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Pakistan Powerful Spy Service Gets a New Chief–And a Crisis

Pakistan Powerful Spy Service Gets a New Chief–And a Crisis

Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (IS) is a kind of shadow government over the country’s democracy, setting policy in Afghanistan and establishing red lines beyond which elected officials cannot cross. So when Prime Ministers Imran Khan altered the procedure for selecting a successor to ISI chief Faiz Hameed, last month, he set off a political crisis in...

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With the Taliban Ascendant,  Nuclear Pakistan Is Only Getting Stronger

With the Taliban Ascendant,  Nuclear Pakistan Is Only Getting Stronger

Today’s posting by the non-profit National Security Archive In Washington DC follows the recent admission by Pakistani President Arif Alvi that the country had already developed a “nuclear deterrent” by 1981, long before the underground nuclear tests of 1998.  Alvi may have exaggerated in claiming that Pakistan had “joined those nations which were …  equipped with...