LAHORE Afghan President Karzais recent pre-scheduled visit to India was effectively exploited by the host country to generate ill will against Pakistan. The out-going US Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullens remarks linking ISI with Haqqani Network prompted Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and his Foreign Minister S. M. Krishna to attach credence to their cynical rhetoric on the same. President Karzai also shrewdly exploited the situation arising out of Rabbanis assassination and irresponsibly accused Pakistan of the act even before the appointed commissions pronouncement of its final verdict. His anti-Pakistan rhetoric appeased Indian establishment which reciprocated with an elevated protocol for Karzais India visit. High on the agenda of Karzais visit were formal signing of a 'Strategic Partnership Document, a lecture at Indias Observer Research Foundation on October 5th and meetings with Indian President Pratibha Patil and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Afghan President during his interaction with Indian government hierarchy apprised his Indian hosts on the repercussions of his peace efforts with Taliban after the sad demise of Burhanuddin Rabbani. The 'Strategic Partnership Document signed by the two sides was the hallmark of the visit as it may potentially prove a significant game changer in the region. The document significantly entails Indian commitment to assist and train Afghan national security forces as and when required by the Afghan government. It also partly covers the pledge to cooperate on trade and counter-terrorism. India already conducts specific training courses for Afghan security forces in various Indian academies. The said document also mandates the respective national security advisers to interact with each other on regular basis. He also delivered the 3rd R K Mishra memorial Lecture organised by the Observer Research Foundation on October 5th. With an eye on Pakistans probable concerns on the 'agreement he tried to mellow them down by saying, 'Pakistan is our twin brother, India is a great friend. The agreement that we signed with our friend will not affect relations with our brother. Tackling the exploitative Indian journalists after the speech he sympathised with Pakistan by replying that Pakistan was also 'suffering from exactly the same menace (terrorism) as we are. While castigating Pakistan as the troublemaker he nevertheless emphasised that all roads to entice Taliban to a negotiated settlement lead through Pakistan. He also utilised the opportunity to delve on the dynamics of the peace process after Rabbanis departure and vented his frustration over failure of his efforts to bring various factions of Taliban to the negotiated settlement. Before his arrival in India, the think tanks had predicted Afghan Presidents endorsement on an increased Indian role for Afghan stability in a post Rabbani environment. Karzai, before leaving for his two day India visit accused Pakistan by saying, 'after all the destruction and misery, the double game towards Afghanistan and the use of terrorism as an excuse still continues. He had also threatened to quit his rapprochement drive with Taliban with Pakistans help. Later on he decided to refer the matter to Loya Jirga to devise strategy for reconciliation with Taliban. Karzais pre-scheduled visit to India added a new dimension in Pakistans already fragile relations with both the countries. Whereas on one hand Karzais visit laid foundations for a frame work on security cooperation with India it also laid the foundation for yet another foreign intervention. Although Afghanistan has a bonafide right to enter into agreements with countries of its choice but all those agreements must not hurt the interests of Pakistan with respect to Afghanistan. The responsibility to ensure that will always lie with Afghans themselves. The slow slide of India into a possible successor of US/NATO in Afghanistan after foreign forces withdrawal in 2014 will ultimately put India in drivers seat in Afghan affairs. Though West might have given a silent nod to Indo-Afghan agreement it is India that has to be ready to face the brunt of the Taliban forces post 2014 withdrawal who had always opposed foreign interventions in Afghanistan. For India the signing of the 'Strategic Partnership Document provides a further leverage and support in Afghanistan. India is of the opinion that its bargaining power with Russia over its massive military sales will accrue the results that it wants to extract through the 'Strategic Agreement with Afghanistan. Russia, like China is also an important player in Afghanistan. Labelled as heart of Asia, Afghanistan is a conduit of energy from resource enriched Russian influenced Central Asian States to the world. China has also heavily invested in Afghanistan and as such these two superpowers will not tolerate India bidding in economic and security paradigms in Afghanistan. Though India vies for a greater role in Afghanistan on the basis of its $2 billion investment in Afghan development and the freshly signed Indo-Afghan 'Strategic Agreement, it also realises that it can only go to a certain length as it may lead to intense and dangerous proxy war with Pakistan on Afghan turf.