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Pakistan & Afghanistan: Understanding Islamabadís Objectives and Strategies
Sripathi Naryanan
Pakistan plays a vital role in Afghanistan and is its most prominent neighbor given its strategic location, geographical proximity, historical and cultural ties with the exception of political influence. This is further reinforced by the conflicts in Afghanistan for the past three decades, where Pakistan’s involvement was critical in Afghanistan. Besides, the porous border region of Afghanistan-Pakistan is predominantly inhabited by the Pashtun tribes. Further, the close proximity of Pakistan when compared with the other neighbours of Afghanistan is of importance


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