Farhan Bokhari

For Farhan Bokhari's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Commentary May 18, 2006

Avert failure in Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD -- A team of Afghan military officers who have just completed their first ever military exercises with Pakistani and U.S. troops in Pakistan represent Washington's hope for a new future for Afghanistan's beleaguered security apparatus. But the effort also promises to stir controversy ...

Commentary Oct 6, 2005

A lesson from Pakistan on proliferation

ISLAMABAD -- The controversy surrounding North Korea's nuclear program is a reminder of past miscues in Pakistan, whose disgraced nuclear scientist, Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, was accused last year of selling nuclear technology to Iran, Libya and North Korea. Khan lives under what amounts to ...

Commentary Sep 24, 2005

Global help in Afghanistan remains vital

ISLAMABAD -- Uncertainty over Afghanistan's political future has finally begun to recede with the successful conclusion of the country's first parliamentary elections in years. Although violence continues to plague Afghanistan, its political progress is impressive. In the long run, however, its stability will rest ...

Commentary Sep 16, 2005

Pakistan's Israel diplomacy

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan's opposition parties have chosen to renew their calls for President Pervez Musharraf to step down immediately following the first ever face-to-face meeting between the foreign ministers of Pakistan and Israel. There seems little public appetite across Pakistan to back protests against contacts ...

Commentary Jun 30, 2005

Blaming Pakistan won't help

ISLAMABAD -- The latest diplomatic rift between Pakistan and Afghanistan speaks volumes about the underlying frictions among both countries and the United States in the so-called war on terror. Disagreement centers on Afghan officials' allegations that Pakistan turns a blind eye to the activities of ...

Commentary Jun 5, 2005

U.S. security pledge buoys Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD -- The latest U.S. promise to enhance Afghanistan's security in the years to come raises more questions than it answers for the the war-ravaged country, although the so-called declaration of strategic partnership signed by Afghan President Hamid Karzai and U.S. President George W. ...

Commentary Mar 13, 2005

Bad time to take a chance on arms sales

WASHINGTON -- When China's National People's Congress convened in Beijing early this month, Premier Wen Jiabao highlighted his nation's military modernization campaign and breathed threats against Taiwan. It would be hard to find a worse time for Europe to offer China military aid. The United ...

Commentary Mar 12, 2005

Opium again driving Afghan economy

ISLAMABAD -- This month's warning by the United Nations' main drug-monitoring watchdog that Afghanistan is in danger of becoming a narcotics-driven state should hardly come as a surprise. More than three years since the United States began its "war on terror" as well as its ...

Commentary Feb 27, 2005

Let trade cement Indo-Pakistani peace

ISLAMABAD -- After more than 57 years, an agreement by India and Pakistan to allow people within the divided state of Kashmir to cross the border by bus, beginning in April, is the most important confidence-building measure yet achieved in the two countries' yearlong ...

Commentary Jan 7, 2005

Musharraf's penchant to stay in charge

ISLAMABAD -- The prospect that Pakistan's president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf -- who seized power in a bloodless coup five years ago -- will remain head of the military looms as a major setback in the political outlook for South Asia's second-largest nuclear-armed country. Although Pakistan ...