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afg14Hanif-ur-Rehman (PhD)
(Lecturer in H/9 College Islamabad, Pakistan)

Jamshed Khan
(Scholar in the Department of History Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication Date: 15 November 2014

The British Colonial government safely retreated after the partition of Indian subcontinent in August 1947 leaving behind the legacy of disputes in the region, like the problem of Kashmir and Durand Line, which are still lingering on, creating hurdles between India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. All the three countries have a history of hostility due to these unresolved problems jeopardizing the regional security and economic integration. The issue of Kashmir led to full-fledged wars between Indian and Pakistan. The Afghan government also has more often than not blamed Pakistan of infiltrating rough forces in Afghanistan to have a clout against India and to keep the issue of Durand Line at bay. Since Afghan War, Pakistan has tried its best to have a Pakhtun government in Afghanistan. However, even the Taliban, considered to be Pakistan's boys, refused to recognize Durand Line as an international boundary. If history is any thing to go by these proxies instead of serving the interests of their masters have proved to be Frankenstein monster, creating problems for all the three states and the regions in the forms of militancy and terrorism.... Read more


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