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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Joint Strategy to Control Militancy & Pak-Afghan Conflict Resolution post-2014- Background Paper

Joint Strategy to  Control Militancy & Pak-Afghan  Conflict Resolution post-2014

Background Paper for 'Pakistan-Afghanistan Parliamentarians' Dialogue-XI' organized by PILDAT in December 2013 in Kabul

Afghanistan's main security concern is from the threat posed by internal armed insurgency that has mainly non state international backing. Its threat perceptions also take note of the different regional states, vying with each other for a resolution of the Afghan insurgency that suits their interests. The problem is compounded as these interests are mutually contradictory and are calculated in zero-sum terms; gain of one is directly translated into loss of another. The main contenders are Pakistan and India, with Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Central Asian states all vying for influence in Afghanistan. Amongst all these Afghans perceive Pakistan to be the most intrusive.
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Pakistan's Afghan Policy emanates out of its India-centric security policy. Pakistan policy towards Afghanistan since the resistance to the Soviet Intervention started has been dictated by mainly two policy goals of: 
a) Eliminating any Indian influence in Afghanistan 
b) Resolving the Durand Line issue through a policy of propping up religious alternate to the secular Pakhtun nationalist leadership and narrative.
Access the whole paper at
http://www.pildat.org/Publications/publication/FP/JointStrategytoControlMilitancyandPak-AfghanConflictResolutionpost-2014_BackgroundPaper.pdf

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