Why India and Afghanistan matter to Pakistan

Truck drivers drink tea after Pakistan's security forces halt deliveries of Nato supplies to Afghanistan (photo: dpa)
Truck drivers drink tea after Pakistan's security forces halt deliveries of Nato supplies to Afghanistan (photo: dpa)

Pakistan‘s relations with its neighbours have been plagued by hostility, suspicion and accusation of involvement in terrorism. Its relationship with India has been strained by a number of historical and political issues initially defined by the violent partition of British India in 1947 and continuing with numerous military conflicts between the two nations. Pakistan has been accused of sponsoring and providing covert support to terrorist groups active in neighbouring Kashmir and Afghanistan. This report looks to Pakistan’s regional environment to shed light on the nation’s foreign policy behaviour. It considers Pakistan’s historic relations with Afghanistan, its conflict with India - and argues that Pakistan’s view of its own...

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