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Sunday, August 10, 2008

M K Bhadrakumar, "Battle lines move from Kashmir to Kabul," Asia Times online, August 9, 2008.

[It's hard to find someone with a positive regional perspective re Afghanistan/Pakistan/India. Here is a viewpoint that gets beyond the usual cliches about Pakistan. -jlt]

The Pakistani establishment cannot accept that while Islamabad remains a key partner for Washington in the "war on terror", it is Delhi that is on the way to becoming a stakeholder in US global strategies.


Certainly, it remains a tantalizing proposition whether with all the Indian help Taliban rule could have been overthrown but for al-Qaeda's historic decision to attack New York and Washington in September 2001.


From the Pakistani perspective, whereas in the past India essentially developed its own line toward Kabul, it is today acting in concert with the US. Meanwhile, India is also working towards establishing formal ties with NATO. For the first time, the Pentagon invited India to take part in the two-week Red Flag air exercise, which is currently underway in Nevada. And in September, NATO will deploy in southern Afghanistan one of its seven ultra-sophisticated Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft, capable of peering deep inside Pakistan.

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