America's top diplomat in Kabul has told US lawmakers that security relationship between India [ Images ] and Pakistan has its own consequences in Afghanistan. "The security relationship between India and Pakistan has consequences for Afghanistan," US Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry said on Tuesday to a question from Senator Kay Hagan before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Senator Hagan said ever since the partition of India, Islamabad [ Images ] has attempted to utilise its proxies, to install a friendly Pashtun government in Afghanistan that would preserve the de facto border and prevent Pashtun aspirations of a homeland and prevent Indian involvement in Afghanistan.
Hagan alleged that Pakistan continues to pursue a dual track policy of disrupting the Pakistani Taliban [ Images ] in its tribal areas, most notably in South Waziristan, while elements of its military support the Afghan Taliban networks, most notably in North Waziristan; and the Afghan Taliban high command in its Baluchistan province.
"The key question is if elements of Pakistan's military can be persuaded to change this dual-track policy. In order to do that, we've got to address Pakistan's regional concerns, taking into account its relationships with Afghanistan and India," the Senator from North Carolina noted.