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From: barry levine
Date: Mon, Mar 9, 2015 at 9:23 AM
Subject: re: Afghan Peace Efforts Reopen Wounds Over Pakistan
To the Editor:
From 2007 to 2013, Pakistan's Armed Forces were yoked with the Haqqani Network to the agenda of Ashfaq Kayani. As head of Pakistan's military, Kayani's priority was always the struggle in Kashmir against India; Afghanistan was mostly an opportunity to divert American resources to his pet project. It remains likely that he cynically sheltered Osama bin Laden to prolong America's involvement in (and therefore cashflow to) Afghanistan.
Kayani's retirement is thus an epochal event in the region. Of course president Ghani leaps to change the dynamic. We wish him every success.
Barry Haskell Levine