Pak-Afghan relations — a steady decay


The days of hope that came with the election of President Ashraf Ghani in Afghanistan have faded, and been replaced by seemingly a return to the default position of mutual animosity and recrimination. Whatever veneer of trust had been built has worn away. Seven soldiers were killed by fire from the Afghan side of the border on October 27. The fire was directed at an area in the Shawal Valley where the Pakistan Army is conducting an anti-Taliban operation.