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Abdul Basit

Abdul Basit

Abdul Basit is a Senior Associate Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore, where he covers extremism and militancy in South Asia. Follow him on Twitter @basitresearcher.

Abdul Basit is a Senior Associate Fellow and head of the South Asia desk at the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (ICPVTR) of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Singapore.  He specializes in South Asian security issues with a primary focus on terrorism and religious extremism in the Af-Pak region. He is also the Associate Editor of ICPVTR’s open-access monthly journal Counter Terrorist Trends and Analyses (CTTA). He regularly publishes commentaries and peer-reviewed research articles on the mentioned topics. He can be reached at [email protected]

Posts by Abdul Basit
February 10, 2024

Post-Election Pakistan Is on a Knife-Edge

By Abdul Basit
The three main political parties must evolve a political consensus through a grand dialogue.

January 30, 2024

Pakistan’s Islamist Parties Could Emerge Spoilers or Kingmakers

By Abdul Basit
Although these parties may not win many seats -- they have not formed an alliance and lack the support of the military establishment -- they could still play a role post-February 8.
November 23, 2023

Pakistan’s New Afghan Policy: Another Disaster in the Making?

By Abdul Basit
Angry with the Taliban regime for not helping it against the TTP, the Pakistani government is lashing out at Afghan refugees.

October 20, 2023

Saad Hussain Rizvi’s Soaring Popularity and Pakistan’s Elections

By Abdul Basit
The Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan chief may be the country's second most popular leader, but his party will likely get just 4 percent of votes, according to a Gallup Pakistan survey.

October 02, 2023

Pakistan’s Outdated Counter­terrorism Framework Requires Major Revamp

By Abdul Basit
Talks with the TTP, for example, allowed some factions to return to Pakistan and gain legitimacy as well.

September 03, 2023

Has Afghanistan Turned into a Sanctuary for Jihadist Groups?

By Abdul Basit
Unlike the mid-1990s, Afghanistan under the Taliban has not become a hub of jihadists. However, the threat level has risen.
July 31, 2023

Is Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Merging Into al-Qaida?

By Abdul Basit
Why would the TTP, which was rejuvenated by the Taliban victory in Afghanistan, subsume itself into a group that is ideologically and operationally weaker?

June 05, 2023

Implications of Pakistan’s Terror Tagging of Political Opponents

By Abdul Basit
Charging political protestors under counterterrorism laws, even as extremist outfits are allowed to march in support of the military, will undermine Pakistan’s democracy.

May 22, 2023

The Impact of Political Instability on Pakistan’s Internal Security

By Abdul Basit
Troops have been deployed in cities to quell violent protests. Militant groups could target them.

April 05, 2023

US-Pakistan Counterterrorism Dialogue and the Regional Terrorism Situation

By Abdul Basit
A consistent, albeit limited-scale, counterterrorism cooperation between the two countries is being put in place.

March 13, 2023

Will the Taliban Regime Dislodge TTP From Af-Pak Border Areas?

By Abdul Basit
The Taliban may not be willing to crack down beyond a point, as that could provide the group's arch-foe, the ISKP, with a propaganda boost.
February 22, 2023

Politics of Claiming Responsibility for Terrorist Attacks in Af-Pak Region

By Abdul Basit
In some attacks, a terror group claims credit and then denies involvement. In others, more than one group claims credit.

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