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Security personnel at the scene of a suicide blast, Ghazni city, Pakistan, June 23, 2009.
 
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'I don't see evidence that India is the source of the unrest in Balochistan'
There are some analysts, including some here in Washington, and intelligence officials, who allege that India is also fomenting its own strategic depth against Pakistan by supporting the insurgency in Balochistan. Is there any truth to it or is it highly exaggerated?

I don't know of much credible evidence of Indian support to the insurgency in Balochistan, which I believe is largely self-generating. India has increased its diplomatic and humanitarian and economic presence in Afghanistan, and I know this fuels the paranoia of those in Pakistan who see this as all directed against them.

But I don't see a whole lot of evidence to support the notion that India is the source of the unrest in Balochistan.

You have maintained at several fora recently that Pakistan was engaged in selective counter-terrorism -- the good jihadi who serve their interests against India as opposed to the bad jihadi, who are a threat to the establishment in Islamabad. Why do they continue to persist with this strategy?

Because the military establishment in Pakistan and its friends in the political establishment continue to see some of these groups as assets that are useful to Pakistan's national security strategy -- the Afghan Taliban and the Lashkar-e-Tayiba in particular. Their calculation is that these groups continue to serve their interests.

Image: Security personnel at the scene of a suicide blast, Ghazni city, Pakistan, June 23, 2009.
Photograph: Nasratullah Wahidi/Reuters
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