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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

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