Pakistan’s Afghan problem


The United States has been a part of two developments on Afghanistan in the recent days that have the potential of redefining the issue and how it might shape the foreseeable future.

And neither looks good for Pakistan. First, there was the matter of partial payment of $300 million in repayments of the Coalition Support Fund (CSF) that the US threatened to hold back unless Pakistan acted against the Haqqani Network – a legislated requirement by the Congress for payments to Pakistan. This was an arm-twister after the Afghan government, more than likely, complained to the US following a series of attacks by the Taliban in Afghanistan.