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Daud Khattak

Daud Khattak

Daud Khattak is managing editor for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Pashto language Mashaal Radio.

Daud Khattak is managing editor for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Pashto language Mashaal Radio. Before joining RFE/RL, Khattak worked for The News International and London’s Sunday Times in Peshawar, Pakistan. He has also worked for Pajhwok Afghan News in Kabul. The views expressed in his articles are the author’s own and do not represent those of RFE/RL.

Posts by Daud Khattak
February 17, 2021

President Biden’s Afghanistan Challenge

By Daud Khattak
The fate of the U.S.-Taliban deal hangs in the balance, while the peace process stalls. What will the Biden administration ultimately do about Afghanistan?

January 30, 2021

A Brief History of Mangal Bagh

By Daud Khattak
Mangal Bagh, the leader of Lashkar-e-Islam (LeI), was recently killed in Afghanistan. Who was he?
October 20, 2020

Pakistan’s Former Prime Minister Takes the Generals Head on Amid Growing Confrontation

By Daud Khattak
The Pakistan army finds itself in a dilemma when it comes to continuing supporting the Imran Khan government.

October 09, 2020

In a Rare Show of Power, Pakistan Opposition Elites Challenge the Generals

By Daud Khattak
Political temperatures rise in Pakistan as the opposition takes on the military and Imran Khan headlong.

July 08, 2020

Can Imran Khan Stay in Power?

By Daud Khattak
The “minus one” narrative is gaining traction, but it would be difficult to replace Khan as prime minister.

June 09, 2020

Pakistan’s Confused COVID-19 Response

By Daud Khattak
Pakistan’s coronavirus fight needs clear public messaging to avert a public health crisis.
May 04, 2020

Killing of PTM Leader Further Antagonizes Pakistan Pashtun Rights Defenders

By Daud Khattak
Sardar Arif Wazir was killed by armed men on May 1.

April 21, 2020

Are Imran Khan’s Days as Pakistan’s Prime Minister Numbered?

By Daud Khattak
The PTI government's poor performance has apparently alienated even Pakistan's kingmakers: the military.

March 04, 2020

Afghanistan: Between Hope and Hopelessness

By Daud Khattak
The biggest obstacle to peace is no longer the Taliban, but the political fractures in Kabul.

February 22, 2020

Afghanistan: Ghani-Abdullah Row May Thwart the Prospect of Peace

By Daud Khattak
Even as a U.S.-Taliban peace deal is announced, Kabul is in the grips of a political crisis.

February 14, 2020

Pakistan’s Efforts to Silence Dissenters Amplifies Their Causes

By Daud Khattak
In the age of social media, labeling people traitors, infidels and foreign agents doesn’t necessarily inspire the self-censorship it once did.
January 24, 2020

The Pitfalls in Afghanistan’s Peace Process

By Daud Khattak
A US-Taliban peace agreement seems closer than ever, but the whole thing could unravel when it comes time for intra-Afghan talks.

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