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The Game of Proxies in Afghanistan


The US and the Western Allied forces remained the major chess players in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region through proxies since 2001. Pakistan had no influence on Afghan policies being drawn by those powers. The main reason attributed to the turbulence in Afghanistan was the exclusion of Pashtun faction from the Afghan government and Indian investment which paved the way to interfere in Afghanistan and Pakistan’s internal affairs.

When President Ashraf Ghani came to power in Afghanistan in 2014, there was a renewed hope that new era of cooperation would transform Pakistan-Afghanistan relations. Afghan government did also try to address Pakistan’s concerns regarding Indian role in Afghanistan and sought Pakistan’s help to initiate dialogue process with Taliban. However, Indian hatched conspiracy and resorted to cross-border firing and killing of troops on both sides which gave rise to blame game and disrupted the cooperative interaction between the two states.

Apart from these attacks, members of Tahreek-e-Taliban Pakistan having hideouts in Afghanistan have also been sponsored by Indians and planned attacks on Pakistani check posts in Chitral, Dir, Kurram and Bajaur agencies in FATA.

The Indian electronic/print media is hampering propaganda against Pakistan and Afghanistan to widen the trust deficit.

An Indian article captioned “Ghani threatened to Block Pakistan Trade with Central Asia” was published in New Delhi in which they highlighted Afghan President Mr Ashraf Ghaniof warning Pakistan of hampering its trade with Central Asian countries bordering Afghanistan.

RAW and its adjunct front organizations (Media houses) in collaboration with Kandahar based NDS (Afghan Intelligence) are patronizing a propaganda cell and are instrumental in propagating subversive/defamatory themes.  The visit of Afghan President to India was extensively exploited and a well-planned move to tarnish Pakistan’s image abroad particularly the time frame selected was during the visit of US Foreign Secretary of state to India.

Pakistan, by virtue of close proximity to Afghanistan, played a positive role in stabilizing Afghanistan and hosted 2.5 Million Afghans refugees on its soil.  Unfortunately, Pakistan role was undermined, misled and antagonized by Indians to create mistrust between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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