Afghanistan and Pakistan: A debilitating relationship

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Even though the new government in Kabul headed by President Ashraf Ghani has made peace overtures to Pakistan, the relationship between the two countries continues to be in troubled waters

The political ties between Pakistan and Afghanistan, the two estranged South Asian neighbors, have always been marked by acrimony and hostility. Although the former president Hamid Karzai once described the two countries as “inseparable brothers”, the brothers have never really liked each other.

The Karzai government had close relations with Pakistan's Awami National Party (ANP) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) in the initial years. But, in 2006, he accused the Pakistani government of interfering in Afghanistan. 

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