Afghan President Ashraf Ghani addresses Pakistani and Afghan businessmen during a meeting in Islamabad on November 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Farooq NAEEM
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Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai routinely accused Pakistan of continuing to fuel the Taliban insurgency to destabilise his country as a hedge against Indian influence there.Islamabad denies the charge but its support, and that of its powerful military, are seen as important for peace in Afghanistan as NATO pulls out its combat troops.The long-running tensions between the two countries were underlined by a U.S. Pentagon report last week that said Pakistan continued to use "proxy forces" to destabilize Afghanistan.Diplomats say that Ghani's presidency, which started in September, offers a major opportunity at a time when U.S.-led NATO troops are withdrawing from the fight against the Taliban.The Taliban, who dismissed the Afghan election as a U.S. plot, have often said they will fight on until all foreign troops have left Afghanistan.
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