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Afghan war will not end early unless Pak Army's policy on proxy control addressed: Editorial

February 19, 2012 - Islamabad

As long as the Pakistani military's policy on proxy control of Afghanistan is adhered to, there appears no early end to the ongoing war in the neighbouring country, an editorial has said.

Even after the withdrawal of the US/NATO forces, a new or continuing civil war in Afghanistan looms, the effects of which will inevitably spill over into Pakistan and render all the good wishes for peace, stability and progress for the region a non-starter, the Daily Times reports.

It further said that all the efforts of the trilateral summit for mutual cooperation appear to have soured because of the inherent sharp differences between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar stressed that both sides needed "hard talks".

However, the editorial said that Khar and her government seem to be playing to the tune of the military establishment's obsession with India and the inroads it has made by projecting 'soft' power in Afghanistan.

That has allowed New Delhi to re-establish the historical friendship with Kabul, a development that has hardened the Pakistani GHQ's approach to supporting Taliban proxies to control Afghanistan, it added.


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