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To get a fix on Afghanistan, US needs to act tough on Pakistan

Reading Pakistan correctly has not always been easy for American officials

Husain Haqqani | NYT 

President Trump’s review of American policy in Afghanistan should involve adopting a tougher approach to Pakistan. Although the Taliban are said to control or contest 40 percent of Afghanistan’s territory, Taliban leaders operate from the safety of Pakistan. United States incentives since the Sept. 11 attacks have failed to dissuade Pakistan from supporting the Taliban, and Mr Trump must now consider alternatives. Reading Pakistan correctly has not always been easy for American officials. Pakistan was a key American ally during the Cold War, the anti-Soviet jihad in ...

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First Published: Fri, July 07 2017. 17:46 IST
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