Abdul Basit

Abdul Basit

Abdul Basit is an associate research fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore.

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Opinion | Female suicide bomber adds to China, Pakistan woes in volatile Balochistan conflict

The suicide bombing in Karachi carried out by a woman puts a new twist on a series of attacks on Chinese interests. Educated, middle-class young people taking up the fight in major cities shows Pakistan must see the issue through more than a security lens.

The suicide bombing in Karachi carried out by a woman puts a new twist on a series of attacks on Chinese interests. Educated, middle-class young people taking up the fight in major cities shows Pakistan must see the issue through more than a security lens.

29 Apr 2022 - 9:15AM
Opinion | Sandwiched or a bridge? Pakistani prime minister’s Russia visit highlights South Asia’s predicament

Imran Khan’s visit to Moscow as Russia invaded Ukraine has riled the West, but why is Pakistan building ties with its Cold War enemy? Islamabad says it won’t join a bloc, but US courting of India and China’s rising influence is making it harder to maintain balanced relations between rival powers.

Imran Khan’s visit to Moscow as Russia invaded Ukraine has riled the West, but why is Pakistan building ties with its Cold War enemy? Islamabad says it won’t join a bloc, but US courting of India and China’s rising influence is making it harder to maintain balanced relations between rival powers.

10 Mar 2022 - 4:38AM
Opinion | How the US withdrawal from Afghanistan raises China’s risk of jihadist attacks

China faces some difficult decisions as the US and Nato withdrawal removes buffers against Islamic extremism and sources of stability. Rather than put boots on the ground, China’s approach must focus on moderating Taliban behaviour and improving border security.

China faces some difficult decisions as the US and Nato withdrawal removes buffers against Islamic extremism and sources of stability. Rather than put boots on the ground, China’s approach must focus on moderating Taliban behaviour and improving border security.

16 Aug 2021 - 10:40PM
Opinion | Afghan retreat: why Pakistan must not agree to a US military base in Balochistan

A US base will be deeply unpopular in Pakistan and stress ties with its neighbours. Critically, it will produce a new generation of militants in Pakistan.

A US base will be deeply unpopular in Pakistan and stress ties with its neighbours. Critically, it will produce a new generation of militants in Pakistan.

11 Jun 2021 - 2:18AM
Opinion | US’ decision to withdraw from Afghanistan sends shudders through South Asia

The decision for an unconditional US withdrawal is creating a triumphant jihadist narrative, enthusing groups across South Asia with deep al-Qaeda ties. With Isis degraded and the Taliban weakened, the post-US Afghan power vacuum is ripe for exploitation.

The decision for an unconditional US withdrawal is creating a triumphant jihadist narrative, enthusing groups across South Asia with deep al-Qaeda ties. With Isis degraded and the Taliban weakened, the post-US Afghan power vacuum is ripe for exploitation.

29 Apr 2021 - 4:30AM
Opinion | Pakistan hopes Joe Biden will maintain Donald Trump’s Afghanistan policy to preserve the Taliban peace process

Afghanistan is Biden’s immediate foreign policy challenge, with options risking either the Taliban peace deal or decades of fragile progress. A continuation of Trump’s strategy would leave an ascendant role for the Taliban and a stable political order.

Afghanistan is Biden’s immediate foreign policy challenge, with options risking either the Taliban peace deal or decades of fragile progress. A continuation of Trump’s strategy would leave an ascendant role for the Taliban and a stable political order.

6 Jan 2021 - 2:32AM
Opinion | How terrorist and extremist groups are exploiting coronavirus cracks in society

Al-Qaeda and Isis are using Covid-19 to forge legitimacy and draw more people to their violent causes, while right-wing extremists and white supremacists step up racist violence. Governments need to start preparing their defence

Al-Qaeda and Isis are using Covid-19 to forge legitimacy and draw more people to their violent causes, while right-wing extremists and white supremacists step up racist violence. Governments need to start preparing their defence

2 May 2020 - 4:33AM
Opinion | Attacks on Chinese nationals and interests in Pakistan are likely to continue. Here’s why
  • Baloch separatists view Chinese investment, including the US$62b China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, as exploitation of local resources, while Pakistan’s support for militant proxies has kept the terror threat alive
  • Baloch separatists view Chinese investment, including the US$62b China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, as exploitation of local resources, while Pakistan’s support for militant proxies has kept the terror threat alive
28 Nov 2018 - 6:58AM
Opinion | Pakistan’s Catch-22: how can it keep Chinese investors happy, but not alienate the US?

The political skills of Pakistan’s new government are being put to the test. Islamabad must ensure progress on its belt and road projects with China, and still win Washington’s support to get an IMF loan and stay afloat

The political skills of Pakistan’s new government are being put to the test. Islamabad must ensure progress on its belt and road projects with China, and still win Washington’s support to get an IMF loan and stay afloat

29 Oct 2018 - 3:08AM