ed in some areas and regions. While the West spearheads the reconstruction process in Afghanistan, among South Asian countries it is India whose contribution to the development of Afghanistan can’t be ignored. India has provided Afghanistan with aid and assistance in many areas, especially in construction and energy sectors. India has also signed a strategic partnership agreement with Afghanistan under which it will provide military training to the Afghan Army. It has also made important headway towards securing mining contracts. While the New Delhi-Kabul ties are becoming stronger by the day, Pakistan’s relations with Afghanistan have remained taut if not strained. It was disappointing to see that both countries failed to gain much from the visit of Afghan President Hamid Karzai to Pakistan in August 2013.
Considering that Pakistan is sandwiched between Afghanistan and India, it needs to improve its relations with both. The government of Pakistan should seek a greater role in the development of this war-ravaged country. It should help the Afghans rebuild their country. About time Afghanistan and Pakistan took their ties to the next level for the betterment and welfare of their people. Samiullah Yusufzai Kabul, Afghanistan
My heart goes out to the victims of earthquake in the Awaran district of Balochistan. According to media reports, it took the authorities four days to send relief goods to the affected areas. One of the reasons was poor transportation facilities. As if that was not enough, there were reports that trucks carrying relief goods were made to wait for days at the deputy commissioner’s office in Awaran because the government authorities couldn’t decide as to who would supervise the relief efforts. Many people