Monday, September 29, 2014

Relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan at Low Point

Relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan have reached a low point. The Pakistan intelligence service support (money, training, sanctuary, etc.) of the Taliban has continued through the years and the Afghans are not shy about voicing their dismay. The Pakistanis deny the charge but the evidence is clear. As NATO and the U.S. continue their withdrawal there are fears that the animosity between the two countries will escalate. According to Afghanistan - Pakistan is interested in maintaining an unstable Afghan government. Supposedly this is in the interests of keeping an India-Afghanistan alliance from maturing and to ensure that a "second front" does not open up in Pakistan's rear areas as it defends itself against possible future attacks from India. One of President Karzai's constant complaints about the United States was the unwillingness to confront Pakistan on Taliban support and the Taliban sanctuaries. Read more in "Mistrust between Afghanistan and Pakistan soars as U.S. forces depart", The Washington Post, September 25, 2014.

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