Monday, September 5, 2011

As Delhi Sidles Up to Kabul, Pakistan Feels Pinch

Monday, September 5, 2011

India's prime minister unveiled a new strategic partnership with Afghanistan that seeks to deepen economic, security and political ties and represents a slap at Pakistan's attempts to expand its influence in Kabul.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh committed $500 million in development funds during a visit to Kabul Thursday, and backed Afghan President Hamid Karzai's drive to reconcile with the Taliban.

The two leaders said the partnership isn't targeting Pakistan, which borders both countries, is India's rival and has a fraught relationship with Kabul. But Mr. Singh's visit to Afghanistan this week is likely to fuel Pakistani suspicions of Indian meddling ...

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