It is extremely worrying that the Afghan security forces and terrorists proven to be enjoying state support, have of late been launching raids into Pakistan’s tribal region increasingly frequently. A contingent of 60 Afghan troops crossed the international border and engaged local tribesmen on the Pakistani side for more than 90 minutes, killing two of them on Monday on the pretext of pursuing militants. Strangely enough, it is not Islamabad but Kabul that is threatening to take the complaint of cross-border intrusions to UN Security Council. President Hamid Karzai intends taking up the matter of ‘shelling’ from the Pakistani side into the Kunar Province with Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf when the two meet in the near future in a bid to sort out the issue; if he fails, the matter, Kabul threatens, would be raised at the UNSC. Mr Karzai’s complete inefficacy at following the terms of numerous agreements which require intelligence sharing and logistical coordination with the Pakistani side are now no longer simply excusable as incompetence. His failure to follow the terms of these agreements seems a deliberate and malicious attempt to keep Pakistan engaged on the Western side of its border so that a third country can be ushered into influence Afghanistan’s internal matters without interference. Not only does the contiguity of border necessitate good and friendly relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan, but so does also the large component of co-ethnic population on either side subscribing to the same religious faith. Only then can peace prevail and conditions can be created for prosperity in both countries. Thus, logic demands that he check the anti-Pakistan activities of state sponsored agents as well as the militant supporters of Maulvi Fazullah, who have gathered in the Kunar province since 2009. It was then that Pakistan army had carried out a successful operation against their anti-state activities in Swat and Maulvi Fazullah had fled to Afghanistan along with a number of his followers to escape the wrath. Pakistan has, time and again, brought to the notice of the Nato officials and the Afghan government their concentration in the Kunar province, which has become their launching pad for armed incursions into Pakistan. Somehow, President Karzai’s government as well as Nato forces, which have a large presence in Kunar, have turned a deaf ear to Islamabad’s genuine concerns, which continues to breed tension between the two neighbouring countries.

Interestingly, US, Nato and Afghan officials, who keep accusing Pakistan of harbouring elements hostile to foreign presence in Afghanistan, do not act against the militants targetting Pakistan, who have taken refuge in Afghanistan, feeling free to plan and mobilise heavy forces to launch attacks against Pakistan. But for Islamabad, it is a worrisome state of affairs. To remove the apprehension that the war is being pushed into Pakistan, both the Afghans and the Nato coalition will have to assuage fears that there is a complete disinterest in Pakistan’s security and that an ally is being abandoned, much the same way as it once was, by the superpower.