Pathankot was an Afghan mes­sage

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NEW DELHI: Afghanistan’s hot war is be­hind ris­ing Indo-Pak­istan tem­per­a­tures. This school of thought is be­ing taken se­ri­ously by the In­dian govern­ment. In its view, a thread con­nects In­dia’s de­ci­sion to pro­vide arms to Afghanistan in De­cem­ber, the re­cent at­tack on the In­dian con­sulate in Mazar-i-Sharif and pos­si­bly the Pathankot at­tack.

Pak­istan’s mil­i­tary has been in­fu­ri­ated at In­dia’s de­ci­sion to pro­vide four Mi-25 he­li­copter gun­ships to the Afghan na­tional army, say se­nior In­dian of­fi­cials. The at­tack on the Mazar con­sulate in north­ern Afghanistan, re­port­edly car­ried out by Pak­istani ser­vice­men, was a di­rect re­sponse. The choice of Pathankot — a base for other Mi-25s — was prob­a­bly in­flu­enced by the Afghan gam­bit.

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