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Saturday, August 22, 2009

India Befriends Afghanistan, Irking Pakistan

This is exactly what we, the U.S., need to happen in Afghanistan! India and Pakistan fighting over who is the better friend of Afghanistan! Perhaps now Pakistan will focus harder on their border with Afghanistan rather than fighting the Indians in Kashmir?! Perhaps India and Pakistan will become friends like Sean Thornton and Will Danaher did in The Quiet Man? Doubtful...

Anyhow here is an excerpt from the article:
The two countries have sparred repeatedly about each other's activities in Afghanistan. Indian officials say their Pakistani counterparts have claimed that there are more than the official four Indian consulates in Afghanistan, and that they support an extensive Indian spy network. For years, Pakistan refused to allow overland shipment of fortified wheat biscuits from India to feed two million Afghan schoolchildren. India instead had to ship the biscuits through Iran, driving up costs for the program.

The World Food Program, which administers the shipments, said the Pakistan government gave its approval for overland shipment in 2008 -- six years after the first delivery from India. "Why did it take six years ... is something that WFP cannot answer," a spokesman for the aid organization said. "However, we are indeed thankful to the government of Pakistan for allowing transit for the fortified biscuits."
Also, here are some old posts on the India-Pakistan-Afghanistan relationship that help explain my opinions regarding the region:

A Man, A Plan, Afghanistan - September 12, 2008

Afghanistan Is in Its Worst Shape since 2001 - September 16, 2008

Pakistan Picks New Chief for Intelligence Agency - September 30, 2008

Confronting Taliban, Pakistan Finds Itself at War - October 3, 2008

Pakistan's Military - May 15, 2009

Pakistan Objects to U.S. Plan for Afghan War - July 22, 2009

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