

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PSG player Lionel Messi, centre, flanked with hosts former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, left, and French journalist Sandy Heribert, right, reacts after winning the 2021 Ballon d'Or trophy during the 65th Ballon d'Or...

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PSG player Lionel Messi receives the 2021 Ballon d'Or trophy from his former Barcelona teammate Luis Suarez during the 65th Ballon d'Or ceremony at Theatre du Chatelet, in Paris.

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PSG player Lionel Messi receives the 2021 Ballon d'Or trophy from his former Barcelona teammate Luis Suarez during the 65th Ballon d'Or ceremony at Theatre du Chatelet, in Paris.

AP Photo/Christophe Ena

PSG player Lionel Messi reacts after winning the 2021 Ballon d'Or trophy during the 65th Ballon d'Or ceremony at Theatre du Chatelet, in Paris.

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