Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Durand Line, and Pak's ‘imperial' ambitions

If Islamabad envisages that international isolation will push Afghanistan into becoming a client-state of Pakistan, it may be making a key strategic miscalculation.

As the “end game” of American withdrawal from combat operations in Afghanistan begins, there is increasing resort to bravado and bluster challenging American power in Pakistani pronouncements. The Pakistan army's grandiose schemes for “strategic depth” in Afghanistan are premised on ensuring that Afghanistan is ruled by an internationally isolated regime, which would result in it becoming a de facto client-state of Pakistan.

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