Pathankot was an Afghan message
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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