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As Rex Tillerson heads to Pak, Islamabad wary of deepening India-US ties

Tillerson, in his one-day visit to Pakistan is expected to urge Islamabad to do more to root out Afghan Taliban and Haqqani network militants operating on its soil


Nuclear-armed Pakistan, a staunch US  Cold War ally and key player in the US -backed invasion of Afghanistan after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, has watched warily as Washington has in recent years pivoted towards its arch-foe. Islamabad views its much-bigger neighbour as an existential threat and the two nations have fought three wars since their violent separation at the end of colonial rule in 1947. Tillerson, due to meet Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Pakistan’s powerful military chiefs in a one-day visit, is expected to ...

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First Published: Tue, October 24 2017. 08:04 IST